Jake in Progress

ABC (ended 2006)


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Episode Guide

  • Season 1
    • Pilot (1)
      Pilot (1)
      Episode 1
      Life moves at a non-stop pace for Jake Phillips, a New-York based publicist-to-the-stars who's the key player at Magnum PR Agency. Handsome, incredibly well-dressed, he's on call 24/7 to meet the needs of his A-list clientele. Whether it's a macho action star caught in an embarrassing clinch, an older actress trying to dump her much-younger (and even more famous) boyfriend, or two warring teen divas - Jake is there to spin the facts and control his client's image, a task that often leads him into unexpectedly funny situations. Complicating his work life even further is his boss, Naomi, a woman in a people profession who frankly can't stand people, and who often uses Jake to act as her go-between when things get too personal with the staff or the clients. The fact that Naomi is an expectant single mom in the difficult final stretch of her first pregnancy doesn't help matters. Brooke is an office temp who doesn't take any of Jake's BS, and she's one of the few women who has ever said "no" to a date with him. But the drama in Jake's professional life has nothing on his personal life, as he strives to find the perfect girl to commit to, once and for all. A one-time player, he's determined to find "the one" woman to settle down with. But that's a little difficult for a guy who's so hard to pin down he can't even commit to a home - he lives out of a hotel. He came close to commitment once, but when his fiancée dumped him flat, it left Jake a little vulnerable. His friend since childhood, Adrian, a married dentist living in the suburbs, vicariously enjoys Jake's adventures and offers him a sympathetic ear when things don't go right. Then there's Patrick... he's a performance artist and David Blaine-wanna-be who crossed Jake's path when Jake dated Patrick's old girlfriend. Jake's been trying to get rid of him ever since, without much luck, and he pops up at the oddest times and most difficult moments in Jake's life.moreless
    • Pilot
      Episode 1
    • Stand By Your Man
      Jake faces a PR crisis when one of his top clients, Dakota -- part of the three "Gaymigos" design team, wants to go public with the fact he's straight. Meanwhile, the girl Jake's romancing insists he set up her unhappily single cousin with a date, and the only guy he can find is Patrick; and Adrian's in-laws turn up and insist on seeing their favorite person -- Jake!moreless
    • Rivals and Departures
      Jake invites a popular actress to be his date for a birthday party given by his biggest rival.
    • Unbusy?
      Episode 3
    • Ubusy?
      Episode 4
      While dealing with an actress who wants to end a romance with a younger actor, Jake wishes to deepen a relationship of his own.
    • Sign Language
      Sign Language
      Episode 5
      Jake plans an early night but can't sleep; so he goes to a lounge, where he's attracted to a woman staying at his hotel.
    • Loose Thread
      Loose Thread
      Episode 6
      Chaos ensues as Jake tries to juggle two teen-star clients, fil-in for an incapacitated Naomi and prepare a speech.
    • Take a Number
      Take a Number
      Episode 7
      After Jake asks a model to go to Vermont with him, he finds he's attracted to her model friend.
    • Desperate Houseguy
      Jake spends the night at Adrian's house and starts to like the suburbs after he meets a single mom.
    • Harpy Birthday
      Harpy Birthday
      Episode 9
      To attract new clients, Naomi insists that Jake throw her a surprise birthday party at his apartment.
    • Boys' Night Out
      Boys' Night Out
      Episode 10
      Jake, Adrian and Patrick attend the opening of a sports bar that's owned by one of Jake's clients, a not-too-tall basketball player.
    • Check, Please (2)
      Check, Please (2)
      Episode 11
      Jake dates Naomi's sister, while Adrian does him a favor by keeping an eye on a reckless client.
    • Jake or the Fat Man
      Jake's progress with Brooke hits a snag when a former boyfriend surfaces.
    • Henry Porter and the Coitus Interruptus
      Jake's plans for a romantic evening with Brooke are interrupted by the antics of a child star and Naomi's labor.
  • Season 2