2: “You Really Should Wear More Sweaters”: Revisting the Style of Newhart
3: Guess Who's Coming to (Bed and) Breakfast?
25: Origins Of The Stratford Inn
26: Style Of Newhart
5: Origins Of The Stratford Inn
6: Style Of Newhart
Thursday, February 28th, 2008
24: Getting to the Heart of Newhart
Remarks from Newhart, Duffy, Pharren, and actors William Sanderson and John Voldstad. “Heart” goes over Newhart’s decision to return to series TV and some inspirations for Newhart, other details about the show’s setting and characters, the cast and performances, and they pay moving tribute to the late Tom Poston and Mary Frann.
Thursday, February 28th, 2008
4: Getting to the Heart of Newhart
Remarks from Newhart, Duffy, Pharren, and actors William Sanderson and John Voldstad. “Heart” goes over Newhart’s decision to return to series TV and some inspirations for Newhart, other details about the show’s setting and characters, the cast and performances, and they pay moving tribute to the late Tom Poston and Mary Frann.
Monday, October 25th, 1982
1: In the Beginning...
Dick and Joanna Loudon purchase the Stratford Inn, a remnant of colonial times in scenic Vermont. Their caretaker, George Utley, and his family have tended the inn for decades. Dick hires a maid, Leslie, and meets their next-door neighbor (and habitual liar) Kirk. The inn opens for business amid myriad start-up problems.
Monday, November 1st, 1982
2: Mrs. Newton's Body Lies A'Mould'ring in the Grave
Dick and Joanna learn that there's a body buried in the basement. The Loudons try to get the body moved to the church cemetery, only to find that she was a witch.
Monday, November 8th, 1982
3: Hail to the Councilman
Dick gets his hopes up after two city officials suggest he run for town council.
Monday, November 15th, 1982
4: Shall We Gather at the River?
Joanna falls through the ice at the annual River Day festival. Dick is on the outs when Joanna blames him for everything bad that happens in her life.
Monday, November 22nd, 1982
5: This Probably is Condemned
Dick and the gang pitch in to help Kirk get the Minuteman up to code after its shut down.
Monday, November 29th, 1982
6: No Tigers at the Circus
Dick spirals into a profound depression after the Stratford is denied in its bid to be classified an historic landmark.
Monday, December 6th, 1982
7: The Perfect Match
Leslie's high school sweetheart returns from far off places to ask for her hand in marriage, to Kirk's obvious displeasure.
Monday, December 13th, 1982
8: Some are Born Writers...Others Have Writers Thrust Upon Them
Dick praises an aspiring writer's work to avoid hurting her feelings. The writer's enthusiastic husband quits his job to allow his wife to write full time. It's up to Dick to secure her an agent and teach her to write, all before their savings runs out in a month and a half.
Monday, December 20th, 1982
9: No Room at the Inn
The inn is swamped when 24 guests are snowed in on Christmas Eve. While Kirk tries to keep the guests entertained, Dick tries to find room for a traveller named Joseph and his pregnant wife.
Monday, December 27th, 1982
10: The Senator's Wife Was Indiscreet
A U.S. Senator's wife checks into the inn and holds a press conference to announce she's divorcing her inattentive husband.
Monday, January 3rd, 1983
11: Sprained Dreams
Dick jeopardizes Leslie's lifelong dream of becoming a world-class skier when he accidentally falls on her.
Monday, January 10th, 1983
12: The Way We Thought We Were
George's old flame visits the inn. Both are disappointed when the other isn't as they remember.
Monday, January 17th, 1983
13: The Visitors
Dick and Joanna cant wait for their 'fun' friends to visit, but soon become perturbed after their friends treat the Loudons not as friends, but innkeepers.
Monday, January 31st, 1983
14: What is This Thing Called Lust?
Leslie's attractive cousin Stephanie visits Vermont to settle her emotions as she nears her wedding day. Stephanie soon finds herself lusting after Kirk.
