Kyle XY

Season 2 Episode 17

Grounded

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 04, 2008 on ABC Family
9.3
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A social worker visits to examine the family's relationship with Kyle, while Kyle tries to hide Amanda from Stephen and Nicole.

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  • Family inspection!!

    9.5
    Mrs. Bloom files a complaint with a social worker, who comes to inspect the Tragers and Kyle. Amanda spends the night with Kyle instead of going on her flight to New York. When the worker comes, Lori must get beer out of her room and Kyle needs to get Amanda out. Jessi comes later and complicates things. Declan and Josh help Lori out. Amanda and Jessi fight about Kyle. When Amanda is escaping, Mrs. Bloom catches her at the front door. They argue and things seem to be going wrong. Josh and Lori help Kyle's room by putting a real bed in there (the cases of beer with a sheet over it). The kids are all still grounded, but they passed the inspection. Jessi finds the record, "She Could Be You" and gives it to Kyle. The social worker is working for the weird company thingy.



    This episode was great! I don't like how Jessi makes things sound worse than they are with Amanda. I also think Mrs. Bloom is too hard on Amanda. I really don't get what's with that company or whatever though. This episode gets a 9.5 out of 10!moreless
  • Another well-acted episode!

    9.4
    Another excellent episode and shows that the family that lives together does indeed stay together. As a social worker tries to see Kyle's relationship with his family. And how he loves them. Shows you that he does care as the family cares about him. Because Kyle considers the Taggers his real family, which I like a lot. Declan and Lori really seem to be a cute couple like Kyle and Amanda are evolving around. Jessi sometimes gets on the nerves of people. But that is what she is there to do. Or else she wouldn't be in the show. But other than that, a well-acted and well-written show!moreless
  • A screwball comedy: improbable but entertaining

    8.0
    I enjoyed this episode quite a bit, but as always the writing could be sharpened and made more consistent. The comments are made as bullet points but the site won't arrange them right, so pardon the compressed look here. Blech. *I was mildly offended by much of the 'social worker' shtick, but since I was pretty sure she was a plant of outside forces I tried not to let it get to me. *The Kyle XY writers think if you say the wrong answer often enough it will distract the viewers. It was obvious within a few minutes that Carol Bloom did not call Social Services, because everyone mentioned that it must have been her a million times.

    Which leads to the further question:

    *Given everything that's happened to these people, including the creation of an entire fake family and history for Kyle by Adam, it's astonishing beyond belief that they don't check the social worker's bona fides better. *Amanda and Laurie work out the sartorial virgin/slut dichotomy. It was a big relief when Amanda showed up in a normal tank top at the end.

    *Kyle's monologues have been annoying since around the midpoint of season one. We can figure out the episode's theme, thank you. *Josh and Laurie's relationship, again weird. Try knocking when you walk into your sister's room. *Weekly Sexism Alert: Declan rides in to save "damsel in distress," complete with asking for sexual favors as a reward for his exploits. But he was sort of joking so it was...okay.... Then Laurie apologized for daring to make a snide remark about it, because God forbid she would ever be right. *Can no one on this show explain anything convincingly? Kyle's place in the family is really something that Nicole can put a much better spin on than she does. Same goes for his continuing brush-offs of Jessi.

    *Kyle is a super-genius and he's been living in our society for almost a year. Yet he still can't understand expressions like 'shirt off your back' or 'keep on your toes' (which I'm sure I've heard him use before, actually). This is a funny trope but it just doesn't make too much sense. *Jessi was used well and she really had a point this week. Kyle has a responsibility to her. He used to be so obsessed with finding out about himself and now the moment the chance comes his way he just wants to be normal. Brian Taylor is also clearly trying to turn them against each other. But Ladnoc is acting without his knowledge which means he's out of the loop for some reason (being a duplicitous putz?)

    *Ladnoc: Holds Its Meetings In The Dark, But That's Okay Because It Can Light The Room With The Unholy Glow of Its All-Whiteness. Which differs so much from the rest of the cast.

    *I was about to go after ABC Family for product placement with "She Could Be You." It sounds nothing like it was produced in the mid-eighties, plus there was a clear shot of the artist on Brian's record. But turns out it isn't (yet) a real single. Until next week, don't use your windows as doors.moreless
  • Sweet, funny and frustrating.

    10
    it was sweet - especially at the begining with Kyle and Amanda. their innocence mixed with passion was both amusing and touching. I love their scenes. especially ones like that. the part with the social worker was funny - especially with all they had tried to keep their secrets and also very touching because they were doing it all for Kyle. it also was another proof of the depth of Lori and Declans relationship as well as Declans friendship to Kyle. and also Josh was at his best. the frustrating part was Jessie. she is not necessarly the villain in here but she is incredibly selfish. and there is also another player to this whole game. I wonder how this one will turn out.moreless
  • Finally seeing plot twists and mysteries worth keeping my attention!

