Strangers Episode Guide
38 - Couch Potato
First Air Date:
December 2, 1987
Nielsen Rating: 16.5 HH
TV Guide Description: A
cable-TV subscription brings variety to Balki's life, but it also turns him into
a couch potato who's on the verge of losing his job.
Created by: Dale McRaven
Written by: Bob Keyes
Directed by: Joel Zwick
Bronson Pinchot: Balki Bartokomous
Mark Linn-Baker: Larry Appleton
Belita Moreno: Lydia Markham
Jo Marie Payton-France: Harriette Winslow
Sam Anderson: Mr. Sam Gorpley
Harry Murphy: Cable Installation Man
Brian Kale: T.V. Sports Commentator
Appearances: Dimitri can be seen sitting on the table to the right of the
couch wearing his bullet hat and what look to be blue goggles.
"Oh Cousin, you can read me like a brown paper bag."
"I broke down and cried Ďtil my eyes fell out."
" . . . able to leap small children in a single bound!"
"No way, Rosť!"
"Iíve got that TV turkey off my back!"
ridiculous: Not said in this episode.
used in this episode:
"You can read me like a . . . . "
"Let me get this straight . . . "
"What was the question?"
"I donít think so!"
"You tricked Balki!"
Other running jokes
used in this episode:
Larry distracts Balkiís attention by saying, "Oh look, thereís . . .
Gorpley insults Balki, but Balki misconstrues it as a compliment.
This marks the first episode in which the Chronicleís advice columnist, Lydia
"The Brady Bunch Theme" - Actually Balki and Larry only contribute
their familiar "da da da da dum" to the song as itís playing on the
"I Dream of Jeannie Theme" - Balki dances and sings this as he comes
down the stairs at the Chronicle
- The name of the cable company providing the service for Balki and Larry
is called the XYZ Cable Co., as seen on the back of the installation manís
coveralls as heís leaving.
- Balki and Larry reprise a joke which they only
used once before in the series and would not do again, and thatís singing the
"da da da da dum" part of The Brady Bunch theme song which they
did in the episode Two Men and a Cradle.
- An interesting detail in this episode is when the
camera pans up to their apartment for the second scene there is a square of
light that can be seen through the window which is the television set which
Balki is sitting up and watching so late.
- Bronsonís talent for mimicking voices was put to good use in this episode,
as he impersonated Mr. Ed and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
This episode marks the return of Belita Moreno to the show. Belita
previously played Mrs. Edwina Twinkacetti in the first two seasons. Here
she returns as Lydia Markham, the Chicago Chronicleís neurotic advice
columnist, which she plays with great aplomb. Belita would get billing in
the opening credits of the series from the beginning. In later episodes her
character would play off Harrietteís as the two would insult each other
incessantly. And even later in the series Lydia and Mr. Gorpley would
slyly hook up as a romantically involved couple!
- Balkiís comment, "Goodness gracious, great
balls of fire" is a line from a famous Jerry Lee Lewis song.
- The book that Balki picks up to read when
assuring Larry heíll be fine without a television set is "Understand Your
Dreams." Could this be one of the books Larry used to help interpret
Balkiís dream in the season two episode Beautiful
- Another prop makes a return appearance when a box
of Raisin Puffs can be seen on the dining room table!
- When Balki asks Larry if itís Wednesday it was
a kind of in-joke since the show was airing on Wednesday nights.
episode begins with Larry and Balki standing in the living room of their
apartment watching as a cable television installation man connects an co-axial
input cable to the back of their television set. "Okay, thatís
it," the man states, "Youíre official cable subscribers!"
He eyes Balki, who is playing with the manís utility belt. "Can I
have my belt back now, please?" Larry encourages Balki to give the
man back his belt, which Balki does. The man heads for the door, telling
them that if they have any trouble to give him a call. Larry follows him
to the door as Balki stands, staring curiously at the television set.
Larry hurries back to Balki, who asks,
"Cousin, does this mean weíre cable-ready?" "Yes!"
Larry confirms, "Balki, that little wire is going to change our
lives!" Larry picks up the cable guide and opens it to show Balki.
"Look at this . . .
weíve got four movie channels!" Balki gasps with excitement.
"We never have to go stand in line to see a movie!" They look
excitedly at one another. "Weíve got the all-aerobics
channel!" Larry points out, causing Balki to gasp again. "No
need to join a gym!" They share another look of excitement.
"Weíve got the all-shopping channel!" Larry continues, "We
never have to go to the mall again!" They look excited but Balkiís
face suddenly drops into a look of horror. "Well, we can go to the
mall once in a while," Larry backtracks.
Larry encourages Balki to sit down as he
picks up the remote. "Balki, you are gonna love this!"
Larry clicks the power to the TV on with the remote, pointing.
"Thereís the all-sports channel!" Larry changes the channel.
"Thereís the all-news channel!" He clicks again.
"That must be the all-music video channel." "Is that
Michael Jackson or his sister?" Balki
asks. "Thatís Diana Ross," Larry corrects. They both sit
forward, eyeing the television in an intrigued manner, then nodding.
"Cousin, can I pick a channel?" Balki asks. "Sure!"
Larry encourages, handing Balki the remote, "Go ahead!"
"What should I pick?" Balki asks. "Pick anything you want .
. . youíve got the control!" Larry smiles. "Anything?"
Balki asks. "Anything you want!" Larry insists.
Balki hits a button and the sound of a
football game between the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants comes on.
Larry is immediately interested in the game as the announcer explains that
thereís only three seconds to go. "This has got to be the most
exciting game of the season!" the announcer proclaims. As Balki
studies the remote
Larry becomes more excited about the game as the becomes more and more intense.
Finally Larry is yelling "Yes! Yes!!" when Balki, who isnít
paying any attention to the game at all, switches the channel.
"What?!" Larry cries, turning on Balki and grabbing his shirt,
"Why did you change the channel?" "Well, you said I could
pick anything that I want and Iím not in the mood for football," Balki
explains. Balki changes the channel again just as the theme song for
"Mr. Ed" comes on. "Mr. Ed!" Balki cries happily
despite Larryís shocked expression. Balki then does an impersonation of the
horse, saying, "Now wait just a doggone minute, Wilbuurrrr!"
Balki dances his fingers in time to the music, pausing only to turn the sound up
higher. In frustration Larry tries to grab the remote away from Balki, and
the channel changes as they struggle so they now hear the familiar strains of
"The Brady Bunch" theme song, which they stop to watch, adding their
familiar "Da da da da dum" to the song.
the next scene it is late at night and Balki is sitting in the darkened living
room staring at the television set, which is loud with the sounds of gunfire and
fighting. Larry steps out of his bedroom, wearing his pajamas. As
Balki changes the channel to another loud movie, Larry turns on the living room
light and walks over to the couch. "All right, thatís it,"
Larry insists, sitting on the arm of the couch, "The war is over!
Balki, itís time to go to bed." Balki stares at the TV, ignoring
Larry. "Balki? Balki?" Larry grabs the hair on the
back of Balkiís head and turns Balkiís face to look at him. "Balki?"
"Hi, Cousin!" Balki offers in a dreamy kind of voice.
"Hi," Larry says nicely. "Whatís shakiní?" Balki
asks as he looks back at the TV, changing the channel again.
it is very, very late," Larry points out, trying to keep Balkiís eyes
from drifting back to the television screen. "Balki . . . Balki,
listen to me. Balki . . . Balki . . . Balki!" Larry slaps
Balkiís face gently, and Balki slaps him back lightly. Larry pushes on
Balkiís face and Balki responds by grabbing Larryís front and flipping him
over so that heís lying on his back on the couch with his head in Balkiís
lap. "I learned that on the all-wrestling channel!" Balki
explains. "Balki, go to bed!" Larry pleads. "Cousin,
I will, I will . . . as soon as what Iím watching is over."
"How can you be watching anything?" Larry asks as he sits up,
"You keep changing the channel!"
"Well, Cousin, itís easy!"
Balki explains, "On this channel, Arnold Schwarzenegger is blowing up drug
dealers . . . . " Balki changes the channel. " . . . and
on this channel Arnold Schwarzenegger is blowing up soldiers . . . oh, there
goes one now! . . . . " Balki
changes channels again. " . . . and on this channel, Arnold
Schwarzenegger is blowing up drug-dealing soldiers. I just love cable,
thereís so much variety!" Larry grabs the remote away from Balki
and turns off the television, getting up and pulling Balki up as well.
"Balki . . . go to bed! It is almost time to get up!"
Larry turns off the lights as he pushes Balki back toward his bedroom.
"But Cousin, how will I know what happened to Arnold Schwarzenegger?"
Balki asks. "He blows everybody up, marries Maria Schriver and lives
happily ever after," Larry explains, "Now get some sleep!"
"Okay, okay, Cousin, good night," Balki says, motioning Larry to go to
bed. As Larry heads for his bedroom Balki moves as if he is going back to
watch more television, but Larry stops him with a stern "Ah!"
