The John Larroquette Show

NBC (ended 1996)


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Episode Guide

    • Copies
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      Dexter's estranged father comes to see John's autobiographical play about father-son issues, continually rewritten after comments by the copy shop attendant.
    • The Book of Rachel
      The Book of Rachel
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      A young woman informs John that he's one of three men who could be her biological father.
    • Dirty Deeds
      Dirty Deeds
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      At a drag show, John runs into his old college roommate, who's playing Marlene Dietrich; Mahalia is targeted anew by a blackmailer she thought she'd paid off.
    • Wasted Lives
      Wasted Lives
      Season 1 - Episode 23
      John accidentally gets high on marijuana brownies; Hampton gets an unusual request from his long-estranged father; Joe Pesci studies a homeless man living at the bus station as research for a role.
    • Rachel Redux
      Rachel Redux
      Season 2 - Episode 21
      John's daughter appears topless in a skin magazine. Officer Eggers holds an attractive stranger hostage unless he agrees to impregnate her.
    • The Past Comes Back
      The Past Comes Back
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      A startled John begins questioning his sexuality after another male alcoholic visits to make amends—by apologizing for seducing him.
    • Several Unusual Love Stories
      Several Unusual Love Stories
      Season 2 - Episode 23
      Catherine breaks up with John because "things are too good", Dexter discovers that his new love Annie has a surprising past, Mahalia loses her new dog, and John's suspicions are aroused by the kindly gentleman who returns it.
    • Here We Go Again
      Here We Go Again
      Season 3 - Episode 17
      A parody of Sunset Boulevard ensues, with Betty White having written Golden Girls: The Musical and enticing John into rewriting it—with Catherine as lyricist—and staging it in the bus terminal.
    • Freedom's Just Another Word For Nothing Left to Lose, But Then So's Desperate
      Catherine gets the wrong idea when she spies John dancing with Carly. Mahalia is cheered by a passenger passing through.
    • Faith
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      A sighting of Jesus Christ on a wall precedes a string of good luck at the bus station.
    • Thirty Day Chip
      Thirty Day Chip
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      John goes 30 days without alcohol and wants to get back together with his wife. But before he can reach her, she serves him with divorce papers.
    • Vacation
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      With Dexter's help, John practices driving so he can renew his license for a vacation with Catherine; meanwhile, Boyz II Men trade a performance for bus repair.
    • Amends
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      John tries to make amends to the ex-wife, Carol, and son, Tony, on whom he ran out.
    • The Blues Traveller
      The Blues Traveller
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      Ray Charles has agreed to perform at Catherine's bar, and John must pick him up at the airport. Meanwhile, after Carly breaks up with him, John's denial is so deep he thinks his therapist is interested in him romantically instead of professionally.
    • More Changes
      More Changes
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      John finally proposes to Catherine, she accepts, and everyone shows up for the wedding—except the bride and groom. Meanwhile, the St. Louis, Missouri Crossroads Bus Terminal begins closing at midnight.
    • John and Carol
      John and Carol
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      Carol is furious when Tony leaves her to stay with John; Mahalia worries about her brooding son, Dante.
    • A Dark and Stormy Night
      A Dark and Stormy Night
      Season 1 - Episode 24
      Hemingway is feeling suicidal on his birthday, but discovers new meaning when the entire bus station is held hostage by a gun-toting lunatic.
    • A Night to Remember
      A Night to Remember
      Season 3 - Episode 19
      It happened one night, nearly a decade ago. Or so says John, who recalls a visit he made to the bus station in 1987, when he first encountered Catherine and had a profound impact on his current friends.
    • Happy Endings
      Happy Endings
      Season 3 - Episode 24
      Now that they're both free and clear, Carly and John agree to a date, but advice from Dexter initially keeps them apart. No longer a bum, Oscar opens a shoeshine stand in the bus station. Meanwhile, John's landlord, Mr. Soulaymanulo, at to the station to berate John for causing a high electricity bill with his electric car, takes a fancy to Mahalia.moreless
    • Death and Dishonor
      Death and Dishonor
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      John's son tries to form a father-son relationship; Chester disappears and is found dead; John must deal with a battle to the death between Mahalia and her sister Linda, who stole Mahalia's first husband.
