Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce serves its best installment of the season yet with “There’s No Crying In Baseball.” There is always that episode each season that hits it out of the park. To me, this would be the strong pilot that set the tone of the show and let the viewers into Abby’s messy life. Then there is the episode during which Abby (Lisa Edelstein) and Jake (Paul Adelstein) tried to work through their issues but ended up splitting for good last season.
This week begins with Abby and Mike (James Lesure) in bed post lovemaking, until the dialogue turns cheesy and it becomes obvious that it’s another one of Abby’s fantasies and smutty writing session. This one is much more enjoyable than the sunflower seeds and shells previously spit out on her cleavage though. Mike and Abby seem to have cleared the air about his omission that he was still living with his soon to be ex-wife and it looks like their feelings for each other are deepening. Also, the sex was amazing! Fake or real, this is all we can wish for them in the future of their relationship.
Back to reality, Abs still has to deal with the revelation about Coach Mike Brady, which proves quite challenging when she has to face him and his ex during the last game of the baseball season. No worries, she can count on her bestie Jo’s (Alanna Ubach) support. But before the big game, Mike shows up at Abby’s and she actually confronts him. She’s not having it and she stands up for herself – something she failed to do last season with Harris (Mark Valley). It’s a tough exchange but satisfying to watch as Edelstein is always excellent when she conveys Abby’s raw hurt feelings and fortitude in a tricky situation.
At the game, Abby visibly still has the warm and fuzzy feelings about Mike every time she notices him coaching the team and especially when he is being encouraging and kind to her son Charlie (Dylan Schombing). It’s hard to resist as much as she wants to move on. Enters Colette Brady (Stephanie Szostak), the coach’s wife. Their first encounter is all kinds of awkward but Abby pulls through and they actually have a pretty calm conversation about their marital situation. Abby recognizes that divorcing is a messy process and she wants to call it with Mike but she’s torn because she can see that he is genuinely a great guy.
Anyway, Abby later has one of her realest and most self-aware moment yet when she breaks down her relationship with Mike to Jo. It seems like she’s grown and learned from her past mistakes.
Abby: “It’s disconcerting. Going through menopause, I’m still as boy-crazy as ever. I’m not going to marry him. I knew he was going through a tough divorce and I deluded myself into thinking that I had something different with him. New, easy. I just don’t know if I can go down that road with him. I don’t like what it brings out in me. Neurotic Abby. I guess we never really change.”
Jo: “I think you’re doing pretty well.”
This rewarding moment happens after quite the intense confrontation when Abby and Jo get pulled into their daughter’s drama. Neither of them handle this delicate situation optimally at first. Since Zooey (Alison Thornton) is not coping well with the fact that Lilly (Conner Dwelly) is hitting it off with the young baker Ethan (Connor Pathon), she has been borderline bullying her out of frustration and stress. Zooey is a bright young lady who is highly concerned about her education and who feels like she is not at the level she needs to get into the top colleges. She also feels under pressure because her home life has been chaotic given her dad’s alcoholism as well as her mom’s attitude. Thornton is merciless yet marvelous when she turns the mirror back to Jo to make her point about what brought on such behavior. Her conduct cannot be excused but the mother-daughter duo evidently has a lot to work on.
Elsewhere, Abby and Lilly have come a long way and maybe that is due to Jake being away leaving more room for Lilly to get closer to her mother. It’s heartwarming that Lilly feels safe enough to talk to her mom about her issues with Zooey and that she is heard and trusted. Abby also takes this opportunity to teach Lilly about being empathetic. She is happy for Lilly that she seems to have found a boy that makes her feels great and with whom she shares something rare. Kids are the best teachers after all. This definitely leads Abby to have a change of heart because she also feels that what she has with Mike could be special and precious. These mother-daughter scenes always bring out a sweetness and warmth to Edelstein that is a joy to watch. As for Dwelly, she is a very subtle young actress who does wonders with touchy material. More of them both, please.
Eventually, Abby takes charge and contacts Mike. He announces that he’s moving out right when Abby’s about to give him another shot. “Timing is everything.” It sure is and they are ready to see where their relationship is going, the first stop being Abby's bedroom, finally!
Barbara (Retta) is on a roll! After a promotion, a raise and a date with her contractor, she comes up with just the right idea to make sure SheShe can maintain its traffic and revenue despite a lawsuit filed against its parent company. She’s confident and brilliant our Babs! Unfortunately, – and as it ever so happens for highly competent women in the workplace – her sly boss not only steals her thunder by taking credit for her great work during the presentation but he wants to cancel the raise she’s had due to financial difficulties, supposedly. Babs calls BS and quits! Now, that’s a lady with self-respect. She deserves respect because she’s earned it there as Abby points out earlier.
Phoebe (Beau Garrett) is still nuts about her new billionaire friend Gemma (Daisy Betts) who she is about to introduce to JD (Aaron Staton) in hopes of selling his artworks. The thing is, Phoebe’s response to her husband’s latest piece is very lukewarm. He’s taken a break from nudes to paint trees and animals. When presented to Gemma, she is intrigued and interested by his painting to Phoebe’s surprise who does not hesitate to jump on board and play her card as an art consultant. JD is stumped his wife would switch gears that easily which creates a new conflict for them. Eventually, JD comes around and agrees to spend the following weekend at Gemma’s get-together. Although it could be great for both their careers, there is still that strong vibe between his wife and her new BFF. That might lead somewhere else when the three of them end up on a trip ready to take things further. It wouldn’t be Phoebs’ first time so why not?
Delia (Necar Zadegan) continues to cater to her difficult client’s every whim until she doesn’t. He is the kind that could make or break her and she goes the extra length to make sure the later won’t happen when she feels he could jeopardize her rise to her former glory at the firm. After an irrational counseling meeting that goes out of control between the separated couple due to an argument about who gets to keep the high-priced guitar gifted by Prince at their nuptials, they change their minds and announce they won’t be divorcing. Instead of moving on, Delia takes matters into her own hands and destroys the instrument rock-star style to keep the case. Albert (Brian Markinson) is on to her but he knows her motivation. This leads to an apology from him for destroying her wedding which changed the course of her life.
- Mike and Lilly have now both asked what Abby’s new book is about. One might wonder what they are going to think once they know what Abby’s been writing about and who is her inspiration.
- Jo seems as clueless about baseball as Abby was when they started the ball season. Nadia Dajani has her work cut out for her besides playing the super savvy Linda. Any excuse to have her stick around, really.
- Babs would make the greatest referee (or general). The way she separates the teens and the momsters is epic!
This roller coaster of an episode is the perfect build-up for the season finale that airs next Wednesday on Bravo. Tune in to check out whether the third season of Girlfriends Guide To Divorce ends on a cliffhanger or if it wraps things up nicely enough to make us wait calmly until its return.