Late Night With David Letterman - Season 6

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Episode Guide

  • Show #0819
    Show #0819
    Episode 1
    2/4/87
    0.0
    Paul introduces his parents in the audience; Stanley Clarke and the WMDB perform "School Days."
  • Show #0820
    Show #0820
    Episode 2
    2/5/87
    0.0
    Dave grills four-year-old spelling whiz Rohan Verivadaker to little avail; when a quiz about the Today Show's visit to Australia bombs, Paul brings out some Viewer Mail for Dave to read.
  • Show #0823
    Show #0823
    Episode 5
    2/10/87
    0.0
    Dave goes backstage to check that the drain is moving in a clockwise direction, then calls the Fiji Islands to compare. Later, Del Shannon sings "Runaway."
  • Show #0824
    Show #0824
    Episode 6
    2/11/87
    0.0
    It's time for "Night Light with Chris Elliott," with his guests Lynda Carter and Dave. Also, a group of local grade-schoolers perform a selection from "La Boheme."
  • Show #0826
    Show #0826
    Episode 8
    2/16/87
    6.0
    Iggy Pop discusses his new, "cleaner" image and later performs "(Real) Wild Child."
  • Show #0827
    Show #0827
    Episode 9
    2/17/87
    9.4
    Willie Nelson brings his High School Yearbook onstage and collaborates with Paul to recreate the school's theme song.
  • Show #0828
    Show #0828
    Episode 10
    2/18/87
    0.0
    "Night Light with Chris Elliott" features guest Edward Woodward (cross-promoting "The Equalizer" with Chris) and "Panicky Boy Under the Seats" (writer Adam Resnick).
  • Show #0831
    Show #0831
    Episode 13
    2/24/87
    7.2
    Dave calls Indiana University basketball coach Bobby Knight to pump life into the show; Dave meets champion wood-chopper Helen Bullock.
  • Show #0832
    Show #0832
    Episode 14
    2/25/87
    0.0
    Dave stops the show to check on the morale of the Late Night interns. Later, in tonight's remote, Dave goes to his dentist.
  • Show #0833
    Show #0833
    Episode 15
    2/26/87
    8.1
    In a classic Stupid Human Trick, Scott Vassil stops a running fan with his tongue.
  • Show #0834
    Show #0834
    Episode 16
    3/2/87
    0.0
    In tonight's cold opening, Dave parodies a commercial by comparing two shampoos on each side of his head as Morty and Biff remind him he has a show to do. Dave protests, "This is science!" Later, Lynn Daykin shows Dave how to cook with a dishwasher.
  • Show #0836
    Show #0836
    Episode 18
    3/4/87
    8.1
    Dave cuts himself with one of Arnold Morris's razor-edged kitchen gadgets, resulting in an emergency visit by the NBC Nurse. Arnold later appears on "Night Light with Chris Elliott," in which Late Night writer Adam Resnick portrays Chris' protege, "The Kid Under the Seats."
  • Show #0837
    Show #0837
    Episode 19
    3/5/87
    0.0
    A new lawsuit is launched as Dave makes a joke about "Martha Raye, condom user." Later, a group of grade-schoolers show Dave several sandwiches with unusual toppings.
  • Show #0838 (870316)
    Show #0838 (870316)
    Episode 20
    3/16/87
    0.0
    Partly because Calvert DeForest isn't happy situated in high places, tonight marks the debut of "Ask Larry 'The Big Man' Melman," where Calvert stands 10 feet above the studio floor.
  • Show #0839 (870317)
    Show #0839 (870317)
    Episode 21
    3/17/87
    8.2
    The studio audience selects a new Late Night catchphrase: "It's funny; I hate the itching, but I don't mind the swelling."
  • Show #0840 (870318)
    Show #0840 (870318)
    Episode 22
    3/18/87
    0.0
    Throughout the show, Dave is seen on videotape writing a camp-like letter of his day to his mom.
  • Show #0841 (870319)
    Show #0841 (870319)
    Episode 23
    3/19/87
    0.0
    Tonight on Viewer Mail: Flunky the Clown complains about his infected tattoo. Later, the band walks out after being insulted by Dave but is coaxed back in with a plate of homemade fudge.
  • Show #0842
    Show #0842
    Episode 24
    3/23/87
    0.0
    Dave pays tribute to WTPA-TV in Tupelo, Mississippi, as the apparation of Elvis Presley (Rick Scheckman) makes a return appearance.
  • Show #0843
    Show #0843
    Episode 25
    3/24/87
    0.0
    Dave's Record Collection includes "Background Music for Home Movies: 'Pets and Pretzels,'" "The Astrology Album: 'The David Crosby Interview,'" and Tony Perkins' "From My Heart: 'Taking a Chance on Love.'"
