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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: Ashley Crow as Sister Mary Agnes | Becki Newton as Mindy | Peter Onorati as Dominick | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Aysia Polk as Angela Walker | Jonathan Sadowski as Jefferson | Keith Robinson as Nathan Walker | Ben Taylor (1) as Cal Cooper | Mai Pham as Anh Trang | Murray Rubinstein as Murray | Jeff Fahey as Stevens |
Co-Guest Stars: Chris Flanders as Lt. Colonel | Louise Claps as Alma Maier | Tom McCleister as Telephone man | Don Took as Judge Ashfield | Paul D. Roberts as Dick Clark | Atoosa Rubenstein as Ellie Jenkins | Dermot Martin as Father Cassidy | Lauren Eckstrom as Betsy | Michelle Ewin as Donna | Caroline Macey as Lily | Brandon Hirsch as New Guy |
Musical Guests: Gavin DeGraw as Smokey Robinson | Brandy as Gladys Knight
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: Ashley Crow as Sister Mary Agnes | Michael E. Rodgers as Colin | Peter Onorati as Dominick | Murray Rubinstein as Murray | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Hank Stratton as Donald Norville | Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce | 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 |
Co-Guest Stars: Benita Krista Nall as Melanie Reeves | Michael Edward Rose as Wa Born | Jeff Bass as Copperman #2 | Jeremiah Singer as Copperman #1 | Allison Williams as Deborah | Chau Nguyen as Haing | Michelle Ewin as Donna | Lauren Eckstrom as Betsy | 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: 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 | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Ashley Crow as Sister Mary Agnes | 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 |
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: Jonathan Sadowski as Jefferson | Milo Ventimiglia as Chris | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Hank Stratton as Donald Norville | Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce | Benita Krista Nall as Melanie Reeves | Ben Taylor (1) as Cal Cooper | Tony Pasqualini as Unknown | Jeff Fahey as Stevens |
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: Rocky Carroll as Reverend Davis | Jamie Elman as Luke Foley | Jonathan Sadowski as Jefferson | 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 | Dermot Martin as Father Cassidy | 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 |
Co-Guest Stars: Kinna McInroe as Sister Claire | Lauren Eckstrom as Betsy | Theo Rossi as Bobby Santos
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: Boris Cabrera as Unknown | Milo Ventimiglia as Chris | Ben Taylor (1) as Cal Cooper | Jamie Elman as Luke | Dermot Martin as Father Cassidy | Aysia Polk as Angela Walker | Jason Beghe as Staff Sgt. Finch | G.W. Bailey as Unknown | Keith Robinson as Nathan Walker |
Co-Guest Stars: Brooke Lyons as Erin | Tonatzin Mondragon as Carla |
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: Milo Ventimiglia as Chris | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Jamie Elman as Luke Foley | Keith Robinson as Nathan Walker | Jason Beghe as Staff Sgt. Finch | Tavis Smiley as Thurgood Marshall | Steve Ryan as Father Conti | Michael Warren as Mr. Warren | William Bumiller as Gibbons | Cameron Bender as Tony Perrini | Vanessa Paul as Mrs. Warren | Jeremy Kent Jackson as Ray |
Co-Guest Stars: Vivian Smallwood as Charlene | Benita Krista Nall as Melanie Reeves | Daniel Capellaro as Charlie | Patrick Scott Lewis as Paul | Ben Hogestyn as Ethan | Rick Sparks as Point Man |
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: Benita Krista Nall as Melanie Reeves | Chris Diamantopoulos as Coach Tom Berg | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Jamie Elman as Luke Foley | Milo Ventimiglia as Chris Pierce | Aysia Polk as Angela Walker | Keith Robinson as Nathan Walker | Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce | Jeremy Kent Jackson as Ray | Cooper Thornton as Hotel Receptionist | Annie O'Donnell as Nun |
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: Benita Krista Nall as Melanie Reeves | Dean Norris as Frank Moran | Monnae Michaell as Annie | Chris Pine as Joey Tremain | Nick Warnock as Shopper | Jamie Elman as Luke Foley | Milo Ventimiglia as Chris Pierce | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | 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 |
