Strangers Episode Guide
73 - Good Skates
First Air Date:
September 22, 1989
Nielsen Rating: 14.6 HH
TV Guide Description: The
Wrath of the Gabuggis -- the Myposian fib furies -- haunts Larry on the
fifth-season opener when he lies about his roller-skating prowess in order to
compete in a charity skate-a-thon and to impress Jennifer.
Created by: Dale McRaven
Written by: John B. Collins
Directed by: Joel Zwick
Bronson Pinchot: Balki Bartokomous
Mark Linn-Baker: Larry Appleton
Rebeca Arthur: Mary Anne
Melanie Wilson: Jennifer Lyons
Sam Anderson: Mr. Sam Gorpley
Noon Orsatti: Grant Larkin
Terry Burns: The Announcer
Appearances: Dimitri can be seen sitting on the bookcase wearing roller
"I love the Big Brothers! First time I ever saw them on Saturday
Night Live I said to myself ĎThose guys are good!í"
"I love marathons! Will you get to meet Jerry Lewis?"
"I hate to dig up a can of worms."
"And until you tell the truth, Eva, Magda and Zsa Zsa will continue to be a
thorn in your sideburns."
"Boy, when you come clean you leave a ring around the tub!"
ridiculous: Not said in this episode.
used in this episode:
"Oh my Lord!"
"That is correct."
Other running jokes
used in this episode:
Balki looks into Larryís mouth as Larry explains how to pronounce a specific
Balki laughs at his own joke
Larry falls down the stairs then calls up "Iím fine!"
Larry calls Wisconsin the "something" State to suit his needs, in this
case the "Barrel-Jumping State"
When Jennifer is about to forgive Larry she makes reference to something he did
as a "thing," in this instance, "the barrel-jumping thing"
- This season ABC moved the show to 9 p.m. on Friday nights.
This was the first episode to be broadcast in stereo.
- JoMarie Payton France was no longer on Perfect
Strangers, because starting this season she starred in her own spin-off
series, Family Matters. The pilot episode, titled The Mama That
Came to Dinner, debuted on this night right before PS. Behind the
scenes, Family Matters employed PS alumni Paula A. Roth as producer and
co-executive producers William Bickley and Michael Warren. Other familiar
names from PS gracing the production credits of the show were Robert Blair,
Ronny Hallin, James OíKeefe, Harriette Regan, Deni King, Kelly Sandefur and
Robert Bramwell. R. Robert Rosenbaum acted as executive in charge of
production as well. During the show's opening credits Harriette and family
are seen riding bicycles across the same bridge which Balki and Larry boated
under in their own opening.
- What many fans donít know is Balki and Larry
originally were to appear in the pilot episode. Unfortunately, their brief scene
with Harriette at the beginning of the show ended up on the cutting room floor.
As a result, to this day many people donít even realize Family Matters was
a spin-off from Perfect Strangers!
Also beginning this season was ABCís Friday night hosted lineup called
TGIF (which stood for Thank Goodness itís Funny). Full House began
the night at 8:00 p.m., followed by Family Matters, Perfect Strangers and
finally Just the Ten of Us (a spin-off from Growing Pains),
although on this season premiere night the final show would be a special preview
of Free Spirit. Making the TGIF lineup so memorable were the filmed
segments shown between the programs, each week featuring actors from one of the
four shows, introducing the programs as they aired. This tied the evening
of family entertainment together nicely and remains a fond memory for those who
watched ABC prime time television in the late 80's and early 90's.
- This season, Sam Andersonís name was included
in the opening credits whenever he appeared. Rebeca and Melanieís
names were switched in order so that Rebecaís name appeared first during this
season. And for the first time, the charactersí names are listed after
the actors in the opening credits (with the exception of Bronson and Mark.)
- Interestingly enough, no one in the cast knew how to roller skate before
making this episode!
- On the first draft of the script there is a
banner which states it is the 75th episode. It also notes it
was the third episode for the season. The order of the episodes changed
when they aired, so the 75th episode would end up being The
- During the first scene, Balki and Larry are
finishing dinner. Sitting on the table is a serving tray with a blue cover
on it. Ever wondered what was under that cover? Read the script
variations below to find out!
- The charitable organization, Big Brothers, is the focus of this episode.
Established in 1904 in America, Big Brother Big Sisters pairs mentors with
children who are in need of an older role model and friend. For more
information, you can visit their international website by clicking here.
The establishing shot of Skateland doesnít even hide the fact itís in
Northridge, which is located in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles
county (the "Chicago Big Brothers Skate-a-thon" on the sign out front
was supposed to divert our attention). The rinkís website even states
that it was seen on Perfect Strangers, as well as many other television
and feature films! You can visit them here.
- The Gabuggis were based on the famous Hungarian
actresses, the Gabor sisters, also named Eva, Magda and Zsa Zsa. Eva Gabor
was best known as the glamorous wife of Eddie Albertís character in the cult
60's comedy series Green
Acres. Zsa Zsa (the only surviving sister) was making headlines in the
summer of 1989 when she slapped a Beverly Hills police officer after being
stopped for a traffic violation. This incident was undoubtedly still fresh
in peopleís minds, which is likely why this reference to them was made in this
- Noon Orsatti, who plays the adept skater Grant
Larkin, is a noted stuntman who continues to perform and coordinate stunts in
movies to this day. His father, Ernie Orsatti, and nephew, Frank Orsatti,
are also stuntmen, and in keeping with the family tradition Noonís sons are
also stuntmen! He is known in the fan world for his work on Star Trek
VI: The Undiscovered Country.
- Another Happy Days reference is made in
this episode when the announcer says that Cunningham Hardware will offer
five hundred dollars in the name of the person who jumps the most barrels.
Cunningham Hardware is the store Howard Cunningham owned in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
in that series.
- Two of the regular extras from the previous
season show up at the roller rink to watch the Skate-a-thon.
- Around this time, repeats of Perfect Strangers
began running weekday mornings on ABC.
- When Grant comes by he explains to Jennifer he just stopped by to drop
off his pledge sheets. But how did Grant know he could find Jennifer and
Mary Anne in the apartment below theirs?
When the phone rings on Larryís desk and he sets down his file folder
he places it on the corner of Balkiís work table. There donít seem to
be any other files on the table, at least not to the left or center. But
when Balki skates into the scene, the folder on the edge is gone and there are a
bunch of folders laying on the table where there were none before.