    • A Bird in the Hand
      A Bird in the Hand
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      Carly asks John if he wants to have a serious relationship with her—just after Catherine has indicated that she is interested. Then they both come to his housewarming party.
    • Celibate!
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      John is not about to celebrate when his sponsor orders him to be celibate—especially when it's for six long months.
    • This is Not a Step
      This is Not a Step
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      John's mother, an inveterate con artist, begs him to bail her out of jail and then becomes the obvious suspect when a batch of credit card slips goes missing from the bus station.
    • Pilot
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      Recovering alcoholic John Hemingway takes the job of night manager in a seedy bus station, where a robbery and a missing bus test his resolve to stay sober.
    • Changes
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      John moves into a more upscale apartment and is immediately attracted to his new neighbour, a nurse on the night shift.
    • The Job
      The Job
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      All the station's employees have their eyes set on a promotion to the New Orleans station.
    • The Wedding
      The Wedding
      Season 2 - Episode 22
      Heavy Gene and Sara plan to wed.
    • Pros and Cons
      Pros and Cons
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      A fellow con artist from John's drinking days offers to cut him in on a lucrative real-estate scam; a bounty hunter is taking an incredibly naive Mississippi teenager to face a ten-year sentence.
    • Rachel and Tony
      Rachel and Tony
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      John's daughter and son hit town at the same time, and John decides to tell each of them about the other's existence, but they meet by chance beforehand and go on a date. Meanwhile, Mahalia persistently tries to seduce an attractive traveler, despite his protests that he is not available.
    • The Housewarming
      The Housewarming
      Season 3 - Episode 13
      Mahalia starts a second career selling real estate, and Carly's millionaire boyfriend Karl is one of her first clients, buying a fabulous house and allowing John live there for free while Karl is traveling. When Carly helps John decorate the house, they consider acting on their romantic feelings for each other -- until a frighteningly jealous Catherine almost burns down the building accidentally.moreless
    • Jumping Off the Wagon
      Jumping Off the Wagon
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      Badgered by an extortionist, bedeviled by a work slowdown, and befuddled by his sponsor's drinking, John feels like he's teetering on a "tightrope of sobriety."
    • Eggs
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      Hemingway and Dexter get stuck together in a crummy motel with a cage full of chickens; when a baby is abandoned in the station Dumpster, Officer Eggers kidnaps it.
    • Whipping Post
      Whipping Post
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      Carly's 21-year-old brother has eyes for Catherine, but his age—and John—aren't the only obstacles to winning her heart; despite his fabulous income from bike racing, he's illiterate.
    • And the Heat Goes On
      And the Heat Goes On
      Season 2 - Episode 24
      John searches for a lost package, and Carly mulls a marriage proposal.
    • In the Pink
      In the Pink
      Season 2 - Episode 19
      Mahalia's crash diet lands her in the hospital on the night John must attend Carly's fundraising party, so Dexter must man the bus station alone.
    • Newcomer
      Season 1 - Episode 11
      John's passionate love affair hits a snag when his perfect woman joins AA—and, like him, must be celibate for six months.
    • Cosmetic Perjury
      Cosmetic Perjury
      Season 3 - Episode 14
      When Eggers consults a plastic surgeon for a breast reduction, John considers a nip-and-tuck when he fears he looks older than his 45 years.
    • There's a Mister Hitler Here to See You
      John's given food for thought when an old writer friend bases his first book on John's Bacchanalian past, a neo-Nazi named Steve Hitler demands to charter a bus (with support from the ACLU), and a sleazy health inspector threatens Dexter with blackmail.
    • Grit
      Season 1 - Episode 21
      Officer Eggers develops a crush on John after he rescues her from a gunman; Dexter's business languishes after a customer puts a curse on the diner.
    • Even More Changes
      Even More Changes
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      John reconciles with Catherine, who takes on a new enterprise by buying the bus bar from Carly and turning it into a jazz club; the entire crew switches to the day shift; and Eggers introduces her beloved dog -- which turns out to be a wild wolf.
