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Behind The Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy

Robin walks backstage, where the rest of the cast congratulates him. He is soooo happy with himself. And then we hear the harmonica. Belushi is there to see if "Robin can come out to play." Robin throws himself into Belushi's arms. Valerie chooses that exact moment to walk backstage, and she sees Robin walk off arm-in-arm with Belushi. So apparently the most self-indulgent therapy session in the history of the world was just flushed down the toilet. Nice. Commercials.

It's season four, and the show has dropped to number sixty in the ratings. Frank reaches up from his desk to pull the card down, but just as he's about to throw it in the trash, Garry calls. Garry tells Frank that he knows how to fix the show: "And the name of that fix is Jonathan Winters." Shudder. Frank identifies Winters as "that guy from the garbage bag commercials." Heee. Garry tells Frank that Winters is "an improvisational genius" and Robin's "comic idol." Garry thinks that if Robin gets to work with Winters, he'll perform "at the top of his game." And then Harvey starts playing charades, pointing to a ring on his finger and cradling a baby. Garry, off the top of his head, makes up a plot involving Mork and Mindy getting married and having a baby, said baby being played by Jonathan Winters. You think this shit doesn't make sense now, imagine how I felt when I was eleven and watching it. Frank decides to give Garry one last shot.

Cut to a scene involving all of the show's regulars, along with Winters. Thank God they skipped his initial scenes, in which he emerged from a giant egg wearing a diaper and a baby bonnet. My frail constitution could not take it. And I do not remember Jonathan Winters ever having that much hair. Robin and Winters are making up dialogue about a dragon that gets excited by girls and spits fire at them. Isabel is going crazy writing down all the things they'll have to cut.

In the writers' room, they're all bemoaning the fact that half the stuff Robin and Winters do can't be put on the air, and the rest of the stuff they film doesn't make sense without it. Head writer cuts to the chase, diagnosing the problems as "pure self-indulgence. I mean, as long as he's having fun with Jonathan, Robin's happy."

Robin knocks on the door of Val's apartment. She answers, looking even icier than the last time we saw her. He asks if he can come in, but she doesn't let him through the door. She realizes that he's wasted, and he claims that he can stop whenever he wants. I wish I could stop whenever I want, but I'll get fired if I don't turn this recap in. She tells him that she's sick of it, and he offers to stop. But she tells him not to bother, because their relationship is over. He tries to act all pathetic. I mean, even more pathetic. But our Val is full of resolve, and she tells him to just go.

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Behind The Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork & Mindy

Robin walks backstage, where the rest of the cast congratulates him. He is soooo happy with himself. And then we hear the harmonica. Belushi is there to see if "Robin can come out to play." Robin throws himself into Belushi's arms. Valerie chooses that exact moment to walk backstage, and she sees Robin walk off arm-in-arm with Belushi. So apparently the most self-indulgent therapy session in the history of the world was just flushed down the toilet. Nice. Commercials.

It's season four, and the show has dropped to number sixty in the ratings. Frank reaches up from his desk to pull the card down, but just as he's about to throw it in the trash, Garry calls. Garry tells Frank that he knows how to fix the show: "And the name of that fix is Jonathan Winters." Shudder. Frank identifies Winters as "that guy from the garbage bag commercials." Heee. Garry tells Frank that Winters is "an improvisational genius" and Robin's "comic idol." Garry thinks that if Robin gets to work with Winters, he'll perform "at the top of his game." And then Harvey starts playing charades, pointing to a ring on his finger and cradling a baby. Garry, off the top of his head, makes up a plot involving Mork and Mindy getting married and having a baby, said baby being played by Jonathan Winters. You think this shit doesn't make sense now, imagine how I felt when I was eleven and watching it. Frank decides to give Garry one last shot.

Cut to a scene involving all of the show's regulars, along with Winters. Thank God they skipped his initial scenes, in which he emerged from a giant egg wearing a diaper and a baby bonnet. My frail constitution could not take it. And I do not remember Jonathan Winters ever having that much hair. Robin and Winters are making up dialogue about a dragon that gets excited by girls and spits fire at them. Isabel is going crazy writing down all the things they'll have to cut.

In the writers' room, they're all bemoaning the fact that half the stuff Robin and Winters do can't be put on the air, and the rest of the stuff they film doesn't make sense without it. Head writer cuts to the chase, diagnosing the problems as "pure self-indulgence. I mean, as long as he's having fun with Jonathan, Robin's happy."

Robin knocks on the door of Val's apartment. She answers, looking even icier than the last time we saw her. He asks if he can come in, but she doesn't let him through the door. She realizes that he's wasted, and he claims that he can stop whenever he wants. I wish I could stop whenever I want, but I'll get fired if I don't turn this recap in. She tells him that she's sick of it, and he offers to stop. But she tells him not to bother, because their relationship is over. He tries to act all pathetic. I mean, even more pathetic. But our Val is full of resolve, and she tells him to just go.

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