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Bolo Punch

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In the kitchen, Theresa enlists Katie's help in putting out some muffins or biscuits or whatever, and then when Daniella appears, Theresa asks what's up with the tea she asked her to make, so Daniella tells her she's got soccer practice, like, (a) tea takes one second to put on, and (b) isn't that something you would have said WHEN SHE ASKED? It may seem like a small point, but I hate when shows construct dialogue in a way that would never actually happen. "Hey Daniella, would you please make some tea?" "I can't, I have to get ready for soccer practice." What other answer could have been given that they're having this exchange now? Did Theresa email the request? ANYWAY, Daniella says Ava's going to drop her off on her way to the mall, and then the wayward eldest daughter appears in a skirt that, while short, is hardly inappropriate. Theresa, however, says that she won't have "Father Moran" thinking that she lets Ava leave the house that way, so I guess this is the show's clever way of letting us know who the biscuits and tea are for, even though they're not actually EVEN GOING TO SEE FATHER MORAN if they're leaving for soccer practice. Ugh. Anyway, more stuff happens but it's stupid...

...so let's cut ahead to where Father Moran and a behabited nun are there, and OH MY GOD AVA AND DANIELLA ARE STILL THERE EVEN THOUGH DANIELLA COULDN'T MAKE TEA BECAUSE OF SOCCER PRACTICE. Aagh. Well, fine, this way it makes sense for Ava to have put on the damn pair of jeans, but honestly, that whole preceding scene made no sense as written and should have been cut. What's the upshot? Theresa wants to impress her priest. REAL DEEP INSIGHT THERE, and one I would have been completely unable to get to on my own. Sheesh. ANYWAY, the nun, from her accent and the context of the discussion, is apparently Haitian, and Father Moran tells Theresa that she's got "exactly the kind of project you were looking for" (?) - a clinic in Haiti that was destroyed by the earthquake left hundreds of sick children with no medical care, and they need money to rebuild it. He starts to suggest the Leary family make the first pledge, but Theresa tells him they can do more than just give money - she'd like to go down there this summer. That's nice, but I think he's more interested in the pledge. Theresa also tells him she knows her girls would be happy to help, like THANKS, MOM, but Daniella and Ava do express their enthusiasm for the idea, so Theresa suggests they get started immediately, "unless you really need to get to the mall." Everyone laughs at that one like there isn't a HARRIED SOCCER COACH OUT THERE, and the girls head upstairs as Father Moran says they should put Theresa on retainer. Instead of talking rates, though, Theresa says she didn't grow up in "a house like this," and adds that she doesn't want the girls to forget how lucky they are. Father Moran nods respectfully, but the Haitian nun looks bored out of her mind, for which I kind of love her. Theresa then asks what it would cost to rebuild the clinic, "or at least get a roof over it," and Patrick may not have been scared by that gun but I'm guessing he's getting the cold chills now.

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