Life As We Know It

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Thursday 12:00 AM Oct 07, 2004 on ABC
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Episode Summary

All Dino wants to do is have sex with his girlfriend Jackie, but she isn't ready. Jonathan wants to have a secret relationship with Deborah; he fears his friends will make fun of him because she's overweight. Ben is hopelessly infatuated with his teacher, and longs to have a relationship with her.moreless

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  • greatest episode ive ever seen

    the pilot starts off lawki so well. i enjoyed every single minute of it and my favourite scene is ben and monica (ms. young) behind the book tent. dino and his parents and the affair is a great idea. and deb and jonathan get together, they aren\'t my favourite couple, but they suit the moments. over all this is a great episode, 10 out of 10. i loved it!

  • Great beginning!

    Ok so in this episode Dino has a girl friend named Jackie. He pushes Jackie too far into wanting to have sex that she gets mad at him. At the carnvival... he apologizes to Jackie, but then Jackie tells Dino to meet her in her house. But before Dino went there he saw his mom and his hockey coach having sex... and he became very emotional so he just left. Jonathan likes a girl named Debra and they've been friends for awhile. Jonathan is too scared of what other people think that after people found out him in Debra were making out he avoided her. Debra then gave Jonathan a talk and then the second day of the carnival they were just walking around together as BF and GF. Ben on the othe rhand has a love interest on a hot teacher names Ms. Young. He first saw her in her dressing room and he saw her boobs when Ms. Young was changing and there was a mirror. He was kinda stalking her on the first day of the carnival and Ms. Young saw him and he was drinking beer. The next day in class Ben was tryiong to be funny. And then Ms. Young brought up the under aged drinking and the bell rings. Ms. Young gives Ben detention. While Ben was I think waiting for a ride, Ms. Young stopped by in her car and offered Ben a ride home. The second day of the carnival... it looked like Ms. Young and Ben were about to make-out until a car passed by. This episode is an awesome way to start the season.moreless
  • The pilot.

    It's a sad thing that "life as we know it" wasn't a hit, or at the very least, a moderate success. I remember that ABC promoted it as the "next big hit", after "Lost" and "Desperate Housewives" premiered. I think that the show's doom was probably a mix of it's terrible time slot and bad karma for ABC for thinking it would do great.

    Regardless, the pilot episode of "life as we know it" is a great hour of television. It's a teen drama, yes, and the three main characters are obsessed with sex and other shallow stuff, the show itself is not nearly as shallow as you might think.

    It is very easy to relate to the characters introduced because they are so based in reality. Unlike "The OC", they are not rich and powerful. They're average people with real issues and problems, that both teens and adults could relate to (although there's definitely a cut-off point on the adult side).

    The show also has humor in it, but this doesn't balance out the angst as well as the humor in "The OC" does. There are several scenes where the three main guys turn to the camera and tell us what they're thinking, which adds an interesting twist.

    Overall, an above average pilot to a great teen drama.moreless
Martin Cummins

Martin Cummins

Dave "Coach" Scott

Guest Star

Pascale Hutton

Pascale Hutton


Guest Star

Chang Tseng

Chang Tseng

Science Teacher

Guest Star

Evan Smith

Evan Smith

Max Whitman

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • Even though Sean Faris' character, Dino Whitman, is a hockey player and Sean isn't, Sean mastered the whole training of hockey within the release of the pilot episode.

    • Life As We Know It was filmed in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

    • After the dance instructor tells the girls they are done, you can see a girl sitting behind her holding something in the air. The scene changes to Ben and then quickly back to her, and the girl is gone. Not only that, but the entire view of the chairs behind her changed as well.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Jonathan: (about him and Deb) It was just a one time hook up, okay.
      Ben: One time, or one ton?

    • Annie: (after Dino snaps her bra strap) Ow! What the hell are you doing? Don't do that to me again! Do you understand me?
      Dino: I bet you wouldn't care if Coach Scott did it...
      Annie: (pauses) What do you mean Coach Scott?
      Michael: (far away) What about Dave Scott?
      Dino: We were talking about my practice schedule, weren't we mom?
      Annie: Uh, uh.
      Michael: Oh, is Coach Scott gonna change it? It would be great if you didn't have to get up at crack of dawn, just practice in the afternoon?
      Dino: (looks at Annie) I think he's busy in the afternoon.

    • Annie: I remember you guys as babies. (kisses Jonathan on the cheek) Jonathan, I used to change your diapers.
      Ben: That was last week, wasn't it?

    • Coach Scott: (to Dino) Come on, you can sign up for figure skating next year!

    • Dino: (to Jackie) So I was wondering if you might wanna dance with a selfish jerk who wants to say sorry.

    • Dino: All I have to do is look at you and I'm happy.
      Jackie: Aww, Dino!

    • Sue: If you give it up, he'll be hanging around like a dog waiting for another bone.

    • Jackie: I'm not ready and I don't know when I will be.

    • Dino: (to Jackie) You better start giving it up soon, because there's a lot of girls who wanna do it with me.

    • Deborah: He was kissing me really hard. That's got to mean something, right?
      Sue: It doesn't mean anything. Guys are so horny they will kiss you like that just to make you think they're in love with you so you will give them some.

    • Dino: There's something about being the first guy there. It's like... no matter what happens, they can't take that away... I was there first. But it's more than just wanting to have sex with Jackie... I love the way she makes me feel. The way other people look at me when she's on my arm. It makes me feel important. Like if she chose me, I can do anything I want with my life.

    • Ben: They say boys think about sex every fifteen seconds. I think about it every five seconds... Maybe it's less than five seconds. I mean, how are you supposed to go to school when all you're thinking about is sex?

  • NOTES (9)

    • D.B. Sweeney (Michael) will be receiving the "With" credit.

    • Marguerite Moreau (Miss Young) will be receiving the "And" credit.

    • There's no presentation. The opening credits appear during the first scene. Because of that, this is the only episode where the regular actors receive the "Starring" credit.

    • Kelly Osborne hid her DVD copy of the pilot from her dad, Ozzy. She says, "I didn't want my dad to see me making out."

    • Kelly Osborne had this to say about the pilot episode, and her first on-screen kiss: "It's really uncomfortable and I get really nervous about it. You can tell when it's make-out day because I come in and I'm all like, 'I don't know if I can do this.'"

    • D.B. Sweeney, who plays Dino's father, said the following about the pilot episode: "The pilot obviously focuses a lot on the kids being, you know, promiscuous... You have to do certain things in the pilot to get your network's attention, to break through... So maybe you push a little further in the first show."

    • Before teaming up for life as we know it, Executive Producers Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah both worked on Freaks and Geeks together.

    • Music featured in the episode included:
      "Ms. Directed" by Living in Question
      "Come On Closer" by Jem
      "Breathe In" by Frou Frou
      "Nietsche" by Dandy Warhols
      "Picture Pervert" by Pollyn
      "Happy Endings" by The All-American Rejects
      "Assessment" by Beta Band
      "Several Ways to Die Trying" by Dashboard Confessional
      "Such Great Heights" by Postal Service
      "More Than A Woman" by Calvin Richardson
      "Take Me Out" by Franz Ferdinand

    • Shot during the final week of March, and the first week of April, 2004.