List of The Tracey Ullman Show episodes

The following is an episode guide to The Tracey Ullman Show, which ran from 1987 to 1990.

Nearly every episode featured a song, most of them covers. These were either incorporated into a segment's score or performed by Ullman and/or the cast. They are noted in each episode's summary. However, some episodes featured original songs; their titles remain unknown and unlisted.

The name Bonita Carlisle is the nom de plume for the show's writing staff.

The Simpsons and the first season's Dr. N!Godatu were penned by Matt Groening and M.K. Brown. Season 4 didn't feature any animated segments, except for "Simpson Xmas" for the show's Chirstmas-themed episode.

Series overviewEdit

SeasonSegmentsEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
16313April 5, 1987 (1987-04-05)July 19, 1987 (1987-07-19)
28522September 27, 1987 (1987-09-27)May 8, 1988 (1988-05-08)
SpecialOctober 30, 1988 (1988-10-30)
36722November 6, 1988 (1988-11-06)May 21, 1989 (1989-05-21)
45524September 10, 1989 (1989-09-10)May 26, 1990 (1990-05-26)

EpisodesEdit

Season 1 (1987)Edit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
1"The Makeover / The Office / Variety Act / High Hopes / The Audition"Harvey MillerJames L. Brooks
Jerry Belson
Ken Estin
Heidi Perlman
Miriam Trogdon
Kim Fuller
April 5, 1987 (1987-04-05)4W02

The Makeover– A woman gets a makeover before meeting her boyfriend who's been in prison.
The Office– Dr. N!Godatu wears her slippers to the office.
Variety ActDaniel Rosen performs.
High Hopes– A young couple's dreams as dashed by Dreambuster.
The Audition– A young woman auditions for a role.
Closing– Tracey decides on "Go home!"

Songs performed: "I Feel Pretty", "You Don't Own Me"
2"The Letter / Blind Date / Variety Act / Quality Time / David Meets the Folks / British Men"Paul FlahertyHeidi Perlman
Ken Estin
Dick Blasucci
April 12, 1987 (1987-04-12)4W03
The Letter– A woman finds a letter from an old flame and decides to give him a call.
Blind Date– Dr. N!Godatu goes on a date.
Variety Act– Jamey Turner performs.
Quality Time– The Downeys are forced to spend quality time with their son, Max.
David Meets the Folks– A woman's stripper boyfriend meets her parents for the first time.
British Men– Tracey on the difference between American and British men.
3"Lottery / Good Night / Ambulance Pickup / Girl on a Ledge / Golf"Art Wolff
Paul Flaherty
Ken Estin
Heidi Perlman
Susan Herring
Paul Flaherty
April 19, 1987 (1987-04-19)4W04

Lottery– A woman refuses to split her lottery winnings with her best friend.
Good Night– Putting the Simpson kids to bed.
Ambulance Pickup– An injured man tries to pick up the medic treating him.
Girl on a Ledge– A suicidal woman and police officer dance together on a ledge.
Golf– Tracey complains about Palm Springs, golf courses, and Allan's horrible golf trousers.

Song performed: "If She Knew What She Wants"
4"Like Mother / Freeway / Spontaneity / Answering Machine / Inhale Pink"Harvey Miller
Art Wolff
Heidi Perlman
Ken Estin
Kim Fuller
April 26, 1987 (1987-04-26)4W01
Like Mother– A woman fears she's turning into her mother.
Freeway– Dr. N!Godatu and Pat ends up having to drive on it.
Spontaneity– A couple tries to be more spontaneous.
Answering Machine– A woman unhappy with her outgoing answering machine message decides to jazz things up.
Inhale Pink– Tracey talks about getting in shape for the show after having had a baby and her aerobics teacher teaching her to inhale pink and exhale blue.
5"Comedian / Watching Television / Kay and the Co-Worker / The Right Guy / Mabel"Penny Marshall
Art Wolff
Miriam Trogdon
Harvey Miller
Jane Lancellotti
Kim Fuller
May 3, 1987 (1987-05-03)4W06
Opening– Tracey is opening the show, not just closing it.
Comedian– A woman convinces her comedian boyfriend to change his material.
Watching Television– Bart and Lisa fight over TV.
Kay and the Co-Worker– Kay thinks her new co-worker is a practical joke.
The Right Guy– A man tries to get up the nerve to tell a woman how he feels about her through a song.
Mabel– Tracey discusses her agent and her daughter, Mabel.
6"Derek / Kay on Vacation / Bart Jumps / The Session / Close to You / Houses"Art WolffKen Estin
Heide Perlman
Miriam Trogdon
Ken Levine
David Isaacs
Kim Fuller
Marc Flanagan
May 10, 1987 (1987-05-10)4W07

Derek– It's the second week of the format change and one viewer has written in saying he's enjoyed it.
Kay on Vacation– Kay goes on vacation.
Bart Jumps– Homer tries to get Bart to jump into his arms without much success.
The Session– Dr. Gibson has a heart attack in his office and Brenda is forced to take action.
Close to You– A lounge singer doesn't want to be close to "Steve".
Houses– Looking for a house in California and dealing with realtors.

Song performed: "(They Long to Be) Close to You"
7"Francesca: A Girl's Life / Fishtank / Happy Lady / Vive La Different"Art Wolff
Harvey Miller
Heide Perlman
Marc Flanagan
Ken Estin
May 17, 1987 (1987-05-17)4W26
Opening– The third week of the format change and everything running smoothly – spoke too soon.
Francesca: A Girl's Life– Francesca goes on her first date.
Fishtank– Dr. N!Godatu is having problems with the fish in her fish tank.
Happy Lady– A very happy lady makes life miserable for her hospital roommate.
Vive La Different– A different kind of singer for a rock band.
Closing– Tracey's getting ready to go to a wedding and discussing the dress suit Allan will be wearing.
8"Trapeze / Babysitting Maggie / Smalls' Talk / Last Chance Commercial"Art Wolff
Paul Flaherty
Ken Estin
Marc Flanagan
Heide Perlman
May 31, 1987 (1987-05-31)4W08

Opening– Tracey's in the makeup chair talking about getting to be a trapeze artist in tonight's show.
Trapeze– Two Russian trapeze artists, also family, have a falling out over a man.
Babysitting Maggie– Bart and Lisa are supposed to be taking care of baby sister Maggie who gets into all sorts of mischief without their knowledge.
Smalls' Talk– A talk radio psychologist decides to take only callers with insignificant problems.
Last Chance Commercial– Sandra Decker gets a television commercial.
Closing– Tracey talks about last week's wedding and the difference between American and British weddings.

