1976

Alice

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Alice
serie tvAlice

Alice è una sitcom americana trasmessa negli USA dalla CBS tra il 31 agosto 1976 ed il 2 luglio 1985 interpretata da Linda Lavin nel ruolo di Alice. La serie trae ispirazione dal film Alice non abita più qui di Martin Scorsese (1974), in cui invece il ruolo di Alice era interpretato da Ellen Burstyn che per quella interpretazione ricevette un Academy Award. Inizialmente l'unico attore del film ad essere presente nella serie TV fu Vic Tayback nel ruolo di Mel Sharples, il burbero proprietario del Mel's Diner. Alice Hyatt (Linda Lavin) resta vedova dopo che suo marito Donald muore in un incidente alla guida del suo camion: così, insieme al figlio di 12 anni, Tom Hyatt (Philip McKeon), decide di lasciare il New Jersey per Los Angeles con l'intenzione di costruirsi una carriera come cantante. Ma durante il viaggio l'auto ha un guasto (presumibilmente un incendio al motore, come si vedrà in seguito nella sigla iniziale) nei pressi di Phoenix, Arizona. La serie TV inizia appunto mentre Alice trova lavoro come cameriera presso il Mel's Diner, nella periferia di Phoenix: con questo impiego cercherà di mantenere sé e suo figlio Tommy nell'attesa di trovare un ingaggio come cantante..

Attori principali: Polly Dean Holliday, Linda Lavin, Victor "Vic" Tayback, Beth Howland, Marvin Kaplan, Celia Weston, Diane Ladd, Charles Levin, Philip McKeon
Genere: Comedy
Network: CBS

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Stagione 1

1x1 - Pilot

Alice gets her hopes up to be a big star when a talent agent comes to town.

AUTORE: , Robert Getchell,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1976-08-31

1x2 - Alice Gets a Pass

Alice falls for an ex-football player, who is now an actor.

GUEST STAR: , Denny Miller,
AUTORE: , Martin Donovan,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1976-09-29

1x3 - A Piece of the Rock

Alice meets her late husband's beneficiary.

AUTORE: , Ben Joelson, Art Baer,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1976-10-06

1x4 - Pay the Fifty Dollars

Alice is mistakenly picked up by the five-0 for prostitution when she is performing in a nightclub.

GUEST STAR: , Liberty Williams, Cliff Norton, Caren Kaye, Gordon Jump,
AUTORE: , Lloyd Garver,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1976-10-13

1x5 - A Call to Arms

A sleepless night of obscene phone calls prompts Alice into considering packing a piece.

GUEST STAR: , Geoffrey Lewis, Jack Riley, Emory Souza, Lew Gallo, William Neal Seals,
AUTORE: , Lloyd Garver,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1976-10-20

1x6 - The Last Review

A famous food critic dies in Mel's Diner, which freaks out everyone.

GUEST STAR: , Noble Willingham, Victor Buono,
AUTORE: , Harvey Bullock, R. S. Allen,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1976-10-27

1x7 - Sex Education

Aliec feels that Tommy is learning about sex too early when she finds a picture of a naked woman in Tommy's wallet.

GUEST STAR: , Adam West, Lara Parker, Michele Tobin,
AUTORE: , Donald Reiker, Patricia Jones,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1976-11-06

1x8 - Big Daddy Dawson's Coming

When Alice helps Flo get a man, the Man tries to help himself to Alice.

GUEST STAR: , Norman Alden, Patrick Cronin,
AUTORE: , Arnold Kane, Bruce Johnson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1976-11-13

1x9 - Good Night Sweet Vera

Alice and Flo try to keep Vera from O'Ding on sleeping pills.

GUEST STAR: , Darrell Zwerling,
AUTORE: , Simon Muntner,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1976-11-20

1x10 - The Dilemma

Alice is proposed marriage from an old boyfriend from the old neighborhood.

GUEST STAR: , Paul Picerni, Patrick Cronin,
AUTORE: , Martin Donovan,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1976-11-27

1x11 - Who Killed Bugs Bunny?

Alice is thrilled that Mel is taking Tommy camping, until she finds out that it involves hunting as well. Alice refuses to let Tommy go, but he runs away to go camping anyway. It isn't until he shoots an animal that he realizes that his mother was right all along.

GUEST STAR: , Peter Zapp, Noble Willingham,
AUTORE: , Lloyd J Schwartz,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1976-12-04

1x12 - Mother-in-Law (1)

Rose Hyatt comes to visit Alice and Tommy, much to Alice's chagrin. And now she's talking about staying there....

GUEST STAR: , Eileen Heckart, Clyde Kusatsu,
AUTORE: , Martin Donovan,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1976-12-11

1x13 - Mother-in-Law (2)

Alice does all that she can to stop Rose from becoming a permanent Phoeniz resident.

GUEST STAR: , Eileen Heckart, Murray Hamilton, Noble Willingham,
AUTORE: , Arnold Kane, Bruce Johnson, Ray Allen,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1976-12-18

1x14 - Vera's Mortician

Vera's boyfriend might very well be a married man.

GUEST STAR: , Tom Poston, John Fiedler, Burton Gilliam,
AUTORE: , Bruce Kane,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1976-12-25

1x15 - Mel's in Love

Mel falls in love with a young nature hiker from New Jersey.

GUEST STAR: , Susan Lanier, Maureen Arthur,
AUTORE: , Gary David Goldberg,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1977-01-15

1x16 - The Accident

Mel leaves Alice and Flo his car when he goes on a trip, but Flo gets it totaled in an accident that is spread out over several blocks. Will they fix it time before Mel gets back? Nope, Mel comes home early and finds out about his car from an angry Hispanic neighbor!

GUEST STAR: , Hamilton Camp, Leonard Stone,
AUTORE: , Harvey Bullock, Roy Kammerman,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1977-01-22

1x17 - The Failure

A robbery heist gets messed up when the cash register is stuck. The robber thinks he is a failure, but he gets a chance to redeem himself when he helps a lady deliver a baby in the diner.

GUEST STAR: , Henry Polic II, Bernie Kopell, Lupe Ontiveros,
AUTORE: , Ben Joelson, Art Baer,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1977-01-29

1x18 - The Hex

A fake Gypsy is caught stealing the silverware by Alice, and she puts a curse on the gang.

GUEST STAR: , Kaye Ballard, Ron Carey,
AUTORE: , Arnold Kane, R. S. Allen,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1977-02-05

1x19 - The Pain of No Return

Alice might be in trouble with Uncle Sam when she learns that her recently deceased husband never paid his back taxes.

GUEST STAR: , Warren Berlinger, Arlene Golonka,
AUTORE: , Rick Mittlemaan,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1977-02-12

1x20 - The Odd Couple

Flo's trailer is stolen, and Alice has the heart to let her stay at her house for a spell. The spell is broken when Alice finds out that Flo is an all-out slob and have unwelcomed visitors (Flo's latest boyfriend, not roaches).

