American Dreams

Season 1 Episode 13

The Pursuit of Happiness

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Aired Sunday 8:00 PM Feb 02, 2003 on NBC
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The Pursuit of Happiness
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In the aftermath of his confession to Beth, J.J. struggles to put their relationship back together again, but quickly realizes that it might be too little too late. Elsewhere, Meg strikes up a musical friendship with Sam as they decide to save money by sharing records - causing problems with J.J. who quickly reminds his sister about the trouble she faced after her previous interactions with Sam. Meanwhile, Jack entrusts his new employee -- Nathan, the nephew of Henry with delivery duty, but later questions his decision when Nathan fails to return. Helen volunteers to baby-sit for her professor and gets to know him better, while Roxanne fights for a coveted position writing the "Backstage on Bandstand" column for Teenzine magazine.moreless

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  • Maybe this episode is building up to something, but nothing really important happened.

    8.0
    *Meg/Sam! This was maybe the only important thing that happened. I love Meg and Sam being friends and having their record trading club... It's so cool! And they are so cute together.



    *JJ... I usually love JJ, but I really didn't like him in this episode... Beating up Billy Stanton and his car, it made me think Beth should never go back with him! But I'll change my mind.



    *Roxanne and Patty! That was pretty funny, Roxanne writing her column, and her Ringo picture! And yeah! She got it!



    *Professor Witt.... ACK! I hate Mr. Pryor but, ugh, I really don't like that guy.



    *The whole Nathan thing, I really don't get... Like why did he stop at the bar? I like him a whole lot better in the next two seasons.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

Edith Fields

Edith Fields

Mrs. Murphy

Guest Star

Andrew Caple-Shaw

Andrew Caple-Shaw

Billy Stanton

Guest Star

Michelle Johnston

Michelle Johnston

Miss Johnson

Guest Star

Joey Lawrence

Joey Lawrence

Michael Brooks

Recurring Role

Jamie Elman

Jamie Elman

Luke Foley

Recurring Role

Steve Ryan

Steve Ryan

 

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • The Ford Mustang was introduced in April 1964 and the car in this show definitely was a Mustang. If the timeline was Feb/Mar 1964 then the car should not have been there.

    • Dick Clark introduced Little Anthony & The Imperials' "Shimmy shimmy Ko Ko Bop" as the # 4 or 5 song in his current music countdown. Only problem was the song was a major hit in Jan 1960. Now unless he was giving a countdown of the dancers' favorites, this was a very bogus use of Bandstand footage.

  • QUOTES (2)

    • Michael Brooks: Alyssa got kicked off the show because her skirt was too short, Jeff got caught sneaking into Lesley Gore's dressing room…
      Roxanne: But the grammar's good, right?
      Michael Brooks: It's all lies Roxanne. I don't know how you could even write this stuff.
      Roxanne: I was just trying to spice it up a little bit.

    • Meg: What if you were doing something other people think is wrong?
      Mrs. Pryor: Meg, all of my life, I've pretty much done what other people think is right. Maybe, maybe that doesn't always work out so well. What I mean is, I think we should be able to choose our own friends.
      Meg: But maybe some people really shouldn't be friends…
      Mrs. Pryor: I'd take that chance.

  • NOTES (1)

    • Songs w/Artists (in tonight's episode)
      * Glad All Over - Dave Clark Five - 6-4/25/64
      * When You Walk in the Room - The Searchers - 35-11/21/64
      * Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop - Little Anthony & the Imperials - 24-2/08/60
      * Sweets For My Sweet - The Drifters - 16-10/30/61
      * Not Fade Away - The Beatles - [Can't find anything that indicates The Beatles ever recorded this song]
      * In The Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett - 21-9/04/65
      * A Fool in Love - Ike & Tina Turner - 27-10/17/60
      * Rhythm & Groove - Richard Holmes - [not charted]
      * Ricky Tick - Mongo Santamaria - [1965 Album cut]
      * Hippy Hippy Shake - Swinging Blue Jeans - 24-4/04/64
      * Tobacco Road - Nashville Teens - 14-11/07/64
      * (Just Like) Romeo & Juliet - Reflections - 6-5/30/64
      * Can I Get A Witness - Marvin Gaye - 22-12/28/63 [not on NBC list]
      * Wonderful - The Beach Boys - [1967 Album cut]

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