March 13, 2021

Felicity 3.17, The Last Summer Ever: The Grieving Process

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , at 1:29 pm by Jenn

This is kind of cool

Summary: Felicity hasn’t made a tape for a while, but Noel is making one for Felicity. While he tries on his gown for graduation, we hear him telling her goodbye. Felicity is currently meeting with Pavone to talk about how hard it is to say goodbye. You get used to making connections with people and becoming friendly, but then you graduate and it all changes. If you’re having hard times with a friend who then moves away, you don’t have college to keep you together anymore. Pavone points out that life outside of college ends, too. Felicity gets that, but she thought she and Noel would stay friends.

At the loft, Felicity presents her idea for the summer to Ben: Camping. Ben easily agrees. Noel comes in and thinks get awkward. They make brief small talk about Ruby, who’s coming to visit for Noel’s graduation. Felicity tells Pavone that she hasn’t said anything to Ben about Noel kissing her. Pavone thinks that’s interesting. Felicity claims the kiss didn’t mean anything, so there’s no point. Plus, she doesn’t want to make things worse between Ben and Noel. Pavone asks what it matters if Felicity and Noel are about to end their friendship. Felicity admits she’s not ready to accept that the friendship is over.

Ruby arrives in New York with her baby, Eva. She and Noel kiss, so…that doesn’t seem to be completely over. She has no regrets about deciding to keep the baby. Things didn’t work out with Wade (clearly, since she kissed Noel), but Ruby isn’t too broken up about that. Felicity joins them before the two can start talking about anything too intense.

Elena and DeForrest return to the dorm apartment after a trip to an amusement park and find Tracy leaving Elena a letter. Molly shows up for two seconds to tell Elena that Tracy’s actions remind her of James – just when things seemed to be over, James would show up and they’d get back together. Elena says she can’t trust Tracy anymore, so that won’t happen. She’s not going to meet up with him tomorrow, as he’d requested.

Ben turns down some opportunity, pretending he has to stay with a sick aunt. Felicity bugs him about what he just backed out of. He’s reluctant to tell her, since he thinks it’s embarrassing. Finally he admits that watching the paramedics save Avery made him think about becoming an EMT. He applied to a summer program in Kansas City (just as a joke), and he got in. Felicity thinks he should consider doing it, even though this would be their last summer together without job obligations.

Sean is back to his old money-seeking ways, this time offering scalped graduation tickets. Meghan’s parents are richer than we thought, since, in addition to their house in Tuscany, they also have a house in Geneva. They’ve offered to let Meghan and Sean spend the summer there. He reminds her that they talked to Dr. Zwick about Meghan making him feel emasculated, and this fits into that category. He’d rather work for his own money than accept a nice offer from Meghan’s parents. Sean suggests that they come up with an idea together for what to do over the summer.

Felicity and Noel meet up at Epstein Bar so she can give him a graduation present. It’s an out-of-print book he wanted a couple years ago. Noel tries to turn it down, but Felicity insists that he take it. He leaves immediately afterward. Later, Felicity and Ben set up a tent at the loft, talking more about the EMT program. She still thinks he should give it a shot. Sean disagrees, since Ben can’t even take his own temperature. Ben tells Felicity they’re spending the summer together and the discussion is over. She suggests that they skip Noel’s graduation and leave tomorrow.

Elena ends up meeting with Tracy after all so she can tell him in person that she’s moved on to DeForrest. Tracy and Rose have ended things, so clearly he wants Elena back. She’s mad that he wanted to be celibate, then dumped her for someone he then slept with. Tracy denies that he’s ever slept with anyone other than Elena. Elena reveals that she found that condom in his wallet, but Tracy’s just kept it there since he dated Elena.

He went to Africa to get some distance from Elena and be with people who share his beliefs. He and Rose didn’t make sense, but he and Elena do. He’s not giving up on the possibility of them getting back together. Elena tells him that she didn’t think she would be able to get over him, but she did, and she’s not going to go back to him.

Sean and Meghan present their summer ideas to each other, though she’s still stuck on going to Switzerland. He wants to go to Atlantic City, which isn’t far enough away for Meghan’s tastes. She suggests Hawaii, but Sean doesn’t have the money for that. They start fighting, of course. Meghan wants him to let her pay for a fun vacation because she can. Sean responds by clucking like a chicken, which Dr. Zwick told them was a good way to end an argument. I’m still not sure that woman was qualified for that job.

Noel and Ben are both packing up the loft, Ben for the summer and Noel forever. Noel announces that he’s sorry, not for anything in particular (like kissing Ben’s girlfriend), but in general. He wants the two of them to part on good terms. I think Ben just wants to part. He asks Noel what it’s like knowing what he wants to do with his life. Noel feels lucky, but he also feels like he just fell into something good. It just took one graphic design class his freshman year to give him direction in life. Ben tells him that he thinks Noel and Ruby were great together, in case Noel wants any relationship advice from the guy dating the woman he’s in love with.

