WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)
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Baby, It's Cold Inside 

The heat has gone out at the Flimm Building. But Johnny (Hessman) has ideas of his own on how to keep his co-workers warm.

Director:

Rod Daniel

Writers:

Hugh Wilson (created by), Blake Hunter | 3 more credits »

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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Gary Sandy ... Andy Travis
Gordon Jump ... Arthur Carlson
Loni Anderson ... Jennifer Marlowe
Richard Sanders ... Les Nessman
Frank Bonner ... Herb Tarlek
Jan Smithers ... Bailey Quarters
Tim Reid ... Venus Flytrap
Howard Hesseman ... Dr. Johnny Fever
Carol Bruce ... Lillian Carlson
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Storyline

On an extremely cold winter day when the furnace in the office building has broken down, Mother Carlson makes what to the staff is a surprise visit to the station, she waiting for her son who is later than usual. Beyond waiting for her son, no one knows why she is there. Johnny's method for keeping warm includes a bottle of cheap brandy, which is not only a fireable offense, but an offense that could mean his livelihood in the radio business in its entirety. The bottle does make its way to Mother Carlson via Jennifer, which may help Johnny's case in keeping his job. As Mother Carlson gets increasingly inebriated, she warms up both physically and emotionally which leads to some interesting if not strange encounters between her and the WKRP staff, who may never find out why she is at the station, on what to her is a very important day. Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1981 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

MTM Enterprises See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Mama Carlson (Carol Bruce) says that in her youth she was on Broadway, and then entertains the staff with a song. Carol Bruce actually appeared on Broadway, most notably in two productions of "Showboat". See more »

Goofs

Jennifer tells Mrs. Carlson that nobody is fooling around, but as Bailey's best friend she should know that Bailey and Johnny are fooling around. See more »

Quotes

Herb Tarlek: If Jennifer's drunk, I gotta take my shot.
Andy Travis: Listen Herb, you fool around with Jennifer today and you're a dead man.
Herb Tarlek: Do you mean killed or merely fired?
Andy Travis: A dead man.
Herb Tarlek: [as he returns to his desk dejected] Oh well, hell.
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Connections

References Lawrence of Arabia (1962) See more »

Soundtracks

Someone to Watch Over Me
(uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by New York Philharmonic and Carol Bruce
[Mother Carlson sings along to the instrumental version of the song Johnny is playing on the air for her, with the instrumental version alone played over the producer credits]
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