July 24, 2021

Felicity 4.19, The Power of the Ex: The Ripple Effect

Posted in TV tagged , at 1:11 pm by Jenn

Sydney’s latest SD-6 mission looks a lot different than usual

Summary: Dear Sally, Felicity is stuck in the past and no longer wants to be. She tells Sally that things with Noel started out great, in that they couldn’t keep their hands off each other. After Meghan walks in on them going at it on the floor, they decide to go out and do stuff so they don’t keep encountering people they know. But in the process, they…run into someone they know: Hanna. She and Noel haven’t seen each other in a couple years, but they seem friendly enough. She even wants to hire him to make her a website so she can attract more piano students. As they’re saying goodbye, Hanna hugs Felicity. Weird!

Later, at the loft, Felicity tells Noel that they shouldn’t hang out there anymore. She and Sean just had a really awkward conversation. Noel’s on the phone with Hanna, who’s gotten him another website client. She’s also really eager to work with him on her own site. Noel thinks Felicity doesn’t want them to work together. Felicity’s just a little annoyed that Hanna has resurfaced after all this time. This was totally not supposed to be part of this time-travel thing!

She tells him to go ahead and do Hanna’s site, but later, she complains to Meghan. Hanna wasn’t here the first time around; why is she here now? Meghan reminds her how the time-space continuum works: If you change one thing, you change everything. Somehow, Felicity choosing Noel brought Hanna back into their lives. Meghan notes that Felicity’s eating cereal and watching soaps, which is completely different from how she usually is. It’s the ripple effect – small decisions aren’t so small anymore.

Felicity realizes this is her fault. They went to a street fair because they were avoiding Ben; in the past, they didn’t do that. “Next time, be a more responsible time traveler,” Meghan says. She asks if Felicity’s ever going to class. Felicity doesn’t see the point, since she already graduated. Meghan tells her that if her future diploma didn’t time travel with her, it doesn’t exist anymore. Felicity asks if this means Meghan believes that she really traveled through time. Meghan says no – she’s weird, but not that weird.

At Dean & DeLuca, Javier tells Ben he wants to audition for Man of La Mancha. He asked Felicity to help him get ready, but she’s busy hanging out with Noel, so he’s turned to Ben instead. He just needs Ben to listen to his monologue. He does it right there in the restaurant. Ben just says it’s good as he goes to help a customer. Aw, Javier needs more attention.

At the loft, Sean tells Noel that his relationship with Felicity has made him want to call Julie. They email each other, and Sean has had her number for a while, but he’s never used it. His feelings for her have never gone away. Sean thinks Julie has feelings for her, too, since she always says she wishes she had someone like him in her life. Noel doesn’t ask what this means about his feelings for Meghan.

Javier goes to the dorm apartment, where Elena’s packing up Tracy’s things. Since Ben wasn’t helpful, Javier wants Elena to give him feedback. She’s happy to help. She tells Javier he needs to put together a dance, since the lead has to be a triple threat. I don’t remember much dancing in Man of La Mancha. We did it in high school but I mostly remember being bored during rehearsals. Javier calls Elena his Sancho Panza, after Don Quixote’s faithful sidekick. Elena says she’s no one’s sidekick. Yeah, to be a sidekick, you have to have screentime.

Felicity calls her dad to tell him she’s pre-med now. He quickly agrees to pay her tuition again. That’s one problem taken care of, but being pre-med brings up another: Felicity now has to take organic chemistry with Ben (and Hodges). Also, the ripple effect seems to have erased Trevor. Felicity tells Sally that she knows it was right to break up with Ben, but they were together a long time. Maybe it’s like chemistry: Certain elements are attracted to each other no matter the conditions.

Noel goes to Hanna’s place, where, despite the ripple effect, things are pretty much the same. She has a demo CD, which features the fugue he helped her with. She can’t believe Noel and Felicity are still together. (She means that in a good way.) Noel says they just got back together recently. Hanna’s single after an engagement that didn’t work out. She tells Noel that seeing him is “just like home.” They admit that they think about each other a lot. But that makes Noel a little uneasy, so he tells her he has to be somewhere.

Felicity wasn’t able to move to another organic chemistry class, so she’s stuck with Ben for the semester. Noel isn’t listening, since he’s thinking about how he believes Hanna wants to get back together. Felicity gets annoyed when he tells her that Hanna said she’s been thinking about him. Hanna does the same thing every time she pops up; “it’s like a flashback inside a flashback.” Noel leaves out the part where he told Hanna he thinks about her, too.

He says he told Felicity this because he doesn’t want to keep things from her. He’s not going to do Hanna’s website. Felicity hopes he means it when he says he’s going to avoid her; she’s come too far just for Noel to decide he wants to be with Hanna instead. Yeah, how dare he do something he wants to do instead of what Felicity wants him to do! Does he think he has free will or something?

At the loft, Meghan is confused about why all the furniture is missing. Oh, right, Sean was going to get kicked out. They fight over why he didn’t tell her he owed $50,000 (actually, it’s $55,412). Ah, just like old times. Felicity got an A on her first organic chemistry quiz, earning praise from Hodges. Ben failed it, and he tells Felicity he’s going to drop pre-med.

As Noel plays Hanna’s CD, which she dropped off for him, Sean tells him he’s having some money trouble. He claims it’s under control. He also called Julie, who’s going to come visit. Sean wants to use this time to explore his options, rather than get tied down. (Remember, no Elena/Tracy wedding means no Sean/Meghan wedding, so they’re still just dating.) Noel confides that Hanna wants to get back together with him. Things with Felicity are great, but she’s acting kind of weird. Suddenly both guys seem to have two options for girlfriends. Sean suggests that they’re more attractive than they thought they were.

Javier shows Elena his dance number, and it’s definitely not right for Man of La Mancha. She tells him he has “some kind of dance dyslexia” and is never going to get the lead. They fight over whether she’s being mean or just honest. Maybe both! Felicity goes to the loft, where she tries to talk Noel into sticking with pre-med. She’s positive he can get an A in Hodges’ class, though she can’t tell him why she knows he can. She offers to help him study, if he wants.

Noel’s still listening to Hanna’s CD and has decided to work on her site after all. He downplays it, saying he just had a couple of ideas and needs the practice. He admits that he’s confused. Felicity immediately thinks he’s going back to Hanna. Noel says things were great over the summer, and everything clicked with them, but since that night on the roof, things have been different. Weird, really. Felicity seems to be acting like she’s in a race. It’s freaking him out. She promises she’ll stop, but just the way she says that freaks him out. Felicity says she’ll slow down, then. That doesn’t help.

Felicity tells Meghan about all this, so Meghan suggests that Felicity just go to Hanna’s place and beat her up. Felicity knows that would be a disaster; Hanna’s in awesome shape. (Fighting bad guys every day on Alias will do that to you.) Meghan thinks Felicity should at least tell Hanna to back off of Noel. Felicity doesn’t think that’ll work, either. Then she insults Hanna for putting her own picture on her CD cover.

Because Felicity never makes good decisions anymore, she signs up to take piano lessons with Hanna. Hanna’s smart enough to know that’s not why she’s really there. Felicity says she’s been through a lot to be with Noel, and she wants to give this time around a chance. But Hanna’s return to Noel’s life is confusing, and Felicity doesn’t know how much time she has. Hanna thinks that means she’s dying. She says she doesn’t want to get between Felicity and Noel, so she won’t interfere.

Elena comes to Dean & DeLuca to apologize to Javier. She got a letter from Tracy and took out her anger on Javier. But Javier thinks she was right about his lack of talent, so he’s going to give up. Elena points out that Javier will have to learn to take criticism from a lot of people if he really wants to be an actor. He can’t give up – Don Quixote wouldn’t. Javier asks her to stick around the restaurant while he goes to his audition.

Meghan surprises Sean by refurnishing the loft with her father’s money. Sean tells her he can’t accept her kind gesture. Meghan asks for a good reason why not, and since he can’t provide one (at least not without ticking her off), she won’t budge. She goes home to get ready for a date, and Felicity tells her that she worked things out with Hanna. But Noel has heard about their conversation from Hanna, who still thinks Felicity’s dying. Felicity says she’s not, though Noel thinks that would make sense.

Hanna told Noel that Felicity said not to see him anymore. Felicity replies that Hanna was okay with that. She and Noel have only had a week together, and suddenly they have to deal with Hanna again. Noel notes that they’ve only been together a week because she was in love with Ben the week before that, and for even longer until now. Noel has waited forever for things to come around. Felicity needs to wait just like he did. She thinks this means he wants to be with Hanna. Noel admits that he’s not sure.

We come back around to Felicity making a tape for Sally. Before she can get into the details, Ben comes by to take her up on her offer to study together. Over at the loft, Sean gives Meghan a check for all the furniture. As in the last timeline, or whatever, Noel got money from his marriage settlement with Natalie and gave it to Sean. Meghan doesn’t get why Sean will accept money from Noel but not her.

