EJ 1.0 telling his favorite girls to stay away from him 😂
EJ 1.0 telling his favorite girls to stay away from him 😂
So I was scrolling through Sofia’s Instagram (as one do 😅) and found Matts comment under this photo haha
immediately thought of of course airport scene 🥰
what is your favorite Gina and EJ moment from Season Two?
Matt’s face lights up everytime he talks about Portwell and it gives me so much joy💕
“we looked at each other at one point, we were like why are we so awkward at hugging? why are we so awkward at putting our arms around each other?… you kind of see it a little bit, but… we were laughing and joking, i’m pretty sure a lot of that was just us laughing about the moment because that moment was hilariously awkward that it was amazing. good awkward of course.”
“when Gina and EJ are sitting on the couch… that scene was so much fun with Sofia A because Sofia Wylie is an incredible human being and i always love doing scenes with her… real emotional heartfelt scene with Sofia between EJ and Gina and the fact… in that scene, Gina helped EJ realize so much about himself… that was a big changing point in EJ’s story… Gina teaches him so much on a daily basis… there’s so much about it. i can sit and ramble about it all day… that scene is so amazing and will stay very close to my heart.”
i have a fic idea but i need help. any takers?
Just some of my thoughts and speculation on Portwell in S3 to counter some of the more negative speculation I've seen on here. This covers whether or not I think they'll break up, two potential storylines I could see the writers giving them, and a moment I really want for Gina.
Will they break up? Will EJ leave for college?
Based on what we've seen so far, how the writers have written their ships over S1 and 2, and how the writers ended Portwell's story in season 3, I can only see Portwell breaking up in S3 in one scenario: if the writers decide to write EJ off the show. And while that's certainly a possibility, I'm cautiously optimistic that it won't happen. Not now, at least.
I think it's more likely that EJ will go to a college nearby (the state school he mentioned) and that he'll find a new passion there while still helping out with the musicals at East High. Given that S2 introduced filmmaking as a new hobby for EJ, I could see him becoming more interested in directing. He was quite good at it in 2x05 when he made that video for Carlos, and he's always had an appreciation and eye for talent in other people, so I could see him really pursuing that. And what better way for him to get experience in that than by helping Miss Jenn co-direct the next musical? That could be a good way to keep him involved in the main storyline and still develop him as an individual. I just don't see the writers sending him to a college far away while keeping him on the show, cause that would be a repeat of the Nini storyline and would involve new sets, characters and separate storylines, all for one character. It just creates too many issues. So either EJ stays on the show and nearby, or he'll be written off.
Based on the ending of S2, I don't see Portwell breaking up any time soon. Rini ended S1 on a good note, sure, but the finale already set up a new conflict for them in the form of Nini's application being accepted. Plus, they never worked through the issue of Ricky hating change while Nini wanted to find herself outside of her relationships, which was set up way back in 1x01. Portwell has no such issues in place or conflict already set up. Their miscommunication was the only conflict they faced, and that has already been resolved. So I think that any conflict that will come up between them in S3 will be resolved within that season, and I don't really see them breaking up by the end of it. Anything that could've been an issue was addressed in 2x10 and set aside as non-issues, so I can't imagine that the writers will bring any of those things back as relationship-ending issues.
What stories may we see for Portwell?
Based on EJ and Gina's arcs so far and Tim Federle's interviews, I could see two storylines happening for Portwell this season.
1) I think this interview gives us a hint at a potential first storyline for Portwell:
Tim saying he's not sure if Portwell are a couple yet indicates to me that they're considering giving Portwell a similar storyline as Redlyn, where after their kiss they're still not sure if that means they're boyfriend and girlfriend. I could see EJ and/or Gina wondering about that for one or two episodes. Especially Gina, since this would be her first real relationship and because she really wants to know where she stands with the boys she likes. She needs clarity. Whether they're both wondering what they are or if it's just Gina, I would love for Gina to be the one to ask for clarity. She didn't do so with Ricky and instead just suffered in silence, so it would be such a huge moment of growth for her if she asked EJ what they are now.
2) This is a storyline that doesn't have to happen in S3, but just something that I can see happening at some point. If it does happen in S3, I imagine it'll likely be towards the end. At some point, EJ and Gina will realise they love each other. Given how EJ's last confession of love went (with Nini), I could see him being really hesitant about telling Gina once he realises he's in love with her. What if she doesn't feel the same way? What if it's too soon and he ruins everything?
