Taxi: Season 1, Episode 17

Elaine and the Lame Duck (13 Feb. 1979)

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While out on a fare, Alex befriends a socially inept congressman who is dumped by a woman. Feeling sorry for the guy, Alex fixes him up on a date with Elaine.

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While out on a fare, Alex befriends a socially inept congressman who is dumped by a woman. Feeling sorry for the guy, Alex fixes him up on a date with Elaine.

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Elaine gets to like the awkward congressman who sweats too much.
27 July 2008 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

I have long been a big fan of the old "Taxi" TV series, and am currently re-watching all the old episodes on DVD.

In this episode Judd Hirsch as Alex Reiger picks up a man and a woman, and it is soon apparent that the woman simply wants to get away from the man. Not that he is dangerous, he is just an idiot. So Alex takes him to the garage to talk to him and possibly assure him that he is just awkward.

Jeffrey Tambor is the guest star as Congressman Walter Griswald. While in the garage he is introduced to Elaine Nardo. They go out and, in spite of his awkwardness, Elaine sort of takes a liking to him and they start to see each other regularly.

However soon Walter wants to push things to get too serious and Elaine has to back him off.

Not a great episode, but has some interesting moments.


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