List of Grounded for Life episodes

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This is a list of episodes of the sitcom Grounded for Life.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
Season premiere Season finale
1 15 10 January 2001 23 May 2001
2 22 26 September 2001 8 May 2002
3 13 17 September 2002 9 May 2003
4 28 5 September 2003 7 May 2004
5 13 17 September 2004 28 January 2005

Season 1 (2001)[edit]

No. in
Title Written by Directed by Original air date Prod.
1 1 "Lily B. Goode (Pilot)" Gary Halverson Bonnie Kallman January 10, 2001 (2001-01-10) 101

In a desperate grab for attention, Lily makes out with the nerdish next-door neighbor, Brad O'Keefe, in his car; when Sean catches them, he responds in a rather unorthodox way--by throwing fried chicken at the windshield. Meanwhile, Walt babysits Jimmy and Henry and teaches them how to dig a hole; and Eddie tries to hook up illegal cable so he and Sean can watch softcore porn.

Title Reference: "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry.
2 2 "In My Room" Paul Lazarus Brad Copeland January 17, 2001 (2001-01-17) 102

While snooping around in Lily's room, Sean discovers a fake ID; he, Claudia, and Eddie try to find out what she's doing with it.

Title Reference: "In My Room" by The Beach Boys.
3 3 "I Wanna Be Suspended" Ken Kwapis Bill Martin & Mike Schiff January 24, 2001 (2001-01-24) 103

Jimmy's science project, a scale model of the solar system, is due and he's eager to get back from the street fair, but Sean and Claudia drag him along to see The Ramones. Sean writes a note to Jimmy's principal, Sister Helen; during his resulting suspension, Sean and Eddie take him to the Statue of Liberty, which ends in disaster.

Title Reference: "I Wanna Be Sedated" by The Ramones.
4 4 "Devil with a Plaid Skirt" Tyrone Finch, Tom Purcell Craig Zisk January 31, 2001 (2001-01-31) 104

Lily's skirt length and Jimmy's claim of demonic possession spark a battle between Sean and Sister Helen. Sean brings home an old friend (and Claudia's former boyfriend) who has become a priest.

Title Reference: "Devil with a Blue Dress" by The Detroit Wheels.
5 5 "Action Mountain High" Bill Martin, Mike Schiff John Whitesell February 7, 2001 (2001-02-07) 105

Lily's trip to an amusement park with a group of her friends backfires when she calls Sean to pick her up. He doesn't like what he sees, and when he realizes HE was the one called because everyone thought he would go easy on them, he proceeds to get them all in trouble by telling their parents.

Title Reference: "Rocky Mountain High" by John Denver.
6 6 "You Can't Always Get What You Want" Tyrone Finch, Tom Purcell Ken Kwapis February 21, 2001 (2001-02-21) 106

Lily freaks out when Sean says they can't afford to send her on a ski trip with her classmates. Then she learns that Sean has inherited some money--and spent it on a guitar for himself.

Title Reference: "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by The Rolling Stones.
7 7 "Like a Virgin" Tasha Goldstone Dennie Gordon February 28, 2001 (2001-02-28) 107

Claudia hopes she and Lily will bond during a trip to New Jersey, but when she tells popular cheerleaders from Lily's school that her daughter is still a virgin, Lily takes off, stranding Claudia with no daughter, no luggage, and no clothes.
Title Reference: "Like a Virgin" by Madonna.

8 8 "Devil's Haircut" Bill Martin, Mike Schiff John Blanchard March 28, 2001 (2001-03-28) 108

Claudia asks Sean to take Henry to the barber but it is closed, so he attempts the job himself, causing a catastrophe.

Title Reference: "Devil's Haircut" by Beck.
9 9 "Eddie's Dead" Chris Kelly Brian Levant April 4, 2001 (2001-04-04) 109

Sean tries to keep Eddie from hitting on a woman Claudia is consoling after a break-up.

Title Reference: "Ed Is Dead" by The Pixies.
10 10 "Catch Us If You Can" David M. Israel, Jim O'Doherty Ken Kwapis April 18, 2001 (2001-04-18) 110

Sean catches a fly ball that's still in play and loses a game for the Yankees. He, Eddie, and the boys are chased home by irate fans, and Claudia is no happier with them because she has been hosting a bachelorette party.

Title Reference: "Catch Us If You Can" by The Dave Clark 5.
11 11 "Jimmy's Got a Gun" Ned Goldreyer Paul Lazarus April 25, 2001 (2001-04-25) 111

Walt gives Jimmy a BB gun for his birthday and ends up in the hospital, shot in the rump.

Title Reference: "Janie's Got a Gun" by Aerosmith.
12 12 "Jimmy Was Kung-Fu Fighting" Brad Copeland Terry Hughes May 2, 2001 (2001-05-02) 113

To save for a dream vacation to Mexico, Sean and Claudia start working extra shifts at work. This leads to chaos at home, with Eddie raising the kids, Lily getting her tongue pierced, Jimmy becoming a bully, and Henry panhandling and eating out of the garbage.
Title Reference: "Kung Fu Fighting" by Carl Douglas.

