GIMME A BREAK!

Episode Guide

by Matthew Anscher

Work Began 7/21/1998



Series Created by Mort Lachman and Sy Rosen

Format: Situation Comedy
Length: 30 Minutes
First Network Broadcast: October 29, 1981
Last Network Broadcast: May 12, 1987
Television Network: NBC
Off-Network Distributor: MCA-TV (holdings now owned by Program Exchange)
First Year of Off-Network Syndication: 1985
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Cast of Characters:

Nellie Ruth (Nell) Harper............................................Nell Carter
Chief Carl Kanisky (Seasons 1-4)..................................Dolph Sweet
Katie Kanisky (Seasons 1-5)........................................Kari Michaelsen
Julie Kanisky (later Maxwell) (Seasons 1-5)......................Lauri Hendler
Samantha (Sam) Kanisky............................................Lara Jill Miller

Recurring Characters:

Grandpa Stanley Kanisky...........................................John Hoyt
Grandma Mildred Kanisky (Episode 11)..........................???
Grandma Mildred Kanisky (Episode 15)..........................Elizabeth Kerr
Grandma Mildred Kanisky (Season 2).............................Jane Dulo
Uncle Ed Kanisky (Seasons 1-2)...................................Pete Schrum
Officer Ralph Simpson (Seasons 1-5).............................Howard Morton
Angie (Seasons 1-4).................................................Alvernette Jimenez (later Kamelle)
Joey Donovan (Seasons 3-6).......................................Joey Lawrence
Adelaide (Addy) Wilson (Seasons 3-6)...........................Telma Hopkins
Jonathan Maxwell (Seasons 4-5)...................................Jonathan Silverman
Matthew Donovan (Season 6)......................................Matthew Lawrence
Maggie O'Brien (Season 6).........................................Rosie O'Donnell
Maybelle Harper (Season 6)........................................Rosetta LeNoire
Marty (aka Esteban) (Season 6)....................................Paul Sand

Plot:
This was a series about a portly black woman who, in compliance with the wish of her dying friend Margaret Kanisky (née Hoffman) gave up a singing career to be housekeeper to a widowed police chief and surrogate mother to his three teenage daughters. In 1983, Uncle Ed got married to Maxine, a hooker-cum-police snitch, and disappeared without any explanation, and Nell took in seven-year-old Joey Donovan as her foster son, and Grandpa Kanisky moved in following Grandma's death. In 1984, Katie graduated from high school and opened a clothing boutique with a friend. In 1985, Julie married inept pizza deliverer Jonathan Maxwell, Katie got her own apartment nearby, the Chief suddenly passed away, and Julie became pregnant. In 1986, Addy, Nell's best friend, got a job at a major university in New York City, and Nell, Joey, and Grandpa moved there with her. Katie got a job in San Francisco after her boutique went out of business, Julie and Jonathan moved to San Jose with their newborn daughter, Nell, Samantha enrolled at Littlefield College in New Jersey, and Joey finally met his five-year-old little brother, Matthew, and Nell's mother moved to New York as well.

Notes:
I do have every episode of the series on tape, but it is from USA Network, and they are not very well-edited. If I could find original NBC broadcasts of the show on tape, that would be helpful.

When the show premiered on NBC in the fall of 1981, there were some complaints from critics about Nell being a housekeeper for a white family, and it didn't make the Top 25 in the seasonal Nielsen ratings [the only NBC shows that did were Real People (21), The Facts of Life (Tie for 24), and Little House on the Prairie (Tie for 24)]. It was successful enough, thought network executives, to renew the show for a second season, and things went smoothly until tragedy struck the cast with Dolph Sweet's death on May 8, 1985. Rather than have the Chief, his character, played by another actor, the Chief died on the show. The ratings started to slip from its usual place that season (don't ask me what that was), and the network was so worried about that, and what they felt was a decline in the quality of the writing, that Executive Producer Hal Cooper was told by NBC executives to either end production of the series or make major changes. They decided to change the show by putting Nell, Addy, Joey and Grandpa in New York and introducing new characters to the show, most notable of which is Maggie O'Brien, played by Rosie O'Donnell, a young comedienne who had been spotted by NBC executives on Star Search (Nell Carter later claimed it was her idea to put Rosie on the show). The changes didn't help the ratings any, nor did two different time slots that season, and the show quietly ended its network run in the spring of 1987.

In a February 1983 poll, the show was the 3rd most popular among nonwhite viewers, behind Dynasty andThe A-Team and ahead of The Jeffersons and Dallas .

Credits Code:
AD: Airdate
PC: Production Code
EA: Episode Number as aired
GS: Guest Stars
RC: Recurring Characters
N: Notes

Production Codes
The 3-digit production code for the series has the season number followed by the episode number in order of production (for example, the seventh episode of the first season would be 107 and the fifteenth episode of the fourth season would be 415). Episodes in this guide are sorted in order of original airdate.

Episodes whose titles are in bold text are Matthew's recommendations.
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Season One (1981-1982) (19 Episodes)
(October 29, 1981--April 1, 1982)

Time Slot:
Thursday, 9:30 P.M.

Follows:
Diff'rent Strokes

Followed by:
Hill Street Blues

Airing Opposite:
ABC : Taxi
CBS : Knots Landing

Production Crew:
Executive Producer: Mort Lachman
Producers: Coleman Mitchell and Geoffrey Neigher
Executive Story Editor: Ted Bergman
Story Editors: Chip Keyes and Doug Keyes
Associate Producer: Michael Mount (101-104) ; Brigit Jensen-Drake (105-119)
Assistant Directors: Phil Ramuno, Pat Fischer
Stage Managers: Yukiko Tokunaga, John Sgueglia, C. Rallen Vinson
Production Associates: Peggy Geary, Laurie E. Gilbert, Charlotte McDaniel
Casting: Randy Stone
Lighting Directors: Gary Scott, Chris Roberts
Art Director: Don Roberts
Videotape Editor: Harold McKenzie
Audio: Robert Houston, Ken Turner
Technical Directors: Dick Woodka, Vince Mack
Unit Manager: Douglas Wellman
Costumes: Adella Farmar
Make-Up: Billie Jordan
Hair Stylist: Lawrence Woodard
Property Master: Rob Murdock
Assistant to the Executive Producer: Michael Mount
Executive in Charge of Production: Howard Lipstone

Theme Song: "Gimme a Break," Music by Bob Christianson ; Lyrics by Bob Garrett and Marley Sims

Videotaped at Metromedia, Stage 6, in Hollywood, California

Production Company: Mort Lachman and Associates in association with Reeves Entertainment Group, A Reeves Communications Company; Alan Landsburg Productions
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"Katie the Crook"

AD: 10/29/1981
PC: 101
EA: 1

Written by Sy Rosen and Mort Lachman
Directed by Howard Storm

The Chief comes back from a hard day at work to a hard night at home; Samantha sustains a black eye, Julie is caught kissing a boy, and Katie is caught shoplifting. Katie's answer to the Chief's question "What would your mother do if she knew about this?" hurts his feelings and gets her thrown out of the house, but Nell tries to convince both of them not to let this affect their relationship.

GS: Mike Darnell as George
RC: Officer Simpson
N: The original TV Guide listing for this episode is inaccurate. The Chief is described as a police captain, the role of Julie is credited to "Laura Jill Miller," and the role of Samantha to "Julie Hendler."
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"A Good Man is Hard to Find"

AD: 11/5/1981
PC: 102
EA: 2

Directed by Will MacKenzie

When Nell doesn't find a male companion at a bar with her friend Angie, who does, the Chief sets her up with one of his officers, who is doing it for his own personal gain.

GS: Ray Vitte as Ken
RC: Angie
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"The Second Time Around"

AD:11/12/1981
PC: 103
EA: 3

Directed by Howard Storm

The Chief is reacquainted with a high school sweetheart who runs into his squad car, and the two of them become romantically involved. However, Samantha, not wanting a stepmother, worries that the Chief will marry her.

GS: Rue McClanahan as Marian
N: McClanahan also appeared in the 1984 episode "Grandpa's Secret Life" as a different character.
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"Mom's Birthday"

AD: 11/19/1981
PC: 105
EA: 4

Written by John Markus
Directed by Will Mackenzie

The Chief and the girls try to forget the birthday of the late Mrs. Kanisky, but Nell wants them to remember it. Unfortunately, it is easier said than done considering that the family is still shaken by her death.
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"Do or Diet"

AD: 11/26/1981
PC: 104
EA: 5

Written by Chip Keyes and Doug Keyes
Directed by Linda Day

Nell tries, unsuccessfully, to get the Chief into her diet group, PORKO, but when he suffers a gas attack, Nell puts him on a diet. The two of them discover how hard dieting really is.

GS: Mary Jo Catlett as Betty; George Memmoli as the new member
N: Another actress played the role of Betty in a later episode. Nell and the group recite "The PORKO Motto" and sing "The PORKO Anthem."

Here is "The PORKO Motto":

Candies, cakes, and salted nuts
Show up on our thighs and butts.
Fat, obese, tubby, jumbo,
We don't want to look like Dumbo.

Here are the lyrics to "The PORKO Anthem":

You're a disgusting fatso.
Your belly is much too big.
No one can even stand the sight of you,
You look like Porky Pig.

You stand around and look bad.
Your kitchen needs a full-time guard.
But PORKO will help you lose that weight
You big disgusting tub of lard.
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"A Man in Nell's Room"

AD:12/3/1981
PC: 106
EA: 6

Written by Booker Bradshaw and J. Stanford Parker
Directed by Herbert Kenwith

When Nell takes her date into her room, she and the Chief end up having an argument, and Nell quits and moves in with Angie. The Chief tries to run the house without Nell.

GS: Danny Glover as Bill
RC: Angie
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"Your Prisoner is Dead"

AD: 12/10/1981
PC: 107
EA: 7

Teleplay by Chip Keyes and Doug Keyes
Story by Erik Tarloff
Directed by Will Mackenzie

In the drug store, the Chief is forced to shoot an armed robber. When the prisoner dies, he is in deep guilt and sees a Priest to talk about his problems.

GS: Jay Johnson as Priest
N: The Priest in this episode later appeared in the episode "An Unmarried Couple."
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"Julie's Rejection"

AD: 12/17/1981
PC: 108
EA: 8

Written by Ted Bergman
Directed by Dick Harwood

Julie tries to get into Katie's private group, but Nell and Katie must show her the tricks of the trade.

