The Secret Life of the American Teenager

ABC Family (ended 2013)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 24

    Thank You And Goodbye

    Aired 6/3/13

  • S 5 : Ep 23

    Caught in a Trap

    Aired 5/27/13

  • S 5 : Ep 22

    When Bad Things Happen to Bad People

    Aired 5/20/13

  • S 5 : Ep 21

    First and Last

    Aired 5/13/13

  • S 5 : Ep 20

    All My Sisters With Me


  • Cast & Crew
  • Shailene Woodley

    Amy Juergens

  • Ken Baumann

    Ben Boykewich

  • Mark Derwin

    George Juergens

  • India Eisley

    Ashley Juergens

  • Greg Finley (II)

    Jack Pappas

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  • show Description
  • An ABC Family original series, The Secret Life of the American Teenager centers on the topic of teen pregnancy. Band geek Amy discovers that she's pregnant after a one-night stand with Ricky Underwood, the school's player. Meanwhile, devout Christian cheerleader Grace promises abstinence to her parents.

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  • Quotes (226)

    • Ashley: (about her school) Why do these people think there's something wrong with a belly button? It's not like everyone doesn't have one. I mean, I have one. They have one. You have one. Personally, I don't see the big deal if it shows. I mean, it's not like anyone else is covering their buttons. Anne: Well, they're supposed to. It's in the dress code. Ashley: Yes, Mother, but no one pays attention to the dress code. Of course, not until today, when I get hauled into the principal's office and asked to put on a sweatshirt. I mean, why should I follow the rules if no one else does? George: I'll tell you why. Because I don't want to get another call from the principal's office, and neither does your mother. We don't like being embarrassed by our 13-year-old daughter, who insists on dressing like a streetwalker when we take our hard-earned money to buy you decent clothes to wear that fit the dress code requirement. Forget the school dress code. We have our own dress code. You didn't just break the school's rules. You broke our rules, and rules of good taste. What are you trying to prove, that you're not 13? You're 13. That you're sexy? You're not sexy! I mean, do you even know what sexy means? It means you're ready to have sex, and you are not ready to have sex. Neither of my daughters are ready to have sex, and you two will not be ready to have sex for a long time! Whoo. A very, very long time! Maybe after you've been married for a couple years. We want to make sure it's gonna work out first. (chuckles at himself) Ashley: Funny. George: Am I right? Anne: He's right, although I doubt you'll get your father's permission even after you're married.

    • Therapist: Sooner or later, I think you're gonna tell my why these sexual conquests make you feel like a man. Because I know you know why you do this, and I know you know it's not gonna help. We go down this road every week, and then we hit a brick wall. Having sex with as many women as you can is not gonna make you feel any better, and I think it's making you feel worse. Ricky: Aren't I supposed to tell you how I feel? Therapist: You've been coming here enough years to know that I'm not that kind of shrink. Come on. Tell me how you feel. Ricky: I feel like my fricking father stole my childhood and then dumped me on another family and said, "You take him. I don't want him. He's damaged goods." Therapist: I like the way you started out, although I'd love to hear a little more anger in your voice, because you have a right to be angry. Because your father did steal your childhood by sexually abusing you. But he didn't dump you anywhere. The gigantic hand of Social Services reached down and plucked you out of a deplorable situation, and placed you in a family that doesn't see the damage. They just see the potential, and they love you. And I know you love them, but it's the loving yourself I'm trying to get you to come around to. Ricky: I thought you were trying to get me to come around to not having sex with every girl I meet. Therapist: Can you see how these two things are related? Can you see how you are constantly fighting to prove your masculinity all because your father was some sick bastard? Can you see how you have it within your power to not let what he did have anything to do with who you are at this point in your life? Ricky: I'm not sure I want to see it. How do you feel about that? Therapist: I feel like you don't want to see it, because if you do, you'll lose your motivation for having sex. And without constant, indiscriminate sex, you'll be a new person. A better person. A person you might actually like, even love. Ricky: I've got some bad news. I love myself constantly, and indiscriminately too. And worse news - our time is up, and I've got a date. (smirks and stands up) Therapist: No. You were late. We have ten more minutes.

