"Fish Story" is the second episode of the first season of the situation comedy Back To You. It aired on September 26, 2007.
When Chuck is given a goldfish
, which he inadvertently keeps killing and sending Ryan to fetch replacements from the lobby; he tries to prove to Kelly he has what it takes to take care of a child after learning, in the previous episode
, that he and Kelly have a ten year-old daughter. Chuck asks Ryan to help him maintain the illusion of a healthy and alive fish. Meanwhile, Gary prepares to report on a Police taser
story and sportscaster, Marsh is obsessed with a magic trick which he cannot figure out.
- Laura Marano as Gracie Carr does not appear in this episode. Her name is removed from the opening credits.
Mike Duffy of the Detroit Free Press felt that the first two episodes of Back to You
found a "quality groove" and delivered laughs. He described the shows news studio as a "natural for loopy, literate good fun" and thought that Grammer and Heaton made a good team.
This episode was viewed by 7.54 million viewers upon its original broadcast, finishing third place in its timeslot. It also achieved a 2.8 rating in the key 18-49 demographic. It saw a noticeable decline compared to the previous episode, Pilot, which achieved 9.48 million viewers and 3.1 in the demographic.
It was up against the highly rated reality show, Dancing With The Stars, which achieved 16.62 million viewers and 4.0 in the demographic, during the 8pm hour. This is most probably a cause of such a steep decline.
"Fish Story" plummeted to 56th place against all the other shows airing in the week of September 24. This was after finishing 16th the previous week for "Pilot". The very noticeable plummet may be due to the fact that "Fish Story" was the first episode of Back to You to air within the official television season which began on September 24, 2007. Many highly rated shows such as CSI, Grey's Anatomy, Dancing with the Stars and House premiered that week. The afformentioned shows all average around 20 million viewers a week.