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'Awkward.' season 4 finale recap: Missed chances and new hopes

Season 4 | Episode 21 | “Sprang Break, Part 2″ | Aired Nov 25, 2014

If you’ve been watching MTV’s Awkward., you’ve experienced the highs, lows, and “okays” with Jenna and company. With tonight’s season-four finale, we manage to feel the highs, lows, and “okays” as we wind down toward the final season.

Nothing like being caught with a loose tampon string in front of all of your friends. Jenna’s latest awkward moment is quickly eclipsed by all the other drama going down on spring break. Let’s break it down:

  1. Matty and Gabby are going to visit his bio-dad again.
  2. Jake is rejected from his top college choice, Northwestern.
  3. Theo and Cole join Lissa on a mission to break her dad out of gay rehab.
  4. Sergio gets mad at Sadie once again for letting her bitchy attitude bring everyone down.
  5. Val mistakes a shark for a dolphin at the beach but survives the encounter with a carpe diem outlook on life.
  6. Jenna’s mom breaks the news to her husband that she’s pregnant.

… And all that happens in the first half of episode.


Jenna, meanwhile, bumps into Brian, the good-looking Marine she met a few days earlier. Jenna is charmed by his good nature and attention; he seems like the perfect antidote to her Matty blues.

As for Matty, he’s still uncomfortable with his dad, Danny. Danny is kind, but it’s obvious that he doesn’t really “get” Matty, especially when he compliments Gabby as a great girl for his son. Oddly enough, it’s his dad’s positive comments that make Matty begin to rethink his feelings for Gabby.

Sergio being mad isn’t going to stop Sadie from celebrating her scholarship. Of course, she’s disappointed when Tamara is the only one who comes with her to the bar. Lissa, along with Theo and Cole, arrive right after with the lowdown that Lissa’s father disappeared from gay rehab, which is both “scary and super exciting.” Sadie walks away with an eye roll and a sneer.

Brian flirts with Jenna in the Awkward season 4 finale

Tamara soon spots Jenna at the bar with Brian and is introduced to one of Brian’s flirtatious Marine friends, Adam. The boy makes Tamara speechless, which is a feat in itself. However, being quite that speechless isn’t all that great, especially when it ends with a sudden engagement. T drops the news to Jenna, interrupting her sweet moment with Brian. Jenna is shocked, but Tamara assures her that it’s all in the name of romance. She knows it probably won’t lead anywhere since Adam is going overseas soon.

Tamara shows off her engagement ring in the Awkward Season 4 finale

It looks like Theo and Cole had something up their sleeves, when Lissa finds her dad dancing at the bar. The boys had contacted him to tell him that Lissa was looking for him. Her dad tells her that he feels closer to God now that he accepted himself as a gay man. His new outlook on life and religion enlightens Lissa, and you can see she feels relieved to believe in something again.

It takes a little flirting and a near kiss with some random dude for Sadie to realize how much Sergio means to her. She heads back to the house to tell him why she’s been extra agitated: it’s because she’s afraid to miss him. Happy to hear that, Sergio says she just needs to accept that she will miss him as they cuddle up together.

When Jenna stops by the house, her parents take her aside to share the news. Once again tonight, Jenna is surprised. She’s immediately supportive and regrets that she won’t be around for the baby. Her mom laments the loss of her own college dreams, but Jenna cuts her short, urging her mom to not give up college again for a baby. She can do both. Right on, Jenna!

Still bummed about Northwestern, Jake stops by the pool to say hi to Gabby, who also doesn’t look that happy. Their encounter seems innocent and friendly at first, but we know that these two are in vulnerable states. It’s no surprise when we see them in bed together a while later, looking incredibly guilty.

Matty finally tries to seek out Jenna and asks Jenna’s mom where she is. Matty is confused by her frustrating and nonspecific response. Jenna’s mom says what we’ve all been thinking this season. She asks him to stop and let Jenna move on with her life. “You had your chance.” Matty looks genuinely stunned by the admonition.


Tamara is blissfully walking down the beach with her fiancé. Her romantic plan falls apart sooner than she expects—Adam clarifies he’s not being shipped out for another nine months. He hopes that they’ll get married before he leaves. Now, T is speechless for a completely different reason.

Matty is at the beach, watching Jenna happily hang out with Brian. Jake shows up to confess what just happened with Gabby, but he chickens out. He feels even worse when Matty asks him to check in on Gabby. At last, Jake says that if Matty still has feelings for Jenna, he should … Matty quickly interrupts to say he can’t.

“I’ve had my chance.”

Matty watches over Jenna in the Awkward season 4 finale

What will the final season of Awkward. bring? Will we be celebrating both a birth and wedding, in addition to graduation? Is “Jatty” dunzo? Or will Matty make the ultimate gesture to win Jenna back for good? All I know is that it’ll be awkward.

Awkward. returns to MTV in 2015.

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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