Episode Guide for Season #5 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 Fifth Season


Table of Contents


(*) Delayed US Telecasts:

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

  Burt Buchman, Paul's father  . . . .  Louis Zorich
  Sylvia Buchman, Paul's mother  . . .  Cynthia Harris
  Debbie, Paul's sister  . . . . . . .  Robin Bartlett
  Theresa Stemple, Jamie's mother  . .  Carol Burnett
  Gus Stemple, Jamie's father  . . . .  Carroll O'Connor
  Joan Golfinos, Debbie's girlfriend .  Suzie Plakson
  Mark Devanow, Fran's ex-husband  . .  Richard Kind (voice)
  Ryan Devanow, Fran's son . . . . . .  Spencer Klein

  Maggie Conway, neighbour in 11-C . .  Judy Geeson
  Ursula, waitress at Riff's . . . . .  Lisa Kudrow
  Bill Wicker, the super . . . . . . .  Jerry Adler
  Lance Brockwell, Mayoral candidate .  Harry Groener
  Troy, Jamie's gopher at work . . . .  Patrick Bristow
  Vladimir, theonewordman  . . . . . .  Elya Baskin
  Sheila Kleinman, the therapist . . .  Mo Gaffney
  Marvin, Ira's employee . . . . . . .  Jeff Garlin

5.1 Dr. Wonderful [Season Opener]

With Mark Devanow in Europe, Jamie and Paul have to look around for a gynecologist and Debbie tries to set them up with her girlfriend. Meanwhile the elder Buchmans finally get to meet Debbie's friend.

  Supporting Cast:  Sylvia, Burt and Debbie.
  Guest Characters:
  Dr. Joan Golfinos  . . . . . . . .  Suzie Plakson
  Dr. Von Derphal  . . . . . . . . .  John O'Hurley
  Ira's girlfriend . . . . . . . . .  Victoria Hoffman
  Girl at the bakery . . . . . . . .  Jann Karam
  Consuela, Ira's maid . . . . . . .  Norma Maldonado

5.2 The Grant

Jamie tries to stay awake, avoid coffee and continue to manage Brockwell's campaign. And while Paul is figuring out how to use a sizeable grant that has come his way, their uncle Phil asks Paul and Ira to visit him in Brooklyn.

  Guest Characters:
  Uncle Phil . . . . . . . . . . . .  Mel Brooks
  Lance Brockwell  . . . . . . . . .  Harry Groener
  Troy, Jamie's gopher . . . . . . .  Patrick Bristow
  Brockwell's speechwriter . . . . .  Gedde Watanabe
  Jamie's co-worker  . . . . . . . .  Arnetia Walker
  Vladimir, theonewordman  . . . . .  Elya Baskin
  A Campaign worker (blue shirt) . .  John Freeland Jr.
  Kinko's customer . . . . . . . . .  Nick Toth
  A Reporter . . . . . . . . . . . .  Deborah Guyer Greene

5.3 Therapy

Months after setting it up, Jamie and Paul decide to keep their appointment with the therapist Fran referred them to, but doing so delays Paul's shoot of his parents' reminiscences, with some interesting consequences.

  Supporting Cast:  Sylvia, Burt, Lance, Troy and Vladimir.
  Guest Characters:
  Herb Buchman . . . . . . . . . . .  Alan Charof
  Sheila Kleinman, the therapist . .  Mo Gaffney
  Paul's cameraman . . . . . . . . .  Kenny Moskow

5.4 The Clip Show

Having chosen the residents of Apartment 11-D as its parents, the baby in the making deals with musical interludes and parental cooing, and with lots and lots of choice moments from their years together. In other words, a clip show.

5.5 Burt's Building

Filming of Paul's documentary takes him and Burt back for the day to their old apartment building, and events conspire to make Paul late for an appointment at Joan's office to hear the baby's heart-beat for the first time.

  Supporting Cast:  Burt and Joan.
  Guest Characters:
  Akiba, Paul's cameraman . . . . .  Christopher Darga
  Osofsky . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Allan Corduner
  Paul, as a youngster  . . . . . .  Adam Weisman
  Irwin, storekeeper in 1964  . . .  Zane Lansky
  Howard, storekeeper in 1996 . . .  Markus Redmond
  Artie Zeitlin, the neighbor . . .  Floyd Levine

5.6 Jamie's Parents

The Stemples arrive at Paul and Jamie's apartment for a two-day visit armed with a surprise, and another soon follows.