Instead Balki turns to his own bedroom door and announces, in Arnold
Schwarzeneggerís voice, "Maria, Iím home!" He kicks the door
open and goes inside.
the next scene we see Larry working at Balkiís mail station, trying to sort
letters into baskets. A phone begins to ring and Larry eyes it, wondering
if he should answer it or continue what heís doing. With a letter in one
hand and a batch of letters in the other he runs to the phone, putting the
single letter into his mouth so he can pick up the receiver. He answers
with a muffled voice, then spits the letter out of his mouth to say "Mail
room! No, Balkiís not here right now, Mr. Myers. Iíll have him
get it up to you as soon as he gets back. Yeah . . . bye."
Larry hangs up the receiver and runs back to the worktable to pick up where he
The elevator door opens and a petite,
red-haired woman steps out, walking straight to the mail desk.
"Larry, where is Balki?" she asks in frustration, "He was
supposed to drop off the letters for my advice column over an hour ago!"
"Heís still at lunch, Lydia," Larry explains, "but I have your
mail all sorted right here." He hands her a wire basket of mail.
"Thank goodness, my deadlineís in twenty minutes!" she sighs.
Before she can walk away, Larry says, "Lydia? I know youíre busy
but, uh . . . I need some advice." Lydia looks flattered and
sympathetic. "I am never too busy to help a friend! Whatís
the problem, Larry? Canít get a date?" Larry ignores this as
he explains, "No. No, itís Balki." "Well, Balki
shouldnít have a problem getting a date!" Lydia laughs.
"No, this has nothing to do with
dating," Larry continues, "See, for the past two weeks Balki has been
glued to the TV. He wonít go to bed at night. Heís late to work
because he doesnít want to miss the end of ĎThe Flying Nun.í What do
you think I should do?" Lydia looks taken aback and then nervous and
confused. "Lydia, what do you think?" "Donít push
me!" Lydia snaps, "I am not good at these spur of the moment answers!
I am a small neurotic woman with problems of my own, Lar-ry! I
canít take this kind of pressure! Why is everyone bothering me?
Why do all the people think I have the answers?" She hurries
up the stairs as she rants. "Thank you!" Larry offers as he
watches her go.
Gorpley storms out of his office, yelling, "Where is that idiot Mypiot?
Heís not still at lunch is he?" "Oh no, heís here, Mr.
Gorpley," Larry lies, "I donít even know if he went to lunch!
You know Balki usually works straight through . . . work work work work work . .
. . Is something wrong?" "Yes, somethingís wrong!"
Gorpley snarls, "The managing editor sent out an emergency delivery
yesterday that never got there! Thatís the third time your cousin has
fouled up this week! If I get one more complaint weíll have to do
something about that, wonít we? Oh! I have an idea! Iíll
fire him!" Gorpley storms back into his office with Larry assuring
him all the way, "Iíll be sure he gets the message! And you have
just a lovely, lovely . . . . " As Gorpleyís office door slams
Larry cracks, "Jerk!"
Larry starts to work at the mail table
again as the elevator door opens and Balki, wearing his jacket and dark glasses,
quickly. Harriette steps out of the elevator behind him with concern.
Balki hurries past Larry to hang his jacket on a coat rack. Larry walks up
behind him. "Balki, did you go home for lunch?" Balki
nods. "Did you turn on the TV?" "I donít want to
talk about it," Balki insists, walking away but Larry follows.
"Did you turn on the TV?" "Oh Cousin, you can read me like
a brown paper bag," Balki sighs, removing the sunglasses, "ĎLeave it
to Beaverí was on. It was a wonderful episode . . . at the end, Ward
said, ĎBeav . . . no matter what you do your mother and I will always love
you.í Well, I got to tell you, I broke down and cried Ďtil my eyes
fell out." "Balki, you are forty minutes late!" Larry
notes, "And Ward said that at the end of every episode!
you donít get your act together, Gorpley is going to fire you!" Larry
warns. "All right, Cousin, Iím sorry," Balki apologizes,
"I know I did wrong. It wonít happen again, I promise!"
"Well good," Larry sighs, "Iím glad to hear it."
"Arenít you going to forgive me like Ward forgave the Beav?" Balki
asks coyly. "Yes, I forgive you," Larry offers. Balki
smiles and hugs Larry happily. "This stuff has got to go up to Myers
in Classified right away!" Larry explains, handing Balki a basket of mail.
