Episode Guide for Season #6 of "Mad About You"
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The Sixth Season
Paul Buchman . . . . . . . . . . . . Paul Reiser
Jamie Buchman . . . . . . . . . . . Helen Hunt
Fran Devanow . . . . . . . . . . . . Leila Kenzle
Ira Buchman . . . . . . . . . . . . John Pankow
Burt Buchman, Paul's father . . . . Louis Zorich
Sylvia Buchman, Paul's mother . . . Cynthia Harris
Debbie, Paul's sister . . . . . . . Robin Bartlett
Murray . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Maui
Theresa Stemple, Jamie's mother . . Carol Burnett
Joan Golfinos, Debbie's girlfriend . Suzie Plakson
Maggie Conway, neighbour in 11-C . . Judy Geeson
Hal Conway . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paxton Whitehead
Ursula, waitress at Riff's . . . . . Lisa Kudrow
Sheila Kleinman, the therapist . . . Mo Gaffney
The first day back from the hospital finds Paul and Jamie still
figuring out how to care for their daughter and what to name her,
until help arrives in the form of Jamie's mother.
Written by: Victor Levin
Directed by: Gordon Hunt
Tease: Jamie and Paul admiring their baby, maybe.
Tag: Jamie and Paul sniffing out Ira's little present.
Neither Julia nor Lilly, the first change, the 2 Hals,
the 8 Henrys, $1000 for Connie Corleone, betting on Women's
Basketball, the swaddling mystery, or the Rubik's Cube,
butting in vs pitching in, Sylvia's cold, squawking on
the intercom, sulking Murray, the gals, the 2AM feed,
burping controversy, demonic burps, mnemonic solution.
The return of the first Hal Conway.
- Paul: "It's something, huh?"
Jamie: "It is."
Paul: [surveying the apartment] "So you're saying we have
a baby now."
Jamie: "Good God Almighty!"
- Jamie: [emerging from the elevator] "Hi Sylvia!"
Sylvia: [rushing out of the lobby to get behind a glass partition]
"Oh my God! I don't want the baby to catch my cold!"
Jamie: "I can't believe you're still here! [to the baby]
Sweetie! Look, look.. there's your grandma!"
Sylvia: "Oh my goodness! She is so beautiful!
I can go home now. Thank you."
Jamie: "You're welcome!"
Sylvia: [softly] "No.. [pause] I mean.. thank *you*!"
SWEET: Survey, Wipe, Entertain baby, Ease out, Tie up old diaper.
TUBA: Tuck Under Both Arms.
GREPS: Gently Rub, Evenly Pat, Securely held.
CRIB: Cooler Really Is Better.
MABEL: Mothers Always Bring Extra Love.
Paul's improvised mnemonic:
AWYHAOF: Always Wash Your Hands And OFten.
Supporting Cast: Theresa, Joan, Maggie and Hal.
Jamie kicks off a letter-writing spree by penning one to her
infant daughter, to be read on her 18th birthday. Ira and Joan
join in on the fun, while Paul goes through draft after draft.
Written by: Maria Semple
Directed by: Gordon Hunt
Tease: Jamie wondering if she looks like somebody's mother.
Tag: Mabel hearing all about her birthday presents.
Words: Exclude, Bouillabaisse, Paella.
Jamie's letter, Paul's offer to co-sign, Sylvia's best
Ingrid Bergman accent, even more like herself, Ira's
letters, Paul's attempts, Jamie's second wind, reading
Snugli directions, Debbie's "Whaaat?", Sylvia's voice
impersonators, Mr. Love makes his move (after a wink),
the takedown, Paul and the full snugli, Jamie's peek.
- Jamie: "Ira?"
Jamie: "No, no, no! Do you understand me? No!
Banish the thought from your mind."
Jamie: "First of all, you have no shot."
Ira: "Yes, I do."
Jamie: "No you don't. No! And second of all,
if you did, no!"
Ira: "Okay, fine."
Jamie: "No, no, no. Ira, no!
[he looks at Paul] No!
[he looks back at Jamie] No!
Ira: "Okay, fine!" [he leaves]
- Ira: [picking himself up] "So, we're cool?"
Mabel, at 18 . . . . . . . . . . . Meredith Bishop
Jamie stumbles upon a strange cure to Mabel's crying fits,
while Paul valiantly tries to catch a few winks before an
important meeting with a Belgian distributor.
Written by: Roger Director
Directed by: Gordon Hunt
Tease: Trick or treating as an adult impersonator.
Tag: Calling Bruno Mir and getting wrong numbers.
Words: Bedraggled, disheveled.
No to the Nanny, renditions of improvised "Go to Sleep"
and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," Joan's referral, calling
Rosie O'Donnell's doctor, #22, color of light aubergine,
the first impression, sound-activated light, the Ira
bypass operation, roof to lobby and back, change in
elevator inspectors, the second first impression,
the 10-minute non-stop ride, an understanding cop.
