Though I imagine that the majority of today's watercooler talk focused on last night's crazy episode of Gossip Girl, I actually thought that the best hour of television I watched last night came from ABC Family's episode of Greek.
Though Greek is by title about Greek life in college, the program is shaping up to be an honest and generally sweet portrayal of college life in general. Take this week's episode for example, which focused on Parent's Weekend at Cyprus-Rhodes University.
I thought that this episode perfectly captured the essence of what goes through any student's mind when their parents are visiting them at college for the first time - wanting to show your parents what you think they want to see but also needing to show them that in their absence you may have changed and that your interests may differ from their own.
Rusty's and Casey's interaction with their parents was thus pitch perfect. Rusty felt the need to lie to his parents about joining Kappa Tau, as he knew that they would disapprove of their partying ways. He thus crafted a hilarious story about Kappa Tau being a service fraternity (most of the brothers were in Mexico building huts...) and tried to keep his parents away from the house by booking them solid with scheduled events such as geological tours of the university. However, this backfired when Rusty encountered a frat brother on the tour, who screamed "Hey Spitter" (to which Rusty replied to his parents, "I spit at injustice!") and also revealed that there was a dinner at the house.
Though Casey is somewhat of a star on campus, she feels like she is constantly being judged and disapproved of by her parents (who feel like she is wasting her time with the sorority and should have more concrete plans for her future). She is therefore none too happy when Rusty drops off the parents at the ZBZ house right as she is prepping for the arrival of Senator Logan. Of course, to Casey's horror, her parents start hounding the Senator with accusatory questions as soon as he enters the house!
This episode also makes us slightly more sympathetic to Rebecca, whose father the Senator turns out to be not be such a great guy. Rebecca, out of spite upon learning that his father is having an affair with his aid (and not the first one), attempts to throw Cappie in his face, announcing that Cappie has little class or ambition. Cappie is obviously offended and hilariously demands to know why "she is making him look like Kevin Federline". The two quickly patch things up though.
Also making an appearance in the episode are Dale's parents, who were totally believable as the wackos that would have spawned Dale. Dale first tells Rusty that he and his parents are the best of friends (and will be sleeping in the dorm room with them...the horror) and do absolutely everything together. They hilariously insist on "tracing every step" that Dale makes on campus. However, even Dale realizes that he and his parents may have diverged slightly; he tells Rusty this while his parents are alone in the room watching none other than The Passion of the Christ (hehe).
Near the end of the episode, Casey, fed up at Rusty for being perceived as "the perfect child" by the parental units, exposes the parents to the charade that Kappa Tau has been putting on. This was the first time that the show exposed us to any sibling rivalry between the two, but I thought it was realistic that Casey (though mean) would have been moved to do this.
Luckily, in sweet ABC Family style, the Cartwrights have a sit down where Rusty asserts his independence (after his parents demanded he quit Kappa Tau) and informs them how impressive Casey actually is. Casey and her mother also have a sit down where Mom admits that though Casey may have different interests that she actually is very proud of her. Awwwww.
[End of Parent's Weekend]