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Firefly Lane Review – Dirty Laundry (1×06)




Firefly Lane Season 1 Episode 6 was all over the place. 

I couldn’t quite figure out the vibe of the episode as parts of it offered commentary on the entrance to womanhood and the beauty of periods, and the other half found Johnny Ryan going down a dark path as a war reporter who was fighting for quality journalism. 

And the two just didn’t mesh all that well. 

The episode kicked off with Tully and Chad having a wild time in bed, and the good news is that they waited to be together until she was no longer his student. The bad news? They’re still completely dysfunctional. The series doesn’t allow us to care about Chad as much as they say Tully cared about him because, for audiences, he’s just a blip on the radar. However, it’s yet another moment where we see Tully run away from commitment and something more serious because after Chad asks her to move to North Carolina to start a family, they break up immediately after.

More surprising is the fact that Kate and Mutt are dating! Who saw that one coming? Of course, this doesn’t mean much because Kate’s feelings for Johnny are still very much alive and well. I mean, she even gets a new dress to welcome him home after his trip to El Salvador. 

In my previous reviews of the series, I said that I was waiting for the moment that it “clicks” for Johnny and Kate that they are into each other, and we almost got that with this episode. 

However, when it happened, Johnny wasn’t exactly in the right headspace. Kate ended her date with Mutt early — at a feminist exhibition praising a woman’s period — to check in on Johnny, whose friend, Father Ramon, was murdered right in front of him by the military. 

When she returned to the office later that night, Johnny was obliterated after being rejected by every form of media while pitching the story. Turns out, the problem with journalism isn’t exactly new. These days, the focus is on stories that will get you pageviews, but back then, it was all about ratings and newspaper sales. 

Johnny’s desire to get the truth out is important, but as I said before, too dark and ill-fitting in the context of this show. 

Especially since it’s followed by Johnny drunkenly professing his love to Kate as he informs her that when the military pointed a gun at him and he thought he was going to die, he saw her face. 

He then tries to make his move on Kate, and while it’s everything she’s always wanted, she doesn’t give into it. We know Kate’s a “good girl,” but this proves just how good. Denying the man you’re in love with takes so much self-control. But it’s also awesome of her. She doesn’t want to cheat on Mutt, plus, she wants to know that Johnny’s feelings are real and true. Is he acting this way because he’s drunk or does he really mean it?

She informs him that if drunk mind really speaks sober heart, he’ll make his move the next day. 

Sadly, the next day, Johnny has absolutely no recollection of what happened and doesn’t even remember she was there. So, they vow never to speak of it again, and you can feel Kate’s soul being completely crushed by the realization that she got her hopes up for nothing. Well, at least nothing for right now. 

In the present, we see both Kate and Tully be a little bolder with their romantic endeavors. 

Kate embraces her feelings for Travis when she proposes a date night. It’s an awkward call, especially her “keep it moist” sign-off, but hey, at least Kate has always stayed true to her dorky-self even well into adulthood. 

She also forgets about the date she proposed because she’s so invested in writing her first piece for Kimber Watts. It’s nice to see Kate do something for herself, especially since Travis reads the piece and tells her that it’s actually really good. They even have a hot little makeout session on her desk when she goes to get her binder after-hours, but sadly, it’s interrupted by a harsh reality check that Kimber publishes a smear piece about Tully after Kate pulled all those strings for her to arrange the interview. 

I guess this is where the whole bad journalism theme ties in because Kimber’s piece is a scathing piece hoping to expose the real Tully Hart, a heart-less millionaire who pretends her mother is dead and allows her to live in a trailer park and work an overnight shift at the diner. 

The optics are not good on it, and part of me is kind of impressed with Kimber’s go-getter attitude. It’s also the wake-up call that Tully might actually need. Her mom was terrible for most of her life, yes, but she’s carried that pain around with her forever, especially by making it this huge secret that has weighed over. Maybe what she really needs is to face the woman who caused her so much pain, even inadvertently into adulthood, and this is the push she needs. 

Of course, it’s not fair to get blasted in such a way publicly as Kimber’s piece doesn’t show both sides. It’s easy to paint Tully as a monster based on the little details like her mom lives in a trailer park and works a minimum wage job, but our lives are a byproduct of a series of choices. Cloud’s choices led her to this moment. 

Tully was emotionally abandoned by her mother her whole life, and if she felt that the healthiest thing to do was cease all contact, well, that doesn’t make her a monster either. 

It’ll be interesting to see this pan out and to see which road Tully takes. 

It’s unfortunate timing because, as I said, Tully and Kate were being pretty bold. Instead of avoiding her pregnancy in typical Tully fashion, she agreed to spend a day with Max and met his whole family! They played croquet, she bantered with his siblings, and she saw how sickeningly in love his parents still were. It’s the kind of family she’s always wanted. 