GS: Julie Anne Haddock as Club President
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"Julie's First Love"

AD: 1/7/1982
PC:109
EA: 9

Written by Gene Perret
Directed by Linda Day

After being grounded by the Chief, Julie falls in love with a boy at the video arcade.
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"Nell's Ex"

AD: 1/14/1982
PC: 110
EA: 10

Written by Kathy Joseph
Directed by Linda Day

Nell's ex-husband, Tony, returns. He asks his ex-wife for $1000 while he is looking for his big break on The Merv Griffin Show .

GS: Ben Powers as Tony; Jay Johnson as Ventriloquist
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"Katie the Cheat"

AD: 1/21/1982
PC: 111
EA: 11

Written by Jerry Ross
Directed by Will Mackenzie

Katie must take her final exam. Since the Chief has his heart set on her the first member of the Kanisky family to go to college, she asks Julie to take the test for her so not to disappoint him.

RC: Grandpa, Grandma, Uncle Ed
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"The Emergency"

AD: 2/4/1982
PC: 112
EA: 12

Written by Chip Keyes and Doug Keyes
Directed by Linda Day

Katie is taken to the hospital for a severe internal pain, which is later found out to be a complication with a Intrauterine Device (IUD), which is a potentially dangerous form of birth control. The Chief is furious when he finds out.

GS: Liz Sheridan as Nurse
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"Nell Goes Home"

AD: 2/11/1982
PC: 113
EA: 13

Written by Booker Bradshaw and J. Stanford Parker
Directed by Will Mackenzie

Nell goes home to Alabama when her father suffers a heart attack, hoping to make peace with him before it is too late.

N: Nell's sister was originally called Brenda, while in this episode, she is called Marie. In later episodes she is named Loretta, and their mother, Emma, would be renamed Maybelle. In the first episode, Nell said that her father was already dead. Nell sings "Amazing Grace" at her father's funeral.
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"Samantha Steals a Squad Car"

AD: 2/18/1982
PC: 114
EA: 14

Directed by Tony Singletary

While the Chief and Nell are having an argument, Samantha comes to them with her own problems. When no one will listen, she uses a racial epithet to get their attention and runs off with the Chief's squad car.

RC: Officer Simpson
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"Grandma Fools Around"

AD: 2/25/1982
PC: 115
EA: 15

Written by Chip Keyes and Doug Keyes
Directed by Tony Singletary

On their 55th wedding anniversary, Grandpa finds a letter that suggests Grandma was unfaithful to him during the war, and he asks for a divorce. Of course, it's up to Nell to keep them together.

RC: Grandpa, Grandma, Uncle Ed
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"Hot Muffins"

AD: 3/11/1982
PC: 116
EA: 16

Teleplay by Coleman Mitchell and Geoffrey Neigher
Story by Mort Lachman, Sy Rosen, Coleman Mitchell, and Geoffrey Neigher
Directed by Will MacKenzie

Thanks to the help of Nell, Katie's band is offered a gig in Los Angeles after their successful performance in Glenlawn.

GS: Crystal Bernard as Kelly; Bonnie Urseth as Doris
N: Urseth later appeared on the show twice as two different characters.
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"Sam's Affair"

AD: 3/18/1982
PC: 117
EA: 17

Written by Chip Keyes and Doug Keyes
Directed by Jim Drake

After kissing a boy on her baseball team, Samantha thinks that she is pregnant, but nobody will confirm for her that she can or cannot get pregnant that way.

GS: John P. Navin, Jr. as Scotty
RC: Grandpa
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"The Robbery"

AD: 3/25/1982
PC: 118
EA: 18

Written by Ted Bergman
Directed by Dick Harwood

While the Chief and the girls are at an awards ceremony and Nell is at a strip club, the Kanisky house is robbed. However, everyone comes back while the robbery is taking place.

GS: Dana Gladstone as First Burglar; Madison Arnold as Second Burglar; Mark Harrison as First Patrolman; Merlin Marston as Second Patrolman; Harrison Page as Hamilton Storm; Jeffrey Wheat as Cameraman
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"An Unmarried Couple"

AD: 4/1/1982
PC: 119
EA: 19

Directed by Will Mackenzie

Katie's unmarried, pregnant friend comes to stay at the house, and Nell tries to convince her and her boyfriend to get married before the baby is born.

GS: Helen Hunt as Valerie; Paul Regina as Jonathan; Jay Johnson as Priest
RC: Grandpa, Uncle Ed
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Season Two (1982-1983) (22 Episodes)
(October 2, 1982--May 5, 1983)

Time Slot:
10/2/1982--12/25/1982: Saturday, 9:00 P.M.

Follows:
Silver Spoons

Followed by:
Love Sidney

Airing Opposite:
ABC : The Love Boat
CBS : The CBS Saturday Movie

1/6/1983--5/5/1983: Thursday, 9:00 P.M.

Follows:
Fame

Followed by:
Cheers

Airing Opposite
ABC : Too Close For Comfort
CBS : Simon and Simon

Production Crew:
Executive Producer: Mort Lachman
Producers: Coleman Mitchell and Geoffrey Neigher
Executive Story Editors: Sandy Krinski and Chet Dowling
Story Editors: Chip Keyes, Doug Keyes, Booker Bradshaw, and J. Stanford Parker
Creative Consultant: Sy Rosen
Associate Producer: Gayle S. Maffeo (201--202) ; Michael Mount (203-212) , Jan Siegelman (213-223)
Stage Managers: Peter Barth, Yukiko Tokunaga ,
Production Associate: Cindy Brisker
Art Director: Peter Clemens
Unit Manager: Jim Gaston
Lighting Director: Chris Roberts
Technical Director: Dick Woodka
Costumes: Betty Pecha Madden
Make-Up: Billie Jordan
Hair Stylist: Mary Guerrero
Property Master: Rob Murdock
Assistant to the Executive Producer: Michael Mount
Executive in Charge of Production: Howard Lipstone

Theme Song: "Gimme a Break," Music by Bob Christianson ; Lyrics by Bob Garrett and Marley Sims

Videotaped at Metromedia, Stage 6, in Hollywood, California

Production Company: Mort Lachman and Associates in association with Reeves Entertainment Group, A Reeves Communications Company; Alan Landsburg Productions
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"Nell Goes to Jail"

AD: 10/1/1982
PC: 202
EA: 20

Written by J. Stanford Parker
Directed by Jim Drake

When Nell's telephone service is erroneously disconnected, she takes her complaint to the phone company. Since they confuse her with a Chinese woman who hasn't paid her bills, she goes public with the whole thing.

GS: Jack Carter as Telephone Installer; Harrison Page as Hamilton Storm; Jack Fletcher as Mr. Swackhammer
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"Brother Ed and the Hooker"

AD: 10/9/1982
PC: 203
EA: 21

Written by Ted Bergman
Directed by John Pasquin

Uncle Ed goes bowling, where he falls in love with Maxine, a former prostitute who is helping the Glenlawn police bust a crooked cop. The Chief, however, is not happy with the situation.

GS: Arlene Golonka as Maxine
RC: Grandpa, Grandma, Uncle Ed, Officer Simpson
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"Sam's Imaginary Friend"

AD: 10/16/1982
PC: 204
EA: 22

Written by Erik Tarloff
Directed by Jim Drake

The family wants to convince Samantha that her imaginary friend, Debbie Jo, does not exist. Her inability to let go may ruin her relationship with her father and her sisters.

RC: Grandpa, Grandma
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"Grandpa's Visit"

AD: 10/23/1982
PC: 201
EA: 23

Written by Chet Dowling and Sandy Krinski
Directed by Jim Drake

Grandpa comes to stay at the house while Grandma is away. He is looked at as a nuisance by the family, so the Chief decides to lay down a few ground rules.

RC: Grandpa, Uncle Ed
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"Take My Baby, Please"

AD: 10/30/1982
PC: 207
EA: 24

Written by Ted Bergman
Directed by Jim Drake

Katie's friend, Valerie, and her baby, David, come to the Kanisky house with the news that she has left Jonathan and that she is considering putting the baby up for adoption because she has no way of supporting him, but Nell helps her find a job.

GS: Bonnie Urseth as Valerie
N: The role of Valerie was played by Helen Hunt in the episode "An Unmarried Couple."
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"Porko's"

AD:11/6/1982
PC: 208
EA:25

Written by Chip Keyes and Doug Keyes
Directed by Jim Drake

After gaining back all the weight he had lost, Dr. George Avery, the founder of the diet group PORKO contemplates suicide, but it's up to Nell and the other members of the diet group to save him. Unfortunately, they get stuck in the elevator trying to get to Dr. Avery's 13th floor hotel room, from which he plans to jump.

GS: Dennis Burkley as Dr. George Avery; George Memmoli as Phil; Robin Bach as Man pushed out of elevator
N: Kari Michaelsen does not appear in this episode.
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"The Chief's Gay Evening"

AD: 11/13/1982
PC: 209
EA: 26

Teleplay by Chip Keyes & Doug Keyes
Story by Elliot Stern and Michael Mount
Directed by Linda Day

The Chief and two of his officers go on a stakeout to find an attacker who preys on women at the laundromat. One of the officers, Officer Jerry, poses as a woman to catch the crook. When the Chief follows up his remarks about transvestites as "weirdos" with an insensitive joke about homosexuals, the second officer, Officer Jerry, reveals that he did not like the joke because he is gay himself, which forces the Chief to confront his prejudices against gay people.

GS: Frank Bonner as Officer Baxter; Eugene Roche as Officer Jerry
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"Katie Steals Julie's Jock"

AD: 11/27/1982
PC: 210
EA: 27

Teleplay by Ted Bergman
Story by Fred Raker
Directed by Jim Drake

Julie is in an uproar when Katie steals her handsome boyfriend. The two of them are at each other's throats, but then Katie learns that he was using Julie to get to her and blows him off.

GS: Scott Strader as Steve
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"Sam Faces Death"

AD: 12/4/1982
PC: 206
EA: 28

Teleplay by Chet Dowling
Story by Ted Bergman
Directed by Jim Drake

When the Chief suffers an accidental gunshot wound, Samantha is terrified that he may die, but he tries to convince her that it is not going to happen. Only Grandpa can console her.

GS: Harrison Page as Hamilton Storm, Madison Mason as Channel 6 News Anchor
RC: Grandpa, Grandma, Uncle Ed, Officer Simpson
N: This is the smallest part Nell Carter has in any of the episodes. She only appears in the final scene.
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"Nell Goes Door to Door"

AD: 12/11/1982
PC: 211
EA: 29

Teleplay by Tom Walla and Dave Wollert
Story by Ron Roman
Directed by Linda Day

Angie takes Nell to a meeting that helped her earn $250 by selling the "Amaze-o-Vac" vacuum cleaner, but Nell finds out too late that the product really, well, sucks. She learns that Angie got her money by recruiting investors, so she decides to confront Stanley Nichols, the man behind this, with proof that he's a crook.

