'Greek': Begin at the beginning

Cast_greek_240Avid fans of Greek have long known that the history of the Cappie/Casey/Evan triangle was a complicated one. Tonight, we finally learned why.

These spoilers totally pre-partied before the episode.

The episode kicks off with the ZBZs celebrating the departure of Lizzie and preparing for their first post-Lizzie event: the annual All Greek ball. An All Greek ball that something very significant happened during two years ago. Immediately it becomes apparent the ball isn't an important event per se, but simply a wonderful device to frame an episode full of freshman year flashbacks around so we can finally get to the bottom of the ongoing Cappie/Evan feud. Hooray!

Let's get right to the good stuff, shall we? The flashbacks start right where we want them to, with Cappie and Evan the first day of college. We knew they were roommates freshman year, but quickly it is revealed they've actually known each other since they were kids at summer camp. Interesting. Evan, who is sporting an awful Spencer Pratt-like goatee, persuades Cappie into checking out rush week with him. They both aren't into it until Evan spies the house he's most interested in, none other than Kappa Tau. Cappie walks in and immediately feels at home, doing ice flue shots and quickly becoming a legend. The more uptight Evan has a harder time fitting in, even losing out to Cappie at first glance with their new friend Casey Cartwright. Things take a turn southward when KT nicknames are revealed and Evan is saddled with the very strange "Bing." Against the brothers' protests, he demands to know what the nickname means and finds out it came from the fact he "was in between a bid and a ding." The brothers didn't so much want Evan as not want to lose Cappie, so they let him in. Ouch. Evan obviously is hurt, and decides to join Omega Chi instead. The highlight of this flashback was learning the very ridiculously coiffed Beaver got his nickname because he gnawed through a wooden table leg while drunk. Hee.  Egyptian Joe says it all when he proclaims: "I could watch Beaver inhale wood all day." You tell 'em, Egyptian Joe.

After the boys join different houses they start growing apart, even though Cappie's then girlfriend Casey tries to keep them together. KT rock star Cappie also starts flaking out on Casey and frequently ditching her to hang with the guys. Complicating matters is the fact that Evan always seems to be there for Casey when Cappie disappoints her and a few sparks begin to fly. Things come to a head at the All Greek ball when Cappie completely forgets to pick Casey up for the dance, and when she goes to find him at the dorm Evan is there and offers to take her as a friend so she doesn't miss out. Frannie tries to come to Casey's rescue and retrieves Cappie from the KT pre-party, but when Cappie shows up he sees Evan and Casey dancing together and freaks out and their months long simmering feud comes to an ugly climax right on the dance floor. In the end, a broken and bloody Evan is patched up by Casey, and it looks like a new relationship begins. Goodness Casey, move on quickly enough? Cappie was quite the jerk, but immediately moving on to the roommate before the body is even cold seems a bit harsh. Perhaps I'm still basking in the glow of the wonder that is Cappie karaoke. I don't know.

Back in the present, Frannie is seemingly trying very hard to get back in good graces with Casey but Casey still doesn't trust her. It takes Cappie revealing how Frannie dragged him to that ball two years ago for her to see that there truly is a friendship between them, and Casey nicely asks Frannie if she wants to attend the ball with her and Ashley. Has Frannie really turned the corner to nicetown? I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

The episode ends with Cappie and Rebecca happily attending the ball together while Casey and Evan share an awkward moment over a glass of champagne while Cappie looks on. I don't know about you guys, but I think it's time for Casey to get a new man. One cannot live on Evan and Cappie alone, you know? You're in college, girl, branch out!