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Season 1 - 1984-1985

1. Pilot
2. Briefless Encounter
3. Angela's First Fight
4. Mona Gets Pinned
5. A Rash Decision
6. Dinner for Two
7. Sorority Sister
8. Truth in Dating
9. Sports Buddies
10. Requiem
11. Samantha's Growing Up
12. Paint Your Wagon
13. Protecting the President
14. Guess Who's Coming Forever?
15. Angela's Ex I
16. Angela's Ex II
17. Eye on Angela
18. Truth in Dating
19. Tony's Father-in-Law
20. Just Like Tony
21. Keeping Up with the Marci's
22. First Kiss

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1. Pilot (b: 20-Sep-84 pc: 0101)

High-strung advertising executive Angela Bower needs a housekeeper, and assistance raising her young son, Jonathan. Macho former athlete Tony Micelli wants to move from Brooklyn, New York, to provide a better life for his pre-teen daughter, Samantha. Although Angela is reluctant at first, her fun-loving mother Mona talks her into hiring Tony as her housekeeper and role model for Jonathan. Despite a rocky start, they all settle into a brand new way of life in Fairfield, Ct.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Rhoda Gemignani (Mrs. Rossini), Dennis Holahan (Grant Paxton)
w: Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter d: Bill Persky
Additional Information
The Pilot was filmed in November, 1983; nearly a year before it aired.
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2. Briefless Encounter (b: 27-Sep-84 pc: 0102)

A sequence of mix-ups results in Tony walking into Angela's bathroom just as she is stepping out of the bathtub. To help her overcome her embarrassment, Mona convinces them to try a psychological exercise.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Nancy Lane (Cindy Morrell)
w: Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter d: Sam Weisman
Additional Information
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3. Angela's First Fight (b: 23-Oct-84 pc: 0105)

Having difficulty adjusting to her new suburban life, Samantha runs away, back to her old neighborhood, and Jonathan follows her. Tony and Angela go to Brooklyn to retrieve them. While visiting a bar, one of Tony's former hangouts, Angela gets into a rumble with an obnoxious waitress.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Julie Carmen (Theresa), Rhoda Gemignani (Mrs. Rossini), Greg Lewis (Bartender), Roberto Roman (Punk)
w: Robert Sternin andPrudence Fraser d: Jim Drake
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4. Mona Gets Pinned (b: 30-Oct-84 pc: 0107)

Mona is dating a fellow student many years her junior, much to Angela's dismay. A fight between Angela and Mona ensues when the man gives Mona his pin.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Bibi Besch (Hilary), Dean Butler (Jason), Bill Erwin (Ted), Earl Theroux (Ralph)
w: Ellen Guylas d: Jim Drake
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5. A Rash Decision (b: 13-Nov-84 pc: 0108)

Tony visits Angela at the filming of a soap commercial, and ends up the star of the ad. Soon after, Tony develops an itchy rash that turns out to have been caused by the soap. Angela must then decide if she wants to market a soap whose makers are not completely honest about its potential side effects.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Randi Brooks (Ginger), James Hampton (Herb), John Ingle (Larson), Matthew Laurance (J.J.)
w: Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser d: Linda Day
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6. Dinner for Two (b: 20-Nov-84 pc: 0103)

Tony is greatly anticipating his dinner date with an old flame from Brooklyn, just as Angela is preparing for an intimate dinner for two at home. When Angela's guest cancels at the last minute, Tony reluctantly stays in Connecticut to keep her company, while attempting to keep, but slightly postpone, his date.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Robert Costanzo (Robaire), John Reilly (Mitchell)
w: Bud Wiser d: Sam Weisman
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7. Sorority Sister (b: 27-Nov-84 pc: 0104)

Angela's old sorority sister, Trish, is in town for a reunion. When Trish comes on to Tony and asks him to be her date for the reunion, Angela tries to warn an oblivious Tony about Trish's tendency to manipulate men.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Nancy Stafford (Trish)
w: Dawn Aldredge and Judith Bustany d: John Tracy
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8. Truth in Dating (b: 04-Dec-84 pc: 0106)

