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Sorry For Your Loss: Season 2, Episode 4 “Mr. Greer” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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Lest we forget, Matt was a teacher, and with that said, we see how the students too suffered a loss.


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Director(s)Hanelle Culpepper
Writer(s)Charles Yu
Air Date10/8/2019
Introduced This Episode
NinaKhalijah Joi
LaceyLyndon Smith

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Recap

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
  1. 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

Nina (Khalijah Joi) talking to someone.
Nina (Khalijah Joi)

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.
— Drew

If we try hard enough, we can believe our own lies.
— Leigh

Review

Highlights

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.

A mural the kids did for MAtt.

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?

 

Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Characters Featured
Season 2, Episode 6 “Weird Day”As Jules gains a love interest, and Danny notes an argument with Matt, Leigh attempts to move on but ends up doing the unexpected.
Director(s)Rose Troche
Writer(s)Corina Maritescu
Air Date10/22/2019
Introduced This Episode
TommyBriana Venskus
RaviRene Rosado
  • Matt Wasn’t A Saint: Danny, Bobby, Matt
  • I May Not Have Found Religion, But I Did Find Someone To Have Faith In: Tommy, Jules
  • Desperate People Do Desperate Things: Leigh, Ravi, Jules, Danny
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 Date10/1/2019
Introduced This Episode
EvieDaniela 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 Date10/8/2019
Introduced This Episode
NinaKhalijah Joi
LaceyLyndon 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 Date10/15/2019
  • 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 Date10/1/2019
Introduced This Episode
SimoneCleopatra 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 Date10/1/2019
  • 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.

The Recognition of Matt’s Impact On The School, Despite Him Thinking He Didn’t Have One - 85%
This Drew Thing Can Go Away - 70%
Wishing We Got Better/More Speeches From The Kids - 71%

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I started Wherever I Look back in 2011 and from movies, TV, the occasional book, play, and Broadway show, have been trying to bridge the gap between a critic and an avid lover of various forms of media.

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