Monday, January 17, 2011

Sweet Valley High #60: That Fatal Night

The football team is on a winning streak and everyone in town is now attending the games. I want to point out here that Ken makes a comment about how there are only six games left in the season. That makes the rest of the series even more confusing. Anyway, Amy Sutton is all hot to trot for Ken and constantly flirting with him and cheering him on. Terri Adams also has a thing for him, but of course won’t tell him that.

Amy decides to throw a big celebration-victory party at her house and somehow Terri gets an invite. Naturally Amy throws herself all over Ken, makes a big deal about him and kisses him in front of everyone. He seems a little uncomfortable and eagerly offers to take Winston and Maria home. Terri asks Winston for a ride and winds up in the car with them.

It starts raining when they leave and Winston’s parents are home, so he decides to take Maria home and let Ken drive Terri back. This, despite the fact that Terri only lives a few blocks down the road. They talk about football and have a nice conversation, but when she suggests he stay behind until the rain stops, he decides to go back to the party. He drives off, thinking about what a great girl she is.

Jessica also needs a ride home because her date is a conceited ass. She, Todd and Liz leave together and notice an accident scene. Liz spots Ken’s bumper stickers on the car and they pull over. When they see him loaded into an ambulance, they decide to go back and tell everyone at the party what happened. Amy puts the blame on Terri because she was the last one to see him and the reason he wasn’t at the party. Amy does go to the hospital, but she only cares about how soon he’ll be back on the field.

Terri goes back to school excited about the connection she had with Ken. Then she discovers that Ken had a bad accident and Amy is blaming everything on her. Back at the hospital, the doctors take off the bandages and Ken realizes that he’s blind. The doctor tells his family that there’s a chance he might regain his sight in the future.

The twins stop by for a visit and Ken has to tell them about his blindness. Jess finds Amy, who’s stopping by and tells him what happened. She makes up a bunch of excuses to leave and then asks Jess not to tell him she even stopped by. Wow. Then she goes back to school and confronts Terri, blaming her for ruining Ken’s life. Again, I say wow.

Terri is so upset over what happened that she naturally turns to Liz for support. Ken is now at some random blindness center and Liz suggests they pay him a visit. He tells her that the accident wasn’t her fault and not to blame herself. Then suddenly he’s back at school, but everyone now treats him differently. Even poor Winston is acting like a spaz and Amy doesn’t want anything to do with him, of course.

Ken takes a walk by himself and overhears a group of guys talking. One of them is Scott Trost, who’s now the quarterback and he’s talking about how Amy Sutton is all over him. Terri stops by and they have a nice talk. She grows a little worried about him and once again turns to Liz, who suggests she try seeing what it’s like to be blind. Terri walks around her house with a blindfold on for like five minutes and suddenly gets how hard his life is.

Liz and Enid throw a party for Ken. I’m assuming they do this because Liz feels guilty that she was all in love with him (according to the Secret Diary) and now she’s being a tool when he’s blind. She warns Amy not to ruin the party and asks her not to come, but she totally shows up and treats him crappy.

That’s okay though because Terri asks him out on a date. They go to the beach and when he says that he misses running, she stands up and helps him run. They go to a game together and start spending a lot of time together. He thinks about kissing her, but decides that she’s just spending time with him out of sympathy or guilt. Ken kind of takes advantage of her, like she keeps helping him and doesn’t have time to do her own homework or study for a test, which she later fails. She tries talking to him and he snaps, thinking she’s abandoning him. Terri reveals that she’s in love with him before running away.

Ken realizes that he was an asshole and that he loves her. He keeps trying to call her, but she’s gone and he decides she must be at their section of the beach. He manages to get on the bus and track her down. As soon as she sees him, she throws herself into his arms. They kiss a little, declare their love for each other and then he kind of sees again, though it’s awhile before he gets his vision back.


  1. Ugh, I hate the whole "just put a blindfold on, then you'll understand!" trope. Also, how is this a "fatal" night? Nobody died.

  2. I love how every book and movie does the blindfold thing. I can't remember what I just saw this again in, but it was like last week! lol