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'Faking It' recap: Homecoming Out — emphasis on the 'coming out'

Season 1 | Episode 2 | “Homecoming Out” | Aired Apr 29, 2014

Faking It isn’t wasting any time. In the pilot, our leading ladies “came out” to their high school, considered going back on their scheme, recommitted and shared a very public kiss at the homecoming assembly. Then, of course, Amy realized that she liked the kiss a little (OK, a lot) more than she expected, and things got interesting. This week, it’s time for the homecoming dance (the theme is “Homecoming Out,” in honor of the event’s queens), with a no-BS buildup to the big moment.

Of course, the big moment turns out to be bigger than just Amy and Karma cementing their spots as Hester High School’s first openly lesbian couple. Amy’s mother has gotten her big break to report the news instead of the weather by pitching, you guessed it, the lesbian homecoming queens at Hester. The episode is as much about coming out as it is about homecoming, and we get three different parental reactions to the big news — Amy’s, Karma’s and, verbally only, Shane’s — which range from shock and denial to excessive delight.

Karma’s Parents: Lesbian = Extra Love
Within 24 hours of The Kiss, Karma has created an in-depth dossier to guide Amy through faking her lesbian love and come out to her ultra-liberal parents. Their reaction is to shower Karma with love, so much that it almost makes you wonder how their relationship with her will suffer when they learn the truth (if she doesn’t end up reciprocating Amy’s growing feelings, that is). They welcome Amy into their family, bring the girls celebratory tea and even offer to take Amy in if her (much more conservative) parents kick her out when they learn of the relationship. For Karma, the outing is a great way to earn brownie points with her parents (“They’ve already joined PFLAG!”) and finally one-up her Peace Corps brother.

Shane’s Dad: Acceptance and Bonding
Shane claimed in the pilot to have come out in fourth grade, but we can’t be sure if that was just to his friends or if it includes his family. We do know that he thought his dad would hate the news. He even says he expected to be kicked out over it (so maybe he was a little older than 10 when he broke the news at home), but he was pleasantly surprised when his dad took the news as a chance to bond with his son. Now, Shane says, he’s allowed to DVR Project Runway (even though it conflicts with CSI reruns), and they watch it together.

Amy’s Mom: Shock and Ahh … No
Despite Amy’s best efforts to sabotage her mom’s coverage of the dance, the local news shows up for the interview with her mom behind the mic. When she sees Karma in the homecoming tiara, she pulls Amy aside to talk about it. Amy apologizes, and her mom says not to: It doesn’t bother her. You can see the surprise and joy on Amy’s face; since she knows that coming out for real is a real possibility for her, she’s delighted to hear that her mom is more open-minded than she thought. But when Ms. Raudenfeld tacks a predictable “She’s not my daughter!” to the end of her approval, Amy’s joy turns to rage, and she takes a deep breath and comes out. To her mom. On TV. The reaction (and broadcast) is a panicked mumble of “Oh … uh … you … lesbians?” and “Back to you, Steve.” We’ve established that Amy’s family is ultra-conservative, so it might turn out to be a good thing that Karma’s parents are willing to take her in. 

Most Quotable Moments: 
Lauren: Tickets, please.
Shane: Names of your dates?
Lauren: Ryan Gosling.
Laila: Bradley Cooper.
Lisbeth: Harrison Ford.
Lauren: Lisbeth! Enough with your grandpa fetish — it’s gross.

Shane: This year, in support of our queens, the homecoming theme is “Homecoming Out.” Bring a same-sex date, you get in free. Everyone else, 50 bucks.
Lauren: That’s so not fair! It’s like a heterosexual tax!
Shane: Feels icky, doesn’t it?

Shane: Let me hear you say it, Brenda.
Brenda: I am better than carnations.
Shane: Never forget it. Now how about a new floral plan by the end of the day?

Shane: When I came out, I swore, as God was my witness, I would never pretend to be someone else again.
Amy: Well, Scarlett, it’s kinda your fault I’m in this mess, remember? So the least you can do is help keep my former-beauty-queen Republican mother from finding out.
Shane: Fine. Mostly because I feel bad, but also because she sounds amazing!

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Faking It airs on MTV on Tuesdays at 10:30/9:30 C.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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