List of Perfect Strangers episodes

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Perfect Strangers is an American sitcom created by Dale McRaven which aired on ABC in the United States. It chronicles the rocky coexistence of Larry Appleton (Mark Linn-Baker) and his distant cousin Balki Bartokomous (Bronson Pinchot).

The show began in the spring of 1986, and concluded with the eighth season in summer 1993. Originally airing on Tuesdays and then Wednesdays in prime time, the show eventually found its niche as an anchor for ABC's original TGIF Friday night lineup.

The series ran for 150 episodes, concluding with the two-part series finale on August 6, 1993.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings
First aired Last aired
1 6 March 25, 1986 (1986-03-25) April 29, 1986 (1986-04-29) #13
2 22 September 17, 1986 (1986-09-17) May 6, 1987 (1987-05-06) #31
3 22 September 23, 1987 (1987-09-23) May 6, 1988 (1988-05-06) #48
4 22 October 14, 1988 (1988-10-14) May 5, 1989 (1989-05-05) #38
5 24 September 22, 1989 (1989-09-22) May 4, 1990 (1990-05-04) #34
6 24 September 28, 1990 (1990-09-28) May 3, 1991 (1991-05-03) #32
7 24 September 20, 1991 (1991-09-20) April 18, 1992 (1992-04-18) #61
8 6 July 9, 1993 (1993-07-09) August 6, 1993 (1993-08-06) #19
Broadcast History
  • March 25, 1986–April 29, 1986, ABC Tuesday 8:30–9:00
  • August 6, 1986–February 10, 1988, ABC Wednesday 8:00–8:30
  • March 4, 1988–July 28, 1989, ABC Friday 8:00–8:30
  • May 1988–July 1988, ABC Tuesday 8:30–9:00
  • August 4, 1989–April 19, 1991, ABC Friday 9:00–9:30
  • April 26, 1991–May 1991, ABC Friday 9:30–10:00
  • May 1991–December 27, 1991, ABC Friday 9:00–9:30
  • January 3-24, 1992, ABC Friday 9:30–10:00
  • February 1, 1992–April 18, 1992, ABC Saturday 9:00–9:30
  • May 30, 1992–June 6, 1992, ABC Saturday 9:30–10:00
  • June 20, 1992–July 4, 1992, ABC Saturday 9:00–9:30
  • July 10, 1992–September 11, 1992, ABC Friday 9:30–10:00
  • July 9, 1993–August 6, 1993, ABC Friday 9:30–10:00


Season 1 (1986)[edit]

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1 1 "Knock Knock, Who's There?" Joel Zwick Dale McRaven March 25, 1986 (1986-03-25) 174902
Larry Appleton moves to Chicago to become a photojournalist. Meanwhile, he takes a job at a corner discount store run by his landlord, Mr. Twinkacetti. One night his distant cousin Balki Bartokomous, a shepherd from the island of Mypos, appears on his doorstep. Larry takes him in and helps him get a job at the store, although Twinkie is not happy about it.
2 2 "Picture This" Joel Zwick William Bickley & Michael Warren April 1, 1986 (1986-04-01) 174901
Larry gets tipped off that Dolly Parton is in town committing adultery, so he decides to follow her until he can get a picture to sell to newspapers. Meanwhile, Balki will do favors for anyone who asks, so Larry tries to teach him to say "no" sometimes.
3 3 "First Date" Joel Zwick Marty Nadler April 8, 1986 (1986-04-08) 174903
Larry takes Balki to a singles bar to teach him how to meet women, but Balki's much more adept with women than he thought.
4 4 "Baby, You Can Drive My Car" Howard Storm Doug Keyes & Chip Keyes April 15, 1986 (1986-04-15) 174904
Balki wants to get his driver's license. Mr. Twinkacetti doesn't think he can, but Larry is so confident that he can that he bets $50 and offers Balki his car.
5 5 "Check This" Joel Zwick William Bickley & Michael Warren April 22, 1986 (1986-04-22) 174905
Larry takes Balki to open a checking account, but problems arise when Balki spends without understanding how it works. Meanwhile, Mr. Twinkacetti wants Larry to cover for him to hide his gambling from his wife.
6 6 "Happy Birthday, Baby" Joel Zwick Doug Keyes & Chip Keyes April 29, 1986 (1986-04-29) 174907
Balki reconsiders throwing Larry a last-minute surprise party on his 24th birthday after he comes home miserable after losing a photo opportunity.

Season 2 (1986–87)[edit]

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7 1 "Hello Baby" Joel Zwick Paula A. Roth September 17, 1986 (1986-09-17) 175502
Balki invites Gina, a pregnant friend from his citizenship class, to stay with him and Larry while her husband is out of town. Already cranky from sharing the sofa with Balki, Larry panics when he realizes that Gina could go into labor at any moment.
8 2 "Hunks Like Us" Joel Zwick Alan Mandel September 24, 1986 (1986-09-24) 175504
Larry and Balki join a health club: Balki to get in shape; Larry when he falls for a fellow member. The guys try to prove that they're jocks, but overdoing their workouts might spell trouble for their potential romances.
9 3 "The Unnatural" Joel Zwick Paula A. Roth October 1, 1986 (1986-10-01) 175513
Larry's softball team has a chance of winning the championship--until their star player becomes unavailable. Can Balki help Larry win the coveted trophy? And can Larry overcome his hesitancy and keep his promise to Balki?
10 4 "Ladies and Germs" Joel Zwick William Bickley & Michael Warren October 15, 1986 (1986-10-15) 175503
After visiting Mr. Twinkacetti in the hospital, Larry catches a cold just before his date with a beauty queen. Balki offers a secret Myposian cure, which proves to be surprisingly potent.
11 5 "Lifesavers" Joel Zwick Jim Parker October 22, 1986 (1986-10-22) 175501
After Larry saves Balki from getting hit by a taxi, Balki becomes his personal servant, but it soon becomes too much for Larry. So Larry arranges for a "burglar" to break in so Balki can save him.
12 6 "Babes in Babylon" Joel Zwick Bob Keyes October 29, 1986 (1986-10-29) 175508
Larry and Balki win a trip to Las Vegas. Larry plans out the whole trip to prevent Balki from hitting the casinos and developing a dangerous habit, but Balki eventually talks him into a quick try at roulette, but Larry ends up becoming addicted to gambling....
13 7 "Falling in Love Is..." Joel Zwick William Bickley & Michael Warren November 12, 1986 (1986-11-12) 175514
Larry is suspicious of Balki's night-school girlfriend, but Balki refuses to believe that she's just using him for a good grade. After ignoring Larry's advice, Balki is dumped.
14 8 "Two Men and a Cradle" Joel Zwick Paula A. Roth November 19, 1986 (1986-11-19) 175515
Balki agrees to take care of Gina's baby while she goes away with her husband, but an outing to the park finds them bringing home the wrong baby.
15 9 "Can I Get a Witness" Joel Zwick Bob Keyes November 26, 1986 (1986-11-26) 175517
Balki takes a job delivering packages for a racketeer named Vince Lucas. After Vince is busted he and Larry are asked to testify in court, but Vince threatens to kill them if they do.
16 10 "The Rent Strike" Joel Zwick Mark Fink December 10, 1986 (1986-12-10) 175507
A rent strike Balki and Larry organize to force Twinkacetti to make needed repairs turns into a battle of wills when Twinkie shuts off the utilities.
17 11 "A Christmas Story" Joel Zwick Dale McRaven December 17, 1986 (1986-12-17) 175516
Balki tries to keep Larry merry when a blizzard keeps him from going home to Wisconsin.
18 12 "Dog Gone Blues" Joel Zwick John B. Collins January 7, 1987 (1987-01-07) 17551
When Balki brings home a dog--forbidden by their lease--he and Larry plot to keep him secret from Twinkacetti.
19 13 "Since I Lost My Baby" Joel Zwick Doug Keyes & Chip Keyes January 14, 1987 (1987-01-14) 17550
Twinkie forgets his wedding anniversary for the 16th time, Edwina kicks him out, and Balki takes him in. But Twinkie makes no effort to reconcile with his wife, so Larry and Balki have to try to get them back together.
20 14 "Trouble in Paradise" Joel Zwick Mark Fink January 21, 1987 (1987-01-21) 175518
Larry and Balki invite Jennifer and Mary Anne over for dinner, but don't agree on the menu: Balki wants to serve a Myposian meal.
21 15 "Beautiful Dreamer" Joel Zwick Paula A. Roth January 28, 1987 (1987-01-28) 175521
When Balki has trouble sleeping, Larry tries to help him discover the source of his nightmare.
22 16 "Tux for Two" Joel Zwick Joel Saltzman February 4, 1987 (1987-02-04) 175522
Larry takes Balki to a black-tie affair for Larry's photographer idol, Roger Morgan, whom he wants to impress, but Balki clashes with high society.
23 17 "Ten Speed and a Soft Touch" Joel Zwick John B. Collins February 11, 1987 (1987-02-11) 175526
Larry and Balki become 'big brothers' to a troubled teenager who is always stealing. They do fine until Larry accuses him of stealing his bike.
24 18 "Snow Way to Treat a Lady, Part 1" Joel Zwick Howard Adler & Robert Griffard February 18, 1987 (1987-02-18) 175523
Balki signs himself and Larry up for a group ski vacation. Larry doesn't want to go at first, but when he learns that Jennifer is going, he agrees because he's desperate to impress her.
25 19 "Snow Way to Treat a Lady, Part 2" Joel Zwick Howard Adler & Robert Griffard February 25, 1987 (1987-02-25) 175524
In the aftermath of the avalanche, Larry, Balki, Jennifer, and Mary Anne are trapped in a cabin and fearing for their lives. They decide to dig a tunnel to safety.
26 20 "Get a Job" Joel Zwick Bob Keyes March 4, 1987 (1987-03-04) 175525
After Twinkie refuses to give them raises, Larry and Balki quit their jobs and end up at a burger joint serving to rowdy hockey fans.
27 21 "Hello, Elaine" Joel Zwick William Bickley & Michael Warren April 1, 1987 (1987-04-01) 175520
Larry is appalled when his favorite sister, Elaine, tells him that she's going to New York to become a professional pianist instead of going to college.
28 22 "Up on a Roof" Joel Zwick Dale McRaven May 6, 1987 (1987-05-06) 175511
Larry enters a photo contest with the perfect picture in mind, but to take it, he and Balki must go shoot it from Twinkie's roof before a storm hits.

