According to Jim

According to Jim

2001 - 2009, Comedy
A loving blue-collar dad tries to adhere to family ideals.

Episode Guide

  • According to Jim - Heaven Opposed to Hell (Season 8 Episode 18)
    Season 8 Episode 18:

    Heaven Opposed to Hell

    In the last ever episode, Jim chokes on some food and finds himself on trial in heaven, where Andy represents the defense and Dana the Devil.

  • According to Jim - Diamonds Are a Ghoul's Best Friend (Season 8 Episode 17)
    Season 8 Episode 17:

    Diamonds Are a Ghoul's Best Friend

    Jim is haunted by a ghost when he buys Cheryl a diamond necklace that was taken off a dead woman.

  • According to Jim - I Hate the High Road (Season 8 Episode 16)
    Season 8 Episode 16:

    I Hate the High Road

    When Jim gets financially rewarded for doing charity work, Cheryl tells him that he should return the money.

  • According to Jim - King of the Nerds (Season 8 Episode 15)
    Season 8 Episode 15:

    King of the Nerds

    Jim is frustrated that Kyle seems to like science-fiction better than sports, so he tries to change his son's opinion by going to a convention with him.

  • According to Jim - Happy Jim (Season 8 Episode 14)
    Season 8 Episode 14:

    Happy Jim

    When Jim is prescribed pain pills for a back injury, the family takes advantage of his unusually mellow mood.

  • According to Jim - The Cooler One (Season 8 Episode 13)
    Season 8 Episode 13:

    The Cooler One

    Jim tries to be a cool dad to impress Ruby and her friends but realizes that she is just manipulating him.

  • According to Jim - Physical Therapy (Season 8 Episode 12)
    Season 8 Episode 12:

    Physical Therapy

    Despite Mandy's warnings, Andy plays snow football with Jim and gets injured.

  • According to Jim - The Daddy Way (Season 8 Episode 11)
    Season 8 Episode 11:

    The Daddy Way

    Jim turns baby-sitting into a sporting event by staging baby races where the fathers bet on their kids.

  • According to Jim - The Meaningful Gift (Season 8 Episode 10)
    Season 8 Episode 10:

    The Meaningful Gift

    Andy tries to find a perfect birthday present for his girlfriend (Jackie Debatin).

  • According to Jim - Kyle's Crush (Season 8 Episode 9)
    Season 8 Episode 9:

    Kyle's Crush

    Kyle and Andy both fall for Ruby's piano teacher, Mandy (Jackie Debatin).

  • According to Jim - The Yoga Bear (Season 8 Episode 8)
    Season 8 Episode 8:

    The Yoga Bear

    Jim joins Cheryl's yoga class after getting jealous of her male instructor.

  • According to Jim - The Ego Boost (Season 8 Episode 7)
    Season 8 Episode 7:

    The Ego Boost

    When Jim runs into an ex-girlfriend (Constance Marie), he becomes convinced she wants to rekindle their romance.

  • According to Jim - Cabin Boys (Season 8 Episode 6)
    Season 8 Episode 6:

    Cabin Boys

    Andy and Jim plan a retreat at Andy's fiancee's cabin in the woods.

  • According to Jim - Two for the Money (Season 8 Episode 5)
    Season 8 Episode 5:

    Two for the Money

    Jim tries to earn money for Christmas gifts for his kids by landing the twins in a movie role opposite Steve Guttenberg.

  • According to Jim - Jami McFame (Season 8 Episode 4)
    Season 8 Episode 4:

    Jami McFame

    Jim's band wins a contest, providing the group an opportunity to play backup for child pop sensation Jami McFame.

  • According to Jim - Andy's Proposal (Season 8 Episode 3)
    Season 8 Episode 3:

    Andy's Proposal

    Jim urges Andy to propose to Emily or risk losing her, but when he sees Emily dining with another man, he doubts the wisdom of his advice.

  • According to Jim - The New Best Friend (Season 8 Episode 2)
    Season 8 Episode 2:

    The New Best Friend

    When Dana, Cheryl's sister and best friend, moves away, Jim realizes he must find Cheryl a new friend as soon as possible.

  • According to Jim - The Blankie (Season 8 Episode 1)
    Season 8 Episode 1:

    The Blankie

    Jim guilts the older kids into doing household chores after Jonathan's special blanket goes missing.

  • According to Jim - The Devil Went Down to Oak Park (Season 7 Episode 18)
    Season 7 Episode 18:

    The Devil Went Down to Oak Park

    The devil (James Lipton) comes to collect on a deal Jim made with him back when Jim was courting Cheryl.

  • According to Jim - No Bedrest for the Wicked (Season 7 Episode 17)
    Season 7 Episode 17:

    No Bedrest for the Wicked

    A chance meeting in the supermarket lets Jim in on Cheryl's secret: though she says the doctor told her to stay in bed, her doctor actually wants her to be active.

