A League of Their Own ends its freshman season with a touching episode about friendships in their many forms.
The Rockford Peaches are down 2-0, and with one more loss, they will be eliminated in A League of Their Own Season 1 Episode 8. Carson has turned soft, per Greta. And that has to do with Charlie being there.
So, Carson asks Charlie to leave. Yup, she did that. He cannot even watch the game so he will stay in the hotel. But hold on, that’s not good enough either. She wants him to go home to Idaho. He is hurt, understandably, and to make matters worse, his pride is bruised because she hands him her wages to take home. (She was not allowed to open a bank account since he was out of the country).
A League of Their Own Season 1 Episode 8 Recap
He is a nicer guy than most as he says he will see her in a week, and she will return as a champion. Carson offers the team a pep talk inspired by A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. She then confronts Shirley about what she has to say. Shirley says she has lied to her. Carson responds she does not care anymore, she is part of them, and Shirley is free to do whatever she wants. The Peaches win the next two, and the series is now tied. Things are going so well. Ms. Vivienne offers Greta a job at her home office in New York during the offseason.
Maxine goes to her parents for dinner and brings Clance. Her father is overly excited about her new baseball job. Her mother, Toni, however, is taken back by her new short haircut. Toni takes her to the kitchen after dinner to get dessert and talks with her about Toni’s side of the family. She shows her letters about how her family came to be in Rockford. Single women, without a man at their side, especially the ones that look like them, are the ones who are always in danger. Max visits Bertie before she leaves with her team and offers her advice and some places to visit that will be safe for her in Iowa.
Max leaves on her road trip to Minnesota. Birdie stops by to see Toni, and it turns out she is mad at her sibling because she left their home and Toni had to take care of things by herself. When Max arrives in town, she calls Clance to check in. They have a brief conversation. Clance hangs up the phone, turns around, and Toni is in the kitchen. Clance hasn’t told Max, but she is pregnant. She has Toni there to ask her questions about how to deal with motherhood.
During the Blue Sox and Peaches championship game, Jo bats in a one-run to take the lead in the third inning. However, Carson drives in two runs with a triple in the fourth to take the lead. However, they are now down by two runs heading into the bottom of the ninth. They get aggressive with Carson scoring, and now Lupe and Esti are on second and first base. Lupe starts talking to Esti in Spanish, telling her both to steal, and they do. A double steal! Shirley then drives in Lupe, heading into the bottom of the ninth tied. Well, except Jo hits a home run to end the game.
Jo is rounding the first base. She trips and hurts her knee. The rule is she needs to touch the bags without the assistance of her team, or the Blue Sox will have to forfeit. So, since they were one and Jo was one, Carson and Greta, with the entire team following, helped Jo touch every base, so they became GPBL champions.
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During their last night together, Beverly and Jess (I love both characters) talk. She hands back to Jess all the fines she collected from her for wearing pants all season. Greta and Carson also speak in the kitchen. She asks Carson to go to New York City. Before Greta leaves, however, Carson runs outside to pull Greta away for one last kiss. Carson will not go with her to New York, but she won’t be going back to Charlie either. Carson thanks her for changing her entire life. Greta leaves, Carson turns around, and Charlie is standing there with flowers and looking white as a ghost.
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