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Jenna Darabond lied and said she was Ashley Katchadourian when she let Deandra into the girls room as part of a complicated Batman Gambit to incite chaos among the popular girls of Overland Park. That's why she's been offscreen so far, she's savoring the carnage from a safe distance.
Actually confirmed as of Episode 30 and 31. In the latter, Jenna admits she actually did lie and say she was Ashley Katchadourian to Deandra to set off a scheme that involved stealing Ashley's boyfriend and humiliating Mackenzie. She also admits to burning down the Atchison Mall to get Tanya involved.
A well-liked comment posed the theory that Connor Devarnon has genuine feelings for Brittnay, and only spread the rumor of her giving second rate handjobs so no one would want one from her anymore.
Base Breaker: Tyler Oakley's inclusion as the main casts' teacher.
Creepy Monotone: Trisha, or at least in the first episode, though it isn't exactly creepy until she talks about someone's dad dying.
Crosses the Line Twice: Case in point, episode 14. Both Trisha and Mackenzie punch Brittnay in the stomach after incorrectly assuming she's pregnant to cause a deliberate miscarriage, Trisha because she doesn't want Brittnay throwing her life away, and Mackenzie because she doesn't want her ruining the national cheer competition for them.
Four-Temperament Ensemble: The Cheerleaders and Deandra. Mackenzie is "Melancholeric", Brittnay is Choleric, Trisha is Phlegmatic, and Deandra is Sanguine.
Fridge Logic: If Ashley Katchadourian was at Pearl Harbor, then who really let Deandra into the bathroom in Episode 1?
No one. Deandra got in because there was no one guarding the door to keep people out of the bathroom.
Maybe she was, but left soon after for Pearl Harbor. It might've been her last day watching the door at that time. Deandra used her name after all when she answered who let her in the bathroom, so she saw her apparently. But, as of Episode 31 this guess has been jossed as it turns out that it was Jenna Darabond who let Deandra in the first place and used "Ashley Katchadourian" to introduce herself, the reason why? Hard to explain. Let's just say revenge is involved.
In the parent-teacher conference episodes (episodes 50-52), Trish and her mom being obsessed with the possum seems like typical Trisha weirdness until you realize Jenna Darabond has essentially been playing possum during those episodes.
Ho Yay Shipping: Not even this show is safe... but it's a minor case. People could clearly see that Than really likes Tanner.
I Knew It: There have been several WMGs regarding Deandra's secret for leaving Atchison High. Most of which that were included was her, pooping all over the place in the middle of a cheer routine and they were spot on!
Love to Hate: People are starting to feel this way about Jenna Darabond as the season goes on.
Magnificent Bitch: Jenna Darabond. Episode 31 is a must see to see just how awesomely evil she is and nobody even saw her until two seasons later. Every major story line in the series that happened were all because of her.
She then gets one-upped by Mackenzie, who reveals that she set up the parent-teacher conference by instigating Brittnay into attacking Jenna via blowing up Brittnay's car so Jenna's dad would meet Cameron, Cameron would inevitably sink her hooks into Darren Darabond and end up destroying Jenna's family, and then recorded Jenna's confession of burning down the Atchison Mall which she brought to the police.
OTP: A somewhat minor case, Brittnay/Than is getting some popularity.
Tristan/Tanner is pretty widely loved.
Purity Sue: Amberlynn, largely in that everyone loves her. However, since she doesn't appear that much, audiences like her just fine.
Also, it appears that not everyone likes her. Jenna Darabond seems to think she's an annoying bitch.
Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: The football team wasn't all that widely liked in the past seasons but since Deandra joined the football team on episode 41, a many commentators are already declaring love.
Squick: The pooping sound effects are a bit too realistic. It might be a good idea to mute the sound if you have a weak stomach.
Deandra's big secret about why she left her old school. She had a failed Potty Emergency while on top of the pyramid during a cheer routine. The flashback shows extremely realistic-looking poop splatter all over Tanya, Taylor, and even the scoreboard!
Tear Jerker: The brief moment of despair from the cheer squad when Ashley Katchadourian has left her own team for Atchison's and because of the rules that there must be five or more members in order to cheer, they will be automatically disqualified due to a lack of one member. Mackenzie was on the verge of giving up and sounded like she's about to cry, judging from her voice.
Brittnay: What are we gonna do now?
Mackenzie: There's nothing we can do... We're not gonna be allowed to cheer with five members. We might as well pack our bags, go home, and kiss Oak Park mall, goodbye, one last time...
Brittnay sounding genuinely hurt and betrayed that Mackenzie used her own anger toward Jenna Darabond as part of her plans by blowing up Brittnay's car herself.
Trisha being told by Brittnay that Brittnay is now working with Shay Van Buren to take Mackenzie down, and she doesn't want Trisha involved so she's cutting her out. When Trisha tells Mackenzie and the other Trisha the news, it's very clear that she understands exactly what Brittnay meant and has been very hurt by it.
Trisha: She doesn't need me anymore.
Uncanny Valley: The Damian Lewis doll that suddenly appeared at the end of episode 56 had some viewers aghast. Considering that the cast mainly consists of Barbies, action figures, and anything of the sort, his ultra-realistic features are jarring to say the least.
What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: Trust us that this show is portrayed by little girls' dolls, Barbies, dolls of your favorite characters (Disney or otherwise), but it contains a lot of swearing that could fill up a jar that's enough to save a third-world country. That's not even counting the sex that some of these characters, have implied or confirmed, done before. And they're only in high school.
The Woobie: If she wasn't such a Deadpan Snarker, Bridget Tice would be one. She has a pretty depressing life, when you think about it.
Mackenzie, as of Episode 18. She gets her bald spot diagnosed and is especially torn when the doctor told her she's suffering from Female Pattern Baldness. She's utterly helpless when she tried to regress her anger in front of a rivaling cheer squad.
It gets even worse because of Episode 31 when we learn she was specifically set up to be blamed by Jenna Darabond so she could get Ashely's then-boyfriend Justin and has been The Chew Toy for the whole series. In episode 32 she asks to be left out of the ongoing strife between Mackenzie and Jenna, and Trisha speaks on her behalf. In episode 33, we learn from Ashley's little sister Brooklyn that Ashley has been depressed for a while and their mom is trying to help her.
Than is a Jerkass Woobie. Completely obnoxious, creepy, and insufferable, but it's clear he really does just want the football players to like him.
The entire squad as of season 3. The New Year's Eve episode completely highlights the friendlessness the squad had going on and as of episode 40, they are so desperate for new members, they just hire anyone they know regardless of who they were.
Jenna Dapananian- she just wants someone to make out with her, among other things.