Plus, the ‘Who killed Ricky Schwartz’ mystery thickens — because, hey, why not?
The April 23 episode of Awkward was, strangely enough, all about murder. As newly-dethroned vice principal Val (Desi Lydic) interrogated Sadie (Molly Tarlov) about Ricky Schwartz’ death-by-peanut, Jenna (Ashley Rickards) was busy inadvertently twisting a knife in her relationship with Matty (Beau Mirchoff) — and it was a total bloodbath.
Fearing that communication of any kind would lead to a breakup, Jenna tried to put as much distance between herself and Matty as possible. But Jenna’s little plan backfired when a group date turned into a walk down Memory Lane with Jake (Brett Davern), and that’s when things got really weird…
In a twist I had to see to believe, Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed) actually stepped up as the voice of reason for once, telling Jenna to cut the crap and leave Jake in the past. This led to one of Matty and Jenna’s classic chats, in which they both admitted they have no idea what they’re doing, so they basically just made out until the screen faded to black.
Ah, young love.
Spotlight On Sadie
OK, I’m going to put the sillyness on hold for a minute so we can discuss Sadie. Our girl got real tonight, and I’m not just talking about the brutal honesty she shared with her fellow students. (“You’re welcome.) I’m talking about the series of shockingly human confessions she made throughout the episode, from telling Val and that rando detective that she’s a virgin to telling Matty about her depression and insecurities.
Sadie may have had a few killer one-liners this week, but mostly, I was just really impressed with her real-ness. Molly Tarlov displayed a vulnerability in Sadie that we’ve only seen glimpses of thus far, and as season three awkwardly marches on, I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more.
And I wholeheartedly welcome these moments, especially if they lead to more scenes between Sadie and Matty. Their conversation may have happened over the phone, but as Matty showered Sadie with comforting words, it’s like they might as well have been sitting directly on my heart.
(Of course, if the whole Matty/Sadie thing doesn’t come to fruition, I’d settle for a spin-0ff with Sadie and Consuela.)
In summary, I felt some things tonight.
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of this week’s Awkward? Are you worried about Jenna and Matty’s future? Did you enjoy Sadie’s softer side as much as I did? Drop a comment with your thoughts on the episode, and as always, Jake’s new season-three hair!
— Andy Swift