Original Airdate: June 1, 1976
Delia arrives angry at Roger's apartment, but her anger to turns to passion and they end up making love. Mary celebrates her story with her parents, saying that now that the story has broken, she can concentrate on her wedding plans. Delia agrees to keep seeing Roger so that he won't tell Frank about their affair, but she secretly feels trapped and desperate. Maeve shows Mary the wedding blouse that she wore in her own wedding, but Mary doesn't pick up on her hints that she would love for Mary to wear it. Delia consults Jill about her problem with Roger, and Jill is appalled that Delia would come to her for advice. Jill gives Delia the classic comment, "You've made your bed, and now you're going to have to lie in it".
Original Airdate: June 2, 1976
After Mary heads out for a busy day, Jack calls Martha. When she
invites herself over to the apartment, he accepts. Reenie confronts
Sam for not warning her about the Gilcrest Story. Reenie tells Sam
that she absolutely hates Mary Ryan, but when Mary arrives, Reenie changes
her tone and tells Mary that she understands that she was just doing her
job. Reenie even goes so far as to tell Mary that she hopes
the story won't interfere with their friendship. Jack cleans the
apartment of all signs of Mary. When Martha walks in, he immediately
kisses her on the neck. Jack and Martha sit down to coffee, and have
a deep conversation about marriage. As Jack discovers that Martha's
views are much like his own, they fall into a kiss. Nick arrives
at Channel R and tells Sam, Mary and Reenie that he just met with the special
prosecutor's office. He tells them that he has been had by Hugh Sharp,
who emptied out his safe last night and disappeared. Nick goes on
to say that he is dedicated to cleaning up the problems at Gilcrest Manor. Behind closed doors, Mary tells Sam that she doesn't believe a word of
Nick's story. In the other room, Reenie sarcastically tells Nick
that he barely got himself out of this one. He replies that he also
has a solution for her problem with Bucky. While Jack and Martha
begin making out, Mary announces to Nick and Reenie that she has to go
home to get the file for the story.
Original Airdate: June 3, 1976
Mary calls Faith from the subway station to postpone on their search
for her wedding dress. She heads toward home to get the file necessary
for her follow up story on Gilcrest Manor. Meanwhile, Jack and Martha are
on the bed, and Martha asks Jack what he's thinking. Jill puts Harriet
Hill on the stand, and Harriet convincingly denies having an affair with
Seneca. Harriet goes on to say that although Seneca and Nell argued
often, she always had the feeling that they would rather be fighting with
each other than making love with anyone else. Jack is hesitant with
Martha, obviously feeling guilty. Martha decides that Jack's problem
is an empty stomach, and sends him out to get breakfast, planning to make
love right after they eat. After Jack leaves to go to the bakery,
Mary arrives, and finds Martha. The D.A. gets Harriet to admit that
she was in love with Seneca, and still is. When Mary questions Martha,
Martha realizes who Mary is, and stresses that she is only there to talk
politics with Jack. Mary realizes that Martha seems a little shaken.
When Jack arrives, he almost faints at the sight of Mary.
Original Airdate: June 4, 1976
Seneca is furious over Harriet's testimony, but Jill tells him that
it actually went well. Jill goes on to say that if Seneca can just
keep his cool, they have the case won. After Martha leaves, Mary
questions Jack about what's going on. Harriet apologizes to Seneca
for not giving a better testimony. Seneca apologizes as well, for
not being more perceptive of her feelings. They say their goodbyes
as the court reconvenes. Dr. Hagen testifies next, telling the court
that in his opinion, Nell was dead two weeks before the respirator was
disconnected. Mary and Jack get into a heated argument, and Jack
insists that it's going to take him awhile to get used to someone caring
where he is or who he's with. As they make up, Martha calls.
She tells Jack that she is furious with him, because he used her, and because
Mary seems like a nice person, and doesn't deserve a rat like him.
Afterwards, Mary apologizes for not trusting Jack, and they assure one
another that they love each other.
Original Airdate: June 7, 1976
Levine furiously objects to Hagin's final statement. Jill counters
fiercely, assures Seneca that she is in control. Concerned McShane
explores with Delia possibility of telling Frank all as viable solution.
