The Classic/Retro Pop Culture Thread

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  1. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

    Feb 4, 2002
    The Old Mixer, Somewhere in Connecticut
    I was into her for a spell in the early '80s, so I guess that "naughty" Olivia worked for me.


    A bit of exposition that I should have squeezed in somewhere--the opals in the consignment that he legally brought over were catalogued and thus easily identifiable. The ones he smuggled in were much more valuable on the black market.

    We saw a little of Wells's frustration, but the focus was mostly on Pete and Jim.

    Nah, they checked him for wants and warrants.

    Couldn't say offhand...there may have been one who learned from his mistakes in there.

    And he wasn't wearing one.

    It was a sudden resignation.

    I forgot to include an "after" shot of the Chief...

    Crooks gotta use shady contacts.

    If he were really in it for the long haul, he'd probably end up becoming "Da Boss".

    On the plus side, Team Ironside are loyal friends and comrades in arms. On the other, they've proven that they have no clue about undercover work.

    Ah, him.

    I was expecting them to fill a little time by actually showing the team having to adjust to their new assignments. That barely came into play in Ed's case, and strictly in service of helping the Chief.

    I guess it's a little late in the series, but the Chief could use a Wo Fat.


    He became an inspector for the RCMP.
  2. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    She was certainly an attractive woman (although I wish I could scrub the memory of the 80s gym outfit), but for me it was like watching Karen Carpenter turn into Madonna or something. :rommie:

    I had no notion that Opals were so complicated. Apropos of nothing, I had exactly one pet dog in my life and her name was Opal.

    Whew. I was afraid he went on to harass Dennis Weaver.

    Wow, he must have arms like a gorilla. Come to think of it, do we ever see him doing upper-body exercises?

    Yeah, but this is the Chief and he's pushing 60. He's got to have investments up the wazoo.

    What the Chief called "slovenly" the 21st century calls "fashionable." :rommie:

    "The Professor." :rommie:

    They really did not make good use of their two hours. This show reminds me a bit of Hawaii Five-0 in the sense that the quality of the writing fluctuates wildly.

    Every great hero deserves a nemesis.

  3. DarrenTR1970

    DarrenTR1970 Commodore Commodore

    Aug 1, 2015
    Bothell, WA
    Since we're entering the holiday season, I'm going to post all three of these 50th Anniversary songs since one has already been released and the other two will be released in the upcoming weeks.

    First up - Slade with 'Merry Xmas Everybody'

    Released 7-Nov-1973 it reached No. 1 for five weeks on the UK charts starting on 15-Dec-1973.

    Next, we have Elton John with 'Step Into Christmas'.

    Released 24-Nov-1973 it peaked at No. 24 on the UK charts during its seven week run. That's Bernie Taupin, filling in for Ray Cooper, on tubular bells. This version seems to run a little faster than the official single.

    Finally, we have Wizzard with 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday'

    Released during the first week of December 1973, it peaked at No. 4 on the UK charts for four weeks, behind Slade's 'Merry Xmas Everybody.' The two songs that kept Wizzard from getting any higher on the charts were Gary Glitter's 'I Love You Love Me Love' and The New Seekers 'You Won't Find Another Fool Like Me'.

    I find it interesting that the song that charted the lowest in the UK is the one that seems to have had the most success here in the US. I hear it whenever the local radio stations switch over to their Christmas format for the holidays, while Slade's and Wizzard's songs didn't get any traction here in the US; although I have heard a cover version or two of Wizzard's 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday' played on grocery store loudspeakers during the holiday season.

    I guess it's become kind of a thing now to see which song, 'Xmas' or 'I Wish' will chart higher in the UK during the holiday season, with wagers and betting.
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  4. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

    Feb 4, 2002
    The Old Mixer, Somewhere in Connecticut

    50th Anniversary Viewing (Part 2)


    The Brady Bunch
    "Quarterback Sneak"
    Originally aired November 9, 1973
    Marcia's putting up pep posters for the game against Fairview High when she's approached by the rival team's titularly occupied Jerry Rogers (Chris Beaumont), whose ulterior motives are made clear in conversations with his pals. Greg can't believe it when Rogers brings Marcia home. Peter considers her a traitor, even though he's not in high school yet. Meanwhile, Carol's anticipating a visit from her old boyfriend, Tank Gates, who's now a pro football player and will be in town for the big Westdale/Fairview game. In the backyard, Bobby and Cindy are still using the teeter-totter, even though they're on the verge of becoming teenagers. While Jerry's in the Brady house with Marcia, Bobby spots him trying to steal the playbook, though Marcia doesn't believe it.

    Greg takes his brothers into his confidence regarding Operation: Wipeout, which involves creating a phony playbook for Jerry to steal. Tank (Denny Miller) arrives at the Brady home and is enthusiastic to see his "Twinkles" again. Mike watches uncomfortably as they reminisce over an old Westdale yearbook; then Tank reenacts a play in an old game and breaks a plant pot, while expressing his high opinion of himself. On Jerry's next visit to the Brady home, Jerry swipes the phony playbook, and Marcia notices that it's missing. Having somehow learned of Greg's scheme, Mike afterward gives his eldest son a brief talk about how his actions were as dishonest as Jerry's. (I can't agree with this at all. He's not cheating, he's countering somebody else's cheating. If Jerry gets fed bad plays, it's still Jerry's responsibility for having stolen them in the first place.) Greg calls a defensive Jerry in order to come clean with him about the phony playbook; and Westdale wins fair ad square after Jerry is benched for stealing the playbook.

    In the coda, Tank's disappointed because he'd heard a rumor about the playbook and bet against his own alma mater.


    The Odd Couple
    "Felix Directs"
    Originally aired November 9, 1973
    Felix complains about a documentary that he sees on TV, and Murray--informed by group therapy sessions at work--tells Felix that if he thinks he can do better, he should make one himself. Felix is trying to think of a subject when Oscar walks in the door.

    Felix in Oscar's room: When Sherman marched through Georgia, he left it neater than this.​

    Felix starts filming Oscar at home, which includes directing his actions; and follows Oscar around town (location shooting of location shooting). Oscar slips into a topless joint to shake him. Felix then hides a camera and mic in Oscar's office with Myrna's cooperation, but she gives it away by talking loudly into the mic. Trying to prove a point, Oscar invites over a director friend, Phil Russell (David White), for a screening of Felix's film. But Russell likes it, wanting to collaborate with Felix on a film that he's making, and to have Oscar be the co-star to the actress playing his stewardess character.

    Felix tries to coach Oscar on acting, running him through exercises. Filming commences in the apartment, and we learn in a discussion between Russell and his partner, Ed (Louis Guss), that they've been working on an X-rated film and see this as a way to bring its rating down to R. Oscar's co-star, Christine (Doria Cook), starts making out with him on the couch, but Felix interferes. After hearing some about the other actors' credentials (multiple spoofs of Last Tango in Paris), Oscar starts to see what's going on and cries "It's a raid!" to clear the actors out of the apartment.

