Taxi: Season 1, Episode 22

Substitute Father (15 May 1979)

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With Elaine going out of town to visit her sick aunt, the guys at the garage takes turns watching over her son so that he can compete in a spelling bee.



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Episode credited cast:
Latka Gravas (credit only)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tan Adams ...
Carl Byrd ...
Chritsa's Father
Suzanne Carney ...
Marilu Hartman
Karl Held ...
Boyd Fowler
Michael Hershewe ...
David Knapp ...
Spelling Bee Moderator
J. Alan Thomas ...


With Elaine going out of town to visit her sick aunt, the guys at the garage takes turns watching over her son so that he can compete in a spelling bee.

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The guys help take care of Elaine's son Jason for a few days.
27 July 2008 | by (Houston, Tx, USA, Earth) – See all my reviews

I am a big fan of the old "Taxi" TV series, and I am currently re-watching all old episodes on DVD. In this one Elaine has to go away for a few days and her son, Jason, is preparing for the city district spelling bee contest.

Elaine pleads with Judd Hirsch as Alex Reiger and he gives in, agreeing to keep Jason (about 10) during this period. However as soon as Elaine leaves he panics. Soon he has Tony, Bobby, John, and even Louie offering to help.

(Eliane makes a goof here, when introducing Jason to everyone she calls Tony 'Tony Danza' which is his real name, not his character's name.)

So the guys take turns entertaining Jason in various ways, and all are in the audience for the spelling bee. As usual Louie makes a scene unbecoming of "parents" at a function. Jason does well, but he finishes second to a girl.

There isn't really a lot to this episode, just a shell of a story to give the various characters opportunities for funny lines.

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