The Secret Life of the American Teenager Review: The Truth About Anne
After last week's epic disaster of an episode, The Secret Life of the American Teenager could've aired a one hour rotation of the TV Guide and I would've liked it. Luckily "Love Is Love" was a fairly large improvement.
I mentioned in my last review, that not even the reappearance of Anne could save the show, but it turns out that I spoke too soon. We just needed to spend a little more time catching up with Molly Ringwald's character to remember why we all love her so much!
Anne Juergens completely made this hour! It turns out that George admittedly made up the Anne-is-gay rumor in order to feel less guilty about wanting Kathleen back. However, George must've felt some sort of vibe because it turns out he was actually right! Hey, they were together for probably about 20 years, they do know each other really well.
George and Anne's conversation toward the end of the episode was really very touching. It feels like the first time in this show, and probably one of the first times in their marriage, where they were just really honest with each other. George may have never stopped loving Kathleen and Anne always felt like something was missing. I'm sure it wasn't easy for her to figure this out, it took her a long time, and I'm really glad that Amy apologized for how immaturely she acted about it.
Speaking of immature, Ashley mocking the whole "it gets better" campaign made me want to punch her in the face more than I usually do. She knows her sister isn't gay and just like Adrian's mom said to Adrian, playing a joke for attention is offensive to the people that are truly affected by it. Grace and Adrian kissing for attention isn't very amusing to people in the LGBTQ community who are trying to really figure out what they feel. I think there was a genuine curiosity with Grace, but with Adrian she can become so wrapped up in jealousy and pettiness.
Jack is so obsessed with Grace and I still don't get it. I also really don't get George's obsession with Kathleen. This is a woman who actually told her daughter; if you want to blame anyone for being gay, please blame your father because he betrayed you. What Grace's dad did sucked, but Grace's sexuality and her father's infidelity are not related. If Grace is gay, she's gay. Also if she is a lesbian, there's no certain way to dress. I mean, seriously...
If it weren't for the genuine moments with Anne, George, Nora and Adrian's mother this week, I would've given this episode another low ranking. Fortunately they were able to restore a tiny bit of faith that the writers of this show haven't completely lost their minds.
On that note, what did everyone else think of this week's episode? Was it a significant improvement over last week's? Does Ben need to learn to keep it in his pants? Will Amy and Ricky really elope? Hit the comments!
The Secret Life of the American Teenager: "Love Is Love"
Leigh Raines is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.