Red Band Society Recap: There’s No Place Like Homecoming
“Red Band Society” Season 1 Episode 4 “There’s No Place Like Homecoming” aired last Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2014, at 9:00 p.m. on FOX. In this episode, Leo Roth (Charlie Rowe) and Emma Chota (Ciara Bravo) crashed Kara Souders’ (Zoe Levin) homecoming dance, as they were invited to come along with Kara’s dance chaperone, Nurse Brittany (Rebecca Rittenhouse). Meanwhile, Eva, Jordi Palacios’ (Nolan Sotillo) mother tried to fit into Jordi’s life. Read on to learn more about this episode.
The episode opened with Charlie (Griffin Gluck), who told the audience that going home was never easy. It meant that one had to face things that were left behind or maybe hoping that home would never change.
Leo Roth (Charlie Rowe) stared at his laptop, looking at a letter that was sent to him from the Stanford University Soccer Club. Emma Chota (Ciara Bravo) sat alone at lunch, trying to figure out whether she would eat her lunch or not.
Kara Souders (Zoe Levin), on the other hand, had her friend and minion bring her two luggage bags full of dresses and make up so that she could go to the homecoming dance. She then tried to cry and put out a sob story in front of Nurse Jackson (Octavia Spencer) so that she could go, and she was allowed on the condition that she wore her heart monitor and that she had to bring a chaperone. Luckily, Nurse Brittany (Rebecca Rittenhouse), who was still hurting from her recent breakup with her boyfriend, volunteered to go.
Meanwhile Leo confided to Nurse Jackson that he had just received a letter from a recruiter from Stanford University, who had seen him play and who wanted to give him a scholarship so that he could go to Stanford and be in the soccer club. However, to be able to do that, he needed to have a specialized kind of therapy. Later on, Nurse Jackson informed Leo that she had made some calls and had gotten Tim “Ti” Jones, an athlete who had gone on to professional basketball, even with a titanium prosthetic leg, to train Leo. She had been able to contact him as he used to go to their hospital before.
Jordi Palacios (Nolan Sotillo) started his first round of chemotherapy. His mother, Eva, who had just recently come back into his life had come late as she had bought a popsicle for him so that he could feel better. She then informed Jordi that she had just had a job interview so that when he was better, they could live together as a normal family.
Dash Hosney (Astro), Leo’s good friend, surprised Emma at her lunch table and asked her who she really liked — Leo or Jordi. To this, she told him that it was strange that he was preoccupied with Leo’s love life and that she was not interested in either of them.
However, she ended up getting talked into going to homecoming, as Brittany advised her to go with them because it might help her ease back into normal life and because Emma had never gone to a homecoming dance. At first, Kara was adamant but later relented, as Brittany had threatened that none of them would go if Emma did not come with them.
At the hospital, Eva tried to get close to Nurse Jackson, who just rebuffed her and gave her lots of reading material so that she could “get educated” on Jordi’s sickness, especially as they now know that he has Ewing’s sarcoma. She also told her that she should go to the parent’s support group at 7:00 p.m. and that somewhere along the line, she would need to get a blood sample from her before Jordi has his next surgery.
A little bit later on, Dr. Jack McAndrew (Dave Annable) noticed the heavy reading material that Eva was reading and asked Nurse Jackson to be a little bit nicer as Eva was trying hard to make up for lost time. However, Nurse Jackson told him that she had a gut feeling that Eva was not good for Jordi, even if she was his mother. She felt bad that Jordi had to be abandoned like that when he was a child.
At the homecoming dance, Kara told Emma that once they entered the gym, they would be complete strangers to each other. However, Emma brightened up when she saw Leo, who had decided to crash the homecoming dance so that Emma would not feel so left out.
While Leo went to get them some water, he ran into an old friend and a soccer player. However, while they talked, Leo noticed that for the entire time, his friend, Dave, looked at him with pity, which he did not like.
While Leo was gone, two girls walked up to Emma and told her that they wanted to be her friend, as they idolized her for having a skinny frame and for having an eating disorder. Emma was happy, as she finally met others who wanted to be with her and was even able to smuggle a cigarette back into the hospital as her new friend, Brooklyn, smoked.