- In the close ups when Jennifer, Mary Anne and
Grant are cheering Larry on before he jumps the barrels, there is no one to
Jenniferís immediate left (her right) but in the long shots there is a woman
standing right next to her.
Larry and Balki are sitting at the dining table, finishing dinner. Larry
wipes his hands on a napkin and says, "Balki, that was a wonderful Myposian
dinner." "Oh," Balki says, waving away the compliment.
"Donít spoil it for me by telling me what it was," Larry requests.
"Okay, Cousin," Balki agrees, "The pig bladder au jus will be my
little secret." Larry reacts as if he is about to gag. There is
a knock at the front door. "Iíll get it," Larry says, getting
up from the table and walking over to open the door. Balki follows him.
Jennifer and Mary Anne enter, Jennifer holding some papers.
"Hi," Larry smiles. "Hi, guys," Jennifer begins,
"Um, Mary Anne and I are raising money for the Big Brothers."
Balki gasps, saying, "I love the Big Brothers! First time I ever saw
them on Saturday Night Live I said to myself ĎThose guys are good!í"
"No, no, Balki," Larry says, "Thatís the Blues Brothers.
Blues Brothers. The Big Brothers is a charitable organization. Men
who belong to it act as big brothers to boys who need fathers."
"Oh!" Balki says, understanding.
takes Mary Anneís hand and they walk to the couch. Jennifer and Larry
follow. "Weíre roller skating in a ten hour marathon to help raise
money for them," Mary Anne explains. "A marathon?" Balki
asks as they all sit, "I love marathons! Will you get to meet Jerry
Lewis?" "No, Balki . . . marathon," Larry explains,
"Marathon, not a telethon." "Oh!" Balki nods.
"Anyway, uh, we thought you guys might like to sponsor us," Jennifer
explains, "You know, pledge money for every hour we skate."
"Well, Balki and I will be happy to sponsor you," Larry smiles.
"Great!" Jennifer says happily. There is another knock at the
door. "Iíll get it," Larry says, getting up and walking to the
front door. "How much do you want?" Balki asks Mary Anne.
"How much you got?" Mary Anne asks.
Larry opens the door and a young,
good-looking man enters, carrying the same kind of papers Jennifer has.
"Hi!" the man says
to Larry. "Hi," Larry replies. "Hi, Jennifer, Mary
Anne," the man says to the girls, who get up to meet him. "Hi,
Grant!" Jennifer says, giving Grant a hug in greeting. Larry is
immediately suspicious. "Uh, Larry, Balki," Jennifer continues,
leading him in front of the couch where Mary Anne and Balki are standing,
"This is Grant Larkin." "How you do, you?" Balki asks,
shaking Grantís hand. "Grantís a flight attendant on our
crew," Jennifer explains. "Oh, I just came by to drop off my
pledge sheets for the skate-a-thon," Grant says, handing Jennifer his
papers. "Thanks, Grant," Jennifer says, "Grant is a
terrific fund raiser. Last year this wonderful guy raised a thousand
dollars for Big Brothers." "Youíre kidding me?" Balki
gasps, "For those little tiny kids? Why thatís wonderful!"
Jennifer and Mary Anne also gush over Grant. "It was nothing,"
Grant assures them. "Oh, youíre being modest!" Jennifer
scolds, "It was more than anyone else raised!" "Donít you
ever do that again!" Balki also scolds as they all protest.
Larry has been standing to one side
watching this with barely disguised jealousy. "Oh!" he suddenly
exclaims, "Oh! A skate-a-thon! A roller skating marathon!
You know . . . instead of pledging money I should be skating myself."
"Do you roller skate?" Jennifer asks. "Do I roller
skate?" Larry asks, "Well, the kids used to call me ĎWheelsí
Appleton!" "Kids can be so cruel,"
Balki sighs sadly. "No. No, no," Larry says, "They
called me that because I was a terrific skater." "Larry, I never
knew that," Jennifer states, then hands him a paper, saying, "Here.
Hereís a pledge sheet." "Thatís great!" Grant says,
"We need all the help we can get. Well, I gotta go. Iíll see
you guys on Saturday." "See you," Balki says.
"Great," Jennifer smiles. "Bye," Mary Anne adds.
"Itís nice meeting you, Wheels," Grant says to Larry as he heads for
the door. "Bye, bye," Larry smiles. "Balki, why
donít you skate, too?" Mary Anne suggests. "Oh, I would love
to," Balki answers, "but . . . but I donít know how."
"Well, maybe ĎWheelsí can teach you," Mary Anne suggests.
They all look to Larry expectantly. "Would you, ĎWheels?í"
Balki asks hopefully. "Why not?" Larry shrugs.
The next scene takes place the next night.
Balki and Larry are sitting on the couch, tying up the laces on the roller
are wearing. "Iím so excited," Balki says, "Learning how
to skate at the feet of ĎWheelsí Appleton. Tell me, ĎWheelsí . . .
how long will it take me to learn how to skate?" "I donít
know," Larry answers. "How long did it take you to learn how to
skate?" Balki asks. "I donít know," Larry admits, "I
never had a pair of skates on before in my life." Balki nods, then
realizes what Larry has said. "I . . . I hate to dig up a can of
worms," Balki begins, "but donít that mean you lied to Jennifer
about being able to skate?" "Well, what was I supposed to
do?" Larry asks, "Let Grant raise all that money for charity and then
be a big hero for Jennifer?" "Well, Cousin, you canít keep her
by lying!" Balki points out, "Lord knows youíve tried! And
every time you do, you wind up with a pocketful of babasticki. Itís time
to talk about reality. Itís time to talk about the hard facts.
Itís time to talk about the Wrath of the Gabuggis."
"The Gabuggis?" Larry asks, as
if he didnít hear correctly. "The Gabuggis," Balki confirms,
"The Myposian Fib Furies . . . Eva,
Magda and Zsa Zsa. They are the daughters of Vertash, God of Truth, and
his lovely wife Succotash. Each of the Gabuggis has one penetrating eye
right in the middle of her nose bridge that sees everything and they punish
those who dishonor truth by telling lies." "Fascinating,"
Larry hums, "Balki, Iím sure Iíll be safe from the wrath of these
Gabuggis because I am doing a good thing. I am helping children. And
even Eva, Magda and Zsa Zsa wonít mind if I tell a teeny tiny itsy bitty
little white lie . . . pop!" Larry flicks his fingers as if tossing
something away, ". . . to help children." "But Cousin, if .
