Not only does this scene introduce
Erin as Shelby’s best friend from kindergarten who has a nasty habit of taking
credit for the things Shelby accomplishes, it tell us something about Chase and
In this scene:
Shelby reacts negatively to Erin taking credit for her song
Chase watches her reaction and notices that Shelby is upset by what Erin said
Chase goes out of his way to ask Shelby what’s wrong
Shelby doesn’t think twice before she tells Chase why she’s upset
To understand why this is so important, we need to remember that Chase and Shelby have not always been the best of friends. Like, do you remember when in the first episode Chase hit on
Shelby by calling her the wrong name
despite the fact they’d been working together for a long time? Do you remember
that episode where Chase made fun of Shelby for liking a boyband? Shelby and Chase’s
friendship had a rocky start and has gone through hard times because of Chase’s unintentional meanness.
But over the course of the series, Chase has had numerous chances to grow and become a kinder person, especially towards Shelby. And to his
credit, he’s taken them, apologized for his actions and learned from his
What makes this scene special is that it
builds upon all this important character growth to illustrate how their
friendship has evolved. This scene shows us that Chase has gone from someone who
belittled Shelby’s feelings to someone who is attentive and compassionate of
them. It also shows us that, as a result of these positive changes Chase
has made, Shelby has come to effortlessly trust him with those feelings.
I love how that in the midst of the chaos caused by a monster attacking and
trying to distract Shelby’s friend, Koda manages to not only catch the ice
cream cone Tyler throws behind him but enjoy it too.