Some people say that they don’t fear death and hey, I do. I fear it, even though I know that it will eventually come. I have watched too many people pass in my lifetime, especially in this pandemic, to not be hyper aware of the fact that endings come.
But how we deal with it – the whole concept of death and the people that leave us, well that differs from person to person. When someone close to you dies, it can change everything. It can make you feel things that you didn’t know you could feel.
In Pivoting, Amy, Jodie, and Sarah are all spiraling in different ways. But this second episode mainly focuses on Amy and how she’s dealing with Colleen’s death. And she definitely is not dealing well.
Colleen had been fine when she went to the doctor and eight months later she passed away from cancer. Amy is scared. She is paranoid. She is worried about everything, because that’s the way she’s dealing with her friends death.
She can feel everything wrong, and yes, she’s over reaching, but I get it. I feel bad for her in a way, but she’s definitely type A and she needs to be in control. But it is a lot for her husband to handle.
Hell, it’s a lot for anyone to handle. Amy keeps repeating that her friend just died, and I do believe that is her excuse to tell people to understand. But it doesn’t mean that they have to.
But as Amy is paranoid over everything, the one having the real nervous breakdown and not knowing how to deal with things is Sarah. She’s left her job as an ER doctor and is working as a cashier. She doesn’t want to work so hard, but is realizing that everything is hard work.
She’s good at her job. Really good at her job. She makes employee of the month and whereas she’s happy that she did, no one else is. She wants to be motivating and making her co-workers feel empowered. But when she makes a big speech, they are mad at her.
They’ve been getting by and she wants to do everything that she can to make it a better system. But then she shouldn’t be shocked that they all hate her. I had to laugh when the former employee of the month, Rudy, decided to deface her plaque. I didn’t laugh because he defaced her plaque, but because a grown ass man is juvenile enough to draw a dick on her face.
As we all make changes in our lives, we have to adapt to the world around us. We have to find a way to fit in, to be at one with the people around us. Not stand out and make everyone hate us.
While Sarah is dealing with this, Jodie gets a call from her trainer asking her to meet him in the park. She doesn’t realize that it’s for a workout, she thinks that it is for a date. She gets really excited and buys a picnic lunch. She fits herself into jeans, heads out, and gets there, to only find out that he wanted to work out.
She’s mortified. But she does the workout in her jeans and all. When she’s all done and rushing off, she keeps forgetting the basket and somehow ends up sucking a bee sting out of the guys chest. There are things that I am willing to do, but that would not be one of them.
Sarah texts her friends that she needs them. She’s ready to retaliate and make the people bullying her at work pay. But one has to wonder, is that the best idea? Amy and Jodie are right there to defend her, until it is that Sarah’s co-workers put it in terms that they can understand. And then they know why they are reacting.
So it’s up to them to have the conversation with Sarah and explain to her why people react the way that they do to her. Sarah can’t help it – it’s who she is, but they basically tell her that she needs to loosen up.
Amy finds that her husband is jogging on a route he’s not supposed to and tells her friends that they need to go and they are coming with her. Sarah still has time left on her shift, but her friends push her and they all get in the car to go find Amy’s husband.
Henry is definitely jogging in the place that he’s not supposed to be at. When Amy pulls up on him, he doesn’t want to get in the car, and Amy accidentally hits him. That would be something I would never let go of.
The reality is that I like Amy. I like the fact that she’s not all together, but holds everyone together. She reminds her friends of how great they are.
Pivoting is doing a fantastic job at allowing us to get to know these characters. They are balancing between the three main characters, though I do wonder if Jodie’s husband exists. And yes, I would love to know more of the backstory of how they all became friends.
Pivoting airs on Fox.