GUEST STAR: , Kenneth Mars,
AUTORE: , Roy Kammerman, Arnold Kane, Harvey Bullock, Ray Allen,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1977-02-26

1x21 - A Night to Remember

Alice and Flo try to find Vera a man.

AUTORE: , Arnold Kane, R. S. Allen,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1977-03-05

1x22 - Mel's Cup

Alice unknowingly donates Mel's old Navy Trophy to a rummage sale.

GUEST STAR: , Billy Sands,
AUTORE: , Harvey Bullock, Roy Kammerman,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1977-03-12

1x23 - The Bundle

A Bag full of money is found in the diner, and Alice is the only one who wants to find the owner.

GUEST STAR: , Florence Halop, Michael Keenan,
AUTORE: , Ben Joelson, Art Baer,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1977-03-19

1x24 - Mel's Happy Burger

Alice gets her chance at stardom as a hamburger on a TV commercial for the diner.

GUEST STAR: , Ronnie Schell, John Fiedler, Burton Gilliam,
AUTORE: , Arnold Kane,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1977-03-26

Stagione 2

2x1 - The Second Time 'Round

A suspected flasher and Flo's third ex-husband (Rod McCary) stir things up at Mel's Diner.

GUEST STAR: , Lewis Arquette,
AUTORE: , Tom Whedon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1977-10-02

2x2 - The Indian Taker

A Native American who claims Mel's diner is built on sacred ground refuses to leave.

GUEST STAR: , Larry Hovis,
AUTORE: , Tom Whedon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1977-10-09

2x3 - 86 the Waitresses

Mel incites his waitresses to quit by giving a new waiter better wages than theirs.

GUEST STAR: , Bill Fiore, Dave Shelley, J.S. Young,
AUTORE: , Sybil Adelman,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1977-10-23

2x4 - Alice by Moonlight

Alice's moonlighting job as a nightclub singer is taking its toll on her waitress job.

GUEST STAR: , Norman Alden, Morey Amsterdam, Jane Dulo, Duane R. Campbell, Bernie Kuby, Gloria LeRoy,
AUTORE: , Tom Whedon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1977-10-30

2x5 - Single Belles

The girls accept an invitation to visit a new singles bar.

AUTORE: , Bruce Howard,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1977-11-06

2x6 - The Sixty Minutes Man

Alice suspects that a diner regular is really an incognito mobster.

GUEST STAR: , Michael V. Gazzo, John Lawlor, Bruce Kimmel, David Ketchum, Bob McClurg,
AUTORE: , George Tibbles, Warren S. Murray, Tom Whedon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1977-11-13

2x7 - That Old Back Magic

Mel can't be moved after his bad back flares up at Alice's place.

GUEST STAR: , Edward Winter,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1977-12-04

2x8 - Love is Sweeping the Counter

Endearments replace the insults in Flo and Mel's relationship after they attend an out-of-town game together.

GUEST STAR: , Clifford A. Pellow,
AUTORE: , Arthur Rabin,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1977-12-11

2x9 - A Semi-Merry Christmas

Alice and friends are snowbound en route to her cousin's for Christmas.

AUTORE: , Madelyn Davis, Bob Carroll, Jr., Tom Whedon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1977-12-18

2x10 - Oh! George Burns

When George Burns stops into Mel's, Vera believes that he's actually the Deity he played in the movie Oh, God!

GUEST STAR: , George Burns,
AUTORE: , Fred S. Fox, Seaman Jacobs,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-01-01

2x11 - The Eyes of Texas

Flo's vanity keeps her from getting the eyeglasses she obviously needs.

GUEST STAR: , Ron Masak, John Myhers, Bob McClurg,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-01-08

2x12 - Love is a Free Throw

An amorous high-school basketball star starts putting the moves on Alice.

GUEST STAR: , Brad Gorman, Joe Silver, Marvin Kaplan,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-01-15

2x13 - Close Encounters of the Worst Kind

Hostility rages at Mel's after the workers decide to vent their petty grievances.

GUEST STAR: , Boyd Bodwell, Charles Cyphers, Larry Hovis, Barbara Sharma, Avery Schreiber,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-01-22

2x14 - The Pharmacist

A pharmacist protesting food additives threatens to take his life in Mel's Diner.

GUEST STAR: , Bob Dishy, Stack Pierce, Gordon Hurst, Will Sherwood, Peter Hobbs, Florida Friebus, Clifford A. Pellow,
AUTORE: , Michael Loman, Chris Hayward,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-01-29

2x15 - Love Me, Love My Horse

Flo fixes up Alice with her bronco-busting brother (Burton Gilliam).

GUEST STAR: , Burton Gilliam,
AUTORE: , Tom Whedon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-02-05

2x16 - The Reporter

An investigative reporter seeks refuge in Mel's Diner.

AUTORE: , Michael Loman,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-02-12

2x17 - Florence of Arabia

Flo is courted by a rich Arab (Richard Libertini) who, unknown to her, already has three wives.

GUEST STAR: , Richard Libertini, George Loros,
AUTORE: , Tom Whedon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-02-19

2x18 - The Cuban Connection

Alice mediates a squabble between a womanizing photographer (Desi Arnaz)and his fed-up wife (Janis Paige).

GUEST STAR: , Desi Arnaz, Janis Paige,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-02-26

2x19 - Mel's Big Five-0

To Mel's disappointment, the girls take him at his word when he says he doesn't want a 50th-birthday party.

GUEST STAR: , Noble Willingham,
AUTORE: , Warren S. Murray,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-03-05

2x20 - Don't Lock Now

Mel wants to know who's stealing food and making long-distance phone calls from the diner.

GUEST STAR: , Nedra Volz, Bill McLean,
AUTORE: , Tom Whedon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-03-12

2x21 - The Star in the Storeroom

Because she once baby-sat Jerry Reed, Flo is hounded for tickets to the singer's concert. Jerry plays himself.

GUEST STAR: , Jerry Reed, Graham Jarvis, Ernie Sabella,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-03-19

2x22 - The Bus

Mel and the staff prepare for a bus load of hungry customers.

GUEST STAR: , Michael Alldredge, Rod Browning, Rod Colbin, Joe George, Lee Kessler, James Lashly, Walter Mathews, Lupe Ontiveros, Allan Rich, Gay Rowan, Lila Teigh, Beatrice Colen, Pat Van Patten,
AUTORE: , Erik Tarloff,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-03-26

2x23 - Mel's Recession

Mel considers firing a waitress to save money.

AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher, Tom Whedon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-04-02

2x24 - Earthquake

Everyone's rattled when a Native American predicts an earthquake.

GUEST STAR: , J.J. Barry, Ancel Cook, Gordon Hurst,
AUTORE: , Chris Hayward, Gary Markowitz,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-04-09

Stagione 3

3x1 - Take Him, He's Yours

Alice takes Mel up on his boast that he can raise her son better than she.

AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-09-24

3x2 - Car Wars

Mel sells the girls a car that won't start.

AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-10-01

3x3 - Citizen Mel

Mel identifies a holdup man who has a record for assaulting a previous witness.

GUEST STAR: , William Pierson,
AUTORE: , Charles Isaacs,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-10-08

3x4 - Vera's Popcorn Romance

Vera meets a new boy friend at the movies, but refuses to bring him to the diner.

GUEST STAR: , Barbara Minkus, Johnnie Decker, Steve Nevil,
AUTORE: , Tom Whedon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-10-15

3x5 - Block Those Kicks

The diner personnel try to kick their bad habits.

GUEST STAR: , Lou Tiano, Tara Talboy,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-10-22

3x6 - What Happened to the Class of '78?

Flo's night life interferes with her night-school studies.

GUEST STAR: , Harvey J. Goldenberg, Lyman Ward,
AUTORE: , Tom Whedon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-10-29

3x7 - Better Never Than Late

While Mel is sleeping in the storeroom, Alice is robbed at gunpoint at the counter.

GUEST STAR: , Steve Franken, Jim Varney, Dave Madden,
AUTORE: , Tom Whedon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-11-05

3x8 - Mel's in a Family Way

Mel mistakes Alice's intentions when she invites him for a family dinner.

GUEST STAR: , Michael Pataki, Shirley Mitchell, Dave Shelley,
AUTORE: , Tom Whedon, Jerry Winnick,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-11-11

3x9 - Who Ordered the Hot Turkey?

Mel unwittingly buys stolen turkeys for a Thanksgiving dinner he is having for orphans.

GUEST STAR: , Joyce Bulifant, Owen Bush, James Cromwell, Nancy McKeon, Derek Wells, Corey Feldman,
AUTORE: , Tom Whedon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-11-19

3x10 - The Happy Hoofers

Mel is unhappy because Alice's second job — delivering singing telegrams — makes her late for the diner.

AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-11-26

3x11 - A Slight Case of ESP

Despite his skepticism, Mel tries to find a way to exploit Vera's knack for foretelling the future.

GUEST STAR: , Michael Keenan,
AUTORE: , Alan Rosen, Fred Rubin,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-12-03

3x12 - The Principal of the Thing

Tommy wants Alice to stop dating his school principal (Gary Collins).

GUEST STAR: , Gary Collins, Lou Frizzell, Joseph Perry, Miriam Byrd-Nethery,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-12-10

3x13 - What're You Doing New Year's Eve?

Flo finds herself without a date on New Year's Eve.

GUEST STAR: , Theodore Lehmann, Randy Doney, Will Hunt, Michael Keenan, Ed Kenney, Bob Shaw,
AUTORE: , Marion C. Freeman, Dawn Aldredge,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1978-12-31

3x14 - Sweet Charity

Alice's date gets two extra tickets to a celebrity ball and everyone wants to go.

GUEST STAR: , Clifford A. Pellow, Michael Ballard, Ron Rifkin,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-01-14

3x15 - The Fourth Time Around

Flo and Mel's brother (Carmine Caridi) decide to take a chance at marriage — even though it's the fourth time for each.

GUEST STAR: , Carmine Caridi, Lou Frizzell,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-01-21

3x16 - Tommy's First Love

Alice is angry when Tommy conducts his first romance on her telephone.

GUEST STAR: , Olivia Barash, Bruce Kirby,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-01-28

3x17 - Mel Grows Up

Mel's pushy mother winters nearby, and Mel's not sure that he'll make it to spring.

GUEST STAR: , Martha Raye,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-02-05

3x18 - Vera's Broken Heart

Vera is heartbroken after her boyfriend tells her that he's marrying someone else.

GUEST STAR: , Michael Keenan,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-02-18

3x19 - Alice's Decision

Alice's long-awaited break, a chance to fill a vacancy in a traveling trio will break her heart if she has to hit the road without Tommy.

GUEST STAR: , Karen Morrow, Bobby Ramsen,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher, Tom Whedon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-02-25

3x20 - The Last Stow It (1)

Mel tells the girls to ""stow it"" for the last time, then sells the diner to a humorless martinet.

GUEST STAR: , Hans Conried, Don Chastain, Bob Hastings,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-03-11

3x21 - The Last Stow It (2)

Unable to buy back his diner from the new restaurateur, Mel opens an eatery in Alice's apartment.

GUEST STAR: , Hans Conried, John Welsh, Michael Ballard, Randy Doney, Ed Kenney,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-03-11

3x22 - If the Shoe Fits

Alice and Vera vie for a role in a production being cast by an attractive director(Fred McCarren).

GUEST STAR: , Fred McCarren, Danny Goldman,
AUTORE: , Charles Isaacs, Tom Whedon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-03-18

3x23 - My Fair Vera

Acclaimed as ""brilliant"" in her role as Cinderella, Vera is asked to audition for a part in a supermarket commercial.

GUEST STAR: , Larry Breeding, Bobby Ramsen, Bryan O'Byrne, Lew Horn, Don Chastain,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-03-25

3x24 - Flo Finds Her Father

Alice tries to bridge the rift between Flo and her father, who is now sorry for deserting the family when she was a little girl.

GUEST STAR: , Forrest Tucker, Hamilton Camp,
AUTORE: , Marion C. Freeman, Dawn Aldredge,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-04-01

Stagione 4

4x1 - Has Anyone Here Seen Telly?

Telly Savalas gives star-struck Vera a thrill when he stops by the diner while she's working there alone. When no one believes her story, she quits in a huff.

GUEST STAR: , Telly Savalas, George Savalas,
AUTORE: , Robert Fisher, Arthur Marx, Charles Isaacs, Tom Whedon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-09-23

4x2 - Mona Lisa Alice

Alice's sour reaction to Tommy's matchmaking efforts threatens Mel's new promotional gimmick which is free meals to customers if his waitresses don't smile.

GUEST STAR: , Nancy Lenehan,
AUTORE: , Charles Isaacs, Tom Whedon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-09-30

4x3 - Mel Loves Marie

Mel gives a big engagement ring to his girlfriend Marie, but the sparkle quickly fades when he insists that she sign a premarital agreement.

GUEST STAR: , Ed E. Carroll,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-10-07

4x4 - Vera Robs the Cradle

Just one dance lesson and Tommy falls head over heels for his instructor, Vera.

GUEST STAR: , Howard Platt, Michael Ballard, Annrae Walterhouse,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-10-21

4x5 - Flo's Chili Reception

Mel is convinced that his chief competitor is romancing Flo just to get the recipe for Mel's Texas-style chili, rated by a food critic as being ""the best in the West.""

GUEST STAR: , Richard B. Shull, Med Flory, Claude Stroud,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-10-28

4x6 - Little Alice Bluenose

Vera's boyfriend objects to her sketching nude males in art class.

GUEST STAR: , Spencer Milligan, Suzan Campbell, Terry Wills,
AUTORE: , Charles Isaacs, Tom Whedon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-11-04

4x7 - Carrie Sharples Strikes Again

The return of Mel's domineering mother does nothing for his ego because after his back goes out, the customers flock in, for his mother's cooking.