  • Show #0844
    Show #0844
    Episode 26
    3/25/87
    0.0
    Dave's unhappy with a joke told during his opening remarks, so he and Pete Fatovich go downstairs to the videotape editing room and instruct tape editor Melanie Rock to splice it out. Bob Vila and Norm Abrams of the PBS home improvement show "This Old House" build screen doors. Chris Elliott impersonates Paul as Dave presents "Small Town News." Psychic Jeane Dixon makes a few predictions about Dave and the Academy Awards. Eric Burdon (formerly of rock group The Animals) and the WMDB perform "I Used To Be An Animal, But I'm All Right Now" (also the title of Burdon's autobiography).moreless
  • Show #0845
    Show #0845
    Episode 27
    3/26/87
    10
    The legendary water fountain comtraptions known as the "Dancing Waters" are introduced during Viewer Mail, and they remain in front of Dave's desk for the next 8 months.
  • Show #0846 (870511)
    Show #0846 (870511)
    Episode 28
    5/11/87
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0847
    Show #0847
    Episode 29
    3/31/87
    0.0
    Jack Hanna makes another memorable appearance on Late Night as a goat takes a dump on the set and Jack sprays milk all over Dave's pants.
  • Show #0848
    Show #0848
    Episode 30
    4/1/87
    0.0
    Dave formally apologizes to Martha Raye for the "condom user" remark; a Godzilla-sized Larry Bud fields audience questions.
  • Show #0849
    Show #0849
    Episode 31
    4/2/87
    0.0
    Dave displays his Official Chart of Weasels: #3 is Independent Producers; #2 is Record Company Executives; #1 is Show Business Attorneys.
  • Show #0850 (870512)
    Show #0850 (870512)
    Episode 32
    5/12/87
    0.0
    Bill Wendell reads the Top Ten; Dave grills Bobby Knight about this notorious temper.
  • Show #0851 (870407)
    Show #0851 (870407)
    Episode 33
    4/7/87
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0852 (870408)
    Show #0852 (870408)
    Episode 34
    4/8/87
    8.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0853 (870409)
    Show #0853 (870409)
    Episode 35
    4/9/87
    0.0
    Writer/bit player Gerard Mulligan replaces "Old Henry" as the guy Dave fires from the show after a minor mishap; as usual, Dave is rewarded with disapproving catcalls from the studio audience until he rehires the poor schlub.
  • Show #0854 (870513)
    Show #0854 (870513)
    Episode 36
    5/13/87
    0.0
    Before the show, Dave introduces Jay Leno and Mets catcher Gary Carter backstage and gives them a test to determine who will appear first. Jay wins.
  • Show #0855 (870414)
    Show #0855 (870414)
    Episode 37
    4/14/87
    0.0
    Dave calls New Zealand and invests in its stock market. By the end of the show, he's gained $36.50. The next day, he's down $17.
  • Show #0856 (870415)
    Show #0856 (870415)
    Episode 38
    4/15/87
    0.0
    Former "David Letterman Show" writer Rich Hall appears in jackets made of a crossword puzzle and popcorn; "Lawrence B. Melman" presents the Top Ten.
  • Show #0857 (870416)
    Show #0857 (870416)
    Episode 39
    4/16/87
    0.0
    Billy Martin crashes Dave's chat with Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
  • Show #0858 (870514)
    Show #0858 (870514)
    Episode 40
    5/14/87
    0.0
    Paul plugs his tribute to Sin City, a Cinemax special called "Viva Shaf Vegas," a week before the Late Night airs from the gambling capital.
  • Show #0859 (870428)
    Show #0859 (870428)
    Episode 41
    4/28/87
    0.0
    Advertisements appear on the the Thrill-Cam this week. Tonight, Budweiser does the honor. Later, in tribute to President James Monroe's birthday, the Peace Through Dramatization Players present "Birthday of Joy, Birthday of Terror."
  • Show #0860 (870429)
    Show #0860 (870429)
    Episode 42
    4/29/87
    0.0
    Paul needs some ice, so he and Dave go "upstairs" and retrieve ice out of the refrigerator in the NBC newsroom, while Tom Brokaw is pretending to broadcast the news.
  • Show #0861 (870430)
    Show #0861 (870430)
    Episode 43
    4/30/87
    9.5
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0862
    Show #0862
    Episode 44
    5/4/87
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0863
    Show #0863
    Episode 45
    5/5/87
    0.0
    Late Night staff researchers Laurie Guthrie and Rob Burnett review "Ishtar."
