God, you guys. This show is SERIOUSLY trying to kill me. As if just Matty McKibben isn’t enough all on his own, they are now making dreams come true by FINALLY putting Kris Polaha on a show that we all love! Ugh, we have so much to talk about, but first, the runner up line for title: “Every family has a perv.” Preach it, Tamara. Still, I felt like the one I chose would more convey our cat lady spirits around here.
So basically, Matty and Jake both ripped my fucking heart out tonight. Jenna too. I think you could probably tell that they were starting to lose me a little with some of the darkness this season, but this episode really brought it all together and made it all work, because all of the emotional punches hit harder after the torture of this season. Matty and Jenna standing outside with the tux … the tux that Matty was loaning Jake … oh my god, the symbolism, you guys. The SYMBOLISM. I could die. Those two have such amazing chemistry still, and when they both admitted that it still stings, I just … felt all of it. And you knew it, ya know? I mean, Jenna’s feelings on Jake are pretty clear at this point, but when Matty didn’t pick up Courtney’s call and said he was “feeling things out” … you knew. But I feel like both of them admitting it opens a door.
Now, for Jake, I thought that Brett Davern did an absolutely fucking INCREDIBLE job with that reveal. He looked EXACTLY like someone would look in real life. You could see every emotion on his face … I think he even got a little paler. He was amazing. Really great. I just loved him putting it all together, knowing it was true, and not wanting it to be true. Like, when I think about his reaction, it gives me that kind of sick feeling in my stomach. Man. So good.
And I just really, really, REALLY loved the chain of events that set that whole thing off, you know? I mean, we knew from the previews that Sadie was going to tell Jake, so I was actually able to watch this happening, where Jenna yells at Sadie on Tamara’s behalf, Sadie rubs Ricky in Tamara’s face, Jake sees Tamara upset and yells at Sadie, and Sadie first reacts by yelling at Jake, but then sees it as an opportunity to really get back at Jenna. Ugh. And there it is. Sadie is the WORST. (And also the best. And also, I’m glad for story reasons that the secret is out.)
So anyway. Next week looks AMAZEBALLS. I don’t know how I’m going to be able to wait that long. I am this show’s bitch.
Most of the minor characters this week were sort of peripherally involved with the wedding, so that didn’t leave much in the way of B-plot. However, the adults all sort of had their own thing going on. Let’s review:
Val was of course available on a moment’s notice to be a bridesmaid. I was more or less okay with the amount of Val in this episode. However …
There was much more Ally in this episode than I prefer. I get that she’s the bride so, kind of important, and it’s not that a bridezilla plot isn’t pretty funny on its own, but the juice cleanse was a little much for me. Ally is enough of a raging bitch on a normal day. Flower Bitch made me laugh, though.
DILF was MIA again, refusing to go to Ally’s wedding. Or answer Jenna’s calls, apparently. Come ON, Kevin. Looks like we’ll be getting more info on that next week, too.
Now, let’s discuss Polaha. I’m so happy to see him again that I almost can’t criticize. But then, I said ALMOST. The whole talk with Jenna at the end was kind of heavy-handed, and I do feel like this whole thing seems retconned to make Jenna’s dad into the Jake when last season he was made out to be more the Matty. But I’m not necessarily complaining if that means we get more grown men hotness. However, Polaha is capable of looking a zillion times hotter, and they should’ve gone with his LUX hair rather than weather man hair. But still, I swear to god, the things I would do to that guy. He is a fuckin’ BABE.
Okay. What did you guys think? Thoughts on how it all went down? Theories on what’s going to happen next week? Favorite moments/lines? Let’s discuss it all in the comments!