The BEST Episodes of What I Like About You

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 31, 2020

Network: The WB

When their dad took a job in Japan, teenage livewire Holly Tyler (Bynes) and her straitlaced twentysomething sister, Valerie (Garth), moved in together in New York City. Just when Val thought she had the perfect existence - a promising career in public relations, her own Upper West Side apartment and plenty of eligible men to date - everything in her neatly regimented life started to unravel the minute Holly stumbled through the door. Their new life together took a lot of getting used to, but Val and Holly's relationship is stronger than ever.


#1 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 20, 2002

When her father accepts a promotion overseas in Japan , high-spirited 16-year-old Holly has no plans to head to Japan with him. She decides she'd rather live in the New York City with her "straight-laced" sister, Valerie. In the opener, Holly's attempts to prove herself a perfect roommate backfire when she misinterprets a remark about Feng Shui and rearranges the apartment. To make matters worse, Holly jeopardizes Val's job with a marketing firm when she disrupts a promotional event featuring skateboarder Tony Hawk.

star 8.05
108 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Dan Schneider, Wil Calhoun
I Want My Baby Back (3)

#2 - I Want My Baby Back (3)

Season 4 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 16, 2005

After waking up to find a wedding ring on her finger, Val is surprised to learn that she has married her Old Boss, Vic, during a wild night in Atlantic City. Meanwhile, Holly has hidden out in the back of Vince's car as he travels to Florida to tell him she loves him, but is heartbroken when she realizes she may have lost him forever.

star 7.59
73 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Caryn Lucas
The Second Season Finale (1)

#3 - The Second Season Finale (1)

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired May 7, 2004

Holly is elated when she is accepted for an internship in Paris but when Henry and Vince each kiss her before she leaves she knows the time has come to decide between them. In order to distract her from Rick's upcoming wedding, Val books a trip to Venice with Lauren, but when Val gets sick and has to cancel, she is pleasantly surprised when a still-single Rick shows up at her doorstep. Meanwhile, it could be a summer of love for Gary and Tina when they have their second kiss.

star 7.52
69 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Caryn Lucas, Wil Calhoun
Spa Day

#4 - Spa Day

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 27, 2002

Holly and Val plan a day of at the spa, but Holly finds herself in a 'muddy' situation when she sneaks out of the spa without Val's knowledge in order to meet J.C. Chasez from *NSYNC. Holly must somehow get back inside after being denied re-entry by a security guard. Being Holly, you know she always finds a sneaky way to do things, so she climbs in through a window landing in a mud bath with a naked lady! Meanwhile, Jeff and Gary have an afternoon of male competition after Gary calls Jeff old.

star 7.38
60 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Dan Schneider

#5 - Roommates

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 4, 2002

Val has trouble adjusting to Holly's care-free attitude, so she makes her follow a strict set of rules. Holly does her best to follow them, and realizes that she just can't do it. This leads Holly and Val ti the conclusion that Holly is nothing like Val, which is why it is hard for Holly to adjust to the rules that Val has carefully thought of and made up. So Val and Holly question why they ever became roommates.

star 7.36
53 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Wil Calhoun
Girls Gone Wild

#6 - Girls Gone Wild

Season 3 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 8, 2005

Fran Drescher drops by to give Val and Lauren some advice about dating younger men because Val goes out with a cute, intelligent, funny, and sweet guy. He seems totally perfect until Val finds out that he's still in high school.. Holly and Vince have a custody battle over Ben, Tina, and Gary. Holly may have forgiven Tina but she hasn't forgiven Vince. To top Vince, Holly takes Ben, Gary, and Tina to Cancun in Mexico, where she unexpectedly runs into Vince. Vince tries to piss off Holly by flirting with a ditsy girl and Holly reacts by saying that she and Vince can never be friends again. When Holly gets food poisoning, Vince takes care of her while the others go off to have fun. In the end, Holly wants to be friends with Vince again but Vince declines her wish by saying that he wants to be her boyfriend, not just her friend.

star 7.34
99 votes
Writers: Michael McMillian
The Other Woman

#7 - The Other Woman

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 17, 2003

Holly becomes pals with Jeff's ex-girlfriend, Dana when they both go to a U2 concert with Jeff, even though Val warned Jeff and Holly not to go with Dana, and Jeff never even wanted Holly and Dana to be friends. Meanwhile, Gary saves the life of a real-estate magnate at the concert.

