Faking It Episode 211 Recap: Stripped and Confused

Hello and welcome to the 11th recap of the second season of “Faking It,” a 90-minute animated musical radio drama from the same network that brought you Yo Momma.

It’s been many months in real time and two weeks in TV-land-time since we last caught up with everybody’s favorite emotional eaters and the white men who steal screen time away from them. I’ve already told you ten things to expect from this season, which you can check out if you’re in a spoilery mood. Now let’s get cracking on the recap!

We open in a vehicle in the smack-dab early morning dawn of the day, where Karma’s autostraddling Liam in her bra because that’s a good way to keep your hookup on the down-low: do it in a car in broad daylight with the windows rolled down.

Faking It Karma

Yes, right there, just pop that Njoy Pure Plug right up in there

Liam exhales, “I love you,” and she’s like “look, if I wanted premature and/or inappropriately early love declarations, I’d be dating women.” Just kidding, she’s annoyed ’cause they’re just supposed to be friends who have sex, not friends who have sex and tell each other that they love each other. Tomato, toMAHto.

Meanwhile or erstwhile, Lauren’s dealing with her Theo-related stress by aggressively smashing a spoon into her cereal bowl. It’s a good thing Farrah doesn’t have misophonia!

Faking It Lauren

Nobody wants THREE BEAN CHILI for BREAKFAST, mother. How many times do we have to talk about this?

Don’t worry, it’s not gonna be weird for Karma to give Amy a ride to school. They’ve spent the last two weeks talking everything out, Karma totally forgives her and everything is completely normal and not even remarkably awkward. The degree to which this is totally normal and okay is evidenced by the hearse-like silence in the carpool.

Faking It Karmy Liam

I can’t believe he just turned onto Willshire. He really should take Venice and take it all the way down. Then he’d be in Marina Del Ray.

It’s definitely not awkward when Reagan texts Amy a cute pic from their camping trip and Karma says that’s not “how she pictured it,” which means, of course, that she was picturing it.

Faking It Amy Reagan

I mean for starters, y’all are both wearing a LOT of clothing

It’s also absolutely not awkward when Karma jokes that at least this carpool situation enables her to keep an eye on Liam and Amy! It’s certainly not awkward at all when Amy asks why Karma’s discarded her best friends necklace. Those things don’t grow on trees you know, if you want one you’ll have to find a parking spot at the mall and go to Claire’s. Nobody wants to go to Claire’s. Unless you’re 12, in which case you’re probably already at Claire’s, right now, reading this on your mobile phone. (Real talk: I love Claire’s.)

Back on the sprawling campus of Liberal Oasis Purple High School High, Shane and his boyfriend the MMA fighter are strolling along like two homosexual peas in a pod, holding hands. When Shane suggests that maybe the dude who outed Duke did him a favor, Duke suggests that maybe the best favor he could do this anonymous scoundrel would be to punch him in the throat.

Faking It Duke Shane

Next time we’re using more lube. My asshole hasn’t been this sore since the last time we ate at Steak & Shake.

Shane feels awkward about being a liar but Duke thinks Shane’s discomfort is a side effect of losing the student council election to Lauren. “She played the intersex card,” Sean insists. “The school will turn on her when they see her radical agenda.” But before Duke can continue emotionally probing his boyfriend, the winsome twosome come face-to-face with Hester Hippie High School’s latest work of performance art: metal detectors and a guard demanding ID.

Faking It Shane

What IS this, the aiport?!???

Shane: “He’s not a student, this is my professional MMA fighter boyfriend.”
Guard: “Now I’ve seen everything.”

Principal Penelope Delia Fisher wants to make one thing very clear: none of this was her idea.

We then swing wildly cross-campus into the cheery cafeteria, where Wendy’s imploring Lauren to be a more inspirational leader and maybe talk about being intersex some more, or like how Theo broke her heart or whatnot.

Lauren: “We discussed this. Public figure, private person.”
Wendy: “Okay, then your only other option is to stand up to this new principal. Rally the school behind you.”

Faking It Lauren

You’re not supposed to EAT the apple, Lauren. Haven’t you ever read the Torah?

