LIFE UNEXPECTED “Team Rebounded” Review


LIFE UNEXPECTED “Team Rebounded” Season 2 Episode 4 – With its multiple meanings, “Team Rebounded” is a perfect title for tonight’s episode of LIFE UNEXPECTED. After last week’s golf fiasco, Baze is in his element on the basketball court. Cate has a job again with the additional benefit of ordering Ryan around. Lux is acting more like a normal teenager, and has her best friend back. All three are lucky enough to have caught the ball, but now where do they throw it?

Mad at Cate, Kelly hawks her book on air instead of following Cate’s outline. Cate tries to bond with Kelly, but Kelly ends up telling Ryan her secret about not wanting kids. Baze pushes Math to ask out Paige, and commandeers his basketball coaching duties. Armed with background information on Lux, Eric awkwardly tutors her. Tasha (Ksenia Solo) returns to Portland with a new foster parent, then ends up in an independent living situation under Ryan and Cate’s supervision.

Is it me, or is Kelly a complete downer? I don’t think she told Cate’s secret on purpose, but her scenes seem so out of place in the show. However, she did have most of the funny lines in tonight’s episode of Life Unexpected, like saying hello to Jesus and denial not being a river in Egypt. Also the scenes for Math are all generally pretty amusing tonight, in particular when he tells Baze about talking about sustainable fish on his date with Paige. I’m developing a soft spot for Math; he is so goofy and forgives Baze so easily for meddling. Baze as life coach in the locker room was another funny scene, as well as the 53 to 3 “win” celebration at the end of the game. Unfortunately amid all these happy moments, it is apparent that whatever goes up must come down. Clearly Cate and Lux are still dealing with underlying emotional issues. They can’t let go of what happened in the past and of the negative feelings from that time in their lives. Even Ryan is having trouble adjusting and figuring out his place within the family. Baze of all people is making the most valiant effort moving on with his life and getting it together. However, I eagerly wait for the “yummy, healthy” smoothie he’s drinking to come back up, and for the beer drinking Baze to rear its head again.

What did you think of episode 4 “Team Rebounded” of Life Unexpected?

  • Such an amazing episode in every single aspect!
    This show just keeps getting better and better, and this episode felt like season 1 again

    The Lux/Tasha/Foster mom storyline was so intriguing and I can’t wait to see where they take it! I thought through the whole episode that the foster mom must have been abusive or something, then the card at the end completely threw me. I still think she was probably a “bad” foster parent (seeing as Lux was so desperate to get Tasha out of there, and she was so angry when she ripped up the card at the end) who used the “I love you” card after she did something.

    Cate and Ryan! Oh my god, that conversation during Lux’s basketball game was so heartbreaking and touching at the same time. I was literally crying along with them! I love that they brought new, real problems to the marriage that obviously plays on the characters fears and dreams

    Plus, how cute was Baze coaching the team?! Although I’ve never liked Math, even his storyline was bareable tonight.

    As for Kelly and Paige, I fell in love with them even more! I hated Kelly at first, but she was absolutely hilarious in this episode!

    Fantastic storylines, perfect acting, awesome soundtrack; Greatest episode of season 2 (so far)!

    The only thing that sucks is that we have to wait a whole week! I swear, these episodes are deliberately going too fast

    • Thanks for your comments!
      I was confused at first and surprised to see the foster mom. Is she the same one who barely makes an appearance in the first season (with the annoying son)? It will be interesting to see how far the show explores this storyline. There are so many different directions that the writers could take.
      I’m warming up to Paige and Kelly too, especially with the comedic turn of Kelly’s character. Giving it more thought, I think the out-of-place feeling I get watching Kelly is just a reflection of her role as interloper on the show.