The cast of Recovery Road deserve an award for their performance in this episode. It was seriously the best “real and meaningful” episode I have seen on TV.
The episode begins with a Cynthia flashback. Young Cynthia (Angeline Appel) is caught making out with a married man named Mitch (Matt Raimo) in an ambulance. We go back to the present day. Cynthia told her fiancée Paul the truth. He is upset. Wes it digging for the gun and can’t find it. It was definitely a jam packed opening sequence.
It’s time for group at Springtime Meadows. Wes is celebrating 6 months of sobriety and Maddie is celebrating 30 days of sobriety. Craig asks Maddie if she wants to say anything. She wants to know where Rebecca is. Craig is trying to explain as much as he is allowed to and Maddie tells him to shut up. Craig raises his voice at her. Craig is even hotter when he is upset. He has some advice for everyone.
Cynthia shows up. She wants to talk to Craig. Vern is about to interrupt their meeting when Maddie asks him for his help. She is worried about Rebecca and wants to go find her. Cynthia tells Craig that she called off her wedding. Craig says he can’t be in a relationship with her.Cynthia is crying and has a flashback. She was with Mitch. She asks him if he was really going to leave his wife for her. Cynthia realizes that this may be a pattern of hers. She goes to see Paul and tries to fix everything.
Maddie sees Craig and asks for the keys to the van. He gives them to her and instead of giving the keys to Vern, she heads to Craig’s office. She is unlocking his file cabinet to find out what really happened with Rebecca. She finds out that she left because Craig caught her with her pills and had a small box that was used for self mutilation. The scene shows the meeting that occurred between Rebecca, Craig, and Donna Marie. Craig asked why she would hurt herself and wants to know where she got the drugs. She admits she got them from Doug. Craig tells her she can stay if she goes through a detox for 10 days. She doesn’t think she can do it and decides to leave. Maddie goes through Doug’s file and take pictures. She sees her and opens it. She finds out that a relationship with Wes isn’t allowed and that her mother was the one who alerted Cynthia to do the locker search. Maddie notices that Craig is coming and has to think of something. She sits down and acts like she wanted to talk to him. She apologizes for yelling at him about Rebecca. She leaves.
Wes is at the police station. He got scared after the gun was missing so he is telling them what happened. They go to the site where Wes hid the gun. It’s there. He swears it wasn’t there when he checked. The police promise that they will alert his probation officer.
Cynthia goes to see Paul. He is in her office at school. She tells him she made a mistake and it’s a classic pattern for addicts. He tells her that she needs to resign for her failure 2 tell him about Maddie drinking on campus. They yell at each other. He calls her a whore. He tells her not to mention it to anyone or else he will just deny it. He tells her he can lie too. Cynthia is having a breakdown. She goes into her drawer and find Maddie’s bottle of Vodka. She drinks it.
Maddie and Vern are at Doug’s place. They want to know where Rebecca is. Maddie tells him she knows he was the one who gave Rebecca the drugs. He talks about Rebecca like he knows her the best.
He tells them that she wanted to start over and went to the east coast. They leave and Doug lied to them. Rebecca is upstairs. She told him to lie for her. Doug and Rebecca are talking. He wants her to go to a meeting. She agrees.
Maddie goes to see Nyla and Ellie. Nyla has to tell Maddie something. She admits that she knew where Maddie went when Maddie thought she lost her car. Nyla says she felt bad because she let her drive when she was drunk. She tells her that the night is worse than she thinks. Maddie doesn’t want to talk to her ever again.
Vern sits with Trish. He asks her if she wants to talk. The doorbell rings. Vern gets it. The executive producer of Fool House and a camera crew show up at Springtime Meadows. She tells her that they want Trish to be part of the show. Trish does not seem excited. They tell her they are going to try it again and this time they want to see ENERGY. Vern is about to talk to Trish, but tells him to “back that ass up”. Trish was born to be on reality TV.