Delia says it's impossible, feel more trapped than ever. Pat establishes
Nell's feelings about life support as expressed to him. Levine tries
to undermine Pat's effectiveness; establishes enormous cost of sustaining
medical care for someone in vegetative state. Judge recesses for
lunch, and Seneca receives letter from County Medical Board. Delia
seeks and receives comfort from worried Pat. She desperately wishes
she could share problem with him.
Original Airdate: June 8, 1976
Roger calls Delia, who refuses to meet him at his apartment; has to
agree to Lem's. Morose Jack has a session with Maeve over wedding.
Johnny arrives and invites Jack to dinner. Jack uses the wedding
announcements that he got from Maeve as an excuse to pay a visit Sister
Mary Joel. Maeve congratulates Johnny on the effort he is making
with Jack. Frank too is sweet and concerned about Delia and decides
that he wants to meet Shelia. Jack tells Sister Mary Joel that the
wedding date is set. He tells her that he does not want to hurt Mary
but he is afraid he is making a mistake. Jack calls his editor and
begs for an assignment that will have him busy - too busy to get married.
He sets things up so that his editor will call while Mary is home.
Original Airdate: June 9, 1976
Frank questions Delia about Shelia and becomes concerned that she is
late. Roger enters and sits with Frank and Delia as they wait for
"Shelia". He tells Frank that Shelia is a nice person, which leads
Frank to believe that he is the only one that has not met her.
Jack gets a call from his editor and tells him that it is too early and
asks him to call back. Jack explains to him that his postponing the
wedding is for Mary's sake as well as his own. Later, Jack accepts the
pre-arranged offer which has Mary taken aback. In the face of his
excitement she asks him "What about the wedding?" Roger joins Delia
and Frank refusing to let Delia off the hook. Jack effort to postpone
the wedding fails; leaving both he and Mary troubled. Roger realizes
that if he is to have Delia, Frank is going to have to know.
Original Airdate: June 10, 1976
Maeve testifies as to Nell's wishes and withstands cross-examination.
Mary is distressed about Jack's request to postpone the wedding and fails
to receive reassurance from Sister Mary Joel. Jill introduces surprise
evidence before she rests the defense. Nick goes into Reenie's purse
looking for matches and discovers Reenie's hidden money. When he
confronts her he finds out the truth about Sam and the marijuana operation.
She becomes nervous when he leaves to take care of some business.
Seneca approaches the District Attorney on behalf of the letters and asks
him if he really believes that Seneca killed his wife. The D.A. accuses
Seneca of murdering Nell for her money. Jill and Maeve share in the
sense that if this isn't over soon that Seneca will be a danger to this
Original Airdate: June 11, 1976
Jill tries to prepare Seneca for what will happen during the closing
arguments. She asks him to remain calm and he tells her that he will
do his best. Nick confronts Sam on his findings about his side operation
and the fact that he has hurt his daughter. Sam tells Nick about
Reenie's college operation explains to him the advantages of an immediate
departure. Sam agrees that he will leave town today. Jill delivers
an emotional summary to the jury. She not only has made an impression
on the jury, but on Seneca as well. Bucky tries to calm a nervous
Reenie with offers of taking her to the houseboat. Just as Reenie
is about to accept Sam enters and threatens to spoil their trip.
Levine delivers his closing arguments to the jury, which provokes Seneca
to an explosive interruption.
Original Airdate: June 14, 1976
Seneca takes the stand and comes dangerously close to wrecking the case
for the defense. Sister Mary Joel scolds Jack about his treatment
of Mary. She tells him that if he is not serious then he should call
things to a halt. Jack admits that she is right and comes to a sad
decision. While yelling at Reenie for ruining things for him Sam
confesses everything to Bucky who decides to call things to a halt with
Reenie. Mary is frantic when she reads Sam's note and realizes that
he is gone. Sam calms her with plane tickets for their honeymoon.
When they realize that they have both been to see Sister Mary Joel Jack
admits that he was having difficulty facing up to the reality of marriage
but that he will be fine when it is all over. The judge charges the
jury and ensures that they know their duties. Jill admits to Seneca
that she very much fears conviction.