Monday, February 7th, 1983
15: Breakfast Theater
Washed-up comic Manny Silver visits the Stratford, reminding Dick of the 'debt' he owes Manny for starting his writing career. Manny shames Dick into letting him perform in the inn, over Joanna's strenuous objections.
Monday, February 14th, 1983
16: Ricky Nelson, Up Your Nose
Kirk goes into the hospital for surgery to remove a foreign object from his nose, leaving Larry, Darryl and a very svelte Darryl in charge of the cafe. Dick and Joanna, about to go to New York for a writer's conference have to bail out the boys when an unexpected crowd turns up at the cafe.
Monday, February 21st, 1983
17: A View from the Bench
Dick, Kirk, and George go to Boston to use their bench passes for a Celtics game. Dick loses his pass. Meanwhile, Leslie and Joanna wait at the inn for incoming guest, Daniel J. Travanti.
Sunday, March 13th, 1983
18: The Boy Who Cried Goat
When Kirk's cafe is robbed, his history of deception comes back to haunt him as the insurance investigator refuses to believe his story.
Sunday, March 20th, 1983
19: Heaven Knows Mr. Utley
George is the town laughingstock when he claims to have spied an UFO.
Sunday, March 27th, 1983
20: You're Homebody 'til Somebody Loves You
Dick inadvertently insults Joanna, calling her a homebody. Joanna takes a job with a travel agency in an attempt to assert herself.
Sunday, April 3rd, 1983
21: Grandma, What a Big Mouth You Have
Kirk's grandmother visits on the same night he finally gets a date with Leslie.
Sunday, April 10th, 1983
22: I Enjoy Being a Guy
Dick loves being 'just one of the guys' when Chester and Jim invite him to join their golf foursome. Dick is distressed to find that their gambling habit and lousy golfing abilities make him the big winner. Dick tries to figure out a way to give the money back without breaking 'the guy code'.
Monday, October 17th, 1983
1: It Happened One Afternoon (1)
Dick travels to New York to interview famous starlet Erica Chase for a potential biography. Joanna hires Stephanie to be the new maid over her parents objections.
Monday, October 24th, 1983
2: It Happened One Afternoon (2)
Man-hungry Erica Chase literally chases Dick across her hotel suite to try to bed him. Stephanie's overbearing father flies to Vermont to convince her to come back home with him.
Monday, October 31st, 1983
3: Animal Attractions
George finds a stray dog, 'Lucky'. Stephanie's husband drops by to find out why she left him.
Monday, November 7th, 1983
4: The Stratford Wives
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.
Monday, November 14th, 1983
5: The Girl From Manhattan
Joanna convinces Dick to use a play he'd written years before in a local production. Friction develops when Dick casts her, not in the role of 'Joanna', but rather 'Joanna's Mother'.
Monday, November 21st, 1983
6: Don't Rain on My Parade
Joanna is swamped when Dick volunteers her to serve Thanksgiving dinner for over 100 people, including her parents. George is upset when his Thanksgiving parade is ruined by rain.
Monday, December 5th, 1983
7: Lady & the Tramps
Stephanie stumbles onto Larry, Darryl and Darryl's home when she's lost in a winter snowstorm.
Monday, December 12th, 1983
8: The Man Who Came Forever
With a deadline looming, Dick can't get any work done on his latest book due to constant interruptions. Kirk wants to build a miniature golf course, George is worried about retirement, and the Stratford plays host to a guest who just wont leave.
Monday, December 19th, 1983
9: The Looks of Love
Kirk helms a singles club in the hopes of finding the perfect girlfriend.
Monday, January 2nd, 1984
10: Kirk Goes for the Juggler
Kirk thinks he's met the girl of his dreams, but isn't sure how he feels when he discovers she's a clown.
Monday, January 9th, 1984
11: A Jug of Wine, a Loaf of Bread and POW
Stephanie and Joanna attend a poetry reading at Dartmouth where a professor has a special interest in Joanna. Dick unleashes his 'Irish temper' when said professor makes a pass at Joanna.
