List of One Day at a Time episodes

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The following is a list of episodes for the television sitcom, One Day at a Time. The series premiered on December 16, 1975 on CBS, and ended on May 28, 1984. A total of 209 episodes were produced spanning nine seasons.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 15 December 16, 1975 March 30, 1976
2 24 September 28, 1976 March 22, 1977
3 24 September 27, 1977 April 3, 1978
4 26 September 18, 1978 April 14, 1979
5 26 September 30, 1979 April 13, 1980
6 21 November 9, 1980 May 10, 1981
7 25 October 11, 1981 May 16, 1982
8 26 September 26, 1982 May 23, 1983
9 22 October 2, 1983 May 28, 1984


Season 1 (1975–76)[edit]

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1 1 "Ann's Decision" Hal Cooper Allan Manings, Norman Paul & Jack Elinson December 16, 1975 (1975-12-16)
Newly divorced and scared Ann Romano is up for her first decision. Her older daughter Julie wants to go on a camping trip with her friend and a couple of boys. Julie threatens to leave her mother and live with her Dad unless Ann says she can go.
2 2 "Chicago Rendezvous" Don Richardson Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield December 23, 1975 (1975-12-23)
Ann has been wined and dined by a new boyfriend named Steve Blanchard. Ann doesn't realize how far things have gotten until he invites her to go away with him for the weekend on a trip to Chicago. It soon becomes apparent to everyone but Ann that she is headed for her first fling since her marriage ended.
3 3 "Jealousy" Noam Pitlik Kevin Hopps December 30, 1975 (1975-12-30)
Ann comes down with a bad case of jealousy when Julie and Barbara begin spending time with their father's steady girlfriend, Candy. Meanwhile, Julie is beside herself when her boyfriend Jeff begins paying attention to a sexy cheerleader.
4 4 "How to Succeed Without Trying" Noam Pitlik & Gloria Monty Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield January 6, 1976 (1976-01-06)

David gets Ann a job interview for an assistant to an account executive in a public relations firm. However, Ann is worried that her qualifications for the position won't matter as much as her sex appeal. Meanwhile, Julie coaches Barbara in flirting with her teacher to influence him during exams.

Guest star: Robert Mandan
5 5 "David Loves Ann" Don Richardson Charle Hauck January 13, 1976 (1976-01-13)
One evening after a date, David and Ann get cozy on the couch, but Barbara and Julie decide to put the kibosh on any intimacy. However, David makes the decision that it is the perfect time to ask Ann to marry him and gives her one week to come up with the answer. After two hours go by, he changes his mind and tries to get her to decide right away.
6 6 "Julie's Best Friend" Don Richardson Edward Kutner, Steve White & Danny Simon January 20, 1976 (1976-01-20)
Julie's new best friend is a stuck up rich girl, and Julie quickly demands more expensive things like clothes and that Ann send her to a prestigious school. Ann refuses to give in to Julie simply because she can't afford it, but that is when David steps in offering to kick in some financial aid for the Romano/Cooper household.
7 7 "Super Blues" Norman Campbell Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield January 27, 1976 (1976-01-27)

Ann is throwing a party in her apartment and has invited other tenants in the building. She begins to go through pre-party panic and it doesn't help when Schneider drops in with whistles, joy buzzers and whoopee cushions, expecting an invitation, only to discover he is not wanted.

Guest star: Don Diamond
8 8 "All the Way" Norman Campbell Howard Ostroff February 10, 1976 (1976-02-10)

Julie is torn when her current boyfriend, Chuck, wants her to go "all the way" with him. When Ann discovers Julie's problem she advises her to think long and hard and to do what feels right. Later, that evening when she is alone with Chuck, Julie finally makes a decision.

Guest star: William Kirby Cullen
9 9 "Fighting City Hall" John Robins John D. Hess February 17, 1976 (1976-02-17)
Ann is furious when she receives a $4,000 phone bill. She soon begins a letter writing campaign to anyone and everyone, including the President of the United States. Coincidentally, the President just happens to be passing through her neighborhood and Ann soon finds two Secret Service agents at her front door.
10 10 "David Plus Two" Howard Morris Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield February 24, 1976 (1976-02-24)

Ann is comfortable with her platonic relationship with David. However, she has an interesting reaction when she discovers David and a sexy new building tenant in a compromising situation, which brings to the forefront her true feelings for David.

Guest star: Susan Bay
11 11 "Julie's Job" Howard Morris Frank Buxton March 2, 1976 (1976-03-02)

Julie has been wanting to buy her boyfriend's car, but Ann refuses to pay for it and advises her to get a job to pay for it herself. So, Julie jumps at the chance when Schneider puts in a good word to help get her a job as a waitress in a grubby diner on a rough side of town.

Guest star: Stanley Adams, Joey Forman, Jeannie Linero, Suzanne Somers, Roy Stuart
12 12 "The College Man" Howard Morris Story by : Barry Cherin
Teleplay by : Michael Loman
March 9, 1976 (1976-03-09)

Julie is excited and nervous when she has a blind date with a college guy. However, her excitement about the evening turns to confusion and anger when her date, Ken, shows up and he takes an interest in Ann, who appears to enjoy the attention from the younger man.

Guest star: Robby Benson
13 13 "Father David" Howard Morris Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield March 16, 1976 (1976-03-16)
Barbara is all excited at the prospects of hosting a party at the apartment for the basketball team. However, once she and Julie manage to talk Ann into allowing it, they hit another roadblock ... no alcohol. The girls soon talk David into chaperoning the party while Ann is away at a wedding and secretly plot to have the guests sneak in the beer.
14 14 "Dad Comes Back (Part 1)" Sandy Kenyon Story by : Norman Paul & Jack Elinson
Teleplay by : Norman Paul & Jack Elinson and Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant
March 23, 1976 (1976-03-23)

Ann is excited when she comes home with the news that she got a new job. However, her excitement is dampened when she learns that her ex-husband Ed is stopping by for a visit and has a big announcement: he is engaged and is planning to wed within a few weeks. To be continued...

Guest star: Joseph Campanella
15 15 "Dad Comes Back (Part 2)" Sandy Kenyon Story by : Norman Paul & Jack Elinson
Teleplay by : Norman Paul & Jack Elinson and Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant
March 30, 1976 (1976-03-30)
Barbara and Julie are secretly hoping and plotting to get their mother Ann and their father, Ed back together. They have high hopes, especially when Ann allows Ed to stay over, but both of them are in for a rude awakening and a final acceptance that their parents will never get back together.

Season 2 (1976–77)[edit]

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16 1 "The Runaways (Part 1)" Herbert Kenwith Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant September 28, 1976 (1976-09-28)
Julie turns to her boyfriend when she and her mother reach an impasse regarding education, employment and marriage.
17 2 "The Runaways (Part 2)" Herbert Kenwith Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield October 5, 1976 (1976-10-05)
Ann is overcome by guilt after Chuck and Julie run away.
18 3 "The Runaways (Part 3)" Herbert Kenwith Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield October 12, 1976 (1976-10-12)
Schneider uses CB radio to search for Julie and her boyfriend.
19 4 "The Runaways (Part 4)" Herbert Kenwith Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield October 19, 1976 (1976-10-19)
Their possessions stolen, runaways Julie and her boyfriend consider calling Barbara for help.
20 5 "Barbara's Emergence" Herbert Kenwith Story by : Kevin Hopps
Teleplay by : Kevin Hopps and Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant
October 26, 1976 (1976-10-26)

Hoping to attract desirable males, Barbara decides to change her image.

