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|aired from: Jul 1992to: May 1999||227 eps||FOX||60 min||stereo||closed captioned|
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rc: Kelly, Steve, David
Alison's roommate leaves in the middle of the night and sticks her with the rent. The goofy Billy Campbell approaches her and asks about the vacancy, but she turns him down. Faced with eviction, she finally takes him up on his offer. Alison accidentally dents the car door of a vice president at the ad agency that employs her, D&D. She accepts a date with him, but Billy has to come to the rescue when the man tries to force his way into the apartment. Jake attempts a relationship with Kelly Taylor, a teenager whose house he had helped remodel. They are constantly faced with obstacles due to their age difference. Rhonda is pursued by one of her aerobics students, but learns that his interest is anything but romantic.b: 8 Jul 92 pc: 2392001 w: Darren Star d: Howard Deutsch NOTE: Jennie Garth (Kelly), Ian Ziering (Steve), Brian Austin Green (David) and Tori Spelling were regulars on Beverly Hills, 90210. Grant Show had appeared on two episodes of that series to introduce its spin-off, Melrose Place, to viewers. Garth appeared on the first three episodes of Melrose to continue their characters' storylines, with brief appearances by Ziering and Green in each show. Spelling appeared in only the first two shows because her character then left to study in France for the rest of the summer.
rc: Kelly, Steve, David
Billy picks up a talkative girl who was a passenger in his cab. Alison finds her to be annoying, and Michael and Jane suspect that she is jealous. Jake is arrested following a scuffle at the unemployment office, and is less than grateful when Kelly bails him out. Jane and Michael reminisce about their first meeting.b: 15 Jul 92 pc: 2392002 w: Charles Pratt Jr. d: Daniel Attias
rc: Kelly, Steve, David
Jake fears that Kelly will be hurt if they continue their relationship. He sets up a fake date with a friend and rubs it in Kelly's face to trick her into breaking up with him. Jane loses her wedding ring during a girls' night out with Rhonda. Billy writes a screenplay inspired by his experiences with the talkative girl, but Alison isn't impressed.b: 22 Jul 92 pc: 2392003 w: Frederick Rappaport d: Charles Braverman
Alison is enraged when a guy from the mail room steals her idea for a sunscreen account. After failing miserably in his new job at a coffee shop, Jake agrees to help his ex-girlfriend Peri with the sale of a fraudulent painting. He backs out of the deal after catching Peri using drugs, and later lands a job as a mechanic. Matt questions Rhonda's character after she reneges on a promise to help with a dinner at the halfway house.b: 29 Jul 92 pc: 2392004 w: Amy Spies d: Steve Robman NOTE: John McCann later had a recurring role as Amanda's attorney, Walter Kovacs.
rc: Mrs. Campbell
Jane learns that she is pregnant, but doesn't tell Michael because he hadn't seemed thrilled by the prospect of having kids. She tries to get an abortion secretly, but changes her mind. Michael is furious at Jane for keeping him in the dark, until the joy over their child brings them back together. Billy is given a column in the neighborhood newspaper. He can't come up with a topic because his life is boring. Hoping to alleviate this problem, he convinces Jake and Matt to go bungee-jumping with him. After he is unable to go through with the jump, Billy writes a column about "wimping out."b: 5 Aug 92 pc: 2392005 w: Ellen Herman d: Bethany Rooney
Jake asks Alison to help him study for his G.E.D., but requests that she keep the matter a secret. The building is filled with gossip after Alison is seen sneaking out of Jake's apartment after an all-night study session. Billy and Sandy become jealous. Jake and Alison share a kiss, but decide to just remain friends. When Rhonda meets up with an old friend from her dancing days, she is haunted by memories of the injury she faked to avoid an audition. After Rhonda learns that a spot has opened in her friend's dance troupe, she is determined to redeem herself. She nails the audition, but decides that she's happy with her current life.b: 12 Aug 92 pc: 2392007 w: Toni Graphia d: Jefferson Kibbee
rc: Mrs. Campbell
Billy asks Alison to accompany him on a visit to his parents' house, then pleads with her to pose as his girlfriend. Billy tries to convince his parents that he is a successful writer, but is roped into helping run his father's furniture store. He quits in a huff after his father questions his sales techniques. Sandy gets a swelled head after landing a part in a horror movie, and ends up moving out. She comes down to earth after the director tries to insert nudity into one of her scenes.b: 19 Aug 92 pc: 2392006 w: Darren Star d: Bethany Rooney
A jilted blind date stalks Sandy, and Jake finds himself behind bars after he roughs up the guy in the hopes of getting him to back off. Alison looks to replace her clunker car, but has a difficult time letting go.b: 2 Sep 92 pc: 2392008 w: Charles Pratt Jr. d: Jefferson Kibbee NOTE: Nigel Gibbs later had a recurring role as Detective Wylie.
