List of Coach episodes

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This is a list of episodes of the television sitcom Coach. The series aired on ABC from February 28, 1989 to May 14, 1997, with 197 episodes produced over 9 seasons.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings
Season premiere Season finale Network Rank Rating
1 13 February 28, 1989 (1989-02-28) June 7, 1989 (1989-06-07) ABC N/A N/A
2 20 November 21, 1989 (1989-11-21) May 1, 1990 (1990-05-01) #18[1] 15.65[1]
3 22 September 25, 1990 (1990-09-25) April 9, 1991 (1991-04-09) #18[2] 14.24[2]
4 21 October 1, 1991 (1991-10-01) May 19, 1992 (1992-05-19) #10[3] 15.38[3]
5 20 September 8, 1992 (1992-09-08) April 28, 1993 (1993-04-28) #6[4] 16.29[4]
6 27 September 14, 1993 (1993-09-14) May 24, 1994 (1994-05-24) #6[5] 16.39[5]
7 26 September 12, 1994 (1994-09-12) May 10, 1995 (1995-05-10) #53[6] 10.5[6]
8 25 September 12, 1995 (1995-09-12) May 21, 1996 (1996-05-21) #15[7] 12.37[7]
9 23 September 28, 1996 (1996-09-28) May 14, 1997 (1997-05-14) #64[8] 8.1[8]
10 13[9] 2016[10] N/A NBC[9] N/A N/A


Season 1 (1989)[edit]

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1 1 "Kelly and the Professor" Michael Zinberg Mark Ganzel February 28, 1989 (1989-02-28)
Football coach Hayden Fox tries to deal with the fact that his daughter Kelly is dating a professor.
2 2 "Love Me Tender" Alan Rafkin Elliot Stern March 1, 1989 (1989-03-01)
Luther gets obsessed with living his life before his passing - after which Hayden is to open a box that Luther gives him.
3 3 "Kelly, Meet Christine" James Gardner Barry Kemp March 8, 1989 (1989-03-08)
Hayden struggles to acknowledge his relationship with Christine, who has become fast friends with Kelly.
4 4 "I'm in Love with a Boy Named Stuart" Michael Lembeck Mark Ganzel & Sheldon Bull March 15, 1989 (1989-03-15)
While searching for someone to be the Screaming Eagles' mascot, Hayden is forced to put up with Kelly's mime boyfriend.
5 5 "The Loss Weekend" Michael Zinberg Sheldon Bull March 22, 1989 (1989-03-22)
Hayden copes with the team's third straight loss, while Christine feels neglected.
6 6 "Gambling for Meat" James Gardner John Peaslee & Judd Pillot April 5, 1989 (1989-04-05)
Luther wins a steak dinner for betting against the team, but Hayden must suspend him for gambling. Luther's fretting over a possible termination causes Hayden more problems than the actual suspension.
7 7 "19 Candles" Arlene Sanford Judd Pillot & John Peaslee April 12, 1989 (1989-04-12)
Hayden loses his temper over Kelly ruining the traditional father-daughter celebration of Kelly's birthday when she brings her boyfriend Stuart to dinner with them.
8 8 "Parents' Weekend" James Gardner Don Rhymer April 19, 1989 (1989-04-19)
Hayden's ex-wife is showing up for Parents' Weekend and Christine is eager to see her.
9 9 "I'm Sorry I Told You My Wife Was Dead" John Whitesell Judd Pillot & John Peaslee April 26, 1989 (1989-04-26)
One of the Screaming Eagles' wealthiest fans made plans to finance a new athletic center, but dropped dead. Hayden lies to the man's widow in order to get her to greenlight the funding, but his conscience keeps nagging.
10 10 "Define Romance" Andrew Chulack Sean Clark May 3, 1989 (1989-05-03)
Christine asks Hayden to define their relationship after he turns down her invitation to the opera leading her to invite another man.
11 11 "Whose Team Is It, Anyway?" Arlene Sanford Sheldon Bull May 17, 1989 (1989-05-17)
Hayden warns his players that anyone who dogs it will spend their game time parking their rear ends on the bench. That resolve is put to the test when one of his star players has been copping an attitude and skipping practices. Coach Fox must consider salvaging a horrible season versus the concepts of good sportsmanship.
12 12 "Hoot, Hoot Hike" Michael Lembeck John Peaslee & Judd Pillot May 31, 1989 (1989-05-31)
In order to get Kelly into a high-demand ballet class, Hayden agrees to allow the teacher to watch his team. Soon the teacher starts throwing herself at Hayden, and Christine proves she can be a romantic ballerina too.
13 13 "Dauber's Blow-Out" Michael T. Vetrie Don Rhymer June 7, 1989 (1989-06-07)
Riley Pringle of the Conduct Committee joins Hayden on patrol at Dauber's end-of-the-season blowout to ruin everyone's fun.

Season 2 (1989–90)[edit]

