MONDO EXTRAS

We're All In This Together. All Right

by Miss Alli August 17, 2007
High School Musical

Later, Troy finds Gabi by her locker, but by now, the magic is gone, and she's all sung out, and she tells him she doesn't want to do the callbacks, even though he now seems willing, irrespective of what he told the basketball team. He missed his moment. She tells them they'll just go on to glory in their own fields (basketball and being a dork) and they'll forget all about the musical. He looks a little stunned, but that might just be his waxy makeup.

Later, Coach Dad finds Troy shooting hoops outside. Finally, he sees Troy fling the ball into the fence. Rather than approaching, though, Coach Dad just shuts the door. Gabi broods on her balcony. Later, they pass in the cafeteria and do not talk, an encounter Taylor notes with...sympathy? FOT tries to call Troy over, but the boys have killed his will to eat a sandwich. FOT and Taylor stand up and find themselves face-to-face in the middle of the caf, apparently realizing that they have made a terrible mistake. It turns out that berating your friends into giving up their dreams and being really unhappy isn't necessarily as much fun as you'd think.

FOT and the boys, including Baking Zeke, try to do some damage control by visiting Troy at the "science club," which he specifically told Gabi they didn't know about, so I guess everyone has secrets. FOT tells Troy that they'll cheer for him at the callback. Troy's all, "Huh?" "We should be boosting you up, not tearing you down," offers Baking Zeke. Troy is having none of it -- Gabi called it off and won't talk to him. Baking Zeke gives Troy some cookies to smooth things over as FOT owns up to the fact that he knows why Gabi won't speak to Troy.

Elsewhere, Taylor tells Gabi that she and the rest of the nerds were "mean jerks." Wow, what colorful writing! Taylor admits that they set her up, using FOT to bait Troy into saying nasty things. These revelations on the part of Taylor and FOT certainly came quickly. One glance in the cafeteria was all it took! Gabi correctly points out that nobody made Troy say anything, but Taylor perseveres, just like she did when she was dancing with Louis Van Amstel. She tries to tell Gabi that her feelings about Troy are what's important, but Gabi's like, "Talk to the hand," and she goes back to working on boring science problems on the board. That will never make you happy, Gabi! Math doesn't love you back!

Later, a nervous Troy approaches Gabi's house. Her mother answers the door, and he politely introduces himself. Gabi peers down the stairs in disbelief. Mom clearly wants to let him in, but Gabi pleads silently from the stairs, and Mom reluctantly tells Troy that Gabi's "busy with homework and such." Troy tells Mom that he "made a mistake," and he really wants Mom to pass that along to Gabi for him. She wants Mom to tell Gabi he came by. Mom grins and agrees, because she instantly loves him, logically enough. And I have to give it to him here -- in a nothing little scene like that that relies on pure movie-star-ness, Efron gets the job done, and he's weirdly compelling. And then he sneaks around behind Gabi's house, and suddenly, he's kind of creepy. He calls her on her cell phone, and inside, we see that it's ringing. She answers it, which is nice of her, and he immediately launches into an explanation of what happened that led to the stuff she saw on the incredibly unlikely video feed. He swears that he was just trying to get rid of his obnoxious friends. She says it sounded like he meant it. But she turns on the light and heads for the window, so that's progress. From her backyard, he continues his appeal, telling her that he was much more himself singing with her than he is with all the other stuff. She hesitates, saying that the singing has made the school nutty, but now he's all brave, saying that everybody else can suck it if they don't like him singing. He tells her she has to say yes, and that he has something for her. He tells her to turn around, and when she does, he's on her balcony, outside the window, having...climbed a tree? I don't know. Lucky he didn't get arrested. When she opens the door, he just starts singing -- and it's the song they sang at the lodge on vacation. The bad song. It particularly does not sound good like this. Because it is a bad song, and singing a cappella, he is not good enough to make it sound good. She steps out to take the sheet music he's offering up as their "pairs audition," and as she steps past him, he smiles a little. Kid is cute; I'll give him that. They stand there in the dark on her balcony, and they're smiling, and kissing is totally called for, but they do not kiss. To borrow from Friends, what's standing in their way? The moonlight? The balcony? The swelling music on the soundtrack?

