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Season 1

  • S01E01 The First Episode

    • July 8, 1990
    • HBO

    Martin Tupper, New York book editor and product of the first television generation, faces a crisis: his ex-wife-to-be, Judith, is demanding that he sign their divorce papers so that she can re-marry. Should he try to win her back, or is it time to get back in the dating game?

  • S01E02 Death Takes a Coffee Break

    • July 15, 1990
    • HBO

    Martin, while fooling around with a much younger college girl (an Eddie Charles hook-up), ends up in the hospital. His doctor instructs him to change his lifestyle around to prevent another (possibly worse) incident. Top of the list? Cut out caffeine. Of course, he receives a lot of ridicule as he goes about this.

  • S01E03 Sex and the Single Father

    • July 22, 1990
    • HBO

    Jeremy (Martin and Judith's son) is having trouble in school. He has become distracted by his rather attractive female teacher. The teacher informs Judith, and Judith informs Martin. Martin tries to give his son the ""sex talk,"" but learns that Jeremy has already been informed, though he does have some questions. Martin visits the classroom and meets with Jeremy's teacher and is himself distracted with her beauty. Martin and the teacher go out for dinner.

  • S01E04 Sole Sister

    • July 29, 1990
    • HBO

    Martin's globetrotting sister suddenly arrives in New York and visits Martin at his office. Martin informs Eddie of Susan's return, and he asks Eddie to show Susan the city. Eddie has almost no problem with this request. Eddie and Susan have been dating for eight years, and Eddie is nervous about letting Martin become aware of their relationship. Susan prefers letting Martin in on the secret, and lets the cat out of the bag by not returning to Martin's apartment (where she was supposed to be staying). Martin still sees his sister as a young girl and cannot accept that she can take care of herself, especially with noted ladies man Eddie Charles. Martin and Eddie have a falling out over this issue, and Susan refuses to be treated like a little girl.

  • S01E05 Angst for the Memories

    • August 5, 1990
    • HBO

    While eating in a cheap diner, Martin and Eddie are surprised to see an old school friend as their waitress. The three of them discuss their current position in life, and where they expected to be at this point. All are depressed. Martin was going to become a writer, but had to give it up for a paying job for the sake of his relationship with Judith. Inspired after remembering his dreams, Martin tries writing again. After several very detailed attempts, shown through old clips, Martin finally finds his subject. While some names have been changed, Martin ends up writing a rather negative play about his marriage with Judith. Martin shares his new play with Judith, and she is somewhat disappointed. Willing to accept help, Martin and Judith rewrite the play. After they finish, Martin sends out numerous copies. All but one send back rejections. One off-broadway, experimental theater offers to perform the play (oddly enough, the theater that their waitress works for). The whole g

  • S01E06 ...And Sheep Are Nervous

    • August 12, 1990
    • HBO

    Martin is a member of the audience of the ""Eddie Charles Show."" Today's topic is about the current weak nature of the male gender. Martin, inspired by the guest author of the show, decides to go away to a male-bonding workshop. At the retreat, Martin learns that he is an elephant. After a somewhat disappointing time, Martin returns home. Back in New York, Martin runs into the ""perfect woman"" (Mary) at a supermarket, and they begin a relationship. Mary cooks, cleans and takes care of Martin. Mary is very ready to help and loves to allow Martin to make all the decisions. Mary also expects and encourages Martin to have guests over to watch sporting events on television. Oddly enough, Martin is starting to find Mary grating.

  • S01E07 Over Your Dead Body

    • August 19, 1990
    • HBO

    Martin decides to take his first vacation in a long time, and visits a travel agent. Many expensive options are presented, and Martin settles on Bermuda. Martin is eager and happy to begin his vacation, until his boss visits him. The boss, Sid, wants to know if Martin has heard about the current tragic news circulating throughout the city. The current news story is about the gruesome murder of a family that included the butchering of their dogs. Before Martin can go on his vacation, he has to get the widow signed as an author with Whitestone. The person that would normally do this is out sick. Martin is very reluctant, but cannot say no. Martin finds himself to be rather good at this type of activity, but does not like this fact. The widow, Lyia, is not sure if she wants to drag the sordid mess out before her fellow citizens. They've hounded her enough. On the other hand, she might be tempted to tell her story. At the same time, the police have yet to find the killer.

