Some thoughts about the "Consequences" video...
I went into this thinking the odds were about 80/20 that Lydia had no idea about the tape. There was scads of in-canon evidence throughout the LBD and the spinoffs that Lydia is actually, sexually-speaking, an extremely private person.
- In one of Lizzie’s early videos, she took extreme offence to being called a slut and insisted that Lizzie officially recant that statement on-camera.
- We heard in Lydia’s vlog about that guy from eighth grade (Brent?) who blabbed to the school that Lydia had gone pretty far with him when she hadn’t at all. She was obviously very torn up about a) being lied about and b) having her reputation effed with like that.
- We know from Lydia’s vlog that she and George only made out in Vegas. She wasn’t willing to have sex with him at all until he started convincing her that he had real feelings for her.
- She was initially very shy with George about any PDAs or declarations of feelings on her vlog.
(All of which, incidentally, make the violation of her trust all the more devastating for her.)
So I thought it was EXTREMELY unlikely that George, even with as much control as he had over her, could have managed to convince her that releasing a sex tape to the world would be a good idea. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if it turns out Lydia had no idea she was even BEING taped when it happened.
That was my perspective. And when I first watched today’s video, I was appalled when it became clear that Lizzie’s assumptions were completely different from mine; that Lizzie assumed Lydia had given her consent about this video being made, distributed, and sold.
But then I thought about it some more, and realised that no, I guess it does make sense that Lizzie assumed the worst about Lydia - because that’s what Lizzie DOES. She has this perception of Lydia as a loose harlot (probably started by that rumour that Brent circulated all those years ago, but also helped along by Lydia’s party-girl attitude) and always believes the worst of her.
So, despite the fact that Lizzie’s been on a self-improvement kick lately, I imagine that the ‘final frontier’ of Lizzie’s penchant for being so judgy about people is going to be getting over her misconceptions about Lydia.
Her first step should probably be to hold Lydia’s hair back for her, because I’m pretty sure Lydia headed straight for the nearest bathroom to vomit after that video cut out. :( Poor thing.
(Superb acting today, BTW.)