The Secret Life of the American Teenager

Season 1 Episode 5

What Have You Done to Me?

3
Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jul 29, 2008 on ABC Family
7.9
out of 10
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128 votes
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Ben proposes to Amy after learning of her pregnancy. Meanwhile, Amy contemplates having an abortion, and George leaves home and moves in with Cindy Lee - Adrian's mother.

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  • Unrealistic but Damn Good

    8.0
    The Secret Life Of The American Teenager is just simply the most unrealistic program that i've ever seen, but sadly it's one of the most catchy and guilty pleasure at the same time.

    I mean, Ben is one of the most dumb characters in the TV, three episodes, which can be, maximum like three or four weeks in the "real" life of the program and he already love Amy, want to marry her and raise a baby, i mean that's just... silly. And besides, he's got terrible lines in the program.

    But, the program is at the same time kind of interesting and you want to know what follows and what's going to happen in the next episode.

    The Secret Life... is one of the worst and the best shows that i've ever seen but i just can't stop watching it.

    Going back to the chapter, i think was one of the most interesting chapters, except for Ben, i hate him...moreless
  • Ben proposes to Amy.

    7.8
    Changing gears on a show is a difficult thing to do. The Secret Life of the American Teenager has also been a drama with comedy peppered throughout, yet in this episode they went for complete, nerve-wracking drama. The show was really sad, and for a tough guy (well, not really) they almost got me crying a few times.



    Having Adrian's mother and Amy's father seeing each other was a huge shock, and a pretty good plot twist. Ben proposing to Amy was not really plausible. Nobody would go out of their way to marry someone pregnant with another man's child after knowing them for only a few weeks. Nobody is that nice.



    Shailene Woodley is not a strong enough presence to lead the show. Most "teen dramas" cast actors in their 20's and even 30's to play the kids because they know they have the acting ability to portray the roles. Amy is not a believable character and is way too overemotional. The show also brought back the two annoying Asian kids, who really should be written out of the show. Amy's best friends aren't much better either. And do these kids ever go to class? They're in the hallway all the time?moreless
  • Loved it!

    10
    I thought this was one of the best episodes in the season. There is so much drama going on. Jack finally tells Grace about why he started dating her. Rumors spread throughout the school that Amy is pregnant and wonder if Ben or Ricky is the father of the baby. Amy's father is with Adrien's mother and Adrien wants to have a word with Amy. Ben proposes to Amy even though they are only 15. Amy thinks of having an abortion and doesn't know who to turn to for help. I loved this episode! It didn't have even a minute of any of those boring sequences with Ben's friends and their sex statistics, or Grace's father with his theatrics. I think this episode stood out for me because it focused only on the main storyline throughout about Amy, Adrien and Grace. I am also starting to like Amy's sister a lot and loved her interaction with her father in this episode. It was very touching. I can't wait to see what happens next!moreless
  • Ben proposes to Amy.

    9.0
    Now I know this relationship is way too rushed, they started dating, three episodes ago. And they plan to get married at 15? I don't understand where the writers are going with this. But you don't fall in love in 2 seconds, and decide to get married the next day. Anyways everything is still up in the air in the end, since she didn't say yes to Ben yet, and she still hasn't told her parents. Amy considers abortion, when her friends urge her not too, as everyone is starting to find out that Amy is pregnant, Ricky, Grace, Jack, and even Adrian find out. A huge twist of events: George (Amy's dad) is seeing Adrian's mom!? Meanwhile Grace finds out that what happened between Jack & Adrian was more than a kiss, finally! Jack was so effed up to Grace at the end, turns out he dated Grace only 'cause his dad told him too. Yikes. A really good episode. Best so far (Very unrealistic about the marriage though)moreless
  • Fifth Episode

    8.9
    George leaves Anne to move in with Cindy Lee (Adrian's mother). Ben proposes to Amy and she realizes that he knows about her pregnancy from his father. Grace and Ricky become closer friends. Amy's parents still don't know about her pregnancy and every day nears her coming closer of her thinking about an abortion. Rumors start flying abround school about Amy's pregnancy. Grace finds out that Jack did more with Adrian than just kiss.



    I'm surprisingly going to say that this episode was quite good. The show is defintely starting to pick up and there is so much going on that your always entertained.moreless
Deborah Raffin

Deborah Raffin

Dr. Hightower

Guest Star

Gina Mantegna

Gina Mantegna

Student

Guest Star

Paola Turbay

Paola Turbay

Cindy Lee

Guest Star

Camille Winbush

Camille Winbush

Lauren Treacy

Recurring Role

Renee Olstead

Renee Olstead

Madison Cooperstein

Recurring Role

Luke Zimmerman

Luke Zimmerman

Tom Bowman

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (3)

    • Ashley: You're not going on a business trip, are you? (about her mother) What, did she kick you out of the house or something?
      George: No one kicks me out of my house. You mind your own business and be a good girl.
      Ashley: You seeing someone. You got a girlfriend or something?
      George: This is not a conversation a father has with his daughter. And no, I'm not seeing someone. Your mother may think I am, but I'm not.
      Ashley: Just don't go.
      George: You know how you always want to be treated older, like an adult? Well, now...now is a good time to grow up a little bit and realize that things don't always work out like you want them to.
      Ashley: (near tears) Please don't go, okay? I promise I'll do anything you want. I mean, I'll wear long skirts or high jeans. I won't wear makeup, and I won't dye my hair, and I'll get good grades, and I'll make decent friends like you're always telling me to. Just, Dad, please.
      George: Ash, honey, please. This is hard enough.
      Ashley: (crying) Dad.
      George: (hugs her) It's not like I'm not gonna be around. I'll be around. I'll always be around for you.
      Ashley: No, you won't. And I don't want to have divorced parents. Everyone has divorced parents. I don't want to be like everyone else.
      George: I know, sweetheart. I know.

    • George: (about him and Anne) We're just taking a break. No one said anything about divorce here. We just need some time alone. Some time to think. I've got to go. I don't want you blaming yourself for anything that happens, all right? Because it's got nothing to do with you or Amy. Sometimes, things just happen.
      Ashley: (backs away) "Things just happen"? No, things don't just happen. Things just happen when...why'd you have to cheat on her, man? I mean, she's pretty, she's smart, she's nice, and she's my mother! How could you leave her? How could you leave us, especially now?

    • Amy: (crying after Ben proposes) You're such a nice person... and I'm such a whore!
      Ben: Well... you're my whore.

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