This week’s episode seemed extra dark, with a storm rolling in, sinister music and dark lighting that reminded me of my high school days buying things at Abercrombie & Fitch only to arrive home and discover that the blue shirt I bought was actually green. The story moved slowly, and even the parts that should have been exciting were not (this is probably the only engagement in TV history that does not make tween viewers want to get married).
The two main story lines tonight, Charlotte and the engagement, were both depressing. As annoying as Charlotte is, you can’t help but feel bad that her father suddenly abandons her. Earlier this summer, there was tension with her mother when she discovered that Mom wished Charlotte hadn’t been born. Discovering the circumstances of Charlotte’s conception will certainly not help.
Even the engagement was a downer story line. I know Emily doesn’t actually have feelings for Daniel, but you’d think she could fake some enthusiasm. Instead, Charlotte stumbles in to find her alone in her bedroom, and people only find out when they see the rock on her finger, not when she tells them. The only person less excited than Emily is Victoria, who can’t even bring herself to hug her upon hearing the news.
The somberness of this episode (as well as Jack getting beat up), makes the viewer, and Emily, wonder “How far am I willing to go?” Even she finally seems to be hearing what Nolan has been telling her all along, and the episode had an eerie sense of series ending. But just as Emily is ready to back off, Victoria re-digs her grave by giving the impression that David Clarke had raped her, and not that a torrid love affair had occurred. I can’t tell if this was Victoria’s initial intent, but it works out quite well for her.
Best line of the night: “I may have Jack’s blood all over my jacket, but you have it all over your hands.” Nolan has really stepped up his one-liners the past few weeks!
‘Oh, Snap!’ Line of the night: “Well after your lengthy courtship, who wouldn’t?” Ashley’s response to Daniel’s proposal idea is spot on.
Biggest surprise: Emily is working with the lawyer – so now we can’t even trust her flashbacks, since they aren’t the full story. How are we supposed to keep track of who the bad guys are?
Most underestimated character: Victoria, for questioning whether Amanda really was Amanda
Most ironic line: “You have no idea how badly I’ve always wanted a sister.” Oh, Charlotte, if only you knew!
Most Curious Line: “Victoria did this.” Does Emily really believe that she is innocent in everything that has happened?
Character who needs the biggest hug: Jack. Hears Emily is engaged, gets beat up, girlfriend leaves him. It was a rough night.
Most Innocent Line: “But I love her, Mom.” Even in the midst of his parents’ messy divorce, 22-year-old Daniel is innocent enough to believe a two-month relationship is the recipe to a successful marriage.
Most Laughable Conversation: “I don’t want you to think less of me.” “That’s impossible, Mom.” Really, Daniel? You really don’t think it’s possible for you to think less of your mother? Even he should know better than that.
Hopefully next week’s episode will have some better lighting and not add prolong our mid-January Seasonal Affective Disorder. Do you think Emily will be more cautious in who is caught in the crossfire? Will Conrad warm up to Charlotte? Will Nolan’s streak of one-liners continue to improve? And what happened to Sammy?!Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times