GUEST STAR: , Michael Ballard, Ted Gehring,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-11-11

4x8 - Mel's in the Kitchen With Dinah

Things get hotter than Mel's chili when Dinah Shore invites Mel to prepare his recipe on her show and bring along one, but only one waitress.

GUEST STAR: , Dinah Shore, Ronnie Schell, Guich Koock,
AUTORE: , Charles Isaacs, Tom Whedon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-11-18

4x9 - Cabin Fever

Mel, his girlfriend and the waitresses spend the weekend packed like sardines in a fishing cabin.

GUEST STAR: , Ed Kenney,
AUTORE: , Thad Mumford, Dan Wilcox,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-12-02

4x10 - My Cousin, Art Carney

Vera asks Art Carney, a sixth cousin on her father's side, to endorse Mel's chili, so it can be marketed frozen as Chili con Carney.

GUEST STAR: , Art Carney, Alan Oppenheimer,
AUTORE: , Charles Isaacs, Tom Whedon, Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-12-09

4x11 - Mel, the Magi

A yule tale (with a touch of O. Henry's ""The Gift of the Magi"") finds the girls pooling their meager resources to celebrate Christmas at the diner.

GUEST STAR: , Jack Kruschen, Ancel Cook, Ed Kenney, Randy Doney, Will Hunt,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1979-12-23

4x12 - Good Buddy Flo

Flo takes the wheel herself when she learns that her trucker beau has a female partner.

GUEST STAR: , Michael MacRae, Sherry Jackson,
AUTORE: , Linda Morris, Vic Rauseo,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1980-01-06

4x13 - Alice in TV Land

Tommy stirs up trouble by candidly discussing his elders on a TV talk show.

GUEST STAR: , Eve Arden, Raleigh Bond, Ed Kenney, Kimberley Dashiell, Christian Juttner,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1980-01-13

4x14 - Alice Beats the Clock

Mel installs a time clock which prompts the waitresses to demand overtime for the Sunday cleanup they used to do for nothing.

GUEST STAR: , Michael Ballard,
AUTORE: , Katherine Green,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1980-01-27

4x15 - Carrie's Wedding

Mel is delighted that his mother is planning to remarry until he meets his prospective stepfather.

GUEST STAR: , Howard Witt, Ancel Cook, Phil Leeds, Vernon Weddle,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1980-02-03

4x16 - My Funny Valentine Tux

Tommy has his heart set on taking his girl to a formal Valentine's dance and he needs a tuxedo.

GUEST STAR: , Raleigh Bond, Kelly Parsons, Wayne Storm, Terry Wills,
AUTORE: , Charles Isaacs, Tom Whedon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1980-02-10

4x17 - Auld Acquaintances Should Be Forgot

Mel plays host to a buddy whose wife has just left him.

GUEST STAR: , Eddie Barth, Reva Rose,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1980-02-17

4x18 - Flo's Farewell

A wealthy Houston restaurateur offers Flo a job she finds hard to refuse.

AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1980-02-24

4x19 - For Whom the Belle Toils

Mel hires Belle, a Mississippi belle who rings Mel's chimes as ""one of the best waitresses I've ever had."" However, Belle is now aiming for lusher pastures as a country-music writer.

GUEST STAR: , Hugh Gillin, Howard Mann,
AUTORE: , Linda Morris, Vic Rauseo,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1980-03-02

4x20 - One Too Many Girls

The new waitress Belle is making big points with her old boss Mel, but she's scoring zero with Alice and Vera.

GUEST STAR: , Kip Gilman,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1980-03-09

4x21 - Vera, the Vamp

Heartbroken over her boy friend's sudden lack of attention, Vera begs Belle to transform her into a sex goddess.

GUEST STAR: , Raleigh Bond, Howard Mann, Mickey Morton,
AUTORE: , Linda Morris, Vic Rauseo,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1980-03-16

4x22 - Profit Without Honor

Mel signs a profit-sharing agreement with the girls just before learning he'll get a tidy sum for letting the city condemn his property.

AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1980-03-23

4x23 - Cook's Tour

Mel is receptive to an infatuated tour guide, as long as she keeps steering tourists into his diner.

GUEST STAR: , Pamela Myers, Howard Platt, Reb Brown,
AUTORE: , Linda Morris, Vic Rauseo,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1980-03-30

4x24 - Here Comes Alice Cottontail

Alice allows Tommy to stay with Mel, prompting a wager between Alice and Mel, she bets that he will kick Tommy out and Mel bets that Alice will snoop on her son.

GUEST STAR: , John Crawford, Hector Elias, John Hawker, Howard Mann, Christopher Tayback, Felice Schachter,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1980-04-06

Stagione 5

5x1 - Mel and the Green Machine

An automated bank teller accidentally spews out $24,675 to an astonished but delighted Mel.

GUEST STAR: , George Wyner, John Harkins, Raleigh Bond, Damu King,
AUTORE: , Linda Morris, Vic Rauseo,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1980-11-02

5x2 - Dog Day Evening

After his safe is stolen, Mel rents the services of two very efficient guard dogs.

GUEST STAR: , Warren Berlinger,
AUTORE: , George Bloom,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1980-11-09

5x3 - Vegas (1)

Robert Goulet makes an appearance when Vera wins a free trip to Las Vegas and Alice, Mel and Belle tag along to try their luck.

GUEST STAR: , Robert Goulet, Lou Criscuolo, Michael Tucci, Nedra Volz, Nancy Lenehan,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1980-11-16

5x4 - Vegas (2)

Mel may get his diner back if Belle can get Robert Goulet to perform for a Las Vegas casino owner but when it seems she can't get him, Alice steps in and impersonates him.

GUEST STAR: , Robert Goulet, Lou Criscuolo, Michael Tucci, Nancy Lenehan,
AUTORE: , Vic Rauseo, Linda Morris,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1980-11-16

5x5 - Vera's Aunt Agatha

Vera's Aunt Agatha, a freewheeling sexagenarian, makes a pit stop in Phoenix while motorcycling to Mexico. This prompts Vera to make a life altering decision, whether or not to ride off into the sunset with her aunt.

GUEST STAR: , Mildred Natwick,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1980-11-23

5x6 - Tommy's T.K.O.

Against Alce's expressed wishes, Mel secretly teaches Tommy how to take care of a school bully.

GUEST STAR: , Susan Tolsky, Richard Balin, Ody Arthur Balsam, A. P. Smith, Vernon Weddle,
AUTORE: , Linda Morris, Vic Rauseo,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1980-11-30

5x7 - The New Improved Mel

The sparsely attended funeral of a buddy persuade Mel to become Mr. Nice Guy and ensure a decent turnout at his own burial.

GUEST STAR: , Shavar Ross, Maurice Hill, Mickey Morton,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1980-12-07

5x8 - Carrie Sings the Blues

Mel's mother is singing the blues because her husband of six months has just left her.

