The Classic/Retro Pop Culture Thread

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  1. RJDiogenes

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    I actually replied to the first post yesterday morning, but apparently did not click Submit. And this time Firefox did not remember what I typed. Here I go again:

    When I was in grade school, we had a Christmas play and they put me in the choir. After a rehearsal, the teacher took me aside and said it would be best if I just moved my lips. :rommie:

    I recommend air guitar.

    So too late then-- they're already corrupted by show biz. :rommie:

    Including "I Can Feel Your Fetus's Heartbeat" and "Breech Baby Blues."

    Now that's my LAS. :rommie:

    I was so hoping that Phelps would pick Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin from his portfolio and tell Barney that he needs a spaceship by noon.

    Marilyn Munster?

    With hopefully some visual cue to tip off Barney.

    And Dana gets out in about seven years for good behavior.

    Mel from Mel's Diner.

    This one seemed a bit random.

    That makes sense. And then Reed is the seasoned vet mentoring the new rookie.

    Such a weird and creepy song. :rommie: I don't remember it from when it was new, but it was a staple of Lost 45s when I used to listen.

    I just can't get into that James Taylor sound (except for "Mexico," which I just heard on AT40 yesterday).

    In contrast, I do love the Staple Singers sound. This isn't their best, but it's pleasant to listen to.

    Not Van's best, either, but nice to listen to.

    Not my cup of tea, but I always have a soft spot for Andy Williams.

    This is beautiful, as the Carpenters usually are.

    It's Tom Jones. What can you say? :rommie:

    And here's a classic.

    And now I'm going to click Post Reply for real and make sure it goes through. :rommie:
     
  2. The Old Mixer

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    55 Years Ago This Week



    Selections from Billboard's Hot 100 for the week:

    Leaving the chart:
    • "Ebb Tide," The Righteous Brothers (9 weeks)
    • "I Got You (I Feel Good)," James Brown & The Famous Flames (12 weeks)
    • "Over and Over," The Dave Clark Five (12 weeks)
    • "A Sweet Woman Like You," Joe Tex (9 weeks)

    New on the chart:

    "Set You Free This Time," The Byrds

    (#79 US)

    "You Baby," The Turtles

    (#20 US)

    "At the Scene," The Dave Clark Five

    (#18 US)

    "Batman Theme," The Marketts

    (#17 US)


    And new on the boob tube:
    • The Ed Sullivan Show, Season 18, episode 20
    • Branded, "McCord's Way"
    • 12 O'Clock High, "The Outsider"
    • Batman, "Instant Freeze"
    • Batman, "Rats Like Cheese"
    • Gilligan's Island, "Love Me, Love My Skipper"
    • Hogan's Heroes, "The Great Impersonation"
    • Get Smart, "All in the Mind"

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    Or military school. Bobby was absent from the next episode...

    I wouldn't go that far...they have their passion, their purpose...life seemed hollow without being able to pursue their craft.

    They did say that his lyrics were terrible.

    I guess so...didn't recognize her myself.

    Like a Collier Electronics Minefieldometer? But of course.

    MI62.jpg

    Dana drove off with the rest of the Accomplished Mission team...it was Doug who took her away.

    A lot of these MTM episodes do.

    Or a rookie detective, as going into detective work was his ambition.

    I read that making it about cannibalism was a deliberate choice to stoke controversy. The most noteworthy thing about this song is that it was written by Rupert Holmes, who nine years hence will be giving us the last chart-topper of the '70s.

    If you like Piña Colada,
    And making lunch of your friends...

    I'm fine with James Taylor, but I guess I can understand that, as I was just doing a review listen for the Grateful Dead's "latest" album, and find that I can't seem to get into their sound.

    It sounds good, but otherwise hasn't had much of a chance to make an impression.

    It sounds distinctly Van Morrison, but generically so.

    It's LoveStorymania! I shan't be getting this myself...and decided against the Mancini instrumental when I realized it was a cover.

    You can't go wrong when Karen's on her warm-blanket-vocals game.

    I can say:
    a) This is Tom's biggest American hit.
    b) Hey 1971, it's kind of lame when freakin' Tom Jones brings the week's most rockin' chart entry!​

    Definitely, and enjoyable, but not a personal favorite. Seems like maybe they're trying to go back to basics and recapture "My Girl" here.
     
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  3. RJDiogenes

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    Good band, minor song.

    Ditto.

    Ditto again. Also, these are all really short.

    It's got a word.

    Now that's pretty harsh.

    Yeah, I was kidding. :rommie:

    :rommie:

    Nice. An early precursor to the tricorder. :rommie:

    Ah, Doug, right. Not one of the more high-profile IMFers.

    I still think the best thing would have been if the next Dragnet revival had come to pass with Kent McCord as the sidekick, and he actually played Reed.

    Kind of makes answering personal ads a little more sinister. :rommie:

    There was definitely LoveStorymania going on.

    Indeed.

    Luckily, there's more to come. :rommie:
     
  4. The Old Mixer

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    50th Anniversary Viewing (Part 1)

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    Hogan's Heroes
    "That's No Lady, That's My Spy"
    Originally aired January 24, 1971
    The prisoners rendezvous in the wilderness with Danzig (Jon Cedar), an underground agent who's legendary for his female impersonation skills. Not in disguise, he passes some intel to him just as the SS shows up to shoots him, though he and the prisoners separately get away. LeBeau is also hit, giving us an uncharacteristically tender moment...

    Newkirk: Colonel, my li'l mate's been hit...​

    But after they somehow carry him back through the tunnel, it turns out that he was only grazed, and faints at the sight of blood. The prisoners later receive a penicillin airdrop, but can't get it to Danzig, who's back with the underground, because the woods are full of SS patrols.

