A Million Little Things Round Table: Can We Just Focus On Rome All the Time?!

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PJ knows the truth, and now, so will Delilah. 

Rome's mom passed away during the heavily Rome-centric A Million Little Things Season 2 Episode 8, but the tension between Katherine and Delilah reached a boiling point again, and PJ found out the truth.

Join TV Fanatics Jack Ori, Meaghan Frey, and Christine Orlando as they discuss the hour.

A Million Little Things Round Table

Did you like a more Rome- centered hour? Were you surprised by Renee's death?

Jack: I love Rome, so I was thrilled with a Rome-centered storyline. However, I felt like Renee's death came out of absolutely nowhere. I get that was the point -- she died suddenly and unexpectedly -- but it also felt contrived.

That said, Rome trying to come to terms with his complicated relationship with his dad and brother and his shock and grief over his mother's death was powerful stuff that I enjoyed watching a lot.

Meaghan: I was doing something during the first few minutes of the show and next thing I knew they were telling Rome's dad that Renee was dead, and it was like a slap across the face!

Having spent a whole episode letting us get to know his parents and rooting for them to work out their issues, it felt like it was all just so we could feel the emotional weight of this moment making it an almost manipulative choice.

However, I love Rome and any additional focus on him is a good thing in my book.

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Christine: I loved the episode because sometimes life happens this way, big things happen, and you don’t always see them coming, you just have to deal with them.

I appreciated how Rome was able to articulate how the grief and sadness he was feeling over his mother’s death was different from the depression that almost drove him to suicide a year ago. I thought it was a really wonderful episode.

PJ found the test and knows the truth. What will he do with this information and how do you think he'll respond?

Jack: I hope that someone tells Sophie so that she can stop thinking PJ didn't kiss her because he's not into her. But PJ is likely going to confront his parents, and/or show up on Delilah's doorstep to tell Sophie before anyone else gets a chance to break the news to the Dixons.

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Meaghan: This is not going to go well. PJ seems like a really impulsive person, and he is going to kick this into high gear really quick, which isn't necessarily a bad thing because I really need this storyline to be resolved.

Christine: I wish he would talk to Rome and Regina, but the odds are he’s going to angrily confront his parents for lying to him all his life and keeping him from the money his biological father left him that could pay for his college.

If that’s what he does, I can’t even blame him for it. He’s got the right to be angry.

Delilah wants to take Charlie and the others to France, and it led to another clash with the Savilles. Thoughts on this entire situation?

Jack: Don't get me started on how incredibly selfish and obnoxious Delilah was with this. When she told Katherine to be a good person, I SO wanted Katherine to tell her to take her own advice.

It's really a testament to Katherine's strength of character that she's willing to take legal action to protect Eddie's paternal rights over a child that was conceived by cheating on her. And that she hasn't decked Delilah yet, cause I sure would have a long time ago.

I also liked Gina calling Delilah out on the possibility that she really was just running away with the kids. I hope the walls cave in on Delilah, and nobody approves of her behavior as this moves forward.

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Meaghan: She may be one of the most selfish characters on television. The worst part is that she is completely unaware of her flaws, making her even more unlikeable. At least own up to the absolutely terrible person you are.

Delilah has become so accustomed to having everyone wrapped around her finger, and I am just so glad that everyone is finally seeing who she really is, especially Gina.

Delilah is in for a rude awakening if she thinks she can take on Katherine. That is one woman I would not want to be against me.

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Christine: Delilah may be the most selfish person on TV. I wanted to scream when she told Katherine to be a good person.

Delilah slept with Katherine's husband, an affair that produced a child, yet Katherine has helped Delilah sort out her financial mess and saved her house.

Katherine: There's a form you and Eddie can both sign to correct the mistake on the birth certificate.
Delilah: I'm sorry, I can't do that.
Katherine: Here's the thing. The reason you're in your house is because I'm a good lawyer, so trust me when I tell you you do not want to go up against me.
Delilah: I know you're a good lawyer, Katherine. I'm asking you to be a good person.

Now Katherine wants to make sure that Charlie is able to have the father who loves her in her life.

Delilah, on the other hand, is so worried about her older children knowing the horrible mistakes she’s made that she’ll keep Charlie from knowing she has a father. If that’s not selfish I don’t know what is.

Should Maggie have told Gary about the London fellowship sooner? Should she go?

Jack: I give Maggie a pass on having not mentioned the fellowship sooner. She didn't expect to survive cancer for long enough for the fellowship to be a possibility and has had a lot going on in the past year.

If she truly wants to go, yes she should go, but she and Gary better figure out how to make the long-distance thing work and how and when to see each other.

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Meaghan: If she doesn't go it is going to be the nail in her and Gary's coffin. She will always hold it against him that their relationship held her back. They can survive the distance if they are both willing to put in the effort.