Billy begins dating a stand-up comedian with a young son and financial problems, and Alison finds herself caught in the middle. Billy loses the boy's trust when he tries to stand up to the absentee father. Jake and Sandy try to rebuild their relationship, but Sandy is enraged when their first date goes a little too well.b: 9 Sep 92 pc: 2392009 w: Frederick Rappaport d: Daniel Attias
During his surprise birthday party, Jake receives an unexpected visit from his mother. Her constant drinking and carousing creates friction in their already-strained relationship. Although Sandy suggests that he be more understanding, Jake throws his mother out. He later goes to the bus station to apologize and see her off. Billy is the victim of a car-jacking after dropping off a passenger in South Central, and begins to display signs of racial prejudice. Billy and Jake conduct a stake-out that leads to the arrest of the surprisingly young culprit. Rhonda takes Billy back to South Central to educate him about the area's people.b: 16 Sep 92 pc: 2392010 w: Robert Guza Jr. d: Janet Greek
rc: Kimberly, Dr. Levin
During a routine appointment, Jane learns that she has suffered a miscarriage. Rhonda and Matt give the Mancinis a puppy to try to take their minds off their loss, but Jane loses the dog at the beach. Jane and Michael decide to let a homeless woman keep the dog, and realize they must confront their pain. Alison lashes out at Billy after she finds him fooling around with one of her bras in the laundry room. She later reveals the source of her embarrassment.b: 30 Sep 92 pc: 2392011 w: Charles Pratt Jr. d: Nancy Malone
rc: Lucy, Keith, Mrs. Campbell
After a chance meeting in the street, Alison becomes romantically involved with environmentalist Keith Gray. She is stunned to learn that he is married, but finds it difficult to break off the relationship after he vows to leave his wife for her. Billy is saddled with bad credit because he has yet to pay off a college loan that he didn't even need. Jane is determined to work off the weight from her pregnancy. She realizes that she is trying too hard to forget the miscarriage.b: 21 Oct 92 pc: 2392012 w: Amy Spies d: Daniel Attias
rc: Lucy, Keith
Alison continues to see Keith, despite the misgivings of her friends and the fact that her erratic behavior has put her job in jeopardy. Billy confronts Keith about his treatment of Alison. Matt is the victim of an attack outside a nightclub. When an officer from the hate crimes unit comes to the halfway house, Matt's supervisor is stunned to learn that Matt is gay. He quickly devises a reason to fire him. Jake and Rhonda convince Matt to seek legal recourse. A customer at Shooters asks Sandy to audition for a soap opera. She wins the role and moves to New York.b: 28 Oct 92 pc: 2392013 w: Ellen Herman d: John Nocolella NOTE: This is Amy Locane's last show.
rc: Keith, Carrie, Mr. Fielding, Mrs. Fielding
Keith stays with Alison while his estranged wife, Lily, is in town for the weekend. Alison is wracked with guilt after Lily confronts her in a dream, and recalls the despair her mother suffered following her father's affair. After bailing out of a camping trip, Alison drives to Keith's house to catch a glimpse of Lily. She realizes that she can't continue the affair. Matt's parents refuse to support his lawsuit because they fear it would damage their reputation. He finds a lawyer who will work for free, provided that he let her use the case to publicize the issue of anti-gay discrimination. Rhonda's "efficient" new roommate turns out to be completely anal-retentive.b: 4 Nov 92 pc: 2392014 w: Robert Guza Jr. d: David Rosenbloom
A mysterious aspiring photographer named Jo Reynolds moves into the building. She responds coldly to Jake and Billy's advances, but strikes up a friendship with Alison when they take out their romantic frustration on a washing machine. Jo flirts shamelessly with Jake after he comes up to her apartment in a towel to remind her about the hot water shortage. Michael and Jane learn that a respected pediatrician is abusing his wife.b: 11 Nov 92 pc: 2392015 w: Charles Pratt Jr. d: Nancy Malone NOTE: Daphne Zuniga joins the cast as Jo Reynolds.
