December 6, 2014

Party of Five 5.22, Fragile: Bailey in Charge of Our Wrongs and Our Rights

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This is what I always think of when I hear the word "fragile"

This is what I always think of when I hear the word “fragile”

Summary: Lauren tells Bailey that she’s resigning, which means no more kissing in the empty restaurant. Bailey refuses to let her take another job, but she wants to put the brakes on their mutual attraction before it can go too far again. He promises that it won’t. They’ll just figure out a way to work in the same place without ever having any contact.

Julia has moved back in with Maggie and is focusing on school work to distract herself from her guy issues. Maggie thinks that’s a good idea. Thanks for showing up, Mags! Everyone who lives in the Salinger house, minus Bailey, winds up in Charlie’s room, which now appears to be Charlie and Kirsten’s room. Kirsten suggests that they hang out at her place that night so they can have some privacy. Charlie learns that Bailey has hired someone to renovate the attic without letting him know.

Sarah takes Claudia to a health clinic so she can see a gynecologist before she starts having sex. Claudia reminds Sarah that she’s waiting, and besides, she doesn’t even have a boyfriend. Sarah, however, is a responsible role model and knows that Bailey and Charlie won’t be any use for this sort of thing.

Charlie goes to the restaurant to talk to Bailey about the renovations. To Bailey’s surprise, Charlie’s fine with Bailey making big decisions about the house on his own. They both want to share the house in a way that’s fair to everyone. Julia and Josh’s (remember Josh?) writing class has a visiting professor, Perry Marks, and she and Julia quickly connect. Too bad she’s not that impressed with the story Julia wrote.

Bailey and Lauren are forced to have an actual conversation at the restaurant, and Sarah accidentally makes it even more awkward by interrupting. She’s decided to cancel a spelunking trip she was supposed to take with her geography class because things are so crazy at the house. Bailey’s like, “Yes, please spend more time with me so I can’t spend it with Lauren.”

Claudia wants to go to a secret REM concert with Melanie, but since when are they friends? She’s surprised that Charlie’s not stricter with her. While unpacking at the house, Bailey finds Claudia’s pamphlets and other souvenirs from the clinic and freaks out about the possibility of his little sister having sex. Sarah tells him to calm down. He encourages her to go on the class trip. There’s a joke here about Bailey doing some spelunking of his own, but I won’t make it, because I’m a lady.

Julia runs into Perry on campus and blasts her for being so critical. What does she think she’s doing, her job? How dare a writing professor act like a writing professor! Calm down, Julia. Perry tells her that her attitude shows that she’s a writer. She’s tougher on writers she respects, which is why she was hard on Julia. Yes, yes, Julia is the best at everything. Let’s move on.

Charlie and Kirsten have their quiet evening at her place, which she’s happy to have all to herself. Charlie assures her that he’s not jealous that she has a quiet home; after all, he can retreat there whenever he needs some peace. Claudia and Melanie run into Cody, and Melanie reveals that she lied about the secret concert to get both of them to come. She thinks their breakup was stupid and that they should get back together.

Bailey continues to take over as head of the household while Charlie enjoys having more time to himself. Bailey’s concerned about Sarah taking Claudia to a gynecologist, since he and Charlie can’t be sure where her sex education is coming from. Charlie criticizes that Bailey keeps asking his opinion when he’s already made up his mind about things. If Bailey wants to do something differently, he should just do it.

Julia and Perry discuss Julia’s story, and the question of why her protagonist stays with her bad boyfriend for so long. Julia admits that it’s because she stayed with her own bad boyfriend for so long. Perry encourages her not to ignore her feelings. Charlie leaves household responsibilities to Bailey so he can spend time with Kirsten and Diana.

Perry and Julia are totes BFFs now, talking about past relationships. Julia’s read Perry’s book and wants to talk about something she wrote about, but Perry resists sharing everything about her life. She only shares what she wants to in her writing. Claudia and Melanie go shopping, and Melanie continues to press Claudia to get back together with Cody. She also knows about Claudia’s crush on Griffin. She tells Claudia to give up on what she can’t have and go for what she can.

Bailey finds a packed suitcase in Charlie’s room and mopes. Julia goes to Perry’s book signing and gets blown off by her new BFF. Bailey confronts Charlie for packing to leave, and Charlie reveals that he’s moving out. Bailey thinks it’s because his changes around the house have ticked Charlie off. Charlie says that Bailey’s just better at running the family. Charlie never wanted to be in charge, but Bailey does.

Bailey panics because Sarah hasn’t called from her trip. Julia goes back to the bookstore to get Perry’s book and learns that it’s in the lesbian section. Bailey goes to Lauren’s house to have a freak-out about his tendencies to always want to be in control. They start to make out again, but Bailey puts a stop to it. Lauren doesn’t get why else he would be there. He admits that he’s trying to do too much and is pushing away people he loves. Lauren tells him she’s taking another job.

Charlie tells Claudia that he’s moving out and she can come with him or stay with Bailey. She decides to stay, since the house has always been her home. She’s not as grown up as he is, not as ready to move on. Charlie admits that he’s not that ready, and often thinks of their mother when he sees Claudia, because Claudia looks so much like her. Claudia says that if she’s grown up at all, it’s because of Charlie. She’s happy that he’s happy.

Sarah comes home, and she should probably be suspicious of how happy Bailey is to see her. He tells her that Charlie’s already moved out, and Bailey’s now in charge. He promises never to take Sarah for granted again. Julia confronts Perry for freezing her out and not being honest about her sexuality, instead talking about past boyfriends. Perry assures her that they’re still friends.

Charlie’s staying with Kirsten while he looks for his own place, which is weird – because why didn’t he just stay at the house? Anyway, she tells him he can stay “for a while,” by which she means, “Move in with me, hunky boyfriend no longer saddled with tons of annoying dependants.” Claudia meets up with Cody at the concert venue, where REM really is playing a secret show this time. Music montage! Julia writes. Charlie and Kirsten have privacy. Claudia and Cody kiss. Bailey’s the man of the house.

Thoughts: Perry is played by Olivia d’Abo, best known as Karen on The Wonder Years.

Hey, I was just wondering what happened to Josh. Too bad he’s only in one scene and doesn’t get any lines. Good work, Adam Scott!

I still don’t buy that Julia hasn’t discussed sex stuff with Claudia. Claudia’s the type to ask a lot of questions.

I can’t believe Perry doesn’t make a J.D. Salinger reference when she learns Julia’s last name. It’s like an English professor rule − if a student has the same name as a famous writer or character, you must mention it.

Charlie doesn’t want to be in charge? Is that why he fought so hard for custody of Owen? Whatever.

’90s music alert: REM plays “At My Most Beautiful.”

November 8, 2014

Party of Five 5.18, Driven to Extremes: Changes of Mind

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By the way, Maggie drives a VW Beetle, so Ned was driving Julia around in a Punch Buggy. Sigh

By the way, Maggie drives a VW Beetle, so Ned was driving Julia around in a Punch Buggy. Sigh

Summary: Claudia visits Griffin at work to let him know that he was right about Ned abusing Julia. She fills him in on the events of “Fam-i-ly,” adding that Julia’s not talking to anyone in the family. Claudia wants Griffin to do something, but he knows that’s a dead end. She yells at him for letting Julia stay where she is and get hurt. Griffin replies that Julia has to make her own decisions now, even if it means she continues to be abused.

Bailey meets with a lawyer to discuss becoming Owen’s guardian. The lawyer points out that Bailey’s live will be examined to determine whether he’s a fit guardian. Bailey’s like, “Nothing bad will come up!… Oh, wait. DUI. Forgot about that.” The lawyer doesn’t think he’ll be able to get custody. He encourages Bailey to talk to Charlie and change his mind without taking the situation to court.

Ned’s annoyed to hear that Julia has plans to spend some time with Maggie. She promises that she’s not going to leave him like Maggie did. She understands his problems and knows he’s working on them. Ned has to be reassured that no one’s going to change Julia’s mind about being with him. Bailey asks Claudia to pick a side between him and Charlie – or, more accurately, he asks her to side with him. Of course, Claudia doesn’t want to give a vote.

Charlie walks in and challenges Bailey to call him a bad parent to his face. He agrees that Owen has problems, but blames Bailey. Claudia says that Owen didn’t start acting out until Diana came along. Not that that means it’s Charlie’s fault, of course. Charlie says that if Bailey wants to know who Owen’s guardian is, he can talk to a lawyer. Bailey says he did. Charlie’s angry that Bailey’s seemingly taking steps to break up the family.

