Life Unexpected

Season 1 Episode 10

Family Therapized

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Mar 22, 2010 on The CW
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Episode Summary

Lux, Cate, and Ryan get in trouble with the social worker after the police pick up Lux and Bug for a curfew violation. The social worker decides to reevaluate Cate and Baze's custody of Lux. Meanwhile, to try to support Lux, Cate offers Bug a job at the radio station but once again ends up disappointing Lux.moreless

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  • Very emotional episode

    In this episode of Life Unexpected, the following happens. When Lux's social worker learns that she has been in trouble and has broken her curfew, she calls Lux, Cate and Baze in, to re assess the situation. But during this session, they have a break through when Lux tells Cate how bad her childhood was and how lonely it was.

    And because of this breakthrough they are able to keep Lux. Ryan helps Lux and manages to convince her to move back to Cate's. And so mother and daughter are reunited. Baze gets Bug a job in his bar, so that he can pay his rent. And so that Lux and Baze can get even closer. As the episode ends, we see Cate and Ryan making up.moreless
  • This one hit a bit too close to home.

    As an adoptive parent I have been trying to overlook the 'unrealistic' aspects of Lux's story. (Blond blue eyed baby girl NOT adopted?? Even with a serious heart murmur? Come on....) I have been enjoying watching this family come together and the trials and tribulations of dealing with a teen. I guess I have fallen into the rut with it all but this particular episode dealt me a surprising sucker punch. I took Lux's obnoxious behavior as being part of the whiney, egocentric teen persona. But when she stood up and revealed that her inability to forgive Kate is rooted in her sense of anger and loss at being given away at birth? Wooo. I have spent the last week reaching out to my own kids to see what their feelings are. To a point that THEY are impatient with me. With that said, I am looking forward to seeing more of how this relationship continues. The one thing about this show is that the characters do NOT wrap everything up in a nice neat box and put a bow on the top. As for Baze and Abby? Ewww.moreless
  • A good episode...

    I admit that I'm a fan of this series... Sure the story line of Lux being mad at Cate and Baze is getting old but in real life, who couldn't harbor such monumental feelings of insecurity? Anyways, the fact that Lux finally opened up to Cate means that this show is going somewhere and is developing into a better show.

    Okay so after this episode I kind of liked the character of Bug a little more because he is trying, even though I still am a Cate and Baze fan, I'm happy that Cate and Ryan are back together. I think that Baze needs to mature a little more, and he clearly is heading in that direction when he says that he won't stop trying to be Lux's dad. As for Lux, she annoyed me most of the episode, but when I found out why she was always mad at Cate, I kind of felt sympathetic towards her character... So overall, I think that this was a good episode with developing the characters :) Kudos to the writers and actorsmoreless
  • A transition episode?

    Ok, this was pretty much the working definition of a mediocre episode. The question is why? Let's hope it is the transition point for something bigger and better because at this point a lot of plot lines that were getting old *may* have finally been put to rest.

    The strained relationship between Cate and Ryan seemed healed. Bug seems back in the picture to stay for awhile. (Just a guess but look for him to be pushed more into the "friend zone" as the season goes and Jones reenters.) The whole, "boo-hoo we are incredibly inept parents" theme may finally recede into the background.

    Time to move on. Looking forward to see if it is in a positive direction.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (6)

    • Fern: (to Cate and Baze after an emotional confrontation with Lux) I know it doesn't feel like it, but what you had today was a breakthrough. Trust me. I've seen other kids have moments of honesty like this, and that's usually when things take a turn for the better. I know that you tried to shoulder the blame, but it doesn't belong with you. I'm not going to remove Lux from you care. If anything, this shows me that you're a real family, with all the bumps and bruises that a teenager brings, like anyone. And as far as I'm concerned, you two should start the process of having your parental rights reinstated.
      Baze: Really?
      Cate: Is there, is there really a chance at that?
      Fern: In my opinion, yes. I can see how much she means to you, and that all three of you are committed to making this work...perhaps Lux most of all. It was a hard thing she did, saying that. She risked losing you all over again.
      Cate: (crying) She doesn't need to worry about that, ever.
      Fern: You don't have to convince me. Convince Lux.

