March 13, 2021

Felicity 3.17, The Last Summer Ever: The Grieving Process

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , at 1:29 pm by Jenn

This is kind of cool

Summary: Felicity hasn’t made a tape for a while, but Noel is making one for Felicity. While he tries on his gown for graduation, we hear him telling her goodbye. Felicity is currently meeting with Pavone to talk about how hard it is to say goodbye. You get used to making connections with people and becoming friendly, but then you graduate and it all changes. If you’re having hard times with a friend who then moves away, you don’t have college to keep you together anymore. Pavone points out that life outside of college ends, too. Felicity gets that, but she thought she and Noel would stay friends.

At the loft, Felicity presents her idea for the summer to Ben: Camping. Ben easily agrees. Noel comes in and thinks get awkward. They make brief small talk about Ruby, who’s coming to visit for Noel’s graduation. Felicity tells Pavone that she hasn’t said anything to Ben about Noel kissing her. Pavone thinks that’s interesting. Felicity claims the kiss didn’t mean anything, so there’s no point. Plus, she doesn’t want to make things worse between Ben and Noel. Pavone asks what it matters if Felicity and Noel are about to end their friendship. Felicity admits she’s not ready to accept that the friendship is over.

Ruby arrives in New York with her baby, Eva. She and Noel kiss, so…that doesn’t seem to be completely over. She has no regrets about deciding to keep the baby. Things didn’t work out with Wade (clearly, since she kissed Noel), but Ruby isn’t too broken up about that. Felicity joins them before the two can start talking about anything too intense.

Elena and DeForrest return to the dorm apartment after a trip to an amusement park and find Tracy leaving Elena a letter. Molly shows up for two seconds to tell Elena that Tracy’s actions remind her of James – just when things seemed to be over, James would show up and they’d get back together. Elena says she can’t trust Tracy anymore, so that won’t happen. She’s not going to meet up with him tomorrow, as he’d requested.

Ben turns down some opportunity, pretending he has to stay with a sick aunt. Felicity bugs him about what he just backed out of. He’s reluctant to tell her, since he thinks it’s embarrassing. Finally he admits that watching the paramedics save Avery made him think about becoming an EMT. He applied to a summer program in Kansas City (just as a joke), and he got in. Felicity thinks he should consider doing it, even though this would be their last summer together without job obligations.

Sean is back to his old money-seeking ways, this time offering scalped graduation tickets. Meghan’s parents are richer than we thought, since, in addition to their house in Tuscany, they also have a house in Geneva. They’ve offered to let Meghan and Sean spend the summer there. He reminds her that they talked to Dr. Zwick about Meghan making him feel emasculated, and this fits into that category. He’d rather work for his own money than accept a nice offer from Meghan’s parents. Sean suggests that they come up with an idea together for what to do over the summer.

Felicity and Noel meet up at Epstein Bar so she can give him a graduation present. It’s an out-of-print book he wanted a couple years ago. Noel tries to turn it down, but Felicity insists that he take it. He leaves immediately afterward. Later, Felicity and Ben set up a tent at the loft, talking more about the EMT program. She still thinks he should give it a shot. Sean disagrees, since Ben can’t even take his own temperature. Ben tells Felicity they’re spending the summer together and the discussion is over. She suggests that they skip Noel’s graduation and leave tomorrow.

Elena ends up meeting with Tracy after all so she can tell him in person that she’s moved on to DeForrest. Tracy and Rose have ended things, so clearly he wants Elena back. She’s mad that he wanted to be celibate, then dumped her for someone he then slept with. Tracy denies that he’s ever slept with anyone other than Elena. Elena reveals that she found that condom in his wallet, but Tracy’s just kept it there since he dated Elena.

He went to Africa to get some distance from Elena and be with people who share his beliefs. He and Rose didn’t make sense, but he and Elena do. He’s not giving up on the possibility of them getting back together. Elena tells him that she didn’t think she would be able to get over him, but she did, and she’s not going to go back to him.

Sean and Meghan present their summer ideas to each other, though she’s still stuck on going to Switzerland. He wants to go to Atlantic City, which isn’t far enough away for Meghan’s tastes. She suggests Hawaii, but Sean doesn’t have the money for that. They start fighting, of course. Meghan wants him to let her pay for a fun vacation because she can. Sean responds by clucking like a chicken, which Dr. Zwick told them was a good way to end an argument. I’m still not sure that woman was qualified for that job.

Noel and Ben are both packing up the loft, Ben for the summer and Noel forever. Noel announces that he’s sorry, not for anything in particular (like kissing Ben’s girlfriend), but in general. He wants the two of them to part on good terms. I think Ben just wants to part. He asks Noel what it’s like knowing what he wants to do with his life. Noel feels lucky, but he also feels like he just fell into something good. It just took one graphic design class his freshman year to give him direction in life. Ben tells him that he thinks Noel and Ruby were great together, in case Noel wants any relationship advice from the guy dating the woman he’s in love with.

The next day (I guess), Noel hangs out with Ruby and Eva, inviting them to dinner with him and his parents. He notices that Ruby is still wearing a bracelet he gave her. She says she likes it because it reminds her of him and makes her feel closer to him. She admits that she misses him. Noel goes home, blatantly ignoring Felicity, then deciding to speak to her after all. He tells her he can’t keep the book she gave him because it’ll remind him of her, which he doesn’t want.

Felicity leaves, then comes back to yell at Noel for dumping his friends because he’s afraid of what comes next. He tells her what really scares him is her following him through his life. She thinks he’s ending their friendship because she won’t be with him, which is selfish. She gives him back the book. Noel says he’s not selfish just because he wants her out of his life. As she leaves for real, Ruby shows up, having heard the end of the fight.

Back to Noel’s tape and getting ready for graduation. He wonders which memories of Felicity will stick with him. The only thing he remembers about high school biology is a question he missed on a test. Is the only thing he’s going to remember about Felicity their fight, after all those years of right answers?

Felicity asks Pavone if she’s the one being selfish. Pavone notes that she’s just trying to move on, and anger is one of the stages of the grieving process. Felicity doesn’t think this is about grief, but Pavone says losing a friend is a loss. First was denial, when Felicity bought Noel a book because she couldn’t accept the end of the friendship. Then was anger. Now she’s bargaining, believing that going to graduation will help ease the pain.

Felicity says she just doesn’t want the fight to be the last interaction she has with Noel. She’ll just apologize to him. Pavone doubts she can leave it at that. Felicity spills everything she really wants to say: She cares about Noel, and she wishes he had more faith in their friendship after everything they’ve survived. As Noel graduates, Felicity tells Pavone that she doesn’t know what her future holds, but she always thought Noel would be part of it. She counted on their friendship and wants it back. Then she’d invite him to go get ice cream.

Javier makes his only appearance of the episode when he catches up to Noel after the ceremony. He offers to let Noel work at Dean & DeLuca if the job in Seattle doesn’t work out. Ruby comes up to Noel next, and he asks if she came back to New York for graduation or… She finishes for him, admitting that she came to see if there’s still a chance for them. Now she knows there isn’t, because Noel is clearly still in love with Felicity.

Ben and Felicity have made it to the ceremony after all, and Noel pulls Felicity outside for a chat. He apologizes for their fight, and she tells him she understands where he’s coming from and she wishes things were different. She was being selfish. We meet Noel’s mother for the first time as she meets Felicity for the first time. She’s heard all about Felicity, of course. She insists on taking a picture of Felicity and Noel together. Once they’re done, the two of them just wish each other luck.

Felicity packs up her room in the apartment, feeling like that makes things final. Ben joins her and says that going to graduation make him think even more about his future. He now wants to do the EMT program after all. Felicity is supportive but doesn’t want to spend the summer in Kansas City. Plus, he’ll be too busy to see her anyway. Yes, she’d love to go camping, but she’d spend the whole summer feeling guilty that Ben wasn’t doing something amazing for himself. Ben says he doesn’t have to go, but Felicity thinks he does.

Elena goes to DeForrest’s place to have a big talk, but he already knows what she’s going to say: She’s getting back together with Tracy. He’s been through this before, and he doesn’t want Elena to have to break up with him, so they’ll just end things like this. Elena feels horrible, and she knows what it’s like to be in DeForrest’s position. She really did like him and doesn’t want him to think she just saw him as a safe choice. DeForrest says he hopes Tracy makes Elena happy. She asks him to say something mean so she doesn’t feel so bad walking away from him.

Now that Ben and Felicity aren’t going camping, Sean has taken all their stuff so he and Meghan can go instead. Yeah, Meghan seems like a big fan of camping. She tries to be nice and not shut down her beloved boyfriend’s great idea, but it’s obvious this is a bad idea. Sean gets it – they could have all their meals made by a personal chef in Switzerland. Looks like he’s changed his mind about spending the summer in luxury. Felicity, meanwhile, will spend the summer in the loft, alone. How fun!

Felicity sees Ben off to the airport as we see Noel making his tape to her. He leaves her a time capsule with a gun from the Assassins game, a magic 8-Ball, and Boggle. He thinks their time apart is important. He’s sure they’ll get through this and continue to be in each other’s lives. Tracy goes to the dorm apartment, where Elena tells him she broke up with DeForrest, but that doesn’t meant she wants Tracy as her boyfriend again. Tracy doesn’t want that, either…because he wants to be Elena’s husband. Instead of responding to his proposal, she passes out.

Felicity is moving into the loft when Noel shows up. “The Internet’s dead,” he announces. His project was canceled, so he no longer has a job in Seattle. Look which two people have no summer plans and a whole loft to themselves? Felicity asks Noel if he wants to get some ice cream.

Thoughts: No one’s getting a summer job? Really?

Obviously Elena and Tracy can’t work out. This was 2001, and Donald Faison was about to start on Scrubs. Though Greg Grunberg was pulling double duty here and on Alias, so what do I know?

Want to feel old? Eva would now be the same age Ruby was when Ruby had her.

Season 3 is short, so we’re already done! Just one season left…

March 6, 2021

Felicity 3.16, It’s Raining Men: Noel Also Wishes He Had Jessie’s Girl, If “Jessie” Means “Ben”

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

Javier wanted his lilac nightgown, but these PJs are just as good

Summary: Moments after their kiss, Noel follows Felicity out to the street to talk about it. Felicity says there’s nothing to talk about – she’s with Ben, and she doesn’t have any deep, dark secrets about her feelings for Noel to reveal to him. She invites him to express his own feelings, but he says they should drop it. Felicity tells him she doesn’t know how to be normal with him now, like they’re just friends. Noel admits that he hasn’t felt like that toward her for a while. Felicity replies that, in that case, the whole past year has been a lie.

She heads to Dean & DeLuca to make up with Ben, saying it doesn’t matter if Noel and Avery want to break them up. Ben agrees, and they make up. Javier (yay, Javier!) comes in and says he feels like he’s having a heart attack. They rush him to the hospital, where he tries to bargain with God (“are you there, God? It’s me, Javier”), saying he’ll be good if God lets him live. A doctor tells him he didn’t have a heart attack, but he might have an arrhythmia, so he needs to stay for observation.

Javier gives Felicity a key to his place and asks her to bring him some of his things, like a nightgown that will make him look thin. He also gives her a key to Dean & DeLuca and puts her in charge. Felicity is hesitant to accept, since she has to study for finals, but he tells her she’s the only person he trusts to run the place.

Sean is struggling to write his bar mitzvah speech, his “first public address for [him] as an actual man.” Meghan is preoccupied by thoughts of the couple’s therapy he said he wanted to try out. They’re kissing and talking and having sex, so everything’s fine. (They didn’t actually have sex. That was just a dream.) Sean points out that they fight all the time and keep breaking up. Meghan tells him this isn’t the weirdest relationship she’s had. Sean won’t give up, since she said she’d go, so she has to give in.

Richard vents to Molly that people don’t take responsibility for their actions anymore, so he has to clean up the mess. He’s arranged to meet with Noel to confront him for toilet-papering the library. Even though Richard has surveillance footage, Noel denies his participation. Richard tells him that the administration wants someone to pay, which means Noel might not be allowed to graduate. A partner in crime can be spotted on the footage, but not ID’d, so Felicity’s in the clear for now, though Richard has a guess about who the partner is. Noel asks Richard to talk to the administration about going easy on him.

