Life Unexpected

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Life Unexpected
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Also known as Light Years
Genre Family Drama
Teen Drama
Created by Liz Tigelaar
Creative director(s) Gary Fleder
Starring Britt Robertson
Shiri Appleby
Kristoffer Polaha
Austin Basis
Kerr Smith
Arielle Kebbel
Opening theme "Beautiful Tree" by Rain Perry
Composer(s) David Baerwald
Pieter A. Schlosser
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Liz Tigelaar
Gary Fleder
Janet Leahy
Location(s) Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) Best Day Ever Productions
Mojo Films
CBS Television Studios
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original channel The CW
Original release January 18, 2010 (2010-01-18) – January 18, 2011 (2011-01-18)

Life Unexpected is an American drama television series that aired for two seasons from 2010 to 2011. It was produced by Best Day Ever Productions and Mojo Films in association with CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television and broadcast by The CW. Created by Liz Tigelaar, who served as an executive producer with Gary Fleder and Janet Leahy, the series starred Britt Robertson, Shiri Appleby, Kristoffer Polaha, and Kerr Smith.

Set in Portland, the story follows Lux Cassidy, a teenager who was given up at birth and has spent her life in foster care who finds her biological parents Nate Bazile and Cate Cassidy. Wishing to become emancipated, Lux is instead given in to their custody.

While Life Unexpected received mostly positive reviews, it struggled in the ratings and was cancelled by The CW in 2011. The show has since been released on DVD and it is also available on through their streaming service.


Teenager Lux (Britt Robertson) had been through the foster care system for almost her whole life. Cate Cassidy (Shiri Appleby) had given birth to her while still a teen but, upon the advice of her mother, gave her up for adoption after being promised by Social Services that the baby would find a wonderful home. Due to heart problems as a baby (she had atrial septal disorder), and countless surgeries, she was not even available for adoption until after the age of three. Most likely because of those issues, Lux was never adopted.

On her 16th birthday, she decides that it's time for her to become an emancipated minor, but before that occurs, she has to get signatures from her unknown birth parents. First she encounters former high-school football quarterback, Nathaniel "Baze" Bazile (Kristoffer Polaha), her birth father and operator of the Open Bar, a business he operates out of a building given to him by his father.

Baze lives a semi-fraternity boy lifestyle above the drinking establishment with two roommates, Math (Austin Basis), a high school teacher and Baze's childhood best friend, and Jamie (Reggie Austin), who also works at the bar. However, even when he signs the papers, Baze discovers that he is already bonding with his newfound daughter, and realizes that she has his eyes. He introduces Lux to her mother Cate, co-host of the "Morning Madness" drive time show at Portland radio station K-100 and Baze's former one-night stand from high school. Lux has been listening to Cate's voice on the radio as long as she can remember, so she feels an instant connection with the mom she's never met. Baze takes Lux to meet Cate, who is shocked and saddened to learn that Lux has grown up in foster care instead of the adoption she believed would take place and is reluctant to commit to her daughter. Eventually, Cate wants to be a part of Lux's life, and she shows that she really does care.

When a judge decides that Lux isn't ready for emancipation and unexpectedly grants temporary joint custody to Baze and Cate, they agree to try to get past the awkwardness. Cate, due to her job as a radio host, and the fact that she has a suitable house, is given primary custody of Lux. Ryan Thomas (Kerr Smith), her radio broadcast partner, as well as her fiance, also takes to Lux and has bonded with her as well, sometimes being able to get through to her better than her parents, due to similar issues that they have had.

As the series progresses, though, Baze becomes more responsible, and works harder to get the bar and the loft apartment above it in shape so that Lux can be able to visit and stay with him. He eventually succeeds in this by setting aside a corner of his loft as a bedroom for Lux. Due to their close bond, Baze, the one that was considered to perhaps be more of a slacker, had proven that when the chips are down, he inevitably comes through for Lux, giving her support and love. Cate, despite her constantly disappointing Lux, still means well. Her radio show is produced by Alice (Erin Karpluk), who often serves as her confidante.

