Listen Up

Season 1 Episode 7

The Gift of the Ton-i

Aired Monday 8:30 PM Nov 08, 2004 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • The actor Ray Abruzzo, who plays the executive producer of the All Weather Network, introduces himself to Tony as Sal Videtti. In the closing credits he is listed as Sal Brindisi.

  • Quotes

    • Sal: Who's the young man in this photograph?
      Tony: That's my son, Mickey. He's 16. He's really only a boy.

    • Sal: Well, in my business, when we do a favor, we expect a favor in return.
      Tony: The uh ... the weather business?

    • Tony: That's a lovely hat by the way.
      Sal: She's not wearing a hat.

    • Sal: My Loretta is my princess. She still sits on her daddy's knee.
      Tony: (points to photo) Oh, yes. I didn't see you way back there.

    • Sal: (to Mickey) Come here. Here are three chocolate bars. If she gets light-headed, you give her one. But, and this is very important. Do not let her know that you have candy on your person.

    • Mickey: I didn't know Grandpa was in the army.
      Tony: He wasn't. He had flat feet.

    • Tony: (about Dana) She has got an unfair advantage. She actually listens to people, finds out their interests. How can I compete with that?

    • Tony: Hey, Bernie. Two questions. Number one. Do I sound like a woman?
      Bernie: Sometimes.

    • Max: Well, as a matter of fact, your show is on the same time as Gulf Coast Roundup. They look back at the day in weather.
      Tony: You watch a show about weather that's already happened?
      Max: So? You do a sports show about sports that already happened.

    • Tony: (picks up phone) Dad. I'm here. I'm here!
      Max: Hello, Dana. Could you put Tony on?
      Tony: Dad, it's me.
      Max: Oh, you sounded like a woman.

  • Notes

    • Listen Up was given a full season after this episode aired, making Jason Alexander the first Seinfeld alum to warrant a complete 22-episode season.

    • For the first time during its run, Listen Up did not lead into Everybody Loves Raymond. The show aired during its normal 8:30 timeslot but led into Two and a Half Men. This was due to an extended 90-minute CSI: Miami which aired from 9:30 to 11:00.

    • CBS repeated this episode on Monday, January 24, 2005 at 8:30 PM.

  • Allusions

    • Doug Flutie: Me talking about Tiger's game is like Shaq giving free throw lessons.
      Shaquille O'Neal is a career 53.2% free throw shooter, one of the five worst in NBA history.

    • Tony: Those brave men ... fought for this country during World War II. True, when they came back they gave us McCarthyism, Vietnam and Watergate.
      McCarthyism, named after Joseph McCarthy, was a period of intense anticommunism, also known as the (second) Red Scare, which occurred in the United States from 1948 to about 1956 (or later), when the government of the United States actively persecuted the Communist Party USA, its leadership, and others suspected of being communists.

    • Tony: Mickey, have you and I ever talked about "The Greatest Generation"?
      Tom Brokaw has written books and given many speeches on the WWII veterans, whom he and many others consider to be some of the finest Americans.

    • Doug Flutie: (to Bernie) I just wanna pay my respects to a fellow Heisman winner.
      The Hesimsan Trophy is awarded annually to the best player in college football. Doug Flutie won the award in 1984 with Boston College.

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