Review: Bunk’d ‘Gone Girl’

When Gladys (Mary Scheer) gets stood up for her date by the candy delivery guy, she punishes the whole camp by banning candy at Camp Kikiwaka in the “Gone Girl” episode (Season 1, Episode 2). Seeing an opportunity, Zuri (Skai Jackson) and Jorge (Nathan Arenas) start a candy smuggling ring and end up getting Tiffany (Nina Lu), whose mother unsurprisingly has never allowed her to eat candy, hooked.

The candy ring is basically a G-rated version of drug smuggling, complete with Jorge purchasing a white gangster suit and gator skin shoes and Tiffany turning into a candy junky so desperate for a sugar fix she’s seen licking a tree looking for sap. After Tiffany trades her violin for a chocolate chunk, Jorge tells her “Welcome to rock bottom, sister” and sets up an intervention with her stuffed animals.

The Emma (Petyon List) and Xander (Kevin G. Quinn) romance kicks into another gear when Xander asks Emma out – since he’s a dreamboat guitar player he does it with a song, naturally. When Lou (Miranda May) finds out about their date, she tells Emma they go together like peanut butter and eggs, meaning that as a good thing. But when Ravi (Karan Brar) overhears Xander talking about his ex-girlfriend and how he is going to shred for Emma with an axe on their date he gets protective of his sister, thinking she’s being set up for a Friday the 13th-inspired date in a secluded spot in the woods.

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Emma starts to think Ravi might be right when Xander shows her a hole he’s dug and the axe he brought along. She even goes so far as to hit Xander with a tree branch, only to discover that Xander dug the hole to build a bonfire for s’mores. He’s not an axe murderer after all.

The smuggling ring ends up getting broken up by Gladys, who confiscates the money she finds in Jorge’s mattress for dollar slots, but Jorge does earn points with Zuri for not diming her out. To take Tiffany’s mind off of candy, they introduce her to something else addicting she’s never been exposed to: video games.

While it’s strange to have a thinly veiled drug smuggling storyline in a family show, Bunk’d at least can be credited for not necessarily playing it safe, even if the jokes don’t always land and the characters stick to a pretty strict and stereotypical mold. After two episodes, Bunk’d has shown that it’s a fun show with likable but predictable characters and enough one-liners and visual gags to make the trip to the sound stage Camp Kikiwaka a worthwhile one.

Watch Bunk’d ‘Gone Girl’ online on Amazon

Notes:

-Jorge quotes the 1983 movie Scarface when he says “say hello to my little friend.” But instead of a gun, he’s referring to a younger camper.

-After eating a Scooter bar for the first time, Tiffany goes on a sugar high mania where she memorizes all of Shakespeare’s plays and reads Leo Tolstoy’s 1,500-page novel War and Peace in seconds.

-“Boys are like hot dogs, delicious but wondering what’s inside will make you puke,” -Lou

-“With those dreamy eyes he could run a puppy mill and I’d still go out with him.” -Emma

-When Gladys says she was stood up for her date, Lou asks “how can a pint of ice cream and a George Clooney movie stand you up?” Later, Gladys shows up wearing 3D glasses and says she was watching a George Clooney movie.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at Tangzine.com and MatthewRalph.com. I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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