List of Newhart episodes

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This is a list of episodes from the 1980s CBS TV series, Newhart. The show ran from October 25, 1982, to May 21, 1990. The show starred Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston, Julia Duffy, Peter Scolari, Steven Kampmann, and Jennifer Holmes, as well as other recurring characters.

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 22 October 25, 1982 April 10, 1983
2 22 October 17, 1983 April 16, 1984
3 22 October 15, 1984 May 28, 1985
4 24 September 30, 1985 May 12, 1986
5 24 September 29, 1986 April 13, 1987
6 24 September 14, 1987 April 9, 1988
7 22 October 24, 1988 May 22, 1989
8 24 September 18, 1989 May 21, 1990


Season 1 (1982–1983)[edit]

  • Season 1 consisted of 22 episodes.
  • This is the only season of Newhart to be recorded on videotape.
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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
1 1 "In the Beginning" John Rich Barry Kemp October 25, 1982 (1982-10-25) 1210
Writer Dick Loudon and his wife Joanna move to Vermont and purchase the Stratford Inn, and encounter eccentric townsfolk such as George Utley, a competent but somewhat dimwitted handyman, and Kirk Devane, a habitual liar who runs the Minuteman Cafe next door. In addition, the Loudons hire Leslie Vanderkellen, the daughter of a wealthy family, to serve as their maid. After opening for business, Dick must break the news to the Daughters of the War for Independence that the inn served as a brothel during the Revolutionary War period.
2 2 "Mrs. Newton's Body Lies A-Mould'ring in the Grave" Will Mackenzie Katherine Green November 1, 1982 (1982-11-01) 2106
When the Loudons find out that there is a body buried down in the basement of the Inn, they try to get the body moved to the church graveyard. But they later find out the body used to be the body of a witch. First appearance of Larry, Darryl & Darryl.
3 3 "Hail to the Councilman" Will Mackenzie Sheldon Bull November 8, 1982 (1982-11-08) 2101
When Dick is asked to run for town council, he gets help from Joanna and Leslie with his campaign. First appearance of Jim and Chester.
4 4 "Shall We Gather at the River?" Will Mackenzie Paul Robinson Hunter November 15, 1982 (1982-11-15) 2107
At the annual River Day Festival, Joanna falls through the ice. She blames Dick for the incident.
5 5 "This Probably Is Condemned" Will Mackenzie Barton Dean November 22, 1982 (1982-11-22) 2103
Dick and the gang pitch in to help Kirk get the Minuteman up to code after it's shut down.
6 6 "No Tigers at the Circus" Will Mackenzie Earl Pomerantz November 29, 1982 (1982-11-29) 2109
Dick becomes bent out of shape when Stratford Inn is denied its bid to be classified as a historical landmark.
7 7 "The Perfect Match" Dick Martin Stuart Silverman December 6, 1982 (1982-12-06) 2105
Leslie's high school sweetheart (Howard McGillin) returns to ask her to marry him. This makes Kirk jealous.
8 8 "Some Are Born Writers...Others Have Writers Thrust Upon Them" Will Mackenzie Emily Marshall December 13, 1982 (1982-12-13) 2108
Dick praises an author's work in order to spare her feelings. The author's enthusiastic husband (Earl Boen) quits his job so that his wife can be a writer full time. It's up to Dick to find her an agent and teach her how to write.
9 9 "No Room at the Inn" Dick Martin Barry Kemp, Sheldon Bull and Emily Marshall December 20, 1982 (1982-12-20) 2112
The Inn is overcrowded when 24 guests are snowed in for Christmas Eve. Kirk helps to keep the guests entertained while Dick attempts to find a place for a man named Joseph and his pregnant wife to stay for the night.
10 10 "The Senator's Wife Was Indiscreet" Dick Martin John Steven Owen December 27, 1982 (1982-12-27) 2102
A United States Senator's wife (Penny Fuller) checks into the Stratford Inn and holds a press conference saying that she will divorce her husband.
11 11 "Sprained Dreams" Will Mackenzie Rich Reinhart January 3, 1983 (1983-01-03) 2110
While Leslie is trying to teach Dick how to ski, he accidentally falls on her, jeopardizing her dream of becoming a professional skier and making her unable to go on a date with Kirk. (Guest Star: Alley Mills as Leslie's Professor.)
12 12 "The Way We Thought We Were" Will Mackenzie John Steven Owen January 10, 1983 (1983-01-10) 2111
George's old girlfriend (Rue McClanahan) visits the Inn and both of them are surprised to see they have both changed greatly.
13 13 "The Visitors" Michael Zinberg Earl Pomerantz January 17, 1983 (1983-01-17) 2113
Dick and Joanna are excited that their "fun" friends are visiting them, but they are not as happy when they treat them more like innkeepers instead of friends.
14 14 "What Is This Thing Called Lust?" Will Mackenzie Emily Marshall January 31, 1983 (1983-01-31) 2120
Leslie's attractive cousin Stephanie visits Vermont and develops feelings for Kirk. Meanwhile, Joanna is excited when George gets a free piano for the Inn's lobby. First appearance of Stephanie Vanderkellen (Julia Duffy).
15 15 "Breakfast Theater" Will Mackenzie Chip Keyes & Doug Keyes February 7, 1983 (1983-02-07) 2117
A washed-up comic, Manny Silver, visits the Inn, reminding Dick of the "debt" he owes him for starting his writing career. Manny gets Dick to let him perform at the Stratford.
16 16 "Ricky Nelson, Up Your Nose" Will Mackenzie Barton Dean February 14, 1983 (1983-02-14) 2115
Kirk goes to the hospital to get surgery to remove an object from his nose and Larry, Darryl, and Darryl are in charge of his cafe.
17 17 "A View from the Bench" Will Mackenzie Sheldon Bull February 21, 1983 (1983-02-21) 2121
Dick, Kirk, and George use their bench passes for a Boston Celtics game, but Dick loses his pass. Joanna and Leslie wait at the Inn for a famous guest. Special appearance by Daniel J. Travanti.
18 18 "The Boy Who Cried Goat" Will Mackenzie Barbara Hall March 13, 1983 (1983-03-13) 2114
Kirk's cafe gets robbed, but the police doesn't believe his story of how it happened when he tells them.
19 19 "Heaven Knows Mr. Utley" Will Mackenzie Bill Taub & Jeff Lewis March 20, 1983 (1983-03-20) 2119
When George believes he saw a UFO, nobody believes him and he is mocked by the whole town. James Avery appears in this episode.
20 20 "You're Homebody Till Somebody Loves You" Will Mackenzie Emily Marshall March 27, 1983 (1983-03-27) 2124
Dick insults Joanna and calls her a homebody making her want to get a job with a travel agency. Jerry Van Dyke appears in this episode.
21 21 "Grandma, What a Big Mouth You Have" Will Mackenzie Barton Dean April 3, 1983 (1983-04-03) 2125
Kirk's grandmother (Ruth Gordon) visits on the same day he has a date with Leslie.
22 22 "I Enjoy Being a Guy" Will Mackenzie Bob Perlow & Gene Braunstein April 10, 1983 (1983-04-10) 2123
Dick's friends Chester and Jim invite him to play golf with them. But his friends gamble and lose making him the winner. He tries to give the money back without breaking the "guy code." Kirk takes George shopping for clothes.

