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'Faking It' recap: Ridiculous revenge plots

Season 2 | Episode 12 | “The Revengers: Age of Monocle” | Aired Sept 7, 2015

Faking It is at its best when it’s at its campiest and boy oh boy, was it campy tonight. Tonight’s episode, “The Revengers: Age of Monocle,” represented the best kind of crazy Faking It ever does. There were two plots and both were represented equally in the Avengers-inspired episode title. The Revengers part applies to Amy, Shane and Lauren, who go on an epic revenge quest against Theo (or whatever his name actually is). The Age of Monocle part refers to Karma, Reagan and Liam at the launch of Skwerkel Monocle (AKA Google Glass) and all of the shenanigans there.

Revenge on Theo turns out to be a public outing, at the new high school where he’s undercover (this time as “Jimmy,” which is a way less cool name than Theo). The Skwerkle launch party turns into a revenge bash too, when Karma and Reagan both run into their exes (Reagan reluctantly gets Karma a job catering with her company). They know they’ll get caught if they try to sabotage their own exes, so they agree to swap. What ensues is a lot of great ridiculousness on both fronts — ridiculous in the best way, of course. Here are some of the highlights:

  • In order to out Theo/Jimmy at the pep rally at his new school, Amy, Shane and Lauren go undercover as cheerleaders (Lauren and Shane) and the school mascot (Amy). If you were thinking that maybe Lauren and Shane really nail the routine they don’t know, thanks to their ballroom dancing background (I kind of thought it might happen), you’d be wrong. They are hilariously, gloriously terrible.
  • Amy is dressed up like Johnny Depp from the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. This could have gone in the last point, but it was awesomely ridiculous enough that it needs its own bullet.
  • Did I mention Amy ends up dressed like Captain Jack Sparrow? I did? Okay, moving on.
  • Lauren breaks into the other school and the only explanation given is “let’s just say I have tiny hands.” Okay, but what did those tiny hands do? Go all bending and form into the shape of a key to pick a lock? These are things we need to know, Lauren.
  • At the pep rally, Lauren faces off with the head cheerleader from the rival school. She’s wearing a cast, so Lauren knows she’s out for the season. She bluffs, saying that the coach just promoted her and Shane from JV. What kind of school is this where the head cheerleader really has zero idea who’s on JV? Whatever. This is one of the least standout moments of wackiness.
  • When Theo begs Lauren not to spill his secret, she falters and doesn’t seem like she’s really going to go through with the plan. But then Amy and Shane jump in with a fun cheer. I believe it went something like, “N-A-R-C! He’s not who he pretends to be!” Shane is great at outing people against their will, after all.
  • After the pep rally, over a pint of ice cream, Lauren admits that she doesn’t feel better after ruining Theo/Jimmy’s cover. It would be a touching moment, but Amy is still wearing her mustache. Too much glue. It’s a problem.
  • Now on to the Skwerkel event. I love the word Skwerkel and how ridiculous everything about it and its parody of Google is.
  • Skwerkle’s new product is the Skwerkel Monocle, which is exactly like Google Glass, except that you can look like the Monopoly man while wearing it.
  • Before the event, Liam and Zita discuss his tumultuous love life. He explains that he saw Felix shirtless in Karma’s room and asks Zita if that could mean anything other than Karma’s sleeping with Felix. She says that maybe Felix is a homeless man and Karma was helping clean him up before his first job interview. Liam is so hopeful when he says “really?” that it will make your heart ache a little, but Zita nails it with brutally honest “no, not really” response. This is Faking It gold: Mocking sitcom conventions while engaging in the same kind of ridiculous plots, just turned on their heads.
  • Karma and Reagan decide to get back at each other’s exes. This is an important primer for the antics to come. Why all the revenge, you ask? Well, Reagan’s ex left her to go back to boys, leaving Reagan unable to handle dating girls who aren’t 100% sure about their sexuality. Karma believes Liam is sleeping with fellow intern Zita because he lied to match her implied lie that she’s sleeping with Felix. Caught up? It’s okay if you’re not. The Faking It world is a complicated and wonderful place.
  • Now, back to that revenge. Karma and Reagan set out to get revenge on each other’s exes. Karma’s idea: Trick Reagan’s Vegan ex into eating a non-Vegan egg roll. Watch out, Karma! Don’t take things too far and do something we’ll all regret!
  • Oh wait. That warning should have been reserved for Reagan. While Karma was minorly messing with someone’s dietary preferences, Reagan was roofie-ing Liam’s drink.
  • Where did Reagan get a roofie on such short notice? From the creepy guy who handles the meat (literally — that’s not a euphemism) for the catering company. He’s introduced with the kind of psyhopathic stare that makes you believe he is the kind of guy who’s packing roofies just because.
  • Karma manages to stop Liam from drinking the roofied water, but his dad, the CEO of Skwerkel, drinks it instead.
  • Liam’s dad passes out and Liam is forced to make the biggest launch speech in company history instead. I love this because there’s no VP or other executive on hand to speak. They go straight for the owner’s teenage son who happens to intern.
  • Liam can’t keep up with the teleprompter and decides to wing it with the speech. While explaining that the monocle doesn’t impair depth perception, he falls off the stage and then plays it off like a joke, but I can’t tell if it’s a cover-up joke or an intentional joke. Well played, Booker.
  • Karma confronts Liam about giving up art school for her family and it’s another moment that would be sweet, but Karma turns it kind of weird/sexy, demanding to be “in charge” and tying Liam’s hands behind his back. Based on the cut, I assume it was meant as genuinely sexy, but for a second, I thought maybe Karma still wanted revenge and planned to humiliate Liam, and I got really sad.

Dear Faking It,

Please never change. Stay just this crazy fun and tongue-in-cheek forever.

Love, everyone.

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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