13 13 "Loser" Tyrone Finch, Tom Purcell John Blanchard May 9, 2001 (2001-05-09) 114

Sean volunteers to referee Henry's soccer team and ends up making an unethical decision in the team's favor, resulting in Henry's ego getting inflated. The next week Sean tries to correct things by making an unethical decision in the opposing team's favor. Meanwhile, Lily flirts with the cute guy at the concession stand and the conversation leaves her walking on air...until she starts to obsess over it, endlessly replaying the scene in her head, each time thinking that she made a bigger bigger fool of herself.

Title Reference: "Loser" by Beck.
14 14 "Mrs. Finnerty, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" Aron Abrams, Gregory Thompson Kenny Ortega May 16, 2001 (2001-05-16) 115

Sister Helen, the school principal, removes Lily's dance routine from the school talent show, and Sean agrees to sell 30 boxes of chocolate if Sister will let Lily and friends perform their dance; unfortunately, said dance is the sexually-suggestive song "Big Spender" from the Broadway play Sweet Charity.
Title Reference: "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" by Herman's Hermits.

15 15 "Love Child" Ned Goldreyer, Chris Kelly Craig Zisk May 23, 2001 (2001-05-23) 112

Lily is upset when she realizes that she was born before her parents were married, so they tell her the story of how she was born.
Title Reference: "Love Child" by The Supremes.

Season 2 (2001–2002)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
16 1 "Baby, You Can't Drive My Car" Ken Kwapis Chris Kelly & Ned Goldreyer September 26, 2001 (2001-09-26) 201

When the family car disappears one night, Sean is in mourning over the loss while Claudia hopes to gain from an inflated insurance claim. But when the car's battered remains are towed to the house a few days later, it turns out that Lily has been covering her tracks about an ill-fated joyride--and the reason her parents have to buy the missing parts from Eddie's mechanic.

Title Reference: "Drive My Car" by The Beatles.
17 2 "Dream On" John Blanchard Bonnie Kallman & Tony Dimito October 3, 2001 (2001-10-03) 202

Claudia's erotic dream about Eddie has Sean trying to reignite the passion in their marriage. Meanwhile, Henry makes "candy apples" out of anything he can find; and Jimmy serves "turned" apple cider to Lily and her friend Allison (Autumn Reeser).

Title Reference: "Dream On" by Aerosmith.
18 3 "Don't Let Me Download" Dennie Gordon Aron Abrams & Gregory Thompson November 21, 2001 (2001-11-21) 203

Claudia is shocked to discover porn on Jimmy's computer and insists that she and Sean confront him, but Sean wants to ignore it. Meanwhile, Lily and Jimmy doctor a picture of Sister Helen and use it as an e-mail joke. Then Sister Helen receives the e-mail.

Title Reference: "Don't Let Me Down" by The Beatles.
19 4 "Rubber Sold" Peter Werner Bob Kushell November 28, 2001 (2001-11-28) 204

When Sean spots Brad buying condoms at a drugstore, he freaks over Lily attending a bash at Brad's.

Title Reference: "Rubber Soul" by The Beatles.
20 5 "Bang on a Drum" John Blanchard Chris Kelly December 5, 2001 (2001-12-05) 205

Sean and Eddie revive their high-school band to play a wedding reception, but Sean gets nervous when Lily seems interested in their hot new drummer. Jimmy convinces Henry that the reason he can't find baby pictures of himself is that Henry's a robot.

Title Reference: "Bang the Drum All Day" by Todd Rundgren.
21 6 "Smoke on the Daughter" John Blanchard Tom Purcell & Tyrone Finch December 12, 2001 (2001-12-12) 206

During a stressful day at work, Claudia takes a puff of a co-worker's cigarette which quickly turns into an entire cigarette and then a daily habit. Lily catches and busts her, then agrees to keep her secret--for a price. After making a date with Dean on her new cellphone, Lily is humiliated to learn what Dean heard her say when the phone didn't turn off.

Title Reference: "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple.
22 7 "I Saw Daddy Hitting Santa Claus" John Blanchard Brad Copeland December 19, 2001 (2001-12-19) 207

Playing Santa Claus, Walt promises Henry a $350 AstroJammer Battle Buggy for Christmas; a ticked-off Sean brings violence to Santaland. Meanwhile, Lily tries to figure out whether the blurry gift tag on her boxer shorts reads "from Brad" or "from Dean."

Title Reference: "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus".
23 8 "Let's Talk About Sex, Henry" Peter Lauer Victor Goss, David M. Israel, Jim O'Doherty & Bob Kushell January 2, 2002 (2002-01-02) 208

After Henry catches Sean and Claudia having sex, Sean is determined to handle the inevitable topic of the birds and the bees with Henry in a better way than Walt did. After having a father/son talk with Henry about sex, Sean feels good about how he handled things. Then he and Claudia discover that Henry told his entire class about what he caught Sean and Claudia doing.

