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Rectify “Mazel Tov” 

Photo Credit: Tina Rowden/Sundance TV
Photo Credit: Tina Rowden/Sundance TV

I’ve been waiting (rather impatiently) for Tawney and Daniel to interact again. Of course it doesn’t happen until after they’ve confirmed she has Teddy’s bun in her oven. And, of course, Ted Jr. sees their interaction and decides to share their happy news, even though Tawney asked him if they could keep it just between them for a little while.

Amantha and Jon also have reason to celebrate. They’ve “come out of the closet” and are  happy to act like a couple in front of family and strangers alike. I have to admit I loved when Jon spoke his mind. That women had the audacity to approach him and Amantha and to tell them to go live their lives out of the public eye. I’m surprised Amantha didn’t sass her right then and there. In fact, she was trying to prevent Jon from saying anything. But, the fact that he told that woman to stop believing her parents opinions about Daniel was powerful. She was a child when the Dean girl was murdered all those years ago. Doesn’t she think it’s time to form her own opinions instead of listening to what everyone else thinks? I think she took what he said to heart, but more than that she left them in peace – which is what she should’ve done in the first place.

Photo Credit: Tina Rowden/Sundance TV
Photo Credit: Tina Rowden/Sundance TV

Janet’s upset when Daniel deigns to grace them with his presence after being gone for three days. She and Ted Sr. were so worried they got in the car to look for him one night. She knows he’s not a teenager, but he’s also not “normal.” And Janet has every right to be concerned considering his attack was just a short while ago and most of the people in town don’t have a favorable opinion of him. So when he’s late for Janet’s birthday dinner, you can see her wheels turning. She literally just talked to him about this and she makes them hold dinner for Daniel. When he does show up, it’s with Lezlie and a Wedgewood stove in tow. It was such a sweet gesture and I’m glad Ted Sr. said they could make it work.

It was interesting – and uncomfortable for many of the mourners – to see Daniel at Gaines’ funeral. At least he acknowledged that he wasn’t sure whether or not it was appropriate for him to talk. But what he had to say was very Daniel. He talked about Gaines sending him books in jail for nineteen years, never with a personal note. He said he felt like he should put a suit on for a man who put a suit on for him. I don’t always understand Daniel, but I love the sentiment behind that. Unfortunately, it’s that speech that makes Karl tell Foulkes about Daniel’s attack on Teddy. I can’t imagine how they’re going to get Ted Jr. to press charges, but I’ll watch them try.

Rectify airs Thursdays at 9/8c on Sundance TV.

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