Wilmington Morning Star
March 4, 1988

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Pair 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 Laurel-and-Hardy routine.

Larry (Linn-Baker) 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."

Naturally, Jennifer's 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.