Season 1 Episode 3

The Tortelli Tort

Aired Thursday 9:00 PM Oct 14, 1982 on NBC



  • Notes

    • TV Guide citation: In the October 9, 1982 issue of TV Guide, there is a feature article on Ted Danson with a behind the scenes view of one of the scenes from this episode.

      "So the next day on the set, Danson appeared more as a cheerleader than an athlete. While costar Shelley Long rehearsed a scene in which she threw a baseball, Danson, in a blue windbreaker, munched pretzels and gave encouragement, but no instruction. ("I never even played Little League," he said.) The script called for Long to throw at Nick Colasanto, who plays Danson's somewhat addled bartender and ex-coach, so that Colasanto could demonstrate his ability to let a pitched ball hit him. The veteran retreated offstage. ("Go ahead, throw. Try to miss me.") Danson, who had been tapping on the bar with a baseball, tossed it to Long. "Let her go," he said. Long cranked up and threw, but the ball bounced a few feet away, in plain view of the camera.
      "You can throw better than that," Danson said, and handed her the ball again. This time her effort carried out of camera range. There was a sound-effects thump offstage. Long, who had covered up her eyes, looked up in alarm. "You didn't see him catch it back there," Danson laughed. Colasanto emerged, triumphantly rubbing his head. "Right on the old melon," he said. Danson gave him a high-five handshake and a congratulatory pat on the fanny."