Jake grows closer to Jo after taking her for a motorcycle ride, but becomes suspicious when she borrows his bike without permission and tries to sell a bracelet with the inscription "To Beth." Jake gets into a bar fight with a guy who insists that Jo is someone named Beth. Jake demands the truth, and Jo tells him that she had used her middle name since she was eight, when her mother committed suicide. She recently escaped from an abusive marriage, and has changed her name back to Jo to make a fresh start. Billy fantasizes about Alison while under the influence of medication following a trip to the dentist. Jane is hired by Kay Beacon, the snooty designer who has just purchased the store where Jane worked. Matt regains his job in a settlement with the halfway house, but uses his monetary winnings to fund a scholarship.b: 18 Nov 92 pc: 2392016 w: Joe Viola d: Charles Braverman
Jake is visited by an old girlfriend, Colleen, who stuns him with the news that he is the father of her five-year-old son. She asks Jake to waive his parental rights so that her husband can adopt the boy, but he is reluctant. Alison learns that she needs surgery to remove a cyst. Because she has no insurance, Michael and Billy must come up with a plan to make the operation affordable. Rhonda falls for a wealthy restaurant owner.b: 25 Nov 92 pc: 2392017 w: Frank South d: Victoria Hochberg
rc: Kimberly, Terrence, Mr. Fielding
Billy smothers Alison with attention after she comes home from the hospital. He is stung when she tells him to back off. Jake and Jo observe that the necklace Billy plans to give Alison for Christmas is more than a "friendship" present. Alison apologizes to Billy during the building's Christmas party, and admits that she is confused by her feelings for him. Jo and Jake try to overcome their unhappy memories of Christmas. Michael is depressed when he and Kimberly cannot save a young gunshot victim, but his spirits are revived after delivering a baby for the first time. He invites Kimberly to the Christmas party, as Jane is out of town. Rhonda flies to Aspen with Terrence for the holidays. Matt makes up with his father.b: 16 Dec 92 pc: 2392018 w: Darren Star d: Bethany Rooney
rc: Sydney, Kay, Terrence
Jane receives a surprise visit from her sister Sydney, who has dropped out of college. Jane keeps the news from their parents, but is annoyed when Syd hangs around her workplace. Kay eventually hires Sydney as her assistant. Billy agrees to set up Alison with one of his friends, as she needs a date to the advertisers' ball. He scuttles the whole thing due to jealousy, and agrees to be Alison's date to make it up to her. Jo is disturbed by letters from her husband, whom Jake later finds snooping around the mailboxes. Rhonda is furious when Terrence doesn't defend her honor to his snobbish friends, but he later proposes marriage.b: 6 Jan 93 pc: 2392019 w: Ellen Herman d: Charles Correll NOTE: Linden Ashby later became a regular cast member as Dr. Brett Cooper. Jake recites the first third of William Carlos Williams' poem "The Dance."
