Life Unexpected

Season 1 Episode 3

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Feb 01, 2010 on The CW
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When Baze tells his parents about Lux, they insist in making a family dinner to meet her and Cate. Cate reluctantly agrees to go, but is annoyed when her mother and sister show up. Meanwhile, Cate hears about a gang fight at Lux's school and decides to transfer Lux to her and Baze's alma mater, Westmonte.moreless

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  • Just keeps getting better and better

    9.0
    In this episode of Life Unexpected, the following happens. Baze and Cate's family learn about Lux and insist on meeting her. This of course doesn't go well. It ends with both Cate and Baze being told that they are not fit to be parents, and with Lux leaving. Baze and Cate move Lux to a new high school, their old high school. This does not go down well with Lux.

    As the episode draws to a close we see Lux introducing her "old" family/friends, to her parents, her "new" family. Yet another good episode and this show just keeps getting better and better.moreless
  • Ryan blurts out on the radio to Abby, Kate's sister, that Kate had the baby with Baze in high school. Baze's parents plan a dinner to meet Lux and Baze's parents, Kate's Mom, and her sister Abby are there. Everyone is trying to rule Lux's life now.moreless

    8.5
    Nice third episode to this story. Well balanced and thoughtful with some nice twists. Just a little bit to much angst for me and I think a lot of over reaction and assumptions on the relatives parts.



    Lessons seem to be learned here that are out of the ordinary. Kate and Baze to a lesser extent are treating Lux like she is a child. Fortunately for them she understands a lot more about the world than they do it seems and maybe just maybe they got the message that at sixteen they need to let her have some say in how things are done.



    The part about the two boys and Natasha being her family was so true. It was an excellent observation on their part in the end. I would give real parents a lot of credit in a case like this. You can't rip something that is good away from a young woman who has had so little good in her life.



    I especially loved the scene with Lux and Baze's father and then a little later between Baze and his father. I think she made her point to him and we'll see where things go from there. Finally what an unbelievable thing for Lux to do for Baze. I hope he doesn't let her down. Let's face it, the grandparents really would have to be thrilled when all is said and done that they have such a beautiful and obviously intelligent grand daughter. I think I see a little of Baze's dad in Lux!



    It will be a lot of fun to see where things go from here. There are still a great many things to deal with and problems to face. If they do it together things will work out all right. They just need to remember to communicate. I have enjoyed the direction the shows gone in so far. Thanks for reading...moreless
  • And the tug of war continues......

    9.0
    And so the tug of war continues with GRANDparents added to the mix. Ryan inadvertently spills the beans about baby daddy, Baze, via an on air chat with 'Dr. Abby' - a regular caller who also happens to be Cate's sister. So, Baze's dad stops by the bar where Lux tells him Baze is doing his laundry. He goes home and encounters Baze, forcing his son to tell his mother the news his secretary heard on the radio. Meanwhile, because school was cancelled due to a gang fight, Cate enrolls Lux at Westmonte, her alma mater. A horrified Lux fears for her friend Natasha, who 'only goes to school because I'm there.' In an attempt to impress his parents, Baze drags Cate and Lux to a 'family dinner' that begins on a dysfunctional high which includes Cate's sister and her 'boozehound' mother. The dinner quickly dissolves into an intervention of sorts with both sets of parents hinting that they would be better to raise Lux. Baze steps up and confronts his father on his parenting skills and lack of support as he was growing up. No one notices that Lux has gone...until they hear the roar of a motorcycle outside. Back home in her attic room, Lux is going through a box of treasures to find the envelope with her life savings and slips it into a backpack. She tells Bug, the web tattooed boyfriend of last week, that she is 'sure' and to pick her up in the morning. Now here is the genius of this series. It takes the turn that you never expect. Instead of running off to the beaches of Mexico with Bug, Tash and her boyfriend as was suggested, and further hinted when she sells the bong lamp from Baze for another $200, Lux approaches her Grandfather as he is getting in his car and gives him the envelope containing the exact amount that he was demanding from Baze for rent on the bar. She hands him 'what's important.' Then cooly slaps him down with a character interpretation that can only be verbalized by a bright, unfettered teenager. 'You're mad because he didn't want to be you,' she says. Alls well that ends well. Baze thanks Lux for the money and promises to get it back to her. Cate realizes that she needs to include Lux in decisions that are made in her best interest and Lux acknowleges that she is used to people always telling her what to do but not in listening to what they have to say. And she introduces them to her 'family'....the three teenagers that have been there for her when no one else was.

