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'Awkward.' recap: Nobody likes a rerun

Season 4 | Episode 3 | “Touched By an Angel” | Aired Apr 29, 2014

This week, Jenna is all about being mature. After Matty shares with Jenna the news that he is adopted, she gets the message that not everything revolves around her. In fact, she begins to chill out and accept her undefined relationship — or friendship — with Matty.

Her bestie, Tamara, totally doesn’t get it though, as she’s still reeling from her recent breakup with Jake. Of course, it isn’t because she’s really heartbroken. If she is, it’s not apparent, as she makes it a point to make sure the student population thinks that she is the one that broke up with Jake, not vice versa. It doesn’t help that Jake is amassing a following of cute groupies, which is making Tamara jealous … I think? Regardless, this whole breakup is the most hilarious part of the episode. From Jake “Taylor Swift-ing” Tamara in the cafeteria to Tamara creating a fake online profile to entice Jake away from his groupies, these two prove to be better apart than together.

As for Jenna, she’s really committed to this mature adult thing — not just with her relationship with Matty but with her peer mentoring project. Sadie, Tamara, Eva and Lissa are also part of this project. Sadie is perturbed by both her mentee, a non-English-speaking exchange student, and Jenna’s involvement with the project. Tamara is set to work with a girl who is literally a young version of herself. Creepy. Bible-touting Lissa is assigned a Muslim girl, and their interactions border on inappropriate. Last, Jenna is assigned to mentor Angel, a big, crass and slightly obnoxious freshman. Angel is definitely someone who needs guidance, and as Jenna walks Angel through her own memory lane, the girl twists everything in the wrong way.

On the Matty front, Jenna convinces herself and Matty that she’s down with a casual “friends with benefits” relationship. Matty had trusted her with some heavy stuff, plus they hooked up, so this must mean that they’re able to be friends with both the physical and emotional benefits, Jenna reasons. Who is she kidding? Isn’t a friendship that is both physical and emotional an actual relationship anyway? When Matty proves to merely go after the “sextracurriculars,” Jenna is confused, but willing to go with it in hopes that Matty will finally talk about how he’s taking the news of being adopted. A few mishaps, including Jenna’s mom interrupting the two to ask for painkillers because she and Val had this gross and brutal bikini wax, stop them from ever hooking up, and make things increasingly tense between the two.

The week winds down, and the freshman girls from the peer-mentoring group present what they learned from their senior peers the past week. Leave it to Sadie to mold a girl into someone biting and confident. When it’s Jenna’s turn — well, first we should take into consideration that Angel is a tough case. Being inspired by the camaraderie between Jenna and her mom, Angel brazenly announces that she wants to be “16 and pregnant.” Way to shut it down.

And with that, it is the end of peer counseling for Jenna. Val reassures her that she shouldn’t give up — OK, maybe give up on this program so it doesn’t get shut down. Still, Val, being as good of a guidance counselor as she can be, encourages Jenna to be persistent about she wants.

This little pep talk leads Jenna to knock on Matty’s door with the intent on talking and finally getting that emotional “in” from him that she craves.

Like Tamara says, “Nobody likes a rerun.” Unfortunately, the next moment makes it clear that we’re headed down the same road of relationship insecurity and miscommunication with Matty and Jenna. Matty’s door is answered by the lovely Eva, who confirms to Jenna that Matty really is in a bad place. And, oh yeah, he’s not up for visitors.

Crushed, Jenna walks away. Here we go again.

Are you ready to head down this road again with Jenna and Matty? Sound off in the comments.

Awkward. airs Tuesdays at 10/9 C on MTV.

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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