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Boo, Bitch season 1, episode 5 recap – “Fake Bitch”

July 9, 2022

This recap of the Netflix series Boo, Bitch season 1, episode 5, “Fake Bitch,” contains spoilers.

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After publicly destroying the villainous Riley, Erika is now the most popular girl in school. Its newfound popularity brings with it many benefits, but also a lot of unforeseen drama. Erika tries to distinguish many fires, while trying to please everyone in this convoluted fifth episode. It’s the hottest day of the year at Parkway High School and this episode is a real mess itself.

Boo, bitch summary of season 1, episode 5

Erika is now Miss Popular and a trendsetter within the school. Everyone started wearing headphones like she does and people now feel confident enough to stand up to bully Riley thanks to Erika’s brave speech. She earns her own parking spot, her yearbook page gets rectified, and Alyssa (who is sorely underutilized in Boo, bitch) offers him an important new job. With Riley too scared to show her face at school, there’s no one to finish the senior slide show, so Erika happily accepts the responsibility, stepping in at the last minute.

Gia finds herself falling in love with Gavin, but the outcast ignores her at school. She tries to get Erika’s opinion on the matter, but her best friend is concerned. This loving friendship is tested to its limits in “Fake Bitch,” with Erika completely self-absorbed. Gia struggles to cope without her friend by her side and continues to feel completely invisible. Erika fears she’s gone too far with Riley and asks Jake C if she’s okay. Jake says she’ll bounce back, no problem, but Alyssa thinks otherwise.

Riley asks to be Erika’s enemies and she accepts. A quick Google search defines haters as people who are friendly to each other despite their rivalry. This is just a small example of the painful dialogue present in Boo, bitch. The abbreviations are really starting to irritate now and the constant use of slang is unbearably distracting. The writers try so desperately to mimic teenage speech, but it feels boring and fake. Erika explains to Riley that she took her job and Riley says she doesn’t mind the gritted teeth.

Jake C’s friends all agree that Erika brings more drama than Riley ever did and that Jake is secretly addicted to drama. Erika discovers she is being trolled and initially accuses Riley of the deception. Riley denies any wrongdoing, so Erika then blames Devon. You know, the boy who was bullied because of Erika’s lies, the poor kid took responsibility for one of his farts and was ridiculed from that day on. He asks Erika to leave him alone, but she continues to pursue him in another crazy subplot. Jake C witnesses this lopsided behavior and worries about his girlfriend. She says everything is fine, but the drama continues to escalate.

At the senior slideshow, the crowd struggles in the heat. The event quickly descends into pure anarchy, with Riley being booed, everyone cheering Erika and Devon being even more intimidated, as the boys chant ‘stinky’ over and over. Erika explains to Gia that she deserves someone who appreciates her and that she should ditch Gavin. As the crowd bullies Devon, she tries to distract them by using her powers to play music. Everyone then instantly gets up and starts dancing. It’s a ridiculous and unrealistic setup and a real mess of the scene.

With all this drama, it’s easy to forget that Erika is actually dead and her corpse rotting in a forest under a dead moose somewhere. Gia reminds him of this difficult situation and that the heat will destroy his remains. She tries to convince her friend to ignore the trolling and ice her corpse instead.

The end

The friends meet in the forest and argue again. Gia is frustrated because Erika ignores her and worries about the little insignificant things, while Erika thinks she is actually making time for her friend and always puts Gia first. Gia, feeling rather guilty, lets Erika leave early to go to dinner with the family. It is then revealed that Gia was the troll all along. As night falls, Gia spots Erika walking past, having fun with Riley, implying that it was all a lie after all.

The ridiculous narrative continues to unfold in this incredibly convoluted and bizarre series. The plot holes are piling up and the writers seem happy to throw anything at the production to make people laugh. It’s a real quirk of a series that makes no sense and gets messier and messier with each new episode.

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