WKRP in Cincinnati

Season 1 Episode 18

Who is Gordon Sims?

Aired Monday 8:00 PM Apr 02, 1979 on CBS
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Episode Summary

After Venus refuses to pose for a publicity photo, the truth about his past is revealed: He's wanted by the law as a deserter from the United States army.

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  • The Venus Flytrap opens up.

    I just watched this episode on DVD, and I have to say that while I've never been a fan of sitcoms as a platform for personal dramas, I really enjoyed this episode: particularly Tim Reid's performance. At one point--during the retelling of his personal story--I could see tears welled up in his eyes. And the cooler (more sublime) aspect of this was that it wasn't a setup for actual fallen tears. They just left it that. The bond forged between Venus and Arthur Carlson was touching without being schmaltzy. I also liked that the overarching message was facing down demons, taking responsibility for one's actions, and the ultimate reward for that kind of bravery. WKRP could get a little soapboxy, but not with this episode.moreless
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

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Les: Oh Andy, Venus gave us his address and phone number.
      Andy: Uh huh. What do you make of that?
      Les: Well I don't know. Where has he been lately? I haven't seen him for days.
      Andy: You want the truth?
      Les: I can take it.
      (Andy leans in to whisper and then darts a quick look towards Jennifer)
      Andy: (whispering) He's working for the United States Army.
      Les: What's he doing for them?
      Andy: (While peering around to make sure no one is listening) He's peeling potatoes.
      Les: Ooooooooo.

    • Les: Bailey, you're his friend. What do you really know about Venus?
      Bailey: You promise not to tell?
      Les: I swear.
      Bailey: Well, uh... you're gonna think this is a little crazy at first, but uh... I think he's black.

    • Venus: This is WKRP in Cincinnati, with more music and Les Nessman.

  • NOTES (1)