"Mork Runs Away" is best described as adorable, a big hug for those who watch it. Okay, before you vomit, just hear me out. Mindy so desires a romantic interest since most of her time has been spent in the house with Mork, her friend. So a beau from the past might just be the re-introduction to a decent love life needed for Mindy so she won't feel so lonely. Mork interrupts this unintentionally (remember, he's still unaccustomed with human behavior and as each episode ends, Mork has learned more about relationships and the human condition) after Mindy's pops calls off their basketball game because of the "coffee passing incident". Mork's description of the trip to his first basketball game produces one laugh after another: this is Williams at his most brilliant. How Mork torpedoes Mindy's date is equally hilarious and sad .Mindy heartbroken and Mork teary-eyed because she was upset just tugs at the heartstrings. I think we can just see that Dawber and Williams were such a treasure together, so when something (in this case an attempt at the potential romance with an old flame going up in flames) comes between and disrupts their kinship, it has emotional resonance. Their hug at the end kind of sums up just what this episode feels like no matter the problem they encounter, at the end they are still together and a vital part of each other's lives. Mork's "preaching" to his new "roommate"--a loony in a flophouse planning to leave for Venus with two imaginary traveling companionsis a treat as he describes how he would convince others to join them on a trip to Venus. Robert Donner, a recognizable television actor and western character actor, is a hoot as the flophouse nut appalled at Mork's accurate description of real Venusians. In a white robe, and sounding off to his imaginary companions, Donner sends up that wacky prophet weirdo often encountered in slums and street corners to the hilt. Seeing Donner and Williams in a long scene together is a comic dynamo. To call Mork and Mindy endearing would be an understatement. Each episode seems to indicate that Mork and Mindy's friendship blossoms with love at its center.
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