The BEST Episodes of Alice
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Sep 3, 2021
After her husband, Donald, was killed in a truck accident, Alice Hyatt and her 12-year-old son, Tommy, moved out of their home in New Jersey and headed for Hollywood. Alice's dream was to become a singer but for the time being she got work as a waitress in a greasy spoon, Mel's Diner after her car breaks down in Phoenix. Mel was gruff and demanding and constantly bossing his three waitresses around.
#1 - Florence of Arabia
Season 2 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 19, 1978
Flo is courted by a rich Arab (Richard Libertini) who, unknown to her, already has three wives.
#2 - For Whom the Belle Toils
Season 4 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 2, 1980
Mel hires Belle, a Mississippi belle who rings Mel's chimes as ""one of the best waitresses I've ever had."" However, Belle is now aiming for lusher pastures as a country-music writer.
#3 - Alice at the Palace
Season 7 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 27, 1982
Joel Grey offers his services gratis as the leading man in a musical revue bankrolled by Mel and featuring Alice. Mel, however, has never heard of Grey and gives the role to his bookie.
#4 - Joel Grey Saves the Day
Season 7 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 3, 1982
Joel Grey walks out after producer Mel turns a revue about New York into a desert musical with tunes like ""Two Tootsies from Tucson"" and ""Ramona from Arizona.""
#5 - Alice Sees the Light
Season 7 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 28, 1983
Everyone takes with a grain of salt Alice's claim that she saw a UFO.
#6 - Tommy, the Jailbird
Season 7 - Episode 12 - Aired Mar 21, 1983
Alice fears that freshman Tommy is abusing his new freedom away from home by majoring in extracurricular activities.
#7 - Jolene and the Night Watchman
Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired Mar 28, 1983
Jolene can't bring herself to bruise the tender feelings of a bruiser who saved her life and now considers her his girl.
#8 - The Grass is Always Greener
Season 7 - Episode 17 - Aired May 1, 1983
In role reversals, Mel becomes an employee by accepting an executive position with a catering firm, and the waitresses become owners by buying his diner.
#9 - Mel's Cousin Wendy?
Season 7 - Episode 20 - Aired May 29, 1983
To steal a competitor's secret sauce recipe, Mel persuades his cousin to pose as a woman and apply for a job as a Burger Baby.
#10 - Tommy Hyatt, Business Consultant
Season 7 - Episode 22 - Aired Jun 12, 1983
Using Tommy's marketing advice, Mel increases his business but also learns he's heading for bankruptcy.
#11 - Alice's Blind Date
Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 23, 1983
Alice's dinner date with a high-school flame who's now blind turns into a delightful trip down sensory lane.
#12 - Vera Gets Engaged
Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 20, 1983
Who would have thought Vera would find love in a greasy spoon? Especially with a cop who just ticketed her for jaywalking.
#14 - Tommy Goes Overboard
Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 1, 1984
#15 - Jolene Throws a Curve
Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 15, 1984
Trophy winner Jolene throws Mel a curve when she won't pitch on his softball team.
#16 - Dollars to Donuts
Season 8 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 11, 1984
After a winning first day at the track, Tommy bets he'll score in the betting business.
#17 - Vera's Fine Feathered Friends
Season 8 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 25, 1984
Vera takes a tumble trying to rescue a nest of baby blue jays from the diner sign before Mel gets to them with a broom.
#19 - Mel Spins His Wheels
Season 8 - Episode 22 - Aired May 13, 1984
Mel disdains accommodating the handicapped until two sprained ankles give him a different view, from a wheelchair.
#20 - Be It Ever So Crowded
Season 8 - Episode 23 - Aired May 20, 1984
Vera and Elliot buy a charming old house that comes complete with fireplace, furniture and antiques one of which is a shocking surprise.
#21 - Romancing Mister Stone
Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 14, 1984
Jolene and Vera play Cupid for a dateless Alice by putting an ad in a magazine's personals column.
#22 - Houseful of Hunnicutts
Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 18, 1984
Jolene loves her family, but finds it too much of a good thing when her father, five brothers, grandmother and family dog park themselves in her one-bedroom apartment.
#24 - Undercover Mel
Season 9 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 16, 1984
At Elliot's suggestion and lured by a $5000 reward, Mel goes undercover to smoke out rustlers selling stolen beef.
#25 - Footloose Mel
Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 23, 1984
Mel 86es a group of ""hoodlums,"" unaware that they're the break dancers expected to perform at the diner as part of an arts festival.