Bonding With The In-Laws
Even if you and your husband-to-be are having your third wedding, and even if these nuptials are, like the ones that came before them, doomed to fail spectacularly since you actually have no desire to marry your husband-to-be, it is still important to spend quality time with your in-laws, so it's not wrong, exactly, that Luke and Liz spent a good deal of time today bonding over shared interests and habits.
What is wrong is that they bonded over...being miserable in lives that they never wanted. At an engagement party! What the what?
Liz, to her credit, knew how blatantly inappropriate the conversation was and flashed Luke one of her patented awesome facial expressions when he said...
Luke: He will. I'm very happy for him. I'd like to be happy for you, too, but I...I get the feeling maybe you're not as sure about all this as he is.
(It was very "We're going there? Really? Here? I don't think that's what you want to be doing")
but that didn't stop the douchery.
Elizabeth: This time, Lucky and I are gonna make it. I know we will. I want to be married to him. I really do love him.
Luke: I think you do. And he loves you, too. But sometimes, you know, love isn't enough. His mother and I are a good example of that.
Actually, you and Lucky's mother are a good example of what happens when a criminally inept head writer is given carte blanche to run a show into the ground, the first step being the complete and utter destruction of daytime's most iconic relationship, for, as far as I can tell, no other reason but "Haha, I can do what I want, and it is awesome!", but I guess that would have taken too long to say.
Elizabeth: Yeah, well, it's not just about love. I mean, Lucky and I want the same things. We want the same kind of life.
Luke: You're sure about that? You know, I used to, uh, fear that Lucky would wake up in this house the way I used to. With the walls closing in on him, not being able to breathe, suffocating. Elizabeth, I used to get up before dawn and sit out on that porch and actually think, how far down the road could I get before dark? But now I'm thinking maybe it isn't Lucky who's gonna get trapped in this house. Maybe it's you.
I'll admit in advance that the following borders on melodramatic, but it needs to be said: when Luke reinvents his life with Laura and tries to spin it as though he was miserable and hated his whole family (even though there are hours and hours available of clips on YouTube proving how patently false that is), IT MAKES ME PRAY FOR DEATH.
Speaking of douchery and wishing I were dead...
Luke: Uh, everyone! I'd like to have your attention. I'm gonna make a little announcement here. Since we're all together for the first time in, I don't know, maybe forever, uh, I'd like to take the opportunity to welcome Elizabeth back into the family. Although she was never really gone, it is nice that you will be a Spencer again. And, uh, on that note, I really don't know what everybody knows or what-- the details are really not important--but the point is, I would like you to welcome my son Ethan into the family. He is a Spencer.
"Uh, why are we spending so much time talking about that other guy when we should really be talking about my SON Ethan, who is AWESOME and I LOVE HIM. Ethan Awesome, Awesome, Ethan. Lucky, what are you still doing here?" Really, what social disorder does this man have?
Also, Lesley (who was on this episode today, OMFG*) was interested in taking a picture to the awesomely awesome Ethan to show Laura
Lesley: Among other things, yeah. Um, Laura is curious to see what Ethan looks like.
I don't know that she actually needed the picture, because "Tall, doofy, douchey and unwashed" paints a pretty accurate portrait. I kid about the douchey part (at least as far as personality is concerned. That wardrobe can be described no other way). To his credit, Ethan was uncomfortable and apologetic about the whole thing, and has been increasingly tolerable, which makes me the uncomfortable one.
*Lesley AND Bobbie AND Audrey AND Cam!
The appearance of these vets so delighted me that all I am going to say about that last screencap is that Cam is presh to the tenth power. That is some major delight right there!