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Season: 1 | 2 | 3
Year: 1985 | 1986 | 1987 | 1988

Season 1

Season 1, Episode 1: Raj Returns

7 September 1985
After getting married and having his first book published, Raj returns home to find that Rob's Place has closed and Dwayne and Shirley are overjoyed to see him again. However, one person who does not share in the excitement is Rerun, who is now a used car salesman and jealous of Raj's new success.

Season 1, Episode 2: A Horse Is Not a Home

14 September 1985
When Rerun ends up with a horse, he convinces Raj to keep the horse at his house until they can sell it. A misprint in the newspaper regarding the sale ad leads Raj to mistakenly sell his house to a couple for $5,000.

Season 1, Episode 3: Dwayne's Crush

21 September 1985
Dwayne is on cloud nine after he meets the girl of his dreams at a dentist's office. However, when Raj finds out that she is married, he must save Dwayne from a painful heartbreak and the wrath of her husband, the dentist.

Season 1, Episode 4: The Houseguest

28 September 1985
When Dwayne and Rerun have a falling out, Raj & Nadine agree to let Dwayne temporarily stay with them. When Dwayne begins to overstay his welcome, they hatch a plot to get Rerun and Dwayne to make amends only to have their plan backfire and end up with Rerun as their house guest.

Season 1, Episode 5: One Enchanted Evening

5 October 1985
When Nadine's hard-to-please mother comes to town, Raj and Nadine go out of their way to impress her. They take her to Rob's Place where she is wooed by a restaurant patron who is really a wino. They then try to diffuse the situation without her finding out the truth about him.

Season 1, Episode 6: Aunt Shirley

12 October 1985
After overhearing Raj and Nadine say that they are excited to be spending some time alone away from her, Carolyn decides to run away. This leaves Shirley, the babysitter, in charge of trying to find her before Raj and Nadine return from their trip.

Season 1, Episode 7: The New Kid

19 October 1985
Raj and Nadine take in a homeless girl who just ran away from an orphanage.

Season 1, Episode 8: The Bully

26 October 1985
When Raj ends up in jail wearing a chicken suit, he retells the story of the events leading up his arrest. It all starts when he meets the restaurant health inspector who turns out to be a former bully from high school and threatens to shut down the restaurant unless Raj eats a live worm.

Season 1, Episode 9: That Old Gang of Mine

2 November 1985
When teen gang members threaten the neighborhood and diner, Raj, Rerun and Dwayne dress up as older gang members to try and scare some sense into them.

Season 1, Episode 10: Dueling Menus

9 November 1985
Raj clashes with Shirley after she insults one of the customers who happens to be a restaurant critic. She quits shortly after, leaving Raj and Nadine to try and run the restaurant.

Season 1, Episode 11: Dee's Dilemma

16 November 1985
When Dee comes home from college, she thinks about quitting school and starting a career selling cosmetics. This creates a rift with Raj who thinks that she is still a child and cannot make her own decisions.

Ernest Thomas ... Roger 'Raj' Thomas
Haywood Nelson ... Dwayne Nelson
Fred Berry ... Freddie 'Rerun' Stubbs
Shirley Hemphill ... Shirley Wilson

Anne-Marie Johnson ... Nadine Hudson Thomas
Reina King ... Carolyn

Danielle Spencer ... Dee Thomas
Wanda Peñalver ... Charlene (as Wanda Penalver)
Isabel Cooley ... Angry Makeup Customer
Regina Hooks ... Makeup Customer (as Regina C. Brown)
Robin Claire ... Makeup Customer
Robin Townsend ... Makeup Customer
Ryan White ... Dee's Diner Customer

Season 1, Episode 12: Raj on the Run

23 November 1985
A series of misunderstandings, misadventures and mistaken identities combine to disguise Raj as a woman and sends him fleeing from two FBI agents.

Season 1, Episode 13: The Challenge

7 December 1985
While taping a commercial,Raj accidentally accepts a wrestling match with the ferocious Mama's Boy Jones after he insulted the wrestlers mother.

Season 1, Episode 14: Married or Not

14 December 1985
When Raj opts a softball game over attending an art show with Nadine,who strongly objects,the couple begins to think each other selfish and split up.

Season 1, Episode 15: The Improbable Dream

21 December 1985
The entire gang became characters from The Wizard of Oz when Carolyn is accidentally knocked unconscious.

Season 1, Episode 16: Rags to Riches

18 January 1986
When Rerun's new investment manager makes him a wealthy man,His old friends find they are losing him to the fast life.

Season 1, Episode 17: Goodbye, Mr. Ripps

25 January 1986
When Raj,Dwayne,and Rerun hears that their favorite teacher and renown practical joker is retiring,They plan the ultimate farewell party.

Season 1, Episode 18: Dee and Dwayne

1 February 1986
When Dwayne takes Dee to a rock concert,a romance seems to flare up between them,much to the displeasure of protective brother Raj.

