Mork & Mindy: Season 1, Episode 17

Mork Goes Erk (8 Feb. 1979)

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Mork decides to leave the planet. Meanwhile, Susan convinces Mork, Mindy and Mr. Bickley to see a lecherous motivational speaker.



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Cora Hudson (credit only)
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Orson (voice)


Mork decides to leave the planet. Meanwhile, Susan convinces Mork, Mindy and Mr. Bickley to see a lecherous motivational speaker.

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During the ERK meeting with Ellsworth, Mork raises his hand and mistakenly says, "Point of Ellsworth, order!" (instead of "Point of order, Ellsworth!") The phrase "point of order" is used in parliamentary proceedings when a member asks the leader whether a rule has been broken. In American history, the phrase is associated with Communist-hunter Senator Joseph McCarthy, who frequently used it during what are known as the Army-McCarthy Hearings (1954-1955). (See the documentary film Point of Order (1964).) Notwithstanding Mork's unlikely knowledge of the phrase (he certainly doesn't know how to use it), the writers of the show use this as a way of of hinting that Ellsworth might be a tiny bit like McCarthy, who in the aftermath of the Hearings has generally been considered a villain. A further part of the joke is that David Letterman is a Democrat, and thus would have been considered a Communist by McCarthy. See more »


Mindy McConnell: Mork, why are you doing all these strange things?
Mork: To cheer you up.
Mindy McConnell: But I'm not sad.
Mork: Well, you will be after you hear the news that I have to tell you.
Mindy McConnell: What news?
Mork: That I've got orders from Orson. I've been transferred to another planet and I'll never ever see you again.
Mindy McConnell: [sitting down in shock] What?
Mork: [bravely] Well. You've got to look at the good side. You're not losing an alien, you'll... you're gaining an empty room!
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