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Saturday Morning Cult-TV Blogging: The Bugaloos: "On a Clear Day"
Platter plans a Rock Festival in Tranquility Forest, but refuses to let Benita
Bizarre (Martha Raye) perform at it.
a fit of pique, she decides to hold a competing a Rock Festival at her juke
box. She has trouble, however, getting
any rock groups (such as “Blood, Sweat and Soap”) to renege on their
arrangements with Platter.
and Funky Rat hatch a plan, however, to ruin the festival. Using her smoggy
car, the duo unleashes pollution and smoke into Tranquility Forest, making it
unsuitable for a concert.
Bugaloos discover Benita’s plan, and contact the local fire department to help
them suck up the smog, and re-direct it to Benita’s juke box.
a Clear Day” is a sort of environmentally-themed episode of Sid and Marty
Krofft’s The Bugaloos. In this case, Benita attempts to pollute
Tranquility Forest to cancel a rock festival. This act would favor her own
competing festival. The vehicle for the most is Benita’s car.
problem is rectified when the local fire department lets the Bugaloos use a
smog “sucker” to save the forest and re-route the toxins to Benita’s juke
are some fun touches in this episode, including the rock band called “Blood
Sweat and Soap.”
One gag that does not
work too well, however, is the fortune-telling machine at Benita’s house that asks “Would
you believe?” in the manner of a cheap Don Adams imitator. This machine reappears in future episodes,
again with the Don Adams shtick.
wonder, did The Bugaloos get
permission to use his (or Arte Johnsons’?) material on a recurring basis?
such matters aside, our song for the week is “If You Become a Bugaloo,” and
here it is: