Season 1 Episode 3


Aired Tuesday 8:30 PM Apr 04, 1995 on NBC
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Episode Summary

A new law bans smoking in the workplace, to Bill's dismay. Lisa thinks that Joe saw her and Dave at a movie.

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  • Best episode ever about quitting smoking

    Hilarious! Laughed out loud! Genius!
  • Dave demands that Bill stop smoking in the office. And Lisa is paranoid because she thinks Joe saw her and Dave on a date.

    Before I star I just want ot sat that Phil Hartman is my favourite SNL castmember and my favourite TV comic.

    This epsode was half good (it was also half bad but I like the show and Phil enough to rate it as a good). The "Joe seeing Lisa and Dave" storyline gets old pretty fast. But what makes this show so great was the multiple storylines all happening simultaniously. If one story was a little boring or weak the other story or stories buoy the episode back up. And that is what makes this show and most ensemble sitcoms superior to, say, the newly married couple type of sitcom.

    Funny things this episode: Bill trying to give Dave the fine money so that he can smoke, and Matthew coughing to attract attention to Bills smoking. Also the caffeine and nicorette withdrawel symptoms were funny.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • For the scene of the booth at the end of the show the crew had a hard time sealing the booth. This part was reshot three different times.

    • There is a Pacific Bell phone book on the book shelf next to the coffee table. Since the show takes place in New York this is an definite error.

  • QUOTES (12)

    • Dave: Mr. James, I didn't see you come in.
      Jimmy: Yeah, that's the way I like it. I'm like that magician guy, what's his name?
      Dave: David Copperfield?
      Jimmy: No.
      Dave: Sigfried?
      Jimmy: Unh-unh.
      Dave: Roy?
      Jimmy: That's the one.

    • Bill: (indicating cigarettes) These guys are my friends always there when I need them. My reliable little buddies
      Dave: Hey Bill I'm your friend.
      Bill: Yeah, where were you last night around 3 A.M. when I was watching Steel Magnolias and crying my eyes out?

    • Mr. James: So how you feelin'?
      Bill: A little shaky but good.
      Mr. James: You feel like suing the station?
      Bill: Of course not.
      Mr. James: Good. I've got to go.

    • Matthew: There's a vegetable for every addiction.
      Dave: What are you addicted to?
      Matthew: Vegetables.

    • Dave: Bill, I want you to put one of these on your back.
      Bill: What is it?
      Dave: It's the patch.
      Lisa: Don't you need a prescription for those?
      Dave: Yeah, I went to my doctor this morning and had him prescribe it for me.
      Lisa: Well you don't smoke.
      Dave: No, no but I told him I was thinking about starting. You know I don't think he's a very good doctor.

    • Catherine: At least let [Bill] smoke while he's on the air, Dave.
      Dave: Catherine, I can't do that.
      Catherine: I don't mind really. I used to smoke myself. Quite honestly I miss the smell.
      Dave: Catherine, I don't know what to tell ya. You can always go smell Matthew's head.

    • Dave: Hey Bill, I have an idea. Tell you what, I'll give up coffee if you give up cigarettes. Huh? We'll go through this thing together.
      Bill: How's that supposed to help me? You should have to give up something of equal difficulty, like going to the bathroom.

    • Bill: I bet you've never smoked a single cigarette in your life.
      Dave: I did once.
      Bill: And you threw up.
      Dave: How'd you know?
      Bill: You seem like the type.

    • Beth: Here you go Mr. James. (takes out gum so she can be understood, hands him coffee)
      Mr. James: Thank I'll just have the coffee for now. I'm trying to cut down on other people's saliva.

    • Dave: Okay Bill, where do you suggest we set up the smoking area?
      Bill: How about a mobile 10 foot radius around me?

    • Dave: You know what? I don't know what it is caffeine does for you, but I'm pretty sure that without it, your head caves in.

    • Dave: Look, Bill, I hope you're enjoying that cigarette because it is your last.
      Bill: No, no. I got a full pack right here.

  • NOTES (4)

    • The ambulance footage will be seen many more times and it is always the same footage.

    • The network had a problem with the fire sprinklers in the office not being hooked up. They thought that Mr. James would care more about his employees safety.

    • Phil Hartman had just stopped smoking in real life just before the filming of this episode. It was inspired by the fact that most of the staff of the show smoked.

    • This episode reveals for the first time Dave's coffee addiction. This addiction will grow through further episodes and it will become one of Dave's defining character traits. It was inspired by Dave Foley's actual large coffee intake around 4 to 5 pots a day while he was on NewsRadio.