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.
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Picking Up Where I Left Off: Leigh, Drew
Something about the idea of Matt committing suicide just snaps something in Leigh. Well, that and it being Leigh’s birthday. The combination makes it so something is lifted off her shoulders or, maybe, with her finally getting, to a point, what Matt’s depression is like, she doesn’t want to be in that mindset anymore. So, she tries to pick up where she left off. Problem is, Drew had to give Leigh’s column away and the person who has it now has gone viral. A 22-year-old replaced Leigh.
But, at the very least, she has her birthday party. One in which she decides to invite everyone on her Facebook to join. All 600 some-odd number of them.
That 180 was weird right? I figured with it maybe not being an accident, but something done on purpose, it would drive Leigh to feeling worse than ever. For with her love of taking care of people, even if she hems and haws her way through it, someone dying under her care, her husband at that, you’d think would be like a mallet to a pike. Something which would ground her more into a funk, if not a full blown depression.
Though, considering Leigh’s sadness lasted 4 months, wouldn’t most consider what she was going through depression? Either way, as much as one could argue the party might have been a distraction from the truth, and Leigh wanted the noise of others to drown her thoughts, maybe even the column to focus on other people’s problems, that 180 was still weird. Understandable, but weird.
Dealing With The Old & Embracing The New: Jules, Amy, Nick, Richard, Sabrina, Leigh
The problem with Leigh inviting 600 some odd people isn’t that Amy doesn’t have the space for a large party. She has a HUGE backyard. The bigger issue is that some people who haven’t participated in Leigh’s life in a long time are invited, as well as people from Jules’ past. Which becomes a bit of an issue since two of them are from Jules’ heavy party days and while the party is supposed to be a sober one, they’re drinking. Also, they are bringing up things Jules did while completely out of her mind when it happened. While pushing the idea she isn’t as fun now when sober.
But this is what happens when you don’t maintain your Facebook friend list and just collect people like marbles. The undesirables get in. If not weird kids like Nick who probably added you randomly, because they never knew what you really thought of them but figured giving them access to your life was fine. Though, Nick isn’t a bad invite. He may have brought alcohol, thinking “Sober Party” was a joke, but he helps to pour out all the alcohol others brought since they stopped reading at “party.“
Oh, and he makes out with Amy. Long story short, he had a crush on her in high school and since Richard is at the house with Sabrina, his wife, and Amy is going through something herself, she makes out with him. Also, we learn that, be it the drinking one particular wine with Nick, or closeness, she is cool enough with Sabrina to make her the first person to know. Which might have been a bad idea for she tells Richard.
In the last episode we saw how bad Jules could be when it came to her drinking and with every story we hear, it does make you wonder if we may see the rock bottom moment. We saw Matt try to break through, but seemingly only him dying seemed to make things click for her. Leading you to wonder, does Jules think Matt committed suicide? For with him being her wake up call, it does make you wonder if, sort of like Leigh, she experienced a bit of what Matt went through, realized that place sucks, and then decided to claw her way out of the mindset. Especially since, for her and Leigh, it was an option.
That aside, I wonder if Amy and Nick will become a thing or was this just her letting off some steam? She doesn’t seem to have an effective outlet to release tension so a younger man could do the job. Of course, Leigh will likely make a big deal out of it, but with Amy being her employer, mom, and Leigh living in her house right now, what reason does she have to care?
It’s My Party & I’ll Cry If I Want To: Leigh, Danny, Drew
Like Jules, Leigh is learning that inviting anyone and everyone wasn’t a good idea. Especially since it leads to her having to deal with people giving condolences, apologizing for not being there, and just flaring up Leigh’s anger. Even Drew catches it a bit for he decided to tell his fiancé what Leigh said about the chef. Then he talks about what married people do which of course triggers Leigh, and it is decided maybe there is a low blood sugar problem and they should separate.
However, the big fight of the night is between Leigh and Danny. Well, not fight, but with Leigh listening to all the voicemails, she wants to know Drew’s thoughts. Which, of course, Drew really isn’t trying to hypothesize why his brother may or may not have killed himself. He thinks he maybe did it but it is nicer to believe he didn’t.
You know, I feel bad for Danny sometimes. A part of me feels like he’d like to be close to Leigh in some form or fashion, but she makes it so hard to do so. Each encounter with her is a confrontation. Especially since episode 1, as if she wished something happened to Danny rather than Matt. Alongside, of course, maybe seeing a bit of Jules in Danny and that complicating their relationship as well. For while Danny isn’t around Leigh as much as Jules is, be it at work, at home, etc, I think because he shows the ability to do better Leigh doesn’t get why he is not doing so?
It’s hard to say. Lest we forget, Leigh is the type who wears her emotions on her sleeve and apologizes once she is relatively over whatever emotion she was dealing with at the time. All the while presenting whatever emotions she has as rational since she read this article or that article. Making it sound like she is presenting an academic paper with clearly bias research and vague citation.
- Jules staying strong despite slight peer pressure.
- Amy getting her some lip and tongue action.
On The Fence
- Leigh’s reaction to learning her husband might have committed suicide seemed weird to me.