Black Girls' Night Out: Lacey Porter
If I were Avan Jogia, I'd be exceedingly worried with what ABC's doing to my career.
The same goes for the rest of the cast. I'm sorry for the lateness of this post; work got in the way. Typically, when a post is this late, I tend to go back to rewatch the most recent episode to refresh my memory.
Not only will I do no such thing, but I want the original 45 minutes of my life back STAT.
***as usual, spoilers***
Oh, my God. I was afraid of this.
A critic last week was concerned that the writers were going to drag out Danny Desai's decent into Tragic Emoville and boy did that critic have every right. This episode continue with Jogia's sincere attempt at being tormented, along with the return of some of the POC from the older episodes.
Sarita (still no last name) is back and more gorgeous than before, and still giving Lacey Porter the cold shoulder. A new Asian girl named Andie (no last name) is introduced as potential (willing) love interest for Rico (still no last name).
And the New Guy who's stalking Danny who's from his past and supposedly here to lay waste to his life does...nothing, absolutely nothing of import in this episode except add to the growing abundance of white faces.
And speaking of whiteness, there's a definite "theme" in this episode which shows just what kind of writers we're dealing with.
As an exonerated Danny returns to high school, we the audience get caught up on what happened while he was away. Remember his friend who got poisoned with mothballs and wound up in the emergency room? The two white boys who framed Danny for it were expelled from school. It's confirmed onscreen that they were not arrested for almost killing their classmate.
Meanwhile, when he was 11, Danny the-non-white-boy was packed off to Juvie for five years without so much as a by-your-leave with what, I'm guessing, was barely circumstantial evidence. No one paused to ask how an 11-year-old boy was able to overpower and strangle his much taller aunt. No one apparently cared enough to question his little story. But two boys in high school almost killing someone, and admitting to it, pretty much get a slap on the wrist.
Lacey has to browbeat Danny into going to Homecoming, where he sulks and whines and throws a fit after being crowned Homecoming King. When he almost blurts out what he did to his father, Jo steps in to shut him. And that's when I realized something: Danny is tormented by Vikram Desai's death; Jo is not. Jo is just upset that were it to get out, it would ruin her life. Her answer to Danny's guilt and self-loathing over killing his own father is that Danny should just shut up and forget about it.
The one highlight of this episode is that Danny gets a car and seeks Lacey out to make up with her, kisses and all. He seems finally ready to settle into his new life when boom...Vikram's corpse is found.
Next week, the non-drama continues: