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aired from: Sep 1998 to: ___ ____ 56+ eps WB 60 min stereo closed captioned

regulars:

  • Keri Russell as Felicity Porter
  • Scott Speedman as Ben Covington
  • Amy Jo Johnson as Julie Emrick [ episodes 1 - 48 ]
  • Scott Foley as Noel Crane
  • Tangi Miller as Elena Tyler
  • Amanda Foreman as Meghan Rotundi, Felicity's odd roommate [ season 2+, recurring 1st season ]
  • Greg Grunberg as Sean Blumberg [ season 2+, recurring 1st season ]

    recurring characters:

  • Erich Anderson as Dr. Edward Porter
  • Robert Patrick Benedict as Richard Coad
  • Janeane Garofalo as the Voice of Sally Reardon (uncredited)
  • Ian Gomez as Javier Clemente Quintata
  • Eve Gordon as Barbara Porter
  • Jane Kaczmarek as Carol Anderson
  • Amy Aquino as Dr. Toni Pavone [ season 2+ ]
  • Donald Faison as Tracy [ season 2+ ]
  • Ali Landry as Natalie [ season 2+ ]
  • Chris William Martin as Greg Stenson [ season 2+ ]
  • Amy Smart as Ruby [ season 2+ ]
  • Sarah-Jane Potts as Molly [ season 3+ ]
  • L.B. Fisher as Carl [ season 2 ]
  • Sally Kirkland as Professor Annie Sherman [ season 2 ]
  • Henry Lubatti Jr. as David Sherman [ season 2 ]
  • Michael Peña as Brian Burke [ season 2 ]
  • Teri Polo as Maggie Sherwood [ season 2 ]
  • Adam Rodriguez as Erik Kidd [ season 2 ]
  • Kevin G. Sutherland as Lloyd [ season 2 ]
  • Devon Gummersall as Zach [ season 1 ]
  • Shan Omar Huey as Blair [ season 1 ]
  • Brian Klugman as Guy [ season 1 ]
  • Dash Mihok as Lynn [ season 1 ]
  • Simon Rex as Eli [ season 1 & 2 ]
  • Chris Sarandon as Dr. Peter McGrath [ season 1 ]


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      1st Season 1998

    1. "Pilot"
      gs: William Monaghan [ Professor Regalsky ], Darnell Williams [ John Papaleno ], Norma Maldonado [ Principal ], Jean St. James [ Mrs. Covington ]

      rc: Meghan, Dr. Porter, Mrs. Porter

      At her high school graduation, Felicity Porter works up the nerve to ask Ben Covington, her longtime crush, to sign her yearbook. On a whim, she decides to follow him to college in New York City, abandoning long-established plans to study medicine at Stanford. Her parents try to convince her that she is making a huge mistake. Felicity moves into the dorm and meets roommate Meghan, a standoffish girl with a decidedly alternative lifestyle. Her resident advisor, Noel, is much friendlier; he quickly develops romantic feelings for her. Felicity confesses her reasons for coming to New York to Ben. He is flattered, but understandably frightened. Felicity befriends Julie, an aspiring guitar player. She is put off by the mutual attraction between Julie and Ben.

      b: 29 Sep 98 pc: F700 w: J.J. Abrams d: Matt Reeves
    2. "The Last Stand"
      gs: Darnell Williams [ John Papaleno ], Robert Clendenin [ Larry ], Jan Schweiterman [ Louis ], William Monaghan [ Professor Regalsky ], Hunter Bodine [ Ben's Buddy ], Meganne Marcias [ Crying Girl ], Constance Zimmer [ Girl ], Brett Roam [ Student ]

      rc: Meghan, Dr. Porter, Mrs. Porter

      Felicity takes a job in the university's records office. She reads Ben's application essay, in which he describes his desire to make his dead brother proud. Felicity receives word that someone has requested a copy of her essay. She believes the interested party is Ben (the topic of the composition), so she sends him a copy. However, her parents have actually stayed in New York in a last-ditch attempt to convince her to drop out and enroll at Stanford. They requested the essay in the hopes of figuring out what she was thinking. Felicity explains that she initially came to New York for Ben, but now sees the experience as an opportunity to break away and make her own life. Her mother is hurt, but the Porters eventually agree to accept Felicity's decision. A guilt-ridden Ben confesses to lying on his essay; he is an only child. Julie decides to search for her biological parents.

      b: 6 Oct 98 pc: F701 w: J.J. Abrams d: Matt Reeves
    3. "Hot Objects"
      gs: Harold Gould [ Dr. William Garibay ], David Proval [ Mr. Kinney ], Marissa Ribisi [ Astrid ], Boris Krutonog [ Yuri ], Ivana Milicevic [ Censa ], Jillian Bach [ Alice ], Marc Worden [ Jerry ], Jed Rhein [ Mitch ]

      rc: Meghan

      Julie tries to avoid the persistent Ben out of loyalty to Felicity. Meghan informs Felicity that something is obviously going on between the duo. Felicity confronts Julie during a dorm party. Julie sneers that she is tired of putting aside her feelings in order to protect Felicity. Felicity befriends floor mate Elena Tyler. A disc jockey accidentally plays one of Felicity's tapes to her friend Sally. Everyone hears a passage in which she talks about sex. She runs off, humiliated. Ben crashes in Felicity's room after getting locked out of his apartment. She stares at him while he sleeps. Felicity has difficulty locating the textbook for her inorganic chemistry class, and irritates the professor with her constant attempts to suck up. A computer error forces Ben to take a drama class.

      b: 13 Oct 98 pc: F702 w: J.J. Abrams d: Brad Siberling
    4. "Boggled"
      gs: John Billingsley [ Delivery Guy ], Clay Wilcox [ T.J. Mark ], Rick Gianasi [ Waiter ]

      rc: Meghan, Zach

      While playing a game of Boggle in her room, Felicity and Noel kiss. Meghan walks in on them, and quickly spreads juicy rumors. Felicity is upset when Elena (her new lab partner) believes that she is sleeping with Noel. Felicity accepts a dinner date with Noel. Just as she is beginning to realize her feelings for him, he reveals that he has a girlfriend. Julie tells Ben that she only wants to be friends. She meets Zach, a freshman film student who earns the nickname "Pink Guy" after a laundry mishap. Julie upsets Zach with her critical comments about his film. Ben tries out for the track team.

      b: 20 Oct 98 pc: F703 w: Mimi Schmir and J.J. Abrams d: Todd Holland

      NOTE: It seems unusual that the track team would limit participation to two individuals in each event (unless they couldn't afford more uniforms). At many schools, anyone willing to attend practices can be a part of the team. These athletes do not go on most road trips, may be sent to smaller meets closer to home while the others are at an invitational (or used in developmental meets prior to major home meets), and are entered in dual meets as "non-scoring competitors." They are similar to junior varsity participants in high school.
    5. "Spooked"
      gs: Sam Shamshak [ Det. Graziano ], Sebastian Tillinger [ Andrew ], Christian Anholt [ Paul ], Erica Jimeney-Almarado [ Eva Lonner ], Vanessa Jimeney-Almarado [ Christine Lonner ], Andy Hubbell [ KBLB Goalie ], Leslie Sean Olivan [ Tiffany ]

      rc: Meghan, Sean, Zach, Javier, Blair

      As they return from a study date, Ben and Felicity are robbed at gunpoint in his apartment. Ben has trouble sleeping, and begins hanging out with Felicity in the middle of the night. They are drawn closer by the experience, and decide to dress as Frankenstein and the Bride of Frankenstein for a Halloween party at the loft. Ben forgets about their costume plans, and completely ignores Felicity during the party. When she tells him off, he says that he is tired of having to live up to her expectations. He later apologizes and gives her a necklace to replace the one stolen during the robbery. Julie and Zach bond during a Halloween showing of "The Exorcist." Elena sleeps with Blair, a guy she met at the party. Felicity takes a job at Dean & DeLuca, a coffee shop.

      b: 27 Oct 98 pc: F704 w: Jennifer Levin d: Joan Tewkesbury
    6. "Cheating"
      gs: Ron Canada [ Dean Allison ], William Monaghan [ Professor Regalsky ], Lorna Raver [ Professor Linda Cohen ], Helen Siff [ Food Service Employee ], Eddie Kaye Thomas [ Video Clerk ]

      rc: Sean, Zach, Blair

      Ben asks Felicity to proofread his English paper and hand it in. She rewrites it in the hopes of helping him get a better grade. The professor becomes suspicious and accuses Ben of cheating. Felicity confesses her actions to Ben. He is not only furious, but hurt that she seems to believe that he is stupid. He stubbornly refuses to allow her to turn herself in. Ben tries to learn the material in the paper before facing a hearing in front of faculty members. He eventually admits that he didn't write the paper. The professor saves Felicity and Ben from expulsion, but they both fail the assignment. (Felicity had gotten an A, and Ben's original paper would have received a B.) Julie prepares to see "Solaris" with Zach. She rents a copy beforehand because she is afraid that she will not understand the film. Blair constantly asks Elena for a date, while she dismisses their night together as a one-night stand.

