WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)
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A Date with Jennifer 

Les wins the Silver Sow award! WKRP will pay for Les & a date to go to the awards banquet...but he has no date until Jennifer agrees to go with him. Herb, being jealous, convinces a ... See full summary »

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Les wins the Silver Sow award! WKRP will pay for Les & a date to go to the awards banquet...but he has no date until Jennifer agrees to go with him. Herb, being jealous, convinces a memo-happy Carlson to outlaw co-worker dating. But Les, wearing a toupee, stands up to Carlson and gets him to revoke the memo. Written by Jersey73

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This is the first episode to show the tape on the floor to represent the imaginary walls of Les' office. See more »

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Herbert 'Herb' Tarlek: [Showing Les how to ask Jennifer for a date] This is how you do it: What do you say, beautiful, you and me getting it together tonight. You only go around once in life, so why not grab a little gusto?
Jennifer Elizabeth Marlowe: I don't like "little" gustos, Herb.
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References Super Fly (1972) See more »

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Shakedown Street
Written by Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter
Performed by Grateful Dead
Played by Johnny Fever in the cold opening after Les Nessman's newscast.
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Les is more.
25 August 2011 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Les, five-time winner of the Buckeye News Hawk Award which technically makes him an "Award-winning journalist" also adds the Silver Sow to his award shelf. He maintains a distinguished record as one of the best journalists in the United States when it comes to agricultural issues whilst being generally clueless when it comes to everything else.

The Big Guy, always reaching for relevance in lieu of past authority now held by innovative program director Travis, is on a kick writing memos setting arbitrary edicts. Having heard that Les had won an award he exercises his authority in paying for Les to take a date to the award banquet.

Les manages to get Jennifer to agree to go with him to the banquet more because Tarlek is there and she wants him to clue in that she isn't interested in him and never will be. A jealous Tarlek manipulates the Big Guy into writing a memo restricting employee dating in order to deny Les the pleasure of Jennifer's company. It is up to Les to stand up for himself if he is to enjoy his big night the way he has planned it.

This is one of those episodes now adversely effected by the fact that the original music of the show has been changed. Seeing Les get ready for his date by donning a navy blazer, ascot and an utterly absurd toupee that he strenuously pulls on to his head with "Hot-Blooded" by Foreigner - one of the most craven booty-calls in the history of Rock N' Roll playing on the speaker in the bullpen was among the funniest moments of the series. The way he did it seemed to fit with the music but still look lovably ridiculous.

That moment which captures whatever Rock N' Roll bravado there is in Les is diminished by the change. Along with his cringe-inducing narration of the turkey bombing in "Turkeys Away" Season 1, Episode 7 it did a lot to get the character over with audiences. As it turns out Les is more.

This was the first episode to feature the bullpen i.e. the office common area where Bailey, Les and Tarlek work. The largest room in the station, it doubled as kind of a staff room for the jocks to use though Fever still prefers to nap on the couch in Travis's office.

The theme of memos and getting staff to pay for their own coffee was a pet peeve of disc jockeys in the 1960s. A lot of the very best DJs in Top 40 rock walked out of their jobs due to dress codes and petty rules imposed upon them at their stations in that era. The theme is also familiar to sports fans in Cincinnati familiar with the skinflint habits of Reds owner Marge Schott.


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