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Mr. Sunshine Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

Season 1

9 Episodes 2011 - 2011

Ben Donovan (Matthew Perry), manager of a San Diego basketball arena, begins to reevaluate his life after his 40th birthday in the lone season of the comedy "Mr. Sunshine." Ben, while successful at his job, has trouble interacting with people, including his unpredictable boss Crystal (Allison Janney), Crystal's clueless son Roman (Nate Torrence), his sometimes girlfriend Alice (Andrea Anders) and unstable secretary Heather (Portia Doubleday).

Episode 1


Wed, Feb 9, 2011 29 mins

Manager Ben Donovan (Matthew Perry) turns 40 and starts to re-evaluate his life in the pilot of a sitcom that follows the goings-on at a San Diego sports arena. Ben's coworkers include Crystal (Allison Janney), his unpredictable boss; and Alice (Andrea Anders), a friend with benefits.

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Episode 2

Employee of the Year

Wed, Feb 16, 2011 29 mins

Nick Jonas plays a teen-heartthrob singer scheduled to perform at the arena. Meanwhile, Crystal holds an Employee of the Year contest, but it turns out that the fix is in. Kathy Najimy guest stars.

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Episode 3

Heather's Sister

Wed, Feb 23, 2011 29 mins

Heather sets Ben up on a blind date with her sister, Stephanie, and it seems like a match made in heaven...at first. And since Roman is too shy to ask Heather out, Ben goes on a group date with Stephanie, Roman and Heather. Meanwhile, Crystal asks Alonzo to put her dog through the paces in a dog show, and Alice tries to impress a visiting friend.

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Episode 4

Hostile Workplace

Wed, Mar 2, 2011 29 mins

Ben wants his employees to like him, but his program to make that happen backfires. Meanwhile, Crystal invites Alice and Alonzo on a double date with her new boyfriend, and Ben assigns Heather to find a new halftime entertainer when the arena's mascot quits.

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Episode 5

Crystal on Ice

Wed, Mar 9, 2011 29 mins

Roman has no place to stay, and Ben reluctantly takes him in; Crystal dislikes an ice-dancing group; and Alice has trouble keeping up with Alonzo.

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Episode 6

Lingerie Football

Wed, Mar 16, 2011 29 mins

Ben encourages Crystal to get closure with her ex (singer James Taylor) by finding him on their anniversary. While he helps Crystal, Ben asks Roman to entertain his date, the quarterback of a women's lingerie football team. Elsewhere, Alice and Alonzo try to handle two rowdy Internet billionaires.

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Episode 7

Celebrity Tennis

Wed, Mar 23, 2011 29 mins

Ben teams with Alonzo to play tennis great Jimmy Connors and actor Fred Savage in a celebrity tennis tournament. Ben reveals his past with Alice to Alonzo, and a careless act on Crystal's part inadvertently bring her closer to her son, Roman.

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Episode 8

The Assistant

Wed, Mar 30, 2011 29 mins

Alice asks Ben for an assistant, and he assigns Roman to the job, which leads to Alice and Roman to form an unexpected bond. Crystal arranges a funeral to honor a friend at the Sunshine Center, and Alonzo admits the truth about a past relationship.

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Episode 9

Ben and Vivian

Wed, Apr 6, 2011 29 mins

Ben has a one-night stand with a woman who turns out to be Crystal's new assistant, Vivian (Lizzy Caplan). Crystal's plans to be a responsible mother to Roman go awry, and the mascot irritates Alonzo.

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