I have never
… betrayed a friend
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Compared to Devi’s cheat arc at the start of the season, this particular mess she got herself into is a lot more believable. We all have at some point the experience of saying something malicious about someone who ends up coming back and biting our buttocks, especially in high school, where students love nothing more than chatting and talking to each other. throw under the bus.
Devi is doing her best to confuse everyone by insisting that she lead the school administration‘s efforts to track down the individual who started the rumor (which turned out to be factual) that Aneesa has a mental disorder. food. At first, she insists that working backwards by asking each student where they heard the rumor from is a bad idea, despite everyone’s objections, as she knew all roads would lead her back to her. Aneesa, skeptically, follows the example of her new friend. When things aren’t going anywhere, Fabiola and Eleanor jump on the case and insist they work backwards, which is the most logical thing to do.
As his friends get closer and closer to the culprit, Devi’s anxiety skyrockets. Finally, they interview Shira and her best friend, the two people to whom Devi had originally commented “Aneesa is anorexic”. To his surprise, neither of them remember where they heard the comments from. For once, Devi being incredibly forgettable has worked in his favor. The school principal tells the two girls that they are kicked out of the winter dance committee, and Devi has completely evaded any consequence for her actions, or so you might think.
Devi’s guilt eats away at her as she watches Aneesa sink deeper into a depression. Finally, during a slumber party with his three friends, Devi admits to having started the rumor. As a result, Aneesa informs the school principal, who informs Devi that she is suspended. Devi turns to her mother and begs her to do something, to which Nalini tells her that her actions have consequences. As she leaves school, she begs Aneesa to speak to the principal, but Aneesa criticizes her for being selfish, treating her worse than the girls at the private school from which she left school.
Devi is like pretty much every other main character on a sitcom with a cynical lead character: reckless, destructive, sometimes even downright cruel. The thing that differentiates I have never of these emissions is that Devi isn’t able to get away with using charm and charisma because, frankly, she doesn’t have either of those things. When she demands to know why she was hung up when the other two girls were slapped on the wrist, her manager explains to her: for that.
Unlike the aforementioned cynical sitcom protagonists, Devi doesn’t have that friend who insists she’s right and sits on her side on everything; her friends and family don’t support her and come up with a crazy plan to help her find an easy way out. Everyone around her firmly reiterates that she is at fault and must find a way to apologize to Aneesa. It’s refreshing and even a little endearing. For once, a protagonist feels the full weight of the repercussions.
Story B focuses on the development of Nalini’s upcoming romantic relationship with rival dermatologist Dr. Chris Jackson. Initially pompous and distant towards him, she begins to soften up when, at a retirement party for a former mentor, they bond over being single parents. Nalini tells him how she fought after losing Mohan, and he tells her how difficult it was to bond with his son after his wife left him. She begins to look at him differently, her annoyance slowly replaced by tenderness and warmth.
Kamala’s story this season, just like her Indian accent, feels forced at times. That being said, it’s a topic that TV shows rarely explore, and I have never deserves credit for its continued foray into atypical subjects. Kamala continues to fight for her doctorate. clinical laboratory rotation. Much to her enthusiasm, her supervisor tells her that she bought time with Dr. Peters, the scientist who oversees their department and the revolutionary STEM cell doctor who inspired her to pursue a doctorate. Soon after, she discovers that it was a red herring to distract her from the fact that her name was omitted from their science journal, despite having done most of the work behind the thesis. When she talks to Dr. Peters, she asks him what to do. He curtly tells her that he does not get involved in the politics of the lab before embarking on a long rant about his career.
Nalini’s story is really the only silver lining in this otherwise dark episode. We don’t often see single mothers exploring their sexuality on TV without guilt, let alone an Indian woman. Nalini’s character continues to be among the strongest in the series: she is allowed to grieve while seeking the company of someone who understands her experiences. I can’t wait to see where this relationship goes – and how Devi will react when she finds out.