So this was the big “controversial” episode about the morning-after pill… Going into it, I didn’t expect it to really be that big a deal, but I at least expected it would be a major plot point of last night’s episode, “Fumble.” Turns out it didn’t even take up that much time in the episode, and it was dealt with quite matter-of-factly, as more of a catalyst for Casey and Cappie’s relationship than any sort of unplanned pregnancy moral.
The show handled the story line well. It certainly wasn’t as heavy or well-done as the fourth-season abortion story line on Friday Night Lights, but it’s Greek so it didn’t have to be, nor should it have been. It was a good way of dealing with the issue of unprotected sex, in that it was true to the show’s tone and the characters, and never became a sort of After-School Special on the topic.
The big news to come out of all this is that Cappie and Casey are back together, or so it seems. The babysitting story was perhaps a bit too on the nose in its parallels to their relationship–parallels which the two then spelled out, with Cappie always being the kid and Casey always having to be the adult–but for fans of the show, I’m sure all they wanted was that final scene of the two lying in the grass together. We knew they’d end up together, so I’m glad we’ll actually get to see them as a couple again for these last several episodes, even if it meant their reconciliation took a little quicker than it maybe should have.
The rest of the episode worked to set the pieces in place for the final string of episodes. Rusty and Ashleigh are moving closer to getting together, even if Rusty doesn’t know it yet. Casey and Ashleigh continue to fight, setting up their inevitable reconciliation. Calvin deals with his alienation from ΩΧ. Rebecca realizes how much she has come to care about and rely on Evan. And Dale continues to gain confidence in his new role as a pledge. My interest in each of those plots varies, but the writers are at least doing a job of servicing all their characters (and still finding space for bit players like Katherine and Beaver) as the season, and series, winds down.
There are only four episodes left at this point, and while we can pretty much see what’s coming, I’m still enjoying the ride.
Bits & Pieces
- About the Ashleigh/Rusty hook-up: It was very clear, especially when Ashleigh took out the lipstick, that she was the girl Rusty kissed the night before, so I don’t think the flashback was at all necessary for that reveal. I thought it did work, however, to show us their interaction beyond the kiss, and that, even though he was drunk and she was upset, there is something between them.
- Continuing the “CRU is an amazing school” trend: what a babysitting party at the ΖΒΖ house!
- “This duvet — heavenly! The bathroom — no mold!”
- Cappie gets meta: “Would that be such a bad thing? It’s what the people want!”
- “I’d stop to talk, but I’m making a dramatic exit.”
- The Chuck wind machine made a guest appearance at the photo shop. Plus, we got another male Carol (after Matt Damon on 30 Rock).
- “He’s even taking a 10 a.m. class.” “Tuesday/Thursday?” “Monday/Wednesday/Friday!”
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