Reason for rejection: Didn’t add anything to the episode.
Context: Joe and his 1st/3rd wife Paula have taken the kids (Gabe, Paige and Cooper) hiking.
“Are the kids asleep?” Joe asks. Paula nods.
“Completely knock out. Even Gabe… This was a good idea. The kids needed to lose their energy…”
“I agree. Tomorrow, they’ll be much calmer.”
“I hope so… Joe, I’ve been doing some thinking and … How would you feel if we invited Sarah and Luc over for dinner when we’re back home?”
“Sarah and Luc?” Joe puts away his guitar. “Are you sure that’s a good idea? I sometimes suspect that she still carries a grudge against you.”
“This back and forth between her and me has gone on long enough. I was angry when you got involved with her, after our divorce, but … I have to admit, she was a good stepmother to Gabe, and I hope she feels the same about me in relationship to Paige and Cooper.
So much has changed. You and I got married. She’s now remarried too. And from what Gabe told me about this Luc Laurent, he’s a decent guy. I think it would be great for Gabe, Paige and Coop as well, if Sarah, Luc, you and I would get along much better than we have so far.” She looks at Joe, expectation on her face.
“If you really think it will help?” Joe asks himself.
“I do. Wouldn’t it be fun if next year we could take Sarah and Luc along as well? Sarah did like camping?”
“Yes. She did. Probably still does.” Joe nods.
“I talked to her briefly when I went to pick up the kids and I think that she might be open to the suggestion. I know the Walkers are very close-knit...”
“… more like a suit of armor.” Joe mumbles.
“… but I think it will benefit our children if we would give this a try.”
“Sweetheart, if this is what you want, then go for it. I have no objections.” Joe smiles and picks up his guitar again to play a bit, not sure if he’s really willing to get to know Luc better, but if Sarah and Paula wish to make the first step, he’d be the last one to try and stop them.