Season 3 (1987–88)[edit]

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29 1 "All the News That Fits" Joel Zwick Howard Adler & Robert Griffard September 23, 1987 (1987-09-23) 176503
Larry gets a job at the Chicago Chronicle as a reporter and has to write an article by the next morning. He brings Balki in to find a job and Mr. Burns, the city editor, hires him for the mailroom, to the annoyance of mailroom boss Mr. Gorpley, who tries to get him fired.
30 2 "Weigh to Go, Buddy" Joel Zwick Paula A. Roth September 30, 1987 (1987-09-30) 176501
When Larry discovers that he has gained 7 pounds, he diets unsuccessfully, prompting Balki to give him a Myposian diet.
31 3 "Sexual Harassment in Chicago" Joel Zwick Paula A. Roth October 7, 1987 (1987-10-07) 176510
The editor of the Chronicle's Sunday magazine makes a play for innocent Balki, who is not interested. But she won't take no for an answer and threatens to get Balki fired.
32 4 "Taking Stock" Joel Zwick John B. Collins October 14, 1987 (1987-10-14) 176504
After buying one share of stock in a cereal company, Balki discovers that there aren't the advertised number of raisins in a box. He decides to go to head office to complain that the company is cheating the public.
33 5 "Your Cheatin' Heart" Joel Zwick Howard Adler & Robert Griffard October 28, 1987 (1987-10-28) 176509
Jennifer and Balki are trying to surprise Larry with a new typewriter, but Larry misunderstands their secretive actions and suspects that they're having an affair.
34 6 "The Horn Blows at Midnight" Joel Zwick William Bickley & Michael Warren November 4, 1987 (1987-11-04) 176508
When a famous psychic visits the Chronicle, she goes into a trance and makes an elaborate prediction ending in Larry's death. Then the first part happens.
35 7 "The Karate Kids" Joel Zwick James O'Keefe & Alan Plotkin November 11, 1987 (1987-11-11) 176505
Humiliated after getting roughed up in front of Jennifer, Larry and Balki decide to take karate lessons, but Larry's desire for revenge might be his undoing.
36 8 "Night School Confidential" Joel Zwick Barry O'Brien November 18, 1987 (1987-11-18) 176514
Balki is cheated by a con artist who sells him counterfeit watches; when the police are no help, he and Larry go undercover to expose the crook themselves.
37 9 "Future Shock" Joel Zwick John B. Collins November 25, 1987 (1987-11-25) 176512
Jennifer faces a promotion that would send her to Los Angeles, but Larry still can't quite tell her how he feels about her and ask her to stay.
38 10 "Couch Potato" Joel Zwick Bob Keyes December 2, 1987 (1987-12-02) 176511
When Larry and Balki get cable TV, an entranced Balki becomes a serious couch potato.
39 11 "The Break In" Joel Zwick Dave Ketchum & Tony DiMarco December 9, 1987 (1987-12-09) 176502
When Balki accidentally delivers Larry's joke article to the publisher, the two break into his office late at night to retrieve it.
40 12 "To Be or Not to Be" Joel Zwick Robert Blair January 6, 1988 (1988-01-06) 176516
Larry and Balki are chosen to be in a commercial for the Chronicle.
41 13 "My Lips Are Sealed" Joel Zwick Paula A. Roth January 13, 1988 (1988-01-13) 176515
Larry soon regrets chastising Balki for telling Mr. Gorpley what's in the company's mail when he suddenly must know about his impending raise to buy his dream car.
42 14 "The 'Pen' Pal" Joel Zwick Bob Keyes January 27, 1988 (1988-01-27) 176517
Larry fears for his life when Balki invites the just-paroled Vince Lucas—whom the duo testified against—to their apartment.
43 15 "Just Desserts" Joel Zwick Howard Adler & Robert Griffard February 3, 1988 (1988-02-03) 176518
After Balki serves Larry, Jennifer, and Mary Anne some "bibi babkas", Larry looks for a way to rush the product into production for a fast profit.
44 16 "Better Shop Around" Joel Zwick Bob Keyes February 10, 1988 (1988-02-10) 176506
Balki is thrilled to win a grocery-shopping spree, but Larry plans every purchase in hopes of reselling the goods and buying an air-conditioner.
45 17 "Pipe Dreams" Joel Zwick Bob Keyes March 4, 1988 (1988-03-04) 176522
Jennifer asks Larry to get a plumber to fix her showerhead. Larry decides to impress her by fixing it himself--but can he?
46 18 "The Defiant Guys" Joel Zwick Story by : Michael Mauer
Teleplay by : John B. Collins
March 11, 1988 (1988-03-11) 176507
Larry is not speaking to Balki, so Balki handcuffs them together before Larry's big meeting with the Chronicle publisher—and he doesn't have the key.
47 19 "My Brother, Myself" Joel Zwick John B. Collins March 18, 1988 (1988-03-18) 176520
Hoping to upstage his successful braggart brother, Larry fibs about his job at the Chronicle, and dupes Balki into helping.
48 20 "You Gotta Have Friends" Joel Zwick Howard Adler & Robert Griffard March 25, 1988 (1988-03-25) 176513
When Balki claims to have met—and loaned money to—Carl Lewis, Larry thinks Balki's been taken advantage of again.
49 21 "The Graduate" Joel Zwick Robert Blair April 29, 1988 (1988-04-29) 176521
Larry seeks a way to help after Balki is crestfallen to learn there's no graduation ceremony for his completing night school.
50 22 "Bye Bye Biki" Joel Zwick William Bickley & Michael Warren May 6, 1988 (1988-05-06) 176519
Larry has to break bad news to Balki: his centenarian grandmother, whom they'd been expecting to come for a visit, has died en route.

