Accidentally on Purpose

Season 1 Episode 2


Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Sep 28, 2009 on CBS
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Episode Summary

As Billie looks through Zack's things, she finds an unfinished note intended for her. With the help of Abby and Olivia, she attempts to uncover what Zack is keeping from her. In the meantime, James places doubts on Zack's mind regarding his ability to be a fit father.moreless

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  • Not too bad, but the show has a LONG uphill battle

    I realized two things while watching the second episode: one is that even for a one night stand between two people who don't know people, Billie and Zach still don't mesh whatsoever. I suppose that's the point of the show, or the premise, but it's pretty bad when I don't believe the characters being together whatsoever. They could take away Zach and I wouldn't care whatsoever.

    I also realized that the show has some really bad lines. Billie saying that she "tore apart his room like a prison guard looking for crack" wasn't funny at all.. came across as kind of lame. It seems like a bad combination of multiple shows and movies, and a good show should be at least somewhat original or bring something new to the table.

    However, there were some funny moments as well. Some people don't think so, but I think Davis is actually pretty funny. He's an idiot, but I'm a sucker for idiot characters (Charlie from It's Always Sunny being a prime example). Davis talking about the Year of the Rat and the Year of the Tiger was funny, and the whole "Barstool Left" game made me laugh too (it may have been used in another show, but if it has, I've never seen it before..)

    As I said in the previous episode, the show has a long uphill battle. I recognized that even more now, but I'll stick with it because my Monday nights are boring and I need something new to try out besides Two and a Half Men or The Big Bang Theory.moreless
  • Billie realizes that she has a twenty two year old man who got her pregnant living in her house and she knows nothing about him. Zack has to make a decision about culinary school in New York or staying with Billie to help with the baby.moreless

    Somehow I feel that this show does not have a really good flow going yet. It feels stiff and has no patter to it. The jokes can be funny but they seem pushed.

    So far I feel Olivia and Abby are pretty funny. Zack and his buddies really aren't at all. They're more stereotypes than characters. Larry Wilmore as Doctor Roland was pretty good and funny in places. James is not funny at all, not that I think he is suppose to be. He is more of a plot driven character. Unfortunately Jenna as Billie may be the most stiff of all the characters.

    In tonight's episode James forces Zack to look at his situation and decide if he is the best thing for Billie and the baby. Billie gets sort of crazed by the fact she is making up stuff about Zack because she knows nothing about him. She dated him for five weeks! I guess they never spoke about much obviously.

    The dialogue is a little stilted and feels forced. The scene at the end with the two of them should have been cute but it felt a little awkward actually. I am pretty sure we'll see all thirteen of the episodes ordered. We'll see how much better it gets as they work together more. We may see Rules in this slot before the season is out though. Thanks for reading...moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • According to their animals in the chinese zodiac, Zack (rat) was born in 1984 or 1985, Abby (monkey) was born in 1968 or 1969, and Davis (tiger) was born in 1986 or 1987.

    • In the pilot episode, the movie poster found just outside the spare room is Rita Hayworth's Gilda (1946). In this episode, it is replaced with Fred Astaire's 1940 musical film Broadway Qui Danse (aka Broadway Melody of 1940).

    • The flashback of Billie sneaking out of Zack's room and the actual occurrence in the pilot episode do not match. Ryan is wearing an entirely different outfit. A third person is no longer lying on the sofa in the flashback. Several items in the living room are also in the flashback that aren't originally in the pilot. Even the guys' reaction to Billie pointing out that the hooker in the video game's still moving is different.

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Zack: Can you believe that guy?
      Davis: Yeah, he's like a really handsome Darth Vader.

    • Billie: Are people staring at me because I just broke up with the boss and accidentally got impregnated by a 22-year-old on a futon? Or, and this is the one I want you to say, because my hair turned out all bouncy and fun?
      Olivia: Actually, people are staring 'cause you've got a great big hunk of cream cheese on your boob.

    • (Billie enters nursery and finds Zack sitting with his back turned)
      Billie: Whatcha' doin'?
      Zack: Just smiling.
      Billie: (gasps) Oh my God! You're in the middle of going downtown in the alone train. Bye-bye.

    • Billie: I tossed [Zack's] room.
      Abby: You did not!
      Billie: Oh, but I did. I tossed it like a prison guard looking for crack.

    • Ryan: You're gonna close your eyes. We're gonna spin you around. Now, whoever you take a picture of, you gotta try and nail.
      Zack: Wait, wait, wha-- what if it's a dude?
      Davis: Just look interested in what he's saying. Guys looove that.

    • Davis: Good morning, porn star!

    • Olivia: (to Davis) Maybe I should just put a bag over your head, drive you to the middle of the woods, and we can talk there.

    • Davis: Actually, I enjoy the word jumble. I think I'd be really good at writing those.
      James: Are you finished?
      Davis: You mean, am I ifnished?

    • Zack: [Billie's] douche ex-boyfriend got me thinking that I am way over my head.
      Dr. Roland: Well, douche ex-boyfriends are known for their wisdom.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Canada: September 28, 2009 on Citytv
      Latin America: February 11, 2010 on Sony Entertainment Television (a.k.a. Canal Sony)
      United Kingdom: June 17, 2010 on E4
      Slovakia: February 27, 2011 on JOJ

    • Beginning with this episode, Pooch Hall replaces Cory Hardrict for the role of Ryan. This marks Hall's first appearance in a recurring role for the series.