Tony: (regarding the mystery challenger) It was almost impossible to tell if it was a man or a woman. Are you a man or woman?
REVIEW: If it hadn't been for the final contestant, this probably would have been considered "ladies night" on WML as the contestants in the first two games were women and the mystery guest for the evening was a woman. It also turned out to be a good night for the panel as they wound up going a remarkable 3 for 4 on the evening. Things got off to a great start in the first game as Arlene, with a huge assist from guest panelist Dr. Joyce Brothers, correctly guessed that the twin sisters were blackjack dealers. In the second game, Joyce correctly guessed that the contestant stitched baseballs. In the mystery guest round, Tony correctly identified Carol Burnett. Carol was on the show to promote her upcoming special "Carol + Two," in which she starred with Lucille Ball and Zero Mostel. Of course, this probably was a trial run for Carol's upcoming variety series, which would be premiering a year and a half after her WML appearance. Unfortunately, the panel ran out of time in the final game, so the kite maker, who was the only male contestant, won the full prize by default. Nevertheless, this still was a great night for the panel. - Sargebri (2007)
NEXT CANDIDATE!!! Appearing on the panel this evening as the latest in the long line of Dolly Mae's would be successors was columnist and noted psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers. Joyce definitely put in a great performance. However, she did seem a little nervous being on the panel. Unfortunately, she never appeared on the CBS panel again following this appearance, though she would appear as a panelist in the later years of the syndicated version. Interestingly, this wasn't her first appearance on a game show. Several years earlier, she had appeared on the classic series "$64,000 Question." Not only did she do well, but she wound up winning the full $64,000. For the record, her subject of expertise was boxing. - Sargebri & W-B (2007)
VINTAGE SYNDICATED WML: Following the 2007 GSN airing of this episode, GSN aired an episode of the syndicated WML hosted by Wally Bruner. The mystery guest on that episode was pantomime master Marcel Marceau. Of course, this could have been seen as somewhat of a tribute to Monsieur Marceau as he passed away on September 22, 2007, a few weeks before GSN showed this episode. - Sargebri (2007)
BLACKJACK!: After the opening contestants' game, they and the panel briefly discussed blackjack, including blackjack books such as Beat the Dealer. One of the sisters mentioned that the casinos were switching to a system of using more decks in the game. In today's casinos, a six-deck shoe is now considered standard. Nevertheless, due to the potentially lucrative nature of the game, various players have devised "cheating" systems, employing everything from "card-counting" to "dealer-tells" to "beat it," which have been discussed in books such as Bringing Down the House. Currently, blackjack played in tournaments is a popular option, seen in the GSN series World Series of Blackjack and Celebrity Blackjack. - agent_0042 (2007)
FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards for the first pair of contestants at two down. He had accepted a guess of "blackjack champions" from Arlene, instead of the more precise "blackjack dealers," but he flipped the cards anyway. John flipped them all for the second contestant at two down. Dr. Joyce Brothers had asked if he made baseballs, and Bennett had suggested sewing, just after the flip. Lastly, John flipped all the cards for the final contestant at seven down because time was running short. The panel wasn't really close on this one. - agent_0042 (2007)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The opening sponsor tonight is Diet Delight, which was advertised as "The low-calorie canned fruit."
(2) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 14th surviving post-Kilgallen edition to retain the "live" wording on the opening.
(3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: Yet again, Tony Randall is introduced first. In addition, Dr. Joyce Brothers' name plane on the panel desk reads "Dr. Brothers," indicating her profession.
(4) ANOTHER PORTENT OF THE FUTURE: While Dr. Joyce Brothers is appearing for the first time tonight on "WML?" - and as it develops, the only time during its remaining year-and-a-half on CBS - she will be an occasional panelist within the show's final two years in syndication (1973-1975). Additionally, the good doctor was one of the mystery guests during the very first week in syndication in 1968, as well as two other times in its seven-year run.
(5) "WML?" CREW CREDITS WATCH: In all likelihood due to an editing glitch, the end credits only go so far as to mentioning executive producer Gil Fates, director Franklin Heller and associate producers Bob Bach and Ann Krieger before cutting abruptly to the "WML?" title card.
(6) Following the November 19, 2007 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran an episode of the syndicated color version of "WML?" from the second day of Week #80, which was taped on April 9, 1970. The host was Wally Bruner, the announcer was Johnny Olson, and the panel that week consisted of Soupy Sales, Gail Sheldon, Jack Cassidy and Arlene Francis. The mystery guest on this edition was legendary mime Marcel Marceau, who died on September 22, 2007 at age 84. - W-B (2007)
This episode produces yet another "WML Rookie of the Year" candidate. Dr. Joyce Brothers put in a great debut performance on the panel this evening. She not only opened the door on the first contestants, she tore it off its hinges! Only Suzy Knickerbocker did better than Brothers, who also helped narrow down the occupation of the second contestant. Carol Burnett had one of the most memorable performances by a mystery guest in a long time. Her reaction to Tony's question was one of the funniest moments in the show's history. Carol was on the show to promote her upcoming special with Lucille Ball and Zero Mostel. A year after this special aired, Carol would begin her own 1967-1978 variety hour, "The Carol Burnett Show," which would become a classic. Also, during the good nights, John mentioned Tony's trip to Milwaukee on behalf of VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America). VISTA was the domestic version of the Peace Corps and was the forerunner of such programs as Habitat for Humanity. It still exists today, as part of AmeriCorps. All in all, the panel had an exceptional performance this particular evening. - Sargebri (2004)
Carol Burnett promoted her upcoming 1966 CBS special which will be aired on Tuesday, March 22, 1966, "Carol + 2" which also features Lucille Ball and Zero Mostel. - Suzanne (2004)
Dr. Joyce Brothers, in what may be her first appearance on a game show since "The $64,000 Question" in 1955, is the female guest panelist. She is mentioned as having a column based in the NY Journal-American, which makes her the second Journal-American based columnist to be used by the show, following Suzy Knickerbocker, since Dorothy Kilgallen's death. I have a feeling that might not have been coincidental. Somewhat eerily, Joyce almost knocks off the first spot in her first questioning segment, just like Suzy did in her first appearance. Never underestimate the ghost of Kilgallen rubbing off on her colleagues for their first appearance! Bennett mentions the 75th birthday of John's father-in-law, Chief Justice Earl Warren. A lot of people in the Midwest and South might have turned off their sets at that point, since "Impeach Earl Warren" had become a popular slogan in parts of the country as the result of controversial decisions on criminal justice matters. This controversy was not only because of the Warren Commission. Another topical reference that comes up during the spot with the contestant who stitches baseballs is how both Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax were refusing to report to spring training because management wouldn't meet their salary demands. This was a gutsy stance to take in the pre-free-agency days. - Eric Paddon (2004)
Tidbits: Random House has 5 out of the top 10 best-selling books at the present. Dr. Brothers' overlay screen showed "Dr. Joyce Brothers, Psychologist." Tony Randall has volunteered to help VISTA. VISTA (an acronym for Volunteers In Service To America) was created by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 as "a domestic Peace Corps" as part of the "War on Poverty." Programs such as Headstart and Job Corps were created by that same legislation. - Suzanne (2004)
Dr. Joyce Brothers (10/20/1927 - 5/13/2013)
Panel: Tony Randall, Dr. Joyce Brothers, Arlene Francis, Bennett Cerf.
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