What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 17

EPISODE #842

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Dec 25, 1966 on CBS

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    • MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! This was a very special night for two main reasons. The first reason was the fact that this episode originally aired on Christmas night 1966. The second reason was the fact that in the very first game, this episode provided one of the most beautiful moments in the history of the show. In that game, the panel was blindfolded because the contestant, a handsome young naval officer who worked on a submarine, was the son of tonight's guest panelist, Suzy Knickerbocker. Bennett was given credit for correctly guessing his occupation. However, the best part of the night came when it was revealed to Suzy that the contestant was her son, Lieutenant Junior Grade Roger Mehle. The priceless look on Suzy's face, as well as her continued exclamation of "Oh my son! Oh my son!," made this one of the classic moments in WML's long history. This definitely was a very special moment and it was endearing to watch as Suzy's eyes welled up with tears. This surprise also had an effect on the next game, as the panel was totally stumped by the kilt maker from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In the mystery guest round, proud mother Suzy correctly identified Oscar winner Eva Marie Saint. Eva was on the show to promote the classic auto racing drama "Grand Prix," which was currently playing on Broadway. Suzy also provided one of the most humorous moments of the night when John had a classic slip of the tongue when he mistakenly called her "Miss Knockerbocker." When Suzy paused and then laughed, this caused the panel, as well as the audience, to break into hysterics and that caused John to call the game on time, so the bell salesman won the full prize by default. However, despite the panel only going .500 for the evening, they still had a very Merry Christmas. However, unbeknownst to them at the time, this would be the last Christmas the panel would share together. In September 1967, the show would be cancelled and removed from CBS's broadcasting lineup. - Sargebri (2008)

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