  • According to Jim - The Cheater (Season 7 Episode 16)
    Season 7 Episode 16:

    The Cheater

    Pregnant Cheryl wants to have a game night and play a game that she never loses, but Dana knows she cheats.

  • According to Jim - The Six Week Curse (Season 7 Episode 15)
    Season 7 Episode 15:

    The Six Week Curse

    Andy is sure Emily is going to break up with him, since all his former girlfriends left him after six weeks of dating; Dana hypnotizes Andy to find out the cause of his breakups.

  • According to Jim - The Chaperone (Season 7 Episode 14)
    Season 7 Episode 14:

    The Chaperone

    After years of dating, Andy meets the perfect girl and worries that she will break up with him; Jim offers to take Andy's girlfriend's daughter to a concert with Ruby and Gracie.

  • According to Jim - I Drink Your Milkshake (Season 7 Episode 13)
    Season 7 Episode 13:

    I Drink Your Milkshake

    Jim institutes a tribunal system to stop the children from bickering, and it works well for solving the children's problems but backfires when he and Andy have an argument.

  • According to Jim - The Gift Certificate (Season 7 Episode 12)
    Season 7 Episode 12:

    The Gift Certificate

    Jim uses Andy's gift certificate just before Andy remembers he has it and invites Jim to help him use it.

  • According to Jim - Pregnancy Brain (Season 7 Episode 11)
    Season 7 Episode 11:

    Pregnancy Brain

    Jim tries to convince Cheryl that it was her idea to turn the basement into a media room instead of a room for Gracie and Ruby, blaming her forgetfulness on pregnancy.

  • According to Jim - All Dolled Up (Season 7 Episode 10)
    Season 7 Episode 10:

    All Dolled Up

    With Cheryl on bed rest, Jim hosts Gracie's doll-themed party, turning the girly tea party into a wild squirt-gun fight.

  • According to Jim - Goodwill Hunting (Season 7 Episode 9)
    Season 7 Episode 9:

    Goodwill Hunting

    While Cheryl is still in Florida, Jim donates all of the kids' old furniture and clothes to charity to clear the garage for a cigar lounge; Cheryl calls Jim with a special announcement.

  • According to Jim - The Rendezvous (Season 7 Episode 8)
    Season 7 Episode 8:

    The Rendezvous

    Jim and Cheryl attempt to plan for some romantic time alone, but when the kids demand all of her attention, Jim plans to meet Cheryl for a tryst in the airport lounge.

  • According to Jim - Period Peace (Season 7 Episode 7)
    Season 7 Episode 7:

    Period Peace

    Jim reads Ruby and Gracie's diaries to find out why they can't seem to stop fighting, and realizes that his daughters need some delicate motherly advice.

  • According to Jim - Ruby's First Date (Season 7 Episode 6)
    Season 7 Episode 6:

    Ruby's First Date

    Jim asks Dana for help while Cheryl is away; Jim and Dana follow Ruby on her date with an older boy.

  • According to Jim - Cheryl Goes to Florida (Season 7 Episode 5)
    Season 7 Episode 5:

    Cheryl Goes to Florida

    Jim struggles to care for the kids and household while Cheryl is away, but several sympathetic neighborhood moms lend him a hand.

  • According to Jim - The Perfect Fight (Season 7 Episode 4)
    Season 7 Episode 4:

    The Perfect Fight

    Cheryl and Jim's evening alone turns into an all-out food fight; Andy plots revenge on Jim for coaxing his children to play pranks on him.

  • According to Jim - Safety Last (Season 7 Episode 3)
    Season 7 Episode 3:

    Safety Last

    Taking an interest in health and safety, Cheryl sets new rules that cause Jim to feel stifled.

  • According to Jim - The Hot Wife (Season 7 Episode 2)
    Season 7 Episode 2:

    The Hot Wife

    Jim tries to cheer up Cheryl by forging suggestive notes from the handsome water delivery man.

  • According to Jim - Jim Almighty (Season 7 Episode 1)
    Season 7 Episode 1:

    Jim Almighty

    God gives Jim the power to reinvent women; Andy asks God to make men more like women.

  • According to Jim - Jim's Birthday (Season 6 Episode 18)
    Season 6 Episode 18:

    Jim's Birthday

    Jim tries to sabotage the surprise 50th birthday party Cheryl plans for him.

  • According to Jim - Any Man of Mine (Season 6 Episode 17)
    Season 6 Episode 17:

    Any Man of Mine

    Jim finds Cheryl a gay friend that she can attend musicals with, so he can escape having to go himself.

  • According to Jim - Devlin in Disguise (Season 6 Episode 16)
    Season 6 Episode 16:

    Devlin in Disguise

    When Tim and Cindy Devlin crash Gracie's birthday party, they announce that they are getting divorced.

  • According to Jim - The Grill II (Season 6 Episode 15)
    Season 6 Episode 15:

    The Grill II

    Andy's attempt to sell a grill that Jim gave him a few years ago results in a wildly destructive tug-of-war between the two.

