American Dreams

Season 1 Episode 5

The Fighting Irish

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Oct 27, 2002 on NBC
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The Fighting Irish
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Jimmy (still sporting a shiner from their first date) asks Meg to be his partner on Bandstand. A Notre Dame recruiter is interested in J.J., but when J.J. doesn't show Jack will have to carry the ball for his son. Patty wants a new water heater and goes around timing everyone's showers to show they need one. Beth tries her best to get through to J.J., but he brushes her off and while Jack is meeting with the recruiter, he gets drunk with Tommy. Helen walks out on the doctor, when she firsts goes in about birth control. Meg thinks her and Jimmy are destined to be a real couple,but he says he only wants to be friends. Jack gives J.J. the cold shoulder over his blowing off the recruiting meeting. Helen returns to the doctor a second time and it goes much smoother. Things change at the big game, when the team needs a big play, J.J. fakes an injury, before scoring the game winning touchdown on the play Jack taught him.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

    Chester Gregory

    Chester Gregory

    Jackie Wilson

    Guest Star

    Michael Burger

    Michael Burger

    Charlie O' Donnell

    Guest Star

    Lindsay Mexwell

    Lindsay Mexwell

    Girl #1

    Guest Star

    Tony Alcantar

    Tony Alcantar

    Lewd Camera Guy

    Recurring Role

    Johnny Sneed

    Johnny Sneed

    Stretch

    Recurring Role

    Paul D. Roberts

    Paul D. Roberts

    Dick Clark

    Recurring Role

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    • TRIVIA (2)

      • In the previous episode, J.J.'s dance thing was on a Sunday night. In this episode he said it was on a Saturday night.

      • In Episode 5, "The Fighting Irish," Dick Clark is seen in archival footage talking about how Brunswick Records is awarding a gold record for the million-selling song "Lonely Teardrops," and at that moment Jackie Wilson comes out on stage to sing his hit.

        Except that "Lonely Teardrops" was released in 1958, which suggests that the song took five years to sell a million copies, if Brunswick Records was awarding the gold record in 1963. Perhaps if the there was a cutaway from the footage, where Dick Clark could redub the words "Baby Workout" for "Lonely Teardrops" (which was a huge hit in 1963), then the actor playing Jackie Wilson could sing "Baby Workout" on stage.

    • QUOTES (1)

    • NOTES (1)

      • Songs w/Artists (in tonight's episode)
        * Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong - 23-3/07/60
        * Louie Louie - Kingsmen - 2-12/14/63
        * Hold On Me - The Miracles - [not charted]
        * Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson - 7-2/09/59
        * Ahab, The Arab - Ray Stevens - 5-8/04/62 [not listed by NBC]
        * Twist and Shout - The Beatles - 2-4/04/64
        * Baby It's You - The Beatles - 67-4/22/95
        * Rhythm of the Rain - The Cascades - 3-3/09/63
        * He Don't Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando & Dawn - 1-5/03/75
        * The Nitty Gritty - Shirley Ellis - 8-1/11/64
        * Just One More Day - Otis Redding - 85-12/25/65
        * U.S. National Anthem
        * UCLA Fight Song

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