THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER “Hole In The Wall” Season 4 Episode 5 – Where the hell has this show been in the past four years? After last week’s travesty of an episode, I honestly doubted I could ever look at the show again. But then it churns out an episode like this, an episode with moments that are actually brilliant, that hits the truth of the tragedy of loss and death and meets the crazy reactions people have head on.
That Amy wakes up to Ricky standing over her bed and snapping at her and John, that she tolerates that kind of behaviour without grabbing the bedside lamp and caving in his face for waking her up at 6.30 in the morning screaming, is indicative of the gender roles often portrayed in the show.
Grace’s boyfriend Daniel is yet another unbelievable guy with no evident sex drive. She’s getting even more slutty (well, as slutty as this show gets) but he wants to “figure out how we feel about each other” before they do anything. The scene was super weird-especially her eyeing Jack whilst glued to Daniel.
So Adrian decides to dismantle the nursery and she enlists Grace and Amy’s help to do so. Grace’ reaction to hearing that Adrian wanted to have another baby was a perfect mix of disgust and pity.
Okay, so the highlight of the episode was the confrontation between Ben and Adrian. It was unequivocally excellent. Ben (in Ken Baumann’s best scene of the series) laid everything bare, even confessing that he loved Amy, trying to viciously hurt her as much as he could because he feels (at least up until that point) that he has been a victim of her cruelty and that every bad that happened to him in the past year was because of her. She punched a hole in the wall-that was a startling and fantastic moment, as Adrian truly became unhinged and Francia Raisa was, as good as she has always been, horrifically and utterly enchanting. He ended up on a bench drunk, talking to the teddy bear his mother gave him. It seems like he’s completely hit rock bottom-or has he?
Ricky’s voicemail promises some ruinous exploits. The last image of Adrian sitting alone in her baby’s empty nursery, her hand wrapped in a towel, punch holes in the wall, listening to Adele and rocking back and forth was honestly chilling. Sure, I’m not a fan of the soapy technique in which this show is shot, but I don’t think it can be denied that this was a shockingly excellent episode of The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
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