“Melrose Place” (1995-1999)
Two hundred and Twenty Six Episodes
Developed by: Darren Star
Featuring: Linden Ashby, Josie Bissett, Thomas Calabro, David Charvet, Marcia Cross, Kristin Davis, Rob Estes, Brooke Langton, Laura Leighton, Amy Locane, Jamie Luner, Alyssa Milano, John Haymes Newton, Johnny Drama, Lisa Rinna, Kelly Rutherford, Doug Savant, Grant Show, Andrew Shue, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Jack Wagner, Vanessa A. Williams,Daphne Zuniga and Heather Locklear
Dr. Michael Mancini: “It’s this building… it makes people nuts. It must be something in the water, something to do with the pool. Come to think of it, I was normal when I moved in.”
Released recently on DVD is the 1990s soap/drama television series “Melrose Place” (1995-1999) that for most of its run was a ratings success and made stars out of most of its main cast.
Melrose Place’s first season featured eight main characters: Dr. Michael Mancini (Thomas Calabro), a physician who works at Wilshire Memorial Hospital; Jane Mancini (Josie Bissett), his budding fashion designer wife; Billy Campbell (Andrew Shue), a struggling writer adapting to life out of his parents’ control; Alison Parker (Courtney Thorne-Smith), a receptionist at D&D Advertising; Jake Hanson (Grant Show), a struggling manual laborer and motorcycle enthusiast; Matt Fielding (Doug Savant), a gay social worker; Rhonda Blair (Vanessa A. Williams), an aerobics instructor; and Sandy Harling (Amy Locane), a struggling actress who also works as a waitress at a local bar. Locane was written off after 13 episodes and replaced by Daphne Zuniga as Jo Reynolds, a photographer running away from her abusive husband.
Actress Heather Locklear, who in season one had guest starred as Alison’s boss Amanda Woodward, was promoted to series regular status in the second season after her character bought and moved into the Melrose Place apartment building. Guest Laura Leighton, recurring as Jane’s trouble-making younger sister Sydney Andrews in the first two seasons, was upgraded to series regular for season three. Marcia Cross, recurring as Dr. Kimberly Shaw in season 1, became a series regular by the end of the second season. Janet Carroll appeared in several episodes as Marion Shaw, Kimberly’s domineering mother.
Season four saw two new regular characters: Peter Burns (Jack Wagner), the ruthless hospital Chief of Staff introduced in season three; and Brooke Armstrong (Kristin Davis), a young, conniving intern at D&D Advertising also recurring the previous season. Davis’s character was subsequently killed off in the middle of the fourth season, while Zuniga left the series at the end of the season. Patrick Muldoon also arrived in the third season as the villainous Richard Hart. Although Muldoon was not billed with the main cast (though he appeared in numerous promotional photos with them), he appeared in most of the fourth season’s episodes and is also Melrose Place’s longest recurring character (i.e. not in the opening credits) in terms of number of episodes.
The fifth season saw the addition of Rob Estes as restaurateur Kyle McBride, Lisa Rinna as his opportunistic wife Taylor, and Brooke Langton as Samantha Reilly, an artist and a new tenant in the apartment complex. Bissett and Cross left the series towards the end of the fifth season; Kelly Rutherford was brought in as Megan Lewis, a prostitute hired by Kimberly Shaw to have an affair with Michael Mancini, and David Charvet played Craig Field, Amanda’s new co-worker and later Sydney’s boyfriend. The season finale featured the exits of series regulars Thorne-Smith, Show, and Leighton.
The season premiere of season six featured the departure of original cast member Doug Savant while Alyssa Milano (recurring as Michael’s sister Jennifer Mancini since season five) was bumped to series regular, with Linden Ashby joining the cast as Dr. Brett Cooper and Jamie Luner as his seductive and rich ex-wife, Lexi Sterling.
Charvet was written out in the middle of season 6, and the beginning of season seven saw the departure of Shue, Langton, Rinna, Milano, and Ashby. The show’s seventh season introduced John Haymes Newton as Ryan McBride, Kyle’s younger brother, and Rena Sofer as Eve Cleary, a woman from Amanda’s past who marries Peter. Sofer was not billed with the main cast. Bissett reprised her role as Jane for the seventh season.
Pilot: Alison’s roommate leaves in the middle of the night and sticks her with the rent. The goofy Billy Campbell approaches her and asks about the vacancy, but she turns him down. Faced with eviction, she finally takes him up on his offer. Alison accidentally dents the car door of a vice president at the ad agency that employs her, D&D. She accepts a date with him, but Billy has to come to the rescue when the man tries to force his way into the apartment. Jake attempts a relationship with Kelly Taylor, a teenager whose house he had helped remodel. They are constantly faced with obstacles due to their age difference. Rhonda is pursued by one of her aerobics students, but learns that his interest is anything but romantic.
Friends and Lovers: Billy picks up a talkative girl who was a passenger in his cab. Alison finds her to be annoying, and Michael and Jane suspect that she is jealous. Jake is arrested following a scuffle at the unemployment office, and is less than grateful when Kelly bails him out. Jane and Michael reminisce about their first meeting.
Lost and Found: Jake fears that Kelly will be hurt if they continue their relationship. He sets up a fake date with a friend and rubs it in Kelly’s face to trick her into breaking up with him. Jane loses her wedding ring during a girls’ night out with Rhonda. Billy writes a screenplay inspired by his experiences with the talkative girl, but Alison isn’t impressed.
For Love and Money: Alison is enraged when a guy from the mail room steals her idea for a sunscreen account. After failing miserably in his new job at a coffee shop, Jake agrees to help his ex-girlfriend Peri with the sale of a fraudulent painting. He backs out of the deal after catching Peri using drugs, and later lands a job as a mechanic. Matt questions Rhonda’s character after she reneges on a promise to help with a dinner at the halfway house.
Leap of Faith: Jane learns that she is pregnant, but doesn’t tell Michael because he hadn’t seemed thrilled by the prospect of having kids. She tries to get an abortion secretly, but changes her mind. Michael is furious at Jane for keeping him in the dark, until the joy over their child brings them back together. Billy is given a column in the neighborhood newspaper. He can’t come up with a topic because his life is boring. Hoping to alleviate this problem, he convinces Jake and Matt to go bungee-jumping with him. After he is unable to go through with the jump, Billy writes a column about “wimping out.”
Second Chances: Jake asks Alison to help him study for his G.E.D., but requests that she keep the matter a secret. The building is filled with gossip after Alison is seen sneaking out of Jake’s apartment after an all-night study session. Billy and Sandy become jealous. Jake and Alison share a kiss, but decide to just remain friends. When Rhonda meets up with an old friend from her dancing days, she is haunted by memories of the injury she faked to avoid an audition. After Rhonda learns that a spot has opened in her friend’s dance troupe, she is determined to redeem herself. She nails the audition, but decides that she’s happy with her current life.
My Way: Billy asks Alison to accompany him on a visit to his parents’ house, then pleads with her to pose as his girlfriend. Billy tries to convince his parents that he is a successful writer, but is roped into helping run his father’s furniture store. He quits in a huff after his father questions his sales techniques. Sandy gets a swelled head after landing a part in a horror movie, and ends up moving out. She comes down to earth after the director tries to insert nudity into one of her scenes.
Lonely Hearts: A jilted blind date stalks Sandy, and Jake finds himself behind bars after he roughs up the guy in the hopes of getting him to back off. Alison looks to replace her clunker car, but has a difficult time letting go.
Responsibly Yours: Billy begins dating a stand-up comedian with a young son and financial problems, and Alison finds herself caught in the middle. Billy loses the boy’s trust when he tries to stand up to the absentee father. Jake and Sandy try to rebuild their relationship, but Sandy is enraged when their first date goes a little too well.
Burned: During his surprise birthday party, Jake receives an unexpected visit from his mother. Her constant drinking and carousing creates friction in their already-strained relationship. Although Sandy suggests that he be more understanding, Jake throws his mother out. He later goes to the bus station to apologize and see her off. Billy is the victim of a car-jacking after dropping off a passenger in South Central, and begins to display signs of racial prejudice. Billy and Jake conduct a stake-out that leads to the arrest of the surprisingly young culprit. Rhonda takes Billy back to South Central to educate him about the area’s people.
A Promise Broken: During a routine appointment, Jane learns that she has suffered a miscarriage. Rhonda and Matt give the Mancinis a puppy to try to take their minds off their loss, but Jane loses the dog at the beach. Jane and Michael decide to let a homeless woman keep the dog, and realize they must confront their pain. Alison lashes out at Billy after she finds him fooling around with one of her bras in the laundry room. She later reveals the source of her embarrassment.
Polluted Affairs: After a chance meeting in the street, Alison becomes romantically involved with environmentalist Keith Gray. She is stunned to learn that he is married, but finds it difficult to break off the relationship after he vows to leave his wife for her. Billy is saddled with bad credit because he has yet to pay off a college loan that he didn’t even need. Jane is determined to work off the weight from her pregnancy. She realizes that she is trying too hard to forget the miscarriage.
Dreams Come True: Alison continues to see Keith, despite the misgivings of her friends and the fact that her erratic behavior has put her job in jeopardy. Billy confronts Keith about his treatment of Alison. Matt is the victim of an attack outside a nightclub. When an officer from the hate crimes unit comes to the halfway house, Matt’s supervisor is stunned to learn that Matt is gay. He quickly devises a reason to fire him. Jake and Rhonda convince Matt to seek legal recourse. A customer at Shooters asks Sandy to audition for a soap opera. She wins the role and moves to New York.
Drawing the Line: Keith stays with Alison while his estranged wife, Lily, is in town for the weekend. Alison is wracked with guilt after Lily confronts her in a dream, and recalls the despair her mother suffered following her father’s affair. After bailing out of a camping trip, Alison drives to Keith’s house to catch a glimpse of Lily. She realizes that she can’t continue the affair. Matt’s parents refuse to support his lawsuit because they fear it would damage their reputation. He finds a lawyer who will work for free, provided that he let her use the case to publicize the issue of anti-gay discrimination. Rhonda’s “efficient” new roommate turns out to be completely anal-retentive.
House of God: A mysterious aspiring photographer named Jo Reynolds moves into the building. She responds coldly to Jake and Billy’s advances, but strikes up a friendship with Alison when they take out their romantic frustration on a washing machine. Jo flirts shamelessly with Jake after he comes up to her apartment in a towel to remind her about the hot water shortage. Michael and Jane learn that a respected pediatrician is abusing his wife.
The Whole Truth: Jake grows closer to Jo after taking her for a motorcycle ride, but becomes suspicious when she borrows his bike without permission and tries to sell a bracelet with the inscription “To Beth.” Jake gets into a bar fight with a guy who insists that Jo is someone named Beth. Jake demands the truth, and Jo tells him that she had used her middle name since she was eight, when her mother committed suicide. She recently escaped from an abusive marriage, and has changed her name back to Jo to make a fresh start. Billy fantasizes about Alison while under the influence of medication following a trip to the dentist. Jane is hired by Kay Beacon, the snooty designer who has just purchased the store where Jane worked. Matt regains his job in a settlement with the halfway house, but uses his monetary winnings to fund a scholarship.
Jake vs. Jake: Jake is visited by an old girlfriend, Colleen, who stuns him with the news that he is the father of her five-year-old son. She asks Jake to waive his parental rights so that her husband can adopt the boy, but he is reluctant. Alison learns that she needs surgery to remove a cyst. Because she has no insurance, Michael and Billy must come up with a plan to make the operation affordable. Rhonda falls for a wealthy restaurant owner
A Melrose Place Christmas: Billy smothers Alison with attention after she comes home from the hospital. He is stung when she tells him to back off. Jake and Jo observe that the necklace Billy plans to give Alison for Christmas is more than a “friendship” present. Alison apologizes to Billy during the building’s Christmas party, and admits that she is confused by her feelings for him. Jo and Jake try to overcome their unhappy memories of Christmas. Michael is depressed when he and Kimberly cannot save a young gunshot victim, but his spirits are revived after delivering a baby for the first time. He invites Kimberly to the Christmas party, as Jane is out of town. Rhonda flies to Aspen with Terrence for the holidays. Matt makes up with his father.
Single White Sister: Jane receives a surprise visit from her sister Sydney, who has dropped out of college. Jane keeps the news from their parents, but is annoyed when Syd hangs around her workplace. Kay eventually hires Sydney as her assistant. Billy agrees to set up Alison with one of his friends, as she needs a date to the advertisers’ ball. He scuttles the whole thing due to jealousy, and agrees to be Alison’s date to make it up to her. Jo is disturbed by letters from her husband, whom Jake later finds snooping around the mailboxes. Rhonda is furious when Terrence doesn’t defend her honor to his snobbish friends, but he later proposes marriage.
Peanut Butter and Jealousy: Sydney continues to get on Jane’s nerves. After Jane accuses her of trying to steal her life (in lieu of getting one of her own), Syd sabotages Jane’s surprise birthday party. Jane orders her to move out. Jake feels helpless when Jo begins seeing her husband, Charles, who seems to be a changed man. Charles shows his ugly side after drinking, and grants Jo a divorce. Billy is hurt when Alison leaves the advertisers’ ball with another man. Matt fears that he and Rhonda will drift apart after her marriage. She ignores tradition and asks him to be her best man in the wedding.
Picture Imperfect: Alison is promoted to junior account executive and meets her immediate superior, Amanda Woodward. Alison flirts with the handsome tennis star who is modeling for an underwear account. She decides not to pursue him because it she fears it could affect her career. Jo is hired as photographer, but jeopardizes the account with her “alternative” photos. Billy doesn’t hit it off with a blind date arranged by Michael, but is attracted to Amanda. An overwhelmed Rhonda breaks her engagement.
Three’s a Crowd: Amanda, Billy and Alison spend the weekend at a lakeside cabin. Alison is concerned by Billy and Amanda’s obvious attraction. She asks Billy not to date Amanda, as a break-up could hurt Alison’s career. They decide to see each other behind her back, but Amanda later comes clean. Jake and Jo have a romantic evening and consummate their relationship. Matt is caught in the middle of Rhonda and Terrence’s romantic problems. The couple gets back together, but decides to take it slow.
My New Partner: Amanda suggests that Alison examine her feelings for Billy. Before she can talk with Billy, Alison is approached by a now-divorced Keith at Shooters. She denies her attraction to Billy. Billy sleeps with Amanda. Jake loses his job when the repair shop goes out of business. Jo receives a $50,000 divorce settlement, and offers to invest the money in a bike shop for Jake. After some resistance, he finally agrees to become her business partner. Michael tries to convince Jane that they should join a country club.
Bye Bye Billy: Billy backs out of plans with Alison to have dinner with Amanda and her father. Amanda’s father declares that Billy is a worthless bum. Keith loans Alison his sports car, but she has it stolen at gunpoint. He comforts her when Billy isn’t home to hear her tearful messages. Billy feels guilty about not being there for Alison. Amanda suspects that Billy is in love with Alison. He tries to disprove this by moving in with Amanda. Keith asks Alison to move to Seattle with him. Jake freaks out when he learns that Jo owns a gun. Rhonda’s ex-roommate Carrie is hired to decorate Terrence’s new house, and tries to make a play for him.
Irreconcilable Similarites: Billy and Amanda bicker constantly after he moves in with her. Alison quits her job and decides to move to Seattle with Keith. Billy confronts Amanda after she insults Alison at her farewell party. Amanda sarcastically wonders if Billy would rather be with Alison. Billy breaks up with Amanda, then races to the airport to try to stop Alison from leaving Los Angeles. She tells him that it is too late for them, and leaves. Michael’s college friend Sam makes a pass at Jane after they have dinner together. Michael is livid when Sam–not Jane–is the one to tell him about the incident. Kimberly offers to “comfort” him. Jake and Jo argue about their new business.
End Game: Billy’s father dies of a heart attack. Amanda shows up at the funeral in an attempt to score points with her ex. Alison flies back from Seattle to comfort Billy. Billy feels that he let his father down, and decides to take over the furniture store. His mother says that she is going to run the store with Billy’s sister Celeste. She gives Billy a letter in which his father expressed his pride in him. Billy drives Alison to the airport, but she decides to move back to Los Angeles. Billy’s family tragedy prompts Matt to attempt to repair his own relationship with his father. Rhonda fears that she is losing Terrence to Carrie. Although she asks him to fire Carrie, Terrence convinces her to do it herself.
The Test: Jake and Jo are forced to submit to AIDS tests after his ex-girlfriend Peri reveals that she is HIV positive. Unable to cope with their anxiety, Jake and Jo take off on their bikes and spend the night in the desert. He apologizes for the situation, and they confess their love. Their tests come back negative, and Jake offers his support to Peri. Billy uses an embellished résumé to win a job at Escapade Magazine. He confesses the truth to his new boss, Nancy, but she is impressed by his writing and lets him keep the job. Alison returns to work at D&D.
Pushing Boundaries: Billy is furious when Alison suggests that Nancy hired him because she is attracted to him, not for his writing ability. Alison tries to make amends by fixing him a nice dinner, but he ignores her to go out with Nancy. Alison’s instincts about Nancy prove to be correct. Billy threatens to quit unless Nancy agrees to back off. Michael continues to give Jane the cold shoulder, and later begins an affair with Kimberly. Matt gets a date with a lawyer, but he turns out to be an egomaniac who only cares about material items.
Pas de Trois: Alison sees Michael and Kimberly making out in the hospital parking lot. Alison confronts him, but he warns her to mind her own business. Michael spends his day off at the beach with Kimberly. When Jane calls the hospital, she is surprised to learn that he is not on call. She later finds sand in his shoes. Amanda propositions Billy at Lucy’s engagement party, and Alison becomes jealous after seeing Amanda kiss him. Jo advises Alison to make a move on Billy, but Amanda invites him to her house before she has the chance. He comes home and wakes up Alison to assure her that he didn’t sleep with Amanda. Amanda says that Alison is in love with Billy, and taunts her for being gutless. When Billy comes home from work that night, Alison greets him with a passionate kiss. Jake and Jo bicker over her preparation of the bike shop’s taxes.
Carpe Diem: Billy and Alison’s first real date is a disaster, as she is fretting about Michael’s affair and he has only one thing on his mind. Before they can try again, Alison is called away to a conference in Palm Springs. On her way out, Alison tells Jane about Michael and Kimberly, but she doesn’t believe her. Michael denies everything, but Jane later catches him at Kimberly’s apartment. Jake loans Billy his motorcycle so that he can surprise Alison in Palm Springs. Amanda intercepts a note intended for Alison and tries to send Billy home. He runs into Alison in the parking lot. They check into the hotel and consummate their relationship.
State of Need: Billy and Alison’s relationship is torn apart when Amanda discovers that she is pregnant with his child. Michael begs Jane to give him another chance, and she agrees to attend couples’ therapy. Jo’s nights out partying with a new model friend come to an end after the woman makes passes at both Jake and Jo.
Suspicious Minds: The apartment building goes up for sale. Lucy resigns from D&D, and tells Amanda and Alison that promotions may be in their future. Amanda asks Alison to keep her pregnancy under wraps, but Alison lets it slip while out drinking with a colleague to make Billy jealous. Amanda denies the man’s allegations. She later suffers a miscarriage while working late with Alison. An unidentified individual begins harassing Alison. Keith returns to Los Angeles, completely obsessed with Alison. Michael and Jane rekindle their romance during a weekend getaway. Jo tries to dodge Jake’s discussions of commitment. She is arrested for carrying a concealed weapon while working on a photo essay about the homeless. Jake is enraged to learn that she went back on her promise to get rid of the gun. Rhonda proposes to Terrence. Keith stakes out Alison’s apartment, and attacks Billy from behind with a tire iron. While Billy is in the hospital, Keith shows up to console Alison. Billy tells Amanda that he is in love with Alison. Jane confronts Kimberly at the hospital, and learns that Michael hasn’t broken off the affair. Billy and Alison come home to learn that Amanda and her father have purchased the building.
Much Ado About Everything: Amanda throws herself a housewarming party, but forces Alison to work late so that she can hit on Billy. Alison continues to receive threatening letters and phone calls. Keith picks her up at work and takes her to the party. He slips something into her drink and tries to take advantage of her, but Billy interrupts. Keith purposely injures his head and claims that he was attacked. Billy doesn’t seem to believe him. In order to dodge suspicion, Keith pays a homeless man to make an obscene phone call to Alison while Keith is present. Jane files for divorce. Michael moves in with Kimberly. Jake brings a bimbo to the housewarming party to make Jo jealous, and Jo agrees to live with him. They argue about everything. Matt loses his job when the halfway house shuts down.
