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This is her party but you can cry if you want to.

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Stef

hyadamsfoster:

amonovalis:

hyadamsfoster:

What the heck happened to her?
Is it still that internalized homophobia messing with her mind?

I didn’t get at all where she was coming from. I get that it might be a conflict of interest, but Lena was actually in a position to really make a statement, the kind only an administrator can make.

Okay, reblogging again to add some more rambling:

I don’t think Stef is or should actually be the main focus here. She basically just said (albeit somewhat bluntly) that Lena quitting her job over this will have some unfortunate effects on them. And she is right. Plain and simple. No way around it. Never mind that Lena feels that she somehow needed to make a statement here. (in regards to Jude and Connor’s father)

That Stef voiced her concerns in regards to Lena’s decision to Mike instead of Lena herself is a bit of sloppy if not lazy storytelling as they actually just needed this bit so Jude could overhear - I think that there could/should have been a better way. But doing it like this actually sets up a bit of tension for Stef and Lena in 2B. Going with what the writers have done so far and that they actually allowed time to pass before addressing certain loose ends, I am somewhat cautiously confident that they will solve this story arc in a satisfying way. (they danced around the money issue for basically the entire run of the show, I do believe it is time they actually address it properly)

As for Lena: I think we need to remember that Lena was the one who was bullied when she was a child/teen. For being bi-racial as well as gay. If there’s been an internalised conflict for Stef in season 1A - I think this one is Lena’s conflict with herself rather than Connor’s father or the new principal or any issue concerning Jude. They mentioned this in 1x04 when Lena’s mum basically told her that she doesn’t know what it is like to be a black woman. I could be quite wrong but somehow I feel this is an issue they might be coming back to in 2B.

I do feel that Lena is projecting here and as a result of still hurting from losing the baby and just a bit of a string of disappointments and quite a lot of things happening at once (Ana wanting to see the twins being one of them) - she does something she normally wouldn’t do. She reacts without thinking. Or, without thinking it through entirely. Quitting her job is basically the cumulation of everything that happened up until now.

Some have mentioned in their tags or posts that they would have liked to see Stef and Lena grieve together. Looking back I think that’s exactly what is missing between them. A moment to validate each other’s pain and loss and need. (and the bit in the kitchen at the window does not qualify, for me anyway)

Lena going on this camping trip might not have been the best of choices because as strong as Lena and Stef are individually - on some level they need each other beyond the love they share. And more importantly they need the other to be strong for them at times. I said it after 2x07 and Lena’s “you just love hard” and I do hope we get that scene where Stef is that rock for Lena. That camping trip might have been Lena’s way of avoiding her grief on some level and her fears that she gave voice to in 2x06 when she told her mum that she is the only one in the house not biologically connected to anyone. That is obviously something that is in the back of her mind and Mariana even, sort of, called Lena out on this one by asking why she wanted a baby if DNA doesn’t make a family. (note that Lena did not answer that)

Why this episode might feel like a let down for Stef and Lena shippers is because they seemed to get it together up until now (I don’t follow the teenage storylines close enough to actually care about them or get worked up about them ;) with maybe the exception of Mariana). So this rift if you like came from around a blind corner. Especially after 2x08 und 2x09.

But also - this is storytelling for you. I know most of us would just like to see the two of them happy and snuggling and kissing for basically the whole 21 episodes but honestly? A bit of drama and as well as they have written those stories for the two of them so far pretty much kept us coming back, didn’t it? (and think what you might of the whole teenage angst themes, as I said, that is the one aspect of the show I just scroll past, so to speak, so I will not pass any judgement on any of it)

The season has another 11 episodes to go.

I am here for the ride even if it gets bumpy. Because if there is one good thing that’ll come out of this? It’s some kick-ass acting from Teri and Sherri. So there. ;)

I asked the question basically to understand Stef. I knew that money issues were going to be a big thing soon because the writers took out scenes about this because they were pushing the issue to next season (a mistake in my view). I don’t have a problem with their drama, I would rather have this kind of drama between them than what other shows do because this is what drives couples apart. #1 reason: money. However, Stef and Lena argue more than they love on each other and the way the show portrays that can border on dysfunctional. I’d like to see more support before they moved on to the money issue in such an unrealistic harsh manner.

I really want to understand why Stef was not supportive around the bullying issue. If she had been supportive, maybe she could have really communicated with Lena before Lena quit her job and gotten her to rethink.I wanted to know why Stef essentially sided with a homophobe. I want to know why she couldn’t be supportive. Stef is awfully tough on Lena and she doesn’t cut her a break. Thank god Lena knows that about her because it’s a little too much for me to see.

As an educator, I have thought Lena should leave that job. You don’t leave the job without another one in hand. And I would have preferred that more realistic approach. It would actually not be very hard for Lena to get a job at this time.

Responding to the bolded part:

So I might not have been very clear in my earlier response and I might have got a wee bit off track there ;)

I’m not sure if I agree on Stef not being supportive. As I said, I don’t think she feels that the bullying thing is actually an issue - or that it is the real issue here. So I do believe she is as supportive as she can be without fully understanding or even grasping as to why Lena is reacting the way she is. I mean, what happened to the Lena that told Stef to try and see things from her father’s perspective in 1x14?

And Stef isn’t really tough on Lena. She voices her opinion and some valid points on the subject and even sort of backs down from their argument in the kitchen. Possibly to give Lena some space to come to terms with whatever is going on - only to get told that the new principal is more supportive than she is. Still she is worried about Lena and it shows in the bedroom scene later on - only then she gets told that Lena quit her job.

