Season 1 Episode 3

Blind Date

Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Sep 26, 1978 on ABC
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Alex makes a date with Bobby's answering service operator.

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  • This one got them their first emmy

    And deservedly so. It was a sweet tale about fat Angela Matusa. Alex is set up on a date with an overweight person. Being the stand up guy he is, he keeps avoiding her advances and jokes about how she is fat and how he should be out with someone better looking. This episode might not seem as important now, as probably it was back than, just because nowadays most sitcoms make a point of doing "issue-based" episodes, but Taxi managed to be more than that. It had pathos, and could also do the sillyest of episodes in a space of a few weeks. the character of Angela Matusa made such an impression that it was brought back the following season. this episode got the praize of people and critics alike, and garned the show one of its, if not its first award for best comedy.moreless
  • Alex makes a blind date with a sweet, intelligent woman over the phone. When he meets her in person, however, he finds she's obese and bitter- insecure and angry. He refuses to abandon her in spite of her taunting and winds up discovering the truly beautimoreless

    This episode stands not only as one of the best TAXI's but one of the best TV episodes ever. It has everything- comedy, drama, heartache and Latka.

    Alex makes a date with Angela Matusa, the woman from Bobby's answering service. He comes into the garage telling everyone how great a conversation they had... if you've ever had a great phone call where you felt chemistry and a connection being made you can definitely relate. He tells the gang that he wants to ask this girl out but everyone warns him about the danger of the blind date. They have no idea.

    When Alex shows up at Angela's place (apartment 3D, you may notice), he's greeted by an obese woman without makeup. She's surly and sarcastic, nothing like the woman Alex spoke to on the phone. She tries to goad Alex into leaving, mentioning her appearance and her weight, but being the perfect mensch Alex insists on taking Angela out.

    Dinner is even worse. Angela is self-conscious and takes out her insecurities on Alex, accusing him of taking her out as his "good deed for the day." She winds up storming out and leaving him alone in the restaurant. What happens next is what defines not only the character of Alex Reiger but the heart of the show.

    Alex goes back to see her again. He can't lie and tell her he's interested in her romantically but he feels obligated to reach out to this unhappy woman, to show her kindness and make her his friend. Alex is no saint but he's a man with a conscience... it may be his gift or it may be his curse. In the exchange with Angela we learn that deep down, beneath her weight and her fears, she is a truly beautiful woman who is lonely and unhappy. Alex makes her smile and makes that connection that can make all the difference in the world.

    The episode made me think about all the Angela Matusas of the world. People who are isolated, unhappy, or alone. People who feel unloved... It makes me think of what the world might be like if we all reached out to even one person like this at some point in our lives. The episode is funny without being silly, and sad without being maudlin. It's a story so human and so moving that you'll forget you're watching a sitcom... it might be the quintessential Taxi episode- funny, sweet and real. You owe it to yourself to see this show.

    [Note: The theme from TAXI- "Angela"- was originally written for this episode... the lonely piccolo opening was written by Bob James and conceived as Angela's theme- producers liked the tune so much they made it the theme of the entire series.]


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  • TRIVIA (2)

    • More than a full day after Latka found and entrusted $2,000 cash to four drivers, the drivers are still trying to decide what to do with the $2,000 that Latka found. Alex suggests giving it all to the one who found it, a solution that each of the four drivers denied considering. It seems unlikely that this didn't occur to even one of the other drivers.

    • This is the first time we would see the restaurant "Mario's," which would become a popular hangout for the drivers outside of the garage.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Angela: What's the matter? Aren't you having a good time anymore?
      Alex: I once went out with a girl who pulled knife one me, robbed me and threw me out of the car on the New Jersey Turnpike. I'll have to think about that now as a medium date.

    • Louie: To be honest, I prefer my women H and H. Homely and hot.

    • Alex: You know, every time I talk to you, Louie, I feel grateful that I haven't eaten yet.

    • Bobby: You know, it's probably dirty money, right? I mean, what kind of decent person walks around with 2,000 bucks in cash, right?
      Tony: A priest who collected it for underprivileged crippled children. Or a nun on her way to send it to starving natives. Or a hooker.

    • Jeff: (holding the phone) Hey, Louie, it's your mother calling. She says somebody's trying to break into her apartment.
      Louie: Tell her I'll get back to her.

    • Louie: You know, Bobby, I hope someone slams a door on your nose and you sneeze and your head explodes.

    • Tony: (to Bobby) Angela? From your answering service? Oh, she's a peach. One night she and I discussed my boxing career. You know, we never even met and still we must have talked for around five minutes.
      Louie: That's longer than most of your fights last.
      Tony: Yeah.

    • Bobby: Wow! 2,000 smackers!
      Latka: Not smackers. Bucks.

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