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Talent Show
Episode #3612


Dates Aired

1. November 1, 1997
2. January 31, 1998
3. May 2, 1998
4. August 1, 1998


Food of the Week

There was no special food this episode.


Guests

Cathy Ladman as Cindy
Fred and Wilma Flintstone as Themselves
John Roarke as Clint Eastwood
Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz as Drummer
Mary Lynn Rauskub as Weather Woman
Mary Yankovic as Al's Mom
Matt Weinhold as Game Show Host
Musical guest Immature as Themselves
Roger Rose as Talk Show Host


Lesson of the Day

When faced with a challenge, try your best and don't be afraid to seek good advice.


Pictures

  • Al in a Flintstone's cartoon
  • Cousin Corky receiving her "E" for effort
  • Jon "Bermuda" Schwartz as Drummer
  • Mary Yankovic as Al's Mom
  • Musical guest Immature

  • Song Lyrics

  • UHF

  • Sounds

    WAV: News Anchor Al: Five Shiny Objects RealAudio: News Anchor Al: Five Shiny Objects News Anchor Al: Five Shiny Objects
    WAV: Knock! Knock! RealAudio: Knock! Knock! Knock! Knock!
    WAV: Al on The Flintstones RealAudio: Al on The Flintstones Al on The Flintstones
    WAV: Marvin the Seabass RealAudio: Marvin the Seabass Marvin the Seabass
    WAV: That Ice Sculpture Shall Be Mine! RealAudio: That Ice Sculpture Shall Be Mine! That Ice Sculpture Shall Be Mine!


    Stunts

  • Harvey performed no stunts this episode.

  • 27 References

  • No 27s have been found.
  • Summary

    Al held his yearly talent show. All of his friends competed for the grand prize, an ice sculpture of Marvin the Seabass. Unfortunately, the sculpture has melted. Al isn't sure what to do, so he continues with his show anyay. Everyone performs their talent, and Harvey judges.

    Al's Cousin Corky doesn't have a talent and doesn't want to perform, but Al makes her. Finally she realizes her talent, she possesses amazing strength. Billy the tap dancing boy is declared the winner. Al has to give him a prize. He asks his Mom what to do, and she has a spare sculpture in her purse. So Bobby receives the ice sculpture.


    Memorable Lines

    The Hooded Avenger: Boy, Al, I am really pumped about this talent show. I don't know, but I think this might be the year I win that ice sculpture.
    Al: That's nice, I hope you brought a thermos.

    Al: Okay, let's get started. First off, the lovely and talented Hooded Avenger!
    Hooded Avenger: Thanks Al. Today I am going to demonstrate one of my lesser seen super powers. I'm going to mold this cube of ice into the shape of a horse with only my tongue.
    (Drum roll. The Hooded Avenger produces a tiny horse.)
    Hooded Avenger: An Arabian gelding.
    (Crowd applauses.)

    News Anchor Al: I have five shiny objects in my coat pocket. What are they? I'll tell you. Tonight at 11.

    The Guy Boarded up in the Wall: Knock, knock.
    Crowd: Who's there?
    The Guy Boarded up in the Wall: Lemme.
    Crowd: Lemme who?
    The Guy Boarded up in the Wall: Lemme out o' here! I'm boarded up in the wall!

    Wilma: Fred, you never told me you had a long-lost cousin.
    Fred: Gee, I hope it's okay, Wilma. I said he could drop by for dinner.
    Wilma: Fred!
    (Knocking.)
    Fred: That must be him now. Well, if it isn't Al Yankstone. I haven't seen you in years!
    Al: Fred, ol' buddy, you haven't changed a bit. And where's your lovely wife Helga?
    Director: Cut!
    Fred: Oh boy!
    Director: The name is Wilma not Helga. All right, we'll pick it up from Fred answering the door.
    Take Boy: Take 38.
    Director: And action!
    Fred: Well, if it isn't Al Yankstone. I haven't seen you in years!
    Al: Fred, ol' buddy, you haven't changed a bit....Um....Line.
    Director: And where's your lovely wife Wilma?!
    Fred: You blockhead!
    Director: Cut! Cut!
    Take Boy: Take 39.
    Director: And action!
    Fred: Well, if it isn't Al Yanksto-- He ain't there!
    Director: Where is he?
    Al (Runs up to the entrance): Oh, are we going again?
    Director: CUT!
    Fred: That is it! That's it! I can't work with this man! I will be in my trailer!
    Director: Okay, that's lunch everybody. One hour!

    Corky: You just kept at it, didn't you?
    Al: That's right! If at first you strike out, you just gotta get right back up on that horse!

    Al: Mom, I have some bad news! My beautiful, ornate, specially-made, hand-crafted ice sculpture of Marvin the Seabass melted!
    Mom: Oh, don't worry about it. I'm sure there's another one in this bag here.
    Al: Oh, Mom, you're a lifesaver!

    Hooded Avenger: I'll try even harder next year! That ice sculpture shall be mine! Do you hear me? It shall be mine!


    Plot and Review

    Al and Co. put together a talent show every year to display their talents to each other. Corky never participates in the show because she doesn't think she has any talent. Al forces her to come up with an act, and in the end she feels better about herself than ever before. She doesn't win the prize (an ice sculpture of Marvin the Sea Bass) but she does win an "E" for effort.

    This was a very good show. I was so relieved to find that there is at least one episode this season in which Al does something constructive instead of just being the dolt whom the Hooded Avenger or some other supporting character leads back to the trail of wisdom. And I've always liked Corky. She's shown up on some commercial lately that I can't quite place. At any rate, I was glad that her character was able to grow a little.

    There were many good parts to this show. The Hooded Avenger sculpted a cube of ice into a tiny sculpture of a horse as his talent. Al shows via flashback how he was in the pilot of the Flintstones. I wonder how they did that. Al was right in the cartoon with Fred and Wilma--did they draw a whole cartoon? Did they replace another character with Al? I just don't know. Lastly, Al's mom made an appearance. Her acting has improved greatly since her appearance in The Compleat Al.

    Overall, this was an enjoyable show. I laughed and didn't once cringe. The only reason it got four and a half Al heads instead of five is because I'm waiting to be really wowed by something next season.


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