July 10, 2021

Felicity 4.17, The Graduate: If It’s Meant to Be, It’ll Be

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Not the first person to question all her decisions during graduation; won’t be the last

Summary: Noel and Felicity are in the back of a cab, and he wants to know if she’s okay. She voices over that this isn’t the way things were supposed to end. At home, she tells Ben (who appears to have fully recovered from the car accident) that Carnes failed her on the paper she copied, but Felicity passed the class and will be allowed to graduate. Ben is also graduating, though he was supposed to take a fifth year, so I don’t know what happened there.

Felicity notes that their safety net is disappearing and they’re going to have to find a new way to make sure they stay together. Ben thinks he has something that will help: They can get married. Ever since the accident, he’s been thinking about how much he wants to marry Felicity. She apparently hadn’t thought about that, since she seems surprised. Ben gives her an official proposal (no ring, though). She’s not sure what to say, but she really means yes.

Sometime later, the two are woken up by a phone call from Lauren’s sister. Lauren is in Philadelphia and has gone into labor. So I guess a lot of time has passed since the last episode. Ben says he’ll take the train to her, and he doesn’t need Felicity to come with him. He promises to be back in time for graduation. He clarifies that they’re engaged before he leaves to become a father.

At Webb Graphics, Dominic tells Noel and Sean that they lost a client, thanks to the rough economy. Without that client, Dominic can’t afford to keep the guys on the company’s payroll. He makes sure they know that their work has been excellent, and this is just because of money. The guys pack up their things and leave, talking about their options. They want to keep working together. Sean makes Noel promise to stay positive.

Felicity’s parents are in town, wondering where Ben is. Felicity doesn’t tell them that he went to Philadelphia for the birth of the baby he conceived with a one-night stand. Instead, she tells them that she wants to spend the summer in California, then come back to New York in the fall to be with Ben. Edward thinks she’s just following him around again. She needs to figure out what she wants to do ASAP.

Barbara is much gentler, saying that Felicity has plenty of time to decide what she wants to do with her life. Edward is annoyed that he spent four years worrying about his daughter’s future, and now she’s still not picking a path and working toward it. Felicity tells him she gets it – she’s not living the life he wanted for her, and he thinks she’s throwing her life away to be with Ben. She announces that they’re engaged, so Ben is part of her life and will be forever. Edward needs to get used to that.

At the loft that evening, Felicity hesitantly tells Noel that she and Ben are engaged. He tries to be happy for them. She laments that her parents aren’t supportive, and he reminds her that they haven’t been, historically, so of course this time isn’t different. But she’s in love with Ben, so who cares? Noel asks if this is what she really wants to do.

Ben returns from Philadelphia but doesn’t really want to talk about THE BIRTH OF HIS FIRST CHILD (Andrew, after his deadbeat father). Noel congratulates him on his engagement and the baby. Later, in bed, Felicity asks for more information on the birth. Ben isn’t sure when he’ll see his son again; Lauren will call him once they get settled in Arizona. He says it was harder to leave the baby than he thought it would be. Felicity guesses that he wants to move to Arizona.

The next day, I guess, Noel brings Felicity a graduation present at the dorm apartment. It’s a book about New York architecture. She tells him that Ben asked her to move to Arizona with him, so he can be close to Andrew. This makes total sense to her, but what Edward said about her following Ben around for four years is stuck in her head. Does she want to follow him again? Noel knows his advice is corny, but he gives it anyway: If it’s meant to be, it’ll be. That said, he thinks she should stay in New York, since all her friends are there. Yeah, but her fiancé won’t be!

Noel is having trouble finding work, but Sean hasn’t – Meghan’s father offered him a job doing elevator inspections. He thinks Noel should take a job he heard about that only has room for him. They should consider ending their partnership if it means they can make money. They’ll still be a team; they’ll just be focused on survival for now. Once they’re better off, they can reunite the team. Sean reminds Noel that they’re staying positive.

Richard runs into Edward on the way to take Ben some flowers to celebrate his child’s birth. He doesn’t know that Edward doesn’t know about the baby. (He also doesn’t know that Edward isn’t related to the baby. Maybe stay in college another year or two, Richard.) He mentions the move to Arizona, something else Edward was unaware of. Richard realizes a little late that he’s said way too much.

Edward winds up with the flowers, which he delivers to Ben, along with a question about what the heck is going on in Ben’s life. He doesn’t think Felicity gets what she’s committing to. She and Ben are too young and unstable to get married. Ben points out that Edward and Barbara were their age when they got married, but Edward reminds him that they’re not together anymore.

Ben has a child in Arizona, so how can he and his fiancée have a life in New York? As a father, Ben will become protective and want to hurt anyone who hurts his child. In other words, Edward wants to punch Ben. He confronts Felicity with one word: “Arizona.” He knows Felicity doesn’t care what he thinks, but she should know that this move is a huge mistake.

Felicity’s upset that Ben told Edward they were moving to Arizona, as if the problem here is who told him. She blurts out that she can’t just move. She has a job and friends there. She’s been following Ben for four years, so it’s turn to follow her. Ben says she can stay in New York if she wants, but he has more important things to think about. He needs to move to Arizona.

The next day, Felicity is getting ready for graduation when Edward brings her flowers to apologize. He feels like the past four years have gone by fast, while she feels like her high school graduation was a long time ago. Edward remembers how she would come see him at work when she was a kid. He realizes he keeps trying to protect her instead of letting her live her life. Felicity promises that she’ll be okay. Edward decides he needs to get better at letting go.

The graduation ceremony is basically an afterthought in the episode, but we get to see Felicity cross the stage and turn her tassel. Despite their fight, Ben is happy. We skip everyone else and go straight to everyone tossing their caps, then people chatting after the ceremony. Felicity gets Ben alone and tells him she wants to follow him like she did four years ago, but she can’t. He apologizes for asking, which is dumb. He had the right to ask. She tells him to go to Arizona. Maybe they were only meant to be together during college. Ben repeats Noel’s corny advice: If it’s meant to be, it’ll be.

At a graduation party at Epstein Bar, Noel tells Sean that he got a job. It’s a completely new firm with no clients: Blumberg Crane Associates. He already rented them an office. Sean’s happy with the idea. Noel next approaches Felicity and asks if she’s decided what to do yet. She tells him she’s not going to Arizona, and she and Ben are breaking up. She’s also not going to live in New York. She doesn’t know where she’ll go, but it won’t be there.

Ben and Felicity go off to finish packing the stuff he’s been keeping in her apartment, and possibly say goodbye to each other for the last time. But first, sex! (Use protection, guys.) In the morning, he wakes her up to tell her he has to go. They don’t really say goodbye, instead just saying they love each other.

Later, Felicity goes to the loft, where Meghan is clearly unhappy that Felicity is leaving New York. Felicity promises to call as soon as she lands in California. At the dorm apartment, Javier shows Felicity an Employee of the Month plaque that he’s going to hang at Dean & DeLuca permanently. He asks for a group hug with Felicity and Elena.

Felicity looks around the nearly empty apartment, then goes to a closet and writes “Felicity Porter ’02” on a wall. Noel comes by and offers to take her to the airport. This is how they end up in a cab together, with him asking if she’s okay. As they wait for her flight, she asks if he ever wonders what would have happened if the two of them… (had stayed together or gotten back together, I guess). He says he doesn’t. Liar! When it’s time for Felicity to board her flight, she gets more emotional than she did saying goodbye to anyone else, including Ben.

On the plane, we return to Felicity’s voiceover from the beginning of the episode. It’s from a tape she’s making for Ben. It’s been six months since graduation, and she’s still in California. Noel and Sean are working together and are happy. Meghan is working toward becoming a psychiatrist, and Felicity thinks she’ll be great at it. And Elena? Who cares about Elena?

Felicity says that, ironically, sometimes the thing you’re fighting is yourself. After everything, she’s decided she wants to be a doctor. She’s doing it for herself, not her parents – she wants to make a difference. So maybe she and Ben will both end up doctors. She asks Ben to write her a letter or send her a tape back when he has the chance.

But there’s no need for that. While Felicity’s looking at some fliers on her new school’s campus, Ben shows up. He’s signing up for classes there and has convinced Lauren to move to Palo Alto. So maybe Ben and Felicity were meant to be after all. But there are still five episodes left before the series ends, so who knows what will happen next?

Thoughts: Scott Foley (Noel) directed this episode.

So Ben attended the baby’s birth, named him after his father, and then just turned around and went back to New York after, what, a couple of hours with him? Come on.

Again: Long-distance dating is a thing, people. Try it.

This was supposed to be the series finale, but the show that took Felicity‘s times lot after that tanked, so the network asked for five more episodes of Felicity. J.J. Abrams and Mat Reeves took the opportunity to do something… weird. Stay tuned.

March 20, 2021

Felicity 4.1, The Declaration: Grown-ish

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

New York’s hottest new hangout is Tar Beach

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September 26, 2020

Felicity 2.16, Revolutions: Get in Good Trouble

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Felicity the activist

Summary: Ben is trying to study for Noel’s class while working at Dean & DeLuca. Felicity suggests that he ask Noel if he needs help, but Ben doesn’t like that idea. Javier alerts the two of them to the fact that his ex has just entered the restaurant. Javier had a “crunch” on the ex, who fell too in love with Javier. Javier wants Ben to pretend they’re dating. Ben says no, but Javier ignores him and starts acting like they’re together. Then he realizes the ex is someone else. Felicity cracks up.

Back in her dorm, Felicity annoys Meghan by using a squeaky highlighter while studying. Burky drops by with a book full of business cards from the restaurants he’d like Felicity to pick from for their first date together. Felicity starts to turn him down gently, but Burky stops her, warning that he’ll jump out the window if she uses the word “flattered.” “Flattered,” Meghan says dryly. Fortunately, Felicity’s saved when Julie comes by to invite her to get donuts. Burky leaves as well, telling Meghan that, for the record, she scares him. Mission accomplished, I assume.

Donuts having been acquired, Julie asks Felicity if she ever has nightmares. Felicity says she had one recently about Megan’s box. Julie confides that she’s been having trouble sleeping lately because she keeps having nightmares about Zach. Felicity suggests that she see a counselor at the health center. Julie has already tried that, but she doesn’t feel ready to go back yet.