A Long Night’s Journey: Billy remains wary of Alison’s relationship with Keith. Alison agrees to drive Keith to the airport. When she drops by his hotel room to pick him up, he tries to rape her. She kicks him in the groin and escapes. Keith is arrested, but released due to lack of evidence. Billy follows him back to Seattle. Jo fears that Amanda has set her sights on Jake. Michael convinces Kimberly to lie about their affair in court. Jane throws the wedding china at Michael. Sydney returns to L.A., and Michael seeks her friendship.
Revenge: Billy shows up at Keith’s work site and assaults him. After Alison tells Keith that she hates him, he commits suicide while on the phone with her. Alison begins drinking and is sent home from work. Amanda tries to convince Jake to model for a beer campaign. Sydney caters to Michael’s every whim, despite a warning from Jane. Matt is hired by the hospital’s social services department.
Fire Power: Amanda threatens to fire Alison when her drinking gets out of hand. Billy forces her to confront her guilt over Keith’s suicide. Amanda hires Jo for an evening photo shoot, then takes Jake to dinner to discuss “business.” On her way out of the bike shop, she accidentally knocks over a blowtorch. The shop burns to the ground. Jo is placed in danger because she believed Jake was still inside the building. Jake is suspected of arson and insurance fraud. Sam returns to town for a construction job and has dinner with Jane. Sydney tells Michael about the date; and he confronts Sam at the job site, much to Kimberly’s annoyance. A female doctor has a crush on Matt.
Of Bikes and Men: Jake realizes that he accidentally burned the shop down. He flies into a rage and trashes Jo’s apartment. She throws him out. He later breaks up with her for failing to trust him. Alison tags along when Billy travels to a beautiful hotel to interview the reclusive owner. The man’s daughter gropes Billy under the table during dinner. Michael accuses Jane of infidelity. He shows up at Jane’s favorite supermarket to spite her, so she rams her cart into him and dumps spaghetti sauce on his head. Kimberly breaks down during a court hearing and admits her affair with Michael. Matt tells his friend Katya that he is gay, and learns that she has a five-year-old daughter.
Hot and Bothered: Billy and Alison cannot get Jake and Jo back together. Amanda forces Jake to work with Jo on a photo shoot, where they bicker. The Mancinis’ divorce is finalized. Michael fears that Jane is stealing his friends, so he throws a party at the beach house. Jane goes drinking with Alison and Jo; then sleeps with her lawyer, Robert. Kimberly is irritated when a drunken Michael flirts with every woman at the party. Sydney passes out drunk and spends the night on Michael and Kimberly’s couch. Jake tries to invite himself to Amanda’s apartment, but she slaps him. Katya asks Matt to marry her so that she and her daughter Nikki won’t be deported.
Flirting With Disaster: Jane throws Sydney out, but Amanda leases her an apartment in the building. Alison travels to a ranch to make a presentation to millionaire computer exec Steve McMillan, but it does not go as planned. Matt decides to marry Katya. Michael sleeps with Sydney while Kimberly is out of town at a conference.
No Bed of Roses: Amanda’s father offers Jake a high-paying job at his car restoration business. He refuses, but changes his mind after sleeping with Amanda. Jo is devastated by the news, but cheers up when Steve asks her on a date. Sydney prevents Michael from breaking up with her by threatening to expose their affair. Jane decides to take things slowly with Robert.
Married to It: Sydney gets a waitress job at Shooters. Kimberly catches Michael in bed with Sydney. She tells Jane, and says that she did her a favor by breaking up her marriage because “that man is sick.” Kimberly moves out when Michael refuses to leave the beach house. A drunken Michael interrupts Jane’s dinner with Robert’s parents. Matt gets a date, but is distracted when Katya and an ailing Nikki have to move into his apartment to fool an immigration official. Alison is jealous of Steve’s relationship with Jo.
The Tangled Web: Jo, Alison and Billy go to Steve’s ranch for the weekend. Billy is unhappy about Steve’s attraction to Alison. Jo and Steve break up because she hasn’t gotten over Jake. Jo confronts Alison after learning of Steve’s feelings for her. Steve and Alison later share a kiss. Jake suspects that Palmer is engaging in fraud. Kimberly refuses to take Michael back.
Collision Course: Michael convinces Kimberly to have dinner with him. When she rejects his marriage proposal, he becomes very drunk. Kimberly changes her mind during the drive home, but Michael loses control of the car during their celebratory kiss. The car flips off an embankment, leaving Michael paralyzed and Kimberly in a coma. Michael blames Syd for the accident. The police suspect that Michael was driving under the influence. He pleads with Matt to change the results of his blood alcohol test. One of Sydney’s co-workers takes her to a party. She makes a date with a director, unaware that he is under the impression that she is a hooker. Jo gives Alison the cold shoulder, and warns her that she is on the verge of destroying her relationship with Billy.
Cold Turkey: Alison has to miss Thanksgiving dinner when Amanda sends her to San Francisco for a presentation on Steve’s account. Billy, aware that Steve will try to romance her, threatens to break up with Alison if she makes the trip. She ignores his ultimatum. A suddenly sympathetic Amanda urges Billy not to give up on Alison. He calls her room, but hangs up when Steve answers the phone. The FBI orders Jake to assist them with a sting on Palmer. Jake skips Thanksgiving dinner (or in Jo’s words, “Amanda’s tribute to the men in her life”) to hang out on the stairs and talk with Jo. Jane offers Sydney a holiday truce, but Syd decides to dine with a madam named Lauren and her girls. Kimberly’s mother has her daughter shipped home to Cleveland.
Duet for One: Michael learns that Kimberly has died. He is transferred to a rehab hospital, but manages to convince Jane to take him in. Robert is enraged by this development. Billy breaks up with Alison and moves in with Jake. Sydney becomes a prostitute. Katya leaves Nikki with Matt as she returns to Russia to care for her mother.
Strange Bedfellows: Alison learns that Steve is leaving for Europe in a few days. He gives her a new jeep and confesses his feelings. Alison joins him for a weekend on his ranch, but suddenly dumps him because she wants to reconcile with Billy. Billy’s bitterness about Alison clouds his judgment on a writing assignment. Jake forces Palmer to confess to fraud on tape. Palmer convinces Amanda that Jake set him up, so she dumps Jake and plots to evict him. Michael falls out of bed, and Sydney refuses to help him until he apologizes for his past actions. Jo rejects Jake’s thinly veiled advances, but Billy and Amanda sleep together.
Under the Mistletoe: Billy manages to sneak out of Amanda’s apartment without detection. Alison asks him for a reconciliation, but he turns her down. Matt promises Nikki a Christmas party. Billy and Jake look for a tree for the courtyard, and end up running into Jo and Alison. Billy tries to fly home for Christmas, but can’t get a flight. He plays Santa at Nikki’s party. Alison finds him sneaking a present into her stocking during the night. They apologize and renew their relationship. A temporary nurse prompts Michael to reflect on his behavior. He apologizes to Jane and Robert. Sydney goes to confession and gives up hooking. Nikki returns to Russia.
Reunion Blues: Billy tells Amanda that he and Alison are back together. Amanda responds by removing Alison from the Microcomp account because she was romantically involved with the client. Amanda moves forward with her plans to evict Jake, but Jo refuses to testify against him. Amanda relents when she needs Jake’s help with a plumbing problem. Palmer confesses his guilt to Amanda and skips town. She goes back to Jake. Jo goes to her ten-year high school reunion and runs into Reed, an old boyfriend who has just been released from prison. He later turns up at her apartment. Michael has a breakthrough at a physical therapy session, and regains the use of his legs. Sydney is busted for prostitution. Michael bails her out and agrees to keep quiet if she helps him break up Jane and Robert.
Michael’s Game: Alison complains to the brass about Amanda’s mistreatment of her. After the FBI shows up with questions about her father’s disappearance, Amanda is ordered to take a vacation. She heads to Hawaii with Jake, but returns because she fears that Alison is after her job. She goes to Billy and threatens to expose their one-night stand unless he gets Alison to back off. He refuses to cave in, although Alison ends up apologizing to Amanda anyway. Sydney sets up a hooker with an unknowing Robert during a business trip. Jane receives a videotape of the two together and breaks up with Robert. Reed and Jo sleep together. He later decides to start a charter boat service.
Arousing Suspicions: After Michael shuns her, Sydney tells Jane the truth about her involvement with prostitution and Michael’s scheme against Robert. Jane blames herself for Sydney’s problems, and throws Michael out. Sydney is acquitted because of an incompetent prosecution team. Jo is angry when Reed approaches Amanda as a potential investor in his charter boat service. Jake confronts Reed about his intentions toward the two women in his life. Billy wins a promotion, but learns that the job requires a move to New York. Matt is annoyed by the bizarre behavior of his new love interest. He learns that the man is a closeted Navy officer.
The Young Men and the Sea: Amanda and Jo invest in Reed’s business, and Jake is hired as chief mechanic. Jo displays a lack of trust toward Reed after he leaves a suitcase of personal possessions in her care. Michael becomes addicted to painkillers. Jane files a restraining order against him. She calls the police when Michael shows up at her apartment, but Sydney gives him refuge. After Michael talks Syd into getting him more pills, she finds him passed out on his bathroom floor. Alison refuses to move to New York with Billy, and suggests they try a long-distance relationship. Jeffrey fears that his relationship with Matt could jeopardize his career.
Parting Glances: Jake and Amanda pull out of Reed’s business when Jake discovers some inconsistencies in his story, but Jo accuses him of jealousy. Reed picks up a shipment of drugs on the boat while Jo is sleeping on board. When Jo discovers drugs stored in a compartment below deck, Reed assaults and kidnaps her. Sydney overhears a semi-comatose Michael babbling about his plea for Matt to change his blood alcohol results. She lays the groundwork for a blackmail scheme. Frustrated by her inability to get in touch with Billy, Alison flies to New York to surprise him. She is stunned to find him having drinks with another woman. Jeffrey is transferred to the east coast after coming out of the closet.
Swept Away: Reed plans to start over in Mexico after one last major drug deal. Jo knocks him overboard with a harpoon, but the boat runs out of gas. When Reed climbs on board and holds her at gunpoint, Jo is forced to shoot and kill him. She is arrested when the Coast Guard raids the boat. Alison accepts Billy’s explanation about his date, but breaks up with him again when he falsely assumes that she is moving to New York. He follows her back to Los Angeles and surprises her with a marriage proposal. Sydney presents her blackmail demands and moves in with Michael.
With This Ball and Chain: Jo faces murder charges following Reed’s death. Jake is angry when Amanda refuses to help Jo because she could be implicated through her financial ties to Reed. She later has a change of heart, hiring her accomplished family attorney to represent Jo and putting the apartment building up as collateral for her bail. The charges are eventually dropped; the D.A. knew that Jo’s crime was self-defense, but wanted to press her for information about Reed’s associates. Alison accepts Billy’s proposal. Billy tells Amanda that he wants to tell Alison about their one-night stand (but doesn’t follow through), so Amanda confesses to Jake. At the engagement party, Jake decks Billy after being asked to serve as best man. Amanda explains the situation to Alison. Alison is stunned by the news, but forgives Billy. Sydney decides that she and Michael are getting married.
Otherwise Engaged: Sydney and Jane get into a catfight in the pool after Syd tries to take Jane’s wedding dress (a family heirloom). Their mother comes to town, but cannot talk Syd out of the marriage. Michael and Sydney are married at the beach house, with only Matt in attendance. Inspired by a dream, Michael decides to take Syd on a honeymoon and murder her. Jo learns that she is pregnant with Reed’s child, and plans to have an abortion. Amanda is jealous of the amount of time Jake is spending with Jo, until she learns about the pregnancy. Jo decides to have the baby. Billy’s co-worker Celia and Alison lay a guilt trip on him until he buys Alison a more expensive engagement ring.
Love, Mancini Style: Michael attempts to kill Sydney during their honeymoon in the mountains of northern California, but fails twice. Matt pursues them in the hopes of preventing the crime. Michael has the chance to push Syd off a cliff, but cannot go through with it. Sydney vows that he will love her one day. A guilt-ridden Matt tells Jane that he altered Michael’s blood alcohol records after the accident. Jane uses a signed confession from Matt to blackmail Michael and Sydney into staying married. Jo is haunted by visions of Reed, and is angry when she learns that Jake has decided to start a charter service on Reed’s boat, the Pretty Lady. He convinces Jo to face her guilt head on, and she visits Reed’s grave site to offer her forgiveness. Amanda erupts after seeing Jake comfort Jo. Alison decides that she and Billy won’t sleep together again until after the wedding.
The Two Mrs. Mancinis: Billy ignores Alison’s wishes and tags along when she heads to Wisconsin for her father’s fiftieth birthday party. He is furious when Alison refuses to share the news of their engagement. When Alison’s ex-boyfriend Adam serenades her during the party, Billy announces the engagement. Adam warns Billy that the Parker family is “weird.” Alison is haunted by nightmares after returning to L.A. Jane and Sydney’s grandmother dies. Jane learns that she is to inherit $100,000, and decides to start her own design firm. Her plans are complicated when Syd and Michael seek a cut of the money because it is willed to “Dr. and Mrs. Michael Mancini.” Michael confronts Matt about his confession to Jane, and they duke it out. Jo’s potential romance with a model is quashed when he learns about her pregnancy.
In Bed With the Enemy: Alison turns to a psychiatrist for help coping with her nightmares, but Jo warns that she seems to be developing romantic feelings for the man. Amanda resolves Jane’s financial dilemma by making Michael her business partner. Jane asks her accountant to falsify the design firm’s financial records to keep Michael and Syd from cutting into her profits. Sydney takes over Lauren’s operation after the madam is arrested. Amanda hires a young man named Ted Ryan as building manager. She fires him when he continually exhibits strange behavior, but he lurks around the building and watches Amanda in the shower.
Psycho Therapy: Jake makes amends with Billy before leaving for a weekend fishing trip. Jo discovers that Ted is a peeping tom, and she and Amanda catch him sneaking around in the crawl space above Amanda’s apartment. Amanda refuses to allow Jo to call the police until Amanda has tied up Ted and emotionally tortured him. Billy warns Dr. Miller not to interfere in his relationship with Alison. Alison ends their sessions, but not before Dr. Miller makes an astute observation about her relationships with men. Michael learns that Dr. Levin is a client of Sydney’s “escort service,” and uses this information to blackmail his boss into appointing him chief resident. Michael tells Sydney that he wants to give their marriage a chance. As they kiss on the deck, Kimberly observes them from the beach below.
The Bitch Is Back: Michael is astonished when Kimberly pays him a late-night visit. She reveals that she was in a coma for months, and that her mother claimed that she had died to keep Michael away from her. Michael dumps Sydney without explanation. When she brings a police officer to the hospital to have Michael arrested for manslaughter, Kimberly enters the room, prompting Syd to faint. Kimberly is plagued by headaches, and removes a wig in the bathroom to reveal a nasty scar on the side of her head. Amanda fires a model after learning that she is from the agency Models Inc., and is reprimanded by her boss. She reveals that her estranged mother, Hillary Michaels, is the head of the agency. Amanda rejects Hillary’s overtures, but Jake later convinces her to give her mother a chance. Alison takes back her decree about not sleeping with Billy until their wedding night. Alison’s parents hire an obnoxious wedding planner, but Billy and Alison fire her and decide to marry in the courtyard of the apartment building.
Imperfect Strangers: Kimberly threatens Sydney when she tries to stake her claim on Michael. Syd’s business party is crashed by a newly freed Lauren, who breaks their earlier agreement and demands $15,000 by the end of the week. When Jane refuses to help her, Sydney takes a job as a stripper. Kimberly is still disturbed by Michael’s marriage to Sydney, and makes plans for revenge. Alison is annoyed when Amanda hires her mother’s fiancé, Chas. He refuses to take his share of the work, and ingratiates himself with Amanda by helping her smooth things over with Hillary. Alison later catches Amanda and Chas kissing in a conference room. Jo conducts a photo shoot with her model friend, Sarah, aboard the Pretty Lady. They are forced to stay overnight when the boat experiences engine trouble, and Jake and Jo nearly rekindle their romance. Sarah seeks refuge at Jo’s apartment after her visiting boyfriend Hank attacks her. Hank shows up at Jo’s doorstep and tries to come after Sarah. When Jo steps between them, Hank throws her down the stairs.
Devil With the G-String On: Amanda is furious when Jake skips work to hold a bedside vigil for Jo. Jo is not seriously injured, and learns that her baby was unharmed. Billy warns Alison to keep quiet about Amanda’s rendezvous with Chas. Jake tracks down Hank at a pool hall and beats him up. He shows up late for dinner with Amanda, sporting a black eye, and storms out when she lambastes him for defending Jo. Michael throws Billy a bachelor party at a strip club, unaware that Sydney is the entertainment. When she sees Michael, she runs out of the club and is fired. A drunken Billy accidentally tells Jake about Amanda and Chas. Jake breaks up with Amanda, who fires Chas and vows to destroy Alison. Jake admits his feelings for Jo, and she agrees to take him back. Kimberly alters the chart of one of Michael’s patients, prompting him to unwittingly commit an error that nearly kills the man. He is stripped of the chief resident position. Kimberly bullies Jane into turning over the $5000 in profits she had kept from Michael. She tries to use the money to hire a hit man to kill Michael, but settles on doing the job herself.
Till Death Do Us Part 1 and 2: Jo is certain that Amanda will not gracefully bow out of her relationship with Jake. Hillary refuses to believe that Chas tried to seduce Amanda. Chas files a $10 million sexual harassment suit against Amanda, and the agency does not support her. She turns to Jake for consolation. Sydney is assaulted by three hookers when she invades their turf. Kimberly comforts her and pays her rent. She convinces Syd to participate in her plot to kill Michael, and they plan the crime over ice cream. Michael stands in the way of Jane’s plans to expand her business. Billy’s college friend Rob comes to town to serve as his best man, and gets along well with Matt. Billy is stunned to see them kissing in the courtyard.
I Am Curious Melrose: Michael survives the hit-and-run, but suffers from amnesia. Jane is released when she offers evidence that incriminates Sydney. Kimberly promises to serve as Syd’s alibi, then refuses to cover for her and plants a blonde wig at her apartment. Sydney is arrested. Billy deduces from Mrs. Parker’s strange comments that Mr. Parker molested his daughters, and goes to San Francisco in search of Alison. Mr. Parker comes inside the house and threatens Alison, but Meredith holds him at gunpoint. He escapes when Billy bursts through the door. Billy becomes angry when Alison agrees with Amanda’s advice and decides to prosecute her father instead of going to Las Vegas to elope. Jake breaks up with Amanda and decides to spend time on his boat. He takes in a beautiful woman named Brittany, who had jumped overboard following an argument with her abusive husband.
It’s a Bad World After All: Kimberly brings Michael home from the hospital. Sydney convinces Matt to visit her in prison, and tells him that Kimberly is setting her up. Sydney’s father flies in from Chicago, but enrages his daughter by suggesting she seek a plea bargain. Matt becomes suspicious of Kimberly when he realizes that she is shielding Michael from the truth about their history. Sydney’s outburst convinces Mr. Andrews that she is crazy, and he and Jane have her committed to a mental hospital. Alison and Meredith fly to Wisconsin and attempt to file charges against their father, but Meredith bails out when she realizes that the town respects Mr. Parker too much to give their story credence. Alison confronts her father in front of all the prominent townspeople at a barbecue, and pushes him into admitting his guilt. Billy is fired when Nancy learns that he helped D&D get the inside track on the Escapade account, but lands a job writing ad copy for D&D. Jake sleeps with Brittany, unaware that Palmer Woodward is using her as part of a plot to destroy Jake.
