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'Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce' fan react: All I ever wanted

Season 1 | Episode 13 | “Rule #101: Know When It’s Time to Move On” | Aired Feb 24, 2015

I don’t want Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce to be over, at all, but I am especially reluctant now that I just got everything I’ve ever wanted from this show. For a season finale, there wasn’t much in the way of endings; instead, they pulled out all the cliffhanger stops and pretty much guaranteed that I won’t ever again miss an episode, ever. I guess I shouldn’t complain, since GG2D officially has a second season in the works.

On the one hand, tonight’s finale fulfilled all my wants and wishes from the entire season. I’ve been shipping Abby and Jake all season long, and y’all scoffed and told me to give up my pipe dreams. I never stopped believing, and now, low and behold, the writers finally give me what I want. Not only do I get a super-sweet and steamy love scene between my favorite non-couple, but an adorable date and a dreamy morning after. It felt like a gift made especially for me… until that ending, which I will get to in a second.

Abby and Jake on their divorce date on

The chemistry between Jake and Abby is one of the reasons I tune into this show. Paul Adelstein tried his best to play a cad at the beginning of the season, but I never bought it. He is just too affable, too relatable—and, if you really want to know what I think, too damn adorable—to be such an ass. He makes Jake the perfect ex-husband, and I think Marti Noxon knew exactly what she was doing when she cast those dimples. Even when Abby and Jake are fighting, there’s a gravity that pulls me to them, and they have been sneaking toward a reconciliation all season. I called it, people.

Although Abby spent most of the episode in tears (and, full disclosure, so did I), there is a hopefulness to the entire episode. When she walks into their divorce date wearing that blue dress, it is fated from there. As they spend the night reminiscing and musing on their past, I wonder how anybody ever thought it was a good idea to write them as anything but in love. Jake’s declaration caught Abby by surprise, but she was the only one who didn’t see it coming. Her rejection, on the other hand, did take me by surprise.

I thought surely she’d drop her purse and run into arms, wrap her legs around him, kiss him meaningfully on the lips, and the credits would roll right there. It didn’t happen quite like that. Instead, Abby had to take a detour to her divorce party to get a healthy dose of metaphor in the form of a paintball gun aimed at her wedding dress. Seeing her pristine wedding dress transformed into something different, but altogether better, made her understand what Jake was saying after their date: It’s okay if things look different from what you expected. She comes around to the idea, smiling through tears, at about the same time that Becca drops her pregnancy bombshell on Jake.

Abby, Phoebe and Delia celebrate with a divorce party on

This is not how I want to leave these characters, and I certainly don’t want to have to stew on this little nugget until next season. One of the commenters on a previous piece planted this seed back when Abby had the pregnancy scare, but I dismissed it, thinking that Becca is just a momentarily plot device. I don’t want to be connected to this character for the rest of the show. Are you listening, GG2D writers? Fix it!

Bombshells are the theme of the night, apparently, and Phoebe dropped one of her own on Marco. Thank goodness Marco didn’t give up on Phoebe, and is still in the running for best boyfriend ever. She is going to need all the support she can get now that Corey is in their lives.

Phoebe finally confesses about her past with the photographer, but it’s so much sadder and more heartbreaking than I could have guessed. As a young model, Phoebe was victimized by Corey, and so, in hindsight, her tantrum at the kids’ school doesn’t seem so out of line. The last we see of Phoebe in tonight’s finale is her announcing that Corey is suing her for the scene at school.

Maybe Phoebe can enlist Delia to help, since she just made partner in her law firm. That is, if she’s not too busy being engaged to Gordon. There was a bit of misleading back-and-forth between the couple, but when all was said and done, Delia finally decides to get out of her own way and say yes to Gordon. Well done, Delia. And you most definitely don’t have to take his last name.

Delia, Jo and Phoebe wait for Abby to arrive to her divorce party on

Jo doesn’t quite get the happy ending that Delia does, and the final moments of the show are between her and her daughter. Jo agrees to let Zoey go visit Frumpkis in Kentucky, but it didn’t start out that way. It takes quite a bit of convincing for Jo to agree, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t all thanks to the snarky therapist they saw.

Jo changes her mind about Zoey’s trip, but the honestly it took to get her there is one of the best moments I’ve seen from this show. If you don’t love Alanna Ubach, then I’m not sure we can friends anymore. There are all sorts of divorces, and although Abby was committed to a happy one, unfortunately, Jo’s divorce is more likely the norm instead of the exception.

All told, I am pretty happy with the way this season of Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce wound down. I’m not a giant fan of the cliffhanger tactic, but it certainly makes me want to come back for season two.

What were your favorite moments from tonight?

Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce airs Tuesdays at 10/9C on Bravo.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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