WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)
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Mr Carlson has to give a speech at a Broadcasters Dinner, so he rehearses his speech at work. It is boring, so everyone starts to daydream. Each of them think about the job they would rather have than working at the station.


Rod Daniel


Hugh Wilson (created by), Pj Torokvei (as Peter Torokvei) | 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


Since Mr. Carlson is nervous about the speech he has to give to the Ohio Broadcasters' Association dinner tonight, Andy suggests that he give the speech a trial run in front of the WKRP staff. Mr. Carlson does proceed with the trial run of the speech to the staff, each who finds it dull as dishwater. As such, each staff member slowly goes into a dazed phase, entering into what is an exaggerated version of their ultimate fantasy, which is suddenly interrupted by something unexpected, either in the dream itself or in real life, to get them out of that daze. In the end, will they be able to cover up that they had no idea what Mr. Carlson had to say? Written by Huggo

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17 January 1981 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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In the syndicated version of this, Bailey's dream sequence is edited out due to the extra commercial time required by modern day TV. See more »


Jennifer Marlowe: [as movie star in daydream] No, please, I'm sorry, but I cannot possibly entertain the thought. Please understand, I was out very late last night, but now I'm indisposed. That's right. I'm not receiving anyone. If they bring a gift, of course, accept it, but then, be a dear and shoo them away. That's right, I must go.
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Spoofs The Godfather (1972) See more »


Speak Softly Love (Love Theme from 'The Godfather')
Composed by Nino Rota
[The song playing in Andy's daydream]
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what a waste of time...

As Google says, a jittery Mr. Carlson tries out an important speech on his staff, with interesting results... To which I say: Interesting? Don't believe a word of it. A freaking big bore. The other reviewer here pulls his punches. The vignettes are so-so? Bah, bah and bah once more. Yes, Jennifer would have seen herself as a glamorous movie star/courtesan type, Les would have seen himself as a World War 2 reporter during the Blitz, and Johnny would have seen himself as a rock star, but everything falls flat WITHOUT ANYTHING being REMOTELY funny. Yeah, to quite my colleague here, not as funny as regular story-driven episodes, BAH! A waste of time throwing away potential, which this group had in spades IF they worked with PROPER material, but this... this... (sputter) is shoddy SHODDY work. And by the way, Colleague, the reason you did not see the Baikey bit, it was a short little bore that could easily be snipped out, so they did, to add more commercials, and if one of those commercials were for dishwashing liquid, it would have been more entertaining anyway...

Stale empty humor that doesn't go anywhere. So far, none of the episodes that have tried to be different has hit it in any way with me. WKRP needs to stay "in that bullpen" with the team working on each other's nerves, that's what the show is about, that works, so why all these little inane attempts scattered throughout... Mars the reputation of an otherwise highly-regarded show, bringing it down to being INCONSISTENT IN QUALITY which is actually the kiss of death as far as reviews go.

I did not like this. This was written without much thought. No real feeling for the characters went into it. Big disappointment if you consider what the fantasies of these people really should have been like...

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