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A SUNDANCE TV ORIGINAL SERIES
starring Angela Rockwood, Tiphany Adams, Auti Angel, Mia Schaikewitz and Chelsie Hill

PUSH GIRLS: Pushing through the past

A very emotional PUSH GIRLS this week on “In the Fast Lane,” as we saw Tiphany talking about her past and returning to the site of her car accident 10 years after the fact. She might have been declared dead on the scene, but she rolled confidently along the side of the highway with her family to confront the reality that her accident affected more people than just her: “My accident didn’t just happen to me. It affected a lot of people.”

Going to a 10-year high school reunion can be intense, and doubly so when you’re returning in a wheelchair. Tiphany was understandably nervous about what she might encounter as people interacted with her, and it seemed like the reunion might be doomed from the start with the inaccessible venue, but it actually turned out to be a great experience for her. It sounds like most of her classmates were positive, accepting her for who she was and noting how much she had changed.

Tiphany’s frank talk about her former party-girl ways was obviously rough for her, and it was rough to hear, as well. Her wake-up call was an accident that claimed three lives, and even after that, she talked about how she continued to party, trying to find herself again by repeating old habits. Her move to Los Angeles might have been running away, as she said at the end of the episode, but it also seems like it freed her to pursue a new identity and find out who she really was under all the partying: a loving, sensitive, passionate young woman with her whole life ahead of her.

Watching this episode, I was really struck by Tiphany’s relationship with her family. I love watching her interact with her father; they’re so close, and she really recognizes not just how much her father has given her, but how much she’s given him in return. Seeing loving parents and children is a reminder of how important it is to have a support network. Between Tiphany’s loving family and the rest of the push girls, she’s in a great position to keep growing and changing for the better while acknowledging her past, rather than trying to hide it.

Taking the past by the horns was a big theme in this episode, both with Tiphany and with Mia, and it was great to see them confronting their fears and challenging themselves. For Tiphany, it was visiting Lodi, and for Mia, it was going to the next level in the pool, to see if she still has what it takes to compete; I suspect she probably does, and the little push from Auti certainly helped.

Favorite quote, from Tiphany: “I’m really happy and confident of the woman I’ve blossomed into.”

If you can’t stand up, stand out! PUSH GIRLS airs on Mondays at 10P.