Sean admits that he called Julie. Things with Meghan aren’t great, and it’s neither of their faults, but Julie understands him. Sean doesn’t know what’s going to happen, but he thinks this is the time to find out. He didn’t want to hurt Meghan. Meghan warns that he’s the one who’s going to get hurt. Actually, I would worry about Meghan using witchcraft to make Julie hurt, but that’s just me.

Felicity and Ben study together in the lab, talking about different kinds of bonds. It’s all a metaphor, you see. Ben asks if Felicity’s okay, since she seemed a little down when he went by the apartment. She tells him he doesn’t want to hear about her problems, since they’d end up talking all night. Ben’s okay with that. They give each other a long, meaningful look.

Noel’s at Hanna’s, going over his website ideas. He tells her he and Felicity had a big fight over the whole Felicity/Hanna conversation, and he asked for time to figure things out. Hanna wonders what he needs to figure out. Noel clarifies that he needs to decide what he wants. Well, WHO he wants. Back at the lab, Ben and Felicity go back to studying bonds, though Felicity says they can move on if he’s ready. He says he’s not, then kisses her. At Hanna’s, there’s also kissing.

Felicity realizes she’s making a mistake – she came back for Noel. Ben, of course, doesn’t want to hear that name, and he leaves the lab. At Hanna’s, the exes have taken things to the bed, but before any clothes come off, Noel stops. He tells Hanna he needs to give things with Felicity a chance. Hanna’s disappointed. Later, Noel calls Felicity and they both confess that they had bad nights. They could only thing about each other. It turns out he’s right outside her door.

Thoughts: I can’t believe Jennifer Garner had time to come back for this episode. I guess when J.J. Abrams tells you he wants you to do something, you do it.

If Meghan doesn’t believe the time-travel story, shouldn’t she be worried about Felicity’s mental health, especially since Meghan’s a psych major?

I’m kind of surprised Felicity didn’t tell Hanna she’s dying, actually.

June 19, 2021

Felicity 4.14, Raising Arizona: What Will Happen to the Gang Next Year?

Posted in TV tagged , , , , at 1:07 pm by Jenn

I’m sure they’ve worked everything out and will never have any problems again!

Summary: Noel is doing some work at the loft when Felicity comes by to talk about Adam. She’s worried that working with him again will be weird after he tried to kiss her. Noel tells her that Adam’s an adult, so if she talks to him about the situation, he’ll be reasonable. Felicity invites him to an architectural walking tour, but Noel already has plans with Zoe. He agrees to do the tour with her that night instead.

Ben comes home wanting to talk to Felicity about the Lauren/baby situation. He’s decided he needs to be there for his child, in some way. Felicity must have anticipated this, because she quickly tells him that’s fine. Ben still thinks they’ll be able to get through this and have a normal relationship, even while he’s raising a child with another woman.

The next day, Ben encounters a guy with a crying baby in the hallway of Lauren’s building. Here is your future, Ben Covington! He tells Lauren he’s changed his mind about the baby and wants to be involved. Lauren’s happy to hear that, but it’s going to be more complicated than Ben thought: She’s about to move to Arizona.

Her parents live in Phoenix and there are a lot of job opportunities there. Ben, meanwhile, is 21, is still in college, and wants to go to med school. Lauren will get more support from her retired parents. Ben argues that his child needs a father, which Lauren agrees with. She suggests that he move to Arizona. Ben says his life is in New York. Lauren tells him she’s doing what’s best for the baby, which is difficult to argue with.

Felicity goes to Adam’s office to try to talk to him about how not to be awkward around each other. Adam’s eagerly waiting to hear if he’s gotten a project he wants, so he’s barely paying attention to her. He lands the project and asks Felicity if she can stick around next year to help with it. Felicity says she’ll be in the city anyway – Ben’s going to take a fifth year after all – so why not? Adam asks what Felicity wanted to discuss with him. She mentions their near-kiss, which they both agree was a mistake. He’s totally fine with never talking about it again.

At Epstein Bar, Noel and Zoe are discussing going away together for the weekend. They’re at that point already? Wow. She spots a co-worker, Paulina, and makes Noel hide under the table with her. Paulina sees them anyway, so Zoe tells her that Noel got dizzy. After Paulina leaves, Zoe says that she doesn’t want Paulina to find out about their relationship. She’ll tell Dominic, and Zoe doesn’t want him to know about them yet.

Ben hangs around after one of Hodges’ classes, so Hodges thinks he has a question about some of the material. Instead, Ben asks about pre-med programs in Arizona. He’s probably going to stay in New York, but he needs to explore all his options. Hodges does know someone at the University of Arizona and can find out if it’s too late for Ben to transfer there.

Meghan and Javier do a scene from Oedipus Rex together in their drama class; once again, he’s fine but she’s not that great. Afterward, Javier asks Meghan to give a little more in their next scene so he has more to work with. Meghan doesn’t see the point, since she doesn’t care about acting. A man named Paul approaches and introduces himself as a casting director. He wants to cast Javier in a mattress commercial. “They’re looking for someone really…special,” he says. Uh-oh. Paul also wants Meghan; he likes her attitude. They’ll have to audition against each other, though.

Trevor thinks Noel is moving in on Felicity since he thinks Ben is going to move on to Lauren. Ben says Noel doesn’t know anything about the Lauren situation, and he’s not worried about Noel stealing Felicity from him (again). They’re just going on a walking tour together. They’re actually talking about Felicity possibly working with Adam next year, before Noel tells Felicity that someone left a message for Ben about a school in Arizona. So it looks like Noel’s getting in the middle of the relationship after all, purposely or not.

Felicity asks Ben about the message and why he’s looking at schools in Arizona. He tells her Lauren’s moving there, so he’s thinking about going with her. Felicity’s annoyed that he told Hodges before he told her. Ben again promises that things will be fine, but every time he says that, Felicity becomes less and less sure. She tells Ben that Adam wants her to work with him next year, which means she has to stay in New York. They need to talk about what they’ll do after graduation. Ben blows up at her, saying he’s still figuring it out. Well, yelling will definitely help.

Noel comes home after the walking tour and is immediately confronted by Ben for talking to Felicity about the message about Arizona. Sean notices that Ben is upset and asks what’s going on. Ben fills him in, telling him that Noel doesn’t know what’s going on. Sean says that Ben has legal options; fathers have rights, so he might be able to get a judge to rule that Lauren can’t take his child to Arizona. Ben doesn’t want to go that far. Sean tries to talk up Arizona by saying that Santa Fe’s supposed to be beautiful. Wrong state, Sean.

Javier practices for his audition, getting positive feedback from…who’s that? Oh, right, Felicity and Meghan’s roommate. The one who used to get to do stuff on this show. Meghan is more critical about Javier’s performance. He accuses her of playing mind games and trying to steal his dream. Why is she trying out for a commercial when she doesn’t care about acting? Meghan says she’s just in it for the $3,000 payment. Elena likes the sound of that and considers auditioning herself. Javier says that if Meghan were a real friend, she’d drop out. Meghan replies that if he were a real actor, he wouldn’t care about his competition.

Felicity tells Adam that she won’t be able to work with him after all, since she doesn’t know where she’ll be next year. She gives him a little overview of the situation, and Adam asks why Ben gets priority in determining where the two of them live. Zoe tells Noel that she thinks she’s convinced Paulina that they were just hanging out as friends at Epstein Bar. Noel thinks they should just tell Dominic they’re dating. Zoe admits that she doesn’t want anyone to know about them. She doesn’t think they’re going to work out. Yeah, no kidding.

Hodges tells Ben that he missed the deadline to transfer to the University of Arizona for the fall semester, but his contact in admissions is willing to give Ben’s application special consideration. The catch is that he’ll have to complete everything by tomorrow. The contact is about to go on a lecture tour, so this is the only time she has to review everything. Ben will have to decide immediately if he really wants to go to Arizona.

He meets with Lauren, asking her to put off her move for a little while. He can take night classes to complete his pre-med requirements sooner. Lauren has already lined up her new life in Arizona, and she doesn’t want to wait. Again, she’s doing what’s best for the baby. Ben notes that what’s best is for the baby’s parents to live in the same state. Lauren won’t budge.

Felicity goes to the loft, where Noel is moping. She asks to mope with him. He tells her he and Zoe broke up, but Felicity isn’t about to comfort him when she can cry about her own situation. She blurts out that Ben got Lauren pregnant and now might move to Arizona with her. Noel gives her a comforting hug, so of course that’s when Ben walks in. And of course he thinks Noel is making a move instead of just being a good friend.

Felicity goes to talk to Ben, who complains that she always goes running to Noel when something’s wrong. He guesses that she was talking to Noel about Ben and Lauren. Felicity says she just needs someone to talk to. Ben replies that if she hadn’t slept with Noel, none of this would have happened. Yeah, it’s Felicity and Noel’s fault you slept with Lauren and didn’t use protection. Felicity thinks that’s bull, too. She guesses that Ben will never be able to get past the fact that she slept with Noel. Ben says she’s right, and they’re through.

