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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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?
OLIVE: You’re not acting like one.
BEN: Hey. What are you doing here?
DANNY: I-I was invited.
BEN: Really? ‘Cause it doesn’t look like a happy reunion.
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?
DANNY: You are the whole reason this family is messed up. I’m trying to pick up the pieces.
OLIVE: Stop! [PAUSE] All right? I invited him! It’s my fault.
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.
DANNY: I understand. I-I’ll leave.
OLIVE: No. Dad.
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.