Awkward Season 4 Review “Touched by an Angel”

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After lamenting Jenna’s inability to learn and grow on last week’s Awkward, she seemed hell bent on proving me wrong in this episode, ‘Touched by an Angel’, didn’t she? It’s not so much that her relationship with Matty was repeating on itself, or that he was treating her badly, but more that she has more of an idea what she wants from their connection this time around.

The Jenna/Matty relationship has always been brilliantly written to the point where, with all of the shenanigans going on around them, they’re the emotional core of each season. Switching things up like this keeps it interesting without really bringing in any others to threaten their exclusive co-dependency, as with so many other teen dramas, and seeing Jenna reject his advances because of a mixture of self-respect and respect for his feelings was a definite step in the right direction for her.

Friends with benefits was never their style, as much as Matty wants to check out emotionally and Jenna wants to keep Matty in her life, and it’s only a matter of time before they reach some sort of middle ground. What this does is put them back on equal footing after the cheating scandal of season three, and I don’t believe for a second that Eva is a legitimate threat to their love. But, then again, Awkward has always been good at tapping into the harsh truth of high school, and senior boys like Jake and Matty get a lot of girls.

Which is something that Tamara is going to have to deal with now that she and Jake have gone their separate ways. Again, gracefully parting ways just isn’t their style, and between Jake attempting to sow his wild oats with groupies and Tamara Catfish-ing him, they’re another couple who aren’t going to be apart for long. This season was in a tricky situation in that, missing one part of the trio and reaching crisis points for two popular couples, it would have to switch things up a lot, and I think separating the guys and girls in this way gives everyone a little more room to breathe.

What did you think of the episode? Were you surprised at Jenna’s failure as a peer mentor? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.