Gina, on the other hand, I can see struggling with the question "how do you know that what you feel is love?". This is her first relationship, after all. So how can she be sure that she's in love? And when should she say it? When is the right time and place?
In my ideal scenario for this storyline, EJ would talk about his insecurities to Nini, while Gina does the same with Ricky. This could give them both some (additional) closure on their past crushes, and Nini and Ricky could give them some meaningful advice. Nini could tell EJ why she didn't feel the same way about him and that it had nothing to do with how and when he said he loved her. And Ricky could tell Gina about the moment he realised he was in love with Nini, as a way to repay her for all the times she gave him advice about his relationship with Nini. I think this could be such a meaningful thing for all four of them and really solidify these two friendships while at the same time giving us good Portwell and even Rini moments.
I'm not sure who I would like to say "I love you" first. EJ deciding to be vulnerable like that and take the risk and then hearing Gina say it back would be a beautiful full circle moment. But Gina saying it first would also be so meaningful for him. And there's even potential in them saying it at the same time. However the writers choose to do it, I think it'll be a very important and healing moment for both of them.
Closure for Gina and Ricky
Speaking of Gina going to Ricky for advice, I would just really like to see Gina talk to Ricky about how much it hurt that he didn't give her an answer to her confession and that it wasn't fair to leave her hanging like that. Tim Federle has said that he sees Gina and Ricky's story as not quite finished, and I think a scene like this could be what he's referring to. It would allow Ricky to voice why he didn't tell her he didn't feel the same way about her anymore (if I had to guess, I'd say he values her as a friend and didn't want to hurt her by rejecting her, but he ended up doing so through his silence anyways). And Gina actually opening up about how hurt she was and voicing that while she doesn't feel that way about him anymore, she can't just continue to be friends while pretending all of that didn't happen would be huge growth for her. Getting it all out there and talking about their feelings (and Ricky apologising to Gina) could give Gina and Ricky the closure they (mostly Gina) need and allow them to start fresh as friends. They do have a meaningful relationship and it'd be a shame to waste that, but they need to get this out of the way before they can truly be friends, if you ask me. Hopefully the writers agree and will actually address all of this in S3.
Ricky: I started seeing someone.
Nini, gasping: Therapy?
my favourite thing about portwell is how they literally found themselves through finding each other.
so s1 ej was obviously very selfish and didn't care how his actions effected others. we saw him acknowledge his flaws and try to repent, but he was still only doing it to make himself feel better and to improve his image. as soon as he develops feelings for gina, we can see him find the joy in doing things for other people just because you want them to be happy. he discovers his huge heart and realises that he would embarrass himself, go out of his way and change his plans to help gina.
s1 gina was so closed off and cold because she refused to get attached to anything and risk leaving it behind. she also always put herself first and didn't care about others. ej being so kind to her, but never expecting anything in return, slowly allowed her to open up and trust people again. she is being shown unconditional love for the first time in her life and it's allowed to become her most authentic self. by the end of s2 gina is so much more confident and sure in who she is. she's learned that she does not have to perfect to be worthy of love and she doesn't have to compete for it either.
the way they treat each other has allowed them both to trust people again, and be comfortable enough to be fully themselves.
Okay so does anyone have a fanart / photomanip or anything of
portwell kiss? I saw one on insta once but lost it :((
Much appreciated if someone has anything!
(just need something while waiting for season 3 and the end of the finale scene haha)
Gina needs to find out his full name 🔥
I feel like after spring break EJ would start leaving his sweatshirts around Ashlyn’s house on purpose in hopes that Gina would wear them. And when she does (which is more often than not) he walks around with the biggest smile on his face for the rest of the day.
manifesting cutesy Gina or EJ family members shipping portwell in season 3.
Gina goes to have dinner with EJ's family for thanksgiving since her mom is far away. She greets everyone, and they love her, giving that elbow pushing thing in the ribs to EJ and raising their eyebrows at him.
Grandma Caswell goes: you found a good one! Your babies will be beautiful!
Cousin (not Ash but someone else) Caswell goes: if you don't stay with her I call dibs
no, nO WAIT- THAT SCENE FROM MULAN SHOULD TOTALLY HAPPEN
EJ: Would you like to stay for dinner?
Grandma caswell: would you like to stay forever?
EJ: Hey, have you guys been secretly getting rid of clothes in my closet?
Gina: No, why would you think that?
EJ: Well, because you told Ashlyn, Ash told Big Red, Red told me, plus I can see that half my clothes are gone!
Ricky: Oh so you believe your cousin, and your cousins boyfriend, and your own eyes before us???