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Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce recap: 'Rule No. 17: Ask the Answer Lady!'

Abby and Phoebe make some important self discoveries, and a new Girlfriend enters the (tumultuous) mix.

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Girlfriends Guide To Divorce
Paul Drinkwater/Bravo

Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce

TV Show
Current Status:
On Hiatus
run date:
Paul Adelstein, Lisa Edelstein
Drama, Comedy

After all the partying that took place at the expense of a bunch of 14-year-olds (and one pool skimmer) last week, it’s all business and no play for the divorcées at the center of this week’s Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. In fact, last week’s craziest party girl, Lilly, is nowhere to be found now, presumably off doing some parentally enforced community service. No, Girlfriends’ Guide has never been too concerned with explaining where the kids of its main characters are, who’s taking care of them, or how they seem to pop up exactly when the plot needs them; but, with this show, you take this painfully realistic with the unrealistic, I’ve found. Where are all of these people’s children? Who cares, their lives are falling apart in very real and relatable ways!

To be fair, this episode does finally address the pretty necessary aspect of childcare in any divorced parent’s life, or rather, the lack thereof for Abby and Jake in a particularly busy week. Jake finally caved and followed up on the director’s gig on Becca’s CW show, Blood Sisters; unfortunately, this comes on the same week that Abby’s agency is having her come in to pitch her new book idea, which is to say, her final book idea if they don’t like the sounds of it. These are huge moments in Jake and Abby’s careers, and with Charlie now attached at the hip to his mischievous and foul-mouthed imaginary friend, Chad, they’re in a desperate search for childcare.

This mighty busy time is also the same week that Jo, a.k.a., Lyla’s replacement, is coming to town. I wasn’t exactly feeling open-minded toward the new smart ass in town after feeling a little like we were robbed of an interesting storyline when all of Lyla’s growth and rebuilding taking place offscreen before her official departure; but I also found myself fairly intrigued by Jo—the wisecracking, centered-chi hating, northerner (New Yorker) in a foreign land (L.A.)—and the juxtaposition she offers to Abby.

Abby’s social life is a bit of a conundrum. Many shows run into this issue: How do we fill out a cast with wild characters who could still feasibly be people our sensible leading straight man would be willing to spend time with. But while Abby might be a reasonable person, she has a lot of sides to her, as evidenced by the book proposal we hear from her at the end of the episode, which basically serves as a summary of all the messes she’s gotten herself into since we started following her life. Our girl is kind of a wild card, herself. And that’s how she’s ended up with a friend like Jo from her past, here to shake up her present a little.

Another friend who represents a side of Abby—that side that tries to put on a happy face to mask the creeping feeling that she’s really not offering much to the world—is Phoebe. Phoebe has been a difficult character to get to know because she’s the kind of real-life person who would be difficult to get to know. (Also, anyone who doesn’t have to worry about money at all is pretty unnerving.) Once you get past the free spirit, wild card front, where’s the substance? What is there to get to know? It’s finally time for Phoebe to step up to the plate of her own life. Even after she nearly killed a child, Phoebe is moving forward with the launch of her infant fine jewelry line, Infant Fabuleux; she planned a long time ago to have the launch at Ralph’s hotel, which means tricking his new girlfriend, Carla, into helping her decorate the space: “I’m tragic with interiors.” It also means that when she sneakily (in her mind) asks Carla about her dating life, Carla tells her that she’s dating a man who seems to have only ever been with women with little substance. That hurts. Now, back to the infant jewels!

In other dangerous territory, Delia is still sleeping with her client, Gordon Beach, and things are getting serious. He’s ready to be done with his divorce settlement because he sees a real future with Delia and wants to be able to openly date her. Odd then, that Delia keeps dragging out one aspect of the settlement when he’s said over and over that it doesn’t matter to him. Could it be that Delia is scared of that level of commitment? Yes, yes, that is definitely it, and Gordon knows it. He tells her to finish the settlement in the next round of mediation or he’ll truly know his feelings aren’t returned; but Gordon’s wife takes the option of that dramatic declaration away when she tells Delia she knows they’re sleeping together, and she better sign on the settlement or she’ll have her disbarred. Delia is kind of one big question mark, but I enjoy the dynamic between her fearless nature in court versus her complete fear of personal vulnerability.

NEXT: Blood Sisters webisodes, please…