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Season 3

45 :03x01 - Long Shots and Short Skirts

Sep/26/2004
The families react to Meg and Sam having to go to court after being arrested. Meg's arrest becomes public knowledge and Jack's election is in trouble. While at school Roxanne and Meg fight the school dress code. JJ learns that his squad is dead.
Guest Stars: Aysia Polk as Angela Walker | Jeff Fahey as Stevens | Murray Rubinstein as Murray | Mai Pham as Anh Trang | Ben Taylor (1) as Cal Cooper | Keith Robinson as Nathan Walker | Jonathan Sadowski as Jefferson | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Peter Onorati as Dominick | Becki Newton as Mindy | Ashley Crow as Sister Mary Agnes |
Co-Guest Stars: Don Took as Judge Ashfield | Dermot Martin as Father Cassidy | Lauren Eckstrom as Betsy | Michelle Ewin as Donna | Caroline Macey as Lily | Brandon Hirsch as New Guy | Louise Claps as Alma Maier | Tom McCleister as Telephone man | Atoosa Rubenstein as Ellie Jenkins | Paul D. Roberts as Dick Clark | Chris Flanders as Lt. Colonel |
Musical Guests: Brandy as Gladys Knight | Gavin DeGraw as Smokey Robinson
Director: David Semel
Writer: Rama Stagner
Songs: Gladys Knight & The Pips -- I Heard It Through the Grapevine, The Supremes -- You Can't Hurry Love

46 :03x02 - Charade

Oct/03/2004
The Pryors new neighbors consist of Shelly Pierce, former Playboy Bunny, and her son Chris. Meg uses the school play to protest the war. Sam gets recruit to play basketball at Penn and meets a new girlfriend. Patty enters the Campbell Soup Essay contest.
Guest Stars: Milo Ventimiglia as Chris Pierce | Ben Taylor (1) as Cal Cooper | Jonathan Sadowski as Jefferson | Mai Pham as Anh Trang | Chris Diamantopoulos as Coach Tom Berg | Jeff Fahey as Stevens | Dermot Martin as Father Cassidy | Patrick MacManus as Blair | Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce | Hank Stratton as Donald Norville | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Michael E. Rodgers as Colin | Ashley Crow as Sister Mary Agnes | Peter Onorati as Dominick | Murray Rubinstein as Murray |
Co-Guest Stars: Michelle Ewin as Donna | Michael Edward Rose as Wa Born | Chau Nguyen as Haing | Lauren Eckstrom as Betsy | Benita Krista Nall as Melanie Reeves | Allison Williams as Deborah | Jeremiah Singer as Copperman #1 | Jeff Bass as Copperman #2 | Caroline Macey as Lily |
Musical Guests: Hayley Westenra as Herself | Nicole Richie as Brenda Reid (lead singer of the Exciters)

47 :03x03 - Leaders of the Pack

Oct/10/2004
Meg makes a deal with Chris to get him in the school play. Jack faces different groups as he fights for the city council election. Beth fears for JJ's life after meeting a pregnant woman, who lose her husband. Sam is feeling inferior to Melanie's upscale friends.
Guest Stars: Hank Stratton as Donald Norville | Aysia Polk as Angela Walker | Mai Pham as Anh Trang | Ben Taylor (1) as Cal Cooper | Michelle Azar as Greta | Michael Shamus Wiles as Capt. O'Neill | Teresa Parente as Mrs. Bojarski | Ashley Crow as Sister Mary Agnes | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Patrick MacManus as Blair | Benita Krista Nall as Melanie Reeves | Jonathan Sadowski as Jefferson | Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce | Becki Newton as Mindy | Milo Ventimiglia as Chris Pierce |
Musical Guests: Hawk Nelson as The Who
Director: Daniel Attias
Writer: Josh Reims

48 :03x04 - Surround Me

Oct/17/2004
Chris's bad influence is obvious in Meg's new behavior. Jack is faced with the minority vote to counter dirty tactics.
Guest Stars: Jeff Fahey as Stevens | Tony Pasqualini as Unknown | Ben Taylor (1) as Cal Cooper | Benita Krista Nall as Melanie Reeves | Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce | Hank Stratton as Donald Norville | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Milo Ventimiglia as Chris | Jonathan Sadowski as Jefferson |
Co-Guest Stars: David Magidoff as Stan
Writer: Nancy Won