  • Show #0864
    Show #0864
    Episode 46
    5/6/87
    0.0
    Dave calls a 7-11 in Las Vegas to get someone there to gamble on a slot machine. Loss: one dollar.
  • Show #0865
    Show #0865
    Episode 47
    5/7/87
    0.0
    In a bid for its town to become the new Top Ten Home Office, the mayor of Scottsdale, Arizona, Herbert Drinkwater, reads the "Top Ten Modern Municipal Problems or Panda Names."
  • Show #0870 (870518)
    Show #0870 (870518)
    Episode 48
    5/18/87
    0.0
    The show begins its week at Bally's in Las Vegas as Dave keeps a running tally of staff gambling losses. By the end of the week, they will have lost $100,025. Also throughout the week, Dave introduces Jerry Vale in the audience.
  • Show #0871 (870519)
    Show #0871 (870519)
    Episode 49
    5/19/87
    0.0
    Las Vegas, Day 2: James Baggett is introduced to the viewing public during a remote called "Elvis, the Drifter, and Me." Also, Sammy Davis Jr. sings "For Once in My Life."
  • Show #0872 (870520)
    Show #0872 (870520)
    Episode 50
    5/20/87
    7.0
    Las Vegas, Day 3: Larry "Bud" and three showgirls enter on the Rolling Throne; Dave plays the world's largest slot machine; for once, when introducing tonight's segment of "Stupid Pet Tricks," wagering is allowed; singer Lola Folana discusses her brush with death; Regina Baranton foot-juggles.
  • Show #0873 (870521)
    Show #0873 (870521)
    Episode 51
    5/21/87
    5.0
    On the show's last night in Las Vegas, Dave is given a tour of the Hoover Dam.
  • Show #0874 (870525)
    Show #0874 (870525)
    Episode 52
    5/25/87
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0875 (870526)
    Show #0875 (870526)
    Episode 53
    5/26/87
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0876 (870527)
    Show #0876 (870527)
    Episode 54
    5/27/87
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0877 (870528)
    Show #0877 (870528)
    Episode 55
    5/28/87
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0874 (870609)
    Show #0874 (870609)
    Episode 56
    6/9/87
    0.0
    Dave promotes Late Night's moving from a Monday-Thursday to a Tuesday-Friday taping schedule. Also, Dave calls James "The Drifter" Baggett in Butler, Alabama for a review of Ishtar: "It was okay."
  • Show #0875
    Show #0875
    Episode 57
    6/10/87
    5.0
    Larry Bud interviews Sally Struthers, who later quizes Dave on his etiquette.
  • Show #0876
    Show #0876
    Episode 58
    6/11/87
    0.0
    Chris Elliott drops by to plug "Friday Night Videos," the program Late Night is replacing effective this week. Also, Dave closes the show by honoring the memory of "Technician's Corner" host Jimmy Fitzgerald, who passed away the day before.
  • Show #0877
    Show #0877
    Episode 59
    6/12/87
    0.0
    It's Late Night's first regular Friday night show, featuring Stupid Pet Tricks and smashing random items with a 90-ton press.
  • Show #0878
    Show #0878
    Episode 60
    6/16/87
    0.0
    Larry Bud shows slides from his weekend in Los Angeles with Sally Struthers.
  • Show #0879 (870617)
    Show #0879 (870617)
    Episode 61
    6/17/87
    6.0
    The Late Night set is turned into a disco hall as Dave introduces the Magic Late Night Reflecting Sphere; Dave calls a hospital in London, England to ask about the Elephant Man's remains; Dave announces the birth of Chris Elliott's daughter Abigail.
  • Show #0880 (870618)
    Show #0880 (870618)
    Episode 62
    6/18/87
    8.4
    James "The Drifter" Baggett presents the Top Ten; more items are squished with a 90-ton press.
  • Show #0881 (870619)
    Show #0881 (870619)
    Episode 63
    6/19/87
    0.0
    On Late Night's second Friday broadcast, Dave visits Pete Fatovich's house in suburban New Jersey, then chats with octogenarian weightlifter Helen Zeckmeister.
  • Show #0882 (870623)
    Show #0882 (870623)
    Episode 64
    6/23/87
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0883 (870624)
    Show #0883 (870624)
    Episode 65
    6/24/87
    0.0
    Mr. Humidity, 1987 is chosen and is handed over the title by Mr. and Ms. Humidity, 1985.
  • Show #0884 (870625)
    Show #0884 (870625)
    Episode 66
    6/25/87
    0.0
    Synopsis to be added later.
  • Show #0885 (870626)
    Show #0885 (870626)
    Episode 67
    6/26/87
    0.0
    Dave makes a ceramic monkey for Tom Brokaw; Suzanne Vega performs "Luka."
