February 7, 2015

Party of Five 6.6, Too Close: Maybe Having Children Isn’t Worth It

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Still a better relationship than Evan and Julia's

Still a better relationship than Evan and Julia’s

Summary: Julia’s anxious for all of Evan’s co-workers to go home so the two of them can get it on. This is a completely normal, professional relationship, guys. She thinks it would be okay to tell everyone. Evan knows tells her how dumb that is, especially for her career. Bailey’s depressed over his breakup with Sarah, so Will tries to put a positive spin on things: He took control and got out of a bad situation.

Kirsten and Charlie have a doctor’s appointment and learn that things are progressing well in their attempts to conceive. Charlie gets an emergency call from a pharmacist – Myra was caught shoplifting condoms and gave his number to the police since her mother wouldn’t answer the phone. Charlie gets her out of jail and makes it clear that her mother will hear about this. Claudia and Alexa work in the school’s darkroom, and Alexa tells Claudia that a guy named Derek likes her. She thinks they should double-date with Alexa and Cameron, who are back together.

Julia tries to get out of Evan’s place before her family starts getting suspicious about all her late hours at the library. She suggests again that they start telling people about their relationship. This time he’s okay with that, and even agrees to have dinner with the Salingers. Charlie goes to see Myra’s mother, showing sympathy for how hard it is to be a working single parent. Myra’s mother thinks things are fine; Myra’s always been able to take care of herself. Charlie disagrees.

At an AA meeting, Bailey talks to his friend John about how annoying his family and friends have been about trying to make him see the good side of his breakup. John’s on their side, though – he thinks Bailey was too dependent on Sarah for his sobriety. Bailey admits that she was a big reason he stayed sober. Now that he’s “free,” he wants to drink again. Claudia takes pictures of Derek at football project, and he invites her to a party he’s having.

Charlie gets Kirsten home from an egg extraction in time to get a call from Myra, who’s desperate to see him. He gently tells her that it’s not a good time. Bailey, Julia, Claudia, Owen, Joe, and Victor gather for dinner at the restaurant and discuss the age difference between Julia and Evan. Claudia thinks it’s weird; Joe doesn’t, which makes sense, since his wife was a lot younger than him. Claudia’s surprised to hear that Joe is now managing the restaurant. Evan never shows, and everyone has to leave.

Bailey goes to a bar and, after almost backing down, asks for a drink. A police officer brings a drunk Myra to Charlie and Kirsten’s place; she told the cop that Charlie was her father. Charlie and Kirsten deny it, but when the cop says he’ll take Myra back to the station, they let her spend the night. Bailey stares at his scotch but doesn’t drink it, instead letting someone else take it. In the morning, Kirsten is maternal toward a hungover Myra while Charlie tells her mother what happened. Kirsten hates that they’re trying so hard to have a baby while Myra’s mother neglects her own child.

Julia passive-aggressively talks to Evan about how he missed dinner the night before because of a meeting that went long. She asks him to pick out a night to reschedule. Evan’s like, “Oh, I’m soooooo busy…” Julia threatens to bring everyone to the office so he can’t get out of it. Evan claims that he just wants to make Julia happy and isn’t trying to get out of anything. Will and Griffin take Bailey to a strip club, and Griffin goes in alone while Bailey works up his courage. Griffin discovers that Daphne has gone back to stripping but promises to keep it quiet.

Outside, Will blasts Bailey for being so mopey when other people have problems. His parents have threatened to kick him out if he doesn’t quit his wrestling internship. He wanted to go to the strip club to get his mind off of his problems. Claudia goes to Derek’s party and gets a lot of attention from him, which bugs Cameron. Claudia notices and asks Derek to go somewhere private. Back at the strip club, Bailey tries to talk to Will about his issues, but Will’s too busy looking at boobs.

Kirsten’s egg extraction was fruitful, and she’ll be able to have some implanted the next day. She and Charlie try to celebrate, but they don’t have time before Myra shows up, upset that Charlie told the principal that she spent the night. He tells her that he was required to, and now he has to take a step back from helping her. Myra blasts him for acting like a friend, then abandoning her. Charlie tells her they can’t be friends outside of school, and she can’t keep coming over unannounced.

Julia addresses her and Evan’s problems again, telling him that she doesn’t care what other people think about their relationship. However, she doesn’t think he’s okay with their differences. She’s worried that he’s ashamed to be with her. Bailey calls up his bar buddy, Tracy, who he had a long conversation with the night before. It seems like he just wants to talk some more, but that quickly goes out the window and they start making out.

Claudia and Derek head to his sister’s bedroom and also start making out. But things move way too quickly for Claudia, and when Derek pulls out a condom, she decides she’s done. Despite her loud repetition of “I’m saying no,” Derek keeps going. Eventually Claudia fights him off and runs away. Also running away: Tracy, who doesn’t want to spend more time with Bailey after they’ve hooked up in a hotel room.

At school, Charlie is called into the principal’s office just as Myra and her mother are leaving. The principal, Mary Anne, asks if Myra ever showed him her diary or discussed her feelings for him. Charlie’s confused. Mary Anne then asks where Myra slept when she spent the night at his place. Did they discuss birth control? Did they talk about whether Charlie found Myra attractive? Mary Anne reveals that Myra’s mother has accused Charlie of having a sexual relationship with Myra, and Myra isn’t denying it. Charlie is understandably offended.

Claudia pleads illness to stay home from school, not even telling Julia what happened with Derek. Daphne goes to see Griffin to make excuses for why stripping is the only job she can keep right now. Griffin points out that he can’t judge since he was there for a show in the first place. Plus, she looked good, so why not strip? Bailey invites Will to move into the Salingers’ house but is disappointed that Will has to travel for work.

Evan finally mans up and makes a dinner date with Julia, in the process letting his office know that they’re dating. Elsewhere, Charlie misses Kirsten’s implantation. Bailey and Tracy meet at the bar again, and he’s shocked to learn that she’s married. She thinks he should have figured it out when they hooked up in a hotel room and she gave him her pager number instead of a home phone number. She invites him to tell her about his day.

