025 - S2E12 "The Secret" with Heather Delmotte

Heather and I even play darts dramatically.

Heather and I even play darts dramatically.

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Betty Shambles!

Here is Heather’s very good friend Betty Shambles, often found performing on the streets of Disney’s Hollywood Studios:

Virginia Slims Cigarettes!

A typical Virginia Slims magazine ad from the 1970s:

The Coffee Condundrum Continues!

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The Sombrero Saga:

OK, I finally got around to doing some research. When we first find ourselves in the girls’ room in S2E2 “The New Girl, Part 2,” there is really not much of anything in the room, and the window area looks clear.

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But to my great horror, the sombrero actually appears in the VERY NEXT episode.

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Once again, I had to wonder if the sombrero is there for the entire time the girls live in this room. Turns out that it is thankfully NOT. It remains only until the end of Season 3.

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When we start Season 4, the tiger is still there, but the sombrero is gone.

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And it doesn’t seem that it ever returns right up until the girls are packing up and moving out.

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Whew. I think we all feel better now. After Season 1 where multiple girls’ dorm rooms were inexplicably decorated with multiple sombreros, I suppose this tiny little homage isn’t the worst bit of useless set decoration. Nonetheless, adios sombreros. You never made any sense. Ever.

Alex Rocco

Alex Rocco, who plays Jo’s father Charlie Polniaczek was in fact in “The Godfather…”

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…and more importantly, he was in “The Cannonball Run 2.”


Jo’s Origins Retconned?

To clarify my confusion: S2E12 “The Secret” definitively states that Jo’s Dad left when she was 12, and she is now 16. I was thinking we had been told her father’s departure was more recent. Research shows that in S2E1, when we are learning Jo’s back story, Mrs Garrett says it was “a couple of years ago.” I suppose that *could* be loosely translated into 4 years. Ish. So… I guess this is OK. I guess.

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Heather’s favorite commercial!

Heather’s Favorite Cookies!

David’s Favorite Toy: Maskatron!

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While Maskatron was solely an action figure and never an actual character on “The Six Million Dollar Man,” I always thought his face-mask resembled Captain Radl, a Nazi bad guy from an episode of “Wonder Woman” (played by actor John Saxon.)

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Well, guess what? I did some research and the doll WAS modeled after John Saxon! There was an episode of T6MDM called “Day Of The Robot” in which Saxon plays a scientist who is kidnapped and replaced with a robot. This episode is unrelated to the official “Fembot” episodes/event I talk about on the podcast (officially titled “Kill Oscar"). In fact, Saxon’s episode pre-dates the Fembots by 2-1/2 years. WHO KNEW!?! Thanks, Internet!! (Saxon did make a second appearance on T6MDM, but as a different character.)

Here a GREAT blog with photos and other info.

I don’t know whatever happened to MY Maskatron doll, but I found the Steve Austin face tucked away somewhere many years later. So I made it into a Christmas ornament, and now 40+ years later, I hang it on my tree every year. :-)

Favorite Toy Honorable Mention: Hugo, Man Of A Thousand Faces

A friend posted this to FB 2 years ago and my brain EXPLODED. I had forgotten all about this! Apparently, you can’t find the commercial for Hugo anywhere on the interwebs, but he was a creepy bald, hairless doll that could be dressed up and disguised using various provided wigs, glasses, and prosthetics. (Do we see a pattern evolving here for the future actor with Maskatron and his changeable faces and now this…?!)


024 S2E11 "Sex Symbol" with Angie Sardiña

Me and Angie at a place where we work!

Me and Angie at a place where we work!

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FOLLOW UP: I speculated that Tony Orlando was Italian… he was, in fact, born Michael Anthony Orlando Cassavitis on April 3, 1944, the son of a Greek father and a Puerto Rican mother. So, not Italian, but still a hairy guy. LOL

in his heyday in the 1970s

in his heyday in the 1970s

on the “Tony Orlando And Dawn” variety show

on the “Tony Orlando And Dawn” variety show

more recently

more recently

What do we think? If Blair’s older-than-I’m-comfortable-with escort at the Eastland Mixer isn’t Tony Orlando…

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…could it be Ron Jeremy?

