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Thirtysomething Season 3 Episodes

Season 3 Episode Guide

24 Episodes 1989 - 1990

Episode 1

Nancy's Mom

Tue, Sep 19, 1989 60 mins

Just as Nancy and Elliot (Timothy Busfield) settle into a comfortable dating groove, Nancy's mom (Elizabeth Hoffman) visits and interrupts the mating dance. Mr. Baer: Robert Gould. Hope: Mel Harris.

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Episode 2

Love and Sex

Tue, Oct 3, 1989 60 mins

Michael and Hope find themselves sexually out of sync, and they long for the days of yesteryear when they see their baby sitter in the rapture of young love. Lauren: Cheryl A. Pollak. Bernard: Brad Pitt. Gary: Peter Horton. Elliot: Timothy Busfield.

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Episode 3

Mr. Right

Tue, Oct 10, 1989 60 mins

Melissa and Ellyn (Polly Draper) decide to speed up their search for a prince by taking a shot at video dating. William: Stephen Burleigh. Lee: Corey Parker. Hope: Mel Harris. Ethan: Luke Rossi. Nancy: Patricia Wettig.

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Episode 4

The New Baby

Tue, Oct 24, 1989 60 mins

Gary labors through Susannah's difficult birthing process as she seems reluctant to face the baby and the responsibility of motherhood. Clara: Andi Chapman. Isabel: Diane Delano. Susannah: Patricia Kalember.

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Episode 5

The Legacy

Tue, Oct 31, 1989 60 mins

Michael and Elliot's brush with death shakes the Steadmans into writing a will and the Westons into reconciling further. Jeffrey Milgrom: Richard Gilliland. Kate Harriton: Angela Bassett. Hope: Mel Harris. Michael: Ken Olin. Elliot: Timothy Busfield.

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Episode 6

Strangers

Tue, Nov 7, 1989 60 mins

Melissa's little voice is screaming that Lee's too young, but her heart is making different noises, while Russell (David Marshall Grant) is experiencing his own self-doubts after meeting a new man (Peter Frechette). Lee: Corey Parker. Melissa: Melanie Mayron.

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Episode 7

The Pilgrims

Tue, Nov 21, 1989 60 mins

As Thanksgiving nears, an unsettled Ethan faces a brave new world when Elliot moves back in, while he's terrified by a rash of neighborhood robberies. Eleanor Krieger: Elizabeth Hoffman. Nicholas: Coleby Lombardo. Nancy: Patricia Wettig. Elliot: Timothy Busfield.

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Episode 8

The Burning Bush

Tue, Nov 28, 1989 60 mins

The delicate balance of Hope and Ellyn's relationship is thrown off when Ellyn (Polly Draper) thinks about seeing a married man, triggering memories of their long-time friendship. Jeffrey Milgrom: Richard Gilliland. Hope at 17: Kate Hodge. Ellyn at 17: Kelly Wolf. Hope: Mel Harris.

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Episode 9

The New Parents

Tue, Dec 5, 1989 60 mins

Gary decides to stay home with baby Emma while Susannah returns to work, but his hackles are raised when his mother (Georgann Johnson) hits town. David Hall: Jeff Perry. Rosie: Lynne Thigpen. Melissa: Melanie Mayron. Michael: Ken Olin. Hope: Mel Harris.

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Episode 10

Michael's Campaign

Tue, Dec 12, 1989 60 mins

In his battle over a campaign with the creative director, Michael formulates a strategy drawn from a similar skirmish in his adolescence. Miles Drentell: David Clennon. Leo Steadman: Scott Marlowe. John Dunaway: J.D. Souther. Elliot: Timothy Busfield.

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Episode 11

Pulling Away

Tue, Jan 9, 1990 60 mins

Michael becomes the agency's "temporary" creative director, putting a strain on his relationship with Elliot, while Hope's increased workload puts one on their marriage. Page: Talia Balsam. John Dunaway: J.D. Souther. Congressman: Bruce Davison. Elliot: Timothy Busfield.

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Episode 12

Another Country

Tue, Jan 16, 1990 60 mins

Nancy and Ethan wrote a book, but an unexpected occurrence puts an end to their excitement over its publishing. Eleanor Krieger: Elizabeth Hoffman. Carla: Courtney Gebhart. Twins: Danielle and Alissa Dowdy.

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Episode 13

Post Op

Tue, Jan 23, 1990 60 mins

Nancy's sister seems to understand her pain and panic, while Elliot's coddling and her friends' awkward reactions push her to the breaking point. Eleanor Krieger: Elizabeth Hoffman. Dr. Silverman: Patricia Heaton. Nancy: Patricia Wettig. Hope: Mel Harris. Elliot: Timothy Busfield.