Thoughts: Myra’s mother is played by Jenny O’Hara, who was also Scott Scanlon’s mom. So…her TV parenting history is pretty sketchy.

Dear people everywhere: If the person you’re dating doesn’t want people to know you’re dating, you are not in a good relationship.

On the other hand, Julia should have been more concerned with the publishing world finding out about her relationship with Evan. She’s definitely going to be accused of sleeping with him to get her book contract.

Who takes a girl to his sister’s room to have sex? Is the creepy doll collection a turn-on for Derek? I guess that’s the least of his problems, though.

January 31, 2015

Party of Five 6.5, The Shortest Distance: The Road to Ruin

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This is the only road trip I want to be a part of

This is the only road trip I want to be a part of

Summary: Griffin and Will are in the Salingers’ house while Julia and Claudia are discussing the fact that Sarah isn’t coming back from New York. They’re super-nice to Bailey, who says they’re not breaking up and will visit each other. No one has the heart to tell him that that won’t last. Over at Charlie and Kirsten’s, Kirsten, who’s started fertility treatments, tries to boost Charlie’s fertility with bacon and frozen boxer shorts. She expositions that Charlie took a second job to pay for the treatments. Charlie objects to some of her treatment ideas, but can’t say no to having sex twice a day.

It looks like Claudia and Cameron are secretly seeing each other, making out in a storage room at school. She feels bad about dating her friend’s ex. Cameron notes that the only alternatives are telling Alexa about them or breaking up, so if they want to stay together, they need to keep it quiet. He’s sure that Alexa will find another boyfriend quickly. Julia goes to Evan’s office to give him a chapter, but really to make sure they’re okay after their kiss. He’s practically forgotten about it. She seems to want more, but he knows it’s a horrible idea, since he’s her publisher.

Myra thanks Charlie for helping her study, which he won’t have time to do anymore, now that he has a second job. He suggests that she work with Claudia, but Myra’s hesitant since they’re so different. Later, Charlie goes to his second job (something with furniture) and manages to get some extra hours. Bailey visits Will at his office to invite him on a road trip – he and Griffin are driving Sarah’s things to her in New York. He reminds Will that he encouraged Bailey to be more spontaneous and crazy.

Evan has problems with Julia’s latest chapter, giving the critique that they can’t let readers know that she and Ned made up after a fight by having sex. Julia thinks he’s uncomfortable thinking about her having sex with another man. Bailey, Will, and Griffin’s road trip is really boring because Bailey’s a control freak. He’s trying to get to New York in two days, in time for his and Sarah’s anniversary. Will and Griffin aren’t as concerned with making good time, especially if it means fewer bathroom breaks.

Claudia tutors Myra, who makes fun of Alexa for being dumped by a stupid guy. (To be fair, Alexa is acting super-pathetic.) Evan spots Julia at a gym during a workout and can barely keep his clothes on. Claudia goes to Cameron’s house to talk to him, but the conversation is interrupted when she learns that his mom has a guy come over whenever Cameron’s dad works late. Claudia feels bad for her poor widdle boyfriend and doesn’t tell him how badly Alexa’s doing.

Charlie and Kirsten are scheduled to have sex (how romantic), but the fertility drugs’ side effects combined with her meds turn her off. The guys’ moving van breaks down, stranding them at least overnight. Bailey’s determined to get to New York by his anniversary no matter what they have to do. He admits that Sarah doesn’t know he’s coming to visit. Griffin points out that she might not even be there when they arrive. Bailey says he’s making a big gesture so Sarah can’t turn him down – he thinks he’s going to get her to come home.

Daphne finds Kirsten’s medical stuff and asks Charlie if they’re trying to conceive. Hey, guess whose business that isn’t? Right, yours! Go away, Daphne. She’s supportive, or at least pretends she is, and says she got a job. The guys can’t get the van back on the road for a couple days, and Bailey doesn’t take the news well. He knows his chances of getting Sarah back are slim, but he doesn’t know what else to do. Evan and Julia go to a publishing panel; she makes it weird by correcting his presentation of her. Yeah, they should definitely be in a relationship.

Claudia sits with Myra at lunch, though Myra doesn’t really want to socialize with her. She reveals that she found little notes from Cameron in Claudia’s math book, and she’s figured out that they’re seeing each other behind Alexa’s back. Evan chastises Julia for hijacking the panel, since he needed to present her in a specific way to make sure she gets the right publicity. Julia, however, feels like she’s been enlightened by the experience, or something. Charlie gets home late from his second job too tired for scheduled sex. He admits that he almost stayed at work instead of coming home to do something that’s supposed to be fun.

Griffin and Will tell Bailey that they may take a bus home and let Bailey continue the trip on his own. Bailey notes that Will told him to take risks and now doesn’t want to support those risks. Will says Bailey’s still being controlling and isn’t able to handle change. Bailey doesn’t think Griffin and Will have any right to give relationship advice, since they ditched their significant others once they either went back to school or got pregnant. He’s just trying to keep Sarah from walking away. Will tries to get him to see that Sarah’s already gone.

Later, Will and Griffin change their minds and decide to stick to the plan. Bailey, however, has been looking over the route and has realized that there’s a lot of distance still between him and Sarah. And guys, I don’t think he just means physical distance. I think it’s a metaphor. Back in San Francisco, Daphne asks Victor to watch Diana so she can go look for the job she told Charlie she already had. Then she suggests that she sublet Victor’s apartment, since he’s always at the Salingers’ anyway.

Claudia finally tells Cameron that they can’t see each other if it means Alexa suffers. She sees it as choosing herself instead of choosing Alexa over Cameron. She’s never been the kind of person she is right now. Even if it means she’s alone forever, she can’t be with someone if it makes her feel bad about herself.

While Charlie’s at the fertility clinic to give a sperm sample, Kirsten shows up to make things romantic so they don’t feel like they’re just completely a task. Either Julia and Evan spent the night together or he’s in her room before she’s out of bed. He admits that he was worried that they made a mistake, but he feels too good for that. Instead of continuing the trip, Bailey ships Sarah’s things to her and heads home with Will and Griffin.

Thoughts: How much of this episode’s budget was spent on chokers?

