My So-Called Life
Pressure

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Key Grip: B+ | 2 USERS: C
YOU GRADE IT
And it fits into this empty place in your heart

Props to Sars, for pestering me to knock this, my last MSCL recap, off during the March repeats of Boston Public. Here it is, okay, Mussolini? Get off my back. I have a life, damn you. ["Not my problem, stugots." -- Sars]

Go. Now. Go.

We open on Jordan Catalano's shiny red car, which is screeching haphazardly around a parking lot. To let us know that it is Angela careening around like a drunken maniac, they added some dialogue in post-production: "What are you doing?" "I'm sorry!" "Slow down! Slow down!" And Angela does slow down, a lot, when the car rams into a pile of garbage, and then backs into a wall. Angela says, "Well, you shouldn't have let me! I told you I couldn't drive! It's only, like, my second time..." And Jordan shuts her up by diving in for a smooch. Awww. Enjoy this moment, folks. This is the peak of cuteness in Jordan and Angela's relationship, and it's all downhill from here. Anyway, they shmeck, and then she finishes her sentence: "...behind the wheel. I'm really sorry, I couldn't find the brake." Hm. I wonder if that's going to turn out to be a powerful metaphor for something else later in this episode? Perhaps. On an unrelated topic, however, Jordan remarks, "How long are we gonna keep doing this?" Angela looks at him, and her eyes look really beautiful, and she says, "I don't know. I mean...what do you mean?" But we know what he means. He's talking about sex. And it's about time, right, since they've been officially together for, like, a whole week at this point, right? Or, as Jordan puts it, "You know what I mean." Angela's all, "Well, yeah. But what do you want me to do? I mean, I know what you want me to do, but...do you ever get, like, obsessed with the rearview mirror? Like, while you're driving?" This may seem like a non-sequitur, but it's actually a carefully crafted metaphor, by means of which we learn that Angela wants to return to childhood, where sex is not an issue, and is thus obsessed, as it were, with the, shall we say, "rearview mirror" of her life. No, wait, it's a non-sequitur. Jordan ignores it. "Look. Can't we just...?" "Just what? Do it? Right here? In a parking lot?" Jordan, unfamiliar with the concept of the Venn Diagram, says, "We're not in a parking lot. We're in a car." Then, gentleman that he is, he asks, "Why? Where do you want to do it?" Angela's all, "Oh, I don't know. How about in my room tonight, after my parents fall asleep. We'll have to be really quiet." But my transcription can't capture the adorable, giggly, whisper-thing Claire Danes does with that line, so you must watch the episode for yourself. "You actually just expect me to, like, choose a place?" Jordan, whose eyes also look pretty beautiful, says, "Well, yeah." Angela escapes the car at this point: "I better go to Geometry." There is enormous sadness and regret, though, in the admission that she'd rather go to Geometry than ball Jordan, because she's used to the former, and just not ready for the latter.

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