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Life Unexpected

Season 1 Episode 4

Bong Intercepted

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 08, 2010 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Lux gets suspended from school, and Cate tries to convince the Principal to give Lux a second chance. Unfortunately, Cate's involvement makes the situation worse for Lux. Meanwhile, Baze feels insulted when Cate and Ryan host a radio event at the bar across the street instead of his bar.moreless

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  • Lux surprised me here.

    She didn't come off as the type that would care about what other people thought about her, or would even try to suck up to anyone just to claim a friend. I don't understand why she would feel the need to lie. It's surprising how each time I grow to resent Cate's character. The more I try to like her, the difficult I find it, when she treats her ex like a poppet and tries to portray herself as the ideal role model for Lux. Cate and Bazile are in the same stance, they weren't mature as teenagers to raise a child, and even if Bazile should have taken more responsibility then, he has done more than what was expected of him now.

    Cate paints this picture of Bazile that makes him out to be a horrible dad and a no good, when all Bazile wants to do is try. Try to be a good father as an adult, try to love his child more than his own life and try to work on his job to improve and make an example out of himself. Cate hasn't even given him a chance and consistently sees him as the no good dad who can't do anything for himself.

    I understand that Cate is hurting and that's probably the only way she could deal with her conflicting emotions. She would not have slept with Bazile if she didn't harbor feelings for him. I believe it is the guilt of her 'fling' that causes her to act like a spoiled shrew around him. Her fiancee is even more likable than she is at this point.

    Anyway, Lux reminds me more of Bazile ironically. She has her defects, but she wears her heart on her sleeve and she always means the best. I actually admire her responsibility for her age. Selling a bong to make ends meet for a father she just met, was honorable indeed and she has earned her stripes. Cate definitely wants the best for Lux, which probably explained the 'well-rounded' school in her opinion, but what about Lux's friends that are like her family. I would want to have some good plots headed their way. They play an essential part in Lux's life and who she is, yet they are hardly ever screened.

    We are only a few episodes into this series and I am already interested, to an extent. I just want Cate to smooth out her difficult personality that keeps me from loving her. She needs to be open to her fiancee and Bazile as to where she stands with her life and relationships. Booking a bar directly opposite your ex's place, knowing how much he would need the cash was selfish indeed. She possibly even booked the venue on purpose. Those are the barriers which I haven't tolerated lately when dealing with Cate. It probably explains why Lux and Cate have been fighting so much lately.

    Lexa Reviews



    Four Stars

    Grade C+

  • Another good episode

    In this episode of Life Unexpected, the following happens. Lux gets suspended from school for selling Baze's bong lamp. And so Cate goes to the school to try and sort everything out. But it only makes matters worse, as everyone in school learns that Lux has been lying about her past.

    At an event held in Baze's bar, but hosted by Cate, Ryan and the radio station, Lux outs them as a couple. As both mother and daughter struggling with their relationship, Cate gives Lux an ultimatum, either stay with them or they will try and find her somewhere else to stay. As she heads home, worried that Lux has gone, Cate heads to Lux's bedroom and finds her there, asleep on the bed.moreless
  • Personal information gets out and tempers flare.

    In last week's episode Lux sold Baze's gift of the Jerry Garcia bong lamp to gather the money for his needed rent on the bar. The lamp is intercepted and labeled as 'drug paraphenalia' at school so Lux is suspended for five days. In an attempt to set things 'right', Cate shares Lux' files with the principal and the information inside falls into the wrong hands....a jealous student's. In retaliation for what she percieves to be an invasion of her privacy, Lux angrily 'outs' Cate and Ryan's engagement at a radio station event held in Baze's bar. Later, Baze tells Lux she needs to make things right, Cate gives her an ultamatum....but it's Math that reminds Lux of what she has always wanted and what she has gotten.

    I had to watch this one twice before I felt comfortable enough to review it. I originally found the use of Lux' Santa letter to be predictably cloying and manipulative. Given her history with foster homes and social workers, the full file of little kid projects and writings fell flat. Too many changing hands to think that anyone would save all that. But then I remembered that this is television. They make up their own reality. And so it was right. How else to remind Lux that she wasn't asking for perfect parents...just ones that would work hard and love her. And with Math's help, she is reminded that that is exactly what she has gotten. Their scene together was the most sensitive and realistic of the episode. I love Math. Still loving this show though. There were cracks tonight. Cracks in Lux' character as she is revealed to not be the accepting, well adjusted teen she has been presented as thus far. She is still smart and level headed - bu also capable of being rash and hot headed as well. And I liked Cate tonight. I liked what she had to say to Lux about doing the best that she can and if Lux couldn't handle that, then they needed to make other arrangements. Spot on. But I missed what has captivated me in other episodes...the twist that goes in the opposite direction that you think it will. Maybe next week?moreless
  • Lux gets suspended for selling "drug paraphernalia" at school. Cate gives Lux's personal file to the Principal to get her unsuspended, but all the info gets around school. Lux goes ballistic and outs Cate. Baze gets the radio station promo at his bar.moreless

    A little painful to watch at times, but they managed to bring everything back around to a happy place in the end. That seems to be the plot rules at this point. So far Cate, the responsible one is messing up left and right. OK, Lux giving out the information was much worse as it was vindictive, but she's a teenager and even though Cate had good intentions that information was private and had no business being in someone else's possession.

