MTV's Faking It and the Perils of Same-Sex Dating

As a famous poet once said, "Parents just don't understand," and then he said it several more times while his friend scratched records in the background. But the profundity remains: Parents don't understand and that's pretty much the key tenet to growing up gay. Faking It, so far, is a show about people who don't consider themselves to be gay who nonetheless experience all the requisite emotions, so in this optimistically backwards world it's Karma's aggressively gay-friendly parents who don't seem to get her. Of course, Karma is outright lying about being gay, but that makes it doubly heartbreaking when she admits that her fake gayness is the only thing her parents really 'get' about her. Ugh, this show and its subtle brutality.

"Know Thy Selfie" trafficked in some of the best kind of farce: The awkwardness that arises when people try to help each other. In a plot and vibe reminiscent of The 40-Year-Old Virgin, this week Shane attempted to get Amy laid and/or in-love-and-letting-herself-go with another homosexual lady. Though Amy still isn't 100% sure she's gay, she knows she has romantic feelings for Karma and has decided that maybe getting a secret girlfriend will help her redirect those feelings away from her ostensibly heterosexual best friend-since-kindergarten.

The downside to this plan was that it turns out that dating strangers is hard? Sure, in this world there are apparently cool lesbian hookup apps named SYZZR, but what's the point when nobody wants to make out within ten seconds? What kind of weirdo doesn't want to be mouth-attacked right off the bat, am I right ladies?

Amy's dating foibles—complete with some pointed commentary on the OkCupid cycle of disappointment—were the main draw comedically, but the underlying message here was just as sound: Gay dating isn't just about finding sexual partners ASAP. One of the episode's most affecting elements was the fact that Amy had been avoiding Karma's phone calls all day only to realize that simply having a confidante was what she most wanted out of a romantic relationship.

A lot of people, but especially teens who lack proper education about gay stuff, think that homosexuality is strictly a behind-closed-doors sexual situation when it's actually inextricable from all those other nooks and crannies of the human heart. Amy may have struck out repeatedly with strangers, but by episode's end she had a fuller understanding of romantic love and why, perhaps, a best friend-since-kindergarten was an ideal candidate for romance. Unfortunately she also came away with some very bad advice courtesy of Shane; he believed Karma was probably just as gay as Amy and therefore Amy should make a move already. Guys, I have a bad feeling about this advice, but that'll be devastation for a future episode.

Meanwhile back at school Karma dealt with the mortifying scenario of her New Age-y parents parking their holistic food truck on campus and enlisting dreamy Liam to distribute kale smoothies. (Uh, sorry, but is anybody else slightly upset by Liam's wispy muttonchops? Are they an homage to Gregg Sulkin's previous role as a werewolf on Wizards of Waverly Place, or is this just a thing that teens are doing now?) Anyway, the previous week Karma came away heartbroken when she saw Liam climb into a limo beside the Google rep hottie, so this week she harbored tons of suspicion toward him.

It should go without saying that it was all a misunderstanding and the girl had been his sister and oh yeah, Liam's family owns Google (basically) and he's ashamed of being a billionaire. Typical teen problems, in other words. The more serious issue was that after a heart-to-heart with Liam, Karma tried to rub up on him and he didn't want to do that anymore, seemingly because he was tired of being a homewrecker. Whoops, maybe lying about being a lesbian might actually be working against Karma now? Question is rhetorical, because yes. Yes it might be.

Meanwhile Lauren's feelings were hurt when her football player boyfriend declined to forward her sexy selfie around campus, so she enlisted Shane to help her take an even sexier one. I would explain more about this plotline but I need to go put a down payment on a coffin.

So far Faking It has offered more or less the same lesson every week: Everybody's unhappy but at least we're learning. Yeah, that sounds about right.

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