49 :03x05 - So Long, Farewell

Oct/24/2004
Father Cassidy discourages Meg's plans to add an anti-Vietnam aspect to the play. Melanie becomes increasingly jealous of Sam and Meg's friendship. Meg decides to do the play as she wrote it.
Guest Stars: Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Ashley Crow as Sister Mary Agnes | Hank Stratton as Donald Norville | Michael Mantell as Unknown | Long Nguyen as Unknown | Randy Thompson as Unknown | Sara Mann as Joanne | Dermot Martin as Father Cassidy | Jonathan Sadowski as Jefferson | Rocky Carroll as Reverend Davis | Jamie Elman as Luke Foley | Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce | Milo Ventimiglia as Chris | Benita Krista Nall as Melanie Reeves | Jason Beghe as Staff Sgt. Finch | Greg Allen Johnson as Mr. Abel |
Co-Guest Stars: Theo Rossi as Bobby Santos | Kinna McInroe as Sister Claire | Lauren Eckstrom as Betsy
Director: Tom Verica

50 :03x06 - Clear and Present Danger

Oct/31/2004
Jack and Helen celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary by going out of town. Nathan begins to serve the rest of his jail time at a VA hospital and gains a respect for the veterans. JJ and his squad are captured and must figure out a way to escape.
Guest Stars: Jason Beghe as Staff Sgt. Finch | G.W. Bailey as Unknown | Keith Robinson as Nathan Walker | Dermot Martin as Father Cassidy | Jamie Elman as Luke | Ben Taylor (1) as Cal Cooper | Milo Ventimiglia as Chris | Boris Cabrera as Unknown | Aysia Polk as Angela Walker |
Co-Guest Stars: Tonatzin Mondragon as Carla | Brooke Lyons as Erin |
Musical Guests: Phantom Planet as The Zombies
Director: Lev L. Spiro
Writer: Liz Tigelaar

51 :03x07 - What Dreams May Come

Nov/07/2004
Jack goes to Washington DC to learn about JJ's fate and discovers Meg is there as well at an anti war rally. Sam, ashamed of his family, goes to Melanie's Thanksgiving dinner alone.
Guest Stars: Steve Ryan as Father Conti | Michael Warren as Mr. Warren | William Bumiller as Gibbons | Jason Beghe as Staff Sgt. Finch | Keith Robinson as Nathan Walker | Jamie Elman as Luke Foley | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Cameron Bender as Tony Perrini | Vanessa Paul as Mrs. Warren | Milo Ventimiglia as Chris | Jeremy Kent Jackson as Ray | Tavis Smiley as Thurgood Marshall |
Co-Guest Stars: Rick Sparks as Point Man | Vivian Smallwood as Charlene | Benita Krista Nall as Melanie Reeves | Daniel Capellaro as Charlie | Patrick Scott Lewis as Paul | Ben Hogestyn as Ethan |
Musical Guests: Alanis Morissette as Herself

52 :03x08 - One in a Million

Nov/14/2004
During a city wide blackout Beth gives birth to her son unaware that JJ is fighting to get back to the base as a Frenchman helps him.
Guest Stars: Annie O'Donnell as Nun | Cooper Thornton as Hotel Receptionist | Jeremy Kent Jackson as Ray | Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce | Keith Robinson as Nathan Walker | Aysia Polk as Angela Walker | Milo Ventimiglia as Chris Pierce | Benita Krista Nall as Melanie Reeves | Chris Diamantopoulos as Coach Tom Berg | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Jamie Elman as Luke Foley |
Co-Guest Stars: Marisa Lauren as Deborah | Jonathan Sadowski as Jefferson |
Musical Guests: Fantasia Barrino as Aretha Franklin
Director: Jim Chory

53 :03x09 - Tidings of Comfort and Joy

Nov/21/2004
Nathan is left a gift by a war veteran from the VA hospital. Sam finally invites Melanie to meet his family. The Pryors get an unexpected Christmas gift as JJ comes home.
Guest Stars: Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce | Aysia Polk as Angela Walker | Keith Robinson as Nathan Walker | Ben Murray as Pvt. Mark Kulick | J.D. Pardo as Pvt. Carlos Perez | Sean Squire as Pvt. Walter Harrison | James Read as George Mason | Gill Gayle as Lee Graves | Peter Spellos as Gus | Dayna Devon as Reporter | G.W. Bailey as Unknown | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Milo Ventimiglia as Chris Pierce | Jamie Elman as Luke Foley | Nick Warnock as Shopper | Benita Krista Nall as Melanie Reeves | Dean Norris as Frank Moran | Chris Pine as Joey Tremain | Monnae Michaell as Annie |
Co-Guest Stars: Vincent Corazza as Mike | Joshua Harto as Jason | Khai Van Tran as Vietnamese Translator | Logan Sandberg as Stage Manager | Caitlin Crosby as Delia | Oanh Nguyen as South Vietnamese Officer |
Musical Guests: JoJo as Linda Ronstadt | Kelly Clarkson as Brenda Lee
Director: David Semel