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14 1 "I Don't Know Much About Art, But I Know What Makes Me Mad" John Whitesell Sheldon Bull November 21, 1989 (1989-11-21)
Christine gets mad at Hayden for not knowing why she's mad at him in the first place.
15 2 "Dauber's Got a Girl" John Whitesell Miriam Trogdon November 28, 1989 (1989-11-28)
Dauber falls for the girls' basketball coach, who happens to be Hayden's nemesis.
16 3 "Bring Me the Head of Stuart Rosebrock" Michael Lembeck Sheldon Bull December 5, 1989 (1989-12-05)
In the first part of a two-parter, Hayden reluctantly accepts Stuart and Kelly's dinner invitation, only to see the couple's first big argument. Hayden must then hide his pleasure from Kelly. However, not only do the couple kiss and make up, they elect to get married in a cliffhanger.
17 4 "If a Coach Falls in the Woods" Michael Lembeck Judd Pillot & John Peaslee December 12, 1989 (1989-12-12)
In the conclusion of the two-part episode, Hayden refuses to attend Stuart and Kelly's impromptu wedding. Everyone tries to convince him otherwise, and it may be the most unlikely of people to save the day, Luther, who says he is the example of what not to end up as in life.
18 5 "If Keith Jackson Calls, I'll Be at My Therapist's" Michael Lembeck Mark Ganzel & Tom Palmer December 19, 1989 (1989-12-19)
Christine suggests that Hayden sees a therapist about his nervous twitch before his interview with sportscasters Keith Jackson and Bob Griese.
19 6 "I'm in the Mood for Luther" John Whitesell Barry Kemp & Sheldon Bull December 26, 1989 (1989-12-26)
Christine sets Luther up with a blind date, leading Hayden to worry that he may be broken-hearted.
20 7 "A Man and a Woman (and Two Theatre Majors)" John Whitesell Judd Pillot & John Peaslee January 2, 1990 (1990-01-02)
Hayden and Christine try to enjoy their anniversary, but are constantly being interrupted by the arguing Kelly and Stuart.
21 8 "The Investment" Michael Lembeck John Peaslee & Judd Pillot January 9, 1990 (1990-01-09)
Hayden talks Luther into making an investment in the Touchdown Club, but their friendship is jeopardized by an opening-night mishap.
22 9 "I've Got a Secret" John Whitesell Kathryn Baker January 16, 1990 (1990-01-16)
Hayden tries to keep his recruitment of a top quarterback a secret, but Christine's big mouth could ruin Hayden's team and their relationship.
23 10 "The Curley O'Brien Award" Alan Rafkin Tom Palmer & Mark Ganzel January 23, 1990 (1990-01-23)
Hayden fakes humility when he thinks he's won the prestigious Curley O'Brien Award, but fails to keep up the act when he loses to someone else.
24 11 "The Rosebrocks of Wisconsin" Michael Lembeck Judd Pillot & John Peaslee January 30, 1990 (1990-01-30)
Hayden feels jealous of Kelly spending all her time with her in-laws in Wisconsin.
25 12 "Coaches Conference" Alan Rafkin Sheldon Bull & Barry Kemp February 13, 1990 (1990-02-13)
Hayden is overjoyed to be invited to a national coaches conference in Memphis, Tennessee, but he learns that no one is familiar with him. Luther, who is also in Memphis as a huge Elvis fan, encourages Hayden to seek recognition from noted coaches. Hayden gets a surprise talk from Barry Switzer, who says there are more benefits to coaching than recognition.
26 13 "Carnival Knowledge" Will Mackenzie Judd Pillot & John Peaslee February 20, 1990 (1990-02-20)
Hayden teaches Christine the art of negotiation when she objects to her new contract at the TV station.
27 14 "Haven't I Slept with You Somewhere Before?" John Whitesell Sean Clark February 27, 1990 (1990-02-27)
Hayden's job hangs in the balance when the new university president turns out to be a woman he stood up.
28 15 "Homewreckers" Michael Zinberg Kathryn Baker March 6, 1990 (1990-03-06)
Hayden ends up trashing Christine's apartment when he's left alone.
29 16 "Professor Doolittle" Tony Dow Sheldon Bull March 13, 1990 (1990-03-13)
The new university president tells Hayden more is expected out of him, and orders him to teach a course on ancient history when football season is over. Hayden soon learns the course contains a challenging regimen on Egypt, Greece and Rome, and worries when a lot of his players enroll under the impression of "rocks for jocks".
30 17 "Sunshine on My Shoulder Makes Me Happy: A Show About Bird Ransom" Jim Drake Sean Clark March 20, 1990 (1990-03-20)
When Hayden agrees to look after Luther's parrot, the bird flies away and is subsequently held for ransom.
31 18 "Kelly Girl" Alan Rafkin John Peaslee & Judd Pillot April 10, 1990 (1990-04-10)
Kelly volunteers to be Hayden's secretary for the summer, but when she receives a better job offer, she leaves him to fend for himself.
32 19 "A Jerk at the Opera" Andrew Chulack Tom Palmer April 17, 1990 (1990-04-17)
Jealousy leads Hayden to follow Christine and an old boyfriend to the opera in disguise.
33 20 "Poodle Springs" Tony Dow Sean Clark May 1, 1990 (1990-05-01)
Hayden and Christine offer moral support to Dauber by going on a double date with him and Judy, who are meeting Judy's blue-blooded parents. A mishap by Dauber, Hayden and Christine put the pampered poodle of Judy's mother in jeopardy.

Season 3 (1990–91)[edit]

