List of The Bob Newhart Show episodes

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This is a list of episodes for The Bob Newhart Show, which was originally broadcast on CBS from 1972 to 1978, spanning six seasons and 142 half-hour episodes.

Series overview[edit]

The first four seasons were released on DVD by 20th Century Fox, while seasons 5 and 6, along with The Bob Newhart Show: The Complete Series, have been released through Shout! Factory.[1][2][3][4] Seasons 1–3 of the show were also made available for streaming and download in the digital format.[5]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 24 September 16, 1972 March 10, 1973
2 24 September 15, 1973 March 2, 1974
3 24 September 14, 1974 March 8, 1975
4 24 September 13, 1975 February 28, 1976
5 24 September 25, 1976 March 19, 1977
6 22 September 24, 1977 April 1, 1978


Season 1: 1972–73[edit]

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1 1 "Fly the Unfriendly Skies" Jay Sandrich David Davis & Lorenzo Music September 16, 1972 (1972-09-16) 7251
Bob brings Emily to his "fear of flying" therapy group to help her overcome her own fear of flying. Penny Marshall has a minor role in this episode as a stewardess.
2 2 "Tracy Grammar School, I'll Lick You Yet" Jay Sandrich Carl Gottlieb & George Yanok September 23, 1972 (1972-09-23) 7258
Bob tries to impress Emily's students, who find his job boring.
3 3 "Tennis, Emily?" Alan Rafkin David Davis & Lorenzo Music September 30, 1972 (1972-09-30) 7253
Bob is worried when a handsome, womanizing tennis pro (Peter Brown) praises Emily's beauty.
4 4 "Mom, I L-L-Love You" Alan Rafkin Dick Clair & Jenna McMahon October 7, 1972 (1972-10-07) 7252
Emily urges Bob to tell his mother (Martha Scott) that he loves her.
5 5 "Goodnight, Nancy" Jay Sandrich Susan Silver October 21, 1972 (1972-10-21) 7254
Emily is unexpectedly jealous of Bob's old girlfriend Nancy (Penny Fuller).
6 6 "Come Live with Me" Alan Rafkin Jerry Mayer October 28, 1972 (1972-10-28) 7256
Carol considers co-habitating with her boyfriend.
7 7 "Father Knows Worst" Alan Rafkin Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses November 4, 1972 (1972-11-04) 7255
Howard is crushed when his son Howie prefers spending time with Jerry.
8 8 "Don't Go to Bed Mad" Alan Rafkin Gene Thompson November 11, 1972 (1972-11-11) 7262
When the Hartleys have a fight, they resolve not to go to sleep until they've settled their differences.
9 9 "P.I.L.O.T." Jay Sandrich David Davis & Lorenzo Music November 18, 1972 (1972-11-18) 5536
The Hartleys try to adopt a child and meet with a woman (Louise Lasser) from the adoption agency. (Note: This is the original unaired pilot of the show, with some scenes added or re-shot.)
10 10 "Anything Happen While I Was Gone?" Jay Sandrich Martin Cohan November 25, 1972 (1972-11-25) 7260
Jerry announces his engagement to a woman he's only just met.
11 11 "I Want to Be Alone" Alan Rafkin Jerry Mayer December 2, 1972 (1972-12-02) 7261
Bob goes to a hotel for a few days to get some time alone, leading Howard to fear that the Hartleys are breaking up. Bernie Kopell has a role in this episode as a philandering doctor.
12 12 "Bob and Emily and Howard and Carol and Jerry" Peter Baldwin Charlotte Brown December 9, 1972 (1972-12-09) 7263
Howard and Carol start dating. Pat Morita has a minor role in this episode as a bartender.
13 13 "I Owe It All to You... But Not That Much" Alan Rafkin Martin Cohan December 16, 1972 (1972-12-16) 7257
Jerry starts going to Bob for therapy, which hurts their ability to be friends.
14 14 "His Busiest Season" Peter Baldwin David Davis & Lorenzo Music December 23, 1972 (1972-12-23) 7268
Bob invites his patients to a Christmas party at his apartment.
15 15 "Let's Get Away from It Almost" Jay Sandrich Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses January 6, 1973 (1973-01-06) 7265
The Hartleys spend an unpleasant vacation at a ski lodge.
16 16 "The Crash of Twenty-Nine Years Old" Alan Rafkin Charlotte Brown January 13, 1973 (1973-01-13) 7269
Depressed at turning twenty-nine, Carol decides to quit her job and do something new with her life.
17 17 "The Man with the Golden Wrist" Alan Rafkin Bill Idelson January 20, 1973 (1973-01-20) 7270
Bob is too nervous to wear the expensive watch that Emily bought him.
18 18 "The Two Loves of Dr. Hartley" George Tyne Gene Thompson January 27, 1973 (1973-01-27) 7264
One of Bob's patients (Emmaline Henry) falls in love with him.
19 19 "Not with My Sister You Don't" Alan Rafkin Frank Buxton February 3, 1973 (1973-02-03) 7266
Howard is extremely protective of his visiting sister Debbie (Heather Menzies).
20 20 "A Home Is Not Necessarily a House" Peter Baldwin David Davis & Lorenzo Music February 10, 1973 (1973-02-10) 7271
Bob and Emily consider moving out of their apartment and into a house.
21 21 "Emily, I'm Home... Emily?" Rick Edelstein Martin Cohan February 17, 1973 (1973-02-17) 7273
Emily is rarely home for Bob after she gets a full-time job.
22 22 "You Can't Win 'Em All" Jerry London Bill Idelson February 24, 1973 (1973-02-24) 7272
Bob becomes a local hero when his therapy helps a Chicago Cubs pitcher end a losing streak.
23 23 "Bum Voyage" Martin Cohan Austin & Irma Kalish March 3, 1973 (1973-03-03) 7274
Bob is reluctant to go on an ocean voyage with Emily and abandon his therapy group.
24 24 "Who's Been Sleeping on My Couch?" Alan Rafkin Jerry Mayer March 10, 1973 (1973-03-10) 7275
Jerry starts making a nuisance of himself while recovering from a bad breakup.

