Jenna and Matty try to be friends with benefits, but Matty's focus solely on the benefits leaves Jenna feeling less than friendly.

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Jenna and Matty try to be friends with benefits, but Matty's focus solely on the benefits leaves Jenna feeling less than friendly.

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Jenna and Tamara take different methods when it comes to dealing with their exes.
3 May 2014 | by (http://www.amari-sali.blogspot.com/) – See all my reviews

Being that Awkward is only a half hour, almost as soon as you start getting into the episode's story, either a commercial pops up or the episode is over. And with that, as much as I like the development of Jenna over the episode, and seeing Tamara freak out, it is hard to really feel invested for they run through everything so quickly. Almost to the point where I'd almost prefer to wait until the season ends to have a marathon. But since I don't have the patience for that, I watch and try to be satisfied with this red light, green light, style of storytelling.

Topic 1: Peer Counseling – Jenna, Tamara, Lissa and Sadie

With peer counseling being Jenna's only curricular activity, and I guess the writers thinking the program needed to be beefed up to be relevant, we find members of the cheer squad: Lissa, paired with a Muslim girl; Sadie, paired with an exchange student named Sheree; Tamara paired with Kaitlyn, who seems like a freshman version of her; Emma has this pure of heart girl; and Jenna is left with this girl, named Angel, who is Hannah Mclalwain from The Glee Project. However, that bubbly persona on The Glee Project is replaced with a sort of misguided bad ass.

Well, momentarily anyway. For, like every girl paired up, they change over the episode. Sheree becomes a Spanish version of Sadie, with "De Nada" being her catch phrase; Kaitlyn, well we don't really see Kaitlyn much after she ditches Tamara to be a Jake groupie; Emma's freshman she tries to turn into a sexed up Olson twin; and Angel, after spending time with Jenna, seeing her make out with Matty, and meeting Jenna's mom, decides she wants to be 16 and pregnant, with the amount of glee which shows the Hannah we know, and erases any bad ass assumptions originally made about the character. Oh, and as for Lissa, she is so enamored with the various levels of heaven in the Muslim religion that she now wears a hijab and who knows, maybe she will actually get a real storyline and convert? Oh who am I kidding? Lissa is never going to get an actual storyline.

Topic 2: Jealousy or Revenge? – Tamara & Jake

With Jake breaking up with Tamara, she is freaking out so much over how Jake may spin their breakup to the point she gets kind of annoying. But, her worries are validated when Jake "Taylor Swifts" her by singing a song called "Tomorrow Never Comes" which sounds like "Tamara never cums" which naturally pisses her off. But what makes things worse is Jake's freshmen groupies, who make Tamara so jealous she decides to ban singing in the cafeteria, so Jake retaliates by inviting the girls to his place for a private concert.

So, being that Tamara isn't ready to just let Jake go, she decides to make a fake profile and chat with Jake. Which, sooner or later, will be discovered, but it makes for a slightly interesting plot line. Though I honestly rather her venture of self- discovery, college applications, and being student body president be more featured. But when it comes to Tamara, boy drama pretty much has been her storyline since the beginning, even when they made her more than Jenna's accessory.

Topic 3: It is time to DTR – Matty & Jenna

Speaking of Jenna, with the realization that perhaps she was a bit too self-absorbed, she decides to try to be a bit more friendly, calm down, and try to be friends with Matty. Problem is, with all that Matty is going through, it seems he just wants sex out of Jenna. So, they define their relationship as being friends with benefits, minus any type of friendship it seems. For, as Tamara notes, he basically is looking to use her like a sex toy more so than be a friend, and we see this for every time Jenna tries to talk about what he is going through, he decides to try to have sex with her instead. Which, despite Jenna's claims of how she and Matty have a mature relationship, she realizes that they essentially are reverting back to how things were when they first met. Something Jenna isn't willing to put up with so she decides to walk away from Matty and leave him to his troubles for now. Leaving the door wide open for Emma who seemingly is trying to become relevant on the show. Which maybe can only be done by making her Jenna's rival.


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