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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Nary a Weed in the Bunch!
29 May 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In one of the silliest episodes, it's hard not to root for the main character. He has a good soul and he is talented (we know this because his hilarious script is rejected by the chicken man). Unfortunately, when his break comes along, he is stifled by the demands of time. He calls the producer to tell him that he can't manage, but while on the phone, he sees a fully written, extremely funny script. He brings it in, but now he is seen as the guy who can do an entire episode in 24 hours. But where did that first script come from. It turns out that a variegated spider plant is responsible. She (we are assured it's a she and he names her Lucy) actually covers the portable typewriter, and writes scripts. They begin a kind of cottage industry. Unfortunately, he gets in with the TV crowd and leaves the plant on a window sill. She falls and is picked up by a garbage truck. That would be a sad ending, but I won't spoil it for you.

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