Guest stars: Micheal Goodrow - as Hank the Hunk Christopher Knight and John Putch (first of 14 episodes as 'Bob Morton')
21 6 "David's New Job (Part 1)" Herbert Kenwith Norman Paul & Jack Elinson November 9, 1976 (1976-11-09)
David returns from Los Angeles with a job offer and hopes of marrying Ann. To be continued...
22 7 "David's New Job (Part 2)" Herbert Kenwith Jack Elinson & Norman Paul November 16, 1976 (1976-11-16)

As David works on Barbara and Julie, and as they pressure Ann to consider marrying David, Ann is faced with a serious decision..... she is not ready to marry again. David goes on without her.

Note: This is Richard Masur's final episode.
23 8 "The Upholstery Ripoff" Herbert Kenwith James R. Stein & Bob Illes November 23, 1976 (1976-11-23)

Ann must deal with an upholstery ripoff that invades her home.

Note: This is Mary Louise Wilson's first episode
24 9 "Schneider's Pride and Joy" Herbert Kenwith Michael S. Baser & Kim Weiskoph November 30, 1976 (1976-11-30)

Schneider touts his visiting nephew as a model gentleman, unaware that the youth is a thief.

Guest star: Mark Hamill
25 10 "A Visit from Dad" Herbert Kenwith Bud Wiser December 7, 1976 (1976-12-07)
Ann's visiting father tries to persuade her to return home.
26 11 "The Maestro" Herbert Kenwith Gy Waldron December 14, 1976 (1976-12-14)
Ann finds herself attracted to the piano player who has moved into the building.
27 12 "Happy New Year" Herbert Kenwith Story by : Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant
Teleplay by : Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant and Norman Paul & Jack Elinson
December 28, 1976 (1976-12-28)
The girls put on a New Year's show at a retirement home.
28 13 "J.C. and Julie (Part 1) (a.k.a.) Julie's Decision (Part 1)" Herbert Kenwith Joseph Bonaduce January 4, 1977 (1977-01-04)
Julie's religious zeal is driving Ann and Barbara crazy. To be continued...
29 14 "J.C. and Julie (Part 2) (a.k.a.) Julie's Decision (Part 2)" Herbert Kenwith Joseph Bonaduce January 11, 1977 (1977-01-11)
Julie applies her religious zeal to a drunken derelict, whom she found in a garbage can.
30 15 "The New Car" Herbert Kenwith Bob Illes & James R. Stein January 18, 1977 (1977-01-18)
Ann won't allow her ex-husband to spoil Julie and Barbara with a new car.
31 16 "Schneider Loves Ginny" Herbert Kenwith Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant January 25, 1977 (1977-01-25)
Schneider expects Ginny to leap at his marriage proposal.
32 17 "Ginny's Child" Herbert Kenwith Story by : Norman Paul & Jack Elinson
Teleplay by : Joseph Bonaduce
February 1, 1977 (1977-02-01)
Ginny is always depressed after her mysterious Sunday excursions.
33 18 "Julie's Operation" Herbert Kenwith Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant February 8, 1977 (1977-02-08)
With the family doctor away and Julie down with possible appendicitis, Ann accepts the services of a young resident.
34 19 "The Traveling Salesperson" Herbert Kenwith Story by : Carol Gary
Teleplay by : Carol Gary and Joseph Bonaduce
February 15, 1977 (1977-02-15)
Ann's boss has second thoughts about a woman's ability to handle the job he just gave to Ann
35 20 "The Butterfields" Herbert Kenwith Norman Paul & Jack Elinson February 22, 1977 (1977-02-22)
Julie writes Chuck a Dear John letter, while Ann finds herself in the middle of a feud between Chuck's parents.
36 21 "Barbara Plus Two" Herbert Kenwith Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield March 1, 1977 (1977-03-01)
Barbara accepts an invitation to a school dance, then can't turn another one down.
37 22 "The Singles Bar" Herbert Kenwith Joseph Bonaduce & Bruce Howard March 8, 1977 (1977-03-08)

Ginny persuades Ann to go to a singles bar.

Note: Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli do not appear in this episode.
38 23 "The College Question" Herbert Kenwith Rick Mittleman March 15, 1977 (1977-03-15)
Tired from cramming for entrance exams, Julie doesn't want to go to college any more.
39 24 "The Girls Alone (a.k.a.) Where's Mama?" Herbert Kenwith Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield March 22, 1977 (1977-03-22)
Barbara and Julie want to sneak out to a party on a school night, while Ann is away on a business trip to Las Vegas. But the girls are fearful that their mother might find out that they're heading to the party, so they try to reach Ann via a phone call, only to learn that she didn't reach her hotel.

Season 3 (1977–78)[edit]

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40 1 "The Older Man (Part 1)" Herbert Kenwith Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant September 27, 1977 (1977-09-27)

After Julie plows into a car, its dashing driver offers her a job.