Season 2 (1983–1984)[edit]

  • Season 2 consisted of 22 episodes.
  • Julia Duffy joined the cast in this season, and Jennifer Holmes left the show.
  • This was Steven Kampmann's final season before he left the show.
  • Beginning with this season, Newhart was filmed in front of a live audience, which would be used for the rest of the show's run.
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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
23 1 "It Happened One Afternoon: Part 1" Rod Daniel Barry Kemp October 17, 1983 (1983-10-17) 3101
Dick goes to New York to interview a star named Erica Chase (Stella Stevens) for a possible biography. Joanna hires Stephanie to be the new maid.
24 2 "It Happened One Afternoon: Part 2" Rod Daniel Barry Kemp October 24, 1983 (1983-10-24) 3102
Erica Chase falls in love with Dick while Stephanie's father flies to Vermont to try to get her to go back home with him.
25 3 "Animal Attractions" Rod Daniel Emily Marshall October 31, 1983 (1983-10-31) 3103
George finds a stray dog whom he names "Lucky" and Stephanie's (much older) husband, Carl (Murray Matheson), drops by the Inn to find out why she left him.
26 4 "The Stratford Wives" Donna Wheeler Barbara Hall November 7, 1983 (1983-11-07) 3106
Joanna creates a stir at a potluck dinner by breaking a long-standing tradition whereby men eat in the dining room, women in the kitchen.
27 5 "The Girl from Manhattan" Linda Day Story by : Michael Vetrie
Teleplay by : Nat Mauldin
November 14, 1983 (1983-11-14) 3108
Joanna convinces Dick to do a play he had written years before. Joanna gets mad when she is cast as her mother instead of herself in the play.
28 6 "Don't Rain on My Parade" Will Mackenzie Barbara Hall November 21, 1983 (1983-11-21) 3115
Dick volunteers Joanna to serve turkeys to over 100 people. George is upset when rain ruins his Thanksgiving Day Parade.
29 7 "Lady & the Tramps" Donna Wheeler Emily Marshall December 5, 1983 (1983-12-05) 3112
Stephanie goes out for a walk and gets lost in a snowstorm. She finds Larry, Darryl, and Darryl's home.
30 8 "The Man Who Came Forever" Rod Daniel Sheldon Bull December 12, 1983 (1983-12-12) 3105
Dick has a deadline for when he has to finish writing his book but can't get it done due to interruptions. Kirk decides he wants to build a miniature golf course, George is worried about retirement, and a guest at the Inn refuses to leave.
31 9 "The Looks of Love" Dick Martin Shelley Zellman December 19, 1983 (1983-12-19) 3104
Kirk joins a singles club hoping to find a girlfriend.
32 10 "Kirk Goes for the Juggler" Will Mackenzie Emily Marshall January 2, 1984 (1984-01-02) 3109
Kirk believes he has found the girl of his dreams, but he reconsiders when he hears she is a clown.
33 11 "A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread and POW" Dick Martin Barry Kemp, Sheldon Bull and Emily Marshall January 9, 1984 (1984-01-09) 3120
Joanna and Stephanie attend a poetry reading at Dartmouth where the Professor (John Reilly) has a special interest in Joanna. Dick gets steamed when he hears he made a pass at his wife.
34 12 "Cats" Jim Drake Barry Kemp, Sheldon Bull and Emily Marshall January 16, 1984 (1984-01-16) 3121
Stephanie's old boyfriend (David Huffman) and his wife visit the Inn. Kirk throws a dinner party for Cindy, Dick, Joanna, and himself.
35 13 "Curious George at the Firehouse" Will Mackenzie Barbara Hall January 23, 1984 (1984-01-23) 3111
George becomes a volunteer fireman but loses the keys to the fire truck right when the towns first fire in five years takes place.
36 14 "Book Beat" Will Mackenzie Story by : Will Porter & Rich Procter
Teleplay by : Miriam Trogdon
January 30, 1984 (1984-01-30) 3114
After Dick guest stars on a TV show, they ask him to be the new host of the show. His first show gets off to a bad start, though, when his guest star does not show up. (This marks Peter Scolari's debut as Michael Harris; he would go on to become a regular cast member beginning with Season 3.)
37 15 "Kirk Pops the Question" Jim Drake Miriam Trogdon February 6, 1984 (1984-02-06) 3119
Kirk asks Dick and George for advice about whether or not he should propose to Cindy. Dick makes a personal appearance at a local hardware store to sign copies of his book.
38 16 "Best Friends" Will Mackenzie Barry Kemp and Emily Marshall February 13, 1984 (1984-02-13) 3123
Kirk fears his cafe will be out of business when a fast-food company wants to build a restaurant on it. He must decide if he wants to sell it or not when he believes he will be rich if he sells.
39 17 "Kirk Ties One On" Will Mackenie Barry Kemp, Sheldon Bull and Emily Marshall February 27, 1984 (1984-02-27) 3122
Kirk can't wait till his wedding day with Cindy, but when the day finally comes, he faints during the ceremony.
40 18 "Go, Grandma, Go" John Tracy Barbara Hall March 5, 1984 (1984-03-05) 3126
Kirk's grandmother visits and loans her car to Kirk and Cindy for their honeymoon. But when Kirk gets arrested for possession of a stolen car, he realizes something is wrong.
41 19 "Leave It to the Beavers" Will Mackenzie Emily Marshall, Barbara Hall and Miriam Trogdon March 12, 1984 (1984-03-12) 3127
George's club, the Beavers, reject Dick for a membership. A guest at the Inn (Richard Sanders) is accompanied by an imaginary wife. Kirk and Cindy have their first fight.
42 20 "Vermont Today" John Tracy Barry Kemp, Sheldon Bull and Emily Marshall March 19, 1984 (1984-03-19) 3129
Dick gets his own television program called Vermont Today. Stephanie meets the man of her dreams, Michael Harris.
43 21 "Send Her, Ella" John Tracy Barbara Hall & Miriam Trogdon March 26, 1984 (1984-03-26) 3128
Stephanie is disappointed when she has to watch the Inn rather than compete in the Maple Syrup beauty contest. So she makes a disguise and sneaks off to the competition, leaving the Inn in the hands of a guest (Billie Bird).
44 22 "New Faces of 1951" John Tracy Story by : Neal Marlens
Teleplay by : Ken Peragine & Howard Friedlander
April 16, 1984 (1984-04-16) 3107
Dick and Joanna plan a birthday party for George when he reveals he has never had one. Dick calls and invites everyone George knows, but they are all busy. He instead calls all of George's army buddies.