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34 1 "That Shouldn't Happen" Alan Rafkin Judd Pillot & John Peaslee September 25, 1990 (1990-09-25)
Hayden braces himself for a visit from Christine's mother while preparing for the new season with a new quarterback.
35 2 "Magnificent Abscession" Alan Rafkin Mark Ganzel & Barry Kemp October 2, 1990 (1990-10-02)
Hayden has to sit out an upcoming game after recovering from the removal of an abscessed tooth. Luther gets a temporary promotion to head coach in a critical away game, but he must overcome something else besides the other team; his insecurity.
36 3 "The Day That Moses Came to Town" Alan Rafkin Lyla Oliver October 9, 1990 (1990-10-09)
The university president recruits a reputable basketball coach. Hayden, thinking this is a ploy to edge him out of his job, flies to Boston to convince the coach's wife how rotten living in Minnesota is.
37 4 "Is This Your First Time on the Riverboat, Miss Watkins?" Alan Rafkin Sheldon Bull October 16, 1990 (1990-10-16)
Hayden bets his entire life's savings in a poker game against Judy and nearly loses his common sense.
38 5 "Hayden's in the Kitchen with Dinah" Alan Rafkin Judd Pillot & John Peaslee October 23, 1990 (1990-10-23)
Hayden stays home to nurse Christine back to health, then sneaks out to a party and returns with a guest.
39 6 "Hayden and Luther's Excellent Adventure" Alan Rafkin Sheldon Bull October 30, 1990 (1990-10-30)
Hayden and Luther go on a recruiting trip the day of Christine's big awards banquet - and end up in a backwoods part of Minnesota with some dangerous elements.
40 7 "The Break-Up" Alan Rafkin Barry Kemp & Sheldon Bull November 6, 1990 (1990-11-06)
Hayden and Christine break up after he innocently reveals to her friends his plans for the future - because he did not mention Christine in them.
41 8 "The Iceman Goeth" Alan Rafkin Mark Ganzel and Judd Pillot & John Peaslee November 13, 1990 (1990-11-13)
After breaking up with Christine, Hayden receives consolation - and an invitation - from an unexpected source.
42 9 "Cabin Fever" Alan Rafkin Sheldon Bull November 27, 1990 (1990-11-27)
Luther plans to buy the cabin next to Hayden's hoping to prove their friendship.
43 10 "Men Don't Heal" Alan Rafkin Mark Ganzel December 4, 1990 (1990-12-04)
Hayden joins a men's support group, a member of which has a date with Christine.
44 11 "When Hayden Met Christine" Alan Rafkin Sheldon Bull December 11, 1990 (1990-12-11)
Hayden remembers his first meeting with Christine, when she wasn't exactly taken with his charm.
45 12 "Christmas Brains" Alan Rafkin John Peaslee & Judd Pillot December 18, 1990 (1990-12-18)
An old girlfriend gives Hayden an idea for a Christmas gift that will make him feel merry.
46 13 "Dauber Graduates" Alan Rafkin Judd Pillot & John Peaslee January 8, 1991 (1991-01-08)
As soon as Dauber graduates, he thinks his degree has better uses. He appeals to Hayden for greater responsibility in his job, which is approved, but refuses to wash Hayden's truck, suggesting a respect issue may be at stake.
47 14 "Puppy Love" Alan Rafkin Mark Ganzel January 22, 1991 (1991-01-22)
Hayden tries to impress a potential donor who loves dogs.
48 15 "The Marion Kind: Part 1" Alan Rafkin Sheldon Bull February 5, 1991 (1991-02-05)
Luther tries to make an estranged friend, who took his girl, eat crow at Christine's diner.
49 16 "The Marion Kind: Part 2" Alan Rafkin Judd Pillot & John Peaslee February 12, 1991 (1991-02-12)
Luther goes insane when he finds Peter and Marion planning to elope.
50 17 "Leonard Kraleman: All-American" Tony Dow Sheldon Bull February 19, 1991 (1991-02-19)
Hayden is made to be academic advisor to a misfit who struggles to fit in. Hayden's advice causes the nerd to try out for the team.
51 18 "2 BRs, MTN, VW" Tony Dow Seth Weisbord February 26, 1991 (1991-02-26)
Christine talks Hayden into inviting Stuart and Kelly on their ski vacation, which proves to be a mistake.
52 19 "Hurley-Burleigh" Alan Rafkin Judd Pillot & John Peaslee March 12, 1991 (1991-03-12)
Hayden tries to help Howard have fun on their trip to Vegas. When Howard wins a free dinner with a showgirl and accepts his prize, Hayden worries that he taught Howard too well.
53 20 "Hayden Fox for Universal Jocks" Alan Rafkin Sheldon Bull March 26, 1991 (1991-03-26)
Hayden agrees to endorse a line of athletic supporters when he learns how much Christine makes.
54 21 "A Father and Son Reunion" Alan Rafkin Judd Pillot & John Peaslee April 2, 1991 (1991-04-02)
Hayden and Christine meet Luther's long-lost father at a sports-memorabilia shop.
55 22 "Diamonds Are a Dentist's Best Friend" Alan Rafkin Sheldon Bull April 9, 1991 (1991-04-09)
A dentist offers reduced prices on diamond jewelry, allowing Hayden to buy an engagement ring for Christine.

Season 4 (1991–92)[edit]