Season 1, Episode 19: Mr. First Nighter

8 February 1986
Raj writes a theater play,and to help him out in launching the project,His friends agree to take on the production's roles,where it appears they really begin to live out their parts with comical results.

Ernest Thomas ... Roger 'Raj' Thomas
Haywood Nelson ... Dwayne Nelson
Fred Berry ... Freddie 'Rerun' Stubbs
Shirley Hemphill ... Shirley Wilson

Anne-Marie Johnson ... Nadine Hudson Thomas
Reina King ... Carolyn (credit only)
Bobbie Ferguson ... Christina
Jere Fields ... Tracy
Kevin Duffis ... Nelson Eric

Nigel Gibbs ... Toasted Bun Customer
Stephen Gradney ... Insurance Agent
David H. Moriarty ... Roland (as David Moriarty)
Jan Rabson ... Murray

Season 1, Episode 20: Shirley's Pen Pal

1 March 1986
Romance blossoms for Shirley when the Navy seaman she has been writing to for years comes to town.

Season 1, Episode 21: Nadine's Boss

8 March 1986
An efficiency expert with the nickname "Pink-Slip Patty" gives Nadine and her fellow social workers a case of the jitters which eventally affects Raj the same way.

Season 1, Episode 22: The Wedding

28 April 1986
When the legality of their first wedding is questioned, Raj and Nadine decide to get married all over again.While they want to simply go the courthouse and redo the paperwork, the gang wants them to have a real wedding. Eventually, the wedding planning causes tension between everyone.

Season 2

Season 2, Episode 1: Nadine's Surprise

27 September 1986
While eavesdropping,Raj mistakenly believes he is soon to become a father,while Nadine has instead planned a different surprise for him,dinner with his long lost father who has care to make amends with his estranged son.

Season 2, Episode 2: Shirley's Landlord

4 October 1986
A new management company is raising rents in her apartment building,so Shirley gathers her friends and fellow tenants together to confront the evil landlord who is in for the fight of his life.

Season 2, Episode 3: The Movie Deal

11 October 1986
Raj is elated when his agents informs him that he may have a movie deal for Raj's latest screenplay until it's discovered that it is really Nadine's case study on homeless women that the producer really wants to turn into a blockbuster feature film.

Season 2, Episode 4: Picture Perfect

18 October 1986
Raj gets enraged when he finds out that Nadine once posed nude for a popular artist.

Season 2, Episode 5: Raj's Nightmare

25 October 1986
Nadine allows Raj to go on a fishing trip on the condition that he will let her mother to stay at their house for a few days.

Season 2, Episode 6: Party Animal

Raj makes a spectacle of himself at Dwayne's party when he drinks too much,dances too much and wakes up with a strange woman.

Season 2, Episode 7: Shirley's Little Sister

15 November 1986
Shirley becomes a big sister to a shy teenager. However, their friendship is tested when Shirley bribes a popular student to take her to a dance.

Season 2, Episode 8: Raj's Big Break

22 November 1986
Raj is approached by a woman from a publishing company who offers him $50,000 to publish his new book. However, everyone soon realizes that the woman is not whom she appears to be.

Season 2, Episode 9: Thy Boss's Daughter

6 December 1986
Dwayne finds that there are many perks when he begins to date the boss's daughter. However, he quickly wants out of the relationship when she becomes controlling.

Season 2, Episode 10: Cabin Fever

13 December 1986
Nadine,Shirley and Dee are in a tight squeeze when their car breaks down,leaving them stranded in a secluded mountain cabin while an escaped convict prowls outside.

Season 2, Episode 11: Instant Family

20 December 1986
Shirley runs into a old friend and asks Raj to pose as her husband to make her look more successful.

Season 2, Episode 12: Old Army Daze

10 January 1987
Raj must figure out a way to win back his share of the diner after he loses it to Dwayne's obnoxious army buddy in a poker game.

Season 2, Episode 13: The Yard Sale

Raj and Nadine's plan to have a yard sale has trouble getting off the ground when Raj and the gang realize that many of the items have sentimental value.

Season 2, Episode 14: Dwayne's Amiga

24 January 1987
Dwayne is smitten with a new girl in town from El Salvador. However, their romance becomes complicated when she must choose between Dwayne and her duty to her war-torn country.

Season 2, Episode 15: Sorority Sisters

31 January 1987
After getting verbally berated by Raj at the diner, Dee's two visiting sorority sisters devise a scheme to get revenge on him.

Season 2, Episode 16: Mad Money

When Nadine goes off in secret to plan a cruise for her and Raj, Raj suspects that she is having an affair.

Season 2, Episode 17: Dee's Suitor

14 February 1987
When Dee comes home from college, she is aggressively pursued by a nerdy guy who will not take no for an answer.

