Faking It Episode 305 Recap: We’re Gonna Ask Diane To Be Our Girlfriend!

Welcome to the fifth recap of the third season of Faking It! I am continuing to write these recaps despite lower readership because you all made me feel so hilarious and appreciated last week when I said that maybe I should stop recapping. Including Autostraddle Captions Are Funny, who I was worried no longer found my captions funny. I mean I’ve had some pretty funny captions recently! I will, however, be breezing through the Liam/Shane parts. Oh by the way, this show is about Instant Rice and the futility of life, and it’s brought to you by the same network that brought you Is She Really Going Out With Him?

Swing Kids

We open in Amy’s boudoir, where she and Karma are lying together on the bed leafing through a trapper keeper with their upper arms touching. They’re catching up on all the things they didn’t say to each other this summer because Plot Device. Specifically: letters Karma never mailed and e-mails Amy never sent. Karma says her father’s brush with death made her realize how important it is to love your friends, especially the ones who want to have sex with you. She didn’t say that last part but it’s obvious that’s what she means.

Damn Karma I didn't know you were so prolific at Sparia fanfic!

Damn Karma, I can’t believe you wrote 450 pages of Sparia fan-fic this summer! This Ski Resort Scissoring Trip alone is novella-length.

I needed SOMETHING to masturbate to while you were out of town!

I needed SOMETHING to masturbate to while you were out of town!


You’re the best best friend EVER

Then Lauren busts in, sees the two girls canoodling on the bed and groans “here we go again!”  She then announces she’ll leave the TWO LOVEBIRDS ALONE before retreating to her bed where she’s video-chatting her Dad, who’s holed up in a No-Tell Motel eating lots of pizzas and Chinese food and then stacking the takeout containers on his bed and his bedside table.

I'm gonna recycle these, I swear

Nah nah I’m not lazy I just uh don’t know what day of the week recycling gets picked up

Apparently, Bruce is coming to Austin this very weekend! How exciting! Amy pops in to apologize to Lauren for being too caught up in Karma lately to hang out, but before Lauren can announce loudly that she doesn’t care, Farrah pops in to borrow some pants so she can look hot in her Tinder pic, because apparently she plans on using a full-body pic on Tinder.

Did somebody female ejaculate on these pants? Be honest.

Did somebody female ejaculate on these pants? Be honest.

Lauren doesn’t care about Amy being super-busy with Karma, because Lauren’s totes brill and fine and chill and independent and stuff. She’s just frustrated that Lauren’s heading back down Karma’s rabbit hole when we all know what Amy really wants is a round-trip ticket through Karma’s vagina hole. Amy’s like, “Karma’s my BFF, but you’re my BFSister!” and Lauren’s like, “yeah kinda” and then they’re like “OH LET’S GET OUR PARENTS BACK TOGETHER.” Well it’s Lauren’s idea — getting their parents back together. But Amy kind of just floats into it and agrees to take part, as she so often does.

Liam and his Jewish supervisor are hooking up in the back room and she wants to take things to the next level (S-E-X) and I don’t care!

I knew it! I knew you stole my Legalize Gay Pot t-shirt!

I knew it! I knew you stole my Legalize Gay Pot t-shirt!

So Karma’s Dad is alive! Also, Karma’s Dad and Mom have a secret that’s been weighing heavily on their hearts and they need to open up their aura-hearts and soul-spaces and share what’s inside of them with their dearest daughter Karma to prevent anymore stress-related heart attacks.

So this is the list I made of men I want to kill, what do you think??

So, this is the list I made of potential names for my Hamster, what do you think?

Hm, well, all these names rhyme with "Amy," so...

Hmm… Sparia sounds cute… “Amy Schmaundenfeld” feels a little on-the-nose… Hermione is sweet…

What’s the big announcement? Welp: The Aschrofts are… POLY! This is totally on brand for them, as is the fact that they are currently dating a lady named Diane I love them. Karma says it’s all good, ’cause it’s totally on brand for Karma to pretend to be okay with things she’s actually not okay with at all and then to deal with her not-okayness by trying to sabotage the situation or just being generally passive-aggressive. But Karma’s so high on love and full of love right now — just chock-full of love for all the living things for as long as they all should live! — that her parents totally buy her faux-acceptance. In fact, they’d love for Karma to meet their potential girlfriend Diane this very evening!