    Meanwhile, Klink has been made the honorary chair of a fundraising committee for German soldiers, and puts the prisoners to work at a tea party he's hosting. Hogan takes a cue from Danzig's book and has Newkirk in drag slip into the crowd of ladies attending, which includes Field Marshall Mannheim's wife, as well as Burkhalter's (Diana Chesney). Burkhalter notices that there's an extra lady, and the German officers think that one of them may be Danzig. Trying to find which one is an imposter, Klink rips off Mrs. Mannheim's wig. Newkirk takes advantage of the commotion she makes to accompany her out, and both hit Schultz with their purses while getting into the staff car to return to town. Klink realizes after they've driven away that the lady with Mrs. Mannheim was the spy.

    Newkirk gets past the patrols for the return trip on foot dressed as a deaf old man.

    DIS-missed!

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    The Ed Sullivan Show
    Season 23, episode 18
    Originally aired January 24, 1971
    As represented in The Best of the Ed Sullivan Show

    Thomas does a brief reprise of that hit--sans dancers or artificial raincloud, but sporting bigger hair--which segues into his most recent charting single, "Most of All" (charted Nov. 28, 1970; #38 US; #2 AC). These were clearly excerpts from a larger segment, as both were quite short.

    Ames, who had a string of low-charting singles in '65-'66, does a cover of recent Stevie Wonder hit "Heaven Help Us All" with country-flavored vocals but a stagey instrumental arrangement.

    They're on the set piece where we last saw Thomas, so I suspect this was originally a direct continuation of that performance. Thomas and Ames perform Elton John's breakout hit as a duet. Thomas's solo section is pretty good, at least.

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    Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
    Season 4, episode 19
    Originally aired January 25, 1971
    Andy Griffith is the main guest. There are references to his then-current gig, half-season wonder The New Andy Griffith Show, in which he played a mayor.

    The cocktail party, with Andy and Teresa:


    Laugh-In looks at life in the big city:

    The mislabeled continuation.

    A skit about a hamburger franchise.

    The hard-sought news segment:


    The drunk couple now has a name: the Swizzlers. Couldn't find the clip, though.

    The Quickies:


    Edith Ann about a party that her parents threw:


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    All in the Family
    "Oh, My Aching Back"
    Originally aired January 26, 1971
    We learn in this episode that Archie's moonlighting as a cabbie. He's initially matter-of-fact about being rear-ended, but makes lots of insinuations about the lady who hit him having been Jewish. There's some good, sustained audience laughter for a wordless scene at the dinner table involving the actors passing around the dishes in a seemingly random but well-choreographed fashion. There's also a good bit where, following up on a previous statement in the episode, Mike times one of Archie's belches to the second.

    Lionel drops by and shares the news that his family (whom I don't think have been given a surname yet) has opened a dry-cleaning store (George having previously been an apartment janitor)...and that they did so with an auto accident settlement makes a light bulb go off over Archie's head. He quickly starts acting like his back's been injured. As Mike reads randomly selected law firm names from the Yellow Pages, Archie shows an interest in the ones containing Jewish names, ultimately selecting Rabinowitz, Rabinowitz & Rabinowitz. But the lawyer who comes to the house is a Whitney Fitzroy IV (George Furth), with whom Archie shows immediate dissatisfaction. Fitzroy explains that he was sent there on purpose as he's the firm's "token gentile".

    Archie: You go back to where you came from and send me a Jew!​

    Archie is much more satisfied when Sol Rabinowitz (Salem Ludwig) comes to the house; Rabinowitz explains that Fitzroy is his son-in-law. Mrs. Greenspan's attorney, Clarence V. Marshall (Richard Stahl), also pays a call. Marshall presents the testimony of a reliable party of witnesses that Archie was backing up at the time of the accident.

    Mr. Rabinowitz: There's an old, old rule of law, Mr. Bunker...they say it dates back to before the turn of the century: in a court of law, you can't beat a station wagon filled with nuns.​

    In the coda, Lionel reveals that Sol Rabinowitz was the lawyer that his family used.

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    Hawaii Five-O
    "F.O.B. Honolulu (Part 1)"
    Originally aired January 27, 1971
    The episode opens with Corporal Kurtz (Tim Tindall) bringing a souvenir Buddha through customs, only to soon be found shot in the head in an elevator at his hotel. The Buddha is brought to Wo Fat, who smashes it to reveal the plates inside, which he's angry to find are only blanks. Colonel Pierce (Richard Gossett) tells McGarrett that no such soldier was assigned to be in Hawaii. Interpol subsequently identifies him as actually being a Leo Price, who's wanted for murder.

    Steve goes to a meeting with the Governor at what we're told is the new Capitol Building, with other attendees being a Mr. Carter from Treasury (Howard Gottschalk); Jonathan Kay (Joseph Sirola), whom I think we've met before and was with the State Department; and an old friend of Steve's from Naval Intelligence, Commander Ron Nicholson (John McMartin). Kay gives a speech on economic warfare, which he overdramatically likens to nuclear and biological warfare. The perpetrators of this attack, to be made using counterfeit plates, are Wo Fat's bosses, the Chinese government. The government has offered a reward for the plates that Dr. Evil would approve of, but the Russians and Chinese are bidding higher. Nicholson describes how the plates have left many bodies in their wake as they traveled through Southeast Asia. Price's accomplices include a Nicole Fleming (Sabrina Scharf) and an Anthony Madrid (Monte Landis). We learn that the latter pointed Wo Fat to Price. The plates are known to be arriving in Hawaii, and an agent nicknamed Misha (Roger C. Carmel) is representing the Soviets in bidding for them.