    • Grace: Jack, we've talked about this before. Lots of times. I want to be out of medical school before I get married. My dad waited until he was out of medical school, and my mom waited with him. Jack: Okay, okay. I know. Grace: Are you okay? Jack: Yeah, I'm fine. Hypothetically speaking, and not that I'd even be interested in this...I don't even know if it's a sin after marriage, but I have heard that some people have found that...excuse me if this sounds vulgar, but I like to think we have the kind of relationship where I respect you, and you respect me, and we can tell each other anything, right? Grace: Right. So just say what you want to say. Jack: Is oral sex allowed before marriage? I mean, if two people are committed to each other and in love with each other, would that be allowed? Grace: I don't know. I'll ask my mother. (he spits out his drink) I'm kidding. Kidding! But you deserved that. Of course it's sex. You need to keep your mind away from those kinds of thoughts, Jack. I mean, what is wrong with you today?

    • Ben: Why wouldn't Grace have sex with me? Alice: (imitating Ben) Because she's Grace Bowman, she's a goddess.

    • Henry: So, how many students do you think are having sex? Alice: High school students. 46.8%. Henry: (laughing) You sure know a lot about sex.

    • Amy: (to Lauren and Madison) What are you guys doing here? Madison: What are we doing here? What do you think we're doing here, we're spying on you!

    • Amy: (to her parents) Um, can I talk to the two of you alone? Ashley: You have to talk to them alone about something? Like what, finally decided to wear a bra?

    • Madison: (running into the bathroom trying to get everyone out) Get out, I'm gonna puke! (makes puking noises)

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    Notes (13)

    • Featured Music: 'Girlfriend' by Avril Lavigne 'Daughters' by John Mayer 'Gotta Believe' by Sofia J 'A Taste The La La Song' by Sofia J 'Nevermind' by Sofia J

    • John Schneider (Marshall Bowman) is credited as a special guest star.

    • The series deals with teen pregnancy. Molly Ringwald played a pregnant teen in the 1988 comedy For Keeps?.

    • John Schneider (Marshall Bowman) is credited as a special guest star.

    • John Schneider (Marshall Bowman) is credited as a special guest star.

    • John Schneider (Marshall Bowman) is credited as a special guest star.

    • International Airdates: Australia: August 19, 2009 on Fox8

    • John Schneider (Marshall Bowman) is credited as a special guest star.

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    Trivia (11)

    • Grace mentions in this episode that she is going to the Dairy Shack. Series creator Brenda Hampton used this exact same name for a popular hangout in her other television series, 7th Heaven.

    • The phone George uses is a Cingular phone the Motorola V180.

    • Goof: When George is calling his coworker, he only dials five numbers.

    • Shawn Johnson (U.S. Olympic Gymnast) was offered a guest role in The Secret Life when the producers of the show heard that she was a fan.

    • It is revealed in this episode that this show is occurring in California.

    • Ashley names the baby John.

    • When Alice sends a text to Henry, she has no service so the text message shouldn't have gone through.

    • When Ricky goes to Adrian's, and they are arguing, she tosses her head forward and flips her hair back. For the rest of the scene, when the camera is facing her, her hair is messed up, when it is behind her and facing Ricky, it is perfect.

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    Allusions (23)

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the song "I Feel Sick" by Pitchcontrol.

    • Minister: She's a powerful girl, Grace Bowman. She's our very own Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Referencing Joss Whedon's Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992 (movie); 1997–2003 (television series)).

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the song "What Have You Done To Me" by Bright Ophelia.

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the song "Absent" by Snot, and James Lynn Strait.

    • Episode Title: Your Cheatin' Heart Referencing the song of the same name by country music singer and songwriter Hank Williams.

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the song "Slice of Life" by Bauhaus.

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the song "Just Say No" by Young MC

    • The title of this episode is an allusion to the song "That's Enough Of That" by Mila Mason, and Ian Dury & The Blockheads.

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  • Fan Reviews (205)
  • Horrible last season

    By StefanWakaduduHvilsom, Jan 21, 2015

  • So many questions unanswered. Horrible Ending.

    By mariah524534, Jan 11, 2015

  • Worst Ending EVER!

    By b-ortiz16, Jan 03, 2015

  • Canceled because Shailene Woodley got the lead role in Divergent

    By Waggonerpriscilla, Dec 15, 2014

  • Decent

    By JessykaV, Nov 12, 2014

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