54 :03x10 - Home Again

Jan/02/2005
JJ is still haunted by the war and finally sets a date for his wedding with Beth. Pete thinks Chris started a fire at the recruitment center and Chris wants delivers an ultimation to Meg.
Guest Stars: Tiffany Thornton as Tonya | Glenn Morshower as Gunnery Sgt. Druery | Ellen Geer as Unknown | Valerie Landsburg as Nun | Randy Jackson (1) as Himself | Amber Barretto as Unknown | Rodney Scott as Danny O'Connor | Paul Wesley as Tommy Defelice | Keith Robinson as Nathan Walker | Jamie Elman as Luke Foley | Milo Ventimiglia as Chris Pierce | Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor |
Co-Guest Stars: Murray Rubinstein as Murray | Jason Adelman as Bobby Mahor | Jon Rowland as Recruit | Patience Thoreson as Sister Mary Patience |
Musical Guests: 112 as The Four Tops | Michael Tolcher as Himself
Director: Mark Piznarski
Writer: Rama Stagner

55 :03x11 - Truth Be Told

Jan/09/2005
Meg's special night with Chris is ruined in the morning. JJ and Beth refuse to have a Catholic wedding as Helen wants. Henry gets a new project to impress his new lady friend.
Guest Stars: David Andriole as Coach Saunders | John Churchill as Ben Young | Christopher Gartin as Rev. Scott | Sandra Quarterman as Mrs. Borran | Tiffany Thornton as Tonya | Glenn Morshower as Gunnery Sergeant Druery | Milo Ventimiglia as Chris Pierce | Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce | Paul Wesley as Tommy Defelice | Aysia Polk as Angela Walker | Rodney Scott as Danny O'Connor | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor
Director: Emily Whitesell
Writer: Josh Reims

56 :03x12 - For Richer, For Poorer

Jan/23/2005
JJ learns that plans for his house are gone thanks to the war and learns that his mother is against the war. Chris leaves town and Meg.
Guest Stars: Aysia Polk as Angela Walker | Paul Wesley as Tommy Defelice | Jonathan Del Arco as Father Alejandro | John Colella as Steele | John Prosky as Marv Acker | Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce | Jamie Elman as Luke Foley | Milo Ventimiglia as Chris Pierce | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Benita Krista Nall as Melanie Reeves | Murray Rubinstein as Murray |
Co-Guest Stars: Teal Brown as Susan | Erin Cahill as Heather | Austin David Young as Steve | Patience Thoreson as Sister Mary Patience | Liesl Ehardt as Leslie | Danielle DiCerbo as Laura |
Musical Guests: Toby Lightman as Herself | Van Hunt as Jimmy Ruffin
Director: Eric Laneuville
Writer: John Romano
Songs: The Kinks -- All Day and All of the Night, Los Bravos -- Black Is Black, The Association -- Cherish, Petula Clark -- Downtown, Brenda Holloway -- Every Little Bit Hurts, Spencer Davis Group -- Gimme Some Lovin', The Zombies -- She's Not There, Ben Taylor (1) -- Surround Me, Toby Lightman -- That's How Strong My Love Is, Herman's Hermits -- There's A Kind of Hush, Nancy Sinatra -- These Boots Are Made For Walkin', Roy Head -- Treat Her Right, Jimmy Ruffin -- What Becomes of the Brokenhearted, Dusty Springfield -- Wishin' and Hopin', The Supremes -- You Can't Hurry Love

57 :03x13 - Starting Over

Jan/30/2005
It's the Senior Prom and Patty is invited to prom which she rubs in Meg's face but is later upset when her date asks somebody else. Roxanne works to convince Luke to shave his beard off, while Meg prepares to face the prom on her own. JJ comes to her rescue after having a fight with Beth, that begins when JJ confesses his gamble that he lost. While at prom, JJ is offered a job at the high school. Meanwhile, Mr. Pryor feels the pressure from his bribers, and struggles to make a choice, which effects his family more than he knows.
Guest Stars: David Magidoff as Stan | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Jamie Elman as Luke Foley | Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce | Rocky Carroll as Reverend Davis |
Musical Guests: Joss Stone as Herself
Director: David Semel
Writer: Nancy Won

