Coin of Destiny -
On episode No. 616 "The Coin of Destiny" of the
sitcom MAD ABOUT YOU/NBC/1992-99 filmmaker Paul
Buchman (Paul Reiser) and his wife, Jamie (Helen
Hunt) begin to use a coin (a quarter) to make
common decisions like what restaurant to go to
or whether or not to eat muffins of breadsticks.
After a series of good fortune follows each use
of the coin, Paul, Jamie and the new producers
of "Hard Edition," Lou Bonapart (Larry Miller)
are convinced that they possess the "Coin of
Soon friends and strangers alike are asking the
coin for advice. Unfortunately, Jamie loses the
magical coin when she accidentally inserts it
into a washing machine while doing the laundry.
In the meantime, a bogus coin used in place of
the original guided people to lose money
gambling, get food poisoning and have an
accident in a minivan.
When the Coin of Destiny was retrieved (along
with 5,000 other quarters) the magic had
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