It worked! Thank you so much...
I didn't know you could call the anonymous function from a named function in the .load method callback parameter in order to preserve the value of cell3 or even the returned data parameter value.
I was going to preserve the cell3 value by passing it to and from the php script via the data variable. That would have required me to modify the php script in order to get the cell3 value from the .load method post variable and pass the value back to the anonymous function. I know it's dirty coding, but i could not think of anything else to do.
Thanks to you... i don't have to modify the php script and i still get to preserve the cell3 value by passing it through the named function. Way more elegant.