Season 2: 1973–74[edit]

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25 1 "The Last TV Show" Jay Sandrich Charlotte Brown September 15, 1973 (1973-09-15) 7355
At the prodding of his patients, Bob reluctantly accepts an offer to allow TV cameras into a group therapy session.
26 2 "Motel" Jay Sandrich Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses September 22, 1973 (1973-09-22) 7360
Bob and Jerry go to a motel in Peoria so they can watch a football broadcast that's not available in Chicago.
27 3 "Backlash" George Tyne Susan Silver September 29, 1973 (1973-09-29) 7352
The Hartleys have to cancel their planned vacation in Mexico because of Bob's back pain.
28 4 "Somebody Down Here Likes Me" Jerry London Peter Myerson October 6, 1973 (1973-10-06) 7357
A Minister (John McMartin) decides to leave the Church because of Bob's advice, leaving Bob overcome with guilt.
29 5 "Emily in for Carol" Alan Rafkin Jerry Mayer October 13, 1973 (1973-10-13) 7356
When Carol is on vacation, the other doctors on Bob's floor hire Emily as the new receptionist.
30 6 "Have You Met Miss Dietz?" George Tyne Bill Idelson October 20, 1973 (1973-10-20) 7353
Howard and Jerry compete for the affections of an attractive recent divorcée (Mariette Hartley)
31 7 "Old Man Rivers" Martin Cohan Martin Cohan October 27, 1973 (1973-10-27) 7359
Carol starts dating a much older man (Jeff Corey).
32 8 "Mister Emily Hartley" Jerry London Charlotte Brown November 3, 1973 (1973-11-03) 7363
Bob feels humiliated when Emily turns out to have a higher I.Q. than he does and is invited to join a high-I.Q. group.
33 9 "Mutiny on the Hartley" Peter Baldwin Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses November 10, 1973 (1973-11-10) 7365
Bob's patients revolt against him when he raises his hourly rates.
34 10 "I'm Okay, You're Okay, So What's Wrong?" George Tyne Earl Barret November 17, 1973 (1973-11-17) 7364
Fearing that their marriage has lost its spark, Bob and Emily go to a marriage counselor (Katherine Helmond).
35 11 "Fit, Fat and Forty-One" Peter Baldwin Bill Idelson and Harvey Miller November 24, 1973 (1973-11-24) 7358
Bob goes on a diet, determined to keep his resolution to lose weight before his forty-first birthday.
36 12 "Blues for Mr. Borden" Jerry London Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses December 1, 1973 (1973-12-01) 7366
Howard's ex-wife is getting married again—and this time, she's marrying a pilot.
37 13 "My Wife Belongs to Daddy" Jerry London Jerry Mayer December 8, 1973 (1973-12-08) 7362
A visit from Emily's parents (John Randolph and Ann Rutherford) has Bob feeling intimidated by his father-in-law.
38 14 "T.S. Elliot" Peter Baldwin Gerry Renert & Jeff Wilheim December 15, 1973 (1973-12-15) 7368
Mr. Carlin goes on a date with Carol.
39 15 "I'm Dreaming of a Slight Christmas" Peter Baldwin Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses December 22, 1973 (1973-12-22) 7370
Bob is trapped in his office on Christmas Eve.
40 16 "Oh, Brother" Peter Baldwin Martin Cohan January 5, 1974 (1974-01-05) 7367
Jerry's brother (Raul Julia) starts stealing his patients.
41 17 "The Modernization of Emily" Peter Baldwin Charlotte Brown January 12, 1974 (1974-01-12) 7371
Shaken after meeting a former student who's all grown up, Emily tries to recapture her youth with an embarrassing new wardrobe.
42 18 "The Jobless Corps" Peter Baldwin Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses January 19, 1974 (1974-01-19) 7374
After Howard is laid off, he joins Bob's therapy group for unemployed people.
43 19 "Clink Shrink" Peter Bonerz Paul B. Lichtman and Howard Storm January 26, 1974 (1974-01-26) 7369
Bob gets a suspiciously expensive gift from a client (Henry Winkler) who is an ex-convict.
44 20 "Mind Your Own Business" Alan Rafkin Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses February 2, 1974 (1974-02-02) 7351
To help manage his money, Bob hires a business manager (Ron Rifkin) who puts him on a budget of $50 a week.
45 21 "A Love Story" Peter Bonerz Martin Cohan February 9, 1974 (1974-02-09) 7375
Howard falls in love with Bob's sister Ellen (Pat Finley) even though she's engaged to another man.
46 22 "By the Way... You're Fired" Peter Baldwin Barbara Gallagher & Sybil Adelman February 16, 1974 (1974-02-16) 7372
Distracted by a new boyfriend, Carol neglects her duties at the office.
47 23 "Confessions of an Orthodontist" Peter Baldwin Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses February 23, 1974 (1974-02-23) 7376
Bob temporarily takes over a practice for another psychologist (Roger Perry), including a ditzy secretary (Teri Garr). One of his first patients is Jerry, who confesses he's in love with Bob's wife.
48 24 "A Matter of Principal" Don Bustany Arnie Kogen & Ray Jessel March 2, 1974 (1974-03-02) 7373
Emily stands on her principles and defies an order to let an unqualified student skip a grade.

Season 3: 1974–75[edit]

