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An MTV teen drama that airs during the summer. It follows the story of Jenna Hamilton, a girl who everyone thinks tried to commit suicide, but didn’t. She and her best friends Tamara and Ming try to make it through high school, but can’t do it without being the centers of attention and running into many awkward situations.
This is an incomplete list of Tamarisms (obscure things that Tamara from Awkward. says). If you remember one that I missed, let me know in the comments and I’ll add it!
- I call shenanigans (Calling someone on their BS, lies, or nonsense)
- Adore-whore-able (Someone who is adorable, but is also a whore/overly flirtatious)
- Lesbutante (Straight woman who makes out with other women)
- Amazeballs (Incredibly amazing)
- Making drama cakes (Being overly dramatic)
- Think tanking (Thinking in a group)
- Craptastic (Really crappy)
- Being jacked up on Jesus (Overly religious)
- H-2-T gorge (Head to toe gorgeous)
- Ahm-Asian (Amazing Asian)
- Frasians (Friends who are Asians)
- Mournmones (Hormones that are caused by mourning)
- Clear blue easy (A negative on a pregnancy test, when this would be an unwanted pregnancy)
- BFGFBFF (Boyfriend, girlfriend, best friend forever double date)
- Chillaxative (Chill laxative; chill pill)
- Twitch-sitch (Situation that causes you to twitch or be uncomfortable)
- Spaz-hole (Incredibly spazzy; a spaz that is an a**hole)
- Dramastic (Overly dramatic)
- YASAP (Yesterday ASAP; incredibly urgent)
The more I watch this show, the less I like Jenna. She’s just so self-centered and neurotic. I don’t know how much of her I can handle. More on that in just a bit.
Recap: When Jenna spins the bottle, the bottle lands right in between Jake and Matty. She ends up having a seven minutes in heaven with Matty. Jake walks in and tells them they don’t have to fake it, he knows they’re going out. Jenna is scared that because she has something good going for her, something bad is right around the corner, so she wants to go on the sophomore Europe trip with Tamara and Ming to escape it. She doesn’t need to DTR with Matty (even though she obsesses over it), because he kisses her in public and calls her his girlfriend. Sadie and Tamara both think that Ricky is cheating on them with the other. When Jenna sees Jake chatting up a bunch of hot blondes, she is worried that he’s pretending because he’s still obsessing over her (see, neurotic!). So she tries to talk to him to try to return to being friends, but he’s totally okay with her decision. He promised he would be, and he is.
Val has a family meeting with the Hamiltons, she convinces Jenna’s parents to send her on the Euro trip. When Matty and J are in bed together, her parents barge in to tell her that she was going to Europe for sure. But, of course, by now she decided she didn’t want to go, she wanted to stay with Matty and go to Camp Puka. Jenna wants Lacey to tell he that she should stay with Matty, but she wants a better life for her daughter than she had, more adventure. Jenna then decides that she needs to convince Matty to go with her by throwing a Euro-party extravaganza. Jake, however, is the last person who signed up for the trip; meaning Jake and Jenna will be there without Matty. Jake is now considered the “new Matty,” every girl wants a piece of him (with good reason), especially Lissa. He hides in Tamara’s car to avoid Lissa and they end up hooking up, because T is really upset, saying that no one will ever love her. This was probably one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever seen on television. And I watch some gory stuff…
Jenna sees them hooking up and is furious, but Clark calms her down. She chose Matty, so she can’t be jealous or frustrated. She realizes that he’s kind of a genius and agrees. She gives T her spot on the Europe trip, so Tamara and Jake can be together and she and Matty can go to camp together. It turns out that Ricky really was cheating on Tamara and Sadie, but with Clark. Apparently he’ll hump anything that moves, so Tamara isn’t surprised. Sadie, being super drunk, was about to apologize for being a bitch to J and T, but then passes out instead. And now Jenna has everything that she wanted, a boyfriend that loves her (and is willing to show it) and now, the perfect summer. But she already regrets it, maybe it’s now what she needs.
