List of According to Jim episodes

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The following is an episode list of the American situation comedy According to Jim.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally
aired
Season
Premiere
Season
Finale
DVD release
date
1 22 2001/02 October 3, 2001 May 15, 2002 October 21, 2008
2 28 2002/03 October 1, 2002 May 20, 2003 May 4, 2010
3 29 2003/04 September 23, 2003 May 25, 2004 May 3, 2011
4 27 2004/05 September 21, 2004 May 27, 2005 July 5, 2011
5 22 2005/06 September 20, 2005 May 2, 2006 October 4, 2011
6 18 2007 January 3, 2007 May 16, 2007 TBA 2014
7 18 2008 January 1, 2008 May 27, 2008 TBA 2014
8 18 2008/09 December 2, 2008 June 9, 2009 TBA

Season 1 (2001/02)[edit]

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1 1 "Pilot" October 3, 2001 12.7
Jim and Cheryl are the perfect middle class American couple. Happily married, living in a suburban house with two adorable (but loud) little girls and a baby boy, they really can't complain much about life – except for those couple fights that neither one can ever let go, like the time Jim shut the car door on Cheryl. This time the problem is their daughter, whom his wife can't leave alone on her first week at kindergarten. Jim says it's because she's a woman and decides to take Ruby himself, but he also can't leave her behind. Things heat up when Cheryl discovers that not only has he been hiding it from her, but he also changed Ruby's school without talking to her. Meanwhile, Jim and Cheryl try to help Andy make up with his girlfriend, Carrie.
2 2 "No Nookie" October 10, 2001 12.0
Jim and Cheryl find their romantic getaway to the Bahamas set to work out perfectly, with Dana agreeing (after much convincing) about babysitting the kids. However, at the last minute choice, Dana is not able to babysit, forcing the couple to stay at home. In the meantime, Andy becomes a little too obsessed with making the perfect treehouse for Gracie and Ruby, injuring himself in the process.
3 3 "The Cat Came Back" October 17, 2001 11.8
Cheryl's 15 year-old cat Mr. Feeney dies and she wants Jim to bury it on the backyard, but Jim desperately wants to go to the Chicago Bears game. He sticks the cat in the garage freezer, planning on burying it after the game, but Cheryl finds out before he comes home. She is hurt that Jim doesn't listen to her nor care about a cat that has been longer with her than anything in her current life. Jim, feeling guilty, provides a proper funeral for Mr. Feeney and gets her a brand new dog, which she doesn't like very much at first, but starts to accept it later.
4 4 "Anniversary" October 24, 2001 12.0
On Jim and Cheryl's 10th Anniversary, Jim pays Dana to buy him an anniversary gift to give to Cheryl. However, Dana buys a beautiful and touching charm bracelet, going over the spending limit in the process, just to annoy Jim. Just then, Cheryl finds out that all her anniversary gifts over the past ten years were bought by Dana, so Jim buys a large TV as his own gift to her. Cheryl is annoyed by this, but becomes obsessed with the TV, finally forced to admit to Jim that she loves it.
5 5 "Unruly Spirits" October 31, 2001 10.1
It's Halloween, and Cheryl has forbidden Gracie to go trick-or-treating, since she thinks that she is still too young to go trick-or-treating. However, not wanting his daughter to miss out on the fun of the Halloween spirit, Jim sneaks her out anyway and they head together, but Cheryl finds out about the situation. Meanwhile, Andy becomes convinced that he's being stalked by Carrie, his ex.
6 6 "The Crush" November 7, 2001 9.7
Jim sets Dana up with a guy so perfect that even Cheryl falls for him, causing some situations.
7 7 "Cheryl's Old Flame" November 14, 2001 10.2
Jim and Cheryl find themselves wondering if they've set too many rules for their household when they find themselves arguing over whether to allow a TV in the girls' room, making Jim promise Cheryl not to ride his motorcycle, and Ruby when tells Jim that Cheryl has been smoking again.
8 8 "The Turkey Bowl" November 21, 2001 11.1
It's Thanksgiving and Jim and Andy are going bowling. Cheryl doesn't like the idea very much, so she sends the girls with him. Jim has a perfect game, but just when he was about to bowl his final strike, the power goes off and he is left with either waiting for it to return or giving up being perfect. Cheryl surprises him by bringing the Thanksgiving dinner to the alley so Jim's family and friends can witness his perfect game.
9 9 "Andy's Girlfriend" November 28, 2001 10.0
Andy has a new girlfriend, and Cheryl wants Jim to treat her nicely because not only is she Andy's first girlfriend since Carrie, but also Ruby's piano teacher. During dinner, Alicia tells Jim she's a vegetarian, believes God is a female and is also a Packers fan – a big insult to Jim. Alicia and Andy break up and then get back together, but she keeps turning down invitations to have dinner at Jim and Cheryl's. The reason? She doesn't like being around Cheryl. Jim rubs it on her face until Cheryl confronts Alicia, who reveals it's only because she thinks Cheryl's too perfect.
10 10 "An According to Jiminy Christmas" December 12, 2001 12.0
Cheryl's mother Maggie (Kathleen Noone) is coming to visit them for Christmas and wants to stay at their house. Jim and Cheryl, however, prefer that she stayed at a hotel but don't know how to bring it up without insulting Maggie. After Jim tells Maggie that Cheryl wants her in a hotel, Maggie gives her grandma's pearl necklace to Dana. Cheryl's upset and goes to the airport to ask her mother' forgiveness, where she learns Dana only got the necklace because she doesn't have anyone in her life like Cheryl has Jim. Meanwhile, the girls are convinced that Andy is Santa.
11 11 "Bad Word" January 16, 2002 8.6
Cheryl leaves Jim in charge of their kids and some other kids who were there to play with the girls during a Bears game. The next day, one of the kids mom calls Cheryl, saying her daughter came home repeating a swearing she heard from Jim. Cheryl apologizes for him and Jim is insulted that she always automatically takes the other person's side. Cheryl apologizes, and not too later Gracie repeats the exact same word. Jim decides to teach her not to repeat it by making her say it non stop until she can't say it again, and it works. However, 5 days later, at Ruby's ballet presentation, she slips, falls and says the word, unmasking Jim's guilt.
12 12 "Model Behavior" January 23, 2002 9.1
Jim and Cheryl agree to let Ruby model for a print ad only as a one-time thing, but when the photographer calls her a natural model, Jim gets Ruby an agent, much to Cheryl's dismay.
13 13 "The Money" January 30, 2002 8.8
Cheryl decides to loan Andy $1,000 for a down payment on a new condo, which was saved from an account for a trip to Italy, but Cheryl needs Jim to confirm this. When Andy asks Jim about this, he reveals that he spent the money.
14 14 "Blow-Up" February 13, 2002 10.0
When Cheryl has a revealing photo of herself taken as a Valentine gift to Jim, he proudly shows it to all his friends during their reversal, only to be caught by Cheryl.
15 15 "Racquetball" February 27, 2002 11.0
When Cheryl reminds Jim that she beat him at racquetball years ago, he claims he was only letting her win to gain her affections, so Cheryl challenges him to a no-holds-barred re-match, where Cheryl wins, although it is later revealed that she cheated.
16 16 "Under Pressure" March 6, 2002 10.6
After Jim is diagnosed with high blood pressure, Cheryl decides to do everything to help him. She makes him special food, give him back rubs, and keeps asking about his day in order to free him from stress. But Jim doesn't know how to share so much and tells her an old financial problem of the firm. Cheryl stays up all night doing math to figure out a way out of the problem. Jim says she has a disease and is always trying to help people, which Cheryl responds with stop caring about him. In the end, they finally settle their issues when Jim says he loves her and would be a total mess without her.
17 17 "Date Night" March 13, 2002 9.6
While out for dinner and a movie, Jim loses a parking spot, and later loses Cheryl when he can't let go of it.
18 18 "Birthday Boys" March 20, 2002 8.7
It's Kyle and Andy's birthday, and Andy is feeling a little left out of his own special day. They decide to take him to a restaurant that serves a 4,5 lbs steak, and Jim offers to pay for the check because Cheryl isn't feeling equal to Dana, who's spending a lot of money on their kids. On the table, Dana says she doesn't mind paying the check because she makes more money than Jim, which infuriates him. He buys a donkey for the girls so they can know he's the one they should go to if they want stuff (in this case, they wanted a pony, but "they'll never know the difference"), and it isn't until the donkey ruins a painting Dana bought for Kyle's room that they talk it out and settle their issues.
19 19 "The Receipt" April 24, 2002 8.2
When the new DVD player breaks, Jim must find the receipt in order to exchange it. He can't find it anywhere and blames Cheryl of losing it. She says he was the one who lost it, and in order to "win" the fight, Jim buys another DVD player and tells Cheryl he exchanged the broken one. Later, Dana shows up with the receipt, in which Cheryl wrote her a recipe, and Cheryl - after realizing it was her fault after all - burns it. They get into a fight but soon decide to drop the point scoring and just be happy again.
20 20 "Old Friends" May 1, 2002 9.3
Jim has a run-in with an old friend from his wild and crazy days who is now a cop (Dan Aykroyd). Jim sets out to prove he's not an 'old married guy' by staying out all night and partying. Unfortunately, this has bad consequences for both of them.
21 21 "Cheryl's Day Off" May 8, 2002 9.6
Jim agrees to take the girls for the day while Cheryl and Dana go to a doctor's appointment. At the park, Jim leaves the girls with another mom and goes to the movies... where he's busted by Cheryl. Things go from bad to worse when he tries to retrieve the kids and can't remember who he left them with.
22 22 "No Surprises" May 15, 2002 10.2
Jim plans a surprise party for Cheryl's birthday, but gets angry and cancels it when Dana spills the beans. To make it up to him, Cheryl plans a party for him... but he's too busy bowling to show up. Guest star Brian Urlacher

