I really enjoyed this episode when I first watched it. Some people complained at how over-the-top it was, but I thought that might have been the point. We haven't had a reasonably light episode in quite some time, so I thought a look at how ridiculous the incestuous goings-on of a rich small town like Neptune are was a good time. But I have to admit that some of the contrivances and lack of continuity made it a lot less fun to get the recapping glass out. Also, I've finally been forced to conclude that Duncan just sucks as a character. I didn't think so for a long time, but I'm giving in here. I don't mind that he keeps secrets, or that he compartmentalizes -- Veronica does, too. But for it never to occur to him that he should do otherwise is horribly bothersome, as is never to show his girlfriend that anything weird is going on with him. I don't know if it's the acting or the writing or both, but if he can have this "Oh my God!" moment with the letter at the end of last episode and show absolutely no hint of subtext that anything is on his mind in this episode? The character sucks. Not interesting, not the least bit engaging -- just sucks, and is unworthy of this show. Also, the fact that he's completely unreadable means that maybe he did really sleep with Kendall. Say it with me -- sucks.
Wow, I haven't had to do that in a long time. I didn't know I still had it in me.
Oh, and there was that whole alternate ending on AOL, but I don't get paid any more to recap it, and besides, it was dumb. Sorry, Canadians who couldn't see it. Does seem like AOL takes the "America" in its name a little too seriously.
Next time: Someone be dead.