November 14, 2020

Felicity 2.23, The Biggest Deal There Is: It’s Just One Summer! Everyone Needs to Chill Out!

Posted in TV tagged , , at 1:10 pm by Jenn

Look, everyone’s happy! That won’t last

Summary: Felicity makes out with Ben while voicing over to Sally that sex is a big deal. That’s why she and Ben haven’t gotten there yet. Sean and Meghan, however, have. She freaks out when she wakes up in his bed the next morning, tossing him a “thanks” before she leaves. Felicity catches her and Meghan swears her to secrecy. Then she admits that Sean is “pretty amazing.”

Felicity tells Sally that she’s going to turn down Morton’s internship offer without giving any details (you know, that she wants to spend the summer with her boyfriend instead of taking advantage of an amazing opportunity). Ben is leaving for California the day after Javier’s wedding, and Felicity will be there a couple days after. She goes to see Morton, who tells her that a prominent curator will be working with them. So if Felicity turns down the internship, she’s saying no to more than she thought.

Ben waits for Felicity at the loft, worrying that she’ll change her mind and accept the internship. Richard suggests that Ben just stay in New York for the summer. Richard will be spending it in Palm Beach. No one cares, Richard. Sean thinks Ben should stick with his California plans – he’ll make more money there, and he shouldn’t sacrifice that for a summer with his girlfriend. Julie asks for advice on the horrible outfit she has to wear for her summer job at in inn in Maine. My advice: Burn it. Sean gives her a message from Carol, not having any idea who that is. Ben fills him in.

Felicity tells Morton that she really wants to work with her and the curator, but it’s not going to happen. Morton isn’t thrilled, but she accepts it. At Dean & DeLuca, Javier tells Ben to stay away from his cousin, Natalie. We finally meet Samuel for the first time when he brings Natalie to the restaurant. Ben chats with her and learns that she’s moving to New York in the fall for grad school.

Felicity runs into Pavone in a bathroom; Pavone has heard about her internship and is sorry to hear that Felicity isn’t taking it. She guesses that Felicity wants to be with Ben instead. Pavone tells her to take the internship – she shouldn’t let fear stop her from taking an opportunity to become a more interesting person. She wants Ben and Felicity to work out, and if they’re really good together, Ben will still be around for a long time.

Felicity tells Sally that, as usual, she left the conversation with Pavone a) feeling like her advice was wrong and b) resenting her for giving that advice. When Felicity gets to Dean & DeLuca, she finds Ben and Natalie chatting and I guess starts worrying that she’ll lose him. That night, she asks him what he would do in her position. She knows she can’t babysit their relationship even if they’re in the same city. Ben tells her to take the internship. That’s what he would do. It’s not like they’re in love. In fact, maybe they should slow things down a little.

Meghan is spending the summer as a camp counselor at Wicca camp (who knew that was a thing?), so she needs to spend some time preparing, which means she can’t let Sean distract her. Sleeping with him was a mistake, and she knows they don’t have a future. That means they can only sleep together one more time.

Felicity tries to get her internship back, but Morton has already offered it to a grad student. She agrees to call Felicity if that arrangement falls through. Sean can’t believe that Felicity wants the internship instead of Ben. Ben feels the same, even though he told her to take it. “Now you know what it’s like to be Noel,” Richard quips.

Felicity complains to Elena that Ben doesn’t seem to care if they’re apart for the summer. We go back and forth between the two conversations, with both Ben and Felicity being upset about how things are going. Felicity now doubts that she and Ben are really in love; maybe she shouldn’t spend the summer with him after all. These two are EXHAUSTING.

Julie and Carol meet up at Epstein Bar, where Carol announces that her husband/Julie’s birth father is sick. Meanwhile, Noel goes to Javier and Samuel’s rehearsal dinner at the loft and meets Natalie. They have the kind of banter that always leads to a relationship on TV. During the meal, Richard (…why was Richard invited?) tells another guest about an idea he has for a website: fillherupnow.com. Someone brings gas to you and fills up your car for you. I think Richard’s been spending too much time with Sean.

There are various other conversations around the room, like Noel and Natalie getting to know each other, Elena and Tracy possibly discussing living together over the summer, and Javier and Samuel having a tiff about something changing. Sean tries to chat with Meghan, who isn’t interested. Felicity, as the best man, makes a toast and says that Javier is a big romantic. He “sees the best version of life.” She admires how open Javier and Samuel are with each other (you know, as opposed to Felicity and Ben).

Ben interrupts to tell everyone how Samuel risked his job to go to Spain with Javier when Javier’s visa ran out. Felicity adds that Samuel was really emotional over the thought of losing Javier – so emotional that he cried. Ben reminds everyone that Javier was being forced to go back to Spain. Felicity shoots back that at least Samuel cared. Ben spits out that Javier didn’t want to abandon his boyfriend.

Felicity finally pulls Ben out of the room so they can talk things over instead of shooting passive-aggressive barbs at each other. She’s upset that he’s so okay with letting her go. He says he was just trying to let her have what she wanted. They stop fighting and start kissing, like, that’s not the way to resolve things, guys. They end up on the bed (his, I hope) as Felicity tells Sally that the first time she had sex with Ben, there were 40 people in the next room and none of them knew. She’s wrong – they all know, and Javier has to tell them to pretend they don’t.

Afterward, Felicity teases Ben about the way he says “anything,” leaving off the G. I’ve noticed that, too! He says it like he’s faking an American accent. He tells her he’s sorry she lost the internship, though she teases that he’s not really sorry. Felicity thinks things have worked out for the best. They’ll just be apart a couple of days, and then they’ll get to be together for the whole summer.

The next day, Ben and Julie set up for the wedding in a park, and he asks how things went with Carol. She tells him that her father needs a kidney transplant. Ahhh, so that’s why Carol called – she wants Julie to find out if she’s a match for a donation. Julie admits that she’s mad that Carol kept her a secret from her husband until Julie was useful. She walked out of the conversation. Ben agrees that Carol has handled the situation wrong, but Julie shouldn’t take it out on her father, who had no clue she even existed.

