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Jenna and Tamara go on their first overnight college visit, but the outcome is not what they expect. Meanwhile, Lacey craves a college experience of her own and a party at Matty's creates new rivalries and romances.




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Episode credited cast:
Matty McKibben
Lacey Hamilton
Jake Rosati
Sadie Saxton
Valerie Marks
Kevin Hamilton
Jordan Rodriguez ...
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Jenna and Tamara go on their first overnight college visit, but the outcome is not what they expect. Meanwhile, Lacey craves a college experience of her own and a party at Matty's creates new rivalries and romances.

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13 May 2014 (USA)  »

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Despite all Jenna has been going through, her future seems to have gotten a bit brighter with the prospect of college.
19 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

In many ways, I sort of wished the season opened up with this episode. If just because this confidant Jenna matches the one we saw at the end of last season and honestly is so likable. Though while this form of Jenna seems on the right path, as a fan, there is a growing worry that with Jenna doing so well during her visit at the school, and during her interview, this could mean that she may outgrow Tamara. Which, admittedly, isn't something which is impossible, but if Awkward somehow becomes one of the few shows which transition their characters from high school to college, Tamara has to come! Even if in a reduced role.

Topic 1: Someone to Talk To – Matty & Sadie

As Jenna and Tamara are looking toward the future, Matty, Jake, Sadie, and a self-invited Eva, decide to drink at Matty's house. While there, Sadie goes after Eva repeatedly as the two bump heads. And seemingly I am not the only one thinking Eva is just a little too boastful with her million and one stories. Sadie smells BS, but with the guys too in love with Eva's openness and attractiveness, only Sadie seems able to question her.

Which seemingly may bite her in the ass, for after Sadie cock blocks Eva, Sadie and Matty have some alone time in his bedroom. Now, before you go off to thinking they do anything XXX, all they do really is talk and remind us how genuinely sweet their friendship is, and how it perhaps rivals even the friendship between Jenna and Tamara since it doesn't seem over the top. I mean, truly, Sadie and Matty seem like such genuine friends that it is really sad they don't get to exhibit this friendship often. But, with them being so close, and Sadie too nice to him and mean to everyone else, Matty shows the issue most guys have when a girl is nice to him. He feels this kindness may mean something more, so he brings Sadie close and kisses her. But, they realize that friendship is the better route for them.

Especially since Sadie seems to be the only one Matty can really talk to right now. For, as we have seen, Matty's relationships with most people aren't that good. With Jenna, their relationship is so complicated that the safest thing for him is to keep it sexual because she hurt him bad. With Jake, their relationship is not only complicated by Jenna, but by Jake's inability to really be serious and not seem like a tool. And while Eva claims to have been talking with Matty before, I would argue she was probably just drinking with him and maybe hooking up. Nothing more.

However, with Sadie, being that he has this really comfortable, non- sexual, relationship with her which has last forever, opening up to her, while drunk mind you, comes with ease. And as he talks about being adopted, it gives you the sense that the actors involved could be capable of so much more than what their characters are given. But, unfortunately they are usually just accessories to Jenna's life. One being a love interest and the other the villain.

Though Eva seems willing to move onto Sadie's territory for with Sadie cock blocking her, and Sadie and Matty falling asleep cuddling, she catches them and takes a picture. Making you wonder what may come of this? Especially since Sadie still is dating Austin.

Topic 2: A Missed Life - Lacey

A small bit of the episode deals with Lacey trying to get a taste of the college experience. Which, while not being a large part of the story, does give the actress who plays Lacey some decent scenes. Some of which may make you wonder if Awkward does go to college, will Lacey be joining Jenna?

Topic 3: Divergent – Tamara and Jenna

Leaving us with our two stars. As Jenna and Tamara do their college tour, we see them soon split between Tamara going to a sorority party, and Jenna joining a new love interest, Luke, at this fund raiser for literacy. With this, you see the first signs of a rift between the two. For Jenna is seemingly ready to hunker down, mature, and show the part of her Colin brought out that was positive. Meanwhile, Tamara seems like all college may do is get her into a lot of drama. Which could be interesting to watch, granted, but with Jenna seemingly having enough drama to last her for quite some time, it does make watching them go to different events make it seem like this could be foreshadowing where their friendship maybe going.

And while I said that this would have been the perfect way to have start the season, with Jenna visiting colleges, when I really think about it, the writers got it right. With how well Jenna did impressing Luke, the admissions representative, and really finding a place for herself at this school, this visit not only helps give her the ability to move on from Matty, but realize she can find validation outside of him. And while she is getting a new boyfriend, which I'm sort of iffy on, I must admit I am not fully dreading Luke being on the show. I do hope though that Jenna can keep seeming like the Jenna from last season's finale, for there was something about that girl which was inspiring. And while she may actually lose some friends in the process of consistently being that girl, a butterfly does have to shed its cocoon to fly, even if the cocoon is a safe and comforting environment.

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