August 1, 2020

Felicity 2.8, Family Affairs: Not Talking Turkey

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July 25, 2020

Felicity 2.7, Getting Lucky: The Second First Time

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

If you didn’t know better, you’d think this was a happy family, right?

Summary: We haven’t started with Felicity making a tape for Sally in a little while, but here we are. She tells Sally she met someone mysterious and is calling him Lucky. Things have been going great with David, and on the way back from his place one morning, she sees Lucky – a scruffy, sad-looking stray dog. She takes him to Elena and Noel’s apartment, but Elena is hesitant to let them in, since they could bring diseases with them. Really, she’s more worried about Felicity bringing in disease, since she was recently sick. Felicity says it was the flu, not mono.

She notes that Lucky seems to like the apartment, but Elena preemptively refuses to adopt the dog. She changes the subject, wanting to know if Felicity (who spent the night at David’s) got some. She didn’t, so Elena thinks it’ll happen after her and David’s next date. Noel comes home and is thrilled to have the dog there. His neighbor had a dog just like Lucky when Noel was a kid, and even though Noel was allergic, he loved being with the dog. He thinks he might have grown out of his allergies. Elena agrees to let Lucky stay for a few days if it’s okay with Noel, but Noel hasn’t outgrown his allergies after all, so that’s a no.

Felicity and Elena take Lucky to a vet and continue their discussion about David. Felicity wonders why Elena’s so interested in her sex life. Elena says it’s because she doesn’t have one of her own. She sees David as Felicity’s second chance at a first time, this time with someone she actually knows. Felicity’s ready to have another date with David and then “score,” but first she’ll have to find a place for Lucky to stay.

Fortunately, Javier is willing to take in the dog, but first Lucky will have to meet Mami. That’s Javier’s cat, who looks just like you would imagine a cat owned by Javier to look – fluffy and well-treated and beautiful. Javier thinks Mami is insulted by just the idea of having a dog move into her territory, so that’s another no.

Next stop: the loft. Sean quickly says yes to the dog, having had great experiences with his own childhood dog. Lucky immediately makes a mess of Sean’s Smoothaise-making station, so he changes his mind. Back at Dean & DeLuca, Javier tells Ben that Mami is still upset with him. He knows because he’s “psychical” with animals, like Dr. Dolittle. Then he confuses Dr. Dolittle with My Fair Lady, which makes sense, because Eliza’s last name was Doolittle. Anyway! Maggie comes in and tells Ben she’s still interested in a relationship. Yeah, that’s not the issue. The issue is that you’re married, Maggie.

At the loft, Julie walks around in just her bra, looking for a shirt Lucky stole. It’s ruined, so Julie can’t wear it on a date with a guy named Seven. Yes, Seven. She tells Sean, “I’m going to have sex, Jack.” They try to remember the movie that’s from. As Julie leaves, Sean looks at her longingly. You’re not gonna have sex, Jack.

Felicity tells Sally that time started running out to find a place for Lucky to stay, but then the obvious solution arises: David. He makes the inevitable “getting lucky” joke. He and Felicity have dinner and watch a movie, then end up in bed together. Lucky watches them. Well, that’s not awkward. Just as they’re about to grab a condom and go to the next step, Felicity decides she can’t have sex with a dog watching them. David puts him in the bathroom, but Lucky isn’t happy with that, and his whimpering kind of kills the mood. Felicity decides to take him out for a walk.

Thanks to Lucky, Felicity doesn’t get lucky, which she claims is okay with her. She tells Sally that they all slept well that night. The next day, Elena tells Felicity that a dog shouldn’t have been an obstacle to having sex. She thinks Felicity just used Lucky as an excuse and doesn’t actually want to sleep with David. Felicity denies having issues with sex, but Elena points out that she never slept with Ben or Noel. Felicity says she just wasn’t ready.

At the loft, Julie wakes up Sean to tell him she remembered the movie the quote was from: 48 Hrs. Ben comes home and tells Sean that Maggie’s married. He doesn’t want to break up a marriage, but she must be unhappy if she’s having an affair, so maybe it’s not that bad of an idea. Sean’s distracted, obviously thinking about Julie, and asks for a rain check on the conversation.

Felicity sneaks Lucky into her dorm, because…I guess she thinks Meghan will be okay with this? She asks Meghan to watch the dog while she has another date with David. Meghan surprises her by agreeing. It works out well for her, since she needs a favor – she needs to borrow Felicity’s computer to do “homework.” No, I don’t want to know what she’s really doing.

Maggie tracks Ben down to tell him she wants to have an affair with him. Hon, I think you’ve already done that. She promises to keep her marriage out of their relationship (or whatever it is). She offers him a key to a room at the Dakota, because if you’re not going to go high-class, why cheat at all? It’s up to Ben whether he wants to meet her there and continue being a homewrecker.

