Rival" November 19, 1980
Louie is shattered when Zena Sherman tells him she wants to
break off their relationship. Zena's new boyfriend is Dwight,
the day bartender at Mario's, and Louie considers what he
should do to him. Guest star: Rhea Perlman. Note: This episode
contains a classic scene where Louie makes a sandwich at
Zena's apartment. Guest stars: Rhea Perlman, Richard
Minchenberg Written by Ken Estin. Directed by James Burrows.
of the Bride" December 3, 1980
Louie reads a newspaper item to Alex which reports that Alex's
daughter, Cathy, is going to marry an ambassador's son. Alex
is naturally angry that he has not received an invitation to
the wedding but he decides to attend anyway. Guest star:
Louise Lasser, Talia Balsam, Carlo Quinterio, Harvey Skolnick.
Written by Barry Kemp. Directed by James Burrows.
Home" December 17, 1980
Jim's father, a millionaire, sends a private detective to New
York in search of his son. The detective explains that Jim's
father is making out his will and wants to see all of his
family again. Alex accompanies Jim to Boston where he will
reunite with his family. Note: This episode got an Emmy
nomination for outstanding writing. Guest stars: Victor Buono,
Walter Olkewicz, Barbara Deutsch, Dick Yarmy, John Eames.
Written by Glen and Les Charles. Directed by James Burrows.
Strange Triangle" December 10, 1980
Elaine's latest romance has just gone sour, so the cabbies try
to cheer her up one day at Mario's. Kirk, a handsome stranger,
approaches Elaine and Tony at the bar. Tony and Alex pressure
Kirk to ask Elaine out. After a few dates, Elaine becomes
quite interested in Kirk, but Kirk reveals to Tony that he is
bisexual and actually likes Tony. Note: This episode got an
Emmy nomination for outstanding writing, an Emmy award for
best directing and an Emmy award for outstanding film editing.
Coreographed disco scene by Jeff Kutash. Guest stars: John
David Carson, Michael Pritchard. Written by David Lloyd.
Directed by James Burrows.
Roommate" April 9, 1981
Elaine's apartment building is going co-op, so she needs to
find a new place to live. Since Bobby is leaving the city to
tour for a month in "Under the Yum-Yum Tree," he
lets her stay in his pad while she looks for a new home. Bobby
returns a week later, after being fired for sleeping with the
director's daughter, and he offers to let Elaine stay on as
his roommate. Written by Earl Pomerantz. Directed by James
Sister and Jim" November 26, 1980
Tony's sister Monica arrives in New York. She's recently been
divorced and Tony is determined to fix her up with someone new.
Although he wants to fix her up with Alex, she takes a liking
to Jim. Note: This episode got an Emmy award for outstanding
writing. Guest stars: Julie Kavner, Andrew Bloch. Written by
Michael Leeson. Directed by James Burrows.
of the Mild" January 21, 1981
Bobby travels to the mountains to make a commercial for
Brickhauser Beer. He gets such a taste for the outdoor life
that he tries to talk the other guys into going back for a
full week of roughing it in the woods. Guest star: Harvey
Vernon. Written by Katherine Green. Directed by James Burrows.
Boss's Wife" February 12, 1981
Louie explains to the cabbies that whenever Mr. MacKenzie, the
owner of the Sunshine Cab Company, and his wife have a big
fight, Mrs. MacKenzie has an unusual way of getting her
revenge: inviting an unsuspecting cabbie over for dinner.
Guest stars: Eileen Brennan (which got an Emmy nomination for
her guest appearance), Stephen Elliot. Written by Ken Estin.
Directed by James Burrows.
Cookies" February 5, 1981
Latka's grandmother dies, and bequeaths him the recipe for
some unusual cookies. Latka cooks up a batch and hands them
out to the cabbies. At first everyone finds them to be almost
impossible to chew, but soon they can't get enough of them,
since they cause one to have great energy and euphoria. Latka
wants to sell the cookies in stores, and he tells Louie he's
quitting work at the garage. Guest star: Wally "Famous"
Amos (as himself). Written by Glen and Les Charles. Directed
by James Burrows.
Ten-Percent Solution" January 7, 1981
Bobby is rejected for an acting role because he doesn't have
the right look. He claims he is too good-looking and the
"common look" is now in vogue. Since Tony has the
kind of face that is supposed to be popular, he tries to
convince Bobby that he could become a successful actor if
Bobby were to manage him. Guest stars: Sarina C. Grant, Jim
Staskel, Ed Weinberger. Written by Pat Allee. Directed by
and the Art of Cab Driving" March 19, 1981
Jim overhears some passengers in his cab talking about "dynamic
perfectionism" and he becomes an enthusiastic follower of
this self-help technique. Jim sets out to become the ultimate
cabbie but stops after he has earned enough money to achieve
his real goal: being hooked into the Global Village that is
television. Guest stars: Nicholas Horann, ichael ann, Ji
McKrell. Written by Glen and Les Charles. Directed by James
Old Friend" February 26, 1981
Elaine picks up a passenger who turns out to be an old
high-school friend, Mary Parker. Elaine and Mary were real
competitors in school and Elaine is intensely jealous when she
discovers that Mary is head of an advertising agency and
travels around the world with her wealthy boyfriend, an
international lawyer. Alex pretends to be Elaine's suave and
romantic beau on a double date. Guest stars: Martha Smith,
John Considine, yron Natwick, John Yates. Written by Susan
Jane Lindner and Nancy Lane. Directed by Jeff Chambers.
