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It's a Living Season 5 Episodes

26 Episodes 1987 - 1988

Episode 1

Till Death Do Us Part

Sat, Sep 26, 1987 30 mins

Sonny's in love and plans to marry---if his fiancee can get to the church on time; Howard (Richard Stahl) prepares for a visit from his high-school sweetheart. Sonny: Paul Kreppel. Betty: Sally Kemp. Buck: Keith Mills. Dot: Gail Edwards. Amy: Crystal Bernard.

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Episode 2

Her Back to the Future

Sat, Oct 3, 1987 30 mins

As the staff prepares for a wedding reception, Nancy (Marian Mercer) dozes off and has a dream about her marriage---to Sonny (Paul Kreppel). Marlon Brando/Hector Rodriquez: Lyle Waggoner. Amy: Crystal Bernard. Ginger: Sheryl Lee Ralph. Howard: Richard Stahl.

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Episode 3

No, My Darling Daughter

Sat, Oct 10, 1987 30 mins

When Ellen has a date with a senior (Kenny Marsten), all the waitresses worry; Howard asks Nancy for $900 to pay back a loan shark. Barrie Youngfellow. Howard: Richard Stahl. Nancy: Marian Mercer.

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Episode 4

Sweet Charity

Sat, Oct 17, 1987 30 mins

When Dot is chosen to direct the Children's Theatre in "Little Red Riding Hood," the cast comes down with chickenpox. Paul Kreppel, Crystal Bernard.

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Episode 5

The Killing of Sister Dot

Sat, Oct 24, 1987 30 mins

Dot is thrilled about her new part on a soap opera---until she realizes her character is in danger of being killed off. Sonny: Paul Kreppel. Jan: Barrie Youngfellow. Amy: Crystal Bernard.

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Episode 6

The Date Show

Sat, Oct 31, 1987 30 mins

Nancy has the solution to Howard's midlife crisis: she invites him to a square dance, and she won't take no for an answer. Howard: Richard Stahl. Amy: Crystal Bernard. Ginger: Sheryl Lee Ralph.

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Episode 7

Search and Strike

Sat, Nov 7, 1987 30 mins

Nancy is having a bad week: hotel management wants her to search the waitresses' lockers, and Howard wants her to back off. Nancy: Marian Mercer. Jan: Barrie Youngfellow. Ginger: Sheryl Lee Ralph.

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Episode 8

The Vegas Show

Sat, Nov 14, 1987 30 mins

When Jack Jones checks into the hotel, he strikes up a friendship with Nancy and invites her to Las Vegas for a weekend. Part 1 of two. Sonny: Paul Kreppel. Howard: Richard Stahl. Ginger: Sheryl Lee Ralph.

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Episode 9

The Vegas Show

Sat, Nov 21, 1987 30 mins

Conclusion. When Howard (Richard Stahl) follows Nancy to Las Vegas, he's horrified to find her at a blackjack table with a lounge lizard named Chick (Eddie Zammit). Nancy: Marian Mercer. Dot: Gail Edwards. Amy: Crystal Bernard.

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Episode 10

The Sonny's Mother Show

Sat, Nov 28, 1987 30 mins

Sonny's dreading a visit from his mother (Nita Talbot): she's never forgiven him for becoming a lounge singer instead of a classical pianist. Sonny: Paul Kreppel. Young Sonny: Dustin Diamond. Jan: Barrie Youngfellow. Dot: Gail Edwards.

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Episode 11

Strictly Personal

Sat, Dec 12, 1987 30 mins

Dot doesn't get quite the response she'd hoped for when she places an ad in the personals column. Gregory: Scott Menville. Nancy: Marian Mercer. Howard: Richard Stahl. Ginger: Sheryl Lee Ralph.

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Episode 12

A Pen Pal for Your Thoughts

Sat, Dec 19, 1987 30 mins

Amy arranges to meet the prison inmate she's been writing to---and comes close to getting thrown in jail herself. Ernie: Richard Erdman. Nancy: Marian Mercer. Sonny: Paul Kreppel.

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Episode 13

Twelve Angry Women

Sat, Dec 26, 1987 30 mins

Sonny manages to infuriate an entire table of feminists; and Dot starts dating one of Amy's ex-boyfriends. Ms. Bermann: Barbara Cason. Dot: Gail Edwards. Amy: Crystal Bernard. Howard: Richard Stahl.

