Murphy Brown

Season 1 Episode 1

Respect

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Nov 14, 1988 on CBS
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Respect
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Murphy returns to FYI after "drying out" at the Betty Ford clinic. The show has undergone some changes while she was gone, including the addition of a beauty queen to the anchor desk and a new young executive producer. In her first week back she isn't sure whether she still has her edge.moreless

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    Grant Shaud

    Grant Shaud

    Miles Silverberg (1988-1996)

    Jane Leeves

    Jane Leeves

    Audrey Cohen (Seasons 2-5, Recurring Afterwards)

    Faith Ford

    Faith Ford

    Corky Sherwood

    Pat Corley

    Pat Corley

    Phil (Seasons 1-9, recurring otherwise)

    Joe Regalbuto

    Joe Regalbuto

    Frank Fontana

    Lily Tomlin

    Lily Tomlin

    Kay Carter-Shepley (1996-1998)

    Tony Goldwyn

    Tony Goldwyn

    Bobby Powell

    Guest Star

    Mary Cadorette

    Mary Cadorette

    Secretary #1

    Guest Star

    Mark Lonow

    Mark Lonow

    Jerry Weiss

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (6)

      • Secretary #3: An old woman who got Murphy's assignments mixed up.

      • Secretary #2: A very nervous and jumpy man who couldn't handle the pressure.

      • Secretary #1: A know-it-all who told Murphy how to do her work.

      • It is rumored that the character of Jim Dial was based on Jim Jensen, the longtime local anchor at WCBS -TV Channel 2 in New York.

      • When Murphy tries to "educate" Miles on Motown, she mentions the song "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," and how it was written by The California Raisins. Following this line, the scene transition used a segment of that song

        Years later, WCBS-FM in New York, the legendary oldies station, would introduce Motown songs with the soundbite of Murphy admonishing Miles, "You better brush up on your Motown! Those raisins didn't invent that song, you know!"

      • While Murphy is singing along to the Aretha Franklin tape, she kicks one of her shoes off the set.

    • QUOTES (5)

      • Murphy: You know thirty million people watched me on television tonight.
        Eldin: Yeah? I won ten bucks at Lotto!

      • Murphy: I'm sorry, Mr Silverberg, if it appears I'm being rude to you. It's just that I can't help thinking about the fact that while I got maced at the Democratic Convention of '68, you were wondering if you'd ever meet Adam West.

      • Corky: It's always very sad when Miss America falls from grace, although when she said she loved animals, no one took her literally.

      • Phil's Patrons: Close the door!

      • Murphy: Now you may get away with this sort of thing with other people, but I am definitely not other people. Murphy Brown. I'm on TV.

    • NOTES (6)

      • This is the first of several episodes to feature Robert, one of Murphy's secretaries.

      • On the season 1 DVD set, this episode can be viewed with a commentary by Candice Bergen.

      • The opening of this episode features Aretha Franklin's "Respect," with mock-covers of magazines featuring Murphy Brown. The famous logo is written in "News Bullet" type text.

      • This episode features a different ending song then the majority of the season 1 episodes; it is The Temptations' "Way You Do the Things You Do."

      • Murphy tells Eldin on the phone "No, I don't know Heather Locklear." According to Candice Bergen, executives first choice to play the part of Murphy Brown was Heather Locklear.

      • Mary Cadorette and Kathleen Freeman who appeared in the original broadcast are not listed in the credits for the syndicated rerun of this episode. Got to get those extra commercials in!

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Respect: This episode's title begins a tradition of naming episodes after soul songs, in this case, Aretha Franklin's greatest hit. This recording is also featured in the episode.

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