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8 Jan. 1963
Jack Meets Max Bygraves
Jack's guest is British comedian/singer Max Bygraves. After Jack claims to have discovered Max and introduced him to U.S. audiences, there's a flashback to Jack first seeing Max perform in London. Jack loves Max's performance, but is aghast with Max's dead-on impersonation of Jack.
15 Jan. 1963
Twilight Zone Sketch
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22 Jan. 1963
The Peter Lorre/Joanie Sommers Show
Jack is thrilled to introduce his guest, actor Peter Lorre, who seems very modest and timid - until Jack congratulates him on his ability to personify evil, spurring Lorre to pull a knife from his jacket pocket. Jack has a nightmare involving Lorre, in which Jack visits a new doctor, because the doctor takes coupons and validates parking. Also waiting for the doctor is Lorre, hiding behind a newspaper blaring the headline "Fiendish Murderer Escapes."
5 Feb. 1963
Return to Broadway
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12 Feb. 1963
The Spanish Sketch
Rita Moreno sings and guest stars in a skit about a little Spanish town.
19 Feb. 1963
The Connie Francis Show
The cast do a skit spoofing the songwriting of Stephen Foster.
26 Feb. 1963
Jack Does the U.S.O. Show
Having Martha Tilton as a guest causes him to reminisce about when they worked together with the USO during World War Two, on the island of New Guinea. During the show, Jack performs his stand-up, then starts playing his violin, when the sirens sound and enemy planes start bombing, everyone runs off but jack keeps playing. Eventually two Japanese soldiers, all that's left after a hari-kiri wave, surrender if he'll stop playing.
5 Mar. 1963
The Frankie Avalon Show
Jack attends Frankie Avalon's record session, but constantly interrupts the takes. Eventually, he's given a role in the recording.
12 Mar. 1963
Jack Is Kidnapped
Jack is kidnapped and forced to make a $10,000 withdrawal from the bank.
19 Mar. 1963
Jack Fires Don
Jack fires his announcer, Don Wilson, over a trivial argument.
9 Apr. 1963
Jack Answers Request Letters
For a change of pace, Jack does a plot-less revue instead of a scripted play, by supposedly responding to questions culled from fan mail. The acts include an over the top radio sound effects man, Don and Dennis impersonate Laurel and Hardy repairing a Model T tire, and Jack playing his violin with an eccentric pianist accompanying.
24 Sep. 1963
The Billy Graham Show
Take-off on folk singing craze. Billy Graham asks why comedians use insults for laughs and the gang shows him the reason.
1 Oct. 1963
The Robert Goulet Show
Jack sups at a chichi nightclub where heartthrob crooner Robert Goulet is dining. Will Goulet pilfer Jack's drop-dead gorgeous date or will the sex symbol comic pull women away from Goulet? Two versions are presented. Which one is true?
8 Oct. 1963
Riverboat Sketch
Carol Burnett sings Sweet Georgia Brown. Later, she joins Jack and Don in a riverboat sketch.
15 Oct. 1963
The Tall Cowboy Sketch
Jack's guest is 6'6" Western star Clint Walker, who sings a song and banters with Jack. Jack is insulted when the gigantic Walker snubs Jack's suggestion that he play Clint's brother in a movie. But Jack auditions for the part anyway.
22 Oct. 1963
Johnny Carson Guest
After Don does a man on the street interview that ends badly, Jack brings out Johnny Carson then into his first year as "Tonight" host. Carson displays samples of his various talents, including singing, drum playing and card tricks. He then does an interview with Jack where private thoughts can be heard "Strange Interlude"-style.
29 Oct. 1963
Jack Directs Film
After Jack learns that Jimmy and Gloria Stewart are making a film together, he decides to horn in on the act.
5 Nov. 1963
The Ed Sullivan Show
Ed Sullivan is nervous about doing "His first Dramatic part" on the show, but he gets into the spirit playing an attorney defending a French girl accused of murder. The case seems to be stacked against district attorney Jack when the entire jury are beret-and-smock wearing,baguette-wielding Frenchmen.
19 Nov. 1963
Robinson Crusoe Sketch
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26 Nov. 1963
Jack Takes Boat to Hawaii
Hawaiians are thrilled to sing Aloha to stingy Jack Benny, who gets only 1 lei, while a fellow passenger is covered with them. The romantic atmosphere of the Pacific cruise back to L.A. overwhelms Jack, who envisions a zoftig blonde passenger as Jayne Mansfield. Jayne breathes "You're Just Too Marvelous," to love-struck Jack.
10 Dec. 1963
Three Musketeers Sketch
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24 Dec. 1963
Amateur Show
Jack devotes the entire half-hour to an amateur talent contest - of sorts. George Jessel pays a surprise visit.

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