Season 3 (1984–1985)[edit]

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45 1 "Tell a Lie, Get a Check" John Tracy Dan Wilcox October 15, 1984 (1984-10-15) 4105
Dick and Joanna return from their vacation to find Kirk and Cindy have moved to Europe and that Kirk has asked Dick to sell his cafe. Michael wants Dick to tape a tacky ad to promote his TV show. Ray Walston appears in this episode.
46 2 "Twenty Year Itch" Dick Martin Miriam Trogdon October 22, 1984 (1984-10-22) 4109
Dick tags along when Joanna decides to keep a date made twenty years earlier with an old boyfriend. A guest at the Inn annoys everyone by incessantly practicing on his trumpet.
47 3 "A Hunting We Will Go" Jim Drake Barton Dean October 29, 1984 (1984-10-29) 4104
Dick, George, Chester, Jim, and Michael go duck hunting on the opening day of hunting season to film a television special. They're all stranded when Michael forgets to tie off the boat. With death eminent, they all discuss their regrets in life, including Dick's admission that he always wanted to play Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man.
48 4 "Miss Stephanie" Dick Martin Douglas Wyman November 5, 1984 (1984-11-05) 4111
Larry is overly encouraged by a compliment from Stephanie and announces that he intends to marry her.
49 5 "But Seriously, Beavers" Ellen Falcon Arnie Kogen & Gary Jacobs November 12, 1984 (1984-11-12) 4112
Dick's jokes at a Beaver Lodge roast for George are a hit with everyone except the guest of honor, spurring George to consider leaving the inn. Stephanie sells cosmetic kits.
50 6 "Tickets, Please" John Tracy Barton Dean November 19, 1984 (1984-11-19) 4114
Dick throws a fit and is sentenced for outstanding parking tickets on the day of a big Celtics game. Stephanie, who's never been punished for anything in her life, can't bring herself to tell Dick that she's the one who got the tickets.
51 7 "Poor Reception" Dick Martin E.J. Purdum November 26, 1984 (1984-11-26) 4110
After Michael is roped into hiring Stephanie as WPIV's receptionist, he can't bring himself to fire her. Meanwhile, Joanna hires Harley Estin as a temporary maid.
52 8 "The Fan" John Tracy Shelley Zellman December 3, 1984 (1984-12-03) 4108
A fan of Dick's (Deena Freeman) annoys him, starts a Dick Loudon Fan Club, and moves into the Inn.
53 9 "Happy Trails to You" Jim Drake Douglas Wyman December 10, 1984 (1984-12-10) 4102
Dick has to go to court when a farmer claims he plagiarized his work.
Note: The final episode of The Bob Newhart Show was also called "Happy Trails to You".
54 10 "Georgie's Girl" Jim Drake Miriam Trogdon December 31, 1984 (1984-12-31) 4103
George panics when his new girlfriend (Susan Ruttan) starts to talk about marriage. Stephanie tries to pass the driver's test.
55 11 "Pillow Fight" Peter Baldwin Shelley Zellman January 7, 1985 (1985-01-07) 4117
Dick and Joanna squabble over "creative differences" when they collaborate on a book on pillows. Larry, Darryl, and Darryl stay at the Inn until their house is done being fumigated.
56 12 "Local Hero" John Pasquin Ellen Guylas January 14, 1985 (1985-01-14) 4116
George becomes a local hero after he saves two boys from drowning.
57 13 "Dick Gets Larry's Goat" Burt Brinckerhoff Barton Dean February 4, 1985 (1985-02-04) 4119
When the Loudon's call animal control on Larry's goat, they get in a battle with Larry and the Darryls.
58 14 "Once I Had a Secret Love" John Pasquin Ellen Guylas February 11, 1985 (1985-02-11) 4106
Dick and Joanna spar after Dick is 'riddled' with doubts when Joanna is set to appear on his Valentine's Day Show.
59 15 "Lady in Wading" John Tracy David Mirkin February 18, 1985 (1985-02-18) 4115
Stephanie meets a television executive (Charles Frank) whom she falls for, but she must choose between him or Michael.
60 16 "Look Homeward, Stephanie" Ellen Falcon Miriam Trogdon February 25, 1985 (1985-02-25) 4121
Stephanie returns home and visits briefly but soon decides to stay after she is overwhelmed with presents.
61 17 "My Fair Larry" Burt Brinckerhoff Michael Kagan March 4, 1985 (1985-03-04) 4113
Joanna undertakes a massive project when she agrees to try to spruce up Larry, Darryl, and Darryl—along with their Minuteman cafe.
62 18 "You're Nobody Till Somebody Hires You" Richard Sakai David Mirkin March 11, 1985 (1985-03-11) 4122
After demanding extravagant perks, Michael is fired from WPIV. Bev replaces him with Dick. An unemployed Michael falls to pieces, and Dick is exasperated with his new job duties.
63 19 "Out with the New, Inn with the Good" Dick Martin Tracy Gamble & Richard Vaczy March 18, 1985 (1985-03-18) 4118
George is upset when Dick and Harley Estin decide to remodel the garage. Joanna hosts a rummage sale.
64 20 "R.I.P. Off" Peter Baldwin Russ Woody April 8, 1985 (1985-04-08) 4120
Harley goes to jail after he is tricked into selling swamp grave plots. Michael, Dick and Joanna set up an "Abscam" to catch the real criminal.
65 21 "The Prodigal Darryl" Dick Martin Douglas Wyman May 6, 1985 (1985-05-06) 4123
Darryl runs off after he and his brothers win a contest for writing the best commercial jingle, netting them $30,000. Dick, Larry & the remaining Darryl search for the missing brother. Meanwhile, Joanna decorates the inn in Christmas decor for a Christmas card photo.
66 22 "What Makes Dick Run" Dick Martin Arnie Kogen & Gary Jacobs May 27, 1985 (1985-05-27) 4124
Dick and his crew have VITA fever when the local broadcasting awards, the VITAs, are scheduled to be announced. Dick, inspired by a puppet show put on by Larry and the boys for an ailing Stephanie, decides to jazz up his act to win a VITA nomination.

