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Season 4 | Episode 6 | “Crowning Moments” | Aired May 20, 2014

Jenna is always renaming herself. This week she is Jenna 2.0.

Living in pre-collegiate bliss with the oh-so-perfect Luke, Jenna is more than embracing college life — so much so that she’s slightly deluded. But there’s nothing like a worried father to bring her back to Earth (and home).

The future isn’t so daunting for Jenna anymore; in fact, it’s her present that frankly sucks. Now that she knows what college is like, everything about high school seems so immature … especially her school’s male beauty pageant, which she’s in charge of stage-managing with Tamara.

As for Tamara, she’s still catfishing poor Jake, even going as far as to study A Guide to Authentic Aussie Accents to pull off playing Autumn with her phone calls to Jake. Of course, Jake has no clue that Autumn is who she says she is. Even Matty warns him about being fooled, but Jake is adamant that Autumn is real. It’s like he almost deserves to be catfished for being so gullible.

Matty is still having a hard time with the news that he’s adopted, and is now taking it out full force on his parents. It’s apparent in almost every snide remark and gesture that Matty is hurting very badly. It’s only a (short) matter of time until he blows.

Jenna sees this in Matty, and he once again kind of blows her off, saying that he heard she’s dating a college guy. He says it like he doesn’t care, and is mostly convincing. For once, the conversation bounces off Jenna instead of infiltrating her every thought. It also helps that her every thought is occupied by Luke and wanting to impress him. Her parents continue to make that hard for her. They crash her Skype date with Luke right when things are about to get hot between. The Hamiltons invite Luke to the Mr. PHHS Pageant, which Jenna was desperately trying to avoid doing. Luke kindly agrees to attend.

The Mr. PHHS Pageant is bringing out the competitiveness not in the boys, but in Sadie and Lissa. The two make a bet that they can train a boy to win the pageant. Lissa is in charge of getting her newly adopted brother, Tyler, ready for his pageant debut, while Sadie is stuck with making weird Kyle not so disturbing.

Jenna’s dad, a former Mr. PHHS Pageant winner himself, helps Val by teaching the boys dance moves for the show, which includes a ton of pelvic thrusting. Did this just turn into the Magic Mike sequel people keep talking about it?

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The night of the pageant has arrived. Jenna gets ready in a more conservative getup, which prompts Ally to make a hilarious “sister wife” comment. Luke arrives at an embarrassing moment for Jenna, while her parents are having fun and horsing around.

The contestants come out on stage dressed similarly to the Village Men. The rounds begin as the boys impress with their looks, talents and knowledge. Sadie threatens creepy Kyle’s virginity. By that I mean, she’ll make sure he never loses it if he doesn’t beat Lissa and Tyler. Kyle begins the pageant strongly, but so does do-gooder Tyler.

Jake nails the talent portion by singing a song about how he “can’t miss a single day of Autumn.” After his performance, he instantly calls “Autumn.” Tamara is also backstage, but unaware of her proximity to Jake. Jenna tries to warn her, but after tapping a wrong button, T’s cover is blown. Jake knows the truth about Autumn and isn’t too happy about it. Tamara pleads with him, reminding him that she’s “Autumn,” the girl he likes. But Jake is too shocked and upset by the deception and reminds Tamara quite plainly that it’s over between them.

It’s Matty’s turn for the talent round, and he decides to try out some stand-up comedy. He turns it into the perfect opportunity to roast his parents, by announcing that he’s not really a McKibben. He even brings Jenna onstage to say what his parents truly thought of his relationship with her. It was about time this happened. Matty had to let it go; unfortunately, it was an incredibly immature way to handle the situation. He realizes this immediately backstage and apologizes to Jenna, who is too worried about what Luke thinks when she sees him get up and leave the auditorium.

Tyler and Kyle are the last two guys standing during the question round. Tyler gives a typical “world peace” answer, while Kyle gives the creepiest answer ever. Anyone else worried that this kid is a serial killer? Unsurprisingly, Tyler wins the pageant, and Sadie begrudgingly loses the bet to Lissa.

Jenna has another bout of word vomit as she begins apologizing to Luke outside after the show. When she’s getting a little too long in her speech, Luke finally stops her and says he only left because he knew she would need some cheering up.  He brought her a latte and flowers, showing off his perfect-boyfriend status. There has to be something up with this guy; no one is that perfect.

As Jenna is reveling in Luke’s perfection, Matty spots them and looks at them jealously before walking away.


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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