Looking for a distraction, Felicity goes to Adam’s studio, now wanting to keep working with him. He gets her to open up to him about everything she’s been dealing with. She tells him she and Ben broke up, but she doesn’t really want to talk about it. Adam’s pleased that Felicity’s now going to focus on her life instead of tagging along with Ben to Arizona. Yeah, because Felicity never focuses on herself.

Noel doesn’t want to be in the office with Zoe, so he tells Sean he’s going home. This, friends, is why you don’t date a co-worker. (I say this as someone whose brothers all met their wives at work.) Sean is surprised about Noel and Zoe’s breakup, since he thought they were going to work out. Meghan decides that she and Javier are making too big a deal out of the audition and are letting it ruin their friendship. She offers to drop out. Javier presents a deal: They’ll both try out, and whoever gets the part has to treat the other to dinner. But what if neither gets the part?

Zoe asks Sean why Noel disappeared before a meeting. Sean says he just had some stuff to take care of. He tells her that Noel’s awesome, so he doesn’t get why Zoe wanted to end things with him. Zoe doesn’t want to discuss this with Sean. He leaves her with one last thought: If she lets Noel go, she’ll regret it.

Felicity goes to the loft to get some of her things while Ben is out. Noel can’t believe that Ben really thinks there’s something going on between them. Felicity says she just doesn’t think he’ll ever get past what happened. Ben comes home, and Noel decides he needs to intervene here. He announces that there’s nothing going on between him and Felicity. Felicity loves Ben, not Noel. Noel has enough relationship issues of his own and doesn’t want to be involved in theirs. Ben and Felicity need to work things out and be together.

He leaves them alone so they can talk, but Ben takes a while to decide to handle this maturely. He takes back what he said about Felicity being to blame for what happened with him and Lauren. Felicity promises that there’s nothing going on with her and Noel. She made a mistake sleeping with him, but it’ll never happen again. Ben knows that, but things are so crazy that it’s hard to remember that. He feels like he’s drowning and pulling Felicity down with him. He should see Dr. Auerbach, who won’t let him drown.

Ben continues that sometimes he feels like Felicity should be with someone else. She tells him firmly that she wants to be with him, and he says the same. Okay, then stop acting like a maniac! Ben asks Felicity to come to Arizona with him. She tells him she can’t – she needs to find her own direction in life. But she wants to find that with him.

At work, Zoe asks Noel to talk. She tells him that Dominic doesn’t really hate him; he’s just protective. He’s not the real reason Zoe didn’t want to be with Noel. A few years ago, she fell in love with someone who was in love with someone else. The past three years have been difficult for her. Hey, this sounds familiar! Like something out of a TV show I’ve been watching. What a coincidence! Dominic is overprotective because he’s worried about Zoe. She worried that Noel would dump her if he knew, but obviously Noel can relate. Zoe decides they should tell Dominic about the relationship.

Javier and Meghan meet up at the dorm apartment to find out which of them got the part in the commercial. Neither of them did, but each expected the other to. They both screwed up on purpose to give the other the part. Javier’s happy that Meghan finally learned how to give to her acting partner. They may not have gotten the commercial, but they got a real relationship.

Ben goes back to Lauren’s apartment to ask her one last time to rethink moving to Arizona. He’s trying to be reasonable, but he does have some rights. Legally, he could keep her in New York. Dude, don’t do that. Ben points out that Lauren has made a bunch of decisions without him, and she can’t do that anymore. She tells him she’ll think about staying. Back at the loft, Ben invites Noel to join him and Felicity at Epstein Bar. Aww, look at Ben making adult decisions! Felicity happily observes the two of them chatting at a table.

Thoughts: “And then Javier and Meghan have to compete with each other for a mattress commercial” is an idea someone actually pitched for this episode. I’d say the series ended at the right time if this is the kind of plot the writers were coming up with.

So it never crosses Felicity’s mind for a second that she can stay in New York, date Ben long-distance for a year, then join him in Arizona? Freaking A. Use your entire brain, girl.

The better ending to Meghan and Javier’s plot would have been Elena getting the role. She needs the money more than they do anyway; she has to pay for med school.

June 5, 2021

Felicity 4.12, Future Shock: Get Your Ducks in a Row

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , at 1:08 pm by Jenn

Obviously Meghan needs to work on the physical aspects of acting, but trust me that her line delivery is really good

Summary: Ben, Noel, Felicity, and Sean are all at the loft, and the guys are encouraging Noel to ask out one of their neighbors. He’s not interested, and he excuses himself to do some work. The guys tell him he works too much. Noel says he can’t date right now, since he’s getting his ducks in a row. Lauren shows up and asks Ben to talk in the hallway. She has big news: She’s pregnant, and she’s pretty sure the baby’s his. Strike that – she’s sure it’s his. Lauren isn’t going to ask Ben to be involved if he doesn’t want to; she just wanted to let him know.

Felicity makes a tape for Sally, her first in a while (at least that we’ve heard). It’s the last semester of her last year of college, and she’s feeling pressure about deciding what to do after college. She agreed to go to some galleries with Owen to show her work around. They start out in Chelsea, the most popular spot for young artists to hear they suck. Owen tries to stay optimistic, since it took Cezanne years for anyone to recognize his skills. I guess they’ll just have to wait.

Hodges wants to see Ben and Trevor after class, which really isn’t something Ben needs to be stressed about right now, on top of everything else. He’s told Trevor about Lauren’s pregnancy, and Trevor’s skeptical that Ben is the baby’s father. After class, Hodges tells the guys that he’d like them to be his research assistants on a study he’s working on for publication. Trevor notes that having a published study with their names on it, even as assistants, would look great on their med-school applications. Hodges warns the guys that they have to be serious and can’t make any mistakes.

Noel and Sean prepare to pitch an idea for some account, and discover that Zoe is there to do the same thing. She tells him his work is good, so she’s glad he started his own firm. Noel thinks Zoe will win the account, but Sean is more focused on the look he thinks Zoe’s giving Noel – a look that says she’s interested in him. Dominic is also there, and the look he gives Noel definitely says something different. Something more along the lines of “I want to strangle you with my bare hands.” Noel reminds Sean that he’s not dating because he’s getting his ducks in a row.

Meghan has been forced to take a theater class, and the professor won’t accept a $100 bribe to let her get out of it. I wonder if she’d accept a Shmeghan shirt instead. Probably not. Javier is in the class and is excited to spend some time with “Meggie.” He needs a new scene partner anyway; she’ll be playing Margo Channing in All About Eve. Meghan says that sounds like porn.

Felicity meets up with Ben after a long day of getting nowhere. She’s trying to cling to Owen’s anecdote about Cezanne. Ben hasn’t told her about Lauren’s pregnancy yet, but he does tell her that Hodges wants him as a research assistant. Ben doesn’t really get the research he’s doing; it just requires him to check on carbon nano-tubes every 12 hours. I’m sure nothing will go wrong there!

At the loft, Sean again encourages Noel to stop working so hard and try to have a social life. If he’s always hanging around the loft, he’ll never meet anyone. Noel starts to settle in for a night alone, then changes his mind and calls Zoe. Felicity has dinner with her mother, who sympathizes with Felicity’s struggle to get anyone to say anything encouraging about her art. Barbara lets it slip that Edward doesn’t think Felicity will be able to support herself as an artist.

Barbara herself is having some professional success: She’s about to get her real estate license. She previously wanted to be a writer, but she realized it wasn’t a realistic career path. Maybe Felicity should consider real estate, too. You know, in the completely unlikely event that a career as a successful artist doesn’t work out. Not that that’s what Barbara’s implying or anything.

Ben goes to see Lauren to ask if she’ll take a paternity test to confirm that he’s the baby’s father. Lauren’s fine with that. Javier makes Meghan watch All About Eve with him, but she objects to playing such a mean character. She adds that the actor playing Javier’s role is good – much better than Javier. Does he really think he’ll make it as an actor? Javier calls her Margo, saying she’s more Margo than Bette Davis is in what’s considered her signature role. Meghan says she’d rather be Margo than an unemployed actor working at Dean & DeLuca. Dude! Meghan really is mean!

Noel meets up with Zoe, who apologizes for…you know, making out with him at the office and getting caught by her dad. Even though Noel is her father’s competition for a job Dominic really wants, Zoe’s happy to spend time with him. Ben gets blood drawn for the paternity test, then goes to the lab to work with Trevor. He’s distracted and comes close to messing up an experiment. Trevor tries to reassure him that the baby isn’t his.

Felicity and Owen have another unsuccessful day pounding the pavement, and now she’s worried that she won’t be able to make a living as an artist. Owen is optimistic, saying that life always works out. She asks if he really isn’t worried about not having a stable career. Owen says most people with stable careers hate their jobs – especially real estate agents. Felicity is thinking about pursuing something with a clear, well-marked path, but she admits that she doesn’t know what she wants.

Javier shows Felicity a scene from All About Eve, trying to draw a connection between Margo and Meghan. Elena interrupts with a letter from Columbia Med School, too nervous to open it. Javier opens it for her, pretending he’s going to announce the winner of the Oscar for best picture. Elena got into Columbia, and though Felicity is initially happy for her, it just reminds her that she doesn’t know what she’s going to do next year. She contemplates calling someone about a career in real estate.

