Taxi (1978–1983)
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Nardo Loses Her Marbles 

Elaine tries to handle too many things in her life at the same time,bringing her close to a nervous breakdown. This leads her to see a psychiatrist and to look to Alex for possible comfort.


James Burrows


James L. Brooks (created by), Stan Daniels (created by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview:
Judd Hirsch ... Alex Reiger
Jeff Conaway ... Bobby Wheeler
Danny DeVito ... Louie De Palma
Marilu Henner ... Elaine Nardo
Tony Danza ... Tony Banta
Andy Kaufman ... Latka Gravas
Tom Ewell ... Dr. Richmond
Robert Picardo ... Philip Polevoy
Mary Woronov ... Fran Strickland
William Callaway ... Sandor Kovacs
Paula Victor Paula Victor ... Mrs. Hazeltine


Single mother Elaine has too many things in her life to handle at once. Her kids,being a cab driver and working at an art gallery as well. All this overwork causes her to have a near nervous breakdown. Leading her to see a psychiatrist and to look to Alex for possible "comfort",which makes Alex feel he'd be taking advantage of her emotional state. Written by happipuppi13

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Release Date:

2 October 1979 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When Alex curses out another driver, he is wearing a gray coat. The scene emmidiately cuts to inside the cab, and Alex is wearing a black suit. See more »

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Saying 'No' To Nardo Couldn't Have Been Easy
15 January 2010 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Elaine, trying to juggle an art gallery opening show, her cab job and two kids at home, snaps. Things go badly at the art show and she loses it. Alex takes her home and recommends she see a psychiatrist. She claims there is absolutely nothing wrong with her, but then suddenly she tries to make out with Alex! Now, Alex knows she needs help! Alex does the right thing here, which would be hard for any man to do considering who was coming on to him.

Soon, Nardo and "Dr. Bernard Collins" have their first psych session.

The psychiatrist looked and sounded very familiar to me, but I could't place him. I knew he is a great actor....but who was it? Well, the ending credits answered that: It was Tom Ewell. I couldn't believe it. This was the guy who played opposite 1950s sex bombshells Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield! Now, he was nice little bald-headed man, almost 70 years old. Well, at least he was still acting and doing a good job of it. He is very good in this episode.

What happens to Elaine I'll leave it up to you to find out. Suffice to say this was another entertaining episode with good dialog.

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