Wonder Woman

Season 1 Episode 3

Beauty on Parade

3
Aired Unknown Oct 13, 1976 on CBS
8.3
out of 10
User Rating
43 votes
5

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When Wonder Woman's alter-ego, Diana Prince, enters a suspicious beauty contest to uncover the truth behind the sabotage of radar scanning equipment, she and Steve discover that there is something much more insidious underway that threatens the security of the United States.

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  • Showing Off

    7.0
    Wonder Woman has to infiltrate a beauty contest to uncover a sabotage ring, which is easy since Lynda Carter actually was a beauty contestant before the show. Diana wears a red wig and a swimsuit, and a rival in the contest steals her act, which almost gets her killed if not for Wonder Woman.



    Ironically the actress playing her rival was murdered a couple of years.



    The guest stars are interesting. Anne Francis from Honey West and Forbidden Planet. Eddie Benton, later known as Anne-Marie Martin, from Prom Night 2, Sledge Hammer, and the co-writer of Twister. Lindsay Bloom from Six Pact Annie and Mike Hammer.moreless
  • Beauty on parade

    5.0
    Must have had 70s feminists choking on their cornflakes! They finally have this strong female role model (albeit one who dresses like an incredibly jingoistic hooker) and 4 eps in she's entering a beauty contest? (Supergirl was in Smallville for several eps before she was prancing about in high heels and a skimpy bikini in an attempt to become 'Miss Sweetcorn'. Not to mention Lois Lane undercover as a stripper). Interestingly we have a character here called 'Monty Burns' but I'm sure it's just coincidence for the Simpsons. Steve knocked out again, was there ever an ep where he wasn't? You wonder if that was Lyle's screen test, "Can you do 'handsome and unconscious?" We have Dwight Eisenhower mentioned. The first thunderclap-spin transformation that was to become so famous (reputedly Lynda Carter's own idea, I wonder if she get's money for it?)

    5/10

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  • FUN!

    8.9
    Forget there is a war going on, let's have a beauty contest!



    Of course, this episode is notable as it features the definitive WW transformation with the clap of thunder in front of some beauty contestants who are obviously very heavy sleepers.



    This transformation is important and definitive of the series. It is really quite clever and the music is just so fitting.



    We are also privy to the first decent stunts. The jump from the window is great (but why did WW have to climb back up? She proved herself to be a great leaper)



    Lynda does a great job - have a close look at her as she leaves her bed to transform. She's cool, natural and beautiful.



    A bit of beauty pageant snarling which makes it all the more believable.



    Etta has some great lines.



    And only a few palm trees in sight in Washington DC - something the producers forgot as the series continued.



    As a kid, I thought DC was tropical!



    This is a no-brainer that should be enjoyed. The music is fantastic. Have a listen.



    And who did Diana remind Steve of when she was in her period dress and wig? The actors had fun with this and it shows.moreless
  • Diana enters a beauty contest and has to do some awkward dancing.

    6.2
    Odd little attempt at mixing a beauty contest (Carter was a Miss World, after all) and World War II. Dick Van Patten as well as a couple of the beauty contestants were not even attempting to play this as a period piece which compromised the setting a bit. Carter is in top form in this episode, playing her naivitee to the hilt which only adds to her likability. Of the guest stars, Anne Francis comes off the best as \"Lola.\" A couple of nice action sequences for the men and a fun tap number for the ladies add to the upbeat pacing of the episode. While Diana is sneaking out at night and trying not to wake her fellow contestants, she whirls into Wonder Woman; the thunderclap doesn\'t wake any of the girls, which supports the idea that only the viewer at home can hear the thunder.moreless
  • Diana Prince goes undercover as a beauty pageant contestant in order to ferret out a nefarious plot to assassinate General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

    8.7
    Diana Prince goes undercover as a beauty pageant contestant in order to ferret out a nefarious plot to assassinate General Dwight D. Eisenhower.



    This has got to be one of the more memorable episodes, and not because of its “sterling” quality. This show has some of the most unintentionally funniest moments I am ever likely to find. But rather than get all torqued about it, I choose to regard it as part of the show’s overall charm. Steve Trevor is not exactly in his best form here, and the writers take great pains to illustrate the chauvinism that still existed back in the 1940s. But despite some of Steve’s more boneheaded comments, he still manages to capture the roll of the “loveable idiot”, and so, we forgive him.



    Dick Van Patton also makes an appearance in this episode. Good God, did this man guest-star in EVERY show that came out of the 70s? Dick does more camera-pimping than I previously thought was even humanly possible. But he’s a fun character and he actually has some great screen presence.



    In all the ways that even remotely make sense, I should NOT be giving this episode high marks. It is an amalgamated mess of bad scripting, bad acting, bad casting and bad dialogue. But damn it…cheesy storytelling is why I watch this show! Don’t let yourself get mired in its lack of quality, just sit back and have fun with it, and I think you’ll agree that this ep is one of the greats.

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Lyle Waggoner

Lyle Waggoner

Major Steve Trevor/Colonel Steve Trevor, Jr.

Lynda Carter

Lynda Carter

Princess Diana/(Yeoman) Diana Prince/Wonder Woman

Beatrice Colen

Beatrice Colen

Private Etta Candy (1976-1977)

Richard Eastham

Richard Eastham

General Philip Blankenship (1976-1977)

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • This is the first episode to feature Diana Prince going undercover. This was the only instance of her doing so in the first season. (And also the first and only time in the first season when Lynda Carter wore a bathing suit.)

    • Goof: When Wonder Woman jumps out of the window it is night time but when the camera cuts to outside, it still apears to be quite light.

    • This episode marks the first use of the explosion special effect for Wonder Woman's transformation.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Jack: Can you sing or dance or play a musical instrument?
      Diana: Yes. What would you like me to do for you first?
      Jack: If I answer that question, the draft board will say I'm young enough to fight.

    • Jack: (to the GI's standing around the beauty contestants) Listen, if you guys still think that you're fighting for Mom's apple pie, see the chaplain. He's always looking for miracles.

    • Diana: (to Lola) It's unfair to judge yourself by the criterion of age. A vital, intelligent woman is much more than the sum of her birthdays.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • Colonel Flint: He's an institution, like Bob Hope or Babe Ruth.

      Bob Hope was an American comedian and actor who toured with the USO during many wars, including World War II, which the show was set. Babe Ruth was an American baseball player many consider "the greatest baseball player in history."

    • The episode's title refers to a song used in the movie Dumbo. 'Elephants on Parade' was written/composed by Ned Washington.

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