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Mr. Rhodes

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by Russell Wodell

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aired from: Sep 1996 to: Mar 1997 19 eps, 2 unaired NBC 30 min stereo closed captioned


  • Tom Rhodes as Tom Rhodes
  • Farrah Forke as Nikki Harkin
  • Stephen Tobolowsky as Ray Heary
  • Jessica Stone as Amanda Reeves
  • Ron Glass as Ronald Felcher

    recurring characters:

  • Shaun Weiss as Jake Mandelker, student
  • Patrick Fabian as Carl Dietzberg, Nikki's boyfriend
  • Linsday Sloane as Zoey Greene, student
  • Travis Wester as Ethan Armstrong, student
  • Alexandra Holden as Dani Swanson, student
  • Jensen Ackles as Malcolm, student

    Production credits:
    Universal Television in association with NBC Studios
    Created by Jennifer Heath & Mark Brazill, Peter Noah
    Executive producers: Jennifer Heath & Mark Brazill, Peter Noah, Michael Rotenberg, Dave Becky
    Supervising producer: Eric Cohen
    Producers: Gina Scheerer, Michele Wolff
    Story editors: Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen
    Creative consultant: Bill Bryan
    Associate producer: Toti Levine

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      1st Season 1996

    1. "Pilot"
      gs: Erik Von Detten [ Milo ], Jason W. Dohring [ Jared ], Heather Lauren Elsen [ Wendy ]

      rc: Carl

      Hip young writer Tom Rhodes thought he could breeze back home after a few lackluster years in New York and one worst-selling -- albeit critically acclaimed -- novel under his belt, but his new life as a small town English teacher living on campus at Harkin Academy supplies some major lessons in and out of the classroom. First off, there's chemistry between the longhaired iconoclast with a blue-collar background and Harkin's high-strung, beautiful guidance counselor Nikki Harkin. Once the girl of Tom's teen-aged fantasies, Nikki's now hooked on therapy and apparently attached to a rich boyfriend. Tom hits another snag with wannabe-hip headmaster, Ray Heary, who digs his image but frowns on his casual teaching style, as does acerbic, highbrow history teacher Ronald Felcher. Meanwhile, Harkin's outlandish woman-child math teacher Amanda Reeves worships Tom, and young Milo views his maverick new teacher with skepticism -- especially on the night Tom catches the disconsolate student going over the academy wall.

      b: 23 Sep 96 pc: _________ w: Jennifer Heath & Mark Brazill and Peter Noah d: Peter Bonerz
    2. "The Crush Show"
      gs: Rashaan Nall [ Lucas ], Matthew Martilson [ Todd ], Eiana Alexander [ Cleaning Lady ]

      rc: Zoey, Jake, Dani, Ethan

      Harkin Academy's boys are agog when a movie star's gorgeous teen-aged daughter enrolls, but when smart, "plain Jane" Zoey's self-esteem plummets, an attentive Mr. Rhodes steps in to boost her confidence and inadvertently sparks Zoey's colossal crush on him. In the nick of time, Nikki and Amanda alert a clueless Tom to the fragile teen's feelings.

      b: 30 Sep 96 pc: _________ w: Eric Cohen d: Ted Wass
    3. "Tom Moves In"

      rc: Jake, Ethan, Lucas

      Tom is in hot water when he becomes a dorm supervisor and holds a pizza party, only to have the boys he's responsible for sneak out for a night on the town; Nikki tries to conceal her feelings for Tom's book.

      b: 7 Oct 96 pc: _________ w: Mark Brazill & Jennifer Heath d: Ted Wass
    4. "Nikki Quits Therapy"

      rc: Carl, Dani

      Nikki becomes conscious of the fact that she's way too dependent on therapy, so she quits, a decision that only depresses her further.

      b: 14 Oct 96 pc: _________ w: Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen d: Ted Wass
    5. "Heary's Camera"

      rc: Dani, Zoey, Jake, Ethan

      Seeing the great picture that Tom accidentally shot on his film, Heary considers a career with his new-found talent, the art of photography.

      b: 21 Oct 96 pc: _________ w: Jay Scherick d: Brian K. Roberts
    6. "The Halloween Show"

      rc: Carl, Malcolm

      At Halloween, a gift from Tom haunts Nikki, who's feeling guilty about Carl; Amanda's strange behavior spooks the staff; and Jake's scared silly over the prospect of a test.

