November 30, 2013

Party of Five 3.19, Point of No Return: Putting the “Party” in “Party of Five”

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Not pictured: Julia, praying this isn't Owen's first memory

Not pictured: Julia, praying this isn’t Owen’s first memory

Summary: Owen’s birthday is coming up, so the Salingers spend part of their family dinner planning for the party. Claudia thinks they should all work together, but since everyone else hates each other right now, they decide to split up the tasks. Julia tells Sam that she’s decided to spend her summer backpacking around Europe, though it ruins their plans to hang out together for a few months. She invites him along. Claudia runs into Avery at a music store and learns that he has a son her age named Marcus. She offers to show him around San Francisco.

Bailey relays a message to Charlie and Grace that Grace’s parents are in town and want to have dinner. Charlie tells him that he’ll have to babysit Owen. Bailey needs to study, so he’s okay with having a reason to stay in for the night. Grace, however, doesn’t want to have dinner with her parents, who have spent her whole adult life disapproving of her decisions. Claudia goes to Avery’s house and meets Marcus (who prefers Marc). Claudia has less in common with him than she does with his father.

Owen accompanies Charlie and Grace on their dinner out with Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox, since Bailey is MIA. Of course, Owen chooses that night to be on his worst behavior. When they get home, Julia’s there (and why couldn’t she babysit?), and she tells Charlie about the Europe trip she and Ben are taking over the summer. He and Grace both object, not that Julia wants to listen to Grace about anything. Charlie calls Bailey and Callie’s apartment, but Callie tells him that Bailey’s out at a party and probably won’t be home for a while.

Bailey resurfaces the next morning at the restaurant, telling Charlie he just lost track of time at the party. Charlie advises him to see the situation as a wakeup call. Julia whines to Sam about Charlie and Grace, including Grace noting that it would be illegal for Sam and Julia to travel internationally before she turned 18. Ben casually remarks that “those people” would know a lot about the legal situation. Julia’s Something is Not Right Radar goes off.

Bailey interviews a clown named Coco, but he won’t accept the $80 that’s all Bailey can pay him. Callie wonders why Charlie didn’t give Bailey money, and Bailey admits that he did, but he spent it at the bar the night before. Julia mentions Sam’s comment to Sarah, who tries to give him the benefit of the doubt that he’s not racist. Julia can’t think of another explanation. She takes Owen’s cake over to the house, arriving just before Grace’s parents stop by. Grace thinks they’re there to criticize her once again, but they actually like Charlie and how happy he makes Grace. (Also, he has a nice house, so she’s not slumming it anymore.)

Unable to get a clown for $80, Bailey goes to Julia for money. She reminds him that she loaned him money and got him a job with Sam, so he’s out of chances with her. He apologizes and admits that she and Sarah were right when they accused him of partying too much. He’s not going to drink for a while. Julia agrees that she can get judgmental. Claudia goes by Avery’s house again and invites him and Marc to a concert. Marc isn’t interested.

Sam and Julia go shopping for their backpacking trip, and when she brings up his comment from earlier, he basically outs himself as a racist. (Except he’s not really, because he has black employees! He’s practically Martin Luther King, Jr.!) He notes that Julia locks her doors in certain districts, scoffing when she says it’s because they’re unsafe, not because mostly black people live there.) Sam says that if his jokes make Julia uncomfortable, he won’t make them in front of her anymore.

Armed with more of Julia’s money, Bailey debates hitting the liquor store. The next morning, he’s so hungover that he can’t shave without cutting himself. It’s the day of Owen’s birthday party, and Grace’s parents come over to help set up. Grace wants to kick them out, telling Charlie that they’re only being nice to him because they don’t all know each other that well yet. Sam also shows up for the party, to Julia’s surprise. The clown Bailey didn’t hire seems like a moot point, since Mr. Wilcox is enough entertainment for the kids. Mrs. Wilcox invites Charlie and Grace to join them on vacation that summer.

Grace is mad again, telling Charlie that she’s spent her whole life doing the opposite of what her parents like. Now she’s dating someone they like, and she thinks her parents feel she’s finally gotten in line. Charlie doesn’t see what’s wrong with letting them think they’ve “won.” Grace can’t come up with a reason but wants to be upset anyway. She runs into Bailey, who’s gotten a clown costume and is going to provide entertainment himself. Oh, and he’s drunk. He tells Grace that more people would like her if she weren’t so horrible.

Julia watches carefully as Sam chats with the Wilcoxes, but he doesn’t say anything racist. Bailey emerges in his clown costume, cracking up Charlie. As he leaves for work, Sam brags to Julia about how awesome he was to the Wilcoxes. Bailey brings out the cake, then promptly drops it. One of the kids starts crying, so Bailey yells at him. When Charlie tries to drag Bailey inside, Bailey shoves him into a bench. Claudia follows Bailey when he storms off, but he doesn’t want to listen to her “stupid, whiny voice.”

That night, the sober Salingers clean up after the party, and Charlie tries unsuccessfully to lighten the mood. Owen attempts to wake Bailey up to show off his new hat, but Bailey’s down for the count. Even after the big mess of the day, the Wilcoxes are still gracious and lovely to Charlie. Mr. Wilcox mentions that he’s done a lot of research into addiction and treatment because his sister’s an alcoholic. Charlie denies that Bailey has a problem; after all, he’s just a college kid.

Sarah arrives (having delayed coming to the party in an attempt to avoid Bailey) and Julia tells her about the party disaster. They go to talk to Bailey, but he’s taken off. Claudia goes back to Avery’s, where Marc is rude to her because her relationship with Avery is so good. She starts crying, and he’s all, “Oh, crap. Crying girl. What do I do?” He invites her in to hang out. Sam comes back to the house after work, and Julia surprises him by telling him she can’t be with someone who thinks racist jokes aren’t a big deal. He’s made her life better, but that doesn’t matter now that she knows how he really is.

Julia tells Sarah about the breakup, and they talk about how something awful in a person’s personality should make it easy to end things, but it’s not that simple. Charlie tells Grace that he gets what she was saying about her parents getting involved in things that aren’t their business. Grace admits that she thinks her father is right about Bailey having a problem.

Charlie continues to deny it; Bailey’s young and has bad judgment, but that’s how Charlie was at that age. Grace reminds him that Bailey got violent, which makes this very different. Julia chimes in that even when Charlie drank at Bailey’s age, he was still himself. Callie calls to let the Salingers know that Bailey hasn’t turned up at the apartment. Charlie’s sure that he’ll call as soon as he gets home.

Thoughts: Marcus Baltus? Poor kid.