    How many episodes are we going to see where Cate screws up, Lux gets mad and either tries to leave or does something unruly, and then Cate apologizes all the while Baze, of all people is the voice of reason? We've had one to many already!

    I am enjoying this new series and it certainly has tremendous potential. They sort of messed up Lux's new school situation so it will be interesting to see how and when that will get better. Math is a great guy and a good teacher. They're all lucky to have him. His talk with Lux was one of the highlights of the show tonight.

    Baze is the most interesting character to me at this point. He has so much potential to screw up or do good and I think it will be fun just to watch each week to see which it will be.

    A fun show with great potential. I think we may see Life Unexpected for a few years at least. Thanks for reading...moreless
Merritt Patterson

Merritt Patterson


Guest Star

Merrilyn Gann

Merrilyn Gann

Principal Dugan

Guest Star

Anna Mae Routledge

Anna Mae Routledge


Guest Star

Reggie Austin

Reggie Austin


Recurring Role

Erin Karpluk

Erin Karpluk


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: At the beginning of the Drink A Date event at Open Bar, Baze is talking to Cate, filling shot glasses, and passing them out to customers. As the camera angle changes, some of the shot glasses change position on the bar.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Cate: I didn't expect to see you here, but...I did want to talk to you about last night, about what happened.
      Lux: Me, too.
      Cate: Yeah, I was up all night thinking about it. Um...I just don't know how many more times I can say that I'm trying. You know, I can only do what I think is right. I didn't out you on purpose. I didn't Xerox your letter. I didn't stick it on your locker. That wasn't me. But last night, you grabbed that mic on purpose, and this is my career, and Ryan's, and I just don't know if...
      Lux: Don't know if what? Don't know what, Cate?
      Cate: I can't do this, Lux. I mean, not this way. This isn't working. I don't know what else to say to you that I haven't already said. Look, I know that you have been through a lot in your life, and I have a lot to learn about being with you, but right now, I don't know how to do this any better than I'm doing it. You know, even with all of that, you still keep pushing me away. You keep leaving. I mean, it just feels like ever since you got here, all you've done is leave, and if you don't want to be with me...you know, we can call Fern. We can get Baze approved. We can find you someone else. We will figure it out, because...I'm just, I'm not a perfect mom. You know, this is my best, and so at some point, you know, you're just gonna have to take it or leave it. It's up to you.

    • Cate: (about the Santa letter that Lux wrote at age 8) Okay, I know that right now, this seems like a really big deal, and I am not saying that it isn't, but that letter...that letter was sweet. Anyone who reads it would see that.
      Lux: It's not sweet. It's sad. While other kids were asking for Play Stations and Barbie dream houses, I was asking for parents.
      Cate: Right, which is understandable, because that is what you wanted.
      Lux: Right. But no one wanted me, and now the whole school knows that.
      Cate: Lux--
      Lux: No! Don't you understand what I'm saying? Not a single person ever, in 16 years, wanted me! Out of all the foster homes, out of all the parents that stood outside that chain-linked fence and watched us play like, like we didn't know what was going on, they picked out kids like we were puppies...or cars. But nobody ever chose me, including you. So...so don't tell me that this isn't a big deal, or that you understand how I feel, because you don't!

    • Lux: (voiceover, from her letter to Santa) I want parents. Two parents. They don't always have to say stuff right and do stuff right. It's okay if they don't. They just have to be nice people...who will try. So if there are two people out there for me, Santa, please tell them that I'm here. I'm waiting for them, and I love them already.

    • (after reading about Lux's ideal father in her letter to Santa)
      Baze: Ahh, I'm a complete loser.
      Jamie: Loser's a bit strong, let's just say there's room for improvement.
      Baze: This guy she's describing, that's not me.
      Jamie: What's Cate's dude's name?
      Baze: Ryan...why?
      Jamie: No reason.
      Baze: Why? Because he's some famous radio host and I'm the owner of a crappy dive bar that's about to go under? He can afford to take Lux to Disney World. I can't even afford to take her to a Disney movie.
      Jamie: You could take her...if she pays.

    • Ryan: (reading Lux's childhood letter to Santa) I want one mom and one dad. My mom should be pretty, funny, smart, and cook. Well, three out of four ain't bad.
      Cate: Oh, I like to cook.
      Ryan: Oh, right. You just suck at it.

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "Airplane Eyes" by The Upsidedown
      "Here is a Heart" by Jenny Owens Young
      "Kite Song" by Rosie Thomas
      "Mail It Off To You" by Dirtminers
      "Pepper Spray" by The Upsidedown
      "Sing" by Ben Lee
      "When You Were a Millionaire" by Eames Era

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: Tuesday, April 27, 2010 on AXN
      United Kingdom: Sunday, October 10, 2010 on E4/E4 HD
      Malaysia: Thursday, July 8, 2010 on Hallmark
      Slovakia: Sunday, May 15, 2011 on JOJ


    • Math: (to Lux and Brynn as they talk in class) Girls, I assume you're discussing The Grapes of Wrath, we'd all like to hear your thoughts.

      The Grapes of Wrath is a 1939 novel by John Steinbeck about a family of poor sharecroppers during the Great Depression.