After months of sleeping with her, he does not understand why she, HIS LOVER, would not want him dating HER DAUGHTER. Is this guy mentally challenged??? Then he finally goes on a date with said daughter, Elaine. He humilliates her but it's all good. They manage to fix everything with a kiss. Next day he confesses the affair. Obviously she tells him to f-ck off and die.
Days later he decides he is going to marry her. He decides. She does not know. Romance! He stalks her at the university. Romance! He crashes her date. Romance!
But overall all is good. She has feelings for him...AFTER ONE DATE...and she's willing to overlook that either he raped his mom (as mom said) or that he had an affair with her for months. It's LOVE!
He does not give her a break or space to breathe at the university and is constantly pushing her to get tested to get married. Romance!
Then papa Robinson of course is upset after figuring all out and wants him out of the picture... as any sane person would. Elaine, a university student with no agency, is willing to marry whoever her parents tell her too because reasons. But he comes and takes her away...as every person knows by now. The end. Looking forward for the next christmas with the entire family.
Imagine how an entire generation saw this movie so many times and thought this was romantic and representative. Really troubling.
I didn't give up because there were funny bits here and there especially through the supporting cast: mainly Dina, the pharmacist being obnoxious, Cheyene's boyfriend, Mateo (except in "Demotion" where he falls for Garett's antics which made no sense) and of course Sandra, who always makes me laugh with her delivery of her small bits. And yes, Glenn's voice can be irritating, but he has a heart and he cares about what he's doing. That's why this episode had an impact. When he goes against the big corporation trying to do the right thing for Cheyenne, he's not sour about the outcome and that makes it even sadder. The unhappy resolution makes a statement about big corporations and that's bold, but I don't know if it all comes too late or if the writers would dare to steer the wheel and give more screen time to the supporting cast than to the leads in a second season.
I watched this episode when it first aired and I still remember how I felt hearing Grace telling Jessie that she should go for it, that she should be with the person she loved because at least she had one. It's powerful because Grace (who was never among my favorite characters) is talking about herself, about her pain, but she's still trying to comfort her stepsister and of course they manage to engage in rivalry, exposing each others' weaknesses and vulnerabilities.
Sela Ward is outstanding (as usual). Even though she has not a lot of screen time she manages to make the most of it as a mother who advises others to accept their children for who they are but is still struggling with the possibility of having a lesbian daughter and struggling with finding out that she's not 100% OK with it, as she thought she would be.
I will always admire this show for being on ABC and still providing quality and well-rounded characters with flaws who were still figuring it all out. They even manage to mention Spencer and not just put him on a bus.
First of all, the two protagonists are not good actors...well, "Paul" is not good and "Kurt" is terrible and the worst part is that I guess he's the one we should care about the most since he has more screen time (throwing glasses with a cliché closeup to the broken vase and shaking his shoulders while pretending to be crying).
At the beginning it is stated that some months have past, however if you had not read that, you could never tell because there is no sense of urgency or a better editing (or characterization) to show it instead of saying it. (Even in the flashback to when they had their first kiss they look the same).
I don't get what Kurt is supposed to be afraid of. Paul suggested going to Paris...OK? With what money? It didn't sound like a realistic proposal. Was it the "we do the same thing all the time"? Because Paul said he wanted more than drinking and smoking but they kept bumping into each at every party, so I guess he didn't mean that either. Was it "Kevin"? No, Kurt describes him as a not serious thing. So, why the hell did he want to break up so much to then go back to Paul even though nothing had changed and just a few days later (again, this could have happened many months later but how can I tell?). Another thing is the killer subplot. What a waste of time.
The only redeemable thing was Eddie. That's a far more likable and interesting character in all his creepiness. The character is just weird and the actor playing it does a good job and it's engaging, unlike the leading players. You can feel how the rhythm changes because of him (in a similar way like Penelope Cruz lifting the whole Vicky Cristina Barcelona).
It is not that long, but it feels like it will never end.