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The Guilty Party

CAPSULE: Hope tries to do it all, including throwing a surprise birthday party for Michael. Her relentless perfectionism might be rubbing off on Janey. Contractors and repairmen are tearing up the Steadmans' kitchen causing Hope to fall behind with the laundry, groceries, etc. She thinks she's short-changing Michael in the domestic department, and when she gets a request from Princeton to write something about herself for the alumni directory, she feels even more inadequate. Hope imagines herself back in college, facing criticism from a professor over what she's done with her life. (This fantasy recurs throughout the episode.) She wants to throw a surprise pary for Michael; Melissa and Nancy are dubious. Janey's pre-school teacher tells Hope that Janey got very upset when she couldn't cut perfectly on the dotted lines with scissors. At DAA, Ernest, a new aide to Miles, brings him pain medication for his back. Michael and Elliot have a very important presentation to make to new Japanese

Name Type Role
Winnie Holzman Writer
Heidi Swedberg Guest Star
Debra Mooney Guest Star
Vladimir Skomarovsky Guest Star
Rodney Kageyama Guest Star
Renée Taylor Guest Star
Amy Moore Davis Guest Star
Deborah Mooney Guest Star
Leila Kenzle Guest Star
Andy Lauer Guest Star
Norman Seeff Director