The Best Episodes Directed by Michael Lessac

A Car and a Kiss

#1 - A Car and a Kiss

Grace Under Fire Season 1 - Episode 22

Grace's car is on its last legs and she goes shopping for a replacement. A neighbor is irate when she catches Libby kissing her son.

star 9.00
8 votes
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Good Neighbor Sam

#2 - Good Neighbor Sam

Grace Under Fire Season 3 - Episode 15

A neighbor's son starts hanging out at Grace's house and she finds he is escaping from a 'perfect' mother. Meanwhile, Wade discovers his name has been engraved on a veterans' memorial.

star 8.83
12 votes
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Positively Hateful

#3 - Positively Hateful

Grace Under Fire Season 3 - Episode 16

When the nasty janitor is about to be fired for being HIV+, Grace is reluctant to help him. Rick instructs Quentin on how to behave on his first date.

star 8.83
12 votes
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Movin' on Down

#4 - Movin' on Down

Grace Under Fire Season 3 - Episode 2

Downsizing becomes a problem for Grace as she discovers that her job was not eliminated but usurped by her boss.

star 8.82
11 votes
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Things Left Undone

#5 - Things Left Undone

Grace Under Fire Season 1 - Episode 20

It is Mother's Day and mother comes to visit. Faith gives them an earful.

star 8.70
10 votes
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The Holidays

#6 - The Holidays

Grace Under Fire Season 2 - Episode 12

Grace has to contend with her 'down-in-the-dumps' ex-mother-in-law and an invitation to a Christmas dance with Dougie.

star 8.70
10 votes
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A Night at the Opera

#7 - A Night at the Opera

Grace Under Fire Season 2 - Episode 20

Grace plans to go to the opera in St. Louis alone. Meanwhile, Russell visits his dad.

star 8.70
10 votes
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Daddy's Girl

#8 - Daddy's Girl

Grace Under Fire Season 3 - Episode 13

The title refers to Rick's daughter, Amy, who is rather ill-mannered and not Grace's cup of tea, but controls Rick.

star 8.69
13 votes
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Tony's Comeback

#9 - Tony's Comeback

Taxi Season 4 - Episode 19

Tony begins working out with a new cabbie, Lucius, who is a former football player. Tony is in great shape all of a sudden and Lucius inspires Tony to try to get his boxing license reinstated. Tony is not hopeful that the boxing commission will reinstate him, so he is surprised when he gets his license back. In addition, he getes a major fight scheduled with a promising young fighter. Meanwhile, Lucius goes away to Miami to try out for the Dolphins. Without Lucius around, Tony loses his motivation and his training suffers. At the fight, he is getting pummelled until Lucius, who has learned that he has made the Dolphins, arrives to inspire him. With Lucius' support, Tony turns the fight around and knocks out his opponent.

star 8.67
57 votes
Simply Grace

#10 - Simply Grace

Grace Under Fire Season 1 - Episode 13

Grace turns down the advances of a guy, but welcomes a gal who is a 'battered wife' needing help.

star 8.62
13 votes
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Aging Gracefully

#11 - Aging Gracefully

Grace Under Fire Season 2 - Episode 15

Grace has an relationship with her masseur, but doesn't like his need to be in control.

star 8.60
10 votes
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Good Ol' Grace

#12 - Good Ol' Grace

Grace Under Fire Season 2 - Episode 2

Grace tries to smooth things over when a new female employee charges Bill with sexual discrimination.

star 8.58
12 votes
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Why Buy the Bull?

#13 - Why Buy the Bull?

Grace Under Fire Season 3 - Episode 17

Grace is just about set to move in with Rick when he loses his job.

star 8.58
12 votes
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Pitch and Woo

#14 - Pitch and Woo

Grace Under Fire Season 2 - Episode 4

Grace dates a minor-league ballplayer while Faith wants a major commitment from Russell who backs off.

star 8.55
11 votes
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Jimmy's Girl

#15 - Jimmy's Girl

Grace Under Fire Season 2 - Episode 5

Jimmy's new girl friend comes to Grace for advice and Grace gives her the bitter truth. Otherwise, Grace has problems with her credit card.

star 8.55
11 votes
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Grace at the Campfire

#16 - Grace at the Campfire

Grace Under Fire Season 2 - Episode 17

The kids get into trouble with neighboring campers when Grace takes them into the woods.

star 8.55
11 votes
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Grace Under a Wig

#17 - Grace Under a Wig

Grace Under Fire Season 3 - Episode 5

Grace is tired of kids, so she puts on a wig and goes to a bar where she assumes another identity.

star 8.55
11 votes
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Emmet, We Hardly Knew Ye

#18 - Emmet, We Hardly Knew Ye

Grace Under Fire Season 3 - Episode 12

The Kelly's Christmas celebration is dampened when Emmet dies suddenly and his 'significant other' appears at the funeral and shocks everyone by announcing that fact.

star 8.55
11 votes
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Grace Really Under Fire

#19 - Grace Really Under Fire

Grace Under Fire Season 3 - Episode 8

A disgruntled ex-employee takes the gang hostage at the refinery.

star 8.54
13 votes
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Emmet Bypass

#20 - Emmet Bypass

Grace Under Fire Season 2 - Episode 18

Jimmy's father has chest pains and Jean is a pain of a different kind, when Grace insists he be taken to the hospital.

star 8.50
12 votes
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Sticks and Stones

#21 - Sticks and Stones

Grace Under Fire Season 2 - Episode 22

Quentin has a fight at school and Grace is angry when she discovers that Quentin used a racial slur that started it.

star 8.45
11 votes
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Hello, I'm Your Mother

#22 - Hello, I'm Your Mother

Grace Under Fire Season 2 - Episode 16

Matthew, Grace's first son, who was given up for adoption, contacts Grace and puts her in a quandry. He wants to know who is his father for starters.

star 8.42
12 votes
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Grace Under Oath

#23 - Grace Under Oath

Grace Under Fire Season 1 - Episode 8

Watching a talk show on tv, Grace sees her ex-husband brag about how his lawyer got him thousands for an injury and Grace decides to push for child support.

star 8.40
20 votes
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Grace vs. Wade

#24 - Grace vs. Wade

Grace Under Fire Season 2 - Episode 11

Grace slips on the icy walk at Wade and Nadine's house, then visits a therapist who helps her decide how she feels about their marital dispute.

star 8.40
10 votes
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Matthew Gets Busted

#25 - Matthew Gets Busted

Grace Under Fire Season 3 - Episode 7

Grace and Matthew's adoptive mother get in a hassle after Grace bails him out when he is arrested for a college prank.

star 8.38
13 votes
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No Help Wanted

#26 - No Help Wanted

Grace Under Fire Season 3 - Episode 14

Grace's fear of being dependent causes her to turn down offers of help from her family and friends.

star 8.38
13 votes
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Tears of Joy

#27 - Tears of Joy

Grace Under Fire Season 1 - Episode 18

Quentin is totally out of control and getting into fights at school, so Grace takes him to a child psychologist.

star 8.36
11 votes
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The Agony, the Ecstasy, and Bill Mazeroski

#28 - The Agony, the Ecstasy, and Bill Mazeroski

Grace Under Fire Season 1 - Episode 14

Needing her own space, Grace turns to the basement to create a room for herself and get some privacy.

star 8.36
14 votes
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When You Wish Upon a Star

#29 - When You Wish Upon a Star

Grace Under Fire Season 1 - Episode 15

A romantic weekend in the Windy City is blown away when Ryan fails to show up at the airport on time.

star 8.35
17 votes
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A Picture's Worth ... $9.95

#30 - A Picture's Worth ... $9.95

Grace Under Fire Season 1 - Episode 7

Grace and Russell make plans for a double blind date; Libby is harassing baby Patrick.

star 8.35
20 votes
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Up on the Roof

#31 - Up on the Roof

Grace Under Fire Season 1 - Episode 2

Quentin's bad moods are puzzling to Grace. Perhaps he needs a male role model. Grace tells Russell that she is not ready to have a new relationship. These serious discussions take place up on the roof.

star 8.32
34 votes
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It Happened One Week

#32 - It Happened One Week

Grace Under Fire Season 1 - Episode 19

Grace and Ryan have time for themselves when Faith takes the kids to visit their grandparents and the refinery is closed.

star 8.27
11 votes
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Dear Grace

#33 - Dear Grace

Grace Under Fire Season 2 - Episode 8

Acting somewhat like Abby, Grace tries to reconcile her boss with his estranged pregnant daughter. Meanwhile, Quentin seems embarrassed to go out in public with his mother.

star 8.27
11 votes
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Cold Turkey

#34 - Cold Turkey

Grace Under Fire Season 2 - Episode 9

It is a lonesome Thanksgiving when her ex takes the kids to the grandparents for the feast, but Libby escapes and the Kelly clan swoops down on Grace.

star 8.27
11 votes
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Grace Undergraduate

