John makes a short speech at AA and reveals he is the new manager at a bus station in St Louis. He goes in, meets the various characters at the station including miserable employees and ... See full synopsis »

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John Hemingway
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Mahalia Sanchez
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Carly Watkins
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Dexter Walker
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Heavy Gene
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Officer Adam Hampton
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Officer Eve Eggers
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Con Woman
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Mrs. Shenker
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Mike
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Max Dumas
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John makes a short speech at AA and reveals he is the new manager at a bus station in St Louis. He goes in, meets the various characters at the station including miserable employees and eccentric customers. He also finds the previous 6 managers were alcoholics and either murdered or suicidal. The whiskey in his desk temps him the whole night while he deals with the angry cafe cook, lazy janitor, sarcastic assistant, dumb security guards, con artists, hookers, lost glass eyes, cross-dressers, women going into labor on a bus, drunken squatters, muggers, lack of cash, and suicidal thoughts. He manages to make it to the end of shift with his sobriety and health intact.

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2 September 1993 (USA)  »

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very insightfully written show
5 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This episode sets the stage for a very insightfully written show with a stellar cast. Plenty of laughs, but enough intelligence to explain why the show never fit into the normal "turn off your IQ" sitcoms of broadcast TV of the era. Laroquette brings an intriguing subtlety and vulnerability to the show's lead character. The JLS teases you with stereotypes and then busts them to surprising delight. Chill Mitchell plays the show's odd moral center with a reverse racist twist. Gigi Rice, underplayed in the pilot, is a gem with an understated performance. Would have loved to see what would happen to the show's development if hadn't made deliberately desperate cast changes and lightened writing tone to generate improved ratings. Though mildly similar in wit to "Seinfeld", this show was well before it's time.


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