  • S01E08 Martin Gets Lucky

    • August 26, 1990
    • HBO

    Martin is quite interested in one of the guests, Sheila, on Eddie Charles current show ""Wall Street Witches."" Sheila and Martin have an instant connection, and Eddie is stuck right in the middle. Due to a back problem that will require surgery, Eddie is propped up in a handcart and cannot escape the sexual tension. Sheila and Martin date, and while walking along outside, Sheila asks Martin to make a wish on her crystal. Next scene: bedroom. After a rather intense experience, Sheila wants Martin to make three wishes using her crystal. Martin wishes to win the lottery, find his rare missing baseball card, and have perfect Dr. Richard Stone fail at something. The first two wishes come true, though not exactly as Martin thought they would. After realizing that there is some strange magic in the air, Martin worries that the last wish will also come true.

  • S01E09 Three Coins in the Dryer

    • September 2, 1990
    • HBO

    Martin has clothes in the dryer, and more in his arms, as he returns to the laundry room. Martin returns to find a woman that Martin has not seen before reading a book and doing her own laundry. An instant attraction is sparked in both. While chatting with the woman, Nina, Martin finds that his clothes that were in the dryer have been removed and are damp. Martin is very annoyed and expresses his rage at the idiot who removed his clothes and put their many pairs of pants into the dryer. Nina notes that Martin should have been there when the dryer was done, and she wouldn't have had to remove his clothes. Just then the dryer stops. Martin opens the door, Nina protests that the clothes are still wet, and instead of continuing the argument, Martin and Nina kiss and explore each other. The activity continues in Martin's apartment, and involves several days. Office mates, notably Toby, are annoyed at the missing Martin. While extremely happy, Martin and Nina's relationship suddenly

  • S01E10 Trojan War

    • September 9, 1990
    • HBO

    Despite the continuing distraction of a prior boyfriend, and the deep involvement in the protest movement, Nina and Martin are still together. Nina suggests to Martin that they take the next step in their relationship – an AIDS test.

  • S01E11 Up the River

    • September 16, 1990
    • HBO

    Martin's apartment building is undergoing renovations, and there is a large hole in his outside wall. A thin sheet of plastic cannot block birds from entering the apartment. Bricks are set up to fill in the hole, but the landlady fired the contractors. Martin and Nina try to have a romantic dinner in Martin's apartment, but an emergency protest comes up, and Nina needs to join it. Nina uses the bricks from the apartment to fill up a factory's drainage pipe, and is arrested.

  • S01E12 555-HELL

    • September 23, 1990
    • HBO

    Martin's friends and family offer support after Nina's arrest, but he prefers to be alone. While resting in his apartment, Martin receives a call from Irma, a suicidal woman trying to reach 555-HELP. Martin's phone number, it turns out, is 555-HELL. As Irma wants to exit this world at midnight, and as it is only three minutes to midnight, Irma doesn't want to contact the correct phone number. Martin tries to keep her on the line, and keep her from killing herself.

  • S01E13 Doing the Bossa Nova

    • September 30, 1990
    • HBO

    One of Martin's authors, Vernon, discusses his romance book with Martin. While Vernon is still in the office, a woman enters. Vernon hits on her and leaves. After he leaves, Martin reveals that he hates his job. The woman turns out to be Martin's new boss. The new boss seduces Martin. Later, at a group meeting with the staff and the new boss, Martin learns that there are some advantages to dating your boss. Martin is given a coveted book assignment, and his hated author is transfered to Cindy. Later, Martin receives further rewards for dating his boss.

  • S01E14 Premarital Ex

    • October 7, 1990
    • HBO

    Judith and Richard Stone are about to be married, but Richard is off somewhere helping the less fortunate and Judith is frantically trying to make every thing perfect for the perfect Richard Stone. After getting a bad new hair cut (frizzy perm), Judith turns to Martin for help. Judith and Martin sleep together, and Martin hopes this might mean something more. Martin reminds Judith that she acted this way before they married (and luckily, the man she slept with before their marriage was Martin). Judith, somewhat less flustered, gets married to Richard Stone.

Season 2

  • S02E01 The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (1)

    • July 7, 1991
    • HBO

    The episode opens with Eddie having his bandages removed from a minor operation on his face, and he wonders if he looks different. A movie is made about the life of Richard Stone. Martin helps Julia, the woman portraying Judith in the movie, with some scenes, and they hook up. Julia likes Martin for being a real person. Jeremy lands the role as himself in the movie, and later lands a role on a movie filming next door. That movie is a horror film about a professor that died and came back as a half-man half-fungus monster.

  • S02E02 The Second Greatest Story Ever Told (2)

    • July 7, 1991
    • HBO

    Second half of one hour season premiere. NOTE: DVD version combines Parts 1 and 2 into a one hour episode.

