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About THE NEIGHBORS (2012) & Episode Guides

About THE NEIGHBORS (2012) & Episode Guides

The Neighbors (2012) Premiered on ABC on September 26, 2012

About the Show:
Marty Weaver (Lenny Venito) just wants the best for his wife Debbie (Jami Gertz) and their three kids. That’s why he’s moving them to Hidden Hills, New Jersey, a gated community complete with its own golf course. Marty is certain that their new home will be a dream come true. And then, they meet the neighbors.

The residents of Hidden Hills are a little… different. Larry Bird (Simon Templeman) introduces himself as the “leader” of the community. Then, he presents his wife, Jackie Joyner-Kersee (Toks Olagundoye) and their two sons (yes, they’re named after famous athletes -- Dick Butkus and Reggie Jackson).

After Debbie and Marty frantically try to make sense of the weird neighbors -- very European? A cult? Amish athletes? -- they discover that the entire Hidden Hills community is comprised of aliens from the planet Zabvron. Turns out the Zabvronians have been holed up in Hidden Hills for the past 10 years, awaiting instructions from back home. And the Weavers are the first humans who have ever lived amongst them.

At first, the Weavers are ready to cut and run. But the aliens seem harmless enough. And there is a lot of closet space… So, they decide to stay and help their new neighbors adapt to life on this confusing planet we call home.

As the Weavers and the aliens face the struggles of everyday life together, they discover that some things -- the ups and downs of marriage, the desire to be a good parent and raise a happy family -- are universal. Intergalactic, even. And the Weavers realize they’ve found an ally in the family next door... even if they do cry out of their ears.

The Neighbors stars Jami Gertz as Debbie Weaver, Lenny Venito as Marty Weaver, Simon Templeman as Larry Bird, Toks Olagundoye as Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Clara Mamet as Amber Weaver, Tim Jo as Reggie Jackson, Ian Patrick as Dick Butkus, Max Charles as Max Weaver and Isabella Cramp as Abby Weaver.

The Neighbors was created by Dan Fogelman (Cars, Tangled, and Crazy, Stupid, Love), who is also an executive producer with Aaron Kaplan (GCB, Terra Nova), Jeff Morton (Modern Family) and Chris Koch (Workaholics, Modern Family), who also directed the pilot. The Neighbors is from ABC Studios.


Actor’s name

Character’s name

Jami GertzDebbie Weaver
Lenny VenitoMarty Weaver
Simon TemplemanLarry Bird
Toks OlagundoyeJackie Joyner-Kersee
Clara MametAmber Weaver
Tim JoReggie Jackson
Ian PatrickDick Butkus
Max CharlesMax Weaver
Isabella CrampAbby Weaver

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Season 1

Episode 1: Pilot (Sep/26/2012)
The Weavers move to the suburbs and discover their neighbors are strange... in fact they are aliens from the planet Zabvron.

Episode 2: Journey to the Center of the Mall (Oct/03/2012)
Larry & Jackie's children want to attend human school, so the Weavers take them clothes shopping at the mall.

Episode 3: Things Just Got Real (Oct/10/2012)
Marty and Debbie are exhausted by dealing with their new alien neighbors and try to spend time with their human friends, but Larry and Jackie have other ideas.

Episode 4: Bathroom Etiquette (Oct/17/2012)
It's the first day of school and Debbie is ecstatic to be able to give advice to the Bird-Kersees on how their kids should behave. However, things go awry and both the Weavers and the Bird-Kersees end up in the Principal's office.

Episode 5: Halloween-ween (Oct/24/2012)
The Weavers explain Halloween to the Zabvronians, who think it is a threat to their community.

Episode 6: Larry Bird and the Iron Throne (Oct/31/2012)
Debbie becomes a crazy person as she tries to make Abby's birthday party special. Jackie tries to help and gets a mistaken impression about humans. Larry joins Lenny at work to learn more about humans and Reggie decides to give Amber a birthday present too.

Episode 7: 50 Shades of Green (Nov/07/2012)
The Zabvronians enter their mating season. Debbie and Jackie are both curious about each other's romantic ways and drag their husbands along for the ride. Meanwhile, when a boy asks Amber to a make out party, she struggles with her own feelings about romance while dealing with Reggie and his feelings for her.

Episode 8: Thanksgiving is for the Bird-Kersees (Nov/14/2012)
Marty and Debbie decide to make their first Thanksgiving in their new home special, by not inviting anyone and making it just for themselves. Things don't go as planned as both Marty's parents as well as the Bird-Kersees end up as guests, as well as Jackie's estranged sisters.

Episode 9: Merry Crap-Mas (Dec/05/2012)
The Bird-Kersees experience their first Christmas, at the expense of ruining the holidays for the Weavers.

Episode 10: Juan of the Dead (Dec/12/2012)
When Juan, the beloved local gardener dies, the Zabvronians have a new human trait to struggle over. Larry Bird, however, is determined to "solve" the problem of death.

