May 30, 2020

Felicity 1.21, The Force: You Must Do What You Feel Is Right

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Summary: Felicity wakes up to find Meghan doing something witchy. This must not be the first time, since Felicity just asks her to keep her voice down, since it’s 2:00 in the morning. Meghan pulls out one of Felicity’s hairs, then burns it and casts some sort of spell. She warns that it’ll make Felicity clumsy. Felicity doubts this, but it looks like Meghan was successful.

We see a tarot card, the World, and a section title, “Voyage.” Felicity makes a tape for Sally about her love of math and science, possibly because she’s usually a rational person. She’s never really believed in magic, but the past few days have made her think about it more. At Dean & DeLuca, Ben tells Felicity that his mom sent him some money for a plane ticket home for the summer, but he’ll use it to pay off Barry instead. Danny is hesitant to give the two of them any orders, even though he’s the assistant manager now. He tells the two of them that they need to do inventory on Friday night. Then Felicity breaks something.

Back at the dorm, Felicity finds a note on a bulletin board from someone named Stuart, who needs someone to drive his car to San Francisco. She connects him with Ben, giving him a way to get home to Palo Alto. He happily tells Lynn and Nicole that he’ll get $500 just for driving a car. After Lynn leaves, Nicole tells Ben she’ll miss him over the summer. She confides that she’s had feelings for someone other than Lynn recently. Ben is completely clueless as to the obvious fact that she likes him. When she clues him in, he reminds her that he’s dating Julie. Nicole kisses him anyway.

Felicity tells Sally that she had no clue about any of this. The next thing she learned about the situation was that Ben invited Julie to drive to Palo Alto with him. Julie in turn invites Felicity, who asks Noel to tag along. Wow, this is the worst idea ever. Noel, by the way, will be taking the internship in Berlin. Guy comes in and tells him that they need to work on a group project together while in line for Episode 1. He admits to being one of those super-mega-Star Wars fans who camps out for premieres. Felicity thinks it sounds fun. Then she falls over and starts getting worried.

Tarot card: Strength. Title: “Action.” Felicity tells Meghan to stop doing spells, but Meghan has an idea for a new one. It requires one of Felicity’s fingernail clippings. Felicity tells Sally that she should have taken her roommate more seriously.

She invited Elena on the road trip, but Elena wants to stay in the city and work at a hospital (and keep seeing McGrath). After one of their classes, Elena asks McGrath when he wants to go out, since they never set a date. They make plans to meet at a hotel bar. At Epstein Bar, the road trippers plan their route. Felicity tells Sally that things soon got complicated. Felicity breaks a glass, and as Ben is cleaning it up, he sees Nicole watching him.

Tarot card: the Tower. Title: “Adversity.” Meghan tries to get hairs off of Felicity’s pillow, confirming that her clumsiness spell worked. She offers to teach Felicity how to “harness the force.” Felicity declines. Meghan says she’s busy anyway, working on a new spell for forgetfulness. It works in the middle of McGrath’s class. Elena asks to complete the answer Felicity’s trying to give, but McGrath tells her to let someone else answer for a change. Looks like someone’s overcorrecting so he doesn’t look like he’s giving her special treatment.

In the library, Lynn tells Ben that he’s tempted every day by hot women in the city. If he weren’t so loyal to Nicole, he’d be sleeping with women all over the place. Nicole joins them, and when Lynn leaves to find some candy (because gum is not candy, Nicole), things get awkward between Nicole and Ben. She brings up the kiss, and he tells her he wants to forget about it. Nicole tells him she wants to kiss him every time she looks at him.

The road trippers (minus Noel) pick up the car from Stuart, promising that they’re all good drivers and very responsible. Julie almost got a ticket once but she cried her way out of it. Stuart asks them to take their time and take good care of his baby. Ben gets snippy with Julie over her ticket comment, then her desire to go to Graceland. Stuart asks to see the road trippers’ driver’s licenses, but Felicity forgot hers. She also forgot her number. Who knows their driver’s license number anyway?

Noel’s not with the others because he’s outside the movie theater with Guy and a bunch of Star Wars fans. He tells Guy he might not go to Berlin after all – he got the start date wrong and realized it starts during the road trip. Guy can’t believe Noel might skip this great opportunity because he wants to hang out with Felicity (and possibly also make sure she doesn’t hook up with someone else). Noel says this is just a good time to solidify their relationship. Guy tells him the internship is the better idea.

Tarot card: the Empress. Title: “Tempted.” Nicole surprises Ben at the loft with hot chocolate. He tells her to give it to her boyfriend. She says they haven’t been clicking lately, which Ben thinks is something for the two of them to work out. Nicole thinks she can get over her crush on Ben by acting on it. Ben tells her to leave, not because he’s not attracted to her. Nicole starts unzipping her dress, asking if he wants her to stop. Ben says yes, but instead, she strips. As they’re about to kiss, Sean walks in. He runs off as soon as he realizes this isn’t something he should be seeing.

Tarot card: the Moon. Title: “Danger.” Meghan does a spell that involves tearing up a picture of Felicity and her friends. Felicity asks Meghan not to tell her what the spell is. Meghan says she’ll know when it works. At Dean & DeLuca, Ben rushes into the back room, telling Felicity, “Just say I’m not working.” Felicity’s confused until Nicole comes in looking for Ben. Ben tells Felicity what’s been going on with her, then admits that he hasn’t said anything to Julie. Felicity thinks he’s second-guessing his relationship with Julie. She wonders if one of Meghan’s spells made her able to read minds.

Ben promises that things are fine with Julie, but they’re serious and heavy. Felicity notes that the road trip is a chance for them to take it easy. They’re perfect for each other. Felicity adds that if Ben breaks up with Julie because Nicole stripped in front of him, Felicity will kill him. Ben promises that won’t happen.

At the movie theater, Guy has been working on Noel’s problems instead of their group project. Guy and a man dressed as Obi-Wan have decided that Noel’s dilemma is just like Luke’s when he had to decide whether to go to Alderaan. Noel must do what he feels is right. I don’t think Noel finds that helpful.

Tarot card: the High Priestess. Title: “Secrets.” At the loft, Lynn asks Ben if everything’s okay, since he seems tense. Lynn can’t concentrate because of Nicole. Ben thinks they broke up, but Lynn says they’ve planned a trip to the Bahamas. Ben finds Nicole in the cafeteria and tells her she’s great and all, but Lynn is a good friend, and Nicole’s flirtations make things difficult for Ben. If Nicole doesn’t cut it out, Ben will tell Lynn everything. Nicole gets the message.

Ben studies in the library while Julie looks through a travel book. He asks her if she ever thinks their relationship might be too serious. They’re only 18, but sometimes he feels like they’re older. Julie worries that she’s done something to turn him off, but Ben promises she hasn’t. She realizes he’s pretending to be confused when he just wants to end things. Ben assures her that he still wants her to come on the road trip. Julie suggests that they take a break instead, thinking Ben isn’t brave enough to actually say he wants to break up.

Tarot card: the Queen of Swords. Title: “Loss.” Julie tells Felicity what happened with Ben. Felicity thinks he’s overwhelmed by everything in his life and wants a break from it all, not Julie. She’s sure Julie and Ben will work things out. Julie notes that Ben has broken both of their hearts.

Elena goes to see McGrath and tells him a personal relationship between them won’t work. McGrath says he’s been overcompensating so no one will catch on. He likes spending time with her. He had a relationship with a student a long time ago, under different circumstances, so he’s rusty at this. He’s also a little intimidated. Elena says she is, too, which McGrath thinks could be the problem. Elena thinks it’s fine if they scare each other. Then they kiss. Oh, boy.

