After spending her life bouncing from one foster family to another, 15-year-old Lux has decided to become an emancipated minor. Her journey through the legal maze leads Lux to her biological father, 30-something Nate "Baze" Bazile, who lives like an aging frat-boy and is astonished to learn he has a daughter. Lux is equally astonished to learn that her mother is Cate Cassidy, a star on local radio, along with her boyfriend, Ryan Thomas. When a judge grants temporary custody of Lux to Baze and Cate, they agree to make a belated attempt to give Lux the family she deserves.
After spending all of her 15 years bouncing from one foster family to another in Portland, Oregon, Lux (Robertson) has 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 (Appleby) and thirty-something Nate “Baze” Bazile (Polaha), 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. The cast also includes Austin Basis as Math, Baze’s childhood friend and current roommate, and Kerr Smith as Ryan Thomas, Cate’s fiancé and co-host on K100. Executive producer Gary Fleder directed the pilot written by executive producer Liz Tigelaar
Cate (Shiri Appleby) and Baze (Kristoffer Polaha) 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 (Britt Robertson) is torn when her boyfriend, Bug (guest star Rafi Gavron, “24”), and best friend, Natasha (guest star Ksenia Solo), 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. Austin Basis and Kerr Smith also star. Executive producer Gary Fleder directed the episode written by executive producer Liz Tigelaar.
When Baze (Kristoffer Polaha) tells his parents (guest stars Robin Thomas and Susan Hogan) about Lux (Britt Robertson), they insist on planning a dinner at which they can meet their granddaughter and Cate (Shiri Appleby). Cate reluctantly agrees to go to the dinner and is further annoyed when her overbearing mother (guest star Cynthia Stevenson) and neurotic sister (guest star Alex Breckenridge) show up unexpectedly. Meanwhile, when Cate (Shiri Appleby) hears about a gang fight at Lux’s school, she immediately decides to have Lux transferred to her and Baze’s (Kristoffer Polaha) alma mater, Westmonte. Kerr Smith and Austin Basis also star. Executive producer Gary Fleder directed the episode written by executive producer Liz Tigelaar.
When Lux (Britt Robertson) gets suspended from school, Cate (Shiri Appleby) does her best to convince Principal Dugan (guest star Merrilyn Gann, “Everwood”) to give Lux a second chance, but, unfortunately, her efforts may have made the situation considerably worse for Lux. Meanwhile, Baze (Kristoffer Polaha) is insulted when he finds out that Cate and Ryan (Kerr Smith) are hosting a radio station event at the bar across the street. Austin Basis also stars. Jeff Melman directed the episode written by Emily Whitesell.
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.
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.
Baze wins the chance to compete against Ryan in a radio station contest and is determined to be the last man standing. Cate contemplates finally telling Ryan the full truth about Baze, but can't bear the thought of what might happen if she does.
Cate (Shiri Appleby) and Ryan (Kerr Smith) 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 (Kristoffer Polaha) and Math (Austin Basis) show up at the event. After watching Lux (Britt Robertson) mope around the house for days, Baze solicits help from Jones (guest star Austin Butler) in an effort to cheer her up.
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.
After Lux (Britt Robertson) and Bug (guest star Rafi Gavron) are picked up by the police for a curfew violation, Lux’s social worker decides it’s time to meet with Cate (Shiri Appleby) and Baze (Kristoffer Polaha) 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. Austin Basis also stars. Michael Katleman directed the episode written by Deidre Shaw.
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.
As her wedding approaches, Cate takes off on a road trip with Lux to find her father, Gordon, who abandoned her when she was a little girl. After Bug's friends trash Baze's bar, Lux invites Baze to join the road trip so Bug has time to repair the bar before Baze discovers the truth.
With her wedding fast approaching, Cate (Shiri Appleby) must confront her true feelings for the two men in her life, Baze (Kristoffer Polaha) and Ryan (Kerr Smith). To complicate Cate’s already conflicted feelings, on the day of the wedding, Lux (Britt Robertson) reveals something that threatens to change all of their lives forever. Austin Basis also stars. Liz Allen directed the episode written by Adele Lim.