'Awkward.' cast dishes on tonight's mid-season finale and one 'pivotal' moment

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The cast of Awkward. was hard at work on the second half of their third season when EW hit the set a few weeks ago, but before we can tell you anything about what we saw, we must let you watch what happens in tonight’s mid-season finale, which airs at 10 p.m. ET on MTV.

So what exactly goes down? See below for teases from Beau Mirchoff, Brett Davern, Jessica Lu and Greer Grammer.

+ Matty and Jenna’s issues continue
Thought all was well between Matty (Mirchoff) and Jenna (Ashley Rickards) after last week’s episode? Think again. Although Jenna seemed to ease her own worries — and any of Matty’s — after coming clean about her crush on Colin (Nolan Funk) in last week’s episode, this issue is far from put to bed, reveals Mirchoff. While Matty is confident that his relationship with Jenna is as solid as ever, he remains concerned about her on a different level. “Something’s manifesting inside of her that’s causing a change,” says Mirchoff. Speaking of change, fans should expect a lot of it after tonight’s episode, which will likely leave fans clamoring to find out what happens next. “Something pivotal — or monumental — happens that will alter the Awkward. state. Story lines will never be the same, and they’ll start to go down other tumultuous paths.”

+ Jakara headed for rocky times?
The end of last season put an end to Awkward.’s ongoing love triangle — a risky move. But even riskier was putting one side of that triangle — Jake (Davern) — in a relationship with Jenna’s best friend, Tamara (Jillian Rose Reed). And while most of this season has seen them experiencing relationship bliss, the mid-season finale will see them have a bit of a spat. “Because Tamara is this big personality and she’s so loud and boisterous, she has a tendency to bowl him over and use him as a doormat. … Jake is really trying to stand up for himself and assert himself,” Davern says. “He’s trying to put at least one of the pant legs on in the relationship.” Does this mean the show’s fans are going to be worrying about the health of not one but two couples? Not necessarily. “[He wants] them to be equal parts in the relationship, that’s all,” he says.

+ Ming’s Rise
Last week’s episode saw Lu’s Ming hit a “breaking point” when she unleashed her anger on Becca, the head of the Asian Mafia. And as you might have guessed from the end of last week’s episode, that punch to the face that Ming delivered comes with some — not so terrible — consequences. “It’s like, [Ming] gets to school and these Asians guide her to a parking spot with her name on it and I get out and they have her favorite coffee,” previews Lu. But while Ming will enjoy these new perks, Lu says that behind the scenes, she had a blast filming the girls’ fight from last week’s episode. “It was really fun. We had to have a stunt coordinator,” she recalled, adding that she hopes to get a chance for more action-based scenes in the future — on Awkward. and otherwise.”I would love that. I dabbled when I was younger in tae kwon do and kung fu. And I took stage combat when I was in school. I really like it.”

+ A big reveal
Though there are two separate — and equally event-filled — parties in tonight’s episode, Grammer says Lissa is not in the celebrating mood when we catch up with the neck-braced blond. But why? Well, what we can hint is that the reason for her mini spiral down bummer lane will lead to one major reveal. “She reveals who she lost her virginity to,” says Grammer, “so that’s a big thing for her.”

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