Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot18 January 2010
After spending all of her 15 years bouncing from one foster family to another in Portland, Oregon, Lux has decided it's time to take control of her life and become an emancipated minor. Her journey through the legal system leads Lux to her biological parents, local radio personality Cate Cassidy and thirty-something Nate "Baze" Bazile, who had a one-night stand back in high school. Although they haven't seen each other in 15 years, it doesn't take Cate and Baze long to fall into the same contentious relationship they had as teenagers. However, 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 arguments and awkwardness and make a belated attempt to give Lux the family she deserves.
25 January 2010
Cate and Baze are paid a visit by a social worker whose job it is to evaluate both of them and determine if they are fit parents. Lux is torn when her boyfriend, Bug, and best friend, Natasha, suggest that Cate and Baze may not be in it for the long haul and that Lux should return to her old life and the people who love her most of all. Meanwhile, Cate is pressured by the executives at the radio station to deny that she has a daughter in order to save her job.
1 February 2010
When Baze tells his parents about Lux (Britt Robertson), they insist on planning a dinner at which they can meet their granddaughter and Cate. Cate reluctantly agrees to go to the dinner and is further annoyed when her overbearing mother and neurotic sister show up unexpectedly. Meanwhile, when Cate hears about a gang fight at Lux's school, she immediately decides to have Lux transferred to her and Baze's alma mater, Westmonte.
8 February 2010
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.
15 February 2010
Lux volunteers to host a classmate's party at Baze's loft, hoping to become more accepted by the students at her new school. Cate sees that Lux and Baze have made an great connection and she worries that she will never have a similar relationship with Lux.
22 February 2010
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 the high school quarterback to not press charges against him.
1 March 2010
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 March 2010
Cate and Ryan are forced to put on a happy face as the hosts of a wedding expo, but the unfortunate situation becomes even more unfortunate after Baze and Math show up at the event. After watching Lux mope around the house for days, Baze solicits help from Jones in an effort to cheer her up.
15 March 2010
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. 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.
22 March 2010
After Lux and Bug are picked up by the police for a curfew violation, Lux's social worker decides it's time to meet with Cate and Baze to reevaluate their custody of Lux. During a meeting with the social worker, Cate, Baze and Lux agree to put on a happy face to ensure that Lux isn't placed back in the foster care system. Meanwhile, in an attempt to show Lux that she supports her, Cate offers to find Bug a job at her radio station, but winds up disappointing Lux once again.
29 March 2010
Lux is forced to face her complicated feelings for Jones when she sees him kissing another girl at a party. When a storm hits Portland, Ryan and Lux find themselves stranded at the radio station, and Ryan learns more than he ever knew about what Lux went through as a child. Cate goes to Baze's bar looking for Lux, but the storm traps her there with Baze, Math, Jamie and her sister, Abby.
5 April 2010
With her wedding on the horizon, Cate decides to take a road trip with Lux to find her father, Gordon, who abandoned her when she was a little girl. Meanwhile, when Bug's "friends" trash Baze's bar, Lux invites Baze to join her and Cate on the road trip, allowing Bug some time to repair the bar before Baze discovers the truth.
12 April 2010
With her wedding fast approaching, Cate must confront her true feelings for the two men in her life, Baze and Ryan. To complicate Cate's already conflicted feelings, on the day of the wedding, Lux reveals something that threatens to change all of their lives forever.
14 September 2010
Cate and Ryan return from their honeymoon only to discover that major changes have been made at the radio station in their absence. A very confused Baze struggles with his feelings for Cate, and ends up hooking up with the hot new bartender, Paige, at his bar. Meanwhile, Lux and Bug find themselves at a major crossroads in their relationship.
21 September 2010
When Cate and Baze are summoned to the principal's office at Lux's school, they are shocked to learn that Lux is failing and must make a drastic improvement in her grades or risk being kicked out. Meanwhile, after having the rug pulled out from under her at work, Cate starts the difficult process of looking for her next job, and in an effort to be a grown up, Baze decides to interview for a position at his father's firm.
28 September 2010
Worried she may not pass an important exam that will help her stay in school, Lux contemplates buying the answers to the test from one of her classmates. Cate has an "interesting" day at the radio station after she accidentally eats banana bread laced with pot. Meanwhile, when a large sum of money is missing from Cate's wallet, Ryan and Cate argue over who may be responsible for taking the money.
5 October 2010
In an effort to fix their hostile work relationship, Cate attempts to bond with Ryan's new on-air partner, Kelly, but the plan backfires when Kelly reveals a secret Cate has been hiding from Ryan. Meanwhile, Tasha returns to Portland unexpectedly and tells Lux that she is living with a new foster family, and Baze convinces a smitten Math to ask Paige out on a date.
12 October 2010
This crossover episode of "Life Unexpected" brings "One Tree Hill" characters Haley and Mia to a music festival, sponsored by a Portland radio station and hosted by Ryan. At the concert, Haley and Cate meet and discover that they have incredibly similar pasts. It turns out that both women were somewhat nerdy, overachieving teenagers who got pregnant in high school by athletes named Nate (or Nathan). And when a secret of Cate's gets outed, Cate turns to Haley for advice.
19 October 2010
Cate and Ryan go on a staycation to a local hotel to help make up for the fact that they never had a proper honeymoon. Unfortunately for them, Baze's work retreat is at the same hotel.
2 November 2010
Cate, Baze, Ryan and Math volunteer to be chaperones on Lux's school camping trip.
9 November 2010
Cate takes Paige out drinking, hoping Paige will reveal more information about the mysterious woman, Julia, from Ryan's past. Ryan joins Baze, Math and Jamie for guys' night out.
16 November 2010
Baze and Emma attempt to sign a high-profile client, Candy, who only has eyes for Baze. Lux goes to her homecoming dance hoping to see Eric but the evening takes an ugly turn for the worse. Cate explores Lux's past and is shocked at what she discovers.
30 November 2010
When everyone ends up at Baze's loft for Thanksgiving, it isn't long before a few big secrets are exposed. Baze worries that his father, Jack, will discover he is dating his boss, Emma; Lux worries that her parents will find out she is spending time with Eric; Tasha worries that something very dark from her not-too-distant past will be discovered; and Cate worries that if she tells Ryan the truth it will further complicate their already complicated relationship.
7 December 2010
If a judge decides to treat Tasha as an adult, and she is found guilty of assaulting Trey, she faces prison time. Trey's testimony is the key, so Lux threatens to tell the truth about the past unless he backs down. But what is the truth?
18 January 2011
Baze plans to buy a house and asks Emma to move in. Cate keeps dwelling on Lux's past. Baze's news gets Lux to talk Eric into spending a night together. However, both Emma and Lux's secrets are just waiting to blow up.
18 January 2011
While everyone's still dealing with the aftermath of secrets revealed, new revelations already happen, affecting their future. Reseolutions are needed. But the broadcaster has already canceled the show 1½ months earlier and this is the end.
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