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WKRP in Cincinnati: Fish Story

A reporter shows up in time at WKRP to find Herb dressed in the new mascot suit, an extremely slow painter fixing up the lobby and Johnny and Venus participating in a drinking test to show the effects on reaction time.

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x21
Production Number: 013
Airdate: Monday May 28th, 1979

Director: Asaad Kelada
Writer: Hugh Wilson

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Guest Stars
Francis SermlerFrancis Sermler
As Student #1
Fred FisherFred Fisher
As Student #2
Jack OJack O'Leary
As Painter
Jerry HardinJerry Hardin
As Officer Plyler
Lee BergereLee Bergere
As WPIG Mascot
M.G. KellyM.G. Kelly
As Quentin Stone
Marty HelfondMarty Helfond
As Student #3
Michael CarpitaMichael Carpita
As Student #4
Steven WrightSteven Wright
As Security Officer
Main Cast
Gary SandyGary Sandy
As Andy Travis
Gordon JumpGordon Jump
As Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson
Loni AndersonLoni Anderson
As Jennifer Marlowe
Richard SandersRichard Sanders
As Les Nessman
Frank BonnerFrank Bonner
As Herb Tarlek
Tim ReidTim Reid
As Gordon "Venus Flytrap" Sims
Howard HessemanHoward Hesseman
As Johnny "Fever" Caravella
Episode Quotes
Officer: (testing Johnny's reaction time) According to this, completely sober, he has the reaction time of a man who has had six vodka martinis.

Herb: I'm a giant carp, Andy!
Andy: I know you are, Herb.

Les: (to Herb) I just always pictured you more as a blowfish.

Herb: Hiya gorgeous, how about a couple of drinks after work?
Jennifer: Sorry Charlie.

WPIG Mascot: (to Les) I sometimes listen to your news reports when I need a laugh or two.

WPIG Mascot: Get your fin off me!
Herb: Don't push me, Porky!

Andy: You'll find basically this is a very professionally-run radio station.
Venus: (enters, drunk) Hey white folks! What's happening in the executive suite?

Venus: I want a hat. I need a hat. Cop's got a hat, I need a hat too.

Venus: Every now and then I get this uncontrollable urge to wear a hat.

Reporter: Are you on the air?
Venus: On the air? I am the air! I am the wind! Thanks for the lid, Art.

Officer: This test has been given to hundreds of people! No one's ever got better!!

Venus: Let's you and me swap hats.

Officer: You have obviously built up a super-human tolerance to alcohol.
Johnny: Yes, it's true, it was once sort of a hobby

Johnny: All right fellow babies, that was the Doors, and this is sort of Johnny Fever, kind of Doctor. And after... nine drinks, Venus Flytrap is catatonic, and I myself have personally just seen a giant pig. He is currently painting the walls of our lobby.
Officer: He is obviously drunk, ladies and gentlemen.
Johnny: Yes, he is, and I'm not feeling badly myself.

Warning: WKRP in Cincinnati season 1 episode 21 guide may contain spoilers
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