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and is haunted by visions of three little girls (just as Val was a few months earlier) whom he describes as china dolls. “We’re all just china dolls,” he concludes.
Interesting. Doesn't Richard's psychiatrist have a shelf with china dolls also?In the final draft of the script for this episode there is an extended final scene at Laura's house where Gary explains why he can't leave Val, and then notices and comments on the bruise that Val has left on Abby's face before they embrace, before panning to a broken china doll, propped up. It's interesting, but completely useless, and is a great example where the episode does such a great drop of delving into each character's mindset that by the time you reach that final scene, there doesn't need to be any words.
I've long assumed the episode title also alluded to Laura's observation about Gary and Val when Lucy came to visit back in Season One. Something like "they treat each other like china dolls".