Air Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2004
Time Slot: 8:30 PM-9:00 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#401) "George Searches for a Needle in a Haight-Stack"
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Comedian Carrot Top and Rap Artist Chingy Guest Star as Themselves

Standup comedian George Lopez returns for a new season of ABC's "George Lopez" - now moving to a new night and time (Tuesdays from 8:30-9:00 p.m., ET) - a series about a guy who has made lemonade from lemons at every turn. Since becoming plant manager at a L.A. airplane parts factory, George has handled a complicated and tumultuous job - including mergers, vandals and even a Presidential visit -- with his sense of humor intact. Though his affable and loyal friend and leader, Ernie (Valente Rodriguez, "Erin Brockovich"), and former compadres on the floor consider him a buddy, they continue to rib him and have their fun with his new found position of power. Dealing with his tough and acerbic but loving mother, Benny (Belita Moreno, "Perfect Strangers"), while sifting through her vast assortment of lies about his childhood, and maintaining a civil relationship presents a constant challenge, both at work and at home.

Fortunately George's devoted wife, Angie (Constance Marie, "American Family"), possesses the patience of a saint and copes surprisingly well with Benny's questionable behavior and insensitive wisecracks, and with George's freewheeling approach to parenthood. Her recent success as a cosmetics salesperson and her drive to pursue a new, more stimulating career tries George's patience, but in the end makes him love and rely upon her that much more. George and Angie's twelve-year-old son, Max (Luis Armand Garcia), is dyslexic and a sarcastic ball of energy, while their 15-year-old daughter, Carmen (Masiela Lusha), struggles against her parents to assert her own independence while dealing with self esteem problems and the tribulations of being a teenage high school girl. George is further tested daily by the arrival of his newly divorced father-in-law, Vic (Emiliano Dmez).

In the season premiere episode, "George Searches for a Needle in a Haight-Stack," the Lopez family is worried sick about Carmen, who has left home after an argument with her father. George and Angie's dad, Vic, set out to the Haight-Ashbury to look for her. When they find her, they learn that, after two weeks on her own, Carmen has already become a groupie for rap artist Chingy, and is now much more grown up and independent. Meanwhile, George has nightmares in which Carmen is carrying Carrot Top's baby. "George Lopez" premieres on a new night and time this season, TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 (8:30-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

"George Lopez" stars George Lopez as George, Constance Marie as Angie, Valente Rodgriguez as Ernie, Masiela Lusha as Carmen, Luis Armand Garcia as Max, Belita Moreno as Benny and Emiliano Dmez as Vic Palmero.

Guest starring in "George Searches for a Needle in a Haight-Stack" are Mark Tymchyshyn as Mel Powers, Trevor Wright as Zack Powers, Chingy as himself, Carrot Top as himself and Marcus Brown as the Bouncer.

The episode was written by John R. Morey and directed by Joe Regalbuto.

"George Lopez" is from Bruce Helford, Deborah Oppenheimer and Robert Borden - all from ABC's long-running hit comedy series, "The Drew Carey Show" - and actress/producer Sandra Bullock ("Speed," "Two Weeks Notice"). Helford, Borden, Oppenheimer, Bullock, George Lopez and Dave Caplan serve as executive producers. The series is produced by Mohawk Productions, Inc. and Fortis Films, in association with Warner Bros. Television.

"George Lopez" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound.

This program carries a TV-PG,D,L parental guideline.

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