Meganpark_secretlifeoftheamericanteenager_s3_290 For some reason, it never struck me before the opening scenes on tonight’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager” that so many of the kids in that school have lost a parent. I actually think the notion of having a support group for those kids makes complete and total sense… no wonder the meeting didn’t go well.

Madison wasn’t really a help in that conversation, but Madison is never really a help with anything, is she? She certainly ought to have been smarter than to allow a picture of a very pregnant Amy in the yearbook. Not a terribly friend-like thing to do, was it? And, as Madison and Lauren remind us every time they appear on the show — you know, once every four episodes — they’re Amy’s best friends.

Forget that crazy Madison though, let’s head straight to the meat of things — Ben and the prostitute, aka Betty, aka the Sausage King’s potential new queen. Ben spilled the beans tonight about Betty’s occupation, and it turns out that Leo knew all along. Leo made the claim that Betty has quit her one-time profession. I’m not quite sure I accept that, do you?

Elsewheres, wouldn’t life be great if Amy was slightly less whiny? How can she possibly be surprised that she has classes to make up? Surely she recognized that there were only so many classes she could miss in a school year before getting an incomplete. Oh, wait, we’re talking about Amy here, the girl who thinks that she can leave her child for two months to go to Italy, leave her job for two months to go to Italy, and that she deserves a part-time job that gives her full benefits and where they watch her child for free, and, and, and. Once you consider that, her shock makes complete sense.

You can fight me as much as you want about George and Anne not being right for each other, but come on, you can’t actually argue that David is the right guy. He’s already done the surprise house thing and now this week he did the surprise parent meeting. What, exactly, is wrong with that man? Is he so insecure with who he is and his standing with Anne that he can’t be upfront about anything? Anne already had a deceptive spouse in George, does she want to go through that again? She can’t marry David. She shouldn’t marry David. You know I’m right.

Bits and pieces:

  • How great was it that Ashley set George straight tonight? That alleged troublemaker has been quiet for way too long. Too bad George didn’t take the advice.
  • Good for Ricky, wanting John with him on his first night in his new place. Not surprised that Adrian couldn’t handle it though.
  • Is it in any way possible that Adrian’s parents were okay with her having made an offer on George’s house? Shouldn’t there have been some sort of discussion about that?
  • Does anyone else out there have a lot of trouble seeing Grace as being in mourning? I know that she claims to be in mourning, but nothing else about her really gives off that vibe. I don’t know what I want, but I’m sure it starts with dark, modest clothes, not bright low-cut tops and miniskirts.
  • Molina is leaving the school… and there was a moment I thought that he was supposed to be a real character on the show (after that he disappeared for months on end).
  • Does anyone else get the sense that tonight’s episode was supposed to have been last season’s finale?

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