Season 57, Episode 31
Date of airing: May 14, 2019 (ABC)
Nielsen ratings information: 2.211 million viewers, 1.66 rating in Households
Nielsen ratings information, weekly average: 2.221 million viewers (1.68/6 in Households), 0.323 million viewers with Women 18-49 (0.5/5), 0.060 million viewers (0.17 rating), 0.458 million viewers with Women 25-54 (0.75 rating)
I am seriously wondering, was the final moment of the episode supposed to be a funny visual joke or were the writers serious with the image of a knife through the picture of Ava and Kevin? I could only laugh about the silliness of it, but damn, if the scene itself wasn’t super serious and almost dangerous, then I don’t know. Also, if we could stop depicting Ryan from his point of view, that would be nice. It’s the third time this happened — once at Charlie’s many a weeks ago, the last time two episodes ago when Curtis and Laura came up to the house and someone was looking through the window. Shouldn’t we all know by now that it’s Ryan who is about to come back and haunt the characters or were the writers planning for a whole different reveal and it’s another lost twin sibling, one I don’t know anything about? At least we got to see who the mysterious nurse is who may or may not have helped Ryan. We know her name (April), we know that she looks quite attractive to be the right-hand man of a serial killer, but then again it’s nothing new that one of Ryan’s talents is manipulating and brainwashing women – I still remember the dream he once had about Ava being his killing machine and I always wondered what that would look like if it weren’t just a dream.
The episode seemed okay enough. There was a parent/teacher meeting at the elementary school, which Willow both won and lost, there was a conversation between Michael and Sasha and apparently he fully believes that Nina is not her biological mother (I assume he doesn’t give much of a damn about Nina, in addition to caring a lot about Sasha, so of course he won’t spill the beans), there was a panicked Robert who was looking for a ring and an even more panicked Hamilton Finn who was waiting for a ring, and then there was that double “date” thing in a Toronto hotel suite, making things especially awkward for the people involved in it. But there was also Ava and Kevin in the park, who couldn’t keep their lips away from each other because they figured it was a good idea to get Julian all riled up and stuff. And believe me when I say I only heard Julian with his loud and angry voice once before, but that was a fleeting moment. Every time ever since I started watching the show the guy was speaking in a low-tone, almost soft and quiet, as if it was his whispering voice. But this episode had him all volumed up for some reason and suddenly I’m watching a whole new character blossom. It’s a good thing that this story wasn’t just about Julian and that Ava and Kevin levelled up their relationship and got the police involved. The idea of Kevin pressing charges is kind of hilarious, and it reminds me of how Ryan was manipulating Franco into prison to be his fall guy. One can only hope Julian gets all the apologies as much as Franco did after he was released.
In the meantime, the story in the Toronto hotel suite was weird. I didn’t know whether or not both Peter and Maxie were unsure about the relationship, but they couldn’t keep each other’s lips away from each other on the plane, as well as two episodes ago, before Maxie decided to buy lingerie, which she obviously did not buy, or she would have undressed to make Peter’s eyes pop out of his skull. One can only hope the two have decided to be an item right here, because I can’t stand any more of this back and forth. I already had to go through similar stuff with Anna and her theories about which memories weren’t her’s, and going through another story that will take weeks to advance is going to me murderous for me.
The parent/teacher conference was a little more entertaining in comparison, but only because Nina apparently went out of her way to protect freedom of censorship by driving a metaphorical dagger of progressivism into the parents who did not like that their kid was reading a book with gay parents in it, but Nina did that by still telling Willow she hates her guts and that she would love to see her getting fired. Well, it turns out Nina is about to get her wish, but Willow not being asked back for the next school year could lead to an additional story for Willow to go through over the coming months. She could sue for wrongful termination, she could realize that most of her students’ parents actually like the teacher and decide to go out on a limb for her, or maybe Willow could find a new job and rule it from within (maybe she should take over for Sonny, because why the hell not?). Fact is, Willow is about to lose her job mostly for letting her students read about gay parents, so there is definitely a level of progressivism here the writers planned to employ. Maybe it can be fired off at the same time Aidan realizes his sexuality (apparently for some kids it doesn’t take this long?), just to get double the amount of gay into the show, especially since we’re not getting any with Brad and Lucas, who don’t even kiss.
The rest of the episode was okay enough. I’m flabbergasted that Robert thinks he could fool Finn with a different ring, and I’m even more flabbergasted that Robert still had the ring box, even though he lost that thing, too. After all, Alzheimer Mike had to open the box to see a ring inside it, making me wonder why Robert had an empty ring box in his pocket. Or are we dealing here with a plot hole? Meanwhile, consider me amused that Valentin was once more in the right place at the right time, when he overheard Michael and Sasha talking about what she was saying in delirium. How convenient that they guy is always around and could do whatever he wishes to keep his secret six feet under, but every time he thinks he has the lie under control, something else picks up and makes problems for him again.