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Jessica

"Jessica's Journal" is the diary of Jessica Shaeffer (not her real name, sorry), a 29-year-old newspaper writer living in the sunny Southwest.
Jessica #66 - Final Episode: Never-ending story

Jessica #66 - Final Episode: Never-ending story

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Jessica and Joel are coming down to the wire. What final surprises are in store?


Jessica #65 - Into the Crucible

Jessica #65 - Into the Crucible

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An auto accident puts Jessica's dating agenda unexpectedly ahead of schedule.


Jessica #64 - Fast Forward

Jessica #64 - Fast Forward

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Emergency circumstances push the relationship into high gear.


Jessica #63 - Straight from the Horse's Mouth

Jessica #63 - Straight from the Horse's Mouth

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After months of guessing, Jessica finally hears Joel's gruesome divorce details.


Jessica #62 - Rejected Rebound

Jessica #62 - Rejected Rebound

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Rick calls to talk, but Jessica has other things on her mind.


Jessica #61 - Bush-Wacked

Jessica #61 - Bush-Wacked

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Jessica needs some coaching, and instead gets an earful and an eyeful ahead of schedule.


Jessica #60 - Home For The Holidays

Jessica #60 - Home For The Holidays

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Jessica's Seder was different this year: She brought Joel home to meet the folks.


Jessica #59 - Pieces of the Puzzle

Jessica #59 - Pieces of the Puzzle

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Jessica tries to figure out what's insignificant, and what's a deal-breaker.


Jessica #58 - The Waiting Game

Jessica #58 - The Waiting Game

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Jessica hears about intimacy from a guy's perspective.


Jessica #57 - Balancing Act

Jessica #57 - Balancing Act

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As Jessica moves forward, she doesn't want to leave her friends behind.


Jessica #56 - Romantic Reflections

Jessica #56 - Romantic Reflections

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Deep into Romantic musings, Jessica's disenchantment may be a sign of maturity.


Jessica #55 - Relationship E.Q.

Jessica #55 - Relationship E.Q.

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Jessica is dying to find out the story behind Joel and his 5-year-old daughter.


Jessica #54 - The Great Baggage Balance

Jessica #54 - The Great Baggage Balance

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While anticipating his call, Jessica debates whether she wants to date someone with kids.


Jessica #53 - Ethereal Surprise

Jessica #53 - Ethereal Surprise

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Jessica's new job is great, but the marvelous mystery man is nowhere to be found.


Jessica #52 - Getting the Full View

Jessica #52 - Getting the Full View

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Jessica's life takes a quick turn for the better. Is she ready?


Jessica #51 - Feeling Cheesy

Jessica #51 - Feeling Cheesy

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Jessica's been dreading Beth and Aaron's engagement party, but finds herself enjoying it, with a creative twist.


Jessica #50 - You Can Never Go Home

Jessica #50 - You Can Never Go Home

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Searching for life direction, Jessica heads back home. And maybe, just maybe, she's there to stay.


Jessica #49 -

Jessica #49 - "Now What?"

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The pressure's on Jess to stick to her principles. Will she cave in, or will she speak truth to the corporate power and boyfriend?


Jessica #48 -

Jessica #48 - "Coup d'monde"

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Jessica's moral dilemma is making her work life intolerable. Marc says to mellow out.


Jessica #47 - Carbon Monoxide Fashion

Jessica #47 - Carbon Monoxide Fashion

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Jessica's world is beginning to cave in. Will Marc be there to save her?


Jessica #46 - The Focused Dating Strategy

Jessica #46 - The Focused Dating Strategy

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Coach Rina is trying to help Jess pin down the missing element.


Jessica #44 - Blast From The Past

Jessica #44 - Blast From The Past

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Jessica's first love pops up and illuminates a path not taken. Should she try to go down it now?


Jessica #45 - Post-Modern Blind Date

Jessica #45 - Post-Modern Blind Date

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Jessica goes out with someone no one set her up with -- and gets a bit cyber-smitten.


Jessica #43 - Cyber-Yenta.com

Jessica #43 - Cyber-Yenta.com

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Jessica is ready for the world of cyber-dating. Sort of.


Jessica #42 - Having It All

Jessica #42 - Having It All

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Jessica may be ready to date again, but right now she's perplexed about society venerating and denigrating the exact same thing.


Jessica #41 - Rebound Buzz

Jessica #41 - Rebound Buzz

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Still smarting from the breakup, Jessica might just drown her sorrows -- and not in a beverage.