GUEST STAR: , Howard Witt,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1980-12-21

5x9 - Henry's Bitter Half

Henry's convinced that his wife of 20 years is suddenly being nice because she's having an affair, so he tells her he's having one too, with Alice.

GUEST STAR: , Ruth Buzzi, Zale Kessler,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-01-04

5x10 - Alice Locks Belle Out

As the new manager of her apartment building, Alice has the unenviable task of locking out a delinquent fellow tenant, Belle.

GUEST STAR: , John Sylvester-White,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-01-11

5x11 - Vera Goes Out On a Limb

Vera goes out on a limb to save a century old tree in front of the diner from being cut down for a road-widening project.

GUEST STAR: , Walter Olkewicz, Tom Kindle,
AUTORE: , Vic Rauseo, Linda Morris,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-01-18

5x12 - The Jerry Reed Fish Story

The waitresses cut up a huge fish they find in the refrigerator, unaware that singer Jerry Reed had left it there until he could have it stuffed.

GUEST STAR: , Jerry Reed,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-02-01

5x13 - Bye Bye, Birdie

Mel gets into a nose-to-beak yelling match with Vera's new pet parrot.

GUEST STAR: , William Bogert,
AUTORE: , George Bloom,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-02-08

5x14 - Alice's Son, the Drop-out

Tommy is cutting classes to pursue a singing career and his first job is singing at a juice saloon.

GUEST STAR: , Tom Williams, Raleigh Bond, Tom Kindle,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-02-15

5x15 - Carrie Chickens Out

During a visit, Carrie plans to help out at the diner and cook but a fed up Mel kicks her out and she goes to work for a competitor.

GUEST STAR: , Jack Kruschen,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-02-22

5x16 - Macho, Macho Mel

When, Mel recounts the story of the little old lady who mugged him, the old lady becomes four thugs.

GUEST STAR: , Florence Halop,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-03-08

5x17 - The Great Escape

A trucker chooses Mel's Diner as the place to tell her amorous driving partner to hit the road.

GUEST STAR: , Robert Carnegie,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon, Vic Rauseo, Linda Morris,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-03-15

5x18 - Alice Strikes Up the Band

Alice thinks she has found her main chance when she lands a gig singing at a big banquet with a 1940's theme and an influential audience of restaurant owners.

GUEST STAR: , Duane P. Campbell,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-03-29

5x19 - Who's Kissing the Great Chef of Phoenix?

Mel suddenly takes a romantic interest in Vera, who doesn't realize it's just a ploy to make his girlfriend, Marie, jealous.

GUEST STAR: , Ed Kenney,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-04-05

5x20 - Baby Makes Five

Vera refuses to give up the baby girl someone left in her pile of wash at the laundromat.

GUEST STAR: , James Murtaugh, Irene Arranga,
AUTORE: , Tom Whedon, Charles Isaacs,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-05-03

Stagione 6

6x1 - Bet a Million, Mel

Mel borrows $10,000 against the diner to bet on a 90-to-1 nag.

GUEST STAR: , Hamilton Camp,
AUTORE: , Arthur Marx, Robert Fisher,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-10-04

6x2 - Guinness on Tap

Determined to leave her mark on the world, Vera sets out to break the tap dancing endurance record.

GUEST STAR: , Donald O'Conner, Byron Webster, Robert Picardo,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-10-11

6x3 - Comrade Mel

A towel boy from the Russian ballet takes refuge in Mel's storeroom.

GUEST STAR: , Robert Pierce, Allan Rich,
AUTORE: , Robert Sternin, Prudence Fraser,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-10-18

6x4 - Alice's Halloween Surprise

On Halloween, Alice's latest heartthrob asks her to shepherd his four kids for the evening.

GUEST STAR: , Nancy McKeon, Phillip Richard Allen, Shavar Ross, Billy Jayne, Ty Mitchell, Evan Cohen, Nicki Armstrong, Philip Gordon, Jimmy Briscoe,
AUTORE: , Gail Honigberg,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-10-25

6x5 - Alice's Big Four-Oh!

It's Alice's 40th birthday, and for the milestone she gets a millstone, a visit from her meddling mother.

GUEST STAR: , Doris Roberts,
AUTORE: , Vic Rauseo, Linda Morris,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-11-08

6x6 - Mel's Cousin, Wendell

Smooth operator Mel teaches his shy cousin, Wendell, how to score with Vera.

GUEST STAR: , David Rounds,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon, Vic Rauseo, Linda Morris,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-11-15

6x7 - Vera's Bouncing Check

Against Mel's orders, Vera cashes a check for an old flame, who's nowhere to be found when it bounces.

GUEST STAR: , Kip Niven,
AUTORE: , Ken Hecht, Bob Brunner,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-11-29

6x8 - After Mel's Gone

Mel becomes despondent when he realizes he has no heirs.

AUTORE: , Ken Hecht, Bob Brunner,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-12-06

6x9 - Mel's Christmas Carol

The ghost of a partner past gives Mel the dickens on Christmas Eve after Mel fired Alice, Jolene and Vera.

GUEST STAR: , Jack Gilford,
AUTORE: , Vic Rauseo, Linda Morris,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-12-20

6x10 - The Wild One

Alice's spirit inspires a biker to recruit her as his ""old lady.""

GUEST STAR: , Ron Palillo, Jay Leno, Susan Wolf,
AUTORE: , Michael Weinberger,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1981-12-27

6x11 - Alice Calls the Shots

Alice blows the whistle on Tommy's basketball playing when his grades start to slip.

AUTORE: , Gail Honigberg,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1982-01-03

6x12 - Not with My Niece You Don't

Mel gives Tommy advice on how to charm the ladies, which Tommy promptly applies to Mel's niece.

GUEST STAR: , Kim Richards, Karlene Crockett,
AUTORE: , Chet Dowling, Sandy Krinski,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1982-01-17

6x13 - Queen of Soaps

After getting hooked on soap operas, Vera becomes a washout at work and later quits.

AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1982-01-31

6x14 - Sharples vs. Sharples

Mel has a beef with his mother who wants to publish his secret chili recipe in her new cookbook.

GUEST STAR: , Edie McClurg, Rose Arrick,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1982-02-07

6x15 - Valentine's Day Massacre

Valentine's Day promises anything but hearts and flowers for the diner staff, who all quarrel with their dates.

GUEST STAR: , Phillip Richard Allen, Ron Kuhlman, Don Bovington, Pat Benson, Peter Scranton,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1982-02-14

6x16 - The Best Little Waitress in the World

A book on building self-confidence inspires Vera to become ""the best little waitress in the world!"" Later, Mel leaves a newly confident Vera in charge of the diner.

GUEST STAR: , Justin Lord,
AUTORE: , Vic Rauseo, Linda Morris,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1982-02-21

6x17 - Alice and the Acorns

Alice is visited by a high-school chum who's still suffering from her teenage inferiority complex.

