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'Awkward.' recap: There's no place like ... college

Season 4 | Episode 5 | “Overnight” | Aired May 13, 2014

How can it be senior year without the traditional college visit? Jenna and Tamara head to university for a preview of college life.

Walking onto campus, Jenna is in her element. I’ve never seen her belong somewhere as much as I did at the beginning of this episode. It becomes abundantly clear that best friends Jenna and Tamara may not be headed down the same path.

As for Matty and Jake, the two decide to live it up at home, throwing a small party with Sadie and Eva to chill out from all the drama in their lives. Matty is still tripping over the news of his adoption, and Jake notices that Matty’s slightly reckless behavior isn’t stopping. Matty accuses Jake of giving him “the Oprah face” and later spins it around on Jake, who is obsessing over online crush Autumn, a.k.a. Tamara’s “catfish” persona.

Despite seeing Jenna comfortable this new collegiate environment, she is still raking in her insecurities. A random, shirtless college guy stops to invite her mom to a party. Tamara connects with a “totally Baskin Robbins” college girl (what does that even mean?), who acts and speaks just like her (go figure). It seems like Jenna hasn’t found her niche yet, until a cute tour guide with a love for literature catches her attention. Luckily, Jenna catches his eye as well, and Luke, the cute tour guide, invites Jenna to a fund-raiser that evening.

At first, Jenna ditches the fund-raiser to go to a sorority party with Tamara. Obviously Tamara is thrilled to be there, and while it may be good for her to party and have fun, it’s majorly annoying that Jenna forsakes her better plans for this antithesis of “collegiate sophistication.” But then finally, Jenna gets it and tells T that she’s leaving the party for the fund-raiser. Once she is where she wants to be, Jenna is happy. Like, really happy. She genuinely hits it off with Luke, and the two hook up, without either being an emotional mess. How refreshing.

Back at Matty’s place, Eva and Sadie are competing with each other, but not really for the attention of the boys. It’s about being the bitch on top. Eva flaunts her cultured and big-city attitude, which is almost an even match for Sadie’s biting personality. Matty and Jake are watching the showdown, which gets very interesting when the girls begin to strip down to go into a hot tub. Eva thinks she can win by playing off Sadie’s body insecurities, by calling her “brave” for stripping down in front of the boys. This leads to one of my favorite moments so far this season. Sadie unclips her bra, drops it and exclaims proudly, “I’m not brave. I have amazing tits, unlike your sad floppers.” You’re welcome.

Later on, Matty has had his limit. He drunkenly texts Jenna, but her hands are full with a certain college boy. Sadie comes in to make sure that Matty is OK, and a long-awaited friendship moment happens between them. There’s a perfect chemistry between these characters, and I love seeing them together because you know they totally get each other. Drunk, Matty attempts a hookup with Sadie and kisses her. The two end up moving away from each other in disgust, realizing a hookup is something that can never go down between them. With that settled, Matty confesses his secret about being adopted, and Sadie responds sweetly by hugging and supporting him.

Morning comes; Jenna is in the middle of a nice high after spending the night with Luke. No guilt, no questions or weird emotions. Everything feels just right for her. She’s in a perfect mood when she heads to her college interview, which goes wonderfully. Jenna finally has a concrete plan for her future, and you can see the happiness and relief in her eyes. On the other hand, Tamara is so hungover that she ends up being an embarrassing mess during her interview. She ends up telling Jenna that this isn’t the school for her, instead of admitting that her choices made her lose her opportunity there.

It’s sad to see these two best friends head down different roads, but after being on this journey with Jenna for four seasons, it’s nice to see her finally begin to find her place in the world.

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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