Jul. 01, 2008
60 min.

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The Secret Life of the American Teenager

From Brenda Hampton, creator of 7th Heaven, comes The Secret Life of the American Teenager, a heartfelt drama that follows the lives of two families as they come together to cope with an unexpected teen pregnancy.

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Benjamin "Ben" Boykewich is the 19-year old-son of Leo Boykewich, is Amy's high school boyfriend and first love.

He meets Amy after his best friend Alice points her out one day at school. Ben is instantly taken with her, and decides to ask her to a school fund raiser. They begin dating shortly afterwards. He initially wants to confront Amy about her alleged relationship with Ricky, but then decides against it after his guidance counselor points out that it's none of his business. His father Leo was the first person to suspect Amy's pregnancy due to her throwing up on Ben while on a date. He initially dismissed the idea, but realizes that it may be a possibility. This causes him to propose to Amy so that way he can help financially support the baby, and because he genuinely loves her. Amy is flattered by his actions, but explains that she is unsure of what to do. When she considers getting an abortion, Ben convinces her not to because he knows that she has other options. He experiences a lot of hardship during Amy's pregnancy; particularly when he is brutally beaten up by a fellow student, but remains to be a loving and supportive boyfriend.

In the season one episode The Secret Wedding of the American Teenager, Ben and Amy get married using fake ID's after her mother says that Amy will have to get a job if she wants to keep the baby. Later on the series, Ben gets Adrian pregnant, after he lost his virginity with her in his car in front of Amy's house. The couple decide to keep the baby. He then tells Amy and they break up. By the third season's mid-season finale, it is shown that Ben and Adrian have some romantic feelings for one's another.

In the autumn premiere, Ben and Adrian find out they're having a baby girl, which is what Ben was hoping for. His father bought a condo for the two of them, and they later get married. Their daughter, Mercy, was stillborn which left Adrian and Ben devastated. He later decides he wants out of the marriage due to Adrian's attitude. He admits it harshly to Adrian after she gave away their baby's things. After his outbursts to Adrian he then gets drunk and humiliates himself in front of his father. But he later begins to recant his decision after having time to vent his frustration. But, later Adrian decides she also does not want to remain married, and asks him to leave. He leaves brokenhearted and then later asks Adrian to remain his friend. He also allows Adrian to keep the condo with the approval of his father and continues to keep his word of being her friend to her after she is embarrassed at the graduation party.

He also meets a new girl named Dylan, who seems be interested in him. Alice tells Ben that Henry slept with Adrian at the graduation party, which enrages him and prompts him to tell a stunned and contrite Henry that he is no longer welcome at his home. Dylan and her friends visit Ben and ask if he minds if they smoke some pot. Ben is taken aback, but doesn't want to appear judgmental, so he allows them to smoke in his room. They are discovered by Ben's and Dylan's parents, and Ben lies to protect Dylan and tells them that he was given the pot at the party the night before. Ben and Dylan convince their parents that they should go out together. In the school hallway, Ben tells Amy that he still loves her, but Dylan's friend Wendy over hears and tells Dylan. Dylan still wants to go out with Ben, but her parents don't want her to because they think he's a bad influence.

Later when Ben is feeling vulnerable, Alice comes to his house and they both have sex. Henry finds out and starts dating Dylan, whose parents like Henry. Ben is upset but realizes that he's in love with Amy Juergens, always was and always will be.

Episode Screenshots

05x13 - To Each Her Own
Season 5, Episode 13
04x10 - 4-1-1
Season 4, Episode 10
04x22 - The Text Best Thing
Season 4, Episode 22
05x21 - All My Sisters With Me
Season 5, Episode 21
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