Accidentally on Purpose

Season 1 Episode 6

Fight Club

Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Nov 02, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Zack's plan to surprise Billie with a newly-installed low flow toilet leads to an unpleasant outcome as he and Billie get into their first major squabble. Billie feels nostalgic about her previous relationship with James, who intends to buy a vineyard.

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  • As Billie and Zack settle into their platonic parents-to-be relationship, some stolen ribs, a vineyard, a toilet, bikini-waxing and baby's first kick push their boundaries, leading to a big fight or two...and some great laughs for the audience.moreless

    Now this is the episode that gives the show a real future by not being about the baby or an immediate but short-lived romantic situation. Hilarious dialogue, smooth quick-cut pacing and plenty of work for many of the strong secondary characters. After setting up the basic situation over several shows, Accidentally on Purpose hits its stride. Zack and Billie have balanced, staked out places in their relationship--which still keeps its touch of sweetness amidst the 20-somethings' shenanigans (Love the dishwashing system, guys!), Abby's ditziness, Olivia's cynical wit (can't wait for her role to expand once her real-life pregnancy isn't restricting her on-camera behavior), and James' nicely-balanced rich jerk/good guy. Everyone in this cast is good and strong, and this episode is great by using all of them. Even Lennon Parham's one scene is hilarious, thanks to her ability to deliver that grease fire/Pilates line so perfectly. Keep it up, writers and actors! Viewers, tell your friends to catch the show that now has the legs to go far.moreless
  • Billie and Zack basically seem to be fighting over one thing or another. One minute it's food, another money, then finally it seems to be around privacy. Neither of them really seem to understand what is going on.moreless

    A pretty weak episode of Accidentally on Purpose. Maybe the weakest so far.

    Basically the story is about Billie and Zack fighting until the baby starts kicking at the end of the episode and they both go ahhh and then the fighting is over for the moment.

    Most of the arguments are based on standard things couples fight about. Money, using up to much water, eating someone elses food, not keeping things private between them. Of course the last one was based on accidentally peeing on her and him seeing something he shouldn't. To be honest that was probably the highlight of the episode which is the only reason I mention it. The half wax, eating the ribs, taking long showers, are all by products of living together for new couples.

    Everyone else is pretty superfluous in this episode, but we do find out that James bought and sold a vineyard and that potato salad might be good on pizza? Not a really good episode and definitely sort of a throw away. I'm not sure the ratings for this show can stand too many episodes of this caliber before it will go on hiatus or be canceled. No word yet on season pickup or additional episodes. We'll see. Thanks for reading...moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


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  • QUOTES (11)

    • (talking about the ribs Billie ate from the refrigerator)
      Zack: They were only boiled. I hadn't even barbecued them yet.
      Billie: Oh, I dipped them in some maple syrup and they were fantastic!

    • (Zack and Davis carrying a toilet set up the stairs)
      Zack: This thing was way cheap on Craigslist.
      Davis: This is a used toilet?!

    • Olivia: So, you left halfway through your waxing, and now it looks like a seven?
      Billie: Or, from my point of view, an L.

    • Zack: (to Billie) I thought you were asleep in your bed. The pillows were arranged in a very Billie-like way, and I thought they were breathing. I swear the pillows were breathing!

    • Billie: Why isn't the toilet where the hole is?
      Zack: I don't want to get into complicated plumbing terms right now, but it turns out, I do not know how to install a toilet.
      Billie: Well-- this is just it! I mean, there are boundaries! And not peeing on me is one of them, I think!

    • Ryan: [Billie] ate our ribs?! And this is how I find out? Oh, it is on!
      Davis: Yeah! What could we do? How could we get her back? What of hers can we eat? Does she have a cat... or something like a cat?

    • Billie: Did you tell [Abby] about my half-a-wax?
      Olivia: I don't talk to her unless you're here.

    • Billie: Zack peed on me.
      Abby: Is that a metaphor, like "he peed on your dreams"?
      Billie: Nope, he actually peed on me.
      Olivia: Well, that needs to be consensual.

    • Billie: Who wants makeup ribs?!
      Davis: Ooh. I heard "makeup" and I was like "not me." Then I heard "ribs" and I was like "meeee!"

    • James: I've got two simple rules that I live by: keep all my blood inside my body and have as many orgasms as possible. And anyone who's doing anything else is doing it wrong.

    • Zack: Best friends are like Supreme Court appointments. You can't lose that job until you retire or die.
      Davis: Sweet, man. A job you can't get fired from. That is tailor-made for moi.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: November 2, 2009 on Citytv
      Latin America: March 11, 2010 on Sony Entertainment Television (a.k.a. Canal Sony)
      United Kingdom: July 15, 2010 on E4
      Slovakia: March 27, 2011 on JOJ


    • Episode Title: Fight Club is the 1999 suspense drama starring Brad Pitt (Tyler Durden) and Edward Norton (The Narrator) as a soap salesman and a car appraiser who establish an underground fight club, which later turns into an anti-capitalist organization engaging in destructive and anarchist activities in the city.