Mork & Mindy

Season 1 Episode 12

Old Fears

Aired Thursday 8:00 PM Nov 30, 1978 on ABC
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Old Fears
When a friend of Cora's passes away, she goes into a funk. When Mork hears she needs more friends her age, he decides to become one.

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  • Mork ages himself to help a friend out of depression.

    Great episode. Mork shows his human side here. Mork learns that Cora's friend has died and she is depressed. She is not depressed about getting old moreover depressed that a friend is gone.

    Since Mork has a machine that can make him young or old he decides to advance his age so that he can be a companion to Cora. A nice gesture that works as Cora gets herself out of the depression.

    Mork though tells Mindy and her Dad that the old guy she is seeing is really him much to their disastisfaction. I really loved the episode. I really don't know why they opted to write out Elizabeth Kerr and Conrad Janis in favor of Jay Thomas and Gina Hecht. Their characters were simply not interesting and somewhat lame. I know the writers were probably writing them for a younger audience and to make the show look hip but they didn't need to.

    I loved all the episodes with Janis and Kerr more than the later years and it's not surprising that the show failed in the ratings in the later years.

    Anyways, this is a great episode. What Mork did was great. The makeup effects done were convincing. Robin Williams in typical Genius fashion can practically play any role given to him young or old.moreless

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • As an old man, Mork must have a name, and he didn't think to create one before approaching Cora. He quickly looks at his newly purchased harmonica, and says his name is "Hohner." Hohner is a major producer of harmonicas.

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    • Mork asks Eugene how to let someone down easy, to which he replies, "There must be 50 ways to leave your lover."

      This is an allusion to a Paul Simon song, "50 Ways to Leave your Lover". He then quotes the song at Mork, telling him to "slip out the back, Jack; make a new plan, Stan; drop off the key, Lee, and get yourself free." Mork misquotes it later in the episode as he tries to put it into practice. He also notes, "I should have got the other 46 ways."