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Episode 14

Once a Mermaid

Tue, Feb 6, 1990 60 mins

Ellyn dives into a relationship with Jeffrey (Richard Gilliland), but she's afraid they'll both end up drowning in deception. Billy Sidel: Erich Anderson. Valerie Milgrom: Felicity La Fortune. Melissa: Melanie Mayron.

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Episode 15

Fathers and Lovers

Tue, Feb 13, 1990 60 mins

Melissa fears she's created a yuppie monster when she pushes Lee (Corey Parker) to get a job at DAA, and she's even more scared when she realizes she got her mad-scientist manipulations from her father. Elvira has a cameo. Murray Steadman: Herbert Edelman. Elaine Steadman: Phyllis Newman. Courtney Dunn: Mariska Hargitay. Melissa: Melanie Mayron.

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Episode 16

Her Cup Runneth Over

Tue, Feb 20, 1990 60 mins

When Jeffrey leaves his wife, Ellyn feels enough like a thief without the added burden of trying to steal his daughter's heart. Christie: Mya Akerling. Valerie Milgrom: Felicity La Fortune. Shrink: Brian Smiar. Jeffrey: Richard Gilliland. Gary: Peter Horton.

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Episode 17

Good Sex, Bad Sex, What Sex, No Sex

Tue, Feb 27, 1990 60 mins

Sex: for Melissa, too much of a good thing; for Gary and Susannah (Peter Horton, Patricia Kalember), not enough; and for Elliot and Nancy, a point of disagreement. Lee Owens: Corey Parker. Stephanie: Patricia Arquette. Elliot: Timothy Busfield. Ethan: Luke Rossi. Melissa: Melanie Mayron.

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Episode 18

The Other Shoe

Tue, Mar 20, 1990 60 mins

A cancer "insider" (Katherine Cortez) offers Nancy a self-centered approach to life, which further isolates her from family and friends. Gloria: Jane Alden. Arthur: Robert Levine. Elliot: Timothy Busfield. Nancy: Patricia Wettig. Ethan: Luke Rossi. Hope: Mel Harris.

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Episode 19

The Three Year Itch

Tue, Apr 3, 1990 60 mins

The incinerator project comes to an end, but Hope's relationship with John (J.D. Souther) seems to linger while Michael has his own guilty secret he's keeping from Elliot (Timothy Busfield). Miles Drentell: David Clennon. Margaux: Anne De Salvo. Michael: Ken Olin.

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Episode 20

I'm Nobody! Who Are You?

Tue, Apr 10, 1990 60 mins

Gary and Susannah guiltily starve for the good life, while Michael and Hope selfconsciously feed on the fruits of their labor. Emily Dickinson: Mary Beth Hurt. Catherine: Robin Morse. Waitress: Nealla Spano. Gary: Peter Horton. Michael: Ken Olin.

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Episode 21

Arizona

Tue, Apr 17, 1990 60 mins

Underlying tensions between Hope and Michael erupt in the desert heat when they travel to Arizona for Hope's parents' 40th anniversary. Ruth Murdock: Shirley Knight. Ted Murdock: George Coe. Susannah: Patricia Kalember. Michael: Ken Olin.

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Episode 22

Going Limp

Tue, May 1, 1990 60 mins

Elliot (Timothy Busfield) persuades Michael and Ellyn to give him a shot at his first commercial for the city. Ron DeLisle: Charles Rocket. Wendy Berman: Adilah Barnes. Harlan Merrill: Robert King. Michael: Ken Olin.

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Episode 23

Towers of Zenith: The Go Between

Tue, May 15, 1990 60 mins

Michael (Ken Olin) senses a change in the atmosphere at DAA as he shines with their biggest client, while storm clouds gather over Miles, who wants Elliot out. Part 1 of two. Bob Spano: Paul Dooley. Miles: David Clennon. Gus Hennesy: Marc Levy. Hope: Mel Harris.

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Episode 24

Towers of Zenith: Samurai Adman

Tue, May 22, 1990 60 mins

Conclusion. Corporate mole Michael (Ken Olin) tries to decrypt Miles' behavior as he maneuvers to head off the takeover attempt. Mrs. Arthur: Cassie Yates. Jack Ashley: Robert Symonds. Bob Spano: Paul Dooley. Miles: David Clennon. Elliot: Timothy Busfield.

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