Guest star: Jim Hutton
41 2 "The Older Man (Part 2)" Herbert Kenwith Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant October 4, 1977 (1977-10-04)
Julie's boss invites her on an out-of-town trip.
42 3 "The Older Man (Part 3)" Herbert Kenwith Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield October 11, 1977 (1977-10-11)
Julie is startled by her boss's proposal.
43 4 "The Older Man (Part 4)" Herbert Kenwith Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield October 18, 1977 (1977-10-18)
Julie is implored by her father not to marry her 42-year-old boss.
44 5 "Ann's Out-of-Town Client" Herbert Kenwith Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant October 25, 1977 (1977-10-25)
A lecherous client has more than business on his mind.
45 6 "Bob Loves Barbara" Herbert Kenwith Jack Elinson & Norman Paul November 1, 1977 (1977-11-01)
An insecure boy interested in dating Barbara bolsters his confidence by taking out a notorious classmate first.
46 7 "The Second Mrs. Cooper" Herbert Kenwith Bud Wiser November 8, 1977 (1977-11-08)
After Julie and Barbara return home from a weekend visit with their dad complaining that Dad's new wife is trying to cut them out of his life, Ann initiates her first face to face meeting with the new Mrs. Cooper – only to learn that the girls haven't exactly been fair or kind to their new stepmother.
47 8 "The Ghost Writer" Herbert Kenwith Joseph Bonaduce November 22, 1977 (1977-11-22)
When Barbara hands in Julie's verse as her own for a class, a school counselor takes her for a poetic genius.
48 9 "Barbara's Friend (Part 1)" Herbert Kenwith Story by : Michael S. Baser & Kim Weiskopf
Teleplay by : Bud Wiser
November 29, 1977 (1977-11-29)
While Barbara agonizes over whether Cliff Randall will invite her to the Grateful Dead concert, she has to contend with an over-eager girl trying to be her friend. When reality sinks in, she reaches out to Barbara at the last moment. To be continued...
49 10 "Barbara's Friend (Part 2)" Herbert Kenwith Story by : Michael S. Baser & Kim Weiskopf
Teleplay by : Bud Wiser
December 6, 1977 (1977-12-06)
Barbara's classmate (portrayed by Lindsay V. Jones) phones to say she has taken a drug overdose.
50 11 "Schneider's Kid" Herbert Kenwith Joseph Bonaduce December 13, 1977 (1977-12-13)
Julie runs into an attractive young man in the lobby who is looking for Schneider. However, his visit to see Schneider is anything but a social call when he reveals that he is Schneider's son, from a brief marriage 20 years earlier. Ann, Barbara and Julie quickly do their best to prepare Schneider for the news.
51 12 "Ann's Crisis" Herbert Kenwith Joan Desberg Greenberg & Jennie Blackton December 27, 1977 (1977-12-27)
Ann sees her 36th birthday as a crisis, not a cause for celebration.
52 13 "The Race Driver (Part 1)" Herbert Kenwith Gy Waldron January 3, 1978 (1978-01-03)
Schneider makes the grand announcement that a celebrity has just moved into the building, a race car driver named Cam Randolph. Meanwhile, Julie and Barbara have devised a meeting between their mother and Cam, but Ann is initially anything but excited about meeting him. Things start to change, however, once Ann gets to know him. To be continued...
53 14 "The Race Driver (Part 2)" Herbert Kenwith Story by : Gy Waldron
Teleplay by : Gy Waldron and Kristan Kincade
January 10, 1978 (1978-01-10)
Ann begins to question her relationship with a dashing race driver.
54 15 "Ann's Secretary" Herbert Kenwith Pat Harrington, Jr. & James Burr Johnson January 17, 1978 (1978-01-17)
Ann learns that a secretary she just hired is a reputed drug user.
55 16 "Barbara's Rebellion" Herbert Kenwith Bud Wiser January 30, 1978 (1978-01-30)
Frustrated over not getting enough attention at home, Barbara rebels by running away to a Chicago motel room with Bob Morton.
56 17 "The New Owner" Herbert Kenwith Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield February 6, 1978 (1978-02-06)
Determined to keep his job, Schneider woos the building's new owner — who falls for him.
57 18 "Ann's Competitor" Herbert Kenwith Story by : Joseph Bonaduce
Teleplay by : Bud Wiser and Joseph Bonaduce
February 13, 1978 (1978-02-13)

Ann has a competitor in the lecherous Francine Webster.

Guest star: Shelley Fabares
58 19 "The Dress Designer" Herbert Kenwith Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant February 27, 1978 (1978-02-27)
Aspiring designer Julie tries to enter a fashion show after the entry deadline.
59 20 "Take the Money" Herbert Kenwith Arnold Horwitt March 6, 1978 (1978-03-06)
Barbara and Julie are excited about getting a new stereo and decide to buy Schneider's old one for $200. However, as they are scrounging up the money, Julie checks her balance in her checking account and quickly finds that somehow an additional $125 has been credited to her account. Stricken with guilt and Barbara's encouragement, Julie decides to take the money.
60 21 "Barbara the Fink" Herbert Kenwith Joseph Bonaduce March 13, 1978 (1978-03-13)
Barbara is an eyewitness to a vandalism at the school and soon finds herself between a rock and a hard place, over whether or not to do the honest thing and tell the truth, or not say anything and protect a friend. Ultimately, she tells the truth, but then must face possible alienation as a result of her actions.
61 22 "Julie's Big Move (Part 1)" Herbert Kenwith Story by : Kristan Kincade & Gy Waldron
Teleplay by : Kristan Kincade & Gy Waldron and Joseph Bonaduce
March 20, 1978 (1978-03-20)
Julie plans to move out, but Ann doubts her daughter can make it financially. To be continued...
62 23 "Julie's Big Move (Part 2)" Herbert Kenwith Story by : Kristan Kincade & Gy Waldron
Teleplay by : Bud Wiser
March 27, 1978 (1978-03-27)
Ann thinks Julie's new roommate is a bad influence on her.
63 24 "Ann, the Father" Alan Rafkin Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield April 3, 1978 (1978-04-03)
Ann's career advice to Barbara's friend leads to hard feelings between the boy and his father.

Season 4 (1978–79)[edit]

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64 1 "Father, Dear Father (Part 1)" Alan Rafkin Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant September 18, 1978 (1978-09-18)
Ann's ex-husband tells her that he can no longer pay her child support for his daughters. To be continued...
65 2 "Father, Dear Father (Part 2)" Alan Rafkin Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant September 25, 1978 (1978-09-25)
Ed is forced to admit the truth to Julie and Barbara.
66 3 "Ann's Friend" Alan Rafkin Anne Convy & Mitzi McCall October 2, 1978 (1978-10-02)
Ann is stunned when a friend says she is leaving her husband.
67 4 "Bob's New Girl" Alan Rafkin Jack Elinson October 16, 1978 (1978-10-16)
Barbara has been steadily dating Cliff and soon finds herself trying to gently discourage Bob from pursuing her. However, Bob is sure he can win her away from Cliff, until Ann encourages him to perhaps date other women. He does but Barbara's reaction to Bob's new girlfriend is incredibly telling.
68 5 "Schneider's Help" Alan Rafkin Bud Wiser October 23, 1978 (1978-10-23)
While he is recovering from a back injury, Schneider needs an assistant maintenance man to help out with his work around the building. Barbara suggests that Schneider hire her friend Jackie, who has a disability. Schneider reluctantly takes on the kid, who does his best to prove he can do the job, but when there is a gas leak in the building, Jackie's competence is put to the test.
69 6 "Yes, Sir, That's My Baby" Alan Rafkin Bud Wiser November 6, 1978 (1978-11-06)
Sally, an old school friend of Barbara's shows up for a visit with the news that she is now a mother. Originally, she agreed with the father to give the baby up for adoption, but after one look at the baby, decided to keep it. However, the big bombshell is dropped when she mentions that the father is Cliff Randall, Barbara's boyfriend.
70 7 "The Dating Game (a.k.a.) Ann's Dating Game" Alan Rafkin Gladys Christman November 13, 1978 (1978-11-13)
Ann is interested in a business associate, but isn't quite sure how to convey her romantic interest to him. Barbara and Julie suggest that she just make the first move and call him, which she does. However, he isn't quite getting the hints and assumes that when she asks him out, the dinner is business instead of pleasure.
71 8 "Peabody's War" Alan Rafkin Pat Harrington, Jr. & James Burr Johnson November 20, 1978 (1978-11-20)
Mr. Peabody, an elderly resident in the apartment building, refuses to pay higher rent or to allow the building's owners to throw him out, because he is old and disabled. He locks himself in the Romanos' apartment with a shotgun, and holds the family hostage until he can get on TV and tell the building's owners to allow him to stay in his apartment and pay a fair rent amount for it.
72 9 "Jealousy (Part 1)" Alan Rafkin Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant November 27, 1978 (1978-11-27)
Julie and Barbara become rivals when they fall for the leader of a rock group. To be continued...
73 10 "Jealousy (Part 2)" Alan Rafkin Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield December 4, 1978 (1978-12-04)
The battle for the band leader continues as Barbara tries to win him back from Julie.
74 11 "The Arab Connection" Alan Rafkin Doug Bailey December 11, 1978 (1978-12-11)
Ann plays hostess to an Arab sheik while Julie leads a demonstration against his country's economic policy.
75 12 "Hold the Mustard" Alan Rafkin Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield December 18, 1978 (1978-12-18)
The pace of Barbara's restaurant job proves to be faster than she anticipated.
76 13 "Girl Talk" Alan Rafkin Julie Kirgo & Dinah Kirgo December 25, 1978 (1978-12-25)
Ann and the girls spend a warm Christmas Eve in a frigid mountain cabin.
"The Married Man (Part 1)"
"The Married Man (Part 2)"
Alan Rafkin Julie Kirgo & Dinah Kirgo and Ed Jurist January 17, 1979 (1979-01-17)
In the first of a three-part story, Ann and a sportswriter begin a promising romance. In the second, a smooth-sailing romance between Ann and a sportswriter hits the rocks.
79 16 "The Married Man (Part 3)" Alan Rafkin Bud Wiser January 24, 1979 (1979-01-24)
Ann considers pursuing a relationship with her married sports writer, but soon concludes that to do so would strip her of her self-respect.
80 17 "Going Nowhere" Alan Rafkin Jerry Winnick January 31, 1979 (1979-01-31)
Julie is depressed because her designing career seems to have reached a dead end. Guest star: Jay Leno
81 18 "Francine Strikes Again" Alan Rafkin Bud Wiser February 7, 1979 (1979-02-07)
Francine uses her feminine wiles to wrest away one of Ann's big accounts.
82 19 "The Dental Hygienist" Alan Rafkin Ron Bloomberg February 14, 1979 (1979-02-14)
Only hours after they meet, Ann's old pal and Schneider are ready to sail off on a romantic cruise.
83 20 "The Piano Teacher" Alan Rafkin Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield February 21, 1979 (1979-02-21)
The baby grand delivered to Ann by mistake belongs to her next-door neighbor, a slightly unstrung piano teacher who begins giving lessons in her living room.
84 21 "The Broken Nose" Alan Rafkin Joseph Bonaduce February 28, 1979 (1979-02-28)

