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'Faking It' react: For the record, I don't think Karma is in love with Amy

Season 2 | Episode 7 | “Date Expectations” | Aired Nov 4, 2014

Well, you knew this episode of Faking It was going to end in heartache. I mean, everyone was just too happy at the beginning, all in relationships and thriving and generally enjoying life. That’s not the world of Faking It. The world of Faking It is one of misery and woe. Leave it to Shane to throw a wrench in things. (I think Shane really is a good guy, deep down, but he’s such a scapegoat when something needs to be mucked up. Ah, the trials and tribulations of being the impulsive one.)

Shane’s closeted boyfriend, Duke, refuses to come out, and it’s killing Shane in a big way. He’s in love (or at least teenage like-love), and he wants to show off his hot new guy. I get it. But Duke isn’t ready to come out, and that’s a big problem. Since they can’t go on an official date, Shane talks Duke into a “group hang,” where he can pose as Shane’s trainer and meet his friends. It’s a great, terrible plan—except that none of his friends are interested in said group hang.

Amy is getting very into her relationship with Reagan, and isn’t ready to introduce her to the friend group (and ex-love Karma) yet. Liam is just straight up not interested in playing into the “trick Duke into coming out” game. So Shane manipulates Karma into ambushing Amy on her date with Reagan with a big group. It’s brilliant, in an evil mastermind kind of way, but such a jerk move for a friend.

The episode leads to a lot of Big Dramatic Moments. There are fights, flirtations, outings. It’s a whole thing—but the big question left lingering at the end is how Karma really feels about Amy. It makes sense, from a dramatic standpoint, that as soon as Amy starts to move on, Karma should question her own feelings. But I’m just not buying it as romantic jealousy or second-guessing, and here’s why:

1. Karma is head over heels for Liam. As much as Karmy shippers want to hone in on the little moments of niggling doubt that Karma felt during a few of her and Amy’s most intimate moments during season 1, I really think Karma’s feelings for Liam are real—and that, ultimately, her feelings for Amy are platonic. She might be bi and physically turned on by Amy at times (which is 100 percent understandable—Rita Volk is a hottie), but I don’t think any of that adds up to romantic interest from Karma, at least not at this point. I think her feelings for Liam are as real as high school feelings get. They might not OTP, but he is whom Karma wants to be with right now.

2. The fact that she hasn’t told her parents she’s not a lesbian tells us more about her home life than her romantic leanings. A big piece of evidence that Liam throws in Karma’s face when he’s insinuating that she might be in love with Amy is the fact that she hasn’t told her parents about him or that she and Amy are no longer a couple. Yes, that’s a sucky thing to do, but I don’t think it hints at Karma’s true love for Amy. We’ve met Karma’s parents a few times now, and we know they’re very proud to have a lesbian daughter. Karma had no trouble “coming out” to them in the first place, because she knew they’d love the news. Karma also always feels like she’s second best to her brother, Zen. As a lesbian, she could finally compete with him and feel a kind of love and excitement from her parents that she hadn’t felt before. That’s what Karma is afraid of losing if she tells them the truth.

3. Yes, she’s jealous and territorial, but that’s because Karma is a selfish person. I love Karma, but she’s a fundamentally selfish person in a lot of ways. She loves Amy more than anyone else in the world … except Karma. Karma loves Karma the most. She’s definitely jealous of Reagan because she can’t stand the thought of being second place to anyone in Amy’s life. There’s an added fear (even if no one is voicing it yet) that Amy will ditch her entirely now that she has a girlfriend who has every right to be squeamish about her and Karma’s closeness. And then there’s the ugly truth that Karma loves attention and loves being loved; as painful as being the subject of Amy’s romantic affections has been for everyone, she’s the kind of person who thrives on being the center of someone else’s universe. Is it something anyone would want to admit (or call her on)? No. Is it true? Yeah, I really think it is. To be clear, I don’t think Karma wants Amy to be in pain. She wants Amy to move on and be happy, but I’m sure there’s a part of her that was thriving on the flattery.

And yet, it felt like this week’s episode was meant to hint at some romance on Karma’s end. Could Karma really be romantically interested in Amy?

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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