Original Airdate: June 15, 1976
Roger enters Ryan's and is confronted with the love that Delia and
Frank have for one another. He places an order that sends Delia to
the kitchen and sings praises to Frank about Delia. Delia convinces
Roger to leave with a promise that she will see him later. When Frank
questions her about Rogers admiration of her she claims she doesn't know
what he is talking about. Mary arrives at Ryan's with the limited
news of what has happened to Sam. Bucky comes in and is able to fill
everyone in on Sam's operation and the fact that Nick has closed it down.
Reenie has a tantrum and tells her father that he is the cause of her losing
out on thirty million dollars. He tells her that no kid of his is
going to be in the rackets. Reenie accuses her father of not knowing
what it is like to lose everything and is apologetic when he tells her
that he remembers the day her mother left him. Bucky admits that
Reenie hurt him because he thought she liked him for him and not his money.
Desperate, Delia again pleads for help from Jill - for Frank's sake.
Jill pays Roger a visit and after incessant questioning she tells him that
he may get his wish as far as Seneca is concerned but not so with Delia.
She is shaken when she realizes the lengths that Roger will go through
to make sure things go his way.
Original Airdate: June 16, 1976
Pat suggests to Maeve that Mary should wear her wedding blouse.
Mary and Georgia set out to find the perfect wedding dress. Delia
threatens Roger that if he continues to force the issue she will not remain
his friend. When he tells her that he cannot live without her she
promise that she will be able to see him every now and then. He decides
that he cannot live with that and decides to force the issue. Mary
and Georgia enjoy renewing their old friendship although they fail to find
a wedding dress. Delia feels that a lot of their problems would be
solved if Frank wins the election and they are able to live in Washington
part-time. Roger leaves a message for Frank at headquarters that
is designed to get Frank suspicious. Delia shares with Pat her wishes
of helping Mary find a wedding dress. Mary receives a wedding veil
from her Aunt Moira in Ireland that helps her to make a decision.
She is going to wear Maeve's wedding blouse and Maeve is going to make
her a skirt to match.
Original Airdate: June 17, 1976
Mary is pleased when she finds out that Jack asked Bob to be an usher
at their wedding. She shares with her mother and Frank that the heads
of Channel has asked her to be the head of the news department. Frank
ushers a persistent Jack to the bar when he tries to force himself in to
see Mary as she is being fitted for her dress. Roger becomes worried
when he realizes that Frank has not received his messages but finds reassurance
that the message has not been lost. Johnny tries to be nice, but
cannot resist opportunity to needle Jack about not renting his tux and
Jack keeps his temper. Frank retrieves his messages and is excited
when he tells Johnny that this is his chance to meet the elusive Shelia.
Johnny is bemused because he thought Delia was out rounding up volunteers.
Jack goes off to see Jumbo about wedding clothes. Mary shares with
Maeve her feelings about leaving her family - although she is very happy
about the approaching wedding. Jack shares his anger about the wedding
with Jumbo and Co. Jumbo fears that Jack will not follow through
with the wedding and offers his support as the day approaches. Johnny
is enjoying the prospect of the wedding in spite of himself. Frank
is confused when he finds out that Delia has not been taking cooking lessons
Original Airdate: June 18, 1976
Frank is unable to get a satisfactory explanation from Mrs. Lem about
the cooking lessons that Delia was supposedly taking. Faith discusses
her future with Seneca and concludes that she may want to change her residency.
Pat and Maeve share in their expectation of Nolan Ryan's visit. Frank
tries to make sense of what Mrs. Lem told him without worrying Maeve.
Pat comes to Delia's defense. Seneca shares with Jill his sense that
Nell's presence was with him last night and that he feels that she is upset
with him. The jury has reached a verdict. When Delia gives
Frank the list of volunteers that she has rounded up her casually asks
her if Shelia will volunteer. Delia scrambles desperately and manages
to avoid getting caught in a lie - but Frank's suspicions are aroused.
Original Airdate: June 21, 1976
Seneca recognizes Jill's personal concern for him and is touched.
They share a nice moment and Maeve enters and asks if a friend can join
them. Delia seeks Roger's advice about how to handle Frank's invitation
to Sheila. He tells her to set up and believe the lie and things
will work out all right. Maeve tries to ease the tension that tells
Seneca and Jill about Mary's wedding plans and shares her doubts about
Jack. When the subject of Frank's wedding comes up Maeve share her
happiness of how well Frank and Delia are getting along. Delia makes
phoney dinner arrangements to convince the Ryan's that Shelia really exists.
