Murphy Brown: Season 9 (1996 - 1997)

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Air date: Sep 16, 1996

As the ninth season of Murphy Brown gets under way, the staff of "FYI" is still adjusting to the loss of longtime producer Miles Silverberg. Network president Stan Lansing (Garry Marshall) wants to install his "little weasel" nephew Andrew (Paul Reubens) in the producer's chair, but Murphy Brown (Candice Bergen) and her colleagues angrily reject this idea out of hand. Lansing's second choice is former game show producer Kay Carter-Shepley (Lily Tomlin in her first series appearance)--a tough customer indeed, and one who may well prove to be Murphy's match in every way.

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Air date: Sep 23, 1996

Murphy (Candice Bergen) is determined to prove once and for all that she, and NOT new producer Kay Carter-Shepley (Lily Tomlin), holds the real power in the "FYI" newsroom. Unfortunately for Murphy, her colleagues begin gravitating to Kay as she passes out choice reporting assignments. At this point, it is obvious that showdown is inevitable--but for all her resources, Murphy isn't quite prepared for the diabolically clever technique which Kay utilizes upon her!

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Air date: Sep 30, 1996

Frank (Joe Regalbuto) manages to mount a stage production of his autobiographical play, but it is Murphy who is placed in charge of the show when Frank is forced to go out of town. Under normal circumstances, Murphy's autocratic nature would run roughshod over the proceedings, but she promises to maintain a strict "hands-off" policy as the rehearsals proceed. All this changes, however, when at the very last minute the play's director makes a VERY radical cast change!

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Air date: Oct 7, 1996

Shelly Long returns as the insufferably perky daytime talkshow host Dottie Wilcox. Though there's no love lost between Dottie and Murphy (Candice Bergen), that doesn't stop Dottie from inviting Murphy's son Avery (now played by Jackson Buckley, replacing Dyllan Christopher) to her own son's birthday party. The situation takes a bizarre twist when Murphy unearths some unsavory facts about Dottie's "outside" business ventures (This episode was clearly inspired by a then-current contretemps involving Dottie Wilcox's real-life counterpart, a woman with three names who used to do a TV show with a guy named Regis).

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Air date: Oct 14, 1996

Murphy (Candice Bergen) decides to convert part of her townhouse bedroom into an office--a move that not only proves to be an architectural atrocity, but may well be against the law. Though Jim (Charles Kimbrough) warns Murphy that she will need a permit to proceed with her new office, she blithely ignores him until it's too late. The problem now is to wangle a permit from her much-despised neighbor Old Man Swenson (welcome back, Tom Poston).

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Air date: Oct 21, 1996

Now that Phil has passed away, the ownership of the Bullpen, the "FYI" gang's favorite waterhole, passes to Phil's widow Phyllis (Dena Dietrich). When she puts the bar up for sale, the "FYI"-ers decide to take over the place, hoping to preserve its nostalgic ambience while making a few--er--improvements. But they haven't reckoned with another player--namely, Phil's somewhat addlepated son Phil Jr. (Pat Finn). Radio host Larry King and former vice presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro) appear as themselves.

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Air date: Oct 28, 1996

Because of Kay's new restrictive office rules, Corky (Faith Ford) is unable to visit her husband Miles in New York. Hoping to get even with Kay (Lily Tomlin) for cancelling her expense account, Murphy (Candice Bergen) arranges a secret rendezvous for Miles and Corky. This bit of subterfuge works out to Murphy's advantage--but Corky is not so lucky.

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Air date: Nov 4, 1996

Murphy's past comes back to bite her as the "FYI" crew prepares to cover the 1996 Presidential election. A support group consisting of all of Murphy's former secretaries--led by Secretary #2, aka Robert (Charley Lang, who was fired in the very first episode--breaks into the studio to hold their ex-boss hostage. Now Murphy must plead her case before 86 different people (some of them VERY different) who would just as soon see her sleeping with the fishes. (The official cast list for this episode identifies several of the former secretaries by their now-famous character flaws: the "mimicker", the "slow speaker", the "Hitler", the "wrestler," and on into the night!)

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Air date: Nov 11, 1996

With Miller Redfield's "Q" ratings in the toilet, Murphy (Candice Bergen) at last sees a chance to get rid of her hated co-anchor. Her plan involves handing Miller (Christopher Rich) over to her incompetent former agent Steve (Chris Elliott), knowing that Steve will try to use the "underdog" plan to get Miller a raise--a plan that always failed spectacularly for Murphy. Miracle of miracles, the scheme works--but it still manages to backfire on our conniving heroine.

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Air date: Nov 18, 1996

Frank (Joe Regalbuto) finally thinks he's found "the one" when his new girl friend Dana (Julie Hagerty) wins the approval of Murphy (Candice Bergen). Unfortunately, neither Frank nor Murphy are fully aware of a few minor secrets in Dana's past. This situation will soon be remedied (if that is indeed the word) in the course of a harrowing evening wherein Frank meets Dana's delinquent son Danny (played by future ER regular Erik Palladino), her menagerie of fecund farm animals, and her escaped-convict husband!

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Critic Reviews for Murphy Brown Season 9

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The comedy needs more of a confrontational focus.

Jan 26, 2018 | Full Review…

Tomlin's Kay is maternal and endearingly frumpy.

Jan 25, 2018 | Full Review…

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