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Includes:House: The Socratic Method (2004) House: Occam's Razor (2004) House: Pilot (2004) House: Paternity (2004) House: Maternity (2004) House: Fidelity (2004) House: Damned if You Do (2004) House: Detox (2005) House: MOB Rules (2005) House: Kids (2005) House: Control (2005) House: Heavy (2005) House: Role Model (2005) House: Babies and Bathwater (2005) House: Love Hurts (2005) House: Honeymoon (2005) House: Three Stories (2005) House: Poison (2005) House: DNR (2005) House: Histories (2005) House: Sports Medicine (2005) House: Cursed (2005) House: The Socratic Method Throwing himself into his work to get his mind off his birthday, House (Hugh Laurie) is intrigued when diagnosed schizophrenic Lucille Palmeiro (Stacy Edwards) has a pulmonary embolism at the unusually young age of 38. In fact, he's so intrigued that he breaks his own self-imposed rule and tries to talk to the woman at her home--where her 15-year-old son Luke (Aaron Himelstein) seems to know a lot more than he's saying. Elsewhere, Chase (Jesse Spencer) has serious issues with his past. This episode affords a rare opportunity to hear Hugh Laurie speak in his authentic British accent. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Occam's Razor After calling in sick at work, 22-year-old college student Brandon (Kevin Zegers) spends the morning having wild sex with his fiancee--and then lapses into unconsciousness. It's obvious to Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) that Brandon wasn't lying about being sick, but his symptoms are mysterious and contradictory--and worse, they keep multiplying. As he tries to figure out this puzzle, House saves time by treating all of his other patients in a record five minutes. All in all, not a bad day's work for the clinic's most obstreperous doctor, even though House is taken down a peg or two by his supervisor Dr. Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), who sharkishly informs him that he will never get her goat no matter how hard he tries! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Pilot The alternate title for this pilot episode of House is "Everybody Lies", which neatly sums up the philosophy of the brilliant but thoroughly obnoxious Dr. Gregory House (Hugh Laurie), infectious disease and nephrology specialist at Princton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital. Convinced that none of his patients will ever tell him the truth, House responds in kind by refusing to talk to them beyond the bare necessities--and he certainly wastes no time being friendly, comforting or supportive. Right now, House's patented indifference is being directed at 29-year-old kindergarten teacher Rebecca Adler (Robin Tunney), who for no discernible reason has begun suffering seizures and speaking gibberish. With no one else able to figure out what's happening to Rebecca, House dismisses it as a brain tumor. It turns out that he's wrong--and also that he'll spend a lot more time than he'd originally intended trying to save Rebecca's life, and to ascertain the real cause for her behavior (which, as often happens in this series,turns out to be a malady that no one could possibly have anticipated). But though House emerges as the hero of the piece, he remains his old gloriously repulsive self. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Paternity Suffering from double vision and horrible nightmares, 16-year-old Dan (Scott Mechlowitz) traces the source of his problem to injuries sustained during a Lacrosse match. As usual, Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) has other ideas, first diagnosing Dan with MS, and then declaring that the boy is being sexually abused. By the time House has figured out the real reason (maybe!) and has scheduled Dan for brain surgery, the boy disappears from the clinic--and the chase is on. Elsewhere, House is annoyed by a ditzy mom (Kylee Cochran) who refuses to let her baby be vaccinated, and by a patient (Alex Skuby) with an ugly abscess in his knee who is threatening to sue everyone within earshot. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Maternity After checking on two neonatal infants who have suffered mysterious seizures, House (Hugh Laurie) concludes that the clinic has become the breeding ground for a deadly epidemic--which is rapidly spreading to the other newborns. In order to isolate the reason for this outbreak and to stop it in its tracks, House is faced with a difficult choice: One of the babies will have to die to save the others. As it turns out, the source of the epidemic has little to do with babies, but neither House nor the audience finds this out until the very last moment. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Fidelity 31-year-old Elyce Snow (Myndy Crist) sleeps eighteen hours a day, and is impossible to get along with the other six hours. House (Hugh Laurie) thinks it might be depression, but it isn't, nor is it rabbit fever (his second choice). Finally, House diagnoses African Sleeping Sickness--and since neither Elyce nor her husband Ed (Dominic Purcell) has ever been to Africa, the only other possibility is that one of them has been unfaithful. But neither husband nor wife will fess up...not even if their silence results in her quick demise! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Damned if You Do It's Christmas time in the clinic, but there's no occasion for joy when Sister Mary Augustine is brought, apparently suffering from stigmata. Figuring that it is nothing more than an allergy, House treats the nun accordingly--and as a result she nearly suffocates. As the other nuns set up a prayer vigil (much to House's annoyance), the clues to solving this medical mystery are painstakingly pieced together, leading unexpectedly to an incident in the Sister's distant past. Elsewhere, a man in a Santa suit (Dakin Matthews) is suffering from an inflamed bowel, which can only be cured by smoking cigarettes. Ho ho ho! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Detox House (Hugh Laurie) looks into the case of sixteen-year-old Keith Foster (Nicholas D'Agosto), who has been bleeding uncontrollably ever since he was involved in a car crash. Unless House can interpret the contradictory symptoms, it's a safe bet that Keith will never see seventeen. While all this is unfolding, House is doing his damnedest to stay off his precious Vicodin for a whole month, determined to prove to Dr. Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) that he's not addicted to the stuff--and as result, his judgment is clouded to the point that young Keith may be in more danger than before! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: MOB Rules A typically truculent House (Hugh Laurie) is slapped with a court order instructing him to determine if mobster Joey Arnello (Joseph Lyle Taylor), who is slated to give testimony in Federal Court before entering the Witness Protection Program, is faking a serious illness. Joey's knuckle-busting brother Bill (Danny Nucci) warns House to lay off the case--but not for the (seemingly) obvious reasons. At the same time, Vogler (Chi McBride) puts extra pressure on Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) to fire House, or risk losing a $100 million donation. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Kids At the height of a meningitis outbreak, House (Hugh Laurie) must figure out how to properly treat a 12-year-old girl (Skye McCole Bartusiak) who has all the symptoms of the disease, but not the disease itself. Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) insists that House has no time for individual treatment of any patient, but that doesn't stop him from taking stabs at several diagnoses--each one more inaccurate than the last, and all because the girl won't tell him the whole truth. Meanwhile, Cuddy seeks a replacement for the departed Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), but the prospects are a pathetic lot indeed. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Control Chi McBride makes his first series appearance as billionaire entrepreneur Edward Vogler, the new chairman of the board at Princeton-Plainsboro. Assuming that his position gives him license to call all the shots, Vogler wastes no time throwing his weight around--beginning with his promise to donate $100 million to the clinic on the condition that Dr. House (Hugh Laurie) is fired immediately! Things don't get any better for House when he is forced to resort to subterfuge to provide proper treatment for 32-year-old cosmetics CEO Carly Fontano (Sarah Chalke), who for no apparent reason has suddenly become paralyzed. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Heavy Vogler (Chi McBride) cuts a deal with Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein), agreeing to postpone the dismissal of Dr. House (Hugh Laurie). But there's a price to pay for this concession: House must immediately fire one member of his team. As tension mounts among House's coworkers, they still find time to look into the case of an obese 10-year-old (Jennifer Simms) who has suffered a heart attack--but not because of her extra poundage. Another overweight patient (Lucille Hernandez) lies to both House and her husband regarding what may be a malignant tumor...or a unborn child. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Role Model Faced with the choice of firing one of his team or losing his own job, House (Hugh Laurie) is given a way out by Vogler (Chi McBride). If he will give a speech on behalf of a new drug developed by Vogler's pharamaceutical firm, House will be completely off the hook. The upshot of all this only serves to deepen the animosity between House and Vogler--but in the meantime, the doctor must tend to the business at hand, including a senator (Joe Morton) with presidential aspirations who is diagnosed with AIDS, and a young woman (Missy Crider) who insists that she can't have suffered a miscarriage because she hasn't had sex in over a year. As expected, both of these patients will soon develop a whole set of confusing and contradictory symptoms...but no one expects the startling turn of events at episode's end! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Babies and Bathwater Already irked by the resignation of Cameron (Jennifer Morrison), House (Hugh Laurie) must also endure the persecution of board chairman Vogler (Chi McBride), who demands that House be fired immediately or the clinic will lose his $100 million donation. At long last, Cuddy (Lisa Edelstein) takes a stand against the tyrannical Vogler--but will she regret her rash behavior? Meanwhile, House and his team deal with such patients as a 39-year-old pregnant woman (Marin Hinkle) who must choose between choking to death or terminating a pregnant, and a low-weight baby whose strict vegan diet has prompted Social Services to file child-abuse charges against her parents. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Love Hurts Cameron (Jennifer Morrison) agrees to return to the clinic on one condition: House (Hugh Laurie) must take her out on a dinner date. As the rest of the staffers place bets as to the outcome of this auspicious social event, the clinic treats a young stroke victim (John Cho) whose condition may be the result of a mistake on the part of House--or it may be due to the patient's rather kinky "personal guru" (Christina Cox). Elsewhere, House must play counselor to a pair of senior citizens (Peter Graves June Squibb) who are squabbling over the man's heightened post-Viagra sex drive! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Honeymoon House (Hugh Laurie) is flummoxed by the plight of his ex-girlfriend Stacy Warner (Sela Ward), who can't understand why her husband Mark (Currie Graham) is suffering from abdominal pains and mood swings--nor why Mark is vividly recalling events during his honeymoon that never actually happened! It's not stress, and it's not Alzheimers...but it could be fatal if House makes the wrong diagnosis. As this final episode of House's first season approaches its cliffhanger climax, it looks as if there still may be a few romantic sparks between the ill-tempered doctor and his former sweetheart. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Three Stories Sela Ward makes her first appearance as Stacy Warner, former lawyer for the Princeton-Plainsboro clinic--and ex-girlfriend of Dr. House (Hugh Laurie). Stacy's husband has fallen mysteriously ill, and she hopes that House can find out why. But House seems more preoccupied with delivering a lecture to three medical-school diagnostics--an assignment he was forced to accept, but one which he tackles with his usual mean-spirited gusto. As he presents the trio with a hypothetic medical dilemma involving three patients with aching legs, we are treated to a succession of bizarre fantasy sequences. Carmen Electra appears as herself in this episode, which won both an Emmy award (for "best writing") and the Humanitas Prize. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Poison While taking the AP Calculus exam, high-school student Matt Davis (John Patrrick Amedori) collapses. Discovering that Matt has been lethally poisoned, House (Hugh Laurie) suspects that the boy has been doing drugs at home. When another student exhibits the same symptoms, however, it is obvious that the source of the poison is the school testing room--but how can this be? Meanwhile, another clinic patient, 82-year-old Georgia Adams (Shirley Knight), suddenly develops an uncontrollable sex drive...and an insatiable lust for Dr. House! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: DNR Legendary jazz musician John Henry Giles (Harry Lennix) collapses during a recording session. After Giles' own doctor Marty Hamilton (David Conrad) diagnoses the dread disease ALS, the musician hastily signs a "do not resuscitate" form. Naturally, House (Hugh Laurie) ignores this document, and as a result ends up in court--just as Giles begins to exhibit inexplicable signs of recovery! Meanwhile, Dr. Hamilton tries to persuade his former pupil Dr. Foreman (Omar Epps) to leave New Jersey and join him in a lucrative West Coast partnership. Pop star Brandy appears as herself. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Histories A homeless, unidentified woman (Leslie Hope) collapses during a run-in with the police, then suffers a seizure at the clinic. Foreman (Omar Epps) thinks that the woman is faking illness to get free room and board, while Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) insists that she has ovarian cancer. Typically, House trumps them both with a theory of his own, and as a bonus figures out the woman's true identity--much to the fascination of two wide-eyed medical students who've been following House around all day. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Sports Medicine Pro baseball pitcher Hank Wiggen (Scott Foley) insists he is not a drug user, but the evidence indicates otherwise: His bones are brittle to the point of disintegration, and his kidneys have started to fail. Astonishingly, the clinic's lab test indicate that Wiggen is not currently on steroids, nor is he suffering from cancer as the symptoms might also suggest. House (Hugh Laurie) must figure out what's really wrong with Wiggen before the ballplayer's girlfriend Lola (Meredith Monroe) aborts her pregnancy in order to donate her kidneys. And in another development, Foreman (Omar Epps) is secretly dating a sexy drug representative (Salli Richardson-Whitfield), while Wilson (Robert Sean Leonard) is seeing one of House's former lovers. Somehow or other, this all winds up at a monster-truck rally! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide House: Cursed After developing a rash and several symptoms of pneumonia, 12-year-old Gabriel Reilich (Daryl Sabara) concludes that his Ouija board is right, and that he has been "cursed." House (Hugh Laurie), of course, is certain that there is a more logical answer, but to get that answer he'll have to penetrate the wall of silence erected by Gabriel's wealthy and powerful father (Nestor Carbonell). Meanwhile, Chase (Jeff Spencer) is none too pleased when his rheumotologist father (Patrick Bachau) flies in from Australia--especially when Chase Sr. seems to hit it off with House! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
