I LOVE LUCY
DICK VAN DYKE
MARY TYLER MOORE
ALL IN THE FAMILY
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Season Four: 1981-82
THE FOURTH SEASON
Year-End Rating: 15.8 (53rd place)
Fourth-season producers Ken Estin, Howard Gewirtz, and Ian Praiser
write many of the year's scripts, along with executive script consultant
David Lloyd, executive story editor Sam Simon, and Glen Charles and
Les Charles, who are credited as executive consultants in the fourth
year. Richard Sakai is co-producer, and James L. Brooks is billed as
executive creative consultant.
The cabbies prepare for the worst when Jim's latest premonition foretells
doom for Alex.
This episode was based on a story submitted by Holly Holmberg Brooks,
the wife of executive producer James L. Brooks.
Alex is worried that Elaine might cramp his style during a trip to
Europe, but she ends up adapting to the romantic climate far better
than he does.
Alex and Elaine's occasional attraction resurfaces in a lovely scene
where they both agree that, after four years of helping each other through
good times and bad, their bond may actually be strong enough to withstand
a single night as lovers.
The cabbies convince Latka to see a psychiatrist after his playboy
persona threatens to take over his entire personality.
A spineless network executive taps Jim as a silent partner after the
cabbie's programming hunches prove unerringly correct.
Louie takes advantage of Zena's emotionally unstable girlfriend Emily.
After he exploits Emily, Louie still can't resist entertaining the
fantasy that she's in love with him--a dream that comes tumbling down
when, like Chaplin's drunken benefactor in City Lights, she sobers
up in the cold morning light to declare him disgusting. And yet, despite
Louie's despicable behavior, our sympathy goes out to this misguided
devil who is brave--or foolish--enough to act out his own mischievous
Alex gets involved in a bizarre triangle when he finds himself in romantic
competition with his own irrepressible father.
Louie hits the roof when his mother asks his blessing for her marriage
to an elderly Japanese man.
Elaine tries to convince a severely agoraphobic artist to venture outside
his studio for the first time in years.
Tony's dream of managing an up-and-coming young boxer crumbles when
a syndicate of well-to-do doctors makes his fighter a better offer.
Writers Ian Praiser and Howard Gewirtz make cameo appearances as two
of the well-heeled doctors.
Louie's days at the Sunshine Cab Company appear numbered when Elaine
files charges against him for spying on her through a peephole in the
Louie prepares for an imagined apocalypse by recruiting a survival
squad for his bomb shelter.
Bobby returns to suffer Louie's taunts one last time as he prepares
to move on to brighter horizons in Hollywood.
An optimistic cabbie launches a romantic campaign to attract Alex,
who finds himself fiercely uninterested in the ingratiating young actress.
A superb comic script that captures the essence of Alex's tragic inability
to synchronize head and heart. At his most caustic, he dismisses his
would-be companion as a naive fool: "She's like every actress or Hindu
I've ever met!" The inevitable turnaround comes when Alex consoles Nina
after her first defeat, and he finally comes to recognize his attraction
to her despair. He inspires her to strike out on her own, only to find
himself standing alone once more at the top of the stairs.
Tony lands a job as chauffeur for a wealthy young woman and soon finds
himself falling in love with the untouchable beauty.
Latka discovers an unlikely rival for Simka's affections when she falls
under the spell of his alter-ego, Vic Ferrari.
Carol Kane had already appeared in more than a dozen films when she
approached Jim Brooks for advice on whether she should do television.
The executive producer's response was to offer her the role of Latka's
girlfriend in a third-year episode. "It went through the roof," he remembers,
which brought about Simka's reprise in this episode--an appearance that
would earn the actress an Emmy.
After Tony brings a runaway into the Sunshine garage, Jim decides to
raise the wayward kid as his own son.
Alex is frantic when his ex-wife develops an unexplainable attraction
Louie and Alex extract revenge on a snooty hairdresser who has bilked
Elaine out of $225 for a perfectly hideous hairstyle.
During a lull in shooting, director Jim Burrows asked guest star Ted
Danson if he might be interested in reading for a part in a new series
the director was developing with Glen and Les Charles. The show was
called Cheers, and Danson walked off with the lead role.
An unemployed pro football player inspires Tony to attempt a boxing
Elaine prepares for the most embarrassing night of her life when Jim
escorts her to an elegant dinner party hosted by an influential society
Latka and Simka's marriage plans fall in doubt when the pair fails
to pass the bizarre rituals of their old-world wedding ceremony.
Jim proves a most unwelcome houseguest when he sleeps through a fire
that reduces Louie's apartment to cinders.
The cabbies recall crucial turning points in their own lives when they
help Elaine face a momentous decision of her own.
Future film star Tom Hanks has a role as one of Jim's college chums
in a hilarious flashback that reveals the cabbie's first fateful brush
with mind-expanding drugs.
Despite all the well-meaning advice from her fellow cabbies, Elaine
still can't decide whether she wants to pull up stakes and move to Seattle.
Flashbacks reveal Latka's tearful farewell to his frigid homeland
on the eve of his emigration to America, and a second vignette reveals
Alex's final confrontation with the petty tyranny of office politics.