"Okay," Balki says, dropping his sunglasses into the basket and
running up the stairs, "Iím faster than a speeding bullet! More
powerful than a locomotive! Able to leap small children in a single
After Balki exits and Larry goes back to
his desk, Harriette approaches him. "You got a problem there, sugar.
That boyís becoming a couch potato!" "A couch potato?"
Larry asks. "You know," Harriette continues, "one of those
people that spend so
much time watching TV they end up with a butt the size of Detroit?"
"Well, I think itís just the novelty of having 24 hour cable," Larry
explains. "Oh yeah?" Harriette asks, "Does he stay up all
night?" "No! No, not all night," Larry insists,
"Heís usually in bed by five . . . six in the morning, right after
ĎGumby.í" "Mmm hmmm, well does he ever hum the theme from
ĎI Dream of Jeannie?í" Harriette asks. "I donít think
Iíd recognize it," Larry admits. At that moment Balki returns at
the top of the stairs, dancing and singing the ĎI Dream of Jeannieí theme
song as he comes down and returns to work. "Thatís it!"
Harriette announces, "You got yourself a couch potato!"
second act begins with Larry in the apartment, snapping his briefcase closed and
heading for the front door. The door suddenly swings open, hitting Larry
in the face, as Balki rushes in and hurries to the kitchen. Larry holds
his pained nose as Balki grabs a box of donuts and runs to the couch, sitting
down and grabbing up the remote . . . only to find the television gone.
"Aaah!" Balki screams, "Weíve been robbed!" Larry
touches Balkiís shoulder, making him jump. "Balki . . . we
havenít been robbed. I took the television." Balki sighs with
relief, saying, "Oh! You took the television!" He suddenly
looks worried, asking "You took the television?"
"Balki, Iíve given this a lot of
thought and what Iíve done is for your own good," Larry explains,
"Youíve been watching too much
television lately and youíve just got to stop!" "Let me get
this straight," Balki begins, "Youíre telling me that I canít
watch television." "Yes," Larry confirms. "I
see," Balki hums, "and Iím telling you . . . . " He grabs
Larry by the shirt and lifts him up to his face. " . . . give me the
TV!" Larry pulls himself free, explaining calmly, "Itís not
here. Itís in a locker at the bus station." "Oh I
see!" Balki hums, "itís in a locker at the bus station."
He grabs Larry by the shirt again. "Give me the key!"
Larry pulls himself free again. "I havenít got it. I gave it
to Jennifer and Mary Anne." Balki throws Larry onto the couch and
heads for the door. "Theyíre on a flight to Zurich!" Larry
adds. Balki walks back, asking, "What is this? Some kind of
stands up. "Balki, ever since we got cable you spend all night
watching TV and eating junk food. Do you know itís been two weeks since
youíve eaten with a fork? Now what kind of life is that?"
"Itís a wonderful life," Balki insists, motioning for Larry to sit
down, "Now Cousin, if thatís all thatís bothering you just sit down,
listen to me. I can stop watching TV any time I want to!"
"You can stop any time?" Larry asks skeptically. "You have
to ask?" Balki asks. "Yes!" "What was the
question?" Balki asks. "You can stop watching TV any time you
want to?" Larry repeats. "Of course I can!" Balki insists.
"Then do it!" "Do what?" "Stop!"
"Stop what?" "Stop watching TV!"
"When?" "Tonight!" "Tonight?"
"Tonight!" "Who?" "You! Tonight!
Stop watching TV tonight!!" Larry snaps in frustration.
laughs, saying, "Well, all right! Thereís no need to get crazy.
We donít have a television, Iíll have to do without, wonít I?
Goodness gracious, great balls of fire!" Larry is taken aback by
Balkiís sudden calmness. "So thatís it? Youíre not going
to watch any more television?" "What did I just say?" Balki
asks. "Good!" Larry sighs, "Well, Iíd like to stay here
with you but I have to go. Mr. Flynn wants me to cover the hearing at the
water commission." Larry goes to the door and picks up his briefcase,
stopping to ask, "Youíll be all right?" "Well, Iíll be
fine," Balki assures him as he reaches for a book on the coffee table,
"Iíll just sit here and read this book." "Okay,"
Larry finally says, stepping out the door but stopping again, "See you
later." "See you later," Balki offers, "Iíll just be
sitting here reading this book." Larry nods and leaves. Balki
looks down at the open book for only a second then his eyes look upward in a
When Larry returns home he finds Balki
sitting in a dark apartment, staring slack-jawed at a big screen television set.
mouth drops open in shock. Larry turns on the light, hangs up his jacket
and sets down his briefcase before walking over to the couch. "Balki!