Barbara learns a lesson about beauty after Schneider accidentally opens a door smack into her nose.

Note: Mackenzie Phillips does not appear in this episode.
85 22 "Mad for Each Other" Alan Rafkin Julie Kirgo & Dinah Kirgo March 7, 1979 (1979-03-07)
Julie falls for an egotistical filmmaker whose temperament exactly matches her own.
86 23 "The Graduation" Alan Rafkin Bud Wiser March 21, 1979 (1979-03-21)
Barbara's high school graduation has arrived and she is all excited, except for two issues: she is unsure if she wants to attend the University of Wisconsin, like her father did, and trying to make a decision on whether to hang out at a party with friends or one with just family, after graduation.
87 24 "Fear of Success" Alan Rafkin Story by : Judy Friend and Ron Bloomberg
Teleplay by : Ron Bloomberg
March 25, 1979 (1979-03-25)
A lucrative offer to direct public relations for a computer firm prompts Ann to give Mr. Davenport two weeks' notice
88 25 "Grandma Leaves Grandpa" Alan Rafkin Dinah Kirgo, Julie Kirgo, Ron Bloomberg, & Bud Wiser April 8, 1979 (1979-04-08)
Ann is all set to go away for the weekend to a ski lodge, but her plans are put to a halt when Grandma Romano drops by with the announcement that she has left Ann's father and now would like to stay with Ann and the girls. Not quite taking her seriously, Ann is dealt a blow of reality when her father drops by needing a place to stay as well.
89 26 "Schneider Gets Fired" Alan Rafkin Kathryn Reback April 15, 1979 (1979-04-15)
Schneider quits because the landlord refuses his raise request.

Season 5 (1979–80)[edit]

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90 1 "Back to School" Alan Rafkin Julie Kirgo & Dinah Kirgo September 30, 1979 (1979-09-30)
Barbara has begun her college education and feels very independent, balancing school work with social activities. Meanwhile, Ann begins to feel undereducated as she hears Barbara's experiences and makes a decision to go to college. The big surprise comes when she is taking the same course as Barbara.
91 2 "Pressure" Alan Rafkin Julie Kirgo & Dinah Kirgo October 7, 1979 (1979-10-07)
Barbara's latest boyfriend, Brad, is putting the pressure on her big time to have sex. Barbara honestly does not know what to do and isn't quite sure she wants to accommodate his sexual demands, but at the same time, doesn't want to lose him. So, she decides that perhaps she should and goes out and buys some contraceptives.
92 3 "Julie's Wedding (Part 1)" Alan Rafkin Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield October 14, 1979 (1979-10-14)

Julie returns from a ski trip sporting a meek fiance, an impending wedding date and an unexcited best man. To be continued...

Guest star: Michael Lembeck
93 4 "Julie's Wedding (Part 2)" Alan Rafkin Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant October 21, 1979 (1979-10-21)
Best man Max insists that his amorous intentions toward Julie are honorable, even as the wedding party assembles.
94 5 "Home Again, Home Again" Alan Rafkin Bud Wiser October 28, 1979 (1979-10-28)

Newlyweds Julie and Max return from their honeymoon to an apartment they can't afford because Max has been laid off from his job.

Note: Michael Lembeck becomes a regular cast member.
95 6 "Between Mother and Daughter" Alan Rafkin Ron Bloomberg November 4, 1979 (1979-11-04)
A psychiatrist recommends a heart-to-heart talk to take the heat out of Ann's relationship with her mother.
96 7 "Small Wonder" Alan Rafkin Julie Kirgo & Dinah Kirgo November 11, 1979 (1979-11-11)
Barbara hires a genetics tutor, unaware of his obvious shortcomings.
97 8 "Et tu, Ann" Alan Rafkin Linda Marsh & Margie Peters November 25, 1979 (1979-11-25)
Ann pressures her assistant into working on a Saturday night — at her place.
98 9 "A Little Larceny" Alan Rafkin Ron Bloomberg December 2, 1979 (1979-12-02)
Barbara tries to earn some extra money by selling football betting cards. However, Schneider gets arrested when Barbara involves him in her illegal football pool activities.
99 10 "Heart Attack" Alan Rafkin Bob Baublitz December 9, 1979 (1979-12-09)
After Ann rushes out to yet another appointment, her family shouldn't be so surprised to learn she has suffered a heart attack.
100 11 "Male Jealousy" Alan Rafkin Winston Moss December 16, 1979 (1979-12-16)
A feud erupts between Schneider and Max for male dominance in the Romano household, as well as the attention of Ann and the girls.
101 12 "Happy New Year II" Alan Rafkin Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant December 30, 1979 (1979-12-30)

Ann and the family put on another show at the senior citizen hotel.

