Gag writer Jerry Burton, about to be fired by his famous-comedian boss Danny Baker, wants to become a star comic himself; and invalid Sandy Larson meets her prison-bound pen pal Mike Banning face to face for the first time.




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Episode cast overview:
Mr. Roarke (as Ricardo Montalbán)
Danny Baker
Jerry Burton
Mary Margaret Doyle
Mike Banning
Sandy Larson
Marshall Victor Grennan
Freddy Weller ...
Joan Roberts ...
Linda Larson
Don Davis ...
One Man Band
Ed Ruffalo ...
Richard Styles ...
Airplane Co-pilot
A.J. Blake ...


A guy who writes the material for a famous comedian wants to be one himself but has a little stage fright and his boss doesn't like competition. A woman bound to a wheelchair has a pen pal who is a convict but when he stops writing she becomes despondent and would like to hear from him again. And when the man is being transported by plane, the plane develops mechanical trouble and lands on the island. The Marshall in charge of the man, is told by Roarke to uncuff him which he begrudgingly does. So the two pen pals meet. Written by

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Release Date:

5 May 1979 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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A Gopher and an ape
26 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I would have to call this episode a very weak one, as neither story had any "bite" to it, and both were of the fluffy variety. The familiar faces include Toni Tennille, Fred Grandy, Jack Carter, Pat Klous, Michael Parks, and Freddy Weller starring as himself, although I never heard of him; an interesting tidbit has him singing a song called, you guessed it, "Fantasy Island", which is pretty cheesy. Right off the bat, I didn't sense any chemistry between Tennille and Parks, and had a hard time believing they were pen pals, or that they even cared that much about one another. Grandy was pretty good in his role, and you can tell he can actually "act", but his story contained an element that I don't particularly care for, and that's when one's fantasy mixes with another's, such as Klous' character. Their chemistry was better than the pair I mentioned above, but still not enough for me to recommend this episode. The only entertainment I had was when Tattoo imitated Liberace and Bing Crosby, and the latter imitation had a small ape involved, while holding a small radio or stereo.

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