Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 10/8/00
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  • Episode Description
  • Ed Stevens has just been fired for misplacing a comma in a 500 page contract, which cost his law firm employer millions of dollars. When he arrives home to give his wife the bad news, he finds her in bed with the mailman. He decides to pack it all in and head back to his hometown of Stuckeyville, Ohio. When he runs into Carol Vessey, the girl of his high school dreams who is now an English teacher at Stuckeyville High School, he decides to stick around and purchase the local bowling alley, where he sets up a law practice. Ed moves in with his best friend Mike and Mike's wife Nancy who are adjusting to life with a new baby. Still intent upon winning over Carol, Ed dons a suit of armor and enters her oom carrying flowers and seeking a date. Although she is dating another faculty member, Carol agrees.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Josh Randall

    Mike Burton

  • Thomas Cavanagh

    Ed Stevens

  • Julie Bowen

    Carol Vessey

  • Jana Marie Hupp

    Nancy Burton

  • Lesley Boone

    Molly Hudson

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • This episode establishes Ed as a former NYC lawyer, newly fired and separated from his wife, who moves back to his hometown of Stuckeyville. Ed's inspiration to return (and buy the bowling alley where he worked as a teenager) comes after a run-in with hi

    By WarrenCheswick, Jun 16, 2005

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (6)

    • Ed (to Carol): I bought a bowling alley because it just so happens that I love the game... when played correctly, it's actually quite beautiful.

    • Ed (to Molly about Carol): If you're not born with broad shoulders and a strong jaw, there's only one way to get the girl... you make an complete ass of yourself.

    • Kenny: If there were two bowling alleys, exactly alike, but one of them had wall-to-wall whores, I'd definitely patronize the one with the whores.

    • Ed: I'm a lawyer, and I own a bowling alley. Two separate things.

    • Molly: Well, because you kissed the guy and he bought a bowling alley. Carol: Oh Molly please... It did not happen that way at all and you know it. Molly: Well... You're lucky you didn't sleep with him. He would've bought a strip mall.

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    Notes (2)

    • Featured Music: "Tropicalia" by Beck "Your Life Is Now" by John Mellencamp "Do That to Me One More Time" by The Captain & Tennille "Between the Sheets" by The Isley Brothers "Knock Three Times" by Tony Orlando & Dawn

    • Theme Song: "Next Year" by The Foo Fighters

    Trivia (3)

    • Phil has been selling Kobe steaks out of the refrigerator of Stuckeybowl. He offers some to Ed.

    • Ed says that he once worked in Stuckeybowl behind the counter at the snack bar. While in college, he also worked in a fresh-roasted nut store.

    • The names on the blackboard in Carol's classroom - Eunice, Sydney, and Lucy - refer to Rob Burnett's children.

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