December 14, 2013

Party of Five 3.21, Hitting Bottom: Crash and Burn

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Summary: It’s been four days since Bailey’s intervention, and the family hasn’t heard from him. Sarah confesses that she called, even though the interventioners said they wouldn’t, but Callie told her that he didn’t come home the night before. Claudia and Sarah suggest talking to Grace, but Charlie’s adamant that they stick to their bottom lines and cut off ties with Bailey. Claudia thinks they need to be sympathetic because he inherited his alcoholism. Charlie still refuses to budge.

Bailey misses his wrestling team’s divisional championship, leading to a forfeit. Coach Russ is very unhappy. At school, Julia’s surprised by an unexpected visit from Griffin, so I GUESS WE’RE DOING THIS AGAIN. Sigh. Bailey tracks down Russ to apologize for missing the meet, but Russ won’t accept his apology. He was sure they were going to win divisionals this year, for his first time in 15 years of coaching, and Bailey let them down.

Claudia wonders if her parents went through the same thing the family’s going through with Bailey. Charlie’s just tired of the whole thing and doesn’t want to revisit the past. Claudia, however, is desperate to know more. Julia fills Griffin in on all the family’s issues; she went by Bailey’s building the day before and caught Charlie sitting outside. She notices that Griffin’s limping, and he tells her that he injured his knee while he was with the Merchant Marines. Since he can’t work anymore, he got fired. Now neither of them has a plan for the future.

Bailey stumbles home, drunk, and pretends that he wasn’t going to ask Callie if his family left him any messages. He tells her that he was out partying to celebrate the wrestling match he won. Callie’s trying to study, but Bailey wants sex. She has to literally tell him she said no, and he taunts that she’s being a prude. (Real nice from the guy who saved her from being raped.) Callie says that his family’s right about him having a problem.

Claudia goes to Avery, begging to know if Diana ever said anything about Nick’s alcoholism. Avery tries to avoid the topic, wondering why she wants to know the bad things her father might have done. She admits that her happy memories of her father now seem fake, like she’s remembering things the way he wants her to. She wants to know what Nick was really like.

Griffin’s staying in a horrible motel, since he doesn’t have a job and can’t afford anything better. Julia suggests that he go after the Merchant Marines for money since his accident was their fault. Then he can take his time finding a job, or use the money to travel somewhere. And if he wants to travel with her, well, that’s just icing on the cake. Charlie goes to pick Owen up from daycare, but Bailey’s already retrieved him. Bailey lets Owen eat junk food while he gets drunk and complains about their brother and sisters.

Julia takes Griffin to meet a lawyer, but he’s clearly not the best they could do. Griffin thinks he’s great, though, since he’s been successful in the past. Julia thinks the case is too important for them to rely on the guy. Griffin blasts her for doubting his instincts once again. Later that evening, Julia goes home and learns that Bailey never took Owen home. They’ve been gone for four hours. Sarah and Julia think they should call the police, even if it means Bailey gets busted for driving drunk. Finding Owen is more important than Bailey losing his license.

While Bailey puts Owen in the car to drive him home, Claudia tells Sarah what she learned from Avery about Nick’s drunken activities. Charlie isn’t happy that she went to see Avery. Bailey finally arrives with Owen, and Charlie tears into him for taking Owen out without letting them know. Bailey has the nerve to be offended that his siblings thought he would drive drunk with his little brother in the car. He lies that he hasn’t been drinking, but it’s obvious that he has, so Charlie’s fury is completely justified.

The two brothers start fighting physically, and their sisters pull them apart. Charlie makes it clear that Bailey isn’t going to have contact with Owen anymore. He runs off, but Sarah’s the only person who thinks they need to go after him – after all, he’s about to drive drunk again. She runs after him, but Julia goes to Griffin’s, where his comforting of her turns into sex. Meanwhile, Charlie goes to Avery’s to yell at him for what he told Claudia. He thinks Avery’s making Nick into a monster as revenge (since he was in love with Diana), but Avery admits that he censored himself.

Sarah chases Bailey to his apartment, though she’s not sure he’s even home. Charlie returns home before heading to work and tries to get Claudia and Owen to come with him. Claudia doesn’t want to go to her father’s restaurant since he’s responsible for Bailey’s alcoholism, and she doesn’t want to make it look like she forgives Nick.

