The BEST episodes of Rita Rocks

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

In "Rita Rocks," Nicole Sullivan stars as Rita Clemens, an overworked wife and mother in the middle of a full-blown identity crisis — which includes trying to maintain romance with her husband Jay (Richard Ruccolo), juggling the demands of her nine-year-old daughter, Shannon (Kelly Gould), and disciplining her defiant teenage daughter Hallie (Natalie Dreyfuss) and her ever-present boyfriend Kip (Raviv Ullman). After being passed over for a promotion at work, Rita is at her wit’s end. In search of "youthful" Rita, she dusts off her old guitar and forms a garage band with her nosy postal carrier Patty (Tisha Campbell-Martin) and unemployed neighbor Owen (guest star Ian Gomez), in the hopes of putting that spark back in her life.

Last Updated: 11/19/2022Network:Lifetime
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Mother's Little Helper
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#1 - Mother's Little Helper

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/24/2008

When the sitter cancels, Rita and Jay worry they will have to cancel their plans for a weekend-getaway. Rita leaves Hallie in charge of the house while she and Jay are away, but sets up a surveillance camera system first.

Directors: Katy Garretson
Writer: Bob Nickman
Take This Job and Shove It
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#2 - Take This Job and Shove It

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/11/2008

Rita and Jay's money lessons fail to capture Hallie's attention once she gains a job herself. Hallie doesn't see any need to go to college until she observes how Rita's job affects her life.

Directors: Emile Levisetti
I Write the Songs
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1 votes

#3 - I Write the Songs

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/16/2008

Hearing that Kip is performing with another band comes as a relief to Rita and Patty, who thought that he was cheating on Hallie. When Rita hears the songs the new band writes, it ignites a fire in her and she tries to write some tunes of her own. She has a hard time, but finds inspiration through Jay when he reminds her of letters she once wrote to him.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
The Girl Is Mine
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1 votes

#4 - The Girl Is Mine

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/5/2009

When Rita comes down with a cold, Patty helps out around the house. But when Patty starts forming a special bond with Shannon, Rita gets jealous. Kip and Jay become closer after they have a video-game rivalry.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writer: Bob Nickman
Anchors Aweigh
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1 votes

#5 - Anchors Aweigh

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 11/9/2009

Rita worries about traveling to attend a work seminar because of Jay and her mother's constant bickering at home. With Rita away, the situation worsens when the two realize the garage door was left open and Rita's guitar has disappeared. Swoosie Kurtz guest stars.

You Gotta Have Friends
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#6 - You Gotta Have Friends

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/22/2008

Rita tries to help out Patty with her love life, but with no avail. Elsewhere, Rita and Jay become angry when Hallie and Kip plan to get tattoos.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
Pilot
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9.74
31 votes

#7 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/20/2008

After Rita gets passed up for a promotion at work, she starts to question who she is and starts a garage band to capture the spirit of her younger days.

Directors: Andrew D. Weyman
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Nobody Does It Better
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2 votes

#8 - Nobody Does It Better

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/28/2008

After Jay makes a surprise dinner that gets rave reviews from the kids, Rita starts to feel unappreciated.

Writer: Sylvia Green
The Shape Of Things To Come
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2 votes

#9 - The Shape Of Things To Come

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 10/13/2009

The family holds a garage sale to clear out junk after Hallie decides to move into the attic so she doesn't have to share a room with the baby. Meanwhile, Jay accidentally learns the baby's sex.

A Change is Gonna Come
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2 votes

#10 - A Change is Gonna Come

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/5/2009

In the second-season opener, Rita takes Hallie to the doctor to discuss birth-control options. But Rita's in for a shock when she discovers she's pregnant.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writer: Denise Moss
Mother and Child Reunion
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7.00
28 votes

#11 - Mother and Child Reunion

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/9/2009

Rita's judgmental mother (Swoosie Kurtz) comes for a visit, throwing Rita into a whirlwind of housecleaning and junk-food hiding. But when her mom arrives with a new relaxed attitude, Rita suspects something's amiss.

