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Season 4 | Episode 19 | “Over the Hump” | Aired Nov 11, 2014

Jenna is wallowing about having zero college prospects. Luckily, Mama Hamilton is around to try to pump up Jenna’s mood with SPRING BREAK! Ally nabbed a beach house, and everyone, including Sadie, is heading out there to party. We also learn that Sadie got into Columbia, which doesn’t make Jenna all that happy. As for Jenna’s mom, she’s still keeping it quiet about her college acceptance. She’s not ready to tell Jenna’s dad yet, but Jenna spills the beans anyway. Jenna’s dad is too surprised to be supportive, but his wife is determined to make something of her life.

Jenna is feeling guilty about her brief hookup with Matty the other night, now that she’s cool with his girlfriend Gabby, who happens to be joining them for spring break as well. Jenna thinks they should tell Gabby they kissed, but Matty doesn’t want to ruin anything.

Meanwhile, Sadie needs help paying for college, so she enlists Theo and Cole for their expert skills to help film a scholarship video. She also recruits Jake to be her image consultant, since someone super nice can make her look sweet and deserving of a scholarship.

Matty comes by to tell Jenna that he tried calling his biological dad, but the number he had is old. They hit Google but are suddenly interrupted by her mom, who tells them that Gabby is there—to give Jenna a gift for helping her out with Matty’s party. It makes Jenna feel guiltier, so she kicks Matty out.

Sadie is scripting her scholarship video, which means she needs to rein in that ego of hers. Filming begins and Sadie can honestly not look more disgusted with her life. Jake recommends she not look constipated when she talks about working at a food truck, but this is Sadie, people. She orders Jake to edit the video, in hopes that he’ll make her seem more likable.

Awkward 419 Jenna

Gabby stops Jenna at her locker to let her know that she’s totally cool with what went down between Jenna and Matty after his party. Jenna is relieved … for a second. Matty only told Gabby that he went to talk to Jenna because she was upset about her mom’s college acceptance. Gabby is devastated when she finds out that Matty and Jenna kissed.

“How can you be so déjà vu stupid?” Tamara tells Jenna, when she learns of her brief hookup with Matty. Some serious judgment is being thrown Jenna’s way in full force by the student body. Feeling lonely, she decides to visit her guidance counselor. Val doesn’t have any advice though, and a run-in with Sadie doesn’t help matters when she reports to Jenna that Matty is no longer going on the spring break trip. It is so uncool that Jenna is getting all the blame when Matty initiated the hookup—he was the one with a girlfriend.

Awkward 419 Sadie

I guess asking Jake to edit her scholarship video wasn’t Sadie’s best idea. The video is broadcast with the morning’s announcements, only it’s a blooper reel mashup of Sadie’s expletives. Jake did it to teach Sadie a lesson that at college she will have a clean slate—meaning she doesn’t have to be as big of a bitch as she thinks she is. Well, hey, Jake is a pretty good friend.

Her frustrations with Matty, spring break and college lead Jenna to lash out at her mom. Jenna’s dad is there with the advice this time and helps her realize why Matty chose to open up to her instead of Gabby about his biological parents. She decides to help Matty by giving him the push he needs, finding his biological father and telling him that he lives not far from their spring break rental.

Jenna’s dad drops off her mom’s personal statement in her room. It is basically a love letter to Jenna. It’s incredibly sweet and nicely juxtaposes the first letter she wrote Jenna at the start of the series.

In the end, Matty decides to contact his father, and they arrange a visit during spring break. At first, we think Matty is telling Jenna the news, but he’s actually talking to Gabby—ust when Jenna might be thinking that things between her and Matty will go somewhere.

All I know is that some serious awkward drama will be going down in next week’s finale!

Awkward. airs Tuesdays at 10/9C 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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