WKRP in Cincinnati

Season 1 Episode 21

Fish Story

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM May 28, 1979 on CBS
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On a day when a reporter is coming to do a story on WKRP, Mr. Carlson unveils his latest promotion idea: dressing Herb up as the station mascot, the KRP Carp. At the same time, Johnny and Venus are taking an on-air test to demonstrate the effects of alcohol upon the average driver, and a painter is very slowly repainting the lobby.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

    Lee Bergere

    Lee Bergere

    WPIG Mascot

    Guest Star

    Jerry Hardin

    Jerry Hardin

    Patrolman R.F. "Buddy" Plyler

    Guest Star

    M.G. Kelly

    M.G. Kelly

    Quentin Stone

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • QUOTES (5)

      • Johnny: All right fellow babies, that was the Doors, and this is sort of Johnny Fever, kind of Doctor. And after (slurs) nine drinks, Venus Flytrap is catatonic, and I myself have personally just seen a giant pig. He is currently painting the walls of our lobby.
        Officer: He is obviously drunk, ladies and gentlemen.
        Johnny: Yes, he is, and I'm not feeling badly myself.

      • Herb: I'm a giant carp, Andy.
        Andy: I know you are, Herb.

      • Venus: Every now and then I get this uncontrollable urge to wear a hat.

      • Officer: (reading Johnny's reaction time) According to this, completely sober, he has the reaction time of a man who has had six vodka martinis.

      • Officer Plyler: You have obviously built up a super-human tolerance to alcohol.
        Johnny: Yes, it's true. It was once sort of a hobby.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Songs: "Drinkin' Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee" by Jerry Lee Lewis; "I'm Torn Down" by Freddie King; "Alabama Song" and "Light My Fire" by The Doors; "Blue Collar Man" by Styx

      • CBS was demanding that the show be made less grown-up and more farcical and kid-friendly. In response, producer Hugh Wilson wrote this episode, working in every cliche of TV sitcom farce (funny costumes, a guest character getting splashed with paint, etc). Wilson was so embarrassed by the finished episode that he used a pseudonym for the writing credit. Ironically, this is one of the most popular episodes of the series.

      • Hugh Wilson used the pseudonym "Raoul Plager" for his writing credit on this episode.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

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