'Greek' recap: Hot Frannie Mess

Jacobzachargreek_lShe’s baaaaaaack! I speak, of course, about my one of my favorite characters on Greek who, until this episode, was MIA this season: Frannie! And whaddaya you know! New Frannie came with a new attitude, too. (Which, unfortunately, was rather demure and boring. I want Frannie the big bitch back!) I guess a few months volunteering in a psychiatric ward changes a person.

In case you forgot, up until now the ex-ZBZ president had been living in exile after last season’s monumental break with the sorority. But — for reasons that went suspiciously unexplained during this episode — she was chomping at the bit to get back into the estrogen-filled house. Crazy Lizzie assured interim president Casey — who, considering their history, had the hardest time dealing with re-admitting her — that giving Frannie another chance was the final way they could heal the house. So Casey complied.

Honestly though, I can’t believe the girls even considered re-admitting her, but I guess the trade-off of one taking one crazy gal (Frannie) for another even crazier other gal (Lizzie) was pretty appealing. I can’t help but wonder what Frannie’s real plan is: Take back control of the sorority? Get revenge on Casey? Become Omega Chi Sweetheart again? And how about that “Diamond Ceremony” the ZBZs held to affirm the re-admittance? That was one of the scariest things I’ve seen on television since Heaven’s Gate. The whole time all I could think was, “Take us to the Kool-Aid.” With the chanting, candle-lighting, and general cult-ish atmosphere, I couldn’t help but recall those doomed, Nike-wearing weirdos.

But, alas, one good thing came out of the whole sequence: The big auf Wiedersehen to Lizzie! Her ridiculously cheery and rule-abiding character was a funny schtick, but she overstayed her welcome by at least one episode. (Seriously, that girl’s face has to hurt after all that mugging.) I was more than happy to see her Mary Poppins-esque presence (did you all notice the umbrella she was carrying as she left?) disappear into that yellow cab.

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Keeping with the Frannie-bred theme of forgiveness — or supposedforgiveness, maybe — the rest of the episode chronicled the silly warbetween the Omega Chis and the Kappa Taus. The comic hilarity — and nodto academia, with Rusty’s genius Animal Farm prank — of this chain of events was what makes Greekthe non-apologetic fun that it is. An indulgent squirt-gun war, adefaced frat house photo, Rusty duct-taped to the side of a building —that kind of thing. I have a feeling that truce called at the end ofthe episode will last about as long as it takes Cappie to tap his nextkeg. Next: frat house arson!

More so than anything, though, our characters evolved in thisepisode: Casey became a stronger leader after taking Frannie down anotch. Ashleigh grew a backbone and finally stood up for herself foronce. Rusty became more dedicated to his brothers — and darker andangrier, at the same time. And Calvin, sadly enough, seemed to becomesomewhat of a jerk. After the last couple of party-filled episodes, itwas refreshing to see the personalities of Greek Row evolve, whether itbe for good or bad.

But, hey, PopWatchers, what did you think? Have we seen the last ofLizzie? Will Frannie weasel her way back into living in the house? Andmost importantly, where were Dale and Rebecca this week? Could they betaking an early spring break?

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  • kelsey

    I really hope Calvin and Rusty don’t friend-break up, or become like Evan and Cappie. I, for one, didn’t really miss Rebecca – one mega-b*tch (Frannie) was enough. I never trust either of them. I guess after an episode with a Dale-suplot, the writers didn’t want to give him anything for this episode. I missed him.

  • Stephanie

    Great episode! It reminded me of my own frat/sorority wars. Let’s just say it involved about 150 crickets, one mouse and a lot of shaving cream.

  • Stephanie

    Great episode! It reminded me of my own frat/sorority wars. Let’s just say it involved about 150 crickets, one mouse and a lot of shaving cream.

  • Nee Nee

    I could have sworn I saw on a season preview that Frannie was gonna start hitting on Evan. If that’s the case, she hasn’t changed.
    I didn’t really miss Rebecca in this episode, either. Why does she even hate Casey? She’s the one who slept with Casey’s boyfriend, and is now dating her ex. Besides, Frannie is a much better b*tch.
    Loved the fraternity wars! That is exactly how boys act.

  • Emily

    My theory – Lizzie was working with Frannie the whole time!

  • andrew

    Great episode all around, all the plot lines were interesting especially the frannie drama (no way she’s up to any good…). My theory about rusty and calvin is that they will parallel evan and cappie’s(remember, there’s a flashback episode coming) experience as friends turned enemies. The difference will be that rusty and calvin will see what effect the ruined friendship has had on the two frat presidents and reconcile.
    Any thoughts?

  • london

    does anybody else love hearing the hilarity of Csppies many majors…and now one minor? (photography) its one of my favorite ongoing jokes especially since the seamlessly blend it in and casually bring it up so it isn’t forced or awkward.

  • london

    does anybody else love hearing the hilarity of Csppies many majors…and now one minor? (photography) its one of my favorite ongoing jokes especially since the seamlessly blend it in and casually bring it up so it isn’t forced or awkward.

  • Grev

    Well, apparently her face didn’t hurt too much, because she was on Bones at the same time :)

  • tidho

    This is a seriously underrated show. I’m not a regular but whenever I surf to it I enjoy it.
    Oh and Frasier’s daughter is really cute, lol.

  • Marc

    WHERE HAVE THE GREEK RECAPS BEEN???

  • Katy

    I’m wondering the same thing, Marc!

  • SeattleGril

    Really EW, where did the Greek recaps go?

  • KO

    I’m glad I’m not the only one missing the Greek tvwatches…

  • DJ

    Why did they stop recapping GREEK!?!?!?!

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