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On their latest road trip in A League of Their Own Season 1 Episode 4, we get tremendous motherly advice from one of the Rockford Peaches. Two of the Peaches are gossiping about Jo. One says she doesn’t think she is gay, while the other states, “My mother told me never to trust a woman who loves sandwiches.” That seems like sound advice.
However, here is some smart advice from Greta while being gay in the 1940s. When she started to kiss Carson at the restaurant, she left with a guy on her arm. Greta tells her that she needs to be seen with a man on her arm while she is starting something new (this means her relationship with Carson). This, as she puts it, keeps her safe.
A League of Their Own Season 1 Episode 4 Recap
There is so much jealously going along lately. We see Jo jealous of Carson’s new closeness with Greta. During a montage, we see Lupe jealous of Carson budding up to Dove with her expert baseball knowledge. On the next road trip, Carson gives Dove notes about the opposing team, but Dove won’t put Lupe back in the game to pitch just yet. He wants to protect her from burning out her arm. Shortly after, Carson convinces management to change up room assignments and eventually manipulates her way into being Greta’s roommate for the trip. Though, they get a surprise when they arrive in town. They are staying in a local convent and not a motel.
We have good news with Max. She gets a job for Clance at work, but her boss has also quit. That means there is an opening on the baseball team. However, she gets some unwelcome news. Gary was given the spot on the team to pitch on Thursday, and not her. She harassed her boss and got a tryout. The Peaches crush their competition, but Dove has a fight with Marshall in the dugout and leaves. They need someone to step in to manage, so Carson and Lupe co-manage the team together. Unfortunately, they are playing their first night game against the Kenosha Comets.
And now we have Max. Later in the episode, she bets two weeks’ worth of wages that she can outpitch any man on the team. However, she throws three pitches, two are hit, and one, she almost takes one of the batter’s heads off. The manager at least tells her she can keep her paychecks. When Max heads to Clance’s house because she is upset, she does not receive the comforting words she was expecting. This is her last day with Clance before he must report for war. Lastly, Max overhears her parents talking about her Aunt Bertie, and this baseball infatuation could lead to her being like her. How? “Look at her and tell me she couldn’t be an invert,” Toni says. (This refers to sexual inversion, a homosexuality theory popular at the time).
A League of Their Own Season 1 Episode 4 Ending
The Peaches find out the Comets are undefeated during night games, and they soon realize why. They turn off the left-field lights when the opposing team is on the field, reducing their visibility. (I found it more disturbing how long it took Rockford to realize, almost five innings, what Kenosha was doing). They manage to get the ref to turn the light back on, but now Carson is angry. She tells Lupe since they cheated, they are going to play dirty. Filthy dirty. That means they violate the “gentleman” agreement not to steal bases.
The episode ends with the entire Rockford Peaches roster getting in a giant fight during the game against the Blue Sox while Max is in the stands. It turns out Dove was hired as a coach for the Baltimore Orioles. He will not be coming back. Max approaches Carson later, and it is still fresh in her mind when she sees her and Greta kissing and needs her to do something for her. The implication is, we can only assume, she wants a spot on the team.
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