[10/27/03 - 12:00 AM]
NBC Finalizes Sweeps Schedule (For Now)
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

CHICAGO (thefutoncritic.com) -- With November sweeps kicking off this Thursday, NBC has rolled out its complete schedule for the key ratings period.

Guest stars seem to be the recurring theme for the month as Ann-Margret, Bob Newhart, Dylan McDermott, Burt Reynolds, Tara Reid, Jewel, Alicia Keys, Hilary and Haylie Duff, Greg Kinnear, Christina Applegate, John Cleese, Scott Foley, Shirley Jones, Josie Bissett, Aisha Tyler, Beverly D'Angelo, Mariette Hartley, Sarah Silverman, Tiffani Thiessen, Amanda Detmer, Cliff Robertson, Wayne Newton, Mia Farrow, Rip Torn, George Segal, Blythe Danner, Carrie Fisher, Peter MacNicol and Kelli Williams are all set to make appearances on the Peacock. Here's a breakdown of the highlights, taken from NBC's press release this afternoon:


FRIENDS - (8-8:40 p.m.)
"The One Where Rachel's Sister Baby-Sits"

BABY(SITTER) BOOM WHEN RACHELS' KID SISTER AGREES TO WATCH HER INFANT; EMMY WINNER CHRISTINA APPLEGATE RETURNS TO GUEST-STAR -- Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) worries that her annoying and self-indulgent younger sister Amy (returning guest star Christina Applegate, "Married...with Children") is on the verge of making a lifestyle breakthrough, so she convinces her to step up and babysit infant Emma over Ross' (David Schwimmer) protests -- and soon regrets it. Meanwhile, Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) unknowingly thwarts Mike's (recurring guest star Paul Rudd) surprise for her and Joey (Matt LeBlanc) scares Monica (Courteney Cox Arquette) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) when he composes a letter with big words on their behalf to a child adoption agency.

WILL & GRACE - (8:40-9:20 p.m. ET)
"A-Story, Bee-Story"

THERE'S NO NEW YORK LIKE GAY NEW YORK - Depressed over his decision to leave Doctors Without Borders, Leo (Harry Connick, Jr.) turns to a motivated Will (Eric McCormack) to rekindle his love for New York. However, when Will's version of "the best of New York" -- filled with long shopping trips and high tea -- doesn't do the trick, Leo decides to move in a different direction. Meanwhile, Jack (Sean Hayes) teams up with his new coach Karen (Megan Mullally) as they prepare for the annual gay spelling bee. Debra Messing also stars.

SCRUBS - (9:20-10 p.m. ET)
"My Lucky Night"

SEAN AND ELLIOT'S RELATIONSHIP PUT TO THE TEST WHEN THEIR SECRETS ARE REVEALED; SCOTT FOLEY GUEST-STARS -- Sean (guest star Scott Foley) is a bit surprised and disturbed to learn about Elliot (Sarah Chalke) and JD's (Zach Braff) history together, but his anger is really a cover up for the fact that his "little" work trip is actually six months long -- and he doesn't want Elliot to explode. Meanwhile, J.D., who has been watching their relationship develop, finally acknowledges that he still has feelings for Elliot and has to come to either accept her new relationship or take action. Meanwhile, Dr. Cox. (John C. McGinley) is forced to swallow his pride and actually ask for help when he decides to compete for the Residency Director position. Also, Carla (Judy Reyes) picks up an extra shift as a surgical nurse, which allows her to spend the day working alongside with Turk (Donald Faison). Ken Jenkins and Neil Flynn also star.

ER - (10-11 p.m. ET)
"Out of Africa"

DR. LEWIS FEARS FOR ARCHITECT WHO'S LOSING EYESIGHT; EMMY WINNER BOB NEWHART GUEST-STARS -- Dr. Lewis (Sherry Stringfield) fears for a distraught architect (Emmy Award-winning guest star Bob Newhart, "The Bob Newhart Show") whose degenerating eyesight makes him despondent while a spirited new nurse (new series regular Linda Cardellini) joins the staff. Elsewhere: disaster strikes when the doctors suspect a mother (guest star Allison Elliot) is abusing her child; Dr. Corday (Alex Kingston) learns something shocking about the charismatic Dr. Dorset (guest star Bruno Campos, "Jesse"), and a green medical student (guest star Scott Grimes) is overwhelmed by the chaos and grisly conditions of life in the E.R. Laura Innes, Maura Tierney, Paul McCrane, Sharif Atkins, Mekhi Phifer, Goran Visnjic, Ming-Na and Parminder Nagra also star.


THIRD WATCH - (10-11 p.m. ET)
"Goodbye To All That"

SAVIOR SULLY GETS NEW JOB GUARDING FEMALE JUDGE FROM ASSASSINS; ANN-MARGRET, MIA FARROW GUEST-STAR -- A grouchy Officer Sullivan (Skipp Sudduth) finds himself thrust on center stage when he reacts to a suspected bomb blast by pushing a noted female judge (Oscar nominee and guest star Ann-Margret, "Grumpy Old Men") out of the way but he chafes when the grateful jurist asks for him personally as her nighttime bodyguard until the would-be assassin is found. On other beats, Cruz (Tia Texada) convinces her superior officer to place her undercover again -- this time, teaming with Monroe (Nia Long) as a "masseuse" to expose a sex-for-medical-services scam. Meanwhile, Yokas (Molly Price) suffers a setback in her attempts to recover and Kim (Kim Raver) feels betrayed when she receives a written reprimand from one of her own. Jason Wiles, Anthony Ruivivar, Coby Bell, Michael Beach, Bonnie Dennison and Chris Bauer. Oscar nominee Mia Farrow ("Rosemary's Baby") guest-stars.


"Rescue Me"

GRAMMY WINNER ALICIA KEYS GUEST STARS AS FONTELLA BASS -- When the Pryor's receive word that Will's (Ethan Dampf) surgery will be fully funded by the March of Dimes, Jack (Tom Verica) believing Helen (Gail O'Grady) no longer needs to work pushes her to quit her job. Elsewhere, Meg (Brittany Snow) sets a date with Drew (guest star Sam Page) only to have things go awry before she can even go on the date, while a love struck Roxanne (Vanessa Lengies) makes an important choice about the progress of her own relationship with boyfriend, Lenny (guest star Johnny Lewis). JJ's (Will Estes) situation with Diane (guest star Bellamy Young) reaches a boiling point, sending him one step closer to the front lines of the war and Sam (Arlen Escarpeta) and Nathan (guest star Keith Robinson) continue to look into the Muslim faith and the teachings of Malcolm X. Blake Shelton ("Playboys of the Southwestern World") also guest stars as a local bar singer, singing "Playboys of the Southwestern World." Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys ("Fallin'") guest stars as Fontella Bass singing, "Rescue Me." Jonathan Adams, Rachel Boston and Sarah Ramos also star.