Is Grace implying that her parents won’t like Charlie once they get to know him better?

Guys, next time, take Bailey’s keys.

Sarah’s pretty awesome to stay behind after the party and help clean up, especially since she didn’t technically come to the party.

November 23, 2013

Party of Five 3.18, MYOB: You Can’t Spell Bailey Salinger Without B.S.

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"You have to bring a six-pack when you come over. New house rule"

“You have to bring a six-pack when you come over. New house rule”

Summary: Grace settles in to sleep in Charlie’s creaky bed, but instead of finding her boyfriend next to her, she finds Owen there. The next morning, Julia’s cold to Grace because she’s mad that Grace moved in but Charlie won’t let Sam in the house. Charlie tries to get Claudia to spend more time with Grace so at least one of his sisters will be nice to her. Bailey and Callie are sleeping together again, which I guess makes him think she might agree when he asks her to help him out with rent. She tells him he’ll have to pay her back by the end of the week: “Just because you sleep in my room now doesn’t mean you’re being kept.”

Julia and Sarah line up to get concert tickets, though Sarah no longer wants to go to the concert. She doesn’t want to listen to love songs while she’s still missing Bailey. Julia encourages her to call him, but Sarah doesn’t want to talk to him unless he makes the first move. While Bailey searches the Salingers’ basement for something to sell, Julia brings up Sarah. Bailey’s too preoccupied thinking about money to listen to her. Julia gives him a concert ticket and tells him to meet her that night.

Claudia goes by Grace’s office, pretending that it was her idea for them to spend some time together. Bailey and Sarah run into each other at the concert, having been set up by Julia. They’re mad but decide to stay. Charlie’s happy to learn that Grace and Claudia having been hanging out. They go grocery shopping with Owen, and when Grace and Owen are left alone together in line, another shopper mistakes Grace for a nanny. She’s offended. Bailey gets drunk at the concert, then gets mad at Sarah when she says she likes the music, accusing her of sleeping with one of the band members. He tries to play it off like he just wants her to be happy.

Julia goes out with Sam, who’s shorthanded at work; she suggests that he hire Bailey to help out. He needs money, and he’s totally reliable and definitely won’t show up to work drunk or hungover. Owen shares Charlie and Grace’s bed again, and Grace finally says that she doesn’t think the co-sleeping is a good idea. She remarks under her breath that Owen has more of a right to be there than she does. At school, Sarah blasts Julia for setting her and Bailey up. Julia doesn’t think Bailey’s drunkenness and loudness were out of place considering the setting. Sarah tells her that Will noticed his behavioral changes, too. Julia insists that nothing’s wrong.

Bailey shows up to his new job late but enthusiastic (and seemingly sober). Sam has concerns. Claudia does some work at Grace’s office, but Grace isn’t interested in just spending time together or chatting. Claudia grows concerned when she hears Grace tell someone that she’s only staying with Charlie (“a friend”) temporarily. At Sam’s that night, he tells Julia that some expensive alcohol was stolen from one of his worksites. They both know he thinks Bailey was responsible. Charlie changes the Salingers’ outgoing answering-machine message so Grace is mentioned. When Claudia comments on it, he asks if she’s trying to cause trouble.

At school, Julia sends Sarah a note to let her know she wants to discuss Bailey’s problems. Claudia screwed up a mailing at Grace’s office, which means everything has to be redone. Grace blasts her for taking on a project she wasn’t sure she could handle. (She’s 14. I’m sure she could handle stuffing envelopes.) Claudia notes that she’s a volunteer, but Grace can’t deal with sloppiness and tells her to leave. When Claudia gets home, she tells Charlie what happened, and he immediately asks what she did wrong. She lets him know that Grace is telling people she’s “staying with friends. Temporarily.”

Sam questions Bailey about the missing alcohol, but of course he says he didn’t see anything. At home, Charlie bugs Grace about getting change-of-address cards and forwarding her mail to the Salingers’. Then he brings up what Claudia told him about Grace only staying there temporarily. She says she doesn’t belong in the house or the neighborhood. The family doesn’t like her and people think she’s “the help.” She feels like a hypocrite when she goes to work and helps poor people while she lives with a white family in a nice house. Owen interrupts and Charlie snaps at him, which makes Grace mad again.

Julia and Sarah ambush Bailey at his place to confront him over his drinking and possible liquor larceny. Bailey’s mad that Julia’s siding with Sam over him. She wants to keep him from self-destructing, as the Salingers have always done for each other. Bailey tells her she’s off the hook and kicks her and Sarah out. Julia warns that she’s not going to just drop this. Later, Bailey goes to the restaurant to complain to Charlie about Julia’s treatment of him. He laughs off his sister’s concerns, and Charlie’s not going to question him since he did his own share of partying in college. Plus, Julia’s always on people’s cases, so why should this be any different?

Claudia’s back to being cold toward Grace at the house, saying bitterly that Grace should be fired for putting dishes away in the wrong place. Grace gives a non-apology, unable to let go of the time and money Claudia’s mistake cost her organization. Claudia says that she only wanted them to be friends. Sarah tracks down Callie to talk about Bailey’s drinking, but Callie thinks she’s being blamed for being a bad influence. Sarah notes that she’s putting aside a lot of hostility to approach Callie. She still loves Bailey, and if Callie does, too, that’s actually good, because she might be able to help him turn things around.

Charlie and Grace discuss their living arrangements, and while he admits that they may have rushed into them, he can’t exactly pick up everything and move. Grace’s location won’t affect the people she helps at work. Grace disagrees – it changes her to live in the Salingers’ house. Owen comes in to share the bed again, so Grace decides to sleep on the couch. Julia tries to talk to Charlie about Bailey, but he’s mad that she’s suddenly willing to be civil to him. He accuses her of being mad that Bailey’s enjoying his life. “You don’t know everything,” he says. “Neither do you,” she shoots back.

At the apartment, Callie asks Bailey for the rent money, but he doesn’t have it. He asks if she’s going to join Julia and Sarah in the anti-Bailey club, but she assures him that they’re still friends. When Bailey goes to get a beer, Callie suggests that he cut back, but he doesn’t take her seriously. And now that she’s boxed in as his only friend, there’s not much she can do. Charlie finds Owen sleeping on the couch with Grace, and he and Grace laugh over the fact that he wanted to be with her, not Charlie. He claims that the family needs her there at the house. She agrees to stay.

Thoughts: Who let us little white girls get away with that XXL trend in the ’90s? Claudia’s sweatshirt could fit two linebackers.

Charlie should have at least warned Grace that Owen might get into bed with them. That’s something I would want to know about in advance.