Co-Guest Stars: Vincent Corazza as Mike | Joshua Harto as Jason | Caitlin Crosby as Delia | Oanh Nguyen as South Vietnamese Officer | Logan Sandberg as Stage Manager | Khai Van Tran as Vietnamese Translator |
Musical Guests: Kelly Clarkson as Brenda Lee | JoJo as Linda Ronstadt
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: Jamie Elman as Luke Foley | Milo Ventimiglia as Chris Pierce | Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Keith Robinson as Nathan Walker | Paul Wesley as Tommy Defelice | Rodney Scott as Danny O'Connor | 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 |
Co-Guest Stars: Jason Adelman as Bobby Mahor | Jon Rowland as Recruit | Patience Thoreson as Sister Mary Patience | Murray Rubinstein as Murray |
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: Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Rodney Scott as Danny O'Connor | Aysia Polk as Angela Walker | Paul Wesley as Tommy Defelice | Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce | Milo Ventimiglia as Chris Pierce | Glenn Morshower as Gunnery Sergeant Druery | Tiffany Thornton as Tonya | Sandra Quarterman as Mrs. Borran | Christopher Gartin as Rev. Scott | John Churchill as Ben Young | David Andriole as Coach Saunders
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: Benita Krista Nall as Melanie Reeves | Murray Rubinstein as Murray | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Milo Ventimiglia as Chris Pierce | Jamie Elman as Luke Foley | Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce | 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 |
Co-Guest Stars: Liesl Ehardt as Leslie | Danielle DiCerbo as Laura | Patience Thoreson as Sister Mary Patience | Austin David Young as Steve | Erin Cahill as Heather | Teal Brown as Susan |
Musical Guests: Van Hunt as Jimmy Ruffin | Toby Lightman as Herself
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: Rocky Carroll as Reverend Davis | Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce | Jamie Elman as Luke Foley | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | David Magidoff as Stan |
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: 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 | Rodney Scott as Danny O'Connor | Paul D. Roberts as Dick Clark | Keith Robinson as Nathan Walker | 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 |
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: Daphne Zuniga as Shelly Pierce | Aysia Polk as Angela Walker | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Ron Perkins as Frank Powers | Dennis Cockrum as Unknown | Keith Robinson as Nathan Walker |
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: John Colella as Steele | Nick Toth as Mr. Cameron | Christopher Cousins as Ted Pryor | Ron Perkins as Frank Powers | Murray Rubinstein as Murray | 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 | Reid Scott as Andy Eaton | Steve Ryan as Father Conti | Peter Spellos as Gus |
Co-Guest Stars: Sarah Zinsser as Nurse | Richard Voigts as Father James | Casey Weiant as Mandy | Trent Trail as Line Guy | Dossett March as Rory | Nicole Taylor Hart as Sister Katherine | Finn Curtin as Doctor | Natalie Marston as Melissa | Kinna McInroe as Sister Claire | Sarah Campbell (2) as Kay |
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: Megan Gallagher as Peggy Phalen | Kevin McCorkle as Gus Grissom | Ron Perkins as Frank Powers | John Lacy (1) as Joe The Plummer | Matthew John Armstrong as Pete Pryor | Keith Robinson as Nathan Walker | 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 |
Co-Guest Stars: Tommy Smeltzer as Director | Linara Washington as Cynthia | Logan Sandberg as Logan | Eric Lynch as Eric | Chet Dixon as Gary | Adam Countee as Adam | Christopher Lee Barnes as Ian | Haley Joel as Tina | Suzy Cobb as Amy | Serena Spencer as Mother | Deji LaRay as Adam Eugene |
Musical Guests: Art Alexakis as Himself
Songs: Simon & Garfunkel -- Homeward Bound, The Beatles -- In My Life
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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