Episode Guide for Season #4 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 Fourth Season


Table of Contents


Special Note:

Telecasts in Syndication:


Cast of Characters

  Paul Buchman . . . . . . . . . . . .  Paul Reiser
  Jamie Buchman  . . . . . . . . . . .  Helen Hunt
  Lisa Stemple . . . . . . . . . . . .  Anne Ramsay
  Fran Devanow . . . . . . . . . . . .  Leila Kenzle
  Ira Buchman  . . . . . . . . . . . .  John Pankow
  Murray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Maui

Supporting Characters

  Mark Devanow, Fran's ex-husband  . .  Richard Kind
  Burt Buchman, Paul's father  . . . .  Louis Zorich
  Sylvia Buchman, Paul's mother  . . .  Cynthia Harris
  Debbie, Paul's sister  . . . . . . .  Robin Bartlett

  Maggie Conway, neighbour in 11-C . .  Judy Geeson
  Hal Conway, Maggie's husband . . . .  Jim Piddock
  Allison Rourke, Paul's boss  . . . .  Gates McFadden
  Sid Novak, Paul's editor . . . . . .  George O. Petrie
  Hollis Pavelle, Paul's co-worker . .  David Strickland
  Lance Brockwell, Jamie's boss  . . .  Alan Ruck
  Doug Berkus, Brockwell's deputy  . .  Bradley White
  Nat, Murray's walker . . . . . . . .  Hank Azaria

4.1 New Sleep-walking PLUS [Season Opener]

Jamie is enthralled by it, Paul doesn't remember it, Murray didn't see it, and Ira laughs at it -- another night and the day after in the Buchmans' lives. Meanwhile Paul finds employment at the Explorer Channel.

  Guest Characters:
  Allison Rourke  .  . . . . . . . .  Gates McFadden
  Cassandra, at Klarik's . . . . . .  Bok Yun Chun
  Cab-drivers' Union man . . . . . .  Daniel Chodos
  "We don't stare" woman . . . . . .  Paunita Nichols
  "What next?" grocer  . . . . . . .  Jeremiah Morris

4.2 The Parking Space

After a 4-year wait the Buchmans finally have dibs on a parking space in a nearby garage, but still no car, and they soon manage to reverse the situation.

  Supporting Cast:  Mark.
  Guest Characters:
  Leo  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Mark Schiff
  Bank of Manhattan loan officer . .  Wayne Wilderson

4.3 The Good, the Bad and the Not-So-Appealing

Inspired by a Martha Stewart idea, Sylvia organizes a high-noonish tag-what-you-want lunch for her family, complete with a shoot-out in the kitchen with Jamie, except it is not much of a contest.

  Supporting Cast:  Sylvia, Burt and Debbie.

4.4 I Don't See It

At first Paul has a only vague notion he knows who Jamie's interview at City Hall is with, but he figures it out and complicates matters for Jamie and Fran when they are about to land an important account.

  Supporting Cast:  Sid.
  Guest Characters:
  Lance Brockwell . . . . . . . . . .  Alan Ruck
  Brockwell's assistant . . . . . . .  Wendle Josepher
  Bernard, the "Titanic" guy  . . . .  Eric Christmas

4.5 Yoko Said

Yoko Ono is in town for some film happenings and Paul tries to do something different for the Explorer Channel with her help, except it is not his idea and he can't pull it off, not even after fasting for five days.

  Supporting Cast:  Allison.
  Guest Characters:
  As herself  . . . . . . . . . . .  Yoko Ono
  Sycophant #1 (Hollis Pavelle) . .  David Strickland
  Sycophant #2  . . . . . . . . . .  Monica Allison

4.6 An Angel For Murray

With Murray around the Buchmans are no dinks, so when Lisa demurs they are obliged to hire a professional to walk Murray. And Murray seems to prefer the newcomer to Paul.

Nat's Murray-isms:

  Supporting Cast:  Hollis and Maggie.
  Guest Characters:
  Nat, the dog-walker . . . . . . .  Hank Azaria
  The Nurse . . . . . . . . . . . .  Joyce Guy
  The furniture mover . . . . . . .  Bob Amaral
  Mr. Fefvil, the neighbor  . . . .  Bill Saluga
  Neighbor at the mailboxes . . . .  David Steinberg

4.7 The Couple

Three lies, two shows and a realization as Paul and Jamie figure out "why it will never happen" to them, or so one is led to believe when their new friends turn out to be not quite what they pretend to be.

  Supporting Cast:  Allison.
  Guest Characters:
  Doug . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Brian McNamara
  Didi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Lisa Waltz
  Mischa's owner . . . . . . . . . .  Fred Stoller
  Spanky's owner . . . . . . . . . .  Gilbert Gottfried

4.8 New Year's Eve

Paul and Jamie are obliged to spend New Year's Eve apart for the first time, but strange happenings at Times Square have a will, and a way, all their own.

Nat's Murray-isms:

Bill and Ernest's chain of names:

    Robert Clary -->
               Yaphet Kotto -->
                          Omar Bradley -->
                                     Yanni...
  Supporting Cast:  Mark, Nat and Lance.
  Guest Characters:
  Brenda, at Klarik's  . . . . . . .  Kathy Griffin
  Randall, Lisa's friend . . . . . .  Willie Garson
  Lily, Ira's friend . . . . . . . .  Tracy Kolis
  Bill and Ernest  . . . . . . . . .  John Capodice,
                                      John F. O'Donohue
  Mrs Velasquez, Joachim's mother  .  Bridget Sienna
  Mark's grateful patient  . . . . .  Linda Porter
  Sanitation Dept. man . . . . . . .  Tino Insana
  Telephone pageboy  . . . . . . . .  Randl Ask

4.9 Ovulation Day

Paul and Jamie try to time a love-in-the-afternoon rendezvous back at their apartment, but his family shows up at the most inopportune time, with Debbie springing a big surprise.

  Supporting Cast: Burt, Sylvia, Debbie, Sid and Maggie.
  Guest Characters:
  Interested woman . . . . . . . . .  Billye Ree Wallace
  2-note tuba playing boy  . . . . .  Kellen Hatahway

4.10 Get Back

Jamie throws out her back during adventurous sex on the floor, so Paul has to help out with one of her duties at City Hall while also trying to get his father to see an optometrist.

Nat's Murray-isms:

  Supporting Cast:  Mark, Burt, Sylvia, Maggie and Nat.
  Guest Characters:
  Dr. Mandel's receptionist  . . . .  Nancy Fish
  Professor Gittelson  . . . . . . .  Leland Orser
  Professor Ng Lieu Cho  . . . . . .  Jim Lau
  Homeless at NYU  . . . . . . . . .  Otto Coelho
  Guiseppe, the Baker  . . . . . . .  Peirrino Mascarino
  Sophia, his daughter . . . . . . .  Fabiana Udenio
  Delivery man . . . . . . . . . . .  Armando Molina

4.11 Dream Weaver

A night of cascading dreams, Paul's and Jamie's, featuring ostriches and ducks and a party, with lots of interpretation and a poem (and a half) by Henry Gibson.

  Supporting Cast:  Allison, Sid, Nat and Maggie.
  Guest Characters:
  The waiter . . . . . . . . . . . .  Frank Birney
  As himself.  . . . . . . . . . . .  Henry Gibson
  As himself.  . . . . . . . . . . .  Arte Johnson
  As himself.  . . . . . . . . . . .  Gary Owens
  As herself.  . . . . . . . . . . .  JoAnne Worley

4.12 Hot and Cold

Ira resumes gambling, wins a lot, hands out generous presents and then takes a $4000 bath -- no problems for him, but not so much for the Buchmans.

  Supporting Cast:  Mark.
  Guest Characters:
  Bobby, the bouncer . . . . . . . .  Robert Costanzo
  Johnny, the casino man . . . . . .  Chick Vennera
  "If I were a Rich Man" patron  . .  Andrew Gold
  The dealer . . . . . . . . . . . .  Michael Yama

4.13 Fertility

Paul and Jamie embark on an organic fertility enhancement program with Mark's help, plus a day-off at a fancy local hotel at Fran's suggestion.

  Supporting Cast:  Mark and Hollis.
  Guest Characters:
  Bobby, the lighting man  . . . . .  Tyrees Allen
  The Slackton Hotel clerk . . . . .  Patrick Bristow

4.14 Everybody Hates Me

Jamie tries a new look with interesting consequences, while Ira feels betrayed at the love-game, let down by his quality wing-man Paul who digs himself a big hole discussing beauty.

  Supporting Cast:  Debbie, Mark and Nat.
  Guest Characters:
  Guiseppe, the Baker  . . . . . . .  Peirrino Mascarino
  Sophia, his daughter . . . . . . .  Fabiana Udenio

4.15 Do Me A Favor

The saga of a daisy-chain of favors, triggered by the young daughter of Ira's girlfriend wanting an autographed picture of Hizzoner, and complicated by Paul and his fancy new camera.

  Supporting Cast:  Lance Brockwell.
  Guest Characters:
  Iris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Kathleen Wilhoite
  Sophie, her daughter . . . . . . .  Tiffany Taubman
  Doug Berkus, Brockwell's deputy  .  Bradley White
  Arthur, Mayor's ex-campaign-mgr  .  Richard Portnow
  The bar-fly  . . . . . . . . . . .  John C. McDonnel

4.16 The Glue People

The mix of Jamie and Paul, Fran and Mark, and Iris and Ira, with call-waiting, split screens, a campaign commercial, and dinner for six featuring a reversal of fortunes.

