Welcome to Plathville: Olivia slams double standards as Plath parents accept Max
With Season 3 finally here, fans can now see what the Plaths have been up to so far in 'Welcome to Plathville'.
Season 2 ended on a rather explosive note, seeing that Ethan nearly got into a physical altercation with his father Barry after he repeatedly asked him not to go over and talk to Olivia. With Ethan and Olivia cut off from their younger siblings, it is starting to take quite the toll on their marriage.
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While the two have been trying to figure out a way to make their marriage work, their situation is currently looking rather bleak. For Ethan, the added stress of moving away seems to be weighing him down as he misses his younger siblings deeply. Although he can't spend time with the rest of his family, he does keep in contact with Micah and Moriah, seeing that the two stay on their own and not under their parent's roof. Micah has even encouraged him to work out more often to help him deal with stress and negative feelings.
While Ethan and Olivia struggle to make their marriage work, Moriah and her boyfriend, Max Kallschmidt, seem to be thriving for the most part. Moriah has mended her relationship with her parents, who are more accepting towards her boyfriend and have welcomed Max into their home. Despite their constant displays of affection, Barry and Kim aren't thoroughly opposed to their behavior. This has added some more fuel to the fire, as Olivia brings this glaring difference to light. In this week's episode, Max and Moriah finally get the chance to spend time with Ethan and Olivia.
During their dinner, Max brings up why it took them this long to spend time together, and he felt as though there was some resistance from their side. Olivia acknowledged and appreciated his direct method of communication and opened up as well. She pointed out that Kim and Barry were treating Max far better than they had treated her. She seemed apprehensive about meeting him because he did have a good relationship with them and the thought of them coming back into her life in some form made her uncomfortable.
She mentioned that she has been struggling to maintain her boundaries and hence delayed their meeting. Max was very understanding of the entire situation, as Olivia apologized for making him feel isolated. Even Moriah acknowledged that there would be double standards if her parents accepted Max and not Olivia. She agreed that her sister-in-law should speak her truth and was glad that she was going to therapy to deal with the same.
What do you think? Will Kim and Barry eventually treat Max the way they did Olivia? Is there a chance for Olivia to mend her relationship with her in-laws? Sound off in the comments below!