April 20, 2013

Party of Five 1.22, The Ides of March: Jill Came Tumbling After

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Hi. I'm your destiny

Hi. I’m your destiny

Summary: Ross is hanging out at the Salingers’ house, asking lots of questions about Owen. Everyone is confused. Ross finally explains that he applied to adopt a baby, and recently learned that there’s a child available for him. Everyone is really happy for him. Bailey arrives with Jill and Claudia announces that someone’s having a baby. Little does she know that Bailey and Jill are in the middle of a pregnancy scare.

The two head up to a bathroom to take a pregnancy test, and Bailey tells Jill that “no matter what happens, I am never, ever having sex again.” Cut to the two of them out shopping with Claudia and Julia, and obviously the test was negative, because they’re in really good moods. Jill looks for a shirt for her brother, helping Julia pick out a jacket for Justin. She tells Bailey that she wants to run her own vintage store someday.

Back at home, Julia gives Justin the jacket, and he acts like the least appreciative person to ever receive a free piece of clothing. He thinks she’s trying to change him. (Maybe she should, since he’s currently a huge jerk.) That night, Bailey calls Jill at home and gets shocking news from her father. The rest of the family discusses allergies with Kirsten, who’s been sick lately. She announces that she’s allergic to Thurber and says one of them will have to leave. “Where will you go?” Charlie teases.

Bailey ruins the mood by announcing that Jill is dead. She relapsed with cocaine and her heart stopped. Everyone’s in shock. Later, Claudia asks Bailey a ton of questions, not understanding why Jill was using drugs again. She wonders if Jill was alone, and if she was scared. Bailey just asks why she’s crying. Claudia says she wants to go to the funeral, but Bailey says he’s not going – it would be a waste of time. Jill chose to throw her life away, and that’s not his problem. Elsewhere, Kirsten wonders why people say “but I just saw her” when they learn someone died.

Charlie and Julia go to the funeral without Bailey, though Charlie agrees with him that Jill’s life was a waste. Julia spots Jill’s brother Griffin and remarks that he must be cold without a jacket. Bailey sits in his jeep, watching everyone leave the church. Meanwhile, Kirsten takes Claudia to the hospital to meet Ross’ new baby. They discuss names, and Kirsten suggests naming the baby after Ross’ mother. She changes her mind when he says her name was Mavis.

Bailey takes Will to a club, clearly wanting to get drunk and forget about Jill. He tells Will not to stand around looking like someone just died. At home, Charlie tells his sisters that he’s going to propose to Kirsten. Julia and Claudia both approve of them using their mother’s ring. Will tries to take Bailey’s keys, since he’s too drunk to drive; Bailey fights him and ends up punching him, then taking off.

When Bailey gets home, Will’s already there, and Charlie lays into Bailey for driving drunk, which he should know better than to do because of their parents. Charlie says he’s not going to let Bailey self-destruct and end up killing himself. Bailey laughs because he said the same thing to Jill, and in the end, it didn’t make any difference.

At school, Julia approaches Griffin and offers to talk if he wants. He gets really close to her and mocks that she doesn’t know how he feels. Ross goes to the Salingers’ house so Kirsten can give him presents for the baby: a mobile and Thurber. (Nice try, Kirsten.) Ross sadly tells her that he doesn’t think he’ll be allowed to adopt the baby – the social worker found out that he’s gay. Now he’s been told there’s a “delay” in the process. Ross is worried because this is the only way he’ll be able to become a father.

Julia and Justin go back to the vintage store to return the jacket, because Justin is a jerk. She looks at the jackets again, but not for her boyfriend. At home, Kirsten suddenly asks Charlie if she’ll marry him. Only she’s stuffed up, so he thinks she’s asking him to bury her. Kirsten says pretty much exactly what Charlie told his sisters were his reasons for wanting to propose. He tells Kirsten he was going to propose, then accepts her proposal.

Julia takes Griffin a jacket, and he becomes the second person in the episode to decline free clothes. She explains that it’s really from Jill, who accidentally left his coat in L.A. She told Julia she was going to buy the jacket for him. Griffin tells her to go away. Julia tells him she knows what it’s like to lose someone. She got him the jacket because he looked cold.

At the house, Charlie tells Bailey that Jill’s mother called and asked Bailey to stop by. Bailey refuses. Charlie wants to help him through his grief, but Bailey says everyone gets through hard times alone. Jill was alone when she died because she couldn’t ask for help and he couldn’t give it. He doesn’t want Charlie or anyone else to care about him. Charlie thinks he’s just blaming himself, but Bailey says he doesn’t want to love anyone or be loved – “it’s too hard.” Charlie says that’s too bad, because he loves Bailey.

The next day, Ross gives Claudia the news that he’s officially not going to get the baby. He hates that he let himself love the baby before the adoption was finalized. At school, Julia approaches Griffin again; this time he’s wearing the jacket. She makes up a story about the guy who previously owned it. Wonderful things happened to that guy, so wonderful things can still happen to Griffin.

Bailey tracks down Ross’ social worker and tells her how great Ross has always been with Claudia, and how that can translate to parenting. He suggests that she watch the two of them interact before she makes a decision. Bailey doesn’t get how Ross’s sexuality matters if he loves the baby. He should be rewarded for being willing to love.

At home, Charlie looks through his mother’s jewelry box to get her ring. Bailey finds him and learns of the engagement. He says it feels right. Justin goes to the house to show Julia the shirt he got with his store credit. He thinks she’s going to dump him for a more rebellious guy (maybe like Griffin). Instead Julia thinks Justin is hotter now. I don’t get it. Charlie gives Kirsten the ring, but she doesn’t seem to like it all that much since the stone is so small.

Bailey goes to Jill’s grave and runs into Griffin, who wonders why Jill was so arrogant that she thought she could just do cocaine one more time. He admits to being angry enough to want to scream at her. Bailey says he feels the same way sometimes, but sometimes he just wants to touch her. He’s been trying to see more in her death than there is, but ultimately, he just thinks she made a mistake.

The other Salingers, Kirsten, and Ross gather at the restaurant, and it turns out Ross has ended up with the baby (now named Tess) after all. Bailey arrives just in time for a toast to Charlie and Kirsten’s engagement. Ross thanks him for what he said to the social worker, but Bailey doesn’t want the credit. He holds the baby as the family toasts and starts talking wedding arrangements.

Thoughts: I didn’t start watching the show until season 2, so I didn’t realize that Griffin was originally played by James Marsden (he goes by Jimmy here, which is weird), then replaced with Jeremy London. Joke’s on London, though – Marsden’s mad a much more successful career. (And is HOT.)