Monday, January 16th, 1984
Stephanie's old boyfriend stays at the inn with his new wife, Stephanie's old best friend Tish Ellison. The sparks fly when Steph and Tish get reacquainted. Kirk throws a dinner party for Dick, Joanna, Cindy and himself.
Monday, January 23rd, 1984
13: Curious George at the Firehouse
George becomes a volunteer fireman, determined to shed his image as the town boob. George loses the keys to the fire truck just as the town's first fire in five years erupts.
Monday, January 30th, 1984
14: Book Beat
After guesting on a literary discussion television program, Dick is tabbed to be its new host. Dick's first program gets off to a bad start when he's scheduled guest doesn't show up, and the fill-in, Col. Lloyd Mennenger, is a little off-kilter.
Monday, February 6th, 1984
15: Kirk Pops the Question
Kirk relies on Dick and George to decide whether he should propose to Cindy.
Monday, February 13th, 1984
16: Best Friends
Kirk is up in arms when a fast food franchise announces plans to build a restaurant in the town.
Monday, February 27th, 1984
17: Kirk Ties One On
Kirk's can't wait for his wedding to Cindy, until the wedding actually starts and Kirk faints during the ceremony. .
Monday, March 5th, 1984
18: Go, Grandma, Go
Kirk's grandmother visits, loaning her car to Kirk and Cindy for their honeymoon. Kirk realizes there's trouble when he's arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle.
Monday, March 12th, 1984
19: Leave It to the Beavers
Dick is dumbfounded when George's club, the Beavers, reject him for membership. Kirk and Cindy have their first fight. A man with an imaginary wife stays at the inn.
Monday, March 19th, 1984
20: Vermont Today
Dick gets his own television program 'Vermont Today'. Originally scheduled to interview the president of the university of Vermont, Dick instead hosts a competition for the world's smallest horse. Stephanie meets Michael Harris, the man of her dreams.
Monday, March 26th, 1984
21: Send Her, Ella
Stephanie is disappointed when she has to watch the inn instead of participating in the Maple Syrup beauty contest, so she quickly crafts a disguise and goes as Miss Inez Velasco, leaving the inn in the hands of a guest.
Monday, April 2nd, 1984
22: New Faces of 1951
Dick and Joanna plan a birthday party for George after he reveals he's never had one. Dick calls everyone he can think of, but no one can make it. In desperation, Dick calls up George's old army buddies.
Monday, October 15th, 1984
1: Tell a Lie, Get a Check
Dick and Joanna return from vacation to find Kirk and Cindy have moved away and Kirk has asked Dick to sell the cafe. Michael teaches Dick the only way he'll be able to sell the rundown cafe is by stretching the truth.
Monday, October 22nd, 1984
2: Twenty Year Itch
Joanna has a date, set 20 years earlier, with a former beau in New York. A jealous Dick tags along. An awful trumpet player serenades the inn while he prepares for an audition.
Monday, October 29th, 1984
3: A Hunting We Will Go
Dick, George, Chester, Jim & 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 Prof. Henry Hill in 'The Music Man'.
Monday, November 5th, 1984
4: Miss Stephanie
Larry misinterprets a comment by Stephanie and makes her the object of his undying love.
Monday, November 12th, 1984
5: But Seriously, Beavers
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.
Monday, November 19th, 1984
6: Tickets, Please
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.
Monday, November 26th, 1984
7: Poor Reception
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.
Monday, December 3rd, 1984
8: The Fan
Dick is hounded by an obsessive fan who goes as far as moving into the inn and starting a Dick Loudon fan club.
Monday, December 10th, 1984
9: Happy Trails to You
Dick is dragged into court when a farmer claims Dick plagiarized his work.
Monday, December 31st, 1984
10: Georgie's Girl
George panics when his girlfriend starts talking marriage. Stephanie tries to pass the driver's test.
Monday, January 7th, 1985
11: Pillow Fight
Dick and Joanna squabble over 'creative differences' when they collaborate on a book on pillows. Larry and the boys stay at the inn while their cabin is being fumigated.
