I haven't listened to an Odyssey episode in months, but hearing about Olivia's story arc, and being in a less than perfect mood, persuaded me to try it.
It's a shame AIO has its controversies nowadays, because I thought this was one of the best episodes I've heard in a long while, and I expect the others in the series to generally meet the same standard.
In Aria Curzon's last major story as Mandy - before, even when Mandy was having 'the worst day ever', there was always an inherent brightness and vibrancy behind the surface, waiting to come back out. The thing that probably strikes me most about the performance in the last arc is how that seemed to be completely gone. Kelly Stables' Olivia is portrayed very similarly here. Curiously, the most familiar side of her we see is probably in the scene where she's screaming and having another falling out with Zoe. Olivia angry and jumping to consequences and 'a little dramatic' has come up before, after all, even if it's not a side we like to see, and even if it is more intense here than it has ever been before. But most of the time, she comes off as numb, which is an entirely new Olivia to most of us. When you've experienced these feelings in your own life, you can definitely relate. I'm a big fan of Kelly Stables on AIO and this episode helps confirm what I've always thought, that she's at her best when they give her a meatier role.
There are a lot of questions that get raised in this episode, and it definitely deserved a parental notice. I think everyone who's probably posting here has had similar experiences, in that they have doubts about things they've believed for a long time, and couldn't immediately answer the questions in their mind. Often, if you're able to sit down and honestly ask someone else, they can help you figure it out. That's also usually the last thing that you want to do.
This is a big arc for Zoe too, her biggest to date. In a way it can be said to be hers as much as Olivia's. I appreciate the mindset that would inspire someone to go the extra mile to prevent their friend from doing something wrong.
A classic never goes out of style.