Life UneXpected

2010, TV Show

Life Unexpected Episode: "Rent Uncollected"

Season 1, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: Baze's parents insist on meeting their granddaughter, so they host a family dinner and also invite Cate's family. Meanwhile, safety issues at Lux's school cause a fearful Cate to transfer Lux to her old alma mater---before consulting Lux on this matter.
Original Air Date: Feb 1, 2010
Guest Cast Alex Breckenridge: Abby Cynthia Stevenson: Cate's Mother Susan Hogan: Baze's Mother Robin Thomas: Baze's Father
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Season 1, Episode 3
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Length: 42:37
Aired: 2/1/2010
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Life Unexpected Episode Recap: "Rent Uncollected" Season 1, Episode 3

In this week's episode of Life Unexpected, Lux finally meets her grandparents, but it's definitely off to a rocky start with this new family. Meanwhile, Lux and her mom are at odds once again as Cate makes a rash decision without consulting her daughter...

The episode kicks off with Baze actually being a responsible parent, picking Lux up for school, albeit with coffee for his 16-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, Cate and Ryan start the morning, as usual, on the radio. Ryan recaps Cate's announcement that she has a child. "There is one lucky person out there who now calls her...mom," he says. Baze proceeds to ask if Lux will ever call him dad, but that's a no-go. Lux arrives at school to see Tasha being pushed around by some guys, which eventually leads to a lockdown. More on that later.

Regular caller Crazy Abby calls into the radio station. She just so happens to be Cate's sister who just found out she's an aunt. She also learns the identity of the baby daddy and is quite jealous as she used to have a crush on Baze. After the disastrous call, Cate finds out that Lux's school has been locked down due to a gang fight, and rushes off.

Luckily, Lux is just fine, having left school to go hang out at Baze's bar. Cate takes action and goes to her old school to enroll Lux there. Back at the bar, a man enters looking for Nate. While Lux takes the defensive on not speaking to strangers, the look on her face when she realizes she's talking to her grandfather is priceless.

Nate misses this family reunion, but ends up seeing his pops at his parent's house, where he's been doing laundry all morning. Baze exclaims that he's sorry he's late with the bar rent, but his dad has other topics in mind, namely the fact that Baze has a kid. His parents are quite disappointed and waspishly take to drinking. "No, she never told me," Baze responds to his father's query on whether Cate ever told him she was with child. His parents set up a meet-and-greet the following day. "Come to dinner or I'll take back the bar," his father says. "Your choice."

That night, Lux yells at Cate for transferring her to a new school without even asking her opinion on the matter. Her old school is the only place she gets to see Tasha, and Cate's peace offering of a cell phone doesn't help the situation either. Lux's first text to Cate after she takes off for the attic reads, "I don't want to go to Westmonte."

Math, being a teacher at Westmonte, shows Lux around her new campus. They happen upon an old football photo of Baze, which leads to him explaining that was probably the last time his father was proud of him. Math suggests going to the dinner at his parent's house with Cate and Lux to show he's being a good dad.

Now without a chaperone, Lux sits herself down with what appears to be the popular kids. She acts as though she already knows the lay of the land, including the people she's talking to. She even finds a way to slight the most popular girl, but does end up finding one friend in the bunch.

Both Cate and Baze wait for Lux to come out of school, but she doesn't need either of them. Her boyfriend Bug arrives, leading Lux's parents to go all, well, parental on the situation. They then proceed to argue over where they're having dinner that night, but Cate temporarily takes the win. Unfortunately, Bug follows them back to the house, as does Baze.

Upstairs, Bug tries to convince Lux to run away together with Gavin and Tasha, but money to live off of is her main concern. Bug suggests pawning things off, including the infamous bong lamp. "No, that's from Baze. It actually, like, means something to me," she says. While they start to get hot and heavy upstairs, Baze and Cate fight downstairs. He tries to convince her to come to dinner otherwise his father will take back the bar.

"He thinks that we can't handle a kid," says Baze. "We? How did we become a we?" asks Cate, who isn't too fond of Baze's parents having an opinion on whether she can handle being a mom. Ryan suggests that Cate go to the dinner, that way they won't have to worry about what's going on up in the attic. Cue the worried parents interrupting Lux and Bug's makeout sesh.