Elena runs into DeForrest and tries to apologize for kissing him. She wants to spend time with him and see how things go. He suggests they go to karaoke together. At the loft, Ben and Noel are still prickly with each other. Felicity comes over and barely interacts with Noel. She tells Ben she’s having trouble getting Dean & DeLuca employees to pick up extra shifts, so she’ll have to work a lot while trying to study for finals. She’s decided Noel is the only person she can turn to. Ben says he’s fine with that, and he’ll totally be nice to Noel if he has to see him, since he’s definitely, absolutely always nice to Noel.

So Felicity asks Noel to take some shifts at Dean & DeLuca while they try to work out the weirdness between them. Noel tells her he can’t be the “loser guy friend” anymore. The next time Ben gets in trouble or goes off with another woman, Felicity can’t come to Noel for help or support. She’s on her own.

At karaoke (which DeForrest is hosting), Richard does a passionate performance of “Jessie’s Girl.” Elena admires him for at least trying. DeForrest warns her not to let him to “White Rabbit,” since it makes Richard freak out. He ends Richard’s performance and does “Play That Funky Music, White Boy.” He makes Elena join him, and though she’s not into it at first, DeForrest’s energy and the way the audience responds to him make her enjoy herself.

Afterward, DeForrest walks Elena home as she gushes about how much fun she had and how great DeForrest was as a host. She wants to keep listening to music, so she invites him in, but he thinks she’s just going to end up trying to prove again that she’s open-minded about liking a bigger guy. He’d rather end the evening now.

Sean and Meghan attend their first session with a therapist named Dr. Zwick. I’m not sure how good she is at this, since she thinks they’re married, like, wouldn’t Sean have called Meghan his girlfriend when he set up the session? They start out with some role-playing, pretending to be each other. It doesn’t go well. He teases her for her clothes and she calls him self-centered.

Something’s going wrong with some machinery at Dean & DeLuca, so there’s a bunch of steam. Felicity uses her “I’m in charge” voice to get someone to agree to come fix it. Then she goes to a shift at the clinic, leaving Ben behind to deal with the machinery. Molly strikes up a conversation with Noel at the library, praising him for protecting Felicity for her part in the toilet paper prank. She thinks Noel is a good friend. Elena told her all about Noel and Felicity’s relationship, breakup, and friendship, which Molly thinks is awesome. No matter what, the two of them always have each other.

Felicity takes Javier some of his things and assures him that everything is going great at Dean & DeLuca (yes, even with Ben in charge while she’s out). She gets a call that the broken machinery is working again, but there’s some other problem now, and there was a little fire, and now the sprinklers are going off. Noel arrives just in time to help Felicity and Ben turn off the water.

At the loft, Meghan confronts Sean over some things he said in their session – that she’s unhappy in her personal life and takes out her frustrations on him. She still think he’s self-involved, and he’s also shallow for blaming her for all their problems. Sean isn’t surprised, since she runs away every time things get hard. Meghan wonders why they’re even still together. I know, right? Sean dares her to go to their next session, a dare Meghan can’t resist.

Felicity finds a guy who says he can have Dean & DeLuca cleaned up and ready for customers by 4:00 that afternoon, as long as Felicity, Ben, and Noel help out. Elena confronts DeForrest at the library, accusing him of ignoring the chemistry between them. He keeps saying she’s obsessed with his weight, but he’s the only person who cares about it. Richard goes by Dean & DeLuca to tell Noel that he spoke to the dean and Noel will be allowed to graduate. In exchange, he has to restock all the bathrooms on campus – all 200 of them. Richard tells Felicity he knows she was involved in the prank, and she should know that Noel is protecting her.

In their next session, Meghan complains to Dr. Zwick that she feels like she’s on The Sean Show. It’s always all about him. Dr. Zwick has the two of them say sentences that begin with “I love my partner but…” Meghan continues ranting about how Sean is full of himself. He’s 27 and hangs out with college students, making dumb inventions and his dumb docuventary. Now he’s found God, which seems to be the only thing in his life that works. That seems to really sting Sean.

Back at Dean & DeLuca, Felicity thanks Noel for helping out, even though she knows it’s uncomfortable for him. Noel says that if it was that bad, he wouldn’t have come. She’s also grateful that he’s covering for her for the prank. Noel downplays the punishment, and it would be really nice if she’d offer to help, but she doesn’t. Felicity asks if they’re really not going to be friends anymore. Noel notes that he’s only in New York for three more weeks. His offer to hire Felicity is still open, but Felicity has made plans to go to Boulder with Ben.

It’s Sean’s turn for “I love my partner but…” He says Meghan sometimes makes it hard for him to tell the truth. He knows he’s too old for his friend group, and his inventions suck. Also, the film channel is no longer interested in the docuventary. They think it’s amateurish. Sean admits that the bar mitzvah is a ridiculous idea, so he’s going to call it off.

Ben gives Felicity the news that the summer job he was going to take has been pushed to the fall. Now Felicity has the chance to work with Noel in Seattle. Sometime later, Ben tells Noel that Felicity is considering the job with him, and if she takes it, Ben will go to Seattle with her. He just wants to make sure he and Noel are cool.

Noel tells Felicity he shouldn’t have brought up the job again. It’s not worth it if Ben is going to tag along. Felicity clarifies that she only gets the job if Ben doesn’t come with her. Ben sees them talking and gets in Noel’s face. They end up fighting, like the mature adults they are. Ben tells Noel that his presence doesn’t change a thing between him and Felicity.

Felicity talks over the situation with Javier, who tells her she wants both guys in her life when that’s not going to work. She chose Ben, but she can’t make him be friends with Noel. He notes that it’s hard to grow up. Just then, the doctor tells Javier he’s okay – he had a panic attack and could stand to lose some weight, but his health is fine, so he can leave. “It’s not my time!” Javier cheers.

Meghan feels bad for how harsh she was with Sean. She asks for another chance at role-playing so she can admit that she’s mean sometimes. She thinks Sean is brave for taking chances and trying out new things, no matter what other people think. That makes him more of a man than he believes he is. Dr. Zwick tells the couple they still have a lot of work to do, but they’re making out too hard to hear her.

At the loft, Felicity beats herself up for thinking she, Ben, and Noel could all go to Seattle together and everything would be great. She’s decided not to go. Ben wants to be clear that he doesn’t want her to end her friendship with Noel. DeForrest goes to the dorm apartment to apologize for making things difficult with Elena. He just finds it hard to believe that someone like her wants to be with someone like him. Usually women as pretty as her see him as a safe bet, and a partner who should just be grateful that someone like her would pay attention to him. Elena admits that she has baggage, but he does, too. They kiss, this time with real affection.

Felicity tracks down Noel while he’s doing his prank punishment (she had to check a couple dozen bathrooms before she found him) and tells him she can’t accept his job offer. She also doesn’t want to lose their friendship. Noel knows she’s going to friendzone him again, and he loves her too much to just be friends right now.

We wrap up with Sean’s bar mitzvah. All his friends are in attendance, looking either contemplative or supportive. Meghan may think he’s self-centered sometimes, but his friends are worse, since they can’t stop thinking about their own lives and problems to focus on him for just a few minutes.

Thoughts: Dr. Zwick is played by Teri Garr.

Don’t let his karaoke performance fool you – Robert Patrick Benedict (Richard) actually has a very nice voice.

Javier, stressed by his beeping heart monitor, when Felicity’s cell phone rings: “Am I flatlining??” I love him so much.

Noel: “Thank God.” Richard: “No, thank me.” Supernatural fans: “Ha!”

February 27, 2021

Felicity 3.15, Senioritis: Dependence Day

Posted in TV tagged , , , at 1:11 pm by Jenn

I can’t believe neither of them though there could be security cameras

Summary: Noel is preparing for a job interview by practicing with Sean (who has little patches of tape all over his face, for some reason). Sean asks Noel to describe a time he had to deal with failure. Noel doesn’t think that will come up in an interview. Sean says he knows what he’s talking about; he went to Harvard Business School. Well, he went to a summer seminar at Harvard Business School. P.S. The tape on his face is to cleanse his pores. Avery shows up looking for Ben, who’s not there. He’s been ignoring her messages, and Avery’s confused about why he’s been avoiding her since the trip to the Hamptons. Noel guesses that something happened there.

The next day, I guess, Ben is studying in bed in hopes of actually doing well on his finals. Noel grabs Felicity for “Loser Pet Store”-related stuff, and Ben admits that he’s annoyed with Noel. Noel is anxious to make the cartoon great because the place he has a job interview is going to be looking at it. The guys start bickering over food, and Felicity makes it clear that she’s not happy with either of them.

At the dorm apartment, Elena and DeForrest are trying to study for the MCAT together, but the people in the apartment below them are blasting music. Oohhh, flashback to my junior year when I lived above a jerk who kept doing that. DeForrest jumps up and down a few times, which makes the music stop. Yeah, that wouldn’t have worked for me. Molly comes home with groceries, promises to be quiet, and immediately starts making noise. DeForrest tells Elena he got a hotel room for quiet studying (a popular practice at the school), so Elena can stay there with him if she wants.

Sean comes by to tell Meghan that he’s going to have a bar mitzvah. His parents weren’t religious when he was younger, so he never had one. Now he can finally be a man. Sean has invited his rabbi, Rabbi Levin, over for dinner that night, so Meghan offers to make dinner. In the library, Felicity and Noel learn that Richard has been patrolling the campus in a uniform he borrowed from security. He wants to make sure no one pulls any senior pranks. Felicity asks Noel what’s going on with him and Ben. Noel tries to brush her off, but Felicity’s worried that there’s something she should know.

Avery’s roommate, Samantha, leaves a message at the loft for Ben, telling him that something’s happened. He joins her at a hospital, where Samantha tells him that Avery probably wouldn’t have been admitted if Ben had just returned her messages. Meanwhile, Noel and Felicity are celebrating on a roof, happy about his interview. He wants to do something big to commemorate this. Felicity jokes that they should toilet-paper the library. She backtracks, remembering her last bad experience with a prank, but Noel wants to do it. He got the job and is moving to Seattle.

The two sneak a bunch of toilet paper into the library and stack it on some shelves while waiting for the library to close. Noel details his job, which will be with some billionaire. He’ll be working with a bunch of artists from around the world. He compares it to going to grad school but getting paid for it. Noel thinks Felicity would love it, too, and suggests that she work for him. As the library closes, Richard starts searching for any troublemakers.

Avery tells Ben that she’s been taking pills to help her sleep and ease her anxiety after the shooting. She was doing better, but last night she was distressed, and her regular dosage didn’t work, so she took more than she should have. Ben gently asks if she was trying to kill herself. Avery says no, but it’s not clear if she’s lying or not.

Felicity and Noel have gotten their hands on so much toilet paper that people in 2020 would stone them for it. They toss it everywhere, then make a run for it. Over at the loft, Rabbi Levin arrives for dinner, and Meghan is surprised to learn that she’s a she. Raise your hand if you’re surprised that Meghan’s mad that Sean never mentioned that. Sean tells her he only sees the rabbi as a scholar and mentor, not a love interest.

The hotel room has turned out to be a good studying environment, and DeForrest and Elena have done well on their practice tests. She can’t believe that by this time tomorrow, they’ll be all done. He wants to go to Coney Island to celebrate, but Elena’s not a fan of roller-coasters. He leans in to kiss her but stops when he sees she’s not interested. He tells Elena she can keep the hotel room for the night.

Sean and Rabbi Levin have a great time at dinner, while Meghan is, unsurprisingly, annoyed. She eventually leaves, telling the other two they can continue their “intimate conversation” alone. Avery’s released from the hospital, and Ben takes her to Epstein Bar to have some tea. She tells him she’s learned over the past few months that things and people who were important to her before aren’t as important now. Ben suggests that she go to therapy, but Avery tried that and it didn’t help. She says she’s just lonely.