    Fleming shows up to identify the body of Price, using aliases and posing as his sister, but Steve lets her know that he's onto her. She acts as if she has nothing to hide, letting them search her room, and is allowed to go, with the understanding that she'll be watched. A test bill is found hidden in Price's effects. Wo Fat gets some news via a reel-to-reel tape, which he disposes of in the usual manner (burning in a trash can), following which he dismisses Madrid, who goes back to Nicole. Steve meets Misha at the airport to let him know he's onto him. Some suspicious signals have the Five-O team leading a Bondian helicopter raid on Wo Fat's radio communications station, with Chinese agents firing back at them. The baddies try to burn the place down, but too late, and a fragment of non-self-destructing tape is recovered. It appears to be highly sped up, in code, and in Chinese, requiring Chin's help to translate it. A bullet fired by one of Wo Fat's men matches the one that killed Price. Meanwhile, the test bill is stolen from Carter, whose analysis revealed an incredible level of detail accuracy.

    Misha goes to see Fat on a boat...there will be no drinking in this episode, but perhaps next week... The Russian produces the test bill as proof that the Chinese plates exist and attempts to negotiate cooperation, but Fat rebuffs him. Steve goes to see Nicole and fences with her about her role in the scheme, which he speculates may be diversionary. The fragment recovered from the tape turns out to be part of the name of a ship, the Brazil Maru, which Five-O quickly takes custody of. Captain DeJongh (Edward Fernandez) reveals that Commander Nicholson already boarded the ship and took what he wanted before it arrived in port; and the body of an engineer whom Nicholson met with is found. Back at her hotel, Nicole gets a phone call from her nervous lover and accomplice, Nicholson...while she's dining with Misha, who offers her double Dr. Evil's sum. The episode ends with Nicholson breaking open another Buddha to find the real plates.

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    Sounds to my ear like they're trying to make their own Dylan songs here. But yeah, this one is a good example of what I found disappointing about the Turn! Turn! Turn! album after Mr. Tambourine Man.

    A nice little pop ditty, but that's about it.

    I'll give the DC5 a break for this one, as it was apparently a belated single release from an album that came out in '64.

    But what a word!

    Pretty prominent this season, though.

    I still think that wouldn't have worked with Friday as the senior detective, though, as each was the straight guy of his respective Mark VII duo. Now with Gannon, maybe...
     
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  5. RJDiogenes

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    It's good to have something lined up for after the war.

    Awww.

    He's a regular Lon Chaney.

    No! Teresa is the main guest!

    Boy, was that optimistic. :rommie:

    I remember that. :rommie:

    Wow, the seeds were planted early.

    :rommie:

    More big-time international intrigue.

    Miramanee!

    Harry Mudd!

    Once again, the baddies imitate the IMF. :rommie:

    That sounds like foreshadowing.

    This is a pretty good story so far.

    A laudable goal, but doomed to failure.

    To strike fear in the hearts of evildoers everywhere.

    Good point. Although he was a few years older, so they could have written him as lightened up.
     
  6. The Old Mixer

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    She's in this week's episode as well. Guess she's more of a featured guest player. Andy got announced first, then the regular cast, then her last.

    About the last Republican losing his seat...in 1981?

    Indeed...they also mentioned that George was thinking about opening up some more stores.

    I neglected to mention how Steve also figured that part of Nicole's game was to attract Five-O's attention so that their tails would effectively serve as security against anyone who might have come after her.

    No matter how they wrote him, I think McCord's style was just too stiff to play the quirky sidekick. Webb/McCord would have been two stiff guys.
     
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    Underrated Van Morrison track (in terms of it never being the first anyone thinks of when discussing his work), but it remains a favorite.

    Ah, one of those songs that quickly spawned many versions, but who could blame them? Not only was it a strong song (music, rather than lyrics), but the movie it was based on was a runaway hit. People were talking about that film a couple of years after its release.

    Not a favorite.

    :bolian:

    Absolute classic. Quietly powerful.
     
  8. The Old Mixer

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    Don't know if you caught where I mentioned it upthread, but I was wondering if perhaps the "Lonely Man Theme" from The Incredible Hulk was based on it...there's a certain similarity.
     
  9. RJDiogenes

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    I wonder what was behind her brief return. It was like she was just kind of back, as if she hadn't been away. Then gone again.

    Yeah. That would have been a nice parallel universe to visit.

    She knows how to play the game.

    Yeah, you're probably right. It's too bad they didn't get to film the pilot, though, because it would have been cool to see.
     
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    50th Anniversary Viewing (Part 2)

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    Ironside
    "The Target"
    Originally aired January 28, 1971
    The episode opens with Gordy Brokaw (Earl Holliman) being released from San Salazar Prison. He's greeted by his son, Sonny (Vincent Van Patten), who's escorted by Ed, who brings them to the Cave for a celebratory dinner. Apparently the Chief has been taking some responsibility for Sonny. Gordy is hired by a construction company, but his boss, Franklin (Joe Mantell), feels him out about whether he's crooked enough to join him and some accomplices in some shady business. One of the accomplices, whom we later learn is going by the name Ned Harrison (Darwin Joston), subsequently approaches Gordy on the job, asking him about procuring three cases of dynamite, an offer that Gordy doesn't appreciate.

    Harrison nabs Sonny at a playground and calls Gordy to coerce him into the deal, but Gordy goes straight to the Chief. The team speculates that the kidnappers are involved in radical activity, and come to suspect Franklin of being involved. Harrison and his conspirators, Nina Loring (Luana Anders) and Mel Jackson (Dennis Olivieri), talk to Sonny about how they're planning to make a new kind of world. Franklin drops by their lair and is outraged to learn of the kidnapping. Gordy proceeds with the dropoff, tailed by the team. But when he goes to get Sonny the lair is abandoned, and he gets a call that the radicals will be holding onto the boy until a specific time the following night. What's more, the car tailing Harrison after the pickup loses him. But Franklin is caught trying to skip town and brought in; he supplies names, but doesn't know what the group's plans are.