The health center is busy, so when a student named Leila comes in for an appointment, there’s only one available. She tells Felicity she needs a morning-after pill. Felicity offers to try to get her an earlier appointment so she doesn’t have to spend the whole day anxious.

But Greg, who’s studying for the MCAT, tells Felicity that the health center’s policy has changed and they can’t administer the morning-after pill anymore. Greg personally hates the change, but he has to go along with it to keep the health center up and running. Felicity gives Leila the bad news and offers her a list of local doctors who can help her. Leila doesn’t have insurance, which is why she’s there. She complains that the school is supposed to provide women’s services but is instead limiting their options.

Noel runs a class discussion that Ben tries to participate in, but it’s clear that he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Ruby’s still in the class, and she and Noel are still on the outs. Noel thanks Ben for at least trying to contribute to the discussion, since hardly anyone else in the class does. He offers to give Ben any help he needs.

Felicity tells Greg that she feels horrible about having to turn down Leila’s request. She’s done some research and discovered that every other school health center in the city distributes the morning-after pill. Plus, that pill is basically a bigger dose of birth control, which the health center does distribute. So what’s the issue?

Greg says that some articles about the morning-after pill and RU-486 (the “abortion pill”) upset the trustees, so they’ve banned any form of post-sex contraceptive. Greg tried to fight them, but the trustees get final say. Felicity doesn’t like having to tell students that the administration is making decisions for them. Greg doesn’t, either, and he also doesn’t like the funding cuts and the fact that they can’t treat non-students. He has to pick his battles.

Felicity tells Pavone about the situation, complaining that Greg doesn’t seem to be taking her point of view seriously. She gets that he can’t fight every battle that comes along, but why not this one? Pavone tells her she’s presumptuous – just because she thinks something’s important doesn’t mean that everyone else does. Greg’s right, and he can’t fight this battle. Felicity’s not going to change anything but saying the same stuff over and over. Obviously, Pavone is implying that if Greg won’t fight the battle, Felicity should.

Felicity reads up on protests, including some successful sit-ins arranged by University of New York students. She goes to see Leila, who got her needs met by Planned Parenthood, and tells her about the sit-ins. One only took three days, so Felicity thinks she can arrange one on her own. She invites Leila to join, if she wants, and Leila immediately agrees.

The two of them and Elena start things off in the health-center lobby. They make some signs and wait for the participants they’ve recruited to join them. Burky comes by to pick up some medication (Elena teases that it’s Viagra) and scoffs at their low turnout. He tells them he’ll bring enough people to really make things happen.

Ben and Noel grab lunch together, talking about some topic from class. Well, Noel’s talking. Ben’s kind of listening. The sit-in slowly grows as Felicity and Leila make calls to try to get more participants. Leila manages to get in touch with someone from the New York Times. That was fast. There’s only, like, ten people protesting!

Greg calls Felicity away from the protest and tells her it’s starting to disrupt the health center’s operations. That’s kind of the point, buddy. He tells her that the head of Student Services is coming by that afternoon, and Greg needs to look good as the director of the health center. Felicity tells him she’ll completely understand if he wants to distance himself from the protest. But Greg wants a letter of recommendation for med school from this guy, and he needs to protest to end now. He warns that the participants could really harm their futures by continuing it.

Burky hands out fliers about the protest to students and random people on the street. Noel and Ben have taken their study session to Noel’s apartment, where Ben says this is more work than he ever did in high school. He basically coasted back then while he spent his time partying and doing sports and hanging out with girls. Noel’s high school experience was completely different. Wow, who would have guessed?

Felicity, Elena, and Leila hang up a banner in the health center that says “There’s got to be a morning after.” Creative. The movement has grown, and when Simmons, the head of Student Services, arrives to meet with Greg, he has to step over people sitting on the stairs and all over the lobby. Julie calls to find out what’s going on, and Felicity, concerned with what this all will do to Greg, tells her they might be done soon.

The other students have no plans of backing down. One guy (he’s only credited as Long-Haired Guy, despite not having long hair; I’ll call him Hal – explanation below) hands out a brochure he put together for a previous protest, telling students what to do in case they get arrested. Felicity thinks they should change tactics, maybe with a petition. If they continue the sit-in, they could be there for days, and they still might not get what they want. Leila and Elena refuse to call things off. Just then, Burky arrives with a ton of new protesters.

That night, some people chant outside the building: “There’s no laughter without the morning after! We’ll stay until we get that pill!” Julie and Ruby have both joined the protest, and Elena’s a little surprised, since Ruby’s having a baby. She doesn’t think Ruby realizes how much her life is going to change. Felicity tells the protesters that the administration won’t talk to them, so they’re going to have to keep going. The event continues with a cheer from Penny and Stacy and a singalong of “We Shall Not Be Moved,” led by Hal. Sean films everything.

Ben and Noel are either unaware of the protest or are staying out of it – they’re drinking and playing video games at Noel’s place. (I think they’re playing Mortal Kombat.) They’re pretty drunk, which is probably why Ben thinks it’s a good move to throw Noel’s next beer to him before he’s ready to catch it. He nails Noel in the head, then laughs. Noel accuses Ben of doing it on purpose. Ben offers to let Noel hit him back, and though Noel refuses at first, eventually he decks Ben. Soon it’s an all-out fight, mirrored by their video-game characters.

Greg is in trouble for not stopping the protest, so he’s most likely not going to get a letter of recommendation from Simmons. He knows the school won’t give in – they rely too much on money from the trustees, no matter what strings come attached. Felicity feels bad about the consequences Greg is facing for the protest, but she’s not shutting it down. He gets it.

Everyone settles in for the night, either sleeping or studying on the floor. Julie wakes up from a nightmare, and Felicity suggests again that she see a counselor. She feels better when she makes tapes to Sally; letting out what she’s feeling is enough to help. Julie wants to find a way to feel better, but something about the idea scares her.

Ben and Noel have fallen asleep/passed out at the apartment, and in the morning, they both have hangovers and bruises. Ben makes a hangover remedy from lime juice, tomato juice, eggs, and baking soda. They acknowledge that they fought the night before but don’t agree on who won.

Sean tries to document a new day at the protest, getting an establishing shot of the health-center building, but that requires standing in traffic, and he just gets honked at. Meghan takes her time in the bathroom, ignoring the huge line outside the door, as people play hacky sack and try to entertain themselves in various ways. There’s practically a record scratch when Ruby spots a new face in the crowd: Edward.

Sullivan, who’s with the school’s administration, has known Edward for a while and wants him to teach a course next semester. He gets Edward to sit down with Felicity and Greg to resolve the protest. Edward didn’t know anything about it until Sullivan called and told him to read about it in the paper. Felicity’s father reminds her that she’s working at the health center as a punishment; she can’t get out of trouble by getting in more trouble. Dude, she’s not trying to get out of trouble. Did you actually read what the protest is about?

Sullivan asks Felicity to shut everything down in exchange for the administration reviewing the policy on post-sex contraception. Edward says he talked to the dean, and this is the best the protesters can hope for. Worst-case scenario: Felicity loses her RA position, gets expelled, or gets arrested. Is this worth winding up with a police record? She needs to end things before they get out of control.

Felicity refuses. She knows the possible consequences and she’s willing to face them. She’s not the only person involved here, and Edward can’t make her stop this just because he wants her to. She’s not a kid anymore. Felicity thanks Sullivan for the offer of compromise, but she doesn’t think it’s appropriate. Sullivan turns to Greg, who’s now fully on Felicity’s side. He’s asked for a bunch of things at the health center that just get stalled at the review stage. The protest seems to be the only way to bring about change.

The press has arrived, so Leila pulls Felicity out of the meeting to talk to them. Felicity’s nervous about it and asks Leila to give an interview, but Leila doesn’t want her parents to find out she’s having sex. Julie reminds Felicity that she was okay talking to the protesters, so she can handle this.

Ben and Noel keep studying while drinking the hangover cure. Once they’ve covered everything, they agree to never study together again. They come across Felicity’s live interview on TV, where she talks about women having the right to choose how to handle their health needs. Felicity struggles to get her thoughts together, so Julie speaks up. She notes that one reason to take the morning-after pill is comfort. A woman who’s been raped might need it for peace of mind.

Julie reveals that she was raped, and one of the fears as a result was that she was pregnant. When the health center distributed the morning-after pill last year, Julie was able to take it and feel like it was one less thing to worry about. It’s peace of mind for women’s partners, too, so they don’t have to face an unplanned pregnancy. When the interview is over, Felicity praises Julie for her courage.

The sit-in continues, and Elena is even able to use her patented study method despite being surrounded by people. Felicity thanks Greg for siding with the protesters. He tells her he’s wanted to change a lot of things but has never actually done anything to try to make the changes. The dean calls, having seen Julie’s interview, and says that a trustee, who also saw the interview, is now pretending this was all a misunderstanding. Long story short, the protesters have won. Also, Greg may get his letter of recommendation after all. He and Felicity kiss, then get awkward about it.

Felicity tells the protesters that thanks to their efforts and Julie’s interview, the administration has caved. There’s an impromptu dance party and Sean hoists Felicity up in the air. Burky thinks Felicity kissed Greg and complains that it’s not fair, since Burky tried so hard to get her to like him. He tells Meghan, who’s mad that Felicity’s moving in on her “crunch.” Whatever, guys. Can’t you be happy for two seconds?

Thoughts: Leila is played by Keiko Agena. Hal is played by Hal Ozsan.

Until this episode, I’d completely forgotten that Burky existed. This show completely wasted Michael Peña’s talents. (Not that his career suffered or anything. I mean, he’s in a Marvel franchise. He’s fine.)

Ben’s right: Who DOES drink Mr. Pibb? Do they even still make it?

September 19, 2020

Felicity 2.15, Things Change: Left Asunder

Posted in TV tagged , , , , at 1:21 pm by Jenn

Javier’s giving Pavone a run for her money in the counseling department

Summary: Javier has a very important question for Felicity at Dean & DeLuca: What does she think about liposuction? A friend of his just had it, and she looks great now. He notices a customer arriving and tells Felicity that the woman seems to have a “crunch” on Ben. Ben says the woman, Pam, is just one of his classmates and they barely know each other.

Edward is the next customer to come in, so Javier asks for a doctor’s opinion on lipo. Edward says plastic surgery isn’t his specialty. Just tell him he’s beautiful the way he is, Edward. That’s all he wants to hear. Javier moves on to another employee, sending away the customer she’s talking to by exclaiming, “Guess what – it’s free!” This show needs more Javier. A lot more.