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49 1 "Big Brother Is Watching" Robert Moore Charlotte Brown September 14, 1974 (1974-09-14) 4052
Bob disapproves of the idea of his sister Ellen moving in with Howard.
50 2 "The Battle of the Groups" Alan Rafkin Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses September 21, 1974 (1974-09-21) 4051
Bob unwisely brings two of his therapy groups together at a weekend retreat.
51 3 "The Great Rimpau Medical Arts Co-op Experiment" George Tyne Coleman Mitchell & Geoffrey Neigher September 28, 1974 (1974-09-28) 4056
Jerry organizes all the doctors on his floor into a medical co-op arrangement.
52 4 "The Separation Story" Peter Bonerz Story by : Bob Garland
Teleplay by : Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses
October 5, 1974 (1974-10-05) 4054
Emily moves out of the apartment and into a college dorm so she can study to get her Master's degree.
53 5 "Sorry, Wrong Mother" Jay Sandrich Charlotte Brown October 12, 1974 (1974-10-12) 4067
Ellen tries to get Howard's son Howie to like her. John Ritter plays a waiter at an ice cream shop.
54 6 "The Grey Flannel Shrink" Peter Bonerz Jerry Mayer October 19, 1974 (1974-10-19) 4064
Bob accepts an offer to become the in-house therapist for a major corporation.
55 7 "Dr. Ryan's Express" Alan Rafkin Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses October 26, 1974 (1974-10-26) 4059
When Carol is away again, Jerry hires an incompetent temp.
56 8 "Brutally Yours, Bob Hartley" Alan Rafkin John Rappaport November 2, 1974 (1974-11-02) 4062
Bob vows to be completely honest with everyone, which soon leaves everyone hating him.
57 9 "Ship of Shrinks" Alan Rafkin Coleman Mitchell & Geoffrey Neigher November 9, 1974 (1974-11-09) 4066
Because of an embarrassing article published under his byline, Bob has second thoughts about attending a psychology conference in Hawaii.
58 10 "Life Is a Hamburger" George Tyne Jerry Mayer November 16, 1974 (1974-11-16) 4068
Carol announces her engagement to her weird poet boyfriend (Richard Schaal).
59 11 "An American Family" Peter Bonerz Charlotte Brown November 23, 1974 (1974-11-23) 4069
Bob and Emily's Thanksgiving plans are threatened when Bob's mother gets into an argument with Emily's father.
60 12 "We Love You... Good-bye" Peter Bonerz Charlotte Brown November 30, 1974 (1974-11-30) 4061
Emily's revelations about Bob's chauvinism get him kicked out of his own therapy group for women.
61 13 "Jerry Robinson Crusoe" Alan Rafkin Erik Tarloff December 7, 1974 (1974-12-07) 4055
Jerry decides to leave everything behind and move to a South Seas island with his new girlfriend (Gail Strickland).
62 14 "Serve for Daylight" Alan Rafkin Jerry Mayer December 14, 1974 (1974-12-14) 4071
Bob wants to win a tennis match but doesn't think his doubles partner, Emily, is good enough to win.
63 15 "Home Is Where the Hurt Is" Alan Rafkin Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses December 21, 1974 (1974-12-21) 4065
The Hartleys have to spend Christmas Eve listening to Carol talk about her depressing family and personal relationships.
64 16 "Tobin's Back in Town" Peter Bonerz Michael Zinberg January 4, 1975 (1975-01-04) 4057
Ellen's ex-fiancé (Fred Willard) tries to win her back from Howard.
65 17 "Think Smartly—Vote Hartley" Bob Finkel Coleman Mitchell & Geoffrey Neigher January 11, 1975 (1975-01-11) 4070
Emily gets Bob to run for a spot on the school board.
66 18 "The Way We Weren't" James Burrows Roger Beatty January 18, 1975 (1975-01-18) 4063
Emily finds out a secret about the girl Bob was dating before he met her.
67 19 "A Pound of Flesh" Alan Rafkin Jerry Mayer January 25, 1975 (1975-01-25) 4074
Jerry is angry at Bob for refusing to lend him money.
68 20 "My Business Is Shrinking" Alan Rafkin Arnie Kogen & Ray Jessel February 1, 1975 (1975-02-01) 4053
Bob himself joins a therapy group to get some help for his recent depression.
69 21 "The New Look" Peter Bonerz Gordon & Lynne Farr February 8, 1975 (1975-02-08) 4073
Bob's routine is disrupted after Emily gets new furniture for the apartment.
70 22 "Bob Hits the Ceiling" Jay Sandrich Phil Davis February 15, 1975 (1975-02-15) 4072
Bob reluctantly agrees to a therapy session to help Emily's friend (Cynthia Harris) with her marriage problems.
71 23 "Emily Hits the Ceiling" James Burrows Jerry Mayer February 22, 1975 (1975-02-22) 4075
Emily talks Bob into being a counselor at the summer camp she's organizing.
72 24 "The Ceiling Hits Bob" Alan Rafkin Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses March 8, 1975 (1975-03-08) 4076
Everything's collapsing around Bob: Howard and Ellen announce they're moving to New York, Carol announces she's looking for a new job, and the ceiling literally collapses in his office.