Bailey comes home, but when he sees Sarah waiting for him outside the apartment, he heads right back out. Sarah begs him to let her drive, promising to take him wherever he wants to go. She jumps in the car with him, refusing to leave him alone. He speeds off, almost immediately running a red light and crashing the car.

Sometime later, Charlie rushes to the hospital, where Sarah’s been admitted for observation; she may have a concussion. She’ll be okay, but Bailey left after bringing her in. He’s gone right back out to buy more beer, trying to ignore his broken windshield. Julia’s still at Griffin’s, where he’s worrying that she’s going to regret sleeping with him. She assures him that she needed this, and she feels like things will work out with them this time. He asks her not to second-guess him anymore. Julia tells him they’re a team now.

She goes home the next morning, not sorry at all that Charlie didn’t know where she was all night. He tells her about the accident and Sarah getting injured. Julia tries to convince both of them that Bailey must have sobered up by now. Charlie admits that he thought he was doing the right things, and that eventually Bailey would come around, but he didn’t do enough to think about the other people involved.

Claudia pipes up that it’s Nick’s fault, and Charlie finally tells her to shut it. He apologizes, but really, she needed to hear that. He tells her that Nick passing the alcoholism to Bailey didn’t make Bailey drink. Claudia counters that Nick was a bad husband and father, but Charlie points out that he stopped drinking and changed. He reminds her that he’s made a lot of mistakes, too. He doesn’t want Owen to see him the same way Claudia now sees their father. Meanwhile, Bailey goes back to the hospital to see Sarah, cries over hurting her, and asks her to help him.

Thoughts: This is the episode I remember the most from the series. Basically, when I think of the show, this is the episode I think of.

Why must they continue to make me have to deal with Griffin? What have I done to deserve this?

’90s music alert: R.E.M.’s “Bittersweet Me,” the Cranberries’ “Empty.”

Julia’s exactly right: If the Merchant Marines are responsible for Griffin’s injury, and if they fired him for a disability, he should sue. I’m sure he could get a better lawyer, though. There must be a ton of lawyers who would take on a case like that.

Julia, re: the lawyer: “I feel like he’s selling me a used car. I feel like he’s selling me my used car.” Heh.

November 30, 2013

Party of Five 3.19, Point of No Return: Putting the “Party” in “Party of Five”

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , , at 2:56 pm by Jenn

Not pictured: Julia, praying this isn't Owen's first memory

Not pictured: Julia, praying this isn’t Owen’s first memory

Summary: Owen’s birthday is coming up, so the Salingers spend part of their family dinner planning for the party. Claudia thinks they should all work together, but since everyone else hates each other right now, they decide to split up the tasks. Julia tells Sam that she’s decided to spend her summer backpacking around Europe, though it ruins their plans to hang out together for a few months. She invites him along. Claudia runs into Avery at a music store and learns that he has a son her age named Marcus. She offers to show him around San Francisco.

Bailey relays a message to Charlie and Grace that Grace’s parents are in town and want to have dinner. Charlie tells him that he’ll have to babysit Owen. Bailey needs to study, so he’s okay with having a reason to stay in for the night. Grace, however, doesn’t want to have dinner with her parents, who have spent her whole adult life disapproving of her decisions. Claudia goes to Avery’s house and meets Marcus (who prefers Marc). Claudia has less in common with him than she does with his father.

Owen accompanies Charlie and Grace on their dinner out with Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox, since Bailey is MIA. Of course, Owen chooses that night to be on his worst behavior. When they get home, Julia’s there (and why couldn’t she babysit?), and she tells Charlie about the Europe trip she and Ben are taking over the summer. He and Grace both object, not that Julia wants to listen to Grace about anything. Charlie calls Bailey and Callie’s apartment, but Callie tells him that Bailey’s out at a party and probably won’t be home for a while.

Bailey resurfaces the next morning at the restaurant, telling Charlie he just lost track of time at the party. Charlie advises him to see the situation as a wakeup call. Julia whines to Sam about Charlie and Grace, including Grace noting that it would be illegal for Sam and Julia to travel internationally before she turned 18. Ben casually remarks that “those people” would know a lot about the legal situation. Julia’s Something is Not Right Radar goes off.

Bailey interviews a clown named Coco, but he won’t accept the $80 that’s all Bailey can pay him. Callie wonders why Charlie didn’t give Bailey money, and Bailey admits that he did, but he spent it at the bar the night before. Julia mentions Sam’s comment to Sarah, who tries to give him the benefit of the doubt that he’s not racist. Julia can’t think of another explanation. She takes Owen’s cake over to the house, arriving just before Grace’s parents stop by. Grace thinks they’re there to criticize her once again, but they actually like Charlie and how happy he makes Grace. (Also, he has a nice house, so she’s not slumming it anymore.)

