Is Alex still high from his marijuana-fueled escapades last week? That would seem a good defense when he finds out (after the fact, of course) that his latest bedmate is his coach’s ex-wife, now the dean’s wife. You can’t really go much more wrong than that, unless you manage to burn the university down, and even then I think it would be a close call.
Watching the first part of this episode is like watching an impending accident; you know something horrible is going to happen, but you also know that you can’t do anything except cringe. I’ve taken to thinking of the guys of Blue Mountain State as the classmates I never had in college, so I spent the entire first part of the episode yelling at my TV, as if that would somehow be a persuasive argument for common sense. When Debra (Denise Richards, still in fine form) returns, she shows up at a Goathouse party apparently just to sleep with Alex, who has no idea that she’s Coach Daniels’ ex-wife until Thad breaks the bad news the morning after.
Of course, Thad can’t keep his mouth shut, and is soon telling everyone (including Radon, who has somehow been given his own TV show in what I can only assume is someone’s lapse of judgment), so the fling quickly becomes public knowledge. Coach Daniels comes after Alex with a golf club, telling him not to cut off the affair, but rather manipulating the situation for his own benefit. When Alex does as he’s told and drops a particular name during their next tryst, Debra loses it and starts smacking him around. The next step in Daniels’ diabolical plan is for Alex to take Debra to a hotel and then turn up himself to spoil the whole thing. Much to Alex’s horror, this doesn’t go the way he (or I) was expecting, and the two ex-spouses start pawing each other while he makes a desperate escape. Normally, I feel at least a little bit sympathetic when Alex gets into trouble, but this episode I just found myself saying, “He asked for it.” We’ll see if he ever learns. I like him, so I’d like him not to end up humiliated, maimed, or dead.
Meanwhile, Alex’s sometime stalker Mary Jo falls for the kind of guitar-playing loser that Stewie Griffin would murder. I kept hoping that someone would come up behind the guy with a folding chair and knock him unconscious. As it is, I was quite happy to see Sammy decimate the kid’s guitar. Some people just are not musicians, myself included, and if it takes some property destruction for the guy to figure that out, I’m okay with that. It’s a public service for the rest of us. Unfortunately, Sammy is also one of those people who should not be a musician, either, as the song he performs to apologize for the incident is worse than the bad music he silenced. Kudos to Chris Romano for being willing to embarrass himself that thoroughly.
There’s not as much of Thad this week, and part of it consists of phone calls, but Alan Ritchson continues to make the most of what he’s given. You can just feel the frustration in his voice as he realizes what Alex has gotten himself into, that he’s unknowingly made worse. I suppose if there’s a lesson here, it’s that while this bunch might be a group of slightly mental, self-obsessed, immature young people, at least they’re always loyal to each other. Sane people sometimes can’t manage that, so that’s something to be respected. Hopefully, next week, Alex will find those missing IQ points before someone knocks a few more out of him. He reminds me of my more eccentric friends. As much as he drives me crazy, I can’t not hang out with him and the rest of the BMS gang.
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