This week we are six days away from the baby’s due date and everything and everyone is still in utter chaos. Jeff heads to the therapist. Jeff feels like he is ready. When Jeff references voices in his head, the therapist has a strong reaction. Jeff notices and immediately says he means he talks to himself all day. This reminds me of a story. My undergraduate degree is in psychology and my graduate minor was psychology. I focused a bit on psychometrics and in one class we had to do some mental health testing on whoever we could get to volunteer. One of my volunteers was a younger male family member. When we got to the question about hearing voices in your head, he answered yes. This is how I learned how not to say, “You’re kidding right?” when assessing someone’s mental status. Eventually he sort of back down his description to, “you know, when you’re thinking.” I still think he hears voices in his head.
Back to Jeff’s therapy, it seems to be the most genuine of the TV therapy sessions we see. Jeff knows he is an asshole in business, but now that he is about to be a dad, he realizes that he has carried that attitude over into his personal life. He wants to bring Monroe home to a more tranquil environment. Look at Jeff Lewis thinking about someone other than himself!
Five days before the due date, Jeff, Vanina and Meghan Weaver with the big beaver take a train to San Diego to meet with a client. I just looked it up and the train ride is only three hours. It looks like it would be a fun trip. Well, they didn’t look like they were having fun. But it would be fun for me. Anyway the client is Krista and Jeff has to put the final touches on the landscape around her pool. I really don’t get the pool boy jobs that Jeff does these days.
I really kinda wanna fast forward through to the baby. Instead I watch a Chaz Dean meeting and yet another pool design at the final stages.
Jeff and Gage come up with the really awful idea of asking the surrogate to induce the baby when they come up if she doesn’t go into labor. Who does that? The baby will come when it is time for that baby to come. Gage seems miffed he can’t legally force her to induce.
Jeff takes Vanina out to beg her not to quit over a few bloody marys. I could use a bloody mary and some chowder right about now. Jeff offers her anything she wants to stay. She says she really thinks it is time for her to start her own business. Jeff tells her how valuable she has been to him. He apologizes for not telling her that enough. He does everything possible to get her to stay.
But in the end Vanina is going to leave for real. She needs to push her self more and takes risks. Vanina has a tearful interview about how much working there has meant to her and how much she hopes that she will still be friends with Jeff and Gage.
The two dads, Jenni, and Jeff’s Parents are all together in Sacramento waiting for the surrogate to go into labor. There are no hotels good enough for Jeff Lewis in Chico. The baby is already two days late and has been taking her sweet time to make her grand debut on national television.
When they get to Chico, the surrogate is still only three 3.5 cm. The doctor says it could take another week. The surrogate says she will induce if nothing is happening in a week. Again, Gage and Jeff are not particularly concerned about the well-being of the surrogate. They go for a stress test with her hoping that something shows up that causes her to have to be induced. I find this quite ….well I am not sure there is a word for it.
They did convince her to agree to induce on Wednesday instead of Friday. That would be eight days late. I think around that time the doctor would be talking about it. The Tuesday a week after the due date after everyone sitting up there for five days in a common folks hotel room, she agrees to induce. Jeff sat down with her and begged her to do it. He told her he was terrified that the baby had not come yet. I should point out the mucus plug came out five or six days prior and the cervix was dilating and then stopped. So I sort of get it. Is it weird that I keep thinking about being a week late changes her zodiac sign?
We get a montage of the three year journey to this point and then finally, contractions. Then we see Gage and Jeff staring at this woman’s vagina. Jeff says if he were a surrogate and he knew there was going to be an audience, he would have waxed. Also we learned early in the episode that Gage can barely say the word vagina. Yet here they are. Jenni is literally holding up one of the surrogates legs. Jeff says he doesn’t think Gage has ever seen a vagina, “let alone one that big.” They seem sort of angry with the surrogate for going past the due date.
When Monroe finally made her appearance, Gage’s mouth is open farther than it has ever opened in his life. Jeff covers his mouth and his eyes are open wider than they have ever been open in his life. Then we actually see her come out and Jeff cuts the cord. Everyone is crying. Gage holds her first. She is drop dead gorgeous for her first close up. No weird smushy headed baby. She is perfect.
As Gage is hold her against his bare chest he looks up at the surrogate and chokes out, “thank you.” She smiles back at him. Monroe is happy as a lark in Gage’s arms. When he finally lets Jeff hold her, she screams bloody murder. Then she settles down and even sucked her thumb.
That was an amazing episode.
Next week: They take the baby home and things are utter chaos.