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Season 5 - 1988-1989

97. SAMSCAR
98. My Fair Tony
99. Nineteen Again
100. Yankee Doodle Micelli
101. A Jack Story
102. Double Dump
103. Life with Father
104. A Spirited Christmas
105. Teacher's Pet
106. Mrs. Rossini's Uncle
107. Your Grandmother's a Bimbo
108. Ton-An Enterprises
109. Cardinal Sin
110. Winter Break
111. First Date
112. Party Double
113. Boozin' Buddies
114. Heather Can Wait
115. Living Dolls
116. Men are People, Too
117. Working Girls
118. Tony Does Golf
119. Ode to Angela
120. In Sam We Trust
121. It's Somebody's Birthday

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Time Slots Tue 08:00
Average Season Rating 20.8
Rank 7
 
97. SAMSCAR (b: 18-Oct-88 pc: 0501)

Sam has just obtained her driver's license, and is hoping to get a new car. Despite Tony's tight budget, he manages to buy her one: a massive, yellow eyesore with many safety lights on all sides. Sam hates it, but can't bring herself to tell Tony.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Rodney Eastman (boy #1), Donnie Jeffcoat (Brad Ellis), Shana Lane-Block (Bonnie), Garrett Morris (Officer Audett), Lance Wilson-White (boy #2)
w: Bob Perlow and Gene Braunstein d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
Sam's car was a '67 or '68 Oldsmobile Delmont 88 sedan.
98. My Fair Tony (b: 25-Oct-88 pc: 0503)

Tony takes a speech class with a very tough instructor, who makes Tony realize that his normal way of speaking is wrong in many ways. After adopting proper diction, Tony soon begins to realize that the course has changed more than just his vocabulary.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Lightfield Lewis (Bill), Chelsea Noble (Cynthia), Nicholas Pryor (Professor Darnell), Larry Spinak (Jimmy)
w: David Lesser d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
There is no Additional Information for this episode.
99. Nineteen Again (b: 01-Nov-88 pc: 0502)

Hoping to join a fraternity at his college, Tony and Angela attend a party. While Tony makes a good impression, Angela gets drunk and makes quite a scene. The bedlam lands the two in jail and makes the dean threaten to revoke the fraternity's charter.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Cliff Bemis (Officer Fred), Bobby Brett (Gene), Sarah G. Buxton (Cory), Bill Calvert (Patrick), Mark Clayman (Bob), Duane Edwards (Alan), Alan Oppenheimer (Dean Brown), Lori Werner (Linda), John Zarchen (Mike)
w: John Donley and Clay Graham d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
There is no Additional Information for this episode.
100. Yankee Doodle Micelli (b: 22-Nov-88 pc: 0504)

Tony reminisces about how he was responsible for his grandfather never being naturalized as a U.S. citizen. He visits a judge, hoping to change things.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Tony Danza (Grandpa Micelli), John Furey (Judge Matthew Hamilton), Mike Genovese (Officer O'Brien), Kenny Morrison (a teenage Tony), Thomas Ian Nicholas (a young Tony)
w: Karen Wengrod and Ken Cinnamon d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
View the picture gallery for this episode
101. A Jack Story (b: 29-Nov-88 pc: 0505)

Angela hires a new Creative Director and they enjoy spending a lot of time working together. Tony begins to suspect that there is more going on between them than work.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Argentina Brunetti (chambermaid), Sloan Fischer (man), Jennifer Holmes (Judy), Lesa Lee (woman), Margaret Nagle (Carol), David Paymer (Jack)
w: Joe Fisch d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
There is no Additional Information for this episode.
102. Double Dump (b: 06-Dec-88 pc: 0506)

Mona and Sam both get dumped by their boyfriends and they are both in bad moods. The two go out for a night together to help each other cope. Angela takes offense when Tony fears that Mona's idea of a good time may not be ideal for Sam.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Scott Bloom (Jesse Nash), Michael James (singing waiter #3), Mark McGee (singing waiter #1), Michael Mitz (singing waiter #2), Drew Pillsbury (Austin), Kristen Trucksess (Cheryl), Ray Vincenty (man)
w: Eric Gilliland d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
There is no Additional Information for this episode.
103. Life with Father (b: 13-Dec-88 pc: 0509)

