Mother Carlson hires a radio doctor to evaluate the station and Andy worries when the doctor threatens to write a poor review if the station doesn't buy his services.

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Mother Carlson hires a radio doctor to evaluate the station and Andy worries when the doctor threatens to write a poor review if the station doesn't buy his services.

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30 December 1981 (USA)  »

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When Andy is talking to Norris Breeze in his hotel room, the phone changes from having the back showing, to the side, then to the back again. See more »

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Lillian 'Mama' Carlson: Mr. Travis, you've been a naughty boy, haven't you.
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Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
Written by James Brown
Performed by James Brown
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Lost In The Shuffle of Turkeys Away
8 October 2013 | by See all my reviews

In this episode, Momma Carlson sends an adviser to WKRP to get his rundown of the studio. Turns out the fellow is an old friend of Andy's, who, if memory serves, wants Andy to do a radio favor or something for him, and Andy refuses. So Andy's only option is to sabotage the rundown.

Funniest bit was, we weren't included in the sabotage, so I've already spoiled the setup. Nevertheless, if you don't know to see it coming when it takes place, it is still delightful to watch unfold.

Even if I described the episode verbatim, when the sabotage begins, it will catch you off-guard.

Often times I wondered how Andy convinced Herb and especially Les to do their gaslighting, and I can only guess he told them their jobs would be in jeopardy if they didn't participate.

All of the others play along very well. Bailey and Venus have two of the best bits, but undeniably, Jennifer is the best one.

Once the adviser reports his findings to Momma Carlson, she listens intently as Andy sits innocently nearby.

When the adviser is finished, she escorts him to the door, thanking him for his work. She turns to Andy and quietly says, "you've been a very naughty boy." She knew she was done in by him. If I'm not mistaken this is the episode when she summons Hirsch to bring her a drink and put it in a peanut butter glass.

"Yes, your majesty." Well into the fourth season, of course this episode now had the show and station's reputation down pat, but while the episode was brilliantly original as was Turkeys Away, perhaps it was too clever and aired in the show's final outing.

Still, always been one of my faves.


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