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Chance Of A Lifetime - Okay, so this is it: the last episode. Ever. Grab your carton of Kleenex, take a deep breath, and let's see if we can't get through this without straining a lung. We open at Rick's office, where Sam, Rick,...

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Brilliant But Cancelled: Dramas That Were Axed Too Soon

Brilliant But Cancelled: Dramas That Were Axed Too Soon

From My So-Called Life to EZ Streets to Deadwood we look back at the smart, clever dramas that were ripped from the airwaves before their time.

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Latest Episode

3-19
Recap

Chance Of A Lifetime

Chance Of A Lifetime - There's a baby, a wedding, a new romance, and whole lot of tears. Okay, so the last part's just Niki, but still.

04.14.2002 A+

Niki

Ep.

Title

Air/Pub'l

Grade

Author

3-18
Recap

Losing You

Losing You - Lily's mom visits and starts to show the early signs of Alzheimer's Disease. Lily decides to pack Manning Manor to the rafters by insisting that Babs move in.

04.07.2002
04.12.2002
B+

Niki

3-17
Recap

Experience Is The Teacher

Experience Is The Teacher - In a cringe-tastic series of events, Grace makes her feelings known to Creepitri. He doesn't exactly encourage her, but he doesn't exactly discourage her, either.

03.31.2002
04.04.2002
A

Niki

3-16
Recap

Two Makes a Home

Aaron's List Of Dreams - Aaron wants to live with his bipolar girlfriend, Miriam, and have tea cups and shoe trees and all the other accoutrements of domestic bliss. Lily doesn't see how it's possible, but she comes around in the end, when she realizes that Aaron may never be healthy, but he should at least be happy.

03.24.2002
03.28.2002
A

Niki

3-15
Recap

The Sixty-Minute Miracle

One Step (Parent) Backward - Sam's bratty kid decides he hates Judy, and there's only sixty little minutes to repair the damage and set Sam and Judy on course for a happy ending.

03.17.2002
03.20.2002
C

Niki

3-14
Recap

Disoriented

The Gay-Straight Alliance - Questions of sexuality wreak havoc on Jessie's nice, tidy self-image. Lily is shocked to learn that she's a bigot -- and thereby not a perfect parent -- when she's less-than-thrilled to "realize" that Grace is a lesbian. Lily's so busy trying to accept her gay daughter that she doesn't notice Grace is actually crushing hard on Creepitri.

03.10.2002
03.16.2002
A+

Niki

3-13
Recap

Falling In Place

Falling In Place - Karen finds herself physically weaker, but mentally stronger than before the accident. As she begins physical therapy, Eli takes the first step -- very belatedly -- toward repairing their fractured relationship. Lily reassures everyone that their feelings are normal. Thanks for that, Lil.

03.03.2002
03.10.2002
B

Heathen

3-12
Recap

Gardenia

Gardenia - Life plays a sick joke on Karen while reminding us all to look both ways.

01.10.2002
01.17.2002
A

Niki

3-11
Recap

Taking Sides

Taking Sides - Sam just about blows it with Judy for good but, sadly, manages to redeem himself.

01.03.2002
01.10.2002
B+

Niki

3-10
Recap

Pictures

Pictures - A blizzard wreaks havoc with everyone's holiday plans, and forces Tiffany to give birth to her Christmas baby smack dab in the middle of Manning Manor.

12.13.2001
12.18.2001
A

Niki

3-9
Recap

All's Well That Ends Well

Tough Love - Grace and Eli suffer through their own growing pains this week. The girl seems like she's got it all together until her teacher pulls the plug. The boy continually messes things up and lies to everyone he cares about. In the end, Grace sort of finds her footing while Eli sits around feeling sorry for himself.

12.06.2001
12.09.2001
B-

Ragdoll

3-8
Recap

The Sex Show

The Sex Show - Everything you ever wanted to know about everyone's business, and then some.

11.29.2001
12.06.2001
A

Niki

3-7
Recap

Chaos Theory

Chaos Theory - Thanksgiving plays out in two very different ways for Lily and Karen. Lily dishes out a little martyr syndrome instead of the traditional turkey, while Karen dons her nightie, wallows in a little depression, and gives the ass-pole the day off.

11.22.2001
11.29.2001
B

Niki

3-6
Recap

Jake And The Women

Jake And The Women - Jake's at the end of his rope as the women in his life make constant demands on him. Lily makes him realize that it's only 'cause they love him. Aww.