Unable to get a clown for $80, Bailey goes to Julia for money. She reminds him that she loaned him money and got him a job with Sam, so he’s out of chances with her. He apologizes and admits that she and Sarah were right when they accused him of partying too much. He’s not going to drink for a while. Julia agrees that she can get judgmental. Claudia goes by Avery’s house again and invites him and Marc to a concert. Marc isn’t interested.

Sam and Julia go shopping for their backpacking trip, and when she brings up his comment from earlier, he basically outs himself as a racist. (Except he’s not really, because he has black employees! He’s practically Martin Luther King, Jr.!) He notes that Julia locks her doors in certain districts, scoffing when she says it’s because they’re unsafe, not because mostly black people live there.) Sam says that if his jokes make Julia uncomfortable, he won’t make them in front of her anymore.

Armed with more of Julia’s money, Bailey debates hitting the liquor store. The next morning, he’s so hungover that he can’t shave without cutting himself. It’s the day of Owen’s birthday party, and Grace’s parents come over to help set up. Grace wants to kick them out, telling Charlie that they’re only being nice to him because they don’t all know each other that well yet. Sam also shows up for the party, to Julia’s surprise. The clown Bailey didn’t hire seems like a moot point, since Mr. Wilcox is enough entertainment for the kids. Mrs. Wilcox invites Charlie and Grace to join them on vacation that summer.

Grace is mad again, telling Charlie that she’s spent her whole life doing the opposite of what her parents like. Now she’s dating someone they like, and she thinks her parents feel she’s finally gotten in line. Charlie doesn’t see what’s wrong with letting them think they’ve “won.” Grace can’t come up with a reason but wants to be upset anyway. She runs into Bailey, who’s gotten a clown costume and is going to provide entertainment himself. Oh, and he’s drunk. He tells Grace that more people would like her if she weren’t so horrible.

Julia watches carefully as Sam chats with the Wilcoxes, but he doesn’t say anything racist. Bailey emerges in his clown costume, cracking up Charlie. As he leaves for work, Sam brags to Julia about how awesome he was to the Wilcoxes. Bailey brings out the cake, then promptly drops it. One of the kids starts crying, so Bailey yells at him. When Charlie tries to drag Bailey inside, Bailey shoves him into a bench. Claudia follows Bailey when he storms off, but he doesn’t want to listen to her “stupid, whiny voice.”

That night, the sober Salingers clean up after the party, and Charlie tries unsuccessfully to lighten the mood. Owen attempts to wake Bailey up to show off his new hat, but Bailey’s down for the count. Even after the big mess of the day, the Wilcoxes are still gracious and lovely to Charlie. Mr. Wilcox mentions that he’s done a lot of research into addiction and treatment because his sister’s an alcoholic. Charlie denies that Bailey has a problem; after all, he’s just a college kid.

Sarah arrives (having delayed coming to the party in an attempt to avoid Bailey) and Julia tells her about the party disaster. They go to talk to Bailey, but he’s taken off. Claudia goes back to Avery’s, where Marc is rude to her because her relationship with Avery is so good. She starts crying, and he’s all, “Oh, crap. Crying girl. What do I do?” He invites her in to hang out. Sam comes back to the house after work, and Julia surprises him by telling him she can’t be with someone who thinks racist jokes aren’t a big deal. He’s made her life better, but that doesn’t matter now that she knows how he really is.

Julia tells Sarah about the breakup, and they talk about how something awful in a person’s personality should make it easy to end things, but it’s not that simple. Charlie tells Grace that he gets what she was saying about her parents getting involved in things that aren’t their business. Grace admits that she thinks her father is right about Bailey having a problem.

Charlie continues to deny it; Bailey’s young and has bad judgment, but that’s how Charlie was at that age. Grace reminds him that Bailey got violent, which makes this very different. Julia chimes in that even when Charlie drank at Bailey’s age, he was still himself. Callie calls to let the Salingers know that Bailey hasn’t turned up at the apartment. Charlie’s sure that he’ll call as soon as he gets home.

Thoughts: Marcus Baltus? Poor kid.

Is Grace implying that her parents won’t like Charlie once they get to know him better?

Guys, next time, take Bailey’s keys.

