Am I the only one that felt lied to after watching this episode? The promo totally led me to believe that Jenna and Matty hooked up in the Sanctuary after she and Jake got together, making it imperative that she confess before the video leaked. However, the paranoia surrounding this episode stemmed from the risk of exposing dirty deeds that happened last semester. This makes me wonder, how dumb are these kids? Let’s reflect.
It’s the first week of school after winter break, and someone notices a camera directed at the Sanctuary, so the students automatically assume that they’ve been on tape for an infinite amount of time before this point. After re-watching the episode, I realized that they knew the cameras were up, but didn’t realize someone had turned them to face their communal love nest. However, what would possess any of them to get down (presumably without several important articles of clothing) in this not so private place, especially when there’s the potential to be filmed? It wasn’t that long ago that I was a teenager, but my hormones never raged harder than my sense of public shame.
I do have some more gripes with the writing and performances in this episode. For starters, Tamara’s “Am-asian” joke was totally stolen from the New York Post‘s feature on Jeremy Lin. Then, Valerie’s British accent sounded more Australian, was that on purpose? My biggest complaint was Jenna’s conversation with her mother says she doesn’t want to tell her dad about the letter because it’ll “break his heart”. Jenna then replies, “What about me? You broke my heart…” when she should have said, “You broke my heart.” See the difference? Alas, I’m nit-picking. Let’s move on.
On a positive note, might I say that I thoroughly enjoyed Ming’s guest star role in this episode? I know, she’s been part of the cast since day one, but her character has a tendency to be eclipsed by Jenna and Tamara. I’d also love to see more of Becca, the Godmother of the “Asian Mafia”, who unfortunately also stole the spotlight from Ming this week. Why haven’t Ming’s parents encouraged her to hang out with this crowd before?
There are still some mysteries to be dissected from this episode, such as, who turned the camera? This question probably won’t be revisited in future episodes, because it’s pretty obvious that it was Becca and the Asians. They had beef with Vice Principal Highmore, and taped her getting it on with Principal Cox, which they knew would occur in the Sanctuary because “they know everything about everything.”
After the aforementioned conversation with her mother and the one at the end of the episode, I think we can rule her out of the running for Jenna’s blog-stalker. That still leaves Lissa and the more likely Valerie, or a character that has yet to be introduced. Another theory I came up with this week is that it’s Jenna’s dad. This week, Lacey shares her secret with Kevin, but he doesn’t react (on camera, at least), probably because he already knows from reading Jenna’s blog. What do you think?
Speaking of coming out, another bomb that will inevitably have to be dropped this season is Jake finding out about Matty and Jenna. Did Matty mean it when he told Jenna that he loved her? Maybe it’s because Jake gets less cute with each episode, or it was Matty’s sincere apology, but I don’t think he was trying to manipulate Jenna. Despite coming to terms this week with the fact that their secret will hurt Jake, next week’s promo shows him driving a half-naked wedge between the new couple. Are you Team Matty or Team Jake?
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