  Guest Characters:
  Theresa Stemple . . . . . . . . .  Carol Burnett
  Gus Stemple . . . . . . . . . . .  Carroll O'Connor

5.7 Outbreak

The Buchmans decide the time and place of their grand announcement but the leaks start early this Thanksgiving week, at the elevator outside Joan's office. The pace is fast and furious and the saga ends with a surprising connection.

  Supporting Cast:  Burt, Sylvia, Debbie, Joan, Theresa and Maggie.
  Guest Characters:
  Woman in the elevator . . . . . .  Joanna Daniels
  Arturo, hairdresser to many . . .  Jose Zuniga
  WDED-FM disc jockey . . . . . . .  Carol Rosenthal
  Campanella, the proud grandpa . .  Ralph Manza
  Mel Slotkin . . . . . . . . . . .  Alex Rocco
  As himself  . . . . . . . . . . .  Kevin Bacon

5.8 Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge

While Ira counsels against it, Paul contemplates abstinence until July. However Jamie has other ideas and talks Paul into a trip upstate where they chance upon a dessert item with magical powers.

  Supporting Cast:  Sylvia, Burt and Maggie.
  Guest Character:
  Mrs. Gruber . . . . . . . . . . .  Dorothy Patterson

5.9 The Gym

Paul so likes playing the Mystery Man at a local gym that he talks Jamie out of working out there, whereupon she hands over her free pass to a homeless acquaintance from the neighborhood.

  Guest Characters:
  Virgil  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Bruno Kirby
  Dante . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Paul Parducci
  Virgil's friend . . . . . . . . .  John Toles-Bey
  Italian customer at the gym . . .  Alfonso de Rose
  Gym clerk . . . . . . . . . . . .  Elizabeth Larou
  Clerk at Books-A-Plenty . . . . .  Karen Gracey

5.10 Chicken Man

Jamie finally lets her co-workers and Lance know about the baby, while Ira, turning money man and producer for "Buchman" actually manages to produce a narrator, at least in voice.

  Supporting Cast:  Lance Brockwell, Troy and Joan.
  Guest Characters:
  Molly Norman  . . . . . . . . . .  Kari Coleman
  Cackling auditioner . . . . . . .  Roger Behr
  High pitched auditioner . . . . .  Danny Breen
  The Chicken Man . . . . . . . . .  Ron Darian
  Campaign worker . . . . . . . . .  Jeanne Mori
  In His Own Voice  . . . . . . . .  James Earl Jones

5.11 The Recital

A politically incorrect Jamie pays the price for commenting about Ryan's ability as a budding violinist, while a simmering Paul works up the nerve to confront the therapist about her over-charging ways.

  Supporting Cast:  Ryan Devanow, Sheila Kleinman.
  Guest Character:
  Marvin, Ira's employee . . . . . .  Jeff Garlin

5.12 The Handyman

The perils of engaging Paul and Jamie's handyman are visited upon Lisa, whose fiance Sanford is more than willing to finance Paul's over-budget documentary project.

  Guest Characters:
  Doug, the handyman . . . . . . . .  Scott Atkinson
  Sanford Klarik, Lisa's fiance  . .  Billy Morrissette
  Zigmund Klarik, his father . . . .  Ed Asner
  Security agent . . . . . . . . . .  Vassili Bogazianos

5.13 Astrology

Nat's sister, an astrologer, is in town and agrees to do charts for Lisa. Ira and Paul, and a very reluctant Jamie.

Nat's Murray-isms:

  Supporting Cast:  Nat and Theresa.
  Guest Characters:
  Doris . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Melanie Mayron
  Prof. E.M. Tomassi  . . . . . . .  Steven Gilborn
  Prof. Tomassi's student . . . . .  Dale Godboldo
  Manager at Klarik's . . . . . . .  Roy Fegan
  Customer at Klarik's  . . . . . .  Fritzi Burr

5.14 The Penis

The Buchmans promise to name their baby, if a boy, after Paul's ailing uncle Phil, then find out his real name. Meanwhile Paul is suddenly sure of the baby's sex.