Felicity returns to her room after buying some dog food and learns that Meghan has no idea where Lucky is. Felicity finds him in another room, drinking beer out of a Frisbee. Thanks, idiot college guys who wanted to get a dog drunk! Ben spends a long time thinking about things, then goes to the Dakota and gets it on with Maggie. Well, at least someone’s having sex in this episode. He compliments the butterfly tattoo on her lower back, and she tells him she’ll show him her other tattoos.

Felicity decides that being unable to find someone to watch Lucky is an omen that she and David aren’t supposed to have sex. Elena thinks she’s avoiding it, so she agrees to keep Lucky for the night. While Felicity and David start getting naked, Lucky tears apart Noel and Elena’s couch. Elena tells Noel that Felicity’s studying at the library. Then Lucky starts peeing on stuff.

At David’s, the condom comes out again, but Felicity gets a page from Elena and puts on the brakes, figuring something’s wrong with Lucky. She calls the apartment, and Noel tells her that Lucky bit him, so Felicity needs to come get him. He quickly realizes that Felicity’s with David, not at the library, and tells her to stay put. Felicity ignores him and insists on going to get the dog.

The next day, after Felicity has taken Lucky back to David’s, Elena asks Noel to help Felicity work through her “sex issues.” Of course, Felicity doesn’t want to talk to her ex about her new love life. She says Elena’s making a bigger deal out of things than she should. Noel guesses that Felicity and David haven’t had sex. Noel and Ruby have, though, which means the person Felicity has advised is now getting more action than her RA is.

Noel says he admires that Felicity takes sex so seriously. She wants it to mean something, which it should. Felicity says that’s causing problems now. Noel admits that he’s glad they never slept together. He likes Ruby a lot, and the sex is good, but now he knows what it’s like to be with her, so the mystery’s gone. With Felicity, that mystery never went away. David calls and summons Felicity to come get Lucky, who seems to be sick.

Ben has spent the night with Maggie and starts looking through her address book while she’s taking a business call. He sees a photo of her with her husband and gets hit with the reality of what it means to sleep with a married woman. Felicity and Elena take Lucky back to the vet and talk about David again. Elena takes responsibility for causing problems by making Felicity self-conscious. Felicity learns that Lucky has distemper, a brain infection, which means his days are numbered.

Felicity takes Lucky back to David’s, where he’s gotten a big cage for the dog in hopes of keeping him contained but happy so the humans can have sex. When Felicity isn’t excited about that, David asks if he’s doing something wrong. It seems clear to him that Felicity doesn’t want to sleep with him. She asks if he wants her to put Lucky back out on the street. David says he’s bent over backwards to make things work, and Felicity hasn’t done the same. She tells him he’s right, and she doesn’t want to be there.

Felicity and Lucky wind up back at Noel and Elena’s place, and since the dog seems to be in pain, Felicity has decided to have him put down. Noel offers to go with her. At the vet’s, Felicity laments that Lucky may have gone his whole life without anyone to love him. David arrives, having been told what was going on by Elena, so Noel leaves to give him and Felicity some time alone. When the vet comes to put Lucky to sleep, Felicity just tells him over and over that he’s a good boy.

At Dean & DeLuca, Javier is sad about Lucky’s fate. Ben tries to comfort him, though he seems to find it a little amusing that Javier’s crying over a dog he only met once. A guy comes in wanting to order a cake recommended to him by his wife…Maggie. It’s for their anniversary. Mr. Sherwood wants it decorated with a butterfly. You know, just like Maggie’s tattoo. Aieeeeeee!

It’s quiet now at David’s apartment, where Felicity admits that she was using Lucky as an excuse not to sleep with David. She’s only had sex one time, with someone she barely knew, so she’s been nervous about sleeping with someone she cares about. In a way, it’s her first time. David says he cares about Felicity, too, and he doesn’t know where things are going to end up, but he likes how they are now. If Felicity isn’t ready, they shouldn’t rush things. Without all the pressure on them, Felicity can enjoy herself with David, just making out. Except now she thinks she’s ready for sex with him. Well, that didn’t take long!

Felicity tells Sally that Lucky had a profound effect on both her and her relationship with David. She’s back at Noel and Elena’s the next morning, and Noel asks how things went the night before. He asks if the mystery’s gone. Felicity wonders why he’s so amused by the idea of her sleeping with David. Noel says that now he and Felicity have something that she doesn’t have with David.

Thoughts: Freaking A, who just picks up a stray dog off the street without a place to keep him or any idea of what to do with him? This is what animal shelters are for, Felicity!

