Protect Me From What I Want
Original Air Date: Feb 14, 2012
Karen Belgrad – Senior Editor
This week’s episode is all about expectations. And just like everybody else’s expectations, they may not always come to fruition or happen the way you expect. From new dreams to new friendships to new opportunities, all of characters are poised to accept some difficult and surprising truths.
Despite airing on Valentine’s Day, romance was not at the front and center, but it was at the end of the hour. I’ve put on my silencing headphones to write this, because I am sure a million fans just went “SQUEEEEEE!” at the end of tonight’s episode. To find out why, in case, you missed it, keep reading.
Despite having an overlapping theme, there were several different storylines happening this hour. We finally got to learn a little bit more of what makes Simone such a sore subject with Bay. Daphne is still trying to prove her merit to her Buckner basketball coach, so when he decides to have the team go head to head in scrimmages to determine a new starting line-up, Daphne is happy for the chance to show her worth as a small forward. Simone, ever the helpful with makeovers as well, brings UMKC basketball coach Lotte Macomb (not a real coach, according to their website) out to help Daphne with her moves. But Daphne is upset to find out that Simone’s stolen watch from last week was just lost, then recovered and sold by Simone. The East Riverside girls have been banned from practicing at Buckner due to the accusations, so Daphne wants to come clean to the coach, but Simone puts the kibosh on the idea.
Daphne gets Bay to tell her why she and Simone are no longer friends. It seems back in eighth grade, Bay and Simone got an unpopular classmate to declare her feelings for another classmate on video tape. Bay was embarrassed for the girl, but Simone made the video go viral. The girl moved away, but Bay and Simone’s friendship was damaged beyond repair. Bay says that while you may not want Simone as a friend, you definitely don’t want her as an enemy. Daphne opts to come clean to the coach, but Simone beat her to the punch, making it sound like the idea of selling the watch was their co-plan. Daphne denies it and calls the coach on her only being there for the grant money. So th coach changes things up and has her go against Simone for point guard. Simone is aghast that Daphne would go against her, after all she’s “done” for her. Daphne smokes Simone on the basketball court and gets the position, but based on Simone’s dirty looks, it remains to see what the repercussions will be. I thought Toby’s presence, as Simone’s boyfriend, was definitely lacking from all of this, so I hope that plays out more next week.
Elsewhere, Regina styles the hair of Patrick, a new art gallery owner. She talks up Bay’s artwork so much that he agrees to come see it. Bay has her hopes up for a showing, but he’s instead taken with a piece Regina made about her sobriety. He also asks Regina out, and after mentioning Jack Stack (yum), she takes him to the fictional Alabama Al’s for some barbeque. He lets her know that while Bay has promise; her 16 year old art isn’t ready for his gallery. Bay is crushed when Regina comes clean. Kathryn lays into Regina, saying that she wants Bay to be nurtured, not rejected. Regina doesn’t back down, pointing out that 99% of art is rejection. Kathryn feebly replies that Regina’s dryer sheets ruin the machine. Definitely point=Regina! The situation further spirals when Bay accuses Regina of moving on past Angelo, wondering if those feelings were real. Regina retorts that Angelo has once again abandoned his family (so clearly not arrested, as we all wondered), and Bay realizes she doesn’t know if he is ever coming back. Angelo later calls Regina, but she misses his call, so we’re left to wonder what will happen.
In a minor, but welcome plot, Toby accidentally admits to his parents that he’s felt like he’s been under the radar since the switch reveal. They, of course, jump to be more active in his life. John drags him to a charity (baseball) hit-a-thon, where Toby shows off his exemplary batting skills. John wonders why Toby is wasting his talent, but Toby says he quit baseball because of the pressure and his love of music. John is dismissive of the music, which angers his son. Kathryn gently reminds John that music is Toby’s dream. Later we see John watch Toby practice with an admiration that wasn’t there before.
Emmett spends extra time at Bay’s, clearly not loving living with his father. Speaking of his dysfunctional family, Kathryn offers up the Kennish-Vasquez clan for his school project of a family portrait. She also chats him up, casually mentioning Bay’s broken heart when Ty left for the military. Emmett is bothered and reacts by acting distant from Bay who is befuddled by his coldness. When he finally brings it up, she admits that she cared for Ty, but does remind him she didn’t sleep with him and is still a “vegetable.” After he takes the portrait, Emmett tells Bay that she has a great family. He talks about his parents falling out of love, and then wonders if he and Bay will as will. Bay, like any good teenage girl, hones in on the last part. She gingerly asks him if he’s saying the two of them are in love. And in the sweet, SQUEEEEEE-worthy moment, they both declare their love for one another.
So, in wrap-up… Didn’t you just admire how the show showed the photo shoot from Emmett’s point of view? With no audible words, the growing closeness of the extended family was truly evident. With Emmett reaching out to his mother via text, how long before he moves back in, acknowledging her strictness is preferable to the absenteeism of his father? And what do you think Simone has in store for Daphne as retribution? Finally, with all the mention of author Sarah Lazar, do you think she is more than a competing author?
You’ve got my TwoCents! Now share your TwoCents, comments, and feedback below!