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10 Things I Hate About You: I Want You to Want Me

Bianca arranges a charity event for the cheerleading squad to impress Chasity. But her plan ends up raising more questions than money. Will Bianca get her flowers? Will Cameron ever get the guts to express his feelings? While Bianca waits for her carnations to arrive, Kat deals with a stalker and wonders in secret whether Patrick will send her a carnation.


Episode Info


Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 102
Airdate: Tuesday July 14th, 2009
Special Airtime: 08:00 pm

Director: Gil Junger
Writer: Carter Covington

Alternate Airdates:

USA Jul 14, 2009
UK (Channel 5 +24) Sep 30, 2009

  • Currently 7.2/10
7.2/10 (12 Votes cast)
Guest Stars
Kyle KaplanKyle Kaplan
As Michael Bernstein
Recurring
Jolene PurdyJolene Purdy
As Mandella
Recurring
Chris ZylkaChris Zylka
As Joey Donner
Recurring
Justin LeeJustin Lee
As Charlie Whoo
Recurring

Co-Guest Stars
Nadine CrockerNadine Crocker
As Ivy
Recurring
Allie GoninoAllie Gonino
As Michelle
Recurring
Camila GreenbergCamila Greenberg
As Lissa
Recurring
Ally MakiAlly Maki
As Dawn
Recurring
Reggie JordanReggie Jordan
As WSD Guy
Main Cast
Lindsey Rachel ShawLindsey Rachel Shaw
As Kat Stratford
Meaghan Jette MartinMeaghan Jette Martin
As Bianca Stratford
Ethan PeckEthan Peck
As Patrick Verona
Nicholas BraunNicholas Braun
As Cameron James
Dana DavisDana Davis
As Chastity Church
Larry MillerLarry Miller
As Dr. Walter Stratford
Music
ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Carolina LiarI'm Not OverKat is looking at yearbook pictures on her laptop
JunkLife is GoodKat watches Patrick ride off and Mandella walks up


Episode Quotes
Kat: (talking about the yearbook photos she took) It looks like one of those herpes commercials where everyone is so happy! Despite the fact they have herpes.

Bianca: (to Kat) I need your help!
Kat: First step is admitting you have a problem. Second step is making you a brunette again!

Walter: Why don't you try a car wash, I remember the summer before sophomore year...
Kat: Something really boring happened. Awesome story Dad.
Bianca: A car wash? I love it, thanks Daddy (kisses his cheek)
Kat: Great idea Dad, half naked Cheerleaders, wet and soapy, standing on a street asking for money.
Walter: No car wash!

Bianca: (to the WSO delivery girl) Mail me to another family.
WSO Girl: OK, but first here's your Dad's package.
Bianca: I don't wanna think about my dad's package.

Bianca: (to Kat after she took a picture) Use that last one I had pouty lips with just a hint of tease!
Kat: Ohhh to bad, I think I saw a glare from your Devil horns, Beelzebub.
Bianca: Ok I don't know what that means but I'm offended.

Bianca: (about what will happen if she doesn't get a flower) I'll just go home sick and never come back.

Mandella: That was awesome, it's like your mouth knows Kung-fu!

Walter: You girls are late where were you?
Bianca: We were having sex with the soccer team. It took longer than expected.

Chastity: (about Bianca's fundraiser) Okay, but no bake sale. The last thing this school needs is more fat people.

Bianca: (about Chastity) Kat was right. For a popular girl, she is a teenage Long Duk Dong.
Cameron: I'm sorry, who?
Bianca: The dictator of North Korea. (Cameron's looks confused) It's OK I didn't know either.



Cultural References
The episode (I Want You to Want Me) name is a reference to the 1977 Cheap Trick song of the same name. Several cover versions have been recorded including one by Letters to Cleo from the original 10 Things I Hate About You and one by the L.A. based indie band, KSM, which serves as the show's theme song.

Bianca: I thought I'd learn the routine because, god forbid, someone gets sick, or hurt or pregnant. Thank alot Juno!

Referring to the masterpiece 2007 film starring Ellen Page, featuring a pregnant teen as the lead character. The movie depicts the struggle that Juno (Page) has deciding what she wants to do with it, abortion or adoption. The movie also starred Jennifer Garner, Jason Bateman, Allison Janney and Michael Cera.

Bianca: She is a teenage Long Duk Dong

Bianca was trying to refer to the psychotic ruler of North Korea or but completely missed and referred to the fictional character from the 1984 John Hughes film, Sixteen Candles. Dong (in the movie) was a wacky foreign exchange student that came to stay with Molly Ringwald's family for a weekend.



Analysis
Walter still wears his wedding ring!

This is one of those forgotten before it even happened sub plots that virtually no reviewer will bother to mention (or notice). But it drew my attention after watching the episode for a second time and seeing how subtly and masterfully it was performed by Larry Miller. Showcasing the sub plot in a unique way that gives us some insight into the shows most charming character, Dr. Walter.

The most obvious conclusion to draw is that Walter still misses his late wife deeply and may not be quite ready to move on and begin dating again. By still wearing his wedding ring, even after having moved his family away from their home in Ohio, it clearly shows that Walter and the late Mrs. Stratford were deeply in love.

It was in the end a very endearing moment that presents another side to the paranoid Dad that Walter was portrayed as in the movie (not letting Bianca date until Kat does). Although that seems to have been down played in the series by writer Carter Covington and Director Gil Junger in the first two episodes. Which to me is what a series should be, a fleshing out of the character so as to expand the original story into something more long-lasting and with this simple sub plot that's exactly what's happening.



Other Episode Crew

CreatorCarter Covington
DeveloperCarter Covington
Executive ProducerCarter Covington  |  John Ziffren
Supervising ProducerErin Ehrlich
ProducerBarry Safchik  |  Michael Platt  |  Jon Ross  |  Shawn Wilt
Consulting ProducerRobin Schiff
Associate ProducerNick Pavonetti
Production DesignerGreg J. Grande
EditorSkip Collector
CastingTess Sanchez  |  Collin Daniel  |  Brett Greenstein
Unit Production ManagerHoward Griffith
First Assistant DirectorValerie Finkel
Second Assistant DirectorBradley Morris
MusicRichard Gibbs
Music EditorSherry Whitfield
Costume DesignerKaren Mann
Key GripRocky Ford
Camera OperatorDrew Giannetta  |  Grayson Austin
Set DecoratorBonnie Bennetts
Transportation CoordinatorRobert Santoro
Property MasterMelody Miller
Construction CoordinatorStar Fields
Production Sound MixerKen Segal
Production CoordinatorJohnna Bond
Assistant EditorJennifer Van Goethem
Re-Recording MixerStephen Fitzmaurice  |  Pete Elia
Director of PhotographyMark Doering Powell
Art DirectorDaniel E. Maltese
Post Production CoordinatorAaron Fink
ConsultantGil Junger
Main Title ThemeRichard Gibbs
Chief Lighting TechnicianErik Messerschmidt
Department Head HairKaren Bartek
Department Head Make-upPatricia Bunch
Production StaffLindsey Boyd  |  David Shapiro  |  Joe Harris  |  Jacqui Eisen  |  Marcel Traum  |  Lisa Owad  |  Sarah Mozal  |  Bryce Hudson
Based On Characters Created ByKaren Mccullah Lutz  |  Kirsten Smith
Costume CoordinatorKris Saints
Production ControllerSusan Slattery
 
Warning: 10 Things I Hate About You season 1 episode 2 guide may contain spoilers
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