  • Show #0886
    Show #0886
    Episode 68
    7/15/87
    0.0
    In his first new show since the start of the technicians' strike three weeks earlier, Dave acknowledges the clusters of dark and "errant cameras" filling the stage with "new friends."
  • Show #0887
    Show #0887
    Episode 69
    7/16/87
    0.0
    Chris Elliott testifies at the Iran/Contra hearings; Valerie Perrine promotes Maid to Order.
  • Show #0888
    Show #0888
    Episode 70
    7/17/87
    0.0
    Tonight's remote is another visit to Dave's Rod and Reel, with Paul Shaffer and Chris Elliott.
  • Show #0889
    Show #0889
    Episode 71
    7/21/87
    0.0
    Chris Elliott testifies again at the Iran/Contra hearings, as his lawyer tries to cop a feel.
  • Show #0890
    Show #0890
    Episode 72
    7/22/87
    6.3
    "Ask Larry 'The Big Man' Melman" debuts. Larry, who hates heights, is 10 feet tall as he takes questions from the audience.
  • Show #0891
    Show #0891
    Episode 73
    7/23/87
    0.0
    Paul sings "Lettermania," a song performed the night before by Carl Reiner, who makes a brief surprise return appearance tonight and weirds out Dave.
  • Show #0892
    Show #0892
    Episode 74
    7/24/87
    0.0
    Bob E. "Badfinger" Von Merta performs "Wipeout" with his snapping fingers.
  • Show #0893
    Show #0893
    Episode 75
    7/28/87
    9.9
    In one of the most bizarre incidents in Late Night history, a clearly delusional Crispin Glover walks onstage in platform shoes and a fright wig, rambles about an article in the LA Times that slandered him, then swerves to nearly kick Dave in the head.
  • Show #0894
    Show #0894
    Episode 76
    7/29/87
    8.3
    Before the show, the clip from last night's Crispin Glover appearance is repeated, as Dave wakes up from a nightmare. Unfortunately, Paul and Biff tell Dave, it was no nightmare.
  • Show #0895
    Show #0895
    Episode 77
    7/30/87
    10
    Steve Martin asks to borrow Dave's trademark pencil-throw, but when he tries it, he misses the window... several times. After a commercial break, there are thousands of pencils all over the set as Steve still tries to hit the window. Meanwhile, writer Adam Resnick is carried away on a stretcher with two pencils lodged in his chest.moreless
  • Show #0896
    Show #0896
    Episode 78
    7/31/87
    0.0
    Chris Elliott makes his debut appearance as Marlon Brando, amusing Dave with his quirks and various non-sequitors.
  • Show #0897
    Show #0897
    Episode 79
    8/4/87
    0.0
    The Thrill-Cam breaks off its hinges for the first time, setting in motion months of exciting spine-tingling adventures outside the studio. Also, Dave calls James "The Drifter" Baggett, who reports on the Arena Football Championship in Pittsburgh.
  • Show #0898
    Show #0898
    Episode 80
    8/5/87
    0.0
    Dave (and his new producer) contend with a fire in the show's offices earlier in the day, an inebriated Oliver Reed, and Chris Elliott's second appearance as Marlon Brando.
  • Show #0899
    Show #0899
    Episode 81
    8/6/87
    0.0
    The Dancing Waters are on tour, first visiting the NBC Commissary, then at Live-at-Five. Also, Dave calls a car agency in Butler, Alabama, to purchase a used car for James "The Drifter" Baggett. The car agency hangs up on him.
  • Show #0900
    Show #0900
    Episode 82
    8/7/87
    0.0
    In tonight's remote, Dave interviews skilled bodyguards in his office.
  • Show #0901
    Show #0901
    Episode 83
    8/11/87
    5.0
    "What's Hal Wearing" debuts; tonight's outfit is a blue shirt, chinos, and brown loafers.
  • Show #0902
    Show #0902
    Episode 84
    8/12/87
    0.0
    Robert Goulet sings tonight's rendition of "Supermarket Finds"; Grace Slick waxes nostalgic on the 20th anniversary of the Summer of Love.
  • Show #0903
    Show #0903
    Episode 85
    8/13/87
    0.0
  • Show #0904
    Show #0904
    Episode 86
    8/14/87
    0.0
    Dave is fascinated with a giant novelty Swiss Army Knife, but in the process ignores the Dancing Waters, which is now strewn with litter. Before Dave introduces Chris Isaak, a little girl walks onstage with a box of donated money to "Save the Dancing Waters." By the end of the show, the gadget is brought back to life in all its full glory.moreless
  • Show #0905
    Show #0905
    Episode 87
    8/18/87
    0.0
  • Show #0906
    Show #0906
    Episode 88
    8/19/87
    0.0
  • Show #0907
    Show #0907
    Episode 89
    8/20/87
    0.0
    "Dave's Rock Collection" is aborted as Dave checks into the control room and discovers it's "Sauna Night" in there. Meanwhile, Al Franken draws the United States on a dry-erase board in just two minutes.
