3: Making Of Documentary
Tuesday, February 8th, 2005
1: An FYI Exclusive
A half-hour documentary featuring new interviews with nearly all of the core cast (save for Pat Corely and the sadly missed Robert Pastorelli). From CBS' failed attempts to dumb down the material, memorable audition stories (including Ford's daring encore), hilarious bloopers to many classic moments from one heck of a rookie year, it's sure to delight both hardcore followers and newcomers eager to discover what they missed.
Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
2: Cast Reunited
The stars of this popular and political TV show talk about their success, Candice Bergen’s practical jokes and Dan Quayle.
Monday, November 14th, 1988
Murphy returns to FYI after "drying out" at the Betty Ford clinic. The show has undergone some changes while she was gone, including the addition of a beauty queen to the anchor desk and a new young executive producer. In her first week back she isn't sure whether she still has her edge.
Monday, November 21st, 1988
2: Devil With a Blue Dress On
Miles assigns Corky to work with Murphy on a big story about a corporate big shot. Corky inadvertently uncovers the fact that he is a drug smuggler, this isn't immediately apparent to her. Murphy almost feels guilty about taking credit for the story, but she doesn't get the chance, Corky "grabs the brass ring."
Monday, November 28th, 1988
3: Nowhere to Run
Murphy investigates a federal prosecutor who's linked to mob-run prostitution, Miles fears for his life when he receives his first death threat.
Monday, December 5th, 1988
4: Signed, Sealed, Delivered
Miles schedules Murphy to interview her radical ex-husband. Murphy & Jake's feelings for one another begin to ruin the chance of a professional interview.
Sunday, December 11th, 1988
5: Murphy's Pony
During the Christmas holidays, a mother abandons her children to the care of Murphy Brown. Murphy goes all out to help them out.
Monday, December 12th, 1988
6: Baby Love
Murphy feels maternal pangs after visiting with a pregnant friend. She considers in vitro fertilization and talks Frank into being the donor. When that option doesn't pan out, they consider a physical union.
Monday, December 19th, 1988
7: Set Me Free
Murphy's having a rotten day, complicated by a gunman who interrupts the show and demands they read his statement on the air and it gets capped off by the painter she hired to do her kitchen sticking around to finish "extending myself."
Monday, January 2nd, 1989
8: And So He Goes
Murphy's long time nemesis asks for her to deliver the eulogy at his funeral, and Murphy sees it as her chance to have the last laugh or so she thinks.
Monday, January 9th, 1989
9: I Would Have Danced All Night
Murphy is perplexed and angry when everyone on the staff is invited to the inaugural ball of President-elect Bush. Was it something she reported? Miles debates about asking a taller woman to the ball.
Monday, January 16th, 1989
Murphy's story wins freedom for an innocent man; when the rest of the team realizes he has a problem adjusting with the outside world, Miles offers him a job as Murphy's secretary.
Monday, January 23rd, 1989
11: Off the Job Experience
Miles suspends Murphy for her handling of an interview. So she leaves the office for two weeks and becomes miserable.
Monday, February 13th, 1989
12: Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
Cupid strikes the staff when Murphy reluctantly fixes Frank up on the condition he finds someone for her. Murphy's latest secretary has a crush on Jim.
Monday, February 20th, 1989
13: Soul Man
Murphy tries to gain entry into Washington's last exclusive club, trouble is, it's for men only. Murphy tries to get Jim to sponsor her, when she discovers a loophole in the by-laws.
Monday, February 27th, 1989
14: It's How You Play the Game
To get the public to see Frank's piece on the homeless, the FYI team competes with Jerry Gold's show on its level, with surprising results.
Monday, March 6th, 1989
15: Mama Said
Murphy's overbearing mother comes to visit for an unspecified length of time.
Monday, March 13th, 1989
16: Moscow on the Potomac
Murphy prepares for a joint broadcast with the Soviet news equivalent of Murphy Brown.
Monday, March 20th, 1989
17: My Dinner with Einstein
Murphy dates a physicist to prove looks aren't everything, but he proves to be a party guy.
Monday, April 10th, 1989
18: Funnies Girl
An on-camera slip of the tongue, makes Murphy the butt of a cartoonist's joke in "The Adventures of Mouthy Brown," then the rest of the staff falls victim.
Monday, May 1st, 1989
19: The Unshrinkable Murphy Brown
While Murphy is grilling him on the show, a judge dies of a heart attack. This causes Murphy to lose her edge, so she attends a group therapy session.
Monday, May 8th, 1989
20: The Summer of '77
Eldin meets Corky for the first time and becomes infatuated with her. Phil reflects on the first time he met Murphy, when she first came to Washington to audition against Linda Ellerbee & Frank Fontana for FYI.
Monday, May 15th, 1989
21: The Bickners
A minor traffic accident, with a sweet elderly couple, results in a 1.5 million dollar lawsuit for Murphy.
Monday, May 22nd, 1989
22: The Morning Show
During an off week at FYI, Murphy & Corky co-anchor the network's morning show, and Murphy finds it's a job she just isn't made for. Murphy's new secretary has a passing resemblance to a "dead" celebrity.
Monday, September 18th, 1989
1: The Brothers Silverberg
When Miles arrives to the office, the whole gang makes fun of his new suit. He says he bought it because his older brother is coming to town so he wants to look good. At Murphy's office, Miles asks her to join them for lunch, Murphy reluctantly agrees. At Phil's Miles' brother Josh and Murphy really hit it off, which makes Miles a little uncomfortable. They also agree to go all to dinner together at a fancy italian restaurant. Miles brings his date Audrey Cohen, they all have a nice time at first but then Miles starts embarassing Murphy. The next day, Miles apologizes to Murphy about the way he behaved at the restaurant. One night Miles, Murphy and Josh arrive at her house after dinner, Murphy and Josh want to be alone but Miles is always getting in the middle, so they politely ask him to leave. Miles shows up in the middle of the night just to tell Murphy that he does not like the idea of her dating his brother at all. Josh arrives after being looking for Miles for hours, they sta
Monday, September 25th, 1989
2: Anchors Away
The network sends Jim to Libya for two weeks, so they can audition a handsome new anchor for FYI; they don't count on the retaliation of Murphy and the gang.
Monday, October 2nd, 1989
3: The Memo that Got Away
A high-school computer hacker stumbles onto a memo by Murphy about her co-workers, and he plans to publish it in the school paper.
Monday, October 16th, 1989
4: TV or Not TV
An FYI inspired sitcom sends its star to Washington to research her part, Murphy Brown.
Monday, October 23rd, 1989
5: Miles' Big Adventure
While on vacation, Miles' return flight is delayed by an Air Force pilot who has hijacked an F15-Eagle loaded with nuclear warheads.
Monday, October 30th, 1989
6: Buddies Schmuddies
Frank and Murphy compete for the same story, but their intense competition puts the story in jeopardy. Phil, to improve his business at night, tries adding live entertainment to the bar.
Monday, November 6th, 1989
7: Whose Garbage is it Anyway?
Jerry Gold bets the staff that they can't be environmentally responsible for a two week period, if they lose Murphy must appear on his show.
Monday, November 13th, 1989
8: And the Whiner Is...
Murphy & Frank lose the Humboldt Award to Corky. Then to ride the PR wave, the network brass decide to give next week's lead story to the award winner.
Monday, November 20th, 1989
The staff plans a surprise roast for Jim on his 25th anniversary at the network, he tells Murphy before the event that he "couldn't handle a chance meeting with anyone I know."
Monday, November 27th, 1989
10: Brown Like Me (1)
Murphy is set to receive the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, so the rest of the staff convince her that at least one of her estranged parents should attend. She concedes and invites her father, but the sparks fly when her father arrives with his new young wife and child and later her mother shows up.
Monday, November 27th, 1989
11: Brown Like Me (2)
The sparks and the barbs fly back and forth; however, eventually the Browns call a truce. To quote Murphy: "Interesting family, kind of like a Fellini version of the Waltons."
Monday, December 11th, 1989
12: The Strike
To start a significant dialog, Murphy decides she will break the technicians' strike by bringing both sides together for cake and conversation.
Monday, December 18th, 1989
13: Here's to You Mrs. Kinsella
While Murphy is throwing a birthday party for Gene Kinsella, Miles recognizes a woman he had a one-night stand with at a broadcaster's convention, Mrs. Kinsella. However, Kinsella thinks that his wife is having an affair with Frank.
Monday, January 1st, 1990
14: What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
Corky is having a New Year's Eve party, and Murphy wants to avoid it. Everyone challenges her to be able enjoy the occasion without the her old vice. Sober, Murphy can still bring life to a dull party.