GUEST STAR: , Marilyn Cooper, James Callahan,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1982-03-07

6x18 - Jolene Hunnicutt, Dynamite Trucker

To help Jolene's exhausted good buddy, the girls drive his rig to a mining town, blissfully unaware that they're hauling dynamite.

GUEST STAR: , Robert Carnegie,
AUTORE: , Chet Dowling, Sandy Krinski,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1982-03-14

6x19 - Mel Wins By a Nose

Mel considers getting a nose job while undergoing surgery for a deviated septum.

GUEST STAR: , Kenneth Mars, Susan Tolsky, Joe Barrett,
AUTORE: , Vic Rauseo, Linda Morris,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1982-03-21

6x20 - Give My Regrets to Broadway

Alice's actress friend from New York persuades Tommy that he has a brilliant future on Broadway.

GUEST STAR: , Gail Strickland,
AUTORE: , Gail Honigberg,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1982-04-04

6x21 - Vera's Reunion Romance

Vera returns from her high-school reunion with stars in her eyes and a sparkler on her finger.

GUEST STAR: , Kip Niven, Cisse Cameron, Rebecca Clemons, Jane Dulo, Pamela Myers, Robert Picardo, Renny Temple,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon, Gail Honigberg,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1982-04-11

6x22 - Monty Falls for Alice

A jilted acquaintance flips for Alice on the first bounce and when she doesn't reciprocate his feelings he threatens to jump from the Mel's Diner sign.

GUEST STAR: , George Wendt,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon, Vic Rauseo, Linda Morris,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1982-04-18

6x23 - Spell Mel's

To counter a competitor whose contest is drawing customers, Mel launches one too and ups the ante to $3000.

GUEST STAR: , Carl Ballantine, Jerry Potter, Hank Rolike,
AUTORE: , Chet Dowling, Sandy Krinski,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1982-05-02

6x24 - My Mother the Landlord

Mel happily envisions a rent-free future when his mother buys his apartment building but surprises him when she announces a $50 rent increase.

GUEST STAR: , Tom Williams, Susan Davis, Patrick Campbell, Jack Andreozzi,
AUTORE: , Chet Dowling, Sandy Krinski,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1982-05-16

Stagione 7

7x1 - Sorry, Wrong Lips

Debbie Reynolds plays an actress whose torrid memoirs convince Mel he's the one she remembers as the greatest kisser in her life.

GUEST STAR: , Debbie Reynolds, Lucille Benson, Elvia Allman, Jerry Potter, Bob Ari,
AUTORE: , Lloyd Turner, Howard Liebling,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1982-10-06

7x2 - Do You Take . . . ?

Mel tries to outdo an old buddy who shows up boasting a track record of fast living and sporting a blonde on his arm as proof.

GUEST STAR: , Jerry Stiller, Tessa Richards,
AUTORE: , Gail Honigberg,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1982-10-13

7x3 - The Secret of Mel's Diner

There's gold in them there walls, or so Mel reckons after learning that the eccentric who built his diner left $20,000 stashed in another building.

AUTORE: , Sandy Krinski, Chet Dowling,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1982-10-20

7x4 - Alice at the Palace

Joel Grey offers his services gratis as the leading man in a musical revue bankrolled by Mel and featuring Alice. Mel, however, has never heard of Grey and gives the role to his bookie.

GUEST STAR: , Joel Grey, Tom Williams, Susan George,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1982-10-27

7x5 - Joel Grey Saves the Day

Joel Grey walks out after producer Mel turns a revue about New York into a desert musical with tunes like ""Two Tootsies from Tucson"" and ""Ramona from Arizona.""

GUEST STAR: , Joel Grey, Tom Williams, Michael Rupert,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1982-11-03

7x6 - Alice's Turkey of a Thanksgiving

Alice's meddlesome mother knocks the stuffing out of her daughter's Thanksgiving dinner.

GUEST STAR: , Doris Roberts,
AUTORE: , Gail Honigberg,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1982-11-10

7x7 - Carrie on the Rebound

Carrie is slow to come out of a depression after a quickie divorce.

GUEST STAR: , Lou Cutell,
AUTORE: , Bob Bendetson, Howard Bendetson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-01-09

7x8 - Jolene's Brother Jonas

Jolene's brother pays a surprise visit, but the surprise is on him, he gets an icy reception from his sister.

GUEST STAR: , Guich Koock,
AUTORE: , David Silverman, Stephen Sustarsic,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-01-16

7x9 - Alice Sees the Light

Everyone takes with a grain of salt Alice's claim that she saw a UFO.

GUEST STAR: , Elvia Allman, Lucille Benson, James O'Sullivan, Jerry Potter, John Hawker,
AUTORE: , Bob Bendetson, Howard Bendetson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-02-28

7x10 - Vera the Virtuoso

Vera, whose cello playing can reduce a virtuoso to tears, is asked to play in a local string quartet.

GUEST STAR: , Paul Sand, Frank Aletter,
AUTORE: , Stephen Sustarsic, David Silverman,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-03-07

7x11 - Alice Faces the Music

The waitresses pit their musical knowledge against that of three plumbers on a TV quiz show.

GUEST STAR: , Cliff Norton, John McCook, Susan Tolsky, Vernon Weddle, Wil Albert,
AUTORE: , Stephen Sustarsic, David Silverman,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-03-14

7x12 - Tommy, the Jailbird

Alice fears that freshman Tommy is abusing his new freedom away from home by majoring in extracurricular activities.

GUEST STAR: , Robert Picardo,
AUTORE: , David Silverman, Stephen Sustarsic,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-03-21

7x13 - Jolene and the Night Watchman

Jolene can't bring herself to bruise the tender feelings of a bruiser who saved her life and now considers her his girl.

GUEST STAR: , Don Gibb, Tony Carroll, John Lykes, Daniel Greene, Arthur Abelson, Shane McCabe,
AUTORE: , Howard Bendetson, Bob Bendetson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-03-28

7x14 - Mel's Dream Car

Mel is stripping his gears over his jazzy new Porsche he purchased for a measly $20.

GUEST STAR: , Cassandra Peterson,
AUTORE: , Barry Gold,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-04-11

7x15 - Come Back Little Sharples

Mel has had it up to his keister with the way things are going so he absconds to his apartment for a beer and pizza binge.

GUEST STAR: , Merie Earle,
AUTORE: , Gail Honigberg,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-04-17

7x16 - Vera, the Torch

Vera wishes her landlady the worst for evicting her pets then feels responsible when the old crank's apartment catches on fire.

GUEST STAR: , Jane Bowers, Linda Lavin,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-04-24

7x17 - The Grass is Always Greener

In role reversals, Mel becomes an employee by accepting an executive position with a catering firm, and the waitresses become owners by buying his diner.

GUEST STAR: , Richard Deacon, Joy Garrett,
AUTORE: , Vic Rauseo, Linda Morris,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-05-01

7x18 - Tommy Fouls Out

Afraid that he's lost the ""right stuff,"" Tommy quits the basketball team.

