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'Faking It' fan recap: Overanalyzing the Hester Halloween costumes

Season 3 | Episode 6 | “Spooking It” | Aired Apr 19, 2016

It might be April in our world, but in the Faking It timeline, it’s Halloween, which is more than okay. There’s never a wrong time of the year to watch Hester High’s finest dress up in costumes and pour their hearts out. In Faking It terms, Halloween wasn’t too dramatic (but then, on the Faking It scale, there would have to be actual Scream-style mass murders taking place at Hester for me to be shocked), but there were some confessions of feelings, makeouts with strangers, and a good old-fashioned tasing, because why not?

Let’s break it down by costume (I mean, character).

Amy: Amelia Earheart

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Amy decided to dress as a historically famous Amy for Halloween: Amelia Earheart, the pilot (or at least she’s some old-timey pilot). Is this a comment on her sense of adventure (she makes out with a hot stranger named Harper after going through the Haunted Hester haunted house together)? Is it an expression of how lost and confused she feels inside (the whole Felix thing)? Is it just because Amy Raudenfeld looks adorable in aviation goggles? Probably some combination of those (but especially the adorable aviation goggles).

Karma: Cleopatra

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Karma arrives at Haunted Hester in a sexy but tasteful Cleopatra costume, ready for some casual hookups of her own. This lasts for about three seconds before Principal Penelope (dressed as Charlie Chaplin and making a serious bid for best costume herself) informs her that her costume is offensive cultural appropriation, and she needs to go to the drama department to change into a preapproved costume immediately. Because this is Hester. So, of course.

Karma: A witch
After her Cleopatra look is nixed, Karma changes into a generic (but still cute) witch costume, presumably from a pretty modern performance of Macbeth. I can’t really think of much symbolism here, except that Karma keeps putting people (Amy and Liam, mostly) under her spell. She puts Liam back under said spell at Haunted Hester when she confesses to him that she was going to come to him that night in the coffee shop, but then she got the news about her dad’s heart attack. Liam had been all ready to go back into Non-Relationship Guy mode, but this gets him.

Liam: A sailor
Like Karma, Liam is forced to change out of an offensive outfit and into a more politically correct one. Apparently, he arrived dressed as a caveman, but we never get to see that look (he explains that Principal Penelope said the costume promoted domestic abuse). Instead, we see him in a not-quite-appropriate-for-school-functions sexy sailor-boy costume. Symbolism: He’s sailing into the rocky waters of love, opening himself back up to love with Karma, only to be dashed against the rocks again. It’s true.

After her confession, Liam thinks on the issue, gets some advice from Shane’s mom (who turns out to be kind of surprisingly sage), then goes to tell Karma he wants to give their love another shot too. Unfortunately, by the time he has this revelation, Karma has already talked to Felix, whose own love philosophy speaks to her (he’s staying single until New Year’s Eve because he’s working on getting sober and needs to make sure his life is in order before he makes room for anyone else). She tells Liam they should just be friends, which of course isn’t going to be complicated or difficult at all.

Felix: Chainsaw-wielding murderer

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Felix and Amy might not be officially dating, but they’ve been basically dating. When she tells him she’s going to Haunted Hester and can’t be scared, he goes from not going at all to volunteering to be the haunted house’s scary grand finale, just so he can scare her/flirt with her. It’s adorable, yes, but if Felix is really serious about not dating anyone until New Year’s Eve, this isn’t totally healthy. He and Amy are basically in a relationship without officially being in a relationship, which is why things get awkward when he sees her and Harper locking lips at the end of the haunted house.

She apologizes, but by the time she finds him alone, he’s already had time to process things and realizes that she can’t just put herself on hold for him for two months. If they’re meant to be, he says, things will work out in the New Year. In the meantime, he “releases” her (which is a weird thing to say to another human, but at least he acknowledges it).

Lauren: Cinderella

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After the parent-trapping gone wrong, Lauren has moved out of Amy’s house and is living in a condo that most adults can’t afford while she finishes up school at Hester. Amy visits to ask her to come home, but I mean, her dad bought her a condo, so that’s not really going to happen at this point. It’s great for her lifestyle brand, but not for her fear of being alone. She’s terrified that a serial killer will get her (a fear that’s aided by the news report that an actual escaped serial killer is on the loose) and ends up going to the haunted house just as an excuse not to be home alone.

She’s been making Leila and New New Lisbeth take shifts sleeping over, but New New Lisbeth can’t on Halloween; her mom has instituted a rule that she has to sleep at home at least three nights a week (which, considering they’re in high school, is pretty fair). Lauren ends up tasing Liam (she thinks he’s a bad guy stalking her; really, he’s just parked next to her) and offering to let him crash with her to make it up to him. Since he just moved out of Shane’s place to save their friendship and is currently homeless, it’s a good deal for Liam. New roommate situation on the horizon?

Shane: Scary steampunk carnival barker?

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Shane’s costume is amazing and terrifying and captivating, and I have no idea what it’s supposed to be, so I can’t begin to read into it.

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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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