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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  • And the tug of war continues......

    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.