There are no easy answers for the girls in Preachers’ Daughters, “Tempted By The Fruit of Another” episode. In this 2013 Lifetime Movie docu-soap these young ladies are determined to live their lives on at least some of their own terms. Only they find out that other factors and personalities are part of the picture, that part that they didn’t adequately calculate. They have to grapple with life as it is rather than life as they’d prefer it to be.
This 18-year old single mom visited a lawyer with her dad at her side. She found out that her daughter’s dad has more rights than she thought, and that those rights have no expiration date. In the prior episode she discovers that Jay is the baby’s father, and he is the less preferred of her two former boyfriends. He won’t even return her phone calls when she tries to reach him with the news. “It’s like so bothersome,” she complains.
Olivia is still working on rebuilding trust with her parents. In this episode, she goes out with an old friend from her partying days. Her parents are concerned that the influence and pull of this kind of company will jar Olivia off the straight path.
She is required to pay a high price when her dad catches her in a lie in the last episode. One of the consequences is that she is essentially on lock-down, and has to be in the house when the street lights come on. Her dad checks her text messages, and imposes some other restrictions.
Her mother is concerned that this strict practice will cause her to go “buck-wild” when she gains her early adult freedom, such as when she goes off to college.
Taylor is hoping her dad will lighten up some rules, and when he does he gives her conditions. It seems that Taylor likes finding loopholes. When he lets her go bowling with friends, and includes some Christians in the mix; one of her former male friends shows up.Taylor starts thinking of ways to get around her dad’s rules and stipulations. She wants freedom her way, not his. She wants it when she thinks she’s ready, not when he says the time is right.
Watching Taylor and her dad puts me in the mind of the Cheese-It commercials where a technician is checking the block of cheese for maturity, and it says things that indicate that it is not ready. In the ad, the cheese is not aware that it’s hurting its own chances.Taylor does not seem to be aware that she is doing the same thing to herself by skirting around the rules.
Kolby was crushed in the last episode when she finds out that her 30-year old sister (Teryn) was not a virgin on her wedding night. This “pops her bubble,” as she describes it, and her mother starts hovering around to make sure that Kolby’s point of view has not changed because of Teryn’s revelation. Although Kolby’s beliefs are not shaken, she is. Her mother affirms that she wants her to remain pure until marriage, and believes it will protect her self-worth. Eventually Kolby realizes that Teryn made a poor choice.
When Teryn visits her sister for Arts & Crafts, she gets to discuss her feelings. “You make it sound like there’s no hope,” she tells her older sibling.
Later on, her former wrestler dad discusses how being a father to so many girls tenderized him and softened his heart. He said God put him in an ocean of estrogen. When he prayed for her during a phone call, it reminded me of the movie Rachel’s Prayer; where a widowed father prays with his daughter and enforces some strict standards so she will stay pure until she marries.
In the movie, Pamela crosses that finish line and understands why her dad pushed for such a standard. He is so dedicated to praying with her nightly, that he does it on the phone when he’s away from home. His last such call is on her wedding night.
The PD episode had me rooting for Kolby, who told her sister that her relationship with God is her number one priority. To supposedly safeguard herself, she breaks off with her boy interest to make sure she is not in a position to make a similar poor choice.
Summing It Up
It is easy to believe that the challenges in this episode are real. The girls and their families are so transparent. Each girl is a bit extreme in their own way, and it’s clear that they are trying to navigate their lives in such a way that they don’t miss out. For Kolby, she doesn’t want to miss out on God’s best. As for Olivia, she does not want to miss out on the old life she used to have. Taylor wants to make sure she does not miss out on fun.
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