      b: 3 Nov 98 pc: F705 w: Ed Redlich d: Marc Buckland
    7. "Drawing the Line (1)"
      gs: Marissa Ribisi [ Astrid ], Evan Jones [ RA #1 ], Jade Herrera [ RA #3 ], Taraji P. Henson [ RA #2 ], Cory C. Hardrict [ RA #4 ], China Jesuita Shayers [ RA #5 ], Ross Strauss [ Sleeping Big Guy ]

      rc: Meghan, Sean, Zach, Javier, Blair

      Ben gives Felicity the cold shoulder after the cheating incident. She whines about the situation to Noel, who becomes very uncomfortable. Noel's fellow resident advisors recommend that he bar Felicity from discussing Ben with him. Noel shares his decision with Felicity, but ends up making her angry. Felicity and Blair try to convince the proud Elena to apply for a scholarship so that she can stay in school. A drunken Julie and Zach fool around after an evening out. The next morning, Julie discloses some shocking news to Felicity: Zach forced himself on her.

      b: 10 Nov 98 pc: F706 w: J.J. Abrams d: Ellen Pressman
    8. "Drawing the Line (2)"
      gs: Riley Weston [ Story Zimmer ], Jacqueline Hahn [ Kerry Lerner ], Jarrod Crawford [ Darryl ], Elizabeth Penn Payne [ Det. Faluci ], Robert Stephenson [ Officer Dennis ]

      rc: Meghan, Sean, Zach, Guy

      Felicity offers Julie her support and encourages her to file a police report. They are discouraged to learn that the district attorney's office does not prosecute any date rape case involving alcohol because of the low probability of a conviction. She decides to file a claim through the university. Zach has no idea why Julie is upset with him; he insists that he did not rape her. Ben hears what happened and attacks Zach in the cafeteria. Zach eventually realizes that he was wrong. He tells Julie that he is going to confess and drop out of school. Felicity is unable to look after a visiting high school senior because she is busy helping Julie. She dumps the student off on Elena, but the girl finds a connection with Meghan.

      b: 17 Nov 98 pc: F707 w: J.J. Abrams and Riley Weston d: Joan Tewkesbury

      NOTE: Guest star and co-writer Riley Weston created controversy when it was revealed that she had pretended to be a 19-year-old to get on the staff.
    9. "Thanksgiving"
      gs: John Cothran Jr. [ Mr. Tyler ], Jennifer Garner [ Hanna ], Jan Schweiterman [ Louis ]

      rc: Sean, Javier

      Felicity decides to stay on campus for Thanksgiving so that Julie will not have to be alone. Ben learns that his parents don't want him to come home for the holiday. Elena visits her father, who irritates her by revealing his plans to have Thanksgiving dinner with his girlfriend. Tired of being ignored, she returns to the campus. Noel entertains his visiting girlfriend, Hanna. She announces that she may be moving to New York to enroll in a special music school. Noel and a jealous Felicity have a confrontation in the bathroom. Ben catches them kissing. Noel breaks up with Hanna, but agrees to remain friends. Felicity's lovably eccentric boss, Javier, throws together a Thanksgiving feast for everyone. Elena's father arrives and apologizes for neglecting her.

      b: 24 Nov 98 pc: F708 w: Andrea Newman d: Danny Leiner
    10. "Finally"
      gs: Eric Saiet [ Waisler ], Steve Monroe [ Steve ], Maulik Pancholy [ T.A. ], Lela Lee [ Pauline ], Liza Del Mundo [ Unknown ], Rina Lyn [ Kid ], Eddie Santiago [ Math Major ]

      rc: Meghan, Sean, Richard

      Before Felicity and Noel can deal with the repercussions of their kiss, he is called away on a family emergency. When he returns weeks later, they decide to put aside discussion of their relationship until after finals. However, they spend most of their time making out instead of studying. An annoying guy named Richard sees them kissing. He threatens to report Noel for fraternizing with an advisee unless he lets Richard do whatever he wants. Ben calls on Felicity to help him prepare for their poetry final. She agrees because she owes him after causing him to flunk the earlier essay. Noel has an allergic reaction to a "smart drink" concocted by Meghan. He sees Felicity with Ben and flips out. Julie helps Sean sell fruit to students in the library. Ben declines to accompany Felicity back to Palo Alto. He stays in New York with Julie, who is living at his apartment.

      b: 15 Dec 98 pc: F709 w: J.J. Abrams d: Michael Fields
    11. "Gimme an O!"
      gs: David Bowe [ Lloyd ], Roz Witt [ Salesperson ], Rio Dkin McGee [ Matthew ]

      rc: Meghan, Sean, Javier, Blair, Guy, Richard

      Felicity returns from Christmas break and promptly announces that she wants to lose her virginity to Noel. Their first attempt goes awry when a dried-up Christmas tree catches fire in Noel's room. They reserve a hotel room, but get into an argument. They decide that the time is not right for them to sleep together. Julie is hesitant to tell Felicity that she is involved with Ben. Blair gives Elena an article of clothing as a gift. She tries desperately to find out exactly what it is.

      b: 19 Jan 99 pc: F710 w: Jennifer Levin d: Tom Moore
    12. "Friends"
      gs: Elya Baskin [ Bela ], Donal Logue [ Eddie ], Boris Krutonog [ Yuri ], Ivana Milicevic [ Censa ], Tammy Townsend [ Tara Owens ], Ian Busch [ Receptionist ], Susan Dallan [ Tina ], Zore Ovespyan [ Brother #3 ], Zorab Ovsepyan [ Dimitri ], Alex Stemkovsky [ Leonid ]

      rc: Meghan, Blair, Richard, Carol

      Felicity spies Blair kissing another girl in the library. To make matters worse, the girl turns out to be Elena's best friend Tara. Blair tries to convince Felicity that what she witnessed was just an accident. Elena chooses to accept Blair's explanation, and orders Felicity to stay out of her business. She refuses to believe that Tara would betray her. When Blair claims to be attending a concert alone, Felicity and Elena follow him. They discover that he was on a date with Tara, whom he kisses outside the arena. Julie learns the identity of her birth mother, Carol Anderson. Ben comes along for moral support as Julie prepares to meet the woman. However, she chickens out; instead of identifying herself as Carol's daughter, she takes a job as her assistant. Noel poses as an advisee's boyfriend to get a good deal on some vending machines.

      b: 26 Jan 99 pc: F711 w: Gina Prince-Blythewood d: Todd Holland

      NOTE: Ian Busch is director Todd Holland's long-time assistant.
    13. "Todd Mulcahy (1)"
      gs: Stephen Berra [ Todd Mulcahy ], Amy Wilson [ Seminar Student ], Susan Dallan [ Tina ]

      rc: Meghan, Sean, Javier, Blair, Richard, Carol, Dr. McGrath

      Todd Mulcahy, a young man who attended a summer camp with Felicity when they were twelve, arrives unexpectedly. He declares that he and Felicity are soulmates, and announces that he has come to New York to kiss her. Felicity seeks Ben's advice on how to deal with a stalker. She is annoyed when Todd manages to win everyone over with his charms. (He helps Noel with a computer problem, and turns out to be an old skateboarding buddy of Ben's.) Felicity finally takes Todd to dinner and orders him to leave her alone. As she walks home, he follows her and insists that they will be together. He gets hit by a bus. Felicity and Elena win the right to apply for a seminar that is considered essential for students wishing to attend medical school. Blair approaches Elena for a date, unaware that she knows that he is cheating on her. She punches his lights out. Julie discovers that she and Carol have common interests.

      b: 9 Feb 99 pc: F712 w: J.J. Abrams d: J.J. Abrams
    14. "Todd Mulcahy (2)"
      gs: Stephen Berra [ Todd Mulcahy ], Maggie Lawson [ Rebecca ], Dahlia Victoria [ Charlotte ], Taraji P. Henson [ Art Student ], Lorin Shapiro [ Woman ], Freddy Anderuci [ Paramedic ], Sabina Weber [ Doctor #1 ], Karl T. Wright [ Doctor #2 ]

      rc: Meghan, Sean, Javier, Richard, Carol, Eli, Dr. McGrath

      Todd gives Felicity an old note in which she speaks of her dreams of becoming an artist. Felicity experiences doubts about her future and blows off her interview for the seminar. She later convinces the professor to give her another chance. A cute art student invites her to hang out at the studio and work on her drawing. Felicity is surprised to learn that Todd is engaged. His fiancée gave him permission to go after Felicity because she didn't want to deny him a chance at happiness. Felicity gives Todd his kiss, and he leaves for a rehab hospital. Noel and Felicity stage a break-up to put a stop to Richard's blackmail schemes. Julie sends Carol a tape revealing that she is her daughter. Carol claims that she never put a child up for adoption.

