Awkward. – Recap: The Great Ball of China via Rickey.org “Guilt Trippin’” delivered the Awkward. moment we’ve all been waiting for… Matty McKibbin (Beau Mirchoff) busted a move. Come to think of it, he really broke it down by the e...
Awkward. – Recap: The Great Ball of China via Rickey.org “Guilt Trippin’” delivered the Awkward. moment we’ve all been waiting for… Matty McKibbin (Beau Mirchoff) busted a move. Come to think of it, he really broke it down by the end of episode seven thanks to a little help from the unstoppable dance machine known as Jake Rosati (Brett Davern). Matty’s refusal to cut loose and dance like nobody was watching had always been a symbol for us as viewers, a red flag cluing us in that something within Jenna Hamilton’s (Ashley Rickards) relationship with her dream boy was missing. I had always thought the show would write in a rival love interest, and maybe they still will (Collin?), but I’m enjoying the fact that they’re showing growth in Matty, who has continued to impress his girl, and the Awkward. audience, through Season 3. Let’s see how many different ways I can refer to “dancing” before I get obnoxious.
The episode opened with a traditional ceremony Jenna had gone from loathing to loving all because she’d landed herself a boyfriend for the first time. An annual school dance was on the horizon, and Jenna was awaiting her embellished “Matty’s Girl” pin, adorably embarrassing her in the best way possible. Think Royal Wedding hats in the form of lavish chest pins known to cause boob bleeding if adorned in the incorrect fashion. Matty delivered, showing at aptitude for working with pipe clearners. Jenna, though, felt surprisingly bittersweet about the entire ordeal, recognizing that several of her female classmates would go uninvited to the dance, and a pin that made her feel amazing would dually take the wind out of some of her less fortunate peers’ sails.
Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed) didn’t understand Jenna’s conundrum in the slightest. She did her best to quash Jenna’s seemingly unnecessary pity. Still, Jenna couldn’t get her mind off of former friend Christy, who was noted by Val (Desi Lydic) to be a school bottom feeder. Val hinted at the girl being in a very dark place, a place Jenna might have ended up joining her in had she not been bestowed with many of Val’s pearls of wisdom over the course of two and a half seasons. Suddenly, Jenna got obsessive. Tamara let it slip to Jake that Jenna was having second thoughts, most likely because Matty would never dance with her anyway, and Jake subsequently handed the details off to his bestie. Matty was understanding, letting Jenna know that he was okay with her not wearing the pin, so long as she kept it. Jenna wasn’t satisfied with that, though. She would refuse to go to the dance all together, deciding to take a stand for the single ladies.
In the end, Jenna’s mom, Lacey (Nikki Deloach), would refuse to allow her daughter to hurt the boy she loved in favor of protecting strangers, reminding Jenna that girls who weren’t invited to the dance wouldn’t know whether she went or not. Jenna wouldn’t give in, so Lacey would take matters into her own hands, dialing Matty’s phone before tossing the cell back to Jenna to talk. Partly backed into a corner and, maybe, just a little convinced that she was indeed making a mistake, Jenna asked Matty to the dance after all.
Matty was confused, turning to Tamara and Jake for advice. Tamara, who’d been scolded by Jenna for yet again breaking “girl code” (MTV crossover power!) and running her mouth to Jake refused to speak again, but a torturous tickle session by the duo of bro besties got some information out of her. Unfortunately, none of it had anything to do with sad single girls. Instead, she just brought up the fact that Matty refused to dance. After kicking Tamara out for some “bro code” bonding time, Jake decided to help his bud out. Rosati’s one-man dance class was a hilarious spectacle, as was Matty’s initial attempt at doing anything resembling dancing. Jakes main piece of advice; it’s all in the face. Unless you’re Jake, than it’s all in the everything.
This is literally the scen