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    Potential Spoilers For Whedon's 'In Your Eyes' Have Been Online For Years

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

    If you're a fan of obscure webcomics, the plot of this new film seems awful familiar.
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    7 Pieces of Vital Information We Learned From 'All That'

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

    Nickelodeon's classic sketch show 'All That' turned 20 this week. Let's remember what we learned.
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    'Battlefield 4' leads us to ask do you ever give up on a game?

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

    Is frustration supposed to be part of video gaming?
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    Only God Forgives [Blu-ray]

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Oct 22, 2013

    Ryan Gosling is an American fugitive in Bangkok looking for his brother's killers
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    Date Night [Blu-ray]

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Aug 10, 2010

    Steve Carell and Tina Fey feel their relationship is in a rut, so they steal a dinner reservation on their weekly date night out which leads to a case of mistaken identity and sends their night in a whole new direction
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    Kung Fu Rider

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Sep 7, 2010

    PlayStation owners, grab your new PlayStation Move controller, and master the martial arts with Kung Fu Rider, which places you in the action...all while making your smooth getaway from the mob on a chair. Office furniture FTW!
  • Night Court: The Complete Third Season

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010

    Includes:Night Court: Dad's First Date (1985) Night Court: Mac and Quon Le: No Reservations (1985) Night Court: Hello, Goodbye (1985) Night Court: Halloween, Too (1985) Night Court: The Hostage (1985) Night Court: Walk Away, Renee (1985) Night Court: The Wheels of Justice, Part 2 (1985) Night Court: The Wheels of Justice, Part 1 (1985) Night Court: Up On the Roof (1985) Night Court: Dan's Boss (1985) Night Court: Best of Friends (1985) Night Court: Dan's Escort (1986) Night Court: The Apartment (1986) Night Court: Hurricane, Part 2 (1986) Night Court: Hurricane, Part 1 (1986) Night Court: Flo's Retirement (1986) Night Court: Monkey Business? (1986) Night Court: Could This Be Magic? (1986) Night Court: Harry and Leon (1986) Night Court: The Night Off (1986) Night Court: The Mugger (1986) Night Court: Leon, We Hardly Knew Ye (1986) Night Court: Dad's First Date Christine (Markie Post) is both surprised and delighted when her widowed dad Jack (Eugene Roche) re-enters the dating scene after eight years of loneliness. Later on, however, Jack is hauled into court in the company of an prostitute--and while still surprised, Christine is far from delighted! The situation turns out to be both innocent and rather poignant, but not before Judge Harry (Harry Anderson) must wrestle with another case involving elderly nudists. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Night Court: Mac and Quon Le: No Reservations Quon Le (Denice Kumagai) hopes that her marriage to big-hearted Mac (Charlie Robinson) will enable her to finance a Vietnamese restaurant. But things turn sour when Mac's bigoted millionaire grandfather (Charles Lampkin) cuts him off without a cent. Bumper Robinson makes his first appearance as courtroom shoeshine specialist Leon. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Night Court: Hello, Goodbye Night Court begins its third season as Judge Harry T. Stone (Harry Anderson) and his staff resign themselves to the death of caustic, chain-smoking courtroom matron Selma Hacker (actress Selma Diamond had passed away a few months after shooting wrapped on Season Two). Taking things hardest is bailiff Bull (Richard Moll), who goes out on a drunken bender--only to be hauled back into court with a batch of bibulous circus performers. This episode marks the first appearance of Florence Halop as Selma's equally cranky replacement Florence Kleiner; as a bonus, Markie Post joins the cast in the previously recurring role of public defender Christine Sullivan, replacing Ellen Foley as Billie Young. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Night Court: Halloween, Too Harry falls for a dazzling young woman named Kimberly (Mary-Margaret Humes), who claims to be a genuine witch. A tabloid reporter (George Murdock) intends to make hay of this situation, leaving Harry in a most embarrassing predicament (so what else is new?) Meanwhile, Dan (John Larroquette) frantically searches for a costume to wear at Harry's annual Halloween bash. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Night Court: The Hostage Hauled into court for stealing electronic communication components, a man (Kenneth Tigar) claiming to be from the planet Saturn pulls out a gun and holds the courtroom hostage. This proves to be most inconvenient for Dan (John Larroquette), who has finally managed to line up a date with his latest object of affection Sheila (Leslie Bevis). Things get worse when the wrong person consumes the drugged meat intended to incapactite the self-proclaimed Saturnian. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Night Court: Walk Away, Renee Gentle giant Bull (Richard Moll) is hopelessly in love with an attractive young woman named Renee (Randee Heller). So euphoric is Bull that his coworkers haven't got the heart--or the guts--to tell him that Renee is--to put it as discreetly as possible--a "working woman." Will this be a Pretty Woman love-conquers-all situation, or is Bull riding for another fall? ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Night Court: The Wheels of Justice, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, Harry (Harry Anderson) has quit his job as Night Court judge, frustrated and disgusted by a municipal budget cut that has resulted in panic, hostility and tragedy. As the courtroom staffers try to lure Harry out of a seedy pool hall and back behind the bench, Harry's elderly replacement (Kenneth Tobey) drops dead in mid-sentence! Future Star Trek: The Next Generation regular Brent Spiner appears as the head of the Wheeler family, a collection of raucous rubes who may or may not be from West Viriginia. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Night Court: The Wheels of Justice, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, the Night Court staff is cut off from their paychecks by a municipal budget crisis. This freeze could not have come at a worse time for Harry, who is trying to save a cleaning lady (Susan Ruttan) and her troubled son (Harold P. Pruett) from being tossed into the street by a nasty landlord (Charles Bouvier). Ultimately, tragedy strikes--and a frustrated Harry quits his job! This episode marks the first appearance of the Wheelers, a rambunctious family of indigents who claim to hail from West Virginia (future Star Trek: The Next Generation regular Brent Spiner is seen as Bob Wheeler). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Night Court: Up On the Roof Harry (Harry Anderson) offers his chambers as a safe harbor for rock star Eddie Devon (Michael Ross), who during his six years of celebrity has been mercilessly besieged by a parisitic entourage, an opportunistic psychiatrist (Stuart Pankin), and a swarm of crazy fans. Alas, Eddie's short spurt of freedom doesn't last too long. By episode's end, a covey of fans have taken over the courtroom roof--and Eddie is trapped in the elevator shaft! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Night Court: Dan's Boss Dwarf actor Daniel Frishman makes his first appearance as Dan's new boss Vincent Daniels, who makes up for his lack of height with a towering knowledge of legal matters--not to mention a mile-wide mean streak. Curiously, the more Vincent threatens to make Dan's life a living hell, the more Dan (John Larroquette) likes it! Meanwhile, court matron Flo (Florence Halop) is squired by a very strange gentleman. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Night Court: Best of Friends Macho man Dan (John Larroquette) looks forward to a reunion with his old college buddy Chip--and especially to the prospect of joining Chip in an old-fashioned "girl hunt." Though the original TV Guide listing for this episode did not indicate the reason that Dan was sorely disappointed when Chick arrived, the fact that the character was played by famed female impersonator Jim Bailey) rather gave the game away. And in case any further hints are needed, be it noted that Chip now prefers to be called Charlene. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Night Court: Dan's Escort To fatten his bank account, Dan (John Larroquette) moonlights as a professional escort for wealthy women. One of his clients (Barbara Cason) is so enraptured by Dan that she insists he accompany her home--and thence to her bedroom! Meanwhile, Harry (Harry Anderson) tries to help out when the newly-arrived wife of Russian émigré Yakov (Yakov Smirnoff) is arrested. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Night Court: The Apartment Dan (John Larroquette) is more put out than pleased when Harry (Harry Anderson) throws a surprise birthday party in his honor; it seems that the libidinous prosecutor has arranged a hot date in his own pad for midnight. Alas, it looks as though Dan will miss his romantic rendezvous, thanks to a series of unforeseen catastrophes. For starters, Christine (Markie Post) is locked in a box during a misfire magic trick; then, the family of Mac's (Charlie Robinson) Vietnamese bride Quon Le (Denice Kumagai) arrives with suicide on their minds; and finally, the stripper hired by Harry shows up at the same time as the social worker who is checking up on Harry's temporary foster son Leon (Bumper Robinson). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Night Court: Hurricane, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, Hurricane Mel bears down upon New York City just as four very pregnant defendants simultaneously go into labor in Harry's courtroom. In the course of events, one of the mothers-to-be (played by action-film diva Pam Grier) decides it's about time to marry her baby's father, while Dan (John Larroquette) is pressed into service as an emergency obstetrician! And just to make things even more difficult, Harry (Harry Anderson) must deal with the trailer-trash excesses of the Wheeler family (headed by future Star Trek: The Next Generation costar Brent Spiner). Florence Halop makes her last appearance as court matron Florence Kleiner in this, the final episode of Night Court's third season. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Night Court: Hurricane, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, New York City battens down in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Mel. Several people end up being trapped in Harry's courtroom, with no supplies or utilities. Among those huddled together are four very pregnant defendants--not to mention those inimitable indigents, the Wheeler family from West Virginia! Former blaxploitation-film diva Pam Grier plays one of the moms-to-be, while future Star Trek: The Next Generation costar Brent Spiner repeats his role as Bob Wheeler. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Night Court: Flo's Retirement Florence (Florence Halop) has mixed feelings while celebrating her birthday, inasmuch as she has now reached the age of mandatory retirement. Surprised by this turn of events, Florence's coworkers plot and plan to keep her on the job--and nearly lose their own jobs in the process. This episode was designed to prepare viewers for the inevitable departure of costar Florence Halop, who was seriously ill at the time (she would pass away a few months later). ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Night Court: Monkey Business? Soft-hearted Bull (Richard Moll) risks contempt of court--and by extension, his job--when he takes a liking to a baby orangutan, brought into court as evidence. Rather than allow the simian to be subjected to scientific experimentation, Bull "liberates" it from the lab doctor (Alex Henteloff) in charge. Meanwhile, Dan (John Larroquette) romances a pretty lady (Patty Dworkin) who has lost her memory. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Night Court: Could This Be Magic? Comic magician Carl Ballantine (remember him as "Gruber" on McHale's Navy?) guest stars as The Fabulous Falconi, a childhood idol of Judge Harry T. Stone (Harry Anderson). Discovering that Falconi is broke and homeless, magic aficionado Harry hires the old prestidigator for a private performance in his apartment. Falconi returns the favor by making several things disappear--including most of Harry's valuables! ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Night Court: Harry and Leon Upon discovering that shoeshine boy Leon (Bumper Robinson) is an orphan who literally lives in the court building, kind-hearted Harry (Harry Anderson) considers taking the boy in as a foster son. This brings Harry face to face with brusque social worker Charlotte Lund (Margot Rose) for the first (but definitely not the last!) time. Somehow or other, an illegal pie-thrower is also worked into the proceedings. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Night Court: The Night Off While Harry (Harry Anderson) takes a night off, his replacement is the much-older Judge Robert Hirsch (Jeff Corey). This turns out to be a calamitous substitution: though Harry may be eccentric, Judge Hirsch proves to be downright certifiable. Before the night is over, the half-baked Hirsch has jailed public defender Christine (Markie Post) and prosecutor Dan (John Larroquette)--and replaced them with court matron Florence (Florence Halop) and resident derelict Phil (William Utay)! Future Evening Shade regular Michael Jeter shows up in a minor role. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Night Court: The Mugger In a classic example of the old adage "a Conservative is a Liberal who's been mugged", public defender Christine (Markie Post) sours on her job after being robbed and assaulted. Even worse, just as Christine is about to quit her post, the mugger comes back into her life, holding the courtroom hostage with a hand grenade! Meanwhile, Phil the Wino (William Utay) drives Dan (John Larroquette) crazy with a tantalizing stock tip. This episode was originally scheduled to air on January 23, 1986. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Night Court: Leon, We Hardly Knew Ye It had to happen: Harry's idol Mel Torme has shown up in the courtroom! Unfortunately, it looks as though Harry (Harry Anderson) will pass up the opportunity to meet the fabled Velvet Fog. It seems that he is bogged down with personal problems involving courtroom shoeshine boy Leon (Bumper Robinson), who has run away from his nerdy adoptive parents--and intends to move back in with Harry whether Social Services likes it or not. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
  • Justice League: The Complete Series