. . " "Children," Larry interrupts, "Helping little
children." "Cousin, you know, I know thereís an error in logic
here somewhere but . . . I canít put my finger on it." "Well,
while youíre trying to figure out where to put your finger, why donít we
learn how to skate?" Larry suggests.
how we do that?" Balki asks. "Well, I figure the quickest way to
learn is to keep these skates on and never take them off," Larry explains,
"Come on . . . give it a try. Itíll be easy." They both
slowly stand up on their skates. "There, see? What did I tell
you?" Larry asks. "Well, weíre not moving yet," Balki
points out, "If the sport were roller standing weíd get a ten!"
Balki laughs at his own joke. "All right," Larry says, "Now
we want to start moving. Okay?" "Okay," Balki agrees.
"Here we go," Larry prompts. Larry and Balki turn to the right
and start walking with tiny steps on the carpet, shimmying along in a strange
fashion. "Huh?" Larry asks, "See?"
"Yes," Balki smiles. "See?" "Yes,"
Balki agrees, then he steps off the carpet onto the hardwood floor and his feet
start to roll out from under him. He struggles to maintain control as
Larry also slips somewhat on the wood floor, but also manages not to fall.
Once again they starts to shimmy walk on
the skates by the front door. "See? Huh?" Larry asks,
"We are doing great!" "Well,
well . . . technically weíre not roller skating," Balki points out,
"Weíre still just roller walking." "All we need is a
little speed," Larry says, grabbing Balki by the pants and then pushing him
across the floor toward the kitchen. Balki reaches the counter and grabs
on to the pillar for dear life, giving Larry a dirty look. "There?
Ya see!" Larry says happily, roller walking toward Balki as Balki starts
roller walking toward him. "Learning to roller skate is just like
learning to ride a bicycle," Larry continues, "All we need is
speed!" Balki turns Larry around so that his back is facing him.
"Now, you give me a push!" Larry encourages. Balki shoves Larry
hard toward the front door. Just then Mary Anne opens the front door and
walks in. Larry rolls out the front door and there is the sound of him
crashing down the stairs. Balki roller walks over to Mary Anne and they
both look out the door as we hear Larryís voice finally call, "Iím
fine! Iím fine!" "Larryís good!" Mary Anne notes.
Sometime later at the Chicago Chronicle,
Larry is standing by Balkiís table looking at a file folder. The phone
on his desk rings. Larry
sets the folder down and starts moving to the phone gingerly. We can see
he is still wearing the roller skates. He struggles to roller walk the
short distance to his phone, but loses control halfway and starts spinning
around wildly. He manages to stop spinning and regains his balance, then
tries to move forward but instead rolls backwards into another mail table.
Larry pushes himself forward and rolls toward the phone, then swings off toward
the stairs, grabbing onto the railings as his legs move out from under him in
opposite directions. Larry somehow manages to pull himself to his feet
again, then turns around and tries to hold onto the stairs as he reaches for the
phone. He stretches out further and further toward the phone, then falls
behind his desk with a thud. Larry pops up at his desk and lifts the phone
receiver, asking, "Hello?" After a moment he says, "Hello?
Hello?" Whoever it was has hung up. Larry sets down the
receiver with frustration.
Larry struggles to get to his feet, Balki skates in from the loading dock,
moving elegantly around his worktable on one foot. He then rolls by Larry
on one leg, handing him his mail. He skates backwards around Larryís
desk and lays gently down across the two low file cabinets in front.
"Thereís your mail, by the way," Balki says, then sighs, "Oh
Cousin! Skating is so simple!" Balki gets to his feet again and
wheels toward the parking garage. "And . . . so grand!"
Balki skates around the basement effortlessly, saying, "So free. So
fluid. So swan-like. So light. So airy." He stops
at Cousin Larry and adds, "So cholesterol free." "I told
you it was easy to learn," Larry forces a smile. Balki continues to
skate around the basement as Larry struggles clumsily just to get back to
Balkiís table and get his folder. Balki glides back around to his table
as Larry makes his way back to his own desk.
Mr. Gorpley enters from his office and
eyes Balki and Larry in confusion. "Youíre both on roller
skates," he observes, "Did I miss
a memo?" "No, Mr. Gorpley," Balki says, "Weíre
practicing. Weíre raising money for charity." "Charity
begins at home," Gorpley quips, "Practice there."
"Itís for a good cause, Gorpley," Larry says, almost falling again,
"Weíre in a skate-a-thon. Weíre raising money for the Big
Brothers." "You?" Gorpley asks, then breaks out laughing,
saying, "I hope they donít need much!" "Well, for your
information," Larry continues, approaching Gorpley and slipping on his
skates with every step, "I have collected the most pledges!"
"Of course you did. Nobody thinks youíll finish!" Gorpley
laughs, then heads to his office. "Oh yeah?" Larry asks,
"Well, I intend to skate the full ten hours . . . " Larry insists,
chasing Gorpley all the way to his office as Gorpley continues to laugh and mock
him, closing the door to his office behind him. " . . . and to raise
more money than anyone else!" Larry finishes, stumbling over to where Balki
Balki helps Larry to get steady on his
skates, then hooks his arm around Larryís. "Now Cousin, thatís
not going to happen," Balki
begins, as he skates Larry around the basement, "Why? Because
youíre not lying to help children. Youíre lying to impress Jennifer.
And until you tell the truth, Eva, Magda and Zsa Zsa will continue to be a thorn
in your sideburns." "Balki, I am going to impress
Jennifer," Larry insists, "And if the Gabuggis think they can stop me,
let them try!" Balki looks around nervously and skates away from
Larry, who stands in the middle of the basement in defiance. Balki ducks
behind Larryís desk. "Come on, ladies!" Larry says loudly,
barely staying on his feet, "Take your best shot!" Larry waits,
but nothing happens. "I thought not," he says smugly.
Suddenly he loses his footing and crashes to the floor. Balki skates over
to him and lays down beside him. "Cousin, youíre lucky! That
was Magda. Sheís the nicest one," Balki explains. The scene
fades to black.
Act two begins at the roller rink called
Skate Land where the skate-a-thon will take place. The sign out front
reads "Chicago Big
Brothers Skate-a-thon." Inside the rink, people are skating.
There is a big countdown clock set up to count down the ten hour time period.
Larry, Balki, Jennifer and Mary Anne enter, all wearing sports clothing and are
carrying their skates. "So," Larry says, "this is Skateland.