Song performed: "Stand by Me"
9"Meg and Tina in August / The Dream / Pre-School / Kiki Howard-Smith Sings"Ted Bessell
Stuart Margolin
Susan Herring
Dick Blasucci
Paul Flaherty
Ken Levine
David Isaacs
June 14, 1987 (1987-06-14)4W09

Opening– Tracey wonders why the producers keep casting her as sexy femme fatales.
Meg and Tina in August– Meg is tired of Tina ditching her for guys when they go out together.
The Dream– Dr. N!Godatu's strange dream.
Pre-School– The Downeys try to get Max enrolled in preschool.
Kiki Howard-Smith Sings– Kiki sings about golf and shoots a music video.
Closing– The show is running a little late so Tracey won't have time to tell the audience her celebrity Jacuzzi story.

Song performed: "War" (altered to "Golf")
10"Ariel's Comeback / The Pacifier / Dance Challenge / Sir"Ted Bessell
Stuart Margolin
Heide Perlman
Ken Estin
Bonita Carlisle
Richard Sakai
June 21, 1987 (1987-06-21)4W10

Opening– In tonight's show, Tracey reveals she's playing a woman who's trying to make a comeback, she's not, people love her.
Ariel's Comeback– A tortured singer finds happiness.
The Pacifier– Bart and Lisa try taking Maggie's pacifier from her.
Dance Challenge– A dancer goes on without her underwear.
Sir– A man who's been serving a snobby woman lunch since she was a child announces it's his last day.
Closing– An elaborate "Good night".

Song performed: "To Sir with Love"
11"Breakfast / Burp Contest / Crisis on Elm Drive / Meg and Tina Get Pizza"Ted Bessell
Stuart Margolin
Michael Leeson
Dick Blasucci
Paul Flaherty
Ken Levine
David Isaacs
June 28, 1987 (1987-06-28)4W25

Opening– Tracey talks about tonight's first segment and why she's letting Julie Kavner play the role, even though she does a good impersonation of Julie Kavner herself.
Breakfast– Portrait of a love lost marriage over breakfast.
Burp Contest– The Simpson kids hold a burping contest despite Marge's objections.
Crisis on Elm Drive– Sara and Greg are forced to take care of Max when the nanny needs the weekend off.
Meg and Tina Get Pizza– Tina dances with a guy in a parking lot.
Closing– Tracey's gone and gotten a car phone.

Songs performed: "Addicted to Love", "Brass in Pocket"
12"Francesca's Choice / Eating Dinner / Gotta Dance / Scandal / Lucky the Killer Cat"Art Wolff
Stuart Margolin
Heide Perlman
Kim Fuller
Ken Estin
July 12, 1987 (1987-07-12)4W11
Opening– Tracey talks about playing a teenager.
Francesca's Choice– Francesca's teacher tries to persuade her not to reveal that her parents are gay in an essay that she's to submit in a contest.
Eating Dinner– Marge serves dinner.
Gotta Dance– Dr. Gibson's patient finally opens up through dance.
Scandal– The wife of a British MP tries to stand by her husband during a sex scandal.
Closing– Tracey talks about the story of her cat, Lucky.
13"Kay's Happy Hour / Scanner / Click / What I Did for Love"Stuart Margolin
Ted Bessell
Dick Blasucci
Paul Flaherty
Ken Levine
David Isaacs
Ken Estin
Heide Perlman
July 19, 1987 (1987-07-19)4W12

Opening– Tracey talks about playing Kay in tonight's episode.
Kay's Happy Hour– Kay quits her job.
Scanner– Dr. N!Godatu uses her new machine that allows her to see patients' thoughts as they are thinking them.
Click– A father finds it difficult to take his eyes off the boob tube.
What I Did for Love– A mother and daughter audition together.
Closing– Tracey continues the story of Lucky.

Songs performed: "We'll Meet Again", "What I Did for Love"

Season 2 (1987–88)Edit

No.
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No. in
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
141"Meg's Lucky Night / Making Faces / Skin the Duck"Art WolffSam Simon
Bonita Carlisle
September 22, 1987 (1987-09-22)4W16

Opening– Steve Martin has been duped into thinking he can sleep with Tracey.
Meg's Lucky Night– Meg announces she's in love.
Making Faces– Marge warns Bart and Lisa that if they keep making ugly faces they'll freeze that way.
Skin the Duck– A dancer is given a bizarre dance routine to perform at an audition.
Closing– Tracey talks about attending the Prince's Trust concert.

Guest star: Steve Martin
152"Kay's Old Love / The Funeral / Drugs and Guns"Art Wolff
Ted Bessell
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
October 4, 1987 (1987-10-04)4W17

Opening– Tracey helps us learn the words to the show's theme song.
Kay's Old Love– Kay meets an old flame who asks to run away with him.
The Funeral– The Simpsons attend a funeral.
Drugs and Guns– A suicidal pharmacist is held up after having already taken an overdose.
Closing– Tracey attempts to introduce Julie Kavner.

Song performed: "Mama Said"
163"Francesca's First Job / Maggie's Brain / The Little Neurotic From Down Under / City of Strangers"Art Wolff
Sam Simon
Sam Simon
Marc Flanagan
Ken Estin
Heide Perlman
Tracey Ullman
October 11, 1987 (1987-10-11)4W14

Opening– Tracey is sharing her dressing room with a werewolf.
Francesca's First Job– Francesca gets her first job and learns the harsh realities about the real world.
Maggie's Brain– What's Maggie thinking?
The Little Neurotic From Down Under– Kiki Howard-Smith sees Dr. Gibson to combat her fear of flying.
City of Strangers– A woman tries to get a bunch of strangers to sing at a New York City bus stop.
Closing– Tracey is thrilled that Mabel isn't tone-deaf like her father.

