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Sam and Brooke clash over their first family dinner. Ms. Glass tries to make conscientious Lily cave in and dissect a frog. Josh's football coach and drama teacher clash over him. Sam's new editorial angers Nicole. The Novac is explained.


Perry Lang


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Bibb ... Brooke McQueen
Carly Pope ... Sam McPherson
Tamara Mello ... Lily Esposito
Christopher Gorham ... Harrison John
Sara Rue ... Carmen Ferrara
Bryce Johnson ... Josh Ford
Tammy Lynn Michaels ... Nicole Julian
Ron Lester ... Michael 'Sugar Daddy' Bernardino
Leslie Grossman ... Mary Cherry
Lisa Darr ... Jane McPherson
Scott Bryce ... Mike McQueen
Darryl Theirse ... Wayne Vincent
Diane Delano ... Bobbi Glass
John Caponera John Caponera ... Coach Francis Peritti
Sandra Oh ... Humanities Teacher


Previously on Popular...the parental units collide and in the third episode Sam and Brooke try to deal with their parents getting together. Ms. Glass gives Lily an ultimatum by forcing her to carry around a dead frog in purse until she dissects it. Mary Cherry revels in her new found popularity bumping heads with Lily as their rivalry begins. During class the students learn about standing up for themselves, to make themselves heard and not be bullied. The teacher has them turn their desks to speak in each others voice to communicate which gives Sam and Brooke a chance to have it out with each other with the pending up coming dinner. Josh gets put in the middle of the battle between his football coach and drama teacher who still wants to do both. At lunch Brooke informs her friends and Josh that she has to miss the away game cause she bought out the front row at the upcoming school musical starring her boyfriend. Sam gets a mysterious call from a man calling himself deep throat that ... Written by Ron Storey

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Comedy | Drama | Romance







Release Date:

7 October 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Brooke McQueen: I guess they really love each other.
Sam McPherson: [softly] Yeah.
Brooke McQueen: [softly] Yeah.
Sam McPherson: And then there's you and me.
Brooke McQueen: Two people who really don't like each other at all.
Sam McPherson: Well, this ought to be interesting.
Brooke McQueen: Very.
[backs off, turning away]
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References I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) See more »

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24 September 2016 | by RavenGlamDVDCollectorSee all my reviews

I'm just so, so pleased I bought the two DVD box-sets, based on the downloaded series intro alone. There is glorious Leslie Bibb, a fairy-tale princess if ever there was one, and there is Carly Pope, who's got a definite Liv Tyler vibe going here, and these two, as their opposing characters, are letting each other have full broadsides. Guys might slug it out, but these two, they snipe at each other, cat-fight anybody? A boxing ring with two prize fighters might float others' boats, but I'd rather watch these two young fillies confront each other. The word that comes to mind: Delicious!

I watch weekly, on Fridays, it's how I knew TV, so have I got treats in store!

Criticism: I repeat, I think Tammy Lynn Michaels gives a too heavy-handed performance, for Nicky is too obviously a snake, why does Brooke even bother to have her as a friend? And the mother, not much of a performance there, did she get paid half a salary check? Boring, comes across dull, in otherwise filled-with-bright-characters show. Special shout-out, though, to Tamara Mello as animal rights activist Lily. You go, girl! Rooting for ya! Loved the eyes while she was "Under Siege" by that guyish teacher.

As for Leslie Bibb, gee, what do I have to do...? Okay, strike that one, but okay, I'm just a guy... :)

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