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Episode 14

Skin Deep

Sat, Jan 2, 1988 30 mins

When Nancy catches Howard flirting with a pretty newsstand operator---who's flirting back---she considers plastic surgery. Howard: Richard Stahl. Fawn: Lana Clarkson. Melissa: Karen Haber.

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Episode 15

Everyone's a Critic

Sat, Jan 16, 1988 30 mins

Dot has jitters on the opening night of her play: her boyfriend (D. David Morin) is assigned to review her performance. Sonny: Paul Kreppel. Jan: Barrie Youngfellow. Amy: Crystal Bernard. Nancy: Marian Mercer.

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Episode 16

Take Back Your Mink

Sat, Jan 23, 1988 30 mins

Richie's business dealings put him in the money---and Jan in a mink; and Dot (Gail Edwards) auditions for a role as an anorexic. Richie: Richard Kline. Amy: Crystal Bernard. Ginger: Sheryl Lee Ralph. Sonny: Paul Kreppel.

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Episode 17

The One About the Tattooed Lady

Sat, Jan 30, 1988 30 mins

Nancy's long-lost cousin (Kelly Britt) shows up at the hotel---sporting head-to-toe tattoos. Nancy: Marian Mercer. Howard: Richard Stahl.

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Episode 18

Daddy's Little Girl

Sat, Feb 6, 1988 30 mins

Jan's scheme to reunite her parents has just one hitch---her father has a new wife (Mary-Margaret Humes). Phyllis: Georgann Johnson. Will: Richard McKenzie. Jan: Barrie Youngfellow. Dot: Gail Edwards.

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Episode 19

Ginger's Grandmother Show

Sat, Feb 13, 1988 30 mins

Ginger's grandmother (Edye Byrde) shows up, complaining that her son won't let her drive anymore; and Sonny (Paul Kreppel) decides to make a music video. Louie: Tom LaGrua. Ginger: Sheryl Lee Ralph. Amy: Crystal Bernard.

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Episode 20

Dot's Hope

Sat, Feb 20, 1988 30 mins

When Dot's friend (Lisa Wilcox) comes to Hollywood seeking fame, Dot gets her a job---washing dishes in the restaurant. Dot: Gail Edwards. Sonny: Paul Kreppel. Howard: Richard Stahl. Nancy: Marian Mercer.

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Episode 21

The Amy and Louie Show

Sat, Feb 27, 1988 30 mins

Sonny sees red when Amy agrees to go on a date---with Louie (Tom LaGrua); and Ginger is dreading her blind date with an egg salesman named Wilbur (Stuart Mabray). Sonny: Paul Kreppel. Howard: Richard Stahl.

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Episode 22

Ginger and the Senator

Sat, Apr 23, 1988 30 mins

Ginger's efforts to campaign for her favorite senator (Daryl Roach) make news when she's photographed on his lap. Burt Presser: Kenneth Tigar. Ginger: Sheryl Lee Ralph. Amy: Crystal Bernard.

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Episode 23

Healings, Nothing More Than Healings

Sat, Apr 30, 1988 30 mins

Sonny's a hero after administering the Heimlich maneuver to a choking customer; Nancy and Howard (Marian Mercer, Richard Stahl) contemplate taking separate vacations. Dot: Gail Edwards. Jan: Barrie Youngfellow.

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Episode 24

The No Guys Show

Sat, May 7, 1988 30 mins

Ginger's "perfect" boyfriend wants to tie the knot, but she's not ready to settle down. Ginger: Sheryl Lee Ralph. Jason: Philip Morris. Jennifer: Michele Harrell. Jan: Barrie Youngfellow.

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Episode 25

The Waiting Game

Sat, May 28, 1988 30 mins

The waitresses wax philosophic when a journalist (Beatrice Colen) interviews them about the pros and cons of their careers. Dot: Gail Edwards. Amy: Crystal Bernard. Ginger: Sheryl Lee Ralph.

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Episode 26

Tune In, Tune Out

Sat, May 28, 1988 30 mins

Jan spices up her marriage with a blond wig; and work slows to a stop when a TV is installed in the lounge. Mrs. Thompson: Nedra Volz. Dot: Gail Edwards. Nancy: Marian Mercer.

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