NewsRadio (season 5)

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NewsRadio Season 5
Country of origin USA
No. of episodes 22
Original channel NBC
Original run September 23, 1998 (1998-09-23) – May 4, 1999 (1999-05-04)
Season chronology
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This is a detailed list of NewsRadio episodes from the fifth and final season. See List of NewsRadio episodes for a complete list of all NewsRadio episodes.


# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod. code
76 (1) "Bill Moves On" Tom Cherones Paul Simms September 23, 1998 (1998-09-23) 501

The staff members mourn Bill's death. Guest stars Khandi Alexander as Catherine Duke.

Note: The cast could barely get through reading the script due to the death of Phil Hartman. They broke down in tears several times while filming the episode.
77 (2) "Meet Max Louis" Tom Cherones Josh Lieb October 7, 1998 (1998-10-07) 502
Dave hires Max Louis (Jon Lovitz) as Bill's replacement.
78 (3) "Lucky Burger" Tom Cherones Alan J. Higgins October 14, 1998 (1998-10-14) 503
Matthew is determined to prove Max a fraud, while Lisa takes a job at a fast food restaurant to ferret out corruption. Guest stars David Anthony Higgins as The Manager.
79 (4) "Noise" Tom Cherones Sam Johnson & Chris Marcil October 21, 1998 (1998-10-21) 504
Dave and Jimmy become addicted to Joe's white noise box. Matthew comes to terms with Max, while Lisa feuds with him over "This Day in History."
80 (5) "Flowers for Matthew" Tom Cherones Mark O'Keefe & Ron Weiner October 28, 1998 (1998-10-28) 505

Joe's smart drink actually makes Matthew smart, but it can't last forever.

Note: The show previously referenced Flowers for Algernon in the episode "Arcade."
81 (6) "Jail (1)" Tom Cherones Tom Saunders & Kell Cahoon November 4, 1998 (1998-11-04) 506
Jimmy is arrested as infamous hijacker D. B. Cooper. Johnny Johnson temporarily replaces Jimmy, but looks to make it permanent. Guest stars Langon Bensing as FBI Agent, David Basulto as Guard #1, Jeff Greenwald as Security Guard, and Aaron Knight as Guard #1. Patrick Warburton joins as Johnny Johnson.
82 (7) "The Lam (2)" Tom Cherones Sam Johnson & Chris Marcil November 11, 1998 (1998-11-11) 507
Fugitive Jimmy hides out with Dave's parents. Johnny offers to stop being evil if Lisa will marry him. Guest stars Spencer Garrett as G-Man, and Patrick Warburton returns as Johnny Johnson.
83 (8) "Clash of the Titans (3)" Tom Cherones Josh Lieb November 24, 1998 (1998-11-24) 508
Jimmy is cleared of all charges when Adam West confesses to the crime, but now has to fight to get his company back from Johnny. Guest stars Casey Sander as Prosecutor, Julius Tennon as Judge, and Adam West as Himself. Patrick Warburton returns as Johnny Johnson.
84 (9) "Boston" Tom Cherones Alan J. Higgins December 9, 1998 (1998-12-09) 509

Max accidentally restores Lisa's Boston accent; Dave records an inspirational message for his high school.

Note: Maura Tierney really was born in Hyde Park, Boston, like her character Lisa Miller.
85 (10) "Spooky Rapping Crypt" Tom Cherones Mark O'Keefe December 15, 1998 (1998-12-15) 510
Beth causes Jimmy's ire when she demands a profit sharing plan; Matthew discovers Lisa's Satanic cult through recovered memory therapy.
86 (11) "Stinkbutt" Tom Cherones Drake Sather January 5, 1999 (1999-01-05) 511
Joe and Beth paint a mural; Lisa and Matthew wear the same outfit; Max fights with Jimmy's new security consultant. Guest stars Toby Huss as Jack Frost.
87 (12) "Apartment" Skip Collector Teleplay: Tom Saunders & Kell Cahoon
Story: Sam Johnson and Chris Marcil
January 12, 1999 (1999-01-12) 512
Dave and Lisa fight over a new apartment. Joe puts up a webcam.
88 (13) "Towers" Judi Elterman Teleplay: Alan J. Higgins
Story: Cliff Schoenberg
February 2, 1999 (1999-02-02) 513
Jimmy plans to build gigantic J-shaped twin towers; Matthew transforms into a 70s punk to avoid dealing with his 30th birthday.
89 (14) "Hair" Tom Cherones Josh Lieb February 9, 1999 (1999-02-09) 514
Joe hypnotises Jimmy to cure his fear of hippies; Beth kidnaps Lisa's puppy.
90 (15) "Assistant" Tom Cherones Ron Weiner February 16, 1999 (1999-02-16) 515
Dave and Joe fight over Lisa's new assistant; Jimmy redecorates the men's room and Beth fights for access to it. Guest stars Tiffani-Amber Thiessen as Foxy Jackson.
91 (16) "Wino (1)" Tom Cherones Sam Johnson & Chris Marcil February 23, 1999 (1999-02-23) 516
Johnny Johnson (guest star Patrick Warburton) returns--claiming to be no longer evil, but now a wino--to ask for Lisa's hand in marriage. Guest stars Alan Frazier as Bum.
92 (17) "Wedding (2)" Tom Cherones Tom Saunders & Kell Cahoon March 2, 1999 (1999-03-02) 517

Dave tries to prevent Lisa from marrying Johnny. Guest stars Paul F. Tompkins as Justice of the Peace, and Jeb Barrows as Man in Black. Returning guest stars Alan Frazier as Bum and Patrick Warburton returns as Johnny Johnson.

Note: When NewsRadio finally gave NBC the wedding episode they'd been demanding, NBC made it their "spotlight show of the week."
93 (18) "Ploy" Tom Cherones Mark O'Keefe March 9, 1999 (1999-03-09) 518
Lisa hyphenates her last name; Max announces he's going to quit. But what are his intentions?
94 (19) "Padded Suit" Dave Foley Teleplay: Ron Weiner
Story: Mike Preister
April 13, 1999 (1999-04-13) 519
Matthew and Max learn Joe-jitsu, with the help of a padded suit. Meanwhile, Dave plans to fire someone, while Jimmy starts a crusade against Mother's Day.
95 (20) "Freaky Friday" Skip Collector Teleplay: Josh Lieb
Story: Brad Copeland
April 20, 1999 (1999-04-20) 520
Jimmy and Matthew switch places for a day; Beth is caught cheating a CD club; Max is banned from the break room. Guest stars Wayne Federman as Randy Stark.
96 (21) "Retirement (1)" Judi Elterman Teleplay: Joe Furey & Brian Kelley
Story: Paul Simms
April 27, 1999 (1999-04-27) 521
Jimmy announces he's selling the station to retire to New Hampshire.
97 (22) "New Hampshire (2)" Tom Cherones Teleplay: Sam Johnson & Chris Marcil
Story: Josh Lieb & Paul Simms
May 4, 1999 (1999-05-04) 522

Jimmy sells the station and retires to New Hampshire, and tries to take the WNYX staff with him.

Note: It was rumored Paul Simms planned a sixth season built around Jimmy's new radio station and newspaper in New Hampshire, but the show was not renewed due in part to Hartman's death and poor ratings.