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After hours when the big department store is closed, magic is in the air. The night staff spring into action: Sam the security guard locks the doors, Jodie the display designer brings Jeff the mannequin up to the children's department where Muffy the rhyming mouse comes out of her mousehole and says the magic words "Hocus Pocus Alamagocus", where Jeff comes to life and the night is about to begin. Depending on what the store special is, usually becomes the topic of the episode, whereby Jeff learns new things along with the young viewers watching. There are many songs, dances, quizzes, stories, slapstick comedy, and much more. Today's Special has entertained many children in Canada and the United States throughout the 1980's.

Episode Info

Prev: 5x09 -- Wishes (Mar/05/1987)




Cast
Jeff HyslopJeff Hyslop
As Jeff
Nerene VirginNerene Virgin
As Jodie
Nerene VirginNerene Virgin
As Jodie
Bob DermerBob Dermer
voiced Sam Crenshaw (puppet)
Bob DermerBob Dermer
voiced Sam Crenshaw (puppet)
Nina KeoghNina Keogh
voiced Muffy Mouse (puppet)
Bob StuttBob Stutt
As Muffy Mouse (understudy puppeteer (season 1))
Bob StuttBob Stutt
As Muffy Mouse (understudy puppeteer (season 1))
Robyn HayleRobyn Hayle
voiced TXL Series 4 Computer
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Recaps
1x20: Soap recap: As Jodie sets up her display for the upcoming soap sale, strange things begin to happen in the store. First, Jodie accidentally threw something important in the garbage, and when she goes to retrieve it, the garbage is empty. But who emptied it? Then, the computer room is all-of-the-sudden neat and clean and well dusted… but by whom? Then, as Muffy is cleaning up her mousehole apartment, a mysterious stranger sets down a heavy mob bucket outside Muffy’s door—blocking it, and Muffy cannot get out; And finally, Jeff hears someone enter the elevator, and just as the doors close, Jeff runs after the person and slips and falls on the recently mopped floor. Fortunately, he’s not hurt. But who is behind all this?.. read more.

1x19: Records recap: Jeff and Jodie get the display in the children’s department ready. The store will be having sale of phonograph records, which is something Jeff is unfamiliar with. Jodie shows him that a record is a disc with grooves pressed into it that plays music or any other audio recordings. Jeff is intrigued and plays his favorite kind of music—the kind he can dance to. Among the items in the display is an antique Victrola gramophone, and Sam knows how to operate it. The record Muffy selects to listen to is the latest single by her favorite mouse singers—The Rodents 3... read more.

1x3: Work recap: Jeff has been practicing magic tricks and puts on a magic show for Jodie and Sam, with Muffy as his assistant. After the show, a real magician appears. It’s Waldo the Magnificent. Waldo was the magician who originally brought Jeff to life with a magic spell over a year ago and he’s returned to the store to check up on him. Although Waldo is unable to stay long, as he has a magic act to attend, he leaves a magic mirror behind to amuse Jeff and his friends. The magic mirror is able to make you be what you want to be (temporarily) by wishing into it. Sam and Muffy use the mirror to become cowboys, doctors, and firefighters; Jodie becomes a farmer and a mother; and Jeff becomes a dancer. Soon, Sam and Muffy become baseball players—with Jeff as the play-by-play—and Muffy hits the ball right into the mirror, shattering the glass to pieces. Waldo appears again, and understands that it was just an accident. He also further explains that a magic mirror is not necessary to be what you want to be—that can be done with the help of one’s imagination... read more.

1x6: Building recap: One thing suddenly comes to Jeff’s mind—everybody has their own space but him. Jodie and Sam have their homes, and Muffy has her mousehole apartment, but he does not have his own space. This is probably in part because he spends his resting periods as a mannequin in the store’s front window. It would be nice to have a space he can call his own though, so he gathers some wood and some tools and begins building a “clubhouse.” But since he knows nothing about building, he gets nowhere. Jodie is too busy putting together a kite display to help; and Muffy is too busy with a project of her own—she is trying to break a world record by building the tallest block tower built by a mouse—23 blocks high. Sam, on the other hand, is an expert at building. In fact, he recently visited a construction site (video insert) and was able to be a part of a new skyscraper being built. So Sam takes over building Jeff’s clubhouse and is on a role but, although Jeff appreciates the help, he was hoping to be able to do some of the work. Sam overhears Jeff complain to Jodie about Sam conquering his project and apologizes. Then Sam has an even better idea—he brings into the children’s department, a huge cardboard box—just the right size Jeff needs for his clubhouse. It’s perfect. So Jeff cuts out windows and doors, adds a roof and some paint. It turns out perfect. Muffy, although unable to beat the record, glued together 23 blocks which read “Jeff’s Place” to give to Jeff as a housewarming gift... read more.

1x17: Food recap: With food on everybody’s mind, Sam and Muffy decide, with the owner’s permission, to open their own restaurant called the Starlight Café on the roof of the store. Jeff is practicing cooking in hopes of becoming the chef but is not having much luck. On the roof, Sam and Muffy have decorated the roof deck real nice, and even managed to get the roof-access door open so that they don’t have to use the trap door anymore. Jodie is impressed when she sees the restaurant but is skeptical about Sam and Muffy’s management ability. Running a restaurant is a big responsibility but Sam and Muffy’s slogan is “everyone has to eat, so why not eat at out café?” Jodie gets to be the first customer and discovers one big problem—they forgot the food. And what is a restaurant without any food? So Sam and Muffy hurry off to the grocery store while Jodie waits patiently and hungrily on the roof. She passes the time reading a book from the Willoby Tales. (The story we hear is read by Mark Carpenter about Wendal and Wanda’s obese cousin Wilbur.).. read more.
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Recurring Guests

Nikki Tilroe as Mime Lady (90 eps)
Cheryl Wagner as Granny Sweet (36 eps)
Bob Stutt as Mort (17 eps)
Barry Baldaro as Waldo the Magnifficent (16 eps)
Madeline Paul as Swamp Beast (8 eps)
Sharon Hampson (7 eps)
Deborah Fallick as Storyteller (6 eps)
Lois Lillenstein (5 eps)
The Canadian Brass (5 eps)
Monica Gaylord as Pianist (5 eps)

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