GOREN AND TEMP PARTNER CHASE LATTER-DAY �BONNIE AND CLYDE' -- WHOSE BLOODY PATH INCLUDES DEAD COPS -- Since Detective Eames (Kathryn Erbe) is on leave, Detective Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) is temporarily partnered with Bishop (Samantha Buck, "Credit") as they track a double-crossing "Bonnie and Clyde" couple (guest stars Nikki M. James and Rodney Hicks) whose nine bloody victims include two undercover cops investigating a illegal gun-running ring. To gain a foothold on slim evidence that began in an auto paint shop, Goren focuses on one suspect's mental processes -- and knows that his female running mate is pulling the strings. Jamey Sheridan and Courtney B. Vance also star.

THE LYON'S DEN - (10-11 p.m. ET)

JACK DEFENDS FBI AGENT AND FACES OFF AGAINST EX-LOVER IN COURT; JEWEL AND OSCAR WINNER CLIFF ROBERTSON GUEST-STAR -- Jack (Rob Lowe) is shocked to confront a former lover (guest star Jewel) who is a Department of Justice attorney assigned to prosecute his client, an FBI agent (guest star Jason Beghe) on charges of espionage -- but thanks to Grant (Kyle Chandler), Jack discovers the G-man's suspicious ex-girlfriend (guest star Yancy Butler), who is the government's key witness. Elizabeth Mitchell, Matt Craven, Frances Fisher, David Krumholtz and James Pickens Jr. also star and Oscar winner Cliff Robertson ("Charly") guest-stars as the law firm's head of security.


FEAR FACTOR - (8-9 p.m. ET)
"All-Female Episode"

LADIES' NIGHT: EPISODE FEATURES ONLY FEMALE CONTESTANTS -- In this special "all-female" episode, each woman is suspended upside down under a helicopter and repeatedly dunked into a lake from which they must retrieve as many flags as possible. Later, they race against a moving conveyor belt to transfer as much disgusting "food" - blended cow snout, worms, pig uterus and cow brain -- as possible using only their mouths. Joe Rogan hosts this series in which all stunts take place under the supervision of professional Hollywood stunt coordinators. Matt Kunitz ("Real World," "Dog Eat Dog"), John de Mol ("Big Brother") and David Hurwitz are the executive producers of this series from Endemol Entertainment USA.

LAS VEGAS - (9-10 p.m. ET)
"Semper Spy"

EVEN WHEN HE LEAVES, HE NEVER REALLY LEAVES - Much to the surprise of Danny (Josh Duhamel) and the entire Montecito surveillance crew, Ed (James Caan) takes a Hawaii vacation leaving his young prot�g� in charge. However, when a freak computer glitch leaves several hundred-hotel guests locked out of their rooms, Danny discovers the surveillance chief never made it to the islands but is using this absence to test him. Meanwhile, Sam (Vanessa Marcil) believes a couple from Chicago are big-time players and spares no expense giving them the VIP treatment, while Mike (James Lesure) becomes the good luck charm for a gambler on a hot streak. Marsha Thomason, Nikki Cox and Molly Sims also star.

AVERAGE JOE - (10-11 p.m. ET)
"Series Premiere"

BEAUTY EXPECTS TO MEET HER PRINCE CHARMING, BUT INSTEAD MEETS A BUNCH OF �AVERAGE JOES' IN SERIES PREMIERE--In the dramatic new unscripted relationship series, stunning former beauty queen and NFL cheerleader Melana Scantlin arrives in Palm Springs to live in a mansion, where she awaits the arrival of 16 Prince Charmings to win her heart. What she doesn't know is that the men she will meet are not handsome princes, but are actually "Average Joes"-guys with great hearts, but admittedly average looks, some even describing themselves as 'nerds' and 'geeks.' While Melana must decide how to proceed with the motley crew assembled before her, the guys form bonds and rivalries and experience a range of emotions as the concept of the series unfolds. Some see the chance of a lifetime when they size up their competition, while others face an ego-blow when they find themselves grouped among men they term as losers. Comedian/actress Kathy Griffin ("Suddenly Susan") hosts.


FEAR FACTOR - (8-9:30 p.m. ET)
"Four Stunt Show"

BRAIN SURGERY -- Contestants are given fifty cow brains with an object hidden inside ten of the brains. Using their mouth they must transfer the objects into a bowl. Joe Rogan hosts this series in which all stunts take place under the supervision of professional Hollywood stunt coordinators. Matt Kunitz ("Real World," "Dog Eat Dog"), John de Mol ("Big Brother") and David Hurwitz are the executive producers of this series from Endemol USA.

FRASIER - (9:30-10 p.m. ET)
"Maris Returns"

SHE'S BACK! NILES' EX-WIFE MARIS RE-ENTERS HIS LIFE; PENNY JOHNSON JERALD (�24'), COMEDIENNE SARAH SILVERMAN AND DAN CASTELLANETA (�THE SIMPSONS') GUEST-STAR -- Niles (David Hyde Pierce) is shocked when his ex-wife Maris re-enters his life and he is convinced that he should not tell his new wife, the very pregnant and very emotional Daphne (Jane Leeves). Meanwhile, Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) returns to private practice but his first day back proves to be a comedy of errors as several patients test his nerves (guest stars Penny Johnson Jerald, "24," comedian Sarah Silverman and Dan Castellaneta, "The Simpsons"). Peri Gilpin and John Mahoney also star. Grammer also directs the episode.


EXPECTANT MOTHER SWITCHES FROM VICTIM TO ACCUSED; SHIRLEY JONES, JOSIE BISSETT, BEVERLY D'ANGELO AND MARIETTE HARTLEY GUEST-STAR -- When a pregnant woman (Josie Bissett, "Melrose Place") is attacked outside of her restaurant, Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) set their sights on a young patron present around the time of the assault. However, when the victim reveals that her decision to abort their baby angered her abusive husband, the detectives interrogate the man only to have him accuse the victim of endangering her child through excessive drinking. Oscar winner Shirley Jones ("Elmer Gantry"), Beverly D'Angelo and Mariette Hartley all guest-star as different defense attorneys. Dann Florek, Richard Belzer, B.D. Wong, Diane Neal and Ice-T also star.


