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1. Shake, Rattle and Rubble
OAD ABC, 13.9.96

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Arye Gross (Adam)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)

There's an earthquake in Los Angeles and severely damages Ellen's book store. And out of the blue, Ellen's Cousin Spence shows up after he lost his job as a docter in New York because of his choleric behaviour. Paige has a very promising job interview, Ellen tries to re-build the book store and all her friends help her.

2. These Succesful Friends of Mine
OAD ABC, 20.9.95

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Arye Gross (Adam)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Jim Haynie (Jake)
Hal Landon,Jr. (Busfahrer)

Paige got her dream job as a producer's assistent, Adam's photos will be published in LIFE magazine, just Ellen is asking if she should really re-open the book store and starts a tour across America to find her dream.

3. The Shower Scene
OAD ABC, 27.9.95

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Arye Gross (Adam)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Connie Britton (Heather)

Ellen tapes over the only tape showing the birth of Paige's sister's twin with an episode of Thirtysomething by accident. So she arranges a party for her to relieve her guilt.

4. The Bridges Of L. A. County
OAD ABC, 4.10.95

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Arye Gross (Adam)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Christine Taylor (Karen)
Anthony Clark (Will)
Kate Williamson (Mrs. Rodgers)
Brian George (Ranjit)
Paul Bates (Kenny)

The restored book-store is reopened and also Ellen's reading group has their regular meetings again. But Spence's one-night-stand with blonde reading group member Karen Ellen has to take a stand for womankind.

5. Hello, I Must Be Going
OAD ABC, 31.1.96

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Arye Gross (Adam)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)

Adam gets a great job offer in London, England. So he moves out of the shared apartment, but before the flight to Britain goes off, he makes a surprising personal revelation to Ellen.

6. Trick Or Treat, Who Cares
OAD ABC, 1.11.95

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Anthony Clark (Will)

Spence is down because he sees no direction in his life and Ellen's attempts to cheer him up aren't successful. Audrey loses her job and so Ellen hires her but being an book store employee she doesn't really get along with Joe. Meanwhile Spence gets more sociable after he found out he wants to be a lawyer.

7. She Ain't Friendly, She's My Mother
OAD ABC, 8.11.95

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Alice Hirson (Lois)
Steven Gilborn (Harold)
Doris Belack (Cora)
Beverly Garland (Eva)

Following the advice her therapist gave her, Ellen's mother wants to be a good friend for her. In the beginning Ellen thinks it's just another trick of Lois to procure, but then as a friend she gets way too many insights into the love-life of her mom.

8. What's Up, Ex-Doc?
OAD ABC, 29.11.95

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Brian Doyle-Murry (Burt)

Spence confesses to his father that his career as a doctor is over, but he doesn't want to accept that. Ellen attemps to settle their battle of wills, but comes under fire herself. Meanwhile the book store is terrorized by the noise of the movie theater which open next to Buy The Book.

9. Ellen's Choice
OAD ABC, 6.12.95

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Christine Taylor (Karen)
Anthony Clark (Will)
Kate Williamson (Mrs. Rodgers)
Brian George (Ranjit)
Paul Bates (Kenny)
Vance DeGeneres (Erik)

Ellen's reading group is invited to a TV book show, and she's only allowed to bring two members - Ellen opposes to the arrogant book show host. Joe gets ill and teaches Audrey how to become a 'brewmaster'.

10. Do You Fear What I Fear
OAD ABC, 20.12.95

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Alice Hirson (Lois)
Steven Gilborn (Harold)
Jamie Kennedy (Jad)

Ellen's parents spend christmas on a carribian sea cruise - so Ellen is depressed, and even more when she sees her gift: A burial plot. Her friends try to save the day and so they all spend christmas eve on the cemetary.

11. Salad Days
OAD ABC, 15.11.95

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Patrick Bristow (Peter)
Jack Plotnick (Barrett)
Gast: Martha Stewart

The domestic diva Martha Stewart signs her cookbooks in Ellen's store, and inspired by that Ellen organizes a proper dinner party. But at the party she gets under pressure when Joe brings Martha with him and everything starts to go wrong. Ellen's stove stays cold this evening, but the fire's lighting between Peter and Barrett, Paige's assistant.

12. Horshack's Law
OAD ABC, 3.1.96

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Elya Baskin (Sergei)
Gast: Ron Palillo

Paige wants to take Ellen to the secret birthday party of John Travolta and for Ellen this would be a dream come true, but Spence, Audrey and Joe decided to join them and so the trip to the party turns out to be very adventurous. And when they arrive as the right address, the place is dark and nobody seems to be there. But at least Audrey meets the man of her providence: Ron Palillo (who played Arnold Horshack with Travolta in Welcome Back, Kotter).

13. Morgan P. I.
OAD ABC, 10.1.96

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Dan Gauthier (Matt)
Ron Canada (Detective Sutterman)

The cast register of Ellen's book store is plundered and Spence thinks, it's a whole gang of criminals who specialized on this. At a confrontation Paige finds the man of her dreams, it's detective Matt Liston. But with all her pretending and flirting she nearly prevents the arresting of the thief.

