THE SECRET LIFE OF THE AMERICAN TEENAGER “Another One Opens” Season 4 Episode 2 – With Adrian still reeling in the aftermath of her daughter’s death, Ben has turned into quite the little villain as Ashley takes a road trip to nowhere, Papa Juergens changes the countertops in the kitchen, Ricky and Amy fight, as usual, over nothing, this time to resolve it with a bedtime romp and Tom chills with his new family.
See how much you can do with real conflict? After three seasons of lily livered tiptoeing around pseudo angst and made up drama, the writers have finally created a situation where they can milk some actual drama, that being Adrian’s depression and Ben’s unwillingness to remain with her.
What impresses is the evolution of Ben’s character, from tragic hero to hateful villain, all while making sense, all without really breaking out of character is, well, its something the show has done which I actually like. Ben does not want to be with Adrian, he’s understandably pissed off, but from his confession to his best friends and his reaction to Ricky’s advice, I’m hoping that the writers will build up on this character development and fulfil the promise that it sort of established in last week’sepisode. He’s not the noble guy anymore. Read More...