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Season 3 | Episode 1 | “It’s All Good” | Aired Mar 15, 2016

When Faking It wrapped season 2, Amy was leaving town to clear her head (and, more importantly, to clear her heart of Karma). Karma, on the other hand, was standing in the street, sobbing and begging Amy to stay. They had just kissed (again) and Amy needed to know if it meant anything. When Karma insisted that it didn’t, Amy had to leave town and figure out her life if Karma was ever going to fit back into it in a non-romantic way. Season 3 of Faking It picks up at the end of summer, and everyone has changed a lot. Or, at least, everyone is trying really, really hard to prove how much they’ve changed—to varying degrees of success.

1. Karma and Shane are BFFs.

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After working together as lifeguards all summer, Karma and Shane have gone from mortal enemies to best friends forever (or at very least for summer). With Amy away touring with the band and Liam off gallivanting around the globe with his new girlfriend (more on that later), Karma and Shane had a lot of time to bond. At the end-of-summer lifeguards-bonfire, they even sing improvised songs together. It’s sickeningly adorable.

We know she is because she says so. Lots of times. Like SO. MANY. TIMES. She wouldn’t say it this many times if she didn’t mean it. Right? RIGHT?

3. Liam is also TOTALLY OVER KARMA.
We know because he says so. Lots of times. Like SO. MANY. TIMES. And plus, he’s dating Zita now, and he wouldn’t just date Zita and travel the world with her if he were still into Karma. Right? RIGHT?

4. Karma is over everyone.
She’s BFFs with Shane now and she has a shiny new Hawaiian boyfriend, so that takes care of replacing Amy and Liam. Speaking of, that shiny new Hawaiian boyfriend is also super chummy with Shane, something that Liam doesn’t take very well.

5. Amy is NOT sorry.
You might expect Amy to apologize to Karma for running off and leaving her, you know, sobbing in the street, but she doesn’t. The girls in the band give her a pep talk before they drop her off, reminding her not to apologize for taking the time she needed to take care of herself. When she sees Karma for the first time, Karma seems excited, ready for her apology. But when Amy makes it clear that she’s not sorry for leaving, Karma switches into passive aggressive, I-Hate-Amy mode.

I understand why Karma is hurt, but I also understand why Amy is so reluctant to apologize for leaving. Karma was yo-yoing her heart, and it needed to stop. She did need space. Did she take that space in the best way or at the best time? No. Probably not. But did she need the time? Did she need the space? And did she need to finally put her needs ahead of Karma’s and ahead of their shared vision of growing old together as Forever BFFs? Yeah. Probably.

6. Lauren is auditioning new friends.
Technically, she’s not looking for a friend. She’s looking for a “friendtern” to replace Lisbeth. (SAD. WHERE DID YOU GO, LISBETH? All we get from Lauren is “away.”) She’s holding auditions, looking for a friend/intern to follow her around, worship her, and help maintain her social-media presence. Lauren has become quite famous since she came out as intersex. She thinks she found a real friend, not just a friendtern, but it turns out the girl is just interested in “cross-promoting their brands” (yikes), and Lauren has to let her go and pick another devoted nerd to follow her around instead as the new Lisbeth.

7. Karma gets tattoos now.
She also jumps off of cliffs. Because she’s changed. You know, CHANGED—all caps. She’s a new person now, and she’s determined to prove it.

It’s obvious that most of our beloved Faking It characters have not changed nearly as much as they’d like us to believe. Amy and Liam still have way more Karma issues than they want to admit. Karma still has way more Amy and Liam issues than she wants to admit. And Lauren still feels isolated and lonely, even though she’s finally opened up about being intersex and found the acceptance she always wanted. Basically, there are a lot of feelings in the Faking It world, and we’re just scratching the surface.

Faking It airs Tuesdays at 10:30/9:30C 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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