Season 4: 1975–76[edit]

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73 1 "The Longest Good-bye" James Burrows Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses September 13, 1975 (1975-09-13) 5054
Bob gets a visit from his old college buddy, the Peeper (Tom Poston).
74 2 "Here's Looking at You, Kid" Peter Bonerz Gordon & Lynne Farr September 20, 1975 (1975-09-20) 5052
Howard decides it's time to propose to Ellen.
75 3 "Death of a Fruitman" Peter Bonerz Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses September 27, 1975 (1975-09-27) 5063
One of Bob's patients dies after being crushed by a truckload of zucchini.
76 4 "Change Is Gonna Do Me Good" John Erman Gordon & Lynne Farr October 4, 1975 (1975-10-04) 5058
Emily and Bob decide to get out of their rut by taking on each other's household chores.
77 5 "The Heavyweights" Bob Claver Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses October 11, 1975 (1975-10-11) 5053
Carol is stuck with one of Bob's overweight patients (Cliff Osmond) on a date.
78 6 "Carol's Wedding" Michael Zinberg Gordon & Lynne Farr October 18, 1975 (1975-10-18) 5060
Carol gets married to Larry Bondurant (Will Mackenzie) after knowing him for less than a day.
79 7 "Shrinks Across the Sea" Bob Claver Phil Doran & Douglas Arango October 25, 1975 (1975-10-25) 5061
The Hartleys play host to a supercilious French psychologist (René Auberjonois).
80 8 "What's It All About, Albert?" Michael Zinberg Phil Davis November 1, 1975 (1975-11-01) 5059
After realizing that he's not actually helping any of his patients, Bob goes to his old mentor (Keenan Wynn) for guidance.
81 9 "Who Is Mr. X?" Peter Bonerz Bruce Kane November 8, 1975 (1975-11-08) 5056
In an interview with a vicious TV talk show host (Jennifer Warren) Bob lets it slip that one of his patients was a prominent politician.
82 10 "Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time" Richard Kinon Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses November 15, 1975 (1975-11-15) 5051
In an episode framed as an homage to The Sting, Bob enters into an uncomfortable new partnership with an upscale psychologist.
83 11 "Over the River and Through the Woods" James Burrows Bruce Kane November 22, 1975 (1975-11-22) 5065

Bob spends a depressing Thanksgiving with Jerry, Howard and Mr. Carlin, getting drunk, watching football and ordering "Moo Goo Gai Pan."