Maddie goes to see Cynthia to talk to her about Charlotte’s secret. She finds Cynthia drunk on the floor. She is hysterical. Maddie wants to call Craig, but Cynthia begs her not to call him. Maddie wants to call her sponsor. Cynthia tells her she doesn’t have one. She tells her to call Gina. Maddie grabs Cynthia’s phone and calls Gina. She asks her if she can come to help her. Gina is in Miami and can’t make it to California. Gina tells Maddie to call someone she trusts. Maddie doesn’t seem to trust anyone at this point. She calls Vern and no answer. She calls Wes and no answer. She calls Charlotte and she is on her way.
Everyone at Springtime Meadows is trying to convince Trish to stay and not do the show. Trish tells them that it has always been her dream to be on TV and she has the chance to win $300,000. Vern tells Trish’s sponsor Maureen to convince her. She is about to talk and Vern keeps interrupting her. Laurel has something to tell Trish.
Trish decides to leave. Maureen is about to say something and Vern interrupts her again.
Charlotte shows up to help Maddie. Cynthia doesn’t want to get up. She knows everyone including Charlotte seem to hate her. Charlotte admits that she doesn’t and gives Cynthia some tough love.
Maddie and Charlotte get her to the car. Maddie is impressed with her mom. Charlotte wants to tell Maddie the truth, but Maddie interrupts her. She tells her that sometimes you just have to help someone who needs it. I think Charlotte understands that Maddie forgives her. Maddie takes the keys to Cynthia’s car and tells her she can get it back when she is 90 days sober. LOL Charlotte and Cynthia are going to have a slumber party. Cynthia is at Charlotte’s house. Charlotte brought her some food and something to drink. She can’t believe that she messed up 12 years of sobriety. She is crying. We see another Cynthia flashback. She is talking with Gina. She is upset because she messed up her sobriety. Gina reminds her that falling down is a part of recovery. Cynthia wants to start over in California. She tells her that a problem follows you wherever you go. Cynthia wants to move to California ALONE. She is leaving everyone behind including her son Ethan.
Gina is booking a flight to see Cynthia. Cynthia’s son walks in. He wants to know why she is leaving. Gina tells him she is going to see his mom. He wants to go.
Maddie and Wes text each other. They both need to talk. Maddie texts him an address.
Cynthia and Charlotte are talking. They are opening up about everything with each other. Cynthia admits that she is sponsoring Maddie. Charlotte already knew.She wants to thank Cynthia for giving Maddie the support she didn’t know how to. Cynthia admits that she has a son.
Rebecca’s mom sees Craig. She asks him where her daughter is. She is being rude with him and Craig give her a piece of his mind.
Mrs. Granger tells him that he shouldn’t be scared of Rebecca’s dad, but to be afraid of her. She threatens to shut Springtime Meadows down and make sure Craig will never have a job unless he finds her daughter in 48 hours. Craig kicks her out. You know things got intesnse when Craig took off his glasses.
Maddie is at the cemetery visiting her late father. Wes shows up. They go sit on a bench. Maddie tells him that she isn’t having a great day and admits that she doesn’t know if she is a virgin. She let’s him know everything that has gone on in the day. She tells him that she really likes him. Wes admits everything that he dealt with in the day and tells her that he really likes her. He wants Maddie to be the keeper of his sobriety and she wants the same. They know they aren’t supposed to be together, but they are willing to take that risk.
Everyone is getting dinner ready. Vern can’t believed they lost 2 people (Trish and Rebecca). Maddie and Wes arrive. Maddie tells everyone that she has something to say. She admits that she wasn’t having a great day and had the urge to drink. She admits it was both a good and bad day. Bad because of everything that happened and good because she didn’t use. She realized something and had to tell everyone.
“Lean on Me” starts playing. It was sung by the cast and it gave me the chills. It just made me realize the ups and downs that everyone has gone through. Eveyrone was having a good dinner and then the door bell rings. It’s the cops. Wes in under arrest for the murder of Keith Wallace (Diesel).