Summary: In flashbacks, Hannah works hard to get Courtney as a friend again. Hannah goes to a dance and connects with Clay but she leaves after Courtney spreads awful rumours about her. Clay takes Courtney to Hannah's grave in an attempt to make Courtney accept her role in Hannah's death. Courtney leaves frustrated. Justin, Alex and others take Clay into a car and threaten him to stop doing what he's doing. Clay's mom begins working with the school on the lawsuit.
The Good: I really enjoyed Clay's storyline in this episode. In a lot of ways, his descent into depression has been much more fascinating to watch than Hannah's descent to suicide. Unlike with Hannah, we get to see Clay on his own, so we can understand how everything is having its toll on him. We get to see his feeling down and depressed so we can relate with the struggle he is going through. This is what we need for Hannah as well because it can make for some really compelling television.
The dance scenes were pretty good throughout. It was a nice little event that continued developing Clay and Hannah' relationship to really make us feel about what Clay lost when Hannah committed suicide. This episode was easily the most sad so far and it's scenes like these which made it that way. I really liked the way that Courtney spreading an awful rumour completely ruined another great moment for Hannah. These episodes seem to be patterned to have Hannah begin to have something only for her to lose it immediately after and I think the pattern largely works. I just want to see more of Hannah in between these patterns.
I thought the scenes at Hannah's grave were pretty good. It was nice to get a better idea of what Clay was doing by making justice. It wasn't to prove anything to anyone, but instead he has selfish motives of wanting others to pay for what they took from him. It's a really sad story and a mature one which impressed me. I didn't expect this show to start exploring morally gray area as well as it did in this episode. Tony talking with Clay was great too and finally allowed the characters to just sit and talk about how they are feeling. I want more scenes like this from the show with the other characters to give me a better understanding of them too.
Alex speeding and not stopping was pretty great. It continues to show that he has been very affected by the entire situation and seems to be slipping into suicidal tendencies himself. Now the question is if anyone is going to notice how far he is slipping.
The Bad: The same flaws persist with this episode. The dialogue is really terrible at times and Hannah isn't as compelling as we expect her to be because we don't get a good look of how she is dealing with the awful things that are happening to her.
One thing I really don't like about this show is how hateable everyone is. I like a few characters, but so many characters seem like downright awful people and that is pretty annoying. For this show to work, I need to understand these characters and be able to sympathize with them more than I actually do.
The idea that Hannah tried to get a limo was dumb. I don't care what the situation is, I don't think any teenager actually tries that.
I don't see how Justin having Alex drive a car fast is supposed to intimidate Clay. Everybody is in the car and he won't get in trouble I they are pulled over. How was that intimidating? And if they crash, everybody is screwed so I doubt they would do that. It was dumb and more frustrating because we still didn't get a concrete answer on why everyone hates Clay so much. Can they not just talk to him about things to try to make him understand instead of just threatening him?
The Unknown: The principal mentioned losing 2 students. Who was the second? We were introduced to Jeff in the flashbacks but he is nowhere to be found in the present. Could he have died somehow as well?
Apparently Hannah lied about Jessica's party. Is that true? What did she li about? Why would she lie? As I've mentioned before, I think it's a dumb idea to have Hannah lie so I hope the show handles the situation intelligently.
How will Clay's mother working on the case with the school affect him? Will it create more reasons for him to talk about Hannah or the opposite?
Best Moment: Clay talking with Tony was pretty powerful television.
Character of the Episode: Clay for finally starting o captivate me.
Conclusion: This was a good episode which delivered the most powerful stuff in the show so far. The show is still flawed but it seems like it may be starting to improve now which is a great sign.
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