Ellen

A warm and funny slice-of-life sitcom about an L.A. bookstore manager and her acquaintances that began as a `Seinfeld'-like show titled `These Friends of Mine.' The Emmy-winning series hit its high point on April 30, 1997, when its heroine proclaimed her homosexuality in `The Puppy Episode,' an outing that drew 42 million viewers.

Season 3, Episode 18 The Lobster Diary

First Aired: February 21, 1996

Ellen tries to save a 65-year-old lobster from a restaurant's pot---an act that mirrors a real-life effort by Mary Tyler Moore (who appears as herself). Thomas Kelsey: Paul Dooley. Joanie: Tricia Leigh Fisher. Ellen: Ellen DeGeneres.

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