#35 - Grace Undergraduate

Grace Under Fire Season 1 - Episode 3

Grace and Nadine take a night out and flirt with some frat boys, while Russell and Wade try to steal Russell's dog which his ex-wife got as part of the property settlement.

star 8.27
30 votes
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Keeping Faith

#36 - Keeping Faith

Grace Under Fire Season 1 - Episode 11

When Grace brings her depressed sister, Faith, home for the holidays, she learns that Faith has been having an affair with a married man.

star 8.25
16 votes
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Sister, Sister

#37 - Sister, Sister

Grace Under Fire Season 1 - Episode 6

Faith asks Grace to talk to Evie, their wild younger sister, but when the three get together, Grace refuses.

star 8.22
18 votes
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Say Goodnight, Gracie

#38 - Say Goodnight, Gracie

Grace Under Fire Season 1 - Episode 10

Grace's status at the refinery becomes permanent and she gets a raise, but has to take the night shift and will miss the school play Libby is in playing a pork chop.

star 8.22
18 votes
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Pilot

#39 - Pilot

Grace Under Fire Season 1 - Episode 1

Grace has divorced her abusive husband and is faced with supporting their three children. In the premiere episode, she takes a job at an oil refinery and dates the local druggist. Quentin gets into fights at school.

star 8.20
49 votes
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Grace in the Middle

#40 - Grace in the Middle

Grace Under Fire Season 1 - Episode 9

Wade gets fed up with his job at the phone company and takes a new job as the 'in the air, on the air' reporter.

star 8.20
20 votes
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With this Ring

#41 - With this Ring

Grace Under Fire Season 1 - Episode 12

When Great Grandma Kelly leaves her heirloom ring in the keeping of Grace, the Kelly clan blows a fuse.

star 8.20
20 votes
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Grace Under Water

#42 - Grace Under Water

Grace Under Fire Season 2 - Episode 1

Grace and the kids are set to wait out the big storm and rising flood when her ex arrives.

star 8.20
15 votes
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Grace and Beauty

#43 - Grace and Beauty

Grace Under Fire Season 1 - Episode 17

Libby is entered in a beauty pageant with a friend. The two mothers don't hit it off very well. Libby sings "Tomorrow".

star 8.18
11 votes
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Ka-Boom

#44 - Ka-Boom

Grace Under Fire Season 2 - Episode 10

An employee is killed and the plant damaged by an explosion which puts Grace in the secretarial pool until the accident is investigated. Nadine and Wade date.

star 8.18
11 votes
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The Good, the Bad and the Pharmacist

#45 - The Good, the Bad and the Pharmacist

Grace Under Fire Season 1 - Episode 4

Grace is angry when her paycheck is attached to pay the back taxes of her ex-husband; Russell's ex-wife upsets a date with Grace when she decides to return to him.

star 8.17
24 votes
June 15, 1997

#46 - June 15, 1997

Grace Under Fire Season 2 - Episode 3

Grace lets Quentin and Libby care for themselves while she goes to work. Her new boss makes it clear that he is only concerned with himself and his retirement.

star 8.17
12 votes
Emmet's Secret

#47 - Emmet's Secret

Grace Under Fire Season 3 - Episode 11

Grace accidently learns something about Emmet and Wade considers running for city council.

star 8.17
12 votes
Daycare

#48 - Daycare

Grace Under Fire Season 3 - Episode 6

Grace demands that a day care center be provided at work when she can't find a suitable sitter.

star 8.08
12 votes
Brother

#49 - Brother

Everybody Loves Raymond Season 2 - Episode 3

At the urging of his parents and Debra, Raymond reluctantly takes Robert for a night out, on the anniversary of his brother's divorce. The brothers begin a newfound bonding experience until Robert wants to get in touch with Ray's feelings.

star 8.05
440 votes
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Second Time Around

#50 - Second Time Around

Grace Under Fire Season 1 - Episode 5

The 'nice' guy Grace meets, at the behest of Nadine to attend a 'second time around' meeting, turns out to be Nadine's first husband (of three, she married the second twice. Wade is #4).

star 8.05
22 votes
Father Knows Least

#51 - Father Knows Least

Everybody Loves Raymond Season 2 - Episode 2

Ray gets to use the "active technique" he and Debra learned in parenting class on his parents when their stubbornness goes too far. Ray doesn't realize how much he's mastered the technique learned in class until he uses his skills first on his parents and then on Ally, both with surprising results.

star 8.03
452 votes
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Norm Dates a Client