      b: 16 Feb 99 pc: F713 w: J.J. Abrams d: J.J. Abrams

      NOTE: Simon Rex (Eli) was later one of the stars of Jack and Jill, which aired after Felicity during the 1999-2000 season.
    15. "Love and Marriage"
      gs: Eddie McClintock [ Ryan Crane ], Amy Hathaway [ Nicole ], Drew Pillsbury [ Swim Coach ], Anne DeSalvo [ Lawyer ], Nathan Anderson [ Alex ], Spencer Beglarin [ Samuel ]

      rc: Meghan, Javier, Lynn

      Javier faces deportation. Horrified by the prospect of being separated from his true love, Samuel, he asks Felicity to help him get a green card by marrying him. Felicity reluctantly agrees to go through with it, although she could face jail time if their scheme is discovered. Javier calls off the marriage because of Samuel's objections. Samuel convinces his boss to transfer him to Spain so that he can stay with Javier. Noel's visiting brother Ryan announces that he is gay. Before Noel can come to grips with this news, Ryan introduces him to his boyfriend, whom he plans to marry. Ryan is infuriated when Noel proves to be less than supportive of his decision. The swim coach observes Ben's workout and asks him to try out for the team. He makes the squad and begins spending time with a new group of friends.

      b: 23 Feb 99 pc: F714 w: Jennifer Levin and Andrea Newman d: Todd Holland

      NOTE: After this episode, Ian Gomez left the series to become a regular on Norm. He returned (on a part-time basis) at the beginning of the second season.
    16. "The Fugue"
      gs: Alexandra Wentworth [ Abby ], Jennifer Garner [ Hanna ], Jamie Hanes [ Employee ], Kent Dalian [ Wes ], Lawrence Fallean [ Unknown ], Mataji Booker [ Art Student ]

      rc: Meghan, Sean, Lynn, Eli

      Noel discovers that Hanna has been attending school in New York for several months. She seeks his help in overcoming a block as she works on a musical composition. She kisses him after a dinner date. Noel admits that he still has feelings for Hanna; he is considering getting back together with her. He ignores Felicity's wishes by accompanying Hanna back to her apartment. Felicity continues to frequent the art studio; and agrees to pose for a sketch with Eli, her art student friend. Noel nearly rekindles his romance with Hanna, but cuts things off and decides to go back to Felicity. Meanwhile, Felicity has sex with Eli. Julie becomes lonely as Ben spends more time with his swimmer friends. She initially despises his abrasive buddy Lynn, but discovers that he is actually a decent guy.

      b: 2 Mar 99 pc: F715 w: J.J. Abrams and Ed Redlich d: Lawrence Trilling
    17. "Assassins"
      gs: Ali Hillis [ Chloe ], Sharon Maughan [ Professor Beisner ], Jan Schweiterman [ Louis ], Jarrod Crawford [ Darryl ]

      rc: Meghan, Sean, Guy, Richard, Lynn, Eli

      Noel apologizes to Felicity for jeopardizing their relationship. She eventually summons the courage to tell him about her night with Eli. He explodes with anger, and their romance ends acrimoniously. The dorm residents play a war game designed to force them to learn each other's names. Elena becomes obsessed with victory. Julie helps Sean sort out his romance with a student librarian.

      b: 20 Apr 99 pc: F716 w: Andrea Newman and Jennifer Levin d: Michael Schultz
    18. "Happy Birthday"
      gs: Nancy Lenehan [ Faye ], Paul Vincent O'Connor [ Waiter ], Jan Schweiterman [ Louis ], Susan Dallan [ Tina ], Marina Malota [ Amanda Anderson ], Joey Zimmerman [ Matthew Anderson ]

      rc: Meghan, Sean, Guy, Richard, Carol, Lynn

      Julie celebrates her 18th birthday. Carol reveals that she is actually Julie's mother. She was hesitant to admit the truth because her husband is Julie's father. She had the baby while they were separated, and never told him about the pregnancy after they reunited and married. Carol seeks a relationship with Julie, but forbids her from contacting her father. Julie secretly observes her parents and two siblings as they dine at a restaurant. She decides to cut ties with Carol and show more appreciation for her adopted parents. Meghan asks Felicity to watch over her mysterious box while her parents are in town. Felicity is amazed as Meghan undergoes a complete personality transformation, trying to pass herself off as a sweet, innocent preppy. Noel considers moving out of the dorm because he feels uncomfortable around Felicity. Ben turns to gambling to solve his financial problems.

      b: 27 Apr 99 pc: F717 w: Tracy Abrams d: Elodie Keene
    19. "Docuventary"
      gs: Don Perry [ Unknown ], Gregg Daniel [ Unknown ], Jarrod Crawford [ Darryl ], Ali Hillis [ Chloe ]

      rc: Meghan, Sean, Guy, Richard, Lynn, Dr. McGrath

      Noel seeks therapy to deal with his unresolved anger about Felicity's fling with Eli. Sean puts together a documentary about college life. He soon narrows the focus to a discussion of Felicity and Noel and their failed relationship. He interviews the duo and its friends and acquaintances. (Meghan describes life with Felicity as "like living with a TV that's always playing Little House on the Prairie, only with more sweaters.") Noel believes that he was the only one who truly cared about the relationship. He is surprised when Sean plays back a portion of Felicity's interview, in which she admits that she loved Noel. Although Sean hopes for a happy ending, Felicity and Noel decide to take things slow. Ben falls deeper into debt, and may be thrown out of school if he can't figure out a way to pay back his loans. He angrily dismisses Julie's suggestion that he ask his parents for help; he can't stand his father, and doesn't want to worry his mom. When Lynn refuses to loan him more money, a frustrated Ben attacks him.

      b: 4 May 99 pc: F718 w: J.J. Abrams d: Stan Salfas
    20. "Connections"
      gs: Curtis Armstrong [ Danny ], Chad Gabriel [ Barry ], Drew Pillsbury [ Swim Coach ], Alexandra Wentworth [ Abby ], Steven Hofvendahl [ Unknown ]

      rc: Meghan, Sean, Guy, Richard, Lynn, Dr. McGrath

      Abby, Dean & DeLuca's officious new manager leaves Felicity in charge while she is away. She orders her to fire Danny, an irresponsible employee. Ben runs afoul of a campus bookie. When he is unable to pay off his debts, the guy enlists his frat brothers to beat up Ben. After the assault, Ben vanishes for 24 hours. He finally resurfaces on Felicity's doorstep. She convinces him to tell his mother about his financial problems. Felicity asks Danny to close up while she is helping her friends search for Ben. He does such a good job that Abby gives him the promotion that had been earmarked for Felicity. (The implausible excuses he had given to explain absences from work--such as helping at a convent--were all legitimate.) Noel receives a summer internship in Berlin. Felicity's reaction to the news leaves him puzzled. Elena fills in for Dr. McGrath's assistant. They develop a friendship, and she asks him out to dinner.

      b: 11 May 99 pc: F719 w: Andrea Newman d: Danny Leiner
    21. "The Force"
      gs: Amy Hathaway [ Nicole ], Curtis Armstrong [ Danny ], Max Baker [ Unknown ], Peter Dennis [ Unknown ], Rick Zieff [ Unknown ]

      rc: Meghan, Sean, Guy, Lynn, Dr. McGrath

      Meghan uses Felicity as her guinea pig as she practices her spells. Noel's friend Guy forces him to work on their group project outside a movie theater as he tries to secure tickets to "Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace." Felicity, Ben, Noel and Julie plan to drive across the country to California to deliver a car. Noel learns that he cannot make the trip because his internship starts earlier than expected. Lynn's girlfriend continually makes passes at Ben. He turns her down, but breaks up with Julie because he feels stifled by the relationship. While working late at Dean & DeLuca, Felicity and Ben nearly kiss. Felicity lays the blame on one of Meghan's spells. Dr. McGrath treats Elena rudely in class in order to hide his attraction to her.

      b: 18 May 99 pc: F720 w: J.J. Abrams and Jennifer Levin d: Robert M. Williams Jr.
    22. "Felicity Was Here"
      gs: Curtis Armstrong [ Danny ], Darnell Williams [ John Papaleno ]

      rc: Meghan, Dr. McGrath

      Felicity concludes that it would be wrong to join Ben on the road trip, as she does not want to betray Julie. After Ben kisses her, she suddenly changes her mind. She reconsiders again when Noel asks her to join him in Berlin. When Felicity visits Ben to share her latest decision, Julie witnesses their flirtation. She realizes that Ben dumped her for Felicity. Julie spills the beans to Noel, who demands that Felicity return her ticket to Berlin. Ben begins his drive alone, but returns several days later and makes a final plea for Felicity to join him. He appears to have won her over...until she finds the plane ticket in her room, accompanied by a love letter from Noel. Elena sleeps with Dr. McGrath. She sneaks a peek at her exam and discovers that she didn't do very well. When she receives the paper in class the next day, she finds that the professor has given her an A.

