Nothing Compares 2 U
Original Air Date: Jul 19, 2011
Melanie– TwoCents Reviewer
I know you’ve been as worried as me, wondering what the outcome of Paul’s little miscalculation last week would be (trust me guys, when a woman says she wants more romance it doesn’t mean to hop between the sheets!) and how much longer Chloe can justify dragging Brian along for a dead-end ride. Also, what are the penalties for killing another Mai? And when will Chloe realize how Alek feels about her and that she should be with him? And of course, when will Daddy King show up?
While we don’t get all these answers yet, we do get some in this episode that includes a few of my favorite parts of the series: excellent displays of Mai abilities, touching Chloe-Mom girlie moments and fabulous wardrobe!
The awkwardness between Chloe and Alek continue as she reveals she hasn’t broken things up with poor, love-sick puppy dog Brian after all and he gets cozy with a new Mai girl at school, Mimi, that he has a history with. Considering how intimate they get right away, I’m thinking it was a pretty hot history. Unlike Chloe, Mimi is not blind to the attraction Alek has for Chloe, and it’s obvious his dedication to her does not sit well with Mimi. I think Chloe might be a little bothered by Mimi too, which is understandable since she is gorgeous and all over Alek. I wonder if Mimi is a noble good Mai or a bad Mai in disguise? I don’t like her, but then I don’t like anything that gets in the way of Alek and Chloe finally getting together!
On the cute Mom moments front, Meredith makes a pancake and bacon breakfast to break the news that she has a date on Friday. Well so does Chloe! She’s going to a Rezza Capital art gala as Brian’s plus 1. Mom is so nice, she lends Chloe an absolutely perfect floor length red dress with a single shoulder strap that attached at the center of the neck line, which falls just above the breasts. I loved this dress, it was elegant and tasteful and although it came from her mom’s closet it was not inappropriate for a 16-year-old (something this show does really well is dress the characters appropriately for their age, with a minor exception in the clubbing outfit department). And of course Chloe looked amazing in it.
Unfortunately, attending the art gala puts Chloe right in the middle of a nest of members of the Order, not to mention the fancy morsels of terrifying food. I’m with Chloe, I’ll take a nice hamburger over fancy food any day. The concern with the proximity to the Order was a false alarm, but the concern about the proximity with Brian was not. Their relationship comes to an end when he confesses he’s falling in love with her and moves in for a (deadly) kiss. Oh Chloe! Of course, she knows what she has to do and (finally…again) says she can’t see him anymore.
Could the heartbreak for Brian mean he’ll be recruitment material for his father’s mission against Chloe? And could his father’s mission against the Mai relate back to the death of his wife and Brian’s mother? Something had to set him off…
The real danger and action in this episode comes from Amy’s rebellion following the total upset of Paul’s blunder last week. That was a real low for his character, but this week he made it back in my mind by leaps and bounds. I have not made a secret of my dislike of both these characters, but I have to say they are growing on me, slowly. I still don’t see any chemistry between them though!
Amy gets herself a date with senior smarty Jonah, much to the concern of Paul who even follows him and finds he gambles at an underground poker game in Chinatown. Of course, Amy is seeking danger (what teenage girl doesn’t at some point?) and convinces Jonah to take her with him. When the game’s organizers realize he’s cheating (but hey, it’s for college so it’s ok right?) Amy manages to get away just long enough to put in a call to Paul, who calls Chloe and the two rush to the rescue.
Chloe takes on the group of bad guys, using her newly trained skills to take them down pretty easily, all while wearing high heels and her mother’s dress. Talk about skills! Alek shows up once she’s taken everyone down, ever the willing hero.
The best Paul moment ever is when he punches out Jonah for putting Amy in danger, and just like that the two are a couple again. Yay Paul! I was thrilled to see his character grow like that, and for a moment step out of the geeky buddy who offers up oddly accurate insight based on knowledge from extensive comic book reading role.
I can’t wait to see the fall-out from this week. How is Mimi going to respond to Alek’s feelings for Chloe? When will there be backlash for the death of Lilah the Brazilian? Will Meredith’s hot new man cause problems when Daddy King finally does come back? What will Brian’s heartbreak mean for him and Chloe? What will Chloe’s heartbreak mean for her and Alek?