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I realized I was confused over the abbreviations of various theatre education programs, so for my own clarification, and maybe some others:

Angie attended AADA, the American Academy of Dramatic Arts…

Not to be confused with AMDA, which is The American Musical and Dramatic Academy.

The more you know … *star whoosh*

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While I was researching and hunting down Angie’s favorite Chef Boyardee commercials, I was reminded that there WAS a slogan/jingle in the 1980s: “Thank Goodness For Chef Boyardee.”

This is the specific commercial Angie was remembering with the actor’s face dissolving to the image on the label:

And here is how you can feed a family of 4 for three bucks:

Holly Gagnier!

as “Home Run” Helen on The Facts Of Life (1981)…

as “Home Run” Helen on The Facts Of Life (1981)…

…and as bitchy Natalie in “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (1985). Thanks to my friend Todd-Michael, who alerted me of this fact. And who then ended our friendship when I said I had actually never seen this film.

…and as bitchy Natalie in “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (1985). Thanks to my friend Todd-Michael, who alerted me of this fact. And who then ended our friendship when I said I had actually never seen this film.

Miss Angie / Miss Vanjie

If you don’t understand why I kept saying “Miss Angie…” it is a reference to Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, who was eliminated on the first episode of Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race in March of 2018. Her exit went viral on the Internet as she oddly called out her own name while making her exit. I like this version of the clip which includes Michelle Visage trying to crack up RuPaul, and RuPaul telling her to stop because he was about to pop his facelift tapes off. LOL

023 - S2E10 "Breaking Point" with Matthew Arter

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Matthew hates the pictures we take together. So I’ll just use this candid one, where we both clearly appear much more attractive.


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Matthew arrived at my house and contrary to his comments on the show, he was met with a delicious homemade lunch… my mother’s Taco Salad.

(Disney Fans: can you spot the Hidden Mickey?!)


This is TAM.

These are TAM-TAM, crab flavored snacks. (?!?!?)


This is Tab.


Any questions?


And it’s origin series, B.J. And The Bear.


One of Matthew’s favorite Dairy Queen commercials:

Joan Blondell magically turns out the lights in “Grease” with her elbow FAR from the actual light switch:

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I couldn’t wait to share it…! YES, people, in two episodes, "The Secret,” to my horror, I discovered that they DID sneak a sombrero into the girls’ bedroom in this season! WTFFFF???


Check back in 2 weeks for a full (and very IMPORTANT) analysis!

The nightmare-fuel treats from Carvel: Fudgey The Whale and Cookie Puss.


in loving memory of

Stacy Fulford (1988-2017)

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See more photos, tributes, and love for Stacy on her Facebook Memorial Page.

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National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

1-800-273-TALK (8255)

022 - S2E9 "Gossip" with James Bondy

Bondy. James Bondy.

Bondy. James Bondy.

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Speaking of significant height differences… ( ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ )
James wondered about Howard’s height, as he towers over Mrs. Garrett. Actor Hugh Gillin, who played Howard the chef, was 6’ 6” tall, according to his IMdB page

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David hasn’t “been friends with” Holden Hollywood since 2013. But Holden’s suit has been inherited by other “friends” … including James Bondy’s current “friend” Ace Victory.


In case there is any question about Kenneth Mars having a toupee, this is him in the show (with his telephone shoulder rest), and a pic of him in his later years (he passed away in 2011). This shows the farthest extent to which he lost his hair. He was definitely not bald in his younger years.

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And while we’re on the subject, here is a similar, more modern version of the telephone shoulder rest. (available at Amazon)


Putting this here for James to add to his spank bank: (also, EWW.)

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Brooke Shields

Her famous Calvin Klein commercials from the late 1970s/early 1980s. And we wonder why The Facts Of Life season 1 was so comfortable sexualizing teenaged girls. Here is FIFTEEN-YEAR-OLD Brooke:

Brooke Shields was born on May 31, 1965, so she is 53 years old. She is not “pushing 60” as we speculate in the show. She does still have her “Timeless” clothing line at QVC.

