Taxi

Season 2 Episode 8

The Great Race

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Aired Tuesday 9:30 PM Nov 06, 1979 on ABC
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Louie and Alex compete to see which can gain the more tips.

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  • When it was good, it was brilliant.

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    This episode showed what Taxi could be if it tried hard enough. Like most seventies (and eighties) sitcoms, the show often strayed from its comedy roots and became a bit sentimental. The large and varied cast allowed for that and apparently every character had to have their solo moments.



    With this episode, however, we get a simple story, very much linked to the show's setting (a taxi company) and short, funny scenes. Alex (for once not in the father figure role) and Louie try to outdo each other in earning fares. It's refreshing to see Louie in a more active role. Far too often he was relegated to two possible functions: the tyrannical dispatcher or the lecherous creep. Here we see him reliving his past as a taxi driver, interacting with strangers. Alex's comedy comes from his dry reaction to the customers. And we do get some peculiar people in his cab? The nuns arguing about the Sound of Music alone make this episode worthwhile checking out.moreless

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