HeadScratcher No. 31: Unseen stealers

95737__mork_lSo what do Charlie’s Angels, Felicity, Mork and Mindy, Rhoda, and Twin Peaks have in common? Each show featured an unseen character who communicated with the show’s lead/s in some manner. Charlie, of course, used his famous speakerbox to dial up his Angels. Similarly, Rhoda spoke to her doorman, Carlton, via intercom. Mork used some sort of alien hallucination/telepathy to make weekly reports to his Orkian leader ("Mork calling Orson, come in, Orson…"). And both Felicity and Twin Peaks had their leads recording messages for unseen accomplices: Felicity (Keri Russell) gabbed with Sally (incidentally voiced by Jeanane Garofalo) using her tape recorder, as did Kyle McLachlan’s Agent Cooper, keeping the enigmatic Diane abreast of Twin Peaks, Washington’s strange goings-on — and its "damn-fine" cup of coffee.

Most of you got it right (and chided us for this week’s ”too easy” question), but a couple of you were wrong in a very awesome way.

From the suspiciously named ”PJ Lover”: ”It’s totally about the hair… Keri Russell’s Locks + Farrah’s Flip + Rhoda’s Head Scarf = Awesome.” PJ, I’m liking your math — but where do Twin Peaks and Mork and Mindy fit into that equation?

David Lankford tried to fill in those blanks: ”Pam Dawber’s headful of nice hair on M & M was also copied by many. (Let’s not forget that her male costar is infamous for being particularly hairy.)… The deal with Twin Peaks is… the pilot was filmed. A year of real time passed. The show got picked up. They started filming new episodes and many of the characters had different hairstyles… or, at least, noticably different hair lengths.” Um, it’s a bit of a stretch, but the folks at PopWatch HQ appreciate hard work, task-masters that we are.

Smarties, see your names after the jump!

Allison Bone
Connie L. Chilton
Joe Cortazzi
Charlie Dicus
Trish Doherty
Sean Dries
Will Dyson
Jill Ferrante
Jennifer Fiske
Mike Flohr
Dyan Glazer
Walter Gomez
Mark Harris
Katy Hollenbaugh
Patrick Kelly
Matt LaPierre
John Lockamy
Kerin Lou
Chuck Mabry
Andy Moriarty
Karen Myers
Ed Nemmers
Andy Nordvall
Amy Peterson
Kael Rebick
Harold Reynolds
Kate Royce
Gary Sanginario
Dave Wilson
Patrick A. Yearout

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  • Smarty Pants

    Let’s not forget 3rd Rock from the Sun. Harry was used to transmit “incoming message[s]” from the Big Giant Head” or whatever their leader on their home planet was. I was never a die-hard fan, but I do not recall ever seeing their leader. Any comments?

  • Kate

    Big Giant Head was played by William Shatner in some later episode I think.

  • jeremy dillman

    the big giant head was played by william shatner

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