At the loft, Sean tells Noel that they got the account they were competing for. Even better, Dominic wants the job so badly that he wants to hire Noel and Sean as independent contractors. Sean thinks they should go for it – they could get access to a bunch of Webb Graphics’ clients. Noel is hesitant, knowing his budding relationship with Zoe will complicate things. He spend the past three-and-a-half years waiting for someone who wanted to be with someone else. Now Noel thinks he’s found someone who wants to be with him. Sean agrees that that’s more important, so if Noel doesn’t want to work for Dominic, that’s okay.

Felicity leaves a message with some real estate guy as Ben gets the paternity-test results. Congratulations, Dad! Felicity goes to another gallery, this time on her own, and when she gets rejected without even a glance at her portfolio, she kind of snaps. She’s frustrated that she’s gone to dozen of galleries and no one will look at her stuff. The woman she’s talking to gives in and looks at a couple of slides of Felicity’s work, then officially rejects her. Hey, at least this time it was because she didn’t like your work! Wait, that’s not encouraging.

Javier and Meghan do a scene for their class, and I have to say that she’s better than he is. Ben goes to Lauren’s apartment to yell at her for waiting so long to tell him she was pregnant. He doesn’t want to have a child, but he also doesn’t like the idea of having a child somewhere in the world whose life he’s not a part of. Lauren tells him he can decide whatever he wants, but she’s already made up her mind about what she’s going to do.

Noel meets Zoe at Dean & DeLuca, where she tells him she had fun on their date, but she’s already seeing someone. She’d like to be friends with Noel, though. Oh, poor Noel. He’s not about to let himself get friendzoned by another woman who likes someone else. When he gets home, he tells Sean he’s ready to work with Webb Graphics. Sean knows it’ll be weird for Noel to work with Zoe, but Noel would rather think about securing a future than worrying about some awkwardness with one of his co-workers.

Ben has inevitably screwed up Hodges’ research, and Trevor warns that Hodges is freaking out. He’s already started looking for a new research assistant. Ben has bigger things on his mind, so he doesn’t really care. At the dorm apartment, Felicity rushes to get ready to see a play with her mother. Barbara is happy that Felicity’s thinking about going into real estate, but now Felicity has changed her mind. Barbara admits that she’s worried about Felicity’s future. Felicity says she is, too, so she needs support from her parents. She thinks Barbara’s given up on her dreams, and Felicity doesn’t want to be that way.

Instead of going to the play, Felicity goes to see Ben, who tells her he screwed up his chances of being Hodges’ research assistant. Felicity changes the subject to her fight with her mother. Felicity, can you be a good girlfriend for once? Not that Ben is being a great boyfriend, of course, since he hasn’t told Felicity that Lauren is having his baby.

Meghan gives Javier a best actor trophy to make up for their fight. She acknowledges that she’s a lot like Margo, though she doesn’t want to be. Javier notes that Margo was mean because she was sad, so maybe Meghan’s sad about something. He suggests that they have a big fight before every scene they do, since it really helped their performance. Meghan disagrees. After she leaves, Javier pretends he’s accepting the award at the Oscars.

Ben tells Lauren that he’s given it a lot of thought and he can’t be a parent right now. Lauren understands and tells him not to feel bad about that decision. Ben knows he’ll regret this choice for a long time. Felicity has channeled her frustration into her work, but she doesn’t want to do another gallery crawl with Owen. He tells her she’s really talented, and if she wants a career in art, it’ll happen. She shouldn’t listen to her parents. His parents want him to be an accountant, something he has no interest in.

Felicity says she wishes she didn’t care what Barbara and Edward thought. She always tells herself she won’t, but then they come visit and she can’t help it. She wonders if she’ll still feel that way in her 40s. They promise each other that no matter what happens, whether or not they stick with art, they’ll never go into real estate or become accountants.

Ben appeals to Hodges for another chance, promising that the thing that was distracting him from his work has been taken care of. He spent last semester proving how important pre-med is to him, so he wants another shot at showing it. Hodges gives in, as long as Ben promises he won’t screw up again. He invites Ben to open up to him, but Ben declines.

Noel and Sean report for work at Webb Graphics, where Zoe tells Noel that she broke up with the other guy she was seeing. Oh, freaking A. Ben finally tells Felicity that Lauren is pregnant with his baby. He promises that he only slept with her once, while he and Felicity were broken up. He doesn’t think this will change anything for him and Felicity. No, I’m sure it won’t, buddy! I’m sure everything will be awesome from here on out!

Thoughts: I’m rewatching Alias, and Amanda Foreman (Meghan) just showed up in a recurring role. It’s really fun to see her play someone who’s basically the exact opposite of Meghan. In her first episode, Carrie cries at a Joni Mitchell song and shows interest in a nerd. Meghan would be shocked.

Speaking of Meghan, what are her future plans? I believe she’s majoring in psychology, so does she want to be a therapist? That would be a horrible career for her.

Hi, Elena! ‘Bye, Elena! Stop by again soon!

May 22, 2021

Felicity 4.10, Fire: Undiscovered Contents

Posted in TV tagged , , , at 1:06 pm by Jenn

This looks like a scene from an action movie

Summary: Ben and Felicity run into each other on the street and make small talk. She asks if he got her message, and he says he did but has been too busy studying for organic chemistry to call her back. Noel has started taking anti-depressants, and he tells Auerbach that things are clearer – like he was looking through a dirty window before, but now it’s clean. He knows his priority now is finding a job, which is just a stepping stone to eventually starting his own business. Auerbach questions why he hasn’t gotten on that yet. Apparently Noel spent the whole summer mooning over Felicity instead of focusing on his life. Auerbach advises him to cut down on his time with Felicity for a while.

At Dean & DeLuca, Felicity tells Javier that Ben is doing great because he’s found something he’s interested in and is pursuing it. Now Felicity wants to follow in his footsteps. She wanted to get into Cavallo’s program, but she dropped that dream. Now she’s working with him and hasn’t made any efforts to achieve her goals. Javier compares that to his own experiences with Tito Puente. No, he didn’t work with Tito – Javier just lived below him and never got up the nerve to introduce himself. Felicity decides to take another shot at getting into Cavallo’s program.

Meghan’s teenage sister Lila is coming to visit, and Meghan is thrilled. Seems like Lila is the only person in the universe Meghan thinks is cool. She’s also pregnant, though she won’t admit it. Felicity shows Cavallo her portfolio, hoping the work she’s done since she last tried to get into his program will show that she’s made enough progress. Cavallo just tells her to keep up the good work. Felicity tells him she wants to try to get into the program again, so she wants brutal honesty from him. He tells her she has great ideas and energy, but her work needs a cohesive theme. He agrees to review the portfolio again once she’s figured that out.

Hodges is preparing his students for a big exam, and it sounds like he’s learned his lesson and is being a) more forthcoming about what’s on the test and b) more available to his students if they have questions. Ben wants to study with Trevor alone, no Elena, since Trevor and Elena just mess around when they’re all together.

Noel is jumping right into starting his own business, creatively called Noel Crane Graphics. He runs into Felicity, who tells him she’s applying for Cavallo’s program again. Noel starts to offer his help, then hesitates, remember what Auerbach advised. He finishes his offer anyway. Later, in a session with Auerbach, he admits that he’s more focused on making Felicity happy than on worrying about his own life. He should stop doing that.

At the loft, Meghan thinks Lila’s been smoking pot, though Lila claims she’s only around pot smoke because her roommate lights up. (She’s still in high school, so I guess she goes to boarding school.) Lila says Meghan sounds like their mom. Meghan invites Lila to open up about her issues, and Lila finally acknowledges that she’s pregnant. She makes Meghan promise not to tell their parents.

At the dorm apartment, Felicity consults her Magic 8 Ball and is pleased with whatever answer it gives her. She goes to Noel’s office, where, instead of telling her he’s busy and can’t talk right now, he tells her to come in. She tells him she was looking through the dictionary for inspiration and seized on the word piñata. That’s how the year has felt for her – she’s been shaken up and is waiting for the prize to come out. She thinks that would make a great theme for her portfolio.

Noel tells Felicity that there’s some emotional stuff going on. She thinks he means in her portfolio, because they’re talking about her right now, so every single piece of this conversation needs to be about her. Noel clarifies that he’s talking about himself. He’s trying to get his life on track. Felicity figures out that he’s trying to say that they need to spend less time together.

Trevor broke his promise to exclude Elena from his and Ben’s next study session, so Ben decides to go to the library. Trevor tells him to relax – it’s just a test. Ben’s spending too much time studying. Ben says this is more important to him than “just a test.” Felicity passes Noel’s office and pauses to look at him, but he’s focused on whatever he’s doing and doesn’t notice her. She gets to work on her piñata project.

