Sorry For Your Loss: Season 1/ Episode 2 “Keep, Toss, Give Away” – Recap/ Review (with Spoilers)

Matt's comic book featuring what looks like him and Leigh losing a kid.
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As some of Matt’s secrets come out, some even Leigh didn’t know, we dive a bit further into the complicated family he was part of.


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Director(s) James Ponsoldt
Writer(s) Kit Steinkellner
Air Date 9/18/2018

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Matt Outside of Leigh: Matt, Jules, Amy

With his father dead, and no mention of a mother yet, it seems Matt really took to Amy and Jules. When it comes to Jules, with her being adopted, it seemed she kind of adopted Matt as well. For with Leigh being more like Amy than she may care to admit, Matt being an outsider without a steely glance or harsh word was a welcome change. In fact, the way she makes it seem, he is the reason she got clean.

As for Amy? Well, it isn’t 100% clear what was the initial thing she liked about Matt, but she did bond with him like he was her own. She imagined, with her beliefs, in a past life they were warriors of some kind. Plus, as seen in the first episode, unlike her kids, he supported her beliefs. Maybe even went beyond playing along, humoring her, and believed a bit too. If not wanted to believe.

Which is why Jules and Amy both mourn and wish Leigh would let them mourn with her. For she did lose a husband, but they also lost someone who had a major impact on their lives.

Commentary

It being noted that it isn't just Leigh hurting.
“I never thought about how hard this was gonna be.

I really do wanna know Jules’ background. With 4 episodes released tonight, and two a week until October 9th, we can fit in a flashback or two right? I mean, between learning how Leigh and Matt met, seeing their wedding, understanding Leigh’s relationship with mom and sister better, we have to see more than Leigh and Matt be cute right? Even argue a bit.

Though, can I just say, fully taking note that Matt being the catalyst for Jules getting her life together could be the reason she was so affected, would it have been weird if there was a crush? There is this weird sibling thing where I can imagine Leigh usually getting all she wants and works for but Jules feeling like a consistent failure. To the point she might have even seen or known Matt first but fearing he wouldn’t feel the same, she didn’t pursue him.

But this could just be me thinking about how so many shows would handle the situation and trying to figure out what road this may take.

Though They Argued, It Was Perfect: Matt, Leigh

While we get another dose of “Look at how cute these two were” there were also arguments. Most of which seemed to stem from the pressures of being with Leigh. Someone who, if you think she is intense in grief, imagine living with her expectations and dealing with her feelings of disappointment. Take, for example, Matt’s comic. During the solstice, Leigh coaxes out of Matt the goal of his year being dedicated to finishing a comic. Something he works on in private for it seems he either doesn’t want to be held accountable for it or simply doesn’t want Leigh’s input and drive to affect how fun it is to make a comic.

Thus pushing what perhaps were the handful of cracks in their relationship.

Commentary

Matt kind of upset Leigh found his sketch book.
Matt: No one was supposed to see this.

I’m trying to imagine what the courtship was like between these two. Matt being this quiet dude and Leigh someone who seems like you got one chance to piss her off. Imagine how he found a way to find her more vulnerable side and be this person who became her world. To be honest, I’m struggling to do so. For as cute as they are, the more we see Leigh with her family, and how they argued, and how she likes to downplay other people’s feelings, especially when it makes her feel any kind of guilt? How did they make it to the altar?

There Are So Many Things You May Not Know: Danny, Leigh, Matt

From a credit card in the freezer and who is calling his phone and leaving all these voicemails, Matt apparently had some secrets. Unfortunately, with Leigh and Danny not having the same kind of relationship as Matt and Jules, it seems they never shared stories or swapped secrets. They loved the same person who gave them different sides of himself. Leaving us to wonder, was there another side to Matt neither knew about?

Commentary

Matt's phone screen

Seriously, is the main reason Leigh has beef with Danny because he reminds her of Jules or simply because he threatened some sense of exclusivity when it comes to Matt’s time? Taking note Leigh is an acquired taste, it seems like both want to connect with one another but something is getting in the way of that. Was Danny involved in Matt getting in trouble or dying? I mean, the bag Matt’s phone was in looked like the kind of bag you get from when someone goes to prison. Heck, the place she got the bag from looked like a prison. Could it be Matt took the fall for Danny over something?

Taking note of how Leigh lied about the credit card, maybe she didn’t know about the weed? Heck, maybe those calls and voicemails are from another woman? Maybe women? I hate that my mind keeps going to the worse possible option but it is hard not to veer in that direction. The way Leigh is crafted, there is this feeling that she is ignoring something and trying to erase the fights and issues she had with Matt. Maybe the hunches she had as well.

Not to imply Matt couldn’t have been as good as he has been painted for us. It’s just, guys like Matt don’t often exist in the form he is presented. Usually, there is some twist or reveal which snatches the googly eyes away. So excuse me if I feel the shoe is about to drop.

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • Leigh’s father left Amy by means of a divorce.
  • Matt and Danny’s dad is dead.
  • Matt was a teacher.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Do Jules and Leigh feel trapped into working for their mom?
  2. Is Matt and Danny’s mom alive?
  3. Why did Amy’s husband leave her? Also, did she adopt Jules before or after?
  4. What started Jules on drugs and alcohol?
  5. How long did Leigh and Matt date before getting married?
  6. Considering the panels in his comic, was Leigh pregnant at one time but lost the baby?

