Not going to lie. I'm dreading this episode. I know we're going to be dealing with the death of Stef's father and I'm a bit of a walking exposed nerve right now (for reasons utterly unrelated to prime time soap operas), so I am predisposed to an inevitable cryfest. Good chance I'll miss some major moments in the midst of it. Just in the interest of full disclosure. I'm nothing if not honest. I'm fragile, people! This is gonna hurt!
Of course it opens with her dad very much alive, but this has got to be a fantasy sequence. (Incidentally, I know Sam McMurray has had an extensive career, but I'll always remember him most as Neil Schweiber's dad on Freaks and Geeks.) They are happy and laughing and reminiscing. They're talking about baseball, because San Diego Padres. Father. Title. Then it basically starts snowing inside. She wakes up in bed next to her wife. It was just a dream. He's really gone.
Mariana is sad and afraid. It's her first funeral.
Jude gives her advice because poor sweet Jude is unfairly wise in this arena at his young age. Cripes, y'all, my heart is just aching already. I'm sure to anyone ducking in for their first episode it's all far too schmaltzy and heavy-handed but boy is it hitting me right where it's meant to.
Lena and Stef are getting ready for the funeral and discussing the details of the reception -- refreshments, basically. The minutiae kind of stuff that keeps your brain intact in moments like these. They're also thinking Brandon was on the level about not dating Callie anymore, and somehow seem foolishly gullible about the rule that Callie's not allowed to date anyone while she's living at Girls United anyway.
Callie and Jude walk into the funeral holding hands. After one of the social workers tells Callie she's a "good sister." Well, I guess in some circles her version of sister would be "good." The kind that makes my tummy hurt and rhymes with shmincest. There's a quick flashback of young Callie and Jude going to their mother's funeral.
After the funeral, Jude calls Lena "Mom" and she gets all weepy because of course she does and also I do, okay? OKAY?
Then Brandon comes and ruins everything when Callie is looking at a photo of Stef and Lena's wedding by reminding her that the reason that day was just great wasn't because his mothers got married but because he first made out with his foster sister at that wedding.
Everyone is wearing Padres gear in tribute to Frank. Did they have to up the emotional ante for me by bringing baseball into this?
Yes. Yes, they did. Now of course my preferred baseball team is basically the most loathed team in all of professional sports, so I doubt too many people are going to be wearing gear on my behalf after my funeral. Is this getting dark?