June 6, 2015

Party of Five 6.23, All’s Well…: Everything Good Is on the East Coast, I Guess

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One episode left! One episode left! This frog is pumped!

One episode left! One episode left! This frog is pumped!

Summary: Bailey’s planning to spend some quality time with Owen, which must mean he’s feeling guilty about something. He confesses to Victor that he got into a summer college program that could lead to a spot in a business school. The only problem is that the college is in Pennsylvania. And we all know how Salingers feel about leaving San Francisco. Victor urges Bailey to ask Owen for his opinion, since he would have to go to Pennsylvania, too.

Julia’s weighing her own options for the summer: school, more conferences, or counseling abuse victims. She also has an interview with the National Organization for Women. Griffin gets bored and wishes Justin were having to listen to this instead. Over at Todd’s, he and Claudia have fallen into that part of the relationship where they keep having sex and losing track of time. She suggests that they live together next year, since they both plan to be in San Francisco. Todd thinks they should wait until they have a “practical reason” to move in together.

Daphne and Luke are in town so Luke can mansplain that Charlie’s selling off pieces of the factory so all the employees can have a stake. Daphne tells Charlie that they keep looking at apartments but she doesn’t like any of them. She misses Diana, and she knows Luke’s fed up with her being so grumpy about it. Julia interviews for an internship with NOW that sounds like a combination of her three other options – she’d be writing, counseling, and doing public speaking. The catch is that she’d have to move to D.C.

Bailey tells Owen about the possible move to Pennsylvania, though Owen questions whether he actually gets a vote. He announces that he wants to stay in San Francisco. Typical Salinger! Bailey still wants to go, though. Owen doesn’t like that idea either. Claudia tells Julia that she and Todd are having sex, assuring her sister that they’re being safe and everything is good. However, that increased intimacy in their relationship has made other parts of her life more complicated.

Charlie comes home to find Daphne upset. She loves Luke, but everyone else she loves is in San Francisco. Since she could never ask him to give up his job, and he could never ask her to give up Diana, she feels like she needs to break up with Luke. Bailey discusses Pennsylvania with Joe, who tells him about the dreams he gave up to help with the restaurant when he was younger. He doesn’t want Bailey to give up his own dreams. Joe reminds him that other people can take care of Owen.

Claudia has a lesson with Ross, but she’s too distracted to play well. She confides that she got into Juilliard but isn’t going to attend because of Todd and expenses. Ross tells her that money and a boy aren’t good reasons to give up something so huge. He thinks Todd would understand. Julia tells Justin about the internship offer and how perfect it would be for her. He notes that she would be closer to him, but he gets that it would be tough for her to be away from her family. Julia thinks that the rest of them will still have each other, so it’ll be okay. She’s going to D.C.

Bailey brings up Pennsylvania to Charlie, who’s annoyed that Bailey let him believe they might become business partners. Bailey can’t decide what to do since getting what he wants would mean Owen’s unhappy. Charlie reminds him that they had that big custody battle, so Bailey better not expect to be able to just pass Owen back to him. Parenting means sacrificing, and Owen deserves the best, so Bailey better give him that.

Justin’s not so sure about Julia living in D.C., because it can be dangerous, and humid, and also he won’t be there. Bailey looks into colleges he could attend closer to home. The guy who helped him get where he is now is like, “You want to go somewhere that’s not Wharton? Are you crazy?” Todd confronts Claudia for not telling him that she’s thinking about going to Juilliard. He found out from Ross when he asked their boss for a signature on an aid application. But Todd’s not mad that she wants to go – he’s mad that she’s hesitating. If it were him, he’d definitely go.

Julia’s annoyed that Justin seems to be trying to prepare her for the big, bad world. He actually wants her to ask him to leave Yale and come to D.C. with her. Apparently she’s on board with that, which I just don’t get. Charlie berates Bailey for having his head somewhere other than their business. Bailey whines that he’s finally close to getting what he wants, but he can’t have it because what Charlie wants is in the way. Basically, he wants Charlie to let him back out of the promise Bailey made to take Owen.

Charlie talks to Owen about the possibility of him coming to live with him and Kirsten. Owen likes the idea of being a kind of big brother to Diana, like Charlie was to the other Salingers. Claudia admits to Todd that she asked him to live with her partly because she wanted a reason to stay in San Francisco. She didn’t want to hurt him by leaving. Todd thinks he hurt her, though, because he let her feel guilty when she should have been excited. He points out that they don’t have to break up, and they still have the whole summer to spend together before she leaves for New York.

Julia laments to Justin that she and her siblings will grow apart if they don’t see each other every day. I CAN’T HANDLE THESE PEOPLE’S CO-DEPENDENCE ANYMORE. Charlie tells Bailey that he’s made the decision for him about Wharton: He’s going. Charlie has given Bailey’s job to Luke, which allows Daphne to move back to San Francisco. Charlie will take Owen, and possibly move back into the Salingers’ house. He tells Bailey that he’s earned the chance to do something for himself. Bailey’s touched by his brother’s generosity.

Thoughts: Dear Salingers: You are ADULTS. You do not have to live within five miles of each other forever. Go live your own lives!

Julia, don’t laugh at Justin for cautioning you about finding an apartment in a safe neighborhood in D.C. Some parts of the city are flipping scary.

Julia was at Stanford. Claudia got into Juilliard. Bailey could go to Wharton. Why so many overachievers in one family? How did that happen?

Part of me thinks Owen deserves a vote in where he lives. But part of me is like, “Bailey gets to make the decisions. Suck it up and go to PA.” And then there’s the rest of me, which stopped caring two seasons ago.

There’s just one! Episode! Left! I’ll probably post the recap during the week instead of waiting for next weekend. That way I can get started on my next show sooner (and be rid of this one already). I’m too excited to wait!

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May 9, 2015

Party of Five 6.19, Isn’t It Romantic: Indecent Proposals

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I bet Daphne made these

I bet Daphne made these

Summary: Apparently Adam has gone to an artists’ colony in Mexico, but Julia isn’t mad, since the stuff he said about her not doing things for herself was true. Claudia’s surprised that she’s stopped working on her book. Julia says it just has problems and people don’t get it; otherwise, it would have been published. The sisters suddenly spot Ned and everything goes into slow motion. They leave before he can see them.

Bailey has signed up for three classes but is now considering going back to school full-time. He’s thinking of going to Stanford, which is where Holly wants to go to med school. She tells him she’s probably not going to be able to go after all – she has to work full-time to pay her rent, but that violates her student visa, which has now been revoked. After exams in a few weeks, she has to go back to England. Holly’s optimistic that her lawyer will work things out for her.

Kirsten makes Charlie breakfast in bed to commemorate the first anniversary of the day they got back together. Charlie’s too overworked to remember the anniversary. He offers to skip a meeting that night so they can celebrate. Claudia encourages Victor and Ross to talk, since Ross knows a little about custody issues, and Victor now wants custody of his daughter, Charlotte. Victor quickly catches on that Claudia’s trying to hook them up. He notes that he and Ross aren’t automatically compatible just because they’re both gay.

Holly’s lawyer doesn’t have good news for her, and she can’t think of any other options to keep her in the U.S. Bailey suggests a green-card marriage. Holly doesn’t want to put any pressure on their relationship, since they haven’t been back together that long. Plus, they could get caught lying. Bailey says that people only get caught when they don’t love each other. Holly can start keeping some of her things at his house, and everything else will stay the same.

Julia’s jumpy knowing that Ned’s in town, and she’s considering being proactive by going to see him before he can ambush her. Griffin hears her and Claudia talking and objects to the idea of Julia visiting him. Julia insists that he’s not going to hurt her, but Griffin notes that she’s scared anyway. He tries to get her to promise not to see Ned. Charlie and Kirsten’s romantic evening is interrupted when Daphne and Diana show up a week ahead of schedule. Daphne says they may be back in town for good.

Julia ignores Griffin’s concerns and goes to see Ned, blasting him for taking away a year of her life. After only about a minute, she leaves. Daphne tells Kirsten that Luke travels a lot and there’s nothing to do where they live, so she decided to come for a visit. She wonders how Charlie and Kirsten find time for each other. Kirsten admits that she’s not sure how she manages to be as patient as marriage requires her to be.

Bailey calls for information on getting married, pretending he’s looking for a fishing license when Will walks in. Will’s not as dumb as he used to be, and he easily figures out that Bailey wants to marry Holly so she can get a green card. Bailey insists that he’s only being helpful; he doesn’t really want to get married. Will’s happy that Bailey has finally made a solid decision about something. If he felt the way Bailey does about Holly, he’d get married, too.