Monday, January 8th, 1990
15: Subpoena Envy
Murphy is subpoenaed to appear before a grand jury, but instead of divulging her source she goes to jail. Prison is not what she hoped for or expected, but then neither is the duration of her stay.
Monday, January 29th, 1990
16: I Want My FYI
Miles asks the staff to be mentors for a group of young reporters who will be doing a pilot for an FYI type program for kids; Murphy over helps her protÃ©gÃ©.
Monday, February 5th, 1990
17: Frankly Speaking
Frank meets the woman of his dreams, a woman he dates more than once. However, she is a psychologist and analyzes every little thing Frank does, something that drives him crazier than he already is.
Monday, February 12th, 1990
18: The Murphy Brown School of Broadcasting
Murphy's journalism mentor from her high school days has retired, to combat inactivity he comes to Washington to open a journalism school using her name.
Monday, February 19th, 1990
19: Bad Girls
It's February and sweeps month, so Miles gets Murphy and Corky to pose as hookers to break open an oil company scandal.
Monday, February 26th, 1990
20: Heart of Gold
When Murphy learns things about Jerry Gold that no one else is privy to, she looks at him in a different light. They begin to have an affair that shocks everyone at FYI.
Monday, March 5th, 1990
21: On the Road Again
On a publicity jaunt, Murphy and Jim find themselves snowbound in Kansas. While killing time in the bar Murphy challenges Jim's ability to flirt, something Jim may later regret.
Monday, March 19th, 1990
22: But First a Word From Our Sponsor
A worried viewer urges advertisers to boycott FYI for an upcoming piece Murphy has on sex education. Murphy flies out to keep the one sponsor they have for the controversial show.
Monday, April 9th, 1990
23: Frank's Appendectomy
A series of outrageous practical jokes, which start with a visit from "Deep Throat," get out of hand.
Monday, April 30th, 1990
24: Fax or Fiction
When a secret admirer sends a fax to Miles, Murphy takes it as a challenge to answer for him and then winds up starting a correspondence.
Monday, May 7th, 1990
25: The Bitch's Back
Miles orders the staff to take a stress reduction class. After reluctantly showing up for it, Murphy slips a disc however that doesn't stop her from working on a hot story.
Monday, May 14th, 1990
26: Going to the Chapel (1)
When a "geek" from her high school days comes to Washington, Corky's mother & his mother arrange to have them get together. They meet, fall in love, and within two weeks announce their plans to get married. Corky runs out into the night with Eldin, when she thinks that maybe she hasn't really experienced life.
Monday, May 21st, 1990
27: Going to the Chapel (2)
Upon returning, Corky decides to go ahead with the wedding, but the event is marred by even more last minute indecision, and then Murphy brings out the "soul."
Monday, September 17th, 1990
1: The 390th Broadcast
With the start of the 13th season, Miles decides it's time to change the image of FYI, so he hires a consultant.
Monday, September 24th, 1990
2: Brown and Blue
Murphy wants to interview a controversial comic, but after seeing some tapes of his act she changes her mind. Miles sets up the interview so Murphy decides to go ahead with it, the result of which makes for interesting viewing.
Monday, October 1st, 1990
3: Loco Hero
Frank rescues people trapped in a hostage situation, but falls to pieces when his parents come to town for the celebration of 50th their wedding anniversary bash. A party Frank forgot to plan.
Monday, October 15th, 1990
4: Strike Two
The on-air talent goes on strike, so management brings in Miller Redfield to handle Murphy's pending interview on the S&L crisis. When the only question Miller wants to know is why parking isn't validated, Miles must do the interview.
Monday, October 22nd, 1990
5: The Gold Rush
Jerry Gold joins FYI where in a new feature he goes "Nose to Nose" with Murphy and the sparks fly, then the fire is rekindled and the sparks fade away.
Monday, November 5th, 1990
6: Bob & Murphy & Ted & Avery
Avery comes to stay with Murphy when she decides it's time to "change the scenery of my existence"; Murphy suggests she gets a boyfriend. Two hours later she has a double date for herself and Murphy.
Monday, November 12th, 1990
7: The Last Laugh
Jim goes into hiding after losing control on the air, fearing the only thing people will remember about him is that one moment in his long career.
Monday, November 19th, 1990
8: Rootless People
Finished early with her story, Murphy terrorizes the rest of the staff with her practical jokes. When a gang of environmental terrorists kidnap her, nobody believes her.
Monday, November 26th, 1990
9: The Bummer of 42
For Murphy's 42nd birthday present, Frank hires an actress to be Murphy's sister for a full twelve hours. The novelty wears off quickly for Murphy, when her "sister" keeps turning up.
Monday, December 10th, 1990
10: Trouble in Sherwood-Forrest
On a "suggestion" from Murphy, Will and Corky throw a dinner party to feign togetherness. The event turns into a disaster.
Monday, December 17th, 1990
11: Jingle Hell, Jingle Hell, Jingle All the Way
After Murphy gets the staff to agree to no presents this year, Murphy's little gifts for the rest of the staff causes a last-minute Christmas gift-buying frenzy.
Monday, January 7th, 1991
When tensions arise among the staff, Miles arranges for a corporate weekend retreat. Where they learn to develop their teamwork as they compete against a group of bankers.
Monday, January 14th, 1991
13: Eldin Imitates Life
When Murphy throws a party, Eldin's artistic talent is discovered. Three weeks later Eldin has a showing at a premiere art gallery. Eldin's mural causes a stir that turns his life upside down.
Monday, January 21st, 1991
The Wolf network tries to woo Murphy away, something she isn't interested in until she finds out the network is taking her for granted.
Monday, February 4th, 1991
15: Hoarse Play
Ten years ago Murphy was banned from the White House press conferences. To top off her story on the education crisis, Murphy decides she needs a quotation from the "Education" president. When she manages to get a pass, she loses her voice two days before the conference.
Monday, February 11th, 1991
16: The Novel
Jim's new novel, seems to uncover his affection for Murphy, when the central character meets a blonde female reporter.
Monday, February 18th, 1991
17: Terror on the 17th Floor
The network is sold to American Industrial, a large corporation, who send in a management consultant to streamline the network. Miles and Murphy go to New York to meet with the new mis-management.
Monday, February 25th, 1991
18: On Another Plane (1)
When their plane gets in trouble: Murphy and Frank's lives flash before their eyes.
Monday, February 25th, 1991
19: On Another Plane (2)
Frank and Murphy witness their wake, giving them further time for reflection on their lives.
Monday, March 4th, 1991
20: Driving Miss Crazy
While the FYI staff car pool together, Murphy works on her will, Frank gets over a relationship, Corky obsesses over being right about a trivia question, Jim tries to think of an anecdote for an interview and Miles almost gets everyone killed.
Monday, March 18th, 1991
21: Everytime it Rains... You Get Wet
Suffering from "3rd year burnout," Miles asks for a positive uplifting story. When everyone else fails, Murphy takes on the challenge. She gets a perfect story, until the interview is on the air.
Monday, April 8th, 1991
22: Corky's Place
Corky gets her own network special, she decides to do it as an interview show with a "tea party" theme. Murphy comes on as her first guest and is humiliated when Corky asks her really tough, Murphy Brown type of questions.
Monday, April 29th, 1991
Murphy makes a flip remark that insults short men, especially members of "The 66 Club." She shows them their "short" sightedness.
Monday, May 6th, 1991
24: The Usual Suspects
Murphy goes off the deep end when a tabloid prints lies about her, one of which says she is drinking again.
Monday, May 13th, 1991
25: Q & A on FYI
The FYI staff vies against Yale on a TV quiz show, but at the dress rehearsal, they realize just how much they've forgotten since their school days.
Monday, May 20th, 1991
26: Uh-Oh (1)
Jake resurfaces with matrimony on his mind, Murphy is caught between him and her ex-lover, Jerry Gold, when he returns unexpectedly. Later Murphy takes a home pregnancy test, the results are positive.
Monday, September 16th, 1991
1: Uh-Oh (2)
Murphy begins to ponder her fate, tells Frank her suspicions and tries more tests (all positive). Murphy tells Jake the news.
Monday, September 16th, 1991
2: Uh-Oh (3)
Jake tells Murphy he has decided he isn't ready to settle down, and they both agree they can't do it together. Murphy decides to exercise her right to choose and her choice is motherhood. Even though it's Jake's baby, Jerry knows fatherhood isn't for him. While everyone else freaks out at the news, only Eldin is truly happy for Murphy. Murphy "Do you think I'll make a good mother." Eldin "No, but I will."
