Season 4 Episode 2


Aired Tuesday 8:30 PM Sep 30, 1997 on NBC
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Mr. James hires an efficiency expert to fire someone in the office to save money. The staff all knows it's going to be Matthew and try desperately to save his job.

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  • "Plan B is not a plan at all, it's a witch hunt!"....

    Jimmy James is fed up with WNYX always losing money and he has officially lost confidence in the WNYX staff to fix the problems. Enter Plan B: Andrea, an efficiency expert. Everyone knows that, roughly translated, an efficiency expert is just someone who fires people - and everyone knows that it will be Matthew who gets fired. Matthew does not get what is looming over him and continues his daily routine of not working and generally acting like a freak while the rest of the WNYX staff tries to save Matthew's job - except Bill, he just tries to get a new job.

    "Planbee" is a hilarious NewsRadio episode. Andy Dick is hit or miss on the show as Matthew, but in this episode he is a huge hit - very funny in his bizarre antics and slapstick shtick. It is also nice to see an episode of NewsRadio were the staff bands together - it is a nice change of pace, seeing as how they are usually bugging one another (which is, of course, also funny). "Planbee" is laugh inducing episode - but it also a memorable episode just because of what happens to Matthew in the end.moreless
Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham

Andrea the efficiency expert.

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Michael Kostroff

Michael Kostroff


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Scott Valentine

Scott Valentine


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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Make-up Lady: A wise man once said that a job is only as good as the people you work with.
      Bill: Then I must have the best job in the world. Then again another wise man said,"If you can get more money, screw your friends."
      Make-up Lady: That guy doesn't sound so wise to me.
      Bill: Yeah, my father was very misunderstood.

    • Mr. James: Dave, you don't drop a pirhana in the kiddie pool then stick around to watch the bubbles.

    • Bill: Happy trails, Spaz.

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    • Bill: You've been fired.
      Matthew: Are you trying to say that i'm fired?
      Bill: Yes.

      This is a clear reference to the "One Last Mission" sketch that Phil did on Saturday Night Live, where Jon Lovitz keeps telling him that he's fired.