WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)
2 user

Venus and the Man 

The station's cleaning lady asks Venus a favor. Her son wants to drop out of high school. She wants Venus to talk to her son, a gang member, about staying in school. Venus bets the boy he can make learning more interesting.


Rod Daniel


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


Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?



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
Keny Long Keny Long ... Arnold Isley
Veronica Redd Veronica Redd ... Cora Isley


Cora Isley, the black office night cleaning lady who has befriended Venus, is in a panic as her sixteen year old son, Arnold Isley, has told her he's dropping out of school. Cora had been saving up in the hopes that Arnold would go to college for a potentially better life than he would probably have otherwise. From Cora's pleas and her worried state, Venus agrees to have a chat with Arnold if he stops by the station the following afternoon. Arnold turns out to be a tough guy, the leader of a street gang who, from his probably less than legal activities, is the type to throw around C-notes to show what a success he already is. Venus has to find a quiet place in the office away from the influence of the other "white" staffers who would only make matters worse. Finding that quiet place may be difficult if only because Johnny, too, is trying to find that quiet place to take a nap. If Venus is able to talk to Arnold and live another day, he will have to find the right buttons to push and ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis









Release Date:

31 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Was nominated for best writing at the Emmy's. See more »


When Venus and Arnold are in the storage room, the shadow of the boom mic is visible. See more »


Bailey Quarters: Well, hello, Arnold.
[nervous giggle]
Bailey Quarters: Well, Venus has told me all about you.
[another giggle]
Bailey Quarters: I know that sometimes it may not seem like it's worth the effort, but I think that, uh, school pays off in the long run,
Bailey Quarters: no matter what you decide to be later on.
[her words have no impact]
Bailey Quarters: Of course, I could be wrong.
See more »


Lookin' for Love
Written by Andrew Barrett
Performed by Candi Staton
[Venus plays the song in the opening scene after Mr. Carlson's driving editorial}
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Venus explains the atom
1 September 2006 | by teacherjtSee all my reviews

This is the episode that Venus explains the atom to a gang kid.

This is still incredibly powerful to students... I wish every teacher could show it. My students never forget the pros, the elected ones, and the new boys. Moreover, the idea that 'whenever you don't understand the teacher, stop him and make him explain it again.' Also, he tells the kid to reword what he is taught into his own meaning... very powerful.

The episode resonates with me as a science teacher (we learn in this episode that Venus used to be a science teacher) and with my students over twenty years later.


12 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed