The really good thing about deciding not to have advertisers/’sponsors’ (they’re advertising, I don’t know why so many bloggers insist on calling them ‘sponsorships’) anymore is that I no longer worry or even really care about traffic and stats which means I can just write (or not write! I no longer feel guilty if I don’t update for a while) about whatever I feel like without worrying if I will lose followers. So with that in mind, here is the first of many (probably six since there are only six seasons) Party of Five recap posts. I re-watched Party Of Five Season One last week (I think the last time I saw it was when it was on tv for the first time) and took some screepcaps and felt some feelings so here they are. I suppose this should come with a spoiler warning but I mean, it first aired in 1994 so I don’t know if it’s really possible to spoil it at this point.
I thought the show started out just as their parents died but it actually starts about six months after so there’s not a big emotional beginning or anything really.
Julia (Neve Campbell) starts out dressing like a total dork, what is that polo?! I’m almost certain she’s wearing the same navy blue parka she wore in The Craft here.
But after an episode or two she starts dressing in awesome 90s styles, including my personal favourite of pretty/little dresses with a big leather jacket. I dress like this at least twice a week.
Julia’s cool friend dressed in the pretty dress/big leather jacket style too.
Brittany Murphy was in a couple of early episodes as a Mean Girl named Abby. She reminded me a bit of Abby Morgan and I was disappointed when she disappeared after like two episodes. Look at how young and cute she was! This was pre-Clueless. R.I.P angel.
AJ from Empire Records also appeared in a couple of early episodes as this guy PK (what is with this dude playing characters with names that are initials?) who kind of dated Julia. He was pretty cute but luckily he then disappeared, freeing Julia up to start going out with Heroin Bob from SLC Punk. Unfortunately I forgot to screencap any Julia/Heroin Bob moments but he is way cuter than AJ/PK so good for Julia.
The whole ‘Claudia sleeping in a tent in the dining room’ thing really started to annoy me, because LOOK AT THIS HOUSE! As if there aren’t enough rooms for her to have her own bedroom. Come on, guys.
Charlie Salinger AKA Matthew Fox AKA Jack Shepherd cried a lot of early 90s JEARS. I think these were ‘I just met the drunk driver who killed my parents’ jears.
Here he is with a mullet barely holding back the jears because his girlfriend is talking to another dude (Charlie Salinger is an overly jealous douchebag by the way).
Here’s old Charlie getting really pissed that his girlfriend is trying to study for her PhD and isn’t in the mood to have sex. He had a really charming tantrum right after this. It was around this time that 16 yr old Bailey Salinger’s (Scott Wolf) girlfriend, Kate, was like ‘I don’t want to have sex until I’m married’ and Bailey got super pissed and said ‘I can’t believe you made this decision about us without considering how I would feel about it’. I was screaming. Body autonomy obviously means nothing to those gross Salinger men.
Another creepy Salinger sex moment - Charlie’s girlfriend, Kirsten, feels uncomfortable about having sex on a really squeaky bed since he lives with his four brothers and sisters (seems reasonable to me). He tells her she feels like that because she doesn’t feel like she belongs in the house yet, convinces her to have sex on the squeaky bed anyway and says ‘let’s make some noise and show them how much you belong here’. The ‘them’ they would be showing are Charlie’s teenage, pre-teen and infant siblings. Why do you want your family to hear you having sex Charlie, you sicko!?