Laverne & Shirley - The Complete Second Season
Season Two of Laverne and Shirley opens as Laverne (Penny Marshall) tries to talk Shirley (Cindy Williams) into co-financing a new car, the better to keep up with Laverne's rival motorist Pinky Tuscadero. There's just one tiny little problem: Shirley doesn't know how to drive. Undaunted, Laverne offers to give the nervous Shirley a few driving lessons, beginning with a simulated trip in their living room, using canned goods as steering wheel, dashboard controls, pedals etc. When time comes for the first real road test, Lenny (Michael McKean) and Squiggy (David L. Lander) tag along as "monitors"--with the expected riotous results.Laverne (Penny Marshall) and Shirley (Cindy Williams) do their bit for Duty and Humanity as "candy stripers"--volunteer nurses--at a local hospital. Truth to tell, however, the girls' motives are not entirely altrustic: Shirley would like to meet a few handsome doctors, while Laverne wants to be near her erstwhile heartthrob Jerry (Charles Frank), who is about to undergo surgery. Appearing as a nurse is blonde actress Chanin Hale, best known for her tireless "straight-woman" duties opposite such big-time comedians as Red Skelton.Making another "crossover" visit from his usual Happy Days turf, Fonzie (Henry Winkler) shows up at the doorstep of Laverne (Penny Marshall) and Shirley (Cindy Williams), asking a small favor. As a result, the girls find themselves babysitting Fonzie's infant godson on the same night they'd hoped to go out with a couple of handsome hunks from Chicago. Determined not to interrupt their social life, the girls leave the baby in the care of their goofy neighbors Lenny (Michael McKean) and Squiggy (David L. Lander), who sometime during the night manage to "misplace" the kid--or so it seems!Hoping to win a new TV set at a dance contest, Laverne and Shirley butter up their (Happy Days) high-school friends Richie (Ron Howard) and Potsie (Anson Williams). Actually, Richie is dispensable: the girls are really interested in Potsie, who is Jefferson High's best dancer. Unfortunately, Potsie is incapacitated just before the contest, and as a result the viewer is treated to a spirited terpsichorean finale spotlighting two future top-drawer Hollywood movie directors--namely, Ron Howard and Penny Marshall. Series regular Eddie Mekka (Carmine) did the choreography for this episode, and also sings "Tutti Frutti" and "At the Hop."Yet another former female member of Fillmore High School's "Angora Debs" is getting married, inviting her ex-classmates Laverne (Penny Marshall) and Shirley (Cindy Williams) to the bridal shower. Upon arrival, our twentysomething heroines realizes that everyoone in the room is married except them, and they're none too happy about their "spinster" status. This episode marks the first appearance of Laverne and Shirley's irksome lifelong rival "Big Rosie" Greenbaum, played by Carole Ita White.The morning after a wild party at the brewery, Laverne (Penny Marshall) groggily awakens to find that she's wearing a pair of men's shorts. More disturbingly, she remembers nothing of the night before--and after a few days, she seems to be suffering from a case of morning sickness. Can it be that our heroine has gotten herself pregnant...and will she accept the invitation by Lenny (Michael McKean) to make an "honest woman" of her? Eddie Mekka (Carmine) sings "Once in Love with Amy."Laverne (Penny Marshall) and Shirley (Cindy Williams) are none too happy as they watch the guys at the Pizza Bowl ogle a bevy of gorgeous models. With this in mind, it is hardly surprising that our heroines are susceptible to the allure of a correspondence-school modelling course. Nor is it surprising that L&S's bid at entering the world of high fashion is doomed to come acropper. Featured in the supporting cast is Billy Sands, best known for his comic-foil work as Papparelli on The Phil Silvers Show and "Tinker" Bell on McHale's Navy.The aptly named Icky Hector (Greg Antonacci) is tired of being turned down for dates by girls in general and Laverne (Penny Marshall) and Shirley (Cindy Williams). Out of revenge, Hector scrawls L&S's phone number on the wall of a pool-hall men's room. As a result, our heroines are beseiged by panting male callers--and they begin to plot a revenge of their own, one that requires them to dress in male drag!Lenny (Michael McKean) and Squiggy (David L. Lander) are crestfallen when Laverne (Penny Marshall) and Shirley (Cindy Williams) refuse to accompany them to the circus. Feeling unwanted and unloved, the boys run away from home and offer themselves to circus owner Zimmerman (Carl Ballantine) as potential employees. Though initially reluctant to do so, Laverne and Shirley likewise hit the sawdust trail to rescue our heroes.Laverne (Penny Marshall), Shirley (Cindy Williams) and the rest of the series regulars agree to do a Christmas show at a local hospital. It is only after they have arrived for the show that gang discovers that they're visiting a mental hospital--and that the affable doctor (Howard Hesseman) who is there to greet them is actually one of the patients. This hilarious and touching episode ends with a rare example of the series breaking the "fourth wall" to deliver a heartfelt message to the home viewers. Musical highlights include "Silent Night," "Jingle Bell Rock," "Winter Wonderland" and a new Yuletide tune, "The Jolliest Fat Man," written by series regular Michael McKean (Lenny).While picking up a few things at a department store, Laverne (Penny Marshall) is falsely accused of shoplifting. Rushing to jail to free her friend, an outraged Shirley (Cindy Williams) is determined to prove Laverne's innocence--and nearly ends up in the clink herself. Veteran comic actor Louis Nye appears as the officious store manager, while Bo Kaprall returns in the role of "hunky" Officer Norman Hughes.It isn't often that a popular sitcom serves up a "clip show" as early as its second season, but that's just what happens in this 27th episode of Laverne and Shirley. As the gang