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11 - Take Care of Business
Synopsis: After winning tickets to the World Series, Jimmy Dworski (James Belushi) walks out of his minimum security prison and starts hitchhiking to the big game. While in an airport, he discovers a leather datebook that belongs to Spencer Barnes (Charles Grodin), a wealthy corporate businessman who's just been dumped by his wife. At first, Jimmy wants to return it for a reward, but, when he realizes it's filled with credit cards, he decides to hold on to it for just a little longer.
Belushi and Grodin are so good in this move, funny and sometimes understated. It's not entirely about baseball, but the baseball scenes were filmed at Angel Stadium. My son and and I just happened to be at the Angels game the day the movie scenes were filmed (between innings) and it was so much fun. We (the crowd) were basically extras in the movie, and were told when to cheer, when to stand, etc. One of the cameras was right next to us and it was pretty cool to watch the cameraman do his thing. It was a fun day and it is a fun movie.
17 - The Bob Newhart Show
Synopsis: The show centers on Robert Hartley, Ph.D. (Newhart), a Chicago psychologist. It divides most of its action between the character's work and his home life, with Hartley's supportive, although occasionally sarcastic, wife Emily (Suzanne Pleshette), and their friendly but inept neighbor, airline navigator Howard Borden (Bill Daily). At the medical office where Hartley had his psychology practice are Jerry Robinson, D.D.S. (Peter Bonerz), an orthodontist who also has a practice on the floor, and their receptionist, Carol Kester (Marcia Wallace), as well as a number of other doctors who appear occasionally. Most of the situations involve Newhart's character playing straight man to his wife, colleagues, friends, and patients. A frequent running gag on the show is an extension of Newhart's stand-up comedy routines, where Newhart played one side of a telephone conversation, the other side of which is not heard. In a nod to this, for the first two seasons, the episodes opened with Bob answering the telephone by saying "Hello?".
Bob Newhart is wonderfully funny, and this show was perfect for showing off his dry humor. (I love Newhart's stand up routines - he's funny without being over the top, or suggestive, or potty-mouthed. Since most of the humor is spoken rather than physical, it's a great series to watch while stitching because you won't miss much when staring at your stitching instead of the tv.
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