Can you imagine Stafford pulling this off? Absolutely not! Watros is straddling a woman truly in love vs a complete break from reality so well.
As for Gladys, this woman is a breath of fresh air, especially in that age group.
Enjoyed Fridays show!
Carolyn the gorilla was a nod to Carolyn Culliton the longtime AW writer. Carolyn's gorilla mate was named Richard after Richard Culliton and the zookeeper's name was Sam Radcliffe after AW writer Samuel D. Radcliffe who passed away in 1995. This was a wink n smile to the AW writers that were on the show in 1984 who wrote the Felicia/Cass/Cecile capers, including being locked in a cage with Carolyn the Gorilla, and introduced the character of Wallingford in 1984.
Well, not that I'm defending that decision, but AW had strayed so far from its history by that point, how many people there probably didn't even know that he once played Russ?
Hell, how many people there probably didn't even know that there once was a character named Russ?