As Amanda reflects on her life since taking the editor-in-chief position, she finds herself most disappointed by Alex and his failure to support her. Once again, Amanda chooses to focus on her future and waiting obsessively for a decision from NYU...... Read Full Episode Summary »
Amanda finally earns the respect of the staff when she saves a story, but learns it may be too late to save her friendship with Alex.
As Amanda reflects on her life since taking the editor-in-chief position, she finds herself most disappointed by Alex and his failure to support her. Once again, Amanda chooses to focus on her future and waiting obsessively for a decision from NYU to arrive in her mailbox.
Cassia announces in class that since it's the political issue of The Circuit, she'd like to write an editorial on campaign reform. Everyone is convinced that Amanda will never give up her editorial to Cassia. Even though Amanda's not opposed to the idea, Alex makes sure to give her a lecture about how she needs to make sacrifices. In response, Amanda pulls Alex out of the classroom to call him out for attacking her in front of the other editors. Alex agrees to display a more united front, then returns to class and talks smack on her. Hasn't Alex figured out that Amanda can hear him when he's only one row behind her?
Amanda returns home to find out that her NYU letter still hasn't arrived. She admits to her mom that newspaper is no longer fun for her and she just wants to move to New York already. Amanda's mom encourages her to rise above the "garbage" and not let the other kids ruin it for her. Inspired, Amanda vows to stop trying to make everyone else happy and just do her job.
When Mrs. Weiss worries that they don't have enough material for the planned thirty-six page issue, Amanda takes the initiative to cut the issue back rather than allowing everyone to fight over it. Alex, meanwhile, is upset when Mrs. Weiss reiterates that he needs to decide which stories will go on the front page with Amanda and Giana instead of doing it himself.
He vents his frustrations to Dan while they get haircuts, admitting that there's no way he and Amanda will ever be friends. At this point, Alex plans on ignoring Amanda until he has the opportunity to confront her. Because Amanda doesn't take criticism well, Alex doesn't think there's a way to have this discussion without it escalating to a fight. But he's determined not to let her "walk all over" him anymore.
A much bigger problem arises when the assistant principle wants to pull a front-page story about how Cypress Bay has been enforcing boundary laws in order to cut back on class sizes. This decision comes the night of deadline, putting the entire issue is in jeopardy. Amanda goes to talk to the assistant principle herself while the rest of the class panics. Even Mrs. Weiss worries that she'll have to go talk to the administrator.
Amanda returns to the classroom looking very downtrodden...then announces that she's managed to save the article! That tricky Amanda! Everyone (even Trevor) commends Amanda for her leadership and Mrs. Weiss observes that for the first time, everyone seems to be having fun. Everyone, that is, except Alex who still thinks he's doing Amanda's job and that it's time for him to tell Amanda how he really feels.
Alex and Amanda agree to meet outside of the classroom to hash out their issues. Even though she knows they're no longer friends, Amanda admits that she's frustrated that Alex hasn't stood up for her or even remained neutral like he promised to. Alex meanwhile claims that he remained quiet to protect her, so Amanda wouldn't know how he really felt or that the other kids thought he would make a better editor-in-chief. With the in-chief decision being brought up again, Amanda calls Alex out for whining about "spilled milk" and realizes that they may never have a decent relationship, personally or professionally.
To prove her point, Amanda goes through her camera and purges it of all images of Alex. As we leave the school for the last time, the Cypress Bay choir sings outside and reminds us that "All You Need Is Love". As for Amanda? Don't feel too bad -- she arrives home to find out that she's gotten into NYU!