Note: Mackenzie Phillips does not appear in this episode.
102 13 "Schneider, the Model" Alan Rafkin James Burr Johnson & Pat Harrington, Jr. January 6, 1980 (1980-01-06)
After a man-on-the-street chat with a newscaster, Schneider is offered a job as a male model, but becomes depressed when he learns the role he is to portray.
103 14 "Triple Play" Alan Rafkin Ron Bloomberg January 27, 1980 (1980-01-27)
A fast talking insurance man from Buffalo can't decide whether he would rather romance Barbara, Ann or Grandma Romano.
104 15 "So Long, Mom (a.k.a.) Not Telling" Alan Rafkin Bud Wiser February 3, 1980 (1980-02-03)
Barbara's desire to live near campus and Max's new job in Houston have Ann pondering the thought of living alone for the first time in her life.
105 16 "Old Horizons" Alan Rafkin Bud Wiser February 10, 1980 (1980-02-10)
Grandma Romano moves to Indianapolis, takes an apartment in Ann's building and finds a job in her office.
106 17 "Endless Elliot" Alan Rafkin Joseph Bonaduce February 17, 1980 (1980-02-17)
Barbara is harassed by an overzealous suitor.
"Retrospective" Alan Rafkin Jack Elinson February 24, 1980 (1980-02-24)
The topsy-turvy years in Schneider's building are fondly remembered (in clips from past shows) when condominium conversion threatens to disperse the tenants.
109 20 "Girl with a Past" Alan Rafkin Margie Peters & Linda Marsh March 2, 1980 (1980-03-02)
Barbara feels compelled to tell Bob about his new girlfriend's former exploits.
110 21 "Perils of Plastic" Alan Rafkin Gary Jacobs March 9, 1980 (1980-03-09)

A binge of credit-card spending leads Max and Julie to insolvency.

Note: This is Mackenzie Phillips' final episode. Pat Harrington does not appear in this episode.
111 22 "No Laughing Matter" Alan Rafkin Bill Reed March 16, 1980 (1980-03-16)
After Schneider's rebuff during an outing to a comedy club, Ann brings home a footloose funny man.
112 23 "Connor's Crisis" Alan Rafkin Story by : Linda Marsh & Margie Peters
Teleplay by : Ron Bloomberg and Diana Kirgo & Julie Kirgo
March 23, 1980 (1980-03-23)
Ann's boss, Mr. Connors is going through a rough time after his wife walks out on him, citing that he has become too boring for her taste. To cheer him up, Ann invites him out to dinner, but when Schneider crashes the dinner, Mr. Connors gets some lessons in picking up the ladies and ends up with a gold-digger.
113 24 "Grecian Yearn" Alan Rafkin Dinah Kirgo & Julie Kirgo March 30, 1980 (1980-03-30)
Ann's archeology professor offers her love and companionship and asks her to live with him in Greece.
114 25 "Pen Pals" Alan Rafkin Ron Bloomberg April 6, 1980 (1980-04-06)
Schneider's cell mate from a gambling bust shows up and demands first class treatment or else.
115 26 "The Spirit is Willing" Alan Rafkin Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield April 13, 1980 (1980-04-13)
While Schneider is making love to his girlfriend, she has a heart attack which ultimately leaves Schneider impotent. Schneider then goes to great lengths to remedy his problem, to no avail. That is, until Ann makes a suggestion concerning an ex-flame of Schneider's, but Schneider is unsure if he wants to take her advice.

Season 6 (1980–81)[edit]

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116 1 "Teacher's Pet" Alan Rafkin Julie Kirgo & Dinah Kirgo November 9, 1980 (1980-11-09)
Barbara goes all out on a paper for a government class and ends up with a D. When she goes in to see her professor, she soon discovers that she can get a higher grade on her paper, that is, if she accepts her professor's advances. Later, Barbara decides to bring him to justice and files a complaint against him.
117 2 "The Amarillo Connection" Alan Rafkin Bud Wiser November 16, 1980 (1980-11-16)
Thanks to Ann's hard work, Connors & Davenport has just landed a brand new account and Ann is all excited about the possibilities of a promotion. She soon finds herself battling with Francine over it, but ultimately she gets it, only to discover it means moving to Amarillo, Texas.
118 3 "Ann Meets Nick (Part 1)" Alan Rafkin Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield November 23, 1980 (1980-11-23)

Ann's attempts to land her own advertising accounts lead to repeated run-ins with an irritating commercial artist. To be continued...

Guest star: Ron Rifkin
119 4 "Ann Meets Nick (Part 2)" Alan Rafkin Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield November 30, 1980 (1980-11-30)
Ann and Nick do so well on their first campaign that he wants to form a partnership with her.
120 5 "Farewell, My Suite" Alan Rafkin Story by : Bud Wiser, Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant
Teleplay by : Joseph Bonaduce
December 7, 1980 (1980-12-07)

Ann and Barbara return from a weekend trip to find they've been robbed, with Schneider's assistance.

Note: Ron Rifkin becomes a regular cast member
121 6 "Merry Widow" Alan Rafkin Annie Caroline Schuler December 14, 1980 (1980-12-14)
Ann's father has died, and her mother is chronically depressed until Schneider takes her out on the town.
122 7 "The Drop Out" Alan Rafkin Bud Wiser December 21, 1980 (1980-12-21)
Barbara's search for an interesting major leads her to the conclusion that she is not ready to continue her education.
123 8 "A Shot in the Dark" Alan Rafkin Julie Kirgo & Dinah Kirgo January 4, 1981 (1981-01-04)

Former tenants ask Schneider to help them conceive a child through artificial insemination.