Maggie and Julia head to a museum, stopping at a gas station on the way. When Maggie leaves to go inside, Griffin jumps in the car and drives off with Julia. He tells her he’s just taking her somewhere to talk, and Maggie and Claudia helped him arrange things. Griffin basically says he didn’t want to get involved, but he couldn’t ignore Claudia and Maggie’s pleas. Then he brings up Jill, who also never wanted help, until she was so far into using drugs that she was beyond help.

Bailey turns to Kirsten as a potential ally, but Kirsten, like Claudia, doesn’t want to choose sides. She’s determined to figure out her own life apart from the Salingers. Bailey asks her to look at Owen’s tests as a child-development specialist, but she knows he’s trying to start a custody battle with Charlie. She warns that that would do more damage to Owen than he’s facing from a learning disability.

Ned surprises Maggie in her dorm room, and she tells him Julia’s still at the museum. “You know Julia – she doesn’t know when to quit,” she says. Ned spotted Maggie alone at the cafeteria and wants to know where his girlfriend is and who she’s with. Maggie sticks to the museum story. Ned insists that everything’s fine with his relationship, and he’s totally not worried about where Julia is, or whether she’s with someone who might talk her into leaving him.

Griffin and Julia’s car (well, Maggie’s car) breaks down in what appears to be San Francisco’s only desert. She tells Griffin to go walk for help while she waits in the car. She replies that he can’t tell her what to do anymore. Griffin protests that he was ever able to tell her what to do – Julia always did whatever she wanted. Maybe she was “looking for someone to beat the selfishness right out of [her].”

Charlie’s called to Owen’s school after Owen gets in a fight, and undergoes scrutiny from Owen’s teacher about whether he’s doing his recommended three hours of reading a night. Charlie hasn’t been, since he thinks Owen feels stupid for having to take so long to do something his friends do so easily. He thinks they’re labeling Owen. The teacher says Owen’s friends are the ones labeling him. Owen confirms this to Charlie, adding that fighting must be an appropriate way to deal with things since Charlie and Bailey fight all the time.

Julia flags down a passing car while Griffin’s off getting help, but the guy isn’t interested in helping her once she makes him think Griffin’s still around. Owen gets frustrated while doing homework, and Charlie finally sees the extent of his reading problems. Julia catches up to Griffin and complains that everyone sees Ned as a monster. Griffin challenges his love for someone he hits. He adds that even if Julia thinks Ned has changed, he’ll go back to his abuse. He thinks Julia stays with him because he takes care of her, so she doesn’t have to take care of herself.

Julia turns the conversation back to Griffin, wondering why he hangs around, getting involved in the Salingers’ problems, a year after they broke up. Griffin says he gave up their life together so she could have what she wants. Now he feels horrible because she chose Ned over him. They finally make it to a phone, and Griffin taunts that Julia probably wants to call Ned before they call to get a ride. Julia says that Griffin doesn’t know her and never did, “you don’t know me” being the go-to line for an unwinnable argument.

Kirsten goes to the Salingers’ pretending she wants to ask Charlie how Owen’s doing. She admits that Bailey gave her Owen’s tests, and she thinks he has a serious problem. She’s staying out of the brothers’ battle but does want to help Owen. Charlie has talked to some sort of expert and has bought Owen a bike to help him with hand/eye coordination and confidence. Kirsten’s like, “Yeah, that’ll help him with his reading. Good job.” Charlie thinks giving Owen more attention will fix everything.

Ned goes to get Julia, yelling at Griffin to stay away from his girlfriend. Poor Griffin has to keep waiting for a ride because Ned’s a jerk. Claudia goes to the restaurant to tell Bailey how screwed up everything is now with the family. Bailey tells her he’s only fighting Charlie because he truly believes he knows what’s best for Owen. Claudia’s more concerned with Julia’s situation, and how her brothers are too distracted to do anything for her.

Julia tells Ned that nothing happened with Griffin; he just wanted to talk. Ned thinks they should call the police for kidnapping her. Julia insists that they just went for a drive, and refuses to let Ned do anything. Bailey tells Sarah that he’s worried that Kirsten’s right about how his fighting with Charlie is going to affect Owen. He wanted to help his brother, but now he doesn’t feel comfortable going to the house. Bailey wants to find a better way to do things.

Charlie takes Owen to the park to ride his new bike, but he’s distracted by Diana and isn’t watching when Owen tries to ride on his own. Owen heads toward the parking lot and falls, hurting his arm. Ned tries to get Julia to skip a study group to spend time with him. Julia objects, so Ned passive-aggressively, then straight-out aggressively, tells her to call her classmate to say she’ll be there. Then he whines that Julia’s mad at him and complains that she made him drive out to get her the previous night. Julia gives in.

Bailey, Sarah, and Claudia meet Charlie at the hospital, where Owen’s treated for a broken arm. Bailey thinks Owen’s injury is proof that Charlie can’t parent two kids at once. He says that everyone else can see that Owen needs more than Charlie can give him. Ned arranges a romantic night for him and Julia, but it’s ruined when Maggie shows up. Julia called her to take her away from Ned. Ned’s angry, of course, but can’t do anything without proving everyone right about him.

At the house, Charlie asks Claudia if she’s on Bailey’s side. Claudia says that she, Bailey, and Julia had three people raising them – their parents and Charlie. Then the three older Salingers took care of Claudia and Owen. Now Owen just has Charlie, and his focus is split because of Diana. Single parents everywhere yell at their TVs.

Maggie takes Julia to their former shared room, wishing she’d been brave enough to warn Julia about Ned. She’s happy Griffin got through to her, but Julia says he didn’t. She thought she would be safe from bad things if she chose a life with Ned. Instead, she lost herself. The next day, Bailey goes back to his lawyer with x-rays, arguing that Owen’s not safe with Charlie. He wants to move forward with a custody case.

Thoughts: Griffin mentions the Salingers’ cabin in Tahoe. They still have that? Shouldn’t they have sold it to pay bills or tuition or something?

Owen’s school nickname is Slowen. Kids are awful.

Has Owen’s school never heard of resource classes? I think that’s what they’re called. All through my school years, there was a resource room where kids who needed extra help with certain subjects could get one-on-one attention and extra time. That’s exactly what Owen needs.

Hey, Kirsten, you don’t live at the Salingers’ anymore. Try knocking instead of letting yourself in. P.S. Your hair finally looks nice.

I have to say, I appreciate that a show featuring college students shows them actually doing schoolwork.

So after all the fights with and warnings from her family and Griffin, Julia just randomly sees the light? That’s anticlimactic.

November 1, 2014

Party of Five 5.17, Fam-i-ly: One of Us! One of Us!

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Summary: Claudia’s reading to Owen in her old tent, which Bailey objects to; he should be working on his dyslexia by doing the reading himself. Charlie’s willing to let Bailey take Owen after school to help him with his homework, but Bailey says that’s not the best time for him to work. The brothers start fighting, disagreeing about whether Owen should be retested, and a program Bailey thinks Owen should be part of. He says again that he thinks Owen should be living with him. Charlie refuses to ever let that happen. Owen hears the whole fight.

Julia and Ned are at their new apartment, since she’s not really allowed to be anywhere else. Claudia has left multiple messages on the answering machine, desperate to talk to her sister about what’s going on with their brothers. Ned hangs up on her, telling Julia to call her family if she really wants to be involved with their problems. Claudia tells Charlie about how distant Julia’s been, and how she wouldn’t answer even when Owen called. Charlie tells her to leave Julia out of it, and let Owen talk to him if he’s upset.

Just then, Julia arrives and promises that everything’s fine. She offers to help out with the kids for the day and stay for dinner. Bailey tells Sarah he’s set up a meeting with a social worker so he can argue that Owen would be better off with them. Sarah has plans with her mother, who’s getting remarried and has just cut non-immediate family from the wedding. On her way to meet her, Sarah stops by the Salingers’ with drums for Owen; Bailey thinks they’ll help him with phonics. (South Park covered that.) Charlie questions whether she’s really willing to commit to help raising Owen.

Julia goes to the restaurant to talk things over with Bailey; she’s on Team Charlie, since he has experience raising kids. Bailey doesn’t care what she thinks – she’s not actually involved. He thinks she just came to town because it was “convenient.” When she moved home last year, when Charlie was sick, Julia felt stuck. Now she’s home to give her vote, but Bailey doesn’t think she deserves one.

