Whose Daughter? (104.23)

104.23 SYNOPSIS:  Grace is furious that Ben did not tell her about Olive’s shoplifting and only heard about it because Danny told her. Ben tells her he did it to regain Olive’s trust, but Grace needs them to be a team in order to make this work. Ben gets angry that neither Grace nor Olive can let go of Danny and realizes that maybe he is the odd person out in this equation. .—>

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Grace confronts Ben

Scene switches to the Stone’s house.

/DOOR CLOSES/

BEN: Hey, you’re back.

GRACE: Yep.

BEN: Everything good?

GRACE: Good. Fine. How’s Olive?

BEN: Hanging out in her room.

GRACE: Were you seriously not gonna tell me about our daughter shoplifting? You don’t think that’s something that I would want to know?

BEN: Olive asked me not to. I’m trying to gain her trust back.

GRACE: She’s 15 and in trouble. Of course she asked you not to.

Continuity Glitch

If Olive was born in May of 2002–her twin Cal’s birthdate is mentioned in “Pilot”–her age in November of 2018 would be 16, not 15 as Grace said.

SOURCE: Baby M at Doux Reviews

The Danny connection

BEN: How’d you find out?

GRACE: That’s not the point, Ben.

BEN: Danny. You talked to Danny. I thought you ended it with him.

GRACE: I did. He only called me to tell me what happened with Olive. He felt awful. Ben, you can’t keep secrets from me about my own daughter!

BEN: Our daughter.

GRACE: Of course that’s what I meant. I want you to be half of this parenting team. I cannot do it alone, but neither can you. Trust me, you have no idea what we’ve been through with her.

BEN: “We”? Meaning you and Danny?

GRACE: Ben, you weren’t here.

BEN [SCREAMING]: I am now! And neither one of you seem to be able to let this guy go. [PAUSE] But maybe it’s not fair for me to ask you to.

GRACE: Ben It’s okay.

BEN: I’m gonna get some air.

/DOOR OPENS, CLOSES/

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One thought on “Whose Daughter? (104.23)

  1. This is one of the most important and underrated scenes in season one. It’s proof-positive that both Olive and Grace are willing to betray Ben as a father and husband when it comes to Danny.

    Olive called Grace and Danny both to pick her up at the Bluemercury cosmetics shop because of her shoplifting incident. She was surprised when Ben showed up instead of Grace.

    Grace wasn’t home when Olive and Ben returned? Why?When Ben asked Grace how she found out, she immediately replied, “That’s not the point, Ben.” So, if Danny called to tell her about Olive’s shoplifting incident, why did she have to immediately leave home and stay away for hours?

    Ben realized two things. First, Olive had duped him. Then, after his conversation with Grace, he realized that Olive knew before asking him to keep her shoplifting incident a secret that Danny would tell Grace.

    Ben also realized that Grace had just returned from seeing Danny. His “I thought you ended it with him” revealed to him the extent of Grace’s willingness to deceive and betray him.

    After understanding what had happened between him and Grace (and Olive), This is the reason he said, “I’m gonna get some air.” And left the house … disappointed and heartbroken.

    Why was Grace gone for hours? What was so important that after talking with Danny on the phone she couldn’t wait for Ben and Olive to return home and meet them? After all, they did came straight home from the Bluemercury.

    What did Grace and Danny do for hours? Did they talk? Most definitely. Did they have sex? More likely than not. To them, engaging in sex was not considered “infidelity with moral consequences.” Grace later told her friend Rob that she thought being with Ben felt like cheating on Danny.

    So, at the time, would she consider having sex with Danny cheating on Ben? Of course not. Being with Danny instead of Olive and Ben when she knew about Olive’s shoplifting incident showed exactly who she was … and exactly what she was capable of doing.

    Having sex with Danny and keeping it secret from Ben … while arguing with about Ben keeping secrets from her … is what had made Grace, Grace.

    Which makes “Whose Daughter?” even more relevant now than then. Because now it’s “Whose Baby?” More importantly, was this baby conceived during the hours Grace was away from home “talking” with Danny instead of meeting and greeting Ben and Olive upon their return from the Bluemercury?

    Yes, indeed. This was definitely one of the most important and underrated scenes in season one.

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