Brooke Shields doesn’t have a furniture LINE at La-Z-Boy, it seems that she started being their spokesperson and appearing in commercials for them in 2010. This seems to have lasted 3 or 4 years?


As James pointed out, the weird missing “N” on the Monopoly Box… huh?

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Here is a highly informative (and highly unexciting) video about Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exams, and why we should all be getting them.

I researched the “Drunk Song” and found this on Wikipedia: While often referred to as “How Dry I Am,” those are actually lyrics to the song “The Near Future” by Irving Berlin. It seems to be from the turn-of-the-century, with some information saying it pre-dates Prohibition. (Though the lyrics one finds on the internet don’t necessarily support this.) I couldn’t find anything definitive, nor could I find a recording or video of the original song. At this point, I had spent more than 5 minutes on it and I’m officially over it. Please feel free to email me with any information you may have. And, come on, let’s face it, Warner Brothers’ cartoons is the place where just about all of us learned it:

James mentioned handcuffs… referring to the time Ace Victory was arrested by Officer Friskem. (That will teach him not to go into the 10-item-line with 11 items.)

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Family Guy weighs in on the Andrea Age Gap on “Beverly Hills, 90210:” They are referring to the fact that actress Gabrielle Carteris was 29 years old playing a high school student when the show premiered in 1990.

Suzy Chaffee “Suzy Chapstick” commerical. (David would like to start a rumor that the two little boys in this commercial are actually him and James.)

Videos of James Bondy!

VERY young James on Deke Wilson’s Mini Mysteries… appearing around 14 minutes in. His character is faking that he is Mexican.

And, of course, his Wikipedia page. Which, again, he has no idea who created it… and it is eerily accurate.

021 - S2E8 "Teenage Marriage, Part 2" with Paul Padilla


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I looked up how to spell “peignoir.” (Pronounced ‘pay-NWAH.’) According to Wikipedia, it is “a long outer garment for women which is frequently sheer and made of chiffon or another translucent fabric.” The More You Know... *star whoosh* Here’s a super sexy fancy one I found on the interwebs:

Apparently, Sak’s, the department store, is still a thing in NYC and across the country. Sadly, there isn’t a store located anywhere in Central Florida. The closest one to Orlando is about 100 miles away in Sarasota, Florida. 🙁


And guess what!? The lowest Pay Grade in the U.S. Navy for 1981 was… $501.30!! They actually got that right! (Source: Navy Cyber Space)

And OMG Nancy McKeon JUST made a post on Instagram about this very episode on March 7th!

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020 - S2E7 "Teenage Marriage, Part 1" with Paul Padilla


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Re: PERSON-TO-PERSON CALLS: According to Wikipedia, “A person-to-person call is an operator-assisted call in which the calling party requests to speak to a specific party and not simply to anyone who answers. The caller is not charged for the call unless the requested party can be reached.” So that’s the difference. You don’t get charged if you don’t reach the person. THE MORE YOU KNOW… * whoosh *

White Mountain Puzzles was a rare hidden discovery of mine a couple of years ago, and recently I found them at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I have two of these puzzles hanging in my office. This is the one Paul & I discuss is called “Tasty Treats” …


Ooh! And while I was re-visiting their website, I discovered they have a 1980s ‘nostalgia’ puzzle!

… and notice what is in the lower left corner!

… and notice what is in the lower left corner!

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Annette Funicello Skippy Peanut Butter Commercials:

Hungry Hungry Hippos!

I couldn’t identify the video game that Mrs. Garrett was playing, but Bob in Anaheim nailed it on the first try… Electronic Quarterback!

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The electronic video game I was referencing was called “Microvision.”