This is the second episode in a row where Julie has barely gotten any screentime. What’s going on there?

Don’t put a dog in a TV show if you’re just going to kill him off! J.J. Abrams is a sadist.

Elena, after Lucky pees on the little model home Noel has: “Did you want that house to have a pool?” I love her. Elena is too good for this show.

July 18, 2020

Felicity 2.6, The Love Bug: Mono, Deception, and Other Contagions

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

Oh, yeah, they’re totally over

Summary: Felicity is leading a dorm meeting about the stresses of midterms. Meghan is also there, playing with a voodoo doll. Carl asks what happens if they get sick during exams. “Just don’t,” Meghan advises. Too late, it looks like. Meghan tries to lead a rebellion, asking who agrees that they have too many meetings. Carl asks what mono feels like, since he thinks he has it. A girl tells him all the symptoms, but Felicity thinks Carl is overreacting. If he had mono, he probably wouldn’t be able to stand up. Carl nods, then passes out. “Meeting over,” Meghan declares.

Time for a tape for Sally! Felicity wants to know why David hasn’t kissed her yet. Is he being cautious because he’s still hurting from his last breakup? He drops her off at her dorm after a date and asks her to get lunch the next day. They say good night, but there’s no kiss.

The next day, Elena asks for an update on the relationship while she, Felicity, and Julie are studying together at Noel and Elena’s place. Felicity says she’s confused. Noel and Ruby come in and reveal that a guy in the park invited Ruby to audition for a movie (though he wouldn’t give details about the film). Julie and Elena think she should go for it. Elena pushes Felicity to talk about David, so she whispers to keep Noel from hearing in the kitchen. Noel realizes they’re having some “girl talk” and he’s being excluded.

Ben drops by Maggie’s catering space while she’s on the phone, speaking Japanese to someone. She reveals that she lived in Tokyo for a couple of years. She doesn’t want her employees to know they’re dating, probably because he’s so much younger. It might help if he didn’t bring his backpack with him when he came to visit. Backpacks don’t usually = appropriate boyfriend for an adult.

Felicity brings David to her room after their lunch date, and they find Meghan in bed, feeling horrible. She thinks she has mono. David tells Felicity she can’t stay there while Meghan has a contagious illness. He invites her to stay with him. Dude, you won’t even kiss her! Noel comes by and announces that Ruby called the possible killer/movie guy about the audition. David again invites Felicity to stay at his place, and this time she accepts.

Javier – hey, it’s Javier! Yay, Javier! – clarifies the Felicity/David situation at Dean & DeLuca. He invites Felicity to stay with him and Samuel instead of spending the night at David’s. He thinks David’s just trying to get Felicity into bed. Speak of the devil, David calls, and while Felicity’s talking to him, Javier tries to guess what the conversation is about. He writes a guess down, but it’s in Spanish, so Felicity can’t read it. She tells him David’s apartment is being fumigated, so she can’t stay there. Felicity declines Javier’s invitation to crash at his place, saying she’ll figure something out.

That something is making a bed on a couch in the dorm’s common room. But then Noel brings Ruby home, and the two of them make out right outside the elevator, just a few yards away from Felicity. After Ruby heads to her room, Noel asks Felicity if she knows about their history. He doesn’t want to bring it up yet, since the relationship’s so new. Felicity mentions that Ruby told her what a good kisser Noel is. He asks Felicity not to mention their past to her. Then he invites her to stay with him and Elena. She says no, but that means she has to hear people having sex through the wall.

Felicity meets up with Elena at Dean & DeLuca the next day, exhausted from her horrible night in the lounge. Elena thinks David lied about his apartment being fumigated because he chickened out of having a sleepover. David arrives and meets Elena (who’s polite to him) and Javier (who isn’t). The two of them spy on the couple as they talk. David asks Felicity to dinner, and she asks him if his place is really being fumigated. He tells her that after dinner, he’ll take her over there and prove it to her.

Noel runs lines with Ruby at his apartment. She’s okay, he’s bad. She finds the role embarrassing, but Noel points out that the money she gets from the job could pay for college and grad school. Apparently the person playing the guy she’ll be working with is a big secret, and Ruby had to sign non-disclosures. She won’t break the rules even for Noel.

Felicity covers her mouth with a tissue so she can go into her room and get some things. Ruby comes by with some questions about sex and protection, since she and Noel are headed in the direction of needing that. Felicity is spending the night at Noel and Elena’s, making Ruby realize that Felicity and Noel are really good friends. Meghan sneezes when Felicity’s mouth isn’t covered, making Felicity and Ruby scamper.

