PLOT A SUMMARY: Owen and Anya are on their first date…at a club. One of Owen’s friends offers Anya cocaine, and she decides to do it (Owen does not). The next day Anya confesses to her mom about here college situation, but Mr. Simpson says Anya has a shot at getting into a University other than TU. Owen convinces Anya to call the university and she gets a face-to-face interview.
At Holly J’s volleyball tournament, Owen overhears Holly J telling Anya that she’s too good for him. That night at the club, Owen is upset and tells Anya to stop hanging out with Holly J. Anya doesn’t like being bossed around by anyone, so she decides to do coke again. Owen’s disgusted with Anya’s behaving, and their relationship status is left unknown as he goes off on his trip to play hockey. Anya’s confidence continues to waver as she enters her admissions interview, and she decides to do coke to help her through the interview. She finds out she didn’t get accepted because her erratic behavior during the interview, and continues her path of doing coke and partying.
It started off very ho hum, but this storyline began to pick up the pace during the second half. Firmly making the cocaine Anya’s crutch was a plot-saving move. Though Owen served as a lite version of a moral compass, there’s still nothing between him and Anya that could make me ship them.
Part 1 and Part 2 have Anya dealing with two separate mentalities. In Part 1, she’s tired of feeling judged by everyone and just want to do whatever she wants. In Part 2, we see her trying to exist with her confidence completely destroyed…though one could argue that Anya’s never really been one to have much confidence to begin with.
Though the dark place she’s entering is unfortunate, it’s good that they’re not abruptly ending her behavior at the moment. I think what’s selling me on Anya’s storyline is that her self destruction was grown out of virtually nothing. She continues to dig a hole for herself despite there being no real reason for her to, and the damage she‘s causing is self contained. No one close to her (not Owen, Holly J, not her parents) know how much she’s hurting, or how quickly she’s spiraling out of control.
PLOT B SUMMARY: Charlie becomes more settled in at Fiona’s place, and introduces her cat, Mr. TuexedoPants. Fiona begins itching furiously, and Eli points out that she might have bed bugs. She has the place inspected and it’s confirmed bed bugs exists, and she blames Charlie for them. Then Fiona learns the bed bugs were her mom’s fault, and she apologizes to Charlie. The two become intimate and Charlie wants for them to have a fun night that includes drinking champagne. Fiona confesses to Charlie that she’s an alcoholic and is able to resist the temptation to drink. Fiona then tells Charlie that she realizes she’s not ready for a relationship, and kindly asks Charlie to move out.
Farlie’s plot leaves me torn. You’ve got a fantastic element of character growth embedded in what’s been a tedious, and ultimately pointless storyline. It’s hard to put much stock in a couple knowing that one of the characters is temporary. One could say Charlie was a plot device…a boring one at that. I understand that they had to go through the legwork of establishing a foundation for Farlie, they did nothing to make Farlie’s friendship/relationship enjoyable along the way. I didn’t even care that they became intimate, because I felt no chemistry.
I had started down my road of slowly giving up on Fiona (my current favorite character coming into Season 11) continuing to develop until the fantasic alcohol scene was introduced. The writers once again show that they’re not just dropping all issues into the abyss, AND they didn’t go with either of the predictable routes (her giving in and drinking, or her being strong enough to resist without flinching). The fact that she needed to call her mom immediately and realized she wasn’t strong enough yet showed more growth within her than what we ever would’ve gotten just by her figuring herself out by exploring her sexuality with a relationship with Charlie.
PLOT C SUMMARY: Connor continues to be obsessed with women’s panties, but now he’s decided to take pictures of them. While in the girl’s locker room Alli walks in, and he hides his identity and rushes out of the bathroom before she could see his face. Connor, Wesley and Hannah debut their clothing app and Alli recognizes clothing in the app…one of her shirts is featured. She puts two and two together and Principal Simpson confronts Connor. Connor confesses to taking pictures of women’s clothes and stealing panties. He’s suspended, but because of his Aspergers he’ll receive help understanding his hormones and how to function better socially.
I feel somewhat similar about Connor’s plot as I did with Farlie’s. It also gave me that “Ehhh I’m getting bored with this storyline” feeling up until the end, when Connor got caught. In some ways the ending was how I expected, with Connor not realizing the gravity of what he was doing, and not fully understanding his own emotions. AJ Saudin plays Connor well, and it’s about time they return an emphasis on his Asperger’s again.