At the hospital, before Eva went to the parent’s support group, she gave Jordi some money so that he and Dash could go out and watch a movie.
After the support group meeting, Dr. McAndrew confronted her and told her off, as she should not have allowed Jordi, who was sick, to go off on his own, especially after his first chemotherapy treatment. What he really needed was rest. However, he apologized to her for being mean to her. She accepted his apology and asked him if he wanted to go out for a drink. However, he reminded her that they had previously agreed that an incident like the one before should never happen again.
Meanwhile, Kara was not having a good night at all at her own homecoming. As everyone knew about her condition, people were coming up to her to hug her or to say how much they felt bad for her. One of her cheerleaders showed her a presentation that they had made in honor of her, in which everyone said that they loved her. Getting fed up of all the loving attention, she decided to leave. As she was stopped by Leo at the exit, she revealed to him that she did love to be the center of attention, but she doesn’t want to be pitied — ever. However, her exit was lost, as it was time for her to be crowned homecoming queen, and to her embarrassment, she was brought to the stage on a wheelchair.
Leo then decided to save the day by going on stage before they presented the tribute video and called Kara mean, selfish and cold-hearted. Kara, delighted by this, kissed him, much to the annoyance of Emma.
Back at the hospital, Emma asked Leo why he had defended Kara, as she deserved to be tortured, as she was a mean person. However, Leo told her that no one wants to be pitied. Emma would never understand that because no one pities her. In fact, she did not even need to be there at the hospital, unlike the rest of them.
Nurse Jackson caught Eva reading the pamphlets and books that she had given her and apologized for the manner she had been treating her. However, Eva told her that she did not like the fact that she was rude and that while she might be a good nurse, she has no idea how it is to be a mother.
At the movies, Dash tried to confirm how Jordi felt about the fact that Leo had gone with Emma to homecoming. Jordi then reassured him that he did not really mind and told him that he would never let a girl come in the way of friendships. He also told him that for the first time in his life, oddly enough, he felt stable. He had friends, and his mother was back in his life. However, he did not really expect his mother to stay long, as she usually gets all excited about something and then leaves a few days later. However, Dash reassured him that it seemed like his mother was there to stay. However, things became worse after they bought popcorn, as Jordi suddenly fainted.
At the hospital, Eva became worried and scared, as the pamphlets hadn’t told her that Jordi would be vomiting right away as a side effect of the chemotherapy. Nurse Jackson had to remind her that no two cases were ever the same.
When Jordi came to, she told him that she would get him some ginger ale, even if all he wanted as for her to stay at his side. She then told him that she would come back.
However, she did the exact opposite and high tailed out of the hospital, followed closely by Dr. McAndrew, who tried to persuade her to come back. However, without even looking up at Jordi’s window, she left. Unknown to her, Jordi, who had woken up, saw the entire thing happen through his hospital room window. He then remembered the day that his mother had put him on a bus to Mexico. Just as he had cried silently on that day, he cried silently as he watched her leave.
The next day, Leo told Nurse Jackson that he did not want Ti to train him anymore. Leo told her that he didn’t want to be an inspiration to be anybody or to be treated differently because he was a cancer survivor. He just wanted to be a “regular guy.”
Kara, surprisingly, relieved her friend of her “minion duties” as she never wanted to go back to her old high school again. After her friend asked if she could come and visit as a friend, Kara just told her that she could do whatever she wanted to do.
Emma, at the cafeteria, contemplated her lunch tray once again. After looking through the pictures that she had taken with her newfound friends, she pushed away her lunch tray, determined not to eat again and to stay skinny.
Nurse Jackson went to apologize to Dr. McAndrew about what she had thought about Eva, but Dr. McAndrew apologized to her, telling her that she was right all along about Eva. She had left the previous night and had signed the papers that would allow Jordi to emancipated. The two then decided that they would do whatever they could for Jordi, as they just wanted what was best for him.
And that was all for the recap on “Red Band Society” Season 1 Episode 4 “There’s No Place Like Homecoming.” For more news and updates, including spoilers and recaps, on “Red Band Society” and other television shows, keep following Movie News Guide (MNG).
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