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""Rich Mork, Poor Mork""
Season 4, Episode #8
(#81) in series (95 episodes)
"Mork & Mindy" episode
Guest Star(s): Jennifer Wallace
Network: ABC-TV
Production code: 408 (4x8)
Writer(s) Richard Rosenstock & Roy Teicher
Director Frank Buxton
Original airdate November 26, 1981
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Rich Mork, Poor Mork is a Mork and Mindy episode from the fourth season of Mork and Mindy, the 81st overall episode in the series. Co-written by Richard Rosenstock & Roy Teicher, the episode, directed by Frank Buxton, originally aired on ABC-TV on November 26, 1981.

SynopsisEdit

Mork becomes an investor in Exidor's boutique.

StorylineEdit

Mearth mourns the death of his pet spider, with a token appearance from grandma Cora. Mork's buying spree does not meet with Mindy's approval, but having to return all the presents their son figures they don't love him anymore.

Exidor arrives with the answer to Mork's financial woes, a boutique that sells merchandise with his face on them, just what the world needs more of - Exidor! Mindy learns that their $900 savings has been invested in a risky business but has no hopes of recouping the loss (Mearth asks if there will be other children to play with in debtor's prison).

Just when things start to really look bleak, Exidor sells the boutique at a nice profit, because teenagers will buy anything that their parents hate. The sight of Cora in Exidor attire reminds him of his own grandmother: "heavy into voodoo!" A rare appearance for Orson this final season, pleased to learn new things about his godson Mearth.

TriviaEdit

  • Although the episode ends with Cora buying Exidor's boutique, there are no subsequent references to the store.

Pop-Culture ReferencesEdit

  • When Mearth notices a giant TV, Mork says, "You'll finally be able to see all the lines in Dick Clark's face." Clark was a TV personality who rose to fame in the 1950s and, at that time, was the butt of many jokes due to his youthful appearance.
  • Mindy asks, "Why does our place look like Bob Barker's den?" Barker was the longtime host of the TV game show "The Price is Right."
  • Mindy says Mearth "eats more than Trigger," which was the horse owned by Roy Rogers who appeared in many of his films.
  • Exidor says, "I've got 40 starving people in my back yard singing Brigadoon. Brigadoon is a popular musical about a mythical disappearing town.
  • Exidor mentions Evita, a Tony Award winning musical.
  • Exidor accuses David Rockefeller of being a crackpot. Rockefeller is chairman of Chase Manhattan Bank and noted for his wealth.
  • Mork says he bought the soundtrack to Beatlemania, a heavily-ridiculed concert film featuring a set of Beatles impersonators.

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