Episode 11: The Gingerbread Man (Jan/09/2013)
Debbie and Marty introduce the Bird-Kersee's to the PTA. Larry decides to help Debbie while Jackie assists Marty with his soccer team.

Episode 12: Cold War (Jan/16/2013)
The Bird-Kersees must face a new fear when the Weaver family gets sick with the common cold.

Episode 13: Dream Weavers (Jan/23/2013)
Debbie decides to sign herself and Marty up as chaperones to the high school dance as a way of reliving her own high school memories. The Bird-Kersees, of course, tag along as fascinated observers.

Episode 14: The Back Nine (Jan/30/2013)
The Bird-Kersees learn about human issues of race and social class when they and the Weavers are invited to an open house for a new country club.

Episode 15: Space Invaders (Feb/06/2013)
Reggie's confusion about his relationship with Giselle leads him to ask advice from Debbie, but he takes her advice the wrong way and causes havoc between the families. Meanwhile, Amber is unhappy with her choice of the popular jock as a boyfriend but doesn't know what to do and is reluctant to ask for help.

Episode 16: Mother Clubbers (Feb/13/2013)
Debbie goes through a midlife crisis when she declares she is not just a mom, but a woman. After informing Jackie that on earth, Jackie is a "10", the girls go shopping for new clothes and then try to crash a popular nightclub. The men too feel they need a makeover, so they turn to an expert, Amber.

Episode 17: Larry Bird Presents An Oscar-Winning Film By Larry Bird (Feb/20/2013)
Max is ecstatic when he is chosen to compete in the spelling bee, but Marty and Debbie worry he will be humiliated. Larry is so impressed with the Oscar ceremony that he decides to make his own film and win an Oscar, with the unfortunate Max as his star.

Episode 18: Camping (Feb/27/2013)
Marty decides he needs to prove to his family that he is a man they can rely on so he takes them camping, and invites the Bird-Kersees as witnesses.

Episode 19: I Believe I Can Drive (Mar/06/2013)
After Amber and Reggie bring up the subject of taking drivers education, Larry and Jackie decide it is time they learned how to drive a car and they coerce Marty into giving them lessons.

Episode 20: Sing Like a Larry Bird (Mar/13/2013)
Larry and Jackie go against the Weavers' advice and attend a Broadway show. Larry is so ecstatic afterward that he decides to put on his own show, but an accident causes the Bird-Kersees to risk everything by calling in outsiders for help.

Episode 21: Mo Purses Mo Money Mo Problems (Mar/20/2013)
Debbie enlists Jackie's help to get her purse business off the ground, but Jackie thinks too big. Amber staves off Jeremy's attempt at reconciliation and is not happy when Marty gets involved. Larry gets stuck with Amber's scout troop but discovers he enjoys working with the girls.

Episode 22: It Has Begun… (Mar/27/2013)
The Bird-Kersees intrude on Marty and Debbie's romantic getaway to Atlantic City, where Jackie decides she wants to have a real wedding. Meanwhile, Larry's father contacts Dick with an important message for him only that could change everything.



Season 2

Episode 1: Family Conference (Sep/20/2013)
When Amber and Reggie are found together in an intimate moment, Larry calls a family conference to decide what action to take.

Episode 2: September Fools (Sep/27/2013)
When Larry hears about April Fools' Day, he is bound and determined to prank the Weavers. Reggie tries to rid himself of his soul mate.

Episode 3: The Neighbours (Oct/04/2013)
Jackie takes a menial job at a fast food restaurant to support her family but is embarrassed to tell her best friend Debbie. When an opportunity arises to impress her new boss, Jackie invites her home for dinner but the trouble is, the woman thinks she is a fellow Brit.

Episode 4: The One With Interspecies F-R-I-E-N-D-S (Oct/11/2013)
Debbie sets out to learn more about Jackie after their failure as partners on game night, but her efforts go awry. Dick decides to take on the responsibility of getting Marty back into good physical shape, but when he injures himself, his plan seems to fail... or does it? Reggie gets Amber hooked on a nature show in an effort in inter-species bonding.

Episode 5: Challoweenukah (Oct/18/2013)
Larry decides to invent a new holiday while the Weavers prepare to defeat their arch-rivals in a Halloween costume contest.

Episode 6: Any Friggin’ Sunday (Nov/01/2013)
Sundays prove to be a battle ground where Debbie, frustrated by Marty's inattention during football season, endeavors to make sure Amber gets the attention of her man, Reggie. Meanwhile Larry discovers how boring golf is and is determined to find a better sport to pattern his life after.

Episode 7: We Jumped the Shark (Tank) (Nov/08/2013)
Debbie's dream of appearing on the TV show "Shark Tank" comes true, with a little help from her neighbors but she quickly realizes she is in over her head. Meanwhile, Marty is hooked on a video game while Abby seeks Amber's help for a dance recital.