    At their new lair, the radicals are building their bomb, which they plan to use the following night. Sonny, plucky lad that he is, pretends to be asleep while listening to them describe their target, which is a lab. Gravel found in the tires of one of their abandoned vehicles leads the team to a neighborhood with a street under construction, where they go knocking door-to-door. This includes the door of the lair, where Sonny is now tied and gagged alone. Plucky lad that he is, he rolls over to a window and kicks it out. Back at the Cave, he shares what he's learned and is rewarded with chili. The team tracks down Nina's family, who identify her car. Meanwhile the radicals break into the lab and hold the guards at gunpoint. The team narrows down which lab with a radioactivity-resistant roof the rads are hitting by calling around and finding one whose watchman doesn't answer, and have the neighborhood evacuated. With only minutes to spare they search the lab and Gordy finds the suitcase bomb in a ventilation shaft. He and the Chief then discover that they're locked in by a security door, so they have no choice but to try to defuse the bomb, which is booby trapped to blow if the case is opened. They manage to open it without setting it off, and Gordy defuses the bomb at the last second. Meanwhile, the radicals have been caught waiting nearby, and are disappointed when the blast doesn't occur.

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    Adam-12
    "Log 66: The Vandals"
    Originally aired January 28, 1971
    The officers pursue a car with a Nevada plate that runs a light in front of them. The driver, William Berry (Jordan Rhodes), seems reasonable, but Reed sees the passenger, Thomas Moore (Nick Benedict), pulling a gun and the officers quickly get behind the car with their guns drawn. They have the suspects lie face down on the ground and cuff them; the car turns out to be hot. When the suspects start trying to fight each other at the station, Moore is taken away while Det. Sgt. Stone (Robert Patten in his second appearance in the role) questions Berry. Following a tip from Moore, the officers open the trunk to find the dead body of a young woman. They later learn that she was a runaway and that Berry and Moore are mental patients who tried to rob her for what little money she had.

    That night, the officers respond to a malicious mischief call at the home of John Herman (Robert Clarke) and his teenage daughter, Vickie (Sherry Miles). The home has been toilet papered and a window was broken, likely accidentally. A neighbor, Mrs. Jones (Kasey Rogers), made the call, and saw a dozen boys; but Herman doesn't want to press charges. Vickie later shows up at the station and tips off the officers that the boys think her father called the cops, and are threatening to get even with him; she also indicates that she's not as innocent with her male friends as her father thinks she is.

    On patrol, the officers pull over a car that pulls out in front of them; when the driver (Herb Vigran) reaches into a jacket in his passenger seat, the officers quickly draw their weapons...but it turns out that he was just reaching for his wallet, and they explain the reason for their reaction. After the driver gets over his fright, he starts giving them a piece of his mind.

    That night at the Herman home, the boys are throwing rocks in the window, and Mr. Herman comes out and fights with one of them who's pulling out a growing tree, and gets stabbed by the boy. Vickie cries over her father while the officers call an ambulance. Off-camera, Reed does his thing and successfully chases down the stabber. (He's a good partner, yes he is! Yes he is!) It turns out that the the tree had been planted by the later Mrs. Herman for their anniversary, a year ago that night. Mrs. Jones helps Reed to re-plant it, as they speculate about the survival of both Herman and the tree.

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    The Brady Bunch
    "Coming-Out Party"
    Originally aired January 29, 1971
    Mr. Phillips is returning the favor for a dinner he and his wife had at the Brady home, and specifically asks Mike to bring Alice, who isn't crazy about it because of seasickness...which the boys who are present in the episode try to condition her against by having her stand on a board spread across a couple of rocking chairs. Meanwhile, Mike coaches the girls on the basics of fishing. Then Cindy starts showing signs of illness and Dr. Howard makes his house call. The other girls try to nurse her back to health so they can still go on the boat trip, which Mike is able to postpone. On a follow-up visit, Carol lets the doctor check her tonsils as an example for Cindy, and he declares that she needs to have hers out, too. Following the operation, Carol and Cindy share the parents' bed and aren't allowed to talk, but are treated to an ice cream diet. Carol has more trouble than Cindy keeping quiet, and Mike repeatedly chastises her for answering the phone. Then she takes a call from Mr. Phillips, thinking that it's Mike testing her as he did once before, and says something insulting about his boat. Mike tries to call his boss to explain and gets hung up on...though Phillips later comes by with flowers. Cut to some footage of a sailboat, followed by the Bradys returning home...with Alice suffering from seasickness after all.

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    The Partridge Family
    "The Soul Club"
    Originally aired January 29, 1971
    The family arrives at a club in a converted firehouse and meet the incredulous Simon brothers, who make some calls and find that their expected act, the Temptations, were sent to the Partridges' intended gig in Tucson. A loan shark named Heavy (Charles Lampkin) arrives with a couple of henchmen and presses the brothers for overdue payments. Shirley offers to have the band go through with playing there to help the Simons make some money so they don't lose the place. They explain that they're basically a community club that doesn't pay the artists who play there for more than expenses; and they're concerned that their patrons will be expecting soul music. That night the Simons stall the band in the dressing room because the club is empty.

    The next day Heavy drops in to gloat about taking possession of the club, but the Partridges have a plan--throwing a block party with the cooperation of local businesses in order to take donations from the community; and Keith says that he has an idea for a song that's "sort of an afro thing". Shirley gets a permit from the police, while Sam goes around recruiting the businessmen to contribute food. Danny goes to the Afro-American Cultural Society, whose leader is played by Herbert Jefferson Jr., looking for violin players for A.E.'s arrangement of Keith's song...and while they're martial arts-practicing militant types, they come through. While the family performs "Bandala," the party proves to be a hit, with the donations proving to be enough to pay off the Simons' entire debt; and the Society members keeping Heavy and his henchmen in line.

