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Why Can’t We Be Friends?: Twisted “Three For The Road” Review

By on July 17, 2013

Avan Jogia as Danny Desai -- Photo by: ABC FAMILY/Eric Liebowitz

It may be too early to say this, but Twisted has struck summer teen drama gold. “Three For The Road” was our follow up to the love triangle introduction, and could have easily been a catastrophic mess. Instead, episode six saw our main trio finally working together (if not begrudgingly) and the once damaged relationship between Lacey and Jo may be on its way to mending.

It gets harder to know what to think of Danny as time goes on. He charms you with Lacey and warms your heart with Jo, but with Karen he can be downright frightening. In one of the episode’s early scenes Danny discovers the necklace is gone as Karen comes home from grocery shopping. In a bit of twist, Danny aggressively confronts her rather than try to hide he knows it’s missing.

It’s easy to see this kid who just wants to be average, who just wants some redemption when he’s with anyone else, but with Karen. Danny is at his most threatening with her, something you see Karen react to as he approaches the kitchen counter. While last week may have been the first episode we strongly believed Danny was innocent – due to the mysterious letter with money – this episode put us right back at square one: D is for Dangerous.

Things are surprisingly less tense on the Jo and Rico front and as they have lunch the two try to piece together whatever it is that has Jo so vehemently defending Danny. Jo barely dodges having a Lacey moment, almost blurting that Danny is her “Best Friend” right in front of her current/old/inbetween(?) bestie. She diverts the conversation back to just wanting to help clear Danny’s name, but Rico sees how much she cares. His care for her care follows him all the way through to his chat with the Chief – which Kyle then uses against the young teen.

Rico is a barely social and utterly awkward teen who has spent most of his high school experience making pi pies and chillaxin at the diner. So when Kyle uses his position and power to manipulate both Rico’s personality and his care for Jo to find out more about Danny (instead of his daughter’s whereabouts), it’s a little heartbreaking.

While initially it may seem like Rico is to blame, he’s not the adult in the situation nor the one who holds the cards. Rico was threatened with charges (seem like a recurring theme?) and then had his arm twisted over how much he cares for Jo. Remember, Rico knows something no one else does: Danny had Regina/Aunt Tara’s necklace. That even roused serious concerns in Karen. Rico thought he was protecting Jo, even if he was only making it harder for her.

Kyle spends the episode raging about trying to find his daughter, but Tess and Karen feel more comfortable with the idea that their children are galavanting around who knows where. They are so comfortable with it, in fact, that they decide to do some pottery while they wait for their children to return. The rebuilding of the relationship between Tess and Karen gives both women a solid storyline of their own and helps strip their label of “devices” in the young trio’s plot game. Still, it seemed like a really inappropriate time to break out the clay. Oh, and did we mention there was weed?

As the missing teens were causing a ruckus at home, we were privy to something that desperately needed addressing for the series to continue on its developmental high: an explanation of Jo and Lacey’s fallout. As it turns out, their break up was about a birthday party that everyone else, but Jo was invited to. It seems harsh how it all went down, but then again, both girls were struggling emotionally after Danny was convicted. He seemed to be their “glue” if you will, and as they were two very different people they handled things very differently. That Danny glue was not strong enough to keep them together and after that party incident, the two broke off.

It was probably painful at the time as it was quite painful to hear them hash it out. However, and more importantly, Jo and Lacey finally cleared the air and repaired hurt feelings, moving them one step closer to friendship. This was wonderful development for our two female protagonists, even if it meant the male character had to be at the center orchestrating the endeavor.


Maddie Hasson, Kylie Bunbury, Avan Jogia — © 2013 ABC Family

Healing means the intense bickering witnessed in the car ride to Connecticut might be on hold, especially now that they share a secret. Danny, Lacey, and Jo took the trip to find out who sent the letter to Regina. Their sleuthing skills weren’t the best, but they were certainly the adorable trio we’ve been dying to see. When they broke out and starting singing “Here It Goes Again” your heart probably melted.

That glimpse at what could be is almost enough for us to want the mystery to be over; for this to be a regular teen show about kids growing up. Almost. That aspect of the show has certainly proved to be strong enough, but “Three For the Road’s” bombshell – that Vikram Desai was behind the mailing address of Regina’s letter – shut that desire down quickly. Can things get any more Twisted?

Here are my twists, turns, and queries for “Three For The Road.” Be sure to add your own and discuss the episode in the comments!

Twists: 1.) Tess and Vikram dated while in high school, 2.) Vikram’s address in another state was attached Regina’s letter

Turns: 1.) Instead of trying to pretend he didn’t know where the necklace was, Danny approached Karen immediately, 2.) Rico spilled the beans about Karen


  1. What will Kyle do with his new found information?
  2. Is there something going on between Tess and Karen that’s more than “just friends”?
  3. Should the girls tell Danny about what they learned?
  4. Which aspect of the show are you liking more: the teen drama or the murder mystery?
  5. Do you forgive Rico yet?

Twisted airs Tuesdays at 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC Family.


  1. Ivy

    July 17, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks for a great review Abbey! I’m making Screenspy my first site visit on Wednesday mornings from now on 😉

    I was literally chilled by Danny’s interaction with his mother. Is this the real him? When he doesn’t have to put on his charm façade??

    I adore Rico — and hope Jo sees how awesome he is soon because I can totally see the two of them together. He is utterly ingenuous which is charming in its own way — and offers a combination of authentic teenhood and comic relief. I think Rico and Kyle share in the blame actually. Rico was purposefully returning to Kyle over and over because he kind of wanted to confess. Kyle was manipulative, but Rico allowed it to some extent. That said, I do not think Rico, from his perspective, was wrong. For all he knows, Danny could really be guilty .