Ross should have just adopted Owen. It would have been a win-win for everyone, since his siblings barely spend any time with him anyway.

Julia should have gotten Griffin a shirt, because it appears he only has two.

Wait, Justin got store credit for the jacket Julia paid for? Jerk!

And that’s a wrap on season 1! Bring on Jennifer Love Hewitt!

April 14, 2013

Party of Five 1.21, All-Nighters: Who’s Responsible for This?

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Does anyone else want Claudia to buy Toaster Strudel? Anyone? (Someone gets that reference, right?)

Does anyone else want Claudia to buy Toaster Strudel? Anyone? (I know someone has to get that reference…)

Summary: Claudia and Artie are at a convenience store, debating what kind of junk food to get. A man comes in, pulls a gun on the cashier, and robs him. The kids hide and stay quiet but see the whole thing. At the restaurant, Charlie’s coworker/old college friend Dudley complains to him about his ex/neighbor, who just moved out of her apartment. Charlie wants to move in. Kirsten calls and Dudley flirts with her, because he’s that guy.

A police officer talks to Claudia and Artie at the Salingers’ house, but neither kid can agree on a description of the robber. Artie’s a little too excited about being involved in a police investigation. At school, Jill tells Bailey that she’s helping to run a dance marathon. He thinks it’ll be too much for her to handle so soon after she’s started rehab. Jill notes that her doctor says it would be good for her to get involved in school activities.

Julia tries to convince Justin to do the marathon with her, realizing that they’ve never danced together. She also realizes that it’s because he can’t dance. Bailey and Jill hang out, and he again says that he thinks she’s doing too much by helping with the marathon. He makes the good point that it’s probably not the best idea for her to stay awake for 36 hours. Jill accuses him of being unsupportive. He wants to make things up to her with sex, but Jill’s doctor has advised her to stop using sex to solve her problems.

Justin and Julia practice dancing in the Salingers’ backyard, and he makes a move toward getting her naked. Charlie and Kirsten look at an apartment, though she thinks it’s a bad idea for him to move out. He thinks the kids can take care of themselves, and he’ll look in on them every day. He starts packing at home, making Claudia sad. The police want Claudia to come look at someone in a lineup, but Charlie has Bailey take her, because he can’t be bothered. The lineup doesn’t produce the culprit.

Bailey then heads to the marathon and helps out, since Jill doesn’t have all of the details nailed down. Julia and Justin flirt and goof around before things start, then spend the dancing hours kissing. Charlie and Kirsten go to a party at Dudley’s, boring me. Back at the marathon, Will has a great time with his date, a cheerleader Bailey didn’t think he’d be able to get to go with him. Jill gets in trouble because someone spiked the punchbowl, but Bailey takes the blame. She doesn’t appreciate it.

The dancers get a five-minute break, and Justin gives Julia his wallet so they can get some food. She finds a condom inside. Dudley invites Charlie and Kirsten out on a houseboat trip, which Kirsten is extremely unexcited about. Charlie wants to go, despite the fact that sailing and drinking for three days isn’t his kind of thing. Kirsten wants to leave the party, but Charlie won’t leave with her.

Alone at home, Claudia has a nightmare. When Charlie gets back, she’s in his bed with Kirsten. Kirsten chastise Charlie for staying out so late; he grumps that she should have stayed, but she’s glad she was home to comfort Claudia. Charlie thinks he can have an active social life while still looking after his siblings. His solution to Claudia’s angst is to get a new lock for the front door and bolt the windows.

Artie shows up to announce that the robber was caught. He’s disappointed because there won’t be a trial, so he won’t get to testify. Claudia’s just relieved that the robber is behind bars. Julia congratulates Jill on a successful marathon, then asks how many guys she thinks carry condoms in their wallets. “How many guys do you think are having sex?” Jill replies. (All of them, Julia. All of them.)

Will and his dance partner get disqualified for making out instead of dancing. “My tongue was moving! That counts!” he argues. Bailey remarks to a chaperone that the marathon is starting to remind him of a movie he once saw: Carrie. It’s hour 18, and Jill is starting to fall apart. The chaperone suggests that they end the marathon at 24 hours instead of 36. Julia’s starting to get uncomfortable being with Justin, and she suggests that they quit. He doesn’t get what’s wrong with her.

At hour 23, Bailey tries to convince Jill to end the marathon early. She refuses, accusing Bailey of waiting all night for her to screw things up. No matter how things turn out, she wants to be able to say she ran everything. Charlie and Dudley do shots at the restaurant, toasting a lost weekend they once had together. Charlie remembers it less favorably than Dudley does, since they got so drunk that they missed a gig. Claudia has another nightmare – every room in the house is empty, and she can hear Charlie talking but can’t find him.

Charlie spends the night on a couch in his new apartment, oversleeping and forgetting to open the restaurant early for a produce delivery. Julia drops by, noting that he’s officially moved out of the house. She tells him she’ll miss having him around; things weren’t perfect, but they were getting better. Charlie assures her that she can come to him anytime she needs something. Julia takes the opportunity to ask about sex.

Jill skipped school, so Bailey goes to her house and confronts her for being difficult. She tells him that if she’s going to quit using drugs, she needs to feel like she can accomplish things without his help. In other words, if she has a flat tire, she won’t let him change it for her, but she’d like for him to teach her how to do it. Bailey will take that.

Claudia is sent home from school after falling asleep in class and hitting her head on her desk. She tells Charlie about her nightmares, and he’s surprised to hear that they’re not about the robbery. Justin tracks down Julia at the school pool (um, okay then) and tells her he figured out that she’s upset because she found his condom. She says that she cares about him but isn’t quite ready to have sex. He tells her he only has it so he’s prepared; he doesn’t want to rush anything. Right now, he’s getting enough intimacy from their makeout sessions. Then they go skinny-dipping.

Kirsten meets Charlie at the new apartment, telling him she had a debate with herself over whether to get him a painting. If she did, she would be supporting his decision to move; if she didn’t, she would be saying she wasn’t on his side. Ultimately, she got the painting, but Charlie tells her to put it in his truck. He’s realized that he’s already had the life of a single partier, and he doesn’t like that guy anymore. A year ago, no one needed him, and he felt lucky. Now, he just wants to go home.

Thoughts: How in the world did Charlie plan to explain his new living situation to social services?

That robber is an idiot. Pulling a gun in broad daylight without wearing a mask or looking to make sure there were no witnesses? That’s just asking to get busted.

A 36-hour marathon? Yikes. Even the one on Gilmore Girls was only 24 hours.

Justin, the best place to try to get your girlfriend named is probably not in her backyard while other people are home.

