Awkward Review: Team Matty

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When the previews for the next episode rolled as Awkward Season 3 Episode 13 came to a close, only one thought stayed with me:

I really don’t like Jenna right now.

Team Jenna

Again, I’m conflicted. Jenna is discovering herself and discovering what she wants in life. I fully support that and I know her selfishness is coming along for the ride as she continues on this new path.

However, she’s pushing her friends away. She’s not seeing it from there perspective.

Even Colin realizes that the group needs some time to figure out their new place in the mess and dysfunction, but Jenna is so quick to rally support for her new relationship with Colin - to show that everything is good and the group can survive - that she accidentally took herself out of the circle by sending the crazy texts to Ming and Tamara and later unfriending everyone.

Awkward is now split in two: Team Colin and Team Matty.

Colin is the new, tasty gelato flavor that comes along with a new wardrobe and room redecoration, while Matty is the best friend and past love. By the end, it’s clear that no one wants to go to bat for an unknown quantity. Tamara was willing to try it, but after getting run over by Jenna I can’t really blame her for not wanting to give new things a try.

Right now, I’m squarely on Team Matty. I’m excited to watch Matty grow and to watch Matty move on without trying to keep trying to get back with Jenna. He’s given her plenty of chances, and, honestly, the scenes with him and Sadie are adorable. Their friendship is enjoyable to watch.

Austin is back, not that I actually remembered him, and he’s trying to woo Sadie. His reemergence is something that seems completely out of place since Awkward seems to be at least toying with the idea of putting Matty and Sadie together.

But then Austin told Sadie this:

If you ever kill me, I can only hope you’ll keep our murder baby.


Well, it might have been love at first sight. In that moment you can actually see Sadie take notice of him past her verbal bashings.

A Few More Thoughts:

  • I feel you Lacey, I wouldn’t want to breakup with Matty either.
  • Val, while being super creepy with teenagers and board shorts, is still squarely Team Matty.
  • It’s time for Jake to get a story of his own rather than being attached to one of the core three.

What are your thoughts on “Taking Sides?”

Taking Sides Review

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Awkward Season 3 Episode 13 Quotes

If you ever kill me, I can only hope you’ll keep our murder baby.


Matty: That’s why I think we should get back together. I still love you Jenna. I just don’t understand how we could be the way we were, and then shut it all off. So why not start over?
Jenna: I can’t.
Matty: If I can you can.
Jenna: I can’t.
Matty: Why not?
Jenna: Because I don’t want to. I just need a break.