In-Laws and Outlaws: Chris warns that his company will have to cancel his deal with Jane’s firm if Michael does not sign off on it. Sydney calls Matt from the mental hospital and pleads with him to investigate Kimberly. Jane and Matt visit the beach house, where she bonds with Michael while Matt snoops. He discovers that Kimberly owns several wigs, then rips off her wig during a confrontation at the hospital. Sydney accepts a plea bargain after a scummy staff member propositions her, and is released into Jane’s custody. Kimberly vows revenge against Matt. Palmer and Brittany continue their plot against Jake. Palmer turns up on Amanda’s doorstep. Billy and Alison break up after she learns that he took a job at D&D without consulting her. Jo receives a surprise visit from Reed’s parents. She reluctantly admits that Reed is the father of her child, and is shocked when the Carters sue her for custody.
Grand Delusions: Sydney (claiming to be someone named Miranda) hangs around the beach house and attempts to seduce Michael. Michael regains his memory when he is nearly struck by a car in a restaurant parking lot, but doesn’t immediately reveal this. Michael leaves Sydney in an embarrassing situation in Jane’s bedroom, prompting a suggestive remark from Chris. Michael confronts Kimberly and dares her to kill him, but she decides that she loves him too much to finish him off. Billy and Alison bicker constantly at the office. Jo extends an olive branch to the Carters, only to have them laugh in her face. Palmer tells Amanda that he cannot go to prison before paying off some debts, as he fears his creditors will harm her. He tells her of a secret safe deposit box and convinces her to withdraw $500,000. Palmer kidnaps Jake on the boat at gunpoint, and explains that he and Brittany are going to take the money and flee to Mexico. Brittany double-crosses Palmer, shooting him in the back. Jake discovers that the boat is laced with explosives; Brittany activates her detonator, destroying the boat.
Nonsexual Healing: friends (especially Jo and Amanda) are shocked to learn that the Pretty Lady has exploded. The Coast Guard finds Jake clinging for life to a buoy, and he returns to the building safely. Jo is hurt when Jake completely ignores her to visit Amanda, unaware that he is breaking the news of Palmer’s death. When Jo shares her feelings with Jake, they get into a heated argument. He turns his apartment keys over to Matt and takes off on his motorcycle. Alison is disgusted when Billy begins dating their new secretary. Jane and Chris ask Sydney to seek Michael’s share of the design firm in the divorce settlement, but Michael tricks her into settling for $5000.
No Strings Attached: Jo and Amanda argue over who is to blame for Jake’s departure. Jake meets his biological father, Vince Connors. After they resolve some of their differences, Vince convinces Jake to return to Melrose. Jake apologizes for abandoning Jo, then learns from the FBI that he is to receive a large reward for assisting with the capture of Brittany. Chris continually makes unwanted advances toward Sydney, but Jane believes her sister is just trying to cause trouble. Alison gets her new secretary fired, and picks up a guy at Shooters. She seeks revenge after he leads her to believe he wants a relationship, when he was actually just looking for a one-night stand. Peter Burns, the hospital’s new chief of staff, lays down the law to Michael and Kimberly.
The Cook, the Creep, His Lover and Her Sister: Jake uses his reward money to purchase Shooters. When Jake drops off some papers at the design firm, Chris mistakes him for a deliveryman and makes a lewd comment about Sydney. Chris denies the allegations. Jane lashes out at Jake, and fires and evicts Sydney. Jake gives Syd a job at Shooters so that she won’t have to return to the mental hospital. Chris tries to attack Sydney. Michael and Kimberly are asked to appear in a coffee ad. Peter agrees to allow this in order to impress Amanda. She goes out to dinner with him. Billy takes a liking to Alison’s college roommate, Susan. Susan moves in with Alison when a chef job in Santa Barbara falls through.
Love Reeks: Jake provides Sydney with refuge after learning of the attack. Amanda reveals that Jane and Chris have gone to Las Vegas, and Sydney realizes that Chris is planning to make good on his promise to marry Jane. Michael fears that Chris is after Jane’s money. He follows them to Las Vegas, with Kimberly in pursuit. Chris wins big in the casino and proposes to Jane. Michael and Kimberly break up the wedding, then tie the knot themselves. Michael is fired for skipping work. Jo is hospitalized with an ulcer, and Kimberly provides comfort. Jake beats up Chris and sleeps with Sydney. Peter continues to pursue Amanda. Alison learns about Billy’s involvement with Susan.
Dr. Jeckyl Saves His Hide: Sydney plans to leave town to avoid her problems with Chris, but Jake convinces her to stay and give their relationship a chance. Alison claims to have accepted Billy’s relationship with Susan, but begins hitting the bottle. She gets into a catfight with Susan at a client party, prompting Susan to move in with Billy. Michael asks Amanda to manipulate Peter into rehiring him. Amanda agrees, provided that Michael surrender his share in the design firm. Jane promises to give Amanda 25 percent of the business if she can arrange this. Once Michael has returned to work, he backs out of the deal and tries to blackmail Amanda. Peter encourages Amanda to seek control of D&D. Matt learns that Jeffrey, an ex-lover, is back in town. He is stunned when Jeffrey reveals that he has left the Navy and is HIV positive.
And Justice for None: The trial to determine custody of Jo’s baby begins. The Carters’ attorney raises many doubts about the character of Jo’s friends and neighbors, but Jo shines on the stand. Kimberly learns that she cannot have children because of injuries suffered in the car accident. Alison gets drunk at a client party and leaves with a hard-living music business scout named Zack Phillips. Bruce suffers a heart attack while dancing at the event, and Peter suggests that Amanda use the opportunity to seize control of the agency. Alison is unable to testify on Jo’s behalf because she is stoned following a night of partying with Zack. The judge awards custody of the baby to the Carters. Matt questions his relationship with Jeffrey due to the illness, but the two decide to commit to each other.
The Days of Wine and Vodka: Zack encourages Alison to buy an expensive new car and skip work. Billy and Susan confront Alison during Thanksgiving dinner, but she reacts angrily and storms out. A drunken Alison tries to drive to Zack’s house, but he is having a party with his friends. While distracted by her phone, she crashes into a boy on a bicycle. Kimberly explores several motherhood options, some of them illegal. She invites Jo over for Thanksgiving and convinces her to fake a miscarriage and hide her baby from the Carters. A mobster’s associates begin harassing Jake. Sydney is told that Jake will suffer a serious accident unless she sleeps with the mobster’s friend–Chris. Amanda leaks information about Bruce’s health, while Peter prepares a takeover attempt. Matt and Jeffrey refuse to come to Thanksgiving dinner after Matt’s parents ask them to hide the true nature of their relationship.
The Doctor That Rocks the Cradle: Alison is arrested for driving under the influence. She turns to Billy for comfort when Zack neglects her, but Billy reaffirms his relationship with Susan. Alison is cleared of all charges because witnesses felt that the bicyclist had been at fault. Bruce fires Amanda when he realizes that she leaked information and scuttled a possible merger. Kimberly takes Jo to the beach house and induces labor. She checks Jo into the hospital, claiming that she delivered a stillborn child. When Jo shows up at the beach house to take the baby, Kimberly insists that the boy is her child. After Jane allows Chris to deposit a $500,000 check, Chris clears out Jane’s account and kidnaps Sydney.
Just Say No: Bruce learns that D&D has been purchased by a consortium of doctors. Peter fires Bruce and appoints Amanda president. Amanda gives Billy a promotion and orders him to fire Alison, who has begun to experience blackouts. Bruce hangs himself in Amanda’s office. Matt tells Billy that he can save Alison’s job by checking her into rehab. They conduct an intervention, and Alison agrees to seek treatment. She escapes when the trio stops for gas, but later checks herself into the clinic. Sydney decides that she doesn’t mind being a hostage when Chris buys her expensive gifts and gives her unlimited use of his credit cards. She finally calls Jake and asks for help after Chris loses all of Jane’s money and becomes abusive. Michael, Jane and Jake fly to Las Vegas, where Jake expresses his doubts about Sydney’s behavior. Jane and Michael learn that all the money is gone, and sleep together. Michael demands to know why Kimberly suddenly has a child. Jo struggles to prove that her son is alive.
Sex, Drugs and Rockin’ the Cradle: Alison clashes with a man in her group meeting, NFL quarterback Terry Parsons. When Billy fails to show for a meeting featuring loved ones, Alison sneaks out to a bar and gets hammered. Terry helps her get sober and explains his earlier behavior. Billy is outraged when he learns that Susan failed to tell him about Alison’s meeting. He lights into her, prompting Susan to move out. Peter displays increasingly controlling behavior toward Amanda. Jane sends a note and flowers from Michael back to the beach house, and Kimberly threatens to divorce him. The baby becomes very ill and is raced to the hospital. Michael refuses to return the child to Jo, even after a blood test proves she is the mother. Jeffrey is livid when Matt reveals his HIV positive status to the neighbors (to explain Jeffrey’s panic over a bleeding cut). Jake breaks up with Sydney after learning that she slept with Chris.
Holiday on Ice: Amanda is forced to confront her Scrooge-like behavior when Bruce appears to her in a dream and leads her in a version of The Christmas Carol. He encourages her to break free of the hold that Peter has over her. She visits Alison at the rehab center to apologize, and ensures that Bruce’s children are financially secure. Terry becomes jealous after seeing Billy and Alison together, and admits his own feelings for her. Matt and Jo tell Peter that Kimberly has stolen her baby. Peter orders Michael to return the child to Jo. Kimberly goes ballistic and tries to throw herself in the ocean. After Michael saves her, she calls Mrs. Carter to tell her that her grandson is alive. Jeffrey breaks up with Matt because he needs time alone to cope with his illness. Jane convinces Syd to come home for the holidays.
Bye Bye Baby: Peter hires an efficiency expert named Caitlin Mills, who proves to be a headache for Amanda. Alison neglects Billy as her romance with Terry blossoms. Michael, prompted to investigate by Amanda, learns that Peter has been padding his income through a phony research project. Billy discovers that Peter and Caitlin are romantically involved. Jo hires an Englishwoman named Emily Baldwin as her son’s nanny. Jo names her son Austin, and plans to move back to New York. Emily offers Jo a ride to the airport, then drives off with the baby.
They Shoot Mothers, Don’t They? 1 & 2: Jo realizes that Austin’s kidnapping was planned, and Kimberly admits that she told the Carters that the child was alive. Jo punches her. Jake and Jo hit the road in search of the Carters. They spend the night together in a motel, but Jo decides that she isn’t ready for a relationship. Jake and Jo stake out the Carters’ vacation home. Peter and Caitlin set up a plan to nullify Amanda’s contract. Michael blackmails Peter, and Amanda calls on Matt to investigate both men. Billy discovers that Alison is romantically involved with Terry. Sydney gets a roommate–a waitress named Rikki–after Amanda raises the rent.
Another Perfect Day in Hell: Rikki commits acts of vandalism against Jo, Jane and Jake, who believe that Syd is responsible for the crimes. The isolated Sydney is forced to turn to Martin’s cult for comfort. The visiting Meredith admits that she has never slept with a man because of the trauma of the childhood abuse. She tries to seduce Billy. The new chief-of-staff institutes mandatory psychological testing for the staff. Kimberly’s test proves that she is extremely disturbed and highly dangerous. She has some men on the street assault test coordinator Matt, then changes her results while he is out of commission. John Rawlings, the police detective investigating the case, befriends Matt. Billy is concerned by Amanda’s deteriorating health, and asks Michael to check her out. Amanda is horrified when tests reveal that she has Hodgkin’s Disease.
Boxing Sydney: Amanda and Michael clash over the treatment of her cancer, but she eventually realizes she must turn to him for support. Amanda shares her condition with Billy, but asks him to keep it a secret. Alison pries the truth from him after he seems a little too tolerant of Amanda’s behavior. Sydney attends a retreat with Rikki and other cult members. She finds it unsettling when Martin demands that his followers try to scam money from their families, and decides to leave after seeing Martin in bed with two women (including Rikki). Martin agrees to let her go, but he and Rikki pursue her and throw her into an underground pit. John pulls Kimberly out of her car and threatens her at gunpoint after learning that she orchestrated the attack on Matt.
St. Valentine’s Day Massacre: Martin lets Sydney out of the pit and talks her into staying. Jane and Jake drive to Tucson to rescue Syd, but she refuses to leave with them. They return the following day, and Sydney is alarmed when Martin asks her to shoot her sister. She instead shoots up the camp and flees with Jake and Jane. Kimberly is furious to learn the role Michael is taking in Amanda’s treatment. Matt nixes a relationship with John. Jo goes on a ride-along with John to get photos for an underground magazine, and secretly snaps pictures of John beating a drug dealer. She claims she didn’t see anything, but John trashes her apartment. Billy and Alison spend a platonic Valentine’s Day together.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Dinner at Eight: Michael and Amanda fly to New York to try to get her into an experimental treatment program. Kimberly sabotages their chances by phoning the doctor and telling him that Michael has a personal agenda. She also convinces Amanda that her condition is terminal. Michael tells Amanda that Kimberly is a liar, and persuades the doctor to accept Amanda as a patient. Amanda is taken aback when Michael kisses her, but she later sleeps with him. John holds Matt and Jo at gunpoint after they turn incriminating evidence over to the police. With Amanda out of town, Billy and Alison fumble away a big account. Jane convinces Jake to rehire Sydney. Syd is grateful, until she learns that her sister is dating Jake.
And the Winner Is…: Alison goes to the Century Awards headquarters to submit Amanda’s entry. An employee named Brooke Armstrong convinces Alison to also enter her own campaign. Alison and Billy get carried away while working late in his apartment. Kimberly catches Amanda and Michael in a hot tub together during a weekend retreat in Santa Barbara. Michael claims that he has decided to ignore Amanda’s “obsession” with him, but later escorts her to the awards dinner. Amanda is outraged when Alison wins the award for best print ad. Michael professes his love to Amanda. Sydney’s antics break up a romantic dinner between Jake and Jane. Jake dumps Jane after she issues an ultimatum about avoiding Sydney.
Love and Death 101: Alison replaces Amanda as D&D president. Alison has a liaison with Billy in her new office, but quickly rejects him. Brooke gets an internship at D&D. Michael tries to scam the city out of a million dollars by claiming that poor road conditions caused his and Kimberly’s accident. Michael ships Kimberly to Rochester for a job interview so that he can move Amanda into the beach house and watch over her. Amanda collapses and is hospitalized in serious condition. Jake learns that his mother has died. He and Jo drive to Ellensburg, Washington for the funeral. They encounter Jake’s half-brother Jess, who is feeling guilty over his mother’s death. He also harbors resentment toward Jake. The poverty-stricken brothers once robbed a store, but Jess took the heat. He feels that Jake abandoned him by leaving for California. Jake and Jo sleep together again, but still decide not to get back together. Jake establishes a truce with Jess.
To Live and Die in Malibu: Kimberly comes home to discover that Amanda has been staying at her house. Amanda begins to recover from her illness, and asks Brooke to help her undermine Alison. Kimberly tries to use the $100,000 settlement from the city to keep Michael away from Amanda. He accepts her offer, but later files for divorce. Kimberly overdoses on pills, and Michael doesn’t try to revive her. Alison turns into a tyrant at the office and alienates Jo during a photo shoot. Alison gives Brooke a full-time job after she convinces her father to let them use his house for a shoot. Brooke reveals that she is engaged, but later comes on to Billy in a restaurant bathroom. Jess unexpectedly arrives in Los Angeles. Jake gives him a job and a place to stay. Sydney suspects that Jess is using his brother.
All About Brooke: Michael is forced to call an ambulance for Kimberly when Sydney shows up at the beach house. Sydney swipes Kimberly’s suicide note. Kimberly pays Syd $50,000 to plant pills at the beach house and incriminate Michael. Michael pays Sydney another $50,000 for the suicide note. He threatens to turn it over to the medical board unless Kimberly leaves town. Amanda laughs at Michael’s marriage proposal and says that she no longer needs him. Alison rehires Amanda at D&D. Amanda and Brooke conspire to make Alison look foolish. Brooke reveals that she has broken her engagement. Billy turns to Brooke for companionship after Alison gives him the cold shoulder. Jess steals a credit card from one of the customers at Shooters and uses it to pay for a dinner with Jake and Jo. Jake and Jess squabble when Jake suspects the card is stolen.
Melrose Impossible: Kimberly works on her self-defense skills at a survival camp called No More Victims. While in a sweat lodge, she hallucinates about being taunted by Jo, Amanda, Jane and Sydney. Amanda has a difficult time convincing Michael that their relationship is over. Jane is forced to turn the design firm over to Sydney to avoid bankruptcy. Amanda and Brooke trick Alison into committing an embarrassing gaffe with a client. Billy tires of Alison’s cold behavior and sleeps with Brooke. Jess goes on a date with Jo. Jo tries to break things off to avoid hurting Jake, but ends up getting naked with Jess in the alley behind Shooters.
Hose by Any Other Name: Amanda files a restraining order against Michael. Amanda and Brooke finally succeed in ousting Alison from D&D. Jake confronts Jo after Sydney tells him that she overheard a romantic encounter between Jess and Jo. Kimberly gets an “early graduation” from No More Victims camp after breaking the sergeant’s arm. Sydney feels guilty about blackmailing Michael, so she puts him on the payroll in exchange for certain favors. Syd disobeys Jane’s wishes and signs a deal with a pantyhose manufacturer, only to learn that the business is a front for a drug smuggling operation. Matt becomes involved with Paul, a new doctor who is hiding a big secret.
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: Jake throws Jess out of his apartment, and assaults him after his brother taunts him about Jo. Jess hires a thug to stage a robbery at Shooters and shoot Jake. Brooke convinces her father, Hayley, to offer Alison a job in Hong Kong. Billy follows Brooke’s advice and persuades Alison to take the job. Alison writes a note to Billy in which she professes her love, but Brooke refuses to give it to him. Matt learns that Paul is married, but continues the relationship when Paul says that he needs Matt’s help to come out. Paul’s wife, Carol, threatens Matt’s life. One of the alleged drug dealers reveals to Sydney that he is actually an FBI agent. He talks her into resigning so that she won’t be implicated when the feds raid the design firm. Sydney is stunned to discover that the entire fiasco was a set-up engineered by Jane to oust her from the business. Kimberly seeks Amanda’s friendship, then tricks her into believing that Michael is stalking her.
Framing of the Shrews: Jake suspects that Jess is responsible for his shooting, and is unmoved when Jess keeps Shooters open in his absence. Brooke replaces Alison’s love note with a letter in which she states that long distance relationships cannot work. She also complicates Alison’s efforts to get in touch with Billy. Billy proposes to Brooke along the boardwalk. Paul says that he is getting a divorce, and asks Matt to help him move out. He then stays inside the house and tells Carol that Matt is stalking him. Kimberly tries to convince everyone that Michael is stalking her, and makes Amanda believe that he vandalized her car. Kimberly trashes the beach house and scratches her own face. She calls the police, then stages a fight with Michael so that he will be arrested. When Kimberly returns to her motel room after a court hearing, a creepy man’s image appears in a mirror and talks to her.
The Big Bang 1 & 2: Peter bails Michael out of jail. He explains that he only served a few days of jail time, and asks Michael to testify on his behalf before the medical board. The demon tries to goad Kimberly into committing acts of violence against her enemies. Sydney breaks into Kimberly’s motel room and discovers a grotesque photo collage of Syd and others. Sydney and Michael’s warnings about Kimberly are ignored by the police. Kimberly confronts Peter about his alliance with Michael, and he expresses a romantic interest in her. Amanda tells Alison that Billy and Brooke are getting married. Alison realizes that Hayley hired her to get her out of Brooke’s way. Jo rejects Jess’s hasty marriage proposal. Jane’s firm faces foreclosure. Jane aggressively pursues a famous designer named Richard Hart, and is hired by his ex-wife’s firm. Paul tells Matt that Carol has moved out, but she is actually just out of town for the weekend.
Post Mortem Madness: Kimberly sets off her bombs, destroying half of the building. MacKenzie suffers a fatal heart attack. Billy breaks down Alison’s door and pulls her to safety, although she is blinded by the blast. Peter saves Kimberly from drowning after the impact knocks her into the pool. Kimberly is placed in the psychiatric ward, and is unable to recall the events of the past week. Billy storms out when Hayley calls him to task for not immediately taking Brooke on their honeymoon. Brooke later moves out of the mansion and into Billy’s apartment. Jess is killed in the fall from the construction site, while Jake suffers only minor injuries. He shuns a guilt-ridden Jo. The jailed Matt is enraged when his parents seem to suspect that he is guilty of murder. They win back his trust when they put up their mortgage to bail him out of jail.