Meghan helps Lila look for an OB/GYN, not realizing that Lila wants to have an abortion. Meghan has to tell her that she’s way too far along for that. She suggests that they tell their parents. Lila refuses, though Meghan notes that since Lila’s on their insurance, they’ll have some questions when they see the OB/GYN bill. Lila asks Meghan to pay the bill for her, but Meghan doesn’t have that kind of money. Lila’s upset that Meghan promised to help but can’t actually help her.

Ben and Trevor take their big test, and while it looks like Trevor isn’t prepared, Ben seems to know the answers. On the other hand, Trevor has a girlfriend to either congratulate or comfort him after the test, while Ben doesn’t, so maybe academics aren’t the most important thing. Felicity has gotten a lot of work done, and she tells Cavallo her theme is “undiscovered contents – the surprises that come after life’s hit you around a little bit.” Again, he just tells her to keep working.

Noel’s working so hard in his office that he doesn’t know there’s an emergency down the hall – a fire has broken out. (For some reason, no alarms have gone off.) Felicity’s listening to music and has no idea that the wing of the building has filled with smoke, or that Noel’s now evacuating people. She doesn’t know anything’s going on until the lights go out. The student who alerted Noel to the fire tells him it started in the art department, so Noel heads over there to make sure no one’s trapped. Of course, Felicity is.

Felicity tries to block the flames from coming under the door to her studio, then struggles to open a window so she can get out. It’s stuck, so she tries to use a paint scraper to wedge it open. Noel arrives in time to tell her that’s a bad idea, since she’ll just let in oxygen and make the fire worse. He tells her to get on the floor and cover her mouth. Then he tells her to stay calm (a phrase that always works) while he leaves.

Noel stumbles down the hall to a fire extinguisher while Felicity tries to move anything flammable away from the door. He manages to use the extinguisher to break the doorknob and rescue her. At Epstein Bar, Ben and Trevor smooth over their issues. Trevor urges Ben to just call Felicity and work things out. Ben uses the big test as an excuse to ignore his personal relationships until now. Trevor suggests that they go check to see if their grades have been posted early, so they can stop worrying about how they did.

Noel speaks with firefighters, then tells Felicity that the damage was contained to their floor and he doesn’t think anyone was hurt. As they decide to leave, it starts snowing. It looks pink, and Felicity gushes over the beautiful surprise. Ben and Trevor ask Hodges about their grades and learn that Trevor got a 79. Thrilled, Trevor credits Hodges for being a good teacher. Ben got a 95, which Trevor is even happier about.

Meghan has gone behind Lila’s back and gotten in touch with their mother. Mrs. Rotundi is more concerned with how people will react to her having a pregnant daughter than she is with what this means for Lila. Meghan tells her that Lila’s terrified of her, which should break Mrs. Rotundi’s heart. Noel takes Felicity home but declines her offer to hang out for a while. He’s much better at resisting temptation than I expected.

Outside the loft, Meghan tells Lila that Mrs. Rotundi is there and knows everything. Lila went to a clinic and confirmed that her only option now is to have the baby. Meghan offers to keep supporting her, though Lila should turn to their mother instead. Lila would rather come live with Meghan, because there aren’t enough people in and out of that loft already. Sean entertains Mrs. Rotundi by showing her some of Shmeghan’s inventory until Meghan and Lila come up. Lila starts crying when eh enters, and Mrs. Rotundi comforts her and promises that everything will be fine.

Felicity tells Javier about the fire and how heroic Noel was. She wants to keep the clothes she was wearing, even though they smell like smoke. At the loft, Ben celebrates his good grade by cooking. Noel comes home and tells them about the fire, mentioning that Felicity was involved but is fine. The look on Ben’s face says that he realizes he could have lost her without working through their issues. Ben calls Felicity immediately to make sure she’s really okay. She heard about his 95 from Elena and congratulates him. She appreciates his call to make sure she’s safe and not alone.

The next day, she goes to the studio and sees that all her work has been damaged. Cavallo tells her he liked what she was doing – it’s similar to what the students in his program produce. He’s ready to bring her onboard. “Your piñata took another hit,” he says. “Let’s see what spills out.”

Felicity takes a piñata down the hall to Noel’s office and tells him she’s in the honors program. She’s worried that she and Noel aren’t friends anymore. He says he just needs to chance some things about himself. Felicity doesn’t want him to change too much, since she likes him the way he is, but she gets that he needs to get things back on track. In his next session with Auerbach, Noel tells him that he took a step back from Felicity, and it was weird letting go of something so important to him, but it doesn’t feel right to just wait around for her anymore.

Thoughts: I’m sorry but piñatas are a dumb theme for an honors-level college thesis program, especially one taught by a revered professor you want to take you seriously. I mean, add some unicorns and rainbows while you’re at it. And make sure to mention that you consulted a Magic 8 Ball.

No fire alarm and, apparently, no training on fire safety at this school. They’re going to get hit with a lot of lawsuits.

“So that was some test, huh? A lot of questions, a lot of chemistry.” Trevor O’Donnell, ladies and gentlemen.

April 17, 2021

Felicity 4.5, Boooz: Hello, Is It Lionel Richie Tickets You’re Looking For?

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , at 1:23 pm by Jenn

Who thought there was a big overlap of “Felicity” viewers and Lionel Richie fans?

Summary: Felicity interviews for the TA position Noel told her about, but the professor she’s talking to, May, is more interested in Felicity’s opinion on her scarf than her teaching skills. She even gives the scarf to Felicity, since she has a bunch of them. She has Felicity critique a painting, which, of course, is one of May’s. But Felicity gives a satisfactory critique and gets the job.

At home, Felicity and Elena decorate for a Halloween party at the dorm apartment. Richard brings them a keg and tells them his costume is a surprise. Javier arrives next and asks to stay for a few days so he can teach Samuel a lesson. Samuel keeps taking him for granted – plus, he forgot what Javier wore for Halloween last year. Javier thinks Samuel will fall apart without Javier taking care of him.

Ben tells his Al-Anon group that he’s changed his major to pre-med. At first people didn’t think he could do it (and he didn’t, either), and last week something happened that made him reconsider things. That thing was Hodges putting benzene compounds on the midterm after telling the students he wouldn’t. Ben and Trevor agree again that Hodges is a jerk.

In bed that night, Ben tells Felicity that it feels like Hodges wants his students to fail. Felicity tries to reassure him that he only missed a few questions, then says Ben may have misunderstood Hodges. Ben doesn’t like that implication. He knows organic chemistry is where professors weed out the weaker students, so this may be the end of the road for him in pre-med already.

Sean and Meghan return bath towels a relative got them as a wedding gift, since they’re monogrammed with the wrong initials for Meghan. She’s not changing her name, and Sean is trying not to be offended. A woman named Barb suddenly takes their picture on the street, then introduces herself as a photographer for a magazine. She wants to feature Meghan as a trendsetter because of her unique shirt, which has socks for sleeves. Meghan declines, but Sean is interested in helping his wife establish a big new trend.

Professor May doesn’t arrive for her next class, and Felicity tries to get the students to stick around. A guy named Max recognizes her from the beauty pageant, where he worked the sets. Felicity lies that that wasn’t her, but he doesn’t believe her. A woman from administration arrives and tells Felicity that May was arrested for shoplifting. Oooh, you should return that scarf right away, Felicity.

Anyway, they need Felicity to take over her next few classes, until they can find a replacement professor. Felicity is hesitant, thinking the students won’t listen to her. Well, then you shouldn’t be a TA in the first place. The woman tells her she just needs to keep them busy for a few days. Show them a movie like a sub would do! They’ll love you, Felicity!

Javier hangs out at the dorm apartment, waiting for Samuel to call and beg him to come home. Noel suggests that they go see a movie, but movies remind Javier of Samuel. They can’t go to a bar for the same reason. Samuel spots a newspaper ad about a Lionel Richie concert in Atlantic City and decides it would be the perfect distraction. His first summer in America, he saw Lionel in Central Park and enjoyed every minute of the concert. He wants to feel that way again. Noel was hoping to go to the Halloween party, but Javier thinks he should avoid Felicity. He convinces Noel to go on a road trip with him.

Ben and Trevor both failed their midterm and complain to Hodges about benzene compounds being on the test. Hodges says he never said they wouldn’t be on the test. Ben asks if they can retake the test. Ha ha ha, of course not! Hodges tells them that most of the class passed, and some even got A’s, so the test wasn’t the problem. They won’t get do-overs when they become doctors.

Hodges warns that both guys are in danger of failing the class. Ben says he’s being unfair, and when Hodges tries to end the conversation, Ben calls him a [slang term for male anatomy that this show loves to use]. Unsurprisingly, Hodges kicks both Ben and Trevor out of the class.

The two go to Epstein Bar to drink away their problems. Trevor knows his dad, a surgeon, will be furious. Felicity and Trevor should talk; they have a lot in common. Ben feels bad for getting Trevor kicked out, but Trevor blames Hodges. Sean and Meghan (dressed as JFK and Jackie Kennedy) get ready for the Halloween party, talking about the shirt Meghan was wearing when they met the photographer. Sean has found someone who will manufacture them so they can sell them. Meghan doesn’t want to make money off of her unique look.

