The BEST Episodes of Hope & Faith

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 27, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

"Hope and Faith" is a comedy about what happens when the fast lane collides with the carpool lane. It's about the moments that make you want to hug your sister... and the times you have to resist the urge to kill her. Hope (Faith Ford, "One Life to Live"), a down-to-earth, happily married mom of three in Columbus, Ohio, had her tidy world up-ended by the arrival of her celebrity sister, Faith (Kelly Ripa, "Live with Regis & Kelly," "All My Children"). Faith was living the high life in Hollywood as a daytime soap opera star until her soap's character, Ashley Storm, was suddenly and unceremoniously killed off on "The Sacred and the Sinful" by her evil twin. After a year under her roof wreaking occasional havoc, Hope can attest that you can kill the diva off on the daytime drama, but you can't take the drama out of the diva.

Hope's Float

#1 - Hope's Float

Season 3 - Episode 22 - Aired May 2, 2006

Hope reminisces with her family about the first fight she and Charley had during their courtship back in 1985 when they were both in college. Flashbacks to that fateful night reveal that it was also the first time Charley and Faith met. The fireworks begin when Hope cancels her date with Charley to go to a Huey Lewis concert, choosing instead to stay and console Faith, who is distraught after not being cast as the lead in her high school play. Both Charley and Hope think they missed the concert, but as the story is re-told, Hope uncovers some outrageous secrets that Charley and Faith have kept under wraps all these years – not to mention one last surprise that’s revealed about Hope.

star 8.54
63 votes
Writers: Jeffrey B. Hodes, Nastaran Dibai
Silent Night, Opening Night

#2 - Silent Night, Opening Night

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 12, 2003

Faith is crushed after learning that her role, Ashley Storm, has been recast. Hope, therefore, asks her to help out with Haley's school's holiday play. Faith's coaching techniques, however, cause big problems for the cast (a bunch of children) and Hope. Meanwhile, Charley's attempts to help Justin with a bully are unrewarded when he gets in a fight with the boy's father. There's one catch: the father is a little person who is one of Santa's elves at the mall. Rebecca Budig (All My Children) plays the new Ashley Storm and Danny Woodburn (Mikey from ""Seinfeld"") plays the little person, Hank Peterson.

star 8.14
65 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: Jennie Snyder, Victoria Webster
Madam President

#3 - Madam President

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 23, 2004

Hope runs for neighborhood association president, with Faith as her campaign manager. Faith's tactics backfire when Hope's opponent, Harry Hannigan, reveals an embarassing video from early in her career. Mimi Rogers plays Annie Hannigan, Harry's sex starved wife whose eyes are on Charley.

star 8.12
67 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: Mark Driscoll
Hope Has No Faith (The Halloween Story)

#4 - Hope Has No Faith (The Halloween Story)

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 31, 2003

On Halloween, Faith meets and falls for a guy named Paolo. Hope, of course, thinks that he is just another idiot, leading her on a spy caper to find out. Back at home, Sydney gives Hayley tips on how to attract her math partner.

star 8.09
66 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: David S. Rosenthal
Mismatch

#5 - Mismatch

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 13, 2004

Charley's friend from medical school, Kenny, comes to visit. Faith falls for him, but there's one catch. Kenny is a doctor in the war torn desert nation of Djibouti, Africa. When Faith announces that she's moving there with him, Hope intervenes by taking her sister on a camping trip. At the same time, Edwin, Hayley's ""boyfriend"" is jealous of her crush on Kenny.

star 8.08
64 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Tom Devanney
Homeless Hal

#6 - Homeless Hal

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Mar 28, 2006

Hope and Faith are shocked to find “Handsome Hal” working as a clerk at the local convenience store. It seems that Hal has fallen on hard times, having been busted for running a scam at his car dealership. After Hope chastises Faith for gloating over his bad luck, Faith invites him to stay with her while he gets back on his feet. Faith immediately regrets her compassionate act when Hal takes over her bedroom and becomes just plain annoying, but then the odd couple decide that her acting talent and his people skills make them the ideal team to audition to be hosts of the Glen Falls morning show. Will the duo have that perfect TV chemistry?

