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Hard Day's Pete 

Little Pete controls underground radio station WART along with Artie. Little Pete then decides to start his own band. However, the neighbors aren't too tickled about the racket every day and night as they rehearse.


Barbara Kanowitz (as B.K. Small)


Will McRobb (created by), Will McRobb | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Michael C. Maronna ... Big Pete Wrigley
Danny Tamberelli ... Little Pete Wrigley
Alison Fanelli ... Ellen Josephine Hickle
Hardy Rawls ... Don Wrigley
Judy Grafe ... Joyce Wrigley
Toby Huss ... Artie
Syd Straw Syd Straw ... Miss Fingerwood
Marshall Crenshaw Marshall Crenshaw ... Meterman
Aaron Schwartz ... Clem Lanell
Harry S. Murphy ... Fred Hurley (as Harry Murphy)
Mark Mulcahy Mark Mulcahy ... Muggy
Scot Boutier Scot Boutier
David McCaffrey David McCaffrey
Ray Neal Ray Neal


Little Pete controls underground radio station WART along with Artie. Little Pete then decides to start his own band. However, the neighbors aren't too tickled about the racket every day and night as they rehearse.

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Comedy | Drama



Release Date:

16 January 1994 (USA) See more »

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Wellsville Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


Miss Fingerwood and the Meter-Reader are ringers--real professional musicians brought in for Pete's fictional band. Miss Fingerwood was played by Syd Straw, who amongst other credits performed back-up vocals for Pat Benatar and was a member of the Golden Palominos with REM frontman Michael Stipe. The Meter Reader was Marshall Crenshaw, best known for his hit "Someday, Someway" and his contributions to numerous film soundtracks. See more »


Artie arrives with the rest of the band at Mrs Chicutti's but mysteriously disappears while the band play into the closing credits. See more »


Little Pete Wrigley: [introducing band members] On bass guitar, her head maybe filled with numbers but her veins throb with gasoline. She's Elma 'Cooter' Fingerwood.
Miss Fingerwood: [after playing an introduction on guitar] Heart times soul equals Rock and Roll.
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Ladies and Gentlemen, The Blowholes!
24 January 2015 | by kfo9494See all my reviews

In one of the most memorable shows of the series, Little Pete happens up on a garage where a group of musicians are playing. The song they were playing is one of those songs that stay in your head for days. When he goes back to the garage, the band has gone. The song in Pete's head is fading and before the song goes completely, Pete wants to find the name of the song.

But it seems that whatever Little Pete does, he cannot find the song. The lyric and melody of the song is almost gone when he gets the idea to form his own band. So with his friend Clem, the meter reading man and math teacher Miss Fingerwood- they form a band called the 'Blowholes'. But there is more to this story that will cause Pete to have to look inside himself and gather the strength needed to play the song that he loves.

This episode is one that is remembered long after viewing. Little Pete's band did feature some nice musicians. Marshall Crenshaw (the meter reader) and Syd Straw (Miss Fingerwood) are both musicians with tons of talent, so the production staff needs credit for bring the two on board. But the main reason this episode is so wonderfully put together is the script. A well rounded script that appeals to teenagers all over the earth.

The song ('Summerbaby' by Polaris) has some controversial lyrics that I'm sure would not be approved so the song writer rewrote a section of lyrics to be more 'kid friendly'. But at the time of the show, the network was just beginning to become a household name and things like may have been overlooked. But please do not think that takes away from this episode. The story was interesting and the entire experience made for good TV. Might not be something a parent would enjoy but for a teenager, which is the age group this was made, the show is great. It brings back the feelings of youth.

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