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Secret Life of the American Teenager

Jane By Design Recap of Season 1 Episode 15: “The Online Date”

Tonight’s episode was all about romance and perceptions.

When Gray’s (Andie MacDowell) ex-hubby, Bo, gets engaged to a 20-something designer he’s known less than a year, it’s all over the tabloids.

The only woman who doesn’t know it is Gray, and after Jane (Erica Dasher) kept secrets last week, it’s up to the teen assistant to break the bad news (as Gray breaks her phone).

Gray needs to loosen up, and Jane’s mom, Kate (Teri Hatcher), thinks of the perfect way. She creates a slightly dishonest online dating profile for the ice queen in the hopes that it will help her to thaw.

But when India (India de Beaufort) catches a whiff of Gray’s humiliation, she’s back to her old life-ruining ways. In the fashion business (where one day you’re in and the next day you’re out), India has devised a plan to destroy Gray’s reputation while embarrassing her at the same time.

Speaking of embarrassment, Rita Shaw (Smith Cho) is doing everything in her power to compete with Amanda Clark (Briga Heelan) for Ben Quimby’s (David Clayton Rogers) heart, including dressing up like an ‘80s music video vixen in a see-through top (not exactly high school appropriate, Ms. Shaw).

But Rita’s not up against any ordinary mean girl; Amanda’s a “professional” actress and manages to kiss Ben right in front of Rita using the school’s Cinderella-based play as an excuse.

And who auditions for the lead role but Billy’s (Nick Roux) latest squeeze, Zoe (Mariah Buzolin). This leather-studded lady constantly keeps us guessing, and seems to have Billy nervous when she invites him over for a barbeque with her parents.

Our mohawked main man doesn’t typically do well with parents, but he’d better step up his game if he’s going to compete with the new Prince Charming, Nick Fadden (Matthew Atkinson). Billy’s already lost out to Nick once, when he dated Jane, and now it looks like the pretty boy’s at it again scoring the lead role in the school play.

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But there’s no time to worry about Zoe’s straying eye when there’s yet another crisis at Donovan Decker. With no way to reach Gray, Jane is desperate to warn her boss about the fake blind date India has set up as a trap to make Gray and Jane lose their jobs.

Gray’s problems are put on the back burner when Jane’s mom has a new visitor in the form of a past boyfriend. Jane is still not sure where her mom has been for the past eight years, but it looks like she was trying to escape this former flame.

Their arguing and Billy’s broken car leads to Jane having to drive Billy to Zoe’s house instead of saving Gray. It’s nice to see the fashionista putting her friend first for a change. And Billy receives a shock when he learns that Zoe has two dads who both seem to approve of his bad-boy vibe.

In the end, Gray unknowingly saves herself by chickening out of the date. But can Jane’s world be safe after her mom’s beau proposes? You’ll have to tune in next week to find out!