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Sweet Magnolias 2×08 “The Rules of the Game” Highlights

Sweet Magnolias 2×08 “The Rules of the Game” Spoilers Ahead

Still from Sweet Magnolias 2x08
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With just two episodes remaining, the show continues to reiterate the importance of communication and why it’s necessary to have people in your corner you could be transparent with. Sweet Magnolias 2×08 digs into the ugly sides of uncertainties and the moments where it feels like everything that’s been doing what you’ve hoped for. It’s about the moments that touch on individual character strengths as the driving force of community efforts and why companionship matters so profoundly.

This episode is about changes and embracing the most challenging parts of our own anxieties while still trying to do the right thing.

Not Okay

Helen Decatur in Sweet Magnolias 2x08
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Helen breaking down is everything because it continues to showcase her layers and strength. Plusthis relationship with Erik proves to be the best thing for them and us, as viewers. It’ll never be tiring to be reminded of the fact that even the strongest people have their breaking point. And the fact that she’s given the space to do that with Erik makes them so extraordinary to root for. 

To hear a woman say she isn’t okay because of everything she’s juggling allows us to be multi-faceted. We can be strong and broken at the same time. We can be frustrated with things not going our way while still rooting for everyone around us to succeed. We can keep fighting even while it’s hard because admitting to defeat doesn’t equate to weakness. Additionally, it bears repeating every time, but Heather Headley is astounding in the emotions she conveys. It’s moments like this that continue to showcase an actor’s range, and it’s an admirable feat that Sweet Magnolias Season 2 emphasizes it.

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Changes and Fears

Dana Sue and Ronnie Sullivan in Sweet Magnolias 2x08
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Dana Sue can’t decide, so Ronnie makes an admirable one for her. He suggests that if she wants, they should go to counseling. For a moment, it was easy to get frustrated with her because she isn’t setting the proper boundaries for what she desires and how she’s handling the situation, and thus, having someone call her out finally pushes her to do so. Dana Sue’s fears are entirely understandable because her fears are valid, but acknowledging those fears is a step towards actually learning to trust Ronnie.

And it does, thankfully. Counseling will follow in the next episode, but having the women and Ronnie talk to her about the situation, at the very least, will equate to a fair judgment.

To Serenity

Drinks toast in Sweet Magnolias 2x08

The women in this town get stuff done, and that final moment before Miss Frances tragically collapses was a beautiful showcase of what makes them so incredibly special. They care wholeheartedly about people even when it’s hard to.They are setting examples by leading and backing their words with actions in a way that feels believable because their success is showing in kids like Katie.

Sweet Magnolias 2×08 “The Rules of the Game” makes playing fair a priority by reiterating the importance of transparency through outside voices. It’s about the things people need to hear to make their relationships stronger and precisely why that matters. It’s essential to see that friends should always be able to call each other out, and that’s part of what makes pouring it out a treat to watch. It’s not just about the sweet moments but the good, bad, and ugly that contribute to the entire story.

Pour it Out and Further Thoughts

  • Isaac is an angel. We don’t deserve him. We really don’t.
  • I really need Cece and Annie to reconcile and be friends. When Cece said she wished she had a friends like the Magnolias, I wanted to scream that Annie is right there! Be friends, ladies. Put the boys aside.
  • I love the advice of “don’t limit yourself to one thing.”
  • We are hearing a lot about Vanessa and I have a feeling we’re going to see her someday too.
  • Ty and Kyle bonding was a really nice thing to see.
  • Helen’s reaction to Peggy thanking her was so pure.
  • Ty continuing to be such a dude! Oof.

Now streaming on Netflix: What are your thoughts on Sweet Magnolias 2×08 “The Rules of the Game?” Let us know in the comments below.

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