First: Borrowing Ronald Coleman’s Oscar. 480328
In a matter of role reversal, we learn why Jack is busy doing the housekeeping chores normally left to Rochester’s domain. Scrubbing floors, dusting, cooking dinner, and more. Dennis Day pops in with a package for a new movie deal for Jack, but what he really wants to know is if Jack is really the walking man. (A promotional gimmick the network had been using at the time). Dennis sings, A few Less Heartaches Sweetheart.
If Jack does well with this latest picture, he may win an Oscar. Rochester has never seen one, so Jack decides to borrow Ronald Coleman’s. Meanwhile, in the Coleman house we eavesdrop on Ronald and Bonita discussing the hidden talents of Ronald. What does an Oscar winner think of while they wait to be awarded? What’s the latest annoyance with their Easter egg hunting neighbor? Back at Jack’s, Phil Harris arrives to show off the thing he just won, a pool cue. Will he believe the news that Jack and Ronald will be making a picture together? The Sportsmen put a sponsor spin on, I’m An Old Cowhand from the Rio Grande.
Jack makes his way to the Coleman’s to discuss the new western script. On the alert of what Jack may want to borrow this time, Ronald goes over a list of things he already has lent out. Enjoy the read through as Ronald and Bonita lend their cultured voices to western lingo and dialect. For Rochester’s sake, Ronald lets Jack borrow his Oscar. There’s just one little problem that Jack has to face on the short walk home. A robber. Well? Get ready for Jack’s classic answer to the age old demand, “Your money or your life!”
Second: Borrowing Bing’s Oscar. 480404
Taking up where the last episode ended, relive the moments of Jack being robbed. As we look in on Jack the morning after, and with time to think things over, he struggles with how to get Ronald Colman’s Oscar back. Since Mary hadn’t heard about the robbery yet, Jack relives it in flashback, embellishing his heroic deeds in fending off the robbers.
Don enters to say the Sportsmen’s wives all had babies, and need to take the week off. When Ronald Colman phones to ask for his Oscar back, Jack tries to think of others who have recently won an hopes he can ask to borrow it. As Jack sets out to borrow Bing Crosby’s oscar, the Inkspots arrive to put a sponsor spin on their hit, If I Didn’t Care.
Mary goes with Jack to soften the blow of asking for the favor. Bing is teased about his money, horses, kids, and partner in film, Bob Hope. Finally making it to the trophy room, Bing explains his various trophies and awards. What about that oscar? Will Jack get to borrow it?
With having a long show, Keith keeps the opening comments short, and we skip the usual musical tracks. Careful listeners may notice the opening and closing “hard sell” tobacco ads have been removed. Only the mid show pitch in the form of the novelty songs have been retained.