      b: 25 May 99 pc: F721 w: J.J. Abrams d: Matt Reeves

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      2nd Season 1999

    23. "Sophomoric"
      gs: Marissa Janet Winokar [ Nancy ], Brittany Ishibashi [ Advisee ], Ayo Adeyemi [ Cab Driver ], Julie Dunlavy [ Penny ], Jenna Dunlavy [ Stacy ], Lanya Jezek [ Eve ], David Reivers [ Housing Officer ]

      rc: Javier, Burkey

      Felicity returns to school to discover that one of the dorms has been shut down. Due to the lack of rooms, she must share resident advisor duties. Much to her horror, her roommate and co-resident advisor turns out to be Meghan. Elena and Noel decide to share an apartment. Felicity deals with the consequences of her decision to drive across the country with Ben. Although Ben spent much of the summer away in Mexico, he and Felicity are now a couple. Still extremely bitter, Noel and Julie lash out at them. Julie, also a victim of the housing shortage, moves into the loft with Sean and Ben. Ben assures Felicity that he is completely over Julie. Sean insists that Ben isn't ready for a relationship with Felicity, and continually pressures him to break up with her. Ben listens to one of Felicity's tapes to Sally. He is disconcerted to hear Felicity say that she might be in love with him.

      b: 26 Sep 99 pc: F722 w: J.J. Abrams d: Lawrence Trilling

      NOTE: Amanda Foreman and Greg Grunberg become official cast members. Ian Gomez returns in his recurring role as Javier, who is said to have obtained his green card.
    24. "The List"
      gs: Jeanette Brox [ Gretchen ], David Haley [ Tim ], Stephanie Marie Baker [ Bridgid ], Talitha Peters [ Girl ]

      rc: Burkey, Carl

      Felicity counsels an advisee, who is using tips from a magazine article to win the affections of her aloof boyfriend. Ben worries Felicity with his peculiar behavior. He finally reveals that he listened to her tape and cannot deal with the idea that she might love him. Felicity consults the magazine article and tries to get him back. She agrees to be less intense, but suddenly breaks up with Ben because she feels that he expects her to be someone else. She deals with her pain by getting a very short hair cut. Julie throws a big party (with cover charge) at the loft. Elena tries to help Noel get a girl's phone number.

      b: 3 Oct 99 pc: F723 w: Jennifer Levin d: Barnet Kellman
    25. "Ancient History"
      gs: Stephanie Marie Baker [ Bridgid ], Trevor Lissauer [ Andrew ], Lawrence Edward Sullivan Jr. [ Preston ], Janis Show [ Susan ], Michael Weiner [ Bruce ], Nancy Janis [ Adminstration Worker ], Reagan Gomez-Preston [ Student #1 ], Diva Zappa [ Student #2 ]

      rc: Richard, Burkey, Carl, Ruby, Professor Sherman

      Felicity rearranges her work schedule to avoid Ben. While looking over the course catalog with freshman advisee Ruby, Felicity laments the fact that she is no longer able to pursue her interest in art. She impulsively drops her pre-med courses and signs up for drawing. Felicity winds up in the same class as Noel, who continues to hate her guts. He accuses her of ruining his chances of hooking up with a classmate, unaware that the woman's lack of interest stems from the fact that she is gay. Ruby turns to Noel for advice about a computer problem. He snaps at her because of her association with Felicity, but they later find that they have a lot in common. Noel defends Felicity when the professor and other students harshly criticize her work. Although discouraged by the experience, Felicity decides not to leave the class. Ben and Sean interview new roommates as Julie prepares to move out. When her new place falls through, they ask her to stay.

      b: 10 Oct 99 pc: F724 w: Andrea Newman d: Keith Samples
    26. "The Depths"
      gs: Rockmond Dunbar [ Unknown ], Carl Gordon [ Older Man on Train ], Julio Dolce Vita [ Vendor ], Phyllis Applegate [ Mimi ], Juan Fernandez [ Dennis ], Eric Hodges II [ J.D. ], Christopher Heimen [ Judd ], Rebecca Street [ Judith ]

      rc: Ruby, Carl, Maggie

      Felicity hears a rumor that Julie has written and performed a vicious song about her. They end up stuck in the same car for several hours after the subway breaks down. The other passengers overhear their sniping and get involved in their argument. An older man forces them to realize that they were never really as good friends as they believed. Noel and Ruby begin dating. Sean invents a condiment called "smoothaise" that he believes will make him rich. Ben meets a pushy caterer.

      b: 17 Oct 99 pc: F725 w: J.J. Abrams d: Michael Schultz
    27. "Crash"
      gs: Marianne Filali [ Waitress ]

      rc: Carl, Maggie, David, Professor Sherman

      Professor Sherman tries to set up Felicity with her son, who is several years older. Julie suggests that it might be a good idea to date a guy without worrying about the prospect of a long-term relationship. David turns out to be a petulant jerk, and Felicity storms out in the middle of dinner. He apologizes and asks for another chance, so she decides to date him. Ben and Maggie start sleeping together. Noel and Elena obsess over a video game.

      b: 24 Oct 99 pc: F726 w: Josh Reims d: Robert M. Williams Jr.
    28. "The Love Bug"
      gs: Emily Wachtel [ Suzanne ]

      rc: Javier, Carl, Ruby, Maggie, David

      A mono epidemic hits the campus. After Meghan gets sick, Felicity tries to avoid the bug by staying with Elena and Noel. Felicity frets about the fact that David has yet to kiss her. Noel accidentally says Felicity's name while kissing Ruby. Ruby is furious to discover that Noel and Felicity hadn't told her the truth about their past relationship. A stranger offers Ruby a business card, claiming to be a movie producer. She follows up on the lead and ends up getting a major role in a Tom Cruise movie. Ruby sleeps with Noel before departing for several weeks. Ben finds out that Maggie is married.

      b: 7 Nov 99 pc: F727 w: J.J. Abrams d: Lawrence Trilling
    29. "Getting Lucky"
      gs: David Starzyk [ Charlie Sherwood ], Jill Parker-Jones [ Vet ], Paul Sutera [ Wes ]

      rc: Maggie, David

      Felicity takes in a stray dog, but has trouble finding a place for it to stay. Elena believes that Felicity is using the dog as an excuse to not have sex with David. Lucky is diagnosed with distemper and has to be put to sleep. Felicity sleeps with David. Ben meets Maggie's husband when he comes to Dean & DeLuca to buy food for their anniversary party. Sean continues to fawn over Julie.

      b: 14 Nov 99 pc: F728 w: Jennifer Levin d: Dan Appel
    30. "Family Affairs"
      gs: David Starzyk [ Charlie Sherwood ]

      rc: Javier, Burkey, David, Maggie, Dr. Porter, Mrs. Porter, Professor Sherman

      Felicity's parents arrive unexpectedly for Thanksgiving. The Porters, David and Professor Sherman all end up getting invited to dinner at Noel and Elena's apartment. Meghan shows up in the hopes of seeing everyone get into a fight. Felicity fears that David is becoming too serious about their relationship. Felicity and Noel get drunk from Professor Sherman's punch. They go to his room and reminisce about their kiss the previous Thanksgiving. Professor Sherman walks in on them kissing. An ugly scene develops, leaving Meghan delighted. Felicity breaks up with David. Javier recruits Ben, Julie and Sean to help him cater the Sherwoods' anniversary party. Maggie introduces her husband to Ben, "the guy I've been sleeping with." Ben realizes that Maggie was just using him to get back at her cheating husband.

      b: 21 Nov 99 pc: F729 w: Andrea Newman d: Ken Olin
    31. "Portraits"
      gs: Tinsley Grimes [ Bruce ]

      rc: Eli, Ruby, David, Erik, Professor Sherman

      In the aftermath of their kiss, Felicity gets all hot and bothered about Noel. After much soul searching, she approaches him with the suggestion that they get back together. Noel decides that it isn't a good idea; he would rather be with Ruby. Felicity and Noel worry that Professor Sherman will not be able to give an unbiased critique of their final project because she hates them. Julie is approached by a record executive. Sean believes that the man has ulterior motives. Ben has difficulty with his English essay because he read the wrong book. Sean helps him get his paper done before the deadline.

      b: 19 Dec 99 pc: F731 w: Jed Seidel d: Lawrence Trilling
    32. "Great Expectations"
      gs: Drew Pillsbury [ Swim Coach ], Miguel Najera [ Professor Elliott ]

      rc: Ruby, Erik, Dr. Porter

      Felicity's father accompanies her back to New York, where he is scheduled to work with the university. She grows tired of his constant intrusions, and panics when he announces that he may take a full-time job at a New York hospital. Dr. Porter sends Felicity reeling with the news that he and her mother are separated. Ben and Felicity begin working the same shifts at Dean & DeLuca. Depressed after the university cuts the swim program, Ben convinces her to join him in blowing off some steam. They buy beer with his fake I.D. and break into the campus pool. They get caught by campus security and face expulsion. Julie rejects Erik's advances. However, he assures her that he truly cares about her music. She is offered a three-song deal. Ruby tries to help Noel improve his poor public speaking skills after he becomes a teaching assistant.

      b: 16 Jan 00 pc: F732 w: Josh Reims d: Keith Samples
    33. "Help for the Lovelorn"
      gs: Dennis Lipscomb [ Doctor ], Cynthia Ettinger [ Janice Long ], Lynn Wanlass [ Woman ], Gregory Cook [ Ghostly Man ], Michael Morrissey [ Corpse ], Jeffrey Stubblefield [ Grad Student ], Scott Alan Smith [ Anesthesiologist ]

