Episode Guide for Season #1 of "Mad About You" for the Usenet newsgroup alt.tv.mad-about-you


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The MAY Episode Guides:

Episode Guide for Season #1
Episode Guide for Season #2
Episode Guide for Season #3
Episode Guide for Season #4
Episode Guide for Season #5
Episode Guide for Season #6


The First Season


Table of Contents


Telecasts in Syndication:


Cast of Characters

  Paul Buchman . . . . . . . . . . . .  Paul Reiser
  Jamie Buchman  . . . . . . . . . . .  Helen Hunt
  Lisa Stemple . . . . . . . . . . . .  Anne Ramsay
  Jay Selby  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Tommy Hinkley
  Fran Devanow . . . . . . . . . . . .  Leila Kenzle
  Mark Devanow . . . . . . . . . . . .  Richard Kind
  Ira Buchman  . . . . . . . . . . . .  John Pankow
  Murray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Smiley, Maui

Supporting Characters

  Burt Buchman, Paul's father  . . . .  Louis Zorich
  Gus Stemple, Jamie's father  . . . .  Paul Dooley
  Theresa Stemple, Jamie's mother  . .  Nancy Dussault
  Ryan, Fran and Mark's son  . . . . .  Spencer Klein

  Ike, Paul's editor . . . . . . . . .  Art Evans
  Stacey, Paul's assistant . . . . . .  Kerri Green
  Connie, Paul's assistant . . . . . .  Meagen Fay
  Warren, Paul's editor/cameraman  . .  Steven Wright

  Maggie Conway, neighbour in 11-C . .  Judy Geeson
  Hal Conway, Maggie's husband . . . .  Paxton Whitehead
  Eddie, the doorman . . . . . . . . .  Lou Cutell

1.1 Romantic Improvisations [Premiere]

Paul and Jamie Buchman are newlyweds adjusting to life together in Manhattan. In the series opener, their scheduled evening alone goes awry as each assumes the other had cancelled their dinner engagement with friends.

1.2 Sofa's Choice

To Paul, a couch by any other name is not a couch, especially if it is a divan, a settee, or worse, a love-seat. Jamie is determined that their first major purchase be jointly made and when dragged to the department store, Paul manages to hyperventilate.

  Guest Characters:
  Barry's mother . . . . . . . . . .  Estelle Harris
  Phillip, the salesman  . . . . . .  Richard Roat
  Saleslady  . . . . . . . . . . . .  Jodi Carlisle

1.3 Sunday Times

Sunday, quiet Sunday, with nothing to do except decide what to do, but to do so quickly: see a movie, take in a parade or get to the museum, before other folks's Sundays intrude.

1.4 Out of the Past

News of his ex-girlfriend first fills Paul with excitement, followed by guilt, culminating in blithering idiocy after he invites Jamie to Riff's to meet her, and Jamie accepts.

  Guest Characters:
  Lynne Stoddard . . . . . . . . . .  Lisa Edelstein
  Ike, Paul's editor . . . . . . . .  Art Evans
  Stacey, Paul's assistant . . . . .  Kerri Green
  Audrey, who slaps Selby  . . . . .  Sarah Partridge
  Waiter at Riff's . . . . . . . . .  Jack Kenny

1.5 Paul in the Family

An unexpectedly long visit by Jamie's parents turns her into a raving lunatic who bribes Lisa with cold cash and cab-fare into sharing the experience. And Lisa delivers.

  Guest Characters:
  Gus Stemple, Jamie's father  . . .  Paul Dooley
  Theresa Stemple, Jamie's mother  .  Nancy Dussault

1.6 I'm Just So Happy For You

Paul's film about Yankee Stadium is rejected by PBS the same day Jamie snags a major advertising account, turning her celebratory bash into a defeat party.

  Supporting Cast: Ike and Stacey (their final appearance).
  Guest Characters:
  Vacky, the vendor . . . . . . . . .  Phil Leeds
  Ryan, Fran and Mark's son . . . . .  Spencer Klein

1.7 Token Friend

Paul is suddenly reluctant to use the subway because a former fellow film school student turns up as the token clerk at his station.

  Supporting Cast: Ryan Devanow
  Guest Characters:
  Howie Balinger . . . . . . . . . .  Steve Buscemi
  Sarcastic man  . . . . . . . . . .  Michael Goldfinger
  Woman asking directions  . . . . .  Elizabeth Norment
  Out-of-towner (with wife)  . . . .  Steven M. Porter
  Japanese businessmen . . . . . . .  Yoshio Be, Toshi Toda

1.8 The Apartment

Planning their last Will and Testament together brings up the subject of Paul's old bachelor pad, which he is now sublets, but Jamie would rather he let go of the past and surrender the lease to its current tenant.

  Guest Characters:
  Uncle Jules . . . . . . . . . . . .  Al Ruscio
  Kramer  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Michael Richards

1.9 Riding Backwards

On a trip to Connecticut to spend Thanksgiving with Jamie's parents, Paul and Jamie are doing fine, Mark and Fran begin to fight, while Selby and Lisa are just friends. But on the return journey, the converse is true.

  Supporting Cast: Ryan Devanow
  Guest Characters:
  Train Conductor  . . . . . . . . .  Michael Eugene Fairman
  Woman passenger  . . . . . . . . .  Carol Ann Sasi

1.10 Neighbors from Hell

The Buchmans get off on the wrong foot with the neighbours across the hall and each subsequent step to improve relations only makes matters worse.

  Guest Characters:
  Maggie Conway  . . . . . . . . . .  Judy Geeson
  Hal Conway . . . . . . . . . . . .  Paxton Whitehead

1.11 Met Someone

The story of "When Jamie met Paul," that begins with a chance encounter on a Sunday evening, followed by Paul's hard work to locate Jamie and then some fast talking to turn that encounter into a dinner date.