Edward invites Felicity to get dinner that night, but she’s volunteering at the health center. Their schedules have been crazy lately, so they haven’t spent much time together. Felicity’s distracted watching Ben and Pam, so she’s barely spending time with Edward right now. She sees Pam give Ben her number. Edward asks about Felicity and Ben’s…whatever, and Felicity says they’re just friends. Javier explains why he’s so focused on his appearance: His boyfriend, Samuel, has been making fun of him. Javier, you don’t need lipo – you need a new boyfriend.

The health center is busy that evening, thanks to only one doctor working. Greg’s concerned that they’ll get shut down after their upcoming review. Meghan comes by, complaining of a sore throat, though it’s an obvious excuse to try to spend more time with her new “crunch,” Greg. “He’s so my flavor,” she tells Felicity, warning her not to steal him away. Felicity’s too shocked to respond.

Back at Dean & DeLuca, Javier asks Ben to pick up an extra shift on Wednesdays, but he has a class then. Felicity can’t take it, either, since that’s when she works at the health center. Ben complains to Javier about Greg, whom Javier has heard a lot about from Felicity. Specifically, he’s heard how fantastic Greg is. Ben doesn’t now how to react to that, and Javier accuses him of staring, probably because Javier looks fat. Ben immediately goes to the phone and calls Pam.

Tracy and Elena meet up in the library to study, and he notes that she’s wearing a perfume she’s worn before. Looks like he’s interested in her for more than just her lab-partner skills. Current Noel/Ruby status: awkward. She doesn’t appear to be talking to him. Noel tells Ben that Ruby’s waiting for him to give her some instructions. You mean instructions for what to do about her own life? Keep waiting, Ruby. On the other hand, the guys are now…friends? Sort of?

Felicity makes a tape for Sally about how busy she’s been recently. It keeps her from thinking about her family falling apart. Of course, she can’t avoid that stuff forever, so she goes to her father’s apartment after getting off work early. The apartment is depressing, and Edward hasn’t decorated or unpacked all his stuff. Felicity notices pill bottles on a side table and can’t help herself from snooping. Later, she looks up the medications with Julie. One is a sleeping pill and the other is for anxiety and panic attacks. Felicity wishes she hadn’t distanced herself from Edward so much. Julie assures her that things will be okay; everyone goes through hard times.

The next day (?), Felicity asks Edward to volunteer for a few shifts at the health center. Not only would it help the center, but it would give them more time together. Edward is happy to accept. Ruby stops by to see Noel before class and asks him to approve her transfer to another section. Which should have happened as soon as they realized she was in his section, since they were dating, but whatever.

As Felicity gives Greg the great news that Edward will help out at the health center, Sean watches his docuventary, reviewing it before sending it to some TV channel that’s interested in airing it. Ben goes out with Pam, who tells him about spending a semester in Bosnia, volunteering with the Red Cross. She should work at the health center, too! He’s surprised to learn that she’s from Oregon, since she seems like a New Yorker. Pam thinks it’s because she was bold enough to give him her number, something she never does.

Edward works his first volunteer shift at the health center, but Greg disagrees with his medical decisions. Edward thinks a patient has potentially serious heart problems, but Greg thinks his palpitations are from taking pills to stay awake while he studies. Felicity sides with her father but apologizes to Greg. Greg notes that at least they’re lucky enough to have a doctor.

Ben and Pam have gone back to the loft, but he can’t focus on making out with her because he’s distracted. Gee, I wonder who he’s thinking about? Pam gracefully steps aside, telling him to call her again if things don’t work out with the other woman. Yeah, sorry, Pam. You’re a two-episode guest star and the other woman is the person the show is named after.

At Elena and Noel’s apartment, Elena and Tracy are also distracted, she by him and he by the wallpaper that was never completely removed at the painting party. It doesn’t seem like he needs to study anyway, since he knows the answers to every question she uses to quiz him. Elena eventually tells him to leave because she can’t handle his scraping or his snide attitude. Tracy teases her for being competitive and grins at her as he leaves.

It’s time for the health-center review, and Edward hasn’t arrived for his shift. Lloyd, the non-student patient who keeps trying to be seen there, comes in but it’s not clear what he wants, other than to show off his new haircut. Felicity calls her father’s office at the hospital and is told that he left his job, apparently telling the hospital he was moving back to California.

Tracy annoys his class by tapping his pen on his desk while taking a test. He’s the first one finished and doesn’t look the least bit concerned about how he did. He whispers a “good luck” to Elena as he leaves, then dances just outside the doorway until the professor closes the door. Elena tries very hard not to laugh, but she can’t hold it in. (Same here. Donald Faison is a treasure.)

At Dean & DeLuca, Ben tells Javier about his date with Pam, and how great it was, and how it still wasn’t what he really wants. Javier declares that it’s time for a man-to-man, heart-to-heart talk. They go to Epstein Bar together, and Javier tells Ben that he’s crumbling even though he has everything in his life that anyone could ever want. Javier tries to tell a story about dating a girl as a teenager, but it starts with, “Her name is Lola. She was a showgirl,” so Ben doesn’t buy it.

Javier really date a girl named Lola, even though he knew he liked guys, and long story short, he ended up like Ben, “let asunder by a woman.” Ben needs to stop moping around and sabotaging dates. He needs to get over her, because things between them are never going to work out. Ben asks why. Javier reminds him that she’s married. That’s right, Javier thinks Ben is moping over Maggie. Ben decides not to tell him who he’s really in love with. He leaves, and Javier tries in vain to get a bartender to serve him some snacks.

Edward finally shows up at the health center, lying that he got held up at the hospital. Felicity busts him, so he says he just slept through his alarm. She reveals that she saw his sleeping pills and anxiety medication. Edward tells her he can take care of himself. Felicity’s concerned that he quit his job and didn’t tell anyone. He reminds her that he’s accepted all her decisions, like dropping pre-med, so she needs to accept his.

Tracy and Elena both did well on their test, but he did slightly better with a 99. She agrees to go to dinner with him. Later, as Elena’s cleaning up at the apartment, Noel tells her that he misses Ruby. She tells him to stop with the self-pity and reminds him that he ditched Felicity for Hanna, so he’s not always the victim. “Thank you for your support,” Noel replies. She promises that she does support him.

Noel knows Ruby’s going through something huge and complicated, but part of him wishes that he could move on and stop thinking about her. Even though she slept with someone else and is having that guy’s baby, Noel still wishes they were together. Elena thinks he should forgive her – his ability to forgive sets him apart from other people. It makes him strong, not weak. Noel goes to Ruby’s room and gives her back her transfer slip, telling her she should stay in his class. He understands why she wants to keep the baby, but he can’t go down that road with her. Still, he’s there for her as a friend.

Felicity goes back to her dad’s apartment, where he apologizes for their argument. He didn’t tell her he quit his job because he didn’t want her to worry. He promises he’s okay. Felicity urges him to be honest with her and not just tell her that because he doesn’t want her to worry. Edward says that he felt like his time in New York would be temporary – he would work there until Barbara asked him to come home. It doesn’t look like that’s going to happen. Edward says he misses Barbara, and Felicity asks if he’s told her that. He says he has.

At the loft, Ben mopes yet again when he learns from Sean that Felicity’s taking another shift at the health center. Sean wonders why he cares that Felicity’s spending so much time with Greg. Ben asks Sean why he hasn’t told Julie that he likes her. Sean knows that as soon as he does, Julie will say she just wants to be friends. He’d rather keep it quiet and keep hope alive than get rejected. Ben complains that Felicity obviously admires Greg, who has traits that Ben doesn’t have. He thinks Sean was wrong when he said that Ben isn’t ready to make a commitment to Felicity. In that case, Sean says he needs to go tell her how he feels.

At the health center, Greg tells Felicity that they passed their review and can stay open. They celebrate with some sparkling cider. Greg reveals that Edward was right about the diagnosis Greg disagreed with him on. Ben arrives to make his big, romantic declaration, but seeing how comfortable Greg and Felicity are together makes him decide he’s too late.

Thoughts: I’m saying “crunch” instead of “crush” from now on.

Assuming Tracy is pre-med, it’s funny that Donald Faison’s next role was playing a doctor.

So the clinic is completely staffed by volunteers? And they only have doctors? No nurses or med students? That’s a horrible way to run things.

Pam seems cool. Can we trade boring Julie for her?

God bless Forever Young Adult for this gif of Tracy dancing. Also, I’m going to have to read all their Felicity and Buffy rewatch posts.

August 29, 2020

Felicity 2.12, The Slump: Why Are You Here?

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , at 1:17 pm by Jenn

Exactly the sort of person I want to pour my heart out to

Summary: Felicity starts out a new tape to Sally with the words “I’m in trouble.” She goes to see John, but he’s on indefinite leave and has been replaced by a professor named Toni Pavone, who thinks it’s okay to smoke in the office. Pavone is familiar with Felicity’s circumstances and says, “You’re in trouble.” She’s been sent to counseling over the pool break-in. Felicity acknowledges that it was stupid and immature. She worries that she and Ben will be expelled.

Pavone tells her about a frat stunt from years ago that left a guy in a coma after he jumped in the pool drunk. It cost the college a lot of money, so now they have strict policies about this sort of thing. Since Felicity was caught drinking, she’ll have to undergo alcohol treatment counseling. Ben arrives late and Pavone tells him, “You’re in trouble.” Yeah, show, I think we get it.

Felicity continues her tape, telling Sally that she got off easy, at least in terms of her parents’ split. It’s a good time for it. If they’d divorced years ago, Felicity would have obsessed over it. Now that she’s out of the house, it doesn’t affect her as much. Her life hasn’t changed much. Yeah, she’s totally fine! She’s definitely not thinking about her parents while she’s out with her friends or working at Dean & DeLuca.

Ben complains to Felicity about having to go to counseling. He thinks it’s optional, so he’s not doing it. In fact, he’s thinking of leaving school. Edward comes by and he and Felicity mention that Barbara is arriving in New York that evening. Noel is doing much better in his TA position, and Ruby praises him after class. He chastises her for writing, “Hi, Noel” on what was supposed to be an anonymously graded paper. Now he won’t be able to stay partial. Ruby gets mad and storms off. What is up with this girl?

