TV Reviews: Awkward. (5×19-5×21)

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“Girls Gone Viral”

Just as Jenna decides to do the right thing and delete the article for Matty, the folks at Idea Bin throw the e-book deal her way. She wavers on her decision, and Luke is there to push her further into the realm of complete selfishness. Ironically, he says, “Matty is selfish if he wants you to take it down.” Luke, please do not encourage Jenna to be a dick, she does that enough on her own, thanks. Jenna realizes that her editor removed the paragraph where she criticized herself, making it a more balanced piece. Luke gets pissy over Jenna’s concern for Matty’s feelings.

Jenna tries to explain the situation to Matty, who remains angry and uninterested. When Jenna confronts Aaron Samuels about the botched editing job, he balks. “The audience for your little apologist paragraph is one–your ex,” he explains, going on to warn her not to go to Lizzie about it.

When Lacey confronts her daughter about the article, Jenna immediately tries to defend her selfish actions. “So good writers sell out their friends to get e-books?” Lacey asks. She then compares the article to the anonymous letter she wrote to Jenna at the start of the series, but points out one important difference–the letter was private.

Jenna requests that the article be taken down, thinking that she’ll be fired as a result. Lizzie lets her stay on, though she gives the e-book to Ophelia. She brings the original article to Matty and shouts the missing paragraph through the door at him where he won’t see her. Luke is mad that she’s still worried about Matty’s feelings, but ultimately comes back and tells her that he likes the fact that she cares about how her actions affect others. Eye-roll , but okay.

Tamara and Patrick have an intense texting relationship, which makes Sadie slightly uneasy about Sergio’s lack of responses. She refers to the girls at his food truck as “girls in whore shorts,” another casual slut shaming comment that annoys me. I wish this show would address that sort of thing and show character growth in Sadie, rather than use it for misplaced humor. Sergio is annoyed and asks when they started dating. Sadie thinks it was obviously when they started sleeping together again.

Sergio confronts Sadie about wanting emotional intimacy, not just sex. He points out that every time something real happens, she tries to solve it with sex. He can’t deal with it anymore because he loves her. She struggles to say it back to him, but he says it’s okay–he knows she loves him. Their relationship is one of the better developed aspects on the show, as Sergio constantly calls Sadie out for poor behavior. If only this extended to slut shaming…

Upon meeting Jake, Jenna’s Idea Bin coworker, Ophelia decides to use him as her next muse. He shows off for her a bit, but that doesn’t stop her from happily calling him “the ultimate townie” after they sleep together. Looks like Jake might be re-evaluating his life plans.

This episode was decent in terms of development for Sadie and Jake, but we’ve once again circled back to the same Matty-Jenna nonsense that’s been slowly sucking the life out of this business for seasons. How many times can you try to convince us that Jenna isn’t the worst? Le sigh. Awkward…get it together before the end, would you?

Episode Rating: 6/10.

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