    • Untying the Knot
      Untying the Knot
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      Picking up from last season's cliffhanger, this season's premiere polishes off the nuptials between John and Carly. In short order, at the bus station reception, Catherine drops the bombshell to the glowing groom that she's pregnant with John's child — portending a connubial future that's no piece of cake. As a stop-gap solution to the staggering dilemma, the odd trio move in together, and soon see that three is anything but company.moreless
    • Wrestling Matches
      Wrestling Matches
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      John tries to help a famed '70s poet onto the wagon, while attempting to get his second ex-wife pay his first ex-wife's son's college tuition. The bus station bar and lunch counter become the trendiest places in town. A lesbian challenges Officer Hampton to an arm-wrestling match.
    • Isosceles Love Triangle
      Isosceles Love Triangle
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      After John gives Eggers advice on how to get the man of her dreams, she uses the opportunity to get him to agree to be her date for a Halloween party. Meanwhile, Gene must prove his mettle by cleaning up a toxic chemical spill.
    • An Odd Cup of Tea
      An Odd Cup of Tea
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      Dexter accompanies John on a visit to his boyhood home in Chicago -- where John learns his departed father never departed. Meanwhile, Hampton gets flowers from his male doctor.
    • Hello, Baby, Hello
      Hello, Baby, Hello
      Season 3 - Episode 21
      John eagerly accepts when Catherine asks him to father her child, but it's a problematic plan. Meanwhile, Dexter is a housemate in reality-based television show called Reality House.
    • Night Moves
      Night Moves
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      After a burglary in the apartment building where John and Catherine live, he seizes the chance to play on her vulnerability; Dexter's mom and Cathy's beau have something in common.
    • God
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      John gets hooked into a craps game and finds himself being forced to pray at gunpoint by Mahalia; Dexter discovers that his new girlfriend is a hooker.
    • Another Average Night
      Another Average Night
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      John's learns his girlfriend is married—when her husband confronts him with a gun; Mahalia's estranged husband arrives.
    • A Cult to the System
      A Cult to the System
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      John is upset when his son joins a religious cult and enlists Dexter's help; Egger's embarrassing parents visit.
    • The Tutor
      The Tutor
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      John and Catherine can't seem to get together for a date because of John's problems with others: Dexter needs him to play tutor for a high school equivalency exam, and Mahalia needs him to help sober up Oscar for a visit from a social worker.
    • Acting Alone
      Acting Alone
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      The guys gather at John's apartment to view what they think is a vintage porn film, but instead find themselves viewing footage of national security importance -- the assassination of JFK. Meanwhile, Eggers decides she wants to be a mother; and we learn something startling about Oscar's mysterious past.
    • The Defiant One
      The Defiant One
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      John's mouthing off to the police lands him in jail with musician-author Kinky Friedman. Catherine learns about Carly's past. Eggers practices her mothering skills on Mahalia's daughter, Lucy.
    • Bathing with Ernest Hemingway
      Bathing with Ernest Hemingway
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      Attempting to share John's love of literature, Carly signs up for a course on Ernest Hemingway. In exchange, John agrees to a fitness programme -- with Eggers as his all too personal trainer.
    • Just Like a Woman
      Just Like a Woman
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      Both John and Dexter's love lives hit snags.
    • Don't Drink and Drive Nuclear Waste
      Entrusted for a few moments with the official United States inch, John can't resist peeking—and damages it; meanwhile, he worries over a bus driver who drinks, but denies it.
    • Good News/Bad News
      Good News/Bad News
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      John takes a company physical and is assured not to worry about his high cholesterol level by a doctor who promptly drops dead, leading him to seek lifestyle advice from Catherine. Meanwhile, Gene and Mahalia both find new loves: Gene's is Sara, a lovely ice skater, while Mahalia meets hers at a group for "single Latinos over 30 who've recently remembered childhood abuse through hypnosis."moreless
    • The Big Slip
      The Big Slip
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      John's ordered to train his boss' harebrained nephew, who's been in AA for a year, but is still a basketcase.