Javier has “severe jitters” and is grateful to Felicity for helping to calm him down. Sean gets a call forwarded from the loft and hands his cell phone off to Felicity – it’s Morton, telling her the internship is up for grabs again. Felicity immediately says she’s in. Noel arrives for the ceremony with Natalie, after spending the whole night walking around the city together. Elena’s surprised, and Natalie asks if she’s never done that before. “If we get to know each other better, I’ll let you in on things I’ve done,” Elena replies awesomely.

Sean confronts Meghan for being cold to him when they’re around other people, even though they’ve spent two awesome nights together. He’s letting her stay with him, so she should show him some courtesy. She agrees. He gives her a skull necklace, the first piece of jewelry anyone’s ever given her that she doesn’t wear in her nose, tongue, or bellybutton. Aww, it must be true love.

Time for the wedding! The officiant tells Samuel and Javier that they will go through lots of different experiences together, but if their relationship has a foundation in love, the love will always be there. Richard’s already crying. Javier’s vows are lovely, but for some reason he decides to spring it on Samuel that he’s going to start classes at UNY next year. As Samuel says his vows, which are about looking at the person he’s going to be with forever, Felicity can’t help but look at Ben, her possible future.

Like most TV weddings, this one is over fast, as the officiant pronounces Javier and Samuel partners in life right after they say their vows. Everyone has fun at the reception, and Ben notes how happy and unworried the newlyweds are. Of course, this is when Felicity gives him something to worry about. She tells him she’s taking the internship, and he has a hard time hiding how sorry he is that they’ll be apart for the summer.

Noel is basically already in love with Natalie, less than 24 hours after meeting her. She wonders if he’s just desperate for a connection with someone after losing the connection he had with Ruby. Noel says he’s sick of being the nice, accommodating guy. When Natalie asks if he wants to do something dangerous or impulsive, he’s intrigued. Julie is moping by herself until Javier pulls her onto the dance floor, saying no one’s allowed to pout at his wedding. Felicity can pout just as well on the dance floor as she can anywhere, though, and she tells Ben she doesn’t want him to leave tomorrow.

In the morning, Elena calls the loft to ask if Noel is there. Natalie’s family is looking for her, and Noel has taken a bunch of his stuff and left behind a note that says, “See you in September.” The two of them left the reception early and no one’s seen them. Elena tells Sean that she doesn’t trust Natalie.

Julie calls Carol from a pay phone, for some reason, but hangs up without talking to her. Meanwhile, Meghan goes to the loft and announces that she quits. Not the possibly blooming relationship – she quit her summer job. Her parents have a villa in Tuscany that will be free all summer, if Sean would like to spend some time there with her.

Felicity sees Ben off to the airport, promising that the summer will go by fast. He tells her she can come home if she hates the internship. They say they love each other, which seems really fast, but what do I know? Felicity goes back to her room to mope while Ben thinks important thoughts in an airport waiting room.

Pavone calls Felicity to her office to make sure Felicity knows she wasn’t downplaying the situation with Ben. She shows Felicity a picture of her husband, who she had to be away from for four years while he was in the Air Force. They were able to get through it. Pavone is proud of Felicity for choosing herself over a guy, something she didn’t do two years ago. That means she’s making adult choices. Felicity wishes that growing up felt a little better. That night, Felicity goes to the roof of her building to reminisce about the night she and Ben watched a movie there. And…that’s it. Wait, that’s it?

Thoughts: Natalie is played by Ali Landry.

Female TV characters, please stop turning down awesome opportunities for guys.

I can’t believe Samuel is just some generic white guy. No offense to the actor, of course. But he seems so boring for Javier to fall in love with him.

Fillherupnow.com is available, if anyone wants it.

I’m halfway through the series! Season 2 went fast – I feel like I just started it.

May 9, 2020

Felicity 1.18, Happy Birthday: Is Anyone Being Honest About Anything?

Posted in TV tagged , , at 1:14 pm by Jenn

This is so perfect

Summary: Noel is looking at a newspaper classified section when he bumps into Elena. She yells at him for being a jerk and ruining his relationship with Felicity. Noel tells her he won’t be around much longer for her to be mad at – he’s going to find an apartment and move out of the dorm. Elena shares the news with Felicity, who pauses by Noel’s door on her way out of the dorm but doesn’t stop to talk to him.

Later, Felicity makes a tape for Sally, wondering if it’s normal for her to have mixed emotions about her breakup. Sometimes she’s sad; sometimes she’s mad at Noel; sometimes she feels guilty. Meghan comes home and Felicity tells her that Meghan’s parents called to confirm their arrival tomorrow at noon. Meghan wasn’t aware that they were coming to visit.

Noel interrupts while Felicity, Julie, and Elena are listening to loud music and planning Julie’s birthday party. Julie invites him, then checks with Felicity to make sure that’s okay. Felicity pretends she’s glad that Julie invited him. The girls eat pizza and get interrupted again, this time by Carol. Felicity and Elena clear out while Carol gives Julie a birthday present. And how does Carol know that it’s Julie’s birthday? Because she was there when Julie was born. She lied before – she’s Julie’s birth mother.

Guy (formerly Brian) thinks Felicity’s the one who should have to move out of the dorm, since she’s the one who slept with someone else. He’s not sure how the building will function without Noel as the RA. Noel shouldn’t move out just because he and his girlfriend hit a rough patch. Noel says it’s torture to see her all the time. When he left with Hanna that night, he gave up his rights to any commitment with Felicity.

Over at the loft, Julie puts on a cute dress to go out with Carol. Sean comes in wearing a contraption he swears relieves headaches. However, he can’t test it because he doesn’t have a headache. Ben can help by not being able to pay his full share of the rent. He needs another job on top of Dean & DeLuca. Sean warns that he can’t let Ben slide forever. Julie tells him she likes his contraption, so Sean tells Ben to spend a lot of money on her birthday present, which Julie doesn’t want.

Felicity comes home to find two normal-looking people in her room. They’re not all that’s normal – Meghan’s side of the room looks like it belongs to someone who adores flowers. Felicity’s so confused that she leaves to make sure she’s in the right room. The people are Meghan’s parents, and they’ve heard a lot about Felicity.