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #9 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[6] In 2009, it moved to #37.[7]
84 12 "Fathers and Sons and Mothers" James Burrows Arnold Kane November 29, 1975 (1975-11-29) 5057
Bob's mother comes to visit and won't leave him alone.
85 13 "The Article" Michael Zinberg Erik Tarloff December 6, 1975 (1975-12-06) 5062
The doctors in Bob's building regret giving Ellen permission to write an article about them.
86 14 "A Matter of Vice-Principal" Peter Bonerz Gordon & Lynne Farr December 13, 1975 (1975-12-13) 5069
Emily is promoted to Vice-Principal over another teacher who's been at the school longer.
87 15 "Bob Has to Have His Tonsils Out, So He Spends Christmas Eve in the Hospital" James Burrows Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses December 20, 1975 (1975-12-20) 5068
Bob has to... well, the title pretty much says it all.
88 16 "No Sale" Eddie Ryder Michael Zinberg January 3, 1976 (1976-01-03) 5055
Bob and Jerry invest in Carlin's real estate deal, but discover that it involves evicting an old man (Malcolm Atterbury).
89 17 "Carol at 6:01" Peter Bonerz Gordon & Lynne Farr January 10, 1976 (1976-01-10) 5066
Carol finds that her new husband, Larry, is giving her more attention than she can handle.
90 18 "Warden Gordon Borden" James Burrows Gordon & Lynne Farr January 17, 1976 (1976-01-17) 5070
Howard gets a visit from his brother Gordon Borden the Game Warden (William Redfield), who becomes his romantic rival for Ellen.
91 19 "My Boy Guillermo" Alan Myerson Sy Rosen January 24, 1976 (1976-01-24) 5071
Jerry's free-spirited ex-girlfriend Courtney (Gail Strickland) returns, offering to let him marry her and help raise her son.
92 20 "Duke of Dunk" Peter Bonerz Douglas Arango & Phil Doran January 31, 1976 (1976-01-31) 5072
Bob tries to help a basketball star become better at teamwork.
93 21 "Guaranteed Not to Shrink" James Burrows Sy Rosen February 7, 1976 (1976-02-07) 5067
Carol decides to follow in Bob's footsteps and enrolls in a night school psychology course.
94 22 "Birth of a Salesman" John C. Chulay Sy Rosen February 14, 1976 (1976-02-14) 5074
Bob teaches the art of assertiveness to Mr. Herd, whose first act after learning to stand up for himself is to bring a lawsuit against Bob.
95 23 "The Boy Next Door" Peter Bonerz Hugh Wilson February 21, 1976 (1976-02-21) 5073
Howard gains custody of his son Howie, but leaves most of the actual work of taking care of him to Bob and Emily. Bob hires a gorgeous young woman (Brooke Adams) as Howie's babysitter.
96 24 "Peeper Two" Michael Zinberg Tom Patchett & Jay Tarses February 28, 1976 (1976-02-28) 5075
The Peeper returns to Chicago after being dumped by his wife, and Jerry shows him how to live life as a swinging bachelor.

Season 5: 1976–77[edit]

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97 1 "Enter Mrs. Peeper" Michael Zinberg Gordon & Lynne Farr September 25, 1976 (1976-09-25) 6066
The Peeper returns yet again, this time with a new wife.
98 2 "Caged Fury" Michael Zinberg Gordon & Lynne Farr October 2, 1976 (1976-10-02) 6062
Emily accidentally gets herself and Bob trapped in the basement storage locker while they're preparing for their Bicentennial party.
