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Friday, July 6, 2012

Awkward - Sex, Lies, and the Sanctuary

While you (well, most of you) are young, you may think you have a ton of secrets. Maybe you have one or two BIG ones that your parents would skewer you for if you found out. But you’ll get more as you get older, so we think it’s good to just learn to lay them out and face them now. Why? Because they will all come out eventually, and rather than live in fear of that possibility, it’s nice to take control and ride those secrets to the ground like they’re your bitch. 

We were hoping both Jenna and her mom would come clean by the end of the episode, but they are going to drag out the Matty secret indefinitely, aren’t they? We liked that Jenna was being so icy to her mom. Of course we have to wait a week to see Kevin’s reaction to the letter. The funniest thing this week was Becca the Asian.

Questions/Debate: Do you guys like Val, the guidance counselor vice principal, or do you think she’s annoying and cartoonish? We like her, especially when she's a smaller part of an episode. Matty is being sweet this season. This episode even melted Ern’s hatred of him a little. What’s so offensive about Matty is that he’s terrible to sleep with AND THEN he wouldn’t acknowledge Jenna. It’s like…what good are you then? Well, he's cuter. We guess Jenna enjoyed the fling because she was in love with him. But Jake has been nothing short of perfect during the show's run. 

Jake is more self-assured and nicer than any high school boy should believably be, but this blogger prefers that consistency to Matty's hot-and-cold jellyfishness. We loved the end where Jenna told Jake that she wasn’t in love with “the other guy” anymore. This show can be really nice. We feel like, since Jenna is with Jake now, that Matty is endgame. Like Aidan and Mr. Big. Ugh. Still, this show has improved since it started and season two isn’t dragging anything down.

Episode grade: A

PS - Yes, jellyfishness is a word. Because it should be. 


  1. Loved the episode. In our review, I elaborate how Becca really helped to make it memorable and it was enjoyable to give Ming more to do (I've often complained about how she's basically never given anything to work with).

    Like Valerie, although she's definitely a cartoon. But I think that works for this show, which features several larger than life type characters (Sadie being an obvious one)

    1. Sadie is one of our favorites. Agree with your usual Ming complaint