When we last saw Bobby Cañero-Reed (Charlie Bushnell), older brother of future president Elena Cañero-Reed in the Disney channel series Diary of a Future President, he was having trouble saying "I'm...I think I might be...", in spite of knowing about 300 LGBT people and getting endless "If you want to talk, I'm there for you" support from family and friends. Plus he had chickened out of telling his crush, Liam, how he felt. What will happen in Season 2?
Episode 1: On the first day of high school, Bobby and his friends discover that they can't try out for the tennis team: all of the positions have been filled by older students. Bummer: tennis was his passion. So they go to the Student Activities Fair to find a new extracurricular activity. So you can just join one club? When I was in high school, I belonged to six. Ziggy joins the band, and eventually gets dropped from the gang; film buff Danny joins the Film Club; and Bobby's crush Liam joins the club his girlfriend belongs to (junior environmentalists). Bobby looks at the booth for the Gender-Sexuality Alliance, but is afraid to approach.
(No beefcake in Bobby's plotline, so I'm filling in with pics of cute guys from the A plot (Elena the Future President) and the C plot (Mom). Left: Kyan Zielinski as Elena's nemesis.)
Later, Bobby confides in Elena...about not being able to play tennis. She repeats: "I'm there for you." Darn, he's got more people "there for him" than I have Facebook friends.
Episode 2: Everyone wants to know what club Bobby joined as a substitute for tennis. He claims bowling, but Mom discovers that there is no bowling club. He lied to them! Why, did he secretly join the Gender-Sexuality Alliance? She seeks the advice of her friend Camilla, who says "Bobby is going through a lot right now. Hormones, crushes...identity" But oblivious Mom concludes that he's upset because her boyfriend is moving in. Everything isn't always about you, C-plot character!
Meanwhile, Bobby's friends blow him off to go to club meetings, and Liam keeps talking about his girlfriend. Bobby goes out to the back of the school and angrily hits a tennis ball around.
Later, Bobby and the gang (with Liam's girlfriend tagging along) have tater tots. Whoops, there's a gay couple hugging at the next table! Bobby grins.
Episode 3: All freshmen have to give a give a 2-minute speech on "something you're passionate about. Speak from your heart. Show us a window into your soul." Bobby is horrified. Dude, just talk about tennis. Or being gay.
Left: Eugene Kim as a teacher.
At lunch, the guys reveal that it is even more horrifying: that speech is the key to your popularity in high school (really?). If you screw up, you will be an outcast forever (really?).
Bobby spends the episode discussing his stage fright with the entire cast, plus Grandma, and ends up giving a speech about how unfair it is to have one speech label you for the rest of your life. "We should be able to pick our on labels, or decide if we want to be labeled at all." Yeah, I've heard that before. "I don't like labels" means "I don't want to identify as gay, even though I like guys." This is just a ploy to delay the "I'm...." statement.
Episode 4: Bobby is still upset over his crush Liam having a girlfriend, but now things are even worse: his other friend, Danny, has a crush on a film club girl! The guys spend the episode trying to push them together. When she turns out to have a boyfriend already, Danny is crushed. Bobby tells him the he also had an unrequited love last year. He won't say who it was.
Episode 5: Due to his epic Freshman History Speech, Bobby is chosen to be Mr. Manatee, like the homecoming king. So he has to choose a Ms. Manatee to bring to the big dance. How heterosexist!
At school, girls are giggling and swooning over Bobby, and his friends are ecstatic. "You're the top of the heap now! You rule the school!" They offer multiple suggestions about Ms. Manatee, but Bobby doesn't want to think about it.
Later, Bobby is all depressed about the necessity of dating a girl, and confides in his sister Elena, Mom's boyfriend Sam, and Mom's friend Camilla (who understands because had to date a boy for her quinceañera, even though she liked girls)
Finally...finally he confides in Elena again: "No one knows the real reason I hate Mr. Manatee so much." Dude, everybody knows. The hairdresser knows. The lunch lady knows. "I don't want to date a girl. I want to date a guy. Because...(wait for it...)...I'm gay."
"WHAT??? I had no idea!!!" Just kidding. Elena is happy -- and relieved -- that he finally came out. So am I.
Episode 6: Bobby meets a cute 11th grade boy, CJ (Donovin Miller). Two people of color -- Bobby definitely has a type.
Episode 7: Mom is going out of town again, but this year Bobby is old enough to stay by himself. The boys pressure him into throwing a party, but he refuses. Then CJ and the crew ask, and he's all for it. This doesn't sit well with Liam and Danny: "You're abandoning us for your new friends!"
Episode 8: Liam's girlfriend breaks up with him. I hope you don't try to get with Bobby now. The boy has enough drama in his life. Bobby: "If you want to talk, I'm here for you." Of course.
Uh-oh, Bobby is grounded due to throwing an unauthorized party, so he can't play tennis with CJ tonight. But Liam is free. Your new boyfriend dumping you for your ex! Every gay guy's worst nightmare!
The next day, we hear that CJ didn't play with Liam...he played with another guy, and posted an instagram picture labeled "reunited." Grr...CJ is already cheating on Bobby, and they haven't even dated yet!
That night, Bobby breaks curfew to confront CJ. "Oh, that guy was my cousin. You don't need to be jealous." Kiss, already!
Later, Liam gets tired of waiting for Bobby to come out and tells him: "If you and CJ are more than friends, it would be chill." They hug. I'd hug him, too, out of sheer relief. Finally Liam can stop pretending that he doesn't know!
Episode 9: Bobby comes out to the other friend, Danny. Another "What a relief! Pretending not to know is stressful!" scene. But there's a new problem: CJ thinks Bobby can drive, but he only just got his learner's permit. What if he finds out the truth? Yeah, like CJ is going to reject a cute boy just because he can't drive. Time to learn.
While Mom is teaching him, Bobby informs her that he's into someone. "His name is CJ." She's shocked. "HIS name...um...er...I mean, I'm happy that...you feel comfortable sharing this with me...." Weak smile. Gee, out of all the "I'm there for you" people, Mom turns out to be quasi-homophobic.
Episode 10: Tired of waiting for CJ to ask him out, the guys pressure Bobby into asking. The top usually does the asking, and Bobby screams "bottom" from a mile away. But what if he says no? Or agrees to the date, then changes his mind halfway through? Bobby spends the episode asking for advice from Camilla, Mom's boyfriend Sam, and just about everyone else. By the way, Elena is running for Student Rep with the campaign slogan "Here for you," naturally.
(Left: Rafael Torres as Cousin Tito)
We are spared the request and the date itself (it was to the tater tot place). Cut to the guys sitting on the curb, eating the last of their tater tots.
Bobby: I'm glad we went on this date.
CJ (Joking): Was this a date? Don't torture the poor kid!
We see the kiss -- or at least the back of CJ's enormous Afro while he plants one on.
Later, Bobby tells his friends about the date -- and the kiss. They are ecstatic. Danny says: "You must be totally over your crush from last year, whoever the guy was."
Uh-oh, Liam looks suspicious. "Why didn't you tell me about your crush?" He wasn't out to you? "Who was he?" Fortunately, Bobby is called away before he can answer. Liam stares...could he have figured it out? Will it be awkward to be friends with someone who used to like-like you?
Drama! But it's the end of Season 2, and there may not be a Season 3. At least Bobby said the word, and got a back-of-the-head kiss. The Disney Channel has come a long way from the "don't ask, don't tell" days The Suite Life of Zack and Cody