Note: Jack Benny must have brought along his writers, to season the episode, because it has a different feel. Maybe it’s the writing. Maybe it’s the sound of a larger audience, or ambience in the studio., but I get the feels that the Halls aren’t quite in Ivy for this one.
Playing the theme of Vickie’s theatrical background, she tells Toddy of their expected guest, Jack Benny. Theatrical producers, and others go about to pave the way for their guest, but they encounter resistance in the form of Mr Wellman. At each mention of Jack’s name, Toddy keeps getting it wrong.
What does the stuffy Wellman have to say on the topic of radio comedians? He shares his frustrations of how Jack has steam rolled in to give advice on running the college. Mentions of Jack’s famous flop, the Horn Blows at Midnight are made. Jack finally makes his appearance, complete with violin case, at the Halls residence.
Jack admires the diplomas and books in Toddy’s office. Does he have any latin things hanging on his own walls back in Beverly Hills? Of course, a nod is given to Jack’s neighbors back in Beverly Hills… now who are those actors… Vickie has to remind Toddy of what their names are. Jack is there to raise money by putting on a show, Mr Wellman’s frustrations lead up into the time for the production. Fast forward, and Vicky shares a parting letter of gratitude from Jack after his show.