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Season 2 | Episode 19 | “The Deep End” | Aired Oct 26, 2015

Let’s be clear: A lot of messed-up stuff has happened before on Faking It, especially when it comes to interpersonal relationships. The series’ original premise was about the oh-so-complicated relationship between two best friends who pretend to be lesbians, which leads one of them to realize that she actually is (or at least, might be) a lesbian who is in love with her best friend.

In the first season, Karma tried to leverage a threesome with her then-still-denying-her-feelings best friend, Amy, for a chance to sleep with Liam. This season, another, even more shocking threesome reared its triple head: One between Karma, Wade, and Shane.

Karma and Shane both attended prom with bisexual hottie Wade, and their attempts to one-up each other while vying for his affections culminated in the suggestion of a threesome, which they seemed to have gone through with. As with many of the wildest sexcapades on Faking It, the threesome was ultimately proven not to have happened (the show likes to stick to poor sexual decisions that will leave its characters racked with guilt, not saddled with awkwardness). But that didn’t stop both Karma and Shane from pretending that it did happen.

Why, you ask? Why would anyone perpetuate such a twisted and hurtful lie? Revenge. Wounded egos. Feelings of betrayal. Karma and Shane both had understandable reasons for their lies (not necessarily justifiable, but we can at least empathize with their pain). At prom, Liam broke his promise to Shane not to hook up with Shane’s sister. Shane felt grossly betrayed since, as Liam’s longtime wing man, he’d helped his friend hook up with just about anyone he’d ever wanted—but made it clear that his sister, Sasha, was off-limits.

Faking It prom turned into a game of chicken, only everyone lost. Shane floated the idea of a threesome with Wade and Karma, and Liam said that wasn’t cool. Shane implied that Liam was delusional about Sasha’s interest in him, so Liam set out to prove Shane wrong by kissing her. Shane witnessed the kiss, and it only strengthened his resolve to have the threesome with Karma. Shane’s decision to go through with the threesome pushed Liam to sleep with Sasha. Spiral … spiral … explosions. Wreckage. Loads and loads of emotional wreckage.

As for Karma, why did she want to go through with the hurtful threesome? I suspect it has a lot to do with her immense personal insecurities and her inability to cope with the lack of romantic attention she’s receiving, but I know that might not be the most popular opinion. It’s being (very strongly) hinted at that Karma is developing romantic feelings for Amy, something that would make the Karmy shippers of the world exuberantly happy. I’m not saying that I don’t want Karma and Amy to end up together, but I’m not convinced that this is their moment.

Karma even hints at that in tonight’s episode, when, after a drunken display at a party, she confesses that she’s upset that Amy and Liam are both moving on and she’s all alone—right before kissing Amy. Does this mean Karma isn’t into Amy on some level? Of course not. Does it mean that maybe, at this moment in her life, she’s struggling more with her sense of self-worth, independent of other people’s romantic attachments to her, than with her sexuality? I think maybe.

After the supposed threesome, everything starts to fall apart for everyone. Shane and Liam’s strained friendship suffers a fatal (or at least temporarily damning) blow when he admits that he only slept with Sasha to hurt Shane. Amy is more confused than ever by Karma’s behavior. Felix is so into Amy it hurts—and she seems into him too, but afraid to pursue it for a number of really valid reasons (she’s fought so hard to get her family to take her sexuality seriously and dating a boy might undo all of that; if she’s confused and not really into Felix romantically, she could just lead him on and hurt him more; she’s not sure what to make of Karma’s recent behavior and how, if at all, that should impact her decision about Felix).

And poor Lauren isn’t affected by the threesome (because this is Lauren we’re talking about—even if she knew about the details, she wouldn’t care because it doesn’t affect her), but she’s going through a lot on her own. She decides to lose her virginity to Tommy, and is crushed when she realizes that he threw a house party to get out of sleeping with her because he’s really not okay with her being intersex after all.

By the end of the party, Shane and Liam aren’t friends, Karma and Amy’s relationship is in the weirdest place it’s been in a while (and that’s saying something), Lauren is heartbroken and calling herself a freak, and a drunk Felix wraps his dad’s car around a fire hydrant in a really great fictional PSA against drunk driving. (Don’t worry: He seems okay, at least physically.)

We’re nearing the end of season two, so we knew things had to crumble in the worst way, but I’m always a little surprised by just how creatively the Faking It writers destroy everything and everyone I care about. Right about now, I’d really just like to give each and every character on the show a big hug, a sharp slap in the face—or, in some cases, both.

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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