Life with Derek

Season 1 Episode 1

The Room

Aired Unknown Sep 18, 2005 on Disney Channel
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Episode Summary

The Room
Unhappy with having to leave her old life behind to move into the home of her new stepfather and his family, 15 yr. old Casey McDonald believes that she has gotten the short end of the stick. Feeling that she has lost everything, Casey decides that she needs something that will help carve out a niche in her new life. Much to everyone's surprise, she wants the room of her stepbrother, Derek.moreless

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  • A great introduction to the series.

    I really thought the pilot really gave a perspective to all the characters who are going to be in season one. Casey Mcdonald, known as a drama queen, wants Derek's room, which is not in Derek's options. Until he wants the basement when Casey acted like she wanted it, so she can get the room. Casey is very clever & a bit of a schemer as she is introduced. Emily is introduced. Derek is known as the cool guy. The rooms stay the same all the way till the last episode, so it really was great how this epsiode introduced the show. Great!moreless
  • Casey and Derek battle it for there space in the house.

    This episode was the first of the series, Life with Derek. This is one of my favorites because it shows when Nora, Casey, and Lizzy start to adjust and move into the Venturi's house after George and Nora got married. Casey, her little sister Lizzy, and there mom Nora move in with George and there three kids, Derek, Edwin, and Marti. Casey and Lizzy are put into a really small room and nothing will fit. Casey has to have her desk out in the hallway. During dinner, Casey makes a speech that she and Lizzy need more room in the house and Casey suggests to have Derek's room. Derek is shocked and fights with Casey about it. George suggests moving down to the basement and they fix it up and Casey pretends to want it. In the end, Nora and George move down to the basement, Derek gets to keep his room, and Casey moves into George and Nora's room.moreless
  • I wasn't fully impressed yet about this show, but for me it can be given a chance it is the start so probably I can say that it is a safe one.moreless

    I wasn't fully impressed yet about this show, but for me it can be given a chance it is the start so probably I can say that it is a safe one. It had a little boring factor for me because it was a little too quiet but some transformations were seen and this one could have a lot of improvement hopefully it will!
  • this is the pilot episode. derek and casey play mind games to get the room they want.

    i really like this series and the very first episode was a great way to start shows the tension between derek and casey really quik. it shows that the show is mainly going to be about casey and derek and their fuids with each other. i also think that season two is really good. T H I S W A S M A D E B Y T H E O N E A N D O N L Y S O F T B A L L 3. Y E A H B O I ! ! ! ! ! !moreless
  • A great pilot episode that introduces us to the family and creates the feel for the rest of the season.

    In The Room, the pilot episode of the series, we are introduced to the Venturi and McDonald family who have recently become one unit after Nora McDonald and George Venturi married.

    In the process Nora's two daughters, Casey and Lizzie, become step siblings with George's three children, Derek, Edwin and Marti.

    Although the entire family is featured in the episode, it is clear that the show revolves around fifteen year old Casey and how her mother's marriage has effected her life. Casey loves school, is an overachiever and was perfectly content with her old life.

    The second main character of the show is Derek, who is the same age and grade as his step-sister. He is her polar opposite, often ignoring schoolwork to pay more attention to hockey and girls. Derek is also resistant to any change his father's marriage has brought about.

    The main conflict in this episode is the room situation. The McDonalds have just moved into the Venturi household (it's implied, in my opinion, to have only been a few days after the marriage). While Edwin was forced to move to the attack room and Casey is stuck in a small bedroom with her sister Lizzie, Derek continues to live on in his room.

    Casey, seeing this as being unfair due to the fact that his room is larger, demands that her mother give her the room. Ulimately, it's decided that a room will be fixed up in the basement for Casey. Although she's not thrilled with the idea, she pretends to be simply to upset Derek (who she knows will want the room if he thinks its what she wants).

    Her plans work, Derek deciding that he wants the room. She quickly agrees to take his. A matter of seconds later, he figures out what she did and changes his mind. A small fight occurs between the two and eventually the rest of the family (who spent a long time putting the room together) is obviously upset.

    Derek and Casey are not allowed to leave the basement until they work out their issues. Casey caves first, feeling guilty and agrees to have the basement room (which neither teen wanted anymore). But Nora had decided that Casey made enough sacrifices for the family (new home, new school, etc) and won't allow it.

    The episode ends with Casey getting the parents bedroom with Nora and George moving downstairs to the room they had prepared for Casey.

    Overal, it wasn't the best episode of season one but it was enjoyable none the less.moreless
Catherine Fitch

Catherine Fitch


Guest Star

Arnold Pinnock

Arnold Pinnock

Paul Greebie

Recurring Role

Kit Weyman

Kit Weyman


Recurring Role

Shadia Simmons

Shadia Simmons

Emily Davis

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (8)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Casey: Not again. Can you please turn it down! Der-ek! (Derek opens the door after Casey knocks on it)
      Derek: Who are you?
      Casey: I'm the step-sister you've always wanted.
      Derek: Really, 'cause you look like the ugly step-sister from Snow White.
      Casey: That's Cinderella you freak, now could you turn down the music?
      Derek: Oh, well why didn't you say so? (turns off the music) Now, I never had any noise complaints when Edwin had that room before he was forced upstairs to make room for you guys.
      Casey: Room? What room? There is no room in our room!

    • Marti: I have an announcement! I'm not wearing socks!

    • Emily: How could you go to school without guys? Especially guys like him? (Talking about Derek)

    • Nora: No but new traditions are good for a new family don't you think
      Derek: How so?

    • Edwin: Is this one of your family traditions?

    • (Edwin walks in the bathroom, not noticing Casey in there in her PJs)
      Edwin: (looks at Casey) Ahhh! (looks down at his boxers) Ahhh!
      (runs out as Derek walks in)
      Derek: Come on, Smarti. (takes Marti out of bathtub)
      Marti: Put me down Smerek...
      Derek: (towards Casey) Do you mind?
      Casey: Yeah. I was here first.
      Derek: Ok, then suit yourself. (Derek starts to get ready to go to the toilet)
      Casey: UGH!

    • (While telling her mother how her siblings give her no privacy)
      Casey: Marti, please give me back my toothbrush.
      (Marti's cleaning the tub with the toothbrush)
      Marti: Say please.
      Casey: I just did.
      Marti: No.

    • Derek: Sup?!
      Emily: I must have gotten cuter over the summer

  • NOTES (3)


    • The opening credits of Life with Derek look like a homage to The Brady Bunch. The depiction of the characters in squares can be described as very Brady-esque (except for the fact that unilke on the Brady Bunch, the characters dance and run amuk in their boxes, instead of sitting still and looking at the camera.) Makes sense, since the McDonald-Venturi family could never be confused with the Bradys!