Confrontation III (110.23)

After Cal texts his dad to come quickly, Ben finds Danny in his house with his children. When Danny accuses him of messing up the family, Ben loses control of his emotions and shoves him backward. Olive cries out for them to stop, saying that she invited him.

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The setup

Scene shifts back to the Stone house. Cal is still sitting on the stairs when the front door opens.

BEN: Hey. I got your text. What’s wrong?

Cal points to the dining room where Olive and Grace. Danny is standing between them.

GRACE: You are not a grown-up, Olive.

BEN: Mom and Olive?’

OLIVE: You’re not acting like one.

DANNY: Olive, you can’t talk to your mother like that.

The encounter

Ben sees Danny.

BEN: Hey. What are you doing here?

DANNY: I-I was invited.

BEN: Really? ‘Cause it doesn’t look like a happy reunion.

GRACE: Ben, it’s fine.

Ben raises his voice.

BEN: It’s not. I am not dead anymore. I am right here. And why does he get to be in my house with my children?

The showdown

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Danny takes a couple of steps toward Ben.

DANNY: You are the whole reason this family is messed up. I’m trying to pick up the pieces.

Ben gives Danny a very strong push backwards.

GRACEBen!

OLIVE: Stop! [PAUSE] All right? I invited him! It’s my fault.

The resolution

GRACE : [TO OLIVE] No, no, this is not your fault. This is not your fault. [TO BEN]: From the moment that plane landed, you wanted to walk back into this family like no time had passed. And I get that, because for you, it hadn’t. [TO DANNY] And you wanted the family that we had built. [TO HERSELF]  And I don’t know what I want. But no matter what I do, I’m the bad guy, and I’m tired of it. So we’re not doing this.

Olive walks toward Cal and places her arm around Cal

DANNY: I understand. I-I’ll leave.

BEN: No, no, no.  I’m sorry. I never really understood until now. [TO GRACE]  I only thought about how much you got back, not not what you lost. [TO BEN] Olive wants you here.

OLIVE: No. Dad.

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BEN: It’s okay, Ollie. I’m okay. [TO CAL] You know you’re safe here, buddy, right? Come here. [HE HUGS HIS CHILDREN]  I love you guys so much. Okay. I’ll see you tomorrow. Promise.

Ben kisses them both before leaving. After getting in his car he exhales sharply.

The Grace and Danny storyline

The Grace and Danny storyline is an arc that tries to give us new angles but ends up spinning its wheels. Although Ben’s realization that what his family got back doesn’t erase what they lost when the plane disappeared ties in nicely with the story of the abusive husband whose wife was glad he was gone, it’s not new news. Olive’s more assertive approach towards including Danny in their lives heightens the emotion a bit, but how much do we need of Danny’s patient understanding and withdrawal and Grace’s justifiable desire not to be the bad guy (or disliked character in fans’ eyes) in all this?

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Ben lets his emotions show

Watching Ben finally let out his emotions about his family and home situation was probably one of the series’ most heartbreaking moments. Up until now, Ben hasn’t let his emotions show. He has fought to keep his family together, but watching him cry alone and defeated in his car told us everything we needed to know. By letting Danny stay and eat with his family, he was choosing to give them up in order for them to be happy as he realized that his disappearance changed Olive and Grace’s lives. We could tell it was the hardest decision he has ever made and he only chose it to protect his family.

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2 thoughts on “Confrontation III (110.23)

  1. GRACE: And I don’t know what I want. But no matter what I do, I’m the bad guy, and I’m tired of it. So we’re not doing this.

    You don’t know what you want, Grace? Why does it always have to be about you … and only about you. What you’re really saying is, “I don’t know what’s best for my family.”

    And yes, you’re the bad guy. Whether you don’t want to be the bad guy or not, you must choose. It’s either Ben or Danny. It’s either Ben rejoining the family he loves. Or it’s Danny rejoining you and Olive.

    There are no half-measures. The only choice any mother would make is what’s in the best interest of her children.

    And true, Olive isn’t a grown-up. But when it comes to Danny she behaves like one.

    Grace’s problem is that she herself has repeatedly avoided making critical life-changing grown-up decisions, i.e., making the decision whether unconditionally welcoming Ben and Cal back is more or less important than permanently replacing Ben with Danny.

    It’s impossible for Cal to be a resident of the Grace/Danny/Olive “living happily ever-after” household. Like his father, Cal is from a different time and is now living in a different world.

    At some point, the decision has to be made. The longer it takes to decide … problems will continue to manifest at an increasing rate.

  2. I thought that when Grace was having her fight about how much her life had been screwed up by the flight returning, and they showed Cal showing up, that it would cut to Cal thinking that his mother was sad that he was alive. which is extra awful, as he has had cancer for so long, and might have felt like a burden on the family even back then, and nowhere is his mom, wishing that he and his dad had just stayed away and not interrupted her new life. Maybe we get some of that later, but I can’t imagine that Cal wouldn’t pick up on what this fight is about. It’s not like Grace spends a whole lot of time with him anyway when he isn’t sick. It would take away from her angsting or yelling at Ben time!

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