If ever an episode felt like the end, this one does. Not only are the kids preparing for the last day of school but it might be their last day at Hester too.
After his son has gone off the wagon and crashed his car since attending Hester High, Principle Turner isn’t too happy with the institution. He, unlike ex Vice Principle Penelope, does not see the wonderful beauty that is Hester. He has made it clear that he has done all that he could to keep the doors of Hester open, but no more! However the only things he has done to ‘save’ Hester is to try and make it like every other high school. The students do not approve and thus launch yet another protest. This one I think I can get behind. Not only does this look like the last we will see of Principle Turner but Felix is headed out as well. He is being sent to rehab to deal with his alcoholism. It appears that the whole use of Felix’s dark past was a set up to get him out of the picture once his character was used to separate Karmy and add a little romantic interest for Amy. I see why Felix must leave, although I hate that it was so soon, it feels like we just got to know him. However I do respect the way they are doing it. They aren’t making Amy break up with him or vice versa. He literally must leave town, which is why him and Amy can’t be together any more.
We finally find out the fate of Farrah and Bruce’s relationship. They are happily…getting a divorce? After their time away from home the couple has realized they jumped into marriage way too soon. They expect Amy and Lauren to be happy, after all from the beginning the girls wanted them to split up and for Lauren to move back to Dallas, but that is the last thing they want now. For a pair of only childs, the two have found sisters in each other. A confidant, a friend, someone to lean on and share problems with. And as Amy tries to point out, Lauren has found acceptance of her true self at Hester. Lauren doesn’t quite see it this way, as she has just previously been heartbroken and then humiliated. However after talking to her former closed minded, bigoted, shallow friends from Dallas, she realizes just how wonderful her life in Austen, and at Hester is. Which spurs on her speech to save the school!
So it appears that at least 2 of the endings have been resolved. Hester will stay open and Lauren will stay in Austen. But what about the end of Karmy? Amy feels like she is right back where she started. Her feelings for Karma have come creeping back, and the kiss that her BFF planted on her last week isn’t helping things. Once again she is contemplating Karma’s thoughts and feelings with Shane, wondering what it all means. Once Karma shakes off her hangover and realizes what she has done she is horrified to learn that she has played with her best friends feelings once again. She apologizes profusely to Amy saying that this summer they will ‘get back on track’, spending every waking hour together! Doesn’t that just sound like pure torture to Amy. So Amy seeks refuge in the only person who has ever been able to take her mind off of Karma, Regan. Unfortunately Amy’s ex has found a new girlfriend so she can’t act as Amy’s Karma band aid any more, but she does give her some pretty good advice. The only way to get over someone is not by getting under someone else, as the popular saying goes, but with time and space. Both of which Amy has never taken from Karma. So she decides to finally take Regan up on her offer to tour with her band and photograph them.
This of course leads to a tearful Karmy scene once again. Which parallels the season one finale quite perfectly. With Amy asking Karma for more than just friendship and Karma tearfully replying that she can’t give her more than that. Which is the whole reason why Amy must leave. What Karma has yet to understand is that everything that she has mentioned about the two of them growing old together, living next door to each other etc. Amy wants too but she wants to do that beside Karma as her partner. She wants to be the one marrying Karma, to be getting a house with her not beside her, to be growing old with her as her wife. Until Amy can get over these feelings they can’t have the life that Karma wants anymore then they can have the life that Amy wants. So Amy leaves and Karma is left with no one and nothing to do this summer. Cue the stereotypical teenage summer job…lifeguarding, which Shane happens to be doing as well, although it looks like he’s just there to pick up cute guys in bathing suits.
With Liam sleuthing out his bio dad with Zita and Amy road tripping it across the country with Regan’s band, it looks like only Shane and Karma are left in town. Do I smell new best friends! I am excited to see Liam and Amy return to Austen to find the former nemesis’ new BFFs. With this episode seemingly closing a lot of doors I wonder where they will pick up next season?