A.P. Bio “We Don’t Party” Review


A.P. BIO — “We Don’t Party” Episode 108 — Pictured: (l-r) Glenn Howerton as Jack Griffin, Collette Wolfe as Meredith — (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC)

Getting a dose of character and story development wasn’t a bad change for A.P. Bio. Striking a balance between that and the comedy is the best formula for success. The show can be a bit too smart for its own good, but at the same time how many shows actually are? This one embraces the cunning approach to a laugh, and the reckless abandonment when most of the time this will come at the expense of these kids and their education.

The appeal of A.P. Bio “We Don’t Party” is that we are back to a strong relationship between Jack and the students. They aren’t there in the background this time to simply react or respond. It wasn’t too shocking to see that these students would eventually give in to the pressures of being teens. Where last week it was welcoming to see much more of Helen than we are used to, the same could be said for the class this week. It was shocking however that so many of them are close enough to party together. I will admit that it was almost a bit nostalgic watching these kids drink and act the same way some of us would if we were them. It’s never as glamorous as you see on TV or the way the popular kids make it seem. The whole thing was just a series of randomness and everyone doing their own thing until it came time to understand the reality of drinking. The messy bits that is.

In general, A.P. Bio figuring out what it really wants to do with these kids is a big step forward. The cast is already big enough without the students having a strong involvement. When they are, it has to matter in some way that isn’t them simply reacting to Jack’s shenanigans or brand of manipulation.

Jack finding out his ex-girlfriend needs a venue for a charity fundraiser and suggesting a student’s house was as scheming as it gets for the guy. He could have chosen anywhere, and it had to be the house of the one student who tends to be the most awkward about breaking the rules. This was a trainwreck waiting to happen and the fun was in every step that was leading us closer to the crash. I think the funniest thing here was how quick Jack finds himself able to self-sabotage his own plan just out of desperation to get to bang town. Now the fact alone that this week’s shenanigans would have anything to do with an ex was incredible after the events of last week. They led us on with the expectation of a little more from Jack now that he has a better perspective towards his audience, and here we are with Jack back to old habits once again.

A.P. BIO — “We Don’t Party” Episode 108 — Pictured: (l-r) Lyric Lewis as Stef, Mary Sohn as Mary, Jean Villepique as Michelle — (Photo by: Vivian Zink/NBC)

The tension between Jack and his ex’s boyfriend made the night since they felt so threatened by the other. Well the boyfriend, or Chase had to be when you knowing who you’re dealing with. Episodes like this only benefit from Jack having characters he can work well off of. They don’t always have to be people willing to go along with his plots. Having those who will pose a challenge push Jack to try a little harder than usual to get what he wants.

I wouldn’t say it was hard to believe that Stef, Mary, and Michelle would somehow find themselves tangled in this madness. Obviously Jack threw them there for his own purpose, but they wouldn’t be who they are if they didn’t do their own thing along the way. Trying to pick up a guy felt typical even though that wasn’t going to happen without some brilliant trial and error on their part. Who one of them manages to run into was a treat since there were things even they couldn’t escape dealing with. With that said, the inclusion of Durbin was interesting since he knows how to make a situation awkward. Everything about his part in this was a bit out of place. I couldn’t tell if I wanted to laugh or cringe.

A.P. Bio “We Don’t Party” was exciting for the bold moves made between Jack and the students, even if for Jack this was all taking a few steps back on his part. This week was all about embracing the chaos and for the most part they nailed it.

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