Christine: Yes, she should have told Gary! It’s not as though Oxford called her out of the blue. She called them two weeks ago. I’m not saying she needed Gary’s permission, but they’re in a serious relationship, and she should have talked to him about it.

If she does get it, she deserves to go, and I’m hoping that either Gary can go with her or they can manage the distance. It won’t be easy, but it can work for a limited time.

What was your favorite moment from the episode?

Jack: So many this week!

I loved when Rome viewed the home movie of the day the bunk beds were set up and realized his dad was the one who had set up the glow-in-the-dark stars for him.

His conversation with his dad brought tears to my eyes, especially when his dad said he didn't see what difference that made and Rome said it made all the difference. Despite his dad's disapproval, he clearly did love Rome and understands his needs, and it was so emotional for Rome to finally see that.

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I also liked Rome telling Gina that even though he was sad about Renee's death, that it was different from his suicidal feelings in the past and that he knew the feelings would pass.

And as I mentioned earlier, I liked Gina calling Delilah out. I also liked Katherine deciding to read the story to Theo herself so that Eddie could finish the paperwork to get recognized as Charlie's father.

It was a small, sweet moment that showed how far she has come in terms of accepting and supporting Eddie being the father of this child.

Delilah: I'm sure you've been talking to Eddie.
Katherine: My husband? Yes, I've been talking to him.
Delilah: Well then maybe you can tell me what's going on. You really think I would take Charlie away from him? That I would leave the country and never come back?
Katherine: There are a lot of things you've done that I don't understand. But what I do understand is how Eddie feels.
Delilah: Katherine.
Katherine: Is Eddie Charlie's father?
Delilah: You know he is.
Katherine: Then put it on record.

Meaghan: Gina calling out Delilah. Delilah needs a reality check, and Gina is the perfect person to give it to her.

Christine: I loved Katherine telling Delilah that she’s only still in her house because she’s such a good lawyer and that she doesn’t want to go up against her. Eddie has every right to be in his daughter’s life, and I like that Eddie and Charlie have Katharine in their corner.

Are there any thoughts you have that weren't covered on the questions?

Jack: When Gary set up the whole British display in the study, I couldn't help wondering what's going to happen with him financially now that he's lost his job.

Does he have unemployment coming in? Is he dependent on Maggie's income? Is there going to be trouble ahead for him and this couple related to his job loss?

Why is your work stuff ... oh my God, you were fired?

Gina

Meaghan: Yes, can we please talk about your epic reaction to Delilah, Jasmine? I was dying over your hatred for her and definitely know exactly where you are coming from.

Jasmine: Why, what ever do you mean, Meaghan? Haha!

The masses won't be privy to my extended Delilah vent session with you guys, but the infamous (and, uh, colorful) Delilah tweet you liked pretty much spoke for itself:

Christine: Rome’s travails with his father were both frustratingly realistic and very funny. My guess is that Rome is going to have to deal with his father a lot more now that his mother is gone.

What do you hope to see in the Fall Finale?

Jack: I hope the truth about Charlie's paternity comes out in some ugly way. Hopefully, while Delilah is still reeling from learning that PJ is Barbara (and apparently Jon's) son.

Also, I'm curious as to whether Maggie gets the fellowship after all and what's going to happen when the truth about Gary losing his job comes out.

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And what happened to Gina buying out Andrew? Has that been resolved? If not, it should be and she and Rome will have to move forward somehow past Renee's death -- can't wait to see whatever is in store for them now.

Meaghan: I'm with Jack. I need the Charlie secret to be out there for the world. Once it is revealed there is so much more to unpack in response to it, so it isn't like it is going to take away from the storyline at all.

I also really need Gary and Maggie to end off in a good place. Their relationship has been so unstable this season, and I just need to know that they are going to be okay.

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Christine: Oh, I want Sophie and Danny to find out that Charley is really Eddie’s child. All of Delilah’s friends have always come to her rescue and fixed things for her. For once, I want to see Delilah have to deal with the consequences of her actions.

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A Million Little Things airs Thursdays on ABC.

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A Million Little Things Season 2 Episode 8 Quotes

PJ: You OK?
Rome: Yeah, no, I don't know.
 PJ: I don't know if this is helpful but when we were all out there and the minister was reading that prayer, the ashes to ashes dust to dust stuff, I was reminded of something I read once, that nothing lasts forever. That people we love sometimes leave our lives, but what stays is how they forever changed us. 
Rome: You're quoting my screenplay to me? 
PJ: Maybe. 

Gina: I really need to talk to you about something.
Delilah: I'm sorry if I've been a little short with you, it's just I've been feeling really ganged up on about all this Charlie stuff.
Gina: I hear that, but-
Delilah: I don't understand how all of a sudden you would take Eddie and Katherine's side. You're my best friend.
Gina: I know, D. I don't want you to feel that way, but being a best friend is not about telling you what you want to hear. Sometimes it's telling you what you need to hear. Which is why this really difficult.