    I found the Karen/Tess scenes a little odd. I am glad they have more forward development though, and wow — Tess has a past with Vikram! I felt a little sad when they were each stating how great the other’s child was for their own, Lacey was left out of the equation.

    The birthday party thing does seem harsh and Lacey was clearly more of the “villain” here. I agree that kids do stupid things when they’re 13 and Lacey was traumatized and coping too – and one thing that helped her deal was not being around Jo. I do wish that it had been less of a cliché though, and also that it wasn’t something to provide more fodder for the Lacey haters out there. But all in all, YAY for friendship — I’m so happy strides were made!

    I am not sure why/how Jo and Lacey made some sort of agreement to not tell Danny about Vikram possibly being alive and the tenant of that apt. Guessing they thought it could be hurtful (my dad was sending money to Regina???) and cause more angst than necessary (is he alive still??) until they could get more information. Hopefully we will find out next week why they are keeping this info from him.

    I had been ambivalent about the murder mystery until now. The relationship dynamics have held center stage for me. But the mystery has definitely escalated — and I’m more invested in that after this episode.

    • Abbey White

      July 26, 2013 at 12:13 am

      That scene actually made me physically uncomfortable. I’ve said this before when I talk about Danny and his many “faces,” but I’ve always viewed the boy we see with Karen as the default (real) Danny. I think he can be a very dark person. Whether it’s attributed to spending time in juvie or him being a sociopath is up to the person watching, but there’s no denying that dark undercurrent in his character.

      Rico is my favorite character and you just splayed out why perfectly. And yes, you are completely right in that Rico stuck around. He definitely kept feeding that fire, but after that slip of the tongue and Kyle’s sudden “interest” I knew it was over. Rico has this aversion to doing wrong that is almost admirable, if not naive. It really goes against his nature to lie, but he also clearly cares about Jo and I think that was the bigger determinant in his decision to tell Chief Masterson. I can’t blame him for being concerned about Danny and Karen, especially as Rico hasn’t even seen the Danny we have. I know some people think it was snitchy because he’s jealous, but at the end of the day for me he’s always truthful. How you dress the truth up doesn’t matter as long as it’s the truth.

      That whole “Tess dated Vikram” thing came way out of left field for me and has me wondering just how connected these families are. Green Grove is a small town, but now I feel like they all carry secrets for and about each other and I’m just waiting to see who knows what and how much they know. The parents might be our way into learning more about Tara, something I’m itching for.

      I do wonder if the reason Lacey is more of the villain in this (because ultimately I do agree) is not because of what she did, but because of the eyes we’ve been viewing things through most of the series. We spend more time in Jo’s headspace than in Lacey’s. We don’t know what Lacey is like outside of Jo’s perception of her and those intense moments Danny has with her. It’s hard to connect with someone you barely see the good/soft parts of. Regardless, there’s going to be haters and either you can see it from both sides or you can’t. I love that all of these characters are very human and there are things I like and don’t like about each and every one. Those things haven’t stopped me from connecting or enjoying their presence at all though, which goes to the writing of the show.

      • Ivy

        July 26, 2013 at 5:29 pm

        Dark Danny is really interesting, and I think the show is doing a good job giving us very limited and ambiguous glimpses of this side of him, so that viewers can never be quite sure if there’s really something sinister there or not.

        Glad you feel similarly about Rico – he is just a good kid crushing on his best friend and really really trying to do the right thing. And he’s just so unintentionally funny, I have credit Aston Moio with bringing him to life as a very 3-dimensional character.

        It seems that the previous generation all knew each other in various ways and they all knew Tara, and I suppose this is one reason the show keeps giving us so much parental back story.

        I too have noticed that Jo’s POV has been front and center. Her characters has gotten greater development via more screen time, more interactions with family/friends (who all get their own storylines as well (Laceys’ family/friends barely exist outside of their relationship with her), more time with Danny, etc. And the two girls often disagree about what they remember (red vs yellow jump rope; Jo choosing to vs. being forced to sit in the front of the sled). We never find out which one was right, but Jo always gets the last word so it seems her memories are the ones that are correct by default. So, yes, some people have a very difficult time relating to Lacey because even though she is supposed to be on equal terms with the other two as far as the “3 friends from childhood reconnect” part of the plot goes, it may not be possible for them to have as much empathy for a character that is less defined and somewhat adversarial to, the “lead” who appears to be Jo.

  2. Katarina

    July 17, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Fantastic review!

    I was torn the first few episode on whether or not I though Danny killed Regina, but for some reason as the episodes go on I feel more and more sure he didn’t. I’m not sure if it’s necessarily because of his actions or if I just can’t ABC being able to work with that angle. I do however think there’s a dark side of his personality that they’ll explore. I vaguely remember Avan giving an interview where he talked about the complexity of Danny and how just because acted certain ways didn’t mean he was necessarily a sociopath. I would love for things to keep coming out to make him look guilty and then have it turn out that he’s just an antihero.

    While I absolutely loathe Chief Masterson, I have to give Twisted props for including the trio’s parents in the plot without having it seem forced. The parents are interesting and can carry their own plots. I think a lot of the younger viewers of the show care about what’s going on with them, or at least don’t mind which isn’t something I’ve seen a lot of teen shows able to do.

    I want Danny to find out about what Jo and Lacey know, but I’m really enjoying having the table turned. It’s nice for Danny to be left out of the loop for once, and until he starts giving them more info I don’t see why they should spill their secrets.

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