ED - (8-9 p.m. ET)

WILL CAROL AND ED MOVE ON TO TAKE A BITE OF THE BIG APPLE -- TOGETHER? -- A stressed-out Carol (Julie Bowen) must decide whether to accept an exciting writing job in New York City -- a choice that could separate her from Ed (Tom Cavanagh) and have severe repercussions on everyone in Stuckeyville if he sells the bowling alley and follows her to the Big Apple. Elsewhere, Molly (Lesley Boone) can't help being drawn closer to an exciting and handsome daredevil (guest star Reg Rogers) just when her current boyfriend Sean (guest star Tom Wilson) asks her a big question. Worried about Ed's possible departure, Mike (Josh Randall) seeks new local buddies as standby replacements while Eli (Daryl "Chill" Mitchell) also frets about losing his boss. JanaMarie Hupp, Michael Ian Black, Rachel Cronin and Justin Long also star.

THE WEST WING - (9-10 p.m. ET)
"Disaster Relief"

JOSH IS IN WHITE HOUSE 'DOG HOUSE' WHILE COMPASSIONATE BARTLET CAN'T LEAVE DEADLY OKLAHOMA TORNADO RECOVERY -- Josh (Bradley Whitford) fears the worst after a political miscalculation costs the Democrats dearly as the President (Martin Sheen) is pre-occupied with a killer tornado in Oklahoma and flies there to lend his support but his compassion overrules good judgment and he stays longer than planned. Meanwhile, a worried Leo (John Spencer) has several crises back home that need the president's immediate attention. Donna (Janel Moloney) keeps an eye out for Josh's welfare after he becomes Washington's latest persona non grata. Richard Schiff, Allison Janney, Dule Hill, Joshua Malina and Gary Cole also star.

LAW & ORDER - (10-11 p.m. ET)

IDENTITY THEFT LEADS TO HOMICIDE - When a young corporate executive is shot to death the living room of his upscale brownstone, Detectives Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Green (Jesse L. Martin) discover the victim recently lost his job and was living off of a mysterious deposit of $400,000 to his savings account. Following the money trail, the detectives discover their prime suspect to be an elderly Harlem man whose identity was stolen by the victim in order to steal thousands of dollars. Lorraine Toussaint ("Any Day Now") reprises her roles as defense attorney Shambala Green in the episode. Sam Waterston, Elisabeth Rohm, Fred Thompson and S. Epatha Merkerson also star.


FRIENDS - (8-8:30 p.m. ET)
"The One With Ross' Grant"

ROSS COMPETES FOR GRANT FROM GIRLFRIEND'S JEALOUS EX-BOYFRIEND; OSCAR NOMINEE GREG KINNEAR GUEST-STARS WITH FORMER FELLOW 'TALK SOUP' HOST AISHA TYLER -- An excited Ross (David Schwimmer) must interview with a brilliant, Nobel Prize-winning scientist (Oscar nominee and guest star Greg Kinnear, "As Good As It Gets," "Talk Soup") for a prized paleontology grant -- but the doctor also happens to be Charlie's (Aisha Tyler, also from "Talk Soup") obsessed ex-boyfriend who offers Ross the grant only if he will break up with her. Elsewhere, Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) sends Monica (Courtney Cox Arquette) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) screaming when she passes on her artistic creation of "Gladys," a creepy woman who appears to climb out of the frame. Plus, Joey (Matt LeBlanc) is offended when Chandler (Matthew Perry) lies about viewing his bizarre audition tape reel.

WILL & GRACE - (9-9:30 p.m. ET)
"Heart Like a Wheelchair"

MAMA'S BOYS MAKE THE WORST DATES; EMMY-NOMINEE DYLAN MCDERMOTT AND OSCAR NOMINEE JOHN CLEESE GUEST-STAR - Continuing his new role as caretaker for a disabled Marilyn (guest star Blythe Danner), a resentful Will (Eric McCormack) takes his wheelchair-bound mother for an afternoon roll in the park and bumps into an attractive bachelor Tom (Emmy-nominated guest star Dylan McDermott, "The Practice") wheeling an invalid of his own. Using his mother as a reason for a daily rendezvous in the park, Will attempts to build up the courage to ask Tom out. Elsewhere, Karen continues her lifelong quest to hunt down hubby-stealing Lorraine tracking her to a room at the Knickerbocker hotel only to discover occupant to be her father Lester (Oscar-nominated guess star John Cleese, "A Fish Called Wanda"). Sean Hayes and Debra Messing also star.

SCRUBS - (9:30-10 p.m. ET)
"My Brother, Where Art Thou?"

BROTHERLY LOVE BRINGS TROUBLE FOR J.D. WHEN HIS SIBLING DAN RETURNS WHILE ELLIOT AND CARLA MOONLIGHT AT VET CLINIC; TOM CAVANAGH GUEST-STARS -- Dan (guest star Tom Cavanagh, NBC's "Ed") decides to stay with J.D. (Zach Braff) for a while after their mom's new fianc� kicks him out, but after spending some quality time with him at the hospital, Dan isn't sure if he likes the cynical person his little brother has become. Meanwhile, Elliot (Sarah Chalke) tries to deal with her own problems of a long-distance relationship and decides to try moonlighting as a pet examiner with Carla (Judy Reyes) to save up money. Ken Jenkins, Donald Faison, John C. McGinley, and Neil Flynn also star.

ER - (10-11 p.m. ET)
"The Greater Good"

DOCTORS PRATT AND KOVAC ARGUE OVER FATE OF PREMATURE BABY; EMMY WINNER BOB NEWHART GUEST-STARS -- Drs. Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) and Kovac (Goran Visnjic) clash over a miscarriage-prone young woman (as Denny, Allison Smith) who arrives to deliver a premature baby -- Pratt wants to make heroic efforts to save the tiny soul while Kovac is dead-set against spending vast amounts of money to keep the child alive, but forever sickly. Elsewhere, Dr. Lewis (Sherry Stringfield) enjoys her time with a sarcastic patient (Emmy-winning guest star Bob Newhart, "Newhart") who once threatened to take his own life over his impending blindness. A distracted Kovac also runs afoul of a psychiatrist who over-medicates an abused foster child (guest star Michael Angarano, NBC's "Will & Grace") who wants to go back to his drug-addled mother. Plus, a chatty, upbeat pharmaceutical rep (as Terra, guest star Sarah Shahi) makes the rounds offering goodies, a man gets violent over an exorbitant bill and Dr. Coop (guest star Glenn Howerton) makes a romantic play for Dr. Chen (Ming-Na). Laura Innes, Alex Kingston, Maura Tierney, Paul McCrane and Parminder Nagra also star.


