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Scoop: SURVIVING JACK on FOX - Thursday, May 8, 2014Jack and Joanne are at odds with each other when both kids betray their trust - Frankie has his first taste of alcohol at a varsity baseball party, and Rachel wants to go on birth control in the all-new "Parents Just Don't Understand" episode of Surviving Jack airing Thursday, May 8 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. (JAC-105) (TV-14 D, L, V)

Cast: Christopher Meloni as Jack Dunlevy; Rachael Harris as Joanne Dunlevy; Connor Buckley as Frankie Dunlevy; Claudia Lee as Rachel Dunlevy; Tyler Foden as Mikey; Kevin Hernandez as George.

Surviving Jack is a new single-camera comedy based on best-selling author Justin Halpern's autobiographical book, "I Suck at Girls." Set in the 1990s, the ensemble series is about a man becoming a dad, as his son is becoming a man, in a time before "coming of age" was something you could Google.

JACK DUNLEVY (Emmy Award nominee Christopher Meloni, "True Blood," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"), ex-military and an oncologist, is a no-bull kind of guy. He sees little, if any, need to sugar-coat the truth. Up to this point, Jack's been the parent who's left for work early, come home late, eaten the big piece of chicken, yelled at his kids and gone to bed. But after years of deftly raising and running the family, his wife, JOANNE (Rachael Harris, "Suits," NEW GIRL, "The Hangover"), is starting law school, leaving Jack as a full-time parent for the very first time.

Jack's teenage son, FRANKIE (Connor Buckley, "Deception"), is just starting his freshman year in high school. Lanky, quick-witted, self-deprecating and not entirely sure of himself, all Frankie wants to do is fly under the radar. But over the summer, he grew 10 inches, threw a no-hitter against a rival team and started to attract girls - all of which put him in some awkward situations - especially when the only base he's ever gotten to is on the field.

No matter how embarrassing the situations Frankie gets himself into are, Jack is there to pick up the pieces and lead his son to manhood...with the least gentle hand possible. Although Jack may be unorthodox and unfiltered, his intentions are always good. For better or for worse, he's Frankie's only resource now.

Even more confusing to Jack than Frankie's growing pains are those of his daughter, RACHEL (Claudia Lee, "Kick-Ass 2," "Hart of Dixie"), a gorgeous and super-smart 17-year-old high school junior. Up until now, Rachel's done everything right. But no longer under the watchful eye of her mother, she has become a handful. Jack considers the mind of the teenage girl beyond his (or anyone's) comprehension - which Rachel will take full advantage of.

In addition to disciplining his own children, Jack must look out for Frankie's best friends: GEORGE (Kevin Hernandez, "The Sitter"), an overly confident Mexican-American with a big vocabulary; and MIKEY (newcomer Tyler Foden), a tough kid from a broken home.

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