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    Will Cannes 2014 kick off the Oscar season for Bennett Miller, Mike Leigh and others?

    Type: Post | Date: Friday, Apr 18, 2014

    Following a lackluster Sundance, the Croisette could mark the beginning of the circuit for many
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    Channing Tatum, Ryan Gosling, Kristen Stewart are carpet-bound as Cannes 2014 lineup is revealed

    Type: Post | Date: Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

    Directors competing for Palme d'Or range from Bennett Miller to Olivier Assayas
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    Today in 1993: A 'Mrs. Doubtfire' sequel is in the works with Robin Williams

    Type: Article | Date: Wednesday, Apr 16, 2014

    Original director Chris Columbus is on board to helm the belated follow-up
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    Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts 2014

    Type: Event | Date: Friday, Jan 31, 2014

    All the Oscar nominated animated shorts can be seen in this one program.
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    Oz the Great and Powerful (Blu-ray / DVD + Digital Copy)

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Jun 11, 2013

    James Franco must find out who is good and who is evil before it’s too late
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    Oscar Nominated Documentary Shorts 2012

    Type: Event | Date: Friday, Feb 10, 2012

    The Oscar nominated documentary shorts are being screened as a group.
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    Oscar Nominated Animated Shorts 2012

    Type: Event | Date: Friday, Feb 10, 2012

    The animated shorts nominated for an Oscar have been grouped together for this program.
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    Nanny McPhee Returns

    Type: Event | Date: Friday, Aug 20, 2010

    We like to think of her as the evil Mary Poppins (yes, we know she's not evil, it's just how we think of her).
  • Waltons: Complete Seasons 1 & 2

