Tuesday (Nov. 19) night’s “Awkward” was super-sized, as we got one full hour to watch Jenna completely eff everything up in her life for Collin, who — no surprises here — was a complete and total jerk who didn’t deserve all the eggs Jenna put in his basket.
In both episodes, “A Very Special Episode of Awkward” and “Less Than Hero,” Jenna continued riding her train into no-friendsville all the way to intervention station, and continued acting like a real jerk to Tamara, Ming, Val, her mother, her father, and Matty. She was still lighting up at home, and even at school, until Val caught her and was forced to suspend her.
This prompted Jenna to write a scathing expose on all the mildly inappropriate things Val has done over the years (which, let’s be honest, there are quite a few, but Val’s always coming from a place of good intentions) for the school’s lit mag. Even though her creative writing teacher urged Jenna not to publish the story because it was just plain cruel, Jenna gave the go-ahead, saying she didn’t want to be censored, and the story went to print. We won’t see the aftermath of her scathing essay until next week’s episode, but it’s pretty safe to say Jenna just made a horrible mistake that she won’t be able to take back. Should we be worried for Val’s job?
After Jenna’s mom Lacey tried to host a Jen-tervention (which none of Jenna’s friends showed up for) that went horribly wrong, her mom and dad tried to enforce a grounding. Of course, Jenna showed no regard for her punishment, and left to go to a pop up club with Collin. Lacey then said the words that she didn’t mean but is now forced to uphold: If Jenna leaves, she can’t come back. And Jenna left.
That’s another choice Jenna will come to regret, though she felt the consequences much more quickly than she will with Val’s story. At the pop up club, Collin’s ex-girlfriend Angelique showed up — because Collin invited her — and slipped Jenna Ecstasy without Jenna knowing, which led to a bad high. When Collin and Angelique tried to entice Jenna into a threesome, she called a timeout and said she wanted to go home. Of course, Collin and Angelique were caught up in their highs and said “See ya!” and kept hooking up as a twosome.
Jenna was left alone, with no money or way to get home, and heartbroken. She realized what a mistake she made by investing all her time and energy in Collin and pushing everyone else away. The only person she could call? Matty, who of course came to help her get home.
On the ride back to her house, Jenna found an earring — not hers — in Matty’s car, and the realization of all the mistakes she’s made was made all the more clear. She broke down, and Matty, being the most perfect human ever, gave her a hug, and dropped her off. She was left staring at her house, unsure if she was even welcome inside (though if Jenna was able to forgive Lacey for the Carefrontation letter that led to her almost death in Season 1, surely Lacey can forgive Jenna now, right?).
What’s going to happen to Jenna now that’s she’s reached a turning point? She’s burnt all her bridges, and her only ally is Matty, though he’s already moved on (as he should). Will all her friends and loved ones be able to come around and forgive her, or is Jenna in a hole she can’t dig out of?
“Awkward” airs Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET on MTV.