|"The Mork Syndrome"|
| Season 2, Episode #15 |
(#40) in series (95 episodes)
Mork, as new Air Force enlistee Lt. Mork Fromork, and Mindy, in an attempt to brush up on her journalism skills, both disguise themselves, both blow the cover on irresponsible behavior regarding nuclear waste in "The Mork Syndrome" in Season 2 (ep.#15).
|"Mork & Mindy" episode|
|Guest Star(s):||Robert Hogan|
|Production code:||215 (2x15)|
|Writer(s)||April Kelly & David O'Malley|
|Original airdate||December 9, 1979|
|IMDB||The Mork Syndrome|
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The Mork Syndrome was the 15th episode in season 2 of Mork and Mindy, also the 40th overall episode in the series. Co-written by April Kelly and David O'Malley, the episode, which was directed by Howard Storm, premiered on ABC-TV on December 9, 1979.
After deciding to join the U.S. Air Force, Mork is assigned on a secret mission and discovers a cover-up of a radiation spill.
"The Mork Syndrome" is a play on the recent release "The China Syndrome" only not as funny, opening with an actual Chinese dinner: "no Peking!"
Mork mistakes the Air Force as a travel club and joins up as Lt. Mork Fromork. Mork goes on a secret mission for the Air Force and winds up unintentionally blows the cover on irresponsible behavior regarding nuclear waste.
Now, Mork's ambition is to become a globetrotting traveler, as he applies for a job with the Air Force, he winds up in a lieutenant's uniform before the Captain (Robert Hogan). 30 miles outside town is the sight of a nuclear accident, very hush hush in trying to cover up a radiation leak.
Mindy sees the opportunity to brush up on her journalism skills and sets out to uncover the truth with Mork: "wherever you glow, I'll glow!" Mindy wears a mustache while Mork continues to pose as the lieutenant from Ork. The dimwitted Captain unwittingly spills the beans about the other spill, and fails to catch on to the masquerade.
- Although Ork, like Earth, uses nuclear energy, the resultant "tell-tale nuclear waste" is easily disposed of via a spray called "Nuke-Away."
- Mork is incredulous that any planet would use nuclear energy without being able to dispose of such waste; the revelation that humans store nuclear waste in "cans" outright frightens him.
- When Mindy is wearing her facial mask and relaxing she is singing the theme from Laverne & Shirley.
- The title and plot is a take-off of The China Syndrome.
- Robin Williams as Mork
- Pam Dawber as Mindy McConnell
- Jay Thomas as Remo DaVinci
- Gina Hecht as Jeannie DaVinci
- Ralph James as Orson