Murphy Brown - Season 4

CBS (ended 1998)




Episode Guide

  • Birth 101
    Birth 101
    Episode 26
    While doing the last show of the season, Murphy starts going into labor. The FYI gang and crew panics, and don't know what to do since they're in the middle of a live show, Miles asks Jim to take Murphy to the hospital, Corky to close the show, and Frank to get Eldin and anything else Murphy needs at her house. At the hospital, Murphy is still relaxed, she's starting to feel the first contractions and they're not as painful as she thought. She even asks Jim to play cards with her. Everything is under control, but not for long, the contractions are starting to get very painful. Murphy is screaming and Jim doesn't know what to do. A nurse shows up and after examining Murphy says that it's still too early and suggests that Murphy walks a little to relieve some of the pain. And that's what Murphy does, Miles is with her trying to calm her down, because Murphy is a 'little' cranky. Later on, Murphy is screaming even more, she's holding Frank and Miles through their neck cursing and blaming them for all her pain. The doctor arrives saying that Murphy is ready to give birth. Minutes later Murphy is feeling a lot of pain and is too tired to give birth. She doesn't want to try anymore she just wants to die. But then Eldin arrives and helps her. Hours later Murphy is asleep, while Eldin's at her side, calmly eating a chicken leg. Murphy awakes, and the FYI gang comes in, Phil is also there. Moments later a nurse brings the baby, everybody look at him sweetly and then decide to leave Murphy alone with her baby. Eldin is the last one to leave; he tells Murphy how proud he is of her. Murphy is touched. The nurse hands Murphy her baby, Murphy holds him still a little clumsy. She starts talking to her child, saying she won't be like the other mothers, but she'll try not to make too many mistakes. Frank comes in with a video camera, he asks Murphy to say something to the baby. Murphy sings "You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman" to her child with a sweet look on her face. And then she cries.moreless
  • A Chance of Showers
    A Chance of Showers
    Episode 25
    Murphy relents when Corky wants to throw her a baby shower and the guests that arrive give her the low down on child birth and children.
  • On the Rocks
    On the Rocks
    Episode 24
    The network tries a temporary replacement for Murphy; however, Murphy recognizes the same signs in her that show she is on the same path Murphy once traveled, alcoholism.
  • He-Ho, He-Ho, It's Off to Lamaze We Go
    Murphy's doctor advises her to take Lamaze classes, and even though Murphy thinks it's not really necessary, she agrees. The problem is that Murphy has to find a partner for that. Frank is her first choice, but he won't be able to make it, because he has to go on location for a story. Murphy then goes after Jim, but only the thought makes him very embarrassed and uncomfortable. Miles can't do it either for the same reason. Corky offers to, but Murphy doesn't think it's a good idea. The only one left is Eldin, who reluctantly agrees saying that he can't make any promises, because he's a free spirit and he doesn't like to stick around at the same place for too long (yeah, right). And that's a big commitment for him. They go to the first class and apparently Murphy and Eldin is not the only couple who doesn't know what they're doing. At the second class, one of the couples is absent, because they had their baby. The other two seem to be getting better, but Murphy is still clueless. The teacher shows them a video of a real birth. After watching it, the couples get scared, but none more than Murphy, who realized she made a big mistake when she didn't pay attention to the classes. But now is too late, the class is over; Murphy finally realizes she'll be a mother, but she still doesn't know what that is. She confesses to Eldin that she's really scared and asks him for his help. Eldin calms her fears saying that she really grew as a person since he first met her, and even though he paid a little more attention to those classes than Murphy, he's also clueless, but he still thinks that they're gonna be fine.moreless
  • Phil's Not So Silent Partner
    Murphy loans Phil some money to keep his place from going under; however, Phil gets more than money and more than he can take with the deal.
  • Rage Before Beauty
    Rage Before Beauty
    Episode 21
    Murphy changes her hairstyle to rebel against an appearance clause in her contract; the network's and the audience reaction is less than favorable.
  • Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are
    After Miles describes a, according to Frank's opinion, homoerotic dream of him and the new publicity guy, Rick 'frolicking', Miles panics. Frank says that's no big deal, and that he probably picked up from the fact that Rick was gay, Murphy does not think Rick is gay so they make a bet.

    When Rick shows up at the bullpen the gang start to question him about many things about his life, to see if he says anything more revealing about his sexuality. Rick notices that and confirms he is gay, embarrassing the whole gang.

    Miles is totally freaked out, so he goes to one shrink after another, they all agree that there's a possibility that he is really gay. Without knowing what to do, Miles asks for advice Frank, but it doesn't really help, then he goes to Murphy, which doesn't help very much either.