Not a professional rink but I guess itíll have to do. The important
thing is raising money for Big Brothers." "Larry, how did you
manage to get twelve hundred dollars in pledges?" Jennifer asks, "Even
Grant couldnít do that." "I guess some of us have it and some
of us donít," Larry says in a smarmy voice. "And some of us
canít get rid of it," Balki comments in the same smarmy way.
"Jennifer, letís go put on our skates," Mary Anne suggests.
Jennifer and Mary Anne walk away. Larry and Balki walk to the rink
entrance as Grant skates by backwards, then spins to a stop. "Hi,
Grant," Larry says. "Hi, ĎWheels,í" Grant smiles,
"Iíll catch you later." He skates off backwards.
Larry continues to smile in a forced
manner. "Cousin," Balki warns, "This is your last chance to
tell Jennifer the truth. The air is thick with Gabuggis."
"Oh, another Gabuggi update," Larry says facetiously, "You know,
Balki, Iím beginning to understand why
on Mypos a sheep can run for public office." The scene dissolves into
the beginning of the skate-a-thon, with the announcer saying, "The
skate-a-thon is underway! Good luck, everybody!" A large number
of people are skating, including Larry, Jennifer and Mary Anne. Mary Anne
is carrying her camera around her neck. Larry is struggling along as he
skates. Balki follows up behind them, skating backwards. We see the
clock move from hour 4 to hour 3 as the announcer states, "Three hours to
go! Hang in there, skaters!" There are still a number of people
skating, and Larry is really struggling to continue. Balki comes up behind
him and puts Larryís arm around his shoulder and helps him to go on. As
they skate past Jennifer and Mary Anne, who have already dropped out, Grant zips
past them doing a move where heís in a squatting position with one leg
extended in front of him.
We see the clock again as it moves from 1
hour to 0 hour and the announcer calls, "Weíre in the home stretch!"
At this point only
Larry, Balki and Grant are still skating. Or rather Balki and Grant are
skating . . . Balki is actually pulling Larry backwards by his pants.
Grant is skating circles around them, doing jumps and tricks. "Twenty
seconds to go!" the announcer calls. "You can do it,
Larry!" Jennifer calls. "Go, Balki!" Mary Anne shouts.
"Go, Larry!" Jennifer says, trying to prompt Mary Anne to say the
same. "Go, Balki!" Mary Anne calls again. "Why
canít you ever cheer for my boyfriend?" Jennifer asks. "Oh,
okay," Mary Anne agrees, then shouts, "Go, Larry!" As they
round the last turn again, a tired Balki is pushing Larry from behind, who is
skating in a seated position. "Are we moving?" Larry asks
wearily, "Are we moving?" Grant skates by the exhausted pair
effortlessly. The announcer begins to count down, "Three, two,
one!" A buzzer sounds and Larry sits down on the floor of the rink as
Balki skates over him and the crowd cheers. "I did it!" Larry
exclaims, "I did it! I raised more money than Grant!"
Mary Anne runs to Balki to hug him and
Jennifer runs to Larry, stooping down. "Larry, you were
wonderful!" she says as she
hands him his jacket. "Balki, did you hear that?" Larry asks,
"Jennifer thinks Iím wonderful." "You were wonderful,
too, Balki!" Mary Anne assures him. "And my heart is pure,"
Balki adds, hugging her. "Iím so proud of you, Larry,"
Jennifer says sweetly, "Do you know you raised the most money?"
"Did I?" Larry asks, struggling to his feet and pulling on his jacket,
"Well, it doesnít matter who raised the most money. I never thought
of this as a competition. I just welcome the opportunity to unselfishly
devote my time and skating ability to those in need." There is a drum
roll and the announcer steps out into the rink. "Ladies and
gentlemen, may I have your attention, please?" he asks as men bring four
barrels out onto the rink, "Cunningham Hardware has offered to donate five
hundred dollars to the Big Brothers in the name of the person who can jump the
most barrels." "Well, their money is safe," Larry says,
"After ten hours nobodyís got the energy to do that." "I
do," Grant says. "You do?" Larry asks.
"Sure, Iíll give it a shot," Grant says, and skates away from them.
"This is exciting!" Mary Anne
says, "Jennifer, letís go over there where I can get a better
picture." The girls hurry to the other side of the rink.
"No! This canít be happening!" Larry complains, "The
skate-a-thon is over. I won! And theyíre taking a picture
of Grant?" Grant takes off from the opposite side of the rink as
Jennifer and Mary Anne call out "Come on, Grant! You can do it!"
Grant circles the rink and then speeds toward the barrels, clearing them with
ease. Everyone applauds enthusiastically. Grant leaves the rink and
goes over to Jennifer and Mary Anne, where Jennifer gives him a hug. Balki
takes Larryís arm and leads him to the rink exit, saying, "Face it,
Cousin. All your lying was for nothing. But itís still not too
late to save yourself from the Wrath of the Gabuggis by telling Jennifer the
truth." "Maybe youíre right," Larry sighs. Jennifer
runs up to them. "Larry!" she cries. "Jennifer . . .
" Larry begins. "Did you see Grant fly over those barrels?
It was the most beautiful thing I ever saw!" "Add another
barrel!" Larry calls out.
"Larry, you jump barrels?"
Jennifer asks with surprise. "Iím from Wisconsin, the
Barrel-Jumping State!" Larry exclaims. "Iím gonna get Mary
Anneís camera!" Jennifer says excitedly, and hurries off. Larry
heads back onto the rink but Balki grabs his jacket and cries, "Cousin, no!
No, no, no, no! I canít let you do this!" He heads Larry off.
"The Gabuggis, I have a feeling, have just been waiting to get you over a
barrel!" "Balki, I canít let Grant beat me!" Larry cries,
"Now get out of my way!" "No, Cousin!"
Balki cries, "I have to save you!" "Oh my Lord!" Larry
suddenly cries. "What?" Balki asks. "Balki, you were
right! I see them!" Larry gasps. "Who?" Balki asks.
"The Gabuggis!" Larry cries. "Where?" Balki asks,
looking up. "Over there!" Larry says, directing Balkiís
attention to the wall around the rink. Larry then pushes Balki so that he
ends up flying over the wall. Jennifer and Mary Anne shout encouragement
to Larry and they watch with Grant. Balki slowly looks up over the wall as
Larry skates around the rink with a determined look. Everyone is cheering
him on as he rounds the final turns and heads for the barrels.
