Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce Recap: Rule #46: Keep the Holidays Low Key
“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” Season 1 Episode 11 “Rule #46: Keep the Holidays Low Key” aired on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 at 9:00 p.m. on Bravo. Abby hosts Thanksgiving dinner at her house and unexpected guests join in. Find out what happened in the recap below.
It’s the series’ Thanksgiving episode and Abby (Lisa Edelstein) wakes up in her bed with her new boyfriend Will (Warren Christie). They’ve finally made it official to each other after dating for three weeks.
Because Abby’s children are going to spend Thanksgiving with her ex-husband Jake (Paul Adelstein), she plans on holding a dinner with her new boyfriend and a few of her friends at her house. The cracks in the house’s foundation should be repaired by then. In fact, there are workers in her place at this time. One of them discovers a metal box buried somewhere where they are working in the backyard.
Abby opens the box and rummaged through the contents. She finds old photos and letters, perhaps from the old owners of her house. The photos had their eyes scratched off while the letters revealed the story of Frank and Berta’s passionate affair. Berta is Frank’s nanny and apparently, he was cheating on his wife with her.
Abby learns that Jake is sick, so he will not be able to take the kids for Thanksgiving dinner at his parents. They will have to come home to her. How is she going to proceed with dinner with her boyfriend if the kids are at home? That night, she speaks to her children about her status with Will, dreading their reaction. But the kids seem fine with it. Or at least she thought.
Jo (Alana Ubach) prepares some of the food they will be having for the dinner the next day, but the oven wouldn’t work. The workers have turned off the power in some parts of the house, but it’s one minor hitch they can work with. This dinner is going to be fabulous.
Abby and Phoebe (Beau Garret) are mocking Jo for some of the dishes that she intends to prepare, calling these pedestrian choices. Nevertheless, Jo is mighty proud of it, and, in fact, some of the guests love her food later during the dinner.
Speaking of Phoebe, she brings Marco (Brandon Jay McLaren) as her dinner guest. Isn’t their relationship supposed to be over before it even started? Apparently, Marco starts flirting with her early in the day. She even takes this as a cue to invite him for Abby’s Thanksgiving. Because he’s intrigued by her, Marco obliges. Later, he opens up to her about his journey of quitting drugs and they exchange a passionate kiss. Could this be a start of something wonderful?
As they’re preparing for the big night, Jake unexpectedly drops in at Abby’s house. He’s feeling a bit better. Can he join the dinner party? This causes a problem for Abby. How can she have Thanksgiving dinner with her boyfriend and her ex-husband at the other end of the table? But since Charlie is throwing a hissy fit and inexplicably kicks Will too, maybe having Jake around will help contain their son’s behavior.
Delia calls in to say that her father will be coming with her to the dinner party. So, at this point, Abby’s small intimate party of five or six people will have at least a dozen guests. Now, Delia and her father don’t have the best relationship. She resents him for constantly lying to her. As a social activist, they were apparently forced to leave Iran and he has never talked to Delia about her mother. He also only talks to her whenever he needs money and this time, he needed $5,000 for his prostate operation. Later, Delia learns that he lied about this, too.
With Jake’s arrival, Delia’s father tagging along, the letter’s appearance, the cracks in the house growing longer despite the repair, and the dog mysteriously barking at no one for no apparent reason, Jo (Alana Ubach) declares that Frank, his wife and Berta’s ghosts are haunting Abby’s Thanksgiving. She suggests they do a séance.
It has been one of the most awkward dinner parties to watch and Delia’s father made it even more awkward as he keeps pushing political topics in the conversation that his daughter had to walk out to get some air. Things get tense between Will and Jake as well, so Abby had to discuss matters with Jake in private. She admits that she doesn’t know how to act now that Jake is actually a guest in her house. They both agree that no matter what happens, they are forever a family.
In all these, Abby relates her life so much to the letters from Frank. It was perhaps Jo was right to say that it has been haunting her. But, as Jake tells her, the best thing to do is to ignore the ghosts of life and just keep pressing on. Mistakes in life happens, but that shouldn’t stop them from hurling through the struggles life’s challenges bring.
There you go with the recap of “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” Season 1 Episode 11 “Rule #46: Keep the Holidays Low Key” which aired on Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015, at 9:00 p.m. on Bravo. Follow Movie News Guide (MNG) for more updates on this show.
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