The writing leading up to Zach's death (...or is it?) hasn't exactly been nuanced, what with the heart-to-heart's (DO YOU EVEN KNOW how hard it was for me to resist typing "heart-to-Hart"? I am a sad person) Zach and Kendall have been having about their love and their future. Even if you weren't already spoiled, their scenes reeked of impending tragedy. It reminded me of the first time I saw West Side Story and became incredibly upset during "One Hand, One Heart" when Tony and Maria sang "Even death won't part us now" ("Why are you taunting death like that?! Do you not know this is based on Romeo and Juliet?!").
That lack of subtlety continued in today's episode, after Zach's plane...now, here is where I am confused. Was it just a plane crash? Or did the plane explode before crashing? The lack of body, and Ryan's statement that "Zach was probably already dead before the plane hit the ground" would seem to indicate the latter, but I feel uncomfortable accepting that in addition to all of his other skills, Ryan is also a great CSI.
Anyway, today's show brought us these clever lines of dialogue:
Kendall: I just want this to be a special Thanksgiving. [...] Zach will be there to keep the peace.
Kendall: Now look at us. We've got our whole life ahead of us.
Kendall: Hi, Zach, it's me. I just called to say how much I miss you, and how much I appreciate what you're doing for Ryan and Greenlee. Well, I've got some big surprises for Thanksgiving. Oh, yeah. I went a little overboard. You'll see. Anyway, I miss you so much. I can't wait to see you. The boys can't wait to see their Daddy, either. I love you more than anything in this whole world. Hurry home and be safe. I'll be waiting for you.
Could this show POSSIBLY lay it on any thicker? NO. No, they could not.
Kudos to Alicia Minshew for the moments where Kendall felt that something was wrong; I am sure that when Kendall learns what happened, her reaction will be devastating and I should probably stock up on tissues now. I also appreciated her sweet moments with Annie, planning the Thanksgiving seating arrangements. The two of them work really well together, and it was nice to have some light-hearted fun amidst the depression. Especially since it included some Ryan snark.
Annie: That's great. Ryan to the rescue. Again.