Tarot card: the Lovers. Title: “Love.” Noel tells Felicity about his conversation with Guy and the fake Obi-Wan about Luke’s decision. He reveals that he can’t do both the road trip and the internship. He admits that he worried about losing Felicity if he left, but he knows he needs to go to Berlin. Felicity promises that he won’t lose her. Noel knows it’ll be hard, and just being friends makes it harder. They can’t keep kissing each other if they’re “friends.” But they can purge their systems with one last kiss. Yeah, great idea, guys.

Meghan tapes Felicity’s picture back together and gives it back to her. She says her spell didn’t work anyway. It was a love spell, and Meghan couldn’t get it to work on herself, either. She was missing an ingredient, clove. Meghan doesn’t think any of her spells have been successful. Felicity tells her they may have. It would be amazing if you could make things happen or make them better with a spell. They’re close to bonding for the first time all year, but Meghan tells Felicity to get off her bed.

While doing inventory at work, Ben asks Felicity if she’s mad at him for talking to Julie. Felicity knows that he didn’t tell Julie about Nicole, which must be either because he didn’t want to upset her or because he’s interested in Nicole. Ben says Nicole isn’t the issue – he’s just figuring things out. He doesn’t want Felicity to be mad at him for the whole trip. Felicity announces that she’s not going. Ben asks her to change her mind, insisting that they’ll have fun.

Felicity finds a box dated June 1st, 1991. It contains clove. She drops the box, spilling clove everywhere. Ben asks her again to come on the trip with him. She asks if he thinks she should, and when he says he does, she agrees. Felicity tells Sally that this means she and Ben will be alone in the car for two weeks. She realized when she got home that when Meghan taped the picture back together, she put Felicity next to Ben instead of Noel. Could this be…magic?

Thoughts: It’s funny to watch this episode knowing that 16 years later, J.J. Abrams got involved in the Star Wars franchise.

I wouldn’t last one day on a cross-country drive, no matter who I was in the car with. That’s way too much closeness.

Now I’m dying to know who Meghan likes.

May 23, 2020

Felicity 1.20, Connections: Help Wanted

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

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Summary: Felicity makes a tape for Sally, telling her that her boss, Abby, has put Felicity in charge at work while she’s away for a few days. There’s a position open for an assistant manager, and Felicity sees this as a test to measure her capability. If she gets the job, she’ll get a raise in the fall. Felicity’s never been in charge before, so she’s nervous. She asks Noel to help her tie her tie, but he’s never tied one he wasn’t wearing, so he has her stand in front of the mirror while he puts his arms around her. You know, like you would with any of your friends, since they’re just friends now. Also, both of them hate just being friends.

Ben comes to Dean & DeLuca and asks Felicity if he can work, even though he’s not scheduled for today. He really needs the money. A meek employee named Danny tells Felicity he broke a plate and needs a Band-Aid. Judging by all the blood on the towel wrapped around his hand, he’ll probably need more than that. Felicity helps him out, then thanks Abby for trusting her enough to put her in charge. She thought Abby hated her. Abby says he does – Felicity’s young, perky, and has out-of-control hair. But she’s still eligible to be the assistant manager. P.S. Abby needs Felicity to fire Danny while she’s away.

Elena drops off something for McGrath and notices that he seems stressed. He tells her his assistant is away and he has a lot of paperwork to do. Elena offers to help, so McGrath tells her he could give her extra credit for assisting him. Ben goes to see Barry, Lynn’s bookie, who’s barely older than Ben, if not the same age or younger. Ben asks for an extension on what he owes, but Barry can’t grant one. However, he does have an opportunity for Ben to make some money: Help Barry collect from people who owe him.

Ben reluctantly goes to see the first debtor…Guy. Oh, no! Ben pretends he’s just being friendly and checking on Guy for Barry. He’s covering Guy because Guy can’t give him everything he owes, and Barry just wants to make sure he’s okay. Guy only has $30, which has to last him the week, but he feels bad that Barry’s covering him out of his own pocket, so he’s willing to hand it over. Ben can’t bring himself to take all of Guy’s money, so he leaves.

Later, Lynn tries to make conversation with Ben after swim practice. They haven’t talked since their big fight at the bar. Ben pretends everything’s going great for him, but Lynn knows that he still owes Barry money. Ben says he doesn’t need any help. The coach tells Ben that the bursar’s office has flagged him for a temporary suspension because he hasn’t paid his full tuition. Ben promises it’s a mistake and he’ll work everything out.

He goes to a bank to speak with a loan officer, but he has no credit history or assets. Ben suggests a short-term installment loan, which the officer agrees to, but Ben will need someone to co-sign. Since his parents aren’t an option for that, Ben thinks of Sean. Sean easily agrees. When Julie joins them, Ben lies to her about what he and Sean were talking about. Sean realizes that Ben hasn’t told Julie about his money issues.

Elena visits Felicity at Dean & DeLuca and they talk about Elena assisting McGrath. She asks if Felicity will start giving her free coffee when she’s assistant manager. Felicity hasn’t fired Danny yet, and he’s not going to make it easy on her, what with mentioning that he’s late for work because he spends his morning volunteering at an orphanage. Elena thinks he’s lying.

Richard’s heat is still malfunctioning, and his room is full of steam. Noel tells him to stay with friends until the heater is fixed. Richard doesn’t have any friends, so Noel reluctantly invites him to move in temporarily. Sean accompanies Ben to the bank to co-sign his loan. Sean gets inspired by the loan officer’s nameplate, wanting to make something more creative. The officer tells the guys that Sean has a large debt to a dough company, so he can’t co-sign. Ben is out of options.

Danny’s late coming back to work from his lunch break, and he thinks the cut on his hand is infected. Also, he can’t work on Saturday since he has a doctor’s appointment. Felicity decides to bite the bullet and fire him. She does it gently (definitely more gently than Abby would have), and Danny realizes he should have seen this coming. It all goes much more smoothly than most firings do.

Richard has fully made himself at home in Noel’s room, sitting around shirtless and opening Noel’s mail. He informs Noel that he’s been offered a summer internship in Berlin. Richard wonders what Felicity will think. Noel says they’re starting their relationship over, though Richard thought they were just friends. He thinks this is a great opportunity for Noel to find out how she really feels. He just needs to tell her about the internship. If Felicity looks happy, she’s done with him. If she looks upset, she’s not.

Ben talks with his mom on the phone, lying that his life is going great. Elena impresses McGrath with her organizational skills and her maturity. She explains the latter as a consequence of her mother dying when she was young. McGrath confides that he was stressed the day before because he just found out that his ex-wife has cancer.

Julie catches Ben being squirrelly in Sean’s office, returning a watch he admits he was going to pawn. Julie suggests that he ask his parents for money. Ben says he would never give his father that satisfaction. Didn’t his parents split up? His dad doesn’t have to know. Sean arrives and Ben tells him to tell Julie about his money problems.

Richard wakes Noel up early the next morning to ask if he’s told Felicity about the internship yet. Noel hasn’t since he’s scared that she won’t care. Richard says he should find out sooner rather than later. He also thinks he and Noel should think about living together next year. Noel goes to Dean & DeLuca and tells her about the internship. Felicity’s immediate response is disappointment – which is just what Noel wants. She gets distracted when Danny shows up for work. He’s decided that since Felicity isn’t really in charge, she can’t fire him.