Frank continues to question Delia about Shelia and she becomes nervous
and changes the subject. Seneca is convicted and found guilty of
assault in the second degree.
Original Airdate: June 22, 1976
Jill explains the potential ramifications of verdict to Maeve and Johnny
and that sentencing will occur the day of Mary's wedding. Maeve invites
the two to dinner and when they decline she is able to see Jill's growing
investment in Seneca and approves. Frank asks Mary if she is aware
of any problems with Delia and when she says no he fills her on what has
been going on. Jack confirms for Johnny that he has 2 tickets
to the Mississippi and ensures that he has plans of taking Mary.
Mary and Frank share wishes that Nolan Ryan's schedule coincided with theirs.
An uneasy Jack asks Mary if she wants to elope and she tells him to hang
in there and that it will all be over soon. Kathleen arrives.
Jill is taken aback when Seneca tells her that he does not want to appeal
his verdict. They reach an understanding and share a nice moment.
A family reunion occurs around the bar and Johnny makes sure Jack sticks
around for the experience. Regret threatens the party when Siobhan
calls and says that she has the measles and won't be able to make it to
the wedding. An overwhelmed Jack leaves the party before he loses
control of himself. When Maeve finds out that Jack has left she pressures
Johnny thinking that he had something to do with Jack's sudden departure.
Johnny feigns innocence and gives his odds that Jack is not going to make
it to the altar.
Original Airdate: June 23, 1976
Maeve and Pat fill Kathleen in on Mary and Jack's background, while
Delia feels ignored. Pat cheers Delia and tells her that Frank is
worried about her. Upset, she tells him that she needs more freedom
and asks him to stop feeding her husband information. Roger
sees them together and is hit with a twinge of jealousy. Mary tells
Kathleen of her hopes that marriage will solve all of their problems.
Kathleen tells her that marriage intensifies problems and hopes that for
Mary's sake everything will be all right. Roger approaches Delia
and asks her if she is going to give him reason to be jealous of everyone
in the Ryan family. When Delia becomes upset he backs off and becomes
his old charming self. Jill lets Roger have it about what he has
done to Seneca. When Roger brings up Seneca's ethical behavior Jill
tells them that the behavior that he and Delia have been exhibiting is
enough to turn her stomach. Delia rallies to his side and he uses
it to get her to agree to see him later. Jill shares her feelings
about Seneca with Maeve, and Maeve approves. Mary faces her wedding
rehearsal and the evening events with trepidation.
Original Airdate: June 24, 1976
Mary asks her brothers and brother-in-law to help Jack through the evening.
Roger sends a messenger to Ryan's with an anonymous letter for Frank.
Delia tells Roger that she thinks that something is going on between Jill
and Seneca. He tells her that they deserve one another. When
Delia tells him that she thinks that everyone is being unfair to him he
allows her to comfort him - and things go a little too far. Nolan
Ryan is invited to the bachelor party. Art tries his best to reassure
Jack, which drives him to drink. Delia realizes the desperate edge
to Roger's feelings for her and is frightened. Bob accepts the letter
from the messenger and hands it to Frank. Frank reads Roger's letter
and is shaken when he realizes that Delia is not upstairs. Art leaves
with Jack and promises Johnny that he will get him home okay. Bob
is surprised when he finds out that Delia is not home and when he asks
Frank where he is Frank tells him that he doesn't know.
Original Airdate: June 25, 1976
Maeve and Sister Mary Joel explore Jack's resistance to Ryan family
gatherings. Frank and Maeve wonder where Delia is. Maeve leaves
with Sister Mary Joel before she has a chance to find out about the messenger
and note. Delia arrives and does her best to evade Frank's questions.
