The Red Skelton Show - Season 17

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Episode Guide

  • For Better Or Worse Like George Appleby Got

    Red's guests include actors Eve Arden and Robert Stack. The musical guest is singer Johnny Rivers.
    Music
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    Johnny Rivers performs "Help" & "The Tracks of My Tears."
    Comedy sketch:
    For Better Or Worse Like George Appleby Got" - Robert Stack plays an escaped convict who learns to regret his decision to kidnap the bickering George & Clara Appleby (Red, Eve Arden).
    The Silent Spot:
    Red pantomimes a tourist in Hawaii trying to take his own picture.
    One-Minute Dramas:
    Eve Arden joins Red in a new segment featuring one-minute blackouts.

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  • The Seven Ages of Man
    9/12/67
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    Maurice Evans introduces seven sketches covering the ages of man from infancy to old age.
    The Seven Ages, all enacted by Red Skelton, are:
    1. A baby celebrates his first birthday.
    2. Junior, the Mean Widdle Kid, refuses to go to school.
    3. A young lover is unaware that his prudish blind date has an uninhibited twin sister.
    4. A soldier singing to his son (performing Red's own composition, "Little Boy").
    5. A judge in a courtroom comedy, with Evans as a district attorney.
    6. A spry man on a date at a senior citizens' annual outing.
    7. An elderly man, realizing his life's dream, visits the nation's capital.

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  • Saddle Sores On The Old Corral
    9/19/67
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    Red's guests are entertainer Stanley Holloway and music group Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Saddle Sores On The Old Corral." Sheriff Deadeye (Red) pretends to be the long-lost brother of wealthy Britisher Sir Whitecliff of Dover (Stanley Holloway).
    Music:
    Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66 perform "Mas Que Nada" and "Night and Day."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red pantomimes an aviator.
    One-Minute Dramas:
    Skelton and Holloway perform blackouts illustrating the British sense of humor, court musicians and TV commercials.

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  • The Spy With The Leaky Mouth
    9/26/67
    0.0

    Red's guests are comedian Godfrey Cambridge and singer-actress Janis Paige.
    Comedy sketch:
    "The Spy With The Leaky Mouth." International spy Dr. Knockitoff (Harold Gould) implants a secret message in one of Clem Kadiddlehopper's teeth. Counterspy Preston Goodfellow (Godfrey Cambridge) tries to extract it.
    Music:
    Janis Paige sings "My Shining Hour" and "Sam, You Made the Pants too Long."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red forces guests to watch his home movies.
    One-Minute Skit:
    Godfrey plays a hypnotist trying to cure Red of his thumb-sucking habit.

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  • Where There's Smoke There's A Dragon
    10/3/67
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    Red's guests are comedian-actor Bert Lahr and singer-actress Fran Jeffries.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Where There's Smoke There's A Dragon." As a test for knighthood, King Foul-Up the First (Lahr) puts Forsooth through a series of challenges. These include bouts with Cruncho the Giant and a beautiful witch (Joyce Rees).
    Music:
    Fran Jeffries sings "Too Close for Comfort" and "Out of This World."
    The Silent Spot:
    Do-it-yourself fanatic Mr. Butterfingers (Red) drives his next-door neighbor (Jan Arvan) crazy.
    One-Minute Dramas:
    For the blackouts, Lahr and Skelton perform vaudeville and burlesque routines.

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  • A Spy Is A Peeping Tom On Salary
    10/10/67
    0.0

    Red's guests are actors Fernando Lamas and Emmaline Henry, along with musical group The 5th Dimension.
    Music:
    The 5th Dimension performs "Somewhere" and "California My Way" (and possibly "Up, Up and Away").
    Comedy sketch:
    "A Spy is a Peeping Tom on Salary." Master spy Harry Sneak (Lamas) recruits tourist George Appleby to help him protect the Maharajah of Kumquat (Billy Barty).
    The Silent Spot:
    A hospital patient's condition only worsens when another patient is assigned to his room.
    One-Minute Dramas:
    Lamas and Skelton appear in blackouts set at a lonely London bridge, a prison and a barbershop.

