The Associates (1979)

Season 1 Episode 9

The Censors

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Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Apr 10, 1980 on ABC
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The Censors
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A network is having censorship issues with a new sitcom, Me and Stevie, whose producer is threatening to sue if forced to cut things requested by S&P. Since the firm represents the network, one of the associates will handle it. After testing the group with off-color ethnic jokes, Mr. Marshall selects Tucker -- who didn't laugh -- and sends him to Hollywood to meet Gerald McMartin, the network chief, and Phil Kramer, the inflexible producer. Kramer says he'll only cut the scene in question if Tucker tells him it isn't funny, so it's performed live for him to judge. In it, a father has to explain to his young Boy Scout son Stevie about the airhead, Vera, that he just caught his dad in bed with. But Stevie locked himself in the bathroom and won't come out. During the course of the scene, Chick appears in his underwear, while Vera says she has to go tinkle, uses a slur for gays and gets her hair caught in Chick's zipper. S&P sends over gay group rep Adamson, who convinces Kramer the gay jab needs to go, but he still won't cut anything else. That's not good enough for the network, who want Vera and Stevie recast, and the tinkle, underwear and zipper bits to go. Tucker reminds Kramer if he doesn't cooperate, he'll be out money when they reject the pilot. So Kramer gives in to their wishes and reshoots the entire thing. But with the network satisfied with the sanitized end result, Tucker watches the new pilot...and sees it's no longer funny.moreless

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John Ritter

John Ritter

Chick [Me]

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Stuart Margolin

Stuart Margolin

Phil Kramer

Guest Star

Lee Wallace

Lee Wallace

Gerald McMartin

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