Title Reference: "Let's Talk About Sex" by Salt 'N' Pepa.
24 9 "Is She Really Going Out with Walt?" Paul Lazarus Bonnie Kallman & Brad Copeland January 16, 2002 (2002-01-16) 209

The Finnerty's plan to push Walt back into the social scene backfires when he's social with a lady they don't like. Meanwhile, Lily fears that her bad behavior has thrust Brad into Kristina's arms.

Title Reference: "Is She Really Going Out with Him?" by Joe Jackson.
25 10 "We Are Family" Dennie Gordon David M. Israel & Jim O'Doherty January 23, 2002 (2002-01-23) 210

A favor for Claudia's well-connected Uncle Sal (Vincent Pastore) goes awry, leading Sean to fear that the guy may be a goodfella. Meanwhile, a plumbing problem forces Lily to shower at Brad's.

Title Reference: "We Are Family" by Sister Sledge.
26 11 "Mr. Roboto" Tasha Goldstone John Blanchard January 30, 2002 (2002-01-30) 211

Sean creates a "first place" robot for Jimmy's science fair, then stands up at the fair and admits that he made his son's robot. Then he requests that the other parents do the same (it's obvious that the other robots were made by the parents). In the end, Jimmy and his robot battle classmate Benji and his robot!

Title Reference: "Mr. Roboto" by Styx.
27 12 "Don't Fear the Reefer" Aron Abrams, Gregory Thompson Linda Mendoza February 6, 2002 (2002-02-06) 212

Sean's swing at tree surgery causes a blackout during the Super Bowl, but his biggest concern was that while chopping the tree he saw, through Lily's window, Lily holding a bag of pot. But what's even more shocking is where Lily got the weed: out of Sean's closet. Dan O'Keefe moves his Super Bowl party to the Finnerty home, where they listen to a play-by-play given by Jimmy from his 5-inch TV.

Title Reference: "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Öyster Cult.
28 13 "Take It to the Limit" Ned Goldreyer Dennie Gordon February 13, 2002 (2002-02-13) 213

Lily's compulsive credit-card usage sinks Sean's plans to take Henry and his friends to a pricey water park; Eddie refuses to open up to his family about the contents of his mysterious locked box.

Title Reference: "Take It to the Limit" by The Eagles.
29 14 "Eddie Said Knock You Out" Ned Goldreyer John Blanchard February 20, 2002 (2002-02-20) 214

Sean accepts Dan O'Keefe's challenge for a boxing match, then discovers that Eddie has tried to fix the fight. At the match, Claudia is enraged to learn of a rumor that she has had breast-enhancement surgery.

Title Reference: "Mama Said Knock You Out" by LL Cool J.
30 15 "Safety Dance" TBA TBA March 6, 2002 (2002-03-06) 215

Sean and Claudia chaperone Lily's school dance, but it is Sister Helen who catches Lily and Dean making out--with a bottle of liquor nearby. Lily insists that it is not hers, but everyone is surprised at whose it is. Meanwhile, Eddie takes to using Walt as his goon to shake down shady business associates.

Title Reference: "The Safety Dance" by Men Without Hats.
31 16 "Relax!" Chris Kelly John Blanchard March 27, 2002 (2002-03-27) 216

Sean accidentally "outs" a gay co-worker so he tries to get him to come out officially. Lily's ready to rumble when women keep hitting on Dean.

Title Reference: "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood.
32 17 "The Kids Are Alright" Andy Glickman John Putch April 3, 2002 (2002-04-03) 217

When Sean and Claudia win a free weekend in Atlantic City, they reluctantly leave the kids in Eddie's care. They return to find Jimmy and Henry locked in the basement and obvious remains of a party. But Eddie may not be the perpetrator....

Title Reference: "The Kids Are Alright" by The Who.
33 18 "Swearin' to God" Mike Schiff, Bill Martin John Blanchard April 10, 2002 (2002-04-10) 218

Sean exploits a nun's foulmouthed faux-pas to get Claudia and the kids everything they've ever wanted from St. Finnian's.

Title Reference: "Swearin' to God" by Frankie Valli.
34 19 "Eddie and This Guy with Diamonds" Eric Jewett, Jeremy Hall John Putch April 17, 2002 (2002-04-17) 219

Sean winds up in jail for buying shady diamond earrings for Claudia from Eddie's so-called "connection"; Lily protests the nuns' donkey-basketball game.

Title Reference: "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" by The Beatles.
35 20 "I Fought the In-Laws" Brad Copeland, Tom Purcell, Tyrone Finch John Blanchard April 24, 2002 (2002-04-24) 220

Claudia's visiting parents' minor insults get too far under an insecure Sean's skin. Meanwhile, karaoke leads to an unlikely liplock between Brad and Lily.

