"NYC Prep" capped off its season and school year last night with the feeling of uncertainty one gets when crossing the threshold that is high school — or the first season of a new reality show. The fate of our prepsters can go either way in terms of their individual paths as well as their future as reality TV stars. But before we look ahead, one can't help but look back and assess how far they have come in eight episodes.
Jessie: Instead of a graduation ceremony, the episode culminated with the Operation Smile gala, otherwise known as her raison d'etre. She's clearly put a lot of work into planning the event, and her cutthroat attitude toward anyone whose commitment doesn't match hers convinces me she'll be fine in the real world. If anything, Jessie has remained consistent. She's been ambitious, straightforward and unapologetic about her status and goals in life from the beginning. The only crack in her armor has been her relationship with PC. Her behavior went from jealous ex-girlfriend to mother hen in these few episodes, and he's the only person who can ruffle her feathers. I'd be curious to see if their friendship survives college.
PC: As much as people despise his arrogance and obnoxiousness (not to mention his guyliner), PC is the best thing about this show. He embodies all the preconceptions one has about privileged kids: the self-important swagger, the designer wardrobe, the carefree attitude about responsibility. His behavior seemed atrocious at times (the flakiness, the offhanded comments at dinner parties, his Fashion Week meltdown), but he's never failed to keep things interesting. I'm glad we got to see a more mature, genuine PC last night. His apology to Carmen Marc Valvo as well as his conversation with Jessie over the future of their friendship showed he does in fact have manners and the capacity for adult relationships.