Life Unexpected: Storm Weathered
It's funny how sometimes Life Unexpected is a little... expected. Most of us knew that the Baze-Abby relationship was doomed, that Cate would freak out about something and that Ryan would be the voice of reason. But that doesn't make the drama juice any less entertaining to take in. So let's whip out our curly straws and start drinking, shall we?
Cate and Ryan
The on-again-off-again fiancees are back to their old comfort levels, which means the wedding is back on. Cate asks Lux to be her maid of honor, but then -- with perfectly awkward timing -- Cate gets a call from Abby asking about the wedding. Abby takes up residence as maid of honor without invitation, much like she's been doing elsewhere in Portland, but more on that later.
Cate heads off to Abby's yoga class to find Baze in a deep spiral pose wearing Abby's Kabbalah bracelet. Cate susses out the hook-up situation and proceeds to rail and scream at Baze and Abby. Baze defends himself saying that he and Abby are serious about each other and Cate will just have to deal with it -- which she does by planning to elope that night with Ryan and not invite anyone but Lux. Functionality is so overrated.
Unfortunately, their spur-of-the-moment nuptials are put on hold by Mother Nature. Cate goes to Baze's to pick up Lux who is out at a party. Just as Cate goes to leave, the massive thunderstorm closes off the roads and shuts down the power. Cate, Baze, Jamie, Math and Abby are all stuck at the bar for the night.
Lux and Ryan
Lux catches up with Jones at school and tries to make up with him for the winter formal catastrophe. Jones still seems a little skeptical, but invites Lux to a party at his house that night. At the party, a rousing game of suck-and-blow goes awry, resulting in Jones planting a not-so-accidental kiss on Lux. Lux freaks out and goes to leave, but Jones apologizes and tells her that he's having a hard time getting over her. He says he won't try any more funny business, and Lux, either flattered or pacified, decides to stay. This was probably a bad move though, since she walks in on Jones making out with another girl later on. She tells Jones that he must not like Lux that much if he's hooking up with someone else already, to which Jones replies that she can't have it both ways. Lux stomps out into the storm and gets Ryan to pick her up.
The storm is getting worse at this point, so the two have to take shelter at the radio station on the way home. Lux explains her problem with Jones and we find out a bit more about her background before she found Cate. Basically, she dealt with a lot of rejection and disappointment from prospective foster parents. Ryan tells her that rejection is hard, even if it's from something that you didn't really want all that much, which is why it hurt to see Jones with another girl. But Lux might want to think about how much more it hurt Jones to feel real rejection from something he wanted. Oh Ryan, you're so clever.
Baze and Abby
Ever since the winter formal, Abby has been taking up residence at the bar, much to Math and Jamie's chagrin, and occupying Baze's sock drawer, much to Baze's chagrin. During the blackout, Math and Jamie sit Baze down and explain that his relationship with Abby is a great big mess and Baze needs to end it. Baze tries to argue that he's with Abby to prove to Lux that he can be in a real relationship, to which Math and Jamie thank Baze for proving their point.
Having been shown the light, Baze tries to break up with Abby, who in turn tries to therapize him and says he's just afraid of commitment. Baze grasps at his last excuse straw and blurts out that he still has feelings for Cate -- who is standing right behind him. Cue the standard Cate freak-out. She yells at Baze for apparently ruining the slowly improving family dynamic by making things weird. But Abby comes to Baze's rescue this time, saying that Cate was upset when Baze rejected her, and now she's upset that he likes her, and that she can't have it both ways. Sound familiar?
Baze admits to Cate and Abby that he lied about having feelings for Cate. Cate gets mad that his way of trying to be responsible was to lie, but Abby seems to forgive him. She also tells him that even if he doesn't want to admit it, he does harbor some feelings for Cate or he wouldn't have used it as his go-to lie.
Cate and Abby have their own issues to discuss as well, like how Cate was ready to cut Abby out of her wedding by eloping. The two agree to try and mend their relationship, which has been pretty shabby for the past 16 years.
Ryan and Lux finally arrive in the morning to pick up Cate (what happened to her car?) and they drive over to Jones's house. Lux explains why she got upset and Jones says that he understands. The three are all ready to drive down to the coast and have their tiny romantic wedding, but Cate gets a better idea. Instead, they pop back over to Baze's, alcoholic brunch accouterments in tow. They decide to get married in Portland in two weeks and everyone toasts the happy couple -- except Baze who looks suddenly melancholy and is clearly pondering Abby's words. Looks like he's not quite done making things difficult for Portland's favorite radio duo. But you'll have to come back next week to find out for sure.
Math: Your relationship is a fauxnut.
Baze: Will you keep it down!
Math: What, like you and Abby last night? It was like cats drowning in more cats.
Lux: Maybe you just suck and blow at suck-and-blow.
Abby: This isn't Burger King, Cate, you can't have EVERYTHING your way.
Math: Is that a Kabbalah bracelet around your wrist?
Baze: Abby says it's the new Livestrong.
Math: Are you a moron?
Cate: What kind of feelings?
Baze: Feelings, feelings. The kind you feel.
Cate: I Can't believe I'm stuck here with you idiots and your fauxnuts.