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Gidget: Ego-A- Go-Go

Gidget is taken aback when the school nerd drops her as his dance date.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x20
Airdate: Thursday January 27th, 1966

Guest Stars
Ed GriffithEd Griffith
As Chuck Batson
Ed GriffithEd Griffith
As Chuck Batson
Leslie TownerLeslie Towner
As Marilyn
Leslie TownerLeslie Towner
As Marilyn
Sue YardleySue Yardley
As Shari Sue


Norman Durfner, a teenage nervous wreck, is known as "Durf the Drag" to his female classmates. To build up his self-esteem, Gidget dates him for the Spinsters Hop, but then she discovers that Russ is helping Chuck Batson, a gorgeous six foot three, to master grammar so he'll be eligible to quarter-back the college team. Gidget's interest in Durfner's ego drops rapidly as she schemes to get Chuck to take her to the Hop. ..

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Episode Goofs
The character listed in the credits as 'Shari Sue' is repeatedly addressed in the episode as 'Shari Lou'.

Cultural References
Episode Title: "Ego-A-Go-Go"

The episode title was probably inspired by the West Hollywood nightclub Whisky a Go Go, which opened in 1964. Though the club was a discothèque, it opened with a live band led by Johnny Rivers and a short-skirted female DJ spinning records between sets from a cage suspended near the stage. When the DJ danced during Rivers' set, the audience thought it was part of the act and the concept of Go-Go dancers in cages was born. Whisky a Go Go franchises sprang up across America. Arguably, the rock and roll scene in Los Angeles was born when Whisky a Go Go opened its doors. From rock to punk to heavy metal, the club stood at the forefront of many musical trends.

Below: The Whisky a Go Go, 1970s.

Larue: You know who you should show up with? A cross between Prince Charming, Ringo, and Sandy Koufax.

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Richard Starkey Jr, MBE (born 7 July 1940), known by his stage name "Ringo Starr", is an English musician, singer, songwriter and actor, best known as the drummer of The Beatles. He was the oldest member of the band, and the last to join the now familiar "Fab Four" line up. While sometimes the least visible member of the band, Starr's drumming style played a pivotal role in the music played and recorded by The Beatles. He filled the role he was hired for in 1962, then went on to establish a new approach to rhythm in popular music that some claim continues to grow in its significance and influence with every decade since The Beatles recorded their music.

Sanford "Sandy" Koufax (born Sanford Braun, on December 30, 1935, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American left-handed former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played his entire career for the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers, from 1955 to 1966. Koufax's career peaked with a run of six outstanding seasons from 1961 to 1966, before arthritis ended his career at age 30.

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