#52 - Norm Dates a Client

Norm Season 1 - Episode 2

Norm meets a woman in a bar while trying to help a pathologically shy guy. He starts dating her but finds out she's one of Laurie's clients. Dating a client can get you fired so she stops her sessions. Laurie warns Norm that this is still a bad idea but he doesn't listen until it's too late. Danny has to help a client who has a phobia about water.

star 7.91
22 votes
Memphis Bound

#53 - Memphis Bound

Grace Under Fire Season 2 - Episode 21

Faith and Grace drive to Memphis for their sister's wedding, with Russell who wants to see Graceland and a stranger who somewhat resembles Elvis keeps in touch with Grace.

star 7.75
12 votes
Splitsville

#54 - Splitsville

Grace Under Fire Season 2 - Episode 6

Nadine and Wade have a marital battle with Grace in the middle. Nadine catches Libby shoplifting.

star 7.69
13 votes
Louie Goes Too Far

#55 - Louie Goes Too Far

Taxi Season 4 - Episode 10

When Louie spies on Elaine changing in the garage bathroom, she enlists a NOW representative's help and gets Louie fired. Louie appeals to Elaine at her apartment one evening though and begs her forgiveness (and her help getting his job back). After Louie exhibits actual remorse and demonstrates through a touching story that he knows how it feels to be violated, Elaine accepts his apology (and presumably gets him rehired at the garage).

star 7.67
28 votes
Ray's on TV

#56 - Ray's on TV

Everybody Loves Raymond Season 2 - Episode 1

Ray is devastated when he discovers his family lied to him about his television debut on a sports chat show. When he gets a second chance to appear on the show, his family decides it's time they gave him some pointers on how to correct his awkwardness with certain words. While Ray tries his best to remember his family's advice, his guest appearance turns out to be even more disastrous than the debut.

star 7.51
458 votes
Pilot

#57 - Pilot

The Drew Carey Show Season 1 - Episode 1

Drew's best friend Kate breaks up with her live-in boyfriend, who then fires her from her job as receptionist at his body shop. She pleads with Drew to hire her at Winfred-Louder, but he insists that he isn't supposed to give jobs to his friends. While conducting interviews for an opening in the cosmetics department, Drew meets Mimi Bobeck, a very hostile woman who wears a ton of make-up. Although Drew tries to be polite, Mimi realizes that he is not going to hire her. She throws a tantrum in the middle of the office and accuses Drew of discriminating against her because of her looks. She complains to his boss, Mr. Bell, and gets him into hot water. Drew runs into Mimi that night at his hangout, the Warsaw. When she confronts him, he says that her attitude is her biggest problem. He admits that her looks might prevent her from getting some jobs that rely on appearance, but suggests that she learn to deal with this--as he does. She does not take kindly to his advice. Kate applies for the job in cosmetics, but Drew worries that she will hate him when he inevitably has to fire her. The problem is taken out of his hands when Mr. Bell becomes smitten with Kate and orders Drew to hire her.

star 7.42
257 votes
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Norm Dates Danny's Dad

#58 - Norm Dates Danny's Dad

Norm Season 1 - Episode 3

Danny's dad comes to town and takes a liking to Norm. Norm fears he might be hitting on him. Danny feels neglected by his father.

star 7.31
51 votes
My Two and Only

#59 - My Two and Only

Newhart Season 5 - Episode 7

A new friend threatens Larry's position as family leader.

star 7.18
44 votes
Poetry and Pastries

#60 - Poetry and Pastries

Newhart Season 8 - Episode 3

Dick is chosen to judge the annual Poetry and Pastry contest. Miss Goddard, the reigning champion, uses her feminine wiles to try to influence the judging. Michael throws an all-male baby shower.

star 7.17
41 votes
Murder at the Stratley

#61 - Murder at the Stratley

Newhart Season 7 - Episode 21

The townspeople accuse Dick or murdering Joanna after her "disappearance" strangely fits the scenario of his first murder-mystery novel, "Murder at the Stratley".

star 7.15
39 votes
It's My Party and I'll Die if I Want To

#62 - It's My Party and I'll Die if I Want To

Newhart Season 5 - Episode 15

Cousin Ned Vanderkellen's 100th birthday party goes smoothly... until Cousin Ned drops dead.

star 7.12
41 votes
Jumpin' George

#63 - Jumpin' George

Newhart Season 8 - Episode 11

Georeg plans on never sleeping again when he's plagued by a recurring nightmare. Michael & Stephanie use 'wombphones' to educate their future child.

star 7.12
33 votes
Cupcake on My Back

#64 - Cupcake on My Back

Newhart Season 7 - Episode 12

Michael goes into debt after spending lavishly on Annual Cupcake Day.