Song performed: "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"
174"The Affair / Football / When in Rome / Weather or Not"Art Wolff
Stuart Margolin
Sam Simon
Marc Flanagan
Dick Blasucci
Bonita Carlisle
Tracey Ullman
October 18, 1987 (1987-10-18)4W24

Opening– Tracey shows off the rest of her dressing room.
The Affair– The Downeys stay up all night dealing with Greg's office affair.
Football– Bart tries to catch a football.
When in Rome– A man in the witness relocation tries to fit in.
Weather or Not– A USO show for one.
Closing– Tracey discusses trying to get away with Allan.

Songs performed: "Proud Mary", "I'll Be Seeing You"
185"The Gardener on the Floor / House of Cards / Calendar Girl / Decoration Day"Ted Bessell
Art Wolff
Sam Simon
Ken Estin
Heide Perlman
Dick Blasucci
Marc Flanagan
Tony Berg
Dan Castellaneta
Bonita Carlisle
Tracey Ullman
October 25, 1987 (1987-10-25)4W15

Opening– Tracey performs a magic trick.
The Gardener on the Floor– A woman tries to sell her play.
House of Cards– Bart tries to build one.
Calendar Girl– A model seeks inspiration during a photo shoot.
Decoration Day– An indecisive woman decides to paint her kitchen black.
Closing– Tracey talks about how her husband used to travel before they had Mabel.

Songs performed: "I Dreamed a Dream", "Paint It Black"
196"Monkey Wench / Bart and Dad Eat Dinner / The Concert / Birthday Boy"Art Wolff
Penny Marshall
Marc Flanagan
Doug Steckler
Dick Blasucci
Paul Flaherty
Kim Fuller
November 1, 1987 (1987-11-01)4W05
Opening– Tracey relates her own experience coming to America from England to tonight's first segment.
Monkey Wench– An anthropologist leaves her research in the jungle for the Big Apple to visit family with her orangutan.
Bart and Dad Eat Dinner– Bart and Homer eats dinner.
The Concert– A woman prepares to perform a piece on her organ at a hockey rink.
Birthday Boy– A man receives a singing telegram.
Closing– Tracey talks about her new car.
207"Max's Birthday Party / Space Patrol / Two Too Good People / Beverly Hills Proc"Ted Bessell
Art Wolff
Heide Perlman
Sam Simon
Dick Blasucci
Marc Flanagan
Bonita Carlisle
November 8, 1987 (1987-11-08)4W18

Opening– Tracey introduces Dan, Sam, and Joe.
Max's Birthday Party– Sara and Greg hire uncooperative Fuzzy Bear for Max's birthday party.
Space Patrol– Lisa and Maggie battle the evil Bartron.
Two Too Good People– A realtor and potential buyer fall in love.
Beverly Hills Proc– Ginny and Lawrence work out the details of their divorce settlement in the presence of their attorneys (and Lawrence's new squeeze).
Closing– Tracey reveals how someone who works on the lot and watches the show told her that they can't understand a word she's saying.

Song performed: "Goldfinger"
218"Tracey's Dogs / Romantic Mommy / Bart's Haircut / K-AIR"Ted Bessell
Art Wolff
Heide Perlman
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Bonita Carlisle
Tracey Ullman
November 15, 1987 (1987-11-15)4W13

Tracey's Dogs– Tracey introduces her dogs.
Romantic Mommy– Francesca's mother comes for a visit.
Bart's Haircut– Bart is forced to get a haircut.
K-AIR– Rock DJ Summer Storm tries to wake up her listeners.
Closing– Tracey's mum is embarrassed that she hasn't been in the newspapers back home in England.

Song performed: "Radio Radio"
229"Meg's Shower / World War III / Foreign Exchange"Art Wolff
Ted Bessell
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Bonita Carlisle
Tracey Ullman
November 22, 1987 (1987-11-22)4W22

Opening– Tracey introduces Cheech Marin.
Meg's Shower– Meg and Tina fight at Meg's bridal shower.
World War III– Homer runs drills for World War III.
Foreign Exchange– A convenience store owner works up the nerve to ask out a delivery woman.
Closing– Tracey reveals what she was doing during a recent earthquake in Los Angeles.

Song performed: "Misty"

Guest star: Cheech Marin
2310"Kay's Adventure / The Perfect Crime / Variety Act / Customs"Sam Simon
Art Wolff
Ted Bessell
Ken Levine
David Isaacs
Dick Blasucci
Paul Flaherty
Bonita Carlisle
Tracey Ullman
December 13, 1987 (1987-12-13)4W19

Opening– Tracey shows off a new feature in her dressing room.
Kay's Adventure– Kay wins a trip to Atlantic City.
The Perfect Crime– Bart tries to steal cookies.
Variety ActTom Noddy, bubble artist.
Customs– A Scottish rock singer tries to get through customs as fast as possible.
Closing– Tracey brings out her dogs.

Song performed: "Ladies' Night", "All by Myself", "You Are So Beautiful"
2411"Rock Bottom / Scary Stories / The Cryonic Man"Art Wolff
Ted Bessell
Dick Blasucci
Marc Flanagan
Ken Estin
Bonita Carlisle
Tracey Ullman
December 20, 1987 (1987-12-20)4W21

Opening– Tracey can't find her dressing room.
Rock Bottom– Summer Storm tries to clean up her act.
Scary Stories– Bart tells Lisa and Maggie scary stories.
The Cryonic Man– A woman learns that her husband has frozen himself.
Closing– Tracey talks about looking for Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd on the Fox lot.

Songs performed: "Born to Be Wild", "The Gambler", "When I Think of You", "Cold as Ice"
2512"Kay's Last Stand / Grampa and the Kids / Auto Erotica / Waiting"Ted Bessell
Art Wolff
Dick Blasucci
Paul Flaherty
Heide Perlman
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Bonita Carlisle
Tracey Ullman
January 10, 1988 (1988-01-10)4W23

Opening– Tracey opens the show sitting in the audience.
Kay's Last Stand– Kay is horrified to learn that her mother's medical policy has been cancelled.
Grampa and the Kids– The Simpson kids are forced to spend time with Grampa.
Auto Erotica– Brenda comes up with a new way to meet men before having them arrested.
Waiting– A woman waits for a washing machine repairman.
Closing– Tracey talks about Mabel's alarm clock waking her during the night.