  • S02E03 And Your Little Dog, Too

    • July 14, 1991
    • HBO

    Australians have bought Whitestone, and great change is in the air. Gibby Fiske makes his first appearance as the new boss at Whitestone, and he doesn't want to publish literature. Gibby calls Whitestone employees into his office, one at a time. Most of Whitestone's employees suddenly find themselves ex-employees. At his meeting with Gibby, Martin mentions many books, but all are too literary, not sleazy enough. Finally, and desperately, Martin states that he can get the autobiography of the host of the sleazy Eddie Charles Show. Martin begs Eddie and Eddie admits that if he did write an autobiography, he would go to a larger publisher. After more begging, Eddie eventually agrees to allow Whitestone to publish his life story. Conflict erupts when Martin seems to be leaning towards the more scandalous stories.

  • S02E04 The 37-Year Itch

    • July 21, 1991
    • HBO

    Cousin Phil visits, and informs Martin that he has split up with his wife (shrew). While in Martin's office, Phil sees Toby for the first time, and is smitten. Phil begs, and Martin helps Phil pursue Toby.

  • S02E05 Calling the Kettle Black

    • July 28, 1991
    • HBO

    Martin, while putting away Jeremy's laundry, comes across an adult magazine and a joint. Martin informs Judith, and they agree that Martin will have a talk with Jeremy. Jeremy agrees to not smoke pot, and Martin admits that he used to smoke pot a long time ago. After Martin discusses the matter with Eddie on the basketball court, they return to Martin's apartment. Eddie spots the joint and lights up. Martin joins him.

  • S02E06 Futile Attraction

    • August 4, 1991
    • HBO

    Martin has gone on many dates after Judith and Richard's wedding, but he can never seem to perform. After discussing the problem, reluctantly, with Judith, Martin decides to go see a shrink. While paying for the first session, Martin spots an attractive woman also paying her bill. They ride the elevator together, and after Martin saves her from choking, they hook up. Judith treats the woman, and runs into an ethical problem, as she knows that the woman has a problem with rage.

  • S02E07 No, I'm Just Happy to See You

    • August 11, 1991
    • HBO

    After Eddie and Martin are mugged twice, Martin gets a gun. The night he comes home with the gun, Martin surprises a burglar and holds him off with the gun. While waiting for the police to arrive, Martin feeds the burglar.

  • S02E08 What I Did for Lust

    • August 18, 1991
    • HBO

    Eddie pushes an ""ugly"" sister onto Martin to score points with Marsha. The ""ugly"" sister (Chloe) has a book (""The Feminist Manifesto"") she wants Martin to read. Martin likes Chloe (who isn't actually ugly), but hates the book. Reluctant to reveal his true feelings, and hoping his publisher with reject the book, Martin passes the book to Gibby. Gibby really likes the books market potential.

  • S02E09 Play Melville for Me

    • August 25, 1991
    • HBO

    An old professor of Martin's offers Martin his own show, called ""Book Beat"", on public television. The show is run by college students for credit. After the first airing of the show, Martin is stalked by an over-enthusiastic fan (Nora) who sends him flowers and other things. Nora storms the set with a bomb.

  • S02E10 To Have and Have and Have and Have Not

    • September 1, 1991
    • HBO

    After walking out for cigarettes fifteen years ago, Martin's former girlfriend Veronica Sheridan finally returns. Veronica returned because she is pulling together a photo-book of all the famous men of New York. Everyone warns Martin to stay away from Veronica, but he can't help himself. Martin and Judith become worried when Veronica's photo session with Richard runs very late.

  • S02E11 Pants on Fire

    • September 8, 1991
    • HBO

    Martin and Judith are audited by the IRS for the last year of their marriage. They go through old receipts together. An old receipt proves that Martin had an affair with Nicki Rosen, Judith's friend, while still married to Judith. Jeremy wants to go to a party that lacks parental supervision, but his parents won't allow him. Martin and Judith fight about the affair during audit at the IRS office. Jeremy uses the conflict to trick his parents so that he could go to the party. At the party, Jeremy plays spin the bottle.

  • S02E12 The Charlotte Letter

    • September 15, 1991
    • HBO

    Martin's new girlfriend of three weeks, Charlotte, has a porn star past. Martin learns from Eddie. Charlotte reveals that her biggest secret is that she cannot drive. Martin begs to differ, and Charlotte admits to appearing in six porn videos to pay for college and is not ashamed. Martin and Charlotte try to continue their relationship despite this conflict. Martin tries to continue dating Charlotte, even though he keeps seeing her in porn star roles and settings.

  • S02E13 The Name of the Game Is Five-Card Stud

    • September 22, 1991
    • HBO

    Gibby informs the crew that they are all fired, just to soften the blow that there will not be bonuses (not really fired). Martin is talked into a nickel and dime porker game with his co-workers. They play in Martin's apartment. Expecting pizza, Martin finds Gibby at the door. Carter, the brown nose, had told Gibby about the game. Gibby lays down a large pile of $100s (the firm is doing financially badly, not him). All but Martin want to play high stakes, until Martin sees his cards. After losing big ($12,000), Gibby starts betting vacation days. Eventually clothing and household appliances get bet.

