One of the many things I love about Awkward. is that the female actresses have bold personalities, and even bolder bodies. That was made blatantly obvious in this episode with a cornucopia of embarrassing and unflattering outfits. With the exception of Lacey, the girls of this show own their realness in hilarious ways.
I found it interesting that as Val led the charge on Bully Week, she also spent the episode making a human punching bag out of her trainee-in-tow, but the writers totally did that on purpose. On the other hand, Sadie advises Tamara to torment Ricky to get back at him for smearing his saliva all over the school, which blows up in her face, though we don’t ever see her put any work into damaging his reputation after talking to Sadie. What gives?
Even before Sadie calls him out, I think it was clear that Matty’s motives behind gluing himself to Jenna and Jake were to break them up. If he were simply trying to hang on to his best friend, tagging along would have been enough. He takes it a step further by getting extra handsy with Jenna and stripping down at any chance he gets. These physical signals, as well as little jabs at Jake (“Dude, did you pee?”) are definite attempts to get Jenna to jump ship (literally) and climb aboard the Matty train. I think the fact that Jenna can’t peel her eyes away from Matty’s half-naked body and doesn’t naturally feel the urge to be all over Jake shows that she’s not that infatuated with her new guy. Like I’ve said before, I don’t think the truth about Jenatty will come out until much later this season, but I think she’ll ultimately leave Jake. However, if Jenna were to ditch this love triangle and have a normal, happy relationship, where would the show have left to go? The only possible Season 3 story line I can think of is if here parents were to divorce and start dating again. Now that’s awkward.
I like how they paralleled Jenna trying to get rid of Matty with both Ming ditching her and Tamara for the Asian Mafia and her father leaving the house after learning about the letter. While I don’t think she’s fully forgiven Lacey, I don’t think Jenna will tell her friends that she sent the letter any time soon because she feels both sad for herself and sorry for her mom. I also think they should have shown Jenna blogging about it, and possibly receiving a comment from her anonymous reader to keep up with that story line. Maybe they’re trying to show that she is learning and growing from her problems to the point where she feels comfortable leaning on Tamara instead of turning to her blog. Or maybe they just ran out of time, which is probably why they cut Ming out of this episode too.