Meghan comes in wearing a blouse, a jumper, and a headband. Mr. and Mrs. Rotundi invite Felicity to dinner with them, but Meghan tries to come up with a reason for her not to tag along. She pulls Felicity aside and tells her she put her box on her side of the room. If Felicity opens it, she’s dead. Felicity pulls it out and pretends it’s her own box. She hints that she only cares what’s in it because Meghan (or Meggie, as her mother calls her) keeps taunting her with the contents.

Julie and Carol have an awkward dinner together at Epstein Bar, unsure what to talk about. Lynn asks Julie to play at the bar that Friday, then urges Carol to come see her. This breaks the ice between mother and daughter, and Julie starts asking questions. Carol says she’s proud of her, but she’s not going to tell her family about Julie. She never told her husband she gave a child for adoption, and she’s not sure she can ever tell him.

Felicity and Noel find themselves in an elevator together, and she brings up his possible relocation. Somehow, they’re able to breathe will all the awkwardness in the air. Later, Felicity tells Elena that she almost said more. Elena thinks Noel is the villain here, and Felicity shouldn’t be working so hard to try to make things right. Felicity says she’s not about to forgive or forget, but this is different from what happened with Elena and Blair. Noel was honest. Felicity knows she needs to find a way to deal with all this, and punching Noel in the face, as Elena recommends, won’t do it.

At the loft, Ben wonders why Carol came forward to tell Julie the truth when she doesn’t want to be honest with the rest of her family. Julie can understand how hard this is for her, but Ben isn’t sympathetic. Sean interrupts to ask where he should take Chloe on their second date. Julie says it’ll go better than he’s expecting.

Ben hangs out with Lynn at Epstein Bar as Lynn bartends while listening to a…basketball game? I think it’s basketball. He bet on the game, and when his team wins, he calls his bookie to demand his money. Lynn offers to get Ben in on the action, but Ben isn’t interested. I think we can all assume that, since Ben needs money, he’ll change his mind pretty quickly.

Julie goes to Carol’s office, wanting to talk about how they left things after dinner. They’ve finally met after 19 years, and things seem great, but Julie has to keep everything secret. She wants Carol to think about telling her husband everything. Carol says it’s not possible, and she thought Julie was okay with the arrangement. Julie says it feels like Carol’s ashamed of her. Carol says it’s just complicated.

Just then, her younger daughter, Amanda, comes in, and Julie gets her first glimpse of her younger sister. After Amanda leaves, Carol tells Julie that she thought being honest with her would make things better. Julie says she just doesn’t want to be kept a secret. Carol tells her that’s all she can offer right now, and she’s sorry if that’s not acceptable to Julie.

Felicity is about to take a peek inside Meghan’s box when Meghan and her parents return. They’ve just been to a bunch of museums, and Mrs. R. asks Felicity if she likes art. Meghan says she likes artists. Felicity, stop talking about your personal life where Meghan can hear. Meghan has bought a new dress, and Felicity gets to be amused at how un-Meghan-like it is. Meghan stops her mother from putting the dress in her closet and seeing all her wild clothes. When the Rotundis invite Felicity to dinner again, Felicity teases Meghan by almost accepting, but she ends up declining.

Felicity meets with Elena to study within eyesight of Noel’s room. He tells them he’s found a great studio apartment. At Epstein Bar, Ben listens in as Lynn places more sports bets. He offers again to get Ben in, and after some hesitation, Ben places a $100 bet. Lynn tells him to double it and he’ll add in more to make it really sweet. Ben asks him to keep his gambling secret. Wow, lots of secrets in this episode.

Ben watches the game he bet on at home, anxious for the Bulls to pull out a victory. They do, and Ben immediately writes Sean a check for the rest of his rent. Unfortunately, it doesn’t cheer Sean as much as it should, since Chloe calls to postpone their date. Aw, Sean.

Carol watches Julie sing at the bar, clearly feeling bad about the decisions she’s made about their relationship. After the set, they sit down together so Carol can explain the circumstances of Julie’s birth. She was 17, and she never told Julie’s birth father, who was studying abroad and didn’t know Carol was pregnant. Carol’s parents were supportive as long as she agreed to place Julie for adoption.

Years later, Carol ran into Julie’s father and they started dating again. Julie’s birth father, Tom, is Carol’s husband. She was too scared and ashamed to tell him that Julie exists. Julie demands to meet Tom and Amanda, but Carol wants things to go on her terms. Julie reminds her that her life isn’t the only one affected by these secrets.

Richard complains to Noel that the heat in his room is going crazy. He seems to be the last person to hear that Noel is quitting as RA and moving out. Richard asks who he’s supposed to complain to about stuff now. Felicity sees a sign for a yard sale on Noel’s door, confirming that he’s really leaving. She runs into Julie, but they don’t have time to catch up about Julie’s relationship with Carol.

Mr. Rotundi corners Felicity to tell her that he and his wife are concerned about Meghan. They’re very curious about her box, which they looked inside while they were alone in the room. Would she care to explain what they found? Felicity says she’ll throw it away, but Mr. R. doesn’t know how she can do that. He just wants her to consider Meghan, and know that the Rotundis know what’s in the box.

Julie goes to a restaurant where Carol’s eating with her family (which also includes a son). She watches them from a distance, getting a good look at her birth father, but doesn’t approach them. Back in her room, she calls her parents but doesn’t tell them what’s been going on. They wish her a happy birthday and confirm that she got the present they sent. They miss her and hope she’s celebrating her birthday with her friends.

Felicity and Noel chat awkwardly while setting up for the party. The apartment is available in just a few days, so Noel could be moving out soon. At the party, Lewis tells Noel that everyone will miss him, then hugs him. Noel’s probably grateful to be getting away from that guy. Julie is thrilled with the party and surprised by Ben’s present, an expensive guitar. He lies that his father sent him some money.

Richard shows off his new watch, which he bought from Noel for $15. Felicity’s annoyed but Elena tells Richard, “You stay proud!” Felicity pulls Noel into his room and tells him not to move out. It’ll disrupt everything in the dorm, where he’s the “linchpin.” Richard will drive the new RA crazy, Guy will be lonely, Lewis will have no one to admire, and everyone will miss him, including Felicity.

She continues that she doesn’t know what they are now or what they’ll be in the future, or even what they want, but something between them is unresolved. Whether they never speak again or they eventually get back together, it’ll never get resolved. Either way, he needs to stay.

