Life UneXpected

2010, TV Show

Life Unexpected Episode: "Turtle Undefeated"

Season 1, Episode 5
Episode Synopsis: Lux tries to make new friends at school by hosting a party at Baze's loft. Meanwhile, Cate grows concerned that she and Lux will never form the easygoing bond that Lux has with Baze.
Original Air Date: Feb 15, 2010
Guest Cast Austin Butler: Jones Rafi Gavron: Bug Ksenia Solo: Tasha
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Season 1, Episode 5
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Length: 40:15
Aired: 2/15/2010
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Life Unexpected Episode Recap: "Turtle Undefeated" Season 1, Episode 5

Poor parenting skills are the name of the game in this week's episode of Life Unexpected. Cate tries to be the cool mother, while, in a strange turn of events, Baze ends up being the bad guy. Lux is the all around terrible daughter when she throws a party in Baze's loft that gets out of hand.

The episode opens on Lux leaving school, continuously being taunted by her "old friends," who call her a "foster freak." Bug says she wouldn't want to friends with them anyway and nearly insights a fight with them. Brynn's boyfriend, Jones, decides they're not complete losers and chats with them, mentioning the party Brynn is throwing him in place of getting the bong lamp confiscated.

Later, Lux cheers on the boys as they scarf down pretty much anything that can be fried. "What's the point of this besides suicide by carnie food?" Math asks. It's all in attempts to find more events they can throw at Baze's bar. Lux then confides to Baze that she's still having a hard time at school, but she does like Jones even if he's "just some jock." Light bulb for Baze! He suggests to Lux that becoming friends with the quarterback will help her rule the school. Lux later finds her perfect in to Jones' life by offering to throw his party at Baze's bar, seeing as Brynn's parents are coming back early.

"And tonight playing the part of the overbearing, worried parent," Cate says as Lux comes home after midnight from her journey to the amusement park. "Baze is an overgrown man-child," Cate says, but she's definitely feeling like the less popular parent.

At the radio station, their callers' queries are much different than they used to be. One listener phones in asking how Ryan could even like Cate. He describes their first date, saying he knew from the get-go that there was something between them.  Cate, however, tries to change the subject to her woes with Baze and Lux, explaining that she's not the fun parent.

"Are you trying to get the show canceled?" Alice yells at Cate, who tries to say that her problems are real. "So is cancer," Alice retorts. Cate is also a terrible person in the fact that she forgot Alice's birthday, but makes up for it by offering "a girl's night out with a zany, slutty, boozey me."

Baze calls a bar meeting to figure out what they can do to get more butts on the stools. "Turtle racing," says Math over Jaime's "wet t-shirt contest" idea. They do end up with one bright thought: Freedom Thursday, where the men being held hostage by "So You Think Me and My Plus 8 Kids Can Dance" can come to the bar instead. Too bad they don't have enough money for big screen TVs. Turtle racing it is!

When Baze's father stops by the bar to pick up rent, Lux finds the perfect opportunity to ask Baze if she can "have some friends over," i.e. party. Baze's father sees right through this and chides him for not being a better father.

As Lux gets ready for the party, Cate tries to get in her daughter's good graces, to no avail. Lux is also quite flustered herself, being excited about throwing her first party. Unfortunately, she forgot that Bug and Tasha had a surprise for her that night. She lies to them saying she's really sick and says they should go without her.

The night of Lux's party happens to be the induction of turtle racing at the bar, though Baze didn't advertize it at all. Plus, their turtles are not much into moving and if they were, they'd be slower than turt — OK you get the point. Jones and the bitchy bullies arrive for the party and everything seems to be going well until they realize she doesn't actually have any booze. Lux is able to finagle the storeroom key from Baze on the condition that her friends will stay out of the booze. Ha, yeah right.

Cate and Alice show up to the bar for their girls' night out and it's quite lame. Turtle racing is still slow to start (heh). "The used bookstore is getting more action," Baze says. Math then equates Baze to the three-legged turtle, saying he shouldn't give up.

Upstairs, however, Lux and her friends are getting trashed playing beer bong, with Jones as her teammate. Bug and Tasha then show up, making her house of lies fall apart. Tasha decides that if you can't beat them, join them. Guess who also decides to join them? Cate, who even joins in on a game of beer pong, before Lux bans her from the party, saying it's definitely not cool for her to hang out.

Baze actually ends up being the parent police, kicking everyone out after someone throws glass out the window. He rages on Lux, embarrassing her in front of her friends. But he doesn't stop there; he also goes off on Cate.

Jones goes after Lux to see if she's OK, but Bug saves the day by offering to move the party to the drive-in theatre. He was completely full of it though, and steals Jones' car. Cate and Baze discover Lux's grand theft auto and they rush off with Tasha to track them down, while Jones decides to call the police. In the car, Bug berates Lux for cutting everyone out of her life that used to matter to her. "I don't know who you're trying to be, but you're never going to be one of them," Bug says before the cops pull them over. While Lux gets patted down, both Cate and Baze accidentally get arrested for laying their hands on the police officers.

Turtle racing actually becomes a huge hit at the bar, but that prevents anyone from hearing the phone call from jail. At the police station, Lux explains to Tasha that she's not embarrassed of her and Bug. "I didn't invite you not because I was ashamed of you, I'm ashamed of me," she says and promises she'll never leave her behind.

While handcuffed to the bench, Cate complains that Lux likes Baze better. "You should've seen her face when I crashed her party," she says, but Baze gives Cate at least one point, saying Lux does see her as a mother figure. Baze conveys he's afraid to turn into his own father, who happens to be the one to bail the pair out of jail. Ruh-roh.

Baze tries to convince his dad to call a reset on their relationship, even asking him in for a beer, but his dad doesn't oblige. Hey, at least he tried! Cate and Baze share a cute hands-on moment in the bar before Ryan suddenly walks in. Before they take Lux home, she apologizes to Baze for stealing the beer for the party, and he returns the sentiments for screaming at her.

The episode closes on Cate telling Lux that she secured Bug's bail, hoping this may soften their relationship. Lux does actually apologize, which is a step in the right direction for the pair. Lux also tries to convince her that Bug never would've really stolen that car, but she's mostly convincing herself more than anything. Another family bond grows in these final moments as well, with Baze's father arriving at the bar to join in on the turtle racing fun.

What did you think of this week's episode? Do Cate and Baze have sexy chemistry or are you more rooting for Lux and Jones?

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Poor parenting skills are the name of the game in this week's episode of Life Unexpected. Cate tries to be the cool mother, while, in a strange turn of events, Baze ends up being the bad guy. Lux is the all around terrible daughter when she throws a party in Baze's loft that gets out of hand.

The episode opens on Lux leaving school, continuously being taunted by her "old friends," who call her a "foster freak." Bug says she wouldn't want to friends with them anyway and nearly insights a fight with them. Brynn's boyfriend, Jones, decides they're not complete losers and chats with them, mentioning the party Brynn is throwing him in place of getting the bong lamp confiscated.

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