  • S02E14 So Funny I Forgot to Laugh (aka Stop It, You're Killing Me)

    • September 29, 1991
    • HBO

    An old female friend of Martin's, Bonnie, returns to New York City from Cleveland to pursue a stand-up career. Bonnie's first performance as a stand-up bombs. Martin tries to encourage her by suggesting that she should use her past relationships in her act (which has more humor in it than her current act). Martin and Bonnie start to fall for each other and end up sleeping together. The whole gang shows up for Bonnie's second performance as a stand-up comic. Bonnie, following Martin's advice, discusses her relationships in her act. Unfortunately for Martin, Bonnie sticks to talking about her current relationship. The gang, and the audience, except for Martin, love the new act. Afterwards, the gang offer Bonnie funny stories about Martin. Alone together back at Martin's apartment, Martin almost starts to tell Bonnie about his reactions to her new act. A phone call interrupts. An HBO scout was in the audience and loved the act. Next Friday, Bonnie is informed, an HBO big-wig wil

  • S02E15 Toby or Not Toby

    • October 6, 1991
    • HBO

    Martin arrives at work to find Toby extremely happy. Martin questions her happiness, and Toby notes that it is her birthday. Martin's in trouble for forgetting, but can get out of it if he uses Toby's gift suggestions. Toby plans on celebrating her day with many activities, but strange currents are running against her (surprise wedding; many business calls; measles). Martin has to go to a wake for his Aunt Minnie, and Toby, sad that her day has been ruined, decides to join Martin. At the wake, Toby learns that Aunt Minnie is beginning to sound a lot like her. Considering the remarks made, and life described, Toby becomes rather sad. As Martin tries to lift Toby's mood, Toby responds relatively well. Then things take a turn for the worse. Then things turn ugly. Toby and Martin arrive back at work the next day very hung over.

Season 3

  • S03E01 And Bimbo Was His Name-O (1)

    • June 6, 1992
    • HBO

    Martin's romance with Sandra comes to an abrupt halt when he learns that she is the wife of a candidate for the Senate.

  • S03E02 And Bimbo Was His Name-O (2)

    • June 6, 1992
    • HBO

    Martin decides to date Sandra regardless of the consequences.

  • S03E03 Nightmare on Bleecker Street

    • June 13, 1992
    • HBO

    Toby is plagued by nightmares in which she murders Martin in gruesome scenes of violence.

  • S03E04 For Peter's Sake

    • June 20, 1992
    • HBO

    Gibby convinces a reluctant Martin that the big Xmas book should be the memoirs of a gay man dying of AIDS.

  • S03E05 Terms of Employment

    • June 27, 1992
    • HBO

    Martin is told he will have to take a pay cut, so he quits his job, only to find things are even worse elsewhere.

  • S03E06 For Richard or for Poorer

    • July 4, 1992
    • HBO

    When Richard misses his and Judith's second anniversary, she confides to Martin that all is not well in their marriage.

  • S03E07 Bad Girls

    • July 11, 1992
    • HBO

    Martin decides that Jeremy's tough and sarcastic new girlfriend Clair is a bad influence and forbids him from seeing her.

  • S03E08 Here Comes the Bribe

    • July 18, 1992
    • HBO

    Martin convinces Toby to marry Gibby so that he can get his green card, but becomes annoyed when the wedding plans disrupt her work.

  • S03E09 May Divorce Be with You

    • July 25, 1992
    • HBO

    When Martin's parents arrive for Jeremy's thirteenth birthday, they announce they are getting a divorce.

  • S03E10 Come and Knock on Our Door...

    • August 1, 1992
    • HBO

    Eddie invites Martin to a Talk Show Digest awards night, where they are both approached by a beautiful woman called Alisha.

  • S03E11 B.S. Elliot

    • August 8, 1992
    • HBO

    Martin runs into his hero, author Elliot Sterns (Patrick MacNee) and manages to spoil a romantic evening out.

  • S03E12 What Women Want

    • August 15, 1992
    • HBO

    Martin's new girlfriend has just come out of a bad relationship. She and her former lover, Ryan, had many problems before their breakup. But now Ryan is trying to rekindle their relationship despite her new relationship with Martin. Now Martin finds himself competing against her former lover, and Ryan has qualities that may be more than Martin can compete with.

  • S03E13 Red All Over

    • August 22, 1992
    • HBO

    Martin has a great date with Jeanette, a writer's agent who happens to be black.