Includes:The Sopranos: Pilot (1999) The Sopranos: 46 Long (1999) The Sopranos: Meadowlands (1999) The Sopranos: Pax Soprana (1999) The Sopranos: The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti (1999) The Sopranos: A Hit Is a Hit (1999) The Sopranos: Isabella (1999) The Sopranos: I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano (1999) The Sopranos: Nobody Knows Anything (1999) The Sopranos: Boca (1999) The Sopranos: Down Neck (1999) The Sopranos: College (1999) The Sopranos: Denial, Anger, Acceptance (1999) The Sopranos: Guy Walks Into a Psychiatrist's Office (2000) The Sopranos: Full Leather Jacket (2000) The Sopranos: Do Not Resuscitate (2000) The Sopranos: Funhouse (2000) The Sopranos: The Knight in White Satin Armor (2000) The Sopranos: House Arrest (2000) The Sopranos: Bust-Out (2000) The Sopranos: From Where to Eternity (2000) The Sopranos: D-Girl (2000) The Sopranos: Toodle-Fucking-oo (2000) The Sopranos: Commendatori (2000) The Sopranos: Big Girls Don't Cry (2000) The Sopranos: The Happy Wanderer (2000) The Sopranos: Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood (2001) The Sopranos: Employee of the Month (2001) The Sopranos: University (2001) The Sopranos: He Is Risen (2001) The Sopranos: Pine Barrens (2001) The Sopranos: Army of One (2001) The Sopranos: Amour Fou (2001) The Sopranos: To Save Us All From Satan's Power (2001) The Sopranos: Second Opinion (2001) The Sopranos: Another Toothpick (2001) The Sopranos: Fortunate Son (2001) The Sopranos: Proshai, Livushka (2001) The Sopranos: Eloise (2002) The Sopranos: No-Show (2002) The Sopranos: Whitecaps (2002) The Sopranos: Whoever Did This (2002) The Sopranos: Calling All Cars (2002) The Sopranos: The Strong, Silent Type (2002) The Sopranos: Christopher (2002) The Sopranos: Everybody Hurts (2002) The Sopranos: The Weight (2002) The Sopranos: Watching Too Much Television (2002) The Sopranos: For All Debts Public and Private (2002) The Sopranos: Pie-O-My (2002) The Sopranos: Mergers & Acquisitions (2002) The Sopranos: Where's Johnny (2004) The Sopranos: All Happy Families (2004) The Sopranos: Irregular Around the Margins (2004) The Sopranos: Sentimental Education (2004) The Sopranos: Marco Polo (2004) The Sopranos: The Test Dream (2004) The Sopranos: Unidentified Black Males (2004) The Sopranos: Rat Pack (2004) The Sopranos: Two Tonys (2004) The Sopranos: All Due Respect (2004) The Sopranos: Long Term Parking (2004) The Sopranos: Cold Cuts (2004) The Sopranos: In Camelot (2004) The Sopranos: Join the Club (2006) The Sopranos: The Fleshy Part of the Thigh (2006) The Sopranos: Live Free or Die (2006) The Sopranos: Johnny Cakes (2006) The Sopranos: Cold Stones (2006) The Sopranos: Moe 'n' Joe (2006) The Sopranos: The Ride (2006) The Sopranos: Luxury Lounge (2006) The Sopranos: Mr. & Mrs. John Sacrimoni Request (2006) The Sopranos: Mayham (2006) The Sopranos: Members Only (2006) The Sopranos: Kaisha (2006) The Sopranos: Kennedy and Heidi (2007) The Sopranos: Stage 5 (2007) The Sopranos: Chasing It (2007) The Sopranos: Walk Like a Man (2007) The Sopranos: Remember When (2007) The Sopranos: Soprano Home Movies (2007) The Sopranos: Made in America (2007) The Sopranos: The Second Coming (2007) The Sopranos: The Blue Comet (2007) The Sopranos: Pilot In the pilot episode of this HBO television series from executive producer David Chase, a New Jersey mob boss named Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) suffers a series of anxiety attacks. Convinced by his physician that he needs to seek therapy, Tony consults psychiatrist Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), who begins exploring her patient's attachment to a family of ducks that have been living in his pool, but have recently departed. As signs of weakness and disclosures made to a "shrink" could have violent repercussions in Tony's secretive world of organized crime, he keeps his visits with Melfi a secret. Those in the dark at first include his wife Carmela (Edie Falco), his manipulative mother Livia (Nancy Marchand), and his scheming uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese), a member of the same crime family. In the meantime, Carmela's relationship with her and Tony's high-school age daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) is becoming strained, and their son Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler) is clueless about his dad's real profession. Tony's stress increases when he learns that the restaurant of his best friend, Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia), is to be the site of a mob murder on the orders of Junior, and that his cousin Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), one of Tony's soldiers, is making waves with his heavy-handed tactics. Tony orders Artie's restaurant blown up to trump Junior's plans, assuming that insurance will build his friend a new establishment. A hit with audiences and television critics alike, The Sopranos was the creation of executive producer Chase, whose resumÃ© includes stints on such lauded television programs as The Rockford Files (1974-1980), I'll Fly Away (1991-1993), and Northern Exposure (1990-1995). The Sopranos' pilot episode aired on January 10, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: 46 Long In the sophomore episode of the HBO series, mob boss Jackie Aprile (Michael Rispoli) is dying of cancer, which can only lead to a power struggle between his two top capos, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and Tony's own uncle, Junior (Dominic Chianese). Tony persuades his mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand) to move into a retirement community against her wishes. When a car is stolen from a teacher at the school of Tony's son, Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler), Tony sends his two top lieutenants, "Big Pussy" Bompensiero (Vincent Pastore) and Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) to get the vehicle back. The incident leads to Anthony Jr.'s first suspicions about his dad's true occupation. Junior is having his own problems with the headstrong Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), his nephew, and a lieutenant of Tony's who has hijacked some merchandise from one of his trucks. Peace is made when Christopher agrees to pay Junior tribute, but his dimwitted associate Brendan Filone (Anthony de Sando) again holds up one of Junior's trucks, this time accidentally killing the driver. Tony learns that his friend Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia) did not have his restaurant insured, and that an explosion Tony secretly arranged has destroyed his friend financially. "46 Long" originally aired January 17, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Meadowlands Revelations mark this fourth episode of the series, involving a schoolyard fight brewing between Anthony Soprano Jr. (Robert Iler) and a bully who unexpectedly backs down. Anthony Jr. fails to understand the boy's fear, so his sister Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) explains that their father, Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), is not really a "waste management consultant" but a New Jersey mob kingpin. After he begins having erotic dreams about his psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), Tony hires a crooked cop, Vin Makazian (John Heard) to investigate Melfi's background, and the detective accidentally ruins her romance with a lawyer. Frantic after the mock execution he suffered, Soprano soldier Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) believes that his cousin and boss, Tony, ordered the incident because he gave Tony's daughter, Meadow, some crystal methamphetamines; however, after Christopher and his girlfriend, Adriana (Drea de Matteo), discover the corpse of his murdered friend, Brendan Filone (Anthony de Sando), he realizes that his uncle, Junior (Dominic Chianese), ordered the slaying in retaliation for a botched truck hijacking. Exacerbated by Junior's bloodthirsty soldier, Mikey (Al Sapienza), tensions rise between Tony and Junior when their boss and head of the family, Jackie Aprile (Michael Rispoli), passes away from cancer. Tony is left to decide whether he will make a play for the top job in the family or concede control to his uncle. "Meadowlands" first aired on January 31, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Pax Soprana The sixth episode of the HBO mob series finds New Jersey crime boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) deciding to do the noble thing and cede control of the family to his rival and uncle, Junior (Dominic Chianese), much to everyone's surprise and dismay. In reality, Tony is maintaining control of the family. With the agreement of the other families in the tri-state area, Junior is being set up as a frontman without his knowledge. Immediately, however, Junior causes trouble by ordering tribute to be paid by Tony's top lieutenants, including a long-time family advisor, Hesh Rabkin (Jerry Adler). Tony shocks his psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), by declaring that he's falling in love with her during a session, and then kisses her. Junior learns that his tailor's grandson committed suicide because of a crippling drug addiction and orders two of his men to throw the drug dealer off a bridge in retaliation. Tony's medication is causing his sex drive to become nonexistent, much to the chagrin of both his wife Carmela (Edie Falco) and his mistress. At a dinner celebration, the FBI conducts surveillance on the Sopranos, aware that Tony is still the real power behind the criminal organization. "Pax Soprana" first aired on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: The Legend of Tennessee Moltisanti Legal troubles come to a boil in the eighth episode of the hit HBO series. Mob soldier Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) is enraged that he's not receiving the same publicity that other Mafia soldiers are enjoying due to the current round of federal indictments that are being handed down and covered extensively in the press. On edge and ready to explode, Christopher gets into an altercation with a bakery employee and shoots the man's toe off. In the meantime, psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) confesses to her son and ex-husband that she is counseling a stressed-out mobster, New Jersey crime kingpin Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), and they become concerned about her safety. At a wedding, the Soprano family members learn that they are about to be indicted by the FBI, which has become interested in their activities again since the death of the organization's one-time godfather. Tony and his wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), hurry home to conceal evidence not a moment too soon, as federal agents soon arrive with warrants and begin searching the premises. When the story hits the news, Christopher is pleased and relieved to be mentioned as an important family associate. Episode 8 aired on February 28, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: A Hit Is a Hit A mob boss finds he can't escape his true identity, while his cousin learns that the music industry is as crooked as organized crime in the tenth episode of the HBO series. New Jersey Mafia chieftain Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) is delighted to receive an invitation to play golf with his well-to-do neighbor, Cusamano, at his exclusive country club. Happy to socialize with non-mobsters for once, Tony quickly realizes that Cusamano has extended the invitation simply to impress his buddies with his powerful crime boss pal. Tony's cousin and soldier Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) and his girlfriend Adriana (Drea de Matteo) meet Massive Genius, a rap star with a financial grudge against Soprano family advisor Hesh (Jerry Adler). Genius is immediately attracted to Adriana and makes a deal with Christopher: in exchange for Christopher setting up a meeting between Genius and Hesh, the musician agrees to consider signing a band that Adriana wants to represent, but it becomes clear that Genius is only interested in Adriana sexually. Meanwhile, Tony gets even with Cusamano by asking him to "hold on" to a package wrapped in plain brown paper, sending his neighbor into a panic over the possibly illegal narcotic contents. Episode 10 first aired March 14, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Isabella A fantasy woman leads to a therapeutic breakthrough for a mob chieftain, as his family crumbles around him in the penultimate episode of the HBO series' freshman season. Briefly confined to his bed by depression, New Jersey Mafia boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) begins having hallucinogenic dreams about a beautiful neighbor named Isabella, who he believes to be a foreign exchange student living at his neighbor Cusamano's house. After Tony's cousin and soldier Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) unwittingly prevents a first hit attempt on Tony, a pair of assassins nearly manage to kill the crime boss, but Tony gets away with only minor wounds. While he's recovering at the hospital, Tony is visited by the FBI, who tries in vain to recruit him as a federal witness. Tony also receives visits from his lieutenants, who vow revenge, and his uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese), whom he correctly suspects ordered the botched slaying. Tony discovers that there is no Isabella and that the gorgeous girl he envisioned suckling a baby was a figment of his imagination. While consulting with his psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), to see if she's the one who leaked information about him, Tony comes to the conclusion that his dreams about Isabella are significantly related to his lack of childhood nurturing and mothering. Isabella aired March 29, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano The final episode of the HBO crime series' first season contains several startling plot twists. After she suffers a disorienting episode, Livia Soprano (Nancy Marchand), the manipulative mother of a powerful New Jersey crime boss, is moved to the nursing wing of her retirement home. Her son Tony (James Gandolfini) doesn't want to face the possibility, raised by his therapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), that his own mother may have been in on an assassination attempt that nearly took his life. Later, however, the FBI plays tapes of Livia's conversations with Tony's uncle and family rival, Junior (Dominic Chianese), which proves she knew about the attempt and that Junior ordered it. Visiting with Livia, Tony's friend Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia) discovers Tony's role in the destruction of his restaurant and confronts Tony with a shotgun, but Tony is able to convince his friend that Livia is losing her mind. Tony's cousin and muscle man Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) and Soprano family lieutenant Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) murder Junior's top soldier, Mikey (Al Sapienza), while he's out jogging. Before Tony can also rub out his uncle, Junior and his men are arrested by the Feds on racketeering charges. Tony informs Dr. Melfi that a gang war could be brewing, putting her life in danger, and that she should leave town for a while. Livia has a stroke, and an incensed Tony confronts her about her role in the attempt on his life as she is wheeled away. "I Dream of Jeannie Cusamano" first aired on April 4, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Nobody Knows Anything Looming betrayals within a mob family cloud the horizon in this episode of the popular HBO crime series. Crooked police officer Vin Mazakian (John Heard) tells New Jersey crime boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) that his best friend and trusted lieutenant Big Pussy Bompenseiro (Vincent Pastore), who was arrested by the feds, may have turned and could be working as an informant. Although he's incredulous, Tony orders another of his men, Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) to find the truth. Tony cautions Paulie not to kill their old friend until he's absolutely certain that he's a snitch, as it's possible Mazakian is framing Pussy to get out of his gambling debts. Before Tony can learn more, Mazakian is arrested in a sting operation and, his career in tatters, commits suicide as Paulie's plan to get Pussy to disrobe at a steam bath to see if he's wearing a wire fails. At the same time, Tony's uncle and rival within the family, Junior (Dominic Chianese) orders a hit on Tony, giving the bloody assignment to his top soldier Mikey (Al Sapienza), who tells his wife he's moving up in the family. After the incident at the steam bath, Pussy disappears. This episode first aired March 21, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Boca An intimate sexual act triggers further tension between two crime bosses in this episode of the HBO series. New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) ridicules his uncle and fellow mobster Junior (Dominic Chianese) on the golf course. Tony has heard about Junior's oral sex skills with his girlfriend, Bobbi, who has been gabbing to her friends about Junior's prowess while the two were on a vacation in Boca Raton, FL. In retaliation, Junior smashes a lemon meringue pie in Bobbi's face, breaking their 16-year relationship. He also tells his vicious top soldier, Mikey (Al Sapienza), a secret he's been keeping that he recently learned from his sister-in-law, Livia (Nancy Marchand): her son, Tony, is compromising family security by seeing a psychiatrist. Meanwhile, Tony and his friends make plans to convince their daughters' talented soccer coach not to accept a lucrative college job, until they learn that the coach has been sleeping with one of his underage players, a friend of Tony's daughter, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler). They take steps to teach the coach a lesson he'll never forget. "Boca" was first shown on March 7, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Down Neck In this domestic episode of the hit HBO series, Anthony Soprano Jr. (Robert Iler), the son of a powerful New Jersey crime boss, gets suspended from school for stealing sacramental wine from the chapel. The school psychologist summons the boy's parents, mob capo Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) and his wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), for a meeting at which Anthony Jr. is diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. Tony is troubled by his son's actions and reflects on his own childhood with his cruelly controlling mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand), and his mobster father. Although Tony expresses concern to his psychiatrist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), that his son may end up living the same life of crime he does, he and Carmela refuse to accept the judgment of their son's school that the boy might need special education. Forced to visit Livia in her retirement home everyday, Anthony Jr. tells his grandmother about the incident and, also, accidentally reveals that his father is consulting a psychiatrist, spilling a very dangerous family secret to the shrewd and manipulative Livia. Down Neck aired on February 21, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: College Painful truths are revealed in the popular HBO series' standout fifth episode. New Jersey crime boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) escorts his daughter, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), on visits to several colleges in New England. As Tony and Meadow travel, he discusses his occupation with her openly for the first time. Although he's reluctant to do so, it has become obvious that Meadow and her younger brother, Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler), are aware of their father's criminal career. Stopping in a small Maine town, Tony spots a one-time snitch against the family named Fabian Petrulio, who long ago disappeared into the federal witness protection program. Between Meadow's appointments at various schools, Tony resolves to murder Fabian. Although Tony has confessed, to the delight of his wife Carmela (Edie Falco), that he is in therapy, she is unaware that his doctor is an attractive Italian-American woman, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), to whom Tony has become drawn sexually. Home with the flu, Carmela becomes furious when she receives a call from Melfi about a scheduling conflict. Confiding her marital frustrations to her movie-loving friend Father Phil, Carmela's relationship with the priest threatens to become romantic when Phil decides to spend the night on the couch. Back in Maine, Tony learns that Petrulio now goes by the name "Fred Peters." Convinced he's got the right man, Tony plots his revenge on Petrulio. "College" first aired on February 7, 1999. