The Weird Al Show (1997–1998)
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Time Machine 

Today's lesson: "It's important to acknowledge your mistakes, learn from them and try to do better next time."

Director:

Peyton Reed

Writers:

'Weird Al' Yankovic (creator) (as Al Yankovic), Tracy Berna | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
'Weird Al' Yankovic ... Himself / Various Characters
Brian Haley ... The Hooded Avenger
Gary LeRoi Gray Gary LeRoi Gray ... Bobby (as G. Le'Roi Gray)
Paula Jai Parker ... Val Brentwood - Gal Spy
Judy Tenuta ... Madame Judy
Danielle Weeks ... Cousin Corky
Teri Garr ... Herself - Guest
Victoria Jackson ... Crying Woman
Bob Scott Bob Scott ... Mysteries Announcer (voice)
Beau Weaver ... Channel Hopping Announcer (voice)
Billy West ... Show Announcer (voice)
Kerry Norton ... Contortionist #1
Doug Jones ... Contortionist #2
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Reggie Currelley ... Reporter
Steve Jay Steve Jay ... Himself - Bass Guitarist
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Storyline

Weird Al turns his clock radio into a time machine, which comes in handy when he realizes he's forgotten Harvey the Wonder Hamster's birthday. The trouble is, he keeps going back 30 minutes in time and then makes a dumb mistake that requires him to go back 30 more minutes in time in order to correct it. Al ticks off the electric company, gets bitten by a radioactive lobster, infuriates Bobby the Inquisitive Boy, enrages Teri Garr, accidentally shaves off part of his head, and gets tripped by a Russian Cossack dancer before realizing that time travel is not the best way to correct a mistake. Meanwhile, Al shows Bobby the black and white educational film, "Mind Your Manners"; takes a nutrition break that includes nachos made from frozen waffles and sardines; and sings Harvey a birthday song about Yoda... What's on Al TV? The exercise show features an instructor who forgot to warm up. "The Young and the Housebroken" shows a blubbering woman leaving her dog. An anchorman reveals that he ... Written by J. Spurlin

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Genres:

Family | Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

TV-G
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Release Date:

11 October 1997 (USA) See more »

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Goofs

When Weird Al is performing "Yoda", he goes near the guitarist in the white shirt. The second time he does this (almost two minutes into the performance), the guitarist is standing upright looking at the body of his guitar. But when the camera view cuts to a wider shot, he's suddenly leaning back with his knees bent and is looking toward the ceiling. See more »

Quotes

Madame Judy: Oooooh! The anxious man is soon bitten by... radioactive lobsters!
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Connections

References The Muppet Show (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Yoda
(uncredited)
Written by Ray Davies and 'Weird Al' Yankovic
Performed by 'Weird Al' Yankovic
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The fifth episode in the series is about time travel, which always good for funny gags; but the script doesn't make much of the idea
28 March 2007 | by J. SpurlinSee all my reviews

Today's lesson: "It's important to acknowledge your mistakes, learn from them and try to do better next time."

Weird Al turns his clock radio into a time machine, which comes in handy when he realizes he's forgotten Harvey the Wonder Hamster's birthday. The trouble is, he keeps going back 30 minutes in time and then makes a dumb mistake that requires him to go back 30 more minutes in time in order to correct it. Al ticks off the electric company, gets bitten by a radioactive lobster, infuriates Bobby the Inquisitive Boy, enrages Teri Garr, accidentally shaves off part of his head, and gets tripped by a Russian Cossack dancer before realizing that time travel is not the best way to correct a mistake. Meanwhile, Al shows Bobby the black and white educational film, "Mind Your Manners"; takes a nutrition break that includes nachos made from frozen waffles and sardines; and sings Harvey a birthday song about Yoda.

What's on Al TV? The exercise show features an instructor who forgot to warm up. "The Young and the Housebroken" shows a blubbering woman leaving her dog. An anchorman reveals that he is not connected to an anchor. A worker at mission control finds he has the wrong extension cord. The Morph-man comes with each body part sold separately.

Time travel is always good for some funny gags, but this episode doesn't make much of the idea. The plot, which is never taken seriously, is given especially short shrift here. The story just ends before the last commercial break and then Al performs a song number. As usual, the best stuff is on the TV shows within the TV show.


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