Monday, January 14th, 1985
12: Local Hero
George is a local hero after he saves two boys from drowning.
Monday, February 4th, 1985
13: Dick Gets Larry's Goat
The Loudons feud with Larry and the Darryls after Dick alerts animal control to the brother's illegal, and annoying goat. Simply hilarious.
Monday, February 11th, 1985
14: Once I Had a Secret Love
Dick and Joanna spar after Dick is 'riddled' with doubts when Joanna is set to appear on his Valentines Day Show.
Monday, February 18th, 1985
15: Lady in Wading
Stephanie falls for a visiting television executive, forcing her to choose between him and Michael.
Monday, February 25th, 1985
16: Look Homeward, Stephanie
Stephanie returns home for a brief visit, but she's soon convinced to stay when she's overwhelmed with presents. Michael is astonished by Steph's transformation to a spoiled brat. Dick tries to beat Joanna's annoying knack for guessing exactly what her birthday present will be.
Monday, March 4th, 1985
17: My Fair Larry
Joanna undertakes a massive project when she agrees to try to spruce up Larry, Darryl & Darryl and the Minuteman cafe.
Monday, March 11th, 1985
18: You're Nobody 'til Somebody Hires You
After demanding extravagent 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.
Monday, March 18th, 1985
19: Out With the New, Inn With the Old
George is upset when Dick and Harley Estin try to remodel the garage so it looks like the carriage house it was originally built as several centuries ago. Joanna hosts a rummage sale.
Monday, April 8th, 1985
20: R.I.P. Off
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.
Monday, May 6th, 1985
21: The Prodigal Darryl
Darryl runs off after he and his brother's win a contest for writing the best commerical 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.
Tuesday, May 28th, 1985
22: What Makes Dick Run
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.
Monday, September 30th, 1985
1: Pirate Pete
Dick fills in on a kiddie TV program for its ailing host, Pirate Pete. Dick is appalled at Pete's commercialism and inadvertantly gets the programs cancelled. Dick tries his hardest to get Pete reinstated. Meanwhile, George plays a practical joke on Stephanie, adjusting her scale up two pounds.
Monday, October 7th, 1985
2: The Way We Ought to Be
Michael and Steph break up when Michael realizes he's tired of Stephanie's demanding ways. Dick has difficulties with the WPIV staff when they're slow to direct his show.
Monday, October 21st, 1985
3: Summa Cum Larry
Dick covers for Larry when he enrolls in 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.
Monday, October 28th, 1985
4: Oh, That Morocco
A lonely Joanna becomes best friends with Stephanie who insists on a group vacation to lovely Morocco.
Monday, November 4th, 1985
5: Candidate Larry
Larry runs for Mayor.
Monday, November 11th, 1985
6: Locks, Stocks, and Noodlehead
Stephanie's father visits the inn with the news that he's left his wife. The town celebrates Colonial Days, an authentic recreation of colonial times.
Monday, November 25th, 1985
7: The Geezers in the Band
When Dick's old college jazz band reunites at the inn, he finds that expectations often excede reality.
Monday, December 2nd, 1985
8: The Shape of Things
Stephanie and Joanna open an aerobics club. Problems present themselves when Stephanie appoints herself as the manager and relegates Joanna to custodial duties.
Monday, December 16th, 1985
9: Write to Privacy
Joanna and Steph are furious with Michael after they peek at his diary and find out what he really thinks of them.
Monday, December 23rd, 1985
10: Still the Beavers
Dick convinces George to quit the Beaver Lodge after the Beavers cheat George out of a prize rightfully his. George starts up a rival lodge to get back at the Beavers.
Monday, January 6th, 1986
11: Much Ado About Mitch
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 Oujia board.
Monday, January 13th, 1986
12: Look Ma, No Talent
Michael begins shirking his duties and risks his job when he tries to find a talent to impress his mother.
Monday, January 20th, 1986
13: Larry's Dead, Long Live Larry
Larry dedicates his life to Dick when he believes Dick brought him back from the dead.
