“Faking It” recap (1.1): The Real Thing

 
 

In the aftermath, Amy begs Karma to end the lies, and when she refuses, Amy breaks up with her best friend. Their whole argument is overheard by Lauren, who possibly becomes the first mean girl in history to use someone’s heterosexuality against them.

The next day, Karma is heartbroken. Liam sits next to her at lunch, which yesterday would have overjoyed her, but which she now uses as an opportunity to gush about Amy. She’s like, “Man, Amy is so lame all she ever wants to do is watch TV marathons with me and give me perfect birthday presents and sacrifice her own dreams for mine and dear god what have I done?” It’s a great scene, partly because friend heartbreak is a real and true thing that hardly ever gets shown on TV. But most importantly it is a crucially humanizing moment for Karma, who up until now has been teetering on the verge of unlikeability.

She climbs up to the roof–which gives me deeply conflicting Imagine Me And You and Lost and Delirious feelings—and finds Amy.

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She apologizes and sadly confesses that being gay was probably her only chance at being anything other than ordinary. (Aw sweetie, you’re plenty interesting; you’re practically nuts.) But Amy would do anything for Karma, and I think plenty of us can relate to that one girl in our lives—maybe even before we knew we were gay—that we would rather put ourselves through misery than see her hurt.

Cut to the homecoming pep rally, where Lauren makes her case as the candidate of “tradition.” Her comic timing is truly excellent, and I really hope that down the line she is forced to confront something a little untraditonal in herself. After that, Karma and Amy take the stage, but before they can speak, Laurent hijacks the mic and screams “THEY’RE NOT EVEN GAY. I HEARD THEM TALKING IN THE LOCKER ROOM. ACTUALLY THEY ARE MOCKING YOUR PRECIOUS GAY RIGHTS BY APPROPRIATING THEM.” Which, I mean, is true. The student body looks betrayed, but Amy decides to prove their gayness by wrapping her arms around Karma and kissing her and kissing her and kissing her, while confetti falls from the ceiling.

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When they finally break apart, they stare at each other all dizzy and stunned. Karma says “Whoa” and Amy thinks that means that she felt it, too; that they’re not pretending anymore. But what Karma actually meant was, “Way to make it look real!” The thing, for Amy it was real. And in that moment, I take Amy in my heart to live forever, because that was totally my story. I had a kiss from a beautiful girl and it taught me something I couldn’t unknow. I was one person before that kiss and another person after. So let’s all welcome Amy to the club. It might be a bumpy ride to self-acceptance, but I can’t wait to watch it.

So Faking It is walking a precarious tightrope between snark and sincerity. It’s a tone that is much easier to maintain over the course of a movie than a TV show, but if the leads’ chemistry, and Rita Volk’s acting keep up, they might just pull it off.

What did you think of the premiere?

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