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"What's a small-town girl turned L.A. businesswoman to do when her high-profile, high-finance start-up Internet company goes belly up? And when her social life out west is not doing so great either? Well, as played by Emmy winner Ellen DeGeneres, she reacts by saying goodbye to her dot-com world and heading back to her hometown to put her life together. It remains to be seen, however, whether the best way to do that is by becoming a counselor at her old high school--they still teach Home Economics, for crying out loud--and by moving in with her eccentric mother and unlucky-in-love sister." "Ellen Richmond (DeGeneres)...decides to trade the stresses of her fast-track, big-city lifestyle for the slower pace of her quieter hometown, where she is known and loved. It remains to be seen, however, whether or not returning to her hometown, a fishbowl of a place, and her eccentric mother, Dot (Cloris Leachman), and scatter-brained sister, Catherine (Emily Rutherfurd), is the best course o
|S01E01||Pilot||24/09/2001||Ellen Richmond, founder of Homelearn.com, is invited to return to her home town - Clark - to receive the ""Spread Your Wings"" award for her achievement in being a role model for the city. After crossing the country for 18 hours, Ellen feels like time has never affected the city. Everything remains apparently the same. Her sister Catherine is still getting involved with no-future men, her mother keeps her room exactly the same when she left, and her old high school teacher, Mr. Munn, is still teaching. But at least one thing has changed. Rusty Carnouk, Ellen's prom date, is now a teacher at the high school, and he still thinks he and Ellen might have a future together - even though she's openly gay. Mr. Munn thinks that Ellen must meet Bunny Hopstetter, the p.e. teacher who's also a lesbian. While giving an invitational lecture, Ellen receives a phone call saying her company has gone bankrupt, making her unemployed. Seeing that her life in LA might not be as exciting as she thinks, Ellen|
|S01E02||Walden Pond||28/09/2001||Now that Ellen has decided to stay in Clark, she has to think what she'll do with her life. Mr. Munn offers her a position as counselor at the school, but she doesn't think it's the right job for her. So she goes to a pond and tries to read the book ""Walden"", but it's way too boring for her. Later she runs into a suspended student and the two start to throw fruits at Clark's statue and get arrested. While waiting downtown, Ellen talks to the kid, and realizes she might be better in counseling than she thought. Ellen takes the job and becomes the new counselor at the school.|
|S01E03||Chain Reaction||05/10/2001||When Ellen finds out that a P.J. Knockers is opening in Clark, she tries to start a petition to stop Clark from being invaded by all the chain stores and lose its small town aspect. But everybody seems blinded by the wonder they think a new restaurant will be. To make things even worse, Catherine quits her job and becomes a waitress at P.J. Knockers, and it takes Dot to convince Ellen to support her sister and ease off on the protest. Meanwhile, the new home economics teacher, Pam, takes over Ellen's office and turns it into a mini bakery room.|
|S01E04||Vanity Hair||12/10/2001||Vanity Fair decides to do an interview with Ellen about former dot-commers who went out of business. After everyone tells her to do something about her hair, she finally decides to fix it with Pam and bond with her a little, since they haven't started with the right foot. Ellen's new old-fashioned look doesn't please her as much as she hoped so decides to get another cut. She mistakes the pet shop stylist for the magazine hairdresser and ends up with a dog-style haircut. All that ends up serving as an example for Tina, a young girl who's having personality problems at school.|
|S01E05||The Move||19/10/2001||Catherine feels threatened when she sees how close Ellen and Dot have gotten now that Ellen has moved back home. When Ellen's furnishings arrive from L.A., Dot is so impressed with all of her fancy gadgets and high-style dÃ©cor, that Catherine is left to wonder what place she will have in her mother's heart -- and her home -- now that Ellen has become the ""number one"" daughter. So, Catherine makes up a situation that she knows will attract their attention. (from CBS)|
|S01E06||Muskrat Love (a.k.a. Raccoon Guy)||26/10/2001||Faced with what could be raccoons digging up their front lawn, Ellen calls a raccoon guy to get rid of the problem. Dot, on the other hand, thinks she can take care of the problem herself by scaring the raccoons away with her high-pitched singing. The raccoon guy decides to camp in the lawn, and Ellen discovers Rusty making the holes. Turns out he was just trying to find the time capsule he buried so the raccoon guy wouldn't find it. He made the capsule as a love proof to Ellen, his old high school crush, and just dug it out to show Ellen that he too can do crazy things for love, just like Tug, one of the students who fell for Ellen. But Ellen assures Rusty that they're nothing more than just good friends.|
|S01E07||Joe||02/11/2001||Ellen is wary of Dot's new ""gentleman caller"" because of her mom's history of falling for the wrong kind of man. Although she tries to find fault with Joe, Ellen realizes that she actually likes the guy -- that is, until she believes she's stumbled upon some startling information about him that she feels obligated to share with her mom. Meanwhile, Ellen desperately searches all over Clark for a decent cup of coffee and ends up finding one in the most unlikely place. (from CBS)|
|S01E08||Cathy's Taffy||09/11/2001||Ellen entices Catherine by telling her how much money she could potentially make by selling her delicious candy, and the Richmonds decide to go into business together with Ellen as the ""idea"" person and Catherine as the talented taffy maker. But soon Catherine realizes that all the fun has gone out of taffy making now that it has become more of a job than a hobby. Meanwhile, Ellen's fellow high school teachers are dismayed when they realize that the town of Clark doesn't even appear on a local map|
