Dave's World

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Episode Guide

    • I Lost It at the Movies
      I Lost It at the Movies
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      A night at the movies finds Dave and Beth trying not to interfere with Tommy's first date - and Kenny trying to convince friends that he's meeting Emma Samms there.
    • The Insecurity System
      The Insecurity System
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      Beth buys a security system after Shel's van is stolen.
    • Exorcising with Dave Barry
      Exorcising with Dave Barry
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      The eccentric owner of a hardware store throws a monkey wrench into Dave's plans to fix a broken door when he tells Dave that the Barry house is haunted.
    • I Saw Mommy Kicking Santa Claus (1)
      Pandemonium reigns at the Barry house before Christmas as Beth contemplates returning to work; Dave has to take a driving test; and both desperately search for a toy for Willie. (Part 1 of 2)
    • Gone with the Wind (1)
      Gone with the Wind (1)
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      On Willie's sixth birthday, Hurricane Ashley strikes Miami, forcing the Barrys and their friends to take cover. (Part 1 of 2)
    • Gone with the Wind (2)
      Gone with the Wind (2)
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      The Barrys copes with the aftermath of the hurricane: no water, no power, a tree in their bedroom, and Shel as a demanding houseguest. (Part 2 of 2)
    • Death and Mom Take a Holiday
      Death and Mom Take a Holiday
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      Beth's mother visits, bearing an unusual Christmas gift.
    • The Accidental Tourists
      The Accidental Tourists
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      Dave, Shel, and Kenny travel to Paris to fulfill a deceased college buddy's final request -- to have his ashes scattered from the Eiffel Tower.
    • A Room With a View
      A Room With a View
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      Tommy's treehouse allows a view of the neighbours' bedroom.
    • Dave Barry, Call Your Agent
      Dave Barry, Call Your Agent
      Season 4 - Episode 15
      Dave finds out that his agent, Irving Bloom, has died and that Bloom's widow, Mel, is taking over the client list, much to his surprise. Bea Arthur plays Mel Bloom, the new agent, in the first of three guest-starring appearances. Talk show host Wink Martindale appears as himself. Dave finds himself missing his old agent when Mel goes into overdrive promoting Dave scheduling him with publicity interviews, talk shows and book fairs to publicize Barry Picking, his new book. Dave, however, didn't have a clue that he wrote a new bookmoreless
    • Touched By an Agent
      Touched By an Agent
      Season 4 - Episode 16
      Mel, Dave's aggressive new agent, has the Barry household spinning both physically and mentally when she sends Dave into New York for a PR tour and lands Willie a television commercial much to Beth's chagrin.
    • I Saw Mommy Kicking Santa Claus (2)
      Through a series of mishaps, the Barrys are reminded of the true meaning of Christmas. (Part 2 of 2)
    • The Last Auction Hero
      The Last Auction Hero
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Mia quits her job; Shel is auctioned at a hospital fund raiser.
    • The Road Taken
      The Road Taken
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      Dave does not approve when Shel suddenly decides to sell his house, buy a boat and sail the Caribeean.
    • Crime and Coconuts
      Crime and Coconuts
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      Dave grounds Tommy for a prank the child insists he didn't commit. Then Eric's father, Eric Jr., invites the gang to the Coconut Strip Club for Eric's bachelor party, where they wind up in a brawl and get a taste of injustice themselves before a judge who hates celebrities, especially colunists. Meanwhile, Eric begs the guys to convince Mia he was forced to accompany them to the club.moreless
    • The Country Girl
      The Country Girl
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      The Barrys are enchanted with their new French exchange student -- even after a little misunderstanding involving Willie's pet rabbit, which she naturally views as potential dinner.
    • You Can't Always Get What You Want
      Dave certainly gets no satisfaction from his search for Rolling Stones tickets. Meanwhile, Mia runs the first draft of her children's book by a tough critic -- Willie.