And Max even called her out on her bullshit when he questioned why she had to mess up every intimate moment by trying to push him away. 

We know Tully has a tendency of sabotaging the good things in her life, but asking Max what he wanted from her and suggesting he was looking for a meal ticket was a low blow. I’d be more upset if I was him. 

Hopefully, Tully realizes that she needs to let her guard down and let someone in eventually. However, with the expose about her past, she may revert to putting up all the walls once again.

With all this happening in the episode, the flashbacks about Kate getting her period seem almost futile, but they do showcase that Tully and Kate have each other’s backs no matter what. 

Tully gave Kate her pants when she stained her white once and then told the bully Marnie that they belonged to her. And when Marnie attacked Tully’s character and called her out for being easy, Kate decked her in the face. 

Whenever these two faced adversaries, they were there for each other no matter what. And that translates into the present-day when they are bullied by some woman half their age hoping to make a name for herself in the industry.

Kate might need a job, but she’ll never put that job about her friendship with Tully.

Also, high school Tully truly had all the best comebacks. How did Marnie think stuffing her locker with free tampons was a bad thing? Those things are expensive! 

Other Thoughts

  • For someone who hates guns, Johnny has really good aim. 
  • Kimber continues to underestimate Kate and only gave her the article to distract her rather than acknowledging that she might actually be a good writer who is worth giving a shot. 
  • Carol falling off the crate while apple picking was so ridiculous. Could she not grab the closer apple? But, at least we now know how Johnny gave Tully her big break.
  • Kate having underwear stuck to her shirt is honestly the most Kate thing to happen to her. She’s such a lovable klutz.
  • Johnny’s inability to tell the story of war last time is what is inspiring him to go to Iraq now. He hopes that he can have another shot at telling the world what’s happening and exposing the truth. And this helps us understand why he’s so set of “having to do this.” If he communicated this to Kate in the previous episode, she may have understood his position better. 
  • I love that Kate told Travis that she watched her mom wither away because of other people’s expectations and she wasn’t going to set that example for her own daughter. Boss momma!

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Will There Be a Season 3 of ‘Firefly Lane’?



Will There Be a Third Season of 'Firefly Lane'?

Since Firefly Lane recently aired its second season, many fans have been wondering whether or not the series about two best friends, Tully Hart (Katherine Heigl) and Kate Mularkey (Sarah Chalke), will return for a third season. 

Unfortunately, Netflix announced that the second will be the last, meaning that a third season will not be happening. 

However, there is some good news on the horizon.

Even though Firefly Lane will end with a second season, it will be a supersized season with a total of 16 episodes. 

The first 9 episodes aired on December 2, 2022, while the remaining 7 will hit the streaming giant on Thursday, June 8, 2023.

In a way, it kind of feels like there are three seasons because of the months-long hiatus between the two parts of the second season.

The first half, Firefly Lane Season 2 Part 1, ended on quite a cliffhanger with Kate learning that she has stage 3 breast cancer. As she attempted to reach out to her longtime bestie to find comfort and make amends, she missed her by mere moments, as Tully accepted a job in Antarctica and left for the airport. The two have been on the outs for a few months following an accident involving Kate’s daughter Mara (Yael Yurman) and Tully

It’s unclear how the adventure of these two best friends will conclude, but Netflix did leave fans with a bit of a teaser that brings the narrative into the present-day—10 years into the future—to Tully’s wedding day. Kate is nowhere in sight, leaving some fans to wonder if she didn’t survive, while an anxious Johnny (Ben Lawson) waits near the altar with Kate’s brother, leading some fans to theorize that Johnny and Tully are getting married

We’ll have to wait and see how it all pans out when the second half of the season drops this summer! 

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Does Kate Die on ‘Firefly Lane’?



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Firefly Lane Season 2 Part 1 ended on quite a devastating cliffhanger. 

After being diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer during a doctor’s visit, Kate Mularkey (Sarah Chalke) bolted to Tully Hart’s (Katherine Heigl) penthouse apartment to seek out comfort and make amends. The former best friends were not on speaking terms at the time, but the soul-crushing news forced Kate to reach out to the only person she’s ever trusted. Sadly, they missed each other by mere moments—as Kate got off the elevator to visit her friend, Tully got on the elevator with her bags to hop on a plane for a months-long assignment in Antarctica.

Of course, fans immediately started wondering if Kate would survive the ordeal come Firefly Lane Season 2 Part 2. 

The Netflix drama is based on Kristin Hannah’s novel of the same name, so if you’ve read the book, there’s a good chance you know how this is going to end. That being said, the series has also deviated from the book on occasion, so it’s possible that the events won’t pan out in the same way, leaving fans on their toes and in for a wild ride. 

