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aired: Tue, May 4, 1999
After moving to New Hampshire, a lonely Jimmy asks the station's staff to join him.
aired: Tue, Apr 27, 1999
Jimmy takes everyone by surprise by announcing his retirement.
aired: Tue, Apr 20, 1999
Jimmy and Matthew switch jobs for a day.
aired: Tue, Apr 13, 1999
Lisa tries to talk Dave out of firing someone; Jimmy plots to do away with Mother's Day.
aired: Tue, Mar 9, 1999
Max pretends to quit in order to get Beth's attention.
aired: Tue, Mar 2, 1999
Lisa's and Johnny's wedding is disrupted by he is arrest for stealing the wedding ring.
aired: Tue, Feb 23, 1999
Despite being broken by Jimmy, a homeless Johnny Johnson returns to claim Lisa as his bride.
aired: Tue, Feb 9, 1999
As Joe uses hypnotism to cure Jimmy's fear of hippies; Beth and Max work to spoil Lisa's new dog.
aired: Tue, Feb 2, 1999
As Jimmy sets out to create a legacy for himself, a thirtieth birthday cause Matthew to rebel.
aired: Tue, Jan 12, 1999
Jimmy enlists the staff to decide who gets a new apartment -- Lisa, Dave or Max.
aired: Tue, Feb 16, 1999
Dave and Joe both woo Lisa's new assistant; Jimmy converts the men's bathroom into an exclusive private club.
aired: Tue, Jan 5, 1999
As Dave defends Beth and Joe's lobby artwork, Max accuses Jimmy's new personal security consultant of being an imposter.
Spooky Rapping Crypt
aired: Tue, Dec 15, 1998
Beth and Jimmy square off over employee profit sharing; Matthew accuses Lisa of being in league with the Devil.
aired: Wed, Dec 9, 1998
As Dave works on an inspirational video for an old high school teacher, Lisa's speech impediment brings up the truth about her working class roots.
Clash of the Titans
aired: Tue, Nov 24, 1998
Though Jimmy manages to avoid being convicted of hijacking, he discovers his corporate empire is no longer his to control.
aired: Wed, Nov 11, 1998
As Jimmy heads for Dave's boyhood home to hide, Dave tries to recover the evidence that will implicate him in the D.B. Cooper hijacking.
aired: Wed, Nov 4, 1998
Jimmy is accused of being the legendary hijacker, D.B. Cooper.
Flowers for Matthew
aired: Wed, Oct 28, 1998
Joe's new smart drink has amazing effects on Matthew's intelligence.
aired: Wed, Oct 21, 1998
Jimmy's efforts to get Dave to relax backfire.
aired: Wed, Oct 14, 1998
Matthew tries to get Max fired as Lisa goes undercover to expose an unhealthy restaurant.
Meet Max Louis
aired: Wed, Oct 7, 1998
Dave is persuaded to hire Bill's old friend to fill his job.
Bill Moves On
aired: Wed, Sep 23, 1998
The WNYX staff mourns Bill's death.
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aired: Tue, May 12, 1998
The cast of "NewsRadio" reenacts the sinking of the Titanic.
Jackass Junior High
aired: Wed, May 6, 1998
With Beth out on vacation, Lisa resents being treated like one of the guys.
aired: Wed, Apr 29, 1998
Jimmy arranges for Matthew and Joe to compete in an Ultimate Fighting match; Bill tries to intervene when Jimmy's nephew asks Lisa for a date.
aired: Wed, Apr 15, 1998
Dave is forced to hire Jimmy's nephew; Matthew develops a crush on Lisa.
aired: Wed, Apr 8, 1998
Joe takes responsibility for an little known employee's death.
aired: Wed, Mar 25, 1998
Dave discovers that Jimmy's round the world balloon flight is a hoax.
aired: Wed, Mar 18, 1998
Jimmy tries improving office productivity by rekindling Dave and Lisa's romance.
aired: Tue, Feb 24, 1998
Much to everyone's dismay, Dave has a security door installed at the station.
aired: Tue, Mar 3, 1998
A mix up puts Matthew on the wrong end of a Big Brother program; Bill tries to convince Dave that Lisa is seeing someone else.
Who's the Boss, Part II
aired: Tue, Feb 3, 1998
Jimmy calls for an election to decide who gets to run the station.
