Life Unexpected: Family Therapized
It’s about time that Lux started showing her age. After all, she can’t be the representative adult on Life Unexpected forever. After Cate couldn’t come through for her again, the two were back where they started before the winter formal.
This only led to more drama with Lux’s social worker, which threatened the Little Family That Could with becoming the Little Family That Definitely Can’t, but more on that later.
Meanwhile, things are getting more complicated with Baze and Abby, while it seems that Bug will be back in the picture for quite a while.
Plus, it seems Ryan isn’t done with the Cassidy family…
We kicked things off with Lux sneaking out to help Bug find a job. Cate gets a call at 1 a.m. from the police; Lux has been picked up for breaking curfew. A visit to Portland’s precinct means the family’s social worker has to be notified, and she’s less than pleased with the turn of events. Concerned about Lux’s well-being and the lack of control Baze and Cate are setting up, she moves up their family evaluation to the next week. Lux, Baze and Cate have to look like the Cleavers by then or Lux will be placed in another foster home.
On the other side of town, Bug is having trouble making the rent. Cate shows up and offers him a job at the radio station answering phones and they go in for an interview. Though Cate is willing to trust the little delinquent, Alice is not convinced. Bug doesn’t get the job and Cate is made out to be the bad guy again.
Cate’s loss turns out to be a great opportunity for Baze. Owning your own bar, no matter how divey, can have its benefits, and Baze offers Bug a barback position. Suddenly Baze is looking like the do-good father.
But Cate's not giving up so easily. She calls up Abby and asks her to meet her at Baze's to help Cate talk to Lux. Shock of the year, Abby is already there, downing whatever martini she's into this week and shamelessly hitting on Baze. The two sisters go talk to Lux and figure out that Cate is in a damned-if-she-does-damned-if-she-doesn't position with her daughter. Lux blames her for both refusing to help Tasha, but also for trying to help Bug and failing. Abby tells Cate that, for once, this tiff isn't her fault.
Baze comes and crashes the party, clearly ruffled by seeing Abby and Cate together in his apartment. Cate blames him for making her out to be the bad guy again by hiring Bug, and Baze responds that he doesn't care about Bug, he only cares about making Lux happy. Bad timing on this one, since Bug walks in just as Baze is expressing his non-caring stance. Lux chastises both Baze and Cate. After another tiff, the three agree that they'll have to lie to the social worker to make it seem like they're a functional family.
Unfortunately, lying and advanced planning are not this family's strong suits. No one figures out a uniform story prior to the meeting and end up telling the social worker three entirely different things. Now they've got some splainin' to do.
After some prodding by the social worker, it comes out that Lux is so angry at Cate all the time because she still hasn't forgiven Cate for giving her up. After living with so many dysfunctional foster parents, Lux has a hard time believing that any excuse is good enough for Cate's abandonment. Luckily for the family, this is exactly what the social worker wants to hear. By addressing these issues, she says, they can all work on them and move forward.
And once again, there is more buck-passing. Unable to get through to Lux, Cate asks Ryan to help her talk to her daughter. Cate tells Ryan that she's changed and isn't going to push people away anymore. Since Ryan's still mad at Cate, she thinks he and Lux will have a common point on which to connect.
Ryan goes off to find Lux and explains to her that Cate really is changing, and Lux should give her another chance. Smart little whippersnapper that she is, Lux counters that maybe Ryan should take his own advice.
Back home, Lux tries to make it up with Baze, saying that she doesn't want to fight with him anymore. She asks if they can go back to being friends. But Baze can't get on board, saying that he'll always try to be her father. We've got to give Baze brownie points on this; it would have been so easy to say yes and gain his daughter's approval, but he chose the more difficult and road, and ultimately what's best for Lux.
Lux then shows up at Cate's, Ryan and bong lamp in tow. She says she may never be able to forgive Cate, but she just wants to come home. Cate says she only wants to make it right with Lux and the two share an adorable little moment. It turns out to be double-or-nothing night for Cate, who also gets a forgiving Ryan back as well. Awwww.
Meanwhile, Baze shows up at Abby's to vent about Lux leaving. Abby says he and Lux will be okay, and suggests Baze take her out on a legitimate date to show Lux that Baze is maturing. Baze agrees, setting up for some triangular sister drama next week. Be sure to tune in then to see how the sibling rivalry pans out.