Men, Women & Dogs

Season 1 Episode 3

A Bone of Contention

Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Oct 28, 2001 on The WB
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A Bone of Contention
Jeremiah defies dog laws by bringing Wolfgang on the beach. Animal Control Officer Zajac has something to say about that, but first he'll have to catch Jeremiah to ticket him. Clay takes a liking to Summer, a street artist who takes a liking to his face. He agrees to let her sketch it. At the restaurant, Royce thinks he's finally found his equal in Kim, a penny-pincher who tells Jeremiah he overcharged her -- by a quarter. Plus tax! They agree to split dinner sometime. Zajac tracks Jeremiah at work to beat him down. While Summer is sketching Clay on the beach, she tries to get him to strip naked, but when he refuses, she says she'll just work around it. Zajac gets a new motorcycle and needs to start writing tickets to justify its expense. During their date, Kim notices she's been overcharged again, but doesn't want Royce to take care of it, she wants to skip out without paying. He does, after which they have dirty sex and talk cheap to each other. Literally. Clay returns to Summer's stand to see his sketch, which has him naked with a very small endowment. Since it's on display, the others see it too. Or...what passes for it. Royce asks Kim to marry him, but finds out she's not cheap when it comes to one area -- the ring. When he won't give her one, she skips out on him. Jeremiah treats an injured Zajac to free dinner after the officer crashes into a sand castle while in pursuit of him. Clay confronts Summer, and a couple buys the penis sketch. Tired of the boys' little willy jokes, Clay exposes himself on the beach and lets them see what size it really is. Zajac sees it too, and finally gets to give a ticket.moreless

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Tom Maboka

Tom Maboka

Voice on the Radio [uncredited]

Guest Star

Paul Willson

Paul Willson

[Officer Stan] Zajac

Guest Star

Ayda Field

Ayda Field


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    • Music: rerecording of the theme from Hawaii Five-O

    • Paul Willson reprises his role from Pig Sty and George & Leo. (Not that Officer Zajac was a lowly animal control guy back then.) The character is named after producers' assistant, Barry Zajac.

    • The original episode that was to be produced here -- "The Bitch Is Back" -- was about Jocelyn returning and getting back together with Clay. Maisha Closson wrote the script and WB executives vetoed it at the last minute, saying it made Clay (who was already too wimpy for them to begin with) way too wimpy. The new script that was rushed into production in its place -- "A Bone of Contention" -- was not written by Closson, rather by Drew Vaupen & Phil Baker (teleplay) and Rob Long (story). For reasons that probably shouldn't be brought up here, Closson received the writing credit, even though she had nothing to do with penning "Contention."