Who's the Boss?
aired: Tue, Jan 6, 1998
Bill sets out to adopt a child while Jimmy turns to Beth for help with a charity bachelor auction.
aired: Tue, Jan 20, 1998
Dave and Lisa team up to teach Bill a lesson by making him the boss; a labor strike puts Joe at odds with Jimmy.
Look Who's Talking
aired: Tue, Jan 13, 1998
Dave's old singing partners arrive to reunite their a capella group.
The Secret of Management
aired: Tue, Dec 16, 1997
Dave must win a charity talent show in order for Matthew to get his job back.
Stupid Holiday Charity Talent Show
aired: Tue, Nov 25, 1997
When Catherine resigns, everyone presents a different interpretation of the circumstances.
Catherine Moves On
aired: Tue, Nov 18, 1997
As Lisa frets over being the boss, Dave's plot to get his job back from her while Matthew starts spending the night at the station.
aired: Thu, Jan 1, 1998
After taking over Dave's job, Lisa insists that Jimmy tell her the "Secret of Management."
aired: Tue, Nov 11, 1997
Bill's latest commentary causes an outbreak of violence as Matthew reopens his dormant dental practice.
Super Karate Monkey Death Car
aired: Tue, Oct 28, 1997
Dave tries to prove himself to keep his job while Matthew still hopes to be rehired.
The Public Domain
aired: Tue, Nov 4, 1997
As the new News Director at New York's WNYX radio, Dave Nelson is ready for his first day on the job. But there's just one problem -- station owner Jimmy James has yet to fire the man Dave has been hired to replace. Original Release Year: 1995
aired: Tue, Sep 30, 1997
Jimmy brings in an efficiency expert to identify and fire the station's least productive employee.
aired: Tue, Sep 23, 1997
Bill tries to make himself an on-the-air hero by saving a man from jumping off the ledge outside Dave's office window.
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aired: Wed, Jan 1, 1997
The NewsRadio crew faces disaster on a space station hundreds of years in the future.
aired: Wed, Jan 1, 1997
Dave is forced to apologize for his comments in a magazine interview.
The Real Deal
aired: Wed, Jan 1, 1997
When practical joke of Matthew's backfires, Jimmy is rushed to the hospital with a heart attack. Because his will specifies that he spend his final hours with his friends at WNYX, Jimmy's unconscious body is moved to the station where Dave and the staff can take turns sitting and talking with him. While Matthew insists on believing that Jimmy is just taking a nap, Bill takes the first shift. But when Dave objects to his jokes about death, Bill recreates his days as a college disk jockey instead. Meanwhile, as he's comforting Jimmy, Joe is forced to cover when he's caught affectionately holding his hand. When Lisa comes to the conclusion that she wants to have a baby with Dave as soon as possible, the revelation causes Jimmy to have another mild heart attack. In the privacy of his office, Dave demands to know the details about her sudden decision to be a mother. And while Dave suggests they discuss getting married first and then having a child, Lisa is ready to get on with it as soon as possible and gives him a few minutes to think it over. Meanwhile, Bill's efforts to recreate his college radio show takes him and Jimmy back to the 70's. As Catherine tries suggesting that Jimmy play the ultimate practical joke on Bill, Dave asks for some time with their boss to discuss Lisa's proposal. As Matthew swears off any more practical jokes if only Jimmy will live, Dave still cannot come to a decision. But as he and Lisa argue, Jimmy suddenly regains consciousness and asks them to be quiet. And while claiming to remember nothing of everyone's talks, Jimmy does credit a song Bill played for bringing him back from the dead.
aired: Wed, Jan 1, 1997
An argument over a traffic ticket gets Bill committed to a mental hospital.
Our Fiftieth Episode
aired: Wed, Jan 1, 1997
As Matthew reveals he's a virgin, Bill and Lisa struggle to keep their new program on the air.
aired: Wed, Jan 1, 1997
When new occupants of the floor above are making too much noise, Joe agrees to call them. But, after Matthew's struggle with a faulty fire extinguisher accidentally ends up dousing him instead, Joe thinks it's in retaliation for his angry complaint. And while Dave simply wants the noise to stop, Joe sets out to get revenge. Meanwhile, as Jimmy recalls the behavior that caused him to be banned from the president's residence, Lisa phones in with problems of her own from the White House Easter Egg Roll. After Matthew absentmindedly leaves a honey bottle in the microwave oven, Joe is the unintended target when it explodes. And while realizing that it was not the new neighbors that caused Joe's accidents, Matthew decides to keep the information to himself. Meanwhile, as Jimmy takes delight in Lisa's problems getting interviews at the Easter Egg Roll, Bill is hired to advertise a malt liquor using language that Catherine finds offensive. So, making sure he's had plenty to drink, Catherine convinces Bill to use her rewritten ad copy. And when he's fired, she makes sure the sponsor knows how she feels, too. As Lisa continues to struggle with precocious children in the nation's capitol, Dave loses his patience with the upstairs neighbors, too. But when he goes to complain, he's embarrassed to see that the noise is being made by a wheelchair. Yet, once Dave sheepishly retreats, the wheelchair-bound man resumes a noisy basketball game. Finally, as Dave implores him not to seek revenge, Joe finds himself a victim when one of his own pranks is rigged to backfire.
