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GREEK Season Premiere: “The Day After”

September 1, 2009 by  

Hope you got all your back to school shopping done because class was back in session on last night’s GREEK.

As the song goes, “there’s got to be a morning after”, but this time around that morning left most of the frat friends wishing for a do over. So much gossip to dish on over at CRU. The right people aren’t smooching and the wrong people are. Dale is a forever changed man. Cappie wound up in handcuffs (I’ll give you ladies a minute with that visual) and so much more.

“It’s the end of the world, Cappie. What are you going to do?” Well if you are the creative team behind GREEK you are going to make the viewers wait 53 minutes into the episode before you let us know what happened in the moments after the fateful question was asked. By now we all know that Cappie’s instincts were to go after Casey and confirm that she wasn’t in this alone – he still has feelings for her too. He was on his way to ZBZ to find Casey when he was sidelined by none other than Evan Chambers. Evan reminded Cappie that nothing had really changed between he and Casey. He was still the same old, slacker Cappie and maybe he shouldn’t ruin Casey’s Senior year. And besides, did Cappie really want to go through all that pain and heartache again? Evan suggested that Cappie sleep on it. If he still felt the same way the next day then he should seek out Casey, if not…go find someone else to Fall in love with – maybe a brunette blogger who lives just south of Boston. (I think that was Evan’s suggestion, no?)

Nothing like a closeted declaration of love and a subsequent rejection to kick thing into gear on the awkward scale. Despite being thrown together in their attempt to help their little brother Rusty stay in school, Casey and Cappie clumsily danced around the big old elephant in the room. Never one for tact, it was Rusty was who went for it, calling out Cappie for douche moving on Max by going after Casey. Once again Cap tried to take the fall, but Casey confessed it was she who was the big old declarer of love. She then let Rusty know that she and Cap would not be getting together – or will they? Cappie didn’t have time to answer before the campus cops busted in looking for the threesome who had broken into the chem lab. Always the hero, Cappie took the fall and ended up on campus clean-up patrol. But I highly doubt this was the first time Cap was assigned such duties.

For now it seems that Casey and Cappie will continue the dance. He has feelings for her, she has feelings for him. We’ll watch as they continue to miss each other at every impasse until the writers feel we’ve all had too much – or until Casey graduates, whatever comes first.

Personally I’m all for letting these two stay apart while they do a little more digging to find out who they really are. Evan had a point – how have they changed? What has really happened to make them think they won’t fall into the same traps all over again. Be alone. Be with others. Get your sh#% together and then find your way back to each other. Done and done.

Speaking of getting your sh$% together – what is wrong with you Rebecca Logan?! To think I finally started to trust you. Now you go and get all smoochy with Ashleigh’s boyfriend? The same Ashleigh who has always given you the benefit of the doubt and who defended you when no one else would? Come on Beccs, I thought you were better than that.

I hop the writers don’t think that we the viewers need to collectively hate on Rebecca in order for her to be interesting. There are clearly a lot of layers to Ms. Logan, and I’m hoping that this particular act of betrayal leads to some long over due maturation. She knows better. And oh, poor Ash.

Taking things a bit too far after the party was Dale. Poor Dale. The guy lost his virginity and with it his sense of self. If he’s not the virgin crusader than who is he? I loved Dale’s story arc last night. His regret and shame paired with his desire to talk about it with someone was really well played. I knew at some point he’d end up going to Cappie for advice. Unfortunately, Cap had a few other things on his mind and didn’t offer up much assistance. Looking forward to seeing the after effect of his deed. Will it open up Dale to other experiences or will he shut himself down more out of fear and penance?

As for Rusty and Jordan, well it seems that he’s going to be spending more time on his studies and less time studying Jordan. We’ll see. That boy is whipped!

While I couldn’t be happier to have GREEK back, last night’s episode wasn’t perfect. The flashback scenes didn’t work as well as was probably intentioned. It was choppy and unnecessary, save for maybe Cappie’s, but even that could have been executed better. The creative team behind GREEK does so much right, but they often falter when it comes to subtly. Who didn’t see the Rebecca/Fischer hook up coming way before the big reveal? The combo of the writing and the direction let us in on the secret way too early leaving the end reveal flat and pointless. Give the audience a little more credit…we can follow along, I promise.

But at the end of the day, little pet peeves aside, I couldn’t be more thrilled to have GREEK back in my life.

Thoughts on the season premiere? Any surprises? Were you happy with the way things played out with Casey & Cappie? Anyone else as disappointed in Beccs as I am?

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7 Responses to “GREEK Season Premiere: “The Day After””

  1. Lynn on September 1st, 2009 7:21 pm

    I seriously love this show. Great recap, and I agree that last night’s episode wasn’t the best, but I still love it. I hope they keep Cappie and Casey apart for a bit, but they do belong together. (And, yes, I totally have a tv crush on Cappie…and I’ve been married for 5 years. He’s adorable…the ultimate slacker cutie.)