Title Reference: "I Fought the Law" by The Bobby Fuller Four.
36 21 "Dust in the Wind" Orit Schwartz Dennis Gordon May 1, 2002 (2002-05-01) 221

Sean and Eddie plan to honor their late cousin's wishes by scattering his Tupperware-borne ashes over the old water tower; Lily meets a cute guy at the funeral.
Title Reference: "Dust in the Wind" by Kansas.

Guest Star: Ashton Kutcher as Cousin Scott.
37 22 "Oops!...I Did It Again" Tasha Goldstone John Blanchard May 8, 2002 (2002-05-08) 222

Sean finds a home-pregnancy test in the trash and immediately suspects Lily, but... Meanwhile, Lily learns more about the circumstances of her birth and Jimmy sings the blues over an aggressive zit on his face.
Title Reference: "Oops!… I Did It Again" by Britney Spears.

Guest Star: Joseph Simmons credited as Joseph "Rev.Run" Simmons as RUN

Season 3 (2002–2003)[edit]

# Title Written by Directed by U.S Airdate Production Code
38 "We Didn't Start the Fire" Bill Martin, Mike Schiff John Blanchard September 17, 2002 (2002-09-17) 301

Claudia learns the results of her pregnancy test and Sean celebrates the news with a major purchase: a bar that Eddie plans to burn down for the insurance money. While Lily and Brad get liquored-up, Henry develops a craving for a different kind of watering-hole delicacy.

Title Reference: "We Didn't Start the Fire" by Billy Joel.
39 "Mustang Lily" David M. Israel, Jim O'Doherty John Blanchard September 24, 2002 (2002-09-24) 302

Grandpa Tony gives Lily a car and Sean loses it in a street race, nearly blowing his shot at snagging a loan from Tony. Meanwhile, Henry and Jimmy put the squeeze on Grandpa Tony for hefty Tooth Fairy funds.
Title Reference: "Mustang Sally" by Wilson Pickett.

Guest Star: Wilmer Valderrama as Gang member.
40 "Cat Scratch Fever (The Bitch Is Back)" Ned Goldreyer John Blanchard December 3, 2002 (2002-12-03) 303

Sean hires his high-school fantasy girl as the bartender, and she and Claudia clash (again). At a concert, Lily tells Dean she loves him and can't hear his response.

Title Reference: "Cat Scratch Fever" by Ted Nugent, "The Bitch Is Back" by Elton John.
41 "Drive Me Crazy" Bill Martin, Mike Schiff John Blanchard February 28, 2003 (2003-02-28) 305

Lily has failed her behind-the-wheel test for the second time, but this time it is because Sean has sabotaged her by teaching her ridiculous driving tips. Meanwhile, in her efforts to keep her sons from playing a violent video game condemned by Sister Helen, Claudia gets addicted to it herself.

Title Reference: "(You Drive Me) Crazy" by Britney Spears.
42 "Just Like a Woman" Brad Copeland John Blanchard February 28, 2003 (2003-02-28) 306

The boys mock Sean when he can't get the lugnuts off the car and Claudia must attract a trucker's attention to change the flat tire while Sean sits in drag in the backseat. Eddie holds a garage sale at Sean's house, featuring hot merchandise and Sean's possessions, and welcomes the kids to partake. But Lily is mortified when Brad buys her bra and boasts to the school that he and Lily have slept together.

Title Reference: "Just Like a Woman" by Bob Dylan.
43 "Henry's Been Working for the Drug Squad" Ned Goldreyer John Blanchard March 7, 2003 (2003-03-07) 307

Following his school's drug-awareness day, Henry goes overboard with thinking his family is on drugs. When he finds a suspicious plant growing in the yard, he stages an intervention for his dad.

Title Reference: "Julie's Been Working for the Drug Squad" by The Clash.
44 "Cuts Like a Knife" Chris Kelly John Blanchard March 14, 2003 (2003-03-14) 304

Sean has a hard time fighting off an amorous Claudia after lying to her that he's undergone a vasectomy; Brad pays Lily to tutor him in a subject at which he already excels, just to spend time with her.

Title Reference: "Cuts Like a Knife" by Bryan Adams.
45 "Who Are You?" Jeremy Hall John Blanchard March 28, 2003 (2003-03-28) 308

Shocked to learn that Jimmy has been shoplifting, Sean and Claudia try to figure out his motivations for stealing. Lily agonizes over what to wear to dinner with Dean's parents. Henry brings home his class's pet lizard.

Title Reference: "Who Are You" by The Who.
46 "Welcome to the Working Week (Take This Job and Shove It, Dad)" Jill Condon, Amy Toomin, Amy Toomin Straus John Putch April 25, 2003 (2003-04-25) 309

Lily goes on a shopping spree with her "emergency credit card," then has to pay the bill by getting a job--at the bar. Meanwhile, Eddie fumes over a scathing review of the bar; Henry takes energy conservation to the extreme.

Title Reference: "Welcome to the Working Week" by Elvis Costello, "Take This Job and Shove It" by Johnny Paycheck.
47 "Claudia in Disguise with Glasses" Aron Abrams, Gregory Thompson John Blanchard May 2, 2003 (2003-05-02) 310

Claudia wreaks havoc at a wedding reception after losing her glasses; Lily convinces Eddie to persuade Dean to get her the perfect birthday gift; Brad begins spending way too much time with Jimmy.