Oh, right, now I remember why I didn’t like Grace.

Charlie gives Bailey a beer at the restaurant. Couldn’t he get in a lot of trouble for that? Can’t restaurants lose their liquor licenses for serving minors?

November 16, 2013

Party of Five 3.17, Misery Loves Company: Musical Beds

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This is what a happy couple looks like, apparently

This is what a happy couple looks like, apparently

Summary: Julia gets ambushed at school when she’s called to the guidance counselor’s office to discuss with her and Charlie her decision not to go to Stanford. They think she should defer for a year to give herself more time to make up her mind. The guidance counselor know she’s struggling because of Libby’s death, and has sided with Charlie that Sam isn’t influencing her well. Julia fights back, so Charlie decides to just order her to go to Stanford. As long as she lives in his house, he can tell her what to do.

Callie wants to put a bar in the apartment, even though it takes up a lot of space in the living room. Also, aren’t they supposed to move? Will makes a surprise visit and acts weird. At the house, Julia packs, telling Claudia she’s going to stay with Sam. After all, if she doesn’t live in Charlie’s house, he can’t boss her around. Will’s acting weird because he just broke up with his girlfriend, who was cheating on him. He asks why Bailey and Sarah broke up, but Bailey doesn’t want to depress him. Will thinks they should bond over their shared pain. Bailey disagrees, saying they need to distract themselves.

Charlie talks through his Julia problems with Grace, wondering what his parents would do if they were there. Since Charlie, unlike Julia, is an adult and can do whatever he wants, he agrees to let Grace spend the night. They go to her apartment first and find the building on fire. Julia surprises Sam at has place, saying she wants to make him dinner, watch I, Claudius, and, you know, move her stuff in. Sam recoils, so Julia clarifies that she’ll sleep on the couch. Grace is upset about the fire and all of her stuff possibly being destroyed, but at least she has Charlie’s bed to sleep in, even after he decides to sleep on the couch – he’s not ready to share a bed with someone who’s not Kirsten.

Bailey, Will, and Callie drink and play pool at a bar, successfully distracting themselves from their problems. (Yay, alcohol!) Will can’t hold his liquor and passes out. (Boo, alcohol!) Claudia’s not that thrilled to see that Grace spent the night at the Salingers’. She tells Charlie that Julia moved to Sam’s, so now Charlie has another crisis to deal with. Grace can’t move back home for a while, so she decides to ask her sister if she can stay with her. Charlie tells her she can stay at the Salingers’ as long as she needs, even if it means he keeps sleeping on the couch. (Maybe he can take Julia’s room.)

Bailey and Will are hungover, so Bailey turns to the hair of the dog. Will thinks he’s crazy. Julia turns into a happy homemaker, but Claudia interrupts her and Sam’s domestic bliss to confront her for ditching all her house chores, including watching Owen. Julia’s surprised to hear that Grace is living at the house; Charlie can move his girlfriend in but Julia’s boyfriend can’t be there? She’s also annoyed that Claudia took public transportation to get there. She invites Claudia to stay for dinner and get a ride home from Sam afterward.

Will takes Bailey to a coffeehouse to sober up, since he’s been drinking all day. They run into Sarah, who’s turned off by Bailey’s drunken behavior. While Charlie does the fatherly thing with Owen, Grace takes over the couch so Charlie can have his bedroom back. (Guys, the attic’s empty.) They start kissing, and Charlie decides that he’s ready to share a bed (or at least he needs to make himself ready, so no one has to sleep on the couch). When Claudia notices in the morning that the couch wasn’t slept on, she thinks it means Grace stayed somewhere else. Wrong!

Will visits Sarah at home and notices that she still has a bunch of pictures of Bailey up. They talk about Bailey’s drinking, which Sarah says ramped up after everything that happened with Callie. She has to break it to him that Callie’s the reason she and Bailey broke up. Will wants to intervene, but Sarah can’t bring herself to get involved in Bailey’s issues. Claudia goes to Bailey and Callie’s to ask her brother to help Charlie and Julia work things out. The family’s falling apart, and Bailey’s always been the one to keep things together. Bailey won’t get involved.

Sam and Julia’s love nest is further upended when Sam wants to watch a hockey game, but Owen’s over and playing with loud toys. Charlie and Grace go to her apartment, which is pretty much unsalvageable. All she has is a bedspread she’d ordered a few weeks earlier. Will tries to talk to Bailey about his newfound love of drinking, and how that’s all he ever wants to do. Bailey tries to blow off his concern, but when Will keeps pressing the issue, Bailey turns on him, saying he was just trying to show his friend a good time.

Charlie goes to Sam’s apartment, having gotten a note from Julia telling him that Owen would be spending the night. He announces that both of his siblings will be going home with him. Claudia’s also there, and upset that all the yelling has made Owen start yelling, too. Charlie threatens to call Social Services to force Julia to come home. Julia calls his bluff, lets him take Owen, and pretends she’s not a drama queen.

The next morning, Sam cooks Julia breakfast to soften the blow when he tells her she can’t stay there anymore. He likes the idea of living with her, just not when she’s there to stick it to her brother. He likes his life the way it is, without all the Salingers’ loud drama. Will finds Bailey working out and decides to try a different tack with his concern: asking Bailey straight out if he’s okay. Bailey claims he is, of course, so Will apologizes for overreacting. He wants to spend one more night hanging out with Bailey before he goes back to school, but Bailey says he has to study.

Julia returns home, admitting to Claudia that Sam made her leave. Claudia doesn’t care that she’s back. Grace goes to look for a new apartment, but Charlie thinks she should just stay at the Salingers’. He likes that her presence has made him change some of his old habits, which needed to be changed. It’ll be a fresh start for both of them, but they can help each other. At Bailey and Callie’s, Callie has her own suggestion for a change: She wants Bailey to move into her bedroom. He seems on board with that.

Thoughts: Grace calls her landlord after the fire, and the hold music is “Disco Inferno.” The person who wrote that in is both brilliant and evil.

I feel worse for Owen than anyone else in the family. He’s had to go through so much upheaval. Mom and Dad are gone. Charlie moves back in. Kirsten moves in, Kirsten moves out. Kirsten moves back in, then sits in a chair and cries all day. Bailey moves out. Julia moves out and Grace moves in. Everyone’s yelling all the time. Poor little guy.

It’s sad that Will, who’s seen Bailey the least over the last year, is the first to notice that something’s wrong.

Two episodes ago, Callie was over Bailey’s partying; now she’s encouraging it. Why the change?

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.

