WHY THE DIVORCE?
It became fairly clear to me early in the first season that there
was a subtle and mildly disturbing reality underneath all the good-natured
scenes at Brendon's home. Let's look at the facts:
a.. Josie is mulatto, but Brendon has red hair.
b.. There is a significant age difference between Brendon and his
c.. Paula doesn't seem to hear much from Andrew in Season One, and
doesn't seem to hold it against him, either.
d.. Paula likes to drink...maybe a bit too much.
Assemble these and perhaps a couple other tidbits and you have a recipe
for an intruiging backstory:
Andrew found himself increasingly distracted from his promising career
because Paula's budding alcohol problem was causing her to neglect
domestic responsibilities. The issue finally came to a head when Paula
(confessed to having)/(was caught in) an affair with a young man of
African descent (likely, since the neighborhood is somewhat culturally
integrated). Andrew divorced Paula, leaving her with Brendon and his
newborn, illegitimate sister. The whole experience sobered her up,
mostly, and she has since learned more or less to keep the household
NOTE: This was originally written around 2003...in "Temporary
Blindness", the show creators figured out the mystery for us
by revealing Josie was adopted. (thanks to Judy for mentioning this