A Year in the Life

Season 1 Episode 2

Things You Should Know Before and After

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 23, 1987 on NBC
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Jack has applied to become a Seattle police officer, and has done very well with all of his tests so far, scoring in the 96th percentile. But in his psychological exam, he admits that he attempted using pot and cocaine in his past, unaware that this admission would doom his application. He is ultimately rejected, and in a drunken haze meets up with two police buddies who encouraged him to apply and instigates a brawl with them. His father, Joe, later picks him up at an all night diner, and Jack confesses his mistake. Joe has been having troubles with his neighbor Bob, who is angry that Joe's dog Max continually leaves droppings on Bob's lawn. The conflict quickly escalates to a small claims court case that Bob presses against Joe. The exasperated judge who gets the case tells Joe that he needs to keep Max leashed, which Joe is reluctant to do since Max has had free rein for his entire life, so Joe offers to put up a fence. Joe's granddaughter Sunny feels pressured by high school peers to take the plunge and have sex. She agrees to a date with Gus, who she claims not to really be interested in, and later encourages him to have sex with her. The experience is not enjoyable, and the next day, Sunny is angry with her mother and tells Gus that she doesn't want to ever see him again. When Sunny's mother realizes what has happened, she admits the circumstances of her first time having sex, and it was just as impersonal and forgettable, something that her mother had wanted Sunny to avoid.moreless

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