Life Unexpected

Season 2 Episode 13

Affair Remembered

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jan 18, 2011 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Baze struggles with the news of Emma's secret affair, which is now finally out in the open, and it doesn't help matters when Baze's mother asks him to host a birthday party for his father at the bar. Meanwhile, Cate's own stress levels continue to rise as she copes with a personal loss, more major changes at the radio station, and her daughter's resentful behavior. Rumors about Mr. Daniels' relations with a student sweep around school, and admist all the drama, Lux turns to Jones for support.moreless

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  • Spoiler Alert

    If you're the type of reader who usually skips to the final chapter of a novel without reading most of the middle chapters, then this finale is all for you. If, like a normal person, you enjoy journeying to the final page then you may be dissatisfied.

    In the final five minutes of the episode, the series jumps forward two years. We see Ryan with Julia and their son, Lux with Jones and (his ex-girlfriend) Tasha, and Cate with Baze, but no satisfactory explanation as to how the couples got together.

    Sure we can assume what happened. Ryan and Cate decide to end thing amicably. He rushes to support Julia, and she finally agrees to marry him. Cate puts on a brave face as she continues to see Ryan at work on a daily basis. At some point (probably too soon, and still not soon enough), she and Baze find themselves once again in the loft above the Open Bar. They are, of course, drinking; confidences are shared, as are kisses, and they, too, finally agree to settle down.

    This may be exactly what the writers had in mind, but why should the audience have to imagine it all? We've watched Ryan and Cate's disastrous marriage for all thirteen episodes of season two, only to have them married to two other characters in the last five minutes. It makes you wonder why you even cared about their relationship, or about Baze's and Emma's.

    In the end, all I really needed was one scene showing Cate and Baze deciding to be together. The jump forward felt cheap and their final kiss unearned.moreless
  • great but the ending was not expected

    For the most part I have really liked this show and series. There are some really messed up parts of the show but I guess that's just part of it, like how messed up some of the characters are, lying, cheating, having affairs, illegal relationships. It's a pretty good drama overall. This episode was really good, but Baze and Cate hooking up after 2 years!?! I mean Come on! What was wrong with Cate and Ryan? I don't think that was suppose to happen. Now for Lux and abercrombie that was alot more likely and feasible. I have no clue why Ryan and Cate couldn't work. Personally neither of two guys could hangle Cate, as she was pretty crazy and insecure about everything. Just a train wreck.moreless
  • Lux bows out with a focus on important relationships, character development and a bittersweet ending.

    Series finales should be for the fans and in that respect, LIFE UNEXPECTED's final episode delivered. Touching upon every subject that could possibly be important for the viewers, the finale didn't shy away from calling the waterworks and upping the toothache. It's often dangerous to play this many dramatic scenes and try to make them work. I'm not a fan of the show so these moments full of character revelations bare way less meaning to me, yet any finale can drown in the sea of self-pity and search for resolution. Affair Remembered however, did not. Mostly thanks to Britt's powerful acting, most scenes felt truthful to the story and loyal to the fans. From Baze moving on from his comparisons to his father to Lux finally expressing her fears and doubts to those who love her, the episode serves as a great final chapter. For me it worked too, because even in its final moments the show left to wonder who Kate would end up with, which, especially for a series finale, is a trick. I have only seen the premieres and finales of the show but even I felt content with how it all ended. This is not a show that ends with the shocking return of a character who turns out to be pregnant, instead it ends gracefully two years later when everything is said and done. Even if we had those season in between it would not have ended differently.

    An episode that was true to the show's hart, honest, emotional and by for not ready to stop beating.moreless
  • Good, but did they have to end it with an annoying flash forward that ruins things? Leave good enough alone!

    I would have given this show a 9.5 if the last 5 minutes didn't exist. The episode started off a bit shaky but developed into some great stuff. To start with, Cate and Lux fought some more, but then made up - great. Cate also came to terms with her no-baby condition and Ryan told her he loved her for her...and they even had their show together again! Awesome!

    Baze got mad at his dad more but then decided to be the bigger man and not make that dumb toast - good. He also decided to not be with Emma - amazing (other than they made out first, which made me nervous that he'd get back with her). After being a *cough* like she usually is, Lux finally shaped up, and the talk she had with Jones was sweet. Then at the end of the episode there was that great scene with everyone having fun in the bar ... but then the whole thing went to crap.

    Seriously, they did not need the stupid storyline with Julia or whatever having Ryan's kid. They already showed us Cate and Ryan making up and being happy together. Then the flasth forward? Oh come on. Ryan with Julia? Who he said he was over? And Cate with Baze, after the whole first season showed them liking each other, then not, then kinda. They were through with that phase ... but then got back together? Completely unnecessary. I did like Jones with Lux though, that was cute. Oh and "two years later" made no sense since it's only a year and four months.

    I know the flash forward showed that even if everything ends up differently people can still be friends/family, but still...I would have much preferred the ending at the bar (minus Julia having Ryan's kid). I almost wish last episode would have been the finale, it had good drama!moreless
  • Quite simply, the best ending to a show i've ever seen.

    So.. i love this show. I love how it's honest and unique and feels real. I was sad to hear that it was coming to an end, but this has to be one of the best ending's to a show i have ever seen. There were sad moments, and there were happy moments, and i don't mind saying that both brought tears to my eyes. But my tears at the end of this show were for all the right reasons. I love happily ever afters. This is definitely the way Life Unexpected should have finished. If they couldn't continue it for us,.. at least they gave us closure.moreless
Brenna O'Brien

Brenna O'Brien


Guest Star

Ingrid Torrance

Ingrid Torrance


Guest Star

Gharrett Paon

Gharrett Paon


Guest Star

Lucia Walters

Lucia Walters


Recurring Role

Austin Butler

Austin Butler


Recurring Role

Robin Thomas

Robin Thomas

Jack Bazile

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Lux: Cate you don't ... know what it's like to feel so, broken inside that no matter what you do, no matter what anyone else does it- it can't be fixed.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 on AXN
      Slovakia: Sunday, September 4, 2011 on JOJ

    • Featured Music:
      "Avenida de Conejo" by Edward Smith
      "Back From Beyond" by Kid Harpoon
      "Back Track" by Edward Smith & David Patt
      "Belong" by Cary Brothers
      "Love Me Like The World Is Ending" by Ben Lee
      "Not The Same As Yesterday" by The New Hotness
      "That's How It Is" by Paul Freeman
      "You and Me" by Elizabeth & The Catapult