Monday, September 23rd, 1991
3: I'm As Much of a Man as I Ever Was
Gene Kinsella finds out about Murphy's pregnancy and considers the idea of taking her off the air. But Miles convinces him not to. Once that is solved, Murphy must get a quote from the president for her latest story. Frank says the only way to get this quote is jogging with him. Murphy thinks she's up for the job but Frank and Jim don't think so because of her pregnancy. So, Murphy accepts Frank's offer of getting the quote for her. When that doesn't work, Murphy tries to get it herself and ends up running over the president with her bike. Even though Murphy didn't get her quote she's happy, and concludes that her pregnancy will not make her life any more difficult, all she has to do is be a little more creative.
Monday, September 30th, 1991
4: Male Call
Out to prove the new men's movement is a fraud, Murphy attends a men's-only workshop to get the real story on the new men's movement and Frank, Miles and Jim are participants.
Monday, October 7th, 1991
5: The Square Triangle
Murphy gets a competent secretary in Miles' girlfriend, Audrey. The pressure of working together causes their break up and Frank becomes the tool Audrey uses to get back at Miles.
Monday, October 14th, 1991
6: Full Circle
After learning about her mother's death, Murphy doesn't seem to be that upset, which makes the FYI gang think that she's hiding her true feelings. She claims it's because of a letter her mother left to her saying that she must not cry, and if it's allowed she'll make one last visit to Murphy at the end of the night. So, Murphy and the Phil crowd decide to celebrate Avery's spirit. Murphy's father, Bill Brown shows up and suggests that they go home so they can talk about the good times the three of them had together. At Murphy's townhouse, Eldin is grieving Avery's passing and refuses to actually believe it. After he's gone, Murphy and her father decide to open the big trunk Avery left to Murphy containing a photo album, Murphy's indian blanket among other things. After arguing with her father over things from the past, Murphy finds a little box inside of the trunk, with one of Avery's hats, which Murphy tries on, also in that box there's a smaller one wrapped up as a present with a
Monday, October 28th, 1991
7: The Smiths Go to Washington
It's Nightline vs. FYI when both shows court a small town family that inadvertently taped a senator's romantic rendezvous.
Monday, November 4th, 1991
8: It Came From College
When Murphy looks after a friend's 18-year-old daughter she begins to learn about what being a mother is all about.
Monday, November 11th, 1991
9: The Queen of Soul
Murphy's chance to interview the "Queen of Soul" is in jeopardy when her train arrives late and the limo gets detoured and the staff struggles to fill the air time.
Monday, November 18th, 1991
10: Inside Murphy Brown
Murphy has an appointment with a gynecologist for a test she can't drive to, when no one else is available, Jim must take her. The results of the test are normal with one exception, it's a boy.
Monday, November 25th, 1991
11: Mission Control
Murphy volunteers the FYI staff to serve Thanksgiving dinner at a homeless shelter.
Monday, December 9th, 1991
12: Be it Ever So Humboldt
After being nominated every year, for ten years straight, Frank wins the Humboldt Award and it brings out the worst in him.
Monday, December 16th, 1991
13: Love is Blonde
Feeling neglected by her husband, Corky considers "moving down the food chain," when she becomes involved with Miller Redfield.
Monday, January 6th, 1992
14: Anchor Rancor
When the existing Sunday news anchor dies, the competition heats up between Jim and Murphy, when the network test both of them for the job.
Monday, January 13th, 1992
15: Guess Who's Coming to Luncheon
When Corky gets an invitation to a Barbara Bush luncheon, Murphy tries to scam her so she can get back into the White House, a placed she has been banned from.
Monday, January 20th, 1992
Murphy returns from a trip feeling a little ill, turns out she is having pre-term labor pains, common for pregnant women over forty. Jerry Gold offers to move in with Murphy to help her out and they both learn about having a live-in relationship.
Monday, February 3rd, 1992
Miles succumbs to stress when he has heart attack symptoms at his 30th birthday party.
Monday, February 24th, 1992
18: Send in the Clowns
Following her story on the personal spending habits of government officials, a Senate committee must decide whether to find her in contempt of Congress.
Monday, March 2nd, 1992
19: Murphy Buys the Farm
Murphy gets everyone to reluctantly join her, for an old fashioned weekend at the farm she is considering buying. The neighbors in the area aren't as old fashioned as Murphy would like.
Wednesday, March 4th, 1992
20: Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are
After Miles describes a, according to Frank's opinion, homoerotic dream of him and the new publicity guy, Rick 'frolicking', Miles panics. Frank says that's no big deal, and that he probably picked up from the fact that Rick was gay, Murphy does not think Rick is gay so they make a bet. When Rick shows up at the bullpen the gang start to question him about many things about his life, to see if he says anything more revealing about his sexuality. Rick notices that and confirms he is gay, emberassing the whole gang. Miles is totally freaked out, so he goes to one shrink after another, they all agree that there's a possibility that he is really gay. Without knowing what to do, Miles asks for advice Frank, but it doesn't really help, then he goes to Murphy, which doesn't help very much either. Moments later Rick asks Miles to go to Phil's with him to show the new promos for the show, Miles reluctantly goes. At Phil's, Rick notices Miles is giving excuses to get away from their meeting.
Monday, March 16th, 1992
21: Rage Before Beauty
Murphy changes her hairstyle to rebel against an appearance clause in her contract; the network's and the audience reaction is less than favorable.
Monday, March 23rd, 1992
22: Phil's Not So Silent Partner
Murphy loans Phil some money to keep his place from going under; however, Phil gets more than money and more than he can take with the deal.
Monday, April 27th, 1992
23: He-Ho, He-Ho, It's Off to Lamaze We Go
Murphy's doctor advises her to take Lamaze classes, and even though Murphy thinks it's not really necessary, she agrees. The problem is that Murphy has to find a partner for that. Frank is her first choice, but he won't be able to make it, because he has to go on location for a story. Murphy then goes after Jim, but only the thought makes him very embarassed and uncomfortable. Miles can't do it either for the same reason. Corky offers to, but Murphy doesn't think it's a good idea. The only one left is Eldin, who reluctantly agrees saying that ha can't make any promises, because he's a free spirit and he doesnt like to stick around at the same place for too long (yeah, right). And that's a big commitment for him. They go to the first class and aparently Murphy and Eldin is not the only couple who doesn't know what they're doing. At the second class, one of the couples is absent, because they had thir baby. The other two seem to be getting better, but Murphy is still clueless. Th
Monday, May 4th, 1992
24: On the Rocks
The network tries a temporary replacement for Murphy; however, Murphy recognizes the same signs in her that show she is on the same path Murphy once traveled, alcoholism.
Monday, May 11th, 1992
25: A Chance of Showers
Murphy relents when Corky wants to throw her a baby shower and the guests that arrive give her the low down on child birth and children.
Monday, May 18th, 1992
26: Birth 101
While doing the last show of the season, Murphy starts going into labor. The FYI gang and crew panics, and don't know what to do since they're in the middle of a live show, Miles asks Jim to take Murphy to the hospital, Corky to close the show, and Frank to get Eldin and anything else Murphy needs at her house. At the hospital, Murphy is still relaxed, she's starting to feel the first contractions and they're not as painful as she thought. She even asks Jim to play cards with her. Everything is under control, but not for long, the contractions are starting to get very painful. Murphy is screaming and Jim doesn't know what to do. A nurse shows up and after examining Murphy says that it's still too early and suggests that Murphy walks a little to relieve some of the pain. And that's what Murphy does, Miles is with her trying to calm her down, because Murphy is a 'little' cranky. Later on, Murphy is screaming even more, she's holding Frank and Miles through their neck cursing and bl
Monday, September 21st, 1992
1: You Say Potatoe, I Say Potato (1)
After the delivery, Murphy goes through her "period of adjustment" including the sleepless nights, finding a suitable nanny, name for the baby, then Dan opens his mouth.
Monday, September 21st, 1992
2: You Say Potatoe, I Say Potato (2)
Murphy is angry over the Vice President's comments about her choice of "family values," while trying to deal with her choice.
Monday, September 28th, 1992
3: Life After Birth
During her first day back at FYI, Murphy discovers just how hard it is to leave the baby at home with a nanny.
Monday, October 5th, 1992
4: Black, White & Brown
The network moves Kinsella into a nothing position, Murphy finds herself unusually pleasant to the new "black" vice president of news at the network, Mitchell Baldwin.
Monday, October 12th, 1992
5: I Never Sang for My Husband
Doris, feeling that her life is miserable, decides to become a cabaret singer and Jim has hard time dealing with it.