Sarah’s nervous about her mother marrying into another family full of people Sarah doesn’t know (her stepfather-to-be has three children). Mrs. Reeves likes the idea of giving Sarah siblings for the first time. She’ll have family if anything happens to her parents. Julia tries to talk to Charlie about Owen; now she’s edging toward Team Bailey, knowing how difficult it was for Charlie to take care of everyone last year. Charlie thinks she’s encouraging him to quit after running the family for five years. “Quitting’s sort of your MO, not mine,” he snaps.

Julia goes back to school and tells Ned all about her mess of a family. He gives her a picture of the two of them, calling it a big step in their relationship. Claudia calls again, and when Julia doesn’t answer, she tells Charlie she’s going to cut school and go to Stanford. Unfortunately, a social worker is at the house for a surprise visit. He reveals to Charlie that Bailey visited to express concerns over Owen’s living situation.

Claudia does, indeed, cut school to track down Julia at Stanford. Maggie’s there to hear Claudia’s list of concerns: Julia’s distanced herself and become quiet. Julia insists that she just wants to avoid home because no one cares about her opinion. Sarah’s future stepsister, Sally, is working on a family tree and asks Sarah to help fill in her mother’s side. Sally is excited to be getting a new family, but Sarah’s still hesitant.

Charlie confronts Bailey for calling a social worker, who could take Owen away from both of them. Bailey promises that he just wanted to ask some questions; he didn’t make any accusations. Charlie says that if anything happens to tear the family apart, he’ll blame Bailey. While visiting Julia to borrow some notes, Maggie brings up what Claudia said about Julia’s recent behavior. She knows it all stems from Julia’s relationship with Ned. Julia plays dumb, then asks Maggie to stay out of her business.

Maggie then goes to the Salingers’ house and tells Charlie and Claudia that she thinks Julia’s in major trouble. She tells them about her own relationship with Ned, and how it mostly seemed fine but was actually abusive. He convinced Maggie that he loved her better than anyone else could. Then one day they had a huge fight and he threw her into a TV – and that wasn’t even the worst thing he did to her. Charlie remembers an injury Griffin mentioned and that Julia downplayed, and Maggie says she had the same experiences.

After Maggie leaves, Charlie calls Bailey over to fill him in. They realize that Griffin was right about Ned the whole time. The brothers decide to go confront Ned, so at least they finally agree on something. Charlie then changes his mind, thinking they should just pull Julia out, since getting into a confrontation with Ned could be dangerous. Bailey accuses him of denying what’s happening so he doesn’t have to admit that they didn’t catch on to their sister’s abusive relationship.

With the guys off on their mission, Sarah’s left to pick up Owen. She winds up taking him to dinner with her mother and stepfamily. Mrs. Reeves thinks this is a bad idea, since they’re all supposed to discuss the wedding, but the stepfamily is very welcoming. Mrs. Reeves complains that the Salingers always call on Sarah to fix their messes. She should be focusing on her family, not someone else’s family.

Charlie and Bailey burst into Julia and Ned’s apartment and order their sister to pack up and come with them. Bailey pulls Ned out of the shower and starts to get violent, but Charlie restrains him and orders Ned to stay in the bathroom. Charlie and Bailey again tell Julia to come with them, but she refuses to let them have a vote in her life when she’s not allowed to have a vote in theirs. Julia insists that Ned’s getting help, and they’re going to make things work: “I’m not quitting on him. Charlie tells Julia that if Ned really loved her, as she says he does, he wouldn’t hit her. Julia sobs, saying that Ned does love her. She kicks her brothers out.

Mrs. Reeves is still upset that Sarah hasn’t spent more time with her soon-to-be-family, but Sarah thinks the choices she’s making are fine. Mrs. Reeves chose Sarah when she adopted her, and Sarah’s choosing the family she wants. Mrs. Reeves realizes that she can’t expect her daughter to respect her choices if Mrs. Reeves doesn’t respect Sarah’s. She tells Sarah to invite Bailey to the wedding.

On their way home, Charlie laments the fact that their father isn’t there to fix things. Bailey thinks Julia’s staying with Ned to prove Charlie wrong; after all, he called her a quitter. He was also super-critical of her and Griffin last year, even though they were working so hard to help out. Bailey taunts that Charlie then turned around and got a stripper pregnant. Charlie pulls the car over to lecture Bailey that their parents wouldn’t approve of any of their choices. He just wants Julia to live up to her potential.

Back at the house, Charlie and Bailey have to tell Claudia and Sarah that Julia admitted there’s a problem but wants to stay with Ned. Now they have to let her figure things out herself. Bailey compares it to his alcoholism – he knew he had a problem but took a long time to realize how bad it was. The family intervened, but he had to hit rock bottom before he got help. Claudia notes that in this instance, rock bottom will probably mean Julia gets hurt.

Owen wakes up from a nightmare and goes straight to Bailey. He asks to sleep over at Bailey’s, where no bad guys can hurt him. After all, Bailey promised he could stay there. Charlie’s mad again, though Bailey insists he only promised to try to let Owen stay with him. Sarah tries to help out, and Charlie tells her to stay out of it. Shut up, Charlie. She calls Charlie on trying to exclude her from the family when she’s just as involved as anyone else.

Outside the house, Sarah laments to Bailey that her mother expects her to already love her new stepfather and his family. She loves the Salingers, and Bailey promises that she’s one of them. Owen asks Claudia if their brothers are mad at him, since he always hears them yelling his name. She assures him that they love him so much, they both want him to live with them. Meanwhile, Charlie puts Diana to bed, probably happy that one person in the family isn’t mad at him.

At Stanford, Julia approaches Maggie and asks how many times Ned hit her. Maggie doesn’t have a number, just saying, “Too many.” She blamed herself until she found out that Ned was also hurting Julia, which made it his fault. When Ned joins them, Julia pretends they were just talking about notes. Then she leaves her friend and goes off with her boyfriend.

Thoughts: Hey, it’s jerky Charlie! Welcome back! Now go away again.

To be fair to him, though, the rest of the family can’t judge his parenting skills based on what happened last year. He had cancer. How was he supposed to take care of everyone else when he couldn’t take care of himself?

Someone owes Griffin an apology. Actually, a lot of people owe him an apology.

Ned and Julia’s apartment has super-high ceilings. So they either live in a cheap apartment with really nice ceilings, or they live in a really nice apartment that they can somehow afford. I don’t know which is less likely.

September 27, 2014

Party of Five 5.12, Witness for the Persecution: Every Superman Has His Kryptonite

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He's not a criminal! He's a cutie pie!

He’s not a criminal! He’s a cutie pie!

Summary: Ned has been trying to get in touch with Julia, and this time he’s apologizing, but only because they fought. She erases his answering-machine messages before Maggie can hear them, then tells her roommate she’s going home for a few days. Julia asks Maggie not to tell Ned where she is. Claudia takes care of Diana while Charlie reminisces about his sister’s birth – he was mad that he had to give up 49ers tickets to babysit Julia and Bailey. Claudia thinks Diana can sense that something’s wrong, since Daphne isn’t there.

Griffin’s leaving as Julia arrives at the house, telling him her shoulder hurts because she had a car accident. It’s not the best lie since her car’s right there and nothing’s wrong with it. Charlie has to take Diana to class with him because he hasn’t yet broken down and called Kirsten for help. The vice principal, Ms. Walsh (also a single mother), lets him know that the school has just started a faculty daycare. Charlie wants to keep the baby close, though, and Ms. Walsh says she’ll see if he can get permission to keep Diana in his classroom.

Claudia sets up her old tent for Owen, which gives Charlie and Bailey déjà vu, especially since Julia’s home. Bailey tells Charlie that Owen’s still mad about not having Charlie’s undivided attention. He offers to let Owen stay with him a few nights a week, but Charlie gets defensive. Bailey thinks he should be more upset about Daphne leaving.

Later, at the restaurant, Sarah tells Bailey that Charlie’s struggling with a Superman complex, thinking he should be able to handle everything. Bailey finds his office trashed, and when he goes back to the dining room to talk to Sarah, he discovers that an intruder is holding her at knifepoint. Bailey gives up all his money and his watch, begging the guy not to hurt Sarah. The robber makes Bailey get on the ground, then heads to the door, still holding on to Sarah. As he leaves, he steals her necklace and pushes her back inside, unhurt.

