The Best Episodes of Life Unexpected

Last Updated: Oct 7, 2018

After spending all of her 15 years bouncing from one foster family to another in Portland, Oregon, Lux (Britt Robertson, "Swingtown") has decided it's time to take control of her life and become an emancipated minor. Her journey through the legal maze leads Lux to her biological father, 30-something Nate "Baze" Bazile (Kristoffer Polaha, "Mad Men"), who owns a bar, lives like an aging frat-boy with two slacker roommates, and is astonished to learn that he has a teenage daughter. Lux is equally astonished when Baze reveals that her mother is Cate Cassidy (Shiri Appleby, "E.R."), a star on the local "Morning Madness" radio show, along with her on-air partner and real-life boyfriend, Ryan Thomas (Kerr Smith, "Eli Stone"). 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, but thrilled to finally meet her beautiful daughter. 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 and make a belated attempt to give Lux the family she deserves.

Father Unfigured

#1 - Father Unfigured

Season 1 - Episode 12

With her wedding on the horizon, Cate decides to take a road trip with Lux to find her father, Gordon (guest star Peter Horton), 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.

star 8.17
64 votes
Directors: Liz Allen
Writers: Adele Lim
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Family Therapized

#2 - Family Therapized

Season 1 - Episode 10

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.

star 8.16
66 votes
Writers: Deidre Shaw
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Love Unexpected

#3 - Love Unexpected

Season 1 - Episode 13

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.

star 8.04
66 votes
Directors: Liz Allen
Writers: Adele Lim
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Affair Remembered

#4 - Affair Remembered

Season 2 - Episode 13

Unaware of the affair between Emma and his father, Baze considers buying a house and planning a future with Emma. Lux makes plans for a romantic dinner with Eric when she feels like he's pulling away from her, but she is shocked when Cate and Baze show up.

star 7.99
64 votes
Directors: Howie Duetch
Writers: Liz Tigelaar, Taylor Hamra
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Crisis Unaverted

#5 - Crisis Unaverted

Season 1 - Episode 7

In the midst of feeling like he is being pushed out of Lux's life by Cate and Ryan, Baze wins the chance to compete against Ryan in a radio station contest and is determined to be the last man standing. Cate contemplates finally telling Ryan the full truth about Baze, but can't bear the thought of what might happen if she does. When Tasha tells Lux she may have to move three hours away to a new foster home, Lux decides to help Tasha track down her mother who is still living in town.

star 7.99
72 votes
Directors: Jerry Levine
Writers: Taylor Hamra
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Criminal Incriminated

#6 - Criminal Incriminated

Season 2 - Episode 3

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.

star 7.98
57 votes
Directors: Nick Marck
Writers: Taylor Hamra
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Stand Taken

#7 - Stand Taken

Season 2 - Episode 11

Lux and Tasha are forced to deal with the fallout of their recent actions and the potential outcome could change the course of both their lives. As a result, Lux can no longer hide her past from Cate and Baze.

star 7.92
55 votes
Directors: Gary Fleder
Writers: Adele Lim
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Ocean Uncharted

#8 - Ocean Uncharted

Season 2 - Episode 1

Cate and Ryan return from their honeymoom 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.

star 7.91
60 votes
Directors: Gary Fleder
Writers: Liz Tigelaar, Sallie Patrick
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Storm Weathered

#9 - Storm Weathered

Season 1 - Episode 11

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.

star 7.87
67 votes
Directors: Rick Bota
Writers: Michael Kramer
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Pilot

#10 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

Nate Bazile is astonished to learn he has a daughter. Lux is shocked to learn her Mother is Cate Cassidy a star on the local radio show. Baze feels bad after he discovers Lux grew up in foster care. He takes Lux to meet her Mother. Then a judge grants temporary joint custody to Baze and Cate and try to give Lux a loving home that she has longed for.

star 7.84
138 votes
Directors: Gary Fleder
Writers: Liz Tigelaar
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Home Inspected

#11 - Home Inspected

Season 1 - Episode 2

Cate and Baze are visited by a social worker to evaluate both of them as fit parents. Meanwhile, Lux is torn when her boyfriend, Bug, and her 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. While, Cate is pressured by the radio executives to deny that she has a daughter in order to saved her job.

star 7.82
103 votes
Directors: Gary Fleder
Writers: Liz Tigelaar
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Parents Unemployed

#12 - Parents Unemployed

Season 2 - Episode 2

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.

star 7.81
55 votes
Directors: Jerry Levine
Writers: Patti Carr, Lara Olsen
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Formal Reformed

