28 May 1995
Ben sees an ad in the paper about raising pot-bellied pigs, breeding them, and selling the babies, and wants to do that as a job. He also meets Laura, Dr. Katz's receptionist, though when he offers to treat her to a cup of coffee, she goes by herself and asks that he reimburse her when she returns.
4 June 1995
Dr. Katz feels a sense of malaise about his life. Stanley suggests he find a woman; Julie suggests he not hang around with depressed individuals (i.e. his patients) all day.
Season 1, Episode 3: Bully11 June 1995
Ben is offended when Dr. Katz throws out "Bully", a prized stuffed animal of his, without asking. Later, while Dr. Katz plays guitar, Ben suggests he try out at a nearby club's open mic night. Ben takes Laura there as a "date", though Laura doesn't think of it as such. Dr. Katz sings an original song about family, which ends with a line about Bully. Realizing his mistake of throwing out Bully, Dr. Katz apologies to Ben in front of everyone.
18 June 1995
Dr. Katz is informed by his doctor that his chances are good for having a massive heart attack. He strives to get in shape, with Julie's help: In exchange for fitness sessions, Julie wants Katz to teach her the guitar. Katz tries to convince Ben to take a health oath, but he's reluctant.
25 June 1995
Dr. Katz is concerned about Ben's lack of social life. Ben eventually goes on a date with someone he knew as a kid.
Season 1, Episode 6: Family Car2 July 1995
Ben asks Dr. Katz if he can borrow the car. While at Katz's office, the car is towed because Ben parked in a "No Parking Anytime" space.
15 October 1995
Ben is in the newspapers for witnessing a crime. Dr. Katz and Laura both remark that it's odd that he used his real name instead of choosing to remain anonymous. Ben thinks he's on the road to stardom because of this one-time incident, and wants to go to a school to tell his story. However, in the end, it's revealed that he didn't actually see a crime and lied to the reporter: "It was in the heat of the moment and I had to say something." Dr. Katz grounds Ben.
29 October 1995
Without consulting him first, Ben agrees to let Dr. Katz's ex-wife sleep in their apartment for a couple days. Meanwhile, Ben searches for an apartment of his own but gives up when he sees how expensive it is.
Season 2, Episode 3: Glasses12 November 1995
Dr. Katz buys a pair of glasses. Everyone thinks they look awkward. Ben tries to have some fun with what he believes is Katz getting older by playing some pranks on him, including hiding his cell phone and removing all the chairs from the kitchen.
17 December 1995
Laura calls Dr. Katz's apartment to say she won't be into work, using the lame excuses that she needs to get her watch fixed and do holiday shopping. Ben wonders if she's unhappy at the office and that's why she's calling in sick; Dr. Katz agrees and upgrades her position from "receptionist" to "administrative assistant". Since that doesn't seem to do anything for her, Katz throws an office Christmas party, though because of the size of his business, it will only be the two of them. When Laura arrives at the party, she almost immediately announces she has to go (especially when Katz says that Ben might be stopping by later), but thanks Dr. Katz for going through the trouble of having a party for her. Ben and Katz end the episode singing a round of "Jingle Bells".
14 January 1996
Ben gets into Dr. Katz's medical books and convinces himself he has all sorts of medical illnesses including, of all things, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (S.I.D.S.). Meanwhile, Dr. Katz is afraid of a bee that's made its way into his office. Laura plays on his fear and refuses to kill the bee at his request. Also, Patient Dom Irrera leaves a love proclamation song on Dr. Katz's answering machine.
21 January 1996
Ben is convinced that Dr. Katz has a drinking problem and tries to have a one-man intervention for him. In reality, though, Dr. Katz isn't even close to an alcoholic and Ben is overreacting, as usual.
7 April 1996
Dr. Katz is suspicious that Laura is stealing office sticky notes. Meanwhile, Ben essentially stalks an attractive new tenant in the apartment building, until he gives up because she called him "fatty".
14 April 1996
Ben is uncomfortable with the idea of Dr. Katz sleeping with a woman he just met. The title refers to the strong smell that Katz's new cologne gives off.
21 April 1996
Dr. Katz gets the urge to build a wood shelf for the wall. Ben agrees to get the necessary supplies, but causes problems when he breaks a nail gun and therefore can't return it at the hardware store. In the end, they build a shelf, but it's less than satisfactory, so they plan to put pamphlets on it.
