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Josh has a spontaneous erection when Sam sits on his lap. Carmen accidentally sends everyone her e-mail about this embarrassing event. Harrison comforts hurt Brooke, while Sam and Josh bond. Lily's broke and finds a fast food job.


Jamie Babbit


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Bibb ... Brooke McQueen
Carly Pope ... Sam McPherson
Tamara Mello ... Lily Esposito
Christopher Gorham ... Harrison John
Sara Rue ... Carmen Ferrara
Bryce Johnson ... Josh Ford
Tammy Lynn Michaels ... Nicole Julian
Ron Lester ... Michael 'Sugar Daddy' Bernardino
Leslie Grossman ... Mary Cherry
Lisa Darr ... Jane McPherson (credit only)
Scott Bryce ... Mike McQueen (credit only)
Diane Delano ... Bobbi Glass
Hank Harris ... Emory Dick
Arnetia Walker ... Ms. Ross
Jenny Gago ... Mrs. Esposito


A wild wind is blowing into town. While Sam goes to interview the new drama teacher about the school play, she gets talked into standing in for Josh's rehearsal. While sitting on his lap playing the role of his daughter Josh has a normal teenage boy reaction that he is unable to control. Sam freaks bolting, telling Carmen about what happened during rehearsal. Nicole coach's Brooke on giving off more heat to attract Josh, making an uncomfortable situation in the Novac when Brooke goes in to remove her bra. After Nicole and Brooke bash Sam, her and Carmen leave when Nicole makes the comment about Sam not knowing what would turn a guys head. Harrison has to deal with a bad haircut and Lily has to get a job at Mr. Cluck's, a place she despises. Josh asks Sam to keep what happened between the two a secret, showing up for class late making Carmen wonder if there is something really going on with Sam and Josh. Sam begins to daydream about being with Josh during french glass. While Carmen ... Written by Ron Storey

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Comedy | Drama | Romance







Release Date:

14 October 1999 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Brooke McQueen: [inside the girls' locker room, as she spies Sam leaving in the mirror] Wait! You have something you want to say to me? Because you can keep avoiding me, but we will have this conversation.
Sam McPherson: [shrugs] What do you want me to say, Brooke?
Brooke McQueen: [thin smile] You know, uhm, Josh and I, we go back a long, long time, and we may fight now and then, but we do have an understanding. No matter how thirsty either one of us gets, we don't drink out of the toilet.
[pronouncing that word with an obvious distaste]
Sam McPherson: Maybe ...
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References Seven Minutes in Heaven (1985) See more »


The Look of Love
Music by Burt Bacharach and lyrics by Hal David
Performed by Diana Krall
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