The Secret Life of the American Teenager Review: Dinner and Drama

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For years I've poked fun at The Secret Life of the American Teenager for what I found to be a cheesy, fake portrayal of high school. I have to say, in "They Gotta Eat", I finally felt like there an aspect that just felt like regular old high school.

My feelings are probably in large part to the fact that tonight's episode was about mean girls and backstabbing. If you wanna understand high school and teenage girls... well good luck.

Despite the lame cover excuses, it's pretty much on par for kids to make up a cover story when they are fighting with their friends. Nobody wants to tell their parents the real reason because usually it's semi-embarrassing or something you just plain don't wanna talk about with your parental units.

Case in point: Madison sleeping with Lauren's boyfriend.

They Gotta Eat Scene

I was surprised that Madison was able to identify her insecurities and reasons for what she did so quickly and easily to her father. Most people would take quite a lot of therapy to get that insightful at 17 years old as to why they bedded their best friend's boyfriend.

I've been really harsh toward Madison in recent weeks and I still think that what she did is borderline unforgivable, but I'm starting to feel somewhat sorry for her.

She needs someone to talk to and NOT Lauren's father. Is he seriously the only therapist in town? Also there's just zero chance that my dad and my two best friends' fathers from high school would ever have organized a dinner when we were fighting. Maybe the moms would talk it out on the phone when we were younger, but by 17 forget about it.

George was back and in full force tonight with lots of one liners. Normally he's a favorite of mine, but he was a tad harsh on Amy tonight. I don't think Amy is acting high and mighty just because she got knocked up at 15 and it ended up working out for her.

I think she is appalled at what her best friend did and since she was forced to grow up a little faster than the average teenager, she's cutting the bullcrap and being honest about what she thinks. But that's just me, I'm big on loyalty. This was a clear case of right and wrong.

Everyone makes mistakes, I'm sure they will figure it out. Right now I'm over discussing that trio. I'm glad Leo stepped up and spoke to Dylan's parents to clear the air that his son is not a drug addict man-slut, but rather a kid who falls in love a little too easily. It was surprising how judgmental Ricky was to Ben about smoking a little weed when he's slept with more people than Mick Jagger by the age of 18. Cut Ben some slack!

I'm totally stunned about Grace's father and can't wait for this storyline to unfold. Next week is shaping up to be a doozy. Don't forget to check out the best Secret Life quotes from tonight and hit the comments!

They Gotta Eat Review

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The Secret Life of the American Teenager Season 4 Episode 16 Quotes

I'm a big fat liar.


She violated the best friend code, the girlfriend code, the woman code.

Lauren [about Madison]