Elena takes a break from her patented study method to help Felicity get ready for her date with David. When Noel comes home, Felicity and Elena slam him for not telling Ruby about his relationship with Felicity yet. Noel says he’ll tell her that night. He admires some photos David took and loaned to Felicity, then asks what’s going on with them. Felicity says they’re just in the beginning stages. Elena tells him that Ruby asked Felicity about birth control, in case he didn’t know where things are with her.

Ruby arrives, stressed that her audition has been moved up to 10:00 the next morning. She’s worried now that it seems so real. Elena criticizes her and Noel for going out instead of studying. David arrives next, and Ruby suggests that the two couples go to Epstein Bar for a double date. Felicity and Noel act all breezy, like this wouldn’t be awkward at all. Elena tells them all to just leave already so she can study.

Maggie and Ben get together for what she calls a proper goodbye – she knows their relationship isn’t going to last, so they might as well end things now. They have sex right on a counter in her catering space. Ooh, that has to be a health violation. Things are going well for the two couples at Epstein Bar, who are working on getting Ruby to tell them who the star of the movie is. Left alone, Felicity and Noel approve of each other’s new love interests. He plucks an eyelash off of her cheek and she makes a wish before blowing it away. Ruby and David see them gazing at each other and get uncomfortable.

Ben invites Maggie to get coffee after their romp on the table, but she insists that they have to be over. He knows she likes him, but she says she just likes the sex. If they run into each other after this, they’ll be polite, but they need to keep the fling secret. Back at the bar, Noel and Ruby are making out, and she seems a little tipsy. Felicity tells David how much she liked his pictures, especially one of a little girl. He tells her the girl reminds him of Felicity because of her grace and purity. Wow, romantic.

Noel and Ruby keep making out (you’re in public, guys), but it stops when she moans his name and he moans…Felicity’s. Ruby realizes that they must have been together, and it didn’t end well. Noel promises that it’s completely over, but Ruby isn’t sure, since no one told her they dated. She’s embarrassed about talking to Felicity about Noel. Then she’s embarrassed again when Noel says he knows she talked to Felicity about him.

Ruby goes to get her jacket, telling Felicity that Noel told her about them. David’s confused. When he realizes that Felicity and Noel once dated, he thinks Noel is the guy Felicity just broke up with. Felicity says that was someone else, which makes things worse. David decides he’s not ready to trust someone again after his own recent breakup.

Noel and Felicity are left together at the bar, stunned by how quickly both their relationships just fell apart. Noel says that even though he still thinks about Felicity all the time, he really wanted things with Ruby to work out. Felicity tells him she wanted things with David to work out, too.

She wakes up coughing the next morning and tells Noel she thinks she has mono. Enjoy that little parting gift, David. Elena uses a plate to cover her mouth and immediately kicks Felicity out. Well, at least Felicity can go back to her own room now. Carl’s there, having slept with Meghan using the logic that they both had mono, so why not? Wow, okay.

Ruby comes to Noel and Elena’s to tell Noel that she likes him but thought he was leading her on last night. After eating some Ben & Jerry’s, she decided it doesn’t matter. She likes him enough to be with him without knowing all the details of his relationship with Felicity. She just wants him to be honest from now on. Yeah, I don’t think honesty is the issue here.

Ben mopes in the rain, then goes to Maggie’s catering space to present an idea: Spend the weekend out of town so they can be together without anyone knowing. But then! The phone rings, and someone tells Maggie it’s her husband calling! Ben slept with an older, married woman! Ahhhhhh!

Noel and Ruby go at it in his room, and I guess she’s not worried about him saying Felicity’s name during sex. She reveals that she used her energy from the chaos the night before in her audition, and she got the part. However, she has to leave for three weeks. Noel asks who her leading man is. Ruby reveals that it’s Tom Cruise. Now Noel’s worried about his girlfriend spending three weeks kissing Tom Cruise.

Felicity appears to be delirious, as she wants to leave her sick bed and go somewhere. “Too tired…to insult you,” Meghan replies. Felicity goes to David’s (wearing a mask, so that’s good) to tell him she wanted to see where things went with them. David decides to risk mono by kissing her. Oh, you freaking idiot.

Thoughts: I would absolutely stay at Javier and Samuel’s. I need to see what Javier’s home life is like.

It doesn’t seem like the school has done anything to curb the mono outbreak, so…enjoy 2020, guys.

I bet Julie wrote a sad song after being left out of all the action this week. Though at least she wasn’t at risk for catching mono.

July 11, 2020

Felicity 2.5, Crash: The French-Speaking Mistake

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

The only interest anyone ever shows in bandicoots

Summary: Noel, Felicity, and Elena are having dinner together (by candlelight, for some reason). Elena asks about the other two’s love lives; Noel’s still hanging out with Ruby, but Felicity is single. Elena calls them out for giving each other looks. She announces that Ruby told Felicity she likes Noel, and Noel is obviously worried about who Felicity will date next. Then she tells them she’s going to study, so the two of them can be awkward alone. Felicity and Noel try to laugh off Elena’s comments, saying she’s just sexually frustrated.

