Awkward Review: Along Came Ben
Just when Jenna is able to get closure and move on, "Another One Bites the Dust" swoops in and upends the whole table.
At this point I’m a mixed bag of emotions. I’ve had my feet planted on both sides of the fence when it comes to who Jenna should choose, and while I completely agree with this storyline – Jenna and Matty’s history has to come out to Jake before any progress can be made – it’s hard to see Jake continually get the emotional backseat.
Here’s where my mixed feelings come in: Jenna just finished professing her love for Jake, she had the closure she was looking for from Matty and Sadie emotionally devastates Jake. The look of fear, anger and sadness on Jake’s face was heart-wrenching as he put the pieces together.
Jenna’s narrative when talking about Jake not only proves her closure with Matty, but parallels Lacey to a great degree thanks to the introduction of Ben:
Jenna: Gone were the secrets and heartache of my past. I was looking at my future. | permalink
As we’ve come to find out, Lacey had her own Matty and Jake: Ben and Kevin. As we know, Lacey and Kevin became pregnant with Jenna, and the rest is Awkward history. However, is that where the parallels stop? Or is there something greater?
I’m going to guess that Lacey’s relationship with her own leading men was very similar to Jenna’s (her quote last week certainly seems to lend some credence to that), and Jenna is repeating history. Ben or Kevin could have ended up sabotaging the other’s relationship with Lacey, just as Matty was (or is) trying to do.
Jake doesn’t seem like the kind of guy for revenge, so the how is he going to deal with the newfound information?
Next week is going to be a lot of fun.
- I’m missing Ming and her Asian posse.
- Where is Lacey’s head at right now? Jenna makes a good point that she is married, but the Kevin is currently keeping his distance from her. Lacey is having a hard time dealing with her loneliness, and Ben is certainly a nice distraction. I hope Ben is going to be a catalyst to getting Kevin and Lacey back together rather than being an antagonist to their relationship.
- Team Radie continues to be flawless. They are made for each, and I can see the romantic comedy tagline already: “She’s plain evil, and he’s just a philanderer.” However, I still hate to see Tamara continually get her heart broken over it. I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but I loved Tamara and Jake’s scene together. Could Jake send over a helping of revenge by way of the Awkward playbook: the best friend? Although, Tamara is way too good of a friend to do something like that.
Before we head to the comments, here is tonight’s winning quote, courtesy of Tamara:
TI need to get out of here. Emily is so far up my butt I can taste her, and if that isn't craptastic enough I keep seeing Sadie and Ricky. They've been raping each others faces all night. | permalink
Now, what did you think of tonight’s Awkward? Is Jake going to get revenge? Is Ben going to try to get with Lacey? Is Aunt Ally’s love of the word bitch as a nickname for Jenna a term of endearment? Let us know in the comments!
Awkward: "Another One Bites the Dust"
Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.