On the show, Tully and Max got married, but while viewers might initially have been delighted with the direction Tully’s journey seemed to be taking, they – and her – were soon heartbroken. After an infection, Tully miscarried.
Unfortunately, Tully is not carrying the baby as she miscarries shortly after her marriage to Max.
Tully doesn’t get pregnant and gets married in the book
The series features many of the same romantic connections for Tully as the book, including Chad Wiley and Johnny Ryan. But the young paramedic Max (Jon-Michael Ecker) was not part of the book.
In one of the last episodes there is a scene that takes place in the early 2000s right after her miscarriage. During a live taping of her talk show, Tully decides to announce that she has lost a pregnancy. After her emotional confession, she then walks up the stairs of the audience and lets other women share her story of loss.
Fortunately, we can find out if we’ve read the book—which, by the way, you should definitely do. But according to the book, Kate and Tully have a fight after Tully pulls a stunt that publicly humiliates Kate.
On the show, Tully and Max got married, but while viewers might initially have been delighted with the direction Tully’s journey seemed to be taking, they – and her – were soon heartbroken. After an infection, Tully miscarried her baby.
But before they say yes, Johnny has a one night stand with Tully. Tully then meets someone new and it is none other than Jon-Michael Ecker’s character Max. The couple hit it off and their relationship becomes intense. Tully ends up getting pregnant but is still undecided about motherhood.
Kate is diagnosed with terminal breast cancer and Tully rushes home from a reportage trip to make things right with her. They reconcile and Kate asks Tully to please take care of Johnny – to whom she remains married; They never get divorced in the book – and Marah when she’s gone.
Max and Tully are separating.
He says they “jumped into this whole marriage thing pretty quickly” and proposes an annulment. With one bag packed, the 29-year-old leaves Tully and their relationship behind.
On another trip to the office, what was on the brink finally happens: Tully and Johnny sleep together. Even worse, it happens while Kate is in the house and she can hear them all night. Although Mutt is by her side, Kate is clearly tormented because she still harbors feelings for Johnny.
Fans applaud Netflix for the inclusion
“When Tully talks about her miscarriage during her show… wow, I feel seen,” added @7SummersFishing. “Firefly Lane‘s miscarriage episode was spot on – they didn’t romanticize it and made it so real.
Book fans didn’t expect Bud’s death in Firefly Lane
At first Tully appears to be the recently deceased, but eventually she shows up at the funeral too. While a significant character does die at the end of the novel, Bud is still alive when the book version of Firefly Lane ends.
No. Tully is alive – but she’s figuratively “dead to Kate”. After 30 years of friendship, an event happened that led to a great rift between best friends.
Instead, Tully has planned a section on overprotective mothers and how they harm their children. Kate is humiliated and angry at Tully for calling her a bad parent on live TV. She storms off the set and explains that her friendship with Tully is over.
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Kate replies, “When I said I could never forgive you for what you did, what did you think that meant?” She adds added: “Go home. Now. I never want to see you again.”
In the novel Firefly Lane, the two friends fall out after Tully invites Kate and her daughter Marah to her show, The Girlfriend Hour. This is apparently under the pretense of repairing their somewhat strained relationship.