Don't Trust the B— in Apartment 23
Episode 9: The Scarlet Neighbor
By: Carlos Uribe
Don't Trust the B— in Apt. 23 is about Chloe, a total crazy girl, and June, an almost crazy girl. It also has James Van Der Beek playing himself.
A large part of the show is just how inappropriate Chloe can behave. This makes her an unpredictable and fun character but it doesn't come as a surprise when most of society judges her. This becomes especially true when Chloe is forced to tell a family that just moved into the building that she's a registered sex offender. She's not just a character that dates inappropriate guys but she has a record for doing so. When her actions come under the scrutiny of her neighbors, June tries her best to change Chloe so that they don't hate the both of them. June's attempt to fix Chloe is to try and find her an appropriate guy but this ends up backfiring on them at just about every level. The main plot is funny and it keeps with the show's general theme that female promiscuity isn't that big of a deal. The only problem I have with this plot is the general lack of continuity between it and what happened within the last two episodes. It's possibly because this is a first season episode rather than a second season one, but it's odd to have June working back in the coffee shop right after an episode where she was shown leaving it. This also means that we get a Mark who has yet to realize that he has feelings for June as he gets back together with his ex-girlfriend. Based on the information we get, I presume this episode was meant to air before the time they took a trip to the Hamptons.
The Scarlet Neighbor is a funny and focused leftover but it aired in the wrong time. This might not bother some people but if there's supposed to be continuity, messing with it can really ruin my enjoyment of the episode. It's not a bad episode but it simply should have aired earlier in the season. I could have easily taken this episode over any of the season 1 Dancing with the Stars episodes that weren't any good.