Melrose Is Like a Box of Chocolates: Jane, Sydney and Jo get temporary roommates while the building is repaired. Jake goes on a drinking binge in the aftermath of his brother’s death. Amanda invites Alison to return to D&D. Peter encourages Kimberly to pretend to be insane to get a lighter sentence, but she refuses. Kimberly attacks a doctor during a psychiatric evaluation, and threatens to jump off the roof. Peter is able to talk her down with a love declaration (although he isn’t sincere). Michael and Peter decide to establish their own practice. Brooke is distressed when an inheritance isn’t all that she expected. Sydney quits Shooters because of Jake’s self-destructive behavior, and is hired as Michael and Peter’s receptionist. Matt gets into a fist fight with Paul at the hospital. He later punches out Jake after taking exception to his treatment of Jo. Jake finally breaks down and turns to Jo for comfort. Jane undermines Richard’s authority at work.
Blind Ambition: Alison regains her sight during a client party. Jane convinces her to keep the news to herself, as Brooke is only allowing her near Billy out of pity. Brooke snoops in Amanda’s office and discovers a Florida driver’s license for Amanda Parezi. Matt’s lawyer, Alycia, resigns when he insists on trying to coax a confession from Paul on his own. Paul believes that Matt has an incriminating letter from Carol, and asks him to come to his house. Paul holds Matt at gunpoint and plans to kill him. Fortunately, Jo has called Alycia, who arrives with the police. Paul is mortally wounded in a shootout and confesses to his wife’s murder before dying. Matt returns to work, only to be fired by Dr. Hobbs. Peter again asks Kimberly to plead insanity. He is impressed when she lunges for Michael and Sydney in the courtroom, until he realizes that her behavior is not an act. Richard objects when Jane hires Jo without consulting him. Jake and Jo finally get back together. Jake receives a surprise visit from Jess’s ex-wife, Shelly.
Simply Shocking: Brooke flies to Miami to investigate Amanda’s past. She learns from an old newspaper article that Amanda was presumed dead years ago. She also visits the house of Amanda’s ex-husband, Jack, claiming that her car has broken down. Brooke blackmails Amanda into giving her a promotion. Jack, who had swiped one of Brooke’s business cards, arrives in Los Angeles. Billy learns that Alison has regained her sight. Michael pretends to have reconciled with Sydney in the hopes of driving Kimberly over the edge. Peter reveals to Syd that his concern for Kimberly stems from memories of a deceased sister who suffered a similar plight. Jane and Richard get engaged. Richard fires Jane after she publicly dishonors MacKenzie’s memory, but is later forced to make her a partner. Jo is wary when Jake hires Shelly and allows her to stay at his apartment. Dr. Hobbs makes a homophobic remark about Matt to Michael. Michael encourages Matt to sue for wrongful dismissal.
Drawing Henry: Kimberly reveals that she is being goaded into violent acts by visions of a man named Henry. When Kimberly’s mother learns of her daughter’s plight, she plans to ship her back to Cleveland. Peter convinces Mrs. Shaw to tell the truth about Henry. She reveals that Henry was a gardener that eight-year-old Kimberly killed when he tried to rape her mother. Peter tells Kimberly that this revelation may lead to her release, as she can now be treated. Brooke tries to keep Jack away from Amanda. Jack stops Amanda from leaving town and asks for a divorce. Jo and Jake bicker over the amount of time he spends with Shelly. Alison refuses to help Hayley break up Billy and Brooke, but later joins him for a romantic dinner. Jo talks to Jane on Richard’s behalf, and learns that Jane doesn’t love him.
The Jane Mutiny: Jane and Richard announce that their engagement is back on. Jo is distressed when Jane reiterates the fact that she doesn’t love Richard. Jo gets very drunk at the engagement party, argues with Jane, and tells Richard the truth. Jack seeks to settle his divorce with Amanda so that he can re-marry. Amanda is angry when Jack makes the final payment on the apartment building repairs. Amanda reveals to Billy that Jack used to beat her. She faked her own death because Jack had threatened her father when she tried to escape. Brooke becomes jealous of Alison’s budding relationship with Hayley. Kimberly is released into Peter’s custody. Michael and Sydney plot to find a Henry-lookalike to drive Kimberly back to insanity. Matt wins his case when his lawyer goads Dr. Hobbs into admitting his homophobia.
Let the Games Begin: Amanda is incensed when Brooke secures Jack’s cable company as a client for D&D. Michael hires a waiter and aspiring actor named Mark Paul to impersonate Henry. Amanda holds a “We Survived the Blast of `95” party in the courtyard. Kimberly receives permission to drop by the party with Peter to apologize for her actions. Amanda agrees to forgive her. Mark Paul hides in the laundry room and startles Kimberly. Jane declares war on Jo over the broken engagement. Shelly throws herself at Jake during the party, as Jo is working late with Richard. Alison sleeps with Hayley. Brooke tries to convince Alison that Hayley is a womanizing pig. Matt’s parents suggest that he use his settlement to return to medical school. Matt’s father dies of congestive heart disease. When Amanda goes to Jack’s house for dinner, she learns that his fiancée does not exist. He declares that he will never let go of Amanda.
Dial M for Melrose: Amanda gets into a scuffle with Jack as she struggles to escape. Jack trips over Amanda while pursuing her, and tumbles over the top of the staircase. Amanda calls Peter for help, as she fears the police would not believe her story. Peter claims that he stopped by the house and found that Jack had suffered an accident. Michael realizes that Peter’s diagnosis is incorrect, but backs off after Amanda shares her history with Jack. Kimberly discovers that Mark Paul is a real person, and bullies him into admitting he was hired to scare her. Michael and Kimberly take their feud to national radio. Kimberly is furious when Peter neglects her in favor of Amanda. Alison agrees to move in with Hayley. Jake and Jo try to overcome their jealousy and stubbornness.
Amanda Unplugged: Jack remains in a coma. A frightened Amanda gets plastered at the Shooters Halloween party and sleeps with Peter. Jack wakes up and pretends to apologize to Amanda, then tries to strangle her. When Amanda slaps him, his breathing apparatus is dislodged. Sydney witnesses the exchange. Richard asks Jo to join Jane and him for a photo shoot in Hawaii, then has Jane called out of town. Jane makes Jake believe that Jo is cheating on him. Jo refuses to go on the trip after learning Richard’s intentions, but catches a drunken Jake making out with Shelly at Shooters. Hayley explodes after finding Alison snooping in a locked room that belonged to his late wife. He apologizes and explains that he feels guilty that he married for money. Matt barely fails the medical school boards, but Michael changes his results so that he can gain entry. Kimberly violates her parole to take a job as a radio talk show host. Brooke discovers that she is pregnant.
El Syd: Jack dies following his tussle with Amanda. Sydney blackmails Amanda and Peter, demanding half of Amanda’s share of the estate. Amanda sells her share for a dollar in exchange for the sealing of the autopsy records. Kimberly grows tired of living under Peter’s roof. Amanda and Peter realize that Sydney is more interested in Michael than any money. Amanda leases Sydney’s apartment to Kimberly, and sends Syd off to live in the beach house. Hayley proposes to Alison. Alison goes on a business trip with Billy. Their plane is forced to land in the desert, and Alison tries to share her feelings as they await repairs. Billy interrupts with the news of Brooke’s pregnancy. Alison and Hayley are married in Mexico. Jo follows Richard to Hawaii and quickly sleeps with him. Matt learns that Michael altered his test results.
Free Kimmy: Alison and Hayley honeymoon at a luxurious hotel/resort in Cancun, which he owns. Alison overhears Hayley arguing with the hotel manager over finances. She is further distressed when Hayley tells Brooke that he and Alison will not have children. Amanda pushes Peter away. Jack’s father orders his other son, Bobby, to “take care of” Amanda. Michael is pleased when Sydney throws him a surprise birthday party, but threatens to cut her loose when he learns she is blackmailing Peter. Jane decks Jo after she overhears her make a catty remark to Richard. Jane decides to begin dating Michael to make Richard jealous. A lonely Kimberly has a fling with the pool boy. Matt and Jake discover that bookkeeper Shelly hasn’t given Jake the password to Shooters’ computer records. Meanwhile, Shelly fills a safe deposit box with cash.
Kimberly Does L.A.: Kimberly’s bed-hopping puts her life in danger when her latest conquest turns out to be Vic, a psychotic man who has made threatening calls to her radio show. He ties her up and holds her hostage in a condemned building. Shelly tries to cover her tracks, but Jake eventually learns that she has been embezzling from Shooters. She tries to stab Jake when he confronts her. Peter convinces Amanda to open up to him. She tells him that she loved a man before she met Jack, and was deeply hurt when he left her. Bobby follows Amanda for a few days before finally coming to her apartment. She is angry at first, but then embraces him. Jane creates problems between Richard and Jo after she begins dating Michael. Hayley suddenly decides to sell his house. He wakes Alison in the middle of the night and says they are taking a second honeymoon. Billy and Brooke move into Alison’s old apartment.
Hook, Line and Hayley: Hayley takes Alison away on a cruise. He reveals that he has serious financial problems, and throws his records into the ocean. Hayley plans to flee to Mexico, and Alison agrees to join him. A drunken Hayley falls overboard in the middle of the night. The Coast Guard later recovers his body. Kimberly manages to knock Vic unconscious and free herself. She hauls Vic into the police station. Kimberly tells Peter that she is giving up her radio career to become a psychiatrist. Amanda suspects that Bobby is going to kill her, but he says he came to Los Angeles to protect her from his family. Peter is furious when Amanda has dinner with Bobby, especially after he learns Bobby is the “first love” Amanda had described to him. Syd confronts Jane about her intentions toward Michael. Jake is frustrated by the police investigation of Shelly. He finds that most of his money is already gone.
Two Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest: Brooke blames Alison for Hayley’s death, and arranges for Alison to be taken in for questioning. The death is ruled an accident. The bulk of Hayley’s estate is left to Brooke’s unborn child. Hayley left nothing to Alison, as he had actually secretly divorced her a week before his death. Brooke quits her job. Alison insists on making a presentation at a software convention, but fails to show for a lunch meeting. Billy drives to the hotel and finds that Alison has been drinking. Bobby seeks Peter’s help in rehabilitating his family’s image. Amanda sees Bobby in a new light after the FBI harasses him. Sydney reluctantly turns to Kimberly for counseling about Jane’s involvement with Michael. She suggests Syd push the two together to get it out of Michael’s system, but the plan backfires. Jake turns to a loan shark friend to cope with Shooters’ crisis. Matt befriends Alan Ross, an actor who was treated for a broken arm.
Oy! To the World: Billy makes the presentation in Alison’s place. When Brooke arrives, Billy claims that he slept with Alison (in order to prevent Brooke from finding out that she is off the wagon). Brooke learns that she is not really pregnant, but doesn’t share the truth with Billy. Kimberly suggests that Sydney organize the hospital Christmas party to boost Michael’s career. Bobby agrees to host the event. When Jane monopolizes Michael’s time, Sydney slips tranquilizers into her drink. Jane and Michael head upstairs. As Michael is called to the podium to give the keynote address, he runs out of a bedroom in his underwear and says that Jane collapsed. Richard and Jo plan to force Jane from the business, but Jo has a change of heart when Jane extends an olive branch. Matt and Alan get closer.
Holy Strokes: Jane has suffered a stroke, and is left paralyzed on one side. Sydney insists that she did not realize the pills would cause this reaction. Kimberly suggests that Syd dodge suspicion by becoming Jane’s caretaker. Jane moves into the beach house. Brooke asks Billy to meet her at the hospital, and says that she has suffered a miscarriage. She pushes Billy to get her pregnant “again,” as she can only gain access to Hayley’s money through a child. Billy learns the truth from Brooke’s doctor, and declares that the marriage is over. Bobby convinces Amanda, Peter and Alison to join him for a weekend in Palm Springs. Billy drives down to talk with Alison, who decides to leave early. Bobby declares his love for Amanda. They kiss at midnight on New Year’s Eve, as Peter secretly looks on. Bobby settles a malpractice suit for Peter. Matt stops Alan from moving to New York by asking him to move in with him. Billy arrives home to discover that Brooke has slashed her wrists.
The Brooke Stops Here: Brooke survives her suicide attempt. A guilt-ridden Billy returns to her side and demands that Amanda rehire her. Peter gives Bobby an ultimatum. Bobby stops by Amanda’s apartment to tell her that he is bowing out, but she sleeps with him. Kimberly suggests that Sydney incriminate someone else in Jane’s accident. She slips some pills into Richard’s desk, where Jo finds them. Jo turns to Jake for advice, but he has nothing to say to her. Michael moves out after Sydney accosts him for trying to take advantage of Jane. Monty asks Jake to collect from another of his “customers” to pay off his interest, but Jake cannot go through with it. Alan shies away from Matt after Kimberly shares the sordid details of his past relationships.
Sydney, Bothered and Bewildered: Alison tries to show some sensitivity toward Brooke, who responds by trashing Alison’s apartment. When Billy confronts Brooke, she goes ballistic and throws dishes and pasta across the room. A fed-up Billy walks out on her. Amanda breaks up with Peter to pursue a relationship with Bobby. Peter flirts with Bobby’s lawyer, Alycia (who defended Matt against the murder charge). Alycia tells Jake that her (unidentified) client has bought his loan from Monty. Michael agrees to come home from Peter’s if Sydney can get Jane out of the beach house. Syd tries to dump her off at a cheap convalescent home, but Jane refuses to go. Sydney leaves Jane on the beach while she has dinner with Michael. Jake saves Jane from drowning. Jo believes Richard’s claims of innocence regarding the pills. Alan wins a role on a soap opera.
The Bobby Trap: Vince is furious when he learns that Bobby did not kill Amanda. He shows up at their hotel during a weekend getaway and holds them at gunpoint. Billy files for divorce. Michael injects Kimberly with truth serum and gets her to admit that Sydney drugged Jane. She also tells Michael that she loves him. Michael throws Sydney out, and Kimberly asks her to stay at her apartment. Peter begins dating Alycia. Jane regains the use of her legs. She announces that she is quitting Hart-Mancini to concentrate on her own work. Matt is wary when Alan gains an on-screen reputation as a ladies’ man.
No Lifeguard on Duty 1 & 2: Amanda tells Vince that Jack was not the loving son that he remembers. Vince is outraged, but decides to let Amanda and Bobby go. He sells his shares in Bobby’s cable company, leaving the business in jeopardy. Amanda agrees to help Bobby. Peter pays Syd to accompany him to a party and try to win Bobby away from Amanda. A financially strapped Brooke is thrown out of her hotel room. Alison convinces Billy not to have Amanda fire Brooke. Brooke tries to win back her ex-fiancé, but he laughs at her. Kimberly receives a call from Vic. When she visits him in prison, he vows that he will get out. Jane decides to start a business in Jake’s garage. Jane’s relationship with Jake is strained when she makes vicious comments to Jo. Matt accuses Alan of trying to keep their relationship under wraps.
Devil in a Wet Dress: Alison and Billy pull Brooke from the pool, but she is already dead. Billy is haunted by nightmares about Brooke. Michael goes to great lengths to convince Kimberly to move back in with him. Alycia threatens to quit when Bobby warns her to stay away from Peter. She catches Peter going through her files. Jane and Richard resort to underhanded tactics as they fight over a potential client. Matt is wary of Alan’s relationship with his leading lady, until he learns she is a lesbian. She warns that the show’s producer destroyed her relationship, and could do the same to Matt and Alan.
Circle of Strife: Kimberly is hurt when she receives divorce papers, although they had been filed months before her reconciliation with Michael. He suggests that they have a real wedding at the beach house and renew their vows. Michael fires Sydney at Kimberly’s request. Sydney sues Michael and Peter for sexual harassment, and they are forced to appoint her office manager. Peter stifles Alycia’s suspicions by claiming that his father was destroyed by the Parezis. They launch a plan to ruin Bobby’s image by making it appear that he is bribing a senator. Jo accidentally takes Jane’s sketch pad, and the designs are included in Richard’s new line. Alison is outraged when Billy embarrasses her in front of a client to set up his own pitch. They later sleep together, and Billy tries to bully Alison into moving in with him. Alan tells Matt that the show’s producer has decided that he and his co-star, Valerie, should marry as a publicity stunt.
Run Billy Run: Alison is put off by Billy’s obnoxious behavior, and pushes him away. Amanda agrees to give Billy a raise if he can win a prestigious airline account. He sleeps with a rival executive to get her to reveal their strategy, then uses it to undermine them. Amanda turns to Peter for comfort after the bribery allegations against Bobby become public. An incensed Alycia threatens to reveal Peter’s scam unless he stays away from Amanda. Jane has to cancel her fashion show because Richard has taken her designs. She sabotages Richard’s show by using a tiki torch (part of the show’s theme) to trigger the sprinkler system. Kimberly begins suffering migraines.
Ruthless People: Billy continues to irritate Alison with his win-at-all-costs attitude and boorish behavior. He befriends the chauvinistic president of a vodka company, and usurps one of Amanda’s accounts. Alan’s parents come to town for the “wedding,” and are unaware that their son is gay. They reveal that they have purchased a house for Alan and Valerie. A distraught Matt gets drunk and sleeps with his friend Dave. Matt walks out during the wedding, and Alan refuses to go after him. Jo discovers that Jane is responsible for the mishap at Richard’s show. She blackmails her into hiring Richard as a consultant. Kimberly develops an alternate personality–a prudish, controlling woman named Betsy Jones. Amanda rejects Bobby, and he breaks down her apartment door. Peter is later knocked unconscious following a scuffle with Bobby.
The Burning Couch: Bobby is arrested for assaulting Peter, but Sydney later convinces Amanda to have the charges dropped. Peter makes a deal with Billy’s client so that he can pay off Alycia and escape her influence. Alycia takes over Bobby’s company. “Betsy” throws the couch off the deck and sets it on fire, and later tries to maim Michael. Jake is furious to learn that Jane sabotaged Richard’s show. He gets drunk during a fashion convention and sleeps with a stranger. The woman is later hired as Jane’s new assistant. Alan outs himself to a tabloid because he can no longer live a lie. Matt is hesitant to take him back.
Triumph of the Bill: Billy uses underhanded means to steal the keynote speech at an ad convention away from Alison. He makes an emotional speech about lying, and reveals that he has sold his soul to become a star in the industry. After Billy is a hit at the convention, Amanda sleeps with him. Alison quits her job and learns that Amanda is using Billy to help her career. Kimberly develops another personality, a cool biker chick named Rita. She refuses Peter’s medical advice. Sydney blackmails Alycia into rehiring Bobby, but he instead seeks honest work as a mechanic. Sydney offers to let the homeless Bobby stay at her apartment. Claire has been hired by Richard to break up Jake and Jane. She tells Jane that she is having an affair with Jake. Jane fires Claire and breaks up with Jake. Jake rejects a reconciliation attempt by Jo and crawls back to Jane.
What Comes Up, Must Come Down: Alison takes a job as a waitress at Shooters. Amanda uses Billy’s status to her advantage in her contract negotiations. Kimberly asks Peter to take Michael out of town for a few days so that she can have time to herself. Michael and Peter head to Palm Springs, where they are judges in a teen beauty pageant. Teri Carson, the pushy mother of one of the contestants, tries to convince Peter to vote for her daughter. Her daughter, Brandi, seduces Michael. She does not win the pageant. Amanda dumps Billy to go back to Peter. She rejects Peter after Teri shows up on his doorstep and says that she is suing him for sleeping with her underage daughter. Sydney tries to bond with Bobby by getting him drunk and getting tattoos together. Sydney’s friend Laurie comes to town with her young son Tyler. Jo takes them in because Sydney has no room for them. While babysitting, Jo discovers bruises on the boy’s back. Matt laments the fact that Alan has moved to New York.
True Fibs: Teri threatens to expose Michael’s actions to Kimberly unless he lets Peter take the fall for sleeping with Brandi. Amanda apologizes for doubting Peter. He refuses to meet Teri’s settlement demands. Kimberly begs Peter for help with her illness. Before he can treat her, he is arrested for statutory rape. Amanda learns that Michael was the one who slept with Brandi. Kimberly argues with “Betsy,” who conks Michael on the head with a hammer. Matt asks one of his medical school professors, pediatrician Dr. Dominick O’Malley, to look at Tyler. He finds no evidence of abuse. Laurie tells Jo to mind her own business. Billy’s string of success with ad campaigns comes to an end. He decides that he must put his obsession with Brooke behind him and move on. Richard rapes Jane during a business trip to New York. She pushes Jake away and doesn’t tell anyone what has happened. Sydney inadvertently becomes a porno producer when she invests money with an old acquaintance of Bobby’s.
Melrose Unglued: Amanda persuades Teri to drop the charges against Peter by making Brandi the spokesperson for a cosmetics company. “Betsy” throws a knife at Michael after he reveals that he slept with Brandi. When he returns, Kimberly begs him to stay away for his own good. She turns to Peter for help, but vanishes before he can aid her. Bobby’s friend Jimmy tells Sydney that Alycia and Peter conspired to take Bobby down. Syd shares this news with Bobby, who sets up a confrontation with Alycia. When he tries to attack her, she knocks him out a high-rise building to his death. As Peter is about to be questioned about Bobby’s death, Alycia calls from her car and confesses. She agrees to turn herself in, but loses control of the car while picking up her phone, and has a head-on collision with a semi. Dominick gets Matt to set him up on a date with Jo. She convinces him to see Tyler again, and Laurie reveals that the boy was abused by her ex-boyfriend. Jane tells Jake about the rape in the hopes that he will kill Richard.
Peter’s Excellent Adventure: Peter learns that Alycia is dead. Amanda punches him for setting up Bobby, but later forgives him. Kimberly resurfaces and agrees to serve as Peter’s alibi. However, she has turned into Betsy again. She injects Peter with a paralyzing drug and has him committed to a mental hospital that she is temporarily running. Alison stops Jake from killing Richard. Jane tries to file rape charges, but learns that she has no case. Jake and Alison are stunned when Jane says that she is continuing her partnership with Richard. Jane is actually planning revenge, and begins hanging around the shooting range. Billy asks Jake to help him win back Alison. Matt is accidentally injected with tainted blood during a struggle with a street kid at the hospital.
Full Metal Betsy: Michael and Amanda hit the road in search of Peter and Kimberly. Peter befriends a nurse, but she turns against him when he uses her as part of a plot to escape. As Michael and Amanda try to infilitrate the mental hospital, “Betsy” prepares to give Peter a lobotomy. Matt develops spinal meningitis as the result of his accident with the street kid (who has died of the disease). Jo is angry when Dominick behaves insensitively toward Matt. Michael blurts out that Sydney was responsible for Jane’s stroke. Jane blackmails Sydney into participating in her plot to murder Richard. Jane considers a new business proposition when a salesgirl named Samantha Reilly tells her that the store where she works is for sale. Billy and Alison have a disastrous date. Alison is furious to learn that Jake had aided Billy’s pursuit of her.
Dead Sisters Walking 1 & 2: Peter is saved from the lobotomy when Michael and Amanda break into the hospital, but “Betsy” captures them and locks them in the boiler room. Nurse Benson realizes that Kimberly is crazy, and tries to release the trio. “Betsy” stops them from escaping, but Michael is able to talk Kimberly back to reality. An orderly suspects that Michael has brainwashed Kimberly, and tries to attack him. Kimberly rescues Michael, but falls off a twenty-foot platform in the scuffle. Syd tries to dissuade Jane from continuing her murder plot. Jane offers Samantha a job and apartment in exchange for information on other offers on the store. Jane embezzles money from Richard to buy the space. Matt begins to recover from his illness. Jo is stunned when Dominick proposes. Jake tries to push Alison away when she expresses a romantic interest in him.
Living With Disaster: Richard torments Jane’s conscience by leaving clues about the murder around her home and office. Detective Wylie tells Amanda that Peter is actually Dr. Peter Howell, who is wanted in Kansas City on charges of murdering his wife. Amanda visits Kansas City and talks with the mother of Peter’s late wife Beth. She learns that Beth suffered from terminal cancer, and that Peter told her parents that he had fulfilled her wishes by putting her out of her misery. Beth’s father insisted on pressing charges, but a diary entry later revealed that Beth had taken her own life. However, Peter tells Amanda that he did kill his wife. Kimberly regains consciousness, but disappears before she can make a statement on Peter’s behalf. Alison rejects Billy’s marriage proposal. Alison and Jake decide to keep their relationship a secret. In Boston, a woman named Taylor McBride is intrigued when she reads a newspaper article about Peter’s legal problems. She tells her husband, Kyle, that she is visiting Los Angeles. She rents Jo’s old apartment.
Over Dick’s Dead Body: Jane suspects that Richard is still alive. Sydney suggests that they dig up the body to alleviate her sister’s fears. They find that the body is gone, and someone has left a note threatening to turn the sisters in to the police unless they pay him $50,000. After initially trying to use counterfeit money, Jane and Sydney take the cash to the gravesite. Richard appears and points a gun at them. Michael finds Kimberly, who explains that she cannot remember the night of Bobby’s murder. Peter is injured after picking a fight with a prison guard. Alison decides to move out of the building so that she and Jake can have time alone. Matt steals Michael’s prescription pad to get access to more pills. Taylor convinces Kyle that they should buy a restaurant in Los Angeles.
Moving Violations: Jane and Sydney escape when Jane hits Richard in the gut with a shovel. As a deputy is driving Jane and Syd to meet Samantha, they see Richard come out of a grocery store. Richard is killed in a shootout. At the morgue, Jane stabs his body with a brooch to make sure that he is dead. A sheriff returns their money, and orders them out of his town. Jane stops a bewildered Sam from moving out. Sydney invests her money in Jane’s boutique. Amanda threatens Kimberly when she refuses to perjure herself. Kimberly later ensures Peter’s release when she recalls a waiter who can serve as his alibi. Amanda is angry when Taylor shows up at the courthouse. Billy mistakenly believes Alison has invited him to her apartment, and gets into a fist fight with Jake when he finds him there. One of Matt’s professors suspects that he is on drugs.
Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Love: Peter fires Sydney after learning that she sold his house (which he had listed as a company asset) to pay the practice’s debts. Peter has to move into Amanda’s apartment. Sydney goes to work at the boutique. Billy goes on a date with Sam, but is still preoccupied with Alison. At the grand opening of the boutique, a drunken Billy announces that Alison and Jake are sleeping together. An outraged Jane throws Jake and Alison out of the store. After confronting Alison at her new apartment, Jane accidentally trips over some oily rags and sets the building on fire. Kimberly is ordered to appear before the medical board. She voluntarily surrenders her license and takes a job as the Burns/Mancini receptionist. Taylor has an appointment with Peter, and asks Amanda to handle advertising for the restaurant. Michael warns Matt to get clean. Matt nearly suffers a heart attack while high on PCP. He is later arrested for soliciting an undercover cop.
Un-Janed Melody: Jane saves Jake and Alison from the fire. Jane apologizes for her outburst, but later tries to seduce Billy to make the couple jealous. She also makes crank calls and throws a brick through Jake’s window. Jake believes Billy is responsible, and assaults him when he and Samantha return from a date. Amanda is annoyed when Taylor and Kyle just happen to show up at the same Palm Springs hotel where she and Peter are spending their honeymoon. Arthur Field gives his son, Craig, a job at D&D. Billy overhears them plotting to destroy Amanda. Billy decides not to share this information after she bows to Arthur’s edict and demotes him. Sydney is smitten with Kyle. When he expresses interest in one of Sam’s paintings, Syd claims to be the artist’s agent. Kimberly is emotionally unable to sleep with Michael. He meets an attractive woman while jogging along the beach. Matt checks into a rehab facility, where the head doctor takes interest in him.
Jane’s Addiction: Jane slashes Alison’s tires. Jake catches Jane following Alison and him, and orders her to stop stalking them. Jane files a restraining order against Jake. Sam pushes Billy away after Jane shares details of his past, but Billy is able to win her trust. Amanda denies Craig’s attempt to undermine her in front of a client. Amanda becomes annoyed when Peter neglects his job and begins hanging out at Kyle’s restaurant and drinking heavily. Michael sleeps with Megan, the woman he met while jogging. Sydney tells Kyle that the artist she represents is a Russian immigrant named Samuel Kirov, and offers to sell him the painting. Samantha reluctantly agrees to this deception. Matt is thrown out of medical school, and suspects that the doctor at the rehab facility, Dan Hathaway, squealed on him. Dan tells Matt that the classmate who got him hooked ratted on people after he was busted. Dan helps Matt get back into school after he agrees to counseling.
Young Doctors in Heat: Amanda and Peter continue to fight constantly. Peter decides to stay with Michael and Kimberly for awhile. He spends one night on the McBrides’ couch after drinking heavily. While he is sleeping, Taylor stares at him and talks about how much she missed him. Amanda rents the restaurant for the night and reconciles with Peter. When Jake refuses to respond, Alison confronts Jane about her loony behavior. Megan insists that Michael doesn’t need to know anything about her. Kimberly undergoes an MRI to determine the cause of her headaches. Kyle comforts Sydney after she has a disastrous blind date with an acquaintance of Samantha’s. Matt expresses a romantic interest in Dan.
Mission: Interpersonal: Taylor reveals that she is the younger sister of Peter’s late wife Beth. She hangs out with Peter while Amanda is away on a business trip, and helps him pick out a ring for her. Samantha gives Billy the brush-off after he laughs about Jake and Alison’s problems. She begins dating Craig. Michael learns that Megan is a prostitute. Kimberly is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Michael vows that he will take care of Megan. After Michael leaves Megan’s house, Kimberly arrives to discuss their “arrangement.” Jake confronts Jane and emphasizes that their relationship is over. She realizes that she was taking her anger toward Richard out on him. Matt gives Dan the credit for his improvement at school.
Farewell Mike’s Concubine: Kimberly orders Megan to stop “servicing” Michael, but he refuses to stay away from her. Michael cuts off Megan’s relationship with her clients. Kimberly tells Megan that she is dying, and asks her to take care of Michael. Michael asks Peter to recommend him for chief-of-staff, but Peter decides to apply for the job. Kyle forbids Taylor from seeing Peter. Alison takes a temporary assignment at D&D, much to Jake’s chagrin. Jake offers to make her a partner in Shooters. Craig tries to move too quickly in his relationship with Samantha. While snooping through his father’s files, he discovers that he holds a controlling interest in D&D. A disoriented Jane decides to go home to Chicago for a few days. Dan suggests that he and Matt slow down their relationship.
Nice Work if You Can Get It: Craig takes the reins of D&D. Arthur pays Amanda to keep an eye on Craig so that the business can stay afloat until he resumes control. Kimberly pretends to catch Michael with Megan, and tells him she is filing for divorce. Jane learns she is adopted (and Sydney isn’t) after she tries to donate blood before her mother’s gall bladder surgery. She discovers that her birth mother lives in Los Angeles. Sam gives a painting to Craig, and he uses it to taunt Billy. Taylor consoles Peter when the patient in his first surgery since his arrest dies of post-surgery complications. He later freezes in the operating room. Kyle is furious when Taylor continues to spend too much time with Peter. Kyle sleeps with Sydney when she stops by the restaurant at night to deliver a painting. Matt becomes suspicious of Dan’s controlling behavior. Jake is hurt when Alison doesn’t jump at the chance to become his business partner.
Sole Sister: Kyle rejects Sydney and vows to make his marriage work. Jane also pushes Syd away as she searches for her birth mother. She learns that her mother is a former actress named Sherry (Larson) Doucette. Alison seeks Billy’s advice about her problems with Jake. She decides to serve as Jake’s apprentice for a year before she considers whether to become a partner. Kimberly serves Michael with divorce papers. Arthur tries to legally contest the transfer of Craig’s stock. Craig impresses Sam by renting her a studio to pursue her painting. Peter develops a fear of surgery. Dan is confronted by a former patient and lover during a dinner date with Matt. The man warns that Dan is a control freak.
Quest for Mother: Kimberly rejects Michael’s final attempt at a reconciliation. He decides to stay with Matt for a while, but Kimberly urges Megan to get Michael back. Dan pressures Matt to move in with him. Peter turns to golf to lift his spirits when he fails to win the chief-of-staff position. Amanda puts up with his behavior, until he loses a large bet over a golf game to Kyle. Taylor convinces Peter to join her in lighting a candle in Beth’s memory on the anniversary of her death. She reveals that she forged the final entry in Beth’s diary so that Peter would be cleared. Arthur calls off his lawsuit when Craig threatens to reveal a family secret. Samantha abandons her studio when she realizes that Craig is expecting something in return. Sydney takes a second job as a hostess at Kyle’s. Sherry meets with Jane at a mansion, and asks that she seek no further contact. Jane later discovers that Sherry actually lives in a small apartment, and tries to reach out to her mother.
Crazy Love: Sydney resents Jane’s new relationship with her mother. Sherry lies about the identity of Jane’s biological father, but later reveals that he was a producer with whom she had slept to win a part. Amanda and Craig take a business trip to Palm Springs. When Peter arrives to surprise Amanda, he finds her having dinner with Craig and wearing a pearl necklace. Peter refuses to listen to her explanation, and trashes the restaurant. Amanda throws him out of the apartment. Taylor decides to donate one of Samantha’s paintings to a charity auction. Sam (who hasn’t received any money from the sales) tries to buy it back, but Sydney bids on the painting to drive up the price and make Kyle look generous. Sydney is in a bind when she accidentally buys the painting, and hopes that the man who bid against her will take it off her hands. He is actually an employee of computer genius Carter Gallavan, who buys the painting and takes a liking to Syd. Billy retrieves the painting that Sam gave to Craig. Billy and Sam decide they belong together. Kimberly plans to die in a staged accident so that Michael can benefit from her insurance money. Jake and Alison take a Christmas getaway to Park City. Dan showers Matt with gifts in an attempt to gain control of him.
The Accidental Doctor: Michael tries to reunite Peter and Amanda in the hopes that Peter will again make a contribution at the office. Kyle tries to play matchmaker at his birthday party, but Amanda isn’t ready to talk to Peter. Peter regains his confidence when he witnesses an accident and saves the driver with an emergency tracheotomy. Carter gives Sydney a beautiful sports car, but is too busy to spend time with her. Samantha sleeps with Billy after he secretly buys a bunch of her paintings to try to help her make it to a family reunion. Michael is reluctant to sign the divorce papers. Kimberly convinces Megan to take Michael to Las Vegas in the hopes that he will marry her. Sydney confronts Jane when her sister rejects the Andrews family to spend all her time with Sherry. Sherry’s boyfriend Ed tells Jane that her mother is an alcoholic, and has begun drinking again because of her guilt about giving up Jane. Dan becomes physically abusive toward Matt.
Escape From L.A.: Michael signs the divorce papers, and marries Megan during their trip to Las Vegas. Peter learns that Kimberly has a brain tumor, and breaks the news to Michael. Jane is robbed at gunpoint at the boutique. Sydney calls her parents, who come to Los Angeles to comfort Jane. Jane decides to go home to Chicago for a while, and agrees to stay in touch with Sherry. Sherry and Ed get engaged. Jane turns the boutique over to Syd, and says goodbye to her sister and friends at the airport. Alison learns that she is pregnant. Amanda gets Craig drunk during an evening out. He reveals that Arthur murdered Craig’s grandfather when Craig was twelve. Matt agrees to move in with Dan. When Jake and Billy become suspicious of Matt’s black eye, Dan accuses Matt of betraying him. He assaults him again. Sydney pushes Carter away when he still cannot find time for her. His assistant, Walter, tries to pay Syd to stay with Carter.
Eyes of the Storm: Michael insists on spending time with Kimberly after learning of her terminal illness. She reveals to Megan that she will crash her car during the next rainstorm. After it begins to rain, Megan forces Michael to drive her to Mulholland. She tells him the entire story of her relationship with Kimberly. Their car crashes into Kimberly’s and flips into the air. Walter secretly pays a bill for Sydney after Taylor refuses to let Kyle bail her out. Sydney tries to tell Carter about Walter’s behavior, but he interrupts to reveal that he wants a relationship. Amanda uses Craig’s revelation to blackmail him. When Arthur learns that the secret is out, he confronts Craig and Amanda. He agrees to pay them five million dollars, but Craig tries to strangle his father. Arthur suffers a fatal attack. Jake and Alison get engaged. Peter threatens to ruin Dan’s career unless he seeks counseling. Dan confronts Matt, who stops him from driving drunk. Dan apologizes and agrees to seek treatment.
Better Homes and Condos: Kimberly pulls Michael from the wrecked vehicle while Megan calls for help. Michael experiences internal bleeding, and flatlines. He dreams that Kimberly is a devil trying to lure him into the Melrose pool, while Megan is an angel who wishes to rescue him. Peter revives Michael, who credits Megan with giving him the strength to go on. Megan convinces Michael to support Kimberly in her final days. Sydney stakes a claim on Jane’s old apartment, forcing Samantha to the streets. Sam seeks the legal assistance of her attorney ex-boyfriend, Kenny. Billy is about to ask Sam to move in with him when Kenny arrives and threatens to sue Amanda. Amanda declares that Sam can stay as Sydney’s roommate. Syd spends a romantic weekend with Carter in San Francisco, but it is cut short when Carter discovers how to repair a glitch in one of his computer games. Walter convinces Carter that Syd is extorting money from him. Peter moves into a new house, but seeks to maintain a relationship with Amanda. Taylor is annoyed when Kyle’s boorish marine buddy, Nick, comes to town and moves into their apartment. Jake finds his dream house, but Alison is unsure about moving.
Great Sex-pectations 1 & 2: Megan becomes concerned by the amount of time Michael is spending with Kimberly. When Megan convinces Michael to ignore a call from Kimberly and spend the night with her, Kimberly suffers a seizure. Taylor discovers that the new chief-of-staff won the job because he is sleeping with Dr. Shulman. Peter uses this information to blackmail Dr. Shulman. Nick becomes suspicious of Taylor’s relationship with Peter. Nick and Kyle are arrested in a barroom brawl at Shooters. Kyle offers to host Jake’s bachelor party to make it up to him. Billy isn’t sure that Jake and Alison are ready for marriage. Craig tries to use his expected inheritance to seduce Amanda. Roommates Syd and Samantha are at each other’s throats. Billy asks Sam to move in with him. Carter continues to reject Sydney.
Catch Her in the Lie: Megan is furious to learn that Michael has slept with Kimberly. She forgives Michael, but then stakes out the beach house and nearly runs over Kimberly. Kimberly is astonished to learn that her tumor is in remission. Kyle gives Carter a job at the restaurant. Craig pays Nick to produce evidence of Taylor’s affair with Peter. Taylor’s liaison with Peter at the restaurant is interrupted when Kyle returns early from an out-of-town trip. Alison returns to work at D&D. A drunken Jake trashes the office. He leaves town, and decides to visit the home of his ex-girlfriend Colleen and their son, David. Colleen gives him advice about Alison, and he helps David deal with his anger over his adoptive father’s frequent absences. Samantha is unnerved by a tender moment between Billy and Alison.
Men Are From Melrose: Nick follows Taylor to Peter’s house and witnesses a romantic encounter. He later photographs the couple’s late-night rendezvous at a golf course. Megan discovers that Kimberly’s illness is in remission. Michael reaffirms his decision to stay with Megan; but she is disturbed by a visit from Josh, her former pimp. David tells Jake that he knows that he is his father. Billy disapproves of Sam’s attempt to reunite Alison and Jake. Billy later apologizes to Sam, and Alison takes Jake back. Sydney and Carter are robbed at knifepoint, but Kyle punches the man out and chases him away. Carter asks Sydney to join him on a getaway in Mexico, but overhears her telling a boutique customer that she loves Kyle. When Syd arrives at the airport, Carter tells her that he is returning to his company, and wishes her a nice life.
Frames `R’ Us: Nick drops hints about the photos to Peter. Taylor drugs Nick while Peter removes the pictures from his apartment. When Kyle arrives home, Taylor pretends that Nick is attacking her. Nick accuses Taylor of having an affair, but cannot produce the photographs. Kyle throws him out of the building. Nick records an illicit phone conversation between Peter and Taylor. Craig drives Amanda to Peter’s house, where she sees him with Taylor. She punches out Taylor and sleeps with Craig as revenge. Josh threatens to publicly expose Megan’s past unless she pays him off. He tells her to meet him at a hotel room, then tricks Michael into believing that she has returned to prostitution. Josh meets with Kimberly, who had arranged his parole. She gets him a job running AV equipment at a hospital party. He threatens to run an X-rated video of Megan unless she turns one last trick for him.
