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There were three shows with the 'character' meeting the 'star' who portrayed them.
Doris Martin would 'meet' Doris Day, Fred Sanford would do likewise with Redd Foxx and this effort with Lucy Carter imitating Lucille Ball.
While Doris Day only appeared at the end of her episode, and I believe a bald Redd Foxx would do the same, the Lucy-Lucy bit here is amusing on several levels.
First, Lucie ARnaz bears perhaps her strongest resemblance to her mother quietly 'wowing' over the car when she sees it on TV.
Second is truly Lucille Ball's 'performance' as herself as someone primping and gliding among the masses. If anything, it all gives way to how much Lucy was Lucy, especially with her mannerisms.
And those horrible robes! Gowns, whatever. They are dreadful-looking.
Listen for Lucy Carter to call her daughter Kim 'doll' when she hands her the car keys at the end, much the same way Gary Morton would refer to Lucille Ball in warm-up bits.
One Strange Cookie All The Way Over!
Roller-derby star Anne Francis wants to be seen as a lady by daughter Christopher Norris' upper class family (father Don DeFore, Jonathan Frakes, Joanna Barnes as the aunt).
Barnes brings in roller derby rival Mary Jo Catlett, who is the reason I'm posting here about this, to expose Francis for the 'lower class' woman she is.
In the end, we learn that DeFore was married to a high-wire aerialist, so the whole expose was for naught.
Christopher George wants a showdown with his old army buddy Greg Morris, who he accuses of getting his brother killed.
For some undeniably odd reason, Jenny Neumann is included as Morris' wife. Tho I suspect the episode I just viewed was edited, we only see her arriving with Greg at the beginning, then leaving at the end! Number one reason to watch this oddity; Catlett's channeling Rosie O'Donnell! Looks and sounds just like her! This was 1978! That it was '78 should also figure in to the brother, Jack (who is peculiarly uncredited here) being a deserter during the war.
The biggest kick I get out of watching this show (which I never did much back when it aired) is how Roarke steps out every time no matter what at the end of the fantasy. He does likewise here as well, the strangest being his standing alongside the riverbank as Morris and George are fighting in the rivers (don't worry, there's no spoilers. Every episode and story ends with Roarke's summary like he's Jerry Springer's Final Thoughts).
But watch it for Catlett doing her pre-imitation of Rosie O'Donnell. That was something.
Watching The Episode Now
The other review has it pretty accurate as to what is transpiring. I'm watching it on MeTV.
What is especially odd is Tom Skerritt is almost 40, yet they are referring fifteen years in the past, which would make him obviously in his twenties.
Miss Kitty said earlier, fifteen years ago, he wouldn't have been old enough to be in a bar. So we are supposed to believe Skerritt is younger.
Personally, I would have guessed he was much younger than 40 when he appeared in MASH a year later, so go figure.
Really think, again as the other review says, things dragged out much too long in the beginning of this episode.
A lot of this seems to be giving way to focusing on the brooding Skerritt character, which Hollywood still loves today.
Newhart: Co-Hostess Twinkie (1986)
Julie Brown's two appearances on Newhart as Buffy Denver were beyond hilarious. This was her arrival, which is still as overwhelmingly amusing as ever.
When Dick Loudin is given a new talk show with a co-hostess, he and Michael get their signals crossed as to who they prefer.
Buffy Denver is annoying from the get-go and follows all the way through. She would return a second time to collide with Stephanie, as it just seemed incredibly in demand for such an event to take place.
Funnier still, another applicant Liz Sable was just as hilarious with her feminist approach. Too funny and barely a minute on screen. Would have loved for Liz to return as well.
This is really about one of the most solid episodes of this show.
A minor subplot with Larry, Darryl and Darryl finding a pig is an amusing distraction, but all you really do is wait for Dick Loudin and Buffy Denver to return.
Five stars, six stars, ten stars, too many stars. This episode is brilliant.
Fantasy Island: Superstar/Salem (1978)
These Are The Tates, And These Are The Delaneys And This Is Soap!
I'll give it a high score because of the baseball players used. That will always make it a notable episode.
I actually remember watching this episode back when it aired. Gary Burghoff wanted to pitch against some of the greatest players ever. The twist on this story was actually very good, but in reviewing it again, it has a lameness to it with trying to make the revelation so tragic.
The second story with Stuart Whitman and Vera Miles wanting to go to a simpler time is really laughable. Roarke sends them to the Salem witch trials.
How about those large brick buildings? And Satanism in music with the violin. If they had told a joke, it would have been labeled as witchcraft.
"He's put a spell on them with laughter!" No one in Salem was burned for witchcraft as is stated in the show.
The only saving grace is truly Leslie Neilsen, just a year or two away from his rediscovery with Airplane, thereby launching him into The Naked Gun movies.
While I remembered the Gary Burghoff ending, I totally forgot about this one, and I enjoy the Salem Witch trials story much more than I do baseball.
Let's Get A Hit Song!
This was Hair Bear Bunch's attempt to get a novelty song on the radio, such as the ARchies did and Ernie on Sesame Street with Rubber Duckie managed to accomplish.