Why are Charlie and Kirsten scheduling sex anyway? They’re newlyweds. This is a bad sign.

Yeah, Claudia. You’re going to be alone forever. Girl, you’re 17 and you were with the guy for, like, two weeks. Chill.

’90s music alert: Dave Matthews’ Band’s “Crush.” Good news, guys – I can still recognize it within three seconds of hearing it.

January 24, 2015

Party of Five 6.4, Wrestling Demons: Risks! Consequences! Other Things About Taking Chances and Changing!

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If I were Bailey and Will, I would do whatever this man said

If I were Bailey and Will, I would do whatever this man said

Summary: Victor has switched from being Diana’s nanny to being Owen’s, and is trying to talk to Bailey about his parenting philosophy. Since Halloween is approaching, he thinks he and Owen should decorate the house as a haunted house. Bailey resists. Owen doesn’t think Victor will last that long anyway, since his nannies never do. (Maybe not, Owen, but sometimes they marry your brother.)

Evan does some editing to Julia’s writing, trying to work while she yaps in his ear. She’d like to have a more personal relationship with the person who’s going to be tearing apart all her hard work. She asks for a joke, but Evan doesn’t seem to have a sense of humor. Bailey tries to get in touch with Sarah, but she’s busy getting her doomed spinoff off the ground.

Bailey runs into Will, who reveals that he’s been in town for a month. He decided to take a year off of school, and has gotten an internship with a pro wrestling organization. Bailey doesn’t get why Will didn’t inform him of these major life changes. He invites himself along while Will picks up someone at the airport.

Kirsten visits Charlie at work and they compare notes on research they’ve done about adoption (him) and fertility treatments (her). Charlie’s a bit overwhelmed by all the work that would go into having their own child. Cameron is still writing trash about his friends on the Internet, and Claudia’s still the only one who knows he’s the wannabe Gossip Girl. Alexa doesn’t like the idea of changing her habits to make the writer stop bugging her.

Victor meets Griffin, who’s still renting the “guest cottage” for his business. Owen gets his sisters to override Bailey’s veto of the haunted house, so Victor tells him they can do it as long as they’re willing to face the consequences. Julia’s friend Isabel tells her that people are spreading rumors that she got her book deal by sleeping with Evan. Julia finds the idea ridiculous; she and Evan have no interest in each other. Isabel isn’t so sure that Julia doesn’t have a little crush.

Bailey and Will go to the airport to pick up a wrestler named Mr. Mayhem. The guy is unfriendly and wants to be taken to Walnut Creek rather than San Francisco, so he can see his wife. Bailey panics because he’s supposed to go to work. He suggests that Mr. Mayhem call his wife and have her meet them in San Francisco. Mr. Mayhem says no, since he wants to surprise his wife, then tosses Bailey’s phone out the window.

In Walnut Creek, Mr. Mayhem lurks around the back of a house while Will explains to Bailey that he and his wife are having issues. She’s also a wrestler, and it seems Mr. Mayhem cheated on her with a third wrestler.) Bailey continues panicking about getting off of his schedule. Will tells him to stop being so uptight. Mr. Mayhem announces that he’s going to hoist Bailey up to a balcony to let him in the house, since his wife changed the locks.

Julia goes to see Evan, who has learned to tell jokes. She notices his body language and how he puts a hand on her arm. Evan offers her tickets to a fundraiser ball, which makes Julia uncomfortable until he explains that he’s not going. Cameron tries to talk to Claudia about his website, complaining that Alexa is obsessed with how she looks. Claudia says that she deserves better than being trashed by Gossip Guy. He needs to be himself and be honest with his girlfriend.

Victor uses connections in the theater community to get creepy decorations for the house. Griffin helps out, surprised to hear that Bailey okayed the haunted house. Victor pointedly tells him that Owen said it was okay. While waiting to see a fertility specialist, Kirsten and Charlie overhear two women talk about how the treatments have affected their relationships and finances. Kirsten tries not to freak out.

Mr. Mayhem nervously waits for his wife, Isis, who erupts when she finds him in her house. She reminds him that she mentioned wanting space when they went to their last counseling session. She thinks he recruiting Bailey and Will from the support group she sent him to. Isis kicks Mr. Mayhem out of the house, then tells Bailey and Will that they’re not allowed to leave until Mr. Mayhem goes away. Bailey stands up to her, they wrestle, and Bailey wins.

Julia (dressed as Tippi Hedren from The Birds) goes to the fundraiser with Isabel, surprised to see that Evan’s there after all. He tells her his date backed out of their dinner – also, it wasn’t really a date, it was his cousin. He’s decided to try having fun for once, and he’ll start by dancing with Isabel. But Julia’s not jealous! No, definitely not jealous!

Charlie blasts Kirsten for pushing him to go to the meeting with the doctor without telling him all the possible consequences of fertility treatments. He notes that she’ll probably have to go off her antidepressants and take hormones that will affect her mood. That’s not the small risk she said the treatments would require. Kirsten promises that she’s okay with the risks. Charlie asks why she wasn’t honest with him from the beginning.

Finally out of the house, Bailey tells Will that he’d rather be boring than get involved in marital disputes between crazy people. At the fundraiser, Julia watches Evan and Isabel dance, totally! Not! Jealous! She asks Isabel to keep some distance, since it’s weird for her to see a friend dance with someone she works with. Isabel says she’d love to date a guy like Evan…unless, of course, Julia has dibs? She urges Julia to stop another woman from getting too close to Evan.

Bailey comes home to the haunted house/loud party he wasn’t aware was going on. Instead of saying anything, he checks his messages – and no, Sarah hasn’t called. Victor takes the blame for the party, lying that Owen said that Bailey might object. Owen keeps quiet, and Bailey doesn’t lecture him about consequences, so Victor’s plan backfired. He tells Bailey that Sarah did leave him a message.

Alexa shows up at the party to tell Claudia that Cameron broke up with her, saying he wants to be himself for once. She was surprised by how different he seemed. Charlie and Kirsten, who are also at the party, talk about having their own child, as opposed to adopting. She’s being trying to ignore the reality that she has an illness that may prevent her from doing things others can do. She recognizes that in some ways, her depression was harder on Charlie than on her.