Screams From a Marriage: Amanda rejects Craig, who seeks a relationship after their night together. Kyle realizes that Taylor has been lying to him. He visits Nick’s motel room and forces him to play the recording. Nick threatens to kill Peter unless Taylor pays him $5000. Nick attacks Peter with brass knuckles. Kyle stops Nick from killing Peter, and helps him skip town. Kyle throws Taylor out of the apartment. Josh plays Megan and Kimberly against each other. Megan is arrested for soliciting an undercover cop. Michael bails her out, but breaks up with her. Matt’s brother Luke dies in a plane crash. Matt is shocked to learn that Luke named him the guardian of his teenage daughter, Chelsea.
101 Damnations: Michael takes Megan back after learning that she has returned to the streets. A woman sues Sydney after she is injured by a display at the boutique. Kyle’s plans to force Taylor from their partnership are squashed when Sydney accidentally tells Peter that she slept with Kyle. Alison is confined to bed due to complications in her pregnancy. She gets caught up on all the gossip as she overhears arguments in the courtyard. She hears Taylor tell Kyle that Peter was her brother-in-law. Although Jake feels Alison should mind her own business, he shares this detail with Amanda when she tries to blame herself for the failed marriage. Amanda has Craig drive her to Peter’s house to confront the couple. She forces Peter to realize that Taylor’s appearance in the apartment building was no coincidence. Matt finds it impossible to cope with Chelsea’s rebellious behavior. She runs away after overhearing Matt agree to leave her with his mother.
From Here to Maternity: Kimberly collapses during an argument with Michael. She learns that she has an aneurysm, but refuses to undergo surgery. Megan (who has been hired as Burns/Mancini’s receptionist) tries to use company money to pay for a private nurse. Michael accuses Kimberly of faking her illness, and arrives at the beach house to find her clinging to life. He calls her mother and suggests that she come to L.A. Matt is unable to track down Chelsea, but she later checks into a halfway house. Samantha convinces Chelsea to return home by sharing her own experiences as a runaway. Matt agrees to let Chelsea stay with him, although his mother doesn’t feel that he is a fit parent because he is gay. Sam comes home from a date with Billy to find her father, who says he has been released from prison. Sydney meets Hilda’s sleazy lawyer, Harry Dean, and begins to suspect that Hilda is faking her injuries. Jake is angry when Alison disobeys her doctor’s orders by going back to work for a presentation. She later collapses in pain. Amanda tells Craig that she is taking a vow of celibacy.
Last Exit to Ohio: Kimberly’s mother and Michael argue when Mrs. Shaw announces her intention to take her daughter back to Cleveland. Michael insists that Kimberly is too weak to travel. Before her departure, Kimberly convinces Megan to take her to see Michael. When her mother tries to stop her, Kimberly collapses in her arms and dies. Michael claims to feel no guilt, but later says his last goodbyes before the body is shipped home via train. Sydney is twice foiled in attempts to prove that Hilda is faking her injuries. Sydney loses all her assets, and Harry tries to convince her to help him stage accidents. Alison loses the baby, and learns that she cannot have children. She proposes to Jake. Billy clashes with Samantha’s father, who manipulates his daughter into giving him money and letting him stay in the apartment. Sam reveals that it was her testimony that helped put her father behind bars after he held up a store. Craig pouts when Amanda invites Kyle along on their “date.” Peter tries to mold Taylor into his late wife’s image. Chelsea’s mother announces that she is returning from Europe to retrieve her daughter.
The Dead Wives Club: Jake and Alison hit the road in the hopes of finding a place to get married. Their car breaks down in a small town, where they eventually tie the knot. Jake allows Alison to sample some of the champagne provided by the motel manager. Sydney rejects Harry’s overtures and returns to work at Kyle’s. Kyle refuses to get involved with Syd because he is not ready for a relationship. When Sydney sees Amanda making time with Kyle, she decides to participate in one of Harry’s scams to take her down. Syd hurls herself down the stairs at D&D while waitressing at a party. Taylor realizes that Peter is trying to turn her into Beth, but decides to go along with it to make him happy. Kimberly appears to Megan in a dream and warns her that Michael destroys his wives. Megan backs out of Michael’s scam to discredit Peter. Chelsea’s mother, Denise, apologizes for leaving her; she convinces Chelsea to live with her in Europe. Reilly threatens Billy. Samantha learns that her father escaped from prison, but won’t turn him in.
Deja Vu All Over Again: Sydney suffers broken ribs and a separated shoulder in her fall, but her pain is eased when she learns that she could receive five million dollars. Craig tells Amanda that he will take care of the lawsuit by seducing Sydney. Kyle escorts Amanda to a company function, and shares his dream of owning a jazz club. She offers to invest money to help him start a club, hoping that this will hide her assets from Syd. Sam secretly borrows money from Billy to help her father sneak across the border. Michael’s sister Jennifer comes to town and stays at the beach house. Michael helps her get a job interview at D&D, where she insults Amanda. Megan befriends Jennifer. Matt decides to fight for custody of Chelsea. Colleen visits, and tells Jake that her marriage is in trouble. Alison fears that she can never make Jake happy because she can’t have children. Peter is furious when Taylor “researches” her role as Beth through home movies.
All Beths Are Off: While having lunch with Megan, Jennifer hears Kyle’s voice. She slaps him. Kyle visits her at the beach house, and apologizes for the way he broke off their Boston affair. Michael throws Jennifer out after learning about the affair, and that she has dropped out of school. Amanda and Kyle find the space for their jazz club, but Amanda isn’t sure she should get involved with him after hearing of his flings with Syd and Jennifer. Sam’s father refuses to leave town, and extorts more money from her. Denise convinces Chelsea to keep a diary as evidence against Matt. She takes notes when a male friend who has just lost his lover to AIDS spends the night on Matt’s couch. Craig and Sydney draw closer. He chases away a private investigator hired by Amanda to spy on Syd. Billy is alarmed to learn that Alison is drinking, but Jake isn’t concerned. Alison gets fired after drinking and causing D&D to lose a client. She and Jake decide to adopt. Michael pledges to help Taylor after learning of Peter’s bizarre behavior.
Ultimatums and the Single Guy: Amanda and Kyle seek divorces so that their spouses can’t get a cut of the jazz club. Sydney decides to give up her lawsuit for a $50,000 settlement because she doesn’t want to hurt Craig. Harry threatens to turn her in to the cops. Peter becomes increasingly abusive toward Taylor, and nearly hits her. She and Michael plot to knock him off his pedestal. Billy and Sam lie to the police about Reilly’s whereabouts. They are arrested after Amanda tells the cops that Reilly has been staying in the building. Jennifer takes a waitress job at a strip club, although Megan warns that she may be in over her head. Jake and Alison blow a chance at adoption when they are caught drinking heavily. They decide to leave Los Angeles. Matt and Denise bicker over their temporary custody arrangement.
Going Places: Michael decides to convince Peter that he has a disease called rage epilepsy. He and Taylor drug Peter, then tell him that he struck Taylor during a blackout. Taylor fears that Peter would recognize a make-up job, so she strikes herself in the face with a door! Craig roughs up Harry to get him to stop harassing Syd. Sydney receives a settlement of $50,000 and a consultant position. She sleeps with Craig. Megan tells Kyle about Jennifer’s job situation. He rescues her from the strip club and lets her stay at his apartment. Kyle and Amanda finalize their divorces in the Dominican Republic. They seem interested in each other, but Amanda is put off when she learns that Jen is staying with Kyle. Billy and Sam are questioned by the police. They continue to pay off Reilly, but he refuses to leave the country without his daughter. Jake and Alison decide to sell Shooters and buy a diner in Ojai, California. Alison realizes that Jake is not content with his life. Denise questions Matt’s parental fitness after Chelsea is injured at school.
Secrets and Lies and More Lies: The jazz club celebrates its grand opening. Amanda pushes Kyle away after he hires Jennifer as a bartender. Sydney undermines Amanda’s authority at D&D. Amanda tries to get back at her by making a play for Craig, who is no longer interested. Michael and Taylor stage more “blackouts” for Peter. Michael diagnoses him with rage epilepsy. Megan becomes suspicious of Michael’s ties to Taylor. Sam finally agrees to go to the police about her father, but he sends a decoy to their scheduled meeting point. Colleen and David pay a visit, as Colleen’s husband has left them. She is taking a job in Hawaii, and wanted Jake to spend a little time with their son. Alison continues to drink heavily. She urges Colleen to stay in town for a few days while she comes up with a plan.
Who’s Afraid of Amanda Woodward? 1 & 2: Sydney and Craig decide to quit D&D and start their own agency. They steal all of D&D’s clients and employees. Syd and Craig get engaged. A panicked Amanda tries to back out of the jazz club, as she needs the money to keep her agency afloat. Unable to violate doctor-patient confidentiality, Michael has Taylor goad Peter into a public temper tantrum so that Megan will expose his “rage epilepsy.” Michael tricks Peter into turning the chief-of-staff job over to him. Alison mocks Jake’s dream of running the diner. She pushes him into spending more time with Colleen and David. Sam is arrested because the police suspect she tipped off her father. Billy agrees to keep an eye on her and report suspicious activities to the authorities. Denise’s new boyfriend tries to come on to Chelsea while her mother is asleep. Chelsea is unnerved when her diary is used to discredit Matt.
Brand New Day: Sydney and Reilly die in the accident. Samantha does not face any criminal charges, but Craig vows revenge. Jennifer tries to provide Craig with emotional support. Amanda goes to New York and turns down the job she had begged her former boss, Eric Baines, to create for her. Peter and Taylor plan to get married, but Peter instead uses the ceremony to humiliate her and stress the fact that he knows she is not pregnant. Peter threatens Michael, who is unable to use his hands due to the attack. Michael’s recommendation helps Matt get a job at an AIDS clinic. Matt and Chelsea move to San Francisco. Dr. Brett Cooper visits Kimberly’s grave and promises to get even with Michael. He takes a job at Wilshire Memorial and moves into Matt’s old apartment.
Trojan Stork: After Kyle overhears Taylor and Peter arguing about her “pregnancy,” Taylor tells Kyle that the baby is his. Michael agrees to arrange a sperm donation. Megan forces Michael and Peter to agree to a truce. Jennifer sleeps with Craig. He later rejects her and says that he only slept with her out of loneliness. Billy asks Amanda to help overthrow Craig and start her own agency. Craig lays in wait outside the building and plans to run over Samantha, but is unable to go through with it.
No Time for Sperm Banks: Peter is outraged when Michael makes Brett (Coop) a partner without consulting him. Peter and Brett later bond as they discuss ex-wives. Michael and Megan attend counseling, and are told to go 48 hours without lying. Taylor forces Michael to become her “donor” when she cannot gain access to a sperm bank. Megan learns that Brett may be connected to Kimberly. Craig tries to make peace with Billy, then discovers that Billy is trying to destroy his agency. Amanda refuses Peter’s help, but receives financing from Eric.
The Doctor Is In…Deep: Craig’s ad agency collapses after Eric pressures his investors. Kyle accuses Amanda of being insensitive to Craig’s situation. She offers Craig a job, which he rejects. Billy nearly proposes to Samantha, but backs off. When Sam says that she wants to marry him, he declares that he is not ready for marriage. She leaves him. Kyle is annoyed when Eric decides to move to Los Angeles. Michael accompanies Peter to a medical conference in Santa Barbara to escape Taylor’s demands that he “service” her. He is left completely exhausted when both Taylor and a suddenly conciliatory Megan show up at his hotel. Brett’s ex-wife, Lexi, comes to town to discuss their financial arrangement. She and Peter are instantly drawn to each other. Taylor is certain that Michael has gotten her pregnant. Mrs. Shaw warns Brett to stay away from Michael, but Brett says that he is developing a plan to ruin him.
Desperately Seeking Samantha: Megan catches Michael and Taylor together. Kyle demands a paternity test. Amanda confronts Eric about his intentions toward her. Eric comes to Megan’s defense when Michael accosts her at the restaurant. Sydney’s father comes to visit Craig, only to find a half-naked Jennifer in his apartment. Jennifer arranges a reconciliation between the two. Mr. Andrews gives all of Syd’s life insurance money to Craig, who decides to live a life of leisure. Billy shows up in Sam’s Maryland hometown and tries to convince her to come home with him. Her mother threatens him with a shotgun when he refuses to leave Sam alone.
The Light at the End of the Tumble: Michael is jealous when Eric begins pursuing Megan. Kyle and Taylor lose the lease on their Boston restaurant. Taylor learns that she is not pregnant. She slips and falls down the stairs at the jazz club during an argument with Amanda. Michael tells Kyle that Taylor lost the baby. A guilt-ridden Amanda urges Kyle to spend time with Taylor. Michael steals an idea for a cauterizing glove from Brett. Michael and Jennifer stop Craig from leaving on a cruise, and convince him to finance the project. Lexi tells Peter that Brett fell in love with Kimberly while she was in a coma, and later had an affair with her. Peter snoops through Brett’s files to help Lexi’s case in the divorce. Samantha follows Billy back to Los Angeles. He gives her a job at Amanda’s agency, and she and Billy get engaged.
Secrets and Wives: Kyle and Taylor learn that the same company that took their Boston restaurant has bought the building that houses Kyle’s and the jazz club. They investigate, but are unable to prove that Eric is responsible. Eric agrees to serve as Megan’s mentor, but states that he holds no romantic interest in her. Amanda goads Eric into admitting his feelings for her, then tells him that she doesn’t feel the same way. He vows to destroy her. Michael’s partnership with Craig falls through. Jen sabotages the cauterizer so that all of Michael’s other investors will lose interest. Brett believes that Michael is to blame when Lexi’s lawyers get a hold of his financial records. Mrs. Shaw pays Brett a surprise visit. Peter is distraught to learn that Lexi plans to return to Ohio. He professes his love in the courtyard, much to Brett’s surprise.
A Shot in the Dark: Eric agrees to cease his takeover of the restaurant and jazz club if Amanda sleeps with him. Megan quits her job after learning of the offer. She shares the news with Taylor, who tries to blackmail Amanda into going through with it. Someone torments Michael by planting items that belonged to Kimberly around his home and office. Peter and Lexi tell him about Brett’s relationship with Kimberly. Michael confronts Brett, who is arrested for punching him. Michael’s stalker fires shots at him at the beach house. Craig gives Jennifer a car as a reward for her success in promoting the cauterizer at a medical supplies convention. Lexi hides a pill addiction from Peter. Sam demands an expensive wedding dress.
Attack of the Scalpel Woman: Brett learns that Mrs. Shaw tried to shoot Michael. He threatens to turn her in unless she returns to Cleveland and checks into a sanitarium. Michael and Megan catch them at the airport, but Michael agrees to Brett’s plan. Mrs. Shaw escapes during a stopover and returns to Los Angeles. She slips into an operating room and tries to attack Michael with a scalpel. Megan tackles her and is slashed in the stomach. She has complications during surgery and lapses into a coma. Brett holds a bedside vigil. Eric decides to seize control of Amanda’s agency. She finally gives in and agrees to sleep with him. Taylor tells Kyle, who breaks into the hotel room and throws Eric through a glass door. He will only keep him from falling off the balcony if he says that he didn’t sleep with Amanda. Lexi falls apart when she runs out of pills. Brett agrees to refill her prescription. Craig and Billy bond on a bowling date with Sam and Jennifer. Billy asks Craig to be his best man. Craig loses Jennifer by sleeping with the assistant hotel manager after Billy’s bachelor party. Samantha’s best friend Connie arrives to be her maid of honor, but seems to have a chip on her shoulder.
My Little Coma Girl: Kyle finally saves Eric after he admits that he didn’t sleep with Amanda. Kyle rejects Amanda’s reconciliation attempt, as he feels he can no longer trust her. Eric returns all of the businesses so that Kyle will believe that he slept with Amanda after all. Kyle punches out Eric before he can leave town, then gets drunk and sleeps with Taylor. Michael interrupts Brett’s vigil for Megan, and takes the credit when she recovers. Craig pines for Jennifer. Samantha gets into an argument with Billy’s mother before the wedding. Billy and Sam patch things up after exchanging vows. Brett tips off Peter about Lexi’s pill addiction.
Everybody Comes to Kyle’s: Taylor tricks Amanda into surrendering her share of the jazz club. Megan learns that Brett cared for her during the coma, while Michael focused on his career. Lexi decides to enter the interior decorating business. She is distraught when her first job (at Field/Mancini) goes by the wayside when Brett sues Michael for stealing his invention. Lexi hits something with her car while under the influence of pills. Peter discovers blood on the bumper. Craig refuses to make a commitment to Jennifer, but she decides to accept a casual relationship. Connie takes a temporary job at Amanda Woodward Advertising. Sam is called away from her honeymoon to take a business trip, and Connie tries to create friction between Billy and her.
A Bump in the Night: Peter learns that Lexi’s car struck a homeless man named Bob Matthews. Peter arranges for Bob to receive free treatment, and ships him off to a rehab hospital. Lexi discovers Peter’s cover-up. She wishes to turn herself in, but Peter dissuades her. Jennifer overhears their conversation. Megan invites Brett to dinner to thank him for nursing her back to health. Brett provides Craig with proof that Michael stole his invention. Michael convinces Jennifer that Brett’s sketches are forgeries, and persuades her to steal them. Taylor becomes concerned by Kyle’s drinking problem. Connie is hired as Sam’s new assistant. Billy is irritated by her behavior, although Samantha claims she is harmless.
A Tree Talks in Melrose: Michael pulls out all the stops in an attempt to win back Megan. Brett fears that his plan is succeeding when Megan decides not to serve Michael with divorce papers until after Christmas. He arranges for the papers to be delivered on Christmas Eve. Jennifer blackmails Lexi into freeing Brett of his alimony obligations, then gets him to hand over his “forged” sketches of the cauterizer. A panicked Lexi overdoses. Jennifer severs her ties with Michael after learning that he did steal the idea for the invention. Taylor convinces longtime friend Jon Secada to perform a Christmas Eve concert to help make a balloon payment. After Kyle passes out drunk with the evening’s proceeds beside him, Taylor hides the cash. She pretends that it was stolen, then talks Kyle into coming to Las Vegas with her to win back the money. Billy is forced to decorate with Connie when Sam has to work late. Connie constantly tries to undermine him, and makes a pass at him. Sam takes Connie’s side when Billy orders her to leave.
To Kill a Whirlybird: Michael is forced to turn over his share of the cauterizing glove company to Brett. He threatens to use his clout as chief-of-staff to have the company blackballed. Brett sends Michael notes on Dr. Shulman’s stationery so that he will make unwanted romantic advances toward her. Peter goes along with the plan, and Michael is stripped of his title. Megan’s relationship with Brett escalates after he assures her that he is not using her to get back at Michael. Taylor pulls out the $25,000 and convinces Kyle that she won it at the casino. They sleep together. A drunken Billy kisses Connie, who immediately phones the out-of-town Sam. A woman named Charlie stops by the apartments and tells Billy that Connie is her ex-girlfriend. She explains that Connie is scheming to win Samantha away from Billy. Amanda and Sam are involved in a helicopter crash. They are left stranded in the wilderness, as Amanda struggles to survive. Bob re-surfaces at Peter and Lexi’s house. Lexi insists on easing her guilt by giving him a job and a place to stay.
Amanda’s Back: Kyle and Billy accompany the rescue team into the woods and find Amanda and Samantha. Amanda has suffered a broken back. She reconciles with Kyle. Billy convinces Connie to tell Sam that she is in love with her. Connie apologizes for her actions, and Sam asks her to keep in touch. Peter and Megan lash out at Brett when he suggests that Michael be ousted from the practice. Michael falls for a stripper, Amber. Bob develops a crush on Lexi. He later realizes that she is the person who hit him with her car. Jennifer is disgusted that Craig thinks of her as his “emotional leftovers.”
