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Grown-ish “Crew Love”

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GROWN-ISH - "Crew Love" - The crew gets ready for Freshman Formal, and Zoey, Aaron and Luca confront their issues with modern-day relationships. Meanwhile, Jazz revels in a new relationship and Ana realizes she's the tamest of the group in a game of ÒNever Have I Ever.Ó This episode of Ògrown-ishÓ airs Wednesday, March 21 (8:00 - 8:31 p.m. EDT) on Freeform. (Freeform/John Fleenor) YARA SHAHIDI

After nearly losing the friendships they established in last week’s episode, the characters are back to normal on Freeform’s Grown-ish. Episode 10 titled “Crew Love.”  The show has been successful tackling numerous rites of passages we all experience in college. “Crew Love” finds the crew getting ready for Freshman Formal.

Zoey (Yara Shahidi), Aaron (Trevor Jackson) and Luca (Luka Sabbat) confront their issues with modern-day relationships. Meanwhile, Jazz revels in a new relationship and Ana (Francia Raisa) realizes she’s the tamest of the group in a game of “Never Have I Ever. With the season winding down, I wasn’t all surprised that writers decided to revisit the triangle between Zoey, Aaron & Luca.

Zoey has been over her ex-boyfriend Cash for a while, and she’s had time to build relationships with both Luca & Aaron. As Zoey is coming into her own as a young woman, I enjoy how the writers portray the traits of her character with both Luca & Aaron. Both of the young men are good for Zoey, in different ways. Aaron offers stability, but he seems to be shy. Luca, on the other hand, is Zoey’s polar opposite regarding her viewpoints but he’s more carefree and has the same fashion sense.

“Crew Love” demonstrated how Zoey would work either suitor. Initially, I was pulling for Aaron & Zoey, but the chemistry between Zoey & Luca is also dynamic. With only a few episodes left in the season, I’m hoping that we don’t end on a cliffhanger and Zoey makes a choice. However, at the end of this episode, a familiar face showed up, who I’m sure will complicate things.

This episode’s secondary storyline focused on Ana.  It’s not hard to believe after last week’s episode that someone as headstrong as Ana, hasn’t lived. I didn’t care for her arc this episode and would have much rather seen the writers build up to it over time as oppose to the quick wrap up we were given. On the flip side Jazz’s (Chloe Bailey) storyline with new beau Doug (Diggy Simmons) was handled with ease. It’s nice to see one of the twins in a relationship and all of her female friends happy for her.

“Crew Love” is another winner for the freshmen season of Grown-ish. With witty scripts and winning chemistry between its cast, the show continues to be one of the best surprises of 2018.

Final Grade: B