Season 2, Episode 18: I'll Be Homeless for Christmas

After Raj kicks a homeless man out of the diner, he has a dream that he is homeless and the homeless man is married to Nadine.

Season 2, Episode 19: Taking the Rap

After the new diner down the street begins to take customers away from Rob's, Raj hires a young rap group to try and lure them back.

Season 2, Episode 20: Opening Day

After learning that the Little League team from Rob's Diner will be facing off against their longtime rival, Raj and Dwayne begin to focus the team more on winning at all costs and less on having fun.

Season 2, Episode 21: Raj on the Double

14 March 1987
When Raj's lookalike cousin escapes from prison, he heads straight to Raj and Nadine's house to avoid detection. There is plenty of confusion when even Nadine cannot tell them apart.

Season 2, Episode 22: The HouseKeeper

Feeling sorry for an Arctic woman who was jilted by her beau, Raj and Nadine hire her as their housekeeper. They soon realize that she is not cut out to be a maid and try to reunite her with her beau.

Season 3

Season 3, Episode 1: Ask Al

Shirley secretly takes a job as an advice columnist for the newspaper. Her first advice column unknowingly causes Dwayne's girlfriend to break up with him.

Season 3, Episode 2: The Boxer

Raj finds trouble when he decides to invest money in a boxer without Nadine's permission.

Season 3, Episode 3: The New Employee

Shirley's new employee Maurice turns the diner into a nighttime teen club to impress a girl.

Season 3, Episode 4: The Hat Comes Back

17 October 1987
Maurice worries that he will be fired after he accidentally rips a hat donated by the famous singer Sharona for Nadine's charity auction. So he gets Darryl to help him sneak into Sharona's room to get another hat.

Season 3, Episode 5: Dwayne's Big Step

24 October 1987
After getting fired for boldly asking his boss for a raise, Dwayne finds himself unemployed and looking for new career opportunities.

Season 3, Episode 6: Girls Night Out

Raj and Dwayne literally get caught with their pants down when they try to rescue Dee from a police raid on a male strip club on Dee's 21st birthday.

Season 3, Episode 7: The Candidate

By running for class president, Maurice is able to win the affections of an attractive girl. However, she begins to manage his campaign and convinces him that his friendship with Darryl will hurt his chances of being elected.

Season 3, Episode 8: Family Life

14 November 1987
With her biological clock ticking,Shirley is desperate to find the perfect man and tries everything to find him.

Season 3, Episode 9: Running Scared

A little friendly competition becomes survival of the fittest when Raj and Dwayne enter a 10K run for charity.

Season 3, Episode 10: Nadine's Wood-Be-Father

28 November 1987
Nadine feels like a real dummy when her mother brings home her ventriloquist fiancée and she kicks them out of her house.

Season 3, Episode 11: The Pad

Maurice and Daryl enjoy an evening in a swinging bachelor pad with two sisters from UCLA,until the girls father shows up.

Season 3, Episode 12: Teacher's Threat

Maurice gets more than he bargained for when he takes his teacher's daughter out dancing.

Season 3, Episode 13: Daddy's Back

19 December 1987
When her dad comes into town, Shirley begins to experience the same feelings of neglect and disappointment that have plagued their strained relationship throughout the years.

Season 3, Episode 14: I Gotta Be Raj

A blow to the head causes Dwayne to wake up believing that he is Raj.

Season 3, Episode 15: Run, Shirley, Run

Thanks to Shirley,a councilman straightens up his act when he realizes that he had forgotten why he was elected to office in the first place.

Season 3, Episode 16: The Older Woman

Dwayne is reluctant to carry on a relationship with an older woman when Raj convinces him to not be concerned about age. However, Raj's feelings change when he and Nadine spot Dwayne out dining with an elderly woman.

Season 3, Episode 17: Happy Face

Raj, Nadine, and Dwayne must figure out what to do when Shirley is taken in by a con man who convinces her to sell him her share of the diner.

Season 3, Episode 18: The Fabulous Fortunes

27 February 1988
Shirley teaches a young boy with "two left feet" how to dance.

Season 3, Episode 19: Shirley's Debt

Shirley moonlights as a salesperson dressed as a clown in order to pay Raj the money she owes him and ends up winning a trip to Hawaii.

Season 3, Episode 20: Man in Motion

Dee falls in love with Maurice's cousin, a wheelchair-bound comedian and has plans to follow him on the road. However, he lets it slip to Raj that he plans to fly out without notifying Dee.

Season 3, Episode 21: Members Only

Nadine sets out to prove her suspicions that the exclusive club Raj is attempting to join discriminates against women,submitting her application and winning acceptance as a "man" after being rejected as herself.

Season 3, Episode 22: Adventures of Kangaroo Kincaide

A plan to fake a bear attack on Raj while on a camping trip backfires when a real life bear invades the campsite.

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