58 :03x14 - The Commencement

Mar/09/2005
Meg is torned for her feelings for Sam and the fact that they can never be together. Patty wins the essay contest and no one believes her as it is listed under another name.
Guest Stars: John Prosky as Marv Acker | Sandra Quarterman as Mrs. Borran | Valerie Landsburg as Sister Natalie | Dennis Cockrum as Unknown | Sean Marquette as Unknown | Carl M. Craig as Unknown | Keith Robinson as Nathan Walker | Paul D. Roberts as Dick Clark | Rodney Scott as Danny O'Connor | Glenn Morshower as Gunnery Sgt. Druery | Brian McKnight as Stokely Carmichael | Dermot Martin as Father Cassidy | Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Jamie Elman as Luke Foley |
Co-Guest Stars: Raul Moreno as Tv Reporter |
Musical Guests: Keaton Simons as Himself
Director: Mark Piznarski

59 :03x15 - California Dreamin'

Mar/16/2005
Meg & Roxanne go to Hollywood for a special "American Bandstand" episode. While the girls are there, they meet up with Barbara Eden a.k.a. "Jeannie". J.J. goes for an interview with an Engineering company in the hopes of following his dream of becoming an Astronaut. Meanwhile, Sam realizes the he has more in common with Nathan's date then Nathan does and Pete & Shelley decide to have an "open relationship" where they can see each other and other people. Jack decides to tell a reporter his reasons for leaving City Council.
Special Guest Stars: Paris Hilton as Barbara Eden |
Guest Stars: Keith Robinson as Nathan Walker | Dennis Cockrum as Unknown | Ron Perkins as Frank Powers | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Aysia Polk as Angela Walker | Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce |
Co-Guest Stars: Michael Anderson Brown as Jim |
Musical Guests: John Legend as Stevie Wonder
Director: Jim Chory
Writer: Liz Tigelaar

60 :03x16 - No Satisfaction

Mar/23/2005
With Ted, Jack's brother in the hospital he faces a tough decision to pull him of the respirator that is keeping him alive. Meg and Roxanne are excited for The Rolling Stones concert but are surprised to find where their seats are. Patty wants to become cool after being teased by some students at summer school about being a nerd. She receives a makeover from Meg and Roxanne and goes on bandstand but ultimately decides she likes who she is.
Guest Stars: Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Jamie Elman as Luke Foley | Milo Ventimiglia as Chris Pierce | Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce | James Read as George Mason | Keith Robinson as Nathan Walker | Steve Ryan as Father Conti | Reid Scott as Andy Eaton | Murray Rubinstein as Murray | John Colella as Steele | Nick Toth as Mr. Cameron | Christopher Cousins as Ted Pryor | Peter Spellos as Gus | Ron Perkins as Frank Powers |
Co-Guest Stars: Trent Trail as Line Guy | Sarah Campbell (2) as Kay | Kinna McInroe as Sister Claire | Natalie Marston as Melissa | Finn Curtin as Doctor | Sarah Zinsser as Nurse | Richard Voigts as Father James | Casey Weiant as Mandy | Dossett March as Rory | Nicole Taylor Hart as Sister Katherine |
Musical Guests: Fountains of Wayne as The Hollies | Five For Fighting as Himself
Director: David Semel
Writer: Deirdre Shaw

61 :03x17 - It's My Life

Mar/30/2005
When Chris returns, Meg finds out that he has been drafted for the war and is going to Berkeley to avoid it. Meg must decide between being with Chris or being with her family but her decision is made even harder when Jack threatens to disown her if she leaves. Roxanne begins to cut hair at the Vinyl Crocodile much to Luke's dismay. JJ begins to feel overwhelmed at work when he volunteers to help on a project. Nathan is given a second chance by Mr. Pryor when he allows Nathan to do deliveries again. Helen decides to accompany a mother to pick up her son's coffin.
Guest Stars: Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce | Aysia Polk as Angela Walker | Milo Ventimiglia as Chris Pierce | Jamie Elman as Luke Foley | James Read as George Mason | Reid Scott as Andy Eaton | Keith Robinson as Nathan Walker | Kevin McCorkle as Gus Grissom | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | John Lacy (1) as Joe The Plummer | Ron Perkins as Frank Powers | Megan Gallagher as Peggy Phalen |
Co-Guest Stars: Haley Joel as Tina | Suzy Cobb as Amy | Serena Spencer as Mother | Deji LaRay as Adam Eugene | Tommy Smeltzer as Director | Christopher Lee Barnes as Ian | Adam Countee as Adam | Chet Dixon as Gary | Eric Lynch as Eric | Logan Sandberg as Logan | Linara Washington as Cynthia |
Musical Guests: Art Alexakis as Himself
Songs: Simon & Garfunkel -- Homeward Bound, The Beatles -- In My Life
Warning: American Dreams guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Drama
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: NBC ( USA)
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Premiere: September 29, 2002
Ended: March 30, 2005
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