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THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER “Or Not To Be” Season 3 Episode 26 – Well, it took long enough but after a very lengthy hiatus the third season of The Secret Life of the American Teenager finally came to an end, and it did so tragically. Tears were shed, faces were scrunched and Sarah MacLachlan provided music for a montage of misery as we learn that the baby was a stillborn. It was gloom and doom and, er, horniness as Ricky and Amy finally get it on.

This is probably the best episode of The Secret Life of the American Teenager. It built up two distinct arcs (Amy and Ricky’s stupid lack of sex and Ben and Adrian’s pregnancy) and paid both off. For the first, it was about damn time because it got silly about two years ago.

Regarding Ben and Adrian, it was an admirable feat for Brenda Hampton (the creator and writer of most episodes, including this one) to pull off, and even though it went too soapy for my tastes (extended sequences of people sobbing, a soliloquy voicing loss, In The Arms of the Angel-seriously, is there no other sad song?) it was daring enough (for this show at least) not only to explore such morose territory, but in the build up. Read More...

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