Suddenly Susan (TV Series 1996–2000) - Plot Summary Poster



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  • Jack owns a magazine and is the former brother-in-law of Susan. After she runs out on her fiancé on their wedding day, Jack agrees to take her back at the magazine.

  • Susan Keene left her fiance at the altar. It seems that she was more or less going to be a trophy wife. She works as a copy editor for The Gate, a magazine, which is owned by Jack, her fiance's brother. She came in to work expecting to be fired but Jack, who is not exactly happily married, is impressed by her that he offers her a column, which he decides to call Suddenly Susan. Susan is suround by some weird people at the magazine; Vicky who is a bit of a shrew, who thinks that Susan can get anything she wants cause she is so stunning, Luis, a Latin photographer, who is a bit of a ladies' man, Todd, the music critic, who is a bit spacy. During the second season, Maddy Piper, an investigative reporter, whom Susan knew and didn't like in high school join the magazine and took great in putting eveybody down. During the third season, Susan and Jack tried to have a relationship. During the fourth season, Jack, Maddy and Todd were gone. The Gate was bought by the overbearing Ian Maxtone Graham. Accompanying him were his secretary, Miranda, and Nate, a sportwriter. And dropping by every now and then, and catching Susan's attention is Oliver, a friend of Ian's and a freelance photographer.


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  • Susan Keane (Brooke Shields) has always been taken care of by someone else. She worked as a copy editor at The Gate, a fictional San Francisco magazine. On her wedding day, she realizes that she and her wealthy, vain fiancee, Kip, are not meant for each other and that there's more to life than just being known as the "s" in "The Kip Richmonds", she abruptly leaves him at the altar. Now, she's suddenly just Susan. Susan's parents, played by guest stars Swoosie Kurtz and Ray Baker, were less than ecstatic about their daughter deciding to end her engagement to Kip, though her grandmother and confidant, Nana (Barbara Barrie) acts as a pillar of support for Susan. The day after the wedding, Susan goes to her boss, Jack Richmond (Judd Nelson), the rebellious brother of Susan's former fiancee, Kip, begging for her job back. Instead, Jack assigns Susan to write a regular column about being suddenly single. Susan's coworkers include photographer Luis Rivera (Nestor Carbonell), boyish rock music reporter Todd Stities (David Strickland), restaurant critic Vicki Groener (Kathy Griffin), and, in later episodes, investigative reporter and Susan's old enemy Maddy Piper (Andréa Bendewald). In the show's final season, The Gate is taken over by Ian Maxtone-Graham (Eric Idle) and overhauled into a men's magazine that's run out of an old warehouse in Chinatown. Along with this, Ian brings his own team of workers, including executive assistant and U.S. Navy veteran Miranda Charles (Sherri Shepherd), sportswriter Nate Knaborski (Currie Graham), and freelance photographer Oliver Browne (Rob Estes). Susan is faced with a new set of problems and has to prove herself all over again.

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