The Rat

Season 1, Ep 2, Aired 10/5/01
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  • Episode Description
  • Lily looks through the yearbook that Henry gave her and recognizes the girl in the locket as Meredith Weller, one of Catherine's classmates. The locket and yearbook disappear from Lily's room. Catherine denies taking anything, but Lily finds both items in her parents' bedroom. Catherine tells Lily that Meredith was her best friend in high school. She disappeared, and Catherine was certain that she was murdered by her boyfriend, Philip Parker. Philip was never arrested, but blamed Catherine for turning the town against him. She insists that he broke into the house with the intention of killing her. Henry doesn't believe that Lily should be too quick to accept Catherine's story. Henry and Lily share a kiss. Catherine later tries to dissuade Henry from investigating the family, claiming that Lily is too fragile to handle it. Catherine destroys all of the negative articles about the Greeleys, as well as the locket. The Sun's board of directors, concerned by George's heart condition, orders him to name a successor. Robert is certain that he will get the job, but George confidentially tells Will that he will become the new publisher. Aware that Catherine knows about his affair, Will tries to discuss the situation. She pushes him away, but seems more accommodating after a fling with a security guard in a clothing store's dressing room. Jennie becomes obsessed with Nate. Lily tells Catherine that Nate stole her bracelet to fund his drug habit. Robert has some goons beat up Nate to teach him a lesson. Beth is thrilled to learn that her new boyfriend is Jewish. She decides to rebel against her family by flaunting the relationship. She brings her boyfriend to a family dinner, where Robert makes anti-Semitic jokes. The McAllisters deal with a rat problem in their home.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Alison Lohman

    Lily Greeley McAllister

  • Dana Delany

    Catherine McAllister

  • Martin Donovan

    Will McAllister

  • Christopher Marquette

    Mason McAllister

  • Mark Valley

    Robert Greeley

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  • Notes (3)

    • "Papa Loves Mambo" by Perry Como plays during the dinner scene.

    • The opening credits now include shots of each cast member. In the pilot, the credits featured a person (presumably Lily) going through a photo album as the names of the cast appeared on the screen.

    • Lupe Ontiveros also starred with the show's creator, Mike White, in the 2000 film "Chuck & Buck." Mike White also wrote that movie.

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