[WARNING: THIS EPISODE REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS]
youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtYGQbATF48
MAIN PLOT: Adam’s secret is revealed at school.
Though we (the fans) have known about Adam for a while, the show officially establishes that Adam is a boy “between the ears,” but was born a girl. Drew doesn’t seem to care, but Adam’s mom is more concerned with what the rest of the family thinks, as she tries to convince Adam to transform into Gracie for their grandmother’s visit.
This plot is great because it provides multiple scenarios that transgendered face. The positive one involves Adam dropping tampons in front of Clare. Owen and Fitz walk by, and a confused Clare plays along with a panicked Adam and says they’re hers. Later Adam reveals her identity to Clare and Eli, who are totally cool with it.
On the OTHER side…Adam has a crush on Bianca. While Adam flirts with her, Bianca discovers that Adam has a female body. Word gets back to Owen and Fitz, who harass Adam in the bathroom.
Jordan Todosey does a fantastic job in this episode as Adam, but this plot wouldn’t be as great without the likes of Owen and Fitz. These are two guys who are merciless bullies, and actually BEHAVE like they are. They take no pity on the fact Adam is a biological female, and Owen shows no remorse after literally throwing Adam through a door.
Drew coming to Adam’s defense without hesitation gets him mega respect points from me, even if he did get his ass kicked. This episode ends on an intense note, with Drew beaten, and Adam’s identity exposed. This plot so far is living up to the hype.
SUBPLOT 1: Anya thinks her mom is having an affair.
This plot *ALMOST* got ruined, but thankfully it got on track by the end of the episode. Anya’s mom is sick, so Anya ends up getting to school late. She’s paired up with Sav and Holly J (her ex and her ex best friend) for a project, but no focus is placed on Sally J’s secret relationship…they just serve as a reminder to us in the back of our minds that they’re there. Instead it’s all about Anya, who finds her sick mom missing when she returns home. Anya finds her mom’s wedding ring, and Leia thinks Anya’s mom is cheating based on some article she read in a teen magazine.
I absolutely hated that part. And I hate that Anya believed her mom was cheating. As soon as that idea came out oof Leia’s mouth I yelled “STFU and GTFO!!” If you’re going to make it “seem” like the parent is cheating, at least create a more believable scenario.
But thankfully the plot improves, as Anya’s parents call her home to tell her some news they received from the doctor…and it isn’t good. I feel kind of sad everytime I see Anya. She’s a sweet girl, and I know it’s going to suck have to watch her deal with her mom being far sicker than they thought. We have to wait until Pt. 2 to find out what’s wrong with Anya’s mom, and besides Leia’s existence this is still a pretty solid plot.
SUBPLOT 2: Dave tries to impress Ms. Oh.
I know this is supposed to be a “change of pace” plot…but it’s terrible. It’s not funny, it’s not entertaining, and it makes me shake my head in disappointment at Dave.
Dave has low marks in Media Immersion, so he imploys a plan to get on Ms. Oh’s good side. The thing is she has no interest in being all “buddy buddy” with Dave like Mr. Perino is. And as a matter of fact, I happen to find Dave as annoying in this plot as Ms. Oh does. I just can’t understand why Alli and Dave, two characters who I LOVED last season, have just been epic fails in Season 10. It’s crazy that nowadays I find Wesley and Connor more interesting than Dave.