Ophelia was only trying to help Jules in the series premiere of “Sweet/Vicious,” but after she killed a man to save Jules, the two are very much stuck together. They have to hide a body, but Ophelia is determined to aid Jules in her mission too.

Disposing of a body

The first episode ended with Jules and Ophelia discovering that Ophelia’s car -- with the dead body in the trunk -- was not where they left it. Trying to get rid of this body becomes a comedy of errors and makes up the lighter parts of the episode, which the show really benefits from.

Even when bad things happen, life is still funny, and “Sweet/Vicious” recognizes that, finding the comedy even in the darkest moments of the show. The women having to retrieve a car with a dead guy in it from the police should be terrifying and tense, and so should burying a body as people stumble around the cemetary, and while they are, the comedy comes from the fact that these two don’t really know what they’re doing. They aren’t cold-blooded killers, but college students who are trying to do the right thing.

Jules hasn’t gone after Nate

We know that Nate sexually assaulted Jules and Ophelia knows, but no one else does. Her experience with Nate led Jules to take action for women who don’t see justice; her vigilante activities are her way of dealing with her grief. Some might wonder why Jules hasn’t taken on Nate yet, but I’d wager she isn’t ready.

Nate is, after all, her best friend’s boyfriend. He’s a regular fixture in her life, and she’s having flashbacks to the assault regularly.

Trying to take him on would be too difficult for her right now. Could the first season be building to that? Jules having to face the reality by telling Kennedy or going up against Nate would certainly be one heck of an ending to the season, but something tells me she’s got a long list of other sexual predators to get through first.

Harris finds his legal voice

One of the biggest complaints about teen dramas on television is that they are very Caucasian with token minority characters added in for good measure, which is why Harris' storyline is so fantastic.

He might have complained about racial disparity in legal matters on campus in the previous episode, but what happened in “The Writing’s on the Wall” prompted him into action.

Harris is targeted, handcuffed, and sat on the sidewalk, simply because he’s a black guy walking alone. Like the dialogue that has been opened as sexual assault survivors have come forward more and more over the last year, there has been a surge in the awareness of racial disparity in this country as a result of police violence.

Young black men are more likely to be shot than talked down in any kind of criminal investigation and the legal system has been proven to be biased against them more than once.

Having Harris experience racial profiling and decide to begin working his legal studies in that direction is a great move on the part of the show.

The wall

As the episode nears its end, Ophelia follows one of the sexual assault survivors the audience has met. What she finds is that young women on campus have already taken steps to warn each other about the possibility of being assaulted, even if they aren’t all taking the steps Jules is to get revenge.

Inside one of the girl’s restrooms on campus is a wall of names of men who have assaulted women. All of them are members of the same fraternity that Jules already has experience with.

The names not only give her a list to work with, but it speaks to a larger issue on university campuses -- rape culture that many like to pretend doesn’t exist.

Despite the fact that custodial staff would have come across this bathroom in reality, and the stylized nature of violence on the show, “Sweet/Vicious” has actually done a remarkable job at demonstrating what sexual assault is like in a college environment.

The verdict

This episode did such a great job at building on the premiere, and it’s just as fantastic.

4 out of 5 stars.

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