WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)
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Frog Story 

Herb accidentally sprayed his daughter's pet frog pink, and brings it into the station in hopes someone will know how to fix it before his daughter finds out. The frog does not look healthy.


Rod Daniel


Hugh Wilson (created by), Bob Dolman (as Robert H. Dolman) | 3 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Gary Sandy ... Andy Travis
Gordon Jump ... Arthur Carlson
Loni Anderson ... Jennifer Marlowe
Richard Sanders ... Les Nessman
Frank Bonner ... Herb Tarlek
Jan Smithers ... Bailey Quarters
Tim Reid ... Venus Flytrap
Howard Hesseman ... Dr. Johnny Fever
Kenneth Tigar ... Dr. Hunnisett
Stacy Heather Tolkin Stacy Heather Tolkin ... Bunny Tarlek


Those at WKRP are dealing with two maladies this day. The first malady is Johnny's, he who attributes his headache probably to a cold. Les, in his double speak, is able to convince Johnny that he may be suffering instead from something more life threatening. The second malady is Greenpeace's, he Bunny Tarlek's pet frog and the favorite among her pets. Greenpeace is no longer green, but rather pink as Herb accidentally spray painted him. Herb has brought him into the office to get the advice/opinion from his WKRP colleagues on what to do to save Greenpeace. What may be the bigger question for Herb in what seems to be the inevitable is what he will tell Bunny that will not lessen him in her eyes. Through it all, Johnny takes issue with how much attention his colleagues are giving Greenpeace and his condition compared to Johnny himself and his condition. Written by Huggo

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English | French

Release Date:

24 January 1981 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Herb's daughter's frog is named "Greenpeace" after the environmental charity organization. In 1979 the cast of WKRP appeared on a celebrity edition of Family Feud, playing on on behalf of Greenpeace. They defeated the cast of The Love Boat, and raised $ 5264.00 for the organization. See more »


Circumstances demanded that the part of Greenpeace, the dying pink-painted frog, be 'played' by a huge rubber frog. However, after the frog dies, the box is shaken, the 'dead frog' nearly falls out, and his yellow underbelly is seen. Then, to make sure the frog shows no sign of life, it is, for a split-second, tossed up into the air from its box... and clearly has a green back. This frog is supposed to have died because it had been accidentally spray-painted pink. See more »


[first lines]
Jennifer Marlowe: Good morning, Herb.
Herb Tarlek: [carries shoe-box, looks miserable] Hmm.
Jennifer Marlowe: Is something wrong?
Herb Tarlek: Uh, yeah, something's wrong.
Jennifer Marlowe: Could I help, you know, without really getting involved?
Herb Tarlek: No, I don't think so.
[shuffles off]
Jennifer Marlowe: Okay.
Herb Tarlek: [turns back] Could I show you something?
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Alternate Versions

On the DVD release, "You Really Got Me" has been restored. However, "Gone Dead Train" is still there but was replaced with a cover instead of Randy Newman's original. See more »


References Love Story (1970) See more »


You Really Got Me
Written by Ray Davies
Performed by The Kinks
[Played by Johnny after Les' newscast where he talks about the Earth]
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One of the best in the series
8 January 2009 | by pmcguireumcSee all my reviews

This is one of the funniest in the series. "Gee, I don't know Herb... how do you get paint off a frog?" I know everyone raves on the turkey episode from season 1, and overall, season 3 was kind of lame compared to season 2, but the Frog Tale episode is hilarious! Excellent writing, and for once, Bailey steals the show with the best lines of the show. I have seen it a dozen times, and i still laugh until my side hurts when everyone is examining Greenpeace (now Pink peace).

With the exception of Bunny, the child actress, this is a top 10 episode. I only say Bunny is a negative because I can't stand child actors. Great episode though. Clever writing. Great acting. Great pacing. Check it out!

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