Woody: You expect me to ask if it's hay or not?
John: Well, you can. I mean, this is a hazard of life, so to speak.
REVIEW: After returning to their winning ways the previous week by going 2 for 3, the panel did even better this week by achieving something they hadn't done in quiet a while, which was to score the ever elusive perfecto. In the first game, Arlene correctly guessed that the very polite nine-year old young man was a trapeze artist. Perhaps his years under the big top helped him to appreciate and respect the older folks. In the second game, Phyllis was given credit for correctly guessing that the lady from Kansas sold hay. However, Bennett might have gotten it if he hadn't chickened out and passed to Arlene. Again the winner, Phyllis finished the perfect evening by correctly identifying the comic duo of Steve Rossi and Marty Allen. The boys were on the show to promote their upcoming engagement in town. During the post game chat, they paid kind tribute to the man who brought them together, the late great Nat "King" Cole. That definitely was a very touching way to end a perfect night. - Sargebri (2008)
FLIP REPORT: John flipped all the cards at four down for the first contestant, even though Arlene had correctly pegged the guest as a "trapeze artist." John flipped five cards (all at once) for the second contestant when "oats" was guessed instead of "hay." John then flipped them all at six down when "hay" was identified as the correct product. - agent_0042 (2008)
(1) "WML?" SPONSOR WATCH: The opening sponsor for this first post-cancellation-notice live show was Bayer Aspirin.
(2) "LIVE" WATCH: This is the 41st surviving post-Kilgallen kinescope of a live transmission to retain the original "live" wording on the intro.
(3) BAD PUN ALERT - AND AN ENCORE: While no plays on words were forthcoming during the intros, the bad puns flew fast and furious from Bennett during the second contestant's game. At one point, he mentioned "Life with Fodder," which was a pun on the title of the play (and later movie) "Life with Father." On another occasion, the publisher/panelist rehashed the "horse of a different cruller" pun which he had previously sprung on the audience and his fellow panelists on EPISODE #767 of June 6, 1965.
(4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: GSN's February 6, 2008 airing of tonight's show was marred once again by the highly invidious "crunching" of the screen during the end credit sequence.
(5) Following the February 6, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran an episode of "I've Got a Secret" which originally emanated "live from New York" on January 14, 1963. Host Garry Moore introduced his panel this time out as "Prince William" Cullen, "Queen Elizabeth" Palmer, "Sir Henry" Morgan and "Good Queen Bess" Myerson. The celebrity guest was Hermione Gingold. - W-B (2008)
CANCELLATION WATCH - This episode was aired live, and is therefore the first episode in which the panel knows of the CBS decision to cancel WML. The cancellation details are in the previous episode guide. No mention was made on this episode of the NY Times newspaper article or the looming cancellation. Everybody wore smiles, and it was business as usual. - Suzanne (2004)
The panel really was great tonight, especially Arlene and Phyllis. Arlene got the first contestant, especially after Phyllis and Bennett opened the doors wide open for her. John and Bennett both paid tribute to the young trapeze man by praising his polite manners and his mature attitude for a boy of nine. Phyllis then identified the second contestant who sold hay. Bennett, for some inexplicable reason, had chickened out and had passed to Arlene, even after he had narrowed the product line down to "hay or oats." He probably was just being kind, and wanted to give the other panelists a chance to ask a question or two. Up until he passed, he had been the sole questioner. Phyllis was also funny tonight, because on about three occasions she stuttered and tripped over her own words. Allen and Rossi naturally stole the show! They set the dial for "laughs" the way Steve signed the blackboard and the way Marty walked on stage wearing a ladies hat and carrying a handbag. Marty got laughs when he said that a lady had called him a "walking Brillo pad." John put it well when he called them "a couple of nuts." All kidding aside, Marty took time to pay tribute to the man who brought him and Steve together, the late, great Nat "King" Cole. Also of note, this would be the final appearance for the boys on the show. However, as was stated earlier, no mention was ever made of the show's impending demise. The panel probably wanted to keep it business as usual until the bitter end. - Sargebri (2004)
Steve Rossi & Marty Allen promoted their appearance at The Royal Box at the Americana Hotel in NY. Their comedy act opens tomorrow. - Suzanne (2004)
Tidbits: Oh no, Bennett reprised the "horse of a different cruller" pun again. He told a longer version of this "doughnut" pun on EPISODE #767 of June 6, 1965. - Suzanne (2004)
Panel: Arlene Francis, Woody Allen, Phyllis Newman, Bennett Cerf.
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