Taxi: Season 1, Episode 5

Come as You Aren't (10 Oct. 1978)

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Elaine drives a very rude costumer, who accuses her cheating on the fare. Back at the garage, Elaine invites Alex to come to a party in her apartment, which she gives for the people from ... See full summary »



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Elaine drives a very rude costumer, who accuses her cheating on the fare. Back at the garage, Elaine invites Alex to come to a party in her apartment, which she gives for the people from the art gallery where she works, but she doesn't want him to tell anyone that they both work as cab drivers, because she is embarrassed. But Alex says he is okay to lie about Elaine's occupation, but he is not okay to lie about him being a cab driver. The rest of the crew sort of invite themselves to the party after hearing about it. But Elaine explicitly says that Louie isn't allowed to come. Elaine makes Alex come over a little earlier so he is the first at the party and he can give her some moral support. Then the guests start to pour in. Written by Anonymous

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When Elaine picks up the rude passenger at the start of the show, it's clearly raining outside. However the windscreen isn't wet, and wipers aren't in use, even in the wide shot. See more »

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Elaine's Party
18 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The first four episodes of this new (back in 1978) were fantastic so the odds were that sooner-or-later a so-so story would materialize. This one was it; okay, but nothing that great.

There really isn't much to this story except that it features Marilu Henner, who was pretty stunning to ogle and is a regular in this cast, as the only female cabbie: "Elaine Nardo." Dressed up for her party, Marilu really looked especially terrific.

Elaine, as viewers of this series know, held down two jobs: the cabbie and as a secretary (and window designer) at an art museum. Like Bobby and his acting dreams, Elaine's heart is in art a lot more than her cab job. Thus, she's really nervous about making a good impression to the art crowd when she hosts a party.

All I'll say is several things happen at the party that one wouldn't predict would happen, which keeps it interesting. Included in the list of surprises is a connection with an incident shown early on in this episode involving a nasty customer in Elaine's cab.

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