Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot1 June 1983
Bill's best friend Pete Killian, an Emmy-winning anchorman on 60 MINUTES, dies, so Bill applies for Pete's job while the network personnel look for ways to make Bill stay at WBFL.
8 June 1983
Bill is none too happy when the guests booked to appear on his show are excruciating dull, and when the station manager hires Tamara Brooks to co-host Bill's show.
15 June 1983
Bill goes too far in upbraiding Woody to the point of hurting Woody's feelings and prompting him to quit his job. So makeup man Newdell jumps in and takes the job with no training.
22 June 1983
Actress Lauren Stockton guests on Bill's show and plugs her latest movie, in which Bill wants a part. So he not only wangles an audition for a role, but even suggests a few changes to the script.
29 June 1983
Bill suggests to JoJo that they take another stab at a relationship, then sleeps with her and changes his mind.
13 July 1983
Unseen station manager Wilkinson devastates Bill and the entire crew by suddenly announcing, through Karl Shub, that he is canceling the program and replacing it with reruns of M*A*S*H.
20 July 1983
Bill complains of dull guests on his show while Jojo tries to get him to commit to her in their personal life. His estranged and divorced daughter Melanie Wayne visits and makes his world even more uncomfortable.
27 July 1983
When a famous psychologist is a guest on Bill's show, Melanie goads the doctor into analyzing Bill and Melanie's relationship during a taping.
Season 1, Episode 9: Ratings3 August 1983
Everyone is pleased with the current shows. But when ratings drop, Bill thinks the show is going under, so he calls a late-afternoon meeting for the staffers to berate themselves publicly.
Season 1, Episode 10: True Love10 August 1983
Bill sees a picture of an attractive young flautist named Angela, falls in love with her instantly, and fanatically prods the staff to help him locate her. Meanwhile, Karl is annoyed with Bill for not respecting Karl's authority.
Season 1, Episode 11: The Fan17 August 1983
The staffers plan a surprise birthday party for Bill, who is targeted by Clara, an obsessed fan who telephones him repeatedly claiming to be the mother of his unborn child and wanting to kill him. Karl notices Bill's erratic behavior.
Season 1, Episode 12: Hackles17 August 1983
Author Dr. Solomon Sigourney appears on the show to discuss his book on toxic waste, but Bill ridicules him and in so doing, crushes Wendy, who booked the doctor on the show. When she confides in Carl, Carl encourages her to tell Bill off.
22 December 1983
Newdell pans a recent segment of the show. Bill pulls rank on him and wants him fired, so Newdell quits. But there's concern that Newdell might sue, in which case Bill may have to pay big money to Newdell to settle the possible lawsuit.
5 January 1984
While Jerry Lewis impersonators overrun the studio, Karl is depressed at not being able to stand up to Bill, until Kart discovers and implements a method of exacting revenge. Then things really get hot in the studio.
12 January 1984
TV news reporter LeeAnne Cook goads the staffers into sharing their true feelings about Bill, who fumes that she is late interviewing him. Bill then invites the staff over to watch the completed interview on television.
19 January 1984
Karl has news for everyone: Mr. Wilkinson has sold the station to Hayden Stone, Bill's former boss, who fired Bill from a previous job after catching Bill sleeping with Mrs. Stone. Hayden has neither forgiven nor forgotten.
26 January 1984
Wendy is collecting money for a long-time boom man who is retiring due to ill health. Newdell Spriggs takes steps to move up at WBFL. JoJo is suddenly lashing out at people for a reason involving her future with Bill.
2 February 1984
Finding out that the staff knows about Jojo's problem only adds to her frustration. Bill seems happy about the news, but then goes on the air and delivers a preachy lecture about the dangers of promiscuity.
Season 2, Episode 7: Miss WBFL9 February 1984
Competitors for the Miss WBFL beauty contest include Wendy, Melanie, and local baton twirling champ Sherry Posnick. Tony steps up to the plate when Jojo boycotts the segment, refuses to direct it, and even circulates a petition against it.
16 February 1984
Despite strenuous objections from Bill, Karl, and Jojo, Wendy prepares a one-hour segment covering the nuclear freeze initiative and Newdell encourages her to use her feminine wiles to make the planned segment come to fruition.
23 February 1984
During a cold winter, Karl's wife kicks him out of the house for bringing his work problems home with him. Compasssionate Jojo consoles him by fixing him a fancy home-cooked meal. Romantic sparks fly, and then Bill finds out.
1 March 1984
During an on-air chat with computer gurus, Bill callously accuses his guests of smuggling American computer technology into Communist countries. During a commercial break, they threaten Bill, and his paranoia skyrockets.
Season 2, Episode 11: A Hero8 March 1984
Karl is powerless to deal with his rebellious teenage son, who idolizes Bill. So Junior gets a job at WBFL. Meanwhile, Bill publicly derides a local businessman for selling defective products, and the vendor shows up seeking revenge.
15 March 1984
Bill wants to book the Alexandria Brothers Tap Dancers on the show, but two of them have died. Lone survivor Tom appears on the show, tap dances, and expires during his big finish. Bill is upset enough to rant about the evils of television.
22 March 1984
Bill refuses to wear a Santa Claus outfit on the Christmas Day segment of his show, until the Brazilian actress who is guesting changes his mind by offering him a one-night stand if he wears it. Is this Bill's lucky day?
29 March 1984
After injuring his hand during a martial arts stunt on the air, Bill accuses his next guest, a Roman Catholic priest who is raising funds for a youth center, of sexual misconduct. And the audience sees Bill's true colors.
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