GS: Richard Paul as Stanley Nichols, Victoria Carroll as Gale, Jack Fletcher as Mr. Swackhammer, Robin Bach as Man with Hairpiece, Hazel Shermet as Woman at Party
RC: Grandpa, Officer Simpson, Angie
N: Dolph Sweet, Kari Michaelsen, and Lauri Hendler do not appear in this episode. The investors sing "The Amaze-o-Vac Anthem" to the tune of "America the Beautiful."

Here are the lyrics:

O beautiful Amaze-o-Vac
You make the bucks roll in.
It doesn't hurt to suck up dirt
And get as rich as sin.

Amaze-o-Vac, Amaze-o-Vac,
You make the bucks roll in.
It doesn't hurt to suck up dirt
And get as rich as sin.
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"Love Thy Neighbor"

AD: 12/18/1982
PC: 212
EA: 30

Written by Ted Bergman
Directed by Jim Drake

Nell can't sleep at night because of the dog next door barking. She decides to take the dog's owner, Mrs. Falconberg, to court to get the dog silenced, but when the Judge says that if she follows through, the dog will be put to sleep, she begins to change her tune.

GS: Alice Ghostley as Mrs. Falconberg, William Larson as Judge
RC: Simpson
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"Love, Kidney"

AD: 1/6/1983
PC: 213
EA: 31

Written by Booker Bradshaw
Directed by Linda Day

Uncle Ed suffers from kidney failure while playing the accordion at dinner with the Kaniskys, attributed by the doctor to diabetes, high blood pressure, and living his life "like a total jackass." He will survive, but he'll need a kidney from the Chief, which he agrees to give his ailing brother.

GS: Sumant as Dr. Singh
RC: Grandpa, Grandma, Uncle Ed
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"Julie Smokes"

AD: 1/13/1983
PC: 215
EA: 32

Teleplay by Larry Rhine, Ed Jurist, Sandy Krinski, and Chet Dowling
Story by Lesa Kite and Cindy Begel
Directed by Jim Drake

The Chief finds a cigarette butt in his sock, and comes to the conclusion that one of the girls is smoking. All of the girls deny it, but after he apologizes to Julie for ransacking her room, she smokes a cigarette. The Chief finds out about it and is, as expected, very angry. Julie goes to live with Grandma and Grandpa, but Nell convinces the Chief to try and make things right again.

RC: Grandpa, Grandma
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"The Centerfold (Part 1)"

AD: 1/20/1983
PC: 216
EA: 33

Written by Ted Bergman
Directed by Jim Drake

The Chief is informed by Mr. Swackhammer that a female officer has posed nude for a magazine. That morning, he fires the officer, and a nationwide scandal results. All this leads to a bomb threat.

GS: Jack Fletcher as Mr. Swackhammer; Harrison Page as Hamilton Storm
RC: Grandpa, Officer Simpson
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"The Centerfold (Part 2)"

AD: 1/27/1983
PC: 217
EA: 34

Written by Ted Bergman
Directed by Jim Drake

A mad bomber threatens to blow up the police station over the centerfold scandal, but Simpson talks him out of it. Meanwhile, the Mayor forces the Chief to rehire the fired officer, but he still refuses.

GS: Donnely Rhoades as the Mayor
RC: Officer Simpson
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"The Custody Suit"

AD: 2/10/1983
PC: 218
EA: 35

Teleplay by Coleman Mitchell & Geoffrey Neigher
Story by Kevin Hartigan
Directed by Linda Day

On the Chief's birthday, his sister-in-law Blanche makes a surprise visit to check on the girls. Then she announces she wants custody of them after seeing what she thought was an "indecent act" between Nell and the Chief (she was really performing the Heimlich maneuver on him because he was choking on a sandwich), but Nell thinks the fact that she is black is what really upsets her.

GS: Gretchen Wyler as Aunt Blanche; Allan Rich as Judge; Alan Oppenheimer as Mr. Daniels
RC: Grandpa, Uncle Ed
N: Everybody sings "Happy Birthday to You" to the Chief at his birthday party.
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"The Return of the Doo-Wop Girls"

AD: 2/17/1983
PC: 219
EA: 36

Written by J. Stanford Parker
Directed by Jim Drake

Nell tells the girls the story of a doo-wop group of which she was a member, but was dumped because of her weight in a cruel practical joke. The other girls from the group come to visit Nell with a surprise.

GS: Anita Pointer, June Pointer, and Ruth Pointer as the Doo-Wop Girls
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"Eddie Gets Married"

AD: 2/24/1983
PC: 220
EA: 37

Written by Chet Dowling and Sandy Krinski
Directed by Oz Scott

At dinner with the family, Uncle Ed proposes to his girlfriend Maxine. However, on the day of the wedding, the two of them have second thoughts about it.

GS: Arlene Golonka as Maxine, Robin Bach as Caterer, Allan Rich as Judge
RC: Grandpa, Grandma, Uncle Ed
N: Last episode with Pete Schrum. No mention of Uncle Ed's whereabouts are ever given.
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"Grandpa Robs a Bank"

AD: 3/3/1983
PC: 221
EA: 38

Written by Larry Rhine
Directed by Tony Singletary

Grandpa and Grandma's apartment building is going condo, so Nell takes Grandpa to get a loan at the bank, which he does not get. Afterwards, he is mistaken for a bank robber when he goes into his jacket to get his hearing aid, which they think is a gun.

RC: Grandpa, Grandma, Officer Simpson
N: This is the first time Howard Morton receives billing in the opening credits.
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"Greenlawn Street Blues"

AD: 3/10/1983
PC: 214
EA: 39

Teleplay by Ed Jurist & Larry Rhine
Story by Ron Roman
Directed by Jim Drake

Samantha witnesses several interweaving cases at the police station; Mr. Swackhammer's stolen toilet, a woman made pregnant by her dentist; and a 2-year-old child kidnapped by a mentally handicapped girl.

GS: Marcia Wallace as Secretary; Jack Fletcher as Mr. Swackhammer; Bonnie Urseth as Pregnant Woman
RC: Officer Simpson
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"Nell and the Kid"

AD: 4/28/1983
PC: 223
EA: 40

Written by Ted Bergman
Directed by Oz Scott

While Nell is at Max's deli, she sees an orphan girl stealing items and takes her home to try and set things straight. When Max, the deli owner, comes by the house, he reluctantly agrees to take her in.

GS: Don Rickles as Max
N: Samantha's only scene in this episode was cut in syndication.
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"Nell Gets Sick"

AD: 5/5/1983
PC: 222
EA: 41

Written by Mike Miller
Directed by John Bowab

When Nell comes down with a fever, Grandma moves in temporarily to do work around the house. However, the girls want her to go back to Grandpa after ruining their lives.

RC: Grandpa, Grandma
N: Last episode with Jane Dulo.
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Oddly, there is no episode with the production code "205." It may have been taped but not aired.
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Season Three (1983-1984) (22 Episodes)
(September 29, 1983--May 3, 1984)

Time Slot:
Thursday, 8:00 P.M.

Follows:
Local Programming

Followed by:
Mama's Family (9/29/1983-12/22/1983)
Family Ties (1/5/1984-5/3/1984)

Airing Opposite:
ABC : Trauma Center (9/29/1983-10/27/1983)
??? (11/3/1983-12/8/1983)
Automan (12/15/83-1/??/84)
??? (1/??/1984-5/3/1984)
CBS : Magnum, P.I.

Production Crew:
Executive Producers: Hal Cooper and Rod Parker; Mort Lachman
Producer: Arthur Julian
Directed by Hal Cooper (except where noted otherwise)
Script Supervisor: Rod Parker
Executive Script Consultants: Ron Landry and Tom Biener
Story Editors: Gary H. Miller, Gina Goldman
Associate Producer: Terri Guarnieri
Associate Director: Patrick Maloney
Stage Managers: Jeff Meyer, Madison Cole
Production Assistant: Lorraine Sevre Kenney
Art Directors: C. Murawski, Chris Idoine
Casting: Randy Stone
Videotape Editor: Kelly Sandefur
Technical Director: Len Uslaner
Lighting Director: Chris Roberts
Audio: Sam Mollaun
Costume Designer: Palmer Brown
Costume Assistant to Nell Carter: Janice Gordon
Make Up: Billie Jordan, Sue Carey
Property Masters: Larry Buck, Ed Beceril
Assistants to the Producers: Meredith Baker, Rob Kaplan, Michael Martin, Gwen McCracken, Tom Milo, Barbara Rogers
Executive in Charge of Production: Howard Lipstone

Theme Song: "Ready for Anything," Music by Jay Graydon ; Lyrics by Richard Page

Post-Production Facilities: Astin-Zappia

Videotaped at Metromedia, Stage 6, in Hollywood, California

Production Company: Mort Lachman and Associates in association with Reeves Entertainment Group, A Reeves Communications Company; Alan Landsburg Productions
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"The Groupie"

AD: 9/29/1983
PC: 304
EA: 42

Written by Gary H. Miller

Nell reluctantly tells Julie where singer Andy Gibb is recording a song in Glenlawn, and she goes out to the studio to meet him, ending up sleeping outside all night. However, the Chief finds out about this and, not surprisingly, becomes very angry.

GS: Andy Gibb as Himself
RC: Officer Simpson
N: Nell and Andy sing "Up Where We Belong."
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"The Way to a Man's Heart"

AD: 10/13/1983
PC: 301
EA: 43

Written by Gina Goldman

Nell is attracted to James, a former member of her new diet group, Weight Winners, who still shows up at meetings to see how everyone else is doing. However, Nell thinks that he is attracted to a thin, young trainer, and becomes so depressed that she almost destroys her diet.
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"Katie's Commitment"

AD: 10/20/1983
PC: 303
EA: 44

Katie is afraid to tell the Chief that she is dating a 35-year-old college professor.

N: Nell and the Chief sing "The Battle Hymn of the Republic."
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"Joey (Part 1)"

AD: 10/27/1983
PC: 302
EA: 45

Joey Donovan, a six-year-old boy, comes to the Kanisky house trying to raise money for his "sick brother," who he claims is one of Jerry's kids. Officer Simpson later identifies him to be the kid in a fund raising scam.