Lynn introduces Ben so he can make a speech. Ben’s speech is just wishing Julie a happy birthday, so that was pointless. She manages to blow out all the candles on her cake, but who knows what she wished for? Meghan’s back to her goth look, and though she’s grateful to Felicity for playing along with her parents, she’s of course not going to actually say thank you. She just gives Felicity a drink, then steals a piece of cake from Richard (who doesn’t appear to be wearing the watch anymore). Felicity watches Ben and Julie together, and Noel watches her watching them.

Thoughts: Tom is played by an uncredited Bradley Whitford, who at the time was married to Jane Kaczmarek (Carol).

Why did Carol and Julie have their first meal together at the bar? Carol couldn’t spring for dinner at a nice restaurant?

I figured Meghan’s box contained something really anticlimactic, like embarrassing childhood photos or her favorite stuffed animal, but now I don’t know. A gun? Nude photos?

Good casting on Amanda – she looks a lot like Julie.

April 11, 2020

Felicity 1.14, Todd Mulcahy, Part 2: Making Big Decisions Is Future Felicity’s Problem

Posted in TV tagged , , , at 1:09 pm by Jenn

Yes, Todd was the one hit by a bus, but let’s not forget who this is really all about

Summary: Remember how Todd got hit by a bus? (As if you could forget.) He’s still alive, and is now at the hospital. He tells Felicity to take something out of his pocket, a note she gave him when she was 12. She unfolds it as he’s taken off for treatment. Later, she reads the note to Sally, surrounded by the package of stuff he sent her. The note says that she likes talking to Todd, and admits that he’s right that she could become an artist if she wants, but she’ll wait until she’s older to decide between art and medicine.

Felicity and Elena both get high enough grades on McGrath’s test to qualify for his seminar. Now they just have to impress him in their interviews. Elena’s pumped and says they’re smart and capable enough to ace them. Noel finds Felicity in her room, crying over Dead Poets Society. She shows Noel her note and says she wishes she’d listened to Todd instead of behind defensive. She blames herself for his accident. Felicity lets Noel look at some of her artwork and laments following in her father’s footsteps. She feels like she’s lost track of herself. Todd may have been right when he criticized how she’s living her life.

Felicity goes to her interview with McGrath, who only asks one question: Why should she be considered for the seminar? Shaken by Todd’s accident and her reevaluation of her life’s goals, Felicity has trouble answering. She admits that she’s thinking about being an artist. She did want to be a doctor at one point, but she doesn’t remember why now. McGrath is like, “I’m not a shrink; go figure out your life on your own time.” She’s no longer in consideration for the seminar.

At Dean & DeLuca, Javier asks Ben if he looks fat. Someone please give Javier some positive affirmation so he’ll stop asking people this. Ben answers honestly, saying Javier could afford to lose some weight. Javier hugs him, happy that Ben didn’t lie to him. Ben offers to help him with his diet based on how Ben ate when he ran track. Julie comes in and tells Ben that she sent her tape to Carol. She immediately regretted it and tried to get it back, but no mail carriers would let her get it. Ben tries to reassure her that everything will be okay.

Felicity breaks it to Elena that she blew her interview with McGrath. Elena blasts her for making the biggest mistake of her life. The two of them, Julie, Ben, and Noel go to the hospital, where Todd’s still in critical care. Julie says she hates hospital, but Elena feels comfortable in them, having spent so much time in one when her mother was dying.

Noel spent a week in a hospital as a kid after his brother threw a baseball at him and knocked him out of a tree. Ben cracks up at the image. Sean is surprised to come across the group; he was in the maternity ward, refilling his vending machine that dispenses disposable cameras. He takes a picture of Todd, thinking Todd will want to see it when (if) he gets better. The others aren’t sure he’ll get better.

Noel returns to the dorm, where a bunch of girls are sitting around wearing white gloves. One of them says she’s waiting for Richard. Noel’s like, “Yeah, of course you are.” Richard is interviewing “potential clients” for a hand-modeling agency. Noel tells him it’s against school policy to run a business out of his dorm room. Richard, of course, says he can, because he still has blackmail material on Noel.

Felicity goes to an art studio and watches a guy named Eli paint. He guesses she’s a freshman because she has the same wide-eyed look he had as a freshman. The studio classes are all full, but Felicity can apply for the fall semester. She doesn’t want to have to wait that long. Eli tells her the studio is always open; he’ll keep quiet if she wants to use some of the materials.

Noel goes looking for Felicity at her room, but Meghan hasn’t seen her. She asks if Todd has died yet, the mocks Noel for not knowing where his girlfriend is when they’re supposed to be going on a date. Carol tells Julie that she mentioned Julie to her husband, telling him how she plays the guitar. Her husband brought out her old guitar and Carol spent some time trying to remember how to play it. Carol drops some of the things she’s carrying, including Julie’s letter containing her tape. Julie finds an excuse to leave.

Felicity works in the studio as Eli looks on admiringly. She falls asleep at her table and is woken up by that student played by Taraji P. Henson. She thinks Felicity stayed all night because she’s an art student and was having trouble with her work. Felicity’s pleased to be mistaken for the real deal.

Back in the dorm, Noel wants to know where Felicity was all night. She shows him her drawings, then leaves to take Todd some things. Noel notes that they’ve switched places – he’s the one leaving messages while Todd is the guy Felicity wants to spend time with. She apologizes for being distant, saying she was just drawing. Noel thinks there’s something bigger going on. Felicity says she can’t run to him for every problem. There are some things he can’t help her with. Richard pops up and asks if Noel and Felicity are breaking up. That would really screw up his life.

Todd is happy to see Felicity and her care package of Goldfish, Whoppers, and comic books. She tells him that his visit made her think about things she hasn’t thought about for a long time. He still wants to kiss her, though he knows it might not spark anything and he’ll go home feeling “decimated.” She kisses him anyway and he immediately crashes. Well, that can’t be good for her ego. Just after Todd is taken back to surgery, a woman named Rebecca shows up looking for him. She’s his fiancée.