Kyle of the Desert: Kyle experiences nightmares about Christine, a lover who died in the Gulf War. Taylor snoops through Kyle’s foot locker after Amanda asks her about Christine. Peter warns Kyle that Amanda is trying to have herself transferred to a rehab hospital. Kyle and Amanda get engaged. Taylor calls Nick in search of information about Christine, but he refuses to help. Bob threatens to go to the police unless Peter breaks up with Lexi. Peter pretends that he still has a thing for Amanda, and Lexi slaps him. Lexi manipulates Bob into clearing her of all charges, then reveals that she and Peter had only pretended to break up. They pay off Bob. Lexi’s father arrives, and instantly dislikes Peter. Megan and Jen are wary of Michael’s relationship with Amber. Amber breaks up with Michael after he insults her, but later agrees to move in with him.
Coop de Grace: Taylor visits Nick in Dallas. Even after they sleep together, he is unwilling to tell her anything about Christine. She convinces him to help her break up Kyle and Amanda by telling him about the jazz club (which Nick had always dreamed of opening with Kyle), and how pathetic Kyle has become. Nick says that Christine didn’t immediately die of her injuries, but convinced him to tell Kyle she was dead so that he would move on. Michael is ousted from the practice after Amber gets drunk and embarrasses him at a company function. Megan breaks up with Brett, who had provided Amber with the liquor. Michael throws Amber out, and she responds by cleaning out his house. Lexi’s father continues to put down Peter and compare him to Brett. He gives Lexi a job managing one of his companies. Billy and Samantha try to convince a hot baseball prospect named Jeff Baylor to become a spokesman for one of their clients. Jennifer learns that Craig has instituted potentially deadly cost-cutting moves at the cauterizer company. Brett fires Craig, who attacks Jennifer. Billy helps her chase him away. Craig steals Jennifer’s car at gunpoint and drives to the desert. He declares that he couldn’t live without Sydney, and commits suicide.
Mama Mia: Jennifer warns Michael that their mother, Mia, is coming for a visit. Jen has given her the impression that she is engaged to Craig. Michael is arrested for causing a scene at the strip club while searching for Amber. Jennifer is forced to turn to Mia for bail money. Mia mistakenly believes that Billy is Craig, but he refuses to play along. The police inform Jennifer that Craig has killed himself. Billy becomes depressed by the connection between Samantha and Jeff. He gets drunk, and agrees to pose as Craig. Jeff kisses Samantha, and Billy and Jen lock lips after he gets a little too caught up in the charade. Taylor tells Kyle that Christine is alive, and gives him a letter that Christine had supposedly written to him back in Boston. Amanda convinces Kyle to visit Christine in New Mexico, and he asks her to tag along. Sterling makes Lexi and Brett business partners.
Last Train to Baghdad 1 & 2: Christine tells Kyle to move on with his life. She declines Amanda’s wedding invitation, but later has a change of heart and comes to Los Angeles. Peter shows up in Sterling’s hotel room with a tape recorder in the hopes of proving that Sterling is to blame for their rift. Lexi’s father collapses during the argument and later dies. Megan is jealous when Brett comforts Lexi. A gunshot victim named Spider convinces Michael that he can get rich by starting a clinic in the man’s neighborhood. Michael persuades his family to invest money in the venture. Billy continues to pose as Craig, but Jennifer is forced to tell Mia the “truth” after she catches Billy with Samantha.
A Swing and a Mrs.: Christine tries to back out of Nick’s scam because she doesn’t feel Kyle deserves such treatment. Taylor threatens her when she tries to leave town. Peter proves that he is not responsible for the death of Lexi’s father, as Sterling had a pre-existing medical condition. Lexi still refuses to take him back. Brett fears that he is losing Megan to Michael. He asks Megan to move in with him. Brett learns he will inherit ten million dollars from Sterling if he remarries Lexi within a year. Billy works on a campaign for a dance studio. He tries to shake Jennifer of her romantic notions about ballroom dancing by taking her to a lesson. Samantha agonizes over the fact that Jeff is about to leave for spring training. She follows Jennifer’s advice by sleeping with him. Billy dances with Jennifer after the dance studio’s photo shoot, and they end up kissing.
Blunt Drama: Taylor and Nick order Christine to display signs of suicidal behavior so that Peter will check her into the hospital. However, Peter suggests that Kyle stay away from Christine, and orders him to marry Amanda. Taylor forces Christine to write a letter claiming that she slept with Kyle. Amanda realizes that Christine is lying, and dares her to kill herself. Nick and Taylor bust Christine out of the hospital in the hopes of breaking up the wedding. Christine escapes from the duo, and says that she will tell Kyle and Amanda that she is an impostor. Nick accidentally trips her. She hits her head on the bumper of Kyle’s car and is killed instantly. Jeff refuses to report to spring training after Sam rejects him. When he suffers a serious knee injury and comes home, a guilt-ridden Samantha returns to him. The attraction between Billy and Jennifer continues to grow. Spider is killed in a shootout, and leaves Michael a key to a locker filled with cash. Megan talks Michael into donating the money to a church.
A Christine Runs Through It: Nick and a panicked Taylor send Amanda a note at the hotel where she and Kyle are honeymooning and lead her to believe that Christine is going to commit suicide. They leave “Christine”‘s body on the train tracks, and Kyle and Amanda arrive in time to see her hit by the train. Amanda is wracked with guilt, and pushes Kyle away. Nick tells Taylor that the Christine impostor was Tiffany Hart, a former lover who had been injured in a car accident with a drunken Nick behind the wheel. Nick fears that Taylor is going to turn herself in, so he tries to kill her. He is interrupted by Michael, who treats Taylor at his clinic. He convinces Nick that Taylor has died. Samantha asks Jennifer to accompany Billy to an awards dinner so that she can have a getaway with Jeff. Jennifer and Billy sleep together after the dinner. Brett tells Peter about the inheritance, and suggests that Peter help eliminate temptation by reuniting with Lexi. Lexi admits that she misses Peter and takes him back.
Too Romantic for Words: Billy dedicates himself to making his marriage work, although he is still drawn to Jennifer. Sam is shocked by Jeff’s impromptu marriage proposal. Taylor hides out at the beach house until Michael ensures that Nick has left town. Nick sends Kyle a note apologizing for Taylor’s death. She laughs it off. Kyle (with Jen’s help) discovers that “Christine” was in contact with Nick. Amanda refuses to have anything to do with Kyle. She seeks Peter’s advice and creates a rift between Peter and Lexi, who have just moved into a new condo. Peter bails on a dinner with Amanda and returns home to apologize to Lexi. Brett suggests that he and Megan get away from their ex-spouses and make a fresh start. He reveals that he is in the running for a position at a research hospital in Philadelphia.
Four Affairs and a Pregnancy: is put off when Billy begins smothering her with attention. She attends a family reunion with Jeff, and is furious to learn that his family believes they are engaged. Samantha returns home and spies Jennifer and Billy kissing. She promptly seduces Billy. Kyle is outraged when Amanda begins dating Lexi’s sleazy friend Rory Blake. Taylor learns that she is pregnant. Kyle romances Taylor in the hopes of pumping her for information about Christine’s return. Michael plans to torch his failing clinic for the insurance money, but Megan persuades the priest who received Michael’s donation to purchase the facility. Michael is annoyed when Jennifer ensures that all investors receive their money back. Megan says that she is willing to move to Philadelphia with Brett. Michael tries to sabotage Brett’s chances by telling the doctor who is interviewing him half-truths about his past. He claims that Megan is still a hooker.
M.P. Confidential: Jennifer tries to help Jeff win back Samantha. Sam rejects him, but is jealous when she sees Jen having dinner with Jeff. She confronts Jennifer in the bathroom. Billy tells Jennifer that he wants to be with her, and no longer trusts Samantha. Jennifer discovers that Taylor is pregnant. Kyle pays Michael to give him the results of the paternity test. Michael is the father, but he tells Taylor that it is Nick. Amanda invests money with Rory and later sleeps with him. Michael sues the practice. Peter doesn’t want to face the suit alone, so Lexi tries to goad Brett into staying. Peter submits to counseling after attacking Michael. Brett and Megan fly to Philadelphia for his interview. Dr. Larner, the man in charge of the interview, tells Megan that he will only recommend Brett for the job if she sleeps with him.
The Nasty Minded Professor: Samantha takes back Jeff after learning that his knee injury has ended his career. Amanda catches Billy and Jennifer making out at the jazz club, and drops hints about Sam’s affair. Billy shows up at a little league game where Jeff is coaching, and sees Sam kiss him. He punches Jeff, and Sam is knocked unconscious during the scuffle. She lets Billy take her home from the hospital, but he refuses to talk to her. Taylor tells Kyle that he is the father of her baby. Amanda learns about the pregnancy, and Michael claims that Kyle is the father. Amanda goads Kyle into signing divorce papers, as she plans to get a quickie divorce in the Dominican Republic. Rory asks Amanda to marry him. Megan and Brett get engaged. Dr. Larner attacks Megan, but Brett comes to the rescue. Larner’s wife tells Megan that her husband is influential, and that Brett is being asked to choose between the job and Megan. Megan tries to leave Philadelphia, but Brett stops her and says he rejected the job. Lexi becomes fed up with Peter. Peter goes to an isolated cabin to clear his head, but Michael follows him. They are left stranded in the woods. Peter suffers a knee injury, and is forced to let Michael back into the practice when he leads him to safety.
Divorce Dominican Style: Kyle tries to manipulate Taylor into revealing the truth about her scheme involving Christine. Although Michael warns her to keep quiet, Taylor comes clean after Kyle threatens to break up with her. Kyle insults Taylor and her unborn child, then departs for the Domincan Republic. Amanda and Kyle’s divorce is finalized. She marries Rory, as Kyle arrives at the ceremony seconds too late. Taylor tries to commit suicide through carbon monoxide poisoning. Jennifer tells Billy that she has known about Sam’s affair with Jeff for months. Jennifer reveals her affair with Billy to Jeff and convinces him to tell Samantha. A furious Sam attacks Jennifer, but Billy comes to Jen’s defense. Sam moves out of the apartment. Megan takes a job waitressing at the jazz club after the medical practice lets her go. She learns that Michael cost Brett the Philadelphia job by telling Larner about her past profession. She holds this information over Michael’s head to stop him from making trouble at the practice. Peter realizes that he still loves Amanda.
A Long Way to Tip-a-Rory: Rory poisons Amanda after she refuses to give him a share of the agency. Kyle discovers the couple’s secret honeymoon location. Rory tries to stab Kyle, but falls on the knife during the scuffle and dies. Amanda recovers from her illness. Lexi learns that her father set her up to take the fall in an embezzlement scheme. She will go to prison unless she can come up with five million dollars. Peter admits his love for Amanda and breaks up with Lexi. He tells Lexi about her father’s secret codicil, and suggests that she marry Brett and split the ten million dollars. Brett refuses to consider her offer, and Lexi is arrested. Taylor is saved from the carbon monoxide poisoning, but not before a dream causes her to suspect that Michael is her baby’s father. Peter discovers the truth and forces Michael to face his responsibility. Taylor decides that Michael and the baby are her reason for living, and Michael reluctantly allows her to move in with him. Sam and Billy file for divorce. Sam becomes bored with Jeff, while Billy and Jen seem closer than ever.
A Match Made in Hell: Overcome with guilt about Lexi’s plight, Megan convinces Brett to marry Lexi. She is hurt to learn that they must live together with no one else in the house, especially after Lexi suddenly begins to show a romantic interest in Brett. Michael rebuffs Taylor’s attempts to turn him into a responsible father, but softens after delivering a couple’s baby on the side of the highway. Peter begins his pursuit of Amanda, who has remarried Kyle. The “newlyweds” cannot find any time together. Billy moves in with Jennifer. A furious Samantha tries to use Jeff to make Billy jealous. She demands that Amanda fire either her or Billy, but learns that the outcome would not be in her favor.
Ball `n’ Jane: Michael attends a college reunion in Chicago, where he runs into Jane. They seem to instantly renew their connection, but Jane tells him that she is to marry in a few days. Michael later learns that this is not true, and the two reminisce about the good times in their relationship. After a night of passion, Jane follows Michael back to Los Angeles in the hopes of rekindling their romance. Megan and Brett struggle to find time together in the face of Lexi’s interference. Peter turns to a shady former patient for assistance after his attempts to woo Amanda prove an unqualified failure. Billy and Samantha vie for an Italian client’s in-house advertising position. Jennifer mistakenly believes that Billy plans to leave the country without her. Billy and Jen get engaged–in front of Sam. Samantha launches a plan after overhearing Billy and Amanda discuss Alison’s renewed alcohol problem and failed professional life.
As Bad as It Gets: Michael has Taylor shipped away in an ambulance, but she and Jane later discover each other. Jane is furious to learn of the pregnancy, and rents an apartment at the complex. Amanda recruits her for a job at AWA. Jane reconciles with Michael, and agrees to help care for Taylor. Taylor decides that she isn’t fit to be a mother and asks Jane and Michael to adopt her baby. Peter is uneasy about the plot he arranged with Mr. Beck. He is unable to call it off, and Amanda is kidnapped. Samantha convinces Jeff to send Billy a fax in which “Alison” expresses her love for him. Billy claims that he only wishes to help Alison, but Jennifer fears that he still holds feelings for her. Lexi continues to taunt Megan about her marriage, and goads Brett into sleeping with her.
Buona Sera, Mr. Campbell 1 & 2: Beck’s men hold Amanda hostage in a desolate cabin. She escapes, but is quickly re-captured. Kyle is forced to turn to Peter for help when the kidnappers demand a million-dollar ransom. Peter volunteers to leave the money at the drop site after the kidnappers refuse to let Kyle do it himself. Peter arrives at the cabin to find that Amanda is gone. She has escaped again, with one of Beck’s men in hot pursuit. Jen is distraught when Billy insists that he will visit Alison in Atlanta. A disgusted Jeff breaks up with Sam. He accepts a job as a sports radio talk show host in Tampa. Sam tells Jennifer that she sent the fax, but Jen keeps the news from Billy in order to test their relationship. Michael tells Billy the truth, and he breaks up with Jennifer. Lexi orders Brett to stop seeing Megan. She also angers him by purchasing an expensive sailboat. Brett begs Megan to leave the country with him, but she learns that he slept with Lexi. Brett suddenly pretends that he is in love with Lexi, then leaves Megan an ominous message in which he promises to get Lexi out of their lives. He takes Lexi sailing during a terrible rainstorm. Jane and Michael agree to take custody of his and Taylor’s son. Taylor goes into labor at the beach house.
The World According to Matt: Matt dies in a car accident while on his way to dinner at Kyle’s club. His mother gives Amanda a diary in which he recorded secrets about his friends and neighbors. Jane is amused to learn that Michael worked as a stripper during college; but their new engagement is threatened after she reveals that she slept with an old friend, Alex Bastian, the night before their wedding. Amanda learns from the diary that Kyle has a brother named Ryan. They quarreled after Kyle accused Ryan of making a pass at Taylor. Amanda convinces Kyle to bury the hatchet. Amanda removes an incriminating page from the diary. Beck returns the ransom money to Peter. Amanda tells Peter that the diary revealed that he performed heart surgery on Beck while he was unlicensed. Peter believes that the missing page relates to Amanda’s feelings for him, and snoops in her apartment. Amanda mistakes him for a burglar and shoots him. Lexi decides to branch out into advertising. A distraught Megan throws herself at Michael, then vanishes after he rejects her.
Where the Hookers Grow: Kyle is jealous of the amount of time Amanda spends with the recuperating Peter. He and Ryan quarrel after Ryan mentions Kyle’s concerns to Amanda. Amanda referees the dispute and gives Ryan a job at her agency. Peter, fearing that he is about to die, confesses his involvement in the kidnapping to Dr. Visconti. Lexi seduces Dr. Visconti to pry the truth from him. Michael follows Megan to her parents’ home, and is stunned to find that the family is wealthy. Megan discovers that her father suffered a crippling stroke years ago, which Mrs. Lewis claims is the result of the strain of learning that Megan was a prostitute. Michael discovers that Megan’s mother is lying to force Megan to stay home out of guilt. Jane takes a job at AWA. She is asked to persuade Alex–now a famous designer–to bring his business to the agency.
Dr. Jealousy: Peter learns that Lexi has uncovered the truth about his involvement in Amanda’s kidnapping. Peter returns the ransom money to Amanda and Kyle, explaining that Beck pressured the kidnappers. Lexi threatens to expose Peter unless he sleeps with her. Peter decides to call her bluff, and Lexi races to the club to talk to Amanda. Amanda burns the journal–and the missing page–after Kyle continually accuses her of protecting Peter. Ryan tries to make a move on a reluctant Megan. Megan takes a job for Lexi, and winds up vying with Ryan for an account in Arizona. Car problems force the two to spend time together, but Megan says that she is not ready for a relationship. Michael is jealous of Jane’s new working relationship with Alex. He decides to push Jane away to see if she can resist Alex’s advances. Michael spies Alex kissing Jane at a restaurant.
Not Quite All About Eve: Lexi does not tell Amanda about the kidnapping because she doesn’t want Peter to go to prison. Singer Eve Cleary is struck by a car outside outside the club after Kyle fires her. Peter assists in her recuperation, and Amanda convinces Kyle to give Eve another chance. Amanda is annoyed when Kyle continues to obsess over the missing journal page. Amanda has a clandestine meeting with Eve outside the club. She tells her that she once told a friend their secret, but will not make this mistake again. Amanda fires Ryan because she suspects that he leaked information to Lexi’s agency. She welcomes him back after he proves that her assistant was the actual spy. Megan tells Ryan about her past and explains her reluctance to open up to him. Michael pretends to go out of town, then keeps Jane and Alex under surveillance. Jane fears that Michael is having an affair with Megan, but resists Alex’s persistent advances.
The Rumor Whisperer: Amanda is nominated for a magazine’s Businesswoman of the Year award, and is considered a strong favorite. Lexi sleeps with Drew MacKenzie, the magazine’s editor-in-chief, in the hopes of convincing him to give her the honor instead. When her plan fails, she starts a rumor that Amanda won the award by sleeping with Drew. Megan learns the truth when she eavesdrops on a conversation between Lexi and Drew. Jane shares the news with Amanda, who humiliates Lexi in her acceptance speech and mockingly presents her with the award. Jane accuses Megan of having an affair with Michael. Michael suggests that he and Jane elope. Michael punches Alex after he claims that Michael’s haste stems from his fear that Jane will sleep with Alex. Jane threatens to call off the wedding unless Michael agrees to trust her. She temporarily moves back to the apartment building. Peter and Eve have their first date (miniature golf). He is touched by her enthusiasm for mundane things such as hot dogs, but she frightens him with an overly passionate kiss. Eve sends Peter a love letter, but is hurt when she hears him sarcastically reading it to Michael. They later decide to make a fresh start. Ryan tells Megan that he is still interested in her.
The Night the Lights Went Out at Melrose: Lexi decides not to fire Megan for her betrayal because she cannot stand to lose her only friend. Peter sleeps with Eve, but then refuses to return her calls. Amanda goes to Peter’s office to confront him, and the two are trapped in an elevator during a citywide power outage. Peter realizes that he has been cold to Eve because he is afraid of destroying another relationship. Michael is forced to take an apartment due to structural damage at the beach house. Alex threatens to pull his account unless Amanda helps him win over Jane. Michael is mistaken for a looter and arrested. Alex sneaks into Jane’s apartment and makes a pass at her. Megan and Ryan bond over a lost dog and share a rooftop kiss, but she quickly rejects him. Lexi shows up at the building during the blackout, and Ryan ogles her as she swims in the nude.
Suspicion: Kyle becomes suspicious of Eve after she angrily rejects a record deal. Eve visits the courthouse. Peter catches her in a lie about her whereabouts, but she covers her tracks by giving him a present. He asks her to move in with him. Amanda abruptly sends Jane on a business trip to Chicago, where she works closely with Alex. Alex promises to remain professional, but he and Jane end up kissing passionately. Peter tries to distract Michael by throwing a bachelor party. The evening is spoiled by the distraught stripper, who whines about her ex-boyfriend. Peter drugs Michael to stop him from going to Chicago. Megan and Ryan behave coldly to each other. Ryan ignores his brother’s warning and sleeps with Lexi.