The failures to do this are legion. While Scooby Doo, Josie and the Pussycats and the Jetsons' Jet Screamer (Eep! Op! Ork! Ah-ah!) are some of the more notable ones, the ones that fell to the wayside such as Where's Huddles, Hillbilly Bears (with three back-up girl singers going yea, yea, yea) and this one are really something to see. Or hear, as the case may be.
Calling themselves Three Bear Night, the tune is played a couple of times in the episode and everyone who hears it thinks it's wonderful. Maybe there was no overwhelming wish to have a hit song from this silly cartoon, but that was the way these things worked; by not trying.
I always get a kick out of seeing things like this and how they were done, even with all the musical numbers on the Flintstones, the Honeybees on Gilligan's Island and numerous others.
I changed my mind. I'll give it a ten.
Jamie is to deliver a device to a general. A helicopter takes her to the location and she does so. She then delivers a briefcase to the pilot as his payment and off she goes.
Turns out it wasn't the real general, whom she nor Oscar had never met, nor were they shown a photograph.
Skip Homeier, who best I can say is try to picture Joe Piscopo acting very serious, is the investigator Mr. Gregory.
He interrogates Jamie rather harshly, which is peculiar, as he doesn't seem to deduce the pilot who took her there might have had anything to do with it, and seems to conclude Jamie knows everything, which if she had, why would she have hung around? Barry Sullivan is the inventor who is disappointed in Ms. Sommers. She seemed very nice.
Now we see his chauffeur and it is the bogus general.
This episode was what bionics should have been about; with Homeier as Gregory bringing all his authoritative narrow-mindedness to a confrontational level, Jamie displays her abilities several times over, from the prison to a phone booth and beyond (interesting bit about the dime as well).
The climactic conclusion also offers its wonderful bit of suspense as well. Jamie bargains and gets results. A real nail-biter in the end, actually.
Jamie's final words to Gregory are brilliant. She got what she wanted and needed.
We Saw All of ONE Episode!
Fairly typical 'Lassie, Fury' sort of adventures. We caught one episode on a Saturday morning, after all the cartoons, looking as rich and as detailed as the old Shazam or Isis shows a few years earlier.
In this episode, the boy and girl were watching something. Someone was shooting when they shouldn't have been? The boy was hit by a ricocheting bullet, grazed his head. Had to get him to the hospital.
Seemed like a lot of dialogue. Something had to be done for the kid or something like that, or they just wanted to stop the bad guys.
What was funny was Thunder appeared like twice in the episode, to save the day by stopping the bad guys, appearing as tho the horse was 'hulking out'.
What has always made this episode memorably funny for me was we get an ending clip of the boy in the hospital, waking up and 'going to be okay', then there was a miss up and we get a scene of the MAN in the hospital. I think that was Clint Ritchie.
We got the biggest laugh, "wow, that kid was in the hospital for a LONG time!" Never saw the show again after that. No idea what happened.
Father Knows Best: Country Cousin (1958)
Betty's cousin is visiting. All of a sudden, Betty is Veronica Lodge. What on Earth was all that? She's talking like Tallulah Bankhead or something, all of a sudden. And she's an absolute snob toward this cousin, . . . Miss Alfalfa.
Where is all of this coming from?
The beautiful Susan Oliver appears as the cousin and gives no hint of Elly May Clampett.
Fashion seems to be the clincher here, with dear cuz in pants and a plaid shirt.
When Betty is mouthing off about her cousin (after all the boys were crazy over her), Susan Oliver walks in on her. Betty is caught.
She makes amends by helping cuz dress up beautifully for the dance.
"How did she become so beautiful?" Katie asks. This is lost on me. Only when she is revealed in the Star Trek pilot to be a broken deformed figure by the aliens at the end is about the ugliest I've ever seen Oliver.
Pants or dress, hair up or hair down, she was always beautiful.
What A Dreadful Idea Of Humor
And talk about stereotyping!
Danny Williams is fearful the 'humorless' British won't find him amusing and attempt to tell jokes to an assortment of random fellows (a cab driver, the doorman, etc.) gets no laughter.
How about Danny's jokes stink regardless?
"We got worse traffic in NY. A man is hit every five minutes. And he's getting tired of it."
Maid: "Shall I starch your shirts?" Danny: "Yes." Maid: "How about your wife?" Danny: "Okay, but she may not like it."
These aren't hysterical falling-down jokes by a longshot, especially for people who have freakin' jobs to do!
Danny is brought before a club to see if he can join; group of humorists or something.
They question him about his heritage and other things and seem to disapprove. He takes offense.
Without a doubt, the funniest bit was the interrogating trio asking who nominated Danny for their club and then they start going who nominated the guy for their club who nominated Danny?
They then further proceed to wonder who nominated the guy who nominated the guy who nominated Danny?
Danny is outraged and gives a tired speech (Ironically something very similar to Kevin Kline's speech in A Fish Called Wanda about the British as well to John Cleese's wife, and then she out-does him with, well, thank you for protecting us!) and is met with applause by a crowd standing nearby.
Danny returns to the group to find out they were putting him on.
All in all, a dreadful idea for an episode. I'm not really sure how it was supposed to be taken. I've seen other episodes of this show that just seem to have Danny leap to the wildest assumptions.
I was hoping to enjoy some aspect of this episode's British observation. Beverly HIllbillies venture to the UK was much better.