HUGE Episode 8 “Birthdays” Review

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HUGE takes a surprising turn of events in the episode “Birthdays”. It starts off innocently enough with Chloe and Alistair celebrating their birthday. Chloe plans a party, complete with stolen alcohol found under Poppy’s bed. But Amber becomes ill from drinking and returns to the cabin, where Will of all people helps her and advises her to be careful with George. Because of this, Will doesn’t meet Becca as planned for a rousing game of runes. At the party, a game of truth-or-dare goes wrong when Piz is dared to kiss Alistair. Alistair’s tearful expression is so sad, when he realizes that it’s all a joke, under the apparent auspices of Chloe. In true Alistair fashion though, he forgives everybody, especially Trent who he has a crush on.

Dr. Rand and Wayne are officially dating now. She reveals to him that she is in a 12-step program for food addiction. He offers to go with her to a meeting after which they kiss. Dr. Rand has never looked happier and more relaxed. But wait; this is the shocking part. Jonathan, the director from the tennis camp next door, is back. He sends Dr. Rand a couple of texts and they end up in the back of a car, having sex. What?! Remember he’s married.

George, who inexplicably allows the secret make-out sessions with Amber to continue, runs into Dr. Rand returning from her tryst. She waxes poetic about being responsible for who we want to be; so George decides to return to camp, leaving Amber waiting for him. Thankfully he is attempting to put an end to the relationship.

Nobody is acting like themselves in tonight’s Huge. The usually bottled-up and emotionally inaccessible Dr. Rand goes around kissing two men. One is really nice; the other not so much. I always find it funny how confused Dr. Rand gets when Wayne spouts off his random bits of wisdom. And I definitely did not think that we would be seeing Jonathan again. I’m hopeful though, because this storyline will enliven the show and provide more tension in the plot.

In terms of stories, I wonder why Becca’s background has not been explored more. I find her (and Alistair) to be the most enjoyable and interesting of the bunch. We know that Becca has a quirky, bookish personality and a love for make-believe worlds and runes. But aside from the LARP episode, her role on Huge consists of being ignored, forgotten, and generally stepped all over, specifically by Will who never disappoints. It is really a waste of the Becca character.

Anyways to continue our look at the attitude changes in this episode, Chloe actually becomes protective of her brother in a moment of anger; though admittedly she returns to sounding like a selfish, spoiled brat again. Trent, who has always been rather bossy and arrogant, is super nice and considerate to Alistair. And finally, it was a completely different feeling to see Will and Amber getting along.

The main point of all this is that there are two (or more) sides to everyone, and that you can only rely on yourself to be the person that you want to be; because others could end up being hypocritical, secretive, oblivious, or just not completely honest (intentionally or unintentionally).

What did you think of tonight’s episode of Huge episode 8 “Birthdays”? Leave a comment below with your thoughts.