  Supporting Cast:  Mark, Sid, Doug Berkus and Lance Brockwell.
  Guest Characters:
  Iris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Kathleen Wilhoite
  Maitre d'  . . . . . . . . . . . .  James Lesure

4.17 The Sample

The next step in the Buchman Baby saga is trying to find out if Paul is the reason Jamie is unable to conceive, and a trip to the hospital is in the cards. But a cooler, the theft of their car, a dramatic chase and the NYPD Bomb Squad get in on the action.

  Supporting Cast:  Mark, Maggie and Hal Conway.
  Guest Characters:
  Russ Yanowicz, the male nurse  . .  Brad Garrett
  The Truck driver . . . . . . . . .  Vic Polizos
  Man with coffee (and tea) order  .  Chris Bonno
  Musician patient . . . . . . . . .  Wesley Thompson

4.18 The Procedure

Jamie undergoes a minor diagnostic procedure and is quite smitten by her doctor. Meanwhile Ira rescues Paul's job at the Explorer Channel.

  Supporting Cast:  Mark and Hollis Pavelle.
  Guest Characters:
  Doctor Griffin . . . . . . . . . .  Julian Stone
  Doctor Green, anesthesiologist . .  Tohoru Masamune
  Nurse, at the hospital . . . . . .  Judyann Elder
  Nurse, in the operating room . . .  Karen Maruyama
  Customer at Klarik's . . . . . . .  Joseph M. Costa
  Explorer Channel board member  . .  Ted Sorel

4.19 The Weed

Jamie tries to plan for a weekend getaway in Pennsylvania-Dutch country, but Paul is pre-occupied with his current documentary project about a weed to be interested.

Shopping doubles:

  Supporting Cast:  Sid Novak, Hollis Pavelle and Doug Berkus.
  Guest Characters:
  Bobby, the lighting man  . . . . .  Tyrees Allen
  Explorer Channel executive . . . .  Sherman Howard
  Customer at Buchman's Sporting . .  Amzie Strickland
  Apartment dweller  . . . . . . . .  Harry Murphy

4.20 The Award

Nominated once again for the Silver Sprocket, a reluctant Paul is coaxed into a tuxedo by Ira and expects to attend the ceremony with Jamie at his side to counter the weasels from the Explorer Channel. Of course things don't quite work out that way.

  Supporting Cast:  Mark and Doug Berkus.
  Guest Characters:
  Sarah  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Sofia Milos
  Explorer Channel executive . . . .  Sherman Howard
  Customer asking for a bag  . . . .  Ric Edinger

4.21 The Finale (Part I)

After a week's reflection, and ignoring Ira's emphatic advice not to, Paul decides to tell Jamie about his walk around the block with a film-maker he met at the Silver Sprocket Awards, except Jamie blurts out first the matter that has been on her mind all day.

  Supporting Cast:  Mark, Hollis, Burt and Debbie.
  Guest Characters:
  Jonathan, the caterer  . . . . . .  Randl Ask
  Sanford Klarik, Lisa's boyfriend .  Billy Morrissette

4.22 The Finale (Parts II & III) [Season Finale]

Ira and Lisa try to engineer the Buchman reconciliation, except it proves easier to resolve the scheduling conflict between Burt and Sylvia's 45th anniversary party and Lisa's engagement party. Jamie and Paul try to talk their differences out by themselves.

  Supporting Cast:  Mark, Doug, Sylvia and Burt.
  Guest Characters:
  Joyce, Ira's girlfriend  . . . . .  Alessandra Petlin
  Jane Pauley's assistant  . . . . .  Ann Hamilton
  Sandra, waitress at Karaoke bar  .  Frederika Kesten
  Kissing woman at Karaoke bar . . .  Peggy Mannix
  Sanford Klarik, Lisa's fiance  . .  Billy Morrissette
  Zigmund Klarik, his father . . . .  Ed Asner
  Jonathan, the caterer  . . . . . .  Randl Ask


The Production Team

  Created by:             Paul Reiser and Danny Jacobson
  Executive Producers:    Danny Jacobson, Larry Charles
  Co-Executive Producer:  Marjorie Weitzman
  Supervising Producers:  Billy Grundfest, Brenda Hampton, Victor Levin
  Producers:              Bob Heath, Paul Reiser
  Co-Producer:            Craig Knizek
  Consulting Producers:   Stephen Engel, Pamela Norris
  Script Supervisor:      Victoria Weisbart
  Production Coordinator: David Craig
  Costumes:               Audrey Darin, Howard Sussman, Amanda Gore
  Art Direction:          Bernard Vyzga
  Photography:            Bobby Byrne
  Editing:                Sheila Amos
  Sound Mixing:           Peter Damski

  Writers:   Larry Charles, Ron Darian, Shana Goldberg-Meehan,
             Billy Grundfest, Brenda Hampton, Danny Jacobson,
             Seth Kurland, Victor Levin, Paul Reiser, Liz Sagal,
             McNally Sagal, Kenny Schwartz and Scott Silveri.

  Directors: Gordon Hunt, Thomas Schlamme and David Steinberg.

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