The next day, I guess, Elena discovers that Noel has bought a PlayStation. Isn’t he there on scholarship? Where did he get the money for this? Elena never played video games as a kid, but she did have a little doctor’s kit that brings back good memories. Noel talks about playing Atari as a kid, then Nintendo. Elena blames his love of video games on his lack of sex. Noel tries to sell her on the graphics of the game he’s playing, Crash Bandicoot, but she has to study.

Felicity makes a tape for Sally about how Noel doesn’t need to worry about the next guy she’s going to date because she’s not seeing anyone. She loves it – there’s no pressure or expectations or trouble. She goes to her class with Professor Sherman, who compliments her latest drawing. Also, she has a favor to ask: She wants Felicity to go out with her son. He’s a grad student with lots of good qualities but somehow can’t get a date without his mother’s help.

Felicity tells Elena all this later at Epstein Bar, adding that she told Professor Sherman she has a boyfriend. She thinks the A Professor Sherman gave her is connected to her request for the date. Elena says her aunt keeps trying to fix her up with guys. Julie joins them, making it seem like she and Felicity are on okay terms again, but when Elena leaves, they get awkward. Julie asks if Felicity’s going to go on the date, but Felicity doesn’t think she’s in the right place to start dating. Julie tells her to only date B-list people. They’re basically just for practice.

At Dean & DeLuca, the awkwardness continues between Felicity and Ben. Maggie comes in and Felicity watches her and Ben closely as they have a friendly interaction. She buys a muffin, then offers to feed Ben some homemade muffins at her place later. Is that…is that a metaphor? No, wait, I don’t want to know. Back in her dorm, Felicity decides that maybe she should start dating after all. She tells Sally that if Ben and Noel are doing it, maybe she should get out there, too.

Noel’s been playing Crash Bandicoot a lot, which means classes are an afterthought. Ruby calls and he tries to carry on a conversation with her while still playing the game. He finally pauses the game to give her his full attention, and Elena decides to see what it’s like. Noel yells at her, still trying to make Ruby think everything’s totally normal. Meanwhile, Felicity tells Professor Sherman that she’s changed her mind and will go out with her son, David, after all. Professor Sherman tells her to wear something light and put on some lipstick.

Later, Felicity tries to counsel Carl, that annoying guy on her floor. He thinks he has food poisoning, even though everyone eats the same food in the cafeteria and no one else is sick. Meghan tells him to get his rich parents to buy him a fridge so he can keeps his own food in his room. Felicity wonders if Meghan even listens to the advice she gives people. Meghan relays a message from David to meet him somewhere unspecified at either 8 or 8:30. Thanks, Meghan! She thinks Felicity’s pathetic for agreeing to a set-up date. Also, she thinks David’s gay.

Noel and Elena race each other to the PlayStation when they get home (Elena wins). He realizes she’s been practicing when he’s not around. He decides that they should work together to get through the game; it’ll be a good bonding experience. Felicity tells Sally that she’s going on her first post-Ben date, and she’s both excited and nervous. She’s never been fixed up like this before. She wonders if David might be the perfect person for her. He’s…probably not. He doesn’t seem to be that excited about the date.

Ben goes to Maggie’s catering space (office? It’s not really an office. Whatever), where she tells him about starting her catering company out of her apartment, then moving up to a big operation. She’s all out of the homemade muffins she offered him, but she has apple tarts. (Not a metaphor.) They’re just about to start making out when she gets a call about an order being changed. Maggie has to call the evening off, but Ben agrees to go out to dinner some other time.

Felicity and David have trouble finding anything to talk about, mostly because he’s a man of few words. He asks their waitress in French if she can bring them enough wine to make him disappear. Felicity, who we know studied French (Sally was her French tutor), understands him and excuses herself to use the restroom. She calls Elena from a pay phone, but Elena’s too caught up in Crash Bandicoot to answer the phone. Felicity calls Julie next, and Julie tells her to just leave. Felicity does so, telling David in French that she’s never been on such a bad date.

The next night, Noel and Elena are still playing. They’ve been stuck on the same level for four hours, but she’s sure they’re close to finishing. If they get desperate, they can call her cousin, who has contacts in the video game world. Felicity comes by to ask Elena why she didn’t answer the phone. They’re supposed to go out somewhere, but Elena wants to keep playing. Felicity tells them their obsession is worse than a heroin addiction.

