The BEST episodes written by Joe Cristalli

Cinderella Fantasy Prom Dougie
534 votes

#1 - Cinderella Fantasy Prom Dougie

Life in Pieces - Season 1 - Episode 21

Tim thinks wearing a Cinderella dress during March Madness is good luck, so he refuses to take it off in hopes his alma mater will win. Also, Greg fantasizes about what to write in a birthday card for his boss, Tyler goes to prom and must withstand unsolicited advice from his parents and grandparents, and Jen sets Matt up on a blind date with her coworker, Dougie.

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The Twelve Shorts of Christmas
455 votes

#2 - The Twelve Shorts of Christmas

Life in Pieces - Season 3 - Episode 8

The holiday spirit is alive, well and wildly different for each member of the Short family.

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Swim Survivor Zen Talk
765 votes

#3 - Swim Survivor Zen Talk

Life in Pieces - Season 2 - Episode 7

When John decides to try out for "Survivor," Tim gets jealous and attempts to undermine his audition tape. Also, Colleen confesses she can't swim when she and Matt discuss Hawaii as a honeymoon destination; Jen pretends to get hooked on meditation so she can use the time to play cell phone games; and Heather gives Sophia the "sex" talk.

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Four Short Fairy Tales
219 votes

#4 - Four Short Fairy Tales

Life in Pieces - Season 4 - Episode 9

When Tim gets a toupee, the family members try their best to hide their horrified reactions. Jen fights for face time with her boss when she returns to work after maternity leave. Joan decides to retire but gets cold feet. Greg and Matt build a playhouse for the kids.

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year
87 votes

#5 - The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

Acapulco - Season 1 - Episode 9

Chaos erupts at the Christmas staff dinner when Maximo and Memo’s plans backfire. Julia pieces together the truth behind her birthday gift.

Ear Scorn Registry Manuscript
702 votes

#6 - Ear Scorn Registry Manuscript

Life in Pieces - Season 2 - Episode 20

When Colleen goes to Tim for help with an embarrassing ailment, she begs him not to tell the family. Also, Dougie enlists Joan to help her buy a gift for Matt and Colleen's wedding. Heather gets jealous when her friends want to include Jen in their group.

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Glory Days
60 votes

#7 - Glory Days

Acapulco - Season 2 - Episode 3

Maximo gets swept up in a busy night with Isabel's family. Chad's fraternity brothers surprise him.

Lingerie Cookbook Gamble Surrogate
323 votes

#8 - Lingerie Cookbook Gamble Surrogate

Life in Pieces - Season 3 - Episode 20

Tyler and Tim realize they are in over their heads when Heather tasks them with buying a bra for Samantha. Joan asks Jen to submit a recipe for the family cookbook, prompting Jen to steal one from her favorite restaurant. John gets Samantha and Sophia hooked on gambling while babysitting for them. Colleen and Matt obsess about their surrogate’s unhealthy lifestyle.

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It's Electric
0 votes

#9 - It's Electric

Perfect Harmony - Season 1 - Episode 5

Arthur deals with Jean's father, who attempts to take their family houseboat back. Reverend Jax hosts a singles night, where Ginny and Dwayne finally address the elephant in their relationship.