Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot3 October 2001
Cheryl can't leave Ruby alone on her first week at kindergarten. Jim says it's because she's a woman and decides to take her himself, but he also can't leave her behind. Jim not only can't leave Ruby alone he ends up changing schools for her which causes fighting between him and Cheryl.
Season 1, Episode 2: No Nookie10 October 2001
Jim and Cheryl find their romantic getaway to the Bahamas set to work out perfectly, with Dana babysitting the kids. However, at the last minute, Dana is not able to babysit. In the meantime, Andy becomes a little too obsessed with making the perfect tree house for Grace and Ruby.
17 October 2001
Cheryl's 15 year-old cat Mr. Feeney dies and she wants Jim to bury it on the backyard, but Jim wants to go to the Bears game with Dana and Andy. He sticks the cat in the garage freezer, planning on burying it after the game, but Cheryl finds out before he comes home. She is hurt that Jim doesn't listen to her nor care about a cat that has been longer with her than anything in her life. Jim makes it up to her by getting the family a dog and giving her cat a proper burial in the backyard.
24 October 2001
On Jim and Cheryl's 10th Anniversary, Jim pays Dana to buy him an anniversary gift to give to Cheryl. Dana buys a beautiful and touching charm bracelet and Cheryl finds out that Dana bought the bracelet when Jim can't tell her the meaning of the charms that are on the bracelet. She also finds out that all her anniversary gifts over the past ten years were bought by Dana.
31 October 2001
On Halloween, Cheryl has forbidden Gracie to go trick-or-treating. However, not wanting his daughter to miss out on the fun of the halloween spirit, Jim sneaks her out anyway. Andy becomes convinced that he's being stalked by an ex-girlfriend.
Season 1, Episode 6: Crush7 November 2001
Cheryl finds herself falling for a guy that Jim has setup for Dana.
14 November 2001
Jim and Cheryl find themselves wondering if they've set too many rules for their household when they find themselves arguing over whether to put a TV in the girls' room, making Jim promise Cheryl not to ride his motorcycle, and Ruby then tells Jim that Cheryl has been smoking again.
21 November 2001
Cheryl is left alone to cook Thanksgiving dinner while Jim and Andy go bowling for a charity event. Worse, Jim invited friends to Thanksgiving dinner without telling Cheryl and while Jim is still bowling.
28 November 2001
Andy starts dating Ruby's piano teacher. When the two couples get together for dinner, Jim finds out the piano teacher is a vegetarian, a feminist, and a Packards fan. These are three hot buttons for Jim.
12 December 2001
Cheryl's mother is coming to visit them for Christmas and wants to stay at their house. Jim and Cheryl, however, prefer that she stayed at a hotel but don't know how to bring it up without insulting Maggie. After Jim tells Maggie that Cheryl wants her in a hotel, Maggie gives her grandma's pearl necklace to Dana. Cheryl's upset and goes to the airport to ask her mother' forgiveness, where she learns Dana only got the necklace because she doesn't have anyone in her life like Cheryl has Jim. Meanwhile, the girls think Andy is Santa.
Season 1, Episode 11: Bad Word16 January 2002
Cheryl leaves Jim in charge of their kids and some other kids who were there to play with the girls during a Bears game. The next day, one of the kids mom calls Cheryl saying her daughter dame home repeating a swearing she heard from Jim. Cheryl apologizes for him and Jim is insulted that she always automatically takes the other person's side. Cheryl apologizes, and not too later Grace repeats the exact same word. Jim decides to teach her not to repeat it by making her say it non stop until she can't say it again. It works. 5 days later, at Ruby's ballet presentation, she slips, falls and says the word, unmasking Jim's guilt.
23 January 2002
Jim and Cheryl agree to let Ruby model for a print ad as a one-time thing, but when the photographer calls her a natural, Jim gets Ruby an agent.
Season 1, Episode 13: The Money30 January 2002
Cheryl decides to go behind Jim's back and loan Andy $1,000 for a downpayment on a new condo but finds the money is missing.
Season 1, Episode 14: Blow-Up13 February 2002
Cheryl does something uncharacteristic for her - she gives Jim a sexy portrait of herself for Valentine's Day. When she finds out Jim shares the picture with all his friends, she is mortified.
27 February 2002
Cheryl returns home from the gym, and tells Jim she had a great time playing racquetball. She asks Jim to play racquetball with her but he declines. She tells him he is just afraid he will lose, and then the game becomes a challenge.
6 March 2002
Jim gets hurt after jumping on a pogo stick and goes to the doctor. There, he finds out he has high blood pressure and has to start taking pills everyday. Cheryl tries to reduce the stress for Jim.