RC: Joey, Officer Simpson
N: Nell and the Chief rehearse a duet of "Me and my Shadow."
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"Joey (Part 2)"

AD: 11/3/1983
PC: 305
EA: 46

Teleplay by Rod Parker & Arthur Julian
Story by Rod Parker, Hal Cooper, and Arthur Julian

Joey, the young boy who steals Nell's heart, tries to get the Chief to let him stay with the family.

RC: Joey
N: Nell and Joey do a duet of "Me and my Shadow."
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"The Mayor"

AD: 11/10/1983
RC: 307
EA: 47

The new Mayor of Glenlawn has dinner with the Chief, where he immediately realizes he has feelings for Nell, who doesn't like him.

GS: George Kirby as the Mayor
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"Melissa"

AD: 11/17/1983
PC: 310
EA: 48

Written by Arthur Julian

The Chief is to be awarded Glenlawn's man of the year, but Nell says it won't be complete unless he has a beautiful woman by his side at the affair. While renting a tuxedo, the Chief is attracted to the sales clerk, Melissa, by their love of baseball. Then, Officer Simpson comes to that store and identifies her as his old karate instructor, who has just had a sex change operation.

GS: Victoria Carroll as Melissa
RC: Grandpa, Joey, Officer Simpson
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"Nell's Friend"

AD: 12/1/1983
PC: 308
EA: 49

Nell's best friend from Alabama, Addy Wilson, returns. However, Nell feels resentful of her because of her image as a self-proclaimed "modern black woman," which she thinks Addy is prosletyzing, making her feel inferior.

RC: Officer Simpson, Addy
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"Grandpa's Rebellion"

AD: 12/8/1983
PC: 306
EA: 50

Grandpa returns home from a trip to Poland he took after Grandma's death to find all his furniture moved into the Kanisky house; the Chief wants him to live with the family.

RC: Grandpa, Joey
N: Nell and the girls sing "Hello, Grandpa" in Polish, to the tune of "Hello, Dolly."
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"A Kanisky Christmas"

AD: 12/22/1983
PC: 313
EA: 51

Nell wants the family to spend Christmas together, but everybody in the family has made their own plans, which saddens her because this is Joey's first Christmas with the family.

RC: Grandpa, Joey
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"Herbie"

AD: 1/5/1984
PC: 309
EA: 52

After an earthquake, Samantha is convinced by her friend, Herbie (not seen on screen), that life is meaningless because "we're all going to die." It is up to Nell to shake her out of her sense of paranoia.

RC: Joey
N: Nell sings "His Eye is on the Sparrow" to Samantha.
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"James Returns"

AD: 1/12/1984
PC: 311
EA: 53

James, the man to whom Nell was attracted in "The Way to a Man's Heart," returns to tell her that he is now separated from his wife, and wants to start anew with Nell.
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"Samantha's Protest"

AD: 1/19/1984
PC: 312
EA: 54

Samantha demonstrates against the planned demolition of a historic site, which the police plan to break up. When she refuses to leave the protesters, Nell and the rest of the family join her, forcing the Chief to choose between his family and his job.

RC: Grandpa, Joey, Officer Simpson
N: The protestors sing "Guantamera."
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"Flashback"

AD: 1/26/1984
PC: 315
EA: 55

Nell tells the girls the story of how she met their late mother, Margaret. It begins in 1973 in Chicago when they spend two nights together when their planes are delayed. Then a year later, Margaret sees Nell in concert near Glenlawn, and when she quits after being harassed by the club owner, she stays with them, where she learns that Margaret is dying, and gives up a gig in Bakersfield to take care of the children.

GS: Sharon Spelman as Margaret; Theodore Wilson as Club Owner
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"Knock Three Times"

AD: 2/2/1984
PC: 318
EA: 56

Nell is looking for the engagement ring that the Chief gave to his wife to give to Katie for her high school graduation, but she cannot find it. She reluctantly agrees to see a hypnotist to help her with it, but not only does she remember where she put the ring, but she reveals some secrets the girls asked her to keep.

RC: Officer Simpson
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"Valentine"

AD: 2/9/1984
PC: 314
EA: 57

On Valentine's Day, Nell gives romantic advice to the Chief, Katie, Julie, Samantha, Grandpa, and Simpson, and all Nell's advice backfires. She must reconcile these couples before her reputation as a matchmaker is lost forever.

RC: Grandpa, Simpson
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"The Big Apple (Part 1)"

AD: 2/16/1984
PC: 316
EA: 58

Nell and Addy go to New York after winning a trip there on Wheel of Fortune . The Chief, however, tries to warn the two of them that New York is dangerous. Their trip starts out okay, except that one of their bags is stolen, and they find it with a man at the airport and take it while he's not looking. At the hotel, Nell discovers a gun, a pair of boxer shorts, and some drugs in the suitcase, meaning they obviously stole the wrong one.

GS: Pat Sajak as Himself; Vanna White as Herself; Edward Koch as Himself
RC: Grandpa, Addy
N: Nell sings "On Broadway."
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"The Big Apple (Part 2)"

AD: 2/23/1984
PC: 317
EA: 59

Nell and Addy worry that the man whose suitcase they took will try to find them and hurt them, so they call the Chief for assistance. He says he will tell a policeman friend of his about it and that he will come up to New York, but he gets delayed three times. Meanwhile, their attempts to get rid of the bag prove unsuccessful.

GS: Tony Randall as Himself; Nedra Volz as Maid
RC: Addy
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"Rodeo"

AD: 3/8/1984
PC: 321
EA: 60

Written by Arthur Julian

Although Grandpa is suffering from a cold, he takes Joey to the rodeo because nobody else can. When it is canceled because of rain, he is hospitalized with pneumonia from which he could die. Joey is worried about it, hoping that Grandpa hasn't lost his strength.

GS: Liz Torres as Nurse #2
RC: Grandpa, Joey
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"Katie's College"

AD: 3/15/1984
PC: 319
EA: 61

Written by Gary H. Miller

Nell is furious when she learns that Katie would rather open her own business than go to college, and she threatens her friendship with Addy by asking her to use her influence to get Katie enrolled at Glenlawn Community College.

GS: Whitney Houston as Rita
RC: Grandpa, Joey, Addy
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"The Center"

AD: 4/19/1984
PC: 322
EA: 62

Written by Jeff Franklin
Directed by John Bowab

The senior center must share its facilities with the youth center when that one burns down. The kids from the youth center try to get an elderly couple back together after a disagreement.

GS: Gwen Verdon as A; Ray Walston as B;
RC: Grandpa
N: This was to be the pilot for a spin-off series.
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"Class of '84"

AD: 5/3/1984
PC: 320
EA: 63

Written by Ron Bloomberg

Nell fails a final exam which will keep her from graduating from high school, so she asks for some help in retaking it, meaning she wants someone else to take the test for her.

RC: Addy
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Season Four (1984-1985) (25 Episodes)
(September 29, 1984--May 11, 1985)

Time Slot:
9/29/1984--11/24/1984: Saturday, 8:30 P.M.

Follows:
Diff'rent Strokes

Followed by:
Partners in Crime

Airing Opposite:
ABC : T.J. Hooker
CBS :Airwolf

12/1/84--5/11/1985: Saturday, 9:00 P.M.

Follows:
???,

Followed by:
Spencer (12/1/1984-1/12/1985)
It's Your Move (1/19/1985-2/23/1985)
??? (3/2/1985-5/11/1985)

Airing Opposite:
ABC :The Love Boat
CBS : Airwolf

Production Crew:
Executive Producers: Hal Cooper and Rod Parker; Mort Lachman
Producer: Arthur Julian
Directed by Hal Cooper
Executive Story Supervisors: Rod Parker and Arthur Julian
Executive Story Consultants: Tom Biener and Ron Landry
Executive Story Editor: Gary H. Miller
Story Editor: Gus Hornsby
Associate Producer: Terri Guarnieri
Stage Managers: Jeff Meyer, Tom Milo
Production Assistant: Lorraine Sevre Kenney
Art Directors: C. Murawski, Chris Idoine
Casting: Randy Stone
Videotape Editor: Harold McKenzie
Technical Director: Robert A. Bowen
Lighting Director: Chris Roberts
Audio: Sam Mollaun
Unit Manager: Patty Gary
Costume Designer: Palmer Broun
Nell Carter's Costumes: Shawna McGee
Nell Carter's Hair: Pamela Huggins
Property Masters: Larry Buck, Ed Beceril
Assistants to the Producers: Franklin Jones, Bill Koshoway, Kate McCallum, Gwen McCracken, Wendy Murphey, Meredith Siler, Adam Waynert
Publicity: Jane Lipstone
Executive in Charge of Production: Howard Lipstone

Theme Song: "Ready For Anything," Music by Jay Graydon ; Lyrics by Richard Page

Post-Production Facilities: Altavideo

Videotaped at Metromedia, Stage 6, in Hollywood, California

Production Company: Mort Lachman and Associates in association with Reeves Entertainment Group, A Reeves Communications Company; Alan Landsburg Productions
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"New Orleans, aka Joey Goes to New Orleans (Part 1)"

AD: 9/29/1984
PC: 403
EA: 64

Written by Arthur Julian

Nell and Joey travel to New Orleans, where Nell meets her old flame Charlie Johnson and Joey sees a man he thinks is his father.

RC: Joey
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"New Orleans, aka Joey Goes to New Orleans (Part 2)"

AD: 10/6/1984
PC: 404
EA: 65

Written by Arthur Julian

Nell sees Joey and his father spending time together and worries that she will lose him.

RC: Joey
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"Nell's Birthday"

AD: 10/13/1984
PC: 401
EA: 66

Written by Mady Julian

It is Nell's 33rd birthday, about which she is depressed. She changes her tune, however, when she finds a mistake on her birth certificate that may make her only 32 years old.

GS: Mykel T. Williamson as Waiter
RC: Officer Simpson, Addy
N: Dolph Sweet and Lauri Hendler do not appear in this episode.
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"Grandpa's Secret Life"

AD: 10/20/1984
PC: 405
EA: 67

Written by Ron Bloomberg

A 94-year-old Polish man, whose daughter may have had an affair with Grandpa while emigrating from Poland to America, finds him and orders the two of them to get married.

GS: Milton Berle as Leopold; Rue McClanahan as Katrina
RC: Grandpa
N: McClanahan played a different role in the 1981 episode "The Second Time Around."
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"Sam's First Love"

AD: 10/27/1984
PC: 406
EA: 68

Written by Ron Landry and Tom Biener

Samantha's boyfriend steals her heart, and then takes advantage of her and the entire Kanisky family.

RC: Grandpa
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"Who Dunnit?"