Since the first episode Clark showed up, I have decided that he was the best character on this show. And now I think just about everyone will agree with me. So I’m going to discuss his awesomeness for an entire paragraph. You’re welcome. When he is playing spin the bottle, the bottle lands on Sadie. He quickly says, “I’m gonna take a pass.” Sadie, knowing that is gay, responds testily, “I knew you’d be out.” And without any thought, Clark comes back with, “You’re right, I’m not into bears.” When Jenna comes to him with her Matty/Jake problems, he tells her that “Everything is going your way. Trust your gut.” And that’s exactly what she needed to hear. He’s glad that they can discuss this out in the open now. And then it all clicks. Clark was Anonymous. Jenna is left just as breathless as I was when we find out. Yay Clark! He’s always been there for Jenna, even when she didn’t know it. But, since he was Team Matty, I have to drop him a few pegs.
This episode furthers my belief that Ming should be a more central character in this show. Tamara’s love life is such a mess, to the point where it’s not enjoyable, and she is incredibly annoying. She is the only character that I find less watchable than Jenna on this show. Ming, on the other hand, is absurd! And, in my opinion, absurd is exactly what this show needs more of. Ming suggests that they sell their dirty underwear to international businessmen. Ummm, what? I really think she needs to explain this instead of just shrugging it off. Plus, she has the psychotic leader of the Asian Mafia out to get her, because she stole her ex, Freddy. This situation is much more amusing than a typical love triangle. If I had any say in the matter, I’d bump Ming up to, at least, where Tamara is.
I’m not sure why Jenna is so upset with her life. No matter what happens, she’s not pleased with it. She should be thrilled that either Jake or Matty want to go out with her. I understand that it might have taken her some time to decide who she wants to be with, but she needs to stick with her decision. In her voice over, she says that she finally has what she wants, but it might not be what she needs. What Clark said was completely right: when she decided to be with Matty, she lost the right to miss and be jealous of Jake. So why is she still so unsure of her decision? If she were smart enough to realize that she was turning into her mother, that might be a good enough reason. But she doesn’t realize that her Matty is her mom’s Kevin. She’s missing out on great adventure for him, and he won’t even get out on the dance floor for her.
On the matter of Jake: I am so proud of him for being such a good sport when Jenna picked Matty over him. Jenna clearly chose wrong, and I think the way he responds is proof of this. Anyway, I don’t really care if Jenna picks him or not, I just want him to be happy. And if he thinks that going out with Jenna will make him happy, then I want him to be with her. But seeing how much action he can get without Jenna made me feel much better. I figured that he would have to find a girl that would make him as happy–if not more–as he was with Jenna. But instead, he decides to hook up with Tamara. Why he does this is completely beyond me. He could have any girl in the school, but he decides to go out with the most obnoxious one. Maybe his judgement wasn’t as good as I thought it was…
I have to say, the writers wrapped up every single loose end from the season. And they did so quite nicely, I might add. Jenna chose her new beau, the other one is happy, her parents got back together, and we finally discovered who “Anonymous” is. But how long will Jenna’s happiness last? From what we’ve seen, I’m going to assume she will be single by the end of the summer.
What do you guys think? When the show starts up next season, will Jenna still be with Matty? If so, how long do you think will it last? And, are you happy that she chose Matty over Jake? Let me know!
When this episode first started, I was thrilled to see that we were going to make a foray into everything Jenna did wrong. I, personally, don’t love Jenna as a person, and was happy to see all of her idiocies pointed out, but it didn’t really turn out as I expected it.
Recap: She spends the entire episode making up stories of what could have been. She makes an absolutely terrible Twilight fan-fic about Matty being Edward and Jake being (You guessed it) Jacob. Her followers boo her; so at least they have some sort of taste. She creates a do-over with Matty, where she doesn’t sleep with him right away. This one results in her becoming BFFs with Sadie, becoming an ultra-popular cheerleader, becoming a bitch, and having Matty dump her for Ming. Jenna then heads down a new story with Jake, if she had told him about Matty from the start. She becomes ultra clingy, Jake doesn’t think they have chemistry, she fakes a pregnancy so that Jake will stay with her rather than go off with Lissa, and then she actually becomes pregnant. And then comes my favorite story, Jenna goes to summer school instead of camp. Rather than sleeping with Matty, she doesn’t even meet him, he doesn’t even know her name now. And it turns out that Matty and Jake are actually a couple and they just come out. Awwww! I’d watch that show! She says that this trip down bullshit late didn’t give her the answer that she needed, so she needs to start-over with one of the boys. She decides who that is, but instead of telling us and the world, she marks her blog as private and calls one of the boys.
