We feel bad. Like probably most of the other Big Little Lies (Sundays, 9 p.m. ET, Crave) viewers out there, we’ve been so obsessed with the Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon of it all that we’ve been overlooking one very important character: Jane (Shailene Woodley).
It’s been hard not to, of course. Not only have the other storylines been more compelling so far in this second season (um, hello Mary Louise and Celeste face-offs,even the ones that didn’t make it to air!), but Jane has actually been the one person who has seemed somehow lighter and less haunted following Perry’s (Alexander Skarsgård) death. While the other four women have toiled in their own feelings and in the latest personal developments within their own lives, Jane has finally learned how to move on past her sexual assault the best way she knows how—by focusing on her son and trying to get her own life back together.
Of all the mothers on this show, we’re going to say that Jane is handling her maternal duties the best. She’s constantly having honest talks with Ziggy (Iain Armitage) and trying to do whatever is best for his well-being. When the kids at school started talking smack about him, she resorted to a heart-to-heart instead of reacting emotionally. We can’t see any of the other Monterey Moms doing that—we see them hiding out in the corner with wine and blaming someone else. When Ziggy was suspended from school for reasons that weren’t entirely his fault, Jane tried to teach him a lesson while also giving him a bonding experience with his half-brothers. Heck, she even let Mary Louise into his life—not because she wants to hang out with her weird mother-in-law who undoubtedly triggers difficult memories of Perry—but so that Ziggy can get to know his paternal grandmother.
Long story short, this woman is killing it as a mother, especially when you stack her up next to Celeste, Renata (Laura Dern), Madeline and Bonnie (Zoē Kravitz). And it’s important to remember that of that group, she’s the only single one, and as a single mother things are always that much harder. So she’s working twice as hard, and we want her to have nice things as a result. Nice things like maybe, finally, her own life? Or a boyfriend who isn’t shady AF?
That’s why when the second season started and Coffee Shop Tom (Joseph Cross) was nowhere to be found we were a little miffed. We really liked the sparks those two were emitting and we were hoping to see more of that. For whatever reason he and Blue Blues are gone, but what made that semi-okay was the new crushing going on between Jane and her marine co-worker Corey (Douglas Smith).
Sure, we had mixed feelings about the kid (he really does seem like a kid compared to the other men on this show, doesn’t he?), but then he was oh-so-patient with Jane as she explained her life as a single mom and eventually, her rape. He took Ziggy surfing, he’s passionate about protecting marine life (just ask that poor waitress from the restaurant), and he seemed genuinely into Jane. And even more importantly, Jane seemed happy and like she was finally ready to let someone else in.
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So by the end of the episode, when Jane actually tried to be romantic with Corey, it was a really big deal. It didn’t work out because as it turns out she’s not ready yet, but that’s the level of trust she now has in this guy. And that Ziggy also now has in this guy. That’s exactly why our hearts dropped at the episode’s cliff-hanger ending, when Bonnie witnessed Corey leaving the police station.
What does that mean? Is he an informant, hired to get close to Jane? Is this the secret lead the police have been working on in Perry’s case? Does Mary Louise know about the guy’s real identity? Or did he just happen to be at the station for some other random reason? We’re sure to get some sort of explanation next week, but this is not looking good for Jane and our hearts are breaking.
Of all the characters on this series she has been pulled to the darkest corners, and we really want her to have some light already. Unfortunately she’s not about to get that with Corey, and we have a feeling that she’s probably never going to trust another man again as a result.
Man this show knows how to play with our emotions.