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The Best Episodes of Life Unexpected

Every episode of Life Unexpected ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Life Unexpected!

16-year-old Lux was given up for adoption at birth but never adopted. When she is put back into the custody of her estranged-since-high-school birth parents, Cate and Baze, the three form an unlikely family.

Genre:Drama
Network:The CW

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The best episode of "Life Unexpected" is "Storm Weathered", rated 8.2/10 from 111 user votes. It was directed by Rick Bota and written by N/A. "Storm Weathered" aired on 3/29/2010 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Family Therapized".

  • Storm Weathered
    8.2/10 111 votes

    #1 - Storm Weathered

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 2010-03-29

    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.

    Director: Rick Bota

    Writer: N/A

  • Family Therapized
    8.1/10 116 votes

    #2 - Family Therapized

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 2010-03-22

    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.

    Director: Michael Katleman

    Writer: N/A

  • Stand Taken
    8.1/10 103 votes

    #3 - Stand Taken

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 2010-12-07

    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.

    Director: Gary Fleder

    Writer: Adele Lim

  • Bride Unbridled
    8.0/10 111 votes

    #4 - Bride Unbridled

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2010-03-08

    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.

    Director: David Paymer

    Writer: N/A

  • Father Unfigured
    8.0/10 124 votes

    #5 - Father Unfigured

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2010-04-05

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Adele Lim

  • Camp Grounded
    8.0/10 106 votes

    #6 - Camp Grounded

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2010-11-02

    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.

    Director: Bobby Roth

    Writer: Liz Tigelaar

  • Homecoming Crashed
    8.0/10 96 votes

    #7 - Homecoming Crashed

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 2010-11-16

    Baze and Emma attempt to sign a high-profile client, Candy, who is clearly attracted to Baze. Lux hopes to run into Eric at her homecoming dance, but the evening takes a turn for the worse. Elsewhere, Cate digs into Lux's past and is shocked by what she finds.

    Director: Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum

    Writer: N/A

  • Thanks Ungiven
    8.0/10 94 votes

    #8 - Thanks Ungiven

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 2010-11-30

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Rent Uncollected
    7.9/10 167 votes

    #9 - Rent Uncollected

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2010-02-01

    When Baze tells his parents about Lux, 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.

    Director: Gary Fleder

    Writer: Liz Tigelaar

  • Criminal Incriminated
    7.9/10 95 votes

    #10 - Criminal Incriminated

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2010-09-28

    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.

    Director: Nick Marck

    Writer: N/A

  • Music Faced
    7.9/10 103 votes

    #11 - Music Faced

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2010-10-12

    Haley Scott and Mia come to Portland to play at a concert hosted by the radio station Cate works at.

    Director: Jerry Levine

    Writer: Liz Tigelaar

  • Affair Remembered
    7.9/10 135 votes

    #12 - Affair Remembered

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2011-01-18

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Liz Tigelaar

  • Pilot
    7.8/10 237 votes

    #13 - Pilot

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2010-01-18

    After spending all of her 15 years bouncing from one foster family to another in Portland, Oregon, Lux as 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.

    Director: Gary Fleder

    Writer: Liz Tigelaar

  • Truth Unrevealed
    7.8/10 142 votes

    #14 - Truth Unrevealed

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2010-02-22

    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.

    Director: Nick Marck

    Writer: Janet Leahy

  • Parents Unemployed
    7.8/10 95 votes

    #15 - Parents Unemployed

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2010-09-21

    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.

    Director: Jerry Levine

    Writer: N/A

  • Team Rebounded
    7.8/10 94 votes

    #16 - Team Rebounded

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2010-10-05

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: N/A

  • Teacher Schooled
    7.8/10 87 votes

    #17 - Teacher Schooled

    Season 2 Episode 12 - Aired 2011-01-18

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Liz Tigelaar

  • Love Unexpected
    7.7/10 140 votes

    #18 - Love Unexpected

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2010-04-12

    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.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Adele Lim

  • Ocean Uncharted
    7.7/10 107 votes

    #19 - Ocean Uncharted

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2010-09-14

    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.

    Director: Gary Fleder

    Writer: Liz Tigelaar

  • Honeymoon Interrupted
    7.7/10 98 votes

    #20 - Honeymoon Interrupted

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2010-10-19

    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.

    Director: Sanaa Hamri

    Writer: Liz Tigelaar

  • Bong Intercepted
    7.5/10 150 votes

    #21 - Bong Intercepted

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2010-02-08

    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.

    Director: Jeff Melman

    Writer: Emily Whitesell

  • Turtle Undefeated
    7.5/10 148 votes

    #22 - Turtle Undefeated

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2010-02-15

    Off to a rocky start at her new school, Lux offers to throw a party in Baze's loft in an effort to impress the high school quarterback, Jones, and his friends. Cate worries that her relationship with Lux will never measure up to the bond Lux has so easily made with Baze.

    Director: Allan Arkush

    Writer: Adele Lim

  • Formal Reformed
    7.5/10 120 votes

    #23 - Formal Reformed

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 2010-03-15

    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.

    Director: J. Miller Tobin

    Writer: Liz Tigelaar

  • Plumber Cracked
    7.5/10 86 votes

    #24 - Plumber Cracked

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2010-11-09

    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.

    Director: Jerry Levine

    Writer: Liz Tigelaar

  • Home Inspected
    7.4/10 179 votes

    #25 - Home Inspected

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2010-01-25

    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.

    Director: Gary Fleder

    Writer: Liz Tigelaar