Season 4 (1985–1986)[edit]

  • Season 4 consisted of 24 episodes.
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67 1 "Pirate Pete" Peter Baldwin Gary Belkin September 30, 1985 (1985-09-30) 5112
Dick fills in for kiddie TV program host Pirate Pete, but is appalled by Pete's commercialism and inadvertently gets the show canceled. George plays a practical joke on Stephanie, adjusting her scale up two pounds.
68 2 "The Way We Ought to Be" Ellen Falcon Miriam Trogdon October 7, 1985 (1985-10-07) 5104
Michael and Stephanie break up when Michael decides he's tired of her demanding ways. Dick has troubles with the WPIV staff when they're slow to direct his show.
69 3 "Summa Cum Larry" Peter Baldwin Arnie Kogen & Gary Jacobs October 21, 1985 (1985-10-21) 5102
Dick covers for Larry when he goes to night school and doesn't want the Darryls to know he's improving himself. Joanna obsesses when a travel guide lowers the inn's rating.
70 4 "Oh, That Morocco" Peter Baldwin Barton Dean October 28, 1985 (1985-10-28) 5113
Dick suggests to Joanna that she find a local organization to join in order to make new friends. After a disastrous first meeting with the Elm Street Society, Joanna becomes best friends with Stephanie, who insists they go on a vacation to Morocco. George builds a bookcase for the lobby by following the directions in one of Dick's books.
71 5 "Candidate Larry" Dick Martin Douglas Wyman November 4, 1985 (1985-11-04) 5101
Larry runs for mayor. Michael takes care of a friend's dog.
72 6 "Locks, Stocks, and Noodlehead" Peter Baldwin Barton Dean November 11, 1985 (1985-11-11) 5105
Stephanie's father visits the inn with news that he has left his wife. The town celebrates Colonial Days.
73 7 "The Geezers in the Band" Dick Martin David Mirkin November 25, 1985 (1985-11-25) 5103
When Dick's old high school jazz band reunites, Dick learns that expectations often exceed reality.
74 8 "The Shape of Things" Peter Baldwin John Steven Owen December 2, 1985 (1985-12-02) 5110
Stephanie and Joanna organize an aerobics club. Problems arise when Stephanie makes herself the manager and Joanna the custodian.
75 9 "Write to Privacy" Dick Martin Susan Beavers December 16, 1985 (1985-12-16) 5108
Joanna and Stephanie are furious at Michael when they peek at his diary and find out what he thinks of them.
76 10 "Still the Beavers" Peter Baldwin Katherine Green December 23, 1985 (1985-12-23) 5111
Dick convinces George to quit the Beaver Lodge when the Beavers cheat George out of prize rightfully his. George starts a rival Lodge to get back at them.
77 11 "Much Ado About Mitch" Dick Martin Janet Leahy January 6, 1986 (1986-01-06) 5107
George joins a Big Brother program and is dismayed when his young protege Mitch is awestruck by Dick's fast-paced lifestyle. Michael and Stephanie use a Ouija board.
78 12 "Look Ma, No Talent" Ellen Falcon Story by : Dan Wilcox & Jesse Levine
Teleplay by : Dan Wilcox
January 13, 1986 (1986-01-13) 5106
Michael tries to find a talent to impress his mother.
79 13 "Larry's Dead, Long Live Larry" John Pasquin Lissa Levin January 20, 1986 (1986-01-20) 5109
Larry dedicates his life to Dick when he believes he brought him back from the dead.
80 14 "Stephanie Nightingale" Ellen Falcon Shelley Zellman January 27, 1986 (1986-01-27) 5117
Stephanie must take care of the Inn's staff and guests when the measles come to Vermont.
81 15 "The Stratford Horror Picture Show" John Pasquin David Mirkin February 3, 1986 (1986-02-03) 5115
The Loudons are spooked when the ghost of Sarah Newton comes to haunt the Inn.
82 16 "I Do, Okay" Ellen Falcon Douglas Wyman February 10, 1986 (1986-02-10) 5114
Joanna and a decidedly unenthusiastic Dick decide to renew their wedding vows to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
83 17 "The Snowmen Cometh" John Pasquin Arnie Kogen & Gary Jacobs February 17, 1986 (1986-02-17) 5116
The town panics when the annual Snow Carnival will probably be canceled due to lack of snow.
84 18 "Will the Real Dick Loudon Please Shut Up?" Dick Martin Phoef Sutton February 24, 1986 (1986-02-24) 5118
Dick is thrilled when a production company expresses interest in making How to be a Plumber into a video. His elation quickly dissipates when the producers decide to recast 'Dick Loudon' because of Dick's shifty eyes and stammer.
85 19 "He Ain't Human, He's My Cousin" John Pasquin Barton Dean March 3, 1986 (1986-03-03) 5119
George meets his only living relative, Cousin Eugene.
86 20 "Dwight Schmidlapp Is Not a Quitter" Dick Martin Janet Leahy March 10, 1986 (1986-03-10) 5120
On a lark, Dick submits his newest book to his publisher under the pseudonym he used when he first started writing, Dwight Schmidlapp, only to find it rejected. Dick sinks into a funk when he realizes he's 'coasting' in his writing career.
87 21 "Torn Between Three Brothers" Dolores Ferraro David Mirkin March 17, 1986 (1986-03-17) 5122
A jilted fiancée at the Inn (Teresa Ganzel) gets a job at the Minuteman café. She unwittingly encourages the affections of both Darryls but rejects them for the more vocal Larry. George organizes a citywide campaign when Michael pulls Barnaby Jones off the air in favor of The Secret Lives of Platinum Gold Dancers.
88 22 "Baby, I'm Your Handyman" Peter Baldwin Phoef Sutton April 7, 1986 (1986-04-07) 5123
Dick and Joanna worry that George is being taken advantage of after he becomes romantically involved with Loretta Dupris, an actress with a reputation for using men. WPIV director J.J. becomes Dick's neighbor after he buys a historic house near the Stratford Inn that he plans to raze.
89 23 "Replaceable You" J.D. Lobue Miriam Trogdon April 14, 1986 (1986-04-14) 5124
Secretary Alma amazes Dick when she fills in as producer. George asks Joanna for help with redecorating his room.
90 24 "Pre-Nups" Peter Baldwin Arnie Kogen & Gary Jacobs May 12, 1986 (1986-05-12) 5121
The Loudons, George, Steph, and Michael are invited to Vanderkellen mansion for Arthur's birthday. Arthur insists Michael sign a pre-nuptial agreement, which he refuses to do. Stephanie fears Michael's only dating her for her money. Dick worries when he breaks a music box given to Arthur by Winston Churchill.