What's Love Got To Do With It
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1 votes

#12 - What's Love Got To Do With It

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/16/2009

Rita and Jay both plan special Valentine's Day celebrations, in the hopes that there is still some spark left in their relationship.

Get Off Off Of My Cloud
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7.00
27 votes

#13 - Get Off Off Of My Cloud

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/2/2009

Rita and Jay have dinner with Jay's new client Sam, who reveals his secret desire of having a garage band. When Rita tells him that she has a band with her friends, he invites them to play at the company's annual party. Shannon finds a way to get Hallie to do all of her chores and make a profit off of her too.

Directors: Shelley Jensen
Under Pressure
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7.00
1 votes

#14 - Under Pressure

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/25/2008

Hallie considers having sex with Kip after her friends constantly pressure her into doing so. When Rita finds out, she tries to advise Hallie in the right direction. Shannon invites Jay to Career Day at her school.

Directors: Katy Garretson
I Can't Make You Love Me
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6.50
2 votes

#15 - I Can't Make You Love Me

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired 1/26/2009

After discovering that Jay's aunt doesn't like her, Rita sets out to make a good impression when she visits.

Directors: Jody Margolin
Born In The USA
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#16 - Born In The USA

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired 12/7/2009

Should I Stay or Should I Go?
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#17 - Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 11/30/2009

Rita and Patty secretly submit an application for Kip to a performing-arts school and he's offered an audition. But Hallie is upset to learn it is a boarding school and blames her mother for trying to keep her away from Kip.

The Jealous Kind
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#18 - The Jealous Kind

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired 11/30/2009

Rita's insecurities about her pregnant body heighten when she meets Jay's pretty new colleague Stephanie (Christine Lakin). Stephanie later reveals to Rita that Jay's been confiding in her about his new-baby fears. Meanwhile, old feelings resurface for Hallie and Kip.

Jingle All the Way
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#19 - Jingle All the Way

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired 11/23/2009

Rita and Patty enter a jingle contest for a chicken company. Elsewhere, Patty tries to make her ex-husband jealous by attending her high-school reunion with Chuck.

Sympathy for the Devil
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#20 - Sympathy for the Devil

Season 2 - Episode 16 - Aired 11/23/2009

Rita gets PTA nemesis Jennifer (Melissa Peterman) a job at her store, but soon regrets the kind act when Jennifer proves to be a slacker. Meanwhile, Jay hires Kip to do odd jobs around the house.

Is She Really Going Out With Him?
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#21 - Is She Really Going Out With Him?

Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired 11/16/2009

Jay sees Rita's mother (Swoosie Kurtz) flirting with a man who isn't her husband. Meanwhile, Kip offers to teach Rita's neighborhood nemesis Jasper how to play the drums as a way to make money for college.

Shower the People
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#22 - Shower the People

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 11/16/2009

Marilyn (Swoosie Kurtz) persuades Patty to let her help plan Rita's baby shower, but the two can't agree on anything. Meanwhile, Kip starts dating a new girl and Hallie isn't pleased.

Watch Now:Amazon
Why Can't We Be Friends?
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#23 - Why Can't We Be Friends?

Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/17/2009

Hallie and Kip try to be friends after their breakup. Meanwhile, Rita and Jay befriend the parents of Shannon's classmate Brianna, but are caught in the middle when Shannon decides to end her friendship with the girl.

Bad Company
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#24 - Bad Company

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired 11/10/2009

Hallie attends a college party without permission after Patty's son encourages her to pursue higher education. Meanwhile, bad feelings between Rita and Patty result in a lousy audition for the band, but the two come together to search for Hallie.

Vogue
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#25 - Vogue

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 11/3/2009

Budding designer Hallie's work motivates Rita to plan a fashion-show fund-raiser, but Rita has second thoughts when she sees the dress Hallie creates for her. Meanwhile, Jay takes his role as cup-stacking coach for Shannon too far.

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