We're having our anniversary party at The Olive Garden!!!

We’re having our anniversary party at The Olive Garden!!!


I thought you were against corporate dining establishments?




Who doesn’t love the breadsticks?!!


[“When you’re here, you’re family”]

Karma can’t meet Diane tonight nope she’s already got plans with Amy nope sorry bye!

Brew and WhoCares: Liam isn’t concerned about Karma anymore ’cause now he’s dating a nice Jewish girl named Rachel and the Rabbi wants him to come over for dinner! With Shane! Who The Rabbi obviously thinks is Liam’s boyfriend.

I'm telling you buddy, when the Clovis Comet 2.0 comes barreling towards planet earth bringing with it inevitable death and destruction, everybody's gonna be wearing shirts like this!

I’m telling you buddy, when the Clovis Comet 2.0 comes barreling towards planet earth bringing with it inevitable death and destruction, everybody’s gonna be wearing shirts like this!

Chez Fawcett: Lauren and Amy are having a meeting of the Love Masterminds in which they re-explain their plan to get their parents back together to each other as a way of explaining it to the audience (That’s us! This is for us!). Here’s the plan: Farrah will be lured to a location via a fake Tinder date set up by Lauren and Amy. When she arrives, the Imaginary Tinder Date will not arrive, because he is imaginary, which will make Farrah sad.

I mean, he's the perfect man!

I mean come ON look at this picture and tell me you don’t think he could pass as the Dos Equis guy.


I mean, kinda?

"I don't always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis!"

“I don’t always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer Dos Equis!”

THEN, New and Improved Stuffed Crust Bruce will swoop in and rescue Farrah from a potentially devastating evening. They’ll fall back in love and Texas two-step into the Tequila Sunrise.

Liam and Shane show up to the Rabbi’s with a party-sub-sized challah and are met with a big surprise: Rachel Supervisorstein is the Rabbi’s daughter! I guess when her Dad said Liam and Shane were coming over for dinner, she must have thought he meant that OTHER Liam and Shane. On the other hand though I don’t really care.

I told you it's not kosher to use challah as a dildo!

I told you the last time I used challah as a dildo I got a yeast infection!


In Karmy’s bathroom love palace, Amy’s almost as amused about Diane as I am. “My parents are in a thruple with a woman named Diane,” laments Karma. “And yes, before you say anything I do realize the irony of this happening to a girl who has had two almost-threesomes.”  It’s always a bummer to find out your parents are more sexually adventurous than you are! Actually, no, it’s always a bummer to find out your parents do anything sexual, period. Full stop.

One finger in the butthole MAX, Amy.

Just ONE finger in the butthole, Amy. I told you I’m not ready for anything beyond one finger.

So, it turns out that Karma was just pretending to be cool about Diane so that her Dad wouldn’t die. Also her shirt has no shoulders, so her shoulders are probably cold. Speaking of cold shoulders, that’s what she’s given to her parents even though she didn’t ACTUALLY have plans with Amy tonight. Instead, she’s inviting herself to Amy’s Parent Trap Project. Lauren’s not excited about this development.

No there are SEVERAL KEY DIFFERENCES between my hairstyle and the hairstyles of the sister wives

No there are SEVERAL KEY DIFFERENCES between my hairstyle and Sister Wives hairstyles

Karma says she can help and Lauren says all she’s gotta do is just not fuck it up by causing drama. Hey speaking of, guess who else is at Swingfest?!! It’s Molly and Lucas!

Did somebody order crystal meth?!

Did somebody order crystal meth?!

Seriously of all the meth dealers in all of Austin, they ALWAYS send your parents

Seriously of all the meth dealers in all of Austin, why do they ALWAYS send your parents?!