Season 2 (2002/03)[edit]

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23 1 "The Importance of Being Jim" October 1, 2002 12.2
Jim buys a digital camera from one of Dana's ex-boyfriends, and it comes with stored pictures of the woman he dumped Dana for. Cheryl thinks it will make Dana feel better if she saw how less attractive the new girl is, but Jim simply deletes the pictures because they weren't important enough for him. They start a fight about what's important to each one of them and Cheryl hides his new camera. Jim tries to get back at her, unsuccessfully. When Kyle starts to take his first steps, the camera is nowhere to be found and the moment is lost forever. That's when Cheryl realizes her actions didn't do any good. They make up and agree on paying more attention to what's important to each other.
24 2 "Cars & Chicks" October 8, 2002 13.5
Dana needs to buy a new car and Cheryl offers to go with her, but Jim says chicks are no good buying cars by themselves, because they'll get distracted with other less important things like mirrors or cup holders. Offended, Cheryl is determined to prove Jim wrong and actually gets Dana a car for a fair deal, but the car soon breaks down. Jim takes over the situation and goes down the dealership to manly handle the situation and deal with the salesman. The only thing he wasn't counting on was a very seductive female manager (Cindy Crawford), who convinces Jim to trade in his minivan for a brand new sports car. Cheryl and Dana try to undo the deal, but they have no luck either. Jim and Andy return determined to overcome Gretchen's looks, but Mike Ditka's presence ruins it for them.
25 3 "The Baby Monitor" October 15, 2002 12.4
Cheryl wants to be friends with the new couple who just moved into the neighborhood. She has to be fast and do it before they talk to anyone else and get scared of them. After lending Janet the baby monitor, Cheryl schedules dinner with the new couple and has a hard time convincing Jim to go. When they get home back from the dinner, Cheryl is thrilled that it all went very well, and they're surprised when the baby monitor picks up Ted and Janet's conversation from their bedroom. The entire family gets addicted to eavesdropping on the couple, and Jim accidentally slips Ted's nickname for his penis. The new couple is outraged, and it takes Jim to make up a story about a homosexual experience he had in college to even the score and not lose their new friends.
26 4 "The Pizza Boy" October 22, 2002 10.2
Jim's pizza delivery boy moves in with him and Cheryl after the boy's father kicks him out of the house because of his dream of doing stand up comedy shows, but this is, of course, easier said than done.
27 5 "The Closet" October 29, 2002 13.5
Jim asks Cheryl not to intrude his space in the bathroom sink and in their closet, claiming she takes up too much space. Cheryl tries to do something about by getting rid of some of her stuff, but Dana tells her it's time for women everywhere to show men they also have a need for space. Therefore, instead of doing what Jim asked her to, Cheryl buys even more clothes to jam up the closet. As a revenge, Jim decides to decorate their room in his own way. That starts a feud between them, until Jim falls down from the attic on their bed, breaking through the ceiling. He tells Cheryl that he needs his own space, and not because her stuff annoys him, but because he has the need to feel safe from the world sometimes. They settle their feud and agree on respecting each other's spaces.
28 6 "Punch and Ruby" November 5, 2002 12.3
Jim is taking the girls to their first Bears football game, and Cheryl asks him to be a good role model and try his best not to swear in front of them. At the game, Jim picks a fight with a Packers fan who was swearing with a man in a green shirt, mask and a cheese hat, with his name called "Cheese-Head", and the entire fight is televised, with Jim getting the nickname of "Packer Smacker". He finds glory with such nickname, but Cheryl doesn't like it at all. It only hits Jim the effects his actions might have on his children when Ruby hits Gracie in the nose. Jim has to have a talk with Ruby and hear Cheryl says that the next time he finds himself in a situation like on the football game, that he should just think what she would do and do it. But Jim finds redemption when Gracie refuses to eat sundae fudge because she thinks her butt's too big – something Cheryl was saying around the house not too long ago.
29 7 "The Bachelor" November 12, 2002 12.4
Dana gets selected to be on the reality show The Bachelor. At first she's sure her personality alone will be enough to entertain Rick the Bachelor (Doug Savant), but Jim gives her advice on how to behave and what to say to the guy. At first, Dana doesn't take his advice seriously, but after her date goes wrong she tries Jim's recipe and scores a second date. She arranges with Cheryl to bring the bachelor over to their house for dinner, and Cheryl couldn't be more thrilled to be on national television with a remodeled house. Jim is also very proud that Dana only got so far thanks to him, but the situation quickly takes an unexpected turn when Jim accidentally overhears the bachelor saying Dana will be easy to bring to bed and then he'll dump her. Now he goes out of his way to save Dana and ends up scaring the guy away with stories about Dana being a psycho. Later he explains to her his behavior and says she'll meet someone who's good enough for her.
30 8 "Father Disfigure" November 19, 2002 11.0
Cheryl drags Jim down to the church for the new reverend's (Chris Elliott) mass, which is supposed to be "the next best thing". Jim sees some familiarity on him, and remembers he was the kid he played dodge-ball with back when they were kids. Jim also remembers that he threw the ball so hard at the guy he got a fat lip (and a funny nickname) for weeks (the nickname lasted for years). When Cheryl invites the reverend over for dinner, Jim freaks out, hoping he won't remember a thing. But Jim's hopes go down the drain when the reverend confronts him and later quits the church, giving his inability to forgive Jim as a reason. Feeling guilty, Jim apologizes and even takes on Gracie and Ruby's advice on offering Reverend Pierson a chance to throw a dodge-ball back at him.
31 9 "Thanksgiving Confidential" November 26, 2002 10.2
Cheryl is thrilled when she is offered to be in charge of the set of the girls' Thanksgiving school play. She asks Jim to help her, and he's complaining they don't spend any time together because there's always someone around them. When they finally get alone on the set, they decide to be a little wild and do it behind the Plymouth rock. Unfortunately, Andy and the PTA president (Julia Sweeney) walk in on them. They promise to keep it quiet, but Jim and his big mouth brag about it with a divorced father who criticized married life. When Jim and Cheryl's sexual adventures are spread around the PTA board, Cheryl is fired from her set duties, and Jim, feeling guilty about it, stays up all night to finish the job for Cheryl.
32 10 "The Christmas Party" December 10, 2002 14.6
Jim's feud with a neighbor may also prompt one with Cheryl, who preaches peace with the neighbours so they'll be invited to the neighbors' Christmas party.
33 11 "The Brother-in-Law" December 17, 2002 10.2
Eddie (portrayed by Kimberly Williams' then fiance (now husband) Brad Paisley), a country musician who's dating Dana, comes between Jim and his brother-in-law Andy. After hearing Jim and Andy's band practice, Eddie invites them to perform with him at the House of Blues. The catch: Eddie plays keyboards instead of Andy. An excited Jim accepts anyway and hopes to keep the gig a secret from Andy, who, of course, finds out. Encouraged by his sisters, the left-out architect decides to even the score by exploring new business horizons—without his contractor-partner Jim.
34 12 "Moral Dilemma" January 7, 2003 11.8
Jim takes advantage of a billing error on his credit card by using the windfall to treat Cheryl to an expensive romantic weekend. However, the error is soon discovered and set right, which puts Jim in a bad situation.