Ryan, in some ways jealous and insecure because of Baze's constant presence in his fiancee's life, gets resentful and has physically fought Baze. Ryan, finally fed up with Baze's continual interference, breaks it off with Cate. Eventually though, Ryan and Cate reconnect, and their engagement is back on. He also relents a bit towards Baze after the two have drinks and Baze explains that all he is to Cate is the father of Lux, and nothing else. By the series end, though, Baze and Ryan are good friends.

Baze's bar is owned by his father Jack (Robin Thomas), who considers Baze a disappointment but softens towards him somewhat in later episodes, due to Lux's entrance in their lives. Baze himself later buys the bar. Also seen is Cate's four-times-divorced mother, Laverne (Cynthia Stevenson), whose idea it was to convince Cate into giving up Lux; and Baze's level headed and more understanding mother, Ellen (Susan Hogan). Both women meet Lux, and both of them love her, although Ellen seems to have the stronger grandmotherly bond with her.

After attending Longfellow High, a rough high school in Portland, Cate registers Lux at Westmonte High, the school she, Baze and Math all attended (and where Math himself works as a teacher), this development, at first, infuriated Lux; but she adapts, makes friends and meets her later boyfriend, popular football player, Jones Mager (Austin Butler) who, like her father, was also the quarterback.

Lux has several friends from her old life, including her childhood best friend Natasha Siviac (Ksenia Solo), whom she had known since she was seven (they had met at Sunnyvale, the foster care home); Lux's first boyfriend Bug Guthrie (Rafi Gavron), and Tasha's boyfriend Gavin (Rhys Williams). She must decide whether she can continue to have her old friends in her life as she attempts new friendships. Sometimes, Bug is known for doing things which brings him in trouble with the law, and that sometimes imperils Lux's life with Baze and Cate. Her case is handled by her longtime social worker, Fern Redmund (Lucia Walters), who is also instrumental in helping Cate and Baze get their parental rights reinstated, which does happen, and they become a family, officially. Due to this, Fern becomes a family friend.

Baze, at variant times, incurs Cate's wrath when it is discovered that he is sleeping with her younger sister and Lux's aunt, Abby (Alex Breckenridge), who is a neurotic therapist and practitioner of yoga. Baze also slept with Ryan's sister Paige (Arielle Kebbel) after a drunk incident in season two. Lux meets a young man at Baze's bar, Eric Daniels (Shaun Sipos), and goes on a date with him, only to later find out he is her new teacher.

The second season deals with Lux's affair with her teacher, which was ended when Eric left town on Cate and Baze's orders that they would call the police if he didn't resign his job and leave Portland; Cate and Ryan's new marriage and their attempts to have a child, and Baze's relationship with his coworker Emma Bradshaw (Emma Caulfield) and her son, Sam.

Later on, Natasha (who lives on her own now, due to independent living) becomes more of a part of the family's life (Bug and Gavin both are no longer seen, Bug having left town after Lux turning down his engagement) and is often seen with her best friend Lux.

Cate miscarried her child with Ryan because of some condition that she developed after having Lux and that, due to the condition, Lux would be the only child she would ever have. This news created a stronger bond between Cate and Lux, and Lux finally realizes that her mom loves her and won't let any harm come to her. After nearly giving in to his desire for her, Baze breaks it off with Emma in the wake of learning from Lux that Emma had had an affair with his dad; Not when he was going out with her, but his dad cheated on his mother. Baze stated that he could never be with Emma without thinking of his father.

The show then fast-forwards two years at which point Lux is delivering the commencement speech at her graduation. It is revealed that Ryan and Julia are together and have a young son from their affair. And, of course, Baze and Cate are finally together as a couple, kissing to reveal it. Lux also kisses Jones, revealing that they end up together and Tasha is happy for them. The family and friends take a photo with their functional happy families.



Creator Liz Tigelaar came up with the idea for the show in 2007 and developed it with director Gary Fleder.[1] Tigelaar and Fleder pitched the show, then titled Light Years, to ABC Studios who accepted it. They then sold the show to The CW. In September 2008, The CW ordered the show to pilot.[2] After the pilot was ordered, ABC then dropped the show for financial reasons.[3] The show was then picked up by CBS Television Studios. The pilot was filmed in January 2009, being written by Tigelaar and directed by Fleder. Both also served as executive producers.