|S01E09||Missing the Bus||16/11/2001||When Mr. Munn realizes that long-time school bus driver Mrs. Gibson has reached the school's mandatory retirement age, the birthday celebration turns into a goodbye party. And, to make matters worse, Ellen is called into action to drive the school bus now that the job is vacant. Meanwhile, Ellen thinks her mom is ""losing it"" when Dot keeps referring to her pet cat, which Ellen has never seen.|
|S01E10||Alive and Kicking||10/12/2001||Ellen doesn't have any students to counsel, because the entire school seems to be in a good mood. So she snoops around until she finds one student that may need some help: Tug, the football team's kicker. Even though Mr. Munn forbids Ellen to bother Tug, she insists on doing so and approaches his dad, trying to fix a fragile father/son relationship. Meanwhile, Ellen's a little annoyed with the cheap products of the house, a result of Dot's economic way of life. Since she won't take money, Ellen tells Dot she won a $500 prize, which she uses to bet on the football team.|
|S01E11||Ellen's First Christmess (a.k.a. Ellen's First Christmas)||17/12/2001||Ellen decides to surprise Dot by flying in her aunt Mary, to whom Dot hasn't spoken in years. Mary buys everyone very expensive gifts, going against Dot's rule of hand made, inexpensive presents. They also fight about Mary's successful career and Dot's way of life. Feeling resented, Mary decides to go back to Chicago, and it's up to Ellen to save the Richmonds Christmas now. She has a word with Dot, who finally decides to accept her sister and leave behind all the hard feelings between them. Unfortunately, there's nothing left to eat, except for Pam's gingerbread house.|
|S01E12||A Bird in the Hand (a.k.a. Family Jewels)||04/01/2002||Catherine is jealous when Dot gives Ellen a family heirloom brooch. Ellen is excited about the prospect of receiving the elaborate piece of jewelry, but quickly changes her mind when she actually lays her eyes on it. Matters go from bad to worse when she accidentally loses the jeweled creation and must fess up to her mom. Meanwhile, when Mr. Munn appoints Ellen as the new driver's education teacher, she takes full advantage of the situation. (CBS)|
|S01E13||Just the Duck (a.k.a. Three's a Couple)||11/01/2002||Ellen decides to go Clark's fanciest restaurant all by herself after not finding anyone to go with. There she runs into Catherine, who's on a secret date with Rusty, whom Ellen thought was still hooked up on her since high school. Ellen tags along on their dates, and they decide to break up since it stopped being fun. Their only worry is how Ellen is going to take the break up. Meanwhile, Pam thinks Mr. Munn has a crush on her and Mr. Munn takes advantage of that after Ellen warns him about Pam's feelings.|
|S01E14||Shallow Gal (a.k.a. Ell on Wheels, a.k.a. Figure Skating)||00/00/0000||When Ellen counsels the superficial daughter of an ex-school cheerleader on the importance of being yourself and not to follow the popular cliques, she realises she was that unpopular geek in school. Ellen is feeling isolated and alone in Clark since she her move from LA. She's desparate for new friends, so when the opportunity arises to hangout with that former ex-head cheerleader from her year at school, she soon begins to feel included and popular. It's time for the High school Charity fundraiser, which is being held at the Clark Roller-rink. Tickets for tables are going fast, and although her fellow teacher friends assume Ellen will be sitting with them, Ellen has another agenda. She's been offered a seat at the Platinum Table with her new, popular friends. Of course, she instantly accepts! At the fundraiser, and Ellen's old friends have clearly become alienated. But while hanging out with her new gang, Ellen soon realizes they haven't changed at all since high school and finally|
|S01E15||Gathering Moss (a.k.a. The Flood, a.k.a. For God's Sake)||00/00/0000||In order to boost Catherine's self-esteem, Ellen encourages her to accompany her to a seminar by popular motivational speaker, Percy Moss. Catherine and Ellen attend the session on self-actualization, where they both learn how to ""see it, want it and take it."" But after the seminar, they leave with vastly different opinions of Moss. Ellen sees him as a scam artist, only interested in sucking as much money from his followers as possible, while Catherine believes that he might just be the person capable of turning her life around. (CBS)|
|S01E16||A Matter of Principal||00/00/0000||Mr. Munn is going out of town for a principal's conference and leaves Ellen in charge. She decides she'll rule the school differently, with lighter rules, no detention and more field trips. Of course, her plan backfires when all the detention kids take over Catherine's pharmacy, someone cleans up the principal's room, Pam spends the entire French club budget redesigning the teacher's lounge in 17th Century France style, Rusty is almost electrocuted while taking the kids to a field trip and much more. Ellen decides then to have a 8:30pm basketball to help the kids release their anger, but the gym is locked. She goes to Mr. Munn's place to get the key and finds him sitting watching television. Turns out he just wanted a little time off and thought Ellen was doing a better work than he.|
|S01E17||Where the Sun Doesn't Shine||00/00/0000||After a friend of her mother dies, Ellen discovers that every year the inhabitants of Clark gather together for the Sunshine prize, given to the citizen who most helped the town with volunteer work and good samaritan acts. When she tries to convince Mr. Munn to give it to Dot, who's among the finalists, Ellen discovers that she's also up for the prize -- and is the favorite to win.|
|S01E18||One for the Roadshow||00/00/0000||The Antiques Roadshow is coming to Clark and everybody brings something they think might be valuable for the Englishman to check out. After a lot of junk, Ellen discovers that the Monopoly her sister Mary gave her years ago that had never been opened is worth thousands of dollars - enough for Ellen to move out, since Ellen feels she's intruding Catherine and Dot's space.|