Elena is working in McGrath’s office again when he gets a call from someone he calls “sweetheart.” She starts to leave, wanting to give him privacy, but he gestures for her to stay. He tells her the caller was his 13-year-old daughter who was checking to make sure he’d sent her a birthday present. McGrath thanks Elena for all her help, but Elena isn’t done spending time with him. She asks if he’d like to go out to dinner sometime. Elena, no! Fortunately, he turns her down.

At Epstein Bar, Lynn tells Ben that Barry’s been calling him all day. He’s been in Ben’s situation before and doesn’t want him to do anything stupid. Barry arrives and picks a fight with Ben. Lynn tries to keep the peace, but they brush him off. Barry won’t let Ben leave, so Ben shoves him. Lynn pleads with Barry to leave Ben alone, since he doesn’t have any money, but that’s not going to happen.

Felicity has let Danny keep working, even though he can’t really clean up well, what with the giant bandage on his hand. Julie calls from the bar, looking for Ben – Lynn heard Barry call his frat buddies, probably to go beat up Ben. Felicity offers to meet Julie so they can go look for Ben together. This means Felicity has to ask Danny to close for her. Danny’s nervous about the responsibility, instead of realizing that if he does everything really well, he could keep his job.

Barry’s friends find Ben and pound on him on a dark street. Felicity and Julie enlisted Noel to help them find Ben, but they didn’t have any luck, so Noel and Felicity go back to the dorm. He gives her a good-night kiss on the cheek, but both clearly want more. They know that moving beyond friendship right now could be risky, but they figure friends can do a little making out. Richard interrupts and acts like Noel’s disapproving spouse, wondering where his partner has been all night.

The next morning, Felicity tells Sally that no one’s heard from Ben, who’s been missing all night. Julie was worried enough to call the police, but she can’t report Ben missing for 48 hours. Felicity heads to work, where Danny has transformed into a model employee. Abby came back early and was so impressed that she gave him Felicity’s promotion. In fact, Abby wanted to fire Felicity, but Danny talked her out of it. Also, Danny was telling the truth about volunteering at an orphanage, because a nun comes in with a thank-you card. Abby gushes that he’s like an angel.

McGrath tells Elena that he changed his mind and does want to have dinner with her. Oh, this isn’t going to end well. Ben’s been missing for almost 24 hours when he shows up at Felicity’s room in the middle of the night. He hasn’t contacted Julie or Sean, figuring they don’t want to talk to him. Felicity tells him he’s wrong. Ben tells her that he’s started noticing that he’s turning into his dead. Whenever he gets mad, he gets in a fight. His father hasn’t called him in months, and his mom has been calling a lot, but Ben doesn’t tell her what’s going on with him.

Felicity doesn’t get why Ben can’t ask his mother for money. He explains that she has a chance to be happy for the first time in her life, and if she knew Ben was in trouble, she’d worry. Ben feels like he’s already screwed up her life enough. Felicity thinks Ben should let her worry – it might not be a bad thing. After all, she’s his mom; taking care of him is her job. Ben goes to the loft, where Julie and Sean have fallen asleep by the phone, waiting for news about him. Lynn has also spent the night. After a lot of thought, Ben finally calls his mom and tells her what’s really been going on with him.

Thoughts: Danny is played by Curtis Armstrong, who also worked with Rob Benedict (Richard) on Supernatural.

I don’t buy Elena thinking it’s appropriate to date her professor. She would know the risks, and she would worry about getting special treatment she hadn’t worked for or earned.

Working in a bursar’s office would suck. Imagine spending your day asking college students for money. Ha! They don’t have any money! They have beer and sleep deprivation! You can’t pay tuition with those!

I am intrigued by Sean’s bagel knobs idea (like donut holes, but bagels you can inject with flavors) and would like to invest.

May 16, 2020

Felicity 1.19, Docuventary: Lessons Learned

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I’m sorry, Sean, but no one’s going to want to watch your movie

Summary: Sean is filming Ben, trying to get him to talk about his experiences in college. Ben doesn’t know what to say and tries to leave. Sean agrees to let him skip paying rent next month if he gets back on camera. Ben gives in but still isn’t sure why Sean is filming. Sean says he’s just making a documentary about people in college. Ben says he doesn’t know what he’s doing, but Sean argues that a guy who recently sold his documentary about a steel mill didn’t know what he was doing, either, and he made a ton of money. He promises this will be a professional movie. If only his camera would work.

Time for a tape for Sally! Felicity didn’t send one last week because she had too much homework. She knew the week would be crazy because the cafeteria served lasagna on Monday, and she has a theory that her workload is directly related to whatever’s served on Mondays. Pasta means lots of work. Felicity tells Sally that Noel decided not to move out of the dorm, but they still haven’t talked about things. She misses him. Fortunately, she has all her homework, especially in McGrath’s class, to keep her busy.

Felicity and Elena discuss whether McGrath hates Felicity. Felicity thinks he hates everyone except Elena – she’s the only student he calls by her first name. Elena tells her to stop taking everything personally. Guy celebrates getting tickets to Late Night With Conan O’Brien. He didn’t think he would ever get them. He asks the girls if they know what two tickets means. “You’re going to be rejected by a whole series of girls,” Elena predicts. “Exactly!” Guy says happily.

Sean films the outside of Felicity’s dorm, then does an interview with Julie. She talks about how you start out the year thinking you’ll never make friends, and then you make tons of them. Noel comes in to inform her of a dorm meeting that night, then quips that Julie has finally given in and become a porn star. Sean explains that he’s doing a documentary where students vent about college. Noel suggests that he call it a docuventary.

Sean invites him to make a graphic for the film, which he’s sure he’ll be able to sell. Noel agrees. He asks where Felicity is, and Julie says she went out with Elena before their McGrath seminar. After Noel leaves, Sean comments that he’s nice. Julie says he is, “generally.” Sean gets her to talk on camera about how kissing one of your friends or dealing with a friend’s ex makes things complicated.

Next Sean talks to Richard, who loves being away from home and only having one roommate. He’s the fourth of seven kids, so college is a nice break for him. Lynn tells Sean about how college has no boundaries or limitations. You can study anything, including brain surgery or cosmetology. My guess is that Lynn isn’t studying either of those things.

Ben learns that his parents didn’t pay his complete tuition fee, and his father told the school to talk to him. Ben knows his father is trying to teach him a lesson, though he’s not sure what it is. He needs to pay $3,200 to stay in school. Hmm, I wonder how Ben, who has recently entered the world of sports betting, will be able to afford that?

Felicity and Elena come back to the dorm to find Noel waiting to talk to Felicity. They head to Epstein Bar and talk about how Felicity was right that Noel shouldn’t run away from their problems. What happened between them was horrible and they both made bad decisions and hurt each other, but they may be able to try again. Felicity wonders what was wrong with them that made them want to be with other people. Whatever happens with them, they need to try to be friends again, then possibly pursue a relationship after that. Sean pops in and starts filming, but Felicity and Noel send him away.

The conversation with Noel makes Felicity miss McGrath’s seminar, in which he assigns a big project. Everyone gets paired up, but Felicity isn’t there to get a partner. She asks McGrath if she can work with Elena, who was placed with two other people. McGrath reminds her that he warned her weeks ago that she had to be committed to the class. Felicity asks if that means she’s punished by doing twice as much work as everyone else. Yep, sounds like it!

Sean interviews Elena about how she came to college planning to hide a lot of things about herself. When she realized that everyone else was just as scared as she was, she loosened up. Guy tells Sean that he didn’t really have a social group in high school, and though he still doesn’t have much of a group in college, he still likes it better. It’s hard to find good pizza in Buffalo. Lynn docuvents that people probably see him as a cliché and stereotype him. But he’s smart – he knows all about Ayn Rand and the bell curve. He has friends in France.

