Grab the tissues, we're in for (another!!) sad one
Well, the (reasonably) harmonious mood we left our A Million Little Things pals in last week hasn’t lasted long. In the Dixon household, Sophie is in a bad mood. Delilah’s trying to figure her out with the help of advice from the once-rebellious teen Regina when she gets a call from the school telling her that Sophie has gotten into a fight. It turns out another girl in class posted a prayer list online asking people to help save Jon’s soul. Let me back up a little, Jon apparently was a devout Catholic, so he enrolled the kids in a Catholic school. Now, this girl in Sophie’s class is telling everyone her dad is going to burn in hell because suicide is a sin, so Sophie punched her. Honestly, good for Soph.
When they leave the campus with a nice little suspension for Sophie, she and her mother get into it over religion since Sophie doesn’t think her mom has any right to talk to her about it; she’s only ever been to church twice, you see — once to marry Jon and once to bury him. Rather than punish her daughter, Delilah goes for the healing/bonding route, and the two spend the day taking out their aggression on a dummy punching bag and eating their feelings. They come around to talking about heaven and hell eventually, with D telling Sophie she doesn’t have to understand everything right now; she’s only 15 and even in her 40s, Delilah’s still trying to figure things out. For now, she’s choosing to believe Jon is in heaven.
Over at Gary’s place, he’s planning a surprise day out for Maggie — mostly to give her the opportunity to tell him her cancer is back. He takes her for a hot air balloon ride and buys a deep-dish pizza, even though he’s not a fan. Just when Maggie’s about to open up, she takes a sip of a grape soda and knowing that she hasn’t told Gary of her love for the flavor, realizes he must’ve talked to Tom and therefore already knows about her cancer. She dubs their day of fun as a “day of deception” and, realizing he should’ve just come to her and asked about it directly, Gary promises he’s going to be there for her through all the treatment. Only Maggie isn’t planning on having treatment, choosing instead to live out her days without the side effects of aggressive medications. Gary is flummoxed; she should know better than anyone that it is beatable. But Maggie won’t budge. She tells him the day after she met him she was supposed to have her first round of chemo but because of being introduced to his friends and his way of life, she opted against it. She just wants to live out the rest of her days with all of them, not undergoing treatment that isn’t going to save her anyway. Gary tells her he wishes she had never met him — so that she would’ve started on treatment, but it’s still a mildly devastating moment for them both.
Luckily, old Gare Bear has a plan. He takes her to play basketball, telling her if he beats her, she’s going to fight cancer with him by her side and win just like she did before. She agrees to play but tells him if she wins, she’s not getting treatment, and he can’t ever mention it again to her or anyone. Oh my gosh, please win, Gary! He starts strong and is even up 15-6 at one point, but his boastful “we’re going to chemo” chant is short lived when Maggie ups her game, admitting she played in college and is soon up 20-19. The next point wins and, of course, Maggie scores it. Visibly upset, Gary tells her to have it her way and drives her home. With considerably less playfulness than normal, they make plans to get tacos the next night before Gary breaks down and tells her through tears he can’t watch her die and implores her not to ask him to. A tearful Maggie tells him that’s not the deal. He begs her not to get out of the car, but she does and says her goodbyes, for good. Ugh, guys, I’m genuinely upset by this!! (Recap continues on page 2.)
Speaking of heartbreaking moments, Theo — Eddie and Katherine’s son — is dressed up as the cutest little tree you ever did see for a part in his school’s production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, but due to an email mix up, Katherine is in court all day and won’t be able to make the performance. Eddie really wants to fix this for her, so he tries to come up with inventive ways to get her there, but in the end, it’s Katherine’s prowess in the courtroom that allows her to maneuver her way there almost in time. In order to buy her the extra 20 minutes she needs to arrive before it starts, Eddie orchestrates a working moms meeting between a bunch of the overzealous parents backstage and the unsuspecting principal. Katherine makes it right in the nick of time and even manages to talk an anxious Theo back into his costume after Snow White makes him feel unimportant. Using tree metaphors, Katherine describes how she often feels less integral to the family at times too, but everyone matters. Hey, how can Snow White get lost in the forest if there are no trees?
Although the combined family effort and tree analogies are enough to get Theo on stage, they’re not enough to save Katherine and Eddie’s marriage. She tells him that the way they worked so well together that day just reminds her of how much is wrong between them now and that she can’t get past what he’s done, nor should she have to. Perhaps the most heartbreaking revelation is when Katherine admits she needs to figure out why she doesn’t feel like she deserves more. Damn.
While Eddie deals with that confrontation, Rome has some facing up to do himself. He goes to see the therapist Maggie suggested who taps into Rome’s inability to accept that he has a right to feel depressed, and also to feel happy. Rome admits he quit his job to pursue his dream, but it hasn’t made him feel any better. The doctor asks about his family history, but Rome has no idea if either of his parents dealt with similar issues because it wasn’t something they talked about. The therapist prescribes him an antidepressant and Rome goes to see his parents to get some answers. Predictably, Rome’s dad tells him everyone feels sad; it’s just part of life. But when he’s leaving, his mom informs him that his dad has had his share of dark days. She tells Rome that he has to take care of himself for him and for Regina.
Later, the guys get together to play “who’s had the worse day?” — not really, but they totally could have. I’m still not sure who would win. Admittedly it was pretty terrible watching Eddie and Katherine have to tell Theo about their separation (especially when the adorable little Theo asked his dad if they could FaceTime later), but I’m also pretty invested in Maggie and Gary’s (Mary? Gaggie? Couple names are fun!) relationship at this point. Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more complicated, Gary finds a positive pregnancy test in the trash at Rome’s place prompting the guys to think Regina is pregnant. Eddie gives his friend a pep talk about how fatherhood is the best thing that’s ever happened to him. Rome gets on board with the thought of being a father and takes an antidepressant, intent on getting himself right, only to find out later from Regina that the pregnancy test actually belonged to Delilah!! Oh, great!
We await the fallout from that bombshell next week, but at least for now Gaggie (I picked it, it’s happening!) is back on track. Gary leaves a balloon on Maggie’s doorstep with sticky notes that read “I’m in” stuck to it. See you next week, if you’re still in too.
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