She heads to her dorm, where Meghan asks if Carl’s been around. He bought a fridge, as she suggested, but it’s not working. Meghan gloats about being right that Felicity and David’s date wouldn’t go well. But then David shows up and asks for a redo on the date. She blasts him for being self-absorbed and horrible conversationalist. No way will she go out with him again. David says that was the first date he’s been on in a long time. His last girlfriend blindsided him by announcing that she was getting married to his best friend. Yikes. He admits that he was a jerk last night.

Ben and Maggie go out, then head to the loft, where Sean tries to get Maggie to agree to a partnership. She humors him by listening to his pitch about Smoothaise, the name he’s settled on for his new condiment. She’s not a fan. After Sean leaves, Ben and Maggie finally get to their previously interrupted kissing session. And he must really like her, to kiss her after she ate Smoothaise. She asks how old he is. Obviously the answer doesn’t matter to Maggie, because she spends the night. In the morning, however, she tells Ben she doesn’t think it’s a good idea for them to see each other. Ben says he doesn’t care about their age difference. Maggie clearly does.

Meghan takes Carl’s fridge away from him (to be repaired, supposedly) so she and Felicity can keep their food separate. So was this whole thing just a scam so Meghan could get a free fridge? Who knows? David brings Felicity flowers at Dean & DeLuca, saying he’s treating her the way he would want to be treated if he were in her shoes. He knows his bad experience with his ex doesn’t excuse his behavior. Felicity tells him about the conversation she had with Julie about dating B-listers – basically, she never intended for things to be perfect. David admits that he never listened to Felicity on the date, and he wishes he had. He’d like a second chance.

Elena and Noel have gotten desperate, so she calls her cousin, who gives her the number of a guy who can help them finish the game. Noel refuses to ask for help. They’ll finish it themselves or die trying. Ben has heard about Felicity and David’s fix-up, and he asks how the date went. She tells him it went badly but they’re going to give it a second shot. Ben tells her he’s in a complicated spot with someone. Felicity guesses it’s Maggie and says he hopes things work out. Ben hopes the same for her and David.

Back at the loft, Sean is working on Smoothaise, but Ben won’t agree to taste-test it. Sean tells him his mother called, but he’s teasing, since it was really Maggie. He thinks Maggie is out of Ben’s league. Felicity and David’s second date goes much better than their first – they talk about some of his experiences as a photographer, and how their parents have high expectations of them. They both feel like they’re disappointments.

Desperate again, Elena calls her cousin’s contact, Gary, who tells her and Noel how to get through the final boss level of the game. Gary’s tips don’t work, and he tells Elena that Noel doesn’t seem to be very good at the game. Noel takes the phone from Elena and yells at Gary that his advice is bad and he must be a loser for not having anything better to do with his time. After a pause, Noel reports to Elena that Gary is crying. “That’s because he’s seven,” Elena replies.

On their way home from their successful date, Felicity and David hold hands. He tells her he’d be honored to be her B-list person. I think you mean rebound, dude. Felicity goes to Noel and Elena’s to make sure they’re okay after their four-day game bender. Elena’s out, but Noel invites Felicity in to hang out. He’s wrapping a present he bought Ruby. Felicity decides not to tell him that she was just on a date. She tells Sally that it didn’t seem important – it would be weird to talk about a B-list person with an A-list guy.

Thoughts: Dating your professor’s kid is almost as bad an idea as dating your professor. If things work out, your classmates will think you’re getting special treatment. If they don’t. you risk being flunked by your ex’s mom.

Felicity should have fixed David up with Julie, who claims to like being fixed up.

I don’t know how old Maggie’s supposed to be, but for the record, Scott Speedman is six years younger than Teri Polo.

It’s bad enough that Gary got yelled at by a stranger, but even worse, he’s a seven-year-old named Gary.

July 4, 2020

Felicity 2.4, The Depths: Luxury Items

Posted in TV tagged , , at 1:04 pm by Jenn

This guy wants them to shut up, too

Summary: Felicity is trying to draw a self-portrait when a guy on her floor, Carl, comes by. He feels guilty for overhearing his roommate’s conversation with a friend about Carl’s weird habits. In fact, he’s so weird that Meghan thinks he’s weird. Carl is mad and doesn’t know how to channel his anger. Felicity tells him it doesn’t matter what other people think of him. She warns him not to retaliate.

Then Felicity gets distracted when Meghan tells her she just came from Epstein Bar, where Julie performed a song called “Felicity,” talking about the whole Felicity/Ben mess. She rhymed “Joan of Arc” with “slut of Washington Square Park.” Felicity storms out, and Carl, left to counsel himself, says he might just beat up his roommate. Meghan’s on board with that, but not with Carl hanging out in her room.

