Never Have I Ever, Mindy Kaling‘s teen smash, is getting a new chapter, and fans can’t wait to see what happens next for Devi Vishwakumar, Ben Gross, and Paxton Hall-Yoshida.
We’ve gone back and recapped the most important things from Season 2 of Never Have I Ever to keep you updated.
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1) The Devi-Paxton-Aneesa-Ben situation
Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) and Ben (Jaren Lewison) kissed at the end of Season 1, but Paxton (Darren Barnet) mysteriously showed up at her house eager as mustard after kissing Devi and then icing her out. Devi couldn’t decide and ended up dating both of them — without telling either of them. Paxton stormed out of Devi’s party and was hit by a car, jeopardising his swimming college scholarship chances, so he was paired with Devi for tutoring, and he played on her guilt to get her to do his homework for him. Paxton’s GPA and their chemistry skyrocketed when he decided to study.
When Aneesa Qureshi (Megan Suri) started at the school, sparks flew between her and Ben, and Devi didn’t tell her about their past for some reason — but she still tried to keep them apart due to long-lasting feelings. When Devi betrayed Aneesa, Ben asked Devi for help in convincing her to stay at Sherman Oaks. It was successful. Ben and Aneesa began dating, and he invited her to the dance.
Meanwhile, Devi and Paxton continued to meet in private at Paxton’s request. Devi invited Paxton to the dance, but he publicly declined, so Ben gave her a lovely pep talk in the bathroom. Devi realised she deserved a real relationship, so she called it quits and went to the dance studio alone. Aneesa interrupted Ben just as he was about to ask Devi out. Devi went outside, feeling lonely, only to be hit by Paxton’s car. They decided to make it official on the street and had a big smooch at the dance. Ben gasped in horror as Eleanor (Ramona Young) revealed that Devi’s actions this season were motivated by her feelings for Ben.
2) Devi 2.0 – Annesa
To Devi’s chagrin, the new transfer student quickly charmed her classmates. Everything was fine until Aneesa and Ben became interested in each other. This was the final straw for Devi, who erupted at the school’s 24-hour relay, inadvertently informing the Sherman Oaks gossip girls, Shira Liedman and Zoe Maytag (Hanna Stein and Aitana Rinab), that Aneesa has an eating disorder. Principal Grubbs (Cocoa Brown) ironically hired her to find the culprit, hiding in plain sight and letting Shira and Zoe take the fall. She finally broke down and told Aneesa the truth, unable to hide her feelings of guilt.
This throws a wrench in the works: Devi’s friends were dissatisfied with her actions, and Aneesa’s mother, Noor (Pooja Kumar), wanted to get her out of Sherman Oaks.
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3) Good student Paxton
Jennifer Warner (Alexandra Billings), Paxton’s school counsellor, paired him with all-star student Devi for academic help, and while he cheated at first, Devi motivated him to make an effort and care.
He voluntarily accepted an extra credit assignment, having his grandfather, Theodore Yoshida (Clyde Kusatsu), speak to the class about his experiences as a Japanese American, providing a first-hand account of his wrongful imprisonment at the United States government internment camp in California, Manzanar, where over 110,000 Japanese immigrants were incarcerated during World War II.
Paxton’s maturation in Season 2 culminated in one of the most moving scenes of the season.
4) Fabiola and Eve
Fabiola and Eve (Christina Kartchner) met at the end of Season 1 after Fab came out, and they had a truly delightful new teen relationship together in Season 2. Fab felt out of touch with lesbian pop culture references and struggled to find her place among Eve’s queer friends while also remaining a member of the robotics club. But everything worked out, and Fab and Eve were crowned Cricket Queens at the dance, where they confessed their love to each other.
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5) Kamala, Prashant and the sexism
In Season 2, Nalini and fellow doctor Chris Jackson (Common) had a bit of an enemies-to-lovers story, initially bickering and competing, but eventually bonding. They had a very sweet relationship, but Nalini ended it for the sake of her daughter and herself, as she was still grieving her husband, Mohan. She sobbed as she told Chris she wasn’t quite ready. It was a brief but happy relationship.
Season three will premiere on Netflix on August 13th.