When we last saw our favorite Awkward high schoolers, the Season 1 finale (Season 1, Episode 12: “Fateful”) left Jenna Hamilton with two major discoveries.
She finally found out who had written that terrifyingly honest, straightforward, and mean letter about “who she really is,” but the answer didn’t exactly resolve anything. It was her own mother, and in the Season 2 premiere (Season 2, Episode 1: “Resolutions”), Jenna is clearly conflicted about this, because she can’t decide if this means she hates her own mother, or if her own mother hates her.
The second big discovery is that Jenna is no longer just the awkward high school girl with an awkward arm cast and an awkward crush on two totally popular boys, and a pretty awkward blog that no one reads. For one thing, both of those popular boys — Matty and Jake — are pretty much in love with her. Plus, her blog just got its first comment!
In the fast-paced and eventful Season 2 premiere, we pick up two weeks after the Season 1 finale, and it’s Christmas Eve. Jenna is blogging about what it means that her own mother wrote her that letter. She’s also torn between accepting Jake’s online request to officially be in a relationship, and her very strong feelings towards Matty.
Her mom gives her a necklace on Christmas morning, and her dad gives her a box of condoms. A giant box! Jenna actually sweetly accepts her dad’s goofy protective gesture, but does everything she can to avoid her mother’s faux love. What we discover in this episode is that Jenna’s biggest obstacle is her fear that her mother just doesn’t love her. And the scariest part? Jenna asks, “Would Jake still accept me if my own mother didn’t?”
The main event in the premiere is the New Year’s Eve party at Matty’s house. The countdown to midnight serves as a countdown for Jenna to officially choose Jake or Matty. Tamara is just worried about having a “Prozac attack.” She’s pretty sure she’s “commit legit” with Ricky because he sexted her a picture of his hand with a note that says, “We miss you.”
Almost as soon as Jenna gets to Matty’s, she feels the need to talk to him. It’s clear that her feelings are much more intense for him than they are for the sweeter, nicer, blonder “’nilla wafer” Jake. When she finally finds him in the garage and he confesses his love for her (with such hot confidence!), he tells her to meet him in that spot at midnight if she decides to choose him.
What happens instead is that Jenna finds Jake at midnight, and they make out and she ultimately accepts his official relationship request. Matty gets found in the garage, but it’s by Sadie, who finally admits her two-year crush on him, and gets as far as second base before Matty passes out.
What we’re left with is a happy Jenna, but we have the nagging feeling that she’s not with the right guy. As seemingly perfect and loving as Jake is, our heart (and we suspect Jenna’s) is firmly on Team Matty. After all, Jenna’s used those condoms before, when she was “in love,” and it was obvious that Jake understood just what he’s up against.
Catch an all-new episode of Awkward on Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.
Molly Friedman is an editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter @MollyFriedman.
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