A sitcom scriptwriter, who's suffering from writer's block, discovers that his house plant has miraculously gained sentience and a funny bone after being left in front of a TV while old sitcoms were playing. The plant ghostwrites for him.




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Episode cast overview:
Billy Burliss
Mr. Marvin
Dick Castel
Woman Actor
Alan Solomon ...
Richard Chudnow ...
Castel's Assistant
Jeremy Iacone ...
Italian Man
Alec Murdock ...
Man #2
Caroline Parton ...
Charlene Nelson ...
Production Assistant
Jim Nelson ...
2nd Assistant
Personal Secretary (as Jean Pflieger)
Secretary #1


Struggling sitcom writer Billy Burliss is suddenly the toast of television, thanks to the typing tendrils of his script-writing spider plant, Lucy - which is fed only by the rays of a black-and-white TV set. Written by Anonymous

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2 February 1987 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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"I love Lucy"....well, at least HE does.
24 June 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Robert Townsend stars as Billy, a young guy who wants to be a screenwriter. However, he's finding it hard to break into the business. Finally, he gets a small chance--small because he has to complete a script in one evening!! He tries but fails and yet the next day, he finds a wonderful script sitting by his typewriter! Later, he discovers that his spider plant is typing it...seriously. The idea is ludicrous AND a bit of a rip-off of "Little Shop of Horrors"...without all the horrors! The bottom line is that this episode is cute...if you are 12 or younger. Otherwise, it's actually pretty embarrassing to watch a very talented guy like Townsend wasting his time with a script that comes off like a bad 60s sit-com, such as "My Mother the Car" or "Mr. Ed" when it comes to ludicrous ideas!

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