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What's Happening!!: Shirley's Cookies

Shirley's cookies are sold at Rob's Place.

Episode Info
Episode number: 3x5
Production Number: 0310
Airdate: Thursday November 09th, 1978

Director: Mark Warren (1)
Writer: Ken Hecht

Guest Stars
David Hollander (2)David Hollander (2)
As Earl Barnett, Jr.
Earl BillingsEarl Billings
As Rob
John Welsh (1)John Welsh (1)
As Earl Barnett, Sr.
Leland SmithLeland Smith
As The Snake
Adam WadeAdam Wade
As Marty Slade
Larry GilmanLarry Gilman
As Sylvester
Episode Quotes
Rerun: (wanting a piece of Shirley's cookie business) "Where do I come in?"
Shirley: "I don't know ... but see the door? That's where you go out."

Cultural References
Dwayne: "Wow! Fortune cookies!"

The fortune cookie is a thin, crisp cookie baked around a piece of paper with words of wisdom or prophecy. The message inside may also include a list of lucky numbers (used by some as lottery numbers) and a Chinese phrase with translation. Despite the conventional wisdom, they were actually invented in California, USA, not China.

An Opened Fortune Cookie.

Rerun: "Isn't that how Well-Known Jones got started?"

A play on Famous Amos, a cookie maker. Wally Amos, an Air Force veteran who worked as a talent agent with the William Morris Agency, would send home-baked chocolate chip cookies to celebrities to entice them to meet with him and maybe sign a deal to be represented by the William Morris company.

On March 10, 1975, Amos took the advice of some friends and opened a cookie restaurant in Los Angeles, California, the restaurant being named "Famous Amos".

The restaurant proved so popular that eventually, the "Famous Amos" brand would branch out, starting the production of cookies to be sold at supermarkets almost immediately, in a move that would later be emulated by other specialty restaurants, such as Baskin Robbins, T.G.I. Fridays, Starbucks, etc.

Famous Amos became part of Kellogg's in 2001.

In 2003, Snoop Dogg began publicly endorsing Famous Amos "Chocolate Chizzles."

Some Famous Amos stores were sold and operate under a different name due to the brand issues. In Hong Kong, a shop in New Town Plaza, Shatin is operating under 'Cookies Plus' as opposed to Famous Amos, but the style of cookies are very similar.

Roger: "I heard about that Wall Street bidding session."

Wall Street is the name of a narrow street in lower Manhattan in New York City, running east from Broadway downhill to the East River. Considered to be the historical heart of the Financial District, it was the first permanent home of the New York Stock Exchange.

The phrase "Wall Street" is also used as a metonym to refer to American financial markets and financial institutions as a whole. Most New York financial firms are no longer headquartered on Wall Street, but elsewhere in lower or midtown Manhattan, Fairfield County, Connecticut, or New Jersey. JPMorgan Chase, the last major holdout, sold its headquarters tower at 60 Wall Street to Deutsche Bank in November 2001.

Wall Street. New York City.

Marty Slade: "Try the Yellow Pages. Let your fingers do the walking."

In many countries, the Yellow Pages refers to a telephone directory for businesses organized by the category of product or service. As the name suggests, they are usually printed on yellow paper, as opposed to white pages with non-commerical listings, printed on white paper. With the advent of Internet, the traditional term "Yellow Pages" became applied to online directories of businesses. The Name and Concept "Yellow Pages" were invented in the USA over a century ago. The expression "yellow pages" is used all around the World in both English and Non-English speaking countries. "Let your fingers do the walking!" has been their catch phrase for many years.

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