The BEST episodes written by Russ Woody

Babysit This
58 votes

#1 - Babysit This

Instant Mom - Season 1 - Episode 11

Stephanie leaves Gabby in charge when the babysitter cancels on the night of a big event where Charlie is the speaker.

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Married to the Job
195 votes

#2 - Married to the Job

Mad About You - Season 2 - Episode 4

An evening out at Riff's sees Paul complaining about his meddlesome new producer, and Jamie venting about her credit-claiming boss, who happens to be seated nearby.

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I Want My Hill Street Blues
22 votes

#3 - I Want My Hill Street Blues

Hill Street Blues - Season 6 - Episode 15

Belker goes undercover to expose a corrupt parole officer; Goldblume clashes with Furillo over the demolition of some low-rent housing in his new neighborhood; Bates makes a deal with Vivian DeWitt; Jablonski tries to cope with a crew making a music video in the station house.

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Sanders Again
24 votes

#4 - Sanders Again

Instant Mom - Season 2 - Episode 1

Stephanie worries that she is working too much when Aaron's imaginary friend returns.

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Requiem for Mr. Floppity
50 votes

#5 - Requiem for Mr. Floppity

Instant Mom - Season 1 - Episode 16

Aaron brings his class rabbit home to take care of it for the weekend but after it dies, Stephanie steps in and is determined to explain the nature of loss to Aaron, despite his teacher's objections.

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Love Stinks
118 votes

#6 - Love Stinks

Parenthood - Season 1 - Episode 5

Julie walks out on Tod when she discovers he's planning the formal wedding they never had.

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Larry Spoke
262 votes

#7 - Larry Spoke

Becker - Season 1 - Episode 14

Becker copes with a patient who believes he can talk directly to God; Linda decides to keep a jacket mistakenly returned to her by her dry cleaner.

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Talking Points
187 votes

#8 - Talking Points

Becker - Season 4 - Episode 18

When a patient loses the ability to speak, John gets him a machine that talks for him, but the man uses it to lash out at people; Bob turns into an environmentalist to impress a girl; Linda accuses Margaret of stealing her bracelet.

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Regarding Reggie
245 votes

#9 - Regarding Reggie

Becker - Season 1 - Episode 22

Becker fears that Reggie may get the wrong idea if he asks her to be his date at a medical fundraiser. Fearing that Reggie will misread his invitation, Becker struggles to find someone else to take to the event. Despite his resistance, his friends insist that he should just ask Reggie. The ongoing pressure causes Becker to recall the first time he was rejected by the opposite sex, as Prequel Monday concludes with a flashback sequence of a 10-year-old Becker asking a little girl to a school dance.

Bringing Home the Bacon
8 votes

#10 - Bringing Home the Bacon

Cybill - Season 3 - Episode 1

On the barnyard set of her new show (a parody of Babe), Cybill rescues a pig that was fired and doomed to the frying pan; then tries to keep an independent Zoey from flying the coop after she visits the greener pastures of Paris. Meanwhile, Maryann dresses as Little Bo Peep to entice a sheepish Ira.

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Ms. Fortune
163 votes

#11 - Ms. Fortune

Becker - Season 5 - Episode 19

A palm reader turns up at the diner and, much to his own dismay, Becker gets caught up in the excitement and lets her take a look at his palm. Inspired by the psychic, Linda invests her inheritance in a grapefruit company.

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Breakfast of Chumpions
273 votes

#12 - Breakfast of Chumpions

Becker - Season 4 - Episode 2

John is more irritable than usual when he tries to quit smoking; Reggie believes a friendly customer stole all of her good luck and left her with his bad fortune.

The Front Door
1197 votes

#13 - The Front Door

The Middle - Season 1 - Episode 6

When Axl accidentally breaks down the front door, Mike insists that, he fix it in order to teach him a lesson, which leaves the Heck house wide open for days. At work, Frankie needs to sell a car within a week or she will have to wear a dog suit outside the lot for promotion. Meanwhile, it's picture day at school and Sue is concerned because she has never had a flattering picture taken of herself.

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Pain in the Aspirin
187 votes

#14 - Pain in the Aspirin

Becker - Season 2 - Episode 10

As Becker continues to recoup from his gunshot wound, he's caught off guard when Elizabeth claims that she doesn't have any aspirin -- although he found a bottle of them among her things while earlier snooping through her purse. Becker, of course dismissing his own bad behavior, is miffed at her actions and begins to think that she may not have an honest bone in her body. Meanwhile, Bob wins the lottery.

L.A. Woman
197 votes

#15 - L.A. Woman

Becker - Season 5 - Episode 3

Neighbors John and Chris do whatever they can to annoy each other, from smoking cigars to using a sander at 4 A.M. to strip a floor; Linda pretends she is from L.A. to impress a new guy she is dating; Jake worries that Amanda is decorating his apartment in an overly feminine fashion.

