The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Season 1 Episode 1

Falling in Love

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jul 01, 2008 on ABC Family
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Falling in Love
After losing her virginity to Ricky Underwood at band camp, Amy Juergens discovers that she is pregnant. As Amy contends with her family life, and struggles to come to terms with her pregnancy, she seeks solace from her friends, Lauren and Madison. Meanwhile, Grace Bowman, the most popular girl at school, promises abstinence to her parents.moreless

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  • Secret life of an American teenager

    Won't let me watch it! Help me?!!!
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    Won't let me watch the shows! HELP?!?!
  • Another typical ABC family series... poorly casted, awful script, cheesy plotline...

    Hmmm... where to start with this one...

    At first I thought this series might have had potential. It does have the lovely Molly Ringwald in it...I mean, the title's awful, but I was willing to give it a chance.

    And yet, I was still let down.

    All the teenage roles are poorly casted. Granted, the script itself is bad, but I don't really think any of the younger cast redeems it. I mean c'mon, Ellen Page made the pregnant teen role into a fantastic snarky character. To follow it up with this is awwwwffulll...

    Plus, the word "sex" is probably in this show about a million times. I find it hard to believe that that's the only subject on a high schooler's brain these days. And I should know. 46.8% high school students are sexually why is like, oh, 99.9% of the script comprised of sex this sex that? I thought the script peoples got over that when the Bedfore Diaries screwed up? Also, the stereotypical treatment of teenage Christians is awful. Both Grace and her nasty boyfriend Jack are so completely awkward and cliche I thought I was going to gag. PLEASE, Screenwriters guild, go research some REAL Christian teenagers before producing more phenomenally fake characters like these two!!!

    So, on those few notes, there are a FEW redeeming qualities. Molly Ringwald and John Schnieder.

    Um, what else.......I guess the character of Rick is OK as far as villains go. Ben's kind of all right.

    In conclusion, I really should have stayed away when I heard that foul mouthful of a title. SIGH. ABC Family, please, stick to Sabrina the Teenage Witch reruns and Grounded For Life reruns.moreless
  • Main girl gets pregnant by boy in band camp. Different boy sees main girl in hallway.Boy decides to have sex with main girl since he's only fifteen and he's a virgin. Different religious girl won't have sex with boyfriend. Boyfriend has sex with diff girlmoreless

    I'm a teenager (17) and currently in high school and I must say this show seems to be absolute garbage. It's got way too many cliches. Not every teenager is talking about sex all the time. This show makes it seem as though every teenager is a mindless dolt who only cares about sex. I understand that through this time in our lives it's a new thing, but not every kid is as stupid as this show makes us out to be. Also, what was with the whole religious thing? I understand that some kids can be really religious (though I have not come across any like this in my school) but this was pushed way too hard in the show. I mean, what the heck was up with the guy praying for his football team? I know that if one kid attempted that in my highschool the team be like "what the hell is up with this guy?". And another thing, where the heck was the guidance counseler when a kid was talking to him about joining band so he could get it on with a girl, basically referring to her as 'a piece of meat'. The kid flat out told the counseler that he only wanted to join band because he wanted to 'bang' a girl because he was 15 and a virgin. All the counseler did was give him weird looks and tell the kid he'll arrange for the meeting. If this was truly a school counseler, first of all, the kid would be told not to be so disrespectful to a girl, and to think about the consequences of his choices, especially since he's only FIFTEEN YEARS OLD. The counseler should of warned him about pregnancy and stds and all that blah blah blah, but no. The counseler goes to the dance and talks to the boy to see if he 'hooked up'. So lame. I'm sorry, but this show is a poor representation of high school life. Everything is just way too fake, and when it's too fake for HIGH SCHOOL, then you know it's bad. It's obvious this show has blown cliches out of proportion for the sole purpose of trying to create a show with a more interesting plot than it really has in order to attract viewers. Or it's so old people can gripe about 'kids these days'.moreless
  • Hahaha....dude...terrible way to start off a series.

    Let's junp right into the series with the girl returning from band, going to the bathroom to pull a pregnancy test out of her frech horn?!?!?!!, takes the test, waits for it while her mother so tactly tells her she needs to be having fun, and then, oh my goodness!!! the test is positive. -_- Like the promos didn't say A THING about that... Sheesh. (Dude, you shoulda just ended it with 7th Heaven... You've lost your touch.) So, to sum up the episode, all they talk about is sex, because that's just what ALL the teens are talking about, ALL the time. :D Bull... -_- Oh, and what's up with the frech horn?? If she's in MARCHING band, she is supposed to have a mellophone (a marching french horn). Duh!!! Bands don't march with real french horns!! Geez. Someone didn't do their research, unless she's not marching. She's just standing on the field and holding it while she plays. Ugh. Idk... And the whole Christian thing?? Sacreligious much??? Oh I think so. So fake, over the top, and just down right wrong!!! Dude... This episode shouldn't have been the first one. Too much done too fast in merely an hour. The only reason I didn't give it a zero was because, super surprisingly, there is some mildly good acting in these series. Hey, who would have thought?? And, what is up with the girl whose hobby is sex?????!!!!!!! O_o Eww.... Ugh. This is going to be one OUTRAGEOUSLY (inaccurate for sure and) crazy show... but whatever. There are obviously people out there that are in love with the show. That's greeeeaaaat. :) I wonder how long it'll last though.moreless
Chasen Joseph Schneider

Chasen Joseph Schneider


Guest Star

Christopher Michael

Christopher Michael


Guest Star

Angela Sargeant

Angela Sargeant


Guest Star

Josie Bissett

Josie Bissett

Kathleen Bowman

Recurring Role

Camille Winbush

Camille Winbush

Lauren Treacy

Recurring Role

Renee Olstead

Renee Olstead

Madison Cooperstein

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (14)

    • 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)

    • Ben: (pining) I would become a Christian if I could have Grace Bowman.

    • Adrian: Can we help you with something?
      Grace: Oh, I'm sorry. I shouldn't have interrupted. I just, I saw the two of you over here, and I thought maybe you were going to the game together, and I wanted to invite you both to the Youth Fellowship Hall at our church for a post-game celebration. You know, with the gym being repaired, there's nothing at school, so we thought we'd try to invite everyone to our church. We have a gym in the Youth Fellowship Hall. (Adrian and Ricky are silent, Grace laughs) There won't be a sermon. I promise. Just music and dancing, and then we have really good food, and it's free to everyone.
      Adrian: We'd love to, but, uh, we can't. See, my mom's out of town, so we're gonna go over to my house to drink beer and have sex.

    • Anne: (on Amy getting home) Hey! Glad you're home. I was worried you'd marched over a cliff or something.

    • Amy: (on her having sex) I don't know. I didn't exactly realize what was happening until like after two seconds and then it was just over. And it wasn't fun and definitely not like what you see in the movies, you know all romantic and stuff.

    • Jack: Is oral sex allowed before marriage? I mean, if two people are committed to one another and in love with each other...
      Grace: I don't know. I'll ask my mother. (Jack spits his drink out in disbelief)

    • Jack: Father forgive us for our many sins, for not being strong when temptation leads us astray... (Jack's team-mates are puzzled) Give us the strength to do Thy will, especially when it's much easier to give in to the pleasures of the flesh... (the coach glances in to listen) Let us not be distracted by the women that are here to lead us into situations that would lead us into hell and destroy our souls forever, but to cheer us on to victory... with their short skirts and tight sweaters and hot bodies...

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