MTV’s new show Awkward is, as Tamara would say, P.F.M.—pure freaking magic. It’s a show most teenagers can relate to; what with the unrealistic crushes, crazy school counselors, and even crazier parents. On the most recent episode of Awkward, which happened to air thirty minutes later than usual because of an extended episode of the ridiculous Teen Mom, Jenna Hamilton turned sixteen. When the show started I assumed she was a junior or senior in high school, but—clearly—I was wrong. This must mean MTV has high hopes for the show and will continue to a second and possible third season. *Fingers crossed*
What I love about this show is how different it is. Normally on a TV characters’ sixteenth birthday there’s an outrageous party that costs more than a wedding or a Jake Ryan-type chasing after the birthday girl simply because it’s her special day. Instead, Jenna experiences several acts of embarrassment that are completely beyond her control: the overly cheerful Valerie raps and presents a cake to Jenna in front of everyone in the cafeteria (might I add, the rap was quite good) and the bitchy Sadie throws a milkshake all over Jenna’s chest. Let me just talk about Sadie for a minute. I absolutely cannot stand her character. Yes, I understand that she isn’t necessarily supposed to be liked, but she is one bully that really drives me nuts. Every time she says “You’re welcome” in that annoying tone, I literally just want to punch my TV. But I refrain …
One thing that truly baffled me during the show was why the football game occured during the day. Where I live, football games take place after the sun goes down. Nobody wants to sit in the scorching heat to watch sweaty guys hug each other to the ground except under one condition—if you are being positioned right between Matty McKibben and Jake Rosati. Jenna was at the advantage here, although it must have been extremely awkward, given all of their past drama. Matty offering Jenna a ride home absolutely made my heart melt, until Jenna had to go all “we’re friends, right?” on him. I mean, c’mon. Nobody would want to be just friends with that!
Toward the end of the episode Jenna brings up the movie Sixteen Candles. It would’ve been too cliché if they actually showed the scene of the movie where Jake Ryan is waiting outside the church, so I was glad they didn’t do that. But out of nowhere Jenna made the conclusion that “hot guys will like you if you like yourself.” Honey, if that were true, there would be a lot more girls with boyfriends seeing how half of the girls out there are self-centered. Anyway, that’s beyond my point. Matty showing up outside Jenna’s bedroom door was the icing on the cake (pun intended) of the episode. FINALLY, the moment we have all (or maybe the moment I’ve) been waiting for: Matty admitting that he wants to be more than just friends with Jenna. It was a perfect end to a lame birthday. I mean, who wouldn’t mind spending their birthday tongue wrestling Matty McKibben?