Written by Liz Britton
Job hunting can be hard. Networking, editing your resume and nailing the interview are just a few of the difficult obstacles with the search. Dealing with relatives and friends who are trying to be helpful while saying, “It’s okay. You’ll get a job soon.” is like pouring salt on a wound.
Sofia (Aimee Carrero – below), best friend to Gabi (Emily Osment), has been jobless for the past three months. She has applied to jobs all over San Francisco and is falling into a downward spiral after being rejected time and time again. The only person who wants to hire her is her father in Florida and that job would require her to move far away from her loving best friend and back in with her parents.
Being jobless is hard enough but add living with your parents on top of that and you’ve got yourself a nightmare. Living with my own parents for three months when I was unemployed was horrible. It made me feel like a failure fresh out of college even though people kept telling me that I would find a job eventually (which I did), but the endless applications and rejections wear on a girl. Words only go so far when you want a career.
Faced with the harsh reality that she might have to move back in with her parents, Sofia drowns her sorrows in a bag of marshmallows. Gabi witnesses this major meltdown and begs Sofia to get out for the evening.
With a complete makeover, coupons to a fancy spa (Ugh, I wish!) and a best friend buying her drinks, Sofia confidently lures a man she sees at the bar. The gentleman wines and dines her and they even have time for “dessert”.
The next morning, Sofia is shocked to discover that she has five hundred dollars in her purse. She comes to the conclusion that the man she slept with thought she was a hooker! When Gabi confronts the man about why he thought Sofia was a hooker, he says that it was because of her short dress, smoky eyes and high heels.
Now, I believe that anyone should be able to wear whatever they want whenever they want and wherever they want. People should not be judged based on appearances alone. But the sad thing is, not everyone feels this way.
In fact, from the moment you walk into a room, people are judging you. They know within a minute whether or not you are a sports fish or a keeper. According to comedian and relationship guru Steve Harvey:
“a man fishes for two reasons: he’s either sport fishing or fishing to eat, which means he’s either going to try to catch the biggest fish he can, take a picture of it, admire it with his buddies and toss it back to sea, or he’s going to take that fish on home, scale it, fillet it, toss it in some cornmeal, fry it up, and put it on his plate. This, I think, is a great analogy for how men seek out women.”
A sports fish is someone a man can have on his arm and show off to his friends. The sports fish wears skimpy outfits and is only thinking in the short-term. Sofia’s outfit (short dress, smoky eyes and super high heels) made her come across as a sports fish. Instead of treating her with the respect she deserved, the man who slept with her assumed she was a hooker and a one time fling.
A keeper is someone a man can take home to meet his friends and his family and will stick around long enough to get the ring and the wedding “I do’s”. Sofia, although dressed for a night out on the town, is a keeper. She treasures her relationship with Gabi and is a faithful friend through and through. She might be a little eccentric and immature at times, but aren’t we all?
Because Sofia is a keeper underneath it all, I would love to see her have a flourishing relationship with a man in either this season or the next. While Sofia is Gabi’s best friend, I feel like their friendship should be challenged by Sofia getting into a committed relationship. We see Gabi struggle with her relationships with men, but the episodes that are about Sofia and Gabi’s struggles together are the most meaningful.
Their friendship is deep and started before the show even began. They have backstory that some other characters don’t have, and I really hope the writers dig into their relationship.
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