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Did Ben and Grace's date night rekindle their romantic flame?  

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(@charles)
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Nov 26, 2018 12:26 pm  

The married couple went on vacation to Jamaica because Grace promised Ben they would have lots of sex. They could have had lots of sex at home. Were they really too busy with Cal's illness to engage in a little "sexual healing?"

After all, date night had long been a part of Ben and Grace's romantic rituals. Clearly, something happened to dim this romantic fame. But in Jamaica it was all good. Where Ben had no problem telling Grace to "let's get it on," or was it Grace telling Ben?

Anyway all was good in Jamaica. Fast forward 5 and 1/2 -plus years for Grace and a little of 3-hours for Ben ... and their love life makes a dimensional change for the worse. It's like the love they once shared for one other had literally fallen down a Black Hole and crushed by its own weigh.

Grace told her friend Rob it felt as if she was cheating on Danny with her own husband. Really? WTH Grace? She refused to let Ben touch her ... until the night he found out about the "other guy," thanks to Olive. She then immediately agreed to engage in a little "sexual healing" with Ben. The next time Grace was willing to "let's get it on" with Ben was after he had solved the death benefit repayment problem.

While keeping secret he knew about Grace and Danny's anniversary photos, and after finding an unused condom under the bed, Ben asked Grace out on a date night. While keeping to herself that whenever she sees Danny, she glows like a beautifully lit full moon, Grace agreed to date night.

Date night was intimately romantic. But what did it accomplish, if anything? Was Grace really intent to try and rebuild her marriage, or was she simply biding her time to be with Danny? Does Ben love Grace more than she loves Danny or when it comes to his future with Grace, is he simply chasing butterflies?

Did date night rekindle Ben and Grace's romantic flame ... or was date night nothing more than an illusion?  

  


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Nov 29, 2018 12:12 am  

One date night, unfortunately, feeds into Grace's notion that just sticking her fingers in her ears while singing "la la la, I don't hear you" solves the whole 828 problem. When things go bad afterwards, her emotions became almost uncontrollable.

As an aside, I wonder how Athena deals with being a confused, angry character!


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Nov 29, 2018 2:43 pm  

Athena Karkanis is an excellent actress, in my opinion. I listened to her interview regarding her character, Grace. From what I heard, Athena has empathy for the characters she portrays. 

I'm not sure if she realized beforehand that 'Grace' would become a universally hated character.


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Nov 30, 2018 7:51 pm  

As an aside, I wonder how Athena deals with being a confused, angry character!

Paul. Provided below are comments by Athena about her character, Grace, which was written in a recent CINEMABLEND article. I've provided a link to the entire article. I hope the link works.

"You know, imagine your partner is dealing with sickness or an accident, or a loss in their family. I think it's hard, because you can't understand exactly what they're going through, but you are trying to be as close to them through it as you can. And yet there's no way that you can fully predict their needs, and their everything, because they're experiencing onething totally different than you, even if you're watching them experiencing it, or you're alongside of them while they're experiencing it. [...] And then at the same time, there's all these wires crossed because Ben, in trying to protect Grace, is not sharing with her what's going on. But you know he thinks he's doing the right thing by not exposing her to all this crazy stuff that he's dealing with, and not wanting to worry her. Whereas maybe what would actually be better for the relationship is if he was completely open with her, so that she could help him."


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Jan 13, 2019 2:57 pm  

It will take many more date nights to rekindle the passion within Ben and Grace's romance. She is currently too focused on herself to share any meaningful love with him, i.e., if there's enough love left in her heart to share with him.

She really hasn't cut Danny loose yet. Olive will not let her. I also have a feeling that for Ben and Grace ... fright night will come long before date night ever happens again.


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Jun 27, 2019 5:09 pm  

"Whereas maybe what would actually be better for the relationship is if he was completely open with her, so that she could help him."

What makes a relationship work, especially a marriage, is for both parties to be open with each other. Now that Grace is pregnant, she faces a dilemma. Especially since:

She really hasn't cut Danny loose yet. Olive will not let her.

Beyond her emotional ties to Danny and Olive, considering all that's happening in her life, is her relationship with Ben strong enough to cut Ben loose? Rekindling her romantic flame with Ben now seems improbable ... if not impossible.


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