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The New Adventures of Old Christine Episode: "Come to Papa Jeff"

Season 2, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: Christine is shocked to learn that Jeff (Scott Bakula) is a grandfather when he attends “Grandparents' Day” at Ritchie's school, and the news causes her to rethink their relationship.
Original Air Date: Oct 2, 2006
Guest Cast Scott Bakula: Jeff Nancy Lenehan: Mrs. Nunley
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Season 2, Episode 3
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Length: 07:07:35
Aired: 10/2/2006
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October 2, 2006: Come to Papa Jeff Season 2, Episode 3

The episode started with Christine trying to push Jeff away because he was the father of her ex-husband's girlfriend. Instead of saying yes to life like she promised, she bought a giant calendar and tried to organize all the little scraps of paper that she wrote notes on. (I use the notes-on-little-scraps-of-paper method, too. Note to self: One way to deal with personal crises is to buy a giant calendar board.) OK, so I didn't really like Scott Bakula's Jeff. (I remember him from Murphy Brown and I liked him then, but he was kind of creepy here.) I didn't like that he kept calling and leaving messages about why she wasn't calling him back. And was it me, or was it kind of creepy the way he called her from her doorstep, knocked and told her to answer it because it was him? Some would call it endearing; I thought it was kind of creepy. More like a stalker than a potential boyfriend. Especially since he had long hair, and long hair on men makes me nervous. And he was supposed to be New Christine's father and a grandfather? I didn't buy it. He and New Christine didn't look like they were father and daughter, but the plot twist made for some good jokes. Like when they went to Grandparents' Day at Ritchie's school, Jeff said to Christine: "If you'd rather hang out with another grandpa, I'll understand." Richard thought of the great idea that if he married New Christine and Jeff married Christine, Christine would be his mother-in-law. I laughed at that. Then felt weird laughing at the idea of incest, but it was funny incest. Christine hit the mark when she said, "Oh god, I'd be Ritchie's grandmother." Which obviously she was blowing out of proportion because she was freaking out. I don't really think her son would call her "grandma." I liked how she tried to map out her family tree and wanted to name the imaginary child that she would have with Jeff. I liked Matthew's choice of Pockets for a name. I think I'll name my first born Pockets. My favorite character is Matthew, played by the charming Hamish Linklater. I've never seen him in anything else before; still, I can't help but like him. He's always very enjoyable. He makes me laugh almost every time he opens his mouth, and he's boyishly cute. I think I'll end with my favorite Matthew moments: First: When Jeff came to the door and was wondering why Christine wasn't returning his calls, Matthew said, "Ever since Witch Detective took off, we hardly see her anymore." Second: When he was on the phone with his mom and he was telling her he had to get back to the "sabbatical room." Third: When Ritchie needed a grandparent for Grandparents' Day and Matthew said that he didn't like being a "9-year-old boy's special friend." show less
The episode started with Christine trying to push Jeff away because he was the father of her ex-husband's girlfriend. Instead of saying yes to life like she promised, she bought a giant calendar and tried to organize all the little scraps of paper that she wrote notes on. (I use the notes-on-little-scraps-of-paper method, too. Note to self: One way to deal with personal crises is to buy a giant calendar board.) OK, so I didn't really like Scott Bakula’s Jeff. (I remember him from Murphy Brown and I liked him then, but he was kind of creepy here.) I didn't like that he kept calling and leaving messages about why she wasn't calling him back. And was it me, or was it kind of creepy the way he called her from her doorstep, knocked and told her to answer it because it was him? Some would call it endearing; I thought it was kind of creepy. More like a stalker than a potential boyfriend. Especially since he had long hair, and long hair on men makes me nervous.And he was supposed to be... read more

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Premiered: March 13, 2006, on CBS
Rating: TV-14
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Premise: The mishaps of Christine, a divorced mom who tries to move on after her ex finds romance with a younger woman who just happens to share her name.

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