Sweet Valley High Senior Year #26: Too Late
The Moral of the Story: If you break your knee, you could become a delusional mess.
Jade is totally freaking out about her jackass father’s promise to sue for custody, and the only way she can deal with it is by going to the Riot to dance it out. Some middle aged drunk guy starts hitting on her in a really creepy way, and Evan comes along and makes him back off. He and Jade don’t know each other well, but Evan can tell she’s upset and he offers to listen. She tells him all about her dad’s jackassery, thinking all the while how dreamy Evan is.
Jeremy and Jessica are fighting all the time. Jessica tells Jeremy a story about the cheerleading coach not letting Annie compete because she missed three games, and she can’t believe it when Jeremy doesn’t agree that the rule is totally unfair. Then Jeremy likes the movie they go see and Jessica doesn’t, and she somehow takes it personally when he tells her why he liked it. This is pretty standard Jessica, creating drama out of thin air. The two of them finally realize they’ve just been trying too hard and overthinking everything, and they settle down to play some video games at the arcade where they had their first date.
Will goes back to school for the first time since he got hurt. The first thing he sees is Ken and Melissa making out at Melissa’s locker. He turns around on his crutches and starts hobbling away, envisioning how awesome it’s going to be when he’s the star quarterback again. Will is kind of freaking me out because I’m pretty sure he’s delusional. He never stops thinking about how much he hates Ken for “stealing his life.” Will, Ken did not break your fucking knee, okay? Melissa tries to talk to him and say she wants to be friends, but he doesn’t want anything to do with her.
Evan suggests Jade talk to Jessica’s dad because he’s a lawyer of some kind and he might be able to offer some free advice about Jade’s father. Ned isn’t all that helpful and really just scares Jade more when he says it’s quite possible the judge would side with Mr. Wu. Way to go, Ned. Thanks for your help.
Melissa has got it in her head that she needs to “test” Ken’s feelings for Maria. She makes him take her to First and Ten, where Maria works, so she can watch his reaction when he sees her. Ken is uncomfortable the whole time, but I guess he’s passed Melissa’s test. For now, anyway. Her next test is to have him take her to House of Java, I guess just to see if he’ll do it. Jessica is pissed that Ken would bring her mortal enemy to her workplace, because only people Jessica likes are allowed to have coffee. Melissa goes to the bathroom and Jessica tells Ken it wasn’t cool of him to bring Melissa there and it was also not cool of him to make out with Melissa right in front of Will. Ken, whose thought process doesn’t usually get beyond “food, football, football, football, food, football” has of course not thought about any of this, but now he’s wondering if Melissa is really right for him.
Jade’s father calls the school and tells the school social worker that Ms. Wu is a terrible mother and he wants to set up a meeting with her and Jade. At the meeting, he starts going on about how Jade’s mother is never home because she’s always working. Hey, asshole, maybe if you’d pay some child support, she could stay home every now and then. Jade’s mom makes a lot of good points about how terrible it would be to uproot Jade and move her to Oregon in the middle of her senior year, and Jade makes it clear she and her mother have a great relationship. Suddenly, Mr. Wu sees the error of his ways and apologizes for making hasty assumptions based on such a small glimpse into the female Wus’ lives. He says he won’t sue for custody and he wants to visit more. And then the room exploded in a puff of rainbows and cotton candy. What the hell?
Will is working his ass off in physical therapy, but the physical therapist tells him he’s doing too much and his knee is inflamed. Will says not to worry, he’ll be back on the football field in no time. Dr. Goldstein looks at him pityingly and tells him his knee is never going to be strong enough to play football again. Will’s surgeon actually did tell him this, but I guess Will thought the guy was lying or something. When the physical therapist tells him it’s absolutely never ever ever going to happen, Will limps away on his crutches, visions of Ken Matthews dancing in his head.
As far as everybody in his life knew, he was getting better every day. He’d get back on top no matter what. And then he’d make Ken and Melissa face up to what they’d done.
Oh, for goodness’ sake. They didn’t do anything. Will knew Melissa was a bitch when he tried to break up with her before, and it doesn’t take much to realize Ken hasn’t had a complex thought in years. He’s certainly not smart enough to steal someone’s life on purpose.
Tags: Daddy Issues