      b: 28 Oct 96 pc: _________ w: Mark Brazill & Jennifer Heath d: Brian K. Roberts
    7. "Death, Lice and Videotape"
      gs: Brian Doyle Murray [ Buck Poloski ], Peter Dennis [ Fleming ], Reed Rudy [ Roger ], Layne Beamer [ Coroner ], Dena Burton [ Barbara ], Joyce Greenleaf [ Mrs. Worthington ]

      rc: Jake, Zoey, Ethan, Dani, Malcolm

      b: 4 Nov 96 pc: _________ w: Michele J. Wolff d: Brian K. Roberts
    8. "Looking for Mrs. Goodbar"
      gs: Wendie Malick [ Lenore Greene ], George Wyner [ Bill ], Mariangela Pino [ Barb ], Vic Polizos [ Ben ]

      rc: Jake, Zoey, Dani, Ethan, Malcolm

      It's Parents Weekend, and wouldn't you know that the woman who picks Tom up in a bar for a passionate one-night stand turns out to be -- Zoey's mother.

      b: 11 Nov 96 pc: _________ w: Eric Cohen d: Brian K. Roberts
    9. "Amanda's Fix-up Show"
      gs: Andrew Berman [ Howard ]

      rc: Malcolm

      b: 18 Nov 96 pc: _________ w: Michele J. Wolff d: Max Tash
    10. "The Thanksgiving Show"
      gs: Justine Johnston [ Hermione Rockwell ]

      rc: Malcolm

      Mr. Heary is anxious to put on Tom's gritty, unpublished play for Thanksgiving. But one of the school's biggest backers wants to see something that has Pilgrims.

      b: 25 Nov 96 pc: _________ w: Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen d: Robert Berlinger
    11. "The Christmas Show"

      rc: Malcolm, Carl

      b: 16 Dec 96 pc: _________ w: Eric Cohen d: John Rich
    12. "The Sexism Show"
      gs: Hank Harris [ Edgar ]

      rc: Malcolm

      Tom learns that even a sensitive man of the 90s can have his faults when a school study suggests that he and other Harkin Academy teachers have been favoring boys over girls.

      b: 6 Jan 97 pc: _________ w: Jay Scherick d: Robert Berlinger
    13. "The Courtroom Show"
      gs: Darren Campbell [ Eric ], Al Pugliese [ Mr. Willis ], J. Patrick McCormack [ Monroe ]

      rc: Ethan, Jake

      It's a blow to former townie Tom when a night out ends up in a barroom brawl provoked by local toughs -- and Tom gets slapped with a lawsuit.

      b: 13 Jan 97 pc: _________ w: Andrew Reich & Ted Cohen d: John Rich
    14. "The Italian Show"
      gs: Luigi Amodeo [ Giorgio Zanella ]

      rc: Malcolm

      Everyone swoons over the handsome, charismatic, popular new Italian teacher. When Tom's the only one who dislikes Giorgio, it's written off as jealousy, despite his best effort to prove the newcomer a pretentious, dishonest phony.

      b: 20 Jan 97 pc: _________ w: Jennifer Heath & Michele J. Wolff s: Mark Brazil d: Robert Berlinger
    15. "The Welcome Back Show"

      Tom is helped over a crisis of professionalism by spectral pep talks from the characters of Welcome Back Kotter.

      b: 3 Feb 97 pc: _________ w: Eric Cohen d: Brian K. Roberts
    16. "Tom's not Headmaster Show"
      gs: Pauly Shore [ Unknown ]

      An obnoxious millionaire buys the school, and wants Tom to be the new headmaster.

      b: 17 Feb 97 pc: _________ w: Michele J. Wolff d: Robert Berlinger
    17. "The Valentine Show"
      gs: Shane West [ Mick ]

      Cupid's arrow is especially sharp on Valentine's Day: Carl breaks up with Nikki, Nikki blames Tom, and Ronald just wants to call the whole thing off and celebrate Lincoln's birthday instead.

      b: 10 Mar 97 pc: _________ w: Jay Sherick & David Ronn d: Brian K. Roberts
    18. "Feud For Thought"

      b: UNAIRED pc: _________ w: ______________ d: ______________
    19. "The Goat Show"

      rc: Jake, Zoey, Dani, Ethan

      Jake is tried in a kangaroo court for harming Billy the Goat, the school's mascot, and the fact that he refuses to rat on his friends isn't helping him any.

      b: UNAIRED pc: _________ w: Bill Bryan d: Gail Mancuso

      NOTE: This episode was first aired overseas on the NBC Europe, 6 Dec 1997.

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    Thanks to Tamas Kerecsen for information on the unaired episodes.

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