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The 19 Most Important "Martin" Episodes, Ranked

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19. "I've Got Work To Do,' Season 3, Episode 3

Date aired: September 15, 1994

Plot: After escaping from a cult, Martin goes to the unemployment office to try and find gainful employment. Nothing works out, of course.

It's so important because: The colorful cast of characters make this show memorable. Especially Angry Man.

18. "Baby, It's You," Season 2, Episode 5

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Date aired: September 19, 1993

Plot: Martin gets stuck hosting a baby shower while Pam and Gina get stuck trying to get a song-obsessed mechanic to fix their car.

So important because: It gave us Elroy, the singing mechanic who had the same line from a song stuck in his head for years. It's still stuck in ours to this day. Don't you know no gooooood!

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17. "Got To Be There," Season 2, Episode 3

Date aired: September 5, 1993

Plot: While Gina is away at a business conference, Cole convinces Martin that she's actually having a romantic rendezvous with another man.

It's so important because: There's a fantastic scene where the handyman (who Martin mistook for Gina's mythical lover) is trying to leave the room but can't, so Martin improvises an ass-whooping complete with roundhouses. The handyman can barely keep from losing it.

16. "To Kill A Talking Bird," Season 2, Episode 9

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Date aired: October 17, 1993

Plot: Martin's mama's hateful bird, Ruby, dies while in Gina's care. Hilarity ensues.

It's so important because: It had us all yelling "my mama bird!"

15. "Forever Sheneneh," Season 1, Episode 6

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Date aired: October 1, 1992

Plot: Sheneneh plans a romantic date with Kid of the rap group Kid 'n Play after winning a date with him on Martin's radio show.

It's so important because: Watching Sheneneh put the moves on the man of her dreams was pure poetry. She's a laaaaaaaaaady.

14. "Control," Season 2, Episode 7

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Date aired: October 3, 1993

Plot: After Gina loses Martin's tickets to a Piston's game, she agrees to work in Sheneneh's shop for a day to replace them.

It's so important because: Sheneneh's shade is one of the best parts of the series, and there's plenty of it in this episode. Also the pedicure that Sheneneh gives Myra? Outrageous!

13. Hollywood Swingin' (Parts 1 & 2), Season 2, Episodes 11 & 12

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Date aired: November 7 & 14, 1993

Plot: After interviewing popular talk show host Varnell Hill, Martin rounds up everyone and heads to Hollywood where he intends to land to show of his own.

It's so important because: Varnell Hill singing his theme song is amazing and rivaled only by Martin crashing Jodeci's performance on stage, giving us classic lines like "Me and Jodeci think you cheatin' on us."

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12. "The Tooth Will Set You Free," Season 4, Episode 23

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Date aired: March 28, 1996

Plot: Pam begins to act like Martin after being hypnotized at her dentist's office.

It's so important because: Tichina Arnold, who played Pam, absolutely killed her impression of Martin. Stompin' with the big dawgs!

11. "DMV Blues," Season 4, Episode 25

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Date aired: April 25, 1996

Plot: Martin has to spend the day at the DMV after his insurance is cancelled.

It's so important because: The people at the DMV with Martin really make this episode, like the "you so almondy" guy. And the fight with Ms. Gerri was legendary.

10. "Do You Remember The Time?" Season 2, Episode 1

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Date aired: August 22, 1993

Plot: Martin and the gang tell their very different stories of the first time Martin and Gina met.

It's so important because: Seeing everyone's version of their meeting was a gut-buster, and Martin's 70s pimp voice was unparalleled.

9. "Checks, Lies, & Videotape," Season 1, Episode 27

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Date aired: May 13, 1993

Plot: Martin and Gina team up to catch the sneaky Rev. Leon Lonnie Love, pilfering from his congregation.

It's so important because: David Alan Grier is amazing as Leon Lonnie Love, and his church entrance is definitely one of the most important moments in the series.

8. "Really, Gina Is Not My Lover," Season 2, Episode 2

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Date aired: August 22, 1993

Plot: Martin tries to glam Gina up to impress Ricky Fontaine ('Pretty Ricky' what they call him) at his high school reunion, but a botched dental procedure and an allergic reaction leaves her looking a little rough.

It's so important because: Tisha Campbell should have gotten an Emmy for her performance at the reunion, and Martin has us all saying "Pretty Ricky what they call him" to this very day.

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7. "C.R.E.A.M.," Season 3, Episode 22

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Date aired: April 6, 1995

Plot: Martin and Stan invest in a restaurant, which fails hard. And quickly.

It's so important because: RENT 'EM SPOONS!!!!

6. "Guard Your Grill," Season 2, Episode 21

Date aired: February 27, 1994

Plot: Martin gets roped into fighting Tommy "Hitman" Hearns at a charity boxing event. It goes well...until it doesn't.

It's so important because: Martin's head at the end of the episode. Forever hilarious.

5. "Blow, Baby, Blow," Season 4, Episode 4

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Date aired: September 25, 1995

Plot: Gina and Pam find themselves in hilarious competition when the Notorious B.I.G. comes to town to find a new background vocalist.

It's so important because: The entire dueling performance between Pam and Gina is classic itself, but the icing on the cake is when Pam comes galloping in to meet Biggie for the first time.

4. "No Justice, No Peace," Season 2, Episode 16

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Date aired: January 4, 1994

Plot: Martin goes to court to fight a parking ticket and, acting as his own lawyer, cross examines his friends. Hilarity ensues.

It's so important because: This is the episode that gave us the pocket knife and "G.T.D (got the draws)!"

3. "Headin' For Trouble," Season 4, Episode 12

Date aired: December 10, 1995

Plot: Gina has a big presentation to give at work but has to do it with a brass headboard stuck around her neck after a wild night with Martin.

It's so important because: This episode showcases Tisha Campbell's comedic chops better than most episodes in the series. That scene when she vogues in the living room? Classic!

2. "Suspicious Minds," Season 2, Episode 17

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Date aired: January 16, 1994

Plot: After someone stole Martin's brand new portable CD player (which, on the show in 1994, cost $400), he launches an investigation to find out which of his friends did it.

So important because: This episode gave us one of the most classic scenes in the show's history: everyone dressed in black at Martin's house while Martin drags around a stuffed rottweiler and pretends to be Nino Brown. The cast could barely keep it together—look at Tommy trying to keep a straight face in that GIF!

1. "A Romantic Weekend," Season 3, Episode 24

Date aired: April 27, 1995

Plot: After Gina, jealous of Pam and Tommy's romantic getaway, sulks that Martin never takes her anywhere, he arranges a trip for the two of them to Chilligan's Island, a resort in ruin. They run into Pam and Tommy there and they join forces to fight the puppy monster thing that attacks them in Martin's room.

It's so important because: The fight scene with the puppy monster thing is one of the most important moments in all of television history. Watching Pam and Martin put aside their hatred of each other to whoop that thing's ass was inspirational.

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