28 April 1996
Ben runs into a prostitute on the street. He doesn't take advantage her services, but after a conversation with her, he realizes that many people need help, and wants to be the one to provide it. He begins to make Dr. Katz and Laura feel guilty about themselves, that they're not out on the streets "making a difference", like he is. After a week, Ben gives up, especially after he unknowingly chides a friend of Katz's to improve her life, as he assumed she was a prostitute.
5 May 1996
Dr. Katz is asked to give an adult education lecture. Katz chooses to discuss a theory of his: A person gets temporarily smarter whenever they experience physical pain or emotional distress. Ben tries to inflict some pain on himself so he can feel smarter, but fails. At the lecture, Ben jumps his cues to laugh at Dr. Katz's opening jokes, throwing Katz for a loop.
Season 2, Episode 12: Henna12 May 1996
Dr. Katz and Ben use a hair product "Ultra Henna Bouquet", which turns their hair bright orange/red. They call the company to try to fix the problem.
Season 2, Episode 13: ESP26 May 1996
Ben is convinced he has ESP after watching a program about it on TV, especially after a couple of lucky guesses. He warns Dr. Katz to stay away from the bar, though Katz disregards that and nothing bad happens to him.
6 October 1996
Ben starts a celebrity limo service, and sets up his office in Dr. Katz's office, in the same room as Laura. After only a few days on the job, he quits because he had a fender-bender at the airport.
Season 3, Episode 2: Blind Date13 October 1996
Julie sets Dr. Katz up on a blind date with Beth, a woman from the Midwest. Eventually, Beth cancels through Julie. Meanwhile, Ben wants to have a tenth anniversary dinner with Dr. Katz, with the anniversary being ten years since Katz and his wife split up.
Season 3, Episode 3: Fructose20 October 1996
Dr. Katz brings a bowl of fruit to the office and sets it on Laura's desk. They eventually get rid of it, because it's going rotten and attracting flies. Meanwhile, Ben gets ideas for new careers and hobbies, such as cake decorating, roller skating, and truck driving. He doesn't follow through on any of them.
Season 3, Episode 4: Earring27 August 1996
Ben wants to change his image. He ultimately decides on an earring, though he starts with a tacky-looking "tape-on" earring before going for the real thing. Dr. Katz doesn't approve. However, Ben gets cold feet at the mall and ultimately doesn't go through with it.
3 November 1996
While looking for his birth certificate, Ben discovers that Dr. Katz was a hippie back in the '60s, and had an old flame named Sharon Koppleman. This makes Katz nostalgic, and takes his guitar to the office, wanting Laura to humor him by pretending to be Sharon from his old folk music duo.
Season 3, Episode 6: Guess Who5 January 1997
Dr. Katz gets the sudden urge to play the board game "Guess Who" with Ben. During the game, Katz sees the reflection of Ben's pieces in the TV screen and guesses correctly, annoying an oblivious Ben. Katz eventually comes clean about cheating, and offers to leave the apartment for a night as self-punishment. But in the process of saying where he'll probably be staying (the Hilton), Ben wants to come along.
12 January 1997
Dr. Katz loses his day planner, and enlists Ben's help to find it while he's at work. Katz confides in Ben that the day planner contained chapters of a self help book he was writing. It turns out Ben wedged the day planner under their air conditioner to stop its shimmying.
26 January 1997
Dr. Katz is asked to give a funeral speech for his deceased aunt Estelle. However, Katz gets the giggles beforehand and struggles through the speech, desperately trying not to crack up.
Season 3, Episode 9: Studio Guy19 January 1997
Dr. Katz wants to record a tune that's been kicking around in his head. Ben goes to the music store to rent some sound equipment for the apartment. After Dr. Katz sings, Ben remarks, "That sucked."
2 February 1997
Dr. Katz throws out his back and enlists Ben's help while he's recovering. Ben too, however, throws out his back while talking to Laura.
9 February 1997
Dr. Katz wants Ben to cut down on the amount of TV he watches.
2 March 1997
Dr. Katz installs a new phone system in the office, but it has numerous bugs: When Ben tries to call the office from home, he is instead re-routed to Laura's home. Additionally, the phone calls often cut out without warning.
Season 3, Episode 13: Reunion9 March 1997
Ben gets an invite to his high school reunion. At first, he's reluctant to go because he hasn't accomplished much since graduation, but ultimately decides to and has a good time.
