“Faking It” (2.5) recap: Bittersweet 16

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The next stop down memory lane (after PAINTING CERAMIC UNICORNS) is fortune telling and pot brownies with Karma’s mom and aunt. When Karma’s tea leaves reveal THE GRIM, a sign that her true love is trying to communicate with her, she searches frantically for Liam’s card, but it has disappeared. Amy asks why Karma is so concerned with a note from the lunch lady to which Karma hilariously replies, “SHE HAS A POET’S SOUL.”

fakingit5.4AND A BRITISH MAN’S ACCENT.

She insists they retrace their steps until they find the card.

At the MMA gym, Shane observes that the spectacle of half-naked men sweating all over each other has just a hint of homoeroticism to it (he also sails against the current of Batman-Robin shipping to say that he ships Batman with Alfred). Theo is very offended that Shane finds his manly pastime gay and even more offended when Shane says that he’s seen the abs of the instructor on a gay hookup site. They place a $50 bet that says Shane can’t prove the man is gay.

fakingit5.5IF HIGH SCHOOL MOVIES HAVE TAUGHT ME ANYTHING, IT’S THAT THE JOCKS ARE NEVER GAY AND SEX BETS NEVER GO WRONG.

Back in the ball pit (I am totally going to ask my straight friends how their relationships are going by saying, “How’s life in the ball pit?” from now on) Karma finally fesses up that the note was from Liam, not Irma. Amy feels betrayed but Karma insists she chose Amy over Liam because their friendship is too important to her. To prove it, she rips up the note and walks away.

It’s a legitimately moving moment, and one of far too few in which we identify with Karma. The main thing I value in this episode is that it doesn’t shy away from its own queerness and it isn’t preoccupied with jokes at the expense of drama. I tip my little gay hat at George Northy for delivering the goods again, and pray he gets to write at least two more episodes in the back half of this season.

It’s brief, but I also love the scene between Amy and her mother, in which the latter advises her that the surest way to get over a crush is time and plastic surgery.

fakingit5.6DO NOT ATTEMPT TO IMPROVE UPON PERFECTION, FARRAH.

I love that even though she is still working on accepting her daughter, she doesn’t want to see her hurt. And it’s a tiny detail, but I think her little half-halo necklace is the perfect visual representation of their relationship right now.

At the MMA gym, Shane gladly lets Louis manhandle him in the hopes of…you know what, I’m passing up that pun. It’s just too easy.

fakingit5.7EASIER THAN ME?

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