Season 1, Episode 17: Date Night13 March 2002
Andy helps Dana with taxes. Dana watches Jim & Cheryl's children while they go on a date. Jim finds a parking place, but before he can park, someone else takes it. Jim is angry and keeps talking about the spot while they eat dinner.
20 March 2002
Andy & Kyle share the same birthday. Dana gives Kyle a large custom painted mural for his bedroom, and plans to pay for everyone's dinner out. She comments she makes more money than Jim. Now Jim has to prove he can buy everything too.
24 April 2002
Jim wants to exchange a broken DVD player within the warranty period but cannot find the receipt. He blames Cheryl for losing it, but she says it is not her responsibility to keep track of all his items.
1 May 2002
Jim runs into Danny, a friend he has not seen in years. Danny is still single and accuses Jim of being a settled married man. Jim sets out to prove Danny wrong by both of them partying at bars all night like they used to do.
8 May 2002
Cheryl has a day of errands and time with her friends. Jim has to watch the children, but when he has a chance to have the kids go to friend's home, he readily drops the kids off. When Cheryl returns, he forgets where the kids are at.
15 May 2002
Cheryl plans a surprise party for Jim but he'd rather go bowling.
1 October 2002
Jim and Cheryl clash over a digital camera. He deletes a picture she wanted to keep, so she hides the camera from him.
8 October 2002
Dana needs to buy a new car and Cheryl offers to go with her, but Jim says chicks are no good buying cars by themselves, because they'll get distracted with other less important things like mirrors or cup holders. Offended, Cheryl is determined to prove Jim wrong and actually gets Dana a car for a fair deal, but the car soon breaks down. Jim takes over the situation and goes down the dealership to manly handle the situation and deal with the salesman. The only thing he wasn't counting on was a very seductive female manager, who convinces Jim to trade in his minivan for a brand new sports car. Cheryl and Dana try to undo the deal, but they have no luck either. Jim and Andy return determined to overcome Gretchen's looks, but Mike Ditka's presence ruins it for them.
15 October 2002
Jim and Cheryl meet the new neighbors and find out that they can hear their conversation through the baby monitor. When the neighbors find out, Jim tries to come up with a story to smooth things over.
Season 2, Episode 4: Pizza Boy22 October 2002
Jim and Cheryl have a new house guest when the pizza delivery boy moves in with them. Ronnie wants to do stand up comedy, but his father tells him he will never make money that way. Ronnie decides to move out of his father's house.
Season 2, Episode 5: The Closet29 October 2002
Jim wants his own space in the house for his own things and for a place where he can be alone. Cheryl starts to thin out her closet, but Dana convinces her to get more items.
5 November 2002
Jim takes the girls to their first baseball game, and Cheryl tells him to be on his best behavior and set a good example. At the game, Jim gets into a shouting match with another fan, and their argument ends up on the show broadcast.
12 November 2002
Dana gets accepted to be on the reality show The Bachelor. Jim gives her advice on how to keep a man interested. When Dana and the bachelor visits Jim and Cheryl for dinner, the bachelor reveals to Jim he only wants to get Dana in bed.
19 November 2002
The family goes to church, and Jim realizes he knows the new minister. When Jim was young, he and the reverend played dodge ball together.
26 November 2002
Cheryl and Jim are organizing the school's Thanksgiving Day play, and when they are alone on the set, they decide to get intimate. Andy and the PTA President walk in on them, and the story gets spread. Cheryl is dismissed from the play.
10 December 2002
Cheryl is hoping to have the family invited to a neighbor's popular annual Christmas party, but Jim dashes her hope when he fights with the neighbor's husband.
17 December 2002
Jim is excited when Dana's new boyfriend asks him to play backup music at a bar. The offer does not include the other members of Jim's band, and Jim tries to do it without Andy finding out.
7 January 2003
When Jim reviews the credit card statement, he finds the bank made an error and now has surplus money. Jim takes Cheryl out to an expensive dinner with the money.
21 January 2003
Jim and Cheryl's friend Danny visits. He brings his police officer partner with him. Cheryl realizes that Laraine likes Danny and hopes he will ask her to the policeman's ball.
21 January 2003
Jim & Cheryl's friend Danny, and Andy, retell the story how they helped Jim and Cheryl get together.
28 January 2003
Jim has another quick-rich scheme, and much to Cheryl's dismay, Jim, Andy and Dana think it is a good idea. Jim's idea is to make a doll who has gas movements.
4 February 2003
Cheryl has to do everything to prepare for Ruby's birthday party since Jim seems to mess things up. On the day of the party, Jim ends up having to deal with all the little girls for the sleep over party.
Season 2, Episode 17: The Ring11 February 2003
When an old girlfriend of Jim's comes to dinner, she accidentally reveals things to Cheryl that Jim wanted kept secret about them.