Season 4 (1988–89)[edit]

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51 1 "The Lottery" Joel Zwick Howard Adler & Robert Griffard October 14, 1988 (1988-10-14) 177501
Larry tries to warn Balki that the lottery is too much of a longshot--then a frantic search ensues when Balki's lost ticket just might have won him the $28-million jackpot.
52 2 "Assertive Training" Joel Zwick Robert Blair October 21, 1988 (1988-10-21) 177502
Larry takes assertiveness training, and promptly goes overboard in using his lessons to speak his mind.
53 3 "Aliens" Joel Zwick Paula A. Roth October 28, 1988 (1988-10-28) 177512
Larry and Balki throw a Halloween party, and after 6 hours of watching horror movies, Larry awakens to discover that Balki is an alien from "Planet Mypos" who is turning everyone into Mypiots by putting vests on them.
54 4 "Piano Movers" Joel Zwick Robert Blair November 4, 1988 (1988-11-04) 177506
Balki volunteers himself and Larry to move Lydia's piano up 10 flights so she can sing for her record-producer date, but Larry's back protests.
55 5 "High Society" Joel Zwick Paula A. Roth November 11, 1988 (1988-11-11) 177505
Larry tries to get into a party the Chronicle owners are hosting so he can present an idea to them. Balki getting mistaken for the Crown Prince of Mypos may be his ticket inside.
56 6 "Up a Lazy River, Part 1" Joel Zwick James O'Keefe & Alan Plotkin November 18, 1988 (1988-11-18) 177510
Larry wants to take Jennifer on the Chronicle's camping trip, but she's hesitant when she remembers the ski trip.
57 7 "Up a Lazy River, Part 2" Joel Zwick Howard Adler & Robert Griffard November 25, 1988 (1988-11-25) 177511
After the gang gets lost in the woods, Larry embraces the chance to impress Jennifer by leading them safely back to camp.
58 8 "College Bound" Joel Zwick William Bickley & Michael Warren and Paula A. Roth December 9, 1988 (1988-12-09) 177516
Larry prepares a surprise party for Balki who is taking his college entrance exams; awaiting Balki's return, Larry reminisces about things they've been through together and ponders on which one of them has really been of more help to the other.
59 9 "The Gift of the Mypiot" Joel Zwick John B. Collins December 16, 1988 (1988-12-16) 177508
Mr. Gorpley's a wet blanket at Balki and Larry's Christmas party, but Balki insists on cheering him up.
60 10 "Maid to Order" Joel Zwick Tom Devanney January 6, 1989 (1989-01-06) 177517
Larry's working late, Balki's in college, and household chores are being neglected, so the guys hire a maid (Doris Roberts) who is soon acting too much like a mother for Larry's tolerance.
61 11 "That Old Gang of Mine" Joel Zwick Robert Blair January 13, 1989 (1989-01-13) 177514
When Mary Anne's promotion to London leaves Balki heartbroken, Larry suggests that he get a hobby--but is not prepared for what Balki takes up.
62 12 "Crimebusters" Joel Zwick John B. Collins January 20, 1989 (1989-01-20) 177515

Larry is promoted to the Chronicle's investigative team and he hopes that Harriette's policeman husband will help him get a major scoop.

This episode introduces Reginald VelJohnson as Harriette's husband Carl, setting up the premise for Family Matters.
63 13 "Games People Play" Joel Zwick Bill Rosenthal & Noah Taft February 3, 1989 (1989-02-03) 177518
Larry and Balki appear on the game show "Risk it All". Larry forgets his game plan to avoid the risky stunts and just answer questions when the big prize is a Caribbean cruise.
64 14 "Come Fly with Me" Joel Zwick Howard Adler & Robert Griffard February 10, 1989 (1989-02-10) 177520
A Myposian snack grounds Jennifer and Mary Anne, so Larry and Balki must steward a flight to Hawaii.
65 15 "Blind Alley" Joel Zwick Tom Devanney February 17, 1989 (1989-02-17) 177521
When Mr. Gorpley sends Larry's star bowler out of town right before their big tournament, Balki fills in and shines--until his trip to the ophthalmologist.
66 16 "The King and I" Joel Zwick Robert Blair February 24, 1989 (1989-02-24) 445222
Lydia's boyfriend, a hypnotherapist, accidentally hypnotizes Balki into thinking he's Elvis Presley. Things only get worse when he goes in for his tax audit
67 17 "Prose and Cons" Joel Zwick John B. Collins March 10, 1989 (1989-03-10) 177523
Larry and Balki are tossed in jail with some unsavory cellmates after refusing to reveal their source for a financial market scandal.
68 18 "Car Wars" Joel Zwick William Bickley & Michael Warren March 17, 1989 (1989-03-17) 177524
Balki's happy to finally have enough money to buy a used car, but Larry squeezes the fun out of the process with his family's rating system.
69 19 "Just a Gigolo" Joel Zwick Howard Adler & Robert Griffard March 31, 1989 (1989-03-31) 445226
Balki unwittingly sets up the recently-heartbroken Lydia with a gigolo who cons women out of their money.
70 20 "Seven Card Studs" Joel Zwick Paula A. Roth April 14, 1989 (1989-04-14) 445225
After Balki gets cheated out of his money at Mr. Gorpley's poker game, Larry claims to be a poker expert and plays to win back Balki's money.
71 21 "Teacher's Pest" Joel Zwick Tom Devanney April 28, 1989 (1989-04-28) 177522
Recruited to teach journalism, Larry soon alienates the class by imposing ridiculously high standards for their work.
72 22 "Wedding Belle Blues" Joel Zwick Robert Blair May 5, 1989 (1989-05-05) 445228
On Balki's 25th birthday, he must go through with the marriage his mama pre-arranged, although he's in love with Mary Anne. Larry and Jennifer try to save him.