Claudia’s matchmaking has been half successful, as Ross is now interested in Victor. Claudia tries to let him down easy, telling him that Victor would rather stumble across a guy he likes than be set up. Kirsten tries to talk to Charlie about Daphne, but he doesn’t think they should worry about her. She just needs to be patient while Luke gets settled. Kirsten feels bad that Daphne’s alone with Diana in a place she doesn’t see as home. She doesn’t think Daphne will stay at the base long if Luke keeps traveling.

Holly’s annoyed to learn that Bailey discussed their marriage with Will. He tells her to relax – this could be fun! There’s almost no chance the INS will catch on! This is a totally brilliant, not-at-all-risky plan! Bailey thinks a honeymoon will be a good way to convince the INS that they’re a legitimate married couple.

Ned goes to the Salingers’ to apologize to Julia, telling her that his abuse landed him in jail for two weeks. He’s trying to become a better person, and has made a vow not to date anyone until he’s sure he won’t hurt her. He wishes people would stop looking at him like he’s a monster. Julia points out that it’s not up to her to make him feel more human. Griffin walks in and chases Ned off.

Ross tries to chat with Victor when he comes to the house to meet Claudia, who claims she forgot he was coming. Ross calls Victor on saying Ross wasn’t his type because he’s too smart and sweet for him. He thinks Victor has the wrong idea about love – working for it is hard, but it’s worth it. After all, he worked hard to adopt his daughter, and he doesn’t love anyone more than her.

Luke makes a surprise visit to San Francisco with the news that he wants to be home more. Charlie admits to Kirsten that he got Luke to see what Daphne needed. Kirsten isn’t impressed – she needs Charlie to make the same kinds of promises about being home more. Otherwise she’ll feel like a single mother, too.

Griffin thinks Julia’s crazy for wanting to talk to Ned, but she wants to forgive him. She thinks that will help her forgive herself. After all, she did love Ned, and she wants to feel like that wasn’t the wrong decision. Griffin thinks that forgiveness will make Ned believe that his abuse was okay. Holly tells Bailey that she appreciates him for coming up with a solution to her problems, and she loves him, but she can’t marry him. She doesn’t want a relationship where they’re confused about what’s real.

Julia finds a website for victims of abuse where people can share stories of their experiences. She wants to upload her book so people can read it. She’s added an afterword about seeing Ned again, and now thinks the book is “good enough.” She thinks it’s ready, and hers is the only opinion that matters. Claudia runs into Victor at a coffee shop and apologizes for trying to fix him up with Ross. Then she spots Ross and realizes that the two of them have decided to go on a date after all.

Charlie comes home from work early and promises Kirsten that he’ll work shorter hours a few nights a week. She doesn’t think he’ll be able to keep that promise. Thanks, Kirsten! Will has a proposal for Bailey and Holly: He’ll marry Holly so she can get her green card without jeopardizing her relationship with Bailey. Holly agrees to this, clearly not having thought this through. Julia gets positive feedback about her book, from women who are happy to have someone to relate to. One woman says that now that she can count on herself, she’s never alone.

Thoughts: How is Victor single, though? He’s such a catch!

“Person I abused, don’t you feel sympathy for me?” Go away, Ned.

“I know I told you that you should take over the factory, but now I’m mad that you did.” You go away, too, Kirsten.

April 11, 2015

Party of Five 6.15, What If…: It’s My Life. Well, at Least According to Bailey

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This is how Bailey thinks Charlie would dress if their parents hadn't died

This is how Bailey thinks Charlie would dress if their parents hadn’t died

Summary: Bailey drives his car into a stoplight post, then imagines the conversations of the people in the car he swerved to void hitting. Suddenly Will’s in the car, yelling at him for running a red light. Will wants to check on some other people, but Will warns that if they call the cops, the two of them will get in trouble for drinking – and Bailey’s parents will be furious.

Bailey and Charlie head to the restaurant, where Julia and Joe are planning a party for Mr. and Mrs. Salinger’s 31st anniversary. Charlie doesn’t get why they’re making such a big deal out of it. Julia doesn’t think last year’s party was a big enough deal. Claudia arrives, home from a music tour. Julia’s annoyed because her visit was supposed to be a surprise for their parents.

Julia goes home to Justin, her fiancé, though they haven’t announced their engagement yet. He thinks they should do it at the anniversary party. Julia admits that she sometimes wonders if they’re together because they love each other or because their parents always wanted them to be together. Mrs. Salinger leaves a message reminding Julia to take her car in to a garage.

Bailey and Will take Claudia to their place, and she scoffs at her brother’s smoking habit. She thinks he’s working to screw up a really good life. Bailey complains that their father wants him to take over the restaurant. Claudia points out that he gets free beer, and his money doesn’t go straight into a trust. Will thinks Bailey will find the courage to get out, like Charlie did.

Julia takes her car to the garage, where she meets Griffin. Looks like he’s hot for her already. Charlie hangs out with his girlfriend, who tries to encourage him since he’s hit a rough spot working on his designs. An ex named Felicia shows up and announces that she’s pregnant. She wants him to come with her the next day to talk to someone about their options.

Claudia and Julia go shopping for lingerie for their mother, which is really weird. Julia’s surprised to learn that Claudia has some lingerie of her own, because she’s not a virgin. Claudia’s equally surprised to learn that Julia’s only ever had sex with Justin. Will bugs Bailey about not telling Claudia his plans, but Bailey doesn’t want her to tell their parents. Will can’t believe that Bailey hasn’t yet let them know that he’s quitting college. (The guys apparently want to be roadies.)

Claudia hangs out with Ross, who’s more excited about her tour than she is. She admits that she’s considering taking some time off from recording and touring. Ross doesn’t get why someone who’s been touring since she was 11 might want to spend more time with her family.

Charlie’s late to Felicia’s appointment with a pregnancy counselor, who happens to be Kirsten (with a bad haircut). He’s surprised that Felicia’s considering keeping the baby. Kirsten has no sympathy for Charlie, blasting him for not thinking of the possible consequences of unprotected sex, and showing up late for the appointment.

Julia arranges to run into Griffin at a bar, and they start chatting. He reveals that they went to the same high school, but he dropped out. Griffin’s figured out that Julia came to the bar to see him, not to use the phone. He invites her to his apartment, but Julia doesn’t want to get that close to him. Bailey and Will do their roadie thing, and Bailey gets a moment on stage where he realizes he really does want to leave school and go on tour with the band.

The next day, Julia and Bailey discuss the fact that a couple of their parents’ friends won’t be able to make it to the party. Bailey doesn’t want their parents to get any bad news. Julia makes it worse by revealing that Claudia wants to quit touring. Bailey wants everything to go as their parents have always wanted, so his news won’t be seen as bad. He encourages Julia to announce her engagement, but Julia says it’s her life and she’ll do what she wants.

While Felicia’s with a doctor, Kirsten apologizes to Charlie for the way she spoke to him when they met. He confides that Felicia’s considering abortion, but Charlie kind of wants to raise the baby by himself. However, he knows his parents won’t think he’s capable. Kirsten tells him that parents don’t know everything. Charlie replies that his know more than he does.

Claudia and Ross go to the Salingers’ to get scrapbooks, and she’s saddened to see that her room is now for storage. Will leaves for the band’s tour, but Bailey hangs back. Julia goes to see Griffin again, telling him she remembers him from high school. She thought he was cute, in a bad-boy way. They kiss, so…sorry, Justin.

Charlie thinks Bailey’s going to catch up with the tour after the anniversary party, but Bailey’s worried about how their father would react. Charlie points out that he never did what Mr. Salinger wanted, and now they barely talk. Bailey needs to figure out what he wants, not what Mr. Salinger wants him to do.

Julia visits Griffin yet again, finally telling him she’s in a relationship. He doesn’t like that she used him to “figure stuff out.” Charlie goes to see Kirsten, telling her that he and Felicia are going to place the baby for adoption. He adds that they’re not getting back together, so, you know, he’s single, if Kirsten’s interested.

At the party, Claudia tells Ross that she’s not going to announce her decision to quit touring tonight. She wants to let everyone stay happy for a while. Justin has an engagement ring for Julia, but she tells him she wants to put the brakes on things. She needs to make sure they’re together for the right reasons, not because they think they should be. She asks him to hold on to the ring until she figures things out.

