December 19, 2009
SVH #19, Showdown: The Role of Jack Will Be Played By Crazy McLoony
Summary: Lila’s in looooove with a guy named Jack who acts all squirrelly and claims to be rich but lives poor because of a family falling-out. Jessica wants Jack, so she gets him to date her during the week while he dates Lila on the weekends. Turns out he’s just a Nutter Butter (TM Molly Clock) who cracked after his whole family died and later robbed a girlfriend at knifepoint. Elizabeth and Nicholas save Jessica, who’s about to be killed by Jack after finding his stash of drugs (oh, yeah, he’s also a druggie), and they all live happily ever after.
Except possibly George and Enid, who are taking a ride in his plane even though Elizabeth has just discovered that George is having an affair with Robin. So there’s an actual cliffhanger. There’s also a dumb sub-sub-B plot about Penny Ayala’s sister Tina being a really good photographer but not wanting anyone to know. It only serves as a means of Elizabeth discovering (through a photo) Robin and George’s relationship.
Thoughts: I love how Jessica gets all ticked off that Jack is dating both her and Lila – even though she knew that would be the situation when she first tried to get together with him – but she has no problem with secretly dating her friend’s boyfriend. I’m no longer surprised by what Jessica thinks passes for logic or loyalty.
Here’s another exchange that tells us everything we need to know about Jessica – Elizabeth: “[Lila's] your friend, and she met [Jack] first.” Jessica: “And I’ll meet him next.” Why are people still friends with this girl? Is there anyone she hasn’t stabbed in the back (yet)?
Also, Jessica can make herself cry. Again, I’m not surprised.
Apparently in Sweet Valley, if you hug for a long time, it means you’re dating. Good to keep in mind.