  Supporting Cast:  Burt, Sylvia and Joan.
  Guest Characters:
  Uncle Phil  . . . . . . . . . . .  Mel Brooks
  Leon, the orderly . . . . . . . .  Lawrence A. Mandley
  Skippy, the orderly . . . . . . .  Eric Alan Kramer
  Joan's receptionist . . . . . . .  Ann Walker

5.15 Citizen Buchman

Paul's great-uncle Marty dies on camera as he is being interviewed for "Buchman" and his cryptic last words lead to a few unexpected disclosures among the Clan Buchman.

  Supporting Cast:  Burt, Sylvia and Debbie.
  Guest Characters:
  Uncle Arnold, Burt's brother  . .  Len Lesser
  Aunt Blossom, his wife  . . . . .  Jill C. Klein
  David, their son  . . . . . . . .  Sam Lloyd
  Uncle Marty, Burt's uncle . . . .  Shecky Greene
  Uncle Harold  . . . . . . . . . .  Sid Caesar
  Miriam Sass . . . . . . . . . . .  Florence Stanley
  Hugh Moss . . . . . . . . . . . .  Fred de Cordova
  Rabbi Lou Mencken . . . . . . . .  David Steinberg

5.16 Her Houseboy, Coco

An enforced bed-rest of 2 to 3 days for Jamie means Paul has to attend to her every need, and also deal with lack of heat in their apartment, and a kidnapping.

Nat's Murray-isms:

  Supporting Cast:  Burt, Sylvia, Debbie, Joan, Nat and Mr. Wicker.
  Guest Characters:
  Al Spehr, the plumber . . . . . .  Andrew Craig
  Rauschling and partners . . . . .  Franc Ross, Harley Zumbrum,
                                     Mark Anthony Nutter

5.17 On The Road

To escape Jamie's baby shower, Paul hits the road with Ira and Marvin in the latter's van, but his urge to tell insensitive jokes quickly leads to trouble.

  Supporting Cast:  Marvin.
  Guest Characters:
  The gas-station clerk . . . . . .  Harper Roisman
  The Bartender . . . . . . . . . .  John David Conti
  Darla . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Phyllis Lyons
  Dawn  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Stacey Travis
  AA member in the bar  . . . . . .  Scott Jaeck
  Pool players  . . . . . . . . . .  Greg Lee, Tom Hodges

5.18 The Cockatoo

Paul talks an unwilling Jamie into quitting her job at the mayoral campaign, but he is less successful in dealing with an exotic bird that flies into their lives.

  Supporting Cast:  Lance, Troy, Vladimir and Maggie.
  Guest Characters:
  Arthur, the mayor's fixer . . . .  Richard Portnow
  Judy Kaufman  . . . . . . . . . .  Deborah Theaker
  Newsnight crewman . . . . . . . .  David Vegh
  Pet store owner . . . . . . . . .  Fred Sanders

5.19 The Touching Game

A very pregnant Jamie insists on helping out at David and Jared's new coffee shop, with disastrous results. Meanwhile Ira and Paul help a pregnant woman on a bus.

  Guest Characters:
  David, Paul's cousin  . . . . . .  Sam Lloyd
  Renee . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Kevin E. Ross
  The little boy  . . . . . . . . .  Kevin Keckeisen
  His mother  . . . . . . . . . . .  Jean St. James
  D'Agostino's stock-boy  . . . . .  Greg Longstreet
  Man looking for coffee  . . . . .  John Webber

5.20 The Dry Run

Paul and Jamie flunk out of a birthing class Joan has managed to get them enrolled in. Meanwhile "Buchman" is being held hostage by the elder Buchmans and a stolen spoon saga.