The next day (I guess), Noel hangs out with Ruby and Eva, inviting them to dinner with him and his parents. He notices that Ruby is still wearing a bracelet he gave her. She says she likes it because it reminds her of him and makes her feel closer to him. She admits that she misses him. Noel goes home, blatantly ignoring Felicity, then deciding to speak to her after all. He tells her he can’t keep the book she gave him because it’ll remind him of her, which he doesn’t want.

Felicity leaves, then comes back to yell at Noel for dumping his friends because he’s afraid of what comes next. He tells her what really scares him is her following him through his life. She thinks he’s ending their friendship because she won’t be with him, which is selfish. She gives him back the book. Noel says he’s not selfish just because he wants her out of his life. As she leaves for real, Ruby shows up, having heard the end of the fight.

Back to Noel’s tape and getting ready for graduation. He wonders which memories of Felicity will stick with him. The only thing he remembers about high school biology is a question he missed on a test. Is the only thing he’s going to remember about Felicity their fight, after all those years of right answers?

Felicity asks Pavone if she’s the one being selfish. Pavone notes that she’s just trying to move on, and anger is one of the stages of the grieving process. Felicity doesn’t think this is about grief, but Pavone says losing a friend is a loss. First was denial, when Felicity bought Noel a book because she couldn’t accept the end of the friendship. Then was anger. Now she’s bargaining, believing that going to graduation will help ease the pain.

Felicity says she just doesn’t want the fight to be the last interaction she has with Noel. She’ll just apologize to him. Pavone doubts she can leave it at that. Felicity spills everything she really wants to say: She cares about Noel, and she wishes he had more faith in their friendship after everything they’ve survived. As Noel graduates, Felicity tells Pavone that she doesn’t know what her future holds, but she always thought Noel would be part of it. She counted on their friendship and wants it back. Then she’d invite him to go get ice cream.

Javier makes his only appearance of the episode when he catches up to Noel after the ceremony. He offers to let Noel work at Dean & DeLuca if the job in Seattle doesn’t work out. Ruby comes up to Noel next, and he asks if she came back to New York for graduation or… She finishes for him, admitting that she came to see if there’s still a chance for them. Now she knows there isn’t, because Noel is clearly still in love with Felicity.

Ben and Felicity have made it to the ceremony after all, and Noel pulls Felicity outside for a chat. He apologizes for their fight, and she tells him she understands where he’s coming from and she wishes things were different. She was being selfish. We meet Noel’s mother for the first time as she meets Felicity for the first time. She’s heard all about Felicity, of course. She insists on taking a picture of Felicity and Noel together. Once they’re done, the two of them just wish each other luck.

Felicity packs up her room in the apartment, feeling like that makes things final. Ben joins her and says that going to graduation make him think even more about his future. He now wants to do the EMT program after all. Felicity is supportive but doesn’t want to spend the summer in Kansas City. Plus, he’ll be too busy to see her anyway. Yes, she’d love to go camping, but she’d spend the whole summer feeling guilty that Ben wasn’t doing something amazing for himself. Ben says he doesn’t have to go, but Felicity thinks he does.

Elena goes to DeForrest’s place to have a big talk, but he already knows what she’s going to say: She’s getting back together with Tracy. He’s been through this before, and he doesn’t want Elena to have to break up with him, so they’ll just end things like this. Elena feels horrible, and she knows what it’s like to be in DeForrest’s position. She really did like him and doesn’t want him to think she just saw him as a safe choice. DeForrest says he hopes Tracy makes Elena happy. She asks him to say something mean so she doesn’t feel so bad walking away from him.

Now that Ben and Felicity aren’t going camping, Sean has taken all their stuff so he and Meghan can go instead. Yeah, Meghan seems like a big fan of camping. She tries to be nice and not shut down her beloved boyfriend’s great idea, but it’s obvious this is a bad idea. Sean gets it – they could have all their meals made by a personal chef in Switzerland. Looks like he’s changed his mind about spending the summer in luxury. Felicity, meanwhile, will spend the summer in the loft, alone. How fun!

Felicity sees Ben off to the airport as we see Noel making his tape to her. He leaves her a time capsule with a gun from the Assassins game, a magic 8-Ball, and Boggle. He thinks their time apart is important. He’s sure they’ll get through this and continue to be in each other’s lives. Tracy goes to the dorm apartment, where Elena tells him she broke up with DeForrest, but that doesn’t meant she wants Tracy as her boyfriend again. Tracy doesn’t want that, either…because he wants to be Elena’s husband. Instead of responding to his proposal, she passes out.