      In a special black and white episode patterned after The Twilight Zone, a mysterious customer offers Felicity advice on how to ease her constant heartache. Felicity visits a clinic, where she soon learns that the doctors use horrific methods to mend a broken heart. Felicity and her friends end up trapped in a small, bare room from which there is no escape. The contents of Meghan's box are revealed (for the purpose of this episode only).

      b: 23 Jan 00 pc: F730 w: J.J. Abrams d: Lamont Johnson
    34. "The Slump"

      rc: Ruby, Tracy, Dr. Porter, Mrs. Porter, Dr. Pavone

      Felicity and Ben are ordered to attend sessions with a counselor, who will help determine their punishment. Ben doesn't show up because he thinks the whole thing is stupid. Felicity gets caught in the middle of her parents' bickering when her mother comes for a visit. She learns that her mother married so young because she was pregnant with Felicity. Felicity blames herself for forcing her mother to give up all her dreams. She seriously considers Ben's suggestion that they chuck everything and take a trip to Vienna. Noel struggles to make up with Ruby after an argument. She reveals the real reason that she is upset: she may be pregnant. Elena gets a "sexy new lab partner."

      b: 6 Feb 00 pc: F733 w: J.J. Abrams d: Matt Reeves
    35. "Truth or Consequences"
      gs: Bruce Nozick [ Larry ]

      rc: Ruby, Erik, Greg, Lloyd, Dr. Pavone

      Felicity and Ben begin a community service assignment at the student health center. The head of the clinic, Greg, acts very rude and condescending toward them. Ben quits, but Felicity decides to stick around because she enjoys working with the patients. Ruby learns that she is indeed pregnant. She plans to have an abortion, but cannot go through with it. She decides to have the baby and raise it herself. Noel is terrified by the prospect of fatherhood. Erik stands up for Julie when the head of the record company plans to pass on her demo. Julie and Erik go out to celebrate and get drunk. They return to the loft and begin kissing. Julie has flashbacks to the rape and pushes Erik away. She loses the record deal. Sean assures Julie that Erik was a jerk, and that she didn't owe him anything.

      b: 13 Feb 00 pc: F734 w: Paul Guyot d: Robert M. Williams Jr.
    36. "True Colors"
      gs: Ron Perkins [ Dr. Martin ], Paige Hurd [ Natasha ]

      rc: Richard, Ruby, Tracy, Greg

      A panicked Noel distances himself from Ruby. Ben tells Noel that he got a girl pregnant in high school, but didn't come through when she needed him. He urges Noel not to do anything that he will regret. Noel decides to take an active role in his child's life. The ultrasound reveals that Ruby is eight weeks pregnant; Noel realizes that he could not have been the father. Ruby confesses that she slept with a producer while she was away in Los Angeles working on the movie. She reminds Noel that they were not really a couple at the time, and pleads with him to give her another chance. Elena holds a party to re-paint the apartment. Everyone loudly discusses Noel's situation while he is trying to rest in his bedroom. Julie confides in Sean about the date rape, and admits that she never fully recovered. He advises her to seek counseling. Felicity tries to get Greg to be as understanding around the staff as he is with his patients. Ben becomes jealous as Felicity and Greg spend more time together. Meghan, surprisingly, develops a crush on Greg.

      b: 20 Feb 00 pc: F735 w: Lawrence Trilling d: Ken Olin
    37. "Things Change"
      gs: Elizabeth Bogush [ Pam ], Ciro Barbaro [ Reviewer ]

      rc: Javier, Ruby, Tracy, Greg, Lloyd, Dr. Porter

      Greg is in a bind when a doctor leaves the clinic just before it is to undergo an inspection. Felicity volunteers her father for the assignment. She discovers that Dr. Porter is taking anxiety pills, and that he quit his job at the hospital weeks earlier. Dr. Porter explains that he never wanted to take the job in the first place; he misses his wife desperately, and hoped that she would ask him to come home. Noel tells Ruby that he cannot get over the fact that she is carrying someone else's child. He offers his friendship. Tracy annoys Elena with his cockiness as they prepare for an exam. After they both receive outstanding scores, Elena agrees to go out with him. Ben continues to mope about Felicity's close working relationship with Greg. He reluctantly goes on a date, but cannot stop thinking about Felicity. He goes to the clinic to share his feelings. He finds Felicity and Greg talking and laughing as they celebrate the clinic's high marks on the inspection. Dejected, Ben walks away before they can notice him.

      b: 27 Feb 00 pc: F736 w: Andrea Newman d: Elodie Keene
    38. "Revolutions"
      gs: Fred Sanders [ Dr. John Sullivan ], Keiko Agena [ Leila Foster ], Julie Dunlavy [ Penny ], Jenna Dunlavy [ Stacy ], Elizabeth Liang [ Sue Morgan ], Hal Ozsan [ Long-Haired Guy ]

      rc: Javier, Burkey, Ruby, Greg, Lloyd, Dr. Porter, Dr. Pavone

      Julie has difficulty sleeping because of nightmares about Zach. Felicity recommends that she talk to someone, but Julie doesn't feel she is ready. A student visits the clinic to obtain the morning-after pill, only to discover that the university will no longer distribute it. An outraged Felicity turns to Greg, who cannot take any action because he fears losing the little support the clinic has. Felicity organizes a sit-in, which freshman advisee Burkey helps turn into a major protest. Felicity wants to call the whole thing off after Greg gets in trouble, but the others refuse to leave. Dr. Porter is brought in an attempt to convince Felicity to give up. She refuses, and Greg decides to join the demonstration. When Felicity chokes during a television interview, Julie steps up and delivers an impassioned speech about the pill's importance to rape victims. The university is touched by her words and reverses its position. Felicity kisses Greg during the celebration. Noel helps Ben study for an upcoming sociology test. They get drunk and play a lot of video games. Ben accidentally nails Noel in the head with a can of beer, then provokes a fistfight.

      b: 5 Apr 00 pc: F737 w: Lynn Cantor and Mitch Salem d: Barnet Kellman

      NOTE: Felicity refers to 2.11 as she tells Julie that she had a horrible nightmare about Meghan's box. Ben reveals his intense hatred for Mr. Pibb.
    39. "Docuventary II"
      gs: Alexis Arquette [ Jim ], Henry M. Dittman [ Doug ], Buck Kantalian [ Al ]

      rc: Javier, Richard, Ruby, Tracy, Greg, Dr. Pavone

      Sean, with help from Richard, resumes his documentary film project. The duo annoys Felicity and Ben by hounding them as they complete their community service. Felicity takes a paid job as Greg's assistant. She is furious to discover that Greg helped her get the job because he is attracted to her; a more deserving colleague was passed over, and must now leave the clinic. Felicity quits, but Greg persuades her to return. She takes a volunteer position. While working in the records office, Ben snoops in Greg's file and discovers that he was busted for cocaine possession. Noel convinces him to keep the information under wraps for the time being. After Sean and Richard show him footage of Felicity and Greg on a date, Ben goes to the clinic and threatens Greg. Greg shares the truth with Felicity and assures her that he has been clean for years. Felicity angrily confronts Ben, who points out that she read his file a year earlier. She attributes her behavior to the fact that she was in love with him. Felicity fails to realize that Ben has similar reasons for his actions. Rather than confessing his feelings, he storms out. Noel panics after he loses his students' exams before he had a chance to grade them. Tracy embarrasses Elena during their interview, but later has nice things to say about her.

      b: 12 Apr 00 pc: F738 w: J.J. Abrams and Tracy Abrams d: Stan Salfas
    40. "Party Lines"
      gs: Alex Carter [ Stephen's Dad ], Elizabeth Bogush [ Pam ], Keiko Agena [ Leila Foster ], Jesse James [ Stephen ], Michael Morton [ Administrator ]

      rc: Richard, Tracy, Greg, Dr. Pavone

      Sean follows Ben and Felicity with his camera and pesters them to admit their attraction. Greg asks Felicity to manage his campaign for student council president. Felicity is alarmed to discover that she disagrees with Greg's position on virtually every issue. She finds that her views are more in line with her friend Leila's campaign. After Leila's fear of public speaking leaves her ill, Felicity reads her speech to the students. Leila drops out of the race, but urges Felicity to run in her place. Hoping to show Felicity that he has some direction, Ben takes an internship on Wall Street. He spends all of his time babysitting a broker's visiting son. They bond while playing basketball, but the boy hurts his finger. Ben comforts the child as Greg tends to the injury, and Felicity is very impressed. Felicity, with encouragement from Ben, decides to run for student council president. Greg throws a fit and breaks their date to the Sadie Hawkins dance. He later shows up and apologizes. Felicity and Ben exchange longing glances while dancing with their dates. Richard also runs for president, using the platform "Free Pizza on Fridays." Tracy accepts another girl's invitation to the dance because he believes Elena took too long to ask him. He backs out of the date to go with Elena, but she balks at violating the "girls' code." Elena and Felicity convince Julie and Noel to attend the dance together.