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Denial, Anger, Acceptance In the series' third episode, a crime family confronts the possibility of a future power struggle. Meadow Soprano (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), the daughter of New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), takes crystal methamphetamines with a friend in order to help them study for the SATs. Tony visits his dying Mafia superior, Jackie Aprile (Michael Rispoli), in the hospital and presents him with a gift: a hooker dressed as a nurse. Mikey Palmice (Al Sapienza), the top lieutenant of Tony's rival and uncle, Junior (Dominic Chianese), is convinced that Tony will make a grab for top boss after Jackie's death, and he begins to convince Junior that his nephew should be whacked. Tony, his henchman Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico), and another Soprano lieutenant, Silvio Dante (Steven Van Zandt), deal with a Hasidic family of motel owners who refuse to pay protection money. After hiring family friends Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia) and his wife Charmaine (Kathrine Narducci) to cater a party, Tony's wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), learns that her husband slept with Charmaine in high school. Soprano associate Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) tries to make a botched truck hijacking right by returning stolen goods to Junior, but the mob capo still orders Christopher's pal, Brendan Filone (Anthony de Sando), murdered and Christopher to be threatened. Airing on January 24, 1999, "Denial, Anger, Acceptance" was directed by independent feature filmmaker Nick Gomez (New Jersey Drive, Illtown). ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Guy Walks Into a Psychiatrist's Office In the second-season premiere of this original HBO series, Mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) adjusts to some changes in both his families in the wake of his mother's betrayal and a legal crackdown by federal law enforcement. Tony's also dealing with the sudden reappearance of his sister Janice (Aida Turturro), a free spirit going by the Hindu name "Parvati," who's really a greedy schemer in the finest Soprano tradition. Claiming she's there to care for their hospitalized mother Livia (Nancy Marchand), Janice is angling to get her mother's house (or the proceeds from its sales) when Livia dies. Tony refuses to see Livia, who's "dead" as far as he's concerned and not invited to a family barbecue. Tony's Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) is in jail and Tony orders a hit on Philly, one of Junior's men, because Philly's blabbing about Tony's therapy. But Tony's psychotherapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), who's been reduced to hiding out and seeing patients in a motel room, refuses to treat her star patient despite his renewed panic attacks, telling him off at a diner. Nephew Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) expands into a new business venture involving a scam stock brokerage called Webistics. Meanwhile Big Pussy (Vincent Pastore) reappears, claiming to have undergone rehab in Puerto Rico. "Guy Walks Into a Psychiatrist's Office" premiered January 16, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Full Leather Jacket A violent turn of events threatens the good fortunes of the Soprano family in this episode of the cable television series. Concerned that her daughter, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), could end up attending a college thousands of miles away, Carmela Soprano (Edie Falco) asks her neighbor, Jean Cusamano (Saundra Santiago), for a favor. It seems that Jean's twin sister, Joan (also played by Santiago), a successful lawyer, is a graduate of Georgetown University and serves in an influential alum position. Carmela asks if Joan would write a recommendation for Meadow, but Joan's answer is no. Determined and more than a little peeved, Carmela bakes a ricotta pie and shows up at Joan's office, making it clear that the recommendation is an offer Joan can't refuse. Carmela's husband, mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), is dealing with his own headache, his lieutenant Richie Aprile (David Proval), who is bucking his order to build a wheelchair access ramp at the home of pizzeria owner Beansie (Paul Herman), whom Richie is responsible for injuring. Richie caves in after a talk with Tony's Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) and even offers Tony his lucky leather jacket, a relic from the 1970s that Tony promptly gives to his maid's immigrant husband, enraging Richie. Deciding to quit taking drugs and give up his dreams of a life in the movie business, Soprano family lieutenant Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) asks his girlfriend, Adriana (Drea de Matteo), to marry him. The couple's joy is short-lived, as Christopher's two partners in crime, Matt Bevilaqua (Lillo Brancato Jr.) and Sean Gismonte (Chris Tardio), decide to move up the mob ladder by murdering Christopher, gunning him down in a diner parking lot. Sean is killed in the attack, and Matt goes on the run after Richie refuses to help him. "Full Leather Jacket" originally aired March 5, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Do Not Resuscitate New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) proves himself a cagey leader in this episode of the cable TV series. When Tony's Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) is released from jail under house arrest due to a heart condition, Tony meets with him at the office of Junior's doctor, which cannot be wire-tapped by the government due to doctor-patient confidentiality laws. Tony allows Junior to earn a token five percent of his income and retain the title of "boss." Tony's still the one in charge, however, as he proves when he negotiates an end to a labor strike in a surprising way profitable both for him and a black community activist. Although Junior is nursing a serious grudge against his nephew, it's Tony he turns to when he injures himself in a bathtub fall. Janice (Aida Turturro) continues to worm her way back into the Soprano family by befriending her niece, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), who gets her driver's license, and buttering up her mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand). Livia and Janice's new closeness is short-lived, however, because Tony's son, Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler), innocently spills the beans about his father and Janice discussing a "DNR" order. During a trip to the doctor's office for a steroid injection to alleviate back pain, Soprano family soldier Big Pussy (Vincent Pastore) is revealed to be working with FBI agent Skip Lipari (Louis Lombardi), but not everything Big P tells the federal agent is true, so who's playing who? "Do Not Resuscitate" first aired January 23, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Funhouse A pair of graduations and a goodbye to an old friend wrap up the second season of the popular HBO series. New Jersey Mafia boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) is flush with a run of financial success thanks to several recent schemes, including big payoffs from a calling-card scam. He buys his wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), a new sable coat, and gives plane tickets to Arizona to his mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand), and her sister. Later, a bad dish at an Indian restaurant gives Tony serious food poisoning, leading to a series of disturbing dreams. In one of them, his friend, Pussy (Vincent Pastore), appears in the form of a frozen fish to announce that he's a FBI informant and that Tony has known all along. Tony begins to recover, determined to learn the truth about Pussy, whom he's long suspected of colluding with the feds. Visiting Pussy's home, Tony feigns continued illness and discovers hidden sound recording equipment and audiotapes. Tony, along with his top captains Silvio Dante (Steve Van Zandt) and Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) pretends to take Pussy on a test drive of a new powerboat, and force a confession from their old friend once they're out to sea. Pussy admits his guilt, but adds that most of the information he fed the government was false. Tony, Paulie, and Silvio murder Pussy and dump his body into the ocean. Returning home to continue preparations for the high school graduation party of his daughter ,Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), Tony receives a call from his mother. It seems the Arizona plane tickets were stolen during an earlier bankruptcy bust-out, and Livia has been detained. It's not long before law enforcement officers show up at the Soprano resident to arrest Tony. He's quickly bailed out by his lawyer, and Tony attends a therapy session with Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), who finally admits to Tony that she's frightened of him. At his daughter's graduation celebration, Tony tells his lieutenant, Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), that he's about to graduate as well, to being a "made man" in the Mob. "Funhouse" first aired April 9, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: The Knight in White Satin Armor A mob boss's biggest personnel problem is resolved in an unexpected fashion in this penultimate episode of the cable television series' second season. Mob chieftain Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) has been trying to break off his long-running affair with Irina (Oksana Babiy), but the possessive Russian mistress tries to commit suicide with an overdose of pills. Tony is finally forced to send his captain, Silvio Dante (Steve Van Zandt) to visit Irina with a dose of wise advice and an envelope containing 75 thousand dollars. Tony's problems with his enforcer, Richie Aprile (David Proval), are coming to a head because Richie is refusing to follow Tony's order to stop selling drugs on his trash-hauling routes. Now Richie's trying to muscle into other capos' territories and scheming to kill Tony. Trying to persuade Tony's uncle, Junior (Dominic Chianese), to join him, the erratic and hot-tempered Richie finds Junior reluctant. Tony and his wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), host an engagement party for Richie and Tony's sister, Janice (Aida Turturro). Electing to remain loyal to Tony, Junior tips his nephew off about Richie's homicidal plans and receives an increase in his percentage from a grateful Tony. Tony orders Silvio to whack Richie, but before Silvio can carry out the hit, Richie and Janice get into a violent domestic quarrel, and Janice shoots Richie twice at point-blank range. Soprano lieutenants Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) and Furio Giunta (Federico Castelluccio) get rid of Richie's corpse at the butcher shop, while Tony puts Janice on a bus back to Seattle, concluding, "All in all, it's been a good visit." Soprano family solider Big Pussy (Vincent Pastore) seems to be having a mental meltdown due to the stress of being a government informant. Acting as if he thinks he's a junior G-man, Pussy stakes out and tails Christopher on an illegal mission to highjack a truckload of "Pokemon" cards but runs down an innocent bicyclist instead. "The Knight in White Satin Armor" first aired April 2, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: House Arrest A mob boss tries to reform for appearances' sake in this episode of the TV cable series that begins heating up several story lines in anticipation of the second season finale. Having narrowly avoided prosecution in a murder case, New Jersey Mafia don Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) is advised by his lawyer to begin keeping regular office hours at his legitimate business, a waste management company called Barone Brothers Sanitation. A 9-5 desk job drives Tony to distraction, however, and even sexual escapades with a secretary don't seem to alleviate his increased stress, which causes a rash on his arm and another blackout at an annual golf outing for waste haulers. Wary of increased attention from the FBI, Tony orders his brother-in-law to tell Richie Aprile (David Proval) to stop selling cocaine on his garbage routes, causing even more bad blood between them. Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese), who's partnered with Richie in the narcotics scheme and chafing under house arrest, begins to enjoy the company of Catherine Romano (Mary Louise Wilson), a police captain's widow he knew in his youth. Still drinking vodka before her sessions with Tony, Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) feels duty-bound to treat the mobster, even though her patient wants to quit therapy. After an altercation with a smoker at a restaurant embarrasses her son, Melfi receives a prescription for Luvox, an obsessive-compulsive disorder medication, from her psychiatrist, Dr. Kupferberg (Peter Bogdanovich). "House Arrest" first aired March 26, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Bust-Out A witness could bring an organized crime family crashing down in this episode of the HBO television series created by David Chase. Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) is distressed to learn that a witness has identified him as being in the area where a traitorous mob lieutenant was murdered. He visits his lawyer, Neil Mink (David Margulies), to discuss a strategy of stalling the feds, and delivers a bag of cash, Tony's rainy day fund for his wife and kids should he be arrested. Tony's also upset when his son, Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler), prefers to hang out with his friends at the mall rather than spend time with his dad, but Tony then promptly forgets his son's swim meet. After a meeting with Tony, Soprano family muscle Richie Aprile (David Proval) complains to Tony's Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) about the shoddy treatment they're both getting. Junior warns Richie about the treacherous Janice (Aida Turturro), who's letting Richie hold a gun to her head during sex. As payment for the massive gambling debt of his old pal, Davey Scatino (Robert Patrick), Tony and his crew take over Davey's outdoor store, running up the limit on all of Davey's lines of credit, intending to sell the merchandise on the street and bankrupt the business. A depressed Davey sleeps in a tent in his store, never returning home and contemplating suicide. Meanwhile, Pussy (Vincent Pastore) gives the FBI a list of investors in the Webistics scam and Tony's wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), has a crush on virile, widowed wallpaper hanger Vic Musto (Joe Penny), Davey's brother-in-law. Their flirtation threatens to become something more, but then Vic meets Davey for lunch and learns that Carmela's husband is a mob kingpin who has ruined Davey's family. Vic offers to pay for the college tuition of his nephew and breaks off his friendship with Carmela, sending an assistant to finish the wallpaper job. Tony learns that the witness against him learned of his identity and is now refusing to testify. The mob boss is so elated, he walks out of a therapy session with Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco). His daughter, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), learns that she's been accepted at some top colleges, giving the family cause for celebration. "Bust-Out," which was called "Deus Ex Machina" until a last-minute title change, originally aired March 19, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: From Where to Eternity Series co-star Michael Imperioli, who also wrote the feature film Summer of Sam (1999), penned the script for this episode of the popular pay-television drama. Shot several times in the previous episode, Soprano family lieutenant Christopher Moltisanti (Imperioli) clings to life in a hospital and has an out-of-body experience that brings him into contact with his ghosts of his late father and a slain former associate, Mikey Palmice, in the afterlife. Shaken up by Christopher's account of his supernatural journey, Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) visits a psychic, a priest, and even Palmice's widow, convinced he'll go to Hell when he dies. Mafia boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) receives a tip regarding the whereabouts of Matt Bevilaqua (Lillo Brancato Jr.), one of the gunmen who shot Christopher, and pays Matt a lethal visit with Big Pussy (Vincent Pastore), who's forced to commit murder despite being a federal informant. Hearing about the illegitimate child borne by another mobster's mistress, Carmela (Edie Falco) urges her husband Tony to get a vasectomy, as she's aware of his affair with a Russian girl, Irina (Oksana Babiy). Tony insists the affair is over, but Carmela is highly skeptical. Janice (Aida Turturro) continues to pressure her boyfriend, Richie Aprile (David Proval), to move against her brother Tony. Tony blows up at his son, Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler), and then tries to rectify the situation by spending time with him. Tony also attempts to be a good husband; he tells Carmela he'll get a vasectomy, but she tells Tony she's changed her mind and may want another child. Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) confesses during a visit with her psychiatrist Dr. Kupferberg (Peter Bogdanovich) that she has made an unholy alliance with her notorious client and that she's becoming increasingly dependent upon alcohol and pills. "From Where to Eternity" first aired on March 12, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: D-Girl Movie stars Jon Favreau, Sandra Bernhard, and Janeane Garofalo make cameo appearances as themselves in this episode of the hit HBO series that finds a Mafia wiseguy flirting with Hollywood. Mob lieutenant Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), who abandoned the screenplay he was secretly writing, finds himself bitten by the show business bug once again when he meets the beautiful Amy (Alicia Witt), a development executive working on a new film with actor Jon Favreau. Christopher and Favreau meet, and the actor appropriates some of Christopher's real-life crime anecdotes for a script. Despite the fact that Amy is his cousin's girlfriend, Christopher sleeps with her. In the Soprano household, Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler) is causing his parents grief with his new apathy. After flunking most of his classes, he gets into a car accident and explains to his parents, Tony (James Gandolfini) and Carmela (Edie Falco), that he's discovered Existentialsim, and that life is absurd and meaningless. A visit with his grandmother, Livia (Nancy Marchand), is no help, as her world view is even darker and more depressing. At his confirmation party, Anthony is caught smoking pot, so his sponsor Big Pussy (Vincent Pastore), explains to Anthony that his father is a "stand-up guy," despite the fact that Big P is betraying Tony and is reluctantly wearing a wire so the Feds can record his conversations. Pussy ends up weeping in the bathroom while his FBI contact Skip (Louis Lombardi) listens in. Informed by a jealous Adriana (Drea de Matteo) that her boyfriend Christopher is dreaming of Hollywood again, Tony delivers an ultimatum to his lieutenant at the party, forcing him to choose between the movies the mob. "D-Girl" originally aired February 27, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Toodle-Fucking-oo A lethal new character joins the Soprano family in this episode of the original cable series, directed by Lee Tamhori. Mob boss Anthony Soprano (James Gandolfini) receives a call from the police, but it's not his illegal activities they're concerned with; his daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) has thrown a party at the unoccupied house of Tony's mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand), and one of her teenage friends has overdosed on drugs. Tony and his wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), feel powerless to control their daughter, and give her only a token punishment, but Carmela is infuriated when Tony's sister, Janice (Aida Turturro), attempts to intervene with some unwanted child-rearing advice. Richie Aprile (David Proval), the hair-trigger-tempered brother of deceased boss Jackie Aprile, is released from prison after ten years, embittered over his loss of power. He pushes for the position and money he feels rightfully belong to him, but Tony urges Richie to be patient. Although he's indebted to Richie, pizza shop owner Beansie (Paul Herman) refuses to knuckle under and pay tribute, so Richie viciously runs over him in a parking lot, then backs up over Beansie again, crippling his one-time friend. Richie struggles with his inner demons at yoga class, where he runs into Janice, a former flame. Richie seeks to stoke the fires of romance with Janice again by visiting her and her mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand), at the hospital. Tony's cold to Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) when they bump into each other at a restaurant, and Melfi is haunted by her cheery "Toodle-oo" to the powerful mob boss. "Toodle-Fucking-oo" originally aired January 30, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Commendatori This episode of the original cable TV series was shot on-location in Italy. New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) travels with his top lieutenants, Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) and Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli), to Naples, where he intends to negotiate a lucrative new deal for the car-jacking operation he's taken over from his Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese). While Paulie attempts to ingratiate himself with the locals with little success, Christopher holes up in his hotel room with Tanno (Giuseppe Zeno), a new acquaintance, on a drug-addled bender that lasts the entire trip. Tony discovers that his distant relative Don Zi Vittorio (Vittorio Duse) has become senile, and that Zi's voluptuous, intelligent daughter, Annalisa (Sofia Milos), is the true boss. Tony is powerfully attracted to Annalisa, who reminds him of Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), but he has a difficult time negotiating business with a woman. They agree on a price for the stolen cars and Tony recruits one of Annalisa's most valuable men, Furio Giunta (Federico Castelluccio), to be his new enforcer. Back at home in the U.S., Angie Bompensiero (Toni Kalem) confesses to Carmela Soprano (Edie Falco) that she's unhappy in her marriage to Pussy (Vincent Pastore) and wants out, but Carmela, already questioning her marriage to Tony, urges Angie to stick with her husband. Spotted by an old acquaintance while meeting with his FBI contact, Pussy is later forced to murder his friend with a hammer. "Commendatori" aired Feburary 6, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Big Girls Don't Cry In this episode of the popular cable TV series, mob chief Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) returns to therapy, a new lieutenant makes a powerful impression, and a legendary director tries his hand at acting in a multi-episode story arc. Tony reorganizes his crew, promoting Silvio Dante (Steve Van Zandt) and Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) to share an underboss role, while leaving Big Pussy (Vincent Pastore) at the same level as Christopher (Michael Imperioli) and Furio (Federico Castelluccio). This infuriates Pussy, who becomes less reluctant to share information with the FBI, while Furio, now working for Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia) as a mozzarella maker, is ordered to lean on the owner of a whorehouse, whose delinquent payments are Christopher's responsibility. Christopher, however, is wrapped up in an acting class given to him as a gift by his girlfriend, Adriana (Drea de Matteo). Tony, while he should be happy that he's not under indictment and business is booming, is having fits and tantrums. It's partly the stress of discovering that the renewed romance between his sister, Janice (Aida Turturro), and Richie Aprile (David Proval) is becoming serious, so Tony tries to talk with his counsel, Hesh Rabkin (Jerry Adler), who's of little help. Hesh does reveal, however, that Tony's father also suffered from blackouts. Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) has been seeing a therapist of her own, Dr. Elliott Kupferberg (Peter Bogdanovich), to whom she reveals her guilt over refusing to treat Tony. Although Kupferberg advises against it, Melfi calls Tony to offer her services, which Tony at first gruffly refuses. Tony relents and appears for his appointment, re-starting his sessions in an effort to gain "total control." "Big Girls Don't Cry" first aired February 13, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: The Happy Wanderer Frank Sinatra Jr. provides an amusing cameo as himself in this episode of the hit television series. Mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) tells his therapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), of his anger at all the "happy wanderers" in the world, those without the cares and concerns he suffers. One responsibility that Tony's looking forward to, however, is control of the "executive game," a poker game for high rollers that he's now inherited from Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese). At a funeral, Tony is forced to deal with the presence of his estranged mother, Livia (Nancy Marchand), who's escorted by Janice (Aida Turturro) and her lover, Richie Aprile (David Proval). Janice is pressuring Richie to stand up to her brother and claim what's rightfully his -- namely, control of the mob family. Against his better judgement, Tony allows his old friend and local sporting goods store owner Davey Scatino (Robert Patrick) into the executive game, despite the fact that Davey's gambling problems have been causing trouble with Richie to the tune of eight grand. Davey loses another 45,000 dollars and tries to convince Soprano friend and restaurant owner Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia) to loan him the cash to pay Tony and Richie, but Artie can't help. Junior reveals a family secret to Tony about a feeble-minded uncle he never knew he had, and Tony's daughter, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), encounters a problem with her classmate Eric when his sport utility vehicle ends up in Soprano hands. "The Happy Wanderer" first aired on February 20, 2000. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood The third season of the popular HBO crime series opens with the FBI trying to devise a method of bugging the home of New Jersey mob boss Anthony Soprano (James Gandolfini). In the meantime, Tony's daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) adjusts to life as a freshman at Columbia University, his wife Carmela (Edie Falco) takes tennis lessons, and his son Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler) is more concerned about his skateboard and cigarettes than schoolwork. Tony is also worried about Patsy Parisi (Dan Grimaldi), twin brother of the slain Philly, who was murdered on Tony's orders. His erratic behavior and heavy drinking seem an indication that Patsy knows who's responsible for his brother's death, causing Tony and his lieutenants to keep a close watch on the embittered soldier. "Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood" was written by series creator David Chase. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Employee of the Month A violent sexual assault followed by justice aborted due to a legal technicality leaves Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) flirting with the idea of using her mob connection to get revenge in this powerful episode of the cable crime drama. When she's raped in the stairwell of her office building, Dr. Melfi expects the attacker to be prosecuted, but an improper police procedure results in the rapist getting off. After she recognizes her rapist at a fast food restaurant where he works, she considers telling her mob boss client Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) about the incident, knowing he'll exact retribution, but the therapist remains silent. In the meantime, Tony deals with his uppity subordinate, Ralph Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano), by promoting one of Ralph's garbage business associates in his stead, and Tony's sister, Janice (Aida Turturro), has a violent run-in with Russian gangsters over a stolen prosthetic leg. Some good news comes Tony's way when he learns of a new 25-million-dollar waterfront project coming into his territory, but the appearance of new neighbor Johnny Sack (Vincent Curatola), a powerful New York crime boss, is a cause for concern. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: University The violence toward women characteristic of this hit cable drama's third season continues with shocking brutality in this heartbreaking episode. New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) resists the efforts of one of his needy young go-go dancers, Tracee (Ariel Kiley), to become "friends." He's got enough problems at home with his own daughter, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), who has been giving him the silent treatment over her father's prejudice toward her mixed-race boyfriend. When the boyfriend casually dumps Meadow, however, she's furious, hurling invective at her family and slamming doors. Meanwhile, Tracee has become pregnant with the child of Tony's garbage business underling, Ralph Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano), who reacts with a typically uncaring attitude. When Tracee insults Ralph in front of his friends and business partners, he meets her outside Tony's strip club and brutally beats her to death. Tony reacts violently, attacking Ralph and violating the code of la cosa nostra. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: He Is Risen Accomplished character actress Annabella Sciorra joins the cast of this popular crime series. As Thanksgiving approaches, New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) deals with the fallout of his beating his garbage business subordinate Ralph Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano). A violation of the Mafia code, Tony's now obliged to either kill Ralph or apologize, but finds himself loathe to do either -- and instead embarks on a torrid affair with a beautiful but troubled Mercedes Benz dealership sales rep, Gloria Trillo (Sciorra). In the meantime, Tony's daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) has begun dating shiftless Jackie Aprile Jr. (Jason Cerbone), the wannabe gangster son of Tony's one-time boss. While Jackie Jr.'s mother (Sharon Angela) is thrilled at the union, Tony and his wife Carmela (Edie Falco) are less enthused about the young man's questionable prospects. The holidays bring resolution to at least one of Tony's problems: when a Soprano family crew boss dies unexpectedly, Tony's able to heal the rift with Ralph by promoting him to captain, a position of authority Cifaretto has long craved. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Pine Barrens Elements of the darkly humorous Fargo (1996) are recalled in this Emmy-nominated episode directed by one of that classic film's stars, Steve Buscemi. A simple collection from a Russian goes awry when he and Soprano family mobster Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) exchange words, then blows. Determining that the desolate Pine Barrens of Southern New Jersey are the perfect dumping grounds for the Russian's body, Paulie drags soldier Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) with him, promising a night in Atlantic City once the corpse has been disposed of. Things don't unfold as planned, however; their victim isn't dead and turns out to be a former Army commando who assaults them, then escapes. Disoriented, Paulie and Christopher can't find their way back to the car and end up spending a frozen night in the woods. Meantime, the Mafia organization's boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) learns that his new lover Gloria Trillo (Annabella Sciorra) has an unstable, violent streak, and his daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) sees another side of her boyfriend Jackie Aprile Jr. (Jason Cerbone). ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Army of One The third season of the hit HBO crime series comes to a close in this memorable episode. After he brokers a peace agreement between two of his captains, Ralph Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano) and Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico), New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) must handle a domestic crisis. It seems his son Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler) has been expelled from his high school for cheating on a math test. Enraged, Tony tells his wife Carmela (Edie Falco) that their only option is military school, but she fights her husband on the decision. In hiding after a botched robbery attempt on some made men, Jackie Aprile Jr. (Jason Cerbone) is gunned down on the orders of Ralph, and the young man's funeral leaves his ex-girlfriend Meadow Soprano (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) distraught. After seeing Jackie in his coffin, Carmela reconsiders Anthony Jr.'s fate, but then the boy blacks out while trying on his new school uniform, suffering from the same anxiety-produced seizures as his father, rendering him unfit for duty. At a wake for Jackie, a frustrated Paulie forges a new alliance with rival mob boss Johnny Sack (Vincent Curatola) and a drunken Meadow makes a spectacle of herself while her Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) is singing. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Amour Fou The climactic ends of two unadvisable relationships have grim consequences in this gripping episode of the hit cable crime series. A heated argument with his mentally unhinged, illicit lover Gloria Trillo (Annabella Sciorra) leads to a near-homicide for New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini). Although he nearly chokes the woman upon realizing that she's a carbon copy of his other, Tony backs off and sends his enforcer Patsy Parisi (Dan Grimaldi) to deliver a message to Gloria: the romance is over, and so is her life if she reveals their secret affair. Meanwhile, Tony's wife Carmela (Edie Falco) makes her first tentative moves toward independence, taking off the jewelry her husband bought her with ill-gotten gains and studying for a real estate license exam. Also, the budding romance between Tony's daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) and wiseguy wannabe Jackie April Jr. (Jason Cerbone) has ended, leading Jackie to pull a dangerous stunt: the rip-off of a high-stakes Mafia card game. Gunfire is exchanged and although Jackie barely escapes with his life, his future is in serious doubt when Tony hands over final authority in the matter to his bloodthirsty captain, Ralph Cifaretto (Joe Pantoliano), who's unlikely to be influenced by his relationship with Jackie's mother. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: To Save Us All From Satan's Power A Mafia chieftain becomes uncharacteristically reflective as Christmas approaches in this episode of the cable TV drama. New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) is experiencing a sense of loss over the death of his friend Pussy Bompensiero, who traditionally played Santa Claus at Tony's annual charity bash. Tony's feelings of woe are compounded by his discovery of his daughter's boyfriend, wiseguy wannabe Jackie Aprile Jr. (Jason Cerbone), receiving a lap dance from a stripper at a go-go club; Tony gives the college dropout a solid beating. In the meantime, a Russian money launderer friend of Tony's gives him a little holiday gift: the identity of the ruffian who viciously assaulted his sister Janice (Aida Turturro). Tony and his lieutenant Furio give the man a beating as a holiday gift to Janice, and on Christmas morning, a chastened Jackie shows up with a gift for Tony's daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) and an attitude adjustment for her father. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Second Opinion Dealing with health care professionals of various stripes proves to be an arduous task for two members of a crime family in this episode of the hit cable TV series. When his Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) undergoes a not-entirely successful cancer treatment at the hands of less-than-compassionate Dr. John Kennedy (Sam McMurray), New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) is furious. So he schedules a threatening heart-to-heart with the surgeon on the golf course that leaves Junior in the doctor's suddenly far more caring hands. In the meantime, Tony's wife Carmela (Edie Falco) is referred to a blunt psychotherapist (Mike Nichols), who tells her that she's complicit in her husband's crimes and will never be happy unless she leaves him. In the meantime, Tony's lieutenants Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico) and Christopher Moltisanti (Michael Imperioli) continue to clash over their new business arrangements, and Tony deals with the financial concerns of the widowed Angie Bompensiero (Toni Kalem) by smashing the window of her new Cadillac. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Another Toothpick New Jersey mob kingpin Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) is finally joined by his wife, Carmela (Edie Falco), for a contentious session with his therapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), in this episode of the hit HBO drama series. When his frustrations lead to a traffic ticket from officious trooper Wilmore (Charles S. Dutton) on the way home, an angry Tony tells his corrupt state assemblyman, Zellman (Peter Riegert), to "fix it." Compounding Tony's frustrations and concerns is the fact that his Uncle Junior (Dominic Chianese) has cancer, a family associate has been put in a coma by an unprovoked attack, and a dying former gangster (Burt Young) has been assigned a retaliatory hit. Then there's Tony's daughter, Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler), still not speaking to her father because of his racist attitudes, and his restaurant-owner friend Artie Bucco (John Ventimiglia) has a crush on his nephew's girlfriend, Adriana (Drea de Matteo). When Tony goes to Fountains of Wayne to pick up a backyard ornament, he discovers that Officer Wilmore has been reduced to a part-time job because his run-in with Tony has had political repercussions. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Fortunate Son New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) makes a breakthrough in his therapy with Dr. Melfi (Lorraine Bracco) in this episode of the hit drama series. Remembering that his first "spell" occurred when he was 11 years old, Tony suddenly realizes that all of his blackouts have occurred when he was preparing meat. This revelation forces him to confront a painful memory about his father and recently deceased mother. Meanwhile, Tony's nephew, Christopher (Michael Imperioli), bungles his new responsibilities of a "made man" and is forced to hold up a Rutgers University box office to pay his weekly payment to Paulie Walnuts (Tony Sirico). A feud between Tony's sister, Janice (Aida Turturro), and their late mother's housekeeper, Svetlana, heats up, resulting in a stolen artificial leg, while Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) gives her dad Tony the silent treatment, and Anthony Jr. (Robert Iler) excels on the football field. When he's promoted for his gridiron performance, however, A.J. blacks out under the pressure, just like his dad. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Proshai, Livushka Some computer-generated imagery summons the ghost of a departed cast member for one final appearance in this turning point episode of the hit crime drama. After learning that his daughter Meadow (Jamie-Lynn Sigler) is dating a half Jewish, half African-American student at Columbia, New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) has a stress-related anxiety attack and blackout. His problems are compounded when, after a contentious visit with his mother Livia (Nancy Marchand), he receives word that the manipulative matriarch has died of a stroke. Tony's flower-child sister, Janice (Aida Tuturro), insists on a memorial service but gets more than she bargained for when assembled family members share their true feelings about the less-than-dearly departed. At a session with his therapist, Dr. Jennifer Melfi (Lorraine Bracco), Tony about sums it up by confiding that he's glad his mother is gone. A key witness against him in a case involving stolen airline tickets, Livia is now silenced forever, and her emotional passive-aggression is no longer a part of his life. ~ Karl Williams, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Eloise While Carmela and Furio deal with unspoken feelings, a disagreement leads to problems between the two families. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: No-Show An off-color joke made by Ralph has the potential to create problems. Meanwhile, Christopher's ascension within the ranks leads to bitterness. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Whitecaps In the fourth season finale, Tony and Carmela's relationship begins to crumble under the weight of their marital problems, and Junior's trial concludes. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Whoever Did This The rift between Tony and Ralph reaches a crescendo. Meanwhile, Junior hopes to avoid trial. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Calling All Cars Tensions mount between the New Jersey and New York families over a housing scam. Meanwhile, Tony has another vivid dream and Bobby is bereft with grief. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: The Strong, Silent Type After Christopher's substance abuse gets out of hand, Tony organizes an intervention. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Christopher While Junior's trial begins, Silvio and Artie attempt to thwart a protest of the annual Columbus Day parade. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Everybody Hurts Tony learns of a former comare's death, and Artie Bucco enters into a dubious business arrangement. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: The Weight Animosity grows between Johnny Sack and Ralphi, while attraction blooms between Carmela and Furio. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Watching Too Much Television Following Paulie's release from prison, Tony and Ralph discuss a housing scam with Zellman. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: For All Debts Public and Private The fourth season premiere finds Junior struggling to pay his legal costs and Adriana befriending an undercover FBI agent. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Pie-O-My Echoing his past admiration of animals, Tony becomes enamored with a race horse. Meanwhile, a grieving Bobby finds solace with Janice. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Mergers & Acquisitions While Paulie's mother has trouble adjusting to her new retirement home, a woman comes between Tony and Ralph. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Where's Johnny Stricken with dementia, Uncle Junior wanders out on his own. Meanwhile, Feech La Manna becomes a potential liability. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: All Happy Families While Carmela loses control of AJ, Tony looks for a way to deal with the aging Feech La Manna. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Irregular Around the Margins An auto accident involving Tony and Adriana leads to rampant suspicion that the two are having an affair. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Sentimental Education While Carmela re-enters the dating scene, the recently paroled Tony Blundetto tries his hand at a civilian job. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Marco Polo The recently paroled Tony Blundetto is offered some work by the New York family, while the Soprano household plays host to a big party in honor of Carmela's father's 75th birthday. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: The Test Dream After an old friend is murdered by members of the New York family, Tony Blundetto makes a careless and unauthorized move. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Unidentified Black Males Tony Soprano learns of a misdeed committed by Tony Blundetto and attempts to cover for his cousin. Meanwhile, Finn gets a construction job and learns a shocking secret about Vito. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Rat Pack After a long prison sentence, Tony's cousin Tony Blundetto is paroled and finds the world a changed place. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Two Tonys In the fifth season opener, AJ and Carmela are shocked to encounter a ferocious bear in the backyard. Meanwhile, Tony attempts to court Dr. Melfi. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: All Due Respect In the fifth season finale, Tony finds the situation with his cousin Tony Blundetto beginning to affect his own people and realizes he must make a decision. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Long Term Parking With pressure from the FBI increasing on her, Adriana comes clean with Christopher about her role as an informant. Meanwhile, Tony attempts to protect his cousin. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Cold Cuts Christopher and Tony Blundetto visit a rural farm to move some corpses, while back in New Jersey, Janice's temper gets the best of her. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: In Camelot While Tony meets his father's old comare who reveals some surprising things about the elder Soprano, Junior grapples with his own mortality. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Join the Club Following his shooting at the hands of Uncle Junior, Tony finds himself in a comatose dream state. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: The Fleshy Part of the Thigh Tony befriends an aging scientist and a celebrity rapper while recuperating in the hospital. Meanwhile, a dying aunt drops a bombshell on Paulie. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Live Free or Die After Vito's secret life as a homosexual becomes public knowledge, he takes off to hide out in New Hampshire. Back in Jersey, Tony grapples with how to handle the situation. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Johnny Cakes While Vito finds something unexpected in New Hampshire, Tony meets an attractive realtor and AJ makes a rash decision about Uncle Junior. ~ Matthew Tobey, All Movie Guide The Sopranos: Cold Stones Vito finally returns to face the family about his homosexuality. Meanwhile, Carmela vacations abroad and has a disturbin
Includes:Taxi: Paper Marriage (1978) Taxi: Money Troubles (1978) Taxi: Like Father, Like Daughter (1978) Taxi: Memories of Cab 804, Part 2 (1978) Taxi: Bobby's Acting Career (1978) Taxi: Blind Date (1978) Taxi: Men are Such Beasts (1978) Taxi: Memories of Cab 804, Part 1 (1978) Taxi: Come as You Aren't (1978) Taxi: A Full House for Christmas (1978) Taxi: High School Reunion (1978) Taxi: One-Punch Banta (1978) Taxi: The Great Line (1978) Taxi: Mama Gravas (1979) Taxi: Elaine and the Lame Duck (1979) Taxi: Substitute Father (1979) Taxi: Alex Tastes Death and Finds a Nice Restaurant (1979) Taxi: Friends (1979) Taxi: Louie Sees the Light (1979) Taxi: Sugar Mama (1979) Taxi: Bobby's Big Break (1979) Taxi: Hollywood Calling (1979) Taxi: Jim Gets a Pet (1979) Taxi: Nardo Loses Her Marbles (1979) Taxi: The Great Race (1979) Taxi: Elaine's Secret Admirer (1979) Taxi: Louie and the Nice Girl (1979) Taxi: Wherefore Art Thou, Bobby? (1979) Taxi: Reverend Jim: A Space Odyssey (1979) Taxi: The Apartment (1979) Taxi: Latka's Revolting (1979) Taxi: The Lighter Side of Angela Matusa (1979) Taxi: The Reluctant Fighter (1979) Taxi: Louie Meets the Folks (1979) Taxi: Alex's Romance (1979) Taxi: A Woman Between Friends (1979) Taxi: Honor Thy Father (1979) Taxi: Alex Jumps Out of an Airplane (1980) Taxi: Art Work (1980) Taxi: Fantasy Borough, Part 1 (1980) Taxi: Shut it Down, Part 1 (1980) Taxi: Elaine's Strange Triangle (1980) Taxi: Going Home (1980) Taxi: Fathers of the Bride (1980) Taxi: Tony's Sister and Jim (1980) Taxi: Louie's Rival (1980) Taxi: Guess Who's Coming for Brefnish (1980) Taxi: Shut it Down, Part 2 (1980) Taxi: Tony and Brian (1980) Taxi: Fantasy Borough, Part 2 (1980) Taxi: What Price Bobby? (1980) Taxi: Mr. Personalities (1981) Taxi: Fledgling (1981) Taxi: Like Father, Like Son (1981) Taxi: The Ten Percent Solution (1981) Taxi: Bobby and the Critic (1981) Taxi: Zen and the Art of Cab Driving (1981) Taxi: Vienna Waits (1981) Taxi: Latka's Cookies (1981) Taxi: Call of the Mild (1981) Taxi: Louie Goes Too Far (1981) Taxi: Jim the Psychic (1981) Taxi: Louie Bumps Into an Old Lady (1981) Taxi: Jim Joins the Network (1981) Taxi: The Costume Party (1981) Taxi: Louie's Mother (1981) Taxi: On the Job, Part 1 (1981) Taxi: Louie's Mom Remarries (1981) Taxi: On the Job, Part 2 (1981) Taxi: Thy Boss's Wife (1981) Taxi: Of Mice and Tony (1981) Taxi: Out of Commission (1981) Taxi: Bobby's Roommate (1981) Taxi: Elaine's Old Friend (1981) Taxi: Louie's Fling (1981) Taxi: Latka the Playboy (1981) Taxi: Scenskees from a Marriage, Part 1 (1982) Taxi: Tony's Lady (1982) Taxi: Elegant Iggy (1982) Taxi: Crime and Punishment (1982) Taxi: I Wanna Be Around (1982) Taxi: Travels with My Dad (1982) Taxi: Tony's Comeback (1982) Taxi: Get Me Through the Holidays (1982) Taxi: Cooking for Two (1982) Taxi: Zena's Honeymoon (1982) Taxi: Elaine and the Monk (1982) Taxi: Jim and the Kid (1982) Taxi: Nina Loves Alex (1982) Taxi: Alex Goes Off the Wagon (1982) Taxi: Jim's Inheritance (1982) Taxi: Alex the Gofer (1982) Taxi: Scenskees from a Marriage, Part 2 (1982) Taxi: The Wedding of Latka and Simka (1982) Taxi: Simka Returns (1982) Taxi: The Shloogel Show (1982) Taxi: Take My Ex-Wife, Please (1982) Taxi: Louie's Revenge (1982) Taxi: The Road Not Taken, Part 1 (1982) Taxi: The Unkindest Cut (1982) Taxi: Bobby Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1982) Taxi: The Road Not Taken, Part 2 (1982) Taxi: Louie and the Blind Girl (1983) Taxi: Sugar Ray Nardo (1983) Taxi: Simka's Monthlies (1983) Taxi: Alex Gets Burned by an Old Flame (1983) Taxi: A Taxi Celebration, Part 1 (1983) Taxi: A Taxi Celebration, Part 2 (1983) Taxi: A Grand Gesture (1983) Taxi: Alex's Old Buddy (1983) Taxi: Louie Moves Uptown (1983) Taxi: Arnie Meets the Kids (1983) Taxi: Jim's Mario's (1983) Taxi: Tony's Baby (1983) Taxi: Paper Marriage Now that his visa had expired, Latka (Andy Kaufman) must marry an American girl in order to stay in the country. Elected to locate a suitable bride, Alex (Judd Hirsch) shows up with what can euphemistically be described as a "working girl." Although the subsequent wedding ceremony is a sham, it goes along so swimmingly, and with such a genuine outpouring of emotion, that Latka begins to believe it himself. This episode marks the first series appearance of burned-out hippie "Reverend Jim" Ignatowski (Christopher Lloyd), who would become a regular the following season. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: Money Troubles Collegiate cab driver John Burns (Randall Carver) and his new bride Suzanne (Ellen Regan) have stretched their budget to the breaking point. Although Suzanne's parents have been helping out, they are now retired and unable to provide another penny. It falls to Alex (Judd Hirsch), the only Sunshine Cab employee with a stable bank account, to come to the rescue -- but will he be in time to prevent John and/or Suzanne from dropping out of college? ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: Like Father, Like Daughter Taxi's very first episode gets under way as would-be art dealer Elaine Nardo (Marilu Henner) strolls into the offices of New York's Sunshine Cab company, looking for a job. After a typically hostile "screening" by dispatcher Louie DePalma (Danny DeVito), Elaine is introduced to her co-workers: Alex Reiger (Judd Hirsch), the garage's "father confessor" and the only full-time cabbie in the bunch; aspiring actor Bobby Wheeler (Jeff Conaway); wannabe boxing champ Tony Banta (Tony Danza); shy, clumsy college student John Burns (Randall Carver); and mechanic Latka Gravas, a thickly accented foreigner from an unpronounceable country. Elaine also joins the cabbies' efforts to reunite Alex with his long-estranged teenage daughter, Cathy (Talia Balsam), who is returning from Brazil after a 15-year separation -- but only long enough to change planes. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: Memories of Cab 804, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, mechanic Latka (Andy Kaufman) works day and night to repair cab 804, the oldest taxi in the garage and the "mascot" of the Sunshine Cab Company. Each of the cabbies remembers his or her own special experiences while driving the legendary vehicle. Two special guest stars figure prominently in the proceedings: Tom Selleck is cast as a wealthy passenger who very nearly changed the course of Elaine's (Marilu Henner) life, while Mandy Patinkin plays the husband of a pregnant woman who goes into labor while Alex (Judd Hirsch) is behind the wheel of cab 804. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: Bobby's Acting Career Taxi briefly moved from its first-season Tuesday night slot to Thursday for this episode in which cab driver and would-be actor Bobby Wheeler (Jeff Conaway) reaches a crossroads in his life. Bobby has given himself three years to land an acting job; if he fails in that period, he'll give up show biz for good. Now, with only 24 hours before the deadline, Bobby has several surprises in store for his friends -- and vice versa. Future Hill Street Blues regular Taurean Blacque is appropriately cast as a cop, while Miami Vice producer Michael Mann also shows up in a pre-celebrity bit part. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: Blind Date Intrigued by the sexy voice of answering-service operator Angela (Suzanne Kent), Alex (Judd Hirsch) asks her for a date. On the appointed evening, Alex is shocked to discover that Angela is immensely overweight -- and with a bad attitude to boot. Even with so much working against a lasting relationship with Angela, Alex can't help but be attracted to the girl. And yes, this is the same Angela who served as the "inspiration" for Taxi's familiar theme music. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: Men are Such Beasts Try though he might, Tony (Tony Danza) cannot shed himself of his troublesome girlfriend, an overambitious, overpossessive cab driver named Denise (Gail Edwards). Just it when it appears that Denise has finally taken the hint and removed herself from Tony's life, the girl signs up with the Sunshine Cab Company. Eventually everyone finds out why Denise is so enthusiastic, hardworking, and persistent...she's a habitual pill popper. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: Memories of Cab 804, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, klutzy John Burns (Randall Carver) smashes up cab 804, the oldest vehicle in the garage and the unofficial "mascot" of the Sunshine Cab Company. As Latka (Andy Kaufman) struggles to save cab 804 from the junkyard, the other cabbies recall their own experiences while driving the legendary taxi. Highlights in this episode include Tony's (Tony Danza) encounter with a would-be suicide (played by Taxi co-creator Ed Weinberger), and Bobby's (Jeff Conaway) slapstick standoff with an inept robber. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: Come as You Aren't While preparing a cocktail party for a group of high-profile art dealers, Elaine (Marilu Henner) invites Alex (Judd Hirsch) to attend the soiree to provide some moral support. More than a few feelings are hurt when, on the night of the party, Elaine begs Alex not to tell anyone that he is "only" a cab driver. But the jig is up for both Elaine and Alex when a very special guest arrives. Emmy-winning TV writer Treva Silverman appears as Latka's "date." ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: A Full House for Christmas Christmas is hardly a time of peace on earth and good will to men for Louie (Danny DeVito), especially when his prodigal brother Nick (Richard Forojny) shows up for the holidays. A reckless Las Vegas gambler, Nick insists he has changed his ways and will devote more time to his neglected mother. But the call of the cards and chips proves too strong -- and ultimately the future of Nicky, Danny and everyone in the garage hinges on a single hand of poker. Originally, Nicky was to have been played by series regular Andy Kaufman in his obnoxious "Tony Clifton" alter ego, but according to legend, "Tony" was so disruptive during rehearsal that he had to be literally dragged off the set. (We'll take their word for it when the other cast members insist they weren't in on Kaufman's joke.) ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: High School Reunion Louie (Danny DeVito) is nervous about attending his 20th high-school reunion -- especially since the last time he saw his classmates they had pulled a prank that made him look like a fool. Hoping to "get even" by showing that he turned out better than expected, Louie coerces good-looking, personable Bobby (Jeff Conaway) to attend the reunion in his place. Although aspiring actor Bobby welcomes the "challenge" of impersonating Louie, in the end, it is the real Mr. DePalma who settles accounts with his former high-school nemesis -- or at least that's what he tells himself. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: One-Punch Banta Hired as a sparring partner for champion Carlos Navarone (played by real-life WBC welterweight champ Carlos Palomino), Tony (Jeff Conaway) is amazed when he decks Navarone with a single blow. Armed with a surfeit of confidence, Tony eagerly looks forward to a big-time boxing match -- until he discovers that his K.O. of Carlos was only a publicity scam. Watch for the real punch (as opposed to a "stage" punch) delivered by one boxer to another in the final locker-room scene. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: The Great Line Shy Bobby (Randall Carver) conspires with self-assured Tony (Tony Danza) to come up with a sure-fire "line" for picking up chicks. At Mario's Restaurant, the nervous John finally gets up the gumption to approach a girl and deliver his can't-fail line: "Let's skip the preliminaries -- let's get married." The strategy works a bit too well: the next morning, John finds himself with a brand-new wife and a nonplussed set of in-laws. Ellen Regan makes her first series appearance as Suzanne. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: Mama Gravas When Latka (Andy Kaufman) announces that his mother is coming from the Old Country to pay him a visit, the cabbies expect to meet a shy, wizened old lady. But Greta Gravas (Susan Kellerman) turns out to be a busty, Junoesque blonde with an insatiable appetite for food...among other things. Catching Greta in the act of "nik-nik" with Alex (Judd Hirsch), an outraged Latka demands that Alex make an honest woman of his mother by marrying her. But can an "ancient custom" save both Greta's honor and Alex' bachelorhood? ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: Elaine and the Lame Duck Future Larry Sanders Show and Arrested Development co-star Jeffrey Tambor appears in this episode as self-pitying congressman Walter Griswold (Jeffrey Tambor). Convinced that he is now, always has been, and always will be a loser with the ladies, Griswold evokes the sympathy of cabbie Alex (Judd Hirsch). Hoping to boost Griswold's confidence, Alex arranges a date between the congressman and Elaine (Marilu Henner) -- and if Elaine can't make a man feel better about himself, NO one can! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: Substitute Father In the last episode of Taxi's first season, Michael Herschewe appears as Elaine's son Jason, a role later played on a semi-regular basis by David Mendenhall. Obliged to leave town for a while, Elaine (Marilu Henner) leaves Jason in the care of Alex (Judd Hirsch) -- and when he proves unavailable, the rest of the cabbies volunteer their services. So taken are the guys by Jason that they can't spend enough time with him. As a result, the boy is unable to study for an upcoming spelling bee, leading to a hectic cramming session and a surprising finale. Marilu Henner's real-life niece Suzanne Carney appears as one of the spelling-bee contestants...a girl named Marilu. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: Alex Tastes Death and Finds a Nice Restaurant Alex (Judd Hirsch) barely escapes death -- and the loss of an ear -- when a mugger takes a shot at him. After this brush with mortality, Alex decides it is high time to quit his job and change his life. This he does by landing a cushy job at a French restaurant. And it just might have worked too, if it hadn't been for those meddling kids (Oops, that's a Scooby-Doo line. Let's try again). And it just might have worked too if the rest of Sunshine Cab Company hadn't converged upon the restaurant all at once. (That's better!) ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: Friends Obliged to go out of town for a state middleweight championship, Tony (Tony Danza) entrusts the care of his beloved goldfish to his best friend, Bobby (Jeff Conaway). Alas, the self-involved Bobby neglects his responsibility, and before long Tony's pets are "sleeping with the fishes." The inconsolable Tony breaks off his friendship with Bobby, whose ham-handed efforts to make amends succeed only in making a bad situation worse -- or do they? ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: Louie Sees the Light Can it be that nasty Louie (Danny DeVito) is on the verge of reformation? Nervous about an upcoming gallstone operation, Louie promises god that he will mend his ways if he pulls through. The operation is a success, and Louie is as good as his word -- or so it seems. Before long, the skeptical cabbies are placing bets as to how long it will be before Louie reverts to his old obnoxious self...and with real money involved, they're determined to goad the little weasel to the breaking point. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: Sugar Mama Oscar-winning actress Ruth Gordon earned an Emmy award for her work in this episode. Gordon is cast as septuagenarian Dee Wilcox, a freewheeling millionairess who is in the habit of hiring cab drivers for the night and lavishing huge sums of money on them -- no strings attached. Dee is so enchanted by cabbie Alex (Judd Hirsch) that she offers him a job as her permanent chauffeur -- but Alex begins to wonder if the effusively generous Dee wants something more than simply the pleasure of his company. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: Bobby's Big Break This Taxi episode was originally seen on Thursday instead of the series' usual first-season Tuesday night slot. After years of disappointments and setbacks, aspiring actor Bobby (Jeff Conaway) finally lands a good role in the TV daytime drama "For Better or for Worse." Bent upon burning his bridges behind him, Bobby not only quits his job as a cabbie but also ceremoniously tears up his cab driver's license in the face of despicable dispatcher Louie (Danny DeVito). But when he shows up for work on the set of "For Better or for Worse," Bobby learns that his act of hubris may have been a wee bit too hasty...Michelle Conaway, sister of series regular Jeff Conaway, appears in a supporting part. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: Hollywood Calling After two months' worth of reruns, Taxi closed out its first season with two "new" episodes. This one features Martin Mull as Hollywood producer Roger Chapman, who shows up in the garage with plans to make a documentary about a day in the life of a "typical" cabbie. Naturally, aspiring actor Bobby (Jeff Conaway) assumes he will be tapped for the leading role, but Bobby had reckoned without the show-biz ambitions of his fellow cabbies -- except for Alex (Judd Hirsch), who struggles manfully to remain aloof to the excitement, and Louie (Danny DeVito), who has already wangled a huge amount of money from Chapman to act as "production coordinator." As it happens, however, everybody ends up in "development hell." ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Taxi: Jim Gets a Pet Despite being warned by Alex (Judd Hirsch) of the evils of gambling, Jim (Christopher Lloyd) becomes fascinated with horse racing -- and betting on the horses being raced. The result: Jim wins a huge amount of money at the track...and also buys a race horse, whom he names "Gary." The fun begins when Jim tries to sneak his new "pet" into his hovel of an apartment, in preparation for setting the nag free in Central Park. But "fun" is hardly the word when the other cabbies make an unexpected visit to Jim's place. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Nardo Loses Her Marbles Stressed out from juggling her job as a cabbie with her responsibilities as a single mother and her burgeoning art-curator career, poor Elaine (Marilu Henner) finally snaps during a major art-gallery event. Reliable old Alex (Judd Hirsch) offers to drive Elaine home and help her calm down -- a gesture which Elaine apparently misinterprets as an invitation to have sex. But it is only after Elaine agrees to undergo therapy that Alex allows any thoughts of romance to dance in his own head. Cult-film favorite Mary Woronov (Eating Raoul) guest stars as an avant-garde artist, while future Star Trek: Voyager regular Robert Picardo also makes an appearance. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: The Great Race The garage becomes a unofficial gambling emporium when the cabbies place bets as to whether Alex (Judd Hirsch) can bring in more fare money than Louie (Danny DeVito) during a single night, or vice versa. Elaine (Marilu Henner) is particularly anxious over the outcome of this wager, especially since she has promised to go on a date with Louie if he wins. Naturally, Louie is not above cheating and duplicity to emerge victorious--and for a while, it looks as though the "good guys" aren't going to come out on top in this venture. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Elaine's Secret Admirer Having just broken up a relationship, Elaine (Marilu Henner) is unusually receptive to the unsigned love notes being sent to her by an unknown admirer. Can it be that Elaine's mystery man is Don Reavy (Michael de Lano), the handsome new driver in the Sunshine garage? Whatever the case, Elaine and Don begin dating...and it is then that the real author of the love notes makes himself known -- but only to Alex (Judd Hirsch). ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Louie and the Nice Girl Season two of Taxi gets under way with an Emmy-winning episode that teams series star Danny DeVito (Louie DePalma) with his real-life significant other Rhea Perlman. The cabbies are amazed when Zena Sherman (Perlman), the soft-spoken woman who stocks the vending machines at the garage, confesses to have a crush on the eminently unlovable Louie. Believing that Zena is too timid to admit this, Alex (Judd Hirsch) agrees to act as matchmaker. Alex comes to regret this act of kindness when, after a few dates, Louie boastfully and obnoxiously claims to have "scored" innumerable times with Zena. The truth turns out to be a lot more suprising -- especially to Louie! ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Wherefore Art Thou, Bobby? The latest in a long line of setbacks in his acting career befalls poor Bobby (Jeff Conaway). What is especially galling is that the actor who beats Bobby out for the lead in an off-Broadway production of Romeo and Juliet is his new friend Steve (Michael Horton) -- to whom Bobby has been giving acting lessons! Completely frustrated, Bobby vows to give up the theatrical world and remain a cabbie for the rest of his life...or at least that was his plan until Louie (Danny DeVito) opened his big, annoying mouth. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Reverend Jim: A Space Odyssey With this episode, Christopher Lloyd becomes a regular in the role of zonked-out hippie minister Reverend Jim. Running into Jim for the first time since he presided over Latka's faux, first-season wedding, the cabbies compassionately decide to pull the dusty derelict off the street and install him as the garage's newest driver. Characteristically, nasty Louie (Danny DeVito) wants no part of Jim, but changes his mind with a little help from some "really good-tasting" coffee. But will Jim, who apparently hasn't had a cogent thought since the late 1960s, be able to pass his driver's exam? ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: The Apartment When Latka (Andy Kaufman) is evicted from his apartment, Alex (Judd Hirsch) offers to help him find a new place. Even so, Latka locates the perfect place on his own: a luxurious apartment that is ideally suited to his intended lifestyle. Unfortunately, there was a language breakdown during the rent negotiations -- and thus Latka finds that he must cough up 3000 dollars per month. The other cabbies try to bail Latka out by sharing his new apartment and the expenses for the first month...with the usual unexpected results. Dick Butkus of the Chicago Bears makes a brief guest appearance. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Latka's Revolting The cabbies are shocked to learn that mild-mannered Latka (Andy Kaufman) was a rebel general in his own country -- and Latka is even more shocked to learn that the long-awaited rebellion has broken out, and he is expected to return to his homeland. During a farewell party for Latka, Elaine (Marilu Henner) asks his second-in-command, Baschi (Lenny Baker), to draw a map of the battlefield so she will have a better understanding of what Latka is in for. As it turns out, the map reveals a whole lot more than anyone expected. Best bit: The "National Anthem," which is obviously being ad-libbed on the spot by Andy Kaufman and Lenny Baker. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: The Lighter Side of Angela Matusa Suzanne Kent returns in the role of Angela Matusa, the extremely overweight girl with whom Alex (Judd Hirsch) went out on a blind date in the first-season episode of the same name. When Alex meets Angela after a year's separation, he is amazed to discover that she has shed 100 pounds. Angela would now like to parlay her friendship with Alex into a full-blown romance. Alex isn't so keen on this, but he doesn't want to disappoint Angela to the point that she gives up her diet. The apparent solution to the dilemma arrives in a most unlikely form -- or so Alex thinks until Angela lets him in on a bit of new and surprising information. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: The Reluctant Fighter Marc Anthony Danza, real-life son of Taxi co-star Tony Danza (Tony Banta), is cast in this episode as Brian Sims, an invalid child in need of a kidney operation. When Tony is slated to be the opponent of former boxing champ Benny Foster (Armando Muniz) in the latter's comeback attempt, Tony is thrilled at the prospect of finally making his mark in the pugilistic world. But when it turns out that Benny is idolized by the ailing Brian Sims and that Benny is returning to the ring for the boy's sake, Tony worries that if he wins the big bout, little Brian will ultimately emerge the loser -- big time. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Louie Meets the Folks The normally outspoken and abrasive Louie (Danny DeVito) is cowed into silence (or at least, near-silence) at the prospect of meeting the parents of his girlfriend, Zena (Rhea Perlman). When time comes for Louie and Zena to go out to dinner with her folks, Louie slips a few bucks to Alex (Judd Hirsch) so that he will accompany him to the get-together -- and keep him from inserting his foot in his mouth. Not surprisingly, Louie manages to make an ass of himself anyway...but Zena's minister father (John C. Becher) does not react to this social disaster in the anticipated manner. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Alex's Romance Dee Wallace Stone makes a return appearance as soap-opera actress Joyce Rogers, a character introduced in the first-season episode "Bobby's Big Break." Proving to be a shoulder to cry on when Joyce is overcome with her insecurities, Alex (Judd Hirsch) somewhat unexpectedly falls in love with her. The test of their relationship arrives when Joyce is offered a fantastic career opportunity -- one that will compel her to move to Los Angeles. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: A Woman Between Friends A mutual attraction for an attractive girl named Janet (Constance Forslund) puts a severe strain on the friendship between Tony (Tony Danza) and Bobby (Jeff Conaway). Alex (Judd Hirsch) rushes in to mediate when the animosity between the two former pals threatens to erupt into violence. The outcome of this crisis boils down to a crucial decision made by Janet -- or rather, the equally crucial decision made before Janet's decision by the other two "points" of the triangle. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Honor Thy Father Alex (Judd Hirsch) is surprisingly unaffected when his sister Charlotte (Joan Hackett) shows up with the news that their father, Joe, has suffered a near-fatal heart attack. It soon develops that Alex has never forgiven Joe for running out on his family years earlier. But when he shows up in the hospital, Alex is overcome with emotion and sobbingly expresses his love for his ailing dad. But there's another surprise in store for all concerned -- and without giving the game away, it should be noted that Jack Gilford is cast in the role of "Joe Reiger." ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Alex Jumps Out of an Airplane After an exciting ski trip during which he managed to overcome several long-standing fears, Alex (Judd Hirsch) has vowed to confront and conquer all of his personal demons. In quick order, he sings in public for the first time, goes a few rounds in the boxing ring, and prepares to go skydiving. As the plane climbs into the upper regions, however, Alex begins to have second thoughts about casting off the shackles of terror -- but it may be too late for him to back out now. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Art Work Elaine (Marilu Henner) has come up with a seemingly foolproof plan to solve her fellow cabbies' financial woes. She has received inside informatioin about an art auction involving the paintings of an artist who is not long for this world. Once the artist dies, the paintings' value will skyrocket. All her friends have to do is bid on the paintings before the artist's expiration -- and all they need is a mere 2000 to do this! Onetime 20th Century-Fox leading man Richard Derr and former Western heroine (Peggy Stewart) appear in cameo roles. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Fantasy Borough, Part 1 In part one of Taxi's two-part, second-season finale, Fantasy Island co-star Herve Villechaize (playing himself) leaves a package of publicity photos in Tony's cab. This inspires Tony (Tony Danza) and the other drivers to discuss their own personal fantasies -- and as usual, these are not only surprising, but hilarious. Highlights include Latka (Andy Kaufman) taking over the dispatcher's job from Louie (Danny DeVito), and Tony discussing politics with CBS newsman Eric Sevareid (also playing himself). ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Shut it Down, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, the cabbies are up in arms over the Sunshine Taxi Company's refusal to provide sufficient funds for proper upkeep of their cabs -- especially after Tony's brakes fail at a crucial moment. Organizing into an ad-hoc union, the gang appoints Elaine (Marilu Henner) as its shop steward -- and after an unsuccessful meeting with management, she leads the other cabbies on a strike. As it turns out, however, the lack of maintenance money is not due entirely to negligence, but is largely the handiwork of a certain book-juggling dispatcher named Louie (Danny DeVito). ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Elaine's Strange Triangle Forever unlucky in love, Elaine (Marilu Henner) hopes that her current boyfriend, Kirk (John David Cameron), will work out. Typically, however, Kirk does not want to make a commitment because he has eyes for someone else. Less typically, that "someone else" turns out to be Elaine's male co-worker Tony Banta (Tony Danza)! All this leads to riotous conclusion at a gay bar where Tony's adamantly straight buddy Alex (Judd Hirsch) finds himself the center of attention. This episode won an Emmy Award for director James Burrows. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Going Home A private detective (played by Dick Yarmy, brother of comedian Don Adams) shows up at the garage in search of one of the cabbies: burned-out hippie minister Jim Ignatowski (Christopher Lloyd). It seems that the detective has been dispatched by Jim's wealthy father (Victor Buono) -- whose name, by the way, is not and never has been Ignatowski -- to bring him back to Boston. As the proverbial black sheep of his family, Jim looks forward to the "reconciliation" with fear and loathing...but there are few surprises in store for all concerned. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Fathers of the Bride Talia Balsam, who appeared as the daughter of cabbie Alex Rieger (Judd Hirsch) in the very first episode of Taxi, reprises the role in this third-season entry. While perusing the social notes in the newspaper, Alex discovers that his daughter Cathy is about to be married. Despite the fact that he has not been invited, Alex plans to attend the ceremony anyway and to bring his co-worker Elaine (Marilu Henner) with him -- a move calculated to make Alex's ex-wife feel as miserable as he does. Louise Lasser (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman) makes her first series appearance as Alex's neurotic former spouse Phyllis. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Tony's Sister and Jim Former Rhoda co-star (and future voice of Marge Simpson) Julie Kavner guest stars as Monica, the nutty, recently divorced sister of cab driver Tony Banta (Tony Danza). Hoping to create the proverbial Match Made in Heaven, Tony tries to play cupid between Monica and his fellow cabbie Alex (Judd Hirsch). Unfortunately, the ditsy girl is only interested in burned-out hippie "Reverend" Jim (Christopher Lloyd). This episode earned an Emmy Award for writer Michael Leeson. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Louie's Rival Rhea Perlman, future wife of series regular Danny DeVito, reprises her characterization of Zena Sherman as Taxi begins its third season. Louie DePalma (DeVito), ever-abrasive dispatcher for the Sunshine Cab Company, is even more obnoxious than usual, and for good reason: his girlfriend Zena has dumped him for Dwight (Richard Michenberg), the bartender at Mario's. Will Louie be able to steal his sweetie back, or will he need the assistance of the Sunshine cabbies (specifically, the garage's resident "father confessor" Alex [Judd Hirsch])? ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Guess Who's Coming for Brefnish Carol Kane makes her first series appearance as Simka Dahblitz, a woman from the same unpronounceable foreign country as Latka Gravas (Andy Kaufman). The growing affection between Latka and Simka reaches an impasses when he discovers that she is a member of a socially inferior class: that is, she is one of the Mountain Persons. Will true love prevail over class consciousness, or will the shamefaced Latka lose Simka to another man? Listen to the "foreign language" bandied about by Andy Kaufman and Carol Kane; it is a tongue of their own invention, extensively improvised during rehearsals for this episode. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Shut it Down, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the cabbies have gone on strike, with "shop steward" Elaine (Marilu Henner) leading the job action. Hoping to settle the dispute, Elaine has reluctantly agrees to date with the representative of Management -- namely, the repulsive Louie (Danny DeVito). Even after the strike has ended, Elaine must go through with her rendezvous with Louie, and to ease the pain she fortifies herself with booze and sedatives. Sensing that Elaine is none too thrilled with their night out, Louie tries real, real hard to be on his best behavior -- a task that, of course, proves absolutely impossible. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Tony and Brian In this follow-up to the previous episode, "The Reluctant Fighter," Tony (Tony Danza) has become close friends with nine-year-old Brian Sims (played by Danza's real-life son Marc Anthony Danza), who has apparently recovered his health. Hoping to adopt the orphaned Brian, Tony is crushed to learn that the youngster would rather live with a wealthy couple, the Brennans (Michael Fairman, Barbara Stuart). Things take an unexpected turn when Mr. and Mrs. Brennan choose to remain childless -- at least so far as Brian is concerned. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Fantasy Borough, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the cabbies continue to discuss their personal fantasies, inspired by a package of alluring publicity photos left in Tony's cab by Fantasy Island co-star Herve Villechaize. Unfortunately, reality interferes when Alex (Judd Hirsch) fantasizes about taking a beautiful passenger to his own apartment. But Louie (Danny DeVito) doesn't let reality get in his way as he dreams about wedded bliss with his dream girl, Elaine (Marilu Henner) -- whose own fantasy segues into an out-of-left-field musical production number! This was the final episode of Taxi's second season. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: What Price Bobby? Aspiring actor Bobby (Jeff Conaway) thinks he has it made when a top female theatrical agent (Susan Sullivan) agrees to represent him. Bobby also thinks that the agent is enchanted by his talent. Silly boy! The agent is more interested in a sexual relationship with our hero, proving beyond doubt that the "casting couch" concept knows no gender barriers. The problem: can Bobby break off the affair without jeopardizing his career? ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Mr. Personalities Comedian Andy Kaufman, who made a career of assuming "alternate personalities" that he claimed to be unable to control, delivers an acting tour-de-force in this episode. Ever since he adopted the obnoxious alter ego of swingin' bachelor Vic Ferrari in the previous season's "Latka the Playboy," mild-mannered mechanic Latka Gravas (Andy Kaufman) can never tell when he himself will "disappear" and Vic will emerge. Making matters worse, Latka has adopted several other personalities -- his latest being a carbon copy of fellow cabbie Alex (Judd Hirsch)! Clearly, a visit to the shrink is long overdue...and that is where special guest star Barry Nelson comes in. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Fledgling In her capacity as a part-time art curator, Elaine (Marilu Henner) makes the acquaintance of Craig Egan (Paul Sand), a brilliant painter--and a severe agoraphobic. Hoping to coax Craig out of the "safety" of his apartment and into the world at large, Elaine offers to introduce him to her friends at Sunshine Cab. An excellent idea...except that once he has arrived at the garage, Craig is too terrified to get out of the cab that brought him. This episode was orginally produced for Taxi's third season, but held over until season four. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Like Father, Like Son Jack Gilford returns in the role of Joe Rieger, estranged father of cab driver Alex (Judd Hirsch). Much against his better judgment, Alex agrees to meet Joe for lunch at Mario's (the cabbie's favorite hangout), whereupon dear old dad tries to push his son into a date with a stranger named Karen (Barbara Babcock). At first gratified by his father's gesture, Alex is ultimately disillusioned when jaunty Joe tries to make time with Karen himself! ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: The Ten Percent Solution Aspiring actor Bobby (Jeff Conaway) is persuaded that his fellow cabbie, would-be boxing champ Tony Banta (Tony Danza), would be a "natural" for a theatrical career. As a result, Tony shows up at an audition trading dialogue instead of punches. Ultimately, Bobby comes to regret his "discovery" of Tony -- especially when the uniquely untalented pugilist seems poised to become a bona fide movie star. Series producer Ed Weinberger appears in the role of Jerry Lowell. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Bobby and the Critic Incensed over the bad theatrical reviews doled out by critic John Bowman (John Harkins), Bobby (Jeff Conaway) writes a scathing letter to Bowman's newspaper -- then decides that it wouldn't be prudent to mail the missive. But Louie (Danny DeVito) finds the letter and ships it off to Bowman, leading to a citywide "cause celebre" in which dozens of frustrated actors rally around Bobby as their hero. All well and good -- until Bowman shows up to review Bobby's one-man show. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Zen and the Art of Cab Driving The cabbies are astonished when Jim (Christopher Lloyd), a burned-out relic of the 1960s whose appearance and lifestyle can be charitably described as "unkempt" abruptly turns over a new leaf. Virtually overnight, Jim has brought perfection, order, and expensive creature comforts into his life--and he's even begun to take baths and change his clothes. The reason? Well, it seems that Jim had earlier picked up a couple of passengers who were discussing the "secret of success." Future Miami Vice producer Michael Mann also appears in a supporting role. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Vienna Waits The growing attraction between cabbies Alex (Judd Hirsch) and Elaine (Marilu Henner) is further explored in this episode. When Elaine accompanies Alex on a vacation to Europe, Alex is worried that she will feel lonely and neglected while he wines and dines a variety of sexy foreign damsels. But as it turns out, it is Elaine who is the toast of the Continent, while Alex remains alone and ignored...at least until Elaine takes a special kind of pity on him. Originally intended as the opening episode of Taxi's fourth season, "Vienna Waits" was shown second after "Jim the Psychic." ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Latka's Cookies Cookie entrepreneur Wally "Famous" Amos appears as himself in this episode, wherein immigrant mechanic Latka Gravas (Andy Kaufman) learns a few hard lessons about the American capitalist system. Using a special recipe handed down by his dear departed grandmother, Latka hopes to market his family's traditional cookies and make a fortune. Alas, one of the recipe's main ingredients is what can be euphemistically described as a "controlled substance" -- and it looks like Latka's business venture will land him in the slammer. This episode was originally slated to air on January 28, 1981. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Call of the Mild Hoping to escape from the pressures of city life in general and their jobs in particular, all of the cabbies except for Elaine (Marilu Henner) head to the mountains for a weekend getaway. At first, all seems cozy in their isolated cabin, but tranquility quickly segues into terror as the Taxi gang realizes how ill-equipped they are for survival in the wilderness. A missing guide, a total lack of electricity, a blinding snowstorm, and a "eulogy" for a turkey are essential ingredients to the action. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Louie Goes Too Far Ever since she became a cabbie, Elaine (Marilu Henner) has been forced to fend off the verbal insinuations of lecherous dispatcher Louie DePalma (Danny DeVito). But when Louie spies on Elaine while she's in the ladies' room it is the last straw. In a fully justifiable feminist huff, Elaine reports Louie to his superiors and gets him fired -- thus setting the stage for a hilarious denouement in which the frenzied Mr. DePalma literally falls to his knobby knees to beg Elaine's forgiveness. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Jim the Psychic With six Emmy awards under its belt for the previous season's output, Taxi launches season four with an episode built around the character of burned-out hippie minister Jim Ignatowski (Christopher Lloyd). The drivers of the Sunshine Cab company are amazed when several of Jim's "psychic" dreams start coming true. Only Alex (Judd Hirsch) seems to be blasÃ© about Jim's prognostocations -- even when his own death is predicted! The climax of the episode is a slapstick soufflÃ© of dancing girls, baseball equipment, and a mysterious (and very short!) stranger. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Louie Bumps Into an Old Lady Lecherous Louie (Danny DeVito) is practically salivating over the prospect of going on a training drive with a pretty young cabbie named Janine (Lane Brody). Alas, Louie spends so much time staring at the girl that he fails to keep his eyes on the road--and before long, the cab has run into a little old lady (Iris Korn). The upshot of all this is a million-dollar lawsuit, a court date for Louie, and a hilariously misbegotten attempt to prove that the old lady is faking her injuries. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Jim Joins the Network In this follow-up to the fourth season Taxi opener "Jim the Psychic", disheveled ex-hippie Jim (Christopher Lloyd) continues to amaze his fellow cabbies with his uncannily accurate predictions. Clearly, there is only one job for which Jim is uniquely qualified: that of program scheduler at a major TV network. Martin Short guest stars as Mitch Harris, the network executive who hopes that Jim's prognostications about future TV ratings will mean money in the bank for Harris' bosses. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: The Costume Party A briefcase left in the back of Bobby's (Jeff Conaway) cab yields an invitation list for a lavish yacht party. Every name on the list is that of a famous celebrity -- and of even more significance, the party is a costume ball. Seizing the opportunity, the cabbies don disguises and masks and pass themselves off as the "beautiful people" who have been invited to the bash. Unfortunately, just having a famous name doesn't automatically make one famous, as our too-eager party crashers learn to their dismay. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Louie's Mother Julia DeVito, real-life mother of series regular Danny DeVito, appears in this episode as the mother of obnoxious taxi dispatcher Louie DePalma (played by -- who else? -- Danny DeVito). More garrulous than usual, Louie has been driving the cabbies crazy trying to convince them that it was the "right thing" to see his mother off to a nursing home. There is one person, however, who can never be convinced of this: Louie, himself feels guilty that mom stormed out of the DePalma apartment after a vicious argument. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: On the Job, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, the Sunshine Cab Company goes out of business forcing the cabbies to seek employment elsewhere. One month later, Sunshine is up and running again, and the drivers get together to recount their experiences in their new (and very temporary) "outside" jobs. Highlights of this episode include Tony's (Tony Danza) brief and involuntary career as a collector for a bookie, Elaine's (Marilu Henner) misadventures in the secretarial pool, and Jim's (Christopher Lloyd) perambulations as a door-to-door salesman -- without even knowing what it is that he's selling. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Louie's Mom Remarries Julia DeVito, real-life mother of Taxi co-star Danny DeVito, makes a return appearance as the mother of DeVito's series character, abrasive taxi dispatcher Louie DePalma. Characteristically, Louie is furious that his mom plans to get married again, and to a man who isn't even Italian. In fact, Mrs. DePalma's new fiancÃ© is a Japanese gentleman (Jerry Fujikawa) -- and when she announces her intention to move to Japan herself, the cabbies practically have to scrape the outraged Louie off the ceiling! ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: On the Job, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the cabbies gather together to recall their misadventures in the job pool during the month that the Sunshine Cab Company was shut down. Aspiring actor Bobby (Jeff Conaway) explains how his stint as an Easter Bunny at a children's party ended in disaster, while Alex (Judd Hirsch) ruminates over the strange things that boredom can do to the mind of a night watchman. But while his co-workers are relating stories of failure, Louie (Danny DeVito) insists that he was a huge success during his brief tenure on Wall Street -- and it turns out that he's telling the truth! ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Thy Boss's Wife When cab company owner Mr. McKenzie (Stephen Elliott) and his wife (Eileen Brennan) have a violent argument at the garage, Louie sharkishly tells the cabbies than whenever this occurs, Mrs. McKenzie consoles herself by having an affair with the company's handsomest driver -- who of course is then promptly fired. Imagine Louie's surprise when Mrs. McKenzie bypasses the other workers and comes on to him. Terrified that he will lose his job, Louie tries to palm Mrs. McKenzie off on Tony (Tony Danza) -- but he's not out of the woods (or the boudoir) yet! This episode was orginally slated to air on January 14, 1981, then was moved to February 5 before finally premiering one week later. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Of Mice and Tony Having endured one too many hard knocks in the boxing ring, eTony Banta (Tony Danza) has elected to hang up his gloves and become a trainer. Spotting a young fighter named Terry Carver (Ernie Hudson), Tony immediately senses that the kid has potential. He then offers to become Terry's manager...and that's when the trouble starts. The highlight of this episode is Tony's one-on-one with the "Syndicate" (whose members include Taxi scriptwriters Howard Gewirtz and Ian Praiser). ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Out of Commission For years, Tony Banta (Tony Danza) has driven a cab to finance his dream -- that of being a champion boxer. Also, for years Tony has spent more time flat on his back than in the center of the ring. Now, the time has come for Tony to give up his dream -- or at least, that is the conclusion of his friends, his doctor, and the boxing commission. Will Tony listen to this advice, or will his pride score a knockout over common sense? ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Bobby's Roommate Elaine (Marilu Henner) has nowhere to go when she is forced out of her apartment. Well, almost nowhere: Fellow cabbie and erstwhile Bobby (Jeff Conaway) generously invites Elaine to live in his place while he is on tour with a road show. Things get a bit ticklish when, thanks to a professional indiscretion, Bobby returns home earlier than expected, and Bobby comes home -- with Elaine still installed as his "roommate." What follows is a comedy of errors and misunderstandings that would put a French farce to shame. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Elaine's Old Friend Unwilling to admit to her old-school chum Mary (Martha Smith) that she is merely a cab driver -- and an unattached one at that -- Elaine (Marilu Henner) spins a tall tale about her "wonderful" job and her "dream" boyfriend, a professor at Columbia University. Inasmuch as no such boyfriend exists, Alex (Judd Hirsch) is pressed into service to pose as the imaginary beau. The deception comes off well -- perhaps too well -- but can Alex and Elaine build a genuine relationship on a mountain of lies? ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Louie's Fling Series star Danny DeVito's real-life significant other Rhea Perlman repireses her role as Zena Sherman, off-and-on girlfriend of DeVito's Taxi character Louie DePalma. As a favor to Zena, Louie agrees to act as escort to her friend Emily (Andrea Marcovicci), whose despondency over a busted romance has resulted in an over-dependence upon booze and other substances. One thing leads to another, and by the end of the evening Emily and Louie are an "item." Zena's outrage over being two-timed is nothing compared to the climactic confrontation between a tearful Louie and a "helpful" Alex (Judd Hirsch). ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Latka the Playboy Mild-mannered immigrant mechanic Latka Gravas (Andy Kaufman) is frustrated by his lack of success with women. Hoping to improve his social life, Latka locks himself up for several weeks of intense "study," using as his study guides a collection of English-language tapes and several back issues of Playboy magazine. When he emerges, Latka has assumed a new and radically different personality: That of a swinging, womanizing lounge lizard named Vince Ferrari. It has now become part of showbiz folklore that the mercurial Andy Kaufman remained obnoxiously "in character" as Latka's alter ego throughout the filming of this episode, even insisting that the series' producers sign "Vince Ferrari" to a separate contract! "Latka the Playboy" was the final episode of Taxi's third season. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Scenskees from a Marriage, Part 1 In this first episode of a two-part story, a severe strain is placed upon the marriage of Latka (Andy Kaufman) and Simka (Carol Kane). It seems that, during a heavy winter storm, Latka is trapped in a cab with attractive female driver Cindy (Allyce Beasley). And when wife Simka (Carol Kane) discovers how her husband and his companion (who assumed that they would not survive the night) managed to "keep warm," Latka finds himself out in the cold. How can this marriage be saved? Well, it seems that there's this curious custom from the "old country"... ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Tony's Lady To pick up extra money, cab driver Tony (Tony Danza) hires himself out as a chauffeur for a wealthy woman named Christina (Rebecca Holden). Perhaps it goes without saying that Tony becomes enamored of his attractive new boss, and it is equally unnecessary to add that this romance is not going to be smooth sailing by any means, especially since Tony is too shy to let Christina know how he feels about her. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Elegant Iggy Elaine (Marilu Henner) is convinced that an invitation to a fashionable art-society party is her ticket to success in the art world. But she is not so certain that burned-out hippie Jim "Iggy" Ignatowski (Christopher Lloyd) is the right person to escort her to the party. Alas, just as Elaine has feared, Jim's anti-social behavior threatens to mess up everything. But a hitherto untapped musical talent saves the day for everyone...sort of. This episode won an Emmy Award for writer Ken Estin. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Crime and Punishment Allen Garfield (billed as Alan Goorwitz) guest stars as Mr. Rutledge, the owner of the Sunshine Cab Company. Upon learning that someone in the garage is stealing spare auto parts, he demands that the guilty party step forward. Since that party is light-fingered dispatcher Louie (Danny DeVito), who lacks the guts to own up to his own misdeeds, there is but one way out: Louie persuades assistant dispatcher Jeff (Thom Koutsoukos) to take the rap -- with jaw-dropping results. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: I Wanna Be Around One wonders where Louie (Danny DeVito) was during the great "nuclear scare" of the 1960s, since it is only now that his fears have been aroused by watching a Phil Donahue Show interview about the bomb. No matter -- Louie has determined to be a "survivalist" prepared to face any manner of holocaust, natural or man-made. To that end, our "hero" transforms the Sunshine Cab Company garage into his own personal bomb shelter and has dragooned driver Tony (Tony Danza) and assistant dispatcher Jeff (Jeff Thomas) into being his "survival squad." And, oh yes, Elaine (Marilu Henner) is expected to hang around too -- but not because of her self-preservation skills. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Travels with My Dad Tony (Tony Danza) is apprehensive about his upcoming reunion with his father Angie (Donnelly Rhodes), a merchant seaman who was largely absent while his son was growing up; however, the meeting goes off quite well. In fact, Angie has magnanimously arranged for Tony to take a job aboard his ship, which is bound for Singapore. While Tony certainly could use a scenery change, is he prepared to forsake his friends and his lifestyle for the "call of the sea?" Cult-film favorite Dick Miller appears as Fergie. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Tony's Comeback It has been several months since Tony Banta (Tony Danza) gave up his boxing career, and though he still feels unfulfilled, he is resigned to his decision. All this changes when Tony is apprised of a gallant comeback attempt by former football pro Lucius Franklin (played by genuine NFL veteran Bubba Smith). Inspired, Tony sets about to renew his boxer's license...and one trembles, wondering if Tony is setting himself up for yet another (painful) fall. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Get Me Through the Holidays Louise Lasser makes a return appearance as Phyllis, the ex-wife of cabbie Alex Rieger (Judd Hirsch). Once again, Phyllis is lonely and miserable, and once again she turns to Alex for comfort and solace. This time, Phyllis' depression coincides with the Christmas season -- but even allowing for the spirit of "goodwill to men" (or women), will the taciturn Alex soften up and invite Phyllis to spend the holidays with him? As it turns out, Phyllis' "Christmas Present" is just what Alex has always wanted (but that doesn't mean there are any sentimental strings attached whatsoever!). ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Cooking for Two The pig-sty apartment that Jim (Christopher Lloyd) calls home is demolished by a wrecking ball. With no place else to go, Jim decides to move in with Louie (Danny DeVito), whom he regards with something short of accuracy as his "best buddy." This oddest of odd couples provokes a great deal of amusement amongst the cabbies, but things soon take a less than amusing turn when Jim attempts to make dinner -- and burns the apartment to a crisp. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Zena's Honeymoon Rhea Perlman, real-life wife of Taxi co-star Danny DeVito, returns to the role of Zena Sherman. No one is more surprised -- or dismayed -- than Louie DePalma (DeVito) when his erstwhile girlfriend Zena shows up at the garage to announced that she is marrying someone else, especially since he'd convinced himself that she'd come crawling back to him after their last breakup. Never comfortable when swallowing pride or eating crow, Louie does not know how to react to this blow -- and there is worse in store! ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Elaine and the Monk Former Fridays regular Mark Blankfield guest stars as Zifka, a monk who hails from the same foreign land as Latka (Andy Kaufman) and Simka (Carol Kane). Though bound to a lifelong vow of silence and sacrifice, Zifka is allowed one day every ten years to "cut loose" and indulge in all worldly pleasures.. This leads to an exhilarating night on the town for Zifka and Elaine (Marilu Henner) -- but will this 24-hour period of reckless abandon lead the merry monk to renounce his vows? ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Jim and the Kid Burned-out 1960s relic "Reverend" Jim (Christopher Lloyd) finds himself with a new roommate: A young boy named Terry (Tony LaTorre), who has run away from home. Never mind that Jim's apartment is a hovel and that he himself is one step removed from a babbling lunatic. Terry finds Jim's company infinitely preferable to that of his ultra-strict parents (Rebecca Clemons, Mark Harrison). It takes the combined efforts of Jim's fellow cabbies to convince Terry to meet his folks halfway...and vice versa. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Nina Loves Alex Charlayne Woodard guest stars as Nina Chambers, the newest driver for the Sunshine Cab company. Instantly attracted to Alex (Judd Hirsch), Nina persuades herself that she is in love with him. There is only one thing preventing them from becoming a couple; Nina is an indefatigable optimist, while Alex is a dictionary illustration of the word "pessimist." Eventually, one of the two has a change of heart...and as usual, it's a few beats too late. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Alex Goes Off the Wagon This episode reveals something only hinted at in previous seasons: Cabbie Alex Rieger (Judd Hirsch) is a compulsive gambler. Oh, he has managed to hide and suppress his "affliction" for years, but all this changes after an unusually lucky streak at an Atlantic City casino. Now convinced he is the highest of high rollers, and much against the advice of his fellow cabbies -- especially Jim (Christopher Lloyd), who has bankrolled him -- Alex hopes to fatten his wallet in a local dice game. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Jim's Inheritance The chances of burned-out cabbie Reverend Jim (Christopher Lloyd) passing any sort of competency test is roughly equivalent to a snowball's chance of surviving in hell, but that's just what he must do in this episode. Upon learning that his late father has left him three-and-a-half million dollars in his will -- but with certain very rigid conditions: Jim must prove he is of sound mind, and fast! He must also dress and act like something resembling a normal human being, and for help in this matter he turns to the most "normal" people he knows: Alex (Judd Hirsch)...and Louie (Danny DeVito)? ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Alex the Gofer In need of extra money, Alex (Judd Hirsch) takes a second job as general factotum -- or "gofer" -- for a small theatrical troupe. The company's egotistical producer and director have no qualms about mistreating and humiliating Alex, but he seems to take it in stride; he'd always wanted to work in the theater, and this is his chance. Only when another cabbie alerts Alex to the fact that he's being played for a fool does the worm even consider turning -- thereby setting up the surprising conclusion of this episode. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Scenskees from a Marriage, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, a snowstorm has left the marriage between Latka (Andy Kaufman) and Simka (Carol Kane) skating on thin ice. Still smoldering over the events that occurred when Latka and female cabbie Cindy were stuck in the same cab on a cold winter night, Simka wonders if she and her husband can ever patch things up again. There is no alternative but to turn to an old custom from the couple's native country -- which decrees that Simka must sleep with one of Latka's co-workers to even things out! ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: The Wedding of Latka and Simka It is a glorious day for immigrant mechanic Latka Gravas (Andy Kaufman) when no less an authority than Dr. Joyce Brothers (as herself) declares him cured of his multiple-personality syndrome. Now, at long last, Latka can tie the matrimonial knot with his lovely countrywoman, Simka Dahblitz (Carol Kane, repeating her Emmy-winning recurring role). But given the bizarre customs of Latka and Simka's homeland -- not to mention the jaundiced critical eye of Latka's mother (Susan Kellerman) -- will the wedding come off without the usual setbacks attending situation-comedy marriage ceremonies? Familiar character actor Vincent Schiavelli (Ghost) appears as Rev. Gorky. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Simka Returns Carol Kane won an Emmy Award for her performance in this episode, in which she recreates the role of Simka Dahblitz, countrywoman and erstwhile sweetheart of immigrant mechanic Latka Gravas (Andy Kaufman). Returning to New York, Simka hopes to renew her relationship with Latka, whom she recalls as "simple and sweet." True enough, as far as it goes, but Simka doesn't know about Latka's new alter ego, the obnoxiously aggressive self-styled ladies' man Vic Ferrari (a role for which Andy Kaufman demanded a separate contract from the series' producers -- and got it!). Thus, the episode's main crisis finds Latka vying for Simka's affections...with himself. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: The Shloogel Show Having made the big move from ABC to NBC, Taxi opens its fifth season with a "Shloogel." And what's a shloogel? Well, it's what newlyweds Latka (Andy Kaufman) and Simka (Carol Kane) call a "group blind date" back in their own country. And it's quite an experience for the folks at the Sunshine Cab Company, as Alex (Judd Hirsch) is paired up with a woman (Carlene Watkins) with whom he'd like to spend the rest of his life (or so he thinks); Tony is teamed with a "dream girl" who proves to be a nightmare (Anne de Salvo); Louie (Danny DeVito) finds out that his blind date (Murphy Cross) is genuinely blind; Elaine (Marilu Henner) is attracted to a gormless nerd (Wallace Shawn); and Reverend Jim (Christopher Lloyd) ends up with actress Marcia Wallace (as herself) -- and celebrates the occasion by singing his own special version of the Bob Newhart Show theme! Although the characters don't know it yet, this episode will prove to have a far-reaching influence on the rest of season five. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Take My Ex-Wife, Please Louise Lasser reprises her role as Phyllis, ex-wife of cab driver Alex Rieger (Judd Hirsch). Showing up at the garage in hopes of a brief reconciliation, lonely Phyllis finds out that Alex is unavailable -- so she promptly comes on to Louie (Danny DeVito). By the time Alex finds out about this, Louie has revealed a lot more of himself than he planned -- literally so! Also in the cast are twin actresses Randi and Candi Brough, best known for their work in the comedy adventure series B.J. and the Bear. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Louie's Revenge Andrea Marcovicci returns as Emily, the hard-drinking, self-flagellating woman who cruelly jilted Louie (Danny DeVito) in the fourth-season episode "Louie's Fling." Receiving a phone call, Louie discovers that the caller is Emily, who is in the throes of alcoholic desperation. A vengeful Louie schemes to take advantage of Emily's vulnerability in order to get even with her -- but things don't exactly work out that way! ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: The Road Not Taken, Part 1 In the first episode of Taxi's two-part season-four finale, Elaine (Marilu Henner) mulls over the opportunity to leave the Sunshine Cab Company for a job in Seattle. This inspires the other cabbies to recall the pivotal moments in their own lives. Louie (Danny DeVito) remembers his ascension from driver to dispatcher; Tony (Tony Danza) recollects the moment that he was offered big bucks to take a dive; and Reverend Jim (Christopher Lloyd) harks back to his days of cogency -- and cleanliness -- as a Harvard undergrad (Jim's druggie roomate is played by none other than Tom Hanks). ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: The Unkindest Cut A decidedly pre-Cheers Ted Danson delivers a hilarious guest performance as Vincenzo, an extremely flamboyant -- and extraordinarily expensive -- New York hairdresser. Shelling out 200 hard-earned dollars for a treatment from Vincenzo, Elaine (Marilu Henner) is shocked by the hideous results, which make her look like an electrified mop. Even so, Elaine is too timid to demand her money back, so it falls to her fellow cabbies to come to her rescue. Alas, the imperious Vincenzo refuses to undo his damage -- resulting in a surprising and rather messy act of gallantry from Louie (Danny DeVito). ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Bobby Doesn't Live Here Anymore Former Taxi regular Jeff Conaway returns to the series as erstwhile actor Bobby Wheeler. Freshly arrived from Hollywood, Bobby uses the garage as his unofficial headquarters while he awaits news as to whether or not his TV pilot has been sold to a network. Certain that the show is a "go," Bobby throws a party for all of his old friends -- and of course, whenever something like that happens on Taxi, at least one of the characters is riding for a fall. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: The Road Not Taken, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the cabbies recall the "turning points" in their own lives as Elaine (Marilu Henner) considers an offer to leave New York for a new job. In the course of events, Latka (Andy Kaufman) flashes back to the day he left his (unpronounceable) homeland to start life anew in the U.S., and Alex (Judd Hirsch) remembers the humiliating event which convinced him to kiss the corporate world goodbye. This was the final episode of Taxi's fourth season and the last one to be telecast on ABC before the series' move to rival NBC. ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Louie and the Blind Girl Murphy Cross reprises her role as Judy, the blind girl whom Louie (Danny DeVito) dated in the earlier fifth-season episode "The Shloogel Show." The good news is that Judy is undergoing an operation to restore her sight. The bad news, so far as Louie is concerned, is that Judy is undergoing an operation to restore her sight. It's a situation right out of Charlie Chaplin: Will Judy still be as fond of Louie when she looks down and gazes upon his homely mug for the first time? ~ All Movie Guide Taxi: Sugar Ray Nardo Single mom
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