The BEST episodes written by Janis Hirsch

Let Them Eat Pie
179 votes

#1 - Let Them Eat Pie

My Wife and Kids - Season 2 - Episode 8

Claire, playing a dare game with Jr. and Kady, eats Michael's piece of pie. Michael's punishment: Let them eat pie (and only pie). Meanwhile, Michael offers to be the dieting Jay's ""chubby buddy"": He'll eat the same lo-cal food she does. Of course, he doesn't tell her that he plans to cheat. (TV Guide)

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Michael's Garden
171 votes

#2 - Michael's Garden

My Wife and Kids - Season 2 - Episode 7

Lou Rawls guest stars in an episode that takes a lighthearted but informative look at a serious problem: colon cancer. It's especially acute among African-Americans over 40—and guess who's 40? Not only that, but Michael has been having bathroom problems. Still, he won't go to the doctor. ""What is it with men?"" Janet fumes. ""You take better care of your cars than you do of your bodies."" That doesn't change his mind, but the thought of not being there for his kids does, so he has a colonoscopy. But first he gets a preview of the procedure in his dreams. That's where Rawls—as a singing doctor—comes in. (TV Guide)

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Working Relationship
125 votes

#3 - Working Relationship

My Wife and Kids - Season 2 - Episode 22

Jay's feeling bored ever since she was fired. She can't think of anything else to do around the house, and won't let Michael watch the Jordan game until he hires her as the new accountant at his firm. What comes as a great idea for Jay turns out to be a nightmare for Michael, because Jay wants to turn his morning ritual into running errands; takes over his office and gives the employees way more breaks than they should get. Cornered, Michael goes to Jr. for advice, who tells his father he should just fire Jay. When he does, Jay is extremely hurt. After a deep talk, they decide Jay can continue to work side-by-side with Michael, but not as intrusive as before. Meanwhile, Claire tries to show Kady that E.T. is not so scary.

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Fran Lite
331 votes

#4 - Fran Lite

The Nanny - Season 2 - Episode 1

Fran pushes Maxwell to date again, and he ends up dating a woman very much like Fran. Brighton has a problem being smaller than everyone else in school.

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Franny and the Professor
311 votes

#5 - Franny and the Professor

The Nanny - Season 3 - Episode 2

C.C. makes a bet with her brother that he can't get Fran to play Jeopardy!. But Fran somehow enters the game and manages to win! Meanwhile, Mr. Sheffield is driving himself crazy for not being invited to the Renaissance Weekend held by the president, and Fran gets him tickets with the new next door neighbor, Roger Clinton.

The Strike
282 votes

#6 - The Strike

The Nanny - Season 2 - Episode 13

Mr. Sheffield is opening a new play, "Norma", based on Norma Rae. But there's a busboy strike going on at the cast party, and Fran refuses to cross the picket line. The picture of Mr. Sheffield dragging Fran out of the line is published on the newspaper and they end up going to Sally Jesse Raphael's show to settle this misunderstanding.

Drummer Boy (2)
178 votes

#7 - Drummer Boy (2)

8 Simple Rules - Season 1 - Episode 18

Bridget takes the car and follows her older boyfriend, drum instructor Ben (Nick Carter, Backstreet Boys), to his college dorm. Conclusion of a two-part episode.

E.G.O.C. (Edna Garrett on Campus)
12 votes

#8 - E.G.O.C. (Edna Garrett on Campus)

The Facts of Life - Season 6 - Episode 8

Mrs. Garrett enrolls in a Shakespeare class, but worries that she might neglect her business and have trouble fitting in with the college crowd.

Forbidden Fruit
223 votes

#9 - Forbidden Fruit

Will & Grace - Season 8 - Episode 12

Grace is concerned and confused when Will so adamantly insists that she turn down her job offer from his former boss Margot, who has asked Grace to redecorate the law firm. When she takes the job after telling Will that she wouldn't, Grace learns some startling news that he has been hiding from her. Meanwhile, Jack discovers Karen's softer side when he finally sees what's inside the "forbidden room" at the Walker mansion.

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Sort of an Officer and a Gentleman (2)
204 votes

#10 - Sort of an Officer and a Gentleman (2)

8 Simple Rules - Season 1 - Episode 28

The sibling rivalry between Cate and Maggie (Cybill Shepherd) comes to a boiling point when Maggie gets a sexy, new makeover and gives Bridget a water bra as a gift. Meanwhile tensions between the Hennessy sisters mount when Kerry and Kyle begin dating, while Bridget's popularity takes a nosedive after she dissed her friends for Donny (Thad Luckinbill); and Paul becomes concerned when he finds an empty pregnancy test kit.

Grace Expectations
243 votes

#11 - Grace Expectations

Will & Grace - Season 8 - Episode 16

A nervous Grace finally decides that it is time to tell Leo that she is pregnant with his child, but she receives some unexpected news when she works up enough courage to actually go and meet him. Meanwhile, Will is settling in with James and Jack tries to document every second of Grace's pregnancy for his talk show. Karen meanwhile sulks alone, jealous over the good fortunes of her friends.

