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Life Unexpected Review: "Stand Taken"

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This week on Life Unexpected, the writers decided to cover an area of physical violence that many family TV shows tend to shed away from. So, before I go into my review, I wanted to take a moment and give the writers props for bringing such a tragic abuse story to light.

On "Stand Taken," Lux finally has to make the decision to come clean about what happened to her in the past. You could tell it was something major that she wanted to keep buried because she even went to the man that abused her and asked him not to testify.

Eric and Lux

Lux said she did this to protect Tasha, but really she was just trying to protect herself. She didn't want everyone, especially Eric, to know about what happened to her.

I've got one burning question: Wouldn't you, if you were Lux's parents, think it's weird that her teacher showed up for the hearing? If Eric is so concerned about having anyone find out about their illicit relationship, wouldn't he stay as far away as possible?

After the hearing, it seemed that Eric wasn't expected to hear the emotional scenes that happened to Lux. I'm not sure if this look was a sign of him wanting out, but it definitely means something.

It was a heartbreaking scene watching Lux describe what went down in her past. I was in tears when she spoke of her first kiss being with this horrible man. Thankfully, Lux had the smarts to try and run away before Trey tried to rape her. Not all children are brave enough to stand up to someone the way Lux did.

Fortunately, Valerie finally stood up and was the mother that Lux needed. She sided with Lux and her child-abusing husband was sent to jail.

Tasha got to stay out of prison, but did get two months of juvenile hall for breaking the terms of her guardianship. Does this mean this is the last we see of Tasha... ever? Will we ever find out how deep her relationship is with Jones?

Meanwhile, Cate and Ryan are on the road to mending their broken relationship. It looks like this baby is a saving grace. I really like these two together and would love to see that tiny blueberry turn into the real deal.

Shockingly, we find out that Emma had a secret affair with Baze's dad to potentially boost her career. Of course, Lux would be standing in ear shot to hear the whole secret come out. What do you think Baze will do when he hears that his pops boned his girlfriend and cheated on his mom?

Until the January 18 series finale - yes, series - here are a few of my favorite Life Unexpected quotes from last night:

Cate: (to Valerie) Being a parent means putting the kid first. You were her mom once. Be her mom again. | permalink
Lux: I don't think I could take losing another mom. I don't think I could take losing you. | permalink
Lux: Seriously, what is your problem?
Tasha: You. You are my problem. | permalink
Baze: (to Lux) Don't worry kiddo, one way or another the truth about this guy is finally coming out. | permalink
Baze: (to his dad) Emma's helping me. You're the one that made me choose, remember? She's my family now. | permalink
Lux: Most girls in junior high have their first kiss playing spin the bottle, mine was with him. | permalink

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This episode was heart-wrenching. It was so intense and made for a good hour of TV. The CW should not cancel this show. If they want to up the viewership, maybe they should change the day since most people will tivo life unexpected and watch glee.

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Uh...Actually, you need to rewatch the previews again because it didn't say Series Finale, it said SEASON finale. CW just didn't order anymore episodes for this season, the writers and Produces of the show have expressed that this may not necessarily be the end of the show and it still has a chance of returning next season. We'll find out later on this year if it will be returning or not. Let's all just pray that it does! On another note, I don't see why they would think it was weird that Eric was there because apparently he's a friend of theirs, since he was at Thanksgiving dinner where everything went down, HELLO! All in all, I LOVED this episode, it was so awesome and so moving. I REALLY hope that CW wisens up and keeps this show on air because if they don't I will be very disappointed in them and their judgment on good shows to air on their network...

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I've been looking forward to this episode all week and was not disappointed. I felt for Lux but it was an important part that needed to be dealt with. I think Eric being there was a ok bc he was there when they arrested Tasha and not yo mention has developed something of a relationship with the other characters.
Anyways grease episode, great show. I think the cw is dropping the ball in canceling the show. That thing with Emma and Nates dad was so obvious l can't wait for that to come out

Life Unexpected Season 2 Episode 11 Quotes

Cate: You don't have to be St. Ryan. You can still back out.
Ryan: I am not a Saint.

Most girls in junior high have their first kiss playing spin the bottle, mine was with him.

Lux