(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The opening sponsor tonight is Polident denture cleanser tablets.
(2) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 28th surviving post-Kilgallen edition where the word "live" was left uncut on the opening.
(3) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: This is the fifth post-Kilgallen episode - and seventh "WML?" episode overall - where Phyllis Newman is introduced first. She and fellow guest panelist Woody Allen had previously appeared on the 1964-1965 American TV version of "That Was the Week That Was." Tonight's show was the first of three occasions this season where they would be on the panel together; and on his final "WML?" appearance - EPISODE #873 of August 13, 1967 - Mr. Allen was a mystery guest while Miss Newman was a guest panelist.
(4) BAD PUN ALERT!!! After a few months' lull, Bennett strikes again with another tall tale, this one involving John and an inept piano tuner named "Mr. Oppornokity." The joke's punch line was "Oppornokity only tunes once" - which is a play on the famous phrase "Opportunity only knocks once." As with Mr. Cerf's more recent lame plays on words, this latest effort elicits the inevitable (and usual) groans from the other panel members - and a prolonged round of applause from the audience. This particular bit of "pun-ishment" later appeared in Bennett Cerf's 1968 book titled Bennett Cerf's Treasury of Atrocious Puns, which was published one year after the end of What's My Line?'s original CBS run. In the book, Cerf didn't involve John in the pun with "Mr. Orlando Oppornokity." Instead, Cerf wrote that it was Artur Rubinstein who went to get his grand piano tuned. (Another joke in the book, however, does retain John Daly as part of the pun. That joke is the infamous "horse of a different cruller" pun that was twice inflicted on the panel.)
(5) "DON'T DRINK THE WATER": The Broadway version of guest panelist Woody Allen's play that was two months away from opening at the time of tonight's show, and the original 1969 movie version, each had a different co-star of the short-lived 1972 sitcom "Me and the Chimp" in a different supporting role. Besides Anita Gillette who was in the 1966 Broadway production, her future "Chimp" co-star, Ted Bessell, appeared in the film version in the role of "Axel Magee." (His role was played on Broadway by Tony Roberts, who was known at the time as the more formal-sounding Anthony Roberts. Mr. Roberts would go on to appear in many Broadway productions and revivals, including "They're Playing Our Song," "The Sisters Rosenzweig" and the 1994 revival of "Cabaret," as well as co-starring in the short-lived 1977 TV series "Rosetti and Ryan.")
(6) PETER USTINOV: Tonight's show was Peter Ustinov's ninth and final appearance on "WML?" Since 1957, the future Sir Peter (who was knighted in 1990) had been a guest panelist six times, and a mystery guest three times including tonight. He appeared in the formal tuxedo attire associated with Mr. Daly and the male panelists on the show.
(7) "WML?" CREW CREDITS AND CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: The same production crew as established on last week's eighteenth-season premiere is once again in place tonight. And once again, on the January 17, 2008 airing by GSN, the detestable "crunching" of the end credit sequence is employed.
(8) Following GSN's January 17, 2008 airing of tonight's show, the cable and satellite channel ran the April 23, 1962 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore, with Morey Amsterdam (filling in for vacationing Bill Cullen), Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson on the panel, and the comedy team of Marty Allen & Steve Rossi as the celebrity guests. - W-B (2008)