Firefly Lane Season 1 Episode 7 gave us a deeper look at Tully’s past and how it shaped and affected her future.
More importantly, we saw the aftermath of Kimber’s “Tully Hart-less” expose, which surprisingly, didn’t upset her as much as it should have. I expected the fallout to be much greater her.
I guess at some point, Tully figured a good reporter would uncover the truth. Though, I don’t think Kimber technically qualifies as a good reporter because, as Kate pointed out before she brilliantly quit, she didn’t get both sides of the story.
However, this does finally allow Tully to take control of her narrative and own up to her past so that it no longer controls her.
The network for her show suggested bringing her mother on for a segment, and while it’s understandable that she wouldn’t want to give her mom yet another chance (lord knows she’s given her plenty and Cloud squandered each and every one of them), it could show that Tully managed to achieve success despite constantly being made to feel worthless by her own mom.
The right PR spin could really work in her favor.
However, it’s probably best that Tully just waits for it to blow over.
In flashbacks, we see her get her hopes up just to be let down by Cloud time and time again. She spent her whole life trying to gain her mother’s love and approval and to make her proud.
In the high-school flashbacks, Tully approaches a poem for the school play with more pizzaz because her mother tells her to. Sadly, on the day of the performance, she doesn’t even show up and Tully realizes it’s because some ex-boyfriend came back and was deemed more important.
In the 80s flashbacks, Tully goes out of her way to visit her mother at the campground so that she can tell her all about her new job, but her mother shames her for working for the “lying media” and insists she’s short on cash.
It’s not a surprise that Tully found it easier to pretend her own mother was dead.
And still, she turned all of that into motivation to do better and be better; she never let it get the best of her.
She even did a live news report during a convenience store robbery where she got shot. Nothing could get Tully down, which is why Johnny was so shaken and scared when she didn’t show up for her show. It was unlike her.
Tully, instead, confronted her mother at the diner for once again swooping in when things were going good to destroy everything.
It must’ve felt good to get everything off of her chest. Her mom, who is now sober, finally apologized for being a terrible mom, and it’s something Tully has always wanted to hear — some kind of acknowledgment.
She also explained that she acted that way because she didn’t think her daughter needed her; she thought she was dragging her down. It was a powerful and heartbreaking scene.
I think the moment helped Tully realize she wants to keep the baby because she’s not like her mother and she never has been. She’s not doomed to repeat the mistakes of her mother’s past. Plus, her mother explained that she was “too young” when she had her, but Tully is in her 40s and ready for this next step.
Kate, per usual, was sidelined for the Tully show. She quit her job because Kimber disrespected her and her best friend.
She then cut her little rendezvous with Travis short because she had to go look for Tully.
And in both flashbacks, Kate was there to cheer Tully up. She laid with her after the play, and she comforted her after being shot, despite being really upset with her for sleeping with Johnny.
Oh yeah, that happened. To be fair, Tully didn’t know the extent of Kate’s feelings for Johnny or that anything happened between them when he came back from El Salvador. All she knew is that Kate was really into Mutt.
It was a lapse of judgment, and yet, something very on-brand for Tully.
Kate’s “first time” with Mutt was a disaster, so having to hear her best friend have great sex with the guy she’s been pining over was just the cherry on top of a horrible night.
In the present-day, Johnny got a taste of that medicine when he walked in on Kate hooking up with Travis. And I’ll be honest, it has to see your wife moving on.
Travis seems to be the consolation prize in all of this because if Johnny were to decide to put his family first, Kate would take him back in a heartbeat.
And man, I wish that he would because the flash-forward scene to a funeral has me quite worried.
The series purposefully misled viewers (which I hate, but it’s to be expected) by making it seem like Kate and Marah were headed to Tully’s funeral. I mean, all the comments about “missing her” and “she would know how to handle this.”
But in those last moments, Tully parked the car and walked to the church. Everyone looked at each other, and it’s clear that the comments were made as Kate and Tully had a falling out in the two-years since she found out she was pregnant.
But if it isn’t Tully’s funeral, then whose is it? The only other person that comes to mind is Johnny, and since we know he was going to Iraq, it’s even more plausible.
If it was Johnny, however, I would assume that Kate and Marah would be more involved with the preparations versus simply just attending. I mean, they are his family after all?
If it isn’t Johnny, then it has to be Sean. The suspense is killing me!
And what led to Kate and Tully’s falling out?