Taxi: Season 5, Episode 14

Alex's Old Buddy (29 Jan. 1983)

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When Alex learns that his old dog is dying, he determines to do everything in his power to make Buddy's last days comfortable.

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When Alex learns that his old dog is dying, he determines to do everything in his power to make Buddy's last days comfortable.

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17 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I normally enjoy episodes that blend humor with drama, and there's not many better at it than Taxi, but this dog should've been put out of its' misery before airing in this final season. It almost feels as if the writer's were running out of ideas, and threw this mess together just to get something on the air, which was too bad. The best thing was probably Buddy the dog, played by Tucker, as he's left to Alex because he has to be put down soon, and Alex does his best to enjoy the last moments of the dog's life. Judd Hirsch seems to go through the motions, or he's given poor lines of dialog from the writers, and his forced cry after Buddy dies made me cringe, as did his lousy scene with some girl named Shawn, who was played rather poorly and without any emotion by Judith-Marie Bergan. Shawn has a problem with Alex spending time with the dying mutt, instead of with her, although I think Buddy was more interesting. None of the characters had anything redeeming to say, and that made for a very disappointing episode.


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