A few of you have emailed me about Undercover High that premiered on A&E last week. For those of you who are unaware it’s a show sort of like 60 Days In except that adults are posing as teens in a high school. On the very first episode, one of the young women, Lina. who is attending school with her brother who is also undercover was the source of a lot of attention from the boys. When she failed to show them any attention, she was immediately getting trash talked. There was also a group chat where one guy in the room threatened to rape her. That was week one. Let’s see what this week holds.
Lina and Jorge talk about what to do with the group chat with the rape threats and decide that Lina should go talk to the principal and show her the screen shots. Meanwhile, the school is preparing to celebrate “winter royalty.” I’m not sure if there is an actual dance or if it simply voting for a king and a queen. Emily, a Hispanic student who nominated for queen explains to Jorge that she will not win because the winners come from the basketball team each year, and usually the black students win.
When Lina talks to the principal she says that the guy who made the rape comment is not a student and has never been a student at the high school. That wasn’t particularly comforting.
A new undercover kid shows up for his first day. It’s Shane, he’s white and looks like a high school student. He runs his own nonprofit for kids. He is shocked that all the students are on their phone during class.
Erin doesn’t seem to be fitting in with the AP crowd. She seems to have the surly teenage thing down though.
Daniel’s reading problems are still bothering him in class just the way it did high school. Shane was placed in a weight lifting class with the entire basketball team. Whose idea was that? He’s a drama kid.
I find this whole winter royalty thing kind of ironic. The Hispanic kids feel defeated because the black kids always win. But basically the real problem is that everyone is voting by race. The Hispanic kids are also only voting for the Hispanic kids, so whatever the larger racial group is, is going to win. It seems like the Hispanic population is getting bigger than the black population, so maybe Emily will win. The goal should be to integrate the races instead of have social groups based on ethnicity. That doesn’t seem like the goal here. The goal appears to be to get the Hispanic kids a win.
Daniel’s friend Antonio won for Winter King. Emily won for Queen! Tamira was not happy to lose. Very quickly, people were texting that Emily must have bought her win. Tamira says she can’t believe she lost, she was supposed to win. Someone texted “These Mexicans be rigging it!”
Next week, two more girls join the program.
I’m not sure if I will keep recapping this or not. There is not a whole lot to say about it.