Because I'm super nerdy, I watched the "extras" for the episodes too. Some things that were bugging me (differences between the book and show) were talked about so I liked that. Though my husband walked in during the baby's party scene and took one look at Kerry Washington (who he LOVED in Scandal) and made a WTF face. I said, "doesn't it seem that her only emotions are 'about to cry' or 'contempt'" and he agreed and refused to watch it with me.
The $.70 was interesting, though I really feel that while race does play a part, so does the situation. For the bus driver, no one knows how many riders he has. It's not like he's going to be "short". For the clerk, that money may come out of her funds. I remember my mom was a clerk at a candy store and these bitches from my class would come, try to sweet talk her to help cover their charges for bulk candy. She thought she was being helpful by paying for it (thinking they were my friends). I finally had to tell those girls that my mom wasn't stealing from the company, that she was actually paying for it. Granted, she would never say "F off" to a customer but still.
Mia ditching at the party was beyond stupid! Like people wouldn't notice that she was gone? Her cover was to take pictures.
I'm also a little annoyed with "super sexual Mia". I get it that a lady has needs but something about the way they film it reminds me of a cross between a Black Widow (like she is going to murder the guy after) and this stereotypical Jezebel oversexualized AA woman. It's making me feel weird.
Now, as for the kids... ugh, I'm really proud of Brian for standing up to Lexi. She's a piece of work plus extremely popular. It must not have been easy for him to say that her essay was wrong. Also, isn't Yale smart enough to see past this? Isn't a student's racial identity part of their application? I know CA had rules later to prevent race being revealed for college applications but I assume Yale would know.
I had to laugh at the "panic stricken" look on Pearl's face while dancing with Moody who said something to the effect that Pearl makes everything great. She looked like she was looking for a way out, fast. She's too young to say upfront that she only likes Moody as a friend. That takes a lot of self awareness and situational guts.