If the “S” word dominated the first episode of The Secret Life of the American Teenager—as 15-year-old Amy gets pregnant after one-time sex at band camp with a boy named “Tricky Ricky”—the “L” word reigns during the second one. In it, Amy and 16-year old Ben fall in love.
After Ben tells his friends that he wants to marry and have children with Amy, they warn him that he’s too young and should see other girls. But Ben is satisfied with the nonverbal girl he calls “my little Amy.”
He doesn’t care about the gossip that she had sex with “Tricky Ricky.” At the end of a call, he says wistfully, “Now we can end our phone calls the way adults do, by saying ‘I love you.’” They do.
All this talk about love wouldn’t have interested me if I hadn’t just read Maureen Dowd’s recent Times column “An Ideal Husband.” It featured a long quote about marriage from Father Pat Connor, a 79-year-old, celibate Catholic priest from Bordentown, NJ.