Bailey tells Charlie that he tried to talk to Mr. Salinger, but stopped when Mr. Salinger started discussing all the plans he has for them and the restaurant. Charlie thinks Bailey will be disappointed in himself in five years, when he realizes he made the wrong decisions. Mr. and Mrs. Salinger arrive, and everyone puts on happy faces while Bailey drinks.

Bailey’s vision of everyone turns black and white, and suddenly he’s back in the car, having just crashed. He goes home, where he tells his worried siblings that he was in an accident but no one was hurt. He knows now that he can’t blame his parents for the way his life has turned out. Bailey’s already arranged to go to rehab.

Thoughts: Felicia’s blond, so Charlie officially has a type.

Who buys lingerie for THEIR MOM?

Bailey and Will are roadies for the Flys, who had one ’90s hit, “Got You (Where I Want You).”

Even in Bailey’s fantasies, Julia’s horrible at relationships. I guess that’s one thing that had nothing to do with their parents’ deaths.

February 28, 2015

Party of Five 6.9, Ties That Bind: Less Money, Mo’ Problems

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This might be the worst publicity still I've ever seen. At least pretend to be happy, guys!

This might be the worst publicity still I’ve ever seen. At least pretend to be happy, guys!

Summary: The Salingers gather at the house to discuss Griffin’s medical bills. Guess what, guys – hospitals are expensive! Julia suggests that they each give up a portion of their shares from the restaurant’s profits. She also offers to pay more than the others, but everyone agrees to chip in equally. They all think of things they can cut back on for a little while. Charlie and Kirsten pretend that they can completely afford trimming 30 percent off their monthly budget.

Griffin needs further surgery for nerve damage in his hand, and Julia approves it. Griffin doesn’t know that the Salingers are paying his bills. At the house, Bailey prepares for a yard sale while Will, who’s just moved in, tries to talk him into going to a party. (Apparently he works for the 49ers now.) Bailey doesn’t see the point since he never meets a woman he likes at those parties. Will thinks he’s messed up over Holly.

Charlie and Kirsten discuss their fertility treatments and how helping Griffin hurts their budget. Kirsten suggests postponing the treatments, which would give her time to take a job she wanted. Charlie would rather move forward, even if it means giving up luxuries like frozen yogurt. Kirsten makes up the difference a little by stealing sweetener packets. Hee. Holly shows up at Bailey’s yard sale and gets the cold shoulder.

Claudia visits Ross (hey, it’s Ross!) at his studio space and tells him she wants to start playing again. She can’t pay for lessons right now, but he’s willing to start her on credit. Holly goes to the Salingers’ and tells Bailey that she thinks she can get Griffin into a special rehab program at the hospital. Bailey questions her decision to come by the house instead of calling. He orders her to apologize for judging him based on one incident, and when she does, he asks her out again.

Daphne visits Griffin in the hospital, apologizing for crashing his motorcycle and injuring him. They decide that they don’t owe each other anything. Griffin asks who’s paying his hospital bills, and though she pretends she doesn’t know, she eventually admits that it’s the Salingers. He immediately leaves the hospital, but Julia tracks him down at home and blasts him for putting his recovery at risk. Griffin’s mad that Julia made decisions for him that left him in debt to the family.

Ross gives Claudia a lesson at the house, and though he says she’s doing well, she’s frustrated that she has to relearn some things. She announces that she signed up for a competition and needs to perfect what she’ll be performing. Bailey takes Holly to a football stadium so they can have a picnic on the field. He insists that it didn’t cost him anything since Will works for the 49ers. They’re saying nice, romantic things to each other when the sprinklers come on.

Charlie and Kirsten are trying to save money by living like the Amish. Charlie thinks they can also get her fertility drugs at a lower price from some not-so-legal back channels. Griffin has trouble working on his bike with one hand in a cast. Bailey and Holly go to a locker room to warm up in the shower (and make out, of course). They take the date back to her place, and after they have sex, she tells him that she’s surprised by the speed and intensity of their relationship.

Griffin calls his mother from a bar and asks her to let him stay with her for a few weeks while his father is out of the country. She says no because the Holbrooks are horrible people. Claudia’s nervous before her competition, sure she won’t win. Bailey and Holly’s date is interrupted by a guy she’s been seeing; he’s upset to learn that she’s seeing someone else now. Holly lies to Bailey about who came to the door.

Charlie and Kirsten meet their drug contact, who seems like a nice guy who just wants to help out people with problems because he and his wife also had fertility issues. Claudia doesn’t think she’s up to the level she was before, and Ross is surprised that she didn’t already know that. He thinks she was right to give up her lessons before because it gave her the chance to have a normal life. Kirsten realizes that she and Charlie got ripped off – their drugs are expired and the dealer is gone. Oh, and then their car gets booted because they have outstanding tickets.

Griffin tells Julia that he’s moving out of the shed – he can’t pay rent because he can’t work and earn the money for it. Julia assures him that he can still stay, but Griffin isn’t going to accept charity. She reminds him that they don’t have a business relationship, and that the Salingers didn’t just pick out a random person to help. Plus, he’s helped them plenty of times without any obligation. “It’s too late to say you’re not a part of this family,” Julia says. He took care of them, so now they’re taking care of her.

Holly worries that she’s freaked Bailey out by telling him how she feels. Charlie calls Bailey to ask for help getting his car back, and Bailey jumps at the chance to get the heck away from Holly. Kirsten and Charlie end up telling Bailey about the treatments, and he offers to help them with savings bonds. Kirsten wants to put the brakes on the process for now. She reminds Charlie that he wanted to trust fate – maybe fate wants them to hold off for a little while.

Ross tries to remind Claudia that not being the best at something doesn’t mean you’re not good. Claudia wishes she still had something to count on, like always winning. If she can’t be the best, she doesn’t want to play. Bailey tells Will that things with Holly are going awesomely, and he sees them on the edge of making a big commitment. He’s hanging out with Will right now so they can spend a little time apart, but then he calls Holly and ignores Will.

Griffin agrees to keep his things in the shed for now, but he tells Julia that he doesn’t want to be a burden or ask anyone for help. Daphne sees the two of them hugging and…is jealous? I don’t know. I don’t care. That whole thing is weird.

Thoughts: Holly, you can go away now.

I sure hope Victor’s watching both Owen and Diana, because neither kid is ever around. They weren’t even mentioned this week. Maybe Charlie should spend less time trying to have a baby and more hanging out with the child he already has.

What’s up with Claudia? When did she become like this? I thought maybe she was competing to win money, in which case her frustration would make more sense, but no, she’s just being weird.

I feel like there was a deleted scene between when Bailey leaves to get Charlie and Kirsten, and when he’s with Will, telling him how great things are going with Holly. All of a sudden, everything’s good?

November 28, 2014

Party of Five 5.21, Get Back: Maybe This Time

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This baby polar bear says, "Charlie and Kirsten fans, rejoice!"

This baby polar bear says, “Charlie and Kirsten fans, rejoice!”

Summary: Post-elevator hookup, Griffin has gone to Julia’s dorm room for more hooking up. She wants him to skip work for even more of the same, but he can’t. He also can’t hang out with her that night because he has plans with some co-workers. Julia’s like, “This reunion with a person I had a bad relationship with isn’t going as perfectly as I expected it to.” Griffin doesn’t seem to think this is a good idea.

At the restaurant, Lauren would like to address the sexual tension she felt between her and Bailey. She thinks he’s been avoiding her since the blackout. He denies that he is, and that there’s any reason to avoid her in the first place. Charlie needs a sitter so he can go on a date with his vice principal, a concept that Claudia finds ridiculous – he can’t date his boss. Also, he should be dating Kirsten anyway. Charlie notes that Claudia’s not the only person to tell him that. He tells her what Paul said, and Claudia backs him up. They need to express their feelings for each other.

Bailey meets with Owen’s teacher, who’s concerned that a drawing he made of his family seems sad. She thinks it’s because of the change in his living arrangements. “He needs to know who his family is,” she says. Julia meets Claudia at her school, and Claudia can tell from Julia’s good mood that she’s met someone. Julia admits that she and Griffin are back together. Claudia doesn’t think that they necessarily make sense now just because they did in the past. (Wait, they did?) Claudia’s going to pretend to be supportive, though.