Notes: Glenn Scarpelli becomes a regular cast member
124 9 "Sunday Father" Alan Rafkin Annie Caroline Schuler January 11, 1981 (1981-01-11)
Alex is fed up with Nick's plans for their father-and-son weekends.
"November Song" Alan Rafkin Pat Harrington, Jr. & James Burr Johnson January 18, 1981 (1981-01-18)
Schneider falls madly in love with a woman who prizes her freedom above everything. Schneider is overcome by jealousy at the thought of going fishing while his young girlfriend is alone with a man her own age.
127 12 "Five Fingered Discount" Alan Rafkin Alfred Wilson February 1, 1981 (1981-02-01)
An old family secret surfaces when Grandma Romano gets pinched for shoplifting.
128 13 "I Do, I Do" Alan Rafkin Dick Bensfield, Perry Grant, & Bud Wiser February 15, 1981 (1981-02-15)
Barbara joins a committee to assist a young man about to lose his immigration status, which could condemn him to prison in his native land.
129 14 "A Tiny Romance" Alan Rafkin Ron Bloomberg February 22, 1981 (1981-02-22)
Ann is convinced that her constant bickering with business partner Nick is related to sexual tension.
130 15 "Out of Bounds" Alan Rafkin Brad Rider March 8, 1981 (1981-03-08)
Beerbelly's wife, dissatisfied with her marriage, makes a play for Schneider.
131 16 "Once a Mom" Alan Rafkin Story by : Dick Bensfield, & Perry Grant
Teleplay by : David Silverman & Stephen Sustarsic
March 15, 1981 (1981-03-15)
Ann has the flu, and the last thing she wants is for her mother to play nursemaid.
132 17 "Alex's Project" Alan Rafkin Stephen Sustarsic & David Silverman April 5, 1981 (1981-04-05)
Nick won't let Alex get away with turning in a shoddy science project.
133 18 "Caveat Emptor" Alan Rafkin Bud Wiser & Ron Bloomberg April 5, 1981 (1981-04-05)
A new account is going well for Ann and Nick until they realize the merchant is involved in a bait-and-switch scheme.
134 19 "Small Wonder II" Asaad Kelada Julie Kirgo & Dinah Kirgo April 19, 1981 (1981-04-19)
Ted Loomis, the young man who once tutored Barbara, comes by the Romano apartment for a visit. Ted has graduated from college at 14, but is having a hard time finding a job. Schneider and Barbara quickly come up with a plan that results in Ted becoming Barbara's boss at the sporting goods store and quickly turns him into a mini-dictator.
135 20 "Wicked Ann" Alan Rafkin Joseph Bonaduce May 3, 1981 (1981-05-03)
Alex begins to resent Ann's relationship with his father and accuses her of keeping his father and mother apart.
136 21 "Indianapolis Story" Alan Rafkin Ron Bloomberg & Bud Wiser May 10, 1981 (1981-05-10)
Nick and Ann manage to get the apartment to themselves, only to have Ann's old boyfriend David arrive at their door.

Season 7 (1981–82)[edit]

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137 1 "Alex Moves In" Alan Rafkin Stephen Sustarsic & David Silverman October 11, 1981 (1981-10-11)
Following Nick's death in a car accident with a drunk driver, Alex begins feeling lonely and unwanted, especially since his mother has remarried. This leads him to run away from home in Chicago and hop a bus to Indianapolis with a plan to talk Ann and Barbara into letting him move in with them.
138 2 "Airport" Alan Rafkin Arnold Kane October 18, 1981 (1981-10-18)
Ann is flying into Indianapolis, but her flight has been delayed. This leads Schneider, Barbara and Alex to pass the time waiting in the airport and each one of them has an encounter with the opposite sex, all of which seem promising, but things quickly go awry.
139 3 "Shake Hands" Alan Rafkin Ron Bloomberg October 25, 1981 (1981-10-25)
Ann's business is in severe trouble as she is finding it hard to keep up with the bills. This is when her old nemesis, Francine Webster steps in and offers to become her partner. However, Francine has a difficult time trying to convince Ann that she would be the perfect partner, until a prospective client appears and Francine works her magic.
140 4 "Julie Shows Up (Part 1)" Alan Rafkin Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield November 8, 1981 (1981-11-08)
Barbara and Ann return home one evening to discover they have an unexpected houseguest, Julie. It seems Julie has left Max due to severe marital problems. She thinks he is having an affair and confides in Ann and Barbara that she indeed has cheated on Max. Max soon arrives after a phone call from Ann, and is in for a shock as Julie plans to drop her bombshell on him. To be continued...
141 5 "Julie Shows Up (Part 2)" Alan Rafkin Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield November 15, 1981 (1981-11-15)
A stunned Max keeps his distance from Julie after learning that she had an affair. Meanwhile, Julie has no idea where she wants her marriage to go, but is soon in for a shock, she is pregnant. This leads Ann to step in and try to help mend Max and Julie's strained relationship.
142 6 "Dinner at Seven (Part 1)" Alan Rafkin Bud Wiser November 29, 1981 (1981-11-29)

Barbara schedules back to back dates with two guys, but the first won't take her home. To be continued...

Guest star: Boyd Gaines
143 7 "Dinner at Seven (Part 2)" Alan Rafkin Bud Wiser December 6, 1981 (1981-12-06)
Barbara hatches a plan to repay Mark for their disastrous first date.
144 8 "Plain Favorite" Alan Rafkin Anthony Bonaduce & Celia Bonaduce December 20, 1981 (1981-12-20)
Ann's cousin Sophie stops in Indianapolis for a visit. She quickly hits it off with Schneider after displaying her knowledge of hardware, and they begin seeing each other. However, an upcoming dance at Schneider's lodge has him in quandary. Should he take Maxine, a girl who he considers flashy and attractive, or Sophie, who he considers rather plain and mousy?
145 9 "Alex's First Love" Alan Rafkin Story by : Christine Tibbles
Teleplay by : George Tibbles
December 27, 1981 (1981-12-27)
Alex's first date rekindles the protectionist approach Ann took with her daughters.
146 10 "Not So Silent Partner" Alan Rafkin Stephen Sustarsic & David Silverman January 3, 1982 (1982-01-03)
Schneider becomes the not-so-silent business partner of Ann and Francine after the bank turns down their loan.
147 11 "Gift Horses" Alan Rafkin Paul Perlove January 17, 1982 (1982-01-17)
Ann leaves on a business trip just before a storm from two gale-force grandmas, Grandma Cooper and Grandma Romano, inundate the Romano apartment. Barbara must bear the brunt of the storm as she soon finds herself being showered with gifts. Grandma Romano buys her an electric organ and Grandma Cooper upstages her by giving Barbara a trip to Hawaii.
148 12 "Stick'em Up" Alan Rafkin Arnold Kane January 24, 1982 (1982-01-24)
Ann, Schneider, Grandma Romano and Bob are all planning a surprise birthday party for Barbara at the sporting good store where she works. Everyone manages to sneak into the store room in preparation, but unwelcome guests arrive and take Barbara at gunpoint in a robbery attempt. Everyone eventually gets locked up in the storeroom, but no one is in the mood for celebrations.
149 13 "Ann's Failure" Alan Rafkin George Tibbles January 31, 1982 (1982-01-31)
Ann is sorely troubled by intimations of her own mortality that are triggered by Barbara's engagement.
150 14 "Grandma's Nest Egg" Alan Rafkin Ron Bloomberg February 7, 1982 (1982-02-07)
Francine's father and Grandma Romano are a hot item until she learns his line of work.
151 15 "Barbara's Crisis" Alan Rafkin Anne Convy & Mitzi McCall February 21, 1982 (1982-02-21)

Barbara is a little nervous about an upcoming doctor appointment with her gynecologist. Later, Barbara has heartbreaking news to break to Ann and Mark; it seems that she may not be able to conceive a child. This throws all her plans up in the air, and she fears that her relationship with Mark will be over when he finds out.

