The Bronx Zoo

NBC (ended 1988)


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Episode Guide

  • Season 2
    • Unnatural Selection
    • A Day in the Life
      A Day in the Life
      Episode 12
      The faculty is upset over their late paychecks and threats of gang violence; Sara will not visit her father in the hospital; Felspar suddenly ends a relationship; the teaching methods of a new techer clas with those of Joe; Matthew waits for a full-time position.
    • On the Land, on the Sea, and in the Halls
      Reminded of the war-torn '60s, Sara becomes outraged after learning that one of her star pupils is planning to drop out of high school to join the Marines.
    • Crossroads
      Episode 10
      When Harry learns that an engaged student is gay, he plans to do the courteous thing -- out him to his fiance.
    • When I Paint My Masterpiece
      A Hasidic Jewish student wants Mary Caitlin to teach him how to paint -- despite the fact that painting is against his religion. Meanwhile, Joe learns the hospital was to blame for Carol's death.
    • If All the World's a Stage, Where's My Dressing Room
      Joe discovers that homelessness is the cause of a girl's sudden behavioral change at school.
    • The Gospel Truth
      The Gospel Truth
      Episode 7
      Benjamin Harrison is under attack over a science teacher inflicting his religious beliefs into the theory of evolution, Mary Caitlin asks Matthew to see other people after he brings up the subject of children, Jack has a nervous breakdown in the wake of his wife leaving him, Sara panicks now that her father has cut her off, and a juvenile delinquent harrasses other students who don't believe in his God.moreless
    • Ties That Bind
      Ties That Bind
      Episode 6
      Mary Caitlin witnesses a drug deal in the girls' bathroom and pushes Joe to punish the buyer -- unaware that the drugs were for the girls' parents, Henry the stutterer flies off the handle when a scholarship he thought he had turns out to be a fraud, Sara tries to mooch a quarter of a million dollars off her father to make good on the scholarship for Henry and others, Joe takes in Jack after his wife leaves him, and Roz looks to find a date for the spring dance.moreless
    • Career Day
      Career Day
      Episode 5
      An illiterate student carrying a bomb takes Jack hostage, and Carol gives birth.
    • Behind Closed Doors
      A female student accuses a male professor of rape, Sara and Harry break up, Matthew mourns the loss of his Uncle Louie, and Roz is mocked by others for taking a stand against dissecting frogs.
    • Truancy Blues
      Truancy Blues
      Episode 3
      An angry Joe holds a parent/teacher meeting, because 30% of the students are terminal truants. Unfortunately, most of the parents take after their kids. Matthew assumes he's lost Roz when he sees her skipping school. With Harry's case not going well, Sara offers up the services of her attorney ex-boyfriend, Jeffrey, whom Harry can't stand. Sara gets stuck with an incompetent, irascible, middle-aged student helper, Margo Bleiweiss, whose idea of teaching is to throw things at the class. A social services guy, O'Connor, fills Joe in on how one of the truants only shows up on days when he has to have a welfare form signed. Matthew tracks Roz down at her new job as a diner waitress to persuade her to come back, but Roz says her mother needs the extra cash. A student is killed after getting hit by a car during school hours, prompting Joe to look for a way to force the parents to get their spawn to stop playing hooky. O'Connor's comment gives Joe an idea -- stop signing all the truants' welfare forms until they start showing up. Jeffrey's flippant advice to Harry is to get back together with Chris, so that he can get back together with Sara. Harry isn't any happier to hear his sincere advice, which is to lie to the judge and say that Chris abandoned Max and Nicole. Suzanne calls her father a "fascist" due to his crackdown. The faculty gets blasted by parents who are forced to return their truant kids, and Roz blasts Matthew, mistakenly thinking he talked Joe into doing this. Mrs. Feeney, a poor, widowed mother of one of the truants who won't return to school, begs Joe to cut her and her other two children a break, to no avail. Harry asks Sara to look after his kids for him while he and Chris have a one-on-one meeting, but Max and Nicole don't have a very fun time with her. Harry fools Chris into thinking she'll be seeing the kids during a visit to his apartment, causing a fight between the two when she