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Nov 10, 2009

    Includes:Justice League: Secret Origins, Part 1 (2001) Justice League: In Blackest Night, Part 1 (2001) Justice League: Secret Origins, Part 2 (2001) Justice League: Secret Origins, Part 3 (2001) Justice League: In Blackest Night, Part 2 (2001) Justice League: The Enemy Below, Part 1 (2001) Justice League: The Enemy Below, Part 2 (2001) Justice League: Paradise Lost, Part 1 (2002) Justice League: Fury, Part 1 (2002) Justice League: A Knight of Shadows , Part 1 (2002) Justice League: The Brave and the Bold, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: Legends, Part 1 (2002) Justice League: The Savage Time, Part 1 (2002) Justice League: Fury, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: Metamorphosis, Part 1 (2002) Justice League: A Knight of Shadows, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: The Savage Time, Part 3 (2002) Justice League: The Savage Time, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: Metamorphosis, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: Legends, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: Paradise Lost, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: Injustice for All, Part 1 (2002) Justice League: Injustice for All, Part 2 (2002) Justice League: The Brave and the Bold, Part 1 (2002) Justice League: War World, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: War World, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Eclipsed, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Tabula Rasa, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Wild Cards, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Tabula Rasa, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Hearts and Minds, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Maid of Honor, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Hereafter, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Comfort and Joy (2003) Justice League: Wild Cards, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Maid of Honor, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Secret Society, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Twilight, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Secret Society, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: A Better World, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: The Terror Beyond, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Only a Dream, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Hearts and Minds, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: A Better World, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Only a Dream, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: The Terror Beyond, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Eclipsed, Part 1 (2003) Justice League: Twilight, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Hereafter, Part 2 (2003) Justice League: Starcrossed, Part 2 (2004) Justice League Unlimited: Dark Heart (2004) Justice League Unlimited: This Little Piggy (2004) Justice League Unlimited: Fearful Symmetry (2004) Justice League Unlimited: The Greatest Story Never Told (2004) Justice League Unlimited: The Return (2004) Justice League Unlimited: For the Man Who Has Everything (2004) Justice League: Starcrossed, Part 1 (2004) Justice League: Starcrossed, Part 3 (2004) Justice League Unlimited: Kid Stuff (2004) Justice League Unlimited: Wake the Dead (2004) Justice League Unlimited: Ultimatum (2004) Justice League Unlimited: Initiation (2004) Justice League Unlimited: Hawk and Dove (2004) Justice League Unlimited: The Ties That Bind (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Question Authority (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Hunter's Moon (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Task Force X (2005) Justice League Unlimited: The Balance (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Flashpoint (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Panic in the Sky (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Divided We Fall (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Epilogue (2005) Justice League Unlimited: I Am Legion (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Double Date (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Clash (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Shadow of the Hawk (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Chaos at the Earth's Core (2005) Justice League Unlimited: To Another Shore (2005) Justice League Unlimited: The Once and Future Thing: Weird Western Tales (2005) Justice League Unlimited: The Doomsday Sanction (2005) Justice League Unlimited: The Cat and the Canary (2005) Justice League Unlimited: The Once and Future Thing: Time, Warped (2005) Justice League Unlimited: Grudge Match (2006) Justice League Unlimited: Far From Home (2006) Justice League Unlimited: Ancient History (2006) Justice League Unlimited: Alive! (2006) Justice League Unlimited: Destroyer (2006) Justice League Unlimited: Dead Reckoning (2006) Justice League Unlimited: Flash and Substance (2006) Justice League Unlimited: Patriot Act (2006) Justice League Unlimited: The Great Brain Robbery (2006) Justice League: Secret Origins, Part 1 The greatest heroes in comic book history join forces in this animated made-for-TV adventure. After the United States sends an expedition to Mars, one of the astronauts, J. Allen Carter (voice of Gary Cole), runs for president, and after taking office makes good on a promise to eliminate nuclear weapons, calling on Superman (voice of Kevin Conroy) to use his powers to protect America instead of the bomb. Superman agrees, but he soon he and his fellow superheroes find themselves battling a strange and mysterious force. Superman and Carter are approached by J'On J'Onzz (voice of Carl Lumbly), who was one of the few survivors of a war that destroyed Martian civilization after the Earthlings visited. J'Onzz informs Superman that a sinister cadre of fellow Martians has made their way to Earth with plans to take over the world, and that they must be stopped if the people are to survive in freedom. Superman prepares for the fight of his life by bringing together a team of the greatest defenders on Earth, including Batman (voice of Kevin Conroy), Wonder Woman (voice of Susan Eisenberg), Green Lantern (voice of Phil LaMarr), the Flash (voice of Michael Rosenbaum), and Hawk Girl (voice of Maria Canals). Justice League: Secret Origins was the pilot film for the animated television series, and was divided into three episodes for broadcast on the Cartoon Network. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide Justice League: In Blackest Night, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, the Justice League must put aside its difference to save one of its own from certain death. The member in question is the Green Lantern, who has been targeted for prosecution (or is it persecution) by a Martian court. Making things difficult is the fact that the Green Lantern's comrade J'onn J'onnz is a member of the selfsame "Manhunter" faction that has arrested the Green One. This story is adapted from the Justice League of America comic-book continuity "No Man Escapes the Manhunter," and does not feature either Batman or Wonder Woman. Both episodes of "In Blackest Night" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "The Enemy Below," in April of 2003 under the umbrella title "Justice on Trial." ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Secret Origins, Part 2 In part two of Justice League's three-part debut episode, the earth continues to be imperiled by huge, bug-like extraterrestrials who are impervious to conventional weaponry. Superheroes Batman and Superman respond to this attack by assembling the Justice League, comprised of their fellow do-gooders Wonder Woman, the Flash, the Green Lantern, and Hawkgirl -- plus an alien refugee whose planet has already been destroyed by the shapeshifting bugs, the Martian Manhunter (aka J'onn J'onnz). Though the League puts up a formidable defense against the invaders, it isn't quite enough -- and by episode's end two of the superheroes have fallen in battle! All three episodes of "Secret Origins" were released as a single DVD "movie" in April of 2002. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Secret Origins, Part 3 In the conclusion of Justice League's three-part debut episode, two of the League members have become casualties in the battle against the Imperium, those huge, shape-shifting, bug-like creatures who have launched an invasion of the earth. Rushing to the rescue of their fallen comrades, the remaining Leaguers must also race against time before the all-but-invulnerable Imperium conquers the world. Further complicating matters are the evil machinations of Senator Carter (voiced by Gary Cole), a purported pacifist who is actually an alien in disguise! All three episodes of "Secret Origins" were released as a single DVD "movie" in April of 2002. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: In Blackest Night, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Green Lantern has been whisked off to Mars to stand trial for his life at the behest of the Martian Manhunters--an organization of which his fellow Justice Leaguer J'onn J'onnz is also a member. Convinced that the Green Lantern will not receive proper justice, the rest of the Justice League rushes to the rescue, while the Green One's longtime superirs, the Guardians of the Universe, show up as character witnesses. But is the whole trial merely a sham, to cover up a sinister conspiracy of evil? This story is adapted from the Justice League of America comic-book continuity "No Man Escapes the Manhunter", and does not feature either Batman or Wonder Woman. Both episodes of "In Blackest Night" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "The Enemy Below," in April of 2003 under the umbrella title "Justice on Trial." ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Enemy Below, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, Aquaman, ruler of Atlantis, threatens to wreak vengeance against the surface-dwellers who are despoiling his domain. At the suggestion of Justice League member Superman, Aquaman agrees to argue his case before the World Assembly. But sinister forces conspire to send Aquaman off the "deep end" again -- and this time, the whole world may suffer horribly. The Flash and Hawkgirl do not appear in this story arc. Both episodes of "The Enemy Below" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "In Blackest Night," in April of 2003 under the umbrella title "Justice on Trial." ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Enemy Below, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, Aquaman, ruler of Atlantis, has become convinced that the surface dwellers of earth are conspiring against him and threatens to wreak a horrible vengeance. As it turns out, however, Aquaman is being victimized by certain of his own underwater subjects -- and among them may be his own son. Needless to say, the members of the Justice League (minus the Flash and Hawkgirl, who do not appear in this story arc) take it upon themselves to correct this situation and save the world both above and below the waves. Both episodes of "The Enemy Below" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "In Blackest Night," in April of 2003 under the umbrella title Justice on Trial. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Paradise Lost, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, Justice League member Wonder Woman returns to Paradise Island, home of her fellow Amazons, in hopes of mending fences with her estranged mother. Upon arrival, she is shocked to discover that the Amazons have all been "petrified" into statues -- the handiwork of evil sorcerer Felix Faust. If she wants to save her friends and loved ones, Wonder Woman must help Felix find three precious artifacts -- but where are they, and why does he want them? The Green Lantern and Hawkgirl do not appear in this story arc. Both episodes of "Paradise Lost" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "War World," in July of 2003. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Fury, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, the League faces a new foe in the form of Aresia, a renegade Amazon from Wonder Woman's home island. Leading a pack of Injustice Gang members, Aresia commits a series of seemingly pointless crimes, humiliating Batman in the process. Wonder Woman dispatches Hawkgirl to Amazon Island to root out the motives behind Aresia's crime wave. Meanwhile, the villainess' gang neutralizes Superman, Green Lantern, and Flash -- making it crystal clear that, for whatever reason, Aresia is conducting a deadly vendetta against the entire male population of Earth. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: A Knight of Shadows , Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, medieval sorceress Morgaine LeFey and her equally villainous son Mordred reappear in the present, just before Halloween. The two reprobates are searchinig for the Philosopher's Stone, which will enable them to restore England to its Arthurian glory, with themselves as supreme rulers. In their efforts to thwart Morgaine and Mordred, the Justice League teams with the demonic Etrigan -- actually Jason Blood, who is still paying a terrible price for his long-ago betrayal of Morgaine. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Brave and the Bold, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Green Lantern and the Flash combine their superpowers to thwart Grodd, a criminal mastermind who happens to be a gorilla. Using a diabolical mind-control device, Grodd intends to bring about a nuclear war that will destroy all mankind (not to mention monkeykind!) Meanwhile, several other Justice Leaguers, including Hawkgirl, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Martian Manhunter, are trapped in another dimension -- and may never be able to escape! Both episodes of "The Brave and the Bold" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "Injustice for All," in October of 2004. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Legends, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, several Justice League members are whisked off to an alternate reality, reappearing in Seaboard City, a town that seems permanently locked in the 1950s. Here the Leaguers meet their counterparts, the Justice Guild of America -- all of whom resemble the "Golden Age" versions of DC Comics' familiar superheroes. The League and the Guild team up to thwart the doppelgangers of the "real world's" villainous Injustice Gang, here known as the Injustice Guild. Throughout the action, J'onn J'onnz (The Martian Manhunter) continues receiving psychic messages indicating that what appears to be happening may not be happening at all! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Savage Time, Part 1 In the first episode of a three-part story (originally telecast as a single "feature film"), six Justice League members return from a space mission to find that Batman and his orbiting Watchtower have vanished. Even worse, the earth has transformed into a place of pure evil controlled by dictator Vandal Savage. On this alternate world, a different Batman leads a group of underground freedom fighters in a losing battle against Savage's hordes. The only way by which the Leaguers can set things right is go back in time to World War 2 -- and in so doing, they find new allies in the forms of "vintage" comic-book characters Sgt. Rock, the Blackhawks, and Wonder Woman's erstwhile 1940s boyfriend Steve Trevor! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Fury, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, renegade Aresia continues to carry out her vendetta against men by infecting all males of Gotham City with a deadly plague. Of the Justice League members, only Wonder Woman and Hawkgirl are impervious to Aresia's assault -- but will they be able to resist her offer to join her mission to destroy every man on the planet? Only a startling revelation from Aresia's past stands between victory and defeat for the remaining Leaguers. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Metamorphosis, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, Rex Mason, an old friend of "Green Lantern" John Stewart, becomes a pawn in the sinister machinations of ruthless businessman Simon Stagg. Hoping to create a "perfect" worker, one who can transform into any element on earth, Stagg transforms Mason into the freakish Metamorpho. His new-found ability to change his molecular structure has some rather nasty side effects, however, and before long Mason/Metamorpho has become a sworn enemy of the Justice League. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: A Knight of Shadows, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, medieval villains Morgaine and Mordred summon an army of the "undead" to vanquish the Justice League and to help them get their hands on the Philosopher's Stone. The villains' ultimate goal is to restore England to its ancient splendor, with themselves as absolute ruler. With the assistance of the quasi-demonic Etrigan, the Leaguers are determined to stop Morgain and Mordred in their tracks -- but they may have to do without the assistance of J'onn J'onnz, who is poised to go over to the enemy side in exchange for a reunion with his long-lost Martian loved ones. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Savage Time, Part 3 In the conclusion of a three-part story, the Justice Leaguers, teamed with an alternate-reality Vandal Savage, have gone back in time to World War 2 in hopes of preventing the present from being horribly altered by despotic dictator Vandal Savage. Assisting the League in its efforts are such vintage comic-book heroes as Blackhawk, Steve Trevor (Wonder Woman's erstwhile mortal beau), and Sgt. Rock of Easy Company. Unfortunately, the villainy has been doubled as the 1940s-era Savage trades information with his modern-day counterpart. Will the combined forces of good be able to vanquish Savage, or will the horrifiying "alternate" world of the 21st century become reality? ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Savage Time, Part 2 In the second episode of a three-part story (originally telecast as a single "feature film"), the Justice Leaguers have gone back in time to World War 2, the better to prevent the despotic Vandal Savage from becoming ruler of the world in "The Present." In pursuit of this goal, the Green Lantern hooks up with Sgt. Rock and Easy Company; Flash and Hawkgirl team with the Blackhawks; and Wonder Woman aligns herself with military officer Steve Trevor. Meanwhile, J'onn J'onnz discovers that the 1940s-era Vandal Savage has forged a psychic link with his modern-day counterpart -- but before J'onn can act upon this information, the Leaguers fall into a trap! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Metamorphosis, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Justice League squares off against Metamorpho, a freakish mutant with the ability to change his molecular structure at a moment's notice. The mission is particularly painful for League member John Stewart (aka The Green Lantern); it seems that Metamorpho is actually his old friend Rex Mason. As it turns out, however, the real villain of the piece is not Metamorpho but ruthless businessman Simon Stagg -- ironically, the father of Rex Mason's sweetheart Sapphire. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Legends, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, several Justice League members are still trapped in a 1950s-style alternate reality with their "Golden Age" counterparts, the Justice Guild. Several disturbing images suggest that the Guild is doomed to a horrible demise--and that their deaths would also seriously affect the League. As it turns out, the entire dilemma is but an illusion, stirred up by a heretofore unspected menace. The climax of the story is as existential as anything dreamed up by Jean-Paul Sartre! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Paradise Lost, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, Wonder Woman must bend to the will of evil sorcerer Felix Faust, who has transformed her mother and the rest of the Amazons of Paradise Island into statues. Felix wants to get his hands on three ancient artifacts and demands that Wonder Woman find them for him. By the time the Justice League (minus Green Lantern and Hawkgirl) has arrived on Paradise Island to lend Wonder Woman a hand, another mega-villain, Lord Hades, has become involved in the intrigue! Both episodes of "Paradise Lost" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "War World," in July of 2003. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Injustice for All, Part 1 In the first episode of a two part story, Superman's perennial nemesis Lex Luthor breaks out of prison. The fugitive is pursued by the Justice League, who soon realize that Luthor is dying. As a "last stand" against the Leaguers in general and Superman in particular, Luthor manages to organize his own team of super-villains called The Injustice Gang, among them the Joker, Star Sapphire, the Shade, Copperhead, Cheetah, and Ultra-Humanite! Clancy Brown and Mark Hamill, who were heard as Luthor and the Joker in several previous animated versions of Batman and Superman, repeat their roles here. Both episodes of "Injustice for All" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "The Brave and the Bold," in October of 2004. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Injustice for All, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Justice League squares off against the Injustice Gang, a team of super-villains organized by a dying Lex Luther. Unfortunately, the Injustice Gang gets the upper hand when they capture Batman. As time runs out for the caped crusader, the other Justice Leaguers speed to the rescue...while Luther desperately seeks out a cure for his terminal illness. Both episodes of "Injustice for All" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "The Brave and the Bold," in October of 2004. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Brave and the Bold, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, Justice Leaguers the Flash and the Green Lantern try to solve the mystery of a band of thieves who claim to have no memory of committing their crimes -- a mystery compounded by the appearance of a talking gorilla! The trail of clues leads to an ape-research institute, where the evil Dr. Sarah Corwin is working with "criminal gorilla" Grodd on sinister mind-control experiments. Also crucial to the story are some stolen radioactive isotopes, which are used in a doomsday device that threatens to destroy the world! Both episodes of "The Brave and the Bold" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "Injustice for All," in October of 2004. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: War World, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, Justice League members Superman and Martian Manhunter are rendered unconscious by hydrogen pockets while destroying an asteroid before it can hit the Earth. "Rescued" by an alien ship, the two do-gooders find themselves prisoners of the evil dictator Mongul, who intends to pit Superman and Manhunter against his best gladiators on the desolate "resort planet" War World. Both episodes of "War World" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "Paradise Lost," in July of 2003. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: War World, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, Superman and Martian Manhunter remain prisoners of the despotic Mongul, who has pitted the Man of Steel against his best gladiators in mortal combat in the arena of War World. Though Superman manages to win his first bout (and without shedding blood), he is ordered to throw the next fight, in which he will square off against Mongul himself. The price for Superman's disobedience will be the utter destruction of an entire planet and all its people! Can Hawkgirl and Green Lantern come to the rescue before any more damage can be wrought by the villainous Mongul? Both episodes of "War World" were released on DVD in tandem with another Justice League two-parter, "Paradise Lost," in July of 2003. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Eclipsed, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, an evil alien spirit continues to wage war against mankind via the Black Heart, a powerful lunar gemstone. The stone has cast its sinister spell on virtually every member of the Justice League, transforming them from heroes to villains. Only The Flash has managed to escape the Black Heart's influence -- and it is up to him to set things right before the alien baddie can create a solar eclipse that will destroy both the sun and the Earth. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Tabula Rasa, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, Lex Luthor continues his campaign of revenge against the Justice League with the help of the android AMAZO, which is capable of mirroring the likenesses and special skills of the League members. Once AMAZO takes on the powers of Superman -- albeit with an evil twist -- there seems to be no stopping him. The only hope for our heroes' salvation is in the hands of J'onn J'onnz, "The Martian Manhunter," who unfortunately has soured on mankind and is no mood to come to anyone's rescue. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Wild Cards, Part 1 The Justice League finds itself in the middle of a diabolical "reality show" along the Las Vegas strip. It seems that the Joker has planted time bombs all up and down the main drag of Sin City, and has given the JLers only a few hours to deactivate the explosives. Complicating matters is the interference of The Joker's newest henchpersons, the "Royal Flush Gang": Ace, King, Queen, Jack and Ten (their voices ironically supplied by cast members of Justice League's "sister" animated series Teen Titans). ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Tabula Rasa, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, perennial Superman foe Lex Luthor manages to escape incarceration, though his life-saving armor has been damaged in the process. Hoping to wreak vengeance against the Justice League, Luthor activates one of his many sinister creations: AMAZO, an android capable of mirroring the likenesses and powers of the League members. Unfortunately, the "mirror" is a dark one, as proven by the unsavory "alternate" versions of the Green Lantern, Hawkgirl, and the rest. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Hearts and Minds, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, John Stewart, aka The Green Lantern, must come to the rescue of his fellow "Lanterns," several of whom have pitted their lives against the alien minions of the evil Despero. John is alerted to this peril by another "Lantern" named Kilowog, who has escaped the villain's clutches and made his way to the headquarters of the Justice League. Complicating matters is the presence of Stewart's mentor and former sweetheart Kama Tui, who has apparently sold out to Despero. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Maid of Honor, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, would-be dictator Vandal Savage has commandeered the weaponry of the country of Kasnia, thereby enabling him to hold the world for ransom with a powerful orbiting ray gun. It is up to Bartman and Wonder Woman to stop Savage in his tracks -- and, incidentally, to rescue Princess Audrey from the ignominious fate of becoming Savage's bride. Meanwhile, J'onn J'onnz, The Flash, and The Green Lantern race against time to disarm the deadly ray. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Hereafter, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, Superman apparently sacrifices himself for the sake of his fellow Justice Leaguers. Can it be that The Man of Steel is gone from the scene for good? And how will mankind be able to survive without Superman's benevolent protection? Originally intended to be telecast near the end of Justice League's second season, "Hereafter" was bumped forward to an earlier playdate due to its high suspense quotient. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Comfort and Joy This Christmas show is the only single-part episode of Justice League's second season. With Yuletide approaching, the various League members go their separate ways to celebrate the holiday. Superman invites Martian Manhunter J'onn J'onnz (here seen in one of his many earthly aliases) to Christmas dinner with the Man of Steel's earth parents, Ma and Pa Kent; The Green Lantern and Hawkgirl continue to draw closer together, especially during a hilarious snowball fight; and longtime foes Flash and Ultra-Humanite bury the hatchet long enough to help a group of needy orphans. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Wild Cards, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Justice League races against time to deactive the time bombs that the Joker has planted all up and down the Las Vegas strip. Ultimately the explosives are neutralized, and four of the five members of the Joker's Royal Flush Gang have been disposed of -- but there's still one ace up the villain's sleeve. As the story races to its climax, two of the League members, Hawkgirl and Green Lantern, suddenly begin to see one another in a whole new light. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Maid of Honor, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, Batman (here seen for the first time on Justice League in his alter-ego digs as Bruce Wayne) and Wonder Woman head to the country of Kasnia, there to thwart would-be dictator Vandal Savage. Having apparently wormed his way into the confidence of the Kasnian royal family, Savage is poised to wed Princess Audrey, thereby enabling him to get his hands on a powerful orbiting ray gun. Can Batman and Wonder Woman save the day without donning costumes and resorting to their special powers? ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Secret Society, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, simian villain Gorilla Grodd has organized the Secret Society, a tightly-knit team of fellow baddies. With the members of the Justice League falling prey to petty squabbles and ego tripping, it looks as if the Secret Sociey will be able to take over the world with the greatest of ease. It is up to The Green Lantern to set things aright -- but without the cooperation of his fellow Leaguers, he may well fail in his mission. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Twilight, Part 1 Season two of the animated Justice League begins with a two-part story set in space and features two of Superman's longtime nemeses, the enigmatic Darkseid and the wholly villainous Krypton refugee Brainiac. While Darkseid endeavors to break a longstanding extraterrestrial treaty between the New Gods and New Genesis, Brainiac foments chaos on the planet Apokolips. Superman's fellow Justice League members combine their talents to find a common solution for both problems, but their efforts are complicated by the questionable motives of Darkseid and the resourcefully sinister Brainiac. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Secret Society, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, simian villain Gorilla Grodd hopes to take advantage of dissension and disagreement within the ranks of the Justice League. Grodd organizes his own team of villains, including such nasties as Giganta, Sinestro, and Killer Frost. Inasmuch as Grodd's team gets along with one another a lot better than the members of the Justice Leage, it looks as though villainy will triumph over virtue this time around! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: A Better World, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Justice Lords, the evil counterparts of the Justice League from another dimension, have arrived on earth, intent upon either imposing their own sinister brand of law and order on the populace, or destroying the planet in the effort. Hoping to thwart the Justice Lords, the League mounts a brave but vulnerable defense. Just when it appears that the villains will triumph, the good-guy Leaguers receive help from a most unexpected -- and highly untrustworthy -- source. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Terror Beyond, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the Justice League has come to realize that Aquaman's motive for aligning himself with the villainous Solomon Grundy was borne of a desire to save rather than destroy mankind. Entering the dimension of "The Old Ones," the Leaguers, reluctantly accompanied by Dr. Grundy and another disreputable chap named Dr. Fate, hope to save the citizens of the surface from doom. Meanwnhile, Aquaman staves off an invasion of the Earth Realm -- but he may not be able to do it alone. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Only a Dream, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, the vengeful Dr. Destiny continues using his ESP machine to control the dreams -- and the minds -- of others, and to destroy the Justice League. At this point, virtually all the Leaguers are enslaved in their own personal nightmares, with seemingly no way out. Only Batman and J'onn J'onnz remain free to battle the insidious Destiny -- but in order to triumph of evil, our two heroes must stay awake...stay awake...STAY AWAKE!!! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Hearts and Minds, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, League member John Stewart, aka The Green Lantern, continues in his efforts to save his fellow "Lanterns" -- and by extension, all mankind -- from the mass-brainwashing scheme fomented by the evil Despero. Happily, it turns out that Stewart's former sweetheart Katma Tui has not joined the enemy camp but has gone undercover to destroy Despero's operation from within. Unhappily, Stewart, Katma, and Hawkgirl are captured by Despero's alien minions, leaving J'onn J'onnz and The Flash to mount a desperate rescue effort. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: A Better World, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, the members of the Justice League are confronted by their evil doppelgangers from another dimension. In their world, the "Justice Lords" rule with a curious and sinister version of law and order, in which the innocent suffer while the guilty flourish. When the Justice Lords arrive on earth, they are confused by values that they cannnot understand -- but which they are compelled to destroy. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Only a Dream, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, the Justice League rushes to the scene of a prison break, orchestrated by convict John Dee, alias "Dr. Destiny." It turns out that the escape was a mere diversion, to allow Dr. Destiny enough time to steal a new ESP machine that is capable of invading and manipulating people's dreams. With this device, Destiny hopes to rule the world through mind control -- and, incidentally, destroy the League, whom he holds responsible for all the tragedy in his life. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: The Terror Beyond, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, the Justice Leaguers suspect that Aquaman, underwater ruler of Atlantis, has forsaken virtue in favor of evil. How else can they explain the fact that Aquaman has arranged the release of longtime League nemesis Solomon Grundy? Leading an investigation of this disturbing turn of events, League member Hawkgirl makes several startling discoveries -- but may not live long enough to act upon them! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Eclipsed, Part 1 In the first episode of a two-part story, peacekeepers in the Middle East unearth "The Black Heart," a lunar gemstone with awesome powers. It turns out that the stone is possessed by an evil alien spirit, bent on destroying everyone on earth. The Justice League is drawn into the story when Wonder Woman accidentally lays hands upon the Black Heart -- and immediately transforms from virtuous heroine to sinister villainess! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Twilight, Part 2 In the conclusion of Justice League's second-season opener, the Justice League has been imprisoned on a giant artificial moon, built in the shape of Superman's old Krypton foe Brainiac. It turns out that the Leaguers are mere pawns in a pact between the sinister Brainiac and the mercurial Darkseid, which involves exchanging Superman's DNA for the safety of the planet Apokolips. Before the final showdown between Superman and Darkseid, the other League Members have forged a self-protective alliance with the members of the New Genesis. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Hereafter, Part 2 In the conclusion of a two-part story, Superman remains in limbo, even as his comrades and all mankind mourn his apparent death. By the time he makes it back to earth, the planet is in a state of ruin -- and it is all the handiwork of would-be dictator Vandal Savage and the diabolical "White Dwaft" device. Adapted from the comic-book story "Under a Red Son," Hereafter was intended to be telecast near the end of Justice League's second season, but was bumped forward because of its high suspense quotient. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Starcrossed, Part 2 In the second episode of Justice League's three-part season-two finale, the Leaguers fall into a trap when attempting to help Hawkgirl's people, the Thangarians, in their war against the Gordanians. Managing to wriggle out of this predicament, the League members reconvene at Stately Wayne Manor, home of Batman's alter ego, Bruce Wayne. Meanwhile, the duplicitous villains who have set this story in motion begin carrying out their plan to destroy the earth. All three episodes of "Starcrossed" were released as a single DVD "movie" in July of 2004. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Dark Heart The Justice League may have met its match in the form of hostile aliens who cannot be stopped in their efforts to overwhelm the earth. Upon disovering that the aliens are not living beings but actually compried of millions upon millions of tiny nanotech machines, Superman turns to the one man who may be able to come up with a means to destroy the invaders. That man is scientist Ray Palmer, who in his alter-ego form as The Atom shrinks himself to microscopic dimensions in order to face down the nanotechs on their own terms! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: This Little Piggy While on a stakeout of the Penguin's headquarters with Batman, Wonder Woman is suddenly and inexplicably turned into a pig by the enchantress Circe. The remainder of the episode finds Batman and the beauteous magician Zatanna combining forces to return "Wonder Pig" to her normal self. Mayhem blends with mythology and even music (don't miss Batman's soulful rendition of the old standard "Am I Blue?") in this wild and crazy tale. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Fearful Symmetry Superman's cousin, Supergirl (aka Kara), has been having weird nightmares in which she appears to be cast in the role of an assassin. When J'onn J'onnz is unable to telepathically decipher these dreams, Green Arrow and The Question try to help Supergirl -- who soon tumbles to the possibility that she might not be dreaming at all. Fans of The Manchurian Candidate will enjoy the plot twists in this episode, which establishes a plot strand that will be explored in further chilling detail in the later episode "Ultimatum." ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: The Greatest Story Never Told Booster Gold, a self-loathing deadbeat from the 25th century, travels backward to "our" time in hopes of finding a place for himself in the world -- any world. Linking up with the Justice League, Booster Gold is assigned to "crowd control" during an epic battle between the Leaguers and the sorcerer Mordru. In the course of events, Booster inadvertently finds himself in the thick action -- and the situation doesn't make him feel one teeny tiny bit better about himself. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: The Return In this followup to the second-season episode "Tabula Rasa," Superman's perennial nemesis Lex Luthor returns, claming to have completely reformed. Willing to give their former foe the benefit of the doubt, the Justice Leaguers try to protect Luthor from the evil android AMAZO, who seems determined to kill Lex in as nasty a manner as possible. Meanwhile, "Green Lantern" John Stewart tries to get over his busted romance with Hawkgirl. Fans of The Andy Griffith Show will enjoy the fleeting inside joke during the barbershop scene. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: For the Man Who Has Everything Based on a comic-book story by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, "For the Man Who Has Everything" is that rarest of rare Justice League Unlimited episodes, giving center stage to the series' three biggest stars. It's Superman's birthday, so Batman and Wonder Woman head to the Fortress of Solitude to surprise their comrade. Upon arrival, the pair finds that Superman has already been surprised by a gift from the evil Mongul -- a parasitic plant that has immobilized the Man of Steel. As Batman and W.W. struggle to free their fellow Leaguer, the comatose Superman experiences what life would have been like had Krypton never exploded and had he remained on the planet as Kal-El -- with a very familiar-looking wife named Loana, and a "dream son," Van-El. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Starcrossed, Part 1 In the first episode of Justice League's three-part season-two finale, League member Hawkgirl is reunited with her own people, the Thangarians. Traveling from their home planet and landing on earth, the Thangarians try to enlist the League's aid against their traditional enemies, the Gordanians. Little does Hawkgirl suspect that this mission is not what it appears to be on surface! All three episodes of "Starcrossed" were released as a single DVD "movie" in July of 2004. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League: Starcrossed, Part 3 In the conclusion of Justice League's three-part season-two finale, the Leaguers face a showdown with the sinister winged Hawkmen, who intend to destroy the Earth. Complicating matters is the fact that League member Hawkgirl is from the same planet that is presently waging war against mankind. As the story races to its conclusion, the "good guys" (and good girls) must prevention the activation of a Hypergate that will set off an apocalyptic chain reaction. All three episodes of "Starcrossed" were released as a single DVD "movie" in July of 2004. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Kid Stuff It's the Justice League vs. the sinister Arthurian trickster Mordred, who has succeeded in banishing all adults from the world. In order to thwart the bad guy, four of the Leaguers -- Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern -- must transform themselves into eight-year-olds! Listen for Dakota Fanning as the voice of Kid Wonder Woman. "Kid Stuff" was released together with two other Justice League Unlimited episodes, "Initation" and "Hawk and Dove," in the 2005 DVD collection Justice League Unlimited: Saving the World. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Wake the Dead A trio of nerdish students accidentally invoke a supernatural spell -- and presto! Familiar Justice League nemesis Solomon Grundy is revived from his "sleep of death." Going on a rampage, Grundy cannot be stopped by the Leaguers. Their only hopes lie in the only person who'd ever befriended the villainous Grundy -- former JL member Hawkgirl, now living in seclusion as her "civilian" persona Shayera. The question: Will Hawkgirl be willing to vanquish Grundy, to whom she owes her very life? Clips from several previous episodes are sprinkled throughout this pivotal Justice League Unlimited adventure. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Ultimatum Following up the events in the previous episode "Fearful Symmetry," "Ultimatum" probes further into the secret government conspiracy against the Justice Leaguers. The Ultimen, a newly formed and very popular superhero group led by the mysterious Max Lord, offer a helping hand to the Justice Leaguers, who are busy battling fire monsters on an oil rig. Later, however, the Ultimen violently turn against the "good guys" when they learn the truth behind their own origin -- and also the horrible fate that is in store for them. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Initiation Justice League opens its third season with a new title, Justice League Unlimited, and with a new League leader in charge: J'onn J'onnz, aka the Martin Manhunter. In the season opener, "Initiation, the League reforms in its renovated satellite headquarters, welcoming several more rotating members to their fold: Among the newcomers are the Green Arrow, Captain Adam, and Supergirl. The first assignment for the "recruits" takes them to China, where they do battle against a fearsome monster comprised of nuclear energy. "Initiation" was released together with two other Justice League Unlimited episodes, "Kid Stuff" and "Hawk and Dove," in the 2005 DVD collection Justice League Unlimited: Saving the World. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Hawk and Dove Wonder Woman's latest assignment is to prevent a war in the country of Kaznia between two hostile factions -- a battle fomented by the sinister Ares. In this pursuit, Wonder Woman finds herself with two unlikely allies: A pair of brothers, one warlike, the other a committed pacifist (their voices provided by former Wonder Years co-stars Fred Savage and Jason Harvey). "Hawk and Dove" was released together with two other Justice League Unlimited episodes, "Initation" and "Kid Stuff," in the 2005 DVD collection Justice League Unlimited: Saving the World. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: The Ties That Bind Professional magician and escape artist Mr. Miracle calls upon the Flash to help him stage the greatest escape of all. Miracle hopes to travel to the far-off planet Apokalyps, there to rescue a very special captive. Highlighting this episode are the voice-over contributions of Arte Johnson, here invoking memories of his Laugh-In days in the role of Germanic toady Vermin Vunderbar, and Ed Asner, atypically cast as a hyper-villain named Granny Goodness! ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Question Authority No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Hunter's Moon No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Task Force X No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: The Balance No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Flashpoint No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Panic in the Sky No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Divided We Fall No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Epilogue No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: I Am Legion No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Double Date No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Clash No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Shadow of the Hawk No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Chaos at the Earth's Core No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: To Another Shore No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: The Once and Future Thing: Weird Western Tales In the first episode of Justice League Unlimited's two-part season three finale, David Clinton, a woebegone inventor from 50 years into the future, dons his own time-travel suit and journeys to "The Present." Stealing Batman's utility belt, Clinton leads Batman, Wonder Woman, and The Green Lantern on a not-so-merry chase that propels them back to the Old West. Here the three Justice Leaguers try to save a frontier town from the evil Tobia Manning, a 19th century outlaw armed with 21st century technology. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: The Doomsday Sanction This episode elaborates upon the secret government conspiracy against the Justice League, introduced in such third-season episodes as "Fearful Symmetry" and "Ultimatum." As Batman tries to halt the conspiracy that has been fomented by the sinister Amanda Waller, Superman heads into the bowels of a volcano for a titanic battle from which he may not emerge alive. It seems that Superman's opponent is the diabolical Doomsday -- who was supposed to have been permanently killed off several episodes ago. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: The Cat and the Canary In the first episode of Justice League Unlimited's fourth season, the Black Canary enlists the aid of The Green Arrow in her efforts to save her mentor, Wildcat, from a potentially grisly fate. For reasons known only to himself, Wildcat has agreed to participate in a "meta brawl" in a super-powered underground fight club known as The House. Making matters worse, a wall of near-impenetrable secrecy has been built around The House. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: The Once and Future Thing: Time, Warped In the conclusion of Justice League Unlimited's two-part season-three finale, JL members Batman, Green Lantern, and Wonder Woman continue their pursuit of time-traveling thief David Clinton. Chasing their quarry to his own time -- 50 years in the future -- the three Leaguers come face to face with their own furturistic counterparts, Batman II, Static, and War Hawk. The six superheroes pool their resources to do battle against the vicious "Jokerz" gang, only to find a greater menace in the form of David Clinton -- who, hoping to get even with those who have mocked his skills as an inventor, has transformed himself into Lord Chronos, all-powerful (and highly dangerous) Master of Space and Time. ~ All Movie Guide Justice League Unlimited: Grudge Match No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Far From Home No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Ancient History No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Alive! No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Destroyer No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Dead Reckoning No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Flash and Substance No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: Patriot Act No synopsis available. Justice League Unlimited: The Great Brain Robbery No synopsis available.
  • 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
  • Richard Pryor Collection: 4 Film Favorites