Julia runs into Evan and hurts her hand, so Evan rushes her to the hospital. Bailey listens to Sarah’s message, which says that she’s sorry they keep missing each other. Julia calls the house to tell Charlie she’s at the hospital and needs her insurance info. Bailey stares at his ties, then tells Victor to keep the party going so there can be a little less control in the house for once. He’d attend, but all he has for a costume is one of his dozens of ties he can’t believe he has at the age of 21.

Cameron arrives at the party and gets an earful from Claudia for breaking up with Alexa instead of being honest with her. Instead of explaining himself, he kisses her. Charlie checks on Julia at the hospital (she has a couple of sprained fingers), then leaves her with Evan, who admits that he was worried about her. Julia pulls a Cameron and kisses him. Evan’s not completely comfortable with this but assures her that he’ll chalk it up to Halloween, when no one’s sure what’s real.

Victor has managed to get Bailey to dress up like a woman. Thank you, Victor. Will stops by the house, and Bailey tells him that his biggest talent is fighting off chaos. Meanwhile, everyone around him has fun. He’s realized that he’s devoted his life to the wrong thing. Now he’s scared because he feels like he’s losing people. Will assures him that their friendship will stay strong.

At home, Charlie tells Kirsten that seeing Julia tonight made him remember how much he likes having siblings. He’d like Diana to have some, too, so if Kirsten’s willing to take the risks, he’s on board for fertility treatments.

Thoughts: They had clearly run out of things for Griffin to do by season 6. He serves zero purpose in this episode.

Tyler Mane (Mr. Mayhem) is 6’8″. If I’d been drinking something when I read that, I would have done a spit-take.

How is childless Victor the best parent on this show? And can we fix him up with Ross, wherever he is?

Whoever put together the recording of this episode left in some very ’90s ads:

  • Josie Bissett selling beauty products
  • Payless Shoes, not only with the shoes in ’90s styles but with the models in ’90s clothes
  • The Bachelor (the movie with Renee Zellweger and Chris O’Donnell, not the reality show), scored with the Goo Goo Dolls’ “Black Balloon”
  • A local news story about something related to The Blair Witch Project
  • Jennifer Love Hewitt’s spinoff, Time of Your Life, featuring Jennifer Garner before she was Sydney Bristow

August 9, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 2, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

60 books in a bibliography? Shut up, Julia.

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

March 22, 2014

Party of Five 4.11, S’Wunnerful Life: More Like It’s a Not-So-Wonderful Lie

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Reminder: Only one of these people is old enough to rent a car

Reminder: Only one of these people is old enough to rent a car

Summary: Charlie’s back at the doctor’s, and learns that his white blood cell count isn’t good. If it doesn’t come up over the weekend, he might have to suspend treatment, which would drag things out even longer. Will is in town for Christmas break, telling Bailey all about his super-fun frat hazing. Annie stops by, and Will, not knowing who she is, hilariously calls her “ma’am.” Natalie pops up as well, and it looks like Bailey didn’t mention her to Will. He’s even more confused when Annie and Bailey celebrate because she passed her insurance adjuster’s test.

Claudia and Sarah help Julia make the shed look nicer since Justin’s coming by for a visit. They decide to decorate for Christmas. When Justin arrives, Julia tells him the shed is now a “guest cottage,” and that she and Griffin are moving in because Charlie’s sick, not because, you know, they have to. Charlie loans Kirsten his truck to pick up an armoire at her great-aunt’s house. Charlie invites himself on her day road trip, thinking it’s a good way to recharge, like his doctor told him he should. Claudia and Kirsten can’t talk him out of it.

Bailey, Annie, and Will go out to celebrate her test results, but Will doesn’t want to overindulge so he can stay slim and get a date for a dance at college. What kind of frat is Will in, anyway? He’s a little lost when Annie and Bailey start talking about good schools for Natalie and budgets and savings and other stuff college students don’t usually have to worry about. “I love hanging out with my parents!” Will says.

Julia, Justin, and Griffin look at slides of Julia and Justin’s trip to Europe, but Griffin’s understandable bored. After he goes to bed, the other two talk about how Julia’s now working at a department store instead of at the museum. She lies that the woman who owns the store admired Julia’s work at the museum and hired her immediately to work on displays. Justin’s like, “I guess some people are successful without going to Ivy League schools!”

On their day trip, Charlie and Kirsten start spotting Christmas decorations. Will and Sarah get ready for a tree-trimming party she and Bailey are throwing, and he mentions that Bailey’s suddenly turned into an adult. Will misses the guy he used to be, since he’s not as much fun anymore. As if to prove Will’s point, when Bailey shows up, he turns down their music and asks to borrow Sarah’s computer to type up Annie’s résumé. Sarah and Will get him to head slam with them for a little while. “So you know, I hate you both,” Bailey says, though he’s having fun.

Charlie and Kirsten get lost, so he suggests that they take advantage of their new route to extend their trip a little. Hopefully someone responsible is taking care of Owen. Julia and Justin hang out, and he asks to do some shopping at her department store. She lies that she has meetings all afternoon. She spots a sweater she’d like to get Griffin for Christmas, but when she finds out it’s $60, she tells Justin that she can’t get it because it’s wool and will make Griffin itch.

Kirsten and Charlie stop at the only place to eat for miles, but it’s closed. Charlie’s disappointed because he’s hungry for the first time in a long time. Kirsten notices that he’s cold and tells him they have to leave – being hungry and cold can’t be good for him. Charlie insists that they keep adventuring since those are things he can deal with. Bailey, Sarah, and Will decorate for the party, and Bailey has definitely reverted to the fun guy Will remembers. Annie arrives and announces that she got fired.

Justin goes shopping on his own and catches Julia in her lie – she’s not a decorator, she’s an elf-costumed gift wrapper. He leaves before she can see him. Annie tells Bailey that she fired because her boss caught her scheduling things to become an insurance adjuster. She’s understandably upset about being unemployed right before Christmas, when she needs to buy presents for Natalie and can’t find anyone who’s hiring. Bailey tries to help her stay optimistic, but Annie doesn’t think he understands since he’s still a college student. Plus, he’s the reason she got fired.

