Beautiful People

Season 1 Episode 7

Blow Up

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 19, 2005 on ABC Family
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Blow Up
Lynn is asked by Toby to submit a design for her company's fashion launch and asks Karen to model for her; Julian and Rona discuss their marriage; Sophie and Annabelle compete for a photography internship that is being judged by Gideon's father.

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  • very sad episode!!!!!!!

    it was a sad episode because of what happened with gideon and his father. i dont think it should have went like that with sophie and gideon. she shouldnt have kissed him when she knew that annabelle had feelings for him.i think gideon should be goin out with annabelle, and nicky should be going out with sophie.i know he done that stupid bet but he is totally crazy about her obviously...i would say that it ended brilliant with karen and sophies teacher.such a shock that he is actually a stalker.and i hope that juliun and sophies mother get together soon...moreless
  • Lynn has an opportunity to submit a design for Misura’s fashion launch. Julian and Rona discuss their dysfunctional marriage. Sophie and Annabelle enter a photography competition, which could lead to a summer internship and Karen’s drug habit take a disasmoreless

    Blow Up is the more complex and revealing episodes of this young series. It is centered around a combination photography benefit and competition which of course involves Sophie but the six previous episodes have sown the Manhattan scene with plenty of drama and this hour utilizes that material to provided an entertaining and dramatic hour.

    The most dramatic conflict was between Gideon and his artist father who returns from Europe especially for this episode. We learn that Gideon’s sarcastic and ironic manner is a result of living with the self-important and cruel Tyler Lustig who never met a putdown he wasn’t willing, no anxious, to use on his son. Gideon obviously has internalized his hurt feelings. It wouldn’t do any good to fight back anyway, but when his father attacks Sophie’s artistic ability Gideon rears up and turns his sarcasm and irony on his tormentor.

    The other major conflict is ongoing abuse Karen is putting herself through to get thin enough by not eating and taking dangerous prescription diet pills. Finally managing to get that model interview with Kevin’s agency that she has strove for Karen is pumped up on the diet pills and has lost the unique beauty that got her into modeling in the first place. In total denial Karen is shocked and hurt when she sees the collage Sophie made from the photos she posed for. In her confused state she is helpless when Mr. Stein who has been stalking her since the beginning of the series offers her shelter and some self-esteem.

    The other themes involve Lynn who get a big opportunity but must endure insults for a co-worker, Nicky overhearing his parents talk about divorce and a renewal of the conflict between Sophie and Annabelle.

    And interesting moment occurs after Gideon and Sophie leave the benefit when Nicky defends Gideon to Tyler Lustig saying that Gideon is a “great guy”. Lustig of course brushes aside the opinion of this unknown teenager and Nicky’s father, Julian, defends his son and eventually delivers one of the most deserved right cross to the pompous man’s chin.

    The conclusion where Sophie consoles Gideon following his blow up with his father and in a tender moment shares a kiss is made even more poignant when Gideon expresses his semester long love for Sophie telling her he doesn’t want her affection to come from pity, only from true feelings.

    This little appreciated series has now presented two outstanding episodes in a row. Unfortunately the next episode will end this first season of this summer series just as the audience is inundated with the major networks fall season.

  • When Julian Fisk stood up to Gideons father and punched him for saying that his son could kiss his butt...that was Awesome!! Also, The kiss between Gideon and Sophie was very romantic..Those two make a good couple!!moreless

    Toby asked Lynn and another younger lady to submit a dress for the upcoming fashion show. Lynn and the younger gal have words because Lynn is a good bit older.

    Karen takes more pills and looks awful in this episode and Sophie and Annabelle have words as well because of the night Gideon and Sophie shared (Not doing anything) in the Hamptons.

    Nicky overhears his parents saying that they might split up and goes to Sophie to talk. The art class is asked to submit some photos and Gideons dad is the guest celebrity judge. Karen models for Sophie and the pictures are awful because she is not taking care of herself. Gideon and his dad get into it and a few of the kids go off on him. Julian punches Gid\'s dad. Gideon and Sophie share a kiss while the art teacher goes after Karen and invites her into his home. Karen stands Lynn up (She was suppose to be the fashion model for Lynn's dress) In the end, Lynn's dress gets chosen because she is an awesome designer!!moreless
Cameron Bancroft

Cameron Bancroft

Joe Sepler

Guest Star

Ritchie Coster

Ritchie Coster

Tyler Lustig

Guest Star

Paul Popowich

Paul Popowich


Guest Star

James McCaffrey

James McCaffrey

Julian Fiske

Recurring Role

Michael B. Silver

Michael B. Silver

Mr. Stein

Recurring Role

Kyle Schmid

Kyle Schmid

Evan Frasier

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Rona: How's it going?
      Julian: Do you want the truth or so do you want me to lie?
      Rona: Which one do I usually get?

    • Tyler Lustig: Great artists are born they're not made.
      Gideon Lustig: So are jerks and I guess you are proof of both

    • Mr. Lustig: Oh! Adolescents hard at work. Civilization isn't dead…yet.
      Gideon: Dad, you, uh…remember Annabelle.
      Mr. Lustig: I remember catching you two playing doctor in my shower when you were little once.

    • Paige: Oh spare me the folksy innocent bit Lynn. We all know how you got your job.
      Lynn: Oh?
      Paige: But I guess at your age, you know, I guess you need every trick you can get.

    • Lynn: How do you do that?
      Sophie: Do what?
      Lynn: Manage to always know the right thing to say.
      Sophie: I learned it from you.

    • Karen: I'm going to be hanging in a New York City art gallery
      Lynn: Please tell me with your clothes on.

    • Gideon: Sophie, I've spent the entire semester looking at you, thinking about you, contemplating everything I would give up in life, just to kiss you once or even hold your hand.
      Sophie: Gideon.
      Gideon: I've watched you take your pictures. You're so serious and your face gets all scrunched up adorably just so you can see through the lens. It makes me crazy.
      Sophie: Are you done?
      Gideon: I care about you, Sophie. More than any girl I have ever met. Which is why...I don't want want this, us, to be compromised in any way. I don't want to do this because you feel sorry for me, because you're upset or you see I'm upset. Only do this...if you really mean it. Anything less, would, um...break my heart.

    • Annabella: So, tell me, what did the great master bring you this time?
      Gideon: A bullet casing from the Serbian war, a bloodstained wanted poster of Slobodon Milosevic, and if I shake his girlfriend's hand again, I'm pretty sure a venereal disease.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Mr. Stein quotes Pablo Picasso on Art.

      Pablo Ruiz y Picasso (1881—1973) was a Spanish painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and ceramist, who worked in France. He is generally considered in his technical virtuosity, enormous versatility, and incredible originality and prolificacy to have been the foremost figure in 20th-century art.

    • Gideon mentions "a bloodstained wanted poster of Solbodan Molosevic".

      Solbodan Molosevic is the former President of Serbia during the civil wars in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina that resulted from the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1990's. He is currently on trial before the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia charged with genocide in Bosnia and war crimes in Croatia and Kosovo.