WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)
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Jennifer and the Will 

When an elderly gentleman friend of Jennifer's dies, the man's family blames her for stealing his fortune.

Director:

Dolores Ferraro

Writers:

Hugh Wilson (created by), Blake Hunter | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Sandy ... Andy Travis
Gordon Jump ... Arthur Carlson
Loni Anderson ... Jennifer Marlowe
Richard Sanders ... Les Nessman
Frank Bonner ... Herb Tarlek
Jan Smithers ... Bailey Quarters
Tim Reid ... Venus Flytrap
Howard Hesseman ... Dr. Johnny Fever
Pat O'Brien ... Col. H. Buchanan
John Terry Bell John Terry Bell ... Mr. Kennington
Roger Til Roger Til ... Andre
Brian Wood Brian Wood ... Cedric Buchanan
Janet Clark Janet Clark ... Cloris Buchanan
Ernie Brown Ernie Brown ... Chester Buchanan
Charles Alvin Bell Charles Alvin Bell ... Skip Buchanan
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Storyline

Jennifer's friend, an octogenarian dies. Now the man's wealthy. She told him not to leave her any money but she learns that she's named in his will. Everyone assumes he left her something. She goes to the reading and the man's greedy relatives are also there. Written by rcs0411@yahoo.com

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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

2 December 1981 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

MTM Enterprises See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Colonel Buchanan is described as a veteran of both World Wars. Pat O'Brien did in fact enlist in the Navy in 1917 but was still in training when the war ended. See more »

Goofs

When Bailey grabs the tear sheet from Les in the booth she is wearing a red sweater. She then rushes into the lobby with the sheet and she now has her coat on. See more »

Quotes

Col. H. Buchanan: [reading his will in the video] To my brother Cedric I leave... nothing, because he's always been an all or nothing kind of fellow and since he can't have it all he gets nothing. Oh, I've paid his bills for the last forty years and the free ride on the Buchanan gravy train is over. Did you save anything, Cedric?
Cedric Buchanan: No.
Col. H. Buchanan: Nooo. No, I didn't think so. To my sister Cloris, I leave... nothing. Same reason. To my brother Chester, I'd like to leave less than nothing, but that dumb lawyer of mine, he can't ...
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Soundtracks

I Heard It Through the Grapevine
(uncredited)
Written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong
Performed by Marvin Gaye
[Johnny plays the song just before he speaks to Jennifer in the hallway about night court]
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The best episode from season 4
2 January 2016 | by sscheiberSee all my reviews

I agree with the other reviewer who stated that this episode is the best of the fourth (admittedly weakest) of the show's 4 seasons. I don't give 10 stars easily. But this one nailed it, with lots of surprises.

The episode demonstrates how this show could be serious when necessary without losing its sense of timing. I've always thought that other critically acclaimed shows that try scripts where someone dies make much too light of the death. They turn it into farce. Here, dealing with the death is the whole idea -- with far better sarcasm than you'd expect they could get away with. Jennifer wins her battle, savoring the victory without sacrificing any of her sense of humor.

CBS never really liked the serious episodes. And sometimes they didn't work so well. But "Who is Gordon Sims? from the first season is brilliant. It gave us all a taste of what it might have been like for a black man fighting in Vietnam. "Never forget." And there are many others.

But the show could show poignancy even in episodes that are mostly manic comedy. The widely acclaimed "Turkeys Away" (NOT my favorite by any stretch) contains one scene that few viewers ever saw before Shout Factory!'s recent restoration. If you have a complete copy, check out a quiet but hilarious scene between Johnny and Venus in the DJ booth about Carlson's last promotion -- and I'm not going to tell you what it was. I don't know that anybody would consider it a spoiler, but it is SOOOO absurd that it needs to surprise you.

A wonderful episode of one of my all-time favorite shows.


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