The CW announced the series in January 2009 under the working title of Light Years because the main character Lux's name means Light.[4] According to Tigelaar, the title "tested way too sci-fi"[5] and it was changed to LUX (the name of one of the lead characters) in April. This was quickly changed again into Life Unexpected, but at The CW Upfronts in May, the series was promoted as Parental Discretion Advised.[6][7] That June, the network reverted to the name Life UneXpected, again highlighting the name of the main character in capital letters. Initial advertising for the series in fall 2009 listed it without the capitalized "X", which became the final version as it appears now.


While the show is set in Portland, Oregon, most of the filming is done in Vancouver, British Columbia. Scenes of Westmonte High are filmed at Sutherland Secondary School in North Vancouver and H. J. Cambie Secondary School in Richmond, British Columbia. The exterior of Baze's bar is located on Granville Island and the Ironworks Building in Vancouver. North Shore Studios, formally Lionsgate, was used as the primary studio for season one while Coast Mountain Film Studios housed the show for the second and final season.[8][9]

The show premiered on The CW on Monday, January 18, 2010. The 13-episode first season run ended on April 12, 2010. The series was picked up for a second season, for an initial thirteen episode order, which premiered on September 14, 2010, airing on Tuesdays at 9/8c following One Tree Hill.[10][11]

In October 2010, The CW ordered two additional scripts.[12] In November 2010 The CW declined to order the back 9 episodes for the show's second and final season, leaving the season's episode count at 13.[13] Members of the cast campaigned to save the show.[14] On December 6, 2010, series creator, Liz Tigelaar made the TV show's cancellation official via Twitter.[15][16]

One Tree Hill crossover[edit]

In an attempt to improve Life Unexpected's ratings by attracting One Tree Hill viewers, The CW aired a crossover event involving both programs on October 12, 2010.[17] Beginning with One Tree Hill installment "Nobody Taught Us to Quit", Haley James Scott (Bethany Joy Lenz) and Mia Catalano (Kate Voegele) traveled to Portland (where Life Unexpected is set) to perform at the Sugar Magnolia Music Festival hosted by K-100. Haley and Cate meet in the crossover and are "surprised to learn that they share a similar back story [as] mothers." "Music Faced," the Life Unexpected episode of the crossover, also featured Sarah McLachlan, Ben Lee and Rain Perry whose song "Beautiful Tree" serves as the series' opening theme.


The first season of Life Unexpected scored a 69 out of 100 on Metacritic.[18] The series has garnered mostly positive feedback, with many reviews favorably comparing the show to the critically acclaimed series Gilmore Girls and Everwood.[19][20][21][22][23] Maureen Ryan, from the Chicago Tribune, stated that the show "recall[s] the good things about shows like Gilmore Girls and Everwood,"[21] and similarly, Hank Stuever from The Washington Post called it "a pleasant mix of a little Juno hipitude and a lot of Everwood glow."[22] Furthermore, the Chicago Tribune review called Life Unexpected a program "that parents and their older kids could enjoy together without feeling condescended to,"[21] and The Boston Globe's Matthew Gilbert states that "the show works, in its own hokey, feel-good, alt-soundtrack way."[24]

Show writer Liz Tigelaar (who has also worked on Brothers & Sisters, American Dreams, and Once and Again),[25] has received much praise. A review in the Los Angeles Times called Tigelaar's writing smart and insightful.[23] Similarly, Randee Dawn, from The Hollywood Reporter stated that Tigelaar "has a delicate, spot-on feel for dialogue."[26] The Futon Critic's Brian Ford Sullivan singled out writer Liz Tigelaar and director Gary Fleder for adeptly exploring Lux's perceived lack of love in her life.[27]

On a negative note, a review in the Chicago Sun Times by Paige Wiser called the show "somewhat predictable"[20] and The Post's Stuever adds that Life Unexpected "burns off its most interesting plot twist [...] in the first 20 minutes."[22]

Home media releases[edit]

In April 2011, a DVD for the show was released which contained both seasons.[28]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Result Award Category Recipient(s)
2010 Nominated Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Breakout Show Life Unexpected

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release dates
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 13 January 18, 2010 (2010-01-18) April 12, 2010 (2010-04-12) April 5, 2011[29] N/A 2012[30]
2 13 September 14, 2010 (2010-09-14) January 18, 2011 (2011-01-18) N/A


Season 1: 2010[edit]

No. # Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(in millions)
1 1 "Pilot" Gary Fleder Liz Tigelaar January 18, 2010 (2010-01-18) 2.74[31] 1.2/3[32]
After going from foster home to foster home her whole life, fifteen-year-old Lux applies for emancipation from the foster care system. The paperwork requires the signatures of both of her birth parents, neither of whom she has met. Lux tracks down Baze, her father, to the bar he owns and lives above with his friends, and he tells her her mother is local radio personality Cate Cassidy. At the hearing the next day the judge rejects Lux's petition and places her instead in the temporary joint custody of Cate and Baze, to everyone's surprise. After breaking up with her fiance, Ryan, Cate unexpectedly sleeps with Baze.
2 2 "Home Inspected" Gary Fleder Liz Tigelaar January 25, 2010 (2010-01-25) 2.12[33] 1.0/3[34]
Lux temporarily moves in with Cate, who is very worried about what Child Protective Services will think of her and Baze as parents. At work Cate is asked to read a statement over the radio denying she had a baby in high school, which a hurt Lux hears over the radio. After realizing how much she has hurt Lux, Cate sets the record straight on the radio the next day. Cate and Baze impress Fern, the CPS worker, who grants them permanent custody of Lux.
3 3 "Rent Uncollected" Gary Fleder Liz Tigelaar February 1, 2010 (2010-02-01) 2.07[35] 1.0/2[36]
Cate reluctantly attends a dinner for Lux at Baze’s parents' house, and the situation becomes complicated when Cate’s mother and sister Abby arrive unexpectedly. Meanwhile, worried about Lux's safety at her school, Cate arranges for her to transfer to Westmonte High, where Cate and Baze graduated. When Baze's father threatens to take away the bar because Baze can't pay the rent, Lux uses her own money to pay Baze's rent.
4 4 "Bong Intercepted" Jeff Melman Emily Whitesell February 8, 2010 (2010-02-08) 2.01[37] 0.9/2[38]
After Lux is suspended from school, Cate desperately tries to get Lux’s principal to drop the suspension. To get the principal's sympathy for Lux, Cate brings Lux's foster care file to the meeting with the principal, and another student manages to photocopy the file. Lux is distraught when photocopies of from the file are stuck to her locker the next day for everyone to see. Meanwhile, Baze is upset when he discovers Cate and Ryan will host a radio station event at a competing bar.
5 5 "Turtle Undefeated" Allan Arkush Adele Lim February 15, 2010 (2010-02-15) 1.82[39] 0.9/2[40]
Lux volunteers to host a classmate's party at Baze's loft, hoping to become more accepted by the students at her new school, but this fails when Baze finds out and lectures her about what she did. (This shows that Baze is shaking off his semi-frat boy behavior in favor of him becoming a father) Cate sees that Lux and Baze have made a great connection and she worries that she will never have a similar relationship with Lux.
6 6 "Truth Unrevealed" Nick Marck Janet Leahy February 22, 2010 (2010-02-22) 1.96[41] 0.9/2[42]
Baze joins Ryan and Cate on "Morning Madness" because of pressure from the station management, but the show does not go as expected. Worried about her boyfriend, Lux must convince Jones Mager, the high school quarterback to not press charges against him.
7 7 "Crisis Unaverted" Jerry Levine Taylor Hamra March 1, 2010 (2010-03-01) 1.88[43] 0.8/2[44]
After learning that Tasha may have to move three hours away to a new foster home, Lux decides to help her find her mother who is still in Portland. Baze and Ryan compete in a radio station contest as Cate worries about whether she should tell Ryan the whole truth about sleeping with Baze. After Tasha's mother rejects her, Lux asks Cate to take Tasha in, but she refuses.