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199 votes

#16 - Cooked

Becker - Season 2 - Episode 23

Liz is offered a job in Chicago, which prompts John to tell her how he feels about her. He quickly regrets doing it, fearing he'll lose his freedom.

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Bad to the Bone
173 votes

#17 - Bad to the Bone

Becker - Season 5 - Episode 12

Jake and Bob misinterpret one of Chris's phone conversations and assume that she and John are sleeping together. At the office, John tries to persuade a promiscuous teen to use condoms.

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An Egg by Any Other Name
17 votes

#18 - An Egg by Any Other Name

Instant Mom - Season 2 - Episode 2

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Tell Me Lies
255 votes

#19 - Tell Me Lies

Becker - Season 1 - Episode 4

Becker and Jake notice that Reggie is upset about something, but she refuses to tell them why. Becker presses Reggie for details, but she responds with a series of lies before finally revealing the truth.

Here's to You Mrs. Kinsella
92 votes

#20 - Here's to You Mrs. Kinsella

Murphy Brown - Season 2 - Episode 13

While Murphy is throwing a birthday party for Gene Kinsella, Miles recognizes a woman he had a one-night stand with at a broadcaster's convention, Mrs. Kinsella. However, Kinsella thinks that his wife is having an affair with Frank.

Trials and Defibrillations
223 votes

#21 - Trials and Defibrillations

Becker - Season 3 - Episode 24

As the series' third season comes to a close, John Becker is being taken to court by a patient who claims the doctor almost killed him. The patient, Vinny, is suing John for allegedly causing him to have a heart attack by taking him to a gym for a workout. John maintains that Vinny would have had the heart attack anyway and that going to the gym had nothing to do with it. Defending John from his insurance company is a pretty attorney, and, of course, John finds fault with her, too. She refuses to let the hot-tempered doctor take the stand, fearing that he won't be able to keep a lid on his anger.

The Naked and the Dead
6 votes

#22 - The Naked and the Dead

St. Elsewhere - Season 4 - Episode 4

Dr. Westphall tries to deal with his critical sister-in-law and a reluctant hospital board; Luther becomes Axelrod's personal trainer; Roxanne asks Chandler to her recital; Rosenthal worries over the threats of an assaulted teenager; Dr. Caldwell's questionable behavior continues at the hospital; and Dr. Craig proves to be of little help to his grieving wife.

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Women Unchained
6 votes

#23 - Women Unchained

St. Elsewhere - Season 5 - Episode 20

Shirley Daniels returns to the hospital as a patient; Mrs. Craig offers Griffin a place to stay; Chandler and Novino compete to see who can correctly diagnose a difficult patient; and Ehrlich and Papandrao face wedding rumors when they return from Mexico.

The Bickners
89 votes

#24 - The Bickners

Murphy Brown - Season 1 - Episode 21

A minor traffic accident, with a sweet elderly couple, results in a 1.5 million dollar lawsuit for Murphy.

City Lights
243 votes

#25 - City Lights

Becker - Season 1 - Episode 7

Becker is crabbier than ever when a flickering street light keeps him from getting any sleep. When the city refuses to make the broken street light a priority assignment, Becker takes matters into his own hands to ensure that he gets a proper night's rest. Meanwhile, Margaret agrees to let Linda bring one personal item into the office, unaware that Linda's item is breathing.

2001 1/2: A Graduation Odyssey
221 votes

#26 - 2001 1/2: A Graduation Odyssey

Becker - Season 3 - Episode 15

John is honored when he's asked to fill in for the mayor and be the commencement speaker at his old high school, until he discovers why the mayor dropped out.

One Wong Move
264 votes

#27 - One Wong Move

Becker - Season 3 - Episode 3

Challenged to do so by his friends, Becker changes his routine with disastrous results. When he eats at a new Chinese restaurant, Linda gets a stalker, Margaret gets food poisoning, Bob gets punched in the nose, and Reggie and Jake lose $80 to a scam artist.

Heart of Gold
83 votes

#28 - Heart of Gold

Murphy Brown - Season 2 - Episode 20

When Murphy learns things about Jerry Gold that no one else is privy to, she looks at him in a different light. They begin to have an affair that shocks everyone at FYI.

Cybill's Fifteen Minutes
10 votes

#29 - Cybill's Fifteen Minutes

Cybill - Season 2 - Episode 5

Cybill is hounded by the press after her Oscar night date, famous actor Dennis Oliver leaves her and then solicits a prostitute in LA, taking it for granted he won't get caught.

Nowhere to Run
114 votes

#30 - Nowhere to Run

Murphy Brown - Season 1 - Episode 3

Murphy investigates a federal prosecutor who's linked to mob-run prostitution, Miles fears for his life when he receives his first death threat.