    The episode ends with the AACS leader inducting Danny as an honorary member, bestowing him with a scroll and a black beret.

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    That Girl
    "The Russians Are Staying"
    Originally aired January 29, 1971
    Russian comedian Nicholai Yusachevski (Bob Dishy) is befriending Ann and attending her acting class while he's in the country with a gig at Lincoln Center. A couple of his countrymen, Demetri and Ivan (Jack DeLeon and Paul Camen), are watching him, and take an interest in Ann as a result. Ann's acting teacher is now a less comically uptight fellow named Milton (Richard Erdman). While shopping for a painting with Donald, Ann tells him that she thinks the NKVD (which she pronounces "Inky Dinky") are following Nicholai, which catches Donald's interest as a potential story. Ann arranges for the three of them to have dinner at Nino's, where Nicholai tells them that they suspect him of attempting to defect, coolly demonstrates how they follow his every step, and orders them drinks. Ann shames the tailers for following Nicholai to the restroom...and when they get in, they find that he's slipped out the window. When Ann and Donald return to Ann's apartment, they find that Nicholai, having "pocked Ann's picket," is hiding out there, and has helped himself to one of Ann's robes.

    Ann is initially excited at the turns of events, but is then frightened when one of the agents calls her. Nicholai and Donald both stay in the living room that night, but Ann and Donald go out for coffee in the morning and see the agents there. Meanwhile, Oh, Daddy shows up at Ann's apartment and lets himself in to find Nicholai in Ann's robe. By the time Ann gets back, though, Nicholai has explained the situation and Lew has bought him some hip American clothes. Ann and Donald have also been out buying him a new wardrobe to help him defect. Then the "KVTV" agents walk in the open door, revealing that they're actually with the economic department, and that Nicholai is a con man who makes up defection stories to get food, clothes, and money out of people.

    Nevertheless, in the coda Ann is paranoid that NKVD agents are watching her at the art gallery.

    "Oh, Donald" count: 5
    "Oh, Nicholai" count: 1

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    He's pretty cool.

    He's not.

    It seems like there are less complicated ways to procure dynamite.

    A blown-up one, apparently.

    Rooby roo!

    The Chief is searching the lab in his wheelchair? Talk about plucky.

    Always an exciting trope.

    Okay, I would have called it a day right there.

    Rooby roo!

    Well, this was an all-around downbeat episode.

    It's a pandemic!

    It probably would have been more interesting to follow the Temptations' side of the story. :rommie:

    Here was an opportunity for a Mod Squad crossover.

    You jive turkey, Keith.

    And here's a missed opportunity for a spinoff.

    Did they ever explain how he lost his unhip Russian duds?

    But it's really a couple of her fellow mannequins-- they won't let her defect to the world of humans!
     
  12. The Old Mixer

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    The Odd Couple
    "Lovers Don't Make House Calls"
    Originally aired January 29, 1971
    Felix is suffering a severe but manageable allergic reaction after having eaten mayonnaise on a date with his ex-wife. Dr. Melnitz is out of town, so the doctor who shows up for the house call turns out to be a Nancy Cunningham (Joan Hotchkis).

    Dr. Cunningham: Are you Mr. Unger?
    Oscar: No, but it's the first time in my life I wish I was...​

    Ah, the familiar voiceover segment about Felix's divorce and moving in is now part of the opening credits.

    Felix, of course, is skeptical about letting a new doctor tend to him. Once she's seen to Felix, Oscar spends some time with her over coffee, and it turns out that she's a sports aficionado, and is familiar with Oscar's column, but Oscar stops just short of asking her to a hockey game. Fretting over the missed opportunity, he ends up visiting Melnitz's office to see her, but a nurse (Nora Marlowe) forces him to undergo an examination, which turns out to be with Melnitz (Bill Quinn in his second of four appearances in the role). Nancy comes in and Oscar comes clean about why he's there, but she's too busy to chat. So Oscar goes back to the apartment and requests that his recovering roomie gets himself sick to bring her back. Felix won't entertain the idea, so Oscar puts some mayo in a tuna fish sandwich that he makes for Felix, but he won't go through with letting Felix bite into it. However, Oscar himself shows signs of sickness from having walked in the rain for hours while thinking about Nancy. Felix calls the doctor's office and has them patch her through to Nancy while she's having dinner with someone. When she won't come, Felix goes to the restaurant and finds her dining with Dr. Melnitz platonically. There's a funny bit of physical comedy that involves Nancy asking Melnitz to dance with her and Felix keeping pace with them while they tango. Felix finally convinces her to come see Oscar even though she's not on call, they bond again, and she incentivizes him to get well so he can take her out to dinner on her next night off.

    In the coda, Oscar has Nancy at the apartment for dinner when Felix rushes in to fetch her to tend to Gloria, who now has the flu bug that's been going around. After she rushes out, Felix sits down to enjoy Nancy's plate, while Oscar glowers at him.

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    Love, American Style
    "Love and the Big Game / Love and the Nutsy Girl / Love and the Vampire"
    Originally aired January 29, 1971

    In "Love and the Big Game," Bill and Alice (Jack Klugman and Ann Elder) have Fred and Janet (Jack Cassidy and Yvonne Craig), a couple of friends whom they haven't seen since they moved to California three years ago, over for bridge. Bill and Alice are surprised at how mod Fred and Janet now look and dress. When Bill and Alice lose $310, Bill suspects that Fred and Janet were cheating. They go ahead with another game the following night, and lose another $400, following which Bill tries to figure out how they did it. For their final game, Bill and Alice have the local sheriff, Mr. Combs (Hal Smith), over off-duty to watch the game, as he claims to know something about cheating at cards. But Bill doesn't want to listen to him when he and Alice are on a winning streak. Finally Combs (drunkenly, of course) declares that he knows how they're cheating, but the cards in Fred's hand prove him completely wrong. Fred and Janet leave acting shocked at Bill and Alice's suspicion. But once they're gone, Bill discovers that his wallet and Alice's jewelry are gone.