    10
    I have to admit I was little disappointed by the first episodes. They barely kept my attention, but that's because I love how Kyle's family members interact with each other, it's certainly different and puts a refreshing and hilarious perspective on the whole husband, wife, 2.5 children dream American family. The first few episodes dealt with Kyle's family trying to go back to how they were before knowing Kyle's secret, and finally it seems they are learning that it's more difficult than they expected. Like stated before this episode finally picks up on having multiple storylines, and dramatic irony (audience knows more than the characters).



    In this particular episode, I like how Lori is opening up a bit more about how she feels about Declan. Although I found it pretty weird that Josh was rooting for Declan and hoping that she would give Declan a chance. A little out of character, but I guess in a way it's actually character development. Jessie on the other hand seems to be spiraling out of control and I really can't wait to see what will happen to her. Really this episode, and also the one before this one, opened up new views and perspectives that have very good potential for future episodes.



    In conclusion, this episode has set a newfound interest that's reminiscent of the first season, but still with more character development and what appears to be a good storyline.moreless
Anna Galvin

Anna Galvin

Constance Berlinger

Guest Star

Martin Cummins

Martin Cummins

Brian Taylor

Recurring Role

Teryl Rothery

Teryl Rothery

Carol Bloom

Recurring Role

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  • QUOTES (13)

    • (Talking about Amanda staying the night in Kyle's room)
      Josh: Where did she sleep?
      Kyle: My tub.
      Lori: Where did you sleep?
      Kyle: My tub.
      Josh: You dog!

    • Jessi: I am more like you than any of these people here. More than the Tragers and more than Amanda.
      Kyle: Why do you have to make this a competition?
      Jessi: There should be no competition!

    • Lori: (finding Amanda and Kyle together) Amanda Bloom, you little stowaway.

    • (Josh and Lori talking after the social worker has left)
      Josh: On the saving your bacon scale I'd say he scored about a 9.
      Lori: 8.5. What's your point?
      Josh: Nothing. I know I'm a new player in the great game of adolescent relationships, but if you ask me, I'd say the big-D is carrying the proverbial torch. Yessiree. He has tasted from the fountain of Lor and he wants to dive right...
      Lori: Finish that sentence and I guarantee they will never find the body.

    • (Declan is helping Lori get rid of her beer)
      Josh: (to Declan) I must say I'm impressed. You coming in here and helping Lori out, even though she's still closed for business.
      Lori: (hits Josh) Jerk!
      Josh: Oh, smart. Leave a bruise with the social worker present.

    • (Kyle listens in on Nicole and the social worker from the other room)
      Stephen: You realize that eavesdropping is an invasion of privacy, and that me asking you to do it is unacceptable parenting, right?
      Kyle: Right.
      Stephen: Good, what'd she say now?

    • Josh: I have to hide all my porn!
      Kyle: She's gonna search the house?
      Lori: Oh, yeah, social worker is basically a fancy title for snoop.
      Kyle: What is she looking for?
      Josh: Weapons of mass destruction. (nodding his head) Guns, sex toys, drugs, booze.
      Lori: (gasping) Oh, no!
      Josh: Relax, dad flushed his pot stash, remember?
      Lori: I'm not worried about dad.
      Kyle: You have a pot stash now?

    • Kyle: Maybe you're underestimating your mother, she might surprise you.
      Amanda: I appreciate the optimism, but I expect blood curdling screams followed by frothing at the mouth.

    • Nicole: I think Kyle mistook getting grounded for being in prison.
      Lori: There's a difference?

    • Kyle: How could doing something so wrong, feel so right?

    • Amanda: Let me sleep on the floor.
      Kyle: You don't like the tub?
      Amanda: No! I'm sorry I'm just trying to be polite.
      Kyle: How is sleeping on the floor polite?
      Amanda: I don't wanna take your tub from you.
      Kyle: But I want you to have it, not unless you don't like it.
      Amanda: Why won't I like it?
      Kyle: It's a tub...
      Amanda: It's your tub, I'll love it.

    • (Kyle gives Amanda the shirt off his back)
      Kyle: What's the matter?
      Amanda: What do you mean?
      Kyle: Your cheeks are getting pinker.
      Amanda: Are they?
      Kyle: And your body temperature is climbing.
      (Amanda smiles awkwardly and then turns away.)

    • Amanda: My mom is gonna kill me.
      Kyle: Maybe your mom will understand when you explain it to her.
      Amanda: Key word: 'understand' - she's not capable of.

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