The Best Episodes of Wings

Last Updated: Nov 21, 2018

The series Wings, could best be described as Cheers 2, as it followed much the same pattern as the other series did. The similarities are numerous, such as both being easy going character comedies and being produced by the same team (David Angell, Peter Casey and David Lee). The main difference being the setting. Instead of a Boston bar being the main setting, a small airport terminal on the island of Nantucket was used as the main backdrop. The regular "gang" included brothers Joe and Brian Hackett, both pilots, who ran a one-plane local commuter service called Sandpiper Air. They had little else in common. Joe was button-down, organized and serious, and Brian, a hang loose, free spirit. Thier mutual best friend since childhood was Helen, a once chubby but now beautiful aspiring concert cellist who ran the lunch counter. These three lifelong friends were the "three musketeers". The other regulars included, Faye, Sandpipers rather flighty but always perky, sixtyish ex-stewardess who ran the ticket counter; Lowell Mather, the eccentric airport mechanic and Roy, the loud mouth blow hard who ran rival airline Aeromass.

My Brother's Back and There's Gonna Be Trouble

#1 - My Brother's Back and There's Gonna Be Trouble

Season 2 - Episode 15

When Joe's back goes out and forces him into a stay at the hospital,Brian takes over Sandpiper.His eagerness is soon deflated,when all his new ideas (like inviting some Travel Agents for an all expenses paid trip to Nantucket) and crazy promotions (painting the Sandpiper logo on the back of a crab and giving them to passengers)turns into a disastrous mess. When Joe returns he finds the Airport in complete chaos,with the Marching band and the team mascot ready to board the plane for a world record attempt,and Brian looking for the plane after he misplaced it.

star 8.21
19 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
Writers: Bill Diamond, Michael Saltzman
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Joe Blows (2)

#2 - Joe Blows (2)

Season 5 - Episode 8

With gone to parts unknown,the heavy burden of running Sandpiper falls on Brian's shoulders.But it's soon revealed through his credit card statement that Joe is in Brian old stomping grounds,Mustique.Brian travels down to get Joe back,but ends buying Sandpiper from for a dollar.After struggling to right Sandpiper,Brian finally seems to have things under control when Joe returns.Brian unwilling to relinquish control of the airline,but Joe only wants Brian's old job,the two finally agree to be partners.

star 8.00
16 votes
Writers: Ian Gurvitz
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Death Becomes Him

#3 - Death Becomes Him

Season 7 - Episode 3

The sad news of Richard Kingsbury's death in Miami is occasion for celebration at Sandpiper, as Kingbury's oldest daughter hires the Hackett's to bring the body back to Nantucket for the Memorial. But the brother's fly the wrong body back to the island, and it's up to Joe to impersonate the late Kingsbury at the funeral.

star 8.00
13 votes
Writers: Mark Reisman, Ian Gurvitz
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Murder She Roast

#4 - Murder She Roast

Season 2 - Episode 21

While the brother's house is being fumigated,Brian is forced to stay with Fay,because Joe refuses to let him stay with him at Helen's.As Brian soon learns it's not that bad staying with Fay,that is until he thinks it's her being featured on the "Most Wanted" show he is watching. Fay makes Brian a "Farewell" dinner,and an anxious forces Joe and Helen to attend as well.But that still doesn't stop Fay from knocking out both brother's accidentally with a frozen leg of lamb,she had planned to cook for dinner the next night.

star 7.89
18 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
Writers: Dave Hackel
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Nuptials Off

#5 - Nuptials Off

Season 6 - Episode 23

When Helen discovers that she and Antonio are still married (by finding papers under her cash register),she turns to Roy for help.He convinces her she needs to fly to Mexico over the weekend to get a quickie divorce,but that means sending Joe out of town on a weekend fly fishing trip.But Helen's plan are strained when Antonio brings in a priest for an annulment and Joe's flight is delayed.

star 7.89
18 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Michael Sardo
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Joe Blows (1)

#6 - Joe Blows (1)

Season 5 - Episode 7

The day starts of bad for Joe when a passenger threatens a lawsuit if his lost luggage isn't returned by the end of the day.After he struggles to trace the luggage,the pthers intrude their concerns into his life.Antonio wants Joe to co-sign a loan for a new cab.Helen wants advice about what to do with her relationship with Davis.Brian wants Joe to ask Alex about their disappointing first night as lovers.Roy annoys everyone by showing off his new radio commercial for AeroMass.Fay wants Joe to talk to the town council about stopping them from moving one of her dead husbands into a another graveyard with her other dead husband.Lowell guns the motor on his Harley, raising the level of noise in Joe's office.And when Joe's relief at giving the passenger his luggage is blunted by the man's insistence that someone else pay for the scratches on it,he finally loses it.Tired of his stressful life,Joe leaves Nantucket.

star 7.88
17 votes
Directors: David Lee
Writers: Steven Levitan
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The Love Life and Times of Joe and Helen

#7 - The Love Life and Times of Joe and Helen

Season 6 - Episode 21

As the wedding draws near,Brian struggles to come up with a gift idea for Joe and Helen.He finally hits up on the idea of making a video for them,and goes about capturing everyone's memories of the relationship on video.

