The BEST episodes of Party of Five

Every episode of Party of Five ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Party of Five!

Nothing could be worse than the sudden death of parents. One day Nick and Diana Salinger were killed in a terrible car crash, and left their five children all alone. Charlie, the oldest, Bailey, the middle brother, Julia, Claudia, and little baby Owen, who was only 6 months old when his parents died. Together, they go through all sorts of problems.

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Go Away
star
9.08
12 votes

#1 - Go Away

Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/4/1998

Julia, Bailey and Charlie leave to their family cabin up in the Sierras to relax for some time. Claudia is convinced that noone really cares about her anymore and sends off some college applications. Julia talks to Griffin about Rosalie. Bailey finds out Annie was forced to go into a rehab clinic.

Directors: Jan Eliasberg
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Haunted
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8.92
13 votes

#2 - Haunted

Season 5 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/12/1999

Julia spends all her time dating new guys and she realizes just how much she needs some time alone with herself. Daphne finally shows up in San Francisco. Kirsten feels threatened by her, while Charlie tries to explain Daphne that he's with Kirsten now. Sarah has some hard time trying to figure out just what is she doing with her life. Daphne tells Charlie that she's back in San Francisco so she could get Diana back. Bailey decides to solve the situation with Sarah by buying an engagement ring.

Directors: Jan Eliasberg
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S'Wunnerful Life
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8.83
12 votes

#3 - S'Wunnerful Life

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/10/1997

Sarah and Bailey host a Christmas party, while Charlie decides to go on a long distances trip with Kirsten. Will realizes that he and Bailey are living in totally different worlds. Julia pains a nice picture inspired by Justin.

Directors: Jan Eliasberg
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Bad Behavior
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8.70
10 votes

#4 - Bad Behavior

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/25/2000

Bailey has a bad day. Both Charlie and Kirsten try to spend time together, but their jobs say different. Julia gets into trouble after she writes an article about a non-enrolled classmate. Claudia meets a boy from the past and learns more about her instinct in boys. A boy in school tells Owen that Victor is a faggot.

Directors: Harry Winer
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...That Ends Well (2)
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8.50
10 votes

#5 - ...That Ends Well (2)

Season 6 - Episode 24 - Aired 5/3/2000

Kirsten and Charlie find out that they are having a baby boy. Claudia and Bailey exchange their good news to each other. Julia wants to surprise the family with her news at the restaurant. At dinner, everyone announces that they all will be leaving San Francisco, but it results into a problem. Charlie convinces his siblings to leave San Francisco. And after six years alone without their parents, the Salingers decide to sell their family house.

Directors: Ken Topolsky
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Too Close
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8.44
9 votes

#6 - Too Close

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/9/1999

Bailey goes to a bar and almost drinks, but meets a woman named Tracy, who turns out to be married. Griffin sees Daphne working at a strip club. Bailey invites Will to move in. Myra keeps turning to Charlie for help, but when he reports her principal, Myra's mother claims that he was involved with her sexually. Julia wants to make her and Evan's relationship public, but he becomes very hesitant. Claudia finds out that Cameron got back together with Alexa. So she tries her luck with a football player. But when he gets her alone, he won't take no for an answer.

Directors: Daniel Attias
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Isn't It Romantic
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8.33
9 votes

#7 - Isn't It Romantic

Season 6 - Episode 19 - Aired 4/11/2000

Julia sees Ned in the street, and that brings back memories about her past. Holly's student visa is locked and she has to get a greencard to stay in America. Claudia tries to help Victor with Ross, but he thinks that love should happen by accident. Bailey proposes to Holly. Griffin asks Julia not to see Ned. Daphne comes back for good. Julia goes to Ned's place and they have a fight. Bailey makes too many plans for the wedding and she freaks out. Ned tells Julia what happened to him since they broke up, and Griffin kicks him out of the house. Charlie gets Luke back for Daphne. Holly says she doesn't want to marry Bailey because she loves him. Claudia runs into Victor and Ross on a date. Will proposes to Holly to help Bailey. Julia publishes her book on the Internet and realizes she's not alone.

Directors: Ken Topolsky
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Desperate Measures
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8.31
13 votes

#8 - Desperate Measures

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/11/1996

Charlie decides to go to Chicago to see Kristen and leaves Julia in charge. Kristen is very happy to see him, although Ellie is not. She tells him that she wants to run away to San Francisco, but half way there she realizes she's not ready to go back and they return to Chicago. She says he's her problem. Charlie leaves her there. Julia is more concerned about her personal life than her brother and sister. Claudia claims to be sick, but Julia won't believe her until she gets a call from the hospital saying Claudia had appendicitis and had a surgery. She won't forgive Julia until she overhears how sorry she is. Bailey lies to Sarah in order not to sleep with her. He skips practice and Sarah finds a drunk Bailey passed out at his place. He tells her he slept with Callie, but they don't break up. Callie is tired of being used by Bailey.

