That sense of satisfaction that Awkward. hasn’t suddenly started sucking remains throughout this episode. The show ably deals with the aftermath of the death of Ricky Schwartz – a storyline that is far darker than anything featured on the MTV vehicle thus far, and which could easily have overwhelmed the usually light-hearted nature of the show, but didn’t. Awkward. retained its inherent humor throughout, but didn’t shrink from exhibiting grief. It struck the perfect balance without ever, as Go On would have it, ‘going for the cry’.
The episode explored different approaches to the grieving process with humor – Matty ‘YOLOing’, Jenna reassessing her life, and Tamara completely flipping out each brought their fair share of laughs. But it was also touching and offered closure to the characters and to the viewers. The show hasn’t lost its honesty even slightly, and the speeches at Ricky’s vigil illustrated that perfectly. The episode also went a long way toward drawing the main characters back together. Tamara and Jake have DTRd and seem like the perfect couple (a relief after their overly affectionate PDA in the first episode back), the girls are the best of friends again (banishing all worries that they were drifting apart), and Jenna has overcome her pregnancy scare shock and has stopped avoiding Matty.
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