BLOG: “Greek” gets good, but moves slow

Daniel Vasilchuk

Episode Seven of the show “Greek” is all about secrets revealed, identities uncovered, and lives changed. But the show still leaves the viewer frustrated at the fact that everything is moving at a snail’s pace.

In this episode Dale, who had converted to atheism in Season Two, really makes his new-found personality visible. His vulgar jokes about sex and his toleration for homosexuality are almost hard to believe. Calvin, his gay friend, seems to think so as well.

Rusty, Dale’s roommate, goes through a tough time in this episode. After being constantly pressured by Calvin and Dale to move on from Jordan, his ex-girlfriend, and find a new girl, Rusty caves in. The crew goes to a club and Rusty makes a complete fool of himself by saying all the wrong things to a girl he meets.

Dale suggests that they all go to Comic-Con in Ohio to meet new girls as well as Dale’s online girlfriend. The plan quickly backfires when Dale finds that his online girlfriend is actually Sheila, the landlady who took his virginity.

While Dale attempts to shake off Sheila, Rusty tries to connect with Jordan again. He realizes that he made a mistake in letting her go. Then he gets on the next available computer at Comic-Con to tell her how he feels. It is too bad that this computer broadcasts his pathetic video conversation with Jordan to the rest of Comic-Con.

Rusty begs Jordan to take him back, but there is no going back for Jordan. In the end, as a way to wrap up his relationship, Rusty changes his online profile status from “in a relationship” to “single.”

Casey, Rusty’s sister, spends all of her time sleuthing as if she was Nancy Drew. She has finally realized that there is something going on between Cappie and Evan, her ex-boyfriends. After a lot of sneaking around and following Cappie, she finds the two hanging out together.

Forced to reveal their secret friendship to Casey, Cappie and Evan bond even closer together, and it now seems the three will try to go back to the way things were freshman year. Before their fight over Casey, Cappie and Even were best friends and roommates.

There was a lot of space for a well-done story in the 40 minutes that were allotted to the show, but the producers really did not do a good job of utilizing it. New things were revealed for the characters within the story, but they were not unexpected by long-time viewers.

The storyline was flat and conflicts played out simply, mystery solved. Maybe the producers of “Greek” should try and read up on the old “Nancy Drew” books – they might learn a mystery trick or two. A twist is what this show desperately needs to make it more interesting.

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