Taxi (1978–1983)
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Out of Commission 

After Tony's third knockout in five fights, a concerned doctor goes to the boxing commission and convinces them to revoke Tony's license.



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Episode cast overview:
Latka Gravas (credit only)
Carmine Caridi ...
Dr. Webster
Shotgun (as Jesse Goins)
Jon St. Elwood ...
The Boxer
Mauricio Aldana ...
Alberto Martinez
Jimmy Lennon Sr. ...
Ring Announcer (as James F. 'Jimmy' Lennon)
Vince Delgado ...


After Tony's third knockout in five fights, a concerned doctor goes to the boxing commission and convinces them to revoke Tony's license.

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12 March 1981 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


According to Sam Simon, he wrote the script as a spec script and sent it in to the show. The producers liked it so much that they produced the episode and hired Simon as a staff writer. See more »


When Reverend Jim gives his speech to Tony in the locker room, the shadow of the boom mic is visible on the wall behind him. See more »


Alex Rieger: All you get for the fight tonight is twenty dollars?
Tony Banta: Who else do you know rakes in five dollars a second?
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Never a contender
17 April 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of the 5 years that 'Taxi' was on the air, season three, in my humble opinion, is its greatest season. And, of the 20 episodes of 'Taxi' that aired in the 3rd season, episode 12: 'Out of Commission', is one of the best in a really great year for the series.

The episode was written by Sam Seder (who would later write a lot for the great animated series 'The Simpsons') and this episode is all about Tony Banta being forced to retire by the NY boxing commission after his latest fight ends abruptly with Tony getting knocked out 20 seconds into the first round.

As a result, Tony is at a loss to figure out what to do with the rest of his life after getting the news that his big dreams of fame and fortune as a prize fighter are officially over. However, Tony is determined to get back in the ring, by any means necessary. Can Tony's friends and coworkers convince him to stop foolishly risking his life as a underground fighter in disguise or, can they convince Tony to hangup his boxing gloves forever? I encourage you to find this episode somewhere online and check it out for yourselves. It's a really good episode in a really strong season 3 of the series.

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