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Life on a Stick/Pilot

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Season 1, Episode 1
Airdate March 24, 2005
Production Number 100
Written by Victor Fresco
Directed by Andy Ackerman
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Unaired Pilot
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Life on a StickSeason One

Pilot is the first episode of the first season of Life on a Stick.

Starring: Zachary Knighton (Laz Lackerson), Charlie Finn (Fred), Rachelle Lefevre (Lily Ashton), Saige Thompson (Molly Callahan), Frankie Ryan Manriquez (Gus Lackerson)

With: Amy Yasbeck (Michelle Lackerson)

And: Matthew Glave (Rick Lackerson)

Guest Starring: Maz Jobrani (Mr. Hut), Ryan Belleville (Jasper)

Co-Starring: Aris Alvarado (Male Employee), Claire Titelman (Female Employee)

Uncredited: Rich Owens (Mall Patron)


Plot Overview

This episode introduces us to the cast of "Life on a Stick". We meet Laz Lackerson, currently living at home, with his father and stepmother, Rick and Michelle Lackerson, as well as Michelle's daughter Molly, and Rick and Michelle's son Gus. While working at his job at Yippie Hot Dogs, Laz notices the unfair treatment of Lily. He stands up to their boss, Mr. Hut, only to get fired for encouraging the staff to revolt. Lamenting to his best friend and coworker Fred, Laz remarks how he wishes the Yippie Hot Dog staff were more like the slaves in Spartacus. Laz's parents however worry about Laz's stepsister, Molly, and her poor social skills and tell Laz he can stay if he looks after Molly. Returning to the mall Laz encourages Lily, Fred and Molly to fry all the belongings in Mr. Hut's office. Whilst there Molly meets, and deep-fries the textbook of, Jasper.

Returning home Rick and Michelle decide to punish Laz for his crime and kick him out. However much like the slaves, Molly, Lily and Fred each remark that they are the one who fried the office. Molly then gets a phone call from Jasper. After realizing that Molly learned two human emotions, love and empathy, Michelle remarks "Laz must stay", before deciding that it is time to get rid of their Spartacus DVD. The episode ends with Lily and Laz making out on Laz's couch, showing their budding relationship.


Arc Advancement


  • Laz is fired from Yippie Hot Dogs.
  • Laz and Lily begin their relationship.
  • Molly and Jasper meet.


Introduces all main characters.



The Show

Behind the Scenes

  • Original Title: The original title for the series was "Related by Family".

Allusions and References

  • Spartacus: Spartacus was the leader of the third slave revolt in ancient Rome, 73–71 BCE. His life was fictionalized in the movie Spartacus (1960), starring Kirk Douglas in the title role.

Memorable Moments


  • Fred (looking at potatoes in the frier): I feel sorry for these potatoes.
    Laz: Fred, they are potatoes, before this they were buried alive, considering where they are going next, this is a party.