    • Just Kidding
      Just Kidding
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      When Dave writes an unflattering column about a used car salesman, he finds himself with a lot of problems.
    • Cleanliness is Next to Nakedness
      Cleanliness is Next to Nakedness
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      Beth's plan to surprise Dave in the shower backfires.
    • Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
      Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      When Dave reveals his biggest regret to the world, he is reunited with a fellow reporter he scooped years ago. Dave's guilt increases when he finds out the man is now homeless.
    • Solitaire
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      With Beth and the boys away for the weekend, Dave savors the time alone to do as he pleases -- if only he can get his friends to stop trying to keep him company. Dave's weekend is filled with all the things dearest to his heart: naps, television, beer, pretzels and not bathing. However, Mia and Eric want his expertise on where they should honeymoon, while Shel and Kenny are certain that all this time alone isn't good for Dave. Meanwhile, Beth learns that she is the last to know that Tommy has discovered girls in the form of the beautiful Angela when she chaperones his class on a field trip to see a space shuttle launch.moreless
    • The Mommies
      The Mommies
      Season 2 - Episode 23
      Mother's Day inspires the gang to reminisce about past celebrations. Including one memorable moment when Kenny's mom questions his orientation.
    • Four Characters in Search of a Ring
      Dave and Kenny take Shel to a singles bar. Unfortunately, Dave has a huge problem when he allows Kenny to borrow his wedding ring on a bet.
    • Educating Rita
      Educating Rita
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      An attempt to set Kenny up with Beth's friend Rita backfires.
    • How Long Has This Been Going On?
      How Long Has This Been Going On?
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      Beth and Julie are shocked to learn their mom is still sexually active and has been spending some romantic quality time with a delivery man.
    • It's Not About That . . .
      It's Not About That . . .
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      Construction of the new neighbour's house disturbs the peace; a commitment-shy Eric turns to Dave and the guys when his relationship with Mia hits a snag -- prompting Kenny to consider "enhancement" surgery.
    • Heatwave
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      In the middle of a heat wave, Beth tries to help Dave set up his fax machine and ends up blowing out the air conditioner.
    • Tommy Doesn't Live Here Anymore
      Tommy Doesn't Live Here Anymore
      Season 2 - Episode 25
      Tommy runs away to live with Kenny when his parents won't let him see a gory film.
    • The Funeral (a.k.a.) Funeral Episodes
      When Dave gets sick, Beth leaves him to see "Camelot" or to attend an aunt's funeral...or maybe both.
    • The Anniversary Schmaltz
      The Anniversary Schmaltz
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      On their 14th anniversary, Beth and Dave finally decide to have a romantic celebration alone.
    • Shel in Love
      Shel in Love
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      Valentine's Day finds Tommy happy about getting a card from a girl he likes; and Shel on his first date since his divorce.
    • It's a Small Van After All
      It's a Small Van After All
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      A weekend trip to Walt Disney World turns ugly.
    • Please Won't You Be My Neighbor
      Please Won't You Be My Neighbor
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      When someone breaks into Shel's car, Dave and Beth take action. They join the neighborhood watch.
    • Saved By Estelle
      Saved By Estelle
      Season 1 - Episode 23
      Shel must spend the weekend with his ex-wife and her boyfriend.
    • Pilot
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      Dave volunteers to help coach his older son's soccer team.
    • Rat Story
      Rat Story
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      After Beth goes back to work at her teaching job, Dave learns a lesson about housework.
    • Dis Who's Coming to Dinner?
      Dis Who's Coming to Dinner?
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      The Barrys' dinner party is even worse than Dave and Beth anticipated, as Shel tries to break up with his girlfriend, and Kenny and Julie desert the party to spend some quality time together.
    • The Donor Party
      The Donor Party
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      When Shel's irresponsible younger brother Bobby comes to visit, Shel assumes it's to ask him for money . But this time Bobby's needs are more serious: he's ill and wants Shel to donate a kidney.