35 / 36 13 / 14 "You Gotta Love Somebody (Two-part episode)" January 21, 2003 10.5
Jim's old friend Danny visits him, and brings his partner in crime, Laraine, with him. Cheryl and Dana offer to help Laraine pick out a dress for the police ball, and after realizing she has feelings for Danny, Cheryl convinces Jim to talk to Danny about asking her to the ball. Cheryl reveals to Jim that if it wasn't for Danny, they might never have gotten together, as they remember the time they met at a bar back in the 80's. But when Danny finally has the guts to talk to Laraine, he finds out that Andy already asked her out. Dana asks why can't she be Danny's date, since she made out with Cheryl's boyfriend the night she met Jim just so he would get out of the way. They all try to convince Andy to step aside what could be true love, but Andy reminds them of how he pretended to have a heart attack just so Jim would get rid of his girlfriend the night he met Cheryl. Finally, Andy agrees to help Danny and Laraine, as Jim and Cheryl conclude that despite all the help they got they still would have met.
37 15 "The Smell of Success" January 28, 2003 9.5
Cheryl disapproves of Jim's latest idea, a flatulent doll named Gassy Gus, but he gets support from Andy, who builds the prototype, and Dana, who locates investors for the doll. However, the prototype backfires.
38 16 "Slumber Party" February 4, 2003 9.2
When Cheryl gets sick on the day of Ruby's birthday party, Jim is stuck trying to entertain a house full of little girls while Cheryl is resting in bed.
39 17 "The Ring" February 11, 2003 11.0
When Jim and Cheryl run into his old girlfriend, Jim worries that Cheryl may find out the truth about his troubling past when she invites the woman to a dinner.
40 18 "Wonder Woman" February 18, 2003 8.8
Cheryl is mugged at the mall parking lot, but instead of calling the police, she chases the guy and tackles him to get her purse back. When she tells Jim what happened, he decides to get two killer German shepherds to guard her. Cheryl doesn't like the idea, especially because the dogs are trained in German. One night, when the girls and Kyle are sleeping over at Dana's, Jim and Cheryl get locked into the bathroom after they mistakenly order the dogs to attack them and don't know how to order them to stop. In order to escape, they gave the dogs drowsy medication. After that, Jim and Cheryl acknowledge that they could actually lose each other and start being warmer with one another.
41 19 "The Pass" February 25, 2003 9.4
Cheryl's upset when a wealthy client, a former high school buddy of Jim's, makes a pass at her, but it's Jim's reaction, better said, that he doesn't react at all, that she's upset about.
42 20 "Dana Gets Fired" March 11, 2003 8.3
When Jim vociferously objects to the way Dana gets treated by her boss, he succeeds in getting her fired. Meanwhile, Andy has problems with the plans for his birthday party.
43 21 "Bo Diddley" April 1, 2003 9.2
Cheryl has to have dental surgery and asks Jim to stay besides her the whole time because she's scared of dentists. While Cheryl is sedated, Andy shows up saying he met rock & roll legend Bo Diddley and Jim decides to meet him too, leaving a sedated Cheryl unattended. But Cheryl finds out when Bo Diddley sends Jim a thank you basket with edible goodies and Jim confesses. They have a fight and the next day Cheryl goes out to the movies, leaving Jim in charge of the kids. Coincidentally, tickets for Bo Diddley's concert arrive at the house, but Jim wonders if that's some of Cheryl's tests. He goes but changes his mind and return to his kids at home.
44 22 "Deal with the Devlins" April 1, 2003 9.4
Cheryl makes friends with another mom from the girls soccer team. The woman is sweet, yet a bit obnoxious. Jim is annoyed by her presence, but Cheryl insists on him being nice to her. Little by little, Cindy starts to get into their lives and tell them what to do and what not to do. Jim ends up buying a hot tub from her husband, thinking that might drive them away, but instead it only pulls them closer. They show up unexpectedly on the tub, which is the final drop for Jim. He tells Cheryl it's time for her to come clean and confess to Cindy that they don't like her. Just when she finally does that, Cindy's husband offers Jim season tickets for the Bears. In order to undo the breakup he asked Cheryl to do, Jim tells Cindy that Cheryl is under medication for mood swings and that he's willing to do them anything. They move in for a week, while Cheryl decides to take some time off at her sister's "for mental health".
45 23 "The Helmet" April 8, 2003 7.8
Pretending to be a man for an online auction, Cheryl discovers that Jim is bidding on memorabilia instead of shopping for a new dryer, but Jim thinks he's found a kindred spirit. Uncle Jesse from Full House is mentioned here.
46 24 "No Harm, No Foul" April 29, 2003 10.0
A trained bird flies into Andy's head in the backyard and Gracie adopts it as her bird pet, Daphne. The bird is driving everyone insane and they all can't wait to get rid of it, but unfortunately Gracie developed a deep emotional attachment to it. When someone leaves the window opened and the bird flies out in the middle of the night, Jim and Andy team up to go look for it at the park the next morning. When they spot the bird, their first reaction is not to tell Gracie, but Jim doesn't want to lie to his daughter anymore. Later, the real owner show up at the house and Gracie is forced to say goodbye to her feathered friend.
47 25 "About a Girl" May 6, 2003 8.3
Dana gets attention from a single father she meets in the park by pretending to be Ruby's mother. Meanwhile, Cheryl requests that Jim exercise more often - as a special favor to her. When Jim founds out Dana's secret, he makes a deal with her. He lets her use Ruby, and Dana does his miles (which is recorded on a hip monitor).
48 26 "Mom's Boyfriend" May 13, 2003 10.0
Cheryl is suspicious of her widowed mother's (Kathleen Noone) new fiancé, Frank (John Getz) when they come to visit her, but Jim and Andy think he's great. Cheryl proposes to run a background check on Frank, and Jim, Dana and Andy agrees, so Jim and Cheryl go through his luggage to find his driver’s license. When Maggie finds out, she is very upset, and declares her love of Frank. They become supportive of their marriage, and a bachelor party is held for Frank in a strip club. However, the party stops when Frank has a heart attack and dies. Jim later tells Cheryl the result of Frank’s background check: he has been a conman for years and plans to take away all of Maggie’s money. Cheryl consoles her mother and decides not to tell her the truth so that she will not feel heartbroken.
49 27 "Vegas, Baby (Part 1 of 2)" May 20, 2003 9.1
Jim and Andy are going to Vegas on a business trip and ask Dana to join them, since they need an extra help and she happens to be their "rabbit's foot" on gambling. Cheryl decides to join them and blackmails Jim when he says no at first. Cheryl has been secretly in touch with Jim's estranged sister Roxanne and plans for them to meet in Vegas. When they get there, Jim is not pleased to see his sister and tells Cheryl that no matter what she said he's sure she hasn't changed at all. Roxanne says she needs 2.000 dollars to start her business, which Jim takes as the first step on her plan, but Roxanne won't take either his or Cheryl's money. Instead, she gets it from her new husband, Andy, who has fallen head over heels for her and married her while the rest of the family was watching a show.
50 28 "Vegas, Baby (Part 2 of 2)" May 20, 2003 9.1
Andy is upset because no one approves or believes in his marriage to Roxanne. Jim goes to talk to her and walks in on her packing to run off with her ex-boyfriend. He tries to stop her, unsuccessfully. Jim and Cheryl try to break the news to Andy before the business presentation, but he's so upset that he breaks down in tears on stage. While consoling Andy, Jim forgets about the foam hose and foam just floods the stage. Jim and Cheryl stroll in Las Vegas, glad that Andy is finally recovering from Roxanne and glad that their trip is over.