Season 5 (1986–1987)[edit]

  • Season 5 consisted of 24 episodes.
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Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
91 1 "Co-Hostess Twinkie" Dolores Ferraro David Mirkin September 29, 1986 (1986-09-29) 6108
Dick is stuck with a perky, brainless co-hostess (Julie Brown) for his new program, On the Town. Meanwhile, Larry and the Darryls name their new pig 'Miss Stephanie' much to the real Stephanie's dismay.
92 2 "Camp Stephanie" Tom Trbovich Robin Pennington & Don Hart October 6, 1986 (1986-10-06) 6101
Stephanie has her hands full when she temporarily leads a group of 'Ranger Girls'. While Steph tries to teach them about coming-out parties and makeup, the girls want to learn survival techniques. Meanwhile, Dick and Joanna endure George's wood carving, Mount Stratford.
93 3 "Dick the Kid" Barton Dean Arnie Kogen October 13, 1986 (1986-10-13) 6109
Dick heads west to pursue his dream of being a cowboy. Stephanie secretly hires Larry, Darryl & Darryl to perform her housekeeping duties at the Inn.
94 4 "High Fidelity" Michael Lessac Tom Seeley & Norm Gunzenhauser October 20, 1986 (1986-10-20) 6105
Dick endures the townspeople's pity when Joanna and new friend Hal (Robert S. Woods) are suspected by everyone of having an affair. Stephanie is depressed after her hair dresser moves away.
95 5 "Desperately Desiring Susan: Part 1" David Steinberg Miriam Trogdon October 27, 1986 (1986-10-27) 6103
Michael meets an office secretary named Susan (Jean Bruce Scott) and falls in love with her.
96 6 "Desperately Desiring Susan: Part 2" David Steinberg Miriam Trogdon November 3, 1986 (1986-11-03) 6104
Michael has trouble deciding between Susan or Stephanie.
97 7 "My Two and Only" Michael Lessac Douglas Wyman November 17, 1986 (1986-11-17) 6107
A new friend (Sam Whipple) threatens Larry's position as family leader. Stephanie and Michael throw a party for themselves.
98 8 "Thanksgiving for the Memories" J.D. Lobue David Mirkin November 24, 1986 (1986-11-24) 6114
The Loudon family and friends travel to Vanderkellen mansion for Thanksgiving but are forced to leave early because Stephanie's parents threw away her favorite toy.
99 9 "Utley, Can You Spend a Dime?" Tom Trbovich David Tyron King December 1, 1986 (1986-12-01) 6102
Dick convinces George to spend some of his $50,000 dollar fortune. Meanwhile the town believes Dick to be destitute after a check bounces due to a bank error.
100 10 "Sweet and Sour Charity" Lee Shallat David Tyron King December 8, 1986 (1986-12-08) 6112
Dick and Joanna have an opportunity to shed their 'town newcomer' status when Dick's asked to run a fundraiser for the local library. Dick, the former advertising executive, finds it a hard pill to swallow when his idea is rejected and Joanna's is unanimously applauded.
101 11 "Everybody Ought to Have a Maid" Peter Baldwin Michael Loman December 15, 1986 (1986-12-15) 6113
Stephanie fears she might lose her job when she breaks her toe and she is temporarily replaced.
102 12 "Saturday in New York with George" Peter Baldwin Stuart Kreisman & Chris Cluess December 22, 1986 (1986-12-22) 6110
Dick and George attend a literary party in New York. Dick worries that George won't fit in with the high class partygoers and is stunned and jealous when George is the life of the party.
103 13 "Love Letters in the Mud" J.D. Lobue Shelley Zellman January 5, 1987 (1987-01-05) 6111
Michael helps Larry pursue the girl of his dreams (Valerie Mahaffey) and Joanna holds Dick responsible for his actions in her dream.
104 14 "First of the Belles" Peter Baldwin Douglas Wyman January 12, 1987 (1987-01-12) 6115
Dick's old college sweetheart (Shelley Fabares) visits the Inn, prompting concerns that she intends to reunite with Dick.
105 15 "It's My Party and I'll Die If I Want To" Michael Lessac Kerry Ehrin January 19, 1987 (1987-01-19) 6116
Cousin Ned Vanderkellin celebrates his 100th birthday but dies during the celebrations.
106 16 "Chimes They Are a Changin'" J.D. Lobue Tom Seeley & Norm Gunzenhauser January 26, 1987 (1987-01-26) 6117
George tries to fix the town's bell tower after a big snowstorm and Michael rents The Wizard of Oz to overcome his fear of wind.
107 17 "Unfriendly Persuasion" David Steinberg Miriam Trogdon February 2, 1987 (1987-02-02) 6118
Dick attempts to help Joanna overcome her fear of eye doctors. After she disappoints him one time too many, George tells Stephanie that they can no longer be friends.
108 18 "Jail, Jail, the Gang's All Here" J.D. Lobue Arnie Kogen February 9, 1987 (1987-02-09) 6119
Larry, Darryl, and Darryl ask Dick to represent them after they're arrested for rustling a neighbor's cow. Stephanie and Michael suffer a crisis when a cuter couple appears in town.
109 19 "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Loudon" Michael Lessac Merrill Markoe February 16, 1987 (1987-02-16) 6106
Dick gains an unwanted reputation as an acerbic wit after verbally assaulting an inept guest. Stephanie decides to get personalized license plates.
110 20 "Fun with Dick and Joanna" Peter Baldwin Linda Campanelli & M.M. Shelly Moore February 23, 1987 (1987-02-23) 6120
Dick and Joanna find that spontaneity isn't all its cracked up to be after Dick's spontaneous plans land them in a fleabag motel for the worst night of their lives.
111 21 "Night Moves" David Mirkin David Mirkin March 9, 1987 (1987-03-09) 6122
When Joanna throws him out, Dick must find another place to sleep.
112 22 "Harris Ankles PIV for Web Post" Douglas Wyman Douglas Wyman March 16, 1987 (1987-03-16) 6121
Michael interviews for a network job. George discovers an unusual rock formation.
113 23 "Good Bye and Good Riddance, Mr. Chips" David Steinberg Arnie Kogen April 6, 1987 (1987-04-06) 6123
Dick enrolls in a typing class, only to find that the teacher, Mr. Brooney (William Windom), is the same tyrant he had for a sixth-grade teacher.
114 24 "Much to Do Without Muffin" Peter Baldwin Tom Seeley, Norm Gunzenhauser and David Tyron King April 13, 1987 (1987-04-13) 6124
Michael is lost when Stephanie goes away for the weekend. He goes to a Beaver Lodge dinner with George and is the life of the party. Russell Johnson (The Professor in Gilligan's Island) appears in this episode as a member of the Beaver Lodge in the scene discussing a Gilligan's Island tv marathon and in Michael's apartment for a party.

