When The Way Home was announced, I wasn’t sure what to expect. This has been a road – one filled with highs and lows. But one thing is for certain – I love this show. I love that at every turn it is something that I don’t expect, something that will make me question everything, and something that will make me even more invested in this show.
To be honest, the only character on this show that I grew to dislike more is Del. But we’ll get there.
Time travel is having an effect on Kat and Alice – one that they didn’t expect. It’s brought them closer, which has been the best part of this show – seeing their mother/daughter bond. The two of them have a closeness that no one can really understand, due to time travel. But, what they’ve had to come to terms with in the past has left the current them, heartbroken.
THE COLTON OF IT ALL
Kat is traveling back in time to find out more about her Dad. She wants to know what happened with her parents, as for her, she’d always had an idea of what their love story should be. She wanted to understand what happened with them.
I understand why it is that Kat doesn’t want to think anything badly of her father. She wanted to believe in the man that loved her and was there for her. She wanted to believe that her Dad would never do the worst thing that she could imagine. Though, what I do wonder is how finding all of this out will affect her relationship with her Mom.
See, Del doesn’t want to talk about the past. Ever. Del is driven by a need to compartmentalize and Kat is driven by a need to understand. The two have dealt with things in different ways, but what I don’t understand is how they got there. I think that to a point Del is hiding something that we don’t know and maybe it’ll be part of a cliffhanger at the end.
I am not sure.
I do know that when Kat goes back in time, she finds that her Dad wasn’t cheating. He was consumed with finding his son. He needed to know what happened, which I can understand. For the life of me, I don’t understand why it is that Del doesn’t want to know more about what happened to Jacob.
Yet, maybe that’s what she’s hiding. Maybe she knows something that hasn’t come out yet. Maybe she’s part of Jacobs disappearance. The one thing that I am sure of is that Kat is not going to let it go. When she tries to show her Mom proof that her father wasn’t cheating – he had spent all their money on a PI.
But Del insists he was cheating, she had seen the woman crying at his funeral.
NICK IS BACK
Meanwhile, Alice is having a hard time. She’s really got a thing for Nick, but she doesn’t know how this will work, especially when he shows up at Del’s to surprise his Moms.
The look on Alice’s face – seeing the older version of the guy that she loves; she is excited. But he doesn’t remember her and that breaks her, which in my opinion may be a good thing.
You see I am not sure how this could ever work out between the two of them and it’s better that she knows that now. It hurts her and no one wants anyone to hurt, but better she knows now. Yes, it’s her first love and it’s going to hurt and jade her.
Except Alice isn’t like all of us. She’s had to grow up so quickly. Time travel has changed her in the biggest ways. It’s made her have to be an adult – all of the things that happen in her life have made her have to be wise beyond her years.
When Nick doesn’t recognize her, she does the grown up thing of going back in time and breaking up with Nick. She knows there is no future and thats a big realization for her. So she goes back in time and breaks up with her Nick. It’s a lot for her and she’s broken.
What I loved is that grown Kat is there for her and comforts her. She knows that her daughter is going through a lot and she can’t explain it to anyone. These two have to find solice in each other.
First heartbreaks are a bitch.
ELLIOTT AND PERFECTION
When Kat goes out with Elliott and Nick, she asks if Nick if he remembers his girlfriend from when they were kids. He says that he doesn’t and Kat breathes a sigh of relief. She knows that it will hurt Alice, but it also keeps their secrets safe.
It turns out that Nick is engaged and she knows that will hurt Alice also. I think a part of Kat is relieved though, because even though this news will hurt it will help Alice to move on.
That night, when Kat and Elliott head home, Kat tells him she wants him to kiss him. But Elliott doesn’t want to kiss her, he wants it to be perfect. I am not sure what he considers perfection, because what is perfection is different to everyone.
Elliott has built this up over time and I get that. But what I also get is that you have to seize the moment. You have to hold on to the moment.
When they finally do kiss it’s initiated by Kat and well, I admit, I cheered. FINALLY!
Elliott is my favorite for a reason. He’s my favorite because he has the purest heart. He wants nothing more than to make everyone happy, but also to make people feel loved. I appreciate the way that he is there for Kat, but also the way that he’s trying to guide Alice through it all.
Even the relationship with Nick.
Elliott and Nick are besties. When Nick is leaving, he admits to Elliott that he remembers Alice and that she was the first love of his life. Alice overhears this and she feels a lot better. I think that it’s important for her to hear and seeing the smile on her face was everything.
The Way Home is such a beautiful story filled with so much love and heart. If you aren’t watching, you need to be. It’s absolutely beautiful.