  • S03E14 The Rocky Marriage Picture Show

    • August 29, 1992
    • HBO

    When Judith convinces Martin its time to split up their photographs, they take a trip down memory lane.

  • S03E15 Martin Over Medium

    • September 5, 1992
    • HBO

    After having had lunch with a fellow editor, Martin is shocked to find him dead at his desk.

  • S03E16 Theory of Relativity

    • September 12, 1992
    • HBO

    A Blumberg family reunion has everyone's nerves on edge.

  • S03E17 Up All Night

    • September 19, 1992
    • HBO

    Martin plans for a weekend break are dashed.

  • S03E18 The Guilty Party

    • September 26, 1992
    • HBO

    Martin courts disaster when he throws a raucous bachelor party.

  • S03E19 The Son Also Rises

    • October 3, 1992
    • HBO

    Martin overreacts when he suspects that Jeremy has begun to have sex.

  • S03E20 Domestic Bliss

    • October 10, 1992
    • HBO

    Martin falls for Judith's new housekeeper (Salma Hyack).

  • S03E21 It Came from Beneath the Sink

    • October 17, 1992
    • HBO

    Martin does battle with a rat.

  • S03E22 No Deposit, No Return

    • October 24, 1992
    • HBO

    Ellen, a beautiful writer of Martin's, asks him to her apartment, with an unusual request that he conceive a child with her. After talking it over with Jude, he accepts under the impression that he'll get to make love to her, but she only wants him to donate semen.

  • S03E23 To the Moon, Alex!

    • October 31, 1992
    • HBO

    Gibby foists his possibly illegitimate son and Whitestone's newest editor upon Martin - Alex Farmer. Toby takes an immediate dislike to Alex and his secretary Skylar.

  • S03E24 The Undergraduate

    • November 7, 1992
    • HBO

    Martin is dating the office's college student bagel girl Julie, even though she seems to have more in common with Jeremy. But, Martin breaks up with her in order to pursue a relationship with her mother Kate who he becomes infatuated with after a chance meeting. The only problem is that Kate isn't thrilled about the idea of dating a guy who takes advantage of college girls. The simple fact that she hates Martin doesn't dent his persistence, though, and he tries every trick he knows, including a surprise night-time candle-lit dinner in the back of her apartment to the strains of ‘Strangers in the Night', to win her over, apparently to no avail…

  • S03E25 Dance Ten, Sex Three

    • November 14, 1992
    • HBO

    Following directly from the previous episode, all of Martin's hopes seem shattered when Kate appears unimpressed, but, touched by his clumsy attempt at romance, she finally accepts his offer of a date . . .

  • S03E26 Key for Two

    • November 21, 1992
    • HBO

    Everything seems to be going great in one of Martin's relationships. He and Kate couldn't be happier, and they plan on living together at Martin's apartment.

Season 4

  • S04E01 Oral Sex, Lies, and Video Tape

    • June 2, 1993
    • HBO

    Martin gets a new video camera and inadvertently videotapes children's television celebrity Uncle Bouncy committing a sex act with a prostitute in a public alleyway. Martin opts to caution Bouncy himself about his behavior in person before turning the tape over to him. But, Bouncy's abusive and intransigent attitude convinces him to sell the offending footage to Eddie for broadcast on his show.

  • S04E02 The French Conception

    • June 9, 1993
    • HBO

    Martin needs to find a tenant for his empty apartment in a hurry when the other tenants renege on their agreement to move in. Meanwhile, Julie is pregnant by a French exchange student and she asks Martin to pay for an abortion. Kate confronts Martin when a bill comes from the gynecologist.

  • S04E03 Depth Be Not Proud

    • June 16, 1993
    • HBO

    Martin is disgusted by the quality of the books Gibby is forcing him to edit, and his lack of appreciation. Meanwhile, Eddie is fired from his talk show and his wife Jeanette leaves him on the same day. Eddie begins to reassess his life and Martin encourages him to make a change, proposing they collaborate on creating an up market magazine.

  • S04E04 Pop Secret

    • June 23, 1993
    • HBO

    Martin's divorced father Mickey comes back to live in New York. Martin fixes him up with Toby's mom Angie on a dinner date. He takes her home, but to Toby's irritation ‘does nothing' to her. Martin visits the one- bedroom apartment Mickey is sharing with apartment owner Roger.

  • S04E05 Reach out and Touch Yourself

    • June 30, 1993
    • HBO

    Martin finds his bar mitzvah bonds in a closet and suddenly has extra cash. Toby encourages him to invest $5,000 in a fledgling business she is setting up offering stock tips over the phone, 555-TIPS. The business goes terribly, until a wrong number mistakes it for an S&M phone-sex chat line and stays on for hours. Seeing where the real money is, Toby employs the services of her family – Gina, Angie – in order to cover the phones.