Ben struggles with the mocha machine at Dean & DeLuca; Javier says he doesn’t respect it. “Turn the knob the way you would want to be turned, if you were to be a knob,” Javier advises. He adds that Ben needs to put his hat on before Javier kills him. Noel comes by and asks Ben what Felicity was like in high school. Ben doesn’t really know, since they weren’t friends.

Noel thinks she’s going through a crisis because Todd has reminded her how she used to be. Ben says Julie’s going through something similar. She told Ben that Carol got the tape, then said nothing happened and changed the subject. The guys are all, “Women! What’s up with that?” Ben serves Noel a mocha, which Noel says is excellent. Someone learned how to be a knob! Or something like that.

Rebecca knows all about Felicity and thought Todd was coming to New York to resolve everything with her. He was depressed for months, but seeing Felicity over Christmas break brought him back to life. Rebecca was mad at first, knowing her fiancé was going to see another woman, but she realized that she needed to let him go. He could have lied about his plans, or just left without telling her what he was doing, but instead he told Rebecca all about Felicity.

She asks Felicity if she loves Todd. Felicity says no – she likes him and is grateful to him, but she’s no threat to his and Rebecca’s relationship. Rebecca says he’s eccentric but has a huge heart. She’s called in to talk to Todd’s surgeon and worries that there will be bad news. Felicity offers to accompany her, but Rebecca thinks she can handle hearing the news alone. Felicity watches through a window as Rebecca cries, then hugs the surgeon. Todd’s still alive.

Felicity goes to see McGrath so she can tell him why she wants to be in his seminar. He asks if that means she’s committed to becoming a doctor. She’s surprised that that’s a qualification for joining the seminar. She finds it ridiculous. Yeah, why would a doctor insist on only teaching future doctors? Why wouldn’t he want to teach a woman who’s not going to use anything she learns in his class? Why not give a coveted spot in the class to someone who wants to do something else? Come on, Felicity.

She tells McGrath that medicine is about more than research and grades and making your parents happy. Being a doctor is about helping people. She promises she’ll commit to the seminar, but she’ll also pursue art. She just won’t let it interfere with her classwork. Felicity knows she still has that artist-or-doctor decision in her future. She’s once again happy to not have to make the choice today.

Carol summons Julie to her office, hopefully for a discussion about her red and purple outfit. No, wait, it’s about the tape. Carol says she’s not Julie’s mother. She never placed a baby for adoption. Julie’s like, “But…I think you’re my mother, so you must be!” Carol doesn’t know what to tell her. Someone needs to have a long talk with the PI she hired. Julie admits that she took the job because of Carol, so now she needs to leave it. Carol wishes her good luck in her life.

Todd is released from the hospital, and Felicity helps Rebecca get him ready to go to the airport and fly home. He tells Felicity that this may have been the push he needed to get his life back on track. He asks if she got into the seminar. Felicity says it didn’t work out, but it’s okay. Todd tells her their kiss was great. Felicity doesn’t want to talk about it and sends him off.

She goes back to McGrath, who is probably ready to call campus security and have her thrown out. She apologizes for ambushing him the other day, but she’d just seen a doctor save a life and got carried away. He already has her letter of acceptance to or rejection from the seminar and offers to give it to her instead of making her wait for it to arrive in the mail. It’s an acceptance letter. I hope whoever’s slot she took never finds out that she clearly doesn’t want to be a doctor.

Thinking Noel and Felicity are breaking up, Richard dismantles his satellite and calls off the modeling-agency idea. He knows he needs to behave himself because he’s about to lose the leverage he had to let him do whatever he wants. Felicity interrupts to ask to talk to Noel, and Richard encourages them to work things out.

Noel tells Felicity he scanned one of her sketches into his computer, and thanks to Todd’s help setting up Photoshop, he’s set things up for her to use his computer to draw. He makes sure Richard’s watching, then tells Felicity he’s going to yell at her. He fake breaks up with her, and when Felicity tells him that Richard left, he kisses her.

Sally sends a tape back to Felicity as Elena happily reads her acceptance letter from McGrath. Sally’s glad they both got in, but she’s also happy that Felicity remembered she’s an artist. Felicity will one day have to figure out what she wants to do and who she wants to be, but Sally, at 34, is still working on that. The search will continue beyond college and for the rest of our lives.

Thoughts: Rebecca is played by Maggie Lawson. Eli is played by Simon Rex. (Guys, remember Simon Rex?)

Why doesn’t Todd’s family come see him in the hospital?

Sean is nutty but putting the disposable-camera vending machine in a maternity ward was brilliant. And if he had to refill it, it was a success. Good job, Sean!

THANK GOD Elena got into the seminar, too. I was worried that she would be rejected over Felicity, who wouldn’t have appreciated her acceptance as much as Elena would have.

April 4, 2020

Felicity 1.13, Todd Mulcahy, Part 1: The Stalker Becomes the Stalkee

Posted in TV tagged , , at 1:14 pm by Jenn

This guy is a Mess with a capital M

Summary: A guy comes to Felicity and Meghan’s room looking for Felicity, but instead gets roped into helping Meghan numb her nose so she can pierce it. Noel comes in next, and the guy introduces himself as Todd Mulcahy, a friend of Felicity’s. She was his first crush. They ran into each other back in California over Christmas break, and now he’s come to New York to kiss her. They almost kissed when they were younger but never did, and he needs to know what it feels like. Meghan says they would make a perfect couple. She means Todd and Noel, not Todd and Felicity.

Felicity makes a tape for Sally, talking about how she can get really superstitious when there’s something she wants. Currently, what she wants is to get into a seminar led by Dr. Peter McGrath, because it could lead to entrance into any medical school she wants. However, only ten out of 200 applicants get into the seminar. He only considers the top 20 students in the class, and they’ll have to submit to interviews with him before he chooses the final ten.

Noel finds Felicity studying and tells her that Todd was looking for her. He gives her a message from Todd asking her to call him. Felicity thinks that Todd’s desire to kiss her was just a joke, but Noel says he was serious. She’s still more concerned with the test that will determine her grade in McGrath’s class, which will then determine whether she’s eligible for the seminar. Noel suggests that she talk to someone who’s already taken the class for tips on the interview.

