A month before Isabelle's first birthday, Lena was died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. Pete was devastated over the loss of his wife. If it weren't for Isabella's existence, Pete would probably had gone on a downward spiral. With a daughter to raise, it just wasn't an option for him. With the help of Lena's and his parents, Pete coped with suddenly raising his beloved Isabella by himself. He sold his production company and devoted himself to his daughter. For the next two years Pete lived day by day, not letting anyone new in his and Isabella's lives. A chance meeting at the grocery store changed that.
Pete's grocery cart accidentally hit another one. To his surprise the cart belonged to Mary Anne Spier. He hadn't seen her since their second year at NYU and was thrilled to see her again. They talked and made plans to meet for coffee the next day. They started to become friends again and an old feeling came back to Pete. Pete introduced Mary Anne and Isabella to each other. Luckily Isabella liked Mary Anne and that encouraged Pete to ask Mary Anne out on an actual date. She accepted and eventually moved in with Pete and Isabella. Pete and Mary Anne were married two years after coming back into each other's lives and welcomed a daughter named Alma to the world eight months after their wedding.
The family moved to New York City a few months after Alma's birth to be closer to the Blacks and the Spiers. Pete became a stay at home dad while Mary Anne taught classes at NYU and worked on her first major academic paper. When Alma was old enough to go to school, Pete got back into film making and started a documentary film company. The family lived happily ever after.