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(1994–2000)

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Season 2

27 Sep. 1995
Ready or Not
Charlie is shocked and furious when his ex from four years ago Pamela Rush turns up as swears her adorable son is his. Seeing traits of himself in the boy, Charlie is quickly delighted with paternal prospects, but Pamela already left San Francisco again. Bailey can't appreciate Will's efforts to arrange a date for him, feeling it's too soon after his Jill trauma, yet discovers he has a lot in common with clearly interested campus waitress Sarah Reeves. Julia discovers Jill's brother Griffin, whom she dated all summer while Justin was in London with his father, knows ...
 
4 Oct. 1995
Falsies
Will's trip to Perry, the college his father recommends, surprises Bailey, but he accepts to fly along to their orientation days in sir's place. Charmed by tour guide Keri, a med student, Bailey enjoys flirting with her, until Will accidentally betrays his life story is a fake to escape his frustrated life. Justin leads the successful mass kissing protest against the prudish principal's backward rules, but Julia deserts his cause and secretly kisses Griffin instead. Charlie spares not effort to track down Pamela Rush, only to be told Spencer isn't really his son. ...
 
18 Oct. 1995
Dearly Beloved
Bailey accepts running for school body vice president only because Sarah keeps pushing him and promises to manage 'his' campaign, only to be blamed for letting her and later Will do the leg work, her real purpose being quality time with him. Charlie loves his siblings chipping in ideas to make his wedding affordable, notably in the family restaurant, but after a frustrating round of maternal meddling Kirsten is too defensive. The kids are furious when they find a note 'eloped to Reno', but the happy couple reconsiders. After absurdly blaming Griffin for not being ...
 
25 Oct. 1995
Have No Fear
Bailey is finally back on his high school football team, but accidentally knocks over teammate Andy Hughes, who is hospitalized and ultimately promised a complete recovery. During practice, Bailey allows several teammates to rough him up due to his guilt torment, until he loses his nerve to play. Finding out family restaurant manager Joe Mangus made light of his congestive cardiac problems, Charlie decides to take over, but Joe can't just hand over his life's work. Julia lets Griffin stay over, is relieved when he doesn't suggest sex, but feels insecure for him not ...
 
1 Nov. 1995
Change Partners... and Dance
Bailey now enjoys dating Sarah, but his public affection and general spontaneity make her feel like a Jill substitute. Justin already has another girlfriend and free-spirited Griffin tires of Julia's meddling in his life, like lies to both parties to make him take a waiter's job Charlie wouldn't otherwise consider him for, leading to mutual frustration and getting fired, like at the bike shop. Charlie grudgingly agrees to Kirsten's dancing lessons but takes offense at her accepting as silly aunt's wedding gift a fortune telling which names a Rob as her true love. A ...
 
8 Nov. 1995
Analogies
Bailey does badly on his SAT test and grudgingly accepts private home tutoring from young new teacher Maggie Beaton. Griffin finally overcomes Claudia's hostility to any rival to Justin, by playing the big brother, only to find jealous Julia upset about being neglected. Kirsten's parents arrive for a pre-wedding weekend, but while about-to-retire dreamer Gene Bennett quickly bonds with Charlie, his wife Ellie must explain to Kirsten how her practical attitude balances out their happy marriage.
 
15 Nov. 1995
Where There's Smoke
Bailey cheerfully gives his blessing to Will dating his latest ex Sarah, but that feels all wrong even when they go out together. Salinger's is struck by disaster -a fire- and theft from the payroll. The insurance inspector refuses to pay and even suspects Charlie, who is furious when his fiancee's ineffective cover up-story shows him that she too thinks he may be guilty. Major Chase W. Holbrook makes sure that his own son, Griffin, often abused and neglected since sister Jill's death, confesses and is sent to court, yet ends up arranging a military alternative.
 
