Some church somewhere. Luke and Grace are at an Alateen meeting. Okay. That? Is just not gonna fly. I could buy that Luke might have been able to convince her, but to jump from presenting the idea to a totally resistant Grace, to this scene a few days later, with no explanation of how he persuaded her to do this, is just silly. That's exactly the scene we needed to see, and it's not here. What did he say to her? What did he promise her? Did he make some kind of bargain? It's just moving too fast, and I feel like the writers are cheating a bit and even rushing the storyline -- perhaps to get us somewhere good, faster. But I don't want to just get someplace. I want to experience the process. I want to actually walk over the terrain, not breeze over it in a small plane. That, to me, is what puts this in After School Special territory. Feh. Anyway. One guy is sharing the story of his alcoholic father. Grace is sitting next to him, legs wrapped tightly together (like the bottom half of Garudasana, looking impatient and uncomfortable. She whispers to Luke, "This is just too weird, Girardi." The guy next to her sits down and the facilitator asks, "Anybody else?" A whole lot of faces look in Grace's direction in a kindly, receptive way. Frink: "One of us one of us " Grace uncoils herself and stands up, somewhat reluctantly: "Hi, my name is Grace." Everybody: "Hi, Grace." She continues: "Uh nothing leaves this room, right? Because I will hunt you people down." Heh. That's the Grace we know and love. Luke looks around, slightly apprehensive about Grace's approach, and shaking his head almost imperceptibly. She hesitates a long time before saying slowly, "My mother is an alcoholic." At that, Luke reaches over and threads his fingers through hers. Grace doesn't freak. She turns her head to look at him, and says, "And this is " Frink: "Say it! Who's your daddy?" Luke looks like he can't imagine how she's going to introduce him. Grace concludes, "My boyfriend Luke." Wow! A qualified squee. I'm still annoyed about the skipped-over parts. Grace gestures subtly for him to stand up. Everyone says hi to him, as he stands up next to her, stunned.
Joan of Arcadia
Episode Report CardDeborah: B | 534 USERS: C+
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Joan of Arcadia