Charlie finds an excuse to visit Kirsten so he can gauge her feelings for him. She admits that she might not stay in San Francisco, since nothing’s tying her down, and this is a good time for her to travel. Charlie indicates that he thinks she should stay put, but tells her to do what she wants. The Salinger brothers play together at the house, and we get to see Thurber for the first time in years. This is all in case we didn’t get that this is the best place for Owen.

Claudia goes to see Ross in a concert, and afterward she can’t stop herself from telling him about her life. Charlie tells Julia that things are complicated with Kirsten right now, and he’s not sure why he would want to give things another shot if they’re not going to work out. Julia notes that it’s been two years, and they might be ready for something different. Charlie thinks that since Kirsten has been avoiding him for weeks, she doesn’t want to start things up again.

Sarah notices that Owen’s super-happy after having spent the afternoon at the house. She tells Bailey that he misses Claudia and spends an hour on the phone with her every night. She tries to assure Bailey that Owen’s happy with them, but Bailey can’t shake what his teacher said about the move shaking things up for him. Sarah suggests that the three of them move into the house. Bailey objects, wanting to hold on to the independent life he worked so hard for. He wants to give the arrangement more time to work out.

Claudia tells Ross that she doesn’t feel like Julia appreciates how much Griffin does for her. She’s sympathetic toward Griffin for the things he had to go through when he and Julia were married. Ross realizes that Claudia’s in love with Griffin. He can empathize, having loved someone who would never love him back, and he encourages her to put her emotional pain into her music.

Charlie gives Kirsten information on teaching in Tonga for a few months. It’ll combine two things she wanted to do – traveling and teaching. She’s surprised that, after he noted that she hadn’t been around, he’s encouraging her to be around even less. Kirsten wonders what he wants. Charlie says he’s just trying to be a friend, and is surprised that she’s not more excited about this opportunity.

At the restaurant, Julia notices that Bailey’s a little flustered (it’s totally because of Lauren). Bailey’s surprised that his sister is there to have dinner with Griffin. Griffin actually has no plans to be there, and ignores the message Julia leaves him. Charlie goes by the loft, and Owen asks both of his brothers to read him a bedtime story. After he falls asleep, Charlie and Bailey mention how happy he is when they’re all together. Charlie’s on board with Sarah’s idea about them moving back in.

Julia goes to Griffin’s garage to confront him for missing their date. He doesn’t make any excuses, telling her that he thinks they made a mistake. He doesn’t need more than the week they’ve been back together to realize that it’s not going to work. Bailey spent the night thinking about the Salingers’ living arrangements, and he tells Sarah that after he’s done so much for Owen, he can’t avoid doing something else that would be good for him. They’ll move back into the house.

Kirsten applies for the teaching job in Tonga, and Charlie is asked to give a reference. He learns that the job isn’t just for a few months – it’s closer to two years. He knows that Kirsten wants to finish her graduate degree. He reveals that she hasn’t finished her thesis, and her divorce isn’t final. These might be two strikes against Kirsten getting the job.

Bailey confides in Lauren that he’s sick of people telling him what he should do. He doesn’t feel like he can complain, because he has everything he wants, but he’d like some time to himself. Lauren’s the only one who makes it easier. She’s like, “Yeah, there’s totally something between us, but we’re not going to talk about it.”

Kirsten goes to the house to yell at Charlie for hurting her chances to get the job after he encouraged her to take it in the first place. Charlie admits that he was being selfish and tells her that he wants her to stay. Once the truth is out, Charlie wants to backtrack, afraid that if they get any closer, he’ll lose a really good friend. Kirsten tries to change his mind by kissing him.

Bailey goes to an AA meeting and talks about how much he wants to give up control, but how afraid he is that it’ll lead him to drink again. He thought that after enough time sober, the urge to lose control would go away, but it hasn’t. Julia laments to Claudia that everyone was right, and she and Griffin were never going to work out. Claudia thinks it’s better that they’re ending things early. Julia’s upset that the person who was there for her even after they broke up is really gone now.

Charlie and Kirsten end up in his bed together, stunned that they ignored their feelings for each other for so long. He wants to take things slowly, like, I think the ship has already sailed on “slowly,” Chuck. Claudia goes to Griffin’s garage to blast him for breaking Julia’s heart. He knows that they love each other, but that doesn’t meant they should be together. He was always afraid of screwing things up, and didn’t realize that it could screw him up. He wants to live his life without worrying about holding up someone else’s.

Bailey, Sarah, and Owen quickly start moving into the house, where Kirsten pretends she spent the night (on the couch, then in Diana’s room) because she lost her keys. Only Owen buys that. Sarah’s clearly unhappy with the new living arrangements, despite them being her idea, and Bailey’s like, “Could you please not act like your favorite pet just died?”

Claudia plays her violin while Julia looks at her divorce papers, accepting that she and Griffin are really done. Charlie goes to see Kirsten, and they’re possibly the only happy people left on the show. Bailey and Lauren are at the restaurant late, and he finally gives in to his urge to lose control. She says he shouldn’t have kissed her, but she doesn’t resist when he goes back for more.

Thoughts: ’90s music alert: “Run” by Collective Soul. Remember Collective Soul, guys?

Hey, it’s Ross! Why wasn’t he at Claudia’s birthday party?

I was starting to think that Claudia should have trapped Charlie and Kirsten in an elevator together to make them talk things out. Thank God that’s over.

Hey, Sarah? I know it sucks, but you were willing to do it, so get on the train or get off the tracks.

Imagine Owen’s family drawings now: “This is my brother and his girlfriend. This is my other brother and his girlfriend. This is my sister. This is my niece. And my other sister and her husband used to live in our shed.”

March 1, 2014

Party of Five 4.8, Sickness, Health/Richer, Poorer: Wedding Bell Blues

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

Look, Julia! Firefighters! Marry one of them instead!

Look, Julia! Firefighters! Marry one of them instead!

Summary: Charlie’s up late working on wedding stuff, or so he tells Julia. She admits that she’s nervous about the ceremony. He points out that she’s already married, so it’s not really that big of a deal. Julia asks him to give her away, and of course he agrees. The next day, Charlie and Nina go to a bookstore so he can research a nice quote for a speech at the ceremony. While Nina’s in another section, Charlie looks at a book on cancer therapy.

Bailey hasn’t told his family about his new relationship with Annie yet, but he wants to bring her to the wedding. However, Annie knows she won’t be able to attend without Natalie wanting to come. Griffin’s already fed up with his deal with Howard, so he gives him back the remainder of the money he borrowed. Howard wants interest, too. Nina wants to go away with Charlie that weekend, but he decides it’s time to tell her about his cancer. She’s very positive, assuring him that he’ll recover.

Julia takes Griffin to the museum after hours to show him a painting that describes how she feels about him. But he’s Griffin, so I don’t think he gets it. Then it’s their wedding day, and Griffin tells Julia that he has to go to the garage before the ceremony. He claims he just needs to make sure Reed closed up properly the day before. Meanwhile, Sarah gets ready for the wedding, telling Bailey for the first time that Elliot’s coming as her date. Bailey’s angry, but Sarah says Julia okayed it.

Prep is underway at the Salingers’, and everyone’s very excited. Griffin is still absent, but Ross is there. Claudia wants to get everything on video. Bailey brings both Annie and Natalie, to everyone’s surprise. They’re even more surprised to learn that Annie is 26 and divorced. Charlie disapproves. He takes a call from his doctor but continues to put off all medical-related conversations until the next week. Nina remains optimistic and unconcerned.

Griffin meets with Howard, who’s still controlling him like a puppet. Griffin doesn’t want to do anything that could land him in trouble because he doesn’t want Julia involved. Howard tells him it’s too late, and when Griffin refuses again, Howard punches him. Over at the house, the festivities begin, but the groom is still a no-show. Claudia worries that Griffin’s gotten into an accident. Bailey tells her not to be negative, but she replies, “Have you met our family?” Julia gets a telegram from Joe, even though it’s the ’90s.

Annie discovers that Natalie got into the wedding cake. Julia pretends it’s not a big deal, and Charlie goes into solution mode, saying they can get another cake. But when he goes to make a phone call, he feels sick and has to sit down. Nina finds him and tells him he just needs to delegate some responsibilities! And drink some coffee! And sing a song and dance a jig and pet some kitties! He’ll be fine! Bailey sees Sarah and Elliot being romantic together and gets jealous, since Sarah doesn’t have to deal with a bratty seven-year-old.

