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  • Four years after the end of his long-running sitcom, Bob Newhart returned to series television for another eight years on this brilliantly funny, often surreal sitcom. In it, Newhart played Dick Loudon, a writer of how-to books who buys a Vermont inn, The Stratford Inn, with his wife Joanna. Leslie Vanderkellen was the priviliged maid working her way through college, George Utley was the somewhat dim-witted handyman, and Kirk Devane was the deceptive owner of the rundown Minuteman Cafe next door. In 1983, Leslie was replaced by her spoiled and shallow cousin Stephanie. That same year, Kirk married Cindy, a circus clown, and they moved to Europe at the beginning of the third season in 1984. In March of 1984, Dick became host of a low-rated local talk show entitled "Vermont Today," produced by shallow baby boomer schlockmeister Michael Harris. Michael and Stephanie later fell in love and eventually married and had a baby, also named Stephanie. The unnamed Vermont village that provided this show's setting was populated by eccentric characters such as Chester Wanamaker, who later became mayor, Jim Dixon, his addle-pated sidekick, Bev Dutton, the no-nonsense manager of Channel 8 (from which "Vermont Today" originated), and Larry, Darryl and Darryl, three surprisingly cultured woodsmen. CBS BROADCASTING HISTORYOctober 1982-February 1983 ... Monday 9:30-10:00 March 1983-April 1983 ... Sunday 9:30-10:00April 1983-May 1983 ... Sunday 8:30-9:00 June 1983-August 1983 ... Sunday 9:30-10:00 August 1983-September 1986 ... Monday 9:30-10:00September 1986-August l988 ... Monday 9:00-9:30 August 1988-March 1989 ... Monday 8:00-8:30 March 1989-August 1989 ... Monday 10:00-10:30 August 1989-October 1989 ... Monday 10:30-11:00 November 1989-April 1990 ... Monday 10:00-10:30 April l990-May 1990 ... Monday 8:30-9:00 May 1990-July l990 ... Monday 10:00-10:30 July 1990-August 1990 ... Friday 9:00-9:30 September 1990 ... Saturday 9:00-9:30moreless

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  • S 8 : Ep 24

    The Last Newhart

    Aired 5/21/90

  • S 8 : Ep 23

    My Husband, My Peasant

    Aired 5/14/90

  • S 8 : Ep 22

    Father Goose

    Aired 5/7/90

  • S 8 : Ep 21

    Dick and Tim

    Aired 4/30/90

  • S 8 : Ep 20


    Aired 4/9/90

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bob Newhart

    Dick Loudon

  • Mary Frann

    Joanna Loudon

  • Steven Kampmann

    Kirk Devane (1982-1984)

  • Peter Scolari

    Michael Harris (1984-1990)

  • Jennifer Holmes

    Leslie Vanderkellen (1982-1983)

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  • Quotes (12)

    • Dick: Joanna, what would you say if I told you there's a body buried in our basement? Joanna: I'd say "ick." Dick: What would you say if you weren't a college graduate?

    • Dick: Husbands and wives aren't always buried together. I have an aunt that was buried in Pennsylvania, and my uncle was buried on the beach at Normandy. Joanna: He was killed in the war? Dick: No, my aunt found him there with another woman.

    • Larry: Hi, I'm Larry, this is my brother Darryl and this is my other brother Darryl.

    • Joanna: You invited 60 people to Thanksgiving dinner without asking me? Dick: Don't be silly, honey. You're invited, too.

    • Larry: When Darryl, here, was seven he tried to ride a porcupine. He ain't spoken since.

    • Michael: Dick, the trouble with history is—it's yesterday's news.

    • Attorney Arleen: Please read the letter that was sent to you by Mr. Loudon's publisher. Whitley McVeigh: "Dear Mr McVeigh" 'Dear'..ha! "Thank you for submitting Bathroom Repair." "Unfortunatly it --- unfortunatly it does not meet our needs at this time." (To the court) Well, you know what this is don't you? This is just some fancy pants way of saying "Tough darts, Farmer!"

    • Whitley McVeigh: I still say you stole my book!" Dick: Tough darts, farmer!