  • S04E06 Home Sweet Homeboy

    • July 7, 1993
    • HBO

    Andre Williams, a militant black writer of Martin's, bemoans the lack of publicity for his new book ‘Yo! Homeboy', so Martin gets him a slot on Eddie's show. The appearance is a disaster, as Andre accuses Eddie of being ‘the world's whitest black dude'. Shortly thereafter, Eddie makes some changes in his life, trying to increase his 'blackness.'

  • S04E07 A Midsummer Night's Dream On

    • July 14, 1993
    • HBO

    Martin, Eddie and Judith meet up at a secluded cabin for a reunion with old friends. Martin has ongoing mutual antipathy with Allison, an old writing rival who has since gone onto fame and success as an author. Eddie is anxious at seeing Cara - a woman he slept with once and never called again, although on first meeting she doesn't recognise him except from his TV show.

  • S04E08 The Book, the Thief, Her Boss and His Lover

    • July 21, 1993
    • HBO

    The beautiful widow of a famous author brings a new unpublished novel by her late husband to Martin with the one caveat that he cannot reveal the true origin of the book, thus giving Toby the opportunity to accept the kudos for the bestseller.

  • S04E09 Super Freak

    • July 28, 1993
    • HBO

    It's summer, and New York is experiencing a chronic heatwave. Martin is sweltering in his apartment due to broken air-conditioning. He seeks out his building's new super, a gorgeous woman named Debra. After fixing the fan, the two of them go all the way in torrid fashion, and all is well until . . .

  • S04E10 One Ball, Two Strikes

    • August 4, 1993
    • HBO

    It's the Whitestone office party, and Martin is less than thrilled to be there, until he notices a hottie making eyes at him from across the room. He gets to know the woman, Alannah, better during the evening. Afterwards, Martin bumps into Gibby and is surprised when he shows off Alannah as his latest plaything. In the days following, Martin is paranoid that Gibby suspects he and Alannah are carrying on behind his back.

  • S04E11 Portrait by an Artist on the Young Man

    • August 11, 1993
    • HBO

    When Jeremy visits his dad's apartment to watch a movie, Martin isn't happy to discover he's had a tattoo of a skull done on his arm. Judith drops by with Jeremy's bag and Martin brings the tattoo to her attention, but she is slightly less vocal in her condemnation than Martin. Judith asks Martin to talk rationally with Jeremy, but Martin decides that punishment is a better response.

  • S04E12 And Bobby Makes Three

    • August 18, 1993
    • HBO

    Martin is excited by the prospect of hooking up with an old school friend who he bumps into at Judith's birthing class, but when the irresponsible father reappears on the scene, he suddenly has a rival.

  • S04E13 Silent Night, Holy Cow (1)

    • December 18, 1993
    • HBO

    Martin and Judith take a pre-Xmas drive and get stranded in a barn, Eddie is stood up by a girlfriend and spends Xmas in a bar with Santa Claus, Toby wants to become a nun and Jeremy's special Xmas present from his girlfriend doesn't quite go according to plan.

  • S04E14 Silent Night, Holy Cow (2)

    • December 18, 1993
    • HBO

    Martin and Judith take a pre-Xmas drive and get stranded in a barn, Eddie is stood up by a girlfriend and spends Xmas in a bar with Santa Claus, Toby wants to become a nun and Jeremy's special Xmas present from his girlfriend doesn't quite go according to plan.

  • S04E15 Brother of the Bride

    • January 19, 1994
    • HBO

    Susan (Martin's sister) plans a wedding.

  • S04E16 Blinded by the Cheese

    • January 26, 1994
    • HBO

    Martin is blinded in a bizarre accident.

  • S04E17 Hey, Nanny Nanny

    • February 2, 1994
    • HBO

    Martin's girlfriend takes a job as his ex-wife's nanny.

  • S04E18 The Second Coming

    • February 9, 1994
    • HBO

    Toby falls in love with a priest.

  • S04E19 Martin Tupper in Magnum Farce

    • February 16, 1994
    • HBO

    Trouble in their romantic relationship may spell the end of a book collaboration for two writers (Donna Mills and Jake Steinfeld), and it's up to Martin to help them work things out.

  • S04E20 Where There's Smoke, You're Fired

    • February 23, 1994
    • HBO

    Gibby takes a vacation, leaving Martin in charge of Whitestone with one simple condition – he has to fire one of the company's book editors. Judith is depressed when her patient commits suicide.

  • S04E21 Blame It on Reo

    • March 2, 1994
    • HBO

    Unbeknownst to Martin, Jeremy uses Eddie's empty bachelor pad to attempt to score with a hot teen TV star.