Griffin finally arrives, blaming the bruise Howard left him on a belligerent customer. Natalie says she feels bad, which Annie interprets as guilty, but she actually feels nauseous. Julia confronts Griffin, saying she doesn’t believe his story. He’s an hour late, and the incident he described wouldn’t have taken that long. He admits that he’s having some problems with someone he borrowed money from.

Claudia interrupts to ask what she should tell the impatient guests. Then she runs off to find out why Natalie’s yelling. Well, Claud, it’s because she locked herself in the bathroom. As Bailey’s trying to find a tool to free Natalie, Sarah comments that she has a bit of a knack for drawing attention to herself. “You don’t see it, do you?” she says. Ross tries to distract/calm Natalie with the song “High Hopes.” The guests join in as Claudia films everything.

Charlie slips off by himself, and when Nina finds him, she remarks that she guesses the coffee didn’t work. He angrily tells her that he doesn’t have a hangover, he has cancer. He doesn’t think she gets that, or she gets it so much that she’s trying to cover up her fear. Charlie suspects that she’s in denial. Nina encourages him to tell his family that he’s sick today, but Charlie doesn’t want to ruin the wedding. Which…is already ruined, but it’s a good thought.

Julia and Griffin are still discussing his money problems, which she’s shocked to hear have been going on for a couple months. He says he was protecting her, but that doesn’t make her feel better. Griffin thinks she should have trusted him. He complains that Julia always expects him to screw things up. If Howard hadn’t punched him, Griffin would have gotten away with handling everything alone and Julia never would have found out.

Instead of dumping Griffin right then and there for bragging that he would have been able to keep her in the dark about their finances, Julia tells him that since they’re married, they need to be in everything together. She’s been happy for months and he’s been miserable, so “it doesn’t count.” She doesn’t get how they can go down and recite vows in front of everyone when the first time around meant nothing.

Meanwhile, Nina tries to rally Charlie, who has realized that she’s not going to stick around while he’s going through treatment. She asks for some time to get used to things, and to wait and see what happens. He tells her that he needs a decision now – he wouldn’t be able to handle her leaving in the middle of his treatment. Charlie says that there are things you do for people you like, and things you do for people you love. If Nina can’t deal, she needs to leave now.

Another cake arrives while firefighters try to free Natalie from the bathroom. Ross is still singing, this time “Climb Every Mountain” from The Sound of Music. The firefighters take the door off to get Natalie out. Charlie’s like, “This isn’t even the worst thing I’m dealing with right now.” Claudia retrieves Julia and Griffin, and the ceremony finally begins. Charlie tells Julia that he hopes this is everything she wanted. Griffin and Julia skip their personal vows and go for the traditional ones. Not that it really matters, since he’s already broken the “for richer or for poorer” part.

After the festivities are over, Bailey asks Julia about the vows, but she doesn’t explain. He apologizes for Natalie’s behavior, but not for bringing her without asking, which is really the problem. At this point I don’t think Julia really cares, though. She knows Bailey likes Annie, but she doesn’t get their relationship. He notes that Julia and Griffin aren’t the most conventional couple either, but they work. Charlie sees Nina out, asking her why she’s able to nurse birds back to health but can’t handle sticking around for a human in need. “They’re just birds, Charlie,” she tells him.

Griffin promises Julia that things will change, but they might have to make some sacrifices, such as moving out of their nice apartment. Julia knows that she’ll need to get a paying job. Griffin worries that they won’t make it, which is possibly the smartest thing he’s ever said. Julia thinks they will, since they love each other, but he points out that all failed couples start out in love. She refuses to let them become a statistic. Things are bad now, but they can be optimistic about the future. They just need to decide that they’ll make it. They stand at their altar, holding hands, and when she asks if he believes they’ll make it, he says, “I do.”

Thoughts: Hey, Annie, just because Natalie wants to go to a wedding doesn’t mean she gets to go. Get a sitter.

Julia being excited to see Ross is adorable. I don’t know why, it just is.

I like Julia’s dress. It’s nice enough for a fancy occasion, but not so much that it would have been ridiculously expensive for a second wedding.

Hilariously, while Ross is singing, you can hear Natalie in the background, begging for a different song.

There’s, like, an entire orchestra at the wedding. How much money did Charlie spend on this thing?

November 9, 2013

Party of Five 3.16, I Declare: Mistakes Were Made

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

T.S. Eliot disapproves of Bailey's choices

T.S. Eliot disapproves of Bailey’s choices

Summary: Charlie and Grace spend their first date in the back of his truck, admiring the scenery at an overlook. Apparently the overlook wasn’t the first choice, but Charlie took a while to find the right spot, one that wasn’t too romantic or too unromantic. Grace isn’t sure they’re ready for a relationship, but he tells her that they’ll take things slowly and see what happens. They start by holding hands, then throw the “take things slowly” thing out the window and start kissing.

Claudia looks through pictures of Ross’ daughter and finds one of her English teacher, Mr. Archer. Ross tells her that they’ve been dating for a couple of months. Despite his attempts to downplay it, Claudia can tell that he’s really happy. Bailey meets with a professor who tells him that he’s failing his poetry class and needs a B+ on an upcoming paper to pass. He’s advised to give up either wrestling or partying to focus on his grades. Bailey decides he should give up partying.

Claudia writes a response to an advice letter from a kid at school who’s questioning his sexuality. In it, she mentions that a lot of people are gay, including one of the school’s teachers. She doesn’t name names, so the other kids who write for the paper try to guess who it is. Claudia tries to stop them by telling them it’s Mr. Archer. Julia gets an acceptance letter from Stanford, and her siblings toast her with champagne. Amazingly, Bailey only takes a sip, announcing that he’s not drinking anything else until he writes a ten-page paper on Prufrock. Julia isn’t as happy about getting into Stanford as the other Salingers are.

Bailey comes home to find a big party in the apartment, so there go his plans to focus on schoolwork. Despite her annoyance last week that Bailey isn’t being mature and focused enough, Callie tells him to relax and have a beer. She refuses to end the party, playing the “it’s my lease” card. Charlie and Grace have completely thrown out their “take things slowly” plan and have progressed to…let’s call it pre-sex. He worries that they’re moving too fast and will regret it tomorrow if they have sex tonight. “When did you get so sensible and forward-thinking?” Grace wonders.

At school, Julia tells Sarah about her acceptance to Stanford. Sarah, unfortunately, was rejected, but is still happy for Julia. Julia thinks it was just luck and that she didn’t earn her spot. Bailey tries to work on his paper but is interrupted when the landlord arrives to yell at Callie for her party. He’s at the end of his rope and wants Bailey and Callie out by the end of the month. Bailey panics because now that’s one more thing to deal with. While changing at Grace’s apartment before helping paint a community center, Grace and Charlie glimpse each other half-dressed.

Ross reads Claudia’s article and blasts her for mentioning that one of her teachers is gay. She argues that she wanted to encourage him to come out and be himself. The way things are now, he’s setting the example that it’s okay to lie about who you are. In turn, he’s also lying about Ross. Julia shares her Stanford acceptance with Sam, admitting that she can’t get excited about it. She’s not sure when she decided that going to college was the right choice for her. Your academic success doesn’t define you. Sam tells her it’s okay to decide she’s done with school.

Bailey and Callie’s landlord turns off their heat, and the library’s closed, so Bailey has nowhere else to work on his paper. Callie tries to tempt him with brandy, saying it’ll warm him up. Bailey’s down to two days before the paper’s due, which means he has to write five pages a day. Well, he really just has to do the outline tonight, and he can do the rest of the paper tomorrow. He’ll just drink enough brandy to warm up.

Shockingly, Bailey wakes up the next morning hungover and with no outline written. Also, the water’s been turned off. There’s only beer in the fridge, so Bailey drinks out of a watering can. Callie plans to use law books to work on a letter to the landlord (smart girl). Bailey’s panicking over his paper, so she offers to help. Julia casually tries to talk to Charlie about not wanting to go to college, and he encourages her to take some time for herself. He means the summer, since in the fall, she’ll be going to Stanford.

Charlie and Grace go back to the community center, and this time they’re the only two left working there. Well, except Owen, who I’m sure is really a big help. Oh, and Grace’s grandmother, who’s unaware that she was asked along so Grace and Charlie wouldn’t be alone together. Julia tells her school counselor that she’s not going to Stanford; instead, she’s going to take some time to figure out what she wants to do with her life. She declines the counselor’s advice to rethink her rash decision.