November 2, 2013

Party of Five 3.15, Significant Others: Nothing Says “Mature and Focused” Like a Drinking Problem

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

I'm not sure the drunk guy should be playing with pointy things

I’m not sure the drunk guy should be playing with pointy things

Summary: Bailey wins a wrestling match at a meet, but his team isn’t as happy about it as he is, since they lost the meet anyway. He wants to take everyone out to celebrate with beer (of course). The other wrestlers can’t go because of family and school obligations. Julia and Sam are still dating, and it’s still weird. She tries to get him to invite her to a party his friends are having; he’s reluctant to take her, probably because IT’S WEIRD THAT HE’S DATING A GIRL IN HIGH SCHOOL.

Charlie’s receiving a citizenship award at a homeless benefit, but he doesn’t want to accept it because he didn’t vote for the mayor presenting it and he doesn’t want to thank rich people who are patting themselves on the back for helping poor people. He thinks Grace deserves the award more. She tells him to feel like he’s giving the rich people “positive reinforcement.” Claudia and Bailey play poker at the house, and she mentions that he said he was going to move out of his apartment before he and Sarah broke up. Now, though, things are looking up, so he’s staying put.

Julia passes for an adult at the party, so clearly, Sam hasn’t told anyone about her. She’s a little jealous when she sees Sam talking with an “old friend” who happens to be female (and not in high school). At the benefit, Charlie finds out that he’s considered kind of a big deal. He tries to be humble, and Grace tells him to give her some credit, since he was just talking to someone from the mayor’s office and didn’t mention that his homeless-feeding program was her idea.

One of Sam’s friends tells Julia that the woman Sam’s talking to is Karen, and Julia should totally know who she is. Another friend fills in that they were once engaged and lived together. Bailey stocks up on beer and ends up buying a winning lottery ticket. (He spends the $5 winnings on more beer.) Even Callie is sick of his crap, and was kind of looking forward to him moving out. Bailey claims that he needs time to regroup after his breakup. Callie tells him he has a month and a half.

After the benefit, Charlie talks to the guy from the mayor’s office, Michael, again. He expositions that he didn’t thank the mayor in his speech, and he talked Grace up. Michael wonders if he and Grace are dating, because if they’re not, he’d like to ask her out. Charlie says they’re “not really” together, but it’s starting to look like he wants them to be. Bailey wants to try to enter an all-stars match, but Coach Russ doesn’t think he would make it. Bailey asks for positive reinforcement. (Grace would be proud.) Russ tells him he would have to work his butt off for the next 48 hours. Bailey’s up for that.

Charlie comes up with a lame reason to get Grace to come over to his house, then ups the ante to dinner and a movie. Grace doesn’t get the hint that he’s angling for a date. Claudia pops up and invites herself to join them, because Claudia never gets a plotline. Now Grace is game, even though she’ll be doing laundry while at the house. Julia yells at Sam for accepting a dinner invitation from Karen, especially since he never told her about Karen in the first place. Sam invites her along.

Bailey goes on a training binge with a reluctant teammate, Teddy, who just wants to go home and study. Bailey thinks they should calm themselves mentally, and what better way to do that than with a big pitcher of beer? Grace ditches Charlie and Claudia to go to a concert with Michael, so now Charlie has the sads. Sam, Julia, and Karen go to dinner, and it looks like Julia’s calmed down about her boyfriend almost marrying another woman. Karen’s happy that they’re happy because she’s also found someone new. Oh, and they’re getting married. Now Sam’s not happy.

Bailey and Teddy stay out late, and Teddy eventually leaves to study and/or sleep. Bailey’s well on his way to having a nice little hangover the next day. Julia thinks Sam reacted badly to Karen’s engagement because he’s still in love with her. He insists that all their past is in the past, especially since she’s with someone else, so there’s no reason to keep talking about it. He tries to distract her with the idea of having a romantic day together.

Callie presses Bailey to bump up his move-out date since she already has a new roommate lined up. Bailey yells at her that he’s too busy with wrestling and won’t be going anywhere. Charlie visits Grace at her office and finds a bouquet of flowers from Michael. Grace isn’t in because she stayed out late the night before with her new buddy. Sam impulsively wants to take Julia to Lake Tahoe for the weekend, forgetting that she probably has homework (and might need Charlie’s permission). She knows he wants to leave town so they don’t have to deal with their issues.

Bailey’s late for practice, and with only one day left to get ready for the all-stars tryout, Russ doesn’t think he’s serious about it, or mature enough. Bailey insists that Russ let him try out. Apparently he’s forgotten than Russ doesn’t listen to whiny teenagers, and that whining isn’t going to make him look any more mature. Crying won’t help either. Bailey says that this is the only thing he has left that matters to him.

From the friendzone, Charlie listens to Grace talk about how Michael shouldn’t be sending her flowers because he doesn’t make a lot of money. They’re going to dinner at a restaurant run by a couple Michael helped get political asylum. Charlie tries to get into her head, telling her that “political” guys like Michael aren’t always honest. Grace is all, “Thanks for looking out for me – you’re such a good friend!” Later that night, when Charlie calls her, Michael picks up the phone.

Bailey’s moved his maniacal training to the Salingers’ house, still trying to drop weight just hours before the tryouts. He asks his siblings to come along to support him, but they already have plans. He’s upset that he’ll be the only one there without family or friends, but to be fair, he didn’t give them much notice. Claudia nicely says she can come, because she has nothing to do, because she has no plotline.

Instead of writing the paper she told Bailey she was working on, Julia goes to Sam’s to confront him for acting so weird lately. She knows it’s all because of Karen; the only time Sam’s been nice to her recently was when they went to dinner with her. Julia accuses him again of still being in love with Karen. Sam tries to deny this, but he has to admit that she might be right. He misses the feeling of his whole life being about one person. Julia’s all, “Well, thanks for that.” But she also gets it, because why would he feel like that about her so soon into the relationship? (Yeah, I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that YOU’RE 17.)

With coaching from Russ and support from Claudia, Bailey wins his match at the tryouts. He’s not as happy as he should be, since he doesn’t have a girlfriend there to congratulate him. Claudia suggests that they go celebrate, but Bailey lies that he’s going to hang out with his friends. Julia and Sam have a hard time remembering when they realized they liked each other, but they can easily remember when they realized they liked Justin and Karen. And yet, Julia and Sam are still together. I don’t get it.