  • According to Jim - What Lies Beneath (Season 6 Episode 14)
    Season 6 Episode 14:

    What Lies Beneath

    Andy's new metal detector uncovers Jim's long lost wedding ring, causing a problem for Jim, who's been hiding the fact that he lost it for years.

  • According to Jim - The At-Bat (Season 6 Episode 13)
    Season 6 Episode 13:

    The At-Bat

    The Ghost of Andy gives Jim a glimpse of Kyle's future as a loser because of Jim's failed attempts to help his son during a softball game.

  • According to Jim - Coach Jim (Season 6 Episode 12)
    Season 6 Episode 12:

    Coach Jim

    Coach Jim turns his daughters' noncompetitive basketball team into tough, aggressive winners.

  • According to Jim - In Case of Jimergency (Season 6 Episode 11)
    Season 6 Episode 11:

    In Case of Jimergency

    Jim does not tell Cheryl that their health insurance has been canceled after he has an argument with a claims representative.

  • According to Jim - Separate Ways (Season 6 Episode 10)
    Season 6 Episode 10:

    Separate Ways

    Dana and baby Tanner stay with Jim and Cheryl for a night, but the baby's crying makes it impossible for Jim to sleep.

  • According to Jim - Dino-Mite (Season 6 Episode 9)
    Season 6 Episode 9:


    Dana and Cheryl hesitantly entrust Ryan and Jim to watch the kids and baby Tanner while they have a girls night out.

  • According to Jim - Deliverance (Season 6 Episode 8)
    Season 6 Episode 8:


    While Dana is in premature labor, Ryan is in a war-torn country, delivering a celebrity's baby.

  • According to Jim - Cheryl Gone Wild (Season 6 Episode 7)
    Season 6 Episode 7:

    Cheryl Gone Wild

    Jim, Ryan and Andy learn that Cheryl and Dana have appeared in a "Chicks Gone Wild" video.

  • According to Jim - All the Rage (Season 6 Episode 6)
    Season 6 Episode 6:

    All the Rage

    Raging Jim accidentally backs into a police car while chasing a guy and chooses anger-management classes instead of paying the fine.

  • According to Jim - Good Grief (Season 6 Episode 5)
    Season 6 Episode 5:

    Good Grief

    Jim takes over housekeeping duties to give Cheryl time to grieve when her favorite uncle dies, but begins to suspect Cheryl is faking her grief to get him to do more housework.

  • According to Jim - Hoosier Daddy (Season 6 Episode 4)
    Season 6 Episode 4:

    Hoosier Daddy

    Jim and Cheryl try to celebrate their 15th anniversary in an Indiana motel but must drive back to Chicago when Dana thinks she is in labor.

  • According to Jim - Guinea Pygmalion (Season 6 Episode 3)
    Season 6 Episode 3:

    Guinea Pygmalion

    Jim must pay for an expensive operation to keep the family's pet guinea pig alive.

  • According to Jim - The Flannelsexual (Season 6 Episode 2)
    Season 6 Episode 2:

    The Flannelsexual

    As a talk-show guest, Jim angers Cheryl by expressing the view that men should not let women feminize them.

  • According to Jim - The Punch (Season 6 Episode 1)
    Season 6 Episode 1:

    The Punch

    Jim teaches Kyle to throw the perfect punch to defend himself against the school bully, but Kyle gets suspended for repeatedly hitting the other child.

  • According to Jim - Belaboring the Point (Season 5 Episode 22)
    Season 5 Episode 22:

    Belaboring the Point

    Jim advises Ryan (Mitch Rouse) on how to deal with fluctuating hormones when he announces that Dana is expecting.

  • According to Jim - Jim's Best Friend (Season 5 Episode 21)
    Season 5 Episode 21:

    Jim's Best Friend

    Andy starts to play chess with Ryan on a regular basis, and jealous Jim assumes Andy is no longer his best friend.

  • According to Jim - The Thin Green Line (Season 5 Episode 20)
    Season 5 Episode 20:

    The Thin Green Line

    Cheryl urges Jim to behave on St. Patrick's Day and forgo his annual law-bending "Green Man" routine so she can assure herself an appointment to the church committee.

  • According to Jim - Daddy Dearest (Season 5 Episode 19)
    Season 5 Episode 19:

    Daddy Dearest

    Jim suspects that the father (Joseph Bologna) of one of Ruby and Gracie's classmates is his own real father, who abandoned him as a child.

  • According to Jim - Polite Jim (Season 5 Episode 18)
    Season 5 Episode 18:

    Polite Jim

    After Jim makes a neighbor cry with a blunt remark at his backyard barbecue, Jim decides to reform and become the model of polite diplomacy.

  • According to Jim - The Grumpy Guy (Season 5 Episode 17)
    Season 5 Episode 17:

    The Grumpy Guy

    Jim learns that his neighbor (Julie Newmar) has written a series of children's books, modeling a grumpy old man on him.

