On this week's episode of Twisted,
Danny plays Usher's "Confessions" so many times in a row, he thinks he must confess everything to everybody.
Last week, I lamented over Danny Desai's angst becoming boring, and as a result, Twisted
became boring in the soap opera department. This week, it's still snoozing right along until Danny does a complete downward spiral.
Confessions of a Teenage Murderer
Moments after last week's climax, we see its resolution as Danny comes clean to Karen. About everything. Apparently, Karen had nothing to do with Vikram's murder. Just her latest lovah Jack. Like, they don't even question it could be someone else. Karen's unconcerned, of course, because her eyes are blinking dollar signs.
Naturally, Danny shows up to tell Jo about his latest confession. But dear old Jo has been so sad lately, overwhelmed with this whole mess, that she platonically breaks up with Danny for a little while. Technically, she asks for space -- yes, you read that right -- but readers, if someone ever does this to you, they are on the road to breaking up with you. It's like a test run to see if they like being without you more than with you. Anyway, Jo wants to find herself, a la Joey Potter, a la Felicity, a la every teenage girl.
Jo has always been Danny's number one supporter, so to have Jo push Danny out of her life like this is not good for him. Fortunately, it makes Danny so much more fun this episode. His downward spiral is predictable, but still enjoyable.
Danny's next supporter is Lacey, and that girl is fed up. So Danny spins a version of the truth -- one in which Danny admits he saw Vikram before his death -- to give to Lacey. Of course, she tries to compare notes with Jo, who must lie again to protect Danny. And then, Lacey witnesses Danny bribing his coach with new soccer equipment for a better test grade. Because Danny is playing the 'poor little rich boy murderer' card. I mean, Danny's racked with so much guilt that he starts dreaming about dear old Vikram!
In case it was not clear that Danny is being a total douche this episode, he bought the entire restaurant out and ordered 'rich and fancy' sounding things. Lacey, to her credit, tries to coax the lie and bribe out of him, but it is only when Danny tries to bribe her that she explodes. I've never loved Lacey more.
Ladies, this is self-respect and compassion and love. I don't think Lacey gets enough credit, honestly, because she doesn't take crap. She may love this boy, but she knows this boy is a liar. Lacey demands respect, the kind of respect that is necessary to have a relationship: she demands truth. Finally, finally Danny confesses to Lacey about killing his father.
Unfortunately, the next part is where it gets icky. Lacey is upset, but furious that he killed his father to protect Jo. They both lied to her, keeping their intensely close relationship to themselves and distancing everyone around them. She implies Danny must have a thing for Jo, and just NOOOOO. Show, why did you go there? Why couldn't Lacey be more upset that they lied? Or that her boyfriend killed someone? Or anything else?
Why does it have to be about pitting Jo and Lacey against one another?
Long Lost Daughter, You Say? Here's the Latest Recurring Girl...
Karen heads over to Jack's for a booty call, a question about his involvement in Danny's murder coverup or something. Whatever "old" people are into these days. She finds an attractive young girl and before you think girlfriend, you should take your mind out of the gutter: Whitney is introduced as Jack's daughter.
Listen, we all know it's Tess' daughter or something, right? Even when Jack says that her mother has full custody, I don't buy it. She could be adopted or something else, I don't know. Whitney has a bit of a sharp edge to her personality even when she "confesses" that her mom's boyfriend has come on to her. I don't not want to believe her (because these could very well be true and these allegations should be taken seriously), but this show thrives on manipulative liars and pot stirrers. This is a standard trope of the genre.
Elsewhere in adultland, Kyle and Tess fight over her child she gave up for adoption, and Kyle is determined to find the child at the very least. Of course, these conversations occur just as a new and young girl has been added to the cast.
It doesn't help that the show is pushing for Whitney to happen. She meets Jo, she meets Danny, she meets Lacey, she meets Karen. She only does not meet Kyle, Tess and Rico. Besides, Whitney then confesses to her father, allowing her to stay with him, and seems a little too happy to be starting anew at a high school where...
Elections are Popularity Contests
I will tell you a secret, one I have been hiding for many years on this website: high school was not a very long time ago for me. It wasn't. I have suppressed all the memories that I could, but I still remember it quite well (do your research if you really want to know). Well, enough to know when it feels real or not. This show gets a lot of things right and wrong at the same time about high school. The interactions among students, the reactions to Danny Desai -- but it just completely misses the mark on high school elections.
Luckily, they do it on purpose. Jo, in her ongoing quest to become Joey Potter, is on a mission to find herself. Her grades are excellent, but grades and a few scattered activities are not enough to get into college (readers, this is another lie).
So Jo decides to run for student council president in the upcoming election with Charlie (ex-juvie stalker smiley Charlie). Unbeknownst to her, Rico is running his girlfriend Andie's election. I'm not sure these kids know that high school elections are popularity contests, plain and simple. The only people who win are the most likable or most popular -- and usually, that goes hand in hand. Also, I would have voted for the pizza platform jock on principle alone.
Rico is worked up over this, so much that he fights with Jo, claiming Andie wants to help the greater good, not just herself. (More on why this is problematic in a moment.) In the end, Andie, the do-gooder, bombs her speech, naturally. She's less Tracey Flick and more good samaritan. So Jo gives a cute little speech in Andie's favor, which naturally everyone respects Jo for. Andie wins, though if this was real life, the pizza champion would win.
(Story time: when I was in high school, something similar to this happened when two brothers in a set of triplets ran against one another. The first brother was well-liked and clearly wanted the job. The second brother used his speech, dressed in an Abraham Lincoln costume, to pump up his brother as a candidate. The first brother ended up winning because that was the most adorable thing we'd ever seen.)
This storyline actually bothers me because Jo should do things for herself. What's wrong in trying to help her future and the school's? Why does she have to throw in the towel so the "best candidate" wins? What if she was a great president? Maybe Jo wasn't as passionate about it as Andie, but she should work toward her own goals, regardless of her friend's girlfriend.
Well, I didn't expect Charlie to be around this long, but the actor's take at charmless charm is worming its way into Jo's heart. And he continues to do it with a version of the truth! Charlie tells Jo that he was at juvie and he knows Danny. That we know. However, Charlie claims Danny is obsessive and manipulative. If this is the continuation of Danny Desai, sociopath, I'm all for it. If it's just Charlie finally showing his manipulative and crazy recurring foil DNA, then that's a big fat NO.
Jo can't see that she's on a TV show, unfortunately, so when Danny shows up to tell her Lacey dumped him because he like-likes Jo, she rejects him. Jo tells Danny off, and as an audience together we sigh, finally. Jo is not a puppy dog after all. She stands up for herself (even if this was done by a manipulative love interest). Danny rage-drives into the same place his father was "killed."
So what did you think of this week's Twisted? Are you sick of the show pitting the girls as romantic interests for Danny? Are there any fun high school election stories you would like to share? Are you bored with the adultland portion of the show? Sound off below!
Twisted airs Tuesdays at 9pm on ABC Family.
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