There was a lot of hooking up happening on Firefly Lane Season 1 Episode 3.
In the present-day, Tully and Max were enjoying each other all over the apartment, while Kate had a hot makeout session with Gideon, the photographer who noticed her beauty on Firefly Lane Season 1 Episode 2.
As she and Johnny were trying to establish boundaries in their “co-parenting” of Marah, she was able to enjoy a much-needed night on the town while Johnny took care of their sick daughter.
It’s interesting to see the duo attempt to co-parent in light of a divorce, and I’m glad the series is showing what a positive divorce can look like. Johnny noticed Kate’s hickey, which, admittedly, is a bit embarrassing for an adult, but considering Kate never lived out her wild years, she deserves to let loose and have a bit of fun.
Johnny and Kate have a solid foundation between them, so while a divorce is still a divorce and comes with a learning curve for the whole family, at least they’re able to navigate it in a civil way with respect for each other. Things may not have worked out between them, but you can tell there’s plenty of love there.
Tully faced her fear of commitment head-on when Max established that he wanted to be more than just a one-night stand. His request wasn’t unreasonable since Tully has been giving him plenty of attention, which would warrant venturing into the “relationship” territory at this point.
The poor guy didn’t expect that wanting to connect and be more intimate with a woman would unleash such hell, but he also doesn’t know about Tully’s past. Being raped in the eighth grade is something that she’s carried with her whole life, and though she bottled it up inside and used it as motivation to become a successful news personality, it’s prevented her from truly forming connections with men. She’s run from commitment her whole life.
Obviously, her damaged relationship with her mother also plays a role. Every time Tully got her hopes up that maybe this time around, her mom would be different, she was disappointed. It’s not surprising that she’s closed herself off from every possibility of getting hurt.
And yet, despite it all, she’s still human and can’t control who she falls for. Pushing Max away did hurt her, and it caused her to turn towards some bad vices.
Thankfully, Kate arrived at the apartment in time and found her, but what does this mean for the future? Does this have something to do with her possible death that was teased at the end of the second episode? Is it the beginning of how downward spiral?
In the past, we saw Kate and Tully growing closer as friends in the high school-era and plotting to take down Pat for what he did to her.
The plan to put hair remover on his head was golden, and I would’ve loved to see it happen, but in the end, Tully was right: nothing she did would change what happened.
The high school dance scenes were heartbreaking as Kate had a crush on Robbie, but Tully knew the truth about Robbie and Sean. And the two had to pretend to be just friends.
She’s kept a lot of secrets from her best friend, and while the ones she kept were understandable, it’s still a breach of trust with someone who seemingly never kept a secret from her at all.
After Kate’s mom learned that Cloud didn’t have cancer, she told her to come clean to Kate. Sadly, every time she tried, she couldn’t bring herself to confess out of the fear that she might lose the only person that ever mattered to her.
Admittedly, I really enjoyed the scene where Cloud taught Kate to loosen up and just dance. In no world is Cloud a good role model, but there is something to be said for how free-spirited she is. If people had an ounce of that mentality, it would them a world of wonders.
Unfortunately, the scene quickly took a turn showing just how unstable Cloud is. She went from a high to a low in a matter of minutes, so while she may not be sick with cancer, she is ill.
In the 80s flashback, we also saw Tully and Kate working together to pursue their very first story for the new station when the on-air reporter, Carol, suffered a cold.
The way they went about getting an exclusive with the Mayor and eventually landing it was impressive, but unfortunately, Carol got wind of it and “miraculously” recovered.
The cool thing about Tully is that even though someone took her moment away, she knew they didn’t take away her skills or dedication. She proved that she was capable of delivering hard-hitting journalism and getting the “scoop,” which Carol always lacked as she focused on “fluff pieces.” Instead of being de-motivated, Tully found herself one step closer to her dream because she proved she had it in her.
At this point, we also meet Tully’s main squeeze during her early 20s, and likely the only man she ever had real feelings for, Chad Wiley. But the way Kate talks about him in the present, it seems like Chad was bad news.
When Johnny exclaimed that Tully is like a “storm and everyone is floating in her wake,” it was the most accurate description of her character both then and now, especially in light of that final scene where she fills the void and numbs the pain with drugs and alcohol. She’s destructive, but in the best way possible — it’s a destruction that has allowed her to achieve so much while also missing out on so much.
Overall, this was one of the stronger episodes and the transitions from scene-to-scene and timeline-to-timeline were so seamless and well-thought-out.
Where do you think it goes from here? In such a short time, Tully and Kate’s journey has been one hell of a ride!