  • Show #0908
    Show #0908
    Episode 90
    8/21/87
    0.0
    On "Dave's Record Collection," the audio isn't working, so Dave leaves the studio to "cool off" and proceeds to eat soap and steal watches in the restroom.
  • Show #0909
    Show #0909
    Episode 91
    8/25/87
    0.0
    Robert Goulet sings the theme to "Dumb Ads"; Michael Caine promotes Jaws IV; writer-comedian Drake Sather makes his network television debut.
  • Show #0910
    Show #0910
    Episode 92
    8/26/87
    0.0
    Dave has fun with a Brazilian busboy, then later gets intimidated by Rena Smaha's pet monkey (see recap).
  • Show #0911
    Show #0911
    Episode 93
    8/27/87
    0.0
    The Thrill-Cam is greeted in the hall by a surprise party after Dave reads the "Top Ten Reasons Why TV Is Better Than Books."
  • Show #0912
    Show #0912
    Episode 94
    8/28/87
    0.0
    Tonight's remote looks at Past Photos of Dave and Suggested Photo Stances (Surveillance, License, Street, Aerial, and CatScan). Also, participants from the Ohio State Fair bring on the show a giant hog (who weighs 1,205 pounds), a giant bull (2,750 pounds), and a sculpture made of butter.
  • Show #0913
    Show #0913
    Episode 95
    9/15/87
    0.0
    The Thrill-Cam crashes the set of Live at Five; after being threatened with yet another lawsuit (prompting an appearance by an NBC attorney), Dave announces that the Dancing Waters are now to be renamed the Prancing Fluids.
  • Show #0914
    Show #0914
    Episode 96
    9/16/87
    0.0
    Tonight on the final installment of "What's Hal Wearing": As a tribute to yet another concept that ran beyond its course, Hal is given flowers, cake, golf clubs, and a plaque. Later, Dave talks with Glendora Buell, host of the New York City cable access show, "A Chat With Glendora."
  • Show #0915
    Show #0915
    Episode 97
    9/17/87
    0.0
    During a game of Scrabble backstage, Dave and Jerry Garcia argue over the use of the word "Truckin'"; "What's Hal Wearing" is replaced with "What's For Supper, Hal?"; the Thrill-Cam unwittingly kills a network staffer.
  • Show #0916
    Show #0916
    Episode 98
    9/18/87
    0.0
  • Show #0917
    Show #0917
    Episode 99
    9/22/87
    0.0
    Debuting a new Late Night bit, the Prancing Fluids are filled with 20 gallons (roughly 300 bottles) of Scope Mouthwash. Meanwhile, "Ask Larry 'The Big Man' Melman" makes his farewell performance, as Dave hands out pieces of the 10-foot-tall prop to audience participants.
  • Show #0918
    Show #0918
    Episode 100
    9/23/87
    0.0
    Dave asks Paul about the origins of the WMDB's name; The Prancing Fluids are loaded with 20 gallons (or 200 bottles) of Lavoris; Dave flirts with Kaye Lani Rae Rafko, Miss America 1988.
  • Show #0919
    Show #0919
    Episode 101
    9/24/87
    0.0
    120 bottles of Blue Peppermint Scope are thrown into The Prancing Fluids; due to the still-ongoing technician's strike, the NBC Bookmobile lady is forced to drive the forklift herself; ex-football star Art Donovan tells a few more tall tales.
  • Show #0920
    Show #0920
    Episode 102
    9/25/87
    0.0
    The Prancing Fluids are filled tonight with 20 gallons of cheap Carlo Rossi wine. Also, Chris Elliott makes another loopy appearance as Marlon Brando.
  • Show #0921
    Show #0921
    Episode 103
    9/29/87
    0.0
    NBC's Research Department learns that no one is watching Late Night in Bangor, Maine, so Dave riffles as Larry "Bud" points in a Bangor phonebook in order to call a resident and find out why. Meanwhile, Paul sings "Destination: Bangor, Maine," which includes the verse "Bangor? I don't even know her."moreless
  • Show #0922
    Show #0922
    Episode 104
    9/30/87
    0.0
    The Prancing Fluids are filled with milk, while Paul's Prancing Fluids, Junior is filled with Tidy Bowl.