Season 3 (2003/04)[edit]

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51 1 "The Errand" September 23, 2003 11.9
When Jim finds out that Cheryl has been paying 7 dollars to have the groceries delivered to their house, he insists that he does the shopping himself in order to save money. Once at the supermarket, he sees how married men are "domesticated" by their wives and decides to rebel against Cheryl by shopping everything but the items on the list. Cheryl decides to turn the table on Jim and he does the same, until they end up going to a formal party wearing robes and underwear with their bodies all painted with lipstick. Cheryl finally gives in and they settle on paying the delivery boy the seven dollars in order to spare the Spice Channel subscription.
52 2 "The Packer Ball" September 30, 2003 11.9
Jim is horrified when he sees his son Kyle with a green Packers ball. He tries by all means to change it for a Bears one, but Kyle just can't let go of the green ball. Jim has nightmares about it and takes Kyle to his work in another attempt to get rid of the Packers ball. When he realizes there's nothing he can do about it, he does a little alteration on the ball so they can go to the Bears game peacefully.
53 3 "We Have a Bingo" October 7, 2003 12.5
The church is going to hold a charity fundraiser bingo game, and Jim is not willing to participate until he learns that the grand prize is a waterbed. Jim befriends an old lady who sits next to him during the game, and when she falls asleep, Jim realizes that she wins the grand prize. Unbeknownst to others, Jim switches the winning bingo card and claims that he is the winner. Later, Jim goes to find Reverend Pierson (Chris Elliott) to redeem the prize, but Pierson shows Jim the tape that he secretly filmed during the bingo game, and tells Jim that he will be consumed by his conscience. Jim does not believe Pierson, but later conscience strikes Jim hard when he tries to be with Cheryl on the waterbed.
54 4 "Getting to Know You" October 14, 2003 10.1
Cheryl says a friend of hers got jewelry for his wife for no reason and Jim says he's probably cheating on her. After Cheryl takes it offensively that Jim won't buy her jewelry because he doesn't think he has to – after all, they are married and he isn't cheating – he goes out to shop for earrings, only to find out he knows nothing about Cheryl. After spending three days dedicating himself entirely to paying attention to Cheryl – with a bit of Andy's help – Jim finds out that Cheryl's friend was indeed cheating and they finally make up.
55 5 "The Lemonade Stand" October 21, 2003 9.3
Jim and Cheryl encourage the girls to make a lemonade stand and raise money for their scooters. What was supposed to be a lesson about the value of the dollar turns into a racy competition among neighbors. Dana and Andy pitch in, while Cheryl tries to stay out of it – until she gets into a catfight with the neighbor's wife. Once the police is called in, Jim realizes he's lost the purpose of the lemonade stand and decides to give the girls the rest of the money for the scooters.
56 6 "ABCs and 123s" October 21, 2003 9.8
Trying to lighten Ruby's homework load – and therefore look like he's helping her – Jim tells Ruby's teacher that Cheryl can't read.
57 7 "Dana Dates Jim" October 28, 2003 11.8
It's Halloween and Cheryl is trying to host "the" party so she can own Halloween in the neighborhood. Dana brings in her newest date, Hank, who carries an awful lot of similarities to Jim. While refusing to admit she's dating Jim, Dana realizes the truth when she accidentally pinches Jim's butt thinking it was Hank. The next day she and Cheryl have a fight over the whole situation, which leaves it up to Jim and Andy to fix the friendship between the two sisters.
58 8 "Scary Movie" November 4, 2003 14.8
Gracie and Ruby have nightmares after Jim secretly takes them to see a scary movie.
59 9 "Imaginary Friend" November 11, 2003 12.0
Jim creates an imaginary friend to avoid going to a couple's baby shower with Cheryl.
60 10 "Paintball" November 18, 2003 10.0
Cheryl cajoles Jim into attending a couples cooking class, which turns into a disaster, so she lets Jim pick out the next couples activity – paintball, which also turns into a disaster.
61 11 "The Empty Gesture" November 25, 2003 12.1
Cheryl starts to feel taken for granted as she prepares Thanksgiving dinner. She suffers the ultimate insult when she gets stuck on the roof after retrieving her tablecloth that Jim had fashioned into a ghost for Halloween, and no one notices her absence until she unhooks the satellite. To apologize, Jim tells her that he, Dana and Andy will prepare the dinner. Jim never thinks that Cheryl, being the control freak that she is, would allow that to happen, so he doesn't make dinner. Unfortunately, neither does Cheryl.
62 12 "Rules of Engagement" December 2, 2003 11.9
Cheryl caters to Jim's every whim to make amends for a big fight they had the night before, which Jim doesn't remember at all.
63 13 "Secret Santa" December 9, 2003 12.9
Dana admits to Cheryl that she can't afford to buy Jim a Christmas present, so Cheryl lets Dana put her name on one of the presents she bought for him. Dana innocently picks out Cheryl's big present to Jim, but when Jim is thrilled with the gift, Dana is ready to take all the credit for the gift.
64 14 "House for Sale" January 6, 2004 11.4
The Devlins place a bid on the house across the street from Jim and Cheryl, which prompts Jim to put up his house on the market as well.
65 15 "Dana Dates the Reverend" January 27, 2004 8.5
Dana and Jim both covet their reverend — she for romance, he for the pastor's prowess at bowling.
66 16 "The Best Man" February 10, 2004 9.4
Cheryl forbids Jim from throwing his cop friend Danny a bachelor party with beer and strippers. She fears that Danny will show up at his own wedding with a hangover – as Jim did at their wedding. Jim and his buddies decide to take Danny for a swim in bitter-cold Lake Michigan – forcing a hospital visit for Danny. The wedding morning, Danny stays in bed, moaning and groaning, and Cheryl frets, but the doctor assures everyone there's nothing wrong with him. Jim realizes Danny just has cold feet, so he tries to convince him to go through with his wedding to Laraine, a fellow cop.
67 17 "Cheryl Sings" February 17, 2004 10.6
Cheryl tries to impress her boastful cousin Mindy by posing as the lead singer of Jim's band – even though she has a terrible voice. Jim agrees to perform at Mindy's engagement party with Cheryl playing the part in order to teach his wife a lesson about embellishment by making a fool of herself. However, when Mindy tells Jim that her fiancé, Eric, is a record producer, he must decide between telling Cheryl the truth and making a bad impression on Eric.
68 18 "When You Wish to Be a Star (Part 1 of 2)" February 24, 2004 9.9
Dana's first task at the ad agency is to cast the perfect TV family for a Disney cruise commercial. Cheryl and the kids get the job, but Dana's boss replaces Jim with a handsome actor in the role of "dad."
69 19 "When You Wish to Be a Star (Part 2 of 2)" March 2, 2004 10.6
Jim takes umbrage at being replaced as the father in a promotional shoot for a cruise line.
70 20 "No Crime, But Punishment" March 9, 2004 8.6
Gracie's recent misbehavior makes Jim think she is lying about a friend giving her a new video game.
71 21 "The Baby" March 16, 2004 8.9
Jim's sister, Roxanne, shows up on his doorstep, pregnant, and lets Andy believe he's the father. Jim is upset about this and confronts Roxanne about this, forcing her to admit that her ex-boyfriend got her pregnant and to also apologize to Andy.
72 22 "Who's the Boss?" March 30, 2004 9.7
Andy resents a wealthy client, but then decides to date her much to Jim's dismay.
73 23 "The Truck" April 6, 2004 9.4
Cheryl ask Jim to use his truck to transport a giant paper-mâché grizzly bear the girls made for "spirit week" to their school – except Jim just lost his truck in an arm wrestling match and, in a gesture of macho pride, refuses to ask for it back.
74 24 "The Toilet" April 27, 2004 8.6
Cheryl promises to take Jim's opinions seriously when she decides to remodel the bathroom, until Jim insists it include a hideous high-tech stainless steel toilet – that talks.
75 25 "Trashed" May 4, 2004 8.5
Pack rat Cheryl asks Jim to rent a storage unit to house seven years' worth of the kids' art projects, but Jim refuses to pay the fee, so he tosses everything out, thinking Cheryl won't notice – until she needs some of the projects for a special retirement party for Ruby's art teacher.
76 26 "The Marriage Bank" May 11, 2004 7.5
Thinking it might get Cheryl to let him go on a fishing trip with Andy, Jim makes a "deposit" in the "marriage bank" by agreeing to go to a couples seminar with her. Jim's plans are foiled, however, when Dr. Ted, the marriage guru, declares the whole marriage bank mentality unhealthy and Cheryl learns Jim's real motives – so that Dr. Ted must intervene.
77 27 "Everyone Gets Dumped" May 18, 2004 10.7
Jim develops a friendship with Dana's new boyfriend, despite the fact that the guy dumped Cheryl years ago.
78 28 "The Swimming Pool" May 25, 2004 9.5
Cheryl protests when a heat wave sends the family sneaking into a vacationing neighbor's pool—until she starts sneaking over to the pool on her own.
79 29 "A Vast Difference" May 25, 2004 9.5
Jim chickens out of having a vasectomy, but Cheryl is so effusive in her praise for the procedure that he's unable to admit he didn't go through with it.