  • According to Jim - Get Your Freak On (Season 5 Episode 16)
    Season 5 Episode 16:

    Get Your Freak On

    Cheryl thinks she is attending a lingerie party given by Andy's new girlfriend, then learns the hostess is selling sex toys.

  • According to Jim - Mr. Right (Season 5 Episode 15)
    Season 5 Episode 15:

    Mr. Right

    Cheryl and Jim get into an argument about Erik Estrada, and Jim sets out to prove her wrong about an incident involving the actor 10 years earlier.

  • According to Jim - The Stick (Season 5 Episode 14)
    Season 5 Episode 14:

    The Stick

    On his birthday, Jim accuses Cheryl of habitually choosing gifts intended to change him instead of to please him.

  • According to Jim - Renewing Vows (Season 5 Episode 13)
    Season 5 Episode 13:

    Renewing Vows

    During a ceremony to renew their wedding vows, Jim and Cheryl squabble because she allowed Gracie and Ruby to get their ears pierced.

  • According to Jim - Sex Ed Fred (Season 5 Episode 12)
    Season 5 Episode 12:

    Sex Ed Fred

    When Jim and Cheryl preview a sex education video to be shown to children at Ruby's school, they discover that the boy in the video is Jim.

  • According to Jim - The Gift of the Maggie (Season 5 Episode 11)
    Season 5 Episode 11:

    The Gift of the Maggie

    When Cheryl and Dana's mother, Maggie, visits for the holidays, Jim and Cheryl compete with Ryan and Dana for her affection.

  • According to Jim - Lean on Me (Season 5 Episode 10)
    Season 5 Episode 10:

    Lean on Me

    Cheryl urges Jim to meet an old girlfriend (Linda Hamilton) for lunch, but has second thoughts when she becomes convinced the woman has romantic intentions.

  • According to Jim - The Dream (Season 5 Episode 9)
    Season 5 Episode 9:

    The Dream

    Jim tries to blackmail Dana when he learns she is having erotic dreams about him.

  • According to Jim - James and the Annoying Peach (Season 5 Episode 8)
    Season 5 Episode 8:

    James and the Annoying Peach

    To teach Jim the value of communication, Cheryl does not speak to him for three days.

  • According to Jim - The Chick Whisperer (Season 5 Episode 7)
    Season 5 Episode 7:

    The Chick Whisperer

    Jim helps Andy pick up a beautiful woman at the bar, but she turns out to be crazy.

  • According to Jim - Anec-Don'ts (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:


    In an effort to outdo Cheryl's story about meeting Oprah, Jim makes up a story about his construction office catching fire.

  • According to Jim - The Race (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    The Race

    Jim tries to teach Kyle a lesson about quitting by running a 10k marathon, but he ends up cheating in the race.

  • According to Jim - Charity Begins at Hef's (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    Charity Begins at Hef's

    When Cheryl wins two tickets to visit Hugh Hefner at the Playboy Mansion, she decides to take Dana instead of Jim.

  • According to Jim - The Tale of the Tape (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    The Tale of the Tape

    Jim fears that Cheryl's romantic expectations will increase as Ryan (Mitch Rouse) showers Dana with gifts, until he learns a secret about a special tape Cheryl may have made.

  • According to Jim - The Tale of the Tape (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    The Tale of the Tape

    Jim fears that Cheryl's romantic expectations will increase as Ryan (Mitch Rouse) showers Dana with gifts, until he learns a secret about a special tape Cheryl may have made.

  • According to Jim - Foul Ball (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    Foul Ball

    Despite Cheryl's reservations, Jim gets Kyle out of his first day of kindergarten to go see a Cubs game.

  • According to Jim - Wedding Bell Blues (Season 4 Episode 27)
    Season 4 Episode 27:

    Wedding Bell Blues

    Jim scrambles to find a replacement when he accidentally knocks the minister unconscious with the car door on Dana's wedding day.

  • According to Jim - The Scrapbook (Season 4 Episode 26)
    Season 4 Episode 26:

    The Scrapbook

    Jim and Cheryl's botched anniversary moments from years past.

  • According to Jim - Geronimo Jim (Season 4 Episode 25)
    Season 4 Episode 25:

    Geronimo Jim

    Dana and Cheryl worry when their respective partners Andy and Jim decide to take up some dangerous adrenaline sports.

  • According to Jim - The Bachelorette Party (Season 4 Episode 24)
    Season 4 Episode 24:

    The Bachelorette Party

    When Cheryl's respectable bachelorette party disappoints Dana, Jim and Andy treat Dana to a rowdy night she will never forget.

  • According to Jim - The Competition (Season 4 Episode 23)
    Season 4 Episode 23:

    The Competition

    Confident Jim is crushed when he loses a hot-dog-eating contest to a petite woman, and Andy compounds Jim's sorrow by deciding to date the winner.