8 8 "Bride Unbridled" David Paymer Sallie Patrick March 8, 2010 (2010-03-08) 1.99[45] 0.9/2[46]
Recently broken-up Cate and Ryan must host a wedding expo pretending to be an engaged couple, and things become even more awkward when Baze and Math show up to the same event. Meanwhile, Baze organizes for Jones to take Lux out to cheer her up after Tasha leaves and she moves out of Cate's.
9 9 "Formal Reformed" J. Miller Tobin Liz Tigelaar March 15, 2010 (2010-03-15) 2.11[47] 1.0/3[47]
Jones asks Lux to the Winter Formal, but things become complicated with Bug returns to town. Recalling that the night of his Winter Formal was the night he and Cate conceived Lux, Baze decides to enlist Cate's therapist sister Abby to help him give Lux a sex talk. However, when Baze finds a condom in Lux's room later that night, he decides to go to the formal to check up, worrying that Lux hadn't listened. Cate is also at the formal, having volunteered to chaperon so she can see Lux in her dress. A fragile Baze sleeps with Abby after the formal.
10 10 "Family Therapized" Michael Katleman Deidre Shaw March 22, 2010 (2010-03-22) 1.88[48] 0.9/2[48]
Fern, Lux's social worker meets with Cate and Baze after Bug and Lux are picked up by the police. Cate tries to get Bug a job at the radio station, but her boss will not hire him as he wasn't as experienced as he needed to be. She becomes enraged after finding out Baze hires Bug, accusing him of undermining her attempts to make things right with Lux, since Lux became greatly upset that Cate said she could get him a job, but didn't. Lux tearfully tells her parents the truth about her feelings towards Cate's lack of concern while she was in foster care.
11 11 "Storm Weathered" Rick Bota Michael Kramer March 29, 2010 (2010-03-29) 2.05[49] 0.9/3[49]
Cate discovers Abby and Baze have been sleeping together. Despite rejecting Jones at a party, Lux is hurt when later that same night she sees him kissing another girl. When a storm hits Portland, Cate becomes stranded at Baze's along with Abby and things get heated between the two sisters. Meanwhile, Lux and Ryan bond when they are forced to stay at the radio station during the storm and she shares with Ryan her history at Sunnyvale and how she met Natasha. The storm ruins Cate and Ryan's plans to elope.
12 12 "Father Unfigured" Elizabeth Allen Adele Lim April 5, 2010 (2010-04-05) 1.73[50] 0.8/2[50]
As Cate's wedding approaches, she decides to find her father who abandoned her as a child against the advisory of her mother. People from Bug's past trash Baze's bar when Bug can't pay them the money he owes them, forcing Lux to get Baze away from the bar for a few days so Bug can clean it up. Lux pleads with Cate to allow Baze to go on the trip to meet Cate's father, and the three of them go on a family roadtrip. Cate's father hurts her when she realises he does not want to be a father to her, and she and Baze bond on the trip.
13 13 "Love Unexpected" Jerry Levine Liz Tigelaar April 12, 2010 (2010-04-12) 1.80[51] 0.9/3[51]
Cate's quickly approaching wedding forces her to deal with her feelings for both Ryan and Baze. Feeling he is not good enough for Cate, Baze denies he has feelings for her and Cate resolves to marry Ryan. Lux desperately tries to convince both Cate and Baze to admit their feelings, but a conversation with Ryan makes her think Cate and Baze together can never be more than a fantasy. After a heart-felt conversation with his father, Baze rushes to the church to tell Cate he loves her, although he was stuck in traffic that delayed him to bursting in through the doors, after as the priest marries them. Even after seeing Baze, Cate kisses Ryan showing she chooses him and not Baze and it disappoints him that he did not admit his feelings earlier when he had the chance.