star 7.87
15 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Steven Levitan
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Plane Nine from Nantucket

#8 - Plane Nine from Nantucket

Season 2 - Episode 16

During a cargo flight,Brian and Joe see a UFO. Despite Joe's concerns about bringing down unfavorable media attention to Sandpiper, Brian reports the sighting to the FAA. Brian's report is ignored by the federal agents, but not by the UFO Society that visits afterward. Unfortunately, when Joe and Brian agree to take the group and a reporter up to see if they can see the UFO again, the UFO society shows it's true colors. Meanwhile, Helen informs Fay she still owes her money on the lunch bill, which Fay insists she payed. They end up resorting to an arm wrestling contest to settle the dispute.

star 7.84
19 votes
Directors: Noam Pitlik
Writers: Philip Lazebnik
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Crate Expectations

#9 - Crate Expectations

Season 3 - Episode 7

As his birthday approaches,Joe firmly insists that the rest of the gang not throw him a party.When Fay asks him to stay late to wait for a shipment of airplane seats,he suspects that,despite his words,the gang will be throwing him a surprise party,by springing out of the crate.But he ends up embarrassing himself when the crate arrives;upon hearing about it the next day,the gang decide to surprise him by coming in another crate. Unfortunately,Joe receives a crate full of kitchen appliances, and the rest of the gang end up on a ferry to the mainland.

star 7.84
19 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Dave Hackel
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Here It is: The Big Wedding (2)

#10 - Here It is: The Big Wedding (2)

Season 6 - Episode 26

Joe and Helen's wedding day gets off to a bad start when the best man and maid of honor,Brian and Casey,oversleep after spending the night together.When Antonio discovers this,He and Brian fight,and in the struggle the wedding ring is lost down the toilet,followed quickly by Joe's searching hand.Both hand and ring are stuck,and thus Joe and Helen are married at last,in a hotel bathroom.

star 7.83
12 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Ellen Byron, Lissa Kapstrom
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As Fate Would Have It

#11 - As Fate Would Have It

Season 3 - Episode 22

When Helen accidently spills soup all over a man's expensive Italian suit,she thinks her fortunes have sunk to their lowest.But it turns out the man is the managing Director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra,and in a bizarre twist of fate,she ends up with a job as a cellist,with her first performance scheduled for that very night.Her happiness is tempered though when everyone except Roy has other committments and can't attend.But suddenly those disappear and soon they are on there way to Boston.But then yet another hurdle presents itself,as one of the planes engines on Joe's Twin engine Cessna dies.Just as things are looking up,Helen's luck runs out as the other engine dies and they go plunging into the atlantic.

star 7.83
18 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Larry Balmagia
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This Old House

#12 - This Old House

Season 3 - Episode 15

The news that the Hackett's old house has been condemned due to storm damage has the two brother's trying to save it. But all efforts fail (including Roy's voting against saving it on the town council), so the gang all visit the house one more time before the wrecking ball is scheduled to level the place. Reliving their unhappy childhoods, Joe and Brian realize how miserable their memories of the house really are, and they decide to get a head start on the wrecking ball by doing a little demolishing of their own. Belatedly, they find out that the house has been saved by the historic committee.

star 7.81
16 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: David Lloyd
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Hooker, Line and Sinker

#13 - Hooker, Line and Sinker

Season 7 - Episode 5

To lift Antonio's spirits after he's dumped by the "Big Faced Girl," Joe and Brian set him up with a girl at the Club Car only to discover later that she's a very expensive hooker.

star 7.80
15 votes
Directors: Rick Beren
Writers: Christopher Vane
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The Person Formerly Known as Lowell

#14 - The Person Formerly Known as Lowell

Season 7 - Episode 4

Back from vacation, Lowell goes out for a meal of hot wings with Antonio and lands in hot water when he witnesses a mob hit. After he is threatened by the gangster's lawyer, he decides to join the Witness Protection Program and leave Nantucket forever.

star 7.80
15 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Mark Reisman
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Say Uncle, Carlton

#15 - Say Uncle, Carlton

Season 5 - Episode 15

To help pay of his new used cab,Antonio gets a job as a chauffeur...for Carlton Blanchard.Things get even worse when Carlton's equally annoying Nephew Lewis arrives on Nantucket to attend Carlton's Retired Businessman of the Year banquet.

star 7.80
15 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: Steven Levitan
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2 Good 2 B 4 Gotten

#16 - 2 Good 2 B 4 Gotten

Season 5 - Episode 9

When news arrives that Sandy Cooper is returning to Nantucket, Joe fears her high school obsession with him will return,but the others think he's imagining things.Joe's fears are soon realized when he goes to help her move some books from her basement,and it becomes their prom night all over again. Meanwhile,Antonio tries to raise money to send his family and Roy is worried about a visit from his cranky mother.

star 7.79
19 votes
Writers: Rick Copp, David A. Goodman
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Burnin' Down the House (1)

#17 - Burnin' Down the House (1)