    In the coda, a disillusioned Felix tells Oscar a story about how when he was a kid, he secretly took pictures of a girl undressing, but never had the film developed.


    Love, American Style
    "Love and the Clinical Problem / Love and the Eat's Cafe / Love and the Last Joke / Love and the Persistent Assistant / Love and the Unsteady Steady"
    Originally aired November 9, 1973

    In "Love and the Clinical Problem," Leonard and Janet Ferguson (Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara) visit a marital relations clinic to see Dr. Bentley (Dr. Joyce Brothers) about their extremely good sex life...which they both consider to be a problem, because they're otherwise extremely hostile toward each other. They have trouble keeping their hands and lips off of each other while they express their mutual loathing. The doctor comes up with the idea of reversing her usual process of building sexual intimacy between married couples, but that proves unhelpful, so she declares that they'll have to go cold turkey. At home, the couple try to separate themselves to chairs on opposite sides of their brass bed. As the hours pass with the two of them keeping their hands off each other, they start to pleasantly reminisce about happier times in their marriage, and eventually declare their love for one another...both disappointed that it blows their plan for getting a divorce. When they return to the clinic, they report to the doctor how their marriage has improved except for their sex life, which has disappeared. The doctor then begins her usual process of increasing their intimacy through touch therapy.

    In "Love and the Last Joke," Sid (James A. Watson Jr.) and Paula (Judy Carne) are TV comedy writers struggling with finding inspiration to meet a deadline. Sid thinks that Paula has "bridal block" because of her impending wedding to Walter (Rich Little); then they learn that the special they're writing has moved up so that the deadline is Paula's wedding day. Sid becomes a fixture at marital preparations and Paula is distracted from wedding arrangements by script brainstorming...which continues right up to Sid interrupting the exchanging of vows when he comes up with a punchline. As the newlyweds are leaving for their honeymoon, Sid pops up to inform Paula that the star of the special has been changed and they have to restart from square one.

    This segment seemed very familiar...I'm pretty sure that they previously did another segment about a comedy writer getting married with a very similar premise.

    "Love and the Unsteady Steady" takes place at a junior high dance, where seventh graders Ernie Newbury (Brandon Cruz) and Steffi Michaelson (Kristy McNichol) are separately struggling with their attraction to one another. A comment by Ernie's friend Sammy (David Pollock) sends Ernie into a fantasy sequence in which he imagines himself (still the same age) married to an adult Steffi (Joanie Sommers). Similarly, a comment from Steffi's friend Lisa (Vicki Schreck) triggers a sequence in which she imagines herself (still the same age) married to an adult Ernie (Bert Convy). In both sequences, the kids imagine themselves engaged in a mixture of adult and childish behavior. Back in the present, Ernie approaches Steffi to ask her to Steffi's father and Ernie's mother (Bert Convy and Joanie Sommers) watch approvingly, unaware of the Oedipal fantasies.


    As far as "Physical" goes, I was more inspired at that age by the single sleeve, which my sister had. And it's funny you should make the Madonna comparison...something that's stuck with me was a write-up for some release of Olivia's from ca. 1990, in which the writer said something along the lines of "For those who don't remember, back in the day, she was a sort of kinder, gentler predecessor to Madonna."

    Not that I can recall; but I do remember how in one earlier episode in which he was held prisoner in a cabin, deprived of his chair, he got around pretty well with just his arms.

    "Slovenly" was my choice, not the Chief's.
  5. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

    Feb 4, 2002
    The Old Mixer, Somewhere in Connecticut
    In 1973, we would've waiting until after Thanksgiving.
  6. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    I was going to say. I like the Elton song a lot, but I've never heard of the other two. Now having listened to them, I have a strong preference for the Wizzard song.

    I wonder if the actors ever complained about stuff like that.

    Did he do the "Wipeout" laugh? :rommie:

    Any clue how she got that nickname? Was she into ballet or something?

    It's cool, Mike. He's just a football hero, whereas you're an architect who makes houses that are bigger on the inside.

    So now Marcia has to pretend to still like him until the mission is accomplished.

    I agree. It's a good plan. The guy got what was coming to him-- or would have.

    To say nothing of stringing along Marcia.

    Apparently Tank is also an asshole. Mike should have a talk with him too. :rommie:


    Definitely not part of his daily routine. :angel:

    Well, that was a bit of an ethical lapse on Myrna's part.

    Larry Tate.

    Larry Tate is making an X-rated film. That's fantastic. :rommie:

    I'm not sure what the point of that anecdote was, but I wonder if he kept the film. :rommie:

    Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara.

    Dr Joyce Brothers.

    That was cute. Kind of a character, or relationship, study, with a happy ending. Stiller and Meara were a good fit for that.

    Sock it to her.


    Yeah, I think they pretended to be a couple because they were writing a couple. And he was secretly enamored of her, but she was marrying somebody else. Or something.

    The kid from Courtship of Eddie's Father.

    Later to be Buddy Lawrence. I had a bit of a crush. :rommie:

    Fairly frequently seen character actor. Possibly a former football player?

    Aww, that's cute, if mildly disturbing.

    Interesting. I never saw a similarity before, but maybe-- I suppose ONJ's makeover was as calculated as Madonna's entire career. :rommie:

    They probably should have had some curling barbells and those stretchy upper-body exercise things scattered around the cave.

    Yeah, but that was the impression he wanted to give.
  7. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

    Feb 4, 2002
    The Old Mixer, Somewhere in Connecticut

    50th Anniversary Viewing (Part 3)


    Super Friends
    "The Fantastic FRERPs"
    Originally aired November 10, 1973
    King Plasto (Alden)--a wannabe monarch who schemes to create his own country--and his jester, Styro (Welker), intercept a shipment of raw plastic by creating a life-size duplicate of the GREPS (Government Research and Experiment Project for Space) research station that it's headed for from a hand-tossed egg-shaped container filled with the titular substance of Plasto's invention--fiber reinforced epoxy resin plastic. For some reason the pair of do-badders watch the Super Friends giving a charity golf demonstration from a FRERP shack on top of a truck, in which snoopy Marvin and Wonder Dog are driven to the concealed entrance of Plasto's secret HQ inside a cliff...where Plasto works on FRERP constructs to be used in his future schemes. After returning to the Hall of Justice, Marvin has trouble describing what he saw to the Super Friends.

    At the GREPS facility, project chief Mike Rosecope (Casey) describes to the Super Friends how an advanced plastic formula was stolen from their facility a year prior, followed by various raw plastic shipment hijacks. Rosecope is unaware that his assistant, Polly (Alberoni), is secretly Plasto's inside princess. Plasto deploys a plastic flying saucer and berserk killer whale to divert Superman and Aquaman, respectively; while Batman investigates the identity of the criminal who's been signing for the hijacked shipments as Roy La Post...and a rearrangement of the letters reminds Marvin of the King Plasto signage on the truck.

