WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982)

Dr. Fever and Mr. Tide: Part 2 

After creating a Rip Tide personality to do a dance show on TV, the new personality starts taking over Johnny Fever's life. Herb tries to take advantage of it by marketing Rip Tide, while the others help him drop the act.


Rod Daniel


Hugh Wilson (created by), Steve Marshall | 3 more credits »


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Episode complete credited cast:
Gary Sandy ... Andy Travis
Gordon Jump ... Arthur Carlson
Loni Anderson ... Jennifer Marlowe
Richard Sanders ... Les Nessman
Frank Bonner ... Herb Tarlek
Jan Smithers ... Bailey Quarters
Tim Reid ... Venus Flytrap
Howard Hesseman ... Dr. Johnny Fever
Mary Frann Mary Frann ... Avis Dropkin


Johnny is enjoying the fame and notoriety of being Rip Tide, his sequin-attired, boorish Gotta Dance disco persona. Beyond the money and the official perks given to him by the television station such as the fully stocked liquor cabinet, he enjoys the unofficial perks, most specifically the behind-closed-doors relationship he has with his producer, Avis. While some of his friends at WKRP are worried about him, believing that Johnny would never sell himself out to disco, others such as Andy and Herb believe that they can capitalize on Rip Tide's fame by getting Johnny to be his Rip Tide persona on the air at WKRP, especially if Johnny himself is already indirectly advertising Rip on his morning show albeit by tearing Rip apart. Andy does not share the concerns of people like Venus, Bailey, Jennifer, Les and even Herb as Johnny has taken on many different personae over the course of his career without issue. However, Dr. Johnny Fever and Rip Tide each talk about the other in the third ... Written by Huggo

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7 February 1981 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Carl Perkins' and Elvis Presley's versions of "Blue Suede Shoes" were actually released nine months apart from each other in 1956. Not one month as Johnny stated. See more »


[Andy, Herb and Mr. Carlson, alone in the office with Johnny, just tried to talk Johnny into being his famous Rip Tide persona on the air at WKRP, about which Johnny was incensed]
Andy Travis: [to Johnny] I just want to say that it was the Program Director in me talking, it wasn't me.
[Johnny acknowledges Andy's apology]
Herb Tarlek: [staring deep into Johnny's eyes believing that Rip Tide has taken over Johnny's body] John... Same here. It wasn't Herb talking, it was the Sales Manager.
Arthur Carlson: [...]
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References The Three Faces of Eve (1957) See more »


Ready Teddy
Written by Robert 'Bumps' Blackwell and John Marascalco
Performed by Little Richard
[The song Johnny plays just before he walks out on Gotta Dance]
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