Jessica #40 - Commitment-Phobia

Jessica #40 - Commitment-Phobia

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When Jessica meets up with her old college buddy, she discovers they've been engaging in parallel transgressions.


Jessica #39 - Infected With Breakupitis

Jessica #39 - Infected With Breakupitis

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Jessica's post-breakup funk somehow lands her on the World Wide Web.


Jessica #38 - Stumbling Down Recovery Lane

Jessica #38 - Stumbling Down Recovery Lane

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Jessica thought she was fine with the breakup and then -- kaboom! -- the mourning period hit.


Jessica #37 - Revelation at Red Rock

Jessica #37 - Revelation at Red Rock

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Jessica and Rick come down to the wire. Which will ring: wedding bells or a buzzer signaling the end of the round?


Jessica #36 - Ring Around the Rabbi

Jessica #36 - Ring Around the Rabbi

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Jessica thought that conversion would solve everything. But Rabbi Ringman throws a wrench into the mix.


Jessica #35 - Does Love Conquer All?

Jessica #35 - Does Love Conquer All?

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Jessica's pulling away but, strong as lycra, Rick comes back with a shocker.


Jessica #34 - All In The Family

Jessica #34 - All In The Family

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When a family function turns into a revival event, Jessica sees that today may look entirely different in 20 years.


Jessica #33 - Meet the Millers!

Jessica #33 - Meet the Millers!

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Jessica is a guest of in-laws in potential. Though she suspects she'll always feel like a guest.


Jessica #32 - Anthropological Shabbat

Jessica #32 - Anthropological Shabbat

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Negotiating the unfamiliar waters of an interfaith relationship, Jessica sees light at the end of the tunnel. But is it the front of an oncoming train?


Jessica #31 - Forging the Relationship Bond

Jessica #31 - Forging the Relationship Bond

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Professor Higgins had a point: If women were more like men, they'd spend a lot less time analyzing relationships.


Jessica #30-Southwest Scrooge

Jessica #30-Southwest Scrooge

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Scrooge Shaeffer lashes out at white lights, holly and being wished Merry Holiday-You-Don't-Celebrate. But why's she getting so defensive?


Jessica #29 - No Bahai Guys

Jessica #29 - No Bahai Guys

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Jessica struggles with not wanting to date other faiths. Is she being


Jessica #28 - Tribal Instinct

Jessica #28 - Tribal Instinct

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Trying to avoid falling for Rick, and in search of relationships clarity, Jessica runs to a Jewish singles function.


Jessica #27 - Gravitational Pull

Jessica #27 - Gravitational Pull

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Wanting to marry a Jew is all well and good. But Jessica realizes you have to date one, too.


Jessica #26 - Nice Jewish Boy?

Jessica #26 - Nice Jewish Boy?

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The knight-in-shining-white-overalls overcomes Jessica's overactive mouth.


Jessica #25 - Game of Pursuit

Jessica #25 - Game of Pursuit

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Jessica can't decide. Should the princess go after the knight in shining white overalls or wait for him to show up on horseback?


Jessica #24 - Brisket Anyone?

Jessica #24 - Brisket Anyone?

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Aren't the high holidays supposed to bring spiritual awareness and joy? Jessica finds a lump of loneliness, too.


Jessica #23 - 120 Seconds of Lip-Reading

Jessica #23 - 120 Seconds of Lip-Reading

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Jessica's parents met at summer camp. Where on earth are people supposed to meet these days?


Jessica #22 - A Real Live Gentleman

Jessica #22 - A Real Live Gentleman

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Babysitter-to-be Jessica gets behavioral backwash when she bumps into someone she'd rather not.


Jessica #21 - Nightmare Girlfriend

Jessica #21 - Nightmare Girlfriend

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Relationships take work -- and Jessica finds out that some of that work is (ack!) on herself.


Jessica #20 - Rebound Backlash

Jessica #20 - Rebound Backlash

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A wade back into the dating pool leaves Jessica with decidedly cold feet.


Jessica #19 - Breakin' Up Is hard To Do

Jessica #19 - Breakin' Up Is hard To Do

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Harris wants to know: what's it gonna be? Jessica decides that the "character issue" is one on which she won't compromise.


Jessica #18 - Canyon-Sized Clarity

Jessica #18 - Canyon-Sized Clarity

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Taking to the open road, Jessica gets a ray of clarity: love and infatuation aren't the same thing.


Jessica #17 - Caught in a Catch-22

Jessica #17 - Caught in a Catch-22

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Just because something's socially acceptable, doesn't mean it's not creepy. On another topic, look who's thinking long-term...