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Jan 5, 2010

    Includes:The Waltons: The Hunt (1972) The Waltons: The Carnival (1972) The Waltons: The Calf (1972) The Waltons: The Minstrel (1972) The Waltons: The Typewriter (1972) The Waltons: The Star (1972) The Waltons: The Boy From the C.C.C. (1972) The Waltons: The Ceremony (1972) The Waltons: The Legend (1972) The Waltons: The Dust Bowl Cousins (1972) The Waltons: The Reunion (1972) The Waltons: The Literary Man (1972) The Waltons: The Foundling (1972) The Waltons: The Sinner (1972) The Waltons: The Thanksgiving Story, Part 1 (1973) The Waltons: The Townie (1973) The Waltons: The Scholar (1973) The Waltons: An Easter Story, Part 1 (1973) The Waltons: The Love Story (1973) The Waltons: The Triangle (1973) The Waltons: The Thanksgiving Story, Part 2 (1973) The Waltons: An Easter Story, Part 2 (1973) The Waltons: The Actress (1973) The Waltons: The Fire (1973) The Waltons: The Gypsies (1973) The Waltons: The Deed (1973) The Waltons: The Bicycle (1973) The Waltons: The Journey (1973) The Waltons: The Odyssey (1973) The Waltons: The Separation (1973) The Waltons: The Roots (1973) The Waltons: The Chicken Thief (1973) The Waltons: The Braggart (1973) The Waltons: The Fawn (1973) The Waltons: The Air Mail Man (1973) The Waltons: The Bequest (1973) The Waltons: The Substitute (1973) The Waltons: The Prize (1973) The Waltons: The Theft (1973) The Waltons: The Courtship (1973) The Waltons: The Gift (1974) The Waltons: The Heritage (1974) The Waltons: The Five Foot Shelf (1974) The Waltons: The Graduation (1974) The Waltons: The Car (1974) The Waltons: The Cradle (1974) The Waltons: The Fulfillment (1974) The Waltons: The Ghost Story (1974) The Waltons: The Honeymoon (1974) The Waltons: The Awakening (1974) The Waltons: The Hunt In this episode from the first season of the long-running television series The Waltons, 16-year-old John-Boy (Richard Thomas) is deemed old enough to go hunting and he volunteers to join a turkey shoot. But John-Boy hates the idea of killing animals, and when a prize bird is in his rifle's sight, he finds that he can't pull the trigger. John-Boy is worried that his father (Ralph Waite) will think he's a coward, but soon John-Boy is given another opportunity to prove his bravery. Meanwhile, Mary-Ellen (Judy Norton-Taylor) has been saving her money to buy a baseball glove, but when G.W. Haines (David Doremus), a boy that she likes, begins spending his time with a pretty girl, Mary-Ellen wonders if she should buy a nice dress instead in hopes of winning back G.W.'s attentions. The Waltons: The Hunt first aired on October 5, 1972. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Carnival Olivia (Michael Learned) strongly disapproves when husband John (Ralph Waite) invites four travelling carnival performers (one of them played by legendary "little person" Billy Barty) to stay with the Walton family. The quartet of "carnies" had found themselves stranded after their manager skipped town with the carnival's profits. Ever so gradually, Olivia warms up to these curious but likeable nomads -- and when the four entertainers discover that the Waltons hadn't had enough money to attend their carnival when it first arrived on the Mountain, a very special performance is staged in the family's barn. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Calf Much to the dismay of the younger Walton children, their pet calf is sold for nine dollars to farmer George Anderson (Leonard Stone), who intends to slaughter the animal for its meat. John Walton (Ralph Waite) doesn't really want to break his kids' hearts, but facts are facts: a male calf is of no use on their farm, and the family needs that nine dollars to repair their truck. Ultimately, John weakens and tries to buy the calf back, only to have the canny Anderson increase the asking price -- thereby all but goading the Walton youngsters into becoming cattle thieves! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Minstrel Feeling cut off from the outside world, Mary Ellen (Judy Norton-Taylor) is quite receptive to the attentions paid her by wandering folksinger Jamie (Peter Hooten), who has come to the Mountain in hopes of gleaning song material from elderly Maude Gormley (Merie Earle). Mary Ellen spends so much time with Jamie that she begins neglecting her family responsibilities, causing considerable friction between herself, her parents and her siblings. When Jamie rejects Mary Ellen as being "just a kid" and unworthy of his affections, the disillusioned girl is more determined than ever to escape her "repressive" surroundings--sparking another of those famous Walton family rallies to set things right. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Typewriter In this pivotal episode, budding writer John-Boy (Richard Thomas) is encouraged by his teacher Miss Hunter (Mariclare Costello) to send one of his stories to a national magazine. Unfortunately, the publication accepts only typed manuscripts, and John-Boy can't afford a typewriter. With no other options at hand, he secretly "borrows" an antique typewriter belonging to the wealthy Baldwin sisters (Helen Kleeb, Mary Jackson) -- only to find himself in quite a quandary when Mary Ellen (Judy Norton-Taylor) unwittingly gives the old machine to a travelling junk dealer (George Tobias). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Star Virtually everyone on Walton's Mountain is profoundly affected when a meteorite falls through the Baldwin sisters' roof. Grandpa (Will Geer) in particular regards the falling star as a grim omen, perhaps of his own imminent demise. Meanwhile, the Baldwins' disreputable cousin Polonius (Iggie Wolfington) tries to capitalize on the astronomical phenomenon by insisting that the meteorite has been sent as warning to the ladies to stop brewing their special moonshine...and to hand their famous "recipe" over to him. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Boy From the C.C.C. This episode recalls the time when impoverished teenagers found employment (not always voluntarily) by working in the government-sponsored Civilian Conservation Corps. One such youngster is Gino (Michael Rupert), a hard-bitten New York slum kid. Running away from a C.C.C. camp near Walton's Mountain, Gino seeks temporary shelter by the Walton family. Unable to accept the family's kindness and generosity, Gino ends up stealing from his hosts. John Walton (Ralph Waite) is all for having Gino arrested until a crisis involving his daughter Elizabeth (Kami Cotler) opens John's eyes to the boy's essential decency. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Ceremony A family of Jewish refugees settles in a small cottage on Walton's Mountain. Terrified that the Nazi persecution that had forced them from their homeland has followed them to America, Professor David Mann (Noah Keen) warns his family not tell anyone that they are Jewish. Crestfallen that he will not be permitted to celebrate his Bar Mitzvah, Paul Mann (Radames Peras) loses all respect for his father--and it is up to the Waltons to convince the Manns that their dark days are past, and to reunite the Professor and his son. Featured as Eva Mann is Ellen Geer, the daughter of series regular Will Geer (Grandpa Walton). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Legend John (Ralph Waite) is visited by his old Army buddy Tip Harrison (James Antonio), who regales the Walton family with stories of his colorful exploits during WW1. Unforutnately, Tip is so entrenched in the past that he finds it impossible to live in the present. His inability to "fit in" with his current surroundings results in a couple of near-tragedies, including a disastrous fire--for which Tip, terrified of losing John's friendship, allows one of the Walton boys to take the blame! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Dust Bowl Cousins The Waltons pay host to their Kansas cousins, the Denbys, who have lost their farm to the ravages of the Dust Bowl. Unfortunately, the Denbys also seem to have lost their scruples, and before long they are taking undue advantage of the Waltons. Despite repeated assurances that he has some job prospects in Newport News , it is painfully obvious that Ham Denby (Warren Vanders) has no intention of moving either himself or his family from Walton's Mountain. This episode won the Director's Guild of America award for Robert Butler. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Reunion The Baldwin sisters are once again visited by one of their less reputable relatives. This time, their guest is cousin Homer (Denver Pyle), who hopes to persuade Miss Emily (Mary Jackson) and Miss Mamie (Helen Kleeb) to hold a Baldwin family reunion. In truth, however, Homer plans to use the occasion as a subterfuge, to get his grubby fingers on the sisters' secret moonshine recipe. Ultimately, the ladies realize that they've been hoodwinked--and worse still, none of their relatives is going to show up for their reunion. As John-Boy Walton (Richard Thomas) tries to help the Baldwins weather this crisis, his younger brother Jim-Bob (David W. Harper) has a problem of a different nature on his hands, involving a most unusual schoolyard bully. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Literary Man Globetrotting author A.J. Covington (David Huddleston) finds himself briefly stranded on Walton's Mountain. In answer to John-Boy's incessant questions on how to become a writer, Covington modestly advises him to "write what you know"--and, not so modestly, regales the boy with tales of his own adventures. Inevitably, John-Boy (Richard Thomas) begins spending far too much time conversing with Covington, neglecting his responsibilities at the Walton's lumberyard to the extent that the family may lose a lucrative (and sorely needed) timber contract.This episode won an Emmy Award for Best Cinematography. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Foundling The debut episode of The Waltons is set in 1933, with the Walton family of Virginia coping as best they can with the ravages of the Depression. The emphasis is on eldest Walton son John-Boy (Richard Thomas), who is struggling to communicate with a melancholy deaf girl named Holly (Erica Hunton), whose mother Ruth (Charlotte Stewart) had abandoned the girl on the Walton doorstep. Almost miraculously, John-Boy and his siblings are able to break through to Holly and teach her sign language. Unfortunately, while trying to convey the information that John-Boy's sister Elizabeth (Kami Cotler) has gotten locked in a trunk, Holly is intercepted by her father Anson (Richard Kelton), who, failing to understand the girl's wild gesticulations, takes her home, leaving poor Elizabeth to her fate! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Sinner John Ritter makes his first appearance as Matthew Fordwick, the new minister on Walton's Mountain. No sooner has the sober, upright Rev. Fordwick arrived than he pays a visit to his distant relatives, the Baldwin sisters. Innocently consuming far too much of the Baldwins' special "recipe," the Reverend ends up making a drunken spectacle of himself. It is up to John Walton (Ralph Waite) -- who'd initally been offended by Fordwick's overbearing religious fervency -- to persuade the poor man not to leave the Mountain in disgrace. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Thanksgiving Story, Part 1 In the first half of a two-part story (originally telecast as a single two-hour episode), John-Boy (Richard Thomas) is afforded the opportunity to qualify for a scholarship at Boatwright University--and, as icing on the cake, his former girlfriend Jenny (Sian Barbara Allen) is paying a return visit to Walton's Mountain. But joy turns to despair when John-Boy is injured in an accident, which may render him permanently blind. Meanwhile, Jason (Jon Walmsley) is beginning to have second thoughts about accepting a job from the dithery Baldwin Sisters (Mary Jackson, Helen Kleeb). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Townie In her first Waltons appearance, future Oscar winner Sissy Spacek) is cast as Sarah, the sheltered daughter of hyper-religious Widow Simmonds (Allyn Ann McLerie). In a desperate attempt to emerge from her shell, Sarah all but throws herself upon John-Boy (Richard Thomas). He gently resists her romantic overtures, whereupon Sarah takes up with a callow "townie" named Theodore Claypool Jr. (Nicholas Hammond]), the son of a wealthy businessman. Ultimately, Sarah and Theodore elope--and both her mother and his father hold John-Boy responsible for this catastrophe! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Scholar Lynn Hamilton makes her first series appearance as Verdie Grant (Lynn Hamilton), one of the black residents of Walton's Mountain. Receiving word that her daughter is about to graduate from college, Verdie is reluctant to attend the ceremonies because she is unable to read or write, a secret she has always been too proud to reveal. John-Boy (Richard Thomas) offers to tutor Verdie on the condition that no one will ever find out about her illiteracy. The two work out a subterfuge whereby John-Boy will instruct Verdie while pretending to "play school" with his little sister Erin (Mary Elizabeth McDonough)--who reveals the truth at a critical juncture in the story. This episode earned an Emmy Award for scriptwriter John McGreevey. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: An Easter Story, Part 1 In the first half of The Waltons' two-part Season One finale (originally telecast as a single two-hour episode), Mary Ellen (Judy Norton-Taylor) nervously looks forward to her first Easter dance. But her anticpation of this momentous event is eclipsed by a potential tragedy in the Walton household: Olivia (Michael Learned) has been stricken with polio. Though Dr. Vance grimly predicts that Olivia will never walk again, John-Boy (Richard Thomas) refuses to give up hope, and embarks upon a curious odyssey in desperate search of a miracle. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Love Story Sian Barbara Allen makes her first series appearance as Jenny Pendleton, a runaway from her family in Richmond. Convinced that there is no room for her at home now that her widowed father (Gordon Rigsby) has remarried, Jenny hides out on a patch of her family's property on Walton's Mountain. It is here that the girl is found by John-Boy Walton (Richard Thomas)--who instantly falls in love with her and invites her to stay a while with his family. Luxuriating in the warmth and kindness of the Walton household, Jenny hopes to remain there permanently...but then tragedy intervenes. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Triangle John-Boy (Richard Thomas) develops a crush on his teacher Miss Hunter (Mariclare Costello), whom he regards as his literary inspiration. But when Reverend Fordwick (John Ritter]) begins courting Miss Hunter, the envious John-Boy may nip his writing career in the bud just out of spite! Meanwhile, brother Ben (Eric Scott) is likewise having "heart trouble", prompting him to go the body-building route (courtesy of a mail-order course) to impress the girl of his dreams. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Thanksgiving Story, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story (originally telecast as a single two-part episode), John-Boy (Richard Thomas) refuses to reveal the seriousness of his accident, terrified that he will no longer qualify for a scholarship at Boatwright University. As John-Boy's eyesight grows weaker with each passing day, it is painfully obvious that the only way he can prevent permanent blindness is to undergo surgery. . .if it isn't already too late. Elsewhere, Olivia (Michael Learned) is outraged to discover that Jason (Jon Walsmley) has been dragooned into helping the Baldwin Sisters cook up their intoxicating "recipe"; and Ben (Eric Scott) and Grandpa (Will Geer) continue hunting for the family's Thanksgiving turkey. This episode earned an Emmy Award for scriptwriter Joanna Lee. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: An Easter Story, Part 2 In the conclusion of The Waltons' two-part Season One finale (originally telecast as a single two-hour episode), the outlook is bleak for Olivia Walton (Michael Learned), who has been stricken with polio and may never walk again. Refusing to accept this prognosis, John-Boy (Richard Thomas) puts his faith in a radical new medical procedure created by the legendary Sister Kenny. Meanwhile, Mary Ellen (Judy Norton-Taylor) tries to teach G.W. Haines (David Doremus) to dance in time for their Easter date; and Jason (Jon Walmsley) enters an amateur song contest with his own composition, "The Ironing Board Blues". "An Easter Story" was later released theatrically in Australia as the feature film A Walton Crisis. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Actress When her limousine breaks down on the Mountain, flamboyant Hollywood actress Alvira Drummond (Pippa Scott) accepts the hospitality of the Walton family. Not unexpectedly, Mary Ellen (Judy Norton-Taylor) is quite star-struck by the glamorous visitor--while Grandma Walton (Ellen Corby) dourly disapproves of Alvira's "fast" lifestyle , and is openly suspicious of the actress' claims that all her money and valuables have been stolen. Thanks to gossipy telephone operator Fanny Tatum (played here by Dorothy Neumann rather than Sheila Allen), a few inconvenient truths about the "fabulously successful" Alvira Drummond ultimately come to light. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Fire Walton's Mountain turns into a battleground over the teaching of Evolution. Lutie Bascomb (Richard Bradford), a hard-luck farmer whose violent temper has gotten worse since the breakup of his marriage, storms into the classroom of Miss Hunter (Mariclare Costello) and accuses her of "blasphemy" for explaining Darwin's theory to Lutie's daughter Lois Mae (Laurie Prange). The war of words reaches an ominous climax when Lutie threatens to kill Miss Hunter--and not long afterward, the schoolhouse is engulfed in flames! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Gypsies Caught in a heavy rainstorm on Walton's Mountain, a family of Gypsies takes refuge it what seems to be a deserted house. Actually, it's the home of the Baldwin sisters, temporarily out of town. The Gypsies' unwitting "break-in" fuels the bigotry of Matt Beckwith (William Bramley), who tries to turn the other residents of the Mountain against the nomadic family. When the Waltons offer to lend a helping hand, the Gypsies are too proud to accept...even though their baby is gravely ill. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Deed Unable to produce the deed to their land, the Waltons are threatened with eviction from the mountain by a powerful lumber company. In order to raise the $200 necessary to register a deed, John (Ralph Waite) and John-Boy (Ralph Waite) head to the "big city", looking for work. Just when it seems that their troubles are over, the money is stolen by a pair of street bandits. An unhappy ending? Not THIS early in the nine-year TV run of The Waltons!. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Bicycle Using John-Boy (Richard Thomas) as a go-between, blacksmith Curtis Norton (Ned Beatty) carries on a long-distance courtship with city girl Ann Harris (Ivy Jones). Though John-Boy sees no harm in writing Curtis' love letters for the shy Smithy, his tendency to embellish the facts causes big problems when Ann pays a visit to Walton's Mountain. Meanwhile, Olivia (Michael Learned) begins fantasizing about an operatic career while bicycling to her weekly choir practice. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Journey The second season of The Waltons begins as the family's eldest son John-Boy (Richard Thomas) is torn between his own youthful desires and the more pressing needs of an elderly person. Octogenarian Maggie MacKenzie (Linda Watkins) is resolved to the fact that she isn't long for this world, but she refuses to give up the ghost until she is able to see the Atlantic Ocean one last time--the same Atlantic Ocean that had carried herself and her late husband from Scotland to America so many years ago. Pressed into service to transport Maggie to the seacoast is John-Boy, but he isn't happy about the assignment: Maggie's odyssey may well prevent him from attending a big dance with his erstwhile girlfriend Marsha (Tammi Bula). Series creator Earl Hamner Jr. briefly appears as Maggie's husband in a flashback sequence. This episode earned the Directors' Guild of America award for Harry Harris. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Odyssey Seeking solitude to write his stories, John-Boy (Richard Thomas) takes a hike into the mountains. But peace and quiet is not on his schedule when he comes across his friend Sarah Simmonds (Sissy Spacek in her second series appearance), who has run away from her husband--and who is very pregnant and very, very ill. This chance meeting occurs not long after an earlier encounter between John-Boy and elderly mountain dweller Granny Ketchum (Frances Williams), who in repayment for a favor had supplied him with a home-made medicinal potion. When Sarah downs the potion, she suddenly goes into labor...and John-Boy is the only person within miles who can help her! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Separation The plot of this episode is sparked (no pun intended) by an overdue electric bill. In his efforts to raise the necessary funds, Grandpa Walton (Will Geer) becomes enmeshed in a situation that incurs the wrath of Grandma (Ellen Corby). This minor and rather silly misunderstanding escalates into a bitter quarrel--whereupon Grandpa and Grandma, too stubborn to admit their mistakes and reconcile their differences, may well be on the verge of a permanent split-up! This episode is based on a story by series regular Ellen Corby). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Roots Hal Williams and Erin Blunt make their first series appearances as itinerant laborer Harley Foster and his son Jody. After a brief and tantalizing glimpse of family life at the Walton home, Jody begs his father to stop wandering and settle down. But the fiercely independent Harley prefers his nomadic existence, prompting Jody to take drastic action to get what he wants. All the while, Harley seems unaware that widow Verdie Grant (Lynn Hamilton) has set her cap for him--but he won't stay unaware for long! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Chicken Thief John-Boy (Richard Thomas) catches his friend Yancy Tucker (Robert Donner) stealing chickens, but decides not to tell their sheriff. This may prove to be the wrong decision when chicken farmer Charlie Potter (Richard O'Brien) is shot--and Yancy is the only likely suspect. And speaking of thievery, Ben (Eric Scott) gets himself in hot water when he "borrows" one of John-Boy's old poems, "A Winter Mountain", to win a literary competition. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Braggart Orphan Hobie Shanks (Michael McGreevey), who years earlier had briefly stayed with the Waltons, returns to the Mountain brimming over with braggadocio. Everyone is impressed by Hobie's claim that he is about to be given a pitching tryout with a professional baseball team--everyone, that is, except the envious John-Boy (Richard Thomas), who thinks that Hobie is full of hot air. Surprisingly, it turns out that Hobie is telling the truth . . .but he may never get the chance to become a "pro" thanks to a freak accident. (Trivia note: guest star Michael McGreevey is the son of frequent Waltons scriptwriter John McGreevey--who, incidentally, did NOT write this episode). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Fawn John-Boy (Richard Thomas) learns a few harsh and bitter life lessons when he accepts a job collecting debts for shifty absentee landlord Graham Foster (Charles Tyner). Meanwhile, John-Boy's sister Erin (Mary Elizabeth McDonough), feeling that her brother has let her down by aligning himself with Foster, shifts her affections to a wild fawn--and refuses to set the animal free, even when her family gets in trouble with the local authorities. This episode was directed by series regular Ralph Waite (John Walton). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Air Mail Man Olivia's birthday party is interrupted by the forced landing of mail pilot Todd Cooper (Paul Michael Glaser) on Walton's Mountain. Putting their own concerns aside for the moment, the family pitches in to repair Todd's damaged plane--and, indirectly, to patch up his faltering relationship with his wife Sue (Julie Cobb). This done, everyone comes forth with a present for birthday girl Olivia (Michael Learned)...but Todd's present is the most impressive of all, and one that Olivia will never forget! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Bequest Grandma Walton (Ellen Corby) is pleasantly surprised when she receives a huge bequest--a whole $250!--from a casual acquaintance. Naturally, everybody in the Walton household has a special plan on how best to spend the money, and just as naturally, Grandma intends to be generous with her windfall, not only doling it out to her family but to the rest of the community. But an unexpected development puts a damper on that generosity--and now Grandma is faced with the prospect of being unable to keep her word for the first time in her life. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Substitute While Miss Hunter (Mariclare Costello) is out of town on family business, her classroom is taken over by youthful substitute teacher Megan Pollard (Catherine Burns), a transplanted New Yorker. Though undeniably brilliant, Megan is incapable of "relating" to mountain folk, and before long her rigid, dictatorial teaching methods have alienated students and parents alike. Meanwhile, Grandpa resists the temptation to help Ben build a kite for a contest. This episode represents a reunion between series regular Richard Thomas and guest star Catherine Burns, who had previously costarred in the memorable "coming-of-age" film drama Last Summer (1969). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Prize The Waltons attend the annual County Fair, where each family member hopes to win a prize. At the same time, Olivia's former beau Oscar Cockrell (Peter Donat) shows up at the fair in hopes of advancing his political career. Comparing Oscar's affluence with his own family's lack of same, John-Boy (Richard Thomas) asks himself how different his life would have been if Olivia (Michael Learned) had accepted Oscar's proposal. Meanwhile, a "special ingredient" in Olivia's cake has a curious effect on the contest judges! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Theft John Walton (Ralph Waite) is accused of stealing some valuable silver goblets from wealthy neighbor Mrs. Claybourne (Diana Webster). Her evidence? Well, for starters, John is the only visitor that Mrs. Claybourne has had in weeks--and even more damning, he has suddenly and inexplicably come into a large sum of money. Too angry and proud to defend himself, John is on the verge of a lengthy jail term until the truth is revealed in a surprising fashion. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Courtship Having lost his job in Cincinnati, Olivia's 64-year-old uncle Cody Nelson (Eduard Franz) relocates to Walton's Mountain. Hoping to alleviate Cody's loneliness, John-Boy (Richard Thomas) tries to play matchmaker between his uncle and local resident Cordelia Hunnicutt (Danna Hansen). But Olivia and Grandma staunchly disapprove of this romance, labelling Cordelia as "unsuitable" for poor, innocent Cody--after all, the brazen woman has been married and divorced four times! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Gift A post-Andy Griffith Show, pre-Happy Days Ron Howard) guest stars as Seth Turner, the best friend of Jason Walton (Jon Walmsley). Seth has always wanted to learn to play an instrument in his father's band, but it looks as if he won't have the time; he has been diagnosed with leukemia. The concept of death--and the unfairness of it all--is an extremely difficult one for Jason to accept, and it is up to Grandpa to help the boy through this crisis. Featured in the cast as Dr. McIvers is Ron Howard's father Rance Howard. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Heritage John (Ralph Waite) is torn between financial considerations and concern for his children's birthright when he is offered $25,000 for Walton's Mountain by a developer (Noah Beery Jr.) who wants to build a tourist resort. Of course, John needs the money--but does he need THAT much money? (A fine question to be asking oneself in the middle of a Depression!) Meanwhile, Grandpa (Will Geer) and Grandma (Ellen Corby) prepare for their Golden wedding anniversary. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Five Foot Shelf Feeling sorry for travelling book salesman George Reed (Ben Piazza), Olivia (Michael Learned) makes a sizeable deposit on the "Five-Foot Shelf" collection, consisting of fifty "Harvard Classics." When he finds out that Reed has spent the money to buy his little girl a doll, John (Ralph Waite) is outraged and orders the peddler off Walton's Mountain, never to return. But this doesn't answer the episode's burning question: Will Olivia pony up a second deposit when those fifty books are delivered to the Walton doorstep? ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Graduation The Walton family spends a great deal of money to purchase a new suit of clothes for John-Boy's high school graduation. But when their cow suddenly dies, the Waltons desperately need ready cash to replace the bovine. Will John-Boy (Richard Thomas) stubbornly hold on to his graduation suit, or will he do the Right Thing and sell it back? Without revealing the ending, it can be noted that Grandpa Walton (Will Geer) comes to the rescue. Featured in the supporting cast is child actor Jeff Cotler, the brother of series regular Kami Cotler (Elizabeth). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Car Hoping to obtain an automobile before heading off to college, John-Boy (Richard Thomas) does repair work for neighbor Hyder Rudge (Ed Lauter) in exchange for Rudge's old car. But when time comes for John-Boy to collect, Rudge refuses to part with his car, and even pretends that he no longer owns the vehicle. It soon becomes obvious that Rudge has broken his word in a desperate effort to cling to his past...and to the memory of someone who will never return. This is the final episode of The Waltons' second season. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Cradle No sooner has Olivia (Michael Learned) taken a job as a door-to-door salesman to help make ends meet in the Walton home than she discovers she is pregnant...again. As John (Ralph Waite) wonders if the family can afford another child, his youngest daughter Elizabeth (Kami Cotler) makes no secret of her disappointment over being supplanted as the "baby" of the family. Ultimately, the family comes to accept what seems to be The Inevitable--and then an unexpected plot twist puts the situation in a whole new light. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Fulfillment Once again, the Waltons play host to blacksmith Curtis Norton and his city-bred bride Ann, characters introduced in the first-season episode "The Bicycle" (Ivy Jones returns as Ann, while Victor French takes over from Ned Beatty as Curtis). But the news the Nortons bring with them is far from good: they have been told that they can never have children. At the same time, embittered eight-year-old orphan Stevie (Tiger Williams) is also staying with the Waltons. In any other TV series, this situation would immediately culminate in a happy ending, with the Nortons adopting Stevie--but in this case, Ann Norton is none too keen about adopting anyone. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Ghost Story The Walton kids purchase a Ouija board from storekeeper Ike (Joe Conley), and immediately set about to contact the spirit world. Though Olivia (Michael Learned) and Grandma (Ellen Corby) regard this activity as diametrically opposed to their religious beliefs, the kids' friend Luke (Kristopher Marquis) hopes that the board will help him communicate with his deceased mother. Sure enough, an unseen force seems to be guiding the children's hands as they spell out an ominous message, warning Luke to cancel a planned train trip--and not long afterward, word arrives that the train has crashed! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Honeymoon After 19 years of marriage, John (Ralph Waite) and Olivia (Michael Learned) are finally able to go on their honeymoon to Virginia Beach...or so they think. When they are forced to spend the money they'd saved for the trip on emergency repairs, the rest of the family pitches in to raise the cash all over again. Alas, even after the couple is on their way to the coast, disaster continues dogging their trail--and back home, things aren't going so well for John-Boy (Richard Thomas) either. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide The Waltons: The Awakening Although she is becoming increasingly infirm and hard of hearing, Grandma Walton (Ellen Corby) stubbornly refuses to see a doctor. Grandma's intractability is more or less mirrored by 14-year-old Mary Ellen Walton (Judy Norton-Taylor), who wakes up one morning determined never again to be treated like a child. Unfortunately, Mary Ellen's declaration of independence may have negative results when she falls in love with a much-older college boy (James Carroll Jordan). The episode's closing narration clues us in to what the future holds in store for Mary Ellen--information which completely contradicts what will actually occur in such later Waltons episodes and TV-movies like Mother's Day on Walton's Mountain! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
  • Taxi: Complete Series

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Dec 22, 2009

    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 blasé about Jim's prognostocations -- even when his own death is predicted! The climax of the episode is a slapstick soufflé 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 fiancé 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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