aired: Wed, Jan 1, 1997
Matthew's twin brother comes to visit; Bill's secret contract nearly bankrupts the station.
aired: Wed, Jan 1, 1997
When Dave and Bill are stranded by a storm in St. Louis, Lisa is put in charge.
aired: Wed, Jan 1, 1997
As Dave looks for the owner of some pornography he's found lying around, Jimmy arranges for a group of third grade interns to work at the station.
aired: Wed, Jan 1, 1997
Jimmy hires Joe to represent him in a lawsuit; Dave takes Lisa's suggestion for a new performance evaluation.
aired: Wed, Jan 1, 1997
Jimmy's new employee policy covering harassment backfires and brings work at the station to a standstill.
Led Zeppelin Boxed Set
aired: Wed, Jan 1, 1997
Bill's relentless sarcasm leads to Matthew experimenting with his own dark side; Jimmy looks to Catherine for help beating a crooked card dealer.
aired: Wed, Jan 1, 1997
Bill thinks he's been cheated by his new health club; the staff discovers a secret about Dave's past.
aired: Thu, Dec 19, 1996
After telling everyone they can leave early for the holidays provided their work is done, Dave prepares for his own Christmas Eve trip to Wisconsin with Lisa. But when Catherine conveniently forgets to finish one last, laborious task, Dave agrees to help out so she can leave early. Meanwhile, when Bill needs a partner to record a commercial audition tape, Beth agrees to help. And when the job is offered provided she can work, too, Dave agrees to address the station's Christmas cards so Beth can have her shot at stardom. When the commercial's producer is more taken with Beth's performance than with Bill's, he suggests that she try another partner. Although Beth holds back hoping to make Bill look good, her efforts ultimately fail. And when Bill encourages her to try her best, Beth discovers that she's ruined her voice. Meanwhile, Dave agrees to clean the office refrigerator so Joe can leave early, too. So, as Jimmy turns to Matthew for gift ideas, Dave's generosity forces him to delay going home to surprise his mom and dad on Christmas Eve. In need of help so he and Lisa can leave on their trip, Dave turns to Matthew. After agreeing to pitch in, Matthew suddenly drops everything after Jimmy offers him a helicopter ride to his aunt's house for Christmas. With Lisa's help, Dave finishes all of the pre-holiday duties so they can be on their way. However, after another delay in their flight, they arrive at his parent's house to discover that the annual Christmas Eve dinner has been moved to Chicago. Finally, as Dave and Lisa head back to New York, Bill is called on to complete the commercial by reading Beth's part.
aired: Wed, Dec 18, 1996
Lisa balks at being the Cutest Reporter in New York; Bill starts his own anti-rap music crusade.
aired: Wed, Dec 11, 1996
To prepare for a new movie in which he plays a radio broadcaster, actor James Caan arrives to spend some time observing Bill. As one of his biggest fans, Matthew can't wait to get an autograph from the movie star. But Bill is certain that they will be much too busy to bother with Matthew's request. Meanwhile, as Beth and Catherine jockey for a ticket to join Jimmy to a big basketball game, Dave prepares to surprise Lisa with an unexpected birthday gift. While Bill is certain he'll want to understand what drives him to do his job, all Caan wants is to watch him at work. However, after meeting Matthew, he does take an interest in what it is that makes him so strange. Then, as Catherine and Beth are quizzed for the right to the basketball tickets, Dave unveils his present for Lisa...her first television set. But they quickly part ways over the question of the intelligence of TV viewers. As Bill tries getting him interested in the deeper meaning of being a radio announcer, James becomes fascinated with Matthew's unusual behavior. And once Bill accuses him of trying to steal the actor's attention, Matthew offers to go home to avoid being a distraction, but only after nervously getting an autograph. Meanwhile, when Lisa discovers there's a channel that carries congressional hearings 24-hours a day, she immediately decides that she wants a television. And when Jimmy offers to buy an extra ticket so he can take them both, Catherine and Beth have second thoughts after seeing just how big a fan he really is.
