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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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Lou-Lou was based on Tony Danza's real life boxing manager. 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 »


Lou-Lou: [referring to Reverend Jim] How many fights has he been in?
Alex Rieger: Just the one with reality.
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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, Taxi's EP12: 'Out of Commission' is one of the best episodes of their greatest season.

The episode was written by Sam Seder, who would later write for the great animated series 'The Simpsons'. And in Sam's episode of Taxi, Tony Banta is 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 and doesn't know what to do with the rest of his life after getting the word that his big dreams of fame and fortune as a prize fighter are officially over. Left with no other means to obtain great success in the world, Tony decides to risk his life by getting back into the boxing ring by any means necessary. Which includes creating a false identity as a Mexican boxer.

Tony's friends and coworkers at the garage eventually discover his ploy to continue his dream of being a boxing champ someday, so Alex quickly rushes-off to find Tony before the start of his first match as a Mexican boxer. Will Alex convince Tony that it's not worth risking his life to pursue his dreams of boxing glory? Or, will Tony ignore Alex's desperate pleas and continue his failed boxing career as a Mexican fighter? Sorry, no spoilers here. You have to watch this great episode of Taxi to find out.

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