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56 1 "The Kick-off and the Kiss-off" Alan Rafkin Judd Pillot & John Peaslee October 1, 1991 (1991-10-01)
As happy as Hayden is to have a top-ranked team and be on the cover of Sports Illustrated, Luther is worried about the magazine's infamous curse. Meanwhile, Stuart has become a hit in Hollywood after getting cast in a children's show Buzzy the Beaver, and makes an important announcement to Kelly.
57 2 "Since My Beaver Left Me" Alan Rafkin John Peaslee & Judd Pillot October 8, 1991 (1991-10-08)
Hayden is upset that Kelly is seeking counsel from Christine for the end of her marriage instead of him.
58 3 "A Real Guy's Guy" Alan Rafkin Teleplay by: Judd Pillot & John Peaslee
Story by: Richard Raskind
October 15, 1991 (1991-10-15)
Hayden has a hard time coping with the fact that one of his players is gay.
59 4 "Any Place I Hang Myself Is Home" Alan Rafkin Teleplay by: Thad Mumford
Story by: Seth Weisbord
October 22, 1991 (1991-10-22)
Hayden fears Christine's reaction when he buys them a house on impulse.
60 5 "Requiem for a Groundskeeper" Alan Rafkin Nell Scovell November 12, 1991 (1991-11-12)
The groundskeeper of Minnesota State dies and his will asks Hayden to sort out his affairs.
61 6 "I Think I Can't, I Think I Can't" Alan Rafkin Miriam Trogdon November 19, 1991 (1991-11-19)
When all the flights are overbooked, Luther suggests the team see America the old-fashioned way, by train. This threatens to derail Hayden's business relationship with Luther.
62 7 "I Hate Barbara" Alan Rafkin Judd Pillot & John Peaslee November 26, 1991 (1991-11-26)
Hayden gets kicked out for making Christine's best friend leave.
63 8 "Loonstruck" Alan Rafkin Warren Bell December 3, 1991 (1991-12-03)
Hayden agrees to speak at the banquet of a men's lodge so Howard can be "High Loon", but everything falls through.
64 9 "The Pineapple Bowl: Part 1" Alan Rafkin Thad Mumford and John Peaslee & Judd Pillot December 10, 1991 (1991-12-10)
Hayden's coach from he was a player comes to his last game before the bowl bid. Minnesota State wins and Hayden sees who he will be taking on in the Pineapple Bowl: his old coach.
65 10 "The Pineapple Bowl: Part 2" Alan Rafkin Teleplay by: John Peaslee & Judd Pillot
Story by: Nell Scovell
December 17, 1991 (1991-12-17)
Hayden's quarterback hurts himself at a luau just before the Pineapple Bowl.
66 11 "Rizzendough Revisited" Alan Rafkin Miriam Trogdon January 7, 1992 (1992-01-07)
Hayden gets hurt while trying to get on Mrs. Rizzendough's good side.
67 12 "Return of the Marriage Killer" Alan Rafkin Warren Bell January 14, 1992 (1992-01-14)
Hayden is glad that his ex-wife is remarrying. However, after a casual conversation with Hayden, Beth's groom-to-be thinks he is too diffident and wants out. It is up to Hayden and Christine to give their blessing and assure the couple that they are for each other.
68 13 "War of the Dopes" Alan Rafkin Nell Scovell January 21, 1992 (1992-01-21)
Dauber moves into Luther's building, but the two come into conflict during a housewarming party.
69 14 "The Woodchuck, the Beaver and the Fox: A Menage a Trois" Craig T. Nelson John Peaslee & Judd Pillot February 4, 1992 (1992-02-04)
Kelly visits the Rosebrocks and cannot handle seeing Stuart, but the real surprise is that her ex-husband is regretful.
70 15 "No Good Deed Goes Unpunished" Alan Rafkin Pat Dougherty February 18, 1992 (1992-02-18)
Hayden and Christine attempt to aim a young woman's anger on her no-good boyfriend.
71 16 "Last of the Red-Hot Luthers" Alan Rafkin Judd Pillot & John Peaslee March 10, 1992 (1992-03-10)
Luther comes to regret giving Mrs. Thorkelson the birthday present that led to their private celebration.
72 17 "The Old Fish and the Shoes" Alan Rafkin Warren Bell March 17, 1992 (1992-03-17)
While Luther tries to catch a legendary bass, Hayden is angry with Christine for selling something she shouldn't have at his garage sale.
73 18 "Dateline-Bangkok" Craig T. Nelson Jordan Rush April 28, 1992 (1992-04-28)
Kelly dates a foreign correspondent whose father disapproves of the relationship.
74 19 "If That's Opportunity, Don't Answer" Alan Rafkin Bill Bryan May 5, 1992 (1992-05-05)
Christine auditions for a news-anchor position in New York, but it all depends on how affects her relationship with Hayden. Hayden doesn't think that is too hard considering the network has a contract with the New York Yankees, and thus tickets for him.
75 20 "Frequent Flyers, Crossed Wires" Alan Rafkin Warren Bell May 12, 1992 (1992-05-12)
Hayden's awards banquet and Christine's premiere party are scheduled on the same night, but in different cities.
76 21 "Can We Go Home Now?" Alan Rafkin Sheldon Bull May 19, 1992 (1992-05-19)
Hayden tries to maintain a long-distance relationship with Christine, but she wants him to close the gap.

Season 5 (1992–93)[edit]

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77 1 "To Air Is Human" Alan Rafkin Elliot Stern September 8, 1992 (1992-09-08)
Hayden proposes to Christine on live TV.
78 2 "Big Brother, Little Brain" Craig T. Nelson Warren Bell September 22, 1992 (1992-09-22)
Dauber neglects Judy when he a becomes Big Brother to a fatherless boy.
79 3 "Father of the Year" Alan Rafkin John Peaslee & Judd Pillot September 29, 1992 (1992-09-29)
Hayden is named Father of the Year, but Kelly isn't being very supportive.
80 4 "Born Luther" Alan Rafkin Nell Scovell October 6, 1992 (1992-10-06)
Luther is tired of being second banana, so Hayden lets him meet the press after a slip-up.
81 5 "Shirley Burleigh, Girlie Friday" Craig T. Nelson Bob Bendetson October 13, 1992 (1992-10-13)
Luther fights the people who took away his breakfast cereal while Howard hires his wife as his secretary.
82 6 "Rizzendough Rendezvous" Alan Rafkin Eric Horsted October 27, 1992 (1992-10-27)
Mrs. Rizzendough has a new boyfriend whom she met at a dog show. Her new beau: Luther.
83 7 "The Bachelor Party" Alan Rafkin Bruce Ferber November 10, 1992 (1992-11-10)
Luther is angry with Hayden for attending a bachelor roast instead of letting him throw a bachelor party in his honor.
84 8 "Dresswreckers" Andre Belgrader Nell Scovell November 17, 1992 (1992-11-17)
Christine asks Hayden to pick up her wedding dress. Hayden soon regrets considering it hilarious that the dressmaker is a man.
85 9 "Vows" Alan Rafkin Bruce Ferber November 25, 1992 (1992-11-25)
Hayden has trouble writing his vows on the eve of his and Christine's wedding.
86 10 "The Patriot Bowl" Alan Rafkin Warren Bell December 2, 1992 (1992-12-02)
Although the teammates are attending the Patriot Bowl, they start to rebel due to sickness, being snowed in and a new quarterback.
87 11 "My True Love Gave to Me..." Craig T. Nelson Bud Wiser December 16, 1992 (1992-12-16)
Judy thinks Dauber is going to propose when mistakenly gives her a ring that was Christine's Christmas gift.
88 12 "The Commercial: Part 1" Alan Rafkin Warren Bell January 6, 1993 (1993-01-06)
Hayden and Christine star in a commercial while Luther starts writing a screenplay.
89 13 "The Commercial: Part 2" Alan Rafkin Nell Scovell January 13, 1993 (1993-01-13)
Hayden thinks Christine is having an affair with her co-star in the commercial.
90 14 "Buzzy Money" Alan Rafkin Bruce Ferber January 27, 1993 (1993-01-27)
Kelly's ex is required to pay alimony, and ends up giving Kelly $50,000 due to his successful career. Hayden thinks Kelly should save for her future (or invest in the team), and is beside himself when Kelly considers donating it to charity.
91 15 "Vegas Odds" Craig T. Nelson Bob Bendetson February 3, 1993 (1993-02-03)
Hayden and Christine try another shot at getting married when they accompany Luther to Vegas.
92 16 "Burden of the Burleighs" Alan Rafkin Scott Buck & Art Everett February 17, 1993 (1993-02-17)
The Burleighs think that Hayden and Christine are their new best friends.
93 17 "The Bigger They Are" Jeff Meyer Warren Bell February 24, 1993 (1993-02-24)
Minnesota State is thrilled when one of their alums was a Super Bowl champion and is coming back to speak. Privately the MVP tells Hayden that he is retiring to seek cancer treatment. When he admits the cancer was induced by his steroid usage; Hayden is revisited by old demons.
94 18 "Luthario" Alan Rafkin Howard Bendetson March 10, 1993 (1993-03-10)
Luther's memories of a Dear John letter he received during the Korean War affect his relationship with Lorraine.
95 19 "Dirty Tricks" Alan Rafkin David Lesser March 31, 1993 (1993-03-31)
During the off-season, Hayden indulges in his second favorite pastime: practical jokes.
96 20 "About Face" Craig T. Nelson Eric Horsted April 28, 1993 (1993-04-28)
Hayden tries to deal with the fact that Christine is considering a face lift.