This episode was definitely not one of my favorites. It was cheesy and felt kind of forced. Plus, Sadie and Val didn’t have anywhere near as much screen time that they deserve. When Jenna was in her different stories, she kept changing how much past/fake-Jenna knew. In the first fantasy, she tells her mom not to give her the letter, as if she knew what was in it, but in the last one she doesn’t realize that she could have been with Matty. I don’t know if this is just a minor error that irks me, or if anyone would agree that this is a screw-up that the writers should have caught and dealt with.
I know Jenna isn’t the smartest tool in the shed, but her stories are a truly awful representation of what could have been. Do those few stories actually make her believe that nothing she did was a mistake? One little change in each of the stories could have ended happily every after. Jenna just doesn’t want to second-guess herself because she’s scared of what would happen if she did. Instead she decided to be super cheesy and say that if she hadn’t done what she had, then she would have missed out on some amazing opportunities, that she has no regrets. I have to say, I think this is complete bull. If she had stood up for herself when Matty invited her into the supply closet, she still could have dated him, and probably would have been happy doing so. She just can’t face the fact that she messed up, so she won’t admit it.
I may not have liked this episode much, but I’m still dying of anticipation. Who does she pick!? And remember, I’m Team Jake all the way. What about you guys?
After writing this review, I actually went fishing around other reviews just out of curiosity. I found one that was incredibly interesting. I think that the author, Kristen, makes some really interesting points in her review. She really stresses the point of Jenna hating herself, which I didn’t really think about when I watching (I think I dislike her too much). It’s a very interesting take on her character, and I think it’s definitely worth the read.
Rather than starting the episode out with Jenna blogging on her computer, you see her writing in a journal. She does this because she thinks she can’t handle, nor does she want, the spotlight; if she writes in her own journal, this will stay private. To contrast, the episode ends with Jenna blogging online once again, and reading the comments that her classmates have.
Jenna isn’t the one who is most affected by her new-found fame. I think that her mother was. Lacey finds out that everyone knows that she wrote the letter when some random student calls her a bitch and Jenna is forced to explain everything. Throughout the day, she is bombarded with calls about how she is a horrible monster. Rather than ignoring these comments, she realizes that they are true and it really hits her hard. She sheds genuine tears when she talks to Jenna when she comes home from school. She explains to Jenna that writing the letter was the worst thing that she ever did. She always wanted to be a better mother than her own mother was, but she couldn’t handle the pressure she was receiving from her mom about how she was raising Jenna. She tells Jenna that she deserves all of the insults, and she completely agrees that she was a bitch for doing it. She even tells Jenna that she doesn’t expect her to forgive or love her. I definitely didn’t think that Jenna would be cruel enough to hate her mother. She had already started to get past her mother’s indiscretion. This idea was much more than solidified by Jenna crawling into bed with her mother and singing Lacey’s song to her. This was definitely cheesy, but it was also really sweet.
Everybody around Jenna is changed because of her blog and her “second suicide attempt.” Tamara has become popular and her “Tamaraisms” are spreading like wildfire (click here for a list of Tamaraisms). These are some of the stupidest expressions I have ever heard (an example is “ador-whore-able”), but I have to give her credit for getting “amazeballs” to spread. Gotta love that! While Tamara is using her new power for her own selfish gains, Ming is just happy to be removed from the Asian Mafia’s blacklist. Oh, and she got a car from her parents, but that wasn’t really her doing.
Valerie is also pushed to mature when she finds out that her good friend (well, she thinks so at least), L-Dawg, wrote the nasty letter. She tells Lacey that she is incredibly ashamed of her for writing the letter, it was truly despicable. She explains that a mother is supposed to be there for her daughter, not to tear her down and ruin her self-esteem like Lacey did. Even though Val thinks that she and Lacey were “on the road to being bestiess,” she can’t even be friends with her after what she did. Valerie finally stuck up for Jenna in a tangible way, and I thought that was amazing development.
And now, on to the most important part, Jake or Matty!? If you thought you would find out this week who Jenna would pick (if she was even allowed to pick one), you thought wrong. Instead of getting into fist fights over Jenna, the boys admit to each other that they are both still in love with her. They ask her to pick, and when she can’t, they throw her a curveball. They each start vouching for one another, listing off their best qualities. When Jenna hears this she says, “I’ve made a decision. You should date each other.” and she walks off. This was completely priceless, especially because I was thinking exactly that when I saw the way they looked at each other. Um, I’d watch that show. Who else is in?
This is going to be the only time I ever hashtag on this blog, I SWEAR! I usually despise hashtagging when it isn’t on Twitter, but: #JENNAPICKJAKE!!! Team Jake since the start!