Song performed: "It Must Be Him"
2613"On Her Toes / Gone Fishin' / Tina and the Professor / The High and the Not So Mighty"Ted Bessell
Art Wolff
Dick Blasucci
Ken Estin
Marc Flanagan
Bonita Carlisle
January 24, 1988 (1988-01-24)4W20

Opening– Tracey's gifts from viewers.
On Her Toes– A ballerina gets her big break.
Gone Fishin' – Bart and Homer go fishing.
Tina and the Professor– Tina receives a lesson in ecstasy on a blind date.
The High and the Not So Mighty– The USO troupe decide to give one final performance before their plane crashes.
Closing– Tracey introduces the crew.

Song performed: "Rescue Me"
2714"Valet / Skateboarding / Gold Diggers of 1988"Art Wolff
Ted Bessell
Ken Estin
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Bonita Carlisle
Tracey Ullman
February 7, 1988 (1988-02-07)5W01

Opening– Tracey introduces George Clinton.
Valet– A woman asks a valet attendant to spend the night with her.
Skateboarding– Bart skateboards.
Gold Diggers of 1988– A May December wedding reception.
Closing– Tracey talks about her holiday in Hawaii and the language.

Song performed: "He's a Rebel"

Guest star: George Clinton
2815"Chained Melodies / The Pagans / The Test"Art Wolff
Ted Bessell
Dick Blasucci
Marc Flanagan
Holly Holmberg Brooks
J.C. Scott
Sam Simon
Tracey Ullman
February 14, 1988 (1988-02-14)5W02

Opening– Tracey introduces Matt Groening.
Chained Melodies– Marty and Angel perform for prison inmates.
The Pagans– The Simpsons children don't want to go to church – they're Pagans.
The Test– Sara and Greg prepare Max (and themselves) for the possibility of a new brother or sister.
Closing– Tracey talks about doing charity work.

Song performed: "I Got You Babe"
2916"Storm at Sea / The Closet / A Little Stream of Consciousness from Down Under / The Pits"Ted Bessell
Sam Simon
Marc Flanagan
Sam Simon
Bonita Carlisle
Tracey Ullman
February 21, 1988 (1988-02-21)5W03

Opening– It's payday!
Storm at Sea– Summer Storm DJs a pirate radio station.
The Closet– Bart locks himself in the closet.
A Little Stream of Consciousness from Down Under– Kiki can't concentrate on making a putt.
The Pits– A woman tries to get a floor trader's attention.
Closing– Mabel thinks Tracey is everyone.

Song performed: "Shout"
3017"Changing Lanes / The Aquarium / Treasure / Wings of Love"Ted Bessell
Art Wolff
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Ken Estin
Bonita Carlisle
Tracey Ullman
February 28, 1988 (1988-02-28)5W04

Opening– Tracey's story is cut short for time.
Changing Lanes– An accomplished woman dying of a disease decides to change course and live with her sister in the suburbs.
The Aquarium– The Simpsons spend the day at the aquarium.
Treasure– Greed takes the lives of a ship full of treasure hunters.
Wings of Love– A woman needs a plane ticket in a hurry.
Closing– Tracey talks about the doctored poster Fox erected of her on the Fox studio lot.

Song performed: "The Letter"
3118"Francesca Alone / Family Portrait / People at Work"Art Wolff
Ted Bessell
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Craig Heller
Guy Shulman
Sam Simon
Tracey Ullman
March 6, 1988 (1988-03-06)5W05

Opening– How to get to the Fox network in parts of the country with a weak UHF signal.
Francesca Alone– Francesca invites a boy over with her folks out of town.
Family Portrait– Homer tries to take the perfect family portrait.
People at Work– A woman working construction is worried the job has cost her her femininity.
Closing– Tracey shows off her Golden Globe Awards dress.

Song performed: "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"
3219"Ginny Redux / Bart's Hiccups / Fear / Real Lance"Art Wolff
Ted Bessell
Marc Flanagan
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Sam Simon
Tracey Ullman
March 13, 1988 (1988-03-13)5W06

Opening– Tracey is a spy.
Ginny Redux– Ginny's first date since her divorce.
Bart's Hiccups– Lisa and Maggie try to cure Bart of his hiccups.
Fear– Dr. Gibson tries to help a patient with an abundance of fears.
Real Lance– A Boston hotel with phenomenal service.
Closing– Tracey talks about how Americans think because she's English she must know the royal family personally.

Song performed: "The Castle of Dromore"

Guest star: Frank Patterson
3320"Kay: R.E.S.P.E.C.T. / The Money Jar / Late Night Checkout"Ted Bessell
Art Wolff
Marc Flanagan
Rob Bragin
Bonita Carlisle
Tracey Ullman
March 20, 1988 (1988-03-20)5W07

Opening– Watching the show the BBC way.
Kay: R.E.S.P.E.C.T.– Kay discovers that her co-worker has been stealing from the office.
The Money Jar– The Simpsons kids promise not to touch the money jar.
Late Night Checkout– Confusing late night customers.
Closing– Tracey's getting Liv's mail.

Songs performed: "Respect", "Three Little Maids" (altered to "Two")
3421"The Sleepover / The Art Museum / Dr. Gibson's Mentor"Ted BessellJ.C. Scott
Holly Holmberg Brooks
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Bonita Carlisle
Tracey Ullman
May 1, 1988 (1988-05-01)5W09

Opening– Tracey takes her physical examination.
The Sleepover– Francesca has a sleepover.
The Art Museum– The Simpsons visits an art museum.
Dr. Gibson's Mentor– Dr. Gibson's mentor admits to being a fraud.
Closing– Tracey brings out Doris Grau.