Felicity is moving into the loft when Noel shows up. “The Internet’s dead,” he announces. His project was canceled, so he no longer has a job in Seattle. Look which two people have no summer plans and a whole loft to themselves? Felicity asks Noel if he wants to get some ice cream.

Thoughts: No one’s getting a summer job? Really?

Obviously Elena and Tracy can’t work out. This was 2001, and Donald Faison was about to start on Scrubs. Though Greg Grunberg was pulling double duty here and on Alias, so what do I know?

Want to feel old? Eva would now be the same age Ruby was when Ruby had her.

Season 3 is short, so we’re already done! Just one season left…

March 6, 2021

Felicity 3.16, It’s Raining Men: Noel Also Wishes He Had Jessie’s Girl, If “Jessie” Means “Ben”

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

Javier wanted his lilac nightgown, but these PJs are just as good

Summary: Moments after their kiss, Noel follows Felicity out to the street to talk about it. Felicity says there’s nothing to talk about – she’s with Ben, and she doesn’t have any deep, dark secrets about her feelings for Noel to reveal to him. She invites him to express his own feelings, but he says they should drop it. Felicity tells him she doesn’t know how to be normal with him now, like they’re just friends. Noel admits that he hasn’t felt like that toward her for a while. Felicity replies that, in that case, the whole past year has been a lie.

She heads to Dean & DeLuca to make up with Ben, saying it doesn’t matter if Noel and Avery want to break them up. Ben agrees, and they make up. Javier (yay, Javier!) comes in and says he feels like he’s having a heart attack. They rush him to the hospital, where he tries to bargain with God (“are you there, God? It’s me, Javier”), saying he’ll be good if God lets him live. A doctor tells him he didn’t have a heart attack, but he might have an arrhythmia, so he needs to stay for observation.

Javier gives Felicity a key to his place and asks her to bring him some of his things, like a nightgown that will make him look thin. He also gives her a key to Dean & DeLuca and puts her in charge. Felicity is hesitant to accept, since she has to study for finals, but he tells her she’s the only person he trusts to run the place.

Sean is struggling to write his bar mitzvah speech, his “first public address for [him] as an actual man.” Meghan is preoccupied by thoughts of the couple’s therapy he said he wanted to try out. They’re kissing and talking and having sex, so everything’s fine. (They didn’t actually have sex. That was just a dream.) Sean points out that they fight all the time and keep breaking up. Meghan tells him this isn’t the weirdest relationship she’s had. Sean won’t give up, since she said she’d go, so she has to give in.

Richard vents to Molly that people don’t take responsibility for their actions anymore, so he has to clean up the mess. He’s arranged to meet with Noel to confront him for toilet-papering the library. Even though Richard has surveillance footage, Noel denies his participation. Richard tells him that the administration wants someone to pay, which means Noel might not be allowed to graduate. A partner in crime can be spotted on the footage, but not ID’d, so Felicity’s in the clear for now, though Richard has a guess about who the partner is. Noel asks Richard to talk to the administration about going easy on him.

Elena runs into DeForrest and tries to apologize for kissing him. She wants to spend time with him and see how things go. He suggests they go to karaoke together. At the loft, Ben and Noel are still prickly with each other. Felicity comes over and barely interacts with Noel. She tells Ben she’s having trouble getting Dean & DeLuca employees to pick up extra shifts, so she’ll have to work a lot while trying to study for finals. She’s decided Noel is the only person she can turn to. Ben says he’s fine with that, and he’ll totally be nice to Noel if he has to see him, since he’s definitely, absolutely always nice to Noel.

So Felicity asks Noel to take some shifts at Dean & DeLuca while they try to work out the weirdness between them. Noel tells her he can’t be the “loser guy friend” anymore. The next time Ben gets in trouble or goes off with another woman, Felicity can’t come to Noel for help or support. She’s on her own.

At karaoke (which DeForrest is hosting), Richard does a passionate performance of “Jessie’s Girl.” Elena admires him for at least trying. DeForrest warns her not to let him to “White Rabbit,” since it makes Richard freak out. He ends Richard’s performance and does “Play That Funky Music, White Boy.” He makes Elena join him, and though she’s not into it at first, DeForrest’s energy and the way the audience responds to him make her enjoy herself.

Afterward, DeForrest walks Elena home as she gushes about how much fun she had and how great DeForrest was as a host. She wants to keep listening to music, so she invites him in, but he thinks she’s just going to end up trying to prove again that she’s open-minded about liking a bigger guy. He’d rather end the evening now.

Sean and Meghan attend their first session with a therapist named Dr. Zwick. I’m not sure how good she is at this, since she thinks they’re married, like, wouldn’t Sean have called Meghan his girlfriend when he set up the session? They start out with some role-playing, pretending to be each other. It doesn’t go well. He teases her for her clothes and she calls him self-centered.

