Whoa, Episode 3 was an episode of hilaaaarious facial expressions.
So the major drama of this episode is that Jenna is interested in defining the relationship ("DTR"... what show/movie is that from? I'm blanking.) but doesn't know how to bring it up. She wrestles with the fact that they're having all this sex but don't have a real emotional connection (which reminded me of day one of sex ed in high school where we had to talk about levels of emotional and physical intimacy before we could put condoms on replica penises). Matty tells Jenna she should go to Alissa's house for a party that weekend (which Jenna's mom hilariously gets so pumped about--possibly a reference to the future of MTV's future Teen Mom stars?) so she and Tamara show up, to an unhappy Sadie and Alissa.
While Tamara is having the time of her life snapping cell phone pics in an attempt to gain popularity (the satire in this show is so on) Jenna sums up her sucky time: "I was putting up with a bunch of assicles just to hang with Matty." And Matty just ignores her. Which is where a sane person would hand her a copy of He's Just Not That into You, or perhaps a copy of Hooking Up, but emotions are hard, dude. And even more complex because Sadie is trying really hard to to get with Matty too. And Sadie has to deal with her dumb friend Alissa fat-shaming her all over the place.
So essentially Jenna is the odd girl out, and even more out when she sees another girl all over Matty in the hot tub. Damn. Meanwhile, Alissa is conflicted because she feels Jake pulling away (because she's nuts) but doesn't want to give up her abstinence vow. Sadie tells her the loophole is anal sex... which fortunately Jake declines when she drunkenly offers it as their 3-month anniversary present. He finds Jenna crying outside and offers to drive her home. And while they're talking Jenna comes to the realization that she knows Jake a lot better than she knows Matty, despite all the sexing. I like that there's no judgement on this show--Jenna is not a "slut" for having sex, she simply has it and she does so safely (and doesn't always enjoy it, thank god that perspective is in there. You don't just turn into Samantha Jones as soon as you become sexually active.) But it is bringing up a important point: that emotional and physical intimacy are connected and depending on what you want, you maybe shouldn't put up with someone else's crap if they're not on your level.
PS: Love the introduction of "assicle" to my vocabulary.