Molly and Lucas “misunderstood what kind of swing fest it was,” which, I mean, is fucking adorable. Oh and guess who else is here?!!!! IT’S DIANE!! DIANE IS SO EXCITED TO MEET KARMA AND KARMA IS NOT EXCITED TO MEET DIANE. I’m excited to meet Diane, though, so. Somebody’s gotta be excited about Diane.


Hey Karma how serious would you say your parents are about Diane?

Because I could definitely hit that

Because I could definitely hit that

I would take that hug so much better than Karma, dammit

Ugh, course she’s hugging KARMA first.

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Riese is the 41-year-old Co-Founder of Autostraddle.com as well as an award-winning writer, video-maker, LGBTQ+ Marketing consultant and aspiring cyber-performance artist who grew up in Michigan, lost her mind in New York and now lives in Los Angeles. Her work has appeared in nine books, magazines including Marie Claire and Curve, and all over the web including Nylon, Queerty, Nerve, Bitch, Emily Books and Jezebel. She had a very popular personal blog once upon a time, and then she recapped The L Word, and then she had the idea to make this place, and now here we all are! In 2016, she was nominated for a GLAAD Award for Outstanding Digital Journalism. She's Jewish and has a cute dog named Carol. Follow her on twitter and instagram.

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  1. I screamed when I saw Diane. THAT’S MARY CHERRY!!!!

    Also, Lauren is the best and Amy needs to treat her right and I need to not be so attracted by Karma and also Rabbi’s little kid rocks and so do your captions.

  2. Ugh, Lauren please don’t leave the Fawcett household! Although I’m kinda strongly suspecting (or probably simply hoping) that Lauren has more than just “sisterly” feelings for Amy. Especially since she seems really jealous of Karma hanging out with Amy.

    But anyway, thanks Riese for continuing recapping the show!

  3. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant recap!

    Please continue to just barely cover anything involving Liam (or leave him out altogether, he’s honestly the most unnecessary character ever to exist).

    Diane is Mary Cherry*!!!

    *incidentally, until like last week this is who I thought Heather was referring to in her tweets about the Great British Bakeoff. It…makes more sense that it’s actually a British lady who is not a fictional character from the 90s.


    IMO Lauren is (and probably always has been) starved for real, close friendships. She’s spent her whole life holding her cards close to her chest and not letting people all the way in (and understandably so). She formed a special bond with Amy, and now that’s threatened by the reappearance of Karma in Amy’s life.

    Friendships in high school are already so intense, but when you throw in the fact that Lauren’s an only child* who suddenly gained a sister only to lose her? I’d be feeling the exact same way tbh. I HAVE felt that way, being an only child who has lost multiple step-siblings after my divorced parents ended their respective relationships and found new partners.

    *Amy is also an only child but Karma has been a substitute sister since childhood, whereas Lauren hasn’t had anyone like that in her life (that we know of, and going by the evidence).

  5. With the show having EVERY woman sleeping with Liam, what I really want is for him to try with Lauren, and for her to nut kick his fragile (and it is fragile) male ego.

  6. Oh Riese, thank you for this. Feel free to cut down on the Liam parts as much as you want – hell, cut ’em out entirely if you feel like it! Though I gotta say, Shane and that Bat Mitzvah girl were hilarious this week. I’m really hoping they team up more in the future.

    Also, I really, really appreciate having a Jewish recapper recapping Jewish-y things. It’s making this “Liam discovers Judaism” plot marginally more bearable.

  7. Oh god Lauren stay on the show, you make recaps so much better! Well, her AND Sparia fanfic jokes.

    Someone needs to write more Sparia fanfic.

  8. These recaps are definitely a highlight, often better than the actual show (especially when they gloss over the whole boring Liam/Shane nonsense)

    Also, why is Karma always the worst? Give Mary Cherry a chance! Lauren > Karma in life and recap-life.

  9. If Lauren is gone for more than one episode, I just don’t know what I’ll do.
    Everything is better with less Liam, for sure.