14. Oh, Sweet Rapture
OAD ABC, 24.1.96

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Wayne Wilderson (Ronnie)
Kathy Griffin (Peggy)

Audrey needs a new car and stumbles into a group of Rapture car owners, until she is rescued by Ellen. Paige tries to make friends with Matts daughter who's unfortunately just interested in kiddie stuff.

15. Witness
OAD ABC, 7.2.96

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)

Spence needs a witness for his mock trial, and although Ellen isn't really his first choice, she gets to do it after everyone else has to cancel. But the judge doesn't seem to like him and finally when Ellen spills water over her notes by accident, the things get out of control. Paige frustrates the undercover mission of Matt just in order to spend more time with her LAPD boyfriend.

16. Ellen With Child
OAD ABC, 14.2.96

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Dan Gauthier (Matt)
Ebick Pizzadilli (Mia)
Don Amendolia (Mr. Konndakian)

Matt and Paige want to spend a weekend on their own and Ellen looks after Matt's daughter Mia. It turns out that to be a mom is a difficult job when you have to built a model about DNA and tell her about the facts of life.

17. Lobster Diary
OAD ABC, 21.2.96

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Paul Dooley (Thomas)
Tricia Leigh Fisher (Joanne)
Gast: Mary Tyler Moore

Ellen takes a stand for animal rights protection again and saves the life of a 80-year-old-lobster by stealing it out of the sealife-restaurant. She is heralded as a hero by the media, but when the lobster dies of old age, she starts having a bad conscience.

18. Two Ring Circus
OAD ABC, 28.2.96

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Patrick Bristow (Peter)
Jack Plotnick (Barrett)
Dan Gauthier (Matt)
Judith Scarpone (Sydelle)

Matt proposes to Paige at a hockey game with a very small diamond engagement ring. So Paige thinks the ring is way too small and buys a bigger one. Trying to wear the real one just infront of Matt and storing it at Ellen's brings her in a lot of trouble.

19. A Penny Saved
OAD ABC, 13.3.96

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Barry Corbin (Jack)
Carol Kane (Lily)
Gast: Lawrence Hilton Jacobs

Ellen, Paige and Joe are invited to a surprise birthday party for Audrey by her parents. This unveils the secret that Audrey's family is rich. Because Ellen has financal problems with Buy the Book, she agrees to take a little sponsorship from Audrey's parents in order to be still able to employ their daughter. That's the end of Ellen's independence: Now Audrey becomes a business associate.

20. Too Hip For The Room
OAD ABC, 20.3.96

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Charlie Brill (Del Shapiro)
Mitzi McCall (Rochelle Shapiro)

Buy the Book is not in the Top Ten Hippest Places in L.A., so Ellen engages a Live Act. But unfortunately the rock band has to cancel at short notice, and Ellen is forced to use her second choice: The Shapiros.

21. Two Mammogramms And A Wedding
OAD ABC, 3.4.96

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Janeane Garofalo (Chloe)
Thea Vidale (MTA)

Ellen is a little nervous having her first mammogramm. In the waitingroom she meets a nice woman, Chloe, and because Paige is so busy, she hopes to have a new friend. But after they got on well, Ellen has to face how had it is at her age to make new friends.

22. Go Girlz
OAD ABC, 1.5.96

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Alice Hirson (Lois)
Steven Gilborn (Harold)
Dan Gauthier (Matt)
Kathy Najimy (Lorna)
Shae d'Lyn (Debbie)

Paige's and Matt's wedding is about to come, when Ellen and Audrey throw Paige a hen's night, and dire predictions of the psychic aerobics instructor seem to be come true.

23. The Movie Show
OAD ABC, 22.11.95

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Jack Plotnick (Barrett)
Gast: Carrie Fisher
Gast: Michael Des Barres

Ellen feels neglected by Paige who is very busy at ther job at the studio. But then Paige tells her that scenes for a new movie with Meg Ryan should be shot in her book store and Ellen agrees. But on the day of the shoot, the only famous person showing up is Carrie Fisher…

24. When The Vow Breaks I (Season Finale)
OAD ABC, 8.5.96

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Connie Britton (Heather)
Patrick Bristow (Peter)
Jack Plotnick (Barrett)
Gast: Ron Palillo
Dan Gauthier (Matt)
Ebick Pizzadilli (Mia)
Gregory Sierra (General Colon)
Jeff Dunham (Starky)

Once again Ellen has agreed to arrange a wedding: Paige and Matt get married. But Paige's mother's behaviour isn't proper at all and right before the ceremony, Ellen stumbles upon an unlikely couple.

25. When The Vow Breaks II (Season Finale)
OAD ABC, 15.5.96

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen)
Joely Fisher (Paige)
David Anthony Higgins (Joe)
Clea Lewis (Audrey)
Jeremy Piven (Spence)
Connie Britton (Heather)
Patrick Bristow (Peter)
Jack Plotnick (Barrett)
Gast: Ron Palillo
Dan Gauthier (Matt)
Ebick Pizzadilli (Mia)

Although Paige and Spence are the happy couple now, Paige wants to go through with the wedding. But then, surprisingly, Matt don't want to rush into things and cancels the wedding.

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