Season 5 (1989–90)[edit]

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73 1 "Good Skates" Joel Zwick John B. Collins September 22, 1989 (1989-09-22) 445753
Larry agrees to participate in a charity skate-a-thon to impress Jennifer, but little does she know he can't skate.
74 2 "Lie-Ability" Joel Zwick Howard Adler & Robert Griffard September 29, 1989 (1989-09-29) 445751
Larry needs money to help his sister Elaine attend Juilliard, and thinks he has found the perfect way to do it when he is in a car accident.
75 3 "The Newsletter" Joel Zwick Tom Devanney October 6, 1989 (1989-10-06) 445754
Balki's in charge of the company newsletter, but things go awry when Larry encourages him to dig deeper for the "real stories".
76 4 "Tooth or Consequences" Joel Zwick Paula A. Roth October 13, 1989 (1989-10-13) 445755
Balki has a cavity, so Larry takes him to the dentist, where they find out that a trip to the dentist can be fun when there is laughing gas involved.
77 5 "Dog Day Mid-Afternoon" Joel Zwick Howard Adler & Robert Griffard October 20, 1989 (1989-10-20) 445758
Larry does all the work on an expose of a money-laundering scheme, but gets none of the credit. A disgruntled accountant arrives at the Chronicle with a bomb, upset that he has not gotten credit for his work on the scheme.
78 6 "Poetry in Motion" Joel Zwick John B. Collins November 3, 1989 (1989-11-03) 445759
Larry and Balki tear up the apartment in an attempt to find a rare poem that Larry believes to be valuable.
79 7 "Father Knows Best???, Part 1" Joel Zwick John B. Collins November 10, 1989 (1989-11-10) 445756
Larry's father comes to visit, and Larry worries that nothing he does is ever good enough for his father. But that gets put aside when they are trapped in a rapidly flooding basement.
80 8 "Father Knows Best???, Part 2" Joel Zwick Tom Devanney November 17, 1989 (1989-11-17) 445757
Larry must get the group out of the water-filled basement, and make amends with his father before it is too late.
81 9 "Hello Ball" Joel Zwick Cheryl Alu & Barry O'Brien November 24, 1989 (1989-11-24) 445760
Larry tries not to win at golf, in order to win over Jennifer's father, but Balki is better at the game than Larry had thought.
82 10 "Almost Live from Chicago" Joel Zwick Cheryl Alu & Barry O'Brien December 1, 1989 (1989-12-01) 445752
At Larry's urging, Lydia attempts to overcome her fear of cameras to star in her own TV talk show.
83 11 "Home Movies" Joel Zwick Tom Amundsen December 8, 1989 (1989-12-08) 445761
Balki wants to put together a movie of his life in America to show his Mama, but when Larry takes over the project, it bears no resemblance to Balki's real life.
84 12 "Everyone in the Pool" Joel Zwick Tom Devanney December 15, 1989 (1989-12-15) 445762
When it comes time for the football pool at the Chronicle, Larry finds that Balki has a remarkable ability to pick the winners, and tries to capitalize on it.
85 13 "Because They're Cousins" Joel Zwick Howard Adler & Robert Griffard January 5, 1990 (1990-01-05) 445763
Balki gets a visit from his Myposian cousin Bartok, only to discover he's become a California dude with a ripoff scam.
86 14 "Disorderley Orderlies" Joel Zwick John B. Collins January 12, 1990 (1990-01-12) 445764
Larry feigns interest in volunteering at a hospital with Balki, in order to get an interview with an injured football player.
87 15 "The Selling of Mypos" Joel Zwick Terry Hart January 26, 1990 (1990-01-26) 445765
Balki and Larry try to negotiate the sale of Myposian land to a corporation, until Balki questions their motives.
88 16 "Nightmare Vacation" Joel Zwick Cheryl Alu & Barry O'Brien February 2, 1990 (1990-02-02) 445767
Against the group's better judgement, Balki, Jennifer and Mary Anne agree to let Larry plan another vacation, hoping this one won't be a disaster like their previous ones.
89 17 "Three's a Crowd" Joel Zwick Tom Devanney February 9, 1990 (1990-02-09) 445768
Mary Anne moves in with the guys after an argument with Jennifer threatens their friendship.
90 18 "A Blast from the Past" Joel Zwick John B. Collins February 16, 1990 (1990-02-16) 445770
Marvin Berman, who previously had tried to blow up the Chronicle with Larry and Balki (in the earlier episode "Dog Day Mid-Afternoon") wants to take the guys out to dinner to thank them for saving him, but Larry is afraid for his life.
91 19 "He's the Boss" Joel Zwick Howard Adler & Robert Griffard February 23, 1990 (1990-02-23) 445769
A new manager at the Chronicle gives Balki what seems like a good promotion, until Larry discovers it is a token job with no real responsibilities.
92 20 "Here Comes the Judge" Joel Zwick Story by : Paul Chitlik & Jeremy Bertrand Finch
Teleplay by : Tom Devanney
March 9, 1990 (1990-03-09) 445766
Balki joins the Chronicle's grievance committee; however, when Larry finds himself charged with a grievance, he tries to turn the hearing against Balki.
93 21 "This Old House" Joel Zwick Terry Hart March 30, 1990 (1990-03-30) 445771
Larry and Balki try to make money buying and renovating an old house; however problems arise when Larry's greed causes them to attempt more extensive remodeling than they can handle.
94 22 "Eyewitless Report" Joel Zwick John B. Collins April 6, 1990 (1990-04-06) 445774
On a company trip to the Big Piney National Forest, Larry, Balki, and Gorpley all offer different accounts of an encounter with an escaped killer.
95 23 "Bye, Bye Birdie" Joel Zwick Tom Devanney April 13, 1990 (1990-04-13) 445772
Balki's pet bird Georgi flies away after Larry leaves the window open, leaving a heartbroken Balki awaiting the bird's return.
96 24 "Digging Up the News" Joel Zwick Cheryl Alu & Barry O'Brien May 4, 1990 (1990-05-04) 445773
Balki and Larry visit the set of a children's TV show to interview the host, "Uncle Shaggy"; but when Larry takes a picture of him against his wishes, it could cost Uncle Shaggy his job.

