In the penultimate episode of the first season, Victor returns home after a weekend away in New York, learning from Simon and his friends about the gay scene in the Big Apple. Victor instantly wants to confined in his best friend, Felix, who, as expected, acts like the perfect friend and is completely supportive, even a little emotional, about it.
This is the perfect way to get ready for the series’s finale, which is all about Victor accepting who he is and telling those around him. However, this isn’t going to be easy.
For one, he has to tell his girlfriend, Mia, why he’s just not into her and as expected in a teenage high school drama series, it doesn’t all go according to plan. And he also still has issues to resolve with Benji, who is trying to avoid Victor following their kiss a couple of episodes ago.
Simon tells Victor that there is no easy fix to coming out, and just like a gay bandaid, it needs to be ripped off to get it over with, because any issues will still remain, regardless of how he tries to soften the blow.
A few other subplots are going on throughout the episode, such as Felix and Lake’s relationship stumbling because of Lake’s insecurities, which are further explained in this episode, leading to Felix finally stepping up and expressing his feelings, when Lake refuses to go to the high school dance with him. It couldn’t be an American high school drama without a dance to get all the students worked up.
Victor’s parents are also struggling to deal with the issues between them, with Victor finally snapping and telling them to sort it out.
With this being the penultimate episode, it’s all about setting up the finale, pulling together all the threads from the past 8 episodes and getting us ready for the big high school dance, even if it’s so clichéd that it’s hard to be that excited about it. However, once I finished this episode, I instantly wanted to watch the next. Sadly, we’ve got another week to wait!
Episode 9 is one of the best so far, because it’s finally picking up some pace after the mid-season episodes felt like they were just plodding along, but now things have and delivering what I wanted this show to be about. The inner conflict within Victor and now showing how he is dealing with coming out. It’s a great series for every teenager to watch and learn about acceptance, and this series will undoubtedly help many kids deal with their own sexuality.
Rating 4 out of 5.