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  • Clothes Make The Bum
    10/17/67
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    Red's guests are comedian Terry-Thomas and singer Nancy Wilson.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Clothes Make The Bum." Freddie the Freeloader disrupts a fashion show at a high-end department store. Terry-Thomas plays the store's floorwalker Cedric Fussbudget, and Nancy Wilson is the store detective.
    Music:
    Nancy Wilson sings "Up Tight" and "Music That Makes Me Dance."
    The Tom Hansen Dancers introduce "Taco Holiday," a new David Rose composition.
    The Silent Spot:
    An elderly grocer (Red) is besieged by complaining customers, along with construction noise from a nearby building.
    One-Minute Dramas:
    Terry-Thomas and Nancy Wilson join Red in blackouts about a clock shop, a winning jockey, a psychiatrist's office and a Western shootout.

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  • A New York Stripper Is Not Always A Steak

    Red's guests are actors John Forsythe and Roland Winters, and actress-singer Michele Lee.
    Comedy sketch:
    "A New York Stripper Is Not Always a Steak." Clem Kadiddlehopper helps banker Samuei J. Gouger (Roland Winters) stop the marriage of his playboy son (John Forsythe) to stripper Peaches Laverne (Michele Lee).
    Music:
    Michele Lee sings "I'm Old Fashioned" and "Anything Goes."
    The Tom Hansen Dancers offer their interpretation of "Feelin' Groovy."
    The Silent Spot:
    Skelton pantomimes a skin diver who encounters a mermaid while searching for sunken treasure.
    One-Minute Dramas:
    Blackouts include a bearded lady.

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  • Hippie Days Are Here Again
    10/31/67
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    Red's guests are comedian-actor Jackie Coogan, comedian Tim Conway, and singer Nancy Ames.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Hippie Days Are Here Again." Freddie the Freeloader stumbles into a Love-In, where he is accepted as an equal by hippies Cherub Sweetface (Conway) and Handsoff Hanna (Ames). Jackie Coogan plays the policeman.
    Music:
    Nancy Ames sings "I Feel Fine" and "Meditation."
    The show's singers and dancers present "Up Up and Away."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red plays a jobless, hungry man watching a restaurant customer (Jackie Coogan) gorge himself.
    One-Minute Dramas:
    Red and Nancy Ames affix a weird, growing hairpiece to Tim Conway's head.

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  • The Bear Was A Barefaced Liar
    11/7/67
    9.0

    Red's guests include comedian Wally Cox and actress Chanin Hale.
    The musical guest is Kathy Gale, a member of The Tom Hansen Dancers.
    Comedy sketch:
    "The Bear Was A Barefaced Liar." Big-game hunter Marvin Manley (Wally Cox) hires Sheriff Deadeye (Red) and Native American Sitting Pretty (Chanin Hale) as mountain guides.
    Music:
    Kathy Gale is featured in a song-and-dance performance of "Blues in the Night."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red pantomimes the trials and tribulations of a movie theater manager.
    One-Minute Dramas:
    Red Skelton and Wally Cox perform blackout bits on Napoleon, the French Revolution, and an inventor.

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  • Climb Upon My Knee, Dummy Boy
    11/14/67
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    Red's guests are actor Vincent Price and singer Dionne Warwick.

    Musical Highlights: Dionne Warwick sings "I Say a Little Prayer," "He Loves Me" and "I Dig Rock-and-Roll Music."

    Comedy Sketch: "Climb Upon My Knee, Dummy Boy" - Dr. Flygrabber (Vincent) and Clem Kadiddlehopper journey to a tropical island to find a mate for Clem's giant firefly.

    Silent Spot: Red plays a crafty turkey trying to outwit his owner on the day before Thanksgiving.

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  • Red's Relatives
    Red's Relatives
    Episode 12
    11/21/67
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    Red's guest's include actress-singer Polly Bergen and comedienne Pat Carroll.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Red's Relatives." In this five-act sketch, Red plays five characters including Methuselah Skelton, a rich old man who sets specific conditions for relatives hoping to inherit his fortune. Following Methuselah's demise, Bolivar Shagnasty, Cauliflower McPugg, Willy Lump-Lump and and Charlie the Swinger show up for the reading of the will. Also present at the reading are Polly Bergan (as Bolivar's fiancé), Pat Carroll (as Mrs. Lump-Lump), Reta Shaw and Billy Barty.
    Music:
    Polly Bergen sings "Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey" and "They Go Wild, Simply Wild, Over Me."

