What a powerful episode.
Everyone worked together on God Friended Me Season 2 Episode 6 to help Miles' next friend suggestion Elena.
It's awesome to see other friend suggestions hop in and offer assistance in an authentic way.
On God Friended Me Season 2 Episode 5, I mentioned that help from a previous friend suggestion did nothing to move the story along, but on this episode, Ray played a significant role.
Maybe it's because there's always use for someone with P.I skills.
Miles, Cara, and Rakesh have honed their detective skills since their first friend suggestion but they're still limited in certain areas.
Miles: So, that's why you called me down here.
Miles: So I would tell you that it's okay. And give you my approval.
Arthur: Well, I thought of all people, you'd understand.
Miles: Understand what?
Arthur: Understand why I have to do this. I saw how lost you were without the God Account. After I left the church, I felt the same. I mean, whether we like it or not, we have a larger calling.
Miles: But dad, if I had to pick between Cara and the God Account, I would choose her.
Ray was able to get them some (illegal) information so they could figure out how to help Elena.
I may be a little biased when it comes to accessing Ray's helpfulness because he was one of my favorite friend suggestions from God Friended Season 1.
But there's no denying that he helped move the case along.
The involvement of past friend suggestions allowed Cara and Miles to give us an update on how they're doing.
Ray and Isaac were doing great, though, it was a bummer that we didn't get to see Isaac in person.
And Ray wasn't the only one to offer assistance with this case.
As Miles gets more and more friend suggestions he's going to need people with resources to help him.
Ray: I dealt with abuse cases when I was a cop, so I had a friend do me a favor and send me Elena's medical records.
Rakesh: That is extremely illegal... which makes it that much more impressive!
It's a good thing his circle continues to expand.
Previous friend suggestions are grateful for how much he's helped them, so they're always eager to lend a helping hand.
Jaya helped off-screen by explaining Elena's eye injury while Ali was finally put to good as she offered up a solution to help Elena deal with her trauma.
With so much emphasis placed on restorative justice, it was weird that we never got to see a confrontation between Elena and Leo James.
It would have been interesting to see his reason for the attack since they even mentioned it was his first offense.
Plus, it would help Elena heal and move on. That girl was blind with rage. Too soon?
Elena was a tough friend suggestion because she was adamant about not getting any help.
She even told Miles, Cara, and Ray to leave her alone multiple times.
As we get deeper into God Friended Me Season 2, it feels like the friend suggestions are on autopilot.
Each one follows a similar formula: resist help, get angry over how overbearing Miles and Cara are, and eventually, feel grateful for all the help.
And yes, it's understandable because Cara and Miles no longer worry about "minding their own business."
They charge right in to tell each friend suggestion what to do about their lives.
There should have been more follow up on Gabe's bullying.
If he's skipping classes and purposefully getting detention to avoid the bully, there's a bigger issue here and one that pizza isn't going to solve.
Miles: She knows that if you become Bishop, she's going to lose you to the church.
Arthur: I can find that balance, Miles. This is what I've always wanted, this is my calling. I cannot turn down this second chance.
Miles: You want to talk about second chances? You found the love of your life not once but twice. And your willing to risk that just so you can become the Bishop?
Can she talk to the principal? Sure, but as we've seen with bullies, that can often make things worse.
God Friended Me should dedicate an episode to fighting bullies and helping children realize that there is a way out.
However compelling Elena's storyline was, the focus of the episode was on Arthur Finer's decision to become Bishop of New York.
Was anyone else surprised with his decision?
It makes sense from a storytelling perspective as it gives him something to do and creates conflict between him and Trish, but seeing how respectful he was of her wishes previously and how hesitant he was to take a minor role within the church, I assumed he would politely decline.
But it's not the decision itself that was the cause of Arthur's problems, it was how he went about delivering the news.
The one mistake Arthur made throughout this whole process is that he failed to inform Trish or even talk it through with her.
She should have been the first person to find out about the offer even if he planned on taking it regardless of her opinion.
Trish is his fiancé and deserves to be involved. She even made sure to emphasize that she wanted honesty when it came to church business.
Arthur's fear wasn't rooted in actually telling her, he was scared because he knew that coming clean would end their relationship.
Nothing about the outcome was surprising.
Trish made it very clear that she wanted them to enter their retirement phase.
Normally, I'd say Trish wasn't being understanding, but since she was left in the dark and completely left out of the decision-making process, she had every right to be upset.
Keep the faith... or whatever it is you keep.Rakesh
Ultimately, she felt like Arthur didn't value her opinion and put the church above her.
I can't say that I'd disagree with her assumption.
The church has always been the most important aspect of Arthur's life.
By not telling Trish, Arthur didn't show her any respect.
Trish and Arthur should be able to get over this once Trish realizes that her vision for their future isn't the only vision.
She didn't want Arthur to take any position because she didn't want him consumed by it, which is fair, but she didn't even give him a chance to attempt to find a balance between the church and his personal responsibilities.
Trish kept saying she sacrificed a store that she loved for him, but (and correct me if I'm wrong) Arthur never asked her to do that.
Trish just needs some time. She'll likely return to be by Arthur's side as he gets sworn in.
And once she sees that he can balance the church and his life with her, she'll agree to marry him at the Botanical Gardens.
Miles' reaction to Arthur's decision was surprising.
He didn't want his father to lose the love of his life, which is understandable, but of all people, Miles would be the one to understand the calling to help.
He told Arthur that he'd never choose the God Account over Cara, but that's the thing, Cara would never make him choose.
She's been by his side since day one and supported him. The same cannot be said for Trish.
It's easy for Miles to judge his father because he has the best of both worlds right now.
The lack of support from Arthur's loved ones was heartbreaking.
He's been working towards that goal for his whole life; it's his calling, his mission, and it brings him happiness.
He's helping people the same way the God Account asks Miles to help.
Yes, it's a time-consuming job but it's selfless and takes a special kind of person.
Arthur is going to become the freaking Bishop of New York, and no one seemed happy for him.
He was second-guessing his decision the moment he made it and got no support from his family to assure him that everything was going to be okay.
The fact that Arthur still went through with it despite the negative reactions proves just how important this is to him.
He's willing to lose things and people he loves dearly to fulfill his calling.
Cara's story about Elena didn't land her at the top of the leaderboard. Even worse, it didn't even make it to the leaderboard.
I love you, too. But sometimes that's not enough.Trish
Catapult may no longer be the kind of publication that values Cara's journalism.
She has two choices: either she looks for another place to work or she teams up with Adam.
We haven't seen much of him, but there's something off about the guy.
And then there's Mile's quest to find his purpose.
Thanks to Sarah, the traffic cop we met on God Friended Me Season 2 Episode Episode 3, Rakesh was able to find an address for Audrey Grenelle, the woman behind "The Path" painting.
Finding her will likely bring Miles the answers he's been seeking, but what is The God Account's great plan?
Audrey knew the hidden message existed, but who put it there?
And what does it say?
Other New York Musings
- I don't have a good feeling about Rakesh and Jaya's relationship. Changing your relationship status on Facebook to single is serious stuff.
- Miles assumed Elena was a victim of abuse and then confronted her about it in front of the suspected abuser. That's probably not the best way to go about it. If Austin were abusing her, he would have known how to play it off.
- Miles is starting to pick up on friend suggestions before he even gets them from the God Account.
- The important message in this episode: you can't fight violence with violence.
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