rc: Sydney, Kay, Terrence
Sydney continues to get on Jane's nerves. After Jane accuses her of trying to steal her life (in lieu of getting one of her own), Syd sabotages Jane's surprise birthday party. Jane orders her to move out. Jake feels helpless when Jo begins seeing her husband, Charles, who seems to be a changed man. Charles shows his ugly side after drinking, and grants Jo a divorce. Billy is hurt when Alison leaves the advertisers' ball with another man. Matt fears that he and Rhonda will drift apart after her marriage. She ignores tradition and asks him to be her best man in the wedding.b: 13 Jan 93 pc: 2392020 w: Charles Pratt Jr. d: Nancy Malone
rc: Amanda, Lucy, Terrence
Alison is promoted to junior account executive and meets her immediate superior, Amanda Woodward. Alison flirts with the handsome tennis star who is modeling for an underwear account. She decides not to pursue him because it she fears it could affect her career. Jo is hired as photographer, but jeopardizes the account with her "alternative" photos. Billy doesn't hit it off with a blind date arranged by Michael, but is attracted to Amanda. An overwhelmed Rhonda breaks her engagement.b: 27 Jan 93 pc: 2392021 w: Darren Star, Frank South, Charles Pratt Jr., Nicole Yorkin, Dawn Prestwich d: Nancy Malone
rc: Amanda, Terrence
Amanda, Billy and Alison spend the weekend at a lakeside cabin. Alison is concerned by Billy and Amanda's obvious attraction. She asks Billy not to date Amanda, as a break-up could hurt Alison's career. They decide to see each other behind her back, but Amanda later comes clean. Jake and Jo have a romantic evening and consummate their relationship. Matt is caught in the middle of Rhonda and Terrence's romantic problems. The couple gets back together, but decides to take it slow.b: 3 Feb 93 pc: 2392022 w: Amy Spies d: Jefferson Kibbee
rc: Amanda, Keith, Dr. Levin
Amanda suggests that Alison examine her feelings for Billy. Before she can talk with Billy, Alison is approached by a now-divorced Keith at Shooters. She denies her attraction to Billy. Billy sleeps with Amanda. Jake loses his job when the repair shop goes out of business. Jo receives a $50,000 divorce settlement, and offers to invest the money in a bike shop for Jake. After some resistance, he finally agrees to become her business partner. Michael tries to convince Jane that they should join a country club.b: 10 Feb 93 pc: 2392023 w: Frank South d: Richard Lang
rc: Amanda, Keith, Carrie, Palmer
Billy backs out of plans with Alison to have dinner with Amanda and her father. Amanda's father declares that Billy is a worthless bum. Keith loans Alison his sports car, but she has it stolen at gunpoint. He comforts her when Billy isn't home to hear her tearful messages. Billy feels guilty about not being there for Alison. Amanda suspects that Billy is in love with Alison. He tries to disprove this by moving in with Amanda. Keith asks Alison to move to Seattle with him. Jake freaks out when he learns that Jo owns a gun. Rhonda's ex-roommate Carrie is hired to decorate Terrence's new house, and tries to make a play for him.b: 17 Feb 93 pc: 2392024 w: Nicole Yorkin and Dawn Prestwich d: Victoria Hochberg
rc: Amanda, Kimberly, Lucy, Keith
Billy and Amanda bicker constantly after he moves in with her. Alison quits her job and decides to move to Seattle with Keith. Billy confronts Amanda after she insults Alison at her farewell party. Amanda sarcastically wonders if Billy would rather be with Alison. Billy breaks up with Amanda, then races to the airport to try to stop Alison from leaving Los Angeles. She tells him that it is too late for them, and leaves. Michael's college friend Sam makes a pass at Jane after they have dinner together. Michael is livid when Sam--not Jane--is the one to tell him about the incident. Kimberly offers to "comfort" him. Jake and Jo argue about their new business.b: 3 Mar 93 pc: 2392025 w: Charles Pratt Jr. d: Nancy Malone NOTE: Rob Estes is married to Josie Bissett. He later became a regular cast member as Kyle McBride.