Title Reference: "Judy in Disguise (with Glasses)" by John Fred.
48 "Tonight's the Night" TBA TBA May 9, 2003 (2003-05-09) 311

It's Lily's 16th birthday and she's ready to have sex with Dean. During the party held at the bar, Claudia, Sean, Henry, and Jimmy have to leave. When they return home, Claudia catches Lily outside her room after having lost her virginity to an unexpected partner.

Title Reference: "Tonight's the Night (Gonna Be Alright)" by Rod Stewart.
49 "Oh, What a Knight" Erica Rivinoja John Putch March 3, 2006 (2006-03-03) (Did not air originally) 312

Sean joins the Knights of Hibernia in order for Lily to compete in their beauty pageant.

Title Reference: "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" by The Four Seasons.
50 "Part Time Lover" Chris Kelly John Blanchard March 4, 2006 (2006-03-04) (Did not air originally) 313

When the dump closes, Walt finds himself with an abundance of free time and begins hanging around the house, much to the dismay of Lily, who finds it increasingly hard to get alone-time with Brad. So she schemes to get him a date online...which turns out to be with a drag-queen. Meanwhile, Eddie finds out that his girlfriend has another boyfriend.

Title Reference: "Part-Time Lover" by Stevie Wonder.

Season 4 (2003–04)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
51 1 "Your Father Should Know - Part 1" John Blanchard Jill Condon & Amy Toomin September 5, 2003 (2003-09-05) 319

Brad's father is boasting that Lily and Brad slept together; after confronting him about it, Sean confronts Claudia--and learns that she already knew, too. So when Brad gets injured by an airborne Christmas decoration, everyone thinks Sean lost his temper. Disgusted that the boys have spent his and Sean's Liberty-quarter collection, Eddie takes them out to teach them a lesson about stealing--by stealing a toy machine that Henry had loaded with quarters.

Title Reference: "Your Mother Should Know" by The Beatles.
52 2 "Your Father Should Know - Part 2" John Blanchard Jeffrey Astrof & Mike Sikowitz September 5, 2003 (2003-09-05) 401

Claudia feels it's time to smooth relations between the two families by having the O'Keefes over for dinner, but the evening falls apart when Brad's mother blames Lily for taking Brad's innocence. Eddie teaches Jimmy and Henry a lesson in respecting other people's property when he finds out they deposited his coin collection in arcade games.

Title Reference: "Your Mother Should Know" by The Beatles.
53 3 "All the Young Nudes" John Blanchard Brad Copeland September 12, 2003 (2003-09-12) 314

Sean and Eddie hire strippers for the bar to help make ends meet--then wind up being protested by the PTA. But what's most shocking is who set the PTA on their tails. Meanwhile, Brad asks Lily to break up with Dean. She reluctantly agrees--then he takes it far easier than she expected.

Title Reference: "All the Young Dudes" by Mott the Hoople.
54 4 "I Right the Wrongs" John Blanchard David Goetsch & Jason Venokur September 19, 2003 (2003-09-19) 315

Brad is bothered that Lily is embarrassed to be seen with him, so Sean tries to make over his geeky image. Sean succeeds only in getting another student suspended from school, which leads to an in-bar confrontation with Sister Helen. Jimmy's "trademark" hair-length has become an issue at school. Claudia helps Eddie deal with an unwise purchase he made for the bar--by getting drunk with the customers; and Lily confesses her relationship with Brad in front of the entire school.

Title Reference: "I Write the Songs" by Barry Manilow.
55 5 "I Just Paid to Say I Love You" Jeffrey Astrof, Mike Sikowitz John Blanchard September 26, 2003 (2003-09-26) 402

Brad plans a romantic date with Lily in New York City, but because one incident throws them off schedule, the rest of the evening becomes a disaster. Eddie breaks a window in the sewing room, leaving it wide open for an animal to wander in...which Henry wants to keep as a pet.

Title Reference: "I Just Called to Say I Love You" by Stevie Wonder.
56 6 "S.A.T. and Sympathy (S.A.T. Out of Hell)" Aron Abrams John Blanchard October 3, 2003 (2003-10-03) 316

Lily and Brad stress over their upcoming SATS, and Claudia turns the SATs into a competition. Sean teaches Henry a lesson in compassion by taking in a homeless guy.

Title Reference: "Tea and Sympathy" by Janis Ian, "Bat Out of Hell" by Meat Loaf.
57 7 "Pay You Back with Interest" Bill Martin, Mike Schiff John Blanchard October 10, 2003 (2003-10-10) 403

After Eddie buys an electric car to impress a girl, Sean unwisely gives Eddie a loan without telling Claudia, which results in her college enrollment check bouncing. Brad discovers Lily has a tattoo with Dean's name, but Lily's plea for her parents to pay for her tattoo removal goes ignored.

