Season 1 Episode 6

Luncheon at the Waldorf

Aired Tuesday 8:30 PM May 02, 1995 on NBC
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Bill invites Beth on a lunch date which she accepts despite Lisa's fear that Bill will take advantage of her. The tables are turned when Beth sticks her tongue down Bill's throat. Dave tries to get to the bottom of WNYX's severely bloated financial problems

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  • Beth gets invited to go on a non-date with Bill and things get out of control.

    I was watching this episode on the DVDs and since it is one of my favorite episodes I decided to watch it with the commentary on. It was very sad to hear the commentary since it had a director and a writer (I think) and Vickie Lewis and they were all talking about Phil and what an impact they had on their career. Each one of them remembered how it was to work with him and how they felt that he was the senior actor with not only the most experience on the set but also the most skill. They said how they felt that they had made it that they knew that they were successful since they got to work with such a great actor. It was made clear through this commentary that all the members of the cast and the crew really idolized Phil and loved as much if not more than his fans did.

    In this episode you really saw Phil’s skill show through, he didn’t just play his usual snarky Bill character he showed that he could be vulnerable and subtle too (all in humor of course). By far my favorite line of this episode is when he uses the analogy of a father going to the fair with his daughter, they’re having a wonderful time then the go on the Ferris wheel and she wants to make out. “How could she do that? How could she french her Daddy?” That’s some classic Phil Hartman.


Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Beth: I am so very sorry. I am completely responsible for what happened.
      Dave: Good.
      Beth: But it's not my fault.
      Dave: Okay Beth, some might argue that those were contradictory statements.

    • Bill: You know what it's like? It's like taking you daughter to the fair and buying her cotton candy and winning prizes for her. Then you get on the Ferris wheel and she wants to make out.
      Lisa: Okay.
      Bill: How can she do that to me, Lisa? How can she french her daddy?
      Lisa: You know what Bill? I'm getting very uncomfortable with that particular metaphor.

    • Matthew: What happened?
      Beth: I kissed Bill.
      Matthew: On purpose?

    • Bill: Show me a woman who isn't jealous of another woman and I'll show you a man.

    • Lisa: Well I just think it's disgusting the way [Bill's] hitting on [Beth] that's all.
      Dave: Oh come on Lisa. They're just going to lunch. You know everybody goes to lunch. You and I go to lunch.
      Lisa: Yeah, at my apartment and we don't eat.
      Dave: True enough, but at least we're staying trim.

    • Dave: Sir, it's about the budget.
      Mr. James: Budget? Don't I pay someone else to think about that?
      Dave: That would be me.
      Mr. James: Well then why am I thinking about it? You know you're not giving me much bang for my buck here, Dave.

    • Dave: Couldn't you just pretend to work when I walk by?

    • Bill: What are you doing for lunch today?
      Beth: (reading a magazine) The same thing I'm doing right now except with yogurt.

  • NOTES (3)

    • This episode is known to fans as "The Blue Dress Episode."

    • In this episode Lisa demonstrates her uncanny ability to do complex mathematical equations in her head for the first time. This amazing skill will pop up numerous times in the series.

    • In this episode Jimmy has his first conversation with Dave's mother after accidentally pressing her speed dial button on Dave's phone. Jimmy's relationship with Dave's off stage Mom will grow throughout the series eventually bordering on romantic obsession.


    • Bill: The devil in the blue dress!

      Bill's description of Beth's revealing dress is a reference to the Little Richard song "Devil With The Blue Dress On."

    • Jimmy: You got me, Columbo.

      Jimmy is of course referring to the famous and disarmingly brilliant TV detective played by Peter Falk on NBC from 1971 to 1977 and on ABC from 1989 to 1993.

    • Lisa: I just don't think you should let Bill pressure you into anything you don't want to do.
      Beth: What is this? An episode of "Blossom"?

      Blossom was an NBC sitcom that ran from 1991 to 1995 featuring the everyday adventures of precocious teenager Blossom Russo played Mayim Bialik. Episodes often dealt with high school problems such as peer pressure, dating and (being the 90's) positive self image.

    • Bill: You are the sassy one, aren't you?

      Phil Hartman's delivery of the word "sassy" recalls a series of sketches on Saturday Night Live where he played the editor of Sassy Magazine and would constantly use the word as the ultimate compliment.

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