NewsRadio (season 2)

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NewsRadio Season 2
Country of origin USA
No. of episodes 21
Original channel NBC
Original run September 19, 1995 (1995-09-19) – April 28, 1996 (1996-04-28)
Season chronology
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This is a detailed list of NewsRadio episodes from the second season. See List of NewsRadio episodes for a complete list of all NewsRadio episodes.[1]


# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod. code
8 (1) "No, This Is Not Based Entirely on Julie's Life" Alan Myerson Paul Simms September 19, 1995 (1995-09-19) 202
Beth attempts to take nude pictures of herself for her boyfriend. Joe tries to find out who has been stealing his gelato. Guest stars Chris Kattan as Employee #3. Steve Susskind returns as Milos the Janitor.
9 (2) "Goofy Ball" Alan Myerson Paul Simms September 26, 1995 (1995-09-26) 201
Mr. James introduces the staff to "Goofy Ball", an annoying toy made by one of his companies. Dave and Lisa consider revealing their relationship. Bill has a stalker, and buys a taser which has been built by Joe. Guest stars Dennis Miller as The Stalker and Judd Apatow as the voice of the Goofy Ball.
10 (3) "Rat Funeral" Alan Myerson Paul Simms & Lewis Morton October 10, 1995 (1995-10-10) 205
Dave is mystified by the staff's affection for a rat living in the station. When the rat dies, the staff holds a funeral.
11 (4) "The Breakup" Peter Bonerz Paul Simms October 31, 1995 (1995-10-31) 206
Beth forces Dave and Lisa to reveal their relationship to the staff when she gets caught in the middle of a bad break-up fight.
12 (5) "Shrink" Michael Lembeck Andrew Gordon & Eileen Conn November 7, 1995 (1995-11-07) 208
Dave agrees to bring in a therapist to counsel the staff and relieve some of the tension in the office. Guest stars John Ritter as Dr. Frank Westford.
13 (6) "Friends" Michael Lembeck Brian Kelley & Josh Lieb November 14, 1995 (1995-11-14) 209
Dave hires a temp to help Beth organize the stations files. Guest stars Bebe Neuwirth as Sandi Angelini. Recurring characters Tone Lōc as Security Guard (Lorenzo), and Toby Huss as Guard #2 (Junior).
14 (7) "Bill's Autobiography" Michael Lembeck Joe Furey November 21, 1995 (1995-11-21) 207

Bill receives an offer to publish his autobiography, but he soon realizes that there is not much in his life worth committing to paper.

Note: The tape recorder that Dave gives Bill to use for his book has a recording of Dave singing "A Horse with No Name" by America. Curiously, when Phil Hartman was a graphic artist in the 1970s, he designed three album covers for the group. His brother John Hartman was America's manager for many years.
15 (8) "Negotiation" Leonard R. Garner, Jr. Dawn DeKeyser November 28, 1995 (1995-11-28) 210
Matthew receives a meaningless promotion and his efforts to organize the station are sabotaged by Bill. Lisa tries to find another job, giving a screen test interviewing Anthrax for MTV. Mr. James begins his search for a wife using business tactics, starting with a list of 36 women. The first removed is Catherine. Guest stars Anthrax, and Natalia Nogulich as Melanie Sanders.
16 (9) "The Cane" Alan Myerson Brad Isaacs December 12, 1995 (1995-12-12) 204
Mr. James hosts a staff retreat in his office. Bill buys a cane and annoys Dave with it. Guest stars Jane Lynch as Carol.
17 (10) "Xmas Story" Leonard R. Garner, Jr Lewis Morton December 19, 1995 (1995-12-19) 212
Mr. James buys sports cars for everyone on the staff except for Matthew, who gets tapes. Bill thinks that the Santa Claus down in the lobby is stalking him. Guest stars David Anthony Higgins as Santa. Recurring characters Tone Lōc as Lorenzo, and Toby Huss as Junior.
18 (11) "Station Sale" Tom Cherones Leslie Caveny, Brian Kelley, Lewis Morton, Joe Furey, Josh Lieb, & Paul Simms January 7, 1996 (1996-01-07) 211

The staff tries to convince Jimmy not to sell the station.

