Cracking open a high school yearbook is always fun — that is, unless you’re Jenna: She opens up the yearbook only to discover that she won the superlative for Most Depressing. (Which isn’t even an actual superlative high schools have. At least I hope not.)
This newfound “honor” causes Jenna to look back at the past four years, and the upcoming Mother-Daughter Senior Banquet only makes it worse. That’s because mothers impersonate their daughters onstage at this banquet, and Lacey decides to reach back to Jenna’s earlier — and more tumultuous — years in high school for her material.
Jenna, rightly so, isn’t happy about that. She’s changed! She’s different now! Why does her mom need to hark back to those times when she wore a side-braid every single day and was known mostly as Suicide Girl? Also, why does this high school think it’s a good idea to have moms mock their daughters in front of their classmates? Who is in charge at this place?!
Lacey doesn’t make the situation any better once she discovers Jenna’s superlative. At first, she says it doesn’t mean anything, then she tells Jenna that she won Most Likely Not to Go to College and dear old Dad won Most Likely to Become a Father Before Graduation, while Allie — who is drinking white wine throughout this whole conversation — nabbed Strongest Liver. Jenna might be (and remain) Most Depressing after all.
After this discouraging conversation, Jenna looks for Val, but instead finds Lissa sitting in the old counselor’s seat. And Lissa actually has some pretty solid advice: She laughs at Jenna’s problem (okay, maybe that part isn’t the most helpful) before saying Jenna’s friends’ opinions are the only ones that should matter. Lissa might not be the sharpest crayon in the box, but she could be on her way to becoming Most Likely to Become Val’s Wacky Replacement.
The yearbook drama doesn’t end there though. Matty and Jenna exchanged books so they could sign each others’, and Jenna thinks she nailed hers — Matty, on the other hand, failed massively. “Jenna, you’re one cool chick!” he wrote. And that’s it. Not even a “K.I.T.” or a “H.A.G.S.” or a “BFF.” Nope, just, “You’re one cool chick!”
After all those two have been through, it’s not entirely wrong for Jenna to expect him to write something a bit more, um, heartfelt. Even as a viewer, I was disappointed by Matty’s lackluster note. This was his chance to tell her how he really feels, to talk about how those past four years with her changed his life, how he wouldn’t be the same without her, blah blah blah. Instead, he wrote something in her yearbook that he could have written in any girl’s yearbook.
NEXT: Lacey and Jenna get into a pre-banquet spat.