THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER “Don’t Go In There” Season 4 Episode 6 – Of course this episode was not going to be as good as last week’s episode, and whilst it thankfully did sink down to the quality of The Secret Life of the American Teenager at its worst, it had some pretty stupid plots.

Ricky’s admissions meetings turns into a sexual harassment case which is not only illegal, but stupid and awful. Called into the college, it turns out that the admissions officer is a girl he had sex with. She offers to give him a place in the college if he has sex with her: it’s quite possibly the dumbest plot the show has done, which is quite an accomplishment if you think about it.

His relationship with Amy is already beginning to show signs of fracture, though the annoying thing about these fractures is that they’re clearly manipulated. Amy and Ricky are obviously happy: but the show has set up a situation where Ricky is always in danger of losing his pants, which completely goes against what we’ve had to endure with his relationship with Amy, where he did not want to sleep with her for, it seemed, a billion years.

In the end, Ben’s decision to move back in with Adrian was shown not so much as a sign of compassion on his part, but as a manipulated movement on hers. It was an unsettling moment that didn’t really work: the whole idea that Adrian would use her grief and turn it into a strategy is weird and honestly not terribly interesting: after her brilliant character breakdown last week, this seems to be a lame step back. The show just cannot get embroiled in a story which does not involve a girl looking for a guy. It would be more interesting to see Adrian having a breakdown. It’s disappointing, but it is certainly the case.

Meanwhile, Tom’s girlfriend looks like he’s going to get kinky with his boss, which is a tiring prospect and seems to be a pretty crappy thing to do.

Like I said, it wasn’t – and couldn’t have been – as good as last week’s episode. It was an episode which set up quite a lot of plot lines, and I cannot say that I’m terribly interested in any of them: neither the Ben and Adrian manipulation story, not the Ricky and Amy weird sex addict fracturing. We’ll see how it goes, and this episode, despite my lack of enthusiasm, was still a fine one.

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