Gina attends a party at the beach with friends, while John has a breakthrough.
Gina finishes watering the flowers outside John’s house and heads inside, upset John hasn’t eaten. He says nothing so she takes out some old photos and tries to get him to reminisce. When that doesn’t work, she says once she returns from her beach party, he’s going to exercise with her. Once she leaves, John gazes at a photo of Katie and mutters that it was taken on their fifth anniversary. He starts to squeeze the exercise ball and later tackles a bowl of cereal.
Jess, a co-worker of Michelle’s visiting on business from England, hangs out with Michelle, Jamie, Lara and Ani on the beach. Lara and Ani get amorous and then leave for snacks while Michelle giggles wildly at the cuteness factor. Gina arrives at the beach, happy to run into Richard, an old friend. They hug and she tells him she has a party to attend, so they agree to get together soon.
Nearby, Jamie’s snuggling with Drew, the new love interest he met on Twitter. Everyone tells Ani how they’re looking forward to her gallery opening. Gina arrives and Lara runs off with Drew. Ani and Gina discuss her frustrations with John and Ani thanks Gina for allowing her to have the gallery party at her place.
Owen finishes playing volleyball while Sami and Gina talk about her struggles with her father. When Van shows up, Sami’s shocked to learn he’s related to both Gina and Owen, while the cousins sit together a little awkwardly. Sami shares how she met Van and the guys go off to play volleyball while Gina finds Guya nearby, snuggling with Brandon. He takes off to surf and Guya admits she’s living in the moment and enjoying it. Gina’s happy for her and they giggle as they stare at him walking toward the surf.
Nearby, Jess tells Jamie she’s in LA for a few weeks. Jamie gushes about how sweet Drew is and encourages Michelle to start dating. She’s not feeling adventurous. Jess tells a story about ending up in a tree after hang-gliding and Jamie becomes disinterested when he sees Brandon coming in from surfing. He wanders over to talk to him.
At the beer table, Ani, Michelle, Jamie and Gina munch and drink beer. Van accidentally gets hit hard by Owen’s ball and runs off in pain, causing Sami to smack Owen and accuse him of hitting his cousin hard on purpose. At the table, Gina thanks Lara for making Ani so happy and warns that if she hurts Ani, she’ll answer to her. Van finds Guya outside at her beach house which is in the vicinity. She warns him not to get close to Sami, considering she’s dating Owen. Van’s hurt and blasts her for her lack of trust. He’s not the same person he once was. Ever since Aunt Katie died, it’s been all about Owen and Gina and he’s feeling ignored.
Gina walks back to her car and finds Richard still near his van. It’s been 20 years since they saw each other. Richard shares news about his family and she tells him that John had a stroke. They reminisce and Richard says he found teaching on a college campus all these years to be uninspiring. He’s been traveling the country in his van and has been divorced for 10 years. He asks about her love life. "Who’s the lucky guy?" She laughs and says she’s not seeing anybody and then takes off. He smiles as he watches her walk away.
Wow where to start?! They jam pack a lot of story into such a short episode yet always manage to make it seem relaxed and balanced. I like that they’re bringing up Katie this season. It brings me closer to the characters. I keep wondering why the police haven’t shown up to talk with John about the prostitute. If she’s missing, the police would have already gone to the agency, who would have had no choice but to direct them to John. Unless she did him on the side? Were you as proud of John as I was for his breakthrough?! Last week he really tried my patience.
It's unusual for Gina and Ani to hang out after the break-up. I can only gather that the warning from Gina is foreshadowing for Gani to get back together. I was surprised at the drinking on the public beach which is illegal here! I figure they must have been on Guya’s property, so it’d be allowed. I guess. What a strange party. Everyone was all over the place and Richard’s arrival made me curious about their past. He doesn't know she's gay, I guess means she was in the closet 20 years ago. I felt bad for Van, who obviously feels ignored by Guya all these years in favour of his motherless cousins. We’ve learned a lot more about Van which endeared him to me. I can’t be sure if Owen threw that ball at Van on purpose or not and don’t think Sami could tell either. How interesting that she didn’t believe it was an accident. Doesn’t bode well with these two and I can see Van coming between them. I actually don’t mind. I’m not invested in Sami and Owen and Sami and Van make more sense. Anyway, I’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode!
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