Sarah’s pretty awesome to stay behind after the party and help clean up, especially since she didn’t technically come to the party.

September 15, 2013

Party of Five 3.8, Not So Fast: Unwritten

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I bet this is how Bailey got sick

I bet this is how Bailey got sick

Summary: Charlie and Bailey are at the restaurant, and Bailey has just revealed that he cheated on Sarah. He says he’s not sure why, but as he keeps talking, it becomes clear that it’s because a) he feels like Sarah’s younger because she’s still in high school and b) she won’t sleep with him. Charlie advises him not to tell her, but Bailey already has another plan: He’s going to break up with her.

Julia goes to a book signing for an author named Prescott who she’s practically been stalking. She’s gotten back into writing and is preparing for an interview at Stanford so she can get into their creative-writing program. Prescott teaches there and offers to take her under his wing. Claudia criticizes her performance in a competition just as Avery joins her, Charlie, and Ross. Claudia doesn’t win, but Avery thinks she’s more talented than the other players.

Bailey meets Sarah at school, but she’s not interested in talking to him. Then she notices that he’s sick and decides to have some compassion. Julia tells Prescott that she started writing as a kid; Bailey and Will would go off and play without her, so she would entertain herself with adventure stories. Her mom loved them, so Julia kept writing. Prescott agrees to read the short story she planned to submit with her Stanford application.

Charlie, Claudia, and Avery hang out at the restaurant, and Charlie realizes that Avery’s been following Claudia around and listening to her play. For some reason, he doesn’t think that’s TOTALLY CREEPY. Avery thinks Claudia has the potential to be as good a musician as her mother was. Bailey has chicken pox, and Sarah has assigned herself to be his nurse, so I guess he can’t dump her now.

Julia stays up all night writing, and Claudia practices her violin for hours, wondering if the similarity of her chin positioning to her mother’s is genetic or not. She feels closer to her mother when she plays. You may be surprised to learn that Callie has no compassion for Bailey while he’s sick. Charlie’s surprised to hear that Sarah is acting as Bailey’s nurse, but it’s a good thing she is, because none of the other Salingers has had chicken pox, so they need to stay away.

Avery brings Claudia a bunch of her mother’s music and basically becomes the equivalent of a crazy boxing coach. Sarah buys a game called Moral Dilemma, in which players answer questions about ethical decisions. That’s exactly what Bailey needs right now. He’s especially worried when Callie and Sarah decide they want to play the game together.

After school, Claudia practices for two-and-a-half hours, recording her time in a practice journal so she can keep track of the minutes she loses. She tells Charlie that Avery took her to visit his conservatory earlier that day. Charlie’s annoyed with Avery taking over Claudia’s practice routine and encouraging her to work harder.

Bailey reluctantly plays Moral Dilemma with Sarah and Callie, and of course, Sarah’s winning. He doesn’t like one of the questions, so he flips the board and declares the game over. Prescott sends Julia’s story back to her with his comments and a note saying she shouldn’t submit the story. It’s too awkward and “young.” Later, Claudia reads the letter and encourages Julia to ignore what Prescott said. She does well in English, so she can’t be a bad writer. Julia says that doesn’t matter in the real world. She’s worried that she’s not actually a good writer – or good at anything at all.

Next Claudia discusses her own talent with Ross, telling him she might need to get a new teacher in order to reach her full potential. She asks him to talk to Charlie and get him to agree. Ross thinks Avery is pushing her to make changes too quickly, and he points out that they barely know Avery. Claudia thinks that knowing that he played with her mother is all the information they need.

Sarah thinks Bailey doesn’t want her to take care of him because he doesn’t like having to depend on anyone. He’s annoyed that his neighbors keep playing the same song over and over – they must have put it on and left – so Sarah goes through the window and onto the fire escape to enter the neighbor’s apartment and turn it off. She tells Bailey there’s nothing she wouldn’t do for him. Callie appears, wearing a sweatshirt Sarah gave Bailey, and this makes Sarah run off.

Julia goes to her Stanford interview but can’t think of an answer when the interviewer asks what makes her special. Noticing that she’s nervous, the interviewer says they’ll have a conversation instead. He learns that she spent the summer working at a publishing company and asks her to submit some writing when she applies. Julia tells him she might want to do something else, though she can’t think of anything she honestly wants to do.

