Mike and I could do an entire bonus episode on this segment (don't think we will rule it out), but for today, here are some of my favorite parts:
*There's Maude! She's just walking across the stage and barely singing, but she's there!
*Who is your favorite non-singer? Is it Ed Asner, who just seems to want to get it over with?
*Or is it Gabe Kaplan, who looks stuck in the ambiguous region between "this is a bit" and "I really don't know what I'm doing here." I can't decide if his expression is supposed to say he's in on some joke (He IS the first non-singer in the medley) or if he has genuine discomfort.
*How about Redd Foxx, who I can't help but think is struggling against every fiber of his being in an effort to keep himself from blurting out a dirty joke.
*Then you have the "really into it" brigade headed by the likes of Linda Lavin and Loretta Swit!
*I think maybe my personal favorite is the charming appearance of Dick Van Dyke.
The whole thing is a glorious piece of TV history climaxing in a bunch of stars standing on stage despite not being part of the medley. What are they all doing there? I would love to see Tony Danza, for example, singing the theme from Taxi. Maybe they saved that moment for the 1986 Emmys.
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