AD: 11/3/1984
PC: 407
EA: 69

Written by Mady Julian

On her way to a CPR class, Nell gets caught behind a slow driver. She gets out to complain and finds a jogger who has just collapsed. The person in the car ahead of her, singer Ray Parker, Jr., also knows CPR, but the two of them dispute the techniques of the two-man CPR, and he dies. However, it was later proven that he died of a heart attack; CPR could not have saved him. Nell and Ray decide to have a benefit for the man's widow, but their attitude changes when he was later proven to be Eddie the Enforcer, a vicious gangster. His mob acquaintances insist that the show goes on, and it does.

GS: Ray Parker, Jr. as Himself, Cliff Norton as Mr. Brown
RC: Addy, Officer Simpson
N: Nell and Ray sing "Heaven Knows" together, and Nell sings "On the Sunny Side of the Street" solo. This is the only episode that never aired in the reruns on USA Network.
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"Breakdance"

AD: 11/10/1984
PC: 408
EA: 70

Written by Arthur Julian

Joey is secretly raising money for Katie's boutique by break dancing at the beach. Katie applied for a loan and did not get it, but she is afraid to ask Nell for the money because she would, literally, pawn everything she owned to give her the money.

GS: Bumper Robinson as A
RC: Joey
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"Daddy's Little Girl"

AD: 11/17/1984
PC: 402
EA: 71

Written by Rob Kaplan

Nell meets a man who later turns out to be Addy's long-lost father.
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"Carl's Delicate Moment"

AD: 11/24/1984
PC: 410
EA: 72

Written by Tom Biener and Ron Landry

The Chief refuses to give a female officer a promotion, and after accidentally tearing her uniform, he is accused of sexual harassment.

RC: Joey, Officer Simpson, Addy
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"Julie's Lie"

AD: 12/1/1984
PC: 413
EA: 73

Written by Mady Julian

Nell learns that Julie is going on a ski trip with her boyfriend, Jonathan, so she and Addy go up to the same resort to catch her.

GS: Jonathan Silverman as Jonathan
RC: Addy
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"Baby of the Family"

AD: 12/8/1984
PC: 409
EA: 74

Written by Gary H. Miller

When Nell forbids Samantha to go on a camping trip with a boy, she gets revenge by having Joey do an impersonation of Al Jolson in blackface--at Nell's predominantly black church.

RC: Joey, Addy
N: Nell sings "How Great Thou Art" with the choir. Joey sings "Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye" in his Al Jolson impersonation.
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"TV or Not TV"

AD: 12/15/1984
PC: 411
EA: 75

Written by Ron Bloomberg

Inspired by the story of a what a New England town did for a month, Nell convinces the family to give up watching television for one night.

RC: Grandpa, Joey, Officer Simpson, Addy
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"The Spirit of Christmas"

AD: 12/22/1984
PC: 414
EA: 76

Written by Ron Bloomberg

Nell and Addy are attracted to the same man at Christmas.

GS: Harrison Page as A.
RC: Addy
N: Harrison Page played TV reporter Hamilton Storm occasionally during the 1982-83 season.
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"Grandpa's Will"

AD: 1/5/1985
PC: 415
EA: 77

Written by Arthur Julian

Grandpa refuses to consult a lawyer about writing his will. He eventually reveals to Nell that he has no earthly possessions to leave his family.

RC: Grandpa, Joey
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"The Answering Machine"

AD: 1/12/1985
PC: 412
EA: 78

Written by Phil Mishkin

Nell believes that her boyfriend is on a business trip with another woman, and calls him to end their relationship. When she learns that it is not true, she, Joey, and Samantha try to get into his apartment and erase the message.

RC: Grandpa, Joey
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"The Gift"

AD: 1/19/1985
PC: 416
EA: 79

Written by Mady Julian

Nell is afraid to go out in public again after her purse is stolen.
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"Alabamy Bound, aka Alabama Bound (Part 1)"

AD: 1/26/1985
PC: 417
EA: 80

Written by Arthur Julian and Mady Julian

Nell travels with Addy and Joey to Alabama for her sister Loretta's wedding. There, she learns that there are plans for their mother to live with Nell in Glenlawn.

GS: Lynne Thigpen as Loretta; Rosetta LeNoire as Mama Maybelle
RC: Joey, Addy
N: In the 1982 episode "Nell Goes Home," Nell's sister was named Marie and was already married, and her mother was named Emma. Nell, Addy, and Loretta sing a medley of "Soldier Boy," "He's No Rebel," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Stop in the Name of Love," "Charlie Brown," and "Heat Wave."
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"Alabamy Bound, aka Alabama Bound (Part 2)"

AD: 2/2/1985
PC: 418
EA: 81

Written by Arthur Julian and Mady Julian

Nell is not happy with the arrangement of Mama Maybelle living with her in Glenlawn, and neither is she, but Loretta and her new husband are moving to Colorado and want to start their lives anew without her.

GS: Lynne Thigpen as Loretta; Rosetta LeNoire as Mama Maybelle
RC: Joey, Addy
N: Nell sings "Happy Days are Here Again" in this episode.
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"The Earthquake"

AD: 2/9/1985
PC: 419
EA: 82

Written by Rod Parker

Nell goes to the library to clear up a confusion over an overdue book, and an earthquake occurs, trapping her inside with a deaf woman who can only read lips in Spanish, a language which Nell does not speak.

RC: Joey
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"Monkey See, Monkey Do"

AD: 2/16/1985
PC: 420
EA: 83

Written by Gary H. Miller

The Chief tries to set down some house rules, causing Katie to move out of the house. Then, he says things to upset other members of the family, who soon join her.

RC: Grandpa, Joey
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"The Lookalike"

AD: 2/23/1985
PC: 421
EA: 84

Written by Ron Landry and Tom Biener

Nell and Addy have booked Sammy Davis, Jr. for their Congress of Determined Women benefit, albeit for the wrong date. However, they find an exact lookalike at the garage where Angie works. However, he refuses to perform.

GS: Sammy Davis, Jr. as Himself and Melvin
RC: Officer Simpson, Addy, Angie
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"Cat Story"

AD: 3/2/1985
PC: 422
EA: 85

Written by Ron Landry and Tom Biener

During a terrible thunderstorm, Simpson goes out of the house in an attempt to rescue the police cat, Sherlock, but ends up missing, and is presumed to have drowned in the river. In his files, an envelope is found which dictates that his life savings, of $5000, are bequeathed to Nell.

RC: Grandpa, Joey, Officer Simpson, Addy
N: This episode was aired live over NBC because the original tapes were lost. For some reason, Nell Carter's curtain call is missing from the syndicated version of this episode. I do not know if it was present when it aired over network TV for the first time.
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"Police Mamas"

AD: 3/9/1985
PC: 423
EA: 86

Written by Gary H. Miller and Ron Bloomberg

When the entire police force is hospitalized with food poisoning, Nell and Addy are made into official police deputies, spoiling their plans to see The King and I at Glenlawn community theater. One of the cases they must handle is what may be a robbery at the Kanisky house.

GS: Frank Bonner as Deadbeat Husband
RC: Grandpa, Joey, Addy, Officer Simpson
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"Friendship"

AD: 5/4/1985
PC: 424
EA: 87

Written by Arthur Julian

Angry at Addy for not calling her in over a week, Nell ends her friendship with her and makes Angie her new best friend.

RC: Addy, Angie
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"Julie's Birthday"

AD: 5/11/1985
PC: 425
EA: 88

Written by Arthur Julian

Julie breaks up with Jonathan on her 18th birthday, but Nell tries to get them to reconcile, and they end up getting married.

RC: Addy, Jonathan
N: Last episode with Dolph Sweet. He died from cancer on May 8, 1985, three days before this episode aired. His funeral was held at St. Bridget of Sweden Church in Van Nuys, California the day of this episode's airing; Nell Carter delivered the eulogy.
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Season Five (1985-1986) (24 Episodes)
(September 14, 1985--May 10, 1986)

Time Slot:
Saturday, 8:00 P.M.

Follows:
Local Programming

Followed by:
The Facts of Life

Airing Opposite:
ABC : Hollywood Beat (9/21/1985-11/23/1985)
??? (11/30/1985-5/10/1986)
CBS : Airwolf

Production Crew:
Executive Producers: Hal Cooper and Rod Parker; Mort Lachman
Producer: Arthur Julian
Associate Producer: Terri Guarnieri
Directed by Hal Cooper

Theme Song: "Ready For Anything," Music by Jay Graydon ; Lyrics by Richard Page

Videotaped at Metromedia, Stage 6, in Hollywood, California

Production Company: Mort Lachman and Associates in association with Reeves Entertainment Group, A Reeves Communications Company
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"Joey's Train"

AD: 9/14/1985
PC: 501
EA: 89

Written by Mady Julian

It has been three months since the Chief's death. The family is still mourning his loss, and they are appalled when Jonathan suggests moving with Julie into his old bedroom. Meanwhile, Joey receives part of a train set which the Chief bought for him for his birthday, bringing back memories of him as he plays it in the Chief's bedroom.

RC: Grandpa, Joey, Officer Simpson, Addy, Jonathan
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"Ship of Fools (Part 1)"

AD: 9/21/1985
PC: 503
EA: 90

Written by Terry Hart

Nell reluctantly agrees to perform on her ex-husband's ship, where she learns that he has dumped his second wife, who was much younger than Nell.

RC: Addy, Joey
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"Ship of Fools (Part 2)"

AD: 9/28/1985
PC: 504
EA: 91

Written by Terry Hart

Nell learns that her ex-husband Tony has a new girlfriend--a friend Joey made on board the ship.

RC: Joey, Addy
N: Nell sings "Ain't Misbehavin'" in this episode. Coincidentially (or not), she won a Tony for the Broadway production of the musical of the same name and an Emmy for the 1982 NBC-TV production.
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"The Man From Zoron"

AD: 10/5/1985
PC: 505
EA: 92

Teleplay by Pamela Norris
Story by Terry Hart and Mady Julian

Nell is the only one who thinks that the man who saved Joey from being hit by a bus is crazy when he says that he is from another planet.

GS: Ken Berry as Cute Dave
RC: Joey, Officer Simpson
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"Addy's Goodbye"

AD: 10/19/1985
PC: 507
EA: 93

Written by Mady Julian

Nell feels resentful of Addy's departure when she takes a teaching job in New York and refuses to say goodbye to her. After the goodbye party the family threw for her, she regrets it and goes to her apartment to say goodbye, only to learn that she is not leaving after all.

