"Tears Are Not Enough" Part 2 is a terrific season finale! This episode had one of those "go there" moments. It's so intense how Craig's father died in a car accident. It leaves you speechless because nobody liked Craig's father because he was a jerk, but at the same time it's sort of depressing that Craig didn't have a stable father-figure in his life until he went to live with Joey. I love how crazy Craig got in this episode. I love how he went on with life as if nothing happened. I love how he thought he was happy that his father died, but then he just went crazy at the dance. My favourite scene is when Terri talked to Craig about her mother dying. It was so sweet. I enjoyed the subplots as well. I give this episode a 10/10.
In this conclusion to "Tears are not Enough" Craig learns that his dad died in a car accident after their fight. He soon goes into denial and laughs manically during his funeral, and then after he and Ashley win the King and Queen of the Luau (blah) school dance, he finally snaps and realizes he misses his dad. Will the gang be able to calm Craig down? Part 2 lived up to part 1, and is even sadder then before, with Craig going through the stages of grief, and finally losing it at the dance. Another magnificant episode. 10/10 A+
This was another awesome episode from season 2. Another Craig centric 2 parter, it was emotional and quite the tearjerker. I loved the mixed emotions Craig went through with his father. It was so realistic because of course he would be a mix of happy and sad. More excellent acting from Jake, including his breakdown at the end. The only thing that kind of ruined it for me was Terri being the one to comfort him at the end. First of all, I don't think their characters ever interacted until this point so it was kind of none of her business. Second, Christina Schmidt isn't exactly a fantastic actress, so next to Jake she kind of ruined the scene. But I still felt for Craig so much especially since it left him orphaned.
The subplots were kind of funny. It was the start of possibilities for Jimmy and Hazel and Spin and Paige are one of my favorite couples. I like the interaction between Liberty and JT and I'm glad they wound up together eventually as well.
This episode makes me feel so awful for Craig. He is obviously hurting over the death of his father, yet at the same time, he is glad because he no longer has to be beaten up by him. I think it's heartbreaking that someone is glad their parent has died, but I guess I can understand where he is coming from. It's got to be hard to forgive something like that. You see the real Craig in this episode.
Completing season 2's main drama, Craig's paternal problems. I have to say Jake Epstein's acting was right on; this is why all the "Wheels" storylines go to Craig or Sean, but few of the other male cast members have had as much of a chance to prove themselves. (The only one who has is Jake Goldsbie, who really dropped the ball. But I'll save that for Time Stands Still.) And this is one of the few episodes where I like Craig with Ashley.
Anyway, this begins with the Craig's old study partner. His dad. Craig doesn't like his dad, because his dad hits him. Back at the beginning of the season, Craig had all kinds of crazy schemes to get away from his dad, including kidnapping his sister, running away with Sean, and even suicide. Anyway, his dad helps him study, so he's thinking of forgiving him. But then after dinner, his dad hits him, Craig yells at him, and he drives off.
The next day we find out Craig's dad's dead. Everyone's trying to help, but Craig's all nonchalant at it; he even starts laughing at the funeral. That's Caitlin and Ashley uncomfortable; Joey and Sean have some idea of what's going on. The episode climaxes with Craig thinking he sees his dad, flipping out at the dance, and Terri talking to him about her mom's death. After Craig calms down, he still owes Ashley a dance.
The B plots were comic relief, kinda spoils the mood for an episode about being orphaned, but that's the writers for you. Basically, JT goes on a date with Liberty in exchange for help with his exams, and Spinner and Paige compete against Jimmy and Hazel, only to be bested by Craig and Ashley.
To describe Craig's feelings, tears are not enough.
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