WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)
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The Patter of Little Feet 

Arthur's wife Carmen believes that she may be pregnant, causing Carlson (Gordon Jump) to consider whether or not he is ready for another child at his age.


Will Mackenzie


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


Mr. and Mrs. Carlson each have some news which will affect their imminent Bermuda fishing trip, Mrs. Carlson's news which has just a little more gravitas and not only with respect to the trip: she's pregnant. Learning about the unexpected pregnancy at this rather late stage of their life, Mother Carlson has a very definite thought about what they should do about it. Even after getting over the shock, Mr. and Mrs. Carlson, who have to factor in Mother Carlson's wishes on the matter, may not get to a point of being truthful with each other about what each wants to do in they always looking after the wants and needs of the other before him or herself. Meanwhile, the day staff - Andy, Johnny, Jennifer, Herb, Les and Bailey - upon learning the news, discuss the situation amongst themselves, the discussion largely focusing on the topic of marital sex in middle age, especially in the Carlsons' case where they have long been married and with Mr. Carlson being their boss. Venus, who knows ... Written by Huggo

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Release Date:

26 November 1979 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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In the original airing, the song that Mr. and Mrs. Carlson dance to near the end is from the Gigi soundtrack. However, from the 80's syndication package on, the song has been replaced by "We've Only Just Begun" by the Carpenters, and the dialogue has been redubbed. Venus can still be seen holding the Gigi jacket. See more »


Jennifer Marlowe: I bet you're just so excited about your trip.
Carmen Carlson: [sincerely] Bone fishing. Oh well, Arthur enjoys it so.
Arthur Carlson: Well, you do too.
Carmen Carlson: [quickly to show that she does] Oh, I do!
Arthur Carlson: You sure?
Carmen Carlson: Sure, I'm sure.
Arthur Carlson: Sure?
Carmen Carlson: Sure!
Arthur Carlson: [satisfied] Ahh.
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References The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »


WKRP in Cincinnati End Credits
Written by Jim Ellis
Performed by Jim Ellis
[Series end credits theme song]
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terminally lost in their own worlds

Yeah, this outing takes a whole lot too long to get to the characters we know and love. The stage is set by the announcement by Mrs. Carlson that she is pregnant, and it's a bit tedious... but then it becomes absolutely hilarious, what with born loser Herb building his ivory tower on office time, shy Bailey heading for home but trying to be evrn nicer than she already is, Les and his holy Silver Sow award who wants to lock up his imaginary office, the funny misunderstanding between Carlson and Venus Flytrap re "wanting to have a girl" and the jewel at the end, Venus almost rocking to music not hos style and shaking his head to shirk that off.

These people have built walls around themselves, Les being literally even if really figuratively the prime example. Herb is the all-time loser feeling sorry for himself. He needs a hug, desperately, but he ain't never gonna get it. Of course, Jennifer's the strong one, she lives in a castle, you can see that. Bailey (who is totally miscast, played by stunningly beautiful Jan Smithers (my favorite!)) is too shy for her own good. Carlson, the ineffectual Mommy's boy puppet. Venus and Johnny symbolized by their choice in music, too cool to be part of this world. Only Andy is a regular person.

Psychiatrists can have a field day with this lot.

How many young people know about this Golden Oldie?

P.S. I saw the Karen Carpenter "and, yes, we've just begun... white lace and promises..." and never mind that it's not the original... signing off more than a bit teary-eyed...

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