A.P. Bio “Overachieving Virgins” Review


A.P. BIO — “Overachieving Virgins” Episode 107 — Pictured: Nick Peine as Marcus — (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC)

I suppose life can be fun when every day brings a new way to make it all about you. You know, when I was in high school I probably would have killed to have a teacher like Jack Griffin. An easy A, and all you have to do is go along with the petty shenanigans of a teacher who makes it clear he has no intention of teaching biology? Sounds like a dream come true. Though that would be too easy if the world would allow Jack to coast on by.

The opening scenes are always something to look forward to. This week was probably the most absurd entrance that Jack has made, and probably the most aggressive towards another student. A great follow-up leading into this week’s theme dealing with the Student Council. Introducing the student council felt like another thing that they were going to eventually get around to in time, and now was a good time. Jack spends a lot of time doing whatever he wants and trying to get what he wants. There had to be some other obstacle for him to face than Durbin who in every sense is a pushover. Not that Durbin isn’t fun for that role he plays as principal with that said. The student council was that next challenge, and this involved Jack getting a little more aggressive with his usual approach to exploiting the rules.

It was different that this episode Jack would find something new to be obsessed over. Keeps things refreshing knowing that not every week the mission will be to take down Miles and manipulate the students into helping him. It proves that they are able to realize how much of one thing you can do before it becomes dry. Something starting over a need so trivial as Sunchips is a stretch, though in the case of Jack it wasn’t a stretch to believe that he would be able to make snacks seem like life or death to have.

A.P. BIO — “Overachieving Virgins” Episode 107 — Pictured: Glenn Howerton as Jack Griffin — (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC)

This was another episode that focuses on a specific student. I love that they took the time to make Marcus the center of attention with so much crap that Jack gives him. Being in Marcus’ discovered position doesn’t come without some big confidence boost that makes sense of the way he comes off to Jack. I found myself impressed that he could prove to be the most cunning of the students in that classroom who have plotted against him as well. He did this indirectly, directly, and it only took a third-party assistance for the situation to change. Of the students, I will say that Marcus is the favorite since he has a quirkiness about him, and a self-realization that a lot of us tend to come to around his age.

Getting back to Stef, Mary, and Michelle was a treat when there’s so much wrong with the way they operate as teachers and friends. This time around there was a matter of exploitation to deal with, and Stef stood out this time for what she was able to bring to the table. One thing we do get used to is the idea that these teachers struggle separating their outside lives from that of a teacher. We have seen them up to this point as an odd pair of friends, and this episode pushed that boundary a bit when one is making the others uncomfortable. How they handle this added a little substance to what I assume you can call friendship between these three. The way they also included Principal Durbin in this madness made it a lot funnier with someone to take the backlash. Durbin’s part in this episode was small, though they made it count.

A.P. Bio “Overachieving Virgins” felt like an episode that came and went when all was said and done, but it was funny regardless. Jack has begun to see that there can be consequences to his actions, some of the students in their own way find a backbone, and the teachers prove there are more ways to break the rules. It’s hard to believe that a school like this can exist, and the hilarity in that reality is probably the best thing this show has going for it.

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