Season 2: 2010-2011[edit]

The series was renewed by The CW for a second and final season on May 20, 2010. It was also moved to Tuesday nights at 9:00 p.m.[52]

No. # Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
(in millions)
14 1 "Ocean Uncharted" Gary Fleder Liz Tigelaar & Sallie Patrick September 14, 2010 (2010-09-14) 1.65[53]
Cate and Ryan return from their honeymoon only to discover that major changes have been made at the radio station while they were gone. Lux meets Eric, a newcomer to Portland who comes into the bar while the place is closed. Baze struggles with his feelings for Cate, and ends up sleeping with the new bartender, Paige. Lux and Bug find themselves at major crossroads in their relationship after he asks her to marry him (she turns him down, and he angrily leaves town). Paige accidentally sets the bar on fire after leaving a lit cigarette in the bin. Baze, thinking Lux was asleep in the bar, rushes in to rescue her, and is hospitalized due to smoke inhalation. Cate is fired from the radio station; Lux is comforted by Baze after she tells him that Bug left town.
15 2 "Parents Unemployed" Jerry Levine Patti Carr & Lara Olsen September 21, 2010 (2010-09-21) 1.57[54]
After being summoned to the principal's office, Cate and Baze learn that Lux is failing and must make big improvements in her grades, which results to Lux cheating on tests. Meanwhile, Cate starts the difficult process of finding another job and Baze decides to interview for a position at his father's firm to help pay for his burnt down bar, in which he meets Emma.
16 3 "Criminal Incriminated" Nick Marck Taylor Hamra September 28, 2010 (2010-09-28) 1.51[55]
Worried that she may not pass an important exam, Lux contemplates cheating and buys the answers off one of her classmates when she hears him talking about how he and his friends were going to cheat. Cate accidentally eats some banana bread that has been laced with pot by Paige and ends up having a very interesting day at work. Meanwhile, when a large sum of money goes missing from Cate's wallet, she and Ryan argue over whether or not, Ryan's slacking sister who was crashing at their house, had taken the money, as she owed Baze for destroying his bar.
17 4 "Team Rebounded" Elizabeth Allen Adele Lim October 5, 2010 (2010-10-05) 1.51[56]
Cate attempts to bond with Ryan's new on-air partner, Kelly Campbell, after their work relationship turns bitter. But the plan backfires for Cate when Kelly accidentally reveals a secret to Ryan the next day, one Cate has been hiding from him. Tasha returns to Portland and tells Lux that she is now living with a new foster family, although Lux seemed to be quite familiar with Tasha's new foster parent. Also, Baze tries to convince a smitten Math to ask Paige out on a date.
18 5 "Music Faced" Jerry Levine Deidre Shaw October 12, 2010 (2010-10-12) 1.59[57]
In a very special episode, Ryan hosts a music festival sponsored by the radio station and features One Tree Hill's Haley James Scott (Bethany Joy Galeotti) and Mia Catalano (Kate Voegele). Haley and Cate meet at the concert and discover that they have very similar backgrounds and when a secret of Cate's comes out, Cate turns to Haley for advice. Lux finds out that Eric is dating Paige. Meanwhile, Jones becomes interested in Tasha and Baze and Emma become a little closer when Baze's plan to take Emma backstage for an interview doesn't go as he thought. Cate and her mother confront one another about their pasts, after the latter loses Lux, while she was supposed to watch her; but when Lux needs comfort from Cate, she is there to give it to her.
19 6 "Honeymoon Interrupted" Sanaa Hamri Christopher Fife October 19, 2010 (2010-10-19) 1.48[58]
To make up for the fact that they never had a proper honeymoon, Cate and Ryan go on a stay-cation at local hotel. But unfortunately for them, Baze's work retreat is at the same exact place. Cate begins to discover more and more about Ryan's old ex-girlfriend, Julia (Jaime Ray Newman), who was in one of their pictures in their wedding photo album. Baze attempts to trade rooms with Ryan and Cate to be in the room with a connecting door to Emma's room, as he tries to get closer to her.
20 7 "Camp Grounded" Bobby Roth Liz Tigelaar & Sallie Patrick November 2, 2010 (2010-11-02) 1.50[59]
Lux and her classmates go on a school field-trip, with Math, Cate, Ryan, Baze, Emma, and Eric as chaperones. Ryan and Cate's cheating situation worsens when he doesn't show up at a couple's counseling session. Thinking that Ryan wasn't going to come because of his and Cate's problem, Baze invites Emma, and they bond when he prepares a special dinner on the school bus for them. Eric finally gives in to seeing Lux, but Tasha ends up seeing them together, kissing.
21 8 "Plumber Cracked" Jerry Levine Lara Olsen & Patti Carr November 9, 2010 (2010-11-09) 1.48[60]