aired: Wed, Nov 20, 1996
A broken thermostat and some excessive heat induces strange dreams in the staff.
aired: Wed, Nov 13, 1996
In the midst of the preparations for Jimmy's annual Halloween party, the station's staff is hit with a big surprise. Because of their previous unwillingness to actively participate, no one except Matthew has been invited this year. Upset with the slight, they turn to Dave for help. And though Dave isn't interested, Lisa guarantees Jimmy that the staff will be at the party in costume if invited. Meanwhile, the psychic hired for the party tells Bill exactly when he's going to die. When Lisa runs into trouble, she announces that Dave is going to wear an outrageous costume and gets everyone to change their minds about the party. Although Dave still has reservations about the idea, it's enough to convince Jimmy to invite everyone back. While finding getting in isn't going to be quite as easy as she thought, Lisa notices that Dave is wearing one of her dresses as his costume and is upset that he looks better in it than she does. But when he offers to change, she insists that it will only make things even worse. Knowing that he's going to die in another 35 years has Bill depressed about his future. In response to his own immortality, he arrives at the party with his elderly date, Dorothy. When he persists in thanking the psychic for her insights, Bill is told that she made a mistake and that he's destined to live much longer than originally thought. However, when the news causes him to dump his elderly date, Bill discovers too late that beneath Dorothy's costume is a young and attractive woman. Finally, Jimmy uses Dave and Lisa's eager-to-please attitude to get his party guests dancing.
aired: Wed, Nov 6, 1996
Beth turns to Jimmy for some investing advice; Lisa balks at asking Dave for a favor.
aired: Wed, Oct 30, 1996
Dave is determined to end the station's losing streak at a big awards banquet.
aired: Wed, Oct 23, 1996
Dave's old nemesis comes back to haunt him when Beth replaces the lobby sandwich machine with a popular 1980's arcade game; Lisa retakes her college entrance exams to see if her mind is slipping.
aired: Wed, Oct 2, 1996
Bill leads the staff in a revolt after their free snacks fall victim to budget cuts.
aired: Wed, Jan 1, 1997
Back from a Wisconsin vacation to find Matthew has grown a mustache, Dave learns that Jimmy has decided to declare himself a candidate for President of the United States. Though Dave points out his lack of background for the office and Lisa insists she'll scrutinize him as much as any other candidate, Jimmy is still determined to run. And realizing an opportunity for advancement when they see one, Bill and Beth throw themselves behind Jimmy's quest. As Jimmy works to find the right slogan for his campaign, Dave suspects an ulterior motive behind his decision to run. However, when he and Lisa sit down with their boss for a friendly chat, they still cannot get to the reason for his candidacy. Meanwhile, after Jimmy produces up a disgusting old photo of himself sporting a mustache, the station's staff does their best to persuade Matthew him to shave. As Jimmy prepares to publicly announce his candidacy, Lisa reveals that she's uncovered enough personal information to nip his run for office in the bud. And while Dave warns against going too hard on their boss, Bill's questions during the press conference prompt Lisa to reveal what she's found. However, when it comes to discussing a running mate, Dave realizes that the presidential campaign is just one more attempt by Jimmy to find a wife. Finally, with Jimmy's scam exposed and his candidacy shelved, Matthew fails to find anyone other than Bill who'll give his mustache any respect.
aired: Wed, Sep 18, 1996
An annual review of the station sparks problems; Matthew quits over a story he isn't allowed to do.
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aired: Thu, Apr 1, 2010
A building fire reunites Lisa and Dave.
Led Zepplin II
aired: Sun, Apr 28, 1996
Dave and Lisa make an announcement.
aired: Sun, Apr 21, 1996
Though Dave is pleased with the results, Bill is unhappy with a new promotional spot they've recorded for the station. But upon seeking Jimmy's advice, they find themselves in the midst of a non-stop editing session to produce one upon which everyone can agree. Meanwhile, Matthew proposes that everyone go together on a summer house in the Hamptons, and Joe turns to Lisa for help studying for an important certification exam. As Jimmy, Dave and Bill struggle to agree on a new spot, Beth inquires about subletting her share of the summer home. While Matthew is quick to encourage her idea, Catherine makes it clear that she doesn't want to spend her summer weekends with a bunch of strangers, not to mention one with Bill running around in a skimpy bathing suit. Meanwhile, Beth pitches in to help Joe prepare for his exam. As a condition of Lisa's participation, Matthew guarantees that she and Dave will be scheduled to use the summer house on alternate weekends. Yet, Dave's hoping to use the house as a chance to revive their relationship and wants to be scheduled on the same weekends. Once it becomes clear that Matthew has been less than honest with them, the staff sells their shares in the house to anyone they can find. Finally, after a long day of editing produces a very, very brief promo, Joe gets a passing grade, but only after saving his professor from a stalled elevator.