Title Reference: "Pay You Back with Interest" by The Hollies.
58 8 "Ticket to Ride" Amy Toomin Straus, Jill Condon John Blanchard October 31, 2003 (2003-10-31) 404

After a night of partying, Lily wakes up with a nasty hangover, her car parked on the porch, and no memory of how she got home. Sean and Claudia decide to sell her car and have her sign a contract that she will call them when she is too drunk to drive. Angry at losing her car, Lily pretends to be drunk night after night so her parents will keep picking her up. Eddie makes a huge profit when he sells Lily's car for Sean.

Title Reference: "Ticket to Ride" by The Beatles.
59 9 "Smells Like Teen Spirit" TBA TBA November 7, 2003 (2003-11-07) 405

When Jimmy's body odor becomes problematic, Sean and Eddie each intervene. Brad accidentally sees Claudia naked.

Title Reference: "Smells Like Teen Spirit" by Nirvana.
60 10 "Baby Come Back" TBA TBA November 14, 2003 (2003-11-14) 317

Sean becomes jealous when Claudia is asked to do some modeling for a fashion photographer, so she storms out, leaving him to continue hosting her bath-products party. Meanwhile, Lily hates her yearbook photos.

Title Reference: "Baby Come Back" by Player.
61 11 "Been Caught Stealing" TBA TBA November 21, 2003 (2003-11-21) 318

Sean and Eddie arrive at the bar to discover they've been robbed. Instead of calling the police, Walt insists on cleaning up. Lily and Brad wind up in a fight during a day at the mall, so Lily decides that she's going out with another guy.

Title Reference: "Been Caught Stealing" by Jane's Addiction.
62 12 "(She's Got) Kegs" Steve Armogida, Jim Armogida Richard Boden January 9, 2004 (2004-01-09) 408

Sean wants to go to a Sex Pistols concert, but Claudia has to study for a college test and Lily has a science project due, which leaves no one to watch the boys. Lily leaves Brad holding the bag by skipping off to a frat party--where she runs into Claudia. Eddie hires a bodyguard.

Title Reference: "Legs" by ZZ Top.
63 13 "My Ex-Boyfriend's Back" Ned Goldreyer Keith Truesdell January 16, 2004 (2004-01-16) 410

Lily resents her ex-boyfriend's ability to move on so quickly after she dumped him; Eddie's stand-up routine flops until he incorporates material from Claudia and Sean's personal life.

Title Reference: "My Boyfriend's Back" by The Angels.
64 14 "Communication Breakdown" TBA TBA January 23, 2004 (2004-01-23) 411

Sean forgets to give Claudia an important message from her professor; Jimmy hides the telephone bill to conceal his calls to a 976 number; Lily freaks out when Brad doesn't call her for three hours.

Title Reference: "Communication Breakdown" by Led Zeppelin.
65 15 "All Apologies" TBA TBA January 30, 2004 (2004-01-30) 417

During a romantic getaway at a hotel, Claudia and Sean watch an adult film and realize it was shot in their home; a girl bullying Jimmy might like him.

Title Reference: "All Apologies" by Nirvana.
66 16 "I Think We're Alone Now" TBA TBA February 6, 2004 (2004-02-06) 406

Sean and Claudia try to take advantage of an empty house to get in some alone-time; Lily realizes that Brad isn't a good dancer; Jimmy and Henry vent their frustrations on each other by playing paintball.

Title Reference: "I Think We're Alone Now" by Tommy James.
67 17 "Can't Get Next to You" TBA TBA February 13, 2004 (2004-02-13) 407

Lily, Brad, and Jimmy sign abstinence pledges at school; Brad asks Lily to marry him; Jimmy throws out everything that reminds him of sex; Walt reveals that Eddie was born left-handed.

Title Reference: "I Can't Get Next to You" by The Temptations.
68 18 "Racketman" TBA TBA February 20, 2004 (2004-02-20) 412

Brad's dad claims to have been taking tennis lessons for years. After Sean beats him at tennis, it turns out that "tennis lessons" was the cover he gave while having an affair.

Title Reference: "Rocket Man" by Elton John.
69 19 "Me and Mrs. O" TBA TBA February 20, 2004 (2004-02-20) 413

When the Finnertys throw Brad a birthday party to take his mind off his parents' recent breakup, Sean invites Dan to the party as part of his "plan" to reunite him with Connie. But Connie has taken Claudia's advice to "get some," which prompts her to pursue Eddie.

Title Reference: "Me & Mrs. Jones" by Billy Paul.
70 20 "Tombstone Blues" Chris Kelly John Blanchard February 27, 2004 (2004-02-27) 416

Claudia tries to set up a perfect family photo, but everything goes wrong. During a trip to the cemetery, Sean discovers that Walt buried his wife's cat in the plot reserved for Claudia. Lily wants Brad to be in the family photo, but Claudia says no. Eddie is trying to get a girl pregnant.