Javier and Noel arrive in Atlantic City only to find that the Lionel Richie concert is sold out. A scalper offers them tickets, but they’re $400 each. Javier’s like, “We’re in a casino – let’s just win the money ourselves.” Yes, yes, an ingenious plan! Back in New York, Felicity (dressed as a witch) complains to Elena (also a witch) that her students won’t take her seriously because she was in the pageant. Richard shows up in a homemade Darth Vader costume, hoping to win the party’s costume contest. He sets his sights on a partygoer dressed as Princess Leia.

Sean makes up with Meghan, assuring her that he knows how important it is to her to be an individual. He just feels like he needs some success while her parents hate him. Meghan says selling shirts isn’t going to help that relationship. Ben and Trevor show up drunk and ready to drink some more. Ben doesn’t want to talk about getting kicked out of class.

Javier hasn’t had any luck with slot machines, and he thinks it’s a metaphor for love – you put in your whole heart and you lose. With Lionel, however, you end up happy and dancing on the ceiling. Javier puts in more money, then tries to wrestle his phone away from Noel so he can call Samuel. While they’re fighting, Javier hits the jackpot.

Leia is surprisingly charmed by Darth Vader, but less impressed when he can’t get his helmet off. He goes to Elena for help. Trevor continues drinking while Ben mopes alone in Felicity’s room. Felicity joins him and he tells her that Hodges’ refusal to admit what he did reminded Ben of his father. Richard is desperate to get out of his helmet, but he won’t let Elena cut it off. This is dumb.

Tired of moping, Ben joins the party, where Trevor has passed out. Some guys are making a pyramid of beer cans on his body. Ben realizes that Trevor’s in really bad shape and tells someone to call 911. He ends up in a coma at the hospital with alcohol poisoning and a blood-alcohol level of .38. His doctor praises Ben for getting him help – if Ben hadn’t, Trevor would have died.

Back at the apartment, Richard tries to shrink his head in the freezer so the helmet will come off. Leia feels bad because she drank shots with Trevor. Richard feels worse because he can’t take off his helmet and kiss Leia. I guess Javier gambled away all the money he won, because he and Noel are in a bathroom, lamenting that they’re down to just a few pennies. Plus, Samuel still hasn’t called, so Javier’s sad. Noel reminds him that if he doesn’t play, he can’t win, but Javier knows the house always wins.

Suddenly, some luck: Lionel Richie comes in! Javier introduces himself and tells him how they came all the way from New York for a concert they don’t have tickets for. He asks Lionel to autograph his chest. Lionel would prefer paper. Javier asks for relationship advice, and Lionel tells him that, no matter what, he should always admit that his partner is right. So Javier leaves with advice and an autograph, but no tickets.

Sean has gotten a bunch of shirts, which he ordered before he told Meghan he wouldn’t pursue the sales. He doesn’t think she’s as trendsetting as she thinks she is. Meghan says he’s not exactly fashionable, so he doesn’t get to have an opinion on her look. Felicity starts a critique session in class, but Max wants to keep mocking her for being in the pageant. He thinks she was participating in the objectification of women. He also thinks she got her TA position as a prize. Another student tells Felicity that since artists have to fight the pressures of commercialism, she should be ashamed of herself for selling out. They shouldn’t have to hear her opinions.

Ben approaches Hodges to let him know that Trevor’s in the hospital. They came to Hodges for help, but he didn’t give it. Ben doesn’t care about the class anymore, but he thinks Hodges should have just admitted he screwed up. At Epstein Bar, Noel urges Javier to call Samuel and work things out. Javier doesn’t know how Noel can live without the person he loves. Just as he’s about to make the call, Samuel calls first and apologizes. Javier tells him about his trip, but Samuel thinks he’s lying. Noel reminds Javier to use Lionel’s advice. Okay, maybe not in this situation, though.

Felicity complains to Elena about her class – the students have been singing the Miss America theme song when she walks in the room. Elena tells her to stop apologizing for who she is and what she’s done. Plenty of people screw up on their way to figuring out who they are. Felicity should own her mistakes and get strength from them instead.

So Felicity wears her evening gown to class, leaning into her win for best evening wear. She invites her students to ask questions (in other words, daring them to comment). As she’s about to start class, Cavallo shows up – he’s taking over the class. He asks if she always dresses like this for class or if she’s just celebrating his first day. Heh. Meghan goes to class and is annoyed to be sitting between students wearing her look. I guess Sean was right and she’s not as unique as she thinks she is. Back at the loft, she puts her Jackie Kennedy costume back on and tells Sean it’s her new look (but he’d better not steal it).

Ben goes to see Trevor and runs into Hodges, who’s also visiting. He appreciates how Ben handled the medical emergency and admits that he could have been more helpful to his students. And yes, he might have said that benzenes wouldn’t be on the test. Ben is no longer kicked out of organic chemistry. As Hodges leaves, he says he has a son Ben’s age. I bet that son hates Hodges, too.

Ben tells his Al-Anon group that when he was a kid, his dad would disappear for days, then pretend nothing had happened. Kids always want to help, so maybe that’s why Ben wants to be a doctor – to help people. In this situation, something good is coming out of something bad. He visits Trevor, who’s now awake, and tells him that Hodges is letting them back in the class. When Ben leaves, Felicity is waiting for him. Ben tells the group that now he feels like he can succeed. Maybe it’s not about who does the best academically, but who cares the most.

Thoughts: Anel Lopez Gorham, who plays Leia, is married to Christopher Gorham (Trevor).

Hodges was a jerk about the test, but not in kicking Ben out of the class. You don’t call a professor that word! Kicking Trevor out was too far, though. He didn’t say anything.

The witchy/goth look really works for Keri Russell.

’00s music alert: Nikka Costa’s “Everybody Got Their Something” (again)

April 3, 2021

Felicity 4.3, Your Money or Your Wife: Impossible Dreams

Posted in TV tagged , , at 1:25 pm by Jenn

Never stop dreaming, Javier

Summary: Sean is trying to buy a ring for Meghan, but his money situation isn’t great, so he can’t afford much. Meghan informs him that her parents want to meet his parents (and also, they’re not thrilled that their only child got married without them present). Sean notes that Meghan never cares what her parents want, so why start now? She says that someday they’ll probably have kids, and she’ll want the kids to have a good relationship with their grandparents, so they’re going to have dinner with all the Blumbergs and Rotundis, end of discussion.

Ben goes to the dorm apartment, where he and Felicity quickly decide they want to put everything behind them and get back together. Well, that was easy! I’m sure it’s smooth sailing from here on out! Later, Felicity asks Javier if he would be able to stay with Samuel if Javier cheated – even if it was just a one-time thing and he got away with it. She reveals that she cheated on Ben with Noel, and Ben has no idea. Javier promises to keep it to himself, and knows Felicity chose him to confess to because of his discretion. Felicity doesn’t know what to do; she just wants things to go back to normal.

Ben’s struggling with organic chemistry, and Felicity doesn’t remember anything she learned in the class, so she advises him to talk to Elena. They make weekend plans and kiss goodbye like everything’s totally normal. Felicity tells Javier that kissing Ben makes her feel even worse. At the loft, a woman named Sharon, who’s with the building’s co-op board, tells Sean she hasn’t gotten checks from him for months. (Shouldn’t Felicity have been taking care of that over the summer?) Meghan tells him his parents are coming to dinner, an idea Sean hates.

Felicity applied too late for financial aid, so she owes more tuition money than she thought. A LOT more. A guy at the financial aid office offers her a scholarship guide…which costs $35. Felicity, try the Internet. It’s free. She buys the book, which Javier takes an interest in at Dean & DeLuca, though his first choice for her is a beauty pageant. Felicity prefers one for female art students.

Javier is auditioning for a production of Man of La Mancha, and he tells Felicity he originally came to the U.S. to be an actor. He only went on one audition, though, and he was so horrible that it spooked him from ever trying again. Noel comes by to meet with Natalie’s lawyer, who supposedly has news for him. Javier knows something but doesn’t tell Noel whatever’s going on.

Professor Hodges hands back some recent papers, telling his class that 40% of his students last year either failed or dropped the course. Hmm, maybe you just suck at teaching. A guy named Trevor tells Ben that he might join that 40%. The two agree to be lab partners. Back at Dean & DeLuca, Natalie’s lawyer gives Noel a check for $50,000 from some relative’s estate. Noel worries he’ll end up like his cousin, who became a bum after receiving settlement checks from an accident. The lawyer says the money will just go back to his firm and sit in a pool. Noel decides to accept the check.

Sean is super-nervous for the big dinner, which is making Meghan nervous as well. He knows his dad is going to try too hard to impress the Rotundis, and he’ll end up being embarrassing instead. Meghan comes up with a code: If she says “Rice Krispies,” Sean will know to shut up. I think Sean’s dad is the one who needs that code, but okay.

Sean’s parents, Manny and Helen, arrive to meet up with Meghan and Sean before heading out to dinner. They’re thrilled to meet Meghan and tell her that, even though they weren’t happy that Sean got married without them, now they know the couple was meant to be. Sean complains to Meghan that his father’s wearing a suit, and she replies, “Rice Krispies.” Yeah, Sean, you’re going to want to pace yourself.

