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October Road: The Pros and Cons of Upsetting the Applecart

After the realization that Sam might be his son, Nick decides to stay in Knight's Ridge. Hannah confronts The Commander about the unusual methods he used to find out if Sam is his grandson. Meanwhile, Nick has to convince the Dean of a local college to give him a job as a professor. Elsewhere, Eddie pursues Aubrey, one of Nick's friends; and when Ikey sees Owen and Alison on a date, he's forced to make a move.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x2
Production Number: 102
Airdate: Thursday March 22nd, 2007

Alternate Airdates:

UK (sky MOVIES FAMILY) Nov 12, 2009
NL (Net 5) Jan 09, 2011

Guest Stars
Elizabeth BogushElizabeth Bogush
As Alison Rowan
Jonathan MurphyJonathan Murphy
As Ronnie Garrett
Penny Johnson JeraldPenny Johnson Jerald
As Dean Leslie Etwood
Rebecca FieldRebecca Field
As Janet "The Planet" Meadows
John MalloyJohn Malloy
As Mr. Pinella

Co-Guest Stars
Bo MitchellBo Mitchell
As Doodie
Gregg CorbettGregg Corbett
As College Dude
Jason HorganJason Horgan
As Fitzy
Rachel MinerRachel Miner
As Darcy
Sandra LaffertySandra Lafferty
As Mrs. Weiner
Episode Notes
In the "Pilot", Dean Leslie Etwood was played by Bill Nunn, but for this episode the role has been recased and is now played by Penny Johnson Jerald.

Ratings: 11.5 million viewers

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Episode Quotes
Nick: Game over.
Ronnie: Not true. I think we can do much better. Forget about Hannah and aging documents. Nothing beats a live testimonial. It's like I always say, "If you can't deliver the bacon, bring them the pig".
Nick: You always say that?
Ronnie: Well, I will from now on.

The Commander: Hey! (takes Ronnie's gun away) Just because you are an idiot, it doesn't mean you have to act like one.

Aubrey: And thus, the arsonist returns to the scene of his last great place.
Nick: Going down in flames does seem to be the motive.

Nick: Look, I'm trying to confront this stuff that I ran from years ago. And I'm willing to face anything, anything that comes my way. I will not leave you, dean Etwood. Or your students either. This time I'm not leaving anything until it's ready to be left.
Dean Etwood: Well, what an inspirational tale. But right now Mr. Garrett, I'm going back to sleep.

Episode Goofs
Near the beginning of the episode when Owen and his wife's date night is being discussed, it is mentioned that they have date night every three months. However, at the bar, Janet, while commenting on Owen's outfit, says he wore the same thing last month.

Cultural References
Ikey: (about Nick) Guy spends 10 years in New York City. Thinks he's Anderson Cooper 360.

Anderson Cooper 360° is a CNN faced-paced news program hosted by Anderson Cooper. During the series, Cooper presents the current issues facing the nation and the world, then allows as many people as possible to give their opinions on the topic at hand.

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