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Life in pieces is a family tale of sorts that revolves around explaining the family experiences that are had, via the eyes of each of the different family members. The show stars Colin Hanks and Betsy Brandt as siblings Greg and Heather who have an interesting interaction with one another. Heather is a mother of three who seems to be having trouble with adjusting to the process of her children growing up.

Thursday 8:30 PM et/pt on CBS
3 Seasons, 66 Episodes
September 21, 2015
Cast: Colin Hanks, Betsy Brandt, Thomas Sadoski, Dan Bakkedahl
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  • Tim and Heather plan a surprise birthday party for Samantha, but the night takes an unexpected turn when she doesn't come home alone. Also, Matt and Colleen learn their surrogate can no longer carry their baby; John and Joan decide to learn Spanish for their next adventure; and Jen and Greg have to find a way to keep their secret from the family.

  • Jen and Greg find out a surprising piece of news. Also, Sophia wants to get a second piercing in her ear, to the dismay of Heather and Tim; Colleen and Matt send out a video thank you message for their wedding gifts that irritates the family; and John takes a modeling job but is horrified when he finds out his image is used alongside a product for the elderly.

  • Tyler and Tim realize they are in over their heads when Heather tasks them with buying a bra for Samantha. Also, Joan asks Jen to submit a recipe for the family cookbook, prompting Jen to steal one from her favorite restaurant; John gets Samantha and Sophia hooked on gambling while babysitting for them; and Colleen and Matt obsess about their surrogate's unhealthy lifestyle.

  • The Short family's quirky history is revealed with stories of when Tim met Heather's family for the first time; when Jen and Greg bought their dream home; when Matt got sidetracked after he saw Colleen while waiting for a blind date; and John's last flight before retiring.

  • When Jen is offered a custom painting as payment from a hot new artist, she is thrilled until she sees the final product. Also, Sophia convinces Matt and Colleen to use her idea for a children's book but it isn't a new concept; Tyler and Clementine advertise their tiny house as a rental property; and John and Joan fall prey to a sleazy IRS scam.

  • Jen and Greg go to great lengths to find the perfect babysitter for Lark. Also, John becomes testy when shopping for a mattress and Joan realizes the unusual source of his aggravation; Heather learns information about Samantha's boyfriend that she isn't sure she should reveal; and Matt believes he may have a history with Colleen's sister after he meets her for the first time.

  • When Heather tells Sophia she has to get rid of her stuffed animals, Sophia stages a musical with them to see if she can change her mother's mind. Also, Colleen babysits Lark, and Jen comes home to find her dolled up in Colleen's old pageant dress; Joan's bike is stolen from the driveway so she enlists Matt, Greg and Tim to join her in tracking it down; and Tyler and Clementine get John's help to sell their homemade beef jerky at the farmer's market.

  • When Sophia feels like she is no longer the cutest kid in the Short family, she tries frantically to regain her status. Also, Joan gives Jen a beautiful necklace, forgetting she already gave it to Heather for her Sweet 16, and now she has to get it back; Greg tries to fit in with his new young coworkers but takes things too far; and Colleen and Tim bond when he helps her administer the hormone injections for her IVF treatment.

  • Jen and Greg decide to take turns dealing with her annoying parents when they come to visit. Also, when Tim and Heather chaperone Samantha's dance, Heather runs into an old flame; Colleen cashes in the many "love coupons" Matt has given her as gifts over the years; and Sophia digs up disturbing information when she investigates the family lineage.

  • When Matt drives Greg to a job interview, they encounter a few bizarre obstacles that jeopardize getting him there on time. Also, with John's help, Tyler listens in on a therapy session between Clementine and Joan to see if she still has feelings for him; Tim bribes Samantha to attend online traffic school in his place; and Jen tries to convince Colleen and Tim to join her boycott of family get-togethers.

