When David Hemmings stole Buddy Greco's watch in a magic trick, the camera was so aloof that we couldn't tell what had happened. The director missed no opportunity to cut to awkward shots of guests changing chairs, and topped the job at the end of the show with shots of the audience getting up and walking out.
The writers who brief Joey on the guests left him stranded. When he asked Hemmings to tell a story about a cab-driver, Hemmings just stared. "You don't remember the cab story?" asked Bishop. "No," said Hemmings. "Well... uh ... I've heard you do magic tricks," prompted Bishop. "Now do you remember the cab story?" "No," said Hemmings. Finally Hemmings made up a cab story with no ending.
When Buddy Greco was announced, he didn't appear, and the camera remained mercilessly fixed on the empty stage. When Greco found his way onstage he forced Joey to sing, an ordeal that might have been spared him, and us. Sonny and Cher did a rock number, then Sonny talked about his dubious ambition to bring teenagers and adults back together. Joey referred to Cher as "the young lady," obviously unsure as to which was Sonny and which was Cher. But that's understandable.