We'll always have Paris.
Cara and Miles were reunited in the "City of Love" on God Friended Me Season 2 Episode 3, and it was magical.
It felt like something was missing in the first two episodes while Cara was in Paris.
She may have been working on clues about the God Account in Paris, but we've missed her working alongside Rakesh and Miles.
When she decided it was time to go back home to New York, I was overjoyed.
The best part about ending the Paris storyline is that it finally gave Annie and Simon purpose.
While the two of them were sweet and likable, and they did their best to help out with Cara's God Account shenanigans, it never felt organic.
As heartwarming as it was to see so many people unite to do the God Account's work, it wasn't necessary.
Simon and Annie's assistance felt forced up until the part where Cara suggested Annie finish telling the once-in-a-lifetime story.
That's when it all came together.
There couldn't have been a more perfect ending for Annie and Simon.
Everyone deserves a second chance and these two just got one.
There's no better place to reunite than in Paris.
Which brings me to Cara and Miles' relationship.
They're the cutest, and this episode really brought out the romance between them!
Some guys would just get upset if their significant other told them she was "running away" and wasn't ready to say 'I love you' back.
But Miles took a moment to hear her out and told her she could take all the time she needed.
Cara has been keeping that bottled up inside for most of the summer because she was too scared to tell Miles, but his accepting reaction proves that he's a guy deserving of her love.
You have to forgive yourself, Sarah. For Zeke, for your marriage, but most importantly, for you.Joy
Unlike her mother, who left right after they exchanged "I love you's, Miles isn't going anywhere.
In addition to visiting Cara and finally telling her how he feels, Miles was looking for his next big adventure since putting his God Account duties to rest.
But while Paris was a romantic, quick getaway from reality, it didn't give Miles the desired answers.
He got what he hopes is part of an answer when they tracked down an art piece created entirely out of binary code.
Rakesh is going to have a splendid time trying to figure out the secret message.
What could his next step involve? It has to be tied to the God Account somehow.
And why isn't Cara as concerned about her next steps?
Coming home to New York is great, but she's no longer tied down to any jobs.
Will Miles' future also include Cara's?
Back in New York, Rakesh and Joy teamed up to help friend suggestion, Sarah.
Having Miles out of town worked in Joy's favor as she was able to navigate the friend suggestion on her own without his input.
She followed her gut even when it came off a little too aggressive and upset Sarah.
Joy: She's got a happy life, see for yourself.
Rakesh: I mean, I guess the whole point of social media is to make it seem like you're living your best life at all times, right? But the God Account wouldn't send Sarah your way if everything was fine.
The friend suggestion gave us a reminder that we could all use from time to time: forgive yourself.
Forgiveness is not an easy emotion.
Forgiving someone is difficult, but forgiving yourself is harder because, oftentimes, we're our hardest critic.
Blaming yourself for something in the past isn't healthy, and it isn't doing you any favors, just like it wasn't doing any favors for Sarah, her husband, or her brother Zeke.
Who else was surprised that Rakesh's arcade game purchase was connected to the friend suggestion?
The God Account has upped its game this season if it's influencing shopping habits!
It was also important for Rakesh to point out that Sarah's social media prescence isn't a reflection of her happiness.
We can all get sucked into the fake realities of social media when, in reality, people use them to make their lives seem better than they really are.
And just because someone looks happy on the outside doesn't mean they aren't going through hardships.
Joy softened up a bit with this friend suggestion just as Miles did in the beginning; she's becoming more caring and empathetic.
She's beginning to accept her circumstances and found the joys (pun intended) of helping people.
She's come a long way from wanting nothing to do with the God Account on the pilot episode to saying that the God Account is her second chance.
Joy may also have accepted the fact that she'd gotten suspended and that she gave up her daughter, but the situations both continue to define her, and they'll continue to do so until she confronts them head-on.
So, it wasn't entirely surprising to find out that the next friend suggestion Joy receives is her daughter.
I despise watching promos because they tend to give too much away.
Revealing the next friend suggestion slightly ruins the excitement.
We're still engrossed in the series and want to know how Joy will handle this difficult ask, but it would have been better to find out while watching the upcoming episode.
It's also a twist because correct me if I'm wrong, this is the first friend suggestion that's a minor.
Joy will have to tread lightly here for a few reasons: she doesn't want to come off creepy, which isn't difficult considering how invested into another person's drama they all get, but also because this is personal for Joy.
Cara: The last thing my mom and I said before she left was, "I love you." I thought after all this time, that I'd put it behind me, but I guess I'm just still the little girl sitting on a bench waiting for her mom to come home. I'm sorry Miles.
Miles: There's nothing to be sorry about.
Maybe her daughter isn't ready to hear the truth. She needs to respect that and consider what's best for her daughter, just like she did when she gave her up for adoption.
She also doesn't want to undermine the parents.
The adoption was closed for a reason. They might not feel comfortable with Joy injecting herself into their daughters' life.
Thankfully, Joy will have the help of not only Rakesh but also Miles and Cara.
The three of them are well-versed in the God Account, so they'll be able to help Joy navigate what is potentially the most difficult friend suggestion she'll ever receive.
Rakesh: But Joy, everyone deserves a second chance.
Joy: I know, and I got mine with the God Account. That's why I cannot fail at this, too.
The best thing about the God Account is that it's a reminder that though things may seem bleak now, there's always a solution.
Oftentimes, it's an obvious one that's hiding in plain sight.
If you want more of these feel-good moments, you have to watch God Friended Me online.
Other Parisian Thoughts
- Do people really get tickets for parking too far away from the curb?
- Rakesh mentioned Jaya and Joy questioned if she was imaginary: why are they cheating us out of Jaya time?
- Ali assisted Joy in helping a friend suggestion, but I want her to have more involvement.
What did you think of the episode?
Are you warming up to Joy?
Do you think she'll get along with Cara?
Are you excited to meet her daughter? What does the God Account want Joy to help her with?