Taxi: Season 1, Episode 13

A Full House for Christmas (12 Dec. 1978)

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Louie's gambling brother, Nick from Las Vegas, comes to visit the garage. Irritated that Nick refuses to spend time with their mother, Louie bankrolls Alex in a card game to try and get back at him.

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Louie's gambling brother, Nick from Las Vegas, comes to visit the garage. Irritated that Nick refuses to spend time with their mother, Louie bankrolls Alex in a card game to try and get back at him.

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Louie's brother, Nick, was going to be played by 'Andy Kaufman''s infamous alter ego, Tony Clifton. During rehearsals, Clifton created such chaos on the set that security had to remove him. Tony was replaced by Richard Foronjy at the last minute. See more »

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Louie bets his life saving on a poker game.
23 July 2008 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

Currently I am re-watching all the old episodes of "Taxi" on DVD.

It is the Christmas season and Louie's younger brother was expected in town from Las Vegas. Mom had not seen her son for 6 years and was anxious to see him. Louie gets a cabbie to rush him over, before he can get too interested in a poker game Bobbie, Tony, and the others were playing. But his brother comes back real quick, having told mom 'hello' quickly but wanting to get to the poker game.

Louie is very upset, because he thinks his brother really should invite mom to his place in Vegas for a visit, going so far as to 'disown' him if he won't. And he doesn't.

Richard Foronjy is the brother, Nick, who is an expert and is cleaning up at the poker table. But now Louie is bent on revenge, he wants to 'break' Nick, and tells Alex he will bankroll him with the $3,000 he has been saving.

The game is tense, all the cabbies are there watching and cheering, but Alex keeps losing. Then, when Alex is about out of money, it is revealed that the money wasn't Louie's after all, it was the cab company's receipts.

SPOILERS: In the end Alex prevails and Nick is crushed.


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