Bailey and Sarah call the police, and a kind detective named Danner takes their statements and gives Sarah the name of a trauma counselor. Bailey’s more angry than scared, and Danner thinks he could benefit from counseling, too. Bailey insists that he’s fine. Sarah, what was that you were saying about a Superman complex?

Charlie meets up with Kirsten at a diner, and she tells him she and Paul are starting the adoption process. She’s super-excited, saying that the baby’s already changing everything without even being there. Charlie’s like, “Wait till there’s actually a baby.” He doesn’t get why everyone expects him to fall apart and need help.

Sarah wakes Bailey up in the middle of the night, having heard something, and decides she needs counseling. Bailey thinks a security guard at the restaurant is the way to go. He offers to take Sarah to class in the morning, but she wants to be able to live her life normally. Claudia picks up her violin for the first time in a long time to play Diana a lullaby. She hears Griffin playing his guitar in the “guest cottage,” and they play together a little. He invites her to play with his new band.

Sarah confides in Julia that she’s having trouble getting past the robbery, so she wants to see a counselor. She hasn’t been able to have a helpful conversation with Bailey; he just wants to talk about getting revenge. Sarah hates that she feels like she did something wrong, when she’s the one who was the victim of a crime. She actually feels ashamed. Julia doesn’t respond, but she clearly can sympathize.

Ned arrives at the house and hangs out with Claudia and Diana. Julia pulls him away and announces that he will never hit her again. She’s upset that they’ve always been able to talk through their problems, but this time, he got physically violent. Ned denies that he struck her. Julia orders him out of the house and away from her sister and niece.

Ned admits that he did something wrong by getting so upset, but he still denies hitting her. He was just angry that Julia seemed to be rejecting him. He grabs her injured shoulder to keep her from leaving, saying that that’s all he did the other night – he tried to make her stay. He was just worried that she would leave him. Ned can’t believe that Julia would ever believe he would hurt her.

Claudia plays with Griffin’s band, but the other guitarist, Cody, isn’t very welcoming. (I think the drummer’s high and doesn’t actually know what’s going on.) Cody’s like, “Violins aren’t rock! Girls can’t play in bands!” Griffin kicks him out. Bailey meets with a security guy, Ray, at his and Sarah’s apartment, which Ray thinks isn’t safe despite being in a yuppie neighborhood. Sarah refuses to live in a fortress. She’s even more upset when she sees that Ray brought over some guns.

Kirsten’s gotten the ball rolling on the adoption process, but Paul is too busy to get completely on board. She thinks he’s trying to back out, when really he just has surgery the day she’s set up a meeting. Calm down, Kirsten. Claudia packs up Daphne’s things so Charlie doesn’t have to, though, of course, he says it’s not a big deal and he can handle it and would everyone just leave him alone because he’s totally fine?

Sarah and Bailey discuss how shaken they’ve felt since the robbery. Sarah’s already had a session with the counselor, and she wishes Bailey would set up an appointment. Bailey wants to be more practical by finding ways for them to feel safer. She doesn’t want to stay away from her normal life even when she doesn’t feel safe. Bailey insists that buying a gun wouldn’t make him a different person. He points out that they could have had Owen with them at the restaurant.

Danner calls with the news that the robbery suspect has been arrested, so the next morning, Sarah and Bailey go to the police station to see a lineup. Sarah immediately recognizes the robber. Bailey’s mad at the guy, but Sarah’s just sad – the arrest doesn’t make her feel any better. Claudia tells Griffin that she doesn’t think playing with his band will work out. She thinks the guys are great together, and she doesn’t want to be their Yoko. Griffin tells her he kicked Cody out and kept her because he likes her playing, not because he felt sorry for her.

Julia hears noises in the basement and finds Charlie there, angrily packing up Daphne’s things. He complains about people leaving when you want them to stay. He admits for the first time how upset he is that Daphne left her own child. Julia points out that he couldn’t understand because he’s always stayed. Charlie’s emotional, realizing for the first time how alone he is. Julia urges him to focus on the important parts of his life. He’s not alone, and the family would have fallen apart if he hadn’t survived his cancer.

Julia goes back to school, silently watching Ned in the library. Maggie shows up and asks Julia to tell her what’s going on with them. Julia says she doesn’t know what’s going to happen. Bailey and Sarah have compromised with new locks in the apartment. He tries to comfort her by telling her that the robber, Albert, is off the streets and can’t hurt anyone anymore. They’re going to help put him away, which means they aren’t helpless. But Sarah’s seen a different part of the world now, and she’s not comforted.

Thoughts: Albert is played by Freddy Rodriguez, who’s probably best known from Six Feet Under. Danner is played by Disney actor Phill Lewis.

Griffin’s been on the show for years and we’re just now learning that he plays the guitar?

Sarah, take the whole family with you to counseling, please. Every last one of them.

September 20, 2014

Party of Five 5.11, Rings of Saturn: Make Like a Tree and Leave

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , at 1:24 pm by Jenn

"And up there, you can just barely make out the last shred of Ned's likability"

“And up there, you can just barely make out the last shred of Ned’s likability”

Summary: Daphne’s at an empty playground with Diana, just staring at all the equipment. She starts to leave without the baby, running back when she hears Diana crying, but not picking her up. At some later point, Daphne’s out when Charlie needs to leave for work and Claudia has to go to school (the local high school, not her boarding school), so Charlie has to take Diana with him.

It’s Owen’s last day with Bailey and Sarah, and Bailey assures him that Charlie’s excited to have him back at home. However, with Daphne gone, Charlie doesn’t have anyone to look after Owen, so he needs to stay where he is. Julia and Maggie are still living together, which must be AWKWARD, though it might get a little less awkward now that Maggie’s starting to date again. Maggie’s even willing to possibly forgive Julia, maybe just a little. She asks Julia not to tell Ned that she’s seeing someone.

Paul asks Kirsten to do some volunteering with the kids at his hospital. She’s hesitant, not wanting him to feel like he needs to help her fill up her time. The current volunteer asks her to keep a troublemaker named Michael in line. Charlie promised to take Owen camping, so Bailey wants to fill in, even though he has no idea what he’s doing. Sarah thinks he’s nuts.

Daphne goes to see a priest for some counseling; she’s distressed about almost leaving Diana. The guy is pretty clueless and keeps pressing her to go to church. Julia and Ned head to her dorm room, but there’s a stuffed monkey on the doorknob, which means Maggie has a guy in the room. Ned’s surprised to hear that his ex has a new boyfriend. He pretends he’s not upset, but Julia’s not an idiot.

At the house, Daphne calls a bank about cashing in a savings bond to leave in Diana’s name. At Stanford, Ned admits to Julia that he’s upset after all – but with Julia, for not telling him that Maggie was dating someone. He’s sure that Maggie’s telling the guy stuff about Ned and Julia. Julia tells him that Maggie’s actually less angry now, and they might be able to repair their friendship. Unless he’s jealous, he needs to deal with it.

Kirsten has hit it off with Michael, and she goes back to the hospital to spend time with him. Bailey and Owen go camping, and since Bailey’s horrible at it, it’s fortunate that a mother (Theresa) and her daughter invite them to eat dinner with them. Charlie and Daphne fight over her leaving the house early that morning to go to the bank, without giving him any notice. She says she’s focusing on Diana’s future.

Bailey and Owen’s tent is too small. This storyline is dumb. Ned takes Julia to a single dorm room he wants them to use as a love nest. Julia thinks he’s being weird about Maggie, but he says he just wants them to have their own place to be alone. She doesn’t like that he’s making decisions without consulting her. Charlie and Claudia find a ton of diapers in the house – it looks like Daphne’s stockpiling them.

Bailey and Owen survive their night camping, and in the morning, Bailey chats with Theresa, who’s impressed with how he’s handling taking care of a kid on his own. Bailey confides that he feels like Owen hates him. Theresa invites them to spend that night with her and her daughter in their tent. Bailey wants to leave, Theresa woman says that’s not what Owen wants – he wants Bailey to turn things around.

Julia’s decided to move out of her and Maggie’s room, which actually disappoints Maggie. She thinks Julia’s giving up the college experience she wanted so she can shack up with her boyfriend. Michael’s discharged from the hospital, and Kirsten’s sad to see him go. Thanks to Theresa’s telescope, Bailey and Owen’s second night camping is much better than the first. Owen’s impressed that there’s so much cool stuff in the world. “When you find out about cool stuff, will you let me know, so we can see it together?” he asks Bailey.

