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Shanda's Song 

Rock vamp with a prima donna complex Shanda faints on stage when she receives a cut-up picture of herself in a box of roses. Her manager brings her, an almost identically looking back-up ... See full summary »


Neema Barnette


Joyce Burditt (creator), Craig Volk


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Episode complete credited cast:
Dick Van Dyke ... Dr. Mark Sloan
Scott Baio ... Dr. Jack Stewart
Victoria Rowell ... Amanda Bentley-Livingston
Barry Van Dyke ... Steve Sloan
Michael Tucci ... Norman Briggs
Delores Hall Delores Hall ... Nurse Delores Mitchell
Haviland Morris ... Shanda
Michael Harris ... Magic Mike
Luca Bercovici ... Cinnamon
Alonna Shaw ... Claire
Tim Moffett Tim Moffett ... Patrick (as Tim Moffet)
Jeff Harris Jeff Harris ... Richard Taylor (as Jeff Harms)
Vanessa Whitney Vanessa Whitney ... Nurse
Jeffrey Judson Smith ... Detective Carson (as Jeff Smith)


Rock vamp with a prima donna complex Shanda faints on stage when she receives a cut-up picture of herself in a box of roses. Her manager brings her, an almost identically looking back-up singer Claire and drummer Cinnamon to Community General for a check-up, but nothing wrong is found. Shanda tells Dr. Mark Sloan she has had a stalker for months, but the police can't do anything without any physical threat. After a truck tries to run them over the next minute, her fan Dr. Jack Stewart finds no actual fractures. Steve is incredulous, given Shanda's publicity stunt record, but Mark takes her to his home; Steve goes into her hospital bed, where 'nurse' Dolores practices her torturous injection technique on the healthy hunk's behind. Mark concentrates on the dynamics of the musical staff, Jack regrets sorely taking Amanda along looking into roadie Parick, who gets murdered. Written by KGF Vissers

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The name of the lead character, Shanda, might be a play on words by the writers. Shanda (pronounced "shonda") is a Yiddish term for scandal or shame, which is an apt description for what happens to the character. See more »


Despite being set in California, some Colorado license plates are clearly visible on various cars in some scenes. See more »


Dr. Jack Stewart: Hey, look at that, a message.
Detective Steve Sloan: I know.
Dr. Jack Stewart: Well, aren't we going to listen to it?
Detective Steve Sloan: No, we are not. To do so would constitute an illegal search.
Dr. Jack Stewart: [looks confused]
Detective Steve Sloan: Here's her parent's phone number. It's in Little Rock...
Dr. Jack Stewart: I don't get this. How come you're allowed to look through that book, but we can't play back her message?
Detective Steve Sloan: This is in plain site. That is not! It's an invasion of privacy without a warrant!
Dr. Jack Stewart: Oh, the law! It's very complex, I forget. But let me ask you this: What if someone, not a cop, but someone ...
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Why the "Hoofing"?
25 May 2018 | by shiftydocSee all my reviews

In this episode (like too many episodes), Dick Van Dyke just has to show that he is a hoofer. "Dr. Sloan" gets up on the stage, happens to have classic Hoofing accessories nearby (the hat and cane), and does a little soft shoe/ tap routine. My question is why. Why the Hoofing? It adds nothing to the story line or the episodes verisimilitude. I mean at this point in his career why did Dick Van Dyke feel the need to show off? It didn't "lighten" the episode. It was just plain silly.

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Release Date:

7 January 1994 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Cherry Creek, Colorado, USA

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1.33 : 1
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