The White Shadow

Season 3 Episode 7

Vanity Fare

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Jan 06, 1981 on CBS
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Vanity Fare
The team tries to capitalize on their shower singing by signing on with a record company, and the results aren't what they bargain for. Meanwhile, Reeves gets an offer to do TV commercials for a tire shop.

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  • After watching this, you really get a sense of why this season wasn't released on DVD.

    I am a big White Shadow fan. And, after watching seasons 1 and 2 on DVD, I, like many other fans, just naturally assumed season 3 would follow. Then, the months went by. No news on it. I first started to rationalize it by thinking that seasons 1 and 2 weren't big sellers and that maybe there just aren't too many of us (White Shadow fans) out there.

    Well, I purchased some recorded copies of Season 3 (with all compliments to the provider, thanks) and, while I enjoy seeing the old episodes, I'm afraid I have to be impartial as a reviewer. Translation: most of the episodes in this season really stink and this is probably the worst of them!

    First of all, who lied to Salami and told him he could sing? Or that Jesse Mitchell character? It's like the producers said, hey, nothing else is working, let's bring back the shower singing! Problem is, the best voices are all either gone (Reese) or dead (Jackson). And, to add insult to injury, Reeves humiliates himself by putting his paunchy, two-years-retired body back into his Bulls uniform and tries to do COMMERCIALS? Is he THAT desperate for money?

    From then on, this show was basically on life support until the bitter end.moreless
John Mengatti

John Mengatti

Nick Vitaglia (1979-1981)

Joan Pringle

Joan Pringle

Sybil Buchanan

Stoney Jackson

Stoney Jackson

Jesse B. Mitchell (1980-1981)

Ken Howard

Ken Howard

Ken Reeves

Kevin Hooks

Kevin Hooks

Morris Thorpe

Byron Stewart

Byron Stewart

Warren Coolidge

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  • TRIVIA (5)

    • When Vitaglia whines about blowing $300 of the $500 he won at the horse track on the record deal, Rutherford tells him to just try his horse-betting "system" again. Vitaglia replies, 'what am I gonna use, records?' Well, Nick, do the math. You have $200 left in that passbook....

    • As the team is waiting for Coach Reeves to arrive for the game with South, Salami gets up and imitates Reeves and says he was team captain last year. Seems he forgot that he started the year as captain, was ousted (thanks to Albert Hodges), and Hayward became team captain last year.

    • In this episode, Reeves denies the team permission to miss practice to record their record and says their game coming up is with "South." However, as the team is waiting for Reeves to get to the gym before the game, we see footage from the Season 2 episode "Albert Hodges" of the opposing team waiting for Carver to come out on the floor. The opposing team's jerseys say "Tremont."

    • The team sings "A Teenager in Love" by Dion & the Belmonts in the shower in this episode, with Salami singing lead.

    • "Under the Boardwalk" by the Drifters is the song the team uses for their demo record, with Mitchell (Stoney Jackson) singing lead.

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