Life As We Know It

Season 1 Episode 6

Natural Disasters

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Aired Thursday 12:00 AM Dec 02, 2004 on ABC
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After Jonathan and Dino find out about Ben's relationship with Ms. Young, Ben grows tired of living in secrecy and begins to develop feelings for someone his own age, to which Ms. Young reacts badly. Jackie makes a new friend from an unlikely place. Dino decides to take things to the next level with Zoe at the dance. Also Jonathan and Deb try to hook up Ben and Sue by claiming they should all go to the dance together as a "group thing".moreless

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  • The developing relationship between Ms. young and Ben comes to a standstill when he realises that the secrecy is beginning to take its toll. Dancing with Sue provided more pleasure than sex with his teacher.moreless

    9.1
    This episode purely epitomises what adolescent life is like; Ben's sordid encounters, brooding Dino's sensitivity and the realisation that all good things come to an end. The metaphor of the "natural disasters" continues throughout with Max's earthquake coinciding with the earthquake that is also shaking up their lives, especially the Whitman family. Even though Dino knows he's scored a hot girl like Zoe, he can't help but miss Jackie. She tries to move on and attends Alateen, where she meets Matt. The homecoming dance beckons them, and as Ben dances with Sue, he feels more satisfaction in doing that compared to sex with Ms. Young.moreless
  • Sue-Ben-Ms. Young?!

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    Well Jonathan and Dino find out about what's up with Ben. At school the next day. Jonathan and Dino start asking Ben about it. And Ben tells them what exactlly is going on. Jonathan and Deborah decide to take a limo to the dance, but they need people to go with them to pay for the limo. Deborah and Jonathan get Ben and Sue to go together. At the dance Sue and Ben dance while Ms. Young is kind off stalking them. When the dance is over Sue invites Ben to an after party, Ben almost says yes when he sees Ms. Young looking at him. He quickly says no. when he goes to Ms. Young he breaks things up with her and when he is going to Sue. He sees Sue with some guy.moreless
Samm Levine

Samm Levine

Bernard Sachs

Guest Star

Joshua Close

Joshua Close

Matt Gleason

Guest Star

Nick Lashaway

Nick Lashaway

Christopher Flynn

Guest Star

Jessica Harmon

Jessica Harmon

Zoë Cresswell

Recurring Role

Carly McKillip

Carly McKillip

Ali O'Keefe

Recurring Role

Evan Smith

Evan Smith

Max Whitman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • How did Dino get to school so fast when Jonathan called him? In "Secrets and Lies," Dino mentions that he has to take three different buses to get to school.

    • There's a major anarchism in Max's earthquake model. The Space Needle wasn't built until between 1967-1969, two decades after the major earthquake Max recreates.

  • QUOTES (9)

  • NOTES (2)

    • ABC ordered four additional scripts for Life As We Know It a week before "Natural Disasters" aired. ABC also struck a deal to air repeats of the show on MTV in three-hour blocks on Nov. 27 and Dec. 4.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      "Talk With Me, Dance With Me" by Hot Hot Heat
      "Rock Me" by Liz Phair
      "Cannonball" by Damien Rice
      "Seconds of Pleasure" by Van Hunt
      "Beautiful When You're Mad" by Out of Your Mouth
      "Does He Love You?" by Rilo Kiley
      "One Thing" by Finger Eleven

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Jonathan: It's like that evil guy in Harry Potter.

      Harry Potter is famous series of novels written by J.K. Rowling about an adolescent wizard and his adventures against Voldemort.

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