MISS MATCH - (9-10 p.m. ET)
"The Price of Love"

A REFORMED CALL GIRL PROVES TO BE KATE'S BIGGEST DATING CHALLENGE YET HER DIVORCE CLIENT BRINGS NEW MEANING TO THE PHRASE �FOR LOVE OR MONEY' - Kate (Alicia Silverstone) joins Victoria (Lake Bell) at a party where she is bartending, only to discover upon her arrival that all the beautiful women around the pool are actually call girls! Nevertheless, one of the girls, Sarah (Christina Hendricks "The Big Time") takes Kate up on her offer to help her find a real relationship. Sarah isn't happy with Kate's first choice for her, Barry (guest star Jonathan Silverman), opposing council in Kate's latest case, so when she meets Michael (David Conrad), another client of Kate's who happens to be looking for a date for a special event, she takes things into her own hands. Although Sarah and Michael seem to hit if off and she agrees to be his date for the party, a last minute change in Sarah's plans results in Kate having to step in as Michael's replacement date - a situation she isn't entirely upset about. Back at the office, Kate's client Meaghan (guest star Marita Geraghty "Groundhog Day") tries to gain some respect and access to the family finances from her husband Daniel (guest star James McCauley "Return to Paradise") by taking him to court. Ryan O'Neal, James Roday, and Jodi Long also star.

THIRD WATCH - (10-11 p.m. ET)

SULLY FIGHTS TO KEEP VITAL JUDGE ALIVE FOR IMPORTANT COURT CASE; OSCAR NOMINEE ANN-MARGRET GUEST-STARS -- After another bomb blast threatens the life of a prominent judge (Oscar nominee and guest star Ann-Margret, "Grumpy Old Men"), a desperate Officer Sully (Skipp Sudduth) takes her to the only safe place he knows for the night -- his modest apartment -- as the police scramble to protect her until the jurist can preside over the murder trial of "Animal," a drug-dealing biker gang member. Meanwhile, a defiant Cruz (Tia Texada) seeks out the man who sexually humbled her while she was undercover as a masseuse but her vengeance causes her to forget a crucial court date to testify against "Animal." Elsewhere, a recuperating and furious Yokas (Molly Price) consults a psychiatrist over her extreme phantom pain for which doctors have no explanation. Chris Bauer, Coby Bell, Anthony Ruivivar, Nia Long, Kim Raver and Jason Wiles also star.


"A Murder Among Us"

HOW CAN WIFE'S BLOODY SUICIDE POINT TO HUSBAND AS MURDER SUSPECT? -- When an Argentine immigrant is found slashed and beaten in the family's bathroom, Detectives Goren (VIncent D'Onofrio) and Bishop (guest star Samantha Buck) come to the surprising the conclusion that the wounds were self-inflicted -- but her husband's (guest star Thomas G. Waites) history of violence makes the police think he could have been responsible for other racially motivated murders that were discovered by his wife. But since they cannot implicate the suspect in his wife's death, Goren explores the family's tragic history on both sides and struggles to find a link to the kneecap-murders of a string of Jewish men. Jamey Sheridan and Courtney B. Vance also star.


This original movie tells the incredible story of the heroic rescue of Pfc. Jessica Lynch during Operation Iraqi Freedom on April 1, 2003, based on a first-hand account from Mohammed Odeh Al-Rehaief, the Iraqi citizen who risked everything to help her. Jessica's inspiring story provided hope to the nation and the world and proved an example of triumph despite great odds and affliction. This is a story of incredible courage - the courage of a 19-year-old enduring a hellish ordeal, the Iraqi father and husband who risked everything to help her, and the American Special Operations team who defied the odds to bring her home. Executive producers are Dan Paulson ("Passenger 57," "A Cooler Climate") and Bob Chmiel (Emmy Award winning "A Gift of Love") and the writer is John Fasano ("Profiler"). Director is Peter Markle ("C.S.I," "Bat 21").


FEAR FACTOR - (8-9 p.m. ET)

BUT ARE THEY DISHWASHER SAFE? -- A highlight of this episode locks in on contestants being handcuffed -- key attached to their wrist�and zipped into a clingy plastic bag to be tossed into a tank of water from which they must escape. Joe Rogan hosts this series in which all stunts take place under the supervision of professional Hollywood stunt coordinators. Matt Kunitz ("Real World," "Dog Eat Dog"), John de Mol ("Big Brother") and David Hurwitz are the executive producers of this series from Endemol Entertainment USA.

LAS VEGAS - (9-10 p.m. ET)
"Pros and Cons"

IF FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED, CON, CON, CON AGAIN; WAYNE NEWTON GUEST STARS - Invading the sanctity of the Montecito, a sexy con artist (guest star Alana De La Garza) preys on Delinda's sympathy and scams the daughter of Las Vegas' premiere surveillance specialist - Big Ed (James Caan) -- into exchanging counterfeit chips for cash. Setting her sights on bigger fish, this matchstick woman utilizes some suggestive body language to win Danny's (Josh Duhamel) affection and have him escort her around the casino as she searches for her next score. Elsewhere, Sam (Vanessa Marcil) plays host/ Chaperone to a duo of Whales, known for their insatiable appetite for gambling. Mary (Nikki Cox) helps out a couple down on their luck with tickets to see Wayne Newton (guest starring as himself). Marsha Thomason and James Lesure also star.

AVERAGE JOE - (10-11 p.m. ET)

�AVERAGE JOES' BEGIN TO FALL FOR MELANA AS THE DATES BEGIN; KANSAS CITY CHIEFS' TONY GONZALEZ PUTS �JOES' INTO TRAINING-The twelve remaining �Average Joes' receive a visit from Tony Gonzalez of the Kansas City Chiefs to help them get into shape to win Melana's affection. Later, the guys find themselves out on a limb when they go rock climbing and take mud baths on group dates, and one �Joe' gets a special solo date with Melana at Lake Havasu that he will never forget. Meanwhile, rivalries boil over as one �Joe' continues to assert that he does not fit in with the �average' crew, and another copes with the elimination of his best friend the previous week. Kathy Griffin ("Suddenly Susan") hosts the series.


WHOOPI - (8-8:30 p.m. ET)
"Sticky Fingers"

MAVIS UNWITTINGLY USES THE FIVE FINGER DISCOUNT WHILE SHOPPING WITH NASIM -- After unwittingly ruining Nasim' s (Omid Djalil) favorite shirt, a slightly guilty Mavis (Whoopi Goldberg) takes the handyman shopping for a replacement only to find herself in department store jail after mistakenly taken a belt without paying. Once word of her detention and alleged theft hits the media, Mavis' popularity skyrockets forcing her to fields interview requests from a bevy of reporters including VH1 -- who wants to use the incident to tailor a special "Behind the Music" on her illustrious career. Wren T. Brown and Elizabeth Regan also star.

HAPPY FAMILY - (8:30-9 p.m. ET)
"Not Thanksgiving"

THANKSGIVING DINNER -- Peter (John Larroquette) and Annie (Christine Baranski) decide to do an early Thanksgiving after learning that Tim (Tyler Francavilla) intends to spend Thanksgiving with Maggie's (Susan Gibney) family and Sara (Melanie Paxson) will be out of town on business on Thanksgiving day. As constant mishaps occur throughout the planning of their Thanksgiving it makes the day typical of family gatherings. Jeff Davis also stars.

