Average episode until Friday and Smith open the door. It comes out of nowhere and is very effective. Notable also for clever scene in aquarium shop where-- with apparent time to kill in the episode --shop owner walks Frank through strange birthing process of a certain variety of tropical fish. Curious to know how extraneous anecdotes like this work their way into a show like this-- are they padding the script. Anyway, notice how director Webb adds visual complexity by shooting through the aquariums. Visual boredom was always a problem for this series since it featured so much static dialogue. And for once, Frank's often pointless humor leads up to a nice closing touch.
My CD includes a Chesterfield commercial of the day, where Webb claims medical backing for the advantages of his sponsor's product on smokers' health! One thing for sure-- he lights up like a smokestack in most every episode. He died relatively young.
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