“Faking It” recap (3.8): Labels

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One of the most powerful and formative statements with which I have ever interacted is “the personal is political.” It’s an expression given to us by second wave feminism, and which I encountered in many of my college courses. I’ve also talked about it via recaps, but I think it’s time we revisited the concept because no one takes it on quite the way that Faking It does. It doesn’t always make for great television, and indeed, I have to say that I didn’t particularly enjoy this episode. I didn’t laugh once. But I did recognize it as groundbreaking for being the first show to arrive at the outer limits of identity politics and report back that it’s not a particularly great place to be.

We begin with Amy and Karma coming together in a kiss which is a dream. Of course it is. There is a caveat to every one of their kisses. Either they are pretending, or Karma is drunk, or Amy is dreaming. At this point, they could spend an entire season as a couple, and I would just assume it’s because Amy is in a fugue state.

fi8.1IT’S WEIRD HOW EVEN IN MY HOTTEST FANTASIES WE’RE NOT THAT GOOD AT THIS.

Even in the dream, Amy knows it’s too good to be true, so her brain helpfully offers up the suggestion that Sabrina might be a viable alternative.

fi8.2HUMANS ARE BASICALLY INTERCHANGEABLE!

Oh, by the way, it’s Christmas at Hester which, even by the show’s demented timeline, makes no sense. Two episodes ago, when we met Sabrina, it was Halloween! But the season is only important because A. Shane is wearing a white sweater. B. Liam made his very own menorah to add to Lauren’s life-sized Christmas village C. Principal Penelope has decided to take away the Christmas holidays, to avoid the possibility that it might offend anyone. Lauren and Liam (divided by religion but united in their desire for vacation) float the theory that if all the students just labelled themselves, no one would ever have to worry about inadvertently offending anyone.

fi8.3BUT IF WE CAN’T BE OUTRAGED OVER IMAGINED MICROAGGRESSIONS TOGETHER, THEN HOW WILL WE KNOW WE’RE A COMMUNITY?

It’s a pretty gigantic leap from Christmas to a school-wide label maker (and again, I’m not saying it’s great television), but I do appreciate the point they are trying to make.

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