  Supporting Cast:  Burt, Sylvia and Debbie.
  Guest Characters:
  Amy, the instructor . . . . . . .  Marsha Warfield
  First (and last) Cabbie . . . . .  Sergei Brusilovsky
  Second cabbie . . . . . . . . . .  Gerry Bednob
  Policeman . . . . . . . . . . . .  Zaid Farid
  Nurse . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Nikki Lee
  Birthing classmates . . . . . . .  Kevin Contreras,
                                     Mary Anne Schafer

5.21 Guardianhood

Paul and Jamie are advised by their lawyer to select guardians for the baby, and to their astonishment, rejections pile up. Meanwhile Jamie is flattered by the attentions of an 18-year old.

  Supporting Cast:  Burt, Sylvia, Debbie, Joan, Ursula
                      and Mark (voice).
  Guest Characters:
  Bobby Rubenfeld . . . . . . . . .  Seth Green
  His sister  . . . . . . . . . . .  Susan Leslie
  Jane, Lisa's friend . . . . . . .  Megan Mullally
  Oscar, the doorman  . . . . . . .  Joe Alfasa
  Folks on Fifth Avenue . . . . . .  Golde Starger, Cynthia Frost,
                                     Danny Dayton, David Fresco
                                     and E.J. Callahan

5.22 The Feud

Theresa and Sylvia vie for the new crib honors, with predictable consequences. On another front, Paul wins big at poker but is paid off by Marvin in the form of specially-priced household chores.

  Supporting Cast:  Burt, Sylvia, Theresa and Marvin.
  Guest Characters:
  Poker buddies . . . . . . . . . .  Mailon Rivera, Leon W. Grant
  Delivery men  . . . . . . . . . .  Don Cummins, Ric Edinger

5.23 The Birth (Parts I & II) [Season Finale]

Paul's documentary gets a surprisingly good review at a film festival, Jamie runs into an old flame in a cab, Paul gets a grand tour of the innards of Roosevelt Hospital courtesy of a film star, and yes, the baby arrives...

  Supporting Cast:  Burt, Sylvia, Debbie, Gus, Theresa,
                      Joan, Nat, Alan and Sheila.
  Guest Characters:
  Aunt Ida  . . . . . . . . . . . .  Estelle Getty
  Paul's crewman  . . . . . . . . .  Jack Esformes
  Dan, the policeman  . . . . . . .  David Dunard
  Orderly . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Anthony Mangano
  Nurse . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Judyann Elder
  Spanish woman . . . . . . . . . .  Rita Gomez
  Muriel and Irwin  . . . . . . . .  Alison Martin, Dean Cameron
  Ben, Joan's colleague . . . . . .  John Gegenhuber
  Dr. Eckstine  . . . . . . . . . .  Lance E. Nichols
  Reporter  . . . . . . . . . . . .  Penny Greigo
  Security  . . . . . . . . . . . .  Paul D'Ambrosio
  Bruno's friend  . . . . . . . . .  Stoney Westmoreland
  Security Chief  . . . . . . . . .  Beau Billingslea
  Folks at Film Festival  . . . . .  Susie Coelho, James Martin
  Cabbie #2 . . . . . . . . . . . .  David Correia
  Cabbie #3 . . . . . . . . . . . .  Roy Goldman
  As himself  . . . . . . . . . . .  Michael Moore
  As himself  . . . . . . . . . . .  Bruce Willis


The Production Team

  Created by:             Paul Reiser and Danny Jacobson
  Executive Producers:    Larry Charles, Paul Reiser, Danny Jacobson
  Co-Executive Producer:  Richard Day
  Supervising Producer:   Victor Levin
  Producers:              Bob Heath, Helen Hunt, Craig Knizek,
                          Jenji Kohan, Maria Semple
  Coordinating Producer:  Mary Connelly
  Associate Producers:    David Craig, Geof Addison
  Script Supervisor:      Victoria Weisbart
  Production Coordinator: Linda Demeduk
  Costumes:               Howard A. Sussman and Maureen Gates
  Art Direction:          Robert Strohmaier
  Photography:            Bobby Byrne
  Editing:                Sheila Amos
  Sound Mixing:           Peter Damski

  Writers:   Leslie Caveny, Larry Charles, Ron Darian, Richard Day,
             David Guarascio, Jenji Kohan, Victor Levin, Moses Port,
             Paul Reiser, Maria Semple and Jonathan Leigh Solomon.

  Directors: Gordon Hunt, Michael Lembeck and David Steinberg.

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