American Dreams

Season 1 Episode 6

Soldier Boy

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Nov 03, 2002 on NBC
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Roxanne is positive Meg is the "Blurry Girl" in a teen magazine dancing with Jimmy Riley. Jack and Helen are in New York for a reunion of Jack's World War II unit. Beth tries in vain to reach J.J. but he cuts her off again. Later Meg meets Jay of Jay and The Americans as he performs their hit "Come a Little Bit Closer" at a Bandstand rehearsal. He and Meg hit it off as do Roxanne and Carl the drummer. They plan a party for that night at the Pryors' house. Meanwhile in New York, Helen is approached by a man who claims Jack saved his life during the war. Patty finds out about the party and wants to impress her spelling-bee foe Kevin by inviting him to party with Jay Black. J.J. and Will find Jack's Medal of Honor while moving the last of the stuff from Meg's new room to the garage. Jay suggests to Meg and Roxanne they go some place else instead for the party. Beth and Kevin both show up, while J.J. and Beth have a fight, Patty and Kevin wait awkwardly for Meg to get home, which she never does. Meg realizing too late she hurt her sister's feelings, tries to make amends. Lastly Jack relates the story behind the medal to the whole family.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    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

    Nick Carter

    Nick Carter

    Jay Black

    Guest Star

    Alan Dale

    Alan Dale

     

    Guest Star

    Angeline Holmes

    Angeline Holmes

    Gina Rizzelli

    Guest Star

    Joey Lawrence

    Joey Lawrence

    MIchael Brooks

    Recurring Role

    Rachel Boston

    Rachel Boston

    Beth Mason

    Recurring Role

    Paul D. Roberts

    Paul D. Roberts

    Dick Clark

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • In Episode 1.06, "Soldier Boy," Meg and Roxanne are excited to hear that Jay and the Americans will be on American Bandstand. The band is heard in rehearsals performing "Come A Little Bit Closer," which Meg tells lead singer Jay Black that she has heard on the radio and loves, but that she also loved his voice on "She Cried." Roxanne says that she's more into Carl, the group's drummer.


        Except that "Come A Little Bit Closer" wasn't written until mid-1964, nine months after the timeline for that episode. Since Jay and the Americans were a vocal harmony group, with the exception of guitarist Marty Sanders, none of the group's members would be playing an instrument (at the time, their lineup included Jay Black, Sandy Yaguda, Kenny Vance, Howie Kane and Marty Sanders; there was no member of the group named "Carl"). Also, Jay Black would not appreciate Meg applauding his vocals on the song "She Cried," as that was sung by the original "Jay" of Jay and the Americans, Jay Traynor (Jay Black was born David Blatt, and changed his name for the group). If the group had performed their hits "Only In America" or "Come Dance With Me," it would have fit in the timeline.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Meg: No, it's not me, because you see, Jimmy and me are...
        Patty: Jimmy and I.
        Meg: Patty, I'm trying to be nice here!
        Patty: (sarcastically) Sorry.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Songs w/Artists (in tonight's episode)
        * Boys - The Shirelles - [not charted]
        * Tell Him - The Exciters - 4-1/19/63
        * Tell Her I'm Not Home - Ike and Tina Turner - [not charted]
        * Come A Little Bit Closer - Jay & the Americans - 3-11/21/64 [Nick Carter cover]
        * California Sun - The Rivieras - 5-2/29/64
        * She Cried - Jay & the Americans - 5-5/19/62
        * Walk Like A Man - The 4 Seasons - 1-3/02/63
        * Since I Fell For You - Buddy Johnson - [not charted]
        * On Broadway - The Drifters - 9-4/27/63
        * Don't Be That Way - Benny Goodman - [1956 Album cut]
        * Hello Stranger - Carter Family - [not charted]

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