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Privileged Recap: Episode 12, "All About the Ripple Effect"

Privileged Rundown: Episode 12, "All About the Ripple Effect"

On this week's Privileged, Megan's family situation gets a little more complicated when her mom swings into town for the first time in, oh, 17 years. That dredges up a whole host of other issues, including some conflict between Will and Charlie. Meanwhile, the twins are cute and flirty and provide some levity in an otherwise pretty heavy episode. To see some of my thoughts and add your own, just


  • First of all, it must be said: not my favorite episode of Privileged. There was just so much going on, and a lot of it was unexplained, especially about Megan's mom's behavior. Why didn't she insist on apologizing for being absent for 3/4 of Megan's life? Why does Megan's dad feel so strongly about her forgiving Shelby when it's not like the two of them had a wonderful marriage? It kind of made my head spin.
  • That said, it does really shake up Megan's little independent bubble when she has to deal with her family. She knows what she wants most of the time in her career, and at least some of the time in her love life, but around her family, she's a total mess.
  • The owner of the salon where Lily works makes me laugh so much, first saying "aw, look at you, three steps behind" when telling Megan that Lily got married, then describing Lily's wedding hairstyle as: "I gave her a bouffant. Lawd, it wasn't teased — it was terrified."
  • Also? So wanted to see those photos of the bouffant.
  • While Megan's waist-deep in family drama, Sage is still torture-flirting with Luis (and occasionally causing him to shout loudly in Spanish), so Rose decides to take matters into her own hands and seduce him to make Sage jealous and get her to admit her crush. She's adorable when she gets all rhapsodic over a pot of boiling water.
  • Sage retaliates by inviting over Rose's little crush, a chemistry nerd who plays the French horn and is apparently really into The Notebook (Sage: "OK, maybe don't share that with everyone"). I have to say I'm a little muddled on why Sage did this whole thing with Zachary. To distract Rose from her little plan to make Sage jealous? Too much scheming! Can't keep track!
  • I love that the reference Will gives for his dad's new magazine is George, the political insider magazine started by JFK Jr. "Hey, remember this moderately successful and totally niche-y magazine from the late '90s?" I wonder how many people reacted a la Rose and "I Will Survive": "I don't know what that means!"
  • Also, what did Megan do in that interview with the tobacco heiress that was so offensive?
  • So Megan flips out at her mom — "you gave up the right to call either one of us 'daughter' when you walked out" — and I dunno, but I guess I wanted to see more of that. More explosions, less shopping?
  • Meanwhile, Will's annoyed because he doesn't understand Megan's family and Megan isn't doing anything to make him get it. So Charlie steps in, and that leads to this whole bitter battle between the two of them, which includes Charlie dressing down Will this way: "You probably didn't even think it, cause you're kind of cocky, but you do have a problem. It's you." Yikes. Did you side with one guy more than the other in this scene?
  • And what about Mandy? Do you think you'd be jealous (or have you been) if your boyfriend were friends with a girl the way that Charlie is friends with Megan?
  • The conversation between Sage and Rose at the end made me smile. "Being adorable comes easy for you. It's a gift, Rose. Cherish it."

So, Shelby's sticking around, Ripple magazine may be a go, and Sage totally likes Luis. What did you all think of this one?

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claudinemurphy claudinemurphy 8 years
All i have to say is those Franco brothers sure are blessed.
Allyace Allyace 8 years
Rose is so adorable.
missbrooke09 missbrooke09 8 years
Definitely not my favorite episode either. Okay, so I kind of love Rose. She's so adorably naive. Something about her is so endearing to me. And I'm really starting to like Sage too. I didn't care for her at first, but I'm starting to warm up to her. The salon owner guy will forever been known as Beverley Leslie to me.
emms emms 8 years
Also, I thought the CUTEST line was Charlie when Mandy and him were arguing over the burnt toast. She puts it up to his face and he says, "Please don't make me eat that!" Ah, if you go back and watch just that bit, the way he says it is ridiculous. Right after, Mandy jumps up and sits on the counter and her too-long hair literally goes into the toaster for a second. I secretly wanted it to catch fire. Is that wrong?
emms emms 8 years
I didn't like this episode either, Buzz. I don't really care for the story lines about Megan's estranged family. But, I totally understand and agree that Megan was talking more to Charlie about her family than with Will. They just started dating...and then a day or two later had a bunch of drama and got "serious". She would be nuts to instantly begin using him as a crutch for such serious family issues- and thankfully she knew this and didn't want to bother him. Stupidly, Will says he wants her to share more. I'm sure any of the guys watching were yelling at the screen: "Dude, if she wants to go talk about her family drama with someone else instead of you while you PRETEND to listen- LET HER!!!"
ekadamek ekadamek 8 years
FAVORITE PART OF THE EPISODE: Rami & Sage scheming together. I loved that Rami got really into it with code names and everything! Too funny!
popcorn19 popcorn19 8 years
LOVED the "being adorable" ending. I can totally relate, too. Admittedly, most of my friends can get guys within seconds of entering a bar and I'm always the awkward/gawky one standing in the corner. Yeah, I'm pretty awesome (I like to think- haha), but attempting "cute" makes me come off as a spastic wannabe who will never go far in life. I feel your pain, Sage!
ccwhite ccwhite 8 years
This episode tugged at my heartstrings. My boyfriend reminds me of Charlie, so I am partial to him. I really don't like Mandy though - she just gets on my nerves. Either she's too independent and giving unsolicited advice or she's acting all helpless and wanting to move in with Charlie. I totally understand Megan's situation with her mom - completely looney tunes! I warmed up to Will by the end of the episode, but I still think she's meant to be with Charlie. I loved Rose trying to get Sage to admit that she likes Luis. I almost cried when when Luis was 'fired' because Sage looked so sad but she was trying to brush it off like it was nothing. It's all very 'Pride & Prejudice' with class wars, but with teenagers it's a little less dramatic. I felt like Megan's dad was being completely unfair to her and I don't expect Megan to easily forgive her mom after what she did to her. It's obvious though that either her mother is unaware of what she's done or she's trying to brush it off. I also worry about Lily and her loser husband, hopefully she comes back next week.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's funny - i was a lot more into the show at the beginning of the season and i feel like now i don't always follow what's going on because they just have so many different story lines - but oh well..what can you do right?
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Thanks for the great recap, Buzz. Love the "being adorable" quote.
amloveaffair amloveaffair 8 years
Okay so I am so excited you're doing a 'rundown' for Privileged!!! I don't really have much to say except that I don't really like Will. There's just something about him that's so off-putting. But he's hott!
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