Taxi (season 2)

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Taxi (season 2)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 24
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 11, 1979 (1979-09-11) – March 13, 1980 (1980-03-13)
Season chronology
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List of Taxi episodes

The second season of Taxi aired on ABC from September 11, 1979 to May 13, 1980.

  • This season consisted of 24 episodes.
  • Christopher Lloyd joined the cast in a recurring role this season. He appeared in every episode after "The Apartment", totalling 12 for the season.
  • Andy Kaufman appeared in 15 episodes.

Episodes[edit]

Ep No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
23 1 "Louie and the Nice Girl" James Burrows Earl Pomerantz September 11, 1979 (1979-09-11)

Zena the candy machine girl (Rhea Perlman) falls for Louie, but Louie doesn't know how to date a nice girl.

Absent: Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas 
24 2 "Honor Thy Father" James Burrows Glen Charles & Les Charles September 18, 1979 (1979-09-18)
Alex learns from his sister that his estranged father has suffered a heart attack, and has to be convinced to visit him at the hospital. 
25 3 "Reverend Jim: A Space Odyssey" James Burrows Glen Charles & Les Charles September 25, 1979 (1979-09-25)
The cabbies meet Reverend Jim at a restaurant, and get him a job as a cab driver. Jim then spreads his special brand of reality around the garage. 
26 4 "Nardo Loses Her Marbles" James Burrows Earl Pomerantz October 2, 1979 (1979-10-02)
Elaine has a chance to move up at the art gallery, so she burns the candle at both ends and begins to show signs of the stress. She goes to a psychiatrist (Tom Ewell) to prove that she is OK. 
27 5 "The Reluctant Fighter" James Burrows Ken Estin October 9, 1979 (1979-10-09)

Tony is initially excited about fighting a former champ whose best days are behind him. His excitement turns to doubt when he realizes that the champ is dedicating the fight to a wheelchair-bound kid.

Absent: Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas 
28 6 "Wherefore Art Thou, Bobby?" James Burrows Barry Kemp October 16, 1979 (1979-10-16)
Bobby considers quitting acting after he meets a young actor-wannabe who just moved to New York and immediately lands a leading role in an off-Broadway play. 
29 7 "The Lighter Side of Angela Matusa" James Burrows Earl Pomerantz October 23, 1979 (1979-10-23)

Alex is revisited by a now slimmer Angela whose romantic interest in him has grown since she last saw him a year ago.

Absent: Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas 
30 8 "A Woman Between Friends" James Burrows Ken Estin October 30, 1979 (1979-10-30)
Bobby and Tony become embattled in a fierce competition for the affections of a beautiful girl (Constance Forslund) they both met and asked out at Mario's. 
31 9 "The Great Race" James Burrows Glenn Gordon Caron November 6, 1979 (1979-11-06)
Alex and Louie engage in a friendly competition to see who can take in the most money. If Louie wins he gets a date with Elaine. 
32 10 "The Apartment" James Burrows Barry Rubinowitz November 13, 1979 (1979-11-13)
After his apartment complex is torn down, Latka unknowingly signs a lease to live in a luxurious penthouse for $3,000/month. Realizing that Latka will have to move out after a month, the cabbies decide to spend every minute enjoying the perks of the apartment. 
33 11 "Alex's Romance" Ed. Weinberger Ian Praiser & Howard Gewirtz November 20, 1979 (1979-11-20)
Alex embarks on a romance with a fragile former soap star who is reluctant to get into a long-term relationship.
Note: Jim becomes a full-time regular starting with this episode. 
34 12 "Latka's Revolting" James Burrows Glen Charles & Les Charles November 27, 1979 (1979-11-27)
After Latka's country erupts into a civil war, he feels that he has an obligation to go home and join the revolution. 
35 13 "Elaine's Secret Admirer" James Burrows Barry Kemp December 4, 1979 (1979-12-04)

Elaine is intrigued when a secret admirer sends her several romantic poems. She soon realizes that it must be someone in the garage.

Absent: Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas 
36 14 "Louie Meets the Folks" James Burrows Barry Kemp December 10, 1979 (1979-12-10)

Fearing that Zena will break up with him, Louie finally decides to meet her parents. He then pays Alex to accompany him and make sure that he doesn't step out of line.

Absent: Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas 
37 15 "Jim Gets a Pet" James Burrows David Lloyd December 18, 1979 (1979-12-18)
Jim has a good day at the track and decides to spend his winnings on a pet horse. 
38 16 "Tony and Brian" James Burrows Ken Estin January 8, 1980 (1980-01-08)

Tony is shattered when a kid that he wants to adopt decides to go with a wealthy couple.

Absent: Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas 
39 17 "Guess Who's Coming for Brefnish" James Burrows Barry Kemp January 15, 1980 (1980-01-15)
Latka falls for Simka (Carol Kane), a girl from his native land, but prejudice gets in the way when it turns out she is one of the "mountain people," the most hated group in his country. 
40 18 "What Price Bobby?" James Burrows Ken Estin January 22, 1980 (1980-01-22)

Bobby's acting career is on the rise after he starts having an affair with his new agent.

Note: Judd Hirsch was only featured in the show's epilogue, separate from the main cast, as he was filming Ordinary People
41 19 "Shut It Down: Part 1" James Burrows Teleplay: Howard Gewirtz & Ian Praiser
Story: Mark Jacobson & Michael Tolkin
January 29, 1980 (1980-01-29)

Elaine is elected shop steward in a labor dispute, which might require some creative negotiations with lascivious Louie.

Absent: Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas 
42 20 "Shut It Down: Part 2" James Burrows Howard Gewirtz & Ian Praiser February 5, 1980 (1980-02-05)

Louie finally gets his date with Elaine, and TV audiences get the kiss they can never forget.

Absent: Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas 
43 21 "Alex Jumps Out of an Airplane" James Burrows Ken Estin February 26, 1980 (1980-02-26)

Following an excitement-filled ski trip, Alex decides to start living life to the fullest, which includes skydiving for the first time.

Absent: Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas 
44 22 "Art Work" James Burrows Glen Charles & Les Charles March 4, 1980 (1980-03-04)
Elaine convinces the cabbies to pool their money and buy a valuable painting as an investment. But to raise the cash, they’ll have to make a deal with the devil — Louie. 
45 23 "Fantasy Borough: Part 1" James Burrows Barry Kemp May 6, 1980 (1980-05-06)
When Tony meets Fantasy Island’s Hervé Villechaize, it inspires the cabbies to describe their fantasies. 
46 24 "Fantasy Borough: Part 2" James Burrows Barry Kemp May 13, 1980 (1980-05-13)

The fantasies continue in this conclusion to the season, culminating in Elaine's splashy production number to the song "Lullaby of Broadway."

Note: Despite only being contracted for 14 episodes, Andy Kaufman agreed to appear at the end of the musical number that closed this season, making his appearances for this season total 15.