    • Fern: That's what this is really about, right? Cate not being there?
      Lux: I say yes, and what? You send me away to live with someone else? I don't want to live with someone else. I want to work it out with Cate and Baze. I just...
      Fern: Look, I'm the one who's going to decide if you stay together, but ultimately, it's not up to me. It's up to you. If you can't be straight with me, you're never gonna be straight with Cate and Baze, and then you'll be right back on my couch six months from now, so when you say that Cate wasn't there for you, tell her what you mean.
      Lux: (long pause, turns to Cate) Where were you?
      Cate: What?
      Lux: I was out there my whole life. Where were you all that time? You never even checked. You never wondered what had happened, if I was okay?
      Cate: I...I mean, I...I didn't really think that I had to worry, because they told me that you were gonna be adopted, that you were gonna have a better life. I really, I really thought that I was doing what was right for you.
      Lux: It wasn't for me. If it was for me, you would have checked! But you did it for you. You did the right thing for you!
      Baze: Lux, it's not all on Cate. I wasn't there exactly, either.
      Lux: Yeah, but you didn't know, and nobody who knew you would have expected you to be there.
      Cate: I was sixteen years old. You know, I didn't have anyone to turn to. You know my mother. She was drinking her way through another divorce. I even wrote a letter to my father, but when I realized that I didn't know where to send know, that's when it hit me. I had no idea what a good parent was. There was just no way that I could be one. Not at sixteen.
      Lux: Then...what about a few years after that, when I was three and stuck in a hospital where no one visited? Or two years after that, when my foster mother shoved me into a wall and told the social worker that I fell off a swing? Where were you? We used to make up these stories about why we were given up, because we didn't want to believe that our parents, our mothers, could hold us--their babies--and just give us up! But you did. You gave me away to nothing, like I didn't matter to you, because I didn't!
      Cate: No, no, Lux. You do. You matter now.
      Lux: No.
      Cate: No, Lux. You matter. You do. You matter now, Lux!
      Lux: No! (stands up) Now doesn't count! I...I'm sorry. I don't forgive you, Cate. I don't. (walks out)

    • Lux: I know I seem like I'm okay, but I'm more messed up inside than you realize. And the truth is, I don't forgive you. I don't know when I'll ever be able to forgive you.
      Cate: Lux, you don't have to. You don't ever have to forgive me. I'm never gonna be able to forgive me. I just want a chance to make it right with you. Will you tell me what I have to do to make it right?
      Lux: Let me come home.

    • Baze: Lux said something about your dad. Is he in the picture?
      Bug: Unless the picture is prison, no.
      Baze: I'll make you a deal. Since you don't have a dad and I need to learn how to be one, maybe you could give me some practice?

    • Ryan: (referring to Cate) She's changed, Lux, and you're the one who changed her.
      Lux: You don't really believe that.
      Ryan: Yeah, I do.
      Lux: Then I don't get it. You come here and find me to tell me that, that Cate's changed, that I should give her another chance. But if you really believe that that's true, then why can't you?

    • Baze: On a scale of one to ten, how pissed is Lux at me?
      Bug: Can you blame her?
      Baze: In case you can't tell, I'm often in a race with myself for jackass of the year.
      Bug: Well, you won.

  • NOTES (3)

    • Featured Music:
      "Add My Effort" by The Weepies
      "Better Days" by Elemeno P
      "Kite Song" by Rosie Thomas
      "Lying on the Floor" by Derek James
      "The Cure" by Tegan & Sara
      "Unfold" by Julie Peel

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: Tuesday, June 8, 2010 on AXN
      Malaysia: Thursday, August 19, 2010 on Hallmark
      United Kingdom: Sunday, November 21, 2010 on E4/E4 HD
      Slovakia: Sunday, June 5, 2011 on JOJ

    • Although credited, Austin Basis (Math) does not appear in this episode.


    • Fern: I'm guessing you didn't know Lux was distributing flyers outside a nightclub at 1AM.
      Baze: Of course I didn't. I thought Ferris Bueller here was at home in bed.

      This is a reference to the 1986 comedy movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Matthew Broderick played the role of Bueller, a high school senior who skips school and tries to avoid getting caught.