Once again, I don’t get why Julia doesn’t go to Kirsten when she has personal problems or questions. I don’t care if I had a gun to my head – I still wouldn’t ask any of my brothers for sex advice.

Owen’s not in this episode, and given the level of responsibility his siblings have been showing, I’m a little worried about him.

April 8, 2013

Party of Five 1.20, The Trouble with Charlie: …Is That His Family Sucks

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Everyone needs cheering up after this episode, so here's a bunny riding a turtle

Everyone needs cheering up after this episode, so here’s a bunny riding a turtle

Summary: Bailey and Will hang out at the coffeehouse, playing paper football and talking about girls. Apparently it’s been a month since Bailey and Jill broke up. He’s shocked when Kate shows up on a break from her boarding school. Charlie wants to take Kirsten on a skiing trip and just let Bill and the older kids take care of Owen for a few days. She points out that a trip would be expensive, and he reminds her that he just got $15,000.

Julia learns that her writing teacher entered her in a magazine fiction-writing contest, and she won. Despite the $1,000 prize, she’s not excited. She’s even less excited when she learns that the story has been published in the magazine. Charlie books the ski trip, then learns that Claudia has six cavities. He announces that he’s getting rid of some of the junk food in the house. She responds by jamming a Sno-ball in her mouth.

Bailey tells Will that he wrote Kate letters at boarding school and told her all about Jill…he just happened to tell her that Will was the one dating Jill. (Aww, Will and Jill.) Will questions whether Bailey and Kate are still together. Bailey says he loves her (present tense), and maybe being with Jill will make him appreciate Kate even more.

Bill’s rent has gone up, so he asks Charlie for a raise. Charlie declines, saying they agreed to discuss changes in payment after six months, and it’s only been three. Julia is super-nice to her siblings before asking Charlie if he knows what dramatic license is. Instead of getting an answer, we cut to the family having dinner, and Charlie telling Claudia that everyone will wait while she eats her broccoli. She takes so long that everyone else leaves and Charlie almost falls asleep at the table. Claudia still won’t finish the broccoli, so Charlie takes away her TV privileges.

Bailey and Kate make out at some lover’s overlook, and she remarks that he kisses differently now. She promises that she wouldn’t be upset if he kissed someone else. After all, she went out with another guy while she was at school. Despite Kate’s attempts to guilt him into spilling, Bailey doesn’t tell her about Jill.

Julia goes to a presentation honoring her publication and is surprised when Charlie and Kirsten show up, since she purposely didn’t tell anyone about the story. Someone gives Charlie the story, alerting him to the fact that one of the characters is based on him. Kate suggests that she and Bailey take a weekend trip together. She admits that she was worried about seeing him again, but now he seems much more like himself.

Bailey bugs Charlie about giving Bill a raise, but Charlie defends the six-month arrangement. Bailey asks how much the lift tickets cost. He notes that Charlie and Kirsten are spending three months of Bill’s rent on their trip. Charlie isn’t apologetic – he earned the money himself, and got it for walking away from a job he wanted to take but his siblings wouldn’t support.

Claudia reads Julia’s story and confronts her over an obsessive viola-playing character. Then she breaks the news to Bailey that there’s also a (sex-obsessed) character based on him. Julia swears that the story doesn’t reflect how she feels about her siblings. Oh, but they really, really shouldn’t tell Charlie about the characters. Bailey agrees, for a price.

Claudia challenges Charlie’s discipline by watching TV, even turning it back on after he turns it off. She thinks she’s practicing civil disobedience. Charlie gets so fed up that he unplugs the TV and takes it away. At the coffeehouse, Bailey gets another surprise visit from another ex: Jill. She tells him she hitchhiked around for a while and came close to sleeping with someone for drug money, but realized that if she did, she’d never get Bailey back. Now she’s moved back home and is in rehab. Bailey spots Kate and quickly ditches Jill.

At home, Claudia tries to use a school assignment to get Charlie to return the TV. Instead, he grounds her for a week. Bailey and Kate go out, and she tries to casually ask about Jill. He’s even more casual when he says she’s just a classmate. Julia has to clean Bailey’s closet, then organize Claudia’s CDs and clean her shoes. This is a stupid plot. Bailey tells Bill he can have his raise, so I’m sure that will end well.

Kirsten gets her hands on Julia’s story and tries to keep Charlie from reading it. He’s more interested in trying to sell her on a trip to Europe. Jill goes by the Salingers’ and accuses Bailey of rebounding from her with Kate. He tells her about all the qualities Kate has that Jill doesn’t. He also wonders why Jill thinks she’s going to keep getting chances with him. “I can’t say no to you, but I can’t keep saying yes,” Bailey tells her. She leaves.

Charlie’s now read the story, but when he comes home to confront her, he’s waylaid by the slumber party Claudia’s throwing without his permission. He yells at her in front of her friends, but she yells back, questioning why she has to listen to him. Charlie shouts that he’s the father of the family. Claudia shouts back that she doesn’t care. He raises his hand to hit her, stunning himself. “Some father,” she says.

Charlie finally gets around to talking to Julia, who tries unconvincingly to claim that the story isn’t about the family. He’s mostly annoyed that his character is based on the person he used to be, not who he is now. Bailey takes Kate to the airport, where she tells him they shouldn’t feel pressured to call or write all the time. Also, she’s probably going to start dating another guy.

At home, Claudia tries to keep the peace by eating an apple and apologizing to Charlie. He’s distracted because he can’t find his checkbook. Bill thanks him for the raise, and Charlie immediately figures out that Bailey was behind it. Speaking of Bailey, he’s at the coffeehouse, telling Jill he loves her. He’s not sure why, and he thinks he wants to stop, but he can’t help it. So it looks like they’re back together.

Charlie sits at a green light downtown, then goes home and announces, “I can’t do this anymore.” He’s tired of people not respecting his authority and questioning his decisions. He doesn’t have anything that’s his alone, and everything is a struggle. He’s not allowed to make decisions, rules, or even mistakes. Then he gets angry and does things that scare him. Charlie thinks he needs to get away, and not just on a trip. “You need me to be a man, but you won’t let me be one,” he says. He’s moving out of the house.

Thoughts: You know what? Everyone in this episode sucks. Bailey sucks for giving Bill a raise after Charlie said no. Claudia sucks for being a brat and escalating a fight that should have ended at the dinner table. Charlie sucks for giving up. Julia sucks for…actually, she doesn’t, really; I don’t think she did anything wrong. But I’m sure I’ll think of something later!

Kudos to Lacey Chabert for stuffing an entire Sno Ball in her mouth. That’s quite impressive.

