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The Secret Life of the American Teenager Review: Circle of Friends

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This week's The Secret Life of the American Teenager was all about "Girlfriends."Not the kind you date, the kind you bond with, share gossip with and spill your feelings to.

Amy encouraged Kathy to make some pals outside of Ethan. Making friends isn't always the easiest task, but Kathy did pretty well for herself. They may not be the nicest girls, but, hey, teenagers can be sassy. C'est la vie!

Kathy Has New Friends

Was this episode so "friend" heavy because normal Secret Life is all about raging hormones and sex? Maybe Brenda Hampton and the writers got the memo that they drop the word "sex" about 50 times an episode? And when that got tired they subbed in the word "gay." Maybe they thought they'd go back to basics and just explore "friends."

I'm actually interested in them delving into other friendships on this show. For years it was just Amy, Lauren and Madison who have been terrible friends to each other. You all know how I feel about them, especially Madison. If Grace and Amy might end up as sisters, I see no reason why they shouldn't get to know each other. Adrian also deserves some slack from Grace. Grace is fickle and nuts but deep down she always tries to be a good person.

I can't say the same for her boyfriend Jack, but honestly he is just being a horny dude. Didn't you guys just know that the second Clementine said she had a meaningless fling with a jock that it had to be Jack? He was jonesing for her the second he laid eyes on her! Besides, he's not getting sex from Grace and they weren't back together. The guy is at college, can't say I'm surprised. He was thinking with his... other head.

Speaking of sex and love crazy guys, Ben just keeps digging himself into a deeper and deeper hole. Poor guy, I felt sorry for him at first, but Henry gets my sympathy vote this week. Now he's getting dragged into the circle with Dylan? Oyy. Well, with Alice admitting she slept with Ben, all bets are off. Can we please just see less of Dylan's parents? 

Mindy Cohn went from a famous role on The Facts of Life, to Brangelina's kids' Godmother, to The Secret Life of the American Teenager? Doesn't add up. I know I gave this episode four stars because, despite the fact that I think the show overall is crap, I have grown to care about certain characters and really did enjoy the new bonds formed tonight. 

A couple of things I really enjoyed:

  1. Grace saying she always wanted a sister, and Amy saying she always wanted a nice sister. I totally feel you girl. Click for more The Secret Life of the American Teenager quotes
  2. Ricky drew all the coordinating sexual bases with the actual bases on the baseball field. Glad to hear there was some funny stuff in Ricky's difficult childhood.
  3. Grace instantly knowing that Jack slept with Clementine, because he is that obvious.
  4.  The bond forming between Ethan and Kathy. I misjudged Ethan when we first met him. 

So how about you all? What did you love, what did you hate? Hit the comments! 

Review

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Rating: 3.2 / 5.0 (22 Votes)

Leigh Raines is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Those two bitches, Jody and Francine really need their asses kicked! I would love to see Adrian and Laurie beat the crap out of them. Anyone else agree?

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Why the heck are people dissing Amy and Ricky's relationship? I'm happy they're finally together! I couldn't stand it when she was with Ben! Ben's a lunatic! I mean, what kind of insane person actually wants to marry his first girlfriend at age 15 after only one date? And it made me so sick to my stomach that he actually had her buying into his insanity, making her as stupid as he is. If those two had stayed together they would have both ended up in a nut hospital for the rest of their lives! Amy and Ricky are so much better for each other. Not just because of their son, but because they bring out the best in each other. Amy's taught Ricky about Love and kindness, and Ricky helped Amy to grow into the strong, independent young woman she is now. Ramy is the best thing to ever happen to the show! Anyone who disagrees must be as crazy as Ben!

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As much as I dislike physical violene, Ben totally deserved being slapped in the face by Camille! I mean I understand he is going through a rough time, but that is most certainly no excuse for being so incredibly rude and inappropriate! I am surprised Leo's head hasn't exploded yet. I think that needed to happen in order for him to start thinking before he speaks!

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Molly in your mind, Amy and Ricky just work whereas Ricky with Adrian was boring and pathetic, Ramy is the real deal for majority of viewers deal with it !

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I want Ricky and Adrian to get back together! Amy and Ricky just don't work.

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You gotta give credits to Kathy and her two new weirdo and awful friends. Compared to Dylan, her parents and her private school pose, this two mean girls seems like a breath of fresh air...

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Not one of my favorite episodes and the end really got me very angry. I’m not a fan of violence and after seeing the “Sausage King’s� girlfriend punch Ben and then start to laugh????? The network needs to step in immediately. The writers have gone off the reservation. Violence is never the answer no matter what Ben said and for his dad to start laughing and ask to marry her. Crazy….

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Crap sorry! There's always like 18 things happening an episode on this show. Ben got punched for mouthing off the Camille and Leo and telling them they shouldn't be together. It was a very weird moment.

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I stopped watching because of Ramy. They're so disgusting and unrealistic with no chemistry between the actors. The only reason I came to read the review was to find out why Ben got punched and see if there was any Radrian or Bamy.

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Um you forgot th best part!!! Ben getting socked in the face by Camille!!!! Bestsceneeveron this show! He totally deserved it!

The Secret Life of the American Teenager Season 5 Episode 18 Quotes

It's important to have friends. Girlfriends. Not just a boyfriend or guy friends, girlfriends.

Amy

I'm 9 months from having him graduate high school. Freedom is just around the corner.

Leo [about Ben]