Ross is still ticked at Claudia, so their lesson together isn’t much fun. As Claudia’s getting ready to leave, Mr. Archer arrives to cancel a date with Ross so he can go visit his mother. Ross tries to invite himself along, but Mr. Archer pretty insistently says he can’t come. Ross realizes that Mr. Archer isn’t out to his mother. He doesn’t appreciate his boyfriend keeping their relationship a secret; it seems like Mr. Archer is ashamed.

Bailey and Callie go to a bar, and a drunk Bailey reads the letter Callie plans to send to the landlord, bluffing legal action. Bailey’s paper is up to seven pages, thanks to his write-a-page-drink-a-beer method of motivation. (Not recommended.) Charlie and Grace keep Owen and Nana out late painting, so Nana offers to take Owen to get some food. Now that their buffers are gone, Charlie and Grace have nothing to keep them from kissing each other.

The next day, Grace visits Charlie at the restaurant, and I guess they hooked up, because he wishes it were four months from now so they could feel steadier in the relationship. Grace thinks they’ve moved at the right pace, since they were slow enough when they were just friends. Now, though, she’s willing to slow down again, since she knows what her reward will be when she and Charlie hook up again.

Claudia tries to play matchmaker for Ross and a waiter at the restaurant, but Ross doesn’t want any more of her “help.” She tells him he made the right choice with Mr. Archer. Ross replies that unless she’s been in his position, she can’t say what the right thing is. After all, she wasn’t that accepting when he came out to her, so she should understand what rejection is like. Ross gets what Mr. Archer’s going through, since he was once in the closet himself, but he couldn’t let himself be put back there by Mr. Archer. Claudia reiterates that he made the right choice.

Julia tells Sarah about her plan to turn down Stanford, which Sarah thinks is a reaction to Libby’s death. Julia admits that she’s had doubts through the entire application process. Sarah blasts her for applying anyway – Julia might have taken Sarah’s spot. Charlie overhears and tries to get Julia to discuss her decision with him, but she won’t talk about it. Bailey wakes up hungover again, but at least the heat’s back on. The bad news is that his paper sucks.

At school, a boy tells Claudia that he likes her writing, and that lots of people are talking about her response to the letter from the boy questioning his sexuality. Of course, that boy is him, and he’s relieved to have told someone that he might be gay. Claudia feels good about helping him. Charlie asks Julia again to talk to him about Stanford, and she tells him she’s tired of being the reliable A student. She’s always done things by the book. Charlie thinks she’s going through a phase, and she’s making a mistake by not wanting to go to Stanford.

Sam arrives, announcing that he supports Julia’s decision, so Charlie thinks she’s turning down Stanford because of him. He kicks Sam out, telling Julia that if she’s letting Sam screw things up, Charlie needs to stop it. Julia blasts him for the way he parents: “I’m sure Mom and Dad would approve.”

Bailey misses his poetry class but arrives later to ask his professor for an extension. The professor says no, so Bailey considers dropping the class. The professor says that’s a mistake, but that’s what Bailey does best, right? Charlie goes to Grace’s apartment and mentions that the weather is nice – much like it’ll be in four months, past the awkward part of their relationship. In other word, he’s ready for some more sex.

Thoughts: Doesn’t Bailey have other classes to go to? Did he skip all of them to write his paper? That’s…bad.

Also, if he can’t write a page an hour, he probably shouldn’t be in college. He should also know that when you’re writing about poetry, you can just make stuff up and people can’t really argue with your interpretation.

Charlie thinks Julia wants to do volunteer work. Charlie also needs a kiss-blocker at the community center. SO TAKE JULIA, YOU DUMMY.

September 15, 2013

Party of Five 3.8, Not So Fast: Unwritten

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , at 3:08 pm by Jenn

I bet this is how Bailey got sick

I bet this is how Bailey got sick

Summary: Charlie and Bailey are at the restaurant, and Bailey has just revealed that he cheated on Sarah. He says he’s not sure why, but as he keeps talking, it becomes clear that it’s because a) he feels like Sarah’s younger because she’s still in high school and b) she won’t sleep with him. Charlie advises him not to tell her, but Bailey already has another plan: He’s going to break up with her.

Julia goes to a book signing for an author named Prescott who she’s practically been stalking. She’s gotten back into writing and is preparing for an interview at Stanford so she can get into their creative-writing program. Prescott teaches there and offers to take her under his wing. Claudia criticizes her performance in a competition just as Avery joins her, Charlie, and Ross. Claudia doesn’t win, but Avery thinks she’s more talented than the other players.

Bailey meets Sarah at school, but she’s not interested in talking to him. Then she notices that he’s sick and decides to have some compassion. Julia tells Prescott that she started writing as a kid; Bailey and Will would go off and play without her, so she would entertain herself with adventure stories. Her mom loved them, so Julia kept writing. Prescott agrees to read the short story she planned to submit with her Stanford application.

Charlie, Claudia, and Avery hang out at the restaurant, and Charlie realizes that Avery’s been following Claudia around and listening to her play. For some reason, he doesn’t think that’s TOTALLY CREEPY. Avery thinks Claudia has the potential to be as good a musician as her mother was. Bailey has chicken pox, and Sarah has assigned herself to be his nurse, so I guess he can’t dump her now.

Julia stays up all night writing, and Claudia practices her violin for hours, wondering if the similarity of her chin positioning to her mother’s is genetic or not. She feels closer to her mother when she plays. You may be surprised to learn that Callie has no compassion for Bailey while he’s sick. Charlie’s surprised to hear that Sarah is acting as Bailey’s nurse, but it’s a good thing she is, because none of the other Salingers has had chicken pox, so they need to stay away.

Avery brings Claudia a bunch of her mother’s music and basically becomes the equivalent of a crazy boxing coach. Sarah buys a game called Moral Dilemma, in which players answer questions about ethical decisions. That’s exactly what Bailey needs right now. He’s especially worried when Callie and Sarah decide they want to play the game together.

After school, Claudia practices for two-and-a-half hours, recording her time in a practice journal so she can keep track of the minutes she loses. She tells Charlie that Avery took her to visit his conservatory earlier that day. Charlie’s annoyed with Avery taking over Claudia’s practice routine and encouraging her to work harder.

Bailey reluctantly plays Moral Dilemma with Sarah and Callie, and of course, Sarah’s winning. He doesn’t like one of the questions, so he flips the board and declares the game over. Prescott sends Julia’s story back to her with his comments and a note saying she shouldn’t submit the story. It’s too awkward and “young.” Later, Claudia reads the letter and encourages Julia to ignore what Prescott said. She does well in English, so she can’t be a bad writer. Julia says that doesn’t matter in the real world. She’s worried that she’s not actually a good writer – or good at anything at all.

Next Claudia discusses her own talent with Ross, telling him she might need to get a new teacher in order to reach her full potential. She asks him to talk to Charlie and get him to agree. Ross thinks Avery is pushing her to make changes too quickly, and he points out that they barely know Avery. Claudia thinks that knowing that he played with her mother is all the information they need.

Sarah thinks Bailey doesn’t want her to take care of him because he doesn’t like having to depend on anyone. He’s annoyed that his neighbors keep playing the same song over and over – they must have put it on and left – so Sarah goes through the window and onto the fire escape to enter the neighbor’s apartment and turn it off. She tells Bailey there’s nothing she wouldn’t do for him. Callie appears, wearing a sweatshirt Sarah gave Bailey, and this makes Sarah run off.

Julia goes to her Stanford interview but can’t think of an answer when the interviewer asks what makes her special. Noticing that she’s nervous, the interviewer says they’ll have a conversation instead. He learns that she spent the summer working at a publishing company and asks her to submit some writing when she applies. Julia tells him she might want to do something else, though she can’t think of anything she honestly wants to do.

Bailey chases Sarah to her car, where she complains that she spent a lot of time putting together a care package for him, but he gave everything to Callie. Avery has managed to get Claudia a spot at his conservatory, but Charlie and Ross object. Ross points out that Claudia quit playing last year to be a normal kid. Charlie thinks Avery is pushing Claudia to be like her mother. Claudia yells at Charlie for exerting so much power, thinking he’s getting back at her for telling the Bennetts about Kirsten.

Julia leaves her interview in distress while Callie continues to fail to show compassion to Bailey. He calls her on it, but that doesn’t make her any nicer. At the Salingers’, Julia finds some photos her mother took while she was Stanford and tells Charlie that she was a visual arts major, not a music major. Julia felt like she let her down by not knowing what she wants to do with her life, but now she knows that her mother didn’t know either when she was Julia’s age.

