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Season 2 | Episode 15 | “Boiling Point” | Aired Sep 28, 2015

This week, Faking It got its The Breakfast Club on, finding all of our main characters (plus Felix, who seems to be joining the group, slowly but surely) in Saturday detention. Shane is there for exposing himself at the protest, Karma for falling asleep in class, Amy for skipping class, and Liam for taking a call during class.

As for Lauren? She insists it’s a clerical error and that she’ll be exonerated shortly. Oh, and Felix? He’s our resident Ally Sheedy—not there for making any real trouble. His dad doesn’t trust him to be home alone and his dad is the new, unpopular principal in charge of detention.

So how does Faking It interpret The Breakfast Club? Pretty much everyone in the detention (with the exception of, kind of, Felix) is already friends. That’s true. The episode is not about different people becoming friends or even broken friendships being rekindled. Really, the episode is about secrets being revealed and admissions of guilt being made. Let’s break it down, character by character.

Amy: Amy’s detention sentence is for skipping class. She told Karma it was because she wanted to see a foreign film. Really, she was hanging out with her dad. Her dad is the absentee kind, and Karma doesn’t really care for him. He’s also, apparently, having an affair with Amy’s mother, and she’s trying desperately to talk Lauren into keeping the tryst from her dad so their new family can stay together. She ultimately succeeds, but thanks (at least in small part) to the dirt she gets on Lauren …

Lauren: Lauren is in detention for pulling a fire alarm to create a distraction when she and Theo almost got caught making out. Her hand is dyed blue (because fire alarms spew out ink to mark anyone who might be pulling them when there isn’t a fire). The others catch them making out again during detention, because those two just can’t seem to help themselves. Oh, Lauren. She also forces her cop boy toy to drive them all to Duke’s so Shane can apologize because …

Shane: Shane spends the beginning of detention eating his feelings (those would be feelings of sadness and guilt, by the way) over his breakup with Duke. During the course of detention, Lauren points out (rightly and yet again) that Shane outs everyone, and he realizes this is true.

He also realizes that he hasn’t been the best person. He likes to tell himself (and others) that he outs people to help them live their truest, most authentic lives, but he knows deep down that that’s not true. He outed Karma and Amy as lesbians to make sure Lauren wouldn’t win homecoming queen. He outed Lauren’s pill usage to hurt her. He outed Duke because he was angry and wanted to ruin his life. He’s not a good person and he realizes, finally, that he needs to make amends. We do get a nice little Breakfast Club–esque escape scene, and Felix really throws himself on the principal grenade by going to his dad and asking a lot of uncomfortable sex questions, taking advantage of his dad’s offer to talk about the birds and the bees any time he has questions.

When they finally get to Duke’s, just in time to catch him before he boards a plane to go train in Muay Thai, Shane pours his heart out, apologizing and acknowledging that he was wrong. Duke is touched and admits that he never expected Shane to really apologize. But just because he accepts the apology doesn’t mean that he forgives him, and he still has to go. Shane repented, but he’s still heartbroken. The group makes it back to detention just in time to not get busted.

Karma: We find out what Liam’s dad wanted to discuss with Karma after L.A. He gave her a check for $250,000 to bribe her to stay away from Liam. She holds on to the check, not cashing it and not destroying it, because she’s thinking about what to do. Liam acts like this is the worst thing ever, but they’re basically broken up anyway, and her parents are so broke, they’re renting out their house and living in a juice truck in the backyard. Plus, Karma has college coming up. I’m Team Karma here: You have to at least think about it, especially given the state of the Kiam relationship.

Liam: We also learn, however, that Liam didn’t do anything with Zita. She offered herself up to him and he refused because he’s still pining for Karma. However, he’s so hurt that she considered taking his dad’s money that he seems to have maybe been the one to break up with her this time. Even though she ends up giving him the check (he puts a big “I Quit” sign up in Post-it notes in the Skwerkel office, followed by arrows that lead to the check Mr. Booker gave Karma). After quitting epically, Liam goes to move in with Shane for a while. But who knows what that means for his future?

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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