Title Reference: "Tombstone Blues" by Bob Dylan.
71 21 "Pictures of Willy" Ned Goldreyer John Blanchard February 27, 2004 (2004-02-27) 420

Eddie runs into Crazy Amy while on a date with Hope. He is afraid that Amy is going to ruin his relationship. So Sean helps Eddie steal a safe that contains nude photos of him. Jimmy gets a date with a deaf girl.

Title Reference: "Pictures of Lily" by The Who.
72 22 "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City" Jim Armogida, Steve Armogida John Blanchard March 5, 2004 (2004-03-05) 414

Sean is having trouble keeping the bar alive and Claudia asks him to reconsider running it. With St. Patrick's Day around the corner, Eddie tries to lure customers over from rival pubs. Brad and Lily prepare for the parade and Jimmy is having trouble understanding the meaning of St. Patrick's Day.

Title Reference: "It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City" by Bruce Springsteen.
73 23 "Beat on the Brat" Ned Goldreyer John Putch March 19, 2004 (2004-03-19) 409

Sean disciplines one of Henry's bratty friends; Lily asks Brad to choose between her and his geeky friends; Eddie uses a Jewish online dating service.

Title Reference: "Beat on the Brat" by The Ramones.
74 24 "The Cheat Is On" Erica Rivinoja Sean Lambert March 26, 2004 (2004-03-26) 418

Claudia copies Lily's school paper, only to find out Lily plagiarized the essay. Sean hints to Sister Helen that Lily may have cheated, but he learns too late that the school's "zero-tolerance" policy on cheating could result in Lily being expelled.

Title Reference: "The Heat Is On" by Glenn Frey.
75 25 "You're So Vain" Jeffrey Astrof, Mike Sikowitz John Blanchard April 16, 2004 (2004-04-16) 415

Claudia's father Tony has returned to the Finnertys' for an operation; the family is very sympathetic, except for Sean, who knows what Tony's having done.

Title Reference: "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon.
76 26 "Pressure Drop" Eric Kentoff John Blanchard April 23, 2004 (2004-04-23) 419

Claudia tries to alleviate Sean's hypertension and high blood pressure by running the household all by herself but everything goes awry. Jimmy gets suspended from school; and Lily and Brad break her bed so they steal the family car and get it impounded.

Title Reference: "Pressure Drop" by Toots & the Maytals.
77 27 "Get a Job" Steve Armogida, Jim Armogida John Blanchard April 30, 2004 (2004-04-30) 421

Lily is less than thrilled about Brad's new job, which is taking up all of his time. Meanwhile, Walt's having problems finding work, so Sean and Eddie offer him a job at the bar. Jimmy's at the age where he finds his mother to be an embarrassment, so Claudia sets out to bond with him.

Title Reference: "Get a Job" by The Silhouettes.
78 28 "Space Camp Oddity" Chris Kelly John Blanchard May 7, 2004 (2004-05-07) 422

Brad tells Lily about his space-camp girlfriend Lana; Lily thinks he's just making her up until she sees him board the bus to space camp with the very real, very cute Lana.

Title Reference: "Space Oddity" by David Bowie.

Season 5 (2004–2005)[edit]

# Title Written by Directed by U.S Airdate Production Code
79 "The Policy of Truth" Chris Kelly John Blanchard September 17, 2004 (2004-09-17) 501

Sean intercepts a phone call from Claudia's doctor and discovers she is pregnant. He doesn't want to tell Claudia yet since it's his fault she is pregnant. Brad, after admitting he hooked up with his space-campmate Lana (guest star Mila Kunis), begs Lily's forgiveness until he learns of her infidelity.

Title Reference: "Policy of Truth" by Depeche Mode.
80 "Man, I Feel Like a Woman" Jeffrey Astrof, Mike Sikowitz John Blanchard September 24, 2004 (2004-09-24) 502

Sean's feeling sick, and Eddie convinces him that he has sympathetic pregnancy syndrome. Brad and Lily decide to just be friends but their hormones get the best of them. Jimmy tries to impress the new neighbor girl by pretending to be a sports fanatic. Eddie resumes his relationship with his ex, Faye, who's become angrier and more bitter than ever.

Title Reference: "Man! I Feel Like a Woman!" by Shania Twain.
81 "One Is the Loneliest Number" Bill Martin, Mike Schiff John Blanchard October 1, 2004 (2004-10-01) 503

Now that Eddie is spending all of his free time with Faye, lonely Sean finds every possible thing wrong with her, including the way she parks her car, which he "accidentally" smashes into. Lily's attempt to make Brad jealous by dating Mocha Joey backfires when Brad points out that Lily and Mocha Joey have nothing in common; and Claudia gets upset when she finds out that Sean has told everyone that she is pregnant.

Title Reference: "One" by Three Dog Night.
82 "Day Tripper" Erica Rivinoja John Blanchard October 8, 2004 (2004-10-08) 505

Eddie moves into the Finnerty basement after being evicted from his apartment. Claudia is not happy and tells him if he screws up he's out. Lily is jealous of Brad's new girlfriend Taya when she becomes the first girl on the school football team. Claudia's pregnancy interferes with her motherly duties.