At her next session with Pavone, Felicity says it might be a waste of time. She doesn’t normally drink. Pavone asks why she did the night of the pool break-in. Felicity has already explained that she was just trying to blow off steam. Pavone asks where that steam came from. Felicity reveals that she’d just found out her parents were separating. She claims it’s not a big deal, since it happens to a lot of people. Everything will be fine. Tonight the three Porters are all having dinner together, and Felicity insists it’ll go great.

She gets that she’s facing consequences for her actions, but since she doesn’t normally do things like break into a pool, she shouldn’t have to face THIS consequence. Pavone shows Felicity her diploma from Yale and says she’s a professional therapist and knows what she’s doing. Felicity can come back when she’s ready to talk.

Edward and Barbara are already at the restaurant when Felicity arrives for dinner. She voices over that she never caught them having sex (now THERE would be something to talk about in therapy), but this feels similar – she’s getting a glimpse of their intimate life. Hon, they’re just sitting next to each other and not talking. That’s not intimate. She admits that she doesn’t want to think about what’s happening to the family.

The three of them make small talk about a spa and a special dinner the family has been invited to for Edward’s job. Felicity confirms that Barbara will be attending. Suddenly things get to be too much for Felicity, and she starts crying. Edward admits that he told her about the divorce, even though he and Barbara had planned to tell her together. The two of them bicker as Felicity tries to stop crying.

Guess who’s ready to start talking to Pavone? Hint: It’s not Ben. Felicity tells Pavone that she doesn’t know who she is anymore or how she got here or what she’s doing. She’s been in relationships she doesn’t understand. She “dropped pre-med like it was some kind of victory” and can’t remember why it felt like that. Also, she hates her haircut. Yay! We agree on something!

Felicity says she didn’t realize how much she depends on her parents being there, even when “there” is 3,000 miles away. She thinks it’s partly because she’s an only child. Pavone asks if she said any of this to her parents. Felicity just let them talk. They told her the separation for the best, but Felicity feels responsible. Her decision to come to New York and push them away disrupted things. If she hadn’t been so selfish, Barbara and Edward would still be together.

Pavone asks what was so selfish about coming to New York. Felicity admits that she followed Ben there, then tried to convince herself that it was for her. Her parents were in New York for Thanksgiving and looked happy. Everything was fine at Christmas. Why are they breaking up? Pavone reminds her that she said it was because of her.

After her session, Felicity finds Ben playing basketball by himself somewhere in the city. She tells him that if he doesn’t go see Pavone, he’ll get expelled. Ben has been looking into traveling to Prague, because that would definitely be a better option than just sucking it up and going to therapy. Felicity jokes that she’ll go with him, but Ben says she should. They could drop out together! Ben, sweetie, no.

Noel apologizes to Ruby, even though…he didn’t do anything wrong. He gushes over her paper and apologizes for acting like she was capable of writing what she wrote. She heads off to class instead of addressing the situation. While studying with Felicity and Julie, Elena mentions that she likes her new lab partner, Tracy. She doesn’t want to know if he’s single because if he is, she won’t be able to stop herself from obsessing over him.

Edward stops by, so Julie and Elena head out to give him and Felicity privacy. He tells her that the dean wants him to do a guest lecture at the medical school. He also learned about the pool break-in and Felicity’s counseling. He asks for more details about her potential punishment, but she says she doesn’t know anything.

Edward announces that Barbara isn’t coming to the dinner the hospital is putting on to honor him. He thinks Felicity should skip it, too, and spend time with Barbara, since she’s only in town for a few days. But when Felicity goes to a spa with Barbara, Barbara tells her to go to her father’s dinner. She thinks Edward’s downplaying it so Felicity won’t feel bad about skipping it. If Felicity doesn’t go, Edward will complain to Barbara about it. Felicity tells Barbara she’s sorry for everything.

Pavone would like to know why Felicity apologized. Isn’t she mad that her parents are splitting up? Felicity says she’s just tense. Not everyone gets angry. Pavone agrees – many people who are “repressed and out of touch” say they’re tense instead of admitting their true feelings. She’d like to know who Felicity really is. Her politeness is just an act. Felicity says she’s sorry but this is just who she is. Pavone replies that, first, she’s not sorry, and second, Felicity already said she doesn’t know who she is. She fully admitted not knowing why she came to New York. Pavone doesn’t believe it was just to follow Ben.

Felicity should be angry. She’s been her parents’ “centerpiece” her whole life, but they didn’t tell her about the separation while she was home. Then Edward told her, didn’t tell Barbara he’d done so, and let Felicity bear the burden of knowing something she wasn’t supposed to. Now they’re putting her in the middle of their awful game, Martyrball, and telling her to spend time with each other. How can Felicity not be angry?

Felicity doesn’t respond, so Pavone asks her how it feels to be the good little girl all the time. It’s annoying to watch. She keeps denying what she’s going through. Felicity finally admits that she’s angry. Her mom is leaving and she doesn’t understand why. Edward’s moving to New York, and Felicity doesn’t want him there. She doesn’t like the position her parents have put her in. Pavone is pleased that she’s finally expressing her feelings.

At Dean & DeLuca, Ben tells Felicity he’s planned a European trip for them. She likes the idea of just running off to Vienna or wherever, but she doesn’t think it’s realistic. Traveling together would be awkward. Ben asks if she’s happy in New York. If not, why not leave? They could get tickets today and be in Europe in two days. Felicity tells Ben that her parents are splitting up. Thinking about a trip to Europe is the only fun thing she’s gotten to experience recently. But she’s not going to actually go.

Tracy is over at Elena and Noel’s apartment, so Noel has two people to talk to about his relationship issues. He wants to be the kind of guy who doesn’t care when his girlfriend is upset about something. That’s just called being a jerk, Noel. Instead, he’s caring too much about how Ruby’s been acting. Tracy asks if Noel apologized. Noel did, so Tracy advises him to say that he wants to do whatever it takes to fix things. At least, that’s what Tracy would say if he had a girlfriend. Which he doesn’t. Well, there’s the answer to a question Elena didn’t want answered.

Felicity goes to dinner with Barbara, who invites her to ask any questions she has. Barbara is just trying to figure out who she is, and she doesn’t feel like she can do that while married to Edward. Felicity thinks they’re just dealing with the normal difficulties anyone has in a relationship. Instead of working through them, Barbara’s breaking up the family.

Barbara says that Felicity doesn’t understand. She’s always been in Edward’s shadow. Felicity asks why they got married in the first place, especially since she left college to do it. Barbara can’t answer that. Felicity asks if she was pregnant. Barbara pauses for a long time, then says there were a lot of reasons she and Edward got married.

Ben is playing basketball again, and when Felicity comes to the court, she tells him she’s ready to drop out. Meanwhile, Noel is putting Tracy’s advice into action, but Ruby is still acting weird. Finally, she explains why: She’s late. Noel handles this calmly, repeating Tracy’s words that no matter what, they’ll be okay.

Felicity shares her travel plans with Pavone, who wonders why she and Ben chose Vienna as their destination. Also, why did Felicity come to the session if she’s dropping out of school? Felicity says she wanted to thank Pavone in person. Pavone wonders if Felicity wants to be talked out of her decision. Felicity insists that she doesn’t.

Pavone tries to get her to talk about her parents. Felicity says she hasn’t felt this bad about things since she went to ballet camp when she was ten. She hated it so much that she came home a day early. She found out that Barbara had been sleeping in the guest room. Felicity’s parents were embarrassed that she found out, and everyone was uncomfortable. Felicity told them she loved camp just to make things better, then went back the next four summers.

Pavone remarks that it’s a hard job to keep everyone happy. Felicity says that might be why she came to New York. Pavone replies that it makes sense that she would want a break from her parents. She asks again why Felicity and Ben chose Vienna. Felicity still doesn’t know, but she feels lost where she is. Pavone tells her that she can be lost anywhere.

Barbara and Edward come by Felicity’s room, having heard about her trip from Meghan. Felicity tells them she thought about it, but she’s not going. Barbara says that she and Edward both wish things didn’t have to be so hard, but they both love Felicity. She hugs Felicity goodbye before heading back to California.

Felicity goes back to the basketball court yet again and tells Ben she’s not going on the trip. He’s not surprised to hear it. In fact, he never bought her a ticket – he knew she wasn’t serious about it. He’s not going, either, if she’s not coming, even if it means he has to see Pavone. But maybe Ben and Felicity can go to Europe this summer. They play basketball together, and then Ben shows Felicity his bed on the court, because seriously, is he living there now?

Thoughts: Pavone is played by Amy Aquino. Tracy is played by Donald Faison, which means that when Scott Foley, Amy Smart, and Keri Russell did guest stints on Scrubs, they were having mini-Felicity reunions.

Yeah, Ben, school-ordered therapy is totally optional. Dude, you need it more than anyone on this show.

Leaving aside the possible pregnancy, Ruby can’t be worth all this drama. She barely has a personality.

August 15, 2020

Felicity 2.10, Great Expectations: Turbulence

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

Alcohol and swimming: always a winning combination

Summary: Felicity’s on her way back to New York after Christmas break, and her father is coming along. She explains to Sally that he was invited to teach a procedure at the college’s hospital. On the plane, she tells Edward she enjoyed being home over break. Her parents got her a telescope, and Edward suggests that she take an astronomy class. Felicity’s excited about her schedule this semester and doesn’t seem that interested in astronomy. Both of them think the next two weeks, and the rest of the semester, will be great. Then they hit turbulence. It’s a metaphor!

Two days later, Felicity’s at work and Edward has stopped in to see her. She tells Sally he’s been visiting her a lot. Ben comes in next and comments that Javier changed their schedules, so he and Felicity will be working together for the first time in a while. She sees that he’s in a good mood, but he says there isn’t really a reason. He just feels like he’s starting over this semester. He’s also excited for swim season to start.

Later, Ben goes shopping with Sean, who’s decided to finally abandon Smoothaise. Ben says Sean may have been wrong when he cautioned Ben not to get together with Felicity. Things have been worse since they split up. Sean reminds Ben that his last relationship (or whatever you want to call that situation with Maggie) ended badly, which he would have warned Ben about if Ben had asked his opinion. Ben says he tried to ask but Sean was too busy drooling over Julie. Sean plays dumb about that. Ben says he won’t take advice from someone who won’t act on his own crush.

