Meanwhile, former school slacker Summer arrives at the Brown thing with her boyfriend in tow. Some snotty girls comment that they didn't expect to see her there, because no one at Harbor appears to have any class. Or classes, really. They spend an awful lot of time on those leather couches. Seth comments that Summer doesn't have to go to this Brown event "just" for him. "Oh, this isn't about you," Summer responds. I applaud her for this. Seth says that Brown has been his dream "for years," even though Brown specifically has only actually been his dream school since last week. Summer says that she's excited to have a dream for the first time in her life. She feels like she can actually be someone, like the "first woman in space" or Nobel prize winner. Now, I really haven't watched enough of this show to say whether or not this whole Summer-is-a-genius story really works, but I have seen enough to say that the girl shows absolutely no intellectual curiosity, which is kind of more important and necessary to academic achievement, I think, than untapped potential. I also don't see how someone who doesn't even know what we all learned back in, like, first grade about Sally Ride can have the vocabulary mastery to do well on the SATs, potential aside. Although, apparently, they've done away with the analogy section of the SATs, so maybe you don't need to know vocabulary anymore? And don't they have to take those SATIIs? Most top-level schools require them, although maybe Brown is an exception. I didn't realize that the admissions process there is need-blind now until someone in the forums pointed it out. It's been a good thirty years since I attended college, and much has changed. Anyway, Seth points out that women have already gone to space and that Summer doesn't know how to pronounce "Nobel," and furthermore, a woman won that prize back in 1903, when Marie Curie discovered radium. This was, of course, followed by her less-fortunate discovery of radium's effects on the human body when she went blind and had radioactive hands and died of cancer. Whoops! Summer is hurt, saying, "I think you've made your point," and marching off to check out Brown for herself and by herself.
Episode Report CardSara M: B- | 444 USERS: B-
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