Directors: Michael Engler
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Free and Clear (2)
star
8.29
7 votes

#9 - Free and Clear (2)

Season 4 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/22/1998

Sarah and Bailey spend time taking care of Annie's daughter and Sarah realizes she still has feelings for him. Julia and Griffin go to a marriage counselor and Julia announces she wants to go to college. Joe decides to sell the restaurant, so the family buys it, because Bailey is ready to manage it.

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Spring Breaks (2)
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8.25
12 votes

#10 - Spring Breaks (2)

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired 3/27/1996

Kathleen is taking the restaurant and Charlie asks Jake to help him. Charlie wants Kristen back. He follows her and send her 7 dozen roses in her wedding day. She tells him that she won't get back to him just because everything else is not working out, but that's not his reason. He tells her to marry Michael if she thinks he's the one. She can't make up her mind. Charlie shows up at her wedding and she runs away with him. Bailey breaks up with Sarah because he doesn't want her to feel sorry for him and because they're having too much problems. Julia and Will try to open his eyes. Jake tells Bailey that he has to decide what to do with his college money: save the restaurant or go to college, so he decides to save the restaurant and stay for Sarah. Julia and Justin have a fight because both of them have somebody else in their lives. They decide to break up, but Julia can't live without Justin, and so he tells her to be strong. Claudia is tired of Jody and her boyfriend, so they split. Sh

Directors: Steve Robman
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Don't Let Go
star
8.20
10 votes

#11 - Don't Let Go

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/5/1999

Bailey tries to plan a perfect wedding for Charlie and Kirsten. But when his plans fail, he tells Charlie to plan his own wedding. Kirsten's parents come to town, but aren't supportive of her the engagement because of Charlie and Kirsten's previously failed marriage in the past. Claudia breaks up with Cody after she catches him cheating on her. Sarah confronts Bailey about his anger towards her. After an editor offers Julia a book deal, she quits college and moves home.

Directors: Steve Robman
Writer: P.K. Simonds
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fam-i-ly
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8.18
11 votes

#12 - fam-i-ly

Season 5 - Episode 17 - Aired 3/3/1999

Maggie confesses to the Salingers that Ned hit Julia and they all try to get Julia to break up with him, but she refuses. Charlie and Bailey fight over Owen's custody. Meanwhile, Sarah finds out that her mother is getting remarried. Claudia announces that she will be going to Stanford.

Directors: Lou Antonio
Writer: Julia Dahl
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All's Well... (1)
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8.17
12 votes

#13 - All's Well... (1)

Season 6 - Episode 23 - Aired 5/3/2000

Bailey decides to go to Wharton Business School at U Penn in Philadelphia, but has a hard time trying to convince Owen to go with him. Claudia decides that she wants to go to Stanford instead of Julliard so that she is closer to home and Todd. Todd tells her not to give up an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Julia gets a job offer from the National Organization for Women (NOW). Daphne becomes miserable in Texas.

Directors: Steve Robman
Writer: P.K. Simonds
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Taboo or Not Taboo
star
8.13
8 votes

#14 - Taboo or Not Taboo

Season 6 - Episode 21 - Aired 4/19/2000

Will keeps avoiding Holly, but Bailey is pushing him to move in with her. A reporter wants to do an article on Julia and her book, but when Justin shows up saying that he broke up with Laura just to get back to her, the reporter gives up. Claudia cheats on schoolwork so she can have more time for Todd, but later she feels guilty and Todd decides to study with her. Daphne misses her old times as a stripper and decides to take Kristen to hang out with her, and Kristen feels tempted to strip. When Charlie comes home, Kristen suggests a warm bubble bath. As she takes off her pants, a dollar bill falls, suggesting that Kristen may have stripped at the club.

Directors: Matthew Fox
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Falling Forward
star
8.11
9 votes

#15 - Falling Forward

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired 4/26/2000

A rival company is closing down, so Charlie and Bailey decide to take their clients. Suddenly, Mitch has a heart attack and Charlie decides to slow down the production line. One of the new clients offers Bailey a chance to get back to Business school. Mitch tells Charlie not to give up what they've worked so hard to built. He dies and Charlie thinks that it would be better to keep it a small company, so he can have more time for his family. Charlie asks Bailey to join him in the company. Julia has to decide what to do with her life. She is offered to be a speaker in a women conference, but turns down to get a new job as a columnist in a women magazine, where she has to write about futile things. Justin opens her eyes on what she is missing, and she decides that she should go to the conference. Bailey keeps pressuring Will and they have a fight. Holly decides to annul the wedding and move back to England, and Will decides to move back to college. Claudia is accepted for both Stanford an

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Tender Age
star
8.10
10 votes

#16 - Tender Age

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/18/1998

A Thanksgiving Day at the Salingers' is nothing but peaceful. Owen runs away from Charlie in the mall and the family must look for him. Julia invites Ned to the house for the Thanksgiving Day. Claudia tries to reach to her family, but Daphne keeps on dodging her phone calls until Claudia starts to be worried. Bailey and Sarah talk about their relationship.

