Apologies, my lovelies, for running a bit late on this one. I fear the drama was so heavy in this episode that the recap took a little more time than I thought. So let’s get started, shall we?
My apologies for being remiss in my Make It or Break It recapping duties. The past few episodes have been kind of meh. But have no fear. 3×05 is pure gold. Such gold, in fact, it has inspired a very special recap.
WARNING FOR MILD HUNGER GAMES SPOILERS
I kind of like my title better. Lacking in creativity, I grant, but at least it’s not named after an Olsen twins film.
For some reason, I find this show infinitely more watchable this season. I didn’t say good, mind you. I said watchable. I was mulling over possible reasons for it, and here’s what I got so far:
- Bigger budget. I’m not sure if you could call this show a hit, but I guess it performed well enough for ABC Fam to throw more money at it (some weirdos *cough* might have bought the DVDs, too). Whatever the reason, the sets no longer look like leftovers from an 80s after school special (can’t say the same for the writing, sadly) and the stunt work has vastly improved. Remember the pilot, when Emily threw some cowboyed flexed-footed vault that hadn’t been competitive since the early 80s? Now the stunt doubles (which still look nothing like the actresses, but baby steps) are throwing skills that actually are believable. We’ve come a long way, baby.
- Less of the boring adults. They seem to have done a nu-90210 this season and scaled back dramatically on the adults, with most of the focus on the teens. Because let’s be real, who watches a teen show for the parents? (Queen Chloe, however, is exempted from this point. I miss you, Chloe. But not enough to want Emily back).
- Less soap, more sports. I may be speaking too soon, but so far, this season actually seems to be about gymnastics (which is not to say that the athletes don’t still seem to have inordinate amounts of free time to chase after boys and pull pranks, but let’s not split hairs here). They actually seem to do other things at the gym than stand around the chalk bin and gossip, so it’s progress!
- No Emily. Because I never miss a chance to shade Emily.
So let’s get this party started. Continue reading
Oh man and here I was thinking I would never recap this show again. But Season 3 is off to a glorious start and I am sucked right back into the rabbit hole. No, really. This episode had a BUNNY! WOOK AT THE BUNNY!
As always, this show is completely ridiculous and lacking in all realism or credibility, but that’s OK, because let’s be honest–we are not here for that. Continue reading
I find that the movie Mean Girls is actually an extremely comprehensive guide to life, not just high school. Its wisdom can really apply to about anything. In fact, I find I can summarize this entire episode solely in Mean Girls macros.
OK, just a quick and dirty one because I have gotten so far behind on this show.
Sorry for the delay, guys. Lots of stuff going on offline in the past week, plus I was distracted by actual Nationals. Woo hoo! OK so anyway, I bring you “All’s Fair in Love, War, and Gymnastics:” A Screencap Recap!
Previously, on Make it or Break It: Sasha kicks Emily out of the gym after her stunt at the Invitational. Fans of good technique and good acting cheer, but sadly, it doesn’t last. Much creepy Daddy issue sexual tension later, Emily’s back on the team. Meanwhile, Lauren ups the creepy quotient in her Carter stalking and I’m starting to wonder which one is more pyscho here. Oh, and we get more Emily/Damon flirting to the extent that even non-shippers wish they’d just shut up and bang already. Maybe Emily will grow some boobs then.
Previously, on Make It or Break It: Creepy Carter makes up with Kaylie after totally boning Lauren, but Lauren, interested in preserving her friendship with sweet Kaylie, doesn’t want her to find out. The girls experience a bonding moment whilst cleaning mats at the Rock. Sasha propositions Payson’s Mom… to be the new gym manager, you perverts. Meanwhile, Chloe Kmetko subs for Emily at the Pizza Shack and tells Damon that Emily’s Never Been Kissed. I am mad that this show keeps reminding me of things I’d rather be watching. \~/
So what’s in store for us this week? Fun, fashion, and awkward sex talk aplenty!
Oh, Make It or Break It. After the ever-so-brief glimpse of good last week, it’s reassuring to see you back to your cheesy, cringeworthy, completely removed from reality self. If you kept being good, I think my entire equilibrium would be thrown out of whack. It’s like if Old Faithful stopped erupting or something.
Previously, on Make It or Break It: Sasha Belov comes to the gym and everyone’s going to eat, sleep, breathe gymnastics till Nationals. You girls will have no life, so none of those boys and sexin’, you hear? Kaylie and Payson have declared war on Evil Lauren, while Emily works her Sue-Fu on yet another unsuspecting victim, a dude named Damon. Kaylie gets wasted off cheap beer at a party, where Creepy Carter finds her and throws a fit. Meanwhile, Lauren accuses Summer, her Dad’s Jesus-loving secretary/girlfriend, of being a gold digger. Since Lauren clearly craves the attention of dodgy men, she gives it up to Creepy Carter and then steals his phone.
That’s right, kids… tonight we’re seeing a Very Special Episode of Make It or Break It. We’re kickin’ it ’80s style tonight, in what feels like a cross between the original Degrassi Junior High and the Breakfast Club. \~/ \~/
Oh yes, we’ve got a drinking game now. Check out the rules here.
Previously, on Make It Or Break It: Lauren catches her Dad making out with DJ Tanner and flips out. Emily and Pizza Boy banter about her Secret Life (no relation to the show); meanwhile, she and Kaylie’s brother Leo share a moment of hand porn. Do I sense a ~luv~ triangle coming on? Creepy Carter is possessive over Kaylie, who finds it difficult to make time for him with her busy schedule and the whole, you know, no dating thing. The ‘rents worry over the Rock being coachless and Houston wants Payson. Kaylie and Lauren catfight over Creepy Carter.
What happens next? Find out after the jump!