star 8.08
64 votes
Directors: Scott Ellis
Writers: Mark Driscoll
Jack's Back

#7 - Jack's Back

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 30, 2004

Jack returns to be comforted by his daughters after being jilted by his fiancee. Faith tries to set him up with her friend Mandi's mother, but he falls for Mandi instead. When Mandi refuses to end the relationship, Faith tries to teach her a lesson by going out with her father.

star 8.08
65 votes
Directors: Jerry Zaks
Writers: David S. Rosenthal
Summary Judgment

#8 - Summary Judgment

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 17, 2003

When Faith was fired from her soap, she ""accidentally"" burnt down all of the sets. Now, of course, she is ordered to pay $5000 or go to jail. To earn money, she must become Hope's personal assistant, and idea that horrifies both of them.

star 8.04
69 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: Joanna Johnson
Faith Affair-field

#9 - Faith Affair-field

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired Apr 8, 2005

Some lies lead Faith to believe that Charley is having an extra-marital affair, so she enlists a reluctant Hope to help catch him in the act.

star 8.03
64 votes
Directors: Lynn McCracken
Writers: Tom Leopold
Anger Management

#10 - Anger Management

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 5, 2003

At Justin's basketball game, with an idea of good sportsmanship, Hope tries to confront overzealous mom, Sue. The ensuing events land Hope and Faith in anger management, to get out of going to court. Jim Gaffigan guest stars as Brad, the teacher who wants to keep them on the straight and narrow. Back at the old homestead, the kids want to stop mechanically-challenged Charley from fixing the garbage disposal.

star 7.99
71 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: Mark Driscoll
Now and Zen

#11 - Now and Zen

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 21, 2006

Faith is surprised to spot her ex-husband, “The Gooch”, in her yoga class, having returned from playing baseball in Japan. Although she is still attracted to him, she is shocked to discover he has adopted a Zen lifestyle -- forsaking his sports career, his car, his cell phone and sex for a life of celibacy and meditation. Hope encourages her to move on to other romantic possibilities, such as their attractive yoga instructor, Kiley. However, when Kiley and Faith get too close for comfort, “The Gooch” is overcome by jealousy and is forced to reveal to Faith the truth about his return from Japan.

star 7.98
66 votes
Directors: Scott Ellis
Writers: Christy Stratton
The Halloween Party

#12 - The Halloween Party

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 28, 2005

There's a neighborhood Halloween party contest between Hope and her neighbor Trudy but what can Faith do when she is invited to Trudy's party as the date for Trudy's rather attractive cousin?

star 7.98
94 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: David Babcock
Pilot

#13 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 26, 2003

After being killed of a soap opera, Emmy winner Faith (Kelly Ripa) is forced to move in with her sister, Hope (Faith Ford). Faith turns Hope's organized life upside down and backwards, doing what she thinks is right. After pulling Hope's daughter, Sidney, out of school, Faith must hold a bake sale as Sidney's punishment.....

star 7.97
79 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: Joanna Johnson
Remembrance of Rings Past

#14 - Remembrance of Rings Past

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 3, 2003

Hope and Faith go to the funeral of their Aunt Dodi, who stole their mother's heirloom ring. When they see Dodi wearing it in the casket ""all hell breaks loose."" Back at the house, Charley tries to get the burglar alarm to stop it's constant sounding, and Hailey catches the ""middle-child blues"".

star 7.96
71 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: Jennie Snyder, Victoria Webster
Car Commercial

#15 - Car Commercial

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 7, 2003

Kelly Ripa's charasmatic cohost, Regis Philbin, guest stars as shady used car salesman, Handsome Hal Halverson. In the episode, Halverson hires Faith to co-star in his commercial, in exchange for a free car. He soon finds her upstaging him. In an unrelated story, Hope wonders if Charley will remember the anniversary of their first kiss.

star 7.94
66 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: Taylor Hamra
Faith Scare-Field

#16 - Faith Scare-Field

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 29, 2004

Hope and Faith receive an invitation to a Halloween party from their crazy next door neighbor, whom they terrorized as girls. Halloween turns out to be scary when the woman gets her revenge- by trapping the women in a torture chamber.

star 7.59
64 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Tom Leopold
A Room of One's Own

