A Million Little Things: Season 2 – Episode 18 ‘Mothers And Daughters’ REVIEW

Everyone preps for a baby shower and vow renewal while Eddie digs into the mystery of the lake house.

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“Mothers and Daughters” was a perfect title for this episode. We have a little mother-daughter drama going on between Katherine and her mother via phone call, Delilah and Sophie, and most notably, Regina and her mom, Shelly (Romy Rosemont). There’s also drama between Eddie and Lindsay where it concerns the mystery of the lake house.

Katherine is busy trying to get everything ready for her vow renewal, and opening her new law firm. Katherine really is a career woman, and usually does well when it comes to managing multiple things at once, but even she admits she feels like she’s underwater. That’s why I found it so sweet that Theo sat down with her and offered to do some breathing exercises to help Katherine feel a little less overwhelmed. Mothers and sons are important too, and Theo’s and Katherine’s bond is a special one, especially now that Katherine has more time to spend with him.

I was glad to see Katherine was supportive of her friend Darcy with Gary. The more I see Darcy, the more I like her. She and Katherine sharing the screen allows us to get to know their friendship better, and it’s clear as to why they’re so close.

Darcy and Gary do share a meaningful connection in “Mothers and Daughters”, and even when they get locked in a room, Gary comes through as Darcy begins experiencing what must be PTSD from her time in the military as she begins hyperventilating in the confined space until Gary breaks the window on the door and lets them out. Gary managed to calm her down and resolve the situation in a timely manner in the collected way he did was impressive. Seeing her at her worst doesn’t throw Gary off, and it’s obvious that that meant a lot to Darcy.

Darcy’s performance, both when she was hyperventilating and again when she became tearful upon remembering a time she had a similar moment in the presence of her son, was incredible and realistic. It’s not something she’s proud of, but Gary provided her a safe space to be honest with him. My only concern is that Gary has a tendency to want to save his significant others, given his history with Maggie. He appears to have learned from his mistakes with Maggie, but it’s no guarantee he won’t do that with Darcy, either.

I was concerned when Gary initially didn’t say anything to Darcy about having dated Maggie when she mentions that she met her, but was glad to see Gary be honest with Darcy later on. Honesty is the best policy, and if Darcy and Gary are both willing to be completely honest, that’s a good start for their relationship.

Katherine talking about her experience with Eddie regarding how they worked on their relationship may have influenced Maggie to do the same. Maggie’s busy packing boxes, but we do see that she’s talking to her mother again, and is obviously struggling with her feelings for Gary. I have to say that I did feel bad for her as she watched Gary go into his apartment with Darcy. It’s the moment where she witnesses the fact that Gary has moved on, and her window has closed. She couldn’t expect him to wait forever, and in many ways that’s real life, hard as it may be. She’d been having flashbacks to her life with Gary, and I have to wonder why she didn’t think about that more often in previous episodes ?

Where it concerns mothers and daughters, Regina’s and Shelly’s relationship was at the forefront. They’re happily getting ready for Regina’s baby shower, and Shelly judges Regina for having such a close relationship with Eve. She later apologizes for it, but the fact remains that she and Regina still have some work to do when it comes to their relationship. The two tend to butt heads, at one point nearly turning into an argument before Delilah separates the two, but when it comes down to it, they love one another deeply. Regina keeps emphasizing that her mother may not understand certain things about her, but she doesn’t have to. Boundaries have to exist in any relationship, and with Regina as an adult, her mother can’t be hovering and constantly telling Regina what to do.

The baby shower was beautiful, attended by all those close to Rome and Regina, even Eve herself. I was impressed with Eve’s ability to be happy for Rome and Regina, keeping a calm composure. Regina broke down in happy tears at one point, so grateful to be a mother in the near future and I was moved by her show of emotion as I was ecstatic for her dream to come true.

Regina is careful about what she says and does to protect Eve’s feelings, but it’s not until the very end of the baby shower that Eve tearfully insists she has to stay out of their lives once the baby is born, despite how much she loves the couple. I was expecting Eve to break down at some point, and Ebboney Wilson (Eve) portrays that convincingly and with feeling.

I don’t want to see her relationship with Rome and Regina end. The three of them have been through so much together, and Rome and Regina have done so much for Eve, but when all is said and done, they’ll keep the baby and Eve will move on with her life. It’s a hard but true fact, and Eve is right to separate herself from them to establish that boundary, difficult as that may be.

Eve’s tearful boundary establishment wasn’t the only drama happening at the baby shower. Rome returns home in the midst of it, admitting he couldn’t get the new car he’d gone out for. I’m sure witnessing a father and son fighting at the dealership didn’t help Rome, as he’s now worrying over his ability to be a good father. I loved how Regina and Eve teamed up to reassure him, and all they said was true. It’s true that every parent must feel some level of terror, but that means they care, and considering how much terror Rome feels, he’ll be a good dad.

Sophie and Delilah had a brief tiff as well when Sophie unintentionally finds out about Delilah’s new beau, Miles. At first I thought it would cause another rift between mother and daughter, but Sophie confesses she just doesn’t want any more secrets, so Delilah tells her everything about him. Clearly Delilah doesn’t want to lose her daughter again and is willing to be more open. Granted, Delilah wasn’t sure what Miles was to her yet and Sophie misunderstood what Delilah’s intentions were, so I was glad to see them clear that up. Given all the rifts healed between them this season, I was glad they didn’t open another one.

Speaking of difficulties, Eddie faced one of his own. He gets his sister to tell him what she remembers the night Alex drowned, and from then on, cannot let it go. He doesn’t want to live any more lies, and that means digging into his past so he can have a peaceful future. Lindsay hid Eddie’s soaking clothes, which were critical evidence in what happened that night. Eddie was drinking and doesn’t remember, relying on Lindsay’s story to put the clues together.

Lindsay committed a crime by hiding evidence, so I have to wonder if that will come back in some way to haunt her, more than she already is, anyway. Eddie is angry at her for bringing up Alex’s death once more. He hadn’t thought about it in years, but she has. It seems it’s more to put Lindsay’s mind at rest than Eddie’s, at least until he starts to wonder if he played a part. I think it was selfish for Lindsay to bring up the lake house mystery as soon as she did, given Eddie was finally back on track and she’d only just come back into his life. It’s been years since Alex’s death, why bring it up now? Why not wait until she’d spent more time with Eddie before opening up a painful subject like this one?

I can understand her intentions might be good as she wants to solve the mystery once and for all and relinquish any guilt she may be carrying, but Eddie has already been through so much and worked so hard to fix his life for his family. He was right to call Lindsay out on that, as whatever they found out would surely affect Katherine and Theo, too. Eddie’s performance in “Mothers and Daughters” perfectly indicated his tortured and confused feelings. I fear that learning more about Alex’s death may once again send Eddie to his dark place and the bottle, or perhaps to a truth that will tear him apart.

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Verdict
“Mothers and Daughters” held up in its performances, pacing and storyline, making for an intense penultimate episode prior to the season finale. I look forward to seeing how Season 2 ends, and expect nothing less than emotional wrath and further drama, especially where it concerns Alex and the lake house.
8.5

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