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010

    Includes:The Mack (1973), MPAA Rating: R Uptown Saturday Night (1974), MPAA Rating: PG Greased Lightning (1977), MPAA Rating: PG Moving (1988), MPAA Rating: R The Mack A box-office success during the early '70s, this blaxploitation flick traces the life of a Bay Area pimp facing drug dealers, crooked cops and fellow pimps ready to settle a few scores. Richard Pryor makes a small appearance as Slim. ~ John Bush, All Movie Guide Uptown Saturday Night Uptown Saturday Night is a delightful comedy directed by and starring Sidney Poitier. Steve Jackson (Sidney Poitier) is a factory worker. One evening, when boredom gets the best of him, Steve and his pal Wardell (Bill Cosby) decide to go to an underground gambling club to have some fun. While they are there the place is held-up and Steve's wallet is stolen. When Steve and Wardell learn that the wallet contains a winning lottery ticket, the friends go on a desperate search to find it. Shape Eye Washington (Richard Prior), an incompetent private eye, is enlisted to aid them in their search through the criminal underworld where they come up against Geechie Dan Beauford (Harry Belafonte) the mobster who runs the town. Belafonte, in a hilarious parody of Marlon Brando in The Godfather, steals the show. The movie was a huge success and led to two sequels, Let's Do It Again and A Piece of the Action, both also directed by Poitier. ~ Linda Rasmussen, All Movie Guide Greased Lightning Based on the life story of NASCAR auto racing champion Wendell Scott, this film, starring Richard Pryor as Scott, covers his struggles -- from the end of World War II to 1971-- to overcome racism and gain the freedom to demonstrate his winning auto-racing skills to everyone. He is not without support: he has Mary Jones (Pam Grier), his loving wife, a sense of humor, and quite a few good friends, including the white race-car driver Hutch (Beau Bridges). Filmed in the Atlanta area, this movie features performances by folksinger Richie Havens, Julian Bond (later a Congressman), and Maynard Jackson (at one time Atlanta's mayor). ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide Moving A transit engineer and his family must face the gargantuan task of moving from New Jersey to Boise, Idaho in this lively comedy starring Richard Pryor. It all begins after he gets a really great job out West. Unfortunately, his family is less than thrilled with the prospect. The furniture movers, who prove to be crooks, and their crazy neighbors conspire to make matters all the worse. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide
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