#13 - Formal Reformed

Season 1 - Episode 9

Jones asks Lux to be his date for the Winter Formal. Baze finds a condom in Lux’s room, and thinking it belongs to Jones, shows up at the dance to try and stop Lux and Jones from having sex. Cate agrees to chaperone the dance, but being at her old high school for Winter Formal brings back painful memories about the night Lux was conceived.

star 7.75
66 votes
Directors: Miller Tobin
Writers: Liz Tigelaar
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Camp Grounded

#14 - Camp Grounded

Season 2 - Episode 7

Cate, Ryan, Baze, and Math volunteer to chaperon Lux's school camping trip. During the trip, tension rises between Cate and Ryan, while Baze grows closer to Emma. As Lux gets more intimate with Eric, Tasha urges her not to take that risk with her future.

star 7.73
52 votes
Directors: Bobby Roth
Writers: Sallie Patrick, Liz Tigelaar
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Team Rebounded

#15 - Team Rebounded

Season 2 - Episode 4

Cate tries to bond with Ryan's new on-air partner; Tasha returns and tells Lux she is living with a new foster family; Baze convinces Math to ask Paige out on a date.

star 7.72
58 votes
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Bride Unbridled

#16 - Bride Unbridled

Season 1 - Episode 8

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.

star 7.71
62 votes
Directors: David Paymer
Writers: Sallie Patrick
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Bong Intercepted

#17 - Bong Intercepted

Season 1 - Episode 4

When Lux gets suspended from school, Cate does her best to convince Principal Dugan to give Lux a second chance, but, unfortunately, her efforts may have made the situation considerably worse for Lux. Meanwhile, Baze is insulted when he finds out that Cate and Ryan are hosting a radio station event at the bar across the street.

star 7.68
82 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Emily Whitesell
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Teacher Schooled

#18 - Teacher Schooled

Season 2 - Episode 12

Eric confesses that he is dating Lux while Baze comes to terms with the fact that his father cheated on his mother with Emma prior to their relationship.

star 7.65
57 votes
Directors: Howie Duetch
Writers: Liz Tigelaar, Taylor Hamra
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Honeymoon Interrupted

#19 - Honeymoon Interrupted

Season 2 - Episode 6

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.

star 7.63
53 votes
Directors: Sanaa Hamri
Writers: Christopher Fife, Liz Tigelaar
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Thanks Ungiven

#20 - Thanks Ungiven

Season 2 - Episode 10

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.

star 7.61
54 votes
Directors: Cherie Nowlan
Writers: Patti Carr, Lara Olsen
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Rent Uncollected

#21 - Rent Uncollected

Season 1 - Episode 3

When Baze tells his parents about Lux, they insist in making a family dinner to meet her and Cate. Cate reluctantly agrees to go, but is annoyed when her mother and sister show up. Meanwhile, Cate hears about a gang fight at Lux's school and decides to transfer Lux to her and Baze's alma mater, Westmonte.

star 7.58
98 votes
Directors: Gary Fleder
Writers: Liz Tigelaar
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Plumber Cracked

#22 - Plumber Cracked

Season 2 - Episode 8

Cate takes Paige out for some drinks, hoping that she'll spill some information about Ryan's ex-girlfriend, Julia. At the same time, Ryan joins Baze, Jamie and Math for a guys' night out, but Baze is depressed about the current state of his relationship with Emma. Meanwhile, Lux and Eric take a big risk with their relationship, which threatens Lux's friendship with Tasha.

star 7.57
53 votes
Directors: Jerry Levine
Writers: Patti Carr, Lara Olsen, Liz Tigelaar
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Turtle Undefeated

#23 - Turtle Undefeated

Season 1 - Episode 5

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 a great connection and she worries that she will never have a similar relationship with Lux.

star 7.54
78 votes
Directors: Nick Marck
Writers: Janet Leahy
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Music Faced

#24 - Music Faced

Season 2 - Episode 5

This episode will crossover with fellow CW show, One Tree Hill. Stars Haley Scott (Bethany Joy Galeotti) and Mia (Kate Voegele) come to Portland to play at a concert hosted by the radio station Cate works at.

star 7.51
51 votes
Directors: Jerry Levine
Writers: Deirdre Shaw, Liz Tigelaar
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Truth Unrevealed

#25 - Truth Unrevealed

Season 1 - Episode 6

Pressured by radio station management, Cate and Ryan reluctantly agree to let Baze join them on air for what turns into a public therapy session. Lux tries to get Jones to drop the charges against her boyfriend, Bug.

star 7.50
75 votes
Directors: Nick Marck
Writers: Janet Leahy
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