Monday, January 27th, 1986
14: Stephanie Nightingale
Stephanie must care for the hotel staff and guests when a measels epidemic sweeps the inn.
Monday, February 3rd, 1986
15: The Stratford Horror Picture Show
The Loudons are spooked when the ghost of Sarah Newton (episode #2) returns to haunt the inn.
Monday, February 10th, 1986
16: I Do, Okay
Joanna and a decidedly unenthusiastic Dick decide to renew their wedding vows to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
Monday, February 17th, 1986
17: The Snowmen Cometh
The town panics when it appears the annual Snow Carnival will be cancelled due to a lack of snow. Larry, Darryl & Darryl request $2,000 to make it snow.
Monday, February 24th, 1986
18: Will the Real Dick Loudon Please Shut Up?
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.
Monday, March 3rd, 1986
19: He Ain't Human, He's My Cousin
George meets his only living relative, Cousin Eugene.
Monday, March 10th, 1986
20: Dwight Schmidlapp Is Not a Quitter
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.
Monday, March 17th, 1986
21: Torn Between Three Brothers
A jilted fiancee staying at the inn gets a job at the Minuteman cafe. 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.
Monday, April 7th, 1986
22: Baby, I'm Your Handyman
George worries that a new girlfriend, actress Loretta Dupris is only dating him to make use of his handyman skills. TV Producer J.J. buys a Victorian mansion and plans to bulldoze it to erect a space needle.
Monday, April 14th, 1986
23: Replaceable You
Secretary Alma amazes Dick, which she fills in as producer.
Monday, May 12th, 1986
The Loudons, George, Steph and Michael are invited to Vanderkellen mansion for Arthur's birthday. Art insists Michael sign a pre-nuptial agreement that 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.
Monday, September 29th, 1986
1: Co-Hostess Twinkie
Dick is stuck with a perky, brainless co-hostess 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.
Monday, October 6th, 1986
2: Camp Stephanie
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.
Monday, October 13th, 1986
3: Dick the Kid
Dick heads west to pursue his dream of being a cowboy.
Monday, October 20th, 1986
4: High Fidelity
Dick endures the townspeople's pity when Joanna and new friend Hal are suspected by everyone of having an affair.
Monday, October 27th, 1986
5: Desperately Desiring Susan (1)
Michael becomes enamored with temporary office secretary Susan.
Monday, November 3rd, 1986
6: Desperately Desiring Susan (2)
Michael struggles with his desire for Susan, versus his passion for Stephanie.
Monday, November 17th, 1986
7: My Two and Only
A new friend threatens Larry's position as family leader.
Monday, November 24th, 1986
8: Thanksgiving for the Memories
The Newhart family travels to Vanderkellen mansion for Thanksgiving, but is forced to leave prematurely when Stephanie finds her parents threw away her favorite toy.
Monday, December 1st, 1986
9: Utley, Can You Spend a Dime
Dick convinces a reluctant George to live a little and spend some of his $50,000 fortune. Meanwhile the town believes Dick to be destitute after a check bounces due to a bank error.
Monday, December 8th, 1986
10: Sweet and Sour Charity
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.
Monday, December 15th, 1986
11: Everybody Ought to Have a Maid
Stephanie worries she might lose her job after she breaks a toe and her temporary replacement is 'better than Mary Poppins'.
Monday, December 22nd, 1986
12: Saturday in New York with George
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.
Monday, January 5th, 1987
13: Love Letters in the Mud
Michael helps Larry court the girl of his dreams. Joanna holds Dick responsible for his actions in her dream.
Monday, January 12th, 1987
14: First of the Belles
Dick's old college sweetheart visits the inn for a weekend of skiing, leaving Joanna worried that Dick may want to rekindle an old flame.
Monday, January 19th, 1987
15: It's My Party and I'll Die if I Want To
Cousin Ned Vanderkellen's 100th birthday party goes smoothly... until Cousin Ned drops dead.
Monday, January 26th, 1987
16: Chimes They Are a Changin'
George sets out to repair the town's cracked bell tower, even after the town votes him down. Michael rents The Wizard of Oz to overcome his fear of wind.
