I LOVE LUCY
DICK VAN DYKE
MARY TYLER MOORE
ALL IN THE FAMILY
The Classic Sitcoms Guide to...
Season Three: 1980-81
THE THIRD SEASON
Year-End Rating: 17.1 (53rd place)
Taxi rolls into a strong third season under the guidance of
executive producers James L. Brooks, Stan Daniels, and Ed. Weinberger,
and producers Glen Charles and Les Charles, who continue to contribute
noteworthy scripts, along with David Lloyd, executive script consultant
Barry Kemp, and executive story editor Ken Estin.
Louie is crushed when Zena drops him for the bartender at Mario's.
Tony tries to match Alex up with his wacky sister--who only has eyes
Tony's sister was played by Julie Kavner, best remembered for her
stint as Brenda Morgenstern, the title character's younger sister on
Alex--enraged that he wasn't invited to his daughter's New York wedding--crashes
the fancy reception and confronts his estranged wife.
In addition to hosting one of the brightest acting ensembles in television
history, Taxi also managed to attract some of Hollywood's finest
character players as recurring guest stars. Carol Kane, Jack Gilford,
and Andrea Marcovicci were all well established before they made repeat
appearances on the series, as was Louise Lasser, who would return as
Alex's loopy ex-wife in a handful of later episodes.
Alex and Tony fix Elaine up with a handsome stranger, only to discover
that her new beau is actually more attracted to Tony.
Jim's wealthy father dispatches a private eye to the garage to coax
his son into a long-overdue reconciliation.
Bobby decides to manage Tony's budding acting career on a lark, but
soon develops a bad case of professional jealousy.
Series creator Ed. Weinberger has a brief cameo as--what else?--one
of the producers at Tony's audition.
Inspired by Bobby's rugged beer commercial, the cabbies retreat to
the wilderness for a survival weekend.
Latka decides to market his own line of cookies using a special old-world
recipe that includes at least one highly illegal ingredient.
Louie has difficulty resisting temptation when the boss's wife casts
a lustful eye in his direction--even though he knows that the affair
may cost him his job.
The cabbies plan to hobnob with the stars when they crash what they
assume is Woody Allen's masquerade ball.
Elaine makes a date with her old high-school rival and then cons Alex
into posing as her imaginary boyfriend--a worldly Columbia University
Tony refuses to abandon his career in the ring, even after the boxing
commission revokes his license.
The cabbies are mystified when Jim embarks on a mysterious quest for
Jim goes to enormous expense to set up an elaborate bank of TVs and
satellite receivers in his small apartment--a foolhardy extravagance
that causes the other cabbies to scoff. And yet, none of them can resist
the hypnotic lure of Jim's video Medusa, and the show closes with a
curious meditation on our own love-hate relationship with the tube,
as each of the cabbies sits frozen, staring at their world through Jim's
Louie throws a party to celebrate his independence after his elderly
mother moves out to enter a retirement home.
Louie's spry mom was played by Julia DeVito, the actor's real-life
Alex and Tony suspect Bobby's motives when he offers to let Elaine
stay at his apartment after she loses her own place.
Louie is slapped with a million-dollar lawsuit by a kindly old woman
he accidentally ran down with his cab.
Bobby performs a turgid one-man show for a vengeful theater critic
who carries a personal grudge against the actor.
A month after the cab company goes bankrupt, the drivers reunite to
exchange tales of their employment experiences in the outside world.
Tony lands a job as a loan shark's enforcer; Elaine finds work as
a secretary; and, as a door-to-door salesman, Jim nearly destroys a
condo when he attempts to
demonstrate a new high-powered vacuum cleaner.
The cabbies continue to recount harrowing tales of their new jobs.
Before they return to the shelter of the garage, Louie discovers his
calling in the stock market; Bobby plays the Easter Bunny at children's
birthday parties; and Alex lands a job as a night watchman.
Tired of striking out with the ladies, shy Latka adopts the split personality
of smooth-talking ladies' man Vic Ferrari.