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Chair Man of the Board
152 votes

#12 - Chair Man of the Board

My Wife and Kids - Season 3 - Episode 12

Michael's old friend Tommy is coming over and Michael is very excited because he and Tommy used to compete for everything. But his excitement soon turns into awkwardness when Tommy shows in on a wheelchair and Michael doesn't know how to act with the situation. Tommy decides to take advantage of that until they have a talk in which Tommy asks Michael to treat him like he used to, because despite the wheelchair he's the same guy that used to race Michael for anything. Meanwhile, Claire is caught shoplifting and gets grounded for it. When she confronts Kady about who put the nail polishers on her purse she feels so guilty she confesses to their parents that Claire didn't do it. The punishment? She will no longer be treated like a baby.

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Visions of Daphne
676 votes

#13 - Visions of Daphne

Frasier - Season 6 - Episode 22

Martin learns Donny plans to propose to Daphne. Daphne asks Niles for his advice when she "sees" a vision indicating that Donny isn't her soulmate. Niles is torn between his professional ethics and his passion for Daphne.

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Check Mate
254 votes

#14 - Check Mate

'Til Death - Season 4 - Episode 17

When the Starks meet Simona and Stephen for dinner, they decide to ditch them with the bill resulting in an all-out dining war between the couples. Meanwhile, Joy makes Eddie's life miserable at work.

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Roz, a Loan
823 votes

#15 - Roz, a Loan

Frasier - Season 6 - Episode 9

Frasier obsesses when he feels a $1500 loan he gave Roz is being frittered away. KACL ditches its salsa format and rehires the old crew.

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Our Parents, Ourselves
657 votes

#16 - Our Parents, Ourselves

Frasier - Season 6 - Episode 12

Frasier sets Martin up with Roz's mother, Joanna. Later, he can't bring himself to tell an enthusiastic Joanna that Martin never wants to see her again.

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The Ex Factor
4 votes

#17 - The Ex Factor

Eve - Season 1 - Episode 10

J.T.'s old flame comes to town so Shelly feels she must up her game in order to keep her man from being tempted away.

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Ectomy, Schmectomy
40 votes

#18 - Ectomy, Schmectomy

Murphy Brown - Season 10 - Episode 3

When Murphy and Frank don't show up for dinner, Kay speculates they have are a having a relationship. Murphy drops the bomb on the rest of the staff. Jim is speechless. Frank tries to help in every way that he can. Murphy faces a tough decision with the myriad of treatment options for her breast cancer.

Opus One
43 votes

#19 - Opus One

Murphy Brown - Season 10 - Episode 16

Murphy is done with her chemotherapy and she thinks that is the best birthday she could get for her upcoming 50th birthday. Frank and Murphy decide that it might be interesting to try going out on a date together. Frank has to cut the date short, because has a big surprise planned for Murphy's to go out on a date that Frank has to cut short so that he can get Franks plans a big surprise for Murphy's birthday. He has American Bandstand recreated in the FYI studio, complete with Dick Clark and variety of featured artists.

I Hear a Symphony
42 votes

#20 - I Hear a Symphony

Murphy Brown - Season 10 - Episode 10

Corky is working to help the zoo with their charity auction. Murphy's bout with cancer has made her realize there may not another chance to do some of the things she'd like to do. When the one item goes up for bid that she is interested in, it's Murphy Brown vs. Olivia Newton-John for the right to conduct a symphony orchestra. Meanwhile, Doris tells Jim that it is time to file the divorce papers; Murphy encourages him to fight for her.

Second Time Around
41 votes

#21 - Second Time Around

Murphy Brown - Season 10 - Episode 18

For a birthday present, Murphy helps her friend Lisa, from the canccer support group, to meet her high school crush. The gang decides to return the same favor for Murphy when Murphy mentions the name of boy she had a crush on; he was the lead in a high school production of ""The Music Man."" They set up a surprise meeting and they discover that Murphy's old crush is now a lounge singer.

The Talk
3 votes

#22 - The Talk

Eve - Season 1 - Episode 4

Shelly ponders whether she and J.T. are an item after seeing him with another woman at Rita's party; Nick's girlfriend (Carmen Electra) is wearing him out; Rita learns the truth about her financial state. Julio Iglesias Jr. has a cameo.

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Taken For Grant-ed
2 votes

#23 - Taken For Grant-ed

Eve - Season 2 - Episode 21

A surprise camping trip causes Shelly to question whether Grant's simple, down-to-earth sensibility is really right for her. Meanwhile, J.T. decides to confess his love to Shelly.

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My Friend Flicker
1 votes

#24 - My Friend Flicker

L.A. Law - Season 7 - Episode 5

Melman resigns as office manager and returns to working for Becker; McKenzie represents a friend in a reverse discrimination case; Markowitz struggles to overcome his fear of identifying his attackers; Melman asks Mullaney to father her child; Brackman begins his memoirs; studio mogul Ben Flicker takes Becker under his wing after Becker devises a creative financial approach to settling Flicker's daughter's divorce; Taylor's anonymous admirer continues to send her presents; Markowitz buys a gun for protection.

Worried Heart
0 votes

#25 - Worried Heart

One Day at a Time - Season 9 - Episode 5

Sam's business trip with an attractive girl ignites Ann's jealous imagination.