We just have to address one thing really quickly. Somehow in all of last week's excitement, I hadn't noticed this particularly amazing thing in the background:
I'm sure everyone who actually watches the show regularly has gotten over what must have been an initial laugh riot, but it's all new to me! You should really be envying me, getting to experience this for the very first time!
Let's take a closer look:
I just want to give this set decorator a big fat hug and to tell him or her that this is a massive personal triumph.
That's al! It couldn't go unsaid.
Oh all right, I'll weigh in just a little on the follow-up to last week's big reveal that Maya was assigned male at birth, and that's why her family basically cast her out. They didn't get too far into it, just to have Maya confirm it, to say she's had surgery but isn't willing to go into specific details, and to talk a little about how she always knew she was a girl.
Maya: I had a medical problem that I needed corrected, so that my outside would match my inside. And for the first time I felt like me. For the first time I loved myself, and isn't that the point of living?
I am cautiously optimistic at this current moment that some effort is being made here to tell this story well. Her sister went through some of the requisite insults (and some characters should do that, obviously, as it would be unrealistic for all these judgmental busybodies to be accepting right off the bat, though some of them damn well better be!), but actually did seem interested in trying to understand a little better. Of course she hasn't exactly said, "Oh and now I'll stop blackmailing you!" but on soap operas, blackmail within the family is obviously often an act of great love. Naturally.