** Joel and the bots are hanging around the water cooler chating.
Dr Forrester is feeding the “baby” from last week’s show, so Joel goes first with the Invention Exchange. He made a mobile out of air fresheners. Dr F made a alien face hugger teething nook.
First up is a quick short – Alphabet Antics.
This was just a quick run through the alphabet with images for each letter.
A truck driver is heading down a curvy highway when a little sports car nearly runs him off the road. The trucker follows the car which continues driving poorly. He finally has had enough and forces the driver to pull over. He jumps out of his truck ready to tear into the lousy driver but a young blond woman steps out of the car. A couple of men come over to see what’s going on.
The young lady claims the trucker is the bad driver and has been flirting with her. Trucker boy is pissed and eventually the two head their separate ways.
Turns out the trucker is named Phil. He heads for a local club to meet some friends for drinking and dancing. While there, guess who walks in? The young lady from first scene. Her name is Jana and one of Phil’s friends knows her and introduces them. Of course Phil wants nothing to do with her.
The band convinces Phil (Dick Contino) to come up and sing a song. Turns out Phil is quite the crooner. While this is going on, in walks two men who obviously don’t fit in with the crowd. They head for the bar and start looking around the room. They seem to be eyeballing Sonny, another of Phil’s friends.
Frank really digs the song. Dr F – not so much
Phil finishes the song and sits back down with his crew. Jana was only mildly impressed with his singing. She asks him to dance. He is still pretty steamed about earlier but agrees to the dance. All they do is bicker with each other until Jana dances with someone else.
After the dance they start at it again. Seems Phil is not just a singing truck driver, he is also a drag racer. Jana challenges him to a race which he gladly accepts. Loser has to buy a whole pizza. They all head out except for Sonny. He tells Phil to hold on to a key for him then he slips out the back to avoid the bad guys. He gets to his car and takes off but the bad are right behind him. The chase is on. Sonny somehow loses control and rolls his car down a steep embankment. Of course it bursts into flames.
Jana, Phil and the rest all reach the starting line for the big race through the park. Remember, this for a pizza. Off they go.
It’s neck and neck for the first little while until Jana cuts him off and takes the lead. Phil nearly hits the night watchman. Jana makes it to the pizza shop first. Everyone is stunned. When Phil shows up he is really pissed and is worried he will get in trouble if the watchman got his license. Sure enough he did. Well its pizza time for now.
The police show up and find Phil. They take him in for questioning. They charge him with several crimes including manslaughter. They think he caused Sonny’s car to go over the side. Later he is found guilty of the lesser charges and loses his license for a year. He also loses his truck driving job. The police Sargent tries to offer him a job. Phil’s not so sure.
Phil decides to try and figure out how Sonny got killed. He gets a ride to Jana’s house. He’s sure she caused the accident and confronts her but it turns out he’s wrong. The two of them start working together to solve the mystery. The key Sonny gave him is for a locker at Bruce’s gym. They head there and Phil tries to go to the lockers. He is stopped by Bruce. Wouldn’t you know it, it’s one of the bad guys from scene two. Phil doesn’t know it so he leaves the key with the nearsighted bad guy so he can clean out the locker.
** Tom and Crow recreate their own version of the big race from the movie.
Phil and Jana sneak back into the gym after hours. Bruce and the other bad guy, Sidney, are just about to open Sonny’s locker. They find something in there but Phil and Jana can’t see what it was.
The next day, Phil is at the club where he sang before. He’s telling a friend how he’s still out of work. In walks Sidney. He saddles up to Phil and tells him he might be able to get him some work. Seems Sidney has a new night club he is opening and needs a singer. Phil agrees to check the place out. Sidney sends his manicurist to pick him up. She is very smitten with Phil.
At the new club, Sidney (Bruno VeSota) shows Phil around. Bruce is there. He is Sidney’s personal masseur. Sidney offers Phil the job and even gives him a car and a fake drivers license. Phil accepts.
Phil heads home when Jana shows up. She was lonely and really wanted to see Phil. They share a passionate kiss. Later Phil clues her in on his new job. He has to make sure no one knows who he is so he comes up with a new stage name – Daddy-O.
Opening night at the club is a huge success. Daddy-O knocks them dead.
During a break, Phil gets word that Jana is in Sidney’s office. He storms in and finds Jana is going to become a cigarette girl. Phil tells Jana to leave but she refuses. He storms off in anger. Time for more singing. Jana comes in with her smokes which only makes Phil even angrier. He starts singing a song to the manicurist and give a big kiss at the end of the song. Jana (Sandra Giles) is not sure what to make of Phil.
Later Sidney has a talk with Phil. He has a package that needs to be delivered and he needs Phil and his great driving skills to deliver it. He gives him $750 to do it. Phil makes the delivery which really pleases Sidney.
Later Sidney needs Phil to make another delivery. Phil drives to the spot, throws the package out the window and prepares to head back. Oh no, its the cops. They chase after him. Only through some fancy driving is Phil able to escape. The bad guys that were supposed to be getting the packages are upset that one of them didn’t arrive. Those guys grab Phil so they can have a little talk with him. They drive him to a warehouse and work him over. They are looking for some drugs. Turns out they have the wrong guy. They dump him outside Sidney’s office. Jana just happens to be there. She helps him to his feet and cleans him up. Phil has figured out who killed Sonny. He was double crossing Sidney so they ran him off the road that night.
Phil and Jana follow Sidney to find out where he is getting the drugs from. While snooping around Bruce catches them and he has a gun. Back at the night club Sidney tells Phil he has to pick up some money. Bruce (Jack McClure) will go with him and Jana will stay at the club to make sure Phil does as he is told.
Phil and Bruce get the money and start heading back. On the way, Bruce has Phil stop the car and get out. Phil swipes Bruce’s glasses so he can’t see and a fist fight ensues. With Bruce unable to see, Phil wins the battle. He heads back to the club but stops and calls the police first. He arrives at the club but he doesn’t have the money. It fell on the ground during the fight. Sidney has locked Jana in his sauna and turned the heat up. He demands the money. Phil tries to rescue Jana but Sidney takes a shot at him so he makes a run for it. He hides in the wine cellar as Sidney stalks him.
Somehow Bruce makes it back to the club and grabs a spare pair of glasses from the desk. He hears Jana in the sauna and gets her out. He makes her drive back so he can look for the money.
The police set up a road block and are able to capture Bruce.
Meanwhile Phil sneaks up on Sidney and knocks him out. The police and Jana get to the club and find Phil.
Everyone at the club wants to hear Phil sing. Thankfully the movie ends before that can happen.
** Joel liked the scene where Phil slapped an apple out of Jana’s hand so he and the bots do their own version of it. Frank does the same with Dr Forrester.
Bruno VeSota appeared in many sci-fi films in the fifities and early sixties including Attack of the Giant Leeches and The Wild World of Batwoman. He also directed a few as well. He played the barman in a number of episodes of Bonanza.
This was a really good episode. The short is a little week but the movie is at least watchable. 4 out of 5.