WKRP in Cincinnati

Season 4 Episode 19

The Creation of Venus

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Mar 31, 1982 on CBS
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Episode Summary

The Creation of Venus
When Venus lets it slip that he was a schoolteacher before he came to WKRP, Andy has to tell Mama Carlson the truth about how he hired Gordon Sims as a DJ and how they came up with the persona of Venus Flytrap.

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • The closing scene of the episode shows Andy slamming his hand onto the wall, as if he's turning out the lights in the booth. The lights do go out, but Andy clearly missed the light switch.

      • This episode was written in part to clarify the confusing backstory of Venus--at various times in the series we're told he was the #1 DJ in New Orleans, a schoolteacher, a minor league baseball player, the leader of a rock band and a deserter from the army.

      • Inconsistency with a previous episode: In "Who Is Gordon Sims," Andy didn't seem to know Venus's real name. In the flashback sequence from this episode, he does.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Momma Carlson: (to Andy) If you're going to grab me, do it nicely—in the back seat of my Rolls.

      • Venus: Couldn't I have a cosmic name for a boy, like Pluto!
        Andy: That's a dog's name.
        Venus: Mercury.
        Andy: That guy brings flowers. Now listen. What do you think of when you hear the name "Venus?"
        Venus: Flytrap.

    • NOTES (2)

      • The flashback scene where Mama Carlson is introduced to Venus Flytrap was in the series pilot episode, but actress Sylvia Sidney played the role of Mama Carlson during the first season. The scene was re-shot for this episode with Carol Bruce as Mama Carlson.

      • Shooting script dated February 12, 1982.

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Explaing coming to Cincinnati to Mrs. Carlson, Andy mentions he'd, "gotten kind of tired of packing and unpacking, town to town, up and down the dial," borrowing lyrics from the show's theme.