March 17, 2013

Party of Five 1.15, It’s Not Easy Being Green: A Disaster Waiting to Happen

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , at 4:54 pm by Jenn

"Ben said all advisors visit their students at home. It's totally normal!"

“Ben said all advisors visit their students at home. It’s totally normal!”

Summary: Julia’s in driver’s ed and is paired to drive with Justin. He wants a different partner, but the teacher won’t give him one since he thinks Justin just wants to spend time with his friends. Justin makes it clear that he doesn’t plan to give Julia a second chance. Bailey and Will study together, but Bailey hasn’t done everything he was supposed to, since he’s been spending so much time with Jill. He promises to do it in study hall, though Will doesn’t trust him.

Kirsten brings her advisor, Ben, home (which is now the Salingers’ house) and introduces him to Charlie. They’re happy because the topic for her dissertation was approved. Charlie notices that the two of them are pretty chummy. Claudia takes Artie to a choral rehearsal at school; the director is looking for a replacement for the sick lead in the school’s production of Oliver, and Claudia thinks she’ll get it. She wants to be an actor instead of in the orchestra, which would doom her to a fate as a band geek.

Charlie’s annoyed to learn that Kirsten is taking Ben along while she searches for a daycare center to do her research for her dissertation. Kirsten just laughs off Charlie’s jealousy. Julia’s a horrible driver and her teacher is sexist, so she and Justin threaten to report him for sexual harassment. Artie reveals to Claudia that the director pressed him into auditioning, and he did so well that he was given the role. Claudia gets to be his understudy. Julia thanks Justin for his help with the teacher; it seems like he’s softened toward her.

Will waits for Bailey at the coffeehouse, but he’s late because he was out with Jill. The guys are supposed to go to a concert, but now Bailey doesn’t want to go since Jill said the band isn’t good live. Instead, he wants to go to a party with Jill. In bed that night, Charlie tries to talk Kirsten into going away to Joe’s ski cabin. She’s too busy thinking about things she wants to tell Ben about her dissertation. Also, she doesn’t think it’s necessary for them to have sex every night.

In the morning, Charlie’s cranky because Kirsten’s spending the day with Ben, Claudia’s cranky because Artie knows nothing about being an orphan, and Will’s cranky that Bailey’s spending so much time with Jill. Bill’s cranky because he made pancakes and no one wants them. Thurber’s the only one who’s happy, since he gets the pancakes.

Julia runs into Libby in the school bathroom; they’ve been out of touch since Julia started hanging out with Nina. But Libby’s made some new friends and is even sort of dating someone. Hey, Julia is, too! Libby encourages her to arrange things so Julia can spend lots of time with her crush. Claudia helps Artie run lines, though she doesn’t think he’s good at the part. She thinks if she were a boy, she would have gotten the role.

Will and Bailey study together, but Bailey doesn’t know anything. Jill gives them a copy of the test they’re studying for. Will has a conscience, so he doesn’t want to accept it. Charlie confronts Kirsten over a movie-ticket stub he found in her pocket while he was doing the laundry. She explains that she and Ben went to a movie while they had a break. Charlie blasts her for lying to him, which is pretty ironic considering the source. Kirsten agrees with me. At the coffeehouse, Julia spots Libby with her new boyfriend. If you’ve ever seen TV before, you’ve already guessed it’s Justin.

Artie goes to the Salingers’ to try to make up with Claudia. She’s still being dramatic and says he stole the role from her. It’s cold and raining outside, so she tells Artie to use that for his character development. Jill crabs to Bailey that Will’s a goody-goody; she thinks Bailey judges her for the rules she’s willing to break. Both of them should stop feeling superior since they do bad things all the time. Julia asks Justin for private driving lessons, which he doesn’t seem to get is probably a euphemism.

Charlie apologizes to Kirsten for their fight the night before, saying he’s confused about things now that they’re living together. He just doesn’t want her to keep it from him when she spends non-working time with Ben. Kirsten is okay with this, and things seem fine until Bill gives Kirsten a message from Ben telling her to dress up for dinner that night. This is the first Charlie’s heard of a faculty dinner she’ll be attending with Ben. He announces that he doesn’t want Kirsten to go. Kirsten objects to being ordered around. Charlie’s sure that Ben’s interested in her.

The day before Oliver opens, the director tells Claudia that Artie’s lost his voice – can she fill in for him? Justin gives Julia driving lessons (not a euphemism…yet), and when she tells him how awesome he is for helping her, he figures out what’s going on. Julia notes that she didn’t exactly drag him into helping her. Justin says he thought the driving lessons were only driving lessons. And now there won’t be any lessons, since he’s with Libby.

There’s a new waitress named Eliza at the restaurant, and she flirts with Charlie a little. He offers to drive her home at the end of the night. Will finds Bailey playing basketball by himself the night after the test and asks him if he used the one Jill stole. Bailey admits that he did for a few questions. He repeats what Jill said about Will breaking some rules but thinking others should be honored. He taunts that at least he has a girlfriend. Bailey also notes that he never said anything bad about Will’s last girlfriend. Will warns that Jill is “a disaster waiting to happen.” Bailey tells him to go to Hell.

Ben drives Kirsten to the faculty dinner, suggesting that they leave early and go to a jazz place. She reminds him that she’s dating Charlie. Meanwhile, Charlie’s taking Eliza home, and she’s so grateful that she invites him upstairs. When he gets back home, Kirsten reveals that she called the restaurant to talk to him about something and was told that Charlie left with Eliza. Charlie admits that he wanted to get back at Kirsten, and he came close to sleeping with Eliza, but he didn’t.

Claudia practices singing outside, while standing in a bucket, so she can make herself sick. She feels horrible for stealing Artie’s role and thinks she should be punished. “Out of the bucket,” Charlie orders her. She won’t go, so he picks her up and carries her inside. “I’m a sinner!” she screams. At school, Libby suggests to Julia that the two of them double date with Justin and Julia’s crush. Julia bows out without telling Libby about her crush.

Bailey got an A on his test because he’s a slimeball. He’s also not talking to Will. Jill feels bad about causing a rift between them, but not that bad, since she still gets to sleep with Bailey. She hides some pot in her locker without letting Bailey see. Claudia takes Artie flowers, telling him she doesn’t deserve to be Oliver. He reveals that he stole the role from her in the first place because he thought she looked cool auditioning. Also, he’ll be better soon, as will the original Oliver, so Claudia won’t be filling in for very long anyway.

Julia runs into Justin and tells him she’s happy that he and Libby found each other. He kisses her, then bolts. Kirsten tells Charlie that she has a new advisor – she found out that Ben was interested in her after all. But she’s upset with Charlie for not trusting her. Claudia makes her debut as Oliver, with her siblings and their significant others in the audience.

Thoughts: I can’t believe an episode with “green” in the title came up on St. Patrick’s Day.

Also, God help me, when I hear “it’s not easy being green,” I don’t think of Kermit. I think of this.

Ben is played by Mark Moses (Desperate Housewives, Mad Men).

“If girls were treated the same as boys, I’d be the star of the show.” Claudia, just…no. Okay?

So it turns out Bailey and Julia were right when they said Kirsten shouldn’t move in. Who knew?


1 Comment »

  1. Manderin said,

    What was the song playing in the background at the beginning of the episode when Bailey was in his room talking to Will?

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