Taxi (season 3)

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Taxi (season 3)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 20
Original channel ABC
Original run November 19, 1980 (1980-11-19) – May 21, 1981 (1981-05-21)
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List of Taxi episodes

The third season of Taxi aired on ABC from November 19, 1980 to May 21, 1981.

  • Because of the WGA strike, this season premiered in late November, consisting of 20 episodes, with two episodes produced for this season were broadcast the following year).


Ep No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
47 1 "Louie's Rival" James Burrows Ken Estin November 19, 1980 (1980-11-19)

Louie fears the worst when Zena confesses she has been dating someone else.

Absent: Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas
48 2 "Tony's Sister and Jim" James Burrows Michael Leeson November 26, 1980 (1980-11-26)
Tony Banta's newly divorced sister, Monica (Julie Kavner), falls in love with Jim Ignatowski, much to Tony's dismay.
49 3 "Fathers of the Bride" James Burrows Barry Kemp December 3, 1980 (1980-12-03)

Alex, upset that his ex-wife purposely kept him out of their daughter's wedding, invites Elaine to go with him to crash the reception.

Absent: Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas
50 4 "Elaine's Strange Triangle" James Burrows David Lloyd December 10, 1980 (1980-12-10)
Elaine's dating a man who, unknown to her, is bisexual and attracted to Tony. Tony begs for Alex's help in letting the man down easy.
51 5 "Going Home" James Burrows Glen Charles & Les Charles December 17, 1980 (1980-12-17)

After a private investigator hired by Jim's father tracks him down, Jim and Alex pay a visit to Jim's wealthy father.

Absent: Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas
52 6 "The Ten-Percent Solution" James Burrows Pat Allee January 7, 1981 (1981-01-07)
With Bobby's acting career going nowhere, he takes Tony Banta under his wing and acts as his agent.
53 7 "Call of the Mild" James Burrows Katherine Green January 21, 1981 (1981-01-21)

Alex, Tony, and the gang end up stranded without provisions in a mountain cabin when a freak snowstorm and an intrusive bear wreck their well laid plans.

Absent: Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas
54 8 "Latka's Cookies" James Burrows Glen Charles & Les Charles February 5, 1981 (1981-02-05)
Following the death of Latka's grandmother he inherits her cookie recipe, which he plans to mass-market because the cookies are addictive -- literally.
55 9 "Thy Boss's Wife" James Burrows Ken Estin February 12, 1981 (1981-02-12)

The boss's wife (Eileen Brennan) invites Louie over for an affair so she can get back at her husband. Louie fears the worst after remembering that her last fling, an employee of Louie called "Curly" Melnick, had not been heard from since.

Absent: Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas
56 10 "The Costume Party" James Burrows David Lloyd February 19, 1981 (1981-02-19)
The gang crash a party which they believe is occupied by famous actors.
57 11 "Elaine's Old Friend" Jeff Chambers Susan Jane Lindner & Nancy Lane February 26, 1981 (1981-02-26)
Elaine makes up an imaginary boyfriend, "Bill Board," to impress a wealthy and successful former school friend, and asks Alex to pretend to be Bill.
58 12 "Out of Commission" James Burrows Sam Simon March 12, 1981 (1981-03-12)

Tony is informed that he can no longer box due to the risk of brain damage.

Absent: Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas
59 13 "Zen and the Art of Cab Driving" Will Mackenzie Glen Charles & Les Charles March 19, 1981 (1981-03-19)
After Jim picks up a couple of businessmen at the airport he realizes that his life is missing something. Focusing on being the best cab driver he can be Jim breaks company trip sheet records amassing enough wealth to achieve goal, creating man cave full of television especially a C-Span of the Delaware state legislature.
60 14 "Louie's Mother" James Burrows Katherine Green March 26, 1981 (1981-03-26)

After Louie places his mother in a nursing home, he realizes that his vision of living without her was not as good as it seemed.

Absent: Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas
61 15 "Bobby's Roommate" James Burrows Earl Pomerantz April 9, 1981 (1981-04-09)
Elaine stays with Bobby, leading Alex and others to suspect they're having an affair.
62 16 "Louie Bumps Into an Old Lady" James Burrows David Lloyd April 16, 1981 (1981-04-16)

After Louie hits an old lady with his cab, she takes him and the Sunshine Cab Company to court for a million dollars. Louie soon realizes that he has a strong case against her when Alex remembers from a prior experience that she is a known ambulance chaser.

Absent: Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas
63 17 "Bobby and the Critic" James Burrows Barry Kemp April 30, 1981 (1981-04-30)
After reading the newspaper and seeing another nasty review of a play by powerful critic, John Bowman, Bobby decides to compose a letter attacking Bowman, only to reconsider and throw it in the trash. When Louie recovers the letter and sends it to the newspaper, it unexpectedly creates positive buzz for Bobby and his acting career.
64 18 "On the Job: Part 1" James Burrows Dennis Danzinger & Ellen Sandler May 7, 1981 (1981-05-07)
After the Sunshine Cab Company goes bankrupt, the gang decides to meet at Mario's a month later to tell stories about their new jobs.
65 19 "On the Job: Part 2" James Burrows Dennis Danzinger & Ellen Sandler May 14, 1981 (1981-05-14)
With the Sunshine Cab Company still closed, the former employees continue to share stories of their new jobs.
66 20 "Latka the Playboy" James Burrows Glen Charles & Les Charles May 21, 1981 (1981-05-21)

Latka creates a suave but obnoxious alter ego, Vic Ferrari, to help him score with the ladies. However, nobody likes his new persona, and Alex tries to convince him to bring the old Latka back.George Wendt appears in this episode.

Note- in 2007 TV Guide ranked this as the 19th greatest episode ever on its "100 Greatest Episodes of All Time" list.[1]


  1. ^ TV Guide Guide to TV. Barnes and Noble. 2004. p. 667. ISBN 0-7607-5634-1.