FRASIER - (9-9:30 p.m. ET)
"Murder Most Maris"

DE-NILES? NILES IS A SUSPECTED ACCOMPLICE WHEN HIS EX-WIFE MARIS IS ARRESTED FOR MURDER -- Niles (David Hyde Pierce) becomes the focus of media scrutiny when the weapon his ex-wife Maris used to murder her Latin lover is traced back to him. Meanwhile, attention-craving Frasier (Kelsey Grammer) becomes the self-appointed family spokesperson -- but a slip of the tongue quickly becomes front-page news. Peri Gilpin, Jane Leeves and John Mahoney also star.

GOOD MORNING, MIAMI - (9:30 -10 p.m. ET)
"Will You Still Leave Me Tomorrow?"

BUILD IT UP ONLY TO BREAK IT DOWN--TIFFANI THIESSEN AND JILLIAN BARBARIE GUEST STAR--Gavin (Matt Latscher) shows up for work looking like a mess after being kicked out of Penny's (Constance Zimmer) bed in the middle of the night after she thinks he is getting emotionally involved in the relationship. Jake (Mark Feuerstein) jumps in to keep the show running, but ends up bringing more havoc into the situation. Meanwhile, Dylan (Ashley Williams) calls upon Victoria (Tiffani Thiessen) for help buying a car. Jere Burns also stars.


DON'T ASK DON'T TELL...EVER -- When the homosexual poster-boy for a sexual re-education group is found murdered in his bed, Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) suspect an out spoken Midwestern Reverend who was in the process of flooding the victim with hate mail and death threats, to be their killer. However, when the activist's alibi checks out, the detectives turn their investigation towards a paper the victim was working on regarding the failure of sexual re-education groups and a professor who personally objects to the thesis making him a prime suspect for the murder. George Segal ("Just Shoot Me") and Jonathan Tucker ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre") guest star. Fred Thompson (NBC's "Law & Order") makes a special appearance as D.A. Arthur Branch.


ED - (8-9 p.m. ET)

ED IS NOT IN A NEW YORK STATE OF MIND AS HE FINDS COUNSEL TO RECONCILE CAROL'S MOVE -- Troubled by his awkward relationship with a now New-York-based Carol (Julie Bowen), Ed (Tom Cavanagh) seeks professional counseling and ends up with peculiar Dr. Soper (guest star Bruce Altman) as he tries to sort out how their newfound love hit a pothole once she took her new job -- and he receives a startling revelation from the doc. Likewise, a perplexed Eli (Daryl Mitchell) finds solace with his wise physical therapist (guest star Raphael Nash Thompson) as he dissects his simmering romance with "pie lady" Jennifer (Marcy Harriell). Not to be left out of the kissing conundrum, Molly (Lesley Boone) seeks Nancy's (JanaMarie Hupp) advice when she is attracted to the most unlikely of Stuckeyville's males. Josh Randall, Rachel Cronin and Michael Ian Black also star.

THE WEST WING - (9-10 p.m. ET)
"Separation of Powers"

PRESIDENT EYES BUDGET ARM-WRESTLING -- AND POSSIBLE NEED FOR NEW COURT CHIEF JUSTICE; MATTHEW PERRY RETURNS TO GUEST-STAR -- As the President's (Martin Sheen) staff wrangle with Speaker Haffley (guest star Steven Culp) over the pending federal budget, Toby (Richard Schiff) dispatches former Supreme Court clerk and personal friend Joe Quincy (guest star Matthew Perry, NBC's "Friends") to check on the condition of the stricken Chief Justice (guest star Milo O'Shea) -- an ancient Supreme Court icon who has Washington wondering if he will finally step down. As the clock ticks on a new budget, hard-charging Angela (guest star Michael Hyatt) faces a mighty challenge as she tries to hammer out an agreement that could compromise Bartlet's campaign promises. But the President is also focused on a crucial national TV interview that Zoey (Elisabeth Moss) has agreed to tape with a well-known newswoman (guest star Kathrin Lautner) with a knack for exposing raw emotions. Bradley Whitford, Allison Janney, Dule Hill, Janel Moloney, Stockard Channing and Josh Malina also star.

LAW & ORDER - (10-11 p.m. ET)

A BODY IN THE HUDSON HOLDS THE KEY TO JUDICIAL CORRUPTION - When an unidentified body is found in the Hudson River, Detectives Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Green (Jesse L. Martin) search for an identity for this "floater," discovering her to be missing wife in the middle of a shaky marriage. Believing the victim's husband to be the prime suspect, the detectives investigate his alibi only to have their suspicions drawn to the court where she worked and a possible corruption scandal involving several high-priced divorce attorneys and a judge. Sam Waterston, Elisabeth Rohm, Fred Thompson and S. Epatha Merkerson also star.


FRIENDS - (8-8:30 p.m. ET)
"The One With the Home Study"

WILL ADOPTED BABY MAKE THREE FOR MONICA AND CHANDLER -- DESPITE 'JOEY FACTOR'? -- Monica (Courteney Cox Arquette) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) fuss over their apartment as they expect a visit from the adoption worker (guest star Maria Pitillo) who will decide if they will make suitable parents -- unfortunately, she horrifies the uptight couple when she confesses that she was once romanced by a cad named Joey (Matt LeBlanc) in the same building who never returned her calls. Meanwhile, Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow) and Mike (guest star Paul Rudd) opt for a small wedding and donate the extra money to a children's charity -- only to demand it all back. Elsewhere, Ross (David Schwimmer) uses baby Emma to confront Rachel's (Jennifer Aniston) irrational fear of swingsets.

WILL & GRACE - (9-9:30 p.m. ET)
"Nice in White Satin"

DO NO HARM�TO KAREN -- Pressured by her lawyer Will (Eric McCormack), Karen (Megan Mullally) decides it's time for her annual Walker corporate physical, but begins to regret this decision after being examined by a slightly unorthodox physician. Elsewhere, while accompanying Karen to her physical, Jack (Sean Hayes) finds his true calling - student nursing -- and begs Will to support this new endeavor or face his eternal scorn. Debra Messing also stars.