11.08.2001
11.14.2001
A

Niki

3-5
Recap

Destiny Turns On The Radio

Destiny Turns On The Radio - All it takes to make it on the radio is a love for the sound of your own voice and a conviction that your opinion is never wrong. Lily's a natural, obviously. Too bad she's so busy trying to help everyone else that she doesn't notice Grace is feeling totally overshadowed by Jessie.

11.01.2001
11.05.2001
A

Niki

3-4
Recap

Acting Out

Acting Out - Grace lets the green-eyed monster get the better of her and tries to sabotage Jessie's shot at the lead in the school play. Judy finally stops lying to herself, and admits that a casual fling with Sam just isn't enough for her. Sam and his groin can hardly believe it, but we all know it'll take them less than ten minutes to recover.

10.18.2001
10.25.2001
A+

Niki

3-3
Recap

Kind Of Blue

Kind Of Blue - Sam's back, and he's single. Too bad he's also messed up. That doesn't stop him from hopping into bed with Judy, of course, or suggesting to Rick that they become partners in a new hotel deal.

10.11.2001
10.17.2001
B

Niki

3-2
Recap

The Awful Truth

The Awful Truth - Jessie's jealous of all the time and attention Eli's suddenly giving Grace, thinking it's because they're hot for each other. The rest of us cross our fingers and hope that Jessie's wrong. Judy takes over Phil's and offers Jake a job, which does wonders for his ego, and Lily takes a job for yet another crusty-ass boss.

10.04.2001
10.10.2001
A

Niki

3-1
Recap

Reefer Madness

Busted - Looks like that old propaganda film was right. Pot can make you crazy. If you're the anal-retentive, over-protective, super-control-freak mother of the teenager caught with it, that is. Dude, someone needs to pass Karen the bong.

09.27.2001
10.04.2001
A

Niki

2-22
Recap

The Second Time Around

The Second Time Around - Well, it's the end of the season, folks, and Rick and Lily decide to go out with a bang after a whole lot of whimpering. And griping, and complaining. The whole blended-family thing is a nice way to start out the next season, though, isn't it? Isn't it?

05.01.2001
05.09.2001
A

Niki

2-21
Recap

Go Greyhound

Moving On - And if your name happens to be Wannabe, make sure it's a one-way ticket. Hell, we'd all be happy to chip in, wouldn't we?

04.24.2001
04.30.2001
A

Niki

2-20
Recap

Won't Someone Please Help George Bailey Tonight? (2)

Won't Someone Please Help George Bailey Tonight? (2) - Rick's not being indicted, but he is on the verge of bankruptcy. We learn that Rick isn't as perfect as we once thought: he hits the bottle, wallows in self-pity, blames everyone else for his problems, and pushes away the one person who wants to help him. George Baily? Not hardly.

04.17.2001
04.24.2001
B

Niki

2-19
Recap

It's The End Of The World As We Know It...

Armageddon (1) - Well, it is for Rick and the Sammlers, anyway. And Lily. Maybe. See, Rick's been dragged into an investigation of the Atlantor project, and there's a chance he could be indicted -- even though he did nothing wrong (his words, not Niki's).

04.10.2001
04.17.2001
B+

Niki

2-18
Recap

If You Love Something, Let It Run Free

Best Of Enemies - If it doesn't return immediately, nag it to death. Right, Karen?

04.03.2001
04.10.2001
A

Niki

2-17
Recap

Forgive Us Our Trespasses

Forgive Us Our Trespasses - Everyone's feeling like a victim this week: Judy with her hang-up calls and rattled doorknobs; Lily with her pervy sort-of boss, Graham; and Jake with his ex-girlfriend's unwanted pregnancy, business woes, nosy ex-wife, and repair bills for Lily's house. Something's gotta give, and boy, does it.

03.27.2001
04.01.2001
A

Niki

2-16
Recap

Aaron's Gettin' Better

Aaron's Gettin' Better - But not as much as Lily would like to believe. She's excited by the progress he's made, and is so eager to have her old brother back that she pushes him too hard. In the end, she seems to realize that life isn't always picture perfect, and that the best she can do is take things -- and people -- as they come.

03.20.2001
03.23.2001
A+

Niki

2-15
Recap

'Til The One Day When The Lady Met This Fellow...

Standing Room Only - Everything's coming up Brady, once and again. Lily and Rick embrace some some contrived plot device as a good reason for all of them to move into her place, and after a few inital bumps, Marcia, Greg, Jan, and Cindy asppear to be fine with it. But where the hell is Alice?

03.13.2001
03.16.2001
C

Niki

2-14
Recap

Can you say "anticlimactic"?

The Other End Of The Telescope - Well, everyone makes it through the hostage "crisis" okay. Oh, and Lily accepts Rick's proposal. That seemed like an afterthought, didn't it? Yeah, well, it did on the show, too.

