Our show really is about family dynamics and one aspect that I think sets our cast apart is the relationships between the parents and children. This episode was heart breaking. Watching Lauren Manzo openly struggle with her weight is so tough to watch. She is so beautiful and talented, and it’s hard to see her go through these issues and to not see herself in a positive way.
Also watching Jacqueline and Ashley last night was a hard. You could tell that she was frustrated when Ashley had missed the plane. To me it’s obvious how much she loves her daughter, and I can’t imagine how hard it was for her to have someone else step in and try to help with Ashley. I can see the frustration in both Jacqueline and Chris’s eyes. They are now trying tough love with her. I know it must not be easy, but it’s something they have to do. I sobbed at the end when they showed Ashley’s baby videos. My heart hurt for Jacqueline, and I can’t even imagine how difficult it must have been to have her go. There must be a feeling of guilt living inside of Jacqueline, and I don’t think it’s fair that she feels that way. She really has given Ashley so many chances and so much love and support. I really feel like this is the last straw and the last hope for them. I pray everything works out for them.