In the upcoming third season of Never Have I Ever, Devi Vishwakumar and Paxton’s Hall-relationship with Yoshida will be as open as any high school romance. Why then is Devi so miserable now that she has finally found love?
There are, in a word, haters. The more in-depth explanation is that Shira, Zoe, and Carley, who like to spread rumors, think Devi must be a “slut” to maintain Paxton’s interest. When Devi boldly proclaims that she and Paxton haven’t had s*x yet, the women rapidly shift gears to rejoicing about the likelihood that he will soon be single again; after all, he has no reason to stay with Devi if they aren’t having s*x.
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So, Devi makes up her mind to have s*xual relations with Paxton. During a pre-date summit, Eleanor, Aneesa, and Fabiola encourage her. Kamala, who has deduced the situation, advises her cousin to make sure she is truly prepared for such a significant step. And on the night of the big reveal, as Devi and Paxton make love on his futon, shirtless, she clenches her fists, closes her eyes, and tells him, “I’m ready.” Get it into me and out of here already. (Aw, sweetie.)
Paxton emphatically does not comply, assuring Devi that they can take as much time as she wants if she is not yet ready to have s*x with him. She’s concerned that they won’t have enough time, and he reassures her that their idea of “slow” is the same as hers. They get back into each other’s arms and watch TikToks while fully clothed.
Soon after, at school, Devi learns that Zoe, Carley, and Shira had forgotten their cruel remarks. She didn’t mean anything to these girls, and maybe she shouldn’t give any stock to what they had to say, John McEnroe narrates. There must be a happy ending, right? Well… A message warns Devi to be careful during dinner that night. You’re wrong about Paxton Hall-Yosidha. Uh-oh.
Never Have I Ever Is A Multicultural Phenomenon
An exciting love triangle has had viewers of Netflix’s “Never Have I Ever” awaiting the third season. In contrast, the current season demonstrates the show’s influence extends far beyond the realm of teenage hormones.
Teen dramedy’s first season followed Indian American teen Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) as she dealt with the death of her father, experienced the unique horrors of high school, and attempted to maintain a balanced life spanning two cultures. The sitcom “Never Have I Ever” was elevated above its reputation as an adolescent show because of the way it skillfully blended difficult emotions like bereavement and self-acceptance with distinct humor.
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The sitcom “Never Have I Ever” was elevated above its reputation as a teen show because of its skillful blending of distinct comedy with difficult emotions like bereavement and self-acceptance.
Mindy Kaling’s “Never Have I Ever,” on which she also serves as executive producer and star, highlights the achievements of South Asian American women and the diverse culture in which Kaling was up. While the show’s appeal is in its depiction of South Asian immigrant culture in the United States, its power lies in the fact that its underlying themes can resonate with people of color from all walks of life and all corners of the globe.
Forbidden to date by her domineering immigrant mother Nalini (Poorna Jagannathan), self-proclaimed nerd Devi is hopelessly obsessed with boys. Meanwhile, Devi’s cousin Kamala (Richa Moorjani) is a doctoral biology student who, much to the dismay of her orthodox grandmother Nirmala, ran away from the proposal dinner for her planned marriage (Ranjita Chakravarty).
When I watched the first two seasons, I noticed many similarities between Devi’s Desi American background and my own Chilean American childhood. Are you caught between two worldviews? Check. Feeling ashamed because of my foreign ancestry and upbringing? Done that. With strict matriarchal women in your family? Of course.
I immediately went back to comparing South Asian American and Latinx American cultures in the very first episode of season three. Despite dating Paxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnet), the dream guy of her dreams, Devi soon learns that her new relationship is not all it’s cracked up to be. To justify their pairing, the cruel girls at Sherman Oaks High School slut-shame Devi.
Even while Devi’s romantic life takes center stage this season, it is Kamala’s arc that most demonstrate the show’s commitment to diversity. Kamala has come to the conclusion that she does not wish to have her romantic life governed by her family or culture. But that’s next to impossible for immigrant families.
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I could hear my own grandmother’s voice in Kamala’s as they argued about whether or not Kamala was bringing shame and disgrace upon her family by breaking with tradition. Their fights over Kamala’s new boyfriend being “not Indian enough” made me think of my own cultural frictions with my grandma over my decision to date a white American.
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