What I Like About You

Season 4 Episode 1

I Want My Baby Back

Aired Friday 8:00 PM Sep 16, 2005 on The WB
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Episode Summary


After waking up to find a wedding ring on her finger, Val is surprised to learn that she has married her old boss Vic during a wild night in Atlantic City. Meanwhile, Holly has hidden out in the back of Vince's car as he travels to Florida to tell him she loves him, but is heartbroken when she realizes she may have lost him forever.


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  • Vic instead of Todd

    I read that when Season 4 of "What I Like About You" was being made Luke Perry wasn't available to play the part of Todd, full-time, because he already had a full-time gig on "Windfall". So they had to find someone else from Val's life for her to be involved with and I'm very sure Rick was not going to be one of the choices. So they asked Dan Cortese to return to the role of Vic for Season 4 and Dan accepted. And they made that marrying Todd thing all a dream. They either had to replace Todd or cancel the show on a cliffhanger(which viewers HATE).

    I'm very sure that if Luke Perry had played Todd full-time in Season 4, he would've acted just like Vic. Val would've wanted to get their marriage annulled but Todd would've said that he doesn't want to end this marriage because he feels it was meant to be. After all, in Season 3 it seemed like he had a thing for Val and that this was going somewhere.

    I have to admit that it turned out pretty good using Vic. You know if they really wanted to make it exciting, maybe they should've had Val wake up married to Peter! Now that would've been interesting giving how much Val didn't think highly of him.moreless
  • 401

    Although we did get a few laughs from this episode, the quality was awful. I really did not like this episode. I felt like the writers just threw the past seasons out the window and went a whole different direction. This episode didn't own up to it's cliffhanger last season, after months of waiting, I felt like this episode was just to make the fans happy by getting Holly and Vince together. It was all just fan service. It was extremely annoying that Holly and Vince can all of a sudden set their problems aside and be together after all of the past seasons. The group dynamic didn't work in this episode which is what I used to love most about this show. Probably because everyone was in different places.

    Bringing back Vic so late in the game was also all about fan service. It's like the writers didn't have anyone else left for Val to be with. "Hey remember that guy that Val kissed once in season one, yeah, we should bring him back." The sister dynamic also didn't work at all either. Did anyone everyone forget that this show is about sisters? Did Holly even consider calling Val, after she called Tina 20 times? Nope. Basically this was all a set up for a mediocre season.moreless
  • Holly and Vince are finally a couple!

    This was an amazing episode! Val wakes up to find she's married to Vic. He was in the first season as her boss, but now he's back! This time, as a fireman and Val's husband. She tries to annul the marriage, but he refuses to sign the papers. Meanwhile, Holly travels to Florida in the back of Vince's car. She loses her money and credit cards, and is forced to mooch off of a guy named Jonathan, who is Ricki's brother. At Chili's, there is a big confrontation with Vince and Holly. Holly tells Vince how she feels about him, and when Vince is telling Ricki he's sorry about hurting her feelings, Holly believes he was talking to her. She leaves, and Vince follows her back to the beach. There, they kiss, make up, and finally become a coule.moreless
  • Season 4, Episode 1.

    Wow, good episode. Holly learns she married Vic! Her old boss, Vic! It was hilarious!

    Lauren: You're an adulterer!

    Vic: No I'm not.

    Lauren: Wanna be?

    Haha, I love Lauren. Val tells her that if she tells anyone, she will kill her. You can tell the Florida set was fake! I hated it! The little girl was so annoying. Gary sublet his apartment to two people who were willing to give him $3000. Haha, then he scared Tina saying there was a prowler and he wanted to move into her loft with her. Definitely a well written season premiere. 5 stars out of 5!moreless
  • It was alright.

    Holly is on Vince's car and can't get a hold of Tina. Gary gets two roommates or something for money. Val wakes up to find that marrying Todd was a dream. Instead, she married Vic. Lauren is as shocked as Val. Val wants an annullment, but Vic wants to remain married. Holly tells Vince that she loves him. She thinks it's too late and runs away. Vince goes to her and tells her that he loves her too. They kiss.

