I figured it out all through the episode. I have been pregnant so it was easy to figure it out. I can't imagine the actors who play ben and adrian doing their parts any better. They made it seem real. I cried even though I didn't want to I couldn't help it. The story line was so sad and moving. I couldn't imagine what it would feel like if I had lost my child like that. The next season should be interesting to see how everyone is doing after the tragedy.
jessica, i definitely could not believe that there was only like ten minutes left in the episode when they finally actually said what was happening. i agree that they should have spent more time on the issue.
I agree with the writer of the review of the episode. If their main goal was to shed a light on the tragedy of stillbirth, then they should have devoted the entire episode to it. They could have shown how the baby is delivered and held after he or she is born and in future episodes show the effect that this tragedy has on different people. Instead, they were very vague about the specifics and chose to promote the tragedy of the episode with everyone crying. This was obviously a way for them to draw in viewers. My daughter is 15 and she watched the first season of this show and quit watching midway through season 2. She had not watched any of season 3, but she watched the episode last night due to the advertising of the subject matter. So, I would say that the ploy by ABC Family was successful. She isn't planning on watching it next week, so I don't know how the ploy will work in the long run. I spend a lot of time with high school girls and while there are a few that talk about sex, they are not the norm, which is how this show is depicted. Also, the parents on this show are not shown as being very bright. It is a pretty standard ABC Family show: cheap to produce and not very well written.
If the show really wanted to show how this tragic situation can happen to make awareness it should have spent more time on the matter. Instead it took place for about 3 minutes in an hour long show & the majority of the time they were playing that depressing song. They took a sad subject & purely used it for ratings, not awareness.
i just finished watching the ep and reading the blog and all the reviews. the first thing i absolutely need to say is that for anyone writing about how it would be more realistic for adrian to have had an abortion, have a miscarriage or give the baby up for adoption is ridiculous. more realistic?? really?? women give birth to stillborn babies every day. many people have posted statistics on their reviews. i don't think you could get any more realistic then going to the doctor one day and everything is fine to finding out the next day your life has changed forever and not the way you thought it would. any of those storylines would have of course been REALISTIC but not more or less realistic then having a stillborn child.
what's so important at this point is how the writers have these kids deal with what happened. will the show lose viewers?? i'm not sure, i know i won't stop watching b/c of what happened. as a grown woman of three small children, my heart broke watching adrian and ben lose their daughter and yes, i know it's a made up show but it's a real life subject. i can't imagine the devastation and heartbreak it must cause for anyone to lose a child, in any situation.
i hope amy and ricky stay together. i would be really annoyed if they start playing this quad love story again. amy and ricky have grown so much, i love how far the both of them have come and it would be really lame for adrian and ben to come between them...especially since it was apparent that it was the emotion that they felt, over their friends losing their baby, that really brought them together sexually in those last few moments of the show. wanting and needing to be so close to someone during a time of sadness especially someone that you love so much. i don't know what will become of adrian and ben's relationship, whatever it is i hope it's done tactfully.
also, for mom to be.....there aren't too many explanations as to why something like that happens. which is probably why they didn't go into detail. but really what i want to tell you is not to get yourself too worried! you are almost done and your baby will be here soon, so try to enjoy your last few weeks of pregnancy!! trust me, you will have worry for the rest of your life being a parent!! i know it's easier said then done not worry...i've done it three times! but you will be just fine and so will your baby! congratulations and good luck!!!!
While it was so sad to see Adrian give birth to a stillborn baby, sometimes this is exactly what a show needs to get more people to watch.
This made for a very dramatic story that was very emotional and moving. I agree that I wished they wouldn't have waited for everyone to be informed of this tragedy within the last 15 minutes of the show. The tragedy deserved more airtime, which I'm hoping we'll see in the next episode. But if they give awards out for actors on shows such as this, I'm sure there will be some nominations because every actor on the show gave a very emotional performance that I'm sure moved more people than just myself. I NEVER NEVER cry and I had tears streaming down my face the last 15 minutes of that show. I'm sorry they lost the baby, but I think this will renew the show and the audience will now want to watch the repercussions of that loss, not turn the channel.
The fact that people aren't willing to talk about these issues because they are trying to keep teens and kids so sheltered about sex and other hard subject matters makes this very appropriate for a kids/family show. Obviously teens don't talk about sex as openly to their parents as portrayed in this show...but that's what makes this show so interesting. Wouldn't it be more ideal if teens could be more open about sex? Unfortunately, teens end up learning about sex through other teens. As cheesy as this show can be, I'm glad that someone is trying to open up a conversation about sex, pregnancies, and the consequences. If I'm not mistaken, many of the stillbirths that do occur end up happening to younger people. It's a harsh reality that stillbirths happen at all, but it's something that people need to realize rather than turning away from it and pretending like it doesn't happen. It doesn't mean people need to be scared that it will happen to them though.
Can I be completely honest? I hate Ben and Adrian. They are not right for each other and they are completely annoying. I thought last night's episode was full of awkward crying and I thought it was a little bit over the top. Ben and Adrian's pregnancy was way too perfect that I knew that something bad was going to happen at the end. The baby being stillborn is a tragedy and I was shocked that they went with this story line. I'm curious about what this is going to do with Ben and Adrian's relationship. Now that they don't have a baby, I would really like to see them break up...like I said before, they're not right for each other.
I am not a Secret Life watcher but I read this article simply to see what tragedy occured. I personally think that there is no reason not to go with this storyline. Yes it is a show geared towards teens and it is on ABC family but um hello... do you not realize that these teens are having SEX. What's more innapropriate than that? If it is okay to let your teens watch a show where this is happening then I think they can handle a tragedy... I totally agree with an earlier comment made by someone that said that it is ridiculous to have teens under the assumption that when you get pregnant as a teen it's all fun and good and you will marry the man of your dreams and live happily ever after in your perfect little bubble! How often does that really happen? 1 in 10... I think that is even a generous number. If you don't want your teens to see the realities of what can happen in ANY pregnancy then don't let them watch! This in my opinion is a ridiculous argument.
I think that it was an injustice to the subject matter to have it consist of about 5 minutes of the show. If ABC Family wanted to shed light on the pain of the loss of a child, then do it right, and not tack it on at the end.
I also did not care for the way the trailer seemed to trivialize the situation, and give the implication that the Amy/Ricky/Adrian/Ben thing was about to flair up again.
I've never missed an episode, but if the writers mess with the dynamic of Amy & Ricky, I will probably stop watching. It's time to let the characters grow and see where they can take things.
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