There's trouble in paradise for Cara and Miles on God Friended Me Season 2 Episode 9.
Who is to blame for the rift between them? Is it the God Account? Is it Miles? I'm slightly torn.
Whenever there's a personal friend suggestion, things tend to get messy.
It's tough navigating a situation that includes someone close to you, and that's particularly true when the outcome also personally affects your life.
When Paul, Cara's step-father, became Miles' friend suggestion, it was evident that it would test their relationship.
Paul's financial situation was direr than he previously admitted. He wasn't just making bad deals at work, he was meddling in insider trading. Everyone knows that's a huge no-no.
Arthur Finer: You know, when God ordered Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, it didn't end with his son's death. It was a test to see what Abraham was willing to sacrifice.
Miles: Yeah, but this isn't God.
Arthur: No, but maybe the idea of giving up love is whoever is behind the God Account's version of a test.
It's hard to see clearly when it comes to family, and Cara wanted to believe the best in her step-dad, and her ill-advised actions reflected that as she misplaced her trust.
Instead of trusting the God Account, which has never let her or anyone else down, she turned her back on it.
And she got upset when Miles followed his gut and did what he thought was right. Should Miles have warned Cara that he was going to pull the trigger? Yes, but she likely wouldn't have listened to logic.
If Miles hadn't sent Adam the anonymous tip, Paul's situation would have ended been much worse since he would have gone through with his plan to skip town.
Paul: How do people usually react when you tell them?
Cara: I mean no one ever thinks they need help, but they always do.
Without that push, Paul wouldn't have turned himself in, he wouldn't have been able to keep some of the money to pay off his clients, and he wouldn't have received a lenient deal from the FBI.
The punishment seemed severe to Paul's family because they knew he was a good person, but thanks to the God Account, it was the best possible outcome considering the situation's extreme nature.
When you think about it, it's kind of a new result for the God Account.
Up until now, every friend suggestion has had a "happy ending," but that's not necessarily realistic. Some situations are so far gone that there is no happy ending, there's just a best-case-scenario.
That's life. You can get the 'W' and still feel like you're losing.
If Cara put aside her personal feelings, she would have seen that Miles was doing the right thing.
Paul dug himself into a hole and there was no easy or foolproof way out of it. Miles assumed that it was the God Account's way testing him, but more than likely, it was Cara's test.
She turned her back and lost faith in the God Account almost immediately.
Cara's actions were a huge disappointment in some cases like when she told Miles that for a non-believer, he follows blindly. It was never a problem before.
Other times, I was surprised how protective she was of a family that she had only recently met. She's always wanted a family life and a sense of belonging, and I'm glad she got it, but she had it with Miles.
Why did she trust Paul over Miles without hesitation?
And then, there were moments where Cara's insight was key. She was particularly useful in helping Paul see that skipping town and ditching his family was not something they'd understand.
Liv wouldn't understand that he did it for her; all she would remember is that he abandoned her. Cara's speaking from experience on this one.
The situation is also an important reminder that it's Miles responsibility to do right by his friend suggestions, not Cara or Rakesh or Arthur.
Sometimes heartache can be a great inspiration.Ali
And maybe that's the "prophet" part of it. Despite having a group of people who are by his side and offering assistance, Miles is still walking this path alone; he's the only one that truly bears the responsibilities of the God Account.
When Cara said he chose the God Account over her, I can't say I agree. Miles chose to do the right thing believing that it was the best course of action for everyone involved.
Cara said it herself, sometimes a friend suggestion doesn't know that they need help. Paul needed help, but Cara needed a push to do the right thing despite the pain it would cause.
Bishop Finer was also forced to make some tough choices during his first council meeting.
You know, for a non-believer, you certainly follow the God Account blindly.Cara
Reverend Elias thought he had the upper hand because he'd been around longer than the newcomer, but he underestimated Arthur's power.
He had some nerve telling Arthur that he should step down because he didn't have traditional values. Arthur's faith has always been at the core of who he is. It's that faith that has allowed him to be open-minded and accepting of other beliefs.
It's also helped him acknowledge that people like his atheist son and his gay daughter are not less than. If anything, Bishop Finer is the right man for the job because he doesn't judge or turn anyone away. He can make the congregation more welcoming and loving.
While Arthur would have likely made a different decision about Elias, the reverend gave him no choice as he made it clear that he would stonewall any proposal for personal reasons.
Arthur doesn't need that kind of negativity or bigotry around.
Though, I wouldn't be opposed to seeing Reverend Elias become a friend suggestion soon. The man has a lot of issues to work through, and Miles might be the right man for the job. It would force him to work with someone who differing viewpoints.
Trish realized that her fears of losing Arthur to the church were driving a wedge between them.
I'm sorry, Miles. It's just my girlfriend broke up with me, and I've lost my mojo at work, and I'm putting my career in jeopardy, and somehow, you still found yourself in a worse position, so thank you for cheering me up.Rakesh
Trish wanted Arthur to keep his worlds separate, but she didn't want him to exclude her from what was happening. Her decision to become more involved with the church was mature and showed how deeply she loved him.
Rakesh's quest to win back Jaya inspired a new kind of dating app.
Hey, if predictive analytics got Miles and the God Account this far, it should have no problem matching people with their soulmates.
For now, Rakesh thinks the idea is genius, but what happens when the app doesn't match him and Jaya as soulmates? The chances seem rather slim. Though it does provide the opportunity to introduce a new love interest for Rakesh, and I'm open to it considering how Jaya treated him.
Miles: We can't let the God Account come between us.
Cara: It didn't. Miles, you did.
The series is really amping up the conflict and propelling the story to new heights. What's Miles going to do now?
I'm turning it over to you, TV Fanatics!
Did you agree with Cara? Did you think she lost faith too quickly?
Will this be something that they cannot get over as a couple?
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