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EPISODE GUIDE - SEASON 1

Season 1
(#1-22)
Season 2
(#23-46)
Season 3
(#47-68)
Season 4
(#69-90)
Season 5
(#91-114)

#1: - "Like Father, Like Daughter" September 12, 1978
The payphone at the Sunshine Cab Company goes out of order. Alex reaches his daughter, Cathy, who lives with his ex-wife in Brazil. He finds out she's comming to Miami the next day, and all the cabbies volunteer to go with Alex to Florida. Guest stars: Talia Balsam and Jill Jares. Written by James L. Brooks, Stan Daniels, David Davis and Ed Weinberger. Directed by James Burrows.

#2: - "Blind Date" September 26, 1978
Alex dates Angela Matusa, a woman from Bobby's answaring machine. When he finally sees her for real, he discovers her extremely overweight. Note: This episode got an Emmy nomination for outstanding writing. Guest star: Suzanne Kent. Written by Michael Leeson. Directed by James Burrows.

#3: - "The Great Line" October 17, 1978
Bobby and Tony come up with a foolproof pick-up line for John to use when approaching a pretty girl he sees sitting by herself at Mario's Restaurant. Guest stars: Ellen Regan, Dolph Sweet, Sheila Rogers, Rusdi Lane, William "The Fox" Foster. Written by Earl Pomerantz. Directed by James Burrows.

#4: - "Come As You Aren't" October 10, 1978
Elaine throws a cocktail party for her art-friends and asks Alex to accompany her. When the other cabbies overhear the plans for this affair and invite themselves, she is concerned that her snooty guests will discover she is a cab driver. Guest stars: William Bogert, Andra Akers, Paula Victor, Clyde Kusatsu, Treva Silverman. Written by Glen and Les Charles. Directed by James Burrows.

#5: - "One-Punch Banta" September 19, 1978
Tony gets the opportunity to be the sparring partner for a world-champion boxer. Guest star: W.B.C. Welterweight Boxing Champion Carlos Palomino, Ron Rich, Dwight Woody. Written by Earl Pomerantz. Directed by James Burrows.

#6: - "Bobby's Acting Career" October 5, 1978
Bobby doesn't land an important acting part. Alex talks him into making one last try before giving up and Bobby goes out to audition for anything he is able to find that day. Guest star: Taurean Blacque, Michael Mann, Robert Phalen. Written by Ed Weinberger and Stan Daniels. Directed by James Burrows.

#7: - "High School Reunion" October 24, 1978
Louie gets invited to a twentirth anniversary high-school reunion, but doesn't feel his job will impress his former classmates. Guest stars: Joanna Cassidy, Angelo Gnazzo, Sandy Holt. Choreography: Jeff Conaway. Stunt Coordinator: Lee Eileene Pulford. Written by Sy Rosen. Directed by James Burrows.

#8: - "Paper Marriage" October 31, 1978
Latka's VISA has expired, and he has to marry an US citizen to stay in the US. Alex gets a call girl for him to marry. Note: This episode got an Emmy award for outstanding film editing. Guest stars: Christopher Lloyd, Rita Taggart, James Randolph, Woody Eny, Michele Bernath. Story by Barton Dean. Teleplay by Glen and Les Charles. Directed by James Burrows.

#9: - "Money Troubles" November 14, 1978
John and his girl Suzanne are having money troubles. Since one of them must drop out of college, Alex wants to give them a loan. Guest star: Ellen Regan. Written by Earl Pomerantz. Directed by James Burrows.

#10: - "A Full House for Christmas" December 12, 1978
Louie's brother, Nicky, a professional gambler from Las Vegas, arrives in town. Although Nicky is in town to see his mother, he gets caught in a poker game. Guest stars: Richard Foronjy, The Benny Powell Singers, Darren ilton. Written by Barry Kemp. Directed by James Burrows.

#11: - "Sugar Mama" January 16, 1979
Dee Wilcox, a lady in her seventies, hires cabs to escort her around town in the evenings. When Dee hails Alex one night, she immediately becomes attached to him. Guest stars: Ruth Gordon (who won an Emmy award for her performance), Herb Vigran, Aharon Ipale. Written by Glen and Les Charles. Directed by James Burrows.

