Season 3 Episodes

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A Vast Difference

Season 3, Episode 29 - Air Date: 5/25/2004
Jim chickens out of having a vasectomy, but Cheryl is so effusive in her praise that he's unable to admit he didn't go through with it.
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The Swimming Pool

Season 3, Episode 28 - Air Date: 5/25/2004
Cheryl protests when a heat wave sends the family sneaking into a vacationing neighbor's pool—until she starts sneaking over on her own.
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Everyone Gets Dumped

Season 3, Episode 27 - Air Date: 5/18/2004
Jim develops a friendship with Dana's new boyfriend, despite the fact that the guy dumped Cheryl years ago.
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The Marriage Bank

Season 3, Episode 26 - Air Date: 5/11/2004
Thinking it might get Cheryl to let him go on a fishing trip with Andy, Jim makes a "deposit" in the "marriage bank" by agreeing to go to a couples seminar with her.
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Season 3, Episode 25 - Air Date: 5/4/2004
Pack rat Cheryl asks Jim to rent a storage unit to house seven years' worth of the kids' art projects, but Jim refuses to pay the fee, so he tosses everything out, thinking Cheryl won't notice – until she needs some of the projects for a special retirement party for Ruby's art teacher.
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The Toilet

Season 3, Episode 24 - Air Date: 4/27/2004
Cheryl promises to take Jim's opinions seriously when she decides to remodel the bathroom, until Jim insists it include a hideous high-tech stainless steel toilet – that talks.
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The Truck

Season 3, Episode 23 - Air Date: 4/6/2004
Cheryl ask Jim to use his truck to transport a giant paper-m?ch? grizzly bear the girls made for "spirit week" to their school – except Jim just lost his truck in an arm wrestling match and, in a gesture of macho pride, refuses to ask for it back.
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Who's the Boss?

Season 3, Episode 22 - Air Date: 3/30/2004
Andy resents a wealthy client, but then decides to date her.
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The Baby

Season 3, Episode 21 - Air Date: 3/16/2004
Jim's sister, Roxanne, shows up on his doorstep, pregnant, and lets Andy believe he's the father.
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No Crime

Season 3, Episode 20 - Air Date: 3/9/2004
Gracie's recent misbehavior makes Jim think she is lying about a friend giving her a new video game.
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When You Wish to Be a Star: Part 2

Season 3, Episode 19 - Air Date: 3/2/2004
Jim takes umbrage at being replaced as the father in a promotional shoot for a cruise line.
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When You Wish to Be a Star: Part 1

Season 3, Episode 18 - Air Date: 2/24/2004
Dana's first task at the ad agency is to cast the perfect TV family for a Disney cruise commercial. Cheryl and the kids get the job, but Dana's boss replaces Jim with a handsome actor in the role of "dad.
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Cheryl Sings

Season 3, Episode 17 - Air Date: 2/17/2004
Cheryl tries to impress her boastful cousin Mindy by posing as the lead singer of Jim's band – even though she has a terrible voice.
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The Best Man

Season 3, Episode 16 - Air Date: 2/10/2004
Cheryl forbids Jim from throwing his cop friend Danny a bachelor party with beer and strippers. She fears that Danny will show up at his own wedding with a hangover – as Jim did at their wedding.
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Dana Dates the Reverend

Season 3, Episode 15 - Air Date: 1/27/2004
Dana and Jim both covet their reverend — she for romance, he for the pastor's prowess at bowling.
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House for Sale

Season 3, Episode 14 - Air Date: 1/6/2004
The Devlins place a bid on the house across the street from Jim and Cheryl, which prompts Jim to put up his house on the market
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Secret Santa

Season 3, Episode 13 - Air Date: 12/9/2003
Dana admits to Cheryl that she can't afford to buy Jim a Christmas present, so Cheryl lets Dana put her name on one of the presents she bought for him.
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Rules of Engagement

Season 3, Episode 12 - Air Date: 12/2/2003
Cheryl caters to Jim's every whim to make amends for a big fight they had the night before—except Jim doesn't remember the fight at all.
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The Empty Gesture

Season 3, Episode 11 - Air Date: 11/25/2003
Cheryl starts to feel taken for granted as she prepares Thanksgiving dinner. She suffers the ultimate insult when she gets stuck on the roof after retrieving her tablecloth that Jim had fashioned into a ghost for Halloween, and no one notices her absence until she unhooks the satellite.
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Season 3, Episode 10 - Air Date: 11/18/2003
Cheryl cajoles Jim into attending a couples cooking class, which turns into a disaster, so she lets Jim pick out the next couples activity – paintball.
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Imaginary Friend

Season 3, Episode 9 - Air Date: 11/11/2003
Jim creates an imaginary friend to avoid going to a couple's baby shower with Cheryl.
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Scary Movie

Season 3, Episode 8 - Air Date: 11/4/2003
Gracie and Ruby have nightmares after Jim secretly takes them to see a scary movie.
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Dana Dates Jim

Season 3, Episode 7 - Air Date: 10/28/2003
It's Halloween and Cheryl is trying to host "the" party so she can own Halloween in the neighborhood.
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ABCs and 123s

Season 3, Episode 6 - Air Date: 10/21/2003
Trying to lighten Ruby's homework load – and therefore look like he's helping her – Jim tells Ruby's teacher that Cheryl can't read.
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The Lemonade Stand

Season 3, Episode 5 - Air Date: 10/21/2003
Jim and Cheryl encourage the girls to make a lemonade stand and raise money for their scooters. What was supposed to be a lesson about the value of the dollar turns into a racy competition among neighbors when Bill and his next door neighbor Driscoll set up little amusement parks in their years.
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Getting to Know You

Season 3, Episode 4 - Air Date: 10/14/2003
Cheryl says a friend of hers got jewelry for his wife for no reason and Jim says he's probably cheating on her.
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We Have a Bingo

Season 3, Episode 3 - Air Date: 10/7/2003
Jim wrestles with his conscience after he cheats at a church fundraiser bingo game.
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The Packer Ball

Season 3, Episode 2 - Air Date: 9/30/2003
Jim is horrified when he sees his son Kyle with a green Packers ball. He tries by all means to change it for a Bears one, but the kid just can't let go of the green ball.
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The Errand

Season 3, Episode 1 - Air Date: 9/23/2003
When Jim finds out that Cheryl has been paying 7 dollars to have the groceries delivered to their house, he insists that he does the shopping himself in order to save that incredible amount of money.