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Murphy Brown Season 9 Episodes

24 Episodes 1996 - 1997

Episode 1

Executive Decision

Mon, Sep 16, 1996 30 mins

The "FYI" team searches for a new exec producer. Among the candidates: network vet Kay Carter-Shepley (Lily Tomlin). Andrew: Paul Reubens. Murphy: Candice Bergen. Lansing: Garry Marshall.

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Episode 2

Power Play

Mon, Sep 23, 1996 30 mins

Staffers try to maintain a united front against Kay until she passes out plum assignments, and moves the story meeting to her posh office. Mark McEwen has a cameo. Murphy: Candice Bergen.

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Episode 3

A Comedy of Eros

Mon, Sep 30, 1996 30 mins

Frank writes an autobiographical play that he asks Murphy to mount, but its premiere reveals a side of Frank that no one has seen before. George: Joel Brooks. Dana: Julie Hagerty. Grandma Louisa: Penny Santon.

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Episode 4

Son of Dottie

Mon, Oct 7, 1996 30 mins

Even Murphy's harsh exposé doesn't dissuade a perky TV host (Shelley Long) from her one-sided friendship with Murphy (Candice Bergen). Avery: Jackson Buckley. Frank: Joe Regalbuto. Kay: Lily Tomlin.

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Episode 5

Office Politics

Mon, Oct 14, 1996 30 mins

Murphy must sweet-talk a combative neighbor (Tom Poston) to secure a permit for her townhouse addition, a plan that is both illegal and an architectural abomination. Murphy: Candice Bergen. Robby: Jimmy Galeota.

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Episode 6

Phil's Dead---Long Live Phil's

Mon, Oct 21, 1996 30 mins

An era comes to an end with the death of Phil, until Murphy and the gang opt to buy his bar. Geraldine Ferraro and Larry King appear. Phil Jr.: Pat Finn. Phyllis: Dena Dietrich. Murphy: Candice Bergen.

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Episode 7

That's the Way the Corky Crumbles

Mon, Oct 28, 1996 30 mins

Murphy's bad influence rubs off on Corky as the two board a plane for New York, defying Kay's ban on travel and expense accounts. Corky: Faith Ford. Kay: Lily Tomlin. Murphy: Candice Bergen. Phil Jr.: Pat Finn.

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Episode 8

Defending Your Life

Mon, Nov 4, 1996 30 mins

As FYIers prepare to anchor the election coverage, Murphy is held hostage by disgruntled secretaries she's fired. Robert: Charley Lang. Wrestler Secretary: Michael Bailey Smith. Kay: Lily Tomlin.

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Episode 9

Underdogs

Mon, Nov 11, 1996 30 mins

Murphy cheers up when Miller's popularity nose-dives, so she dreams up a theory to get the "underdog" fired. Steve: Chris Elliott. Miller: Christopher Rich. Lansing: Garry Marshall. Murphy: Candice Bergen. Kay: Lily Tomlin.

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Episode 10

Nobody's Perfect

Mon, Nov 18, 1996 30 mins

Frank gets Murphy's approval on his girlfriend, but she soon becomes a liability with her foibles, not to mention her farm animals. Dana: Julie Hagerty. Danny: Erik Palladino. Repo Men: Paul Parducci, Mike Grief. Frank: Joe Regalbuto.

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Episode 11

A One Night Stan

Mon, Nov 25, 1996 30 mins

Fed up with the meddling Kay, Murphy "volunteers" her to help Lansing (Garry Marshall) revamp a talk show. Kay: Lily Tomlin. Murphy: Candice Bergen. Frank: Joe Regalbuto.

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Episode 12

Separation Anxiety

Mon, Dec 2, 1996 30 mins

Guests at Jim's Hawaiian-themed party get a jolt when he says aloha to his wife of 36 years. Doris: Janet Carroll. Tiny Bubbles: Francis Ruivivar. Eddie: Alan Blumenfeld. Red: Alan Wilder. Jim: Charles Kimbrough.