Season 6 (1993–94)[edit]

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97 1 "Baby on Board?" Alan Rafkin Alan Kirschenbaum September 14, 1993 (1993-09-14)
Christine says she wants a baby just as Hayden is working to nurse his new team to victory.
98 2 "Belly of the Beast" Craig T. Nelson Oliver Goldstick & Phil Rosenthal September 21, 1993 (1993-09-21)
Luther's dog Quincy may have to be put down for biting SMU's bandleader.
99 3 "Nice Job If You Can Get It" Alan Rafkin Jeremy Stevens September 28, 1993 (1993-09-28)
Hayden thinks he's responsible for Christine's new job as a co-host for a talk show. Christine gets angry at Hayden, until she finds out for herself.
100 4 "The Luck Stops Here" Alan Rafkin Scott Buck October 5, 1993 (1993-10-05)
Although the team is on a winning streak, Hayden believes that their luck will run out.
101 5 "If She Can Make It There..." Alan Rafkin Jerry Strauss & Jay Kleckner October 12, 1993 (1993-10-12)
Kelly gets a job at an ad agency in New York.
102 6 "Uneasy Riders" Craig T. Nelson Eric Horsted October 26, 1993 (1993-10-26)
After teasing Dauber that he does whatever Judy tells him to do, Hayden encourages Dauber to buy a motorcycle. Hayden then decides to get one for himself, feeling he does not seek approval from Christine. However, when Christine and Judy meet for an outing, the men scramble to hide.
103 7 "Piece O' Cake" Tony Dow Jeremy Stevens November 2, 1993 (1993-11-02)
Luther becomes a father figure to a boy he befriends.
104 8 "Running on Empty" Andre Belgrader Martin Rips & Joseph Staretski November 9, 1993 (1993-11-09)
Hayden and Christine go to the fertility clinic.
105 9 "It Came from New York" Alan Rafkin Teresa O'Neill November 16, 1993 (1993-11-16)
Kelly comes home from New York a changed woman - but Hayden doesn't particularly like the new her.
106 10 "The Playbook" Alan Rafkin Jim Freedman November 30, 1993 (1993-11-30)
Dauber loses his playbook just as the team makes it to the Pioneer Bowl.
107 11 "The Pioneer Bowl" Jeff Meyer Martin Rips & Joseph Staretski December 7, 1993 (1993-12-07)
Luther ends up in the hospital on the day of the Pioneer Bowl. When he figures out the signals of the other team, it is a rush to get out of the ward and to tell Hayden in time.
108 12 "Christmas of the Van Damned" Craig T. Nelson Jon Vandergriff December 14, 1993 (1993-12-14)
Luther finds out about a large group of relatives living in Minnesota.
109 13 "The Babywreckers" Tony Dow Brad Johnson January 4, 1994 (1994-01-04)
Hayden feels uneasy about watching a baby for the weekend with Christine.
110 14 "Coach for a Day: Part 1" Craig T. Nelson Oliver Goldstick & Phil Rosenthal January 11, 1994 (1994-01-11)
Luther is offered a job as head coach of a small college.
111 15 "Coach for a Day: Part 2" Craig T. Nelson Oliver Goldstick & Phil Rosenthal January 18, 1994 (1994-01-18)
Luther's first day as the head coach of Aberdeen College turns out to be his last when he breaks NCAA rules.
112 16 "My Cup Runneth Over" Jeff Meyer Martin Rips & Joseph Staretski February 8, 1994 (1994-02-08)
Hayden wears a device to help his fertility - and it ends up bursting on Christine's Valentine's Day show.
113 17 "Like Father, Like Daughter" Alan Rafkin Scott Buck February 15, 1994 (1994-02-15)
Hayden tries to spend time with Kelly while he's in New York to accept the Coach of the Year award.
114 18 "The Devil in Mrs. Burleigh" Craig T. Nelson Eric Horsted February 22, 1994 (1994-02-22)
While Howard and Hayden are out of town, Shirley tells Christine that she's falling for another man.
115 19 "Blue Chip Blues" Alan Rafkin Alan Kirschenbaum March 1, 1994 (1994-03-01)
An old friend of Hayden's is father to one of the prominent high school quarterbacks. Hayden is thrilled to see the boy will be considering Minnesota State, until he says he has had it with his father's constant regimens.
116 20 "The Stand-In" Alan Rafkin Scott Buck March 8, 1994 (1994-03-08)
Hayden has had it with trying to increase his fertility, so he tries to talk Troy Aikman into donating sperm.
117 21 "Something Old, Something New" Alan Rafkin Scott Buck & Eric Horsted & Jeremy Stevens March 22, 1994 (1994-03-22)
Dauber's relationship with Judy is jeopardized by the arrival of an old flame.
118 22 "One of the Guys" Alan Rafkin Brad Johnson April 5, 1994 (1994-04-05)
Hayden regrets taking Christine on a fishing trip when she comes to like it so much.
119 23 "My Best Friend's Girl" Alan Rafkin Scott Buck & Eric Horsted May 3, 1994 (1994-05-03)
Hayden and Luther argue over Hayden's dislike of Luther's girlfriend.
120 24 "Goodbye, Mr. Putts" Craig T. Nelson Joseph Staretski & Jeremy Stevens May 10, 1994 (1994-05-10)
Judy challenges Hayden to a game of golf, which becomes a battle of the sexes.
121 25 "Head Like a Wheel" Craig T. Nelson Oliver Goldstick & Phil Rosenthal May 17, 1994 (1994-05-17)
Hayden just turned 49, and is not accepting his status in middle adulthood well. Christine sends him to a race car driving school as a birthday gift.
122/123 26/27 "Retrospective" Alan Rafkin Barry Kemp & Brad Johnson May 24, 1994 (1994-05-24)
Mary Hart interviews the cast of Coach as their characters in this one-hour retrospective featuring clips from the show's first six seasons.

