The Best Episodes Directed by Michael Lessac
#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.
#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.
#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.
#47 - Emmet's Secret
Grace Under Fire Season 3 - Episode 11
Grace accidently learns something about Emmet and Wade considers running for city council.
#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.
#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.
#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).
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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).
#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.
#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.
#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.
#59 - My Two and Only
Newhart Season 5 - Episode 7
A new friend threatens Larry's position as family leader.
#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.
#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".
#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.
#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.
#64 - Cupcake on My Back
Newhart Season 7 - Episode 12
Michael goes into debt after spending lavishly on Annual Cupcake Day.
#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.
#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
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#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.
#76 - Goonstruck
Newhart Season 7 - Episode 5
Stephanie is attracted to the virile young stomemason working at the Inn.
#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.