The trio arrive at Baze's parents' house only to find out that they've invited Cate's mother and sister as well, box of wine in tow. Abby attempts to subtly flirt with Baze, but that doesn't work out too well, unless her name is actually Annie. Even Cate's mom finds Baze attractive. "Yeah, that would be really messy if Baze was my high school crush, your baby daddy and mom's fifth husband," Abby jokes.

First impressions are everything and these don't seem to be going well. Baze's family clearly isn't impressed by the boxed wine drinkers. His mother even goes so far to say she prefers radio shows with a stronger emphasis on morals. Ouch. His father also proceeds to prod once again on the outstanding $3,200 rent.

Seeing that this is going downhill, Baze calls a family meeting, which makes things worse. "I spent my whole life in foster care where no one has given a crap what I wanted," yells Lux regarding Cate's rash move in transferring her to Westmonte. "I guess I just pictured that if I ever got a mother, she actually would, but you don't." Just as Lux expresses that these people are not her family, everyone walks in. Ruh-roh.

To make matters worse, the family dinner is actually an intervention. No one has faith that Cate and Baze can raise Lux. "You two screwed up big time," says Baze's father. Lux takes this opportunity to make her exit, unbeknownst to everyone else that Bug's waiting outside to help her escape. The war rages at the table, with the parents even suggesting they should take custody of Lux. "If your daughter is any reflection of your parenting skills, I don't think I would be comfortable with that," says Baze's mother. "And your parental skills are so stellar?" retorts Cate. "Have you met yourself?"

Baze's father takes the offensive saying they should be the ones responsible for Lux. After calling Cate's mom and sister whackjobs, he goes on to chastise Cate for never telling Baze she was pregnant. Now the truth comes out. "Stop dad, I knew," says Baze, admitting his lie. "You can kiss the bar goodbye. I'm done," his father replies. Baze is the one who's really done, finally going off on his parents. The sound of Bug's motorcycle ends the battle for now.

"If they had done a better job raising us, we would be better qualified to raise Lux. So really, if you think about it, this whole thing is their fault," says Cate on the car ride back. "And kind of mine," she adds. Cate explains that she's trying to make all the bad things go away in Lux's life, but Baze says that Tasha, Bug and all these other things might be good for her. "We both had families before Lux, so maybe she just wants you to realize that she had family before us," says Baze.

We find Lux in the attic grabbing the $3,000 saved up for her emancipation. It seems that she's ready to make a run for it with Bug and her family. In the morning, Lux sells the one important thing to her, Baze's bong lamp. She makes $200 off her new friend at Westmonte, but it's not because she's running away. She catches Baze's dad in his driveway and pays off the bar's rent for that month. "I'm no expert on parents," she tells him, "but I always thought they just wanted their kids to be happy," adding that he's just mad that Baze didn't follow in his footsteps. "I know that he's twice the dad that you are," she says before leaving.

Baze's father ventures to the bar to thank him for the rent money, to his surprise. He gets to keep the bar for at least another month and Lux is welcome at her grandparents' home whenever she'd like, his father says.

At home, Cate apologizes to Lux for not letting her in on the decision making. "The jury is unanimous, I suck at this mother thing," she says. There's a sweet resolution when Cate suggests having a family dinner with Lux's fam. The episode closes on the rooftop of Bug's apartment as they gather around a fire to roast hot dogs. Baze thanks Lux for her help, but says she's the kid now; she doesn't have to take care of him. They truly are a family now.

Another powerful episode of Life Unexpected has come and gone. What did you think? Can happiness last or should we expect trouble on the horizon?

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In this week's episode of Life Unexpected, Lux finally meets her grandparents, but it's definitely off to a rocky start with this new family. Meanwhile, Lux and her mom are at odds once again as Cate makes a rash decision without consulting her daughter...

The episode kicks off with Baze actually being a responsible parent, picking Lux up for school, albeit with coffee for his 16-year-old daughter. Meanwhile, Cate and Ryan start the morning, as usual, on the radio. Ryan recaps Cate's announcement that she has a child. "There is one lucky person out there who now calls her...mom," he says. Baze proceeds to ask if Lux will ever call him dad, but that's a no-go. Lux arrives at school to see Tasha being pushed around by some guys, which eventually leads to a lockdown. More on that later.

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