Season 7 (1994–95)[edit]

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124 1 "Pros & Cons" Alan Rafkin Alan Kirschenbaum September 12, 1994 (1994-09-12)
Hayden's excited about an interview for a job coaching a pro team, but he doesn't know which team it is.
125 2 "It Should Happen to You" Alan Rafkin Oliver Goldstick & Phil Rosenthal September 19, 1994 (1994-09-19)
Hayden considers hiring an agent who wants to redo his image.
126 3 "Graceless Under Fire" Craig T. Nelson Jeremy Stevens September 26, 1994 (1994-09-26)
With the football season coming, Hayden is determined to prove that his championship victory with the Screaming Eagles wasn't a fluke.
127 4 "Judy's Turn" Alan Rafkin Scott Buck October 3, 1994 (1994-10-03)
Judy returns from Europe and tells Dauber she wants to call off their engagement.
128 5 "Above and Beyond the Call of Hayden" Alan Rafkin Gloria Ketterer & Sarit Catz October 10, 1994 (1994-10-10)
Hayden feels neglected when Luther's relationship with Ruthanne heats up.
129 6 "Inconceivable" Alan Rafkin Oliver Goldstick & Phil Rosenthal October 17, 1994 (1994-10-17)
Hayden and Christine feel pressured by their jobs as they try to start a family, while Luther feels guilty over selling his car even though it was a lemon.
130 7 "Jailbirds" Craig T. Nelson Eric Horsted October 24, 1994 (1994-10-24)
Christine and Ruthanne go to a bachelorette party on their girls' night out - and get thrown in jail.
131 8 "My Fair Agent" Alan Rafkin Oliver Goldstick & Phil Rosenthal November 7, 1994 (1994-11-07)
Hayden's agent sends an attractive woman to help him prepare for an interview.
132 9 "Be a Good Sport" Jeff Meyer Teleplay by: Alan Kirschenbaum
Story by: Norman Chad
November 14, 1994 (1994-11-14)
When the team receives extra funds from the university, Hayden finds himself at odds with a coach whose team wasn't very lucky.
133 10 "Working Girl" Alan Rafkin Gloria Ketterer & Sarit Catz November 21, 1994 (1994-11-21)
Christine suspects that her co-host's young protege is replacing her.
134 11 "Out of Control" Gordon Hunt Brad Johnson November 28, 1994 (1994-11-28)
Hayden learns that his team will have to win the next game if he wants major product endorsements. Meanwhile, an injury and an academic ineligibility means the only player qualified for a guard position is an inexperienced freshman, and the Screaming Eagles are depending on him to block the other team's star player. The main plot and subplot come together when during a close halftime, Hayden shouts at the rookie to be ruthless.
135 12 "The Popcorn Bowl" Jeff Meyer Oliver Goldstick & Phil Rosenthal December 12, 1994 (1994-12-12)
Hayden is given a job offer from the pros on the eve of the Popcorn Bowl.
136 13 "Luther and Ruthanne Take the Big 12 Steps" Alan Rafkin Howard March December 19, 1994 (1994-12-19)
Ruthanne vows to quit smoking, but only if Luther lays off the junk food.
137 14 "Did Someone Call Me Snorer?" Alan Rafkin Jeremy Stevens January 9, 1995 (1995-01-09)
Christine insists that Hayden do something about his snoring problem.
138 15 "Close Encounters of the Worst Kind" Tony Dow Sean Clark January 16, 1995 (1995-01-16)
Hayden and Christine join an encounter group to rekindle the spark in their marriage.
139 16 "The Kicker" Alan Rafkin Norman Chad & Scott Buck January 23, 1995 (1995-01-23)
Hayden travels to a country under martial law on an international recruiting trip.
140 17 "The Walk-On" Tony Dow Scott Buck & Eric Horsted February 6, 1995 (1995-02-06)
A 46-year old student on the GI Bill tries out for the team, causing Hayden to question his own aging.
141 18 "Call Me Cupid" Jeff Meyer Jeremy Stevens and Oliver Goldstick & Phil Rosenthal February 13, 1995 (1995-02-13)
Hayden tries to find a date for Dauber on Valentine's Day.
142 19 "Johnsonwreckers" Jeff Meyer Phil Rosenthal & Oliver Goldstick February 20, 1995 (1995-02-20)
Hayden attempts to be friends with former Dallas Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson.
143 20 "The Day I Met Frank Gifford" Jeff Meyer Tom Alan Robbins February 27, 1995 (1995-02-27)
Hayden and Christine are invited to a dinner in New York honoring Luther's hero Frank Gifford.
144 21 "Kelly's New Guy: Part 1" Andre Belgrader Eric Horsted March 6, 1995 (1995-03-06)
Hayden drives Kelly's new boyfriend away and inadvertently starts a new romance for her.
145 22 "Kelly's New Guy: Part 2" Craig T. Nelson Alan Kirschenbaum & Jessie Mason March 13, 1995 (1995-03-13)
Kelly and Dauber try to keep their relationship a secret, but fate interferes with their plans.
146 23 "Ten Percent of Nothing" James Gardner Oliver Goldstick & Phil Rosenthal April 5, 1995 (1995-04-05)
Luther makes an appearance and refuses to pay a commission, putting his agent's friendship at risk.
147 24 "Don't Get Mad, Get Cooley" Alan Rafkin Nell Scovell April 12, 1995 (1995-04-12)
Hayden tries to get a tape back from a reporter who confronted him about a defective truck he sold to Luther.
148 25 "Oh, a Pro Job: Part 1" Jeff Meyer Scott Buck May 3, 1995 (1995-05-03)
Hayden and Christine make friends with a wealthy eccentric on a cruise, who makes a surprising offer.
149 26 "Oh, a Pro Job: Part 2" Tony Dow Alan Kirschenbaum & Jeremy Stevens May 10, 1995 (1995-05-10)
Hayden is tempted by an offer to coach a pro football team, but worries about working for the team's owner - the eccentric woman he and Christine met on the cruise.