03.06.2001
03.11.2001
C+

Niki

2-13
Recap

Edifice Wrecked

Edifice Wrecked - Everything Rick's worked for threatens to crumble around him.

02.13.2001
02.20.2001
B

Niki

2-12
Recap

Flirting with Disaster

Suspicion - Lily learns all about office flirtations this week, and Judy helpfully coaches. Karen, meanwhile, decides that two kids are enough for her, and she kicks Leo to the curb.

02.06.2001
02.13.2001
B+

Niki

2-11
Recap

Unity of Effect

Thieves Like Us - It's a literary theory the writers choose to demonstrate for us this week, by creating a really busy episode with lots of characters doing lots of things, all of them important. Let's just say, it makes for a really long recap.

01.30.2001
02.06.2001
B

Niki

2-10
Recap

Judy Needs a Good Gluck

Love's Laborers' Lost - Judy's got two men on the hook this week, and she can't decide who she should be with: the handsome handyman Will Gluck, or the annoying tool, Paul. While the choice would be clear for most, it's not that easy for Judy.

01.23.2001
01.30.2001
A

Niki

2-9
Recap

Scribbling Rivalry

Scribbling Rivalry - Lily finds a new way to screw Judy over -- and she isn't even conscious that she's doing it! Elsewhere, Grace and Zoe tussle over a new computer, and Rick...is present, also. Look, enough about that guy. Back to Lily, Lily, Lily! And D.B. Sweeney, temporarily sprung from Harsh Realm.

01.16.2001
01.19.2001
B+

Wing Chun

2-8
Recap

Baby Blues

Life Out Of Balance - Lily thinks she might be pregnant, and Rick doesn't exactly dance for joy over the news. Lily fears that he's "checking out," and begins to reevaluate their relationship.

01.09.2001
01.16.2001
A

Niki

2-7
Recap

Where's That High Road?

Learner's Permit - Grace witnesses her father's creep-ass tendencies in action when she sees him out with a woman who isn't Tiffany. Worse than that, she starts to see those tendencies in herself as she dates a guy just to get the attention of his friend. In the end, Grace finds the high road, and Tiffany just hits the road. Go, Tiffany!

12.18.2000
12.27.2000
B-

Niki

2-6
Recap

Chew on This

Food For Thought - Rick and Karen bicker, bicker, bicker. Jessie doesn't want to eat. Karen nags Jessie all the time. Jessie doesn't want to eat. Karen and Rick make Jessie see a therapist about her eating disorder. Jessie still doesn't want to eat. But the therapist, Dr. Rosenfeld -- he's good. He figures out that Rick and Karen's constant tension is getting to Jessie. No wonder they pay him the big bucks.

12.04.2000
12.11.2000
A

Niki

2-5
Recap

In a Whole Lot of Shhh

Ozymandias 2.0 - Rick gives Lily a harshly silencing look when she runs off at the mouth a corporate dinner party. She's none too pleased about it.

11.27.2000
12.04.2000
B+

Niki

2-4
Recap

Pressure Cooker

Feast Or Famine - Rick's mom takes time out of her busy schedule of New Age retreats to drop in for Thanksgiving and drops truth bombs all over Rick. Add a dash of Miles to the mix, a little Eli attitude, a hint of Jessie's eating disorder, stir it all up, and voilà! Rick's got himself a shell that's tougher than an overcooked turkey, and he won't come out for anyone -- not even Lily.

11.20.2000
11.27.2000
B-

Niki

2-3
Recap

Eli's no poet. He doesn't know it.

I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down - The SAT verbal section abuses Eli, so he makes the logical segue into songwriting for his terrible band named after itch cream. He enlists Jennifer's help with bad lyrics, and she enlists his help in having multiple orgasms. Okay, we fictionalized that last bit, but the imaginary sex-capade is more fun than Rick's multiple hissyfits, or...anything Karen does.

11.13.2000
11.15.2000
N/A

Heathen

2-2
Recap

Booklovers

Booklovers - Judy comes up with a great idea to drum up business for the bookstore while bringing together singles. Lily craps all over it, not because she thinks it's a bad idea, but because deep down, she's afraid that Judy will be a success.

10.30.2000
10.30.2000
A

Niki

2-1
Recap

Wake Up, Little Susie

Wake Up, Little Susie - Well, months have passed since we last saw the troops, and since they saw each other, it seems. Lily and Rick decide it's time to bring the kids together again, whether they like it or not.