Monday, October 26th, 1992
6: Night of Living News
Frank, sensing his "big break," persuades a reluctant Murphy to co-host the network's new overnight news program with him, and the pair get punchy while on the air.
Monday, November 2nd, 1992
7: A Year to Remember
While working their way through Election Day, the staff recalls casting their first votes.
Monday, November 9th, 1992
8: Midnight Plane to Paris
Murphy leaves Eldin as nanny when she must fly to Paris for a European Summit Conference. She also decides on the baby's name, Avery and a full time nanny, Eldin.
Monday, November 16th, 1992
9: Me Thinks My Parents Doth Protest Too Much
Miles is embarrassed when his activist parents come to Washington for a large demonstration.
Monday, November 23rd, 1992
10: Winners Take All
The Museum of Broadcast Arts awards ceremony honoring FYI turns into a colossal battle of egos and nobody has a bigger one than Murphy.
Monday, December 7th, 1992
11: Till Death or Next Thursday Do We Part
After finishing his book The Little Dutch Boy and the movie's screenplay, Will gets hit with a plagiarism suit at the premiere. The stress of the situation exposes Corky and Will's marital problems.
Monday, December 14th, 1992
12: I'm Dreaming of a Brown Christmas
On Christmas Eve, Murphy wants to celebrate Avery's first Christmas simply; however she finds herself dealing with two surprise guests. Murphy's father and aunt arrive to celebrate the holiday, and it becomes a traditional Brown family Christmas.
Monday, January 4th, 1993
13: Games Mother Play
Though she thinks she knows how to relate to Avery, Murphy is swayed into giving him some "quality time" by playing games and singing children's songs with a group of other mothers.
Monday, January 11th, 1993
14: The British Invasion
Miles and Audrey decide to live together, but he finds the living arrangements a little too crowded for his liking when her ex-boyfriend stays for a night and then doesn't leave.
Monday, January 18th, 1993
15: Back to the Ball
The staff try to rustle up a date for Murphy when she gets invited to the inaugural ball. Murphy finds her own date, Eldin's friend, who did a sketch of Avery. Later Murphy has second thoughts about going out on a date.
Monday, February 1st, 1993
16: The Intern
Corky gets an intern job for one of her sorority sisters, a recent college graduate. The staff over-protects their new intern, from labor-intensive and meaningless jobs, when she turns out to be much older than they expected.
Monday, February 8th, 1993
17: Trickster, We Hardly Knew Ye
Following his dog's death, Jim delivers a commentary on the animal during his commentary. The staff throws a memorial service to help him overcome the loss.
Monday, February 15th, 1993
18: The World According to Avery
When Eldin becomes sick, Murphy brings Avery to work. While Murphy is out searching for an interview for that night's show, everyone takes turns baby-sitting and sharing their most personal feelings with him.
Sunday, February 21st, 1993
19: Bump in the Night
A major story gets Frank a booking on Late Night With David Letterman, and Murphy becomes jealous. Frank invites Murphy to come with him and she causes trouble in the green room with the other guests, causing their performances to be off.
Monday, March 1st, 1993
20: To Market, to Market
Murphy gets the car pool to make a "quick" side trip to the market, just so she pick up a quick jar of baby food; also while there she meets up with ex-secretary #37. Corky finds a picture of Will and Cher together, so she starts to shop for a binge. Miles tries to buy a female item for Audrey. Frank tries to pick up another shopper, but he gets "nun." Jim tries to get the deli guy to make him a sandwich.
Monday, March 15th, 1993
21: Two For the Road
Murphy decides to take Mitchell on when he wants a set change. When they go to a charity event together, each tries to get the upper hand.
Monday, March 22nd, 1993
22: Murphy and the Amazing Leaping Man
When Murphy can't join him for their annual escapades at the Press Club dinners, Frank does something unusual, he goes alone. At the dinner he is accused of being a bachelor and he stops by Corky's to talk, she inspires him to "take the leap." So to the shock of everyone he gets a steady girlfriend.
Monday, May 3rd, 1993
23: The Egg & I
When Frank gets back from a story, Corky recounts the story about how Murphy tried to beat other newswomen to an interview with the president by taking Avery to the White House Easter Egg Hunt. All she winds up getting is banned, from the White House again.
Monday, May 10th, 1993
24: Ship of Phil's
Murphy and Phil play for high stakes during their annual poker cruise aboard his houseboat. Miles suffers from an overdose of seasick medication.
Monday, May 17th, 1993
Murphy plans Avery's first birthday party; however, on the day of the big event her plane from New York is fogged in. While the others celebrate, Murphy tries everything to get back. Frank brings a special guest for the event. The missing of this big event in Avery's life makes Murphy decide that maybe she just can't do it all, so she plans to make a couple of changes in her career.
Monday, September 20th, 1993
1: The More Things Change
An arrogant new colleague threatens everyone on the staff, especially Murphy who's just reduced her role on FYI resulting from the pressures of motherhood. Their relationship hits it off real well just as the show is ready to air.
Monday, September 27th, 1993
2: Angst For the Memories
Murphy gets an interview with a reclusive '60s literary idol, but times and people have changed.
Monday, October 4th, 1993
3: Black and White and Read All Over
After going to a function with Mitchell, Murphy begins to date him. Is there anything there, or do they just like it when heads turn?
Monday, October 11th, 1993
4: Political Correctness
A series of on-air comments made by Peter and Murphy gets the staff forced to attend a seminar on political correctness.
Monday, October 18th, 1993
5: The Young & the Rest of Us
The staff gets nervous when Peter whisks away a depressed Corky on her 30th birthday.
Monday, October 25th, 1993
6: Ticket to Writhe
Peter and Murphy compete for the Middle East peace story. Miles obtains sideline passes to a Redskins' game where he plans to propose to Audrey via the scoreboard, but finds he is so wrapped up with work he didn't even notice that she has left him. Corky thinks the passes are cursed when more bad things occur to anyone in possession of them.
Monday, November 1st, 1993
7: I Don't Know You From Madam
Murphy works reluctantly on a story the network brass wants on "The Beltway Madam," a high priced call girl who's just been exposed and is the hottest story in town.
Monday, November 8th, 1993
8: All the Life That's Fit to Print
Murphy has nightmares about what her colleagues will say about her when they are interviewed for a biography that she has authorized to be written.
Monday, November 15th, 1993
9: Bah Humboldt
Peter, Frank & Murphy are all nominated for the Humboldt Award. While at the ceremony, Murphy can't understand how disinterested Peter is in the award and Frank hears a rumor about a network having to make cutbacks.
Monday, November 22nd, 1993
10: Reaper Madness
Murphy is obsessed with the need to try to explain death to Avery and bothers everyone for their perspective.
Monday, November 29th, 1993
11: It's Not Easy Being Brown
To improve upon her image, Murphy gets a publicist and makes an appearance on a children's puppet show.
Monday, December 6th, 1993
12: To Have and Have Not
Miles comes under public scrutiny when he is misquoted in a magazine article that makes him out to be the biggest male chauvinist in Washington, DC.
Monday, December 13th, 1993
13: Sox and the Single Girl
Miles manages to get an invitation to the White House for Murphy, but when she's driving back, she has another passenger in the car, Socks, the president's cat. Without knowing it yet, Murphy is braging at the bullpen on how great she behaved and how she monopolized Hillary. Frank shows up and tells them that the president's cat is missing, everybody thinks Murphy has something to do with it. Murphy is offended by their comments, she denies it and leave. Moments later she's back with something wrapped up in her coat. She tells Frank to her office and shows him Socks, soon after that the whole gang see it, and even though Murphy claims she's inocent, no one believe her. Miles says she must take the cat back. Murphy is afraid to do so, she things if they see her with the cat she'll be banned again from the White House. The next day, Murphy meets Miles at Phil's, she tells him she still has the cat, she's worried because the cat won't eat anything, and if there's anything worse than
Monday, January 3rd, 1994
14: A Piece of the Auction
Murphy gets rude remarks by radio personality, Marty Crane. She gets mad but the gang actually thin the things Marty says about Murphy are funny. They're all now at a charity event at Phill's, while every one of the gang donated something to be auctioned, Murphy decided to donate herself, that means the winner will spend a whole day with her in the office and then go to dinner. Marty Crane is there, and buys Murphy for 10 thousand dollars. Murphy doesn't accept it at first but then agrees, after all I can't be that bad. But it is, Marty shows up at the bullpen with cameras and girls with costumes. At her office, they start talking and Marty says that by the end of the day, she'll start seing him differently. Murphy doens't think so. At the restaurant Murphy doens't seem to want people to see her with Marty, which he notices. They have a honest talk, and Murphy starts to understand his point of view and they make plans to get together again. The next morning while driving to work,
Monday, January 10th, 1994
15: The Thrill of the Hunt
An injured Peter returns from Bosnia and eventually they admit missing each other and decide to have a relationship they know will go down in flames.