Unfortunately, he barely leaves the ground as he plows into the five barrels,
rolling over them all and landing in a heap on the ground on the other side,
much to the amusement of the spectators.
Back at the apartment that night,
Jennifer, Mary Anne and Balki enter, carrying Larry on their shoulders.
Larry is still wearing his
skates. They carry him to the back of the couch then drop him down onto
the cushions. Balki and Larry squat down behind the couch and look over
the top as Jennifer bends down next to Larryís head on the armrest.
"Larry, Iím sure youíre a good skater, but you were crazy to try to
jump that many barrels," she says. "Jennifer, I have a
confession to make," Larry says, "Until four days ago I never skated
before in my life. And Wisconsin is actually the Dairy State. And
Iím not five foot ten." "Boy, when you come clean you leave a
ring around the tub!" Balki comments. "Why did you lie to me,
Larry?" Jennifer asks. "Well, I was just jealous of Grant,"
Larry confesses. "Jealous of Grant?" Jennifer cries, "Grant
is a happily married man!" "Well, you never mentioned he was
married," Larry complains. "Well, I didnít think it was
important!" Jennifer counters. "I guess I made a fool out of
myself, Jennifer," Larry smiles meekly. "Well, you didnít . .
. except for maybe the barrel-jumping thing," Jennifer thinks, "But .
. . at least you raised a lot of money for the Big Brothers. Thanks for
that." Jennifer gives Larry a kiss.
"Balki, I had a wonderful time,"
Mary Anne smiles, "Maybe tomorrow you can come up and we can play roller
counting the moments, my little lamb shank," Balki says, and he gives her a
shy kiss on the cheek. "Well, bye Larry," Jennifer says as she
and Mary Anne get up to leave, "Weíll see you guys tomorrow."
"Oh yeah," Mary Anne says, "and by then Iíll have the pictures
developed and then we can relive the whole thing!" They leave and
Mary Anne closes the door behind her. "Oh good," Larry sighs.
Balki, still sore from the skating, climbs onto the back of the couch.
"I never should have lied, Balki," Larry admits. "That is
correct," Balki agrees. "You were right," Larry adds.
"That is correct," Balki also agrees. "When I lie,
something bad happens," Larry concludes. "Well, the Gabuggis
make sure of that," Balki notes. "Are they still here?" Larry
asks worriedly. "No, they slipped out the moment you told the
truth," Balki explains, "Theyíre probably on their way back to
Washington." Larry reacts as the episode ends.
There are some major
differences between the first draft dated July 26, 1989 and the final episode:
first scene begins with Balki at the dining room table doing homework and Larry
taking a book from the bookcase, then crossing to the couch. "Cousin,
were you good in history?" Balki asks. "My best subject,"
Larry brags. "Could you explain what the New Deal was all
about?" Balki asks. "Sure," Larry answers, "You see .
. . well, uh, the New Deal replaced the Old Deal after the Old Deal got too
old." "Don't know, huh?" Balki asks. There's a knock
at the door and Larry says, "I'll get it. Might be important."
Larry opens the door and Jennifer and Mary Anne enter. "Hi,
guys," Jennifer begins, "Mary Anne and I have something to ask
you." "Whatever it is, the answer is yes," Larry assures
them. "That was easy," Mary Anne comments, "Bye,
guys." "Mary Anne, we haven't asked yet," Jennifer points
out, "We're raising money for the Big Brothers." "Jennifer,
your big brothers need money?" Balki asks, "Was their allowance cut
off by your big daddy?" "Balki, the Big Brothers is a charitable
organization," Larry explains, "Men who belong to it act as big
brothers to boys who need fathers." "Well, then why don't they
call it Big Fathers?" Balki asks. "Balki," Larry cuts him
off. "Well, I can get in front of that," Balki says instead.
"We're roller skating in a ten hour marathon to raise money for them,"
Mary Anne explains. "A marathon?" Balki asks, "Will you get
to meet Jerry Lewis?" "Marathon," Larry says, "Not
telethon. A marathon is something that goes on for a long time. Like
these explanations." Jennifer then asks if they would like to sponsor
them and Larry agrees.
- There is another
knock at the door and Larry opens the door to Grant. "Hi," Grant
says, "Are Jennifer and Mary Anne here yet?" "Hi,
Grant," Jennifer greets him, "Larry, Balki, this is Grant Larkin.
Grant's an attendant on our flight crew." "On all your
flights?" Larry asks worriedly. "Every one," Grant answers,
"I don't know how we'd get along without Jennifer." "Isn't
he sweet?" Jennifer asks, "Grants in the Skate-a-thon, too. Last
year this wonderful man raised a thousand dollars for Big Brothers."
"Well, for that much money you could probably get a couple of Big Brothers
and a nephew to be named later," Balki notes. "I hope I do as
well this year," Grant says. "You'll do great," Jennifer
assures him, "You're the best." Jennifer hugs Grant's arm.
"Oh, oh. A Skate-a-thon," Larry says, "Roller skating
marathon. Where's my head?" "On your shoulders, Cousin,
where it usually is," Balki answers. "What I mean is instead of
standing here pledging money I should be skating myself," Larry says.
"Do you roller skate?" Jennifer asks. "Do I roller
skate?" Larry asks, then asks Balki, "Do I roller skate?"
"Does he roller skate?" Balki asks, "Does he roller skate?"
He thinks, then asks Larry, "Do you roller skate?" Larry
explains about 'Wheels' Appleton (Balki doesn't reply with the comment about
kids being cruel in this version, though). Jennifer gives Larry a pledge
sheet and Mary Anne asks Balki why he doesn't skate, then when Balki says he
doesn't know how suggests maybe 'Wheels' can teach him. "No
problem," Larry says, then to Jennifer, "I'll be great to pull on the
old skates again. And this year, Jennifer, don't be surprised is there's a
new top fund raiser." "That's great," Jennifer smiles,
"It's all for charity. See you Saturday at the Skate-a-thon."
"Nice meeting you, 'Wheels,'" Grant offers as he and the girls leave.
"Cousin, this is going to be fun," Balki says, "Skating in my
first Skate-a-thon." "Yes," Larry agrees, "We'd better
go buy skates." "I would have thought 'Wheels Appleton' would
have his own," Balki notes. "Why would I have my own?"
Larry asks, "I've never had a pair of skates on in my life."
Larry exits and Balki follows, saying, "Cousin, maybe I misunderstood the
concept of skating. I thought skates were a requirement."
