The issue of identity is a strong on on Almost Family Season 1 Episode 2.
Not only is Julie struggling with her new place in a possible sea of siblings, but Roxy is trying to find herself, and Edie is exploring a new side of her.
There's plenty to unpack this hour. So, let's get started.
Julia has an identity crisis. She's very upset with her father and rightfully so.
What he did was beyond wrong. Unfortunately, he still doesn't see what he did as wrong; he only sees it as helping people.
Leon can't convince Julia otherwise either.
But on some level, she might be angry at him for the wrong reasons.
She seems angrier that she's not the only little girl in his life anymore.
Now, he has several little girls and possibly even little boys. Who knows how many children he fathered.
However, what is grinding at Julia is that two of these women have become tied up in her life.
Both Edie and Roxy are taking away parts of her relationship with her father.
Julia was always the one who looked after and protected him.
Now, Edie is handling Leon's case, and Roxy is hanging out having fun with Leon.
He's spreading himself around, and Julia doesn't like it.
It's not that she doesn't want to see her father go free. She knows he's guilty, but it's more complicated than that.
Sure, Leon should have informed his patients of what he was doing. But he gave them all something they've always wanted.
That isn't to say what he did was right, but he did give people a dream.
What's weird though is that he's been tracking the "exceptional" kids. Why is he doing that?
Did he pick special women to impregnate so he could see how their genes mixed? Was it all an experiment to satisfy his ego?
Leon has some serious mental issues, but he's not curtailing his behavior with any of his daughters.
He wants to repair his relationship with Julia, but he's also diving in deep with Roxy, and even trying to get close to Edie.
So, this is why it has become an issue with Julia.
She's especially jealous of Roxy's sudden closeness with Leon.
Roxy and Leon's relationship is odd and endearing at the same time.
She's messed up big time. She's had her own identity issues and now she's found a piece of herself that she wants to get to know better.
Roxy's so desperate for attention and for someone to understand her, she's not looking at the situation with clear eyes.
It's clear she's always had a rocky relationship with her parents, but how she lashed out at the man who raised her was unfair.
Roxy doesn't even know Leon other than she carries his blood.
It's perfectly understandable that she's curious and wants to know more, but she's rushing it.
That is her personality, but someone needs to pull her back a bit.
On Leon's part, he should be stepping away completely, not trying to draw her in.
Not only does he want to get to know her better, but he also wants to help her with her drug problem.
He shouldn't be doing that. He shouldn't have even spent as much time with Roxy as he did eating dinner and playing games.
It's difficult to know how to feel about Leon.
You want to like him, yet, he's not a likable person only in the sense of his actions.
There's nothing he can do to justify taking advantage of his position.
However, the children he's fathered are around, and nobody can take that away. It's confusing as a viewer because you can understand Roxy's feelings and desires, but the big issue is always at the back of the mind.
It hinders the ability to get on board with any of the relationships. The way the relationships are developing is great, but it's hard to move past how those relationships came about in the first place.
But back to Roxy.
If Leon wants to repair his relationship with Julia, he's going to have to back off on Roxy.
Roxy is giving him the attention he wants. He also likes that she's on her side.
It's causing a conflict between Roxy and Julia for two reasons.
First, Julia is having her own issues coming to terms with her father's actions.
Second, she doesn't like the idea of how close Roxy and Leon are getting, even if it's only been a short time.
Roxy was right when she told Julia she has competition now. Julia doesn't know how to deal with that.
But Julia is also riding on the coattails of her father. If it wasn't for him, she wouldn't be who she is, especially at the clinic.
And now that she's employed once again, she's going to be seeking her father's advice on how to go about things.
She has to know she can't run the clinic by herself.
Even though she doesn't know it yet, she can't trust Isaac, either.
That side story will be interesting as it develops. Isaac has his own agenda.
He was looking to take over the clinic, but then Julia got in the way. But now he's going to use his relationship with Leon to get what he wants.
It's a big mess there.
Another big mess is Edie. She's got this thing going on with Amanda which is bizarre in itself.
She shouldn't be having a romantic relationship with the other side while she's representing Leon.
That's a conflict of interest. It's surprising how many ethical issues are taking place in such a short period.
And now that Julia knows about Amanda and Edie, it's going to throw more coal into the fire.
There's so much going on, it's almost hard to keep track.
Still, the complications in everyone's life is interesting to watch.
What did you think of "Related AF"?
What will Julia do about her new secret?
Should Roxy stay away from Leon?
Should someone tell Leon to back off?
Do you think Grace is pregnant with Leon's child?
How do you like the series so far?
Hit the comments and let us know!
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