Season 4 (2004/05)[edit]

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80 1 "A Hole in One" September 21, 2004 10.5
Cheryl wants Jim to give up his vices so he can get her pregnant. But Jim scores a hole in one in golfing and celebrates with beer and cigars and trades Andy's sample so that Cheryl doesn't figure out his sperm count is low.
81 2 "The Effort" September 28, 2004 10.5
Cheryl surprises Jim with a romantic evening, but it cuts into his planned TV boxing match.
82 3 "The Grill" October 12, 2004 11.1
Jim offers to give Andy an old barbecue grill, then decides Andy should pay for it, causing a huge argument between Jim and Andy, until Cheryl steps up.
83 4 "The Garage Door" October 19, 2004 10.4
Jim tells Cheryl that men's and women's brains are wired to remember different things. She thinks he is wrong and sexist, until they are locked in the garage because none of the girls remember the code to open it, which her toddler son is able to punch in effortlessly. She and Dana smash the door to make it look like it was broken into so Jim can't gloat. Later when Jim finds out Cheryl still tries to prove he's wrong, but she can't even remember the code moments after being told and concedes Jim's point.
84 5 "Dress to Kill Me" October 26, 2004 11.6
Kyle wants to be Cinderella for Halloween. Jim is against it because he thinks he's growing up to be a sissy. Jim buys Kyle a manly costume (a dinosaur) but Kyle changes back into the dress. Jim, Andy, and Kyle all sit on the couch, Jim and Kyle persistent. Jim goes in the kitchen, sees an older Kyle who convinces Jim to let Kyle go as Cinderella. In the end, they all go as ladies and they trick-or-treat.
85 6 "Father-Daughter Dance" November 9, 2004 10.7
Ruby hurts Jim's feelings when she invites Andy to a father-daughter dance instead of him.
86 7 "Plot Twist" November 16, 2004 11.3
Cheryl's mother, Maggie, wants Jim, Cheryl and the family to rest someday in a family plot she reserved years ago, but Jim insists on his own family plot—then secretly reserves a plot for himself next to a star football player.
87 8 "The Hunters" November 23, 2004 9.9
To prove his worth as a man, Jim, along with Andy, hunt a turkey for Thanksgiving, but on the hunt Jim is pursued, and shot, by a legendary 40- lb. psychotic bird christened "Angry Pete".
88 9 "Poking the Bear" November 30, 2004 10.7
Cheryl's gynecologist Ryan forbids her from having sex with Jim until the time is right to get pregnant, and Jim eats crow in order to win a huge account from a blowhard potential client.
89 10 "Stalking Santa" December 14, 2004 11.3
Jim tangles with a department store Santa after the two are involved in a parking lot fender bender. Unfortunately, Jim's kids witness the skirmish and are fearful Santa won't leave them any gifts for Christmas.
90 11 "Sympathy from the Devlins" January 11, 2005 12.0
Jim befriends his obnoxious neighbors when he believes they bring good luck when he's watching the Chicago Bulls right in action.
91 12 "The Nanny-Cam" January 18, 2005 9.1
Jim buys a nanny-cam to spy on the sitter he didn't want Cheryl to hire but learns something about Cheryl instead, prompting her to buy a camera of her own to spy on Jim.
92 13 "The Jealous Husband" January 25, 2005 9.8
To make Cheryl feel desirable, Jim fakes a jealous rage in a restaurant and tries to teach Dana's date to do the same, but the lesson backfires when Dana fears her new beau is paranoid and possessive.
93 14 "A Crying Shame" February 8, 2005 10.2
Cheryl claims to like men who aren't afraid to cry, but when Jim bursts into tears after a movie, she is surprised to find herself turned off by his sensitivity.
94 15 "Guess Who's Cooking Your Dinner?" February 15, 2005 9.7
Cheryl cooks dinner for Dana and her boyfriend and lets him believe that Dana actually did the cooking.
95 16 "The Wedding Dress" February 22, 2005 10.7
When Cheryl offers Dana the use of her wedding gown, Jim and Andy try to cover up the fact that the dress was destroyed in a fiery sports celebration years ago. This episode contradicts what was shown in a previous episode, with Dana sitting on Jim and Cheryl's couch wearing Cheryl's wedding dress when the dress was destroyed 2 weeks after Jim and Cheryl's wedding.
96 17 "The Mustache" March 8, 2005 10.3
An attractive delivery girl gives Jim some fashion advice, prompting him to grow a mustache, which Cheryl hates. Cheryl retaliates by becoming a brunette - but Jim loves it. After a chance meeting with the girl, Cheryl asks her to give Jim suggestions that will make him look ridiculous.
97 18 "Shall We Dance?" March 8, 2005 10.3
When Andy decides to learn how to dance for his sister's wedding, he turns to Jim, a closet dancer, for help.
98 19 "Take My Wife, Please" March 15, 2005 9.6
In order to avoid going to an opera with Cheryl, Jim asks an elderly widower to be her escort, but Cheryl actually loves the charming old man, much to Jim's dismay.
99 20 "Spelling Bee" March 22, 2005 9.3
Jim's pride in Gracie's new-found spelling-bee aptitude quickly turns to dismay when he has to drive her to tournaments all over the state, annoying him.
100 21 "Kentucky Fried Beltzman" March 29, 2005 10.1
Jim is shocked to learn that his recently deceased friend will be buried with a rare baseball card, but the truth is, the man stole the card from Jim years prior, so Jim decides to retrieve the card, which is easier said than done.
101 22 "The Clock" April 12, 2005 8.5
Jim and Cheryl adjust the clocks to get the kids to bed earlier so they can have more quality time together. However, the plan backfires when they forget about it.
102 23 "The Competition" April 19, 2005 8.6
Jim, certain he will win the annual hot dog eating contest, is humiliated when instead he loses to a petit woman, and his problems are further compounded when Andy decides to date the female champion, who cannot stop annoying Jim because of this.
103 24 "The Bachelorette Party" May 3, 2005 8.3
When Cheryl's prim and proper bachelorette party disappoints Dana, Jim and Andy treat Dana to a rowdy night she'll never forget, but now, will she make it to the wedding?
104 25 "Geronimo Jim" May 10, 2005 8.0
Cheryl and Dana think they have cause to worry when Dana's fiancé wants to race fast cars on the track, and Jim wants to take up skydiving with the man.
105 26 "The Scrapbook" May 10, 2005 8.2
Immediately following the 100th episode, a special half-hour retrospective episode takes a look at Cheryl and Jim's botched anniversary moments from years past.
106 27 "Wedding Bell Blues" May 17, 2005 7.8
On Dana's wedding day, Jim accidentally knocks the family's favorite reverend unconscious with the car door, so he has to scramble to find a replacement preacher at the last minute, on the Season Finale.