Her being somewhat snappy at the Quinn’s party is actually quite understandable, I think. (and she still offered to write that letter)

Also, I very much disagree that she took a homophobe’s side. As Lena said herself in 1x14 there are always two sides to consider. And what might be right on one side is wrong on the other. I feel that Stef, if anything, was rather neutral about the whole thing. Maybe, as it has been pointed out, because there is a bigger picture here. And Jude’s “confession” at the end suggests that there is indeed. (and the new principal makes some very valid points herself later in the episode.)

As for them arguing more than loving on each other and that you would like to see them support each other before a new issue pops up i.e. money - especially money issues tend to sneak up on you without a fair warning or a chance to solve other problems first, so… ;)

Aug 19, 3 days ago

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Stef

hyadamsfoster:

What the heck happened to her?
Is it still that internalized homophobia messing with her mind?

I didn’t get at all where she was coming from. I get that it might be a conflict of interest, but Lena was actually in a position to really make a statement, the kind only an administrator can make.

Okay, reblogging again to add some more rambling:

I don’t think Stef is or should actually be the main focus here. She basically just said (albeit somewhat bluntly) that Lena quitting her job over this will have some unfortunate effects on them. And she is right. Plain and simple. No way around it. Never mind that Lena feels that she somehow needed to make a statement here. (in regards to Jude and Connor’s father)

That Stef voiced her concerns in regards to Lena’s decision to Mike instead of Lena herself is a bit of sloppy if not lazy storytelling as they actually just needed this bit so Jude could overhear - I think that there could/should have been a better way. But doing it like this actually sets up a bit of tension for Stef and Lena in 2B. Going with what the writers have done so far and that they actually allowed time to pass before addressing certain loose ends, I am somewhat cautiously confident that they will solve this story arc in a satisfying way. (they danced around the money issue for basically the entire run of the show, I do believe it is time they actually address it properly)

As for Lena: I think we need to remember that Lena was the one who was bullied when she was a child/teen. For being bi-racial as well as gay. If there’s been an internalised conflict for Stef in season 1A - I think this one is Lena’s conflict with herself rather than Connor’s father or the new principal or any issue concerning Jude. They mentioned this in 1x04 when Lena’s mum basically told her that she doesn’t know what it is like to be a black woman. I could be quite wrong but somehow I feel this is an issue they might be coming back to in 2B.

I do feel that Lena is projecting here and as a result of still hurting from losing the baby and just a bit of a string of disappointments and quite a lot of things happening at once (Ana wanting to see the twins being one of them) - she does something she normally wouldn’t do. She reacts without thinking. Or, without thinking it through entirely. Quitting her job is basically the cumulation of everything that happened up until now.

Some have mentioned in their tags or posts that they would have liked to see Stef and Lena grieve together. Looking back I think that’s exactly what is missing between them. A moment to validate each other’s pain and loss and need. (and the bit in the kitchen at the window does not qualify, for me anyway)

Lena going on this camping trip might not have been the best of choices because as strong as Lena and Stef are individually - on some level they need each other beyond the love they share. And more importantly they need the other to be strong for them at times. I said it after 2x07 and Lena’s “you just love hard” and I do hope we get that scene where Stef is that rock for Lena. That camping trip might have been Lena’s way of avoiding her grief on some level and her fears that she gave voice to in 2x06 when she told her mum that she is the only one in the house not biologically connected to anyone. That is obviously something that is in the back of her mind and Mariana even, sort of, called Lena out on this one by asking why she wanted a baby if DNA doesn’t make a family. (note that Lena did not answer that)

Why this episode might feel like a let down for Stef and Lena shippers is because they seemed to get it together up until now (I don’t follow the teenage storylines close enough to actually care about them or get worked up about them ;) with maybe the exception of Mariana). So this rift if you like came from around a blind corner. Especially after 2x08 und 2x09.

But also - this is storytelling for you. I know most of us would just like to see the two of them happy and snuggling and kissing for basically the whole 21 episodes but honestly? A bit of drama and as well as they have written those stories for the two of them so far pretty much kept us coming back, didn’t it? (and think what you might of the whole teenage angst themes, as I said, that is the one aspect of the show I just scroll past, so to speak, so I will not pass any judgement on any of it)

The season has another 11 episodes to go.

I am here for the ride even if it gets bumpy. Because if there is one good thing that’ll come out of this? It’s some kick-ass acting from Teri and Sherri. So there. ;)

Aug 19, 3 days ago

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Stef

hyadamsfoster:

What the heck happened to her?
Is it still that internalized homophobia messing with her mind?

I didn’t get at all where she was coming from. I get that it might be a conflict of interest, but Lena was actually in a position to really make a statement, the kind only an administrator can make.

Actually, I think Stef has a point there. I think Lena is projecting and/or avoiding the real issue that caused her to react this way. I get the feeling that Stef tries to see the whole picture (as Jude himself stated that there is more that happened on the camping trip) whereas Lena sort of zero-ed in on Jude possibly being reduced to (possibly) being gay. I think, Lena has not dealt as thoroughly with the loss of Frankie as she likes to tell herself - and Stef. Stef is not wrong when she said that Lena tries to find some form of control.

Will write a bit more later. Off to work.

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Aug 17, 5 days ago

the last gifset works best just on your dash or as a like - I just noticed that photoshop didn’t save the transparency setting. :(

Unless your blog has a white background, the effect I was going for does not quite work. But it’s too late over here for me to fix that now. Maybe in a few days.

Aug 17, 5 days ago

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Stef doing the thing - because Lena is doing the thing
(season 1A)

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I’m so glad you’re getting the day off. You deserve it.

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