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Old 07-14-2017, 07:53 AM   #1
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Default Honeymooners Episode Reviews: "Hair-Raising Tale" & "What's The Name":

Honeymooners Episode Reviews: "Hair-Raising Tale" & "What's The Name":

Episode #76 (Syndicated episode #64)
TV: Half-hour.
VCR: Attached to "Finger Man."
DVD: Attached to "What's Her Name", "Double Anniversary Party" & "Love Letter" ('56 version). On the Lost Episodes DVD Box Set, it is attached to “What’s The Name”, “Box Top Kid”, “Two Men On A Horse”, “Good Buy Aunt Ethel” & “Vacation At Fred’s Landing” (’54 version).
Air Date; 5/8/54

Two con men pull a scam on Ralph as he sits in the park eating his lunch. One poses as the inventor of a miracle hair restorer and the other as an unscrupulous businessman trying to buy the formula. The second man "gets rough" with the smaller one and Ralph intervenes and chases off the larger man. Ralph talks to "Prof. Steinhardt." about the hair-restoring formula that the professor claims that he has. He lets Ralph talk him into selling him exclusive rights to sell the formula in New York. Ralph leaves.

At home, Ralph tries to get the money for the scheme but Alice will not allow him to have it because of his bad track record of get-rich-quick schemes. They argue back and forth. Ed Norton comes down. Ralph figures he can get three hundred dollars against his life-insurance policy, and invites Norton to become his partner for a two-hundred-dollar investment. Ed says: "No. $200 is a lot of money to me." Ralph: "Well, I never thought that money would come ahead of our friendship." Gee, imagine if you say to your pal: "All I want is $200." Ralph talks about some of the "good things" he did for Ed. After that Ed complies. KramNor's Miracle Hair Restorer is born.

Six months later, on the first day, Ralph says that he is the senior partner and Ed is the junior partner. "Prof. Steinhardt" comes in and Ed says that his hair looks like a busted-open mattress. Ha! The "professor" gives the ingredients and says that they can mail him something. He leaves. Ed says that he didn't give him their address. Ralph goes to find him but all he sees on the street is a bald man. Do you think that that was the "professor"? Ralph and Ed match the ingredients in typical Ralph and Ed fashion. One of their mistakes is that Ralph calls the H20 bottle: "Ho." He says that you never pronounce the number in chemistry formulas. Ralph also accidentally pours Ed's beer into the bowl that they are using for hair formula, thinking that that was one of the bottles that they were supposed to use. When he hears what he did, he calls Ed a stupid stupe.

Mr. Mitchell, a half-bald man arrives informing Ralph of another bus assignment. Ralph tells him of the formula that he and Ed made. Mr. Mitchell says that he has tried a lot of hair-restoring formulas but none of them has ever worked. Ralph lets him try theirs. They put a towel over Mr. Mitchell's head (where they put all of their formula on but not before Ed asks him if he wants to try shoe polish that glows in the dark. A while later, Ed asks Ralph if he can try this formula on a cousin of his. Ralph: "Sure." Ed: "She will really appreciate it." The towel is taken off and not only did it not grow hair but kills most of what Mr. Mitchell had. Question: How could all the things that Ralph and Ed used to make up their formula kill hair? Mr. Mitchell: "Do I look younger?" Ed: "Yeah, about eight days old." Mr. Mitchell finds out what has happened to his hair and says he will sue both Ralph and Ed. Alice over hears this.

The next day, Ralph and Ed try to do the same thing to a guy on the park bench what the two shady people did to Ralph. Only problem is that Ed is the bully and Ralph is the victim. Not very believable. Not only that, but the person on the park bench doesn't intervene. Ed leaves. Ralph tries to sell KramNor's Miracle Hair Restorer to the guy (played by George Petrie). But the guy talks to him about his invention he is trying to market, an electric zipper. Ralph forgets all about unloading KramNor's and wonders how much money he can make selling zippers.

Episode #77 (Syndicated episode #108)
TV: Attached to "Lawsuit."
VCR: On some Volume 27s, it is attached to "The People's Choice" (the rest mistakenly have the episode entitled "What's Her Name.")
DVD: On the original DVD releases it says it's on Volume 24, but it's "What's Her Name." On the remastered Lost Episodes DVD Box Set, it is attached to “Hair-Raising Tale”, “Box Top Kid”, “Two Men On A Horse”, “Good Buy Aunt Ethel” & “Vacation At Fred’s Landing” (’54 version).
Air Date; 5/15/54

The episode opens up with the Kramdens returning home from the movies with the Nortons. Ralph is upset because every time there was a love scene in the movie, Ed had to kiss Trixie while he was between them. Ha! After Ralph yells at Alice because he doesn't want to have a sandwich, Alice says it wouldn't hurt for him to act like that Robert Coleman in that picture.

Ralph comes out wearing a long-sleeve shirt and some loud boxers. Alice laughs at what Ralph has on. As Ralph is putting on his robe, Alice is talking about one of the girls in the movie that Ralph probably liked. Alice then talks about some other girl in the picture that she can't remember the girl. She asks Ralph. He doesn't know. He goes to sleep and within 10 seconds he comes back out saying he can't sleep because he can't think of the woman's name. One of the things that they try to do is to sit down and get off the subject in hopes that they will remember the name. This lasts for about five seconds. So Alice gets the newspaper's theatrical section from the garbage can. Ralph reads the names: "''Burning Lips'', Gary Coleman, Lana Turner...'" Alice: "Well?" Ralph: "I can't read the other name. It has ketchup all over it. Do you have to put ketchup on the garbage?" Question: If Ralph wanted to know the name so bad, couldn't he just wipe the ketchup off the name? Wouldn't the name still be readable? Ah, whatever.

Ed Norton comes down. Ralph asks him to remember the names of the people in the movie. When Ed gets down to Lana Turner, he asks Ralph to keep on going while he still is thinking about Lana. Ha! The movie theater is a block or so away, so Ed looks out the window to see the names. Alice: "Be careful Ed. You might fall out." Ralph: "That is a chance we got to take." Gee, Ralph is a great friend, isn't he? (Note the sarcasm.) Ed can't read all the star's names because something is obstructing his view. A policeman comes in. The policeman says to cut out the racket or the story will have to be told to the judge. Ralph: "That's it! Arlene Judge, that's her name." Ed goes home and the policeman leaves. Ralph wants to go to sleep, but Alice is mad. They both sing a song entitled: "One Of These Days, Pow!" The song ends with Ralph singing: "One of these days, Pow!" Alice: "Right in the kisser." Ralph: "One of these days..." Both: "Powwww!" They both hug and kiss.

Credit I believe goes to tv.com, Honeymooners Lost Episodes Book, tvguide.com, honeymooners.net, Honeymooners Box Set booklet Honeymooners Lost Episodes DVD booklet, Wikipedia.org, Yahoo! Groups You're A Riot & Amazon.com.
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