Something’s going wrong with some machinery at Dean & DeLuca, so there’s a bunch of steam. Felicity uses her “I’m in charge” voice to get someone to agree to come fix it. Then she goes to a shift at the clinic, leaving Ben behind to deal with the machinery. Molly strikes up a conversation with Noel at the library, praising him for protecting Felicity for her part in the toilet paper prank. She thinks Noel is a good friend. Elena told her all about Noel and Felicity’s relationship, breakup, and friendship, which Molly thinks is awesome. No matter what, the two of them always have each other.

Felicity takes Javier some of his things and assures him that everything is going great at Dean & DeLuca (yes, even with Ben in charge while she’s out). She gets a call that the broken machinery is working again, but there’s some other problem now, and there was a little fire, and now the sprinklers are going off. Noel arrives just in time to help Felicity and Ben turn off the water.

At the loft, Meghan confronts Sean over some things he said in their session – that she’s unhappy in her personal life and takes out her frustrations on him. She still think he’s self-involved, and he’s also shallow for blaming her for all their problems. Sean isn’t surprised, since she runs away every time things get hard. Meghan wonders why they’re even still together. I know, right? Sean dares her to go to their next session, a dare Meghan can’t resist.

Felicity finds a guy who says he can have Dean & DeLuca cleaned up and ready for customers by 4:00 that afternoon, as long as Felicity, Ben, and Noel help out. Elena confronts DeForrest at the library, accusing him of ignoring the chemistry between them. He keeps saying she’s obsessed with his weight, but he’s the only person who cares about it. Richard goes by Dean & DeLuca to tell Noel that he spoke to the dean and Noel will be allowed to graduate. In exchange, he has to restock all the bathrooms on campus – all 200 of them. Richard tells Felicity he knows she was involved in the prank, and she should know that Noel is protecting her.

In their next session, Meghan complains to Dr. Zwick that she feels like she’s on The Sean Show. It’s always all about him. Dr. Zwick has the two of them say sentences that begin with “I love my partner but…” Meghan continues ranting about how Sean is full of himself. He’s 27 and hangs out with college students, making dumb inventions and his dumb docuventary. Now he’s found God, which seems to be the only thing in his life that works. That seems to really sting Sean.

Back at Dean & DeLuca, Felicity thanks Noel for helping out, even though she knows it’s uncomfortable for him. Noel says that if it was that bad, he wouldn’t have come. She’s also grateful that he’s covering for her for the prank. Noel downplays the punishment, and it would be really nice if she’d offer to help, but she doesn’t. Felicity asks if they’re really not going to be friends anymore. Noel notes that he’s only in New York for three more weeks. His offer to hire Felicity is still open, but Felicity has made plans to go to Boulder with Ben.

It’s Sean’s turn for “I love my partner but…” He says Meghan sometimes makes it hard for him to tell the truth. He knows he’s too old for his friend group, and his inventions suck. Also, the film channel is no longer interested in the docuventary. They think it’s amateurish. Sean admits that the bar mitzvah is a ridiculous idea, so he’s going to call it off.

Ben gives Felicity the news that the summer job he was going to take has been pushed to the fall. Now Felicity has the chance to work with Noel in Seattle. Sometime later, Ben tells Noel that Felicity is considering the job with him, and if she takes it, Ben will go to Seattle with her. He just wants to make sure he and Noel are cool.

Noel tells Felicity he shouldn’t have brought up the job again. It’s not worth it if Ben is going to tag along. Felicity clarifies that she only gets the job if Ben doesn’t come with her. Ben sees them talking and gets in Noel’s face. They end up fighting, like the mature adults they are. Ben tells Noel that his presence doesn’t change a thing between him and Felicity.

Felicity talks over the situation with Javier, who tells her she wants both guys in her life when that’s not going to work. She chose Ben, but she can’t make him be friends with Noel. He notes that it’s hard to grow up. Just then, the doctor tells Javier he’s okay – he had a panic attack and could stand to lose some weight, but his health is fine, so he can leave. “It’s not my time!” Javier cheers.

Meghan feels bad for how harsh she was with Sean. She asks for another chance at role-playing so she can admit that she’s mean sometimes. She thinks Sean is brave for taking chances and trying out new things, no matter what other people think. That makes him more of a man than he believes he is. Dr. Zwick tells the couple they still have a lot of work to do, but they’re making out too hard to hear her.

At the loft, Felicity beats herself up for thinking she, Ben, and Noel could all go to Seattle together and everything would be great. She’s decided not to go. Ben wants to be clear that he doesn’t want her to end her friendship with Noel. DeForrest goes to the dorm apartment to apologize for making things difficult with Elena. He just finds it hard to believe that someone like her wants to be with someone like him. Usually women as pretty as her see him as a safe bet, and a partner who should just be grateful that someone like her would pay attention to him. Elena admits that she has baggage, but he does, too. They kiss, this time with real affection.

