This week’s episode jumped ahead three months and shifted focus to Regina, one of the best but most underused characters on A Million Little Things (seriously, where have you been all my life, Christina Marie Moses?). Her storyline, however, was an intensely uncomfortable one but illustrated that creator DJ Nash is clearly not afraid to go there, and by there, I mean a deep and frank discussion of childhood sexual abuse.
On the eve of Regina and Delilah’s restaurant opening, Regina learns from her mother that much of the financing came from Regina’s uncle, Neil, a revelation that shakes Regina so hard that she leaves the restaurant and threatens to quit. Regina is particularly upset with her mother, who not only didn’t tell her about Uncle Neil’s role in financing the restaurant but also appears to take Neil’s side. What we subsequently learn — after Maggie pulls it out of her — is that Uncle Neil molested Regina when she was 12 years old. Regina has been carrying the shame of “allowing” him to do that her whole life, and she understandably breaks down. Maggie helps pick her back up (it’s nice to have a therapist character) and encourages Regina to confront her accuser.
Unfortunately, by the time Regina arrives at the hospital to confront her Uncle, he’s passed away. She’s still furious with her mother, however, so Maggie suggests to Regina that the reason her mother often takes Neil’s side is that she, too, was abused by her brother and to side with Regina would mean acknowledging her own abuse. It leads to a breakthrough moment between Regina and Shelley, and the ice that has existed in their relationship finally melts away. Most importantly, Regina forgives her 12-year-old self, finally recognizing that what happened to her was never her fault. It’s a good storyline, but that shot of 12-year-old Regina applauding the chef that she has since become broke me.
Meanwhile, before the restaurant opens, Delilah — who is now visibly showing — reconnects with Andrew, the guy from the gas pump a few weeks ago. Turns out that Andrew is a big restauranter, as well as a widower, and he is so helpful and so charming that Gary believes him to be too good to be true. That may ultimately turn out to be the case, but from where I’m standing, he’s a much better option than Eddie, who spends the episode making out with the investigator Gary hired to track down Barbara Morgan (and washing dishes in what Rome calls “the most depressing episode of Behind the Music ever.”)
Speaking of Barbara Morgan, some headway is made in that regard, too. It appears that Adriana from The Sopranos (Drea de Matteo) is, in fact, Barbara Morgan, despite her protestations to Gary and Eddie to the contrary. She’s hiding from Gary and Eddie, and it appears that she has a son, who is most certainly Jon’s son. My question is: Does she know she’s about to come into some life insurance money? Also, get ready for a Barbara and Jon flashback episode.
Finally, the moment of the episode — fleeting though it may have been — goes to Gary, who spends the entire day trying to take care of everyone else, butting in where he doesn’t belong, trying to get Eddie to hook up with someone, and prevent Delilah from hooking up with Andrew. Why the manic mothering? “Why are you trying to control everyone?” Delilah asks. “I don’t know why,” Gary says before pausing. “I cannot lose her.”
I feel you, Gary.
Next week’s episode teases a parallel story to Regina and her mother, only with Rome and his father; more Barbara Morgan; and a terrible car accident involving Katherine. Will it bring Eddie and Katherine back together? Or will Katherine be killed off? Katherine is on the outside of the circle, so if anyone is going to die this season (besides Jon), it’s probably her. However, the only character on this show who should die is Eddie.
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