Sweet Valley High #135: Lila’s New Flame
The Big Deal: A big fire
Lila is heartbroken because Bo has broken up with her. It was too hard to maintain such a long distance relationship. Lila takes all his love letters and burns them in the fireplace. She falls asleep, and when she wakes up the house is on fire. She tries to escape, but passes out instead. Meanwhile, the twins are at home preparing a big welcome for Steve, who’s coming home for a semester while he interns at the D.A.’s office. He’s also all heartbroken because Billie broke up with him for not including her in his decision to go to Sweet Valley. Whatever.
Somebody calls the Wakefields to tell them Lila’s in the hospital and her parents can’t be reached. At the hospital, Lila says her parents are vacationing on a remote island that doesn’t even have a phone. Yeah, they just needed a break. They’re such great parents. Steve goes off to his first day of work the next day and is shocked when the D.A. tells him the Fowler fire was arson and Lila is the prime suspect.
When Lila gets out of the hospital, she insists on sleeping in the pool house, turning down Jessica’s offer of a place to stay. Jessica is worried that the arsonist will come back for Lila, so she asks for Steve’s help. Steve goes over to Fowler Crest and tells Lila he’s investigating the case and is going to find out who did it. After Lila explains that she was burning Bo’s letters, she and Steve bond over their recent breakups. Suddenly, they each notice how attractive the other is. Steve goes back to the D.A. and says he really doesn’t think Lila’s guilty, but then gets all shocked and confused when the D.A. says they found an empty gas can in Lila’s car. Umm. If I had a gas can, that’s where I’d keep it, right? That way, if I run out of gas, I can take my gas can and walk to a gas station. Right?
Steve calls Lila to tell her about this new development and she insists on taking him out to dinner. This causes like five pages of Liz worrying because Steve told her he’d watch a movie with her and Todd. Shut up, Liz. Lila dismisses the gas can thing immediately, saying the chauffeur probably left it there. Steve worries through the entire dinner about his feelings for Lila. As they’re leaving the restaurant, Steve is horrified when Lila takes a book of matches as a souvenir. Now he thinks she might be a pyromaniac. Lila comes over to the house one night and Steve starts yelling at her to tell the truth about the fire. She gets pissed and starts to walk out the door, but they somehow end up making out. Jessica and Liz see them and are totally scandalized.
While all this is going on, there’s some sixteen-year-old guy named Devon Whitelaw coming to town. He’s lived in Connecticut his whole life with his rich parents, but they died recently in a car crash. Don’t worry, Devon’s not too broken up about it because they were very Fowlery and weren’t around very much. Devon has to find a guardian if he wants his multi-million dollar inheritance. He’s always hated his life in Connecticut, so he decides to head out west. He stops at an aunt and uncle’s house in Ohio and they offer him a home, but it becomes clear to Devon that they’re really after his money. He leaves Ohio to go try out an uncle in Las Vegas.
“We could invite everyone and have a live band, like the Droids.”
What do you mean “like” the Droids? Are there any other bands in town?
Sweet Valley’s main hospital was named after Lila’s great-uncle, so Lila was sure to get special treatment.
I didn’t think Lila had any great-uncles worth naming a hospital after.
“Oh, it’s just a little souvenir,” Lila responded lightly. “I always take matches from restaurants.”
Steven absorbed the information with alarm. Lila loved candlelight, and she collected matches…Is she a pyromaniac? Steven wondered.
Steven is an idiot. This thought process amazes me.
The Cover: This cover is horrible. Jessica looks less like she’s upset and more like she’s choking. Steve looks like he’s asleep. Even when he’s a real person, he looks like a robot. I hate Lila’s outfit.
Tags: Very Special Episode