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Episode 1, April 4, 2006 (Pilot)

Pepper Dennis (Rebecca Romijn, "X-Men," "Just Shoot Me") is a beautiful and ambitious reporter with her sights set on anchoring Chicago's top-rated evening news broadcast. Just when Pepper thinks she's about to land her dream anchor job, her hot new guy, Charlie Babcock (Josh Hopkins, "The Perfect Storm," "Ally McBeal"), shows up in the newsroom and steals the job out from under her. Complicating Pepper's daily life is her needy and recently separated sister Kathy (Brooke Burns, "North Shore," "Baywatch"), who has moved in with her. Only Pepper's close friends and co-workers, makeup artist Kimmy (Lindsay Price, "Beverly Hills, 90210") and cameraman Chick (Rider Strong, "Boy Meets World"), seem to feel her pain.

Shawn Levy directed the episode written by Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts.

Ratings: 2.9 million viewers and a 1.2/3.

Episode 2, April 11, 2006 (Poker Clubs and Boob Cams)

Pepper (Rebecca Romijn) decides to go undercover when she learns that a popular men's poker club is offering its members more than just a chance to score cash. During a sexual harassment seminar, Charlie (Josh Hopkins) and Pepper are forced into a tense situation. Meanwhile, after deciding to get back together with her husband, Bryce (guest star Jason Brooks, "Baywatch"), Kathy (Brooke Burns) is shocked to discover he has been sleeping with her best friend. Lindsay Price and Rider Strong also star.

Lev Spiro directed the episode written by Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts.

Ratings: 2.6 million viewers.

Episode 3, April 18, 2006 (Frat Boys May Lose Their Manhood)

Pepper's (Rebecca Romijn) personal anger during a live interview lands her on the couch of the company shrink (guest star French Stewart, "Third Rock from the Sun"), who forces her to confront her issues with Charlie (Josh Hopkins). Meanwhile, Kathy's (Brooke Burns) desire to please people leads Pepper to discover dangerous hazing rituals at a college fraternity, leading one of the pledges to hold everyone in the frat house, including Pepper, hostage at gunpoint. Lindsay Price and Rider Strong also star.

Oz Scott directed the episode written by Matt McGuinness.

Ratings: 2.24 million viewers.

Episode 4, April 25, 2006 (Heiress Bridenapped)

Feeling pressure from her parents to find a husband, Pepper (Rebecca Romijn decides to invite Charlie (Josh Hopkins) to be her fake date at the high-society wedding of her childhood friend. However, when the bride suddenly disappears, the seemingly fluffy news story turns into a big mystery. Kathy (Brooke Burns), a bridesmaid, turns to Pepper to uncover the truth about the disappearing bride. Lindsey Price and Rider Strong also star.

Robert Berlinger directed the episode written by Adele Lim.

Ratings: 2.32 million viewers and a 1.7/3.

Episode 5, May 2, 2006 (Saving Venice)

After Pepper's (Rebecca Romijn) "homeability" points register low with news audiences, her attempt to improve her likeability results in even more backlash from the audience. Charlie (Josh Hopkins) steps up and offers Pepper advice on how to better connect with viewers. Meanwhile, as Kathy (Brooke Burns) organizes a high society fundraiser, she realizes she may not be ready to dive back into the dating pool, but sparks are flying between Kimmy (Lindsay Price) and Pepper's little brother, Mitch (guest star A.J. Trauth, "House"). Rider Strong also stars.

Allison Liddi-Brown directed the episode written by Jason Katims.

Episode 6, May 9, 2006 (Celebrity Twin could hang)

While covering a high profile celebrity murder trial, Pepper (Rebecca Romijn) and the WEIE staff learn that Jack (Brett Cullen, who does not appear in the episode) has been replaced by Les Gaye (guest star Fred Koehler, "ER"), the newly appointed news director. Les and Pepper don't see eye-to-eye when he conveys his new entertainment-oriented approach to reporting the news. One day into Pepper's mandatory vacation, Charlie (Josh Hopkins) and Chick (Rider Strong) call on her to help them uncover the truth behind the suspicious murder trial. Brooke Burns and Lindsay Price also star.

Michael Schultz directed the episode written by Lisa Parsons.