On their way home from the library, Felicity asks Noel if he was serious about hiring her. She doesn’t have summer plans yet, so she’s open to joining him in Seattle. They spot Ben and Avery getting into a cab. Once they’re together at the apartment, Felicity tells Ben that she saw them on the street. She’s sure there’s an explanation, but it felt awful. Ben tells Felicity what happened and acknowledges her feelings. Felicity feels bad for Avery, but she hates how Avery keeps turning up. Ben thinks that’s over.

Sean comes over the next morning to make sure things are okay with Meghan. They’re definitely not, but she pretends she just needed to study. She’s given things a lot of thought and concluded that Sean needs to be with Rabbi Levin. Meghan and Sean are never going to work, but Sean and Rabbi Levin are perfect for each other. Even if they’re not, he should at least be with someone like her, because Meghan can’t do this anymore. Yeah, neither can I.

Richard is furious about Noel and Felicity’s prank and vows revenge. Felicity tells Noel that Ben was only with Avery the night before because of her overdose. Noel is distracted, worrying that Richard will do something that screws up Noel’s future. Felicity reassures him, then tries to reassure herself that the Ben/Avery stuff is innocent.

Elena catches up with DeForrest after the MCAT, sure they both did well. He apologizes for trying to make things romantic the night before. Elena says it’s fine; she’s grateful to DeForrest for offering her a quiet place to study. At the loft, Ben finds coupons from the break-up kit, which Sean tries to explain to him. Avery comes over with flowers to thank Ben for being so nice to her. She needs a place to study and doesn’t want to be alone, so she asks if she can hang out at the loft. Ben is too nice to say no. He tells her that Felicity’s uncomfortable with their friendship.

Noel comes home and sees that Avery’s there, which Ben realizes is going to come back and bite him. He rushes to tell Noel that he’s just being a nice guy. He doesn’t like feeling responsible for Avery’s well-being. Noel accuses him of trying to save yet another damsel in distress. Does he only save women who come between him and Felicity? Ben says that if anyone’s coming between them it’s Noel. They start fighting over Felicity’s possible summer plans, and Noel accuses Ben of lying to her. Ben says he’s just jealous. Noel yells that he’s not jealous of a guy who slept with Avery, then said nothing happened.

Felicity happens to be in the apartment now, and she’s heard that last bit. Ben admits that Avery kissed him, but that was it. Noel peaces out, having dropped a bomb he doesn’t want to clean up after. Avery slips out, too, the best decision she’s ever made. Ben assures Felicity that the kiss meant nothing, which doesn’t explain why he didn’t tell Felicity about it.

She says there must be a reason he can’t say no to Avery. Ben notes that Felicity can’t say no to Noel, and brings up the break-up kit. Ben doesn’t want Felicity to spend the summer with Noel when he clearly still has feelings for her. Felicity says Avery clearly has feelings for Ben, too, and the situations are different – she and Noel are friends, and this would be for a job. Ben argues that that doesn’t mean Noel doesn’t want to break them up.

At the apartment, Elena tells Molly that she feels horrible for not having romantic feelings for DeForrest just because of the way he looks. Molly says Elena can’t help not having chemistry with him. Elena decides she needs to open her mind more. Richard reviews security tapes and catches Noel pulling the prank in the library. Meghan goes to the loft to get her stuff, but Sean wants them to work things out by going to couple’s therapy (based on advice from Rabbi Levin). Meghan thinks they’re too different to fix things, but she agrees to go anyway.

Elena goes to DeForrest’s to finish the kiss they didn’t have the night before. She promises it wasn’t a pity kiss, though he knows it was. He gets that she’s confused about her feelings because of his appearance, and he doesn’t fault her for trying to be kind, but he doesn’t want charity. Avery visits Ben during a shift at Dean & DeLuca, and he tells her that he gets why she feels connected to him, but that connection doesn’t extend beyond that moment. Her friends and roommates want to help her, so she needs to learn on them instead of him. He can’t be there for her anymore.

While studying at the library, Felicity tells Noel that Ben thinks he’s trying to break them up. She brings it up like it’s a funny, crazy idea, but Noel hesitates before denying it. He doesn’t think Felicity gets how much they’ll miss each other after he moves to Seattle. They depend on each other. He kisses her, which basically obliterates his claim that he’s not trying to break up her and Ben. Noel asks for one thing: Can Felicity say she doesn’t still have feelings for him, too?

Thoughts: Okay, show, time to take Amy Jo Johnson’s name out of the opening credits. Actually, it’s been time for about ten episodes.

Can we please have any plot for Sean and Meghan – literally any plot – other than constant fighting? Their friends must find them exhausting to be around.

Why did they bring Molly back if she’s not going to do anything?

(Bernie Sanders voice) I am once again asking where Javier is.

February 20, 2021

Felicity 3.14, The Break-Up Kit: You Can’t Spell Séance Without Sean

Posted in TV tagged , , , at 1:06 pm by Jenn

Sober Molly is very cute

Summary: Felicity is working on a painting in the dorm apartment, and Elena guesses that she’s in a bad mood. Felicity says she’s not. Elena is, though, since she saw Tracy and Rose together. Their moods get better when Molly returns from rehab. She’s excited to be home and proud to be sober. She asks how the others are, but Felicity and Elena don’t want to talk about their relationship issues.

Over at the loft, Meghan is preparing to hold a séance for her dead dog. Um, okay. Sean is a skeptic about talking to the dead, and Meghan calls him closed-minded, though her prefers the term “normal.” Ben passes through on his way out, and Sean complains that Ben has been moping around and won’t talk about it.

Noel comes by the apartment, where Felicity is working on another painting. He compares her to Bob Ross. Thanks to a bad home facial, Elena has burned her corneas and is temporarily blind. Her other senses are heightened, and she notes that Noel has a high voice. Noel invites Felicity to open up about what’s making her paint so much, but she doesn’t want to talk about it. He tells her that Avery hasn’t been around, and Ben seems upset, if that makes her feel any better.

Speaking of Ben, he asks Felicity to meet him at Epstein Bar. He tells her he didn’t cheat on the test. He’s had a hard time keeping his distance from Felicity, but he doesn’t know how to talk to her about what he’s been thinking. Felicity guesses that he’s struggling with his feelings toward Avery, and if he likes her, maybe they should separate until Ben figures out how he feels. We don’t hear his response, but Felicity cries when she gets home, so it can’t be good.

Avery drops in on Ben at Dean & DeLuca and invites him yet again to join her in the Hamptons. He declines, but she thinks he could use a break from the city and a place to clear his head. They won’t be the only ones there, and he’d have his own room, so this isn’t that kind of trip. Ben decides to accept the invitation.

Molly takes Elena to class, where she chats with a classmate named DeForrest. He’s scratched a cornea before and knows how much it hurts. He offers to take notes for Elena, which is why Molly came with her. But since DeForrest is pre-med and Molly isn’t, Elena accepts his offer. She tells Molly she loves DeForrest’s warm voice. She asks if he’s cute. DeForrest is a big guy, and this was before TV would acknowledge that overweight people can be attractive, so Molly doesn’t know how to answer.

The dorm apartment is starting to fill up with Felicity’s canvases. Meghan tells Felicity that when one of her boyfriends broke up with her, she got a bunch of tattoos, so she can relate. Felicity says she and Ben haven’t officially broken up; he just needs some space. Meghan rants about how guys suck. Well, some guys suck. Ben sucks. Felicity forces her to spill that Ben went to the Hamptons with Avery. They’re there now, in a house that looks like a museum.

Noel checks in on Felicity, who denies that she’s been crying over Ben and Avery. She says she doesn’t want to talk about it, but she can’t stop ranting. I’m sure Noel loves hearing this. Felicity’s upset that Ben asked for space, then went away with another woman. She thinks they’ve officially broken up. Noel comforts her, then thinks of something he can do to cheer her up.

The séance begins at the loft, attended by Molly and Sean. Noel pops in to get something and says there’s no way he wants to join them. While Elena talks with DeForrest on the phone, Noel brings Felicity a box that he calls a break-up kit. It contains coupons for things like popcorn and movies, a Toblerone, and an Aretha Franklin CD. In order to keep the kit, Felicity has to redeem a coupon now. She chooses one for homecooked stew.

In the Hamptons, Avery tells Ben about her childhood memories of family vacations. She always thought she was awesome when she wore a red bathing suit to her parents’ parties, but when she was in the hospital, she looked at pictures from that time and realized she was wrong. She’s amazed by how time can change your perspective. Avery offers to help Ben with whatever he’s dealing with, as if the problem doesn’t stem from her.

The séance is a bust (shocking!), so Sean tries to back out. He’s embarrassed that he’s actually trying to summon a dead dog. Suddenly Meghan starts channeling a spirit – but instead of a dog, it’s Sean’s grandmother. Sean gets freaked out, but Molly tells him everything’s okay. Meghan/Grandma (AKA Gaboom) says she has something just for Sean, in her old bedroom closet. Sean emotionally asks what it is, but Meghan snaps out of her trance before she can answer.

Noel cooks at the dorm apartment, telling Felicity about the aunt who perfected the recipe. Sean calls his parents and asks them to look in Gaboom’s closet. Meghan admits that she made everything up – she wanted to shut him up because he was so smug. Sean blasts her for being cruel.

Felicity admits to Noel that she thinks she screwed things up with Ben. She didn’t try to fight to fix things. If their positions were reversed, she’d feel like he didn’t care. She wants to find him and work everything out. Felicity calls someone, pretending to be a friend of Avery’s who’s supposed to go to the Hamptons this weekend so she can get the location of the house. Noel asks if she’s prepared in case things don’t work out the way she wants them to. She isn’t, but she wants to go find Ben anyway. Noel wishes her luck.

The next morning, Ben calls the apartment, looking for Felicity. Meghan goes on a rant about how she loves Felicity like a sister, and if Ben hurts her, Meghan will kill him. Avery’s friends have joined the fun in the Hamptons, so his quiet, reflective weekend is probably not going to be either of those things. Avery stands very close to him, and they kiss, but he’s clearly not into it. She tells him she’s wanted to kiss him for a long time – even before they met in the ambulance.

DeForrest sends Elena flowers to let her know he’s looking forward to going out with her that night. Elena is super-excited to go out with him, especially since DeForrest clearly doesn’t care about people’s looks, like Tracy does. Molly decides not to tell her what DeForrest looks like after all.

Avery introduces Ben to her friends as the man who saved her life. The poor paramedic gets no credit. Felicity arrives (having borrowed Sean’s cousin’s car) and spies the two of them hanging out together. She pulls Ben away to tell him what she wished she’d said earlier: He may be confused about things, but she’s confused most of the time, so she gets it. She knows he and Avery went through something profound the night she was shot, but she thinks she and Ben can work through things.

Felicity continues that she loves Ben, and they must have something real, because if they didn’t, they wouldn’t have made it this far. He can take time apart if he needs it, but she wants to go through this together. She wants this to work out. Ben hugs her and says he wishes he could ease her fears, but he’s still working through his feelings. Felicity says she doesn’t regret this little road trip; she had to give it a shot.

Sean finds Meghan on campus and gives her great news: His parents found $2,000 in Gaboom’s closet. Meghan thinks her séance conversations with her dog were real after all. Sean tells her to go ahead and buy the expensive boots she’s been eyeing, and he’ll give her the money later. It’s the least he can do to repay her, since she let him talk to his grandmother one more time.

Ben comes home from the Hamptons to learn that he got a B- on his final, the one he was going to cheat on. Avery thinks that’s a bad grade and he should have cheated. Avery, hon, a B- is like an A to Ben. Elena can see again, and when DeForrest arrives for their date, she’s surprised by his appearance. He understands that she might not want to go out now that she knows what he looks like. Elena is obviously underwhelmed, but she doesn’t want to be mean, so she agrees to go out.

Noel visits Felicity, having been filled in on her trip by Molly. He wants to finish the stew and let Felicity redeem her coupon. They talk about his adventures with Sensa, and just as Noel is trying to bring up a more serious topic, Ben shows up. He tells Felicity that he admires her for driving all the way to the Hamptons to tell him how she feels.