Season 6 (1987–1988)[edit]

  • Season 6 consisted of 24 episodes.
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115 1 "Here's to You Mrs. Loudon" Michael Lessac Miriam Trogdon September 14, 1987 (1987-09-14) 7102
Joanna has difficulty discouraging a teenager who has a crush on her. George tries to find a nickname for himself.
116 2 "Prima Darryl" Dick Martin Arnie Kogen September 21, 1987 (1987-09-21) 7104
Larry is no longer the leader when he learns that one of the Darryls is the oldest of the three. George annoys everyone at the Inn with his new sing-along boombox, the Portable Lounge Lizard.
117 3 "Inn This Corner" Peter Baldwin M.M. Shelly Moore & Linda Campanelli September 28, 1987 (1987-09-28) 7101
Dick and Joanna enjoy a fun couple who stay at the Inn until they say that they are opening another Inn down the street from the Stratford.
118 4 "Me and My Gayle" Barton Dean Tom Seeley & Norm Gunzenhauser October 5, 1987 (1987-10-05) 7103
George's forty-year high school reunion presents him with the opportunity to finally let his secret crush (Betsy Palmer) know his feelings for her. Stephanie and Michael are distressed when the new Winter fashion looks are unveiled.
119 5 "Reading, Writing, and Rating Points" David Steinberg David Tyron King October 12, 1987 (1987-10-12) 7105
Michael steals an idea for a new program from a student in the television production class he teaches. George's prediction of when the leaves will change to their Fall colors brings a guest to the Inn.
120 6 "Vintage Stephanie" Douglas Wyman Douglas Wyman October 19, 1987 (1987-10-19) 7106
Stephanie panics when she discovers she's no longer "blossoming". It takes Larry, Darryl, and Darryl's sage advice to break her depression. George buys blue jeans.
121 7 "Take Me to Your Loudon" Zane Buzby David Tyron King October 26, 1987 (1987-10-26) 7111
Michael seeks to create an Orson Welles-style panic when he programs The War of the Worlds on Halloween night. Dick desperately tries to control the panicked guests at the inn's costume party.
122 8 "Till Depth Do Us Part: Part 1" Michael Lessac Miriam Trogdon November 9, 1987 (1987-11-09) 7112
Michael and Stephanie realize their relationship might be growing cold.
123 9 "Till Depth Do Us Part: Part 2" Michael Lessac Arnie Kogen November 16, 1987 (1987-11-16) 7113
Michael and Stephanie plan their wedding.
124 10 "Telethon Man" David Mirkin David Mirkin November 23, 1987 (1987-11-23) 7107
Dick hosts a 48-hour telethon to raise money for WPIV.
125 11 "Laugh at My Wife, Please" Michael Lessac Dan O'Shannon December 7, 1987 (1987-12-07) 7108
Joanna delivers Dick's unfunny speech when she's picked to give historical presentations to tour groups. George babysits the Darryls while Larry vacations.
126 12 "Support Your Local Shifflet" Peter Baldwin Burt Prelutsky December 14, 1987 (1987-12-14) 7109
Dick encourages Officer Shifflet to go on strike when the town does not give him a raise.
127 13 "My Three Dads" Jim Buck Douglas Wyman January 4, 1988 (1988-01-04) 7115
Larry, Darryl and Darryl decide to adopt a child without knowing their child will be 18 years old. (Beginning with this episode, the list of guest stars in the closing credits also identifies the character each actor portrayed.)
128 14 "A Friendship That Will Last a Lunchtime" Peter Baldwin David Mirkin January 11, 1988 (1988-01-11) 7116
Dick's former co-host, Buffy Denver (Julie Brown), visits the Inn and becomes friends with Stephanie after finding out that they have lots of things in common.
129 15 "Presence of Malice" David Steinberg Marjorie Gross January 18, 1988 (1988-01-18) 7114
Dick has a showdown with a TV critic after he says several negative things about Vermont Today. Larry, Darryl & Darryl have an unusual pancake.
130 16 "Would You Buy a Used Car from This Handyman?" Dick Martin David Tyron King February 1, 1988 (1988-02-01) 7117
George wishes to pursue his dream of becoming a used-car salesman. Stephanie and Michael build a Snow-Steph.
131 17 "The Buck Stops Here" Lee Shallat Tom Seeley & Norm Gunzenhauser February 8, 1988 (1988-02-08) 7118
Dick becomes the town pariah after he inadvertently kills the town's good-luck charm, the Great White Buck. A guest at the Inn (Bill Maher) pesters Stephanie for a date.
132 18 "Attention WPIV Shoppers" David Steinberg Merrill Markoe February 15, 1988 (1988-02-15) 7110
Dick is coaxed into hosting a home shopping show with Stephanie. Joanna tries to make the pudding that George's mother made for him when he was a boy.
133 19 "The Big Uneasy" Dick Martin Arnie Kogen February 22, 1988 (1988-02-22) 7119
Michael is tempted by a television executive (Carol Huston) during a conference in New Orleans. After fire destroys the kitchen of the Minuteman Cafe, Joanna reluctantly agrees to let Larry, Darryl & Darryl temporarily use the Stratford's kitchen and dining room to serve their lunch and dinner customers.
134 20 "Draw Partner" Dick Martin Marjorie Gross March 7, 1988 (1988-03-07) 7120
Dick gets a chance to work with his favorite illustrator (Eileen Brennan) and Joanna and George wait for the Inn's 5,000th guest to arrive.
135 21 "A Midseason's Night Dream" David Mirkin David Mirkin March 14, 1988 (1988-03-14) 7121
This episode goes inside several characters' dreams: Dick dreams all his troubles have disappeared; the wicked Joanna torments Stephanie; Michael runs three major networks; and Larry guest hosts The Tonight Show. Special appearances by Emma Samms, Tommy Newsom, Fred Travalena and Joan Embry as themselves.
136 22 "Newsstruck" Douglas Wyman Douglas Wyman March 21, 1988 (1988-03-21) 7122
Michael starts producing the news. George gives up on the Red Sox.
137 23 "The Gleeless Club" David Steinberg Miriam Trogdon May 2, 1988 (1988-05-02) 7124
Dick is accepted into the town glee club while Joanna is not.
138 24 "Courtin' Disaster" Lee Shallat Tom Seeley & Norm Gunzenhauser May 9, 1988 (1988-05-09) 7123
Joanna sets George up on a blind date. Everything goes perfectly for George and his date (Elinor Donahue) until her ex-boyfriend shows up. A guest at the Inn (Jason Alexander) is a very generous tipper.

