Johnny Bago

Season 1 Episode 8

Johnny Saves the World

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Aired Unknown Aug 18, 1993 on CBS
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Looking for food, Johnny wanders onto a farm. The "farmer," Kurt, tells him to take a chicken and go away. Then Kurt goes back in the house and talks to Nella, and the two of them go to a hidden elevator, taking them down into the underground control center of a nuclear missile silo, relieving the two officers whose shift has just ended. This is their last day guarding the silo, as it's about to be closed, since the cold war had ended. Kurt and Nella will be leaving the Air Force, and they're planning on getting married. Nella wants to work with Kurt operating Tilt-A-Whirls. But Kurt admits he had dinner with his ex-wife the other night, and she had talked him into selling jewelry she would be making. This sends Nella into a jealous fit... Meanwhile, Johnny is back in his 'bago trying to work up the courage to kill the chicken, when it gets away from him. So he starts chasing it through the corn field. Nella decides to launch the missile, but it requires two people, and Kurt won't comply. Johnny follows the chicken down the open launch doors into the silo, and Nella gets him to help enter the launch sequence. Then Kurt tells him the missile could land anywhere, even New York, which Johnny doesn't want to happen, because his mother lives there. So he tries to persuade Nella to provide the abort code. They talk, they play strip Go Fish, they slow dance to an Edith Piaf song. Then Beverly shows up looking for Johnny. She doesn't much care about the missile, but just tries to get Nella to let him take Johnny. Until it turns out the launch doors haven't opened all the way, meaning the missile will go off in the silo. Then she tries to get Nella to stop it, but to no avail. Believing they have a few minutes to live, Beverly and Johnny make up. Then Kurt and Nella make up, Kurt agrees to the Tilt-A-Whirl plan, and the crisis is averted. At this point, Beverly once again wants to take Johnny into custody, but she's stopped by the chicken, Nella and Kurt, and Johnny gets away.moreless

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