    Marvin takes the Dynamic Duo to the cliff, where the entrance is accidentally opened by the Batmobile driving off to investigate the area, so the JSF end up entering without the Caped Crusaders...who end up heading to the waterfront where another shipment is expected while leaving the kids behind. The JSF find a storage area of the egg-shaped containers, and a FRERPs arena of unknown purpose. On the waterfront, the Dynamic Duo see a tugboat taking the shipment's freighter past its intended pier. The tug pilot, Plasto, takes the freighter to a FRERP pier and has the raw plastic deposited into a FRERP truck. The Batmobile spots Plasto in the truck and follows it, as Plasto diverts them by tossing eggs that release various constructs...eventually blocking their path with a FRERP factory.

    Wendy and Marvin return to the GREPS facility to show Wonder Woman the initialed egg containers that they found. One marked KPS releases a King Plasto statue; while one labeled RG releases a robot goose. Listening via a device in Polly's brooch to Rosecope and Wonder Woman trying to develop a solvent for FRERP, Plasto deploys various robot gooses carrying disruptive egg-contained payloads. (The geese themselves are sprung from the egg containers, but are carrying same-sized egg containers inside them, so try to figure out how that works.)

    Knight's narration: The petulant potentate of plastic purposely plans to panic the public by perpetrating a perverse ploy, peppering the peaceful populace with pernicious plastic pranks.​

    Superman moves a FRERP dam, then picks up a spray can of the solvent that Wonder Woman's developed, which will dissolve the largest FRERP objects to raw plastic powder. The man of steel dissolves various objects, including the factory and a replica of the Eifel Tower...which dissolve into huge mounds that still have to be cleared by bulldozers. The Dynamic Duo head back to the entrance of Plasto's HQ, but run over an egg that expands into a Ferris wheel that the Batmobile gets stuck atop. The following JSF enter the lair to grab one of the eggs, deploying a FRERP roller coaster on which the Batmobile is driven down from the wheel. Instead of waiting for the Caped Crusaders, the JSF proceed back into the arena, where they end up being pursued by Plasto, Polly, and Styro, whom they attempt to hold off by tossing eggs that spring various FRERP buildings. The Dynamic Duo, Wonder Woman, and Superman join the party, and attempting to take refuge, the trio of do-badders end up caught in Plasto's FRERP jail. The Super Friends very briefly lecture them about how their scheme was wrong.

    The episode ends with Wendy pulling a prank on Marvin by tossing a real egg onto his head; followed by Superman narrating a preview of next week's episode...which is actually the episode airing in three weeks.


    Star Trek
    "Mudd's Passion"
    Originally aired November 10, 1973
    Captain's log, stardate 4978.5: We are approaching the Arcadian star system on a mission to locate an old friend.

    The Enterprise enters orbit of the planet Motherlode to locate Mudd (Roger C. Carmel reprising his two-time role from TOS).

    Mudd selling a potion at a remote outpost is very much in the Space Western spirit of TOS. I don't think we ever saw hand phasers do something like dig that trench. Nichols is the female Ursinoid miner; Doohan, the male human and Ursinoid miners; and Barrett is Lora.

    Mudd is taken to Sickbay, where we're caught up on his criminal history since he escaped the robot planet from "I, Mudd" by stealing a spaceship in a manner reminiscent of the similar bit of business in that episode. Mudd catches on to Chapel's attraction to Spock and, when they're alone, offers her a love crystal to use on the Vulcan. She breaks the crystal in her hands as instructed and experiences side effects from the potion, with Harry seizing the opportunity to pilfer her phaser, with which he escapes from his cell. At Harry's prompting, Chapel goes to look for Mr. Spock, whom she has to touch with the liquid. Meanwhile, the Enterprise explores an uncharted binary system with a class-M planet.

    Spock goes to the bridge to report his emotions. Mudd, attempting to avoid stunning phaser fire, drops a handful of the crystals, which get in the ventilation system. He then overpowers her and takes her in a shuttle down to the planet. Spock is uncharacteristically passionate about saving his love. Then the crystal vapors begin to affect the bridge crew.

    Captain's log, supplemental: Harry Mudd has escaped from the Enterprise, taking Head Nurse Chapel with him, apparently as a hostage. Meanwhile, Mr. Spock is acting very strange.

    McCoy discovers and reports how the potion has gotten in the air system. On the bridge, we see it mutually affect Scotty and M'Ress. After Kirk and Spock beam down, the crew generally start acting very casual...Arex strumming an instrument at his console. The landing party and Mudd are assaulted by a pair of giant rock creatures, but the transporter officer is busy dancing. As Kirk and Spock find themselves bickering, Spock realizes that they've been affected by the potion, and he and Spock attempt to reign in their emotional impulses. At Kirk's urging, Mudd reluctantly hands over his last of the crystals. Kirk tosses them in the mouth of one of the creatures, and they turn on each other as the landing party watches in disbelief. The crew on the ship now experiencing a hangover of resentment toward one another, the landing party is beamed up and Mudd is taken back into custody to face more rehabilitation therapy.


    Originally aired November 10, 1973
    Unable to sleep, Johnny stays awake all night by himself. When he mentions the late, late movie that he watched...

    Chet: That's one of my favorite flicks! If I'd have known it was on, I would've stayed up and kept you company.
    Johnny: That might have put me to sleep.​

    The station and other units are called to an explosion on a trailer-mounted boat on an inland street. The paramedics climb inside the listing craft to see to an injured but conscious man inside. It turns out he was stowing away to make some coffee while dreaming of owning a boat when a propane tank blew. At Rampart, Roy asks Johnny about his problem, and Johnny explains how he thinks that he's wound up because of how his sleep is usually interrupted by night runs.

    A man (Dick Yarmy) walks into the hospital about an arm injury that he sustained when he swerved into a telephone pole to avoid a dog; but the doctors become more interested in his son, Scotty (Stephen Manley), who shows signs of a head injury and is diagnosed with a skull fracture. In a later aside, we're told that he's been released.

    As Johnny frets over his lack of sleep at the station--making it apparent that the psychological stress of needing to get sleep is now contributing--the squad is called to a see to a heart attack victim at a computer center. They're met by an employee named Fred (Ronnie Schell), who points them to his coworker, Dan (uncredited Craig Chudy), who's conscious and acting berserk, climbing onto a glass divider. Fred explains that Dan just had a little grass. The paramedics approach Dan and have to chase him down and tackle him. As Brackett is advising that they stabilize Dan and bring Fred with him, the victim starts to experience respiratory distress. At the hospital...
    ...Brackett finds that the symptoms are indicative of a heroin overdose, but Fred maintains that Dan only had marijuana, expressing disbelief that he could be dying from that.