RC: Grandpa, Joey, Officer Simpson, Addy
N: Nell and Addy sing "The Mickey Mouse Club March" at the goodbye party; Nell sings "Am I Blue" solo on the piano.
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"So Long, Jonathan"

AD: 10/26/1985
PC: 502
EA: 94

Written by Mady Julian

Julie does not want Jonathan to leave on an archaeological dig in Mexico, so she decides to join the Navy. She fails the physical because she is pregnant.

RC: Jonathan
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"Mama"

AD: 11/2/1985
PC: 506
EA: 95

Written by Arthur Julian

Mama Maybelle comes to Glenlawn to have a cataract operation, after which she will have to have bandages over her eyes and it is unknown whether the operation worked. She is scared that she will never see again.

GS: Rosetta LeNoire as Mama Maybelle
RC: Grandpa, Joey, Addy
N: An interesting note: Mama said in this episode, "If I go blind, at least I won't have to watch Punky Brewster ." The writers of that show got even with a fat joke in their 1985 Christmas episode in which an announcer says "Now on sale at the video store: Nell Carter's Workout." They obviously turned it off in outrage before Mama said "I actually like watching Punky Brewster ; she is a cute little girl."
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"Sam's Little Girl"

AD: 11/9/1985
PC: 508
EA: 96

Written by Joan Brooker and Nancy Eddo

Samantha shirks the responsibilities of being a big sister to an underprivileged child, leaving them to Nell.

GS: Ebonie Smith as Pam
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"The Elevator"

AD: 11/16/1985
PC: 512
EA: 97

Written by Arthur Julian

Nell and Addy are trapped in separate elevators, where they reminisce about their childhood.

RC:Addy
N: Although this is only the 97th episode aired, it is the 100th episode produced. The cast celebrated with a cake with 100 candles on it, which they brought out on stage at the end of the episode after Nell Carter announced that the audience had witnessed the 100th performance of the show. Carter and Kari Michaelsen blew out the candles during the ending credits.
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"Nell's New Car"

AD: 11/23/1985
PC: 511
EA: 98

Written by Joan Brooker and Nancy Eddo

After her car breaks down, Nell buys Addy's old car, which breaks down, threatening their friendship.

RC: Addy
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"Nell's Gifted Child"

AD: 11/30/1985
PC: 510
EA: 99

Written by Julie Fleischer and Jeff Davis

When Nell learns that Joey is a gifted child, she tries to get him to do more intellectual activities than play baseball, which he wants to do.

RC: Joey, Addy
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"Katie's Apartment"

AD: 12/7/1985
PC: 509
EA: 100

Written by Susan Beavers

Nell is worried when she learns that Katie is dating a married man.

RC: Addy
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"Snippets"

AD: 12/14/1985
PC: 513
EA: 101

Teleplay by Arthur Julian
Story by Hal Cooper and Arthur Julian

Nell and company celebrate Christmas with Joey pretending to be sick to avoid going Christmas shopping with Nell, Julie receiving an ancient skull from Jonathan (which was supposed to be sapphire earrings), and remembering moments from past episodes.

RC: Grandpa, Joey, Officer Simpson, Addy, Jonathan
N: This episode uses clips from "Joey (Part 1)" (1983), "Valentine" (1984), "Alabamy Bound (Part 1)" (1985), and "Nell's Friend" (1983).
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"Second Chance (Part 1)"

AD: 1/4/1986
PC: 514
EA: 102

Teleplay by Terry Hart
Story by Rob Kaplan

Nell sings with a band lead by an ex-convict at Skipper Dwayne's House of Halibut, which is no big deal until she learns that Gary Collins is in the audience, and he tries to get them on his Hour Magazine show.

GS: Gary Collins as Himself
RC: Officer Simpson, Addy
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"Second Chance (Part 2)"

AD: 1/11/1986
PC: 515
EA: 103

Written by Mady Julian

Nell tries to tell the band Second Chance that they are not very good, but is afraid to because she has learned the lead singer went to jail for killing a music critic. However, Gary Collins offers her a solo gig on Hour Magazine , so she quits college to pursue her career, thinking she has finally gotten her big break in singing.

GS: Gary Collins as Himself
RC: Addy
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"Bienvenido, Jonathan"

AD: 1/18/1986
RC: 518
EA: 104

Jonathan seems to be a different person to Julie after returning home from the archaeological dig in Mexico, worrying Julie.

RC: Jonathan
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"The Gun"

AD: 2/1/1986
RC: 519
EA: 105

Written by Arthur Julian

Nell is accidentally shot in the foot by Joey with the Chief's gun, which he finds in Nell's drawers. Mama Maybelle visits to help Nell recover.

GS: Rosetta LeNoire as Mama Maybelle
RC: Joey
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"A Lesson For Nell"

AD: 2/8/1986
PC: 517
EA: 106

Written by Robin Pennington

It is Valentine's Day. Fearing that he will be hurt, Nell tries to stop a relationship between Grandpa and a younger woman who dumped six men in three months, including Simpson.

RC: Grandpa, Joey, Officer Simpson, Addy
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"Pride and Prejudice"

AD: 2/15/1986
PC: 516
EA: 107

Nell applies for a secretary job for which she is qualified but does not get. She believes that racism is the reason she was not hired, so she sends Addy to apply for the same job and gets the same response. They confirm that racism was why neither of them were hired for the job.

RC: Officer Simpson, Addy
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"Family Reunion"

AD: 2/22/1986
PC: 520
EA: 108

Written by Joan Brooker and Nancy Eddo

Nell's sister Loretta comes over to stay when her marriage is on the rocks. Mama Maybelle comes over as well to get her to reconcile.

GS: Lynne Thigpen as Loretta; Rosetta LeNoire as Mama Maybelle
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"Getting to Know You"

AD: 3/29/1986
PC: 521
EA: 109

Teleplay by Mady Julian
Story by Terry Hart and Mady Julian

Officer Simpson leaves his cousin's many, many adopted children with Nell on the same night that she is looking for a house. However Nell is having a man at the house who does not like children.

RC: Joey, Officer Simpson
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"Katie's Korner"

AD: 4/5/1986
PC: 523
EA: 110

Written by Mady Julian

After Katie loses her boyfriend and her business in the same week, Nell worries that she may commit suicide.

RC: Addy
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"Found Money"

AD: 5/3/1986
PC: 522
EA: 111

Written by Terry Hart

Nell inherits a great deal of money from her grandmother, which she urges the family to go out and spend.

RC: Grandpa, Joey, Addy, Officer Simpson, Jonathan
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"The Purse Snatcher"

AD: 5/10/1986
PC: 524
EA: 112

Written by Arthur Julian

Nell's purse is stolen at a Greek Restaurant, where the two inept waiters have a plan.

RC: Addy
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Season Six (1986-1987) (24 Episodes)
(September 24, 1986-May 12, 1987)

Time Slot :
9/24/1986--3/25/1987: Wednesday, 9:00 P.M.

Follows:
Highway to Heaven

Followed by:
You Again? (9/24/1986-1/7/1987)
The Tortellis (1/7/1987-3/25/1987)

Airing Opposite:
ABC : Dynasty
CBS : Magnum, P.I.

3/31/1987--5/12/1987: Tuesday, 9:00 P.M.

Follows:
Matlock

Followed by:
Easy Street (3/31/1987-4/21/1987),
??? (4/28/1987-5/12/1987)

Airing Opposite:
ABC : Moonlighting
CBS :The CBS Tuesday Movie

Production Crew:
Executive Producers: Hal Cooper and Rod Parker; Mort Lachman
Producer: Arthur Julian
Associate Producer: Marcia Govons

Theme Song: "Ready For Anything," Music by Jay Graydon ; Lyrics by Richard Page

Videotaped at Fox Television Center (formerly Metromedia), Stage 6, in Hollywood, California

Production Company: Mort Lachman and Associates [and H.R. Productions, Ltd. (Episode 610-624)] in association with Reeves Entertainment Group, A Reeves Communications Company
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"Sam Goes to College"

AD: 9/24/1986
PC: 605
EA: 113

Directed by Patrick Maloney

As Samantha gets ready to go to college in New Jersey, Katie prepares for her new job in San Francisco, and Julie and Jonathan prepare to move to San Jose with Nell, their new baby, the older Nell and the girls look back their lives in the house using clips from past episodes.

RC: Joey, Officer Simpson, Addy, Jonathan
N: A one-hour episode. Last episode with Kari Michaelsen, Lauri Hendler, Howard Morton, and Jonathan Silverman. Samantha becomes a recurring character after this episode. Shows from which clips are used are: "Sam's Affair" (1982),
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"Below Sea Level"

AD: 10/1/1986
PC: 601
EA: 114

Directed by Hal Cooper

After Nell and Joey take Samantha to college, they go to visit Addy at her new apartment in New York, where Joey's father, Tim, shows up to introduce him to his five-year-old little brother, Matthew.

GS: Patrick Collins as Tim Donovan
RC: Addy, Joey, Matthew, Samantha
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"Joey Meets Matthew"

AD: 10/8/1986
PC: 602
EA: 115

Directed by Hal Cooper

Joey and Matthew hit it off immediately, but Nell worries that they would rather live with their father than with her.

GS: Patrick Collins as Tim Donovan
RC: Addy, Joey, Matthew
N: Part two of "Below Sea Level"
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"Nell Goes Back to New York"

AD: 10/15/1986
PC: 603
EA: 116

Directed by Hal Cooper

Tim has the opportunity to go back to sea, and decides to let Nell take care of Joey and Matthew.

GS: Patrick Collins as Tim Donovan; Rick Fitts as Addy's Date
RC: Addy, Joey, Grandpa, Matthew
N: Part three of "Below Sea Level"
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"The Apartment"

AD: 10/22/1986
PC: 604
EA: 117

Directed by Hal Cooper

After having moved to New York, Nell, without consulting Addy, rents a new apartment in Greenwich Village, and applies for a job with McDillon and Loud Publishing Company.

RC: Addy, Joey, Marty
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"Someday, My Prince..."

AD: 10/29/1986
PC: 606
EA: 118

Directed by Patrick Maloney

Nell is wooed by an African cookie tycoon, who may ask her to be his wife.

GS: Ernie Hudson as A
RC: Addy, Joey
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"I Love New York"

AD: 11/5/1986
PC: 609
EA: 119

Directed by Hal Cooper

Nell feels that she does not fit into New York and that she would be happier back in California.

GS: Addy, Joey, Mama Maybelle
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"Nell the Boss"

AD: 11/12/1986
PC: 610
EA: 120

Directed by Rob Dames

Nell's reading assistant is fired. The teachers at the university where Addy works are on strike, resulting in her being laid off. Taking Marty's suggestion, she hires Addy to fill the position, but being unable to take the stress of reading manuscripts more quickly than she is capable of doing, she is fired. Addy refuses to speak to Nell for this.

