The Best Episodes of Ed

Last Updated: May 22, 2019

Ed Stevens is a contracts lawyer at a high-profile New York City firm. Around the same time he splits with his wife (she slept with a mailman), he makes a single error in punctuation when going over a contract; and because of the resulting financial loss to the firm, he's fired. Despondent, he heads back to his (small) hometown of Stuckeyville -- 'Anytown', USA. There he realizes he's been missed by a lot of friends whom he's missed; and he sees Carol, the girl he'd adored in high school. Swept up in roiling emotions, Ed buys the local bowling alley on a whim, moves to Stuckeyville, and determines to win Carol's heart. His horizons broaden as he settles once more in Stuckeyville, and the series itself settles into a charming, funny, often serious slice-of-life series focused not solely on Ed but on the lovable ensemble cast of people who live and work with him in Stuckeyville.

Last Chance

#1 - Last Chance

Season 2 - Episode 22

Ed wrestles with his nervousness about taking what he believes to be his last chance to tell Carol exactly how he feels after he discovers that she and Dennis are going away for the summer together and that Dennis plans to propose during the trip; Warren and Mark compete for Diane's affection; Stuckeyvillians vie for the title of ""The Most Talented Person in Stuckeyville"".

star 9.25
4 votes
Writers: Rob Burnett, Jon Beckerman
The New World

#2 - The New World

Season 2 - Episode 7

Ed represents Dennis in a minor fender-bender case, but when the other party's lawyer asks for an exorbiant amount of money, Dennis insists they settle in order to close the case; Ed tries to resurrect the annual Thanksgiving Day parade; Nancy declares war on her fellow ""cookie moms"" when she is sabotaged while launching her own cookie line.

star 9.00
3 votes
Directors: Sandy Smolan
Writers: Chris Dingess
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Changes

#3 - Changes

Season 2 - Episode 2

When a client changes his name and his image, Ed decides to follow his lead; Molly tries to catch the eye of a bowling alley equipment salesman; Mike takes drastic measures to find ""the last straw"" which will end the impasse with Dr. Jerome.

star 8.98
5 votes
Directors: Tim Van Patten
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
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Closure

#4 - Closure

Season 2 - Episode 5

Carol asks Ed to help her friend Sonja, whose husband Andy wants a divorce after discovering that Sonja had advertised herself in a mail-order-bride catalog before they met. Sonja is about to be deported to her native Brazil, since they live in a no-contest divorce state and Andy can get a divorce immediately. As Ed gets more involved in the case, he re-evaluates his own failed marriage and invites Liz to visit him so that they can mend fences. Mike continues to be beleaguered by Dr. Jerome, who refuses to relinquish his practice until Mike reads all the volumes of medical knowledge Dr. Jerome has amassed in his career. He also has a friend pose as a patient who needs an emergency appendectomy but refuses to listen to Mike and walks out of his office. When Dr. Jerome takes Mike along to see a terminally ill patient, Mike realizes that Dr. Jerome isn't such a bad guy after all. Molly and Jim continue to wend their way through the trials and tribulations of dating. After Jim cancels a da

star 8.98
5 votes
Directors: Melanie Mayron
Writers: Tom Spezialy
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Youth Bandits

#5 - Youth Bandits

Season 2 - Episode 13

Ed and Carol disagree about the propriety of reuniting Ed's high school garage band to play at the funeral of the band's songwriter; Warren spends a blissfull week dating Jessica and immortalizes the event with an infinity tattoo; Molly tutors Phil in chemistry so that he can pass his G.E.D. exam.

star 8.98
5 votes
Directors: Juan Campenella
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
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The Wedding

#6 - The Wedding

Season 3 - Episode 7

The families converge for the wedding, and Carol begins to have second thoughts after talking to her father about her parents' courtship; Warren enlists the help of Carol's sister Stella in writing a song for the bride, and the two hit it off better than Warren could have dreamed, leading him to seek out Eli for advice about women; Ed decides not to attend the wedding, but Carol begs him to reconsider; Jennifer encourages Ed to break up the wedding and he decides to go for it and ride up to the church on a white steed, but the horse he ends up with has other ideas; Dennis makes a painful decision to tell the truth at a crucial moment.

star 8.98
5 votes
Directors: Vincent Misiano
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
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Good Advice

#7 - Good Advice

Season 3 - Episode 16

Frankie defends Ed when he's sued for breaking a man's thumb while rescuing him from a burning car; Molly contends with Ryan's disapproval as she gets closer to Sean; Warren refuses to let Stella pull away from him after their night together; Carol gives Ed a little relationship advice about giving Frankie relationship advice, and discovers a small truth about herself; Stella chafes as Carol tries to mother her.

star 8.98
5 votes
Directors: Thomas Cavanagh
Writers: Jessica Queller
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The Music Box