    As Johnny's obsession with his issue is becoming more of a point of contention at the station, the crew is called to assist a man named Joe Wilson (Joe Pizzorusso), who's been pinned between a semi-trailer and a loading dock. When Early learns that the victim is experiencing euphoria, he becomes concerned about the reaction when the pressure is released. Joe collapses as the truck is driven out, and the paramedics assess his injuries before bringing him in.

    Back at Rampart, Brackett is stumped by the negative test results for anything that might have caused Dan's symptoms when Early recalls cases of similar symptoms from a crop-dusting chemical called parathion. Brackett questions Fred to learn that Dan was growing his own, and using not-commercially available chemicals on his plants. Brackett explains how Dan could have both absorbed the chemical through his skin and inhaled more of it from smoking the weed. Knowing what he's dealing with, Brackett is able to pull Dan through it between scenes.

    At the station, the firefighters prank Johnny, setting up a cradle for him by suspending a Stokes from the ceiling...and Roy suggests that he actually try it. The station is called to rescue a boy who's been buried in a gravel pit that he and a friend were playing in; as well as a worker named Ted (uncredited George Sawaya) who's been pinned down by rocks while attempting to go in after the boy. Roy is lowered in via a winch which is subsequently used to raise Ted out. The firefighters determine that the best way of getting to the boy is to turn on the conveyor at the bottom of the pit so he'll be drawn down. The boy (uncredited Robbie Rist, right around the corner from his infamous role as an eleventh-hour Brady family addition) is freed and promptly revived.

    Back at the station, Johnny mixes a bedtime concoction that he's sure will put him out, but is lying awake at 2:30 when the real cure arrives in the form of a call...which is just for the engine, but a semi-conscious Johnny climbs aboard the back anyway, leaving Roy behind.


    The Mary Tyler Moore Show
    "Love Blooms at Hemples"
    Originally aired November 10, 1973
    Newsroom business always seems kind of obligatorily tacked on in Rhoda episodes...maybe that's why they spun her off. In this case, there's a subplot about Mary having produced a documentary about chimps at the zoo that got a good review, and Ted feeling threatened because an anthropologist narrated it; in addition to some time-filling nonsense about Lou trying to bum a donut off of first Murray and then Mary. At the apartment, Rhoda tells Mary about how Doug Hemple, the grandson of the store's founder, sat with her in the tea room at lunch. Rhoda thinks they that hit it off, but is bothered that he didn't even vaguely hint at seeing her again. Rhoda takes Mary's advice to arrange to bump into him and ask him out, and secures a date. Mary's on the scene as Rhoda's getting ready for Doug (William Burns) to pick her up at her place, while acting uncharacteristically giddy and optimistic.

    After she's been seeing Doug for a couple of weeks, Rhoda has Mary read a letter that she wrote for Doug asking him to describe how he feels about her. Mary advises her not to send it as it's too early in the relationship and could scare him off. Rhoda subsequently drops by the newsroom before a date to tell Mary that she plans to ask Doug how he feels, though Mary advises her not to rush things. Mary returns home to find Rhoda crying in the stairwell and Doug acting supportive...Rhoda having dropped the bomb while they were watching The Waltons. After Doug leaves, Rhoda describes how his answer was that he "doesn't hear bells". Rhoda and Mary both anticipate a slow emotional recovery ahead for Rhoda.

    Along the way, the anthropologist, Dr. Margaret Kellogg (Barbara Barnett), visits the newsroom for the shooting of a promo for a re-airing of the special. The shy chimp that she brings with her, Hugo, surprisingly takes an instant liking to the least likely member of the cast...
    Ted ends up doing the promo with Hugo.


    The Bob Newhart Show
    "Mutiny on the Hartley"
    Originally aired November 10, 1973
    A visit from an overpriced plumber (Henry Corden) and a building-wide raise in the apartment's rent encourage Bob to raise his session rates for the first time ever. When he asks Jerry about it, Jerry gives him mixed signals, but ultimately encourages it.

    Jerry: You shouldn't feel guilty, Bob. D'you think your patients feel guilty about not paying their bill on time?
    Bob: My patients feel guilty about everything.​

    Bob subsequently finds that a quintet of the usual suspects--Elliot Carlin, Mrs. Bakerman, Michelle Nardo, Mr. Peterson, and Mr. Gianelli--have arrived early for their group therapy session to throw a surprise party over it being their second anniversary as a group together. Each gives Bob a present--Mrs. Bakerman's is a wallet that she just finished knitting; Mr. Carlin's is $5. Against his better judgment, Bob follows up on this gesture by announcing that he plans to raise his session rate by $5. Elliott takes his gift back, and guilts Bob about having been his first patient. Mr. Peterson tells Bob that he hates him, then meekly apologizes.

    At home, Bob has seond thoughts about the whole thing. On the next group therapy date, nobody shows up, the group leaving a message via Carol: "Tell Dr. Rip Off we've decided to go it alone." The group meets at Bakerman's house instead, with the session led by Mr. Peterson. The members' various issues quickly lead to squabbling and insecurity. Elliott ends up calling Bob to make a house call. Once he's there, they announce as a group that they feel he's worth the increased rate...though he volunteers not to raise Mrs. Bakerman's because of her low income. The session commences as usual.


    I think it was the main reason for bringing in Oliver...the youngest siblings were too old to do little kid stuff.


    Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to watch the episode on Paramount Plus and let me know what, if any, explanation was given. Good luck, RJ!

    She wasn't in on the fake playbook scheme.

    Oscar was also asking about it.

    But not in this one, where his signature talent didn't come into play at all.

    Who needs to be advised that because of a genetic abnormality, he should avoid excessive gamma ray exposure.

    I knew him mainly from game shows...but apparently he did a stint in minor league baseball.

    It might have been cuter if you swapped the parents...the boy's dad looks like she was imagining, and the girl's mother looks like what he was imagining.
  8. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    Where are they going to put this one? Is there another unknown continent out there?

    What happens to these constructs when the bad guys are done with them? Do they collapse back into eggs?

    I wonder if it's a fake plastic cliff. :rommie:

    So GREPS has this technology, but they do nothing with it?

    Where'd he get the berserk killer whale? Or is that plastic too? :rommie:

    Arenas usually spell trouble.

    So he's also able to make a fully functional robot, complete with computer brain, out of FRERP components?

    Converting fermions into their supersymmetric boson counterparts and back again is mere child's play for a genius like Plasto!

    "And now here's Gordie with the weather."

    Now we know where all those microplastics in our bodies came from.

    Apparently Plasto plans to lure immigrants to his new country with super-groovy amusement parks.

    Roy Plasto, Polly Urethane, and Styro Foam, no doubt. :rommie:

    "An IPO supported by all this technology would have raised billions in about five minutes, you idiots."

    Would have been funny if she accidentally had Plasto's replica of the Great Pyramid or something. :rommie:

    Those miners are just like the ones in "Mudd's Women."

