The Christmas episode is supposed to be a happy episode, while in the case of “Ginny and Georgia,” the Christmas episode turned out to be the most dramatic and heartbreaking. Georgia’s breaking down over her daughter harming herself was not easy to watch. Georgia finally accepting Ginny’s problems as an actual issue of concern is her first step toward Ginny’s healing process. Does Georgia help her daughter from here on?
Ginny And Georgia Are Not In Conflict Anymore
Since Georgia has come to know of Ginny’s condition, she has become far more accommodating than she ever was in the past few months. Georgia has now accepted that Ginny needs help, and the first step in healing is spending as much time as possible with each other and being open about everything around them. Georgia insists on Ginny telling her everything about how she feels, and meanwhile, Georgia volunteers to inform some other unpleasant truths about a life she led years ago. She informs Ginny of Anthony Green’s death. But Georgia swears she only meant to scare him, and she had no intention of killing him. His death was an accident. Georgia now feels relieved to have told her daughter about things she needs to know. Ginny is also appreciative of the fact that her mother is opening up about her past. Ginny can now trust her mother, and Georgia now understands that Ginny needs professional help. She realizes that there are things Georgia herself cannot do, and that’s why she accepts the fact that a therapist is the only person that can help Ginny heal.
Georgia confronts Zion about why he hid the fact that Ginny was undergoing therapy for self-harm. Georgia cannot believe Zion kept a secret from her, and she is furious at this point. She always believed Ginny, and Zion and Georgia would be a team. Zion apologizes but reveals that Ginny begged him not to reveal anything to her. Georgia realizes the mistake she has made and feels remorseful for the fact that she did not see her daughter spiraling all these years. Ginny also informs her mother that it began when she was 12 years old, in contrast to Georgia’s belief, who thinks that it started after Kenny began abusing Ginny. Georgia, to understand what goes in her therapy session, volunteers to join Ginny for one session. Though Georgia oversteps her welcome, the therapist makes it clear this session is for Ginny and not Georgia. Georgia offers to hear about Ginny and talk about herself as well. Ginny is initially uncomfortable but allows her mother to be a part of the session. Georgia does not take the therapist’s questions seriously, which bothers Ginny and the therapist. Georgia understands the seriousness rather late and realizes that there are things she has done that led to Ginny’s mental health spiral. Georgia cannot believe something she thought was trivial has become an issue of contempt for Ginny. Ginny brings up the fact that Georgia doesn’t realize that Ginny is half-black. The race part never occurred to Georgia, for which she apologizes. Georgia has an eye-opening session and promises to think about Ginny before taking any other step. Georgia keeps insisting that it was not her fault, but the therapist makes it clear that this is about Ginny’s feelings and not about what Georgia feels. Georgia consistently stresses the fact that it wasn’t her fault because she knows she has gone through the toughest of times to give Ginny and Austin a decent life. She does not want to take the blame, just like Georgia blamed her mother for everything that went wrong in her life. Georgia promises to be more transparent and open with communication. This is what Ginny wanted to hear and slowly they started conversing.
Why Has Georgia Hidden Another Gun In Her Home? Is Gil A Problematic Man?
Ginny is asked by her AP English teacher to pick a book that would break the racial stereotypes against the African American female population. She chooses a book out of frustration and because she has no other choice. The AP teacher asks the class to read the book, and in the next class, it will be discussed, and the discussion will be led by Ginny. Ginny is taken aback by this responsibility thrown at her. She realizes the teacher has no interest in reading and understanding what the book stands for. She is disgusted by the fact that the teacher is not taking the subject of racism seriously. On the day of the discussion, Ginny refuses to lead the class in discussion and calls out the teacher’s racist attitude all over again, then quits his class. Max follows her lead, but Ginny makes her understand why Ginny found the teacher’s action beyond retribution. Max realizes she is also unaware of the racist undertones that are casually thrown at African American students. Ginny, on the other hand, decides to join Marcus’s English class, which is not an advanced subject.
Marcus, on the other hand, starts spiraling, unknown to Ginny, and starts consuming alcohol. He shows up drunk at school, much to Ginny and Max’s dismay. He believes he is not good enough for Ginny and starts doubting his abilities as a person and as her boyfriend. He believes Ginny deserves someone better than him. Ginny, though, is unaware of the fact that Marcus is going through such turbulent times. Marcus starts avoiding Ginny slowly and he is constantly saved by Max from various unpleasant occasions. Marcus has been through this phase before, but this time the difference is that Ginny is a major part of his life, and he doesn’t want Ginny to get dragged into his mess. Ginny is not made aware of his previous phases of spiraling that happened because of his depression.
Gil becomes way too comfortable being around Ginny, Austin, Paul, and Georgia. Georgia knows he is bad news, but she also cannot stop Austin from meeting his father. She wants to believe that Austin meeting his father would be good for him. Paul does not know if Gil needs to be encouraged or not. Zion, though, hints that Gil is not the man he shows himself to be. Gil, to intimidate Georgia, starts showing up at Austin’s playschool to pick him up and fraternize with other moms. Gil gets in touch with Cynthia and reveals that he went to jail because of the money embezzlement committed by Georgia, not him. Cynthia falls for his words and reveals that Georgia did the same while working at the mayor’s office, but Cynthia has no proof to back her allegations. Gil starts confronting Georgia, and Georgia is visibly taken aback by his aggressive demeanor. Through flashback sequences, it is revealed that while Georgia was pregnant with Austin, Gil had physically abused her multiple times, to the point that she had to hide her injury on her face with makeup. Zion is aware of Gil’s past and makes sure he doesn’t believe any word Gil says. Georgia finally takes out another gun from her room. Paul had previously discovered a gun, and Georgia swore that was the only gun she had to protect herself and the kids. It turns out the other gun was right in her and Paul’s room, and it is implied that she might use this gun to threaten Gil to move away and not bother her and her family going forward. Gil being an abusive ex-partner is proof of the fact that he cannot be trusted at any cost.
The seventh episode of “Ginny and Georgia” Season 2, introduced viewers to Austin’s father, a man who has only been mentioned by Georgia a few times. Gil is a problematic figure who is showcased to the viewers in a rather apt manner. Gil is the one who has abused Georgia in the past, and the fact that he never took any accountability for that shows what kind of man he is. He keeps blaming Georgia constantly but forgets that he was a terrible partner who Georgia got rid of the first chance she got. The writers made sure to put across the only face Gil has, which is of an abusive man to the viewers. Thankfully the writers did not give any redeeming quality to him. An interesting turning point to a decent narrative. Too bad this character was introduced a tad bit late.