Season 1 Episode 12

All About the Ripple Effect

Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Dec 08, 2008 on The CW
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All About the Ripple Effect
Just as she's finally beginning to adjust to having a relationship with her father, Megan receives an unexpected visit from her mother. Meanwhile, Sage fights her feelings for Luis, and Will finds it difficult to comprehend Megan's family issues.

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  • All About the Ripple Effect


    All About the Ripple Effect was a superb and well written episode of Privileged and I really enjoyed watching this episode because it had a lot of character development for all the major characters mostly. Megan was dealing with family issues yet keeping Will at a distance about it, and the way this story line played out was perfect. Sage and Rose play a game of jealousy trying to out-maneuvereach other with love interests. In the end they made up and Megan was shocked to learn that her mother missed her flight. I look forward to watching the next episode!!!!!!!

  • Nicely done drama with Megan his week, less with Rose and Sage.

    This particular episode really brought out both Will and Charlie's feelings towards Megan, culminating in the double date scene which was very nicely done. Will was quite direct with Megan when he wanted her to know how it bothered him that she never talked through her family issues with him, yet she always talked things through with Charlie first. The mother turning up was quite a shock and it looks like she is here to stay. Megan's father is very undramatic, I'm not sure what's going to happen with him. Lily's marriage was rather swept under the carpet in light of Megan's mother returning. The scenes with Rose and Sage were quite entertaining but were somewhat secondary to Megan's storyline this week. Overall this was a good episode setting us up for the new year's new episodes.moreless
  • Megan's estranged mother returns and much to her surprise is befriended by her father. Sage and Rose play tricks on each other so they can admit their feelings for boys in the picture. Will and Megan double date with Charlie and Mandy.moreless

    Most of this episode classified as the best drama Privileged has been able to achieve so far. The suspense of Lily getting married was tastefully put on hold for the shocking return of her mother that abandoned the family when Megan was 7. The conflict between Megan, her mother and her father was bittersweet and well done, and it looks like we will be seeing more of the crooked mother.

    What didn't work was the Sage and Rose situation, mainly because it was basically a filler sequence, trying to find a clever way to put Sage and Luis together. But to pull Rose in and make a cat and mouse game that I just wanted to end was disappointing - they're much more entertaining and real when around Megan but obviously she was preoccupied.

    The conflict between Will and Charlie is fantastic and the double date scene was perfect. What else was perfect was the ending, as the mother staying meant more than it seemed. The hidden meaning of Will's advice being completely wrong and Charlie's right indicates that Will is wrong for her. The sooner Will goes the better!moreless
  • I hate the new mom she is irritating.

    The Charlie Will drama is very interesting. I don't think either of them with ever have a real relationship until they figure there stuff out. I am glad that will didn't hold in his emotions, and he came out and told megan what was bothering him. Their relationship is so cute. I the girls are having boy drama, and I love it they have been so into the school and career thing that I am glad to see that they are widening their horizons. I with they would hook Marcus up with someone he seems to be the only one in the house without any guy drama.moreless
Ignacio Serricchio

Ignacio Serricchio


Guest Star

John Allen Nelson

John Allen Nelson

Arthur Smith

Guest Star

Sharon Lawrence

Sharon Lawrence

Shelby Smith

Guest Star

Alice Greczyn

Alice Greczyn


Recurring Role

Rizwan Manji

Rizwan Manji


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Goof: Megan declares "DEFCON 5" in her phone call with Lily regarding their mother. DEFCON 5 is actually the lowest level of alertness, and is used during peacetime. What she meant to say here was "DEFCON 1," the highest level of alertness.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Sage : (as they discuss Luis and Zach and who Rose really likes)But the heart wants what the heart wants...
      Rose: Yeah... (to herself)Stupid heart.

    • Sage: Lessons don't come easy, Rami. But I'll need a wingman. Are you with me?
      Rami: What's in it for me?
      Sage: Nothing.
      Rami: I'm in.

    • Sage: Poor Rosie, doesn't she know that I invented the jealousy game. I'm going to have to teach her a lesson about tricking her sister.
      Rami: By tricking her sister.

    • Sage: (talking about Rose) Oh, my God. She is unbelievable. That's why she's doing this whole flirt act with Luis to make me jealous. She thinks that if I think that she thinks he's cute then I'll think he's cute too. Rami:I don't think he's that cute. Sage: Because he's not!

    • Rami: I thought Luis was your man.
      Sage: Are you drunk? No he's not my man. Why would you think that?
      Rami: Because you fight like lovers.
      Sage: OK, first, never say 'lovers' again and second, do people think I'm into Luis?
      Rami: It's all the buzz.

  • NOTES (5)

    • Sharon Lawrence (Shelby) also worked with Michael Cassidy (Charlie) in Hidden Palms, where they were regulars, while Leslie Jordan (Dale) was a recurring guest.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Latin America: March 11, 2009 on Warner Channel
      Australia: June 5, 2009 on Fox8
      United Kingdom: October 4, 2009 on E4
      Philippines: October 23, 2009 on ETC
      Czech Republic: January 26, 2012 on TV Nova
      Slovakia: January 17, 2013 on Doma

    • Sharon Lawrence (Shelby) recieved the "And" credit.

    • Although credited, Kristina Apgar (Lily) and Anne Archer (Laurel) didn't appear.

    • Featured Music:
      "Shadow" by Lettie
      "Kaboom!" by Ursula 1000
      "Drive" by Ellem
      "Closer" by Jars Of Clay
      "Une Derniere Cigarette" by Saint Privat
      "Raindrops From The Sun (Hey Hey Hey)" by Imani Coppola
      "Mi Guitarra" by Daniel Indart
      "Oats We Sow" by Gregory and The Hawk
      "Birthday" by The Bird and The Bee


    • Rose: (about Sage and Luis liking each other, despite their fights) You two are so Ashton and Cameron in that Vegas movie.

      She was talking about the 2008 movie What Happens In Vegas, starring Ashton Kutcher and Cameron Diaz as two people that get married by accident, and are forced to be married for 6 months. During that time, they devise cunning schemes to undermine one another. However, it's easy to see their chemistry.

    • Sage: Have you ever noticed that my sister is a full-on nympho? She's a total David Duchovny.

      Actor David Duchovny is a sex addict. He also plays one in the show Californication.