He promises that nothing happened between him and Avery. Being in the Hamptons just made him realize that he wanted to be in the city with Felicity. He tells her he got a B- on his test, which makes Felicity proud of him. Ben apologizes for putting Felicity through all this angst and thanks her for coming to the Hamptons. She asks if he’s sure he wants to choose her over Avery. He says he is.

Meghan tells Sean she wants to hold another séance, but he reveals that theirs didn’t really work: There was nothing in Gaboom’s closet. The boots were a lesson. Yeah, a lesson that Sean is a jerk. Meghan can live with this one, though, since she used Sean’s credit card. Felicity goes to the loft to thank Noel for being such a good friend. She won’t need the break-up kit after all, but she appreciates it. She tells him she doesn’t know what she would do without him. Noel says the same about her. So we end with three happy pairs – Felicity and Ben, Meghan and Sean, and Elena and DeForrest – plus two leftovers hanging out together, Noel and Molly.

Thoughts: DeForrest is played by Kenan Thompson. 20 years after this guest appearance, he’s the longest-running cast member on SNL and has his own TV show. Take that, shallow people.

Noel should have taken Felicity to the séance. That craziness definitely would have cheered her up.

Why summon a dog, though? All it can do is bark.

How big is Elena’s class that she wouldn’t know what DeForrest looks like before meeting him? Their classroom doesn’t look very big, and it’s spring, so she’s been in at least one class with him for months. You’re telling me Elena hasn’t researched everything about the other Black pre-med students at her college?

February 6, 2021

Felicity 3.12, Girlfight: Unabashedly Evil

Posted in TV tagged , , , at 1:34 pm by Jenn

Danger! Danger!

Summary: The Christmas party has dissolved into chaos after James’ arrival with a gun. Sean and Tracy chased him out but lost him on the street. Everyone else is trying to find out if anyone was hurt, since the party guests have spread out around the apartment. Felicity checks on Molly, who’s shaken up and blames herself for James’ actions.

Ben is trying to tend to a blond woman who’s bleeding, and as Felicity calls an ambulance, she sees that Elena was also wounded in the arm. Ben rides in the ambulance with the blond woman, Avery, and tries to distract her by talking about plans for Christmas break. Her heart stops and Ben looks into her lifeless eyes as the paramedic tries to revive her.

Later, Sean interviews people about their experiences. Ben is shaken by the memory of watching a woman die. Felicity talks about hearing stories about tragedies that happen to other people. Noel literally dodged a bullet because he happened to be bending down to tie his shoe when James fired the gun. Ben clarifies that the paramedic saved Avery. Molly says that the police found James about an hour after the shooting, and he’s in jail. Tracy doesn’t want to go to Africa now, since it’ll mean leaving Elena (who’s going to be fine), but he knows the program is important. Molly will go back to England for a while.

We fast-forward three months, to Javier giving Sean an interview about the shooting. Javier can’t believe how easy it is to get a gun. Welcome to America! Elena has fully recovered and is taking a self-defense class to feel safe again. Unfortunately, she keeps practicing what she’s learned in class on Felicity. Felicity promises to take the class when she has time, but she’s dealing with classes, work, and Noel’s existential crisis.

Noel has been slacking on “Loser Pet Store,” but Felicity tells him she’ll be coming over later to make him work. Avery comes by the loft with a present for Ben, but Noel doesn’t realize who she is until she says her name. He tells her she’s the reason for his existential crisis. Everything has felt pointless to him since the night of the shooting. Avery, on the other hand, feels like she’s gotten a second chance, and like her life has new purpose.

At the dorm apartment, Meghan complains to Sean about her new psych project: She’s been assigned to work as a teaching assistant at the college’s elementary school. Meghan, unsurprisingly, hates kids. Sean’s like, “Then just don’t do it,” as if that’s an option. Meghan is anxious about returning to her bad childhood memories, and Sean isn’t sympathetic. He thinks she’ll end up having fun.

Felicity goes to the loft to try to make Noel do something productive. She accuses him of feeling sorry for himself. He tells her Avery came by; it sounds like she’s been away from school this whole time and is just now back. Felicity isn’t happy to learn that Avery was looking for Ben, and Noel sent her to Dean & DeLuca to find him. It’s clear why Felicity’s unhappy, because the way Ben and Avery look at each other when she shows up at Dean & DeLuca is the way Ben used to look at Felicity.

Meghan’s role at the elementary school is going exactly as poorly as you’d expect. Felicity shows up at Dean & DeLuca and meets Avery for the first time; Felicity sent her a nice care package while she was in the hospital. She tells Avery that Elena is really into her self-defense class and invites Avery to come along when Felicity goes to her first session that afternoon. Avery gives Ben his present, a really nice swimmer’s watch. She asked his mom for advice on what to get him. She feels like Ben saved her life, and she wants to repay him, so he can ask her for anything he needs.

Elena tells Sean that Tracy is back a month early…but not alone. He didn’t call her to tell her he was back in town. She saw him hugging another woman and figures he brought a new girlfriend back with him from Africa. At the self-defense class, Avery overhears Felicity and Elena discussing Tracy and encourages Elena to talk to him. The situation probably isn’t how it looks. The instructor has Avery practice a take-down move on Felicity, which ends with Felicity on her back on the floor.

Meghan tells Sean that the kids weren’t as bad as she’d expected, but the other teachers are awful. One sent her home to change clothes. Sean says Meghan should get revenge by teaching the kids witchcraft. He’s joking, but Meghan takes him seriously. Elena goes to Tracy’s and asks him about the woman he was hugging. That was Rose, and Tracy decided to leave early with her group. He admits that they’re dating.

Avery comes by the dorm apartment to apologize to Felicity for being so aggressive in class. She gives Felicity an expensive apology sweater, then asks if Ben liked the watch. Avery thinks Ben and Felicity were made for each other. Felicity doesn’t want to accept the sweater, since it’s so nice and pricey, so Avery says that in their next self-defense class, Felicity can flip her, then buy her something.

At the loft, Ben, Sean, and Richard are playing video games while Noel tries to read. Richard and Sean tell Ben that Avery is a trust-fund kid, which explains how she’s able to afford such nice gifts. Richard thinks Ben should take advantage of her generosity. Ben declines, but when Avery offers him courtside Knicks tickets, he has a hard time turning her down.

Later, Ben tells Felicity about the game, which is that night, and Felicity is a little annoyed that he’s going with Avery. She thinks Avery should have given him both tickets and let him pick someone to go with. Ben offers to try to get another ticket, but Felicity has to work on “Loser Pet Store.” Ben promises that it’s just an innocent basketball game. He feels bad for Avery, since she seems to think she can only make friends by buying them things. For the record, Felicity’s wearing the sweater Avery gave her.

While working with Noel, Felicity tries to convince herself that the game is just a friendly thing and she has nothing to worry about. Noel’s like, “Well, it’s not like she’s ugly, so…maybe worry a little?” Meghan meets Sean at the loft and tells him that her teaching job has been going great – so great that she now wants to be a teacher. Specifically, she wants to teach witchcraft.

Sean, of course, objects, so Meghan thinks he’s being too critical. He should be happy that she’s figured out what she wants to do with her life. Sean backs down and offers her some encouragement. Meghan thinks it’s weird that they just had a fight and didn’t break up. Yeah, thank God.

Ben calls Felicity from a club and invites her to join him and Avery there. She asks if she can bring Noel, too, even though Noel doesn’t want to go. When they get there, Avery hasn’t put them on the guest list, so they can’t get in. Felicity thinks Avery did this on purpose. Noel decides to channel Leon and get them inside.

Avery introduces Ben to some friends she’s told all about him. They haven’t, however, heard about Felicity. “Leon” uses his new existential readings to convince the bouncer that the VIP list doesn’t matter – the only list that’s important is the one that says who gets to go to Heaven. The bouncer seems to decide he doesn’t want to spend the night arguing with college kids, so he lets Felicity and Noel inside.

Felicity immediately pulls Avery aside to ask if she’s interested in Ben. Avery admits that she is, but she knows it doesn’t matter, since Ben is so in love with Felicity. Avery feels a connection to Ben because he was with her in the ambulance when she briefly died. She hasn’t been able to stop thinking about him since then. Avery knows her money will only get her so far, but until then, I guess she’s going to use it as much as she can.

Elena tells Sean that she’s realized that Tracy needs to be in a relationship with someone who doesn’t want to have sex. Elena claims to be okay with it, but she’s clearly not. She meets up with Tracy at Epstein Bar to encourage him to be with Rose. At the moment, she seems to be a better match for Tracy than Elena is. Elena just wants Tracy to be happy. He gives her his wallet and tells her to order whatever she wants while he uses the bathroom. Elena is surprised to find a condom in the wallet.

At home, Felicity complains about Avery to Ben, calling her “unabashedly evil.” Ben is sympathetic toward Avery, but Felicity says that being shot doesn’t absolve her of having to take responsibility for her actions. She’s sick of seeing Avery everywhere. Ben promises that he wants to be with Felicity and no one else.

Felicity is concerned because she and Ben both said they didn’t want anything from Avery, but they’re accepting what she offers anyway. Ben is amused by how angry Felicity is; he’s never seen her hate someone before. He promises that now that Avery has thanked him, things will go back to normal. Yeah, probably.

Noel takes Avery to the loft after his surprisingly good night at the club. In fact, they had such a good time that they stayed until the club closed. Avery casually asks if Ben is coming home that night, so it’s pretty obvious that she’s more interested in him than she is in Noel. She tells Noel that she no longer feels like her life has renewed purpose. She hasn’t lived up to the expectations she thought her life would have. Noel can relate – he’s graduating in just eight weeks. They start kissing. Oh, dear.

Meghan gives one of the girls in her class a little witchcraft kit, so her teacher decides to report her to the psychology department. Meghan tells Sean that she now has to undergo a psychological evaluation. Ooh, fun! For us, not Meghan. Avery’s generosity hasn’t stopped, and she’s sent a motorcycle over to the loft for Ben. Ben promises Felicity that he’s not going to keep it.

Noel has figured out a solution for a plot problem in “Loser Pet Store,” and though he’s still having a tiny existential crisis, he’s coming out of it. He tells Felicity he was with Avery when she ordered the motorcycle for Ben, like she was ordering a pizza. Felicity realizes that Noel slept with Avery. Noel says that when she wants something, she really wants it bad. Ben gets on the motorcycle, supposedly just to check it out, but it looks like he won’t be giving it back.

At their next self-defense class, Felicity tells Avery that Ben is returning the bike. Avery doubts that. The instructor has them practice moves on each other, and this time Felicity puts Avery on the floor. She tells Avery that she returned the sweater. At home, Felicity happily tells Elena that she took Avery down. Elena is also down – she’s coming to terms with the fact that Tracy doesn’t love her. Sex clearly wasn’t the issue between them, so it must be that Tracy never loved her.

Ben tells Sean that he doesn’t want to push Avery away after everything she’s been through, but he needs to tell her he can’t accept the motorcycle. He meets with her at Dean & DeLuca, returns the watch, and tells her to stop buying him stuff. She asks him what he saw and heard that night in the ambulance. He tells her he saw her die, but he didn’t hear anything.

Avery says she could hear him, even though he wasn’t saying anything – she heard him inside her, telling her not to go. Ben says that’s what he was thinking. Avery heard him, and she stayed, and now she feels like she belongs with him. Ben resists, reminding her that he has a girlfriend. Avery tells him he can keep the stuff she bought him; they’re just things. What’s really important is what they went through and how she feels right now. She’s never felt like this before, and she doesn’t think Ben has, either.

Thoughts: Who knew you could take three months off from school and then get right back into classes in March?

Way to illustrate that Noel is having an existential crisis by having him read Sartre. You don’t have to be so literal, show.

Spin-off idea: Meghan and a bunch of kids. That’s it.

Not enough Javier! Not enough!

