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1979

15 Jan. 1979
Mama's Review
Momma comes to the station for her quarterly review for the first time since WKRP changed formats. When Momma shows up, heads usually roll! Momma, Mr. Carlson, and Andy review the different events that occurred during the first 8 episodes using significant flashback footage.
 
22 Jan. 1979
A Date with Jennifer
Les wins the Silver Sow award! WKRP will pay for Les & a date to go to the awards banquet...but he has no date until Jennifer agrees to go with him. Herb, being jealous, convinces a memo-happy Carlson to outlaw co-worker dating. But Les, wearing a toupee, stands up to Carlson and gets him to revoke the memo.
 
29 Jan. 1979
The Contest Nobody Could Win
When Johnny misreads a contest prize as $5,000 instead of $50, Andy & Venus try to make the contest unwinnable by slicing short parts of songs together. Unfortunately someone still wins. Herb convinces Carlson that it is the "dungaree" generation sabotaging the "suits" generation and pushes Carlson to the brink of firing Andy, Venus & Johnny. However, it is Johnny to the rescue when Les & Herb accidentally give the prize money to the wrong person.
 
5 Feb. 1979
Tornado
A tornado is striking Cincinnati! Les' warning system didn't work cause Herb unplugged it...and Les' disaster file is "What to do if the Communists attack Cincinnati!" Meanwhile, a group of Japanese radio executives arrive for a tour of WKRP, but a mix-up has them with a Spanish translator instead. Johnny gets drunk due to fear of tornadoes, Andy gets injured, and Mr. Carlson talks a scared child through the storm.
 
19 Feb. 1979
Goodbye Johnny
Johnny gets a job offer and a chance to return to the Los Angeles radio market (the place of his greatest success.) The staff of WKRP try to trick Fever into staying by showing how much they mean to him. But Johnny goes anyway.
 
26 Feb. 1979
Johnny Comes Back
With Johnny gone, Andy finds a replacement for the morning shift in Doug Winner. Meanwhile, Johnny returns after getting quickly fired in L.A. for saying something obscene on the radio. Johnny and Andy discover that Doug is taking Payola in the form of cocaine from a record promoter. The Doctor gets his morning shift back!
 
5 Mar. 1979
Never Leave Me, Lucille
Herb's wife Lucille finally kicks him out...and Johnny gets stuck taking in Herb. Herb views the break-up as an opportunity to start dating other women and enjoying single life. The gang works hard to show Herb that the single life is not all it's cracked up to be.
 
12 Mar. 1979
I Want to Keep My Baby
A young mother, with no money, no friends, and nowhere to turn, leaves her baby for Johnny at the station.
 
26 Mar. 1979
Commercial Break
The biggest account in years just signed with WKRP..."Ferryman's Funerals". The staff creates a jingle and runs commercials for the $600/day account. However, Carlson has second thoughts about selling upbeat commercial time to a company trying to sell funeral services to young rock music fans.
 
2 Apr. 1979
Who Is Gordon Sims?
Venus is forced to confess his real name, and the fact that he is wanted for desertion from the Army.
 
23 Apr. 1979
I Do, I Do... for Now
T.J. Watson, a wannabe country music star and former childhood friend of Jennifer shows up at WKRP. Jennifer is nervous that he is trying to collect on a joking pledge for her to marry him. Jennifer claims to already by married to Johnny. In reality, T.J. is hoping Jennifer can help him get his big break in the music business.
 
30 Apr. 1979
Young Master Carlson
Mr. Carlson's son disappears from Prussian Valley Military Academy. When he turns up at the station with Momma Carlson, he is put to work at the station. He promptly gets into trouble while seemingly trying to get the attention of his parents.
 
28 May 1979
Fish Story
In an episode hated by creator Hugh Wilson, but loved by the fans, we see a day in the life of WKRP. Johnny and Venus are participating in a "Drinking and Response Time" on-air promotion. Mr. Carlson & Andy are being interviewed for a newspaper about the changes at the station. The lobby is being painted by a lazy and slow painter. And Herb, dressed like a Karp (WKRP) gets into a fight with a guy dressed like a Pig (WPIG) in a college bathroom and gets arrested with Bailey and Les.
 