Monday, February 2nd, 1987
17: Unfriendly Persuasion
Dick tries to help Joanna overcome her fear of eye doctors. George feels slighted by Stephanie after she blows him off in favor of shopping.
Monday, February 9th, 1987
18: Jail, Jail, the Gang's All Here
Larry, Darryl & Darryl ask Dick to represent them after they're arrested for kidnapping a neighbor's cow.
Monday, February 16th, 1987
19: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Loudon
Dick gains an unwanted reputation as an acerbic wit after verbally assaulting an inept guest.
Monday, February 23rd, 1987
20: Fun with Dick and Joanna
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.
Monday, March 9th, 1987
21: Night Moves
Dick tries to find someplace to sleep after Joanna throws him out.
Monday, March 16th, 1987
22: Harris Ankles PIV for Web Post
Michael interviews for a network job. George finds a 'Duck Rock'.
Monday, April 6th, 1987
23: Good-Bye and Good Riddance, Mr. Chips
Dick enrolls in a typing class, only to find that the teacher, Mr. Brooney, is the same tyrant he had for a sixth-grade teacher.
Monday, April 13th, 1987
24: Much to Do Without Muffin
Michael is lost when Stephanie goes away for the weekend. Desperate, he goes to a Beaver Lodge dinner with George and is the life of the party.
Monday, September 14th, 1987
1: Here's to You Mrs. Loudon
Joanna has trouble dumping a 16-year-old boy with a crush on her. George searches for a nickname.
Monday, September 21st, 1987
2: Prima Darryl
Larry is ousted as leader after he discovers that Darryl is actually the oldest of the three.
Monday, September 28th, 1987
3: Inn This Corner
Dick and Joanna love the fun-loving couple staying at the Stratford...until they announce they're opening a posh new inn down the street.
Monday, October 5th, 1987
4: Me and My Gayle
George reunites with an old high school flame.
Monday, October 12th, 1987
5: Reading, Writing, and Rating Points
Michael steals an idea for a new program from a student in his television production class.
Monday, October 19th, 1987
6: Vintage Stephanie
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.
Monday, October 26th, 1987
7: Take Me to Your Loudon
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.
Monday, November 9th, 1987
8: Till Depth Do Us Part (1)
Michael and Stephanie realize their relationship might be growing cold.
Monday, November 16th, 1987
9: Till Depth Do Us Part (2)
Michael and Stephanie plan their wedding.
Monday, November 23rd, 1987
10: Telethon Man
Dick hosts a 48-hour telethon when WPIV is about to go under.
Monday, December 7th, 1987
11: Laugh at My Wife Please
Joanna delivers Dick's unfunny speech when she's picked to give historical presentations to tour groups. George babysits the Darryls while Larry vacations.
Monday, December 14th, 1987
12: Support Your Local Shifflet
Dick encourages Officer Shifflet to go on strike after the town refuses to give him a raise.
Monday, January 4th, 1988
13: My Three Dads
Larry, Darryl & Darryls announce their plans to adopt a child. Little do they suspect their 'child' will be 18-years-old.
Monday, January 11th, 1988
14: A Friendship That Will Last a Lunchtime
Dick's former co-host Buffy Denver visits the inn and strikes up a friendship with Stephanie after discovering they have so much in common.
Monday, January 18th, 1988
15: Presence of Malice
Dick has a showdown with television critic Curtis Bilgray after Bilgray writes several negative reviews of 'Vermont Today'. Larry and the Darryls become cult figures after finding a pancake with Paul Anka's face on it.
Monday, February 1st, 1988
16: Would You Buy a Used Car From This Handyman?
George decides to fulfill his lifelong dream of becoming a used car salesman.
Monday, February 8th, 1988
17: The Buck Stops Here
Dick becomes the town pariah after he inadvertently kills the town's good-luck charm, The Great White Buck.
Monday, February 15th, 1988
18: Attention WPIV Shoppers
Dick is roped into co-hosting a home shopping show with Stephanie.
