Focusing on being the best cab driver he can be, Jim breaks company trip sheet records in an effort to amass enough wealth to achieve a special goal which he reveals to his fellow drivers.After Louie places his mother in a nursing home, he realizes that his vision of living without her was not as good as it seemed.Note: This was supposed to be the "Tony Clifton" episode in which he "guest starred" (hence Latka's absence) as Louie's brother, but Clifton was fired from the show and Foronjy was hired instead.Zena Sherman (Rhea Perlman, in her first Taxi appearance) falls for Louie, but Louie doesn't know how to date a nice girl.
After reading the newspaper and seeing another nasty review of a play by powerful critic, John Bowman (John Harkins), Bobby decides to compose a letter attacking Bowman, only to reconsider and throw it in the trash.
Bobby returns from Hollywood to announce that he's gotten a part on a TV pilot.
When the pilot is picked up as a series, his part is recast, but the gang encourages him to return to Hollywood and continue to follow his dream. A snooty hairdresser (Ted Danson) gives Elaine a terrible hairstyle and insults her when she complains.
However, nobody likes his new persona, and Alex tries to convince him to bring the old Latka back. Notes: George Wendt would later go on to play Norm Peterson on Burrows' next series Cheers in 1982.
In 1997, TV Guide ranked this episode #19 on its list of the 100 Greatest Episodes.