Not Dead Yet is a roller coaster ride of do I or don’t I like this show. Sometimes it’s an episode starts out pointless and not so well, and then by the end it’s a show that is hitting me hard in the feels. It’s hard to see a show with so much potential be so all over the place.
This episode was on the of those all over the place episodes. As a viewer, I could understand what they were attempting to do – to provide laughter, but the opening fell flat for this viewer. Nell’s in the bathroom with a bunch of ghosts that died in a crash and she. has yet to hand in their obituaries. So yes, they won’t even leave her alone in the bathroom.
The whole thing is a waste of time, as these ghosts don’t play into the rest of the episode. What does? Well, that would be the focus on the Food & Wine Festival that the newspaper is throwing. Everyone is excited for it. The festival is important for the paper as sponsoring something like this brings a lot of publicity.
And what could be better than that? After all, everyone needs publicity.
The festival is going to propel the rest of the episode, which is all about friendship. We can all agree that friendship is complicated and for Lexi, Sam and Nell it is a hot mess. The way that Nell and Lexi are so jealous of each other and always striving to outdo each other is very high school, but we have all been there. It’s something that we have to learn in life – that it’s good for your friends to have other friends. It doesn’t diminish your meaning to them.
Lexi knows that she can get Sam’s attention by putting her in charge of the festival. The two go off to talk about it, leaving Nell alone. You see the jealousy in Nell’s face, but also you don’t feel sorry for her. What you do feel is a sense of wanting to tell her to grow up.
The festival is a success, but Lexi doesn’t see it that way. She doesn’t see it that way because the one person that she wanted to show up, didn’t. Her father disappointed her again. Lexi is savage with Sam and personally, I would have gone off. Like you don’t get to yell at me that way.
But as Sam wants to react and tell Lexi to go to hell, Nell talks her out of it. She, of course, is happy to have her best friend paying attention to her and her only. But Nell notices that Sam isn’t well… Sam. She has to realize that Sam and Lexi need each other.
I will not say that I like Lexi. I don’t. But I do get her. She’s defensive, because that is how she survives. She survives by compartmentalizing her pain, but she also is aware that way doesn’t come across well. She knows that she’s hurt Sam by yelling at her and telling her off.
Personally, I think as a friend, you should be happy when your friends have more friends than you. I do know for Sam, she’s dealing with her own insecurities and feeling as though she’s loosing her best friend. I do believe that fear is an awakening that you care and love something or someone.
Seeing Nell and Lexi have a moment and sometimes that’s all you need in life – a moment with someone – to understand someone. It’s a moment that leads Nell to defend Lexi and tell Sam to talk to her.
Nell is growing. Lexi is growing. Sam is too. They are all not going to be perfect. They are not always going to get it right. But they will continue to live and interact with each other and we’ll see what type of friends they become.
Because I do think that Nell and Lexi will end up friends.