Balki! Balki!" Balki doesnít respond so Larry walks to the
television and turns it off. "Where did you get that??"
"Crazy Alís Video," Balki answers, using the remote to turn the set
back on. "All right, well this has gotten completely out of
hand!" Larry cries, "We have to take this back!" He turns
the set off again. "I donít think so," Balki says cooly,
turning the set back on. Larry turns off the set again and Balki turns it
back on with the remote. They keep doing this, going faster and faster,
Balki treating it like a game, until Larry gets fed up and lunges for the remote
in Balkiís hand, trying to wrestle it away.
me the remote!" Larry insists. "Get your own remote!" Balki
answers. Larry looks at the screen and cries, "Oh look, thereís
Gumby!" Balki looks at the television and Larry snatches the remote
away, jumping off the couch. "You tricked Balki!" Balki cries.
"Youíre damn right I tricked Balki!" Larry snaps. "Give
me my remote!" Balki yells, getting up and chasing Larry. Larry stops
just past the couch, yelling, "Balki! Youíve got to stop watching
so much television! I donít want to see you become a couch potato!"
"A couch po-tah-to, HA!" Balki laughs, "No way, Rosť! And
do you know why? Because I have no idea what that is! Now give me my
starts after Larry again, who stops in the kitchen. "Balki! A
couch potato is someone who is addicted to television! They sit on the
couch watching it day and night. They lose interest in everything else.
Their life is reduced to staring blindly at some flickering images on a little
screen. Is that what you want to become?" Balki stares blankly,
looking over Larryís shoulder. "Balki? Balki? What are
you doing?" Larry cries. "Is that a TV in the window across the
way?" Balki asks. Larry looks, then cries, "Thatís a fish
tank!" "Oh, I thought I was watching ĎSea Hunt,í" Balki
sighs. "Oh God . . . youíve turned into a peeping potato!"
Stepping slowly toward Larry, Balki says,
"Now listen, Cousin . . . for the last time . . . hand over the
remote." "No!" Larry stands firm. Larry holds the
remote out in his right hand then runs to the left, faking Balki out. They
run around the kitchen counter before Larry stops. "Balki!"
"Cousin!" Balki insists, "I want my MTV!" "Balki,
TV is ruining your life! Ever since we got cable, we donít go to ball
games any more . . . we donít go out with Jennifer and Mary Anne . . . we
donít doooo anything!" "You want to know what you can dooooo?"
Balki snarls, "You can give me back my remote!"
Balki starts after Larry again, who runs
to the living room window and opens it, holding the remote out over the fire
escape. "All right, Balki! Take one more step and the remote is
dead meat." "Youíre bluffing!" Balki says nervously.
"Try me!" Larry dares. "You donít have the guts!"
Balki contends. Balki takes a step forward and Larry throws the remote
away behind him where it clanks down the fire escape. "I donít
believe you did that," Balki states. "Well, believe it, itís
gone!" Larry smirks. Balki looks lost for a moment, then determined.
"I donít need a stinkiní remote! I can still turn on the
television! Why? Because Iíve got this!" Balki
holds up his index finger defiantly.
grabs Balkiís hand and they wrestle for a moment before Larry manages to slam
Balkiís hand down on the dining table. Balki straightens, holding up his
index finger which is now bent, and giving Larry a scathing look. Balki
then holds up his other index finger and starts for the television with
Larry hanging on to his arm trying to stop him. "No! No!"
Larry cries, "All right, I wasnít going to mention this because I thought
it would be too painful, but you give me no choice! When was the last time
you wrote a letter to your Mama?" Balki stops suddenly, looking up in
shock. "Mama? Well, it . . . it was just the other day . . . .
" "Wrong!" Larry snaps, "It was over two weeks
"That canít be," Balki says,
getting upset, "It was right after we saw that wonderful Sean Penn and
Madonna movie!" "Time flies when youíre a potato," Larry
comments, then motions to the cable guide sitting on top of the television,
"Thereís the cable guide! Why donít you look and see when it was
on? Go ahead!" "No!" Balki cries.
"Yes!" "No!" "Yes!"
"No!" "Look!!" Larry yells, pushing Balkiís
head down toward the guide. After a moment Balki asks, "Whatís
today, Wednesday?" Larry confirms it is and Balki thumbs through the
cable guide, looking up in shock when heís done.
