Sweet Valley High #95: The Morning After

SVH095The moral of the story: I’m not sure the new miniseries format lends itself well to morals.

The Big Deal: Yeah, nobody’s really interested in parties right now.

Synopsis:

Liz totally isn’t dead, you guys. But she did kill Sam in that car accident and now she’s having nightmares about someone who looks like Jessica trying to kill her, but the girl has black hair instead of blond.

Bruce can’t stop thinking about the girl who tried to help him on Saturday night. He eventually finds out her name is Pamela Robertson and she’s on the Big Mesa tennis team, so he finds her after practice one day and asks her out.

Lila doesn’t go back to school until the Wednesday after the prom. She knows people are talking about her and the accusation she made against Nathan Pritchard. When she gets to school, Mr. Cooper tells her there will have to be a meeting with Lila, her father, Mr. Cooper and Nathan. At the meeting, after Nathan gives his side of the story, Lila realizes he wasn’t trying to attack her after all. She apologizes for making a mistake, and her father drives her home.

A week after the prom, the twins still aren’t speaking to each other. When they go back to school, Enid is the only person who will talk to Liz. Not even Todd has spoken to her. Poor Amy keeps trying to cheer up both Lila and Jessica, but doesn’t really know how to talk to either of them.

Olivia notices a sandy-haired guy watching her during a painting class. A few days later, she finds out a collector has bought one of her paintings. The only condition is that she give a talk about her art at a fundraiser in Bridgewater. She runs into Nicholas Morrow as she’s walking home and tells him her news, and he takes her out to celebrate. They talk about their love lives, and each asks the other how it’s possible they don’t have a steady stream of dates. They both say they’ll help the other find someone. They’re idiots and don’t seem to realize they’re actually on a date right now.

When Olivia goes to the address in Bridgewater, she’s surprised to find it’s a residence and there are no other cars in the driveway. When she goes inside, the sandy-haired guy from her art class comes down the stairs. He says he made the whole thing up about the fundraiser to get Olivia to his house. He’s totally creepy, but really cute, so Olivia says she’ll go out with him the next night. She later tells Nicholas she’s in love.

Lila has been in her bedroom since the meeting at school. Her father tries to talk to her, but she just can’t tell him what happened with John. George doesn’t know what to do, so he calls Lila’s mother in Paris. When he tells Lila her mother is coming to town, she starts crying and thanking him.

By the end of Bruce’s first date with Pamela, he’s in love. Cousin Roger tries to tell him that looks can be deceiving, but Bruce thinks Roger has a lot to learn about women. At lunch, Bruce tells everyone about his new woman, and when he says her name, everyone kind of laughs and says Pamela is known as a slut. The next time they go out, Bruce can’t stop thinking about what everyone’s been saying, so he’s kind of jerky to her. He feels bad, so the next morning, he goes to her house to bring her some flowers. He’s standing at her front door when a car pulls up in the driveway and Pamela gets out. After she kisses the guy driving the car, she sees Bruce. She tells him she was just breaking up with that guy because she’s in love with Bruce. Bruce goes home in a huff.

Jessica leaves to go to a special memorial for Sam at the bike track, but she decides she can’t handle it. She drives aimlessly and ends up at the cemetery, where she sits at Sam’s grave and cries over his death and her own part in it. Things at the Wakefield house are pretty horrible. Steve comes home every weekend and tries to cheer everyone up, but everyone is depressed. Then, three weeks after the prom, two police officers show up at the Wakefields’ house and arrest Elizabeth. Jessica considers telling the police that she spiked Liz’s drink, but can’t bring herself to do it.

While all this is going on, a sixteen-year-old girl named Margo is plotting her escape from her tenth foster home in New York. She thinks it’s too bad she’ll have to kill her five-year-old foster sister, Nina, but Nina walked in on Margo counting her stolen money and saw the bus schedule with Cleveland circled. Margo can’t risk anyone finding out where she’s going. She sets the house on fire and takes off. In Cleveland, Margo types up some fake reference letters and gets herself a job babysitting for a wealthy family. When she’s stolen enough jewelry and made enough money, she’ll move on toward her final destination, California.