Directors: Ken Topolsky
Writer: John Romano
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We Gather Together
star
8.08
12 votes

#17 - We Gather Together

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/16/1999

Charlie convinces Myra's mother to drop charges against him. Claudia decides to not report Derek's attack in order to deal with it. Daphne and Griffin get drunk and end up together. Kirsten is pregnant. Bailey continues seeing Tracy, while Julia gets closer to Evan and his son Brian.

Directors: Steve Robman
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Before and After
star
8.06
17 votes

#18 - Before and After

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 2/21/1996

Julia is pregnant. She's not sure if she wants to have an abortion. Charlie finds her pregnancy test in the trash and talks to her. She wonders what will be like to have that baby, and Charlie opens her eyes on everything she would be giving up. He confesses to her that when he was in college one of his girlfriends got pregnant and had an abortion. Julia feels awful and so does Justin. They have a fight because he will get over it soon, but she has to carry this fact for the rest of her life. Claudia finds out and gets shocked. Bailey and Sarah plan on sleeping together, but she makes it too special. Bailey asks her to make it simple, but Julia's news scares them. Julia tries to talk with Sarah about her pregnancy, but Sarah says that if her mom decided to have an abortion, she wouldn't be there. Julia has a miscarriage. Claudia apologizes to Julia and Julia tells Charlie that he's a good brother.

Directors: Steve Robman
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Blast the Past
star
8.00
10 votes

#19 - Blast the Past

Season 6 - Episode 16 - Aired 3/14/2000

Bailey refuses to accept that he's ok. He wants to get help even tough he doesn't have drinking problems anymore. He realizes that he's only happy when other people are miserable. He makes up with Holly. Kristen is feeling weird at work and Charlie worries about her, fearing a depression, but the reason she has been an emotional roller coaster is because she's pregnant. Julia gets an email from Justin and decides to go to Vegas and stop him from getting married. Adam confesses his love to her and she decides to let Justin get on with his life, even tough he's not sure Laura is the one. Claudia gets mad at Todd because he doesn't pay attention to her, but he was just afraid of doing something wrong. She kisses him. Joe is tired of Charlie not trusting him anymore, so he decides to leave the restaurant, but Charlie asks him to stay.

Directors: Daniel Attias
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Bye, Bye, Love
star
8.00
12 votes

#20 - Bye, Bye, Love

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/19/1999

Daphne hires Victor as a nanny for Diana, and gets help job-hunting from Kirsten. Charlie counsels a troubled teen at work. Julia investigates her parents' relationship, which upsets Bailey. Claudia figures out that Cameron is attacking his friends on a web page. Sarah thinks she's found her father in New York and plans to meet him, meaning that she will have to leave Bailey.

Directors: Adam Nimoy
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Gifts
star
8.00
11 votes

#21 - Gifts

Season 5 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/9/1998

After finding out more about Ned's relationship with his parents and his brother, Julia wants to get closer to Ned's brother. Griffin goes to Boston on a job task and finds Claudia there. Charlie realizes that Daphne isn't really bonding with their daughter.

Directors: Joe Ann Fogle
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Otherwise Engaged
star
8.00
11 votes

#22 - Otherwise Engaged

Season 5 - Episode 25 - Aired 5/19/1999

Bailey proposes to Sarah and she says yes, but changes her mind later, thinking that she is way too young to go into something this deep. Meanwhile, Charlie proposes to Kirsten and later she accepts. Daphne has some hard time trying to fit into their new situation. Claudia tries to get closer to Cody and she's ready to drink with his friends in order to get him. Justin wants to help Julia with her finals, but she seems to be doing just fine on her own.

Directors: Daniel Attias
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Judgment Day
star
8.00
12 votes

#23 - Judgment Day

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/17/1999

The fight between Charlie and Bailey for the custody of Owen continues. They go to a judge. After leaving him, Ned starts to haunt Julia around. The whole family goes to court so the fight would finally be over.

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Of Sound Mind and Body
star
8.00
10 votes

#24 - Of Sound Mind and Body

Season 4 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/11/1998

Charlie asks Kristen if he can leave Claudia and Owen for her if he dies. She wants to, but Paul doesn't like children so much. Claudia has been missing school for several weeks and the school calls for a meeting. Bailey and Julia are so busy that they don't show up. Social Services are called and they get Claudia and Owen. They say they were neglected and Julia and Bailey do the best they can to get them back. Julia and Griffin offer to take care of them. Everybody is mad at Claudia, who is feeling very lonely. Meanwhile, Rosalie is flirting with Griffin, and kisses him.

Directors: Steve Robman
Writer: Lisa Melamed
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I Give Up
star
8.00
10 votes

#25 - I Give Up

Season 4 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/4/1998

Griffin is selling the shop and the only one interested in buying it is his business opponent. He has no choice and sells it. He and Julia are now debt free. The new owner offers him a job at the store, which he refuses to take until Julia convinces him to. Charlie has pneumonia and is back to the hospital. He gets better, but is too depressed to feel good. Everybody worries about him. He decides to make a will just in case. Bailey decides to drop out of college so he can deal with everything. Paul tells Kristen she's still in love with Charlie. Claudia is skipping school.

Directors: Ken Topolsky
Writer: P.K. Simonds
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