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'Awkward.' recap: It's a big world, Jenna Hamilton

Season 4 | Episode 20 | “Sprang Break, Part 1” | Aired Nov 18, 2014

MTV’s Triple Crush Tuesday begins almost with a bang on Awkward., as Jenna and her mom head to their beach house in Mexico for spring break. After Jenna’s mom successfully flirts her way out of a speeding ticket, guns are drawn when Jenna starts screaming: She has been accepted into college! How terrifyingly awkward.

Nothing like starting spring break in a celebratory mood. Jenna and her mom finally arrive at the beach house and are greeted by Ally, Val, and the rest of Jenna’s friends. Matty arrives a little later with an apology for blaming Jenna with last week’s Gabby drama. It’s a little too late for that, but Jenna happily accepts, hoping that this vacation might bring them closer. The poor girl is totally reading the signals wrong.

If we thought we’d reached the apex of Sadie’s bitchiness last week, oh, think again. The girl still manages to be incredibly tense and mean when she’s on vacation with her—may I add—very hot boyfriend, Sergio. Jenna’s happiness over her acceptance sours Sadie’s mood, since she hasn’t received a decision regarding her scholarship to Columbia. Sergio tries to comfort her by reminding her to keep her options open. Then he compliments both her beauty and brains, which is a surefire way to any girl’s heart.

Sadie is unhappy about Jenna

As Ally complains about the lame party atmosphere, Theo and Cole crash spring break with Lissa, who is looking very different and badass. Now that she has “fallen from grace,” Lissa seems to be full-out embracing her new status as a “sinner” and is reunited with her ex-foster brother/boyfriend, Tyler.

When Matty asks Jenna to be his emotional crutch and once again visit his biological dad with him, she can’t help but be very happy. Unfortunately, she’s taking Matty’s closeness the wrong way. She realizes it when Gabby shows up out of the blue to go with Matty to see his dad. Jenna is crushed, and her mom is there to see it. Now that she’s accepted into college, Jenna’s mom suggests that Jenna use the rest of her senior year to focus on herself. “Don’t live in your head so much … live in the moment.” Good advice, Mama Hamilton.

Meanwhile, Jake and Tamara learn that their music video went viral in Japan when a few excited Japanese fangirls approach them at the beach. Realizing their newfound fame, they decide to cash in by creating another video.

Sadie and Sergio are cuddling when her phone dings, and she races to see that she got her scholarship. Sergio looks disheartened at the news and annoyed by Sadie’s constant comments about finally leaving Palos Hills. When he has had enough, he starts an argument and makes some good points. Sadie sees reason and agrees to be nicer. How can she not when he’s standing there all shirtless and cute?

Lissa and Tyler finally act on their passions, only they seem pretty underwhelmed by the whole act. I suppose there was a novelty to their past “forbidden love” situation. They agree that it’s probably best not to go any further with their relationship.

Jake and Tamara start working on their new song and video, hoping to re-create their past success. Tyler offers to translate the Japanese comments on their viral video. The comments are bad, poking fun at Jake and T. Just when Jakara is about to make a comeback, it is toast once again.

Jenna is hanging out at the beach when a shirtless, hot guy approaches her. Brian is a Marine, who is about to go overseas. His story makes Jenna reevaluate her world and how small it is compared to others’. She’ll soon be venturing out into that big world now that she knows she’s heading to college. Brian asks to swap numbers so that they can see each other again.

Matty meets his dad, who is a pretty cool dude, if not exactly successful or ambitious. Matty is overwhelmed by the meeting, and Jenna can tell he wants to talk to her about it. She stops by his room to ask him how it went, but he shuts her down. Worried that Gabby wouldn’t like the fact that they’re talking, he rudely shuts the door in Jenna’s face. Jenna walks off stunned, hurt, and angry.

Who else is looking forward to Jenna’s mom shutting Matty down in next week’s finale? *raises hand*

Jenna with a broken arm in the MTV Awkward pilot

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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