4 Jun. 1979
Preacher
The Rev. Little Ed Pembrook's Sunday morning religious show is creating problems with the religious community. It seems the Rev (a former wrestler) is selling all sorts of religious oriented merchandise. Even though everyone at WKRP is frightened of him, Andy & Carlson finally get him to move his show to 6AM on Sundays, shorten it, and stop selling stuff. How'd they do it? They threatened to call the IRS.
 
17 Sep. 1979
For Love or Money: Part 1
When Johnny's old live-in girlfriend Buffy from California shows up in Cincinnati, he thinks she's trying to rekindle their romance. Johnny borrows Jennifer's apartment to impress her, only to discover that she is suing him for palimony.
 
24 Sep. 1979
For Love or Money: Part 2
Johnny, still freaking' out from Buffy's proposed lawsuit, elicits help from the WKRP gang. They all arrive at Jennifer's apartment, including Bailey who Johnny stood-up for their date, to offer help. Buffy returns announcing that she's not suing him, but will poison herself...or Johnny.
 
15 Oct. 1979
Baseball
Les, while never being able to participate in sports as a child, has dreams of greatness on the baseball diamond. He accepts a challenge from rival station WPIG for WKRP to play them in a softball game. Rivalries and hatred between the two stations rear their ugly heads.
 
22 Oct. 1979
Bad Risk
Herb gets a side job selling insurance for a fly-by-night company. This means he will harass every WKRP employee into buying insurance. His first victim is Les who buys more insurance than 6 men would need. However, on the same day he signs the policy, Les is involved in a motor-scooter accident. Herb's dream of making money selling insurance goes out the window.
 
29 Oct. 1979
Jennifer Falls in Love
Jennifer is in love with a blonde haired model of a guy named Steel Hawthorne. The only problem? He is poor. And he also seems interested in her because she has money. Is he treating her the way she treats other men?
 
5 Nov. 1979
Carlson for President
Carlson runs for city council. His only hope for victory is a bit of gossip he finds out about the incumbent's drinking problem and poor attendance at council meetings. Against the wishes of Bailey, Carlson lets the information slip during a televised debate.
 
12 Nov. 1979
Mike Fright
When a garbage strike hits Cincinnati, Johnny jokingly tells the listeners to drop their garbage off on the steps of city hall. Hundreds of listeners do what he says and the city is threatening to sue. Johnny is told to apologize on-air, but he develops "mike fright" after seeing the power of his words.
 
26 Nov. 1979
The Patter of Little Feet
Arthur's wife Carmen believes that she may be pregnant, causing Carlson (Gordon Jump) to consider whether or not he is ready for another child at his age.
 
3 Dec. 1979
Baby, If You've Ever Wondered
When the station's ratings fail to improve to Andy's expectations, he wonders if he is accomplishing anything with the screwy staff.
 
10 Dec. 1979
Bailey's Big Break
Les is forced to hire another newsman to relieve him of some of his broadcasts. A protesting Les doesn't want anyone, especially when Andy thinks it should be Bailey.
 
17 Dec. 1979
Jennifer's Home for Christmas
Christmas is coming up and everyone at the station is anxious to leave and start their holiday plans...everyone, except for Jennifer. Jennifer seems as if she has no holiday plans and is dismayed that the rest of the staff don't want to celebrate Christmas as a family. The gang joins together to give Jennifer a warm Christmas.
 
24 Dec. 1979
Sparky
Andy tells Les that Arthur hired someone else to do the sports reporting on the radio - the former manager of the Red's baseball team, Sparky Anderson, who is a hero to Arthur. When Sparky is a disaster on the radio, Arthur has to fire him.
 
31 Dec. 1979
God Talks to Johnny
Johnny wakes in the middle of the night and thinks he hears someone. He determines it is God speaking to him. His performance on the radio in the morning is changed because he is touched by God, and he wants to spread the word to everyone.
 

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