TV ReviewsLife Sentence Season 1 Episode 12: Love Factually Review

Ariba BhuvadJune 10, 2018

If you would like to read my review of the last episode, click here.

Synopsis: Stella is desperate to talk to Wes, but a problem at the bar keeps getting in the way; Stella discovers some concerning information about Wes; Peter and Ida celebrate their last anniversary in an unusual way. (TVGuide)

Writer: Oliver Goldstick

Director: Michael Grossman

Rating: TV-PG

Running Time: 45mins

AirsThursdays at 10pm on Bravo (Canada)/Fridays at 9pm on The CW (United States)

In the series penultimate episode, things take a scary turn for the Abbott family. Not only are Wes and Stella struggling to make their marriage work, but the Abbott family faces a dilemma when Peter ends up in the hospital. It’s a bold path to take for a show that only has one episode left because every single moment is the series’ last, and will be remembered based on that.

If you recall, after Aiden and Wes’ bar opening last week, Grant kissed Stella, and Wes saw it go down. Out of spite, he kisses Pippa and things end up more complicated than ever before. Seeing Pippa butt in the way she has been is so frustrating, and while Dr. Grant is essentially doing the same, she’s just more frustrating to watch.

Stella tries to reach Wes all night, but is unable to get a hold of him because he is with Pippa. And though nothing besides the kiss happens, he is still there with her. Aiden is still trying to clean up the mess from the night before when the bar starts to fall apart due to faulty plumbing. He is finally able to get a hold of Wes but its bad timing for Stella as it is when Wes comes home. She comes clean about the kiss her and Dr. Grant shared but Wes rushes out of the house to go meet Aiden.

Ida returns to Diego and Liz’s house in a disheveled manner and the two quickly learn about her night with Peter. This makes everything that much more complicated as Peter struggles with the guilt of infidelity and projects his guilt onto Stella when Aiden tells him that Wes was with Pippa all night. When Peter confronts Stella, it results in an argument between the two and some harsh words are exchanged as Peter tells her she can’t sabotage her marriage.

Peter then goes to visit Wes to talk to him about what is going on, and to remind him of his promise to take care of Stella. On his way out, Wes is listening to Stella’s voicemail but looks out the window to see Peter collapsing.

Wes rushes Peter to the E.R. and informs Stella and the rest of the family about what is going on. It appears that Peter’s aorta has torn and he is in need of surgery ASAP. Dr. Grant chimes in during the family’s conversation with the surgeon to suggest a risky surgery, and violates hospital policy by undermining the surgeon. However, Stella decides to make the decision for everyone and suggests doing the riskier surgery. Luckily, Peter makes it through and begins to recover as the family breaks out in argument over his and Ida’s night of passion–and reveals to Gina what has happened.

It’s unclear what’s going to happen between Gina and him, but it seems for now she has let that go and is there to help Peter get through whatever he needs. And Stella and Wes aren’t exactly back on good terms, but are a work in progress.

In the final moments of the episode, Stella runs into Dr. Grant as he informs her that he is on suspension for his earlier discretion. She offers to defend him but he tells her its a good idea that they have some space, and then proceeds to write “I love you” on the car window. Uh, what?

The jury is still out anout how the series is going to end next week because things are a hot mess all around. There is no feeling of closure, and there may not be given the show was abruptly cancelled. But I look forward to next week, and am sad to say goodbye to a show that had become close to my heart.

Score: 7.5/10

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