Songs performed: "Time After Time", "Is This Love", "You'll Never Walk Alone"
3522"Dinner Time / Zoo Story / Cinema Verite / The Medley"Art Wolff
Ted Bessell
Manny Basanese
Debra Korbel
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Ken Estin
Sam Simon
Tracey Ullman
May 8, 1988 (1988-05-08)5W08

Opening– Everyone has a suggestion for the show.
Dinner Time– A tough crowd at a dinner theater.
Zoo Story– The Simpsons visit the zoo.
Cinema Verite– A reporter attempts to blow the lid off a woman's plight.
The Medley– A musical duo sings a depressing medley of songs.
Closing– Mabel's cry for attention.

Songs performed: "Last Kiss", "Teen Angel", "Patches", "Laurie (Strange Things Happen)"

Special (1988)Edit

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
Tracey Ullman BackstageSuzanne McCaffertyRick SublettOctober 30, 1988 (1988-10-30)
A one hour behind-the-scenes making of the special.

Season 3 (1988–89)Edit

No.
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
361"9 Minutes and 52 Seconds Over Tokyo / Shut Up Simpsons / Our Dinner at Troy's"Ted BessellDick Blasucci
Marc Flanagan
Heidi Perlman
Bonita Carlisle
November 6, 1988 (1988-11-06)5W10

9 Minutes and 52 Seconds Over Tokyo– Marty Tish is reunited with the son he never knew he had.
Shut Up Simpsons– The Simpsons attempt to get along after bickering.
Out Dinner at Troy's– Sara and Greg are thrown out of a trendy restaurant.
Closing– Tracey brings out Marty Jr.

Songs performed: "Bad", "Sukiyaki"
372"Tell and Kiss / The Shell Game / The Big Wheel"Ted BessellSam Simon
Bonita Carlisle
November 13, 1988 (1988-11-13)5W11

Tell and Kiss– Sandra Decker publishes a scandalous tell-all.
The Shell Game– Bart plays hide the cookie.
The Big Wheel– A woman takes a spin at winning $20 million dollars.
Closing– Tracey asks Cesar Romero what it's like working in front of a live audience.

Guest star: Cesar Romero
383"To Masseur with Love / The Bart Simpson Show / Conjugal Visit"Ted Bessell
Stuart Margolin
Sam Simon
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Tracey Ullman
November 20, 1988 (1988-11-20)5W12

To Masseur with Love– Kay gets a massage.
The Bart Simpson Show– When Homer decides "Itchy and Scratchy" is too violent to watch, Bart decides to put on his own show for Lisa and Maggie.
Conjugal Visit– Prison pen pals meet for the first time and have their first conjugal visit.
Closing– Tracey apologizes to her neighbors for her dogs' barking and talks about her dog trainer, Billy.

Song performed: "Slow Hand"
394"Ginny vs. Roz / Stars Are Ours / Punching Bag / Dance Studio"Sam Simon
Ted Bessell
Marc Flanagan
Craig Heller
Guy Shulman
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Tracey Ullman
November 27, 1988 (1988-11-27)5W13
Ginny vs. Roz– Ginny and her sister Roz decide who's going to care for their mother after their father's death.
Stars Are Ours– Greg is having an existentialist crisis and Sara is concerned.
Punching Bag– The Simpson kids play rough.
Dance Studio– A police officer demands that a man claiming to be a dance instructor teach her how to dance.
Closing– Tracey talks about Mabel's Australian nanny.
405"Santa Baby / Simpson Xmas / New Year's Eve"Ted BessellJay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Bonita Carlisle
December 18, 1988 (1988-12-18)5W14

Santa Baby– Tina has some fun with Santa.
Simpson Xmas– Bart recites The Night Before Christmas.
New Year's Eve– Three desperate women decide to do whatever it takes to get dates for New Year's Eve.
Closing– Tracey wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, along with the cast and crew.

Song performed: "Santa Baby"
416"Francesca's Autobiography: The Final Chapter"Ted Bessell
Sam Simon
Ken Estin
Heide Perlman
January 8, 1989 (1989-01-08)5W16
Francesca writes her autobiography.
427"Kay Babysits / The Krusty the Clown Show / Check, Please"Ted BessellJay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Bonita Carlisle
January 15, 1989 (1989-01-15)5W17

Opening– Kay is forced to babysit Mr. Le Roy's daughter.
The Krusty the Clown Show– Bart exposes Krusty.
Check, Please– A man is forced to pick up the check.
ClosingJuliet Sorci tells Tracey it's okay for her to tell people that she discovered her.

Song performed: "Empty Chairs at Empty Tables"
438"Francesca's Task / Bart the Hero / The Nuclear Family"Sam Simon
Ted Bessell
Dick Blasucci
Marc Flanagan
Michael Sardo
Bonita Carlisle
January 29, 1989 (1989-01-29)5W18

Francesca's Task– Francesca waits until the last minute to finish her term paper.
Bart the Hero– Bart captures the notorious candy robber.
The Nuclear Family– The matriarch and head of a mom and pop nuclear weapons manufacturer is forced into retirement by her son.
Closing– Tracey asks Doris Grau what it was like being in the Nuclear Family segment.

Song performed: "Back Stabbers"
449"Special Skills / Bart's Little Fantasy / Flesh and Desire / Heaven"Ted BessellMarc Flanagan
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
February 5, 1989 (1989-02-05)5W19

Special Skills– An executive trainee test.
Bart's Little Fantasy– Bart imagines a planet where the children are the parents and the parents are the children.
Flesh and Desire– David catches William eating meat.
Heaven– Two astronauts take their relationship to new international space heights.
Closing– Tracey brings out Janeen Rae Heller who played the saw in the Special Skills segment.

Song performed: "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"
4510"Francesca: A Physical Education / Scary Movie / Someone to Watch Over Me"Sam SimonMarc Flanagan
Ken Estin
Heide Perlman
Bonita Carlisle
February 12, 1989 (1989-02-12)5W20

Francesca: A Physical Education– Francesca takes a stand in gym class.
Scary Movie– The Simpson kids see a scary movie.
Someone to Watch Over Me– Kay is forced to see a psychiatrist.
Closing– Tracey says goodbye to Betty Thomas.

