Special Sub-Topic: Goodbye Jared Duff
|Amy and Stu are on the couch when Maxine calls out to Amy about the late hour. What time did Maxine say it was?|
after 1 am. Maxine reminded Amy she had to work in the morning, as if Amy could forget!
|When Amy walks into her chambers, what are Donna and Bruce discussing?|
Amy's docket. Donna suggests to Bruce how he could better arrange the docket, in case he was wondering. He gave her the typical Bruce look, like she was annoying him. Donna explained to Amy she was 'co-noodling' the docket with Bruce. It turned out Amy was going to take two days off anyway, so Bruce decided to hand her neglect cases over to Judge Vine.
| ___ ___ is Maxine's client. She is upset because her foster family is "crazy". Maxine points out that she has found all of her placements to be crazy environments, and that she was the common factor in each placement.|
Ella Pierce. Ella found the entire idea of a family night to be a form of enslavement. She also found organized household chores to be torturous. The truth was that Ella did not know how to bond with a family and Maxine teaches her the value of this later in the episode. Cheselka Leigh (Ella) also starred on the Disney Channel series "The Jersey" and played Kitty Lutesinger in the 2004 remake of "Helter Skelter". Kitty was a member of the Manson family, but did not take part in the murders of Sharon Tate and four others on August 9, 1969.
|Who broke the news about Jared's death to Maxine?|
Charles Duff. It happened at DCF and Sean did warn Maxine to brace herself, but it was Charles who explained about the heart attack and confirmed Jared's death. This episode aired in April of 2003, but Richard Crenna had already passed away the previous January from pancreatic cancer. He'd last appeared on the show in the episode "Boys to Men" in November 2002.
|Where was Amy when Maxine found out about Jared's death?|
camping. Maxine had encouraged Amy to join Stu Collins on a camping trip. She ordered everyone to leave Amy alone and let her enjoy herself, but Stu saw the story about Jared in the newspaper the next morning and they returned home.
|What arrived unexpectedly at the Gray house from Jared, after his death?|
big flower arrangement. Jared had arranged for a big pot of flowers to arrive for their sneaky wedding. They'd decided to do it that weekend and forgo Gillian's big fancy wedding. Peter and Charles ordered that the flowers be taken back, but Maxine decided they should stay.
|Who appeared to Maxine in her dreams?|
Amy. Amy appeared to reassure Maxine that Jared was ok. She told Maxine that Jared was "here". I am not sure where here was. The dream was interrupted by Ella Pierce barging in and demanding Maxine find her a new placement.
|Lauren wrote a poem about Jared for Maxine|
T. The poem was in haiku form. She read it aloud at the memorial Maxine arranged in the diner.
|Maxine decided she wasn't going to go on without Jared. She said he would be with her as life continued. She arranged a memorial for him at their special place, the diner where they met. She gave each person the chance to speak about Jared before she did. Who spoke first?|
Donna. Donna stood up first and said she understood why Jared loved Maxine and wanted to be in their family. She said she was sorry Jared had to leave before that could happen. After Donna it was Sean, Kyle, Gillian, Peter, Lauren, Amy and Charles who spoke. Lauren read her haiku about Jared.
|Who was the waitress at the diner and what did she serve everyone?|
Goldie, toasted cheese sandwiches and milk shakes. Maxine and Jared loved that particular dish. She told everyone if they were lactose intolerant they could skip the meal.
|Who was the one that spoke up at the memorial and said that they admired Jared because he wasn't afraid of Maxine?|
Sean. Kyle found it incredible that a man like Jared treated him as an equal. Gillian explained that he had always asked her about Ned and remembered all the stories she'd told him. Amy enjoyed the affect he had on her mother and was scared she'd never see Maxine that happy again.
|Charles Duff hugged Maxine at the memorial.|
T. After explaining to all of them that he recognized how he'd disappointed his father, he admitted that he knew why his father had loved the Grays. He said he'd been prepared to love them all too, and hoped he still had the chance. He got up and hugged Maxine after she spoke to all of them.
|Was Stu angry with Amy after she snapped at him infront of her whole family?|
N. He understood why it happened. Despite two previous dates that had not gone perfectly, he pointed out that neither had been all bad. Amy agreed with him on that point.
|Amy told Kyle she had not been able to cry. She did tear up some during the memorial service, but when was it that she really let go? |
when she saw Bruce. Bruce came over as soon as he heard about Jared. It was late the night after the memorial service and Stu was still there. As soon as she saw Bruce and heard him say: "Judge Gray" she began to let go. She jumped into his arms and sobbed hysterically, finally releases her anguish. Stu witnessed her reaction to Bruce.
|Maxine did the one last thing Jared asked of her. What was it?|
she cut her hair. Jared had already purchased the diner and given it to her as a wedding gift. That is why they were able to close it down and have the memorial there. The day before he died, Jared asked Maxine to cut her hair. He said she would look "kicky" if she did so. So, at the end of the episode she took her scissors and lopped it off. And, it did indeed look kicky. Norah Jones' "One Flight Down" played over the scene.
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