Season 7 (1988–1989)[edit]

  • Season 7 consisted of 22 episodes.
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139 1 "Town Without Pity" David Steinberg Dan O'Shannon & Tom Anderson October 24, 1988 (1988-10-24) 8102
A prisoner breaks out of prison using one of Dick's "How-to" books.
140 2 "Apples, Apples, Apples" Peter Baldwin Bob Bendetson & Howard Bendetson October 31, 1988 (1988-10-31) 8104
Michael revs up the stale Ye Olde Apple Days festival, leaving George and his traditional activities in the cold..until George organizes a rival festival. Larry and his brothers stage a walk-a-thon when swampland is endangered.
141 3 "This Blood's for You" Dick Martin Mark Egan & Mark Solomon November 14, 1988 (1988-11-14) 8105
Stephanie is horrified to discover that a blood transfusion following an emergency appendectomy came from Darryl.
142 4 "I Married Dick" Lee Shallat Shelley Zellman November 21, 1988 (1988-11-21) 8103
Stephanie is worried when she discovers that Michael had large ears as a child. Dick and Joanna attend a counseling session for couples with therapist Mary Kaiser (Melanie Chartoff). Jack Riley (Elliot Carlin on The Bob Newhart Show) makes an appearance as one of Dr. Kaiser's patients.
143 5 "Goonstruck" Michael Lessac Billy Van Zandt & Jane Milmore December 12, 1988 (1988-12-12) 8101
Stephanie becomes attracted to a stonemason working at the Inn. Joanna wants to update the Inn's brochure.
144 6 "I Came, I Saw, I Sat" Dick Martin Shelley Zellman December 19, 1988 (1988-12-19) 8108
Dick's father visits the Inn.
145 7 "Twelve Annoyed Men...and Women" Peter Baldwin Bob Bendetson January 9, 1989 (1989-01-09) 8110
Dick's patience is tried when he's elected foreman of a jury of the townspeople, who as always use their peculiar intellect to irk Dick.
146 8 "Home for the Hollidays" Stephen C. Grossman Ellen Guylas January 16, 1989 (1989-01-16) 8106
Joanna lands a job selling real estate. Her first sale hits a snag when her low-class clients, the Hollidays, stay at the inn while looking for a home. Dick leaves the inn to George in his will to Stephanie's consternation.
147 9 "Shoe Business Is My Life" David Steinberg Dan O'Shannon & Tom Anderson January 23, 1989 (1989-01-23) 8107
Michael searches for a job when he's fired by WPIV. Larry, Darryl & Darryl gather donations for a time capsule.
148 10 "George and the Old Maid" Dick Martin Dan O'Shannon & Tom Anderson February 6, 1989 (1989-02-06) 8111
The Inn's old maid, Madelyn Stone (Inga Swenson), returns after a 25-year absence to answer George's marriage proposal.
149 11 "Hi, Society" Michael Lessac David Silverman & Stephen Sustarsic February 13, 1989 (1989-02-13) 8112
Dick fills in for Michael and takes Stephanie to a high society charity ball. Dick is the life of the party after Stephanie tells everyone that Dick owns a large hotel chain. First appearance of Scooter Drake (Alex Hyde-White).
150 12 "Cupcake on My Back" Michael Lessac Story by : Billy Van Zandt & Jane Milmore and Mark Egan & Mark Solomon
Teleplay by : Mark Egan & Mark Solmon
February 20, 1989 (1989-02-20) 8109
Michael is in debt when he spends his money on Annual Cupcake Day. A game of cards comes between Jim and Chester's friendship.
151 13 "Another Saturday Night" Arlene Sanford Bob Bendetson & Howard Bendetson February 27, 1989 (1989-02-27) 8113
Michael and Joanna endure a torturous evening at Larry, Darryl, and Darryl's house. Dick gives a commencement speech at an exclusive school.
152 14 "The Nice Man Cometh" Dick Martin Billy Van Zandt & Jane Milmore March 13, 1989 (1989-03-13) 8114
Dick is forced to be the sidekick for a new late-night talk show, Vermont Tonight. Don Rickles and Ed McMahon appear in this episode.
153 15 "One and a Half Million Dollar Man" Peter Baldwin Bob Bendetson & Howard Bendetson March 20, 1989 (1989-03-20) 8115
Wealthy society blue blood Scooter Drake (Alex Hyde-White) comes to Vermont in hopes of buying an inn. Michael begins a new career as a mime.
154 16 "The Little Match Girl" David Steinberg Dan O'Shannon & Tom Anderson March 27, 1989 (1989-03-27) 8116
While visiting Michael in a sanitarium (he's vacationing), Dick runs into illustrator Corinne Denby (guest star Eileen Brennan) and invites her to collaborate with him on his next book...despite her habit of burning things.
155 17 "Buy, Buy Blues" David Steinberg Story by : Jerry Lacy
Teleplay by : Heather Stewart
April 10, 1989 (1989-04-10) 8117
Trying to forget Michael, Stephanie throws her clothes away and goes on a shopping spree.
156 18 "Message from Michael" Jim Buck Shelley Zellman April 24, 1989 (1989-04-24) 8118
Michael becomes a guest on Vermont Today and is a town favorite.
157 19 "Homes and Jo-Jo" Michael Lessac Bob Bendetson & Howard Bendetson May 1, 1989 (1989-05-01) 8119
Joanna gets her own TV real estate show, but is surprised to find it comes with an amorous male co-host. One of the Darryl brothers is gifted a manservant.
158 20 "Georgie and Bess" Lee Shallat Dan O'Shannon & Tom Anderson May 8, 1989 (1989-05-08) 8120
George's Aunt Bess (Ann Morgan Guilbert) visits the inn but isn't the kind woman he remembered. Dick and one of the Darryl brothers begin a game of chess.
159 21 "Murder at the Stratley" Michael Lessac Billy Van Zandt & Jane Milmore May 15, 1989 (1989-05-15) 8121
The town accuses Dick of murdering Joanna even though he didn't.
160 22 "Malling in Love Again" Dick Martin Bob Bendetson & Shelley Zellman May 22, 1989 (1989-05-22) 8122
Michael and Stephanie conduct personal interviews at the mall and realize that they're perfect together after all. Johnny Carson appears in this episode.

