Never Have I Ever seems to always end badly. So, why does anyone continue to play it? Probably, because it’s fun and scandalous, especially for the viewers.
It worked out well for fans. We’re finally going to find out what happened in Vegas! But that’s next week’s episode, and there’s a lot that happened in “Teenage Love.”
Vanessa (Alondra Delgado) was getting tired of the boys making fun of Asher (Cody Christian). As much as I don’t like taking sides with the other woman, she does have a point. The confident Asher is the person I like, too, and I don’t think he’s showed that side to his teammates. We’ve seen more of that side of him this season, but when he tried to show that side to Jordan, he got yelled at. Granted, that was because Jordan was going through his own issues, but still.
I’m a huge fan of the Olivia (Samantha Logan) and Ashe relationship, but they haven’t exactly been the couple they were last season. Ashe is right. He’s changed. He’s more comfortable taking responsibility now and doing the work. It was heartbreaking to watch them break-up, though.
Fans will be happy about the opening for Liv and Spencer (Daniel Ezra). While they were my first ship, I also ship Layla (Greta Onieogou) and Spence. And I really like Layla, so I don’t want to see her hurt.
The writers sure know how to make you feel conflicted.
The most heartbreaking conversation came when Spencer and Coop (Bre-Z) had their inevitable fight. I agree with Coop. Spencer was always trying to save her. I’ve never claimed Spencer was innocent in this whole thing. That’s who he is. He’s always saving someone. I’m sure whatever happened between Liv and Spencer in Vegas was about him saving her. It’s who he is.
I loved the parallels between Asher and Liv’s fight and Coop and Spencer’s. Both Ashe and Coop want them to believe they can save themselves. And they want to be capable of saving themselves.
It’s that thin line where you want your friend or partner to be there for you, but you also want to be able to handle anything yourself. It’s a hard balance to find.
Where will these friendships go from here? Especially Spencer and Coop. They’ve been best friends for so long, and now they’ve hurt each other. Can an even better friendship rise from the ashes?
Simone (Geffri Maya) and Jordan (Michael Evans Behling) also fought, but they were the only couple to come out better. They are the newest couple and the ones that know the least about each other, but they’re finding their way. I’ve never been a Simone and Jordan shipper, but I’m seeing them in a new light.
I’m a little disappointed that the concussion storyline may be a one-and-done. It’s such an important topic that it should be a complete story arc. Jordan managed to cheat his protocol and play injured, isn’t that giving the wrong message? Even if he says, he knows it’s wrong and didn’t tell Simone about it because he didn’t want her to be disappointed.
I hope the writers come back to the concussion storyline. There’s a lot more to say on the topic.
It truly was an episode about relationships. Spencer found a box of birthday letters to him and Dillon (Jalyn Hall) from his dad. It was a rocky start, but he’s starting to understand his dad’s emotions and mental state over the years his dad was gone. He even got some great fatherly advice.
Instead of having a diary, his dad wrote to him every year as he worked through everything. The writers also connected his father’s words to his actions for the episode. He dove into having fun with his friends because his dad said to cherish the moments. He’s also about to tell Layla the truth and probably break-up with her because of his father’s words too, which breaks my heart. If he only got back together with Layla because Liv was in a relationship, that’s awful. Layla deserves better than that.
Even the Bakers spent some quality time together over the weekend. Together they fixed the garbage disposal, unlike when they tried to fix the AC unit. Could they be headed back together? Neither of them is dating, and they are getting along better than ever.
Which fight had you the most heartbroken? And, are you excited for a Vegas flashback? Tweet me @MandyTTCarr or comment below.