Kate has stopped wearing horrible hats, but now she has an awful haircut. I feel like there’s just no hope for this girl.

“Claudia, go to your tent!” Heh. I bet she would have gotten a bedroom if they’d moved to Seattle.

Wait, do Bailey and Owen share a room? There’s baby stuff in Bailey’s. So in that giant house, there are only three bedrooms (Charlie and Kirsten’s, Bailey and Owen’s, Julia’s)? WHATEVER.

March 31, 2013

Party of Five 1.18, Who Cares?: Bailey Do-Right and the Girl Who Couldn’t Be Helped

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"And this is the one that holds the cyanide capsule, for the day I finally decide to get away from you people once and for all"

“And this is the one that holds the cyanide capsule, for the day I finally decide to get away from you people once and for all”

Summary: Claudia babbles about her 12th birthday, which she thinks should be a big deal because it’s her last as a kid. Julia ignores her and Bailey packs to go to L.A. and find Jill***. Charlie refuses to let Bailey go, but we all know how much authority Charlie has. Claudia worries that Bailey won’t be back in two days for her birthday. Bailey doesn’t think he’s tried everything yet to help Jill. He wants to let her know he cares about her no matter what happens.

Suddenly Bailey’s in L.A., where he easily finds Jill. She doesn’t exactly through him a welcome party. Julia and Nina go to the coffeehouse, where Julia’s musician friend Danny is performing. He tells her everyone loves the song they did together, and he wants them to write some more. Charlie’s business partner Gwen brings by their first check and the news that a buyer wants eight pieces by the first of the month.

Claudia and Artie think her family wants her to stay out of the shed because her birthday present’s there. Apparently they haven’t been informed that Charlie’s using it as a workshop. Danny comes by to try to get a decision out of Julia; he wants to know right away if she wants to write more songs with him. Julia thinks he’s acting weird. Later, Julia shares the news with Charlie that Danny is HIV positive. She notes that he’s doing better than she expected, and his diagnosis seems to have revitalized him.

Claudia pops in to try to guess what Charlie and Julia are planning for her birthday – she thinks it’s either a trip to the zoo or a day on a sailboat. They don’t tell her that they haven’t figured anything out. But I’m sure they’ll get right on it, since Charlie doesn’t have eight pieces of furniture to make and Julia isn’t going to immediately get to working with Danny.

Bailey continues stalking Jill, promising that if they start over, things will be totally different. He won’t judge her or mistrust her. He mentions that he loves her, so now she’s interested. She says she loves him, too, and agrees to go home with him. They leave the next day after she convinces him to take the scenic route.

Julia has stayed up all night writing, and she turns to Charlie for inspiration since she’s not getting anywhere. Charlie is no help with poetic language. The two of them realize they didn’t get anything for Claudia for her birthday. (At least they got a party planner, though I don’t know how they can afford one.) Charlie writes a check and sends Julia to buy something, telling her to avoid Claudia until that night, since she’ll be expecting a present this morning.

The party planner shows up and asks Claudia what she wants to do for her party. Claudia notes that that means she’s really planning her own party. That night, on their way to visit Hearst Castle, Bailey and Jill are pulled over. Jill starts fake crying and tells the cop that their brother just died in a skin-diving accident. “I hope the shark burns in Hell!” she screams. Unfortunately, the cop doesn’t buy it, though he says “the shark was a nice touch.”

Julia and Charlie get Claudia a cake, but her name is misspelled. Artie thinks she should be disappointed that she only got one present, even though it’s a nice camera. Charlie leaves early to go work with Gwen, and Julia ducks out to work with Danny. Danny doesn’t see much in her attempts at lyrics, telling her she’s not listening to the music well enough. Then he makes her miss a call from Justin and tells her she can’t go to bed, even though it’s midnight on a school night.

Bailey and Jill get a hotel room for the night, and the next morning Bailey calls Charlie to tell him his trip was successful. Jill hears him saying he’ll “deal with it” when they get home. She wants to spend another day on the road, and Bailey can’t argue with delaying a return to their real lives. Meanwhile, Kirsten returns home from an out-of-town trip and hears Claudia firing the party planner. Jill and Bailey go to a diner for dinner; he’s eager to get home but she still wants to find fun things to do. She orders wine and Bailey soon realizes that she’s not any better than she was before.

Kirsten tells Charlie that there are no places open for them to hold Claudia’s birthday party, other than the Salingers’ restaurant, of course. Kirsten blasts him for not starting the planning sooner. Charlie tells her his father was never around for his birthday since he was always working. No one ever said he was selfish or a bad father because he wanted to make a good life for his children.

Danny has a recording session, but Julia’s lyrics aren’t ready, so it’s all instrumental. She tells him she has other aspects of her life that are important. Danny doesn’t care. He wants to get songs together, record a demo, and go to L.A. to get a contract. Julia reminds him that she’s 15. She thinks he’s acting like her songs will save his life. She would do anything to help him, but this is too hard. Danny tells her to go do one of her more important things.

Bailey and Jill return to the hotel and he confronts her for drinking, saying it’s like she’s trying to make him mad. She doesn’t think anything will be different when they get home. She compares him to Dudley Do-Right – he always wants to be the hero and rescue the girl who can’t take care of herself. Bailey yells at her to shut up, then calls an end to the argument for the night. When he wakes up in the morning, Jill’s gone.

Danny goes to the Salingers’ to apologize to Julia, who easily forgives him. He confides that he wonders what people will say about him after he dies. He wants people to miss him. If he can make some good songs, he has a better chance of people missing him. He just needs help. If he had to work on the music himself, he would fail, and when he died, no one would care. But Danny knows it isn’t up to Julia and he shouldn’t have acted like it was.

Bailey finally returns home, telling Charlie that Jill split, just as Charlie predicted. He’s realized that there’s nothing he can do to fix things. He tried to help, but he just made things worse. Charlie tells him it’s not his fault. Claudia tries to ignore Bailey, mad that he missed her birthday, and he tells her Jill’s situation wasn’t more important, just more urgent. He got her a palm-tree charm for the bracelet she gets a new charm for every year.

Julia and Danny meet at the coffeehouse and listen to one of his recordings, which she managed to get played on a college station. They dance to it and she reminds him that he wrote the song all by himself. He writes beautiful music, “and when it stops, everyone’s going to miss it.” Claudia has a big birthday party at the restaurant, this time with a cake Julia made. Charlie tells Claudia he’ll have to leave early, but once he’s done with this job, they’ll do something special together.

Julia and Charlie try to cheer Bailey up, but he’s starting to lose faith in his ability to help people. They’re happy he remembered to get her a charm. Charlie advises him to find people who want help and just help them. Later, Artie and Kirsten (who are not good with cameras) attempt to take a blurry family picture.