Bonnie wants Sam to join her for a weekend at a cabin in Vermont, but Tony forbids Sam to go when he learns there will be no adult supervision. Sam sneaks out and goes anyway. This episode is told through flashbacks of previous episodes that depict other disagreements between Tony and Samantha.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Shana Lane-Block (Bonnie)
w: Ken Cinnamon, Karen Wengrod, and Danny Kallis d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
There is no Additional Information for this episode.
104. A Spirited Christmas (b: 20-Dec-88 pc: 0510)

Mona's sister-in-law, whom Mona hated and vice-versa, has died, and will not be allowed to enter Heaven's gate unless she gets Mona and Mona's brother Archie to make amends. Tony is the chosen one to help reunite them, so the Bowers and Micellis make the trip to visit him on Christmas Eve.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: L.M. Hobson (St. Peter), Christina Pickles (Laura), Gordon Jump (Uncle Archie)
w: Dawn Aldredge & Marion C. Freeman d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
There is no Additional Information for this episode.
105. Teacher's Pet (b: 03-Jan-89 pc: 0508)

Mason has been assigned to teach a history class at Tony's college, and Tony is in the class. Although Mason is nervous at first, Tony's advice helps him loosen up a bit. But while he teaches, he begins ignoring all students except Tony, who is soon deemed "teacher's pet".

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Adam Carl (Mason), Robert Fiscella (Carl), Chelsea Noble (Cynthia), Alan Oppenheimer (Dean Brown)
w: John Donley and Clay Graham d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
There is no Additional Information for this episode.
106. Mrs. Rossini's Uncle (b: 10-Jan-89 pc: 0511)

Mrs. Rossini introduces her uncle Al, a student of hairstyling, to the family. (He is actually young enough to be her son.) He and Sam are attracted to each other. Although Tony tries to hide his fear that Al will be a bad influence on Sam, it becomes obvious. Mrs. Rossini calls Tony a hypocrite, since Al is almost a reflection of what Tony was like at that age.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: William Gallo (Al), Rhoda Gemignani (Mrs. Rossini), Shana Lane-Block (Bonnie)
w: Lee Aronsohn d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
There is no Additional Information for this episode.
107. Your Grandmother's a Bimbo (b: 29-Jan-89 pc: 0507)

Jonathan is running for class treasurer. Hoping to sway some of his classmates, he invites them to his house for brownies and "to meet Sam". While they are visiting, Mona shows everyone the risque magazine cover she has posed for. Jonathan blames Mona for the abuse he endures the next day at school.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Jeffrey Baum (Troy), Jonathan Brandis (Paul), Thomas Callaway (Jake Ashby), Maria Giuliani (assistant), Sarah Jo Martin (Jasmine), Misty McCoy (Heather), Sean Wohland (Chad)
w: Bud Wiser d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
View the picture gallery for this episode
108. Ton-An-Enterprises (b: 31-Jan-89 pc: 0513)

Angela and Tony go into business at a craft fair selling tie-dyed T-shirts. Differences of sales techniques soon have them splitting their merchandise and competing against each other.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Brandi Burkett (Jill), Joe Costanza (Steve), Chelsea Hertford (girl), Harry Johnson (Bob), Shana Lane-Block (Bonnie), Leslie Morris (Phil), Marc Robbins (Jon), Myra Turley (Mother)
w: John Donley and Clay Graham d: Tony Danza and Phil Squyres
Additional Information
This was Tony Danza's fourth time in the director's seat.
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109. Cardinal Sin (b: 07-Feb-89 pc: 0512)

