[WARNING: THIS EPISODE REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS]
youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEpXs0PmIrc
MAIN PLOT: Adam must choose between making her family happy, or making herself happy.
Adam’s identity is known by the entire school, and he’s gotta deal with the reprecussions; he now must be escorted to his classes by a teacher, and he has to use the special needs restroom.
The worst part is that Bianca refuses to be near him, let alone talk to him. And his mom is STILL on his case about being Gracie for his grandmother’s visit. Adam reluctantly goes back to being Gracie, and decides to make the change permanent to appease everyone.
Everyone but himself that is. And with that, Gracie returns to self-mutilation, leaving burn marks on “her” arms. Clare catches Adam and informs him that he doesn’t have to change who he is for anyone.
Eventually Adam is able to convince his mom and his family that Gracie will no longer exist, and they have to accept that. Jordan Todosey is nothing short of amazing, and I expected nothing less. Throwing in the aspect of Gracie being someone who burns themself was a shocking surprise that hit home how deep Adam’s struggle is. It’s a fantastic plot, and I hope that I hope is revisted in the future.
SUBPLOT 1: Anya finds out her mom has cancer.
Everyone might have been crying over Adam, but I cried during this episode because of Anya. She delivered a great emotional performance. Anya learns that her mom has cancer, and she doesn’t know how to deal. She’s also upset that her parent’s are behaving so upbeat despite the news.
The scene with Anya setting off the volcano was ok, but for me the best part of this plot was when she told Holly J about her mom’s cancer. I lost it. I also loved how Holly J told Anya about her secret relationship with Sav, and Anya went about her business as if Holly J hadn’t said anything (because everything seems so insignificant when you’re dealing with something as huge as cancer). Adam’s performance may be the best of this episode, but Anya’s is definitely a close second.
SUBPLOT 2: Dave plans to get back at Ms. Oh.
I don’t have much to say about this plot except for that it’s much better than Part 1. Instead of trying to impress Ms. Oh, Dave resorts to being a pain in her neck. However, Dave’s attempt to be annoying by wearning no pants to class fall on deaf ears, and Ms. Oh barely reacts.
Dave, Connor and Wesley find out Ms. Oh is depressed after a breakup, and that leads Dave to apologize. The times when I’ve liked Dave this season are the ones when he was behaving sincerely. For instance, when he confessed his feelings to Alli and, in this episode, apologized to Ms. Oh. But anytime he tries to be comedy relief this year he fails miserably; he tries too hard and comes off ans annoying. That version of Dave I can live without.