Charlie and Kirsten come across an inn; the owner, Glenn, is having a yard sale and sells Charlie a coat for $5. He asks Kirsten and Charlie to help him move his unsold things back inside in exchange for dinner. Kirsten’s hesitant to agree, but Charlie points out that they wanted a coat and food, and here they are, being provided for him. When Charlie goes back to the truck to get his wallet, he pockets the keys, then asks Kirsten if she has them.

Sarah and Bailey’s party starts, but Bailey mopes through it. Charlie and Kirsten make the most of “being stranded” at the inn, enjoying a nice dinner alone. Glenn invites them to spend the night, which, of course, is exactly what Charlie was hoping for. Glenn can’t believe it when they ask for separate rooms; he was sure they were a couple. Sarah and Will wonder why their egg nog is so good, and Bailey informs them that some unknown guests spiked it. (Fortunately, he didn’t drink any.)

Justin and Griffin snipe at each other, but they’re drunk, so it’s funnier than when they used to fight. Justin doesn’t get why he, as a Yale student, is busting his butt, but Griffin the slacker gets to have the terrific life. Justin admits that he’s failing English lit despite being his high school’s valedictorian. Julia listens as he complains about his snooty roommate and how horrible Yale is. Griffin’s like, “Yeah, fine, you win.”

At the inn, Kirsten laments that nothing went right all day, but Charlie disagrees. This was the best day he’s had since he was diagnosed. He thanks her for helping him get away from his life for a little while. Julia pulls Justin away from the party and asks him about Yale, busting him on never telling her the truth about how much he hates it. Justin’s like, “You’re one to talk, LIAR.” They wonder what kind of friends they are if they’re not honest with each other.

Annie crashes the party to apologize to Bailey for their fight. Will interrupts to drunkenly talk about their Graduate-type romance and how Bailey’s looking for someone maternal. Bailey tells him to back off, but while they’re arguing, Annie leaves. When he finds her, he’s worried that she drank. She didn’t, though she admits that she wanted to. She’s worried that Will’s right and she’s desperate for dating a college student. Bailey tells her that their age difference doesn’t matter because he feels more grown-up than Will, and more comfortable with Annie than with people his own age.

Julia and Justin finally start being honest with each other. He regrets going to Yale, and she wanted to live vicariously through him. Now, though, she doesn’t feel like things are so bad – at least she’s not living with an annoying roommate and failing a class at one of the country’s top schools! The two start competing over whose life is worse: Justin’s in cold, bleak New England or Julia’s in a shed.

In the morning, Sarah and Will are hungover, so Bailey gets to be the sober one for once. Will apologizes to Bailey for being a jerk the night before. Bailey doesn’t want an apology for that, though – he wants one for Will being judgmental of his sober life after being so concerned about his drinking the last time he visited. Will does apologize, but I think Bailey’s a little happy that he has to deal with a hangover. After Bailey leaves the room, Will tells Sarah that he didn’t mean his apology. He doesn’t get why Bailey has to go for one extreme or the other.

Kirsten finally “finds” her keys, so she and Charlie set off to get the armoire they were supposed to get the day before. Unfortunately, it looks a lot worse than she thought it would. Charlie offers to fix it up. Bailey and Annie make Christmas decorations with Natalie, because Bailey is now a middle-aged father. He plans to help Annie find a new job and watch Natalie while she’s out on interviews. He’s also going to help her buy Natalie presents.

Julia talks to Griffin about the lies she told Justin, promising that it’s not because she’s ashamed of their life together. Griffin gets it – after all, their life kind of sucks right now. But it’s looking up a little, because Claudia and Owen decorated the shed for Christmas. Kirsten suggests another stop as she and Charlie head home, but he tells her he has an early treatment appointment the next day. She offers to go with him, and he happily accepts.

Thoughts: Glenn is played by the awesome John Michael Higgins, who you would probably recognize from anything by Christopher Guest.

Since when does the shed have a loft? It’s officially nicer than where I live.

Julia, you don’t have to lie about why you don’t want to buy a $60 sweater. That’s a ridiculous price.

Annie, I think the guy with dead parents and a DUI on his record understands suffering.

Thanks for ending the episode with Joni Mitchell’s “River,” show. I’m not depressed at all.

November 16, 2013

Party of Five 3.17, Misery Loves Company: Musical Beds

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , at 3:38 pm by Jenn

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?

August 18, 2013

Party of Five 3.2, Going, Going, Gone: Relationships Are Hard, You Guys

Posted in TV tagged , , , , at 1:02 pm by Jenn

Thanks. You...shouldn't have

Thanks. You…shouldn’t have

Summary: Julia tries to do a crossword puzzle while Griffin supposedly looks for an apartment and a job. For some reason, she thinks he can help with the puzzle. Silly Julia. Inspired by their tickle fight, Claudia tries to be playful with Byron, but he’s not ticklish. Charlie reminds Griffin that he has to move out by the end of the week. (Why is the Salingers’ house always turning into a hotel?) Will laments how little he and his new college roommate Tucker have in common, but Bailey’s unsympathetic since Will gets to leave town.

Owen plays hide and seek at the house, though I’m not sure who’s playing with him, or if anyone even is. Maybe he just likes hiding in cabinets. Kirsten is offered a job at Cal State Monterey, and she’s thrilled about it, but Charlie notes that it’s far away. Julia interrupts a makeout session between Claudia and Byron, and when Claudia leaves the room to get some laundry, it becomes clear that Bryon has a crush on Julia.

Griffin takes Julia to see what she thinks is going to be his new apartment, but which is actually an old, crappy car he bought. She reminds him that he’s going to be homeless by the end of the week if he doesn’t get a place to live. He tells her he got the car for her. Julia pretends to be grateful, but really, the car is a piece of crap. Tucker wants to turn his and Will’s drive from San Francisco to their college into a road trip, but Bailey warns him against it. But it turns out Tucker’s idea of stopping by a state fair is one Will likes.

