Danny has a reckless, but fun, encounter as Leigh takes drugs and Jules decides to tell Leigh about herself.
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It Was A Crazy Day And Night, But So Worth It: Jules, Simone, Danny
Danny, still trying to avoid his issues, like his mom wanting him to come Christmas, decides to go to a party, have a friend set him up, but instead, he meets Simone. A young woman who seems almost like a replica of Leigh, but Black, more bohemian, and also is more than willing to rob you while you sleep. Yet, the day Danny spent with Simone makes up for his stolen wallet and phone. Plus, Jules picks him up the next morning so at least someone, out of the numbers he remembered, showed up to save him.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- What has Jules and Danny’s relationship been like? For example, how were things when they first met? Also, does she see him as a brother, or he see her as a sister?
Onto A Different Plane: Leigh, Amy, Matt
With everyone seemingly dreaming about Matt, Leigh gets a bit envious. So, Amy hooks up Leigh with some drugs containing DMT, and she gets her daughter high. Mind you, with drugs she took before since what mother would allow their child to try something they haven’t?
Anyway, Leigh gets to see Matt, but doesn’t necessarily get the full experience she wants. She doesn’t get to touch him, but to see him, hear him talk, that’s enough for Leigh.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- What led to Amy smoking that drug previously?
The Outsider: Jules, Leigh, Amy
Jules hems and haws about the idea of going over Amy’s for Christmas. On one hand, she was raised loving the holiday but, on the other, Leigh is there. Someone who knows how to dig the knife even when no one is saying or threatening her.
For example, she, once again, uses Matt’s death to manipulate someone, Jules, and tries to push everything to be about her. Specifically, Jules reminding Leigh that this Christmas is hard for her too, since she lost Matt, but being that Leigh has ownership over grief, she decides to gaslight Jules. Also, add in Jules is sober for the first Christmas in a long time, it makes Leigh’s usual selfishness too much.
Then, add in all Amy wants is just her girls happy together, and for them to come together, it makes this fighting too much and coerces her to retire to her room.
Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments
- It’s December 2018 at this point in the show.
Jules Calling Out Leigh For Using Matt To Guilt People
Leigh has used Matt to force Danny to talk to her and guilt Jules into coming home – you gotta wonder, like Jules said, when will it stop? For grieving her husband is one thing, and there can be some bending on her trying to own all the grief in the room, and decide when and where she can share it. However, using Matt’s death to have people bend to her will? Oh, that’s low.
A Reminder Of How Hard The Holiday Is For Amy
In the first season, it was made clear that while Amy loves her children, liking them can be very difficult. So to not have Matt, it means she won’t get to have that fantasy holiday moment she seems to crave. Instead, she will have two daughters, who can barely get along, bickering, slinging personal attacks, and perhaps making her wonder why did she ever have children?
On The Fence
Simone Maybe Being A One Episode Character
While a part of me would love to see Danny and Jules together, I must admit Simone stormed in and seemed like someone who should have stuck around. Granted, she does give off Leigh vibes, but that’s only because she is direct, a bit selfish, yet seeing her underbelly makes it all worth it. But, with most phones having trackers, there is always the chance Danny may try to get his phone back and discover her.
|Season/ Episode||Synopsis||Episode Information||Topics & 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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
In the season finale, both Leigh and Jules find a sense of closure while Amy and Danny are left questioning their emotions
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.
It seems everyone is tired of being single and that means desperate times may mean desperate solutions.
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.
We finally learn how Matt died but the jury is still, kind of, out on whether he had an accident or it was suicide.
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.
We learn what was the thing which triggered Matt wanting to propose to Leigh as well as see Jules struggle to rebuild her image.
As Leigh meets another young widow, and her best friend gets engaged, she finds herself digging more into the blemishes of her marriage.
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.
Thanks to Elizabeth Olsen, the full weight of emotion dealing with losing your spouse, while young, will weigh on you like a sandbag.