Season 8 (1995–96)[edit]

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150 1 "Is It Hot in Here, or Is It Me?: Part 1" Barry Kemp Alan Kirschenbaum & Phil Rosenthal September 12, 1995 (1995-09-12)
Hayden leaves Minnesota to coach a team in Orlando, only to learn that the team's owner has her own game plan, which includes heavy PR by having the team participate in a parade at Universal Studios.
151 2 "Is It Hot in Here, or Is It Me?: Part 2" Jeff Meyer Alan Kirschenbaum & Phil Rosenthal September 19, 1995 (1995-09-19)
Hayden tries to win over Doris and the press as he prepares the Breakers for their first game.
152 3 "Fool for Lunch" Craig T. Nelson Eric Horsted September 26, 1995 (1995-09-26)
Luther has three women competing for his attention.
153 4 "She's Having Our Baby: Part 1" Gordon Hunt Joseph Staretski October 17, 1995 (1995-10-17)
Hayden and Christine consider adopting a baby, but their ages may ruin their chances. They are then visited by a lawyer who "has his ways" of guaranteeing an adoption approval, causing the couple to think of what is right versus what is desired.
154 5 "She's Having Our Baby: Part 2" Gordon Hunt Joseph Staretski October 24, 1995 (1995-10-24)
A pregnant woman thinks about giving her baby to Hayden and Christine.
155 6 "Bo Knows" Alan Rafkin Scott Buck October 31, 1995 (1995-10-31)
Hayden's star quarterback from Minnesota State has been drafted by the NFL, and is considering signing with the Breakers.
156 7 "Coach's Cornered" Jeff Meyer Joseph Staretski November 7, 1995 (1995-11-07)
When Doris fires the hostile host of her TV station's post-game show, she offers the job to Christine, taking Hayden by surprise.
157 8 "Turtle World" Craig T. Nelson Brad Johnson November 14, 1995 (1995-11-14)
Luther buys a roadside attraction, then regrets it when he discovers that the animals on display are dying.
158 9 "There's Got to Be a Mourning After: Part 1" Jeff Meyer Scott Buck November 21, 1995 (1995-11-21)
Doris offers Luther advice when his dog passes away, then they realize their love of dogs is a shared commonality.
159 10 "There's Got to Be a Mourning After: Part 2" Jeff Meyer Ellen Sandler & Cindy Chupack November 28, 1995 (1995-11-28)
Hayden and Luther settle their differences over Doris, while the coaching staff perks up in spite of the team's losing season.
160 11 "Bye Bye Burleigh: Part 1" Bill Fagerbakke Michael Rowe December 5, 1995 (1995-12-05)
The Burleighs pay a surprise visit.
161 12 "Bye Bye Burleigh: Part 2" Craig T. Nelson Erika Kaestle December 12, 1995 (1995-12-12)
Hayden struggles to help Howard find a job, while the coaches see a golden opportunity for their first win of the season.
162 13 "The Tight End" Jay Kleckner Brad Johnson December 19, 1995 (1995-12-19)
Doris looks for endorsement opportunities for the Breakers. She instructs Hayden to sign a handsome player whom he had cut earlier and offers him a contract to model skimpy swimwear.
163 14 "Nice Guys Get Cut" Jeff Meyer Phil Rosenthal January 2, 1996 (1996-01-02)
Hayden has looked over his roster and made his decision whom to cut. However, Christine just invited one of the cut players and his wife to dinner.
164 15 "Her Boyfriend's Back" Jeff Meyer Joseph Staretski January 23, 1996 (1996-01-23)
The father of Julie's baby comes to Hayden for advice.
165 16 "The Gardener" Jeff Meyer Scott Buck and Mark Rowe & Michael Rowe February 6, 1996 (1996-02-06)
Hayden fires his gardener, but Luther thinks the worker deserves a second chance.
166 17 "Patching Things Up" Jay Kleckner Ellen Sandler & Cindy Chupack February 13, 1996 (1996-02-13)
Christine must cheer Hayden up when a doctor connects his diminished sex drive to "male menopause".
167 18 "Save the Wave" Alan Rafkin Brad Johnson February 20, 1996 (1996-02-20)
Doris has decided to move the Breakers to Los Angeles. Howard tries to rally Breaker fans to protest this move.
168 19 "Dauber's Vehicle" Jeff Meyer Eric Horsted February 27, 1996 (1996-02-27)
Dauber buys a car, but is unable to keep up with the expense.
169 20 "Quarantine" Tony Dow Neal Howard & Ira Fritz March 12, 1996 (1996-03-12)
Luther's pet monkey bites Hayden, leading the entire coaching staff to be quarantined for some kind of virus.
170 21 "Van Damn vs. Fox" Craig T. Nelson Brad Johnson March 19, 1996 (1996-03-19)
Luther sues Hayden after burning himself at Hayden's barbeque.
171 22 "Fantasy Camp" Alan Rafkin Scott Buck and Joseph Staretski April 2, 1996 (1996-04-02)
Hayden regrets agreeing to help coach at a fantasy football camp, but Luther and Dauber are eager to face off against him.
172 23 "Luther Get Your Gun" Alan Rafkin Ellen Sandler & Cindy Chupack April 30, 1996 (1996-04-30)
Luther claims to be an expert hunter in order to impress Doris' friends.
173 24 "A Player to be Named Later" Phil Rosenthal Nelson Costello May 7, 1996 (1996-05-07)
Due to the Breakers' bottom-of-the-barrel first year, all sports networks are on them as to their preference. With all this attention, Hayden worries he will flub the first-round draft pick.
174 25 "Somebody's Baby" Jeff Meyer Eric Horsted and Joseph Staretski May 21, 1996 (1996-05-21)
Hayden and Christine go to Julie's Lamaze classes when she goes into labor. When Julie's father and boyfriend show up wishing to make amends for their earlier bickering, Christine and Hayden worry that Julie may have second thoughts about giving up her new baby boy.

