American Dreams

Season 1 Episode 14


Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 09, 2003 on NBC
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Episode Summary

Preparing for the East Catholic High School Valentine's Day dance, Meg tries to convince boyfriend Luke of the importance of the holiday, while Roxanne waits for a brave boy to ask her to the dance . Meanwhile, a health scare sends Jack to the hospital, while J.J. searches for forgiveness from Beth. Elsewhere, Patty braces for her own Valentine's Day festivities as she makes arrangements for her first coed party.moreless

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  • It's not painful because it's bad, but because I'm suddenly very, very depressed...

    Now do not get me wrong. This episode has some great storylines going for it, the acting is top-of-the-line, and the music is awesome. But seriously. It leaves you on a very very depressed note. By the end, we've had Luke and Meg break up, JJ and Beth decide to "take a break", made Sam and his little girlfriend feel like outsiders at the dance, and sent Jack to the hospital. ??? There were some fabulous elements, though. #1: When Luke breaks up with Meg, Brittany Snow's acting is beautiful. The way she portrays the one little tear and then covers it up is perfect. Love it. #2: The song Warren plays for Roxanne at the end. Gorgeous song that I really wish I could buy and get on my iPod.

    So yeah. It's actually GOOD as far as the technicalities go, but it's very, very depressing.moreless
Gail O'Grady

Gail O'Grady

Helen Dolan Pryor

Tom Verica

Tom Verica

John "Jack" Pryor

Arlen Escarpeta

Arlen Escarpeta

Sam Walker

Virginia Madsen

Virginia Madsen

Rebecca Sandstrom [Ep. 1 - 14]

Brittany Snow

Brittany Snow

Margaret "Meg" Pryor

Vanessa Lengies

Vanessa Lengies

Roxanne Bojarski

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • During a tv broadcast mention was made of Cassius Clay changing his name to Muhammad Ali. The goof: American Dreams was supposed to be Valentine'sDay (2/14/64) or at least within a couple days. Cassius Clay fought Sonny Liston for the Heavyweight title on Feb 25 1964 and won. He startled the world shortly thereafter by announcing that he joinedthe Nation of Islam nd changed his name. All this happened about two weeks after the dance was supposed to happen. (On February 25, 1964, in Miami Beach, Florida, Clay waged his
      first challenge for the heavyweight championship in a match against Sonny
      Liston. Though Liston was thought by many boxing experts to be invincible,
      the brash 22-year old Clay spent the weeks leading up to the fight
      entertaining reporters and fans with colorfully-worded promises of his
      impending victory. In one of the most stunning upsets in boxing history,
      Clay delivered on his promise, knocking Liston out in the seventh round.

      Shortly after the fight, Cassius Clay startled the sports world by
      announcing that he had joined the Nation of Islam and had changed his name
      to Muhammad Ali. Ali defended his heavyweight crown in nine matches over the
      next two years. His title was revoked in 1967 when, citing his Islamic
      faith, he refused induction into the United States military and was
      sentenced to a five-year prison term.)

    • Other than the list of songs that Luke rattled off as love songs included three that were not in existence at Feb 64 and the fact that Vanessa Carlton sang a Bandstand featured song that wasn't released until at least two months later (Wishin + Hopin). Also Herman's Hermits "i'm into something good" was not released until Nov 1964 (9 months later!).

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Roxanne: (after Warren finishes his song) Warren, you're going to make a terrible priest. (awkward silence) What you should be is a singer.

    • Warren: Actually, there's a song I kind of wrote…For you.
      Roxanne: Is the word "easy" in the title?

    • Jack: (picking up a red cookie) What the hell did you do to these things
      Helen: A little red food dye… (Jack looks confused) Valentines Day?
      Jack: Hmm… (coughs, awkwardly) Of course, in fact I… uh… I have a little something for you. Later.
      Helen: Jack…
      Jack: No, I do it in the car.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Songs w/Artists (in tonight's episode)
      * Do You Want To Dance - Bobby Freeman - 5-6/09/58
      * Mickey's Monkey - The Miracles - 8-9/21/63 [not listed by NBC]
      * Wishin' and Hopin' - Dusty Springfield - 6-8/01/64 [Vanessa Carlton cover]
      * A Lover's Question - Clyde McPhatter - 6-1/19/59 [Jacky Ward cover?]
      * Cry To Me - Solomon Burke - 44-3/17/62
      * Chains - The Beatles - [1964 Album cut]
      * Baby I'm Yours - Barbara Lewis - 11-8/21/65
      * Book Of Love - Monotones - 5-4/21/58
      * Baby Love - The Supremes - 1-10/31/64
      * It Hurts To Be In Love - Gene Pitney - 7-10/03/64
      * [unknown]
      * [unknown]
      * I'm Into Something Good - Herman's Hermits - 13-12/12/64
      * Farmer's Lament - Cisco Houston - [not charted]
      * Low Tide - Freddie King - [not charted]
      * Work Song - "Cannonball" Adderley - [1975 Album cut]
      * [unknown]
      * An American Folk Song - Warren Sroka (original song)