“South of Nowhere” Recap: Episode 3.14 “Past, Present and Future”

 
 

Sit and Spin —
Chelsea and Glen are sitting in grim silence in Chelsea’s studio, clearly with both of their
wheels spinning.  Isn’t it too early for
couples’ counseling?

Chelsea
asks Glen what it is that he expects her to say, and he suggests, “I love you
too.”  Oh Glen. No Glen, not this soon. Chelsea admits that she
loves him, because he’s been like a brother to her.  That’s the kiss of death, though I do know of a jackass who once responded
to an “I love you” with “Don’t hurt yourself!” So I guess it could be worse.

Chelsea’s
also angry that Glen “outed” them as an item in front of the whole entire
family and their other friends.  Glen
thinks she’s in love with Sean, but Chelsea
denies it.  When there’s a knock at the
door, Glen gets all ruffled thinking it’s his rival.  But alas, it’s Spencer and her video
camera.  Spencer tries to convince them
that their tragic conversation is documentary-worthy, but then realizes very
quickly that she is not helping. Exit Glen.

Videodrome — Back
at Ashley’s house, Spencer has that pesky camera shoved right up in her pretty
girlfriend’s face.  Ashley warns Spencer
that she’ll pay a heavy price if she doesn’t stop.

Ashley: Fine, keep it on. I just won’t do you any late night favors
anymore.
Spencer:
You wouldn’t. (pause) Fine, but it’ll be your loss too.

Calm down. We all know these two aren’t talking about
sex.  That’s something the straight kids
do.  They’re probably talking about this.

Ashley quickly relents, admitting that life in front of the
cameras hasn’t been much fun of late. 
Spencer starts to spout off about her creative juices, setting Ashley
off on a rant about how creativity feeds on depression and how all artists are
miserable wretches.

She’s actually right about that, so no further comment
needed.

Spencer notices a flyer on Ashley’s table, and it’s for an
open mic night at Ego.  Jeez, open mics,
dancing, brunch — is everything at Ego? I think I’ve even got some coupons for
their produce around here somewhere. The N is clearly spending their entire
location-finding budget on that sassy pink strip in Ashley’s hair.

Spencer is proud of her for testing the performance waters
again, even if it is at some crappy nightclub/roller rink/LensCrafters™ like
Ego. (You can re-establish your singing career and get new contact lenses in
just about an hour!)

Spencer prods Ashley to sign up for the open mic night and
Ashley admits that it would be nice to have the opportunity to sing her own songs,
as a solo artist. 

Continuing to rifle through Ashley’s things, she finds the
announcement of her own high school graduation sent out by Paula.  For some reason, she finds it “embarrassing”
(unlike her brother Glen, who would have found his own graduation notice
“miraculous”).

Ashley uses the moment as an opportunity to quiz Spencer
about where she’s going to college, and Spencer claims to still be undecided.
But she’s decidedly clueless about the fact that her answer might be important
to Ashley.  Spencer’s lack of interest in
the topic turns Ashley’s mood sour (again) and she tells Spencer to go play
with “camera whore” Kyla.

Down and out —
Across town, Kyla has done what ever young starlet-in-training does after
barely surviving a public scandal: she gives back.  This week, she’s giving to the homeless, and
she’s giving them cans of cow tongue. Aiden is there to assist with the heavy
lifting, and to complain about his life.

He tells Kyla that he feels “stuck” at community college
after being rejected by every four-year university in the free world.  Indignant, Kyla gestures to the huddle masses
awaiting their fair share of tongue and reminds him that he could have it much
worse. For example, what if he had no muscle tone? 

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