Thoughts: Isn’t 12 a little old for the zoo? I say this as a 30-year-old who would go to the zoo right now if you asked me, but I’m not having a birthday party there.

Bailey says a couple of tourists thought he was Tom Cruise, and I scoff. But later, when he puts on sunglasses, I can see it.

“I hope the shark burns in Hell!” Jill, why can’t you be like this all the time?

’90s music alert: Sheryl Crow’s “Strong Enough.”

March 26, 2013

Party of Five 1.17, In Loco Parentis: Emphasis On “Loco”

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"That's not what Goldilocks sounds like! Ugh, Bill is so much better at this"

“That’s not what Goldilocks sounds like! Ugh, Bill is so much better at this”

Summary: Bailey spots Jill talking to a guy at school and possibly buying drugs from him. Bailey approaches the guy and says he’s “looking to buy.” The guy says he can get anything. Justin gives Julia a sketch he drew of her as their English teacher talks about some love poem that coincidentally mirrors their love lives. Kirsten chastises Charlie for not being more of a father to Owen instead of just a brother. Apparently one of Owen’s five words is “Bill.”

Jill tells Bailey that the guy at school was someone she went to a concert with once, and she only met with him to tell him she’s not paying him back for her ticket. It’s not clear if Bailey believes her. At home, Claudia and Bailey admire Justin’s drawing, and Julia admits that they’re kind of dating. Claudia thinks it would be weird for them to kiss since they’ve known each other so long.

Artie invites himself to stay for dinner with the Salingers, then stays so late that Claudia has to kick him out. He admits that he doesn’t like being at home because his parents have been fighting a lot. Charlie takes Owen to some sort of daddy support group but doesn’t want to participate. Julia helps Justin and his mom with a mailing for the homeless shelter where she works; Mrs. Thompson is thrilled to learn that they’re dating because she’s always liked Julia.

Jill shows up at the Salingers’ with a cut on her head and tells Bailey she crashed her brother’s car. (Mark this down as the first mention of Griffin by name.) She’s pretty manic, which causes Charlie to give Bailey an “I told you so” look. Jill refuses to go to the hospital, and Charlie calls her out for wanting to avoid being busted for being high. Bailey realizes Charlie’s right. Jill rants at him for not trusting her.

Kirsten coos over Charlie spending time with Owen, leaving the room before he swaps a picture book for a hardware magazine. Julia and Justin volunteer at the shelter; since she talked him into it, Mrs. Thompson loves Julia even more. Justin is annoyed and jerky. Artie’s still at the Salingers’ (or there again – whatever), planning to keep avoiding his problems as long as possible. Claudia thinks they should do something proactive about Artie’s parents.

Bailey also wants to solve some problems, namely Jill’s. Charlie doesn’t get why. He wonders if Bailey likes that Jill needs help, since he’s always taking care of other people: “Saving her – maybe that’s really about you.” Justin laments that he wants more drama in their relationship; the fact that his parents like her so much makes things too easy. She finds a poem he wrote about her, and I guess his jerky behavior earlier is forgiven.

Julia goes home in such a good mood that even Charlie’s grumpiness and Bailey’s moodiness don’t bring her down. Even Claudia isn’t impressed with Justin’s poem. Kirsten listens on the baby monitor while Charlie tries to put Owen to bed. Then she goes in and fixes everything in five seconds. Charlie laments that he takes care of Owen all the time but isn’t a good “father.”

Bailey tries to get in touch with Jill’s mother, then goes to see her at the hospital where she’s a nurse. She has no idea who she is. In fact, Jill told her that Bailey’s a stalker who’s harassing her because she wouldn’t go out with him. She also said that Bailey would tell her Jill’s on drugs. Mrs. Holbrook argues that Jill can’t be on drugs because she would know, since she’s a nurse.

Apparently Justin’s so happy now that he’s dating Julia that he’s started singing in the shower. Julia tells Mrs. Thompson how they got together and shares the poem he wrote her. Bailey confronts Jill at the coffeehouse, but she doesn’t want his concern since she can’t trust him. Claudia and Artie pull a Parent Trap on his folks, getting them to the Salingers’ restaurant for a meal together. Claudia even serenades them with her violin. It doesn’t work.

Charlie has another frustrating bonding experience with Owen, but it ends on a positive note when Owen starts saying “Dada.” Justin blasts Julia for sharing his poem with his mother. He tears it up and says he shouldn’t have written it. She laments that she almost had it memorized.

Bailey wants Charlie to talk to Mrs. Holbrook, since he has experience dealing with drug addicts. Charlie notes that Bailey keeps giving Jill ultimatums, then not following through. He needs to walk away. Bailey says that’s Charlie’s solution to everything. Charlie doesn’t want Bailey going down with Jill if she gets arrested or has another car accident. Bailey says he doesn’t have a choice. Charlie asks if he’s in love with Jill.

Bailey sees Jill at school the next day, and she looks fine. At the coffeehouse, he runs into the dealer, who says she talked about going to L.A. Julia tries to make up with Justin, telling him that sharing the poem made the experience even better. In middle school, she made a pact with her mother that she would tell her everything once her crush on a guy turned into something. Julia can’t tell anyone at home about Justin, so she told his mom. Justin forgives her.

Artie wants to come up with a new plan for his parents, but Claudia uses the story of a sleepwalking experience to tell him that he needs to accept reality. He thinks she doesn’t understand what he’s dealing with. She promises him that “the hard stuff gets easier.” Julia and Justin hang out with his mom, and when he goes to bed, he encourages them to keep talking.

Mrs. Holbrook comes to the Salingers’ looking for Jill, who didn’t come home the night before. Now she’s willing to believe that Jill’s using drugs. She laments being so busy that she didn’t notice that her daughter was in trouble: “She got lost.” She asks Bailey to tell her about Jill. Charlie gets up with Owen in the middle of the night and tells him a story that sounds like it’s about how their parents met. It ends with their mother telling their father she wants five children.

Thoughts: Justin’s mom is played by Jane Kaczmarek.

There’s one kid at the daddy support group who’s so cute, he puts all other babies to shame. HANG YOUR HEADS IN DEFEAT, LESSER CHILDREN.

Bailey catches Claudia and Artie watching The Exorcist, and Charlie yells for them to turn it off. Claudia: “But her head’s spinning around!” Lacey Chabert’s delivery on that killed me.

There’s a sweet undercurrent to Julia and Mrs. Thompson’s scenes, like they’re mother and daughter, so that you can sense why Julia keeps talking to her even before she tells Justin about it. It’s a nice touch.