    • Double Fault
      Double Fault
      Season 3 - Episode 22
      To earn the favor of a socialite and secure a sizable donation to the hospital, Shel serves up famous writer Dave Bary at a celebrity tennis benefit, despite the fact that Dave himself refuses to pay.
    • Lobster Envy
      Lobster Envy
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      Tommy is hit by a car while trick-or-treating, prompting Dave to flashback to the boy's birth.
    • Six Years Old and All Washed Up
      Six Years Old and All Washed Up
      Season 1 - Episode 21
      Dave is offended when Willie's kindergarten teacher suggests that Willie be held back a year.
    • Family Membership
      Family Membership
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      Dave and Beth join a health club to help Tommy overcome his dread of gym class, while Shel lies about his family status to get a discount membership.
    • Starr Tours
      Starr Tours
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      Dave sees a way to meet his favorite '60s British rock star, Peter Noone, when Eric begins repairs on the man's Florida mansion.
    • Catch of the Day
      Catch of the Day
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      Eric's dad goes fishing and returns with a girlfriend, leaving Eric upset and confused.
    • L.A. Times
      L.A. Times
      Season 3 - Episode 25
      Dave plugs his new book in Hollywood, along with a starstruck Shel, whose Tinseltown experience dims after a spat with Carly.
    • The Joint Venture
      The Joint Venture
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      Dave and Beth's risky land investment goes to pot, so to speak, when they discover marijuana growing on the site.
    • Health Hath No Fury
      Health Hath No Fury
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      Kenny's "cardiac event" inspires Beth to change the Barrys' eating habits -- and to drag Dave to a shady lawyer in order to draft a new will.
    • One Mump or Two?
      One Mump or Two?
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      Dave learns about the downside of bachelor life when a quarantine forces him to spend a few days with Kenny; meanwhile, Beth's sister stays with the Barrys after leaving her husband.
    • You Must(ang) Remember This
      You Must(ang) Remember This
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      The Barrys and friends take a ride down memory lane as Dave debates whether to sell his 1965 Mustang; Tommy and Willie scheme to augment their allowance.
    • The Great Mandala of Life
      The Great Mandala of Life
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      The dog eats Tommy's homework -- which happens to be a frog; and Kenny tries to get Dave to buy more life insurance from the agent he's dating.
    • Writing Wrongs
      Writing Wrongs
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      Is truth stranger than fiction? Dave's about to find out when Tommy takes issue with his father's first major work, a serio-comic memoir about Dave's wild and crazy youth.
    • Piano, No Strings
      Piano, No Strings
      Season 2 - Episode 24
      When Dave finds out that Tommy is a talented piano player, he pushes Tommy to join the school band. Tommy, however, doesn't want to.
    • Working Stiffs
      Working Stiffs
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      When Kenny becomes a victim of "corporate downsizing," Dave tries to get his friend's job back by talking to the boss, who tells him the real reason Kenny was let go.
    • Those Wedding Shel Blues
      Those Wedding Shel Blues
      Season 2 - Episode 21
      Shel is distraught over his ex's upcoming wedding. Especially, when he learns that she will be moving to California and taking Carly with her.
    • A Pool's Paradise
      A Pool's Paradise
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      A feud with a snooty neighbor may sink the Barrys' efforts to build a pool, while Kenny tries to tread water in his relationship with Julie.
    • The Green-Eyed Monster
      The Green-Eyed Monster
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      Eric and Mia move in with the Barrys when their house catches fire. However, the real blaze occurs between Julie and Eric.
    • Stress
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      Beth's decision to use the repair job on the kitchen and master bedroom as a reason to completely redecorate the house puts a major strain on the Barrys' marriage. Ever since structural damage plunged their bedroom into the kitchen, Dave and Beth have been camping out in the living room, which has put a definite crimp in their love life and stress on their marriage. Now with Eric and Eric Jr. practically living with them, blundering through the repairs, things go from bad to worse. But, when Beth goes against Dave's wishes and hires a decorator to redo the entire house, the fighting really escalates. Meanwhile, when Mia and Eric step in to help, they discover that it is really they who are the incompatible ones and split up.moreless
    • Writer's Block
      Writer's Block
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      Tommy is crushed when Dave tries to overcome writer's block by writing a column about Tommy's crush on a girl at school.