Sean interviews Chloe, who compares working in a library to working in a graveyard, “except everyone who’s buried can still talk to you.” Sean comes in front of the camera to kiss her, promising to cut that out of the final film. Sean asks Ben how coming to college has affected his family. Ben confides that his parents have split up. From what we’ve heard about his father, that’s a good thing. Ben certainly feels that way.

Noel tells Sean that he became an RA to help people (and also because he needed money). His own RA his freshman year was a jerk who ignored every guy and slept with every girl. Sean notes that Noel slept with Felicity. When Noel says he didn’t, Sean asks why not. Noel puts an end to the interview, but off-camera he tells Sean the details of the Noel/Felicity/Hanna/Eli mess. He wishes he hadn’t questioned his relationship with Felicity. Sean wishes he’d kept filming, because the docuventary should be about Noel and Felicity.

He asks if the problem is that Noel can’t forgive her. Noel says he can’t stop picturing Felicity with Eli. He thought about going to see a counselor or seeing a hypnotist for help. Sean is in favor of a hypnotist, since one helped his uncle stop smoking. He’s sure that one can get Noel past his feelings about Felicity being with Eli.

Lynn goes by Dean & DeLuca and talks up Ben to a customer. He invites Ben to go bowling, but Ben has to close up at work. He hands over some of his paycheck and asks Lynn to place a bet on him. Lynn says his bookie won’t take such a small bet. Ben tells him to double it and he’ll pay the rest of the money later. He agrees to go bowling when Lynn says he’ll pay.

Sean tries to interview Felicity, but she doesn’t want to participate in the docuventary. Sean decides to make her an “unknowing co-star.” He interviews Guy again, this time about how he hasn’t yet had any luck with the ladies but predicts that he will in the future. Sean asks Julie about Hanna; she thinks Hanna was just lonely. Elena talks about her friendship with Felicity and how sympathetic she is to Felicity’s struggles.

Felicity goes to Noel’s room for the first time in a long time. She reminds him of her pasta theory, which has again been proven correct – there was linguini on Monday, and now Felicity has all this work to do for McGrath’s seminar. It requires graphs and charts and other stuff Noel is really good at. He agrees to let her use Photoshop on his computer. He stays in the room to read, but he just winds up watching her. He admits that he’s been trying to pretend that nothing happened between Felicity and Eli. He can’t start over and just be friends again.

Sean catches Felicity leaving and tries to get her to talk to him, but she tells him to go away. Sean’s sure she’ll change her mind tomorrow. Or she’ll break your camera. One of the two. He interviews Daryl, who says that if he were Noel, he could never forgive Felicity. Yes, Noel went off with Hanna first, but they didn’t sleep together. Sean asks Ben how it feels to be replaced by Eli. Things went from Noel vs. Ben to Noel vs. Eli. Ben insists he’s not jealous.

Guy offers Noel a ticket to see Conan with him. He admits that he asked a dozen girls, who all rejected him, but Noel is the first guy he’s asked. Noel says he’s on his way to see a hypnotist and will tell Guy the full story when they go to Conan’s show together. Guy says they need to wear something cool in case they get on TV.

Felicity presents McGrath with her project idea, the theory that love is a genetic condition. Maybe we’re all preprogrammed to connected with someone who’s programmed in a compatible way. Felicity’s interested in why some couples stay together and some break up. She tries again to ask if she can work with Elena, but McGrath shuts her down. He knows she thinks he’s being unfair by making her learn her lesson about missing class, but he’s within his rights to present that lesson.

Sean tags along and films as Noel visits the hypnotist, who was under the impression that Noel is trying to recover from an addiction. (Thanks, Sean.) Noel explains that he just wants the image of Felicity and Eli together gone from his head. The hypnotist thinks he can help. He hypnotizes Noel to feel peaceful when the image comes to him. Then he tells Sean that Noel has so much anger that he’s only seeing the symptom, not the problem. Sean asks if he can make Noel think water is lemon juice. The hypnotist can and does.

Sean finally gets Felicity to sit down with him for an interview. He tells her the docuventary is about college relationships. Felicity doesn’t think she can offer him anything valuable. He asks her the biggest lesson she’s learned. Meghan comes in but doesn’t want to participate. Felicity tells Sean that the biggest lesson she’s learned is that relationships are hard. You do the best you can, but then something comes out of nowhere and destroys everything. Sometimes you’re wrong about the person you thought you would be with for a long time.

Ben listens to the game he bet on at Epstein Bar, ignoring Julie. His team loses, and Julie knows he placed a bet, but he won’t tell her how much money it was for. He leaves the table, so Sean sits down with Julie to ask her about Noel and Felicity. She’s distracted with watching Ben at the bar with Lynn, begging for a loan – he bet all the money he had. Lynn won’t give him more for another bet, and he won’t give Ben his bookie’s number so Ben can try to work out a deal. Ben says he’ll find another bookie to help him out. When Lynn tells him he’s worried, Ben shoves him and things get violent.

Meghan eventually agrees to be interviewed, though she won’t cooperate with Sean’s questions. Elena admits to him that if she were Felicity, she might have slept with Eli, too. Meghan tells Sean that living with Felicity is “like living with a TV that’s only playing Little House on the Prairie, only with more sweaters.” Richard liked Noel better when he was dating Felicity, “back in the old days.” He got away with a lot more back then.

Meghan tells Sean that no one cares less about Noel and Felicity than she does. Also, Noel needs to get over Felicity’s hook-up with Eli. Richard tells Sean about how the girl he liked at summer camp chose another guy. Remember the Minnow? Meghan says that if Noel asks her again if she’s seen Felicity, she’ll kill him. For the rest of his life, the answer is the same: Meghan hasn’t seen her.

Noel is sure that he can survive without Felicity; after all, he lived without her for 19 years. Sean tells him he needs a happy ending. Noel asks if Sean wants him to change his life so he can make a better ending. “Would you mind?” Sean asks. He tells Noel that he and Felicity mean more to each other than Noel thinks. They need to talk to each other and fight for the relationship (and also let Sean film them).

Noel says the relationship is over. Even if they forgave each other, Felicity never felt the same way about Noel as he did about her. Sean shows him the part of his interview with Felicity where she says that she thought she’d be with Noel for a long time. She adds that the cliché about not appreciating what you have until it’s gone is true. Felicity realizes now that it’s all over that she loves Noel.

That night, Noel skips the show with Guy after realizing that this is his only chance in life to live down the hall from Felicity. (Don’t worry, Guy met someone and invited her to the show.) If Noel and Felicity can’t work things out, that means he underestimated what they are. He tells her loves her and is sorry it took this chaos for him to admit it.

Richard tells Sean that he hopes Noel and Felicity get back together. If they don’t, he won’t be able to install the surround-sound system he wants. Julie also hopes they get back together. Guy thinks they’re a good couple and seem to really like each other. Daryl says that if Noel forgives Felicity, he’s either more of a man than Daryl is, or much less.

Sean interviews Felicity and Noel together, trying to get his happy ending. They tell him they’re going to see where things go. He urges them to kiss, wanting something steamy, but they refuse. Meghan tells Sean that if they get back together, she’ll throw up on her carpet and let Sean tape it. So…maybe not a happy ending for the docuventary after all.

Thoughts: There’s not a lot of venting in the docuventary. Everyone seems to like college too much for that.

