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- Betty and Veronica: The Archie to Jones' Betty and Bug's Veronica.
- Bratty Teenage Daughter: Justifiable in her case growing up in Foster Care made her cynical.
- Happily Adopted:
- Inverted. Lux, who, as a Caucasian, American baby, would normally be very desirable for couples looking to adopt, was instead overlooked due to her heart defect.
- Used, finally, in the season finale, "Love Unexpected", as Cate and Baze's parental rights are reinstated and Lux is adopted as their child.
- Hollywood Genetics: Lux lampshades how unlikely two brunettes having a blonde-haired child is in the second episode, where it turns out to be why she got her name (meaning "Light" in Latin). Interestingly, actress Britt Robertson, who plays her, isn't a real blonde anyway-her dark roots clearly show-and they could have just made Lux a brunette with dyed hair too.
- Idiot Ball: Lux's plan and reaction in "Crisis Unaverted" when Cate says she won't take in Tasha so she won't have to go to a foster home three hours away. Lux pulled the "I never asked you for anything!" gambit and asked at the worse possible time for Cate, not even considering that, y'know, Cate has problems of her own and can't exactly handle taking in another kid. Her blaming Cate made her come off like a selfish bitch.
- Meaningful Name: In episode two, Lux gives Cate some insight on her name's origin and meaning. A nurse gave it to Lux because of the sheer rarity of a light blonde being born to two dark haired parents. Going hand-in-hand with its origin, Lux's name's literal meaning is "light".
- Whole Plot Reference: Season 2 features Lux hooking up with her teacher. While that on its own is not uncommon in TV, it plays out suspiciously like Aria and Ezra's relationship in Pretty Little Liars. She's the same height. He teaches the same subject. They meet in a bar. He's resistant to the relationship.
- Alliterative Name: Cate Cassidy
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Baze.
- Betty and Veronica: The Archie to Baze's Veronica and Ryan's Betty.
- Good Girls Avoid Abortion: Cate states in the pilot that she never even considered keeping Lux, but that didn't extend so far as her seeking an abortion. Baze, on the other hand, assumed she'd had one so he's surprised to see Lux.
- Idiot Ball: Cate's lie to Ryan about sleeping with Baze which only managed to make things worse for everyone. Thanks a bunch, Catie...
- For bonus points, she does this just minutes after she tells Lux to be honest with her boyfriend.
- Intoxication Ensues: On her first day as a producer of the show she formerly starred in, ends up speaking her mind about how she feels about the new co-host on air because she has eaten Paige's banana-and-pot bread.
- Is This Thing On?: Cate presses the ON button for the microphone while in the producer booth and high on Banana-and-Pot bread.
- One-Night-Stand Pregnancy: Cate and Baze conceived Lux this way while they were in high school. Baze assumed Cate had an abortion-in fact, she gave Lux up for adoption, and fifteen years later contacts them.
- Playing Gertrude: Shiri Appleby (Cate) is only eleven years older than Brit Robertson (Lux), whom her character gave birth to at sixteen.
- Protagonist-Centred Morality:
- On one occasion, Cate is furious when Baze got the venue for Cate's radio station to shifted to his bar, after their original venue was shut down after an "anonymous tip" to the police that the bar was serving minors. When Cate chews him out for doing it simply to irritate her, he points out that even so, calling the cops on the rival bar was still the right thing to do!
- Teen Pregnancy: As part of the backstory, obviously. Cate and Baze had a one-night stand in high school and Lux is the product of it.
Nathaniel "Baze" Bazile
Played by: Kristoffer Polaha
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Cate.
- Betty and Veronica: The Veronica to Ryan's Betty to Cate's Archie.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Baze does it to his father in "Love Unexpected"
- Idiot Ball: Baze picks one up when he suddenly decides to interfere with Lux's romantic life.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold
- Luke, You Are My Father: Lux to Baze in the pilot. He'd known Cate was pregnant, but assumed she'd had an abortion.
- Papa Wolf: Baze goes nuts on Lux's former foster father when he insinuates that Lux came onto him. Also when he finds out that Lux is having a relationship with her adult teacher.
- Playing Gertrude: Slightly better than with Cate, since he's only thirteen years older than Robertson.
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Baze is looking like he could be one of these. His father owns the building Baze has made his bar, but his father instead chides him for not paying the rent, which causes Lux to empty her savings and sell a gift Baze gave her in order to help him. She confronts his father about the way he treats Baze, as well.
Matthew "Math" Rogers
Played by: Austin Basis
- Meaningful Name: It can't be coincidental that Baze's nerdy friend Matthew goes by Math. Though it's also a Non-Indicative Name because he teaches English.
- Only Sane Man: Baze's friend Math is one of the wiser, more sensible people in the show. He tends to have his act together much more frequently than everyone else does.
Played by: Lucia Walters
Bobby "Bug" Guthrie
Played by: Rafi Gavron
Played by: Landon Liboiron
Played by: Reggie Austin