    • You Bet Your Life
      You Bet Your Life
      Season 2 - Episode 20
      A canine is the centerpiece of the bus station's new security system, Catherine and John try living together, and John's former art professor shows up to announce he has incurable cancer and intends to commit suicide.
    • Mother of the Year
      Mother of the Year
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      Thanks to John's contest-winning, double-edged essay, Mahalia is named Mother of the Year and faces a custody battle for her kids. The article spurs a home visit from a suspicious child welfare investigator (guest Adams) -- just when taskmaster "El Capitan" John is babysitting -- and a custody hearing in which Mahalia and John face off against Mahalia's ex, Stewie, Sr.moreless
    • Running for Carly
      Running for Carly
      Season 3 - Episode 23
      John reluctantly agrees to help Carly's rich, moronic boyfriend Karl campaign for the state senate, but after learning that Karl wants Carly only as a showpiece, John decides to run himself and saves Carly from a loveless marriage by purposefully losing a key debate.
    • Independence Day
      Independence Day
      Season 3 - Episode 20
      Mahalia accidentally gets the byline for John's article on racial equality, but when the piece wins a prize of an electric car, John happily assumes the role of "Mr. Sanchez". Meanwhile, when Gene asks Dexter to be his infant son's godfather, Dexter realizes that he was never baptized.
    • Bad Pennies
      Bad Pennies
      Season 2 - Episode 17
      Catherine has two house guests: a seven-year-old niece, who invests in Dexter's nine-ball skills, and her jazz musician ex-husband, who wants her back.
    • Johns
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      Catherine accepts a date with a stranger—who thinks she's plying Carly's former trade. Meanwhile, the crew from TV's Cops rides with Hampton and Eggers, and Dexter is mistaken for a bank robber.
    • Time Out
      Time Out
      Season 2 - Episode 18
      Old flames resurface after John and Catherine agree to take a break to assess the direction of their relationship.
    • Hiding Out
      Hiding Out
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Dexter hides in John's apartment from an angry girlfriend, foiling John's amorous intent with his new neighbor.
    • My Hero
      My Hero
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      John's nephew, Bobby, learns the meaning of tough love when he shows up at the bus station for a wild evening with the man who taught him to drink.
    • The Dance
      The Dance
      Season 3 - Episode 18
      John gives Catherine dancing lessons, but she won't let him lead; Mahalia and Carly gives Eggers a makeover to prepare her for a date; Dexter and Gene run the Raincheck Room for a night while arguing about who's in charge; Hampton challenges himself to survive an entire work shift without eating a donut; and the elephant recently seen marauding around the city makes its nocturnal home in the bus station.moreless
    • Black and White and Red All Over
      Black and White and Red All Over
      Season 3 - Episode 12
      John quickly comes to regret writing a scathing newspaper review of performance artist Amanda Cox. Meanwhile, Catherine bribes her friends at the bus terminal to exaggerate her status to make her mother proud, and Hampton practices being a Buckingham Palace guard.
    • Napping to Success
      Napping to Success
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      New policies eliminate hugs and napping in the workplace. John's son gets thrown out of Yale after feigning insanity, but lands on his feet by becoming John's new boss. John quits his job in protest and says that he will concentrate on his writing. Eggers dates a Christ-like figure.
    • Pandora's Box
      Pandora's Box
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      Carly's past intimidates John during their honeymoon. Dexter accepts $10,000 to rename his lunch counter.