As they’re leaving to meet the Rotundis, Manny admires Sean’s stereo. Sean negotiated a price of $400, and Manny says he knows someone who could have gotten it for $300. Sean responds by asking why his father wore a suit. Meghan tries to shush him, but Sean says Manny tries too hard to make himself look like someone who isn’t from Flushing. The Rotundis would never embarrass him but asking how much something cost. Helen and Meghan try to break up the argument, but Manny decides that he and Helen should leave. Meghan tells Sean he has to call her parents and explain that dinner isn’t happening.

Elena looks over Felicity’s scholarship application, sure she’ll get it. She mentions that she tried to call Tracy but reached his roommate instead. She’s not sure why she wanted to call him; she just can’t grasp the thought of never seeing him again. Plus, now she’s down a lab partner. Elena considers teaming up with Ben, who did reach out to her for help, but she’s not sure how she can help him. The class is really tough, and they have one mutual friend who flamed out.

Ben arrives and overhears them talking about how he’s in over his head. He doesn’t know even the basic pieces of the subject. Med school will be even more difficult, so Ben is facing an uphill battle. Felicity thinks that, if he really wants this, he’ll make a great doctor. Ben makes his presence known, tells Elena he doesn’t need her help after all, and leaves to go study.

The next day, Meghan buys Sean a book about great relationships between fathers and sons just to demonstrate that his relationship with his father sucks. Sean and I make the same observation – she wasted money to make a point. Meghan says that a couple of years ago, she got sick of pretending to be the daughter her parents thought she was, so she went home for a visit as her real, goth self. It went better than she’d expected, and now her relationship with her parents is great. Sean doesn’t see how that will help him. Meghan says that she and her dad don’t always get along, but at least they talk.

Felicity calls someone about the art scholarship, which is no longer available and should have been taken out of the book. Javier tells Felicity that he saw Noel and did a great job pretending he didn’t know anything about his hookup with Felicity. Felicity says she hasn’t been to the loft in days, and Javier informs her that Noel is moving out to get his own place.

Sharon visits Sean again to get her money. At the same time, Noel tells Sean he’s moving out. Read the room, Noel. Sean asks Sharon if he can have a couple more days to get his finances together. She agrees but warns that the co-op board will hire a lawyer to come after their money if they don’t get it soon. Sean, maybe you could start by selling your $400 stereo.

Ben and Trevor have been working on a lab experiment for hours but can’t figure out what they’re doing wrong. Trevor suggests that they take a break and have some beers. Ben would rather focus on getting into med school, so he stays behind and keeps working. Meanwhile, Sean goes to his family’s home, where his brother, Joey, is nervous about another big father/son blow-up. It turns out that Manny, like his son, is an inventor; he’s created a screwless chair. Sean tells Manny they’re having brunch with the Rotundis tomorrow.

Javier goes to his audition in armor, since he’s auditioning for the part of Don Quixote. The director asks him to lose the accent. Javier, leave now. He gets just a few notes into “The Impossible Dream,” and the director dismisses him. Aww. Over at the loft, repo men show up to take all of Sean’s stuff from the living room. One of them tells him he’s facing eviction.

Felicity shows up later, and Noel tells him that Sean said he moved everything out so the floors could be redone. Noel confirms that he’s moving out. Felicity only stopped by to ask Sean a financial question, which is…weird. She went to a bank to get a loan, but she doesn’t have enough collateral, so she considered charging her tuition to a preapproved credit card. Noel tells her not to do that, since she’ll get stuck with a bunch of interest.

Noel has a better idea: Felicity can take his $50,000. Of course, Felicity doesn’t want that, but Noel tells her they can look at it as a no-interest loan she can pay back at any time. Felicity says she needs to handle this problem on her own. She appreciates him for being as generous as always, though.

Ben fell asleep in the lab after finishing his experiment, but he thinks he figured it out, so at least there’s that. Hodges disagrees. Ben asks what he did wrong, but Hodges won’t give him the answer, since that won’t help him learn. He needs to figure this one out on his own before he can complete the next lab. If he doesn’t, he’s out of the class. Ben complains to Trevor that Hodges sucks. Hodges hears him and tells him he’s free to leave at any time.

Sean’s next big idea: flavored pen caps. I think I’ve been watching this show too long, because it makes perfect sense to me. Noel guesses that Sean wants him to invest his $50,000 in the idea. Javier tells Felicity his dream is dead, and she tells him she didn’t get her loan, so they’re both a little down. Felicity says her only options are calling her dad and begging for help, or dropping out. Javier gives her a third option, the beauty pageant. He insists that it’s not all about beauty. She has to submit her academics, too. Plus, lots of people get scholarships this way.

Meghan and Sean meet their parents at the Rotundis’ mansion. Things get off to a great start when Sean compliments his father’s informal clothes. Ben goes to the dorm apartment, where Elena tells him that Tracy sent her a letter saying he needs distance. He’s taking the semester off for another church mission. (He’s actually a surgical intern at Sacred Heart Hospital, but that wouldn’t make sense to Elena.)

Elena thinks she’s dumb for thinking they could have worked things out. She feels like she’s made the biggest mistake of her life. Ben notes that she would have made a bigger mistake if she’d married him for the wrong reasons. He also lets her know that he overheard her telling Felicity that he might not make it through pre-med or med school. He’s not mad, though; he’s not sure he’s going to succeed, either.

The Blumbergs and Rotundis get along well, but when Manny tries to pitch his idea for screwless chairs, Sean and Helen object (though Walter Rotundi agrees to look at his prospectus). Sean finally tells Manny that Walter is just being nice, and Manny needs to stop embarrassing himself. Manny thinks Sean is calling him a loser. Sean reminds him that his ideas never work. Suddenly, he realizes that Manny’s not embarrassing himself – he’s embarrassing Sean.

Sean goes home and tells Noel that he’s having money problems. He regrets trying to manipulate Noel into helping him. But Noel, of course, does want to help, and he offers to loan Sean the $50,000. In fact, he’d love to get rid of the money he feels he doesn’t deserve. Hey, look, everyone’s problem is solved! Well, except Felicity’s. And Ben’s. And Javier’s. Okay, never mind.

Elena helps Ben and Trevor with their experiment while Trevor hits on Elena. Dude, she JUST broke up with her fiancé. Keep your pants on. Anyway, the three successfully complete the experiment, so Trevor suggests they celebrate with beer. Does he do anything other than drink? Elena agrees to go, but Ben wants to hang out with his girlfriend.

Sean goes back to his parents’ house and tells Manny that he’s not ashamed of his father. He just wanted to impress his in-laws. Manny says there’s nothing wrong with trying to be successful, but Sean should be prouder of who he is. Sean’s like, “Yeah, a 27-year-old without a college degree, a steady job, or friends his own age is really something to be proud of.” Manny sees things differently: Sean has his own place and a ton of great ideas. The family even eats one of his cereal inventions all the time. Manny’s proud of Sean and asks if he’s working on anything new. Sean tells him about the pen caps, and Manny says he had the same idea.

Felicity has run out of ideas, so she leaves a message with her father. Javier shares the happy news that, while he didn’t get the role as Don Quixote, he did get a spot in the chorus. This inspires Felicity to continue dreaming her own impossible dream and not turn to her father for money. She goes home and looks for a picture to attach to her application for the beauty pageant.

Music montage! Sean gets his stuff back as Elena tries to move on from Tracy, Felicity mails her application, Ben gets a nod of respect from Hodges, and Javier enjoys himself at rehearsal. At the loft, Meghan tells Noel that her father is mad at her: He wants her to annul her marriage to Sean, and if she doesn’t, she’s cut off. She asks him not to tell Sean. Oh, great, both of them are keeping money-related secrets from each other. This marriage is off to an awesome start. But at least Sean was able to buy Meghan a (cubic zirconia) ring to make the marriage more official.

Thoughts: Trevor is played by Christopher Gorham. Joey is played by Brad Grunberg, Greg Grunberg’s real-life brother.

The second Noel got the check, I knew what he would try to do with it. This show stole a plot from Dawson’s Creek!

Until Noel mentioned Natalie’s name, I’d completely forgotten she existed. I guess it’s good of the show to wrap up that plot instead of just dropping it forever.

I assume Meghan is now living at the loft, so are Felicity and Elena the only people in that huge apartment now?

Trivia: The Rotundis’ money comes from an elevator business.

Manny’s sales pitch for his chairs is “screw other chairs.” I feel like this would actually work.

March 20, 2021

Felicity 4.1, The Declaration: Grown-ish

Posted in TV tagged , , , at 1:15 pm by Jenn

New York’s hottest new hangout is Tar Beach

Summary: Felicity’s making a tape for Sally, so you know something big must have happened. She’s officially a senior now, and she’s sure things will be awesome, even though they’re also complicated. She had a wonderful summer hanging out with Noel and absolutely not awkwardness. Felicity admits that she didn’t think at all about her future, though her father did.

