“Faking It” recap (3.3): Karm and Punishment

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Well, who woulda thunk that an episode that ends with Karmy parting ways could be the most rewarding Faking It episode in ages? For the third week in a row, Faking It has leaned hard into both the most outlandish elements of its comedy and the most relatable elements of its drama, and it’s really paying off.

Previously on Liam Booker’s Surprise Bar Mitzvah, Amy and Karma were about to do what they always do and gloss over their problems for the sake of their friendship. But then, the writers wrote in a little Sappho ex machina wherein Zita FORCED HER LIPS upon Karma to make Liam jealous. (To be fair, Zita’s lips are the Death Star to Karma’s Millenium Falcon, with a gravitational pull equal to a small moon.) Amy saw this kiss and stormed off with Lauren, vengeance on her mind. I will say again: I did not like the kiss or the trope to which it belongs, but I love what it allows to happen this episode. Even though it was just a misunderstanding, it spirals out of control because Amy is primed to believe the worst about Karma, because they have MOUNTAINS of un-dealt with shit.

So, what was the incriminating video Amy and Lauren were planning to leak? A sex tape, perhaps? Karma publicly declaring herself to be a Bellarke shipper?’

fakingit3.1PENETRATION ISN’T NECESSARY IF YOU’RE DOING IT RIGHT.

No, it’s even more delightful than that. As it turns out, when she was twelve, Karma paid for a Rebecca Black-style music video titled “Hump Day,” celebrating the middle of the work week and the sexual connotations thereof.

fakingit3.2RIDE IT, MY (LITTLE) PONY.

This is an unbeatable joke because:

  1. Funny songs are always funny. How I Met Your Mother was never better than the Robin Sparkles episodes.
  2. Increasingly, Katie Stevens is a formidable comic performer and (I never say this) They Should Let Her Sing More. Like, yes it’s hilarious to watch her hump the air while dressed as a harem girl(?) but she’s not just selling you on the comedy; you can also see the Karma who is desperate to be liked, and who begged her poor parents for the money to make this monstrosity.

Naturally, within 24 hours, the video has over 30,000 views.

fakingit3.3 SERIOUSLY? DENISE, LEXA, AND ASH IN THE SAME FUCKING MONTH? I’M ABOUT TO BEAT SOMEONE TO DEATH WITH OUR GLAAD AWARD.

Liam: This is awful. Karma must be crushed.

Shane: Yeah, but if this is what finally forces her and Amy to deal with their baggage, maybe it’s a good thing.

Liam: Remember when we had our own storylines and didn’t just talk about the girls?

Shane: Yeah, it was awful. #neveragain

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