PLOT A SUMMARY: Eli is still off of his medication, and is slipping mentally. All he’s concerned about is getting rid of Jake so he can get Clare back. He changes the villain of the play from Fritz to “Jack,” then when Jake confronts him about it, Eli fires him from the play. Fiona is frustrated with all the changes Eli is making to the play, but Ms. Dawes says the show must go on. Clare agrees to interview Eli for the play again, but he thinks it’s a date. Midway through he freaks out and heads home, where he rehearses lines with Imogen. The two end up making out, but in his mind Eli thinks he’s making out with Clare.
Eli plots to plant his pills in Jake’s book bag, but Imogen does it for him and intentionally plants them in Clare’s locker, hoping to get her out of the picture so she can have Eli to herself. Eli tells her she means nothing to him, leaving her heartbroken and missing come showtime…Fiona agrees to step in as Imogen’s replacement. Eli’s mind is getting the best of him, and by the end of the play he goes off script delivers a powerful speech about how there’s no happy ending, and ends up burning the script on stage. While it’s all his thoughts, the crowd thinks it’s part of the play and give him a standing ovation afterward. Bullfrog learns that Eli’s hasn’t been taking his medication, and Eli tells him that he wants to get better for himself, not for Clare.
Munro Chambers delivered his best performance on this show in this episode. I just can’t imagine any other actor on the show being able to pull off such a powerful, emotional scene as Eli did in his monologue. This plot had my emotions running all over the place…I started off frustrated and annoyed with Eli’s behavior, and by the end I was proud that he’s finally on his way to getting the help he needs.
I think they gave us just the right amount of the other 3 characters in this love square to keep it from being too much (Eli is dramatic enough on his own). At first I thought the drug planting scene was ridiculous, but it brought about an amazing exchange between Eli and Imogen, when he said “You are to me what I am to Clare, and I’m nothing to her.” It just points out the extreme irony of how they’ve both been manipulating people and situations around them to get someone who doesn’t want them.
I remember saying this plot had the potential to be very good or very bad, and thankfully it avoided the very bad (being a mushy, soap love square) by focusing on Eli, the person strong enough to carry a plot on his own.
PLOT B SUMMARY: Anya is still partying and doing coke. Her mom wants her to figure out what she wants to do in life. Anya convinces Owen to go with her and her mom to a career fair (thinking he doesn’t have his future figured out yet), but it turns out he plans on being a coach someday. Later the two hang out, and Owen is disgusted when Anya gets coked up again. She gets sick and hangs out in the bathroom, and after an inspirational talk with Bianca (and while seeing Army ads running on the tv in there), Anya decides she’s going to join the Army.
At first her mom doesn’t approve, but Anya doesn’t care. Anya’s mom finds her locket and the coke stored inside, and Anya’s forced to tell her everything. Anya learns that she failed her drug test and can’t get into the Army yet, but because she wants to join so badly she plans on doing an extra assessment test where teachers/friends can vouch for her that she’s not a drug addict.
I didn’t have much interest in this plot…it was just kinda there. Story wise it didn’t grab me like I was hoping. However, there were two things that I enjoyed about it: 1) We got a *little* depth to Owen. Before this episode we could assume he’s just gonna go off to be some bum who spends his days working at a gas station and his nights on the couch drinking beer. Instead, we see someone who has an idea where he wants to go in life….see? Even jackasses have life goals sometimes. And 2) Anya isn’t portrayed as a drug addict. Yes she’s using coke as an escape for her current situation, but they show us not everyone who uses drugs becomes an addict, and they don’t all end up on the street somewhere.
PLOT C SUMMARY: KC wants to get Jenna back, but she already has it made up in her mind that things are over between them and Tyson will be put up for adoption. The two meet a prospective couple, but KC doesn’t feel comfortable giving up Tyson yet. Eventually he agrees; they give Tyson up for adoption, and Jenna moves out to go live with Alli and her family.
Wow. This has been the best storyline of Season 11. Everything from the acting to the storytelling in this storyline has been exceptional. This storyline will be the first thing I tell people about if they ask me to name something good from Season 11. I’m finding it harder and harder to come up with ways to say how great Jessica Tyler and Sam Earle have been in this. I love how the perspective in this episode shifted to KC, who realized what he was losing a little too late. I found myself feeling sorry for him because he made me feel the hopelessness he was feeling…Jenna’s mind was made up, and that was that. For as long as I can remember Kenna has been one of the most boring couples on this show, but this storyline made me do a complete 180.…how ironic is it that didn’t truly get to enjoy them until right before their demise?