#17 - A Room of One's Own

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Mar 25, 2005

Hope is discouraged when her mother-in-law, Joyce takes over the household and also she starts to bond with Faith. And then things start to go more bad when Joyce decides to leave her husband. Making Joyce to move in permanently, displacing Faith in the process.

star 7.58
64 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: Alex Carter
Daytime Emmys (1)

#18 - Daytime Emmys (1)

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired May 14, 2004

Faith and her co-stars from the soap are nominated for a Daytime Emmy and flies to New York City with the family for the ceremony. Her mentor, Jacqueline Karr (Susan Lucci) and ex producer Laura Levisetti (Susan Flannery) reveal a secret plan to replace bring her back to replace her replacement, played by Rebecca Budig. Jacqueline and Laura also have a plan in mind for her return...........Meanwhile, Hope, Charley, and the kids rub elbows with the stars.

star 7.37
35 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: Jennie Snyder, Victoria Webster
Love & Teeth

#19 - Love & Teeth

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 21, 2005

When Faith crack a tooth she makes Charley treat her, despite the fact that they despise each other. or do they? The nitrous oxide he gives Faith makes her "a little baby," and what she says while she's under is very surprising indeed.

star 7.36
93 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Bill Fuller, Jim Pond
Trade Show

#20 - Trade Show

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired May 7, 2004

Faith's obsession for watching old episodes of her soap opera lead to her replacement (Rebecca Budig) and her love interest, Devon (Cameron Mathison), making fun of her on-air. Fed up with this, Charley insists she contributes to the household and makes her find a job. Hope takes her to Irv Miller (Dominic Chianese), a cheesy talent agent who immediately books her to model in a trade show. It, though, is not the ""fan fest Faith imagined."" Meanwhile, Hailey and Sidney hatch a scheme for Mother's Day. It is the bombshell at the end of the episode, however, that changes Faith's life (and sets us up for the season finale).

star 7.26
66 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Mark Driscoll
Faith Fairfield: 1980-2005

#21 - Faith Fairfield: 1980-2005

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 7, 2005

When Faith advises Sydney to use a death-in-the-family excuse to get an extension on her term paper, Sydney concocts an extraordinary story that Faith met a tragic end. The media circus that follows restores Faith's celebrity status on television and in the press; however, Faith's attempt to seize the opportunity to make a comeback goes awry when Hope becomes a media darling as her grieving sister.

star 7.26
35 votes
Directors: Don Scardino
Writers: Marc Dworkin, Sean W. Cunningham
Jury Duty

#22 - Jury Duty

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 5, 2004

Hope gets selected for jury duty, which leaves Faith to try and get picked, also. She thinks of it as another audition. Only Hope is selected, causing Faith to turn the whole trial into a big circus, especially when she plays the toughest role of all: a Judge.

star 7.24
67 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: Todd Himmel
Hope and Faith Get Randy

#23 - Hope and Faith Get Randy

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 14, 2003

Country singer Clint Black guest stars as Randy Richter, Hope's high school boyfriend who dumped her eighteen years ago. Faith thinks that the only for closure is to show Randy Hope's great life. When sparks unexpectedly fly between Randy and Faith, Hope is surprised by her own reaction. Meanwhile Sydney and Hayley work in secret to repair a giant hole they made in their bedroom wall.

star 7.24
68 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: David S. Rosenthal
The Marriage (2)

#24 - The Marriage (2)

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 30, 2005

After years of being on the single merry-go-round and searching for her soul mate, Faith receives proposals from not one, but two ardent boyfriends - Gary "The Gooch" Gucharez", the sexy former baseball star, and Larry, the romantic and handsome TV news anchor. Will she take the plunge? Will she say "I do"? Yes! But does Hope approve of her sister's decision? It isn't all rose petals on the way to the altar on the Season Premiere of "Hope & Faith"!

star 7.24
34 votes
Directors: Scott Ellis
Writers: Jennie Snyder
Hope Gets a Job

#25 - Hope Gets a Job

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 9, 2004

Hope gets a job as a newspaper columnist at a local paper. One day, Faith tags along and automatically also gets a column. To shut Faith up, Hope agrees to a harmless office prank. Is it really harmless? Meanwhile, Sydney tries to cook in conjunction with the Great American Bakesale.

star 7.22
65 votes
Directors: Gil Junger
Writers: Joanna Johnson