18 February 2003
Cheryl becomes a Wonder Woman when she pursues a man who tries to steal her purse. Jim finds out about the attack on Cheryl and goes overboard in trying to protect the family by getting killer dogs.
Season 2, Episode 19: The Pass25 February 2003
Cheryl is upset when one of Jim's new clients makes a pass at her and Jim does nothing about it.
11 March 2003
Jim talks to Dana's boss about his treatment of employees. Dana ends up getting fired.
Season 2, Episode 21: Bo Diddley1 April 2003
Cheryl needs a root canal, but she does not want to have it done. Jim says he will go with Cheryl so she will have support. However, at the dentist office, Jim realizes that Bo Diddley is in the building and he wants to leave Cheryl.
1 April 2003
Cherly's new friend is another soccer mom who Jim finds annoying. Cheryl enjoys her company, so the two families become social friends. Eventually, Jim tells Cheryl she has to break off the friendship.
Season 2, Episode 23: The Helmet8 April 2003
Cheryl finds the perfect gift for Jim's birthday on an online website and starts to bid on it. Another person is also bidding for the same perfect gift - Jim.
29 April 2003
An exotic bird flies into Jim's back yard, and Gracie decides to keep it as a pet. The bird is loud and annoying, but Gracie refuses to let her parents get rid of it.
6 May 2003
Dana takes Ruby to the park, and a single father strikes up a conversation with her. When Dana realizes he thinks she is the mother of Ruby, she decides to keep up the charade. Cheryl asks Jim to exercise more.
13 May 2003
Cheryl's mother comes to visit, and tells everyone she is engaged. Cheryl and Dana are not happy about it, but Jim and Andy find the guy to be fun. Jim and Andy take Frank to a strip joint, and he dies from the excitement.
20 May 2003
When Jim & Andy go to Las Vegas on a business trip, Cheryl & Dana also go for a vacation. Cheryl secretly hopes to reunite Jim and his sister Roxanne. Roxanne typically uses people. When Jim and Roxanne make up, she says she needs money.
20 May 2003
After Jim makes up with Roxanne, she asks for money. Since Jim is hesitant, Roxanne settles on Dana and they get married. Now that Roxanne has money, she starts seeing her old boyfriend again. Also, their meeting in Vegas turns out bad.
Season 3, Episode 1: The Errand23 September 2003
Jim is outraged to learn they pay for groceries to be delivered. Cheryl says they have deliveries for a lot of things. He says he will take over the job of grocery shopping and other errands himself to save money, but it does not work out.
30 September 2003
Kyle has a new favorite toy - a Packers Team football. Since Jim's favorite team is the Chicago Bears, he does not like that Kyle has a different team's ball.
7 October 2003
Jim wins a water-bed when playing bingo at a church fund-raiser. The pastor realizes Jim cheated, and talks to him about doing the right thing.
14 October 2003
Jim gets Cheryl a pair of expensive pair of earrings that is similar to the pair of earrings she usually wears. Cheryl accuses Jim of not knowing her. To get back in her good graces, Jim tries to notice everything and buys more gifts.
21 October 2003
The girls get permission to open a lemonade stand to earn money. When the neighbors start a better lemonade stand in competition, Jim, Cheryl and the others up the competition.
21 October 2003
Jim tells Cheryl she is making a big deal of Ruby doing homework. Cheryl tells him that he should try it. Since Jim does not want to, he talks to Ruby's teacher to give less homework because Cheryl cannot read. His story gets back to Cheryl.
28 October 2003
Dana's new date is similar to Jim in many ways. Cheryl teaches Dana that she is basically dating Jim, and when Dana realizes it is right, she gets upset at Cheryl for pointing out the similarities. Cheryl hosts a Halloween party.
4 November 2003
Jim takes the girls to see a scary movie even though Cheryl tells him not to. When the girls have nightmares at bedtime, Cheryl thinks she did something wrong.
11 November 2003
Jim seems to always be busy helping a friend when he and Cheryl are to visit with some friends. Cheryl realizes this happens only when it is a specific couple.
Season 3, Episode 10: Paintball18 November 2003
Jim is tired of Cheryl always picking activities for them as a couple, especially the cooking class which was a disaster. He picks paint-ball for the next activity, thinking she will hate it.
25 November 2003
Cheryl climbs the roof to get the tablecloth Jim tied there for a Halloween. When she is stuck on the roof and no one notices she is missing, she realizes she is taken for granted. Jim says he will make Thanksgiving dinner but then doesn't.
2 December 2003
Jim is puzzled when Cheryl apologizes to him in the morning, but he accepts the apology and decides to use it against her to get out of everything he does not want to do.