Fiddling on the Roof: Overcome with guilt after kissing Alex, Jane hides out at a hotel. She fears that she is making a huge mistake by re-marrying Michael. She suffers a panic attack and passes out. Amanda goes to the church to tell a heartbroken Michael that the wedding is off. Jane decides that she wants to marry Michael after all. Michael refuses to talk to her, but Peter ambushes him with a ceremony at the hospital. Michael agrees to marry Jane after hearing her vows. Alex shows up at the reception and leads Michael to believe that he slept with Jane. Michael gets drunk and humiliates Jane with accusations of infidelity. She seeks refuge at Alex’s house, only to discover that he is not using the clothing designed during her trip to Chicago. Alex admits that he had invented a work emergency in the hopes of getting closer to Jane. During the reception, Megan catches Ryan and Lexi in a compromising position in a bathroom. She tries to drink away her sorrow, and finds comfort with Michael. While heavily intoxicated, they break into Ryan’s apartment and gain roof access. Jane visits Amanda’s apartment in search of advice and ice cream. Michael and Megan kiss and become amorous. The roof suddenly collapses, sending the half-naked duo crashing into Amanda’s bedroom–where Amanda, Jane, Ryan and Kyle look on.
Lethal Wedding 4: Following the roof incident, Ryan insults Megan and gets into a fist fight with Michael. Jane burns her wedding dress on the barbecue. Amanda sues Michael for the roof damages, tries to fire Ryan and Jane, and blames Lexi for everything. Jane sues Michael for divorce, and he responds with a countersuit. Amanda hopes to force the Mancinis to talk things out by locking them in the laundry room overnight. They wind up dredging up the past (and Jane actually says Sydney’s name!). Megan tells Michael to go easy on Jane after learning that she may have breast cancer. Megan quits her job, but returns (as vice president) after Lexi begs for forgiveness. Ryan again repels Megan by gyrating onstage with the musical guest. Peter learns that his father–a spiteful man who struggled as a pro golfer–has died friendless. He hopes to avoid his father’s fate by proposing to Eve. Eve arranges a wedding in her hometown, then sneaks out with Amanda to visit her grandmother. Kyle follows them, and badgers the old woman into revealing that Eve spent 15 years in prison. Lexi, unaware that Peter is about to tie the knot, calls him to profess her love. Kyle harasses Eve before the wedding. Amanda interrupts and confesses that she and Eve once committed a murder.
When Cheerleaders Attack: Amanda and Eve reveal their secret to Kyle. During high school, Eve’s quarterback boyfriend Kent made a play for Amanda at the football stadium. He tried to rape her when she refused him. Eve saved Amanda by shoving Kent from the bleachers to his death. His family claimed that the act was premeditated, and Eve was sentenced to 20 years in prison. Eve and Amanda beg Kyle not to share the truth with Peter. Peter and Eve are married, and find a naked Lexi waiting in their room. Peter threatens Lexi when she tries to blackmail him with her knowledge of Amanda’s kidnapping. Eve is haunted by nightmares about Kent. Megan and Ryan take Lexi home after she rushes the Upstairs stage in a drunken stupor. After Ryan saves her from falling off her balcony, Lexi decides to turn over a new leaf. She tries to make nice with Amanda, but later admits that this is part of a scheme. Megan considers dating Ryan. Michael learns of Jane’s potential illness and offers to support her. Jane leans on him temporarily, but rejects him after getting a clean bill of health. Amanda is nearly flattened by a delivery truck, and suddenly decides she wants a baby. Amanda and Kyle find oceanfront property for sale, and Kyle gives the owner a sob story to convince him to accept their bid.
Suddenly Sperm: Michael must sell the beach house to pay off his debts. The voyeuristic real estate agent closes a deal within two days, then sleeps with Michael. Jane and Michael reminisce about their first date, but she tries to move on by going out with a dork from the office. Amanda plans to turn over day-to-day control of her agency to Ryan. A lazy lab technician’s error convinces Kyle that he is sterile. Ryan and Megan’s first date is a disaster, but they later admit their attraction and kiss. Lexi, Amanda and Eve organize a charity Christmas function. They visit a Christmas tree lot, where a former prison guard recognizes Eve. Lexi witnesses an argument between the two and suspects that Eve is hiding something about her past.
The Usual Santas: Lexi, Amanda and Eve are caught in a bank hold-up involving men in Santa Claus suits. The guys (including Dr. Visconti) plan to play Santa at area elementary schools, but are mistaken for the bank robbers and arrested. They are detained until Lexi, Amanda and Eve clear up the misunderstanding. Amanda begins to worry about Kyle’s drinking. Travis tries to blackmail Eve into sleeping with him, but Kyle pummels him and orders him to leave town. Lexi has an enlightening conversation with Travis, which leads to a fist fight with Eve. Lexi warns Peter that his current and former wives are keeping a secret from him. An eccentric judge orders Michael and Jane to spend the holidays performing community service together. Jane forgives Michael, who then has himself delivered to her apartment in a box. Lexi surprises Megan with a catered Christmas dinner, only to find that she has spent the greater part of three days in bed with Ryan. The teen pop group Hanson performs a charity concert at the club, and Lexi makes an inappropriate remark.
The Kyle High Club: Kyle continues to abuse alcohol and prescription pills. After a vicious argument with Amanda regarding her baby obsession, he leaves for New York without sharing his plans. He scouts a hard rock band, whose manager holds wild parties in Kyle’s suite and gets him hooked on drugs. When Amanda and Ryan come to Kyle’s rescue, she sees women coming out of his room and assumes that he is cheating on her. She throws him out of the apartment. Lexi gives up on Peter after he wishes her well and urges her to move on with her life. She offers to make Megan a partner in her company if she can find Lexi the perfect mate. Jane and Michael call off the divorce, but face huge legal bills. A patient that Michael saved gives him a sports car and offers him an opportunity at a million-dollar investment (or so he says).
I Married a Jock Murderer: Eve and Ryan try to reunite Kyle and Amanda. Kyle tells Amanda that her unreasonable expectations have destroyed him. Ryan becomes suspicious of Megan’s irregular hours. He sees her interviewing one of Lexi’s potential dates and assumes that she has returned to prostitution. Michael embezzles $100,000 from the children’s charity fund to invest with Perry. Perry vanishes with the money, and Michael learns that he is a con artist who feigns heart trouble to win the trust of wealthy doctors. Michael covers his tracks by volunteering to serve as the charity’s treasurer. Kyle forces Eve to sing with Rikki G’s band. The group’s disgusting behavior prompts her to quit. A drunken Kyle tells Peter about Eve’s murder conviction and long prison sentence.
A Fist Full of Secrets: Peter travels to Oakhurst to investigate Eve’s past. He has a run-in with Kent’s parents and the town sheriff, but an old friend of Eve’s tells him the truth about the murder case. Eve comes looking for Peter, and he defends her from the townspeople’s attacks. Ryan intercepts a drug delivery for Kyle and pushes his brother into flushing the pills. Kyle, Eve and Peter separately accuse Amanda of being a tyrant. Overcome with guilt, she takes Kyle back for some reason. Megan conceals the fact that a computer program pinpointed Ryan as Lexi’s perfect mate. Ryan discovers that Megan has her own 800 number. He confronts her with allegations of prostitution, so she comes clean about Lexi’s search for Mr. Right. Temporary chief-of-staff Michael promotes Amy to head nurse. A wacko nurse whom Michael had just met claims that he promised her the job in exchange for sex. Peter suspends Michael.
The Younger Son Also Rises: Kyle and Ryan’s overbearing father, Mack, surprises his sons with a visit. Mack enrages Ryan with his demeaning and hateful comments, then turns on Kyle after learning that he cannot have children. Unable to cope with the pressure, Ryan and Kyle flee Kyle’s birthday party and get into a fight that ends in the pool. Kyle attacks his father after he belittles him and reveals his condition to Ryan. Amanda mends her relationships with Eve and Peter. Lexi jumps to conclusions when she sees Amanda and Peter at a hotel while Eve is out of town for a gig. Audrey sues Michael for sexual harassment, and the hospital refuses to support him. Jane shuns Michael following a surprising meeting with Audrey. Michael and Audrey have a secret rendezvous. Lexi sabotages a Valentine’s Day date with one of her love candidates. Megan resigns from the project. Lexi gains access to Megan’s records and discovers that Ryan is her perfect mate.
Saving Ryan’s Privates: Kyle flies into a drug-induced rage and burns down his and Amanda’s dream house. He tells Amanda that he is sterile and disappears. Ryan finds him drinking at the basketball courts and brings him home. Kyle injures himself while Amanda is out, and Peter recommends that he check into a rehab center. Amanda fires Rikki G and the band, prompting a furious Eve to quit. Rikki G tries to rape Amanda, but Peter comes to the rescue. Audrey’s sexual harassment allegations are part of a scam engineered by Michael. She is to recant her story in exchange for a share of his winnings in a countersuit against the hospital. Audrey refuses to follow through until Michael agrees to a sexual relationship. She secretly videotapes their encounters. Lexi pursues Jane and Ryan to a Mexican resort, where they are trying to land an account. Jane sprains her ankle and returns home to reunite with the “innocent” Michael. Lexi impulsively kisses Ryan, but apologizes for acting rashly.
They Shoot Blanks, Don’t They?: Eve is jealous of the amount of time Peter is spending with Amanda. She skips a meeting with her parole officer, and is arrested for performing at an illegal after-hours club. Ryan catches Peter and Amanda in an embrace, and learns of their supposed hotel rendezvous from Lexi. Amanda tells Peter that she is pregnant. Eve overhears this, and races to the rehab clinic to tell Kyle. Kyle breaks out of rehab and goes ballistic, destroying everything in sight and trying to kill Peter. When Amanda tries to stop him, he accidentally throws her through a second-story window. Michael receives a two-million-dollar settlement from the hospital. He insults Audrey on television, so she decides to send her illicit videos to Peter. Ryan and Lexi collaborate on an ad campaign, and hold a drinking contest to determine who will use it. They end up having sex in a closet, and miss their deadline. Dr. Visconti advises Lexi to be less aggressive in her pursuit of men.
How Amanda Got Her Groove Back: Amanda is not seriously injured, but loses the baby. Kyle refuses to acknowledge that the child was his, and leaves Peter to break the news. Eve vanishes, and her parole officer warns Peter that she could be arrested unless she resurfaces. Eve stays on the boat of her former cellmate, Jackie. They plan to sail away to Mexico, but Jackie tips off Peter, who convinces Eve to return home. Kyle decides to run away to Boston. Peter discovers that Kyle is not sterile. He has Amanda flown to the airport in a chopper so that she can stop Kyle from leaving. Peter and Jane see the tapes of Michael with Audrey. Jane dumps him again, and buys the beach house with a loan from her father. Peter takes pity on his partner and lets him keep his job. Lexi learns that Ryan has been engaged three times. She pressures Megan to propose in the hopes of exploiting Ryan’s fear of commitment.
Unpleasantville: Kyle and Amanda are anxious to speed up the construction on their house, but learn that it will cost them. Amanda cannot afford to bring the apartment building up to code, so she decides to sell it. Kyle joins the construction crew for the house and offers to help Jane fix up the beach house. He helps her chase away a persistent but dorky neighbor. Dr. Shulman and the hospital’s new corporate ownership try to stop Michael and Peter from treating uninsured patients. Jackie is assaulted by her boss. Dr. Shulman overhears Eve discussing her prison background with Jackie. She vows to use Eve’s past to destroy Peter’s reputation. Jackie holds Dr. Shulman at gunpoint, but Peter stops her from killing her. Jackie steals Dr. Shulman’s car, then turns herself in, as she cannot handle life on the outside. Michael begins pursuing Megan. Lexi tries to goad Megan into popping the question to Ryan, but he beats her to the punch. He suddenly leaves town. Ryan goes to a boarding house in Poughkeepsie to visit his young daughter, Sarah.
Ryan’s Choice: Ryan visits with his daughter; but Terry O’Brien, her aunt and legal guardian, cuts short their time together. Ryan heads home and immediately tells Megan that he slept with Lexi in Mexico. He purposely drives her away, and also alienates Lexi with his bizarre behavior. Megan confronts Lexi and quits her job. Michael agrees to team up with Lexi after his ploy to win back Megan fails. Ryan vanishes for several days before Kyle finds him at the blacktop courts. Ryan reveals that he was married as an 18 year old. His family was in a car accident; he pulled his infant daughter to safety, but the car erupted in flames and killed his wife. He is still wracked with guilt, and has kept a promise to Sarah by never remarrying. The parole board plans to send Eve back to prison for fraternizing with Jackie, but Amanda comes to her rescue. Peter and Eve fly to Texas to consider a bid on his father’s old land. He returns home to defend himself against Dr. Shulman’s attacks, but winds up resigning. Eve discovers that oil was found on Mr. Howell’s property, and leases it to an oil company for millions. Despite his new windfall, Peter decides to stay at the hospital to protect the interests of patients and staff. Amanda neglects Kyle to spend all her time at the office. A storm washes out the road and forces him to sleep over at Jane’s house. They have a candlelight dinner during a power outage.
McBride’s Head Revisited: Lexi buys the apartment building, using a front so that Amanda will unwittingly accept her offer. She takes over as landlord, prompting Amanda and Kyle to move in with Jane temporarily. Michael and Lexi drug Ryan, then snoop in his apartment and find information about his trip to New York. They pose as a priest and nun to gain entry to the boarding school and meet Sarah. Lexi, claiming to be Megan, convinces Sarah to give Ryan permission to remarry. Megan goes to work at AWA and steals Lexi’s clients. Michael stops Lexi from attacking Megan, so she agrees to join him for drinks. Ryan comes to Megan’s apartment to tell him about Sarah, only to find a naked Michael hiding in the closet. Peter and Eve agree not to spend their money, but she accepts an offer to buy half of Kyle’s club. Eve bitch-slaps Dr. Shulman when she continues to make trouble at the hospital. Peter buys the hospital and implements more patient-friendly policies. He allows Dr. Shulman to purchase a seat on the board of directors because he enjoys having an adversary. Jane sleeps with a prospective client, but he freaks her out by proposing marriage the next day. When he pulls his account, Amanda lashes out at Jane, who finds an ally in Kyle.
The Daughterboy: Michael and Ryan get into a scuffle, and Megan cracks Ryan over the head with a lamp. Lexi tends to Ryan’s wounds and convinces him to sleep with her. Megan finally learns that Ryan has a daughter. Sarah overhears Terry threatening to keep her away from Ryan forever. Ryan decides to have Sarah come live with him. He and Lexi try to visit her, but discover that she has run away. Sarah turns up on Megan’s doorstep. Amanda devotes all her time to landing the account of millionaire Tony Marlin. When Eve joins Amanda and Tony for an evening out, drunken college guys trash the club. Tony hints that he will only sign with AWA if Amanda helps him land Eve. Kyle and Jane nearly kiss and later dine together. Dr. Shulman stops interfering with hospital business after she and Dr. Visconti fall for each other.
Bitter Homes and Guardians: Ryan learns Sarah’s whereabouts and sends her to the beach house to stay with Kyle. Lexi tries to win Sarah’s favor through bribery. Sarah encourages Ryan to repair his relationship with Megan. He decides to fight for custody of Sarah. After being rejected by Megan and Ryan, Michael and Lexi have sex in the laundry room. In order to please Tony, Amanda makes Eve the spokesperson for the cruise line. Peter is angry because the commercial conflicts with their Hawaiian vacation, but Eve appeases him by asking him to come along on the cruise. Amanda must fire half of her staff to finance the commercial. When Kyle discovers that Jane is among the casualties, he accuses Amanda of being heartless and threatens to end their marriage. Amanda and Jane quarrel over Kyle. Amanda walks out on Kyle because she believes he is trying to control her. He sells the other half of the club to Eve so that he can buy Amanda’s stake in their house. Amanda comes to the club to seek Kyle’s forgiveness, but they break up for good.
Floral Knowledge: Tony orders Amanda to distract Peter throughout the cruise so that he can put the moves on Eve. Amanda accompanies Peter on a day trip to an island and ensures that they miss the boat. Tony tells Eve that Amanda promised her to him as part of their deal. Eve causes him great pain, and later ends her friendship with Amanda. Peter and Amanda sleep together and confess that they have never gotten over each other. Lexi decides to seduce Tony to steal his account, much to Michael’s dismay. Ignoring a threat from Tony’s unstable wife, she destroys the film from Amanda’s commercial, before coming on to Tony and asking him to keep her in mind as a second choice. Terry has a social worker take Sarah away from Ryan. Ryan defends Terry against allegations of child abuse. Terry allows Ryan to have custody of Sarah, but will stay with them for the summer. Megan notices that Terry seems a bit too affectionate toward Ryan. Kyle and Jane move very quickly in their relationship.
Lexi Gets Stiffed: Amanda loses Tony’s account because the commercial footage was destroyed. She decides to shut down her agency. Peter ends his marriage so that he can be with Amanda. Jane and Kyle nearly split up because of his insistence on consoling Amanda. He catches Amanda and Peter sharing a hotel room, and Eve overhears this information. Eve beds Travis, the ex-prison guard who harassed her, but he refuses to do her dirty work. She goes totally psycho and plots revenge against everyone. A jealous Michael tries to stop Lexi from sleeping with Tony. He helps her escape a potential confrontation with Mrs. Marlin. Tony comes to Lexi’s apartment to close the deal, but dies in her bed. Terry lusts after Ryan, who is initially oblivious to her advances. He finally tells her that he is not interested and proposes to Megan.
Dead Men Don’t Shut Up: Lexi fears that the police will accuse her of killing Tony and forging his signature on the contracts. Michael helps her dodge suspicion by returning the body to Tony’s mansion. Michael asks Lexi to marry him. Lexi befriends Eve in the hopes of gathering dirt on Amanda. Eve experiences flashbacks about high school, and recalls that Amanda and Kent were lovers. Dr. Visconti puts her under hypnosis to trigger her memories. Lexi takes Eve to the murder site, where she realizes that Kent did not die from his fall; Amanda beat him to death and tricked her into accepting blame. Megan catches a naked Terry kissing Ryan. She wants to call off the engagement, but Terry apologizes and admits that she caught Ryan by surprise. Terry pretends to leave town, and Ryan and Megan get married. Terry kidnaps Sarah and crashes her car into a utility pole. Jane discovers that she is pregnant, but doesn’t tell Kyle.
Asses to Ashes: Sarah and Terry escape serious injury because of the airbags, and Kyle and Ryan pull them to safety. Terry apologizes and grants Ryan and Megan permission to raise Sarah. Amanda tells Peter that she killed Kent, but claims that it was self defense. Lexi wants to go to the police with Eve’s revelations about Amanda. Eve hits her over the head and leaves her bound and gagged in the bathtub (in her underwear). She reveals that she plans to murder Amanda and Peter. Eve tries to deflect suspicion by pretending that she is over Peter and insisting that her repressed memories were just fantasies. Dr. Shulman has Peter investigated for fraud and embezzlement, as his efforts to cover for Michael left him holding the evidence. He and Amanda plan to flee the country to escape prosecution. Kyle is thrilled to learn of Jane’s pregnancy, but she discovers that Michael is the father. She tells Megan that she is leaving town. Amanda overhears this from a bathroom stall and warns Kyle as she stops by to say goodbye. Kyle stops Jane from leaving, and they agree to raise the baby as their own. Eve, posing as Lexi, knocks out Michael and leaves him in the bathtub with Lexi. She tries to run over Amanda and Peter. Lexi is arrested, and Michael joins her out of sympathy. She identifies Eve as the culprit, and Amanda confesses to Kent’s murder. Dr. Visconti agrees to give Peter and Amanda the use of his cabin. Michael tries to wed Lexi in the pool. She calls it off because she fears she would cheat on him in a few months (as if Michael’s marriages usually last much longer than that). Shulman and the police force Visconti to reveal Peter and Amanda’s location. As Michael approaches the cabin to negotiate, it explodes. Kyle notices that a necklace he had given Amanda (which she never removed) was not among her personal effects. Eve shows up at the funeral and talks about how Amanda and Peter ruined her life. When Lexi objects, Eve dumps Peter’s ashes over her and gets arrested. Michael is appointed chief-of-staff through a clause in Peter’s will. He also mentions that he has come into a lot of money. Kyle receives the necklace anonymously through the mail; Amanda had promised to return it as a gift for his daughter. Peter and Amanda tie the knot in an island ceremony. They paid Michael one million dollars to help with their plan, which included placing cadavers from the medical school in the cabin and switching dental records.