      b: 19 Apr 00 pc: F739 w: Jennifer Levin d: Joanna Lovetti
    41. "Running Mates"
      gs: Keiko Agena [ Leila Foster ], Eric Kushnick [ Andre ], Brian Joseph White [ Student #1 ], Hal Ozsan [ Student/Stoner Guy ], Kelvin Yu [ Keith Fannin ], China Brooks [ Carol Nanning ], Maya Elise Goodwin [ Former President ]

      rc: Javier, Richard, Ruby, Tracy, Greg

      Ben catches Andre, a jerk who hangs around with Greg, defacing Felicity's campaign posters. Greg denies that his friend would do such a thing. All of the candidates start acting very immature and sabotaging each other's campaigns. After all of Felicity's posters are stolen from her room, she and Ben break into Andre's room. They discover that he has pilfered materials from all of Greg's competitors. Greg rubs his relationship with Felicity in Ben's face. An angry Ben tells Richard about Greg's drug arrest. Richard plasters fliers around the campus, and Greg is placed under scrutiny during a Q&A with students. Ben agonizes over whether to tell Felicity what he has done. Richard and a female student are elected co-presidents. Richard tells Felicity that he owes his victory to Ben. Felicity suddenly reverses her position and decides to join Greg on a weekend getaway. Ben learns their destination from Meghan and tries desperately to catch up to them. Ruby returns from Colorado after revealing her pregnancy to her parents. Inspired by a conversation with Julie, Noel encourages Ruby to contact the baby's father. Tracy shocks Elena by declaring that he doesn't plan to have sex before marriage. She thinks things over and decides that she just wants to be friends, but then makes out with him.

      b: 26 Apr 00 pc: F740 w: Josh Reims d: Robert M. Williams Jr.
    42. "Ben Was Here"
      gs: Scott Paetty [ Wade ], Alan Charof [ Jerry ], Chip Sickler [ Vincent ]

      rc: Javier, Ruby, Tracy, Greg

      Ben waits outside the cabin for several hours until he can talk to Felicity alone. She refuses to hear him out and slams the door in his face, declaring that she no longer wants him in her life. Felicity becomes distracted, so she and Greg have to cut their weekend short. Tracy and a friend volunteer to remove the wallpaper from Elena's apartment and finish painting so that she won't lose the security deposit. They inadvertently use toxic chemicals, so Noel and Elena have to stay at the loft until the damage can be repaired. A pipe bursts in Felicity and Meghan's room, forcing the students to sleep in the cafeteria. Felicity, Meghan and Ruby end up moving into the loft. At Javier's urging, Felicity decides to forgive Ben. Meghan convinces Ben that Felicity still has feelings for him. He crashes her date with Greg and pleads for another chance. Felicity insists that Ben doesn't sincerely want to be in a relationship with her. Greg punches out Ben. Felicity races to Ben's aid, but then leaves with Greg. Wade, the father of Ruby's baby, comes to town to meet with her. Sean learns that the Independent Film Channel wants to buy his documentary. After he receives the news, he grabs Julie and kisses her, leaving the entire room in shock. When Julie confronts Sean, he admits that he is in love with her. Javier announces that he plans to enroll in college.

      b: 3 May 00 pc: F741 w: J.J. Abrams d: Lawrence Trilling
    43. "The Aretha Theory"
      gs: Kevin Weinman [ Earl ], Daniel Raymont [ Doorman ], Chip Sickler [ Vincent ], Bijoux Deluxe [ Bijoux ]

      rc: Javier, Richard, Ruby, Tracy, Greg

      Greg dumps Felicity because she is still hung up on Ben. Felicity convinces Meghan to take Julie, Elena and her out to a club to distract them from their problems with men. They all have a great time. Javier plans to propose to Samuel, and enlists Ben's help in picking out an engagement ring. Javier brings Ben to the club and forces Felicity and him to talk things over. Meghan interrupts the conversation and takes Felicity to a friend's market. When Greg enters the store, Meghan approaches and explains the reason for her crush on him. He was her first love in elementary school, as they were "married" in a sandbox in first grade. After Greg declines to date her, Meghan asks Felicity to return her earlier favor by taking her out somewhere. They agree that they can survive without men. The conversation prompts Felicity to leave Ben a drunken message in which she suggests that they cease all contact. The next morning, she has a change of heart and decides that she is now strong enough to hold her own in a relationship without being dependent on the other person. Sean reveals that Ben listened to her message the previous night, and has yet to return home. Ben arrives at Dean & DeLuca and tells Felicity that he has pinpointed the moment that their relationship fell apart. He decided to go back and correct this mistake in the hopes of regaining Felicity's trust and making a fresh start. Ben had stayed out all night tracking down a film they had planned to see back in the fall, during a date that he blew off. They watch the film on the roof of the loft, and kiss. Noel and Ruby draw closer during a quiet evening at home, as Noel admits that he regrets breaking up with her. Although Sean interrupts them, they later kiss and spend the night in the same bed. Noel remains threatened by Ruby's connection to Wade. Tracy surprises Elena by completing a beautiful remodeling job on her apartment. Julie struggles to define her feelings for Sean.

      b: 10 May 00 pc: F742 w: Andrea Newman d: Jack Bender
    44. "Final Answer"
      gs: Elaine Kagan [ Professor Morton ]

      rc: Javier, Richard, Ruby, Tracy

      Felicity and Ben try to avoid one another until the end of finals, but cannot keep their hands off each other. They plan to spend the summer together in Palo Alto, where Ben has taken a construction job to pay for his tuition. Felicity's art history professor mentions the possibility of an internship at a museum, provided that she performs well on the final. Ben rents a hotel room to unwind after completing his finals. Felicity joins him, although she has yet to take her art history exam. They lose track of time while making out naked, and Felicity misses her final. Ben secretly tracks down the professor and takes responsibility for Felicity's absence. Professor Morton agrees to give Felicity one day to complete a take-home essay. Ben helps her complete the paper overnight; she gets an A and is offered the internship. Julie agrees to a date with Sean, who begins obsessing over every detail. Ruby reveals that Wade has asked her to marry him, and plans to accept for the good of her child. Noel asks her to stay, expressing a willingness to commit to her. Sean, Richard and Ruby catch Julie and Noel making out. Sean is heartbroken, but winds up sharing a kiss with Meghan. Noel tries to explain that he was under the influence of Meghan's "smart cookies." Ruby is not angry with Noel, but feels that she is placing unreasonable demands on him. She decides to move back into her parents' house. Tracy announces that he wants to sleep with Elena after all. Meghan warns Elena of the dangers of coming between Tracy and his spirituality. Elena pushes Tracy away, although he initially has trouble understanding her decision.

      b: 17 May 00 pc: F743 w: Jennifer Levin and Josh Reims d: Randall Zisk

      NOTE: Felicity has been renewed for the 2000-01 season. It will begin the season with 11 original episodes, then surrender the time slot to Jack and Jill for 13 weeks before returning with 11 new episodes in the spring.
    45. "The Biggest Deal There Is"
      gs: Elaine Kagan [ Professor Morton ], Austin Tichenor [ Samuel ], Judith Drake [ Minister ], Prem Shah [ Friend #1 ], Stephen Grove [ Friend #2 ]

      rc: Javier, Richard, Carol, Tracy, Natalie, Dr. Pavone

      Felicity turns down the internship so that she can spend the summer with Ben. Dr. Pavone warns that she may be passing up a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Felicity reveals that her parents may get back together. Felicity and Ben have a misunderstanding as she reconsiders her decision. Ben doesn't think Felicity wants to spend time with him, while she feels that he is pushing her away. Felicity tells Professor Morton that she wants the internship, but she has already offered it to a grad student. Javier and Samuel prepare for their wedding. "Best man" Felicity makes thinly veiled references to Ben in her rehearsal dinner toast, leading to an argument. They go into Ben's room and have sex. Before the wedding, Felicity learns that the internship is available after all. She takes the position, and she and Ben vow to make their relationship work. They declare their love before he leaves for Palo Alto. Javier's cousin Natalie, an attractive girl with a major attitude, comes to town for the wedding. She spends a lot of time with Noel, who declares that he is "tired of doing the right thing." Noel and Natalie run away together. Meghan sleeps with Sean, then ignores him because she doesn't want to admit her true feelings. She drops out of Wicca camp and invites Sean to join her at her parents' Tuscany villa for the summer. Julie's biological mother visits and announces that her husband needs a kidney transplant. Julie punishes Carol by refusing to submit to testing to see if she could be a donor for her father.

      b: 24 May 00 pc: F744 w: J.J. Abrams d: Jack Bender

      NOTE: At the rehearsal dinner, Javier can be heard randomly calling out, "I miss The Dinah Shore Show."