Felicity tracks down Noel while he’s doing his prank punishment (she had to check a couple dozen bathrooms before she found him) and tells him she can’t accept his job offer. She also doesn’t want to lose their friendship. Noel knows she’s going to friendzone him again, and he loves her too much to just be friends right now.

We wrap up with Sean’s bar mitzvah. All his friends are in attendance, looking either contemplative or supportive. Meghan may think he’s self-centered sometimes, but his friends are worse, since they can’t stop thinking about their own lives and problems to focus on him for just a few minutes.

Thoughts: Dr. Zwick is played by Teri Garr.

Don’t let his karaoke performance fool you – Robert Patrick Benedict (Richard) actually has a very nice voice.

Javier, stressed by his beeping heart monitor, when Felicity’s cell phone rings: “Am I flatlining??” I love him so much.

Noel: “Thank God.” Richard: “No, thank me.” Supernatural fans: “Ha!”

February 27, 2021

Felicity 3.15, Senioritis: Dependence Day

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

I can’t believe neither of them though there could be security cameras

Summary: Noel is preparing for a job interview by practicing with Sean (who has little patches of tape all over his face, for some reason). Sean asks Noel to describe a time he had to deal with failure. Noel doesn’t think that will come up in an interview. Sean says he knows what he’s talking about; he went to Harvard Business School. Well, he went to a summer seminar at Harvard Business School. P.S. The tape on his face is to cleanse his pores. Avery shows up looking for Ben, who’s not there. He’s been ignoring her messages, and Avery’s confused about why he’s been avoiding her since the trip to the Hamptons. Noel guesses that something happened there.

The next day, I guess, Ben is studying in bed in hopes of actually doing well on his finals. Noel grabs Felicity for “Loser Pet Store”-related stuff, and Ben admits that he’s annoyed with Noel. Noel is anxious to make the cartoon great because the place he has a job interview is going to be looking at it. The guys start bickering over food, and Felicity makes it clear that she’s not happy with either of them.

At the dorm apartment, Elena and DeForrest are trying to study for the MCAT together, but the people in the apartment below them are blasting music. Oohhh, flashback to my junior year when I lived above a jerk who kept doing that. DeForrest jumps up and down a few times, which makes the music stop. Yeah, that wouldn’t have worked for me. Molly comes home with groceries, promises to be quiet, and immediately starts making noise. DeForrest tells Elena he got a hotel room for quiet studying (a popular practice at the school), so Elena can stay there with him if she wants.

Sean comes by to tell Meghan that he’s going to have a bar mitzvah. His parents weren’t religious when he was younger, so he never had one. Now he can finally be a man. Sean has invited his rabbi, Rabbi Levin, over for dinner that night, so Meghan offers to make dinner. In the library, Felicity and Noel learn that Richard has been patrolling the campus in a uniform he borrowed from security. He wants to make sure no one pulls any senior pranks. Felicity asks Noel what’s going on with him and Ben. Noel tries to brush her off, but Felicity’s worried that there’s something she should know.

Avery’s roommate, Samantha, leaves a message at the loft for Ben, telling him that something’s happened. He joins her at a hospital, where Samantha tells him that Avery probably wouldn’t have been admitted if Ben had just returned her messages. Meanwhile, Noel and Felicity are celebrating on a roof, happy about his interview. He wants to do something big to commemorate this. Felicity jokes that they should toilet-paper the library. She backtracks, remembering her last bad experience with a prank, but Noel wants to do it. He got the job and is moving to Seattle.

The two sneak a bunch of toilet paper into the library and stack it on some shelves while waiting for the library to close. Noel details his job, which will be with some billionaire. He’ll be working with a bunch of artists from around the world. He compares it to going to grad school but getting paid for it. Noel thinks Felicity would love it, too, and suggests that she work for him. As the library closes, Richard starts searching for any troublemakers.

Avery tells Ben that she’s been taking pills to help her sleep and ease her anxiety after the shooting. She was doing better, but last night she was distressed, and her regular dosage didn’t work, so she took more than she should have. Ben gently asks if she was trying to kill herself. Avery says no, but it’s not clear if she’s lying or not.

Felicity and Noel have gotten their hands on so much toilet paper that people in 2020 would stone them for it. They toss it everywhere, then make a run for it. Over at the loft, Rabbi Levin arrives for dinner, and Meghan is surprised to learn that she’s a she. Raise your hand if you’re surprised that Meghan’s mad that Sean never mentioned that. Sean tells her he only sees the rabbi as a scholar and mentor, not a love interest.

The hotel room has turned out to be a good studying environment, and DeForrest and Elena have done well on their practice tests. She can’t believe that by this time tomorrow, they’ll be all done. He wants to go to Coney Island to celebrate, but Elena’s not a fan of roller-coasters. He leans in to kiss her but stops when he sees she’s not interested. He tells Elena she can keep the hotel room for the night.