- Joan: [drowsily, into the phone] "Deb?"
Sylvia: "I'm not ready for you to call me that!"
Sylvia: "Where are they?"
Sylvia: "Paul and Jamie."
Joan: "They went to the doctor's."
Sylvia: [to Burt] "Oh, I knew it!"
Joan: "But it's nothing.."
Sylvia: "Oh, my God!"
Joan: "The baby is crying a little and they are
Sylvia: "In THIS family, we DO NOT over-react!"
Supporting Cast: Joan.
Dr. Don Kekitch . . . . . . . . . Markus Redmond
Bruno Mir . . . . . . . . . . . . Nick Jameson
Madame Mir . . . . . . . . . . . . Elea Bartling
Gym patron . . . . . . . . . . . . Gary Grossman
Keanu, the cabbie . . . . . . . . Jeff Cahill
The Policeman . . . . . . . . . . David Basulto
Trick-or-treat "kid" . . . . . . . Robert Garcia
The search for a pre-school for the 3-week old Mabel cannot
begin soon enough, but has to compete for attention with the
coupon-fraud trial of Paul's Uncle and an odd caper involving
Jamie and Ira.
Written by: Paul Reiser and Victor Levin
Directed by: David Steinberg
Tease: The Watch-me-Voila! variation.
Tag: The grand great-uncle lullaby.
Daddy's in charge, getting things for less!, the thing
with Ira, Ira's perm, dolphin or starfish, initial
hesitation, apologies about the old ball and chain,
dog hat for 7c, free lunch coupon, running afoul of
the law, calling Jamie honey, defacing perfection,
pre-school enrollment snag, raspberry to the charges,
grilling the puppet, heart in a great neighborhood.
- Jamie: "It's a felony. You know that?"Times
about some woman who made like, $60,000 clipping
coupons -- they threw her in jail!"
Paul: "What's a felony?"
Jamie: "It is. I read the whole thing in the
Paul: "Oh really? Was she in this cell with all
the people who tear the tags off of mattresses?"
- Ira: "James, you're like a masterpiece.
You shouldn't change that!"
Jamie: "That's a very sweet thing to say."
Ira: "Yeah, that's.. that's what I happen to feel."
Jamie: "Is that you talking, or Paul?"
Ira: "Oh, it's me."
Jamie: "You swear?"
Jamie: "Why doesn't Paul ever say things like that?"
Ira: "Well, I can only speak for myself."
Phillip (Irwin) Buchman . . . . . Mel Brooks
Mrs. Paris, Hanover pre-school . Anne-Marie Johnson
The Tattoo artist . . . . . . . . Bernard Hocke
The Store-clerk . . . . . . . . . David Koechner
Judge Chuffa . . . . . . . . . . Peter White
The Lawyer . . . . . . . . . . . Robert Curtis-Brown
Bailiff . . . . . . . . . . . . . Beans Morocco
Jamie resents being tagged with the dime-store psychological
cliché that is postpartum depression, and almost wrecks the
wedding plans of a stranger. Meanwhile Paul directs a charity
production of "The Pirates of Penzance."
Written by: Lisa Melamed
Directed by: Gordon Hunt
Tag: Paul and Jamie acknowledging the credits as they
roll by, to spirited accompaniment.
Mabel for President, editing the photo album, the ass on
Paul, Arturo's back, 9th Street Playhouse, the enthusiastic
pianist, hysterical or historical, stage direction for a lot
of news, sucked on 15 times a day, count of bridesmaids,
Ben and Jerry: 2 old friends, another toss out of the window,
$200 in Al Franken's book, practicing the vowels, and I-Grec,
improvised hypotenuse, ending with the schmeckie out.
The first appearance of Fran this season.
- Jamie: "I am having a hair problem. I'm having a clothing
problem, because suddenly I'm shaped like a Dr. Seuss
character. So I'm not dying to be seen in public
right now!"'Pirates of Penzance' performed by your parents!"
Paul: "All right sweetie.. it's 3 painless hours--"
- Paul: "So now, I've got to eat some ice-cream, I've got
to run back, I've got to beg my mother to do the part.
That'll be another mallet to the knee-cap of an already
[pause, Jamie has stopped eating her ice-cream]
Aw, sweetie, it's okay. It's just a play. [pause]
You, you're slowing down on the Chubby Hubby there.
What's the matter then?"
Jamie: "I don't deserve Chubby Hubby."
Paul: "Sure you do.. Hey! try some of this!"
Jamie: "I don't deserve the World's Best Vanilla."
Paul: "Sure.. Why? [reading the label on the carton]
Because of the calories?"
Jamie: "No, because I'm a bad person. [pause]
What's that supposed to mean about the calories?"