GUEST STAR: , Meadowlark Lemon,
AUTORE: , Michael Cassutt, Lew Levy,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-05-15

7x19 - Vera on the Lam

After Mel decides to have the waitresses bonded, Vera owns up to a criminal past and takes it on the lam.

GUEST STAR: , F. William Parker, Carol Arthur,
AUTORE: , Barry Gold,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-05-22

7x20 - Mel's Cousin Wendy?

To steal a competitor's secret sauce recipe, Mel persuades his cousin to pose as a woman and apply for a job as a Burger Baby.

GUEST STAR: , David Rounds, William Schilling,
AUTORE: , Vic Rauseo, Linda Morris,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-05-29

7x21 - Sweet Erasable Mel

Mel's experiment with a computer goes well until Vera enters a transaction and erases every trace of Mel's financial existance.

GUEST STAR: , Richard Moll, Kip Niven, Howard Morton, Lou Cutell,
AUTORE: , Betty Yahr,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-06-05

7x22 - Tommy Hyatt, Business Consultant

Using Tommy's marketing advice, Mel increases his business but also learns he's heading for bankruptcy.

AUTORE: , Bob Bendetson, Howard Bendetson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-06-12

7x23 - Jolene Lets the Cat Out of the Bag

Jolene's hair is standing on end with a cat burglar prowling her neighborhood.

GUEST STAR: , Doug Sheehan, Dean Devlin,
AUTORE: , Gail Honigberg,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-09-18

Stagione 8

8x1 - Mel is Hogg-Tied

Boss Hogg and Deputy Enos of ""The Dukes of Hazzard"" pay a surprise visit. Up to his usual low tricks, Boss makes an offer to lease the diner that Mel can't refuse but should.

GUEST STAR: , Sorrell Booke, Sonny Shroyer,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-10-02

8x2 - Vera's Secret Lover

A secret lover is sending Vera everything from poems to balloons.

GUEST STAR: , Robert Costanzo, Ian Wolfe, Frank Nelson,
AUTORE: , Gail Honigberg,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-10-09

8x3 - Jolene Gets Her Wings

Everyone's up in the air over Jolene's maiden flight as a part-time stewardess.

GUEST STAR: , Dick Gautier, Florence Halop, Raleigh Bond, Paul Rubenstein,
AUTORE: , Vic Rauseo, Linda Morris,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-10-16

8x4 - Alice's Blind Date

Alice's dinner date with a high-school flame who's now blind turns into a delightful trip down sensory lane.

GUEST STAR: , Dennis Holahan, Richard Sanders, Steven Barr, Joey D'Auria,
AUTORE: , Bob Stevens,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-10-23

8x5 - It Had to Be Mel

A popular singer stops for directions at the diner and ends up proposing to Mel.

GUEST STAR: , Florence Henderson, Arthur Abelson, Marc Sawyer, Jean Kasem,
AUTORE: , Lindsay Harrison,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-10-30

8x6 - The Over-the-Hill Girls

Both Carrie and Alice are turned down as singers by a supper club owner who thinks they're too old for the job.

GUEST STAR: , Joel Brooks,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-11-06

8x7 - Vera Gets Engaged

Who would have thought Vera would find love in a greasy spoon? Especially with a cop who just ticketed her for jaywalking.

GUEST STAR: , David Bond, Todd Susman,
AUTORE: , Bob Bendetson, Howard Bendetson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-11-20

8x8 - Vera's Wedding

After a whirlwind courtship, Vera walks down the aisle with her intended.

GUEST STAR: , David Bond,
AUTORE: , Gail Honigberg,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-11-20

8x9 - The Robot Wore Pink

After Alice quits in a huff, Mel replaces her with a very efficient and popular robot named Blanche.

GUEST STAR: , Lucille Benson, Mitchel Young Evans, June Whitley Taylor, Andrea Aal, Jack Andreozzi, Conrad Dunn, Bob Frank, Danny Goldman, Marsha Warner,
AUTORE: , Peter Noah,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-12-18

8x10 - 'Tis the Season to Be Jealous

Working undercover as Santa Claus, Vera's new husband spots her kissing her former fiance.

GUEST STAR: , Kip Niven, Howard Morton, Susan Wolf, Danny Ponce, Jennifer Ursitti, Candace Cameron, Venus DeMilo,
AUTORE: , Howard Bendetson, Bob Bendetson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1983-12-25

8x11 - Tommy Goes Overboard

GUEST STAR: , Donnelly Rhodes, Isabel West,
AUTORE: , Jerry Jacobius, Nick Gore,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-01-01

8x12 - Vera, the Horse Thief

No one can corral Vera after she discovers that a miniature horse is being mistreated by its trainer.

GUEST STAR: , Robert Englund, Ernie Sabella, Tommy Madden, Jim Lefebvre, Doris Hess,
AUTORE: , Howard Bendetson, Bob Bendetson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-01-08

8x13 - Jolene Throws a Curve

Trophy winner Jolene throws Mel a curve when she won't pitch on his softball team.

GUEST STAR: , Leonard Stone, Jack Andreozzi, John Bedford Lloyd, Mario Raccuzzo, Dino M. Zaffina,
AUTORE: , Harvey Weitzman, Sid Dorfman,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-01-15

8x14 - Lies My Mother Told Me

After 40 years, Mel learns that his mother lied when she told him his dog was a war hero.

GUEST STAR: , Joey D'Auria, Bob Gunter,
AUTORE: , Harvey Weitzman, Sid Dorfman,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-01-29

8x15 - Alice and the Devoted Dentist

When Alice chips a tooth eating Mel's chili, he sends her to his dentist who takes one look at her X-rays and falls madly in love.

GUEST STAR: , James Coco, Pamela Myers,
AUTORE: , Duncan Scott McGibbon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-02-12

8x16 - Alice's Hot Air Romance

Alice gets a ride but hardly a rise out of a sexist ballonist whose hot air isn't confined to his balloon.

GUEST STAR: , Jed Allan, Arthur Abelson, Peter Leeds, Tom Williams,
AUTORE: , Michael Cassutt,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-03-04

8x17 - Dollars to Donuts

After a winning first day at the track, Tommy bets he'll score in the betting business.

AUTORE: , Stephen Sustarsic, David Silverman,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-03-11

8x18 - My Dinner with Debbie

By proving she's a better cook than Mel, Vera's acerbic landlady may have found the elusive way to his heart through his stomach.

GUEST STAR: , Linda Lavin,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-03-18

8x19 - Vera's Fine Feathered Friends

Vera takes a tumble trying to rescue a nest of baby blue jays from the diner sign before Mel gets to them with a broom.

GUEST STAR: , Richard Kuss, Andrea Aal,
AUTORE: , David Silverman, Stephen Sustarsic,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-03-25

8x20 - Jolene is Stuck on Mel

Jolene has second thoughts about marrying a TV game show host especially after a dab of permanent glue bonds her firmly to Mel.

