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Series regulars or semi-regulars in 'Busting Loose' from 1970-1982:



1970-1982 Episode Guide for 'Busting Loose':


(Episodes with dates prior to 1970 aired as reruns.)

January 17, 1977: Pilot
Season 1, episode 1
W: Mark Rothman, Lowell Ganz   D: Bill Persky

With Elyssa Davalos.
A new situation comedy about a 23-year-old boy who is beginning life on his own in a rundown New York City apartment. In the first episode, Lenny Markowitz can't believe that his next door neighbor is a call girl.

January 24, 1977: Five's A Crowd
Season 1, episode 2
W: Barry Rubinowitz   D: Howard Storm

With Annie Potts (Helene), Deborah White (Debbie).
Lenny lines up a girl he has met in a singles bar for dinner with his parents, but walks in the door to discover that he has two dates for the evening.

February 7, 1977: The Harder They Come, The Bigger They Fall
Season 1, episode 3
W: Greg Antonacci   D: James Burrows

With Ben Davidson.
An intimidating delivery man makes life miserable for Lenny at the shoe store by threatening to beat him up.

February 14, 1977: Still Nutsy After All These Years
Season 1, episode 4
W: David W. Duclon, Deborah Leschin   D: James Burrows

Lenny's former fiancee, who broke their engagement, suddenly reappears looking as attractive as ever, and asks him to take her back.

February 21, 1977: Grandpa Markowitz
Season 1, episode 5
W: Mark Rothman, Lowell Ganz   D: Harvey Miller

With Alan Arkin.
Lenny's eccentric 85-year-old grandfather suddenly shows up after 20 years of living with Blackfoot Indians to spring a bizarre surprise on the family.

February 28, 1977: Hell Hath No Fury
Season 1, episode 6
W: Barry Rubinowitz   D: Norm Gray

With Annie Potts (Helene).
Lenny's reunion with an old girlfriend has disastrous results -- he winds up in jail on her charges of breach of promise and assault and battery.

March 7, 1977: Love's Labor Lost
Season 1, episode 7
W: Joe Glauberg   D: Asaad Kelada

Lenny is determined to date a girl whose father disapproves of him.

March 14, 1977: Kiss And Dwell
Season 1, episode 8
W: Deborah Leschin   D: Tony Mordente

Lenny lands two hard-to-get tickets to a prestigious sportscaster's dinner, but can't decide on a special girl to take.

March 21, 1977: A Nut At The Opera
Season 1, episode 9
W: Greg Antonacci   D: Tony Mordente

With Peggy Rea (Gertrude), Mavis Neal Palmer (Florence).
Lenny's plan to pick up some extra cash by working as a weekend escort for Melody's employer develops into a comedy of errors.

March 28, 1977: House Of Noodles
Season 1, episode 10
W: Babaloo Mandel   D: Tony Mordente

With Jack Soo (Hoo Fat).
Lenny finds his friendship with Raymond put to the test when Raymond demands a raise from their shoe-store boss and quits when he doesn't get it.

April 11, 1977: Together Again
Season 1, episode 11
W: Greg Antonacci   D: James Burrows

Lenny's swinging existence comes to a standstill when his parents separate and his father spends every evening with him.

April 25, 1977: The Famous Announcer's School
Season 1, episode 12
W: Chet Dowling, Sandy Krinski   D: Tony Mordente

With Eddie Bracken.
Eddie Bracken guests stars as a disc jockey operating a fraudulent school for announcers in which Lenny is enrolled.





September 28, 1977: Smoke Gets In Your Face
Season 2, episode 1
W: Barry Rubinowitz   D: James Burrows

Season premiere. Lenny does a slow burn when his apartment goes up in flames, as he is convinced that his careless buddies caused the blaze.

October 5, 1977: Foiled Again
Season 2, episode 2
W: Greg Antonacci   D: Alan Myerson

With Louise Williams.
Vinnie challenges Lenny to a duel when he finds his girl and his friend are going out together.

October 12, 1977: Roomies
Season 2, episode 3
W: Babaloo Mandel   D: Mel Ferber

Lenny tries to live up to a childhood pledge to help his buddies, and tells them about a vacancy in his building. He soon is dismayed to learn he has roommates who don't want to leave.

October 19, 1977: A Knight In Tarnished Armor
Season 2, episode 4
W: Babaloo Mandel   D: Norm Gray

With Dorothy Butts (Mrs. St. Williams).
Lenny, in an effort to impress Jackie, agrees to let Raymond set up a fixed fight.

November 2, 1977: The Decision (1)
Season 2, episode 6
W: David W. Duclon   D: John Thomas Lenox

With Kim Lankford (Sharon), Rick Podell (Damion), Colleen Minahan (Adelaide).
Lenny enlists the aid of his pals Vinnie, Lester and Woody in making an important romantic decision.

November 9, 1977: The Decision (2)
Season 2, episode 7
W: Howard Gewirtz, David Lerner   D: John Thomas Lenox

With Kim Lankford (Sharon).
Lenny becomes depressed following a quarrel with his girlfriend, but is lifted from his doldrums by a wild birthday blast held by his buddies at a swinging singles bar.

November 16, 1977: All In Love's Unfair
Season 2, episode 8
W: Greg Antonacci   D: Joel Zwick

With Annie Potts (Helene).
The first time Vinnie meets the hostile Helene, they strike sparks -- she punches him and he tosses her in the closet. (Last show of the series.)


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