Griffin may not have a job, but Julia has one as a receptionist at a publishing house. He stops by to bug her (and me). Bailey’s also looking for a place to live, telling Sarah that he wants to find his own “dorm room” instead of being jealous of Will for getting the whole college experience. He thinks it’ll help him make new friends. Claudia shows Byron some old family photos, but he’s more interested in the ones of Julia than the ones of her.

Julia goes with Griffin to see apartments, pushing him to choose one already since he’s being picky. Too bad he spent $800 of his $1,000 on the car. He doesn’t get why she’s panicking, since he did something nice for her. She tells him the car is a piece of junk. Griffin gets all boo-boo-kitty because he’s an idiot. At the house, Kirsten complains about her new job, then falls asleep. Julia’s upset that Bailey’s getting his own place, since some of the money comes out of the family’s stash. Bailey tells her he wants the whole college experience.

Claudia tries to start up a makeout session with Byron, but he’s not interested. Julia offers him a ride home in her piece of junk, making Claudia stay behind to do chores. When Julia drops him off, Byron tries to play himself off as just Claudia’s friend. He acts as if he and Julia just went on a date, then downplays their age difference. Julia thinks he’s crazy. Back at home, Claudia accuses her sister of moving in on her boyfriend. Julia tells her to be mad at Byron, but Claudia’s mad at both of them. She finally got a boyfriend, and Julia overshadowed her.

Kirsten’s up at 4:30 to go to work, and she doesn’t have time to talk to Charlie. Sarah tries to talk Bailey into staying at the house, but he’s made up his mind about getting an apartment. Will informs them that he and Gina broke up instead of trying a long-distance relationship. Bailey thinks he was influenced by the fact that Tucker did the same with his girlfriend from back home. Will tells him to mind his own business.

Griffin shows up at Julia’s work again, this time with apology flowers. He’s left the Salingers’ and is staying at the Y. Julia gets chastised by her boss, and Griffin steps him to defend her. She orders him to leave before things can get violent. Claudia arranges to meet with Byron at the restaurant (a Julia-free zone) so she can break up with him. She tells Charlie that there’s nothing Byron can do to change her mind…”unless he’s really, really sweet. And he begs.”

Julia comes home to find Griffin loafing around the house; she lays into him for talking the way he did to her boss. She wound up getting fired because of him. He doesn’t see the big deal, since she hated the job anyway. Julia notes that she needed a recommendation from the job for college. She’s sick of Griffin’s aloofness. She wants things, and she works toward them, but Griffin just hangs around. Julia asks what he wants, and he says he just wants her. “That’s not enough,” she says. Claudia gets stood up for her breakup (and at her own family’s restaurant – harsh).

Bailey, Will, and Tucker go looking for Bailey’s stolen Jeep, which has turned up, and Bailey takes the opportunity to lecture Tucker about talking Will into breaking up with Gina. Tucker’s smart enough to know that Bailey’s just jealous of his friendship with Will. They both accuse each other of being phony. Bailey finds the Jeep, which is totally stripped, and Tucker taunts him for thinking he could drive a nice car into a Mexican ghetto without anything happening. Will has to break up their fight, and when he tells Bailey to back off, Bailey gets mad at him for taking Tucker’s side.

Kirsten gets home late, and Charlie complains about how her long commute is hurting their relationship. She announces that she’s going to get an apartment near the school and will stay there Tuesday through Thursdays, then spend the rest of her time in San Francisco. Charlie doesn’t like the idea. Now that Bailey apparently isn’t moving out, Sarah brings him some dorm-like decorations so he can turn the attic into a college room. He tries to be enthusiastic, but he’s upset because his relationship with Will has changed.

Charlie helps Kirsten pack up for her semi-move to Monterey, expressing his reservations again. He wishes they’d gotten married, thinking that might make things easier now. Kirsten tells him that her life right now isn’t perfect, but she likes it. Griffin tries to make Julia’s car less junky, then tells her he’s going to San Diego. She accuses him of running away when they were trying to work things out together. Griffin’s worried that he’s ruining things between them, which was exactly what he was afraid of. He’s moving to make things better.

Claudia has apparently forgiven Julia, at least enough to go to her for boy advice. She’s worried that all her future relationships will wind up like this one. Julia has nothing encouraging to say. But it’s worth the risks to get the good feelings. Charlie and Kirsten talk on the phone, so even though they’re not physically together, at least they’re communicating. Bailey goes to see Will before he leaves and they say a manly goodbye.

Thoughts: Y’all, Owen can speak! He says three whole words! In a sentence! A sentence that makes sense!

I guess it’s stupid to suggest that Bailey and Griffin live together?

Hey, Julia, if Bailey moves, you get his attic room, so shhh.

Will and Tucker’s cross-country adventure sounds like it might be a good idea. They get to have a bonding experience before they start living together, they learn about each other, and they share the travel expenses. Of course, they might wind up killing each other before they can even live together in college, so maybe it’s not that great a plan.

August 12, 2013

Party of Five 3.1, Summer Fun, Summer Not: Adventure Time!

Posted in TV tagged , , , , , , at 8:13 pm by Jenn

In case you forgot that the show takes place in San Francisco, here's the Ghirardelli sign

In case you forgot that the show takes place in San Francisco, here’s the Ghirardelli sign

Summary: Bailey and Will are planning a road trip to Mexico, which Sarah doesn’t get the point of. The guys tell her and Julia that it’s a bonding experience. While the other three continue discussing the trip, Julia spots Griffin. He’s done with school and has become a Merchant Marine; he’s in San Francisco on his way elsewhere. Julia sent him letters, but he either didn’t get them or didn’t read them. Griffin’s surprised to learn that she and Justin have broken up.

Kirsten has apparently moved back into the Salingers’ house, and is ignoring mail from her mother. Claudia returns from summer camp and announces that she met a boy and is in love. Sarah questions Julia about the status of things with Griffin, but there’s not much to say. Charlie and Kirsten are suspicious of Claudia’s claims about her new boyfriend, Byron: She never mentioned him in letters home, she has a picture of only him (she’s not in it), and Bailey, who picked her up from camp, didn’t meet him.