    Gads but I love this series. Its wonderful to see people stumbling all over themselves trying to do the right thing and say the right thing and then acknowledging that they know its all wrong....and they'll change. Can't wait for another episode.moreless
Brittney Wilson

Brittney Wilson

Casey

Guest Star

Susan Hogan

Susan Hogan

Baze's Mother

Guest Star

Shannon Chan-Kent

Shannon Chan-Kent

Brynn

Guest Star

Robin Thomas

Robin Thomas

Jack Bazile

Recurring Role

Cynthia Stevenson

Cynthia Stevenson

Laverne Cassidy

Recurring Role

Alex Breckenridge

Alex Breckenridge

Abby Cassidy

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Baze's Father: You know what, Nate? You can kiss the bar good-bye. I'm done.
      Baze: You know what?
      Baze's Father: What?
      Baze: I'm done. You can take your bar, because I am done with you, and I am done with all of this. Sixteen years ago, I was afraid to tell you--and you know, it seems funny, given everything--because I didn't want to disappoint you and let you down, but somehow, I have managed to do that every day since. You were never gonna believe that I was responsible. You were never gonna believe in me. So I don't, I don't know why I came to this dinner. Oh, wait. I do know why. It's because you threatened to take away the one means I have of actually supporting my kid, because that's what I'm trying to do here, Dad, whether you believe it or not, is support my kid, because that's what I thought parents did!
      Baze's Father: I supported you every day of your life!
      Baze: Not in the way that counts. You call me crazy, but I thought that, that, that loving your kid meant that you actually made them feel like you did. You know what? You ask me why I want to do this, why I want to be a dad. It's because I don't want to turn my back on Lux, the way that you...
      Baze's Father: The way what, huh? Come on, say it. Like I did to you? That's the story you tell yourself, to keep from thinking that you're a screw-up? You blame me?

    • Baze: Not everything in her life was bad. I don't like the looks of it, but Bug, Tasha...
      Cate: What?
      Baze: I don't know. To Lux, they're the good. I mean, if you think about it, we both had families before Lux. So maybe she just wants you to realize that she had a family before us.
      Cate: Pretty insightful for a quarterback.

    • Cate's Mom: (referring to Cate and Baze) The two of you, you're not ready to be parents.
      Cate: Oh my god, this should be really good, coming from the women that's on her what, fourth husband?
      Cate's Mom: So I've learned to take life's lemons and make lemonade.
      Cate: With vodka...

    • Cate's Mom: Do you know what a sense of relief I have?
      Cate: I know, Mom, I know. Lux, she's a great kid.
      Cate's Mom: Yeah, but honey, not just that. All these years I thought you lost your virginity to that giant wasp. But the quarterback? You know, he's single, right?

    • (Cate and Baze force Lux to go to dinner without Bug)
      Lux: So is this being a good parent?
      Baze: What, ripping you out of the clutches of some tattooed freak? I don't know, is it?
      Cate: Yes it is.

    • Baze: Would you hear me out for two seconds?
      Cate: Why? Why, so you can talk me into going to dinner at your parents' house tonight? You know, right, I'm going to set myself up to be you know, ripped apart and criticized by a couple of judgmental, elitist snobs like your parents who think they're better than everyone else.
      Ryan: So wait, wait. You've met them?
      Cate: No, but I know their type.
      Baze: You are their type! You just described you! Ryan, how do you date her without killing her?

    • (Baze and Cate see Lux and Bug kissing)
      Lux: Baze! Relax, we are just hanging out.
      Baze: Just hanging out? That's how you hang out? You let some random guy suffocate you with his mouth?
      Lux: He's not some random guy!
      Cate: Wait, wait. Um, I'm sorry, wait. What, is this Bug, the boyfriend?
      Lux: Yes.
      Baze: Wait, you knew about this?
      Cate: No, only that his name was Bug.
      Baze: A guy named Bug didn't raise some concerns? (to Bug) No offense, pal.

    • (Baze's father walks into the bar)
      Lux: Uh, stare much?
      Baze's Father: Sorry. I'm looking for Nate Bazile.
      Lux: He's not here, he's out...doing laundry.
      Baze's Father: Hmm.
      Lux: That wasn't a euphemism.

    • Baze: (to Lux) Do you ever think you'll start calling me 'dad'? (she stares at him) Yeah, dads are meaner, tougher, harrier...

  • NOTES (2)

    • Featured Music:
      "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" by Starf*cker
      "Here We Go" by Mat Kearney
      "Love Is Our Weapon" by Never Shout Never
      "Saved" by Jesse James
      "Wanna Do Now" by Twirl
      "Yeah Alright" by Richmond Sluts

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 on AXN
      United Kingdom: Sunday, October 3, 2010 on E4/E4 HD
      Malaysia: Thursday, July 1, 2010 on Hallmark
      Slovakia: Sunday, May 15, 2011 on JOJ

  • ALLUSIONS (1)

    • Math: (referring to Baze's father) Look, if Lux is what pushed him over the edge enough to threaten to take the bar back, do something to fix it.
      Baze: That's a great idea, Doc. Why don't you fire up the DeLorean, I'll grab the condoms, and we will head back to the 90s.

      This is a reference to the Back to the Future movie trilogy, released between 1985 and 1990. Christopher Lloyd played the role of Dr. Emmett Brown ("Doc"), who created a time machine out of a DeLorean.

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