This review is different, because this episode hit me different. Dash and Lily is one of the best shows I have seen out there, because it hits you right in the heart. It makes you feel, reexamine, and reminds me of why I love New York so much.
This episode needs to be seen. This whole series needs to be seen. And for this episode, I feel like I needed to drink, grab tissues, and watch it again. So I thought about it – why did this series hit me so hard?
Because it reminded me to take a chance on love.
It’s New Years Eve – because of course. Lily’s supposed to leave with her family to move to Fiji. She’s accepted the fact that so much is changing. Until Dash realizes he may have over reacted and that he’s running out of time.
See Dash got the notebook back because Lily sends it back with her notes about moving and he’s right, they never would have worked out. She may not believe it – because I personally believe that she’s trying to let him off the hook, but what she’s doing is suffocating her own heart.
And they both learn that they are filled with regrets.
Dash and Lily ended just a week ago. He screwed things up with so many by his reactions. He isolated Boomer and now Boomer won’t speak to him. He uses social media to track Boomer down, and when he finds the place that he is – he goes after him. It’s a Jonas Brothers concert to track him down.
And I am just thinking that damn, Boomer better forgive him because he probably spent a small fortune on that ticket. He needs his best friends forgiveness and advice.
Boomer, Sofia, Priya, and the Challah Back Boys are all there. He needs their help and they get him to admit the one thing we all know – he can’t stop thinking about her. He wants to fix things.
Now, I will tell you this – I rarely agree with Sofia – but she makes sense. She points out that he, like so many guys, has been treating Lily like Cinderella and he’s the prince meant to save her. The thing is that is not how the world works. And then who gives him advice? Nick Jonas. And he tells him that he had to go to Priyanka Chopra as himself, and be vulnerable.
And Dash’s plan is to go back to where it all began – The Strand.
And they all help him.
And then he leaves Lily a letter. A letter that I would die if I got. A letter than Langston sends her a picture of.
Dash tells Lily that just because they had these ideas of what they would be like and the ideas were ridiculous – none of that means what they have isn’t real. He knows her better than anyone.
And excuse me as I lose my shit and ball my eyes out because he told her he knows that she is “smart and brave”, “takes risks for what she wants”, and she is “the girl [he’s] been falling in love with.” He tells her that “if it’s not too late, [he’ll] be waiting in the place where we began.”
And as Lily jumped out of that cab and ran to the Strand, I tell you, I was a grown ass woman crying my eyes out. I stood up and cheered her on. Sure, I felt sorry for her parents.
But I also was so thrilled that she did it. Because Lily finally put her heart first. She’s in love. She’s happy. She has found her heart.
And as we saw flashbacks of their love together – their evolution – I full on was sobbing and could barely see. This moment, seeing Lily run through the city, I was like YES! Go get your man.
When she gets to The Strand, she finds Dash and the room is littered with their story. All the places that they have sent each other. Dash trying to apologize, but Lily isn’t wanting to hear it. She is having trouble saying the things that she wants to say, but she does something that shocked me. She kissed him.
And queue this grown ass woman crying again.
After all, “it’s not about the first kiss, it’s about the first kiss that matters.”
These two are locked in, and that may not be the worst thing. Her family has worked out her staying. She’s going to be able stay in New York. The life that she’s wanted to live and I am full on crying my eyes out.
Their story is just beginning and it’s beautiful. If this ending – hell this entire series doesn’t fill you with all of the holiday spirt, love and magic, I don’t know what will.
Dash & Lily is everything that I needed to remind me what the holiday spirit was. I hope it brings you the joy that it brought me.
Dash & Lily is streaming on Netflix now.