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In this pilot for a possible spin-off series based on the movie of the same name, we pick up where the movie left off, with Howard Bannister and Judy Maxwell on the plane headed back to Ames, Iowa. They are looking forward to their life together, but once they arrive at Howard's house, they are met by his fiancée, Claudia, a determined, if somewhat dowdy, woman, who has decided to do anything she can to hold onto Howard. Since Judy is equally determined to hang on to Howard, a battle of wills ensues, with hilarious results. Written by dwr246

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Judy Maxwell: [disguised as a delivery boy from a Chinese restaurant] And now is time for fortune cookie.
Claudia: [incredulously] At the beginning of the meal?
Judy Maxwell: That's right.
[breaks open a cookie and pretends to read fortune]
Judy Maxwell: Get ready for big surprise because we -
[gesturing to Howard]
Judy Maxwell: he and I - are in love!
Claudia: Oh my God! A gay Chinese!
[faints]
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Follows What's Up, Doc? (1972) See more »

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I can just barely recall this failed TV pilot...
24 July 2005 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

ABC-TV tried turning the hit 1972 comedy "What's Up, Doc?" into a 30-minute TV sitcom, but only the pilot was ever shown (or, in fact, filmed). If I recall, it was aired on a Friday or Saturday night at 8pm. It featured none of the star-power which infused the movie, however Barry Van Dyke acquitted himself admirably in Ryan O'Neal's role of Howard Bannister. The action begins with Howard and Judy in the airplane above Iowa, pretty much where the movie left off, but instead of bringing Eunice Burns back, it turns out Howard has yet another old-flame to complicate matters for new-flame Judy. Great pains were taken to match the costumes and character attributes to the movie version, but the script was lacking. It was filmed on interesting locations (or maybe a studio backlot) with a laugh-track, but apparently no one had any faith in this forgotten attempt at TV screwball--and the negative must now be a dusty relic somewhere in a bin in Hollywood. Too bad for Barry, he gave it a honorable try...


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