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    Notes (43)

    • At the end of every episode except this one and the final episode, when the MTM logo forms, the cat says "meow" in Bob Newhart's voice. In this debut episode the cat does the regular "meow" while in the final show that cat yells "QUIET!!" the one and only word ever spoken by the two Darryl Brothers in the series finale.

      It should also be noted that this season was shot on videotape while the rest of the seasons were shot on film. However the series finale "curtain call" reverted back to videotape, possibly to give it a "live" look.

    • This episode marks the first appearence of Larry, Darryl and Darryl and their business "Anything For a Buck" in which they'll do....anything for a buck. Guest stars in this episode, they appear from time to time in the first two seasons but they won't become full-time regulars until the third season premiere episode "Tell a Lie, Get a Check" in which Kirk sells them the Minuteman Cafe.

    • At the time of the episode Bill Quinn was Bob Newhart's father-in-law.

    • When Dick gets depressed for being denied the Stratford being designated an historic landmark, he ends up watching his "favorite show" using an earphone. When Joanna pulls the earphone out the theme to The Bob Newhart Show starts playing. Joanna quips, "Your favorite show is a rerun?"

    • The many actors credited in this episode apparently do not appear in the syndicated version.

    • Julia Duffy's first appearence as Stephanie Vanderkellen. A guest star in this episode, she'd become a regular starting with the second season premiere episode, "It Happened One Afternoon"

    • Starting with this episode, a new and improved opening theme is introduced. As opposed to the 45 second long original theme, this revised one runs 15 seconds longer. The 15 new seconds of music plays between Mary Frann and Steven Kampmann's credits.

    • Shades of things to come as Larry Darryl and Darryl take care of the cafe that they would own starting in season three.

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    Trivia (14)

    • Robert Hartley told the same "Sam and Janet Evening" joke to Carol Bonderante in The Bob Newhart Show episode "Carol Ankles for Indie-Prod"

    • Final appearance of Jennifer Holmes as Leslie Vanderkellen.  In the first episode of season two, her cousin Stephanie reveals that she has moved to Oxford, England to finish her studies.

    • First appearance of Arthur Vanderkellen, and the only time he's portrayed by Richard Roat.

    • This was the final appearance of Steven Kampmann as Kirk Devane.  This episode may be have aired out of sequence, since Stephanie was going on a date with someone other than Michael, and Kirk did not mention his wife Cindy at all despite having a large role in this episode.

    • Beginning with this episode, Newhart is filmed, not videotaped.

    • When George almost steps on the carpet and shouts, "Yow!" the shadow of a mic can clearly be seen in the bottom of the doorway.

    • In this episode, George's great savings are revealed. . .he says he has bought next to nothing with his salary all these years. However, in episode 30, "The Man Who Came Forever", George says his life savings is just over $400.

    • Final appearance of J.J., the director of Dick's show.

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    Allusions (29)

    • Title is a parody of the song "What is this Thing Called Love?"

    • The title of this episode is a play on the three quotes used in the fairy tale 'Little Red Riding Hood'. In such fairy tale, the lead character also named 'Little Red Riding Hood' says "Grandma, what big ___ you have!" three times, filling the blank with "ears" the first time, "eyes" second and "teeth" third.

    • Episode title is a play on The Stepford Wives.

    • The episode title is derived from the show, Leave It To Beaver.

    • The episode title is a take-off of the name of this Leave it to Beaver reunion movie and series.

    • The episode title is a play on The Rocky Horror Picture show.

    • The episode title is a play on the Madonna/Rosanna Arquette film, Desperately Seeking Susan.

    • The episode title is a play on the classic Fun with Dick and Jane series of books.

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  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • Newhart was a truly great television show! It tells the tales of Dick Louden and his wife Joanna and their Inn in Vermont.

    By ccrothers, Jul 13, 2009

  • I would watch this show before anything else ever made.

    By topspacehead, Sep 26, 2008

  • Life among the unique individuals at the Stratford Inn.

    By Lokar, Jun 28, 2006

  • A hilarious story theme with a superb finale

    By gwactuary, Mar 10, 2006

  • One of those shows you'll aways remember.

    By bonefactory, Jan 19, 2006