Party of Five

Before and After

Season 2, Ep 18, Aired 2/21/96
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  • Episode Description
  • Julia is pregnant. She's not sure if she wants to have an abortion. Charlie finds her pregnancy test in the trash and talks to her. She wonders what will be like to have that baby, and Charlie opens her eyes on everything she would be giving up. He confesses to her that when he was in college one of his girlfriends got pregnant and had an abortion. Julia feels awful and so does Justin. They have a fight because he will get over it soon, but she has to carry this fact for the rest of her life. Claudia finds out and gets shocked. Bailey and Sarah plan on sleeping together, but she makes it too special. Bailey asks her to make it simple, but Julia's news scares them. Julia tries to talk with Sarah about her pregnancy, but Sarah says that if her mom decided to have an abortion, she wouldn't be there. Julia has a miscarriage. Claudia apologizes to Julia and Julia tells Charlie that he's a good brother.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Amy Lippman

  • Christopher Keyser

  • Steve Robman

  • Elizabeth Norment

    Doctor

  • Dee Freeman

    Mom

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  • Quotes (6)

    • (Justin goes to hug Julia; she angrily pulls away and stands up)
      Justin: Are you angry? I don't get it; we just decided we did this (the pregnancy) together!
      Julia: Yeah! But we did it to me. And it's in my body and I'm the one making the decision.

    • (on wanting to have sex)
      Sarah: Look, Bailey, I want it to be special. Is that totally hokey?
      Bailey: No; no. I want it to be special, too. Special...and soon. Soon is very important. I can't stress soon enough.

    • Sarah: Julia... Julia: What? Sarah: Um...I'm not the right person. Julia: What? Sarah: I'm not trying to make you feel bad. I'm really not. Please don't think that. It's just that I have problems for myself, because of being adopted. I mean, if my mother had made the same choice as you, I wouldn't be here. Julia: Oh. Right. Right. Um...(long pause) But see, you have to understand-- Sarah: No, Julia. I know you need somebody on your side. I know that, and I want to...but I can't. I'm sorry.

    • Charlie: I know you feel alone in this, Julia, but you're not. You're not the first one to ever make this decision. Something like a million women every year-- Julia: I know the statistics, Charlie. Thanks. Charlie: I went with a girlfriend once to get one. In college. Julia>: You did? Charlie: Yeah. Debra...Debra...Debra Lots of Bracelets Debra. (laughs) We didn't talk much beforehand about the decision. I mean, it just made sense for both of us. We weren't even 20, and it's not like we were in love with each other or anything. So...I felt really bad about it for a while afterwards, but that feeling...it goes away. You don't carry it around with you forever, Julia. You really don't. I mean, before this happened with you, I hadn't even thought about it in, like, years. Julia: And what about her? Charlie: Well...it took a little time, I guess, but yeah. After a while, she was okay. Julia: So you stayed in touch? Charlie: Well...no. Not exactly. Julia: So how do you know that she doesn't still carry this around with her?

    • Claudia: (about Julia aborting her baby) I don't get it. Julia: What? Claudia: How could you even think about doing this? What about Owen? He was an accident, too. Do you think Mom and Dad should have never had him? Julia: This is different! Claudia: How is it different? It's not different at all! Julia: Claudia, I am too young to have a baby! Claudia, please. Claudia: If you do this...there are people who are gonna say that it's murder, and you have to tell me what to say when they say that about you. You have to tell me what to say to them! Please! Julia: I don't know...but I would not be doing this if I thought that was true.

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    Notes (2)

    • Featured Music: "Strange World" by Ke "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" by Carole King "Angel Night" by The Cowboy Junkies "Cannon in D" by Pachelbel

    • This episode was nominated for a Humanitas Award and for the Turner Prize.

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