Bill misquotes Alfred Tennyson's "The Charge of the Light Brigade" and then attributes it to John Keats. The date he gives, 1776, is 19 years before Keats was born and 78 years before the poem was published.

Jimmy's search for a wife has narrowed the list to 29. Loretta Swit is mentioned as having been crossed off. Guest stars Maureen Mueller as Jane.
19 (12) "Bitch Session" James Burrows Brian Kelley January 14, 1996 (1996-01-14) 213

Dave accidentally overhears the staff complaining about him.

This is based on creator Paul Simms accidentally overhearing his writing staff complaining about him.
20 (13) "In Through the Out Door" Patrick Maloney Leslie Caveny, Joe Furey, Alan J. Higgins, Josh Lieb, Drake Sather, & Paul Simms February 4, 1996 (1996-02-04) 217

Joe tries to teach Matthew about gambling. Dave has to give a speech introducing Bill at a dinner.

Titled after a Led Zeppelin album. Steve Susskind returns as Milos the Janitor.
21 (14) "The Song Remains the Same" Tom Cherones Sam Johnson, Chris Marcil, Joe Furey, & Lewis Morton February 18, 1996 (1996-02-18) 218
Beth discovers that she has a secret admirer. Mr. James plays April Fool's pranks in the office. A reporter from The Wall Street Journal interviews Bill.
22 (15) "Zoso" James Burrows Josh Lieb, Lewis Morton, Joe Furey, & Paul Simms February 25, 1996 (1996-02-25) 214
Beth and Lisa ask Mr. James to teach them how to negotiate. Lisa asks Dave for a raise. Guest stars George Hamilton as Don Green.
23 (16) "Houses of the Holy" Gregg Heschong Dawn DeKeyser, Brian Kelley, Joe Furey, & Paul Simms March 10, 1996 (1996-03-10) 215
Catherine is out sick, so Bill puts Joe on the air in order to frustrate Dave's plans. Meanwhile, Beth becomes enamored of Mr. James' weird nephew Theo (guest star David Cross.)
24 (17) "Physical Graffiti" Patrick Maloney Josh Lieb & Paul Simms March 24, 1996 (1996-03-24) 216

Bill and Catherine's practical joke war escalates. Dave is annoyed that Lisa still has a relationship with her ex-boyfriend.

Note: Features the Joe Rogan Quote about the Internet. "You can't take something off the Internet, that's like trying to take pee out of a swimming pool. Once it's in there, it's in there."

Note: The word "bitchcakes" is first used in this episode and may have been coined here. Although it did not become a common word, it has been used by various people.[1]
25 (18) "Led Zeppelin" Patrick Maloney Leslie Caveny March 31, 1996 (1996-03-31) 221
Lisa and Dave have broken up; Lisa will communicate with Dave only in writing.
26 (19) "Presence" Lee Shallat Chemel Alan J. Higgins & Josh Lieb April 14, 1996 (1996-04-14) 219

Jimmy loses Bill in a poker game, and Lisa has to try to win him back.

Note: In the episode, a Star Wars Boba Fett action figure is shown and discussed in several scenes, which the commentary notes required permission from Lucasfilm. The line "BOBA FETT COURTESY OF J.T. HUTT" appears in the episode's credits.
27 (20) "Coda" Lee Shallat Chemel Brian Kelley, Lewis Morton, Josh Lieb, & Paul Simms April 21, 1996 (1996-04-21) 220
Dave, Bill and Mr. James work on a promotional spot. Lisa helps Joe study for a test. Matthew tries to sign up people for a summer house in the Hamptons. Steve Susskind returns as Milos the Janitor.
28 (21) "Led Zeppelin II" James Burrows Drake Sather April 28, 1996 (1996-04-28) 222
The building catches fire, bringing Dave and Lisa back together. Mr. James thinks he has found the ideal woman.