|Season 1, Episode 2|
|Air date||July 26, 2011|
|Written by||Lauren Iungerich|
|Directed by||Ryan Shiraki|
The Way We Weren't
This is the second episode of Season 1.
Mean girls Sadie and Lissa snap a nude photo of Jenna in the girls' locker room and send it to the entire school, eliciting some surprising reactions. Matty says something mean about the photo and Jenna gets upset, but eventually Matty takes all the pictures down at their school and goes to her house, where the pair end up kissing.
Jenna’s ready to get her cast off, but while her two BFFs and mom debate whether or not her arm will be completely deformed or simply disgustingly thin, Jenna is distracted by the sound of the cast saw. Passing out in fear, she wakes up in a new sling since the fall dislocated her shoulder. In what I’m sure is an effort towards whimsy, the doc has given her a pom-pom, googly-eye-encrusted number that glows in the dark. Wearing a slightly more subtle sling, Jenna returns to school and her Matty lusting, counting nine times she’s felt his eyes on her. We also learn Matty and Jake, who also seems to have a bit of a thing for Jenna in spite of dating a cheerleader, are best bros, complete with spontaneous hallway wrestling.
As Sadie, the mean-spirited cheerleader, walks past with her skirt tucked into her undies, Jenna tries to be a good Samaritan and warn her but only succeeds in alerting the entire hallway to her exposed ass. As revenge, Sadie convinces Jake’s girlfriend that the best way to stop Jake’s eyes from wandering to Jenna is to take a photo of her topless as she awkwardly changes for gym. The photo is snapped, distributed, and ultimately ends up plastered across the walls, proving this school really doesn’t have any teachers, administrators, or janitors. (Or, you know, they got sick of those “Perseverance” posters with kittens and decided to redecorate with child pornography.) People laugh, Matty mocks Jenna’s flat chest, and her mom offers to buy her implants. (her mom’s silicone spheres, funded with Jenna’s college fun, are nicknamed Princeton and Harvard.)
Still inexplicably trying to redeem herself in the face of the overtly nasty anonymous letter, Jenna decides to “get her head out of her ass and stand out.” She does this by flashing the hallway — you know, being topless on her terms. This, unfortunately just leads to a new batch of texts.
So she returns to her computer, daydreaming about a perfect romantic moment and sending out a kind of help wanted-ad on Facebook acking for a hero. A thousand feminists’ heads just exploded and they don’t know why. Before you know it, her knight in shinning armor, Matty, shows up with the crumpled posters in hand. Realizing he was trying to preserve her honor, they start to make out.