Daphne tells Diana how great her future will be, and what she should and shouldn’t do. She’s clearly planning to leave. Charlie gets that, and the next day he tells Kirsten about it. She presses him to say something to make Daphne want to say, but Charlie isn’t sure he should. If Daphne wants to go, she should go.

Julia tells Ned she’s changed her mind about moving out, but he ignores her. He continues packing her things, even as she refuses to leave or let him control her. Things get so heated that Ned backhands Julia, then continues packing as she leaves the room. Julia cleans herself up in the bathroom, where another girl chatters excitedly about a date.

Bailey asks Owen not to tell Charlie about their camping trip, and definitely not to tell Sarah that they shared a tent with another woman (especially if he’s going to say, “Bailey slept with Theresa”). Paul decides to address the elephant in his and Kirsten’s lives: the fact that they don’t have kids. He knows that a child is the only thing that would make Kirsten feel like they’re a family. She reminds him that they agreed not to have kids since he doesn’t want them, but he doesn’t know how else to make her happy.

At the Salingers’, as Charlie tells Daphne that he knows she’s going to leave. He’s not going to try to stop her; he just wants to know when she’s going so he can have a little notice. Daphne tells him about walking away from Diana in the park and how she just stopped thinking about her. She’s afraid that she’ll always be the kind of mother who can and will leave, which isn’t what Diana and Charlie deserve. “I’ve already left,” Daphne says. She asks Charlie not to let Diana hate her.

Ned tries to call Julia, who’s avoiding him. He’s not apologetic about hitting her; he just wants to talk about the move. Bailey invites Sarah along the next time he and Owen go camping. She tells him that no matter what Bailey thinks he did wrong, Owen’s happy, so everything turned out all right. Bailey’s also pretty happy with the way things went. Julia goes back to her and Maggie’s room but doesn’t tell Maggie what happened. Daphne calls a cab and leaves the Salingers’ house, leaving Charlie alone with Diana.

Thoughts: Shouldn’t Owen be in school of some kind? Isn’t he kindergarten age by now?

If there’s anything that will make me laugh, it’s an eight-year-old who says, “Bring me the next human sacrifice.” Bravo, Michael.

With an abusive boyfriend, the show has now hit almost every big teen show storyline. I think the only one left is sexual assault. There’s still a season and a half left to fit that in!

August 16, 2014

Party of Five 5.6, Forgive and/or Forget: Everyone Wants Everyone Else to Go Away

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , , at 1:19 pm by Jenn

There are never any pictures from this show. These otters say, "We're sorry"

There are never any pictures from this show. These otters say, “We’re sorry”

Summary: The Salingers, Daphne, Kirsten, and Sarah are all at the hospital to see Diana, who remains in an incubator but is doing better. Everyone fusses over Daphne, who’s overwhelmed. Sarah talks to Bailey again about what he would do if she had a surprise pregnancy. He tells her he’d like to have kids someday, and he wouldn’t walk away if she got pregnant, but right now he doesn’t have room in his life for a child.

Julia returns to school, where she and Maggie are stuck sharing a room until one of them can transfer out. That must be fun. They decide to try to avoid each other as much as possible. Diana’s gained enough weight to be released from her incubator, and though Charlie, Claudia, and Owen are thrilled, Daphne’s nervous about holding her. Bailey’s surprised that Claudia hasn’t gone back to school yet. She lies that she’ll call her school and let them know where she is.

Julia spends her exile in Ned’s room; they both feel bad about hurting Maggie, but that doesn’t stop them from making out. Ned’s virginal Christian roommate would prefer if they would keep their godless sex out of his room. Speaking of godless sex, Sarah’s not in the mood for it with Bailey. In fact, she’s not in the mood to spend time with Bailey at all. Daphne’s woken up in the middle of the night to nurse Diana; she’s the only person (of the four in the room) who thinks this is weird. Someone’s not taking to motherhood very well.

Sarah tries to get Bailey to leave her alone when they wake up in the morning. Julia works on a group project with Maggie, who questions some of her work. Daphne declines to nurse Diana, thinking the baby likes Charlie more anyway. Julia asks her professor if she can change groups; he thinks she’s being ridiculous. She heads home, where Claudia and Griffin are putting together Diana’s nursery. She reveals to Griffin that she’s going to drop the course so she doesn’t have to work with Maggie.

Daphne’s released from the hospital and decides to go home, not wanting to spend 24 hours a day with Diana, like Charlie does. Claudia finds a window open in the nursery, and a bunch of Diana’s things on the lawn. Sarah rejects Bailey again when he wants to have sex, though at least this time she tells him that it’s because she’s worried about getting pregnant. He reminds her that he’d support her if she did, but Sarah knows that she’d still be parenting alone.

One of the nurses at the hospital is shocked – SHOCKED! – that Daphne would go home when her baby’s still there. Charlie defends her and basically tells the nurse to shut up. Ned finds Julia in the library, where she’s trying to avoid Maggie without spending time with the other person who made Maggie mad. He thinks she’s doubting her decision to have a relationship that started with cheating after she left Griffin for cheating.

Charlie takes Diana home, where he, Claudia, Kirsten, and even Owen rush to help him with the baby while Daphne just looks on. Owen is definitely feeling like he’s Jan Brady now. Sarah’s still trying to avoid Bailey, staying away from the apartment until just before he leaves for work. Claudia tells Charlie that Owen’s displaying signs of sibling rivalry (well, uncle/niece rivalry), but Charlie isn’t concerned, since that’s normal.

Julia spends the night in Ned’s bed, which I’m sure his roommate is thrilled about. She’s happy that she took another step in moving on from her marriage. Sarah wakes up in the middle of the night to find Bailey sitting by the bed; she inadvertently aroused him, and he got up so he wouldn’t pursue sex. He’s frustrated that they shared so much intimacy (beyond sex), and now she wants it to stop. He thinks they should take some time apart.

Charlie wakes Daphne up to nurse, because that’s been going so well. Daphne admits that she doesn’t feel like she’s a mother. Diana should be everything to her, but Daphne’s first instinct was to run away. Charlie thinks she’s just tired and experiencing postpartum depression. She points out that he named the baby after his mother not just because they were related genetically, but because of how Diana cared for him. Daphne doesn’t feel that same connection to this Diana.

In the morning, Daphne asks Charlie to take another day off of work to take care of Diana, but he can’t. He also wants her to dive into being a parent without a safety net. (That’s probably not a good idea, Charlie.) He decides to call Kirsten to come over and serve as backup. Bailey moves out of his and Sarah’s apartment for their time apart as she slams him for not being able to be a grown-up about their problems. Um, excuse me? You’re the one rejecting him every other minute; he’s giving you a chance to figure your crap out. I think that’s very grown-up. Shut up, Sarah.

Claudia’s still in San Francisco, having never called her school to ask for more time off. She claims it’s because Charlie needs her help, though Charlie seems to be doing just fine on his own. Bailey tells her to stop trying to be an adult and go back to school. Julia goes to her room to get some things for another sleepover with Ned. Maggie’s there and mocks that Julia’s just trying to convince herself that she made a good decision. But Julia and Ned don’t have the same intimacy that Maggie and Ned had – sex is all they have.

Kirsten goes to the Salingers’ and finds Daphne trying her best to calm Diana. She finally picks up the baby and sings to soothe her. Kirsten leaves without letting Daphne know she was there. Griffin takes Claudia to the airport so she can reluctantly leave Owen and Diana. Bailey crashes on the Salingers’ couch; he and Owen commiserate over feeling like there’s no room for them in their respective homes. Charlie comes home to see that his throw-Daphne-into-the-deep-end plan worked. She even nursed successfully. Yay, Daphne’s cured! Yay, Charlie! You did it!

Thoughts: How weird that I recapped the Beverly Hills, 90210 episode “Forgive and Forget” just before this episode with a similar name. Except this episode has very little to do with forgiving or forgetting.

Sarah, unless you’re pregnant right now, chill out. You’re upset that Bailey won’t stay with you through a hypothetical situation that, if you’re using birth control, is likely not to ever happen. Go take some deep breaths, eat some ice cream, and stop talking for two minutes.

Dear hospital: Unless Daphne checked in as Daphne Salinger, stop calling her Mrs. Salinger. Come on.

Okay, first of all, they wouldn’t send Diana home if she only weighed three pounds. Second of all, that baby definitely weighs more than three pounds. And she has no medical problems? None at all? Really, show?