Season 4, Episode 1: Ben Treats9 May 1997
Ben wins $500 in a lottery scratch-off game and uses the money on an expensive dinner at a five star restaurant, with Dr. Katz and Laura as his guests. In the end, the restaurant bill ends up over his $500, forcing him to rely on Katz and Laura to pay the rest.
Season 4, Episode 2: Memoirs22 June 1997
Ben wants to make author his full-time job, and for his first book, plans to write memoirs of his life so far. He dedicates the book to Dr. Katz, rationalizing that by the time he finishes the book, Katz will be dead. As with most all job ideas, though, Ben gives up by the end of the episode.
29 June 1997
Dr. Katz orders an electric bike in the mail, but Ben proceeds to break it upon using it.
6 July 1997
Ben sees an ad for a broadcasting school audition and decides to try out, especially after Dr. Katz says he has a natural voice for radio. It's revealed that the school is a scam, however.
Season 4, Episode 5: Trash Day13 July 1997
Dr. Katz rescues a chair that someone abandoned on the street, though he has second thoughts about keeping it and eventually tells Ben to take it to the dump. Ben encounters problems doing so, though.
27 July 1997
Dr. Katz gets a call from an old flame and patient Sharon Myers, whom he referred to another therapist because he felt unprofessional dating one of his patients. However, he does agree to a drink with Sharon to tell her that he can't start seeing her as a patient again.
Season 4, Episode 7: Mask3 August 1997
Dr. Katz takes a mask-making class and Ben gets inspired to create his own. Additionally, Ben is disturbed about a dream he had: That he killed Dr. Katz.
Season 4, Episode 8: Closets10 August 1997
Dr. Katz enlists Ben's help in reorganizing Katz's bedroom closet space. Ben schedules appointments for various closet companies. However, the company that Ben chose actually makes Katz's closet worse.
17 August 1997
Ben gets the bug to be outdoors and asks Dr. Katz if they could do some camping and biking over the weekend. However, things don't pan out, and they end up staying home as usual, recording their "wild" weekend of pigging out on food and watching TV on Laura's camcorder.
Season 4, Episode 10: Chopper24 August 1997
Ben is runner-up in a contest to ride in a traffic helicopter. He hopes something will happen to the winner so he can take their place, and he even practices how he'll behave in the helicopter. But things go according to plan.
Season 4, Episode 11: Alibi31 August 1997
A story appears on the news about a balding man in his late forties breaking somebody's mailbox. Ben jumps to conclusions and thinks Dr. Katz performed the crime, and continues to think that, even after the real culprit was arrested.
7 September 1997
Ben turns 25. Meanwhile, Laura rescues a baby bird and nurtures it in the office, eventually enlisting Ben's help when Dr. Katz doesn't want it disrupting himself or the patients.
Season 4, Episode 13: Undercover14 September 1997
Laura has been taking many afternoons off without saying where she's going. Dr. Katz and Ben are both naturally suspicious, and Ben sets out to be a detective to find out what she's been doing. He doesn't find anything in his "detective work", though; Laura admits she's been going to traffic school when confronted by Dr. Katz.
Season 5, Episode 1: Old Man15 June 1998
Ben wonders if Dr. Katz should think about retiring, as he seems to be slowing down. Ben tries to give Katz a hobby to pursue during his retirement: Painting.
Season 5, Episode 2: Fanny Pack22 June 1998
Dr. Katz starts using a fanny pack to carry his personal belongings, but Ben makes fun of how it looks. Eventually, Ben ruins his fanny pack when he packs Dr. Katz's lunch in it but neglects to put the food in wrapping first.
Season 5, Episode 3: Metaphors29 June 1998
Dr. Katz and Ben begin drinking more coffee than usual. The side effects eventually catch up with Ben, as he doubles over in stomach pain.
Season 5, Episode 4: Movies6 July 1998
Dr. Katz and Ben become addicted to movie-going and try to break the habit by episode's end. Meanwhile, Ben pesters Laura because he noticed her on a date at the movies and wants to know if she's in a serious relationship with said guy.
Season 5, Episode 5: Ticket13 July 1998
Dr. Katz is pulled over for running a stop sign and given a ticket. Ben vows to fight the ticket in court, taking hundreds of photos of the stop sign, claiming it was concealed by tree leaves. However, on their way to court to fight the ticket, Ben is pulled over, and realizes he doesn't have his license on him. He wants to switch seats with Dr. Katz but he refuses. The episode ends with their nervous chatter with the cop. Meanwhile, Laura dates a dentist, but breaks it up because as a dentist, he was always asking her to smile.