Songs performed: "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding", "Someone to Watch Over Me"

Guest star: Betty Thomas
4611"The Subway / Home Hypnotism / I Do, I Will"Ted BessellMarc Flanagan
Bonita Carlisle
February 19, 1989 (1989-02-19)5W21

The Subway– Stuck on a subway car.
Home Hypnotism– Homer and Marge hypnotize the Simpson kids into being good.
I Do, I Will– Gary and Joanie decide to comprise.
Closing– Tracey performs one final song with Rose and Alfie.

Songs performed: "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat", "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man"

Guest stars: Rose Banks, Alfie Silas
4712"Rock on the Block / Shoplifting / The Height of Friendship / The Orange Badge of Courage"Sam SimonSam Simon
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Bonita Carlisle
February 26, 1989 (1989-02-26)5W22

Rock on the Block– A rock star auctions off his most prized possessions.
Shoplifting– Bart is caught shoplifting.
The Height of Friendship– Window cleaners fight over an affair.
The Orange Badge of Courage– The Downeys play war games.
Closing– Tracey and Tim perform "I Do the Rock" together.

Songs performed: "Lonely at the Top", "I Do the Rock"

Guest star: Tim Curry
4813"Goodbye, Butchie / Echo Canyon / The Handout / Teamies"Ted Bessell
Sam Simon
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Ellis Weiner
Ken Estin
Bonita Carlisle
March 12, 1989 (1989-03-12)5W23

Goodbye, Butchie– Butchie dies.
Echo Canyon– The Simpsons visit a canyon.
The Handout– A group decides to give a homeless man some money after giving him the third degree.
Teamies– A trio of race walkers discover that they're going to be competing against one another.
Closing– Tracey announces that next week's guest stars will be from America's Most Wanted.

Song performed: "Walk On By"
4914"Occupied / Bathtime / Mr. Right"Ted Bessell
Sam Simon
Harvey Miller
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
March 19, 1989 (1989-03-19)5W24

Occupied– Kiki attempts to join the mile high club after being dumped by her husband.
Bathtime– Bart is forced to take a bath.
Mr. Right– A couple is introduced to their friend's new beau who's a real dummy.
Closing– Tracey brings out Dan Castellaneta.

Song perfect: "Crazy"
5015"Stress Management / Bart's Nightmare / Rudy Visits Omi / Brick House"Ted BessellMichael Sardo
Marc Flanagan
Dan Castellaneta
Deb Lacusta
Bonita Carlisle
March 26, 1989 (1989-03-26)5W25

Stress Management– The Downeys take a stress management class.
Bart's Nightmare– Bart has a nightmare after eating too many cookies.
Rudy Visits Omi– A man visits his grandmother.
Brick House– A prudish woman goes shopping for some sexy underwear.
Closing– Tracey shows off her prosthetic chest.

Song performed: "Brick House"
5116"Kay: Trapped"Ted BessellJay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
April 9, 1989 (1989-04-09)5W26
Kay is trapped in an elevator with an elevator with a stranger.
5217"Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Kay / Bart of the Jungle / Sweet Dreams / Pumping Irony"Ted BessellMichael Sardo
Bonita Carlisle
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
April 16, 1989 (1989-04-16)5W27
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Kay– Kay discovers that her boss is having an affair.
Bart of the Jungle– The Simpson kids play outside.
Sweet Dreams– Newlyweds Joanie and Gary have gone without for two nights and Joanie is upset.
Pumping Irony– The Downeys get pumped.
Closing– Tracey responds to a letter written about her in the Los Angeles Times.
5318"Maid Service / Family Therapy / Code of Silence / Clowns D'Amore"Ted Bessell
Sam Simon
Manny Basanese
Debra Korbel
Michael Sardo
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
April 23, 1989 (1989-04-23)5W28

Maid Service– Maid, Maria discovers how her boss really feels about her.
Family Therapy– The Simpsons try family therapy.
Code of Silence– A woman runs into her old boyfriend who's now a Queen's Guard.
Clowns D'Amore– Two professional clowns are uncomfortable not wearing their makeup and costumes.
Closing– Tracey announces Sam McMurray's new baby daughter.

Song performed: "Spread a Little Happiness"
5419"The Wave Girls / Maggie in Peril: Chapter One / The Cure / D.U.I."Ted BessellHeide Perlman
Sam Simon
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Michael Sardo
Bonita Carlisle
April 30, 1989 (1989-04-30)5W29

The Wave Girls– An aging cheerleader wants to continue with the squad.
Maggie in Peril: Chapter One– Maggie goes after her ball and ends up in danger.
The Cure– Dr. Gibson announces to his patient that she's cured.
D.U.I.– A extremely complicated sobriety test.
Closing– Tracey brings out the show's choreographer, Paula Abdul.

Song performed: "(It's Just) The Way That You Love Me"
5520"All About Tammy Lee / Maggie in Peril: The Thrilling Conclusion"Ted BessellDick Blasucci
Marc Flanagan
Sam Simon
May 7, 1989 (1989-05-07)5W30

All About Tammy Lee– A troubled country-western star D.D.'s career is taken over by her much younger, very ambitious assistant Tammy Lee.
Maggie in Peril: The Thrilling Conclusion– Maggie returns home safely, along with her ball, with the Simpsons none the wiser.
Closing– The real violinists come out.

Songs performed: "I'm Down to My Last Cigarette", "Rocky Top", "I Fall to Pieces"
5621"Psychiatric Hour / TV Simpsons / Summer Goes Shopping / Who Now, Brown Cow?"Ted BessellSusan Gauthier
Heide Perlman
Michael Sardo
Bonita Carlisle
May 14, 1989 (1989-05-14)5W15

Psychiatric Hour– Who's the shrink and who's the patient?
TV Simpsons– Bart's kite gets caught in the Simpsons' television antenna.
Summer Goes Shopping– Summer Storm accidentally shoplifts a bag of dog food.
Who Now, Brown Cow?– A cow dancing duo have creative differences.
Closing– Tracey brings out Andrea Martin.

