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The Secret of Management 

When Lisa hears Mr. James once told Dave the secret of good management, she desperately wants to know too.


Tom Cherones


Paul Simms (created by), Lewis Morton

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Episode complete credited cast:
Dave Foley ... Dave Nelson
Stephen Root ... Jimmy James
Andy Dick ... Matthew Brock
Maura Tierney ... Lisa Miller
Vicki Lewis ... Beth
Joe Rogan ... Joe Garrelli
Khandi Alexander ... Catherine Duke (credit only)
Phil Hartman ... Bill McNeal
Ian Abercrombie ... Cadbury
Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Waitress


Lisa feels Dave has a far better bond with Mr. James than she does and when she hears Mr. James once told Dave the secret of good management, she desperately wants to know the secret as well and persuades Mr. James to tell her. Meanwhile, Bill has hired a butler and Matthew feels neglected since his return to WNYX. Written by Marco van Hoof <>

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Comedy | Romance







Release Date:

1 January 1998 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Beth: Say, Bill, where's your manly man?
Joe: Gentlemen's gentlemen.
Bill: Cadbury's gone.
Joe: If I was that dude, I would have quit a long time ago.
Bill: Oh, he didn't quit.
Beth: You fired him already?
Bill: No. Cadbury got up early this morning and left, and stole my wallet, my credit cards, my TV, my stereo, by fridge and most of my furniture.
Beth: Did you call the police?
Bill: Yes, and I explained the whole story.
Joe: What did they say?
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References Citizen Kane (1941) See more »

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"You're sitting in the house that 'Honk if you're horny' built."
13 April 2016 | by Mr-FusionSee all my reviews

One of my very favorite episodes. There's nothing complex about it, it's all playful comedy. Bill's at the height of self-importance when he hires a manservant to follow him around, and that's enough of a winning plot line in itself. But Stephen Root handily walks away with this one. Lisa's desperate to be one of the guys and convinces Mr. James to teach her the secret of management. What follows is . . . well, it's just perfect. The precious secret turns out to be hours of platitudinous sayings you've seen on countless bumper stickers. The whole gag is Lisa being razzed, but it's Root in rare form and playing the character at (possibly) its most deranged.

I love it.


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