99 3 "Some of My Best Friends Are..." James Burrows Pat Jones & Donald Reiker October 9, 1976 (1976-10-09) 6054
Bob has to handle the prejudice in his group when Mr. Plager (Howard Hesseman) comes out as gay.
100 4 "Still Crazy After All These Years" Alan Myerson Hugh Wilson October 16, 1976 (1976-10-16) 6061
Howard sees a therapist (Leonard Stone) to cure himself of his dependency on Bob and Emily, but the cure turns him into an exact clone of his doctor.
101 5 "The Great Rent Strike" John C. Chulay David Lloyd October 23, 1976 (1976-10-23) 6059
Slumlord Mr. Carlin takes over Bob and Emily's building, leading Bob to organize a rent strike.
102 6 "Et tu, Carol?" Alan Myerson Gary David Goldberg October 30, 1976 (1976-10-30) 6058
Bob must find a new receptionist after Carol quits.
103 7 "Send This Boy to Camp" Michael Zinberg David Lloyd November 6, 1976 (1976-11-06) 6067
Bob and Jerry volunteer to organize a camping trip for underprivileged children.
104 8 "A Crime Most Foul" John C. Chulay Sy Rosen November 13, 1976 (1976-11-13) 6064
Everyone, including Emily, is a potential suspect after Bob's new tape recorder vanishes.
105 9 "The Slammer" Michael Zinberg Gordon & Lynne Farr November 20, 1976 (1976-11-20) 6070
Bob and the Peeper visit the bar they used to go to in college, and get arrested when the bar is raided.
106 10 "Jerry's Retirement" Alan Myerson Hugh Wilson November 27, 1976 (1976-11-27) 6051
When Jerry comes into a lot of money, he decides to quit his practice and do nothing for the rest of his life.
107 11 "Here's to You, Mrs. Robinson" James Burrows Gordon & Lynne Farr December 4, 1976 (1976-12-04) 6056
The newly wealthy and retired Jerry goes on a quest to find his biological parents.
108 12 "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" Peter Bonerz Sy Rosen December 11, 1976 (1976-12-11) 6068
Bob is stunned when his parents announce they're separating.
109 13 "Making Up Is the Thing to Do" Harvey Medlinsky Gordon & Lynne Farr December 25, 1976 (1976-12-25) 6072
Bob invites his separated parents to Christmas dinner to try to get them back together.
110 14 "Love Is the Blindest" Will Mackenzie Gary David Goldberg January 8, 1977 (1977-01-08) 6063
Mr. Carlin tries to impress his attractive new secretary the only way he knows how: lying.
111 15 "The Ironwood Experience" Peter Bonerz Phil Davis January 15, 1977 (1977-01-15) 6065
Bob gives a lecture at the Ironwood Interpersonal Relationships at the invitation of its director (Max Showalter), but is surprised when his entire audience shows up naked.
112 16 "Of Mice and Men" Peter Bonerz Bruce Kane January 22, 1977 (1977-01-22) 6053
Emily plays the wife in a role-playing game with Bob's group of henpecked men.
113 17 "Halls of Hartley" James Burrows Michael Zinberg January 29, 1977 (1977-01-29) 6055
Bob considers leaving the city and taking a position at a college in the sticks.
114 18 "The Heartbreak Kidd" Dick Martin Sy Rosen February 5, 1977 (1977-02-05) 6052
A psychology student (Tovah Feldshuh) gets a crush on Bob while interning with him.
115 19 "Death Be My Destiny" Michael Zinberg Sy Rosen February 12, 1977 (1977-02-12) 6073