Grace tries to plan a date with Michael while she’s with Charlie at the restaurant, and finally Charlie can’t take it anymore. He asks her straight out to stop seeing Michael. He tells her that she matters to him, but Grace still doesn’t get it. “I know we’re friends, but I don’t know what else,” she says. Finally she understands that he wants to be more than that, which is what she wanted before, when he was still hung up on Kirsten. Bailey gets drunk at a bar (I know, I’m shocked, too) and talks to some poor stranger about wrestling and how it lets him feel like he’s on top.

Thoughts: Karen is played by Corinne Bohrer, who I will always think of as Veronica Mars’ mom.

Bailey needs a girlfriend – he’s much more annoying when he’s single.

Dr Pepper, Julia? On a date with adults? At least order iced tea, or just water. Are you trying to make yourself seem younger?

If Bailey makes Claudia cry, I will punch him in the face. Though I’d probably have to wait in line for that.

October 12, 2013

Party of Five 3.12, Desperate Measures: Worst Road Trip Ever

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , , , , at 1:12 pm by Jenn

Tone it down, guys. She's not dying of cholera

Tone it down, guys. She’s not dying of cholera

Summary: Claudia can’t open a jar. I hope Lacey Chabert’s agent feels proud of himself. Charlie’s is that he’s going to Chicago to see Kirsten. This means Julia’s in charge of Claudia and Owen, which is probably a bad idea. Charlie isn’t sure when he’ll be coming back, which is an even worse idea. When Sam comes over to work, Julia gives him a mix tape (adorable) of songs that include the word “roof.” He awkwardly asks her out, which distracts her from Claudia, who doesn’t feel well. Julia accepts Sam’s invitation to go skiing, which I guess means Claudia’s now in charge of Owen.

Bailey’s wrestling much better, and I don’t just mean with his alcohol issues. In fact, Coach Russ is using him as an example of how much you can accomplish if you work hard. He tells the team that for the next three days before a big meet, they can only drink water, no alcohol. Charlie arrives in Chicago, but Ellie doesn’t want him there; Gene’s out of town and she’s having enough trouble handling Kirsten on her own. Except when Kirsten shows up, she seems fine, and very happy to see Charlie.

Sarah and Bailey are somehow still together. She tells him that her parents have given her separate billing on their shared credit card, which means she can make purchases and pay for them without her parents knowing. What this really means is that she can use the card to rent a hotel room and try to have sex with Bailey again. He uses wrestling as an excuse to stay abstinent before the next meet. Julia asks Claudia to watch Owen while she goes skiing, but Claudia’s feeling really sick now and refuses. Julia refuses her refusal.

Bailey goes home cranky, and Callie guesses that it’s because he and Sarah had yet another fight. He doesn’t want to discuss it with her, of all people. He’s also annoyed because there’s no beer; she says he drank it all. (Red flag! Red flag!) Callie calls him out for either treating her badly or wanting her in bed, with no in between. He ignores her and goes out to buy beer. In Chicago, Kirsten tells Charlie that she’s been doing better since she started a new medication about a month ago. He wonders why she didn’t tell him before now. She says she didn’t want to jinx things.

The next day, Charlie and Kirsten hang out downtown, talking about his family. She’s definitely doing a lot better, and he enjoys seeing her smile. Sarah goes to Bailey’s wrestling practice to see him, but he’s skipped it. Julia’s late picking Owen up from daycare because she was shopping for ski clothes. This means she misses a phone call from a doctor letting her know that Julia has been admitted to the hospital with appendicitis. When Julia gets to the hospital, she learns that Claudia had emergency surgery without anyone’s authorization since no one in the family could be reached. And now Claudia doesn’t want to see her.

Kirsten tells Charlie that she’s ready to go back to San Francisco with him. She’s so ready that she wants them to drive there tonight. Charlie’s too happy to think that there’s anything strange about the request, especially since Kirsten doesn’t want to see her mother first. Sarah goes to Bailey’s apartment and finds him hungover from a drinking binge. She worries that he’s out of sorts because of her, but he swears it’s not. Sarah points out that he said he wasn’t supposed to drink or have sex; if he can do one, then why not the other? “I did both,” Bailey admits, coming clean about Callie.

Kirsten calls Ellie to let her know she’s going back to San Francisco. Ellie tries to talk her out of it, saying Kirsten’s doctor doesn’t think she’s well enough for something like that. Kirsten hangs up on her, then tells Charlie that Ellie’s okay with it. Callie wakes Bailey up to tell him that Claudia’s in the hospital; he turned the answering machine down and didn’t get Julia’s message. He’s still really hungover, so Callie takes him to the hospital. When he arrives, Claudia will only talk to him, not Julia.

Sarah comes to the hospital with flowers, having heard about Claudia’s surgery from Julia, who called her when she was trying to reach Bailey. She runs into Callie and tears into her for sleeping with Bailey. Then when Bailey appears, Sarah gives him the flowers and leaves. Charlie and Kirsten drive all day, reaching Nebraska; he wants to stop for the night, but she’s eager to keep going. (She’s manic, Charlie. Learn the signs.)

Bailey to Sarah’s place, but she still doesn’t want to talk to him since she thinks he’s going to break up with her. Instead, he desperately declares his love for her and invites her to hate him. She admits that she does, and she wants to hurt him, but she still loves him. Charlie and Kirsten finally stop at a motel for the night, and she’s not quite as happy as she was before. She insists that she’s fine, but Charlie’s starting to realize that this was a bad idea. He wakes up in the middle of the night to find Kirsten sitting in a chair, crying, like she used to in San Francisco. She tells him she left too soon and needs to go back to Chicago.

Sam goes skiing without Julia, who’s staying at the hospital with Claudia even though Claudia won’t talk to her. Claudia hears her on the phone, admitting to feeling horrible, and finally talks to her. Bailey tells Callie that he and Sarah aren’t breaking up, so their hookups have to stop. Callie notes that the last time he said that was right before they hooked up again. She tells him he’s not worth all the drama. (Dude, seriously.)

Just before they’re about to leave for Chicago, Kirsten tells Charlie that she’s always tried to defend him in therapy, but her therapist eventually got her to see that she can’t be with him. She’s never been able to fully get past him leaving her on their wedding day. Every time she looks at him, that’s what she sees. Back in San Francisco, Julia and Claudia are sisterly again, even making plans to go swimming together. Sam visits, and Julia tells him that since she sometimes has to take care of Claudia and Owen, she may have to cancel plans. He’s okay with it, and even thinks Julia’s awesome for being so responsible.

Charlie returns Kirsten to Chicago, then decides to leave right away. Ellie blasts him for putting Kirsten through something difficult. He doesn’t want to stick around for another round of Ellie Hates Charlie, so he leaves without his things. Bailey and Sarah, on the other hand, are doing okay. Charlie comes home to an empty house and cries.