aired: Sun, Apr 14, 1996
Bill's the prize in high stakes poker.
aired: Sun, Mar 31, 1996
April Fool's Day at the station.
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After overhearing his colleagues talking about bets they've won or lost, Matthew is eager to become a gambler, too. But when he asks for help, Matthew's irritating persistence prompts Joe to teach him a lesson he'll never forget. Meanwhile, when Jimmy can't make it to a big broadcasters dinner, he gives his seat to Dave. And Dave accepts before learning that he'll be expected to introduce the evening's keynote speaker, Bill. Recalling his own dismal record at speechmaking, Dave nervously sits down to compose his remarks. And while Bill offers him some pointers, the helpful hints only serve to make him angry as well as nervous. In order to help Dave out, Beth makes preparations for him to try out his speech. Only his confidence isn't boosted by the distractions offered by her and Catherine. Meanwhile, after losing bet after bet, Matthew suddenly finds himself owing Joe thousands of dollars. After learning of Matthew's mounting debt, Lisa tries getting to Joe to call the whole thing off. But the losing streak continues despite a chance to win everything back. Fearing that Dave's introduction will fall flat, Bill tries one more time to coach him. But an angry outburst ruins Bill's voice, leaving him unable to speak at the dinner. Finally, after realizing that Matthew has been duped, Jimmy wins back the hapless reporter's money.
Houses of the Holy
aired: Sun, Mar 10, 1996
Dave, Beth and Stewart makes three.
aired: Sun, Feb 25, 1996
A temp gives Dave a headache.
The Song Remains the Same
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After getting a big order for a hat she's designed, Beth needs help getting them made and delivered on time. So Jimmy offers to teach her his secrets to the art of negotiation. And Lisa decides to listen in, hoping she can use the techniques to get a raise out of Dave. However, Lisa's subsequent attempts to persuade Dave to increase her salary only creates confusion and fails to produce a raise. Meanwhile, after Bill tells his new girlfriend that he's British, Matthew and Joe go way overboard in their efforts to play along. After trading outfits with Lisa, Beth sets out with Jimmy to negotiate a deal for her new hats. Only after they arrive for their meeting that Jimmy realizes they are dealing with a notorious Mafia boss. However, once Jimmy's efforts to intercede are silenced, Beth's emotional outburst results in a deal with Don Green. Meanwhile, as Lisa tries to get an advance on her salary, Dave urges Bill to tell his girlfriend Linda the truth. As Jimmy asks Beth to teach him her crying secrets, Lisa tells Dave that the advance is to finance a recording by her ex-boyfriend's band. Though she insists it has nothing to do with their past relationship, when pressed Lisa admits it's for a song encouraging her to stop seeing Dave. Finally, Bill's efforts to tell Linda the truth are set back when she admits she's falling in love with him.
In Through the Out Door
aired: Sun, Feb 4, 1996
Dave's thin skin is pierced.
The Bitch Session
aired: Sun, Jan 14, 1996
Bill is stalked by Santa Claus.
aired: Sun, Jan 7, 1996
Newsradio goes on the block.
aired: Tue, Dec 19, 1995
Lisa looks for a new job.
aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012
When Dave hires someone to help with a backlog of filing, Beth couldn't be happier -- until she learns the temp is her childhood friend, Sandi Angelini. In a private moment, Beth complains that Sandi used to copy everything she did, from her hairstyles and mannerisms, to stealing a boyfriend. Lisa and Dave think she's just being paranoid, so Beth suggests an experiment which could prove her claim. Meanwhile, after leaving his identification card at his desk, Bill is denied entry by a pair of the building's security guards. To prove her point, Beth suggests to Sandi that she is romantically interested in Matthew. As predicted, Sandi then makes an obvious pass at him as well. And while Matthew isn't sure what to make of all the attention, Dave and Lisa see that Beth was right. Meanwhile, as the security guards continue to foil Bill's attempts to sneak inside, Catherine decides to have some fun by getting into the act, too. Disgusted by Sandi's flirtatious behavior, Beth ups the ante in her little game by giving Matthew a big kiss. So Matthew seeks Lisa's advice on how to handle the two women who seem to be in love with him. But when Beth decides to put an end to the charade and confronts her about the mimicry, Sandi finally admits she only did it out of envy and admiration. Upon making up, they each let Matthew down gently with some help from Dave, while Bill recovers his ID for the benefit of the guards, only to discover it's expired.