The funny part about Claudia and Artie’s plot is that the movie they were supposed to be watching instead of The Exorcist was The Parent Trap.

March 23, 2013

Party of Five 1.16, Aftershocks: Shaken and Stirred

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A plot all about refrigerators? Is it my birthday already??

A plot all about refrigerators? Is it my birthday already??

Summary: Charlie catches Bailey and Jill in Bailey’s bed and makes it clear that there will be no teenagers having sex in their house. Bailey notes that Charlie had sex in the house as a teenager. Charlie tells Jill that her house may not have rules, but the Salingers’ does. The fight ends when there’s a big earthquake that rattles the kitchen and knocks out the power. Everyone’s okay, but Jill starts babbling about a past earthquake.

Julia’s over at the coffeehouse with Justin, who doesn’t think the two of them can just be friends after their kiss. Julia reminds him that he’s dating Libby. Libby, by the way, has no idea what’s going on between the two of them. Kirsten relays a phone message to Charlie about a woman who’s encouraging him to make a decision. He tells her the woman is a designer and wants Charlie to partner with her. He doesn’t plan to accept since he needs $7,000 to help with startup costs. Kirsten offers to loan him the money.

The next day, an electrician comes over to fix the fridge, which was fried during a power surge. The model is discontinued, so they’ll have to get a new one. Bailey decides Charlie can be the adult and take care of. Jill shows up babbling about something else this time. Charlie guesses she’s high on speed, and was the night before during the earthquake. Jill denies it, but Charlie’s pretty sure, having had a roommate who was a speed addict.

Justin and Julia are in the school’s darkroom when an aftershock hits, jamming the door closed. They take the opportunity to make out. Jill asks Bailey if Charlie’s rude to her because he liked Kate better. She mentions that he accused her of using drugs. She swears she’s just jumpy because of the earthquake. Bailey assures her that he believes her claims that she’s not doing drugs. Justin and Julia make it out of the darkroom, and he announces that he’s going to dump Libby. Julia objects, not wanting her to get hurt. She suggests that they wait.

Bailey confronts Charlie over his accusations, blaming the earthquake and Jill’s coffee habit for her jumpiness. He thinks Charlie’s just looking for a reason to make Bailey dump her. Charlie notes that if he wanted to make something up, he would go to Bailey with it, not Jill. Claudia gathers the family for a meeting about emergency procedures in the case of another earthquake. No one cares.

Charlie and his possible design partner, Gwen, look for a workshop; Kirsten suggests working out of the Salingers’ shed and using their rent money to hire another carpenter. Gwen thinks it’s a great idea. Libby comes to the Salingers’ crying: Justin broke up with her. He said they were better as friends and denied being interested in someone else. She asks Julia to talk to him and either talk him into changing his mind or find out what Libby did wrong. “He really likes you,” Libby says.

Bailey tries to take a look in Jill’s purse, but she catches him and realizes he thinks she lied about the drugs. He says he wants to believe her, then looks through the purse, finding drugs. Jill says the drugs are her brother’s, then admits that they’re hers but she doesn’t take them all the time. Bailey makes it clear that he disapproves, so Jill says she’ll just stop taking them.

Kirsten asks Charlie how the design company is coming along, but Charlie thinks she’s second-guessing his decisions. She notes that she’s invested in the company, so she thought she’d have some say in how it’s used. Charlie suggests that she stay a silent partner. Justin tries to ask Julia out, but she already has plans with Libby. “You dumped her and now I’m dating her,” she remarks. She plans to tell Libby about her and Justin.

Jill misplaces her sunglasses, which are actually on her head, and from the reaction Bailey gives, she thinks he’s always going to think she’s high from now on. There’s another aftershock, but it’s small. Hours later, when Bailey and Julia get home, Claudia blasts them for not following the emergency procedures. Julia promises that if something major were to happen, they would rush home to be with her. Bailey adds that the house is really sturdy.

Charlie gives Kirsten her money back so she’ll have to stay out of his business. He wants to work on the company by himself. Julia starts to tell Libby about her in Justin, but they’re interrupted by the guy himself. Libby thinks he came by the Salingers’ to see her. Then she figures out he’s there to see Julia. Bailey brings Jill by the house on their way somewhere else, and she sneaks into a bathroom and takes some kind of pill. Claudia’s in the bathtub (apparently she’s sleeping there) and sees her.

Claudia shares the news with Charlie and Julia, who tell Bailey. They’ve figured out that the pills were painkillers their mother took for a back injury. Bailey jumps to Jill’s defense, refusing to listen to their accusations. Charlie and Kirsten go fridge shopping; he picks one out quickly but she uses a consumer guide to decide which is their best option. They fight and Charlie notes that they’re not even spending Kirsten’s money.

Julia tries to talk to Libby at school, but Libby thinks she just wanted Justin because he was taken. Julia says she couldn’t help what happened. Libby points out that if Julia were really her friend, she would have put the brakes on things. She makes it clear that their friendship is over. At home, Charlie and Kirsten agree that their recent fights haven’t been about money or faith in each other; they just have different ways of doing things. She offers him a loan again, but Charlie and Gwen are working on getting a bank loan instead.

There’s a rumbling, and Claudia thinks it’s another aftershock, but it’s the sound of a refrigerator being delivered – Kirsten bought one. Actually, two fridges are being delivered, since Charlie bought one, too. (Isn’t this fridge subplot just fascinating?) Julia and Justin are free to be together now, but neither of them is that excited anymore. Julia thinks the person who said “all’s fair in love in war” is the person who won, not the person who got hurt. She’s now found out what she’s willing to do to others in order to be happy. Justin thinks things will work out.

Bailey visits Jill at the coffeehouse and tells her that Claudia saw her taking pills. He’s upset that Jill lied about not using drugs, then again about stopping. He’s decided he can’t be with her anymore if she won’t get help. Jill swears that she did try to quit, and she only lied because she thought Bailey would leave her. She needs his help to get clean. He says he’ll stay with her. When he gets home, he finds everyone else in the family sleeping in Charlie’s truck because Claudia thinks it’s safer than being in the house.

Thoughts: The last character I saw Megan Ward play was a fashion magazine editor. That character would most definitely not approve of Jill’s torn jeans.

I really felt for Julia in this episode. She was kind of in a no-win situation – she either lost Libby or she lost Justin. I felt for Bailey, too, since he had to choose to either believe his brother or his girlfriend. I thought the way he addressed Jill at the end was very mature. And also ironic, considering what happens to Bailey in the future.

Maybe you shouldn’t keep old painkillers around, guys?