    I'm kind of wondering how Chapel manages to avoid a dishonorable discharge and a long stint in a Federation penal colony for conspiring with a known felon, using an illegal drug, and roofying a Vulcan.

    So they were assigned to arrest Mudd and just keep him?

    "Captain, I feel funny." :rommie:

    The good news for Mudd is that the charges of fraud won't stick.

    I wonder what he hoped to accomplish.

    We've gone beyond the bounds of a mere love potion, I think.

    Yeah, I imagine two horny rock monsters going at it must be quite a sight. :rommie:

    Why bother, really? :rommie:

    Is he not being assigned to the night shift or are they having a dry spell of nighttime emergencies? One of those is real easy to fix.

    Dad-of-the-Year Award.

    Duly noted. Thank you. :rommie:

    So Fred's the one having the heart attack. :rommie:

    ...Brackett hypnotizes Johnny into getting some sleep.

    Seems a bit risky.

    That's kind of funny. :rommie:

    Rhoda's been talking about her dream of finding a husband since day one, and now she meets this guy and everything happens offscreen--meanwhile, as you say, half the episode is filler. It's a little disappointing.

    Aww, nice moment for Ted. He probably wanted to adopt him. :rommie:


    Now that would have been quite a spinoff. They buy a van, head out to find America.... :rommie:

    That's a nice touch, although I'm surprised that the rest of them didn't immediately come up with excuses that they should also be exempt. :rommie:

    It just occurred to me that it's odd they didn't bring in both a boy and a girl. That's the real reason everyone hated Oliver. He broke the symmetry!

    I don't think I care quite that much. :rommie:

    Funny that she didn't dump him and spill the beans then.

    Now that would have been a great two-hour very special Incredible Hulk.

    Must be what I'm thinking of.

    Yeah, but it was that they each wanted a spouse just like the spouse that married dear old parent. :adore:
  9. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

    Feb 4, 2002
    The Old Mixer, Somewhere in Connecticut
    They did indeed.

    I think Plasto may have taken it completely; and may have developed its use.

    Yeah...that was meant to indicate that both were plastic.

    Actually, it was Polly Lean.

    The Super Friends were speculating what gigantic objects might come from an egg initialed RE--Batman came up with rampaging elephants. They actually stood for real egg.

    They were taking him somewhere, but they gotta do their thing along the way.

    It was starting to get more like the spores at that point.


    He's bedding at the station, so he's on duty. Dry spell. Are you suggesting arson?

    I thought so, too. They conspicuously handwaved that.

    Except that he actually looked like he was nodding off while hanging onto the back of the moving truck...!

    They'd played that card at an earlier point, as I recall.

    Actually, he completes the symmetry if you pair him with Alice. But he blows the tic-tac-toe board.

    There may have been a beat to that effect. Somebody would have to go back and look... :shifty:

    Here's the Strawberry Fox about 10 minutes out of the cradle in one of his earliest roles, the 1949 John Wayne flick Sands of Iwo Jima:
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  10. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    I'm glad something about this episode made sense. :rommie:

    Ah, okay. Nevertheless, the cat is now out of the bag. The world will be irrevocably changed into something unrecognizable, unless the technology is somehow completely forgotten between episodes. But how likely is that?

    Which reminds me: What happened to Aquaman? Did he ever come back? Did anyone ever notice that he was gone?

    That makes sense, assuming her middle name was Ethyl. :rommie:

    "What's this SOB?"

    I suppose if Voyager did it....

    And the Naked Virus. It's kind of amazing how often the Enterprise crew gets drugged up.

    That's absolutely fantastic. :rommie:

    The episode could have taken a dark turn. Lack of sleep can drive men to madness.

    Yeah, that is definitely less funny.

    Alice is the wild card, but we could bring in some kind of butler character to balance her. That would really blow the grid, though.

    I've already spent too much time thinking about The Brady Bunch. That grid thing is going to be nagging at me. :rommie:

    Haha, what a goofy kid. Who knew he'd grow up to be the august Pete Malloy? :rommie:
  11. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

    Feb 4, 2002
    The Old Mixer, Somewhere in Connecticut
    50 Years Ago This Week

    November 18
    • At a meeting in Vienna, the oil ministers and administrators of the Arab states said they would postpone their plans for a 5 percent reduction in oil shipments to eight of the nine Common Market nations.

    November 19
    • The Laserium, the first regular laser show was launched by Ivan Dryer, who leased a laser from the California Institute of Technology for shows at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, followed by a tour of 46 cities in North America.

    November 20
    • A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving premiered on CBS.
    • Scot Halpin, a 19-year-old drummer from Muscatine, Iowa, became part of the rock band The Who for one evening after coming from the audience to replace regular drummer Keith Moon, who had passed out from drugs and alcohol. The Who had been performing a rock concert near Oakland, California. For one song, only Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle and Pete Townshend were available to play. Townshend asked the audience, "Can anybody play the drums?" and added, "I need somebody really good!". Halpin finished out the concert.
    • Allan Sherman (stage name for Allan G. Copelon), 48, American comedian known for his parodies of well-known songs, died of respiratory failure from emphysema.

    November 21
    • U.S. President Richard Nixon's attorney, J. Fred Buzhardt, revealed that an 18½-minute gap existed in one of the White House tape recordings related to the Watergate scandal.

    November 22
    • Under the threat of an oil embargo from the Arab oil producing nations, Japan's government agreed to drop its support for Israel and joined the United Nations in advocating for a separate nation for Palestinian people in Israel. The decision of Prime Minister Kakuei Tanaka, announced by government spokesman Susumu Nikaido, has been called "Perhaps the most important policy decision ever made on the Middle East in the twentieth century."
    • Saudi Arabia warned the United States that if the U.S. did not stop supporting Israel, the Saudis were prepared to reduce oil production by 80 percent, and added that if the U.S. attempted to use force, Saudi Arabia would destroy its oil wells.
    Editor's note: This is also the 10th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination.​

    Selections from Billboard's Hot 100 for the week:

    Leaving the chart:
    • "Basketball Jones featuring Tyrone Shoelaces," Cheech & Chong (11 weeks)
    • "Free Ride," The Edgar Winter Group (15 weeks)
    • "Higher Ground," Stevie Wonder (14 weeks)
    • "Let's Get It On," Marvin Gaye (19 weeks)
    • "Loves Me Like a Rock," Paul Simon (16 weeks)
    • "Rocky Mountain Way," Joe Walsh (15 weeks)
    • "We're an American Band," Grand Funk (17 weeks)

    New on the chart:

    "Helen Wheels," Paul McCartney & Wings

    (#10 US; #12 UK)

    "I've Got to Use My Imagination," Gladys Knight & The Pips

    (#4 US; #1 R&B; #56 UK)

    "Until You Come Back to Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do)," Aretha Franklin

    (#3 US; #33 AC; #1 R&B; #26 UK)

    "The Way We Were," Barbra Streisand

    (#1 US the weeks of Feb. 2, 16, and 23, 1974; #1 AC; #31 UK; 1974 Academy Award for Best Original Song; #1 on Billboard's 1974 Year-End Chart of Pop Singles;1975 Grammy Award for Song of the Year)

    And new on the boob tube:
    • Hawaii Five-O, "The Finishing Touch"
    • Adam-12, "Hollywood Division"
    • The Brady Bunch, "The Cincinnati Kids"
    • The Odd Couple, "Maid for Each Other"
    • Love, American Style, "Love and the Blue Plate Special / Love and the Man of the Year / Love and the Time Machine"
    • Super Friends, "The Menace of the White Dwarf"
    • Star Trek, "The Time Trap"
    • All in the Family, "Black Is the Color of My True Love's Wig"
    • M*A*S*H, "Carry On, Hawkeye"
    • Emergency!, "Zero"
    • The Mary Tyler Moore Show, "Just Friends"
    • The Bob Newhart Show, "Fit, Fat and Forty-One"


    Timeline entries are quoted from the Wiki page for the month.