Quotes:

“You’ll love the plans for the new wing of the city building,” Alice Wakefield was saying as she drove toward the high school. “We’re going with a Spanish-style look, with lots of sunlight.”

I think this is how she describes every project she ever works on. Jesus, Alice, not everything has to be Spanish-style.

Elizabeth left the dance with Sam, Jessica remembered. How could her sister have done that to her?

Because you got her drunk, stupid.

The Cover: Here it is, the first of the new crappy covers. I miss the old ones. The twins hovering over everything like god up there is weird. And for such a busy looking cover, there’s really not a lot going on. We’ve got Bruce looking all scandalized that his girl is kissing another dude, and then I guess that’s Lila running away from Nathan or something.

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Comments
  • Jenna August 24, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    I guess this is the first time I feel really bad for Liz…I mean, even when she was kidnapped she got frozen pancakes. Now she’s being arrested because her jerk sister got her drunk. Hmm, dark times for SVH! I remember loving the Margo story, even though I don’t remember it…can’t wait to read more!

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  • Misty August 24, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    This storyline encapsulates why I have such a deep-seated hatred of Jessica. Sure Elizabeth is a condescending do-gooder, but I would take her any day over Jessica’s brand of narcissistic, petulant bitchiness.

    On a lighter note, Alice’s design aesthetic reminds me of Mike Brady’s in “The Brady Bunch Movie,” where every design is does is based on his house.

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  • Sandy August 24, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    Very heavy book this time. And the twins look awful on the cover. What year was this published? I’m asking because I think ghosty was getting ideas from 90210 or some other teen drama and trying to be more hard hitting.

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  • Megan August 24, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    I do love Lila’s scarf, though. And Liz is psychic now? Okay, then. Fine.

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  • Shannon August 24, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    Jenna, poor Liz. No frozen pancakes in jail, ha.

    Misty, you are so spot on with the Mike Brady comparison! Also, it’s funny, I really hated Jessica at the beginning of the series, but as time goes by I start to like her more and more. Though in this stretch of books, Liz is much more sympathetic.

    Sandy, I believe this was 1993. That was right around the 90210 era, right? I don’t remember, I never actually watched it.

    Megan, Lila’s scarf is pretty fab. And yeah, Liz is apparently psychic. Ugh.

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  • Jenna August 24, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Yeah, come to think of it, Margo reminds me of Tiffany Amber Thiessen’s character on 90210. . . both ‘bad girls’ coming from the East Coast.

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  • Sandy August 24, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Exactly! All these storylines, just like a miniseries. We’ve got Olivia’s creepy guy, The twins and their drama, some foster chick who may have murdered a little girl (?!?!?!), Bruce and some female version of him. And Steven thrown in as horrible comic relief.

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  • Merrie August 24, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    Does Jessica ever own up to spiking Liz’s drink?

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  • Shannon August 24, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Merrie, I’m going to go ahead and keep you in suspense, ha.

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  • Lori August 24, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    This made me hate Jessica forever. Blaming her sister for the accident and letting her get arrested? Its so wrong that Liz doesn’t find out and stab her to death.

    I know Lila was wrong when she accused Nathan but did Mr. Cooper really think it was good idea for Nathan to be at that meeting? If it had been true there would have been hell to pay.

    Finally my favorite charactor has arrived. Margo. I love that crazy chick. She’s a psycho and you can see why she’s a psycho. If Jessica wants to be a psycho she needs to committ to it the way Margo does.

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  • Amanda August 24, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Great recap! I can’t wait until you get to margo!

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  • Kate August 25, 2009 at 9:40 am

    The new twins (floating at the top) look a lot more like the girls in the tv-show than the old twins did. I still say the girls on the tv show look like cheap porn stars.