    This episode was alright. It was sort of confusing with Todd and Vic switching roles. I'm a little glad that Vince and Holly are togehter, but I still root for Henry and Holly. This episode gets an 8.0 out of 10!moreless
Amanda Bynes

Amanda Bynes

Holly Tyler

Jennie Garth

Jennie Garth

Valerie Tyler

Wesley Jonathan

Wesley Jonathan

Gary Thorpe

Allison Munn

Allison Munn

Tina Haven (Season 2+)

Leslie Grossman

Leslie Grossman

Lauren (Season 2+, recurring previously)

Nick Zano

Nick Zano

Vince (Season 2+)

Hannah Leigh Dworkin

Hannah Leigh Dworkin

Little Girl

Guest Star

Minka Kelly

Minka Kelly


Guest Star

Patrick Macmanus

Patrick Macmanus


Guest Star

Dan Cortese

Dan Cortese

Vic Meladaeo

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In this episode when Holly is leaving Tina a message, she is sitting on a rock in front of a red fence; this set has been used in the Charmed episode "House Call" (S05E13) which is also a show that aired on The WB.

    • Goof/Nitpick: During the scene where Holly and Vince are on the beach hugging, the captions give the lyrics to a song that is supposed to be playing. The only music that is playing is the WILAY music that they use to end each episode.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Val: I'm not married! I'm not married!
      Lauren: Oh! Me neither! And we're over 30! I don't like this game.

    • Holly: (to young man on the beach) Such a big corn dog for such a little man.

    • Vince: (Holly makes a noise in the woods) What was that?
      Ricki: I don't know(gets closer to Vince) like an elephant or something.
      Vince: Ricki, that wasn't an elephant, that was a human scream.
      Ricki: Yeah, but thats because the elephants are eating them. Lets go!

    • Lauren: What are you doing?
      Val (flipping through the phone book after Vic leaves): Looking for a lawyer.
      Lauren (gasps): You pig! You're already married to a fireman, and now you want a lawyer?!
      Val: No. Mr and Mrs. Fireman are getting an annulment.

    • Vince: Holly? How'd you get here?
      Ricki: It's obvious. She's a stalker. She followed us here.
      Holly: I did not follow you here, I hid in the back of your car! God, you are so stupid!

    • Lauren (to Val): How come when you get drunk you get married, but when I get drunk I just get puffy?!

    • Lauren(to Val): God made you drunk and sent you a man. And not just any man, a man that you had feelings for!

    • Holly(to little girl, who won't give Holly her hot dog): You know, if I wasn't so weak from hunger, I'd kick your little ass! (little girl runs away)

  • NOTES (6)

    • International Air Dates:
      Czech Republic: December 8th, 2010 on TV Nova

    • First appearance of Vic since "Loose Lips" (season 1).

    • This episode carries the third season opening sequence.

    • This episode begins with Holly (Amanda Bynes) saying, "Previously on What I Like About You..." and then it cuts to scenes from "Enough is Enough (2)."

    • The WB used a real cop-out to explain why Vic is replacing Todd: Val dreamed that whole scene where Todd comes out of the bathroom. This episode opens with the original Todd scene, and then it is extended to where we see Val wake up, and Vic comes out of the bathroom.

    • This episode's title takes on a few meanings. Baby could be referring to Vince as Holly's 'baby'. It could also mean Baby Back Ribs, as Holly made a comment about Chili's Baby Back Ribs. The reason behind Holly's wanting Baby Back Ribs (and Vince working there in subsequent episodes) is that throughout the fourth season of WILAY, The WB and Chili's Bar and Grill Family Restaurants teamed up to form a charity to help research at St. Jude's Children's Hospital.


    • Gary: Movin on up, to the east side.
      To a deluxe apartment in the sky.

      This is reference to the theme songs to the TV Show The Jeffersons. The show ran for 11 seasons, the longest-running series (sitcom or otherwise) featuring a predominantly African American cast.

    • This episode refers to the restaurant Chilli's #1 item on their menu, Baby Back Ribs