2000 - 2004, Comedy, Drama, Romance
An attorney runs a bowling alley and pursues a high-school romance.

Episode Guide

  • Ed - Happily Ever After (Season 4 Episode 17)
    Season 4 Episode 17:

    Happily Ever After

    Ed and Carol walk down the aisle in a circus-themed wedding, while Warren documents the event on videotape; Phil begs Ed to let him perform the wedding ceremony.

  • Ed - Best Wishes (Season 4 Episode 16)
    Season 4 Episode 16:

    Best Wishes

    Ed's brother Lloyd (Timothy Busfield) returns to Stuckeyville in need of help; Carol tries to enjoy time with her sister; Mike and Nancy use their illnesses as a catalyst for their romance.

  • Ed - Pressure Points (Season 4 Episode 15)
    Season 4 Episode 15:

    Pressure Points

    Ed feels unmanly when he allows a mugger to take Carol's engagement ring; Eli tries to get Clay Aiken to come to the radio station; Mike's father (Burt Reynolds) shows up after his mother kicks him out.

  • Ed - Hidden Agendas (Season 4 Episode 14)
    Season 4 Episode 14:

    Hidden Agendas

    Ex-wife Liz (Lea Thompson) reappears to disrupt life for Ed and Carol; Eli fills in as a host on local radio show; Mike tries to interest a foreign-exchange student in sports.

  • Ed - Back in the Saddle (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    Back in the Saddle

    When Ed advises his adulterous ex-wife (Lea Thompson) in a business venture, it plants seeds of doubt in Carol's mind.

  • Ed - The Process (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:

    The Process

    Carol is on a tight deadline to complete some chapters in time for a visiting literary agent; Mike plans the couple's engagement party; Ed represents a man who is under pressure to obtain a prenuptial agreement from his fiancee.

  • Ed - Home for Christmas (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:

    Home for Christmas

    A curvy former classmate (Mädchen Amick) distracts Ed as he prepares to join Carol in Manhattan for Christmas; Mike and Nancy hope to encourage the construction crew to finish rebuilding their house in time for Christmas.

  • Ed - Just a Formality (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Just a Formality

    When Ed asks Carol's father (Dan Lauria) an important question, he does not find the response encouraging; Mark seeks to recover damages in civil court after being mocked in an online video; Mike plans to build his own wood-fired pizza oven.

  • Ed - The Proposal (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    The Proposal

    Ed assembles a pastiche of Carol's favorite memories for Thanksgiving; Mike shudders at the thought of entertaining his visiting parents (Burt Reynolds, Blair Brown); Stuckeybowl serves up a holiday dinner.

  • Ed - Therapy (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:


    Ed seeks counseling when his awkward relationship with New York-based Carol begins to trouble him; Eli finds solace with his wise physical therapist (Raphael Nash Thompson).

  • Ed - Goodbye Stuckeyville (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Goodbye Stuckeyville

    Carol must decide whether to accept a writing job in New York, while Ed debates whether to go with her; Molly is drawn to a handsome daredevil; Mike lines up stand-by buddies in case Ed leaves town.

  • Ed - The Offer (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    The Offer

    Carol and Ed enjoy autumn in New York while meeting with a magazine editor; Dr. Jerome urges Mike to come down hard on his granddaughter; Warren and Mark befriend a freshman schoolmate.

  • Ed - Death, Debt & Dating (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Death, Debt & Dating

    A man sues his dropout son for the cost of his college education; Mike and Nancy secretly test their friends to find a suitable guardian for their daughter; a senior citizen has a lively way of bowling.

  • Ed - History Lessons (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    History Lessons

    Carol's old love letters to a mystery man make Ed jealous; a historian questions the role of Stuckeyville's founder in a famous battle; Mike and Nancy worry their daughter will learn of their youthful indiscretions.

  • Ed - The Dream (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    The Dream

    Acting on a whim, Ed and Mike buy a racehorse by overpaying at an auction; Carol advises to Warren to forgo college in favor of his TV dream.

  • Ed - New Car Smell (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    New Car Smell

    Ed's cousin arrives to make a documentary film about the lawyer's day-to-day life; Mike tries to reinvigorate his marriage to Nancy; Warren plays a trick on Molly.

