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Do Over

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Thursday 8:30 PM Sep 19, 2002 on The WB
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Episode Summary

Joel is thrust back 20 years into the past, where his first order of business is to survive algebra class and keep from being humiliated in the student council election.

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    Tom Everett Scott

    Tom Everett Scott

    Adult Joel Larsen (voiceover; uncredited)

    Michael Milhoan

    Michael Milhoan

    Bill Larsen

    Gigi Rice

    Gigi Rice

    Karen Larsen

    Natasha Melnick

    Natasha Melnick

    Isabelle Meyers

    Angela Goethals

    Angela Goethals

    Cheryl Larsen

    Penn Badgley

    Penn Badgley

    Joel Larsen

    Travis Perkins

    Travis Perkins


    Guest Star

    Corie Henninger

    Corie Henninger


    Guest Star

    David Earnest

    David Earnest

    Pat at 34

    Guest Star

    Melinda Sward

    Melinda Sward

    Holly Kent

    Recurring Role

    Thomas F. Wilson

    Thomas F. Wilson

    Coach Dorsey

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (22)

      • Joel: Everybody snap. Come on snap. That's how fast high school's over. Next thing you know, you turn around you're 34, out of shape, losing your hair, selling paper. And you wonder what the hell happened. Believe me, you don't want to look back and think I wish I had or if only. Don't dwell on failures. Don't have regrets. Have fun. Take chances. Live each moment. Come on carpe diem people. Where are you Latin club? Help me out. It means seize the day.

      • Adult Joel: Somewhere along the line, my family fell completely apart. My parents marriage went to hell, my sister's on drugs, and worst than that, I'm a paper salesman!

      • Adult Joel: What happened?
        Adult Cheryl: Dad made grilled kitchen sandwich.
        Bill: It's your mother's fault for leaving me. She used to do all the cooking.
        Adult Joel: That was 16 years ago. You must be starving.

      • Adult Joel: Pat, what are you doing here?
        Adult Pat: Your dad hired me. He wants to sue the people at Wonder.
        Bill: For negligence! Bread is supposed a flame retardant up to 400°!
        Adult Joel: Says who?
        Bill: It's a fact!

      • Joel: (seeing his house in 1981) I don't believe it! It's my house! But with shingles and paint and windows and screens.
        Pat: Joel, the tree. It has branches and leaves! I want you normal by tomorrow, alright? Ice your brain!

      • Joel (voiceover): Cheryl. Look at her. She's in her heyday. Sixteen, popular and just discovering substance abuse.

      • Joel: (seeing Cheryl young again) Cheryl, hey, you look great!
        Cheryl: Keep me out of your wet dreams, perv.

      • Joel: (seeing his parents again) Oh, my god, you guys are still married!
        Karen: Yeah, well, it shocks the hell out of me too sometimes.

      • Bill: What the hell are you doing standing over there with that goofy look on your face?
        Joel: It's just nice to see everyone together, in the same room, as a family.
        Bill: Are you on drugs?

      • Karen: Why can't you be supportive?
        Bill: I'm plenty supportive! He's got food, clothes, a roof. I take him to the doctor when he gets sick. You want to see unsupportive? Next time he gets strep throat, I won't do anything. I'll let him go sterile.

      • Joel: All righty. The nostalgia's worn off. I'm going back to bed so I can wake up from this crazy dream. I will see you all in 20 years.

      • Joel: Cheryl, can you do me a huge favor and electrocute me.
        Cheryl: What am I, your slave? Electrocute yourself.

      • Isabel: She's out of your league. I'm telling you this not to be cruel but because men, of whom you are one of, are inherently stupid. You idealize this girl you don't even know and in the future, no woman will ever be able to live up to that. You'll end up sad and alone.
        Joel: That sounds about right.

      • Joel (voiceover): (watching Laverne & Shirley) This is just great. Every show for the next 20 years is gonna be a repeat.

      • Karen: (excited) How about this? A store that sells nothing but coffee!
        Bill: How about nothing but decaf?
        Karen: But not just regular coffee. Fancy coffees. Like lattes and cappuccino...
        Bill: No one would be interested. Coffee is an at-home and restaurant drink only. It's a fact!
        Joel (voiceover): It's no coincidence she left him right after Starbucks went public.

      • Joel: You know, Mom is really great.
        Bill: Uh huh.
        Joel: When was the last time you did something romantic for her, like you know, surprised her for no reason? Take some initiative. Women like that. It shows them you still care.
        Bill: Do I tell you how to play with yourself?

      • Joel: Alright, if elected, I will move to abolish memorizing passages from Shakespeare. It is something we'll never use! Well, except maybe in college you're trying to get in the pants of an English lit major. And what is up with dissecting worms? Who here wants to be a worm surgeon? Show of hands? And how dare they apply snow days toward our summer vacation? And cafeteria workers, pizza should not be square and ketchup is not a vegetable! Hey, how about co-ed locker rooms, huh? Remember, live each day. In fact, on behalf of me, Joel Larson, take the rest of the day off!

      • Joel (voiceover): Some families discuss their day at the dinner table. We did ours in the bathroom.

      • Cheryl: (about their parents) Oh, gross me out. They're going to ... do it!
        Joel: I can't remember the last time that happened.
        Cheryl: I think it was you. Let's hope it goes better this time.

      • Pat: Okay, I gotta know. Do I work in a dingy office under fluorescent lights, fighting for the rights of the downtrodden?
        Joel: You're a Republican, Pat.
        (Pat slowly sits down with a look of horror on his face)

      • Pat: (To Joel) All right either you got hit in the head too hard or I've been right all along. Pac-Man was sent by the Russians to warp the minds of America's youth.

      • Joel: All right, you want proof? In college, we got drunk and you confessed that you didn't take karate on Monday nights. You're at home watching Little House on the Prairie.
        Pat: That is a good show.

    • NOTES (4)

      • Music

        Madness: "Our House"
        Wham!: "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go"
        ZZ Top: "Sharp Dressed Man"
        Dead or Alive: "You Spin Me Round"
        Kim Wilde: "Kids in America"

      • Joel's baseball team was sponsored by Beacon Street Pizza which was also the name of the pizza place in Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place. Both series were created by Wiener & Schwartz. The pizza parlor owner in the earlier show was played by Julius Carry, who plays Principal Rudd in this show.

      • Songs in the show were from throughout the decade rather than just 1980 or 1981.
        Executive producer Rick Wiener was quoted in TV Guide (9/28/02) as saying, "Sometimes there's just a song that's on theme with your episode. We knew Wham's 'Wake me up before you Go-Go' wasn't from 1981, but it was the joke we wanted when Joel woke up in his teenage bedroom. We couldn't pass it up."

      • Many of the songs heard throughout the show came out after 1981. But considering that the show is from the point of view of a man from the year 2002 the music may all be in his head.

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Pat: (to Joel's dog) Willie, Joel's brain is trapped in a well. Go get help!

        This is a play on the stereotyped situation in the Lassie television series where Lassie would run to find help whenever Timmy was in trouble.

      • Joel: Pat, you don't understand! They were trying to put out the fire and you were there and my dad was there and Cheryl was there.
        Pat: Okay, Dorothy. I believe ya.

        This is a reference to The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, at the end of which Dorothy identifies the farm hands as the three companions she had in Oz.