American Dreams

Season 1 Episode 11

I Wanna Hold Your Hand

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Jan 05, 2003 on NBC
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The Beatles' arrival in America sends the country and the Pryor household into a frenzy, except for a concerned J.J., who receives word that Notre Dame has denied him a full scholarship. Determined to afford his son's college education, Jack seeks financial help from his successful and slightly distant older brother Ted, despite Pete and Helen's concerns. Ted offers to pay for J.J.'s first year in South Bend in exchange for 50% ownership in the shop. Meanwhile, a confused Meg attempts to classify her relationship with Luke, employing Roxanne's "perfect plan", which is to simply have Luke introduce himself as Meg's boyfriend, to determine if the record store clerk is in fact her boyfriend. Patty's put in a tough position when she has to teach Will the twelve apostles or she won't get to watch The Beattles on Ed Sullivan that night.moreless

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    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

    Christopher Cousins

    Christopher Cousins

    Ted Pryor

    Guest Star

    Anne De Salvo

    Anne De Salvo

     

    Guest Star

    Nealla Gordon

    Nealla Gordon

     

    Guest Star

    Joey Lawrence

    Joey Lawrence

    Michael Brooks

    Recurring Role

    Matthew John Armstrong

    Matthew John Armstrong

    Pete Pryor

    Recurring Role

    Jamie Elman

    Jamie Elman

    Luke Foley

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • In this episode, after you hear Ed Sullivan's introduction of the Beatles, it goes right into "I Want To Hold Your Hand". But on the real Ed Sullivan, that was the Beatles' last number. The first number was "All My Loving".

      • If I remember correctly, The Beatles did not appear live at the studio, but I believe they did do a taped appearance from Florida. It showed the group having fun on the beach. Can't remember the songs they sang. Ed Sullivan snatched them up.

      • A reference should be made to the fact that The Ed Sullivan Show was the first to host The Beatles. The first to show film of them was The Jack Paar Show on NBC, I believe in Jan 1964. As far as The Beatles appearing on American Bandstand, It never happened.

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Roxanne: (while Luke and Meg are kissing) Sorry, I know I'm interrupting, but the Ed Sullivan show starts in three minutes. Priorities.

      • Roxanne: Can I get anything?
        Luke: I'll have a soda. (Roxanne walks to kitchen) Oh, and get one for my girlfriend too. (Everyone stares at them)

      • Luke: What did you want me to say?
        Meg: When?
        Luke: At Bandstand.
        Meg: Nothing. Did you even?- nothing.
        Luke: All right then. (walks away)
        Meg: Wait. (Luke turns around) Why did you kiss me? On Christmas Eve? Did you feel sorry for me? Did you think I looked pretty then, and I haven't looked pretty since? Do you ever think about kissing me again?
        Luke: All the time.

      • Meg (to J.J.): The Beatles just arrived in America, you already knew that and I want to buy their 45... can I have your money?

      • American Bandstand dancers (huddled around a TV showing the Beatles): Do you think they have girlfriends?

      • Dick Clark: And the top 3 songs this week, (Meg and Roxanne mouthing along) All My Loving, She Loves You, and...
        Roxanne & Meg (together): I WANNA HOLD YOUR HAND!

      • Dick Clark (on TV): Do you boys know what I Wanna Hold Your Hand was rated when it first came out?
        Patty (watching TV): 87 and 2/3

    • NOTES (3)

      • Viewers should be aware that at the time of this show - Early Jan 1964 - Freshman at colleges were NOT allowed to play varsity sports. (An NCAA rule change was made in 1973 to allow freshman to play). So JJ would NOT have played for the Irish on the football team but would have rather been on a Freshman Team that played other schools on Fridays, was not reported much if at all to the outside world, and definitely would not be on TV since the NBC/Notre Dame contract was signed many years later.

      • Songs w/Artists (in tonight's episode)
        * Dance, Dance, Dance - The Beach Boys - 8-12/19/64
        * I Want To Hold Your Hand - Beatles - 1-2/01/64
        * Pain In My Heart - Dells - [not charted]
        * Shout Part 1 - The Isley Brothers - 47-10/26/59
        * I Need Your Lovin' - Roy Hamilton - 62-5/04/59 [not listed by NBC]
        * Fun, Fun, Fun - The Beach Boys - 5-3/21/64
        * Boys - The Shirelles - [not charted] [not listed by NBC]
        * Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis - 1-7/10/61
        * Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss) - Betty Everett - 6-4/11/64
        * You Talk To Much - Joe Jones - 3-11/14/60
        * Trouble In Mind - Sam Cooke - [not charted]

      • This episode was originally intitled "Beatlemania."

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