We Need to Talk About Danny Twisted Season 1 Episode 7 ABC Family

When watching Twisted it’s easy to forget that Danny has actually murdered someone. The murder of Tara Desai, Danny’s aunt, hangs on the show much like the murder of Lacey’s best friend Regina—as a suspicion, rather than a crime for which Danny has been convicted. Of course we know that Danny killed Tara—that’s why he’s been in juvie for five years—but the weight of such a tragic act seems to dissipate from this show. As an audience, we’re more likely to see the actions of the residents of Green Grove as teenagers bullying teenagers or a town turned against a resident they view as an “outsider,” rather than a community living in actual fear.

Maybe it’s a little too soon to say we know Danny did anything: “We Need to Talk About Danny” seems to eradicate several suspicions in the Twisted fandom that Danny going to juvie for the murder of his aunt Tara is merely his way of covering for someone else who committed the murder. Though he doesn’t get specific, Danny tells his friends that he killed Tara because he had to. “She was going to destroy my family. She was going to ruin my life.”

And when, at the end of “We Need to Talk About Danny,” he stands over the grave of his murdered aunt and tells Lacey, “I’m never going to be happy,” it’s one of the first times that the show really lets us feel that this is a character who has committed murder—and that it’s not as redeemable an act as ABC Family would (ironically) have us believe.

For a show that could be titled “We Need to Talk About Danny,” episode 7 spoke more to romance and suspicion than anything else. (Now that I think of it, this show could also be called “Romance and Suspicion.”)

First, a dream-sequence-Danny seduces Jo in her bedroom (dream sequences are cheap attempts to ramp up preview tension). Thereafter, apparently, she declares herself in love. C’mon Jo, steamy dreams don’t equate love, or else your high school would be one huge Shakespearean nightmare.

Then, Phoebe’s brother Tyler (played by the almost too-attractive Chris Zylka) takes an interest in Jo. She’s too busy mooning over Danny to notice, and Danny is too busy using Tyler’s crush on Jo to secure an invitation to Tyler’s birthday party—where he knows Lacey will be.

Meanwhile, Lacey continues to fake being in love with Archie. That is, until she just decides to stop and ends up making out and heavy petting with Danny while literally on top of his dead aunt’s grave. Classy!

But I’m still reeling from Danny and Lacey’s hookup #2, so let’s back up.

Earlier in the episode we’re treated to what appears to be a set up to get Danny off of the soccer team. In the morning, Danny and his teammate Cole practice soccer, but when afternoon practice rolls around, Cole is too sick to play in the upcoming soccer game and Danny gets to start in his place.

This doesn’t sit well with Archie, who vocalizes how much of a coincidence this seems to be. Later, the coach finds mothballs in the locker room trash can, and relates that mothballs can cause the kind of sickness that Cole came down with. The only thing he doesn’t seem to realize is that no teenager would use mothballs to poison someone. In the age of the internet, there are better solutions, Coach.

We Need to Talk About Danny Twisted Season 1 Episode 7

Though when questioned Danny smartly protests that he would hardly leave evidence behind, he’s kicked off the team. To his credit, the coach seems remiss about having to remove Danny from the line-up and even promises to say Danny quit for personal reasons.

Will Danny find his way back onto the team? We’ll just have to wait and see.

At Tyler’s cemetery birthday party—because Zylka apparently didn’t get enough of cemeteries during his stint on The Secret Circle—Danny’s appearance is a showstopper: another reminder that the town isn’t just going to “get over” Danny’s presence any time soon. Upset over his ejection from the team, Danny starts to drink, and Jo and Lacey determine to take advantage of his vulnerable state to extract information about his aunt Tara.

This is not the first or the last time this episode that Jo’s attraction to manipulating to get what she wants is mentioned. Earlier, while talking to Karen Desai at The Diner, Chief Masterson mentions a harmless story about Jo manipulating her parents into giving her pie every night for dinner. Jo also convinces Lacey to try to use his feelings for Lacey to elicit information from him. It doesn’t work, which is why she encourages Lacey to help her ambush Danny at the party, leading to the confession of why he felt justified in killing his aunt Tara.

This recurrence of manipulation in Jo emphasizes the idea that even if Danny is manipulative—which we have seen over the course of the show—that doesn’t make him a sociopath. Almost everyone on the show—except Rico, poor, sweet Rico—manipulates to get what he or she wants in some form. But who’s at the top of Twisted’s pecking order of manipulation? Who is yanking the chains?

Earlier in the episode, in one of the first appearances of true character genius, Lacey realizes that there’s a very high likelihood that Danny’s father’s death, Danny’s aunt Tara’s death, and Regina’s murder could all be connected. And they said Jo was the smart one? Please.

Lacey can’t seem to keep the information to herself for long, however, because she spills the beans to Danny later at the party. He’s unhappy about it, of course—the comment comes out more of an accusation than Lacey intended—but that doesn’t stop him from making out with her later, so clearly no harm was done to that relationship.

Elsewhere in Green Grove: Danny takes Tess’ pottery class and uses the time to bond with Mama Masterson. He confesses that he’s having some girl troubles, but the girl in question isn’t Jo. Tricky knowledge for Tess to have, considering is just about to confess to loving him.

The Chief embarks on two fishing expeditions, and one of them offers some returns. First, he attempts to extract information from Karen while she eats lunch at The Diner. (Clearly this woman can’t cook her own meals.) This doesn’t work, though he does end up ensuring she secures a job. His second attempt—combing the lake for the necklace Rico saw Karen toss—proves fruitful, and now Kyle has the ammunition he was after to pursue Danny as a viable suspect in Regina’s murder. Or does he? (The definition of circumstantial evidence being what it is, and all…)

At the end of the episode, just as Danny misses Jo’s phone call, Lacey shows up on his doorstep proclaiming she’s broken up with Archie. She walks in with clearly sexy intentions and qualifies those intentions with “No one can know.” Exactly what every guy wants to hear. But Danny doesn’t seem to mind. When a boy’s been in juvie for six years, can you really blame him? (Lacey doesn’t have such a good excuse, though.)

Notes

  • Danny calling Karen “mother” so often is a clear reference to Norman Bates of Pyscho and Bates Motel fame.
  • When Jo asks her mother what Vikram, Danny’s father was like, Mama Masterson describes him as “charismatic.” Who wants to put money down right now that Vikram is the sociopath in this story, not Danny?
  • Kyle helps Karen get a job at a realtor’s firm. Maybe Chief Masterson is a little charming, eh? A little too charming? I saw a little chemistry there, and now that Karen knows Tess hooked up with Vikram when he was dating Karen…
  • Danny to Lacey: “Last time you texted me for a secret meeting, things got a little intense.” We should say so! Didn’t you see the gif?
  • Rico calls Jo out on The Bechdel Test, noticing that even though Jo may be texting Lacey all through lunch instead of Danny, it’s still Danny that Lacey and Jo are discussing. Don’t these frenemies have anything better to text excitedly about?
  • Danny tells Jo that his father stopped visiting him in juvie months before he died. Fishy, right? Very fishy.
  • Clearly the arbiter of all things sacred, Sarita tells Lacey she has to choose between the popular kids and Jo/Danny.

What did you think of “We Need to Talk About Danny?” Are you wondering what happened to Rico’s once-obvious crush on Jo? Do you think Tyler’s character is here to stay? His flirting with Jo had fantastic possibilities, too bad I’m convinced he’s not a very nice guy. (Chris Zylka never gets to play the nice guy! And nice guys never get to have buzz cuts.) How many points does that make in this love polygon? Six? Fifty million?

Let me know how you felt about “We Need to Talk About Danny” in the comments below.