American Dreams

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Sep 29, 2002 on NBC

Episode Recap

It's November 1963 and Meg Pryor's dream is to appear on the Philly Based American Bandstand. Thanks to her best friend Roxanne, Meg finally gets the chance to appear, but her hopes are dashed when at dinner that night, Jack refuses to let her go on. While at the same time J.J. drops a bombshell on his dad and announces he doesn't want to play football anymore, so he quit the team. Jack blames his girlfriend Beth and she storms out. Defying her father, Meg goes and does the show, in place of seeing Patty's spelling bee. Jack sees her on TV and when she's asked back as a regular, he refuses to let her appear. Meanwhile Helen struggles with her decision to stop having kids, of which Jack doesn't want to hear, but finally accepts it. J.J. tells his coach he doesn't want to play football, because he's being forced too and that it took the fun out of it, but his coach says he should play anyway. Helen tries to talk Jack into letting Meg appear on the show, but he's made his decision. Jack surprises and delights Meg, when he first grounds her and then says she can do the show but nothing else.