Cate takes Paige out in a failed attempt to get her drunk in the hopes of finding out more about Ryan's past, including information about the mysterious Julia. Meanwhile, Ryan decides to join Baze, Math and Jamie for a guys night, ditching Paige, making her be stuck with Cate. Emma reveals to Baze that she has a son when Baze does too much snooping around thinking Emma was cheating on him. Lux and Eric spend a day away from Portland, where they wouldn't have to keep their relationship a secret from everyone, but end up having to stay a night in a hotel room when they miss the last boat home.
22 9 "Homecoming Crashed" Elizabeth Allen Sallie Patrick November 16, 2010 (2010-11-16) 1.33[61]
Baze and Emma attempt to sign Candy (Krista Allen), a high-profile client, who seems to only have eyes for Baze. Meanwhile, Lux goes to her homecoming dance in hopes of seeing Eric but the evening takes an ugly turn. Basically she has to take Emma's son the Homecoming and gets in trouble for "smoking" when she actually took the cigarette away from Emma's son. Lux gets back from her visit from Valerie's claiming that Valerie told her Lux is the one that injured herself when it was actually her husband. Tasha hits the husband with a shovel because Lux was being abused by him. They crash and Emma's son takes the blame and covers Lux
23 10 "Thanks Ungiven" Cherie Nowlan Patti Carr & Lara Olsen November 30, 2010 (2010-11-30) 1.52[62]
It doesn't take long for secrets to start coming out when everyone ends up at Baze's for Thanksgiving. Lux worries that her parents will discover she's been seeing her teacher, Eric. Baze worries his father, Jack, will find out he has been having a relationship with his boss, Emma. Tasha worries a deep, dark secret from the past will be discovered and Cate worries if she tells Ryan the truth, it will complicate their relationship further. Emma's son, Sam, also joins everyone for Thanksgiving.
24 11 "Stand Taken" Gary Fleder Adele Lim December 7, 2010 (2010-12-07) 1.73[63]
Lux and Tasha's friendship is put to the test when they are forced to deal with the fallout of their recent actions and the outcome could change both of their lives. As a result, Lux feels she can't hide her past from Cate and Baze anymore and reveals what happened when she lived with Trey and Valerie. Jack and Baze are infuriated with Trey abusing Lux and both go after the child rapist. Lux discovers Emma and Jack were seeing each other before Baze started dating her.
25 12 "Teacher Schooled" Howie Deutch Liz Tigelaar & Taylor Hamra January 18, 2011 (2011-01-18) 1.54[64]
Baze decides to buy a house and wants Emma and Sam to live with him. Eric confesses that he and Lux had a relationship which incurs Baze and Cate's combined wrath. Baze comes to terms with the fact that his father cheated on his mother with Emma prior to their relationship. Cate and Baze threaten to go to the Police if Eric doesn't leave town.
26 13 "Affair Remembered" Rick Bota Michael Kramer January 18, 2011 (2011-01-18) 1.48[64]
Cate and Ryan come to terms when she loses the baby and is told she can't have anymore children. Ellen, Baze's mom, has a 60th Birthday party for Jack at Baze's Bar, much to his discomfort. Lux and Jones cut school to go visit Tasha in Juvy. Lux tells Jones that she and Eric had a relationship. Ryan gets Cate back on the air after Kelly is fired. Alice returns to town and her job at the radio station. Cate finds out that Julia (Jaime Ray Newman) is still pregnant and tells Ryan. Two Years Later. Lux gives a speech at her graduation. She and Jones are back together. Tasha is also graduating and will attend college with Lux and Jones. Ryan and Julia have a son. Alice and Math are expecting their first child. Cate and Baze are back together and share a kiss. Lux, for the first time since she found out about and met them two years previous, calls Cate and Baze Mom and Dad; and Julia takes a photo of everybody at the graduation as the episode closes.

U.S. Nielsen ratings[edit]

Season Timeslot (ET) # Ep. Original Airing Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season
1 Monday 9:00PM
Monday 8:00PM
13 January 18, 2010 (2010-01-18) April 12, 2010 (2010-04-12) 2009–2010 #136[65] 2.01[65] The CW
2 Tuesday 9:00PM 13 September 14, 2010 (2010-09-14) January 18, 2011 (2011-01-18) 2010–2011 #140 1.50[66]


In Canada the show premiered on the free-to-air channel CBC Television and on the pay TV channel YTV Canada.

In Europe the show premiered on E4 for the United Kingdom from September 19, 2010, on Sixx for Germany from January 4, 2011 and on RTÉ Two for Ireland from August 2011.

In Oceania the show premiered on MediaWorks' C4 for New Zealand from October 2010 and on Network Ten for Australia from November 5, 2011.

In India the show premiered on Big CBS Prime from February 2013.


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