Felicity tells Sally that she was in a performance of The Wizard of Oz in the fifth grade. She wanted to play Dorothy, but she was cast as a flying monkey instead. She’s bringing this up because she wasn’t picked for a class she wanted to be in this semester. The professor tells her that her work is good; there just weren’t enough spots for all the applicants. She should put her name on the waiting list in case a spot becomes open. Edward shows up to say hi and offers to make some calls to get Felicity into the class. She turns him down.

Noel is a TA this semester, and Ruby’s in his class. Well, that’s not going to end well. She tells him he did great in the first class (he didn’t) and reminds him that she doesn’t want any special treatment (she probably does). She gives him some pointers to improve his teaching skills. He’s not receptive to her suggestions, when really, he should take all the help he can get.

Felicity puts her telescope together, telling Julie and Elena that Edward thinks she’s already wanted one. She keeps saying that she can handle him being around for a few weeks. It makes her feel like a little kid to have him there all the time; he’s always asking her where she’s going and when she’ll be back. Elena is sewing a stuffed frog, by the way. Meghan comes home and comments that Felicity’s going to use the telescope to stalk someone. Felicity tells her friends that not getting into the class she wanted has thrown off her whole semester. She hates having a plan that doesn’t work out.

Edward has big news for Felicity at dinner that night: The hospital has asked him to stay on until June. If he stays, Barbara will come join him in New York. He’d like to accept, but he wants to know how Felicity feels about it first. Felicity tries to avoid giving her opinion, then finally says that if Edward wants to stay, he should. So much for Felicity’s super-awesome semester.

Early the next morning, Felicity gets a call letting her know that Edward did, in fact, try to get her into the class she wanted. Fortunately, the dean’s office calls Felicity to double-check before making any arrangements. Ben is eager to find out his swim schedule for the semester, but instead, he gets bad news: The swim program has been cut. Other schools in the area don’t have room for anyone from the school to join them. So Ben’s super-awesome semester has also gone down the tubes.

Julie still has a chance for awesomeness, since Erik has brought her a contract to make a demo tape. Her childhood dream is about to come true. Erik wants to celebrate with dinner that night, and though Julie doesn’t seem interested, she accepts. Looks like Sean was right about Erik being interested in Julie for more than just her musical talent. Noel does a little better leading his next class, as Ruby gives him silent pointers like pointing to her eyes to remind him to look at the students. He calls on her to answer a question, but she doesn’t know the answer.

Julie tries out Felicity’s telescope and thinks she sees a giant eyeball. That’s because she put the lens on backward, so she’s seeing her own eye. Stay in school, Julie. Felicity says it doesn’t matter, since she’s never going to use the telescope. Just then, Edward comes by and invites Felicity, Julie, and Elena to lunch. He tells Felicity she doesn’t have to keep the telescope if she doesn’t want it. She lies that she loves it.

The four have a silent, awkward lunch at Epstein Bar. Edward asks Elena about her pre-med classes (since Felicity dropped pre-med and Edward can’t talk to her about it). Felicity tells him to ask Julie about her demo. She mentions that she’s not majoring in music, or at least not yet. Edward’s surprised that none of them have declared a major yet, since they need to by the end of the semester.

After lunch, Edward remarks to Felicity that they’ll be able to hang out like this more often, since he’ll be in New York for months. She confronts him for trying to get her into the class she wanted. He thinks it was a nice gesture, since he wasn’t that excited about her taking art classes in the first place. Felicity says she feels claustrophobic with him so close by. It’s like she’s living at home again. Maybe she’s not as okay with him staying in New York as she said she was.

Edward thinks things will get better when he moves from his hotel to the Plaza, which will put a little more distance between them. Felicity notes that she has her own life in New York. When Barbara arrives, she’ll want to hang out all the time, too. That’s when Edward drops a bomb: Not only is Barbara not moving to New York, but he and Edward are separating.

Felicity can’t believe that she didn’t pick up on anything when she was home for break. Edward says they’ve been discussing it for a while, and the opportunity to come to New York helped them make the decision. Felicity thinks he chose a job over his wife, but Edward says the separation was Barbara’s idea. He didn’t accept the job until he was sure Barbara wanted to separate. He admits that he doesn’t know why Barbara wanted to split up.

Felicity talks to her mom on the phone, pretending she doesn’t know anything about her parents’ problems, since they weren’t going to tell her until Barbara arrives next week. She tells Sally that Barbara was working so hard to sound normal that Felicity didn’t feel right telling her the truth. A week ago, everything made sense, and now it’s come loose, as if it was never tied down tightly enough in the first place.

Edward goes by Dean & DeLuca that night to see how Felicity’s doing after receiving the big news. He invites her to get coffee and talk after her shift, but she says she has to study. Right after Edward leaves, Ben suggests that he and Felicity close up early and go do something. They both had bad days, so they need some cheering up.

Julie’s having some writer’s block, but Erik thinks she’ll get past it quickly. They’re chatting in her room after having dinner together, and he wants to kiss, but she puts the brakes on right away. She want to have a music career, but she’s not willing to sleep with Erik to get it. Erik assures her that that’s not the situation. He can wait until she’s interested in him to make another move.

Noel and Ruby are supposed to see a movie, but she wants to skip it so she can study. She’d rather not be singled out and humiliated by her TA again. Noel points out that the answer to his question was in the assigned reading. Ruby argues that it was only the second week of classes. So I guess they don’t have to do work yet? Noel says it was intimidating being in front of the class. She tells him she did do the reading, but she got nervous when he put her on the spot. She must not be as smart as Felicity. Wha–? How did this get to be about Felicity?

Ben and Felicity use a fake ID to buy some beer from a suspicious cashier. Ben keeps things nonchalant by having a conversation with Felicity about a movie they supposedly saw. Once they have the beer, they break into the school’s pool. Julie comes home from her date with Erik, and Sean decides it’s a good time for a big talk. Before he can express his feelings, he notices her signed contract. He clarifies that no sex is involved. Julie gets defensive, saying Erik thinks she’s talented. Sean realizes this isn’t a good time to tell her he’s totally in love with her.

Felicity takes off her pants so she can jump in the pool in just her shirt. She tells Ben not to look at her, though he notes that they’ve slept in the same bed, so there isn’t much he hasn’t seen. She does a handstand and he pushes her over playfully. Ben feels weird about getting through the semester without swimming. Felicity tells him they’ll have to keep sneaking into the pool. Ben asks how things are going with her dad, but she doesn’t want to talk about her family right now.

After some more swimming, the two sit on the diving board with their empty bottles. That’s where they are when a security guard busts them for underage drinking and breaking and entering. Ben wants to take full responsibility, but Felicity notes that she chose to go with him. He’s surprised she did.

When Felicity gets back to her room, Meghan’s on the phone with Edward, having the kind of conversation he definitely wishes he could have with Felicity. She also likes the telescope. Felicity asks if Meghan has ever seen a different side to her parents and seen them as regular people instead of just parents. Meghan says she did that when she was five. As always, thanks for your help, Meghan. Felicity admits that she got in trouble for breaking and entering and could be facing expulsion. Meghan says maybe her life will finally get interesting.

At the loft, Sean tells Ben he was right before. Ben tells him about his eventful night and how much fun he had. He thinks his fling with Maggie was a bad reaction to following Sean’s advice not to be with Felicity. Sean clarifies that he meant Ben was right about Sean’s feelings for Julie, not about how he shouldn’t take Sean’s advice. Sean wants to tell Julie how he feels.

The next day (I guess?), Julie goes to a studio to record her demo. The sound…tech…guy (whatever) asks her how long she and Erik have been dating. Julie says they’re not together, which surprises the guy, since Erik has a reputation for hooking up with cute singers. Hmm, maybe Sean was right after all. Noel brings Ruby one of Elena’s stuffed frogs as a peace offering and they make up.

Felicity meets Edward at Epstein Bar and tells him she’s going to pretend not to know about the separation until Barbara tells her. She apologizes for their previous conversation. He still thinks she was studying the night before, and she doesn’t tell him about where she really was. He assures her that they’ll get through this. Felicity tells Sally that she didn’t want to tell Edward she might be in trouble because he’s in trouble, too.

Thoughts: I’m surprised that Edward never points out that Felicity now has an opening in her schedule and can take an astronomy class.

Ben pronounces Javier “Ha-vee-AY,” like it’s French. No, sweetie. (Fortunately, Felicity corrects him.)

How much money does a swim program really cost? It’s not like there’s equipment to buy. Other than pool maintenance, there can’t be a lot to pay for.

August 1, 2020

Felicity 2.8, Family Affairs: Not Talking Turkey

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , at 1:13 pm by Jenn

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a big fight in Elena’s bedroom

Summary: David surprises Felicity in her dorm room as she’s leaving a message for her parents. She told them previously that she has too much work to come home for Thanksgiving, but she thinks they don’t believe her. David suggests having a casual Thanksgiving together. They start making out on her bed (with the door open), so she puts a Post-It on the door. It doesn’t do its intended job, and Meghan comes in anyway. Felicity snaps at her, and Meghan says she was doing her a favor, but since Felicity’s being a jerk, she won’t do it. The favor was going to be to warn Felicity that her parents are in the building.

Felicity tells Sally via tape that she wants her parents to leave. She loves them, of course, but there are a lot of things she hasn’t told them about her life. The Porters meet David, then get reintroduced to Meghan, who pretends she’s really into helping the kids in the dorm and is starting a recycling campaign. She’s also wearing what looks to be lingerie as a shirt, but no one comments on that. Anyway, the Porters want to have Thanksgiving with Felicity, then do their own thing while she studies. Felicity says she and David have plans, so Barbara invites him to hang out with the family.

At Dean & DeLuca, Javier offers Ben an opportunity to make some extra money over Thanksgiving. Javier’s hosting a charity event and is so desperate for help that he’ll pay Ben and any friend he can bring along twice what he usually makes. Ben agrees and says he’ll ask Julie and Sean if they want to come along. “Do you know why I like you?” Javier replies. Ben asks why, and Javier tells him, “No, I’m asking.” They both laugh.

Felicity confides in Elena that she hasn’t told her parents that she’s dropped pre-med. She’s afraid of how he’ll react. Noel tells them that Ruby isn’t going to make it back from her movie set for the holiday, so Noel and Elena will be spending the day together. Elena invites Felicity, her parents, and David over, suggesting that it’ll take the pressure off of them. They’ll just have a party.

