The Steven Banks Show

PBS (ended 1994)


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Episode Guide

  • Season 1
    • The Last Show
      The Last Show
      Episode 13
      After fixing Steven's bed, Mariana goes to a psychiatrist's office (being one of his first patients) to discuss her fascination with Steven. She recounts her dream about him, which incorporates parodies of "Peter Pan," The Jerry Lewis telethon, "Cabaret," "My Fair Lady," "West Side Story," "The Music Man," and "The Dating Game," which somehow manage to feature Queen Victoria. When Mariana comes back to announce that she is getting a new job and will leave the apartment he realizes that he may be in love with her. Steven then comes to the psychiatrist's office to discuss his Woody Allen-esque dream, which centers around a tour of his own apartment in which an obsessed "Lost in Space" fan describes how Billy Mumy's life went downhill until Bill Mumy sets hoim straight. By the end of the episode, Steven and Mariana realize their feelings for each other. They kiss, and the show ends on a poignant moment.moreless
    • Miss Janie Regrets
      Miss Janie Regrets
      Episode 12
      Steven is watching public television as he serves himself some cold cereal (while imitating Julia Child). It is revealed that he is infatuated with children's TV star Miss Janie Hathaway, and before long Pepper is too. When Miss Janie announces a drawing contest where the winner gets to have breakfast with her, Steven and Pepper enter, claiming Steven is the uncle of a boy whose mother recently died. They win, and Steven gets prepared for a romantic meal. However, when Miss Janie arrives, she proves not to be as sweet as she seems, and she suspects Steven just brought her over to further an acting career. She has him help her an audition for a soap opera, which calls for her to kiss him passionately. She also invites him to her one-woman show, "I, Karen: The Beat Did Not Go On", an avant-garde musical about Karen Carpenter playing at the Justine Bateman playhouse. Steven attends the show, which he finds so boring that he drifts to sleep and dreams himself starring in a one-man show about Mark Twain (where he plays the banjo and duckwalks). Miss Janie points out that Peter Lupus is in the audience, but even then Steven decides not to stay for the second act. He is so fed up with the show that he throws away all of his Carpenters records! He admits to Pepper the next morning that he wouldn't have stayed for the second act even if she took off her clothes, pulled him onstage, had sex with him, but Pepper disagrees. They turn on the radio and hear about Kathleen McClure (otherwise known as Miss Janie) receiving a grant for her one-woman show, "I Karen", which includes a controversial second act in which (you guessed it) she takes off her clothes, pulls a man onstage, and has sex with him. Pepper attends the next show, and gets lucky!!!moreless
    • My name is Steven
      My name is Steven
      Episode 11
    • Dust In The Wind
      Dust In The Wind
      Episode 10
      As Steven wakes up he begins to play the piano in another one of his fantasies, only to have Pims call him and demand a report which is due at nine. Steven comes to work to find that a female co-worker who is obsessed with him has finished the report for him. In returns she demands that he bring her to the medieval fair, which he isn't too thrilled about attending. Back home he receives two packages--one full of styrofoam™ pellets from his parents and an unmarked package which Steven later realizes is a funeral urn. Only Steven has already vaccuumed up some of the ashes and he and Pepper try to dispose of the rest, by methods such as smoking the ashes. During their conversation Pepper brings up the rumor of Walt Disney being cryogenically frozen, which doesn't convince Steven but does inspire him to perform "Walt's Song." Mariana comes by and Steven asks her if there are any relatives she hasn't spoken to in a long time. As Steven noticed the initials "L. P." on the urn, he is shocked when Mariana mentions her uncle named Lloyd Palmer. Fortunately Lloyd isn't dead, as Steven later discovers. Mr. Pfeiffer comes by and claims the urn, as it contained the ashes of his late brother Leon, against whom he's had a long grudge. Nonetheless, Steven decides to hold a funeral service for Leon by putting the remaining ashes in a helium balloon and latting it float up until it bursts. Although the co-worker is shocked to find Steven missing the fair she understands...a little too well.And the balloon bursts too soon, covering Mr. Pfeiffer in ashes.moreless