Gina isn’t happy that Will’s spending his last few days before starting school with Bailey instead of her. Will blurts out that she can come along. Of course, then Sarah has to be invited along, too. The girls are much more excited about crashing the trip than the guys are. Ellie unexpectedly shows up at the Salingers’ house, and Kirsten makes a preemptive strike, telling her not to bother criticizing because she’s not leaving Charlie. But Ellie isn’t there to criticize: She’s there because her marriage is over.

The next day, Kirsten tells Claudia that Ellie won’t tell her what happened and won’t let her call Gene. Claudia’s all, “I know everything about how scummy men are because of my new boyfriend.” Kirsten’s all, “Yes, your ‘boyfriend.’ I have heard of him.” She tells Claudia that when she was her age, she made up a fake boyfriend so her own camp bunkmates wouldn’t think she was a loser. Claudia doesn’t make the connection.

The road trippers head off, and now the girls aren’t so excited. The guys object to the girls’ use of a guidebook to find a place to stay; they’d planned to sleep on the beach. Bailey talks about taking risks and being able to handle whatever life throws at him. Sarah notes that his check-engine light just came on. Back in San Francisco, Julia totally-on-accident runs into Griffin. Just as it looks like he’s completely clueless and/or avoiding her, he asks if she wants to “get together.”

Charlie tells Kirsten to get Ellie out of the house; he doesn’t plan to give her a place to stay when she’s been very clear that she hates him. Kirsten points out that she can’t exactly kick out a woman whose life is a mess. Ellie finally tells her what happened with her and Gene: She had an affair with one of Gene’s friends, and though it was years ago, he recently found out. The affair only lasted five weeks, but it took down a 29-year marriage. Kirsten is unsympathetic toward her mother.

Julia, Charlie, and Kirsten are shocked when Claudia’s very-much-real boyfriend shows up at the house. It’s only then that Claudia realizes that everyone thought she was lying. Bailey and Will bicker over whose fault their problems are, and how the car breaking down shouldn’t disrupt their plans to have a good time. Yes, even though they won’t be able to get the car fixed until the next day.

Julia and Griffin go out, and one of Griffin’s comments makes Julia realize that he did read her letters. That means he knew she and Justin broke up in the spring and didn’t do anything. She thinks that means he doesn’t want to be with her. Julia makes mad face. Griffin makes emo face. Kirsten and Charlie have now switched positions on whether Ellie can stay – Kirsten wants her out, but Charlie thinks they should work things out. The road trippers have to stay in a horrible hotel, which the girls complain about. They secretly plan to make an escape in the morning.

Claudia’s upset with her family for thinking she was lying about Byron. She gets a little overdramatic about how she has feelings for boys, whether the others think she does or not. In Mexico, the girls have taken off, and the guys are making plans to go to a cockfight. Well, Bailey’s making plans – Will is making a list of things he needs to pack for college. Back home, Charlie tries to sympathize with Ellie over having made mistakes and trying to make up with people they love. Ellie refuses to see any similarities between them.

Griffin tracks Julia down and tells her he read all of her letters multiple times; he kept waiting for her to write that she missed him or loved him. He was disappointed that she wrote to him like a friend, and he didn’t know what she was thinking about him. Julia tells him it’s okay if he wants to put a picture of her by his bed. Bailey and Will try to find the cockfight, but they no longer have the address.

Ellie makes plans to go back to Chicago and stay with Kirsten’s sister, who she guesses will also be mad about the affair. She tells Kirsten that she doesn’t understand how Kirsten could forgive Charlie after all the things he’s done that have hurt her. Kirsten says it’s because she loves him, so Ellie asks why her love for her own mother can’t lead to forgiveness, too. Kirsten replies that Ellie hasn’t forgiven Charlie, which is apparently the same as her not being able to forgive Ellie. I don’t know.

Bailey and Will manage to find the cockfight, but afterward, they discover that Bailey’s Jeep is missing. Will blames Bailey, since he took them on a stupid adventure. Bailey yells at him for not wanting to be adventurous. Of course, this is all masking his real anger over Will being able to go away to college while Bailey has to stay in San Francisco. Julia and Griffin go parking, and there’s kissing, but Griffin is tentative, which ticks Julia off. He admits that he’s scared because there’s nothing keeping them apart anymore, and if things don’t work out, Griffin won’t have anything.

The road trip is cut short, and Bailey returns to San Francisco in time for some end-of-summer bonfire on the beach. Julia doesn’t care that the Jeep was stolen because she’s too busy thinking about Griffin. She’s trying to be optimistic about moving on. Ellie goes by the restaurant on her way to the airport so she can tell Charlie she hopes he and Kirsten stay happy. She promises to stop being nasty about their relationship. Charlie doesn’t think that’s enough: He wants her to give him credit for trying to make things work. “I hope that my husband loves me as much as my daughter loves you,” Ellie says.

Bailey meets up with Sarah and laments that his “last hurrah” with Will went so badly. She suggests that the two of them have their own road trip in a few weeks. She’d like to be Bailey’s best friend since he’s hers. Claudia and Byron hang out at the bonfire, and she appreciates having a boyfriend who loans her his jacket when it gets cold.

Will arrives to make up with Bailey, saying he admires that Bailey has already grown up, while Will’s trying to catch up. (Well, Will, if you’d like, we can kill your parents and see how that works out for you.) Blah blah, they’re still friends. Griffin finds Julia at the bonfire and tries to be casual, but she’s mad at him for always coming back into her life and then leaving again. He promises that this time, he’s sticking around.

Thoughts: Byron is played by Rider Strong, so nice work, Claudia.

Aw, who would cheat on Nicholas Pryor?

Ellie, if you hate Charlie so much, go find a hotel. Also, shut up.

Bailey drinks beer twice in this episode. And so it begins….

August 4, 2013

Party of Five 2.21, Spring Breaks, Part 1: I Just Want Your Extra Time and Your Kiss

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Why did they dress her like this? She's so cute!

Why did they dress her like this? She’s so cute!