- The next scene
starts later with Larry and Balki returning to the apartment with roller skates
in boxes. "Well, if we can get the publisher to sponsor us in the
Skate-a-thon, I'm sure we can shame the rest of the department heads to do
it," Larry states. They put the boxes on the coffee table.
"Speaking of shame, Cousin 'Wheels,' I thought this might be a good time to
talk about why you lied to Jennifer about being able to skate."
"What am I supposed to do?" Larry asks, "Let Grant raise all that
money for charity and be a big hero for Jennifer? Did you hear what
Jennifer called Grant? A 'wonderful man.' She's never called me a
'wonderful man.' Balki, if she starts to compare me to Grant, I'll come up
short." "But, Cousin, you are short," Balki points out,
"What does height have to do with it? The only reason you're doing
this is to impress Jennifer. And whenever you do that you get in
trouble." "Okay, so my motives aren't pure," Larry admits,
"So what? Skating can't be that hard. Children do it. And
we're going to be raising money for charity. That's a good thing."
Balki makes the comment about putting his finger on what's wrong and Larry says,
"Well, while you're trying to figure out where to put your finger, let's
lace up." They sit on the couch and takes the skates out of the box.
"Cousin, maybe we should get a teacher," Balki suggests, "Perhaps
Grant?" "We don't need a teacher," Larry insists, "It
has to be easy. The skates don't even come with instructions. Now we
know, we learn by doing. Therefore the quickest way to learn is to put the
skates on and never take them off." "Cousin, isn't that going to
make it difficult to take a shower?" Balki asks. "You take them
off when you shower," Larry assures him. "Well, how about when I
-- " "You take them off when you need to," Larry
interrupts, "Come on." They stand up and Larry notes how easy it
is and Balki points out that if they were roller standing they'd get a ten.
Larry pushes Balki, who rolls away. An angry Balki walks back and shoves
Larry. Larry almost loses his balance and grabs Balki, who gets off
balance and they both struggle to keep their balance until finally they fall
onto the couch. "Good, we're making progress," Larry states.
"Cousin, we're still on the couch," Balki notes. "We were
standing for a moment," Larry says, "Look, I've seen people do this.
You push off with your back foot and glide. Then push off with your other
foot and glide. Push and glide. Got that?" "Sure,
it's the same motion we use on Mypos when we go sheep tobogganing," Balki
responds. Larry thinks a moment, then says, "Exactly. Okay,
let's try it." They get up and try to skate. "Push and
glide," Larry prompts. "Push and glide," Balki repeats.
They skate around the couch, gaining more confidence. "Cousin, we're
skating," Balki exclaims, but then Larry starts to skate faster and Balki
says, "Cousin, don't go too fast." "There's nothing to
this," Larry insists, "When you want to stop you just aim for a
wall." As Larry comes around the couch, he starts to lose his
balance. He aims for the front door to stop himself, but Mary Anne opens
the door and Larry skates out and tumbles down the stairs.
"Wow," Mary Anne says, "Larry is a good skater. Skating
down stairs. He makes it look so easy." "I'm
alright," Larry calls from off screen.
- The scene at the
office starts with Larry taking a file out of the filing cabinet as Balki comes
in skating really well. "Cousin, I delivered all the mail in fifteen
minutes," Balki says, "Roller skating is wonderful."
"I told you it was easy to learn," Larry says. The phone on his
desk starts to ring and Larry struggles to reach it. "Let me help
you, Cousin," Balki offers. Balki pushes Larry, who shoots across the
room waving his arms frantically and then crashes into his desk.
"Thank you," Larry says. "You're welcome," Balki
smiles. Larry answers the phone and says, "You're willing to sponsor
me? Great." Larry grabs a pencil and paper and writes down the
information as he says, "Two dollars an hour. That's terrific.
Thanks a lot." Larry hangs up the phone and addresses Balki.
"Balki, I'm a cinch to raise the most money at the skate-a-thon. This
is wonderful. I'm going to beat Grant and be Jennifer's hero."
"Yes, and we're going to raise a lot of money so those little boys will
have Big Brothers," Balki agrees. "And I'm going to beat Grant
and be Jennifer's hero," Larry repeats. Gorpley enters and the scene
with him is much the same, except when Balki explain, "If Cousin Larry
skates all ten hours, he's going to be the biggest money grabber there."
"And I'm going to beat Grant and be Jennifer's hero," Larry says to
himself. "Fat chance," Gorpley scoffs as he takes out his wallet
and opens it, "I've got a hundred bucks in here that says you don't make it
to the finish, Appleton." "You're on!" Larry agrees,
"It's a deal." "Cousin, you were wrong," Balki says,
"Mr. Gorpley's wallet isn't glued shut." "This is going to
be the easiest hundred bucks I've ever made," Gorpley smirks, exiting.
"Yeah, well, I'll see you at the skate-a-thon and you better bring that
hundred bucks!" Larry says, trying to go after him. Larry starts to
fall but Balki catches him. "Cousin, maybe you should give your
sponsors to Jennifer. That way you won't have to skate a dangerous
lie." "Not a chance, Balki," Larry argues, "I have
twenty-four hours to practice. By tomorrow I really will be 'Wheels'
Appleton. Now help me stand up." Balki helps Larry stand up and this
is the end of act one.
- At the roller
skating rink, Balki, Larry, Jennifer and Mary Anne enter, carrying their skates.
"Cousin, look at this turnout," Balki says, "The Big Brothers are
really going to make some big bucks today." The bit about "some
of us have it and some of us don't" follows. Lydia enters wearing a
cocktail dress and skates. She's with a swarthy looking man in a tuxedo.
"Raoul, you wait over there," Lydia says to her date.
"Nobody told me this was formal," Mary Anne says. "Lydia,
aren't you a little over dressed?" Larry asks. "Not for what
Raoul has in mind," Lydia smiles, "You see, he has this little fantasy
. . . Well, what difference does it make? He's pledging five hundred
dollars." Jennifer suggests to Mary Anne they put on their skates.
As they walk away, Mary Anne asks, "So is it formal or not?"
"I love skating," Lydia tells Balki and Larry, "When I fall down
men pick me up." She skates away. Grant skates by them and says
hi to "Wheels" before skating away. "Cousin, it's still not
too late to tell Jennifer the truth," Balki points out. "Balki,
stop worrying," Larry says, "Everything's going great. I'm going
to raise more money than Grant." "But, Cousin, you won't raise
more money than Grant is you don't finish the Skate-a-thon." "If
Grant can skate for ten house, so can I," Larry insists, "What has he
got that I haven't got?" Grant skates past them again and does a
fancy trick. "What was the question?" Balki asks.
