I LOVE LUCY
DICK VAN DYKE
MARY TYLER MOORE
ALL IN THE FAMILY
The Classic Sitcoms Guide to...
Season Two: 1979-80
THE SECOND SEASON
Year-End Rating: 22.4 (13th place)
Danny DeVito's Louie and Andy Kaufman's Latka each discover romance
in season two, and the cabbies recruit Christopher Lloyd's Jim Ignatowski
into their ranks in the year's third episode. Once again, producers
Glen Charles and Les Charles contribute some of the season's finest
scripts, along with Earl Pomerantz, executive script consultant Barry
Kemp, and program consultant Ken Estin. Ian Praiser and Howard Gewirtz
are the story editors, and Richard Sakai is associate producer for the
second and third seasons. James L. Brooks, Stan Daniels, and Ed. Weinberger
serve as executive producers for the remainder of the show's run.
Louie is petrified at the prospect of falling in love with a girl he's
sure is too good for him.
Kind-hearted candy girl Zena Sherman was played by Rhea Perlman, DeVito's
real-life girlfriend. Louie's romance with Zena barely lasted through
season four, but the real-life couple finally did tie the knot three
years later in an impulsive ceremony conducted during a Taxi
Alex is strangely unmoved by news of his father's heart attack.
The cabbies help a refugee from the 1960s find sanctuary behind the
wheel of a taxi.
The Reverend Jim Caldwell Ignatowski--he added Ignatowski to his family
name, we later discovered, because he thought it meant "Star Child"--was
a comic creation of practically unlimited potential. There was no concept
too bizarre, no drug too potent, and no experience too outlandish for
Jim. He had experienced life in ways the other cabbies could barely
imagine, yet he remained an innocent who drew our sympathy as easily
as our laughter. When Tony angrily confronts Jim with the bitter accusation
that he fought in Vietnam so that burnouts like him could stay home
and get loaded at protest rallies, the philosophical Ignatowski can
only stammer a heartfelt, and utterly sincere, "Thank you."
Alex suggests that Elaine seek professional help when the stress of
holding down two jobs while raising a pair of kids begins to take a
toll on her sanity.
In a low moment, Elaine decides that sleeping with Alex might be the
most expedient form of therapy--an offer that he shuns, to his instant
regret. The sexual tension that developed over the course of their relationship
was rarely addressed with such candor, though it remained a compelling
subtext that colored their friendship throughout the life of the series.
Tony has a chance to fight the retired champ but loses heart when he
discovers that his opponent has dedicated his victory to a handicapped
Bobby is stunned when an inexperienced actor fresh off the bus lands
a plum role on his very first audition.
Alex's overweight blind date returns, now a hundred pounds thinner
and ready for serious romance.
Tony and Bobby compete for the attentions of a woman who seems to have
fallen for both of them.
The cabbies place their bets when Louie and Alex compete to see who
can book the most money in a single shift.
Writer Glenn Gordon Caron would eventually mastermind Moonlighting,
the cross-genre detective spoof that premiered on ABC in 1985.
Latka blows his entire life savings on a luxury penthouse after he
assumes that the $3000 monthly rent is a one-time charge.
Alex surprises everyone--including himself--when he falls in love with
an out-of-work actress.
Actress Dee Wallace would find plenty of work in feature films, including
a starring role in Steven Spielberg's E.T.
Latka hears the patriotic call when revolution breaks out in his homeland.
Elaine is determined to find out which of the cabbies has been leaving
anonymous love poems in her locker.
Nervous at the prospect of meeting Zena's parents for the first time,
Louie pays Alex $500 to come along for moral support.
Jim makes a killing at the track and then buys the winning horse to
take home as a pet.
Tony wants to adopt his foster child officially, but the canny youngster
would rather take his chances with a wealthy couple.
Tony's foster child was played by Danza's real-life eight-year-old,
Marc Antony Danza.
Latka's whirlwind romance with a strange girl from his home country
sours after he discovers that she's from a socially inferior class.
When Carol Kane was hired to play Simka, the actress received a crash
course in Latka-language when Andy Kaufman invited her to dinner--and
then refused to speak English during the entire meal. "It is the perfect
way to learn a language," observed the actress. "Andy made it up and
got a very specific sound to it. You just open your mouth and dive in."
Bobby hits it off with an influential agent who seems more confident
of his talents in bed than on the stage.
Shop steward Elaine faces a dilemma when Louie agrees to meet the cabbies'
labor demands--in exchange for a date.
Elaine's date with Louie goes as badly as expected, until the dispatcher
surprises her with an uncharacteristic display of human feelings.
After he survives a death-defying ski jump, Alex develops a daredevil's
addiction to thrills.
Elaine convinces the cabbies to pool their money to bid on undervalued
artwork at a gallery auction.
A visit from Fantasy lsland's Herve Villechaize prompts each
of the cabbies to share their own private fantasies.
Alex has difficulty imagining a fantasy with a happy ending; and Elaine
envisions herself belting a Broadway showstopper in the dreary garage.
Lassie makes a cameo appearance as Louie's pet collie in the dispatcher's
far-fetched fantasy that he's wealthy and well-liked.