9 December 2003
Dana does not have money to buy Jim a Christmas gift, so Cheryl tells her to just take one Cheryl already purchased and say it is from her. Dana ends up putting her name on the most expensive gift and claims it as hers to give.
6 January 2004
The house across the street from Jim & Cheryl is on sale. The Devlins visit and announce they are placing a bid on the house. Jim & Cheryl are upset and thinking of moving to get away from them.
27 January 2004
Dana is fed up because she attracts only shallow men. Jim is in trouble because his bowling team is missing one player. It just happens that Reverend Pierson is the solution to both problems. Unfortunately, there is a catch.
10 February 2004
Danny and Laraine announce their intent to marry, and Danny asks Jim to be his best man. Cheryl tells Jim he better not get Danny drunk at a bachelor party. So instead, Jim takes him for a cold swim in Lake Michigan and gets him sick.
17 February 2004
Cheryl decides to sing in Jim's band to prove to her cousin that she has talent. Trouble is, Cheryl cannot sing.
24 February 2004
At Dana's new job, she gets to cast a family for a vacation commercial. She hires Cheryl and her family. The producer likes everyone except for Jim.
2 March 2004
Jim is troubled because his replacement in the commercial, Ted, gets to be a bit too intimate with Cheryl in front of camera. So when a role opens, he grabs it. Mysteriously, Kitson turns gay when Andy is in the table.
9 March 2004
Gracie has been acting up lately, and Jim says that Cheryl's gentle ways are not working for improvement. Jim comes up with a harsh punishment plan but takes it too far when he blames her for something she did not do.
Season 3, Episode 21: The Baby16 March 2004
Jim's sister Roxanne visits Cheryl and Jim. She tells them she is going to have a baby, and Andy is the father.
30 March 2004
Jim is working hard to please his new client, Veronica, which actually means that he's making Andy work hard. Because the boss can't be seen working hard publicly. But then Andy and Veronica have a talk.
Season 3, Episode 23: The Truck6 April 2004
The girls made a large paper mâché bear for the school for team spirit. Jim has to take the bear to school in his truck, but he lost his truck in an arm wrestling match and does not want to tell Cheryl.
Season 3, Episode 24: The Toilet27 April 2004
It's a battle of the sexes when it comes time to redecorate the bathroom. Jim says Cheryl never takes his opinion into consideration for changes to the house, so Cheryl decides to listen to his ideas. He wants a talking toilet.
Season 3, Episode 25: Trashed4 May 2004
Cheryl saves every piece of art work and homework from the kids, so she tells Jim to rent a storage unit to store everything. Jim decides to trash all of it because he does not think it will ever be needed again.
11 May 2004
Dr. Ted from TV is holding a "Making Good Marriages Great" seminar in Chicago and Cheryl wants to go and get his autograph. Jim surprises her by suggesting that she *sign them up*. But he has an ulterior motive.
18 May 2004
Cheryl's ex from high school, Doug, starts dating Dana, who invites him to dinner at Cheryl and Jim's. While Jim bonds with Doug, Cheryl starts showing signs of something that has troubled her for 15 years.
25 May 2004
When the weather turns hot, Jim and the kids sneak over to a neighbor's swimming pool when they are not home. Cheryl thinks it is wrong, but she decides to sneak over one time and gets caught.
25 May 2004
Cheryl talks Jim into undergoing a vasectomy. But will he chicken out? Regardless, what will change? How will people view Jim's acceptance of a vasectomy? How will they treat him?
21 September 2004
Jim gets a hole-in-one and celebrates himself tired. But he's supposed to give his sperm sample that day and the aforementioned activities are forbidden. He gets Andy to give the sample instead. Well, it seemed a good idea at the time.
Season 4, Episode 2: The Effort28 September 2004
Jim is supposed to spend a romantic evening with his wife, but he is torn because he wants to see a certain sports event that very same night. Desperate, he decides to con Cheryl - deluded that he can get away with it.
Season 4, Episode 3: The Grill12 October 2004
Jim sells his old grill to Andy for $200, but Cheryl says that Andy should have it for free. Jim agrees. Then things take a twist when Jim just cannot give the grill away for free. An escalating tug-of-war between Jim and Andy begins.
19 October 2004
Jim and Cheryl argue over men and women having different inbred skills. When Chery and the kids get trapped in the garage because the females do not remember the code, Kyle opens the door with the code. Cheryl does not want Jim to find out.
26 October 2004
Jim is unnerved by Kyle's choice of Halloween costume: Cinderella.
9 November 2004
Jim gets upset when Ruby stops giving him a goodbye kiss outside school. Cheryl explains that Ruby is going through a phase, and Jim tries to respect that. But when Ruby starts rebelling against him, he has to try really, really hard.
