High School season 1, episode 8 recap – the finale and ending explained

November 4, 2022
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The season finale of High School clicked on all cylinders and left us wanting even more.

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The season finale of High School clicked on all cylinders and left us wanting even more.

This recap of the Amazon Freevee series High School season 1, episode 8, “The Con,” the finale and ending, contains spoilers.

We had an explosive episode of High School as we headed into the season 1 finale. The sisters get a chance to open for a band, meaning they need another guitar that Simone and Patrick gave them to work to earn some money. However, a massive blow-up between Patrick and Sara left us with so many unanswered questions. Let’s dive into the finale.

High School season 1, episode 8 recap

The episode begins with us at a funeral, and we find out that Patrick’s father has passed away. While at the funeral, his mother has a moment with the two girls when Sara Sara (played by Seazynn Gilliland) looks over and knows things aren’t right between the two. Patrick comes inside and is upset because he knows his mother will be alone now. Simone attempts to comfort him. As that is happening, Sara overlooks in frustration.

Now we see the duo in the house talking about the upcoming concert and whether or not they are actually good. Sara mentions she has a new song she’s been working on and wants to play for her. Tegan (played by Railey Gilliland) and Sara are both super excited about doing this concert together. Next, we see Cass and Tegan hanging out together, getting closer. Cass mentions that she should try and talk to Maya about her love of music.

We move to the basement, where Phoebe is trying to comfort Sara, and she says she can’t wait for summer because they get to hang out all summer. However, Phoebe has a look on her face suggesting she won’t be around. The sisters count their money at the house and are $80 short of what they need. Simone walks in and checks on the kids about how they felt about the funeral and what happened.

The bell has rung, and school is over. In the halls, Tegan stops Maya to talk to her and invite her to the party. Tegan tells her it would mean a lot if she came by. At Lilly’s house, the group is chatting about the school year, and Ally asks about a new song Sara is playing. Unfortunately, Phoebe isn’t with her when Cass arrives, and Sara is upset. Cass pulls Tegan aside to tell her about Phoebe getting into the summer program but tells Tegan she can’t say anything to Sara.

When the kids get home, Simone and Patrick surprise the kids with the guitar for all their hard work in their attempt to make money. Then Patrick mentions that what if they make it a more permanent thing. He wants them all to be a family and the stability of that. Simone says that he is going through a lot, and they can’t force it. Welp, I don’t think this is going to end well for these two.

The moment has come, as Phoebe calls Sara to tell her that she isn’t feeling well and won’t be able to make it to the concert. Simone, having a moment at her desk, heard the door knock; it was her friend. Simone comes clean about Patrick proposing to her and doesn’t know how she feels about it. Her friend mentions that she has talked to Patrick about this, but she isn’t sure how to bring it up to him.

The sisters have arrived at the party, and Sara is quite upset knowing Phoebe won’t be there. Then, we head to Maya, who puts in the mix tape that Tegan made for her. Tegan tells the secret to Sara that Phoebe isn’t going to be around this summer, and it hurts Sara’s feelings. Next, Maya arrives at the party only to see Cass and Tegan embracing with a hug. Finally, Sara confronts Phoebe about lying and doesn’t know how to react, so she hugs her.

The ending

Patrick is setting the table for dinner with Simone. At the four-way, Simone is supposed to turn on her way home, but as she mentioned earlier in the season, she’s always wanted to stay straight and not go home, and that’s what she does. Man, I love when a show comes full circle with something they dropped earlier in the series. The concert starts any second, and Cass can’t find Tegan anywhere. Tegan goes outside to see if she can find her, and we are hit with the end credits.

I’ll be honest, High School has surprised the heck out of me. I find myself connected deeply to each of the characters because of some incredible writing that added some real depth to their stories that made them feel real. You don’t get much better writing about teenage drama than this. I hope we are getting a second season because this is one heck of a cliffhanger for us to chew on.

What did you think of High School season 1, episode 8, the finale, and the ending? Comment below.

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2 thoughts on “High School season 1, episode 8 recap – the finale and ending explained

  • November 19, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    Very awesome show hope there’s another season.. best show ever thanks

  • November 22, 2022 at 3:46 am

    I really liked it… however the pacing was a little too slow. Did we really need to see Patrick or Phoebe’s or Maya’s perspective?
    The acting by the 2 main girls was okay. The rest of the cast was great! The ending was anti-climatic. I guess they are teasing us for season 2, but I just feel disappointed, like there was no pay off. I feel like this could’ve been a 2 hour movie with actual closure. Still, something about it feels warm and homey. I will probably watch season 2 tho i am annoyed write now.

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