Season 5 (2005/06)[edit]

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107 1 "Foul Ball" September 20, 2005 8.1
The fifth season premieres with Jim sneaking off to a Cubs game with Kyle instead of taking him to his first day of kindergarten.
108 / 109 2 / 3 "The Tale of the Tape (Two-part episode)" September 27, 2005 10.2
Jim worries that Cheryl's romantic expectations will increase when his new brother-in-law, Ryan, showers Dana with flowers and gifts. But then Jim learns that a special blues tape Cheryl supposedly made for him when they were dating, and that made him fall in love with her, was actually made for her by an old boyfriend.
110 4 "Charity Begins at Hef's" October 4, 2005 8.0
When Cheryl wins two tickets to visit Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion in a charity-raising contest that Jim secretly entered her in, she decides to take Dana instead of him, much to Jim's dismay.
111 5 "The Race" October 11, 2005 7.8
Out-of-shape Jim enters a 10K marathon to teach Kyle, who wants to quit basketball, a lesson about not being a quitter, but he cheats to get to the finish line first.
112 6 "Anec-Don'ts" October 18, 2005 7.5
Cheryl, upset that Jim thinks her daily anecdotes are boring, steals Dana's story about meeting Oprah Winfrey. Jim, now determined to out-do Cheryl, makes up a story about his construction office catching fire. But when Cheryl take the kids to see the damage, Jim and Andy, who are scrambling to make it look authentic, end up setting a real fire and cause an explosion.
113 7 "The Chick Whisperer" November 1, 2005 7.6
Jim helps Andy pick up a beautiful woman in a bar, but she turns out to be crazy—and eventually leaves Andy and stalks Jim instead.
114 8 "James & the Annoying Peach" November 8, 2005 8.6
To teach Jim the value of communication, Cheryl doesn't speak to him for three days.
115 9 "The Dream" November 15, 2005 8.0
Jim is being pestered by Dana to get on with renovations that seem to be taking for-ever. After he pops over to get on with it, Ryan leaves him with Dana sleeping up-stairs, where Jim over-hears her dreaming, about Jim.
116 10 "Lean on Me" November 29, 2005 7.1
Cheryl encourages Jim to meet a former girlfriend wants to discuss business for lunch, and then regrets it when she becomes convinced that the old flame has romantic intentions.
117 11 "The Gift of Maggie" December 13, 2005 7.8
When Cheryl and Dana's mother, Maggie, visits for the holidays, Jim and Cheryl compete with Ryan and Dana for her affection.
118 12 "Sex Ed Fred" January 10, 2006 7.6
When Jim and Cheryl watch a sex education video that is shown at Ruby's school, Jim realizes that he was in the video when he was young, at the age thinking it was for a horror movie.
119 13 "Renewing Vows" January 24, 2006 10.8
Ruby and Gracie want to get their ears pierced but Cheryl believes that this will lead to the girls growing up too quickly and convinces Jim. But Cheryl gets annoyed and lets them pierce their ears and when Jim finds out he makes his own earring and wears it on the day he and Cheryl are renewing their vows.
120 14 "The Stick" February 7, 2006 8.6
It's Jim's birthday and he gets upset when Cheryl gives him gifts he does not want, but is really happy when Kyle gives him a stick for his birthday.
121 15 "Mr. Right" February 7, 2006 8.6
Cheryl and Jim get into a disagreement about Erik Estrada, and Jim tries to prove that the incident that occurred ten years ago was not wrong.
122 16 "Get Your Freak On" February 21, 2006 5.8
Cheryl believes she's attending a tasteful lingerie party, but is shocked to learn the hostess is selling sex toys. Out of curiosity, Cheryl buys one, but won't tell Jim. To make it worse, Jim finds the toy.
123 17 "The Grumpy Guy" February 28, 2006[1][2] 5.5
Jim gets mad when he finds out that his neighbor, Julie (guest-star Julie Newmar), has been writing children books and basing them about him.
124 18 "Polite Jim" March 7, 2006 5.8
Jim makes his own neighbor cry by complaining about his backyard barbecue, so he ends up taking polite lessons from Andy, in order to become a better person.
125 19 "Daddy Dearest" March 7, 2006 5.8
Jim believes that bill (guest-star Joseph Bologna), the father of one of Ruby and Gracie's classmates, is actually his real father that abandoned Jim when he was a child.
126 20 "The Thin Green Line" March 14, 2006 5.4
Cheryl gives her best to assure herself a spot on the Church Committee, and in order to get that, she forbids Jim to do his annual "Green Man" routine on St. Patrick's day. However, her plans are ruined when she gets arrested.
127 21 "Jim's Best Friend" March 21, 2006 6.6
When Andy starts playing chess with Ryan on a regular basis, Jim is convinced that he is losing his best friend.
128 22 "Belaboring the Point" May 2, 2006[3][2] 5.2
When a proud and happy Ryan announces that Dana is pregnant, Jim warns him of Dana's upcoming hormone swings, and ends up dreaming that he is pregnant.

