Okay, now that I’m a little calmer, I can discuss this better.
It’s been a long time since I cared about characters so much that I felt so deeply betrayed. I knew Joan and Adam were headed on the rocks, but for the writers to turn Adam into such a total sleazeball is unforgiveable. I’m glad Joan is strong enough to break up with him. How many other teenaged girls wouldn’t?
I thought the whole police storyline was rather weak. Some random guy with inside knowledge of the case confesses to a child murder just to give the mother closure? Please. That was stupid all the way around.
And Helen, honey? Just in case Lily and Kevin break up, who says you have to take Kevin’s side? Why not try, oh I don’t know, staying out of it as he’s practically an adult now?
The whole courtroom scene was handled very well. I thought Joan would lose it, like she did during the debate, but she held it together and used Adam’s cross-examination to confront him as Adam and as Jack. Very nicely done.
God tells Joan to get involved in Mock Trial. Joan is picked to be the prosecutor in Jack and the Beanstalk. Grace is picked to be the defense attorney, and she ropes Adam in to play Jack. Luke volunteers to help Grace in her case. Joan and Adam see Bonnie flirting with some guy in the hall, and Joan makes the comment that Bonnie has another boyfriend. She mentions the anniversary of her and Adam’s first real kiss, but he has to work late. By working late, that means going over and boinking Bonnie. This isn’t the first time, and Bonnie urges him to stay and talk, but Adam basically reminds her that he’s just using her for sex and doesn’t want to talk to her about Joan. In a moment of weakness, he confesses to Grace, who’s properly disgusted with him. During a break of Mock Trial, Bonnie comes up to the group and demands to speak to Adam, saying “You owe me that much.” Adam dismisses her, and Joan picks up enough of the weird vibe that she realizes Adam has cheated on her. But court is called back in session and Joan, understanding Adam’s betrayal, uses that to completely destroy him on the stand. After the trial, Adam lets slip that it wasn’t just cheating, that he went the whole way with Bonnie, and Joan understands the full extent of Adam’s betrayal. He can’t explain why he did it, that it didn’t mean anything, that he loves Joan and wants to get past it, but Joan says there’s no getting past it and walks out, leavng Adam to lose it altogether as he realizes the extent of his actions and consequences.
An excellent show. Why are the best shows (Joan’s death, Adam and Joan’s breakup) so incredibly gut-wrenching?