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    Rhilly Reply:

    I totally agree, the twins on the show both have that slutty hooker look about them, like there both playing Jessica!

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  • Lindsay aka Daners Isadora August 25, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    Jessica is a dumb twat.

    I have to comment on how freaking fierce Lila looks on the cover, even as she runs from Whatshisname.

    Also, whatever, Bruce! You get all huffy about some chick people think is a slut, but didn’t you try to rape Liz like 50 years ago, or something? Yeah, get off your freaking high horse, you bastard.

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  • Christine August 26, 2009 at 2:09 am

    You’re so right about Bruce and his damn double standard…he can be a horndog, but god forbid a girl he’s interested in have sexual experience. Newsflash Brucey, if you go around systematically trying to “score” with every chick you see, you’re gonna run out of virgins in Sweet Valley, eventually! Ew, I grossed myself out. But seriously, it looks like he has a thing about going after inexperienced girls who are dazzled by his “charm”, then dumping them afterwards. So naturally he can’t stand the thought that someone might’ve gotten there before him, with Pamela. Ew, again. Man, it’s squicky trying to get inside Bruce’s head! Basically, I hate him… competitive, hypocritical asshole date-rapist!

    Are we really supposed to sympathize with Bruce’s “dilemma”? Pamela’s so much nicer than Bruce deserves. Or feel sorry for Jessica? Ha! Lila’s the only likeable one. I’m sorry for Liz – in an infuriated GROW A SPINE ALREADY! kind of way. *She* should’ve gone psycho on Jessica…we didn’t need Margo, really. If the ghostwriters only had the guts to make Liz a stronger character who fights back!

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  • Shannon August 26, 2009 at 8:32 am

    Christine, I agree on all counts. I hate Bruce so much. And Jessica. And Liz.
    I kind of wish Margo would kill them all.

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  • Katia November 25, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    I LOVE MARGO!!!! i wish she could kill them both..

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  • Meredith November 24, 2010 at 1:39 pm

    Well wouldn’t Liz have been arrested anyway? I mean it wouldn’t have mattered if her drink was spiked or not the thing is she did drive drunk and would have been arrested for it! I understand she was cleared of the manslaughter thing but why didn’t she at least get a DWI?

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  • Jessica Squits the Quad December 28, 2010 at 9:45 pm

    I can’t believe Elizabeth has premonitions about Margo. Yeah, whatever Liz!!! And since when are Olivia and Nicholas BFFs?

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  • Kate December 29, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Cannot believe they killed Sam, I really hoped thy would bring him back at some point. That is what should have happened in Sweet valley confidentail, not Jessica and Todd or Steven gay, give me a break. I think that Ned and Alice think they are good parents because they call their girls sweetheart, honey etc

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  • Andrea February 13, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Too many people are feeling sorry for Elizabeth but I do not. Sure, Jessica did pour the vodka in her drink so that she could win Jungle Prom Queen. That was low. But still, Liz should have known that she was feeling funny and not in a fit state to drive. Liz’s friends should have known that Liz was too drunk to drive. They should have driven Sam and Liz home. If that happened, none of this shit would have happened.

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  • Callie November 22, 2012 at 1:34 am

    I agree. Even if they found out Jess had spiked the drink Liz would still have gone to prison not only for DUI but also for manslaughter

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  • Callie November 22, 2012 at 1:36 am

    Margo definetly brought something to the books. This book was pretty dark overall with the whole Sam’s death and not to mention Margo killing a little girl. But there is such a timeline problem with this miniseries, by the end of it it’s Christmas and New Years even though all of this takes place after prom and they are still 16 year old high school juniors throughout the whole thing!

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  • Dane Youssef February 4, 2013 at 1:30 am

    “This made me hate Jessica forever. Blaming her sister for the accident and letting her get arrested? Its so wrong that Liz doesn’t find out and stab her to death.” –Lori

    She does worse than that, hon. Check out the very next book.