Season 6 (1990–91)[edit]

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97 1 "Safe at Home" Richard Correll Cheryl Alu & Barry O'Brien September 28, 1990 (1990-09-28) 446301
After a break-in at the apartment, Larry installs a state-of-the-art burglar alarm, but doesn't feel the need to read the instructions.
98 2 "New Kid on the Block" Greg Antonacci Bill Daley October 5, 1990 (1990-10-05) 446303
Balki babysits for a mischievous child, while Larry needs silence to work on an article.
99 3 "The Break Up" James O'Keefe Terry Hart October 12, 1990 (1990-10-12) 446304
Larry's feigned nonchalance at Jennifer's mention of going out with a male friend threatens their relationship.
100 4 "A Horse is a Horse" Greg Antonacci Tom Devanney October 19, 1990 (1990-10-19) 446302
Larry convinces Balki to go in with him to buy a racehorse at a discount in an attempt to win big at the track, but they soon find out the horse may be on its last legs.
101 5 "Family Feud" Judy Pioli John B. Collins October 26, 1990 (1990-10-26) 446306
Zoltan Botulitis travels from Mypos to engage Balki in a duel; when Larry tries to discourage the duel, he manages to insult Zoltan, who insists on fighting Larry.
102 6 "Call Me Indestructible" Greg Antonacci Tom Devanney November 2, 1990 (1990-11-02) 446305
After Larry and Balki survive a close call in a small plane, Balki believes they are protected by Teflonos, the Myposian god of protection, and encourages Larry to take some wild risks.
103 7 "The Men Who Knew Too Much, Part 1" Richard Correll Terry Hart November 9, 1990 (1990-11-09) 446308
The cousins are excited to travel to Los Angeles for Larry's first out-of-town assignment, but run into trouble when they inadvertently videotape a mob murder.
104 8 "The Men Who Knew Too Much, Part 2" Richard Correll Terry Hart November 16, 1990 (1990-11-16) 446309
Larry and Balki are on the run from mobsters, while trying to hold on to the videotape that proves their own innocence in the murder.
105 9 "The Ring" Richard Correll Harriet B. Helberg & Sandy Helberg November 23, 1990 (1990-11-23) 446310
Larry finds a "deal" on an engagement ring for Jennifer; but when he finds out the ring is a fake, he needs to switch it for a real diamond without Jennifer finding out.
106 10 "Black Widow" Judy Pioli Tom Amundsen November 30, 1990 (1990-11-30) 446307
Larry is convinced that Mary Anne is actually a convicted killer, and that Balki's life is in danger when he goes on a hiking trip with her.
107 11 "The Sunshine Boys" Judy Pioli John B. Collins December 7, 1990 (1990-12-07) 446311
In an attempt to impress a snobbish acquaintance, Larry gets the idea to acquire a tan to convince him he's been to the Caribbean; however, he and Balki end up spending too much time in the tanning beds.
108 12 "Hocus Pocus" Judy Pioli Tom Devanney December 14, 1990 (1990-12-14) 446312
Balki can't convince Larry to attend a children's benefit show, until Larry discovers Margaret Thatcher is attending, giving him the perfect opportunity for a big interview. When the magician cancels, Larry convinces Balki to perform in his place.
109 13 "Finders Keepers" Judy Pioli Tom Amundsen January 4, 1991 (1991-01-04) 446314
When Balki finds a box containing $50,000, he wants to try to find the rightful owner, but Larry has other ideas.
110 14 "Grandpa" Joel Zwick Cheryl Alu & Barry O'Brien January 11, 1991 (1991-01-11) 446313
Larry's grandfather comes to town for a visit acting younger than his years, but Larry tries to make sure Grandpa acts his age.
111 15 "Little Apartment of Horrors" Judy Pioli Terry Hart January 18, 1991 (1991-01-18) 446315
Balki's Mama sends Larry a plant that will cure his cold, but when Larry gets the idea to overgrow the plant as part of a money-making scheme, things go awry.
112 16 "I Saw This on TV" Joel Zwick Paula A. Roth February 1, 1991 (1991-02-01) 446316
When Larry plans to lie to Jennifer so he can go to a basketball game instead of the ballet, Balki tells him a story of what happened when Ralph lied to Alice on 'The Honeymooners'. The story is filmed in black and white and acted out by the cast with Larry and Balki portraying Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton, and Jennifer and Mary Anne as Alice and Trixie.
113 17 "Speak, Memory" Judy Pioli John B. Collins February 8, 1991 (1991-02-08) 446317
Larry loses his memory after a fall down the stairs, just before he is to meet Jennifer's mother, and Balki tries to help him cover it up.
114 18 "Out of Sync" Judy Pioli Cheryl Alu & Barry O'Brien February 15, 1991 (1991-02-15) 446318
Balki has the chance to become a star as "Fresh Young Balki B.", but is shocked when he realizes it is not his voice in the video.
115 19 "See How They Run" Judy Pioli Thomas R. Nance February 22, 1991 (1991-02-22) 446319
Larry helps Balki with his campaign for student body president, but they have different ideas about how to go about it.
116 20 "Climb Every Billboard" Judy Pioli Tom Devanney March 15, 1991 (1991-03-15) 446320
Larry tricks Balki into climbing atop a billboard as part of a promotion for the paper; however the two end up stranded.
117 21 "A Catered Affair" Judy Pioli Tom Amundsen March 22, 1991 (1991-03-22) 446321
Balki is running a catering business, but things go awry when Larry books an event on the same night Balki already has two scheduled---and fails to tell him.
118 22 "Duck Soup" Judy Pioli Terry Hart April 5, 1991 (1991-04-05) 446322
Balki feels left out when he's not asked to join Larry on his duck hunting trip with Mr. Wainwright.
119 23 "Great Balls of Fire" Bill Petty Cheryl Alu & Barry O'Brien April 26, 1991 (1991-04-26) 446323
Larry finds being a volunteer firefighter far too taxing until he learns Jennifer finds firemen attractive.
120 24 "See You in September" Judy Pioli Paula A. Roth May 3, 1991 (1991-05-03) 446324
Balki and Mary Anne are expecting Larry and Jennifer to set a wedding date, but they don't feel ready. To help them, Balki gives them a Myposian marriage test to see if they're right for each other.

