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'Awkward.' recap: Deliver us from Eva

Season 4 | Episode 10 | “Snow Job” | Aired June 17, 2014

One of the most talked-about elements of the latter part of this season of Awkward. is whether viewers should be on Team Matty or Team Luke. Both guys have points for and against them, which leads to some interesting arguments. But the real part of this season of Awkward. that I — and Sadie — have been wondering about is: Eva. She made a huge, slow-motion entrance in the season 4 premiere, and has been consistently part of Jenna’s life lately. The past few weeks, we’ve seen the true colors behind this mysterious girl who boasts tall tales. And this week, we finally get to find out the real deal with Eva in an hour-long midseason finale.

The “legendary” Senior Ski Trip is here. You just know that some serious drama will go down when a bunch of high school seniors are away from home and barely chaperoned (Jenna’s parents come along, but are bit too distracted by each other). Also, may I add that a ski resort is probably the worst place to have a dramatic showdown?

Jenna is once again acting blasé about Eva and Matty’s relationship. If she cares about Matty, she would be worried if someone as seemingly manipulative as Eva is with him. She does care, but as usual, it will take another mini revelation for Jenna to “get” it.

As if manipulating him wasn’t enough, I honestly think Eva is making Matty dumber. She somehow convinces him that Sadie, who is one of his best friends and a person he’s always connected with and understood, is harboring a huge crush on him. Matty, acting the fool, tells this all to Sadie, saying that he now knows why she has so much hostility toward Eva. Sadie is flabbergasted — and she’s not the only one. Sadie promptly screams in outrage and attacks Eva, who plays the innocent victim and leads Val to kick Sadie off the ski trip.

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Luke surprises Jenna, who is freaked out about skiing, and the two have a cute and fun time trying to man the slopes.

Sadie decides to make good use of her time away by investigating Eva. They visit Eva’s home, where the real Eva Mansfield comes out — middle-aged, with a major blowout, a tan and a fair amount of plastic surgery. The real Eva reveals that she’s the victim of credit card fraud. This gives Sadie a real lead, and with the help of Sergio, she discovers that fake Eva is actually Amber Horn. Amber lives in dingy house in a bad part of town, which lies outside the Palos Hills High School district. Sadie goes to Amber’s home, where she meets her grandmother, who clearly has no idea what her granddaughter is up to. The grandmother leads Sadie to fake Eva’s room in the basement, where there’s a pin board with pictures of Jenna, Matty and Sadie. It’s really creepy (and cheesy). Sadie quickly calls Matty to warn him — only Eva picks up and hides his phone so he won’t find out.

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Matty is bent on believing Eva’s lies. When alone together, Matty confronts Jenna regarding her behavior toward Eva. Jenna is earnest and tells the truth, and Matty doesn’t believe a word of it. It’s very hard to be Team Matty right now.

Eva continues to make Jenna look bad through a series of small actions. Even Luke falls under that trap. I can’t blame Jenna for feeling hurt by how Matty refuses to believe anything she says, especially about fake Eva.

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Count on Sadie to get shit done; she calls Jenna for help. Sadie gives Jenna the lowdown on fake Eva, aka Amber, who has been kicked out of the school system for stabbing someone in the face and has homeschooled herself since then. Jenna’s response is immediate: She forgets about meeting up with Luke, and needs to help Matty. Only, is he going to listen?

Matty is nowhere to be found. Luke, angry about being ditched, leaves the ski resort. Jenna is dejected, and her first thought when waking up the next day is to patch things up with Luke, who is ignoring her calls. Jenna stops to take a shower. The music tenses, and for a second, you believe Eva is going to finish off Jenna for real.

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Luckily, it’s Sadie, and the moment I’ve waited forever for happens: Jenna and Sadie team up for an Eva smackdown!

Matty is safe. He wakes up besides fake Eva in a cabin that she claims belongs to a family she knows. She’s still playing her game, and Matty is falling for it. While Jenna and Sadie are freezing their asses off trying to find and save Matty, Sadie calls reinforcements to help trace Matty’s phone in order to discover his whereabouts.

In non-fake-Eva news, Tamara and Jake reconnect in a really kind way. The two end up spending the night together … playing video games. Then, the next day, Jake teaches T how to snowboard. It’s nice and refreshing to see a friendship form between them — definitely the least annoying interaction these two have had all season.

After tracking Matty and Eva down, Eva and Jenna are arguing outside the cabin. Jenna is annoyed and ready to leave Sadie, when she unexpectedly utters, “Wait, don’t go.” And then Sadie admits, “I would feel better if you were here.” Jenna can’t help but enjoy seeing Sadie beg for her company. The two march into the cabin. Matty asks why they’re there. Jenna exclaims, “Blowing that bitch’s cover!” Eva seizes the moment to land a big development.

Dun dun dun. Eva is pregnant.

Sadie says, “I call bullshit on this pregnancy.” So do we, Sadie. Matty tries to kick them out, but the blizzard stops him from doing so. Eva combats every one of Sadie’s claims with reasonable explanations. Eva is so good at lying that she almost made me begin to believe her. I suppose Matty isn’t so dumb. Anyway, the electricity goes out, and Jenna pleads with Matty to see the truth about Eva. It doesn’t really work, and even Sadie gives Eva the third degree. But when the owners of the cabin walk in, threatening to kick them out, fake Eva is caught in a lie that she can’t talk her way out of.

Unfortunately, the next morning, Matty is still with Eva, but there’s now a real inkling of doubt in their relationship. On their way back home, he suggests that Eva take another pregnancy test to confirm it.

Jenna calls Luke, who finally answers, only to break up with her. His reasoning? She’s still too caught up with high school. It’s a sorry excuse, and it wasn’t easy to tell if Luke looks heartbroken or not over the breakup, but Jenna definitely is. I guess it’s also hard to be Team Luke now too.

Jenna meets Sadie inside the convenience store, and Sadie is uncharacteristically sympathetic when Jenna tells her she’s no longer with Luke. But quickly Sadie turns around and smugly lets us know that fake Eva (should we really call her Amber now?) is in the bathroom taking an impromptu pregnancy test. We’re all thinking of how fake Eva will talk her way out of another lie … when she comes out with a positive pregnancy test, to everyone’s shock.

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I know it’s possible to mess with the results of a pregnancy test, which leads me to question: Can it really be true? Is it really Matty’s child? There’s one thing I know for sure: It’s going to be a long wait for the second part of season 4.

Awkward. returns to MTV in the fall.

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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