  • Ed - New School (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    New School

    Ed and Carol plan their first official date; in court, Ed challenges the pedigree of Mike and Nancy's puppy; Eli hankers after a beautiful baker's pies.

  • Ed - The Decision (Season 3 Episode 22)
    Season 3 Episode 22:

    The Decision

    Ed must decide between his romantic interests when Frankie threatens to leave town and return to her former boyfriend.

  • Ed - The Movie (Season 3 Episode 21)
    Season 3 Episode 21:

    The Movie

    Carol finally makes a move to win back Ed, causing tension between him and Frankie; Ed's former sixth-grade teacher returns seeking legal advice.

  • Ed - Second Chances (Season 3 Episode 20)
    Season 3 Episode 20:

    Second Chances

    Frankie learns about Ed's longtime interest in Carol; Eli tries to help the new restaurant owner restore it.

  • Ed - Babysitting (Season 3 Episode 19)
    Season 3 Episode 19:


    Ed volunteers to watch baby Sarah, but he is soon forced to call upon Carol when he cannot quiet the baby's nonstop crying.

  • Ed - Business as Usual (Season 3 Episode 18)
    Season 3 Episode 18:

    Business as Usual

    Ed and Frankie litigate a contract dispute between former law students who once promised to marry each other by the time they turned 35.

  • Ed - Captain Lucidity (Season 3 Episode 17)
    Season 3 Episode 17:

    Captain Lucidity

    Employing "lucid dreaming," Ed explores his history with women, ranging from his childhood to his most recent relationships.

  • Ed - Good Advices (Season 3 Episode 16)
    Season 3 Episode 16:

    Good Advices

    Frankie represents Ed in court when he is sued by an injured motorist for doing a good deed; Molly dates a student's father.

  • Ed - Blips (Season 3 Episode 15)
    Season 3 Episode 15:


    A famous artist (Tim Matheson) makes Ed despair about what kind of legacy he will leave behind; Phil and Eli try to compose a new birthday song.

  • Ed - The Case (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:

    The Case

    Ed defends a client who accidentally killed a man during the commission of a prank; Molly falls for a handsome fireman (guest star Tom Wilson).

  • Ed - Hyenas & Wildebeests (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    Hyenas & Wildebeests

    Carol lands in hot water after writing a scathing restaurant review, and she begs Ed to represent her in court.

  • Ed - Partners (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:


    Ed and Frankie (Sabrina Lloyd) represent a stable owner (Howard Spiegel) being threatened by his sister.

  • Ed - Frankie (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:


    Ed represents a high-school football player who was injured by a rival player; Molly's attempt to win over the students backfires.

  • Ed - Neighbors (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:


    Ed defends a client against a frivolous lawsuit; Carol urges Molly to apply for the position of high-school principal.

  • Ed - Makeovers (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:


    Ed's brother (Timothy Busfield) returns at Christmastime with another get-rich-quick scheme; Mike and Warren encourage hefty Mark to lose weight.

  • Ed - Trapped (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:


    Friends isolate Ed and Carol, forcing them to deal with their tumultuous relationship; Josh tries to entertain Nancy and Molly.

  • Ed - The Wedding (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    The Wedding

    Ed debates attending Carol's wedding as the big day approaches; Carol's younger sister returns to town and strikes up an unlikely friendship with Warren.

  • Ed - May the Best Man Win (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    May the Best Man Win

    Ed throws rival Dennis a wild bachelor party, complete with strippers; a former girlfriend (Kelly Ripa) asks Ed for legal advice; Nancy and Molly swipe embarrassing pictures of Carol for a video presentation.

  • Ed - The Divorce (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    The Divorce

    Ed is hired to referee a nasty "divorce" between two morning radio deejays in a custody dispute over their comic routines.

  • Ed - Charlotte & Wilbur (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Charlotte & Wilbur

    Carol shrinks from telling her father (Dan Lauria) she is engaged to be married; Ed reluctantly agrees to participate in a jitterbug contest.

  • Ed - The Road (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    The Road

    Ed hits the open road to escape his humdrum existence and to avoid hearing about Carol's wedding plans.

  • Ed - Miss Stuckeyville (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Miss Stuckeyville

    Frustrated at Carol's engagement to Dennis, Ed funnels his angry energy into advising Diane not to follow in Carol's footsteps.