Season 8 (1989–1990)[edit]

  • Season 8 consisted of 24 episodes.
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161 1 "Don't Worry Be Pregnant" Dick Martin Bob Bendetson September 18, 1989 (1989-09-18) 9101
Michael and a pregnant Stephanie return from a six-month cruise totally unprepared for parenthood.
162 2 "Get Dick" Peter Baldwin Nell Scovell September 25, 1989 (1989-09-25) 9103
Dick accidentally burns down Maison Hubert while enjoying an after-dinner cigar. The Loudon's take in Hubert while he recuperates. Hubert vows he will "get Monsieur Loudon".
163 3 "Poetry and Pastries" Michael Lessac Michele Gendelman & Ellen Herman October 2, 1989 (1989-10-02) 9102
Dick is chosen to judge the annual Poetry and Pastry contest. Miss Goddard, the reigning champion, uses her feminine wiles to try to influence the judging. Michael throws an all-male baby shower.
164 4 "Utley Exposed" Dick Martin Howard Bendetson October 16, 1989 (1989-10-16) 9105
An episode of Vermont Today on 'Hidden Shame' nets a surprise guest when George admits to a childish prank.
165 5 "Ramblin' Michael Harris" David Steinberg Mark Egan & Mark Solomon October 23, 1989 (1989-10-23) 9106
Michael quits his job at Menkey's grocery to become a lounge singer.
166 6 "Meet Michael Vanderkellen" Stephen C. Grossman Brad Isaacs November 13, 1989 (1989-11-13) 9104
Stephanie's mother offers to buy the newlyweds a mansion, but only if Michael changes his last name to Vanderkellen.
167 7 "Good Lord Loudon" Dick Martin Brad Isaacs November 20, 1989 (1989-11-20) 9108
A cash-strapped visiting dignitary (Tony Jay) makes Dick a royal Lord. After hearing of his good fortune, the townspeople's opinion of Dick jumps up a notch.
168 8 "Cupcake in a Cage" Lee Shallat Bob Bendetson & Howard Bendetson December 4, 1989 (1989-12-04) 9111
Stephanie is sent to jail after she slaps a security guard in a fit of prenatal hormones.
169 9 "Attack of the Killer Aunt" Michael Lessac Bill Fuller & Jim Pond December 11, 1989 (1989-12-11) 9107
Joanna's aunt, Louise (Nancy Walker), visits bearing gifts, despite her long-standing opinion that Joanna is much too good for Dick. Larry, Darryl & Darryl buy a Rolls Royce.
170 10 "I Like You, Butt..." David Steinberg Renee Phillips & Carrie Honigblum December 18, 1989 (1989-12-18) 9109
George meets the perfect girl, except for her large rear end. Michael and Stephanie consult with a baby naming guru.
171 11 "Jumpin' George" Michael Lessac Brad Isaacs & Nell Scovell January 1, 1990 (1990-01-01) 9112
George plans on never sleeping again when he's plagued by a recurring nightmare. Michael and Stephanie use 'wombphones' to educate their future child.
172 12 "Lights, Camera, Contractions!" Michael Lessac Mark Egan & Mark Solomon & Bob Bendetson January 8, 1990 (1990-01-08) 9114
It's baby time for the Harris' as Steph's baby is about to be born. Michael is determined to capture the birth on tape over Stephanie's objections. This episode concludes with a montage of characters from other popular tv shows of 1990, such as Gerald McRaney of Major Dad and Angela Lansbury of Murder She Wrote, parroting "I think Michael and Stephanie will make wonderful parents" for Michael's camcorder video.
173 13 "Beauty and the Pest" David Steinberg Michele Gendelman & Ellen Herman January 15, 1990 (1990-01-15) 9110
Joanna's real estate show lands her an odd client who can't seem to commit to buying a house, until a surprise visit to his home reveals the reason why. Stephanie and Michael invite the entire town to view their new baby.
174 14 "Good Neighbor Sam" Lee Shallat Nell Scovell January 29, 1990 (1990-01-29) 9115
Dick reluctantly spends time with Sam (Bill Daily), a depressed guest at the Inn, who then unexpectedly buys the house next door. The townsfolk, who all assume Dick is their best friend, are in an uproar when they hear that Dick and Sam are "best friends."
175 15 "Child in Charge" Dick Martin David Lerner February 5, 1990 (1990-02-05) 9113
Stephanie's parents buy WPIV for baby Stephanie. Dick refuses to pander to the child, forcing baby Steph to cancel Vermont Today in the middle of an interview with George McGovern.
176 16 "Seein' Double" Dick Martin Bob Bendetson February 19, 1990 (1990-02-19) 9116
Michael announces plans to spice up WPIV's lineup with a new sitcom, Seein' Double, starring Stephanie as identical twins Judy and Jody, with Dick as their crotchety widowed father. Don Knotts makes a brief appearance as one of the sitcom's characters.
177 17 "Born to Be Mild" Peter Baldwin Bob Bendetson & Howard Bendetson February 26, 1990 (1990-02-26) 9118
Dick is roped into joining George's old gang, "The Hooligans", when they reunited after 40 years. Dick leads them into a rumble against their long-time rivals, "The Ruffians".
178 18 "Daddy's Little Girl" Michael Lessac Brad Isaacs March 5, 1990 (1990-03-05) 9119
After another shopping spree for baby Steph, Dick teaches Michael that materialism isn't the best way to raise a child. A skeptical Michael becomes convinced after a haunting dream depicts a possible future. Julia Duffy plays grown-up baby Steph.
179 19 "Georgie and Grace" Peter Scolari Jim Pond & Bill Fuller March 19, 1990 (1990-03-19) 9117
George falls under the influence of five priests vacationing at the inn. After George announces his intention to join the priesthood, Miss Goddard tries her hardest to change his mind.
180 20 "Handymania" Jim Buck Nell Scovell & Brad Isaacs and Jim Pond & Bill Fuller April 9, 1990 (1990-04-09) 9121
George is the toast of the town when he events a hot new board game, "Handymania".
181 21 "Dick and Tim" Michael Lessac Bob Bendetson April 30, 1990 (1990-04-30) 9122
Dick finagles his way into a weekly poker game with Tim Conway. Unaware of Tim's cheap nature, Dick drives him away after raising a quarter. Joanna and Stephanie make an effort to keep Miss Goddard from being alone on her birthday.
182 22 "Father Goose" Stephen C. Grossman Story by : Mark Egan & Mark Solomon
Teleplay by : Brad Isaacs & Nell Scovell
May 7, 1990 (1990-05-07) 9123
Michael comes up with the perfect lead-in to Vermont Today, the Giddy Goose show. He casts his favorite dinner theater actor (Henry Gibson) as Giddy, only to discover the man's also his father.
183 23 "My Husband, My Peasant" Dick Martin Jerry Lacy May 14, 1990 (1990-05-14) 9120
Society bluebloods Scooter Drake (Alex Hyde-White) and his new wife, Libby (Randall Edwards), drop by with a child of their own, apparently superior to baby Steph in every way. Michael and Stephanie decide to divorce due to Michael's peasant heritage.
184 24 "The Last Newhart" Dick Martin Mark Egan & Mark Solomon & Bob Bendetson May 21, 1990 (1990-05-21) 9124
In this memorable series finale, at a town meeting, a Japanese visitor announces his intentions to purchase the entire town and turn the land into a gigantic golf course. Everyone but Dick is thrilled and sells out. In a final twist, the entire series is revealed to be a dream had by Newhart's Robert Hartley character from The Bob Newhart Show. Suzanne Pleshette and Lisa Kudrow appear in this episode.