Friendship is a crazy thing. You’re essentially trusting your life and your heart and your memories to other people, all while taking in theirs. Friendship isn’t always easy, but when you make friends that are lifelong, it becomes easier. The best friends are the friends that become like family.
Jodie, Sarah, and Amy, have found that in each other. And they found that with Colleen. So her being gone isn’t easy – it’s forced a new dynamic. And it’s a dynamic that I personally think has strengthened their bond in a way that we will never be able to understand.
And as the best of friends, they are going to be there to pick up the pieces for themselves and for Colleen.
Even though we’re only on the third episode of the season, Pivoting has establishing itself as a show that just keeps getting better with each episode. And the third episode was definitely the best yet.
What I do love is that we’re getting to know more and more about each of these characters and that I have an emotional involvement. So many television shows nowadays, I don’t feel anything for. I just wade through and do what I have to do. I give up on feeling, because television seems so forced.
But Pivoting isn’t like that. It’s a show that really is showing you choices and the way that life can change you, when you realize that life is too short to exist and not live.
In the first episodes, Thank we’d heard a little about Sarah’s ex wife, but getting to meet her, have to admit that we’re like what a bitch. She goes to the store and is basically buying shit and making it about herself.
I don’t think many of us understand Sarah’s want to go from doctor to working at the store, and can not for the life of me figure out why she thinks it’s fun. But she does.
Amy, meanwhile, is upping her time at home and is really trying to have a work/life balance. Colleen’s death made her want to be a better Mom and she is trying, but work follows her home with a potential problem. She’s trying to solve it and nothing is going her way, but the kids see her there.
Jodie is so hung up on her trainer, but her husband is an asshole, so I get it. He doesn’t even treat her like she exists or does anything worthwhile. But her trainer makes her feel seen. He talks her up and tells her that she’s beautiful. He even makes her say it. And she starts to believe it.
I think seeing Jodie try to grow may be one of my favorite things, BECAUSE, she’s the one I relate to. She’s just doing everything to make everyone happy, but doesn’t know how to make herself happy.
She tells her husband that she worked out, for instance, and he asks why, she’s 40 it’s all gonna go downhill anyways. Why the fuck she didn’t punch him in the face, I don’t understand at all. I would have left his ass.
The three gather at Colleen’s to check on her husband and child. And apparently this three like to smell Colleen’s clothes. Again, something I don’t understand. But these three have gone through something that has bonded them in a very unique way.
That and Colleen left behind edibles. We all know that this is a road that can get really funny, but can also lead to a lot of bad choices.
Their choice is to go dig up the fig tree that Colleen planted at Sarah’s old house. They want to bring it back to Colleen’s house and have it there for her husband and child. It’s one of those things that the edible is making them think is a good choice.
I love a good edible.
But speaking from experience – nine times out of ten choices on edibles are not a good decision.
The three are hallucinating and though it’s definitely changed the way I feel about figs and I never will eat one again, it’s an important moment for all of them. Some people say the things that they can’t say any other time when they are high. And some people say things that they shouldn’t.
Like Jodie – who texts her trainer and asks if he really thinks that she’s beautiful. When he doesn’t answer, she goes excessive and texts him more than anyone ever should. I feel for her because it’s obvious that she’s looking for what she is not getting from her husband.
When the trainer finally messages her back and tells her that he truly believes it, she feels a sense of pride and strength we haven’t seen from her. And you’re rooting for her.
Then you’re impressed with her trainer, because she straight pulled that tree out of the ground and well, I stood up and clapped.
But the best thing about this episode is the interaction between the three of them and Sarah’s ex on the driveway. They have no fucks left to give and they know the only thing that matters is their friendship.
These three are in the midst of trying to figure everything out and the life that they are living and the life that they are meant to live. No one said anything about it being easy. Hell, I’d argue that most would tell you that it’s a difficult place to be in life. But when you have others that help you, that make the journey worthwhile – it’s a point in life that can make you figure out where you are meant to be.
Pivoting airs Thursdays on Fox.