Bailey gets concert tickets for Sarah, possibly infecting everyone in San Francisco with chicken pox at the same time. “We’ll have fun. If I live,” he tells her. She doesn’t want them, but he tells her to keep them because by the time the concert comes around, she’ll have remembered how much she loves him. Er, how much she loves the singers. Sarah tells him to stop taking her for granted, then drives him home.

Claudia has decided she’s going to the conservatory no matter what Charlie thinks. He tells her that he’s tired of hearing her talk about what their mom would let her do or how she would act. He feels like he’s not the only parent in the house anymore. Charlie shares Julia’s discovery that their mother wanted to be a photographer, telling Claudia that “it takes time to figure out who you want to be.” He thinks she’s trying too hard to be like their mother.

Charlie says that Claudia can take more lessons, but she can’t go to the conservatory. She says that won’t be enough, adding that if he makes that decision, she’ll hate him. He doubts it. Later, Avery comes by the house with a tape of Mrs. Salinger playing a piece Claudia’s been working on. Claudia wanted someone to play with who understands her, so he suggests that she play with her mother.

As Claudia plays, Julia writes Prescott a letter to thank him for reading her story. She tells him she’s no longer going to read the last page of a book to find out how things turn out. She’s okay with whatever happens in her life, even if she doesn’t become a writer: “I haven’t read the last page yet.” And then Natasha Bedingfield’s “Unwritten” starts playing, and – oh, wait, wrong decade.

Thoughts: Male professors don’t take that much interest in high school girls. Or at least they shouldn’t.

Avery is also creepy. He’s halfway to becoming a Romanian gymnastics coach. And now he’ll never go to the Olympics!

Seeing Bailey’s spots makes me even more grateful that I never had chicken pox.

“Does passing out on the street count as littering?” Hee. Scott Wolf needs more funny lines.

August 10, 2013

Party of Five 2.22, Spring Breaks, Part 2: Starring Charlie Salinger as Dustin Hoffman

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

The first six pleas didn't wear her down, but the seventh one did

The first six pleas didn’t wear her down, but the seventh one did

Summary: Charlie’s stalking Kirsten now, which is definitely the next logical step in their non-relationship, now that she’s marrying someone else. Julia and Justin’s relationship is majorly strained, but they still have to present a scene together for English class. He tells her to pick something for them to do. She says they’ll rehearse during school, even though they don’t have much filling up their spare time.

Charlie, Bailey, and Joe pack up the restaurant as Claudia mopes around. Kathleen shows up to start redesigning, and Bailey stands up to her, pointing out that the Salingers still own the restaurant. Kathleen replies that she’ll lose money if she delays: “I don’t want to feel like a chump for not calling in unpaid loans.” (Burn on you, Charlie.) Bailey goes looking for Sarah but instead finds Matt, who’s ticked at him for the way he’s been treating Sarah. He reveals that he wants them to work things out, though it sounds like it’s mostly because he pities Bailey.

Claudia hangs out at the coffeehouse with Jody and her new boyfriend, who are that typical middle school disgustingly sweet couple. At home, Bailey slams Charlie for not standing up to Kathleen. Charlie says he didn’t want to make a scene, but Bailey thinks he should have demonstrated to Claudia that he doesn’t want to lose the restaurant. He’s sick of worrying about so many people all at once. If he were Charlie, he’d try harder to fix things.

Julia hangs out with Ian, saying she wishes she knew what her future held, though she’s fine not knowing what might happen with Ian. She liked their kiss, but she’s not sure if it’s because it was different or because of who she was kissing. Ian gives her another chance to figure it out, then a third.

Sarah goes to the Salingers’ to complain that Bailey didn’t wait for her when she went to see him. (What? Shut up, Sarah.) He’s mad that she told Matt about his life; she made it sound like she just puts up with him. He’s not sure he still makes her happy. Sarah thinks he means that she doesn’t make him happy anymore. Bailey admits that not much in his life still makes him happy. Sarah wants to fix that, but he recognizes that their relationship is more bad than good now, so they need to end it.

Charlie summons Jake to the restaurant to tell him how bad things have gotten. Jake’s surprised, but Charlie wants his input since he’s a businessman. He has one night to solve things before the sale goes through. Speaking of doing things at the last minute, Julia and Justin get together to go over the scene they’re supposed to perform for class. She spots a hickey under his turtleneck and gets mad, because it’s okay when she makes out with someone else, but not when he does.

Ross stops by the Salingers’ and finds Claudia playing her violin in the basement, where it’s been since “Hold on Tight.” She claims that she hasn’t been playing it regularly. The Salingers go to the restaurant for their last family dinner there, but no one wants to stay. They’ll be continuing their tradition elsewhere, and with Joe. They all leave so they don’t have to be around when the restaurant closes at the end of the night.

Bailey tells Will about his breakup, saying “it wasn’t fun anymore.” Will thinks he’s crazy. Bailey repeats what he said to Charlie about being sick of worrying about people whose problems aren’t his. Plus, this will make it easier for him to leave for college on the East Coast in September. Julia runs into Justin at the coffeehouse and finally admits that he’s not the only person who’s been kissing someone else. They’re not sure why things are broken between them, which…really? It’s pretty obvious. And also, Griffin. So anyway, they’re done, too.

Kirsten goes to the house to yell at Charlie for sending her roses just two days before her wedding to someone else. He tells her she’s making a mistake. She points out that he doesn’t get a vote in the matter, and he needs to consider what she wants. Charlie thinks she’s moving too fast (fair enough), but Kirsten accuses him of only wanting her back because he can’t have her. He admits that that’s partly true. He loves her and is ready to make a commitment. She says he’s the one who’s kidding himself, and he only wants her because the rest of his life is so bad.

At school, Bailey runs into Sarah, who wants to talk about their relationship. He refuses, since that’ll just make things harder. Julia sees them, finds out from Will what’s going on, and tries to talk to Bailey about the breakup. She tells him she and Justin are also over. She loves him, but it wasn’t enough. Their split makes sense because something happened, but Bailey looked for problems and a reason to break up. Julia tells him not to look for more issues when things are already bad.

Jody slams Claudia for ditching her and her boyfriend, but Claudia doesn’t really care. She announces that she’s not ready for a boyfriend, and she doesn’t want to do the sort of things Jody and her guy do. Jody won’t slow down just because Claudia isn’t ready, and she doesn’t appreciate Claudia being ticked off all the time about it. Claudia says she misses Jody, but Jody doesn’t miss her because she has someone else. So there’s the third breakup of the episode. Justin and Julia do their scene in class, and of course it’s about breaking up.

Jake goes to the Salingers’ house and tells Bailey that Charlie talked to him about the restaurant. Bailey thinks that was a mistake; Charlie needs to clean up his own mess. Jake tells Bailey he has a proposal. Charlie stalks Kirsten again, this time to her FREAKING REHEARSAL DINNER, and declares his love again. Kirsten’s fiancé and his ridiculous mustache want to beat Charlie up. Charlie remarks that he’s taller. SHUT UP, STALKER. He tells Kirsten he can’t really prove himself to her or guarantee anything. Kirsten suddenly says, “Yes,” but Charlie keeps talking, saying she should marry Michael and be happy. Kirsten slaps him.

When Charlie gets home, Bailey gives him his acceptance letter to Hampshire State, the college he wanted to go to on the East Coast. He tells him that Jake agreed to pay his tuition. Now, though, Jake is willing to pay off the owners of the building that houses the restaurant so the sale won’t go through. But Jake will only either do that or pay for Bailey’s college, not both – and Bailey has to decide which. He cries and tells Charlie he hates him. Charlie tells him to pick college; their sisters will never have to know.

Because Charlie isn’t the only Salinger stalker, Julia sneaks into Justin’s bedroom and tells him she’s having a horrible time dealing with the breakup. She got used to hearing their names spoken together, and when she just hears her name, she feels like something’s missing. Justin comforts her, telling her it’ll get easier. Julia wonders if they made a mistake. He tells her they can’t stay together just because it’s too hard to be apart. She doesn’t want to think about him falling in love with someone else, but he reminds her that she’ll always be his first love.

Claudia laments to Ross about her life, admitting that she overheard Charlie and Bailey’s conversation and is worried about Bailey going away to school. She also admits that she’s been playing her violin again, but she hasn’t let anyone know because she doesn’t want the pressure she felt before. She feels like she needs to go back to her music. Ross agrees to work with her again. Kirsten’s wedding starts, but she panics and goes outside to get air. And guess who’s sitting outside the church in his truck?

