REVIEW: This was a very special night for WML. Not only did the prodigal son, Steve Allen, and his charming wife, Jayne Meadows, appear on the show, it also was a night that featured a very special surprise for Arlene. As for the panel's performance, they had a very respectable night, going 2 for 3 on the evening. Unfortunately, the proceedings didn't start too well, as the panel was totally stumped by the man who made powder puffs. Jayne did a commendable job during her initial turn by finding out that the man had something to do with cosmetics, but the panel was thinking more along the lines of products such as lipstick, eyeliner or mascara. The panel was more successful in the second game as Arlene correctly guessed that the lady from Syracuse was a window washer. The mystery guest round turned out to be the highlight of the evening as Arlene's fellow cast mates from the play "Dinner at Eight" all appeared on the show. Unfortunately, Jayne voluntarily disqualified herself because she saw a couple of the cast members in the hallways prior to the show and made the connection. Once Arlene realized who the guests were, she deferred to Steverino and Bennett to finish out the game. Finally, it was Bennett who correctly guessed that they were the main cast members from Arlene's play. After the game, Arlene was asked by John to come to center stage to introduce the cast, which she did. When Arlene returned to her seat, Bennett told her to stand up and take some bows herself. Arlene got choked up after this and was really touched by all the sincerity. That definitely was a nice way to end the show. - Sargebri (2008)
WML CONNECTIONS: Three of Arlene's "Dinner at Eight" co-stars had, or were about to have, some connection to WML in one way or another.
1) Including tonight, Walter Pigeon appeared three times as a mystery guest and three times as a guest panelist.
2) Pamela Tiffin (who also worked with Arlene in the 1961 classic Cold War comedy "One, Two, Three") would appear on the show as a guest panelist a few months later in a rather bizarre fashion. During her appearance on EPISODE #853 of March 12, 1967, Pamela Tiffin looked at best uninterested in working on the show and at worst she looked as if she had imbibed some substance before the show aired. Needless to say, she wasn't asked back after that appearance.
3) June Havoc's sister, Gypsy Rose Lee, appeared as both a mystery guest and a guest panelist. A few months after this episode aired, she would have one of the most infamous guest panelist stints in the show's history when she made a rude remark about Bennett and Random House. She did this when she introduced Bennett on EPISODE #854 of March 19, 1967 by saying, "And now, the man who was too short-sighted to publish any of my books, Bennett Cerf." The panel rarely spoke to her that evening and she was never invited back. - Sargebri (2008)