    “Elizabeth left the dance with Sam, Jessica remembered. How could her sister have done that to her? Because you got her drunk, stupid.” –Shannon

    Ah, I dunno if it was all the booze, Shannon. You know how the girls tend to gun for each others’ guys. Liz was caught up in the moment and jonesin’ for Sam.

    So Jessica responded by jonesin’ for–

    … TO BE CONTINUED IN THE NEXT ISSUE

    –See You In The Next Book, Dane Youssef

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  • Kylie90210 May 6, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Dark times for the Wakefields when even Steven can’t cheer them up. Although I guess for once he’s not being all depressing, so yay? Am I the only one who feels a little tiny bit bad for Jess? The fact that she was being horrible and spiked Liz’s punch is one thing, but she never expected to lose Sam over it, and the guilt she is feeling is probably totally overwhelming and mixed with heartbreak. Of course, it’s nothing compared to the guilt LIZ is feeling! And I would feel even worse for Jess if she hadn’t moved on sooo quickly… Okay I take it all back.

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  • Leslie July 20, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    See I actually like the new covers *please don’t throw things at me* Actually I want to stab Jessica throughout the series. I mean she’s always been bad but in a good way. Elizabeth has been super annoying and I can’t stand her but she didn’t deserve all the crap she got and Jessica I hate you.

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  • Krista November 2, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    I was always fascinated because it was clear to me that Jessica was directing all of her anger at herself at her sister. Which I guess was par for the course with Jessica throughout the series, but it seriously was disturbing to watch in this storyline.

    And wasn’t Todd angry with Liz because she left with Sam and he convinced himself something had been going on between them? Jackass.

    I liked the Lila B plot – it made Lila so human and it made it clear that George actually gave a crap about his daughter.

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  • Kristina Rodriguez December 13, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    I actually feel bad for Elizabeth. Jessica is a bitch for spiking Elizabeth’s drink and then blame her for Sam’s death. What a bitch!

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  • Jessica is Evil March 24, 2017 at 8:26 am

    I know it is only a series but only a true sociopath would act like that. It was also for something silly – ie the Crown. Jessica is a competitive evil person who will do anything to get what she wants.

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  • Jessica is Evil April 12, 2017 at 8:52 am

    “The twins are speaking to one another?” REALLY? Ned and Alice must be silently relieved that for once, Jessica manages to keep her gob shut for more than a few minutes. Perhaps that is why they always managed to work late. Poor Negligent Ned has to deal with clients all day and then he has to come home to a daughter who is always asking him for money for clothing – at least she is not always asking for purple sh*t like she did when she was a Unicorn. He must look at Jess and think to herself, “What did you p*ss my money away on now?” The Wakefield “parents” must be so glad that finally Jess has shut her trap. All she ever does is whine about chores, talk about lipstick, cheerleading and moan about how unfair life is to her.

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  • anon May 12, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    The one who played Elizabeth is sweet looking, and the Jessica one looks like she wants to steal your boyfriend.
    I always thought them very pretty.

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  • anon May 12, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    It would be great for Liz to fight back and never speak to Jessica again. The reason they make Liz such a doormat is so that she’ll continue a relationship with Jessica. The whole series wouldn’t work long term with twins that loathed each other.

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  • anon May 12, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    Pretty much. They made the character totally unredeemable for me. I hated Jessica after this whole story arc.

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  • This series is very odd August 13, 2017 at 10:53 am

    ^^^It was all for a stupid crown as well. Liz put all the work into making the prom happen, while JW as usual shirked her duties and made it seem as if Liz was the culpable one. What annoyed me the most was the fact that no one ever speculated that Liz’s drink night have been spiked. Liz has been such a great friend to most people at SVH and it is funny how no one even thinks to state that perhaps Liz’s drink was spiked because it is unlike Liz to drink alcohol.

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