    "Love and the Nutsy Girl" opens with Gordon (Jerry Van Dyke) going through pictures trying to find a girl for an ad campaign. His roommate, Larry (Ross Martin, who seems like he should have been Gordon), recognizes one of them as the "Nutsy Girl" from a peanut butter ad, and begs Gordon to pick her. Larry attends the session dressed up, but when the girl, Audrey Woods (Anjanette Comer), arrives, he seems uncomfortable and promptly leaves. When Gordon comes home, he informs Larry that he told Audrey how Larry feels about her and is having her over. When she comes over, Larry once again seems very uncomfortable, but she tells him that she admires him for acting "anti-establishment" by leaving the last time, and then chats him up about astrology. After spending some time together they seem to start hitting it off. But in the kitchen when Larry isn't around, she aggressively comes on to Gordon.

    Later Larry acts like he's on top of the world. Gordon goes to Audrey's place to talk, but she only has one thing on her mind. She explains that she was nice to Larry because that was what Gordon wanted. Then she apologetically explains that she's not really attracted to Gordon, but had recently decided that she needed to act "friendly" to potential clients because she's desperate for work, and she was trying to please both Larry and Gordon. Audrey subsequently has Larry over on a date, but her elderly fiance, Harvey (Paul Winchell, actually 48 at the time and wearing obvious age makeup and using exaggerated "old man" mannerisms), shows up...though it turns out that she paid somebody else to come up pretending to be Harvey, and the "old man" was an unexpected substitute. She explains to Larry that she was trying to let him down easily and was just being nice to him for the work. Larry is clearly disappointed but takes it graciously. He finds Gordon waiting out in the hall and they go out for a hot dog together.


    "Love and the Vampire" seems like a segment that wanted to air a few months earlier. In it, Wayne and Myrna (Robert Reed and Judy Carne), having suffered a breakdown on a stormy night, take refuge in the creepy house of a very pale-looking gentleman named Mr. Foss (Tiny Tim). Foss tells them to help themselves, as he'll be out all night. Myrna becomes obsessed with the suspicion that Foss is a vampire, supported by a coffin-shaped chest in the room, and has Wayne find some garlic. (Why would a vampire keep garlic around?) But we learn that Foss is just made up to attend a midnight horror show. Foss returns in full vampire costume, frightening the couple, but he promptly explains his situation. Then, when they're alone again, Myrna pulls Wayne's leg by pretending like she's a werewolf under the influence of the full moon.

    IMDb mislists Julie Newmar as appearing in this segment.

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    Mission: Impossible
    "Blast"
    Originally aired January 30, 1971
    The episode opens with men in rubber masks working on a bank vault; the demolitions man, Finley (Dick Ziker), is accidentally killed by the blast.
    The cell's next target will be Drake's Armored Transport Company, who will be cooperating with the IMF. Jim will be taking the place of the new demolitions expert, William Cabot (Tom McDonough); and Dana will be replacing a former Drake's employee named Monica Anderson (Tamara Eliot). Cabot and Anderson are intercepted by the IMFers at a contact point in a warehouse and relieved of their identifying coin fragments in time for Tolan's arrival. He takes them to his lair, where they meet his chief hoods, Klinger (Kevin Hagen) and Sheels (Larry Haddon), and watch as Tolan takes radio orders from Brace. At the counting house that the cell is hitting following an armored truck delivery, Barney is posing as a security guard, Willy as a suited employee, and Dana is present in her role as the inside woman. The IMFers are cooperating with a Mr. Hendricks (Pitt Herbert). Dana signals that the alarms are off, and Tolan's team, including Jim, moves in. Jim gets to show off some skill with shaped charges blasting the group's way through a barred gate and an armored door. Dana aids in taking the money and joins the robbers in their escape. An alarm unexpectedly goes off because of Klinger's trigger-happiness with his M16, resulting in a police chase.

    The gang ends up taking refuge in a random Beverly Hills mansion, while Paris tracks them in a delivery van via his swivel-mounted homing pen. Under the circumstances, The gang is left to their own devices until the designated contact time with Brace, and Jim has to contend with Klinger for stopping him from shooting Willy. The homeowners, the Millers, are intercepted by the police while coming home from a dog show, and Paris and a previously unseen agent named Grace (Susan Odin) pose as them, which includes taking their show dog. The fake Millers are taken captive in their not home, and Brace radio-orders Tolan and Dana to pose as the Millers to make the rendezvous, and for the original Not Millers to be killed. Once Tolan's gone, the IMFers get the drop on Klinger and Sheels. In the tracking van, they follow Tolan and Dana in the Millers' station wagon to another warehouse rendezvous point. Inspecting Tolan's radio left in the wagon, Barney finds that it contains...a concealed reel-to-reel tape, which Tolan uses to "send messages" as Brace. The man that Tolan is actually meeting is Delgado (Charles Picerni), who transported the real Cabot and Anderson, and identifies Dana as an imposter...but Jim and Barney come to the rescue. Mission: Accomplished.

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    The Mary Tyler Moore Show
    "We Closed in Minneapolis"
    Originally aired January 30, 1971
    Mary feels sorry for the impersonal rejections that Murray keeps getting, but Lou's perturbed that he's using the company's postage machine. Lou reveals to Mary that each of the staff has an ambition beyond their current jobs, including his own novel manuscript about his experiences at Iwo Jima and Guadalcanal...in 1958. When Murray comes in, Mary tries to soften the blow. But when the latest envelope is opened, it turns out that the play has been accepted, though Murray doesn't recall submitting it to the playhouse...it turns out that Ted, who considers himself the playhouse's star, did, and he expects to play the lead. He talks Mary into auditioning for the part that's based on her, and she gets it. Mary's put off by how dumb the character is, but Murray insists that she wasn't entirely based on her. Lou's also upset about the behavior of the character based on him, which is accurate. Ted, on the other hand, wants his character to be more interesting.