#8 - The Music Box

Season 1 - Episode 13

When Carol's music box is stolen from her car, Ed tries to help in apprehending the thief. Though the music box is valuable, Carol really wants it returned for sentimental reasons (her grandfather gave it to her). During the investigation, Carol lets her jealousy of Bonnie get the best of her and the two butt heads. Finally the culprit is found and with Ed's detective work the man is brought in for questioning. Unfortunately the man has an alibi. Ed investigates the alibi and learns that the man lied. Confronted by Ed, the thief admits that he stole the music box because he was desperate for money because he lost everything while supporting his sick mother. He refuses to admit that in court however until Ed promises to talk the DA into waiving jailtime and putting him on probation. When Bonnie learns about the deal, she becomes furious that Ed used their relationship to his advantage, but she does end up waiving jailtime anyway, to Carol's dismay. Later that night, Ed and Bonnie

star 8.85
6 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Rob Burnett, Jon Beckerman
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Captain Lucidity

#9 - Captain Lucidity

Season 3 - Episode 17

Ed tries lucid dreaming to figure out if he should pursue a relationship with Frankie.

star 8.85
6 votes
Writers: Rob Burnett, Jon Beckerman
Charlotte and Wilbur

#10 - Charlotte and Wilbur

Season 3 - Episode 4

Carol's father returns from Florida in time for his birthday party, unaware that she's engaged. When she finally springs the news on him, he's hurt that she's marrying someone he's never even met. At his birthday party, he gives Carol and Dennis the cold shoulder and refuses to speak to her or accept her apology. When she goes to his house to explain, she is shocked to discover that her father remarried a year earlier without telling her. Carol goes ballistic until she finds out that her father may be sick. When she asks him, he denies it. Finally, he visits her and they talk about how they have tried to protect each other ever since her mother died. He finally admits that he's scared and asks Carol to come with him to his doctor's appointment, where they get good news. Warren freaks out about the unfairness of the SAT system and mounts a one-man protest he calls ""Pencils Down!"". After several fruitless attempts to be taken seriously and enroll anyone else in his boycott, he finally fa

star 8.80
4 votes
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
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May the Best Man Win

#11 - May the Best Man Win

Season 3 - Episode 6

Jennifer Bradley breezes back into Ed's life claiming that she needs his legal advice; Ed accepts Dennis's sarcastic offer to be his best man; Carol's impending marriage is making Molly feel neglected.

star 8.80
5 votes
Directors: Gloria Muzio
Writers: Chris Dingess
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Makeovers

#12 - Makeovers

Season 3 - Episode 9

Lloyd returns to Stuckeyville, and his new scheme is selling makeup for men. When he's prosecuted for being part of a pyramid scheme, Ed doubts Lloyd's claims that he knew nothing about it, creating friction between the brothers. After Mark's father has a heart attack and Mark gets bad news about his own health at his annual checkup, Mike and Warren convince him to have gastric bypass surgery. Ed and Carol smooth over the rough patch in their relationship and become friendly again.

star 8.80
5 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Rob Burnett, Jon Beckerman
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The Proposal

#13 - The Proposal

Season 4 - Episode 9

Ed is planning an elaborate proposal in New York, but when Carol returns to Stuckeyville to find out how they stand, he must come up with another plan. Mike's parents visit and his dad drives Mike crazy. Plus he wants to deep fry the turkey. Eli, afraid, that Jenny will date someone else, arranges a charity Thanksgiving dinner at StuckeyBowl and enlists her help.

star 8.75
4 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Kerry Lenhart, John J. Sakmar
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Happily Ever After

#14 - Happily Ever After

Season 4 - Episode 17

Eli takes pity on Phil's latest get-rich-quick scheme; Warren, Mark and Jimmy create a hilarious Ed and Carol tribute video for the rehearsal dinner, but Shirley is the one who really brings down the house with a special song; Mike feels a little lost as the best man in the face of the extensive groomsman experience and contacts displayed by Ed's cousin Mitch; Molly opens the door when a possible opportunity comes knocking; Ed gets a behind-the-scenes inspiration for a wedding day $10 bet from a surprising source; Ed and Carol hatch some truly hairbrained ideas in their quest for the appropriate theme for their wedding until Ed's inspiration leads them to the perfect place to start the next phase of their lives.

star 8.75
4 votes
Directors: Rob Burnett
Writers: Rob Burnett, Jon Beckerman
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Small Town Guys

#15 - Small Town Guys

Season 2 - Episode 10

Hoping to turn the case into a First Amendment issue to be heard by the Supreme Court, a celebrity lawyer offers to help Ed defend an ex-classmate being sued by a woman for embarrassing her on the Internet. Mike resorts to extreme measures after Dr. Jerome decides to postpone his retirement. Warren finds that the class clown who laughs first is the one who get the most laughs.