  • Show #0923
    Show #0923
    Episode 105
    10/1/87
    0.0
    The Prancing Fluids are filled with 50 gallons of orange-ade, while Paul's Prancing Fluids, Jr., are filled with scotch and soda; Les Paul sits in with the band; Dave drives his rented convertible through a car wash ...with the top down.
  • Show #0924
    Show #0924
    Episode 106
    10/2/87
    10
    Dave does his first (of many) impression of Detroit Tigers manager Sparky Anderson; Chris Elliott (as Marlon Brando) performs his banana dance.
  • Show #0925
    Show #0925
    Episode 107
    10/6/87
    0.0
    The apparition of Tom Snyder is seen in the Prancing Fluids, which tonight is filled with generic supermarket soda.
  • Show #0926
    Show #0926
    Episode 108
    10/7/87
    0.0
    David Sanborn and Hiram Bullock sit in with the WMDB; beloved "Man from U.N.C.L.E." star Robert Vaughn recites names from the Bangor, Maine phonebook; Sanborn performs "Chicago Song."
  • Show #0927
    Show #0927
    Episode 109
    10/8/87
    0.0
  • Show #0928
    Show #0928
    Episode 110
    10/9/87
    0.0
    Dave's assistant, Laurie Diamond, appears as a "lady of the night" in a Chris-Elliott-as-Marlon-Brando segment.
  • Show #0929
    Show #0929
    Episode 111
    10/13/87
    0.0
    A camera crew goes up to the 7th floor to entertain people in the NBC infirmary; Belinda Carlisle performed "Band of Gold."
  • Show #0930
    Show #0930
    Episode 112
    10/14/87
    0.0
    During tonight's comedy segment, a new catchphrase for home runs is chosen. Dave then calls Al Michaels and asks him to say "Elvis has left the building" whenever a home run is hit during the MLB playoffs.
  • Show #0931
    Show #0931
    Episode 113
    10/15/87
    0.0
  • Show #0932
    Show #0932
    Episode 114
    10/16/87
    0.0
    As the months-long technician's strike nears an end, Paul offers a toast: "Here's to the scabs." Later, Dave meets Mary Petty and her traveling lawn elf.
  • Show #0933
    Show #0933
    Episode 115
    10/27/87
    0.0
    After a tiny man jumps out of a backdrop skyscraper, Dave thanks those who made it all possible: technician Tom Casabona, model-maker Kathleen Ankers, writers Larry Jacobson & Joe Toplyn, Pete Fatovich, his son Pete, Jr., and wife Marilou. Biff Henderson then closes another "Realm of Mystery."
  • Show #0934
    Show #0934
    Episode 116
    10/28/87
    0.0
    Tom Jones sings the theme to "Supermarket Finds." Staffer Bridget Jackson's sister Becky is competing for Homecoming Queen, so Dave bribes Becky's senior class $5 to vote for her. (A week later, she wins, but Dave sends the class the Prancing Fluids instead.)
  • Show #0935
    Show #0935
    Episode 117
    10/29/87
    0.0
    Regis Philbin presents "Small Town News" while Dave goes out to do some chores. The band wants to leave, but Regis, acting as substitute teacher, makes them stay.
  • Show #0936
    Show #0936
    Episode 118
    10/30/87
    0.0
    A pumpkin is displayed on Dave's desk throughout the show; by the end of the show, it's completely melted to the plate. Also, Chris Elliott is Marlon Brando wearing a monkey mask.
  • Show #0937
    Show #0937
    Episode 119
    11/3/87
    0.0
    Several technical staffers (including Bob Rooney and sound effects guru Howard Vinitsky) are welcomed back to the show; Bridget Jackson discusses her sister's selection as homecoming queen, prompting Dave to send The Prancing Fluids to her high school.
  • Show #0938
    Show #0938
    Episode 120
    11/4/87
    0.0
    Dave offers the "Top Ten NYC Pedestrian Tips" via a megaphone outside of a window overlooking Radio City Music Hall.
  • Show #0939
    Show #0939
    Episode 121
    11/5/87
    0.0
    In a spoof of Geraldo Rivera's Al Capone vault-opening disaster, Larry "Bud" announces "Padlock of Mystery," where he opens a locked closet and finds plastic buckets. Meanwhile, Tony Bennett gets a haircut at Jerry's Barber Shop.