22 Nov. 1995
Best Laid Plans
Bailey takes over organizing the bachelor party after Dudley has to promise Kirsten to keep it boringly safe. A power-cut prevents the boys and stripper Honey from reaching Charlie, who met his hotel neighbor and colleague groom's partner Monica and agreed to comfort her, yet the ultimate temptation is cured by her offering herself, only that doesn't end his doubts about lifelong commitment. Bailey fears big brother relapsed into serial infidelity. Justin refuses needless contact with clingy Julia, who tricks him with concert tickets and ends up witnessing how he ...
 
13 Dec. 1995
The Wedding
Charlie's wedding jitters grow as Kirsten obsesses about every futile detail until he decides he can't completely hand over control over the last part of his life not sacrificed to his siblings and the Salinger restaurant. So the in-laws first suspend the ceremony, then advise an ultimatum, but that ends up making Kirsten realize she expects more then he can guarantee. Bailey and Sara realize they love each-other more then she Will, who ends up graciously stepping aside. Justin, still shocked by his father's adultery, gets drunk on bottles Julia stole from the wedding...
 
20 Dec. 1995
Grand Delusions
Bailey joins Sarah in her grandmother Sarah's annual posthumous anniversary celebration. There they find out, from a letter, that his lover was named after a third Sarah, a wartime affair, and adopted. Bailey tries in vain to make her realize parents are whoever lovingly raises you, but she finds it hard to accept, even from him. In need of time away, Charlie uses his honeymoon tickets to Mexico with Claudia, who alas only berates him. Both find a holiday partner, but neither relationship can last afterward and now Claudia reproaches Charlie not to mourn. Justin is ...
 
3 Jan. 1996
Unfair Advantage
Bailey is increasingly uncomfortable with Sarah's shameless credit-card overuse for her 16th birthday and tries to convince her there's no reason to question her adoptive parents' commitment after the Reeves' 16 year record. Her stubbornness makes her miss a grand surprise party. Charlie practically invites himself to join his restaurant staff going out after work. A clumsy waitress asks him for a private favour, but when she declines his advances, Charlie then discriminates against her at work, but eventually sees the light. Only Justin dares turn on their English ...
 
10 Jan. 1996
Hold on Tight
Bailey and Justin are almost amused to bump into each-other with their partners in the cellar. Julia complains over lack of privacy and wants to turn the attic into her room. Bailey however lays a separate claim, being older and having shared his room with Owen. Julia and Bailey fight, and Bailey tells Sarah about a band singer audition that he knew Julia hoped for which Sarah then wins. In revenge, Julie convinces soon less than amused Justin to successfully apply for the TV studio job Bailey that hoped would pay his college fees. Charlie cheerfully accepts helping ...
 
17 Jan. 1996
Poor Substitutes
After bumping into a woman who might be Sarah's birth mother, she wonders whether to look her up. Bailey does, but is told she's not in the least maternal, so he pretends the name Robin Merrin was adopted later. Charlie realizes Kirsten neglected to get Owen enrolled in a good pre-school, which is urgent now Bill can't help out whole days any more. His last chance depends on a rule children must be potty trained, and Charlie simply can't pull that off. Justin sort of expected Julia to be jealous when his parents accept to host his English friend Allison 'Allie', but ...
 
24 Jan. 1996
Strange Bedfellows
Bailey and Sara don't enjoy double dating with Will and his new girlfriend Gina, an opinionated, bossy type whose taste is opposite to theirs. This leads to Will dumping her after fights, but he's miserable, scolds 'wonder boy' Bailey and crawls back to her. Charlie offers Claudia a reasonable bribe after her teacher Emily Schrader, in detox herself, caught her. But she demands he doesn't date her, which goes wrong after he saves her from a Titanic-obsessed blind date at the restaurant. Justin finally confronts his father over his adultery after Julia happened to ...
 