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Episode 13

Montezuma's Retreat

Mon, Dec 16, 1996 30 mins

Kay sends the FYIers on a morale-building retreat, where Murphy meets a group of businessmen angered by a report of hers. Miller: Christopher Rich. Hotel Clerk: Carlos Lacamara. Bellhop: Rene Moreno.

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Episode 14

The Big Thaw

Mon, Jan 6, 1997 30 mins

Murphy and Kay confront each other in the newsroom and discover they once previously met at a Bicentennial rock concert of a group Kay was managing. Kay: Lily Tomlin. Murphy: Candice Bergen.

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Episode 15

Who Do You Truss

Mon, Jan 13, 1997 30 mins

With Jim in the hospital, a "cabbageheaded" newswoman (Christine Taylor) arrives to help out, and Frank and Murphy bicker over who will sub on Jim's commentaries. Raven-Haired Receptionist: Mary-Margaret Humes.

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Episode 16

You Don't Know Jackal

Mon, Jan 20, 1997 30 mins

A comedy of errors follows the gang's plans to air an exposé on the CIA---while keeping Murphy's trusted source (known as "The Jackal") a secret from Kay. Vic: Michael Jeter. Jackal: Harris Yulin. Kay: Lily Tomlin.

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Episode 17

Mystery Date

Mon, Feb 3, 1997 30 mins

Jim believes that romance can blossom for him again, this time with the raven-haired receptionist (Mary-Margaret Humes), at Lansing's new girlfriend's charity benefit for exotic dancers. Jane Seymour and Hector Elizondo have cameos.

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Episode 18

Oh, Danny Boy

Mon, Feb 10, 1997 30 mins

Frank gets his girlfriend's wayward son a job at FYI, where the rest of the gang takes advantage of the boy's main talent---intimidation. Danny: Erik Palladino. Dry Cleaner: Robert Costanzo. Pit Boss: Mitchell Group. Frank: Joe Regalbuto.

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Episode 19

Desperate Times

Mon, Feb 17, 1997 30 mins

Murphy resorts to desperate measures when Kay threatens to move the team to L.A., but they soon become allies against Andrew (Paul Reubens), who's scheming to split up "FYI." Kay: Lily Tomlin. Lansing: Garry Marshall.

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Episode 20

And That's the Way It Was?

Tue, Feb 25, 1997 30 mins

Murphy catches up with Walter Cronkite on a book tour, determined to learn the revered newsman's opinion of her. Cronkite and Tom Snyder appear as themselves. Carole: Stephanie Faracy. Murphy: Candice Bergen.

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Episode 21

How to Marry a Billionaire

Mon, Apr 28, 1997 30 mins

Murphy's refusal to marry a billionaire media mogul (Ian Ogilvy) portends the end of her job and the end of the FYI series. Williams: Ben Stein. Lansing: Garry Marshall. Murphy: Candice Bergen. Kay: Lily Tomlin. Frank: Joe Regalbuto.

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Episode 22

Hero Today, Gone Tomorrow

Mon, May 5, 1997 30 mins

A guilt-ridden Murphy intends to right past wrongs in an interview with a recent hero---old friend Stuart Best (Wallace Shawn), who doused a museum fire that threatened prized TV artifacts. Adam West: Himself. Agent: Beau Billingslea. Murphy: Candice Bergen.

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Episode 23

Mama Miller

Mon, May 12, 1997 30 mins

Miller weaves a web of lies to impress his intimidating mom (Rue McClanahan), who would love to think her son is married to Murphy and is also the father of her child. Miller: Christopher Rich. Murphy: Candice Bergen.

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Episode 24

When One Door Closes...

Sun, May 18, 1997 30 mins

Unaware she's on the air, Murphy insults the President with a remark that he's boring. Ann Richards: Herself. Kay: Lily Tomlin. Lansing: Garry Marshall. Murphy: Candice Bergen. Assistant: Jan Hoag.

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