After a near-death experience, Bob becomes obsessed with the fact of his own mortality.

In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #50 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.[6]
116 20 "Taxation Without Celebration" Peter Bonerz Sy Rosen February 19, 1977 (1977-02-19) 6060
Bob has to choose between celebrating his wedding anniversary and doing his taxes on time.
117 21 "Desperate Sessions" Dick Martin Michael Zinberg & Michael Davidson February 26, 1977 (1977-02-26) 6071
A bank robber (Robert Pine) takes Bob as a hostage.
118 22 "The Mentor" Michael Zinberg Gary David Goldberg March 5, 1977 (1977-03-05) 6069
On Bob's advice, Carol's husband Larry opens up a travel agency—in Bob's building.
119 23 "Shrinking Violence" Peter Bonerz Sy Rosen March 12, 1977 (1977-03-12) 6074
Emily has trouble expressing anger against an obnoxious mechanic (Robert Ridgely), so Bob tries to show her how it's done.
120 24 "You're Having My Hartley" Peter Bonerz Gordon & Lynne Farr March 19, 1977 (1977-03-19) 6075
Bob dreams that both Carol and Emily are pregnant.
Note: This script was originally written as the series finale. When Newhart decided to return for one more season and didn't want to play a father, the episode was rewritten into a dream sequence.[8]

Season 6: 1977–78[edit]

