In the season finale, racial tensions begin to flare in North Philly sparking a massive riot, while an oblivious Meg makes final preparations for her sweet sixteen birthday party. Unaware ... See full summary »

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Helen Pryor
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Jack Pryor
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JJ Pryor
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Henry Walker
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Roxanne Bojarski
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In the season finale, racial tensions begin to flare in North Philly sparking a massive riot, while an oblivious Meg makes final preparations for her sweet sixteen birthday party. Unaware of the violent situation building around her, Meg attempts to save her friendship with Sam, visiting him at the new store, and finds herself in the middle of the urban chaos. Elsewhere, an angry Nathan who helped incite the violence, urges the enraged rioters forward, while Pete and the rest of Philadelphia's finest race to quell the disturbance. Meanwhile, a defeated J.J. returns from Lehigh University after being kicked off the football team and makes a surprising announcement to Jack and Helen about his future. Written by GusF

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18 May 2003 (USA)  »

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This episode takes place from August 27 to August 28, 1964. See more »

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Shock & Awe
23 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For a series which has been pretty much light comedy with sinister shadows all season, this season ender is heavy. All season long we have had a build up to this, but putting the main characters into peril as this one does is a major enders.

Meg Pryor and Sam Walker get caught up the 1964 Philadelphia riots. While Bandstand which is in the back drop of this series all the time is still in this show, it really takes a back seat to Meg and Sam in this one. Meg sees destruction and pain on the night of her sweet 16th and she gets major shock in more ways than one.

This is the most powerful and dramatic episode of the season. The series has done a good job getting here addressing the racial issues of 1963 and 1864 better than most shows. This one is the explosions which happened in the race riots of 1964. That fateful summer is a unique time in a turning point of rage relations in US History. The tearing apart of this country by it's seams is well represented in this episode.

"My BoyFriend's Back" is just the right song to tune into this tension.


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