August 9, 2014

Party of Five 5.5, The Baby: “Look What I Made”

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , , at 1:25 pm by Jenn

I'd like to know how Owen feels about having a new baby around

I’d like to know how Owen feels about having a new baby around

Summary: Julia and Ned study together in the library, or at least try to, since all they can think about is how they’re secretly involved. Julia thinks Maggie deserves to know. Ned’s like, “Can we have sex first?” Daphne’s having some health issues; her liver isn’t functioning properly, and the consequences could be serious. Sarah takes Hannah to a motel in a sketchy part of town, trying to help her determine what her options are for the baby. Hannah’s leaning toward keeping it, even if Will isn’t on board.

Ned and Julia prepare to tell Maggie about their affair, but she’s already crying – her dog died. They definitely can’t tell her about them tonight. Bailey slams Will for not telling him and Sarah why he was really back in town. Will claims that Hannah never told him about the pregnancy (he heard from a friend of a friend); he assumed she was going to have an abortion and never mention it. Bailey points out that she followed him across the country, so he needs to talk to her. Sarah returns with Hannah, announcing that the person staying in the sketchy motel should be Will, not Hannah.

Daphne wakes up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, but starts feeling sick. Charlie rushes her to the hospital, where Daphne’s doctor reports that her liver problems are getting worse. The news passes through the family, and Claudia decides to come home. Kirsten visits with Daphne while Charlie tells Bailey he’s having trouble being strong for her. Griffin offers to stay with Julia while she watches Owen at the house.

Will tries to offer Bailey support, but Bailey’s still mad at him for ditching Hannah. Will says that having a baby at this age would ruin his life. He’ll be stuck as the person he is right now – without a job or a college education. Bailey’s like, “Can you maybe shut up about your problems for two minutes?” Daphne’s doctor tells her and Charlie that there are risks with either delivering the baby early or not delivering early. Charlie realizes that it’s possible Daphne and the baby won’t both survive.

Having not heard from Julia after she went home, Ned shows up at the Salingers’ to find out what’s going on. Julia tells Griffin they’re just friends. Daphne’s doctor presses Charlie to make a decision, but Daphne’s too emotional to put in a vote, so Charlie doesn’t know what to do. He cries, saying he loves both Daphne and the baby, so he can’t pick which one of them to prioritize. The doctor has zero sympathy and asks again for a decision. This doctor is awful. Charlie ultimately chooses early delivery.

Julia asks Ned to distract her, so he tells her he’s in love with her. Thanks for playing, Ned. Julia tells him to call Maggie, who thinks he came to San Francisco to do research for a paper. The baby is delivered by C-section, but no one will give Charlie any news on her or Daphne. Charlie decides to go with his daughter, leaving Bailey to wait for news on Daphne. Sarah takes Hannah for a prenatal appointment at the same hospital, accidentally making her feel bad that her child won’t have as much love and support as Charlie and Daphne’s already does.

Claudia’s flight home is delayed because of fog. Griffin tries to avoid the house while Ned’s there; he’s figured out that Ned is more than just Julia’s friend, since he’s lying to Maggie about his whereabouts. Julia admits that he’s lying to his girlfriend. Hey, look, Julia’s involved with another cheater! Paul becomes the first doctor at the hospital to actually give helpful information, telling Bailey that Daphne’s still in surgery and has lost a lot of blood.

Griffin tells Julia that she’s making a big mistake getting involved with Ned. Julia points out that she was involved with Justin when she started developing feelings for Griffin. It’s hard to find someone who isn’t already attached. (No, Julia, it’s really not.) Griffin admits that he’s not dating someone; he wanted Julia to feel free to start dating again. You know, just not Ned. Sarah and Hannah meet back up with the Salingers, and Hannah tells Bailey that she’s decided not to have the baby. He gives her money for the abortion and offers to go with her.

Daphne gets out of surgery, and though she’s stable, she’s not out of the woods. Cue montage of everyone waiting for news, and Claudia waiting for her flight. Charlie prays in the hospital chapel until he’s allowed to see Daphne. He tells her the baby’s fine. The doctor reports that Daphne’s improving, then tells Charlie that the baby’s small and having trouble breathing. She thinks he made the right choice in having Daphne deliver early.

Sarah goes home, where she catches up with Hannah, who’s already had the abortion. Sarah pretends she’s not disappointed. Charlie’s also disappointed – it’s past midnight, so he didn’t get to see his daughter the day she was born. He tells Kirsten that the baby was the only thing in his life that felt right, and he might not get to keep her. Julia and Ned head to the hospital, where they run into Claudia, who’s finally made it to San Francisco. Meanwhile, Maggie shows up at the Salingers’ and meets Griffin.

Daphne’s upset that the baby was delivered early before she got a chance to give her opinion on what they should do. Charlie tells her that if they’d waited, Daphne might have died. She realizes that he chose her over the baby. She doesn’t understand why, after she was horrible to him and he went to such lengths to have the baby. But suddenly there’s good news – the baby is breathing on her own.

Charlie and Daphne finally get to see their daughter. Daphne has decided to go with Charlie’s name choice, Diana. Julia and Ned return home, thrilled with how things have turned out, and are immediately sobered by Maggie’s presence. She quickly realizes that they’ve been fooling around behind her back. At Bailey and Sarah’s, Hannah is totally fine with talk of someone else’s baby, which means she’s probably going to have a breakdown at some point in the future.

Sarah admits that she’s upset with Bailey for financing Hannah’s abortion. Bailey tells her that Hannah had already made up her mind, and giving her the money didn’t make a difference. Sarah promises that if she got pregnancy unexpectedly, she would have the baby, and she’d like to know that Bailey would support her. Charlie visits his parents’ graves with a picture of their first grandchild, telling them, “Look what I made.”

Thoughts: Doctor: “So…go ahead and pick who you would prefer to survive.” Me: “I pick a different doctor.” I mean…freaking A. At least pretend you have some bedside manner.

Then a ticket agent at the airport is condescending to Claudia, even after she tells him there’s an emergency. Why is everyone in this episode a jerk?

Sarah should have introduced Hannah to Kirsten. Kirsten might have talked her into having the baby, then letting Kirsten and Paul adopt it. Also, Kirsten served no other purpose in this episode, so it would have given her something to do.

So what happened to Will? He had two scenes with Bailey and then disappeared. We didn’t get to see his reaction to Hannah having the abortion.

August 2, 2014

Party of Five 5.4, A Mid-Semester’s Night Dream: “Normal Future Freak-Out”

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

Everyone's so angsty. Calm down with a seal pup

Everyone’s so angsty. Calm down with a seal pup

Summary: Daphne’s in the hospital after having contractions, but she’s going to be sent home for bed rest. She’s not happy with the idea of having to stay in the house all the time. Her doctor doesn’t care: The baby still has eight weeks to go, and her lungs aren’t developed yet, so if she’s born early, she’ll be in a lot of trouble.

Maggie leaves Julia and Ned alone in their room, not realizing that’s a bad idea. They both regret their kiss, since Julia has now betrayed her new best friend and Ned has cheated on his high school sweetheart. Will shows up in San Francisco for a surprise visit but won’t tell Bailey why he’s there. Charlie and Kirsten tend to a grumpy Daphne, and Kirsten suggests that they throw a baby shower. Daphne doesn’t care what they do.

Claudia also gets a surprise visitor, in the form of Jamie. Parker and Hallie are surprised, too, since they didn’t know Claudia had a boyfriend. Jamie’s hurt that she hasn’t been talking about him. Will has dinner with Bailey and Sarah, telling them he doesn’t like studying accounting. In fact, he doesn’t like school at all. He asks if he can stay with them for a while. Someone named Hannah calls for him, but Will tells Sarah to pretend he’s not there. She’s just a psycho with a crush on him.

Maggie tells Julia that something’s going on with Ned, who’s been moody lately. Josh pops in to ask a question just as Julia gets a message from a secret admirer. Charlie plans the shower, and Daphne complains that he’s not letting her give any input. He reminds her that she didn’t show any interest in the planning before. Daphne’s upset that everything’s about the baby and no one takes her into account.

Julia and Maggie discuss her possible admirers, though Julia thinks that if the guy isn’t brave enough to approach her, he’s not someone she wants to date. She discovers that someone managed to access a paper she’s writing and format her bibliography. Ned’s like, “The guy must be a genius!” Maggie thinks it’s Josh, which Ned finds ridiculous.