Lauren cuts the convo short to tell Shane he’s sitting at her table.

Amy runs to catch up with Liam to chit-chat about how Karma’s version of forgiveness looks a lot like a lack-of-forgiveness.

Faking It Amy

My vial of Karma’s blood? Hell no. This shit stays with me.

Faking It Liam

Well I’m really not sure how to complete my LGBTQ Pride Art Installation without it, so I guess we’ll just have to give up on getting that grant from GLSEN.

Faking It Amy

But before they can wade too deep into those dangerous waters, the student body is summoned to the grassy knoll for an announcement: they’ve got a new principal! Penelope has been demoted to vice-principal because her entire student body is on dope.

Principal Dickwad: I am not an inspirational leader. I am not here to tell you to dream big or reach for the stars or any of that bullcrap. The recent drug bust exposed a school with dangerously lose academic standards and a complete disregard for how things are done in the real world. I am here to fix that. Trust that it’s for your own good.

Does anybody else smell that? I swear it smells like barbecue. I love barbecue.

Does anybody else smell that? It kinda smells like barbecue. I could really go for a nice rack of ribs.

The student body responds with booing, except Lauren, who wants to take a walk with the principal and chat, fascist-to-fascist. Meanwhile, Shane wants to plan a protest after school but Liam has to “go to the dentist.” He’s obviously lying, maybe he’s sleeping with the dentist. Shane yells at Penelope but she’s like duddeeee…

Shane: That guy is gonna destroy everything this school stands for!
Penelope: You don’t think I know that? But I barely kept my job and I have three cats to feed. I’m sorry, there’s nothing I can do… but if a certain student leader were to rally the school in protest…
Shane: Okay, I’m blushing, I’ll do it.
Penelope: You’re gonna talk to Lauren? Thank you! I gotta keep my hands clean.

No pubic hair? You're sure?

No pubic hair? You’re sure? She said it’d been a while since her last trim!

Karma’s bummed that the school’s got a new reason to think she sucks, besides that her hair always looks better than everybody else’s. First Fake Lesbianism, then “being The Daughter of the Drug Dealers Who Destroyed The School.”

All Nicki was doing was telling it like it is, Amy. I can't ee

No, Amy, I refuse to give Miley Cyrus a pass just because of the Happy Hippie Foundation!

Karma rebuffs Amy’s invitation to go eat their feelings together this fine evening, which I imagine would be only the first item on the agenda for a typical Karmy evening, probably followed by busting out the Disney Karaoke, marrying all their paper dolls and prank-calling the public library to ask if their mini-fridge is still running.

Cut to Skwerkl, where Liam’s shooting the shit with the shitheads and is decidedly not at the dentist. He meets the new intern, Baked Zita…

Why are there so many soda streams in this office

Why are there so many Soda Streams in this office, what’s going on here

…who you may recall from Pretty Little Liars…

Hey Sydney!

Hey Sydney!

…and reveals to her and to us that he too is an intern. Apparently Zita’s got this position ’cause she got stoned and fucked her Dad’s Tesla. This is really taking the “only kids with well-connected Dads get good internships” situation to the next level: not only are uninterested fashionistas snagging coveted internships due to family connections, they’re snagging internships due to family connections as punishments. 

Back at Hester Horton Hears A Hoo School, Lauren laments Hester’s history of controversially excellent decisions, such as replacing their football field with an organic garden, a.k.a. Buddy Garrety’s worst nightmare.

Walk with me.

Walk with me.

The principal wants to know how Lauren got elected, considering that her views veer so dramatically from the majority of the voting population. Well, Lauren is amazing, to begin with. But Lauren explains that she’s learned how to manipulate idiots, which means she’s got a prosperous career as a Tea Party politician ahead of her!

Cut to Karma’s room, where she’s deciding which hangers and which tunics she’ll bestow upon the good people of Goodwill and which she’ll keep in a “keep” box when Amy shows up. She’s gotta return Karma’s copy of 50 Shades, which took her four years to read. Probably because it’s terrible.

Aw, it's the first appropriative tunic I wore to my first Indigo Girls concert!