Season 4, Episode 7: Plot Twist16 November 2004
Jim makes burial plans by arranging to be buried next to a famous football player rather than being buried in the family plot.
23 November 2004
Jim and Andy want to prove they have the manly hunt and kill instincts by going out to shoot their own turkey for Thanksgiving. Their plan backfires when Jim is chased and bitten by a 40-pound turkey.
30 November 2004
Jim's doctor tells him the sperm count is still too low - to increase it, he should have orgasms only when trying to make a baby and avoid his loud outbursts. Difficult, when Dana and a difficult customer give him cause for outbursts.
14 December 2004
Christmastime. A man bumps his car into Jim's car and upsets him. Cheryl talks Jim into settling the issue officially. When Jim sees the man as Santa at the shopping mall, he gets into a dust-up with him. And things snowball from there.
11 January 2005
Jim finds something in common with the Devlins: fandom of The Bulls. He starts believing that the Devlins are a good luck charm. When Cheryl forces him to watch a game without the Devlins, he starts meeting them secretly on game nights.
18 January 2005
Jim buys a nanny-cam to spy on the new babysitter but ends up spying on Cheryl and learning something unusual about her. She retaliates by getting her own nanny-cam to spy on Jim.
25 January 2005
While having dinner with Cheryl, Dana & Ryan, Jim gets jealous over a male waitress. He reveals to Ryan that he's just pretending, to please Cheryl. Ryan sees it working and wants to learn. So Jim teaches, but forgets one lesson.
8 February 2005
Cheryl rents a chick flick and claims that Jim should watch it because women like sensitive men. Jim denies this, but when Andy watches the movie, Jim is drawn in. Then Cheryl returns before the movie ends. Jim has to finish it secretly.
15 February 2005
Cheryl finds out that Jim made Kyle lie about his age at the cinema, and lectures how there is only right and wrong. Then Dana enlists her to cook for Ryan who thinks Dana is doing the cooking. When Jim finds out, it's only the start.
22 February 2005
Dana's driving Ryan nuts with the wedding preparations. Jim assures him "there's always a way out." Ryan puts the advice to use. When Cheryl suggests Dana use her 1991 dress, Jim panics. As it happens, it burned in 1991. What way out now?
8 March 2005
Following attractive delivery girl Alicia's suggestion, Jim grows a mustache. Cheryl hates it and tries to make him lose it by dying her hair dark - but Jim loves it! Then Cheryl meets Alicia and starts manipulating Jim through her.
8 March 2005
Dana and Ryan's wedding is approaching and Dana needs someone to represent her late father in the traditional father & bride dance. Andy is a disaster and Jim is known to have no dancing skills. How can he make Dana feel better?
15 March 2005
Jim's neighbor Bertram gives Cheryl 2 opera tickets, but Jim won't go with her. So she asks Bertram. When Cheryl wants to go to see a foreign film, Jim asks Bertram to accompany her. Then the guys remind him that Bertram is *still* a man.
22 March 2005
Jim's pride in Gracie's newfound spelling-bee aptitude quickly turns to dismay when he has to drive her to tournaments all over the state.
29 March 2005
April Fool's Day. Jim has retired from pranks. Cheryl brings his baseball cards to the garage where his band rehearses. Then Jim's most valuable card vanishes. After that, Andy tells that Beltzman, the guitarist, died. Is it a coincidence?
Season 4, Episode 22: The Clock12 April 2005
Jim & Cheryl find a way to get free time by moving the clock and sending the kids to bed early. Then comes the day they are to try making a baby, but now neither of them wants a baby and doesn't want to hurt the other by admitting it.
19 April 2005
Jim & Andy take part in a hot dog eating contest. Jim tells Cheryl that since women lack competitiveness, a man will always win. But then an Asian woman, Yoki, is declared winner, and Cheryl revels in it. Worse, Andy starts dating Yoki.
3 May 2005
Cheryl throws a bachelorette party for Dana, but it's a bit underwhelming. Jim secretly taped it and, frustrated, offers to throw Dana a real bachelorette party. Against her better judgment, Dana accepts.
10 May 2005
Ryan wants to go stock car racing and Dana threatens to cancel the wedding if he endangers himself. Cheryl has to teach Dana the basics of a Man and His Thing. Meanwhile, Jim teaches Ryan about the Sovereignty of a Man.
10 May 2005
Jim actually remembers his and Cheryl's anniversary - but Cheryl didn't! Improvising, she gives him the photo album that covers years worth of memories. They start reminiscing.
