Awkward., Ep 2.09: “Homewrecker Hamilton” adds lighter fare to continuing dramatic proceedings
Awkward., Season 2, Episode 9: “Homewrecker Hamilton”
Written by Kelly Fullerton and Vera Herbert
Directed by Joe Nussbaum
Airs Thursdays at 10:30 PM on MTV
Betrayal is an emotion that never elicits a healthy response. Whether its from a friend or a romantic partner, the sense that pertinent information has been withheld, or continues to be withheld, can throw a person for a loop, and make even the most rational person act in a harsh manner. While Awkward. explored how Jake reacted to the news of Jenna and Matty’s consummated relationship last week, this week sees him having to come to terms with what he witnessed following Ally’s wedding, and the weight of multiple betrayals, and the show continues to prove its capabilities by making what could have been a predictable plot path into a continually interesting storyline.
The episode continues the dramatic tone associated with the disintegrating triangle between Jake, Jenna, and Matty that was set last week, wisely choosing not to veer into comedic territory. It was interesting to see that the writers chose not to attempt a romantic reunion of Jenna and Matty; rather, this episode reinforces the idea of the two of them as friends, to an extent. Not only does this prevent a rehashing of stories that have been done before, but it also adds to the dimensionality of all three characters involved, by showing how the consequences of prior decisions affect them, rather than having the plot dictate how they will behave on any given week. This helps add emotional weight to the proceedings, allowing the audience to get invested, rather than simply wait for the next plot turn.