I’m sure social services would love to know that Charlie let a one-year-old sleep in a truck. Especially since in an earlier scene, you can see people’s breath.

March 17, 2013

Party of Five 1.15, It’s Not Easy Being Green: A Disaster Waiting to Happen

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"Ben said all advisors visit their students at home. It's totally normal!"

“Ben said all advisors visit their students at home. It’s totally normal!”

Summary: Julia’s in driver’s ed and is paired to drive with Justin. He wants a different partner, but the teacher won’t give him one since he thinks Justin just wants to spend time with his friends. Justin makes it clear that he doesn’t plan to give Julia a second chance. Bailey and Will study together, but Bailey hasn’t done everything he was supposed to, since he’s been spending so much time with Jill. He promises to do it in study hall, though Will doesn’t trust him.

Kirsten brings her advisor, Ben, home (which is now the Salingers’ house) and introduces him to Charlie. They’re happy because the topic for her dissertation was approved. Charlie notices that the two of them are pretty chummy. Claudia takes Artie to a choral rehearsal at school; the director is looking for a replacement for the sick lead in the school’s production of Oliver, and Claudia thinks she’ll get it. She wants to be an actor instead of in the orchestra, which would doom her to a fate as a band geek.

Charlie’s annoyed to learn that Kirsten is taking Ben along while she searches for a daycare center to do her research for her dissertation. Kirsten just laughs off Charlie’s jealousy. Julia’s a horrible driver and her teacher is sexist, so she and Justin threaten to report him for sexual harassment. Artie reveals to Claudia that the director pressed him into auditioning, and he did so well that he was given the role. Claudia gets to be his understudy. Julia thanks Justin for his help with the teacher; it seems like he’s softened toward her.

Will waits for Bailey at the coffeehouse, but he’s late because he was out with Jill. The guys are supposed to go to a concert, but now Bailey doesn’t want to go since Jill said the band isn’t good live. Instead, he wants to go to a party with Jill. In bed that night, Charlie tries to talk Kirsten into going away to Joe’s ski cabin. She’s too busy thinking about things she wants to tell Ben about her dissertation. Also, she doesn’t think it’s necessary for them to have sex every night.

In the morning, Charlie’s cranky because Kirsten’s spending the day with Ben, Claudia’s cranky because Artie knows nothing about being an orphan, and Will’s cranky that Bailey’s spending so much time with Jill. Bill’s cranky because he made pancakes and no one wants them. Thurber’s the only one who’s happy, since he gets the pancakes.

Julia runs into Libby in the school bathroom; they’ve been out of touch since Julia started hanging out with Nina. But Libby’s made some new friends and is even sort of dating someone. Hey, Julia is, too! Libby encourages her to arrange things so Julia can spend lots of time with her crush. Claudia helps Artie run lines, though she doesn’t think he’s good at the part. She thinks if she were a boy, she would have gotten the role.

Will and Bailey study together, but Bailey doesn’t know anything. Jill gives them a copy of the test they’re studying for. Will has a conscience, so he doesn’t want to accept it. Charlie confronts Kirsten over a movie-ticket stub he found in her pocket while he was doing the laundry. She explains that she and Ben went to a movie while they had a break. Charlie blasts her for lying to him, which is pretty ironic considering the source. Kirsten agrees with me. At the coffeehouse, Julia spots Libby with her new boyfriend. If you’ve ever seen TV before, you’ve already guessed it’s Justin.

Artie goes to the Salingers’ to try to make up with Claudia. She’s still being dramatic and says he stole the role from her. It’s cold and raining outside, so she tells Artie to use that for his character development. Jill crabs to Bailey that Will’s a goody-goody; she thinks Bailey judges her for the rules she’s willing to break. Both of them should stop feeling superior since they do bad things all the time. Julia asks Justin for private driving lessons, which he doesn’t seem to get is probably a euphemism.

Charlie apologizes to Kirsten for their fight the night before, saying he’s confused about things now that they’re living together. He just doesn’t want her to keep it from him when she spends non-working time with Ben. Kirsten is okay with this, and things seem fine until Bill gives Kirsten a message from Ben telling her to dress up for dinner that night. This is the first Charlie’s heard of a faculty dinner she’ll be attending with Ben. He announces that he doesn’t want Kirsten to go. Kirsten objects to being ordered around. Charlie’s sure that Ben’s interested in her.

The day before Oliver opens, the director tells Claudia that Artie’s lost his voice – can she fill in for him? Justin gives Julia driving lessons (not a euphemism…yet), and when she tells him how awesome he is for helping her, he figures out what’s going on. Julia notes that she didn’t exactly drag him into helping her. Justin says he thought the driving lessons were only driving lessons. And now there won’t be any lessons, since he’s with Libby.

There’s a new waitress named Eliza at the restaurant, and she flirts with Charlie a little. He offers to drive her home at the end of the night. Will finds Bailey playing basketball by himself the night after the test and asks him if he used the one Jill stole. Bailey admits that he did for a few questions. He repeats what Jill said about Will breaking some rules but thinking others should be honored. He taunts that at least he has a girlfriend. Bailey also notes that he never said anything bad about Will’s last girlfriend. Will warns that Jill is “a disaster waiting to happen.” Bailey tells him to go to Hell.

Ben drives Kirsten to the faculty dinner, suggesting that they leave early and go to a jazz place. She reminds him that she’s dating Charlie. Meanwhile, Charlie’s taking Eliza home, and she’s so grateful that she invites him upstairs. When he gets back home, Kirsten reveals that she called the restaurant to talk to him about something and was told that Charlie left with Eliza. Charlie admits that he wanted to get back at Kirsten, and he came close to sleeping with Eliza, but he didn’t.

Claudia practices singing outside, while standing in a bucket, so she can make herself sick. She feels horrible for stealing Artie’s role and thinks she should be punished. “Out of the bucket,” Charlie orders her. She won’t go, so he picks her up and carries her inside. “I’m a sinner!” she screams. At school, Libby suggests to Julia that the two of them double date with Justin and Julia’s crush. Julia bows out without telling Libby about her crush.

Bailey got an A on his test because he’s a slimeball. He’s also not talking to Will. Jill feels bad about causing a rift between them, but not that bad, since she still gets to sleep with Bailey. She hides some pot in her locker without letting Bailey see. Claudia takes Artie flowers, telling him she doesn’t deserve to be Oliver. He reveals that he stole the role from her in the first place because he thought she looked cool auditioning. Also, he’ll be better soon, as will the original Oliver, so Claudia won’t be filling in for very long anyway.

