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Season 5 | Episode 2 | “Short Circuit Party” | Aired Sep 7, 2015

The seniors are on cleanup duty after last night’s foam party in a new episode of Awkward., and for some reason, Jenna feels a personal responsibility to lighten up the mood. She starts playing around, tossing the mop water at her friends … until the water lands on the circuit breaker, cutting off the electrical power all over the school. Nice one, Jenna.

To avoid cleanup duty, Sadie decides to give her mom another chance. They go out to breakfast, where Sadie orders a calorie-filled plate, and you can kind of see her mom struggling not to react to it. Her mom lets it go, but Sadie isn’t quite sure she believes the act.

Val is still trying to justify living in her office with all of her cats. Her boyfriend, Biggie, offers to go on antihistamines so she can come back home. But Val vehemently refuses, and he leaves, giving up. Eventually, we find Val in Jenna’s home. Apparently Lacey is letting her stay for a while. Jenna doesn’t know how to register that news, since she’s so distracted by her suddenly popularity and, of course, Matty. School was canceled because of the power outage, and in celebration, she tells everyone to head to the beach for a party.

Sadie is taken to a car dealership with her mom. Trying to bribe her, Sadie finally tells her how she really feels, about her mom slamming her weight and making her feel bad about herself: “Why couldn’t you accept me?” Sadie then tells her that Lissa’s mom, who is pretty much crazy, leaves “I love you” notes in Lissa’s lunches with a message in the back saying not to touch yourself because God is watching. Even though her mom is kind of nuts, she still shows Lissa that she loves her. It seems like Sadie’s mom finally knows how she feels, and it’s no surprise that Sadie decides to take the new car.

Matty continues to be angry, and Jake wants forgiveness. At the beach party, Matty is drinking his way to oblivion, and from the past four seasons, we know that’s not the right time for Jake to have a heart-to-heart with Matty. But Jake tries anyway, and Matty does his best to antagonize his former friend by pretending he’s not hurt at all, and that Jake never meant much to him anyway. Jake gives up, not falling for Matty’s taunts, and finds Gabby to apologize to her about how badly this entire situation has gotten.

The party is running out of booze, so Jenna and Tamara head out to get more, which isn’t easy when you’re underage. Jenna tries to charm a random person into buying them some alcohol, but gets caught by her mom. In typical Lacey fashion, she offers to buy it for them.

Unfortunately, once Jenna and T arrive to the party, it’s over. Matty is wasted and stumbling around. Jenna takes Matty home, and he incoherently mentions Jenna’s Marine and that “puking is not sexy.” Basically, Matty is still into her, and Jenna is probably going to obsess over it for the rest of the season, or until they get back together—whichever happens first. (If you read my recap of last week’s premiere, you know my thoughts on this.)

Sadie comes home to an “I love you” note from her mom, even with the additional “God is watching” message on the back. It’s one of those few sweet moments for Sadie, and I hope her mom sticks around and is there for her this time.

Speaking of notes, Val leaves one for everyone. She left town because she needs time to sort herself and time away. How long until Val returns? And who is going to be the one to give Jenna advice as she finishes her senior year?

Awkward. airs Mondays at 9/8C 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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