WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)
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Pills 

The station sells some new commercial spots to a diet company whose 'magic pills' are not as innocuous as they seem.

Director:

Asaad Kelada

Writers:

Hugh Wilson (created by), Steve Marshall | 1 more credit »

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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
Robert Ridgely ... Dave Wickerman
Max Wright ... Frank Bartman
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Storyline

Johnny is in the process of recording the first of three promotional spots for one of Herb's new clients, Dave Wickerman, when in the middle of the recording Johnny, all of a sudden, stops and accuses Wickerman of being "reptilian". The reason?: Johnny can read between the lines of the copy that Wickerman's over the counter weight loss pills are truly speed in another form, and that the promotional spot is marketing the product as energy enhancers to kids. Andy and Mr. Carlson get involved in the matter, and discover that as abhorrent as Wickerman's product is to them, the pills are legal and Wickerman has an iron-clad contract with them for the three spots to air eighteen times for two weeks. While Johnny and Venus try to take matters in their own hands by operating their way within the contract - their tactics which have surprising results - Andy and Mr. Carlson have to decide whether to do what they feel is morally repugnant by associating with Wickerman or not run the spots and ... Written by Huggo

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Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1982 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

First appearance of Max Wright as attorney Frank Bartman. See more »

Quotes

[Andy suspects that Herb's new client, Dave Wickerman, is selling amphetamines masquerading as diet pills]
Andy Travis: You, me and Mr. Carlson, we're going to pay a visit to your good friend, Mr. Wickerman.
Herb Tarlek: [excitedly] You want to lose some weight.
Andy Travis: Maybe. Maybe a hundred sixty pounds of polyester.
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Soundtracks

The Old Songs
(uncredited)
Written by David Pomeranz
Performed by Barry Manilow
[The song playing in the syndicated Los Angeles radio show in the opening scene]
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