    Raiders of the Lost Ark (10/10) Movie CLIP - Top Secret (1981) HD - YouTube

    a) He never came back and disappeared from the series.
    b) He called a swordfish to pop that sucka!


    You wanna know the final outcome for every uncredited guest who blows through an Emergency! vignette, but you didn't ask how the war turned out for Private McHugh...
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  12. DarrenTR1970

    DarrenTR1970 Commodore Commodore

    Aug 1, 2015
    Bothell, WA
    I never went, but the thing to do back in high school was to go to the Seattle Science Center and watch 'Laser Pink Floyd' at the planetarium while totally stoned.
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  13. DarrenTR1970

    DarrenTR1970 Commodore Commodore

    Aug 1, 2015
    Bothell, WA
    Named after Paul's Land Rover and a pun on words 'Hell On Wheels'.

  14. DarrenTR1970

    DarrenTR1970 Commodore Commodore

    Aug 1, 2015
    Bothell, WA
    Another 50th Anniversary 'Midnight Special' performance. This time it is David Bowie from 16-Nov-1973.

    First up, two originals

    Followed by two covers.

    First, Sonny and Cher's 'I Got You Babe'

    You have to wonder if Sonny Bono and/or Cher saw this performance and what they thought of it.

    Next, a cover of The Who's 'I Can't Explain'.

    You have to wonder what the audience watching at home thought of Bowie.
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  15. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    "You can't explain anything to Peppermint Patty." :rommie:

    Holy Toledo, Ohio. What a great story. Things like that just don't happen in real life. :rommie:

    He's the guy who did "Camp Granada," a fond childhood memory.

    And now it's the 60th. Sheesh. I don't remember where I was, but my Mother tells me she was pushing me down the street in my baby carriage when her friend stopped her and told her.

    I just noticed that the cover is an homage to "Days of Future Past." :D

    This is a goodie.

    I do remember it. It's okay.

    Not really a big Streisand fan.

    "Top. Men." :rommie: Love that. Raiders is one of my all-time favorites.

    Circa 1993: "Say, whatever happened to Aquaman?"

    Damn it! :(

    That's an interesting choice. Not bad at all.

    Oddly, I liked "I Got You Babe" better.
  16. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

    Feb 4, 2002
    The Old Mixer, Somewhere in Connecticut
    And the whole premise of the special was Linus's idea. He either grew up to become a minister or a sitcom writer.

    I didn't realize that the special was coming up this year. This ties in with another first-hand memory...I can recall this being the "new one" completing the seasonal holiday trilogy...which further suggests that at the age of four, I could recall having seen the other two specials at least the year before.

    And little did I know or care while my four-year-old butt was parked in front of Grandma's TV with my sister watching a new Charlie Brown special.

    Wouldn't you have been two at the time?

    My Dad would've been nineteen and was working in a grocery store when they announced it over the speaker.

    This enjoyable little rocker will turn out to be the lead single from Band on the Run in the wasn't meant to be included on the album, and thus wasn't in the UK. I think that it works well filling out side two.

    One of Gladys & the Pips' classics.

    A little more classic and memorable than her last single, but it pales before her early peak in the late '60s.

    Nor I, but the song was kinda big, and it's a classic number that makes her hard to dismiss out of hand.

    The Perfect Movie.

    The camera then panned down to a paperback novel that he was carrying in his breast pocket...I think the title was Our Hearts Were Young and Gay.

    Alas, Marty didn't seem to get any on-camera time with the Duke.
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  17. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    RIP, Rosalynn Carter. Not a Rock Star, but nevertheless a Rock Star.

    He was the wise old man. People identified with Charlie Brown but wanted to be Linus. :rommie:

    This was the first I'd ever heard of him. Sadly, according to his Wiki, he died quite young. But The Who remembered him.

    Yes, exactly.

    Like September 11th, everybody remembers.

    Just a matter of taste in this case. I have nothing in particular against her. And she did do that cover of "Stoney End."

    Pretty much flawless, up there in Casablanca territory.

    That is heartbreaking. A lesson people never seem to learn.

    I wonder if they ever met and what they thought of each other.
  18. The Old Mixer

    The Old Mixer Mih ssim, mih ssim, nam, daed si Xim. Moderator

    Feb 4, 2002
    The Old Mixer, Somewhere in Connecticut

    50th Anniversary Viewing (Part 1)


    Hawaii Five-O
    "A Bullet for El Diablo"
    Originally aired November 13, 1973
    At the University of Hawaii Manoa Campus, Maria Ramos is abducted by a pair of young toughs, Pepe Olivares (A. Martinez) and Carlos Rojas (Richard Yniguez), because her father is Emilio Ramos, whom Five-O describes as "The Man"...though he's generally known by the titular nickname, including by countrymen living in Hawaii. Maria is taken to a mountaintop hideout that looks like an abandoned transmitter station or something, where she meets her lookalike, who applies makeup to remove a distinguishing blemish, and switches clothes with Maria. The Governor informs Steve that Presidente Ramos (Richard Angarola) is flying in to oversee the matter, and that Washington considers it a high-priority matter to please him. At the airport, McGarrett has Ramos's bodyguards surrender their weapons, and the hoods watch as his motorcade departs. McGarrett sets Ramos up in a highly secure suite with an adjacent command center for the investigation.

    One of the thugs calls the hotel to direct Ben to the location of a ransom tape recorded by Maria. Ramos disregards Steve's expert advice to set a trap rather than pay the kidnappers off. The money is dropped from a bridge into a passing boat. The double is then dropped off at a pay phone to call the police as Maria. McGarrett picks her up, and Steve questions her on tape during the ride to her father's hotel, where she fools the old man. Once they're alone in the suite, she drops the pretense, identifying herself as Rita Salazar and shooting him point-blank with a Five-O Special, "for Teresa".