Tony brings Angela when he is invited to St. Louis to play in a reunion game with the Cardinals. While there, he runs into an attractive woman he used to know when he was on the team. Not wanting to become involved with her, he tells her that Angela is his wife. Angela is willing to play along until Tony and the woman end up kissing.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Jerry Buteyn (bellman), Jane Daly (Pam), Gwen Van Dam (woman), Anita Morris (Betty), Matt Roe (Mike), Kevin Scannell (Burl), Lionel Smith (Davey)
w: Gene Braunstein and Bob Perlow d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
View the picture gallery for this episode
110. Winter Break (b: 14-Feb-89 pc: 0514)

Sam accompanies Tony on a ski trip. Tony spends most of his time with an attractive ski instructor, and Sam begins to feel ignored. Meanwhile, at home, Angela and Mona suffer from a bad case of the flu, leaving Jonathan to be man of the house.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: David Colby (Zack), Jami Lynne Grenham (Amber), Leann Hunley (Lisa), Michael Lundberg (Eric)
w: Howard Jay Smith d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
There is no Additional Information for this episode.
111. First Date (b: 21-Feb-89 pc: 0515)

Discouraged that Angela had to pay for an escort for a dinner event, Mona convinces Tony to ask her out on a date. The date hardly seems like a first for them, though, as they discover how much they know about each other. Things get ugly when Angela learns the reason behind the evening, and attacks an obnoxious comedian.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Bettina Devin (waitress), Christopher J. Keene (Earl), Marshall R. Teague (Bart), Tom Villard (Andy Drake)
w: Daniel Palladino d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
View the picture gallery for this episode
112. Party Double (b: 28-Feb-89 pc: 0516)

Angela gets invited to a dinner at which Frank Sinatra is to perform; Tony, a huge Sinatra fan, is to be her guest. When business affairs leave her unable to go, Mona goes in her place, but doesn't tell Tony that the ticket is nontransferable.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Ann Abernethy (Kirstie MacNeil), Jennifer Bassey (Beverly Fiske), Jennifer Convy (receptionist), Steven M. Gagnon (Stan), Raymond Lynch (security guard #2), Anthony Mangano (security guard #3), Marr Nealon (Lucille), Alf Powers (man), John Rice (gatecrasher), Mark Roberts (Joseph Fiske), Frank Sinatra (Himself (SGS)), Pat Sturges (photographer), Charles Walker (security guard #1), Justa Walkon (messenger), Peter White (Donald Crenshaw)
w: Karen Wengrod, Ken Cinnamon, Danny Kallis, and Joe Fisch d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
There is no Additional Information for this episode.
113. Boozin' Buddies (b: 07-Mar-89 pc: 0517)

Peer pressure gets Sam drinking at a party, and she comes home sick. Tony is furious at her irresponsibility, but is unable to set a good example when his own buddies come over to watch a football game and drink beer. Sam wonders why it's okay for him to drink liquor with his pals, but to punish her for doing likewise.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Vinny Argiro (Vinnie), Trevor Edmond (Philip), Tanya Fenmore (Nancy), Dennis Hayden (Larry), Shana Lane-Block (Bonnie), Philip Linton (Tim), Jody Montana (Eric), Walter Olkewicz (Tiny McGee), John Del Regno (Philly Fingers)
w: Claylene Jones d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
There is no Additional Information for this episode.
114. Heather Can Wait (b: 21-Mar-89 pc: 0518)

Angela and Tony's new neighbors seem friendly at first, but soon prove to be irritatingly nitpicky. Arguments ensue, but that doesn’t stop the attraction between Jonathan and their daughter, Heather. The children are forbidden to see each other, but end up being mediators in the neighbor dispute.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Leah Ayres (Pam Harper), Sam McMurray (Mark Harper), Heather Tom (Heather Harper)
w: Don Segall and Phil Margo d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
There is no Additional Information for this episode.
115. Living Dolls (b: 28-Mar-89 pc: 0522)