17 May 2005
Cheryl has a nightmare about Dana's wedding. When the priest needs to picked from the airport, Cheryl forbids Jim from participating. Upset that Cheryl doesn't trust him, Jim tags along with Andy who's picking up the priest.
Season 5, Episode 1: Foul Ball20 September 2005
Jim happens to get free front row tickets to the Cubs game and wants to take Kyle to his first game. Unfortunately, Cheryl insists Kyle attend his first day at kindergarten instead. Jim decides to con Cheryl.
27 September 2005
Ryan shocks everyone by offering to help with the dishes. Jim gives him a talking to and forbids him from giving Dana an expensive anniversary locket because it will make Jim look bad. Ryan gives it anyway. This means war: Jim against Ryan.
27 September 2005
Jim discovers that a tape which Cheryl gave him as a romantic present before they were married was made for her by an old boyfriend.
4 October 2005
Cheryl is helping the homeless. Andy notices a letter from Playboy to Cheryl, she's been nominated in an essay contest. The winner gets to go to the Mansion. Jim decides to submit his essay as Cheryl's. But he forgets the media coverage.
Season 5, Episode 5: The Race11 October 2005
Kyle is no good in basketball, but Jim says men don't quit, they try harder. So Cheryl challenges him to join Dana in a 10 km run. When Jim finds out he isn't fit enough do it, Andy tells him he has a foolproof plan.
18 October 2005
Though Jim finds Cheryl's anecdotes boring, he advises Ryan that a husband must pretend to like a wife's stories because listening is foreplay. Cheryl hears it and argues with Jim. Jim boasts that he's an unbeatable showman. This means war!
1 November 2005
Jim says he can help Andy get better dates by being his "chick whisperer". With a hidden microphone and an earpiece that connect Andy to Jim, Andy manages to get the hottest woman he's ever dated. Surely there must be a catch?
8 November 2005
Something is bothering Jim, but he denies it. Following Dana's suggestion, Cheryl decides to con him into therapy, but fails. Enraged, Jim tells what's annoying him, and they find out it's only a part of a bigger problem.
Season 5, Episode 9: The Dream15 November 2005
Jim is being pestered by Dana to get on with renovations that seem to be taking for-ever. After he pops over to get on with it, Ryan leaves him with Dana sleeping up-stairs, where Jim over-hears her dreaming, about Jim, uh-oh.
Season 5, Episode 10: Lean on Me29 November 2005
Jim's old college girlfriend Melissa invites him to lunch. Cheryl gives her blessing, insisting that it's an innocent meeting. Jim disagrees, but goes. Melissa says she wants to do business with Jim. At least at first.
13 December 2005
The siblings' mom is coming for a Christmastime visit. Andy suspects that Ryan will try to dethrone Jim as the favorite son-in-law. Jim doesn't believe. But then the evidence starts to speak for Andy's theory.
10 January 2006
Ruby's school is going to show her a sex ed video. The parents get a preview screening. The mere thought of his little girl learning about sex gets Jim upset, but not as upset as after he's seen the video.
24 January 2006
Gracie and Ruby want to get their ears pierced but Cheryl believes that this will lead to the girls growing up too quickly and convinces Jim. Jim and Cheryl renew their wedding vows and Jim walks down the aisle with an earring.
Season 5, Episode 14: The Stick7 February 2006
Jim's birthday. As always, he gets presents he is not excited about, but now he finally reveals it to Cheryl. Cheryl just wants Jim to fulfill his potential. The next day Kyle gives Jim a stick - and he likes it. It has potential.
Season 5, Episode 15: Mr. Right7 February 2006
Jim ruins a trip to movies by stopping at a place where he claimed they met Eric Estrada a decade ago, but according to Cheryl it was someone else and they've been arguing about it ever since. Then an opportunity to solve it arises.
21 February 2006
Dana and Cheryl shop at a sex toy party hosted by Bernice. Meanwhile, Jim brags how their sex life is as good as 15 years earlier. The next day, Andy and Ryan are all giggly, and Jim becomes anxious to see what Cheryl bought.
28 February 2006
Jim's neighbor Julie's dog has kept him awake for 10 years, so he gives her a talking-to. When the dog goes missing, Julie suspects Jim. Then Jim sees the dog in Julie's window. Why the lie?
Season 5, Episode 18: Polite Jim7 March 2006
After Jim makes one of his neighbors cry, Cheryl convinces him to be more sensitive. But "Polite Jim" later finds out that the neighbor was crying over something else, and not Jim's outburst. Worst of all, she apologized with a pie--which Cheryl kept from him!
7 March 2006
After Justin is left alone at the kids' karate class, Jim takes him home, leaving a note for the parents. When they arrive, Jim recognises Justin's dad as his own father.
