Lest we forget, Matt was a teacher, and with that said, we see how the students too suffered a loss.
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When Amy’s Away, Things Become Disarray: Lacey, Jules, Leigh
With Amy off in Alaska, Jules and Leigh are starting to show us why she has said more than once they wouldn’t have jobs without her. Something that Lacey, their co-worker, reinforces.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- Does Amy know Lacey pretty much hates her children?
Honor Thy Brother: Bobby, Danny
Danny is at the point where, anything which could remind him of Matt, especially his mother, he doesn’t want in his life. However, Bobby comes to his home, guilts him into going to Matt’s school for the memorial, and he goes.
Mind you, he spends the whole time with outsiders smoking weed, and downplaying their relationship with Matt, but he goes. Then gets mad at himself, hopefully, for realizing he is an ass****.
Sorry For Your Loss: Nina, Leigh, Matt
While Matt rarely spoke highly of his job, people spoke highly of him. A second-year teacher named Nina had a friend and someone to encourage her. Many kids, even the ones who didn’t necessarily like Matt’s class, they seemed to like that he cared and tried to find ways to liven up the material. And it seems for the first time in a long time, someone broke through to Leigh. At least in terms of the idea she can’t own grieving over Matt. Since so many kids, a room full, with people standing in the back, also lost someone important. Maybe not someone they spent a huge amount of time with, but, for some, while he wasn’t their person romantically, Matt was the person who made school a little more tolerable.
Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs
You know what’s better than good? Done.
If we try hard enough, we can believe our own lies.
The Recognition of Matt’s Impact On The School, Despite Him Thinking He Didn’t Have One
I think what Leigh has been holding onto when it comes to Matt is the idea that she had a means to compete over who owns the grief without question. She was the wife, you were the sister or mother in law. Leigh was the wife, you were just a friend. However, for those Leigh can’t shut down like Danny and now Matt’s kids, at school, it’s different.
Hence why she drives, so much, to have a connection with Danny and went to the school. Leigh wants to find someone who gets it, who she feels truly relates, and she struggles with that. Though, you could flip it and say she wanted all the sympathy and the recognition that she lost someone important to her. It all depends on whether you think Leigh is a trash person or not.
On The Fence
This Drew Thing Can Go Away
While I appreciate it being shown Leigh has friends, this whole editor/writer relationship isn’t really adding that much to the show. Heck, even in season 1, her having Drew as a friend may have added to the impact of the loss but, long term? It doesn’t seem to be doing Leigh any favors. If anything, Drew seems like one of those characters where, if this was an hour-long, he’d have to be in to fill up the time. So with this being a half-hour, he seems like he barely made the cut and is clinging on for dear life.
Wishing We Got Better/More Speeches From The Kids
Though this episode will make you cry, I gotta admit I was thinking the kids were going to come with something to make you bawl and need a tissue. Especially considering Matt thought his job didn’t mean much to them. So while the mural was nice, and us seeing him care and reach out to some, is it wrong to wish/think someone was going to have you burst out in tears to the point of snot coming out of your nose?