"It was two weeks ago!" Balki
says, stunned, "Iíve never gone two weeks without writing Mama! She
must think something horrible has happened to me!" "Something
horrible has happened to you!" Larry points out (emphasizing the H sound
the way Balki does). "Cousin, youíre right. Iíve turned
into a Mr. Potato Head. What am I going to do?" "Balki,
television is only bad if you abuse it," Larry explains, "All you have
to do is learn to be more selective about what you watch." "Do
you think I could do that?" "Of course you can!" Larry
assures him, "Iíll help you." "Oh, thank you,
Cousin," Balki offers sincerely. "Now first thing in the morning
weíll go see Crazy Al and return this TV," Larry suggests.
"Thatís a good idea," Balki agrees, "You know, while weíre at
it we should cancel that satellite dish I ordered."
Later at the Chicago Chronicle, Balki is
putting on his jacket and getting ready to leave when Mr. Gorpley stalks out of
his office. "Leaving already, Bartokomous?" he asks snidely.
"Yes, Cousin Larry surprise me . . . heís taking me to a rock concert
life in America just keeps getting better and better." "Isnít
that nice?" Mr. Gorpley asks sarcastically, which is lost on Balki,
"Did you get the postage meter refilled?" "Yes sir, and I
put the recei-pit on your desk." "Recei-pit?" Gorpley asks.
"Recei-pit," Balki repeats. "Did you copy all those
invoices?" Gorpley asks. "Yes sir, and I made copies of the
copies," Balki confirms. "Ah ha! I bet you didnít get
those mailbags washed!" Gorpley smiles hopefully. "Oh come on,
you werenít serious about that, were you?" Larry asks, but Balki stops
him. "Yes, I got them washed and ironed, light starch, half in boxes,
half on hangers. Anything else?" This infuriates Gorpley, who
says, "One of these days, Bartokomous, youíre going to foul up. And
when you do, Iím going to throw a party." "Oh, thank you,
sir!" Balki smiles happily, taking Gorpleyís hand in his, "And
listen, you donít have to pay for everything . . . Cousin Larry and I will
bring the little hats." Gorpley slumps back into his office,
on, Balki, letís get going," Larry says, "Are you sure youíre
ready for a rock concert? They might have those big diamond-vision
screens." "Cousin, nothing I canít handle . . . Iíve got
that TV turkey off my back!" "Good," Larry nods.
"Listen, Cousin, donít you think itís time you tell me who weíre
going to go see tonight?" Balki asks. "Chicago!" Larry
answers. "I know where we are, Iím asking you who are we going to
go see tonight?" Balki repeats. "Chicago." "Yes,
I understand . . . Iím asking you whoís going to be singing here in
Chicago?" "The Beatles," Larry finally says out of
frustration. "Well, it was like pulling teeth, but thank you for a
straight answer!" Balki offers as they turn to leave.
There are a few
differences between the shooting script dated September 152, 1987 and the final
the first scene, after Balki puts on Mr. Ed and does Mr. Ed's voice, he says,
"You're right, Cousin. Cable is wonderful."
At the end of the second scene, after Balki kicks in his bedroom door while
saying, "Mari, I'm home," he goes into his room. A moment later
Larry comes out of his room wondering what has happened.
the next scene, after Lydia says her deadline is in twenty minutes she adds,
"The letters I got this morning were from real sickos. I sent them
over to the police department. They love that kind of stuff."
After freaking out when Larry asks for her advice and walking away, Lydia
mumbles, "Why don't they give me a cooking column. I could do
When Harriette is asking Larry about Balki's couch potato symptoms, she asks,
"Does he eat in front of the T.V. set?" "Oh, no, no,"
Larry insists, "Just breakfast, lunch and dinner. Oh, and
There's an interesting note in this script at the beginning of Act Two when they
are explaining how Larry is packing his briefcase and the television is gone.
It reads, "Larry starts for the door. The door bursts open into his
face. (Okay, okay, it works.)" It would be interesting to know
what they got to work, but it could have been the wooden stop behind the door
which you can see in some episodes that Mark would stand behind and which would
stop the door from actually slamming into his face!
When Balki says he is going to sit there and read a book, then Larry repeats it,
Balki replies, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." Then when
Larry leaves, Balki says, looking at the book, "Okay, I'll just pick up
where I left off. Pip goes to see Miss Haversham." (He is
referring to the Dickens' novel Great Expectations.) After they
adlib goodbyes, Balki looks up from the book.
Instead of saying, "Do you know what you can doooo?", Balki says,
"You want to doooo something?"
The rest of the script is the same.
on to the next episode . . .