  • S04E22 From Here to Paternity

    • March 9, 1994
    • HBO

    Martin runs into old high school love Cheryl Castorini, but suspects she may be keeping a secret about their former relationship from him.

  • S04E23 A Face Worse Than Death

    • March 16, 1994
    • HBO

    Martin's irritating mother comes to New York for plastic surgery, but things take a turn for the worst when she has a heart attack on the operating table.

  • S04E24 Felines ... Nothing More Than Felines

    • March 23, 1994
    • HBO

    Martin tries to cheer Toby up when her cat dies by buying her a replacement. When she refuses the gift, he has to keep the pet himself.

  • S04E25 Stone Cold

    • March 30, 1994
    • HBO

    Martin is distraught when Richard wants to move to Washington and plans to take Judith and Jeremy with him.

Season 5

  • S05E01 The Taking of Pablum 5-2-3 (1)

    • June 22, 1994
    • HBO

    A brother and sister screenwriting duo kidnap Little Richard and Martin from the Richard Stone UN Memorial Service, but the police assume Martin is the one responsible for the crime.

  • S05E02 The Taking of Pablum 5-2-3 (2)

    • June 29, 1994
    • HBO

    It's Richard Stone Memorial Day. It's also Martins Birthday, But no one cares. Martin and lil' baby Richard are kidnapped, and the media believe that Martin is the kidnapper.

  • S05E03 'Tis Pity She's a Neighbor

    • July 6, 1994
    • HBO

    Martin's pleasure at having attractive new female neighbors is mitigated when he discovers that they are prostitutes.

  • S05E04 Steinway to Heaven

    • July 13, 1994
    • HBO

    Martin's mother's will is read.

  • S05E05 Judy and the Beast

    • July 20, 1994
    • HBO

    Martin is revolted when a fragile Judith falls into the arms of his hated boss Gibby Fiske.

  • S05E06 The Homecoming Queen

    • July 27, 1994
    • HBO

    Martin and Eddie attend their school reunion, where Martin is eager to make up for lost opportunities with a recently-separated old flame.

  • S05E07 I'm with Stupid

    • August 3, 1994
    • HBO

    Martin feels inferior when he begins dating a member of high IQ society MENSA.

  • S05E08 Attack of the 59-Inch Woman

    • August 10, 1994
    • HBO

    Toby nurses Martin back to health.

  • S05E09 Those Who Can't, Edit

    • August 17, 1994
    • HBO

    Gibby desires to publish Jeremy's novel.

  • S05E10 Off-Off Broadway Bound

    • August 24, 1994
    • HBO

    Eddie plays the lead role in Martin's play.

  • S05E11 Hack Like Me

    • August 31, 1994
    • HBO

    Gibby hires Toby after she is fired by Martin.

  • S05E12 I Never Promised You Charoses, Martin

    • September 7, 1994
    • HBO

    Martin tries to get his son to convert to Judaism.

  • S05E13 The Courtship of Martin's Father

    • September 14, 1994
    • HBO

    Mickey (Martin's father) moves into Martin's place.

Season 6

  • S06E01 Try Not to Remember

    • July 19, 1995
    • HBO

    Martin has trouble climaxing and is referred to a therapist. Through hypnotism, she leads him to suspect he is repressing the memory of childhood abuse.

  • S06E02 Bess You Is Not My Woman Now

    • July 26, 1995
    • HBO

    Martin tries to seduce Judith's best friend from college, but she only has eyes for someone else…

  • S06E03 Long Distance Runaround

    • August 2, 1995
    • HBO

    Martin looks for a new best friend, after Eddie decides to move to LA to join a sitcom.

  • S06E04 Significant Author

    • August 9, 1995
    • HBO

    Under pressure from Gibby to get an elite writer, Martin attempts to lure the writer dating Toby (who coincidentally, is an award-winning author).

  • S06E05 9 1/2 Days

    • August 16, 1995
    • HBO

    Martin dates a woman that acts strange in public, and yet, is an etiquette expert.

  • S06E06 Beam Me Up, Dr. Spock

    • August 23, 1995
    • HBO

    Jeremy's math teacher is the cause for Jeremy's low math grade.

  • S06E07 Take Two Tablets, and Get Me to Mt. Sinai

    • August 30, 1995
    • HBO

    Martin's life is examined after he dies.

  • S06E08 Music in My Veins (1)

    • September 13, 1995
    • HBO

    After Jeremy chooses to go to Richard Stone's induction into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame instead of with Martin on a Father's Day canoeing trip, Martin reluctantly tags along. In typical Tupper fashion, he goes home with a girl named Katrina that he meets there. It turns out that she has 2 interesting, but related surprises for Martin.