At the market, Tony picks up a woman who believes that he is the owner of Angela's house and Jaguar. Meanwhile, Angela accepts a date with a man who believes that she is Rosie, Angela's flighty secretary. Both advise the other that no good relationship can begin based on a lie, and soon both are forced to confront their deceived dates.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Victoria Bass (Wanda Benedict), Earl Boen (Jim Peterson), Ben Cooper (Market Manager), Michael Goodwin (Harry Dolan), Diane Robin (Rosie)
t: Bud Wiser s: Monica Parker d: Jim Drake
Additional Information
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9. Sports Buddies (b: 11-Dec-84 pc: 0110)

Angela becomes involved with a gentleman who is quite the sports fanatic. He becomes more interested in hanging out with Tony and talking sports than in spending time with Angela.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Nova Ball (Sally), Lana Clarkson (Nanette), Kenneth Gilman (Jeffrey Michaelson, Esq.), Tim Haldeman (Bruiser), Stephen Lee (Bruiser), Tony Longo (Bruiser at Pool Table), Steve Nevil (Bruiser)
t: Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser s: Richard Baer d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
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10. Requiem (b: 18-Dec-84 pc: 0113)

Tony is moonlighting to raise extra money, which Mona believes is to take care of a secret girlfriend in Brooklyn. Soon the truth comes out: Tony is still paying rent on his recently deceased father's apartment, so that he and Sam will have a place to go just in case things don't work out in Connecticut.

Guest Cast & Crew
t: Paul Robinson Hunter, Robert Sternin, and Prudence Fraser s: Blake Hunter and Martin Cohan d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
This episode was dedicated to Tony Danza's father, Matty Iadanza.
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11. Samantha's Growing Up (b: 08-Jan-85 pc: 0109)

Forced to confront the fact that Samantha is not a little girl any more, Tony buys her her first bra. When it turns out not to be the kind she wanted, she asks if Angela can take her shopping. Tony is less than thrilled, however, when Samantha comes home looking a bit too grown up.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Leslie Chain (Sales Clerk)
w: Paul Robinson Hunter d: Linda Day
Additional Information
The original title for this episode, Samantha's First Bra, was changed due to censoring problems.
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12. Paint Your Wagon (b: 15-Jan-85 pc: 0112)

It's time to paint the Jaguar, and Angela wants the new color to be sandalwood. Tony overrides her decision and has it painted diablo red. When Angela discovers this, she is enraged and forbids him from future decision-making, proclaiming that he is just the maid. He then takes this declaration to the extreme by dressing, speaking, and behaving like a prim and proper butler.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Delta Burke (Diane Wilmington), Linda Hoy (Vivian), Melanie Vincz (Phoebe), Alan Blumenfeld (Man Picking Up Jag), Deborah Lacey (Desiree)
w: Lissa Levin d: Jim Drake
Additional Information
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13. Protecting the President (b: 22-Jan-85 pc: 0111)

During a company party at Angela's house, Tony throws out one of her vice-presidents for saying unprofessional things about her.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Earl Boen (Jim Peterson), Richard Stahl (Mr. McKenna), Betty Bunch (Mrs. McKenna), Hart Sprager (Harold)
t: Ellen Guylas s: George Tibbles d: Harvey Medlinsky
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14. Guess Who's Coming Forever? (b: 29-Jan-85 pc: 0114)

Mona has been evicted from her apartment and begins looking for a new home. She takes Tony's suggestion to convert the loft above Angela's garage into an apartment. Angela is not happy about the new arrangements.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Pat Harrington (Dominic Battaglia), Michael Harrington (Joey Battaglia)
w: Bud Wiser d: John Bowab
Additional Information
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15. Angela's Ex I (b: 05-Feb-85 pc: 0115)

