I know this would be considered sacrilegious for some people, but I didn't start with the pilot. No, my first ever Greek episode was the one in third season, where Cappie and Casey were celebrating Valentine's. I didn't know who Cappie or Casey were, but I thought, hey, it's Valentine's Day, there's bound to be some romance. Little did I know I was about to witness one of the all time best Cappie/Casey moments:
From there, I watched to the end of the third season, then the second season, then the first. And, of course, I fell in love with Greek. Most of all, I came to love the characters:
I've heard that some people hate her, but I like her, most of the time. She's so nice, and such a strong leader. She's the show's hero, at the end of the day, and I love her for that. I wasn't crazy about her in the first season, when she was so mean to Rusty, and when she chose to stay with Evan, but I love her now.
My favourite :) He's so hilarious! And, so, so sweet. He made so many mistakes, and he didn't always do the right thing, and he wasn't always the sharpest tool in the box. But I loved him. I loved how much he loved Casey. I loved how he was such as great big brother to Rusty. I loved how he could be put with any character, and still entertain me. I love Cappie, plain and simple. Best character, best part of the show.
Aww, my little Rusty. So smart, so geeky, so much fun. Of all the characters, I think I related to Rusty the most. I'm not outgoing like Casey or charismatic like Cappie. But I understand social problems. I came to Rusty because he was the cool geek. 'Til the end, he was always both. I hope my college experiences are like his.
I came to love Greek so much that I actually did research to see if any of the universities I was considering had a Greek system. Sadly, this isn't really a thing in Canada.
Last night this great show came to an end. No more Cappie/Casey or Evan/Rebecca. No more Kappa Tau or Zeta Beta Zeta, or even Omega Chi. Just one last episode to watch, one last review to write. So here we go. Let's break down the storylines, one last time.
The Last Days of Kappa Tau
I didn't really understand how some random guy was just allowed to bulldoze the KT house. And, like many fans, I assumed it wouldn't actually happen. It's the series finale. They're pulling out all the tricks, surely. It's like Rachel moving to Paris in the Friends finale. A ploy for some fake tears, some fake drama.
How wrong I was. And how sad it was! I felt so bad for all the KT's. After four seasons, I understand why they love that house so much. Why it represents such a big part of their lives, such a big part of them. I felt so bad for Rusty and Cappie and Beaver and everyone. This was their home.
I liked how the actual process was handled. I liked how Cappie asked everyone to share personal stories about the KT house. I liked how they had one last party, on their last night. And I enjoyed the spy mission enough. The actual moment when I realized it was really going to happen, that nothing was going to stop the construction crew, that there was nothing to block the bulldozer, I was quite sad. To see it destroyed like that.
It made for a good finale. It offered a finality, and a new future for the KT's. A bittersweet ending. I can appreciate that.
Casey Randomly Quits Law School
I never really understood why Casey was in law school in the first place. She never really seemed like she wanted to be a lawyer. She never really had an interest in the law. So, when she dropped out, I was not exactly surprised.
I thought it was a little sudden, and not that well thought out. I was glad she stood up for the KT's (though could she have sounded stupider when she told her professor that she couldn't take the case because it was her boyfriend's fraternity? My god Casey!). But I thought she was rather rash, just quitting law school and running off the Washington, just because Evan said she could. What's she going to do once she gets to Washington? She doesn't have a degree! No one's going to hire her for anything!
Of course, I liked that moment in the bar when Evan said she could just run away, and Cappie decided he'd go with her. I loved how he just thought about it for a moment, and then threw himself in. And I'm so glad they're going together! And I loved how she kissed him, and Evan finally gave up his stupid issues, and said "As it was meant to be". He admitted it. Finally. Speaking of couples that are meant to be...
Ashleigh Finally Makes The Right Choice
At the beginning of the season I was really skeptical of these two. But they slowly won me over, and I was very happy to see them get their happy ending last night. Of course, I would have preferred more than just a kiss. A date or something. But I'll take what I can get. They got together. Rusty, the ultimate nerd, got his dream girl. An achievement for all nerds!
Those were the main storylines. But that's not what made me love the finale, and that's never what made me love the show. As always, it was the little character moments that won the night. It's a long list...
- Rebecca and Dale's list of bad Matthew McConaughey movies. Can't believe they listed Fool's Gold last!
- Dale and Laura. I'm glad the other nerd got his girl as well :)
- Evan finally being a nice guy. I knew I had some loyalty to him for a reason. I'm glad he proved me right.
- Rebecca hugging Casey. I've always liked their friendship. I'm glad Rebecca appreciated how much Casey's meant to her.
- The Ashleigh and Casey talk at the bar. This relationship has always been a touchstone of the series, and I'm glad they got their moment. Casey and Ashleigh, forever.
- I also loved how they took time to honour the Rusty/Casey and Rusty/Cappie relationships, two of my favourites in the series.
- Cappie's real name! I don't know why hippie parents like his would give him a name like that, but I'm glad we found out. Certainly better than the John/Big thing from Sex and the City.
- The whole last scene where they all said goodbye. A great celebration of all the friendships. Ash and Casey. Rebecca and Casey. Dale's kiss. Cappie's pretend jealous look--classic! And, of course, Rusty's goodbyes. "Take care of my sister" "Of course". "I love you Casey" "I love you too Rusty". My heart just melted!
- CAPPIE AND CASEY RIDE OFF INTO THE SUNSET! The perfect ending!
Cappie and Casey rode off into the sunset. Rusty's the president of Kappa Tau, Rebecca's the president of ZBZ. Ashleigh has Rusty and a great job. Evan isn't a complete douche! A bright future for all.
And that's it. That's the episode, the season, the series.
Goodbye Greek. We'll remember you fondly.