Sean and Rabbi Levin have a great time at dinner, while Meghan is, unsurprisingly, annoyed. She eventually leaves, telling the other two they can continue their “intimate conversation” alone. Avery’s released from the hospital, and Ben takes her to Epstein Bar to have some tea. She tells him she’s learned over the past few months that things and people who were important to her before aren’t as important now. Ben suggests that she go to therapy, but Avery tried that and it didn’t help. She says she’s just lonely.

On their way home from the library, Felicity asks Noel if he was serious about hiring her. She doesn’t have summer plans yet, so she’s open to joining him in Seattle. They spot Ben and Avery getting into a cab. Once they’re together at the apartment, Felicity tells Ben that she saw them on the street. She’s sure there’s an explanation, but it felt awful. Ben tells Felicity what happened and acknowledges her feelings. Felicity feels bad for Avery, but she hates how Avery keeps turning up. Ben thinks that’s over.

Sean comes over the next morning to make sure things are okay with Meghan. They’re definitely not, but she pretends she just needed to study. She’s given things a lot of thought and concluded that Sean needs to be with Rabbi Levin. Meghan and Sean are never going to work, but Sean and Rabbi Levin are perfect for each other. Even if they’re not, he should at least be with someone like her, because Meghan can’t do this anymore. Yeah, neither can I.

Richard is furious about Noel and Felicity’s prank and vows revenge. Felicity tells Noel that Ben was only with Avery the night before because of her overdose. Noel is distracted, worrying that Richard will do something that screws up Noel’s future. Felicity reassures him, then tries to reassure herself that the Ben/Avery stuff is innocent.

Elena catches up with DeForrest after the MCAT, sure they both did well. He apologizes for trying to make things romantic the night before. Elena says it’s fine; she’s grateful to DeForrest for offering her a quiet place to study. At the loft, Ben finds coupons from the break-up kit, which Sean tries to explain to him. Avery comes over with flowers to thank Ben for being so nice to her. She needs a place to study and doesn’t want to be alone, so she asks if she can hang out at the loft. Ben is too nice to say no. He tells her that Felicity’s uncomfortable with their friendship.

Noel comes home and sees that Avery’s there, which Ben realizes is going to come back and bite him. He rushes to tell Noel that he’s just being a nice guy. He doesn’t like feeling responsible for Avery’s well-being. Noel accuses him of trying to save yet another damsel in distress. Does he only save women who come between him and Felicity? Ben says that if anyone’s coming between them it’s Noel. They start fighting over Felicity’s possible summer plans, and Noel accuses Ben of lying to her. Ben says he’s just jealous. Noel yells that he’s not jealous of a guy who slept with Avery, then said nothing happened.

Felicity happens to be in the apartment now, and she’s heard that last bit. Ben admits that Avery kissed him, but that was it. Noel peaces out, having dropped a bomb he doesn’t want to clean up after. Avery slips out, too, the best decision she’s ever made. Ben assures Felicity that the kiss meant nothing, which doesn’t explain why he didn’t tell Felicity about it.

She says there must be a reason he can’t say no to Avery. Ben notes that Felicity can’t say no to Noel, and brings up the break-up kit. Ben doesn’t want Felicity to spend the summer with Noel when he clearly still has feelings for her. Felicity says Avery clearly has feelings for Ben, too, and the situations are different – she and Noel are friends, and this would be for a job. Ben argues that that doesn’t mean Noel doesn’t want to break them up.

At the apartment, Elena tells Molly that she feels horrible for not having romantic feelings for DeForrest just because of the way he looks. Molly says Elena can’t help not having chemistry with him. Elena decides she needs to open her mind more. Richard reviews security tapes and catches Noel pulling the prank in the library. Meghan goes to the loft to get her stuff, but Sean wants them to work things out by going to couple’s therapy (based on advice from Rabbi Levin). Meghan thinks they’re too different to fix things, but she agrees to go anyway.

Elena goes to DeForrest’s to finish the kiss they didn’t have the night before. She promises it wasn’t a pity kiss, though he knows it was. He gets that she’s confused about her feelings because of his appearance, and he doesn’t fault her for trying to be kind, but he doesn’t want charity. Avery visits Ben during a shift at Dean & DeLuca, and he tells her that he gets why she feels connected to him, but that connection doesn’t extend beyond that moment. Her friends and roommates want to help her, so she needs to learn on them instead of him. He can’t be there for her anymore.

While studying at the library, Felicity tells Noel that Ben thinks he’s trying to break them up. She brings it up like it’s a funny, crazy idea, but Noel hesitates before denying it. He doesn’t think Felicity gets how much they’ll miss each other after he moves to Seattle. They depend on each other. He kisses her, which basically obliterates his claim that he’s not trying to break up her and Ben. Noel asks for one thing: Can Felicity say she doesn’t still have feelings for him, too?

