Grounded for Life

Season 1 Episode 4

Devil with a Plaid Skirt

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Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Jan 31, 2001 on FOX
9.1
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Jimmy's claim of demonic possession and Lily's skirt length prompt Sean's perceived battle with school head Sister Helen. Sean brings home an old friend who has become a priest.

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  • 104

    9.5
    Will remain a classic on Grounded for Life. One of the most memorable and hilarious episodes of all time as early as the fourth episode of season one. It's no wonder this show got picked up for a second season. You can't go wrong with this episode. Three hilarious ongoing plots continuing to be consistent with one another and manage to be hilarious?



    How many sitcoms do you know can do that on today's TV? Grounded for Life wasn't written a long time ago, but it makes the writers of today's comedy look like chimps compared to the brilliant writing of this original comedy series. Donal Logue continues to steal the show here. Everything he does is absolutely hilarious. You know you're watching Grounded For Life when you see Sean arguing with everyone about how you say a phrase or word ignoring the real issue. Just hilarious comedy tonight. From Eddie & Sean taking pictures of the skirts to the holy water being vodka at the very end, this was a superb episode of Grounded.



    All plots came together in the end, which is just what I love about this show so much. The priest just was a great addition to this episode, and he had great interactions with Claudia. Great hilarious episode of Grounded for Life, don't miss it.moreless
  • Sean looks for help when raging a Holy War against Sister Helen.

    9.7
    There are a lot of different really funny elements in this episode. Jimmy is great as he thinks he is possessed after watching the exorcist. His possessed voice is really hilarious and his exorcism is so fake that it is amazing. I love when the Priest throws Eddie's vodka on Jimmy. Sean is also at his best in this episode as the totally irrational man that he is. Him and Sister Helen are so funny together. All of his references to Holy War and things like that against her with the aid of his friend turned priest are really funny. Lily's drama at school is funny as well with the jumpers and when Sean and Eddie go and take photos of the girls it is absolutely hilarious.moreless
  • Lily decides to quit school, Jimmy thinks he's possessed and Sean seeks a friend's help in bringing down Sister Helen

    9.5
    While he's at confession, Sean finds out that his old friend Timmy is now Father Tim, a priest. Back at home, Lily decides to quit school after being disgraced by forcing every girl at school to wear jumpers. Jimmy, after watching The Exorcist at the theatre, becomes convinced he is possessed. Sean, after trying to prove Sister Helen wrong in Lily's skirt situation, tries to recruit Tim in bringing down Sister Helen. In another minor storyline, Tim and Claudia used to date in high school. Claudia was Tim's last girlfriend before he became a man of the cloth. I enjoyed the exorcism performed by Tim and Lily declaring that she and Brad are gonna get married. This episode is one of my favorites.moreless
  • Such a great show. A good episode.

    9.0
    Sean is such a stubborn person. It's awesome. We really get to find out that Lily is just like Sean in this episode. There is definitely some good chemistry between Sean and Lily (well, not in the normal sense that that phrase is used but it's the best I can come up with.) I love how they repeatedly mock Sean and his choice of prepositions in this episode. The great line is "In yours!" Sean and Claudia really have no idea what they are doing and that leads to a lot of the humor of this show. It's great in this episode with Jimmy thinking he's possesed. He such a wierd kid. Great episode.moreless
Richard Riehle

Richard Riehle

Walt Finnerty (Season 1-2, recurring otherwise)

Megyn Price

Megyn Price

Claudia Finnerty

Kevin Corrigan

Kevin Corrigan

Eddie Finnerty

Lynsey Bartilson

Lynsey Bartilson

Lily Finnerty

Donal Logue

Donal Logue

Sean Finnerty

Jake Burbage

Jake Burbage

Henry Finnerty (2001-2004)

David DeLuise

David DeLuise

Father Tim

Guest Star

Meredith Morton

Meredith Morton

Friend

Guest Star

Christine Weatherup

Christine Weatherup

Girl

Guest Star

Miriam Flynn

Miriam Flynn

Sister Helen

Recurring Role

Bret Harrison

Bret Harrison

Brad O'Keefe

Recurring Role

Carol Kiernan

Carol Kiernan

Nun

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (14)

    • (People are watching Sean and Eddie take pictures of girls)
      Sean: Oh, hi... we're just taking pictures of their skirts.
      Eddie: This isn't for us. This is for a nun.

    • Lily: I'm never leaving the house again. Like Aunt Maureen. I'm even gonna order my cat chow on the internet.
      Walt: Listen Lily, you don't want to go that way. Cause one day, your Aunt Maureen is gonna die... and those cats are gonna eat her.

