A+ for whoever chose that Cowboy Junkies song for this episode!
It takes a certain kind of person to have an affair in your own house in the bed you share with your spouse while your three year old daughter is at home, and that is the kind of person who says, "There are things your mother doesn't ever need to know."
Mary Louise follows in the grand tradition of the asshole who shows up unannounced at someone else's place of work to have a conversation about something very private and personal. Ugh. And how would a paternity test prove that Perry wasn't a rapist, Mary Louise? Again I say UGH.
And while I'm complaining about people being jerks this week, Renata's reaction to Amabella being brought to the hospital served to remind us that although she is not being mean to Maddie and the other women in the Monterey Five anymore, she's still ridiculous with 99% of the population. First she blamed Amabella's teacher (hissing "What did you do?" before storming back to see Amabella) and then snapping at the doctor about how she wanted Amabella transferred to Stanford. Renata is one giant ball of tension and even though she speaks nicely to Amabella, she still acts like a jerk in front of Amabella and that is enough to stress a kid out (or teach them that this is considered acceptable behavior).
I was really glad that Maddie reassured Abigail that she wasn't mad at her for spilling the beans about her affair with the drama teacher and told her that the fault was her own for having the affair. I wish she'd been as candid during her first therapy session. Hee, I loved that even Abigail knew that the therapist was right when she said that Maddie is insecure about not finishing college. I worked with a couple of people like that and although they were good at their jobs, they would sometimes make comments that made it obvious they were self-conscious about not having degrees. I don't understand why Maddie doesn't just finish her degree though. She could go to CSU Monterey Bay or UC Santa Cruz (which is 12 miles away), or she could just take online courses. She has the time and the money to do it and since there's no rush or deadline, she could take just one class at a time.
I love Dr. Bo Peep!
I still love Dr. Amanda too, despite her advice to Celeste last week to try dating. Although I think that it's too soon for that, she's been pretty spot on about everything else. This week it was when Celeste wanted to remember the good things about Perry and the therapist pointed out that he almost killed her so maybe clinging to the happy memories wasn't the best thing to do. I think Celeste is still ashamed of the abuse and that choosing to only remember the happy things is her way of still denying the abuse in her day to day life, so in that sense she's still hiding the abuse. I'm not saying she needs to take out a full page ad and detail all of his abuse, but she clearly still needs therapy because she is not dealing with the fact that her husband beat the shit out of her on a regular basis.
I hate that Jane rewarded Mary Louise's STALKING with a sit down. In theory, I admire that Jane is willing to be the bigger person and have a conversation with the woman who asked her to get a paternity test and basically slut shamed her and accused her of lying about being raped. In reality, it's far more generous than I could be. I get that Mary Louise misses Perry and is desperate to cling to any remnant of him, but if I were Jane I would be really reluctant to let my son spend any time with my rapist's mother, especially after she kept insisting that Perry was so kind and tender.
One of the things that really annoys me about Renata (aside from her blatant rudeness) is how she feels the need to exaggerate everything. First she said that Amabella was in a coma due to the school teaching her about climate change (and later she said that the school almost killed Amabella), then she told Maddie that the teacher told her to go to hell (when she's the one who threatened to squish the principal).
Man, I'm really starting to like the principal. When he told Renata that the school was there to serve all the children, not just her daughter, I wanted to high five him.
Even though Corey rubbed me the wrong way at first, I'm glad that Jane fond someone who is fine with taking things slow. Honestly, it's kind of sad that the bar is set so low that I'm saying something positive about him simply because he isn't pushing Jane or dumping her because she isn't ready to have sex with him on the first date, but there you have it.