Season 1 Episode 2

Around the World in Eighty Years

Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Apr 26, 1990 on NBC
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Fay discovers that a man who has been in the airport for several days is only minutes away from completing a two-year flying trip around the world. But due do to a promise he made to god when his trip began, he believes he will die as soon as he finishes his journey. Despite Fay's encouragement, he finally decides to retrace his long route around the world to get home.

Meanwhile, to help Helen achieve her dream of becoming a concert cellist, Brian suggests she wear a sexy dress to her audition for the cambridge orchestra. But when she loses the job, she wonders what failed her: her musical ability or her dress?

After receiving Joe's stunned opinion, Helen hurries off to practice.moreless

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    Steven Weber

    Steven Weber

    Brian Hacket

    Timothy Daly

    Timothy Daly

    Joe Hackett

    Crystal Bernard

    Crystal Bernard

    Helen Chappel Hackett

    Thomas Haden Church

    Thomas Haden Church

    Lowell Mather (Seasons 1-6)

    David Schramm

    David Schramm

    Roy Biggins

    Rebecca Schull

    Rebecca Schull

    Fay Evelyn Schlob Dumbly DeVay Cochran

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Fay : Announcing the arrival of Sandpiper flight 18 from Boston, Massachusetts, the cradle of liberty. No, wait that's Philadelphia. The city with big shoulders, no that Chicago. Gateway to the west, no. I know Boston's something.

      • Helen : Joe I'm waiting for my audition dress to get back from the dress makers.
        Joe : A dress is holding up my flight?
        Brian : Well wait till you see it Joe. You're gonna wonder what's holding up that dress.

      • Roy : It just so happens I've been keeping an eye on him. He just sits there morning to night reading his paper, taking the occasional nap, minding his own business. I don't trust him.
        Brian : Quick Helen call the SWAT team there's a guy loose in the airport minding his own business.
        Joe : You ought to introduce yourself Brian, maybe he gives lessons.

      • Brian : Alright, I'll try to stall the passengers with a few show tunes. Maybe something from A Chorus Line. But you know the acoustics on the plane are great. I just wish the aisles were a little wider.

      • Helen : You know I just love working here at the Ritz. Rubbing shoulders with the cream of society. Having conversations made up of one-syllable words.
        Lowell : Good soup. Hot.

      • Fay: That man is nuttier than a squirrel's cheeks in October.

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    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The episode title is an obvious reference to Jules Verne's novel and the Mike Todd motion picture Around the World in 80 Days.