Guest star: Andrea Martin
5722"Best of the Tracey Ullman Show: Season 3"Ted Bessell
Sam Simon
Michael Sardo
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Dick Blasucci
Marc Flanagan
Bonita Carlisle
May 21, 1989 (1989-05-21)N/A
Tracey welcomes viewers into her home baking an apple pie from scratch in her kitchen. Segments in this hour-long special: "D.U.I.", "Mr. Right", "Family Therapy", "9 Minutes and 52 Seconds Over Tokyo", "Conjugal Visit", "Special Skills"

Season 4 (1989–90)Edit

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No. in
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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
code
581"...And God Created Tillman / A Rare Talent"Ted BessellHeide Perlman
Sam Simon
Marc Flanagan
Bonita Carlisle
September 10, 1989 (1989-09-10)7W01

...And God Created Tillman– Ginny meets Lawrence's new girlfriend, Meg (Isabella Rosellini).
A Rare Talent– A woman who can fly auditions for Peter Pan.
Closing– Tracey reveals how she was able to fly.

Song performed: "Never Never Land"

Guest star: Isabella Rosellini
592"My Date With Il Duce / The Wrong Message / The Thrill is Gone"Ted BessellPaul Haggis
Michael J. Weithorn
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Bonita Carlisle
October 1, 1989 (1989-10-01)7W02

My Date With Il Duce– On the eve of her wedding, a woman's grandmother recounts her affair with Benito Mussolini.
The Wrong Message– A woman leaves an embarrassing message on a man's answering machine.
The Thrill is Gone– Brenda is dumped on a bungee jump.
Closing– Tracey and Isabelli Rosellini compare green cards.

Song performed: "Since I Fell for You"

Guest star: Isabella Rosellini
603"Da Me La Mano / Needle in a Haystack"Ted BessellLisa-Maria Radano
Cameron Crowe
Bonita Carlisle
October 8, 1989 (1989-10-08)7W03

Da Me La Mano– The truth about Richie comes out over a manicure.
Needle in a Haystack– A woman goes on a date with a doctor who is obsessed with Elvis Presley.
Closing– Tracey brings out Martin Short.

Guest star: Martin Short
614"The Final Polka / Sermon on the Mound / My Baby"Ted BessellMarc Flanagan
Michael J. Weithorn
Jay Kogen
October 22, 1989 (1989-10-22)7W04

The Final Polka– A man rethinks an arranged marriage.
Sermon on the Mound– A strange conference on the pitcher's mound.
My Baby– Three overdue women go into labor at the same time.
Closing– Tracey talks to Marilu Henner about playing a pregnant woman in the My Baby segment.

Songs performed: "Do You Love Me", "Be My Baby"

Guest star: Marilu Henner
625"The Co-Op / The Man Who Got Away / Parallel Existence (My Better Whole)"Ted BessellJay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Dinah Kirgo
Bonita Carlisle
October 29, 1989 (1989-10-29)7W05

The Co-Op– David and William are worried that their application to rent an apartment won't be approved because they're a gay couple.
The Man Who Got Away– A successful entrepreneur interviews Dr. Gibson before agreeing to become his patient.
Parallel Existence (My Better Whole)– A woman is visited by her more outgoing and successful self from a parallel universe.
Closing– Tracey doesn't want to be in the show's bumpers.

Song performed: "Down for Double"
636"Two Time Losers / The Gate"Ted BessellBonita Carlisle
Marilyn Suzanne Miller
November 5, 1989 (1989-11-05)7W06

Two Time Losers– Gulliver Dark sues his manager.
The Gate– A woman visits Steven.
ClosingSteven Spielberg reveals the reason he did the show.

Song performed: "The Man That Got Away", "It's a Small World"

Guest star: Steven Spielberg
647"The Crisis / The Baltimore Stoops"Ted BessellHeide Perlman
Marc Flanagan
Bonita Carlisle
November 12, 1989 (1989-11-12)7W07

The Crisis– Joanie dyes her hair without consulting Gary.
The Baltimore Stoops– A woman can't accept her father's new girlfriend.
Closing– Tracey and Michael record two alternate endings to go out depending on the result of the upcoming Emmy Awards.

Guest star: Michael Tucker
658"By Stuff Possessed / The Holland Tunnel of Love"Ted BessellHoward Gewirtz
Marc Flanagan
James P. Kocot
Bonita Carlisle
November 19, 1989 (1989-11-19)7W08

By Stuff Possessed– A woman joins Shopaholics Anonymous.
The Holland Tunnel of Love– A man brings his girlfriend home to meet his Italian-American parents.
Closing– Tracey jams with Carole King, Billy Preston, and Clarence Clemons.

Songs performed: "Saved", "I Feel the Earth Move", "Will It Go Round In Circles"

Guest stars: Fran Drescher, Carole King
669"Power Play / Break Up / Something Cool"Ted BessellIan Praiser
David Mirkin
Marc Flanagan
November 26, 1989 (1989-11-26)7W09

Power Play– A child actress demands better material.
Break Up– The Downeys break up.
Something Cool– A woman enters a bar and orders something cool.

Song performed: "Something Cool"
6710"Look Back in Anxiety"Ted BessellJay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
December 10, 1989 (1989-12-10)7W10
Dr. Gibson pitches a book based on some of his cases.
6811"Kay's Gift / Merry Catnip / Two Lost Souls / Simpson Xmas"Sam SimonJay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Dinah Kirgo
Bonita Carlisle
December 17, 1989 (1989-12-17)7W11

Kay's Gift– Kay gets upset when her boss, Mr. Le Roy doesn't appreciate his Christmas gift.
Merry Catnip– Ann B. Cooper spends Christmas alone with her cats.
Two Lost Souls– A woman wakes up to find that she's married to her boss's son.
Simpson Xmas– Bart recites The Night Before Christmas.
Closing– Tracey, along with the children of the cast and crew sing a Christmas carol.

