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Twisted Review: School Ties

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Danny Desai's time at Green Grove High is officially on notice. In the latest episode of Twisted, the poisoning attempt issue came back to light.

Regina Crane's mother also made an angry appearance on "Poison of Interest."

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Does the reappearance of the delightful Mrs. Crane (who I can only picture as True Blood's Nan Flanagan) and the timing of the coach's firing raise any red flags? It seems like a few weeks ago Danny was being victimized with the creepy masks and the stunt at his party and suddenly he returns to school and is the one under fire?

To think that in last week's episode he and Kyle had made so much progress in getting along and finding more clues to the Regina Crane case.

How did it suddenly all turn around? What did the coach mean that he couldn't cover for Danny again? Danny denied poisoning Cole with the moth balls and agreed to leave the team quietly after the accusation. As far as Mrs. Crane, I would have liked to see the discussion between her and Karen. Then again, the threeway outburst between Mrs. Crane, Tess and Karen at the hearing was pretty awesome.

Logistically, it doesn't seem correct that Mrs. Crane would really be able to sit on the school board hearing to determine the fate of the man she's accusing of killing her daughter. There's a definite bias there that clearly interferes with a clean trial. It should've been obvious that it was inappropriate to the entire board when she had an outburst at Tess Masterson for testifying for Danny. 

In other news, Rico put stuck his neck out for Lacey. Granted, it was really so Jo wouldn't get hurt, but it was still nice that he gave Lacey the heads up on the video. That girl Eloise who "never forgets" is definitely the one who ended up leaking it in the end. It's just too bad that Jo had to find out about Lacey and Danny that way.

Rico: You should try confronting him because he’s clearly intimidated by women.

Lacey: Um... not that intimidated because he’s an amateur porn director. | permalink

I would've thought it was going to be more of a mystery as to who videotaped Lacey and Danny, but Doug was pretty forthcoming. Guess this show isn't Pretty Little Liars after all. We actually get some answers. Something I really would like an answer to, is this: why was Kyle denied to access to those records? I think Vikram's shady dealings extended to more people than we know. 

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4) Jo's declaration made her seem like a weak, love-struck girl who couldn't even say something clear and specific on the stand to help Danny. No one would do this, even "can't keep a secret, even my own" Jo. Just unrealistic.
5) Jo's sudden declaration of friendship fuzzies for Lacey - the two of them have just begun mending their friendship and are certainly not that close yet. Her confession that she would never have dated Danny without clearing it with lacey first also rang false. Do the writers think we have such short memories that we would forget Jo was ready to kiss Danny at fall fest (without telling Lacey first)? Or that she sent a text to Danny, planning on telling him her feelings for him (without telling Lacey first)? This just feels like a heavy handed set-up by the writers for Lacey to be painted with the "bad friend" brush again once Jo finds out about the video.

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Using this tape as a plot point for the storyline development of a character that wasn't even in the video is unconscionable.
3) Lacey was completely out of character. She has spent 9 episodes adamant about not losing her hard won status, but suddenly she's not concerned about this video getting out and ruining her reputation? She only sprung to action when she realized that Jo's feeling may get hurt? And even though she was really angry with Danny for yet another lie, she turned her back on him 100% - pretty cold behavior from someone who was so into him she broke up with her boyfriend to be with him.

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I was not thrilled with this episode for several reasons: 1) The school board hearing was a travesty - they expelled him based on circumstantial evidence and the "feelings" of Archie and a teacher. And as you noted, Regina's mother should not have been allowed to be on the board for the trial. None of this would not fly in the real world.
2) The impending (and subsequent ) release of the "sex-tape" was played for laughs. The Doug/Rico scenes were comical and reduced the severity of what was actually happening - that the intimate moments of a 16-year-old girl hooking up (with a convicted killer no less) were about to be seen by the entire school. A teenager's body would be on display, she would be set up to be shamed, called terrible names, shunned, and vilified. This type of scandal can follow someone for years, coloring their sense of self, sending them into a tailspin of depression, and possibly resulting in suicide (as has happened with similar real life cases). Using this tape as a plot point for the storyline development of a character that wasn't even in the video is unconscionable.
3) Lacey was completely out of character. She has spent 9 episodes adamant about not losing her hard won status, but suddenly she's not concerned about this video getting out and ruining her reputation? She only sprung to action when she realized that Jo's feeling may get hurt? And even though she was really angry with Danny for yet another lie, she turned her back on him 100% - pretty cold behavior from someone who was so into him she broke up with her boyfriend to be with him.
4) Jo's declaration made her seem like a weak, love-struck girl who couldn't even say one thing that was clear and specific on the stand to help Danny. No one would do this, even "can't keep a secret, even my own" Jo. Just unrealistic.
5) Jo's sudden declaration of friendship fuzzies for Lacey - the two of them have just begun mending their friendship and are certainly not that close yet. Her confession that she would never have dated Danny without clearing it with Lacey first also rang false. Do the writers think we have such short memories that we would forget Jo was ready to kiss Danny at fall fest (without telling Lacey first)? Or that she sent a text to Danny, planning on telling him her feelings for him (without telling Lacey first)? This just feels like a heavy handed set-up by the writers for Lacey to be painted with the "bad friend" brush again once Jo finds out about the video. Most of this episode was a fail in clever and complex writing for character development 101.

