WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)

Bah, Humbug 

Mr Carlson eats one of Johnny's special brownies and falls asleep at the station. He has a Christmas Carol dream about being a Scrooge for not giving the radio staff a Christmas bonus.


Rod Daniel


Hugh Wilson (created by), Lissa Levin | 3 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Gary Sandy ... Andy Travis
Gordon Jump ... Arthur Carlson / Ghost of Arthur Carlson's Grandfather
Loni Anderson ... Jennifer Marlowe / Ghost of Christmas Past
Richard Sanders ... Les Nessman
Frank Bonner ... Herb Tarlek
Jan Smithers ... Bailey Quarters
Tim Reid ... Venus Flytrap / Ghost of Christmas Present
Howard Hesseman ... Dr. Johnny Fever / Ghost of Christmas Future
Parley Baer ... Mr. Armor
Don Diamond ... Don Bassett
Merie Earle Merie Earle ... Mrs. Butterworth


While most of the WKRP staff is setting up for the office Christmas party, they are venting to Andy that it doesn't look like Mr. Carlson is going to give them any Christmas bonuses this year, despite Mr. Carlson previously stating that he would if the station turned a profit (which it has). Everyone has a reason why they are relying on that extra money. Andy can and does sympathize, but says that he can do nothing about it, the bonuses solely Mr. Carlson's decision. Indeed, Mr. Carlson is planning on not handing out bonuses this year, instead reinvesting the profits back into the station solely to show Mother Carlson what an astute businessman he is. Eating one of the brownies Johnny made for the party unaware of the special ingredient, Mr. Carlson, while writing the memo to staff about the reason for no Christmas bonuses, falls asleep at his desk. In his slumber, he is visited by four ghosts who may be able to show him the error of his ways and to bring back the Christmas spirit ... Written by Huggo

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20 December 1980 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The title is from the sour exclamation of Ebenezer Scrooge from the Charles Dickens' classic A Christmas Carol: Bah, humbug! See more »


[first lines]
Bailey Quarters: [office Christmas party] You know, I remember my grandmother making these very same cookies.
[with disgust:]
Bailey Quarters: I don't remember them tasting this bad.
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Alternate Versions

The original closing credits played a vocal version of Andy Williams's "Sleigh Ride"; in the 90's redistribution package, it's replaced by a instrumental version of the non-copyrighted "We Wish You A Merry Christmas." See more »


References Eight Is Enough (1977) See more »


Hallelujah Chorus
From "The Messiah"
Written by George Frideric Handel
Performed by Robert Shaw Chorale and Orchestra
[Played at the beginning of the Christmas present scene]
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