After weathering the trials and tribulations of being the first female player in Major League Baseball, Ginny Baker is poised to hit a big milestone in the season finale of Pitch, but first, she’ll have to face the events of the penultimate episode.
With Mike (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) on the precipice of being traded to the Chicago Cubs, Ginny (Kylie Bunbury) and Mike were about to act on their feelings, but were interrupted when the catcher got news that he was not going to be traded. So what does this mean for them? EW turned to Bunbury to get the scoop:
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Now that Mike is no longer being traded, how does the near-kiss affect their relationship?
KYLIE BUNBURY: The dynamic is a smidge awkward, to say the least. At the end of the ninth episode, you saw the immediate separation right after he found out that he’s staying; you saw them physically separate from each other. That’s what you’re going to see in the 10th episode as well. There’s some avoidance on his part. Ginny really just wants to talk it out. She’s following him around trying to discuss what happened the other night, especially with what’s going on with her and Noah (Tyler Hilton) as well. They know that they’re teammates now, so at this moment in time, they have to suppress any feelings that they do have.
Will finding out that Mike is staying push her toward Noah?
Yeah, it definitely pushes Ginny toward Noah a little bit more. Mike’s not wanting to communicate. He’s wanting to put it on the back burner — not even on the back burner; on no sort of stove. He doesn’t want to discuss it. That propels her to explore Noah a little bit. It’s quite nice what she’s exploring with him.
How do you think Amelia would feel if she found out about Ginny and Mike?
Well, I just know being a woman that she would probably not be OK with it, just like Ginny wasn’t really OK with her being with Mike. I think there is a girl code, so to speak. I think she would be a little hurt by it, and confused. That’s my personal opinion.
After this season-long journey, how does Ginny come into her own in the finale?
Ginny has really found her voice coming into the finale. She knows what she wants, she stands for it. You really get a sense that Ginny is really starting to know who she is. It’s beautiful, too, because slowly you’ve seen this progression of her finding her femininity a little bit, and also her strength in terms of them not wanting her to pitch, because she’s reached her pitching limit. She has a rebuttal to that where she knows that woman’s bodies are different than men’s. She’s doing what she feels is best for her at every moment, just like the conversation that she has with her brother Will (BJ Britt) that’s really difficult. She’s taking care of herself, she’s saying no when she has to, and I think that’s really important.
Noah says not to get into business with family. How will Ginny deal with Will in that regard?
She’s facing dishonesty with her brother. That’s really difficult for her to swallow. I know me, I only have brothers, and I know that I would do anything for them, and I would back them up to the ends of the Earth. But she has to confront the issue at hand, which is something shady is going on. She makes a choice for Will in regards to what he’s doing with the money and what he has been doing with the money. It’s hard, especially when it comes to family. All you want to do is love them, protect them, and give them everything they want, but sometimes with family tough love ensues, and that’s how you help them, is by saying no or telling them to go and find themselves again.
Does Ginny finally feel like she deserves what she’s earned?
It’s more of the acknowledgement of knowing that she’s deserved it all along. She just is starting to realize, “Oh, I’ve worked really hard for this, and I don’t have to sit here and struggle to be seen as one of the guys.” She’s comfortable now with herself, and I think that’s more important than being seen as one of the guys, and just being treated as a baseball player. She’s respected, she’s earned her place based on her work ethic and her character.
The Pitch season finale airs Thursday at 9 p.m. ET on Fox.