Life Unexpected Review: "Camp Grounded"

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I really do look forward to watching Life Unexpected each week, and was surprised how much I missed it last week.

With that being said, I've come to the realization that this is just a guilty pleasure of mine.  A lot of what happens on this show is so very unrealistic.


Last night's episode, "Camp Grounded," was the perfect example of what I am talking about.

Lux and the entire gang go camping. Already this sets up a situation that's very unrealistic. The only chaperons on the trip happen to be related to Lux - oh, and of course Eric would be there, too.

I get that the writers need to involve all the characters, but wouldn't it have been more realistic if Cate or Baze (and their significant others) stayed home?

I am uncertain about how I feel about the whole relationship unfolding between Lux and Eric. A part of me likes the idea of her being with him. I know it boarders along a pedophile relationship, but he really is only six years older than her.

In any case, he's her teacher and it's totally wrong. They both know it's wrong, but by the end of the episode Eric is holding Lux's hand. Really? Wouldn't someone notice this?

Camping Fun

Or better yet, wouldn't someone notice that Lux chose to sit next to her teacher instead of her one and only friend?

I wonder if the writers are going to let these two illegal lovebirds get hot and heavy before the parents find out. How do you feel about this budding relationship?

Cate and Ryan also have a very tumultuous relationship. They really have been through a lot and I am surprised after everything, they both want to make it work.

I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't see for myself that Baze was the one person to get through to Ryan. If I was Ryan, I wouldn't let Baze get 10 feet near me, much less be my snuggle buddy in a tent. 

There's been some talk floating around the comment world that Emma is not good enough for Baze. After tonight's episode, I'd say I agree with Lux. I think she is exactly what he needs to get over Cate. Also, I must admit, I've been a fan of Emma Caufield from her 90210 days.

It would be nice to see Baze settle down with someone like Emma. As much as I always rooted for him to get together with Cate, I just don't feel it anymore. Cate has way too much baggage and I actually think she and Ryan belong together.

What did you think of this week's episode? Until next week, here are a few of my favorite Life Unexpected quotes:

Eric: I can't. I won't actually.
Lux: What?
Eric: Let you go. | permalink
Ryan: (to Baze) What the hell man. If I wanted to spoon, I'd taken up a tent with Cate. | permalink
Ryan: You know what they say about break-up sex...
Cate: Or make-up sex. But we're not making up are we?
Ryan: I don't know. | permalink
Eric: (to Lux) You are a grown up trying to act like a kid. | permalink
Math: If you first don't succeed...
Cate: Bite me. | permalink
Math: Tell me you didn't bring a date.
Ryan: No, I brought a chaperon to take Ryan's spot. You're welcome. | permalink


Editor Rating: 3.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.3 / 5.0 (23 Votes)

Someone please give Eric and Lux their own show! They are hands down the best couple. I was initially a little bit turned off by the teacher student dynamic, but now i realize that's what makes this relationship all the more interesting and worth watching.


Omg! It hasnt been cancelled just check e- online and the only news they are aware of is that they havent requested the extra nine episodes... but that doesnt mean it hasnt been cancelled.
By the way I love the Lux and Eric dynamic,....
Btw anyone else felt angry at TASHA for wanting to "fit in". I am sorry , but I feel that yes everyone wants to fit in... but dont try to be someone you arent, and I feel that Tasha is trying to do that .. i dont know .. just my thoughts


CW is starting to suck more than one tree hill's latest season and smallville altogether. I hope some other station decides to air Life Unexpected, because despite the fact that it is not the best show, it's still pretty awesome (unlike 90210 - epic fail @ storyline ) With regards to Eric and Lux, I just love them. I thought that someone will actually see them, but we'll just have to wait and see. I was wondering where Jones was all episode, as it would have made more sense for Tasha to hang out with jones rather than disrupt such a loving moment in the lake between Eric and Lux!
So? 6yrs arent much...has anyone cared that katie holmes and tom cruise have quite an age gap between them? no. and yet, it worked. voila! so will this. The show is a bit unrealistic at times, however they have awesome music and at times great quotes. Reminds me of some earlier version of my oh-so-beloved but now ruined One tree hill. ps: writing this is extremely fun!

Matt richenthal

Hi everyone - The news has been confirmed that The CW has NOT ordered any episodes of the show beyond these first 13. In effect, it has been canceled.
Sorry to deliver the bad news. But we'll continue to cover it on TV Fanatic until it goes off the air!


Eric and Lux is the best part of this show so they really need to make it work.


Last nights episode was great, i love lux and this show deserves many more seasons (to the cw). without this show i and all of my friends that come over to watch this show together every tuesday night (most of them don't live close) would be lost.......


@Melissa Marie Wells - I don't think you read the review properly. The writer clearly states that she likes the show, given the unrealistic plot lines. I agree with you that TV is for entertainment purposes, but Life boarders on being a soap opera. All we need is Ryan to die and come back to life, albeit, unexpectedly. I also hope that they don't cancel this show. All the shows on the CW have less than 3 million viewers each week and this show is much better than most.


I think it would be a bad move on CW's part to end this show because other than Smallville, it's the only show I bother to watch on their network. The other shows are too trashy!


I don't like this review. It's a tv show, not reality. If I wanted reality, I wouldn't bother watching tv. It's called entertainment! As for them all going on the school trip, it's possible. My sister often takes her sisters with her to my niece and nephew's school trips and things like that. Trust me, it's not unheard of. Well, maybe just by you. Besides that, who would want to see the show without all the main characters in it? Oh, and Ryan's sister and co-host weren't there, so therefor, they weren't ALL there! As for Lux & Eric. First, Lux sat beside her teacher but she was in front of her mother and stepfather, like on the trip there. So, really, who would think there's anything wrong with that? As for their relationship, I normally wouldn't encourage it but considering how fast Lux had to grow up and that she's emotionally older than a lot of her peers, it makes sense. Plus, I LOVE these two together and I hope the show creators don't end it too soon. Besides, in the first episode of the show, Lux celebrated her 16th birthday. I think it's time for her to turn 17! I think the show creators are trying to keep her younger for as long as they can but any longer and it borders on ridiculous! With that being said, I love this show, I loved this episode and I hope we see many more like it!!!


It is my understanding that this show is basically done for since the CW did not do a back order for any additional scripts. They are only getting 13 episodes and it is rumored the writers are trying to finalize the story lines and wrap things up.

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Life Unexpected Season 2 Episode 7 Quotes

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