Flashback to summer: Felicity, Noel, and Javier are tanning on the roof. Noel did the Saturday crossword puzzle in ink, so Felicity will be buying him dinner. Javier is coordinating Elena’s wedding, so now we know how she responded to Tracy’s proposal. After Noel leaves, Javier notes that Felicity hasn’t talked about Ben for a while. She promises that she still loves him, but Javier warns that this year won’t be as easy as she thinks.

Felicity tells Sally that Edward keeps sending her newspaper clippings about people her age who know exactly what they’re doing with their lives. They bother her, for some reason. So much so that she wakes up in the middle of the night and goes to Noel’s room. She had a nightmare about an alligator that killed Noel, then chased her.

She’s worried about what will happen to them this year. Felicity’s friends are doing grown-up things like getting married and getting jobs, and she knows everything will change. Noel tells her this is normal for senior year – people start panicking because they’re so close to their futures. He’s sure Felicity will get into a great art program this year. Felicity admits she hasn’t applied yet, because she’s intimidated by the person in charge Jeremy Cavallo. Noel promises that this will be the best year of Felicity’s life. She’s nervous anyway.

The next day, Sean and Meghan are back from Switzerland. They’re fighting. I know! I’m shocked, too! The ladies are back in the dorm apartment, by the way. Sean tells Felicity that on the flight back from Switzerland, he and Meghan played a game: If you could have sex with anyone, who would it be? These freaking idiots. Why would they play a game like that? Anyway, Sean said Elizabeth Hurley, and Meghan said Tracy. You know, her friend’s fiancé. FREAKING IDIOT.

Felicity goes to meet Cavallo, voicing over to Sally that as a senior, she shouldn’t be so worried about what someone thinks of her. He’s on the phone, and he crankily acknowledges her, which makes her chicken out and go to the loft instead. Noel urges her to go back tomorrow and try again, but she’s embarrassed. Noel is getting ready for a job interview, but Felicity is too focused on her own neuroses to be very encouraging.

Ben arrives a day ahead of schedule, and he and Felicity have a happy reunion. Noel says he’s going up to Tar Beach, their nickname for the roof. Elena takes her wedding dress to Dean & DeLuca, displeased with how it turned out. Javier promises that his cousin, who altered the dress for her, will do what Elena wants. Elena gives him a list of things to take care of for the wedding, and Javier tries to pretend it’s not too much.

In bed after a…more official reunion, Felicity tells Ben that she was relieved when he called over the summer to tell her he doesn’t want to be a paramedic after all. Then…why didn’t he come back sooner? Anyway, Ben announces that he wants to be a doctor instead. Their conversation is interrupted by news from Noel that Edward is on the phone, and also in town. Felicity and Edward start bickering, and she tells him she’s in the honors art program with Cavallo. Liar!

The next day, Felicity gathers her courage to actually talk to Cavallo. He apologizes for being cranky the day before and is in general much kinder than Felicity’s nervousness as led us to believe. Ben meets with…his advisor, I guess, a guy named Norman. He easily agrees to approve of Ben’s class changes so he can take pre-med classes. He thinks Ben is a natural for med school, which means he’s never met Ben before, as I’ve suspected in the past. Yep, he has Ben confused with someone else.

Ben wants to take 18 credits this semester, when 14 is normal. Norman thinks taking that many credits could actually kill Ben. Ben doesn’t know why Norman would care. Norman advises him to stay a fifth year and give himself more time to complete his requirements. Ben, however, now knows what he wants to do in life, and he’s eager to get everything done. Norman gives him a placement test to take – if Ben passes, Norman will approve his class changes.

Javier shows Elena her newly altered dress, but she still doesn’t like it. “Sweetheart, would you tell me if you were doing drugs?” Javier asks. Elena doesn’t think his cousin should be struggling so much with the dress. Javier yells that he’s been working hard to get Elena everything she wants, and she’s not grateful. Elena announces that she’ll do it herself. “It’s okay, she liked it,” Javier tells an eavesdropping customer.

Noel hasn’t had any success in job interviews, and he’s disappointed that he has nothing to show for all his work. Felicity’s like, “Stop thinking about yourself and feel bad for me, since I have to go spend time with my dad.” He advises her to think of Edward like a spider – spiders are more scared of people than people should be of them. I think you’re thinking of bears, Noel. Felicity asks him to come along to dinner with Edward for moral support. Noel tells her he’ll be there in spirit. She leans her head on his shoulder. Felicity…no.

Edward surprises Felicity at the dorm apartment, where he’s been chatting with Ben about his decision to go pre-med. He passed his placement test, so his new plan is a go. But now Felicity’s annoyed, because her father is super-proud of Ben for his newfound purpose in life, but worried about Felicity for having no plans for her future.

At dinner, Edward tells Felicity that she’s wasting her time. She’s been focused on guys more than her future, and now she has no plans. Art is great, and he likes that she likes it, but it’s not a life. Felicity should go back to the pre-med track, and keep art as a hobby. She excuses herself from the table and runs to call Noel. He tells her Edward is just being a typical parent; he’s not evil, just stupid. If Edward doesn’t get why Felicity has made the choices she had, it’s because he doesn’t understand her. Life is a challenge and obstacle course, so Felicity should tackle it on her own terms.

Feeling refreshed, Felicity returns to the table and tells Edward that she’s doing things that are important to her. She needs to make her own choices, even if they’re the wrong ones. She’s not facing a time schedule, after all. Edward thinks she should be, but Felicity doesn’t want to live that way. Edward accepts that, but adds that he and Barbara aren’t comfortable financing that life. Felicity has just a year to figure out what she wants to do. She’s on the edge of a cliff facing her future. She’s wasted the last three years. Felicity says she’ll pay for her senior year herself. She doesn’t want Edward’s help or need his criticism.

She goes to the loft, where Noel is lying around in his interview suit, trying to figure out why he’s not landing any jobs. They don’t know what to do with their lives, so they’re just going to eat candy. The next day, Felicity goes to the financial aid office to take over as her own financier. She tells Sally that there’s something amazing about declaring your independence. Felicity heads to Dean & DeLuca afterward, where Ben’s annoyed because she’s late and he has to get to class.

At the dorm apartment, Meghan is trying on a bridesmaid dress for Elena’s wedding. The dress is perfectly fine, but of course Meghan hates it. Sean thinks she just doesn’t want Tracy and Elena to get married since she wants Tracy for herself. Sean has helped himself to cake in the fridge, which happens to be the wedding cake. You’re telling me Sean didn’t realize that a big cake with a bride and groom on top was THE wedding cake? Come on.

Noel has finally had a successful interview, and he thinks his good luck will pass on to Felicity, and she’ll get into Cavallo’s program. But when Felicity arrives to meet with Cavallo, Edward is there. He wanted to see for himself what’s so special about this program. Cavallo asks Felicity to come back later and he’ll tell her whether she’s in the program. Felicity quickly asks Edward to sign the forms allowing her to be her own financier.

Ben is late for his first organic chemistry class with Professor Hodges, so Hodges won’t let him in. He’ll also be quizzed on the contents of that class’ lecture. If he misses another lecture, he’s out. Yeah, Ben isn’t cut out for this. Meanwhile, Cavallo tells Felicity he likes her work, but she’s not ready for his honors course.

She goes to the loft to talk to Ben about her bad day, but he’s also having a bad day, made worse by a malfunctioning printer. He tells her he missed his first organic chemistry lecture because he was late; Felicity puts the pieces together and realizes it was because she made him late. Ben reminds her how important this semester is, and how heavy his workload is.

Javier goes to the dorm apartment to give Elena back the picture she gave his cousin of what she wanted her dress to look like. He’s realized that Elena wants a replica of her late mother’s wedding dress. He’s also realized that Elena’s mother isn’t around to help her plan her big day, which is probably contributing to her crankiness. Javier promises to help her get the dress she wants.

Edward comes by to give Felicity the signed financial papers, making her officially in charge of her own tuition. She tells him she’s not a little girl anymore. She also lies that she got into Cavallo’s class, which is something that mature, grown people do. She voices over to Sally that she’s afraid of the future, which seems ridiculous – “it’s just time, isn’t it?”

Noel finds Felicity up on Tar Beach, where he reveals that his awesome job interview didn’t lead to an awesome job. He tries to pretend it isn’t a bad deal, but it is. Felicity tells him she didn’t get into the honors program, and now she thinks her dad’s right. She feels lost. They put their heads close together, which leads to kissing. Oh, no!

Thoughts: I love Rick Worthy, who plays Cavallo. I’ve never seem him play someone so…what’s the opposite of gruff?

It took two seasons but Felicity’s hair is finally back to a length that doesn’t make me want to avert my eyes. Ben, however, has shaved off most of his hair, and I don’t like it. And Elena has ditched her braids, while Meghan has kind of adopted them, putting her hair in dreds. Meghan, no!

Not that I want to listen to Sean and Meghan fight more, but it’s disappointing that their plot just ends. I need to know more about Meghan’s attraction to Tracy.