Julia runs into Justin and tells him she’s happy that he and Libby found each other. He kisses her, then bolts. Kirsten tells Charlie that she has a new advisor – she found out that Ben was interested in her after all. But she’s upset with Charlie for not trusting her. Claudia makes her debut as Oliver, with her siblings and their significant others in the audience.

Thoughts: I can’t believe an episode with “green” in the title came up on St. Patrick’s Day.

Also, God help me, when I hear “it’s not easy being green,” I don’t think of Kermit. I think of this.

Ben is played by Mark Moses (Desperate Housewives, Mad Men).

“If girls were treated the same as boys, I’d be the star of the show.” Claudia, just…no. Okay?

So it turns out Bailey and Julia were right when they said Kirsten shouldn’t move in. Who knew?

March 12, 2013

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

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

Someday these will be Exhibit A in Bailey's trial

Someday these will be Exhibit A in Bailey’s trial

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trivia: The Salingers are Episcopalian.

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

March 9, 2013

Party of Five 1.13, Grownups: Just Do It

Posted in TV tagged , , , , at 3:20 pm by Jenn

This girl found a way to make Bailey shut up. I like her

This girl found a way to make Bailey shut up. I like her

Summary: Bailey’s moping over Kate, and Will isn’t very sympathetic. Team Will! A waitress at the coffeehouse where they’re hanging out sees that Bailey’s writing to Kate on an Alcatraz postcard and mentions that her uncle was there. As a cook, not a murderer. She flirts with Bailey, asking for a ride in his Jeep. Julia goes by Stage 18 and learns that it’s been shut down. Morgan’s liquor license has been suspended and he has to pay a fine for employing the underaged. (This wasn’t his first offense.)

Charlie helps Kirsten look for her watch and instead finds a plane ticket to Chicago. Bailey and Will spot the waitress, Jill, on their way home from school, and Bailey kicks Will out so he can give Jill a ride. Julia goes to Morgan’s place to apologize for lying about her age. She gives him some money to pay for the fine; I’m guessing she didn’t tell Charlie why she was taking money out of the family’s emergency fund. Morgan tells her it’s too late and kicks her out.

Charlie and Kirsten talk about her sister, Meg, who’s coming to visit soon. Kirsten figures out that Charlie found her plane ticket. She says Meg wants her to come home to Chicago, but she would only go to visit. Charlie doesn’t know why she would want to spend time with her family since they drive her crazy. He thinks she’s running away because she can’t have kids. Kirsten’s worried about screwing up her and Charlie’s friendship.

Bailey and Jill are still in his Jeep after dark, and she makes a move. He’s ready for sex but doesn’t have any protection, so they stop. The next day, Bailey kicks himself for not being prepared. He admits to Will that he’s not sure he’s ready. He was with Kate, but Jill isn’t Kate. Kirsten and Charlie have lunch with Meg, who thinks they’re just friends. Jill invites Bailey to her house, since no one will be home.

Claudia panics over something at home and Julia isn’t around, so she has to tell Bailey she just got her first period. This actually works out in his favor, because when he takes her to the store to buy pads, he can pick himself up some condoms. Julia goes back to Morgan’s place and pours out his alcohol. She gets herself kicked out again. Morgan’s understandably upset that he was unknowingly dating a 15-year-old, and is even more upset that Julia was playing games with him.

Charlie takes Kirsten back to the restaurant for a surprise romantic dinner, telling her he wants to be more than friends. He blurts out that he wants them to get married. Kirsten has a panic attack but lets him continue explaining himself. His logic is that her life is hectic right now, so they should make one thing certain. Meanwhile, Bailey, Jill, and Jill’s cute plaid bra have the least romantic foreplay ever. Back at the restaurant, Kirsten says yes to Charlie.

Claudia wants to skip school, but Charlie doesn’t think having her period is a valid excuse. Julia thinks it is. She tells their brothers that this is a big deal because Claudia’s becoming a woman. At school, Bailey tells Will that he had sex with Jill. He has mixed feelings about it since they barely know each other. Julia tells that bartender played by Doug Hutchison that she wants to make things better for Morgan, since she caused all his problems. The bartender doesn’t think she should get involved in Morgan’s issues. He’s not drinking because of her.

Back at home, Claudia asks Julia if everything in her life is going to continue to happen quickly. She doesn’t feel like she’s becoming a woman, since she still likes dolls and coloring. Julia admits that she also wishes she could freeze her current age and stay there. She lies that things get easier when you get older.

Over at Kirsten’s, she and Charlie tell Meg about their plans; Meg questions their decisions because of their history. (She knows about the cheating.) She notes that they haven’t had a stable relationship, and now Kirsten’s agreeing to stay with Charlie forever. Charlie blasts Meg for thinking she knows anything about him. Bailey goes to see Jill at work and tries to make small talk. She’d rather have sex in the empty coffeehouse. (That has to be a health-code violation.)

Charlie tries to convince Kirsten not to listen to what Meg said about their engagement. She says that she likes what Charlie has said, but she’s not sure it’ll all turn out that way. She doesn’t think they should get married. Charlie admits that he was surprised that Kirsten accepted his proposal, since it was so impulsive and out of the blue. However, he doesn’t think getting married would have been a mistake.

Jill invites Bailey over again, but this time he’s resistant since he doesn’t want to only have sex with her. He wants to sleep with her, but sex “feels like kinda nothing.” Just what every girl wants to hear. Jill tells him that her ex-boyfriend told her after they broke up that the thing he missed the most about her was the sex. She knows it’s one thing she can do that guys are interested in. Jill also notes that Bailey didn’t exactly mind, and even came back for more sex.

Julia stalks Morgan to a playground and tells him he can either let this turn of events ruin his life or he can move on. She hopes he chooses the option that has him taking care of himself. Bailey goes to the coffeehouse and asks Jill out on a regular date. Julia suggests that she and Claudia have a sleepover in her room, something she previously said she was too old for.

Kirsten comes over and reiterates that she can’t marry Charlie, but she also can’t go back to Chicago and she can’t stay where she is. Charlie suggests that he move into the Salingers’ house. “This isn’t the way things were meant to work out,” Kirsten says. He tells her things never work out the way you think they will, but that doesn’t mean they’re not meant to be. She follows him inside.

Thoughts: I’ve seen Megan Ward (Jill) in other things, and she’s very pretty, but the haircut she has here is doing her zero favors.

Meg is played by Leslie Hope (probably best known for 24).

It’s a Jeep, Jill. Keep your pants on.

Why did Bailey take Claudia to buy pads? Why not just look in Julia’s bathroom and take one of hers?

Jill, if your ex mostly misses having sex with you, I don’t think you should take it as a compliment.

I’m thinking a week in that house will make Kirsten change her mind about wanting kids.