  • According to Jim - The Clock (Season 4 Episode 22)
    Season 4 Episode 22:

    The Clock

    Jim and Cheryl adjust the clocks to get the kids to bed earlier so they can have more quality time together.

  • According to Jim - Kentucky Fried Beltzman (Season 4 Episode 21)
    Season 4 Episode 21:

    Kentucky Fried Beltzman

    Jim is shocked to learn that his recently deceased friend will be buried with a rare baseball card he stole from Jim.

  • According to Jim - Spelling Bee (Season 4 Episode 20)
    Season 4 Episode 20:

    Spelling Bee

    Jim is dismayed when he has to drive Gracie to spelling bee tournaments all over the state.

  • According to Jim - Take My Wife, Please (Season 4 Episode 19)
    Season 4 Episode 19:

    Take My Wife, Please

    In order to avoid going to an opera with Cheryl, Jim asks an elderly widower to be her escort.

  • According to Jim - Shall We Dance (Season 4 Episode 18)
    Season 4 Episode 18:

    Shall We Dance

    When Andy decides to learn how to dance for his sister's wedding, he turns to Jim -- a closet dancer -- for lessons.

  • According to Jim - The Mustache (Season 4 Episode 17)
    Season 4 Episode 17:

    The Mustache

    An attractive woman's suggestion leads Jim to grow a mustache, much to the dismay of Cheryl, who retaliates by coloring her hair.

  • According to Jim - The Wedding Dress (Season 4 Episode 16)
    Season 4 Episode 16:

    The Wedding Dress

    Cheryl offers to let Dana wear her wedding dress, unaware that the gown was destroyed in a fiery sports celebration years earlier.

  • According to Jim - Guess Who's Cooking Your Dinner? (Season 4 Episode 15)
    Season 4 Episode 15:

    Guess Who's Cooking Your Dinner?

    When Cheryl cooks for Dana and her boyfriend, she lets him believe that Dana actually did the cooking.

  • According to Jim - A Crying Shame (Season 4 Episode 14)
    Season 4 Episode 14:

    A Crying Shame

    Cheryl claims to like men who aren't afraid to cry, but when Jim bursts into tears after a movie, she is surprised to find herself turned off by his sensitivity.

  • According to Jim - The Jealous Husband (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    The Jealous Husband

    To make Cheryl feel desirable, Jim fakes a jealous rage in a restaurant and tries to teach Dana's date to do the same, but the lesson backfires when Dana fears her new beau is paranoid and possessive.

  • According to Jim - Nanny-Cam (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:


    Jim buys a nanny-cam to spy on the sitter he did not want to hire but learns something about Cheryl instead, prompting her to buy a camera of her own.

  • According to Jim - Sympathy From the Devlins (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:

    Sympathy From the Devlins

    Jim, a superstitious sports fan, comes to believe that his former neighbors, the Devlins, bring good luck to the Bulls.

  • According to Jim - Stalking Santa (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Stalking Santa

    When Jim gets into an accident with a department store Santa, an altercation ensues that leaves his on-looking kids fearing Santa will not bring them any gifts.

  • According to Jim - Poking the Bear (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    Poking the Bear

    Cheryl's doctor puts sex off-limits until the time is right for conception; Jim eats crow to win a huge account from a blowhard potential client (Tom Arnold).

  • According to Jim - The Hunters (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    The Hunters

    Jim becomes the prey of a 40-pound psychotic turkey named Angry Pete during a Thanksgiving hunt with Andy.

  • According to Jim - Plot Twist (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Plot Twist

    Cheryl's mother has plans for the afterlife that would put everyone in a large family plot she reserved years ago, but Jim insists on his own family plot, conveniently located next to that of a star football player.

  • According to Jim - Father-Daughter Dance (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Father-Daughter Dance

    Jim is hurt when Ruby invites Andy to the father-daughter dance instead of him.

  • According to Jim - Dress to Kill Me (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Dress to Kill Me

    Jim is concerned that Kyle is going to grow up to be effeminate when he insists on wearing a Cinderella costume for Halloween.

  • According to Jim - The Garage Door (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    The Garage Door

    Cheryl and Dana are forced to smash their way out of a locked garage because they ignored Jim's lesson on how to open the door from the inside.

  • According to Jim - The Grill (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    The Grill

    Jim offers to give Andy an old barbecue grill, then decides Andy should pay for it.

  • According to Jim - The Effort (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    The Effort

    Cheryl surprises Jim with a romantic evening, but it cuts into his planned TV boxing match.

  • According to Jim - A Hole in One (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    A Hole in One

    Cheryl wants Jim to give up all his vices so they can try to have a baby.

  • According to Jim - The Swimming Pool (Season 3 Episode 28)
    Season 3 Episode 28:

    The Swimming Pool

    Cheryl protests when a heat wave sends the family sneaking into a vacationing neighbor's pool - until she starts sneaking over on her own.

