The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Season 6 Episode 7

Chuckles Bites the Dust

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



  • Quotes

    • (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.)

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