Greek: The Complete Third Season

Greek: The Complete Third Season
The third season of ABC Family's dramedy about the many life struggles and elaborate plights of a group of privileged frat boys and sorority girls starts exactly where season two left off. Kappa Tau's "End of the World" party left a lot of heartache for the students of Cypress-Rhodes University, especially with Casey (Spencer Grammer) breaking up with Max and Evan (Jake McDorman) talking Cappie (Scott Michael Foster) out of making a resultant pass at her. A similar romantic drama sparks up on the other side of the ZBZ house when Rebecca (Dilshad Vadsaria) makes out with Ashleigh's (Amber Stevens) boyfriend, Fisher (Andrew J. West). It's just not sisterly behaviour, which sparks a whole host of third season arguments and histrionics, which are only exacerbated by the ZBZ's drop in blue ribbon points to fourth place, behind the Gamma Psis. Meanwhile, Casey's brother, Rusty (Jacob Zachar), is nicknamed "the anchor" when his grades start to slip in the Engineering program, which makes him an easy target for one-upmanship by his recently devirginized religious freak buddy, Dale (Clark Duke). It's all as cheesy and optimistically bubblegum as it sounds, but, fortunately, the writers have a seriously warped sense of humour that pops in a few times every episode to make a completely unexpected and off-the-wall joke about Harry Potter's genitals or diarrhoea-inducing cabbage soup to stir things up. It also helps that Grammer, Duke and Stevens all have natural comic timing that enlivens an otherwise routine teen serial. Surprisingly, this alone makes for weirdly magnetic viewing throughout the 20 episodes of this season, with key moments, such as one in a strip bar, where Clark Duke attempts to sell Jesus to strippers, standing out as particularly memorable and amusing. Three seasons in, Greek is as solid as ever, continuing to bring more to the table than one might expect from an ABC Family series. For example, this season tackles Rebecca's promiscuity and self-loathing tendency to sabotage close relationships, which struck me as dark for such powder pink territory. Included with the six-DVD set are two separate gag reels, a handful of commentary tracks and a featurette on the "GOTCHA" game that takes up the first few episodes of the season. There is also a brief interview with Nora Kirkpatrick, who plays the idiosyncratic Pan Hellenic president. (Shout! Factory)