star 8.73
4 votes
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
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Prom Night

#16 - Prom Night

Season 1 - Episode 22

At the same time Ed receives a visit and a job offer from his old collegue, Carol invites him to the Stuckeyville HS junior prom; To avoid the embarrassement of not having a date, Warren seeks out an escort service; Phil attempts a string of comical practical jokes to get on a TV show.

star 8.70
3 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
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The Stars Align

#17 - The Stars Align

Season 2 - Episode 1

Ed and Carol's close encounter is interrupted by Bonnie Hane; Ed defends Warren on a charge of criminal negligence after Warren brings a keg of beer to a party and an underage drinker has an bicycle accident on his way home; Nancy quits her job to be a full-time mother.

star 8.70
3 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Rob Burnett, Jon Beckerman
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Trapped

#18 - Trapped

Season 3 - Episode 8

Tired of the continuing Carol/Ed saga, the pair's friends trap them in Stuckeybowl until they finally work things out, one way or another.

star 8.70
3 votes
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
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Second Chances

#19 - Second Chances

Season 3 - Episode 20

Frankie becomes upset when she learns that Ed has not been entirely forthcoming about his past with Carol; when the gang helps him save his former restaurant from going bankrupt, Eli sadly reflects how his life has changed since his accident; Carol dates the handsome new teacher in town, and finally realizes that it's Ed that she wants; to Nancy's delight, Mike picks up some slick moves from a video about becoming a better lover, but he's not so sure he's ready for the increased responsibilies his new-found skills have brought him; Frankie and Carol each make a romantic gesture to win Ed's heart.

star 8.70
3 votes
Directors: Tim Van Patten
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
Live Deliberately

#20 - Live Deliberately

Season 1 - Episode 16

A brush with death inspires a local man to change his life and do things he's never done before such as scale a wall, bowl naked, and go out with Molly. Meanwhile, Ed tries to recapture his youth by doing things he did when he was 18, and Warren becomes inspired by Thoreau's call to ""simplify"".

star 8.67
6 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Rob Burnett, Jon Beckerman
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Replacements

#21 - Replacements

Season 2 - Episode 6

Carol is infuriated when Dennis cancels the annual budget meeting for all faculty. The entire faculty bands together to get rid of Dennis, including writing his end of the first semester review. Carol convinces the faculty to give Dennis a chance to prove himself. When he later takes Carol to task for her actions, she investigates further, discovering he was fired. Carol writes him a positive evaluation, which Dennis tears up and returns. Frustrated by his continued rebuffs, she kisses him. A young lawyer, Joe Baxter, fresh out of the corporate world and full of energy, requests to join Ed's ""firm"". He observes Ed for a while, and launches his own ""bowling alley practice"" complete with Kenny, Shirley, and Phil-esque characters in his employ, and going so far as to steal Ed's clients. He advertises himself as the world's first bowling alley lawyer. When push comes to shove, Joe cannot deliver in the court room, and Ed happily regains his status. Ed gets involved in the Carol-Dennis tiff

star 8.62
5 votes
Writers: Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
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Window of Opportunity

#22 - Window of Opportunity

Season 1 - Episode 19

Ed is dismayed when a couple decides to marry at Stuckeybowl simply because the man bowled a strike. In court he helps a man get a restraining order against his overzealous brother who is trying to help him stick to his diet; Warren fears that he's missed his chance with Donna.

star 8.58
5 votes
Writers: Will McRob, Chris Viscardi, Jon Beckerman, Rob Burnett
Exceptions

#23 - Exceptions

Season 1 - Episode 17

Ed and Carol finds themselves on opposite sides when he represents a gym coach who is flunking one of her best students; Dr. Jerome continues to humiliate Mike; Shirley starts working as Ed's legal clerk.

star 8.52
6 votes
Directors: Kevin Dowling
Writers: Michele Fazekas, Jon Beckerman, Tara Butters, Rob Burnett
Your Life Is Now

#24 - Your Life Is Now

Season 1 - Episode 9

The return of former high football star, Troy McCallum, brings out feelings of resentment in both Ed and Carol. Meanwhile Ed tries to help high school student Warren, whose nerd vs. jock conflict mirrors his own.

star 8.50
6 votes
Directors: Marc Buckland
Writers: Mike Schwartz, Rob Burnett, Jon Beckerman
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Valentine's Day

#25 - Valentine's Day

Season 1 - Episode 14

Ed represents a priest who is being fired for not increasing the church's congregation; Phil turns love-doctor and tries to make an ordinary man into a ""love machine""

star 8.50
6 votes
Directors: Alan Myerson
Writers: Randy Cohen, Rob Burnett, Jon Beckerman
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