The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Season 6 Episode 7

Chuckles Bites the Dust

Aired Saturday 9:30 PM Oct 25, 1975 on CBS



  • Trivia

    • It is revealed that the credo of a clown was little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.

    • "Chuckles Bites the Dust" was chosen by TV Guide and Nick at Night/ TV Land as the greatest TV episode of all time (as of 6/25/97) for ANY series.

  • Quotes

    • (Ted's on-air obituary.)
      Ted: Chuckles the Clown died today from. . . from, uh. . . he died a broken man. I remember Chuckles used to recite a poem at the end of each program. It's called 'A Credo of A Clown.' I'd like to offer it now in his memory: a little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants!

    • (At the funeral.)
      Lou: [low voice] I wonder which ones are the other clowns.
      Murray: You'll know soon. They're all gonna jump out of a little hearse.
      Mary: Oh, Murray! Enough is enough! This is a funeral. A man has died! We came to show respect, not to laugh.
      Murray: I'm sorry, Mary. All right. No more jokes.
      Rev. Burns: (beginning the eulogy) Chuckles the Clown brought pleasure to millions. The characters he created will be remembered by children and adults alike: Peter Peanut, Mr. Fee-Fi-Fo, Billy Banana, and my particular favorite, Aunt Yoo Hoo.
      (Mary begins to laugh, stifles it, then feigns coughing.)
      Rev. Burns: Not just, not just for the laughter that they provided. There was always some deeper meaning to whatever Chuckles did. Mr. Fee-Fi-Fo would always pick himself up, dust himself off, and say, 'I hurt my foo-foo.'
      (Mary stifles another laugh and everybody in the row ahead of her turn around.)
      Rev. Burns: From time to time we all fall down and hurt our foo-foos.
      (Mary again tries to hide her laughter and everybody assembled looks at her.)
      Rev. Burns: And what did Chuckles ask in return? Not much. In his own words: 'a little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants.'
      (Mary breaks out in loud laughter and everybody looks at her, including Rev. Burns.)
      Rev. Burns: Uh, excuse me, young lady. . . (Mary looks behind her but nobody is there.) Yes, you. Uh, would you stand up, please?
      Mary: Uuuh.
      Rev. Burns: Please, please, won't you?
      (Mary stands up.)
      Rev. Burns: You feel like laughing, don't you?
      Mary: Uh huh. (stifles more laughing and makes futile gestures)
      Rev. Burns: Don't try to hold it back. Go ahead, laugh out loud! Don't you see, nothing would've made Chuckles happier. He lived to make people laugh. Tears were offensive to him, deeply offensive. He hated to see people cry. So, so go ahead, my dear--laugh for Chuckles!
      (Pause--then Mary breaks down in uncontrollable crying.)

    • (After Sue Ann gives Mary the food mobile)
      Sue Ann: Just the thing to brighten up your new apartment.
      Mary: Oh well gee Sue Ann, I'd have to check the lease to make sure there isn't a regulation against, you know, hanging food.
      Sue Ann: Well I know you'll find just the right spot for it. I know why don't you put it in your bedroom? You must need something in there to release the tedium.

    • Murray: What are you so happy about?
      Ted: The circus is in town and they want me!
      Murray: Oh terrific Ted. Do you have to bring your own shovel?

    • Lou: It's good that the elephant didn't shell anyone else.
      Murray: After all, you know how hard it is to stop after just one

    • Sue Ann: Hello people. No don't turn around Mary. No No. I want you to close your eyes. Now no arguments you just close your eyes.
      Murray: It's alright Sue Ann she's seen you without makeup before.
      Sue Ann: (laughs) Murray! I just hope my mind is active when i'm your age.

    • Sue Ann: Now you can open them. Well what do you think?
      Mary: (Mary sees mobile of food) Can I close them again? What is that?
      Sue Ann: It's a freeform moblie representing the four basic food groups. I used it on a special I did last week. What is all this fuss about famine?

    • Ted: I'm not going to die.
      Murray: Why not? How else are you going to be reunited with your brain?

    • Georgette: Why do people always send flowers when someone passes on?
      Sue Ann: What would you suggest dear? Fruit?

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