Welcome to another Faking It recap! Faking It also known as the show that’s 5 parts ridiculousness, 3 parts heartbreak and 2 parts slightly questionable queer representation!
This week on the show there’s a whole lot of drama, a new love interest for Amy and Laverne Cox makes a guest appearance!
As always, our recaps are split into The Plot, The Gay and The Ugly so read on to find out what happened this week.
Remember last season when the school started to protest against the search engine company that Liam’s family owns (that wasn’t at all modelled against Google, no way!), Liam ended up hooking up with one the protesters, Karma was sad about said hooking up and Amy was sad about Karma’s sadness? Of course you do.
Well, that storyline is rearing its ugly head once again this season as Liam’s family is hosting a celebratory bash. Unfortunately for Liam, Amy soon shows up to kick his teeth in as he’s been threatening to tell Karma that she and him slept together. DUN DUN DUN! She keeps quiet though, if only because she wants to make his life a living hell just to make him promise to stay hushed. Atta girl, Amy.
Bonding between Amy and Liam’s “sister” ensues when the former tells everybody that she’s Liam’s date and so she needs a dress for the party. It’s almost cute, watching Amy meet Liam’s relatives. They’re rich and a bit up themselves but for a good 30 seconds they seem like nice people.
It soon goes downhill rapidly though after Amy tells everyone she’s pregnant, but just kidding! It’s a joke, “a little in-law humour to break the ice” she explains, but Liam locks her in a storage room anyway.
Hightailing it out of the storage cupboard (insert closet joke here), Amy soon reveals that Liam hates the family business and led a protest against them and that he also slept with Amy’s best friend. Good god. After a stern talking to by his “father” Liam looks bitter and deciding to damn it all to hell, he tells all of the partygoers that not only is his sister not his sister, she’s also his mother. Telenovela writers eat your heart out.
It does end somewhat well though when Liam agrees not to tell Karma about he and Amy’s hook up. He says he knows now what secrets do to people and he doesn’t want to spoil Karma’s day by telling it to her. It’s almost sweet! I can almost forgive the oddly accented piece of eggy bread. I really do hope MTV continues with the character development.
Segway over to Hester High’s campus and Karma, Shane, Lauren and returning character Oliver are having a little character development of their own. Episode guest star Laverne Cox (of Orange is the New Black fame) stars as the school’s drama teacher, putting the character through a hilarious series of acting, singing and dancing trials.
It’s actually really entertaining! Laverne is sassy, fierce and all of those other synonyms and I’m so glad she was a part of the episode. The other actors pull their comedy weight too, warbling really awful high notes and flinging each other about on stage in the name of ‘interpretative dance’.
The most notable thing of that half of the episode was that Karma told the auditorium that her and Amy’s relationship was faker than a Burberry wallet from a market stall and how that affected her. Would I prefer this big emotional run down to be said by Amy instead? Well yeah, but this was heartfelt nonetheless.
Not much to report on this week on account of Amy and Karma being in separate storylines but there was one big/little thing: Amy’s new love interest!
In that closet (again with the obvious jokes) Amy meets her new love interest Reagan. They don’t exchange many words but Reagan, a member of the catering staff, does agree when Amy says that she ‘doesn’t have many boyfriends around her’ which is about as big a hint we’re going to get until the two meet again.
My concern with the show (again) is all about outing. Faking It has a history of this, as recently as the second episode of this season where Amy and Karma nearly outed Lauren for being intersex and here it nearly happened again.
When it was Lauren’s turn for the acting trial Laverne’s character asked her about the mysterious ‘pills’ that Lauren has been taking. Never mind that this is wildly inappropriate for a teacher to be asking about (even one with unorthodox teaching methods) but it would force Lauren to come out when she probably wasn’t comfortable in doing so.
I didn’t like the way that the show did this and I’m really disappointed.
Hopefully this nonsense will disappear once and for all in next week’s episode.