January 23, 2021

Felicity 3.10, Final Touches (AKA Let’s Get It On): Drawing on Reserves

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

Is this man a qualified professor? I’m not so sure

Summary: Felicity gets a letter she doesn’t like and goes to see a professor named Boyden. She thought she’d dropped his philosophy class, but the drop request didn’t go through, so she’s still enrolled. She never attended any classes, so she’s in danger of failing. It’s too late to drop the class, so Felicity’s only option is to ace the final, which is worth 50% of her grade. Boyden laughs as he tells her that even students who have been to class all semester won’t get an A.

At the dorm apartment, Felicity asks Meghan what happened to the two letters she asked her to mail two months ago: the drop-class form and a letter to Sally. Meghan insists she mailed them, but she’s wrong. She thinks Felicity’s smart enough to pass her final despite never going to class. Felicity should make Meghan take the final for her. Also, why would you mail a drop-class form instead of taking it to the registrar’s office?

Ben took the class Felicity now has to study for, and he’s sure she’ll do fine on the final. She disagrees – she has to cram a semester’s worth of philosophy in three days. Didn’t Noel TA a philosophy class? Isn’t that the class Ben took? Noel can help her. Problem solved. Speaking of Noel, Felicity’s supposed to be working on “Loser Pet Store” with him, but she doesn’t want to push that aside for…a graded class. Come on, Felicity.

Molly comes by to get the rest of her stuff, now that she’s no longer welcome in the dorm apartment. Felicity and Ben try to encourage her to get help, but she doesn’t listen to them. At the loft, Sean is having trouble performing sexually after his surgery. Meghan thinks they just need to give it more time, but Sean thinks that, after four weeks, there’s something else going on. Richard comes by with an idea to make money for the student government budget: a sexy calendar. Meghan tells him he needs to make one with men and one with women. She offers to pick the guys for the male calendar.

Felicity and Noel go to Icebox to meet with Morrison, the professor who has connections there. He likes that “Loser Pet Store” is cute, since most of Icebox’s stuff is offensive. For example, there’s a cartoon called “Queer Duck.” Yiiiiiikes. Morrison tells Felicity she should take one of his classes; her animation skills are great. While Icebox likes “Loser Pet Store,” there’s another cartoon they also like, and only one open spot. Felicity and Noel will need to come up with ideas for their next 20 episodes by Friday.

Elena and Tracy chat as they leave a class together, and though they’re much friendlier than they’ve been recently, he’s not ready for things to go back to the way they used to be. He spoke to his minister about the situation, and she told him he can decide whether or not to let go of the past, but not whether or not he wants to forgive Elena. For now, Tracy is ready to be friends.

Instead of studying or working on “Loser Pet Store,” Felicity goes somewhere with Ben and complains about how much work she has to do. She knows she needs to tell Noel she can’t work on the cartoon with him right now. They meet up with Noel at Epstein Bar, and he’s all excited about the cartoon because he thinks it’s going to lead to huge success. So I guess Felicity can’t back out now.

Molly comes in, planning to meet James there, and tells Felicity and Ben that she appreciates their offers of help, but she can’t just walk away from her boyfriend. They tell her to make sure she’s taking care of herself. James arrives and wonders why Molly’s chatting with the people who kicked her out of her apartment. He says Molly doesn’t need any of her so-called friends, then orders them to stay away from her.

After working on the cartoon with Noel, Felicity goes to Ben’s room to study. He guesses that she didn’t tell Noel she has to drop “Loser Pet Store.” Felicity knows she can’t handle both responsibilities right now, but she really wants to do the cartoon, so she can’t bring herself to drop it. Good luck staying awake while reading philosophy in bed after a long day.

Meghan, Richard, and Sean meet with potential models while Sean grumbles that Meghan’s enjoying checking out the guys a little too much. Sean shows even more interest in the female models, eagerly asking one what her interests are. They include walking barefoot on the beach and praying for world peace. Her dislikes include loud people. “Okay, thanks for coming in!” Meghan yells. But first the guys need to see her in a bikini. You know, for the calendar. Meghan comments that she’ll get Sean a drool cup for Hanukkah. They fight, and she tells him that if he likes the model enough, he can sleep with her.

Molly speaks at an Al-Anon meeting, telling the group that James is both using and dealing again. She’s also using. She knows it’s wrong, but she can’t help herself when she’s with James. After the meeting, Ben tries to talk to Molly about getting away from James, but Molly makes excuses. He says he’s going to get clean, and that he’s only dealing to get by. Molly is willing to believe him because she loves him.

More fighting over models. Richard wants to know what’s up with the Bickersons. Elena and Tracy stop by and Tracy looks through the stack of photos of the female models. He’s surprised so many hot women go to their school. Meghan thinks Tracy’s hot, too, and tells him to take off his shirt. She quickly tells him he’s in the calendar.

Felicity and Noel work on their episode outlines at the dorm apartment, though Felicity’s done about as much work on them as she’s done for her philosophy class. He thinks she doesn’t care as much about the cartoon as he does. Exhausted and overwhelmed, Felicity starts crying. Noel gets mad, for some reason, and decides to just work on the cartoon himself. Well, there you go. Now Felicity’s free to study. As Noel leaves, Molly comes by again and asks if she can move back home – “something happened.”

At the loft, Noel complains to Ben that Felicity is being a bad friend. Ben tells him that Felicity’s working hard to pass her philosophy class and help Noel at the same time. She didn’t want to abandon Noel. Felicity calls to tell Ben to come to the apartment, where Molly tells the two of them that James pulled a gun on her while he was high. She regrets just leaving the hotel where they’ve been staying. She doesn’t think she’s strong enough to leave him after all.

Ben reminds her of an Al-Anon lesson: She has to fix herself before she can fix anyone else. Molly thinks she can’t live without James, but Ben tells her she has to. Molly says she’s scared. Felicity tells her that going back to the hotel won’t make that go away. Yes, something bad might happen to James, but if Molly goes back to the hotel, something bad might happen to her, too.

Meghan and Sean fight. Again. Some more. I’m tired. Richard finally tells them to shut up. He realizes they’re struggling sexually in the wake of Sean’s surgery. Elena arrives as Sean leaves and objects to Richard and Meghan’s choice to put Tracy in their calendar. He’s sweet and religious, and Elena thinks that putting a shirtless picture of him in a calendar will mock that. She storms off to talk Tracy out of it. Meghan comments that he’s not going to sleep with her anyway.

Ben takes Molly to the rehab clinic where they met up previously. He notes that he doesn’t really know her, even though they’ve done this before and gone to meetings together. She appreciates how nice he’s been. Noel makes up with Felicity, feeling bad about how he treated her while she’s struggling. She suggests that they try to get an extension on their work for “Loser Pet Store.” Noel calls Morrison, but that’s a no-go…though Noel tells Felicity that Morrison said yes. He also finally tells Felicity he’ll help her study.

Elena finds Tracy and calls him a hypocrite and a tease for wanting to pose shirtless but not have sex. Elena, in what world are those things equivalent? Tracy is willing to do it for a good cause. Elena thinks he should have asked her what she thought first. Tracy reminds her that they’re friends, not a couple. Elena decides she can’t be his friend anymore.

Noel quizzes Felicity on philosophy stuff, but it’s not going well. James bursts in looking for Molly (“you guys need to lock your door,” Noel says helpfully), since she moved all her stuff out of the hotel room. He tells her that her friends don’t care about her, and she knows she belongs with him. Molly resists leaving with him, so he orders her to get her stuff. Ben calmly tells James that Molly just wants to sleep for a little while. James backs down and leaves.

Sometime later, Noel and Felicity head to the library, leaving Ben and Molly behind at the apartment. Felicity and Ben admit that they were scared when James came by. She’s proud of Ben for how he handled the situation. The study session doesn’t go well, and Felicity isn’t optimistic that she’ll pass the final. She’s too tired to retain any more information. Noel urges her to rally and draw on any reserves of energy she might have. He has faith that she can do anything she wants. Plus, he’s sacrificing his own study time to help her, so she’d better succeed. He wants this to be something they look back on and feel good about.

Back at the apartment, Molly is trying to draw on her own reserves to get the strength to break up with James. Ben advises her to do it in public and offers to come with her. Molly’s worried that James will get mad if he sees Ben, but Ben promises to stay out of sight. While Felicity takes her philosophy final the next morning, Tracy goes to the apartment to tell Elena that she’s right – they can’t be friends anymore. But it’s because he wants to get back together.

Felicity goes to the loft after her final and tells Noel it went great, thanks to his help. He decides it’s time to tell her they didn’t get the Icebox extension after all, so they have to finish their episode outlines by the next day. That means another all-nighter. Felicity doesn’t hear that part, though, since she’s already asleep.

Meghan, Sean, and Richard finalize the calendars at Epstein Bar, but only Richard is excited about how successful the project will be. Sean looks through photos of the male models and laments that he’ll never look like them. Meghan would never fantasize about him. Sean has wanted to be intimate with her since right after the operation, and he’s worried that if he can’t perform, Meghan will dump him for someone who can’t. Meghan admits that she thought his failure to perform meant he wasn’t into her anymore. They kiss, and the problem is solved.

Ben watches from across the street as Molly waits for James on a sidewalk. Molly breaks the news to James that they’re done, and though Ben can’t hear them, it’s pretty obvious that James doesn’t take the news well. Ben silently pleads with Molly to walk away, but she doesn’t. She leaves with James, giving Ben an apologetic glance. Hey, great, Meghan and Sean are fine again, still together to fight about something else next time. Can’t wait. Tracy and Elena are also fine, and he’s no longer a virgin. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem happy about it.

Thoughts: Morrison is played by Scott Adsit. I hope he got paid extra for having to sport some ridiculous facial hair.

The whole didn’t-know-I-was-enrolled-in-a-class-and-have-to-take-the-final thing is definitely based on a common nightmare, but it actually happened to a friend of mine. I’m not sure how she dealt with it, though.

Molly should have stayed at the loft instead of the apartment. It would have taken James a lot longer to track her down.

I can’t deal with Sean and Meghan fighting in every episode. It gives me Steve/Clare flashbacks.

January 16, 2021

Felicity 3.9, James and the Giant Piece: Me and Earl and the Addict Girl

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

Creeeeepy

Summary: Living with Sean has rubbed off on Noel, who wants to sell an idea to a website. One of his professors is a programmer at a cartoon site, Icebox, and has encouraged Noel to submit graphics. Felicity likes the limping robot Noel has designed. Too bad it’s not supposed to be a limping robot. There’s also an elephant that’s really a mailbox. Better luck next time, Noel. He’s starting to question his decision to become a graphic designer. Since Felicity has taken classes about life drawing and figures in motion, she thinks she can help.

Elena comes home with news that she has to appear before the school’s disciplinary committee to address her fling with McGrath. She’s one of nine who have been identified as his love interests. Dang, he really got around. At an Al-Anon meeting, Molly tells the group that her boyfriend, James, is facing eviction because he spends all his money on drugs. She admits to using cocaine with him. James has graduated from that to crack, but Molly’s trying to avoid taking that step.

After the meeting, Ben tells the leader, Alicia, that they need to do more to help members who need it. Alicia told Molly about a program she should attend to help her with her drug use, but there’s only so much Alicia can do. She warns Ben that if Molly doesn’t want help, he needs to accept her rejection. He goes to see Felicity, asking her what she would do if she knew someone who was struggling with addiction. Felicity would try to listen to that person and be there as much as she could. Ben pretends he was talking about his father.

Meghan runs into Earl and some friends, and he taunts her for selling out. She’s boring now that she’s settling down with Sean and isn’t partying anymore. When Meghan gets to the loft, she tells Sean they have to go out tonight. She’s distressed to realize that Earl was right – she’s changed. She wants to go to a rave. Sean reminds her that he just had surgery, so he shouldn’t be in a place where people are slamming up against him. Sean suggests throwing raisins and cinnamon into the oatmeal he’s made, his version of going wild.

Elena meets with Dean Allison, who tells her about a former student named Sabina who’s filed the harassment complaint against McGrath. She got Elena’s name, along with McGrath’s other exes, from his assistant, who thought he was taking advantage of his students. It was a typical quid pro quo arrangement – the women slept with McGrath and he gave them higher grades.

