Senior HTF Member
- Apr 15, 2006
Never was there a more criminally under-utilized presence on 70s TV than Barbara Rhoades. I've always felt her no-BS attitude and Amazonian prowess would have been terrific for a "Police Woman" type show (frankly I never cared for Dickinson in that one). And if "Batman" had still been on, she would have been the PERFECT Poison Ivy.I mention all of that to say the sole redeeming feature of those episodes was the appearance of Barbara Rhoades in mostly skimpy swim suite type costumes.
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Another episode I didn't care for was the predictable "A Christmas Carol" episode where Dickens was rewritten to be a half hour episode no different than any of the dozens of other times this trope has been hauled out to fill time. I put these episodes in the "A very special episode" group of ones I'll always skip no matter what show does them.
Frank Nelson, aka "the yessss guy" was also in several S5 episodes - different character in each and always with his trademark "Yessss" (something I've always found a bit grating):
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As for Frank Nelson, I noticed how all his shoehorned guest shots came after Jack Benny's passing and it was as if they were trying to find a way for him to continue his Benny routines with someone else (in the early 80s he got some new mileage out of the gimmick in some McDonalds spots).