What did Tully do to Kate in 'Firefly Lane'? A season 2 update

We were left on a cliffhanger last season, but exactly what did Tully do to Kate in 'Firefly Lane'? Seasons 2 gives us answers

What did Tully do to Kate in Firefly Lane? (L to R) Sarah Chalke as Kate, Katherine Heigl as Tully in episode 205 of Firefly Lane
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What did Tully do to Kate, exactly? The season one Firefly Lane ending left us in agony, and the horrific friendship breakup was far too much for us to bear...but is it really over between the pair?

While growing up in the small town of Firefly Lane, the quiet and reserved Kate (played by Sarah Chalke as an adult and Roan Curtis as a teen) became attached at the hip to her seemingly polar opposite, the bold and assertive Tully (Katherine Heigl/Ali Skovbye). Ever since 1974, the two were one, whether it was pursuing a journalism career together or protecting one another from familial woes. 

If you're as anxious for Firefly Lane season 2 as we are, you are undoubtedly also on pins and needles waiting to see if this whole issue will blow over (one can only hope, though it's not looking promising). If you've read the Firefly Lane books in order and are a Kristin Hannah devotee, you likely know where things are headed, but who knows what liberties Netflix will take with the bestseller?

Thankfully, the wait for answers isn't much longer—the supersized second season hit the streamer on Friday, December 2 with the first batch of new episodes. (The rest will come in 2023.) And now that we've watched season 2 part 1, we've got all the intel on what went down between Tully and Kate to cause such a rift in their lifelong friendship. 

*Warning: spoilers for season 2 ahead*

What did Tully do to Kate in 'Firefly Lane'? 

Kate stops talking to Tully after the latter gets into a terrible car accident with Kate and Johnny's daughter Marah in the passenger seat. 

Marah was staying at Tully's apartment for the weekend to give Kate and Johnny some alone time and although Marah was technically grounded, Tully let her go to the movies with her crush Ashley, giving her a strict 10 pm curfew. However, it turns out that the teens went to a frat party instead, from which an upset Marah called Tully to pick her up after having a traumatic encounter with a college guy.

Tully had a few glasses of wine in her but still jumped to pick Marah up. It's when they're driving back that a speeding car runs a red light and T-bones into their vehicle, leaving both of them alive but badly injured. When Tully comes to at the hospital, neither Kate nor Johnny will talk to her and she's arrested for driving under the influence, which causes a media frenzy for the TV host. 

Despite Tully consistently reaching out to her BFF, Kate says she can't forgive her for what she's done. The estrangement is still in effect when the duo encounters each other at Bud's funeral years later, a scene that Firefly Lane has been teasing since season one. 

"No one wants you here," Kate tells her former best friend. 

"Don't you think you've punished me enough?" Tully asks. 

Kate replies: "When I said that I could never forgive you for what you did, what did you think that meant?" To add salt to the wound, she adds: "Go home. Now. I don't ever want to see you again."

Firefly Lane. (L to R) Roan Curtis as Young Kate, Ali Skovbye as Young Tully in episode 202 of Firefly Lane

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How does their onscreen fight differ from the book?

According to the 2008 Kristin Hannah novel on which the Netflix series is based, Kate and Tully fall out after Tully pulls a stunt that publicly humiliates Kate. 

In the book, Tully invites Kate and her daughter Marah onto her talk show, The Girlfriend Hour, for what Kate believes is an attempt to bring their turbulent mother-daughter relationship closer. However, she's soon horrified to find out that the segment is instead all about overprotective parents and is heartbroken when her best friend paints her as a bad parent on national television. 

Will the former friends patch things up when the second half of season 2 comes out next year? You'll have to stay tuned to find out!

The first nine episodes of Firefly Lane season 2 are available to stream on Netflix. 

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