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'Faking It' react: Are Amy and Karma really ready to be friends?

Season 2 | Episode 5 | “Present Tense” | Aired Oct 21, 2014

Let me start by saying I’m as pro-Karmy as the next Faking It fan, but after this week’s episode, “Present Tense,” I’m not sure they’re ready to be friends yet.

Amy dropped a bombshell on Karma last season. Regardless of how much Karma messed up (and let’s be clear, the answer is “A lot … a lot a lot a lot“), Amy still pulled the pin on a major friendship grenade. Sexuality isn’t the issue here; any friendship in which one-sided romantic tinglings develop is going to face a rocky road. And let’s put aside how much Amy messed up and how she and Liam have kept it from Karma. Let’s wipe the epic friendship fails clean on both sides and just focus on the fact that Amy is in love with a BFF who doesn’t feel the same kind of love in return.

That is a lot for a friendship to take.

Now add in all of the other stuff, all of the dramatic, awful mess-ups, and you have the most tangled of emotional webs.

This week, Amy put together a BFF birthday scavenger hunt worthy of another pop-culture Amy (the Gone Girl reference was pretty much obligatory). She faked sick to throw Karma off the surprise trail and planned a seek-and-find that took her through every memorable moment of their long and storied friendship. Things get off to a rough start when Amy catches Karma and Liam making sex eyes at each other and realizes that he dropped a secret birthday note in Karma’s locker. Even though Liam has promised to keep the Big Secret for Karma’s sake, Amy is still peeved. No, wait, that’s not anger. It’s just good old-fashioned jealousy.

Cut to a pained scavenger hunt full of Karma hurrying things along and trying to sneak a peek at Liam’s maybe-love note and Amy thwarting her at every turn. It’s a little painful to watch, for both of them. We feel terrible for Amy, who we love and want to be happy, watching the love of her life get so romantically excited about someone else. We feel terrible for Karma, who has the chance to be happy, but is holding herself back out of loyalty to Amy. When everything boils over, she snaps and says she gave up being with Liam to keep her friendship with Amy (which is not really true in the … any sense of the word. We all saw Liam reject her, right?).

Finally, Amy decides to do the right thing and reunites Karma and Liam and gives them her blessing. We even get the clichéd “If you love something, set it free” line. It’s forced and strained. It kills Amy because she isn’t over Karma. She hasn’t accepted that they won’t be together yet, and until that happens, I don’t think they can be friends. I’m not even sure they should be friends until that happens.

Unfortunately, I think there’s going to be a lot more pain before the healing really starts.

In (maybe?) happier news, Lauren decides to stop playing games with Theo and this adorable moment happens:



It’s short-lived, though. Theo freaks and bails right after the kiss. THEO HAS A SECRET, TOO. I mean, of course he has a secret because this is Faking It. It doesn’t matter how many dramatic reveals there are—I can’t get enough of them.

Do you think Karmy can be friends right now? What do you think is going on with Theo?  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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