Felicity has been able to improve Noel’s cartoon, so she thinks they should team up again. Elena comes home and tells them she’s not going to address the disciplinary committee. The circumstances of her fling with McGrath weren’t the same as the other students’, since he didn’t coerce her into a relationship and she didn’t sleep with him to get better grades. Sabina is the student Elena and Felicity talked to about McGrath’s seminar, and Felicity and Elena agree that she had a weird vibe. Besides, Elena is more concerned with fixing thing with Tracy.

Ben finds Molly at Epstein Bar and encourages her to break up with James. Molly doesn’t appreciate his input. Ben isn’t an addict, so he can’t understand the situation. James joins them, and Molly leaves with him. Elena agrees to talk to Sabina at Dean & DeLuca, but she doesn’t agree to go before the disciplinary committee. Neither will any of the other women who slept with McGrath, since they need his recommendation for post-grad stuff. Sabina just wants one other person to back her up.

Elena tells her that their situations are different, since she wasn’t coerced. Sabina says he just made her feel that way. She knows now that her relationship with McGrath was really a form of harassment. Elena continues to argue that she wanted the relationship. Plus, McGrath was going through a difficult time and needed someone – his ex-wife was sick. Sabina is familiar with that story and now knows that it wasn’t true.

Noel and Felicity keep working on his cartoon together. Does anyone care about this? Yeah, I didn’t think so. She wants to make a cartoon called “Loser Pet Store,” about animals no one wants. One character is a neutered poodle that thinks it’s a cat. Another is a snake that thinks it’s in a relationship with another snake, but it’s really its tail. There’s also an alcoholic goldfish that wants to swap its water for vodka. Noel loves the idea and wants Javier to voice the poodle.

Molly goes to the loft and tells Ben that she’s in over her head with James. In a clinic waiting room, she tells him she met James when he was on a trip to London. She kind of came to New York for him. Hmm, sounds familiar. James is charming and everyone loves him, including Molly’s mom, whose psychic abilities haven’t told her there’s anything to worry about. Molly appreciates that Ben cared enough to say he was worried. She knows James would have a hard time quitting drugs, but she can’t imagine quitting him.

Elena and Tracy chat after class, and though he’s polite and civil, he doesn’t want to talk much. Back at the dorm apartment, Elena admits to Felicity that McGrath changed her seminar grade after she slept with him. Based on that grade she didn’t earn, she got into upper-level classes and landed on the Dean’s List.

Felicity points out that she had to earn those honors by herself. But Elena knows sleeping with McGrath was what set everything in motion. She wouldn’t have met Tracy or taken chances if she hadn’t gotten that grade. Now she thinks she’s a fraud. She continues that the same thing happened to her as what Sabina went through. If she comes forward, though, she’ll have a black mark on her transcript and she’ll never get into med school.

Meghan brings Earl to the loft after spending all day and night partying with him. Sean is annoyed that she’s spending so much time with a guy like Earl. She’s acting like a completely different person. Meghan says this is who she really is. She changed when she started dating Sean, but he hasn’t made any changes for her. Sean thinks that having his testicle removed counts. “That ball can only get you so far!” Meghan yells.

Ben stops by the dorm apartment, where Felicity announces that James is going to move in for a while. She didn’t even know that Molly had a boyfriend. Ben gets Molly alone and asks why she didn’t break up with James. Molly says they had a long talk, and he’s even going to come with her to a clinic appointment. Ben says his father always did the same thing – he would promise he was going to stop drinking, but he never kept his word.

Felicity tells Ben that she wants to tell Tracy what Elena’s going through. Felicity, has meddling in your friends’ lives ever worked out? Over at the loft, Sean tries to make up with Meghan by offering her tickets to a comedy club. Yeah, not good enough. Meghan wants to go to the Fetish Ball. She plans to dress as a pregnant woman. Sean reminds her that it’s Friday night, so he has to observe the Sabbath. Meghan suggests that he tell God that Sean’s ex-girlfriend is going to the Fetish Ball.

Felicity goes to see Tracy and tells him that Elena is struggling with the whole McGrath situation. She only accepted one grade in exchange for sex, but it wasn’t really like that. Elena held everything in for two years, and now she feels like a fraud. Felicity just wants Tracy to reassure Elena that she’s still a good, smart person. Tracy doesn’t want to get involved.

At Dean & DeLuca, Felicity tells Ben she thinks it’s weird that Molly never mentioned having a boyfriend. Ben is only half listening, and he wants to leave his shift early. Tracy finds Elena and tells her he knows about the McGrath stuff. He confesses that he didn’t get into McGrath’s seminar freshman year, but Elena did, which means she’s smart. She shouldn’t believe that she doesn’t deserve the things she’s earned. Tracy isn’t over what happened between them, but wants her to know this is how he feels.

Molly and James are supposed to go to her clinic appointment, but first he wants to do some crack. She resists, but he basically orders her to join him. Ben goes to the clinic to try to catch Molly, but she’s still at the dorm apartment, making out with James. He tells her she should cut her hair, and when she says she doesn’t want to, he cuts it for her. Poor Ben waits at the clinic for so long that he falls asleep.

Noel tells Felicity that his professor loved “Loser Pet Store” and wants to take it to Icebox. Noel wants them to keep working on it together. He leaves as Ben comes over, just as Felicity finds Molly’s hair all over the bathroom floor. Ben tells Felicity that James shouldn’t be staying there. He starts to move James’ bag and a gun falls out. Ben tells Felicity that Molly’s in his Al-Anon group and has talked about James’ drug use. Felicity is a little annoyed that Ben didn’t tell her that Molly’s using, too. She agrees that James shouldn’t be staying there.

Elena meets with the disciplinary committee, alongside Sabina. She testifies that she initiated the relationship with McGrath, but that probably doesn’t matter, since she was 18 and he was 44. After the interview, Elena tells Dean Allison that she didn’t earn the grade McGrath gave her in his seminar. She wants to retake the class. Allison notes that her course load is heavy, so her other work might suffer, but Elena insists on earning her grade on her own.

Meghan goes to the Fetish Ball with Earl, but she’s not as happy to be there as she wanted to be. Earl is pleased that she’s giving up her boring life to go back to the person she used to be. Meghan says they’re not really over; their fetish is breaking up with each other over and over. Earl calls Sean as loser, but Meghan says she doesn’t date losers – she just hangs out with them.

Elena tells Tracy that she testified against McGrath and he’s going to be fired. She appreciates his advice to be honest and be who she is. He tells her she shouldn’t doubt herself. Elena says she misses him, and he jokes, “I hope so.” At the loft, Noel shows Meghan one of “Loser Pet Store”‘s characters, a dog that claims it’s well-traveled. Sean goes home, wearing rave clothes, since he went to the Fetish Ball to find Meghan. Meghan is touched by how far he went to try to be with her. Noel just cracks up.

Molly comes home to the dorm apartment alone and thanks Felicity for letting James stay with them. Ben announces that he told Felicity everything. Molly is understandably upset that he told her secrets. Ben says that James is probably dealing again, and he thinks Molly knows it. Molly says he insists he’s not, and she believes him. She asks to wait until the morning, and then the four of them can talk.

Ben tells her that James can’t stay at the dorm apartment. He mentions the gun, and Molly slams him and Felicity for looking through James’ belongings. Ben tells her she has to go back to the clinic to get help, or she can’t stay in the dorm apartment, either. Felicity thinks that’s too far. Molly tells them that they’re judging her because they think she has a problem, when instead they should be examining the kind of people they are.

Thoughts: I’m surprised Al-Anon lets people who are drinking or using attend meetings. Wouldn’t that trigger other members or make it harder for them to trust each other?

Felicity’s goldfish character sounds like something from a Seth MacFarlane show.

Felicity, if you’re starting a sentence with, “I know what’s going on is none of my business,” don’t finish the sentence.

Meghan and Earl in costume at the ball with techno music playing has intense Alias vibes.

Molly wears a shirt that looks like a sleeveless sweater. Please fire the wardrobe person who picked that out.

Please enjoy this gif of Sean in his rave clothes.

January 9, 2021

Felicity 3.8, A Good Egg: It’s Tricky

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

Look at us, just two heterosexual people in love

Summary: Noel is still filling in for Ben at Dean & DeLuca, and he’s working on a “project” he needs Felicity’s help with. Felicity guesses the project has to do with Jane. Javier arrives with his baby nephew, Isaiah, and gets Noel to watch him while he talks to Felicity. Javier has baby fever, and he and Samuel want to become parents. Of course, without a woman in the relationship, they can’t do this the traditional way, so Javier would like to know if Felicity would be the child’s mother.

At the loft, Ben tells Felicity a little about his first Al-Anon meeting. They’re both glad he went. Ben takes the “anonymous” part seriously and doesn’t mention Molly being there. Felicity announces that Javier wants her to donate an egg so he and Samuel can have a baby. Samuel’s aunt would be the surrogate, since they want someone they know to do that part. Felicity says she’s not going to do it, but she’s said that before, so…

Elena tracks down Tracy, who’s been avoiding her and clearly doesn’t want to talk. He lets her know that Finn told him he and Elena hooked up. Elena wants to explain herself, saying she was confused and got caught up in the moment. Tracy spits out that he hopes the sex was worth it, because they’re done.

Noel and Jane go out again, and he’s still doing that thing where he reads her emails and then studies up on something she likes to make it look like he likes it, too. Noel, you are exhausting. She sees a little suspicious that he dropped into her life out of nowhere and has so much in common with her. He says that either the planets aligned or they got lucky. He moves in to kiss her, but Jane turns her head and admits that she’s thinking about someone else, an old friend she’s interested in. She doesn’t want to mislead Noel if there’s something possible with that friend.

At the dorm apartment, Felicity tells Ben that she’s thinking about donating her egg after all. Ben has reservations about the arrangement and isn’t sure Felicity has completely thought this through. After all, she’s been known to act impulsively in the past. At Dean & DeLuca, Javier tells Felicity that he got into a fight with his brother about having a baby who will be raised by two fathers. Felicity announces that she’s ready to move forward and donate her egg. Javier thanks her for giving him and Samuel a family.

Now Felicity will have to explain this decision to other people, like her mother. Molly, however, thinks she’s doing something wonderful. At the loft, Sean catches Noel reading Jane’s emails, which Sean says is a felony. He thinks this is a great hook for the show. Noel is concerned that he’s now competing with some guy named Tricky, a friend of Jane’s from summer camp. He lost the email he was reading and needs the address of a retirement home, which Sean inadvertently captured on tape. Jane volunteers there, and Noel is going to join her. Sean tells him he has a problem. Noel pretends to agree, then tries to grab his camera.

He’s already at the retirement home, playing chess with a resident named Howie, when Jane gets there. She sits down to watch and asks if Noel is winning or losing the game. He’s losing, but he thinks the tide is about to turn. Felicity goes to meet with a fertility counselor named Liz who is herself mother to a baby who started out as a donor egg. Felicity wants to know about the steps she’ll have to take to get pregnant. Injections and blood tests are involved. Maybe she should just have sex with Javier.

At home, Felicity tells Elena about the meeting, and Elena bluntly tells her not to go through with it if it’s too much for her. She’s working on a letter to Tracy, since he won’t talk to her. She tells Felicity she slept with Finn, again saying she was confused. She asks if Ben would have forgiven Felicity if she’d actually slept with Randy. Uh, doesn’t seem like it.

Ben and Molly are both at the next Al-Anon meeting, and Ben decides to share with the group this time, though all he says is that he hates his father. Molly goes next, talking about her boyfriend, James. A few weeks ago, she shared that she wanted to break up with him to protect herself, but she doesn’t want to abandon him while he’s going through some difficult times. Molly admits that his alcohol and drug use is a bad influence on her – she thinks she’s addicted to an addict.

Noel walks Jane home, still talking about how much they have in common. He wonders, hypothetically, what it would be like if they didn’t have so much in common. He wants to go out again, though he knows Jane has plans already. Jane is curious about how he knows that, but not so curious that she doesn’t agree to cancel her plans and go out with Noel.