  • S06E09 Music in My Veins (2)

    • September 20, 1995
    • HBO

    This picks up with Martin and Katrina struggling to write songs for the new Crevice album. Katrina suffers from a light writer's block, and ends up taking inspiration from Martin's college poetry. Crevice breaks up over the creative changes, and Katrina debuts her first single as a solo artist on Eddie's show. The fan's are not pleased.

  • S06E10 Tie Me Sister Lu Down, Sport

    • September 27, 1995
    • HBO

    Martin's building goes co-op, and to be able to afford purchasing his apartment/condo, he dates Gibby's insane sister.

  • S06E11 She Won't Do It, But Her Sister Will

    • October 4, 1995
    • HBO

    Martin dates Judith's sister.

  • S06E12 Flight of the Pedalbee

    • October 11, 1995
    • HBO

    Toby is in a rut. Uses self-help book.

  • S06E13 Am I Blue?

    • October 18, 1995
    • HBO

    Martin needs to make some quick money, so he writes for pornographic movies.

  • S06E14 Home Is Where the Cart Is

    • November 1, 1995
    • HBO

    Martin tries to get a homeless woman's memoirs.

  • S06E15 Little Orphan Eddie

    • November 8, 1995
    • HBO

    Eddie learns that he was adopted.

  • S06E16 Toby's Choice

    • November 15, 1995
    • HBO

    Martin's friend likes Toby.

  • S06E17 The Weekend at the College Didn't Turn Out Like They Planned

    • November 22, 1995
    • HBO

    Martin and Judith visit Jeremy at college. Sparks ignite.

  • S06E18 Second Time Aground

    • January 24, 1996
    • HBO

    With their relationship rekindled, Judith suggests that she and Martin join a support group for couples on their second time around.

  • S06E19 The Spirit of 76th & Park

    • January 31, 1996
    • HBO

    Martin moves into Judith's high-tech apartment.

  • S06E20 All About Louie

    • February 7, 1996
    • HBO

    Gibby picks Martin to represent Whitestone at the Chicago Book Fair, informing him with one weeks notice. This means a ton of extra work and pregnant Toby doesn't really feel up to it, so Martin suggests they take on a temp to lighten the load. Toby offers up her cousin Louie, and although initially reluctant, Martin assents, giving him a trial period to prove himself.

  • S06E21 The Way We War

    • February 14, 1996
    • HBO

    Flashback episode: Martin's fortieth birthday is approaching fast and Eddie insists on throwing him a party. Unfortunately, Judith is planning a party of her own thus bringing them into conflict. Martin suggests compromise by urging them to plan the party together. As they argue over the details, they reminisce over their past disagreements.

  • S06E22 Springtime for Tupper

    • February 21, 1996
    • HBO

    At a Salary Review Meeting, Gibby has some good news for Martin; Martin's to be put in charge of his own division at Whitestone, a quality publishing imprint called Camelot New Press. Things get off to a bad start however when the first round of author interviews yield nothing. Through a quirk of fate, Martin remembers an old manuscript he admired, ‘The Barrel Maker' by Julian Keppel and stays up all night reading it. He contacts the emotionally fragile author and promises to make it Whitestone's next bestseller.

  • S06E23 Hey Diddle Diddle

    • February 28, 1996
    • HBO

    Martin thinks things are getting out of hand after Judith discovers "some little tricks" to improve her sex life.

  • S06E24 Cupid is as Cupid Does

    • March 6, 1996
    • HBO

    Judith plans a dinner party for their couple friends, so she suggests that Martin not invite currently single Eddie. When Eddie finds out, he makes Martin feel guilty until he invites him, but the evening doesn't go well. Eddie has nothing in common with the couples and so he storms out. Next day, Martin and Judith meet a recently separated friend, Rema, whom Martin invites to their apartment for dinner, planning to also invite Eddie and match them up. Eddie begins spending all his time with Rema and hardly sees Martin.

  • S06E25 Tenants, Anyone?

    • March 13, 1996
    • HBO

    Martin's old apartment is becoming a huge money pit, costing him exorbitant maintenance fees and so he resolves to get rid of it. He has a meeting with Irwin Bader who isn't optimistic of getting much over $1,500, even though he sold it to Martin for $2,400. Libby expresses an interest on behalf of her son, but Martin passes on the idea.

  • S06E26 Finale (1)

    • March 20, 1996
    • HBO

    Preparing for Eddie's wedding, Martin questions whether or not he has a future with Judith.

  • S06E27 Finale with a Vengeance (2)

    • March 27, 1996
    • HBO

    Martin and Judith learn Dr. Stone might be defrosted and revived.

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