  Guest Characters:
  Karen, Paul's date  . . . . . . . .  Lisa Kudrow
  Dana, Selby's date  . . . . . . . .  Kathryn Spitz
  Lester  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  David Arnott
  Manny Gantz . . . . . . . . . . . .  Wayne Tippitt

1.12 Maid About You

The Buchmans find their new once-a-week maid a big help, but she is heart-broken that her affection for Mr. Paul isn't being reciprocated.

  Guest Character:
  Masha  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Beata Pozniak

1.13 Togetherness

Producer Jamie gets to hire the director for a new spot for the New York City tourism campaign and she picks Paul so they can work together, but soon finds out how much togetherness is too much.

  Guest Characters:
  Al, the client . . . . . . . . . .  Jerry Hardin
  The Big Apple  . . . . . . . . . .  Bill Dunlevy
  The Cat  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Albert Owens
  Stage manager  . . . . . . . . . .  Ric Edinger

1.14 Weekend Getaway

An escape to the countryside doesn't immediately cure Jamie's blues, but once it does, she's all for staying on permanently, making apples, tilling soil, or running a Chinese restaurant.

  Guest Characters:
  Ned, the manager . . . . . . . . .  Murphy Dunne
  Polar Bear club member . . . . . .  Parley Baer

1.15 The Wedding Affair

After unwittingly revealing a secret about a bride to her father, Paul badgers Jamie into telling him one of hers, and soon is sorry he did.

  Guest Characters:
  Miss Grundy, the caterer . . . . .  Susan Blommaert
  The waiter . . . . . . . . . . . .  William Newman
  The friendly couple  . . . . . . .  Neil Vipone,
                                      Annie Abbott
  Woman looking for her hat  . . . .  Laura Waterbury

1.16 Love Among the Tiles

What should a couple do when trapped in their bathroom on Valentine's Day? Paul and Jamie show the way -- painting toe-nails, giving mutual facials, and using antacid tablets as food and more.

  Supporting Cast: Ryan Devanow
  Guest Characters:
  Sam, looking for Stephanie  . . .  Patrick Warburton
  Andrew, Lisa's Valentine  . . . .  Gregory Paul Martin

1.17 The Billionaire

An extremely energetic and eccentric billionaire wants Paul to make a film about him. Meanwhile Paul's hires a new editor-cameraman who is anything but energetic.

  Guest Characters:
  Freddy Stadler . . . . . . . . . .  Jerry Lewis
  Belden, his assistant  . . . . . .  Bill Fox
  Eddie Mermelman, aka Warren  . . .  Steven Wright
  Connie, Paul's assistant . . . . .  Meagen Fay
  Eddie, the doorman . . . . . . . .  Lou Cutell
  Massuese . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Donna Pieroni

1.18 The Man Who Said Hello

Paul's father has his 15 minutes of fame following an incident with Regis Philbin that embarasses Paul, and events progress to a point that Paul is being viewed by all of New York City as an over-reactive son.

  Guest Characters:
  Burt Buchman, Paul's father  . . .  Louis Zorich
  Mimi, the hummer . . . . . . . . .  Maria Pitillo
  Marshall, the producer . . . . . .  Phil Lamaar
  As themselves  . . . . . . . . . .  Regis and Joy Philbin

1.19 Swept Away

Jamie thinks that Lisa and her new boyfriend are moving too fast in their relationship, so when they decide to move in together after a week's acquiantance, she is unable to stay uninvolved.

  Guest Characters:
  Michael, Lisa's boyfriend . . . . .  Charles Shaughnessy
  Irwin, the ventriloquist  . . . . .  James W. Sudik
  Woman who hates the quiche  . . . .  Kayla Carr

1.20 The Spy Who Loved Me

Jamie's new client is a former TV star idolized by Paul and Ira in their childhood, and as they revert back to the old ways and compete for star attention, Ira wins big.

  Guest Character:
  Diane Caldwell . . . . . . . . . .  Barbara Feldon

1.21 The Painter

Jamie hires an ex-boyfriend to paint the apartment and is a bit annoyed when Paul is not concerned by the prospect of her old flame being alone with her.

  Guest Character:
  Sherman Williams . . . . . . . . .  Rick Rossovich

1.22 Happy Anniversary [Season Finale]

At the Buchmans' first anniversary party love blossoms between Warren and Connie while Paul tries to turn back the clock, but there is no love lost between the now separated Fran and Mark.

  Supporting Cast: Warren and Connie,
             a David Lynch version of "When Harry Met Sally..."

The Production Team

  Created by:             Paul Reiser and Danny Jacobson
  Executive Producer:     Danny Jacobson
  Co-Executive Producers: Barnet Kellman, Jeffrey Lane,
                          Sally Lapiduss and Pamela Eells
  Producers:              Paul Reiser, Bruce Chevillat
  Co-Producer:            Steve Paymer
  Coordinating Producer:  Marjorie Weitzman Biggs
  Associate Producer:     Craig Knizek
  Script Supervisor:      Victoria Weisbart
  Production Coordinator: Vicki Beck
  Costumes:               Audrey Tannebaum, Jody Tillen
  Art Direction:          Bernard Vyzga
  Photography:            Richard Hissong
  Editing:                Sheila Amos
  Sound Mixing:           Peter Damski

  Writers:   Lisa DeBenedictis, Pamela Eells, Billy Grundfest,
             Danny Jacobson, Jeffrey Lane, Sally Lapiduss,
             Steve Paymer, Paul Reiser and Daryl Rowland.

  Directors: Linda Day, Dennis Erdman, Barnet Kellman and
             Paul Lazarus.

Please send in comments/corrections to: Ramaswamy [ramax@ultranet.com]