Episode 7, May 16, 2006 (Curtis Wilson's A Total Nut Job)

Pepper (Rebecca Romijn) shocks the city when she breaks the story of an election campaign scandal. However, in the process of this developing story, she also finds her own love connection with the soon-to-be mayor, Curtis Wilson (guest star Henry Simmons, "NYPD Blue"). Charlie (Josh Hopkins) accidentally walks in on the couple in a passionate kiss and finds himself having to deal with some jealousy. Meanwhile, Kathy's (Brooke Burns) job is in jeopardy as the woman she was temping for returns from maternity leave. Lindsay Price and Rider Strong also star.

Robert Berlinger directed the episode written by Liz Heldens.

Episode 8, May 23, 2006 (Hiroshi Watanabe in Bed with Curtis Wilson)

Pepper's (Rebecca Romijn) budding romance with Mayor Curtis Wilson (guest star Henry Simmons, "NYPD Blue") continues when he surprises her with a weekend getaway. However, when Charlie (Josh Hopkins) confronts Pepper about her relationship with Curtis, she realizes she must end the romance due to the potential conflicts of interest their pairing may cause. Meanwhile, without Pepper's consent, Kathy (Brooke Burns) throws an office party to celebrate Pepper and Charlie's birthdays. Lindsay Price and Rider Strong also star.

Allison Liddi-Brown directed the episode written by Christopher Fife.

Episode 9, May 30, 2006 (Charlie Babcock's Homosexual Encounter)

Just as Pepper's (Rebecca Romijn) dating life hits a dry spell, in walks Grady Harper (guest star Ryan McPartlin, "Living with Fran"), Chicago's incredibly famous, and available, quarterback. Pepper and Grady are enjoying a romantic dinner when Charlie (Josh Hopkins), Grady's biggest fan, unexpectedly crashes the meal, but Charlie soon notices he is receiving all of Grady's attention. Pepper confronts Grady about his sexual orientation and, along with Charlie, encourages the famous football star to make a big public announcement. Meanwhile, Pepper attends Chick's (Rider Strong) high school reunion, where music superstar Liz Phair performs. Brooke Burns and Lindsay Price also star.

Robert Berlinger directed the episode written by Jason Katims.

Episode 10, June 6, 2006 (Dennis, Bulgari, Big Losers at ACoRNS)

Pepper (Rebecca Romijn) and the WEIE news team are nominated for a handful of prestigious journalism awards, but as the entire newsroom is enjoying the glamorous event, Chicago's largest airport suffers a cripling crisis. When the breaking story draws attention from the awards telecast, Pepper, Charlie (Josh Hopkins), Kathy (Brooke Burns) Kimmy (Lindsay Price) and Chick (Roder Strong) work together to organize a last minute live newscast. Meanwhile, Kathy steps outside her comfort zone when she attends a sex toy party, but ends up in a neck brace after slipping on one of the toys.

David Paymer directed the episode written by Katherine Lingenfelter.

Episode 11, June 20, 2006 (Pepper Dennis Behind Bars)

After refusing to reveal her source in a city scandal, Pepper (Rebecca Romijn) finds herself behind bars. While in the slammer, after observing several inmates suffer food poisoning, Pepper uncovers a scandal that's plagued the jailhouse for years. Meanwhile, Kathy (Brooke Burns) realizes she wants to be more than just a receptionist and pursues night classes at the local college. Charlie (Josh Hopkins) shows up at Pepper's doorstep and shocks her with an unexpected question. Lindsay Price and Rider Strong also star.

Allison Liddi-Brown directed the episode written by Katherine Lingenfelter.

Episode 12, June 27, 2006 (True Love is Dead)

Looking for love, Kimmy (Lindsay Price) decides to sign up with a dating service in order to meet her perfect man. Suspecting something isn't right about the match-making company, Pepper (Rebecca Romijn) decides to investigate the owner and uncovers the woman is far from Cupid. Meanwhile, Charlie's (Josh Hopkins) bright white teeth are causing major problems with one particular viewer. Brooke Burns and Rider Strong also star.

Peter Lauer directed the episode written by Liz Heldens and Adele Lim.

Episode 13, July 4, 2006 (Star Anchor Weds Colleague)

In order to avoid deportation, Charlie (Josh Hopkins) convinces Pepper (Rebecca Romijn) to go through with a fake marriage. However, once wedding plans are underway, Pepper and Charlie realize their feelings are anything but fake. Meanwhile, when Kathy (Brooke Burns) is hard at work organizing aspects of the wedding, she makes a connection with Charlie's Immigration Agent. At the same time, Chick (Rider Strong) and Blanca (Alexandra Barretto) realize they have both been looking to the wrong person for love. Lindsay Price also stars.

Arlene Sanford directed the episode written by Gretchen J. Berg & Aaron Harberts.

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