[WARNING: THIS EPISODE REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS]
youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_h8wE3zgEI
MAIN PLOT: KC continues to resist moving in with his mom.
KC’s acting out because of the situation with his mom leads him to a drunken night with Bianca and Fitz, and behaving extra aggressively on the football field. Mr. Armstrong notices there’s something wrong and tells KC to let him know if he can do anything to help.
Well the opportunity presents itself; KC needs a teacher or coach to be a reference for his case to tell the judge that he’s better off living in the group home. But an awkward scene leads to an awkward exchange between KC and Armstrong, who declines because “I’m just your teacher.”
And then KC keys Armstrong’s car.
The pace of this episode moves a little too fast for me…it quickly goes from KC (barely) getting out of control, to suddenly giving in and moving in with his mom. I just find it weird that after all of the bitterness and hatred all it takes is KC’s mom lying for him about the car for him to finally give his mom a chance.
Now get me wrong, I was impressed with Sam Earle’s acting (especially in the last scene), but the storyline rushes to get to a happy ending with KC and his mom. Part 1 was good, but Part 2 is just ok overall.
SUBPLOT 1: Eli helps Clare deal with her family troubles.
There’s definitely marital problems happening between Clare’s parents, but Clare’s mom doesn’t want to admit it. Eli convinces her to use the feelings she have in her writing assignment. Clare’s work is so good that Ms. Dawes signs her up for the student showcase.
But….Clare gets cold feet because she can’t read her feelings about her parents’ issues with her mom sitting in the crowd. Clare eventually lets her mom read it, and that begins a domino effect of Clare opening up to her mom, her mom opening up to Clare, and Clare’s parents opening up to each other.
Even in earlier appearances this season where she’s been just a support character for Alli, I’m really enjoying Clare this season. She’s so reserved, and it’s great that they’re using Eli and conflict within her family to help her open up (too bad Darcy is busy being held captive by Mbabwe African tribe to partake in this plot).
SUBPLOT 2: Alli and Drew aren’t on the same page about their relationship.
After their makeout session, Alli thinks she and Drew are dating. But it’s obvious that Drew isn’t thinking the same thing. But then, he suddenly changes his mind. Though it’s drawn out through most of the episode, it feels like a shortened plot because it ends so abruptly. I get the feeling that Drew is just using Alli to get some (aka makeout), while Alli assumes that they’re a couple. But it’s looking like we won’t get to see this plot fleshed out until over a week from now.