WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)


Herb decides it's time for a change in his wardrobe and enlists Jennifer to help him. Meanwhile, Venus is interviewed by a Black magazine.


Will Mackenzie


Hugh Wilson (created by), Pj Torokvei (as Peter Torokvei) | 1 more credit »


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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
Tom Dreesen ... Rick Jesperson
Art Metrano ... Ted Jeffries
Jim Hardie Jim Hardie ... Waiter


Many people at the station are in a contemplative mood this day. Bailey wonders about larger issues concerning the proverbial cosmos, while Les is fixated on the specific of the nature of Russian women. And Herb and Venus begin to think about their own image in speaking to each other. Herb, who spends much money on his wardrobe, begins to believe that people laugh at the way he looks behind his back, something that he never believed before in thinking he dressed well. And Venus begins to believe he isn't "black" enough as Andy has scheduled an interview for him later that afternoon with reporter Rick Jesperson, who represents what is considered the militantly black Black Life magazine. Herb and Venus will get a different perspective of their self-image crisis when Herb meets with prospective client Ted Jeffries and when Venus has his interview with Rick. Written by Huggo

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27 January 1982 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When Venus started playing the Bob Marley song, the music started the very second he pressed the toggle on the turntable. All radio station turntables needed "start-up time" - distance before the audio so the player could gain the correct speed before the audio started. This was generally acquired by turning the record backwards by a quarter turn. See more »


Bailey makes a big deal in the record vault about how the guy from Black Life magazine sounded white instead of black. It turns out the reporter IS white but the writers conveniently gloss over that point. See more »


[first lines]
Bailey Quarters: [as Bailey and Les stare out the window in deep contemplation] Have you ever wondered what makes someone what they are?
Les Nessman: Have you ever wondered why Russian women look like men?
Bailey Quarters: I hadn't noticed.
Les Nessman: I think they kidnap men from all over the world, take them to Moscow and turn them into Russian women.
Bailey Quarters: [giggling under her breath] Do you?
Les Nessman: I think that's what happened to Jimmy Hoffa. By now, he's probably a grandmother in the Ukraine.
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References Let's Make a Deal (1963) See more »


So White and So Funky
Written by Tom Scott
Performed by Tom Scott and Dr. John
[Playing when Johnny and Venus are sorting records]
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