    Rita wipes her prints from the suite's knobs and handles, then rappels down from the balcony via a rope in her purse, to the balcony of a room occupied by Olivares, where she switches into pool clothes and shades and puts up her hair. McGarrett then returns to the suite for follow-up questioning to find el Presidente's body himself--the State Department's not gonna like this! Olivares and Rita return to the station, where, when Maria is upset at the prospect of her father's murder, Rita tells her of how his mistress, Teresa Salazar, was dumped as a liability when she became pregnant for Rita. Steve's suspicion about the kidnapping hoax if the killer was Maria is supported by Che finding that she wiped her prints, and that she was carrying makeup used by actors. The tapes are compared--I knew that was gonna happen when Steve made a point of recording the questioning, which he normally wouldn't bother with--and voice prints support that they were of two different girls. Now they have to buy the real Maria some time while they search for her, so McGarrett informs the media of the impersonation to shake the baddies' plan.

    Olivares calls Five-O to demand a plane in return for Maria. Steve questions one of Ramos's minders to verify that there had been a mistress who was believed to have moved to Hawaii after she was paid off, and birth records lead Five-O to Rita, whose abandoned pad they investigate. Prints identify her accomplices, Olivares and Rojas. Chin and Ben question a former girlfriend of Rojas to learn of the cabin where he used to hold dumb meetings. Up at the station, Maria seizes a fight between the kidnappers as an opportunity to make a break for it and is spotted by the Dannocopter. While Rojas and Rita are taken into custody, Olivares catches Maria and tries to use her as a hostage, taking her on top of a platform. While he's trying to force Five-O to back off and let him go, McGarrett nods a signal to a rifle-armed officer with line of sight behind Olivares and the officer takes his shot...which not only hits Olivares without harming Maria, but only wounds him so that he's still fit for cuffing and booking!


    Originally aired November 14, 1973
    Reno West is a topic at roll call because of the price tag of the string of burglaries suspected of having been perpetrated by him. Wells gets called out by Mac for his third tardiness in six weeks, all attributed to flat tires. On patrol, Reed and Malloy gets a call to see a nurse named Ethel May (Maidie Norman) who's trying to get in the house of a diabetic patient, Mr. Colby, who has a guard dog. The officers go around to a patio door to see the Doberman standing protectively over his prone master. Referencing Frank Buck, Malloy sticks a long piece of wood through the jalousie windows of a bathroom, Reed calls in Bruno, and then Pete closes the bathroom door so that Colby can be taken out via ambulance...after Reed is informed that Colby is going to be okay.

    Heading for a seven, the officers spot Reno filling up a Cadillac at a gas station, a female companion at the wheel. A bit of verbal fencing ensues, punctuated by Reno warning Pete to have the detectives who've been tailing him called off. Reed calls in the car to identify it as belonging to an occupant of Reno's apartment building.

    The officers then respond to a 459 call from the palatial estate of Avery Dawson (Lyle Talbot), who reports that the finest piece in his collection, a jade figure of a Chinese empress, has been stolen from his safe. Reed finds indication that a burglar alarm was tampered with, and upon being questioned about it, Dawson admits that the safe's combination was his birthday, which would be public knowledge to somebody following society columns.

    A subsequent bit of radio traffic reveals that Reno's rented a car to slip by his detective minders. The officers then invetigate a family dispute...a Diane Cooper (Virginia Gregg) telling the officers that her husband (Ralph Montgomery) threatened to strike her. She gets dramatic about how she's been living in terror, but when the officers take him in for an old assault and battery charge that she filed, she's upset and tries to stop them...apparently wanting attention more than action.

    Reno's Cadillac, now bearing a different plate, is reported parked on a Beverly Hills street near a reported 459. The officers proceed to the address to catch Reno trying to escape. Pete taunts West as he's being cuffed.

    That was underwhelming for all the set-up. One of Reno's jobs getting called about while he's still on the scene seems like a lucky break. I might have missed something, but I was expecting more of a trap.


    "Mind for Murder"
    Originally aired November 15, 1973
    The episode opens with the team sans the Chief at a nightclub watching the act of stage psychic Arthur Damien...
    A ring supplied by a member of the audience causes him to have a vision of a burning building with children trapped inside. When he dramatically attempts to point out the murderer, a woman flees the club, unidentified...but it's a man's ring. The team takes interest as Damien's description matches an arson at a school the night before that hasn't been reported as an arson yet, in which three boys under the age of ten were killed, so they question him after closing, making him very defensive.

    This is the fifth in a series of arsons, and the first in which anyone was killed. The team are working the case with an old friend of the Chief's, Ralph Hanson of the arson squad (John Doucette). All assume that Damien must have inside info except Fran, who gives some benefit of the doubt to the psychic's talents. The team does some follow-up questioning of the club manager, Carter (Charles Macaulay), learning that Damien was a walk-in who impressed him by divining his affair with a waitress; and that Damien once had a row with a female visitor to his dressing room, whom the team deduce was psychologist Patricia Moore. Before the team can look her up, another arson occurs, where they see Damien watching outside.

    The Chief visits Moore (Louise Sorel), for whom Damien was a subject in her study of psychic phenomena, though she claims that she hasn't seen him in weeks...but makes a phone call immediately after Ironside leaves. The Chief, who's manning the van solo, tails her to a seedy bar where she has a rendezvous with a despondently drinking Damien. She tries to encourage him not to throw away what he's worked so hard for. The Chief rolls in on them and sends Moore on her way, bringing Damien to the Cave for coffee and questioning. Damien likens what he does to what the Chief does, drawing the difference at not being able to control what he learns about others. Fran brings in a file about how a few years prior, Damien was using his talents to help the LAPD identify an arsonist, who burned down his house in retaliation, killing his wife. Arthur relates how the police subsequently caught a suspect who confessed to all of the arsons, but he knew it was the wrong man and attempted on his own to track down the one who killed his wife, which led him to Frisco, where Moore found him in the gutter and recruited him as a research subject. Then the rest of the team comes in with Hanson to take Damien into custody, having turned up several eyewitness reports that Damien was on the scene of the last fire before it started.

    The Chief has Damien released into his custody by arranging for Damien to demonstrate his ability with the ring for Randall and Hanson (which we don't see). When Damien's released, we learn that there's romantic tension between him and Moore--he wants her to see him as more than statistics, but she's kept herself professionally distanced. Damien wants to continue trying to find the arsonist on his own, but is chastised by the Chief into cooperating with the investigation. What little more Damien can ascertain from the ring helps the Chief and Mark to deduce that all of the fires committed by the real arsonist--other than the retaliatory fire at Damien's home--were started in the psychological testing centers that the facilities used for hiring. Meanwhile, Ed and Fran have been running down all of the patrons at the club the night of the first scene in an attempt to locate the girl who ran out. Fran thinks she's found the suspect, paying a call at the home of Susan Whitman (Patricia Hindy)...who answers the door while being quietly prompted by a man with a gun who matches Damien's description of the arsonist (Burr DeBenning).

