Million Little Things Recap: Puck My Life

Million Little Things Recap: Puck My Life

EVITE FROM THE GREAT BEYOND | Even though Jon is no longer with us, he still manages to slide into everyone’s alerts via a pre-set reminder that Gary’s birthday is upon them. Apparently, Jon set up a big surprise for his friend’s big day. And even though Gary hates celebrating his birthday and absolutely no one is in the mood to party, the guys decide to carry through with Jon’s plan because it’s what he would’ve wanted.

Before we get into the details of that, you should know that a) Maggie gets real snappy with Gary when he starts poking around in a box of her things one morning after sex, and b) Rome hasn’t given up on the (very bad) idea that Maggie should be his therapist. She holds firm on her recommendation that he call Dr. Heller… until he says that it took him a lot to work up the courage to come to her, and he’s not in a place where he feels OK going to a stranger with his issues. So she relents and says she’ll have lunch with him on Friday “as a friend” — but he has to promise to call Heller.

Eddie decorates the outside of Gary’s apartment with streamers etc., and he’s waiting there when his pal comes home from Maggie’s. “Look at you, doing the walk of shame!” Eddie calls. “Walk of shame? No. I just had morning sex. This is a victory lap,” Gary replies. (Heh.) As they discuss their love lives, Eddie says that the affair with the love of his life is done: “It just wasn’t meant to be.” Then Rome arrives, and then a chauffered SUV pulls up. “Which one of you is the birthday boy?” the driver calls out. “Damnit, Jon,” Gary mutters.

The surprise: They’re all headed to Bruins Fantasy Camp, where they’ll suit up like members of the team and play hockey on the rink at the Garden. But before they can get there, Eddie insist on swinging by his place to pick up his lucky skates and to ask Katherine if she can pick up Theo that afternoon. She’s fine with it, and in his elation, Eddie accidentally leaves his phone on the table next to where she’s working. She answers it when it rings — I get the sense she thought she was picking up her phone or wasn’t thinking much about it in general, not that she’s being sneaky and/or malicious — and that’s when everything gets bad.

Outside, Eddie realizes he left his cell inside. And when he goes back to retrieve it, Grace coldly wonders why a hotel manager was calling him to tell him they couldn’t find his necklace. He lies, and she catches him in it, and pretty soon, she’s flat-out asking him, “Were you having an affair?” He won’t deny it but also won’t say who the woman is. “Oh my god, is it someone I know?” she demands. Eddie confesses that it was Delilah… unaware that Gary has come inside and has overheard everything.

ICE COLD | A furious Gary immediately tells Rome, and Eddie falls all over himself trying to explain. But the guys don’t want to hear it, and they tell the driver to leave Eddie behind. In the car, Rome wonders why Gary’s not mad at Delilah. “Because she’s not here,” he says simply. Gary balks at Rome’s desire to move forward with their day, but Rome makes a point of saying that he pretends nothing bad is happening literally every day — “That’s how I get through” — and so they stick to Jon’s schedule.

So they don personalized jerseys and put on their game faces, but all pretense is off when Eddie arrives and tells them he’s not leaving. The whole thing explodes in a brawl that ends with Gary pinning Eddie (I’ve gotta give it to James Roday — he commits to the anger, and a slightly outta control Gary drools on Eddie as a result); the outburst gets all three of them thrown in the penalty box.

Eddie apologizes to his friends, vowing that he and Delilah fought their attraction “every single day, until we fell in love.” He’s very worried that Jon knew about the relationship and killed himself because of it. “I hope that’s why,” Gary said. Ouch. “At least then, I’d know why.”


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