aired: Mon, Apr 2, 2012
Faced with an abysmal mood at the office, Dave does his best to cheer everyone up. But Catherine and Beth are in mood to listen to anyone, while Matthew is arguing with Joe. Yet nothing can top Bill's decision to build a cubicle around his desk for privacy. Jimmy thinks the time is right to call in a popular therapist who has counseled them in the past. But Dave is sure he can handle it with a staff meeting. When the meeting is a dismal failure, Dave discovers his staff would welcome a visit by the ever-popular Dr. Frank Westford. And when he arrives to the staff's warm welcome, even Bill is more than willing to respond to the affable therapist. Though Lisa suggests some therapy may help him, too, Dave is concerned to learn Dr. Frank was her college psychology professor. But it's not until their session is getting underway that he's told of their student-teacher affair. Even after seeing how much he's helped the staff, Dave continues to balk at a session of his own. Yet once Dr. Frank lures him into conversation, Dave suddenly realizes the value of therapy, too. However, it's Dr. Frank who finds himself on the couch when, as he's questioned by Dave about the relationship with Lisa, he admits to having an incurable addiction to sex. Finally, despite their suggestion that he tear down the walls of his cubicle, a look inside convinces Dave and Dr. Frank that Bill needs a little more time.
aired: Tue, Nov 21, 1995
When Bill's slightly shady agent drops by the station, Dave learns that the star newscaster is writing an autobiography. And though Bill asks that the book be kept under wraps for now, Dave mentions it to Lisa and the news soon spreads throughout the office. As a result, Bill is forced to admit in confidence that he has written virtually nothing after three months of work. News of Bill's writer's block leads the staff to offer all kinds of suggestions. And though Bill doesn't find them at all helpful, Dave does find the staff's preoccupation with Bill's problem to be a distraction. Yet, even though Bill does his best to keep up appearances, he finally concludes that he's a bore with nothing of interest to say about himself to anyone. After flirting with the idea of suicide, Bill concludes that seeing him fail is just what everyone has been waiting for. So Dave enlists the rest of the staff to boost Bill's confidence. Only then, Bill realizes that Dave isn't the only one who knows about his problem. Finally, after Bill agrees to give up on the project, Dave helps him save face by insisting his own refusal to sign a release has kept the book from being written.
aired: Tue, Nov 14, 1995
The romance is exposed!
aired: Tue, Nov 7, 1995
Dave has no sympathy for a dead rodent.
aired: Tue, Oct 31, 1995
The annual office retreat divides the staff.
The Rat Funeral
aired: Tue, Oct 10, 1995
Matthew has a work accident.
aired: Tue, Sep 26, 1995
Mystery of the mystery gelato.
No, This Is Not Based Entirely On Julie's Life
aired: Tue, Sep 19, 1995
A new toy disrupts the staff.
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aired: Tue, May 9, 1995
As their clandestine affair progresses, Dave begins to learn some of the details about Lisa's former boyfriend, Stewart. Aware of just how much Stewart was liked by the station's staff, Dave then finds himself facing a problem of his own -- the unexpected arrival of his former girlfriend, Nancy. Meanwhile, over Lisa's objections, Dave chooses Bill to interview a business visionary who has made a real impression on Jimmy. However, when Bill makes himself the center of attention, Tom Baxter walks out of the interview without saying a word. It's only when Nancy arrives that Lisa learns that Dave never really broke up with her before leaving Wisconsin to take his new job in New York. In his own defense, Dave explains that he didn't call off the relationship for fear of hurting Nancy's feelings. Though Dave insists that she's fragile and needs to be handled with care, Lisa learns otherwise when Nancy warns her to stay away from her boyfriend -- or else! Meanwhile, after Baxter gets another chance at an interview, Bill refuses to say anything at all. Though Beth is sure that Lisa must be joking, she realizes just how serious it is when she, too, gets one of Nancy's stern warnings to keep away from Dave. After Dave finally sets her straight about his relationship with Lisa, he thinks he's gotten rid of Nancy once and for all. However, when Nancy arrives at the station to bid everyone farewell and tries to tell everyone of the affair between Lisa and Dave, the incredulous staff refuses to believe her. Finally, only after Catherine is finally given a chance to interview Tom does everyone realize just how shallow he really is.
