That's Life

That's Life

2000 - 2003,
A thirty-something woman dumps her fiance and makes a new start as a college student.

Episode Guide

  • That's Life - Gutterball (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:


    Lydia goes on a date with Gavin; Paulie gets discouraged studying for his sergeant's exam.

  • That's Life - Baum's Thesis (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    Baum's Thesis

    Jackie searches for a middle name for her son; Lydia's job performance evaluation.

  • That's Life - Love's Labor (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    Love's Labor

    Lydia invites Mack to move in with her after he has a fire in his apartment; Jackie goes into labor.

  • That's Life - Behind Closed Doors (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    Behind Closed Doors

    Lydia is horrified when her parents unexpectedly stop by her new apartment and find her in bed with Mack.

  • That's Life - Momento (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:


    When a cousin arrives from Italy, the De Luccas are miffed when he changes their mom-and-pop eatery into an upscale, reservations-only establishment.

  • That's Life - What's Family Got to Do With It? (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    What's Family Got to Do With It?

    Lydia hopes her brother's new job at the university clinic will give him a fresh start, but his constant flubs put her in a tough situation.

  • That's Life - All About Lydia (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    All About Lydia

    Lydia reluctantly agrees to coach a TV actress preparing for a role as a typical Italian-American woman from New Jersey.

  • That's Life - Sex in the Suburb (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    Sex in the Suburb

    Lydia finds romance with a former classmate; Dolly is swamped with citizen complaints after winning a spot on the city council.

  • That's Life - Oh, Baby! (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Oh, Baby!

    Lydia faces expulsion for protesting the university's contract with an unethical clothing manufacturer.

  • That's Life - Idiots (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:


    As people prepare for Paulie and Plum's wedding, the couple's relationship problems lead to the signing of different papers.

  • That's Life - Plus One (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Plus One

    Lydia's hopes of a romance with Eric are ruined when a former classmate returns as a changed woman; Dolly secretly tries to fix Plum's mother's dress after she ruins it.

  • That's Life - Boo (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:


    Plum mysteriously disappears on Halloween following a fight with Paulie; many people join together to look for Plum.

  • That's Life - Bad Chemistry (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Bad Chemistry

    Dolly is shocked to discover that her father may not have been the role model she thought he was; Lydia becomes overwhelmed by everyone's secrets.

  • That's Life - M.Y.O.B. (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:


    Dolly is convinced to run for office after Lydia trips on a sidewalk that has been broken for more than 20 years; Lydia helps a dancer with a heart condition.

  • That's Life - The Devil and Miss De Lucca (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    The Devil and Miss De Lucca

    Lydia dates a professional hockey player until she realizes that he is pursuing her largely because she is his good luck charm.

  • That's Life - Something Battered, Something Blue (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Something Battered, Something Blue

    Lydia is forced to testify when Dr. Hackett discovers that his medical assistant has been diagnosing opposing football teams to help MSU coaches target injured players.

  • That's Life - Larva (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:


    A sprained thumb motivates Lydia to choose a major and inspire others; Jackie is faced with an unexpected pregnancy and marriage proposal.

  • That's Life - No Good Deed (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:

    No Good Deed

    After winning a lottery with Jackie, Lydia plans to treat her parents to a trip to Naples for their wedding anniversary.

  • That's Life - Miracle at the Cucina (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    Miracle at the Cucina

    A vision of the Virgin Mary at Frank and Paulie's new restaurant draws a crowd that's hungry for miracles.

  • That's Life - Banister Head (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    Banister Head

    Lydia thinks Paulie has become a dirty cop after he produces enough money to help Frank buy Joe's luncheonette.

  • That's Life - Or What's a Heaven For? (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    Or What's a Heaven For?

    Unhappy with his new boss and his career in general, Frank decides to quit his job at the toll booth.

  • That's Life - Mr. Wrong (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    Mr. Wrong

    Lydia, Frank and J.T. put Paulie in an awkward position by staging a sit-in at the day-care center, forcing him to arrest them.

  • That's Life - Touched by a Biker (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    Touched by a Biker

    When Lydia begrudgingly applies for a volunteer position at a day-care center run by a biker, she doesn't realize the positive effect it will have on her life.

  • That's Life - Heart Problems (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    Heart Problems

    Dolly forces Frank to change his diet after a mild heart attack; Lydia cuts off Dr. Leski at the Afterlife and ends up losing her job.

  • That's Life - Nomads (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:


    It seems like nothing else could possibly go wrong when Lydia's car breaks down, her apartment gets robbed and she's forced to put off preparing for an extremely important oral report.

  • That's Life - Photographs (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:


    Dolly becomes obsessed with her own mortality when a close friend dies, prompting Lydia to get closer to her mother before she loses her.

  • That's Life - When Good Ideas Go Bad (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    When Good Ideas Go Bad

    Lou blows Lydia out of the water by purchasing the house they had once dreamed of sharing; Dolly finds herself stuck on the Web.

  • That's Life - Saint Bernadette (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Saint Bernadette

    Lydia is upset when her successful, independent cousin suddenly gives up everything to marry a man she just met.

  • That's Life - The Tutor (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    The Tutor

    Lydia hires a new math tutor and must overcome her initial embarrassment when she learns that he's only 13 years old.

  • That's Life - Lydia and the Professor (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Lydia and the Professor

    Lydia and her English professor's attraction for each other could jeopardize their future at the university.

  • That's Life - The Tell-Tale Uterus (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    The Tell-Tale Uterus

    Lydia's biological clock sends out an alarm that has her scrambling to start a family with Lou, but tensions mount when she learns he already has another girlfriend.

  • That's Life - Bad Hair Week (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Bad Hair Week

    Lydia tries to make amends with Jackie after breaking a commitment to her in order to attend a special college event.

  • That's Life - He's Very Heavy, He's My Brother (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    He's Very Heavy, He's My Brother

    Paul moves in with Lydia after a fight with their father, and she doesn't exactly welcome him with open arms.

  • That's Life - Whadda You Want From Life (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Whadda You Want From Life

    Lydia indulges in a young, bohemian musician's attention in her, but also finds herself missing certain things about Lou.

  • That's Life - The Screw-Up (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    The Screw-Up

    An IRS letter threatens to pitch Lydia over the edge, and her former fiance, Lou, won't let her live down what he terms her lifelong list of "screw-ups.".

  • That's Life - Pilot (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:


    In her 30s, Lydia DeLucca (Heather Paige Kent) surprises her boyfriend and family by deciding to go back to college.