The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Just Say No

Season 1, Ep 11, Aired 9/9/08
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  • Episode Description
  • Adrian's father calls the police after she disappears from school. Elsewhere, the school learns of Ricky's visits to Dr. Fields, Grace is pressured into wearing her purity ring, and Ben and Amy consider having sex.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Molly Ringwald

    Anne Juergens

  • Megan Park

    Grace Bowman

  • Daren Kagasoff

    Ricky Underwood

  • Shailene Woodley

    Amy Juergens

  • Ken Baumann

    Ben Boykewich

  • Fan Reviews (6)
  • Loved it

    By loverslost, Sep 04, 2010

  • "Does this count as oral?"

    By Canogaparkcindy, Jan 09, 2010

  • Mid-Season Finale. Eleventh Episode

    By TvFreak7, Jun 28, 2009

  • The mid-season finale.

    By thefanof, Sep 11, 2008

  • Did Amy and Ben sleep together? What happens to Grace and Ricky after almost making out to almost having sex? Are George and Anne really over? Henry and Alice - what about Ashley? Jack? Adrian's new school? TOO MANY QUESTIONS- NOT ENOUGH ANSWERS.

    By dlo68, Sep 11, 2008

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (13)

    • George: I think it's time you and me have a talk. Ashley: Oh Dad, please. This isn't the sex talk, right? George: Of course it's the sex talk. I figure if I have the sex talk with you, maybe you won't want to have sex. Ashley: Probably not. George: Ok, this is all you need to know.. Ashley: Dad, I have internet access and a pregnant sister. I know where babies come from.

    • Grace: I wanted to know how you would feel if we did go out. If we go out. If my parents even let us go out. Adrian: (sarcastically) Oh. How would I feel? Hmm. Betrayed? Grace: Oh. Well, by me or Ricky? Adrian: Look, if you want my permission, you are not going to get it, so live with it. Either you're friends with me, or you sleep with Ricky. One or the other. Grace: Well, why can't I be friends with you and, like, just make out with Ricky?

    • Adrian: Just out of curiosity, at what point do you cut a guy off? Grace: Oh, um...well, you know, like, hand-to-skin contact. Adrian: Yeah, you are gonna need to get on the pill and use condoms. You don't know where he's been. Oh, and he is going to be on you before breakfast in the morning. Grace: That's vulgar! Adrian: That's Ricky!

    • Ruben: I don't want you seeing Ricky anymore. Adrian: That is not your decision! You do not decide who I go out with! And you know what? I'm sorry. I am so sorry I ever looked you up. Just go back to where you came from, and I promise I will never bother you again. Ever. Ruben: I can't make that same promise. Adrian: It's too late! Don't you get it? I'm all grown up! I have my period and everything! I menstrate! I take birth control pills! I have sex! Protected sex! With condoms! I don't need parents! Ruben: Adrian, listen to me. You're going out with a guy who's in therapy for God knows what. Your girlfriend, the crazy Christian cheerleader, has been in some sort of altercation and was just interrogated by the police--and she's interested in your boyfriend, by the way. But what really bothers me is that everyone in this school seems to think that you're a slut. You need an adult in your life. Your mother wants to be your best friend, and I don't. You need me. Otherwise, you wouldn't have come to see me. Adrian: I made a mistake. Ruben: Well, before you make any serious mistakes, let's see what we can do to get your life going in the right direction. Adrian: Well, what does that mean, get my life in the right direction? That's what my mother said. What are you two talking about? Ruben: Adrian, I think you need to realize that you have a lot more to offer to this world than just sex.

    • Adrian: I hate you. Ruben: Oh, wow, what a concept. My teenage daughter hates me. Adrian: You cannot control my life! You haven't been around for 16 years, and now you and my mother are not going to tell me what to do!

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    Notes (1)

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

    Trivia (1)

    • 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.

    Allusions (1)

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

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