Luncheon at the Waldorf
aired: Tue, May 2, 1995
The Big Day when Jimmy hands out the annual bonuses has arrived. And after he's cautioned against having an affair with anyone at work, and particularly Lisa, Dave is saddled with the responsibility of deciding this year's bonuses. Explaining how he motivates with paranoia and fear, Jimmy says that everyone should get $400 except for two. One gets "the big bonus" of $3,000, while the other gets "the shaft, " or nothing. Not wanting to be "shafted" for the fourth year in a row, Matthew pleads his case with Dave, while Lisa is convinced she's getting the big bonus to make up for not being made news director. Dave suggests that no one get "the shaft" this year. But Jimmy won't accept any changes in the policy and offers to take full responsibility for whatever Dave decides. However, when Lisa accidentally finds his list of who's getting what, she discovers that she isn't the only candidate for the big bonus. Upset over Dave keeping his role a secret, Lisa then offers to keep quiet about what she's found -- -- in exchange for the $3,000! Realizing that things have gotten out of hand, Dave calls a staff meeting and suggests pooling all the bonus money to give everyone an equal share. What he finds is that everyone is willing to take their chances with his decision, as each of them certain they're the one getting the $3,000. Seeing how to manipulate the situation to her advantage, Catherine claims she doesn't care one way or the other and ends up with the big bonus, while Dave gives himself "the shaft" to make everyone else feel guilty. However, Dave soon realizes that not recognizing Joe can mean real problems for the station.
aired: Tue, Apr 18, 1995
As Dave and Lisa struggle to keep their own romance a secret, another potential inter-office relationship arises when Bill invites Beth to the Annual Broadcaster's Luncheon. While Beth believes him when he says the invitation comes with no strings attached, no one else in the office does. And when Bill asks her to wear the revealing dress she wore at their last Christmas party, even Beth begins to suspect things are getting out of hand. With Dave facing a $6,000 budget shortfall, Lisa quietly suggests taking a look at Matthew's phone bill. Caught making personal long distance calls on the office phone, Matthew then points to Catherine's corporate account at an expensive hair salon. Meanwhile, Bill insists that their luncheon date is harmless and that he thinks of Beth as a daughter. But, after a few glasses of champagne, it isn't Bill but Beth who makes an unsolicited advance. However it's not the kiss that gets Dave's attention. Rather, it's Beth's 93 magazine subscriptions on the company account and the chauffeured limousine Bill hired for the luncheon. As a result of the unsolicited kiss, Bill is in a state of shock, especially once everyone in the office knows what happened. After listening to Beth explain how she was simply swept away by the moment, Bill hesitatingly accepts her apology, but insists that the two of them never be left alone in the same room anymore. Finally, when Dave's investigation of the budget leads him to question Jimmy's use of a helicopter to fly home and play with his dogs at lunch, the owner's solution is simple -- increase the budget for fuel.
aired: Tue, Apr 11, 1995
In compliance with a new state law, Dave announces that the station is now officially a no-smoking office. News of the ban doesn't sit well with Bill, who claims that cigarettes are the key to his radio voice. And when he discovers a provision in the law allowing a special smoking area, Bill insists that Dave comply. When this idea proves impractical, Dave decides to inspire Bill to quit and ends up offering to give up coffee if Bill gives up smoking. Meanwhile, Lisa worries about her affair with Dave being exposed after Joe sees them at the movies together. Upon arriving at the station to find Dave in a trance and Bill coughing his way through the news broadcast, Jimmy takes action himself, popping a cigarette in Bill's mouth and immediately improving his performance. However, when Dave plucks the cigarette from his mouth, Bill suddenly reverts back to coughing. Dave then gives him some nicotine patches prescribed by his doctor, and Bill gets relief from his craving -- unaware that using them without medical supervision has serious side effects. With Bill in the hospital, Jimmy demands that Dave start drinking coffee after telling him it's decaffeinated -- even though it isn't! Confronting Joe about their encounter at the theater, Lisa learns he is more concerned about his being seen there with a gay man than seeing her with someone in a stupid-looking hat. Finally, Dave solves his problem by sealing off the broadcast booth so that Bill and Catherine can do their show enveloped in a cloud of cigarette smoke.