Thoughts: This episode title makes no sense. It should have been the title of the previous episode.

Salingers, I will adopt Owen and take him off your hands, since apparently no one cares enough to make sure a competent person is in charge of him.

Was Claudia admitted to the hospital from school? Wouldn’t Julia have been contacted at school? That whole plot device doesn’t hold together. How long was she out shopping, anyway? I would think that if no one from the family could be contacted, Claudia would have asked for Ross.

Callie appears to be the only person on this show who does schoolwork.

So after all that, Sarah’s just okay with Bailey cheating on her? We didn’t get to see any discussion other than her saying she still loves him. She didn’t even wait a day before she took him back! Come on, girl.

October 5, 2013

Party of Five 3.11, I Do: He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , at 5:34 pm by Jenn

Sarah wants to put this under her pillow. She is a crazy person

Sarah wants to put this under her pillow. She is a crazy person

Summary: Sam and his crew are still working on the Salingers’ house, and Julia is still being a stalker. He tries to avoid her because of their kiss, telling her that she’s too young for them to get together. He’s very much in denial that he has feelings for her. Sarah’s still annoyed with the amount of time Bailey and Callie are spending together, but since she’s still in high school and has a curfew and everything, she can’t always hang out with them.

Charlie’s in a bad mood, and Julia has to point out to Claudia that it’s because it’s a year to the day that Charlie and Kirsten were supposed to get married. Speaking of weddings, that’s what Joe’s going to have; he tells Charlie that he’s engaged to a woman named Franny. They’re getting married at the restaurant on Sunday. Sarah tries to distract Callie for Bailey by fixing Callie up with her cousin Paul. Callie resists, only agreeing to the set-up if they double date. In other news, Julia is still a stalker.

Franny meets the other Salingers, who all seem to like her. Claudia’s especially happy to get some good news for once. Charlie’s the only one who isn’t in a good mood, and Joe knows it’s because of everything that happened with Kirsten. Charlie shares his concerns that Franny and Joe have only known each other a month, and she’s 20 years younger than he is. Joe asks him to try to be happy for them.

The next day, Charlie visits Grace, partly on business and partly so he can ask her to go to Joe’s wedding with him. She notes that they’ll get the same questions they got at her charity event from people who thought they were dating. But he considers this a repayment of the favor he did for her by going to the event. Sam is so determined to get away from Julia that he removes himself from the job at the Salingers’ house. She tries to call him, and Claudia tells her she’s nuts.

Sarah, Bailey, Callie, and Paul go on a rollerblading double date, and it looks like Sarah’s matchmaking was successful. Well, it looks that way to her and Paul, at least; Callie admits to Bailey that she’s not interested. Charlie and Grace go shopping for a wedding present, which is super-fun since he’s still in a bad mood. He invites her to the rehearsal and possibly a movie afterward. Grace is smart enough to know that they can’t just be friends; she’ll only be going to the wedding.

At the rehearsal, Claudia learns the phrase “May/December romance” and outs Julia and Sam as having one. Charlie’s ticked. Julia gives a shrieky denial. Sarah’s running out of ways to keep Bailey from hanging out with Callie alone, so she brings out the big guns: She tells him she’s ready to have sex. Because every girl’s first time should be as an attempt to keep her boyfriend’s eyes from wandering. But Bailey can’t perform, so Sarah remains a distress virgin.

Just before the wedding, Charlie tries to write his best-man’s toast. Franny, already wearing her wedding dress, comes to thank him for his hospitality, and he gets distracted by thoughts of Kirsten in her wedding dress. He decides to send Kirsten flowers but has trouble figuring out what to write in the note. Julia (who’s playing “he loves me, he loves me not” with a flower) and Sarah commiserate over their love troubles while Bailey tries to talk to Charlie about his failure to perform with Sarah. Charlie points out that just before a wedding is a bad time to have this discussion.

Joe and Franny’s wedding goes well, and though Charlie still isn’t all that happy, Grace’s arrival makes him feel better. He tells her that Joe was always like an uncle to him, but now he’s the closest thing Charlie has to a father. At the reception, Julia apologizes to Joe for her freak-out at the rehearsal. She’s trying to convince herself that ages don’t matter in a relationship, so Sam’s attempts to avoid her are for some other reason. Sarah and Bailey are still awkward and quiet, and seriously, why are they still together?

Charlie gives a nice toast, saying that everyone talks about luck with regards to love, but Joe’s also smart because he’s making a move to ensure he doesn’t lose Franny. (You know, unlike Charlie, who lost Kirsten.) He cries, and Grace is probably regretting letting herself get involved in this whole mess. Julia ducks out of the reception to track Sam down at some worksite and blast him for making her feel “stupid and pathetic” after she told him how she felt. There’s some blah blah about shutting off emotions. Whatever, Julia, you’re still only 17.

Sarah decides to take her piece of wedding cake home to sleep with it under a pillow; it’s some tradition that supposedly leads to you dreaming about who you’ll marry. She tells Bailey she wants to try having sex again – after all, it could fix their relationship. (Sex always does that. True story.) Grace leaves the reception early, telling Charlie that she doesn’t like the mixed signals he’s giving her. She tells him she’s not the person he needs to turn to if he wants answers.

Sam goes by the Salingers’ house, pretending he needs to come back to work there. Sam, she’s 17! It’s weird! Callie goes out on another date with Paul, coming home to a drunk Bailey (ruh-roh), who’s moping to Counting Crows. They talk, but we all know the conversation isn’t important. What’s important is that they end up having sex again. Elsewhere, Charlie makes plans to go see Kirsten in Chicago.

Thoughts: Julia, what are you doing? Julia, stahp!

Whenever people on TV or in movies talk in the audience of a wedding or some other special event, I always want someone to turn around and tell them to shut up.

How do you sleep with cake under your pillow? Wouldn’t that make a mess? I’d rather eat the cake than dream about my supposed future husband. The husband might not work out, but there’s a pretty good chance the cake will be delicious.

September 28, 2013

Party of Five 3.10, Close to You: Damsels in Distress

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , at 12:05 pm by Jenn

They're cute, but I don't see any chemistry there

They’re cute, but I don’t see any chemistry there

Summary: Bailey comes home and is immediately annoyed to realize that Callie has a guy over and isn’t going to give him the peace and quiet he needs to write a paper. Callie and the guy are making out, but when he wants to have sex, she says no. Things get bad, and when Callie starts screaming, Bailey races in and pulls the guy off of her. She’s really shaken and wants to be alone. The next day, she insists that everything’s fine and there’s nothing to talk about, since nothing happened.