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  • Little Old Rainmaker, He
    11/28/67
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    Red's guests are TV personality Arthur Godfrey and the musical group Harpers Bizarre.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Little Old Rainmaker, He." Phony rainmaker San Fernando Red and his accomplice Ruby (Chanin Hale) try to bilk a rancher (Godfrey) out of a million dollars.
    Music:
    Harpers Bizarre perform "Anything Goes" and "Chattanooga Choo Choo."
    The Tom Hansen Dancers perform to "The Biggest Night of Her Life."
    The Silent Spot:
    An artist (Red) can't get his subject, the King of Boo Boo, to sit still for his portrait.
    One-Minute Dramas:
    Blackouts include a car salesman, a ship launching, and foot-weary parade participants.

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  • He Who Steals My Dump Steals Trash
    12/5/67
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    Red's guests are comedian George Gobel and vocal group Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons.

    Musical Highlights: Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons perform "Sherry," "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You" and a medley of songs from "The Sound of Music."

    Comedy Sketch: "He Who Steals My Dump Steals Trash" - Freedie the Freeloader tries to help an amnesiac (Gobel) recall his identity.

    Silent Spot:
    Red plays a street sweeper who's obsessed with neatness.

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  • Marriage Is Made In Heaven And Las Vegas

    Red's guests are Milton Berle, Emmaline Henry, and singer Dusty Springfield.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Marriage Is Made In Heaven And Las Vegas." Clara Appleby (Emmaline Henry) leaves George on the very day that his boss is planning to visit their "happy" home. So George enlists male co-worker Nutty Noogat (Berle) to pose as Clara.
    Music:
    Dusty Springfield sings "The Look of Love" and "Sunny."
    The Tom Hansen Dancers perform to "Golden Earrings."
    The Silent Spot:
    A husband (Red) is persuaded by his wife (Emmaline Henry) to play Santa on their snowy, slippery rooftop.
    One-Minute Dramas:
    Skelton and Berle play convention playboys, dignitaries at a dam dedication, and patients testing their reflex actions.

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  • A Christmas Urchin
    A Christmas Urchin
    Episode 16
    12/19/67
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    "A Christmas Urchin" with Red Skelton (as Freddie the Freeloader), Howard Keel (as The Policeman), Linda Sue Risk (as The Little Girl), Joan Freeman (as The Mother of the Little Girl) and Jillana (as The Ballerina).
  • When East Meets West, You Need A New Compass

    Red's guests include Roy Rogers and Dale Evans. Singer Gilbert Price in the musical guest.

    Musical Highlights: Gilbert Price sings "It Ain't Necessarily So" and "The Impossible Dream."
    Roy Rogers and Dale Evans perform a medley of their songs.

    Comedy Sketch: "When East Meets West, You Need A New Compass" - Bolivar Shagnasty loses his fiancee (Dale Evans) to ranch owner Happy Trails (Roy Rogers).

    Silent Spot: An exhausted salesman checks into a noisy hotel.

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  • Red Skelton One-Man Show
    1/16/68
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    In a nostalgic one-man show, Red recalls his long career from vaudeville days to the present. Out of his old theatrical trunk, Red pulls memories of "Guzzler's Gin", "Dunking Doughnuts", "Bathing the Baby" and others which he re-creates in pantomime and sketches.

    Red sings, "Scarlet Ribbons" and introduces "The Everett McKinley Dirksen March" a Skelton original honoring the senior senator from Illinois.moreless
  • Dial M For Moron
    Dial M For Moron
    Episode 19
    1/23/68
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    Red's guests are comedienne Phyllis Diller and singer Lou Rawls.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Dial M for Moron." Silent screen star Greta Gargoyle (Phyllis Diller) casts Clem Kadiddlehopper (Red) as a bullfighter in her comeback film.
    Music:
    Lou Rawls sing "Three O'Clock in the Morning" and "On a Clear Day."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red plays a store detective who wages war against shoplifters.
    One-Minute Dramas:
    Skelton and Miss Diller portray Mr. and Mrs. Ben Franklin discovering electricity, a couple meeting on a desert island, and two-thirds of a Hollywood love triangle.