Monday, February 22nd, 1988
19: The Big Uneasy
Michael is tempted by a television executive during a conference in New Orleans.
Monday, March 7th, 1988
20: Draw Partner
Dick gets a chance to work with his favorite illustrator, Corinne Denby, while George & Joanna eagerly await the Inn's 5,000th guest.
Monday, March 14th, 1988
21: A Midseason's Night Dream
This unique 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.
Monday, March 21st, 1988
Michael changes his entire outlook on life when he starts producing the news. George gives up on the Red Sox.
Monday, May 2nd, 1988
23: The Gleeless Club
Dick's on the outs with Joanna when he's accepted into the town glee club and she's not.
Monday, May 9th, 1988
24: Courtin' Disaster
Joanna sets George up on a blind date. Everything goes great until George runs into his date's jealous ex-boyfriend.
Monday, October 24th, 1988
1: Town Without Pity
Dick becomes the focus of the town's ire after a prisoner breaks out of jail using one of Dick's how-to manuals.
Monday, October 31st, 1988
2: Apples, Apples, Apples
Michael revs up the stale Ye Olde Apple Days festival, leaving George and his traditional activites in the cold..until George organizes a rival festival. Larry and his brothers stage a walk-a-thon when swampland is endangered.
Monday, November 14th, 1988
3: This Blood's For You
Stephanie is horrified to discover that a blood transfusion following an emergency appendectomy came from Darryl.
Monday, November 21st, 1988
4: I Married Dick
Dick and Joanna visit a therapist after Joanna becomes concerned that their marriage is stagnating. Stephanie is worried after discovering that Michael had large ears as a child.
Monday, December 12th, 1988
Stephanie is attracted to the virile young stomemason working at the Inn.
Monday, December 19th, 1988
6: I Came, I Saw, I Sat
Dick's father visits the inn and, to Dick's consternation, resists all Dick's efforts to entertain him.
Monday, January 9th, 1989
7: Twelve Annoyed Men...and Women
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.
Monday, January 16th, 1989
8: Home for the Hollidays
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.
Monday, January 23rd, 1989
9: Shoe Business Is My Life
Michael goes job hunting after he's axed by WPIV.
Monday, February 6th, 1989
10: George and the Old Maid
The Inn's old maid, Madelyn Stone, returns after a 25 year absence to answer George's marriage proposal. Stephanie competes with Madelyn.
Monday, February 13th, 1989
11: Hi, Society
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.
Monday, February 20th, 1989
12: Cupcake on My Back
Michael goes into debt after spending lavishly on Annual Cupcake Day.
Monday, February 27th, 1989
13: Another Saturday Night
Michael & Joanna endure a torturous evening at Larry, Darryl & Darryl's house. Dick gives a commencement speech at an exclusive school.
Monday, March 13th, 1989
14: The Nice Man Cometh
Dick is picked to be the sidekick for a new late night talk show hosted by an abrasive man who has it in for Dick.
Monday, March 20th, 1989
15: One and a Half Million Dollar Man
Wealthy socialite Scooter Drake drops by Vermont looking to purchase an inn. While Joanna shows Scooter around, Michael begins a new career as a mime.
Monday, March 27th, 1989
16: The Little Match Girl
While visiting Michael in a sanitarium (he's vacationing), Dick runs into illustrator Corinne Denby and invites her to collaborate with him on his next book...despite her habit of burning things.
Monday, April 10th, 1989
17: Buy, Buy Blues
Stephanie goes on a shopping spree while she tries to forget Michael. Meanwhile Dr. Kaiser realizes she has developed an attraction for Michael (who's been released from the sanitarium).
Monday, April 24th, 1989
18: Message from Michael
Michael becomes a last minute guest on Vermont Today and emerges a town favorite. The dimwitted locals hang on his every word.
Monday, May 1st, 1989
19: Homes and Jo-Jo
Joanna gets her own realty television show providing a great lead-in for Vermont Today. Dick loves the big ratings but can't stand Joanna's amorous co-host. Meanwhile, one of the Darryls' receives a manservant as a present.