- There is a montage
of scenes which are explained like this:
A series of vignettes, showing the Skate-a-thon in progress:
1. The clock shows it's the first hour of
2. A crowd of people skate by.
Jennifer and Mary Anne skate by having fun. Larry and Balki are skating.
Balki is having fun. Larry is grimly concentrating on his skating.
Lydia is skating and waving.
3. The clock shows there are five hours
4. The crowd of skaters has thinned out.
We see people giving up. Lydia drops out of the Skate-a-thon. Larry
and Balki are still skating. Balki is still fresh. Larry is growing
weary, stumbling occasionally.
5. Gorpley is watching. He sees the
shape Larry is in and starts laughing.
6. The clock shows only one hour left in
7. Balki is helping a tired Larry to skate
on. As a fresh-as-a-daisy Grant skates by Larry -- backward.
8. The clock shows there are only twenty
- There are a handful
of skaters left, including Larry, Balki and Grant. Gorpley is checking his
watch as Jennifer and Mary Anne cheer them on. The announcer is counting
down the final seconds. "Twenty seconds," the announcer says,
"Nineteen . . . " "Come on, Cousin," Balki encourages,
"Push and glide. Push and glide. Okay, pick one."
"Balki, I'm too bushed to push," Larry complains. Grant skates
past them. "Hi, Grant," Balki offers. "Push and
glide," Larry says with determination, "Push and glide!" On
the sidelines, Jennifer calls, "You can do it, Larry!"
"Come on, Larry," Lydia adds. "You can make it!" Mary
Anne shouts. "Give up, Appleton," Gorpley chimes in. They
all give Gorpley a dirty look. "Hey, I have a hundred bucks riding on
this," Gorpley explains. Larry and Balki continue to struggle.
"Am I moving?" Larry asks. Grant skates by them again.
"We may be going backward," Balki notes. "Seven, six . . .
" the announcer calls. "Pick up sticks," Larry says in a
daze. "Five, four . . . " "Just a little more,"
Balki urges. The announcer counts down the last three seconds and the
buzzer sounds. Jennifer and Mary Anne run into the rink to congratulate
them. Jennifer calls Larry wonderful, which Larry relishes.
"You were wonderful, too, Balki," Mary Anne says, "You skated all
ten hours and for the last two you were carrying Larry." "He
ain't heavy. He's my Cousin," Balki states. "You lose,
Gorpley," Larry reminds him, "Give me my hundred dollars."
"Hey, I don't carry that kind of money," Gorpley remarks, "Uh . .
. I've got it in my car. You wait here." Gorpley exits in a
hurry. Lydia turns to Raoul and says, "Follow him. If he
doesn't have the money, rip out his stereo." Raoul goes after Gorpley.
Lydia thinks a moment then decides, "I think I'd like to see this."
She hurries out after them.
- Jennifer points out
that Larry raised four hundred-ninety nine dollars more then Grant. Larry
assures her it doesn't matter who won the most money. There is a drum roll
and the announcer calls everyone's attention. "I guess this is where
they thank me," Larry says smugly. "It's time for the event
you've all been waiting for," the announcer says. "Yeah, they're
going to thank me," Larry smiles. The men start rolling out the
barrels. "Cousin, they're rolling out the barrel for you," Balki
observes, "You're going to have a barrel of fun." After the
announcer explains the event and Grant says he'll do it, Jennifer confirms that
Grant does it every year. "That's how he raises the most money,"
Mary Anne adds. "Wish me luck," Grant says, "I'm going to
do it blindfolded this year." Grant skates onto the floor.
"No, this can't be happening," Larry whines, "The Skate-a-thon's
over. I won." "Cousin, you're not being a very good sport
about this," Balki points out. "Balki, Grant could make an extra
five hundred dollars," Larry says, "He's going to beat me by one lousy
dollar." Grant successfully jumps over the barrels.
"Cousin, you shouldn't feel bad," Balki says, "You did a good
thing. You raised a lot of money for charity. That's something to be
proud of. And, for once, you didn't go crazy." Larry shouts for
them to add another barrel. "Perhaps I spoke too soon," Balki
says worriedly. Jennifer asks Larry if he thinks he can do it and Larry
tells Jennifer that Wisconsin is the Barrel Jumping State. "Cousin,
you barely for through the Skate-a-thon," Balki points out, "I don't
think they'll let me carry you over the barrels, too." "Balki,
I'm rested," Larry explains, "I'm ready. There's nothing to
this. I just get up a little speed, head for the barrels and jump."
"You talk a good jump, Cousin," Balki accepts, "But I can't let
you do it. You might hurt yourself." "Get out of my way,
Balki," Larry snarls, "I'm not going to lose Jennifer to some barrel
jumping bozo." Larry goes to the floor and starts skating, but Balki
grabs him by the belt so that Larry is skating in place. "You're
slowing me down," Larry complains. "That's the point."
"Look, is that Vanna White?" Larry cries, pointing away. Balki
turns and lets go of Larry, who skates around the rink to get up speed. He
plows into the barrels. Balki goes to him and says, "More bad news,
Cousin. That wasn't Vanna."
- In the final scene,
Balki wheels Larry into the apartment as if he were pushing a hand dolly.
He pushes Larry to the couch and lowers him onto it as Jennifer and Mary Anne
watch. "Larry, you were crazy to try to jump that many barrels,"
Jennifer says. "You were crazy to try to jump any barrels," Mary
Anne adds. "Cousin Larry is good at that," Balki notes,
"Insanity on short notice." After Larry admits he was jealous
and Jennifer explains Grant was married and then when he complains she never
mentioned it she says she didn't think it was important, Balki says,
"Jennifer, you should know better." Mary Anne only says
goodnight to Balki, then as she and Jennifer leave she asks, "I don't
understand. If he never skated before, why did they call him
'Wheels?'" "Balki, I can't believe I made such a fool of myself
again," Larry moans. "Believe it, Cousin. In fact, one
more time and you'll get permanent possession of the trophy." "I
shouldn't have lied," Larry sighs, "You're right. It never
works." "Why can you only see that when you're in pain,
Cousin?" Balki asks. "I think pain gets my attention,"
Larry notes. "Well, cheer up, Cousin. You did raise money for a
worthwhile cause and you should feel good about that." "I guess
I will when I can feel anything at all," Larry agrees, "I think I'll
go to my room now." "Let me help you, Cousin." Balki
helps Larry off the couch, tilts him and then starts to wheel him toward his
room. "Watch out for the couch," Larry directs, "Don't hit
the end table. A little to the left now. That's it. Now . . .