Aw, Guy. I think you’re cool. I would hang out with you.

I wish Meghan had done an interview about her college experience. I’d love to know what she thinks of it. Also why she chose that school, what she wants to study, what she wants to do with her life, and what’s in the box.

May 9, 2020

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

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

This is so perfect

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May 2, 2020

Felicity 1.17, Assassins: Just Shoot Me

Posted in TV tagged , , at 1:20 pm by Jenn

Elena, you’re awesome. We’ll talk about your outfit later

Summary: Felicity wakes up in her bed, unsure if her memories of the previous night are real, or if everything was a dream. Her voiceover to Sally isn’t specific, but she and Eli definitely did something. Noel comes by and apologizes for the whole Hanna situation. He promises that it’s all over with her. The whole time he was with her, he was thinking of Felicity. They didn’t sleep together. Felicity can’t handle this right now, so she comes up with an excuse to leave.

Julie meets Felicity in the library and asks how things worked out with Noel. Felicity says he’s done with Hanna, but now things are complicated. Sean joins them and starts to tell them about his new project, which requires some sort of research, but Julie makes him leave. Felicity goes as well.

An RA named Daryl brings Noel a box and reminds him that he’s in charge of doing something on his floor that Noel doesn’t want to do. Noel calls a floor meeting to address security issues caused by people not knowing each other well enough and just letting anyone into the building. The solution is a bonding game called Assassins. Elena’s thrilled, having played it at her boarding school.

Noel explains that they’re all now hitmen (okay, Elena, hit people) and will receive guns. Lewis the weirdo asks to be a conscientious objector, since he’s a pacifist. Richard calls him a wuss. Noel clarifies that the guns contain suction darts. Each assassin will receive the name of someone in the dorm and be expected to “kill” that person, then take the name of that person’s target. Noel doesn’t care if people play or not. Elena’s determined to win since she came in second the last time she played.

Noel approaches Felicity and promises to do anything she wants him to so she’ll forgive him. He’s also made her a mix tape. Richard interrupts to complain that his gun’s broken. Then get another one, genius. How does this guy get through the day? Elena can’t believe Noel is even talking to Felicity, after all the Hanna stuff.

Over at the loft, Julie is now interested in what Sean’s up to, since he’s reading about Mayans and Incas. The project isn’t business-related, though – he has a crush on someone who works in the library, so he’s been going there a bunch. Ben and Lynn come home, debating whether to go see a band at 1 a.m., just hours before they have swim practice. Ben decides to give it a shot. Sean asks Julie to talk to his crush for him.

Felicity listens to Noel’s tape, but Elena tells her not to let it sway her. He shouldn’t get away with everything he did to her. Felicity feels horrible that he feels horrible, but Elena doesn’t care. She tells Felicity to focus on Assassins right now – Richard is her target. There’s a knock at the door, and Elena, suddenly paranoid, grabs her dart gun in case it’s a trick. The knocker is supposedly a delivery guy, but Elena’s skeptical.

Meghan comes in the other door (Elena almost shoots her) and announces that the delivery was real; someone sent Felicity flowers. Felicity decides she needs to go talk to Noel. Elena stays behind and asks Meghan who her target is. Meghan hasn’t even opened her envelope yet, and when she opens it and sees that Elena is her target, she reveals that she doesn’t know who Elena is. Elena pretends she doesn’t, either.

In Noel’s room, he apologizes again, but Felicity stops him and says she has to tell him something. She can’t keep listening to his apologies and accepting his tapes and flowers. Noel’s confused, since he didn’t send her flowers. Guess what – they’re from Eli! Felicity comes clean, admitting that she and Eli were together last night, and she slept with him. Noel walks out without a word.

Noel tries to concentrate in class, but obviously, that’s impossible right now. He leaves, citing “complete emotional turmoil.” Felicity finds Eli in the art studio and tells him that last night probably shouldn’t have happened. He gets that she’s in a rough spot in her relationship, but he thinks she slept with him to feel better. He’s not hurt – people do that all the time. He’d like to be Felicity’s backup if things don’t work out with Noel.

Felicity makes a tape to Sally, stuck on what Eli said about people doing what she did all the time. She left the studio to try to leave behind everything that happened, but she knows that’s not possible. She can never change the fact that her first time having sex was with someone she didn’t know.

Julie and Sean are waiting for his crush in the library when someone shoots Julie with a dart. Julie claims the library is out of bounds. Sean’s crush comes in and he gets nervous about talking to someone so gorgeous. He decides to give her a letter he wrote her. Julie reads it and says he can’t give it to her. She volunteers to talk to her and at least learn her name. Sean second-guesses their plan, but Julie thinks it’s good. She learns that the crush’s name is Chloe and urges Sean to ask her out. He wants to implement stage 2 instead, whatever it is.

Elena’s target is the guy I named Brian, and she’s staking out his door, waiting for him to come out so she can ambush him. It almost works, but he closes the door before the dart can hit him. He chastises Elena for her methods, but she’s not going to give up. Oh, wait, his name is Guy! I thought IMDb called him Guy because he’s, like, just a guy. Anyway, Felicity wrote Noel a note, but Elena thinks she should let him keep suffering. Guy calls through his door for Elena, wondering if she’s still there. Well, she’s not going to tell you if she is, buddy.

Lynn goes by Dean & DeLuca to invite him out to something that night. Ben struggled to get to swim practice that morning after their late night out, but Lynn thinks he can handle another one. Noel gets Felicity’s note when he comes home, but he doesn’t want to read it. Richard comes by to clarify the rules of Assassins, then reveals that he has Noel’s name. He fumbles his gun while pulling it out, then gets off a line he must have practiced a bunch, talking about the hunted becoming the hunter. Noel invites him to shoot.

Richard urges Noel to open up to him, guessing he’s going through something with Felicity, and that another guy is involved. Richard once dated a girl from summer camp who was interested in another guy, so Richard looked into him. He was a Minnow, one of the weakest swimmers at camp. Noel likes the idea of finding out more about the guy your girlfriend is interested in. Richard warns that it’s a bad idea.

Noel ignores him and asks Felicity how she and Eli met. She tells him about their mutual love of art but resists sharing anything else. Noel hopes they were at least drunk when they slept together. He reminds Felicity that she wouldn’t sleep with him because she wasn’t ready. Felicity points out that she thought he was breaking up with her when he left to go to Hanna’s. He angrily asks if sleeping with Eli was revenge. He throws her Magic 8 Ball across the room, because he is very mentally stable right now. Felicity emotionally says that she made a horrible mistake and would do anything to take back the last two days.

Guy begs Elena to let him leave his room so he can use the bathroom. She allows him a five-minute break, but just when he thinks he’s safe, she shoots him. Guy complains to Noel that Elena cheats. “So does everyone,” Noel sighs. Felicity has just told Julie her whole relationship fiasco, and Julie says she can relate, having slept with someone she wished she hadn’t. Felicity says Eli was kind about the whole thing; he wasn’t the part of this that’s so horrible. The horrible part is just that it happened.

Felicity hates that everything was so great with Noel just a little while ago, and now it’s all fallen apart. She has no idea what she was thinking and wishes she hadn’t gone to the art studio. Richard comes up and confronts her for hurting Noel. Felicity is able to kill two birds with one stone by shooting him – she takes out her frustrations on him and eliminates him from the game at the same time. However, this means that her new target is Noel.