GS: Mark L. Taylor as Mr. Broderick
RC: Addy, Joey, Matthew, Grandpa, Maggie, Marty
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"Harry the Hamster"

AD: 11/19/1986
PC: 611
EA: 121

Directed by Phil Ramuno

Joey is taking care of the class hamster. Nell and Addy decide to make him the mascot of an animal rights group. The night before they meet, the hamster dies from licking rancid salad oil off his exercise wheel, which was squeaking.

RC: Addy, Joey, Matthew
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"Joey the Gambler"

AD: 11/26/1986
PC: 612
EA: 122

Directed by Patrick Maloney

Marty's gambling habits rub off on Joey, resulting in his arrest. Now, Marty has to convince him that gambling is wrong.

RC: Addy, Joey, Matthew, Maggie, Mama Maybelle, Marty
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"The Scam"

AD: 12/3/1986
PC: 607
EA: 123

Directed by Jules Lichtman

Nell is warned that a man is lurking around the bank looking for suckers to trap in his scheme. The man who warns him is the scam artist, and Nell is one of his suckers.

RC: Addy, Mama Maybelle
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"Christmas in New York"

AD: 12/10/1986
PC: 613
EA: 124

Directed by Linda Day

At Christmas, Nell is angry at Marty for telling Matthew that there is no such thing as Santa Claus.

RC: Addy, Joey, Matthew, Maggie, Marty, Samantha
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"Nell's Secret Admirer"

AD: 1/7/1987
PC: 608
EA: 125

Directed by Jules Lichtman

A man who was a secret admirer of Nell in high school comes to New York to pay her a visit.

RC: Addy, Marty
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"The Loan"

AD: 1/14/1987
PC: 614
EA: 126

Directed by Tony Singletary

After loaning Addy $300 to buy a dress, everybody counts on Nell to loan them money.

RC: Addy, Maggie, Mama Maybelle
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"The Window"

AD: 1/21/1987
PC: 616/617
EA: 127/128

Directed by Hal Cooper and Phil Ramuno

Nell gets a promotion at work, and feels that she's spending less time with Joey and Matthew. While trying to help Matthew get something from outside, she gets stuck out of the window.

RC: Addy, Joey, Matthew, Maggie
N: Although considered two episodes, it was originally aired in a one-hour time period on NBC.
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"Joey's First Crush"

AD: 1/28/1987
PC: 615
EA: 129

Directed by Linda Day

At a surprise birthday party for him, Maggie tries to convince her husband, B.J., not to move back to Georgia and start a Bed and Breakfast. However, Nell's rendition of "Georgia on My Mind" makes him long to go back there. Meanwhile, Joey tells B.J. that he has a crush on Maggie.

GS: Blake Clark as B.J. O'Brien
RC: Addy, Joey, Maggie
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"Joey's Teacher"

AD: 2/4/1987
PC: 618
EA: 130

Written by Pam Veasey
Directed by Patrick Maloney

Joey's teacher sues Nell after being injured at her apartment by Joey's skateboard.

GS: Blake Clark as B.J. O'Brien, Patrick Cronin as Mr. Gronimeyer, Meredith Baker as Delivery Woman, Fred Holliday as Lottery Host
RC: Addy, Joey, Matthew, Maggie, Marty
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"Joey's Hero"

AD: 2/11/1987
PC: 619
EA: 131

Directed by Hal Cooper

Joey's favorite TV star, Captain Jerk, host of the children's television program Jerks in Space , which features him, a chicken, and an egg flying through space, is hospitalized after swallowing a "space whistle" and requires a blood transfusion. Nell, having the same blood type as him, allows them to use her blood for the transfusion, and everybody considers her a hero for that. However, she is not so thrilled to learn that Captain Jerk is the leader of a white supremacist group, Americans for a White America. Trying to break the news to Joey is hard for her.

GS: Paul Williams as Captain Jerk
RC: Addy, Joey, Mama Maybelle
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"Joey the Gigolo"

AD: 2/25/1987
PC: 620
EA: 132

Directed by Patrick Maloney

Joey becomes infatuated with Nell's boss's daughter after meeting her at a dinner at the apartment. Unfortunately, this puts him in a position to choose between whether she or his brother is more important to him.

GS: Art LaFleur as Mr. MacDillon; Mark L. Taylor as Mr. Broderick
RC: Addy, Joey, Matthew, Samantha
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"Parents' Week (Part 1)"

AD: 3/31/1987
PC: 621
EA: 133

Directed by Hal Cooper

Nell is hurt when Samantha does not invite her to parents' week at Littlefield College, but she goes anyway. She learns that Samantha is planning to quit college and marry her boyfriend, an aspiring writer.

GS: Joseph Maher as Professor Dudley
RC: Addy, Samantha
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"Parents' Week (Part 2)"

AD: 4/7/1987
PC: 622
EA: 134

Directed by Hal Cooper

Nell convinces Samantha to stay in school, and she convinces another student to stand up to his father and get his book published.

GS: Joseph Maher as Professor Dudley
RC: Addy, Samantha, Mama Maybelle
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"Save the Church"

AD: 4/28/1987
PC: 623
EA: 135

Directed by Tony Singletary

Nell, Joey, and Mama Maybelle return to Alabama to halt the destruction of the church where her father preached.

RC: Joey, Mama Maybelle
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"Mama's Date"

AD: 5/12/1987
PC: 624
EA: 136

Directed by Phil Ramuno

Mama Maybelle's old friend returns, and Nell believed that they may have been involved with one another before she married her father.

RC: Addy, Mama Maybelle
N: Final NBC broadcast. There were no summer reruns.
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Episodes in Order of Production

Season 1
1. Katie the Crook
2. A Good Man is Hard to Find
3. The Second Time Around
4. Do or Diet
5. Mom's Birthday
6. A Man in Nell's Room
7. Your Prisoner is Dead
8. Julie's Rejection
9. Julie's First Love
10. Nell's Ex
11. Katie the Cheat
12. The Emergency
13. Nell Goes Home
14. Samantha Steals a Squad Car
15. Grandma Fools Around
16. Hot Muffins
17. Sam's Affair
18. The Robbery
19. An Unmarried Couple
Season 2
20. Grandpa's Visit
21. Nell Goes to Jail
22. Brother Ed and the Hooker
23. Sam's Imaginary Friend
24. Sam Faces Death
25. Take My Baby, Please
26. Porko's
27. The Chief's Gay Evening
28. Katie Steals Julie's Jock
29. Nell Goes Door to Door
30. Love thy Neighbor
31. Love, Kidney
32. Greenlawn Street Blues
33. Julie Smokes
34. The Centerfold (Part 1)
35. The Centerfold (Part 2)
36. The Custody Suit
37. The Return of the Doo-Wop Girls
38. Eddie Gets Married
39. Grandpa Robs a Bank
40. Nell Gets Sick
41. Nell and the Kid
Season 3
42. The Way to a Man's Heart
43. Joey (Part 1)
44. Katie's Commitment
45. The Groupie
46. Joey (Part 2)
47. Grandpa's Rebellion
48. The Mayor
49. Nell's Friend
50. Herbie
51. Melissa
52. James Returns
53. Samantha's Protest
54. A Kanisky Christmas
55. Valentine
56. Flashback
57. The Big Apple (Part 1)
58. The Big Apple (Part 2)
59. Knock Three Times
60. Katie's College
61. Class of '84
62. Rodeo
63. The Center
Season 4
64. Nell's Birthday
65. Daddy's Little Girl
66. New Orleans, aka Joey Goes to New Orleans (Part 1)
67. New Orleans, aka Joey Goes to New Orleans (Part 2)
68. Grandpa's Secret Life
69. Sam's First Love
70. Who Dunnit?
71. Breakdance
72. Baby of the Family
73. Carl's Delicate Moment
74. TV or Not TV
75. The Answering Machine
76. Julie's Lie
77. The Spirit of Christmas
78. Grandpa's Will
79. The Gift
80. Alabamy Bound, aka Alabama Bound (Part 1)
81. Alabama Bound, aka Alabama Bound (Part 2)
82. The Earthquake
83. Monkey See, Monkey Do
84. The Lookalike
85. Cat Story
86. Police Mamas
87. Friendship
88. Julie's Birthday
Season 5
89. Joey's Train
90. So Long, Jonathan
91. Ship of Fools (Part 1)
92. Ship of Fools (Part 2)
93. The Man From Zoron
94. Mama
95 Addy's Goodbye
96. Sam's Little Girl
97. Nell's Gifted Child
98. Nell's New Car
99. Katie's Apartment
100. The Elevator
101. Snippets
102. Second Chance (Part 1)
103. Second Chance (Part 2)
104. Pride and Prejudice
105. A Lesson For Nell
106. Bienvenido, Jonathan
107. The Gun
108. Family Reunion
109. Getting to Know You
110. Found Money
111. Katie's Korner
112. The Purse Snatcher
Season 6
113. Below Sea Level
114. Joey Meets Matthew
115. Nell Goes Back to New York
116. The Apartment
117. Sam Goes to College
118. Someday, My Prince
119. The Scam
120. Nell's Secret Admirer
121. I Love New York
122. Nell the Boss
123. Harry the Hamster
124. Joey the Gambler
125. Christmas in New York
126. The Loan
127. Joey's First Crush
128. The Window (First Half)
129. The Window (Second Half)
130. Joey's Teacher
131. Joey's Hero
132. Joey the Gigolo
133. Parents' Week (Part 1)
134. Parents' Week (Part 2)
135. Save the Church
136. Mama's Date
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Episodes in Alphabetical Order