Thoughts: Okay, show, time to take Amy Jo Johnson’s name out of the opening credits. Actually, it’s been time for about ten episodes.

Can we please have any plot for Sean and Meghan – literally any plot – other than constant fighting? Their friends must find them exhausting to be around.

Why did they bring Molly back if she’s not going to do anything?

(Bernie Sanders voice) I am once again asking where Javier is.

February 20, 2021

Felicity 3.14, The Break-Up Kit: You Can’t Spell Séance Without Sean

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

Sober Molly is very cute

Summary: Felicity is working on a painting in the dorm apartment, and Elena guesses that she’s in a bad mood. Felicity says she’s not. Elena is, though, since she saw Tracy and Rose together. Their moods get better when Molly returns from rehab. She’s excited to be home and proud to be sober. She asks how the others are, but Felicity and Elena don’t want to talk about their relationship issues.

Over at the loft, Meghan is preparing to hold a séance for her dead dog. Um, okay. Sean is a skeptic about talking to the dead, and Meghan calls him closed-minded, though her prefers the term “normal.” Ben passes through on his way out, and Sean complains that Ben has been moping around and won’t talk about it.

Noel comes by the apartment, where Felicity is working on another painting. He compares her to Bob Ross. Thanks to a bad home facial, Elena has burned her corneas and is temporarily blind. Her other senses are heightened, and she notes that Noel has a high voice. Noel invites Felicity to open up about what’s making her paint so much, but she doesn’t want to talk about it. He tells her that Avery hasn’t been around, and Ben seems upset, if that makes her feel any better.

Speaking of Ben, he asks Felicity to meet him at Epstein Bar. He tells her he didn’t cheat on the test. He’s had a hard time keeping his distance from Felicity, but he doesn’t know how to talk to her about what he’s been thinking. Felicity guesses that he’s struggling with his feelings toward Avery, and if he likes her, maybe they should separate until Ben figures out how he feels. We don’t hear his response, but Felicity cries when she gets home, so it can’t be good.

Avery drops in on Ben at Dean & DeLuca and invites him yet again to join her in the Hamptons. He declines, but she thinks he could use a break from the city and a place to clear his head. They won’t be the only ones there, and he’d have his own room, so this isn’t that kind of trip. Ben decides to accept the invitation.

Molly takes Elena to class, where she chats with a classmate named DeForrest. He’s scratched a cornea before and knows how much it hurts. He offers to take notes for Elena, which is why Molly came with her. But since DeForrest is pre-med and Molly isn’t, Elena accepts his offer. She tells Molly she loves DeForrest’s warm voice. She asks if he’s cute. DeForrest is a big guy, and this was before TV would acknowledge that overweight people can be attractive, so Molly doesn’t know how to answer.

The dorm apartment is starting to fill up with Felicity’s canvases. Meghan tells Felicity that when one of her boyfriends broke up with her, she got a bunch of tattoos, so she can relate. Felicity says she and Ben haven’t officially broken up; he just needs some space. Meghan rants about how guys suck. Well, some guys suck. Ben sucks. Felicity forces her to spill that Ben went to the Hamptons with Avery. They’re there now, in a house that looks like a museum.

Noel checks in on Felicity, who denies that she’s been crying over Ben and Avery. She says she doesn’t want to talk about it, but she can’t stop ranting. I’m sure Noel loves hearing this. Felicity’s upset that Ben asked for space, then went away with another woman. She thinks they’ve officially broken up. Noel comforts her, then thinks of something he can do to cheer her up.

The séance begins at the loft, attended by Molly and Sean. Noel pops in to get something and says there’s no way he wants to join them. While Elena talks with DeForrest on the phone, Noel brings Felicity a box that he calls a break-up kit. It contains coupons for things like popcorn and movies, a Toblerone, and an Aretha Franklin CD. In order to keep the kit, Felicity has to redeem a coupon now. She chooses one for homecooked stew.

In the Hamptons, Avery tells Ben about her childhood memories of family vacations. She always thought she was awesome when she wore a red bathing suit to her parents’ parties, but when she was in the hospital, she looked at pictures from that time and realized she was wrong. She’s amazed by how time can change your perspective. Avery offers to help Ben with whatever he’s dealing with, as if the problem doesn’t stem from her.

The séance is a bust (shocking!), so Sean tries to back out. He’s embarrassed that he’s actually trying to summon a dead dog. Suddenly Meghan starts channeling a spirit – but instead of a dog, it’s Sean’s grandmother. Sean gets freaked out, but Molly tells him everything’s okay. Meghan/Grandma (AKA Gaboom) says she has something just for Sean, in her old bedroom closet. Sean emotionally asks what it is, but Meghan snaps out of her trance before she can answer.