#12: - "Men Are Such Beasts" November 21, 1978
Tony wants to break it off with his attractive girlfriend, a cabbie named Denise, because his friends find her too clinging and cloying. Her response to this is to get a job at the Sunshine Cab Company. While this infuriates Tony, Louie is thrilled to have her aboard since she racks up lots of bookings. But this is largely due to her popping amphetamines. Guest stars: George Reynolds, Gail Edwards. Written by Ed Weinberger and Stan Daniels. Directed by James Burrows.

#13: - "Elaine and the Lame Duck" February 13, 1979
Alex picks up Congressman Walter Griswold in his cab one night and discovers he suffers from low self-esteem and is a total loser with women. Alex decides to set him up with Elaine. Guest stars: Jeffery Tambor, Rusdi Lane. Written by Glen and Les Charles. Directed by James Burrows.

#14: - "Bobby's Big Break" February 15, 1979
Bobby finally gets an acting job in the soap opera "For Better For Worse." He later finds out that his character has been written out. Guest star: Michelle Conaway (Jeff Conaway's sister). Written by Barry Kemp. Directed by James Burrows.

#15: - "Friends" January 30, 1979
Tony entrusts George and Wanda, his goldfishes, to Bobby when he goes out of town for a prize fight. Bobby forgets about feeding the fish and they die. Guest star: Liz iller. Written by Earl Pomerantz. Directed by James Burrows.

#16: - "Louie Sees the Light" February 6, 1979
Louie checks into the hospital and discovers he needs to have a gallstone removed. He promises to God he'll be the best person he can be if he survives the surgery. Guest stars: Fay Hauser, John Dukakis. Written by Ruth Bennett. Directed by James Burrows.

#17: - "Substitute Father" May 15, 1979
Alex agrees to look after Elaine's son Jason while she goes out of town for a few days. He later realizes that he has previous commitments he can't get out of and therefore enlists the other cabbies at the garage to take turns looking after Jason. They all end up supporting Jason at his spelling-bee. Guest stars: Michael Herschewe, David Knapp, Tan Adams, Suzanne Carney, Carl Byrd. Written by Barry Kemp. Directed by James Burrows.

#18: "Mama Gravas" February 27, 1979
Latka's mother Greta visits America for the first time. Latka asks Alex to take Greta out for a meal, and Alex agrees after seeing that this woman is a buxom, statuesque beauty. Greta finds Alex very appealing and she invites herself over to his apartment for some nik nik. Guest stars: Greta Kellerman, T.J. Castronova. Written by Glen and Les Charles. Directed by James Burrows.

#19: "Alex Tastes Death and Finds a Nice Restaurant" March 6, 1979
Alex nearly gets his ear shot off during a holdup attempt in his cab one night. The incident upsets him so much he tells everyone in the garage he is going to quit cab driving and become a waiter in an elegant French restaurant. Guest stars: Jaes Staley, Byron Webster John Petlock, Charles Thoas Murphy. Written by Michael Leeson. Directed by James Burrows.

#20: "Hollywood Calling" May 8, 1979
A movie director comes to the Sunshine Cab Company to research a film he's going to make about cab drivers. The cabbies are all convinced that they're going to be part of a hit movie, but after a change of executives at the movie studio, the picture is canceled. Guest stars: Martin Mull, Joey Aresco, Christine Dickinson, Gary Ihoff, Rik Colitti. Written by Glen and Les Charles. Directed by James Burrows.

#21: "Memories of Cab 804 (Part 1)" November 28, 1978
John Burns wrecks Cab 804, the oldest cab in the fleet. As Latka musters all his abilities to try to save it, the drivers reminisce about some of the memorable events that occurred in that cab. Guest stars: Scoey Mitchill, Rod Browning, Chris Barnes, Ed Weinberger. Written by Barry Kemp. Directed by James Burrows.

#22: "Memories of Cab 804 (Part 2)" December 5, 1978
As Latka continues his repair work, the cabbies continue to reminisce about their experiences driving Cab 804. Guest stars: Tom Selleck, Mandy Patinkin, Regi Blaff. Written by Barry Kemp. Directed by James Burrows.

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