Matty or Jake? Jake or Matty? That is the question this season. I went into scientific detail on the matter on my own blog, (you can read that here) and it's a question that has been plaguing poor Jenna these last couple of episodes; while it's certainly been something we've been thinking about. Last week Jenna made it very clear it was all about her and Jake and that Matty needed to steer clear. Although it might have seemed like things were finally looking up for Jenna she quickly learned that just because the sun is finally shining it doesn't mean it won’t rain ever again. In hopes of winning Jenna back Matty clings to the couple and takes his shirt off. A lot.
Jenna finds herself questioning if she's a "Klingon" in this episode, not because she isn't sure of her human origins, but rather she feels like she might be clinging on to Jake a bit too much after Tamara points out that Matty feels like he just might be losing his best friend. Anyone with half a brain gets that he is in fact putting down the gauntlet and making it very clear that he's hoes over bros on this one, and will try to get Jenna back the only way he knows how; his body. He takes off his shirt for no reason, (who seriously breaks that much of a sweat while playing video games? I play Diablo almost every day and never sweat, unless you count tears.) He puts his hands all over her (ass and knee grabbing), and then pretends like it's an accident. ALL in front of Jake.
He then proceeds to use his puppy dog face and even makes it seem like Jenna is self centered for thinking that he's only hanging out with her and Jake to woo her back, but Matty is Jake's boyfriend and he is entitled to want to hang with his bff. Matty freaks out at Jenna and says he tries to be normal but she's ALWAYS around. Also, Jake seems to think Matty and Jenna hate each other. Good job at playing your game, Jetty! (Or it is Menna? I can't get these shipper names right, ever.) Of course this leads Jenna to feel bad about being a clinger and she tells Jake to spend some time with Matty. I wasn't buying it for a second, and I'm glad Sadie calls Matty out. The smile that Beau Mirchoff gives is cute and nefarious all at the same time. Bring on shirtless ass grabbing, evil Matty!
Besides her ongoing battle of Team Matty vs. Team Jake she is also stuck between Team Mom vs. Team Dad. After Lacey revealed to Kevin that she wrote the letter that ruined their daughter's life things have gotten uncomfortable at chez Hamilton. Kevin comes home later than usual and uses the back door, plus they don't even talk that much anymore. In her attempt to win her husband back, Lacey decides to buy a hot tub so that she can use her body to get him back. Instead it turns into an embarrassing disaster when Kevin walks in on Jake, Jenna and Matty in the hot tub. It's not as sexy as it sounds because Jenna is just annoyed by the whole thing, and it only gets worse because her dad decides to hop in as well to scare the guys, he sees it as a tool for sex and not relaxation! I for one am not surprised considering he keeps giving Jenna condoms.
He immediately yells that Lacey return it after she has an embarrassing moment where she flashes the goods, "you might as well have bought our daughter a sex swing!" (Great delivery from Mike Faiola on that one) shouts Kevin as he demands she return it. Despite Lacey's attempts at forgiveness and make up sexy times, Kevin instead decides to leave. Jenna has a cute moment where she grabs his bag and starts moving it away so that her father won’t walk. It's a comical moment, but one that can ring true for any one that has ever had a parent leave.
A few people I have spoken to have said they don't understand Kevin's frustration over this, but I do. Remember the pilot where they thought their daughter tried to kill herself over this letter? Yeah, they never did believe her that it wasn't a suicide attempt. In his mind that letter fueled his daughter almost ending her life; I completely and fully understand his reasoning for wanting to leave. Do I wish he didn't for Jenna's sake? Yes, but we all know it'll end up worked out soon enough.
Other Notable Mentions:
- Guidance Councilor turned Assistant Principle Val has decided to put a stop to bullying by organizing a walk and handing out B stickers to people who are bully's. What's ironic is that Val herself deserves the most scarlet B's because she's a bully. She antagonizes the new guidance councilor mercilessly through out the whole episode and doesn't even realize it. Typical Val.
- Sadie, the biggest bully in the school decides to give Tamara some tips on how to get Ricky Schwartz back for being evil to her, and instead sets Tamara up for the fall. I need more scenes between Molly Tarlov and Jillian Rose Reed.
- Absolutely loved that scene in the end when Jenna and Lacey hold hands and essentially make up after the fallout from the letter. Sure she hurt Jenna with that letter but what happened with Kevin hurt both of them. Jenna lost her father and Lacey her husband, the only man she has ever loved since she was a kid. It's going to be a hard road ahead for the Hamilton women, especially after Jake finds out about Matty and Matty declares his love for Jenna to everyone else.
"Three's a Crowd" was a good episode, one of the biggest faults this season seems to have is pacing. Awkward's freshman season moved a lot of faster than season 2, it's the third episode and Jake still doesn't know about Matty? It's coming off a bit slow, and things need to move faster. This is a dramedy things don't need to drag on like this. What I do love the most about this show is how realistic high school is, yes things are exaggerated because it's a satire, but everything Jenna and the gang is relatable in a lot of ways, and her portrayal as being somewhat self centered is perfect because really? Were we not at that age?
8 Bully Stickers out of 10