Jillian has a one-on-one Dr. Phillian session with Sunshine, to get her to dig a little deeper. She asks about Sunshine's very strong bond with O'Neal, who has always been overweight. Sunshine became like O'Neal to have this bond. Everyone else in their family is apparently pretty skinny. Sunshine is staying back with O'Neal, and Jillian's concern is that they're joined at the hip, so if O'Neal sinks, Sunshine sinks. It's not healthy for any two people to be enmeshed in the way they are, and Sunshine needs to learn that she can live a parallel life to her father rather than the two of them being a fused unit. Sunshine gets teary, but seems to understand and agree. Jillian says that at some point, this is going to warrant a conversation with O'Neal.
And then that conversation happens! How convenient. Dr. Phillian is not there to facilitate. Sunshine tells O'Neal that she's seeing herself for the first time, and finally believes that she's beautiful. O'Neal starts to cry, which instantly makes me cry. Aw, man. Sunshine says that she believes in herself for the first time. Their bond is still strong, but she has to do this for herself. She's a woman now, and at 24 is finally standing on her own two feet. She's independent and believes in herself, and that makes her bond with O'Neal stronger -- she can stand next to him rather than under him. Under him sounds squishy. O'Neal says that he could never have let Sunshine go until she said what she said -- until he knew that she could stand on her own. He's been holding Sunshine since she was born, and today he finally stopped holding her. There are tears from Sunshine, O'Neal and me. These two should be in a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie. I can't take it! Also, I kind of want Sunshine to win now.