Monday, January 17th, 1994
16: The Deal of the Art
Murphy's report and comments about modern art lead to her appearance on a PBS talk show, defending her views against art critics. Later she takes one of Avery's paintings and puts it on display to show them what they really know about art.
Monday, January 24th, 1994
17: The Anchorman
Jim decides to open an English pub called "The Anchorman" and it turns out to be a big success as a gay bar.
Monday, January 31st, 1994
18: Fjord Eyes Only
The team travels to Lillehammer, and Murphy, who's more interested in getting free stuff, has a "fluff piece" interview with a skater, which results in a disaster for Norway.
Monday, February 28th, 1994
19: Crime Story
After her car is stolen out of her driveway, Murphy joins the neighborhood watch, but discovers that her neighbors are borderline vigilantes.
Monday, March 7th, 1994
20: The Fifth Anchor
FYI's 17th anniversary show is more than complete when an annoying former anchor returns. They plot to get rid of him again until Murphy finds out what he once did for her before the 1st show.
Monday, March 14th, 1994
21: Anything But Cured
Frank's psychologist tells him after 18 years of therapy that he's cured and needs to move on and he leans on Murphy for support.
Monday, March 28th, 1994
22: The Tip of the Silverburg
When Murphy take Miles shopping for a new suit, he becomes humiliated when she "sees it" and then everyone else finds out. Later, everyone else lets out their most embarrassing moment.
Monday, May 2nd, 1994
23: It's Just Like Riding a Bike
Peter returns to town and he and Murphy pick up right where they left off. Back at her place, Murphy delays the inevitable.
Monday, May 9th, 1994
24: My Movie With Louis
Despite the network's policy against it, Murphy decides to play a "small, but pivotal role" in director Louis Malle's new film. After getting the script, Murphy goes to the set to get changes made that will protect her "journalistic integrity."
Monday, May 16th, 1994
25: The More Things Stay the Same
Frank, Jim and Murphy are all up for contract renewals as FYI celebrates the airing of its 500th broadcast and their egos go unchecked.
Monday, September 19th, 1994
1: Brown vs. the Board of Education
Murphy tries to impress the board members of the prestigious "Ducky Lucky Pre-School," by inviting them to a celebrity filled party.
Monday, September 26th, 1994
2: Where Have You Gone, Joe DiMaggio?
A media frenzy ensues when famous ex-astronaut "Danger Duke" Robinson is wanted for questioning in the murder of his brother.
Monday, October 3rd, 1994
3: Loose Affiliations
Murphy bad mouths the network's new fall line-up and the staff is forced to attend an affiliate's meeting.
Monday, October 10th, 1994
4: Be Careful What You Wish For
Corky's handling of a tough interview impresses her colleagues, but it isn't a hit with her fans, so she invites a few of the hate mail writers to the FYI offices.
Monday, October 17th, 1994
5: Burger, She Wrote
When her life-sized statue of "Meaty Boy," an icon from a childhood burger place, is taken as a prank, Murphy unleashes a reign of terror against the suspected perpetrators.
Monday, October 24th, 1994
6: Humboldt IV: Judgment Day
Jim tries to get the staff to be part of the Humboldt Award judging committee. Frank just tries to get on the ballot, since he forgot to send in his entry, but didn't forget his ad campaign. After the judging an easy category, Murphy plans to go to a Motown festival with Peter, but when she gets reassigned to another category, she makes the other judge's experience, including Corky, a living hell.
Monday, October 31st, 1994
7: Frank Cuts Loose
FYI is moved out of its time slot to Saturday night, Frank goes upstairs to try to get the show moved back. Instead, he gets his big chance at being the lead anchor of the new magazine show that is taking the time slot. Then the network asks Murphy to interview him before their first show.
Monday, November 7th, 1994
8: Reporters Make Strange Bedfellows
After her story falls apart, Peter & Murphy try to have a romantic weekend in the Cayman Islands. Just after arriving, Murphy gets word that the story is back on and Peter stumbles onto a lead and then their competition begins.
Monday, November 14th, 1994
9: Prelude to a Kiss
Unbeknownst to Miles, Corky classifies a Saturday night dinner with him as a date. When he does find out, first he isn't interested, but then changes his mind.
Monday, November 21st, 1994
10: Bye Bye Bernecky
Eldin's mother stops by to visit (she's a hit with the FYI staffers) and she has a letter for Eldin. The letter contains a chance for Eldin to study with a famous muralist in Spain, but it means he must leave Murphy and Avery, something he's reluctant to do, so Murphy fires him.
Monday, November 28th, 1994
11: The Secret Life of Jim Dial
A series of incidents, while Doris is away, make Jim the subject of a tabloid article and his co-workers begin to doubt the credibility of his side of the story.
Monday, December 12th, 1994
12: Brown in Toyland
Murphy joins the frenzied masses of toy shoppers, when she overhears Avery tell Santa that he wants the hottest toy on the market for Christmas. This holiday season is turning into a bummer for Corky, when nothing seems to go right.
Monday, January 2nd, 1995
13: The Best and Not-So-Brightest
Stuart Best returns to Washington as a congressman and he humiliates Murphy at an inaugural party. To get her revenge, Murphy gets him on FYI to see where he stands on the issues, only Stuart didn't find out who was contributing to his campaign.
Monday, January 9th, 1995
14: Rumble in the Alley
Murphy and Peter find out how much they don't know; when they go out on a double date with Frank and a quick blind date that Peter finds for him. Corky and Miles relationship begins to gel.
Monday, January 16th, 1995
15: Requiem For a Crew Guy
Murphy is the only one who can't remember Jack, a crew member who's just died; everyone else can, but Murphy is the one who's been asked to give the eulogy.
Monday, January 23rd, 1995
16: I Want My MTV-Jay
While Lansing is in the hospital for a "heart attack," he decides to bring youth and cute animals into the CBS schedule, this includes the addition of a former MTV veejay to FYI. Murphy likes the new anchor, but during a White House press conference, her politics come out.
Monday, February 6th, 1995
17: Specific Overtures
When a network executive sexually harasses Corky, Murphy deals with him and then gets slapped with a harassment suit of her own.
Monday, February 13th, 1995
18: A Rat's Tale
There is a rat running amok at FYI as they move to their new ground level studio, with a "Window on America"; however, the animal rights activists react when Murphy is seen catching a rat on camera.
Monday, February 20th, 1995
19: It's Miller Time
Miles begins to split his time with another show that features Miller Redfield, who is still interested in Corky. Murphy takes over FYI meanwhile, Miles is too busy for a relationship with Corky.
Monday, February 27th, 1995
20: McGovern: Unclothed
When McGovern appears naked on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, Murphy is certain that Lansing will get rid of her.
Monday, March 13th, 1995
21: The Good Nephew
Murphy is forced to hire Lansing's nephew as her new secretary. He proves to be the best one she's ever had, but only at the expense of the rest of the staff.
Monday, March 20th, 1995
22: FYI of the Hurricane
The staff is sent down to Florida to cover a hurricane and Murphy is showing signs of being pregnant again. Later after the results of a test are in, Peter asks Murphy an important question.
Monday, May 8th, 1995
23: Model Relationships
Miles begins dating Vendela, the supermodel, to make Corky jealous. Murphy relents and lets Corky help make her wedding plans, so that pizza won't be on the menu.
Monday, May 15th, 1995
24: Make Room For Daddy
Their busy schedules keep postponing the details for the various wedding activities, Murphy claims they are not pre-wedding jitters, but aren't they? Miller confronts Corky about taking their relationship to the "next level," sex. Frank arranges Peter's bachelor party and when he doesn't make it, guess who shows up.
Monday, May 22nd, 1995
25: Retrospective (1)
The first seven seasons of the show are highlighted by Lesley Stahl of CBS's 60 Minutes including interviews with the cast and Diane English, the series creator.
Monday, May 22nd, 1995
26: Retrospective (2)
The first seven seasons of the show are highlighted by Lesley Stahl of CBS's 60 Minutes including interviews with the cast and Diane English, the series creator.
Monday, September 18th, 1995
1: Altered States
With her marriage to Peter canceled, Murphy is skeptical at the sudden marriage of Miles and Corky.
Monday, September 25th, 1995
2: The Awful Truth
Lansing's nephew becomes Vice President of Current Affairs and he lures Murphy into a new hard news show he's created featuring Walter Cronkite; however, soon Cronkite becomes Redfield and the hard news becomes infotainment.