  • Ed - Human Nature (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Human Nature

    Ed represents a con artist (Danny DeVito) who scammed Mike in a betting scheme; a new employee (Daryl Chill Mitchell) offers ideas for improving the bowling alley.

  • Ed - Last Chance (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    Last Chance

    Ed tries to stop Dennis and Carol from getting engaged; Warren feels betrayed after catching Diane and Mark (Ginnifer Goodwin, Michael R. Genadry) in a tender moment.

  • Ed - Memory Lane (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    Memory Lane

    Ed despairs when Carol's boyfriend buys her an engagement ring; Ed represents an elderly woman suing a photo-processing plant that destroyed her captured memories.

  • Ed - Power of the Person (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:

    Power of the Person

    Ed agrees to coach a "Quizbowl" team of outstanding students, but he butts heads with Principal Dennis when the latter prevents a promising but disadvantaged student from taking part.

  • Ed - The Shot (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    The Shot

    To get a chance to redeem himself, Ed tries to gather the teammates, opponents and referee (Paul Shaffer) of a basketball game that he blames himself for losing 15 years earlier.

  • Ed - Trust (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:


    Mike is sued for sexual harassment, straining his friendship with Ed; Carol gives journalism a try; Phil vows to unionize the bowling alley employees.

  • Ed - Lloyd (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:


    Ed's ne'er-do-well brother (Timothy Busfield) wants to transform Stuckeybowl into a glossy nightclub; Warren infiltrates a fraternity to meet wild women, but he is unprepared for the forwardness of a coed.

  • Ed - Wheel of Justice (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    Wheel of Justice

    Ed eases Carol's anxiety about contesting a speeding ticket when he learns who the judge will be -- but the judge surprises him.

  • Ed - Nice Guys Finish Last (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    Nice Guys Finish Last

    Ed helps a pushover attorney battle a trucking firm that has been sending its rigs through Stuckeyville.

  • Ed - Things to Do Today (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    Things to Do Today

    Ed becomes intrigued after a mysterious stranger (guest star Kelly Ripa) plants a flirtatious kiss on him -- until he realizes she's kissing all of the men in Stuckeyville.

  • Ed - Youth Bandits (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Youth Bandits

    Ed tries to reunite the remaining members of his high school band to play at the funeral of a recently deceased member.

  • Ed - Ends and Means (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Ends and Means

    Ed begins dating an attractive, free-spirited claims adjuster who is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars.

  • Ed - Two Days of Freedom (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Two Days of Freedom

    A woman (Andrea Martin) hires Ed to monitor and report on her husband's (Vincent Pastore) wild birthday.

  • Ed - Small Town Guys (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Small Town Guys

    A renowned lawyer (Jay Thomas) asks to partner with Ed in representing a man (Shuler Hensley) being sued by a woman for breach of privacy.

  • Ed - Charity Cases (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Charity Cases

    Ed realizes that a multi-millionaire has depleted his charitable foundation in order to give money away to the townspeople at Christmastime.

  • Ed - Goodbye Sadie (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Goodbye Sadie

    Ed represents a veteran teacher who refused to cast a black student in a play; Warren enlists the help of a publicist to transform his image.

  • Ed - The New World (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    The New World

    The school principal asks Ed to represent him after a car accident; Nancy wages war on the "cookie moms.".

  • Ed - Replacements (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:


    Ed loses clients to the "best bowling-alley lawyer in town" who's fashioned himself in Ed's image; Warren joins the wrestling team for a girl.

  • Ed - Closure (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:


    A complicated divorce case has Ed thinking about a reconciliation with his own ex-wife; Molly reconsiders a budding romance.

  • Ed - Crazy Time (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Crazy Time

    Ed is hired to sue a famous children's TV entertainer after the man encourages a trusting child to run away from home.

  • Ed - A Job Well Done (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    A Job Well Done

    Ed represents a clothing-store owner being sued by a former employee for sexual harassment; Carol resents the new principal's means of trying to change her teaching methods.

  • Ed - Changes (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:


    Ed adopts a new image as a result of the friction between Carol and the new principal (John Slattery).