Season 9 (1996–97)[edit]

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175 1 "Sleepless in Orlando" Jeff Meyer Brad Johnson September 28, 1996 (1996-09-28)
Hayden has to take on all parenting duties when Christine and Timothy fall ill, but he also has to prepare for a game.
176 2 "Just Short of the Goal" Craig T. Nelson Mark Ganzel October 5, 1996 (1996-10-05)
Hayden turns down the chance to write a memoir of his failures with the Breakers, so Luther does it without his involvement.
177 3 "Last Tango in Orlando" Ted Wass Frank Dungan & Michael S. Baser October 12, 1996 (1996-10-12)
Luther grows jealous of a kicker whom Doris believes is someone the Breakers need.
178 4 "Isn't It Romantic?" Jay Kleckner Ellen Sandler & Cindy Chupack October 19, 1996 (1996-10-19)
Hayden's plans for a romantic evening with Christine fall through when she refuses to leave the baby in the care of anyone else.
179 5 "We Can Never Die" Gary Shimokawa Joseph Staretski October 26, 1996 (1996-10-26)
The Foxes reconsider appointing the Burleighs as Tim's legal guardians.
180 6 "Grimmworld" Jeff Meyer Paul Redford October 26, 1996 (1996-10-26)
Dauber dates an actress who works in a place called Grimmworld, which tells the Grimm stories accurately. When Hayden considers it odd, Dauber thinks he should consider breaking up with her. Hayden and Dauber actually go on set to smooth things over.
181 7 "In the Money" Jay Kleckner Tom J. Astle December 11, 1996 (1996-12-11)
Luther becomes engaged to Doris, but a prenup agreement guaranteeing him a fortune gets the better of him.
182 8 "You Win Some, You Lose Some" Jeff Meyer Ellen Sandler & Cindy Chupack December 18, 1996 (1996-12-18)
The Foxes' holiday plans are compromised by a long-shot chance of the Breakers making the playoffs.
183 9 "Wings Over Buffalo" James Gardner Brad Johnson December 25, 1996 (1996-12-25)
Luther's love of chicken wings gives the Breakers food poisoning right before a big game.
184 10 "Somewhere Out There" Craig T. Nelson Craig T. Nelson and Barry Kemp January 8, 1997 (1997-01-08)
Hayden orders Dauber to get over his obsession of alien abduction or be fired.
185 11 "A Boy and His Doll" Bill Fraley Ellen Sandler & Cindy Chupack January 22, 1997 (1997-01-22)
The Burleighs give Tim a limited edition Princess Tiffany doll. To Hayden's horror, Tim actually enjoys playing with it.
186 12 "The Body Gardener" Tony Dow Mark Ganzel and Joseph Staretski February 5, 1997 (1997-02-05)
Hayden writes his recently-fired former gardener a glowing job recommendation.
187 13 "To Ski or Not to Ski" Craig T. Nelson Cindy Chupack & Ellen Sandler February 12, 1997 (1997-02-12)
At a ski resort, Dauber tries to hide from Judy after seeing her in a store and Hayden and Christine argue over which slope to ski.
188 14 "It's a Swamp Thing" Jeff Meyer Tom J. Astle February 19, 1997 (1997-02-19)
When Hayden, Luther, Dauber and Howard decide to celebrate "Man Week" in a cabin in the Everglades, Doris, Christine and Shirley plan their own vacation.
189 15 "Viva Las Ratings" Jay Kleckner Brad Johnson and Mark Ganzel February 26, 1997 (1997-02-26)
Luther heads to Vegas with Dauber and Howard where he plans to "invest" his life savings in an Elvis memorabilia auction, only to find himself up against an equally determined bidder.
Note: This episode is part of an ABC Las Vegas-themed crossover with Grace Under Fire, The Drew Carey Show and Ellen.
190 16 "A Fox by Any Other Name" Tony Dow Tom J. Astle March 12, 1997 (1997-03-12)
Hayden remembers how Tim got his name when a baby-naming contest sponsored by an antagonistic sportswriter took place following a mishap at the hospital.
191 17 "The Stench of Death" Jeff Meyer Joseph Staretski March 26, 1997 (1997-03-26)
Doris makes an appointment for the coaches with her psychic, who predicts that Luther will be killed by a defensive tackle.
192 18 "Baby Coaches" Jeff Meyer Joseph Staretski April 2, 1997 (1997-04-02)
A mother boasts to Hayden that her baby girl, who's only days older than Tim, can already walk and talk.
193 19 "Upsized" Gordon Hunt Ellen Sandler & Cindy Chupack April 16, 1997 (1997-04-16)
Former linebacker Dick Butkus is hired as Hayden's new defensive coordinator - and starts taking over the team.
194 20 "The Neighbor Hood" Jeff Meyer Mark Ganzel April 23, 1997 (1997-04-23)
The Foxes are recruited for a sting operation after receiving a packing for neighbors they haven't met.
195 21 "Leaving Orlando: Part 1" Jay Kleckner Joseph Staretski and Tom J. Astle May 7, 1997 (1997-05-07)
The Foxes retreat to their cabin so Hayden will have more time to consider Doris' contract offer.
196/197 22/23 "Leaving Orlando: Parts 2 & 3" Barry Kemp Barry Kemp and Mark Ganzel and Brad Johnson May 14, 1997 (1997-05-14)
Hayden, Luther and Dauber think back to their college years after visiting Minnesota State. When Howard reveals what other pro teams are interested in having Hayden as coach, the Haydens make a decision for their future.


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