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The Gift of the Ton-i

Season 1, Ep 7, Aired 11/8/04
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  • Episode Description
  • When Tony tells his wife that his dad's birthday is coming up, she implies that he couldn't find him a good gift. Offended, Tony takes the challenge. He decides to make an appearance on his dad's favorite channel, the All Weather Network. But Tony discovers that the only way he can make a guest appearance on the network is if Mickey takes the executive producer's ugly daughter to a school dance. When Mickey takes one for the team, Tony tells Dana of his gift and they both believe that he has won. But an interesting turn of events proves otherwise.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Will Rothhaar

    Mickey Kleinman

  • Wendy Makkena

    Dana Kleinman

  • Malcolm-Jamal Warner

    Bernie Widmer

  • Jason Alexander

    Tony Kleinman

  • Daniella Monet

    Megan Kleinman

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (10)

    • Sal: Who's the young man in this photograph? Tony: That's my son, Mickey. He's 16. He's really only a boy.

    • Sal: Well, in my business, when we do a favor, we expect a favor in return. Tony: The uh ... the weather business?

    • Tony: That's a lovely hat by the way. Sal: She's not wearing a hat.

    • Sal: My Loretta is my princess. She still sits on her daddy's knee. Tony: (points to photo) Oh, yes. I didn't see you way back there.

    • Sal: (to Mickey) Come here. Here are three chocolate bars. If she gets light-headed, you give her one. But, and this is very important. Do not let her know that you have candy on your person.

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    Notes (3)

    • Listen Up was given a full season after this episode aired, making Jason Alexander the first Seinfeld alum to warrant a complete 22-episode season.

    • For the first time during its run, Listen Up did not lead into Everybody Loves Raymond. The show aired during its normal 8:30 timeslot but led into Two and a Half Men. This was due to an extended 90-minute CSI: Miami which aired from 9:30 to 11:00.

    • CBS repeated this episode on Monday, January 24, 2005 at 8:30 PM.

    Trivia (1)

    • The actor Ray Abruzzo, who plays the executive producer of the All Weather Network, introduces himself to Tony as Sal Videtti. In the closing credits he is listed as Sal Brindisi.

    Allusions (4)

    • Doug Flutie: Me talking about Tiger's game is like Shaq giving free throw lessons.
      Shaquille O'Neal is a career 53.2% free throw shooter, one of the five worst in NBA history.

    • Tony: Those brave men ... fought for this country during World War II. True, when they came back they gave us McCarthyism, Vietnam and Watergate.
      McCarthyism, named after Joseph McCarthy, was a period of intense anticommunism, also known as the (second) Red Scare, which occurred in the United States from 1948 to about 1956 (or later), when the government of the United States actively persecuted the Communist Party USA, its leadership, and others suspected of being communists.

    • Tony: Mickey, have you and I ever talked about "The Greatest Generation"?
      Tom Brokaw has written books and given many speeches on the WWII veterans, whom he and many others consider to be some of the finest Americans.

    • Doug Flutie: (to Bernie) I just wanna pay my respects to a fellow Heisman winner.
      The Hesimsan Trophy is awarded annually to the best player in college football. Doug Flutie won the award in 1984 with Boston College.

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