  • When Greg and Jen's crazy neighbors invite them to a party, Greg makes up a lie so they can get out of attending. Also, Matt and Colleen discover they need to give up some necessities to increase their chances of having a child; a delivery mix-up results in John and Joan accidentally receiving the fancy Japanese toilet Tim ordered for himself; and Sophia decides to shave her legs.

  • When Jen sings in Tyler's band, she gets caught up in the excitement and creates an awkward situation for him. Also, John and Greg decide to brew beer together, Matt donates one of his paintings to a silent auction for Tim's medical charity, and Heather becomes jealous of Joan's friendship with a classmate.

  • When Matt is in a hurry to get to the fertility clinic, each member of the family has a crisis that prevents him from getting there on time.

  • When Sophia asks Matt and Colleen about having children, an animated sequence featuring the whole family as farm animals reveals that they have been struggling to have a baby. Also, Jen and Greg's new neighbors aren't as nice as they initially seem; Heather interferes with Tim's hiring process at the office; and the whole family surprises Joan at her book reading, to her chagrin.

  • The holiday spirit is alive, well and wildly different for each member of the Short family.

  • When Jen and Greg hire Clementine as a part-time nanny for Lark and invite her to join them for dinner, the waitress mistakes Jen for Lark's grandmother. Also, Tyler's new girlfriend turns out to be Sophia's fourth grade teacher, John hires a questionable company to set up an escape room in his house, and Matt grows frustrated with Colleen when she blames a valet for stealing her lottery ticket.

  • When Heather tries to become Tyler's cool best friend, things take an awkward turn. Also, Jen and Greg get their first overnight away from Lark; Matt and Colleen regret returning their wedding presents for cash when they learn what John and Joan hid inside their gift; and Tim goes overboard when keeping a watchful eye on Samantha and her boyfriend.

  • When Tim and Heather go to an expensive dinner to celebrate their anniversary, they are determined to finish every bite of their pricey 20-course meal. Also, Jen and Greg try to quickly potty-train Lark before her first day of preschool; Tyler gets jealous of the attention Clementine is getting at work; and Matt and Samantha team up for a "Middle Child Day" and go to a trapeze school.

  • When Heather, Clementine and Jen offer to save Joan from the stress of preparing the Thanksgiving meal, the free time leaves Joan even more frazzled. Also, Greg has a boost of self-confidence after learning he has high levels of testosterone; Samantha keeps a secret from her family during Thanksgiving dinner; and John is determined to continue the tradition of using his old, unsafe knife to carve the turkey.

  • When Heather finds a map to a time capsule she buried with her brothers as kids, they all set out to find it and dig it up. Also, Jen learns she has a low car service rating so she books rides across the city to charm drivers and increase her score; Joan joins her neighbor's poker game in an effort to win an unusual prize; and John finally gets hearing aids but they aren't having the effect he was hoping for, on.

  • When Jen invites her boss, Paul, and his wife (Julie Chen) over to dinner to impress him, she and Greg can't remember his wife's name and scramble to avoid embarrassment. Also, Tim urges Tyler to start dating; Matt ends up having a nightmare about parenting after he and Colleen discuss having children; and Joan grows increasingly stressed about Heather living with her.

  • When the entire Hughes family moves into John and Joan's home after their kitchen is destroyed, their presence creates chaos for Joan. Also, Matt and Colleen are set to receive a huge monetary settlement from Colleen's fall off the motel balcony on their wedding night; John tries to get Sophia back on track when she starts misbehaving; Tyler and Clementine make a surprise announcement to the family; and Jen and Greg attempt to persuade Lark to get rid of her pacifier.

  • When Colleen and Matt miss all the flights to Mexico for their wedding, they question if they will ever get married. Also, Greg and Jen get into trouble when they share a cookie with a fellow plane passenger who has a severe allergic reaction to it, Joan and John rush their dog to the vet after he swallows Matt's wedding ring, and the Hughes family moves into Tyler and Clementine's tiny house when a fire breaks out in their kitchen.