aired: Tue, Apr 4, 1995
In the wake of Matthew's inappropriate, and obscene, pronunciation of a name in the news, Dave must try to limit the damage. Yet, much to his chagrin, Lisa takes charge and suggests an on-air apology before Dave has had a chance to react. And despite the possibility of a lawsuit, Jimmy is delighted with the mistake and hopes he can sell tapes of the error to collectors. However, after he asserts his seniority, Lisa convinces Dave to join her for dinner to discuss the matter. When Beth notices them acting strangely the following morning at work, Dave admits to having spent part of the evening making out with Lisa. Though Beth pledges to keep their little affair a secret, she warns Dave that he and Lisa are bound to have a confrontation which will alert everyone. Agreeing that an affair is unprofessional, Dave and Lisa just can't keep it from escalating even further. Meanwhile, Bill persists in trying to convince Catherine to join him for a date, while Matthew is convinced he's being fired as a result of his on-air mistake. Realizing that Lisa and Dave have gone on to have sex, Beth reaffirms her earlier warning. As Bill tries to enlist them into coaxing Catherine to join him for lunch, Lisa and Dave pledge to nip their affair in the bud once and for all, only to end up making love on his office couch. Finally, after deciding their only choice is to keep the romance a secret, Dave learns the reason behind Catherine and Bill's tense relationship -- their own inter-office affair four years ago.
aired: Tue, Mar 28, 1995
Only two weeks into his new job, Dave is facing his first big news crisis. A fire has stranded a subway train between stations, leaving its 35 passengers in the dark and smoky tunnel. Though Bill suggests sticking with the station's usual approach of periodic updates with little information, Dave has other ideas. He wants to be the first station to have a reporter inside the tunnel for an eyewitness account of the rescue. There's just one problem -- the transit commission has never allowed anyone in a tunnel during an emergency. Then another problem throws a wrench into the works -- the delivery of Matthew's new desk, a purchase that was approved by Dave. While trying his best to get the transit commissioner to approve his request, Dave must fend off an endless stream of complaints by the rest of the staff about their not getting new desks, too. After Jimmy arrives with a friend to watch the staff operate during a crisis, Dave makes matters worse when he lets slip that he approved the new desk over a dinner Taking Matthew with him, Dave heads for the transit commissioner's office to see about getting access to the stalled train. Even though the commissioner refuses to even meet with him, Dave manages to steal a tunnel pass for Matthew. However, upon returning to work, Dave is shocked to find that Jimmy has authorized new desks for everyone. Taking the station owner aside, Dave then complains about undercutting his authority in the newsroom and insists on sending the new desks back at once. Meanwhile, at the disaster scene, Matthew finds it too dark and smoky to see much of anything. Finally, Dave's insistence on returning the new desks causes one last problem when the movers take the old ones, too, leaving the station without any office furniture at all.
aired: Tue, Mar 21, 1995
As the new News Director at New York's WNYX radio, Dave Nelson is ready for his first day on the job. But there's just one problem -- station owner Jimmy James has yet to fire Ed Harlow, the man Dave has been hired to replace. According to Jimmy, that's Dave's first job. To make matters worse, Jimmy has not told anyone on the staff that Dave is their new boss as he proceeds to introduce him as the station's new sports reporter. As he looks for a way to break the news to Ed, Dave meets the rest of the WNYX news team, and quickly realizes what's in store for him. First of all, the station's news anchors, Bill and Catherine, are locked in a power struggle that threatens to paralyze the newsroom. Then there's Lisa Miller, a reporter and the hardest working member of the staff, who thinks she is about to be named news director. Meanwhile, as Jimmy heads off to look into his latest business venture, Dave discovers that Ed is highly sensitive to any bad news. However, when Ed suddenly quits, Dave thinks he is off the hook. However, Dave's relief is just temporary. It seems that Ed quits several times each week, only to be back at work soon thereafter. After witnessing an argument between Ed and the station's new ace reporter, Matthew, Dave decides he has to tell someone the truth. But, even after swearing Matthew to secrecy, Dave soon finds that the entire WNYX staff is waiting for him to make his move. Before dealing with Ed, Dave saves Lisa some embarrassment by announcing to everyone that he was hired only after she turned own the job first. Unable to continue the ruse any longer, Dave finally breaks the news to Ed before making it very clear to everyone else that he is now in charge.