March 4, 1988
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Mimics Slapstick Duo
By Faye Zuckerman
ABC's Perfect Strangers has drawn
from the material of the legendary comedy team Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy to
make a big splash. And for the first episode on a new day and time, 8
p.m., the bumbling cousins, played by Mark Linn-Baker and
Bronson Pinchot, deliver a classic sidesplitting
perfectly mimics obstinate Hardy's famous slow burns. As a
Laurel knock-off, Balki (Pinchot) personifies Laurel's
unassuming, naive manner, which means he usually can't dissuade
Larry from his half-baked schemes.
In tonight's show Larry
brags that he is as capable of installing a new shower head as
any plumber. To prove his point he cancels Jennifer's
(Melanie Wilson) appointment with a plumber and persuades Balki
to watch "a master at work."
bathroom is transformed into a disaster area. The cousins
break pipes, smash holes through the tile and end up knee-deep
in water. One calamity after another builds into a flood
of refreshing, escapist humor.
According to the series'
supervising producer, William Bickley, tonight's show is the
"funniest this season in terms of physical
humor." He's right. It was postponed and is
well worth the wait.
"Mark and Bronson can
do some amazingly difficult physical comedy," he
adds. "They (Linn-Baker and Pinchot) have such
versatility we can offer a variety of comedy." As the
season comes to a close, Bickey reports, evidence of the actors'
varied styles will become even more apparent.