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'Faking It' recap: Is Sabrina faking it?

Season 3 | Episode 8 | “Untitled” | Aired May 3, 2016

Faking It gets its name from the original premise that Karma and Amy were faking being lesbians to be more popular at their super-progressive high school, Hester. Of course, things quickly got more complicated when Amy realized that she wasn’t faking the passion she put into her not-so-real relationship with her best friend. By the end of season 1, the jig was up, and Amy’s true feelings were out in the open.

Now, eight episodes into season 3, Faking It is living up to its name yet again—only it’s not Karma and Amy faking anything, but Amy’s new BFF (and Karma’s new epic frenemy) Sabrina. Sabrina is a girl Amy and Karma know from their camp days. Amy loves her and thinks she’s the best. Karma can’t stand her because she’s convinced that Sabrina has always plotted to come between her and Amy. Of course, Karma turns out to be right, and Sabrina turns out to have a slight case of crazy eyes. Maybe more than a slight case.

After Lauren’s very competitive game night (during which Sabrina found lots of subtle ways to call out Karma and get her in trouble), Karma confronts Sabrina about their strained relationship. Sabrina confessed to trying to keep Karma away from Amy back at camp but sees her side of things as more sympathetic (unfortunately, it doesn’t come off as all that sympathetic to the viewer, because I’m still firmly Team Karma on this one). When Karma explains that she’s fine with Sabrina and Amy being friends because no one will ever have the bond that Karmy shares, Sabrina realizes she’s right. No one will ever match that bond. In fact, the only way to worm further into Amy’s heart than Karma is to give her the one thing Karma can’t: LOVE.

The only problem is that Sabrina seems to be straight. She mentions have a long-distance boyfriend and seems shocked (and not in a relieved “I’m not alone” kind of way) when Amy confesses that she’s still questioning her own sexuality. She comes out to Amy, at least kind of. She explains that she had a super sexy dream about another girl that’s left her questioning her waking sexuality and Amy promises to keep her secret and help her explore her feelings.

Amy proves to be a bad secret keeper and accidentally spills to Shane. She also confesses to having a tiny crush on Sabrina after a sexy dream of her own the night before. (And, in case you’ve been waiting expectantly for Karma to make a big love confession to Amy thanks to that tease-y promo, sad news: The clip that gave Karmy shippers everywhere so much hope was part of Amy’s dream sequence.) It doesn’t take long for Karma to realize that Amy is having feelings for Sabrina and to jump in to meddle try to protect Amy. It’s not that Amy doesn’t need a little protecting (it’s true that she does have a history of falling for straight friends and that no one wants to see her go through that fallout again), but Karma’s motives aren’t totally pure. She might not have romantic feelings for Amy, but she’s definitely still drowning in jealously over the whole Sabrina situation.

Of course, Karma’s meddling attempts to protect Amy’s heart don’t go that well. Amy gets upset and tells Karma to stop policing her feelings (which is fair, since Amy genuinely thinks Sabrina is into girls). It looks like Sabrina is going to put an end to the Amy courting, until Amy crusades for Hester to put an end to its new labeling system.

Let’s actually pause for a second and talk about Hester’s labeling situation. Principal Penelope, always in pursuit of perfect political correctness, cancels Christmas break, explaining that it might offend some people. Lauren talks her into instituting a labeling system in which Hester students literally wear buttons bearing all of the labels with which they identify (everything from “straight” or “gay” to “1/4 Filipino”), The idea is that everyone can be aware of everyone else’s sensitivities, be thoughtful, and, you know, save Christmas break. In typical Hester fashion, it’s a well-intentioned but objectively terrible idea. Everyone in the school agrees to wear their labels — except Amy. When she’s forced to go into the labeling booth, Amy comes out wearing literally every label, which is, of course, the same as wearing none. Amy isn’t ready to label herself, let alone wear it on her shirt. She makes a big speech to exactly that effect and Sabrina swoons…or at least realizes she’s committed to the con. It’s honestly hard to tell from their kiss. And it’s hard to tell how Karma and Felix interpret their kiss, because, of course, they witness it.

Aside from the Karma-Amy-Sabrina drama, we get a couple of other big relationship developments this week as well. First, Noah and Shane’s relationship starts to heat up, then cools down as Noah pulls away. Shane follows Noah to a teen homeless shelter and assumes his parents kicked him out for being gay. When confronted, Noah explains that his parents weren’t upset about his orientation; what they couldn’t handle was their daughter identifying as a guy. He’s transgender and worried Shane won’t accept him. In a truly touching moment, Shane is accepting and embraces Noah. It’s not totally clear if he’s still going to be ready for a relationship after this news, but he is ready to be there for him, which is a great start.

And back at Casa de Lauren, she and Liam are learning to cohabitate quite nicely. She makes way for some (well, one) of his Hanukkah decorations and even comforts him when he learns he was wrong about his dad’s identity. It’s probably the nicest Lauren has ever been to another human and really paves the way for the seemingly-inevitable (if temporary) Liauren (Lauriam? Their names don’t work well for this) pairing.

Here’s hoping next week’s Faking It brings some answers.

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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