  • According to Jim - The Swimming Pool; A Vast Difference (Season 3 Episode 28)
    Season 3 Episode 28:

    The Swimming Pool; A Vast Difference

    Cheryl protests when a heat wave sends the family sneaking into a vacationing neighbor's pool -- until she starts sneaking over on her own; Jim chickens out of having a vasectomy, but he can't admit it to Cheryl when she praises him for his bravery.

  • According to Jim - Everyone Gets Dumped (Season 3 Episode 27)
    Season 3 Episode 27:

    Everyone Gets Dumped

    Jim develops a friendship with Dana's new boyfriend, despite the fact that the guy dumped Cheryl years ago.

  • According to Jim - The Marriage Bank (Season 3 Episode 26)
    Season 3 Episode 26:

    The Marriage Bank

    Jim agrees to go to a couples seminar, hoping Cheryl will reciprocate by letting him go on a fishing trip with Andy.

  • According to Jim - Trashed (Season 3 Episode 25)
    Season 3 Episode 25:


    Cheryl asks Jim to put the kids' artwork in storage, but he disposes of it elsewhere, thinking Cheryl will not notice.

  • According to Jim - The Toilet (Season 3 Episode 24)
    Season 3 Episode 24:

    The Toilet

    When Cheryl decides to remodel the bathroom, Jim insists that it include a stainless-steel toilet that talks.

  • According to Jim - The Truck (Season 3 Episode 23)
    Season 3 Episode 23:

    The Truck

    Jim is unable to transport the girls' papier-mache grizzly bear to school because he lost his truck in an arm-wrestling match and refuses to ask for it back.

  • According to Jim - Who's the Boss? (Season 3 Episode 22)
    Season 3 Episode 22:

    Who's the Boss?

    Andy resents a wealthy client (Nana Visitor), then ends up dating her.

  • According to Jim - The Baby (Season 3 Episode 21)
    Season 3 Episode 21:

    The Baby

    Jim's sister (Jennifer Coolidge) shows up on his doorstep -- pregnant.

  • According to Jim - No Crime, but Punishment (Season 3 Episode 20)
    Season 3 Episode 20:

    No Crime, but Punishment

    Gracie's recent misbehavior makes Jim think she is lying about a friend giving her a new video game.

  • According to Jim - When You Wish to Be a Star (Season 3 Episode 19)
    Season 3 Episode 19:

    When You Wish to Be a Star

    Jim takes umbrage at being replaced as the father in a promotional shoot for a cruise line. Ingo Rademacher guest stars.

  • According to Jim - When You Wish to Be a Star (Season 3 Episode 18)
    Season 3 Episode 18:

    When You Wish to Be a Star

    Dana's boss replaces Jim with a handsome actor (Ingo Rademacher) in a commercial starring Cheryl and the children.

  • According to Jim - Cheryl Sings (Season 3 Episode 17)
    Season 3 Episode 17:

    Cheryl Sings

    Cheryl brags to her cousin that she is the lead singer in Jim's band.

  • According to Jim - The Best Man (Season 3 Episode 16)
    Season 3 Episode 16:

    The Best Man

    Jim tries to convince his friend Danny (Dan Aykroyd) not to back out on his wedding plans with Laraine (Laraine Newman).

  • According to Jim - Dana Dates the Reverend (Season 3 Episode 15)
    Season 3 Episode 15:

    Dana Dates the Reverend

    Dana falls for the Rev. Pierson (guest star Chris Elliott) after he sets her up with a promising job lead.

  • According to Jim - House for Sale (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:

    House for Sale

    The irritating Devlins bid on the house across the street from Jim and Cheryl.

  • According to Jim - Secret Santa (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    Secret Santa

    Dana puts her name on one of Cheryl's presents to Jim, then takes all the credit when he raves about it.

  • According to Jim - Rules of Engagement (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    Rules of Engagement

    Cheryl caters to Jim's every whim to make up for a fight he does not remember from the night before.

  • According to Jim - The Empty Gesture (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    The Empty Gesture

    Cheryl gets stranded on the roof retrieving a tablecloth for Thanksgiving dinner, and no one notices her absence until she disables the television.

  • According to Jim - Paintball (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:


    After Cheryl's cooking class choice proves to be a disaster, Jim gets to pick paintball as the next couple's activity.

  • According to Jim - The Imaginary Friend (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    The Imaginary Friend

    Jim invents an imaginary friend to avoid going to a couple's baby shower with Cheryl.

  • According to Jim - Scary Movie (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Scary Movie

    Gracie and Ruby have nightmares after Jim takes them to a scary movie.

  • According to Jim - Dana Dates Jim (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Dana Dates Jim

    Dana falls for a guy exactly like Jim but denies the similarities.

  • According to Jim - ABC's & 123's (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    ABC's & 123's

    Jim tells Ruby's teacher that his wife is illiterate in order to lighten his daughter's homework load.

  • According to Jim - The Lemonade Stand (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    The Lemonade Stand

    Jim encourages Gracie and Ruby to open a lemonade stand but does not anticipate fierce competition from a neighbor kid's stand.