Bailey goes to Sarah’s apartment and tells her he’s not going to Hampshire: He’s letting Jake use the money for the restaurant. Sarah’s confused, since she thought getting away was all Bailey wanted. He tells her that he’s spent two years fighting to keep the family together, so he can’t be the first one to leave. They’re supposed to be a family no matter what. Also, he doesn’t want to leave Sarah. “Being with you and taking care of all of them – it’s kind of who I am,” he says.

The Salingers meet up at the closed restaurant, and Bailey reveals that he and Sarah are back together. He starts to tell his sisters about Jake’s money, but Joe beats him to it, telling them the building isn’t going to be sold. Bailey and Charlie pretend that the seller just changed his mind. Charlie tells Bailey that he knows what he’s giving up, but Bailey doesn’t see it that way anymore.

Kirsten comes in, still in her wedding dress, and everyone thinks she and Charlie just got married. She tells everyone she changed her mind: “Always a bride, never a bride.” I’m sure her ditched fiancé will find that hilarious. The Salingers celebrate their saved restaurant with a family dinner, and I guess all their hostility toward each other is gone and everyone’s happy and sunny and la la la, whatever, season 2’s over.

Thoughts: Wait, season 2’s over? I feel like I just started it!

I kind of admire Bailey for the breakup. If it’s that bad, it’s time to call it quits. I mean, he did it for the wrong reasons, but still. Too bad Julia and Justin took so long to figure that out.

I think I noted before that the high school’s mascot is the possum, but I’m just now realizing what a dumb mascot that is. Do they play dead when the opposing team shows up?

I’ll say this about Kirsten: She has good taste in bridesmaids’ dresses.

June 23, 2013

Party of Five 2.12, Hold On Tight: Sex and Violins

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , at 5:05 pm by Jenn

"Yeah, well, at least in ten years, people won't be making jokes about my boyfriend's boobs"

“Yeah, well, at least in ten years, people won’t be making jokes about my boyfriend’s boobs”

Summary: Julia and Justin are looking at a really old book about sex, but they keep getting interrupted by Claudia. Charlie comes home and asks Julia to actually look after Owen instead of just pretending to. (He doesn’t seem to care that she and Justin are on the bed together.) Claudia tells Charlie that Kirsten called and left a message saying she wants to see him. Justin and Julia try to find some privacy in the basement, but Bailey and Sarah have already claimed it for themselves.

Charlie and Kirsten run into each other (literally) on campus, so I guess he’s still taking classes and she’s moved back from Chicago. He thinks she called because she wants to get back together. She actually called because he owes back taxes from when she was Owen’s nanny. Claudia and Jody watch a soap opera at the Salingers’, so I guess Charlie’s order that they can’t hang out anymore was in vain. Jody makes Claudia nervous about getting her cast off.

Julia and Justin clean up the Salingers’ attic so she can move into it. She’s planning to audition to sing with a band. Sarah hears them moving things around, but Bailey thinks there are just rats up there. He has a job interview for an internship at a TV station. Bailey likes Julia’s attic-bedroom idea so much that he wants to move in himself. Justin thinks this sounds like an episode of The Brady Bunch. Sarah remembers that one, and they laugh over the show until their respective significant others glare them into silence.

Claudia gets her cast off, and now she can go back to playing her violin. Ross is eager to restart her lessons, but Claudia is tentative and complains of pain. Bailey hijacks Julia’s move, putting a moose head from the attic in her bedroom. She tells him she needs her own space to practice for the band she hopes to join. Bailey thinks he deserves the attic because he has to share a room with a toddler. Julia blows up about never having privacy, as if she’s the only one who feels that way.

Kirsten tries to sort out her taxes, but Charlie’s distracted by all the things he wants to build and fix in her apartment. Then there’s some subtext about how they’re both sleeping alone now. The two of them get the tax issues squared away, which means now they’ll be going their separate ways. Unless Kirsten would like a ride home? And maybe a trip to a coffeehouse? And then I guess she can just go home with Charlie and live happily ever after?

Bailey complains that Julia threw a bunch of his stuff around and Thurber chewed it up. Sarah isn’t that sympathetic. She sings along with some muzak, giving Bailey an idea: How would she like to audition for a band? Claudia skips a lesson with Ross to go to a movie with Jody. At dinner, Charlie and Kirsten cheerfully discuss various wedding presents they got. They also show how well they know each other; he knows she won’t like a certain kind of bread, and she keeps him from eating jicama, which he’s allergic to.

Claudia comes home late to find Ross playing the Salingers’ piano. She lies that she didn’t have her watch with her, then says that they might as well stop lessons, since he’s probably sick of her. He knows she’s scared about getting back into playing, and worried that she won’t be as good as she used to be. Claudia tells him she doesn’t care about any of that – she’s not playing the violin anymore. Julia’s late to her audition (which is apparently in a busy club, with a big audience) and arrives to find Sarah in the middle of hers.

Charlie walks Kirsten home, and it looks like neither of them wants to say good night. She’s not sure if she should invite him in, so they just kiss outside the building. The next morning, he wakes up in her bed, but she’s not happy. She’s been working to get over Charlie for weeks and has now undone all of that. She wants to know what this all means. Charlie doesn’t know, and he doesn’t know what will come next, but he likes where they are now. He promises that they’ll take things slow.

Julia knows that Bailey told Sarah about the audition to get back at her. Justin thinks it could just be a coincidence. He’s filling out an application to work at the coffeehouse, but Julia knows of a better job he can interview for. At home, Ross tells the older Salingers that Claudia wants to quit her lessons. Bailey supports her decision, but Julia and Charlie think she’s making a mistake. Charlie also suspects that Jody influenced the decision. Claudia comes home in the middle of the discussion/argument (mostly between Bailey and Julia) and tells her siblings that they’re not making the best decisions right now either.

Charlie hangs out at Kirsten’s place, hiding in the bathroom when Claudia shows up (so I guess they haven’t mentioned to anyone that they’re sort of back together). Claudia wants advice about how to convince her brothers and sister that she doesn’t want to play the violin. She sees two glasses of wine on the table and realizes that Kirsten has someone over.

Sarah’s officially in the band, and they’ve already set up a gig. In other news, Justin has gotten the job Bailey wanted at the TV station. The news comes out that Bailey wanted the job and that Julia wanted to sing with the band. The siblings start yelling at each other, and Sarah and Justin slip out of the room to let them kill each other. Of course, the fight turns to the attic, and Julia accuses Bailey of not caring about her. He confirms that he doesn’t.

Now Sarah feels horrible about taking Julia’s spot; she accuses Bailey of using her to get back at his sister. She’s confused about why the two of them are fighting so much. Justin’s also mad at Julia for using him against Bailey. He points out that the siblings have known each other their whole lives, so they should probably be nicer to each other. As he’s complaining, Julia finds something interesting in the mail.

Claudia tries to sell a bunch of her classical CDs so she can get Hole, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Foo Fighters CDs. Julia gives Bailey the interesting mail: It’s an acceptance letter from a school in Boston. She didn’t realize he wanted to go to school on the East Coast. He asks her to keep it quiet since no one knows yet. Julia agrees.

Charlie and Kirsten are in her bed again, and she’s still not completely happy, since they haven’t told anyone that they’re back together (or whatever they are). She feels like nothing’s changed from their previous relationship, and not in a good way. It’s like they’re just holding on to each other, and are trying to find a way to end things instead of trying to start over. Charlie says that he sometimes wonders how things would have turned out if they’d met each other later. He thinks he would have known she was the one as soon as he saw her.

Bailey finds Julia painting the attic, but for him, not her. If he goes to college in Boston, he’ll only be living at home for six more months, so he should have the attic first. Julia says she’ll miss him if he leaves. In the basement, Claudia pulls out her violin and plays it for what could be the last time, then stashes it on a shelf.

Thoughts: You know who really deserves the attic? Claudia, who SLEPT IN A TENT FOR A YEAR AND A HALF.

Also, no one asked Charlie’s permission to turn the attic into a bedroom. And I’m sure he wouldn’t appreciate someone moving up there because there’s more privacy for sex.

The band Julia and Sarah wanted to audition for is called Nielsen Family. Lame.

Charlie, about a wobbly table: “I can’t believe that doesn’t drive you nuts.” Kirsten: “It did. Now it’s charming.” Heh.

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