The main story is about Amaar getting his own (horrible!) TV show and Sarah and Yassir going crazy about it. The more interesting story for me is teenage Layla who’s subtle blond streaks turn out to be not so subtle. To cover everything up, she decides to wear the hijab whenever she is around her father Baber. Who of course feels that something is off and (after utterly embarrassing her in front of her classmates) in the end find out.
Baber: How will anyone know that you’re finally embracing your modesty unless we show you off, uh?
Poor Layla is the only Muslim girl in her class. And her father is not making it easy for her to fit in. In one episode she wanted to participate in a marathon or something for charity and of course he wasn’t too happy (in the end he agreed). In another he throws out a male study partner. For a long time he wanted her to wear the hijab, but she didn’t want to.
It is not easy as a child or teenager to be different. When it’s always you who is been singled out. By eating different food, not being allowed to go on tours or participating in some activities, even if it only is that the rest of the class goes to the same church on Sundays and you are the only one left out. I can definitely understand not wanting to wear something that would mark you instantly. Even if in a small town like Mercy with a rather small school, most students probably know that she is a Muslim anyway. But how far to you want to go publicize the fact? Yes, of course, Layla should be proud of her faith, but which teenager really is? I think her conflict is very realistic.
Turning to the other question, is it ethical to pretend to be covering your hair while you don’t really? Basically, can you lie because you are afraid of being punished? I don’t think so. While Judaism recognizes that there are some situation where you can lie (e.g., to avoid insulting someone aka "no, you don’t look fat", to save your life or that of someone else), I don’t think not getting punished is sufficient for a reason. Not even if the lie makes someone happy.