Monday, May 8th, 1989
20: Georgie & Bess
George's Aunt Bess visits, shattering several of his childhood beliefs when he finds she wasn't the sweet lady he remembers. Dick and one of the Darryls play chess.
Monday, May 15th, 1989
21: Murder at the Stratley
The townspeople accuse Dick or murdering Joanna after her "disappearance" strangely fits the scenario of his first murder-mystery novel, "Murder at the Stratley".
Monday, May 22nd, 1989
22: Malling in Love Again
Michael and Stephanie conduct personal interviews at the mall and realize that they're perfect together after all.
Monday, September 18th, 1989
1: Don't Worry Be Pregnant
Michael and a pregnant Stephanie return from a six-month cruise totally unprepared for parenthood.
Monday, September 25th, 1989
2: Get Dick
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".
Monday, October 2nd, 1989
3: Poetry and Pastries
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.
Monday, October 16th, 1989
4: Utley Exposed
An episode of Vermont Today on 'Hidden Shame' nets a surprise guest when George admits to a childish prank.
Monday, October 23rd, 1989
5: Ramblin' Michael Harris
Michael quits his job at Menkey's grocery to become a lounge singer.
Monday, November 13th, 1989
6: Meet Michael Vanderkellen
Stephanie's mother offers to buy the newlyweds a mansion, but only if Michael changes his last name to Vanderkellen.
Monday, November 20th, 1989
7: Good Lord Loudon
A cash-strapped visiting dignitary makes Dick a royal Lord. After hearing of his good fortune, the townspeople's opinion of Dick jumps up a notch.
Monday, December 4th, 1989
8: Cupcake in a Cage
Stephanie is sent to jail after she slaps a security guard in a fit of prenatal hormones.
Monday, December 11th, 1989
9: Attack of the Killer Aunt
Joanna's Aunt Louise visits bearing gifts, despite her long-standing opinion that Joanna is much too good for Dick.
Monday, December 18th, 1989
10: I Like You, Butt...
George meets the perfect girl, except for her large rear end. Michael and Stephanie consult with a baby naming guru.
Monday, January 1st, 1990
11: Jumpin' George
Georeg plans on never sleeping again when he's plagued by a recurring nightmare. Michael & Stephanie use 'wombphones' to educate their future child.
Monday, January 8th, 1990
12: Lights! Camera! Contractions!
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.
Monday, January 15th, 1990
13: Beauty and the Pest
Joanna takes an odd man to several houses to try to convince him to buy one, but he just can't seem to commit. Joanna visits his home and walks in to find a shrine dedicated to her.
Monday, January 29th, 1990
14: Good Neighbor Sam
When an overbearing new neighbor moves next door, Dick finds his polite veneer mistaken for friendship. The townsfolk, who all assume Dick is their best friend, are in an uproar when they hear that Dick and Sam are 'best friends'.
Monday, February 5th, 1990
15: Child in Charge
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.
Monday, February 19th, 1990
16: Seein' Double
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.
Monday, February 26th, 1990
17: Born to Be Mild
Dick is roped into joining George's old gang, 'The Houligans', when they reunited after 40 years. Dick leads them into a rumble against their long-time rivals, 'The Ruffians'.
Monday, March 5th, 1990
18: Daddy's Little Girl
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.
Monday, March 19th, 1990
19: Georgie and Grace
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.
Monday, April 9th, 1990
George is the toast of the town when he events a hot new board game, "Handymania".
Monday, April 30th, 1990
21: Dick and Tim
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.
Monday, May 7th, 1990
22: Father Goose
Michael comes up with the perfect lead-in to Vermont Today, the 'Giddy Goose' show. He casts his favorite dinner theater actor as Giddy, only to discover the man's also his father.
Monday, May 14th, 1990
23: My Husband, My Peasant
Society bluebloods Scooter Drake and his new wife Libby 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.
Monday, May 21st, 1990
24: The Last Newhart
In the midst of 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.