Felicity calls Todd as Richard asks Noel if he heard back about his request to install a satellite dish. Of course he can’t. Richard blasts Noel for just following the rules like he always does, even while he breaks the rules by dating Felicity. Felicity says hi and Richard replies, “You make me sick.” He tells Noel the dish goes up or Noel goes down.

Sean makes Ben taste something he’s mixed up in their kitchen for whatever his next big entrepreneurial idea is. Ben spits it out in Sean’s coffee and tells him not to pursue whatever it is he wanted to pursue. He finds the internship application Julie got at Carol’s office and tells her she’s an idiot for filling it out before telling Carol who she is. He apologizes, explaining that he’s in a bad mood because his father is going to cut him off. Ben cautions Julie not to do anything that will get her hurt.

Blair approaches Elena and acts like everything’s normal – he has no idea that Elena saw him out with Tara. She smacks him and tells him she saw them together, then warns him to stay away from her. Felicity studies at work, telling Sally it’s almost been fun juggling all her responsibilities. Of course, that doesn’t last. As Javier is asking Felicity to tell him if he looks thinner, Todd shows up at Dean & DeLuca. Javier tells her to ask him if he thinks Javier looks thinner.

Felicity is happy to see Todd, who thinks they’re soulmates. They’ve known each other since they were 12, when they were in summer school together. He just wants one kiss. Felicity politely tells him that she’s dating Noel, but Todd doesn’t care. He thinks he should be rewarded for taking such a huge risk. Felicity’s like, “Been there, done that, it won’t work out.” Todd lets her get back to work, but he won’t give up on getting his kiss.

Felicity and Elena meet with one of McGrath’s former students, who tells them that the seminar was one of the most profound experiences of her life. She also calls McGrath by his first name. She and Elena agree that he’s sexy. The student tells them a little about the exam they’ll be taking. Felicity spots Todd, who came to give her a present. He remembered she once said she could never find a souvenir license plate with her name on it, so he had one made for her. Felicity thinks it’s sweet, but she doesn’t have time to hang out with him right now. Todd gets that she’s brushing him off. But it’s not over, as Felicity tells Sally.

Julie has gotten an interview at Carol’s, but she still hasn’t spoken to her birth mother. She tells Felicity she wants to get to know her first. Felicity retrieves a package from the mailroom, a huge box with balloons attached to it. She guesses it’s from Todd, though I could also see it being from Noel in an attempt to assert his dominance.

Ben does some number-crunching, then tells Sean they need to talk. Sean is busy working on his new project, “the next generation of breakfast cereal.” Ben asks if he can skip a couple months of rent and pay them later. Sean would love to give him a pass but he pays the mortgage on the loft and relies on his roommates’ rent. He hates not living alone, even though Ben is the only roommate left. He’ll let Ben miss one month.

Julie got the internship, so a woman shows her around the office. Julie asks about Carol, and the woman says she’s awesome. Noel catches Richard welding something in his room; it’s for the satellite dish he insists will be installed on time. Noel can’t report him or Richard will expose his relationship with Felicity.

Todd’s package contains a bunch of snacks. He’s left Felicity a bunch of messages on her answering machine asking her to call him. When she doesn’t respond, he dares her to go out with him. Noel’s like, “This could be an issue.” Felicity reads a note from the package, calling it a time capsule that Todd hopes will help her regain her “childlike sense of wonder.”

Meghan comes home, her nose infected because Todd wasn’t careful enough when he helped her. Felicity doesn’t have time to deal with him; she has to study for McGrath’s test. Plus, she doesn’t want to be mean to Todd. He’s nuts, but he’s not a monster. She decides she needs to talk to an expert on being stalked.

That, of course, is Ben. Felicity tells him she’s in his situation, which he thinks means she’s stalking someone else. She tells him about Todd thinking they’re soulmates. “Imagine that,” Ben quips. He assures her that they’re past their whole stalking thing. Sean enters and Ben tells him that Felicity’s got a stalker. “Got or is?” Sean asks. He offers Felicity some of his milkless cereal (just add water!). It’s called Lact-O’s. Ben offers to go talk to Todd for Felicity. She tries the cereal but also spits it out.

Ben goes to Todd’s hotel room, but instead of confronting him or having a come-to-Jesus talk with him, they have a happy reunion. They somehow know each other. Julie brings Carol her lunch, and Carol invites her to share it and chat. They bond over being guitar players. Carol reveals that she’s married and has two kids.

Felicity and Elena study together for McGrath’s test, Elena using her stopwatch/M&M method. Felicity suddenly feels confident about it. Ben finds them and tells Felicity that he used to hang out with Todd a bunch; he didn’t realize it was the same Todd as Felicity’s stalker since Ben never knew his last name. He thinks Felicity should just let Todd kiss her. Then he asks if Dean & DeLuca needs any more employees. It was Todd’s idea for him to work there.

McGrath’s students take the big test as Todd spies on Felicity through a window. He holds up some signs asking if they can get together tonight. McGrath is facing away from the window and doesn’t notice. Javier interviews Ben, who has no experience in food service but thinks he would be good at it. Javier wants to hire him anyway.

Noel catches Richard hosting a party in his room; everyone’s watching a boxing match and smoking cigars. Already frustrated, Noel doesn’t get any happier when he finds Todd waiting for Felicity outside of her room. He tells Todd to stay away from her. Todd says he respects their relationship but can’t turn off his feelings. He adds that they’re supposed to have dinner tonight. He starts talking about Noel’s shirt, which he designed, and PhotoShop, which leads to Todd offering to help Noel with his computer.

Ben, Julie, and Elena hang out, and Julie talks about how great Carol is. Elena thinks she’s crazy for working for a woman who doesn’t know who she is. Blair joins them, so Ben and Julie take off. Blair asks for a chance to explain himself so he and Elena can work things out. He claims that he didn’t know if he and Elena were even still dating, since she’s been so busy. Elena’s like, “Well, good thing you could amuse yourself by making out with my best friend.”

Noel and Todd are having a great time together when Felicity finds them. She tells Todd she’ll meet him wherever they’re supposed to have dinner. She tries to make herself look “way below average” for the meal. Noel tells her that he feels for Todd and might even encourage them to be together if he weren’t already with Felicity. Felicity says she just wants him to go home.

