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'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' - 'Do Over' Recap (Season Premiere)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jun 8th 2010 12:40PM
The Secret Life of the American Teenager: Do Over
(S03E01) "I never thought of it as being on the hook, but this is good news, for both of us." -- Ben to Adrian, when she told him she's not pregnant

Season 3 of 'The Secret Life of the American Teenager' premiered last night, and even though I've been watching the show since the beginning, the title still makes me laugh. There's really nothing secretive about these teens' lives. Everyone seems to know everything, including who's sleeping with whom, who's lying, and who is (or might be) pregnant. Well, that last one is a stickler, for sure.

First things first. Let's talk about Adrian. She sure was convincing at the beginning of the show, when she told Ben she wasn't pregnant. She had ME fooled anyway, and it seemed like she had Ben fooled until others put a seed of doubt in his head. And even when he went to talk to her, Adrian was very convincing. That phone call she made to the Women's Free Clinic at the end really threw me for a loop.

Clearly, she IS pregnant, which is really going to throw a wrench into Ben and Amy's relationship. And darn, those two seemed so happy to be back together, even though it didn't really ring true when they said they'd never do anything to hurt each other. And let's not forget Grace, just waiting for an opportunity to hook up with Ben.

Another big wrench is the fact that Ashley and Ricky seem to be growing closer. I'm trying to think how I'd feel if I was in Amy's shoes. I think it would be weird, especially because Amy and Ricky seem to have a good relationship right now when it comes to John. His welfare should come first, but of course, Ashley probably doesn't see that. Because of everything that's happened over the past couple of years, she's gotten less attention in the family. Hmmm ... maybe in the back of her mind, she thinks getting pregnant will get her some attention.

And I was ticked off with George for going behind Anne's back and taking Ashley to the doctor for birth control pills -- although I see where he's coming from. He's already got one girl in the family who's had a baby, and he doesn't want it to happen again.

And the experience with Amy should make Ashley think twice before sleeping with a guy -- especially without protection. On the other hand, she IS thinking twice, because she wants to be on birth control. She says she doesn't WANT to have a baby and doesn't plan on having sex until after she graduates from high school, but ... a backup plan is a good thing.

If you're a parent and Ashley was your daughter, I'd love to hear your thoughts on whether you'd be OK with birth control for her (even the doctor thought it was a good idea!). If you're a teenage girl, I'd love to hear whether you think Ashley should be on birth control.

But, really? Track? Come on, George and Ashley! Surely, you could have dreamed up a better lie than that! But I don't think lying is a good thing anyway. I'm with Anne: they need to start talking before the family completely implodes. Get everything out in the open and discuss it so there are no surprises.

I was also ticked off with Jack's parents for moving away for his senior year. So much happens in that final year, and they shouldn't miss out on that. I realize that career opportunities don't come along every day, but still they should have stayed.

I had to laugh when Jack got right on the phone and called Madison to see if he could stay at her house. The fact that she thought he could stay in her room just blew me away, and I can see why her parents wouldn't want him in the house. Too much temptation there. Keep 'em separated, I say.

I look forward to your thoughts on this episode. By the way, I loved the clip of 'Pretty Little Liars,' premiering Tuesday June 8 at 8PM ET on ABC Family.

If Adrian is pregnant, should she have told Ben the truth?
Yes. It's his baby, too, and he should be involved in the decisions. 449 (76.0%)
No. Like Adrian said, if she was pregnant and decided to have an abortion, it would be her choice.142 (24.0%)


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Val

I watched this show for maybe the 3rd time with my little sister. I'm confused, is this supposed to be informative. Is everyone going to have a baby?

June 08 2010 at 7:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TheIconGuy

Adrian had every one fooled in the first scene. I started to realize she either was still pregnant or had a abortion when Ben went over and talked to her. The entire Ashley/Ricky thing is sure to spice things up when people find out about them.

June 08 2010 at 6:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alk02g

I agree, Adrian had me fooled, too. I was also taken aback when the woman at the butcher shop said that she "was Adrian," LoL. I wouldn't have imagined that past for her. Regarding the Jack storyline, tho, I disagree. I don't see why the dad couldn't go ahead to Phoenix, and the mom and Jack live in an apartment for the rest of the year. I was shocked that they suggest Jack "finding a friend to live with" ... shouldn't it be their responsibility to talk to his friends' parents? At least it's better than the situation that developed when the Lawrences tried to move to Pittsburgh on Boy Meets World.

June 08 2010 at 2:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ozzymandias

hey wait the show is back already? nice advertising ABCF, didn't even know.

June 08 2010 at 12:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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