Julie and Sean are up for Javier’s event; they’ll just have dinner together at the loft afterward. Javier has them all sign contracts, since the last time he got servers to help him, they all took silverware home with them. Sean asks for an exclusivity clause so he can serve Smoothaise. Ben describes it as “not so bad.” It’s then that he learns that the charity event is being organized by Maggie.

Felicity takes her parents to Epstein Bar, trying to pass it off as a café instead of the pub it is. Barbara claims to like Felicity’s hair. She and Edward ask questions about David, curious about why she hasn’t mentioned this guy she’s been seeing for a month and was going to spend Thanksgiving with. Then Edward asks about Felicity’s pre-med courses. She finally comes clean about dropping the major and switching to art classes.

Edward asks about all the changes Felicity has made in her life – her hair, her courses, her older boyfriend. She tells her parents there are a lot of things they don’t know about her life. She feels judged, so she ditches them. Back at the dorm, Meghan is trying to fill community service hours by getting food for everyone who’s staying in the dorm over break. Burky asks for stuffing without raisins. David’s there again, but Felicity has to leave for work. She tells him they’re having Thanksgiving at Noel and Elena’s. David asks to bring another guest – his mother. She wants to meet Felicity’s parents.

Ben goes to Maggie’s catering space and tells her to move her event somewhere else. She says it was her husband’s decision to have it there. Ben tells her he met her husband when he came in to order a cake for their anniversary. He can’t be the other man anymore. Maggie says she never meant to keep anything from Ben, but her relationship with her husband is complicated. She knows the party will be weird, but she misses Ben and would like him to be there.

Barbara goes to Dean & DeLuca, where Javier is thrilled to meet her for the first time. She tells Felicity that David seems great, and she shouldn’t have implied that they’re moving too fast. She’s looking forward to spending Thanksgiving with him and getting to know him better. Barbara has even bought him a gift from a museum gift shop, knowing he likes photography. It seems Edward isn’t as happy about David, though.

Noel objects to Professor Sherman coming to his apartment, as well as to his assignment to call her and tell her what to bring. Elena shuts him down and sends him on an errand so she can ask Felicity about her love life. Felicity thinks it’s sweet that David came by her room twice in one day, then walked her to work. Elena wonders if Felicity thinks David is getting more serious than she is. She says Felicity’s right to be freaked out about their Thanksgiving plans, and it’s weird that David isn’t, too. She’ll be able to see if they’re on the same page by watching how he reacts to Barbara’s gift.

Speaking of freaking out, Ben is trying to convince himself that the party won’t be weird, what with his secret lover and her husband both there. He tells Julie and Sean everything will be okay. They don’t care – they just want to take home the leftovers. Also, Julie didn’t know Maggie was married, and Sean didn’t know her husband would be there. The husband, Charlie, officially introduces himself to the three of them, recognizing Ben as the guy who sold him the cake. He says he wife loved it.

Felicity and David make pumpkin pie together at his apartment, and she gives him Barbara’s present. David reveals that he got the Porters a guide book to New York. She tells him he’s allowed to be honest about not liking the situation, but David is happy to get to know the people who brought Felicity into the world – the person he’s falling in love with.

Felicity tells Elena about this the next day, as they’re shopping at a convenience store. Felicity is surprised that David doesn’t see their relationship as casual, the way she does. Elena agrees that he’s moving too fast. Felicity realizes she’s the Ben of the situation – David has strong feelings, and Felicity has led him on. Elena tells her to talk to him about it, but not now. Thanksgiving comes first.

Professor Sherman is the first guest to arrive at Noel and Elena’s, followed closely by Felicity’s parents. Noel will have to entertain them all by himself. Sean tries to push Smoothaise on guests at the charity event, but it’s not going over well. Charlie greets the guests and thanks them for their donations for a homeless shelter. Holy cow, Maggie is cheating on the nicest guy on the planet.

Ben and Maggie end up in a back room together, and he panics about the possibility of her wanting to make out while her husband is in the next room. Maggie says she just wanted to say hi, but that doesn’t last long before she wants to kiss. Julie interrupts and tells Maggie that Charlie’s looking for her.

Elena and Felicity finally make it to the apartment, to Noel’s relief. Meghan shows up next, having never mentioned that Barbara invited her. Meghan’s excited at the possibility of Barbara getting drunk. Professor Sherman tells Felicity that she likes them together; David’s happier than he’s been in a long time. Of course, now Felicity’s going to have to ruin it by telling him (later! After Thanksgiving! Don’t cross Elena!) they’re moving too fast.

Ben thinks Julie’s mad that she caught him and Maggie together, about to do something naughty. She tells him she doesn’t want to run interference for him again, then asks if Maggie’s worth it. Back at the apartment, Felicity tells Elena that she doesn’t feel right waiting until tomorrow to talk to David about their relationship. Elena tells her to have some of Professor Sherman’s boozy punch and stop thinking.

Noel and Meghan note that the Porters and Professor Sherman are getting along really well. Meghan’s disappointed that no one seems likely to fight. Felicity asks her about the dinner she was organizing at the dorm. “Oh, yeah,” Meghan says, remembering. Cut to the dorm, where Burky and three other students are waiting at a table, hungry.

David arrives for dinner, and Noel, who’s been drinking the punch, tells Meghan he likes David. In one of the bedrooms, David tells Felicity he hopes he didn’t overwhelm her the night before when he shared his feelings. “Are you guys fighting in there?” Meghan calls to them across the apartment. “If you are, talk louder!” Heh. David tells Felicity they’ll talk later. After Thanksgiving!

Maggie takes a break from the party to look at the snow out the window. Ben joins her and tells her they can get coffee together and talk sometime, but not now. After Thanksgiving! Charlie comes to bring Maggie back to the party, but she tells him she wants to introduce him to Ben, the person she’s been sleeping with. Charlie says she’s drunk, but Maggie seems pretty sober. She also knows that Charlie cheated on her, so she figures it’s only fair that she slept with someone else.

Off-screen, Felicity has learned that Edward wasn’t surprised to hear that she dropped pre-med. He knew she was wavering about it last year, and he’s not thrilled, but he likes that she’s happy. Plus, he really likes David, and they’ve discussed David visiting the family over Christmas. Noel asks Professor Sherman what’s in the punch, but she won’t tell him. He goes to his room to lie down. Edward turns to Elena to get his fill of science-related course talk.

Felicity needs a break from all the happiness and warmth, so she goes to Noel’s room, not realizing he’s there. He reminds her of last Thanksgiving, which feels like just a day ago to her but a million years ago to him. As they talk, their faces get close enough to kiss…which is exactly what happens. Of course, that’s right when someone walks in. Unfortunately, the person who walks in is Professor Sherman.

Noel rejoins the party first, and Felicity waits a few seconds before coming out of the bedroom. Other than Professor Sherman, Meghan seems to be the only one who notices. Felicity and Noel end up sitting next to each other, and they agree that they shouldn’t have kissed. They decide to talk about it once the punch has worn off “sometime in February.”

Everyone compliments the turkey, which Elena cooked. Meghan asks if she can keep the bones. Edward jokes that he hopes Felicity gets special treatment in Professor Sherman’s class, since she’s dating the professor’s son. Professor Sherman says no, and David quips that he’s working on it. Professor Sherman asks to speak to Felicity in another room, and Noel braces himself for a big fight. David remains clueless.

Professor Sherman tells Felicity that David had his heart broken by his last girlfriend, so Felicity needs to be honest and tell him about her and Noel. David has followed them to the bedroom and has some questions. Felicity blames the punch for a drunken kiss. Everyone else comes to the bedroom, where Meghan tries to start a big fight. David brushes off the kiss, saying his and Felicity’s relationship is casual. The parents turn on each other while Noel tries to take responsibility.

Felicity sends everyone away so she and David can discuss things on their own. She promises that she was going to tell him everything later. David thought she was over Noel, and Felicity says it’s not about him. David doesn’t believe that. He knows he freaked her out by saying he was falling in love with her. Felicity says she really likes him, but she thought they were on the same page. They were trying to keep the pressure off.

Felicity just broke up with Ben a few months ago, and she spent her whole year pursuing him and Noel. No matter how much she likes David, she can’t handle a serious relationship right now. David wishes she’d said something sooner so he didn’t make a fool of himself. I think Felicity made a bigger fool of herself, so you’re probably okay, buddy.

Ben, Julie, and Sean have dinner together at the loft, and Julie is introduced to tofurkey. Sean suggests adding Smoothaise if it’s not good, but Julie and Ben are fine with it as it is. Sean jokes that everything went really well at the party. Ben handles it well, saying he’s not heartbroken; he and Maggie just had a fling. Julie and Sean think he can learn something from the situation. They list some possible lessons, like “never date a caterer.”

Felicity walks her parents out of the party, inviting them to say something about what happened. Edward just says he wants the recipe for the punch. Barbara doesn’t think she should be embarrassed. Felicity invites them to have breakfast in the morning. Barbara appreciates being back in her life, even if it’s brief.

Thoughts: What a coincidence that no one from this friend group is going home for Thanksgiving! And for the second year in a row! It’s like how everyone on Friends always spent Thanksgiving together. Weren’t their families disappointed about that? I would think Meghan’s parents would be especially sad not to have her there. They seem like big family-holiday people.

Who puts raisins in stuffing?? That should be a criminal offense.

If I were Barbara, I would be so happy to hear Javier gushing about my daughter. I’d feel a lot better about her living across the country from me if I knew he was looking out for her.

January 18, 2020

Felicity 1.2, The Last Stand: I Guess This Is Growing Up

Posted in TV tagged , , at 1:21 pm by Jenn

A great mother-daughter bonding activity: checking out Felicity’s crush together

Summary: Felicity is making another tape for Sally. She loves New York and is glad she decided to stay. She was scared at first, and felt like a snowflake in a blizzard, but she realized everyone’s also a snowflake. Felicity uses a payphone to call her parents, even though she used a phone in her room last time. She leaves them long messages instead of talking to them.

Felicity tells Sally that she felt okay about moving on from Ben, and Julie has said she’s over him, too. Somehow I doubt they’re both telling the truth. Ben is pleased that Felicity’s staying at school and says he can’t figure you out. Felicity tells Sally that that threw her. She adds that someone called the admissions office asking if he could read a student’s application essay. (He can’t.) Felicity was congratulated for having an admirer.