Felicity complains to Sally via tape that she’s furious with Julie. She goes to the loft, where Sean offers her a taste of a brand-new condiment he’s created. Julie’s not home, so Felicity takes her anger to Noel and Elena’s apartment, and Elena commiserates with her, still stung by a mean poem a girl wrote about her in the third grade.

Noel thinks things will work out between Felicity and Julie – after all, Noel and Felicity called a truce. Felicity isn’t sure, since their friendship isn’t as close as Felicity’s was with Noel. The two of them are going to a museum that afternoon, and Noel has invited Ruby along. Felicity isn’t thrilled, but she hides it. She gets on the subway, and seconds later, Julie gets on as well. Felicity has a premonition that things are going to go badly on the ride.

At Dean & DeLuca, a customer asks Ben for 125 brownies by 5:00. This poor woman has never heard of bakeries, apparently. Ben calls Javier, who approves the order, so the woman tells Ben to complete the transaction quickly, since she’s very busy and has important things to do, like buy brownies for a catered meal, even though no one who has gone to a catered meal has ever been satisfied by something you can make in your own kitchen on a rainy day.

On the subway, Felicity and Julie try to avoid making eye contact with a guy selling stuff while also avoiding making eye contact with each other. Felicity then sits down next to Julie and confronts her over dodging Felicity’s calls. Julie won’t talk to her, so Felicity goes back to her seat across from her. She’s happy to only have four stops before she can get off…so of course, the train stops. The conductor makes an announcement, but the only words that are understandable are “remain calm.” Felicity tells Sally that that turned into the weirdest day of her life.

It’s around 2:30 and the train has been underground for an hour. Another passenger, who’s new to the city, asks if this is normal. No one answers. The vendor returns, announcing that he’s reduced his prices in a “going-nowhere promotion.” New New Yorker freaks out about the possibility of a sarin attack, which happened in Japan. Everyone else on the train is like, “This guy is nuts.”

The vendor tries to sell Julie a harmonica so she can play it while she plays the guitar and become “the female Bob Dylan.” He won’t take no for an answer, so Felicity tells him to back off. Julie doesn’t want to outright thank her for her interference, but she’s not mean about it. Felicity says she heard about Julie’s song, which Julie says is different from what she’s heard.

Noel and Ruby wait for Felicity at the museum, talking about Noel’s new watch and what a technology geek he is. She tells him that there’s a theory about guys with smooth hands. The most successful men thousands of years ago had rough hands, and the weakest ones had the smoothest. Now that’s changed. Guys, just make out already.

Felicity works on her self-portrait on the train, then apologizes to Julie for…well, everything. She understands that Julie’s mad, but she doesn’t appreciate Julie performing a song about her at a bar where their friends hang out. Julie disagrees that it’s passive-aggressive and defends her right to free speech. Felicity asks her not to advertise their history to everyone. Julie asks why she cares.

The conductor makes another garbled announcement, blaming the stoppage on technical problems. The vendor returns with news that the train hit someone. Everyone feels horrible, suspecting that someone committed suicide. The vendor says it was probably just a mole person. This is a new concept to Felicity. The vendor says they’re foreigners underground.

Sean goes to Dean & DeLuca to brainstorm names for his new condiment. Would you eat something called smoothaise or wasabi ooze? That’s what I thought. Those are still better than lard spread, though. Brownie Lady comes back with more demands for desserts, like, ma’am, you’re in New York City. There has to be a bakery somewhere nearby.

Ben snaps at her for being demanding and tells her he’s on his break. Where’s Javier? This is the perfect task for him to deal with. Ben tells her he doesn’t mind helping her, but he’s not going to do it if she won’t be polite. He addresses her by name, Maggie, and introduces himself as Ben, reminding her that he’s a person. (So is Sean. Hi, Sean.) Maggie softens her tone and phrases her order as a request instead of a demand.

Felicity can’t take a hint and tries to talk to Julie again. She apologizes for going on the road trip with Ben. She knows she hurt Julie. Julie asks if Felicity would make the same choice if given the opportunity again. Felicity pauses instead of answering, which is all Julie needs to know. They recap the whole mess for us, arguing over the right thing to do, until another passenger tells them to shut up. God bless you, subway angel.

The man tells them he’s been sitting there trying to figure out what could be so bad between the former friends that they couldn’t work it out in 30 seconds. All the possibilities seem ridiculous to him. They’re not problems, “they’re luxury items.” Subway Angel was on his way to get a loan so he can afford food for his family. That’s a real problem.

A woman on the train agrees with SA – she saw Rent, so she knows there are people out there with real problems. Another women argues that a broken heart can be a serious issue. New New Yorker has taken a pill to relax himself, so he’s not sure if he’s fully competent to make a judgment, but he sides with Julie. SA says neither deserves sympathy.

