thirtysomething - Season 4

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Episode Guide

  • Inside 'thirtysomething' Seminar

    To commemorate the showing of the series on the Bravo Channel, the Inside thirtysomething Seminar brought together the show's creators, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, along with actors Ken Olin, Mel Harris, Timothy Busfield, Melanie Mayron and Polly Draper for a round-table discussion of the show and its effect on the lives of themselves and the viewers, plus lots of reminiscing about favorite moments, etc. The two other principal cast members, Peter Horton and Patricia Wettig, join in via videotape. Film clips from several of the original episodes are also seen.

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  • Prelude to a Bris
    Episode 1
    9/22/90
    8.9
    The decision whether or not to circumcise the newborn Leo brings up larger questions: is he Jewish and what does that mean?
  • Life Class
    Episode 2
    10/2/90
    8.6
    Nancy feels that the hysterectomy has adversely affected her sex drive.
  • Control
    Episode 3
    10/9/90
    8.3
    Melissa starts a fledgling relationship with Miles. Ellyn and Jeffrey look for a new apartment.
  • The Distance
    The Distance
    Episode 4
    10/16/90
    9.0
    An offer of a new job for Susannah leads to her and Gary taking a bold and unexpected step in their relationship. Ellyn finds out that Jeffrey is going back to his first wife.
  • 10/30/90
    8.9
    Amidst a big company layoff, Michael is visited by a mystery man.
  • The Guilty Party
    Episode 6
    11/13/90
    8.8
    Hope tries to do it all, including throwing a surprise birthday party for Michael. Her relentless perfectionism might be rubbing off on Janey.
  • Photo Opportunity
    Episode 7
    11/27/90
    8.3
    Melissa gets a big photo assignment at the same time that her mother breaks her leg.
  • Never Better
    Episode 8
    12/4/90
    8.0
    The "friends of friends" Gary and Ellyn become closer, but it's Billy Sidel that Ellyn is really interested in.
  • Guns & Roses
    Episode 9
    12/11/90
    8.4
    Nancy's continuing treatment for her cancer places more and more of a strain on her and her family.
  • Happy New Year
    Episode 10
    12/18/90
    8.7
    Everyone gathers at the Steadman house for a New Year celebration.
  • Melissa and Men
    Episode 11
    1/8/91
    8.6
    As she prepare for a gallery exhibit devoted to her work, Melissa examines her past relationships with the men in her life and wonders why they have been such failures.
  • Advanced Beginners
    Episode 12
    1/22/91
    8.2
    While Ellyn and Billy are living together temporarily, an old girlfriend of Billy's arrives upon the scene, causing some problems.
  • Sifting the Ashes
    Episode 13
    2/5/91
    9.0
    On a business trip to Baltimore, Elliot confronts issues with his mother and with his religious faith. Ethan too is wondering if religious faith can help his own mother.
  • A Second Look
    Episode 14
    2/12/91
    9.4
    Amidst the celebration over the success of Nancy's cancer surgery, a terrible and unexpected tragedy strikes another member of the group.
  • Fighting the Cold
    Episode 15
    2/19/91
    8.7
    Susannah returns for Gary's funeral. Melissa is an emotional wreck in the aftermath. She and Susannah come to terms with each other.
  • 2/26/91
    7.4

    Bachelor and bachelorette parties for Billy and Ellyn provide the backdrop for a look at the various couples' relationships with each other and their fidelity.

  • The Wedding
    Episode 17
    4/9/91
    8.8
    Ellyn and Billy get married. Predictably, all does not go smoothly, as Ellyn gets a bad case of pre-wedding jitters.
  • Closing the Circle
    Episode 18
    4/16/91
    8.9
    Michael tries to come to terms with Gary's passing. Among the living, he has problems with Susannah and with Miles and Peter at work.
  • Out the Door
    Episode 19
    4/30/91
    9.3
    Michael's fortunes seem to be rising at DAA, but Elliot is more dissatisfied than ever and is ready to quit the job, leading to conflict between the two.
  • Hopeless
    Episode 20
    5/7/91
    6.0
    Hope volunteers at a shelter for the homeless and gets personally involved in the life of a woman and her daughter there. She accuses Michael of having lost his social conscience.
  • 5/14/91
    5.8
    The stress of working at DAA becomes too much for Michael.
  • 5/21/91
    5.2
    Melissa goes to Hollywood to photograph a sitcom star who comes to rely on her advice.
  • California
    Episode 23
    5/28/91
    6.1
    Michael gets a job offer in California. While out there, he runs into Elliot and they talk about forming another partnership. But Hope is adamantly against the move, so much so that her and Michael's marriage is threatened.