  • According to Jim - Getting to Know You (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Getting to Know You

    Cheryl is envious of her girlfriend's necklace and entreats Jim to buy her expensive jewelry.

  • According to Jim - We Have a Bingo (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    We Have a Bingo

    Jim feels guilty after cheating at a church's fund-raising bingo game.

  • According to Jim - The Packer Ball (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    The Packer Ball

    Jim panics when his son becomes a Green Bay Packers fan, and he tries to convert him to a Chicago Bears fan.

  • According to Jim - The Errand (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    The Errand

    Jim starts to resent being Cheryl's errand boy; Andy thinks flashing his wedding ring around will make him a "chick magnet.".

  • According to Jim - Vegas, Baby (Season 2 Episode 28)
    Season 2 Episode 28:

    Vegas, Baby

    Cheryl secretly plans a reunion between Jim and his estranged sister (Jennifer Coolidge) when the family takes a trip to Las Vegas.

  • According to Jim - Vegas, Baby (Season 2 Episode 27)
    Season 2 Episode 27:

    Vegas, Baby

    Cheryl secretly plans a reunion between Jim and his estranged sister (Jennifer Coolidge) when the family takes a trip to Las Vegas.

  • According to Jim - Mom's Boyfriend (Season 2 Episode 26)
    Season 2 Episode 26:

    Mom's Boyfriend

    Cheryl's recently widowed mother (guest star Kathleen Noone) introduces her fiance to the family, drawing disapproval of the whirlwind romance.

  • According to Jim - About a Girl (Season 2 Episode 25)
    Season 2 Episode 25:

    About a Girl

    Dana pretends to be Ruby's mother to attract the attention of a single father she met in the park.

  • According to Jim - No Harm, No Fowl (Season 2 Episode 24)
    Season 2 Episode 24:

    No Harm, No Fowl

    The household is annoyed when Gracie adopts an abandoned bird.

  • According to Jim - The Helmet (Season 2 Episode 23)
    Season 2 Episode 23:

    The Helmet

    An online bidding war reveals to Cheryl that Jim is spending money on memorabilia instead of a new dryer.

  • According to Jim - Deal With the Devlins (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    Deal With the Devlins

    Jim and Cheryl's new friends turn out to be obnoxious, but they benefit from the relationship.

  • According to Jim - Bo Diddley (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    Bo Diddley

    Jim must decide between helping Cheryl through surgery or meeting his hero, Bo Diddley.

  • According to Jim - Dana Gets Fired (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:

    Dana Gets Fired

    Jim does more harm than good when he stands up to Dana's boss; Andy has trouble making arrangements for his birthday party.

  • According to Jim - The Pass (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    The Pass

    A successful guy that Jim went to high school with gives him a big contracting job and makes a pass at Cheryl over dinner.

  • According to Jim - Wonder Woman (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    Wonder Woman

    Jim goes into protective overdrive after Cheryl is mugged while shopping.

  • According to Jim - The Ring (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:

    The Ring

    Jim worries Cheryl will learn the truth about her engagement ring after she invites his old girlfriend (Crystal Bernard) to dinner.

  • According to Jim - Slumber Party (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    Slumber Party

    When Cheryl gets sick, and Jim is forced to entertain a gaggle of little girls at Ruby's slumber party.

  • According to Jim - The Smell of Success (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    The Smell of Success

    Cheryl disapproves of Jim's latest invention, a flatulent doll named Gassy Gus. Andrea Walters, Ben Falcone, André Ware and Philip Daniel Bolden guest star.

  • According to Jim - You Gotta Love Somebody (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    You Gotta Love Somebody

    Cheryl and Jim's memories of their first meeting conflict when they try to play matchmaker to a cop and his partner (Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman).

  • According to Jim - You Gotta Love Somebody (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    You Gotta Love Somebody

    Cheryl and Jim's memories of their first meeting conflict when they try to play matchmaker to a cop and his partner (Dan Aykroyd, Laraine Newman).

  • According to Jim - Moral Dilemma (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Moral Dilemma

    Jim takes Cheryl on a romantic weekend with money he knows was mistakenly credited to his card.

  • According to Jim - The Brother-in-Law (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    The Brother-in-Law

    Dana's new boyfriend (guest star Brad Paisley) is an amazing musician who can get Jim the gig of his dreams -- once Andy is out of the way.

  • According to Jim - The Christmas Party (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    The Christmas Party

    A neighbor invites the whole family to a Christmas party except Jim, who has been feuding with the host.

  • According to Jim - Thanksgiving Confidential (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Thanksgiving Confidential

    Jim and Cheryl are caught making whoopee on the set of the school's Thanksgiving play. Julia Sweeney guest stars.

  • According to Jim - Father Disfigure (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Father Disfigure

    Jim's new pastor harbors a grudge against him over a childhood game of dodgeball. Chris Elliott guest stars.