  • Ed - The Stars Align (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    The Stars Align

    Ed must represent Warren in court when the teen is arrested for supplying the beer at a party where a fellow student is injured.

  • Ed - Prom Night (Season 1 Episode 22)
    Season 1 Episode 22:

    Prom Night

    Ed helps Carol chaperon a high-school prom; a former law-associate visits and urges Ed to return to the firm.

  • Ed - Mixed Signals (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    Mixed Signals

    Carol disagrees with Ed's advice that geeky student Warren should ask his dream girl to the prom; Ed represents a golfer who may have lost a match due to a heckler.

  • Ed - Mind Over Matter (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:

    Mind Over Matter

    Ed seeks landmark status for Stuckeybowl and represents a man who accuses a doctor of selling fraudulent drugs.

  • Ed - Windows of Opportunity (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:

    Windows of Opportunity

    Ed tries to stop a carefree couple from marrying because he believes they don't really know each other.

  • Ed - The Test (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    The Test

    Ed hires a beautiful decoy to test the faithfulness of a client's husband; Carol campaigns to regain funding for the school's music program.

  • Ed - Exceptions (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:


    Carol asks Ed to represent a brilliant student whose failing gym grade could jeopardize a scholarship.

  • Ed - Live Deliberately (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    Live Deliberately

    Ed's zest for life is revitalized by a middle-aged client who has a near-death experience; Warren tries to impress Jessica with his knowledge of Henry David Thoreau.

  • Ed - Loyalties (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:


    The former owner of Stuckeybowl tries to buy back the place from Ed and can't seem to take no for an answer.

  • Ed - Valentine's Day (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    Valentine's Day

    Ed represents a minister (Charles Dutton) when a church president wants to fire him for outdated preaching methods.

  • Ed - The Music Box (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    The Music Box

    Ed complicates matters for the two women in his life when he asks Bonnie to get involved in the search for Carol's music box.

  • Ed - Hook, Line and Sinker (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Hook, Line and Sinker

    The assistant district attorney shocks Ed when she first drops the charges in his appeal case, then asks him out on a date.

  • Ed - Opposites Distract (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Opposites Distract

    Sparks fly when Ed goes head-to-head with a pretty district attorney over the fate of a good Samaritan guilty of putting quarters into others' expired parking meters.

  • Ed - Losing Streak (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Losing Streak

    Ed's visiting parents make no secret of the fact they disapprove of his new life in Stuckeyville; Carol coaches the struggling girl's JV basketball team.

  • Ed - Your Life Is Now (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Your Life Is Now

    Carol turns to Ed when her former high-school sweetheart, who also happened to be Ed's tormentor, shows up for the holidays.

  • Ed - The Whole Truth (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    The Whole Truth

    Ed is torn between Molly and her grandfather Charlie after Charlie discloses a confidential secret while retaining Ed as his lawyer.

  • Ed - Something Old, Something New (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Something Old, Something New

    Ed discovers holding a Stuckeyville Thanksgiving celebration may be more difficult than he first thought; Ed defends a teenager who was injured during a break-in.

  • Ed - Home Is Where the Ducks Are (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Home Is Where the Ducks Are

    In an attempt to impress a leisure critic touring Stuckeyville, Ed concocts an event called "Festival of Ducks"; Nancy must chose between a promotion and her family.

  • Ed - Better Days (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Better Days

    Ed is advised to remain friends with newly single Carol, but he attempts to win her heart anyway; Ed agrees to let Phil direct a first-ever commercial for Stuckeybowl.

  • Ed - Pretty Girls and Waffles (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Pretty Girls and Waffles

    Carol decides to give her current beau the boot; Ed defends a woman whose employer is suing her; Mike is humiliated when Dr. Jerome second guesses him.

  • Ed - Just Friends (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Just Friends

    Ed gets a crack at the law firm that fired him when he represents three men suing a rich friend over a contract they signed on a napkin.

  • Ed - The World of Possibility (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    The World of Possibility

    When the reputation of beloved town magician Stuckeyville Sam is threatened, Ed is hired to defend him; Phil orchestrates the Stuckeybowl reopening.

  • Ed - Pilot (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    A New York attorney (Tom Cavanagh) returns to his Midwestern hometown and pursues a romance with a former high-school classmate (Julie Bowen).