At the dorm apartment, Ben tells Felicity that he’s been thinking about the egg donation and doesn’t want her to do it. What if she disagrees with how Javier and Samuel want to raise a child who’s biologically hers? What if, like Julie, the child wants to get to know her someday? Felicity understands where Ben is coming from, but she still wants to give Javier and Samuel a child. Ben asks why she’s always putting other people’s needs ahead of her own. Felicity wonders why he’s so upset about this.

She goes to Dean & DeLuca, where Javier tells her that his brother seems to be coming around on the idea of Javier and Samuel having a baby. Ben’s discomfort with the idea of Felicity donating an egg has made her uncomfortable as well. Javier is disappointed, but he and Samuel do have a backup donor in mind.

Elena joins a study group Tracy’s in, and the two of them bicker until another member of the group reminds them they’re not in a therapy session. Once everyone else leaves to take a break, Elena gives Tracy the apology letter she wrote him. Back at the dorm apartment, Noel has turned to Felicity for help getting out of the jam with Jane. Felicity urges him to tell her the truth. Noel is like, “But I enjoyed all the stuff we’ve done, so maybe being creepy has made me a better person?” Felicity tells him he always underestimates himself – he doesn’t need to lie to get a woman’s attention.

Javier lets himself in and tells Felicity that the backup donor wants to meet with the parents who will be raising her biological child. The thing is that she doesn’t know the parents will be two men. Felicity objects to what he knows is coming, but ultimately Javier convinces her to pretend to be his wife so the donor, Patty, will believe she’s donating an egg to a straight couple. He lies that they can’t conceive naturally because he’s impotent. Except he mixes up his words and says he’s omnipotent.

Patty is wary about the situation because she offered to donate to another couple who wound up getting divorced right before the donation was to occur. Javier promises that he and Felicity are totally, completely, romantically in love. Felicity’s conscience gets the better of her and she says she needs to figure out how to tell Patty the truth. “Creatively would be good, or not at all,” Javier says. Felicity just tells Patty how awesome Javier is and what a great father he would be.

Noel and Jane have dinner again, and she tells him about Tricky. He was like a brother to Jane until he started wanting more. She was worried that getting involved with him would ruin their friendship, but she was tempted…until now. Now she wants Noel. They start making out and wind up in her bedroom, but Noel decides he needs to come clean before they go too far. He confesses that he’s been reading her emails to learn more about her. Jane calls him a stalker and kicks him out. “That’s fair,” he concedes.

Javier and Samuel have a baby shower for the baby they haven’t even conceived yet. Meanwhile, Patty goes to Dean & DeLuca looking for Javier and Felicity. Ben and Molly end up alone together at the shower, and he asks if she’s using along with her bad influence boyfriend. Were the drugs Felicity found in her closet Molly’s? Molly says no, then tells him she won’t talk about her issues outside of meetings.

The shower attendees are toasting the fathers to be when Patty shows up. She’s just in time to hear Javier calling Samuel his husband. She was going to drop off some medical records, but now she’s not going to go through with the donation. Felicity tries to smooth things over with her, but Patty’s conservative upbringing means she doesn’t think Javier and Samuel can be the right family for a baby.

Tracy has read Elena’s letter, but he tells her he can’t forgive her. Noel meets up with Richard at Epstein Bar, where Richard has big news: This woman he’s been interested in forever was showing some interest in him until she started seeing someone else. Last night, she canceled their plans to go out with the other guy, but it turns out he’s a fraud. Does this sound familiar? Jane is the woman, Noel is the fraud, and Richard is Tricky. In addition, Jane came to him for comfort after she learned the truth about Noel, and Richard is no longer a virgin. When Jane arrives, she and Noel pretend they don’t know each other.

Molly tells the Al-Anon group that she’s been attending for a month now, which means a lot to her – she’s trying to heal. She also lied to someone she cared about. The drugs in the closet were hers, and she doesn’t know why she said they weren’t. After the meeting, Ben promises not to tell Felicity about the drugs, but he’s worried that Molly is still using and bringing drugs into the dorm apartment. Molly reminds him that the group is a place for them to talk about the horrible parts of their lives and commit to helping each other. They’ve made an agreement and he can’t back out.

At the loft, Felicity tells Ben that talking to Patty made her want to help Javier and Samuel even more. Ben has been trying to figure out why the idea of her donating an egg bothers him so much. He’s realized that it means she would be sharing herself with someone else in an extreme way. If she wants to go through with it, he’ll support her. Felicity appreciates that, but she knows Ben was right when he pointed out that it would be complicated for her to be around a child who was biologically hers without being hers to raise. So it’s a no on the egg.

Episode-ending music montage! Felicity takes Javier the gift she didn’t have in time for the shower. Tracy rereads Elena’s letter while Elena waits by her phone for him to call. Noel goes back to the retirement home and plays chess with Howie again. Felicity and Ben hang out together, two totally normal college students with no biological children and no secrets about roommates who are bringing drugs into their shared living spaces.

Thoughts: Richard Erdman, who plays Howie, is better known for his role on another show about college students – he was Leonard on Community.

These people have never heard of adoption, have they?

I highly doubt a fertility doctor would approve of Samuel and Javier’s plan to use Samuel’s 49-year-old aunt as a surrogate.

I’m so disappointed that we didn’t get a scene where Meghan tells Felicity she’s making a horrible decision and should never procreate in any way, shape, or form.

January 2, 2021

Felicity 3.7, Kissing Mr. Covington: Nothing to Lose

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

OH, ELENA

Summary: Felicity brings Ben home from the hospital after his beating by Randy’s friends. His face is bruised and his arm is in a sling. Since he won’t be able to work for a little while, Noel has offered to fill in for him at work. Mr. Covington calls, but Ben doesn’t want to talk to him. He’s surprised that Mr. C. knows about his assault. Felicity guesses that the hospital called him and he flew out to check on his son (Mrs. C. is out of the country). Ben repeats that he doesn’t want to talk to him.

Noel runs into Jane (or is maybe stalking her?) and invites her to get sushi. She had a bad experience with it and doesn’t eat it anymore. Plus, she has to get to class. She leaves as hopefully Noel figures out a way to learn how to talk to women like a human being.

At the dorm apartment, Felicity is in a great mood and is dancing like no one’s watching. It turns out someone’s watching, though – Mr. C. She tells him not to take it personally that Ben doesn’t want to talk to him. He’s just “going through something.” Mr. C. is going to AA and thinks Ben should try out Al-Anon, meetings for family members of alcoholics. He wants Felicity to try to talk him into going to a meeting. Mr. C. wants Ben to get that he’s in the city because he really cares about his son.

Sean, who’s still in the hospital, has taken an interest in Judaism. He guesses that his roommate, Morgenstern, is also Jewish. Sean tells Meghan that before his surgery, he made a pact with God: If he survived, he would devote his life to God. Now he’s going to follow all of the 613 commandments in the Torah.

At the dorm apartment, Noel asks Elena for advice on how to get to know Jane. He admits that he got her email password and is tempted to read her private messages to find out more about her. Elena tells him to definitely not do that. Lies will ruin everything. Speaking of lies (well, secrets), Tracy arrives with news that the paper he and Finn wrote is going to be published.

As Noel logs into Jane’s email just seconds after Elena and Tracy leave, Felicity tells Ben that Mr. C. came to see her. Ben thinks Mr. C. is just using his charms to win Felicity over. Felicity asks Ben to give him one more chance. Elena meets up with Finn at Epstein Bar and tells him she loves Tracy, so whatever’s happening between the two of them needs to stop.

Mr. C. returns to the dorm apartment, disappointed because he’s sure he’s really lost Ben. His sponsor encouraged him to come visit, saying he had nothing to lose. Mr. C. gets that because he’s already lost it. He starts crying, and when Felicity gives him a comforting hug, he kisses her neck, then tries to move to her lips. He realizes how uncomfortable she is and leaves.

Despite not wanting anything from his father, Ben has put up a little basketball hoop Mr. C. gave Felicity to give him. Felicity tells him that Mr C. came to see her again. Ben has decided to give him a second chance after all, and Felicity awkwardly encourages him to go for it. Felicity, honey, you need to go back to therapy. I’m sure Pavone would love it.

Meghan is trying to gather stuff for a Sabbath meal, telling Molly that Sean is suddenly “ultra-Jewish.” Molly says that happened to a friend of hers who was hit by a car and then started thinking she was the Virgin Mary. Yeah, that’s not the same at all, Molly. Tracy meets up with Finn and another classmate, who share the news that McGrath was busted for sexual harassment. Tracy wonders “who would want to get down with the prince of darkness.” The third classmate knows someone on the disciplinary committee and has a list of women who were involved with McGrath. The list includes Elena.

Noel has gotten a bunch of info from Jane’s emails and now knows multiple ways to her heart. His first choice is crashing her yoga class. Elena warns that he won’t get away with this. Noel tries anyway, showing up with the same book Jane is reading. Then he asks her out for Indian food, her favorite cuisine.

Meghan takes Sean some Sabbath things and he thanks her for doing a mitzvah (good deed). She got a discount at a Judaica store because she told the clerk she was converting to Judaism. That lie may cancel out her mitzvah. Sean asks if she would ever convert for real, but Meghan thinks that’s a ridiculous idea. He tells her that, in that case, they have to break up. He wants his kids to be Jewish, “not Jew-witch.” Meghan leaves him all the stuff she brought him, except the wine.

Tracy confronts Elena over her relationship with McGrath, clarifying that his assistant filed the harassment complaint and gave the disciplinary committee the names of McGrath’s flings. Tracy knows they were together years before, and Elena didn’t cheat on him or anything, but he’s upset that she never mentioned this to him. He’s going to try not to take it too seriously.

Felicity helps Ben get ready for a visit from Mr. C., which goes well, though Felicity looks like she’d rather be anywhere else. When Ben leaves the room, Mr. C. apologizes to Felicity for the kissing. He’s had a horrible year and has felt alone, but talking to her made him feel hopeful. Felicity tells him that he’s making her uncomfortable. Mr. C. thanks her for not saying anything to Ben.

The next day, Ben tells Felicity that he got tickets to a play that night but can’t go. He wants Felicity to take Mr. C. instead. Meghan complains to Molly that Sean broke up with her after she spent all this time comforting him and let herself become vulnerable. Elena glares at Noel as he reads her one of Jane’s emails, then tells him that she cheated on Tracy with Finn. Noel tears up the emails and offers Elena a deal: He’ll tell Jane the truth if Elena comes clean to Tracy. Elena notes that she has more to lose here than Noel, but she agrees.

Sean’s roommate, Morgenstern, reveals that he’s a rabbi. He asks what will happen if Sean has a relapse or gets a different type of cancer. What will happen to his relationship with God? If Sean loves Meghan, he should propose to her. He shouldn’t waste his life on things that aren’t important to him. His “crash diet” with God won’t last. God isn’t a fad; He’s a way of life.

Elena invites Tracy to the dorm apartment so she can break his heart. Before she can, he reads her an acrostic he wrote her (“E is for everything you do so well. L is for your long, luscious locks…”). He promises that he will always love her. This is the first time someone’s written a poem for Elena, and she can’t crush him after that.

Noel and Jane have dinner together, and things are going well, but his conscience tells him he needs to be honest. Instead, he uses a line she wrote in one of her emails, the exact line she told a friend she wants a guy to say to her. In this instance, it’s not what she wants to hear, and she slaps Noel. Good for her. Run away, Jane! Run far away!

At the loft, Felicity tells Ben that she feels like she’s getting sick, so she should skip the play with Mr. C. He guesses there’s something else going on, but she just says that Mr. C. makes her uncomfortable. Ben asks if Mr. C. did something to her. The fact that his mind goes there says a lot, doesn’t it? Ben decides to go pay his father a visit.

He finds Mr. C. at Epstein Bar and asks what Mr. C. did that made Felicity too uncomfortable to be alone with her. Mr. C. first says that they hugged, but Ben guesses that there was more. Mr. C. admits to the kissing, then tries to explain himself, saying he came to New York because he wants to make things right with Ben. Ben replies that he doesn’t want Mr. C. in his life.