A guy who introduces himself as Judd says he’s a lawyer and no one should pass judgment on Felicity and Julie without all the facts. Great, now they’re going to talk more. Judd says that if this were a trial, Julie would need to play the song. NNY likes that idea. Felicity gives her permission, so Julie plays her freaking song on a stopped subway train for a bunch of strangers. Only on TV, right? We don’t get to hear it.

The passengers/jurors have some questions. Did Felicity really steal Ben from Julie, or had Ben and Julie already broken up? Julie admits that they were technically over, but Felicity didn’t wait long to move in on Ben. Rent Fan thinks this is really sad. Judd puts on his jacket and starts questioning Julie like she’s on the witness stand. He knows Julie’s still living with Ben – how can she forgive him but not her supposed best friend?

At the museum, Noel’s telling Ruby about a night when he and his friend Felix each ate five burgers after agreeing that whoever ate the least that night would pay for everything. Felix ate one fry to try to win, and Noel got sick, which made Felix sick. Hilariously, this makes Ruby hungry for a burger.

At 5:15 p.m., after three-and-a-half hours on the train, the passengers/jurors are going to town picking apart the Felicity/Julie situation. A guy points out that Julie knew that Felicity liked Ben for years; she didn’t suspect that they might get together? Rent Fan thinks Julie should go back to her high school friends. Julie says that’s complicated – she had a lot of boyfriends in high school, but not a lot of female friends. A guy named Dennis says she’s a “sex toy,” someone who hooks up a lot. Go away, Dennis.

Julie tells the passengers/jurors that Felicity was her first best friend. Felicity says she didn’t have friends in high school, either, but also never had a boyfriend. SA asks why they’re traveling together if they hate each other. Felicity says they’re not; she was going to the museum. Julie reveals that she was going there, too.

The woman who’s not Rent Fan thinks there’s a reason they wound up on the same train. Maybe they’re why the train stopped, and everyone else is there to help them reunite. NNY starts whimpering about mole people, and everyone runs to the windows to look at them. It’s really just a bunch of punks walking through a tunnel. Unsurprisingly, Meghan is one of them.

After leaving to get ready for the party she’s catering, Maggie returns to Dean & DeLuca to apologize for being rude to Ben. She wants him to come to the party. Looks like Ben’s about to move on from Felicity. Ruby and Noel go to his place after getting dinner together and have a conversation about…glue. No, really. Somehow, this is a turn-on for both of them, and they end up kissing. And now Noel’s moving on from Felicity as well.

At 6:35, five-and-a-half hours into the breakdown, the jurors/passengers are fighting over the situation. Time for the older man who’s only been observing this whole time to weigh in! He thinks Julie and Felicity were never really best friends. They were both lonely when they met and needed a best friend, so they made that friendship form before it was real.

The man had a best friend for 63 years; they played together as friends and fought together in a war. You can’t get a best friend; you have to develop a friendship by putting something into it. You can’t judge the friendship after just a year. But still, he doesn’t think Felicity and Julie were as close as they say they were. He predicts that either they’ll work things out and become best friends for real, or they’ll go their separate ways and just become each other’s memories. Unfortunately, the man doesn’t end his monologue with, “Now everyone be quiet so I can take a nap.”

The train starts back up, and as everyone finally leaves at their stops, SA wishes Julie and Felicity luck. Judd offers him help with getting his loan, if he needs it. Rent Fan tells Felicity and Julie that if they can’t work things out, it wasn’t meant to be. They emerge onto the street together, unsure of what to say to each other, and after some awkward small talk, Felicity invites Julie to get some coffee. Julie declines.

Felicity tells Sally that after all those hours together, she and Julie didn’t come out with a better relationship. She knows Julie needs to make the next move, since Felicity’s already apologized and asked for her forgiveness. Even if they weren’t really best friends, Felicity misses her. Ruby comes by to check on Felicity after her absence, then says she’s grateful for it because she got to spend time with Noel. He’s exactly the kind of guy she goes for. Felicity says nothing about their past relationship, just telling Ruby she’s happy for her.

Ben goes to Maggie’s party and they get to know each other. Felicity finally goes to the museum, and she and Julie end up at the same exhibit. Julie admits that the song was mean, but Felicity allowed that she has the right to free speech. Julie promises not to play the song anymore. They look at the exhibit together, starting to make friendly small talk again.

Thoughts: Maggie is played by Teri Polo.

I want to hear the song! Okay, not really, because Julie’s music is meh, but I’d at least like to read the lyrics.

I’m imagining Sean on Shark Tank and it’s really fun.

Maggie is a total Karen and I can’t believe she doesn’t demand to speak to Ben’s manager.