Since no one else has mentioned this, I guess I’ll start.
I always thought this show was kinda dumb, but it had enough “scandal of the week” potential to sucker me in every week. Except for last night. It was played up as whats-her-name’s debut episode, but the writers must have been phoning it in, since the plot was nothing more than three jumbled, tiresome, overdone cliches:
[ul][li]Shy, “ugly duckling” girl with talent is persuaded to attend the big audition, but freaks out.[/li][li]Shy brainiac 12-year-old can supposedly play 3 games of chess and thinks Einstein’s faulty, gets crush on cute boy who can’t reciprocate, lets him have it.[/li][li](scandal of the week, straight from the headlines) Gay kid gets assaulted by teammates. Teacher wants to raise awareness, but surprise, no one has anything to say. Teacher makes impassioned speeches, and his club is suddenly inundated with interest as the music swells.[/ul][/li]
Of course, after watching next week’s preview, maybe this episode was only filler for the week, the requisite “Joe Millionaire” lead-in. Discussion?