Awkward Season 3 Review “That Girl Strikes Again”

Jenna’s still searching for validation in her relationship with Matty in this week’s Awkward, ‘That Girl Strikes Again’, and, despite finding it every week, there’s a definite sense that the previously unattainable guy isn’t really what she wants after all.

This was kind of like a ‘day trip to college’ episode in which Jenna found a place she could belong outside of her stifling high school environment. Colin’s party was full of people who appreciated her artistic nature and frank attitude, and it was Matty who found himself on the outs. It was an important moment for Jenna, who has always felt insecure about what others think of her (she can blame that one on her mother), and I wonder how long it’ll be before she grows a big enough sense of herself to settle for the pretty boy jock.

Will Colin become a new love interest, for example? Jake and Tamara are coming across nicely and are brilliant tools for comic relief so I don’t see the writers messing with that anytime soon – does this mean that a fresh rival for Jenna’s affections is needed. Instead of the nice guy vs. the bad boy, it seems that she might have to choose between her first love and exciting new horizons. The attraction between Jenna and Matty has always been a physical one, but everyone grows up and out of things that used to make them happy at some point.

Elsewhere, Sadie managed to snare her own guy completely by accident. I’m still not enjoying Sadie’s family situation, since anyone well versed in teen dramas has seen the ‘spoiled girl loses her money’ storyline before, but I always enjoy watching her interact with new characters. It’s nice that Matty’s friendship with his girlfriend’s arch nemesis connects the group together in a believable way, and I wouldn’t be averse to seeing the five of them (and Ming, wherever she is) forge a real friendship group despite their differences.

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