Wednesday, November 24, 2004

And a now for a Very Special Thanksgiving episode

Those of us who have watched enough TV know about the "Very Special" phenomenon for episodes of a series. It's when a comedy gets serious (or a drama gets serious-er) for the sake of (a) sweeps or (b) winning one of the cast an Emmy. Lately, Mrs. Mosley and I have commented that "ER" seems to have a commercial announcing a "Very Special" episode every freaking week, like each one deserved a Nobel Prize or something.

Anyway, many of these episodes take place during the holidays where concepts such as family and giving are at the forefront. Well, for this Thanksgiving, I'd like to recall my favorite one of these. On the sitcom "WKRP", there was one episode where they needed a Thanksgiving promotion for the station. Station Manager Arthur Carlson thought of one and told everyone the time and the place, but left as a surprise what he was going to do. Near the end of the episode, we hear the broadcast of newsman Les Nessman from the sight of the event as he see's something in the sky:

"It's a helicopter, and it's coming this way. It's flying something behind it, I can't quite make it out, it's a large banner and it says, uh - Happy... Thaaaaanksss... giving! ... From ... W ... K ... R... P!! What a sight, ladies and gentlemen! What a sight! No parachutes yet. Can't be skydivers... I can't tell just yet what they are, but - Oh my God, Johnny, they're turkeys!! Johnny, can you get this? Oh, they're plunging to the earth right in front of our eyes! One just went through the windshield of a parked car! Oh, the humanity! The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement! Not since the Hindenberg tragedy has there been anything like this!"

And then, of course, there was Carlson's touching last words to his employees when he finally arrived back at the station:

"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly."
Brings a tear to your eye, doesn't it? Happy Thanksgiving.

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