star 7.10
41 votes
Dick and Tim

#65 - Dick and Tim

Newhart Season 8 - Episode 21

Dick finagles his way into a weekly poker game with Tim Conway. Unaware of Tim's cheap nature, Dick drives him away after raising a quarter.

star 7.10
41 votes
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High Fidelity

#66 - High Fidelity

Newhart Season 5 - Episode 4

Dick endures the townspeople's pity when Joanna and new friend Hal are suspected by everyone of having an affair.

star 7.09
46 votes
Nature Abhors a Vacuum

#67 - Nature Abhors a Vacuum

The Drew Carey Show Season 1 - Episode 4

Drew fires Suzie, an incompetent employee, only to learn that she had been involved with Mr. Bell. Drew worries about Mr. Bell's reaction. Kate goes to Bell with the proposal that the store start a day spa to increase sales in the cosmetics department. Bell is very impressed with the idea, and wants to meet with Drew and Kate at the Warsaw to further discuss the proposal. However, Drew learns that Bell is really trying to make Kate his latest conquest. She insists that she can take care of herself, but needs some help from Drew when Bell begins hitting on her. After she leaves, a drunken Bell makes Drew stay at the bar and sing with him all night. He tries to force Drew to help him get a date with Kate. Drew re-hires Suzie so that Bell will leave Kate alone. He is unaware that Kate has already confronted Bell, who agreed to stop hitting on her and asked her to run the new spa. After Suzie's re-hiring, he gives her the job instead. Kate realizes that Drew was just trying to h

star 7.08
221 votes
Hi, Society

#68 - Hi, Society

Newhart Season 7 - Episode 11

Dick fills in for Michael and takes Stephanie to a high society charity ball. Dick is the life of the party after Stephanie tells everyone that Dick owns a large hotel chain.

star 7.05
37 votes
Attack of the Killer Aunt

#69 - Attack of the Killer Aunt

Newhart Season 8 - Episode 9

Joanna's Aunt Louise visits bearing gifts, despite her long-standing opinion that Joanna is much too good for Dick.

star 7.03
38 votes
Lights! Camera! Contractions!

#70 - Lights! Camera! Contractions!

Newhart Season 8 - Episode 12

It's baby time for the Harris' as Steph's baby is about to be born. Michael is determined to capture the birth on tape over Stephanie's objections.

star 7.02
40 votes
Homes and Jo-Jo

#71 - Homes and Jo-Jo

Newhart Season 7 - Episode 19

Joanna gets her own realty television show providing a great lead-in for Vermont Today. Dick loves the big ratings but can't stand Joanna's amorous co-host. Meanwhile, one of the Darryls' receives a manservant as a present.

star 7.00
41 votes
Daddy's Little Girl

#72 - Daddy's Little Girl

Newhart Season 8 - Episode 18

After another shopping spree for baby Steph, Dick teaches Michael that materialism isn't the best way to raise a child. A skeptical Michael becomes convinced after a haunting dream depicts a possible future. Julia Duffy plays grown-up baby Steph.

star 6.97
39 votes
Laugh at My Wife Please

#73 - Laugh at My Wife Please

Newhart Season 6 - Episode 11

Joanna delivers Dick's unfunny speech when she's picked to give historical presentations to tour groups. George babysits the Darryls while Larry vacations.

star 6.97
38 votes
Here's to You Mrs. Loudon

#74 - Here's to You Mrs. Loudon

Newhart Season 6 - Episode 1

Joanna has trouble dumping a 16-year-old boy with a crush on her. George searches for a nickname.

star 6.95
43 votes
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Loudon

#75 - Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Loudon

Newhart Season 5 - Episode 19

Dick gains an unwanted reputation as an acerbic wit after verbally assaulting an inept guest.

star 6.93
42 votes
Goonstruck

#76 - Goonstruck

Newhart Season 7 - Episode 5

Stephanie is attracted to the virile young stomemason working at the Inn.

star 6.92
37 votes
Alex the Gofer

#77 - Alex the Gofer

Taxi Season 5 - Episode 7

Alex, who loves the theater, takes a part time job as a gofer for a young producer and director, but soon feels mistreated by his younger bosses. Louie, spying on Alex at his new job, spots Alex being humiliated and uncharacteristically does not make fun of him; rather, he tries to convince Alex to stand up for himself and tell the director off. Alex is considering this when the director suddenly has a change of heart and apologizes for mistreating Alex and ignoring one of his earlier suggestions. As a result, Alex regains his dignity.

star 6.70
54 votes