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    46. "The Christening"
      gs: Ana Cristina [ Bridgette ], Chris Engen [ Finn ]

      rc: Javier, Richard, Tracy, Natalie

      Javier tells Felicity that a friend is giving away his furniture before moving out of state. She goes to the man's apartment and falls in love with the place. She decides that it would be romantic to live there with Ben. Felicity rents the apartment before Ben has even returned to New York. He agrees to live with her, but discovers that the apartment is a "hell hole" with major plumbing and electrical problems and a roach infestation. Felicity is so excited that he cannot bear to tell her how he feels. Felicity grows wary of their downstairs neighbor, a beautiful dancer. She is furious when Ben reluctantly allows the woman to use their living room tub. Ben later apologizes and promises to try harder to make the arrangement work. Felicity reveals that she has given up the apartment, but they discuss plans to live together after graduation. Meghan takes Felicity's place in a student apartment with Elena, Julie and a new student. ("She's British. That's all we know.") Sean is asked to turn "Docuventary" into a weekly series. He focuses on the disappearance of Noel, who hasn't been seen since Javier's wedding and has had minimal contact with family. Richard investigates and manages to track him down. The gang discovers a bearded, greasy-haired Noel sharing an apartment with Natalie and going by the name Leon. He has decided to drop out of school and spend all his time partying. Noel and Natalie elope during a weekend getaway. Julie reveals that she wasn't a match for her father. She spent some time with him during the summer before he died. Tracy stands behind his decision to remain a virgin. He notes Elena's obvious attraction to her new neighbor. Felicity tells Sean that her parents are divorcing.

      b: 4 Oct 00 pc: F745 w: J.J. Abrams d: Steve Miner

      NOTE: The show has new opening credits which feature clips from past episodes. The theme song (performed by Amy Johnson) has been replaced by a new theme written and performed by J.J. Abrams and Andrew Jarecki.
    47. "The Anti-Natalie Intervention"
      gs: John Ritter [ Mr. Covington ], Chris Engen [ Finn ]

      rc: Javier, Richard, Tracy, Natalie

      After learning of Noel's marriage, Richard organizes an intervention in the hopes of convincing him to leave Natalie. Noel is offended and orders his friends to leave him alone. Felicity visits his apartment to apologize. She says that it is difficult to deal with how much he has changed, and recalls all the goals he had for the future. However, she gives her blessing and organizes a party for the couple. Natalie finds one of Richard's fliers about the intervention and storms out. Noel realizes he must divorce Natalie and resume his life. When Natalie comes home and learns his plans, she punches him in the eye. Sean offers to let Noel stay at the loft. Natalie apologizes and agrees to an annulment, but she and Noel end up having sex. Ben's father comes to town, seeking to make amends as part of a twelve-step program. He invites Ben and Felicity to a Yankees game, but never shows up. Julie refuses to answer questions about her father. Elena tells her neighbor, Finn, that she doesn't have a boyfriend. She brings a reluctant Julie along on their dates as a buffer. Tracy's picture falls to the floor just as Elena is about to kiss Finn. She sees this as a sign and dumps Finn. Julie sleeps with him and snarls at Elena in the bathroom.

      b: 11 Oct 00 pc: F746 w: Jennifer Levin d: Jack Bender
    48. "Hello, I Must Be Going"
      gs: John Ritter [ Mr. Covington ], Gerald W. Abrams [ Judge David Amann ], Dierdre Holden [ Resident ]

      rc: Natalie, Molly

      Ben's mother calls and tells him that his father has been missing for several days. She asks him to file a missing persons report. Ben refuses to open up to Felicity, who hears about the situation from Julie. An angry Ben insists that he will not help look for his father; this is not the first time he has disappeared, and Ben is tired of dealing with him. Julie goes behind his back to file a police report, and learns that Mr. Covington is being hospitalized with alcohol poisoning. Julie explains that she feared Ben would not be able to live with the consequences if something happened to his father. Ben is furious with Julie, while Felicity tries to comfort her about her birth father. Julie finally blows up and reveals that she was a match for her father, but lied about it and did nothing to help him. Ben visits his dad in the hospital; he recovers and prepares to go home. Ben and Felicity return to her apartment to find that Julie has moved out. She left behind a videotape in which she says goodbye to everyone. Noel claims impotence, as grounds for annulment, but Natalie won't back him up. He discovers that she had to get married to receive a $250,000 inheritance. If Noel stays married to her for a year, he would receive $100,000. Noel eventually decides to end the marriage. Natalie thwarts him again by announcing that she has given up the money to prove that it wasn't her reason for marrying him. Noel agrees to continue seeing her if she grants the divorce. While dealing with his father's disappearance, Ben flies into a rage and hits Sean in the nose during a basketball game. When Meghan mentions plastic surgery, Sean concludes that she doesn't like his nose. She confesses that she got a nose job when she was fourteen. Molly, an eccentric young woman from London (with a psychic mother), moves in with the girls.

      b: 18 Oct 00 pc: F747 w: Josh Reims d: Lou Antonio

      NOTE: This is Amy Jo Johnson's last show as a regular. She will supposedly return later in the season for guest appearances.
    49. "Greeks and Geeks"
      gs: James Carpinello [ Randy ], Nate Dushku [ Reims ], Matt Doherty [ Computer Guy ], David Smigelski [ Casey ], Christian Aubert [ Professor Middleton ], Philip Boyd [ Nick ], Carl J. Johnson [ Peters ], Julia Mejia [ Girl ]

      rc: Javier, Tracy, Molly

      Felicity lies to Mrs. Emrick about Julie's whereabouts. After finding drugs in Julie's closet, she decides to tell the Emricks the truth. Mrs. Emrick blames Felicity for not looking after her daughter. Overcome with guilt and anxiety, Felicity bombs her midterms. Meghan tries to cheer her up by taking her to a frat party. Meghan and Molly convince Felicity to play strip ping-pong, but then leave her alone. She has too many Jell-O shots and wakes up naked in a frat guy's bed. She cannot remember what happened. Julie calls and says that she is okay. Ben helps Javier study for his citizenship test. Ben does not plan on voting, but changes his mind after Javier lectures him about the privilege of being a citizen. Noel applies for a job with the campus computer center. Tracy tries to help him practice for his tryout by sabotaging his old laptop, unaware that Elena had used it to write her political science paper. Noel must save the day when the arrogant head tech cannot fix the problem. Meghan angers Sean by taking a phone sex job.

      b: 25 Oct 00 pc: F748 w: Terri Treas and Michael Zand d: Lawrence Trilling
    50. "Surprise"
      gs: James Carpinello [ Randy ], Nate Dushku [ Reims ], Jim Jansen [ Dr. Leonard ], Francesca P. Roberts [ Clinic Worker ], Philip Geoffrey Hough [ Unknown ], David Smigelski [ Casey ], Howard Walker [ Unknown ], Thomas Bankowski [ Delivery Man ]

      rc: Javier, Richard, Molly, Dr. Pavone

      Felicity tries desperately to track down Randy and find out what happened between them. During a service call, Noel stumbles across a mass E-mail from the fraternity that includes a naked photo of Felicity and Randy. Noel warns Felicity and advises her to keep the matter quiet until after the surprise birthday party that Ben has organized for her. Richard and Molly inadvertently expose Felicity's secret during the party. Ben storms over the the fraternity house, and Randy's buddies tell him that Randy and Felicity slept together. Randy assures Felicity that they did not have sex; she passed out, so he put her to bed. Ben feels betrayed and refuses to accept Felicity's denial. Sean consults a doctor about swelling in one of his testicles. He insists that it is just an infection, and is reluctant to tell Meghan about his problem. She finally convinces Sean to return to the doctor. He learns that he must undergo surgery to determine if the mass is malignant. Everyone is surprised when Richard and Molly hit it off. He rejects her advances, claiming that he finds her too aggressive. A young man with a crush on Noel fakes a computer problem to get him to his apartment. As he departs, Noel sees a photograph of the guy and Richard with their arms around each other at the beach.

      b: 1 Nov 00 pc: F749 w: Julie Blumberg and Joy Gregory d: Harry Winer
    51. "One Ball, Two Strikes"
      gs: James Carpinello [ Randy ], Jim Jansen [ Dr. Leonard ], Elaine Kagan [ Professor Morton ], Tyra Banks [ Jane Scott ], Chris Engen [ Finn ]

      rc: Javier, Richard, Tracy, Lloyd, Molly

      Felicity asks Randy to talk to Ben and confirm that she didn't have sex with him. A drunken Ben repeatedly punches Randy, sending him to the hospital. Sean confronts Ben about his self-destructive behavior. He tries to convince Ben to attend an art show where Felicity has a work on display. Ben surprises Felicity by purchasing her painting. He tells her that he wants to resume their relationship, as she is the only person he can trust. As Ben leaves the loft, Randy has his frat buddies ambush him and give him a beating. Sean's blood work suggests that he has cancer; doctors must remove the affected testicle and check some lymph nodes to see if the disease has spread. He ignores the doctors and pretends that he is okay. Meghan learns the truth and persuades him to face his problem. Richard tells Noel that he is not gay. He discloses that he is a virgin, and has never kissed anyone. Molly kisses him, but tells him they are only friends. Elena agrees to help Tracy with a group project while he is away with Habitat for Humanity. She is unaware that Finn is his partner. Elena rejects Finn after a kiss, but later sleeps with him. Noel repairs the computer of an attractive coed. He steals her E-mail password.