SCRUBS - (9:30-10 p.m. ET)
"My Advice to You"

MYSTERIOUS HOSPITAL VISITOR SPARKS J.D'S INTEREST WHILE BAD BLOOD LINGERS BETWEEN TURK AND CARLA'S BROTHER; TARA REID GUEST-STARS -- A chance meeting in the elevator sparks a new friendship between J.D. and the mysterious Danni (guest star Tara Reid, "American Pie") whose ongoing dialogue about her ex forces J.D. to talk about his feelings for Elliot (Sarah Chalke). Meanwhile, Carla's (Judy Reyes) brother Mark (guest star Freddy Rodriguez, "Six Feet Under") comes to visit, but he still hasn't forgiven Turk (Donald Faison) for mistaking him for a waiter at their mother's funeral. Unfortunately, Turk can't even apologize because Mark refuses to speak anything but Spanish. At the hospital, Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) relishes his new job promotion but is surprised when J.D. doesn't follow his lead in contradicting Dr. Kelso's (Ken Jenkins) orders. Neil Flynn also stars.

ER - (10-11 p.m. ET)
"Death and Taxes"

BUSY DR. LEWIS MAKES PLANS FOR DINNER WITH PATIENT -- BUT THE WORLD INTERFERES; EMMY WINNER BOB NEWHART GUEST-STARS -- A busy Dr. Lewis (Sherry Stringfield) plans a home-cooked dinner with the elderly Hollander (Emmy Award-winning guest star Bob Newhart, "The Bob Newhart Show") -- her depressed patient who is going blind -- treats a stressed-out housewife (guest star Betsy Brandt), arranges for an IRS audit, and then hides the detached arm of the nasty Dr. Romano (Paul McCrane). Elsewhere, Neela (Parminder Nagra) and Dr. Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) treat a vulnerable 18-year-old (guest star Efren Antonio Ramierez) who was attacked in jail and Dr. Gallant (Sharif Atkins) must gamble with a risky hospital transfer to help a young septic cancer patient. Meanwhile, Dr. Kovac (Goran Visnjic) clashes with Dr. Corday (Alex Kingston) over the treatment of a patient (guest star Dohn Norwood) she suspects needs an appendectomy and nurse Sam (Linda Cardellini) parks her precocious son (guest star Oliver Davis) in the E.R. for a day where the kid gets an eyeful. Ming-Na also stars.


MISS MATCH - (9-10 p.m. ET)
"Addicted to Love"

KATE CONFRONTS HER ALLEGED "LOVE ADDICTION" BY TRYING TO STAY OUT OF HER CLIENTS' LIVES WHILE FACING OFF AGAINST HER FATHER'S EX-GIRLFRIEND IN COURT; MICHELLE LEE AND ADAM GOLDBERG GUEST STAR -- After some tough love from her best friend Victoria (Lake Bell), Kate (Alicia Silverstone) confronts her "love" addiction and tries to set some boundaries between her life and those of her clients. She even tries attending a "love addict" support group only to run into Jarred (Adam Goldberg, "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days"), the romantic book salesman who she just set up with a client named Rachel (Nicole Sullivan, "Mad TV") who had all but given up on love. Kate's resolve to stay professional in matters of the heart is immediately put to the test when one of her seemingly successful matches, Michael (David Conrad) and Amy (Katherine Lanasa), hits a rough spot and she instinctually runs to the rescue only to find herself in a rather awkward position between the two of them. Meanwhile, in court, Kate faces off against Jerry 's (Ryan O'Neal) ex-girlfriend, the vicious Sandy (Michele Lee "Color Me Perfect") in a difficult settlement case.

THIRD WATCH - (10-11 p.m. ET)

OFFICERS FACE OFF AGAINST WIRED BOMBER WHILE CRUZ CONFRONTS SUSPECT WHO HUMILIATED HER -- Davis (Coby Bell) faces down the trigger-fingered biker-bomber who's been trying to blow up Judge Halsted (Oscar nominee/guest star Ann-Margret, "Carnal Knowledge") while Cruz' (Tia Texada) vengeful plan to secretly find the man who sexually assaulted her is shredded when other cops bust the prostitution front where she worked undercover. As Cruz fears being exposed to the whispers of her fellow cops, Doc (Michael Beach) overreacts against fellow paramedic Rossi (guest star Michael Gladis) after his emergency vehicle is struck by a passenger bus. Elsewhere, Sully takes the edge off his icy relationship with the judge, while a recuperating Yokas (Molly Price) reminisces about what her life was like before she became a police officer. Chris Bauer, Kim Raver, Anthony Ruivivar, Jason Wiles and Nia Long also star.


"Ticket to Ride"

STEADMAN GUEST-STARS AS DAVE CLARK FIVE AND JILL RAPPAPORT GUEST STARS AS A JOURNALIST - JJ (Will Estes) comes home for two weeks and informs the family that he will be stationed in Okinawa. Roxanne (Vanessa Lengies) drops out of school to tour with her boyfriend's band. Meg (Brittany Snow) finally goes on a real date with Drew (guest star Sam Page). As Helen (Gail O'Grady) prepares Will (Ethan Dampf) for the hospital, she starts to have doubts about the surgery. Jill Rappaport ("The Today Show") guest stars as a journalist. Steadman (Simon Steadman, James Board, Russell Field, David Walton, Chris Murphy, "No Big Deal") guest stars as Dave Clark Five, singing, "Do You Love Me." Tom Verica, Rachel Boston, Sarah Ramos, Arlen Escarpeta, and Jonathan Adams also star.

"Sound Bodies"

MEAN PUNCH DELIVERS BODY BLOW TO CHURCH AND TOWN AS MULTIPLE MURDERS PROBED -- When someone spikes the punch -- leaving three dead in an isolated island church -- Detectives Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and Bishop (Samantha Buck) first believe the murders are related to parisioner politics, but then discover a sorrowful sexual lifestyle among the town's jaded youth that points to three teenaged girls who might be connected to the drownings of three former lovers. The heady Goren uses his knowledge of "Siddhartha" to query one of the girls (guest star Shayna Levine) whose undying allegiance to a male classmate (guest star Billy Lush) is harrowing. Kathryn Erbe, Jamey Sheridan and Courtney B. Vance also star.

THE LYON'S DEN - (10-11 p.m. ET)

Specific episode information to be announced shortly.


FEAR FACTOR - (8-9 p.m. ET)

SPEEDING TRUCK -- In this episode contestants find themselves on the top of a speeding truck and must grab the ladder of a helicopter flying above, the person who climbs the ladder the fastest will advance. Joe Rogan hosts this series in which six contestants recruited from across the nation must decide if they have the guts and determination to face their most primal fears when confronted with a series of challenging stunts under the supervision of professional Hollywood stunt coordinators in the hope of taking home $50,000. John de Mol ("Big Brother") and Matt Kunitz ("Dog Eat Dog") are the executive producers of this series from Endemol USA.