    • Sean: You've turned my daughter into a martyr!
      Sister Helen: Mr. Finnerty, a martyr is a person who dies for their faith.
      Sean: Well, I didn't mean like literally a martyr...
      Sister Helen: I don't even think she's figuratively a martyr!

    • Sean: Hey, Jimmy?
      Jimmy: (raspy voice) Jimmy's not here.
      Sean: Okay, Satan is not speaking through you.
      Jimmy: (raspy voice) I just wanna know what it's gonna sound like when he starts.
      Henry: (raspy voice) Hey. This is kind of cool.
      Jimmy: (raspy voice) Shut up! You're not possessed. I am.

    • Jimmy: A priest! I knew it. But you said I wasn't possessed!
      Claudia: You're not.
      Jimmy: Then why is a priest here?!
      Sean: Jimmy, he's an old friend of ours. Timmy. Okay, now, now, you guys just go upstairs. Go.
      Jimmy: What? I can't be alone. That's when the demons tell me to do things.

    • Sister Helen: Jimmy has been extremely disruptive in class, and we're all a bit concerned.
      Claudia: Well, he's been just fine at home.
      Sean: Yeah, totally normal.
      Sister Helen: Jimmy, tell them what you told your teacher.
      Jimmy: I'm possessed by Satan.

    • Claudia: Hey, Lil.
      Lily: Hi.
      Claudia: Why are you in your pajamas already?
      Lily: You mean, why am I in my pajamas still?
      Claudia: You didn't go to school?
      Lily: I'm never going to school again. I'm gonna sit on this couch and eat Hot Pockets for the rest of my life. Like Aunt Maureen.
      Claudia: Aunt Maureen would never fit on that couch.
      Lily: Tomorrow I'm going to the animal shelter and getting a whole bunch of cats.
      Claudia: No. Tomorrow, you're going to school.
      Lily: I can't go back to school. I'm despised. All my friends hate me.
      Claudia: Well, school is not a popularity contest.
      Lily: Yes, it is.
      Claudia: I know.

    • (Eddie and Sean are with Jimmy and Henry watching a pony movie)
      Eddie: (to Sean) I'm gonna kill you. I'm gonna kill you, then I'm gonna kill myself.
      Pony: Here I go.
      Bird: But your feathers are made of hay.
      Pony: Magic hay
      Eddie: I wish I had some magic hay.
      Pony: I'll never be a bird.
      Henry: Do you like this movie?
      Sean: Oh yeah! I think it's great. (laughs)
      Henry: I think it sucks!
      Sean: Let's go.
      Eddie: Quick, let's sneak into the movie next door.
      Father Tim: What was the movie next door?
      Eddie: The Exorcist.
      (The guys are now all in the Exorcist theater)
      Henry: That girl's head spins all the way around... like an owl! Look, she can fly.
      Eddie: Unlike that stupid pony.

    • Eddie: Are we sure he isn't possessed?
      Claudia: Yes.
      Eddie: Because, you know it sometimes it gets cold in here for no reason.
      Sean: I turn the thermostat down.
      Eddie: But who's making you do it?

    • Father Tim: You can't talk to a nun like that!
      Sean: Why not? They're people, just like you and me.
      Father Tim: Well, they're nothing like you.

    • (Sean gives Sister Helen an envelope with pictures of girls' skirts in it.)
      Sean: There. Look inside.
      Sister Helen: These are our skirts.
      Sean: Yeah. And what do you see?
      Sister Helen: I see a profusely troubled young man!

    • Lily: (about her new school uniform) You wanna know why they're called jumpers? Follow me to the roof and I'll show you.

    • Lily: Look I was right, okay? I couldn't let Sister Helen get away with it.
      Sean: You know what your problem is? You just don't know when to give in.
      Lily: You mean "give up".
      Sean: No, I mean "give in". As in submit, make concessions, which is something you should of done.
      Lily: No in this case we are talking about surrendering, which is "up" no "in".
      Sean: No, in is more precise.
      Lily: Okay, then IN YOURS!

    • Sean: It's been a long time since my last confession
      Father Tim: How long?
      Sean: Would you be mad if I said 10 years?
      Father Tim: Of course not.
      Sean: Good because it's been 15.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Devil With A Plaid Skirt: Title

      The title of this episode is derived from the song "Devil with a Blue Dress" by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels

    • Sean: Sister Stalin!

      When calling Sister Helen this, Sean is referring to Joseph Stalin, the Soviet Union leader at the time of WWII. Stalin ran a communist state, and by calling Sister Helen this, Sean is insinuating that she supports communism and also runs a communist school.

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