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Hiller, All Wendy Hiller
In watching many of these Hitchcocks, they run the usual route to the point of absolutely predictable, making even quirky comic book stories seem more compelling.
In this instance, it was all the prim and properness of Hiller and how even she can make a mistake trying to look out for one of her students.
Had she verbally confronted Gloria with her suspicions early on, instead of relying on a letter, she could have explained she saw Gloria while at the book store, where she was buying a book for Gloria.
It's a peculiar commentary on a woman not being allowed about by herself; she must be escorted.
The involvement of Ben was a bit overwhelming, but it delivered the shocked behavior of Hiller at the end. I suppose it also opened up how she couldn't even trust Gloria as well.
Best worth noting was a reference to Gloria as 'p.c.' standing for 'privileged character' and what it means for us today.
Hazel: George's 32nd Cousin (1963)
Hazel Meets Florence Jean Castleberry?
Diane Ladd, the first Flo, not Polly Holliday, the best-known Flo, from Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, then the follow-up show, Alice, appears as the southern cousin who would not leave.
It's up to Hazel to get rid of her.
Partially amusing to think of Oscar nominee Florence Jean Castleberry encountering Oscar Winner Lola from Little Sheba.
At a slight glance, it did seem to be Laura Dern in the role, even down to the hairdo.
Pity they never managed to take things full circle and Shirley Booth appear on Alice, with Holliday or Ladd when she appeared on there as Belle. Then we would have had maid meeting waitress meeting waitress.
Tribal Law Says We Do Not Get Along With Other Tribe
When the chief's son from another tribe is injured, it is up to the cave family to nurse him back to health, but the other tribe thinks they have captured his son.
When Katy and Lok seek to tell the other tribe of the misunderstanding, they are taken captive, but fortunately John Butler has a solution for getting the superstitious tribe to relinquish the prisoners.
In the end, both tribes come to a friendly understanding, just in time to contend with their true threat and the reason for the catapults in the first place.
John Butler's 'summoning' for the angry sky gods is very similar to Race Bannon's native god disguise with the red berry dye in the old Jonny Quest episode.
Ironic both were voiced by Mike Road.
He had a bit more fun here with 'hocus pocus' incantations, as compared to Race's loud yelling.
Tribal Law Says Sacred Rock Must Look Over Water
A tremor causes the sacred rock called the Keeper to fall off its mantle and the cave family freaks out over water. No one can drink until a new head is in place.
The mothers must do kitchen work and make vines for lifting, while the fathers and the teens go adventuring looking for a new rock.
The small kids are to deliver messages to other tribe members.
Finding a perfect stone, John Butler spends a couple of minutes building a pristine wagon to move the massive object, a wagon that floats as well.
All the while they are pursued by a dinosaur Mrs. Butler and Mrs. Caveman build a device for lifting the stone.
"Yes," says Mrs. Butler. "We call this a block and tackle." "Call it what you want," says Mrs. Cavewoman.
Turns out the big giant head is simply to keep a cork in a geyser.
Tribal Law Says Leave Delicious Fruit For Molly
Molly the Brontosaurus wants all the fruit to himself. Greg Butler feels otherwise and takes a basket of the fruit for himself back to the family cave.
Molly smells the fruit and pursues it back to the dwelling.
Molly gets her neck stuck in the cave entrance and the families hurriedly give her the fruit, but her struggle to release her fat neck causes cave ins galore, trapping all within a slowly flooding cave.
John Butler makes an ingenious device of reeds to siphon the water out of the cave. Greg and Tana are small enough to escape the cave, but lo and behold, there's Molly again.
This must have been perhaps the first episode. We are told about John Butler being a science teacher.
Jonny Quest Meets Josie and the Pussycats?
A bit of a crisscross between Jonny Quest's House of Seven Gargoyles episode and Josie and the Pussycats A Green Thumb Is Not a Goldfinger.
And thrown in as well is a sea serpent, as in Loch Ness.
Skip, Augie and April venture into the old estate on the lake and suddenly, inexplicably are pursued by a now-living gargoyle 'statue' lifted completely from the Jonny Quest episode, then likewise fall into a greenhouse, at this time lifted straight from the Josie episode.
The reason for the haunting was the by then established Scooby Doo excuse 'to scare people away'.
It is a bit amusing to see these cartoon ideas recycled from other cartoons tho.
