June 8, 2023
Light spoilers ahead.
As she heads to a college fair in Season 4 of Never Have I Ever, Devi (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan) asks her friends Eleanor (Ramona Young) and Fabiola (Lee Rodriguez) if they can spot the hickey on her neck, which she’s hastily hidden with concealer. It’s there thanks to Ethan (Michael Cimino), the new boy she’s seeing post-Ben Gross (Jaren Lewison) and Paxton Hall-Yoshida (Darren Barnet).
The girls tell her she looks great and professional, “like a person who signs people up for credit cards at the airport.” Devi feels she can be both “sexy and successful,” despite the school counselor warning her that she can’t be a go-getter and date the bad boy. To Devi’s surprise, the girls agree. “He’s like an anchor pulling you down into the depths,” Eleanor points out. But, she reassuringly adds, “You’re having your sensual hornaissance. We love that.”
Devi’s a gal who loves a risky decision, but also one who very much likes to get what she wants — which can sometimes mean hurting the ones she loves. As the teen comedy comes to a bittersweet close in its last season, we watch Devi repeat that very pattern as she makes some very big decisions, from choosing a college to choosing a boy. But this time, we see a new side of Devi we haven’t seen before. After all, it would be tough to leave behind the chaotic but endearing Devi Vishwakumar without knowing if she’s grown up — something even the messiest of characters demands.