The Famous Teddy Z (TV Series 1989–1990) - Plot Summary Poster



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  • Ted Zakalokis' family has a bakery and it has always been assumed that he would one day work there. But that's not what he wants to do. So to avoid that he enlists in the army and after getting out, he gets a temporary job working in the mail room of a Hollywood talent agency under Richie Herby. Now most of the people who work in the mail room are hoping that one of the agents will need a new secretary thus paving the way for them to be agents themselves. One of these persons is Laurie Parr, who Teddy tries to hit on but is shut down. While there he meets Abe Werkfinder, the head of the agency and basically a nice guy. He also meets Al Floss, the quintessential agent, oily, sneaky, deceptive. One day one his clients is arriving and he instructs Richie to meet him cause he doesn't want any of the other "mail room" people making a move on his client. Richie, not wanting to give him the satisfaction, sends Teddy instead. Now the man is arrogant, and pompous, he picks a fight with Teddy, that ends with Teddy slugging him to his knees. Teddy's spunk impresses the man that he wants Teddy to be his agent now. Al Floss is not happy about it, and he tries to dissuade Teddy from accepting his request. But Abe Werkfinder feeling that as long as the man wants to stay with his agency, he must do what he can to make him happy. So he convinces Teddy to accept, the high paying job, and instructs Al to train him. But Al is not exactly in his corner, so Teddy must rely on Richie and his secretary Laurie for help. And because his name is such a tongue twister, Mr. Werkfinder dubs him Teddy Z.

  • Teddy Zakalokis was just another ordinary guy working in the mail room of a Hollywood Agency. One day, Abe Werkfinder (head of the agency) asks Teddy to pick up self centered movie star Harland Kevo from the airport. Kevo gets into a physical fight with Teddy and Teddy wins. Kevo was so taken by Teddy's authority to stand up to him, he wants Teddy as an agent. Werkfinder then hires Teddy as an agent. Since Teddy had no clue what he was doing, he wanted snobby Laurie Parr (from the mail-room also) to be hired on as his aide. Teddy's competition came in the form of the badly dressed, self serving Al Floss, another agent who has been in the business for years.


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