Episode 8: Good Debbie Hunting (Nov/15/2013)
Debbie wants to go back to business school but is weak in math, so Dick volunteers to be her tutor while Marty agrees to help around the house. Meanwhile, Jane returns with a devious plan to win over Reggie and Amber is faced with a decision on what she is willing to do to keep Reggie.

Episode 9: Thanksgiving is no Schmuck Bait (Nov/22/2013)
Marty and Debbie's hoped for peaceful family holiday is turned upside down when Marty's parents reveal they are getting divorced. Not to be left out, Jackie's parents arrive from Zabvron and proceed to rip into their son-in-law Larry about how he is taking care of their little girl.

Episode 10: Supreme Like Me (Dec/06/2013)
A flood in the Weaver's basement results in Jackie's parents helping to cleanup, and introducing Marty and Debbie to what it is like to have loving and supportive parents. The downside is the hurt Jackie feels when her plans to spend time with her parents falls through. Meanwhile, Larry decides an entry level job is not for him, but his rejections and his new friends lead him to a moment of clarity.

Episode 11: A Christmas Story (Dec/13/2013)
When Debbie oversteps and accidentally ruins Larry's surprise Christmas gift for Dick, Larry responds the only way he knows how: going way over the top for gifts to Debbie's kids. Meanwhile, thinking gifts are the emblem of how you truly feel about someone, Reggie and Amber both struggle with getting each other the perfect gift.

Episode 12: Fear and Loving in New Jersey (Jan/10/2014)
After Jackie and Larry are mugged, the Weavers try to teach them safety. The Bird-Kersee's as expected, overreact. Meanwhile, Jane once again imposes herself between Amber and Reggie while Max decides to emulate his heroes from Jackass.

Episode 13: High School Reunion (Jan/17/2014)
Marty and Debbie's 25th high school reunion provides an opportunity to demonstrate how well their lives have turned out to their former classmates, but everything is not as rosy as it would seem. Meanwhile, the three youngest kids try to get Amber and Reggie back together, at least as friends.

Episode 14: Man, Actually (Jan/24/2014)
While Debbie struggles on her first day at school, Marty tries to comfort Amber after her breakup with Reggie. Meanwhile, the Zabvronian males are having their yearly "cycles", and Dick is acting out because he is not the center of attention.

Episode 15: You’ve Lost That Larry Feeling (Jan/31/2014)
Debbie invites her student friends over to study and tries to be the cool older sister, despite her maternal instincts. Larry visits Jackie at her workplace and gets jealous of her co-worker while Amber and Reggie continue to struggle with their breakup.

Episode 16: Oscar Party (Feb/28/2014)
Marty and Debbie throw an Oscar party to reunite with their old friends from Bayonne but the Bird-Kersees take over as usual. Amber pushes Abby into trying out for the hockey team after hearing sexist comments from some of the parents.

Episode 17: Balle Balle! (Mar/07/2014)
Larry gets invited to a traditional Indian wedding, and as usual he goes over the top for his "gift". When the Weavers attempt to dissuade him, he ignores them and plans an elaborate group song and dance performance. Meanwhile, Marty and Debbie have free time on their hands and soon realize they are boring by themselves.

Episode 18: A Night in (Lou Ferrigno’s Hibachi) Heaven (Mar/14/2014)
Marty and Debbie are feeling like they are in a rut, so Marty plans a date night, but it turns out not exactly as Debbie envisioned it. Meanwhile, Dick falls madly in love with the new babysitter.

Episode 19: Uncle Benjamin (Mar/21/2014)
Debbie's mother Janet invites her to San Diego to meet her new "special" friend. Debbie decides to take the entire family with her as a vacation, and includes the Bird-Kersees as well. What she discovers is not what she expects.

Episode 20: Close Encounters of the Bird Kind (Mar/28/2014)
Marty and Debbie's joy for their bowling night dissipates when their teammates put victory above fun. Larry faces trouble from his father due to the lack of accomplishments during Larry's tenure. Dick looks for more adult friends.

Episode 21: All That Jazzy Jeff (Apr/04/2014)
Larry's good-looking brother, DJ Jazzy Jeff, arrives in the community and tells everyone he is just there to visit his family, but in reality, he is secretly working with his father to bring everyone home to Zabvron. Will he succeed with their plan? Meanwhile, Amber has a new college boyfriend and finally confides in Debbie. Will she be able to keep Amber's confidence?

Episode 22: There Goes the Neighbors' Hood (Apr/11/2014)
Larry learns that he is pregnant and makes a decision about returning home or staying with the rest of the Zabvronians. Meanwhile, Reggie must also decide if he wants to stay himself or turn human, and the families see two new visitors arriving at the neighborhood.

contributed by codebreaker