The Secret Life of the American Teenager Review: Love The One You're With

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For an hour spent talking about Jack, the least this show could've done in "Half Over" was show him at some point. Once again, The Secret Life of the American Teenager used an event to promote itself and then short changed the audience.

The promos said "Who will say goodbye?" Spoiler alert that nobody cares about: It was Dylan.

Cryong on a Shoulder

Dylan decided that friends are the most important thing, and that she and her obnoxious little posse would follow Wendy to an all-girls school. I still think it's weird how quickly Ben went from obsessing about Dylan to obsessing about Amy. Were you sad to see Dylan leave? Did you think the previews were a cop out?

Don't get me wrong, I would be upset if Jack left the show. I just hate when a series uses one thing for a promotion and then the episode is mostly about something else. Secret Life isn't the only program to do this. 

The episode was spent mostly on Amy and Ricky fighting, per usual. Ben and Amy got into the same college and Ricky is obsessing about what it means and if Amy wants to leave him. As she said last week, dreams change. I agree with this, but these two have got to go to counseling or something. How annoying is it to watch them have the same fight over and over? If it's exhausting for us to watch and it must be even more exhausting for them.

It's also not fair to John to be in that environment.

Meanwhile, Ben is determined to get Amy back, so much so that he's sharpened his detective skills and found out that Amy and Ricky aren't really married. Did I miss the moment when George admitted he knew the truth about their marriage? When they really do get married, Ben says he will be waiting at the back of the church to pull a move from The Graduate and run away with her. Do you think Amy's tempted? 

Grace spent this episode at the hospital. When Adrian arrived, she had flashbacks to losing her baby, which was really sad. I did love her heartfelt conversation with Omar and the ring he drew on her finger. Even though I think everyone on this show is rushing down the aisle, I thought that moment was really sweet. I love them as a couple.

There were a few other romantic developments, too, such as Anne and her new girlfriend and Ethan and Kathy. Leo and Camille moved ahead with their adoption and took in the prostitute that Jack saved. It's interesting that they said they were inspired by Betty. It's even more interesting that due to Tom's phone call we found out that Betty knows the pimp who hurt Jack.

I wonder if any of those storylines will carry over when the show resumes in early 2013. Lastly, we were treated to the most blatant PSA ever to air on The Secret Life of the American Teenager.

There's no fairytale ending to being a teen mom. | permalink

Well MTV has that angle covered, but thank you Lauren. What did everyone else think of the midseason Secret Life finale? Do you think Jack will live? What will happen with everyone else?

Half Over Review

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The Secret Life of the American Teenager Season 5 Episode 22 Quotes

You lied to me. I know you and I know you lied.

Amy [to Ricky]

I guess you're what they'd call a hopeless romantic.

Ethan [to Ben]