Season 6 (2007)[edit]

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129 1 "The Punch" January 3, 2007 7.3
Jim believes that Cheryl has been spoiling their son Kyle for way too long, so he decides to make him a man by teaching him how to throw a perfect punch in self-defense.
130 2 "The Flannelsexual" January 3, 2007 7.2
Jim ends up on a talk show after claiming that men shouldn't let women feminize them, and then refuses to go to Dana's co-ed baby shower to prove his point.
131 3 "Guinea Pygmalion" January 10, 2007 7.8
Jim debates on how to tell the family that he doesn't think the family pet is worth an operation.
132 4 "Hoosier Daddy" January 10, 2007 8.6
Jim and Cheryl try to celebrate their fifteenth wedding anniversary in a special way, but Dana and the weather seems to have other plans for them.
133 5 "Good Grief" January 17, 2007 6.9
When Cheryl's uncle dies, her grief is a bit more than Jim can handle, and listens to Andy and starts to believe that she is taking advantage of his good graces.
134 6 "All the Rage" January 17, 2007 6.9
Cheryl persuades Jim to attend an anger-management class, but he soon learns that getting mad isn't as much fun as getting even.
135 7 "Cheryl Gone Wild" January 24, 2007 6.2
Jim talks Ryan down when they find out Dana was in a video where the participants expose themselves, but it's a different story when Jim finds out Cheryl was in the same video.
136 8 "Deliverance" January 31, 2007 5.7
Jim convinces Dana that it will be all right for Ryan to attend to the birth of a baby of a well-known star in a war-torn country, then has to step up when she goes into labor and Ryan's still stuck there. Dana gives birth to a boy and names him Tanner.
137 9 "Dino-Mite" February 28, 2007[4][2] 6.6
Dana and Cheryl have a girls night out, entrusting their children to Ryan and Jim.
138 10 "Separate Ways" March 7, 2007[5][2] 7.6
Jim starts losing it when Dana and her baby spend time at their home and Cheryl suggests he finds somewhere else to get some sleep.
139 11 "In Case of Jimergency" March 14, 2007[6][2] 5.6
Jim flips out over a doctor's bill, but refrains from telling Cheryl that he got the family's health insurance canceled in fear of her flipping out.
140 12 "Coach Jim" March 28, 2007 4.4
When Jim is coerced into coaching his daughters' basketball team, he turns into one of his idols, Mike Ditka, even though it means one of his girls quits to play for an opposing team.
141 13 "The At-Bat" April 4, 2007 5.4
After failing to teach his son how to hit the ball, Jim is visited by Andy's future ghost in an effort to show him how his decisions affect Kyle's future.
142 14 "What Lies Beneath" April 18, 2007[7][2] 5.2
When Andy buys a metal detector, he digs up Jim's wedding ring in the front lawn, but gives it to Cheryl, who, in turn, tries to get Jim to fess up.
143 15 "The Grill II" April 25, 2007[8][2] 6.3
While Cheryl and the girls go visit Cheryl's mother, Andy puts up for sale the grill that Jim gave him, Jim freaks out, resulting in an all-out war between the two of them.
144 16 "Devlin in Disguise" May 2, 2007 6.4
When overly-nice Tim and Cindy Devlin crash a birthday party to announce they're getting a divorce, Jim can't stand it. Things get even worse when Cindy latches on to Andy.
145 17 "Any Man of Mine" May 9, 2007 7.2
Jim finds another guy to go with Cheryl on all the things she wants to do, but the plan backfires when the guy's significant other dumps him and leaves Jim with tickets to the musical.
146 18 "Jim's Birthday" May 16, 2007 5.4
Jim tries everything in his power (including Andy) to sabotage the birthday party Cheryl threw for him.

Season 7 (2008)[edit]

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147 1 "Jim Almighty" January 1, 2008 6.1
Jim is dismayed to learn that Cheryl has joined a dinner party club. When he grumbles that he'd like to meet the moron who invented women, God (Lee Majors) suddenly appears to defend himself. If Jim thinks he can do a better job, he's welcome to try. But Jim's new-found power backfires when Cheryl and Dana become crasser versions of himself. Then, when Andy asks God to make men more like women, Jim and Andy are transformed into overly sensitive, 'girly men'.
148 2 "The Hot Wife" January 1, 2008 6.1

Cheryl finds herself unable to flirt her way into a reservation at a hot new restaurant, and she begins to worry that her beauty has faded. So Jim cooks up a scheme to cheer his wife up. When he starts to forge suggestive notes from the handsome water delivery guy, Cheryl's mojo returns. But, as things start to heat up between Cheryl and Jim, he wonders if Cheryl's really thinking about Jim or the water delivery guy.

Absent: Kimberly Williams-Paisley as Dana
149 3 "Safety Last" January 8, 2008 5.1
When Cheryl takes a greater interest in general safety and health, Jim feels stifled by her new rules and regulations. Just after Cheryl forces Jim to wear an I.D. badge during his morning jog, Jim is head-butted by a buffalo on a side road. While Cheryl learns that one can't anticipate every danger out there, Jim realizes that he's willing to do whatever it takes to make his family feel secure.
150 4 "The Perfect Fight" January 15, 2008 4.3
Cheryl and Jim have an evening at home without the kids and decide to stay in and just have dessert for dinner. But Jim's choice of pastries causes a spat which morphs into an all-out food fight. The next day they laugh off the night's argument; Jim is thrilled that they don't seem to have to talk things out. But then Andy, who's out for revenge on Jim for coaxing his kids to play pranks on him, counsels Cheryl to really dissect and analyze her marital arguments.
151 5 "Cheryl Goes to Florida" January 22, 2008 5.2
As Jim struggles to take care of his three kids and the household while Cheryl is out of town taking care of her mother, another neighborhood mom take pity on him and volunteers to help with the carpooling and cooking. Soon after, other sympathetic moms offer to help Jim out, though Jim lets each one think that she's the only household help.
152 6 "Ruby's First Date" January 29, 2008 6.0
After Cheryl leaves town to take care of her mom, Jim realizes he can't be both mother and father to his children, so when Ruby tries to have girl talk with her dad, he reassigns "mommy power" to Aunt Dana. But when Dana gives Ruby permission to go out with an older boy, an upset Jim can't stand idly by, and he, Dana and Andy end up trailing Ruby on her date to the mall.
153 7 "Period Peace" February 12, 2008[9][2] 5.5
Gracie and Ruby's constant bickering forces Jim to read their diaries to get to the cause of their fights. He learns that Gracie is coming of age, and Ruby is extremely jealous that she didn't get there first.
154 8 "The Rendezvous" February 19, 2008 5.1
Jim and Cheryl make plans to be intimate when she returns for a visit, but the kids demand all of her attention. In a desperate attempt to have romantic time alone together, Jim plans to meet Cheryl for a romantic tryst in the airport lounge, but is sidelined when a detective mistakenly arrests him for lewd conduct in the restroom.
155 9 "Goodwill Hunting" February 26, 2008 5.3
Without Cheryl's knowledge, and while she is still in Florida, Jim seizes the opportunity to transform the garage into a cigar lounge and donates all of the kids' old furniture and clothes to charity. Just as he has finished unloading the last of the baby gear, Cheryl called Jim to announce that she was pregnant with twins. Jim must retrieve the stuff he gave away and get used to being a father of five.
156 10 "All Dolled Up" March 4, 2008 4.6
Jim is forced to host Gracie's doll-themed birthday party while a pregnant Cheryl is on bed rest. But when Gracie tells Jim she only agreed to a doll party to please Cheryl, Jim turns a girly tea party into a wild dart gun fight.
157 11 "Pregnancy Brain" March 11, 2008 4.9
Cheryl insists Jim give her a "push present" for going through the pregnancy with twins. But when she quickly forgets her request, Jim counts on her forgetfulness ("pregnancy brain") to convince her it was her idea to turn the basement into a macho media room instead of a room for Gracie and Ruby, as he'd originally promised.
158 12 "The Gift Certificate" April 15, 2008 3.6
Jim realizes that Andy has forgotten to use a gift certificate that he had bought him for his birthday. Not wanting to let his money go to waste, he heads off to a restaurant and treats himself to a hefty meal, and all seems fine until Andy remembers the gift certificate just hours before it's set to expire and invites Jim to share in the feast.
159 13 "I Drink Your Milkshake" April 22, 2008 3.9
Jim tries to stop the kids from bickering by instituting a tribunal system: should two of the kids get into a fight, all three have to work together to decide who is right. Though the system works well for solving the kids' problems, it backfires on Jim when he and Andy argue over milkshakes Andy won at a Blackhawks game and the two of them are subjected to a kids' tribunal, with Jim and Andy each trying to curry favor for their cases. Dylan and Cole Sprouse have a cameo.
160 14 "The Chaperone" April 29, 2008 4.0
After years of dating, Andy has finally met the perfect girl. Unfortunately he's so afraid, he's not quite himself. Jim offers to take the girlfriend's daughters to a concert with Ruby and Gracie, but Andy can't help worrying about Jim's shenanigans. He leaves a dinner with Emily to go check on Jim at the concert, and realizes his concerns were justified when the girls are nowhere to be found.
161 15 "The Six-Week Curse" May 13, 2008[10][2] 4.3
Andy is convinced Emily is going to break up with him since his former girlfriends all left him after they'd dated him exactly six weeks. To get to the cause of Andy's former break-ups, Dana hypnotizes him and discovers that he sabotaged every relationship due to low self-esteem. With Andy still under hypnosis, Dana boosts his feelings of self-worth, but his new-found confidence backfires when he flirts with every woman in the restaurant while on his sixth-week date with Emily.
162 16 "The Cheater" May 13, 2008[11][2] 4.6
A very pregnant Cheryl, still on bed rest, wants to have a game night, playing a game that she never loses, but Dana thinks she cheats.
163 17 "No Bedrest for the Wicked" May 27, 2008[12][2] 3.4
Jim is creating a long list of chores for Cheryl to take over from him when she's off bedrest, but Dana tells him that the doctor ordered Cheryl stay in bed until she goes into labor. When Jim runs into Cheryl's gynecologist at the super market and learns that she's actually been told she should be active now, he confronts Cheryl, who admits that going off bedrest could induce labor and she wants to prolong her pregnancy just a bit longer to enjoy Jim and the kids before the twins are born.
164 18 "The Devil Went Down to Oak Park" May 27, 2008[13][2] 3.4
Cheryl gives birth to identical twin boys, Johnathan and Gordon. Afterwards, the Devil (James Lipton) comes to collect on a deal Jim made with him years ago when he was courting Cheryl that he would give up his fifth child, Gordon, if the Devil would make Cheryl fall in love with him.