    Ed subsequently shows up at the address to meet Fran, finding it abandoned. The armed man, Dean, forces Susan to drive him and Fran somewhere, while Fran learns that Susan gave Damien the ring that night hoping to learn more about him. Investigating Whitman, the rest of the team identifies her boyfriend as Dean Kendall, a janitor who worked for all of the firms where the arsons were committed, with two places not yet struck. They narrow the next target down to an advertising agency based on a cryptic clue that Damien reads from Kendall's clothes, "PR". At the testing center of said agency, Fran learns that Kendall harbors resentment against those who fare better on psychological tests than he does. He locks the ladies in a closet and starts his fire. Ed and Mark arrive as he's splitting the scene...Mark going into the burning office to free the ladies while Ed pursues Kendall, who finds the Chief waiting for him with gun drawn at the bottom of a stairwell, accompanied by Damien.

    The team, now including the Chief, are at the club when Arthur uses his act as a means of proposing to Patricia...who accepts his engagement ring-divined prediction that she'll be married within a month to a man who loves her very much.

    "Guess ya fooled 'em, huh, Artie?"


    The Brady Bunch
    "Try, Try Again"
    Originally aired November 16, 1973
    Jan quits ballet class when she's not chosen for a recital and the teacher, Miss Clairette (Judy Landon), has to tell her that she doesn't have the knack for it. Following Carol's advice, Jan tries another type of dance, tap...but brings both her clumsiness and lots of noise into the Brady home. Feeling responsible for something Jan overhears her saying, Marcia tries to encourage her sister to go for being a drum majorette, but Jan ends up breaking a window with her baton. In characteristic fashion, Jan draticlly declares that she'll never be good at anything--never!

    Having well-intentioned honesty issues, the siblings try to bolster Jan's confidence by letting her win at things--Greg with ping pong, the girls with Monopoly, and the other boys with darts. When the parents find out about this, they persuade Greg to come clean with Jan on behalf of all of them. Following another suggestion of Carol's, Jan switches her sights to drama, trying out for the lead part as an American artist living in Paris for the school play. Jan flubs her hastily rehearsed lines and spills her paints all over the boy she's acting against (Darryl Seman). But later when Jan comes home, she's in unexpectedly good spirits, revealing that the drama teacher, Mrs. Ferguson (Ruth Anson), saw the painting that she brought with her onstage and, also being the art teacher, found Jan's true calling.


    The Odd Couple
    "The Pig Who Came to Dinner"
    Originally aired November 16, 1973
    Oscar's having Bobby Riggs over for dinner as he's doing a story about the tennis star. The evening starts out with Riggs winning a bet by arranging a surprise visit and kiss for Oscar from a woman with the same name, Roberta Riggs (Sandra Giles)...having bet Oscar that Bobby Riggs would kiss him and he'd enjoy it. Miriam leaves, followed by Felix, after she gets into an argument with Riggs over his outspoken chauvinism. Riggs announces along the way that he's starting a club for like-minded individuals, which he nicknames "Riggs's Pigs".

    Finding himself dining alone with Bobby, Oscar tries to win his money back and ends up compulsively engaging in a series of wagers that cost him more money, various furnishings, most of the clothes that he's wearing, and ultimately--as he reveals to Felix the next morning--the lease to the apartment. Felix goes to Oscar's office--which Riggs also takes over (you'd think his employers would have something to say about that)--to chastise him for allegedly hustling Oscar. Felix suggests a wager that he thinks Oscar can't lose--that he can't type his own name correctly in ten seconds--but the cost if Oscar loses is Felix himself. Oscar makes a typo, and repeats his failure when Riggs gives him a second chance.

    Felix is incensed to find himself the manservant of Bobby Riggs, and wins his freedom with a wager of his own, over who can hold a note longer. Emboldened by his victory, Felix tries to win everything Oscar lost back by challenging Riggs to a game of ping pong against himself and Oscar. Felix tries to psych Riggs out by wearing a second head on his shoulder and having Oscar wear a sandwich board with a large picture of Billie Jean King on it. The guys lose, which means that Felix has to become a charter member of Riggs's Pigs. As Bobby's leaving, a new challenger walks in--Billie Jean King, who proceeds to play a better game of ping pong against him.

    In the coda, Felix underwhelmingly wins everything back by paralleling the bet that Oscar initially lost, having the same girl pop up and kiss him, now using the name Jackie Kramer.


    It was a surprise that she went before Jimmy...that seemed to come out of nowhere.

    I seem to vaguely recall the Duke having come up in the squad car once, but I can't remember what was said.
  19. RJDiogenes

    RJDiogenes Idealistic Cynic and Canon Champion Premium Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    RJDiogenes of Boston
    There seems to be a lot of those in the Hawaiian hills.

    I know they're probably trying to keep it all quiet, but you'd think the State Department would have more involvement, like assigning Secret Service or whoever handles foreign heads of state.

    That seems a little far fetched, although I suppose if he's a brutal dictator he may not pay that much attention to her normally.

    So is this all about her personal vendetta or is there some revolutionary group that's using her grievance to their advantage?

    Pretty resourceful of them to find out where he was staying and secure a room right beneath him so quickly.

    "Nuts! I knew we should have brought the Secret Service."

    And he seemed to have no suspicions about her identity at that point.

    Who is he? Make him a regular! :rommie: It sounds like a nice, straightforward adventure, but it does seem to leave a few questions unanswered.

    Kinda random.


    Even before the Internet....

    Supporting our theory that it was never intended to be a story arc.

    I was expecting him to be reformed and to help Pete nail a copycat.

    Kind of reminiscent of a WWW opening.

    Did he see this one at the same time that he saw the other one? If so, why didn't he warn somebody?

    Pre-Data android.

    Does he blindfold him and put him in the trunk first? :rommie:

    So he could have called the cops.

    That would be a very long list. :rommie:

    This seems to be his first deliberate attempt to kill someone. The kids seemed to be an accident, not that it affected him much, and it was unclear if he deliberately killed Damien's wife.

    I hope somebody thinks to get that guy who falsely confessed out of jail. :rommie:

    So apparently psychic powers are real within the Ironsideverse.

    Too bad he never got to wear a disguise. :rommie:

    Unlike Marcia Marcia Marcia, who's good at everything!

    I would not let her anywhere near darts.

    Should have thought of that a long time ago. :rommie:

    So will we see Jan randomly sketching and painting from now on? :D

    Maybe they figure Riggs's byline is worth more than Oscar's. :rommie:

    All he had to do was be himself and Riggs would have fired him within hours. :rommie:

    That's hilarious. Apparently they both have a sense of humor about their rivalry.

    I don't think it will be much longer for Jimmy now. Generally when one half of a close couple like that goes, the other is quick to follow.
  20. Santa Kang

    Santa Kang An honorable elf Premium Member

    Nov 4, 2001
    North Pole, Q'oNos
    Does she have her glasses yet?