" As Larry continues to give Balki directions they fade out.
There are a still some
differences in the shooting draft dated August 16, 1989:
the first scene, after Larry explains that the word is marathon and not
telethon, he says, "A marathon is something that foes on for a long time.
Whereas a telethon is something that goes on for a long time . . . but is
different." "Oh, why didn't you say so?" Balki asks.
- After Jennifer introduces Grant Larkin as a
flight attendant on their crew, Mary Anne adds, "He's on every one of our
flights." The bit where Larry asks "Do I roller skate?"
several times and Balki does as well is still in this script.
- At the end of the scene, after Larry says,
"Why not?" to teaching Balki how to skate, Balki says,
"Whoopee." "Yep, it'll be great to pull on the old skates
again," Larry says, "And this year, Jennifer, don't be surprised if
there's a new top fund raiser." "That would be nice,
Larry," Jennifer smiles, "It would take some of the pressure off
Grant." "As long as you're here, why don't you stay for
dessert?" Balki asks. "That sounds great," Mary Anne
answers. They start for the kitchen. "It's (MYPOSIAN),"
Balki says. "It sounds delicious," Jennifer says, "What is
it?" "Pig lips with creme fraiche," Balki answers.
Mary Anne, Jennifer and Larry do an about face. "Ice cream? My
treat?" Larry asks. "You don't like creme fraiche?" Balki
- After Balki realizes Larry
has lied and Larry asks what he was supposed to do, Larry says, "You heard
what she called him." "A flight attendant," Balki answers.
"A 'wonderful guy.' Larry repeats the "coming up short"
joke from the previous script and Balki points out he is short. "I
mean if I don't do something to show I'm better than Grant, I could lose
Jennifer." This is when Balki points out he can't keep Jennifer by
lying and reminds him that every time he does he winds up with a pocketful of
babasticki. "No problem," Larry says, "I'll just wear
something with no pockets."
- In the script, the father of the Gabuggis is
spelled Vertas, but Balki pronounces is more like Vertash in the show. He
explains, "Each of the Gabuggis has one penetrating eye right in the middle
of her nose bridge that sees everything and one ear along the side of her head
that hears everything, and they look and they hark and they find and punish
those who dishonor truth by telling lies." The only other difference
in the scene is at the end when Mary Anne comments, "Wow. Larry is
good," before Larry calls up "I'm fine."
- In the office scene, when Balki is extolling the
virtues of skating he says it is "So effortless. So liberating.
So energy efficient." The rest of the scene is the same.
- At the roller rink, after Larry says, "Oh,
another 'Gabuggi Update?' he adds, "The fact of the matter is that, in
spite of the Gabuggis, I have learned to skate." "That's the way
the Gabuggis work," Balki warns, "They wait 'til you're at the peak of
your lie and then they push you off into the abyss of your own
humiliation." This is when Larry says he understands why sheep can
run for public office on Mypos. Grant skates and says hi to
"Wheels" and "Catch you later," then skates away.
"Cousin, at the risk of having you insult my country and its elected
officials, I must warn you the Gabuggis are closing in." "Look,
if you'll keep quiet about the Gabuggis for the next ten hours, I promise I'll
tell Jennifer I lied about being able to skate," Larry promises.
"Okay, Cousin," Balki says, "It's a deal. Perhaps the white
light of my honesty will distract them. If that doesn't work, I'll have to
show them a little more thigh."
- There is a
montage of scenes which are explained like this:
A series of vignettes, showing the Skate-a-thon in progress:
1. The clock shows it's the first hour of
2. A crowd of people skate by.
Jennifer and Mary Anne skate by having fun. Larry and Balki are skating.
Balki is having fun. Larry is skating pretty well but not having fun.
3. Balki skates by holding a tray of hors
d'oeuvres, passing them out.
4. Grant skates by with Jennifer.
Larry tries to catch up but can't.
5. The clock shows there are five hours
6. Mary Anne takes a picture of Larry.
The flash blinds him. He skates into the wall.
7. The crowd of skaters has thinned out.
We see people giving up. Larry is still skating, growing weary, stumbling
occasionally. Balki skates by reading a book. The title is "Men
of Sheep and the Women Who Love Them."
8. The clock shows only one hour left in
9. Larry is barely moving. A
fresh-as-a-daisy Grant skates by Larry -- backward. Larry gathers up his
8. The clock shows there are only twenty
the end of the skate-a-thon, when Jennifer and Mary Anne are calling out for
Larry and Balki respectively, Jennifer asks, "Why can't you ever cheer for
my boyfriend?" "Because your boyfriend is dragging mine
down," Mary Anne explains. Larry asks, "Am I moving?" and
Balki says, "I'm moving for two." When they are done skating,
the directions say Balki and Larry sit on the wall. After Jennifer points
out that Larry has raised the most money and Larry says he was happy just to
raise the money, Balki says, "Cousin, don't you have a promise to
keep?" Quietly he prods, saying, "The truth?"
"Right, Balki. Thanks for reminding me." Larry turns to
Jennifer. "Jennifer, the truth is, I promise to do this every
year." Balki is shocked.
of saying "I'll give it a shot," Grant says, "Watch!"
After Larry complains that they're taking Grant's picture after everything Balki
says, "Cousin, I hate to add insects to injury, but if there's one thing
that really gets the Gabuggis ticked off, it's when you promise to tell the
truth and tell another lie." "Do me a favor," Larry says,
"Sic the Gabuggis on Grant. He must have lied sometime in his
life." The rest of the scene plays out the same, except for the very
end when Balki skates to Larry on the floor and says, "Peek-Gabuggi,
Anne's line "You were crazy to try to jump any barrels" is still in
this version of the script. After Jennifer says, "I didn't think it
was important," Mary Anne says, "Well, it is to Grant."
"And to Cousin Larry," Balki adds. After Balki says the Gabuggis
are probably on their way back to Washington, Larry says, "Well, it's been
a rich, full day. I think I'll go to my room now." "Let me
help you, Cousin," Balki offers. Balki then wheels Larry to his room
like a hand dolly with Larry directing him, saying, "Now swing it on
on to the next episode . . .