TV Series - Aug 29, 2022
The time has finally come! "Part 4: The Martyr" was always going to lead us back to the start of Flowers in the Attic if you had been along for the ride that is Flowers in the Attic: The Origin. Olivia Foxworth and her family suffered tragedy after tragedy as a result of their own choices, and we took a long way to get to this point.
With Corrine's persistence in having a relationship with Christopher, Olivia was forced to tell them both the truth in this episode. Their biological mother, Alicia Foxworth, is their biological mother, which explains their closer relationship than they were led to believe. They weren't deterred, however.
There was no Foxworth left unscathed in an aftermath sequence filled with anger, spite, violence, and the truth laced with ire. Corrine's desire not to end up like her mother, as well as her unwillingness to give up on Christopher, led her to be with him despite being disowned.
The trick Christopher pulled on Malcolm was to make him believe that if he was sufficiently paid, he would leave Corrine behind, but he instead took the money and ran off with her. The situation devastated Olivia. Her children were all lost to her. She and Malcolm sent Mal to the grave, Joel to the grave because of their treatment, and Corrine to the grave because of forbidden love and a desperate need to escape Foxworth.
Over almost a decade, Corrine lived a happy and fulfilling life away from her parents. To conceal their real identities, she and Christopher changed their names to the Dollangangers once they got married and changed their names to avoid being found out and invalidating their marriage for incest.
Corrine was delighted at Christopher's whimsy in choosing the last name. There were four kids between the two of them. They have a son, Christopher Jr., a daughter, Cathy, and twins, Carrie and Cory. Their happiness was contagious.
The couple was able to be a family for a time after Christopher completed his schooling and became a doctor like he had worked so hard to become. A suburban house with a cute little yard. Corrine's love for her husband pushed her through what she wasn't used to.
Her situation was reevaluated after tragedy struck, though. Corrine became a widow after Christopher was killed in a car accident. After his death, she learned that they had substantial debts that he hadn't been honest about.
Repossession of their belongings was so widespread. Corrine, who'd never worked and had no funds to her name, asked her mother for help after never working a day in her life.
The religious woman Olivia had become a deeply religious one at this point in her life. Upon hearing about Christopher's death, she had debated whether to reach out to her daughter. Corrine had been urged to assist her by Nella, a visitor from New York City. She was pressured against doing so by Olivia's cousin, Amos.
According to him, Corrine should have come to her when she was in her most desperate state. She would return home where she belongs as a result of her suffering. He understood God's love differently from Nella, who believed in a merciful and not punishing God.
After listening to Amos, Olivia eventually persuaded Corrine to return. Her mother had fundamentally changed, however, when she returned home. After Amos' advances toward her turned violent when she rejected them, he hardened her heart yet again. During the struggle, she killed him, and just as Mrs. Steiner's death marked her, so did hers.
The connection Corrine had with Olivia had weakened by the time she arrived at Foxworth Hall. Her mother was unaware of her desire to return to the life she had known as a girl. Olivia and Malcolm would love her children if she made them love them, as Corrine told her children.
The last time she had been home was 15 years ago. It took Olivia a long time to regain the kindness and love she once radiated. It was not with open arms that she welcomed her daughter or her grandchildren. Then, under cover of darkness, she reintroduced them.
Flowers in the Attic: The Origin never seemed to make Corrine understand the consequences of her actions. In life, there's no reset button, and her choice to be with Christopher came with sacrifice, yes, but she didn't have to deal with the societal consequences of her decision to live away from her childhood home.
The Dollanganger children are unaware that their parents are siblings until Olivia returns to Foxworth Hall and discovers that they do not know their parents are siblings. They did not learn of this fact until the very last minute of "Part 4: The Martyr," but it still weighed heavily on the scene.
No one could know that Corrine returned home with children, let alone children whose father was Christopher. They were hidden in the east wing of the estate, just as Olivia had hidden their biological grandmother decades ago.
Her short stature and strict demeanor were also influenced by them. The result of Corrine's poor choices and incest rather than her grandchildren. Olivia was trying to keep history from repeating itself when she insisted on boys and girls not sitting or reclining on the same bed together in response to Malcolm's predatory and incestuous behavior, and her daughter's attraction to her brother. No matter how purposefully she does it, she will enact trauma on those children as a result of her trauma.
In addition to her behavior around them, the fact that she locked them in a room was a huge warning sign, especially since Corrine went along with it and assured her children that everything would be fine.
At the end of the series, Olivia and Corrine walk away from the locked door without thinking that they had just confined four children to an abandoned wing of a large estate.
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