Friday, February 08, 2008

WKRP Episode: "Frog Story"

One of my favorite episodes ever, from season 3, the one where Herb accidentally gets pink paint all over his daughter's pet frog Greenpeace, while Les (who by this time in the series had gone from a meek little guy to a borderline psycho) talks Johnny into believing he's dying of a rare illness. The episode was written by Bob Dolman, who later went on to be one of the writers for SCTV and wrote and directed some recent movies. Dolman said that George Lucas picked him to write the movie Willow based on having read and liked his WKRP script, but even though George Lucas liked it, it's a great script.

This was one of the episodes that the Comedy Network only had in the cut syndication version, so unfortunately I had to use a low-quality third-generation tape for the missing scenes. Sorry about that, but it's better than having the episode cut. (Of course if anyone has a better copy of this episode uncut, let me know at weinmanj at gmail dot com, and we can work out a trade.)

Music includes "You Really Got Me" by the Kinks and a song in the tag that I'm not sure about.


Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for posting this--my favorite WKRP episode ever!

The song in the tag is "Gone Dead Train," from the soundtrack of the Donald Cammell/Nicholas Roeg film "Performance." Vocal by Randy Newman, burning slide guitar work by Ry Cooder, arranged/co-written by Jack Nitzsche. Available online at Gone+Dead+Train (remove the space before "Gone"--the URL text wouldn't wrap ....)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting these WKRP episodes. I'd almost forgotten how grat they were. They are no where to be found on American TV now. If you take requests I'd love to see "Baby it's cold inside" from season 3 and "The Americanization of Ivan" from season two. They are two of my favorites.


Anonymous said...

Could you repost this one on Daily Motion? It's been taken off YouTube. It's one of the funniest episodes of this series.