    My favorite text exchange I had while watching this week’s episode:
    Me: Why is Shane wearing a plastic bag?
    My Partner: I think it’s a “gay” thing. Or Liam’s latest art project?

    • based on interviews with the cast, Lauren’s going to be living in her own apartment but still very much a part of the show!

  10. The Olive Garden caption picture series was too much. I love these recaps far more than I love this show, although it matters supremely to me that Amy ends up happy.

    Also, does ANYONE give a shit about Liam? Because I don’t.

  11. So happy to see you are still recapping. I think there will come a point where more people read these recaps than actually watch the show. And then they will ask you to just write the show and we finally get a girlfriend for Amy.

  12. These recaps are very important to me. Amy needs to learn how to make space for multiple people in her life, instead of ditching Lauren whenever Karma calls. Maybe she could take lessons from Karma’s parents?

  13. I really love that Karma’s parents are poly. Until now, the show has mostly played them as buffoons, but I decided to ignore that, and I’m hoping this plot will play out in a good way.

    If we have to devote time to boy stories, seeing Shane taken down by a tween was gratifying.

    I was really annoyed by Amy ditching Lauren. But worse was that she didn’t seem to really get why it was painful for Lauren. I find Karma insufferable, but Amy is becoming insufferable when Karma is around (which actually was kind of true since the first episode, when she went along with the fake lesbian gambit).

    I realize teenagers are often insufferable. I never said it wasn’t realistic.

    The recaps make continuing to watch the show worthwhile. The network should pay Riese and AS a sizeable chunk of money to keep doing it, since without the these recaps to keep us interested, the show’s ratings would probably drop substantially. At least that’s what I’m telling myself.

    Do sub-sized challah exist outside TV? I used to bake my own, but they were always normal loaf sized. I did like the “Jews don’t have sex shame” comment. I remember the command to please your wife on the Sabbath. We could use a little advertising of that nature, to counteract some of the less savory misconceptions that get floated.

    • I really like the observation about Amy changing around Karma. Karma’s whole brand is changing herself in order to please others, but they do a nice job of showing how hard it is for Amy to be authentic when she feels the pull of Amy.

  14. Actually I really liked the “Jews don’t have sex shame” comment too – until the show completely and utterly backtracked on that by having the Rabbi become so furious over the idea of someone defiling his precious little flower. There were other ways they could have played the awkwardness of being caught in the act by your father/your rabbi then reverting to the usual “father with a shotgun” trope. UGH.

  15. “You’re gay? Big whoop. Does it look like I need a makeover? My BFF Sammy came out as pansexual AND genderqueer in second grade.”

    But like if we could actually have a genderqueer pansexual person ON THIS SHOW THO

  16. Riese, thank you for continuing to do these recaps! I know the comments last week got a little fraught in places but that makes me appreciate this even more. Thank you also for being accessible and open to reader requests (and criticism).

  17. I’m really happy you’re still doing these recaps! Also I would pay good money to have an episode centred around Karma’s parents and Diane just being awesome/embarrassing.

  18. Thank you, thank you, thank you for continuing, Riese! Love the Shane/Liam (though mostly Liam) lite format!

  19. “Karma’s mom, you get a girlfriend! Karma’s dad, you get a girlfriend! Liam, look under your seat… that’s right, YOU get a girlfriend! YOU get a girlfriend, YOU get a girlfriend! EVERYONE GETS GIRLFRIENDS!!!!!… Oh. Sorry, Amy. We ran out. Maybe next time?” The only explanation for this show is that Oprah must be the show runner.

    That being said, I ship DianexEveryone until the end of time. If you need me, I’ll be writing a fan fiction Lauren grows up to be a power lesbo, marries Diane, runs her own talent agency where Rachel’s sister is her assistant, and singlehandedly bring the shoulder pad back into style.

  20. I’m a little late to this week — but I WAS EXCITED ABOUT DIANE!!

    But then, I am excited about all Leslie Grossman appearances everywhere! She has a compelling and off-centre kind of presence, and always brings such verve to her roles.

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