    • Falling
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      When Dave meets an attractive female fan who invites him back to her apartment to "talk about writing," Shel and Kenny are certain that Dave will be seduced if he goes.
    • Based on a True Story
      Based on a True Story
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      When a movie studio options one of Dave's columns, Dave and Shel try to collaborate on a screenplay.
    • Martian Death Flu
      Martian Death Flu
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      Willie is appearing in a play. Unfortunately, everyone in the Barry house comes down with the flu.
    • I Sort of Saw What You Did
      I Sort of Saw What You Did
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      Willie loses a tooth before the tooth fairy can collect it; Kenny persuades Dave to lie to an insurance adjuster.
    • Bad News Barry's
      Bad News Barry's
      Season 4 - Episode 17
      A publishing party at the Barrys' home, coordinated by Dave's new agent, Mel, links Dave to a dead mobster and thrusts him into the seedy world of tabloid publicity. After a photo of Dave with Carlo "The Body Bag" Lorenz, which was taken at the party, appears on the front page of the Miami newspapers when Carlo is found dead the next day, the Barry household gets a taste of life in the public eye. Meanwhile, the bad publicity rubs off on Shel when the bookmobile he sponsored is highjacked and taken on a crime spree.moreless
    • Fame
      Season 3 - Episode 16
      A new promotion for Dave's column plasters his face on numerous billboards around Miami. At first he's pleased by the attention, but it soon grows old.
    • Spontaneous Combustion
      Spontaneous Combustion
      Season 4 - Episode 14
      Kenny encourages Shel to be more spontaneous -and Shel foolishly takes his advice. Meanwhile, Dave and Beth's hanky-panky in the car sends them straight to traffic school.
    • Nightmare on Maple Street
      Nightmare on Maple Street
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      When Kenny decides to end his relationship with Julie, it's up to Beth and Dave to tell her. Julie decides to move next door to be closer to her family.
    • Liar's Poker
      Liar's Poker
      Season 4 - Episode 18
      A call from an old college classmate whom Dave despised reveals a long-hidden truth about Dave and Beth's dating history. When Dave, Beth, Kenny and Shel engage in their usual game of poker, the art of bluffing becomes more personal than usual. During the course of the poker game, Dave discovers that Beth, Kenny and Shel have been sharing a secret since their college days about a past fling Beth had with an old college flame. Feeling slightly betrayed, Dave ends up pulling off the ultimate bluff.moreless
    • Playdate With a Playmate
      Playdate With a Playmate
      Season 4 - Episode 13
      When a playmate describes Dave;s writing as a "turn-on," Dave's ego is given a huge boost. But, a meeting between him and the playmate turns out differently than he expected.
    • A Cut Above the Rest
      A Cut Above the Rest
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      After Beth has a pregnancy scare, Dave considers getting a vasectomy -- much to the horror of Kenny and Shel.
    • Lost Weekend
      Lost Weekend
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      Dave and Beth try to spend a romantic weekend away from the boys.
    • Testing . . . Testing . . .
      Testing . . . Testing . . .
      Season 4 - Episode 19
      After Dave volunteers to take care of the family by himself so Beth can study without interruptions, he has to fly solo and deal with a variety of problems including Kenny's request for a loan of $2,000, Tommy's radical new hairdo and a pony in the backyard. Dave struggles to keep each "event" from Beth so she can focus on studying for an important exam. Meanwhile, Kenny's friendship with Shel is strained when Shel refuses to lend him the money to try his hand as a concert promoter.moreless
    • Stayin' Alive
      Stayin' Alive
      Season 3 - Episode 20
      Dave upsets both Shel and Kenny. First, he wins an award Shel wanted, and then he decides to record his book himself, rather than let Kenny do it.
