Video review coming tonight! [WARNING: THIS EPISODE REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS]
youtube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lg_z_YHitkk
All I’m going to say is that I think I made a VERY wise choice by not reading any of the more detailed episode descriptions, not watching any of the All Falls Down promos, and not buying into Stephen Stohn’s remarks about AFD Pt. 2 being “The best half-hour in television history.”
Was it overhyped? HELL. FREAKIN. YES. And when the Executive Producer of the show says he believes the episode could beat out JT’s death and you don’t feel it lived up to the standard he set with his remarks, then you’re obviously going to be disappointed.
It may have been overhyped, but I still think it was a solid episode. It’s one of the rare episodes where A LOT of the characters appear, with the overall theme of the episode revolving around the dance. But there were primarily two standout plots:
PLOT 1: Drew cheats on Alli.
With the exams being pushed back thanks to Clare’s stink bomb in Purple Pills, Drew’s got a little more time to study for his exam. The problem is he’s distracted by Bianca, who immediately makes it known she wants Drew…BAD.
Drew receives a sexy text message from her while Alli is sitting right next to him. Alli wants to kick Bianca’s ass instead of wondering why and how Bianca got Drew’s number in the first place. Drew tells Bianca to back off, but she tells him to meet her in the boiler room for an “Emma Special” (because the ravine is currently under construction).
Drew meets her at the midway point of All Falls Down, and like a minute later Alli finds out about their encounter…only she thinks Bianca and Drew “just kissed.” Then another minute later Drew and Alli make up, then a minute after that Alli finds out the truth and storms off. Out of nowhere Owen shows up and offers Alli money for sexual favors and out of jealousy she agrees, but doesn’t follow through because Drew shows up (and she really didn’t want to hook up with Owen to begin with).
Before Drew and Alli can actually get to meaningful discussion, Drew’s mom ruins everything by busting into the boiler room and blaming everything (even though nothing happened) on Alli. Drew and Alli’s acting was solid, but I’m lost with the logic of Drew’s character. They made a big fuss about Drew and Alli as a couple earlier in the season, and we see them acting like this wonderful couple from that point on…but then it takes virtually no time for Drew to throw that all away for literally no reason at all.
And when I said Drew’s mom ruined things, I meant it. She’s cold toward Alli at the beginning of the episode, then calls her a whore at the end. This is the second time Drew’s mom has stepped into a storyline of his and hurt the plot instead of helping it. His mom is a helicopter parent with a condescending, abrasive attitude toward everyone except Drew and Adam…to me her personality is unbearable, and makes me want to put my fist through the screen everytime she speaks. Without her interference this is still a solid relationship storyline given it’s about a couple that I don’t really care about.
PLOT 2: Clare tries to get Fitz and Eli to resolve their differences.
With the pressure on Mr. Simpson to find out who’s responsible for the stink bomb, Eli and Clare (aka boyfriend and girlfriend) tell him it was Fitz. Fitz is planning revenge, but Clare makes him a deal: she’ll go to the dance with him if he’ll leave Eli and Adam alone. Eli’s pissed (at Fitz), and wants Clare to slip ipecac in Fitz’s drink at the dance.
She refuses, so Eli takes matters into his own hands by faking an apology and pulling a switcheroo to get him to drink an ipecac-laced drink anyway. That leads to a final confrontation between Eli and Fitz…with Fitz wielding a knife. Clare saw Fitz with the knife earlier and told Adam to tell Mr. Simpson, leading to the school being put on lockdown.
Fitz appears to stab Eli, but jabbed the knife into the wall instead and he’s caught by police. Clare and Eli confess to the stink bomb situation and lying about it, leaving Mr. Simpson furious. That plus Sav and Holly J are randomly caught almost having sex in an empty room and Mr. Simpson promises drastic changes once they return from break (because after Drew’s hazing, the stink bomb and now this, Simpson’s neck is on the line).
I enjoyed this storyline because it made me love Clare (even more), realize Fitz isn’t all *that* bad, and become severely annoyed with Eli. Clare is wonderful for trying to settle things between Eli and Fitz; meanwhile I kept yelling at my screen “JUST LET IT GO ALREADY ELI!!” I get that he had bully issues in the past, but I wish he would’ve realized that Fitz would’ve left him alone had he just let it go at ANY point. For that reason, I’m now worried about how that sort of mentality will work when or if it’s ever directed at Clare.
Now the knife scene? Just because it didn’t end with Eli dying doesn’t mean it wasn’t interesting. My heart stopped when it look like Fitz stabbed Eli, but Fitz stabbing the wall works. Fitz was just trying to do Eli what Eli’s been trying to do to him all along: scare him.
I’m also left with a sense of relief as this episode as a whole is a cliffhanger. I thought The Boiling Point might be a self-contained event, where everything would wrap up at the very end and they’d start with a clean slate in October. But I really like that it’s a setup for the second half of Season 10.