star 7.28
46 votes
Directors: Sheldon Epps
Writers: Lesley Wake, Sarah McLaughlin
Val and Holly's Not-Boyfriends

#8 - Val and Holly's Not-Boyfriends

Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 13, 2004

Holly is puzzled by Vince's recent antagonistic behavior toward her until she learns the truth about why he was so brusque with her. And Val tries to sort out her feelings toward Rick.

star 7.28
39 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Caryn Lucas, Wil Calhoun
Pranks a Lot

#9 - Pranks a Lot

Season 3 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 29, 2005

The kids play prank after prank on one another with impunity...but when one of Holly's (a fake eviction note) backfires and almost gets Ben kicked out of the country, Holly may have to become a bride to keep her British beau from being deported to the land of tea, crumpets, and Benny Hill! Meanwhile, worried that she's too stodgy, boring, and neurotic, Val buys a Porsche...then goes nuts trying to keep her wild impulsive "investment" pristine.

star 7.28
101 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Nicole Fabian
The Teddy Bear

#10 - The Teddy Bear

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 11, 2002

Holly and Val battle over the possession of a stuffed teddy bear they both cherished during their childhood. But when the struggle for the bear becomes too much, the girls agree to give the critter to a little girl in the building, though after they discover she is abusive and destructive to their childhood treasure, they join forces to regain the bear.

star 7.24
49 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Hayes Jackson
No More Mr. Nice Guy

#11 - No More Mr. Nice Guy

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 16, 2003

Val accuses Holly of spending more time with Vince than Henry when Vince helps her set up Val's barbecue on the terrace. Holly and Vince fall asleep, and Holly wakes up in Vince's arms. Although it seems (to Val and everyone else) that they had sex, Holly assures them that they didn't, and she realizes that she has feelings for Vince.

star 7.24
46 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Lesley Wake
Finally (2)

#12 - Finally (2)

Season 4 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 24, 2006

In the series finale, Valerie finally has her dream wedding to Vic, but there are a few problems. Val, Holly, and Lauren are stuck at a spa where an escaped convict is being searched for, making the three of them late for the wedding.

star 7.23
43 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Caryn Lucas
The Interview

#13 - The Interview

Season 2 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 20, 2004

Val and Holly prepare all week for Holly's interview to get into Columbia University. The day before the interview finally comes, when Vince announces that he can invite as many friends as he wants to go to Coney Island with him to test out the new rides there. Holly skips the interview and tries to reschedule when she learns that the earliest opening is Tuesday, March 15th, 2005. Meanwhile, Lauren considers ending her relationship with Brad 'the doctor'.

star 7.23
39 votes
Directors: Richard Correll
Writers: Sung Min Suh
The Game

#14 - The Game

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 7, 2003

Holly volunteers to fill in at Val's office over spring break, but the girls clash over the tactics Val should use to land a promotion over a competitive colleague; Holly believes in playing dirty and kissing up to the boss and Val thinks her hard work and dedication will get her noticed.

star 7.23
44 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Steven Molaro
The Party

#15 - The Party

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 10, 2003

Holly has a major crush on a cute college guy named Evan and he's been coming in everyday at "Copy That" to get some coffee but Holly gets a chance to actually know him when she "accidentially" takes Evan's cell phone and gets invited to a college party to swap phones. Gary wants to come too, but Holly doesn't want him to interfere. However, despite Holly's wishes, Gary shows up at the party as a co-ed to get in with the college girls. Meanwhile, Val starts to get a little competitive at Scrabble.

star 7.19
43 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Ethan Banville, Sung Min Suh
Enough is Enough (2)

#16 - Enough is Enough (2)

Season 3 - Episode 24 - Aired May 20, 2005

Val, crushed over Rick's getting married to Julie again, wakes up the next morning the plumber. Tina plans a vacation to Europe, but when her mom gets sick, Tina is stuck with an extra plane ticket, leaving Gary and Lauren fighting over who will go. Meanwhile, Holly takes drastic steps to reconnect with Vince.

star 7.17
41 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Caryn Lucas
Copy That

