Criminal Minds: "Amplification"

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Watching the classic Thanksgiving episode of WKRP in Cincinnati, "Turkeys Away!" Alhtough everyone rightly gets much joy from that classic closing line -- "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly" -- there are many other great lines in the episode:

  • "Don't touch that."
  • "I don't get coffee, Mr. Carlson. We agreed."
  • "How does she get away with that?" "Are you kidding?"
  • "Don't touch that."
  • "Look. I took this job originally because I figured Carlson was like me: a guy who doesn't quite know what's going on around him and he likes it that way."
  • "Andy, I gotta talk to you about Carlson." "Well, get in line." "Okay."
  • "I have this picture of quake victims stumbling through the rubble, all looking like Dolly Parton."
  • "What a sight, ladies and gentlemen, what a sight. The copter seems to be circling the parking area now; I guess it's looking for a place to land. No, something just came out of the back of the helicopter! It's a ... a dark object, perhaps a skydiver, plummeting to the Earth from only 2,000 feet up in the air! A second, a third ..."
  • "I see no parachutes yet ...!"
  • "If you've just tuned in, the Pinedale Shopping Mall has just been bombed with live turkeys! Film at 11."
  • "After the turkeys hit the pavement, the crowd kind of scattered, but some of them tried to attack me. I had to jam myself into a phone booth."
  • "Then Mr. Carlson had the helicopter land in the middle of the parking lot. I guess he thought he could save the day by turning the rest of the turkeys loose. It gets pretty strange after that."

And, for me, the showstopping, bust-a-gut funniest line in the whole episode: "The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement!"

And...

"Happy Thaaaaaank... giving! From W..... K..... R..... P!"

And...

"Oh, no, can't go in there."

ARCHIE BUNKER’S PLACE (SEASON THREE): I’m up to the two-parter in which Gloria returns. The first part reveals that Gloria and Mike have separated, the second part leads directly into the short-lived spin-off Gloria. I didn’t hate this story as much as I remembered. I remembered that Mike joined a commune with one of his female students, which I thought at the time was very cliché. It’s actually a bit more nuanced than that. Gloria was upset, naturally, but I didn’t get the idea that their differences were irreconcilable. Reagan’s politics led Mike to a crisis, and he invited Gloria to join the commune with him. She refused, but the commune accepted only couples, so he asked one of his students. It is possible that their relationship was platonic.

Joining the cast this season is Denise Miller as Archie’s niece, Billie. Billie is a young adult and provides additional story opportunities than the younger Stephanie. Some of these episodes I remember quite well, others not at all.

Denise Miller had been in Fish. I've started re-watching it recently.

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