Sweet Magnolias 2×06 “Find It In Your Heart” Highlights

Sweet Magnolias 2×06 “Find It In Your Heart” Spoilers Ahead

Sweet Magnolias. (L to R) Brooke Elliott as Dana Sue Sullivan, Heather Headley as Helen Decatur, Joanna Garcia Swisher as Maddie Townsend in episode 206 of Sweet Magnolias 2x06
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One of this show’s strengths is its means of breaking down forgiveness. As Christians, we know what we need to do—seventy times seven, but it’s seldom easy, and Sweet Magnolias 2×06 addresses grace and the weight of holding on to darkness beautifully. Transparency matters and much of this episode focuses on characters coming to terms with what that equates to for themselves and those around them. It’s a captivating showcase of friendships, but more than that, it’s about how a church community should continue to be a welcoming place for all—no exceptions.

The episode is an honest look into the most intricate aspects of forgiveness and grappling with rage. Simultaneously, it centers matters of the heart while also working around the town’s politics through what’s now a concrete answer.


Reaching Out and Difficult Conversations

Peggy and Helen in Sweet Magnolias 2x06

It’s a small moment, but Helen talking to Peggy at the church is an incredible testament to who she is as a woman. Helen Decatur is a lawyer because she loves helping people. In her darkest days, Helen reaches out to others, and she is a constant source of light. She’s now doing the same for Peggy and taking it on with such admirable grace it made for one heck of a tear-jerker moment.

Because the truth is, Helen is right—sometimes it’s harder to open up about specific things to the people we’re closest to. Sometimes, talking to someone else makes it liberating, and offering her support to Peggy will likely make Peggy’s journey towards opening up to Isaac much easier. We don’t know why Peggy put Isaac up for adoption, but it’s clear as day that her inability to forgive those wounds is why she’s having a hard time with him. It’s not Isaac—it’s her, and watching her navigate through this is going to make for a riveting, thoughtful storyline.

Isaac and Erik and Transparency

Sweet Magnolias. (L to R) Dion Johnstone as Erik Whitley, Chris Medlin as Isaac Downey in episode 206 of Sweet Magnolias 2x06
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The boys need to start making their margarita beer chats official and have these celebrations as often as the women do. Anytime a show allows men to have honest conversations with one another, it automatically gains significant brownie points in our books. Stoicism is no longer in fashion and shutting off emotions isn’t cool. It’s lovely to see that Isaac and Erik could rely on and confide in each other. And for Erik to then suggest karaoke? What even? Where do we find men this perfect? It’s getting a little ridiculous at this point.

Still, it’s yet another quiet moment in this episode that does the best job of illuminating how much grace is inside these characters and how they use their time to uplift others continues to floor me.

Karaoke? Yes. Always.

Helen and Erik karaoke in Sweet Magnolias 2x06

That song. The heat. The passion! Yes. A thousand times yes. To explore everything they could mean to each other. The words. The looks. The transparency! Tattoo every moment of Helen and Erik’s scenes in this episode onto our foreheads. One of the best things about this show being so easy to binge is that all we had to do was immediately press play to find out precisely what Erik’s secret is, but that’s neither here nor there. In an episode geared around forgiveness, we’re seeing how each of the characters are navigating through their own means of working on themselves and with others.

The point is, these two are perfect together, and Sweet Magnolias 2×06 “Find it in Your Heart” drags no part of it out. Where their hands spoke even louder than Dana Sue’s eyebrows in “Great Expectations,” their expressions in this episode tell us everything we need to know about why they’re so good together. 

The best kind of love is joyous—it’s infectious. Whether you’re on a stage having the time of your lives or sitting quietly amongst friends, everything that’s between is transcendent. Their scenes together have always been a treasure to witness—something beautiful and indescribable in every way.

Erik and Helen not only have fun together, but their presence makes the other’s day better and brighter. They can be themselves around each other. They can be vulnerable and brave at the same time. Their friendship has always been a safe space, and now, it can be even stronger. And the fact that Helen tells him about wanting a baby right away is worth noting because so often, something like this would be the source of unnecessary drama in a future episode. Instead, Sweet Magnolias will harp on drama through external forces, making them that much more admirable as a couple.

Forgiveness is hard. It’s even harder sometimes when a person apologizes and takes all the blame because it doesn’t immediately take away from the pain you experienced. It simmers a little because you want to forgive, but at the same time, you’re still recovering—you don’t know how to. No matter how often we read those words, we aren’t all Jesus. It’s a little harder for us, but the important thing is to try, which these characters consistently do. That’s what Maddie’s doing. She’s open to forgiving despite the darkness, and right now, that’s what matters. Taking the first few steps in any situation matters, and Sweet Magnolias 2×06 “Find it in Your Heart” is a great showcase of this.

Pour it Out and Further Thoughts

  • Women being happy for each other is everything and this show continues to be excellent at this.
  • Again, can we recast Noreen? The character has great potential she really does but in this house, we don’t support people who don’t support Britney Spears.
  • I wept like a baby at the Austin/Dana Sue dino-nuggets storyline. I mean ugly crying weeping, y’all what a gem of a moment.
  • Tyler is being such a dude in this episode. Yikes.
  • Cal is on the road towards being a really good dad.
  • “If they get much hotter. I’m haunting for a fire extinguisher.” Dana Sue is all of us. Big mood.
  • Helen’s entire outfit during the walk with Erik was perfection.
  • Once again, Annie and Jackson are actually growing on me.

Now streaming on Netflix: What are your thoughts on Sweet Magnolias 2×06 “Find it in Your Heart?” Let us know in the comments below.


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