A Year in the Life

Season 1 Episode 3

What Do You Think Love Is?

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Aired Wednesday 9:00 PM Sep 30, 1987 on NBC
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David and his uncle Jack go on a fishing trip together, but their much-anticipated male bonding adventure turns tragic when Jack hits a stray dog on the drive to the lake. The collie is near death, but David insists that they take her back to their cabin to nurse her back to health. When Jack tries to convince David to go fishing with him the next morning, David's temper flares and he accuses his uncle of being selfish and cruel. Jack ends up fishing by himself and when he returns to the cabin, David tearfully admits to him that he had to suffocate the dog with a pillow to put her out of her misery. Back at home, Sam has invited his father Joe to dinner with his new wife Kay, saying that Kay was the one who invited Joe. But the invitation was just a ruse to get Joe and Kay together, since Kay is still terribly nervous around Joe. Kay frantically tries to make plans for the dinner, going overboard in her preparations for Joe, who admits he would have been happy with a hamburger. Sure enough, Sam calls late and tells Kay that he has missed his boat home and won't be able to make it. Kay's dinner then proves to be a disaster, so Joe takes her out to eat and tells her embarrassing stories about Sam when he was a child to put her at ease. Joe's daughter Lindley is having troubles of her own with her husband Jim regarding their 7-month old daughter Ruth. Lindley pushes Jim into submitting to an interview with a snooty upper-class preschool administrator. And Jim is pressing Lindley to accompany him to Ruth's Jewish baby-naming ceremony, a ritual that means a lot to him. Lindley puts Jim off, refusing to make a decision to attend because she's only recently converted to Judaism in order to marry him, so Jim ends up going to the ceremony on his own. Jim is hurt by her failure to attend, and Lindley tries to explain why she did it. But things remain tense between them until Jim catches Lindley quietly reading the naming ceremony on her own with Ruth cradled in her arms.moreless

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Wendy Phillips

Wendy Phillips

Anne Gardner Maxwell

Richard Kiley

Richard Kiley

Joe Gardner

Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker

Kay Ericson Gardner

Adam Arkin

Adam Arkin

Jim Eisenberg

David Oliver

David Oliver

Sam Gardner

Jayne Atkinson

Jayne Atkinson

Lindley Gardner Eisenberg

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