“She Went That A’ Way” is the sixth episode from THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER. It featured Ricky’s mom AKA the Matrix’s Oracle, who popped into the abortion clinic in the nick of time to give Adrian some sage advice about her range choices (even though we all know that she’s only going one way.) I have to give credit to Francia Raisa who plays Adrian for giving a decent performance even if the writing failed her.
And the writing did fail: Adrian chooses to forgo the abortion because this show is too scared to go remotely controversial. Sure, they’ll discuss the subject, but actually confront it? Not a chance. Actually taking the risk and allowing Adrian to have the abortion and then exploring her anguish and possible regrets in the forthcoming episodes is a storyline never to be, replaced instead with an essential repeat of the first season only this time Amy is not preggers, Adrian is, and Ricky ain’t the papa, Ben is.
The entire Juergens family, from their surname to the actual members, freak me out. Molly Ringwald’s face scares me because if you whacked it with a baseball bat it would probably shatter. The most annoying character is the father, who is crabbier and sillier than a hungry toddler. Ashley speaks only in a monotone, and she has black hair, so I suppose this means she’s a goth when actually she’s a snooze and tells her parents that Adrian is having the baby with Amy’s boyfriend Ben as if she was reciting trigonometry theorems.
I’ve never seen anyone more excited about teen pregnancy than Bible-thumping Grace after she found out Adrian didn’t have an abortion. But she’s still in love with Ben, the baby daddy. Adrian cared about Grace’s infatuation just as much as I did; as in, not at all.
Madison, Jack’s girlfriend, is once again stalking him. He runs out to meet her where she is parked behind his car and has been for a few hours. He should either file a restraining order or shoot her with a bazooka and after watching her insipidly snippy (I think it was meant to be witty which it was not, or entertaining which is something this show has been struggling to be, and failing for three seasons now) conversation with Grace, I’m so for it. Then Madison finds out Adrian is having the baby and has a little psycho fit about telling Amy.
My favorite character is the big white Juergans’ dog. He jumped onto the counter and ate the sandwich. It was the episode’s most entertaining moment.
Once again the writers were too scared to foray into the depths of the sensitive subject matter it introduces, essentially reducing abortion to a right-wing good vs evil fight, coating it with a fake debate even though the fact that Adrian was going to have the baby could have been foreseen from the end of last season.
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