Friday, July 25, 2008

WKRP Episode: "The Painting"

This season 3 episode, written by Steve Kampmann, doesn't need a lot of comment because it's a solid, simple episode, no guest stars, no outside sets, just a story of Herb buying a painting at an auction and looking for someone to take it off his hands. Herb is acting a lot like Kampmann in this episode (if you've seen Kampmann on Newhart or in movies like Club Paradise).

Most of the episode plays on the antagonism between Herb and Bailey, which had been a running thing on the show since the first season; it always helps, on an ensemble comedy, for every character to have a different and specific relationship with every other character, and WKRP had that, just as NewsRadio did: you can put any two characters together and there's a different dynamic.

The music in the scene in Andy's office is "Breezin" by George Benson.

Cold open and Act 1:

Act 2:

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