“Father Figure (1)”
Season 3, Episode 1
September 17, 2003
October 3, 2003
Emma is determined to locate her father, Shane McKay, when Spike enters the final days of her pregnancy. When she does ultimately find him, she is not prepared for what she sees. Spike goes into labor when Shane makes a trip to the Nelson household.
On the first day of school, Emma is mistakenly called 'Emma Simpson' Ms. Hatzilakos in roll call, and Emma makes a slight protest. Later that day, she is seen looking at an old School Yearbook from the '80's, and is seen staring at her dad Shane McKay. Ashley asks who it is, Emma declines to answer and tells her to drop the question. Craig says they might as well ask Mr. Simpson then and Emma finally caves in and tells them, saying; He got her mom pregnant and then... left. Ashley is surprised to find out, that is Emma's father. Emma tells them that she's only met him once, when she was 3 years-old, and that he was a Doctor. She tells them she likes to look at his picture sometimes, to wonder what he may have been like.
Emma comes home that day, to see Snake still painting her old room, while singing a song. She asks him if he changed her last name at school, because Ms. Hatzilakos called her by the wrong name. Snake gladly declines, and that the new Secratary knows she is his daughter. Emma denies his remark, and saying she's not his Daughter and says that she only has one dad; Shane. Spike scoffs, and asks if she is literally talking Shane, which seems to tick Snake off somewhat. Spike tells Emma, he hasn't been in her life for Ten years. Emma corrects her, by saying Eleven... which doesn't help. Spike questions where all this is coming from. Emma asks where he is, and Spike agrily denies and Emma gets upset and leaves. Snake tells Spike that one day, she's going to have to tell Emma the truth about her Father.
At the Baby Shower, we see Spike's old friends Erica Farrell, Heather Farrell and Liz O'Rourke. Caitlin meets Joey's new Girlfriend Sydney and talks about her and Joey's crazy love ride, not even knowing Sydney is Joey's new girlfriend. Emma than approaches Caitlin at the baby shower, and asks her what she know's about her Father. Caitline tells her that's a question she should really ask her mom. Emma says she already did, with no luck. Caitlin declinees and pleads to not tell Emma anything about Shane.
That night, Emma can't seem to sleep. So she gets out of her bed, and goes upstairs to the living room to search for her Father on the Internet. She finally finds him after a few unsuccessful tries.
The next day, she runs to Sean with joy and excitment about how she found her father and wants to meet him now, meaning she wants to ditch. But Sean happily declines by saying he has class and doesn't want to skip. Emma is surprised the bad-boy doesn't wanna skip a class to get meet her own father with her.
Emma runs to Craig for help to go look for her father. She tells him she thought he'd understtand, with his life the previous year. Craig agrees with joy, and they ditch to go looking for him.
Emma and Craig come upon Shane's adress, but when they get there, it turns out to be an actual Doctor who is African-American, and Emma is upset to find out it wasn't him.
Later that day, when Emma and Craig return. Craig is trying to look for more stuff about Shane so they can find him this time. Emma tells him about Snake's Alumni Committee book wwith everyone he's ever known adress. She looks in there, and finds Shanes adress, but is shocked its all the way in Stouffvile.
Emma and Craig jump on a Train all the way to Stouffvile. They arrive at the Adress, and see its an Assisted Living Home Building. Craig finds Shane's room number, and tells Emma to sneak up to his room! She does so, and finds him in his room...
Emma stumbles upon Shane's room, and sees that he is Developmentally Disabled. She doesn't know if it's him, and says she's looking for Shane McKay. He replies... that he is Shane McKay.