Sweet/Vicious Review: Tragic Kingdom (Season 1 Episode 4)

Jules and Ophelia hit a rough patch when Ophelia’s mother comes to town while they’re trying to take down Kappa. 

Sweet/Vicious Season 1 Episode 4, “Tragic Kingdom,” introduces an entirely different side of Ophelia. A side that looks fun in the preview, but in reality is unlikeable.

Ophelia turns into something she never wants to be: her mother. She trades in her beautiful green hair for the blonde look and her mother’s approval. At first, it’s all to take down Kappa, but when her mother shows up, it’s something entirely else.

Watching Ophelia mostly turn her back on Jules for her mother hurts. This is a side of Ophelia that I never want to see come back because it isn’t her. Her mother brings out the worst in her and is only hanging out with her because she pledged.

Ophelia’s mom, all of a sudden, wants to be in her life and be there for her. But it’s not real at all. Everything she does, inviting her to vacations, connecting with her, has all been fake. And her mother proves that when she ditches Ophelia once Kappa is disbanded and Ophelia changes back to her old self.

Ophelia’s life at Darlington is the best thing that has happened to her. If it wasn’t for Darlington, she might’ve been a mini-me of her mother. Jules and Harrison are both her rock and are there for her one hundred percent through thick and thin because they love her. The real Ophelia.

Meanwhile, Jules has to snap Ophelia back to reality and deal with her horrific dreams that have come back to haunt her. Not only does she not have Ophelia on her side at the moment, but now Kennedy is lashing out at her. We get it; Jules has been acting severely weird around her, and she doesn’t know what happened.

This is something that every survivor has to go through, especially when dealing with it in secret. You aren’t the same person you used to be, and you never will be.

The flashback scene where Jules has to see herself leaving the fraternity that night is so heartbreaking. Not only does she have to re-live that night, but she also has to deal with her best friend yelling at her because she doesn’t want to go inside.

I like Kennedy don’t get me wrong, but it’s frustrating to see all the connections on what makes Jules physically uncomfortable and her be oblivious. In the end, she admits that she knows something is up, and she’s there for Jules when she wants to open up, and my heart grows. Now all we have to do is wait and see when Jules will spill the truth about Nate.

Tyler and Jules are still going strong, and it makes me so happy. Being in a relationship is a significant step for Jules, so here’s to hoping it stays this way. The more that Tyler gets involved with the disappearance of Carter the more nervous I get that he’s going to find out the truth. Carter might’ve been a rapist, but that is still Tyler’s brother.

Jules and Ophelia making up at the very end just goes to show how strong their bond truly is. No matter what they go through, they’ll be there for each other.

Other Thoughts:

  • Harris is on the verge of figuring out the truth about the vigilantes, aka Jules and Ophelia. Harris finding out their secret could either be a good thing or a terrible thing.
  • Jules giving Ophelia a makeover is one of the highlights of the episode. Seeing her happy and bubbly is something that I want to see every episode.

Sweet/Vicious airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on MTV.

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