Noel goes to the art studio and spies on Eli a little. He finds some sketches Eli did of Felicity (though they don’t look like her), and when asked, Eli says she’s “just some girl.” Sean is ready for stage 2, which involves giving Chloe a day planner. Basically, he wants to give her a gift as an incentive for going out with him. Has Sean ever dated before? Is he from this planet?

Noel drinks at Epstein Bar, and Lynn calls him out on copying movies by wanting to drown his sorrows in alcohol. He gets one more drink and then he has to go home and see his girlfriend. Back at the dorm, Meghan, Daryl, and Lewis end up in a three-way stand-off. Daryl thinks one of the other two has him as a target, but it’s actually Elena, who uses their stand-off as a distraction to take him out.

Felicity is listening to Noel’s tape when he comes by, drunk, and says everything that happened was his fault. Felicity won’t let him take all the responsibility. They hug, then start kissing, and Noel says he thinks they can move past what happened. Felicity thinks they should talk about it more and figure out why it happened. Noel would rather just act like everything’s fine and have sex. Felicity has to push him off to get him to stop kissing her. Noel realizes he shouldn’t be there.

The next day, the two of them avoid each other in the cafeteria. Meghan cuts in line in front of Felicity and snags the last Jell-o, which Felicity was about to take. Meghan says something snide about Noel, so Felicity calls her a “selfish, offensive freak show.” Elena comes up, pulls her gun on Meghan, and orders her to give Felicity the Jell-o. Guess who Elena’s target is? She shoots Meghan, which means Elena’s new target is…herself. Meghan remarks that she thought having sex would have loosened Felicity up, but she’s worse than ever.

Julie tries to make plans with Ben for the next week, hoping to get in before Lynn, but failing. Ben assures her that he knows her birthday is coming up and he won’t forget it. He invites her to the bar after class, promising he won’t stay out late again. Julie declines. At the library, Sean introduces himself to Chloe and tries to strike up a conversation about archeology before just going for it and asking her out. She’s not really listening and thinks he’s asking her to look up a book. When Sean clarifies what he wants, she tells him she’d like to go out, but she doesn’t know what her schedule is. She lost her day planner.

Ben hangs out with Lynn at the bar while Sean and Chloe go out. Felicity and Elena run into Noel, and Elena gets them to confirm that they have each other as targets. She thinks they should shoot each other as some form of therapy. They won’t, so Elena says they’re disqualified. I guess she wins, then.

Felicity and Noel go to her room and lament how things have turned out. He waited for her to get over her feelings for Ben, and it was worth it, but when he told her he was confused about his feelings for Hanna, Felicity ran off and slept with someone else. Felicity says it sounds almost like Noel was testing her. She never thought she would act the way she did.

Noel acknowledges that he did something wrong, but when he had the chance to sleep with Hanna, he didn’t. He can’t forgive Felicity for not making the same decision. Felicity reminds him that he left with Hanna, so she’s not sure she can forgive him, either. So that’s the end of Noel and Felicity.

Thoughts: My college had a game similar to Assassins, but I think it ended before I got there. There was something about having to take a plastic spoon from your target (maybe that was where their target’s name was written). There was a rule about the target having to be fully clothed when you did your hit, so people wouldn’t be ambushed in the shower. On at least one occasion, a person who was caught while wearing a towel just dropped it so the assassin couldn’t carry out the hit.

Ben really needs a plot. Elena has a better storyline in this episode. Richard and Meghan have more to do than he does.

A mix tape! So ’90s.

April 25, 2020

Felicity 1.16, The Fugue: Unfinished Pieces

Posted in TV tagged , at 1:16 pm by Jenn

Hello, I am here to use the phone and also ruin your relationship

Summary: Now that Javier has gone back to Spain, there’s a new manager at Dean & DeLuca, Abby. She wants to do employee evaluations, and she’s administering them like they’re final exams. Felicity tells her that Javier already evaluated them. Abby doesn’t consider those acceptable, since they’re mostly just descriptions of how Javier felt about each of them.

Suddenly Hannah pops in, asking to use the phone. Despite breaking up with Noel, she came to New York to attend the conservatory after all. She’s happy to hear that Noel’s doing well. Maybe not so happy to hear that he and Felicity are together, but she had to have known that would happen sooner or later, right?

At the dorm, Felicity goes straight to Noel’s room, but he’s already on the phone with Hannah. He invites her to go out with them and their friends, which Felicity is a little nervous about. She’s not sure if she should have a problem with her boyfriend’s ex spending time with them. Noel decides it’s not weird, just surprising.

Felicity goes to lunch with Elena, who spots Eli and says he’s cute. He comes over to chat, thrilling Elena, but he just wants to talk to Felicity. He put some sketches she left in the art studio in a drawer and invites her to come by and get them. Julie plays guitar and sings on Ben and Sean’s kitchen counter, like, come on. Ben brings home a bunch of guys from the swim team, including Lynn, who starts playing Julie’s guitar. Sean offers them his weird cereal while Julie leaves.

Felicity, Noel, Julie, and Hannah go to Epstein Bar, where Lynn is a waiter. Ben plays darts with his swim buddies instead of sitting with his girlfriend and friends. Felicity spies on Noel and Hannah as they chat alone, and Julie wonders if she’s worried about Hannah. She and the guy she was interested in before didn’t work out. Plus, Felicity is sure that she knew Felicity worked at Dean & DeLuca, so it can’t be a coincidence that she showed up there. Julie thinks Felicity’s being a typical girlfriend, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Hannah has to leave, so Noel walks her out to get a cab. She tells him she’s working on a fugue, a piece where phrases are repeated and you bring in multiple melodies. She asks him to listen to what she’s done so far and give some feedback, like he used to. As she gets in the cab, she kisses him. So no, Felicity has nothing to worry about at all!

The next day, Noel hangs out at Dean & DeLuca and half-listens while Felicity talks about McGrath. Abby pulls her away to tell her to stop socializing while she’s on the clock. When Felicity returns to complain to Noel, he blurts out that Hannah kissed him. She asks why he didn’t tell her last night. Noel says it didn’t mean anything, and he didn’t kiss her back.

Felicity thinks he might be telling her now because he feels conflicted and wants to get past that. She asks how long the kiss was. Noel demonstrates, trying to downplay it. He insists that he’s not going to see her again. Their last communication will be when he sends back her tape.

Julie gets passive-aggressive about all the time Ben’s spending with his new friends, saying over and over that it’s fine. He’s sure they like her. Sean says they don’t. Apparently Lynn mentioned an open-mic night at the bar, and when Julie said she was interested, he ignored her. Plus, Ben previously thought Lynn was a jerk, but now he likes him.

Ben says Lynn probably didn’t think she was serious about open-mic night; Julie’s just overreacting. Sean says she isn’t. He’s annoyed that there are three of them staying there, and he’s the only one paying. Ben and Julie talk about the previous night, which made her feel uncomfortable because she was the girlfriend tagging along with him while he hung out with his friends. Ben encourages her to do the open-mic night, promising to be there.

Noel puts Hannah’s tape in an envelope, and that’s when I learn that I’ve been spelling her name wrong. It’s Hanna, not Hannah. Grr. Instead of mailing the tape back, he takes it to her apartment. Dude, come on. He gives her the tape and says he can’t help her. Hanna realizes she screwed things up by kissing him; now everything’s serious. It was the most natural-feeling thing she’s done in months, but she knows she shouldn’t have done it. It just felt right because they’ve talked about living in New York together, and this is how she imagined things would be.