She visits Noel to deliver a floor calendar, whatever that is, and asks if he was the one who called to ask about her essay. He doesn’t know why anyone would do that. Felicity tells him he’s easy to talk to; he says he feels the same about her. But she continues that, after he admitted that he has feelings for her, conversations have been more difficult. Noel says he develops feelings for people all the time, so Felicity shouldn’t make anything out of it. He says it was kind of a power trip, the RA having a crush on a new student. It wasn’t really romantic.

Felicity reminds Noel that she read Ben’s application essay. Noel steels himself for another conversation about Ben. She wonders if Ben wanted to even things out by reading Felicity’s essay, since she read his. She admits that her essay is about him, so she can’t let him read it. Noel agrees. Then Felicity says she’s going to let him read it. She’ll mail it to him. Noel tries to change her mind, but she ignores him. He tells her not to come back unless she’s going to listen to him.

Felicity tells Sally that you can never be ashamed of the truth. Oh, you most certainly can! Girl, what is wrong with you? She mails the essay in a mailbox, because I guess the school mailroom doesn’t allow you to send mail? Then she goes to a session with John, where she’s surprised to find her parents waiting for her. Edward says they want to understand why she’s so adamant about staying in New York. Barbara kind of wonders if she’s on drugs. Felicity’s offended that they would think that.

Edward complains that no one will give them any answers on why Felicity feels the need to be in New York. Felicity correctly guesses that he’s the one who contacted the admissions office to try to get her essay. She realizes she made a huge mistake and runs off to try to fix it. Edward tells John that she was never like this before.

A student named Larry goes to Noel to talk about problems he’s having with his roommate. Lewis talks loudly in his sleep, which is a problem in itself, but what’s worse is that he talks about buying knives and killing Larry. At least Noel finally has a problem to deal with that doesn’t involve Felicity and Ben.

In the mailroom, Felicity asks the mail sorter if her friend Ben has received a certain letter yet. The sorter tells her he can’t give her that information. Felicity lies that she sent him an invitation and wants to see if he got it. Apparently the sorter can’t resist Felicity’s charms, because he goes to Ben’s box and shows her that the envelope is there. He draws the line at giving it back to Felicity, though. He won’t go against federal law or his conscience.

Ben arrives before Felicity can try to pressure the sorter to break the law for her. As they’re chatting, someone bumps into Ben, making him drop his mail. Felicity grabs her letter, but Ben sees and takes it back from her. So close! He tells her he’s glad she’s staying. Obviously Felicity no longer feels the same way.

Noel talks to Lewis to make sure he doesn’t have any plans to buy any knives or, you know, maybe use those knives to kill someone, like his roommate, just for example. Lewis says no, but Noel isn’t convinced. However, Felicity is more of a priority than Larry’s safety, so Noel goes to check in with her. She tells him Ben didn’t ask to read her essay, but she’s already sent it to him. She thinks Ben will only look back on this time as the period in his life when a crazy girl was obsessed with him.

Noel has a theory about how Felicity can handle the situation with her parents: Invite them to see her dorm, and introduce them to him so he can make them feel more secure. Felicity’s just happy that Noel isn’t saying “I told you so.” He admits that that’s all he’s thinking.

She calls her parents and arranges to meet up with them the next afternoon so they can see where she lives. Hey, Noel, Felicity finally listened to you! He tells her he can’t wait to meet the people who made her. And…creepy. Meghan comes home, and Felicity lets her know that her parents are visiting tomorrow, so maybe Meghan could put some of her skulls away. Meghan thinks about it, then says no and leaves. Noel thinks that’s fair.

Felicity brings her parents to her dorm on a particularly loud afternoon. She acknowledges that Meghan is weird but claims they get along great. Meghan overhears and says Felicity’s the weird one, since she wears Hush Puppies. After the Porters talk about how big the room is, Noel sticks his head in and asks Felicity when her “overbearing” parents get there. Oh, good job, Noel. Felicity introduces him to her parents, and Edward confirms that Noel works there, in a tone that says, “Not after today, you won’t.”

Noel apologizes for his error, claiming the word “overbearing” is his, not Felicity’s. Then Larry comes in holding a knife and tells Noel he needs to talk to Lewis again. Way to make the Porters feel more secure about where their daughter’s living, guys. Then the fire alarm goes off. Noel says it goes off all the time but usually doesn’t mean there’s a fire. Though they should probably leave the building anyway.

The Porters meet with John, who wants to mediate a discussion. Edward starts off by saying that Felicity has always wanted to go to Stanford and become a doctor. Then out of the blue, she changed her plans. If she were in her parents’ shoes, would she understand what was happening? Felicity makes a full confession about coming to New York because of Ben. That’s not going to make anything better, Felicity. John points out that Ben isn’t the reason Felicity decided to stay, though.

The Porters want to know if they were too controlling. Felicity says that she loved going out to dinner every Tuesday with her mom, but the other night, she was eating alone in the cafeteria and she felt great being on her own. Edward thinks it’s fine that she wants to be independent, but New York isn’t the only place she can do that.

Barbara says that it seems like the perfect place for it. And if Felicity loves it there so much, she might as well stay there over Thanksgiving instead of coming home. Barbara continues that she didn’t realize Tuesdays were a problem or a waste of time, or that she was overbearing. John tries to step in, but Barbara’s too hurt to listen to him. She leaves the session. Edward tries to make excuses for her, then goes after her.

Ben runs into Julie outside her dorm room and tries to make small talk about her new guitar. He finally asks if she’s avoiding him, which she admits to. Is it because of Felicity or because of him? Julie says it’s about neither of them. Ben wants to have the opportunity to hear Julie play her guitar. She tells him he probably will.

Julie finds Felicity hanging out alone in the cafeteria. Felicity’s sad that she upset her mother, but she’s going to try to talk to her parents again at dinner that night. Julie says that the Porters feel rejected – they never expected their daughter to break off on her own and make her own plans. Julie has the opposite problem. Her parents always expected her to go off on her own, so they work to keep her happy.

Felicity asks what she means, but Julie just says it’s complicated. She clarifies that her parents adopted her, and they’re great, but she found out her birth mother’s name last year and discovered that she lives in New York. Felicity asks if that’s why she came to school there, but Julie doesn’t answer. She knows her parents would be hurt if they found out what she knows. Felicity promises not to say anything. Both of them say they feel grown-up.

Noel tracks Felicity down in the women’s bathroom to apologize for being dumb in front of her parents. Another student in the bathroom leaves and tells him he can go in now that Felicity’s in there alone. Don’t enable him, other student. Noel wants to know if the Porters hate him. Felicity says they see him as “one more piece of straw in this whole miserable haystack.” She’s getting ready for dinner with them and asks if she looks okay. Noel says yes, barely able to keep from gushing over her.

When Edward comes by, Noel apologizes to him for the sixth time. Edward just asks if Felicity is okay. Noel says she’s a chick. Edward almost gets offended before Noel explains that he’s trying to use a metaphor and compare her to a chicken. Edward tells him to drop the metaphor and be straightforward. Noel says yes, she’s fine, and he’s looking out for her. If things get bad, he’ll try to make them better. Edward asks if the “knife thing” worked out, and Noel says it’ll be fine.

Barbara “wasn’t feeling well,” so Felicity and Edward are on their own for dinner. He tells her he really is trying to understand her decisions. He wants her to go to Stanford, but it’s her life, so he’s going to stop fighting her. Well, after one last try to make sure she wants to stay in New York. She says she thinks she does. In that case, Edward wants to go over all the practical matters. He will pay her tuition, but she needs to pay for her own room and board. Felicity thinks that’s more than fair, since she wasn’t expecting it. Edward says it’s important to him to send her to college.

Felicity talks to John about being afraid of thunderstorms as a kid. Her mom, who’s packing to go back to California, would come comfort her and help her fall asleep. Part of Felicity expected her to do that forever. She doesn’t know why Barbara is so hurt by her choice to come to New York. She was always the one who understood Felicity. This is just growing up, Felicity guesses.

Instead of going to the airport, Barbara goes to Felicity’s dorm. She’s not there, so Barbara follows the sound of a guitar down the hall to Julie’s room and asks if Julie knows Felicity. Felicity asks John if he’s ever had a student who felt guilty about growing up. Barbara surprises her outside John’s office and tells her she met Edward when she was very young. When Felicity said she came to New York for a guy, Barbara worried that she was giving up her dreams like Barbara did. But none of that is Felicity’s fault, and Barbara doesn’t want her to feel bad. She loved their Tuesday dinners together.

Barbara doesn’t know what things will be like now that she has an empty nest. She admits to being scared. But she thinks Felicity is brave, and she can’t wait to spend Thanksgiving together. Ben comes by and tells Felicity he got her essay. He doesn’t seem freaked out, so that’s good. Barbara starts to leave, but Felicity tells her to stay, then introduces her to the reason she came to New York. Barbara seems to approve. Felicity sees her parents off, all three of them finally back on good terms.

Thoughts: Larry is played by John Cho. The Noel enabler from the bathroom is played by Constance Zimmer.

I didn’t realize that Ron Howard was one of the show’s executive producers. Now I keep imagining Arrested Development-style narrator voiceovers. Noel: “I don’t have feelings for you.” Narrator: “Noel was lying. And he wasn’t very good at it.”

Did anyone come to this school because they actually want to be there, or do they all have secret ulterior motives?

January 11, 2020

Felicity 1.1, Pilot: Extraordinary Circumstances

Posted in TV tagged , , , at 1:03 pm by Jenn

It’s time to get moody

Summary: Felicity Porter is sitting in a bare dorm room, dictating a letter to her friend Sally. We flash back to her high school graduation, after which she planned to go to Stanford for pre-med and med school. That was the plan her father always wanted her to follow through with. She watches Ben Covington get his diploma, then collects her own as her parents, Barbara and Edward, photograph and film her. The graduation speaker tells the grads to embrace their lives because they won’t get these days back.

Felicity voices over (oh, great, I picked another show with voiceovers) that people who have lost a limb say they can still feel it. At graduation, Felicity starts worrying that high school will go away but the feeling of it won’t. Her life is going great, but all she feels is dread. That’s called anxiety, Felicity. Go see a shrink.

