[Party of Five]

past imperfect

As Julia starts work as a museum volunteer, Sarah is subpoenaed to appear at Bailey's trial. When his lawyer suggests a grueling cross examination to undermine the case against him, Bailey insists he doesn't want Sarah hurt. As a result, Sarah decides her memories of the accident will be vague, even though her father warns that changing her story now could mean trouble. Meanwhile, Claudia looks inside Reed's locker for clues to getting his attention.

When a group of parents accuse a pre-school teacher of child abuse, Charlie is concerned both about Owen's safety and ruining Jenny's reputation with unfounded allegations. When a visiting shipmate questions his doting Julia, Griffin suddenly becomes less helpful around the house. And as Schuyler's presence comes between them, Julia explodes in anger and Griffin sends his old friend packing.

After pleading guilty to keep Sarah from being forced into lying, Bailey is sentenced to probation and community service. Upset with her parents over their treatment of Bailey, Sarah then arrives to stay with the Salingers until she can find a place of her own. Meanwhile, as Reed warns Claudia to stay out of his locker, Jenny chastises Charlie for giving in to pressure and pulling Owen out of school. And while Charlie does his best to explain, Claudia discovers that Reed may be interested in her after all.


As Sarah discovers it's her testimony that will convict Bailey and Charlie learns that Owen's teacher is suspected of child abuse, an old shipmate comes between Julia and Griffin.

Directed by: Ken Topolsky
Written by: P.K. Simonds

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