  • Show #0940
    Show #0940
    Episode 122
    11/6/87
    0.0
    Tonight on Viewer Mail: "What are you leaving Paul and the band in your will?" Sid wants a microphone, Paul a painting, Anton cash and real estate, and Will a picture of Dave and former President Ford. Later, Dave learns how to drive a New Jersey bus, and Joe Cocker performs his top 40 hit "Unchain My Heart."moreless
  • Show #0941
    Show #0941
    Episode 123
    11/10/87
    0.0
    Before the show, Tom Snyder welcomes Dave on The Tomorrow Show; the Peace through Dramatization Players star in "Hell is Now in Session."
  • Show #0942
    Show #0942
    Episode 124
    11/11/87
    0.0
    Chris Elliott again plays Marlon Brando, drugged with sleeping pills in the studio airlock.
  • Show #0943
    Show #0943
    Episode 125
    11/12/87
    0.0
    Dave annoys commuters in a live remote at the Triborough Bridge tollgate.
  • Show #0944
    Show #0944
    Episode 126
    11/13/87
    0.0
    Sonny & Cher reunite on Late Night to perform "I Got You Babe" one last time. Cher jokes that they’re only getting paid scale for this legendary event.
  • Show #0945
    Show #0945
    Episode 127
    11/17/87
    0.0
    A locksmith competes with a fireman to break in Dave's office door. The locksmith picks the lock at 1:29:04. The fireman destroys the door with an ax at 2:05:05.
  • Show #0946
    Show #0946
    Episode 128
    11/18/87
    0.0
    It's "Cameo Night," as Christopher Reeve, Willard Scott, Susan Saint James, Peter Allen, Biff Henderson (standing in for Jill St. John), and Redd Foxx all drop by for surprise visits. Also, Gregg Allman sits in with the WMDB and performs "Midnight Rider" at the end of the show.
  • Show #0947
    Show #0947
    Episode 129
    11/19/87
    0.0
    Tonight's broadcast from the 26th floor at Milford Plaza in midtown Manhattan. Guests include a stage-frightened Carly Simon, podiatrist and shoe collector Dr. Ted Burgess, and a clearly inebriated Hunter S. Thompson.
  • Show #0948
    Show #0948
    Episode 130
    11/20/87
    0.0
    Dave wears the Suit of Rice Crispies, climbing into a giant cereal bowl, where 165 gallons of milk are poured on him.
  • Show #0949
    Show #0949
    Episode 131
    11/24/87
    0.0
    Five days after windows were installed in the backdrop, Dave continues to smash them; turkey gizzard expert Ruth Stone shows Dave items that have been found in actual gizzards.
  • Show #0950
    Show #0950
    Episode 132
    11/25/87
    0.0
    Chris Elliott "is" Marlon Brando again, hosting a Stagehand Feast, serving beans to Late Night stagehands.
  • Show #0951
    Show #0951
    Episode 133
    11/27/87
    0.0
  • Show #0952
    Show #0952
    Episode 134
    12/8/87
    0.0
    Dave attempts to call someone in Leningrad with the assistance of NBC interpreter Ina Gorbatov. He fails to get through twice, so he offers the overseas operator a flight to NYC.
  • Show #0953
    Show #0953
    Episode 135
    12/9/87
    0.0
    Dave shows "live" footage of the lighting of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree, which this year is knocked over by a giant rat; Dave displays this week's issue of People magazine, which features Hal Gurnee's dog Bert; Steve Martin interrupts the show to ask Dave a question; Tom Wolfe promotes his acclaimed novel Bonfire of the Vanities.moreless
  • Show #0954
    Show #0954
    Episode 136
    12/10/87
    0.0
    After Dave reads the "Top Ten Duties of his Assistant Laurie Diamond," the band plays "The Stripper." Dave swears there's no connection. Later, Steve Martin teaches Dave the art of gambling.
  • Show #0955
    Show #0955
    Episode 137
    12/11/87
    0.0
    Miles Davis makes a rare appearance on network television (his only appearance on Late Night), performing "We Three Kings" with the World's Most Dangerous Band (featuring Dave Sanborn).
  • Show #0956
    Show #0956
    Episode 138
    12/15/87
    0.0
    Throughout the show, Anton Fig writes a letter to his mom, narrating his day on Late Night.
  • Show #0957
    Show #0957
    Episode 139
    12/16/87
    0.0
    Dave has his suit tailored by Paul, who later does his annual Cher Christmas impression of "O Holy Night."
  • Show #0958
    Show #0958
    Episode 140
    12/17/87
    0.0
    BB King and his famed guitar Lucille sit in with the WMDB; Chris Elliott is Marlon Brando as Santa Claus, while his elf "Kukla" pulls his sleigh into the studio.
  • Show #0959
    Show #0959
    Episode 141
    12/18/87
    0.0
    Famed session bassist Neil Jason fills in for Will Lee; Dave helps writer Boyd Hale find an apartment; Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder discusses the NFL Lockout.