Regarding joining the Navy with/without a high school diploma: According to this article, “Every branch of the military will accept applications from someone who doesn't have a high school diploma. You must, however, have a GED certificate. The military only enlists a small amount of GED candidates each year based on a percentage of the total number of people enlisting. Military research has shown that high school dropouts are more likely to have behavioral issues and be discharged from the service early.” Final Word: FACTS OF LIFE FAIL.

Just gonna leave this here…

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The controversy continues … this was posted to the Facebook page after the episode dropped:


But then… common ground was discovered and old wounds began to heal…


019 - S2E6 "Shoplifting" with Dr. Steve Summers

Me & Dr. Steve! (Yes, that is a picture of us in the background. And my HS diploma and Bachelor’s Degree. Those are always there. I didn’t drag those out to impress him. Also note my TOOTIE DOLL!)

Me & Dr. Steve! (Yes, that is a picture of us in the background. And my HS diploma and Bachelor’s Degree. Those are always there. I didn’t drag those out to impress him. Also note my TOOTIE DOLL!)

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Two things I meant to mention and forgot: (1) I don’t believe we EVER hear of Jo working at Harrison’s Department Store on the weekend in a future epsiode, and (2) “Shoplifting” is the episode they used when “The Rerun Show” did their spoof/re-enactment of it. Find it on YouTube, or watch for it here; I’ll be posting it on Sunday.

The wonderful voice of Hazel Shermet on “The New Zoo Revue.” Here is the theme song, and 2 of Hazel’s characters: Henrietta Hippo and Freida Frog:

Dr. Steve’s first concert with The Orlando Gay Chorus. Featuring this gem and a super talented and beautiful special guest soloist (later named Anastasia Von Trapp):


The Susan B. Anthony dollar, first issued in 1979

The Susan B. Anthony dollar, first issued in 1979

Charles Bronson in 1966… Nope, I don’t really see the resemblance.

Charles Bronson in 1966… Nope, I don’t really see the resemblance.

Charles Bronson in “Death Wish” (1974)

Charles Bronson in “Death Wish” (1974)

actual photo of Susan B. Anthony from 1860

actual photo of Susan B. Anthony from 1860

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Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)

Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906)

You Go, Girl!

You Go, Girl!





OK, that’s a little better… ? Sort of… ?

OK, that’s a little better… ? Sort of… ?

One of the problems with the coin was how close it was in size to the quarter.

One of the problems with the coin was how close it was in size to the quarter.

From my own (blurry) collection: Eisenhower dollar coin (first issued 1971), The Sacagawea dollar coin (first issued 2002), the SAME-SIZE Susan B. Anthony dollar, and quarter to show relative size.

From my own (blurry) collection: Eisenhower dollar coin (first issued 1971), The Sacagawea dollar coin (first issued 2002), the SAME-SIZE Susan B. Anthony dollar, and quarter to show relative size.


THEY STILL COMMENT ON EACH OTHER’S INSTAGRAMS!!! AAAAHHHHHH! (note whose account this is… Paul Padilla’s, of course)


The funny ladies of “Soap:”  CATHRYN DAMON  (1930-1987) and just-recently-deceased  KATHERINE HELMOND  (1929-2019)

The funny ladies of “Soap:” CATHRYN DAMON (1930-1987) and just-recently-deceased KATHERINE HELMOND (1929-2019)

Madge The Manicurist, portrayed by actress Jan Miner from 1966 until 1992 (!).


An early commercial from the late 1960s:

A later one from the 1980s:

An E. F. Hutton commercial from the 1970s:

An early drag character of mine that we discuss on the show: Rhonda Talonsky. This is Rhonda and her BFF Eilleen Dover ready to hit the town around Christmas-time in 1996. (Eilleen is the creation of André Provencher). This outfit may be what I was trying to pull together when I first met Dr. Steve. (A character similar to Rhonda can be seen at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Theater; her name is Dolly in the show called “WKZY.”)


Regarding our discussion of Hawaiian shirts… THIS is what I think of when I hear “Hawaiian Shirt:”


Not really this… :-/

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And for those who have never seen a Two-Dollar Bill… (discussed in the Extras) :