Season 7 (1991–92)[edit]

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121 1 "Bachelor Party" Judy Pioli Terry Hart September 20, 1991 (1991-09-20) 446851
As the best man at Larry's upcoming wedding, Balki is tricked by Mr. Gorpley into throwing a bachelor party. When Mr. Gorpley shows up at the party, he spikes the punch and hires a stripper—then Jennifer finds out.
122 2 "The Wedding" Judy Pioli Paula A. Roth September 27, 1991 (1991-09-27) 446852
While Larry and Balki are driving to Lake Whitefish—where Larry and Jennifer are getting married—they get arrested, putting the ceremony in jeopardy.
123 3 "This New House" Judy Pioli Tom Amundsen October 4, 1991 (1991-10-04) 446853
Larry and Jennifer move into a luxurious Victorian house, but with the rent so high they discover they can't afford to pay for food and heat.
124 4 "Weekend at Ferdinand's" Judy Pioli Thomas R. Nance October 18, 1991 (1991-10-18) 446855
King Ferdinand of Mypos comes to visit America and dies in Larry's arms, making Larry the new king according to Myposian custom.
125 5 "Fright Night" Judy Pioli Cheryl Alu & Barry O'Brien October 25, 1991 (1991-10-25) 446856
It's up to Larry and Balki to rid the house of a ghost.
126 6 "The Gazebo" Judy Pioli Terry Hart November 1, 1991 (1991-11-01) 446860
Larry and Balki are building a new gazebo in their back yard, and as they struggle to build it, it reminds Jennifer and Mary Anne of Laurel and Hardy as we see them in a parody of Laurel and Hardy trying to build a gazebo.
127 7 "Citizenship, Part 1" Judy Pioli Cheryl Alu & Barry O'Brien November 8, 1991 (1991-11-08) 446857
Balki awaits his mother's arrival to witness his swearing in as a United States citizen, but she's irate at his plans to stay in America and summons him home to Mypos.
128 8 "Citizenship, Part 2" Judy Pioli Cheryl Alu & Barry O'Brien November 15, 1991 (1991-11-15) 446858
Larry travels to Mypos to try to persuade Balki's mama to let him come back to America, but before he can talk to her, Larry settles happily into the relaxed lifestyle of Mypos and wants to stay.
129 9 "Wild Turkey" Judy Pioli Tom Devanney November 22, 1991 (1991-11-22) 446859
On Thanksgiving, Larry goes into the turkey-selling business. There's 58 turkeys roaming their backyard, and one of the turkeys may have eaten Jennifer's wedding ring.
130 10 "Dimitri's World" Judy Pioli Tom Amundsen November 29, 1991 (1991-11-29) 446862
Put in charge of the Chronicle's weekly children's page, Balki draws a comic about a sheep named Dmitri. When Larry is tasked with coming up with the dialogue, Balki takes issue with what Larry writes.
131 11 "Car Tunes" Judy Pioli Tom Devanney December 6, 1991 (1991-12-06) 446861
When Larry's new car radio is stolen, and the alarm he buys only serves to disturb the neighborhood, he comes up with a daring plan to catch the thief.
132 12 "Door to Door" Judy Pioli Cheryl Alu & Barry O'Brien December 20, 1991 (1991-12-20) 446854
Taking a job selling cleaning supplies door-to-door, Larry looks for a short-cut by trying to get one giant order from a wealthy woman.
133 13 "Two Angry Men" Judy Pioli Thomas R. Nance January 3, 1992 (1992-01-03) 446863
Balki stupidly gets himself and Larry called for jury duty the day before Larry and Jennifer's Bermudan vacation, and then holds things up by refusing to vote along with the other jurors.
134 14 "Missing" Judy Pioli Terry Hart January 17, 1992 (1992-01-17) 446864
When Balki's stuffed Dmitri is stolen, he suffers from writer's block, leaving him unable to draw his comic strip. He and Larry decide to catch the thief.
135 15 "Going Once, Going Twice" Judy Pioli Tom Amundsen February 1, 1992 (1992-02-01) 446865
Explaining to Balki the bidding process at an auction makes Larry the accidental owner of a $21,000 bottle of wine, which he hides from Jennifer until he can sell it.
136 16 "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" Judy Pioli Cheryl Alu & Barry O'Brien February 8, 1992 (1992-02-08) 446866