31 Jan. 1996
Benefactors
Bailey is delighted that a Mr. Wiliams founded a college scholarship at his high-school and personally picked him as first benefactor a four time $10,000 annually. Yethe doesn't trust it, especially after elaborate questions about his mother during the dinner to meet his benefactor. Then he finds out Williams is an alias for his maternal grandfather Jack Gordon and confronts him. The man admits, but refuses to have anything to do with his four siblings. Catering for glamorous TV producer Kathleen Ishley's birthday party gets Charlie her generous favors, but he keeps ...
 
7 Feb. 1996
Comings and Goings
Now Bailey's attitude has convinced grandpa Jake to present himself to the five siblings, his New Hampshire scholarship is on again and Sarah feels betrayed when she finds out. Jake becomes a regular guest, mostly to Claudia's joy, but Julia is viciously hostile, claiming he betrayed mother unforgivably. Sarah's birth mother Robin Merrin suddenly turns up to meet her and seems her only interest now, but announces after a weekend she's off on tour for months. Only after Bailey offers to turn sown the scholarship for her she realizes his love is truly noble and gives ...
 
14 Feb. 1996
Valentine's Day
Bailey's idea for Valenetine's day, which he calls a commercial invention anyhow, a double date with Will to the Monster Truck show, doesn't register as romantic with the girls. When Sarah decides to instead spend the evening with her surprise-visiting, hunky old friend Sean, Bailey gets jealous and follows them, only to make a scene by using his fists when Sean publicly reads a romantic poem which turns out to be for his present girl, Clara.To Justin's horror, Julia agrees to give shelter to her unruly ex Griffin, who 'escaped' after his home visit for Louisiana ...
 
21 Feb. 1996
Before and After
Julia confirms she is pregnant, and Justin feels ignored while she torments herself over her options. Sarah declines giving her view, being adopted herself. Grandpa Jacob is left in the dark. Ultimately, Julia makes the decision, and nature ensuring it does not change that for her.
 
28 Feb. 1996
Altered States
Charlie reacts negatively when Kathleen decides on her own to enter the other half of his life, mainly the family, rejecting even a Hawaiian family holiday offer. When he declares he can't fully love her, that brings her close to suicide. Bailey can cope ever less with Sarah's flirtatious attitude on stage and with her band mates, increasing the strain on their relationship. Worried about Julia's despondence, Charlie sends her back to school. Justin drags her through classes, but she runs the last period, pretending to Justin she'll spend the weekend with Charlie at ...
 
20 Mar. 1996
Happily Ever After
Bailey discovers that grandpa Jake, one of whose mysterious Arizona trips was extended for days, has another family, yet his graduating daughter Lauren is as unsure about him, so he decides such an unreliable element doesn't belong in the close Salinger family, and asks him to move out, yet not break up completely. Unable to commit to Kathleen, Charlie intends to let her off easily by pretending Kirsten wants him back, but she finds out and bitterly threatens to wreck the restaurant. A writing assignment about relationships starts Justin romanticizing, only to find ...
 
27 Mar. 1996
Spring Breaks: Part 1
After a minor incident with Sara's band, Bailey comes up with excessive precautions, which she rudely calls meddling, claiming she needs to become independent before he goes to college. Only after band singer Matt steals a kiss, Sara remembers loving only Bailey. Joe is back in Frisco and bitterly blames Charlie, soon followed by his siblings, for wrecking the restaurant's future by his Kathleen adventure so badly, it must close next month. Ignoring Justin's long-announced plans, Julia joins alone a photography course she hoped could bring them closer together. She ...
 
27 Mar. 1996
Spring Breaks: Part 2
Bailey tells Sarah he doesn't feel their relationship satisfies either of them truly, yet she pleads it's true love. The siblings prepare gloomily for Salinger's farewell dinner. Against hope, Charlie asks grandfather Jake if his experienced business eye still sees a way out. He does, but only if Bailey forsakes his college fund for the cause. Justin refuses to stay with Julia after their mutual infidelity and without true love just because parting feels so hard. With Kirsten's wedding to Michael impending, Charlie not only declares his love and readiness to commit ...
 

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