Hanna reveals that she decided to come to New York by flipping a coin. She tried dating that guy she was interested in, but he wasn’t as great as she’d thought. She realized she didn’t know what she was doing, and she’d been accepted at the conservatory in New York, and when the coin came up heads, she came. Noel says they can’t act like things are the same as they used to be. He was thrown when he learned that Hanna was in New York all this time instead of Chicago.

Felicity goes to the art studio, where she hasn’t been for a few weeks. Eli’s there and gives her the sketches he gathered. She asks about the painting he was working on, which turns out to be of his grandfather. He shows her the finished piece and tells her about the subject. He tells her she’s a good artist and would love to talk to her about her work sometime. Felicity says she’s really busy, so that will have to wait. Eli encourages her to keep making art.

Noel listens to classical music and looks at some old photos in his room. Felicity comes by to tell him that Julie’s doing the open-mic night. He turns off the music and admits that he was listening to Hanna’s tape. He promises that nothing happened when he met up with her. Felicity promises that she didn’t think anything had happened.

Noel tells her he’s thinking things over because the situation is confusing him. He doesn’t want Felicity to make him feel guilty about going to see Hanna. Now Felicity’s confused, because she didn’t mean to make him feel confused. She asks if Noel is trying o figure out if he still loves Hanna. Noel says that of course he still loves her; they dated for years. Felicity tries to clarify if he loves her loves her or just cares about her. Noel pauses, then firmly says no, he doesn’t still love her.

At Dean & DeLuca, Felicity tells Ben (who I don’t think works there anymore) that she’s working through some issues with Noel. Ben is sure that things will work out. He doubts that Noel would choose anyone over her. Lynn hosts open-mic night at Epstein Bar, which features a beat poet who is definitely living in the wrong decade. Lynn tries to connect with Julie, who isn’t in the mood. Ben hasn’t shown up yet. Julie’s too nervous to tune her guitar correctly, so Lynn does it for her. He has perfect pitch, the fourth thing he does better than anyone else. Now Julie likes him. Well, that was easy!

Elena tries to intercept Felicity when she gets back to the dorm, not wanting her to see Noel leaving his room with Hanna. It doesn’t work. Felicity pulls Noel away to ask why they’re hanging out. Noel says she asked for help with her piece. Felicity’s mad that he’s making excuses – clearly he wants to spend time with Hanna. Noel points out that your feelings for someone don’t go away automatically when you start having feelings for someone else.

Felicity thinks he feels like his relationship with Hanna was deeper than their relationship is because they haven’t slept together. She’s suddenly grateful that they haven’t, because she wouldn’t want to give so much of herself to someone who doesn’t know how he really feels about her. Noel admits that he thought things were over between him and Hanna. Now, he’s not sure.

Felicity asks if he’s breaking up with her. Noel doesn’t want to ask her to wait while he figures out what he wants, but he does anyway. Felicity thinks he’s already done that – if she hadn’t come back when she did, he and Hanna would have left together. She watches the two of them go, then goes to her room to cry.

Lynn introduces Julie, who starts playing just before Felicity arrives at the bar. Ben comes in and Felicity looks on as he watches Julie, who seems to be singing to him. Later that night, Felicity starts to make a tape for Sally but gets interrupted by a visit from Eli. He invites her to the studio to look at some of his sketches. The sketches are of her, and for some reason, she doesn’t run screaming from the studio. Eli asks Felicity to sit for her while he draws her.

Hanna plays her fugue for Noel (and it certainly looks like Jennifer Garner is actually playing), stuck for how to end it. He reminds her of a piece she worked on last year, which he helped her with by telling her to stick with what she’d been doing instead of trying something new. She likes that idea.

Felicity feels silly sitting for Eli; she’s sketched models before, but she never thought about how self-conscious it must make them. She once drew a woman who was so still, Felicity worried she’d died. The two of them are now alone in the studio. As Hanna keeps playing and Noel keeps watching her, Eli poses Felicity and heightens the sexual tension.

She leaves to call Noel, who of course isn’t in his room. He touches Hanna’s hair and kisses the top of her head, which makes her stop playing. They start making out. As Eli helps Felicity get more comfortable, Hanna and Noel take it to the bed. Eli kisses Felicity, and then their clothes start coming off. Noel stops things at the last minute, telling Hanna they can’t do this. She invites him to stay without doing anything, but he knows he shouldn’t be there. Meanwhile, Felicity makes it clear to Eli that she doesn’t want to stop.

Thoughts: Abby is played by Alexandra Wentworth.

I like Sean as commentator/Greek chorus.

One of my college classmates claimed he chose our school through a coin clip. I don’t know if he was serious, but his life turned out pretty great, so I guess I shouldn’t knock that method of decision-making.

Elena is being criminally underused here. I hope she has other friends to hang out with.

April 18, 2020

Felicity 1.15, Love and Marriage: 90-Hour Fiancé

Posted in TV tagged , , at 1:20 pm by Jenn

She could have been Mrs. Javier

Summary: Ben and Felicity are both working at Dean & DeLuca, where Felicity’s on the phone with Noel. He’s just been chosen to display his work for some special event at school. Ben continues to refuse to wear his hat, so Javier makes him put on a hairnet. Then he calls Felicity into his office to discuss two things: 1) She’s getting a raise. 2) Javier would like to marry her.

Felicity makes a tape for Sally about how this moment was nowhere near how she imagined marriage. She starts to tell Noel about the sort-of proposal, but Noel has big news, too – his brother, Ryan, is coming for a visit and may have just gotten engaged. Felicity admires fliers for Noel’s exhibit and says that maybe Ryan can come. Noel doesn’t think Ryan will be impressed by his art, since he’s a professional graphic designer. He admits that he’s never shown his brother his work. They’re supposedly close, but they haven’t spoken in about a year.

Felicity asks to change the subject so she can spill that Javier wants to marry her. His visa is about to run out, and if he doesn’t get married, he’ll have to go back to Spain. Felicity’s seriously considering saying yes. She thinks it would be “cool” to help someone like this. Noel’s like, “Volunteer at a soup kitchen, if you want to help people so badly.” The conversation ends when Ryan arrives and meets Felicity before she heads off to class.

Ben has been swimming a lot lately, making Julie think that something’s wrong. I think it’s just because Scott Speedman used to be a competitive swimmer and the show wanted to let him show off his skills (and abs). He learns that there are tryouts coming up for the school’s team. Ben observes a guy named Lynn who complains about how early the team’s practices start. His girlfriend remarks that he wouldn’t have so much trouble getting up early if he went to bed before 3 a.m. Ben notes that the crew team practices at 5 a.m. Lynn points out that they don’t have to get in the water when it’s ice-cold.

Felicity tells Sally that she decided to turn down Javier. The only real reason to get married is because you love each other. But when she goes to tell him, he’s crying because his boyfriend, Samuel, can’t get transferred to Spain. Javier will not only have to leave the country, but also his boyfriend.

Felicity realizes that if she marries him, it would be for love, just love between him and Samuel instead of him and Felicity. She tells him she’ll marry him. Javier tells Felicity about all the paperwork and waiting that accompanies this kind of thing. He’ll get a visa after six months, but he won’t get his green card for a year. Felicity starts to realize that this wasn’t a good idea after all.

Noel and Ryan go out for drinks, and when Noel gets carded, Ryan charms their waitress into believing he’s over 21. They reminisce about how Ryan once pretended to be a priest. Noel’s ready to celebrate Ryan’s engagement, but Ryan reveals that he and his girlfriend broke up a year ago. After some nervous hesitation, Ryan announces, “Turns out, I’m gay.” Noel isn’t sure how to react, and Ryan thinks he’s upset. Noel pretends he’s okay with it and realizes he doesn’t know his brother as well as he thought he did.