Angela's ex-husband, Michael, visits so that they can sign the final divorce papers. Instead, they find themselves back together again. With Michael back in the house, there's no longer a need for Tony, who is given two weeks' notice by Michael.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: James Naughton (Michael Bower (SGS))
w: Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser d: Linda Day
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16. Angela's Ex II (b: 12-Feb-85 pc: 0116)

While Tony and Samantha live it up at the lavish estate of Tony's new boss, a wealthy older woman, Michael and Angela enjoy their reunion. But the celebration is short-lived, as they are eventually reminded of the professional and personal differences that drove them apart the first time.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: James Naughton (Michael Bower (SGS)), Helen Kleeb (Mrs. Randolf), Ian Abercrombie (Leo), Earl Boen (Jim Peterson (voice only))
w: Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser d: Linda Day
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17. Eye on Angela (b: 19-Feb-85 pc: 0117)

A local news reporter, Bobbi Barnes, wants to do a story on the daily life of Angela. But when a series of innocent mix-ups leads Tony and Angela to wake up in the same bed, Bobbi's camera crew is waiting in the hall to capture the scene. Bobbi thinks she has a juicy story for her show, but Mona has other ideas.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Betty White (Bobbi Barnes (SGS))
w: Ellen Guylas d: John Bowab
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18. Double Date (b: 26-Feb-85 pc: 0118)

Samantha is looking forward to the upcoming school dance, but Tony spoils her evening by constantly taking pictures of her and her date, working at the dance as a chaperone, and getting caught kissing her teacher in front of the entire class.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Michelle Nicastro (Lois Scranton) Peter Billingsley (Bobby Walsh)
w: Bud Wiser d: Michael Zinberg
Additional Information
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19. Tony's Father-in-Law (b: 05-Mar-85 pc: 0119)

Nick, Tony's father-in-law, visits. He cannot bring himself to tell everyone that he will soon be imprisoned, so he instead claims that he is dying, then milks the sympathy.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: James Coco (Nick Milano (SGS)), James Louis Watkins (Thomas Retain)
w: Ellen Guylas d: Richard Sakai
Additional Information
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20. Just Like Tony (b: 12-Mar-85 pc: 0120)

Stories of Tony's rebellious youth are rubbing off on Jonathan, particularly when Jonathan brings home a hubcap stolen from a police car. Angela then decrees that from now on, she is to be consulted on all decisions regarding her son. Not to be completely overruled, Tony decides to handle the situation in his own way.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: James Hampton (Officer), Claude Earl Jones (Mr. Beeman), Howard Stevens (Howie Mandelson)
w: Ken Cinnamon and Karen Wengrod d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
There is no Additional Information for this episode.
21. Keeping Up with the Marci's (b: 09-Apr-85 pc: 0121)

Tony fears he can't afford the ski club Samantha wants to join with her friends, but he lets her sign up anyway. When his attempt to economize by cleaning Angela's chimney fails, he must go back on his word and tell Samantha she cannot join. Refusing to borrow the money from Angela, Tony soon sells one of his prized possessions to be able to pay for Samantha's ski trip.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Jim Jansen (Dr. Doyle Ferguson), Nicole Eggert (Marci Ferguson)
w: Michael Poryes d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
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22. First Kiss (b: 16-Apr-85 pc: 0122)

The family forgets Angela’s birthday. She comes home from a rowdy celebration with friends, just as Tony returns home from a police-sponsored demonstration of the effects of alcohol on the mind. Although they both are in a woozy state, Tony decides to bake her a birthday cake. They have a playful flour fight in the kitchen and end up kissing.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Jeff Conaway (Jeff (SGS)), Rhoda Gemignani (Mrs. Rossini), Dori Brenner (Wendy Wittner), Fern Fitzgerald (Dr. Isabel Schaeffer), Hugh Gillin (Police Officer)
t: Robert Sternin, Prudence Fraser, and Ellen Guylas s: Bud Wiser d: Asaad Kelada
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