Taxi: Season 1, Episode 19

Mama Gravas (27 Feb. 1979)

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Latka Gravas's mother comes to visit and because he must work, he asks Alex to keep his mother company for him leading Alex to end up with more than he bargained for.



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T.J. Castronovo ...
Tommy Jeffries (as T.J. Castronova)
Greta Gravas


Latka's mother comes to visit from their home country but Louie canceled his day off to fix 3 taxis. Latka then asks Alex to keep his mother company until he gets off work. Alex ends up with more than he expected when he and Ms. Gravas end up in bed together. After hearing about this, Latka thinks that she & Alex are going to be a couple but is shocked when told it was just a one time thing. Latka is now angry with Alex & Mama and decides he will not speak to Alex again. Written by happipuppi13

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Alex and Latka's mama hit it off.
24 July 2008 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

The 'Taxi' TV series is one of my all-time favorites, and currently I am re-watching all old episodes on DVD.

In this episode Louie has promised Latka the day off because his mother is visiting the USA for the first time from "the old country." But 3 cabs need repair and Louie cancels Latka's day off, and Latka pleads with Alex to help entertain mama. Alex probably has visions of an old, very heavy and ugly woman and makes excuses why he is too tired ... until Latka's mama shows up in the garage.

Susan Kellermann is Latka's mama, Greta Gravas, statuesque and very pretty and also very personable. Suddenly Alex has time.

All Taxi fans know how Andy Kaufman as Latka Gravas created and spoke this fictional language, but it was fun seeing him and mama both speaking this language. With the gestures we could get a good idea what Greta was telling Latka about all the terrible things that had happened to each one he asked about. One even blew his brains out. At the end, Latka says, "It is good to get news from home."

Since Latka had to work, he gave Alex two tickets to a Rockettes show, and he went with Greta. The next morning Alex is telling Elaine in 'code' what a great time they had, and we know they ended up in the sack together. How to keep it from Latka? But never mind, when Latka shows up with a big smile, calling Alex 'papa'.

A funny episode.

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