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'Faking It' react: Did Lauren just become the show's most likable character?

Season 2 | Episode 2 | “You Can’t Handle the Truth or Dare” | Aired Sept 30, 2014

High school stereotype: The bubbly blond white girl with a perfect smile is the most popular girl in school.

Faking It-land: Yeah … no. Being different is what’s in, and being the John Hughes stereotype just doesn’t cut it. Hester High is the kind of place where faking homosexuality can actually bump your popularity score up. It’s kind of awesome—unless you’re Lauren.

Lauren has been struggling to fit into the über-progressive world of Hester High since day 1, and at the end of last season, we got a bombshell about our vicious would-be cheerleader of an antagonist: Lauren pops pills. What for, we didn’t know, but whatever the reason, it was enough to send her jocktastic boyfriend, Tommy, running for the hills. Plus, Lauren actually refused to spill the reason to anyone in the finale, so, you know, thank God Faking It got renewed, or we’d never know the amazing, interesting, totally trailblazing reason for Lauren’s medicating:

Lauren is intersex. The news broke on the Internet before the season 2 premiere and, of course, everyone is jazzed. It’s progressive and a giant leap forward for portraying minorities on television. Lauren isn’t defined by being intersex; she’s just a character who happens to also be intersex.


So yeah, Lauren has always been intersex, and yeah, learning about it does definitely humanize her. But you know what humanizes her even more? The fact that she’s becoming (or finally showing that she’s always been) a pretty awesome person and sister.

Lauren is a smart girl (you can’t be an evil genius without brains to match the beauty). She pieced together that Amy and Liam had drunken revenge sex after Karma broke both their hearts. But when Amy invites her to be the third wheel at a girls’ weekend and things take a turn for the worse, she doesn’t reveal what she knows. She doesn’t even hint at it. Sure, it seems headed that way when Lauren suggests a game of Truth or Dare?—but even when Karma and Amy are throwing out questions like these:


… she doesn’t ask about Amy and Liam. She asks Karma if she’s in love with Liam:

And she asks Amy this embarrassing, game-ending tidbit:

But she doesn’t even come close to revealing Amy’s big betrayal. She doesn’t even start the question—even though Amy and Karma are all but revealing her most guarded secret to her only friends in Austin. Even though Amy eventually makes amends and helps Lauren break the news to her (wonderfully supportive) friends, it was so big of Lauren to hold back when emotions were running so high.

Is Lauren becoming the most likable, mature, and compassionate person on this show? When did THAT happen?

Are you amazed by Lauren’s transformation? Do you think it’ll last? Sound off in the comments!

Faking It airs Tuesdays at 10:30/9:30C 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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