Hannah manages to find Will at the restaurant, so Bailey offers to call her and scare her off. Will decides it’s better if he handles it. Jamie wants to go to a haunted house with Claudia (they’re the only people so far to mention that Halloween is coming up), but she clearly doesn’t want him there. She claims it’s because she’s helping to run it and wouldn’t have time to hang out with him.

Julia confronts Ned about her bibliography, having figured out that he formatted it for her. Apparently he’s madly in love with her now and is having trouble keeping it secret. Julia is adamant that they not let Maggie know that there’s something between them. Her solution is for them to stay away from each other.

Will’s awake in the middle of the night, and when Sarah wakes up, she asks him what’s going on with him. He tells her he’s just been thinking a lot about school and his future – a “normal future freak-out.” Charlie has to check Daphne’s vitals every six hours, which means getting up in the middle of the night. She’s very appreciative, and blames herself for her condition – she thinks her previous wishes for the baby to disappear have turned into something real.

Charlie and Kirsten go shopping for baby things, taking pictures for Daphne to look at later. Charlie saw a different side of Daphne the previous night, when she was panicking. He gets a 911 page from her. Will is now working at the restaurant but is proving to be less than trustworthy; he forgot to deposit some money, which led to a bounced check.

Julia and Maggie go shopping for Halloween costumes so they can have a girls’ night out. Apparently Ned broke plans he and Maggie had made. The costume store is mostly sold out and only has Gorbachev masks left. Daphne’s panicking because the baby isn’t moving; Owen suggests that she’s in a coma. Charlie uses candy to wake her up. Then he decides he can’t take Owen trick-or-treating, and suggests that he ask Griffin to go with him.

Maggie and Julia go to a Halloween party, and Maggie tries to play matchmaker for Julia and Josh. Julia’s pretending that she thinks Josh is her secret admirer. Ned’s also at the party, but Julia avoids him. Charlie tries to cheer Daphne up by going on bed rest with her. Will packs to leave Sarah and Bailey’s, telling them he feels horrible for making so many mistakes, including running away from school. Sarah points out that he doesn’t have anywhere else to go.

Jamie shows up at Claudia’s haunted house after all, thinking she’s been cheating on him. He doesn’t know why else she would be acting like she is. She admits that she doesn’t know either. Ned finds who he thinks is Julia and declares his love for her; he doesn’t realize that she and Maggie are wearing the same mask. Maggie, however, doesn’t realize that he didn’t know it was her. Julia publicly tells Josh to stop bugging her and get over her.

Claudia tells Jamie that she’s so in love with her new school that she has trouble thinking about people and things from back home. She doesn’t want to miss him, so she needs to break up with him. “I’m being dumped for a campus?” he asks. Charlie presents a slide show of baby things so Daphne can pick one. There are also childhood pictures of him, which Daphne loves. The two of them share a moment and kiss.

Will’s still out at 1 in the morning, and Sarah presses Bailey to confront him when he comes home and find out what’s going on with him. Bailey thinks they should keep their distance and let him talk when he’s ready. Maggie’s also late getting home, having stayed at the party while Julia left. She tells Julia that she’s too controlling because she’s afraid of getting into another relationship. Julia needs to just kiss someone (read: Josh) and loosen up.

Charlie and Daphne make out, then call her doctor to make sure they’re allowed to be doing things that might elevate her heart rate. Hannah shows up at Bailey and Sarah’s, and Bailey tries to get rid of her. Will attempts to keep up his story about her stalking him, but Hannah busts him by revealing that she’s pregnant with his baby. Even though it’s the middle of the night, Julia goes to Ned’s room to make out with him. Oh, Julia

Thoughts: How mad do you think Kirsten is that people keep getting pregnant without trying?

60 books in a bibliography? Shut up, Julia.

Charlie’s so sweet in this episode. He deserves better than Daphne.

July 19, 2014

Party of Five 5.2, Separation Anxiety: I Don’t Want to Be Here

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , at 3:02 pm by Jenn

"Mind if I punch you in the face even though we don't have anything to fight about? Cool, cool"

“Mind if I punch you in the face even though we don’t have anything to fight about? Cool, cool”

Summary: Kirsten’s putting together a care package for Claudia at her new school, but Charlie’s no help, since he’s preoccupied with Daphne having moved out. Apparently he keeps calling her, and when he tries to do it again, he learns that she’s disconnected her phone. He’s worried that she’s going to run off and he won’t be able to have contact with the baby.

Julia gets a job working in Stanford’s cafeteria, and surprise, surprise, Josh works there, too. She thinks she got the job because her family has a restaurant, but Josh confesses that he pushed things along for her so they could spend more time together. So that’s two guys acting somewhat stalker-ish in the episode so far.

Bailey and Sarah’s new apartment is gigantic. Sarah’s concerned because she hasn’t heard from her mom in two months, though Bailey points out that even when she gets a letter from Mrs. Reeves, she ignores it. Sarah frets that something could be wrong and she wouldn’t know. She feels weird worrying about her parents, but Bailey notes that that’s normal.

Charlie meets with a lawyer to talk about the situation with Daphne. The lawyer’s confused because Charlie’s health insurance is through Bailey, since Charlie’s still unemployed. She won’t take his case since she knows they won’t win custody of the baby while he’s unmarried and doesn’t have a job. Meanwhile, Daphne hangs out with a friend; he’s nice and all, but not very responsible.

Bailey visits Julia at her dorm, telling her she shouldn’t be working if it takes time away from studying and socializing. She admits that she kind of enjoys it. He writes her a check anyway. Claudia tries to make friends, which doesn’t go well, then plays dumb in her chemistry class to make herself seem more approachable. Ultimately she has to admit she knows stuff.

Charlie’s offered an architecture internship but doesn’t want it if it doesn’t pay. Bailey goes with Sarah to see her parents, but no one’s home. Sarah makes Bailey go inside to look around and make sure everything’s okay. He hears a man leaving a message on the answering machine, talking about how he and Sarah’s mom are hooking up. Sarah’s understandably upset.

Charlie goes to one of Daphne’s prenatal appointments, but she doesn’t show up. She’s hanging out with her old hard-partying friends, and starting to see Charlie’s point about how spending time with them might not be great for her. Charlie calls the lawyer and asks if the fact that Daphne apparently isn’t taking care of the baby works in his favor. He promises to have a job by the end of the day.

Speaking of jobs, Julia quits hers, then has to assure Josh that it’s not because of him. He calls her mean and manipulative for acting cold to him one day and nice the next. He spots Ned in her room, and Julia tells Josh that he’s her boyfriend. Claudia asks her chemistry teacher not to call on her in class so she doesn’t have to talk in front of everyone. Obviously, that’s not going to happen.

Sarah finally connects with her mother, who tells her she’s not having an affair – she and Mr. Reeves are divorcing. Sarah’s mad that no one told her, but Mrs. Reeves tells her it was in her letters. Josh calls Julia out for not just telling him she had a boyfriend, which would have made him back off. Julia says they’re technically over, and she’s interested in Josh, but it makes her feel guilty about ditching Ned.

Charlie goes to Bailey to announce that he got an emergency teaching credential and will be a shop teacher at a middle school. Bailey agrees to pay his lawyer bills until Charlie can afford them. Charlie sees this as a commitment to something that will make him look like a capable parent. Bailey wonders why Charlie’s giving up his dream of becoming an architect. Charlie says that will take a long time and cost money for school; he needs to be able to support a baby right now. He’s willing to put off his dreams if it means he can keep his child.

Julia studies while Maggie and Ned discuss Jewel, because this is the ’90s and people actually talked about Jewel back then. After Julia goes to class, Josh sees Maggie and Ned kissing. Sarah finally reads her mother’s letters, which talk about her life for a while, then turn into pleas for Sarah to come home. She feels like her parents had nothing to talk about after Sarah left. Bailey reminds her that her parents pushed her away.

Claudia’s chemistry teacher has to step out of class for a few minutes, and he asks Claudia to walk the class through something while he’s gone. One of the girls Claudia was trying to impress asks her a question about alcohol, trying to embarrass herself, but Claudia turns it around and gets a laugh. She ends up endearing herself to everyone.

Daphne finally realizes she missed her appointment, but she can’t call the doctor because the friend she’s staying with didn’t pay his phone bill. He’s not sympathetic toward her – she asked if she could stay with him, not if he could, like, care about things. Sarah meets up with her father, who tells her he’s better off single. She begs him to find a way to make things work with Mrs. Reeves. He tells her she’s being selfish – people change, and everyone loses something or someone.