Note: This episode won the 1982 Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series.[1]
152 16 "Mrs. O'Leary's Kids" Alan Rafkin Paul Perlove March 7, 1982 (1982-03-07)
Alex doesn't feel like the hero he is hailed as after saving lives in an apartment blaze, because he caused the fire in the first place.
153 17 "Diamonds Are Forever" Alan Rafkin Hollace White & Stephanie Garman March 14, 1982 (1982-03-14)
The men go fishing and the women await their return, but all have one thing in common: they're talking about marriage.
154 18 "The Defector" Alan Rafkin Jordan Moffet March 21, 1982 (1982-03-21)
Ann prepares her home for a visit from a Russian women's basketball team. When the team arrives, one member, Olga takes a liking to Schneider. When Schneider reciprocates, Olga makes a decision to defect and marry Schneider, which infuriates Ann.
155 19 "Meow, Meow" Alan Rafkin Ron Bloomberg March 28, 1982 (1982-03-28)
Ann and Francine battle over the same man.
156 20 "Hardball" Alan Rafkin Elias Davis & David Pollock April 4, 1982 (1982-04-04)
Alex is desperate to find a new coach for his softball team, and tries to recruit Ann and Barbara. Meanwhile, Max arrives in Indianapolis on a business trip and stays at the Romano apartment. He quickly accepts Alex's offer and becomes the new coach, but this may prove to be a bad move on Alex's part, since Max wants to bench the inadequate player.
157 21 "Vegas (Part 1)" Alan Rafkin Paul Perlove April 11, 1982 (1982-04-11)
At a dentistry convention in Las Vegas, Barbara and Mark consider avoiding the hassle of wedding arrangements with a quickie Vegas marriage ceremony. To be continued...
158 22 "Vegas (Part 2)" Alan Rafkin Paul Perlove April 18, 1982 (1982-04-18)
The family rushes off to Las Vegas to talk Barbara out of a quickie marriage ceremony.
159 23 "Orville and Emily" Alan Rafkin Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield May 2, 1982 (1982-05-02)
The annual variety show for the Park Utopia senior-citizens hotel takes place.
160 24 "Hear Today, Gone Tomorrow" Alan Rafkin David Silverman & Stephen Sustarsic May 9, 1982 (1982-05-09)
It is coming through loud and clear, Schneider is going deaf.
161 25 "It's in the Cards" Alan Rafkin Ron Bloomberg May 16, 1982 (1982-05-16)
Grandma Romano tries her hand at a new career: fortune-telling.

Season 8 (1982–83)[edit]

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162 1 "The Perfect Wedding (Part 1)" Alan Rafkin Bernie Thomann September 26, 1982 (1982-09-26)

Barbara's nerves are on edge as her wedding day approaches and husband-to-be Mark is no help, he is more interested in his golf game than helping with the preparations.

Note: Shelley Fabares, Boyd Gaines, Michael Lembeck, and Mackenzie Phillips are now regular cast members. However, Lembeck and Phillips are only credited for the episodes in which they appear, and Gaines and Fabares aren't credited for every episode early in the season.
163 2 "The Perfect Wedding (Part 2)" Alan Rafkin Bernie Thomann October 3, 1982 (1982-10-03)
Mark refuses to cancel his golf game, and Barbara's worried he won't get to the church on time.
164 3 "The Honeymoon is Over" Alan Rafkin George Tibbles October 10, 1982 (1982-10-10)
Barbara tries to adapt to life at Mark's rooming house, where her new husband's friends, including a scantily-clad woman, breeze in and out without knocking to use the bathroom, or asking to use the closet and community refrigerator.
165 4 "Catcher in the Mud" Alan Rafkin James Burr Johnson & Pat Harrington, Jr. October 17, 1982 (1982-10-17)
Believing Alex needs a father figure and more male influence, Schneider and his beer-guzzling buddies take him to a female mud-wrestling show.
166 5 "Last Time I Saw Paris" Alan Rafkin Mitzi McCall & Annie Convy October 24, 1982 (1982-10-24)
To land a new French account, Francine talks Ann into a weekend trip to Paris to learn about the French market.
167 6 "Auntie Francine" Alan Rafkin Jill Gordan October 31, 1982 (1982-10-31)
Ann may be a little envious of Francine's freewheeling lifestyle, especially after Francine takes Alex for the weekend and shows him the time of his life.
168 7 "Lovers & Other Parents" Alan Rafkin Paul Perlove November 7, 1982 (1982-11-07)

Barbara's scheme to get her mother and Mark's newly divorced father, Sam, together at a dinner party gets faster results than she anticipated.

Guest star: Howard Hesseman & Eve Plumb
169 8 "Miracle of Birth (Part 1)" Alan Rafkin George Tibbles November 21, 1982 (1982-11-21)
Julie's announcement that her baby will be born underwater may be more than Ann can bear. To be continued...
170 9 "Miracle of Birth (Part 2)" Alan Rafkin George Tibbles November 28, 1982 (1982-11-28)
Julie insists on flying to California to have her baby in an underwater birth tank, but her labor pains are beginning at her mother's home in Indianapolis.
171 10 "First Things First" Alan Rafkin Peter Noah December 12, 1982 (1982-12-12)
Barbara's decision to enroll in college forces the Royers to live on a shoestring budget with little time for romance.
172 11 "Pride and Privacy (Part 1)" Alan Rafkin Peter Noah December 19, 1982 (1982-12-19)
Forced out of their rooming house by an explosion, Barbara and Mark impose on Ann for a temporary home until they can find a place of their own.
173 12 "Pride and Privacy (Part 2)" Alan Rafkin Paul Perlove December 26, 1982 (1982-12-26)
With Julie, Max and the new baby also needing a place to live, Ann may be forced to leave her own home to preserve her sanity and her relationship with Sam.
174 13 "Pride and Privacy (Part 3)" Alan Rafkin George Tibbles January 2, 1983 (1983-01-02)
Unable to cope with the pandemonium at her house, Ann takes refuge at Sam's place, until he offers her a solution for which she is completely unprepared.
175 14 "The Cruise" Alan Rafkin George Tibbles January 23, 1983 (1983-01-23)
Grandma Romano returns from a vacation cruise with news that she is marrying the shipboard piano player.
176 15 "Spare the Child" Alan Rafkin Joe Viola January 30, 1983 (1983-01-30)
Alex's video game fascination has him skipping school and facing punishment from the principal, and may be symptomatic of hidden emotional problems.
177 16 "The Hero" Alan Rafkin C.M. Leon & Margaret Weisman February 13, 1983 (1983-02-13)
Saving a businessman's life earns Schneider executive status in a job, complete with a secretary, a plush office, a rent-free apartment nearby and very little work to do.
178 17 "The Good Life" Alan Rafkin Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield February 20, 1983 (1983-02-20)
A South Pacific island would be just the ticket for Sam, if only Ann would drop her work, desert the family and join him in paradise.
179 18 "Social Insecurity" Alan Rafkin Bud Wiser March 6, 1983 (1983-03-06)
Determined not to be a burden on anyone, Grandma Romano keeps her escalating financial problems from Ann.
180 19 "A Young Man's Fancy" Alan Rafkin Story by : Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant
Teleplay by : George Tibbles
March 7, 1983 (1983-03-07)
Approaching his 15th birthday, Alex anticipates his first female encounter. But when he strikes out with the school's "girl most likely to," he makes a play for an older woman.
181 20 "The Letter" Alan Rafkin Paul Perlove March 14, 1983 (1983-03-14)
A letter to Ann's mother from her father, mailed the day before he died, is delivered four years later.
182 21 "Buyer's Remorse" Alan Rafkin Anthony Bonaduce & Joseph Bonaduce March 21, 1983 (1983-03-21)
Barbara's old boyfriend Bob reveals he still has feelings for her.
183 22 "Sonny Boy" Alan Rafkin George Tibbles March 28, 1983 (1983-03-28)
A weekend outing with a girl from school is more attractive to Alex than the father-son night he agreed to attend at Schneider's lodge.
184 23 "Panzini" Noam Pitlik Pat Harrington, Jr. & James Burr Johnson May 2, 1983 (1983-05-02)
Ann has been expecting a visit from a top Sicilian designer, named Guido Panzini, who bears a striking resemblance to Schneider. When he arrives, he and Francine immediately hit it off and start seeing each other. This puts a kink in Schneider's plans of romancing Francine.
185 24 "Sisters" Alan Rafkin Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield May 9, 1983 (1983-05-09)
Mark and Max rent a house without consulting their wives.
186 25 "Second Time Around" Alan Rafkin Peter Perlove & Bud Wiser May 16, 1983 (1983-05-16)
Ann picks up the morning newspaper and is in for a shock: Sam has set a wedding date for the two of them, and he hasn't even proposed yet. It seems the two are to get married in three days, but Ann is overcome with a case of premarital jitters, though they aren't as bad as the jitters that Sam has, causing him to phone a radio talk show for advice.
187 26 "Honeymoon II" Alan Rafkin George Tibbles May 23, 1983 (1983-05-23)
Ann and Sam leave for their honeymoon and arrive at their destination, a ski lodge. Things immediately get off on the wrong foot as the airline loses Ann's luggage, but things get even worse when Sam injures his back on a ski lift, which lands him in bed for most of the honeymoon.