    • Sunday In The Park With Stuffy
      The episode is narrated by Stuffy the dog, who recounts how it all started with a man named Steven..."Banks, Banks, Banks" and so Steven's fantasizing begins. Lupe delivers him a package from his parents at a home security convention--a dead stuffed decoy dog named Stuffy. But when Mr. Pfeiffer sees the stuffed dog he reports this to Mariana, who gets frightened. Steven tries to get rid of Stuffy by putting him in the on-deck trash downstairs. He attends the Mexican restaurant where Mariana is exhibiting her paintings and has a great time, serenading her in his apartment, until a cop comes over and returns Stuffy to Steven, writing him up. When Lupe arrives she recognizes Stuffy because she had a similar decoy dog until it got stolen, and so Steven gives Stuffy to Lupe. In the end, Stuffy decides that he enjoys being with Lupe after all.moreless
    • Cowboy Willie
      Cowboy Willie
      Episode 8
    • Rear Closet
      Rear Closet
      Episode 7
      Told as a flashback, Steven was just doing what he normally does-in this case it's acting out a musical based on "The Grapes of Wrath" with grapes and a toy car. He has to find some of his missing recepits for his tax return, but complications ensue when the eccentric new neighbors keep asking to borrow things from Steven, including a Bowie knife and rat poison. Steven thinks someone is going to be killed so he asks Chuck to investigate. A police officer stops by to assure Steven that no murder has taken place, and noticing Steven's musical instruments, begins to sing opera with Steven accompanying her. But Steven is still uncertain. In the end, it proves to be a complete misunderstanding on Steven's part. To fill time at the end of the episode, Steven stares out at the audience until Mr, Pfeiffer yells, "Banks, stop staring at the audience!"moreless
    • Faux Clip
      Faux Clip
      Episode 6
      As Steven and Pepper clean out the former's closet (Steven's parents don't mind a messy room as long as the closet's clean) they recall events that never actually happened on the series.
    • Banks For The Memories
      According to the New York Times synopsis, in this episode Steven reflects on his teenage years.
    • Phonettiquette
      Episode 4
      Steven is invited to appear on a chat show for saving a little girl named Chelsea Clinton. Also on the show are Penn and Teller, who perform a bloody trick involving beans. The guests each receive a tote bag from the show. When Steven gets home he finds that he accidentally has Penn's cell phone. He sets out to return it, but Pepper comes across it and turns down an offer from Aaron Spelling in Penn's voice. He then informs Steven of his new psychic girlfriend, who supposedly can contact dead rock stars. This inspires Steven to put on a robe a la the Grim Reaper and perform "Rock and Roll RIP." When Penn and Teller arrive, the seance begins. The psychic demands a valuable object--one of Steven's rare 45 LPs--and pulls out a record from "Buddy Holly" to which Steven Plays along. But Penn proves her a fake, returns Steven's record, and to celebrate, Steven and Penn perform "Clothes of the Dead."moreless
    • Video Dating
      Video Dating
      Episode 3
      Steven isn't going anywhere in his relationship with Mariana, who's tired of having to repair everything in his apartment, so after an impromptu autoharp session he tries out Vic's video dating service. As expected, he gets interrupted and plays around with some stilts. He does get one response, however, and it's from Mariana. As she comes over she tells Steven that her apartment and others were robbed> Turns out it was Vic, who set up the dating service in order to case other's apartments. As Steven serenades Mariana accompanying himself on bongos and offering her what she wanted in her video, she watches his and notices it was he who knocked over his lamp with his stilts routine. By the end, Steven is fixing his lamp and Vic operates his dating service behind bars.moreless
    • Sid And Ernie
      Sid And Ernie
      Episode 2
      According to the New York Times, Gina Schock comes to clean Steven's apartment after he does a routine in which he imitates Bob Dylan, as well as Johnny Cash and Mr. Ed.
    • Rock And Roll Auction
      Steven attends a Rock and Roll auction, planning to bet on what he believes is a guitar that belonged to John Lennon. Actually, it's Julian Lennon's guitar case. Along the way, Steven acts out the history of the Beatles with plastic figurines, and Peter Tork shows up with a bag of chocolate Kisses.moreless
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