When Larry thinks Jennifer may be pregnant, he and Balki imagine both fatherhood and life as their future babies.
137 17 "Wayne Man" Judy Pioli Tom Devanney February 29, 1992 (1992-02-29) 446870
When Balki wins a trip for four to Las Vegas, he becomes dejected when tickets to his idol, Wayne Newton, are sold out, leaving the gang to try to find a way to make his dream come true. Larry then works up a ridiculous lie saying that Balki is losing his hearing and that the concert is the last thing he wants to hear before he loses it forever.
138 18 "The Elevator" Joel Zwick George Tricker March 14, 1992 (1992-03-14) 446869
Larry and Balki deal with an uncooperative elevator when moving Mr. Wainright's new couch to his office.
139 19 "The Play's The Thing" Judy Pioli Thomas R. Nance March 21, 1992 (1992-03-21) 446867
Balki takes Larry's play, Wheat, to Lydia's theater, but Larry's iron-clad insistence that nothing be changed alienates the cast and crew.
140 20 "Stress Test" Judy Pioli Tom Devanney March 28, 1992 (1992-03-28) 446868
Larry and Balki are chosen by Mr. Wainwright for a mental health test to gauge their level of stress.
141 21 "...Or Get Off the Pot" Judy Pioli Terry Hart April 4, 1992 (1992-04-04) 446871
Despite everyone's best efforts, Balki is oblivious to the fact that Mary Anne wants a commitment from him in the form of a marriage proposal.
142 22 "Chicago Suite" Joel Zwick Tom Amundsen April 11, 1992 (1992-04-11) 446872
Larry tries to get Balki dating again following his break-up with Mary Anne by taking him to a singles bar, and Balki immediately finds a woman he shares interests with, while Larry only finds trouble.
143 23 "It Had to Be You" Judy Pioli Thomas R. Nance April 18, 1992 (1992-04-18) 446873
Jennifer thinks Balki still misses Mary Anne, but Larry's skeptical until they discover Balki and Mary Anne are dating people just like each other.
144 24 "Get Me to the Dump on Time" Judy Pioli Tom Devanney April 18, 1992 (1992-04-18) 446874
The rush is on with Myposian custom demanding but 24 hours between their engagement and Balki and Mary Anne's marriage, but Larry loses Balki's Myposian marriage necklace.

Season 8 (1993)[edit]

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145 1 "The Baby Shower" Judy Askins Thomas R. Nance July 9, 1993 (1993-07-09) 447951
Balki and Mary Ann come home from their honeymoon, and they reveal that they are expecting a child. Balki brings with him a native Myposian plant called the "Midolcrampabloatolous Root", said to take away the pains of pregnancy that Jennifer is experiencing. Larry eats the root hoping to prove to Jennifer that it is harmless. The result is a baby shower the guests won't forget.
146 2 "After Hours" Judy Askins Cheryl Alu & Barry O'Brien July 16, 1993 (1993-07-16) 447952
Larry tries to keep up with Balki's parade of presents to Mary Ann by trying to find the perfect gift for Jennifer. Instead the cousins find themselves locked in a sporting goods store overnight...with the "security system".
147 3 "Lethal Weapon" Judy Askins Shari Hearn July 23, 1993 (1993-07-23) 447953
After a tragic ant farm accident, Balki believes he is stricken with a deadly curse that brings death to anyone he touches.
148 4 "The Baby Quiz" Judy Askins Scott Spencer Gorden July 30, 1993 (1993-07-30) 447954
The Appletons and Bartokomous compete for a college scholarship for their unborn children on a local game show.
"Up, Up and Away" Jeffrey Ganz
Judy Askins
Cheryl Alu & Barry O'Brien
Paula A. Roth
August 6, 1993 (1993-08-06) 447955
A very overdue Jennifer will stop at nothing to finally have her baby...even if it means inducing labor by taking a hot air balloon ride.
Trapped on board a runaway hot air balloon, Larry and Balki must find a way to get back to Earth as Jennifer goes into labor.


  1. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (Ninth Edition). Ballantine Books. p. 1070. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4. 

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