    • Do the Write Thing
      Do the Write Thing
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      Mia enrolls in the writing class Dave teaches at community college.
    • The Good Doctor
      The Good Doctor
      Season 3 - Episode 24
      Pediatrician Celia's skill in the ER -- performing emergency surgery on a little girl injured in a bicycle accident -- makes plastic surgeon Shel feel useless as a doctor, so he decides to make some changes in his personal and professional life. He starts by proposing to Celia.
    • Pardon My Nuptials
      Pardon My Nuptials
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      The IRS informs Dave and Beth that their marriage isn't legally valid, an occasion that calls for a visit to the hippie "minister" who married them -- but who never filed their marriage license.
    • Daveberry, R.F.D.
      Daveberry, R.F.D.
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      When the gang returns to Kenny and Dave's hometown for a visit, The Barrys consider moving back for good. Meanwhile, Kenny wonders if his past might have caught up with him.
    • What the Early Bird Gets
      What the Early Bird Gets
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      A convention-bound Shel reluctantly entrusts his beloved luxury car to Dave -- who is then held responsible for the good doctor's unpaid parking tickets.
    • Leave a Mystery at the Beep
      Leave a Mystery at the Beep
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      An enigmatic answering machine message from a lovelorn sailor sends Beth scurrying to find the man and reunite him with his girl; Dave hunts his stolen laptop, which contains several of his columns.
    • Bear With Me
      Bear With Me
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      Dave and Beth will stop at nothing to get Willie's lost toy bear Barnaby back for him -- even if it means fighting with the parents of the suspected thief.
    • Death of a Saleswoman
      Death of a Saleswoman
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      When a neighbor brags about about his son's candy sales, Beth becomes determined that Willie will outsell the neighbor.
    • Missed Manners
      Missed Manners
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      "Is it me, or did people used to be nicer to each other?" Dave wonders, after Beth's insulted on the road and Shel has several run-ins with an obnoxious waiter who's out to get him.
    • My Girl
      My Girl
      Season 3 - Episode 19
      Shel frets when his girlfriend bonds with Beth.
    • It's Not About That, Either
      It's Not About That, Either
      Season 3 - Episode 26
      Dave's column about religion elicits some strong reactions from family, friends and readers.
    • Those Who Do Be Do Be Do
      Those Who Do Be Do Be Do
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      Teacher Beth regrets lecturing to her loved ones when her advice sends Duke weightlifting, Shel and Mia skydiving, and promps Kenny to turn down a great job opportunity.
    • Gator Bait
      Gator Bait
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      Stressed-out Dave sees an alligator in the backyard.
    • Don't Blame Me
      Don't Blame Me
      Season 3 - Episode 23
      Dave gives Eric a three-day deadline to build a sun deck.
    • Do You Want to Know a Secret?
      Do You Want to Know a Secret?
      Season 3 - Episode 21
      Mia's new obsession with astrology has Eric wishing she'd be more down-to-earth; Kenny turns snoop to discover wh at plastic surgery Shel performed on his new girlfriend; and Tommy confesses a minor crime to Willie.
    • Loves Me Like a Rock
      Loves Me Like a Rock
      Season 3 - Episode 17
      Dave abandons the long-standing Barry tradition of not celebrating Valentine's Day when he decides to purchase a romantic -- and costly -- gift.
    • Nuts and Bolts
      Nuts and Bolts
      Season 3 - Episode 18
      Eric and Mia's domestic squabbles spark a fight in the Barry house when Dave reluctantly -- and foolishly -- reveals things about Beth that annoy him.
