The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Season 1 Episode 11

Just Say No

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Sep 09, 2008 on ABC Family
8.0
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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.

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  • Loved it

    8.5
    One of the main reasons why I liked this episode a lot was because it was able to surprise me and change my opinion on some characters.



    I actually found Madison funny and Lauren bearable in this episode, even though I still think she has a big attitude problem. I could see a possible chemistry between Madison and Jack and I hope they pair them together. I also was surprised by how Grace got bolder and actually kissed Ricky, in her own house with her parents in it. I actually like Ricky and Grace together, although I suspect that he is going to eventually ruin her life as well if they do decide to get serious. I wish they had focused more on Amy and Ben instead of giving storyline to Henry and Alice. I know they are supposed to be the comic couple, but seriously, both of them are really boring, they should just remove those characters from the show or keep them to a minimal.



    I always liked George's character and I was a little sad for him when he was told that his marriage was over. Overall, I thought this was a big improvement from the previous episodes in some aspects and enjoyed watching it.moreless
  • "Does this count as oral?"

    9.0
    Well this episode made me really happy on a lot of levels. First of all, Grace & Ricky finally hooked up, and I liked how Grace asked Adrian's permission first. I just wish Ricky wasn't such a womanizer, so he would be committed to Grace. I like how Grace is so inexperienced, "Does this count as oral?" and he was just sucking her finger, that made me laugh. Grace's mom walks in, to be continued. Adrian spends most of the episode on the road, until her dad finds her, and she has to go back to school. Her dad tells he she's going to an all girls school next semester. To be continued. Tom still wants to keep in contact with Betty. To be continued. Henry & Alice are still having bad sex. To be continued. At least one thing ws mended, that's Amy's and Lauren's friendship after thew whole Ricky thing, she finds out he was sexually abused. She tells Ben and they do research on the topic, and they end up about to have sex. To be continued. The counseler's missing, to be continued. Anne wants to divorce George. To be continued, and lastly Grace doesn't want Jack back, to be continued. So everything is left up in the air, which made this a good mid-season finale.moreless
  • Mid-Season Finale. Eleventh Episode

    8.7
    In the midseason finale of The Secret Life of the American Teenager, Adrian leaves town and her disappearance along with the disappearance of the counsouler Mr. Molina sparks rumors that they ran off together. Adrian's father is determined to find his daughter. Meanwhile, Amy and Ben contemplate whether to have sex or not. The school finds out about Ricky's visits to Lauren's dad. Grace is pressured into wearing her purity ring after her mother finds her and Ricky making out in the kitchen when their supposed to be baking cookies. Adrian yells into the halls of schools and starts talking to her father until she hears the words "All Girl Private School". At the end of the episode leaves us with the possible ending of Anne and George's marriage.



    This was a good episode, I loved Adrian's storyline. She has to be one of the best actors on this show.moreless
  • The mid-season finale.

    6.4
    After last week's monstrosity The Secret Life of the American Teenager returned with a less than spectacular, yet still acceptable installment. The same odd behavior exhibited last week was on display again tonight such as Madison and Grace shouting in the halls, and Jack continuing to act like a complete buffoon. Shailene Woodley is completely unfit for a leading role, but when she's with Kenny Baumann he's comfortable in his character enough to cover up her disastrous acting. There were a few funny gags here, but this show has just gone downhill in recent weeks. Not nearly enough Mark Derwin and the lack of Steve Schirripa really led to a lower rating. Everything George says is hilarious so I'm left confused as to why he gets less time on screen. The highlight of the episode was definitely the confrontation between Adrian and her father. Emotional moments like this, and George talking to Ashley about her birth are what made this show great. When The Secret Life returns in January let's hope they give us more tearjerkers like that.moreless
  • 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.moreless

    5.0
    This was NOT a season finale. Season finales are supposed to resolve some issues and create new ones, with a huge shock at the end. There was no shock - everything fell into place. Season finales are supposed to mix up things that fall into place. Things should happen you never see coming. Some new couple should've hooked up. Ben's dad and Amy's mom could have kissed or something. Jack could get kicked off the football team or something and have a real story line! Next season better be better..it was a good show till I saw the finale...come on secret life writers..bulk up! Give these characters some meat. Shailene Woodley is super talented. Make her do something besides whine. Give Jack a story. Keep giving installments to Adrian's story. Make Ricky get real help. Make Grace have sex and deal with the consequences. Make Henry and Ashley the real deal. Have a character we all love die / move away, etc. Don't be afraid to do something drastic!moreless
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Stephen Borrello IV

Stephen Borrello IV

Sam

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Philip Anthony-Rodriguez

Philip Anthony-Rodriguez

Ruben Enriquez

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Josie Bissett

Josie Bissett

Kathleen Bowman

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Camille Winbush

Camille Winbush

Lauren Treacy

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Renee Olstead

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Madison Cooperstein

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  • 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.

  • 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!

    • Amy: I guess we could have sex if you want.
      Ben: Oh, I want!
      Amy: I mean, it hardly seems fair that I had sex with Ricky, and I want to have sex with you, even though you did almost get killed for me.
      Ben: Well, I mean, just a little beat up, but...really?
      Amy: Yeah. I find myself feeling really good these days. Besides, I'm already pregnant...

    • Ashley: Dad, I have internet access and a pregnant sister. I know where babies come from.

    • Henry: She kept saying, "Hurry up!". I mean, how romantic is that?
      Ben: I don't need the details, Henry.
      Henry: She's so bossy. But who can have sex with a bossy chick like that?

    • Jack: He's in therapy.
      Grace: Yeah, so? I've been in therapy too.
      Jack: Shh!
      Grace: What is wrong with you? I don't care if people know I've been in therapy. When we adopted Tom our whole family went to therapy together and separately just to talk through it. It was very helpful.
      Jack: Grace, people already think you're weird enough.
      Grace: Well I don't care what people think. I've been in therapy.
      Jack: Just please. Trust me on this one, ok? That's two strikes against you. You're a Christian, and you've been to therapy. You're a crazy Christian. Do you really want that getting out?
      Grace: (to everyone in hallway) I'm a crazy Christian! Yeah, I am. I'm a crazy Christian.

    • (Ashley reads Amy's journal with her dad in the room)
      Ashley: She is not having sex.
      George Are you sure?
      Ashley: Well not good sex.
      George: What do you know about that? Good sex.
      Ashley: Dad, I know poetry and I know a cup of tea doesn't represent good sex. I don't think they're even hugging.

    • Amy: I just don't get that your parents won't let you be friends with me any more.
      Lauren: I guess they think I'll get pregnant by association.

    • George: Where the hell have you been looking like that.
      Anne: Looking like what?
      George: You know what you look like.
      Anne: No.
      George: You look hot.
      Anne: Well, thank you.
      George: No! No! Like a bad kind of hot, like a not hot for me hot. Like leftovers hot. I mean, who'd you dress like that for?
      Anne: Me!

    • George: That's how we had the girls, great sex. Amy was conceived under a full moon on a surf board and Ashley was conceived in a graveyard at midnight.
      Anne: Wow. You know, I forgot about that.

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