WKRP in Cincinnati

Season 1 Episode 17

A Commercial Break

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 26, 1979 on CBS
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The head of a chain of funeral homes wants to advertise on WKRP, in the hopes of convincing young people to make funeral arrangements early. The staff creates a singing commercial aimed at "young and swingin'" listeners. But Mr. Carlson feels that this isn't the kind of commercial he wants on his station.moreless

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    Gary Sandy

    Gary Sandy

    Andy Travis

    Gordon Jump

    Gordon Jump

    Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson

    Loni Anderson

    Loni Anderson

    Jennifer Marlowe

    Richard Sanders

    Richard Sanders

    Les Nessman

    Tim Reid

    Tim Reid

    Gordon "Venus Flytrap" Sims

    Frank Bonner

    Frank Bonner

    Herb Tarlek

    Fred Stuthman

    Fred Stuthman

    Randall Ferryman

    Guest Star

    Vince Trankina

    Vince Trankina

    Recording Engineer (uncredited)

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (1)

    • QUOTES (4)

      • Herb: Now listen, these are the copy points you have to work into the jingle, ok? A: 'All weather florial arrangements'....
        Venus: What does that mean?
        Johnny: Uh, that's plastic flowers.
        Herb ....B: 'Maintenance free artifical turf'....
        Johnny: Plastic grass....
        Herb: ....C: 'They accept all major credit cards'.
        Johnny: That would be your plastic money.

      • Herb: Commission City! Open your pearly gates to Herb Tarlek and say...
        Jennifer: (Suddenly opening the door.) There's a dead man in the lobby!

      • Herb rushes into bullpen to announce landing the new Morrison Tire account

        Morrison Tire Commerical Song
        Hey, your young and swinging
        No time to think about tomorrow
        But there ain't no use in denying that
        One day you're gonna have a flat
        Plan today for a Morrison tomorrow

        Morrison Morrison
        He's the man with the jack
        The man with the plan
        Morrison Morrison
        He's the tire makin man that loves you, alot

      • The lyrics to the commercial:
        Hey, you're young and swingin',
        No time to think about tomorrow.
        But there ain't no use to deny it.
        One day you're gonna buy it,
        Maybe tomorrow!

        Ferryman, Ferryman
        He's the man with a plot, a man with a plan.
        Ferryman, Ferryman
        He's the mortician man who loves you...
        A lot!

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Mr. Ferryman, the owner of the chain of funeral homes, refers to Charon, the ferryman who carried the dead across the River Styx in Greek mythology.

      • Venus and Herb sing "Sing! Sing a song! Sing out loud, sing out strong!", the first line of the song "Sing" by Joe Raposo. Introduced on Sesame Street, it became a hit when recorded by the Carpenters.

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