She remembers helping out while Ben had blood drawn at a blood drive. That’s the closest they’ve ever been. She watches him fight with his mom, sending her away. Felicity introduces herself to Ben and asks him to sign her yearbook. She hovers a little, so he asks for a minute, sounding a little annoyed. But when he returns the book, he thanks her for asking him to sign it.

Felicity voices over what Ben wrote, a note about how he spent high school watching her and wondering what she was thinking. He doesn’t know her, but he admires her. He tells her to take care of herself and signs it “love, Ben.” The P.S. says that he wishes they’d known each other earlier. As Ben leaves, Felicity asks where he’s going to college. He says New York. She says her plans aren’t clear yet. But all of a sudden, she doesn’t feel dread anymore.

At home, Felicity digs out information she’d discarded on the University of New York and tells her parents she wants to go there instead of Stanford. She’s already called the school and was told that it’ll take “extraordinary circumstances” to get her enrolled in time for the fall semester. Edward refuses to pay her tuition, but Felicity has already arranged to get loans and try to get a work-study job. She doesn’t want to follow in her father’s footsteps anymore.

After the worst summer of her life, Felicity arrives in New York and finds her new home, Kelvin Hall. She’s giving up all her plans and everything her parents expected of her, all to go to school with a guy she doesn’t even know. She knows this could be a huge mistake, but it also might save her life. She finishes her audio letter, telling Sally she misses her.

Felicity goes to get her picture taken for her student ID, first asking the photographer if her hair looks okay. She runs into Ben and pretends she forgot he was going to school there, too. He’s with a girl, whom he kisses, and he tries to introduce the two of them but he doesn’t remember Felicity’s name. Ouch. Her ID photo doesn’t turn out so great.

Felicity meets with a counselor or advisor or something, John, admitting that she hasn’t completely planned everything out. He tells her that her parents called him and expressed their concerns. Felicity says they’re insulted by her change in plans. John tells her that the school and the city can be overwhelming, so it’s better for students there to be independent. He and the Porters aren’t sure Felicity is. Does she have any interests outside of medicine? Felicity says she likes art and shows him her portfolio. She’s shaken by her parents’ concerns that she’s not independent.

Ben and Felicity are in a literature course together, but not sitting near each other. She starts crying as the professor gives them some introductory remarks. The student next to her, Julie Emrick, writes her a note asking if she’s okay. She can check “no” or “I will be.” Felicity checks “I will be” and writes a thank-you to Julie. Julie makes her laugh by writing a note making a crack about their professor’s hair.

After class, the new friends go to lunch together and talk about how difficult it’s been transitioning to college. Felicity hasn’t met her roommate yet, but the girl is already intimidating – she has bone sculptures. Julie’s roommate is a clean freak, and everything in the room smells like pine. She admits to being scared about this new chapter in her life.

Felicity spots Ben and pulls him out of the cafeteria to make a big proclamation. She tells him he’s most of the reason she came to New York. She had a huge crush on him in high school, despite only talking to him maybe once. Now she realizes that following him to New York was kind of crazy. However, she’s past it and is going to make a life for herself. Ben says he’s flattered by all this and agrees to be friends.

Felicity gets a work-study job in the admin office, quickly breaking the rules of confidentiality by reading Ben’s file. Back in her dorm, she ends a phone conversation with her parents when they tell her that the family isn’t pleased with her decisions. It says a lot about her and the family dynamics that she feels like she has to ask if she can hang up, instead of just doing it.

The floor’s RA, Noel Crane, comes by to introduce herself, presenting himself as the “floor shrink.” It doesn’t take long for Felicity to decide she should go chat with him. She tells him she read Ben’s application essay, which is about how he never liked his older brother when they were growing up. The brother died of brain cancer years ago, and Ben is now older than his brother ever was. He’s just now grieving the loss and the love he never knew he had.

Felicity asks Noel if it’s possible for her and Ben to just be friends after she’s had feelings for him for so long. Will she always be setting herself up to get hurt? Noel thinks they can be friends. Her emotions are heightened by all the changes in her life; they’ll smooth out eventually. She just needs to give it a month or so. Felicity thinks he’s right.

Ben and Felicity’s lit class gets back their first papers, and Ben isn’t happy with his grade. Felicity voices over that it’s amazing how much someone can change in just two weeks. The old her wouldn’t have been able to let go of her expectations about Ben. But when he asks the new her for help with his work, she’s okay with hanging out with him as friends.

As they study in Felicity’s room, Ben asks her why she never went to parties in high school. She says she went to a few, but she wasn’t very popular (unlike him – he was actually voted most popular). Noel comes by to bring her a subway survival guide, so…yeah, he’s totally in love with her. I don’t think Felicity gets it. Ben asks Felicity if she wants to study more the next night. Noel comes back in to ask Felicity a question that I’m sure just couldn’t wait until Ben had left her room. He leaves, then comes back, saying it’s just to bug them. Heh.

Felicity has plans with Julie the next night, but she invites Ben along. When Julie learns that Felicity invited him, she bows out, not wanting to be a fifth wheel. Felicity assures her that they’ll just be three people getting together to study. She and Ben are just friends. Julie’s surprised that there’s not something going on between them.

The three go out together, and Ben and Felicity are very comfortable with each other. Julie’s kind of a buzzkill. When she leaves the table, Ben asks Felicity to confirm that she really just wants to be friends…because he likes Julie and wants to ask her out. Felicity tries to act casual, like that’s totally fine. She says it seems like Julie thinks Ben is great.

Back at her dorm, Felicity sulks, then finally meets her roommate, Meghan Rotundi. Meghan isn’t impressed. Felicity then goes to Ben’s and yells at him for writing in her yearbook that he watched her for four years and wishes he’d gotten to know her. He should realize that even the smallest actions can have big effects. He made her fall for him, and now he just wants to be friends.

Ben tells her that, though he said he was flattered that she followed him to New York, he actually thinks it’s awkward. He revealed a tiny bit about himself and she changed her whole life. Felicity says she knows him better than he thinks. She admits to reading his application essay, the only thing she’s done in 17 years that wasn’t completely moral.

Ben gets mad, saying that he was nice to her, and that’s all. He didn’t ask her to come to New York. How can she think she’s in love with him when she doesn’t even know him? It’s then that Felicity realizes Ben isn’t the only one in the room. Julie’s also there. AWKWARD. Also, sucks to be the girl Ben was hanging out with and kissing earlier.

Felicity goes back to see John, telling him she’s thinking of leaving New York, taking the semester off, and going to Stanford in the spring. It’s expensive to stay in New York, and if her father will still pay for Stanford, she should take advantage of that. Her parents are already coming to visit on Sunday, so she’ll just go home with them. Then she’ll become a doctor and try to save lives. John gives Felicity back her portfolio and tells her she’s a good artist.

Ben comes by Felicity’s room as she’s packing and gives her a tape that was outside her door. It’s from Sally, who Felicity explains was her French tutor. Sally was supposed to get married, but her fiancé died in a motorcycle accident three months before the wedding. Felicity likes talking to Sally instead of writing to her, so they send each other tapes instead of letters.

As Felicity starts to apologize for her blow-up the other night, Ben asks her to go up to the roof to chat. He admits that he lied in his essay – he never had a brother. He’s not sure why he wanted to tell her the truth; maybe because she provokes him and makes him think about things he usually doesn’t. Ben wanted to come to New York to get away from his life. Now he feels like a shallow loser. He also feels bad that Felicity thought he was someone he isn’t.

Felicity says she’s never made a big decision in her life. She thought Ben was the reason she came to New York, but he was just an excuse. She felt high after talking to him at graduation; she’d never done something like that before. Her first big decision ended up being dumb and embarrassing. She’s sure she’ll regret it in the future. Ben says he wanted to make sure things were okay between them, especially if Felicity’s leaving. She says he didn’t have to do that. Ben looks out at the city and says he can’t wait to see what it looks like when it snows.

Now Noel has something he wants to say. He tells Felicity she shouldn’t leave school – in five or ten years, she’ll regret it. He has four words of advice: “Stay in New York or perish.” (I hope Noel isn’t a math major.) Felicity hesitantly asks if he has feelings for her. He admits that he does, but that’s no reason for her to ignore his advice.

Felicity and Julie run into each other, and Julie apologizes for the whole thing with Ben. She never would have gone home with him if she’d known that Felicity liked him. Her friendship with Felicity means a lot to her, and Julie won’t see Ben again. Felicity says it doesn’t matter, since she’s leaving.

Felicity’s parents take her to dinner and tell her they support her plan to take the semester off, then go to Stanford. They’ll take care of all the necessary expenses and pull strings to get her into Stanford. Barbara thinks Felicity is being mature about fixing her impulsive mistake. Edward reveals that he pulled strings to get her into Stanford originally, so doing it again won’t be a big deal. He offers her a car to sweeten the deal.

Felicity says that if she made a mistake, it was hers alone. Now she wants to stay in New York. Agreeing to the new plan would be another impulsive decision, and maybe not the best thing to do. She should at least give herself more time in New York. She can’t wait to see what it looks like when it snows. Edward tells her that if she stays, making another huge mistake, the offer to help her is off the table. Felicity says that’s a decision he’ll have to make.

As Felicity walks around the city, we hear Sally’s tape. She talks about how difficult it’s been for her in her new life in Santa Fe. She thinks tragedy wants to harden us, so we can’t let it. She was about to move again a couple weeks ago, but Felicity’s tape made her rethink things. It was like Felicity was tutoring her instead of the other way around.

Felicity meets up with Julie and makes up with her. Sally voices over that we have to decide what are lives are going to be. Things happen to us that are out of our control, but we can control how we react to them. Sally thinks Felicity made a good choice, and she can’t wait to find out what happens next.

Thoughts: Sally is played (well, voiced) by Janeane Garofalo.

I watched this on ABC’s website, which cut the original music for some reason, but just know that Sarah McLachlan’s “Angel” is played at some point, which is the least surprising thing to happen in a show from 1998.

We all agree that the chances of Felicity making all the arrangements to get into a college in May or June are tiny, right? That the whole premise here is ridiculous? I don’t have to cover that? Okay, good.

Also ridiculous: Ben says he’s going to New York, and Felicity knows exactly which school he’s going to. Not to mention that when someone asks where you’re going to school, you tell them the school, not the location.

If my child made sudden, huge life decisions after never being impulsive before, I would take her to a shrink. And if a girl I barely knew told me she’d moved across the country for me, I would run away screaming and get a restraining order.