Julie stops by and tells Felicity that Blair came by while she, Ben, and Elena were hanging out. She mentions that Ben is now working at Dean & DeLuca, off of Todd’s suggestion. Suddenly Noel hates Ben again. Julie likes him – she met him last night when he came to the loft to cook dinner and watch a movie. Todd thinks Julie should send Carol the tape she made. Noel makes sure Felicity won’t fall for Todd before she heads off to meet him.

At dinner, Todd tells Felicity that he ran into her in California because he forgot to get something for a dinner at his grandmother’s. She mentioned being stressed out about school, just like she always has been, and she said that nothing’s changed. Todd says he’s still the same person he’s always been, and since she’s also the same Felicity, that means something, I guess. He reminds her about a sunset they watched together. There was a moment when they almost kissed, and he missed the window of opportunity. It should be significant that they both still remember that sunset.

Felicity says it was a big deal at the time. Todd thinks they represented something to each other. Even though they had expectations on them, they always encouraged each other to do whatever they wanted. He gave her art supplies and encouraged her to pursue art, her secret passion. Felicity asks him to stop calling and sending her things, then starts to leave.

He follows her out and says again that he should have kissed her six years ago. Now he wants to do what most people don’t – reopen the window of opportunity. Felicity tells him he’s nuts, but Todd thinks they’ll know right away if there’s anything between them. If there is, they can run off together and do anything they want. Felicity says she’s doing that already. Todd isn’t sure. As he walks into the street, he says he accepts that he’s lost the battle, but he’s not giving up.

And then Todd gets hit by a bus!!!!!

???!!!??????

Thoughts: McGrath is played by Chris Sarandon.

I’m just surprised Meghan doesn’t already have a nose piercing.

Lact-O’s. Heh.

Aw, I like that Ben, Julie, and Elena hang out together. It’s nice that Felicity’s friends who she met at different times also like each other.

March 28, 2020

Felicity 1.12, Friends: Sensa and Sensibility

Posted in TV tagged , , at 1:12 pm by Jenn

I’d say Elena needs a hug, but she doesn’t seem like much of a hugger

Summary: Felicity’s in the library, frustrated because she can’t find the book she’s looking for. She asks a guy named Eddie for help, but he brushes her off, thinking she’s just looking for a place to make out with Noel. She’s surprised he remembers her from that makeout session, as if that wouldn’t have been the talk of the whole campus. Then Felicity gets distracted by a different makeout session – Blair’s kissing someone who isn’t Elena.

Felicity makes a tape for Sally about how college lets you see other people’s lives, and get in the middle of them whether you want to or not. At Dean & DeLuca, she asks Noel a hypothetical: What if one of his friends saw her kissing another guy? Noel says he wouldn’t want to know. She explains that she saw Blair kissing someone other than Elena. Noel thinks she should keep quiet, though Felicity says she would want to know if she were in Elena’s place. Noel cautions her not to get in the middle of a messy situation.

In the cafeteria, Felicity tries to act normal while getting food with Elena. That lasts for about five seconds, before Elena notes that Felicity’s quiet, which she never is. Felicity is just starting to tell her about her library sighting when Blair’s kissing partner joins them. Her name is Tara, and she’s an old friend of Elena’s who just transferred to their school. Felicity goes quiet again.

Julie gets a letter, then goes to Ben’s place with some big news: She found her birth mother. She hired a PI who tracked the woman down in just four days. Her name is Carol Anderson and she owns an architectural firm. She was 18 and in college when she had Julie. Ben asks if she has proof that Carol is her mother. Julie doesn’t care about the details; she’s sure the information is correct. She plans to just show up at Carol’s door to meet her. Ben tries to delicately asks what will happen if Carol doesn’t want to see Julie. Julie says that she didn’t have a choice in being given up – why should Carol get a choice about meeting her biological daughter?

Noel catches Richard and another guy shaking a vending machine in an attempt to retrieve an Almond Joy that didn’t drop. The machine is supposedly new, but it’s really just refurbished. Richard tells Noel he’s unfit to be an RA. He’s eager to get to fill out an evaluation about Noel. Sensa is nearby and announces that she can get new machines through her cousin Yuri. Noel resists, but Sensa tells him he’ll get a cut of all the sales. He’ll need to go to a warehouse to meet with Yuri; that’s just how the family does business. (Or is that Family, like the mob?)

Felicity runs into Blair and comes up with a reason to rush off. He wants to know if everything’s okay between them. She tells him she saw him kissing Tara. Blair denies that he was even in the library at the time. He accuses her of confusing him with another black guy. Oh, cool, so he’s a cheater, a liar, AND a gaslighter. Elena really lucked out with him.

Felicity tells Noel everything, and he says he’s glad she didn’t tell Elena anything, since that could only lead to a fight. Felicity says that if she’d never seen Tara with Blair, she would have probably become friends with Tara. “And she’d be kissing me now,” Noel says, because this is a good time for jokes. They run into Sensa, who tells Felicity she could make a lot of money selling her hair. Sensa knows some people. Noel heads off with her to Brighton Beach.

Julie plans her trek to Carol’s place, trying to turn down the money Ben offers her to take a cab. She thinks this will be like meeting some aunt or cousin she’s never met before. She asks Ben to come with her, and he agrees. He holds up a toaster so she can use it as a mirror while she fixes the butterfly clips in her hair. (Aw, 1999.) Ben jokes that this is how Sean gets ready every morning. Blair gives Elena a bag of M&Ms while they’re studying together, as if that will make up for kissing someone else. Felicity sees them and seems to think things will be okay.

In Brighton Beach, Sensa tells Noel that she told her family they’re dating so they won’t worry about her so much at school. It’s win-win, since it’ll get him a great deal on the vending machines. Noel asks about his dignity. She tells him he’ll get it back in an hour. Noel meets Sensa’s father, who’s heard a lot about him. For instance, Sensa said that Noel carried her out of the dorm when the tree caught on fire. She takes a phone call while the rest of her family bonds with Noel through arm-wrestling.

Julie and Ben go to Carol’s brownstone, and she nervously tries to prepare herself for the meeting. Ben suggests that they call her first, but Julie doesn’t know what she would say. Carol hasn’t even been looking for her. She knows because the adoption agency wouldn’t let Julie look at her records; they would have if Carol had been searching for her. Julie decides to call off the meeting and go home.

