Debbie Macomber's sweet small-town romance series Cedar Cove is now a weekly television show on Hallmark starring Andie MacDowell! Check out Rachel's recaps of the 2-hours series premiere, episode 2, episode 3, and episode 4. And now, onto her recap of episode 5, “For the Sake of the Children”:
Well, it had to happen sometime. Eventually, we had to be introduced to my least-favorite couple from the books, Rosie (Kendall Cross) and Zach (Lochlyn Monro). They come before Judge Olivia (Andie MacDowell) seeking a divorce, and it’s all a lot of he-said/she-said and so very painful to watch, as they rehash the minutia of their fractious suburban lives, assigning blame for their current state of impasse. Of course, there is realism in it, too – who among us wouldn’t prefer to remember ourselves as the calm, solicitous one, and paint our adversary as the unfeeling, irrational jackass? But when the breakdown of a marriage comes to us as a result of pizza delivery and missed soccer pickups, it’s hard to get too invested in either side’s struggles.
The case, which should have been so “cut-and-dried,” per Olivia, becomes complicated when Rosie decides to go after sole custody of their two kids, teen Allison (Matreya Fedor) and pre-tween Eddie (Sean Michael Keyer). Allison we met briefly last week, and it is clear that her parents’ breakup is having a profound effect on her. So much so that she skips school to hang out at the town library, which Librarian Grace (Teryl Rothery) allows, because she’s cool that way. And because, with Rosie currently duking it out in court over whether she or her husband is a worse parent, Grace is short one volunteer to help with Story Time.