Back at the loft, Ben tells Felicity he feels bad for what Mr. C. did. He’s trying to hold in the rage he feels toward his father. Felicity reminds him of when they carved pumpkins together their freshman year. That was the first time he ever told her about his father. She thought she understood then, but now she knows it goes deeper.

She’s gotten him pamphlets on various groups that might be able to help him. Ben says he doesn’t need a group – he needs a new dad. Felicity tries to talk to him about Al-Anon, but Ben doesn’t want to feel like he’s the one who’s messed up. Mr. C. returns, and Felicity leaves without talking to him. Mr. C. has come to say goodbye to Ben, who isn’t interested in a conversation beyond that. He’s definitely not interest in offering forgiveness. Mr. C. says he loves Ben, then leaves.

Sean shows up at the dorm apartment and asks Meghan to marry him. She’s confused, since he just dumped her. He tells her he no longer cares that she’s not Jewish. Meghan wants an apology first, but when Sean apologizes, she says he doesn’t get the real problem. Dumping her because she’s not Jewish is “anti-anti-Semitic.” Heh. She says she’ll get back together with Sean but she won’t marry him.

Sean tells her that this wasn’t even his idea. Just what every woman wants to hear after being proposed to. He explains that Morgenstern pushed him to propose. He needs a little more time to decide if Judaism is really this important to him. Meghan is willing to give him that time.

Tracy finds Finn and says that Elena told him about the affair. Of course, Finn thinks he means his affair with Elena, not her fling with McGrath. Finn’s pleased that Tracy is cool with everything. He says it wasn’t really an affair anyway; he and Elena were only together one time. Oops, looks like Tracy’s going to get his heart broken after all.

Noel is a disaster filling in for Ben at Dean & DeLuca. Jane comes by to apologize (!!!), telling him that her friend reminded her that she wanted a guy to say exactly what Noel said to her at dinner. She’d like to get to know him better. Jane, nooooo! What’s wrong with you??? Ben goes to an Al-Anon meeting after all and is surprised to see someone he knows: Molly.

Thoughts: Leave it to Felicity to not be honest with Ben right after they’ve made up from a big fight over how she wasn’t honest with him.

Trivia: Kit-Kats are kosher.

Meghan wears her best green cheetah-print shrug and zebra-print tank top to visit Sean in the hospital. Guys, remember shrugs? Also, Molly wears three headbands at once. Sigh.

December 26, 2020

Felicity 3.6, One Ball, Two Strikes: These People Are All Nuts

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

Just who I would want to see after surgery

Summary: At Dean & DeLuca, Javier is telling Noel that he thinks his humanities professor has a crunch on him. Noel isn’t impressed. He needs some advice on what to do if he had a friend who was gay. No, it’s not him. Javier immediately guesses that it’s Richard. Noel asks if he should tell Richard that he may know Richard’s secret. Javier says Richard will come out if and when he wants to (if he is, in fact, gay). Noel just wants Richard to know that Noel accepts him. Javier advises him to just say that he’s Richard’s friend no matter what. He thinks Noel is sweet for caring so much.

Later, Noel tells Sean (on camera) that he wasn’t going to say anything, but then Richard started talking about a woman he wants to date. Noel thinks he’s pretending to be straight, so he tells Richard he’s his friend no matter what. Richard asks why Noel has been acting so weird lately. Noel finally announces that he knows Richard’s gay and it doesn’t bother him. Richard is surprised at this and asks if Noel thinks he’s hiding something he’s shameful about. He tells Noel to go to Hell and storms out. Javier slaps Noel on the arm and says, “I told you.”

Sean has a pre-surgical appointment that afternoon but is trying to go about his normal life until then. He wants to downplay the importance of the whole situation to Meghan. It’s been a week since the whole Felicity/Ben/Randy/picture drama went down, and Ben is still keeping to himself. Sean and Meghan aren’t surprised.

Sean interviews Felicity about what she’ll be displaying in the upcoming senior art show. She’s still working on it. Sean asks if she wants to talk about “the whole Ben thing,” since he needs better content for this week’s episode. He asks if they’re going to break up. Felicity understands why Ben is upset with her, and since he asked for space, she’s trying to give it to him.

Later, Ben and Felicity work the same shift at Dean & DeLuca, and when Ben tries to get Javier to communicate with her for him, Javier refuses. Ben and Felicity keep things professional and civil for about five seconds before they start fighting. She insists once again that nothing happened between her and Randy, but he still thinks something could have happened that she doesn’t remember.

Javier tells Richard about how he came out to his parents: He got them a cake with the message “your son is gay.” That way, if they kicked him out, at least there would be cake. But he picked up the wrong cake, so he had to come up himself. They already knew, and they told him they love him exactly the way he is. Richard figures Noel put Javier up to this, so he walks out on another conversation.

Sean runs across traffic to film Tracy and Elena kissing goodbye before Tracy leaves for a weekend Habitat for Humanity build. He’s supposed to work on a sociology paper with a classmate, so Elena offered to put his part together with the partner’s. Sean loves how in love they are. But later, Elena tells Molly that Finn is still on her mind. Molly thinks that she’s struggling more with abstinence than she’s let on. Speak of the devil, Finn comes over and tries to make plans with Elena. She tells him she’s dating Tracy, but Finn already knows. He’s Tracy’s sociology partner.

Felicity tracks down Randy again and asks him to talk to Ben. She’s out of ideas for salvaging the relationship. Richard goes to the loft to yell at Noel for telling Javier he’s gay. He knows Jason because they worked together in Florida. Meghan notes that Richard seems overly defensive. Richard reveals his big secret: He’s a virgin. He’s never even kissed a girl. He’s never told anyone because he thought they would laugh at him. You know, like Meghan is now. Richard leaves and Meghan says she wishes she felt compelled to apologize, but she doesn’t.

Sean wants to film his pre-surgical appointment, but his doctor doesn’t think it’s a good idea. His bloodwork has come back indicating that he has a tumor and will need to spend the night at the hospital. Sean reminds him that he was supposed to have an outpatient procedure. That’s now turned into the removal of a testicle.

At the loft, Noel tries to write Richard an apology email, but it doesn’t come across quite as well as he’d hoped (“I’m so sorry I forced you to admit that you’ve never had sex with a man or a woman”). Sean comes home and lies to Noel and Meghan that he was misdiagnosed. Noel gets a call for a computer repair, and Sean wants to film him, so they head off together. Meghan still seems worried.

Sean films as Noel goes to his repair job, expecting the computer’s owner to be nerdy and pimply. Instead, the owner is a supermodel (see below). “Noel has had a system error,” Sean quips. The owner, Jane, agrees to be filmed, since she loves documentaries. Noel struggles to make the repairs, since Jane smells so good. Sean reminds him that he’s married before leaving to film Felicity.

Felicity is setting up for the art show, though she’s not sure her piece is right for it. Professor Morton reminds her that, even though the pieces are being offered for sale, this is about showing her work, not selling it. The piece is actually really good; it’s a man in a suit running toward a wall. At home, Molly tells her that Meghan is throwing a dinner for Sean that night. Ben will be there, but Felicity decides to suck it up and go anyway.

Randy finds Ben drinking at Epstein Bar and asks for just 30 seconds of his time. He swears that nothing happened between him and Felicity. Ben asks why Randy came to see him. Randy says again that nothing happened. Ben responds by punching the crap out of him. Finn meets with Elena at the dorm apartment while everyone else has dinner at the loft, supposedly celebrating Sean’s clean bill of health. Molly mentions that she had an uncle who went through something similar, but it ended up killing him.

Richard comes by, having received Noel’s apology email, and says he’s going to be the bigger man about this. Noel asks if he’s still into Molly. Richard isn’t, but not because he’s gay. At the dorm apartment, Finn tells Elena he has a dilemma: He thinks Tracy’s a great guy, but he also likes Elena. Elena shuts that down ASAP. Back at the loft, Richard has his own story about someone who lost both testicles to cancer. Meghan tells him to shut up as Sean goes out for a walk.

Elena calls the loft to get Felicity’s advice on how to handle Finn. While Felicity tries to help, Noel tells Richard that he met and likes Jane. Richard tells Molly he’s sorry he’s been acting weird lately, but she understands – she was once a virgin herself. Richard thinks Noel told her, but it was Meghan. Yeah, he should have seen that coming.

Ben comes home and Felicity passes the phone to Meghan, who tells her to just sleep with Finn. Sean’s doctor then calls, asking for Sean to call back so they can reschedule his surgery. Felicity follows Ben to his room, wanting to end the coldness between them. He tells her he ran into Randy, and she guesses that they got into a fight. Ben yells at her not to defend Randy to him.

When Sean returns from his walk, Meghan confronts Sean about lying about his health. He doesn’t want to undergo what amounts to amputation. Meghan tells him that she doesn’t want to tell him a story about someone she once loved who didn’t get help, like Molly and Richard did. She doesn’t want to have a story like that. Instead, she wants to remind Sean that he has a lot to live for and needs to take care of himself. If he can’t find a reason to do it for himself, he should do it as a favor to her.

Sean films himself for the first time, announcing that he’ll be having surgery the next day. He’s worried that he has cancer and that it’s already spread. Finn and Elena fell asleep while working in her room, but she thinks they finished everything they needed to. He disagrees, then kisses her. She doesn’t pull away. Elena, no! She tells Felicity everything after Finn leaves, and Felicity tells her that Ben beat up Randy.

At the loft, Sean gives Ben his grandfather’s pen, one of his most prized possessions. He’s worried he’ll die in surgery or from cancer, and he wants someone to have this important object. If he lives, Ben can give it back to him. Sean asks if he’s going to Felicity’s art show, but of course Ben doesn’t want to.

Sean says that having cancer has made him see things differently. Ben is out of control and needs to find another way to handle his anger. If he’s going to let one drunken night end things between him and Felicity, maybe he doesn’t deserve her. Sean and Ben are similar, but Sean isn’t going to let his anger come between him and his relationships.

Noel goes back to Jane’s with new ideas for fixing her computer. She’s a dance major but took some complicated math class as an elective (she regrets that). Noel has trouble keeping his eyes on the computer instead of her. He gets punished when he spills a drink on the keyboard. Felicity, Elena, Molly, and Richard walk around the art exhibit, which Meghan hopes will get Sean’s mind off of his surgery. Felicity wishes things were better with Ben so she didn’t have that on her mind.

As Ben arrives, Morton introduces Felicity to a couple of professors who like her piece. Felicity is distracted by the sight of Ben. Sean tells Tracy that he’s Jewish and wants some advice on how to talk to God. Tracy says there’s a reason Sean is going through this. He’ll ask God what he needs to, and God will do what He does. If Sean makes it through this, which Tracy thinks he will, he’ll realize that he doesn’t need to find God, since God has already found him.

Fast-forward to post-surgery, and Sean’s friends give him a bag of peanuts, which Richard calls replacement nuts. Classy, guys. On the walk home, Richard tells Molly that the whole situation has made him put fears in perspective. She confirms that he’s never been kissed, then gives him his first. They’re only going to be friends, though. Speaking of kissing, Elena tells Finn they can never kiss again, since she has a boyfriend. Then they kiss again. ELENA, NO.

Ben and Felicity end up alone at the dorm apartment, wishing things could go back to the way they were. She asks if he can just believe her when she says nothing happened with Randy. Apparently not. She’s surprised to find her art piece in her bedroom – Ben bought it for her. It reminds him of himself, running into walls like an idiot. She’s the only person he can trust, and he can’t lose that. Noel goes back to Jane’s, sneaking a look at her password while she’s on the phone. NOEL, NO. Felicity sends Ben out for groceries while she cooks dinner, but when he gets outside, he’s ambushed by Randy and some of his frat brothers, who attack him.

Thoughts: Jane is played by Tyra Banks. Yes, that Tyra Banks. She’s actually not that bad.

Greg Grunberg is really good in this episode. I kept wanting to give him a hug.

Why would you confront a guy who’s mad at you when he’s been drinking? How dumb is Randy?

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