    Following the first show, Rhoda thinks that Mary was great--convincingly having made Rhoda envious--but that Ted was terrible. Ted drops in and Rhoda lies to him about his performance. Then Murray and Marie drop in, and also lie to Ted. Trying to take the subject off the play, Rhoda talks about how she went to school with Barbra Streisand. Then Lou drops in with a newspaper review: "Bomb Hits Minneapolis". The reviewer says that Ted has no conception of what a TV anchorman is like; but he considers Mary's performance to be the one adequate aspect of the production. Back at the newsroom, Lou tries to bolster Murray's confidence; but Mary brings in some books of the reviewer's old critiques, which indicate that he's pretty much panned everything, including Death of a Salesman and My Fair Lady.

    In the coda, Ted comes in reading a rave review for his performance...which turns out to have been written by him.

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    Any particular reason why?

    Apparently they'd just been planning to get it from Franklin, but Gordy being hired was a kink in their plan. For some work regulation reason, they now had to go through Gordy because Franklin was no longer the one minding the dynamite at the optimal time for slipping some out.

    I'd meant to comment that I found it hard to believe that the Simons were well-connected enough to get the likes of the Temptations and James Brown (who was scheduled to appear the following week, I think) to play pro bono, but needed the Partridges to figure out how to raise money to keep the club.

    His scam was that he wanted American clothes so he could blend in better and avoid the Inky Dinky.

    Well at least I got that one...
     
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    Ahh..interesting idea! Joe Harnell's Lonely Man Theme has some similarities, but TIH's theme goes off on its own memorably melancholy end, and I'd say even sadder than Lai's theme for Love Story.
     
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    I got the idea because back when TIH was airing, my sister had a jewelry box that played the theme from Love Story, which I'd never heard of at that point, and at first I thought that it was the TIH theme. I was fascinated with how similar it sounded.
     
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    He cracks me up. :rommie:

    What were they doing before?

    House calls and no appointments-- those were the days. Although I'm skeptical either would actually happen in 1970.

    Awww, he didn't go through with poisoning his friend. :rommie:

    I love the little touches like this. The thing that allowed all the shouting and near-poisonings to be funny is that there was so much heart underlying it.

    I think I remember that.

    Good story, but kind of outside the show's mandate.

    She's desperate for work but can afford to hire her own models. Plot hole!

    Ah, I remember this one, unsurprisingly. A Horror theme and Judy Carne!

    Maybe for the same reason humans keep guns around. :rommie:

    About five years too early for Rocky Horror (which will use the same dark-and-stormy-night trope).

    That's unusual. Are they no longer doing the portfolio at this point?

    They put the puppy in harm's way? This is unconscionable!

    Hmm. This brings to mind all sorts of weird twists. :rommie:

    That's a cool idea that could have used further development-- the overall ambition thing, I mean, not just Lou's untimely novel.

    Critics criticize.

    I remember him as one of those fluffy Shaun Cassidy types.

    Ah, okay.

    I was a little surprised that this was on the list of "best" episodes.

    Yeah, but he went from climbing out the window to being in Anne's bathrobe-- kind of wondering how he got from point A to point B.

    Aw, man, you don't get them? You should ask. They're mostly hilarious. :rommie:
     
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    55 Years Ago This Week



    Selections from Billboard's Hot 100 for the week:

    Leaving the chart:
    • "Flowers on the Wall," The Statler Brothers (13 weeks)
    • "Thunderball," Tom Jones (9 weeks)

    New on the chart:

    "It Won't Be Wrong," The Byrds

    (B-side of "Set You Free This Time"; #63 US)

    "Batman Theme," Neal Hefti

    (#35 US; #12 AC)

    "Woman," Peter & Gordon

    (#14 US; #28 UK; written by Bernard Webb...a.k.a. James Paul McCartney)

    "634-5789 (Soulsville U.S.A.)," Wilson Pickett

    (#13 US; #1 R&B; #36 UK)

    "Homeward Bound," Simon & Garfunkel

    (#5 US; #9 UK)


    And new on the boob tube:
    • The Ed Sullivan Show, Season 18, episode 21
    • Branded, "Nice Day for a Hanging"
    • 12 O'Clock High, "Back to the Drawing Board"
    • Batman, "Zelda the Great"
    • Batman, "A Death Worse Than Fate"
    • Gilligan's Island, "Gilligan's Living Doll"
    • Hogan's Heroes, "The Pizza Parlor"
    • Get Smart, "Dear Diary"

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    Music, credits, no voiceover.

    I think my grandma was still getting house calls a little ways into the '70s.

    Yeah, I guess...it was about couples.

    Hurm.

    If they've used it at all this season, it's been very rare. There are quite a few that don't even have a tape scene.

    I think this one could stop a bullet...
    MI63.jpg MI64.jpg

    He was younger here, but 'nuff said.

    He was just helping himself to her place.
     
  17. RJDiogenes

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    Not much here, although I suppose it's a bit sign-of-the-timesy.

    This is how Bruce Wayne really got rich: Residuals!

    This is pretty good and I know I've heard it before, but I think I may know a cover version.

    This is groovy, but when I see it now I wonder what the area code is. :rommie:

    S&G: 'nuff said.

    I wonder if they replaced that in syndication. I can't recall ever seeing it without the voiceover intro.

    Turns out there's a Wiki page on house calls. They were still being done as late as 1980, though in very tiny amounts.

    I don't like that. Those things are part of the show's character.

    Okay, that's not how I pictured him. "Can he walk?" :rommie:

    Ah. I thought he might have been robbed, or pretending he was robbed, or something.
     