Season 8 (2008/09)[edit]

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165 1 "The Blankie" December 2, 2008 6.1
Jim guilts the kids into doing household chores as repercussion for losing one of the twins' blankets.
166 2 "The New Best Friend" December 2, 2008 5.5
After Dana moves away, Jim must find Cheryl a replacement best friend as soon as possible.
167 3 "Jami McFame" December 9, 2008 5.0
Jim and his band win a contest, providing them with the opportunity to play for child pop sensation Jami McFame.
168 4 "Andy's Proposal" December 9, 2008 5.3
Andy plans a proposal to his girlfriend, which is quickly halted.
169 5 "Two for the Money" December 16, 2008 5.1
Jim, in a last-ditch effort to earn money for Christmas gifts for his five kids, lands his twins in a role in a movie opposite Steve Guttenberg.
170 6 "Cabin Boys" December 30, 2008 3.7
Jim and Andy plan a cabin retreat at Andy's girlfriend's cabin along with Emily's ex-husband.
171 7 "The Ego Boost" April 14, 2009[14][2] 4.7
Jim is certain that a former girlfriend he runs into at a restaurant wants to rekindle their romance.
172 8 "The Yoga Bear" April 14, 2009[15][2] 4.2
Jim is jealous of Cheryl's yoga instructor.
173 9 "Kyle's Crush" April 21, 2009[16][2] 3.7
Jim prepares Kyle for his first "date" with Ruby's older piano teacher, Mandy.
174 10 "The Meaningful Gift" April 21, 2009[17][2] 3.7
Andy, desperate to impress Mandy with the perfect birthday gift, turns to Jim for advice. Jim counsels against giving fancy jewelry, urging Andy instead to give a sentimental gift to win her over.
175 11 "The Daddy Way" April 28, 2009 3.4
Jim turns babysitting his twin kids into a sporting event.
176 12 "Physical Therapy" April 28, 2009 3.7
Andy plays snow football with Jim, despite his girlfriend Mandy's warning. While playing, Andy gets injured and tries, with Jim's help, to hide his injuries from Mandy.
177 13 "The Cooler One" May 12, 2009[18][2] 3.9
Jim tries to be the coolest dad to impress Ruby's friends, but soon realizes she's just manipulating him to get away with privileges that Cheryl would never condone.
178 14 "Happy Jim" May 12, 2009[19][2] 3.9
When Jim injures his back and is prescribed pain pills, the family takes advantage of an unusually mellow, docile Jim by informing him of the kids' and Andy's major mishaps, which would normally cause him to burst out in anger.
179 15 "King of the Nerds" May 26, 2009[20][2] 3.8
Jim tries to bond with his son Kyle through sports, but Kyle identifies more with Andy, a fellow sci-fi mind.
180 16 "I Hate the High Road" May 26, 2009[21][2] 3.8
Cheryl makes Jim donate time to charity; Jim tries to test Cheryl's integrity.
181 17 "Diamonds Are a Ghoul's Best Friend" June 2, 2009 4.1
Jim and Andy are haunted by ghosts after they get their girls diamonds from the grave.
182 18 "Heaven Opposed to Hell" June 2, 2009 4.1
Jim must stand trial in heaven after he chokes on a shrimp puff.

References[edit]

  1. ^ This episode was originally planned to air on February 21, 2006.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "press releases for the According to Jim episodes". thefutoncritic.com. Retrieved 2014-09-20. 
  3. ^ This episode was originally planned to air on April 4, 2006.
  4. ^ This episode was originally planned to air on February 21, 2007.
  5. ^ This episode was originally planned to air on February 7, 2007. The release was then moved to February 14, 2007 and finally to March 7, 2007.
  6. ^ This episode was originally planned to air on February 28, 2007.
  7. ^ This episode was originally planned to air on April 11, 2007.
  8. ^ This episode was originally planned to air on April 18, 2007.
  9. ^ This episode was originally planned to air on February 5, 2008.
  10. ^ This episode was originally planned to air on May 6, 2008.
  11. ^ This episode was originally planned to air on May 6, 2008.
  12. ^ This episode was originally planned to air on May 13, 2008.
  13. ^ This episode was originally planned to air on May 13, 2008.
  14. ^ This episode was originally planned to air on March 24, 2009. The release was then moved to March 31, 2009 and finally to April 14, 2009.
  15. ^ This episode was originally planned to air on March 24, 2009. The release was then moved to March 31, 2009 and finally to April 14, 2009.
  16. ^ This episode was originally planned to air on March 31, 2009.
  17. ^ This episode was originally planned to air on March 31, 2009.
  18. ^ This episode was originally planned to air on May 5, 2009.
  19. ^ This episode was originally planned to air on May 5, 2009.
  20. ^ This episode was originally planned to air on May 12, 2009.
  21. ^ This episode was originally planned to air on May 12, 2009.