  • According to Jim - The Bachelor (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    The Bachelor

    Jim advises Dana not to act like herself when she is picked for the television show "The Bachelor."

  • According to Jim - Punch and Ruby (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Punch and Ruby

    Jim's behavior at a Bears game is a bad influence on the children, but Cheryl sets a bad example too.

  • According to Jim - The Closet (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    The Closet

    Jim wants his own space because Cheryl's stuff is taking over the house.

  • According to Jim - The Pizza Boy (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    The Pizza Boy

    Jim's pizza delivery boy moves in with him and Cheryl after the boy's father kicks him out of the house because of his dream of doing standup comedy.

  • According to Jim - The Baby Monitor (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    The Baby Monitor

    Cheryl and Jim cannot tear themselves away from the baby monitor when they overhear the neighbors engaging in pillow talk.

  • According to Jim - Cars and Chicks (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Cars and Chicks

    When Cheryl helps Dana buy a new car that turns out to be a lemon, Jim is determined to straighten things out at the dealership.

  • According to Jim - The Importance of Being Jim (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    The Importance of Being Jim

    Cheryl hides the digital camera after Jim deliberately deletes a photograph she urged him to save.

  • According to Jim - No Surprises (Season 1 Episode 22)
    Season 1 Episode 22:

    No Surprises

    After finding out about the surprise party Jim was planning for her, Cheryl tries to throw a surprise party for him, but he's too busy to show up because he's bowling with Chicago Bears football star Brian Urlacher.

  • According to Jim - Cheryl's Day Off (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    Cheryl's Day Off

    Jim misplaces the children while out with Andy; Cheryl decides to enjoy the day by going to a movie with Dana.

  • According to Jim - Old Friends (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:

    Old Friends

    When an old friend (guest star Dan Aykroyd) comes to town, Jim tries to relive his rowdy partying days.

  • According to Jim - The Receipt (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:

    The Receipt

    Cheryl chastises Jim for losing the receipt needed to return a defective DVD player -- until she realizes she lost it, not him.

  • According to Jim - Birthday Boys (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    Birthday Boys

    After learning that Dana earns more money than he does, Jim feels he needs to prove his worth to the children, so he buys them an expensive gift.

  • According to Jim - Date Night (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    Date Night

    A night on the town turns into a disaster for Cheryl and Jim; Dana cajoles Andy into doing her delinquent taxes.

  • According to Jim - Under Pressure (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    Under Pressure

    Cheryl tries to create a relaxed, low-pressure environment for Jim after he develops high blood pressure.

  • According to Jim - Racquetball (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:


    After Jim says he once let Cheryl beat him at racquetball to win her affection, she challenges him to a showdown.

  • According to Jim - Blow-Up (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:


    Cheryl gives Jim a revealing photo of herself as a Valentine gift, and he proudly shows it off to his friends.

  • According to Jim - The Money (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    The Money

    Cheryl goes behind Jim's back and lends money to Andy for a down payment on a new condominium.

  • According to Jim - Model Behavior (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Model Behavior

    Jim has big plans for Ruby when she is hired for a cookies advertisement.

  • According to Jim - Bad Word (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Bad Word

    Jim blurts out profanity while watching a Bears game, and it's repeated by the girls and their little friend.

  • According to Jim - An According to Jiminy Christmas (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    An According to Jiminy Christmas

    Cheryl is hurt when her visiting mother gives Dana a family heirloom for Christmas; Ruby and Gracie think Andy is Santa.

  • According to Jim - Andy's Girlfriend (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Andy's Girlfriend

    Andy announces he is becoming a vegetarian like his new girlfriend; Dana becomes frustrated with her dream date.

  • According to Jim - The Turkey Bowl (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    The Turkey Bowl

    Jim is obsessed with bowling while Cheryl and their guests impatiently wait to start Thanksgiving dinner.

  • According to Jim - Cheryl's Old Flame (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Cheryl's Old Flame

    Andy asks Dana to join him in his therapy; broken promises are revealed.

  • According to Jim - The Crush (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    The Crush

    Jim and Andy make the decision to fix Cheryl up with a stranger who she subsequently develops a crush on.

  • According to Jim - Unruly Spirits (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Unruly Spirits

    On Halloween, Jim sneaks out Gracie for trick-or-treating; Andy thinks a former girlfriend is stalking him.

  • According to Jim - Anniversary (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:


    Cheryl discovers that her sister is the true source of the anniversary gifts Jim gives to her every year.

  • According to Jim - The Cat Came Back (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    The Cat Came Back

    When Cheryl's cat dies, Jim promises to give it a proper burial, but the football game takes priority.

  • According to Jim - No Nookie (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    No Nookie

    Cheryl convinces Jim to abstain from sex until their big getaway; Jim and Andy argue about a treehouse.

  • According to Jim - Pilot (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    When Jim tries to solve Ruby's separation anxiety, he discovers that he doesn't have the willpower to leave his teary 6-year-old at school.