Monday, October 2nd, 1995
3: Fearless Frank
Frank escapes death while interviewing a mass murderer. Frank would like to cover less action stories; however, Lansing, hoping for a ratings boost, wants Frank to cover even riskier stories. Frank starts doing the stunts and then Lansing wants him to jump off the building, live.
Monday, October 9th, 1995
4: Murphy's Law
Murphy's appearance in traffic court and her need to not get special treatment, because of her celebrity status, gets her a fine and 40 hours of community service. The judge demands that she reappear in court when it is reported that didn't serve her time by getting special treatment, the network hires a high-power "defense team."
Monday, October 16th, 1995
5: Sex or Death
Sex (consummation of his marriage to Corky) or death (from Murphy) is on the line for Miles when he gives a pivotal political story to each of them, then must take it back. He waffles and assigns the story to both of them.
Monday, October 23rd, 1995
6: Miller's Crossing
Murphy fears that she is losing her touch when she loses an important interview to Miller Redfield; however, his touch is a little different.
Monday, October 30th, 1995
7: The Feminine Critique
A truck crashes through the studio window, so the team accompanies Murphy back to her alma mater where she is receiving an honorary doctorate. However, the students in the women's studies program she helped establish think she is out of touch with women in the '90s.
Monday, November 6th, 1995
8: Bad Company
Andrew comes down to Murphy with a story idea, for a profile of a business mogul. She rejects the idea. Frank takes the idea but doesn't do anything with it. Andrew provides the dirt & Murphy and Frank do a big expose at the same time that this mogul buys the network.
Monday, November 13th, 1995
9: The Ten Percent Solution
Murphy fires her agent and then the rivalry begins when she signs with Jim's agent and gets everything she wants. Jim's jealously builds and is revealed during an airing of the McLaughlin Group.
Monday, November 20th, 1995
10: The Humboldt Doldt
An ungrateful Miller wins the Humboldt Award for a story that the entire FYI staff works on in a pinch for him on Front and Center. The staff waits anxiously for Murphy's retaliation.
Monday, November 27th, 1995
11: Dick and Dottie
Lansing wants Murphy to apologize publicly about a comment she made about a popular talk-show host. She tries, but things only get worse.
Monday, January 8th, 1996
12: All in the Family
Corky and Miles decide to make their marriage official by having a real ceremony. The trouble begins when Nana Silverberg meets the Sherwood's and their differences of opinion are expressed after Corky finally tells her family about the fact they are already married.
Monday, January 15th, 1996
13: If You're Going to Talk the Talk
Murphy is the reluctant winner of an interview with a celebrity who's never given one. Just as she gets into doing the whole "fluff" piece, a real news story breaks out. The network decides they want to continue with the "fluff" but will Murphy sacrifice her journalistic integrity?
Monday, January 22nd, 1996
14: My Fair Miller
Lansing asks Jim to turn Miller into a real newsman. The rest of FYI is shocked to find out that Jim is responsible for the change in Miller. Jim is shocked to find out that a similar thing was done for him many years ago.
Monday, February 5th, 1996
15: Old Flames
Murphy misses a social event and tries to pull an all-nighter to work on her latest story. Peter drops by unexpectedly (he's only in town for 24 hours). Murphy wants to keep working on her story; instead she falls asleep. She begins dreaming that she's on trial for all her relationship sins, and begins facing all her previous suitors in court.
Monday, February 12th, 1996
16: Up in Smoke
Stuart Best is now a tobacco lobbyist but he has a change of heart when he decides that smoking really stinks. He gives FYI the memos and etc. that will expose the tobacco industry. He becomes a little nervous and meets with the network lawyers where a little detail reveals they could all be sued. Murphy contemplates her future in journalism, but Jim makes the move.
Monday, February 19th, 1996
Jim's surprise resignation last week, impacts the future of FYI. The FYI staff convince Lansing to get him back, but that doesn't work out the way they'd hoped. Lansing makes Miller their new anchor and Jim tells everyone that he is going to head the news division for the new ICN Network. Later, Murphy and Frank go there to convince him to return, but Murphy sees that despite that fact everything is falling apart around him, he is truly enjoying himself.
Monday, February 26th, 1996
18: Trick or Retreat
Elizabeth Taylor cancels her interview with Murphy, because the police have a lead on her stolen pearls. Jim stops by for a chance to meet Miss Taylor. Meanwhile, Miles wants the team to stop torturing Miller. Miles asks Jim for a bit of advice and he suggests a retreat. So Miles takes the team north to get them to work together as a team.
Monday, March 4th, 1996
19: All Singing! All Dancing! All Miserable!
Murphy is coordinator of the Press-capades and is set on playing the role of Hillary Clinton in a sketch she's written. The rest of the cast wants her out and she concedes; however, Katie Couric has an accident before the show, so guess who gets the role.
Monday, March 11th, 1996
20: The Bus Stops Here
Miles gets to use the new T-2000 bus to cover a primary campaign stop in Madison. The bus breaks down before they get there, so they decide to do their coverage from a local diner. GOP aides and other networks discover the broadcast and descend on the diner, turning it into just another campaign story. Meanwhile, Jim and his team get to Madison and get the real story.
Monday, April 29th, 1996
21: When A. Lansing Loves a Woman
A secret admirer fills Murphy's office with flowers, candy and other gifts. It's obvious who the admirer is, Andrew J. Lansing III. Andrew gets her to his place (under false pretenses), Frank rescues her; however, they discover the hideous truth.
Monday, May 6th, 1996
22: Casa Nova
Frank, smitten with a real estate agent, buys a 5 million dollar mansion that he can't afford.
Monday, May 13th, 1996
23: Stepping Out (1)
Murphy celebrates her 8th year of sobriety, but she has a few steps to go. Making amends is her next step, an awfully big one but she tries really hard; everyone else is concerned about rumors of FYI moving its time slot. Murphy decides to confront Stan about the rumor. She finds out more than she wants to (and even more from Phil) then have to keep it a secret, especially from Corky and Frank. Murphy decides to quit FYI, Frank and Corky join her.
Monday, May 20th, 1996
24: Miles Away (2)
The unemployed staff members decide it would be a slap in the face to the network if they helped Jim and his team out. Miller wants to move into Murphy's office. Miles fills Lansing in on the state of things. Lansing offers advice to Miles, which he declines. Lansing concedes, FYI is back, complete with Jim; the network is going to let them run the tobacco story. Charles Kuralt takes over Jim's responsibilities at ICN. Impressed with Miles' hardball tactics, Lansing offers him a big job in New York City and he accepts.
Monday, September 16th, 1996
1: Executive Decision
Andrew moves in as the executive producer and the staff moves him out. They try to interview replacements, but Andrew keeps getting in the way. Lansing makes a decision that puts the executive producer of a game show in charge of FYI and she lays down one of the rules of her game.
Monday, September 23rd, 1996
2: Power Play
Kay begins to wield her power. She starts with the wardrobe policy, the coffee island and holding the story meetings in her office. Murphy fights back and the rest of the staff joins her, even though they like the story assignments she's given them. She stands fast as they all cave in. She confronts Kay and lets her know who's in charge; however we discover who's really the master manipulator. Murphy takes Kay's story idea (moderating the Presidential debates) and finds out the rest have killed their stories. Kay offers to help them get them back as Murphy declares war.
Monday, September 30th, 1996
3: A Comedy of Eros
Frank is getting one of his plays produced. When he gets an out of country assignment, he leaves Murphy in charge of looking after his interests in the production. Busy with her own story, Murphy takes a hands off approach to the production, leaving the director to make his own decisions. The director, decides on a major casting change; Murphy finds out about it, just before the curtain rises.
Monday, October 7th, 1996
4: Son of Dottie
Dottie invites Avery to her son Harrison's birthday party, despite the fact that Murphy tells her she doesn't like her. Corky finds some interesting information on Dottie's clothing line, Murphy makes a deal and trades stories; then she dishes the dirt on Dottie. Even that doesn't initially keep Dottie away. Finally she hates her; however, Murphy discovers that Avery still wants to go to the party. Murphy sneaks him in, but Dottie still demands an apology.
Monday, October 14th, 1996
5: Office Politics
Murphy begins to redecorate her bedroom into an office with a few extra amenities. Jim insists that she get a permit and have the job done properly, she'd already started. To get a permit, she has to get permission from her neighbor, Old Man Swenson. Eventually an agreement is reached, but will Murphy endure him long enough to keep up her end of the bargain.