LAS VEGAS - (9-10 p.m. ET)
"Luck Be Lady"

THE SOUND OF MUSIC CAN TEMPT ANY STALKER -- When a pop diva (guest star Sheryl Lee Ralph) decides to hold the concert at the Montecito, Mary (Nikki Cox) becomes her chaperone, while Ed (James Caan) finds himself reunited with his lustful former CIA partner (guest star Mimi Rogers, "Lost in Space") who is currently working for performer. However, their stroll down memory lane is cut short when the diva's stalker, who believes he is her husband, uses the performance as a prime opportunity to say hello to his wife. Elsewhere, Sam (Vanessa Marcil) attempts to evict a wealthy businessman who refuses to gamble and makes lavish demands from one of the hotel's prime suites, while Nessa (Marsha Thomason) tries to do the right thing by helping a slightly under-aged gambler collect on her winnings. Josh Duhamel, James Lesure and Molly Sims also star.

AVERAGE JOE - (10-11 p.m. ET)

AFTER A DAY OF FUN AND GAMES, BIG CHANGES SHAKE UP THE 'AVERAGE JOES'--The six remaining 'Joes' get to splash around with Melana at a water park on a group date, then face off in competitions that take them off-road, onto the golf course, and into the hot-seat for romantic one-on-one dates. When it comes time for Melana to eliminate more contenders, the group faces a new twist that turns the competition upside down. Kathy Griffin ("Suddenly Susan") hosts the series.


WHOOPI - (8-8:30 p.m. ET)
"Mother's Little Helper"

CAN MAVIS TAKE ON MAMA WITHOUT 'MOTHER'S LITTLE HELPERS'? DIAHANN CARROLL GUEST-STARS -- Mavis (Whoopi Goldberg) is stricken with dread when her domineering, obnoxious mother (guest star Diahann Carroll, "Julia") arrives with her dad from North Carolina, but her mom's surprising polite and charming demeanor is due to her new prescription medication -- and things change for the worse when her pills are accidentally tossed. But even if the feel-good medication is found, will Mavis' mama even want to take them after she reverts to her same old nasty self? Omid Djalili, Wren T. Brown and Elizabeth Regen also star.

HAPPY FAMILY - (8:30-9 p.m. ET)
"Bill's Back"

Specific episode information to be announced shortly.

FRASIER - (9-9:30 p.m. ET)
"Guns �N Neuroses"

IT'S WORTH A SHOT -- GUEST STAR BEBE NEUWIRTH ("CHEERS") RETURNS AS LILITH -- One thing leads to another when Lilith's (Bebe Neuwirth) friend unknowingly sets her up on a blind date with Frasier (Kelsey Grammer). Meanwhile, Niles (David Hyde Pierce) and Daphne (Jane Leeves) try to convince Martin (John Mahoney) to get rid of his gun but he shoots holes in their plan. Peri Gilpin also stars.

GOOD MORNING, MIAMI - (9:30 -10 p.m. ET)

Specific episode information to be announced shortly.


DETECTIVES INVESTIGATE A SUBWAY ATTACK WITH A SHOCKING TWIST IN SERIES LANDMARK 100TH EPISODE; GOLDEN GLOBE NOMINEE JACQUELINE BISSET & SAMANTHA MATHIS GUEST STAR - When a subway commuter, Horace Gorman, is mutilated during his evening commute, Detectives Benson (Mariska Hargitay) and Stabler (Christopher Meloni) scour the subway platform, believing the attack to have been perpetrated by a territorial transient. However, when the station surveillance tapes reveal the attacker to be a woman, the detectives discover Gorman has been abducting women and forcing them to live in his dungeon for several years, pointing their suspicions to one of his victims (guest star Samantha Mathis, "American Psycho") and her mother (Golden Globe Nominee Jacqueline Bisset, "Joan of Arc"). Mickey Hargitay, Mariska's father, also guest stars as a witness, marking the first time this famous father-daughter pair have ever acted together. Dann Florek, Richard Belzer, B.D. Wong, Diane Neal and Ice-T also star.


ED - (8-9 p.m. ET)

ED IS THANKFUL FOR CAROL AT THANKSGIVING -- BUT HOW TO SHOW IT? BURT REYNOLDS AND BLAIR BROWN GUEST-STAR -- When Carol (Julie Bowen) arrives back from New York for Thanksgiving, an overwhelmed Ed (Tom Cavanagh) seizes the moment to express his love by quietly -- and rapidly -- assembling a pastiche of her favorite memories as a tribute while Mike (Josh Randall) shudders at the thought of entertaining his visiting parents (Burt Reynold, "Deliverance," and Blair Brown, "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd"). As Mike tries to tolerate his domineering dad and his curious way of deep-frying "the bird," a lovestruck Eli (Daryl Mitchell) creatively enlists Jenny's (Marcy Harriell) aid in whomping up a holiday dinner for the needy in Stuckeybowl. JanaMarie Hupp, Lesley Boone and Michael Ian Black also star.

THE WEST WING - (9-10 p.m. ET)

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS SHUT DOWN OVER BUDGET CUTS -- AND PUBLIC BLAMES A STUBBORN BARTLET -- A disastrous fiscal crisis looms when the federal government is shut down after the President (Martin Sheen) engages in a war of wills between the powerful GOP House Speaker (guest star Steven Culp) over an extra two percent in budget reductions that would trim many of Bartlet's key social programs -- and the Democrats are blamed based on opinion polls. As Leo (John Spencer), Josh (Bradley Whitford) and Toby (Richard Schiff) send everyone home, they remain uneasy as the President refuses to compromise -- until he arrives on a bold plan to personally and publically challenge the Republicans in the halls of the Capitol. Meanwhile, Abbey (Stockard Channing) suddenly reappears from her self-imposed exile for a State dinner that she might have to cook herself. Allison Janney, Dule Hill, Janel Moloney and Josh Malina also star.

LAW & ORDER - (10-11 p.m. ET)

A NEWS REPORT LEADS TO ATTEMPTED MURDER WHEN A JOURNALIST PUTS AMERICA SOLIDERS' LIVES IN DANGER -- When a controversial reporter who recently forced to return from covering the war in Iraq after revealing the position of the unit he was embedded with is shot in the back outside a trendy club, Detectives Briscoe (Jerry Orbach) and Green (Jesse L. Martin) sort through a laundry list of people with a grudge against the victim. However, when ballistics show the bullets used in the attack came for an army issued handgun, the detectives set their sights on a disgruntled sergeant who blames the journalist for the death of several of his men. Sam Waterston, Elisabeth Rohm, Fred Thompson and S. Epatha Merkerson also star.