  2. Kelly on September 1st, 2009 9:32 pm

    I’m of two minds about last night’s episode. After catching up on all the Greek eps over the past few weeks, I was SO excited to watch it last night, and I liked it, but I definitely didn’t love it. I agree completely that the writing of Rebecca isn’t consistent. It’s more of the same 1 step forward, 2 steps back. I absolutely don’t believe that she would have made out with Fisher considering how close she and Ashleigh have become. I LOVED Dale’s storyline, though! He’s been one of my fave characters since the very beginning. It would have been so easy to make a character such as Dale a mere caricature, but Greek has given him way more depth. I’m interested to see how Dale will recover from everything that happened with Sheila.

    Oh, and I have to say that as a chemist I was geeking out over the chem lab scenes, altough Rusty was showing very bad form by not washing and oven-drying any of the glassware, which is crucial for a Grignard reaction! Now I see why he got a D on his o-chem midterm! 🙂

  3. Nicole on September 2nd, 2009 1:24 pm

    I’m so happy to have Greek back! I agree with most of what’s been said – it wasn’t perfect, but it was just so nice to return to the Cypress Rhodes world again. I did laugh quite a bit – the episode was really entertaining. It was some of the larger issues that I had a problem with, like Rebecca and Fisher (which I picked up on when they all met up at the party and Beccs was trying to convince everyone of her and Evan – Fisher looked seriously uncomfortable so it was pretty obvious). Why? I see no reason for starting this drama – I guess though it’s to break the pattern of Casey and Rebecca fighting over boys; now it’ll be Ashley and Rebecca.

    Anyhow, I was so happy to have the show back! There was a line that I watched over and over and it’s killing me that I can’t remember it now because it was so good. I’ll have to re watch again. A couple of final thoughts:

    1. Love Calvin and Grant, and Grant’s sense of urgency to be alone
    2. Cappie got even hotter than he was before, right?
    3. I love Rusty so so much – his dry delivery cracks me up
    4. I’m so shocked at Dale, and can’t wait to see how this all works out (and so glad he’s not marrying Sheila)

  4. Kiara on September 2nd, 2009 3:29 pm

    So the big return of Greek is already in the past.

    Sorry to say it, but after the last season’s episodes from “Social studies” to “At world’s end” (which were really amazing), the new season has started guite dissapointing.

    It was netiher so funny, nor so dramatic. I did not felt it. For a first time I did not felt the relationship between Cappie and Casey (altough they looked hot) and did not see any love between thatm. I really hope we will come back to the “burning sensesation” like Cappie called his love to Casey in the first chapter.

    And what is wrong with the writers? Rebecca cannot always do this? She is funny and bitchy, but never boring and to still Ashs boyfriend is so boring.I hope we do not continue in this direction.

    I like what Evan said to Cappie. He was right and he acted as a good friend.

    I hope the relationship between Cappie and Casey to develop and mature. Probably he can decide to try to graduate this year like she is? I think it woudl not be realistic each of them to have othert love story and than to return to each other.

    I have no more to say to this episode.

    I am looking forward to see episode 3, when Casey and Evan are becoming friend again. This was necessary and this story line is good and really interesting.

    Evan is in one of his good periods right now. I do not know how long the writers will continue in this direction, but at this point he reminds me of the times, when he felt in love with Casey and was so good with her im the beginning.

    And for Ash and Fisher – I really hope she break’s up with him. I do not like them together.

  5. Mattie B on September 2nd, 2009 5:39 pm

    I’m going to go with “This episode wasn’t great.” My favorite parts were Dale struggling with his actions, and everything about Rebecca (Sydney Bristow? Genius) up until they confirmed what I feared: that she was kissing Fisher. Why is that her character type? And just when I was starting to like her? I was half hoping her and Cappie had hooked up after he got drunk while being stupid about Casey. At least that would make some degree of sense.

    I don’t like Rusty, and never have, although I’m liking him more as he matures. I still think he’s the most annoying character on the show.

    I like Calvin and Grant together, but Grant seems awfully OK with being seen out and about with Calvin for a closeted guy. Then again if you just found a boyfriend anyone would be excited. Curious to see how that plays out. I think there’ll be some good tension as Calvin is more experienced than Grant.

    And I sure hope Evan gets interesting without money.

    Overall though the episode was just a bit clunky. The flashbacks could have been integrated throughout as we saw a bit on each character, but to put this whole flashback at the end of the episode like that was awkward. It wouldn’t have been overly original, but still fun to watch all the little mysteries wrap themselves up throughout.

    I still love Greek, just not this episode so much.

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