    • When Yussel Learned to Yodel
      When Yussel Learned to Yodel
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      John decides to relive his old New Orleans radio days by becoming "The Night Hawk" and hosts a local late night radio program - but has trouble staying awake. A girl rejects Dexter for being out of touch with contemporary black culture. To compensate, he becomes a rapper, but after experiencing "rapper's block" he steals Oscar's old song. The women become shoes buddies by pooling their shoes to account for each having two different size feet.moreless
    • Cheeses H. Taste
      Cheeses H. Taste
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      John wants to dictate his screenplay, so he buys a tape recorder from a disreputable electronics retailer. It is ruined by accidentally pouring Cheese H. Taste salad dressing on it and John schemes to get his money refunded by purchasing subsequent recorders with warranties. Hampton volunteers to wear an "stun vest" but its remote control falls into the wrong hands. Dexter has trouble breaking up with Jocelyn.moreless
    • Humble Pi
      Humble Pi
      Season 4 - Episode 10
      Employees of the bus station must take physicals and a general knowledge test to get reduced insurance rates. John discovers that his college degree is not valid and he is not exempt from the test. He cannot grasp geometry and his worst dream comes true when he tries to cheat on the test. Hampton becomes a mounted policeman to attract attention.moreless
    • A Moveable Feast
      A Moveable Feast
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      After he discovers a collection of short stories he wrote as a young man, John enters a writing contest that could send him to Paris, and Catherine hints that she'd like to accompany him. Unfortunately, he wrote it while battling alcohol and may have plagiarized it.
    • Date Night
      Date Night
      Season 1 - Episode 22
      Dexter is outraged when his sister strikes up a friendship with Hemingway; Mahalia is overjoyed to hear her first boyfriend is coming to visit; Carly reports to Hemingway that she was sent out on a house call—to his son.
    • Ring of Fire
      Ring of Fire
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      John assures Mahalia that he'll talk to her younger sister Venus about her overly seductive behavior and reckless living, but a case of mistaken identity causes him to end up in the bedroom with the alluring Venus instead. Meanwhile, Gene reluctantly agrees to make his professional boxing debut as the "Jolting Janitor" fighting against Tyrone Brisco, with Dexter as his manager.moreless
    • John's Lucky Day
      John's Lucky Day
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      On his "lucky day," John attends the wedding of Mahalia's ex and bets Catherine's IRS refund on a horse instead of depositing it in her bank. Meanwhile, Mahalia is furious when she learns that her shiftless ex-husband is marrying a sophisticated woman and sends off a strongly-worded letter.
    • Some Call Them Beasts
      Some Call Them Beasts
      Season 3 - Episode 16
      John makes a bad impression upon meeting his favorite author, Jackson Bishop, but Dexter's friendship with the writer leads to a second chance for John—and a second faux pas when he succumbs to a seductive model who, unbeknownst to John, is Jackson's wife.
    • Intern Writer
      Intern Writer
      Season 3 - Episode 22
      Fancying himself a newspaperman, John gets an apprenticeship as an intern at a major St. Louis daily, where he thinks he's stumbled upon a murder—the mysterious death of the paper's publisher.
    • The Unforgiven
      The Unforgiven
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      John takes stock of himself while helping a runaway teen realize that she can go home.
    • Love on the Line
      Love on the Line
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      John tells Catherine that she would love him if she could forget about their past together, and he logs onto an computer on-line service as "Fitzgerald" and types flirtatious messages to a user named "Ella." Meanwhile, Dexter tries to convince filmmaker Spike Lee to let him cater for Spike and his film crew while they are in St. Louis. John represents Mahalia during a deposition in her custody battle for her children.moreless
    • The Train Wreck
      The Train Wreck
      Season 3 - Episode 15
      Is it destiny that hooks up John with a pretty yoga instructor for a health spa vacation that he planned with Catherine? If so, why is Catherine on their train? Alone at first, Catherine meets her former high school boyfriend, Todd; and John, who has dumped the annoying Penelope, now does everything he can to keep Catherine from reuniting with Todd.moreless
    • Master Class
      Master Class
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      Dexter joins John for a writing class, where another student entrances John—until she writes a cruel character study of him. Meanwhile, Dexter's bizarre piece of fiction is popular with the class. Mahalia ends up one of three women who show up at a rage management seminar harboring resentment towards John.
    • Friends
      Season 4 - Episode 11
      John needs a buddy relationship and goes hunting with Hampton. It becomes an adventure when the truck won't start and they are stranded in the woods. Mahalia drops hints about her upcoming birthday so the gang tricks her into helping plan her own party by saying that it is for Oscar. Jealous that someone else is getting a party, she decides to make awful plans so that the party will be ruined.moreless
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