You know how sometimes something happens that you didn’t realize you even wanted, and then you’re totally taken aback by how satisfying you found it?
Yeah. Today was kind of that day for me:
JASON: Your brother said that you and Lucky were discussing donating Jake’s organs, and if you and Lucky would agree–
ELIZABETH: [slaps the hell out of him like a total BAMF] You selfish bastard. You chose not to parent Jake. Just like you chose not to be with me. You walked away and you never looked back. Lucky and I have raised Jake. We’re the ones with the hole left in our lives! You don’t even know him.
JASON: I gave Jake up because I–
ELIZABETH: And now you want to give away his organs? There is no way in hell you are using my son for spare parts.
I still think it was hugely out of character that Elizabeth didn’t think to call Jason at any point while Jake was in surgery. And I’m a little pissed that we didn’t even get one hug between the two of them before the fireworks started. But daaaaamn. That was a satisfying smackdown.
(I think my favorite part is when he starts to weakly defend himself and she just steamrolls right over him and he literally flinches.)
Kudos to both Rebecca Herbst and Steve Burton. That was brutal but awesome.
Then there’s Lucky and Luke:
LUCKY: I don’t know if you ever really understood why I agreed to raise Jake and Cam in the first place.
LUKE: Listen, if I ever made you feel judged or criticized for that, I was as wrong as a man can be–
LUCKY: No, no, that’s not… Look, you saw Elizabeth and I getting back together, you know, and you were afraid that it wouldn’t last, that I would raise them, love them as my own, and Elizabeth might take them away from me someday. And I’d fall apart.
LUKE: You are a good man, Lucky. I’ve always admired your ability, your gift to love, so fully and so open-heartedly. You give everything you have. And that ability has enriched your life in ways that mine will never be. I’d proud of you. I’m proud that you took on those two kids when you could have easily turned your back on them.
LUCKY: You know, ultimately it’s your fault that I took those boys in. You made being a father look like so much fun. I just couldn’t resist — I wanted to know what that felt like. I wanted to be on the other side of things. I just never knew it was possible to love that much.
My feelings about Luke’s constant belittling of Lucky’s choice to be Jake and Cam’s father are not really a secret. And his bullshit “if I ever made you feel judged” remarks aside (because what the fuck ever, Luke. You have been nothing but bitter and dismissive when it comes to those boys since day one) that was a good scene. And a long overdue one.
Meanwhile, back on the missed opportunities front, the frenetic pacing of this story has really left so many of them on the cutting room floor. Monica’s absence from her grandson’s death, Bobbie’s absence in her nephew’s hour of need — when she is literally the only person in town who could honestly say she knew exactly how he feels… Hell, the writers couldn’t even be bothered to have Ethan show up, much less fake a one-sided phone call from Laura.
(And you know there is no way in hell that Laura wouldn’t come back to be there for Lucky at a time like this, but how much you want to bet we won’t even get a contrived excuse for her absence? HATE.)
Then there’s Jax, who’s barely been involved in the story of his own daughter’s cancer. Anyone remember that he and Elizabeth actually already lost a child together once? (The writers sure don’t!) The two of them sharing even a tiny scene acknowledging that connection would have been nice.
The weirdest part of today had to be the hoops the writers jumped through to keep from giving us any scenes at Jake’s bedside. I can only assume there was some backstage reason for not wanting to go there — be it budgetary or issues with the child actor or… I don’t even know. But it was weird. And really not nearly as poignant or cathartic to have all your actors staring pensively into a door rather than getting to say their goodbyes to a real person. Or, you know… getting to say their goodbyes at all. Which they didn’t.
But as today’s promo helpfully informs us, the only thing that really matters is the identity of the driver. Which is, of course, so very typical. Emotional fall out? Character growth? Opportunities to engage with the show’s rich history? Why waste time on any of that crap when there’s a meaningless whodunit waiting to be dragged out for weeks?
And it is meaningless, because either the culprit is a main character we all know isn’t going anywhere, and who could only have hit Jake by accident and not realized. Or it’s Theo or Franco, in which case… so what? We already know they’re both evil. Theo might get killed but Franco sure as hell never will be unless it’s over Guza’s dead body.
Boring and pointless, with a side of who the hell cares. As usual.