The second season of MTV’s Awkward. is coming to a close tonight, with fans restless in anticipation over the answer to the question of the season: Who will Jenna choose?
Awkward., created by Lauren Lungerich, premiered in the summer of 2011, starring Jenna Hamilton (played by Ashley Rickards), a teenager at Palos Hills High School in Palos Verdes, CA. The show opens with Jenna receiving a nasty letter indicating what changes she needs to make to her life in order to become popular. This “carefrontation” letter is found after Jenna slips in her bathroom while trying to open a bottle of pain-reliever, leaving her parents—and all of her peers—to believe she attempted to commit suicide.
The accident makes Jenna famous at school, but the attention she receives hardly ever shows her in good light. Jenna, despite losing it at times, attempts to keep her cool with the help of her two best friends, Tamara Kaplan (Jillian Rose Reed) and Ming Huang (Jessica Lu.)
Awkward. flip-flops from a story about “the girl who tried to kill herself” to a comedy about a girl confused between two lovers. Matty McKibben (Beau Mirchoff) is an extremely popular and good-looking boy who Jenna loses her virginity to at summer camp. Although they continue to fool around in secret for the most of the first season, Matty refuses to take their relationship public until it is too late.
Jake Rosati (Brett Davern) is Jenna’s other love interest, and ironically, Matty’s best friend. Jake never feels the need to hide his and Jenna’s relationship, which is what viewers believe intrigues her the most about him.
At the end of season one, Jenna chooses Jake over Matty, although season two proved that Jenna’s first decision would not be her last.
Throughout season two, Matty tries to win Jenna back behind Jake’s back, and in episode 7, “Another One Bites the Dust,” Jenna’s rival Sadie Saxton (played by Molly Tarlov) tells Jake all about Jenna’s previous, secret relationship with his best friend of six years. Jake breaks up with Jenna, who runs back to Matty, and the cycle begins again.
Tonight at 10:30 p.m. Jenna will finally make a concrete decision between the two. The cast revealed to uinterview.com that, unlike the first season finale, which ended on a cliffhanger, season two is going to end on a more “philosophical note.”
“Matty and Jake discuss the whole situation with each other. They’re okay with whoever Jenna ends up picking,” Mirchoff said before correcting, “On the outside, yes. On the inside, no.”
“Nothing will ever be the same at the start of season 3,” Tarlov said.
Awkward. is exactly as its title describes it: awkward. The writers of this comedy truly understand how to capture the characters in the most absurd of situations. It is one of those TV shows that creates a fan-base that begins to care about the characters, no matter how ridiculous or embarrassing they may appear at times. Jenna’s decision between Matty and Jake has become one to rival the likes of Bella, Edward and Jacob—the show even parodied the Twilight Saga in episode 11 of season two, “Once Upon a Blog.”
By Taylor Zimmerman