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'Secret Life' Recap: Jack Professes His Love For Grace

Mon, April 2, 2012 11:49pm EDT by 4 Comments

The gang reunited in summer school, where they caught each other up on all the latest backstabbing — and took a few digs at each other.

On the April 2 episode of The Secret Life of the American Teenager, nearly everyone wound up in summer school. Some by choice; others… not so much.

Over at Ricky (Daren Kagasoff) and Amy’s (Shailene Woodley) apartment, Ricky couldn’t understand why Amy wanted to go to summer school. He thought Amy should be working to earn a little extra money and spending time with John. Amy tried to rationalize her decision, but the only thing she managed to convince me of is that she’s a whiner. Did anyone else feel like she was fighting simply for the sake of fighting?

Further putting a strain on their relationship was Ethan, who was starting school with Amy. Ricky warned Amy not to treat Ethan like a friend, but Amy didn’t listen to him, thinking all Ethan needed was love and trust. How wrong she was! Right after she stood up for him to Ricky, Ethan could be seen peering through the doorway, watching Ricky show Amy where he hid their money.

Meanwhile, after catching Ben (Ken Baumann) smoking pot with Dylan (Ana Lucasey), Mr. Boykevich forbade him from seeing her. He also decided to punish Ben by sending him to summer school. Ben knew his dad was only trying to get him to repair his friendship with Henry, who was also going to summer school, but Ben — still upset over Henry’s betrayal — wanted nothing to do with him.

A little later, Ben managed to show himself up in the stupidity department when he forgot to both turn the ringer off on his secret cell phone and lock his door (again!), all but inviting his dad to find out he was still speaking to Dylan. His punishment? His dad hired a chauffeur/babysitter/bodyguard to make sure he stayed away from Dylan, whose own parents had forbidden her from seeing Ben, thinking he’s a drug addict. “He’s skinny as a rail,” her mother reasoned. Now there’s sound logic.

Elsewhere, Grace (Megan Park) skipped her first day of MedCamp and surprised Adrian (Francia Raisa) by telling her she’s moving in with her and going to summer school. After Grace didn’t show up to MedCamp, all hundred of her love interests (both past and present) went out looking for her. But Grace didn’t need them to help her realize she had made a mistake. She regretted her decision as soon as she realized Adrian, who’d fallen hard for Omar, was breaking their no-boyfriends rule. Unfortunately for Grace, she got kicked out of MedCamp for lying about where she’d been.

At summer school, everyone was turning on everyone. Literally, no one was safe. Lauren (Camille Winbush) targeted Madison, Alice railed on Adrian — heck, even Ben took a swipe at Amy. At one point, Madison went so far as to call John a mistake! If every class is going to be even half as awkward as their first, then these kids are in for a rough summer!

That same day, Ethan got caught stealing condoms, believing he had a shot with Madison (Renee Olstead), and got suspended. Realizing she had made a mistake, Amy apologized to Ricky. She even managed make it up to him by hiding their stash of money before Ethan could get his hands on it!

Later that night, Ben admitted to his father he got the pot from Dylan’s friends. He defended his decision to lie, explaining how much he cares about her.

Finally, Jack (Greg Finley II) showed up at Adrian’s, where he professed his love for Grace and asked her to give their relationship another chance. Grace rejected his advances, explaining she needs to keep her promise to her mother and focus on school.

What did you think of tonight’s episode, HollywoodLifers? Should Grace get back together with Jack? Should Ben forgive Henry? Are Dylan and Ben right for each other?

— Josh Rosenblatt