Noel cooks at the dorm apartment, telling Felicity about the aunt who perfected the recipe. Sean calls his parents and asks them to look in Gaboom’s closet. Meghan admits that she made everything up – she wanted to shut him up because he was so smug. Sean blasts her for being cruel.

Felicity admits to Noel that she thinks she screwed things up with Ben. She didn’t try to fight to fix things. If their positions were reversed, she’d feel like he didn’t care. She wants to find him and work everything out. Felicity calls someone, pretending to be a friend of Avery’s who’s supposed to go to the Hamptons this weekend so she can get the location of the house. Noel asks if she’s prepared in case things don’t work out the way she wants them to. She isn’t, but she wants to go find Ben anyway. Noel wishes her luck.

The next morning, Ben calls the apartment, looking for Felicity. Meghan goes on a rant about how she loves Felicity like a sister, and if Ben hurts her, Meghan will kill him. Avery’s friends have joined the fun in the Hamptons, so his quiet, reflective weekend is probably not going to be either of those things. Avery stands very close to him, and they kiss, but he’s clearly not into it. She tells him she’s wanted to kiss him for a long time – even before they met in the ambulance.

DeForrest sends Elena flowers to let her know he’s looking forward to going out with her that night. Elena is super-excited to go out with him, especially since DeForrest clearly doesn’t care about people’s looks, like Tracy does. Molly decides not to tell her what DeForrest looks like after all.

Avery introduces Ben to her friends as the man who saved her life. The poor paramedic gets no credit. Felicity arrives (having borrowed Sean’s cousin’s car) and spies the two of them hanging out together. She pulls Ben away to tell him what she wished she’d said earlier: He may be confused about things, but she’s confused most of the time, so she gets it. She knows he and Avery went through something profound the night she was shot, but she thinks she and Ben can work through things.

Felicity continues that she loves Ben, and they must have something real, because if they didn’t, they wouldn’t have made it this far. He can take time apart if he needs it, but she wants to go through this together. She wants this to work out. Ben hugs her and says he wishes he could ease her fears, but he’s still working through his feelings. Felicity says she doesn’t regret this little road trip; she had to give it a shot.

Sean finds Meghan on campus and gives her great news: His parents found $2,000 in Gaboom’s closet. Meghan thinks her séance conversations with her dog were real after all. Sean tells her to go ahead and buy the expensive boots she’s been eyeing, and he’ll give her the money later. It’s the least he can do to repay her, since she let him talk to his grandmother one more time.

Ben comes home from the Hamptons to learn that he got a B- on his final, the one he was going to cheat on. Avery thinks that’s a bad grade and he should have cheated. Avery, hon, a B- is like an A to Ben. Elena can see again, and when DeForrest arrives for their date, she’s surprised by his appearance. He understands that she might not want to go out now that she knows what he looks like. Elena is obviously underwhelmed, but she doesn’t want to be mean, so she agrees to go out.

Noel visits Felicity, having been filled in on her trip by Molly. He wants to finish the stew and let Felicity redeem her coupon. They talk about his adventures with Sensa, and just as Noel is trying to bring up a more serious topic, Ben shows up. He tells Felicity that he admires her for driving all the way to the Hamptons to tell him how she feels.

He promises that nothing happened between him and Avery. Being in the Hamptons just made him realize that he wanted to be in the city with Felicity. He tells her he got a B- on his test, which makes Felicity proud of him. Ben apologizes for putting Felicity through all this angst and thanks her for coming to the Hamptons. She asks if he’s sure he wants to choose her over Avery. He says he is.

Meghan tells Sean she wants to hold another séance, but he reveals that theirs didn’t really work: There was nothing in Gaboom’s closet. The boots were a lesson. Yeah, a lesson that Sean is a jerk. Meghan can live with this one, though, since she used Sean’s credit card. Felicity goes to the loft to thank Noel for being such a good friend. She won’t need the break-up kit after all, but she appreciates it. She tells him she doesn’t know what she would do without him. Noel says the same about her. So we end with three happy pairs – Felicity and Ben, Meghan and Sean, and Elena and DeForrest – plus two leftovers hanging out together, Noel and Molly.

Thoughts: DeForrest is played by Kenan Thompson. 20 years after this guest appearance, he’s the longest-running cast member on SNL and has his own TV show. Take that, shallow people.

Noel should have taken Felicity to the séance. That craziness definitely would have cheered her up.

Why summon a dog, though? All it can do is bark.

How big is Elena’s class that she wouldn’t know what DeForrest looks like before meeting him? Their classroom doesn’t look very big, and it’s spring, so she’s been in at least one class with him for months. You’re telling me Elena hasn’t researched everything about the other Black pre-med students at her college?