The Gregory Hines Show

Season 1 Episode 15

Per Chance to Dance

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Aired Friday 9:00 PM Feb 27, 1998 on CBS
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Per Chance to Dance
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Ben is nervous about an upcoming television appearance on "Book Chat." His anxiety leads to a recurring dream where he's about to get on an elevator, and a group of tap dancers surround him, show off their stuff, and ask him to join in, only for him to say that he can't. Ben figures the dreams will end once the appearance is over and done with, and repeatedly turns down Alex's offers to join him on vacation in the Caribbean to clear his mind and scope out hot babes, using Matty's basketball game as one of many excuses why he can't go. Ben knocks 'em dead on "Book Chat," and brags like there's no tomorrow to Carl and Alex, who both assume they'll never have to hear about his dream again. Matty sprains his ankle, forcing him to have to sit out sports for a few weeks. So he tells Ben he should go with Carl to the Caribbean. But even with one excuse out of the way, Ben still refuses to go -- and the dreams continue. Wondering why they won't stop now that the TV gig is in the bag, Ben realizes there must be some other reason, especially once he finds out that Matty faked the injury in hopes that he would go on the trip. He comes to the conclusion that he's scared of going on his first vacation without Sarah. But at Matty's urging, he changes his mind, and decides to go. And the next time the dancers in his dream ask him to join in, he does -- as do Alex, Angela, Nicole, Carl and Matty.moreless

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      • Opening credits: Gregory Hines wears a dark purple, silk button-down shirt, and makes the show logo appear by kicking it up with his foot.

      • Although he is listed as a star, Bill Cobbs does not appear.

      • A showcase for Gregory Hines' dancing talents, this half-comedy, half-musical episode closes out with a surely-record (for a sitcom) 7 minute, 24 second tap finale. Although it wasn't exactly news that Hines could tap (what, with the opening credits and the fact that Fran Saperstein produced him -- and Savion Glover -- in Tap), what was surprising was that Mark Tymchyshyn, Judith Shelton, Robin Riker, Wendell Pierce and Brandon Hammond all proved remarkable tap dancers in their own right.

      • Choreography by Gregory Hines, Barbara Duffy, Laurie Johnson and Jeffery Williams. Special thanks to Savion Glover.

      • Judith Shelton is credited as a special appearance by. This was the only episode from the back nine in which she appeared, although it's assumed the door was left open for more appearances had the series been renewed. Or had Les Moonves not dumped the series after this broadcast.

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