Highlights

  1. This episode made Leigh and Matt’s relationship feel a bit more real.
  2. Matt’s relationship to Amy and Jules was strengthened.

On The Fence

  1. There is a reason to question how in the world Leigh and Matt got together, considering the way their personalities are. Much less, how did they stay together?

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Characters Featured
Season 2, Episode 3 “What’s Wrong With Your Chest”Amy has a mid-life awakening, and it leads her to not only clear out some material things but what has taken up space in her heart and mind.
Director(s) Ry Russo-Young
Writer(s) Sheila Callaghan
Air Date 10/1/2019
Introduced This Episode
Evie Daniela Leon
  • The Side Effects of Therapy: Jules, Leigh, Amy
  • When You Grow Up Without The Family You Wanted, You Create It: Leigh, Amy, Jules, Matt
  • A Mid-Life Awakening: Amy, Sabrina, Jules, Leigh, Richard
Season 2, Episode 4 “Mr. Greer”Lest we forget, Matt was a teacher, and with that said, we see how the students too suffered a loss.
Director(s) Hanelle Culpepper
Writer(s) Charles Yu
Air Date 10/8/2019
Introduced This Episode
Nina Khalijah Joi
Lacey Lyndon Smith
  • When Amy’s Away, Things Become Disarray: Lacey, Jules, Leigh
  • Honor Thy Brother: Bobby, Danny
  • Sorry For Your Loss: Nina, Leigh, Matt
Season 2, Episode 5 “Norway”There are two reveals this episode which we’re left to wonder, not the reaction of the person who receives the reveal, but what may come of it long term.
Director(s) James Ponsoldt
Writer(s) Kit Steinkellner
Air Date 10/15/2019
  • Things I’ve Wanted To Say, But I Worked Here: Lacey, Jules
  • Abandonment Issues: Danny, Jules, Leigh
  • I Think I Love You, And That’s What I’m Afraid Of: Leigh, Danny
Season 2, Episode 2 “I’m Here”Danny has a reckless, but fun, encounter as Leigh takes drugs and Jules decides to tell Leigh about herself.
Director(s) Chinonye Chukwu
Writer(s) Etan Frankel
Air Date 10/1/2019
Introduced This Episode
Simone Cleopatra Coleman
  • It Was A Crazy Day And Night, But So Worth It: Jules, Simone, Danny
  • Onto A Different Plane: Leigh, Amy, Matt
  • The Outsider: Jules, Leigh, Amy
Season 2, Episode 1 “Middle Finger, Thumbs Up” [Season Premiere]It is now 6 months from Matt’s death, and while Leigh is slowly finding ways to move on, Danny’s absence makes it hard.
Director(s) Azazel Jacobs
Writer(s) Kit Steinkellner
Air Date 10/1/2019
  • I Can’t Do This Anymore: Amy, Leigh, Richard, Jules
  • How To Move On From Your Dead Brother’s Wife?: Danny
  • We May Not Be In-Laws, But We Can Still Be Something: Danny, Leigh

Season 1/ Episode 10 “The Penguin and the Mechanic”

In the season finale, both Leigh and Jules find a sense of closure while Amy and Danny are left questioning their emotions

Season 1/ Episode 9 “Welcome to Palm Springs”

With a trip to Palm Springs, gifted by her dad, Leigh decides to get away from it all. Perhaps even begin the process of fully moving on.

Season 1/ Episode 8 “A Widow Walks Into A Wedding”

It seems everyone is tired of being single and that means desperate times may mean desperate solutions.

Season 1/ Episode 7 “I Hate Chess”

We get to meet Matt’s mom and dig a bit into his childhood as Leigh tries to find something, someone, to blame besides herself.

Season 1/ Episode 5 “17 Unheard Messages”

We finally learn how Matt died but the jury is still, kind of, out on whether he had an accident or it was suicide.

Season 1/ Episode 6 “I Want A Party”

With the idea of Matt’s demise not being an accident, Leigh decides it’s time to break the funk or she may end up going under.

Season 1/ Episode 4 “Visitor”

We learn what was the thing which triggered Matt wanting to propose to Leigh as well as see Jules struggle to rebuild her image.

Season 1/ Episode 3 "Jackie O. & Courtney Love"

As Leigh meets another young widow, and her best friend gets engaged, she finds herself digging more into the blemishes of her marriage.

Season 1/ Episode 2 "Keep, Toss, Give Away"

As some of Matt’s secrets come out, some even Leigh didn't know, we dive a bit further into the complicated family he was part of.

Season 1/ Episode 1 "One Fun Thing"

Thanks to Elizabeth Olsen, the full weight of emotion dealing with losing your spouse, while young, will weigh on you like a sandbag.


Episode 2: Keep, Toss, Give Away

Episode 2: After months of avoiding the apartment she lived in with her husband, Leigh undergoes the heartbreaking process of sorting through his belongings.

Posted by Sorry For Your Loss on Tuesday, September 18, 2018


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