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Season 5 2000

  • 2000-06-04T05:00:00+01:00 on HBO
  • 30 mins
  • 5 hours, 44 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Comedy

Comic actor Robert Wuhl, who created and stars, plays Arliss Michaels, a sports super-agent driven by twin motivations of profit and idealism. Arliss is in the race to realize his clients' dreams of stupendous wealth, but he's just as likely to put his reputation (and big bucks) on the line to help a fading player claim his niche in history. As with HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, Arli$$ gets a lot of mileage out of verisimilitude.

14 episodes

5x01 Creatures of Habit

  • Season Premiere

    2000-06-04T05:00:00+01:00 — 28 mins

Arliss buys a rare piece of memorabilia, and sends a client to a hypnotist to help him quit chewing tobacco. When treatment appears to work, Arliss sends Kirby there to quit gambling. Meanwhile, Rita tries to keep an LPGA client from falling off the wagon.

5x02 Making Things Happen

  • 2000-06-11T05:00:00+01:00 — 29 mins

Arliss learns that a good friend and client, who is about to be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, is being charged with domestic abuse. Meanwhile, Rita's activist friend sides with the client's wife.

5x03 I Get Involved

  • 2000-06-18T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

Arliss has to walk the fence when two clients, both teammates, are dating the same girl. Rita plays Cyrano for one of the clients, and a TV reporter shows up to do a ""Where Are They Now?"" segment on Kirby.

5x04 Comings and Goings

  • 2000-06-25T05:00:00+01:00 — 24 mins

Arliss must help a client bury his mother. Meanwhile, Stanley's having a run of bad luck that threatens his chess game, so he goes looking for a ""slumpbuster."" And Kirby comes face-to-face with his own slumpbuster from 18 years ago, and must face the consequences.

5x05 It's Who You Know

  • 2000-07-09T05:00:00+01:00 — 28 mins

Arliss tries to talk the ""pot dealer to the NBA"" out of retiring by offering to get his kid into a fancy private school. Meanwhile, Rita plays a relationship with a physical trainer by ""The Rules.""

5x06 The Value of Honesty

  • 2000-07-16T05:00:00+01:00 — 28 mins

Arliss has an affair with a WNBA coach, but his client (also the coach's star player) wants her fired. Meanwhile, in the aftermath of a wild birthday celebration, Kirby and Rita suspect they may have ""done it.""

5x07 The Sum of the Parts

  • 2000-07-23T05:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

A baseball client needs a kidney, and Arliss tries to convince the player's minor-league brother to donate his. Meanwhile, a soccer client scores a goal for the opposing team, causing him to take refuge at Rita's apartment while Kirby goes into hiding.

5x08 Honoring Our Past

  • 2000-07-30T05:00:00+01:00 — 28 mins

When one of his boxing clients enlists in the Army, Arliss tries to figure out a way to get him out. Meanwhile, Stanley and a native-American tribal chief attempt to get a football team to change its ""offensive"" mascot.

5x09 When Opportunity Knocks

  • 2000-08-06T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

Arliss, Rita and Stanley must deal with Kirby's absence when he leaves the agency to join a fledgling football league run by a flashy TV producer.

5x10 Last Call

  • 2000-08-13T05:00:00+01:00 — 28 mins

Arliss tries to get a dotcom millionaire team owner to re-sign an aging broadcaster who may be losing his touch. Rita ghostwrites a column for Arliss, and Kirby helps discipline Stanley's unruly dog.

5x11 A Breed Apart

  • 2000-08-20T05:00:00+01:00 — 26 mins

Arliss pursues popular mascot Reggie the Rooster, using a fundraiser Stanley has organized for another mascot, who was injured in the line of duty. Rita takes up boxing after a series of obscene phone calls.

5x12 Where There's a Will

  • 2000-08-27T05:00:00+01:00 — 24 mins

Arliss is named executor of a superstar jockey's will, which leaves everything to his wife - but he had two wives. Kirby discovers that his former coach is now homeless.

5x13 You Can Pick Your Friends...

  • 2000-09-03T05:00:00+01:00 — 25 mins

Arliss' ne'er-do-well brother Archie uses his name to further a scam. Kirby and Stanley plot their own scam on a stadium concession millionaire. Stanley purposely swallows a ring that turned up in a burger.


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