Season 7 - Episode 1

Joe and Helen return from their honeymoon in Jamaica to recieve bad news; a night of passion between Brian and Casey in Helen's house results in a devastating fire. That Leaves Brian kicked out of the house and Sandpiper by Joe.

star 7.79
14 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Ian Gurvitz
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The Late Mrs. Biggins

#18 - The Late Mrs. Biggins

Season 3 - Episode 10

Pressured by questions, Roy reveals his wife Sylvia is not dead after all, but living in Boston, after having deserted him abruptly sixteen years ago. In the company of Brian, Roy flies to Boston to win his wife back. Roy's efforts are for naught, however, as Sylvia refuses to leave her life as the wife of a rich plastic surgeon to return to Nantucket with him.

star 7.75
20 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Steven Levitan
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Bye-Bye, Bunny

#19 - Bye-Bye, Bunny

Season 5 - Episode 3

Lowell and Bunny make their seperation final by signing the divorce papers,but as Joe and Brian discover the next morning,they again start sleeping together.Lowell begins thinking the marriage can be saved,until he finds out that Bunny has a fiance in Boston. Meanwhile,Antonio consoles a woman named Betty,via a cellular phone left in his cab, by her cheating husband.Fay is soon in on the plot as she too talks to her daily.But it's soon revealed that Betty's husband came to Nantucket to have an affair,but couldn't go through with it.

star 7.75
12 votes
Writers: Ian Gurvitz
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Boys Will Be Girls

#20 - Boys Will Be Girls

Season 5 - Episode 20

When the High School football coach who used to terrorize the Hackett's returns to Nantucket to be honored in a Gym dedication,Joe and Brian plan a practical joke to get even.Sneaking into the Coach's hotel room at night,the brothers dress him up like a woman and take pictures of him.Unfortunately,the coach died earlier that night,and when his body is discovered in the morning,rumors abound about his crossdressing private life.When Helen learns about the brothers' practical joke,she forces them to speak at the dedication ceremony,but instead of admitting their deed,the brothers defend the of privacy of individuals and escape unscathed.

star 7.75
16 votes
Directors: Peter Bonerz
Writers: David Lloyd
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Stew in a Stew

#21 - Stew in a Stew

Season 3 - Episode 14

Fay is understanding when Joe tells her he won't be able to give her a raise,but when she sees the brother's gloating over a pair of new leather flight jackets,she quits.She accepts a position at Aeromass,while Joe struggles at Sandpiper.After Brian tells the story of how they met years ago,there differences are finally resolved.

star 7.73
15 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: David Angell
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Happy Holidays

#22 - Happy Holidays

Season 5 - Episode 11

The Christmas season brings little joy to the airport.Bunny arrives on Nantucket to attend a friend's wedding,and ends up sleeping with Antonio in the backseat of his cab.Antonio struggles with the guilt and eventually tells Lowell. Meanwhile,Brian is reluctant to meet Alex's parents for Christmas,Joe deals with the loss of a tree and Fay's harpish efforts to organize the Christmas party are not appreciated by Helen.

star 7.73
15 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Mark Reisman
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Another Wedding

#23 - Another Wedding

Season 4 - Episode 21

At Walter's wedding,Lowell's hopes of getting back together with Bunny are dashed when she introduces him to her date.Trying to save face, Lowell tells her about his own date,Yvette,and is saved from telling the truth when a late arriving Alex shows up to support his bluff. Meanwhile,Joe attempts to avoid a dull acquaintance,Antonio tries to gather up enough courage to talk to a beautiful woman, Helen attempts to break away from her dancing partner to talk to another more interesting man,and a lonely Brian leaves before Alex arrives.

star 7.71
14 votes
Directors: Andy Ackerman
Writers: Larry Balmagia
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The Wrong Stuff

#24 - The Wrong Stuff

Season 6 - Episode 10

To counteract Roy's Aeromass promotions,the Hackett's woo famous astronaut Ace Calvin as a celebrity spokeman for Sandpiper.Joe and Brian soon discover that Ace is as charming and persuasive in public as he is irratating and annoying in private life.Any thoughts of signing him up are dashed when Roy beats them to the punch,but Roy quickly discovers just how obnoxious Gavin can be.

star 7.71
14 votes
Writers: David Lloyd
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Twisted Sister

#25 - Twisted Sister

Season 6 - Episode 2

The arrival of Helen's elder sister Casey to Nantucket sidetracks Joe's plan to give Helen an engagement ring.What was originally planned to be an evening for two at Lexington's becomes a party of four,with Casey along to catch up with Helen and Brian along to occupy Casey.Then,before Joe can give Helen his ring,Casey gives Helen an even bigger ring as a gift,and Joe's angry frustration brings the night to a halt.He apologizes later that night and gives her the ring,but once again Casey drops in to spoil things.Helen finally stands up to Casey,after one, to many of her snide remarks.Casey then reveals that her husband has left her,and she has no where to go.So Helen invites her to stay with her for as long as she wants.

star 7.71
17 votes
Directors: David Lee
Writers: Steven Levitan
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