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Buddies Schmuddies
92 votes

#31 - Buddies Schmuddies

Murphy Brown - Season 2 - Episode 6

Frank and Murphy compete for the same story, but their intense competition puts the story in jeopardy. Phil, to improve his business at night, tries adding live entertainment to the bar.

108 votes

#32 - Kyle

Murphy Brown - Season 1 - Episode 10

Murphy's story wins freedom for an innocent man; when the rest of the team realizes he has a problem adjusting with the outside world, Miles offers him a job as Murphy's secretary.

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R.I.P. Off
45 votes

#33 - R.I.P. Off

Newhart - Season 3 - Episode 20

Harley goes to jail after he is tricked into selling swamp grave plots. Michael, Dick and Joanna set up an "Abscam" to catch the real criminal.

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It's How You Play the Game
97 votes

#34 - It's How You Play the Game

Murphy Brown - Season 1 - Episode 14

To get the public to see Frank's piece on the homeless, the FYI team competes with Jerry Gold's show on its level, with surprising results.

Liar, Liar, House on Fire
18 votes

#35 - Liar, Liar, House on Fire

The Drew Carey Show - Season 9 - Episode 20

The gang tries to teach Gus to lie to an insurance adjuster so that Mimi can receive the claim on her house and be able to replace it.

Anything But Cured
49 votes

#36 - Anything But Cured

Murphy Brown - Season 6 - Episode 21

Frank's psychologist tells him after 18 years of therapy that he's cured and needs to move on and he leans on Murphy for support.

Drew Hunts Silver Fox
25 votes

#37 - Drew Hunts Silver Fox

The Drew Carey Show - Season 9 - Episode 1

Drew and Oswald get a little too competitive as they try to set up their mothers with an attractive eligible widower.

The Odd Couples
8 votes

#38 - The Odd Couples

Cybill - Season 2 - Episode 10

Not since Felix and Oscar have there been such odd pairings: Ira shadows Maryann hoping her lunacy will dispel his trouble with writer's block; and Cybill hangs out with Sean.

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Seems Like Gold Times
41 votes

#39 - Seems Like Gold Times

Murphy Brown - Season 10 - Episode 17

Jerry Gold returns from Germany and it seems just like old times for Murphy and Jerry and the gang. Even Kay sees it as she tells the gang how she thinks there perfect for each other. Murphy and Jerry take the day off from work and feel the old sparks again. He inquires on her health Jerry: Did it hurt. Murphy: At first yes, but it doesn't hurt now Jerry: I can't think of anything hurting you Jerry and Murphy end up in bed together and Murphy tells him she does not want a relationship. Jerry says like wise because he's getting married. After Murphy tries to kick Jerry out of her house he tells her he wants her to be his best man because he cares so much about her. Murphy agrees with much begrudging. Murphy pretends she's not hurt, but Kay can see it. She even goes so far as to say Jerry is in town so she will stop the wedding. Murphy: Kay, Jerry Gold is not the man who got away. Kay: Really, because I would have guessed you two ended up in bed yesterday. Do you want to tell me or

Love, Sri Lankan Style
51 votes

#40 - Love, Sri Lankan Style

The Drew Carey Show - Season 9 - Episode 23

Drew's plans to reunite Mimi and Steve (and get Mimi out of his house) face a hitch due to the appearance of Steve's lover.

Pete the Hero
4 votes

#41 - Pete the Hero

Benson - Season 3 - Episode 17

Pete borrows Benson's car and gets into a wreck that leads to the capture of armed thieves.

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Rainbow's End
4 votes

#42 - Rainbow's End

Benson - Season 3 - Episode 7

Benson learns that his old flame is confined to a wheelchair.

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Teddy Bear Scare
3 votes

#43 - Teddy Bear Scare

Webster - Season 1 - Episode 11

George and Katherine both try and persuade Webster that he can do without his teddy bear which is lost.

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The Big Fix-Up
2 votes

#44 - The Big Fix-Up

The Hogan Family - Season 2 - Episode 2

Valerie fixes David up with the daughter of a friend of hers, however, David slips into depression when he gets dumped. Meanwhile, the new neighbors, the Pooles have a dog, whose nocturnal barking is keeping Valerie up all night.

What's the Matter with Kids? / Island of Horrors
2 votes

#45 - What's the Matter with Kids? / Island of Horrors

Fantasy Island - Season 6 - Episode 20

In "What's the Matter with Kids?" a famous writer of children's books wishes to spend the day with the perfect child. And in "Island of Horrors" a woman goes to the "Island of Horrors" to find her missing fiancee.

Second Time Around
0 votes

#46 - Second Time Around

Webster - Season 1 - Episode 7

Thinking that George and Katherine never had an official wedding ceremony, Webster plans to prepare one for them.

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