  • Things go awry for Matt and Colleen while babysitting Lark while Jen is at work. Also, Sophia is furious when John buys her a butterfly kit for her birthday; Tim and Heather rehash the past; and Greg gives Samantha questionable advice about being an entrepreneur for her school project.

  • Greg is bothered when Lark rejects him and only wants to be held by Jen. Heather refuses to get the reading glasses she desperately needs.

  • Matt and Colleen take a sleeping pill and have an eventful night; Jen tells Greg she had a sex dream about a family member; Tim wants to help Sophia endure a slumber party; John installs a motion-sensor light in the yard.

  • Greg refuels an family feud when he discovers money he accused Matt of stealing from him when they were younger. Also, Joan is offended when Heather makes a passing judgment on her about "old age."

  • Dinner gets awkward for Jen and Matt when they are left alone without Greg and Colleen.

  • Tim's patient, Charlie Puth, gives him two tickets to the GRAMMY Awards, so he invites Samantha to go to the show to impress her. Also, Matt and Colleen realize how crazy planning a wedding can get when they meet with their offbeat wedding planner, Ned Gawler.

  • When Greg and Jen hire Allie, a private chef, to cook for them on Valentine's Day, the evening isn't as romantic as they had hoped. Also, Matt and Colleen try to adopt a dog from Ruth, a judgmental animal advocate; John and Joan attempt to buy a classic car from dealership owner Gavin; and Sophia gets a necklace from a boy for Valentine's Day, to the chagrin of Heather and Tim.

  • When Greg demands to be Matt's best man at his wedding, Matt is forced to divulge his secret plans. Also, Colleen refers Jen to her aggressive bikini waxer in order to get a referral discount.

  • When Colleen and Matt host the family tailgate party at the L.A. Rams game, they invite former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner to add some excitement to their dismal event. Meanwhile, Sophia makes Tim take her to the restroom at an inconvenient time.

  • Heather is upset when Samantha auditions for the high school musical and the director fails to give her the part. Also, Matt, Greg and Heather are suspicious of Joan and if she's being loyal.

  • The Shorts reminisce with a #TBT to Y2K, when John and Joan throw a party to celebrate the turn of the century. Also, #a TBT to Heather and Tim's parenting styles prior to Sophia.

  • When Colleen goes wedding dress shopping with her future in-laws, Joan offers too many unfiltered opinions. Also, when Clementine feels she's wearing out her welcome at the Hughes house, she starts being extra nice to Tim who misreads her intentions.

  • When John decides to apply for "Survivor," Tim gets jealous and tries to sabotage his audition tape. Also, Colleen confesses she can't swim when she and Matt discuss Hawaii as a honeymoon destination.

  • John's plan to convince Samantha to skip her ballet class and take up boxing with his trainer, Troy, without her mother knowing has unexpected consequences.

  • John thinks Joan's creative writing teacher is interested in her; Tyler and Clementine invite Matt and Colleen over for an awkward dinner party; Jen tries to keep a secret from Greg.

  • When Colleen teaches Matt her frugal ways, he becomes obsessed after he realizes how excited she gets over saving money. Meanwhile, John tries to break Sophia's fear of flying by taking her for a quick flight on a small plane.

  • When Tim incidentally shaves off a huge chunk of eyebrow just before an important photoshoot, he is desperate for Jen and Colleen's help. Also, when Gigi passes away, Greg makes an anonymous donation but later wants the acknowledgment.

  • Greg lies to Jen about voting; Heather starts working with Tim at the office; Tim gives Joan a medical marijuana prescription; Matt takes Colleen to the emergency room.

  • In the second season premiere, Heather and Tim attempt to persuade Clementine's parents to talk Clementine and Tyler into a marriage annullment; Tommy moves in with Colleen, which upsets her roommate; John takes the wrong dose of his daily pill, which leads to complications.

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