Good episode, although I've got to go with fauntleroy
a bit in terms of saying that the reveal at the end, combined with other things we've discussed in past episodes, pretty much officially makes the stated premise of the show impossible. Yet I forgive them for it and just enjoy the ride, despite the fact that I'm generally more nitpicky about that kind of thing. Is it because I know the show is canceled? Maybe...not sure if that's why or not.
I did think everyone had been acting like longer had passed since the accident. Yet the son's girlfriend still looked thin, not noticeably pregnant or even ambiguous (like if she just looked a little heavier at least). So that's kinda weird.
I always thought the sympathetic tennis coach was a bit too convenient in Green, too, but they seem to have agreed on that score and written her out.
I didn't mind her character, but it sure does look like you're right that they wrote her out. I wonder if that was one of the decisions made when they stopped production for a while to hammer out the show's direction? It also seems like they have been featuring the family members less in general, which I'm not sure is a great move though I still enjoy it so I guess it's not hurting too bad.
What struck me as odd was that a girl from a progressively parented family would choose to continue the pregnancy
I've mentioned that I identify as a progressive parent, so let me tackle this one (although I can't claim to speak for all progressive parents by any means). For me at least, I think I'd be more accepting of my daughter being pregnant than would a dad who had more traditional moral values. I don't consider such a girl to be "fallen", and I wouldn't consider her baby (my grandchild) to be "illegitimate". Now it's true that being progressive usually goes along with supporting abortion rights. But if my daughter were pregnant, I would encourage her to have the baby, and help raise my grandchild so as to help my daughter be able to continue to be a top student in school as she is now, go on to college, etc. If she chose to have an abortion, I wouldn't shame her about it and I would support her choice...but if her mind wasn't made up, I would gently encourage her not to go the abortion route, nor would I want her to give the baby up for adoption.
I'd say it could be anything from two to four weeks after the accident.
I think it's got to be at least a couple months. Until the pregnancy reveal, I thought we were up to more like six months at least, but even now in my opinion two to four weeks is still too little (and we can add in the fact that women rarely know they are pregnant that quickly). [snip]
I've never lost a loved one suddenly like that, so I'm not sure how I'd be acting a month afterwards. Seems like it would take longer to get over than when someone's death is anticipated.
I lost my father suddenly when I was fifteen. There are times to this day, decades later, that it still hurts a LOT. Yet it was also true that within days after it happened, I was goofing around with friends in ways that took my mind off it (and my sister the same). Some people go totally into a catatonic state or close to it, or at least a consistently melancholy mode 24/7 and maintain that for weeks or months, but I think most people seek to kind of go back into the light and rejoin the world of the living pretty quickly. Then you can have your moments, especially when lying awake in bed or whatever, that you really grieve and have tears pouring down your face, but the rest of the time you can still function in the world, maintain your social relationships, and cheer yourself up so you don't just want to kill yourself or something. YMMV but that is my experience FWIW.
Edited by TWoP Howard, May 3, 2012 @ 8:19 PM.
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