On A Million Little Things Season 1 Episode 7, “I Dare You,” Gary and Maggie play a game of “Dare,” as the title suggests. Following a health scare, and another secret revealed, Rome and Regina work together to rebuild their relationship, Eddie provides support to Delilah, while Katherine gets a secret admirer.
This episode draws you in from the very beginning, with Gary and Maggie sharing a cute moment in bed. Their chemistry is so natural that it makes for delightful viewing.
Truth is, even if your “blood like winter, freezes just like ice,” this episode has all the warmth to melt it like “anti-freeze.” Never mind, this is my attempt at incorporating the lines from the cute first scene with Maggie, Gary and his dog, Colin.
Some of the lines are culled from the beautiful song “I’m Still Standing” by Sir Elton John, which is the soundtrack of the episode, and which captures the journeys of all the characters very succinctly.
What A Million Little Things keeps doing, is getting better with every episode. It’s like every new episode outdoes all others before it, and that is evident on this one.
The chemistry between the characters feels very real, compared to the beginning of the season. It felt like they were just randomly assembled in one space without knowing each other but at this point, the friendship can be felt from a thousand miles, and the interactions flow very effortlessly.
With Rome and Regina bringing a world-class portrayal of a loving couple to life, it is almost impossible not to shed a few tears or cry a river, depending on how you handle emotions. While at it, you learn a thing or two about Activated Charcoal and Kidney Stones.
It is not unusual for couples to keep secrets from each other, and it is also expected that when those secrets are exposed, someone gets hurt. The way Regina deals with it, choosing to channel her energy towards ensuring her husband is better, is a lesson to be learned.
The best friendship moment happens when Gary, Maggie, Delilah and Eddie leave all else to be with Rome and Regina in the hospital.
But in addressing friendship, A Million Little Things extends its scope into marital relationships. We see Rome and Regina starting over, on the road to finding that open communication they so desperately need.
The biggest surprise this show has gifted me is that I can’t believe I’m actually rooting for Eddie and Delilah to be a couple, after betraying Jon. This is what a good story does – – it makes you reconsider even your most upheld beliefs.
There is something about the way Eddie’s remorse is set up, something in the way he chooses to pretend that the baby is not his, that warms your heart.
You can see him struggle with leaving what they had behind, while also being a support system to her; it is in the way he is trying to be a good father to his son, a good friend to his friends, and generally a good human.
You see him willing to sell a great song to KC, who might screw it up and also advising KC to turn a new leaf from drinking, to avoid ending up like him.
Another reason, I am no longer super opposed to him being with Delilah, is because we now have Katherine on the verge of moving on with a super hot dude, and in a very friendly fashion, Gary is happy with her.
Everyone deserves happiness, and love is a beautiful feeling. We see it in Danny’s eyes, the way he blushes after the not-a-date date with Elliot (Ella to everyone but Uncle Gary). That scene with Delilah is one of the best parent-child scenes on the show, well delivered and just charming.
Speaking of, I don’t see why Danny is keeping Elliot a secret from Delilah because these characters seem like really cool people, except Katherine, who seems a little uptight. But is she really uptight?
Katherine was done a disservice at the beginning of the season. She was presented as self-absorbed and mean, but we are beginning to see more of her, and the fact that she is indeed a human capable of emotions.
What do you do when someone violates a game of “Dare?” I’m asking for a friend named Gary because he will need the answer if Maggie refuses to get Chemo.
Suffice it to say that Gary is the best friend ever, the coolest uncle in the world, and by far my favorite on the show.
The way he puts everyone’s needs above his own, the way he takes care of Maggie, shows up for Danny, or that scene at Boston General Hospital with Rome – – someone give James Roday an Emmy or two.
Caring for someone living with a terminal illness is very difficult, especially when that person has refused treatment.
Seeing them go through the pain, and knowing that they could get better if they actually try, but not being able to do anything about it because you need to respect their choice, is the heart-wrenching condition Gary is dealing with.
And this is not to put the blame on Maggie because her fears are totally valid. Deep down, she wants to get help, but since it is not guaranteed that she will be completely fine, it is hard for her to keep going through Chemo, as painful as it is, and finally succumb to death.
It is ultimately her choice whether she seeks treatment or not, but she needs to take her own advice. Gary heeds her advice, and climbs 15 stories to make a graffiti in her honor; I think it’s her turn to show the world that she is not afraid of anything.
Keeping secrets is not new to this collective, as with most collectives in real life.
What will be the turn of events when they all realize that Eddie is the father of Delilah’s baby? Well, I guess it wouldn’t be much of a shocker as when they learnt of the affair, but it would still be a huge deal.
Most importantly though, how will Sophia and Danny react when they get to know all these secrets?
One might say A Million Little Things is surely living up to the hype, but I think it is going above and beyond, exceeding all expectations.
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A Million Little Things airs Wednesdays at 10/9c on ABC.
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