sees they're not there. A board member informs Joe that Feeney has holed herself up in a church and turned his missive into a hunger strike. Harry walks into class, and finds a parent trying to fill in for his truant son to get his welfare check. Gus, poor, repressed black dude to the stars, is so disgusted with Joe's actions that he starts faking attendance records -- which Joe catches. Roz tries to get expelled. Sara tells Margo to leave teaching and never come back. Feeney's daughter spits on Joe. Sara begins to suspect that Harry and Chris are about to rekindle after Harry turns down her offer to move in, Jeffrey, Max and Nicole make comments on the subject, Chris comes to school to pick Harry up, and Harry informs her that Chris is over at his place with the kids -- which is where he soon winds up after Nicole gets sick. Joe tells Carol that he thinks Feeney is blackmailing him, then goes to her church. After hearing her side of the story, Joe calls everything off. Roz then drops out again.moreless
    • The Long Grey Line
      Most of the faculty decide to strike, leaving Joe scrambling for substitutes when he refuses to shut the school down, while Sara's and Harry's relationship is put to the test when they wind up on opposite sides of the picket line. Meanwhile, Harry and Jack face additional stress when Harry's ex-wife, Chris, sues him for custody of Max and Nicole, and Jack has a fender bender with Mary Caitlin, who doesn't have insurance.moreless
    • It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City
      It's the first day back at Benjamin Harrison, the first day there period for smart alec transfer student Snyder. Joe tries to break up a fight between two black students -- one of whom has a gun -- and winds up shot. Mary Caitlin, who got splattered with Joe's blood, feels guilty because she was too afraid to ride in the ambulance with everybody else, but Matthew comforts her by saying Joe's alright. Gus blows up at Mrs. Biederman, and accuses her of being a racist after she bitches about the shooter, Bobby Devlin. Students and faculty alike discuss how Bobby threw his scholarship to Princeton away. One of Sara's students convinces her to have her class write papers about how the shooting affected them personally. Mary Caitlin confesses to Matthew that she wants him. Jack gets cranky when the school board assigns Mrs. Molina, rather than him, to run things while Joe is recovering. Even though he never taught Bobby, Gus visits him in juvenile detention. Bobby confesses that he didn't mean to shoot Joe and the only reason he was carrying the gun was because he was afraid of the rest of the neighborhood, who have been tormenting him and calling him white due to his scholarship. Gus then goes to talk to Tony, who was the one Bobby was fighting with. Tony says the bullet that hit Joe was meant for him, but he refuses to say why Bobby tried to shoot him. Jack drops by Joe's place, but not to wish him well; Jack shows him the letter he's written to the board with his plans to transfer if they don't remove Mrs. Molina. Jack's mention of Joe returning to work in two or three weeks causes Joe to erupt and throw Jack out of his house. Snyder thinks Sara is sot. Gus continues his investigation by talking to Bobby's former boss, who tells Gus he fired Bobby for being a hoodlum. Sara confesses to Harry that she caught Bobby carrying around cocaine prior to the shooting, but didn't report it because she didn't want him to lose his scholarship. Matthew shows Mary Caitlin himself nude. Gus completes his "investigation" by talking with his mother, who says Bobby was afraid for his life. Jack is horrified when his ultimatum backfires -- the school keeps Mrs. Molina there and grants his transfer. Joe decides to drop by the school for a visit, against Carol's wishes. Snyder doesn't know how to write a paper on a guy he didn't even know. Gus is gurious when he finds out Sara turned her back on what Bobby did. Joe's visit to the school triggers some frightening flashbacks -- so much so that he doesn't even notice Roz trying to talk to him. Mary Caitlin burns her blood-splattered dress, then shows Matthew herself nude. Gus attacks Tony to find out the rest of the story -- Bobby was selling him dope and the deal went bad. Due to his violent mood swings, Carol nearly walks out on Joe. Snyder gets caught with someone else's paper on Joe. Roz says in her paper that she thinks Joe is afraid of her now, because she's black. Joe gathers up the courage to return to work.moreless
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