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We're All In This Together. All Right

by Miss Alli August 17, 2007
High School Musical

Later, Troy finds Gabi by her locker, but by now, the magic is gone, and she's all sung out, and she tells him she doesn't want to do the callbacks, even though he now seems willing, irrespective of what he told the basketball team. He missed his moment. She tells them they'll just go on to glory in their own fields (basketball and being a dork) and they'll forget all about the musical. He looks a little stunned, but that might just be his waxy makeup.

Later, Coach Dad finds Troy shooting hoops outside. Finally, he sees Troy fling the ball into the fence. Rather than approaching, though, Coach Dad just shuts the door. Gabi broods on her balcony. Later, they pass in the cafeteria and do not talk, an encounter Taylor notes with...sympathy? FOT tries to call Troy over, but the boys have killed his will to eat a sandwich. FOT and Taylor stand up and find themselves face-to-face in the middle of the caf, apparently realizing that they have made a terrible mistake. It turns out that berating your friends into giving up their dreams and being really unhappy isn't necessarily as much fun as you'd think.

FOT and the boys, including Baking Zeke, try to do some damage control by visiting Troy at the "science club," which he specifically told Gabi they didn't know about, so I guess everyone has secrets. FOT tells Troy that they'll cheer for him at the callback. Troy's all, "Huh?" "We should be boosting you up, not tearing you down," offers Baking Zeke. Troy is having none of it -- Gabi called it off and won't talk to him. Baking Zeke gives Troy some cookies to smooth things over as FOT owns up to the fact that he knows why Gabi won't speak to Troy.

Elsewhere, Taylor tells Gabi that she and the rest of the nerds were "mean jerks." Wow, what colorful writing! Taylor admits that they set her up, using FOT to bait Troy into saying nasty things. These revelations on the part of Taylor and FOT certainly came quickly. One glance in the cafeteria was all it took! Gabi correctly points out that nobody made Troy say anything, but Taylor perseveres, just like she did when she was dancing with Louis Van Amstel. She tries to tell Gabi that her feelings about Troy are what's important, but Gabi's like, "Talk to the hand," and she goes back to working on boring science problems on the board. That will never make you happy, Gabi! Math doesn't love you back!

Later, a nervous Troy approaches Gabi's house. Her mother answers the door, and he politely introduces himself. Gabi peers down the stairs in disbelief. Mom clearly wants to let him in, but Gabi pleads silently from the stairs, and Mom reluctantly tells Troy that Gabi's "busy with homework and such." Troy tells Mom that he "made a mistake," and he really wants Mom to pass that along to Gabi for him. She wants Mom to tell Gabi he came by. Mom grins and agrees, because she instantly loves him, logically enough. And I have to give it to him here -- in a nothing little scene like that that relies on pure movie-star-ness, Efron gets the job done, and he's weirdly compelling. And then he sneaks around behind Gabi's house, and suddenly, he's kind of creepy. He calls her on her cell phone, and inside, we see that it's ringing. She answers it, which is nice of her, and he immediately launches into an explanation of what happened that led to the stuff she saw on the incredibly unlikely video feed. He swears that he was just trying to get rid of his obnoxious friends. She says it sounded like he meant it. But she turns on the light and heads for the window, so that's progress. From her backyard, he continues his appeal, telling her that he was much more himself singing with her than he is with all the other stuff. She hesitates, saying that the singing has made the school nutty, but now he's all brave, saying that everybody else can suck it if they don't like him singing. He tells her she has to say yes, and that he has something for her. He tells her to turn around, and when she does, he's on her balcony, outside the window, having...climbed a tree? I don't know. Lucky he didn't get arrested. When she opens the door, he just starts singing -- and it's the song they sang at the lodge on vacation. The bad song. It particularly does not sound good like this. Because it is a bad song, and singing a cappella, he is not good enough to make it sound good. She steps out to take the sheet music he's offering up as their "pairs audition," and as she steps past him, he smiles a little. Kid is cute; I'll give him that. They stand there in the dark on her balcony, and they're smiling, and kissing is totally called for, but they do not kiss. To borrow from Friends, what's standing in their way? The moonlight? The balcony? The swelling music on the soundtrack?

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