    • The Importance of Missing Earnest
      The Importance of Missing Earnest
      Season 4 - Episode 11
      When Willie leaves Earnest, the family bloodhound, at the park by accident, all the Barrys and their friends come together for "Operation Find Earnest." The kids are heartbroken over the loss of the dog, and Dave and friends go to great lengths to find him. Kenny and Shel help to draw the missing dog flyers and Mia uses her psychic abilities only to discover that Kenny is about to meet the girl of his dreams. But when Earnest is finally found, new problems surface that may keep the Barrys from their family pet forever.moreless
    • Miami Beached
      Miami Beached
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      When Dave, Shel and Kenny are sentenced to do community service at the beach as a result of the fight at Eric's bachelor party, a Cuban refugee drags himself out of the water and the boys must decide what to do with him. Dave takes the refugee, Juan, home with him and tries to introduce him to the Dave Barry version of what it means to be an American: lots of naps, snacks and television. Juan's desire to work hard and become a citizen gets Dave thinking about his grandparents and what life was like for them when they came to the United States from Ireland. Meanwhile, Eric isn't sure he wants to give Juan a job, especially in light of Mia's enthusiastic reaction to the refugee's good looks.moreless
    • A Very Barry Pumpkin Show
      A Very Barry Pumpkin Show
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      The Barrys and their friends get caught up in the past as they try to relive their best childhood Halloween memories. Dave, determined that his boys will be able to pick a jack-o-lantern from a real pumpkin patch, the way he did when he was growing up in the Midwest, hovers over his pumpkin patch like a mother hen over an egg. Meanwhile, Mia tricks Kenny into helping her bake by convincing him that kneading dough is the ultimate sensual experience. And, when an elderly neighbor says she will give Shel a dilapidated player piano, his memories of a Halloween long ago make him determined to restore the instrument no matter what the cost.moreless
    • A Woman of Independent Seams
      A Woman of Independent Seams
      Season 4 - Episode 22
      After Eric accidentally sells Beth's wedding dress during their garage sale, Dave thinks Beth is upset for sentimental reasons, but the truth is she had $300 hidden in the dress. No matter how Beth tries to explain, Dave still doesn't understand why his wife has a secret slush fund. Meanwhile, Dave confesses to Mia that her high school idol, erotic romance novelist Letitia DeVore, is actually a pseudonym -- for Dave Barry.moreless
    • Does the Whale Have to Be White?
      Does the Whale Have to Be White?
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      Dave writes a scathing column criticizing Tommy's teacher for staging a drastically rewritten politically correct version of Moby Dick; Shel and Kenny are dubious about taking Eric to an exclusive nightclub.
    • Let Simmer, Then Grill
      Let Simmer, Then Grill
      Season 4 - Episode 23
      Dave and Beth investigate the reason the FBI wants to speak with them, but it turns out they're looking for information on Shel; Mia courts a job with the NBA's Miami Heat.
    • Tropical Depression
      Tropical Depression
      Season 4 - Episode 20
      Kenny auditions for a job as a weatherman. Meanwhile, Shel's investments bring him a substantial windfall; then he learns the truth about his shady accountant.
    • Oh Dad, Poor Dad
      Oh Dad, Poor Dad
      Season 4 - Episode 21
      Shel has a hard time 'fessing up to his visiting high-maintenance daughter Carly that most of his money is gone. Instead of telling his daughter the truth, Shel tries to hide his financial situation from her by buying her a new wardrobe and a new car and renting a beach house. Meanwhile, Eric "adjusts" Beth's neck, which results in her becoming bedridden, and Kenny decides to get a dog, since they are such "babe magnets," and ends up stuck in his apartment when his new canine, "Bunny," turns out to be an attack dog.moreless
    • The Creeping Peril
      The Creeping Peril
      Season 4 - Episode 24
      When a giant sinkhole threatens to destroy the Barry house, the entire family evacuates to Shel's. Forced to flee on a moment's notice, Dave and Beth must choose what is most important to them. Meanwhile, Shel the consummate bachelor tries to make his pad more family friendly.
    • 2.1
      Season 0 - Episode 1