Bailey chases Sarah to her car, where she complains that she spent a lot of time putting together a care package for him, but he gave everything to Callie. Avery has managed to get Claudia a spot at his conservatory, but Charlie and Ross object. Ross points out that Claudia quit playing last year to be a normal kid. Charlie thinks Avery is pushing Claudia to be like her mother. Claudia yells at Charlie for exerting so much power, thinking he’s getting back at her for telling the Bennetts about Kirsten.

Julia leaves her interview in distress while Callie continues to fail to show compassion to Bailey. He calls her on it, but that doesn’t make her any nicer. At the Salingers’, Julia finds some photos her mother took while she was Stanford and tells Charlie that she was a visual arts major, not a music major. Julia felt like she let her down by not knowing what she wants to do with her life, but now she knows that her mother didn’t know either when she was Julia’s age.

Bailey gets concert tickets for Sarah, possibly infecting everyone in San Francisco with chicken pox at the same time. “We’ll have fun. If I live,” he tells her. She doesn’t want them, but he tells her to keep them because by the time the concert comes around, she’ll have remembered how much she loves him. Er, how much she loves the singers. Sarah tells him to stop taking her for granted, then drives him home.

Claudia has decided she’s going to the conservatory no matter what Charlie thinks. He tells her that he’s tired of hearing her talk about what their mom would let her do or how she would act. He feels like he’s not the only parent in the house anymore. Charlie shares Julia’s discovery that their mother wanted to be a photographer, telling Claudia that “it takes time to figure out who you want to be.” He thinks she’s trying too hard to be like their mother.

Charlie says that Claudia can take more lessons, but she can’t go to the conservatory. She says that won’t be enough, adding that if he makes that decision, she’ll hate him. He doubts it. Later, Avery comes by the house with a tape of Mrs. Salinger playing a piece Claudia’s been working on. Claudia wanted someone to play with who understands her, so he suggests that she play with her mother.

As Claudia plays, Julia writes Prescott a letter to thank him for reading her story. She tells him she’s no longer going to read the last page of a book to find out how things turn out. She’s okay with whatever happens in her life, even if she doesn’t become a writer: “I haven’t read the last page yet.” And then Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten” starts playing, and – oh, wait, wrong decade.

Thoughts: Male professors don’t take that much interest in high school girls. Or at least they shouldn’t.

Avery is also creepy. He’s halfway to becoming a Romanian gymnastics coach. And now he’ll never go to the Olympics!

Seeing Bailey’s spots makes me even more grateful that I never had chicken pox.

“Does passing out on the street count as littering?” Hee. Scott Wolf needs more funny lines.

March 12, 2013

Party of Five 1.14, Not Fade Away: Don’t Ever Change

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , at 9:11 pm by Jenn

Someday these will be Exhibit A in Bailey's trial

Someday these will be Exhibit A in Bailey’s trial

Summary: Having asked Kirsten to move into the Salingers’ house, Charlie now has to tell his siblings about it. They think it’s too fast, since just a month ago, Charlie and Kirsten weren’t even speaking. Claudia’s the only one who’s excited. Julia and Bailey are upset that they weren’t consulted about someone who will be living in their house. (Fair point, but one of you invited an abused runaway to live with the family without asking anyone else’s opinion, so….)

Despite the protests, the move goes forward. Julia raises more objections when Kirsten and Charlie move their mother’s dresser out of their parents’ bedroom. She moves it into her own room, finding a journal inside one of the drawers. Jill and Bailey go to the mall, goofing around at some high-end department store, where Bailey sees gloves he likes that are way too expensive.

Claudia gives Artie feedback as he practices for his bar mitzvah, which he’s taking very seriously. In fact, he’s so serious about his religion that he’s worried what marrying Claudia would do to his grandmother. Plus, mixed marriages have horrible success rates. Claudia notes that one of them could convert to the other’s religion. It’s not going to be Artie.

Julia reads the journal, which belonged to her mother and contains numerous mentions of her violin teacher, Avery. It sounds like they were closer than Mr. Salinger probably would have liked. Jill informs Bailey that she has a present for him: the gloves he looked at. She casually mentions that she didn’t buy them.

Charlie wants to break in his and Kirsten’s new bed, but it squeaks and she doesn’t want his siblings to hear them getting it on. They opt for the floor instead. Julia goes looking for more journals with no luck. Claudia questions Kirsten about her religious preferences (she’s agnostic) and how she would want her children to be raised (of course, she doesn’t know that Kirsten can’t have children). Kirsten tells her that children don’t necessarily have to believe what their parents do.