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  • Fairy Tales for Old Children
    1/30/68
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    Red and guests Jane Powell and Cyril Ritchard present "Fairy Tales for Old Children," a salute to famous fairy tales.
    Among the segments:
    Forsooth the Genie (Skelton) meets Aladdin (Ritchard).
    "Rip Van Winkle" awakens in the "Groovy" 1960s.
    Ritchard and Powell in a musical version of "Beauty and the Beast."
    "Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater" takes bride Jane Powell on a honeymoon in a pumpkin.
    Junior the Mean Widdle Kid awakens Sleeping Beauty.
    "The Pied Piper" rounds up all the village drunks.
    A "Three Blind Mice" dance with Jane Powell.

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  • Love Is An Itch You Can't Scratch
    2/6/68
    0.0

    Red's guests are actor-singer Herschel Bernardi and TV personality Diane Linkletter.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Love Is An Itch You Can't Scratch" Freddie the Freeloader and his hobo friend Muggsy (Bernardi) pose as Park Avenue millionaires in order to impress the boyfriend of Muggsy's daughter Janey (Linkletter).
    Music:
    Herschel Bernardi sings "Sunrise Sunset" (from "Fiddler on the Roof").
    The Tom Hansen Dancers, featuring baton twirler Judy Lawrence, perform to "The Everett McKinley Dirksen March," a tune composed by Skelton.
    The Silent Spot:
    Red plays a fisherman who demolishes a farmhouse while hunting for worms.
    One-Minute Dramas:
    Blackouts about an amazing cigarette lighter, a magician-surgeon team, and a two-timing girl's "empty" closet.

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  • Sheriffs Are Bought, Not Made
    2/13/68
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    Red's guests are singers-actors Burl Ives and Lulu.
    Music:
    Lulu sings "To Sir, with Love" and "Lulu's Back in Town" (2nd song with the Tom Hanson Dancers).
    Lulu and Burt Ives perform a "Consider Yourself" duet (with dancers).
    Burl Ives sings "The Little White Duck."
    Comedy sketch:
    "Sheriffs Are Bought Not Made" - Big Pappy Tumbleweed (Burl Ives, reprising his "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof" character) and Sheriff Deadeye (Red) clash when they both stake claim on an abandoned gold mine.
    Silent Spot:
    A candy dipper (Red) fouls up the assembly line when he becomes distracted by a pretty co-worker.
    One-Minute Dramas:
    Ives joins Skelton for blackouts on pallbearers, a car salesman, and a smokeless car invention.

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  • Cauliflower Ears That Bloom In The Spring, Tra-La

    Red's guests are comedian Terry-Thomas and singer-actress Shani Wallis.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Cauliflower Ears that Bloom in the Spring, Tra-La." Red plays dual roles as boxing promoter Bolivar Shagnasty and his boxer Cauliflower McPugg, while Thomas counters as the Duke of Tallyho and his fighter Lancelot Ramsbottom.
    Music:
    Shani Wallis sings "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "I've Got Your Number."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red pantomimes the story of George Washington chopping down the cherry tree.
    One-Minute Dramas:
    Skelton and Terry-Thomas portray diplomats at a U.N. conference and a pair of dancing safe-crackers.

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  • Laughter, The Universal Language
    2/27/68
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    "Laughter, the Universal Language" (hosted by Hubert H. Humphrey) Special United Nation performance. Astronaut. Girl dressing in the morning. Little Boy, a sparrow and a slingshot. Piano recital. Couple and the Eiffel Tower. Drive-In movie. Old man watching a parade. The Neighbors. The Fickie Rooster.
  • I Never Met A Pig I Didn't Like (a.k.a. My Brother Wears My Mother's Army Shoes)

    Red's guests are pianist Liberace and singing group The Youngfolk.
    Comedy sketch:
    "I Never Met A Pig I Didn't Like" (a.k.a. "My Brother Wears My Mother's Army Shoes"). Pianist Lee Kadiddlehopper (Liberace) entertains at a society matron's musicale while his oafish brother Clem turns the music sheets.
    Music:
    Liberace performs "All the Things You Are."
    The Youngfolk sing "Gotta Travel On."
    Liberace and the Youngfolk perform "Feelin' Groovy."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red plays an Indian chief who gets his smoke signals crossed in a love triangle.
    One-Minute Dramas:
    Red and Liberace build a house of cards, bargain for an ancient suit of armor, and play witch doctor and patient.

