Thursday, August 4, 2022

Show Notes and Video Playlist: Episode 10-12: Bosom Buddies

*Below is the video playlist for this week's episode, featuring promos, commercials, talk show appearances, and more, including Holland Taylor for RC Cola! The opening to 1987 sitcom Women in Prison! Donna Dixon with Rodney Dangerfield! And Roscoe P. Coltrane's mama!

And did we mention BLOOPERS? From this very episode we discuss, no less? Well, we are now!

Remember you can always visit our official YouTube channel for past episodes and playlists for each one!

*Here are the Newhart and Family Ties BOTNS episodes we mention.

*The original theme song for Bosom Buddies was a cover by Gary Bennett  of Billy Joel's #3 hit "My Life"

*Bosom Buddies aired 37 episodes on ABC from November 1980 to June 1982 with a brief rerun stint on NBC in Summer 1984.

*"Waterballoongate" premiered Friday, December 11, 1981, after Benson. It was followed on ABC by Darkroom and Strike Force. NBC's lineup was NBC Magazine, McClain's Law, and a rerun of a Tribute to Milton Berle. CBS's dominant Friday: Dukes of Hazzard, Dallas, Falcon Crest. The Berle tribute premiered in 1978, but the 1981 rebroadcast is available on YouTube.

*The Susan B. Anthony Hotel is not in fact a real residence in New York City.

*Tootsie premiered in December 1982 and became a box office smash and a critical success. Billy Wilder's classic Some Like It Hot, another big hit, was released in 1959.

*Holland Taylor was not even 40 when this episode aired! In addition to her stage work, she had a stint on daytime soap Edge of Night before landing the role of Ruth Dunbar.

*Donna Dixon and Dan Aykroyd announced their separation in April.

*The director of this episode, Joel Zwick, is 80 years old now and was directing KC Undercover in 2018. He has hundreds of sitcom episodes on his resume, including 100 Perfect Strangers, 65 Webster, and 33 Laverne and Shirley in addition to 18 Bosom Buddies.

*I can't find a henry Fonda Life Savers ad on YouTube, but you can see one here.

*The episode that ends on a somber note of reflection is Season 2's "The Way Kip and Henry Were," in which they tell their Secret Origin of  taking a job offer (with a twist) from Ruth after they graduated college.

*Gail Sheehy (1936-2020) wrote Passages, published in 1976 and a fixture on the NY Times bestseller list for 3 years according to Wikipedia. Looks like she did many variations on that theme afterwards, too.

*RHP Kip Wells played 1999-2012 in the majors and compiled a record of 69-103 with a 4.71 ERA. his real first name is Robert. Monty Kip Sopp, better known as Billy Gunn, is an AEW and WWE pro wrestler.

*Russian dancing legend Mikhail Baryshnikov defected to Canada in 1974 and was artistic director of the American Ballet Theatre when this episode aired.

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