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    50 Years Ago This Week



    Selections from Billboard's Hot 100 for the week:

    Leaving the chart:
    • "Black Magic Woman," Santana (13 weeks)
    • "(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go," Curtis Mayfield (12 weeks)
    • "For the Good Times," Ray Price (24 weeks)
    • "Pay to the Piper," Chairmen of the Board (13 weeks)
    • "Stoned Love," The Supremes (14 weeks)
    • "Stop the War Now," Edwin Starr (8 weeks)
    • "Timothy," The Buoys (2 weeks total)

    New on the chart:

    "Cried Like a Baby," Bobby Sherman

    (#16 US; #9 AC)

    "Wild World," Cat Stevens

    (#11 US; #21 AC)

    "One Toke Over the Line," Brewer & Shipley

    (#10 US)

    "Doesn't Somebody Want to Be Wanted," The Partridge Family

    (#6 US; #6 AC)


    And new on the boob tube:
    • Hogan's Heroes, "Klink for the Defense"
    • The Ed Sullivan Show, Season 23, episode 20
    • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Season 4, episode 21
    • All in the Family, "Judging Books by Covers"
    • Hawaii Five-O, "The Gunrunner"
    • Ironside, "Escape"
    • Adam-12, "Log 165: Once a Cop"
    • The Brady Bunch, "The Liberation of Marcia Brady"
    • The Partridge Family, "They Shoot Managers, Don't They?"
    • That Girl, "Chef's Night Out"
    • The Odd Couple, "Bunny Is Missing Down by the Lake"
    • Love, American Style, "Love and the Baker's Half Dozen / Love and the New Roommate / Love and the Rug / Love and the Second Time"
    • The Mary Tyler Moore Show, "The Boss Isn't Coming to Dinner"

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    This one to me captures more of the sound that I liked about the Mr. Tambourine Man album.

    Batmania has arrived! Same Bat-Theme! Original Bat-Composer!

    Reportedly Paul did this one under a pseudonym to see if it would be a success without the Lennon-McCartney credit, but the songwriter's true identity was quickly sniffed out.

    Let's see...the title was riffing on the Marvelettes hit "Beechwood 4-5789," which was a Motown song, and there is a Beechwood in Michigan across the state, area code 906...

    A good, classic number from their first album on the RS list.

    Well, it was only used for a half-season or so.

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    55 Years Ago This Bat-Week Special

    Also charting the week of February 12, 1966:

    "Batman," Jan & Dean

    (Feb. 12; #66 US; #52 UK)

    :D

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    Poor guy.

    A classic from Cat Stevens' sane period.

    Another classic in its own way. :rommie:

    They just can't recapture "I Think I Love You."

    I noticed that when I checked the Wiki page for covers. No covers were listed, though, so I don't know what I'm thinking of.

    Cool. Now we have to figure out 867-5309. :rommie:

    Wow, his origin and everything. :D
     
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    50th Anniversary Album Spotlight

    American Beauty
    Grateful Dead
    Released November 1, 1970
    Chart debut: December 12, 1970
    Chart peak: #30 (January 30, 1971)
    #258 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time (2003)

    The album opens with "Box of Rain," sung and co-written by bassist Phil Lesh, with lyrics provided by Robert Hunter:


    Next is the more musically catchy "Friend of the Devil," sung by Jerry Garcia and co-written by Garcia, John Dawson, and Robert Hunter:

    I think this one would have made for a more hooky opening track.

    Following that is "Sugar Magnolia," sung and co-written by Bob Weir, which Wiki asserts "is one of the most well-known songs by the band, alongside such hits as 'Truckin'', 'Casey Jones', 'Uncle John's Band', 'Touch of Grey', and fellow sugar-adjacent tune 'Sugaree'."

    I found this part interesting:
    There's that pretentiousness I was talking about!

    "Operator" is noteworthy as Ron "Pigpen" McKernan's "only singing-songwriting effort on a Grateful Dead studio album". Apparently he was the early lead of the group, but as they embraced psychedelic rock he was relegated to harmonica and vocals.

    The first side closes with the album's longest track at 6:14, "Candyman," a Garcia/Hunter composition sung by Garcia (as is the case with other songs where other writing / singing isn't specified) that appears to be about an itinerant, womanizing gambler.

    Side two opens well with "Ripple," which was used as the B-side of "Truckin'":

    This segues into "Brokedown Palace," which according to author Dennis McNally is about "the death of the old and accomplished, an ending of dignity and serenity".

    Bob Weir and Phil Lesh join Jerry Garcia for lead vocals on the upbeat "Till the Morning Comes," as well as the more hymn-like "Attics of My Life," which, according to a Genius Lyrics contributor, "was written along with 'Ripple' and 'Brokedown Palace' in 1970....All three songs portray emotional reaction resulting from a personal age where the inevitable deaths that accompany adulthood, and the rituals of succeeding generations, sit at the forefront of one’s mind."

    The album closes with its best-known track, "Truckin'," featuring Weir on lead vocals. An edited-down and differently mixed version proved to be their highest-charting single of the era (charts Nov. 27, 1971; #64 US).



    As recently mentioned, I'm still not really feeling it for the Dead. They're alright, but their style doesn't really click with me. I do get more out of their selected album tracks coming up in my master shuffle than I get out of listening to entire Dead albums.

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    Well, he had lost his TV gig by this point...

    The debut classic of the Artist Currently Known as Yusuf.

    A good little early '70s one-hit wonder.

    Perhaps not, but Featuring David Cassidy Starring Shirley Jones will enjoy a string of successful singles...and at least it's not by the Love Generation.

    The most obvious association would be that John later did a completely different song with the same title.

    Umm...555?

    Think they left out the part about his parents being murdered by dastardly criminals.
     
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