CW Life Lessons: You Never Know Your Family as Well as You Think
Ah, family. They’re the people you can always count on, the folks you know better than anyone else, the people who have to love you and take you in, right? Hah! Obviously, you haven’t been keeping up with your CW shows. They teach us that you never know what’s going on in the hearts and heads of the people who share your genetic material, and what you don’t know can hurt you.
Take Gossip Girl. Serena knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that her grandmother Cece loved her wild side, wanted her to be a free spirit and live the life she desired. Then came the debutante ball, where Serena learned that her grandmother tried to run off her wrong-side-of-the-tracks boyfriend, browbeat her mother into trying to turn Serena into a Junior League robot, and lied about being sick to get her way. Then WE discover Cece lied about lying about being sick. Apparently there’s no room for truth in this family!
The Scott boys of One Tree Hill don’t do any better. They think they know everything they need to know about patriarch Dan Scott -- he’s the original Bad Dad, beyond redemption and bereft of good. But Dan seems to have a secret good streak he’s hiding from his boys, that only Jamie can see.
He saves Jamie from psycho Nanny Carrie, declines to kill the reverend who’s first in line for a new heart, and even kept a secret stash of Lucas pictures from when his illegitimate son was growing up. Is there a warm, fuzzy teddy bear hidden under that tough, brother-killing exterior? We’re not sure we’d go that far, but we do think there’s more to Dan than his sons will ever realize.
Then there’s the Winchester boys of Supernatural. They depend on each other utterly, but that doesn’t mean they don’t keep secrets from each other. Sam tried to conceal his psychic abilities from Dean, then declined to share Ruby’s revelation that Lillith was after him and that his abilities were still lurking in his potentially demon-tainted soul. Dean angsted over John’s admonition that he might have to kill Sam for more than half a season. Neither brother seems capable of really talking about how they actually feel about ANYTHING -- each other, their father, their line of work, what’s on TV, the weather, you name it. And speaking of John – oy, that was a man who kept things close to the vest, wasn’t he? He hid from the boys for most of the first season, never seemed to share all his information with them, and remained unknowable to the end. It was bad enough that Dean was willing to believe a crackly voice on the phone was John calling from beyond the grave, when two seconds of analysis would have revealed that it couldn’t have been the real John. Since Dean was facing a death sentence, we’re willing to give him a pass on that, we guess.
Even the folks on Smallville never really know the ones they love. Lex and Lionel circled each other with plots and counter-plots for seven seasons, never really telling each other the truth about anything. Heck, Lionel was surprised to the very end, when Lex pushed him out a window to his death. And Clark and Kara, despite their shared Kryptonian roots, never seemed to know each other – the cousins spent their first couple of meetings fighting, not realizing they were related, and Clark got blindsided by Braniac posing as Kara in the season finale. Even family-of-choice Lana and Clark had problem – Lana spent many blissful days with Bizarro Clark before she realized she’d been snuggling up with the wrong guy. Come on, Lana -- the lack of angst should have been a clear sign!
So, according to The CW, your family is an endless source of mystery. Keep an eye on your siblings, your parents, random cousins and miscellaneous great-aunts – you never know what they could be up to, or what you’ll learn.