Check out last week’s recap for an overview of the premise, the cast, and the backstory to this week’s episode.
This week’s dose of drama begins with some damage control after the drunken confrontations that ended last week’s episode. Frank ’11 apologizes to Alexandra for being so possessive, but the potential “Fralexandra” loveplot thickens as A’s long-distance boyfriend calls with concerns about being apart.
As for everyone else: Nate’s on a mission to get some girls, but takes a blow to his ego when Sam scores some digits instead. Later Nate gets ditched by his “love” interest, Dana, a blondie he met at the bar. He picks up another blonde, though, conveniently also named Dana, and heals his wounded pride by ditching her to party with the cast instead. Meathead Zach and housemate Ashley get touchy at the gym (maybe because she was working out in nothing but spandex underwear? Worth noting that she has yet to make a reputation for herself other than “the hot one”). Nate and Sam bond over pranking the girls, a sign that Sam is feeling more accepted as one of the bros.
Sexual identity is a prominent theme in episode 2. Frank opens up to Alexandra about his father’s painful response to his coming out. Despite A’s advice to Frank to cut himself off from his family “cold turkey,” he expresses a hope that things will get better. After a few too many drinks towards the end of the episode, Frank blows up at the boys for not accepting him for who he is. Nate confirms that he is “freaked out” by Frank’s bisexuality but says he still supports Frank. The house comes together to talk Frank down from the ledge, and he tearfully explains to them that his tough family situation is what makes him so combative.
During the show, Frank tweeted encouragement to LGBT teens struggling with the coming-out process. He mentioned the “It Gets Better” project, a movement founded by syndicated columnist Dan Savage. After a highly publicized string of suicides by bullied LGBT teens last fall, Savage posted a video addressed to LGBT youth, reassuring them that, “however bad it was in high school or middle school…it gets better.” Thousands have posted “It Gets Better” videos of their own, including President Barack Obama and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin.
Here are a few tweets from Frank’s feed during the show:
And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen! The drama returns next Wednesday, 10pm EST.