Though a lot happened in this episode, I can’t say that it is one of my favorites. Awkward. is usually great about fitting an hour’s worth of comedy and storyline into half of an hour. But this time I think they tried to cram a little bit too much in, it felt a little bit choppy. I loved the crisp dialogue throughout the episode, which is what the show has always done an incredible job with.
I’ll try to recap the episode quickly: Jenna realizes that her dad has a new girlfriend and is probably looking for a divorce when she overhears a message from a woman named Hannah and he buys her a car. Jenna receives a text from Jake explaining why he broke up with her, it’s a picture of her and Matty and says “You are a cheater”. Jenna wants to prove to Jake that she never cheated on him and set the timeline straight, but Jake refuses to talk to her (or Matty). When Jake tells her that he knows “everything” she understands why he broke up with her, but still wants to set the record straight, he can’t know the REAL everything, can he? Even Sadie knows that Matty was a jerk for not telling Jake the truth about him and Jenna (and you know that if Sadie will admit it, it has to be true).
Jenna volunteers for Jake’s pep rally’s pep challenge. To make things infinitely worse, Jake invites Matty to join them up on stage. Jake cheats, making the wheel land on “come clean or play dirty,” he is trying to force Matty to admit that he betrayed him. When he refuses, Jake tells Jenna to kiss him and practically calls her a slut. Matty steps up to protect her honor, which results in Jake punching him. The two get into a physical fight, this ends with Matty yelling “I fucked your girlfriend!” in front of a large audience. They are taken into Val’s office, but neither are actually punished. While this is going on, Jenna sees that her car was vandalized with the word “slut!” on it.
Lacey, of course, takes Jenna’s acting out to be because of her and Kevin. She refuses to understand that Jenna has her own problems unrelated to her. Jenna takes out her anger on her mom, telling her that her dad is going to ask for a divorce. When she goes back to blogging, Anonymous tells her that she should tell everyone the whole truth, and suggests that she posts her blog for the world to see. Then the blog completely blows up and everyone can see it and everyone is talking about it. Then Jenna steps in front of a car, (we can only assume) trying to kill herself for real this time.
And on the Ming front: she has been disavowed by the Asian Mafia because Becca (the leader) used to date Fred Wu. She is continuously burned by them. Her glasses prescription being changed, getting a false cheat sheet, etc.
Sorry guys, it’s hard to be concise when so much happens! If you’ve stuck with me (my one or two readers), here’s the non-recap stuff.
I think that the introduction of Clark the (not openly) gay kid in the class has added some extra flair that I really appreciate. His and Sadie’s interactions are fantastic. When looking for a male volunteer, Sadie says “Now we need a dude” When Clark raises his hand, she responds, “Not you Clark, we need a real dude.” His quick wit is perfectly matched for Sadie’s, “How about you!?” The fact that he waved at the audience after this was just priceless, and I’m pretty sure he was proud of being flipped off for it.
Sadie and Clark aren’t the only ones with near-perfect lines. When Val is talking to Jake and Matty, not only does she admit that she would throw down for Jenna for being a “remarkable friend,” but she uses one of the cheesiest lines I have ever heard: “Everyone can see the damages to your faces, but no one can see the damage to your hearts.” So classic!
When it comes to the actual relationship problems between Jake, Jenna and Matty, I was a little surprised how Jake responded. I think Jake is right to be pissed, but from what I’ve witnessed from him up until last week’s episode, I think that he would have given Jenna the opportunity to explain herself. I always thought that he would be incredibly pissed off at Matty, and taken a lot less of his anger and feelings of betrayal out on Jenna. Don’t get me wrong, she is totally to blame, but as Jenna pointed out, Matty took advantage of her while she was vulnerable. Matty didn’t even wait a whole day after the breakup to sleep with his best friend’s girlfriend (again). Though I thought Jake’s reaction would have been a little different, I can understand why he reacted the way he did.
I know I’m probably going to be hated for making this comparison, but Awkward. is starting to turn into Gossip Girl. I mean, seriously, her blog that has secrets about a ton of people was just published for the whole school to see. Also, Jenna sometimes goes by J. Sorry, but this comparison had to be made.
Though I didn’t love this episode, it was still enthralling and it really drove the story forward. I can’t wait until next week to see how her suicide attempt plays out. And maybe, hopefully, Jake will still take her back!
Team Jake forever!