Title Reference: "Day Tripper" by The Beatles.
83 "You Better You Bet" Jim Armogida, Steve Armogida Sean Lambert October 15, 2004 (2004-10-15) 506

Claudia is upset with Sean when she finds out he gambled the money for the baby's crib and used the winnings to buy a new TV. When Claudia accidentally breaks the TV, she convinces Eddie to take her to the track so she can win money to repair the set. Meanwhile, Jimmy must endure a painfully long day of father-son bonding to keep Sean from finding out about the broken TV, and Lily enrolls in a Big/Little Sister program, but is dumped by her Little Sister.
Title Reference: "You Better You Bet" by The Who.

Guest Star: Miranda Cosgrove as Jessica.
84 "Psycho Therapy" TBA TBA October 22, 2004 (2004-10-22) 507

Brad and Lily fight it out in a race for student body president, but the sniping and mudslinging is a mask to hide the former lovers' true feelings about each other. Meanwhile, Eddie is depressed and seeks the help of a quack psychiatrist. Claudia tries not to learn the baby's sex, wanting to be surprised.

Title Reference: "Psycho Therapy" by The Ramones.
85 "I'm Looking Through You" Ned Goldreyer Keith Truesdell November 5, 2004 (2004-11-05) 504

Sean's old friend Dave is in town, a children's performer who goes under the name "J.J. Bodybuddy". Sean invites Dave to stay out the house and promises the school a J.J. Bodybuddy show, but Dave--a decade-sober recovered alcoholic--gets too drunk to do the gig, so Sean must don the Bodybuddy leotard himself. Lily expresses her jealousy of the new baby.

Title Reference: "I'm Looking Through You" by The Beatles.
86 "Mystery Dance" Dave Tennant John Blanchard November 12, 2004 (2004-11-12) 508

With the bar in financial trouble, Sean and Claudia must get extra jobs to pay the bills: Sean applies for a manager position at T.J. Shenanigans while Claudia works from home collecting unpaid medical bills. When Sean and Eddie find themselves competing for the same job, they consider selling the bar. Meanwhile, Brad and Lily get back together and broken-hearted Taya rebounds with Jimmy.

Title Reference: "Mystery Dance" by Elvis Costello.
87 "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" Kristin Holloway John Blanchard November 19, 2004 (2004-11-19) 509

Feeling unsexy and depressed, pregnant Claudia gets a boost when her cute study buddy, Steve, flirts with her -- then she finds out that Sean paid him to do so. Lily helps Eddie write stand-up routine material, but another comic steals their jokes. Brad gets Jimmy into Science-Nauts, but Jimmy is less than enthusiastic about it until he finds out that the "secret" of every meeting involves porn.

Title Reference: "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" by Rod Stewart.
88 "Tom Sawyer" Chris Kelly John Blanchard January 7, 2005 (2005-01-07) 510

Lily becomes insecure when she learns that she's "not school smart." So when Brad snags an interview at Yale, she becomes jealous and connives to land her own interview. Sean takes a second job as a limo driver, to avoid doing work at home. Claudia tries to convince her neighbor, Arianna, that the Finnerty clan is not trash. Jimmy seeks advice from Eddie for his debut in the school production of Tom Sawyer.

Title Reference: "Tom Sawyer" by Rush.
89 "The Letters" Jeffrey Astrof, Mike Sikowitz John Blanchard January 14, 2005 (2005-01-14) 511

Sean becomes infuriated after receiving letters from the Home Owner's Association telling him to clean up his house, while Claudia is happy about the positive changes to the neighborhood. Lily insists that Brad buys her an anniversary gift from a list that she's made, but he defies her wishes and gets her a sexy nightie that he can't enjoy because he's busy picturing Sister Helen, who he ran into at the lingerie store. Jimmy announces that he has become a vegetarian.

Title Reference: "The Letter" by Joe Cocker.
90 "Crazy" Ned Goldreyer John Blanchard January 21, 2005 (2005-01-21) 512

Eddie's ex, Amy, displays naked photos of him in an art gallery, but he's too afraid to ask her to remove them; Sean is having problems trying to sell the Red Boot; Claudia has a baby shower; and Jimmy fills in on the cheerleading squad to get close to the girls.

Title Reference: "Crazy" by Patsy Cline.
91 "Hello, Goodbye" Bill Martin, Mike Schiff John Blanchard January 28, 2005 (2005-01-28) 513

In the series finale, Claudia and Sean miss Lily's graduation (and spoil her senior-prank plan) when Claudia goes into labor. The Finnerty boys learn that Walt has a girlfriend...his cleaning lady! In the end the Finnertys have a little girl, who they name Rose and later rename Gracie after many believe she was named after a certain movie character. But wait--Grandpa is engaged and his cleaning lady is expecting a little girl, who they plan to name Rose.

Title Reference: "Hello, Goodbye" by The Beatles.