What’s the best way to get over a breakup? Well, if you’re Karma, you’re looking to re-evaluate your life by checking out a few self-help books, sporting a new hat, and maybe pretending to be in a relationship with your best friend who once admitted to being in love with you. The usual.
That’s right, Karma and Amy are back to faking it. But this time, it’s for a good cause: Karma’s mom, Molly, lied to her PFLAG group about Amy and Karma still being a couple, and now, the two are tasked with pretending to be in a relationship at the upcoming square dance fundraiser to help keep up the ruse. After all, Amy’s feelings for Karma are totally ancient history, what could go wrong? (Other than everything.)
Meanwhile, Lauren is having a hard time keeping Farrah’s secret from her dad (and keeping her sassy comebacks to herself), and when Hank makes a house call, things get even more awkward. Bruce takes the friendly approach and invites him to dinner — but Hank is already going to the PFLAG party with Amy. Amy sees Hank as the more “supportive” parent, which stings Farrah.
At the PFLAG hoedown, the gang’s all here: “Hook-up hunters” Shane and Liam have nixed the facial hair and week-old pizza in favor of a night out on the town while Bruce and Farrah literally drag Lauren to the event. Farrah is looking to out-parent Hank, and Bruce is hoping to show just how much he supports his little girl (even at the risk of really embarrassing her).
But this “fun-raiser” has truly taken on a life of its own, beyond what Molly was expecting, with shirtless cowboys, a mechanical bull, and a “human tumbleweed” (the next big thing in Western-themed events, duh). The social chair, Shane’s mom, Jackie, has kicked this party up a notch, and it’ll be up to Amy and Karma to use their “relationship” to help Molly reclaim the party.
Jackie introduces Karma and Amy as girlfriends to Shane and Liam, much to the boys’ surprise. Liam pulls Karma aside to chat about the girls’ scheme, and he gives her plenty of attitude before informing Karma that old, playboy Liam is back in action.
Shane confronts Amy about this horrible plan since she clearly still has feelings for Karma, but Amy insists she has boundaries:
- No romantic speeches
- No hand-holding
- No slow dancing
The “boundaries” are immediately called into questioned when Karma tries to hold Amy’s hand (Amy opts for a high-five) and Molly prompts the pair to share their super romantic love story. Karma describes Amy as her soul mate — cue hearts melting everywhere.
But Farrah thinks the whole charade is less than cute and Hank, once again, seems to be the more understanding parent of the two.
As the line dancing continues around them, Bruce takes the opportunity to remind Lauren how much he supports her; he even called the national PFLAG office with questions about their inclusivity. But, he ends up humiliating Lauren further by yelling about her being intersex. (He’s trying so hard!)
It turns out that Molly has been lying about much more than Karma’s sexuality — she’s been lying about her grades, extracurricular activities, and charitable adventures. Dishonesty might run in the Ashcroft family.
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Meanwhile, Jackie encourages Shane to get this cute guy’s number — since he’s spent the better part of the evening talking about Duke. And what’s really the best way to get over someone? Get under somebody else. In the process of psyching her son up, Jackie finds out that Liam dated Karma, and realizes Karma and Amy had been lying about being a couple the whole time — and she’s not shy in confronting Molly. Whoops.
Molly knows she’s in deep, and she confesses to Karma that sometimes she lies because she just wants people to like her. Who can’t relate to that? But Karma’s learned a thing or two about the consequences of lying, and encourages her mom to realize that lying isn’t the way to go.
Farrah takes the opportunity to talk with Amy about her father and how much the two of them are getting along. She understands how difficult it’s been for Amy as Karma was her first love and she doesn’t want Amy holding onto hope like she did with Hank.
While Karma and Amy are having their respective mother-daughter moments, Shane is chatting up the new guy (who is adorable and lets him get out his Duke-related emotions), and Liam is comforting Lauren who is still feeling embarrassed from earlier. But Liam reminds her that at least she has a parent who cares — it’s something he can’t exactly say himself.
Anyway, back at the event, Amy and Karma are slow dancing (if you’re keeping track, basically all of the boundaries have been broken at this point) and while Lauren has decided to appreciate her father more, Molly has stepped up to the honesty plate. She takes the stage and admits that her daughter, Karma, is straight. But rather than backfiring, the group allows Mama Ashcroft to keep her position as president of PFLAG.
After the earlier conversation with her mom, Amy decides it’s best that her dad leave town. It’s obvious Farrah still has feelings for Hank and a little distance between the two couldn’t hurt. Amy is willing to make the sacrifice, but that doesn’t mean Farrah’s off the hook — Lauren wants Farrah to tell Bruce the truth and she seems ready to come clean.
Now that everything is out in the open, Molly and Karma celebrate with a dance, and Molly takes a moment to double-check if Karma is she’s sure she’s straight. Karma assures her that she is, and then Molly opens up about the time she dated a woman named Stacey in college — a bonding moment Karma maybe could’ve done without.
Back at Shane’s place, Liam’s ready to hit the showers after an unsuccessful night and walks in on Shane’s older sister, Sasha, completely naked. Judging by the prolonged nudity, this one’s a troublemaker.
One-liners Most Likely to Succeed:
- “I had a horse once. I loved it, but it ran away.” —Shane
- “Who would pee on a flag?” —Bruce
- “I think they have drama together.” —Molly
- “Maybe since we’re rooming together, we’ve started sharing nightmares.” —Liam