#17 - Copy That

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 15, 2002

Holly lands a job at a copy shop where she thinks her new co-worker, Jake, is interested in her, but when she takes Jeff's advice on how to handle the situation, she becomes the laughing stock of the store. Meanwhile, Val is nervous about landing a new account and impressing her prospective new client.

star 7.17
42 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Steven Molaro
Your Cheatin' Heart

#18 - Your Cheatin' Heart

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 23, 2004

Holly tries every attempt to find out if Henry has a new girlfriend so she can go after Vince. It turns out that Henry has moved on. When Holly goes to Vince's, she finds something she wasn't expecting. Meanwhile, Val and Lauren run into Rick (Val's ex-boyfriend) while they are at the diner. They make lunch plans, and reminisce on old times.

star 7.16
69 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Lesley Wake Webster
Stupid Cupid

#19 - Stupid Cupid

Season 3 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 11, 2005

An upset Holly comes into the bakery on Valentine's Day at 5 in the morning, worrying about the day before when she said "I love you, Vince." to Ben. Meanwhile, Lauren is cranky on V-Day because she has no boyfriend to share it with; and her crankiness is driving away customers.

star 7.16
69 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Casey Johnson, David E. Windsor
Cool Older Sister

#20 - Cool Older Sister

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 18, 2002

Val tries to ease up on being an authority figure to Holly, but her patience is pushed to the limit when Holly and Gary take off for a wild party on Long Island without letting anyone know.

star 7.14
77 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Stacy Traub
Ground-Turkey-Hog Day

#21 - Ground-Turkey-Hog Day

Season 4 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 18, 2005

When Val and Vic's annulment papers come on Thanksgiving, Holly gives them to Tina to get rid of, so it doesn't ruin Val's Thanksgiving like last year. Meanwhile, Lauren and her online poker buddy decide to meet each other for a date, and they both get the shock of their life.

star 7.13
39 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Caryn Lucas
The Longest Night of the Year

#22 - The Longest Night of the Year

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 24, 2004

Holly moves out of the loft with Ben when Val tell her that Ben can not live in the loft with them. Holly and Ben then end up at Vince and Gary's apartment, Vince agrees to let them stay there, Meanwhile, Val is concerned her fear of commitment is affecting Holly and wonders if she did the right thing by breaking off her engagement with Rick

star 7.13
71 votes
Directors: Shelley Jensen
Writers: Marco Pennette
Ghost of a Chance

#23 - Ghost of a Chance

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 29, 2004

The group celebrate Halloween, by going to a party at the diner where Holly and Ben dress up as Sonny & Cher, Gary and Danielle as Ike & Tina Turner and Tina and Vince as Homer Simpson and Jessica Simpson. Everyone is shocked when they find out Holly dropped out of college. Meanwhile, in order to get Val to relax, Lauren takes her to a 'dude ranch' that turns out to be a nude ranch.

star 7.13
71 votes
Directors: Steve Zuckerman
Writers: Rosalind Moore
The Anti-Prom

#24 - The Anti-Prom

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 30, 2004

When Holly and Tina don't have dates to the prom, they are upset, so they decide to throw an Anti-Prom, with no decorations, no dresses, and no prom king or prom queen. Everyone who doesn't have a date shows up, but when Henry comes with Kate, Holly is heartbroken. Meanwhile, Val doesn't know what to do when she gets an invitation to Rick and Julie's wedding. She tries to look at the post mark to see if it was sent before Julie's "no contact" rule, but the postmark is smudged.

star 7.12
41 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Lesley Wake Webster, Steven Molaro
Partially Obstructed View

#25 - Partially Obstructed View

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 30, 2003

Holly and Tina plan a girls' night out while Henry and Gary plan a boys' night out. Vince sees Holly and Tina at the diner and hooks them up with free front row tickets to The Strokes' concert. Henry tells Holly that he has tickets to The Strokes, but they have a partially obstructed view. Holly wants to tell Henry how she got her tickets, but he says he stood in line for 12 hours waiting for his tickets. Meanwhile, when Val finds out that Peter is number 2 on the "New York's 10 Most Eligible Bachelors" list. Lauren sets Val and Peter up by forging a letter requesting tickets to the party.

star 7.12
100 votes
Directors: Gary Halvorson
Writers: Jeff Bushell