Jack Paar was brilliant and helped Joey find his sea legs with the show, he was more at ease and comfortable than the first week. Jack advised Joey not to drink before the show and to save his money, just in case.
Johnny was away after a three week absence while his lawyers negotiated a lucrative new deal for him. Bob Newhart was to fill in as host because it was unknown at the time if Johnny would be back, it was rumored that Bob would replace Johnny if negotiations fell thru.
The headlines were reading "Johnny's Back!" and this will more than likely kill The Joey Bishop Show. Johnny's guests after his three week absence were Zero Mostel, Buddy Hacket and the folk group Peter, Paul and Mary.