THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER “Guess Who’s Not Coming To Dinner” Season 3 Episode 17 – Ricky has set up his mother to live with Margaret. Margaret and Norah proceed to have a cat fight. I really don’t think that any adult, even one as horrible as Norah, would take such smarmy directions from her son. Oh, she’s a lesbian. I’m sure they’re going to make a huge deal out of this story. Yeesh.
Ashley and Amy have a fight over homework and their mother. Ashley manages to guilt Amy into helping her with her homeschooling efforts. Amy’s father spends every waiting minute trying to keep his daughter from having sex with Ricky, even though she and Ricky are emotionally and physically prepared. Ugh…
Adrian is falling for Ben, Adrian’s father, subtle as a sledgehammer, prods her for details about the extent to which she loves Ben. The fathers on this show are ridiculous. Ben decides to propose to Adrian at a taco joint and she accepts. Yay! They child won’t be a little bastard! Hurrah!
Norah calls Amy, who spends about twenty minutes telling her that “Ricky told me he wants you to meet John. He wants you to meet John.” Eventually she and Ricky take John to see Norah, who tells Ricky she’s gay. Even I have to admit it’s kind of nice.
The biggest problem with this television show from a technical standpoint is the editing. It kills any potential funny lines by lingering seconds too long, and comedy is all about timing and a second too long is a dead joke.
This is a soap opera with soap opera acting, writing and directing. It’s a soap opera with a PG rating, the kind of show that thinks it is clever when it tells a mature joke. There’s nothing wrong with a soap opera, but The Secret Life of the American Teenager is like a forty five minute long PSA infomercial. The characters are not characters; they are talking self-help pamphlets.
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