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'Faking It' react: So many confessions, and Karma knows

Season 2 | Episode 8 | “Zen and the Art of Pageantry” | Aired Nov 11, 2014

There was a LOT going on in this week’s episode of Faking It. Amy went out for a pageant, following in her mom’s footsteps for the first time, well, ever. Lauren came to terms with the fact that her dad might never have really been 100 percent okay with her being intersex (and decided to spill the truth to Theo!). Karma finally came out to her family as straight—to kind of hilarious results.

But the biggest reveal came in the last 30 seconds of the episode (doesn’t it always?), when Liam finally confessed his and Amy’s dirty little secret to Karma.

Let’s back it up though and start with Amy and how great her life is going right now (since that’s all going to come to a screeching halt when she sees Liam’s end-of-episode text—that Karma knows). She decides to go out for a pageant, out of spite. Her mom and stepdad are fawning over Princess Lauren, who of course is a pageant girl. Amy wants to prove that she could be a pageant girl … you know, if she wanted to. Reagan sees the pageant as a chance for Amy to take down the patriarchy.

Amy is fine with that—until she does so well at the pageant that she and her mom have a moment. A big moment. Amy’s mom confesses that she never felt like she could bond with her, but she’s super-moved by Amy’s decision to really give one of her mom’s passions a try. Then (get ready for your jaw to drop) she says that Reagan seems like a great girl, and asks Amy to have her to family dinner so they can all get to know her. Who knew the pageant world could be the key to Amy’s ultraconservative mom finally accepting her sexuality?

Takeaway: I’m so happy about this. I was ready to hate the pageant right along with Amy and Reagan, but Amy’s mom kind of won me over about it … a little. Even if Amy is not a pageant girl, she did the right thing by choosing not to embarrass her mom and hate on the whole thing (and thankfully, she was able to makeup with Reagan, who started to worry that Amy was secretly straight thanks to her lack of PDA at the event, so it all worked out). Especially with her relationship with Karma potentially on the rocks (more on my theories about that later), it’s good for Amy to have a better support system at home. Yes to all of this.

Lauren, on the other hand, has a less great parental moment at the pageant. Her dad is also her coach, and it finally clicks with her that—even if he doesn’t consciously mean to be—he might have been using pageants to prove to the world (and himself) that Lauren isn’t just a girl, but the ultimate girl, even though she’s intersex. It’s a rough realization, and Lauren has a mini-meltdown on stage, denouncing pageants and running off to tell Theo her secret. (Of course, we have to wait on his reaction too.)

Takeaway: I’m sure that Lauren’s dad loves her, but I’m also sure that, given his viewpoint on most things, having an intersex daughter couldn’t have been easy on him. Is it an excuse? No. But I’m glad the show is finally addressing that conflict, because we were all thinking it when we found out Lauren was intersex. I really hope Theo is cool about it. I think he will be. My hunch is that he will be. *crosses fingers, toes, legs … anything that can be crossed for luck*

Karma has struggled with coming out to her parents as straight since the end of her and Amy’s fake relationship. In a flip on the issue, Karma is afraid that her open-minded hippie parents (who are active in PFLAG) will be disappointed that she’s not really “different” after all. Plus, she has a globetrotting, do-gooder brother, Zen, to contend with. Karma is all ready to break the news that she’s dating a boy when Zen comes home from the Peace Corps for a visit. When Karma finally admits that she felt uncomfortable being herself, her parents aren’t upset with her. They’re sorry that she ever felt she couldn’t be her true self. This prompts Zen to admit that he’s been living in Texas, working at a chain store; he hated the Peace Corps. The Ashcroft family gets to have its big coming-out moment, and it’s really sweet.

Takeaway: Karma’s parents really are sweet and open-minded, no matter what. I can’t hate them, even if they do peddle health smoothies for a living.

And finally, when Karma is telling Liam how his honesty inspires her to be a better person, he cracks and admits that he slept with someone when they were broken up. She says it sucks to hear, but that she can’t hold it against him because, after all, it’s not like it was someone she knows. *INSERT GUILTY FACE FROM LIAM* Then she adds, “It’s not like it was Amy.” *INSERT GUILTIEST LOOK OF ALL GUILTY LOOKS FROM LIAM*

Karma loses it. She kicks Liam out and looks appropriately destroyed by the news. We know that she hates Liam for what happened, but it’s still not clear how she’ll feel about Amy after. The preview for next week shows her marching up to Amy at school looking all kinds of determined, but cuts just before any real reaction. It could be building up to anything—a physical fight, a screaming match, anything.

But for some reason, I kind of feel like Karma is going to take it a little easier on Amy. I could be totally wrong, but I have this very weird feeling that it’s going to take another episode for this to come to a boil between them. They’ll have to have a real talk about it eventually. I don’t think that will be a pretty talk, but I’m not sure we’re there yet.

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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