The Neighbors (2012–2014)

Close Encounters of the Bird Kind 

Marty and Debbie's bowling partners want her off the team; Larry's father sends someone to take over the mission.


Lev L. Spiro


Dan Fogelman (created by), Brian Donovan | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jami Gertz ... Debbie Weaver
Lenny Venito ... Marty Weaver
Simon Templeman ... Larry Bird
Toks Olagundoye ... Jackie Joyner-Kersee
Clara Mamet ... Amber Weaver (credit only)
Tim Jo ... Reggie Jackson
Ian Patrick ... Dick Butkus
Max Charles ... Max Weaver
Isabella Crovetti ... Abby Weaver (as Isabella Cramp)
Bill Nye ... Bill Nye
Lawrence O'Donnell ... Lawrence O'Donnell
Joel Stein ... Joel Stein
George Takei ... Grandfather
Rosalind Chao ... Barb Hartley
Seth Morris ... Oscar Walton


It's been a year since Larry Bird defied his father and kept the Zabvronians on Earth. His dad is still annoyed about all that, and he's decided to send someone in to get things done. Larry's preoccupied with proving to his father that he's making the most of it, but Jackie feels neglected, and starts seeing a therapist. She's got something on her mind, and she decides she must tell Larry. Debbie and Marty's bowling team is in the semi-finals. Debbie loves bowling. She's also awful at it. The rest of the team tells Marty to kick Debbie off the team. She'll be a liability in the finals. He agrees to tell her...and then uses every excuse he can think of to avoid the task. Meanwhile, Dick, annoyed by the immature behavior of Max and Abby, rounds up Joel Stein, Lawrence O'Donnell, and Bill Nye the Science Guy for a roundtable on today's hot topics. But are wet willies and farts really that bad? Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

28 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Barb Hartley is played by Rosalind Chao. In real life Rosalind Chao is married to Simon Templeman who plays Larry Bird. See more »


In a bowling scene towards the end, Debbie Weaver is shown knocking down only the ten pin, but when she turns around, the camera shows more pins missing. See more »


Larry Bird: I've been involved in some very important work.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee: I am important, husband! What I want is important. I want to know that this planet is our home. I want to know that we belong here - permanently... or at least for a few more seasons.
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References Rocky III (1982) See more »


Eye of the Tiger
Composed and Produced by Jim Peterik and Frankie Sullivan
Performed by Rock America
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