Monday, October 21st, 1996
6: Phil's Dead - Long Live Phil's
Phil passes away. When Phyllis announces her intention to sell, the gang decides to buy the bar. Trouble begins when each has their own idea how to improve the place. Finally they decide that they should keep one tradition.
Monday, October 28th, 1996
7: That's the Way the Corky Crumbles
Kay lays down an edict that the staff must stay in Washington, that puts a damper on Corky's trip to rendezvous with Miles in New York City. She also puts a stop to Murphy's expense account. In defiance, Murphy gets Corky on a plane to New York. Fortunately a breaking story in New York City works to Murphy's advantage. However, the next day, Corky "crumbles" under the feeling of guilt.
Monday, November 4th, 1996
8: Defending Your Life
Murphy is ready to anchor the election coverage. However all her former secretary have formed a support group. The Eastern branch is lead by Robert (Secretary #2) and they all try to show Murphy the error of her ways.
Monday, November 11th, 1996
Murphy's former agent, Steve, gives her a copy of TV Q ratings. She discovers that Miller's ratings are very low and she sees an opportunity to finally get rid of him. So she hooks Miller up with her former agent and insists it would be a great time for him to renegotiate his contract using the "underdog theory." He is fired and ironically all the other networks start a bidding war for his services.
Monday, November 18th, 1996
10: Nobody's Perfect
Frank thinks that Dana may finally be the one. He asks Murphy to have lunch with her and give her approval. When she does, he hesitates, but then moves he moves in with her. At their first dinner party, some truths about Dana are revealed. She keeps a menagerie in her apartment, has a son, her furniture is being repossessed and her ex-husband has broken out of prison and is looking for a place to stay.
Monday, November 25th, 1996
11: A One Night Stan
In an attempt to divert Kay's attention from FYI Murphy suggests that Kay produce a new afternoon talk show that she also convinces Stan that he can host. Frank even gets to play the saxophone in the house band. The premiere show starts out real bad and guest Tom Hanks escapes. Murphy becomes the replacement guest.
Monday, December 2nd, 1996
12: Seperation Anxiety
Everyone tries to come up with an excuse to miss Jim and Doris's annual party. This year's festivities are anything but boring when their fight turns into a separation.
Monday, December 16th, 1996
13: Montezuma's Retreat
Murphy suspects that Kay has ulterior motives when Kay says the network is sending the staff to a retreat in Mexico. Instead, while there, she must contend with filling all her free time avoiding a group of employees from a corporation that she exposed for their corrupt practices. Corky faces being without Miles, yet again. Jim discovers a "short"-age when he packs his own suitcase for the first time. Frank fearing the worst when Kay wants to talk with him gets the courage to confront her.
Monday, January 6th, 1997
14: The Big Thaw
When Kay and Murphy are the only ones to make it into the office during a snowstorm. Kay seizes the opportunity to get an evaluation of her performance. Instead, she gets Murphy giving her several examples of how she acted in a variety of situations.
Monday, January 13th, 1997
15: Who Do You Truss?
Jim is going to the hospital for a hernia operation. Frank and Murphy both fight to do the commentary during his absence. Kay leaves the decision up to them. They decide to ask Jim, despite the fact that Jim is just regaining consciousness from his operation. Corky gets a protÃ©gÃ©, who's a lot like she was years ago; it slowly drives her nuts.
Monday, January 20th, 1997
16: You Don't Know Jackal
When Kay isn't sure about the accuracy of Murphy's source, she wants to meet him. To keep her source's anonymity Murphy and Frank decide to hire an impostor. Unfortunately they both hire someone for the part. The guy Frank hires, a video store clerk, seizes the opportunity to be on television when he tells Kay he'll appear to be on the show.
Monday, February 3rd, 1997
17: Blind Date
Lansing is being honored at a dinner. Murphy arranges a blind date for Jim, but she mistakenly ends up with Miller. Meanwhile, despite the fact that he is in a committed relationship, Frank suddenly contends with being popular with the ladies.
Monday, February 10th, 1997
18: Oh, Danny Boy
Corky complains about the local dry cleaner; she plans to take action. Frank complains about Dana's delinquent son. Murphy suggests that he gets a job. Frank asks Kay and he suddenly becomes a valuable asset to the organization, as a strong arm man. Murphy, stuck keeping an eye on Danny has to take him with her to Atlantic City. While there, gambling fever takes them over.
Monday, February 17th, 1997
19: Desperate Times
To combat against some radical changes that Kay is proposing, Murphy enlists the aid of Andrew J. Lansing III, who has been recuperating in a Buddhist monastery.
Tuesday, February 25th, 1997
20: And That's the Way it Was?
Frank announces that he's taken the plunge; he bought a new Jaguar XK8. Corky comes in with a story about Walter Cronkite. Only she can't tell them what he said, only she does but can't elaborate on the grunt he made about Murphy. Not knowing what he thinks begin to affect her performance. Frank tries to help out with help from Tom Snyder and Phil Jr.. Murphy goes to confront Walter.
Monday, April 28th, 1997
21: How to Marry a Billionaire
A billionaire media mogul proposes marriage to Murphy while she is conducting an on-air interview with him. Murphy doubts the sincerity of the proposal, then the gift of an 8+ carat diamond ring arrives. She declines the invitation, but that doesn't keep Briggs from trying, by using Frank and the other FYI staffers. He even buys her contract from Lansing, then Kay steps in.
Monday, May 5th, 1997
22: Hero Today, Gone Tomorrow
Stuart Best is dubbed a hero at a fire. Murphy's probing questions lead the authorities to think he may have actually set the fire.
Monday, May 12th, 1997
23: Mama Miller
Miller's overbearing mother is going to write him off as her son since he is an idiot and not married yet. To impress her, Miller claims that he and Murphy are friends. Because Murphy is uncomfortable around Miller, his mother suspects they might be more than friends. Something he doesn't readily deny.
Sunday, May 18th, 1997
24: When One Door Closes ...
Murphy makes a candid comment about the President during the end credits for FYI that goes out on the air. When Murphy refuses to apologize, Lansing fires Kay. The next day, Murphy receives a phone call and is summoned to appear at the White House, where she sits and waits. Murphy returns from her audience with the President; she has a big decision to make regarding her future.
Wednesday, October 1st, 1997
1: Murphy Redux
Murphy says her goodbyes to the gang of FYI. She takes a month off before her new job at the White House starts. On her first day, Murphy enters the gate of the White House and forty minutes later she makes her exit. She goes back to FYI looking for her old job; though Joan Lunden is a prime candidate. When she does return, her first show back features a report by Corky on breast cancer. Appalled by the fact that neither Murphy nor Kay has had a recent mammogram, Corky insists they each get one. Kay's test is negative, but Murphy has to speak to the doctor.
Wednesday, October 8th, 1997
2: A Butcher, A Faker a Bummed-Out Promo Maker
Murphy needs a biopsy, which she reluctantly gets right away and must wait to hear the results at the end of the next day. In the morning of the next day the staff fights the network lawyers who want to kill their grocery chain story. As a comprise with the network they can do their story if they have a legal consultant with them in the remote unit and Jim must do promos for all the local affiliates. When their undercover operative isn't going to work out and Frank is convinced he is to well known to pull it off, Kay volunteers. Meanwhile, Jim makes his promos. Just before going to dinner that evening, Murphy gets the results of her test and tells Frank the news.
Wednesday, October 15th, 1997
3: Ectomy, Schmectomy
When Murphy and Frank don't show up for dinner, Kay speculates they have are a having a relationship. Murphy drops the bomb on the rest of the staff. Jim is speechless. Frank tries to help in every way that he can. Murphy faces a tough decision with the myriad of treatment options for her breast cancer.
Wednesday, October 22nd, 1997
4: Operation: Murphy Brown
Murphy worries about how she is going to tell Avery about the trip to the hospital she is making to treat a word she can't yet bring herself to say. The gang plans to help Murphy keep the nature of her surgery from an annoying member of the paparazzi. Kay, disguised as Murphy, Jim and Corky try to keep the photographer diverted while Murphy is prepared for the procedure, but are the doctors prepared for her? Despite the efforts, the photographer gets photos and the real information about Murphy's visit. Frank deals with that issue. Meanwhile in recovery Murphy meets a woman whose words help her to say the word, cancer.
Wednesday, October 29th, 1997
5: Florence Night-en Corky
Frank can't stop telling the story about him punching the paparazzi. Murphy returns to work the day after her surgery and she looks like hell and is very disoriented. Corky takes her home at offers to stay with her for a couple of days. Murphy becomes so dependent upon Corky that Corky hasn't got the time to take care of her own problems, such as her failing marriage to Miles.