Aw, it’s the first tunic I wore to my first Indigo Girls concert!


Amy: “Where are all your things? You love things?”

Wait. You're getting rid of the Joque Harness?

Wait. You’re getting rid of the Joque Harness?

Karma says something bullshitty about spring cleaning when suddenly Felix pops in. Who’s Felix?

Karma: “Uhhh Felix here is my new GBF. He’s helping me take my wardrobe from drab to fab. Isn’t that right, Felix?”
Felix: “Yes, it is? And not only am I gay but I’m also a walking stereotype!”


Seriously? Another boring cis white guy on this show?

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Well, missy, I’ll have you know that I am one-sixteenth Cherokee.

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Amy sees herself out, horrified (I imagine) that Faking It has added a new main character to the cast and that character is not being played by Brittani Nichols, while Felix expresses his horror that Karma just told Amy he’s gay ’cause you know what, he’s not gay. Karma is like, oh trust me, being fake gay is the best.

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  1. These reviews are really funny, but do they have to be so anti-dude? I don’t know why I hold out hope. Actually that’s a lie. I hold out hope cause I like the reviews, except that they’re off putting in that one respect. I need to let it go and stop reading them.

  2. I honestly rewound that ending 3 times and STILL didn’t understand the significance, so I thank you for helping me tell the difference between the adult men on this show. I had no clue that was the principal. For a second I thought maybe it was Liam’s dad and I was super-confused.

  3. Me too! I even rewound to Liam’s father’s souls eating scene to see if that was him. It wasn’t the same guy but I still didn’t get it and I gave up.

  4. I never really got the whole “I don’t watch the show but I read the recaps” until now and this show and your recaps. I probbbbbably will watch this season at some point, maybe when it’s all over, but it makes me so nervous? Like you never know what is going to happen/what dude they’re going to throw Amy at, ack. So in the meantime I will continue to enjoy your recaps v much, thank you.

    • i STILL don’t get the “i don’t watch the show, i just read the recaps” thing! i feel like the tone of the show doesn’t come through in recaps as it does in the show! but i mean, i fully support you in this endeavor to only read the recaps and not watch the show because it means you’re reading the recaps and that is ALL THAT MATTERS TO ME IN MY LIFE

      • I read the recaps but don’t watch the show. I like your recaps, they’re funny and short and the show is longer and likely less funny.
        I saw like 1 minute of the show once and i was like- no, i want to believe the combination of the recaps and what happens in my head.

        • most of my knowledge of tv comes from reading twop recaps instead of bothering to watch the tv show, and in almost all cases i can verify it was an excellent decision.

  5. I honestly think the couple I’m most invested in on this show is Theo and Lauren. I don’t know if it’s due to not really seeing Amy and Karma as a couple, or because Lauren is such an awesome character. Also great recap as always!

      • snap, i love lauren! i’m pissed that they HAD to make Amy attracted to guys and that’s coming from someone (sometimes) attracted to guys!

    • I know I am very invested in Theo and Lauren, I need them to get back together. I don’t care about Karma really that much in general? Sometimes I like Liam better than Karma, which makes me feel insane. (Not in season one though, he was unbearable in season one.) But I love Amy and want her to have what she wants even if it is karma.

  6. as always, excellent recapping! at one point I got distracted by my phone, then thought to myself “wait why did I pause it” as if I were still watching the actual show. the Old Navy exchange in the captions was so specific that I thought it had to be a quote from something, but either way, it made me laugh like a fool.

  7. The idea of a 12 year old baby queer reading autostraddle on her phone in Claire’s is truly warming my gay heart right now

  8. I have missed reading Riese recaps! (You should just call them Riese-caps, it kind of sounds like a candy.)
    I also haven’t been on Autostraddle in a while and didn’t realize until now how much I missed this site full of amazing weirdos.

  9. FELIX’S DAD IS THE PRINCIPAL? (I knew he had to be important cuz they lingered on him in the doorway for a long time, but I honest to god did not recognize him.) STRAIGHT CIS WHITE GUY BLINDNESS STRIKES AGAIN!

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