  • Show #0960
    Show #0960
    Episode 142
    12/21/87
    9.4
    Dave experiences spotlight trouble during the monologue; "Top Ten Least Known Norman Rockwell Paintings;" Gerard's "Family Circus" scrapbook (see recap); a visit with "Connie Plesko" (Mary Connelly); Goldie Hawn plugs Overboard; "Kenny The Gardener" (Larry Bud) stops by; gourd lady Minnie Black; 49ers announcer Bob Sarlatte talks football.
  • Show #0961
    Show #0961
    Episode 143
    12/22/87
    0.0
    After her interview, "treasures from trash" guru Erma Dreyfuss walks backstage and "kills" Donald Trump.
  • Show #0962
    Show #0962
    Episode 144
    12/23/87
    0.0
  • Show #0963
    Show #0963
    Episode 145
    12/25/87
    8.8
    Connie Chung narrates "Dave Letterman's Old Fashioned Christmas," with guests Teri Garr, Ted Nugent, Bobby Rahal and Dave's "family." (see recap)
  • Show #0964
    Show #0964
    Episode 146
    1/5/88
    0.0
    The show opens with Dave announcing that the following show is another rerun, but Biff interrupts to correct him; the Top Ten Home Office is relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska; Dave introduces the Late Night bubble machine; the Christmas tree is thrown outside and burnt to a crisp.
  • Show #0965
    Show #0965
    Episode 147
    1/6/88
    0.0
    Dave calls the EPA hotline about air and noise complaints, and eventually the operator hangs up on him; Gerard reads a few more of his favorite Family Circus cartoons, only to get electrocuted and upstaged by two "Atlanta City Showgirls" (Laurie Diamond and Laurie Guthrie); the legendary Roy Orbison performs "You Got It."moreless
  • Show #0966
    Show #0966
    Episode 148
    1/7/88
    0.0
    Chris Elliott impersonates Marlon Brando for the final time. In tribute, he plays a retrospective montage and leaves for "the island" with his houseboy "Jukunta."
  • Show #0967
    Show #0967
    Episode 149
    1/8/88
    0.0
    Dave turns on the bubble machine, and later he claims that they've taken over the entire 14th floor; on Viewer Mail, Anton Fig pretends to eat the head off a canary, as blood pours out of his mouth; Dave acknowledges the passing of stagehand Tommy Cassabono.
  • Show #0968
    Show #0968
    Episode 150
    1/12/88
    0.0
  • Show #0969
    Show #0969
    Episode 151
    1/13/88
    0.0
    It's the "No-Idea Idea," as Dave has five minutes with nothing to do, so an audience member, Teresa, offers a cassette tape to Paul, who chooses "European Music Offering." Later, Kenny the Gardener channels Roy Orbison, while "singing paper-tearer" Pearl Burnett makes a return appearance.
  • Show #0970
    Show #0970
    Episode 152
    1/14/88
    0.0
  • Show #0971
    Show #0971
    Episode 153
    1/15/88
    0.0
    Branford Marsalis sits in with the WMDB; a sandwich delivery boy helps Robin Williams promote Good Morning, Vietnam.
  • Show #0972
    Show #0972
    Episode 154
    1/19/88
    0.0
    Before Dave begins his "Lumberjack Finds" segment, he parodies Jimmy the Greek's racist comment made over the weekend by claiming the superiority of Canadian musicians. The show is suddenly halted, and NBC's CEO "Robert Wright" apologies to the viewing audience. Dave is immediately fired from NBC Sports, the Today Show, the NBC Nightly News, and all of the network's prime-time sitcoms.moreless
  • Show #0973
    Show #0973
    Episode 155
    1/20/88
    0.0
    Famed saxaphonist Tom Scott sits in with the WMDB; the Peace Through Dramatization Players honor the Calgary Olympiad with the piece "Go Forth, Oh Mighty Luge"; Mort Sahl comments on the Presidential primaries.
  • Show #0974
    Show #0974
    Episode 156
    1/21/88
    0.0
    During tonight's cold opening, Dave and the staff argue over who's better- Oprah or Donahue. Later, Dave whines about how NBC won't let him redecorate his office; frustrated, he calls up Donald Trump to propose a "Mini-Television City."
  • Show #0975
    Show #0975
    Episode 157
    1/22/88
    0.0
    Journey guitarist Neal Schon sits in with the WMDB; Paul makes up some music for the bubble machine, a la Lawrence Welk; Tracey Ullman promotes her sketch comedy program on Fox; a look at the "Chris Elliott, Jr. Show;" Dave compares "Cats" to the Tyson/Holmes fight.
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