- Character: Lux Cassidy
- Aired: January 18, 2010 – January 18, 2011
- Created By: Liz Tigelaar
- Other Cast: Shiri Appleby, Kristoffer Polaha, Kerr Smih, Ksenia Solo, Austin Basis and more
Teenager Lux (Britt Robertson) had been through the foster care system for almost her whole life. Cate Cassidy (Shiri Appleby) had given birth to her while still a teen but gave her up for adoption believing a better home could be found for her. Most likely because of her heart problems as a baby, Lux was never adopted. On her 16th birthday, she decides that it’s time for her to become an emancipated minor, but before that occurs, she has to get signatures from her unknown birth parents. First she encounters Nathaniel “Baze” Bazile (Kristoffer Polaha), her birth father and owner of the Open Bar. He lives a semi-fraternity boy lifestyle above the drinking establishment with two lazy roommates, and sleeps with many women. However, even when he signs the papers, Baze discovers that he is bonding with his newfound daughter, and realizes that she has his eyes. He introduces Lux to her mother Cate, co-host of the “Morning Madness” drive time show at Portland radio station K-100 and Baze’s former one-night stand from high school.
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 instead of the adoption she believed would take place and is reluctant to commit to her daughter. Eventually, Cate wants to be a part of Lux’s life, and she shows that she really does care. 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. Cate, due to her job as a radio host, and the fact that she has a suitable house, is given primary custody of Lux. Ryan Thomas (Kerr Smith), her radio broadcast partner, as well as her fiance, also takes to Lux.
As the series progresses, though, Baze becomes more responsible, and works harder to get the bar in shape and the living space above it so that Lux can be able to visit and stay with him; at times, Baze, the one that was considered to perhaps be more of a slacker, had proven that when the chips are down, he inevitably comes through for Lux, giving her support and love. Cate, despite her constantly disappointing Lux, still means well. Ryan, in some ways jealous and insecure because of Baze’s constant presence in his fiancee’s life, gets resentful and has physically fought Baze. Ryan, finally fed up with Baze’s continual interference, breaks it off with Cate. Eventually though, Ryan and Cate reconnect, and their engagement is back on. He also relents a bit towards Baze after the two have drinks and Baze explains that all he is to Cate is the father of Lux, and nothing else.
Lux has several friends from her old life, including best friend Tasha (Ksenia Solo), Lux’s boyfriend Bug (Rafi Gavron), and Tasha’s boyfriend Gavin (Rhys Williams). She must decide whether she can continue to have her old friends in her life as she attempts new friendships. Sometimes, Bug is known for doing things which brings him in trouble with the law, and that sometimes imperils Lux’s life with Baze and Cate. Baze also incurs Cate’s wrath when it is discovered that he is sleeping with her sister and Lux’s aunt, Abby (Alex Breckenridge). Baze also slept with Ryan’s sister Paige (Arielle Kebbel) after a drunk incident in season 2. (Source)