by Amy K. Bredemeyer
What was that purple and black top Mel was wearing in the first scene?? Blech. Aside from that fashion disaster, there was very little of note this episode. We have Mel dating the father of Lennox's ex-boyfriend, but only until it becomes non-taboo. How many times have we seen this, both on television and in real life? Something is only fun until there's no danger of getting caught. I'm reminded of the legacy of the Westcott Fountain at Florida State University, my alma mater. It's traditional to be thrown in on your birthday, though it's against the law. Years ago, the University repealed the rule because so many students were doing it. Well, people stopped doing it until punishment was imminent once more, and it was still the rage when I did it in 2004. Sadly, I'm even more disappointed in the Joe-Ryder storyline, as that one has ALSO been beaten to death already. So much so that I named four other sitcoms that do something similar just off the top of my head! I'm going to need Melissa & Joey to do better.
Melissa & Joey "Pretty Big Liars" (S02E10): Lennox and Haskell were supposed to meet up for yogurt but she caught him making out with another girl, so Lennox demands that nobody she know talk to anyone in Haskell's family. [you know, like all upset high schoolers do.] This is an immediate problem for Mel, who runs into Haskell's father at the coffeeshop. Mel tries being honest with Lennox about dating the man, and when Lennox flips she intends to cancel the date... until he kisses her and they decide to continue seeing one another clandestinely. [of course. because immaturity trumps.] Stephanie learns about it first, then Joe, who is tasked with keeping Lennox from finding out when she comes home while the couple is upstairs. [eh, while it was funny, I feel like it could have been hilarious.] Lennox hears a rumor that they're together and confronts Mel, who tries to talk her way out of it, almost succeeding. Of course, after that, the relationship fizzles as the duo have nothing to talk about. [booooorrrring!]
And, we can't forget the end scene with Lennox pretending to be Mel at a lunch with a 106-year-old constituent, who sees right through the ploy.