Josh finds Julia, Maggie, and Ned together, and announces that he likes Julia. She says she likes him, too, but he doesn’t want to hear what she has to say. He tells Julia that he saw her boyfriend kissing her roommate, which just confuses Ned and Maggie. Josh and Ned end up pounding on each other. Charlie goes back to the lawyer, who’s pleased that he’s gotten a stable, respectable job. He mentions that Daphne’s job history isn’t stellar, accidentally giving the lawyer ammo to use against Daphne.

Later, Charlie meets up with Kirsten and Owen, telling Kirsten that his case is looking better, but he regrets spilling some of Daphne’s secrets. Kirsten compares the situation to Jerry Springer – his show is fun to watch, but you don’t ever think you’re capable of trashing someone in public. Claudia tries again to befriend a classmate, saying she can’t change the fact that she’s smart. The girl asks for help with their classwork.

Charlie goes to see Daphne, but she’s moved out of her friend’s place. Julia explains to Ned that she told Josh they were dating because it was easier than, like, being honest and stuff. She confesses that she’s still married. She’s jealous of Maggie and Ned’s relationship, which he says isn’t as great as it seems. Because they’ve been together since high school, there are no surprises, which is both good and bad.

Sarah mopes, and she and Bailey both talk about having snapshots of happier times with their families. Charlie goes home to make calls to try to find Daphne, but she’s turned up at the house. She admits that she doesn’t want to be there, but she doesn’t have anywhere else to go. She knows she can’t get through this on her own. I hope this means there’s no custody fight now, and Charlie doesn’t have to confess what he told the lawyer.

Thoughts: Claudia’s chemistry teacher is played by Willie Garson. It’s weird seeing him in a dramatic role.

There’s no way Bailey’s making enough money for everything he’s spending it on (like that apartment). And I’d love to kow how much he gave Julia to make her think she doesn’t have to work anymore.

Don’t students at Andover wear uniforms and, like, know things? Isn’t it pretty elite?

Dear Julia, try using these words with Josh: “Thank you for your interest. I will get back to you shortly. Now please back off.”

Is Kirsten working as Owen’s nanny again? Why is she always around?

July 12, 2014

Party of Five 5.1, Moving On: Growing Up Is Hard, You Guys

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This is Josh. How could Julia be mean to him? He's like a puppy!

This is Josh. How could Julia be mean to him? He’s like a puppy!

Summary: It’s been a few months since “Fools Rush Out,” judging by the size of Daphne’s stomach, and everything is going well with her pregnancy. She’s annoyed that Charlie’s so overprotective. Bailey and Sarah look at a new apartment, which he offers to pay for; apparently the restaurant is doing well. Owen helps Julia and her horrible new haircut pack up to leave for college. Owen has been recast and now speaks in full sentences. Griffin shows up and notices that Julia’s still wearing her wedding ring. They say an awkward goodbye.

At Stanford, Julia quickly becomes everyone’s object of affection. Her roommate Maggie and Maggie’s boyfriend Ned aren’t very concerned with modesty. Bailey calls Charlie to the restaurant to talk about light fixtures that need to be fixed. Charlie laughs at him for being such an adult, then tells him he’s starting to lose his hair. Back at his new apartment, Bailey freaks out about his hair while Sarah tells him he’s in his sexual prime, which I guess means they should do it a lot before his upcoming birthday.

Julia gets a call from a guy who saw her picture in the freshman facebook and wants to show her his lizard collection (apparently not a euphemism). She and Maggie meet a delivery guy named Josh, and though he’s cute, Julia doesn’t seem interested. Maggie wonders why she’s not attracted to any guys at Stanford. Kirsten helps Claudia pack for boarding school while Charlie continues to be overprotective of Daphne. She’s disappointed with the way their new living arrangements are working out, and how their relationship has changed.

Julia admits to Maggie that Stanford is different from the way she pictured – basically, she imagined dating someone. Her future isn’t clear. Charlie wants to go back to being the guy Daphne was first attracted to, so he tells her to pick out something for them to do today. It’s a nice gesture, but she already has plans. She didn’t see the point in keeping their original plans, a tour of the hospital where she’ll be having the baby.

Bailey has a check-up with his pediatrician, like, if you’re old enough to be convicted of drunk driving, you’re old enough to see a grown-up doctor. His pediatrician agrees. “What if I don’t wanna?” Bailey whines. Somewhere downtown, Kirsten comes across Daphne with some of her friends, being loud and drinking wine. The Salingers (plus Jamie and Kirsten) have a goodbye dinner for Claudia at the restaurant, and Jamie gives her the address of his webpage. Awww, so ’90s.

Julia’s in town for the goodbye party and agrees to cancel her plans to spend Claudia’s last night with her in their old room. Daphne arrives an hour and a half late and Charlie yells at her for drinking. They have a fight and Daphne storms out. Sarah tries to lighten the mood with a limerick. You’re weird, Sarah. In bed that night, Claudia tells Julia that in her 16 years of life, she’s only had three rooms. She’s mostly only ever slept in their house. She’s not sure she’ll be happy in a new place. Julia reminds her that the family will always be there for her.

Daphne spends the night with a friend, and Charlie stays behind to talk to her instead of going with Bailey to take Claudia to Boston. (Nice brother, there.) Charlie wants to give Daphne what she needs, even if she needs him to shut up and leave her alone. In her first ten minutes at school, Claudia meets people she has things in common with, so she’s more than ready for Bailey and Sarah to leave. They head to a parents’ mixer, where Bailey is reminded yet again that he’s a grown-up now.

Josh runs into Julia again, but she’s not interested in being hit on. She’d like all the guys at Stanford to leave her alone and let her get an education, since that’s why she’s there. Jetlagged from the trip to Boston, Bailey falls asleep watching football in his and Sarah’s hotel room, then tries to prove his youth with sex. Claudia interrupts and Bailey goes on a rant about getting old. You’re 20, Bailey. Sit down. Charlie and Daphne go on their hospital tour, but it freaks her out and makes her announce that she can’t keep doing what they’ve been doing. She’s moving out.

Julia learns that she got into a writing class she didn’t think she’d get into. Oh, and Josh is in it, too. Just sleep together already. Bailey’s goodbye presents to Claudia are a credit card and a diary. He recognizes that the diary is something kind of young, but he doesn’t want her to feel like she’s getting old fast like he does. He gives a sweet, emotional speech about how much he’ll miss her. “Promise not to change without telling me,” he says.

Charlie tries to stop Daphne from moving out, saying he has a right to know what’s going on. She tells him that if she hadn’t gotten pregnant, they would have grown apart and broken up. Having a baby together has put pressure on them to work things out even though they’re not in love. She thinks they should break up now instead of continuing to drag things out. Charlie reminds her that the baby is his, too, but he can’t exactly make her stay.

Julia apologizes to Josh for picking a fight with him; she gets now that he was trying to connect with her as a fellow writer. He says she can make things up to him by going out with him. Charlie worries to Kirsten that Daphne won’t let him see their baby. He wishes he hadn’t tried to make things work with someone he didn’t love.

Bailey has to spend his birthday working late at the restaurant, so Sarah comes by to keep him company. She falls asleep while he’s cleaning up, but he enjoys dancing around to “Young at Heart” by himself. Julia visits Griffin, mentioning that she still has a line on her finger from where her wedding ring used to be. He assures her that it’ll go away. The Salinger house is now strangely quiet, since Charlie and Owen are the only ones who still live there. Charlie’s so sad and alone, waaaah.

Thoughts: Josh is played by Parks and Recreation’s Adam Scott. Maggie is played by Heather McComb, the ex-Mrs. James Van Der Beek.

Me: “Hmmm…Scott Bairstow is playing Ned. His name sounds familiar. Did I see him in something else? What else was he in? Did he do anything after the ’90s?” (Googling) “‘Scott Bairstow Sentenced’? Aaaaaaaaand no more questions.”

Did anyone else see Scott Wolf on Hollywood Game Night this week? The man hasn’t aged since this series. He was also delightful and came across as someone you’d want to chat with at a party.

Why, exactly, does Claudia want to go to boarding school? Before, it was because everything in the house was so crazy, but that’s not really the case anymore.

I can see why all the guys like Julia. I mean, she’s just so pleasant.

Normally that “you can apologize by having dinner with me” thing is annoying, but Josh is pretty charming and nice, so I’ll give him a pass.