A classmate of Claudia’s named Stuart wants her to write a relationship advice column for the school newspaper. She notes that she’s not the best person to give romantic advice since her only boyfriend left her because he liked Julia more. Stuart insists that she can do a good job. At the Salingers’, Julia finds little things for Sam to work on so he’ll stick around the house. Similarly, Grace has found various reasons to see Charlie every day, so they’re getting along much better. She has a flat tire, so he offers to drive her around to make her food deliveries.

Apparently Sam isn’t the best roofer in the world, since he forgets to put a tarp on it, so when it rains, Claudia’s room gets soaked. She defends Sam, and Claudia thinks it’s because she has a crush on him. Charlie drives Grace home to her very bad neighborhood, and just as she’s asking him to go to an event with him, she spots some gang members approaching and tells him to duck down in his seat.

Callie is definitely not as okay as she claimed; when Bailey goes out to a concert with Sarah, she breaks down in tears over the thought of being in the apartment alone. She talks him into staying home with her. Grace is nonchalant about the encounter with the gang members, but Charlie’s nervous and advises her to take some security precautions in her apartment. She resists his attempts to make her a “damsel in distress.”

Bailey didn’t tell Sarah that he wasn’t going to the concert with her, so she’s ticked that she was stood up. He tells her what happened to Callie, so now Sarah can’t really be mad. Bailey says they’ll spend the next day together, but Sarah thinks he should stay with Callie. Charlie confronts Sam over leaving the tarp off the roof; Sam offers to make the necessary repairs and only charge for materials. Charlie balks, but Sam points out that Julia distracted him with her odd jobs, and by the time he was done, it was too dark to go up to the roof. Charlie fires him and Julia freaks out.

Sarah and Bailey hang out with Callie, who tells Sarah she doesn’t have any female friends she can talk to about her near-rape. Sarah offers to be her friend, but Callie resists. Sarah then offers up Bailey instead. She’s all, “Bailey’s awesome! He’s a great guy! You can totally trust him!” Get the irony? Julia talks Sam into making the repairs in the house for free, then takes a page from Sarah’s book and tells Charlie how awesome he is. Next she goes to Sam and tells him that Charlie changed his mind, giving him the money he wanted.

Charlie meets up with Grace at her event, and everyone mistakes him for her boyfriend. They both pretend to be embarrassed, but they clearly find it cute. Julia admits her scheming and crush on Sam to Sarah, frustrated with herself for being so girly about it. Claudia thinks Charlie and Grace are getting involved, especially since he gets a silly smile on his face when she says Grace’s name. He assures her that they’re just friends, since he’s supposedly still with Kirsten.

Bailey goes with Callie to the police station so she can report her attack. The police officer who takes her statement wonders how Callie knew the guy was going to rape her. Bailey backs her up, but Callie thinks the officer doubts her story. Sam goes back to work on the Salingers’ roof and quickly realizes that Julia lied about Charlie wanting him to return. She says it was her fault, and it doesn’t matter whose money he’s taking as long as he gets paid. “You people are a little strange,” Sam notes.

Grace calls Charlie back to her place to help her install a new lock, and to listen to her babble about how something good has suddenly come into her life. She almost kisses him, but he backs off. Callie’s attacker is questioned but says that they were about to have consensual sex when Bailey interrupted. He claims that Bailey and Callie have something going on, and that Callie panicked and cried rape so Bailey wouldn’t think she was cheating. Sarah tells them to go back to the police, but Callie doesn’t want to talk about the incident anymore.

Bailey goes to a bookstore to find something to help Callie feel better. He runs into Julia, who’s looking for help with writing her advice column. She thinks she has a natural intuition for when something’s going on. In Bailey’s case, he’s acting weird, like he did when he was first falling for Sarah. Apparently his dimples pulse when that happens. Later, Sarah tells Bailey that she thinks Callie’s relying on him too much. They decide that she needs to go to a support group.

Stuart loves Claudia’s advice column, especially the part that encourages a girl to go after her crush. You see, Claudia may think she’s insightful, but she’s missing out on the obviousness that is Stuart’s crush on her. At the house, Sam gives Julia back half of her $300, saying that’s the deal he and Charlie should have made in the first place. He apologizes for calling her strange (though he really called the Salingers as a whole strange, and he wasn’t wrong) because she’s a sweet person. She replies with a kiss.

Grace didn’t make her usual visit to Charlie today, so he goes to see her at her apartment. She thinks he’s there to tell her they’re not going to progress past friendship. He does, basically, but says she’s the first person he’s actually wanted to hang out with for a while. However, he’s waiting for Kirsten. Callie decides to go talk to the police again, and also examine why she always goes after the wrong kind of guy. Why can’t she find someone like Bailey? She cuddles up to him and Bailey starts to realize that this isn’t going to end well.

Thoughts: Stuart is played by Ben Savage, making him the second character played by a Boy Meets World star to fall for Claudia.

The concert Bailey and Sarah were supposed to go to was Barenaked Ladies. Oh, ’90s!

At one point I typed Callie’s name and thought of Callie from Grey’s Anatomy. Then I realized there’s a Bailey there, too. (Two, actually.) Then I realized there’s also an Owen there. Weird.

“How do you know he was going to rape you?” Um, excuse me? I don’t think he was trying to bake her a cake.

Owen status: unknown. That’s a little scary, since there are so many tools and construction materials lying around.

September 21, 2013

Party of Five 3.9, Gimme Shelter: Well, Gimme Dinner, At Least

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

"Am I convincingly seductive in flannel?"

“Am I convincingly seductive in flannel?”

Summary: Charlie’s trying to pick a slogan for the restaurant. Claudia’s still ticked at him for not letting her go to the conservatory. Julia has four days to finish her college applications and figure out where she wants to apply early, so she needs lots of silence. She picked a bad time for that, since the roof is now being fixed. Charlie attempts to pull a Freaky Friday and switch lives with Owen.

Bailey wants to join his college’s hockey team, but he hasn’t played on a team since junior high, so the coach advises him to play intramurals this year and try out for the team again next year. Bailey’s disappointed. The roofers are up in Julia’s room and had to move some of her stuff around, so she’s not in a good mood. The roofers, brothers named Sam and Alec, don’t really care that they’re inconveniencing her.

Sarah’s day is going much better – she’s trying to get a job as a backup singer, and the audition led to a job in a carper commercial. Bailey’s decided not to try out for hockey again next year, since he wasn’t good enough for the good players this year. Alec tries to flirt with Julia, taking her up to the scaffolding to enjoy the fictional view of Marin. He talks about how his parents cut him off when he turned 18, so he went to work for his brother. He and Julia are starting to connect when he starts smoking a joint and she decides to leave.

