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'Faking It' fan recap: Promageddon

Season 2 | Episode 18 | “Nuclear Prom” | Aired Oct 19, 2015

Faking It prom is exactly the disaster you’d expect from Faking It prom. Just in case you forgot, Hester’s new, super-conservative principal made prom mandatory as a punishment (because that’s the way to punish Hester students). He also made dates mandatory. Because television. And in case you forgot, Amy decided she couldn’t handle going with Karma, after they re-faked it and her old feelings started bubbling up, so she convinced Karma to ask someone else and she made a date with Felix.

This leaves the prom pairings at:

  • Amy going with Felix
  • Lauren going with Tommy (yep, the ex who dumped her when she confided in him that she was intersex)
  • Karma going with Wade
  • Shane going with Wade
  • Yep, Shane and Karma and Wade all going together
  • Liam going with an inanimate skeleton.

And all of the above dates go disastrously and/or amazingly wrong. Let’s dive in.

Amy and Felix

Remember when I said some of the prom dates go amazingly wrong? It’s really only Amy and Felix’s date that goes wrong in a way I would describe as “amazing.” Amy and Felix plan a platonic date to prom because Amy can’t handle a platonic date with Karma and, well, Felix is really into Amy and willing to take what he can get. Their date does nothing but get cuter and cuter as the episode goes on. Amy tries to pick out a dress and gets something slinky and strapless and totally not her. She makes a joke about how she’ll spend the whole night pulling it up. Felix rents two tuxes, one black and one blue, because he’s not sure if Amy wanted to go serious and traditional or spunky and irreverent with her prom look (she opts for him to wear the blue). Then, when it comes time for the big night, AMY wears a black tux (a beautiful, tailored suit that looks amazing on her), and she and Felix have a blast taking silly, not-romantic pictures for her mom. It’s ADORABLE, and also very couple-y.

It’s so couple-y, in fact, that Karma warns Amy not to break Felix’s heart, and Felix proactively tells Amy that he doesn’t think their date was a good idea, because he definitely wanted it to be a real date. He doesn’t quite get to finish the thought, though, because Amy stops him with a kiss. Amy has been really insistent on not labeling herself or her sexuality, and now we get to see why through action. Amy isn’t leading Felix on; she genuinely seems into him. It’s amazing, and I really like this unexpected pairing.

Lauren and Tommy

It’s impossible to mention the Lauren and Tommy date without also mentioning the Lauren and Theo date. Lauren accepts Tommy’s invitation to prom because she needs a date (it’s mandatory) and can’t take Theo (he’s an adult cop whom everyone at school hates). Theo doesn’t love the idea of Lauren going to prom with her ex (okay, that’s actually putting it very mildly; he hates the idea), and he tries to make prom special with her on his own by setting up a secret prom in their makeout meeting place. It’s beautiful and probably the sweetest thing Theo has ever done for Lauren.

Over the course of the night, though, Lauren comes to realize that even though the secret prom with Theo is incredibly beautiful, it’s not what she wants. She wants the prom with everyone else (even though her vision for Prom by Lauren was destroyed thanks to a decoration mix-up), and the high school moments and memories that come with that. She gives Theo an ultimatum: Go public or it’s over. He can’t go public, sooooo  … it’s over.

The Shane-Karma-Wade Triangle

Shane and Karma follow through with their plan to both attend prom with Wade. They both show up looking like knockouts in bright, fierce red. Wade is completely into both of them. They try all night to one-up each other and win Wade’s heart (or at least another choice organ), but he’s still totally split in his affections. Finally, Shane pulls a desperate move and suggests a threesome, thinking Karma will definitely bail on this one like she did on the one with Amy and Liam. And, you know, I think Karma might have bailed on it, if it weren’t for …

Liam and the Inanimate Skeleton/Sasha

Liam might officially have gone to prom with a skeleton, but his real love interest this week is Sasha. She’s been coming on to him strong, but he’s been resisting because he promised Shane that he wouldn’t go there. When Shane tells Liam about the planned threesome and Liam points out that it’s uncool to plan a threesome with his ex, Shane is totally dismissive. Liam points out that he’s been a good friend and stayed away from Sasha, but Shane laughs it off, saying Liam couldn’t get with her if he tried.

Well, that’s all the motivation Liam needs to try. He makes out with Sasha … and then Shane and Karma catch him. Karma is so outraged by the whole thing (although why? She’s on a three-way date with another dude and his best friend, but the heart is a fickle thing) that she decides to go through with the threesome after all.

Isn’t prom magical?

Faking It airs Mondays at 9:30/8:30C 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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