Addy's Goodbye (1985)
Alabamy Bound, aka Alabama Bound (Part 1) (1985)
Alabamy Bound, aka Alabama Bound (Part 2) (1985)
Answering Machine, The (1985)
Apartment, The (1985)
Baby of the Family (#74, December 8, 1984)
Below Sea Level (#114, October 1, 1986)
Bienvenido, Jonathan (1986)
Big Apple, The (Part 1) (1984)
Big Apple, The (Part 2) (1984)
Breakdance (1984)
Brother Ed and the Hooker (#21, October 9, 1982)
Carl's Delicate Moment (1984)
Cat Story (March 2, 1985)
Center, The (1984)
Centerfold, The (Part 1) (1983)
Centerfold, The (Part 2) (1983)
Chief's Gay Evening, The (#26, November 13, 1982)
Christmas in New York (1986)
Class of '84 (1984)
Custody Suit, The (1983)
Daddy's Little Girl (1984)
Do or Diet (#5, November 26, 1981)
Earthquake, The (1985)
Eddie Gets Married (1983)
Elevator, The (1985)
Emergency, The (1982)
Family Reunion (1986)
Flashback (1984)
Found Money (1986)
Friendship (#87, May 4, 1985)
Getting to Know You (1986)
Gift, The (1985)
Good Man is Hard to Find, A (#2, November 5, 1981)
Grandma Fools Around (1982)
Grandpa Robs a Bank (1983)
Grandpa's Rebellion (1983)
Grandpa's Secret Life (1984)
Grandpa's Visit (1982)
Grandpa's Will (1985)
Greenlawn Street Blues (1983)
Groupie, The (#42, September 29, 1983)
Gun, The (1986)
Harry the Hamster (1986)
Herbie (1984)
Hot Muffins (#16, March 11, 1982)
I Love New York (1986)
James Returns (1984)
Joey (Part 1) (1983)
Joey (Part 2) (1983)
Joey Meets Matthew (1986)
Joey the Gambler (1986)
Joey the Gigolo (1987)
Joey's First Crush (1987)
Joey's Hero (1987)
Joey's Teacher (1987)
Joey's Train (#89, September 14, 1985)
Julie Smokes (#32, January 13, 1983)
Julie's Birthday (#88, May 11, 1985)
Julie's First Love (1982)
Julie's Lie (1984)
Julie's Rejection (1981)
Kanisky Christmas, A (1983)
Katie Steals Julie's Jock (#27 November 27, 1982)
Katie the Cheat (1982)
Katie the Crook (#1, October 29, 1981)
Katie's Apartment (#100, December 7, 1985)
Katie's College (1984)
Katie's Commitment (1983)
Katie's Korner (1986)
Knock Three Times (1984)
Lesson For Nell, A (1986)
Loan, The (1986)
Lookalike, The (1985)
Love thy Neighbor (#30, December 18, 1982)
Love, Kidney (#31, January 6, 1983)
Mama (1985)
Mama's Date (#136, May 12, 1987)
Man From Zoron, The (1985)
Man in Nell's Room, A (#6, December 3, 1981)
Mayor, The (1983)
Melissa (1983)
Mom's Birthday (#4, November 19, 1981)
Monkey See, Monkey Do (#83, February 16, 1985)
Nell and the Kid (#40, April 28, 1983)
Nell Gets Sick (#41, May 5, 1983)
Nell Goes Back to New York (1986)
Nell Goes Door to Door (#29, December 11, 1982)
Nell Goes Home (1982)
Nell Goes to Jail (#20, October 2, 1982)
Nell the Boss (1985)
Nell's Birthday (1984)
Nell's Ex (1982)
Nell's Friend (1983)
Nell's Gifted Child (1985)
Nell's New Car (1985)
Nell's Secret Admirer (1986)
New Orleans, aka Joey Goes to New Orleans (Part 1) (1984)
New Orleans, aka Joey Goes to New Orleans (Part 2) (1984)
Parents' Week (Part 1) (1987)
Parents' Week (Part 2) (1987)
Police Mamas (1985)
Porko's (#25, November 6, 1982)
Pride and Prejudice (1986)
Purse Snatcher, The (1986)
Return of the Doo-Wop Girls, The (1983)
Robbery, The (#18, March 25, 1982)
Rodeo (#60, 3/8/1984)
Sam Faces Death (#28, December 4, 1982)
Sam Goes to College (#113, September 24, 1986)
Sam's Affair (#17, March 18, 1982)
Sam's First Love (1984)
Sam's Imaginary Friend (1982)
Sam's Little Girl (1985)
Samantha Steals a Squad Car (1982)
Samantha's Protest (1984)
Save the Church (#135, April 28, 1987)
Scam, The (1986)
Second Chance (Part 1) (1986)
Second Chance (Part 2) (1986)
Second Time Around, The (#3, November 12, 1981)
Ship of Fools (Part 1) (1985)
Ship of Fools (Part 2) (1985)
Snippets (#101, 12/141985)
So Long, Jonathan (1985)
Someday, My Prince... (1986)
Spirit of Christmas, The (1984)
Take My Baby, Please (1982)
TV or Not TV (1984)
Unmarried Couple, An (#19, April 1, 1982)
Valentine (1984)
Way to a Man's Heart, The (1983)
Who Dunnit? (#69, November 3, 1984)
Window, The (First Half) (1987)
Window, The (Second Half) (1987)
Your Prisoner is Dead (#7, December 10, 1981)
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Episodes by Director

John Bowab (other series include Soap, Facts of Life, Benson, It's a Living (aka Making a Living), Too Close for Comfort, and Who's the Boss )
1. Nell Gets Sick
2. The Center

Hal Cooper (other series include Hazel, I Dream of Jeannie, Gidget, Love, American Style, Maude, Sanford and Son,The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Empty Nest )
1. The Way to a Man's Heart
2. Joey (Part 1)
3. Katie's Commitment
4. The Groupie
5. Joey (Part 2)
6. Grandpa's Rebellion
7. The Mayor
8. Nell's Friend
9. Herbie
10. Melissa
11. James Returns
12. Samantha's Protest
13. A Kanisky Christmas
14. Valentine
15. Flashback
16. The Big Apple (Part 1)
17. The Big Apple (Part 2)
18. Knock Three Times
19. Katie's College
20. Class of '84
21. Rodeo
22. Nell's Birthday
23. Daddy's Little Girl
24. New Orleans, aka Joey Goes to New Orleans (Part 1)
25. New Orleans, aka Joey Goes to New Orleans (Part 2)
26. Grandpa's Secret Life
27. Sam's First Love
28. Who Dunnit?
29. Breakdance
30. Baby of the Family
31. Carl's Delicate Moment
32. TV or Not TV
33. The Answering Machine
34. Julie's Lie
35. The Spirit of Christmas
36. Grandpa's Will
37. The Gift
38. Alabamy Bound, aka Alabama Bound (Part 1)
39. Alabama Bound, aka Alabama Bound (Part 2)
40. The Earthquake
41. Monkey See, Monkey Do
42. The Lookalike
43. Cat Story
44. Police Mamas
45. Friendship
46. Julie's Birthday
47. Joey's Train
48. So Long, Jonathan
49. Ship of Fools (Part 1)
50. Ship of Fools (Part 2)
51. The Man From Zoron
52. Mama
53. Addy's Goodbye
54. Sam's Little Girl
55. Nell's Gifted Child
56. Nell's New Car
57. Katie's Apartment
58. The Elevator
59. Snippets
60. Second Chance (Part 1)
61. Second Chance (Part 2)
62. Pride and Prejudice
63. A Lesson For Nell
64. Bienvenido, Jonathan
65. The Gun
66. Family Reunion
67. Getting to Know You
68. Found Money
69. Katie's Korner
70. The Purse Snatcher
71. Below Sea Level
72. Joey Meets Matthew
73. Nell Goes Back to New York
74. The Apartment
75. I Love New York
76. The Window (co-directed with Phil Ramuno)
77. Joey's Hero
78. Parents' Week (Part 1)
79. Parents' Week (Part 2)

Rob Dames
1. Nell the Boss

Linda Day (other shows include Benson, Alice, Too Close for Comfort, WKRP in Cincinatti, Facts of Life, Diff'rent Strokes, St. Elsewhere, Newhart and Who's the Boss )
1. Do or Diet
2. Julie's First Love
3. Nell's Ex
4. The Emergency
5. The Chief's Gay Evening
6. Nell Goes Door to Door
7. Love, Kidney
8. The Custody Suit
9. Christmas in New York
10. Joey's First Crush

Jim Drake (other shows include Alice, Buffalo Bill, Newhart, Who's the Boss, Night Court, The Golden Girls, Dave's World, and Living Single )
1. Sam's Affair
2. Grandpa's Visit
3. Nell Goes to Jail
4. Sam's Imaginary Friend
5. Sam Faces Death
6. Take My Baby, Please
7. Porko's
8. Katie Steals Julie's Jock
9. Love Thy Neighbor
10. Julie Smokes
11. The Centerfold (Part 1)
12. The Centerfold (Part 2)
13. The Return of the Doo-Wop Girls
14. Greenlawn Street Blues

Dick Harwood (other shows include The Incredible Hulk and The Misadventures of Sherriff Lobo )
1. Julie's Rejection
2. The Robbery

Herbert Kenwith (other series include Diff'rent Strokes, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Too Close for Comfort, and Bosom Buddies )
1. A Man in Nell's Room

Jules Lichtman (other series include Charles in Charge, It's a Living, and Amen )
1. The Scam
2. Nell's Secret Admirer

Will Mackenzie (other series include Family Ties, Newhart, The Bob Newhart Show, Too Close for Comfort, Taxi, WKRP in Cincinatti, Bosom Buddies, and Scarecrow & Mrs. King )
1. A Good Man is Hard to Find
2. Mom's Birthday
3. Your Prisoner is Dead
4. Katie the Cheat
5. Nell Goes Home
6. Hot Muffins
7. An Unmarried Couple

Patrick Maloney (other series include My Two Dads and Unhappily Ever After )
1. Sam Goes to College
2. Someday, My Prince...
3. Joey the Gambler
4. Joey's Teacher
5. Joey the Gigolo

John Pasquin (other series include Family Ties, Alice, Growing Pains and Newhart , husband of actress JoBeth Williams)
1. Brother Ed and the Hooker

Phil Ramuno (other series include Charles in Charge, The Ted Knight Show (formerly Too Close for Comfort ), 9 to 5, and Grace Under Fire )
1. Harry the Hamster
2. The Window (co-directed with Hal Cooper)
3. Mama's Date

Oz Scott (other series include The Jeffersons, Alice, Hill Street Blues, Scarecrow & Mrs. King, 227, Fame, and The Cosby Show )
1. Eddie Gets Married
2. Nell and the Kid

Tony Singletary (other series inlcude What's Happening Now, Benson, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Charles in Charge, Silver Spoons, 227, Diff'rent Strokes, The Cosby Show, Mr. Belvedere, and Head of the Class)
1. Samantha Steals a Squad Car
2. Grandma Fools Around
3. Grandpa Robs a Bank
4. The Loan
5. Save the Church

Howard Storm (other series include Mork & Mindy, Laverne & Shirley, Angie, Rhoda, Too Close for Comfort, Taxi, Perfect Strangers, Mr. Belvedere, Full House, and ALF)
1. Katie the Crook
2. The Second Time Around
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