      b: 8 Nov 00 pc: F750 w: J.J. Abrams d: Tony Bill
    52. "Kissing Mr. Covington"
      gs: John Ritter [ Mr. Covington ], Arthur Taxier [ Rabbi Morgenstern ], Spencer Knowles [ Student ], Nicki Micheaux [ Al-Anon Leader ], Tyra Banks [ Jane Scott ], Chris Engen [ Finn ]

      rc: Tracy, Molly

      After learning of Ben's injuries, Mr. Covington returns to town with the hopes of reconciling with his son. He seeks Felicity's help after Ben refuses to see him. Mr. Covington breaks down in tears as he describes the way his life has crumbled. When Felicity tries to comfort him, he kisses her. Ben begins to warm to his father, until he notes Felicity's discomfort and realizes that something happened. Mr. Covington confesses, and Ben orders him to leave. Felicity encourages Ben to attend Al-Anon meetings to deal with his feelings about his father. He is surprised to see Molly at a meeting. Sean devotes himself to the Jewish faith to fulfill a promise he made to God before his surgery. He breaks up with Meghan for refusing to convert to Judaism. His hospital roommate, a rabbi, convinces him that he has made a mistake. After Dr. McGrath is accused of sexual harassment, a list circulates with the names of students he dated--including Elena. Tracy confronts her, but quickly gets over it. When Tracy tells Finn that Elena confessed her "affair," a confused Finn accidentally reveals that he slept with her. Noel reads Jane's E-mail and gathers information about her interests to aid his pursuit of her.

      b: 15 Nov 00 pc: F751 w: Jennifer Levin d: Harry Winer

      NOTE: All of John Ritter's guest appearances have been uncredited.
    53. "A Good Egg"
      gs: Jenica Bergere [ Patty ], Richard Erdman [ Howie ], Nicki Micheaux [ Al-Anon Leader ], Austin Tichenor [ Samuel ], Tyra Banks [ Jane Scott ], Paul Konrad [ Waiter ], Val Lauren [ Lou ]

      rc: Javier, Richard, Tracy, Molly

      Javier and Samuel decide to become parents. Javier asks Felicity to donate an egg, which would be implanted into his aunt. Felicity agrees, but changes her mind after Ben adamantly states his opposition. Felicity poses as Javier's wife during an interview with a potential donor. The woman backs out after discovering that the child would actually have two fathers. Felicity tells Ben that she has come to appreciate his viewpoint; she cannot deal with the idea of watching someone else raise her biological child. During an Al-Anon meeting, Molly speaks of her struggle to break free from an addict boyfriend. Ben confronts her and asks if the drugs discovered in Julie's closet were hers. She denies this, but later comes clean during a meeting. However, Ben cannot share any of her revelations with Felicity because of the confidential nature of the group. Jane angrily rejects Noel after he confesses to stalking her. Overcome with despair, she sleeps with an old friend--Richard. Elena tries desperately to win back Tracy.

      b: 22 Nov 00 pc: F752 w: John Eisendrath d: Keith Samples
    54. "James and the Giant Piece"
      gs: Eddie Cahill [ James ], Ron Canada [ Dean Allison ], Nicki Micheaux [ Al-Anon Leader ], Kevin Weinman [ Earl ], Bud Cockerham [ Fetishist ], Colleen Crozier [ Precious ], Christine Gonzales Lambson [ Wendy ]

      rc: Tracy, Molly

      Ben encourages Molly to break up with James. She instead invites him to move into the girls' apartment for a while. Molly insists that James has agreed to join her in seeking treatment. James persuades Molly to skip her meeting to get high with him and cuts off her hair. Ben accidentally stumbles upon a gun with James' belongings. He tells Felicity about Molly's problems. Ben and Felicity confront Molly and proclaim that James cannot stay. Ben (without Felicity's consent) also declares that Molly must either stop using drugs or leave. She angrily moves out. A student files harassment charges against Dr. McGrath, and asks Elena to testify. Elena learns that McGrath invented a story about a sick ex-wife to get girls to sleep with him. Elena realizes that the undeserved grade in McGrath's seminar cleared the way for her to take certain advanced classes. She concludes that she is a complete fraud. Tracy, at Felicity's urging, gives Elena a pep talk and stresses that she is one of the smartest people he knows. Elena testifies against McGrath, who is fired. Although the dean assures her that she is not in any trouble with the administration, Elena decides to re-take the class. Meghan's old friends accuse her of selling out. She questions her life and breaks up with Sean when he refuses to go out to a fetish club on the Sabbath. Meghan storms out after her friends insult Sean. She returns home to discover that he had actually gone to the club in a leather outfit with pants that exposed his rear end. Felicity helps Noel with a computerized cartoon.

      b: 29 Nov 00 pc: F753 w: Josh Reims d: Harry Winer
    55. "Final Touches (a.k.a. Let's Get It On)"
      gs: Eddie Cahill [ James ], Nick Toth [ Professor Boyden ], Scott Adsit [ Professor Howard Morrison ], Michael Braser [ Dirk ], Alex Nesic [ Joe ], Annie Varnishung [ Veronica ]

      rc: Richard, Tracy, Molly

      Molly apologizes to Felicity and Ben, but James forbids them from speaking to her. Molly moves back to the apartment after a dazed James pulls a gun on her. James shows up and demands that she leave with him. Ben manages to calm him and convince him to leave. Molly plans to break up with James, and meets him on the street. He talks her into staying with him. Felicity learns that she is still registered for a philosophy class that she thought she had dropped. Meghan never sent in the card to the registrar's office. Felicity must get an A on the final to pass the class. Noel calls on her to help him with an extensive presentation for a web site that is interested in their cartoon. He lashes out at her for her lack of enthusiasm, until Ben explains her plight. In order to help Felicity focus on her final, Noel pretends that he got an extension on the presentation. He helps her cram for the test, as he had worked as a teaching assistant in that class the previous year. Despite her exhaustion, Felicity does very well on the exam. Noel breaks the news that they must pull an all-nighter on the presentation, but Felicity falls asleep. Richard tries to raise money for the student body by producing calendars (one with scantily clad men, and one with women). Meghan and Sean annoy him by bickering constantly because they haven't had sex since Sean's operation. Elena and Tracy decide to be friends. When he agrees to pose for the calendar, she accuses him of hypocrisy and withdraws her friendship. Tracy shows up at the apartment to tell her that he wants to get back together. He sleeps with her, and immediately feels guilty.

      b: 6 Dec 00 pc: F754 w: Terri Treas and Michael Zand d: Lawrence Trilling

      NOTE: The song played during the final montage, as Ben watches Molly trying to break up with James, is "Still" by Macy Gray.
    56. "And to All a Good Night"
      gs: Eddie Cahill [ James ], Juanita Jennings [ Pastor Cathy ], Steve Eastin [ Fire Marshal Howard ], Tony Guma [ Tree Lot Owner ], David Smigelski [ Casey ], Frank Crim [ Oscar's Dad ], Wesley Singerman [ Oscar ]

      rc: Barbara, Richard, Tracy, Molly

      James persistently tries to call Molly, who has broken up with him and returned to rehab. When he finally gets a hold of her, she tells him they are through and hangs up. James waits for her outside her apartment and gets into an argument with Ben. Felicity's mother (now using her maiden name, Barbara Hunter) arrives for a visit. She takes an instant dislike to Ben when she overhears him ranting about James. Sean and Richard buy a bunch of Christmas trees, hoping to sell them for a major profit. They recruit Ben to help them pick up the trees. He then shows up late for a play he was to attend with Felicity and her mom, and has forgotten the tickets. Noel joins Ben, Felicity and Barbara for dinner. He impresses Barbara by prattling on about his goals, while Ben has nothing to say when she grills him about his future. Barbara dismisses Ben as a loser with violent tendencies and questionable friends (i.e. Molly). She advises Felicity to dump Ben for Noel, whom she considers to be just about perfect. Felicity upsets Ben by defending her mother. He suggests that Felicity spend the holidays with her mom instead of joining him in Florida. Ben has a talk with Barbara; he shares how much he cares for Felicity, and points out that many guys who seem aimless at his age turn out okay. Barbara apologizes to Felicity and urges her to go on the trip with Ben. Tracy continues to suffer from tremendous guilt after losing his virginity. He and Elena go to see his pastor, who recommends that they think carefully about what they want from the relationship. Tracy accepts an opportunity to spend a semester in Africa. Meghan and Sean quarrel because she believes that the idea to sell Christmas trees was hers. After he refuses to give her a cut of the profits, Meghan calls the fire marshal to report the trees in his loft. Ben has to skip Felicity's Christmas party to help Sean and Richard move the trees. Sean ends up giving away all of the trees, and Meghan takes him to the party. Ben also shows up, interrupting some awkward flirting between Felicity and Noel. In the midst of the festivities, James walks in unnoticed and starts shooting.

      b: 13 Dec 00 pc: F755 w: Jennifer Levin and Josh Reims s: Julie Blumberg and Joy Gregory d: Stephen Gyllenhaal

      NOTE: David Smigelski, who plays one of Randy's frat buddies, is credited for the episode but does not appear. Apparently, Ben and Barbara's meeting with Casey (who mentioned either Ben's attack on Randy or the fraternity's retaliation) was filmed, but cut due to time constraints.

      The series will return for six episodes in the spring. It is tentatively scheduled to return on 11 Apr 01.


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