Back at the dorm, Noel tells Felicity that Ryan might just be going through a phase or experimenting. Felicity says it sounds like Ryan’s pretty sure about his own sexuality. Noel doesn’t think it makes sense that a guy who’s always been popular with girls would now like guys instead. He couldn’t have changed like this overnight.

Noel realizes that he didn’t tell Ryan about his exhibit, so Felicity suggests that the three of them discuss it at dinner tonight. Noel doesn’t think Ryan will want to spend any more time with him after how Noel reacted to his coming out. He remembers Felicity’s current situation and asks how Javier took her rejection. She announces that she actually accepted his proposal.

Javier goes looking for Felicity in her room, instead meeting Meghan and introducing himself as her fiancée. Meghan says he must have the wrong Felicity, then wonders if Felicity’s pregnant. “I think you’ve got the wrong Felicity,” he replies.

When Felicity comes in, Meghan asks how much Javier’s paying her to be his beard. She thinks Felicity’s awesome for doing this. A friend of hers was in a green-card marriage and got a car out of it. Javier can’t do that for Felicity, but he offers to buy her a bike. He also shows her a ring, doing that thing from Pretty Woman where he closes the box before she can take it. (I’m wondering if it’s an ad-lib, the way Keri Russell laughs in response.)

Ben runs into Lynn’s girlfriend, Nicole, who asks if he’s trying out for the team. Lynn shows up and remembers meeting Ben, but not where. He and Nicole tell Ben about his theory that everyone does three things better than anyone else. His three: He never forgets a face, he’s awesome at parallel parking, and he makes the best Harvey Wallbangers. Lynn invites Ben to have one that night at a bar where he’ll be hanging out. Ben makes a parallel-parking joke that falls flat, but A for effort.

Felicity and Javier get dressed up at Dean & DeLuca before meeting with his lawyer. They need to convince her that they’re in love so she’ll file the paperwork they need. Felicity cautions Javier to act straight. Samuel calls and Felicity eavesdrops as he and Javier make plans to stay in for the evening. Javier adorably gushes that his boyfriend is a dreamboat.

Ryan finds Noel in the cafeteria after trying to call him all day. Noel apologizes for his reaction to Ryan’s coming out, but Ryan says it’s okay. Noel invites his brother to his exhibit, and Ryan happily accepts. Noel says part of his negative reaction came from how much he liked Ryan’s ex. Ryan says he loved her, and it was hard to break up with her. Now, though, he’s seeing a guy named Alex, who’s just arrived in New York. Ryan wants to bring him to dinner so Noel can meet him.

Felicity and Javier meet with the no-nonsense lawyer, who just wants to get on with it. Ben thinks she’s a health inspector, so he makes sure she knows that he wears a hairnet every day. The lawyer asks the fake couple how their relationship started. They lie about suddenly becoming attracted to each other, but the lawyer doesn’t buy it, because she clearly knows Javier is gay. He tries to throw her off by talking about football.

The lawyer makes sure the two of them know what they’re getting into. As the petitioner, Felicity’s responsible for anything that happens to Javier. She also has to be able to support him if he loses his job. Javier isn’t worried, since, you know, he’s her boss. The lawyer warns that if the INS discovers that the marriage is a sham, Felicity could be fined and sent to prison.

After the meeting, Javier sneaks some tequila in a storage room and tries to assure Felicity that everything went great. The fact that he’s drinking doesn’t make her feel better. She’s still willing to move forward, since Javier doesn’t have any other options. He tells her to sleep on it before making any commitments. If she ends up having to support him, he doesn’t want her spending her money on therapy.

Ben swims, then goes out with Julie to the bar Lynn invited him to. He claims he doesn’t want to be on the swim team and have to rearrange his schedule and listen to a coach. Lynn and Nicole join them, and Lynn says he remembers where he saw Ben before. He was there the day Ben tried out for the track team. He suggests that Ben try intramural sports, but Ben blurts that he’s trying out for the swim team.

Things are awkward at Felicity, Noel, Ryan, and Alex’s dinner. Ryan mentions that his and Alex’s first anniversary is coming up in April, and they’re going to have a commitment ceremony. Noel can’t believe that, in the past three days, Ryan has come to visit, come out, and announced he’s getting married. He was with Amy for four years and never committed to her, but after just ten months with Alex, he’s ready to make things permanent.

Ryan apologizes for not telling Noel more about his life. Noel says Ryan didn’t trust him enough to tell him the truth. Alex tries to tell him it’s not about trust, but Noel shushes him. Ryan tells him not to talk to Alex like that. Noel asks how their parents are going to react to all this news. Ryan says he was hoping that Noel would support him while he got ready to tell them, but Noel supporting him would be a first. The brothers both storm off, leaving Felicity and Alex behind. Felicity tries to redeem the evening by saying, “I’m going to marry a gay guy, too.” Ha!

The next day, Felicity tells Javier that she’s thought it all over, and what’s most important is making sure Javier can be with Samuel. He agrees…and that’s why he’s not going to marry Felicity. Samuel doesn’t want Javier to marry someone else, no matter what. He gave his boss an ultimatum and is now going to be allowed to transfer to Spain. Felicity and Javier both think it’s really romantic.

Julie brings up Lynn’s chatting at the bar as Ben gets ready to go to the pool. She never knew that Ben didn’t make the track team. Ben says that everyone he knows has something they’re good at, and he wanted track to be his. Julie says he’s good at a lot of things. Now Ben wants to be good at swimming, so she hopes he makes the team.

Javier has a huge basket of muffins for Felicity, but she’s not in her room, so he asks to leave it with Noel. He’s super-grateful to Felicity for being so generous and selfless, as well as for being a romantic. She really got how hard it was going to be for Javier and Samuel to be separated. A lot of people disapprove of their relationship, but Felicity believes in love. Javier also appreciates that Noel was supportive of Felicity’s decision to marry him. Noel admits that he hasn’t been so supportive of the people he loves. In that case, Javier says he can’t have any muffins.

Julie slips in as Ben starts his swim-team tryout. Lynn is first to finish but Ben is right behind him, and both make the team. Ben’s happy to see that Julie came to support him. Felicity goes to Noel’s exhibit, and he tells her he talked to Javier. She tells Noel he was right that she shouldn’t have agreed to marry Javier. But Noel thinks it was sweet of her to want to help him.

Noel wants to call Ryan before he goes home, so they don’t leave things like this, but as he’s about to make the call, he spots Ryan in the hallway. Ryan calls him out for how he treated Alex, and Noel apologizes. Ryan’s news has thrown him, and he’s having trouble accepting it all. Ryan says that he’s never had to worry before that honesty might cost him his family. Noel promises that Ryan will never lose him.

Felicity and Noel attend a goodbye party for Javier, and Felicity tries to give him back her ring. He tells her to keep it, since it won’t fit Samuel. Sally’s tape back to Felicity says that she also would have offered to marry Javier. Felicity’s tape reminded her that love is complicated and requires compromise and sacrifice. That might be the best part, though. You want to do everything you can for someone in love because you want to be them.

Thoughts: Imagine if Elena worked at Dean & DeLuca and Javier asked her to marry him instead of Felicity. Just…imagine what a Javier/Elena marriage would look like.

How do you call yourself close with someone you haven’t spoken to in a year?

The bar Lynn invites Ben to is called Epstein Bar. I love it! I hope doctors hang out there.

Hey, Noel, if you like Ryan’s ex so much, why don’t YOU go out with her?