14 March 2006
The guys are preparing for the annual St. Patrick's day green man ritual. Cheryl becomes worried as this could affect the churchs board decision to allow Cheryl to join the committee. But Cheryl gets into more trouble than Jim.
21 March 2006
When Andy starts spending a lot of time playing chess with Ryan, Jim tries to find a new friend at his favorite bar. Harder than it sounds.
2 May 2006
Dana announces her pregnancy. Ryan is excited, but Jim gives him a speech about the downsides of living with a pregnant woman. He offers to guide Ryan through Dana's pregnancy. But Jim's relationship with the pregnancy doesn't stop there.
Season 6, Episode 1: The Punch3 January 2007
Jim decides it is time to teach Kyle to defend himself against bullies. Jim shows Kyle how to throw a punch.
3 January 2007
At the television station, Jim is mistaken for a book author and ends up on the show. Jim gives his views of women trying to make men more like them, by forcing them to go to baby showers and the such. Cheryl is not happy about his views.
10 January 2007
Jim debates on how to tell the family that he doesn't think the family pet is worth an operation.
10 January 2007
Jim & Cheryl try to celebrate their fifteenth wedding anniversary in a special way, but Dana seems to have other plans for them.
Season 6, Episode 5: Good Grief17 January 2007
When her uncle dies, Cheryl's grief is a bit more than Jim can handle, and listens to Andy and starts to believe that she is taking advantage of his good graces.
17 January 2007
Jim is forced to go to an anger management class because Cheryl thinks he has a problem.
24 January 2007
Jim talks Ryan down when they find out Dana was in a video where the participants expose themselves, but it's a different story when Jim finds out Cheryl was in the same video.
31 January 2007
Jim convinces Dana that it will be all right for Ryan to attend to the birth of a baby of a well-known star in a war-torn country, then has to step up when she goes into labor and Ryan's still stuck there.
Season 6, Episode 9: Dino-Mite28 February 2007
Dana and Cheryl have a girls night out, entrusting their children to Ryan and Jim.
7 March 2007
Jim starts losing it when Dana and her baby spend time at their home and Cheryl suggests he finds somewhere else to get some sleep.
14 March 2007
Jim flips out over a doctor's bill, but refrains from telling Cheryl that he got the family's health insurance canceled in fear of her flipping out.
Season 6, Episode 12: Coach Jim28 March 2007
When Jim is coerced into coaching his daughters' basketball team, he turns into one of his idols, Mike Ditka, even though it means one of his girls quits to play for an opposing team.
Season 6, Episode 13: The At-Bat4 April 2007
After failing to teach his son how to hit the ball, Jim is visited by Andy's future ghost in an effort to show him how his decisions affect Kyle's future.
18 April 2007
When Andy buys a metal detector, he digs up Jim's wedding ring in the front lawn, but gives it to Cheryl, who, in turn, tries to get Jim to fess up.
25 April 2007
While Cheryl is in Cleveland, Andy puts up for sale the grill that Jim gave him, Jim freaks out, resulting in an all-out war between the two of them.
2 May 2007
When overly-nice Tim and Cindy Devlin crash a birthday party to announce they are getting a divorce, Jim can't stand it. But things really get worse when Cindy latches on to Andy.
9 May 2007
Jim finds another guy to go with Cheryl on all the things she wants to do, but the plan backfires when the guy's significant other dumps him and leaves Jim with tickets to the musical.
16 May 2007
Jim tries everything in his power (including Andy) to sabotage the birthday party Cheryl threw for him.
1 January 2008
Things go wrong for Jim when he talks to God about having women be more like men. When Cheryl and Dana become just like Jim and Andy. Jim asks God to make men be more like women, but they turn into overly sensitive women.
1 January 2008
Cheryl thinks she is losing her looks and charm when other men no longer look at her with desire. Jim comes up with a scheme to help Cheryl get her confidence back.
8 January 2008
Cheryl tells Jim to wear an ID badge when he goes running in the morning, but he does not want to. When he has an accident on his run, he is taken to the hospital without ID. Jim realizes he needs to take precautions for his family.
15 January 2008
Jim and Cheryl start an argument about dessert on their romantic evening together, and in the morning, they just decide to let it go. Andy finds out and decides to stir up the argument between them.
22 January 2008
Cheryl goes to Florida to care for her mother when she is sick, leaving Jim alone to take care of the children. When neighborhood mom's find out Jim is struggling at home, they all pitch in to help. Each one thinks they are the only helper.
29 January 2008
Jim still struggles with household duties while Cheryl is out of town, but has real problems when Ruby asks to go shopping for a training bra. Jim asks Dana to be the temporary mom for shopping. Turns out, Ruby is getting ready for a date.