rc: Amanda, Carrie, Terrence, Mrs. Campbell, Mr. Fielding
Billy's father dies of a heart attack. Amanda shows up at the funeral in an attempt to score points with her ex. Alison flies back from Seattle to comfort Billy. Billy feels that he let his father down, and decides to take over the furniture store. His mother says that she is going to run the store with Billy's sister Celeste. She gives Billy a letter in which his father expressed his pride in him. Billy drives Alison to the airport, but she decides to move back to Los Angeles. Billy's family tragedy prompts Matt to attempt to repair his own relationship with his father. Rhonda fears that she is losing Terrence to Carrie. Although she asks him to fire Carrie, Terrence convinces her to do it herself.b: 24 Mar 93 pc: 2392026 w: Frank South d: James Frawley
rc: Amanda, Nancy
Jake and Jo are forced to submit to AIDS tests after his ex-girlfriend Peri reveals that she is HIV positive. Unable to cope with their anxiety, Jake and Jo take off on their bikes and spend the night in the desert. He apologizes for the situation, and they confess their love. Their tests come back negative, and Jake offers his support to Peri. Billy uses an embellished résumé to win a job at Escapade Magazine. He confesses the truth to his new boss, Nancy, but she is impressed by his writing and lets him keep the job. Alison returns to work at D&D.b: 31 Mar 93 pc: 2392027 w: Darren Star d: Paul Lazarus
rc: Amanda, Kimberly, Nancy
Billy is furious when Alison suggests that Nancy hired him because she is attracted to him, not for his writing ability. Alison tries to make amends by fixing him a nice dinner, but he ignores her to go out with Nancy. Alison's instincts about Nancy prove to be correct. Billy threatens to quit unless Nancy agrees to back off. Michael continues to give Jane the cold shoulder, and later begins an affair with Kimberly. Matt gets a date with a lawyer, but he turns out to be an egomaniac who only cares about material items.b: 7 Apr 93 pc: 2392028 w: Jordan Budde d: Marty Pasetta
rc: Amanda, Kimberly, Lucy
Alison sees Michael and Kimberly making out in the hospital parking lot. Alison confronts him, but he warns her to mind her own business. Michael spends his day off at the beach with Kimberly. When Jane calls the hospital, she is surprised to learn that he is not on call. She later finds sand in his shoes. Amanda propositions Billy at Lucy's engagement party, and Alison becomes jealous after seeing Amanda kiss him. Jo advises Alison to make a move on Billy, but Amanda invites him to her house before she has the chance. He comes home and wakes up Alison to assure her that he didn't sleep with Amanda. Amanda says that Alison is in love with Billy, and taunts her for being gutless. When Billy comes home from work that night, Alison greets him with a passionate kiss. Jake and Jo bicker over her preparation of the bike shop's taxes.b: 21 Apr 93 pc: 2392029 w: Charles Pratt Jr. d: Chip Chalmers
rc: Amanda, Kimberly, Lucy
Billy and Alison's first real date is a disaster, as she is fretting about Michael's affair and he has only one thing on his mind. Before they can try again, Alison is called away to a conference in Palm Springs. On her way out, Alison tells Jane about Michael and Kimberly, but she doesn't believe her. Michael denies everything, but Jane later catches him at Kimberly's apartment. Jake loans Billy his motorcycle so that he can surprise Alison in Palm Springs. Amanda intercepts a note intended for Alison and tries to send Billy home. He runs into Alison in the parking lot. They check into the hotel and consummate their relationship.b: 28 Apr 93 pc: 2392030 w: Frank South and Darren Star d: Richard Lang
rc: Amanda, Kimberly, Palmer
Billy and Alison's relationship is torn apart when Amanda discovers that she is pregnant with his child. Michael begs Jane to give him another chance, and she agrees to attend couples' therapy. Jo's nights out partying with a new model friend come to an end after the woman makes passes at both Jake and Jo.b: 12 May 93 pc: 2392031 w: Charles Pratt Jr. d: Paul Lazarus
rc: Amanda, Kimberly, Lucy, Keith, Terrence, Palmer
The apartment building goes up for sale. Lucy resigns from D&D, and tells Amanda and Alison that promotions may be in their future. Amanda asks Alison to keep her pregnancy under wraps, but Alison lets it slip while out drinking with a colleague to make Billy jealous. Amanda denies the man's allegations. She later suffers a miscarriage while working late with Alison. An unidentified individual begins harassing Alison. Keith returns to Los Angeles, completely obsessed with Alison. Michael and Jane rekindle their romance during a weekend getaway. Jo tries to dodge Jake's discussions of commitment. She is arrested for carrying a concealed weapon while working on a photo essay about the homeless. Jake is enraged to learn that she went back on her promise to get rid of the gun. Rhonda proposes to Terrence. Keith stakes out Alison's apartment, and attacks Billy from behind with a tire iron. While Billy is in the hospital, Keith shows up to console Alison. Billy tells Amanda that he is in love with Alison. Jane confronts Kimberly at the hospital, and learns that Michael hasn't broken off the affair. Billy and Alison come home to learn that Amanda and her father have purchased the building.b: 26 May 93 pc: 2392032 w: Darren Star and Frank South d: James Frawley NOTE: This is Vanessa Williams' last episode.
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