Character: Girl in blue uniform, Jenny Bristol
Created by: Josh Appelbaum, André Nemec, Scott Rosenberg
Directed by: Various
Written by: Various
Cast Members: Bryan Greenberg, Laura Prepon, Brad William Henke, Lindy Booth, Geoff Stults
Released date: March 15, 2007
Episode(s) Number: 2x08. 2x10
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Can you ever really go home again?
That’s the question that confronts acclaimed novelist Nick Garrett when he returns home after being away for ten years. Once back home on October Road, he quickly discovers that the circle of friends whose teenaged lives he wrote about have since settled into blue collar careers and started families.
Nick became a New York literary success by writing about those early years, and he had Hollywood heavyweights lining up for roles. With his editor putting pressure on him for a follow-up, he finds himself at a crossroads… and with serious writer’s block.
Then comes an offer to teach a one-day course at Dufresne College, the small liberal arts school in his hometown of Knights Ridge, Massachusetts. Hoping to tap back into that which initially inspired him, he decides to head back.
Nick has had no contact with his family or the close-knit group of friends he said goodbye to them shortly after high school graduation. He burned that connection when he used them as characters in his successful novel and, in the process, cast their lives in a less than flattering light. Consequently, the hometown response to his return is less than festive.
Nick’s friends include best friend Eddie Latekka, who is disappointed that Nick abandoned their dream of starting a business together; there’s also the good-hearted and straightforward Owen Rowan, whose family life appears the picture of perfection; the well-meaning but sometimes obnoxious Ikey; and Physical Phil, a lovable recluse since 9/11 who has adapted to living his life indoors.
Before he left town, Nick told his high school girlfriend, Hannah Daniels, that he’d be back in six weeks. Now ten years later, the jilted but never-married Hannah has decided to forget Nick’s unfulfilled promise and move on with her life. She is a single mom raising her nine-year-old son, the bright and charming Sam. Hannah is involved with Ray “Big Cat” Cataldo, the former high school bully whose mission in life has been to bestow misery on the lives of Nick and his friends.
2×08: “Dancing Days Are Here Again” – Nick discovers that Aubrey is meeting secretly with her estranged father, Ray tries to get Hannah to commit to letting him adopt her son, Sam. Alison and Owen date other people, and the Commander discovers he has a health issue.
2×09: “We Lived Like Giants” [Non Guest Spot] – Nick is worried about how Aubrey will react when her troubled father leaves her again, and he encourages him to tell Aubrey why he’s on the run. Meanwhile, Owen, Nick, Ronnie, Aubrey and Gabriel go on a road trip to find the girl who saved Owen’s life — in the course of which the Commander tries to recreate a time from the boys’ childhood, before facing the truth about his condition.
2×10: “Hat? No Hat?” – In the midst of a commercial shoot to revive sales for “Best Friends’ Windows,” Nick learns from his accountant that he’s broke. Meanwhile Hannah’s parents come to visit to help her prepare for her wedding to Ray, but the tension between her and her mother escalates to a breaking point. Owen tracks down Jenny and gets to go out on a date with the girl of his dreams.
• Amy was part of a loose episode/character arc as her character is briefly mentioned, but not featured, in episode 2×09 – “We Lived Like Giants”; the official synopsis is posted above.
• Thus, Amy had a brief appearance in episode 2×08, and a larger appearance in episode 2×10.
• Episodes aired January 21, 2008 and February 18, 2008, respectively, on ABC.
• The show ran for 2 seasons before being cancelled in 2009.
• Season 1 is available to buy on Region 1 DVD.
• Amy would go on to co-star with Geoff Stults in Happy Town (2010).