When she is unsuccessful she throws a temper tantrum and tries to turn
the tables on Frank asking why he does not trust her. When she goes
off to bed Frank sits in a chair and reads the note. Mary and Frank
have an intimate heart to heart the night before the wedding. She
confesses that she is not sure if Jack is the man that she is supposed
to marry. He tells Mary that it could all be nerves but if she feels
the same tomorrow he will support whatever decision she makes. He
just hopes that Jack is the man Mary wants him to be. Maeve and Johnny
discuss the futures of their children and the fact that they are happy
that Delia and Frank have resolved to work things out. Maeve feels
that it would be good for all if Jill and Seneca were to fall in love with
one another. When she brings up her fears for Mary and Jack Johnny
tells her that he would be pleased if he gets cold feet and does not make
it to the wedding. Frank knocks on the door and sends Maeve to Mary
with news that she is in need of some mothering. Maeve mothers Mary
and tells her that everything will be all right. As Mary relaxes
Art calls to tell them that Jack has disappeared.
Original Airdate: June 28, 1976
Mary and Maeve have a sentimental moment between mother and daughter the day of the wedding. Johnny tells Frank that he thinks that Jack is missing and that he does not know whether to consider it a good thing or a bad thing. Johnny calls Jumbo and he tells Johnny that he will go to Jack's apartment and will call him when he knows more. Johnny tells Frank that is Jack leaves Mary at the altar he will break him in half. Delia asks Frank if all is well between them and he tells her that it is before brushing her off. She calls Roger to warn him to be on his best behavior to not get Frank suspicious. He tells her to wear the necklace that he gave her as a reminder and she promises that she will. When Frank questions her about the necklace she lies and tells him that she has had it for ages. Family emotions occur as Maeve and Kathleen help Mary dress. Jumbo calls and tells Johnny that it does not look good and promises to keep him posted. At the Ryan's Mary makes her entrance and everyone is stunned at how pretty she is. Johnny tells Frank that he can't tell Mary that Jack is missing and hopes that everything will be okay. Frank asks to see Mary alone and thanks her for a lifetime of memories and tells her that he will always be around when she needs him. He gives her Grandfather Ryan's ring and tells her that she will always be a Ryan and that they will always love her. She promises that she will one day give it to Little John. Johnny and family share final sentimental moments as Mary leaves for the church. At the church Mary worries that no one has heard from Jack and is reassured by Maeve. When Jumbo appears without Jack she asks, "Has something happened to Jack?"
Original Airdate: June 29, 1976
Mary learns that Jack is missing and is hurt when she finds out that her family knew about it and did not tell her. Jumbo and the Ryan's set out to find Jack while Pat stays back to soothe an anguished Mary. Clem and Jill rally behind Seneca as the Judge arrives to pronounce his sentence. Seneca refuses that an appeal be made on his behalf. Pat explains to Maeve and Father McShane that Jack has been detained. A drunken Jack is found and is taken home to shower and change for the wedding. Jill pleads for leniency. Seneca makes a statement in defense of his actions before the Judge sentences him to 7 days in jail and 2 years probation. Seneca refuses to appeal, which worries Jill but she resolves to accept his decision. Pat tries to soothe a waiting Mary by telling her that her guests understand the delay and are patiently waiting for her. Johnny takes charge of delivering Jack to the altar.
Original Airdate: June 30, 1976
Bob keeps Mary company and fantasizes of marrying her himself. Jack appears before Mary. They go into an office to talk things through. Johnny and Frank tell Bob what happened to Jack. Jack painfully tries to explain why he was as late as he is. Mary asks him if on their wedding day he had to be dragged in it by force then what will he do for the rest of their lives. Jack tells her that if he'd had a little more control over his destiny and not her and her family then it would have never happened - but nevertheless he is ready. She tells him that she is not. Jack flares at her change of attitude and she tells him that she should have taken the warnings as they came. He tells her that he wants to change for her and tells her that he loves her. She asks him what she is going to do about him. He says, "Marry me and love me," of which she agrees. Frank tries to deal with the anonymous note about Delia but is stalled for the moment. Jill hurries in and finds out why the wedding was delayed. She delivers the news to Frank about Seneca and admits that it is causing her anguish. Jack and Mary come out and tell them that the wedding is on before he leaves to take his place at the altar. Mary asks Frank to get Father McShane who tells her that if she has any reservations that she should wait. She tells him that she is ready to commit her life to Jack and asks him to tell Jack that he looks wonderful. Johnny arrives to get Mary and becomes a little worried when she tells him that she can't go through with it.