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  • Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of George Appleby

    Red's guests include actors Mike Conners and Emmaline Henry. Welsh singer Tom Jones is the musical guest.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Life, Liberty And The Pursuit Of George Appleby," George Appleby (Red) suspects that his wife Clara (Emmaline Henry) and his college pal (Mike Connors) are planning to bump him off.
    Music:
    Tom Jones sings "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?"
    Tom Jones (with dancers and singers) - "Mohair Sam" & "You Came a Long Way from St. Louis."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red pantomimes a motorist with car troubles.

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  • San Fernando, A Man With A Heart Of Stolen Gold

    Red's guest is Country-and-Western singer Eddy Arnold. Actresses Pat Priest and Reta Shaw also appear.
    Comedy sketch:
    "San Fernando, A Man With A Heart of Stolen Gold." After conning his way into a radio station partnership, San Fernando Red has to straighten out the debts incurred by the station's owner Henry Dittendorfer (Arnold).
    Music:
    Eddy Arnold sings a medley of "Here Comes the Rain, Baby" and "Singin' in the Rain."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red struggles to stay on a crash diet so he can fit into his old college uniform for a reunion.
    One-Minute Dramas:
    Red and Eddy portray a French souvenir salesman and an American tourist, World War I pilots, and Sir Isaac Newton and a reporter.

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  • The Pie-Eyed Piper
    The Pie-Eyed Piper
    Episode 28
    3/26/68
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    Red's guests include comedians Joe E. Ross and Pat Carroll. The Doodletown Pipers are the musical guests.
    Comedy sketch:
    In "The Pie-Eyed Piper," Bolivar Shagnasty (Skelton) and Clancy the Cop (Ross) join forces with Willie Lump Lump's wife (Pat Carroll) to put an end to Willie's heavy drinking.
    Music:
    The Doodletown Pipers (featuring Teresa Graves) sing a medley of "Blowin' in the Wind," "Do You Want to Dance?" and "Dancing in the Street."
    The Tom Hansen Dancers do their interpretation of "I Like Mountain Music."
    The Silent Spot:
    Red pantomimes a convict planning his escape.

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  • The Love Bug'll Getcha If You Don't Use DDT

    Red's guest is singer Jack Jones.
    Comedy sketch:
    "The Love Bug'll Getcha If You Don't Use DDT." Jack Jones plays a "love clinic" professor who offers Clem Kadiddlehopper suggestions on how to propose to his sweetheart Daisy June (Jackie Russell).
    Music:
    Jack Jones sings "Getting Sentimental Over You" and "Pretty."
    The Tom Hansen Dancers perform to "Music Music Music."
    The Silent Spot:
    An exhausted traveling salesman (Red) tries to grab some shuteye at a noisy hotel.

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  • The Julius Caesar Caper
    4/23/68
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    Red's guests are actor-comedian Mickey Rooney and singer Lana Cantrell.
    Comedy sketch:
    "The Julius Caesar Caper." Julius Caesar (Rooney) has a fatal rendezvous at the Senate which is is briefly delayed by his slave Forsooth (Red).
    Music:
    Lana Cantrell sings "I'm Falling in Love Again" and "Bonnie and Clyde."
    The Alan Copeland Singers and the Tom Hansen Dancers (series regulars) team up on "Big Beautiful Doll."
    The Silent Spot:
    A man (Red) squares off against his battle-axe mother-in-law.
    One-Minute Dramas:
    Rooney and Skelton do blackouts about a chemist, an operation, and a time capsule.

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  • Rings on Her Fingers Also Go Through Your Nose

    Red's guests are comedian Nipsey Russell and musical group The Association.
    Comedy sketch:
    "Rings on Her Fingers Also Go Through Your Nose." Dr. Hardsell Hopkins (Nipsey), a combination insurance salesman, medical examiner and undertaker, offers a package deal for zoo employee George Appleby.
    Music:
    The Association perform "Birthday Morning," "Windy" & "Wasn't It A Bit Like Now?"
    The Silent Spot:
    "The Old Handy Man" attempts to make minor house repairs.
    One-Minute Dramas (Blackout Skits):
    Nipsey and Red play safecrackers and onlookers at a bathing-beauty audition. Also, a blackout about a lonely-hearts consultation.

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