Noel tells Sensa’s family a tall tale about saving Sensa from the fire. They want a demonstration of how he picked her up and threw her over his shoulder. Noel’s a few shots of vodka and a few sausages in, and he’d like to move things along with Yuri. But Yuri’s stuck in New Jersey, and he can’t meet with Noel until tomorrow. Noel’s spent two hours with Sensa’s family and won’t be getting anything out of it, except maybe a hangover.

Tara bursts in while Felicity and Elena are studying because there’s a song on the radio that Tara and Elena like. Felicity tells Sally that she can’t be 100 percent sure that Blair is the guy she saw with Tara in the library. Besides, the truth will most likely come out on its own, so she’s going to stay out of it. Noel comes to see her, still drunk, and tells her about having to pretend to be Sensa’s boyfriend. Felicity finds the whole thing kind of sad.

Elena interrupts and pulls Felicity away for a talk, making Felicity feel like she’s being called to the principal’s office. (That’s only happened to her once, in the fourth grade, when she put a bunch of salt in a kid’s orange juice because he called her Fellatio Porter.) Tara and Blair are also in Elena’s room, so it’s time for a Big Talk.

Elena plays prosecutor, asking if Felicity really saw Blair and Tara kissing. Blair claims that he was just kissing her on the cheek to make her feel better about a breakup. She turned, and they accidentally kissed on the lips, but it was a mistake. Elena tells them to show her how a “mistake” like that could happen. Blair and Tara demonstrate, and Elena asks Felicity if that’s what she saw. Felicity stammers that she’s trying to remember. She allows that that could have been what happened. Blair gives Elena a look like, “I told you.”

Noel and Ben run into each other at the dorm’s vending machines. Ben makes a successful purchase but Noel loses his money. Ben goes to see Julie, who spent the previous night hanging out alone. He thinks she should take some time away from the situation with Carol. Julie’s been trying to write her a letter, but she still doesn’t know what to say.

She tells Ben she’s thought about this stuff a lot, and she doesn’t need his advice. Ben asks if Julie will be able to handle the rejection if Carol doesn’t want to see her. Julie tells him that he was amazing when she needed help getting past her rape, but this is different. He leaves, but he’s not happy about it.

Blair tries to appease Elena with tickets to a jazz concert, but she doesn’t want to spend time with him until she can stop thinking about him with Tara. Julie visits Felicity and asks why she makes tapes for Sally instead of writing her letters. Felicity finds it easier to express her feelings through speech. She doesn’t censor herself. Julie asks to borrow her tape recorder, promising to explain why at breakfast the next morning.

Noel finally meets with Yuri, who offers him a great vending machine. Noel can use his cut of the profits to pay for it, though that will take about a year. He should probably ask what happens if he can’t pay. The guys seal their deal with a Pepsi toast. One of Sensa’s brothers tells Noel that he’s a good guy, but he knows Noel isn’t really dating Sensa. The brother is happy to know that Sensa has a friend at school (and Noel must be a good friend to go through all of this). Now they have to arm-wrestle, though the brother will let Noel win.

Julie makes a tape for Carol, telling her about her life. She feels like she’s always had a hole in her history, a question she needs to answer. When she looks in the mirror, she wonders where she got her features. Julie doesn’t want anything from Carol other than the opportunity to meet, even if it’s just once. She wants to see herself reflected in someone else. It would also be nice to know that Carol thinks about her sometimes. “Thank you for my life,” she finishes up.

Speaking of thank-yous, Elena thanks Felicity for being with her through this whole Blair/Tara mess, and especially for not saying anything about it. She appreciates that Blair was the one to confess first. She’s forgiven him, but she’s going to let him stew for a few more days. Elena has also forgiven Tara, who apologized, and they’re going to move on. If she can’t trust her friends, who can she trust? Felicity gives that some thought, then gets up to use the bathroom. Elena tells her to use a paper towel on the door handle when she leaves. Thanks, Elena!

Felicity heads through the library stacks, passing Eddie and getting an idea. He seems to have a photographic memory, or at least a good memory for what people look like and wear. Felicity asks if he’s ever seen Blair and Tara making out in the library before. He certainly has – three times. Felicity returns to Elena and says that she doesn’t think Blair and Tara’s kiss was a mistake. She reminds Elena that she needs to trust her friends. Elena questions how close they are; it’s nowhere near as close as she is to Tara. Believing Felicity means accepting that Tara’s lying.

Elena tries to study with Tara and Blair, but Felicity’s accusations are eating at her. She heads off, leaving Blair and Tara alone, which can’t be a good idea. Felicity bugs Noel while he tries to read the instruction manual for the new vending machine. Thrilling. Felicity feels bad for ruining her friendship (or whatever it is) with Elena, but Noel thinks she should give herself a break, since she was just being honest.

Julie takes her tape to Carol’s firm and is chatting with a receptionist when Carol passes by. Julie gets a good first look at her biological mother. The receptionist thinks she’s there about an internship, so Julie takes an application. Noel tries to buy M&Ms from the new machine, but the bag gets stuck. Womp womp.

Elena calls Blair to tell him she can’t go to the concert with him. He thinks she’s mad at him, but she says she’ll be studying with Felicity all night. Julie goes to Ben’s and apologizes for pushing him away. Elena asks Felicity to go somewhere with her since she doesn’t want to be alone. They stake out the concert venue and see Blair leaving. Elena’s pleased that he’s alone…until Tara catches up to him and they kiss.

Sally’s tape to Felicity is a confession that she once cheated on her late fiancé. She kept it quiet but felt so guilty that she admitted it to John a few months later. After that, she never lied to him again. Sometimes a relationship can survive a disaster and even turn out stronger. Maybe the same is true for friendships. Well, probably not Tara and Elena’s, but maybe Felicity and Elena’s.

Thoughts: Carol is played by Jane Kaczmarek. Eddie is played by Donal Logue.

Between the music and the adoption, Julie is Sarah from Party of Five.

If you’re going to make out with someone who isn’t your girlfriend, a busy library is one of the worst places to do it. Blair was practically begging to get caught.

As if Sensa wouldn’t have picked Noel up and thrown him over HER shoulder to escape a fire.