Season 9 (1983–84)[edit]

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188 1 "Shakedown" Noam Pitlik George Tibbles October 2, 1983 (1983-10-02)
Sam and Ann are adjusting to married life, and find they disagree on monumental issues, such as where the spoons should be kept.
189 2 "Take My Ex" Noam Pitlik Paul Haggis October 16, 1983 (1983-10-16)
A visit from Sam's ex-wife sparks a sudden need for attention in Ann, who resents the pampering the former Mrs. Royer receives from Sam.
190 3 "The Dentist" Noam Pitlik George Tibbles October 23, 1983 (1983-10-23)
The opening of his new dental office gives Mark such a case of the jitters that he may give up his practice before the first patient walks through the door.
191 4 "The Bedtime Story" Noam Pitlik Lindsay Harrison October 30, 1983 (1983-10-30)
A plan to collaborate on the writing of children's stories drives Julie and Max into a bitter feud over Max's potential as a writer.
192 5 "Worried Heart" Noam Pitlik Janis Hirsch November 6, 1983 (1983-11-06)
Ann's imagination runs away with her when Sam runs off on a business trip with an associate, who happens to be his ex-girlfriend.
"Baby Love" Noam Pitlik Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert December 4, 1983 (1983-12-04)
A weekend watching little Annie for Max and Julie has Barbara longing to have her own baby, and she begins considering the option of adoption.
195 8 "Travel Agent" Noam Pitlik Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield December 18, 1983 (1983-12-18)
To arrange a long-overdue vacation, Barbara and Mark visit a travel agency, where Barbara finds an unexpected career opportunity.
196 9 "Not a Creature Was Staying" Tony Singletary Kimberly Hill December 25, 1983 (1983-12-25)
Ann has the holiday blues, believing she and Sam will be alone on Christmas, but Sam plans to surprise her with a Caribbean cruise.
197 10 "Sam's Apartment" Noam Pitlik Linda Elstad January 1, 1984 (1984-01-01)
Sam's late-night disappearance has the family convinced he has been kidnapped until Ann learns he has kept his old apartment.
198 11 "Dear Max" Noam Pitlik Story by : Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert
Teleplay by : Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield
January 8, 1984 (1984-01-08)
It is Grandma Romano's birthday, but no one feels like celebrating when Julie leaves Max a Dear John letter.
199 12 "Never Hire a Relative" Tony Singletary Linda Elstad January 15, 1984 (1984-01-15)
Francine goes behind Ann's back to talk Sam into designing an elaborate office suite that is too grandiose for Ann's taste.
200 13 "Fifty" Noam Pitlik George Tibbles February 12, 1984 (1984-02-12)
Schneider has a sentimental reunion with his high-school love, who pays him a visit on his 50th birthday, bringing along her own cherished memories of their past.
201 14 "Woman of the House" Noam Pitlik Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield March 7, 1984 (1984-03-07)
Barbara loses charge of her household when Grandma Romano moves in with her own set of rules, menus, meal schedules and a collection of cuckoo clocks.
202 15 "Parting Company" Tony Singletary Paul Haggis March 14, 1984 (1984-03-14)
Ann and Francine's business relationship is threatened when Francine announces she is marrying an ad executive Ann doesn't trust.
203 16 "Ave Romano" Selig Frank & Bonnie Franklin Story by : Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant
Teleplay by : George Tibbles
March 21, 1984 (1984-03-21)
An Italian priest arrives unexpectedly at the Royers, claiming to be a distant relative of Grandma Romano.
204 17 "Bring in the Clowns" Noam Pitlik George Tibbles April 4, 1984 (1984-04-04)
Mark's jokester friends are visiting and taking their jokes too far to the point where everyone gets sick of them. Barbara gets so fed up that she tries to teach them a lesson by "getting hurt."
205 18 "Up in Smoke" Tony Singletary C.M. Leon & Margaret Weisman April 25, 1984 (1984-04-25)
After six years of not smoking, Sam lights up. But when he tries to quit, he finds his willpower has gone up in smoke.
206 19 "Meaning of Life" Tony Singletary Paul Haggis May 2, 1984 (1984-05-02)
Schneider gets a new lease on life after he is accidentally electrocuted, then revived, a hair raising experience in which he claims he died and came back to life.
207 20 "The Nearness of You" Selig Frank & Bonnie Franklin Dick Bensfield & Perry Grant May 14, 1984 (1984-05-14)
Working side by side at the travel agency spawns a growing attraction between Max and Barbara that becomes impossible to ignore.
208 21 "Off We Go" Noam Pitlik Perry Grant, Dick Bensfield & George Tibbles May 21, 1984 (1984-05-21)
Ann gets a job offer in London and considers taking it. Despite getting nagged by her mother, she decides to accept the job. This leads her to wonder how she is going to tell the rest of her family that she is leaving.
209 22 "Another Man's Shoes" Noam Pitlik Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield May 28, 1984 (1984-05-28)
Schneider learns that his brother died and that somebody needs to take care of his nephew and niece, so Schneider gets a phone call to come and pick them up. The place where he arrives is a carnival-like place with circus-like people. This place needs repairs and some "manly guidance", so everyone tries to persuade Schneider to move there and with Ann gone and the kids grown up, Schneider finally accepts the move. Note: the episode was designed as a backdoor pilot for a spinoff that was not picked up by CBS.[2]


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