Girlfriends Guide to Divorce Recap: “Rule 426: Fantasyland: A Great Place to Visit”
Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” Season 1 Episode 4 “Rule 426: Fantasyland: A Great Place to Visit” aired on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on Bravo. Deciding to give dating a shot, Abby agrees to go out with Nate. She used him to only exchange emails and text messages with. Now, they already had an emotional connection and they could talk about anything. But their first date actually made Abby realize that some things aren’t so great in reality. Find out what happened in this episode in the recap below.
The episode opens with Abby (Lisa Edelstein) taking to her brother Max (Patrick Heusinger) and his husband Ford (J. Augustus Richards). They are at the kids’ school, which just finished an amazing school production. Ford reminds Abby about the family gala, where the gay couple will be honored. On the other hand, Max is sort of distracted, making calls and fixing problems in his Little League. They notice, however, that Abby is flirting with someone on her phone, so she steps outside to continue texting. But then, she sees Phoebe (Beau Garret) kissing a married man behind the bushes.
That night, Abby is with her girlfriends at Phoebe’s house and she’s still caught up with texting on her phone. She confesses to Phoebe and Lyla (Janeane Garofalo) that she’s been exchanging messages with Nate (guest star C. Thomas Howell) a lot. But Lyla reminds her that Nate is still married. Phoebe has to step out a bit to handle a situation with her kids. Abby takes this chance to tell Lyla that she saw their friend kissing either Vika or Marete. They can’t figure out who’s the husband and wife with this foreign couple.
Abby: The point is, Phoebe was kissing the married male.
Lyla: And you’re texting a married male.
Abby: But that’s not the same, Nate and I haven’t…
Lyla: Had sex. What you’re doing is actually more intimate. It’s emotional infidelity and it’s more brutal on the spouse.
What Lyla said made Abby think about her relationship with Nate, so the next day at carpool duty at the kids’ school, she tells him that they cannot go down this road again since he’s still married. But guess what? Nate says he already left his wife. So, their date is still on.
The next morning, as she’s shopping for clothes with Max and the girls, she tells them she’s pretty excited about the first date. Max is distracted with Little League issues still, but she advises his sister to take it slow. She’s not even divorced yet. He leaves her to do the rest of the shopping as he has to be in the baseball field.
Meanwhile, Lyla slips and mentions that Abby saw Phoebe kissing Vika. Phoebe defends that she’s actually helping their marriage. Turns out, Phoebe is seeing both the husband and wife. She’s spicing up their marriage with a threesome as part of therapy. She doesn’t expect Lyla to understand this coz she has anger issues.
To help her with this, Phoebe gives Lyla the number of her physical therapist. This did not turn out well for Lyla later. As it turned out, the masseuse apparently touched her in parts that were inappropriate. It infuriated her. She was further infuriated when she received a bill from her ex-husband for the mediation and it was not cheap.
It's the night of Abby’s first date with Nate and it looks like things were going well, except, being a director, Nate kept looking for the perfect moment and spot to kiss her. He was actually setting the mood, lighting and timing that it ruined spontaneity. Abby, however, was up for another date, despite the first one ending badly.
Abby: The kissing was weird and sort of wrong, but in a good way; in like a first-act-of-the-romantic-comedy sort of way.
She tells this to Max as she starts comparing Nate and Jake, but Max has been having issues himself. He feels he’s not appreciated in his relationship with Ford; that his husband doesn’t understand what he does with Little League, among other things.
On Abby and Nate’s second date, the two try to get in on with sex. But Abby soon realizes that they have no physical chemistry at all; that their relationship is not a romantic comedy. Nate is so bad in bed, but he thinks Abby has a cold tongue. Worse, the morning after, she witnesses him taking a dump on the toilet. Not romantic at all! So, she thought she would talk to him about what's happening. But Nate is the kind of guy who refuses to talk in the morning, apparently.
It’s the night of the family gala, with marketing master Ford and his husband Max as guest of honors. But while Adele Northrop (guest star Laverne Cox) was giving her speech for the couple, things were going badly at Abby’s table. Lyla confronted Phoebe and Max took this time to let out his resentments with Ford, too.
They take their fight outside, so as not to disrupt the event. In the bathroom, Lyla tells to her friends that she’s not angry, she’s sad about what’s happening to her family; that her husband is really gone. In the lobby, Max tells Ford that he resents that his high profile husband thinks less of him, with his Little League problems. Total drama was happening in these scenes. But as Ford gives his speech to the guests at the gala, he chooses to honor Max, the glue holding their marriage together.
Ford: Marriage…it’s messy, it’s hard and it ebbs and flows. But that’s because it is alive and that is good thing. That’s what taking that vow is about. That when the fantasy is behind you, you look your spouse in the eye and say “I do” again and again.
The couple makeup and Phoebe and Lyla also patch it up in the bathroom.
Later, Abby finally talks to Nate about the problem in their relationship. They agree that with the physical aspect so bad, they’re better off as platonic friends. Abby thanks him for being a big part of her realization about her marriage.
The episode ends with Ford and Abby cheering on Max in his Little League game.
And that’s what happened on Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” Season 1 Episode 4 “Rule 426: Fantasyland: A Great Place to Visit” which aired on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on Bravo.
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