Ann Lewis HamiltonDirector
Ellen S. PressmanAir Dates
2/6/90, 7/10/90Guest Stars
Richard Gilliland as Jeffrey Milgrom; Felicity la Fortune as Valerie Milgrom; Erich Anderson as Billy SidelSynopsis
Ellyn runs into Jeffrey Milgrom again and they begin an affair.Summary
Michael and Hope set up Ellyn with a nice friend of theirs, Billy Sidel. She reluctantly agrees, then promptly runs into Jeffrey Milgrom again. They half-heartedly fight their attraction for one another and Hope begins to vaguely suspect that something might be up since Ellyn is acting entirely too cheerful and covering something.Notes
Ellyn goes out with Billy to an art film and they have a nice time, but she explains that she's started seeing someone and they just let it go. While waiting on a clandestine meeting with Jeffrey in the park, Ellyn runs into Gary, out for a bike ride, and the three just miss an awkward meeting. Gary does notice Jeffrey with Ellyn as he leaves and he innocently mentions this to Hope and Michael later. Ellyn and Jeffrey begin their affair in earnest, consumating just about everywhere imaginable.
While everyone is at Hope's for a dinner party, they play a game that involves naming off great pairs from history such as Romeo and Juliet. This leads Michael to blurt out Ellyn and Jeffrey, which lets the cat out of the bag. Ellyn leaves for the kitchen and Gary follows her to apologize while he and Melissa expound their philosophy of "it's your life, we can't judge you."
Ellyn and Hope talk upstairs and Hope makes a strong point for not having an affair, but wimps out some by the end. Eventually, Ellyn feels guilty and gives Jeffrey an ultimatum. He catches up with her later at the Y, where they first met in the swimming pool, and says he'll leave his wife for her.
Erich Anderson, playing Billy Sidel, has a beard in this episode and looks much better for it, sort of like Raul Malo of the Mavericks.Goofs
"Michael and Hope tell Ellyn that Billy is a graphic artist with a very expensive car and a golden retriever. No mention that he is a comic book illustrator specifically - which we find out later - nor does the dog ever turn up in future episodes. As for the car - I don't remember if Billy's car is ever identified, but he doesn't seem like the "very expensive car" type. In fact, I am assuming he owns the Olds Cutlass he and Ellyn take to Atlantic City in "never better," since Ellyn was driving a Honda Accord in "once a mermaid." (He doesn't seem like the Cutlass type, either, so maybe the Olds is the heaterless car he unloads on Madison in "advanced beginners"? Very confusing, this car business.)"
"I had the original episode on tape and remembered there is a small piece not shown in the re-run that was in the original which I had noticed missing when it was shown before.
When Ellyn is in her apartment waiting for Jeffrey to show up for dinner, and he comes and asks her to freeze the lasagna and leaves. Here the re-run cuts to commerical. In the original episode she turns and takes the pan of lasagna, in a symbolic gesture and throws it down the (I assume) garbage disposal in the sink. It may seem trivial, but it's always stuck in my mind, maybe because at the time this episode was aired originally, I really related to Ellyn.
There is a scene where Ellyn and Melissa meet accidently Jeffrey
and Valerie at an exposition [a photo exhibition]. This scene is very similar
to the one in Manhattan by Woody Allen, where W. Allen and his 17
year old girl friend meet his friend (who is married) with his girlfriend
(played by D.Keaton). OK, the relations between the four characters are
different to the ones in thirtysomething, but the way the whole
scene is filmed and the things they are talking about are quite the similar.
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