Valentine's Episode Unites Other Stars
A football player (John Amos) romances a schoolteacher Jayne Kennedy).
A man (Don Adams) running a secretarial company intends to tell a woman (Fannie Flagg) he can't get her a male secretary for her cruise, and she mistakes him for the assigned secretary.
A man (Donny Most) is dumped by his unseen girlfriend with a bunny-eared singing telegram (Claudia Lonow).
Most's story has been done in several variations on the show before, perhaps so has the mistaken identity with Flagg and Adams as well.
Same for Amos and Kennedy.
Amazingly, once more, Vicki appears to a minimum in this episode, so that's a plus.
The episode is fun in it's own way for seeing Amos, Kennedy, Most, Adams and Flagg together in a show.
Surprisingly, the three women actually meet up and so do the guys, then briefly pairing up to talk over matters with each other; Lonow with Amos, Most with Flagg, Kennedy with Adams.
For some reason, it was most fun for me seeing Amos, Adams and Most from Good Times, Get Smart and Happy Days. Wonderful shows.
Everybody Loves Raymond Meets Joan Rivers
Obviously I stopped watching Love Boat when Whelan joined up, so many of the episodes with her now watch like some strange nostalgia.
To make matters even more interesting, I just watched this episode with Joan Rivers, Alex Rocco and Doris Roberts and don't recall Julie saying anything at all. She's just easy to overlook, it seems.
Overall, the stories were as trite and clichéd as all get-out.
James Coco and Doris Roberts (seemingly reunited from their St. Elsewhere Emmy win a few years earlier) are the parents of Adam Arkin and their entire bit watches like a prelude to Everybody Loves Raymond. When his parents bicker and want a divorce, it's convenient their son is a divorce lawyer, who manages to bring on the sentiment of their years together to reunite them.
Joan Rivers with Alex Rocco was definitely the worth-the-watch story. How many even remotely dramatic roles did Rivers do? Here she has had a mastectomy and is uneasy about herself after her husband left her. Rocco handles everything with his usual aplomb, failing nowhere. Sad to think of them both gone, but delightful to see them together.
The third story was rather silly with the girl stowing away in Gopher's cabin by chance when Gopher has bought an exercise machine. There are incredibly bad jokes about Gopher making out with this woman while he is working out.
Episode works for practically no Vicki, the Everybody Loves Raymond setup and Rocco & Rivers.
Tho aired in '75, I would not see these programs and hadn't an ever-lovin' clue who Doctor Who was or had been, until 1980 or so, when it aired in the states. So beginning with Robot, to make matters more difficult, Sontaran Experiment and ARk In Space were aired out of sequence, making following the overall story of the Doctor, Harry and Sarah rather confusing.
And 'travelling' with the time ring or bracelet further left me with no idea what a Tardis or police call box might be.
With the first episode, we get endless Nazi comparisons with mutos, Thals and Kaleds.
At the end of this episode we first see Davros and I get my first glimpse of a Dalek. What on Earth? Silliest looking thing I had ever seen.
Likewise, this eccentric Doctor and Harry are taken captive, leaving Sarah Jane at the mercy of the mutos. Good luck, Sarah.
How bad could a sitcom possibly get? Watching an episode each of Car 54, Sgt. Bilko and Gomer Pyle "meeting the Hollywood celebrity" and this is without a doubt horrible beyond words.
Gomer gets off the tour bus to take pictures of the actress' house. The driver agrees, as long as Gomer hurries, so no Lucy and Richard Widmark here.
Gomer runs around the house taking pictures of a potted plant, so out of view, the driver decides to leave him.
Wait! Wait! What'd you expect, you moron? So Gomer WITH A CAMERA meets the actress and takes not one picture of her to prove to the others he met her.
The episode gives way to the usual whining Gomer 'ya gotta believe me. Don't ya believe me?' and Carter yelling back (AFTER believing Pyle).
It's amazingly bad.
You half-wonder why Gomer doesn't turn on the actress when she fails to appear before Carter and co.
"Miss Tracy, you lied to me. How could you do that?" It's astonishing how this show ran.
There's a bit with the platoon in t-shirt and briefs giving a raspberry in the barracks, which I've always remembered and for some reason always thought it was part of Aunt Bea's visit, but nevermind.
It's all just meaningless.
Want to totally shut your brain off and just wonder over a show. Gomer Pyle is it.