The Secret Life of the American Teenager Review: School's Not Out For Summer

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Now that we're all caught up on the lives of the teenagers at Grant High, it's time to settle into The Secret Life of the American Teenager's summer routine. In "Defiance" we saw how everyone's paths all led to... summer school!?!

Teen dramas always need a common setting to keep the characters in each other's lives. Hello it's the reason there's a party on practically every episode of Gossip Girl! But summer school? Eh, it did make for a great 80s flick.

Acting Defiant

While I don't really understand why Amy would want to spend the summer taking classes, I'll just go with it for the flow of the story. Besides, she and Ricky are so adorable lately, even when they argue! That's love right there.

Sure, it'll be helpful for Amy to have to take less courses next year when Ricky starts college, but her other excuse that she did it to hang with her friends was a bit silly. They can just hang out afterward! Do these kids not have anything more fun to do other than sit in school?

Adrian certainly does. Francia has been cracking me up this season. She looks great, she's upbeat, she's honest with her craziness and she's embracing it. I'm digging her and Omar. I'm also digging Jack and Grace. Is it possible that I might actually love the pairings this season?

I can't quite weigh in on Ben and Dylan yet because I literally almost fast forwarded through that entire scene with Dylan and her mother from the Facts of Life. Jesus, breathe down your daughter's neck a little more! I'd be smoking far more weed if I was under that kind of parental scrutiny. Ben is lanky because he's an awkward 17-year old who is still growing, not because he's addicted to meth. Dylan's mom was really reaching there. 

However, Leo was spot on with Ben's need to help girls in trouble. I wonder where that issue stems from. Whatever happened to the therapist on this show? I think he needs to come back. Ben's first girlfriend was a pregnant teenager, his second was the town harlot who he knocked up and married and now he's obsessed with this girl who he barely knows. Also, they think they have "everything" in common when it's more like: "OMG we both live in California! We are made for each other!" Chill. 

I might take heat for saying this, but I kind of feel bad for Henry. What he did was definitely messed up but he is remorseful. I'm not saying Alice or Ben should forgive him, but at least he knows what he did was wrong. Madison seems to still be looking for an excuse. It's kind of pathetic considering she went as far as flirting with a 14-year old to make her feel better about herself. What sealed the deal for me declaring Madison Persona Non Grata was when she called John, Amy's mistake that she parades around like an accessory. Ummm... it's a child...

Summer is heating up and things look like they're going to get really interesting on this season of Secret Life. What do you guys think? Hit the comments and don't forget to check out The Secret Life of the American Teenager quotes!

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What a great site I love the story bout the kid with the BBgun. You are so right if we learned how to have the resepct for them they would not be used as a toy and people would think twice before they break into someones home. I would like to know the amount of breakins in Texas as aposed to Chicago or New York.Keep up the great work. You have my vote Safe & Secure

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Whoever wrote today's episode's script should change his job ASAP.. this was the most loved character on the show.. how could they do this ??? I was shocked when I saw it on http://ow.ly/ajXvu

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The season started again:o

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What the heck is wrong with Ben? I mean, why was he so harsh on Amy???is he jealous because she is quite happy without him? I don't get it. A part from that, the whole show is pretty unrealistic. Ben and Adrien shared a really tough moment in their life, they lost a kid. Are we supposed to believe that now they already moved on? ... I agree with Amygirl about Amy and Ricky's situation too, they never take care of John, I mean...she is just being a kid, selfish I must add...
way too easy to live like that, real world is not so kind!!

Amygirl

It cut my last part off. Adrian was pretty awesome (not so dull). Also Ben was annoying with his whole Shakespeare dilemma... seriously you just met her. This show needs new writers because the show is so wooden and staged and fake and terrible to watch I don't know why I make myself. I think it's because I enjoy how bad this show is because I laugh at the parts with Ethan and Madison, that pathetic classroom scene, and the bodyguard part...

Amygirl

And on top of that, really Madison a 14 year old? Dating Jack despite knowing he was in love with someone else was low but this just is plain sad, not to mention illegal.
And to add on a comment from before, why is Amy getting involved? She is engaged and has a son. Why focusing on teenage drama? And what on earth is with her obsession to go to summer school? What makes her think she should depend on her parents and Ricky for money, you made your bed now go lie in it. These are things being a teen parent should have: lack of social life! We never see her taking care of John, John is always quiet. She is free to go wherever she wants with her heart's content. This show never shows the realities of teen pregnancy. In fact, the two characters the best off are the ones that got pregnant! One is now rich, and the other, "got the hottest guy in school!". Thanks, TSLOTAT! Grace was annoying, as always. And the mother is even creepier. And Jack was annoying. And Adrian... well she was pretty awesome actually. And I don't know if I should blame the script or the actors because this show is so dull and wooden. It needs new writers... badly. Ooh I forgot Ben! He just met Dylan, seriously, quit the whole Shakespeare stuff and be rich alone and happy :)

Amygirl

This show never ceases to amaze me! And no, I do not mean it in a good way.
Madison is pathetic. Plain and utter pathetic I hate the character as much as Grace. She slept with her best friend's boyfriend. Why Amy was getting involved (For Christ's sake doesn't she have better things to do!) I don't know. Yet this was the woman who was saying Amy just COULDN'T get an abortion. That would be against Madison's Christian morals correct? Well... lookie here! Does sleeping around clash with those as well? And how about that, you ask a woman to not get an abortion and have her son, but when she does you reprimand her for that too? And trust me I don't like Amy, no defense here. But Amy has a son, and it annoys Madison why? How on earth is that a come back? And Adrian shouldn't talk (Miss I got pregnant which resulted in me getting my own appt!). And I know it's just a TV show but it's simply the worst I've ever made myself watch.

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the Ben and Dylan scenes make me want to throw something at the screen. the whole another thing we have in common stuff is annoying.

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agree, the writing is just bad and the dialogue..these poor actors deserve better, come on and yet i still love Amy/Ricky (great chemistry that's all) sometimes some of the other actors interactions and i still watch ! God help me..scratch that i am atheist lol but you get the vibe !

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The writing on this show is sooo bad sometimes I just want to scream!! Compared to other tv shows with teens in them this show at times has the most unrealistic dialogue between characters its frustrating cuz im a fan of this show have watched it from the start I just wish they would get better writers for this mostly great cast of young actors they deserve it.
Madison needs a smack down for what she said about John!!! Id love to see Rickey rip her a new one :)

The Secret Life of the American Teenager Season 4 Episode 15 Quotes

This is gonna be a fun summer. Just a girlfriend summer. Just the two of us and our books.

Grace

Look it is my last summer before senior year and I wanna do what I wanna do.

Amy
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