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121 1 "Bob's Change of Life" Peter Bonerz Glen Charles & Les Charles September 24, 1977 (1977-09-24) 7051
Bob and Emily move to a new apartment.
122 2 "Ex-Con Job" Michael Zinberg Ziggy Steinberg October 1, 1977 (1977-10-01) 7056
Bob leads a new therapy group for ex-convicts.
123 3 "A Jackie Story" Michael Zinberg Lloyd Garver October 8, 1977 (1977-10-08) 7053
Jerry is worried that he's not good enough for his girlfriend, while Bob treats a ventriloquist who thinks his dummy is real.
124 4 "Who Was That Masked Man?" Dick Martin Glen Charles & Les Charles October 15, 1977 (1977-10-15) 7058
After Mr. Peterson's wife kicks him out, he bonds with Mr. Carlin.
125 5 "Carlin's New Suit" Dick Martin Andrew Smith October 22, 1977 (1977-10-22) 7061
A single mother (Loni Anderson) brings a false paternity suit against Mr. Carlin, who goes along with it because he likes her son (Sparky Marcus).
126 6 "A Day in the Life" Dick Martin Kathy Donnell & Madelyn Dimaggio Wagner October 29, 1977 (1977-10-29) 7054
Bob wants to go to New Orleans for a week, but first has to pacify all his patients in only one day.
127 7 "My Son the Comedian" Dick Martin David Lloyd November 12, 1977 (1977-11-12) 7059
Howard's son announces that he wants to drop out of school and become a stand-up comic.
128 8 "You're Fired, Mr. Chips" Peter Bonerz Lloyd Garver November 19, 1977 (1977-11-19) 7063
Bob hires his former professor (Ralph Bellamy) to help with his practice, and soon has to fire the old man.
129 9 "Shallow Throat" Dick Martin Earl Pomerantz November 26, 1977 (1977-11-26) 7064
Bob faces the issue of doctor/patient confidentiality when a patient confesses to a robbery.
130 10 "A Girl in Her Twenties" Peter Bonerz Laura Levine December 3, 1977 (1977-12-03) 7055
While Bob is away, Emily meets an old neighbor (Mildred Natwick) who has never adjusted to the modern world.
Note: Five episodes this season were shot without Newhart, who appears only in pre-recorded sequences on the telephone in those episodes. This is the first of those five.[9]
131 11 "Grand Delusion" Dick Martin Lloyd Garver December 17, 1977 (1977-12-17) 7067
Bob and Emily both imagine what life would be like if they were married to other people. Episode features Morgan Fairchild in what is possibly her first TV guest appearance.
132 12 "'Twas the Pie Before Christmas" Dick Martin Phil Davis December 24, 1977 (1977-12-24) 7057
Bob's patients once again boycott him over a rate increase, this time just before his Christmas party.
133 13 "Freudian Ship" Peter Bonerz Earl Pomerantz January 7, 1978 (1978-01-07) 7069
Bob goes on a cruise with Emily to get away from work, but can't resist practicing a little psychology for free.
134 14 "Grizzly Emily" Peter Bonerz Laura Levine January 14, 1978 (1978-01-14) 7062
On a camping trip, Emily is annoyed by the sexist attitudes of Bob's father.
Note: Second of five episodes in this season shot without Newhart.[9]
135 15 "Son of Ex-Con Job" Michael Zinberg Emily Purdum Marshall January 21, 1978 (1978-01-21) 7070
Bob's ex-con patients decide to start their own business.
136 16 "Group on a Hot Tin Roof" Michael Zinberg Andrew Smith January 28, 1978 (1978-01-28) 7068
Mr. Plager writes a play based on his experiences in Bob's group.
137 17 "Emily Carlin, Emily Carlin" Peter Bonerz Laura Levine February 4, 1978 (1978-02-04) 7065
Mr. Carlin asks Emily to pretend to be his wife at his high school reunion.
Note: Third of five episodes shot this season without Newhart.[9]
138 18 "Easy for You to Say" Dick Martin Andrew Smith February 11, 1978 (1978-02-11) 7071
Bob helps a man get over his stuttering problem.
139 19 "It Didn't Happen One Night" Dick Martin Laura Levine February 18, 1978 (1978-02-18) 7073
While Bob is away, his friends suspect Emily is up to something with a handsome old flame (David Hedison).
Note: Fourth of five episodes shot this season without Newhart.[9]
140 20 "Carol Ankles for Indie-Prod" Mark Tinker Lloyd Garver March 4, 1978 (1978-03-04) 7072
Carol accepts an offer to become Mr. Carlin's new assistant.
141 21 "Crisis in Education" Peter Bonerz Earl Pomerantz March 11, 1978 (1978-03-11) 7074
The principal of Emily's school leaves town, leaving her to deal with irate parents.
Note: This is the fifth and final episode that was shot this season without Newhart.[9]
142 22 "Happy Trails to You" Michael Zinberg and Peter Bonerz Glen Charles & Les Charles and Lloyd Garver April 1, 1978 (1978-04-01) 7075
In the series finale, Bob prepares to leave Chicago for a teaching job at a college in Oregon.


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