    Moments later Rick asks Miles to go to Phil's with him to show the new promos for the show, Miles reluctantly goes. At Phil's, Rick notices Miles is giving excuses to get away from their meeting. Miles explains about his dream to Rick, who thinks Miles can't say he might be gay only because of a dream. After discussing about it a little more, they both come to the conclusion that Miles is not gay after all.moreless
  • Murphy Buys the Farm
    Murphy gets everyone to reluctantly join her, for an old fashioned weekend at the farm she is considering buying. The neighbors in the area aren't as old fashioned as Murphy would like.
  • Send in the Clowns
    Send in the Clowns
    Episode 18
    Following her story on the personal spending habits of government officials, a Senate committee must decide whether to find her in contempt of Congress.
  • Heartfelt
    Episode 17
    Miles succumbs to stress when he has heart attack symptoms at his 30th birthday party.
  • Lovesick
    Episode 16
    Murphy returns from a trip feeling a little ill, turns out she is having pre-term labor pains, common for pregnant women over forty. Jerry Gold offers to move in with Murphy to help her out and they both learn about having a live-in relationship.
  • Guess Who's Coming to Luncheon
    When Corky gets an invitation to a Barbara Bush luncheon, Murphy tries to scam her so she can get back into the White House, a placed she has been banned from.
  • Anchor Rancor
    Anchor Rancor
    Episode 14
    When the existing Sunday news anchor dies, the competition heats up between Jim and Murphy, when the network test both of them for the job.
  • Love is Blonde
    Love is Blonde
    Episode 13
    Feeling neglected by her husband, Corky considers "moving down the food chain," when she becomes involved with Miller Redfield.
  • Be it Ever So Humboldt
    After being nominated every year, for ten years straight, Frank wins the Humboldt Award and it brings out the worst in him.
  • Mission Control
    Mission Control
    Episode 11
    Murphy volunteers the FYI staff to serve Thanksgiving dinner at a homeless shelter.
  • Inside Murphy Brown
    Inside Murphy Brown
    Episode 10
    Murphy has an appointment with a gynecologist for a test she can't drive to, when no one else is available, Jim must take her. The results of the test are normal with one exception, it's a boy.
  • The Queen of Soul
    The Queen of Soul
    Episode 9
    Murphy's chance to interview the "Queen of Soul" is in jeopardy when her train arrives late and the limo gets detoured and the staff struggles to fill the air time.
  • It Came From College
    When Murphy looks after a friend's 18-year-old daughter she begins to learn about what being a mother is all about.
  • The Smiths Go to Washington
    It's Nightline vs. FYI when both shows court a small town family that inadvertently taped a senator's romantic rendezvous.
  • Full Circle
    Full Circle
    Episode 6
    After learning about her mother's death, Murphy doesn't seem to be that upset, which makes the FYI gang think that she's hiding her true feelings. She claims it's because of a letter her mother left to her saying that she must not cry, and if it's allowed she'll make one last visit to Murphy at the end of the night. So, Murphy and the Phil crowd decide to celebrate Avery's spirit. Murphy's father, Bill Brown shows up and suggests that they go home so they can talk about the good times the three of them had together. At Murphy's townhouse, Eldin is grieving Avery's passing and refuses to actually believe it. After he's gone, Murphy and her father decide to open the big trunk Avery left to Murphy containing a photo album, Murphy's indian blanket among other things. After arguing with her father over things from the past, Murphy finds a little box inside of the trunk, with one of Avery's hats, which Murphy tries on, also in that box there's a smaller one wrapped up as a present with a little baby hat that belonged to Murphy. Murphy cries over her mother's loss for the first time. Bill Brown consoles Murphy and says he wants to be a bigger part of Murphy's life and his grandchild's. They share a warm hug. Bill Brown concludes that Avery made her last visit after all.moreless
  • The Square Triangle
    Murphy gets a competent secretary in Miles' girlfriend, Audrey. The pressure of working together causes their break up and Frank becomes the tool Audrey uses to get back at Miles.
  • Male Call
    Male Call
    Episode 4
    Out to prove the new men's movement is a fraud, Murphy attends a men's-only workshop to get the real story on the new men's movement and Frank, Miles and Jim are participants.
  • I'm As Much of a Man as I Ever Was
    Gene Kinsella finds out about Murphy's pregnancy and considers the idea of taking her off the air. But Miles convinces him not to. Once that is solved, Murphy must get a quote from the president for her latest story. Frank says the only way to get this quote is jogging with him. Murphy thinks she's up for the job but Frank and Jim don't think so because of her pregnancy. So, Murphy accepts Frank's offer of getting the quote for her. When that doesn't work, Murphy tries to get it herself and ends up running over the president with her bike. Even though Murphy didn't get her quote she's happy, and concludes that her pregnancy will not make her life any more difficult, all she has to do is be a little more creative.moreless
  • Uh-Oh (3)
    Uh-Oh (3)
    Episode 2
    Jake tells Murphy he has decided he isn't ready to settle down, and they both agree they can't do it together. Murphy decides to exercise her right to choose and her choice is motherhood. Even though it's Jake's baby, Jerry knows fatherhood isn't for him. While everyone else freaks out at the news, only Eldin is truly happy for Murphy. Murphy "Do you think I'll make a good mother." Eldin "No, but I will."moreless
  • Uh-Oh (2)
    Uh-Oh (2)
    Episode 1
    Murphy begins to ponder her fate, tells Frank her suspicions and tries more tests (all positive). Murphy tells Jake the news.