GUEST STAR: , John McCook, Dick Sargent, Jean Smart, Alice Cadogan, Jeffrey Lippa, Bunny Summers, Gale Hyatt,
AUTORE: , Gail Honigberg,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-04-01

8x21 - Don't Play It Again, Elliot

A gift piano comes between Vera and Elliot when she can't pry him away from it.

GUEST STAR: , Hamilton Camp, John Lykes,
AUTORE: , Larry Balmagia,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-04-15

8x22 - Mel Spins His Wheels

Mel disdains accommodating the handicapped until two sprained ankles give him a different view, from a wheelchair.

GUEST STAR: , Leonard Stone, Hugh Farrington, Frances Day, Frank Schuller, Bartine Zane, Jeffrey Lippa,
AUTORE: , Richard Marcus, Michael Poryes,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-05-13

8x23 - Be It Ever So Crowded

Vera and Elliot buy a charming old house that comes complete with fireplace, furniture and antiques one of which is a shocking surprise.

GUEST STAR: , David Bond, Jack Andreozzi,
AUTORE: , David Silverman, Stephen Sustarsic,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-05-20

Stagione 9

9x1 - Romancing Mister Stone

Jolene and Vera play Cupid for a dateless Alice by putting an ad in a magazine's personals column.

GUEST STAR: , Michael Durrell, Denise Loveday, Angela Aames, Martin Ferrero,
AUTORE: , Lesa Kite, Cindy Begel,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-10-14

9x2 - Space Sharples

Mel gets a little spaced out after he thwarts a bank robbery while he's dressed up as Captain Galaxy for Halloween.

GUEST STAR: , Howard Morton, Lucy Lee Flippin, Dan Gilvezan, Larry Jenkins, Joe Bob Briggs, Kenneth Lloyd, Don Keefer, Hayley Carr, Loretta Greenwood, Steve Begel,
AUTORE: , Howard Bendetson, Bob Bendetson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-10-28

9x3 - Big, Bad Mel

Mel gets an F for buying a day school to raze for a parking lot.

GUEST STAR: , Rue McClanahan, Jonathan Prince, Lou Cutell, Charles H. Hyman, Doug Cox, Randal Patrick, Fred D. Scott, Brice Beckham, Hayley Carr,
AUTORE: , David Silverman, Stephen Sustarsic,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-11-04

9x4 - Houseful of Hunnicutts

Jolene loves her family, but finds it too much of a good thing when her father, five brothers, grandmother and family dog park themselves in her one-bedroom apartment.

GUEST STAR: , Gregory Walcott, Trevor Henley, Kent Perkins, Grant Wilson, Robin Eurich, Steve McGriff, Natalie Masters,
AUTORE: , Jack Carrerow, Lisa A. Bannick,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-11-18

9x5 - Tommy's Lost Weekend

Alice is worried that Tommy's partying is leading to a serious drinking problem.

GUEST STAR: , Michael Durrell,
AUTORE: , Howard Bendetson, Bob Bendetson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-11-25

9x6 - Undercover Mel

At Elliot's suggestion and lured by a $5000 reward, Mel goes undercover to smoke out rustlers selling stolen beef.

GUEST STAR: , Johnny Silver, Jack Andreozzi, Paul Mantee, Mike Muscat, Aaron Fletcher,
AUTORE: , Vic Rauseo, Linda Morris,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-12-16

9x7 - Footloose Mel

Mel 86es a group of ""hoodlums,"" unaware that they're the break dancers expected to perform at the diner as part of an arts festival.

GUEST STAR: , Fred Berry, Leonard Stone, Steven 'Sugar Pop' DeSilva, Richard Minchenberg, Jason 'Elf' DeSilva, Hugo Huizar, Donovan Leitch, Andy Levine, Jonathan Prince, Kenneth Kimmins,
AUTORE: , Howard Bendetson, Bob Bendetson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1984-12-23

9x8 - Vera's Anniversary Blues

Vera yearns for a romantic first wedding anniversary, but it gets off to anything but a romantic start and goes rapidly downhill from there.

GUEST STAR: , Bill Maher, Reid Cruickshanks, Billy Vera, Barry Pearl, John George Campbell, Stephen Tolman, Rick Cox, Curry Worsham,
AUTORE: , Jack Carrerow, Lisa A. Bannick,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-01-08

9x9 - Kiss the Grill Goodbye

Jolene's appearance on the ""Working Women"" talk show does nothing to boost business at Mel's Diner.

GUEST STAR: , Dick Gautier, Janet Carroll, Armin Shimerman, Maurice Hill, June Whitley Taylor, Marsha Warner,
AUTORE: , Lesa Kite, Cindy Begel,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-01-15

9x10 - Vera, the Nightbird

Vera's secretly moonlighting as a sultry deejay called Nightbird and she's turning on all the males in Phoenix in the process.

GUEST STAR: , Stephen Tobolowsky, Ralph Bruneau, Michael Crabtree,
AUTORE: , Vic Rauseo, Linda Morris,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-01-22

9x11 - Alice Doesn't Work Here Anymore (1)

A country singer takes a personel as well as professional interest in Alice and begs her to join his band on the road.

GUEST STAR: , Michael Durrell, Mickey Jones, Michael McManus, Kelly Ann Conn, Paige Matthews, Christine Scott, Joe Unger, Kip Niven,
AUTORE: , David Silverman, Stephen Sustarsic,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-01-29

9x12 - Alice Doesn't Work Here Anymore (2)

Whether Alice likes it or not, and she's not sure, country singer Travis Marsh gives her a chance to reach for the stars in a performance with him.

GUEST STAR: , Michael Durrell, Mickey Jones, Michael McManus, Clinton Derricks-Carroll, Gregg Berger, Kip Niven,
AUTORE: , Howard Bendetson, Bob Bendetson,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-02-05

9x13 - The Night They Raided Debbie's

Answering a room-to-rent ad, Vera and Elliot's pushy landlady pushes herself and her kitschy furniture into their home and lives.

GUEST STAR: , Mary Grace Canfield, Linda Lavin, Dan Frischman, Margaret Wheeler,
AUTORE: , Mark Egan, Mark Solomon,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-02-06

9x14 - One on One

Mel is a taskmaster in training Jolene for tryouts with a pro basketball team.

GUEST STAR: , Michael Goodwin, Danny Goldman, Chris Templeton, Dino M. Zaffina, Bob Gunter,
AUTORE: , Vic Rauseo, Linda Morris,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-03-05

9x15 - Vera's Grounded Gumshoe

After getting shot accidentally with his own gun, Elliot quits the force and looks for a career more suited to his meager talents.

GUEST STAR: , Ian Fried, Kim Hamilton, Jeffrey Lambert, Jamie DeRoy, Michael Alldredge,
AUTORE: , Lesa Kite, Cindy Begel,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-03-12

9x16 - Th-th-th-that's All, Folks

On the final day at the diner, Mel closes the blinds and gives away the cow creamers as the gang reminisces about the last nine years.

AUTORE: , Madelyn Davis, Bob Carroll, Jr.,
DATA DELLA PRIMA MESSA IN ONDA 1985-03-19