In Firefly Lane Season 2 Episode 9, Kate is told she has a “rare and very aggressive” form of breast cancer, which doesn’t bode well for the character regardless of what happens in the book. Life expectancy and survival rates are improving all the time, and Kate does have a solid support system, so selfishly, we hope she makes it out. 

Spoiler—in the novel, Kate does die from the disease, with fans getting to see Tully pick up the pieces and try to be there for Kate’s family, including her daughter Mara (Yael Yurman) and her significant other, Johnny Ryan (Ben Lawson).

Again, it’s unclear if that’s what will happen in the Netflix series as well.

Netflix gave fans a quick preview into Part 2, which seemed to cause even more confusion.

The 10-year flash-forward scene seems to take place at Tully’s wedding—and it definitely looks as though Tully is marrying Johnny, which would indicate that Kate died. 

The wedding snippet features Tully getting her makeup done, while Johnny and Sean, Kate’s brother, stand in front of the altar. Johnny looks rather anxious as he informs Sean that he’ll be fine once the bride shows up. Kate isn’t anywhere in sight, which may lead some to believe that she’s no longer alive. 

While it’s unclear if Kate is still alive in the flash forward, she does give Johnny and Tully the a-okay to get married in the books. Prior to her death, she writes Tully a letter asking her to help Johnny raise the kids. She even notes that she’s fine if the two end up together. “I know you’ll be thinking that I left you, but it’s not true. All you have to do is remember Firefly Lane, and you’ll find me. There will always be a TullyandKate,” Kate writes, per Oprah Daily.

Only time—and the final season—will tell how Kate’s story will end.  Find out our theories on who Tully might be marrying. 

Firefly Lane Season 2 Part 2 premieres on June 8, 2023,

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Who Does Tully Marry on ‘Firefly Lane’?



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Firefly Lane Season 2 Part 1 has hooked fans, but it’s the “special teaser” at the conclusion of episode 9 that really has everyone talking. 

While the episode ended with Tully and Kate not on speaking terms, the clip from the second half of the final season jumps 10 years into the future, a timeline we haven’t yet visited.

And the clip is raising a lot of eyebrows as it seems to take place at Tully’s (Katherine Heigl) wedding.

Fans are all rooting for Tully to finally find love and settle down, but the specific clip is cut in a way that almost suggests that Tully is marrying Johnny (Ben Lawson), Kate’s (Sarah Chalke) husband. 

In the final moments of episode 9, Kate is diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer, which forces her to reach out to make amends with Tully. Unfortunately, she misses her by seconds as Tully leaves her penthouse sweet to catch a flight to Antarctica on an assignment. 

The wedding snippet features Tully getting her makeup done, while Johnny and Sean, Kate’s brother, stand in front of the altar. Johnny looks rather anxious as he informs Sean that he’ll be fine once the bride shows up. Kate isn’t anywhere in sight, which may lead some to believe that she’s no longer alive. 

The book may offer some insight into the upcoming nuptials—though, keep in mind, the show and the book vary slightly.

While it’s unclear if Kate is still alive in the 10-year flash forward, in the books, she writes Tully a letter asking her to help Johnny raise the kids. She even notes that she’s fine if the two end up together. “I know you’ll be thinking that I left you, but it’s not true. All you have to do is remember Firefly Lane, and you’ll find me. There will always be a TullyandKate,” Kate writes, per Oprah Daily.

This might lead some to believe that Tully is marrying Johnny in the show, however, it’s important to note that they do not get married in the book, nor do they get into a relationship. She does, however, make good on her promise and helps him raise the children while dealing with some personal struggles. 

So, if it’s not Johnny, why is he so nervous? It’s possible he just wants Tully to get this right. And it could very well be that the groom is Danny (Ignacio Serrichio), their former KPOC colleague and the one that got away. 

Does Tully Marry Danny?

The former couple split up because of career ambitions, and as fate would have it, years down the line, they ended up being penthouse neighbors and good friends. Danny, however, had a girlfriend, who even spent the holidays with Tully, so they remained good friends. Still, there was always an unspoken bond between Danny and Tully.

In the final moments of episode 9, before she jets off to Antarctica, Danny shows up to say goodbye and tells her that he’s always thinking about her, indicating that there are definitely still feelings on his part. 

Tully is a professional, so she doesn’t let the comment shake her, but I imagine that finding out your best friend has cancer might give her a new perspective on life—it’s too short, and you should follow your heart. From what I’ve seen, her heart has always pined for Danny all the years, so if I had to bet my money on it, I would say he’s the one she’s marrying in the flash forward, 

As they say, better late than never. 

Unfortunately, until Firefly Lane Season 2 Part 2 premieres on June 8, 2023, we won’t know the answer for certain. 

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