By Series Three, the show about the inner workings of a group of close friends and married couples had reached full maturity as a series. The relationships and conflicts existed on a completely realised level that allowed the viewer to associate, to new heights, with what was happening on their TV. Whether it was Michael and Hope trying to keep their fire lit, Gary evolving into fatherhood, Melissa's ongoing struggles with the opposite sex, Ellyn's wandering moral judgment, or a transformed Elliot caring for his cancer-stricken wife Nancy (an Emmy-winning performance by Patricia Wettig) the lives of these characters had come a long way in just a couple of seasons, much like the progression of real life...thirtysomething life. The episodes are: 'Nancy's Mom','Love and Sex','Mr. Right','New Baby','Legacy','Strangers','Pilgrims','The Burning Bush','New Parents','Michael's Campaign','Pulling Away','Another Country','Post-Op','Once a Mermaid','Fathers and Lovers','Her Cup Runneth Over','Good Sex,Some Sex,What Sex,No Sex','The Other Shoe','Three Year Itch','I'm Nobody,Who Are You?','Arizona','Going Limp','The Go Between' and 'Samurai Ad Man'.