Costume Party" February 19, 1981
Bobby discovers a briefcase in the backseat of his cab, and it
apparently belongs to someone with important connections in
the theatrical world. From an entry in an appointment book
they find in the briefcase, the cabbies learn of a costume
party planned for the following Saturday. Anticipating a room
full of celebrities, they decide to dress up in costumes and
crash the affair. Guest stars: Louis Guss, Hactor Britt.
Written by David Lloyd. Directed by James Burrows.
of Commission" March 12, 1981
Tony is knocked out in the first round of his latest fight.
When the ring doctor examines him, he's concerned that Tony
may have suffered brain damage. The doctor takes Tony's case
to the medical board, and the boxing commission revokes his
license. Tony is so distraught he tries to fight under an
assumed name, Kid Rodriguez. Note: Tony's monologue was
co-written by Tony Danza. Guest stars: Al Ruscio, Carmine
Caridi, Jessie Goins, auricio Aldana, Vince Delgano, Jon St.
Elwood, Jimmy Lennon (as himself). Written by Sam Simon.
Directed by James Burrows.
"Bobby and the Critic" April 30, 1981
Bobby writes a scathing letter to a newspaper criticizing its
venomous theater critic, John Bowman, a man who loves to say
insulting things about actors. When this letter is published,
Bobby believes he may have thrown his career out the window,
but he receives many congratulatory letters. Bobby's glee is
cut short when he learns that Bowman plans to see him in his
one-man show, "Charles Darwin Tonight". Written by
Barry Kemp. Directed by James Burrows.
"Louie's Mother" March 26, 1981
Louie tells the cabbies that he's put his mother into a
nursing home, admitting he knows nothing about the place. He
decides to throw a party to celebrate his newfound freedom,
now that his mother is out of his way. A few days later, Louie
admits to the cabbies that he is lonely and misses his mom. He
goes to the nursing home to convince her to come back. Guest
star: Julia DeVito (Danny DeVito's real mother). Written by
Katherine Green. Directed by James Burrows.
"Louie Bumps Into an Old Lady" April 16,
Louie becomes interested in an attractive new cabbie, Janine.
While demonstrating his cab-driving technique in order to give
her a few tips, he gets into an accident, running into an old
lady as she steps off a curb. But all of Louie's devotion and
attention to the accident victim won't dissuade her from suing
him for a million dollars. Guest stars: Lane Brody, Iris Korn,
Sam De Fazio, Joe Medalis, Jay Flash Riley. Written by David
Lloyd. Directed by James Burrows.
"Latka the Playboy" May 21, 1981
Latka is such a bumbler that American women are not at all
interested in him. So Latka starts studying Playboy magazine
for tips on how to become a swinger. He rapidly transforms
himself into smooth-talking lounge lizard Vic Ferrari. But
although Latka is now a success with women, he gets fed up
with being Vic and wants to change back to his old self. Guest
stars: George Wendt, Robin Klein, T.J. Castronova. Written by
Glen and Les Charles. Directed by James Burrows.
the Psychic" October 8, 1981
Reverend Jim, who often has "psychic" dreams, warns
Alex that he will die in his apartment at 7 p.m. the following
Thursday. Alex scoffs at the premonition, but the other
cabbies recall a number of unusual incidents when Jim's
predictions have apparently come true. Note: This episode got
an Emmy nomination for outstanding writing and an nomination
for for outstanding directing. Guest stars: J.P. Bumpstead,
Bob Larkin, Kiwa Dawson. Story by Holly Holmberg Brooks.
Teleplay by Barry kemp. Directed by James Burrows.
"Fledgling" November 26, 1981
The Hazeltine Gallery, where Elaine works, has acquired a
painting by a noted artist, Craig Eagen. Elaine is sent to his
apartment to verify the authenticity of the painting and Alex
agrees to accompany her. The artist has a reputation for being
a hermit and when Elaine and Alex come to his apartment, he
refuses to let them in. Guest star: Paul Sand. Written by Ken
Estin. Directed by James Burrows.
the Job (Part 1)" May 7, 1981
Louie informs the cabbies that the Sunshine Cab Co. has gone
bankrupt. The cabbies realize they'll have to look for new
jobs, and they agree to meet in a month's time at Mario's and
share their experiences. Guest stars: John O'Leary, Carmine
Caridi, Bill Wiley, John Petlock, Robert Balderson, Alice
Hirson, T.J. Castronova. Written by Dennis Danziger and Ellen
Sandler. Directed by James Burrows.
the Job (Part 2)" May 14, 1981
The cabbies continue to talk about the jobs they've worked at
since the cab company went broke. By the end of the episode,
Louie announces that a new owner has been found for the
Sunshine Cab Co. Guest stars: Al Lewis, Michael McGuire, Dana
Halsted, Clint Young, Claire alis, Howie Allen, T.J.
Castronova. Written by Dennis Danziger and Ellen Sandler.
Directed by James Burrows.