"WKRP in Cincinnati" The Americanization of Ivan (TV Episode 1980) - Plot Summary Poster


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  • Despite Andy's directive to the contrary, Les continues to broadcast editorials of his own unique views under the guise of they being the station's views. He also wants to use his news credentials to further those views. As such, anti-Communist hog aficionado Les, with Bailey tagging along as his paid babysitter to ensure he doesn't get into trouble, plans to, in his own words, torpedo a news conference being held by a traveling group of Russian hog experts. At the sparsely attended press conference, Bailey, through a note slipped to her, learns that one of the Russians, Ivan Popasonaviski, wants to defect to the US. Bailey is able to sneak Ivan to the station where Ivan hopes to seek political asylum. Most of the staff, with the clear exception of Les, wants to help Ivan. But none of them have a clear idea of what they need to do in this cloak and dagger role, and discover that defecting in Cincinnati, just in its national position as a relative backwater city, is not the easiest place in the country to defect.

  • A member of a group of visiting Russians informs the radio staff that they wish to defect. Despite Les's staunch position on Communism, the group works to help the Russian to defect while in Cincinati, only to be thwarted by bureaucracy at the last moment. A ray of light at this point shines through, giving the Russian a way through the "red" tape.


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