Bailey doesn’t want to wear his new gloves since he claims he doesn’t need them. It’s definitely not because he has a conscious and feels guilty for using stolen property, Jill. Jill attempts to corrupt Bailey further by asking him to skip his family dinner that night. Claudia starts reading the Torah, telling Julia that she’s thinking of converting to Judaism. Julia thinks she’s too young to make such a decision. She’s also mad that Kirsten’s encouraging her to think for herself. Really, though, she thinks Claudia’s turning her back on their parents’ religion.

Julia heads to the restaurant early and asks Joe if he knows anything about Avery. Joe claims not to know whether Nick liked Avery or not. Julia thinks Avery and Diana had an affair and asks Joe to confirm or deny. He sticks to his claim that he doesn’t know. Everyone else arrives for family dinner, including Kirsten but excluding Bailey. Then Bailey shows up with Jill, which necessitates a move to a different table.

Charlie pulls Bailey aside so they can fight over who is and isn’t welcome at family dinners. Bailey’s upset that Charlie gets to make all the decisions. He agrees to send Jill home only if Charlie tells Kirsten to leave, too. That night, Claudia wakes up Kirsten because she doesn’t feel well. Julia wanders in and isn’t happy that Kirsten’s being the maternal one. Charlie, however, loves Kirsten even more for taking care of his sister. He’s also pleased that Claudia asked for her.

Julia meets with Avery, pretending she’s doing a school project on him. She gets him to talk about Diana, who he says he’d lost touch with before her death. He says she was his favorite student. Julia asks to hear the recordings they made together. Avery says they’re hard to find, and are the only recordings Diana made. She quit playing to raise her kids (which at that point were just Charlie, Bailey, and Julia). Avery reveals that he was in love with her.

Bailey and Jill go back to the mall, where she tries to get him to steal her a pair of sunglasses. He gets caught. Julia comes home to find Kirsten making matzo ball soup. Julia blasts Kirsten for advising Claudia about religion and changing things in the house. She thinks Claudia only went to Kirsten when she was sick because Kirsten moving in has confused her. Then Julia admits that she feels like her mother is disappearing. Every time something changes, there’s less of her in the house.

Charlie’s summoned to the mall, where Bailey defends Jill and claims the shoplifting was his idea. He’s let off the hook. Back at home, Charlie then confronts Julia over what she said to Kirsten. Kirsten admits that it was a mistake for her to move in without the others being consulted. Charlie assures Julia that Kirsten doesn’t want to be her mother any more than he wants to be the kids’ father. Julia says again that she feels like she’s losing Diana. Charlie tries to ease her mind, asking for some slack.

Claudia confides to Artie that her family’s resistant to her spiritual journey, and she’s having some problems sorting everything out. She decides she just needs to learn more about Judaism. He tells her about the names of the dead in the synagogue and teaches her the Mourner’s Kaddish. Bailey complains to Jill that Charlie’s overreacting to the fact that he committed a crime. Jill notes that at least Bailey has someone in his family who cares.

Avery shows up at the Salingers’ house, having figured out who Julia is. He gives her Diana’s recordings and says they were just friends. Julia thinks she deserves to know if her mother had an affair, so she doesn’t keep believing her parents had a perfect marriage. Avery tells her that he was in love with Diana, but they didn’t have an affair. She mentions the journal and how much Diana wrote about him. He says they had the opportunity to do something, but Diana never stopped loving Nick.

That night, Claudia tells Julia that she’s decided to hold off on converting. She wants to believe in the Heaven her parents are in. She needs to know that the whole family will wind up in the same place someday. Charlie’s supposed fixed the bed, so now he and Kirsten can have sex without anyone hearing. (Yay?) Except it’s not fixed after all. Charlie tells Kirsten she doesn’t need to try to be invisible in the house – he wants her to be there.

Bailey and Jill are out somewhere (the school football field?), and he decides they should just start driving and see where they end up. He’s wearing the Gloves of Corruption. Julia listens to Diana and Avery’s recordings, which include her mother’s voice. She cries and listens to Diana speaking over and over, then stops rewinding to hear Diana laugh.

Thoughts: Jill’s hair looks even worse now. It’s all fluffy and high. Poor girl.

Artie, you don’t get to worry about marriage until your voice has changed.

Trivia: The Salingers are Episcopalian.

Artie: “If you’re really becoming Jewish, you should never apologize for complaining.” Snort.