10.23.2000
10.23.2000
D

Niki

1-22
Recap

A Door, About To Open

A Door, About To Open - Rick and his kids walk toward Lily's door, with the kids hanging back a little. Eli takes Jessie's hand. Lily comes down the stairs and joins Zoe by the door. Grace comes down and hands the repaired picture to Zoe. Rick's finger presses the doorbell.

04.23.2000
04.23.2000
N/A

Niki

1-21
Recap

Letting Go

Letting Go - Judy's secret fling with Mr. Married gets dragged into the daylight, and Grace struggles with the fact that her father is only human. A lying, cheating human.

04.16.2000
04.16.2000
D

Niki

1-20
Recap

My Brilliant Career

My Brilliant Career - Lily's new job turns out to be less than she'd hoped for.

04.09.2000
04.09.2000
D

Niki

1-19
Recap

Cat-In-Hat

Cat-In-Hat - Karen meets a younger man who comes into her life with all the force and chaos of Dr. Seuss's beloved character.

04.02.2000
04.02.2000
N/A

Niki

1-18
Recap

Strangers And Brothers

Strangers And Brothers - Lily holds Phil's watch to her ear, listening to it tick with a faraway look in her eyes. I think we are meant to be struck by the strangeness of it all -- how this little piece of machinery can continue working while someone as big and dynamic as her father has stopped. Hold on tight, guys, it looks like were in for another tear-jerky ride.

03.12.2000
03.12.2000
N/A

Niki

1-17
Recap

Unfinished Business

Unfinished Business - Lily has a job interview with a virtual child, and Grace and Grandpa get in a car accident. Then Lily fights with her father, who promptly has a stroke.

03.05.2000
03.05.2000
D

Niki

1-16
Recap

Daddy's Girl

Daddy's Girl - Jake nonchalantly asks, "What's up?" Lily snaps, "What's up? My only credit card is maxed out, which you swore you wouldn't use. I've got bill collectors calling me at home..."

02.13.2000
02.13.2000
D

Niki

1-15
Recap

The Mystery Dance

The Mystery Dance - Judy can't have a pleasant date with a remotely normal guy. But that plucky little Judy -- instead of just staying home and avoiding all this misery and disappointment, she's going to get right back out there! Yessiree, apparently with the first guy who asks.

02.06.2000
02.06.2000
D

Niki

1-14
Recap

Sneaky Feelings

Sneaky Feelings - Eli's passion for Jennifer cools, and Karen realizes that Lloyd won't ever spark any in her. She takes the honest route, while Eli sneaks around like a dawg.

01.30.2000
01.30.2000
D

Niki

1-13
Recap

Mediation

Mediation - Lily and Jake attempt the mediator route, in the hopes of avoiding divorce lawyers. The mediator reminds them that they spent sixteen years making decisions together, implying that they can handle cooperating just a little while longer. Schyeah. Right.

01.23.2000
01.23.2000
D

Niki

1-10
Recap

Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving - How many relatives does it take to ruin Thanksgiving? Stick around and find out.

11.22.1999
11.22.1999
D

Niki

1-6
Recap

A Dream Deferred

A Dream Deferred - Judy wants to build a coffee bar in the bookstore, but Lily's not sure. Once Rick gets involved, though, she just can't say no.

10.25.1999
10.25.1999
D

Niki

1-5
Recap

There Be Dragons

There Be Dragons - Jessie's in the bathroom with the door closed. Rick asks what's up, and we cut to Jessie, who's sitting on the bathroom counter hugging her knees. "I think I just got my period," she tells him. Cut to Rick, who takes an exaggeratedly deep breath while his eyes almost pop out.

10.18.1999
10.18.1999
D

Niki

1-4
Recap

Sex, Lies, and Bugaboos

Liars And Other Strangers - Rick and Lily are having lots of dirty-little-secret sex that's not such a secret after all. Eli nearly blows a gasket trying to cover it up, while Grace is busy trying on habits and chastity belts.

10.11.1999
10.14.1999
A

Niki

1-3
Recap

The Scarlet Letter Jacket

The Scarlet Letter Jacket - Karen finds out about Rick and Lily the hard -- and humiliating -- way.

10.04.1999
10.08.1999
B

Niki

1-2
Recap

Let's Spend The Night Together

Let's Spend The Night Together - The ep. that was almost too hot for prime time TV. Don't get too excited -- I said almost.

09.27.1999
09.27.1999
N/A

Niki

1-1
Recap

Boy Meets Girl

Boy Meets Girl - Rick sees Lily. Rick likes. Lily sees Rick. Lily likes. Now all they've got to do is sort out their exes and their kids, and everything will be fine.

09.20.1999
09.20.1999
N/A

Niki

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