Summary: Joe’s back in San Francisco for a few weeks and is impressed with what Charlie’s done with the restaurant. He mentions the sale of the building that houses the restaurant, and Charlie pretends not to know the details. Joe thinks they should fight the sale. Sarah’s band is taking up a lot of her time, which means Bailey doesn’t get to see her much. Justin and Julia also haven’t seen each other much, though she wants them to get back on track. He tells her he’s working on a project at the TV station where he interns and will be busy for a few weeks.

Jody has a crush on the new guy at school. Pretend you’re interested. Julia decides to take a photography class (alone, even though she’d wanted to take it with Justin). She meets a guy named Ian who offers to help her out. After a band gig, Sarah and her bandmate Matt are robbed at knifepoint. Matt handles it calmly, but Sarah freezes when the robber demands her purse. Matt manages to grab the guy and get him away from Sarah.

Joe continues his bid to get Charlie to fight the restaurant sale, but Charlie doesn’t think it would be too big of a deal to just find a new location. Bailey and Claudia arrive and surprise them with a plaqued version of the great review the restaurant got. Claudia spots some paperwork regarding the sale and recognizes Kathleen’s name, telling Joe that Charlie was dating her. Will shows up to tell Bailey that Sarah and Matt were robbed and are at the hospital. Meanwhile, Joe gathers more information about Charlie and Kathleen’s relationship.

Sarah’s uninjured other than a bruise on her face, and Matt just needed stitches in his arm. Bailey feels like a fifth wheel as the bandmates comfort each other. Charlie tells his sisters what Kathleen’s trying to do at the restaurant, and they beg him to try to talk her out of the sale. Bailey comes home and chimes in on blaming Charlie for the mess. Later, Julia and Ian take pictures together downtown, and Julia spots Justin out with a girl.

Bailey gives Sarah pepper spray and a beeper so she can contact him if she needs him. Claudia tries to talk to Jody about how upset she is with the possible restaurant sale, but Jody’s too busy thinking about the new kid she likes. She invites Claudia to a party with all the cool kids. Charlie gets drunk at a bar while Sarah tells Matt that she wants to quit the band. Bailey’s made her paranoid about having another frightening encounter. Matt tells her not to let someone get her worked up; he’ll protect her.

Julia goes to Justin’s and shows him the pictures she took of him with the girl. He tells her Cory’s a friend from work, and he likes to take walks with her and tell her what’s going on in his life, since he can’t talk to Julia. The Salingers get a call in the middle of the night from the police – Charlie’s been arrested for being drunk and disorderly. Bailey considers leaving him in jail overnight, but ultimately calls Joe for bail money. Joe yells at Charlie for being an idiot and always finding a way to screw things up when they’re going well, like he did with Kirsten.

In the morning, Julia wakes up to find Justin in her room, because that’s not weird. They talk and agree to try to put the past behind them and work on their relationship. Bailey tells Sarah about the late-night phone call from the police, which he thought was going to be about her. She snaps at him for harping on the mugging when she just wants to move past it. Justin takes Cory shopping for a present for Julia, though I think she might want him for herself.

Claudia and Jody go to the party, and since they’re in middle school, they play Seven Minutes in Heaven. Sarah complains to Matt about how overprotective Bailey’s being. For some reason, he thinks that’s an appropriate time to tell her he likes her. He kisses her, then realizes it was a bad idea. Unfortunately, Will’s nearby and sees them. Claudia and her Seven Minutes in Heaven partner go into a closet, but she leaves as soon as she finds out what the game entails.

Julia and Ian develop pictures together, including one she took of herself that she wants to give Justin. However, she only tells Ian it’s for a friend. Then he tries to start his own game of Seven Minutes in Heaven. Charlie goes to work, but Joe tells him to go home. Also, he doesn’t need to come back because Joe’s going to shut down the restaurant. He’s disappointed because Charlie did so much work and it’s all for nothing. Next Friday will be the last time the Salingers can have dinner together at the restaurant.

Julia gives Justin her photo and he gives her perfume that Cory helped him pick out. They immediately have nothing else to talk about. Also conversation-less: Bailey and Sarah. Sarah asks if Bailey’s talked to Will recently, but he hasn’t. Then she spills the news herself that Matt kissed her. She tries to downplay it, assuring Bailey that she doesn’t return Matt’s feelings.

Jody tracks down Claudia and tells her that the guy she kind of kissed said she was a great kisser and that they got to second base. Jody wants to double date with her and their two new boyfriends. Claudia says she’s not ready for that sort of thing, but Jody’s free to spend all her time with them if she wants. Jody insists that she still wants to hang out with Claudia, but she also wants to date.

Justin tells Cory that things aren’t going well with Julia, and she tries to cheer him up by telling him how awesome he is. That just makes it worse, since he wants to keep laboring under the opinion that they’re just friends. Meanwhile, Julia and Ian hang out, and she finally tells him she has a boyfriend. However, things are easier when she’s with Ian. At home, Claudia looks at old pictures and laments the loss of the restaurant. She sadly tells Charlie that she doesn’t think she’ll be able to forgive him.

Sarah tells Bailey that the kiss with Matt isn’t as big a deal as the way Bailey’s been treating her. He’s going to college soon, so she needs to learn how to be independent. Bailey plays the dead-parents card, reminding her that he has a hard time thinking about losing someone he loves. Basically, she needs to let him smother her or they’ll have to break up. At the end of his rope, Charlie goes to see Kirsten (whose hair, by the way, looks lovely). He tells her that the last time he remembers things being all right was when they were together. He loves her and wants her back. But he’s too late: She’s getting married next week.

Thoughts: As you can see from the picture above, Cory is played by Kate Hudson, in her first acting role.

Also, I didn’t recognize her, but a nurse at the hospital is played by Niecy Nash.

Excuse me, Salingers, but how was Charlie supposed to know what Kathleen would pull? She’s the one you should be mad at. I mean, true, she was unstable, and Charlie knew it, and he didn’t handle their breakup well, but I still wouldn’t say the sale is his fault.

Justin, you were starting to grow on me, but sneaking into a girl’s room and watching her sleep is an Edward Cullen thing, and it needs to stop right now.

What’s with Kirsten and fast engagements? Wasn’t she still sleeping with Charlie, like, six months ago?

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