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Dave wants to start a rumor that Dan Rather and Peter Jennings are getting married, so Paul helps him pick Arnie Barnes' number out of the Omaha, NE phone book to spread the heresy. Later, Hal Gurnee shares insight on the Soup of the Day (cream of potato).
The Soup of the Day is cauliflower; Steve Jordan walks off the set after Dave says, "How would like to stand on my lawn?" (he returns a minute later); "Grant Tinker" hypes the $64,000,000 RCA Satcom K-1 that was launched yesterday; Wilson Pickett performs "Land of 1,000 Dances" and sits with Dave.moreless
Marv Albert promotes his brother Al's chocolate hockey pucks; as the end of his segment, while going into a commercial break, Dave asks Marv under the audience applause, "Are these any good?" Marv: "No." Also, Brush With Greatness includes meeting Andy Williams in Leningrad during a filming of "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous," and boom operator George Wasielke introduces the Soup of the Day (split pea).moreless
Tonight's Viewer Mail focuses on why Dave's eyebrows a different color than his hair; in the latest episode of "The Fugitive Guy," Chris Elliott is "Roger Campbell as Pantomine Mummenschantz," discussing teenage obesity.
Tonight on "Brush With Greatness": audience members describe their close encounters with Mickey Rooney, Linda Blair, and Dr. Joyce Brothers; Bill Marx (son of Harpo) promotes a biography of his father and shares home movies; Jimmy Cliff performed "Hot Shot."
Viewer Mail includes a letter from Rep. Chester Atkins, a discussion of gay euphemisms, and Flunky the Clown; Chris Elliott (as The Fugitive Guy) announces his marriage to "Brandy" (Late Night staffer and real future wife Paula Niedert); comedian J.J. Wall makes his network television debut.
Dave does his classic impressions of James Stewart and Dwight Gooden; for the first time, Gerard Mulligan shows off his newborn son "Kevin" (Chris Elliott); in his first Letterman appearance, comedian Johnny Dark talks about his Italian grandmother.
Gerard Mulligan's newborn son Kevin models the chintzy Dave doll that NBC is selling. Also, on "Stupid Pet Tricks," one dog picks up three tennis balls at once, another chooses McDonald's over Burger King (his favorite), and a third balances himself on a fiber glass rod.
Tonight on Viewer Mail, a flashback with Paul, Dave, writer Fred Graver, and Segment Producer Robert Morton is reinterpreted to give Dave a meatier part in the scenario. Later, in an early TV appearance Whitney Houston performed "Saving All My Love For You."
In her first appearance on the Late Show, Whitney Houston performed her hit "Saving All My Love For You."
Tonight on "Brush with Stupidity," one audience member accidentally locked a guy in a trunk, while another backed out of her garage with the garage door closed. Later, Dave meets 77-year-old ballroom dancing champ Fay Gold, who struggles to teach our host how to cha-cha.
NBC head "Grant Tinker" interviews employees in the NBC Commissary; Dave reads off Terry Forster's 1985 Topps baseball card (his favorite food is Mexican); Paul promotes two books on Dave, "Things Dave Said" and "More Dave."
An audience member named Susan Camp expresses her disgust with Dave over the Terry Forster/"tub of goo" remarks. Later, Chris Elliott makes his second appearance as Roger Campbell, The Fugitive Guy, in an episode titled "Cue for Murder."
In a flashback to March 26th, 1985, Larry "Bud" accidentally hits himself with a hammer, screams out "Sussudio," and gives Phil Collins an idea for a song title; Collins sits in with Paul and the band; after a blowout loss in the LNDL-GMA softball game, David Hartman sends Dave a box of weenies; three months before being hired for SNL, comedian Dennis Miller makes his network TV debut.moreless
Dave starts two feuds in one week when, while promoting a charity softball game between LNDL and "Good Morning America," he wishes David Hartman doesn't show up.
Dave starts his feud with Atlanta Braves reliever Terry Forster, calling him "a human silo" and "a tub of goo." He also takes potshots at Rusty Staub and Rolling Stone editor-in-chief/aspiring actor Jann Wenner.
"Dropping Stuff Off a Five-Story Tower" makes its Late Night premiere; after becoming the first LN staffer to appear in two "Viewer Mail" gags in the same night, cue-card guy Kevin Kay gets an ovation, a trophy, and a check from "Grant Tinker."
"Grant Tinker" introduces the Late Night Anthem, "A Late Night World of Love," performed by the Late Night International Children's Choir, consisting of Dave, Paul, Al Frisch, Chris Elliott, Larry Bud, and four kids. Also, LNDL staffer and aspiring actress Marie O'Donnell discusses her bit part in Desperately Seeking Susan.
"Supermarket Finds" include a Square Egg Press, Hungarian Goulash Paste, and a Granny Fork; two weeks after nearly getting bumped, first-grade chef Brandon Gray-Devitt returns to make cheese, eggs, and surprise rolls.
Tonight's Viewer Mail asks the writing staff what they really want, plus a look at Al Frisch's new game show; 7-year-old Brandon Gray-Devitt, runner-up in the Dorman's Kids-Can-Cook competition, presents a dessert to Dave.
Dave riffs on New Coke; Charles Grodin promotes Movers & Shakers; laser display pioneer Dick Sandhaus weirds out Dave during a demonstration.
Viewer Mail offers some backstory to the now-infamous Van Johnson interview; Dave meets "police poet" Mary Ann Thurber and famed boxing physician Ferdie Pacheco; another remote with Mr. Curious; Darlene Love performed "River Deep, Mountain High."
Dave asks for Paul's perspective on the previous night's Van Johnson debacle; for reasons not entirely explained, a statue of Perry Como is displayed in the backdrop; Dave meets Beulah Baer, who has lived in New York's Morgans Hotel since 1927.
A "customized" salute to KATN-TV in Fairbanks, AK; director Rob Reiner promotes The Sure Thing, and introduces Dave to the film's then-unknown co-stars, John Cusack and Daphne Zuniga; Rob persuades Dave to cold-call Albert Brooks, whose dog does a Stupid Pet Trick over the phone; BB King performed "Caledonia" and sings an old ad jingle for Dave.moreless
Dave and later Teri Garr take questions from a Live Call-In; McCoy Tyner and the band perform "Just Feelin'."