at the Pizza Bowl prepares to throw a party in the girls' honor, Laverne (Penny Marshall) and Shirley (Cindy Williams) are nowhere to be found--mainly because they've been stranded at a Canadian bus stop. While the girls and their friends sweat out the situation, everyone reminisces about past series highlights, courtesy of carefully chosen vignettes from earlier episodes. "Birthday Show" is also known as "Anniversary Wrap-Around," acknowledging the upcoming first anniversary of the series' January 27, 1977 debut.Calling in sick, Laverne (Penny Marshall) and Shirley (Cindy Williams) decide to play hookey from work. Their plans to spend a "fun day" are shot down in flames when they meet and flirt with a couple of nice guys (Archie Hahn), Victor Holchak) in the park--a couple of nice guys who turn out to be undercover cops. Misconstruing a few harmless words and gestures from our heroines, the cops slap the cuffs on Laverne and Shirley, arresting them on a charge of solicitation!In their efforts to earn 20 dollars in order to attend a cocktail party, the girls agree to be human guinea pigs for a team of behavioral science researchers. As a result, Laverne (Penny Marshall) is deprived of sleep for a lengthy period of time, while Shirley (Cindy Williams) is forced to eat dirt. This is a reworking (with the same sight-gag punch line) of a 1967 episode of Hey, Landlord, an obscure sitcom which, like Laverne & Shirley, was produced by Garry Marshall (and featured Richard Dreyfuss and Rob Reiner in bit roles).After being laid off from the brewery, Laverne (Penny Marshall) and Shirley (Cindy Williams) are hired as taxi dancers at a rundown dance emporium. At first the girls are delighted at being surrounded by eligible men--but the bloom soon wears off the rose as they are forced to dance with one sleazebag after another. This episode includes the classic scene in which Shirley uses several wads of tissue paper to enhance her--uh--attributes. ("Too much?")Two "dreamboats" invite Laverne (Penny Marshall) and Shirley (Cindy Williams) out for a fabulous night on the town. Alas, the big date may never come off thanks to a series of unforseen interruptions and complications, many of them brought about by the unwanted presence of such nemeses as Lenny (Michael McKean), Squiggy (David L. Lander) and Big Rosie (Carol Ita White). This episode is a fond and funny harkback to such classic exercises in frustration as the Laurel and Hardy two-reelers Perfect Day and Be Big.After an absence of many years, Shirley's irresponsible father Jack (Scott Brady) shows up and makes a dinner engagement with his daughter. Hours pass, and Jack fails to show up. Disconsolately, Shirley (Cindy Williams) tries to track down her dad by searching every two-bit beer joint and gin mill in town--with startling results. Cindy Williams and Penny Marshall (Laverne) sing "Daddy's Little Girl."Shirley (Cindy Williams) wins an all-expense-paid vacation at a ritzy honeymoon hotel. Trouble is, Shirley isn't married, and her pal Laverne (Penny Marshall) would hardly pass muster as a surrogate husband. Enter Shirley's erstwhile boyfriend Carmine (Eddie Mekka), who agrees to pose as "Mr. Feeney" so that the girls can spend the weekend in the hotel--a situation which quickly snowballs out of control!Surprise! Lenny (Michael McKean) and Squiggy (David L. Lander) have managed to persuade a couple of girls to go on a date. No surprise! Lenny and Squiggy are stood up. On condition that no one ever find out, Laverne (Penny Marshall) and Shirley (Cindy Williams) agree to accompany the boys to a fancy restaurant as "consolation" dates. The fun begins when Barbara (Lynne Marie Stewart), the girl who jilted Squiggy, shows up at the same restaurant, leading to an uproarious slapstick showdown.Laverne's widowed dad Frank (Phil Foster) has fallen head over heels in love with a flashy blonde named Veronica (Maureen Arthur). Laverne (Penny Marshall) and Shirley (Cindy Williams) aren't cool with this, deducing (correctly) that sweet Veronica is actually a conniving golddigger. Hoping to scare the vixen away, the girls persuade Lenny (Michael McKean), Squiggy (David L. Lander) and Carmine (Eddie Mekka) to pose as tough-talking mobsters--while Laverne and Shirley pretend to be scared-witless "victims." This episode was directed by comic actor Howard Morris, who'd previously helmed such classic sitcoms as The Andy Griffith Show and The Dick Van Dyke Show.Carmine (Eddie Mekka) knows where Laverne (Penny Marshall) and Shirley (Cindy Williams) can pick up a used couch for next to nothing. Unfortunately, the couch is somewhere within an allegedly "haunted" house--and when the girls show up to claim the couch, they are locked into the spooky old mansion, as their friends and loved ones disappear all around them! Of courses, there's a logical--and rather touching--explanation for the mysterious goings-on, and all ends happily thanks to the unexpected intervention of Abraham Lincoln.This episode hauls out "Standad Sitcom Situation #4001," in which one of the main characters allows a unexpected burst of authority to go to his or her head. In this instance, Shirley (Cindy Williams) gets a promotion at the brewery, moving from the bottle-cap assembly line to a supervisory position. Before long, the newly arrogant Shirley is driving everyone crazy--especially Laverne (Penny Marshall)--with her "revolutionary" ideas about improving efficiency.The gifted comic actor Severn Darden serves up his best Orson Welles imitation in this, the final episode of Laverne & Shirley's second season. Darden is cast as Charles Pfister Krane, Milwaukee's most famous and wealthiest show-biz impresario. Insisting that anyone could be made a star under his tutelage, Krane transforms Laverne (Penny Marshall) and Shirley (Cindy Williams) into a musical duo called--what else?--The Rosebuds. Stars Penny Marshall and Cindy Williams perform The Crystals' "Da Do Ron-Ron" (and never mind that this episode allegedly takes place in 1959, several years before the song was written).