The Coincidental Critic

Exploring the art of storytelling.

A Realistic Promposal (SPOILERS)


One of the greatest strengths of “Awkward” is how it captures reality (note: this strength has weakened each season).  “An Indecent Promposal” was very relatable.  Throughout the episode, Jenna debated whether or not to ask Matty to prom.  In the end, she decided to go with someone who loved her unconditionally, Tamara.  It was sweet to see her ask her best friend.  It wasn’t perfect like the movies, but it was good enough.  Going to prom with friends is a common occurrence.  Writing this into the show allowed younger viewers to realize that prom is never perfect.  And they don’t need a date to enjoy it, just a good friend.

Along with that, I found Jake’s storyline to be very relatable in “An Indecent Promposal.”  Jake decided that he was going take a gap year before going to college.  He didn’t want to go to a college he wasn’t crazy about.  He’d rather save money for something worth it.  Each year, students across the country deal with this same issue.  Many people can relate to it.  Through Jake’s storyline, the writers encouraged their viewers to never settle for second best.

In “An Indecent Promposal,” the list of prom king and queen nominees was released and of course, there was one joke vote: Kyle.  Unfortunately, teenagers can be cruel and almost every year at my high school, there would be students nominated as jokes.  They were usually people that the popular kids made fun of because they weren’t “cool.”  It’s a sad part of high school, but it does happen.  This was another part of “An Indecent Promposal” that I found really relatable.

At the end of “An Indecent Promposal” was the big reveal: Jenna’s promposal.  In the trailer there was a clip of Jenna holding balloons and saying “Will you go to prom with me?”  I knew she couldn’t have been asking Matty because Jenna looked and acted way too casual.  Also, it would have been too good to be true.  That particular part of the trailer was at the end of “An Indecent Promposal.”  Even though it was obvious that Jenna wasn’t going to ask Matty, the creative team still tried to trick us.  There was a clip of Jenna writing “Prom?” on a group of balloons.  In the next shot, she approached someone’s house and rang the doorbell.  In the next clip, Matty opened the door.  No one else was in the shot.  Then, we cut back to Jenna.  She said, “I know this seems weird, but I love you.  Will you go to prom with me?”  In the next clip, Tamara was standing in the doorway.  She said yes and hugged Jenna.  Finally, we cut back to the shot of Matty in the doorway.  He greeted a crying Sadie.  This scene was a tease, trying to trick us into thinking Jenna was at Matty’s house.  Too bad the trailer kind of ruined it.  I liked the director’s approach to this scene, but it could have been a lot more suspenseful for the audience if the trailer had been different.

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