12 February 2008
Jim is surprised to find out the Gracie has started her monthly periods, and Ruby is angry that she has not yet started. Ruby and Gracie argue about everything.
19 February 2008
When Cheryl comes home for a little down time from Florida, Jim can't seem to find any time to spend with her alone.
26 February 2008
While Cheryl's still in Florida, Jim gets the courage to throw out all the old baby clothes she's saved over the years, only to find out he's not so courageous, after all.
4 March 2008
When Cheryl is committed to total bed-rest, it falls to Jim to care for Gracie's birthday party surrounding a doll theme.
11 March 2008
Jim takes advantage of Cheryl's forgetfulness as a result of her pregnancy by turning the girls' new bedroom in the basement into a media room for he and Andy.
15 April 2008
Andy remembers the dinner gift card Jim gave him for his last birthday the day before it's due to expire and asks Jim to accompany him. The only problem is Jim felt slighted in giving it to Andy so he's already cashed it in.
22 April 2008
Jim invents a way to end the kids' incessant bickering, but it backfires when he gets in a fight with Andy over a door prize won at a hockey game.
29 April 2008
Andy may have hit the jackpot with the new lady in his life, but Jim may have screwed it up while agreeing to chaperon the lady's two daughters who accompany his own to a teen aged girls' concert and loses them all.
13 May 2008
Andy finds a girl who seems to really like him and wants to spend time with him. Andy realizes it is too good to be true and starts sabotaging the relationship.
13 May 2008
Cheryl still wants to have game night even though she is confined to bed. The gang gathers around the bed, and Dana realizes Cheryl is cheating at the game.
27 May 2008
Jim looks forward to Cheryl ending her bed rest period because he is getting tired of taking care of the house and children every day.
27 May 2008
Cheryl and Jim have twin boys. Jim cannot tell them apart. One night when taking care of the boys, Jim dreams the devil visits and says Jim has to give up one of the twins.
2 December 2008
Jim sticks to his story about the kids losing one of the twins' favorite blanket, even after he's found it in his own pocket.
2 December 2008
After Dana moves away, Cheryl misses her. She begins to tell everything to Jim that she used to tell Dana, and Jim gets tired of the chatter. Jim decides to find another girlfriend for Cheryl.
9 December 2008
A little brat stands between Jim and the chance to impress his daughters, who idolize the bubblegum pop sensation.
9 December 2008
Jim flips on either side of the fence when it comes to Andy proposing to Emily, but the fence goes up when he catches her with another man.
16 December 2008
Jim feels the holiday blues when he sees his kids' Christmas list, but then tries to go behind Cheryl's back and get the twins into a movie starring opposite guest Steve Guttenberg.
Season 8, Episode 6: Cabin Boys30 December 2008
Jim and Andy make plans to have a guys weekend at a mountain cabin. Before they leave, Andy gets a text message from his girlfriend saying she is leaving him. Things are not pleasant at the cabin.
14 April 2009
Jim feels that an old girlfriend is trying to put the moves on him.
14 April 2009
Jim thinks Cheryl goes to yoga too frequently, but then he finds out the instructor is young and sexy. Jim decides to join the class so he can monitor their activity.
21 April 2009
Andy is dating Ruby's piano teacher, but is trying to keep it from Jim and gets dumped in the process when a younger man moves in on him...Kyle.
21 April 2009
Andy turns to Jim for advice on what to get his new girlfriend for her birthday.
28 April 2009
When Cheryl rooks Jim into hosting a "Daddy & Me" group, Jim takes the opportunity to turn it into a baby racing fest.
28 April 2009
When Mandy convinces Andy to not play tackle football with Jim and the guys, it's Jim who has to come up with a plan, after talking him into playing anyway, for covering up the fact that Andy DID play and got hurt in the process.
12 May 2009
By telling him he's the cooler parent, Ruby is able to manipulate Jim into letting her do whatever she wants.
Season 8, Episode 14: Happy Jim12 May 2009
Everyone takes advantage of Jim's bad back when he takes pain pills and finds out the truth under the influence.
26 May 2009
Kyle enjoys talking to Andy about science fiction. Jim tries to bond with Kyle through sports.
26 May 2009
Cheryl and Jim are signed up for a volunteer event, but he does not want to participate. When he is accidentally giving money for his volunteer efforts, he plans to keep the money even though Cheryl tells him it is wrong to keep it.
2 June 2009
Cheryl thinks Jim's home-made coupons for her birthday are just a disguise gift, so he has to buy her something else that will be the real gift. He buys Cheryl a used diamond necklace for her birthday.
2 June 2009
Jim chokes on food and is passing out. In a dream sequence, he talks to God and the Devil who are about to decide his fate of where he will spend his after life.
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