The Secret Life of the American Teenager Review: Gossip Girls

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The Secret Life of the American Teenager is by no means an Emmy winning series but it's usually at least moderately entertaining. Unfortunately the most recent installment entitled "4SnP" (what the heck does that mean?) was just barely tolerable. 

I'm not kidding when I say I was counting the minutes for it to be over. Not even the return of Molly Ringwald, a childhood favorite since her role as Samantha in Sixteen Candles, could turn this episode around. It was just that bad.

Ben & Amy At the Lockers

Nora has personally been one of my favorite characters since she joined the show. I think she is written so well and her character has such humor and wisdom after all of the negative things she has gone through in her life. This is why it comes as no surprise that she dropped my favorite line of the night, one that spoke much more broadly about the episode than just about George (whom she was referring to.) "Ignore him, he's just ignorant."

For more of tonight's lines go to The Secret Life of the American Teenager quotes section.

The majority of this episode was so stupidly ignorant, it was barely tolerable. It made the youth of America, and even the adults, look like morons. George and Kathleen are the dumbest people and Grace is so awful, I have no idea why Jack is so into her. He could clearly get a lot of girls.

For the record, I am not gay but I was offended by this whole "Amy must be gay, because her mom is" rumor mill. It's not a genetic, contagious thing to be gay! I can't even imagine being around people who would talk like this or who would ever even care to make that association. Normally the word "sex" is dropped 50 million times in an episode and this week the word "gay" took over that honor.

The entire "Anne is gay" storyline has been botched from the start. George's claim had no merit. He was bored and Anne just wasn't that into him anymore. Just because someone doesn't want to sleep with you doesn't mean they are gay. George has nothing better to do that gossip like a househusband. Maybe he should call up Rufus Humphrey.

Then we have Grace who is so insecure and so in denial. I completely understand that she is 17 years old, not that experienced and is a little scared by the fact that she is sexually curious. But take a breath! She and her mother started the whole rumor about the Juergens to begin with. You kissed a girl, it's really not that big of a deal. Gossip sucks, but maybe you should talk to your best friend Adrian about her jealousy issues and need to be the center of attention. I don't feel bad for Grace being the center of a rumor when she often is the one who starts them. 

It just seems like this epic mountain was made out of a molehill for no apparent reason and based on absolutely nothing. Just because Amy's mom might be homosexual she might be too? And just because she isn't marrying Ricky she's suddenly a lesbian? Also the Fourth of July is a gay holiday? That's totally reaching. Who are the uneducated people who write this show and is this really how the youth of America talks? 

Unfortunately I already know the answer to that. Yes, a lot of people are really uneducated and high school is the breeding ground for rumors, gossip, and making up ridiculous things. It's times like these I don't blame Amy for being totally moody.

A few positive things to end on: how cute were Ricky and John playing the drums? Jack's reaction to Grace and Adrian's kiss was kinda classic. I loved seeing Griffin hanging around again and I fully support Leo's decision to not pay 32K for Ben to make out with Dylan. What did everyone else think? I know I was harsh so hit the comments with your own opinions! 


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Rating: 2.2 / 5.0 (65 Votes)

this season might be my last season if it dont get any better. i tired off Amy crap.


Every gay person has a right to sue for this episode.
Every teenager has a right to sue. ¨
Every human being with just a half of a brain cell sould sue.
It was so offensive on so many levels! I breaks my heart and makes me wanna punch wall.
Ricky - thanks god for him in this one.
And, for the record, I am 16 (though not American :D) and only about 5% of the most shallow and dumb teens on my high school are like this.


This episode was total trash. I honestly haven't missed a night of it. I'm just hoping for some Ramy love affair. Hopefully it is in the las season. I'm hope teenagers to talk or think like this in this day in age. Persons sexuality is not so much not talked about now then it was years ago. So I would hope teenagers don't think if a parent is homosexual than the child must be too. And to the point these are not young teenagers. We are talking about seniors in high school. Come on. I expect more of a thought process to happening by now.


Chase actually now Ricky is the only decent guy on this show. lol
The characters who are good or at least alright right now are Ricky, Nora, Griffin (when he is present), Margaret and sometimes Jacob and Omar (although his marriage proposal few episodes ago was ridiculous but he redeemed himself after lol)..the others..AU SECOURS !


This show to me is like watching a car wreck. Its hedious but yet I can't turn away. This show is horrible but the sad part about it is I haven't missed an episode. All the teenagers are spoil brats. Ricky is an A** and his girlfriend is a little brat. From what I've seen if the parents were a little tougher none of this behavior would take place. I wish life was like that when I grow up.


I stopped watching this show a few weeks ago. I checked in a little last night just to see what was going on and after a few minutes I was reminded why I stopped watching in the first place. The show is terrible. The acting and storylines are terrible. I've seen most of the cast in other things and they are very talented actors.. why do they make them act so terribly just for this show?


It was the worse epi of this show with maybe the 'just say me' ridiculous one from earlier seasons..awful and quite offensive..the only saving grace if i am kind was the scene between Nora, Griffin and yep Georges (they did mock him by the way and it was well deserved ! Thankfully the actor playing him still manages to make him quite endearing but the writing..ugh)
The writing for these teenagers is offensive, real teenagers can be silly but they are certainly not dumb like that, these rumors are pathetic, i feel sorry for these poor actors having to play that..shudder..
Usually i like this show for it's 'so bad it's good' cheesy camp vibe but here it is just too much in the dumb, ridiculous area..


Cant believe they only give MIOBO 8 episodes and cancelled it and kept this crap ... i stopped watching after the 3th ep of this season and just come and read the review to see what's happening because its just too excruciating watching the whole hour


I stopped watching it a few episodes back. It's horrible what happened it used to be a really good show.


I agree 100% with your review!! This show has gone down hill to the point its totally pointless to watch. I can't stand the dialogue between the teenagers anymore most kids don't talk like these kids who writes this crap??? George used to be my fave parent but they have dumbed him down so much hes painful to watch almost as bad as Lauren and Madison! Nora is the best written character on here now I don't understand how 1 character can be written so well and 12 others not?
I hope they either hire new writers or just cancel this show its no where near what it used to be sadly :(

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The Secret Life of the American Teenager Season 4 Episode 23 Quotes

I would never have sex with a girl, they're dramatic, they're emotional, they're fickle. It would be like having sex with myself.


Don't they have something better to do than talk about whether somebody's gay or not?