Wednesday, November 5th, 1997
6: Waiting to Inhale
Murphy begins her chemotherapy treatments. The treatments make her uncomfortable and take a lot out of her. She confronts Jim about his avoidance of her and her condition. In an effort to help her out, Jim purchases some marijuana to help ease her pain. They light up and deal with their issues.
Wednesday, November 12th, 1997
7: Petty Woman
Murphy's archrival, Athena Gillington, invites her to one of her parties. Murphy doesn't want to go because she thinks it is a pity invitation. Murphy relents and attends the party where she discovers two things about Athena, one that she is using Murphy's presence at the party as publicity for her I just turned 50 book and two, that Athena is much older than 50.
Wednesday, November 19th, 1997
8: From Here to Jerusalem
While acting as chaperone for one of Avery's field trips, Murphy meets a younger man who wants to take her out on a date. The staff worry about nominations for the upcoming Humboldt Awards; no one is nominated, except Murphy who is to receive the lifetime achievement award. She is honored but concerned that her illness might be the reason for receiving the honor at this point in her career. Murphy decides to accept the young man's offer and begins to enjoy herself. The gang is reluctant to accept him and even Murphy feels she would be embarrassed to be seen with him when she plans to take him to the Humboldt Awards.
Monday, November 24th, 1997
9: Tempus Fugit
Frank signs his new contract; Murphy is in the midst of negotiating her new deal. After Murphy can't make her appearance on the show, Corky fills in and does a great job conducting the scheduled interview. The network brass wants to give Corky the chance to report from the Middle East. The network only offers Murphy a one year deal instead of the usual three year deal and Murphy won't back down until the network meets her on her terms.
Wednesday, December 10th, 1997
10: I Hear a Symphony
Corky is working to help the zoo with their charity auction. Murphy's bout with cancer has made her realize there may not another chance to do some of the things she'd like to do. When the one item goes up for bid that she is interested in, it's Murphy Brown vs. Olivia Newton-John for the right to conduct a symphony orchestra. Meanwhile, Doris tells Jim that it is time to file the divorce papers; Murphy encourages him to fight for her.
Wednesday, December 17th, 1997
11: From the Terrace
Murphy fires yet another secretary and while searching for a story idea for Corky, Kay suggests the staff go out on the terrace. They get trapped out there, when the door closes and no one has a key. Jim has a dinner date scheduled with Doris, Corky is going to miss the lighting of the White House tree and Frank has a flight to Costa Rica. They have a chance to get back inside when Murphy's recently fired secretary returns to the office, only for the ex-secretary it's revenge time. Kay feels they've been locked out on the terrace for some greater purpose, while Murphy has her doubts. Meanwhile, in a building across the way, a man and a woman fight about the time they're not spending on their relationship, only to be inspired by a group of people on a balcony.
Wednesday, January 7th, 1998
12: The Last Temptation of Murphy
Murphy's new secretary makes a great cup of coffee, but doesn't have time for much else. Murphy receives a call from a former Wall Street trader who has just been released from his prison sentence for insider trading and he wants to be interviewed on the show. During the on camera interview, he proposes to use some of his money to hold a benefit run for breast cancer research, which he would like Murphy endorse. Later, off camera, she does and really thinks that he might have changed when everything seems to go right with the event. Until he tells her that he doubled the million dollars they rose. She also discovers that public opinion is split, not on what she did, but who she did it with.
Wednesday, January 14th, 1998
13: Turpis Capillus Annus (Bad Hair Day)
The chemotherapy begins to take its toll on Murphy's hair. She begins to wear a wig and attend support group meetings.
Wednesday, January 21st, 1998
14: Wee Small Hours
Murphy battles insomnia and the gang helps her to get through the night. Frank, while he is on a stakeout with a SWAT team. Jim, while he is working on getting back together with Doris. Corky, while she is going through her storage locker of memories. Kay, who was up anyway, helps Murphy make and bake cookies from scratch, over the phone.
Wednesday, January 28th, 1998
15: Then and Now
Kay's idea to take the show to Paris turns into the network's idea of airing old stories on a cable special. The staff tries to decide upon which of their old stories to show. Murphy sees herself side-by-side, then and now and that causes her to return to her childhood home in Philadelphia in an attempt to recapture something from her childhood.
Monday, April 6th, 1998
16: Opus One
Murphy is done with her chemotherapy and she thinks that is the best birthday she could get for her upcoming 50th birthday. Frank and Murphy decide that it might be interesting to try going out on a date together. Frank has to cut the date short, because has a big surprise planned for Murphy's to go out on a date that Frank has to cut short so that he can get Franks plans a big surprise for Murphy's birthday. He has American Bandstand recreated in the FYI studio, complete with Dick Clark and variety of featured artists.
Monday, April 13th, 1998
17: Seems Like Gold Times
Jerry Gold returns from Germany and it seems just like old times for Murphy and Jerry and the gang. Even Kay sees it as she tells the gang how she thinks there perfect for each other. Murphy and Jerry take the day off from work and feel the old sparks again. He inquires on her health Jerry: Did it hurt. Murphy: At first yes, but it doesn't hurt now Jerry: I can't think of anything hurting you Jerry and Murphy end up in bed together and Murphy tells him she does not want a relationship. Jerry says like wise because he's getting married. After Murphy tries to kick Jerry out of her house he tells her he wants her to be his best man because he cares so much about her. Murphy agrees with much begrudging. Murphy pretends she's not hurt, but Kay can see it. She even goes so far as to say Jerry is in town so she will stop the wedding. Murphy: Kay, Jerry Gold is not the man who got away. Kay: Really, because I would have guessed you two ended up in bed yesterday. Do you want to tell me or
Monday, April 20th, 1998
18: Second Time Around
For a birthday present, Murphy helps her friend Lisa, from the canccer support group, to meet her high school crush. The gang decides to return the same favor for Murphy when Murphy mentions the name of boy she had a crush on; he was the lead in a high school production of "The Music Man." They set up a surprise meeting and they discover that Murphy's old crush is now a lounge singer.
Monday, April 27th, 1998
19: A Man and a Woman
To prove her point about gender identification, Kay shows up at Phil's dressed as a man. The disguise fools the staff and Murphy uses Kay in her disguise to stop the advances of an IRS tax accountant that has information Muprhy needs for a big story. Unfortunately, the poly jeopardizes Murphy's chances at the story. The staff tries to help Murphy rescue her story.
Monday, May 4th, 1998
20: Dial and Substance
Murphy finds a secretary that she likes; only nobody else likes his abrasive approach. Jim is planning a rendezvous with Doris in Maine. When he tries to go through the metal detector at the airport he is found to be in possession of a small quantity of marijuana, the marijuana that he purchased to help Murphy get through her chemotherapy. He dismisses it all as a minor inconvenience until the press gets hold of the story. In the ensuing media frenzy, Jim prefers to remain silent, Murphy thinks it would be better to tell the truth and when she does, Jim stops talking to her.
Monday, May 18th, 1998
21: Never Can Say Goodbye (1)
Murphy fires her last secretary, she plans on leaving FYI, it has been six months since her last chemotherapy treatment. She wants to live the rest of her life. Jim mentions it might be time for him to go as well. The rest of the staff tries to come to grips with the situation. Meanwhile, shooting on location down the street, Julia Roberts stops by the offices of FYI hoping to meet Frank Fontana. To be free and clear of cancer, Murphy needs to get another mammogram. Unfortunately, the mammogram shows something that will require exploratory surgery to uncover its nature. Seeking comfort, Murphy reflects on the need to talk with Phil and no one is more surprised than she is when he returns from the dead. Seems he knew too much about Whitewater. Murphy goes under the knife as the gang waits outside. Murphy has an out of body experience that brings up to heaven to conduct the only person she hasn't interviewed, God.
Monday, May 18th, 1998
22: Never Can Say Goodbye (2)
Jim seeks some career advice from Mike Wallace. Mike tells him he is boring and has lost his spark. Murphy begins her interview with God, who tells her she must make the best of the gifts she has been given. The surgery uncovers the abnormality was just a cyst, Murphy can go on with her life. The gang is happy for her, but unsure what to do with themselves without Murphy as a part of FYI. Frank and Julia finally get together and arrange a date. Jim prepares to leave and Murphy returns to the office. She is ready to tell everyone that she's changed her mind, when they all mention what they have in the works for their careers. Murphy confesses her selfishness, but mentions that she doesn't want to leave. After a group hug, they all get together to reminisce on memories of the past. At the end of the day, Murphy returns to her townhouse. Ten years later, Eldin makes the same entrance back into her life. Seems Avery used his mother's Sprint card to track Eldin down. Eldin proposes marriage