Greek – “A Tale of Two Parties”

“A Tale of Two Parties”

May 26th, 2008

As two competing parties emerge in the context of the newly lifted regulations, I will myself place a new regulation on Cultural Learnings: from now on, I am going to stop complaining about Casey Cartwright.

This is going to be a serious issue, considering how it seems as if every storyline in the series eventually boils down to how the entire series can revolve around her presence. Now, if I was still complaining about her, I’d note how this ultimately cheapens all of the other characters (in particular Evan, who is getting a rather awful rub in this scenario). But, I’m moving on with my life: from now on, I’m over it.

Which, if the Secret works as Casey wants it to, could perhaps will the series (and her character) to move on in turn. But it’s doubtful.

With the restrictions lifted, Omega Chi wants to host a big party; of course, Kappa Tau also wants to host a party, but the cash isn’t flowing quite as well for them. Solution? HIJINX.  Of course, in this setting, there is the chance for relationships and friendships to completely explode, or for new ones to blossom. And, well, there’s a little bit of all of it.

And I’ll start with some actual positive things to say about Casey’s storyline (seriously!). Mainly, I was really charmed by its conclusion: that her picture perfect, pre-Med stud tried to eat her face. It was a great moment of humour, and something that kind of helped humanize her character – her search for a new romantic conquest is definitely something that could be taxing, but the bait-and-switch in this instance at least lets it fit in better with the series’ sense of humour.

For Evan, however, such a moment doesn’t exist: he continues to pine over Casey, and in this episode goes to extreme lengths to get his way. It’s a bit of a tough sell for me, really; even though he bought off the last potential love interest, his use of Calvin to scare others away still reeks of desperation than my idealism hoped the show would avoid. I also think that Franny’s sudden obsession with Evan is a bit tough to swallow (She should be smarter), and oddly he never seemed to put two and two together as to her nail on the head comments. That the storyline ends with him being met with a dark house when he goes to visit Casey is on one hand a sign that perhaps he can give up, but chances are he’ll keep plugging away at it.

In terms of relationships, we also have the saga of Calvin and Michael, the French T.A. who he met a few episodes ago. Their story is about what you’d expect: Calvin invites him to the Frat party, it’s incredibly awkward, there’s a lot of drama due to Calvin being busy helping Evan ward male conquests off of Casey (That was a neutral comment, I’m sure…absolutely…definitely), and then they reconcile (after discussing the clear age difference) by making out for a while. That, weirdly, was the storyline: I was surprised that it all worked out so cleanly, and was fully expecting something more than “I felt awkward” to be part of Michael’s problem (Loved, however, Evan calling him Michel and subtly complaining about his grade).

It was the Kappa Tau party, however, that brought the episodes best and, well, not quite as good storylines. On the latter point, Rebecca and Casey’s feud just isn’t going anywhere right now. We’re two episodes away from the finale, and yet I’m already tired of them fighting it out. Their battle, however, was observed and officiated by Cappie, who was on fire. Whether it was his question of whether they were allergic to Jello, or his comment to Casey regarding her house’s lack of appreciation for the KTs assistance during their lowest moments, he was the most intriguing voice.

And, his storyline was the most entertaining: seeing the KTs organizing their own sparsely funded and attended party was actually kind of entertaining, as opposed to the less than thrilling events elsewhere. There’s just an energy to these characters: Beaver, in particular, was given a lot to do in this episode, and his fake phone conversation with Rusty made me laugh. A lot. It helped to balance everything out, and I was definitely glad it was a tale of two parties and not just the one.

And yes, we can’t go without discussing Rusty: he’s finding his “Funbuddies” relationship (Loved the nun as logical reason to avoid saying the real phrase) less than emotionally satisfying, so he goes to various people for advice (Ashley, not so helpful; Beaver, hilarious but also unhelpful) and eventually ignores him until he texts her and she responds with news that she has Crabs. I am torn on this: it was intriguing coda to the episode, and certainly made for a nice gag, but I kind of liked Tina and was kind of thinking that there was something more than just lust between them. And, well, this seems to put a damper on that, most certainly.

Also, Rusty talking about having sex still creeps me out. It just doesn’t seem right. This episode, though, did – and that’s even taking into account what I can’t say under the new rules. It’s nice to have a show with new episodes still going, but there’s only two weeks left before it’s gone for good. Hopefully, by then, some other shows will be starting.

Cultural Observations

  • “It’s like we’ve died and gone to Gossip Girl” – Cappie on entering the Omega Chi party, proving again that there is great wit to be found in his character that isn’t found in some others (Not to name names, that would be against the rules).
  • I am really curious to see how they handle Max Greenfield’s character – from rumours, I heard that he was only signed on for two episodes, so where does that relationship go from here? Or, since there’s only two episodes left, is it going to be so centered on other character that Calvin will be forced to the sidelines as usual?
  • We’ll see if I last through next week with the rules still in place, there’s always the chance they could be miraculously overturned.

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