FRIENDS - (8-8:30 p.m. ET)
"The One With the Birth Mother"

OH BABY! CHANDLER A DOCTOR AND MONICA A REVEREND? BIRTH MOTHER MISTAKENLY THINKS SO AS ANNA FARIS ('SCARY MOVIE 3') GUEST-STARS -- A nervous Monica (Courteney Cox Arquette) and Chandler (Matthew Perry) head to Ohio to meet a prospective birth mother (guest star Anna Faris, "Scary Movie 3") but the pregnant woman labors under the false impression that Chandler is a doctor and Monica is a reverend -- and the couple are so eager to adopt that they don't want to tell her the truth. Elsewhere, another mixup allows Ross (David Schwimmer) to get in touch with his feminine side when he agrees to let Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) pick out some new duds before going on a promising date while Joey (Matt LeBlanc) is not afraid to use his fork to fend off a skinny new admirer (guest star Anna Parisse) who likes to pick off food from his plate. Lisa Kudrow also stars.

WILL & GRACE - (9-9:30 p.m. ET)

Specific episode information to be announced shortly.

SCRUBS - (9:30-10 p.m. ET)
"My Fifteen Seconds"

THE LINES BETWEEN FRIENDS AND COLLEAGUES ARE BLURRED AS THE DOCTORS SHARE EACH OTHER'S PERSONAL STRUGGLES IN THE WORKPLACE; TARA REID AND CHRISTA MILLER LAWRENCE GUEST STAR -- As J.D.'s (Zach Braff) relationship with Danni (guest star Tara Reid) progresses, he and Dr. Cox (John C. McGinley) are forced to spend more time together outside of the hospital, to Perry's great chagrin. However, their antics, designed to sabotage each other, end up only aggravating Jordan (Christa Miller Lawrence) and Danni. Meanwhile, as they each deal with problems in their own relationships, Carla (Judy Reyes) and Elliot (Sarah Chalke) work to find their own balance between their personal and professional relationships. Dr. Kelso (Ken Jenkins) accidentally punctures his eardrums giving the hospital staff an opportunity to tell him how they truly feel about him. Donald Faison and Neil Flynn also star.

ER - (10-11 p.m. ET)

THANKSGIVING BRINGS FIRE FROM THE SKY RAINING DOWN ON SHORT-HANDED EMERGENCY STAFF -- On Thanksgiving, the staff struggles with a shortage of doctors as Abby (Maura Tierney) treats an HIV-positive woman (guest star Amy Pietz ) who thinks she might be pregnant while suffering from severe bleeding and an unexpected fiery holocaust in the sky threatens to engulf everyone in the hospital. Nearby, Dr. Lewis (Sherry Stringfield) is unaware that her "ex-husband" Chuck (guest star Donal Logue ) was involved in the disaster. Elsewhere, Dr. Romano (Paul McCrane) threatens to file a serious complaint against the brash Dr. Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) and Romano continues to ride medical student/nurse Abby with tough medical questions -- even as she wonders about what Dr. Carter (Noah Wyle) might be doing that same day in Africa. Laura Innes, Alex Kingston, Goran Visnjic, Sharif Atkins, Parminder Nagra and Linda Cardellini also star.


MISS MATCH - (9-10 p.m. ET)
"Jive Turkey"

KATE TRIES TO START HER OWN THANKSGIVING TRADITION BY HAVING A FAMILY DINNER AT HER PLACE BUT WHAT SHE ENDS UP WITH IS ANYTHING BUT TRADITIONAL; JoBeth Williams guest stars -- As Thanksgiving approaches Kate (Alicia Silverstone), is facing major family issues both with her client, rapper Master Z (guest star Romany Malco, "The Tuxedo"), who is desperate to prevent his ex-wife from taking their two sons to Hawaii for the holiday with her new boyfriend and because her mother Liane (guest star JoBeth Williams, "Homeward Bound") and Jerry (Ryan O'Neil) refuse to be in the same room to share a meal. In the spirit of the holidays, Kate is able to negotiate a truce between her parents, although it means sending Nick (James Roday) to Las Vegas to shuttle her father home, while also inviting Master Z and his posse as well as Victoria (Lake Bell) and her wayward cousin, and her newly single client Lonniman (guest star Reg Rodgers "Analyze That") to join the festivities. Meanwhile, Amy (guest star Katherine Lanasa) apologizes to Kate about shutting her out of her relationship with Michael (David Conrad), but when Kate gets back in, she finds that their relationship is not as perfect as it seems to be and Michael wants out. He decides to cancel on Amy's plans to go to her parent's house for Thanksgiving, and ends up a Kate's house instead. A plan which backfires when Amy decides to change her plans too.

THIRD WATCH - (10-11 p.m. ET)

VENGEFUL CRUZ, BOSCO CLOSE IN ON MURDEROUS BIKER WHO ALWAYS SEEMS JUST BEYOND THEIR REACH --A reluctant Cruz (Tia Texada) and Bosco (Jason Wiles) work with the FBI as they doggedly pursue the elusive, drug-dealing biker (guest star Timothy Devlin) who killed her sister but the new information from their criminal informant (guest star Glenn Fleshler) only jeopardizes more lives in a spree of gunfire and mayhem. Meanwhile, supervisor Doc (Michael Beach) suddenly reappears for a shift on the street and demands the keys to an emergency bus as he re-teams with Carlos (Anthony Ruivivar) -- who receives grievous medical news about his baby daughter whom he gave up for adoption. Coby Bell, Kim Raver and Skipp Sudduth also star.


"Change a Comin'"

Specific episode information to be announced shortly.

"Happy Family"

DETECTIVES UNEARTH FAMILY TREE WHEN RICH PATRIARCH IS BLUDGEONED TO DEATH -- When a wealthy father is found savagely beaten to death, Detective Goren (Vincent D'Onofrio) and temporary partner Bishop (Samantha Buck) find a family album of suspects, including the victim's soon-to-be ex-wife, a nanny who cared for the couple's adopted Romanian sons and a suspicious aunt and uncle. However, after Goren delves deeper into the family's past, his only hope of sorting out the jumble of possible killers is to call for a clan reunion -- in family court. Jamey Sheridan and Courtney B. Vance also star.

THE LYON'S DEN - (10-11 p.m. ET)

Specific episode information to be announced shortly.


FEAR FACTOR - (8-9:30 p.m. ET)

Specific episode information to be announced shortly.

AVERAGE JOE - (9:30-11 p.m. ET)

THE REMAINING 'AVERAGE JOES' FACE THEIR TOUGHEST COMPETITION YET FOR MELANA'S HEART--The guys test their physical abilities to win a dinner with Melana to be served by the losers. Meanwhile, Melana tests the bonds she's forged with each of the guys in a series of group and individual dates in order to make her decision for the next elimination. Kathy Griffin ("Suddenly Susan") hosts the series.



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LAW & ORDER - (10-11 p.m. ET)

Specific episode information to be announced shortly.

  [october 2003]  

· 24 (FOX)
· ED (NBC)
· ER (NBC)

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