‘A Million Little Things’ Season 4 Episode 18 Recap, ‘Slipping’ — Maggie’s Mom Makes an Impact

The A Million Little Things recap of season 4 episode 18, “Slipping,” includes the return of two guest stars. Maggie Bloom (Allison Miller) and Gary Mendez (James Roday Rodriguez) deal with a surprise visit from Maggie’s mom, Patricia (Melora Hardin). Meanwhile, Katherine (Grace Park) is thrown off by a visit from Shanice Williamson (Nikiva Dionne). Will it affect her relationship with Greta (Cameron Esposito)? Here’s our breakdown of ABC’s A Million Little Things Season 4 Episode 18 recap of “Slipping.”

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from A Million Little Things Season 4 Episode 18, ‘Slipping.’]

‘A Million Little Things’ Season 4 Episode 18 Recap: Melora Hardin returns

'A Million Little Things': James Roday Rodriguez as Gary and Melora Hardin as Maggie's Mom, Patricia Bloom. The two sit together with beers in hand talking.
‘A Million Little Things’: James Roday Rodriguez as Gary and Melora Hardin as Patricia Bloom | ABC/Darko Sikman

When A Million Little Things Season 4 Episode 18 opens, Gary worries that the universe is trying to tell them something after the results that his sperm count is very low. However, Maggie insists that she wants to try IVF.

Melora Hardin returns to the A Million Little Things cast to reprise her role as Maggie’s mom, Patricia Bloom. Viewers hadn’t seen Maggie’s mother since season 2 when she visited Maggie and Eric (Jason Ritter). She unexpectedly appears at Maggie’s job and sees a notification of an IVF appointment on her daughter’s work computer. Then Patricia insists the real reason she came is because she doesn’t feel connected to her daughter. Maggie throws it back in her face and points fingers at her mother for not being there for her during her abortion.

Although Maggie and her mother often argue, Gary’s famous for lightening the mood. Later, he tells Patricia that she needs to show up for Maggie. She returns the advice by telling Gary to show up for the IVF and not worry about his low sperm count. Maggie invites her mom to their next IVF appointment, so we’re sure to see Melora Hardin in A Million Little Things Season 4 Episode 19.

Shanice Williamson returns for ‘A Million Little Things’ Season 4 Episode 18

'A Million Little Things' Season 4 Episode 18 reveals Grace Park as Katherine smiling at Nikiva Dionne as Shanice Williamson while the two sit together on a couch.
‘A Million Little Things’: Grace Park as Katherine and Nikiva Dionne as Shanice Williamson | ABC/Darko Sikman

RELATED: How Old Theo is on ‘A Million Little Things’ and Why Fans Can’t Stop Arguing Over His Age and Maturity Level

Viewers met Shanice in A Million Little Things season 3 when she took the part of Regina (Christina Moses) in Rome’s (Romany Malco) movie. However, the network shut down the production of Rome’s film. Shanice returned in season 4 with her daughter and became friends with Katherine. When the famous actor told Katherine she would be leaving for Miami, Katherine was upset. They shared a tender kiss before Shanice’s departure.

She returns in A Million Little Things Season 4 Episode 18 for the premiere of her movie. While the two reconnect before the premiere their children spend time together. Viewers should recall that Theo Saville (Tristan Byon) told Kiana that he liked her in the “Game Night” episode before she left for Florida. She told him the feelings were mutual. (Jaeda Owens portrayed Kiana in early season 4, but Melody Nosipho Niemann plays Kiana in the back half of season 4).

Before Katherine left Greta, she told her bits and pieces of her history with Shanice, but she left out the kiss and romantic feelings. When Shanice touches Katherine’s tattoo, she doesn’t tell the movie star that she’s dating the person who gave it to her. After the premiere, Shanice and Kiana invite Katherine and Theo to stay over night. She asks permission from Greta without mentioning her history with Shanice. Then Theo drops the bomb that Greta is Katherine’s girlfriend.

When Shanice confronts Katherine about not mentioning her girlfriend, Katherine questions whether Shanice is ready to reveal her sexuality to the world. She insists that the actor wouldn’t come within 10 feet of her at the premiere while the press was around. Katherine and Theo head home after the challenging discussion, but Shanice insists she keep the bracelet. The next day she comes out to Hollywood and the world.

Anna walks in on Sophie’s support group about Peter instead of an AA meeting

Luckily, viewers found out in A Million Little Things Season 4 Episode 17, “60 Minutes,” that Anna Benoit (Erin Karpluk) did not kill Peter Benoit (Andrew Leeds). However, Eddie (David Giuntoli) found out that she has a drinking problem. He tries to help Anna begin her recovery by giving her the first chip he received after he was sober for 24 hours. But she’s not very receptive. When he finally talks her into going to an AA meeting, she shows up at Sophie’s support group instead.

Shayna Virginillo, Lizzy Greene, Liana Liberato, Lisa Kimberley, and Jelena Milinkovic sit in a circle together sadly looking at something in 'A Million Little Things'
‘A Million Little Things’: Shayna Virginillo, Lizzy Greene, Liana Liberato, Lisa Kimberley, and Jelena Milinkovic | ABC/Darko Sikman

Sophie (Lizzy Greene) scheduled a time to meet at the local library to talk with other students who might have gone through the same sexual assault she did with Peter. Four other girls show up at the meeting. Amanda (Jelena Milinkovic) opens up about how Peter made her get into her swimsuit and the girls have a moment where they laugh about how unoriginal he was.

However, Kai (Liana Liberato) can’t laugh, but she won’t share either. Sophie suspects something more went on with her and Peter. When Anna walks in to the meeting the other girls are upset. Anna admits that she felt powerless and apologizes to the women for not knowing what was happening. They’re receptive and invite her to join their circle. Sophie tries to talk to Kai after the meeting, but she drives away. Then viewers see Kai watching Anna and Peter.

Regina talks to Tyrell about a new love interest

In A Million Little Things Season 4 Episode 18, Tyrell (Adam Swain) has a new love interest. Regina returns home to grab a pan that she forgot to find Tyrell with a girl in his room. Later, at the food truck, Regina and Valerie (Andrea Navedo) realize that Tyrell’s new girl is Valerie’s daughter, Valley. Valerie worries that her daughter might repeat her mistakes by unexpectedly getting pregnant. That night, Regina and Tyrell talk about safe sex. However, Regina thinks they might be jumping into a relationship too fast.

Rome helps a student reveal his truth in ‘A Million Little Things’ Season 4 Episode 18

Meanwhile, Rome supports Maddox (Ash Spencer) in opening up to their friends and family. He begins by explaining how great their video was. Rome explains that if their friends can’t accept who they are, then they’re not really friends. However, Rome panics and calls Maggie’s radio show. He’s worried that the other kids at the school are “brutal.” Maggie suggests that Rome might be letting “the past get in the way of the present.” The student might get hurt, but they will learn from it. The kids at school accept Maddox, but her family does not.

According to IMDbA Million Little Things Season 4 airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. EST on ABC and is available for streaming the next day on Hulu.

RELATED: ‘A Million Little Things’: 3 Plot Holes That Truly Bother Fans in Season 4