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"Taxi" Elaine and the Lame Duck (1979)

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Original Air Date:
13 February 1979 (Season 1, Episode 17)
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. | Add synopsis »
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Episode Crew
Directed by
James Burrows 
Writing credits
James L. Brooks (created by) &
Stan Daniels (created by) &
David Davis (created by) and
Ed. Weinberger (created by)

Glen Charles (written by) &
Les Charles (written by)

Produced by
James L. Brooks .... executive producer
Glen Charles .... producer
Les Charles .... producer
Budd Cherry .... associate producer
Stan Daniels .... executive producer
David Davis .... executive producer
Ed. Weinberger .... executive producer
Original Music by
Bob James 
Cinematography by
Edward E. Nugent (director of photography)
Film Editing by
M. Pam Blumenthal 
Casting by
Rhonda Young 
Art Direction by
Tom H. John 
Set Decoration by
Joseph A. Armetta 
Makeup Department
Jerry Cash .... makeup artist
Production Management
Gregg Peters .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gregg Peters .... assistant director
Michael Stanislavsky .... second assistant director
Art Department
Bob Fox .... stand-by painter
Sound Department
James R. Wright .... production sound mixer (as Jim Wright)
Camera and Electrical Department
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Joel Thurm .... original casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ralph T. Schlain .... wardrobe
Other crew
James L. Brooks .... executive consultant
Robin Chambers .... assistant: Mr. Daniels
Gil Clasen .... technical coordinator
Andrea Davis .... assistant: Mr. Daniels
Rosemary Dorsey .... script supervisor
Larry Foster .... assistant: Mr. Cherry
Ronald E. Frazier .... production executive
Lea Goldbaum .... assistant: Mr. Daniels
Richard Sakai .... assistant: Mr. Cherry
Catherine Tessier .... assistant: Mr. Daniels
Donna Wheeler .... assistant: Mr. Daniels

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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
James L. Brooks  created by
Stan Daniels  created by
David Davis  created by
Ed. Weinberger  created by

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Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Per the title, a lame duck is a politician who is finishing out his term after he was not reelected or chose not to run again.See more »


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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Elaine gets to like the awkward congressman who sweats too much., 27 July 2008
Author: TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

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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