Miriam Sass . . . . . . . . . . . Florence Stanley
Roberta, her daughter . . . . . . Sydney Bennett
Mr. Edlin, the pianist . . . . . Billy Barnes
The Pirate Maidens . . . . . . . Helen Geller, Rosina Pinchot,
Charlene Simpson, Shannon Welles
The Pirates . . . . . . . . . . . Allen Bloomfield, Jesse Martin,
Michael Perrotta, Jack Ritschel,
Arturo . . . . . . . . . . . . . Jose Zuniga
The Buchmans find a baby-sitter they are comfortable with, but
Paul and Jamie's first evening out by themselves begins with
Paul not in his pants and ends on an even more unusual note.
Written by: Mike Martineau
Directed by: Gordon Hunt
Tease: Paul complaining about a junk-mail catalogue,
then ordering from it.
Tag: Paul discovering the source of an almost
Pulling someone out of the pants, the usual props,
reading Moby Dick, in the first person, followed by a
vigorous discussion period, beautiful rhythm and melody,
the multiple spot-checks, Ira's 2 forms of id (not!),
March 25, not an organ donor, 20-year old Stewie, cooing
or fussing, Nat's 3 books of identification, Virgin Mary
to go, the same bunny, ice-cream in pants, Winter Garden,
the alley exchange, then dinner.
- Jamie: "Hi, Arley! Come on in! [to Mabel]
Sweetie, look, you remember Arley?"
Arley: "Hey Mabel! Hi sweetie!"
Jamie: "Look! Do you think she knows we're going out?"
Arley: "They know everything, they just can't say."
- Jamie: "Excuse me, may I use your phone?"
Ursula: "Yeah.. it's kind of in my house, so I'm not
real comfortable with that."
- Arley: "You walk Murray at night?"
Nat: "Yes. [long pause] He finds it-- uh, you know,
the streets are less crowded, you know? Less full
of other distractions, uh, other dogs."
Mabel not today, Mabel not tomorrow, but soon and
for the rest of your life.
Supporting Cast: Maggie, Ursula and Nat.
Arley, the sitter . . . . . . . . Lili Taylor
The Security Guard . . . . . . . Earl Billings
"David Copperfield" . . . . . . . Noel Webb
Dominic, the waiter . . . . . . . Tony Trevino
Paul and Jamie grapple with the pressures of having and not having
sex for the first time since Mabel's birth, but their therapist
seems not much help.
Written by: Moses Port and David Guarascio
Directed by: Gordon Hunt
Tease: Paul wish-boning for more chicken.
Tag: Pizza-slice undergoing therapy.
Taped sessions, taking advantage of a sister, the
exchanged look, 6 weeks or 6 months, wanting cake
from big baker, reigning it in, bringing dinner to
dinner, the flier fight, the bend-over trick, baby
monitor bug, 20 minutes of ho-hum sex, the Poconos
bit of fakery, a genuine flash, on getting to the
Promised Land twice, the long interrupted monologue,
Philadelphia lawyer and Cookie Rojas, going double
or nothing to a solid 6.
Dedicated to the memory of George O. Petrie (1912-1997).
- Paul: "You know what you are? You're the little girl
that cried cake."
Jamie: "I am not!"
Paul: "Yes, you are, and the first time you cried it,
we all came running down that hill. In good faith
we ran down that hill and what did we find? No cake.
So this time, me and the villagers, we are not even
going to make the trip. We are just going to stay
here and make bricks."
- Paul: "It is all a matter of credibility and..
[turning to Jamie] the fact that you have none."
Jamie: "Why do you insist on spoiling what was a
perfectly great experience?"
Sheila: "Paul, Jamie sounds awfully sincere to me."
Paul: "Are you, like, ever on my side?"
- Paul: "Honey, I'm a guy."
Paul: "So it means nothing."
Paul: "I mean, I could do that in my sleep!"
Supporting Cast: Joan and Sheila.
The Pizza-slice guy . . . . . . . Lewis Black
Created by: Paul Reiser and Danny Jacobson
Executive Producers: Victor Levin, Paul Reiser, Danny Jacobson
Co-Executive Producers: Helen Hunt, Roger Director
Supervising Producers: Mary Connelly, Bob Heath, Lissa Levin,
Lisa Melamed, Maria Semple
Producers: Craig Knizek, William Cosentino,
Consulting Producer: David Steven Simon
Associate Producers: Geof Addison, David Craig
Script Supervisor: Victoria Weisbart
Production Coordinator: Linda Demeduk
Costumes: Audrey Darin and Howard A. Sussman
Art Direction: Robert Strohmaier
Photography: Bobby Byrne
Editing: Sheila Amos
Sound Mixing: Peter Damski
Writers: Susan Dickes, Roger Director, Christopher Case Erbland,
David Guarascio, Lissa Levin, Victor Levin,
Mike Martineau, Lisa Melamed, Moses Port, Paul Reiser,
Maria Semple, David Steven Simon and
Jonathan Leigh Solomon.
Directors: Gordon Hunt, Michael Lembeck and David Steinberg.
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