Songs performed: "Silent Night", "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "Jingle Bells"

Guest star: Keanu Reeves
6912"Ginny's Second Chance / Maria and the Mister"Ted Bessell
Sam Simon
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Dinah Kirgo
January 7, 1990 (1990-01-07)7W12

Ginny's Second Chance– Ginny dates a plastic surgeon.
Maria and the Mister– Maria comforts the master of the house.
Closing– Kelsey sings.

Songs performed: "Evergreen", "Eternal Flame"

Guest star: Kelsey Grammer
7013"I'm Dating a Corporate Lawyer / Ginny Nocturne / Dawg Day Afternoon"Ted BessellMarilyn Suzanne Miller
Marc Flanagan
Michael J. Weithorn
Bonita Carlisle
January 14, 1990 (1990-01-14)7W13

I'm Dating a Corporate Lawyer– Sara reveals how she met Greg.
Ginny Nocturne– Ginny bares her soul to the pool man.
Dawg Day Afternoon– A Dawg Pound fan is given an ultimatum.
Closing– Tracey shows off her 1970s panty line.

Guest star: Martin Short
7114"Due Diligence / You Call That a Dress?"Ted BessellMarc Flanagan
Lisa-Maria Radano
Bonita Carlisle
February 4, 1990 (1990-02-04)7W14

Due Diligence– An old director has to get an actress to agree to do his picture.
You Call That a Dress?– A woman is visited by her dead father.
Closing– Tracey brings out her old headmaster, Mr. Ron Harding.

Guest star: Mel Brooks
7215"The Word / The Fee / The Sell"Sam Simon
Ted Bessell
Heide Perlman
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Bonita Carlisle
February 11, 1990 (1990-02-11)7W15

The Word– Francesca demands a newspaper retraction.
The Fee– Dr. Gibson increases her fee – Brenda isn't happy.
The Sell– A woman is determined to sell her television show.
Closing– Tracey asks Bill Pullman about his next movie.

Guest star: Bill Pullman
7316"Creative Differences / Jinx Haber Revisited / Tea"Ted BessellDinah Kirgo
Marilyn Suzanne Miller
Marc Flanagan
Bonita Carlisle
February 25, 1990 (1990-02-25)7W16

Creative Differences– Sandra Decker auditions for a role alongside her nemeses.
Jinx Haber Revisited– Jinx reveals that she can fly to her date.
Tea– Two tea tasters fall in love.
Closing– Tracey asks Glenn Close about her audition song.

Song performed: "Isn't It Romantic?"

Guest star: Glenn Close
7417"Ginny Eats Escrow / I Hate Paris"Sam SimonHeide Perlman
Sam Simon
Ian Praiser
Bonita Carlisle
April 16, 1989 (1989-04-16)7W17

Ginny Eats Escrow– Ginny tries selling a house to Lawrence and Meg and witnesses their first fight.
I Hate Paris– William becomes depressed when David decides to go on a business trip to Paris without him.
Closing– Tracey brings out Isabella Rossellini and reveals that she sent her to a spa.

Song performed: "Stand by Your Man"

Guest star: Isabella Rossellini
7518"The Dream is Over"Ted BessellDinah KirgoMarch 4, 1990 (1990-03-04)7W18
Sara Downey is having her kitchen remodeled.
7619"High School Sweethearts / Dear Taxpayer / Me, Myself & I"Ted Bessell
Sam Simon
Mike Short
Jeff Baron
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Bonita Carlisle
April 7, 1990 (1990-04-07)7W19
High School Sweethearts– A reunion of two high school sweethearts from class of '29.
Dear Taxpayer– A woman working for the IRS handles her son's audit.
Me, Myself & I– Two very self-involved actors don't even realize that they've spent the entire day together.
Closing– Tracey reveals that there's a sandwich named after her at Stage Deli.
7720"The Hormonal Conversion / Who is He? / Face the Music"Sam Simon
Ted Bessell
Marc Flanagan
Lisa-Maria Radano
Dan Castellaneta
Joseph Malone
Deb Lacusta
Bonita Carlisle
April 21, 1990 (1990-04-21)7W21
The Hormonal Conversion– Dr. Gibson's female mentor returns after having transitioned into Hans.
Who is He?– A neighborly encounter.
Face the Music– A dancer leaving a Broadway show asks its nasty leading lady for one final dance.
Closing– Tracey reveals her true self.
7821"Her First Grownup / Daisy's Decline"Ted BessellHeide Perlman
Dinah Kirgo
Bonita Carlisle
April 28, 1990 (1990-04-28)7W22
Her First Grownup– Francesca flirts with the stereo installer.
Daisy's Decline– A successful restaurant owner fires her chef and lives to regret it.
Closing– Tracey brings out Ken Daly.
7922"Under the Bounding Main / Arms Control"Ted BessellDick Blasucci
Marc Flanagan
James P. Kocot
Bonita Carlisle
May 5, 1990 (1990-05-05)7W23

Under the Bounding Main– Marty and Angel Tish at sea, along with nemesis, Gulliver Dark.
Arms Control– Rosaria shoots an intruder.
ClosingDan Castellaneta talks about doing a production of The King and I at age 12.

Songs performed: "Land of a Thousand Dances", "Sexual Healing", "Tom Dooley"
8023"Modern Maturity / Spies / Baseball Wives"Ted Bessell
Art Wolff
Marc Flanagan
Jay Kogen
Wallace Wolodarsky
Tracey Ullman
May 12, 1990 (1990-05-12)7W20
Modern Maturity– Roz cares for Leonard.
Spies– A Russian spy waits for an American with classified material.
Baseball Wives– A woman wants to be more than a baseball wife.
Closing– The reason for Tracey's current hairstyle.
8124"Best of the Tracey Ullman Show: Season 4"Ted Bessell
Sam Simon
Marc Flanagan
Ian Praiser
Heide Perlman
Sam Simon
Dinah Kirgo
May 26, 1990 (1990-05-26)7W24
A 90-minute best of special. Segments: "Tea", "Power Play", "Two Time Losers", "...And God Created Tillman", "Something Cool", "Creative Differences", "I Hate Paris", "Due Diligence"; Tracey closes the show by announcing that this is their final season and the cast gives the final "Go home!" – "But I don't want to!" Julie, Dan, Sam, and Joseph hug her.

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