What Did Tully Do to Kate in ‘Firefly Lane’? Season 2 Spoilers, Katherine Heigl

Warning: This article contains major spoilers for Firefly Lane Season 2. When Firefly Lane When star and executive producer Katherine Heigl began working on Netflix’s highly anticipated second season, there was one element to the story that was “a hard pill to swallow.” It was also the show’s biggest story arc, answering the burning question of what Tully did that could cause such an irreparable rift between lifelong friends.

The script, Heigl fears, deviates significantly from the source material – two novels by bestselling author Kristin Hannah
. Heigl “struggled with it,” she tells StyleCaster over the phone. “I’m such a big reader and treat writers like rock stars. To me, you don’t mess with their stuff. But I’m not always right. Well, that in a lot of ways, but with Maggie I really struggled with that [Friedman, the show’s creator].”

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The story follows inseparable but unlikely sidekicks Tully Hart (Heigl) and Kate Mularkey, played by Sarah Chalke, with whom Heigl has struck up a genuine friendship. “I don’t have to act when I’m with Sarah, I can just love her madly,” she says. Viewers will witness Tully and Kate’s friendship over the course of 30 years, from teenagers in the ’70s to adulthood in the early 2000s. Although they have completely opposite personalities, they possess a seemingly unbreakable bond that has been forged in life’s experience. That is, until the season one cliffhanger, where we learn that Tully has done something truly horrific. “Nobody wants you here,” a brash Kate tells her in the closing minutes of the final episode. “When I said I could never forgive you for what you did, what do you think that means?”

In the books, it’s because talk show host Tully Kate guested for The girlfriend hour, under the guise of fixing Kate’s strained relationship with her teenage daughter Marah. It turns out to be a special about oppressive parents who humiliate Kate as a bad mother on national television. This isn’t what happens in Netflix’s adaptation, part one of which – nine episodes – is available to stream now. Once again we jump between teenagers Tully and Kate (masterfully played by Ali Skovbye and Roan Curtis respectively) and the events that led to their broken friendship. Accountability is the name of the game, and we watch as a well-meaning Tully repeatedly refuses to say “sorry” when their friendship is tested by their mistakes. It’s only in episode seven that we finally find out about Tully’s unforgivable act and, be warned, BIG spoilers ahead.

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While Kate and Johnny Ryan (Ben Lawson) try to rebuild their broken marriage, Marah spends the weekend with her godmother, Tully. The duo tries to decipher messages from Marah’s love interest, and eventually Marah is asked out The notebook. However, she is grounded and asks Tully to leave. “Mom won’t know,” she pleads. A hesitant Tully finally agrees, convinced by Marah that it will be “perfectly safe” and on board. “I want you back by 10 p.m., not a minute later,” Tully compromises, deciding to relax with a few glasses of wine. When she doesn’t return home by the appointed time, Marah calls Tully in a panic. “I’m at a party in a U-Dub connection,” she cries. “We met some guys outside the theater and they invited us to a party on campus.” Sensing Mara’s urgency, Tully picks her up without hesitation. On the drive home with Marah in tow, Tully’s car has a T-Bone; caught by another driver who ran a red light. Marah is hospitalized with serious head injuries, while Tully, who scrapes through with comparatively minor wounds, is issued a DUI and faces prosecution presumably for negligent endangerment.

Heigl defends himself on Tully’s behalf, despite being contradictory. “Maggie really figured out how to create this weird moral dilemma that I still don’t know how I feel about. I think people will be torn when they see it. You’ll have Team Tully and Team Kate,” she says. “As a defender for Tully, I think that’s bullshit. Why doesn’t Kate talk to her about it? It wasn’t her fault. Tully was once again trying to do the right thing. She made some stupid decisions by letting Marah go at all and not calling Kate and not getting in a car after a few drinks. Those were very stupid decisions. But she didn’t run a red light here either.” As a mother of three, Heigl then puts herself in Kate’s place. “Then I’ll look at Kate’s perspective. And I don’t know if I could forgive anyone for putting my child in such danger. It’s so dark.”

40 felt like freedom to me and I don’t know exactly why, other than I felt too old now to not know who I am, but I’m young enough to change

Fans will have to be patient again because part two – the final five episodes – will be released on Netflix on June 8, 2023. As part one ends, we are left with another heartbreaking cliffhanger and the big question of whether Tully and Kate will ever be friends again. “I wish they would drop them all at once,” Heigl says of the time gap between parts one and two, “because I’m dying to see them and I’m dying for everyone else to see them because it’s so important. in my opinion on the story.”

Firefly Lane is probably Heigl’s most important work. It certainly feels “her” the most. At 44, the actress made a name for herself in the long-running medical drama Grey’s anatomy and then in romantic comedies like 27 dresses and Slay, Heigl has found self-confidence in recent years. We couldn’t help but ask her for a line from episode five of Firefly Lane Season two that felt particularly poignant for this time in her life. “When you’re young, there are so many possible paths,” Tully’s hippie mom, Cloud, tells her 20-year-old daughter. “You have the whole map in front of you and then, sometime in your 40s, you realize there is no turning back. Many roads are closed and half of them in the rearview mirror.” There are of course two ways of interpreting this. “Way to tease me,” Tully replies.

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For Heigl, who pursued a career in an industry “that really achieves everything”, she likes to see the proverbial glass half full in this speech and that also means taking a completely new path. At a time when every celebrity seems to be launching a skincare brand, Heigl has followed a true passion for animals in the form of her pet food brand, Badlands Ranch. “My mother and I have had an animal welfare foundation for almost 15 years. So we are passionate animal people and have worked really hard to save them.”

However, it’s not as if she doesn’t have second thoughts about the choices she’s made over the years. “After my first child, I was still busy. Still hectic, still hectic, and I regret that. I missed a lot,” Heigl looks back. “[But] 40 felt like freedom to me and I don’t know exactly why, other than I felt too old now to not know who I am, but I’m young enough to change.” She continues : “It becomes clearer to me every year. I’m becoming more and more comfortable with who I am… I still think it’s important to change your mind and see things from other people’s perspectives. But it’s not that desperate thing. It’s more of a river. It’s more peaceful. It’s more relaxed with myself.”

Firefly Lane Season 2 Part One is available to stream on Netflix.

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