Season 4 Episode 17

The Graduate

Aired Unknown Apr 24, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Felicity is able to graduate because Professor Carnes fails her on the paper, but lets her pass the class. Ben asks Felicity to marry him, and she accepts. Ben receives a call in the middle of the night and learns that Lauren has gone into labor in Philadelphia. He catches a train and is present at the birth of his son, Andrew. Felicity's parents come to town for graduation. Her father rags on her for deciding to live with Ben in New York, and accuses her of always following Ben. Felicity angrily announces her engagement. Ben returns and admits that it was very difficult to leave his son. Richard inadvertently blabs about Ben's child and the Arizona move to Felicity's father. Dr. Porter confronts Ben and expresses disapproval about the engagement (among other things).moreless

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    Joyce Guy

    Joyce Guy


    Guest Star

    Danielle Kirlin

    Danielle Kirlin

    Flight Attendant

    Guest Star

    Christopher Allport

    Christopher Allport

    Dominic Webb

    Recurring Role

    Robert Patrick Benedict

    Robert Patrick Benedict

    Richard Coad

    Recurring Role

    Erich Anderson

    Erich Anderson

    Dr. Edward Porter

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • In this episode, Felicity is back to Palo Alto, California. It is the first time since the Pilot (Season 1's first episode) that we can see Felicity and Ben in California.

      • In the scene with Felicity and her parents at the restaurant, the very first frontal clip of Felicity is a mirror image. You can see it on the text at the can on the table.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Felicity: Do you ever wonder what would have happened if you and I....?
        Noel (smiling): Never.

      • Felicity (Making a Tape for Ben): Dear Ben. This wasn't the way it was supposed to end. But you know that. At least, I know you used to. It doesn't seem that long ago that I thought we'd be spending the rest of our lives together. Six months later and you're in Arizona and I'm here in Palo Alto, and somehow it's okay, It's actually good. Just so you know, everyone's doing great. Sean and Noel have like a real business. They're happy. And Meghan, despite her issues. still wants to be a psychiatrist. She'll probably be amazing at it. I'll probably become her first client. It's ironic how sometimes the thing you're fighting is yourself. After everything, despite everything, I realized I wanted to become a doctor. Of course my parents couldn't be happier. But now I know I'm not doing it for them. I'm doing it for me, so maybe I can make a difference. So who knows, Ben? Maybe we'll both be doctors. Anyway, I know you're busy but..um, give me a call or write me a letter or send me a tape. I'd love to hear your voice. Love always, Felicity.

    • NOTES (2)

      • Featured Music:
        "Lay Your Weary Body" by Gigolo Aunts
        "Seven Sad Mondays" by Gus
        "End of May" - The Actual Tigers
        "Flake" by Jack Johnson
        "Say You Believe" by Julianne Richards
        "Casual Viewin'" by 54-40
        "Here Nor There" by Andy Stochansky
        "King of Yesterday" by Jude
        "Waiting" by Maren Ord

      • At the time this episode was produced, it was not yet known if the WB would make good on its promise to run a full 22-episode season, as the network had considered cutting back the order. Therefore, this episode was written as a potential series finale (which it should have been).

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • Ben: (To Felicity) You were right. It was my turn.

        That line, which is the last line for this episode, was the long waited right reply for Felicity's line at the middle of the episode "I have been following you for four years. I mean... it's your turn now."

      • Felicity wrote at the closet in her dorm "Felicity Porter '02" on its wall. just like she did in her dorm room at the end of her freshman year, 4 years ago in season one episode 22 "Felicity Was Here."

      • Noel: Well, You Know, historically, your parents have been, um, overbearing, controlling, crazy people.

        The funny thing that's the first time Noel met Felicity's parents, he called them "overbearing parents". That was like 4 years ago, season one episode 2 "The Last Stand."