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Claire and Morgan share another moment because of Breeze and Shaun, alongside Dr. Glassman, deal with their fear, and/or stubbornness.
|Director(s)||Tara Nicole Weyr|
|Introduced This Episode|
|Mitchell Stewart||Joshua Malina|
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Who Knew Compromise Was Such A Dirty Word?: Mitchell, Shaun, Carly
As we all know, in Shaun’s venture to understand dating, and Carly, he is willing to take advice from the closest thing he has to a friend, Claire, to complete strangers, like Mitchell Stewart. Someone who is a known liar, and modeled after Alex Jones, and yet Shaun takes his word when it comes to handling Carly’s desires to hold hands. An idea Shaun doesn’t like, be it due to his autism or something unrelated, so he tries to end the idea of them ever doing that. To which Carly seems to, solemnly, accept it.
Though, as Shaun realizes how much Mitchell is willing to lie and hide, he comes to realize that he shouldn’t listen to Mitchell. Here is hoping that, eventually, he’ll realize most people who give him advice don’t necessarily give the kind that could make his life better.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- Will Mitchell still take those “Herbs” so that he can get an erection? Even if it means his liver eventually failing?
Love Is About…: Debbie, Dr. Glassman, Shaun, Carly
To prove Shaun learned his bad habits from somewhere, Dr. Glassman gets pensive, freaks out, and outright abandons Debbie after he decides, last minute, he doesn’t want to get married. He even hides from her and doesn’t really want to explain himself. Yet, it should be noted, all of this stems from Shaun doing as many have to him – planting a small seed, and watching a weed sap the life out of the situation.
However, unlike most, while Shaun does poison the well, he also undoes his spell. For as Dr. Glassman racks his brain and shows, like so many on this show, he has no friends, so he turns to Shaun, Shaun points out something very simple. Dr. Glassman’s pattern when talking about his ex-wife was just that, speaking of her as his ex-wife. But now he uses the term 1st wife.
So, with that in mind, Debbie and Dr. Glassman get married, and Shaun, with Carly, acts as their witnesses. Also, Shaun comes up with a way to show he can compromise without making himself uncomfortable by figuring a way for him and Carly to be close, nearly holding hands, but not. Sort of in an anticipation kind of way.
Amazing Grace: Morgan, Lily, Jonas, Claire
So, Claire’s mom died, has been cremated, and apparently she hasn’t told anyone. Not even the friends who, if I recall right, we saw last season. Instead, she is just shutting down, and it has gotten to the point she is as bad as she was when she was with Jared. Even with patience, she is strangely cold-hearted.
Lily has an issue where she can’t feel pain and has a limited ability to feel emotions as well. Something that leads to her having to be treated for appendicitis, among other things, and one of the treatments includes cutting off the woman’s hand. Yet, she isn’t making a big deal out of it. This worries her husband for if her mom can die in front of her, and she can lose a hand, and it not be this earth-shattering thing, who is he?
Leading to him, temporarily, leaving her and this idea that the treatment was to make her suffering like the rest put into the air. Likely triggering Morgan to realize, as she has done many times before, she needs to dig in Claire’s business. After all, Morgan has a lockdown on being the mean one, and she can’t let Claire steal her shtick.
Thus, after a whole lot of boundary-pushing, Claire reveals Breeze died, and she has had her ashes in the trunk like an old thermos she forgot. This leads to Morgan pushing Claire to fulfill Breeze’s final wishes and dump her ashes near a bunch of sea lions. Then, to really show how much Claire is willing to let Morgan influence her, she even sings “Amazing Grace” as it happens.
But, being that Morgan has gotten a little too close, including sleeping on her shoulder on the way home, Claire, likely repulsed she got so emotional with another human being, decides to have empty sex. Perhaps to f*** the pain away or maybe to prove to herself she still has the ability to shut herself off after being opened so wide.
Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs
When only one side can get what it wants, make sure it’s yours.
Not everybody has a god, but everybody has a religion.
Other Noteworthy Facts, Moments, and Random Thoughts
- Isn’t it strange how Richard Schiff and his wife make a perfect pairing on this show, but Will Yun Lee and his wife, real wife for both by the way, just don’t bring the same investment?
Realizing How Much Shaun Is How He Is Thanks To Dr. Glassman
Being that we haven’t really gotten to see Shaun between Dr. Glassman taking responsibility for him, and modern times, it has made it so we haven’t gotten to see Dr. Glassman as a parent. However, with the way Dr. Glassman reacted to Shaun’s comment, and how he treated Debbie, it makes you realize a lot of what we thought was connected to Shaun being autistic is just him following after Dr. Glassman.
Not to say Shaun losing his brother and being estranged from his parents isn’t a factor. You can’t discount that. However, taking note Dr. Glassman doesn’t have friends, and the only person, outside of Debbie, he has something beyond a professional relationship to is Shaun, it all comes together. Also, considering Shaun, for who knows how long, only had Dr. Glassman as both his family and friend, them being one and the same, in many ways, makes perfect sense. Right down to them both being hard to live with due to how stubborn they are and how much they always want their way. Otherwise, they have a hissy fit.
Understanding The Intimacy Of Holding Hands
While the importance and journey Shaun is on isn’t lost to me, or anyone watching the show, I do think Carly’s point in helping us understand the struggles that can be faced present notable moments. Like, how do you deal with someone whose love language not only doesn’t match yours, but they are repulsed or uncomfortable with that? Not even due to some childhood trauma, but because the way their brain is wired.
It’s little things like this which are nice to see, just because it reminds you as much privilege as Shaun has, not everything is going to be handed to him. That or people sacrificing themselves, like Dr. Andrews, for Shaun’s benefit while doing a disservice to themselves.
Claire & Morgan’s Relationship
There is something about Claire and Morgan’s relationship which has the level of chemistry and intimacy which surpasses even the romantic relationships on this show. Which isn’t to say I think either are queer or questioning, more so, outside of people’s interactions with Shaun, these two are the only ones we’ve seen have consistent, intimate conversations and interactions. Never mind hang out outside of the hospital enough times when you can remember when it was done last.
Hell, in terms of Claire’s mom, only Morgan has really gotten to know and understand her, and has been allowed to really engage Claire and not deal with a wall or be shut off. I can’t tell you if that comes from Claire wanting to connect with another person, but being scared, or if Morgan being pushy is considered flattering at first, then annoying once that attention high wears off. Either way, this is a serious ying and yang relationship going on here, and I think whenever Morgan feels they are off-balance, that is when she just instinctively knows she needs to check-in, prod, and force Claire to stop taking everything in and let stuff out.
Is Claire Really Going To Regress Like This?
Back when Jared was around, it was clear Claire used sex to help her feel something without letting anyone in too close. Since then, she hasn’t really dated, and beyond a short stint with Dr. Melendez, when talking about having kids, some ER talk initiated by Dr. Andrews, and the occasional Shaun conversation, while she may open up in passing, always speaking with a bit of calculation, she has been closed off.
Now, previously, one could have assumed she was dealing with how Jared left, her mom, and maybe feeling dating while being a doctor was too much. I mean, as she notes this episode, but we haven’t heard noted in a while, the hours are killer and don’t leave much room for a normal relationship. Hence Jared since he was convenient. But I guess with Claire both fearing and wanting intimacy, it should be expected she’d fall back into the only pattern she knows and which, for a time, worked for her.
Here is just hoping that she doesn’t get stuck in her old patterns. It has been over 2 years, estimated, since Jared. Surely there is some part of her who doesn’t want drunken hookups with random men, seemingly in an alleyway.