Woooow. Now this was an episode. This kind of ep is the reason I wanted to recap this show. I was worried about its 1.5-hour length, but it’s action-packed.
Alex is just about to start her senior year. She’s got a job at Mickey D’s and a job teaching dance. She’s articulate and fairly even-tempered, and she walks to work a mile both ways (really) on 37-weeks-pregnant cankle-legs without complaining.
And then she’s got this.
Matt apparently has a drug problem. I’m having trouble figuring out what his drug of choice is. For one thing, I don’t recognize the drugs kids do these days, and if I were to use the references I’ve gathered from the past 20 years… see, I want to put this gig on my resume… so, yeah, I haven’t really gathered any references. But this particular drug problem is pretty obvious.
Alex’s mom is a hardass. She set Alex up with birth control a year or so ago, and she also said there would be no babies in her house. So Alex gets the choice of adoption or moving out and supporting herself on her part-time wages. She actually gets some good options presented to her, including parents of a friend of hers who want to adopt her kid – they say they’ve been wanting a new baby for awhile. And they happen to have a neighbor who has a free room. But this is no sitcom and things don’t work out so neatly.
Did I mention Matt is a complete loser? I think I should specify this because there have been some productive and useful secret junkies throughout history. He is not one of them. He blows off Alex and the baby when she needs to go to work – which sets her up for a possible job loss on top of everything else. Apparently Alex’s mom needs to keep her dinner date here, so she doesn’t step in. At that point I wonder how far a parent needs to go in proving something when they’ve essentially failed, despite their best efforts, in teaching the don’t-get-pregnant lesson, and life is about to teach their young child-mom more than they could ever hope to. I hope it was a damn good dinner.
The cast of characters also includes a crap-happy rabbit and a giant white poodle. There are baby feet, and there is projectile vomiting over a carseat edge. I am seriously impressed.