Norm convinces Sam to install a satellite dish at Cheers. Carla finds a cheap, used dish, however it does not come installed. Despite not knowing how to do it, Sam and Woody tackle the installation task. During their work, Sam and Woody have a philosophical chat as, while they think of satellites, ponder the meaning of the universe. Meanwhile, Cliff has submitted a joke to The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) hopefully for Johnny Carson to use in his opening monologue on Doc's birthday. The joke: "Today is Doc Severinsen's birthday. You know, Doc is so old, when he was a kid, he never blew out candles on his birthday cake. They didn't have fire yet." It is obviously rejected by NBC. However Norm doctors the rejection letter to make it look like an acceptance letter, since Cliff is feeling so down. When Cliff reads the letter, he's elated, so much so, he buys three round trip tickets to Los Angeles, planning to watch Johnny's show live when his joke should be used. The three ... Written by
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The Tonight Show scene was filmed after a real taping of the show. The audience was asked to stay for an extra half-hour. It took director James Burrows
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[in the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson audience
Hey-ya, Cliff Clavin. I'm from Boston. I wrote tonight's monologue.
Really? Then you know Johnny.
Well, does anybody *really* know Johnny?
Hooray for Hollywood
Music by Richard A. Whiting See more