B&B really delivered on a very important and moving episode today. The dialogue was crackling, there were plenty of pleasant surprises, and real character growth was in effect!
I'll paraphrase it just a little in case you missed it. At the end of last Friday's episode, Maya dropped her purse in Rick's Office/Boudoir and out spilled her prescription estrogen pills. (When you're taking pills you don't want anyone to know about, the best place to put them is obviously a small clutch purse that doesn't properly close. And you should probably take those pills while you have your back turned to someone else in a room rather than just, you know, taking them in private.) (But then again, there's no such thing as "private" in soaps.)
Rick is familiar with all pharmaceutical variations of estrogen pills, naturally, because why wouldn't he be? So he asked her about them.
Today's episode picked up where that left off and, again, I am occasionally paraphrasing here but the gist is a beautiful thing...
Maya: I have to tell you something, Rick, and I'm sorry it took me so long to tell you but I was scared. I've had to deal with some very painful and hurtful reactions to this in the past and I just wanted someone to be able to fall in love with me, the real me, to be able to see past this label that some people unfortunately see as scandalous somehow.
Rick: You can tell me anything! We all have things in our past that we might keep from someone else for fear of losing them. I act out of fear all the time, you know that, you see the way I treat people. That's not because I believe, deep down, that people should be treated that way. It's because I'm so afraid of being invisible, of being nobody, and I lash out and behave badly out of ego so much because --
Maya: Rick, I'm trans.
Rick: You're -- what? What?
Rick: But... that's not possible.
Maya: I know I should have told you. But I was afraid. I was afraid because I've had to suffer hatred and violence from people in the past when they found out, and I don't want that to be the thing that defines me. I'm just me. I'm Maya. And you know me.
Rick: You're telling me you were born a man?
Maya: No, I'm telling you I was assigned male at birth. I always knew I was a woman, though.
Rick: I see what you're saying. Wow. This'll take some time to digest. I sure am surprised! This is a lot for you to have been dealing with alone, I hope Nicole has been helpful!
Maya: She really hasn't. She's blackmailing me with the information. Also Carter knows. So I guess I'm a big liar and I should probably tell everyone the truth.
Rick: What? Why? I mean you and I are romantic partners so that's definitely a thing you should tell me but why in tarnation would it be anyone else's business at all ever? WHY IN TARNATION??
Maya: What is tarnation?
Rick: Literally no one has ever known the answer to that.
Maya: What if other people find out anyway?
Rick: Well Maya, I love you, and I know you're all woman so I will stand by you and help you fight any sort of ugliness that comes your way! I guess I'd better find out a little more about transgender people and all their inherent issues! I wonder if there's a support group or something!
Maya: Funny you should mention that, there totally is. There's about a jillion of them. We're in LA!
Rick: THAT IS A GREAT POINT!
Maya: Why are you yelling?
Rick: I'M JUST EXCITED TO LEARN! AND TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE! This really changes my perspective! I think maybe I should start tapping in to a little humility and compassion in all my dealings with other human beings.
Maya: Me too! Remember when I used to be really nice? Wow, this is really not the response I expected from you.
Rick: The expected response would be so boring, wouldn't it?
Maya: That's true. This is a very refreshing and interesting turn of events!