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Refresh Your ‘Firefly Lane’ Knowledge with This Season 1 Recap

The premiere of Firefly Lane season 2 is almost here. So, if you’re struggling to remember what happened in the first installment, keep reading for a recap of Firefly Lane season 1.

Tallulah “Tully” Hart (Katherine Heigl) and Kate Mularkey (Sarah Chalke) are besties whose friendship has stood the test of time. The series documents their decades-long journey, beginning with their childhood on Firefly Lane. Tully doesn’t know her father (yet), and her mother’s parenting style is practically non-existent. So, she relies on Kate’s family for stability throughout her teenage years.

In present-day, Tully is a famous journalist, and Kate works alongside her as a producer. Tully begins her career as a reporter at a local news station and eventually lands her very own talk show, The Girlfriend Hour.

Unfortunately, Tully’s world is flipped upside-down when she’s presented with an unexpected marriage and pregnancy. When she miscarries, it puts a massive strain on her relationship with Max (Jon Michael Ecker), who ends up leaving.   

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Kate is currently going through a divorce with her former boss, Johnny Ryan (Ben Lawson). (Their complicated relationship is explored through flashbacks.) She and Johnny share a daughter, Marah (Yael Yurman), who’s navigating her teenage years. Rather than turn to her parents, Marah often confides in her godmother, Tully, who doesn’t respect Kate’s parenting style.

Throughout the season, Tully and Kate refer to a falling out they had. At one point, Tully makes a surprise appearance at Kate’s dad’s funeral. But she and Kate are at odds for an unknown reason that will likely be explored in season 2. “When I said I could never forgive you for what you did, what did you think that meant?” Kate says. “I don’t ever want to see you again.” Ouch.

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The season 1 finale concludes with Tully and Kate toasting to a new business venture. Meanwhile, Johnny is injured in an explosion while covering the Iraq war.

December 2 can’t come soon enough.

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