The Neighbors unknowingly made me have rather painful flashbacks during the episode “Dream Weavers.” I think most of America will agree with me that high school dances aren’t the best things in the world. In fact, that’s an understatement–high school dances are one of the WORST things in the world. If you loved your high school dance, either you were one of the lucky few who did find your soulmate (like Debbie and Marty) or, perhaps, you were one of the “Popular Kids.” Congratulations on being one of the Chosen Ones.
As you can probably tell, I’m a little bitter about high school, so being shown a high school dance wasn’t the best for my fragile young adult psyche. But, there was one thing I took away from the show that I loved a lot–Amber getting served a heaping helping of love-laced regret and a bucket of ice-cold reality.
Actually, there was a lot about the show I liked, not just Amber getting royally served by life. It was a fun look at the twisty-turny world of both adult and teenage romance. It was also a breakout episode for Reggie, who got to show a lot more of his personality this go-round. His arc through the episode was almost too relatable for me, especially when Reggie got his heart handed back to him in pieces. I think we’ve all been there in one way or another. But it was great to see Reggie get back up and have a proper date with Giselle, the odd girl with a turtle. What she said about being best friends with “a green creature that spends most of its time hiding in its shell” really broke through to Reggie, and, hopefully, this is the start of a great relationship. Meanwhile, Amber is going to have to deal with the consequences of dating Jeremy only for status, realizing later on that she might have made a horrible mistake.
On the adult side of things, it was neat to see the Bird-Kersees get into the Jon Hughes spirit of things. This whole episode had a good Hughes vibe to it anyway, so, of course, it had to end with a flashy car and an ’80s-style tuxedo. Finding out Marty was a jerk in high school was also an interesting revelation, but I’m glad that storyline was handled in an adult fashion–the person you end up marrying hasn’t always been perfect. It’s best to remember the person you fell in love with, not focus on the person they were in the past, if that makes sense. I’m no relationship counselor, but that’s just how I see it.
Even though the episode was about “soulmates,” per se, it really undercut the idea of soulmates at the same time. Sure, it’s true that some might be able to find true love in high school, or, if you’re Zabvronian, by being born with the innate ability to understand the universal truth of how your life will unfold. However, the point was made that for most of society, you never really know who your mate is going to be. You just have to go with the flow, as it were, and wait until life reveals that person to you.
I can’t wait to see what is going to happen now with the Amber-Jeremy-Giselle-Reggie rectangle that’s being formed. Let’s see how long Amber loves being popular.