Season 5, Episode 6: Phone Luv20 July 1998
Ben gets infatuated with a woman named Cindy from TelePurchases, whom he talks to on the phone and buys products from. Dr. Katz tries to convince Ben that Cindy isn't really interested in him as a boyfriend, but merely as a loyal customer.
27 July 1998
Ben receives a chain letter and frets about it, despite advice from both Dr. Katz and Laura that chain letters are a huge waste of time. Meanwhile, Dr. Katz sets up a retirement fund for Laura, though she wants the money now.
3 August 1998
Ben babysits neighbor Mrs. Shields's four year old son Jeffrey for an hour. Meanwhile, Laura tells Dr. Katz that someone called the office with a death threat for Katz. It turns out the individual wasn't being literal, though.
Season 5, Episode 9: Miles Away10 August 1998
Ben is set to visit his cousin, Sarah, in another city. However, Ben barely sees Sarah during his stay, as she's either at work or out with friends. Being alone in a big house and bored out of his mind, Ben comes home a day early.
17 August 1998
Dr. Katz and Ben become addicted to making clue games, where one person writes clues and the other person has to decipher them, step-by-step, to find a particular item.
Season 5, Episode 11: Feng Shui24 August 1998
Ben has another new fad: Feng shui. He compares and contrasts to Laura, who also practices feng shui. Eventually, Ben gives it up because the wind chimes he bought drive him nuts.
Season 5, Episode 12: Alderman21 September 1998
Dr. Katz is dismayed to learn that the alderman he voted for is corrupt. Ben decides that he'll be Dr. Katz's campaign manager, despite that Katz has no intentions of running for alderman.
Season 5, Episode 13: Paranoia28 September 1998
Dr. Katz and Ben think someone is trying to break into their apartment in the middle of the night. The next day, they put new locks on the door and bars on the windows. Eventually, they realize they're living in fear and stop being paranoid.
Season 5, Episode 14: Waltz5 October 1998
Dr. Katz realizes he'll have to dance at his niece's Rachel's wedding, and he can't dance. Katz asks Laura if she'll help him learn how to waltz, and once he pays her $200 and agrees not to touch her, she accepts. Meanwhile, Ben tries to help as well by renting Katz some instructional tapes on how to waltz, but is annoyed when Katz says he already learned how to waltz from Laura.
12 October 1998
Dr. Katz tells Ben that his 25th wedding anniversary is coming up. Ben realizes that he's 25 himself, and concludes he must've been born out of wedlock. Dr. Katz reassures him that he meant it was his 26th anniversary.
19 October 1998
Dr. Katz is set to audition for a play called "Love's Retreat". He practices with Ben, as well as Stan and Julie at the bar. However, at the audition, he gets the giggles and doesn't get the part.
Season 5, Episode 17: Ping-Pong26 October 1998
David Stanick, an old adversary, calls Dr. Katz out of the blue and challenges him to a ping-pong match. On the day of the game, David calls up and cancels.
23 November 1998
Dr. Katz's ex-wife, Roz, is coming over for Thanksgiving dinner. Ben invites Laura as well. Ben burns the turkey so the four of them have microwavable dinners for Thanksgiving instead.
Season 6, Episode 1: Sissy Boy15 June 1999
Ben is called a sissy by an old bully, Jimmy Solaray, and his son. Ben wants to join the military (mainly so he can learn how to kill Jimmy), but Dr. Katz eventually talks him out of it.
22 June 1999
Ben stages a protest to save Pullman Square from renovation, as many of his childhood favorite stores are closing because of it.
29 June 1999
Ben gets his wisdom teeth removed. During recovery, Dr. Katz accidentally gives Ben the wrong pills; instead of pain killers, he gives him antibiotics.
Season 6, Episode 4: Past Lives24 December 1999
Dr. Katz and Ben get into "past life regression", believing they are reincarnations of various famous people from the past.
13 July 1999
With the call that Ben's old friend Bruce will be in town, Ben decides to throw a party in the apartment, but doesn't want Dr. Katz to be there. He invites Todd the video store clerk, who also invites the entire cast and crew of a play he went to see. While staying out of the apartment, Dr. Katz bumps into Laura at the book store.
