"Ten years of abandonment isn't going to just go away overnight. Or even over a year," Lila stated what to her seemed like the obvious, but apparently came as news to Grant. "Especially now. To Kirkland, losing Jamie probably feels like losing you and Vicky all over again."
"So Jamie gets himself sent to prison, and I'm the one who has to suffer for it?"
"Silly me, now here I thought Kirk was the one who's suffering. Oh, and, as a matter of fact, yes, Grant. Yes, you're going to suffer for it. Because that's what being a parent is, you fool. Hurting when your baby is hurting. And then sucking up your own feelings in order to support him through it."
"Kirkland doesn't want my support."
"Did I say fool? I meant imbecile. Are you really so clueless that you don't realize Kirkland is a teen-age boy? He'd rather boil in oil than flat-out ask for what he needs from you, even if he knew what that was, which, again, teen-age boy — not likely."
"So what am I supposed to do?"
"You're supposed to be the parent and let him be the child, not vice-versa."
"Is there a manual I can read?"
"You mean Parenting After Coming Back From the Dead for Dummies? I haven't stumbled across a copy at Barnes & Noble, no. But maybe you and Frankie can collaborate. With an introduction by Carl and an Epilogue by Lucas. In the meantime, you'll just have to make it up as you go along."
"And if I can't?"
"Then you're not as smart as you think you are. And Kirkland isn't as important to you as you claim."
* * *
Lila schools Grant on parenthood, Lorna lays out her desperate plan to a horrified Lucas, Felicia and Spencer commiserate over raising Carl's children - and more, Allie's actions drive Amanda back to Kevin, and Cass makes a personal plea to a reluctant Frankie.
Plus classic Felica/Lucas and Vicky/Ryan clips!
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