Bailey and Sarah go to a bar so he can drink to forget about being rejected from the hockey team. He pretends that’s not the problem, though, saying he’s drinking to celebrate her commercial job and whatever’s going well in his life. Charlie picks a slogan, and it turns out the options were all submitted for a contest. The winner is a performance artist named Jim, who gets coupons for a year’s worth of dinners. He decides to use them for meals for some homeless friends. The other patrons are not pleased.

Along with the roofing, Sam has painted Claudia’s room black for her, which Julia objects to. Sam tells her to chill out. Julia ignores him and tells him to repaint. Bailey’s hungover and wants to skip class, which is no surprise. He gets a letter from the school’s wrestling coach inviting him to try out. Sarah tells him to go for it, but Bailey isn’t encouraged by a team that will be made up of people the coach has never met.

Grace comes to the restaurant to discuss how Charlie kicked the homeless people out of the restaurant the night before. (One of them told her.) Charlie argues that they weren’t clean enough to dine there, and he gave them food to go, so he didn’t do anything wrong. If his other customers leave because of the homeless ones, he goes out of business. Grace wonders how he would treat customers of other races. He reminds her that he gives her organization a lot of free food, so she might want to rethink her attitude.

Bailey meets the wrestling coach, Russ Petrocelli, who, like Bailey, is a former football player. Bailey starts working with the team, and he sucks. Alec invades the Salingers’ fridge, clearly stoned, because no one sober spends that much time thinking about pimentos. Julia puts on her disapproving face. Russ thinks Bailey has some potential as a wrestler and tells him to come to a meet the next night.

Julia tells Sam to talk to Alec about getting high at work, since there are kids in the house. Sam thinks she needs to stop worrying about how other people choose to live their lives. He just wants to finish the job so he can make some money. Claudia bashes Charlie for the homeless fiasco, having read about it in the paper. There’s also an editorial from Grace calling for a boycott of the Salingers’ restaurant. Charlie tells the family that the article didn’t get the story exactly right, but they don’t believe him.

Bailey goes to the wrestling meet, which is poorly attended because the team is on a losing streak (one which has carried over from their last season). Julia sees that Claudia failed a test and lectures her on not doing her schoolwork because she’s mad about Charlie saying no to the conservatory. Alec then lectures Julia on ratting him out to Sam; it was a waste of time because Sam doesn’t care. One of Charlie’s employees wants to quit because of the homeless fiasco, and now one of his regular patrons is skipping dinner there.

Russ encourages his wrestlers to keep working even though they’re not winning any meets. Eventually, the work will pay off. Bailey’s done with the whole thing, then seems disappointed when Russ doesn’t try to talk him out of quitting. Alec calls Sam at the Salingers’ to tell him he was pulled over for speeding and might have to stay in jail because he had beer in the car. Julia’s shocked that Sam won’t bail him out. She mocks him for thinking he’s too cool to care about people. She’s all, “I don’t like you,” like they won’t be making out within the next 20 minutes.

Sarah had a great day doing her commercial, and even got offered another one. Bailey had fun drinking his beer and moping in his apartment. He doesn’t think this is the best use of her talent. Just because she’s good at something doesn’t mean she has to do it for money: “Prostitutes get paid, too.” Instead of punching him in the face, Sarah lets him keep babbling about how she should stop doing commercials because they don’t make her look like a serious musician.

Charlie goes to see Grace at her office and asks for a truce and some help. She tells him she’s an advocate for the poor, so she’s not about to help someone who’s in his 20s and runs his family’s business. Charlie literally asks, “Who do you think you are?” Grace says that some people need others to take care of them so they can get ahead. Charlie just leaves.

Back at home, he confronts Claudia for publicly disavowing Charlie in the newspaper, saying her father wouldn’t have handled the homeless fiasco the way he did. Hearing the words herself, Claudia realizes how mean they are, but she’s still mad about the conservatory. He notes that things like this aren’t going to make him more sympathetic – in fact, they make him more certain that he made the right decision. He tells her to grow up.

Bailey’s surprised that Sarah didn’t listen to his totally overcontrolling words and is still going to do the second commercial. She blasts him for being unsupportive, because if the situations were reversed, she would support him. Sarah thinks he’s jealous because he doesn’t have anything going on in his life. She also thinks that Bailey’s turning into Callie and only enjoys doing fun things in the moment. She remembers that he used to do productive things.

Alec shows up for work at the Salingers’, but Sam fires him, telling him he can come back when he grows up and gets his life together. He gets to figure out how he’ll pay rent without a job. Julia overhears but doesn’t say anything. Charlie’s also experiencing job problems and has to cut back his employee’s hours because business isn’t so great.

Grace comes over, having looked up the Salingers’ family history, and apologizes for what she said about the family business. She has a suggestion to get the restaurant back on its feet. Charlie doesn’t want her help, which she can understand, but she doesn’t back down. Since the restaurant is empty between shifts, Grace suggests that Charlie serve the homeless then. She even has a bunch of volunteers who will serve them. Charlie wishes she’d brought this to him yesterday.

Claudia repaints her room, telling Julia that the black paint was too depressing and dark. Julia offers to help her. Bailey tracks down Russ and tells him that wrestling isn’t his first choice (or even his second or third), but his first choice doesn’t want him. He’s not sure it’s worth being on a team when he feels that way. Russ says that he didn’t originally want to coach wrestling, but he took the job because he needed the money. He stayed because he grew to love it. Bailey agrees to train with the team.

Charlie and Grace pull off their first homeless meal, finally talking without fighting with each other. She invites him to a movie afterward, and he accepts, noting that this is a strange twist on dinner and a movie. Julia congratulates Sam on how he treated Alec, because I’m sure he was just desperate for her approval. He comments that he’s never had a client talk to him the way she did about Alec. Julia tells him she’s not the princess he thinks she is. Then she asks him to take her up to the scaffolding. I ask someone, anyone, to remind Sam that Julia’s only 17.

Thoughts: There are three familiar guest stars in this episode:

  • Russ is played by Dan Lauria, best known as the father on The Wonder Years.
  • Sam is played by Ben Browder from Farscape and Stargate.
  • Alec is played by Breckin Meyer.

Owen status: alive and cute. He answers one of Charlie’s questions with an adorable, “No, sir.”

Dear Jim, you are awesome. Don’t listen to Charlie. He’s just bitter because he’s not as awesome as you are.