Am I the only one who feels sketchy about Rae’s dad???
Nope. The minute he talked shit about Linda, I knew I didn’t like him (and realized how loyal I felt to Linda as a character). Seriously—Linda has been through SO much as a single parent. Even if she didn’t always have the best methods or make the best choices all of the time, she loves Rae to death and it’s hurting her to see her daughter act like she is. Linda stayed, and has dealt with the emotional and mental trauma of Victor leaving her, most importantly Rae’s illness. Victor comes back into the picture (by Rae seeking him out, not of his own conviction), gives her things her mum hasn’t, e.g., a record player and driving lessons. Of course a 16-year-old Rae is going to want to spend more time with him; he’s trying to make up for a huge absence in her life with birthday gifts. I’m not discrediting him wholly—he did call her—but I’m waiting (cynically) for the long-term follow through.