B-TV: Behind the Scenes
Alex soon sees the kind of chaos that goes on where the camera doesn't see. Station manager Guy Feldstein is bugging Bernard about format changes. Edwin Blackgaard is worried about his own part of the show and nothing else. Wooton Bassett keeps trying to take everyone else's job. The switcher isn't working.
Alex tries to stay out of the way as tapes melt, mistakes are made, and people do a lot of yelling at each other. Finally, after all seems lost when the studio nearly catches fire, Bernard gives a touching speech about working together as a team. This inspires everyone to really pull together for the final sketch...about the unity in the Body of Christ.
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- What were some ways that the B-TV was not unified?
- What inspired them to show unity?
- Have you ever been part of a team where you didn't get your way?
- How did you handle it?
Heard in episode
- This is the only B-TV to be done from a "behind the scenes" perspective other than the original episode when the show was brainstormed at Whit's End. Many sketches are heard from the control room perspective, with things going haywire while the TV audience has no idea. It was also the only B-TV done as part of a telethon.
- Wooton tells Connie in this episode that he can do improvisational theater, which he studied with Edwin Blackgaard in #506: “For Trying Out Loud”.
- This episode marks one of the few times that Bernard raises his voice authoritatively. He was also heard doing this during a contentious jury deliberation in #354: “Blind Justice”.
- A bit of irony is found at the end of this episode. Due to a move, this was the last episode to feature voice work by Travis Tedford. It was fitting that his character's last line would end up being "This is Alex Jefferson, signing off."
- The music for the "Jones Lumberyard" commercial heard in this episode is also featured as a song by the "Woodchucks" in #240: “And the Glory”.
- The "Super Watch" commercial heard in this episode was originally heard in #263: “When Bad Isn't So Good”.
- Wooton plays Camptown Races on the piano in this episode during Edwin's Shakespearen soliloquy. (He can play it on any instrument, including the harmonica and the ukelele.)
QuotesConnie Kendall: Can anyone here play the piano?
Wooton Bassett: Oh sure, I can do that.
Connie Kendall: Can you really?
Wooton Bassett: Yeah, I play for Mrs. Randolph's horse all the time.
Connie Kendall: What?
Wooton Bassett: Well, that's the only way he'll fall asleep.
Guy Feldstein: What's the topic of today's show?
Bernard Walton: Unity...
Alex Jefferson: Mr. Walton is now experiencing bitter irony.
Bernard Walton: Oh, be quiet.
Alex Jefferson: I am now walking down the hall to the green room where the actors wait before they go into the studio. Due to budget cuts the green room doubles as the first stall in the men's room.
Guy Feldstein: Look, you can either have the cameras or the light. Your pick.
Edwin Blackgaard: Just imagine it, a man of my acting stature reduced to a foot.
Walter Shakespeare: Really, you're much taller than that sir.
Mr. Bellybutton: And where, I ask you, would the world be today without bellybuttons?!?
Mr. Brain: Thank you, Mr. Bellybutton.
Alex Jefferson: This is Alex Jefferson, signing off. <Alex's final line of the series>
Bernard Walton: <shouting> All right, everyone, hold it! I'm tired of this chaos! Now straighten up, for goodness' sake!