As a school project, Sam visits a modeling school run by Angela's friend. While there, she meets Charlie, a friend of hers from the old neighborhood, who is living there. Charlie is unhappy with her life there, and is considering running away.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Bobby Brett (Ike Calaboni), Alison Elliott (Martha Lambert), Vivica A. Fox (Emily Franklin), Rick Giolito (Joe), Michael Learned (Trish Carlin), Eddie Nix (Mike Calaboni), Leah Remini (Charlie Brisco), Jonathan Ward (Rick Carlin), Melissa Willis (Caroline Weldon)
w: Ross Brown d: John Sgueglia
Additional Information
This was originally intended to be the pilot for a Who's the Boss? spin-off of the same name, but was scrapped. The episode was later re-shot with Halle Berry, instead of Vivica A. Fox. When WTB? was sold into syndication, this episode was included in the package.
116. Men are People, Too (b: 04-Apr-89 pc: 0519)

Angela hires a shy contractor to put a skylight in the kitchen. He takes an immediate liking to Mona, who agrees to go out with him. When he learns that he is not the only man in Mona's life, he abandons the skylight job. Tony accuses Mona of having no respect for men's feelings.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Brian Dean (Bert), E. Lou Felder (Charles), Dan Hedaya (Ralph), John K. Shull (water man)
w: Eric Gilliland d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
There is no Additional Information for this episode.
117. Working Girls (b: 11-Apr-89 pc: 0520)

Tony devises a project for Sam’s class is to participate in a Career Week. Bonnie becomes Angela's assistant at the Bower Agency, and Sam becomes Tony's assistant around the house. Bonnie has a great day, but Sam is miserable at her job, and convinces Bonnie to switch jobs with her on the second day. Sam's plan backfires when her day with Angela is no better.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Allison Barron (Karen), David Hoskins (Ken), Shana Lane-Block (Bonnie), Mike Marikian (Danny)
w: Jake Weinberger and Mike Weinberger d: Frank Bonner
Additional Information
There is no Additional Information for this episode.
118. Tony Does Golf (b: 25-Apr-89 pc: 0523)

Angela signs Tony up as a country club member, where he immediately finds a new golf partner, Lowell. The man turns out to be an account executive, with whom Angela has been hoping to work. Mona convinces Tony to ask Lowell if he will work with Angela. Tony skeptically does, and Lowell accepts, but then claims that since he doesn't like to mix his business with his personal life, he can no longer be Tony's partner.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Nicolas Coster (Lowell Michaels), Doug Dale (attendant), Jay Ingram (Sidney Caldwell), Richard Kuhlman (Peter), Marcus Smythe (Wally Mallone)
w: Bob Perlow and Gene Braunstein d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
View the picture gallery for this episode
119. Ode to Angela (b: 02-May-89 pc: 0521)

An old boyfriend of Angela's visits and reveals that he and Angela were briefly married many years ago, and that their marriage was not officially terminated. She must sign so that he can marry his fiancée. But Brian's old feelings for Angela are stirred up, and he wants to be with her again.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Jana Marie Hupp (Rhonda), Nicolas Surovy (Brian Thomas)
w: Daniel Palladino d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
Read the transcript for this episode
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120. In Sam We Trust (b: 09-May-89 pc: 0524)

Sam is struggling with chemistry, while her friend is having difficulty with French. Just before the exam, he gets desperate and talks Sam into giving him the answers. Tony punishes her for doing this, but things get worse when, to thank her for helping him, Sam's friend gives her a crib sheet to use on her chemistry test. She decides not to use it, but still gets caught with it.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Jim Calvart (Scott), Shana Lane-Block (Bonnie)< Kenneth Tigar (Mr. Timmons)
w: David Lesser d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
There is no Additional Information for this episode.
121. It's Somebody's Birthday (b: 16-May-89 pc: 0525)

Angela surprises Tony on his birthday by buying him a new Jeep. Pride and the history of his old van factor into his inability to accept the gift. Soon he changes his mind, but when he decides to sell his old van, he and Sam have a hard time parting with it.

Guest Cast & Crew
gs: Craig Connor (Mitch), Rhoda Gemignani (Mrs. Rossini), Ron Karabatsos (Ron), Stuart Pankin (Doug Shaffer), Julie Payne (Skye)
w: Alan Mandel d: Asaad Kelada
Additional Information
The check Mona forged in this episode was sold on eBay in 2001.