20 July 1999
Laura is going on a hunger walk and asks Dr. Katz to sponsor her. Ben catches wind that she'll be doing this, and wants to do the walk as well, greatly underestimating how long 20 miles really is. He gives up at the 15 mile mark and Dr. Katz and Laura have to carry him the rest of the way.
Season 6, Episode 7: Used Car24 December 1999
Laura is going to buy a new car at a dealership. Dr. Katz insists on coming along to make sure she doesn't get scammed, and Ben tags along as well. During a test drive, Ben and Dr. Katz get on Laura's nerves, so she tricks them into getting out of the car and abandons them in a dangerous neighborhood. Meanwhile, Ben tries to convince Dr. Katz that they should take a trip to The Mall of America.
24 December 1999
Dr. Katz begins dating an author, Alice Webber, and Ben overreacts, thinking he will get married again. Katz, however, has no intentions to do so, as he wants to break up with her due to petty reasons (i.e. she lacks a chin). Katz and Ben eventually make up, especially since they realize they're basically like a married couple anyway.
Season 6, Episode 9: Snow Day24 December 1999
Ben tends a neighbor's pigeons and Laura arranges to go on a vacation cruise, while the city prepares for a massive blizzard.
Season 6, Episode 10: Garden24 December 1999
Dr. Katz begins to take an interest in gardening, though as Ben discovers, it's not so much the gardening itself that has his fancy, but a woman his age named Greta who is also into gardening.
Season 6, Episode 11: Big TV24 December 1999
Ben panics when the TV dies. Impatient, Ben buys a new, big-screen TV without Dr. Katz's permission and installs it in the living room. Katz refuses to talk to Ben until he returns the TV and gets a modest-sized one. However, Katz is so used to the big screen that the new TV looks downright puny, causing him to want the big TV back again.
24 December 1999
Dr. Katz and Ben make a bet: Dr. Katz must refrain from reading the newspaper, and Ben must not talk. Whoever goes the longest wins. In the end, it's basically a draw, as both admit to cheating during their competition.
24 December 1999
Ben hears about a concept called "brief therapy" and thinks Dr. Katz should practice it. Katz refuses, contesting that someone's complex problems can't be solved in ten questions. However, he thinks about attending a brief therapy seminar in Yorba Linba, California by himself, which irks Ben, since he was the one who told him about brief therapy in the first place. In the end, though, he decides not to attend the seminar, as it's too expensive.
Season 6, Episode 14: Radio Katz24 December 1999
Dr. Katz agrees to fill in for radio therapist Carlton Campbell on his show "Campbell's Couch", for one night. Laura acts as his co-host. Ben is concerned that nobody will call in and that Katz will sound like a fool, so he convinces Todd the video store clerk to do so. During the broadcast, Ben calls, disguising his voice, and says the show, and Katz, suck. He eventually makes it to the studio and joins Katz live. Dr. Katz decides to switch things up, so he calls Dom Irrera, a patient of his, on the air.
24 December 1999
Dr. Katz is asked to analyze a teenage boy named Roger and testify to the court whether or not he's sane enough to stand trial. Dr. Katz's sole response while on the stand: "No."
Season 6, Episode 16: Bakery Ben13 February 2002
During a morning trip to the local bakery, Steve, the owner of the business, offers Ben a job as his assistant. Not only did his previous assistant quit, but he sees potential in him and rationalizes that he comes in here all the time anyway. Dr. Katz is overjoyed that Ben is finally employed. Ben is less than thrilled, however, because it requires getting up at 4 A.M. Also, he thinks Steve is a nut. On his third day, Ben is fired for being four hours late. When Steve goes leaves the counter, Ben steals a bunch of baked goods in retaliation for Steve refusing to give him a paycheck for two days of work.
13 February 2002
Laura announces she's engaged to a musician. Ben tries to be mature about it and wishes her the best. Laura eventually calls off the engagement. Unaware of this development, Ben bursts into the office to tell Laura she's making a big mistake by marrying that man. Additionally, Ben visits Dr. Katz's bar for the first time and meets Julie.
Season 6, Episode 18: Lerapy13 February 2002
Dr. Katz tells a joke to patient Conan O'Brien, which he subsequently uses on his talk show. When Katz confronts Conan about it, Conan says it was a subliminal slip. Katz feels he should get credit for the joke, which Conan thinks is absurd. Ben tries to sell some jokes to Conan, who ignores him.
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