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Good parts buried under very poor parts.

Sarah-silva

try and investigate what has happened together!
I can not stand Mrs. Crane.

Sarah-silva

It is silly that they are having a recap show next week then the summer finale! They should air the summer finale first then recap the first half of the season or better yet recap the week before the show returns in the winter.
That being said this was a really good episode!
I was not expecting the person that filmed Lacey and Danny to be Doug. That was a neat twist. However now that it has been sent out by Eloise, I think the progress Jo and Lacey made in their friendship will now revert back to square one. Jo told Lacey she would come to her first if she had wanted to date Danny and was expecting Lacey to do the same. However we all know Lacey's old friends will now stop being her friends(I think Paige will still be her friend) so Lacey may find herself an outsider for awhile.
I did not like Kyle for the longest time but I did feel for him this week. You can tell that there is a huge cover up going on and I really hope that Kyle will team up with Danny and try and investigate this on his own.
I can not stand Mrs. Crane she has to go!

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Anyway, there are worst things than not being told that your friends are dating. Such as getting videotaped having sex by some creepy high school guy and having it broadcast to the entire school. The most awkward scene was Jo admitting her love for Danny in front of the whole school. Who does that? Not only did it make her seem like a blindly devoted groupie, but it definitely didn't help Danny's cause. And despite her big crush on Danny, Jo really doesn't strike me as the kind of person to profess some deep love in front of the whole school. It just seemed like inconsistent writing of her character. I feel terrible for Lacey, because with the video out, she will have no friends. She obviously cares about her friends and a lot of her actions are due to feeling pulled in multiple directions. What's even sadder is that it was hard for her to break down her barriers with Danny, only to then feel betrayed. As much as I like Danny and Lacey together, I can understand why she's keeping her distance. I think if she was certain of his innocence, she'd stand by his side.

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I know the writers are trying to paint Jo as the moral person who always does the right thing, and Lacey as the more self-serving one, but I've never seen it that way. To me, Lacey's reaction to Danny has been a lot more realistic. She's conflicted because he's a suspect in the murder of her best friend. She also clearly has a lot of trust issues (due to her parents) that she seems to internalize. I think it was a mistake for her not to tell Jo about the relationship, but in the beginning, she and Jo weren't close. I'm still unclear about Lacey's true motivation for not telling Jo, since the writers don't give us enough of her perspective; it makes me think that this whole decision was more of a plot device. I also thought that whole speech with Jo telling Lacey that she would never do anything with Danny without letting her know first felt so contrived. If Danny had made a move on Jo during the festival, I doubt she would have stopped him in order to tell Lacey first. I also think that there are far worst things than not being told that your friends are dating. Such as getting videotaped having sex by some creepy high school guy and having it broadcast to the entire school. The most awkward scene was Jo admitting her love for Danny in front of the whole school. Who does that? Not only did it make her seem like a blindly devoted groupie, but it definitely didn't help Danny's cause. And despite her big crush on Danny, Jo really doesn't strike me as the kind of person to profess some deep love in front of the whole school. That's the kind of thing I'd expect from the creepy girl with the braces not Jo. It just seemed like inconsistent writing of her character. I think the person I'm feeling worst for right now is Lacey, because with the video out, she will have no friends. She obviously cares about her friends and I think that a lot of her actions have been due to feeling pulled in multiple directions. What's even sadder is that it was very hard for her to break down her barriers with Danny, only to find out that he was lying to her. It's impossible to read Danny right now and as much as I like Danny and Lacey together, I can understand why she's keeping her distance. I think if she was certain of his innocence, she'd stand by his side.

Twisted Season 1 Episode 10 Quotes

It's just too many secrets, Danny.

Jo

Are you trying to be the creepiest guy in the world?

Rico
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