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Our Very First Telethon
Season 3, episode 24
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Air date May 4, 1990
Writer(s) Lenny Ripps, Shari Scharfer & Julie Strassman
Director Bill Foster
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Our Very First Telethon is episode twenty-four and the finale of season three. It originally aired on May 4, 1990.

Opening Teaser

Danny is using a bulletin board as a schedule for the upcoming telethon (see below), and Michelle greets him. He asks her what she is doing up in the middle of the night and she says that the sun woke her up...and upon hearing "the sun", he realizes that it is 7:30...a.m. (not p.m. as he thought)! Danny realizes that, with all the telethon scheduling going on, he did not get any (or very little) sleep. He keeps blabbering until Michelle stops him, saying "You talk too much." He tells her that it is very important to be a good listener, to which Michelle says that maybe next time she will be a good listener. In the meantime, she heads back upstairs.

Summary

It is time for the "We Love Our Children" telethon, hosted by Danny and Becky. Danny wants absolutely nothing to go wrong. The goal is to raise $1,000,000 in 24 hours to buy new equipment for the Children's Health Center.

Joey is the first performer. After doing some of his comedy routine, he tries a magic trick with Becky as his assistant. Joey messes up and unintentionally traps her inside of the "cabinet of mystery."

Becky and Danny end up performing their scheduled song while Becky is still in the cabinet, and at the end of the song, Joey manages to get her out. Some time later, by the time the Los Angeles Raiderettes start performing, $501,000 has been raised, and Becky has gone home to get some sleep.

Danny, who wants to stay awake the entire 24 hours, is getting tired, 4 hours away from the end of the telethon (as he had stayed up preparing for it the previous night, see Opening Teaser). He sits down in a chair that came from the set of Wake Up, San Francisco, and falls asleep while Michelle is sitting on his lap. 

Michelle then performs a song, and then Stephanie performs a dance to Love Shack by The B-52s, while Jesse and Joey try to figure out what else to do with the telethon while Danny is asleep. The pledges keep coming in, and the pace of the pledges is getting faster.

D.J. and Michelle then perform a song about lollipops and Gummi Bears. Becky returns to the telethon, and Kimmy performs a unicycle routine. That is when Danny wakes up, four hours after he fell asleep. By this time, they have raised $960,000.

Mike Love (of The Beach Boys) shows up, and does the song "Be True to Your School" with Jesse and the Rippers as the Raiderettes do another performance. By the end of the show, they have raised $1,004,800—which turns out to be a very successful telethon indeed. And in true fashion, since they hit—or rather, exceeded—their goal, confetti and balloons fall from the ceiling. (The song continues into both the EP credits and the end credits.)

Quotes

Danny: I close my eyes for two seconds, and it’s a Kimmy Gibbler telethon.
Joey: Danny, you’ve been out for four hours.
Danny: [looks at his watch] Four hours?! Why didn’t somebody wake me? Oh, no! I’m ruined! I ruined the telethon! My career is over...!
Becky: Danny, we’re still on the air.
Danny: [to camera] That concludes the dramatic portion of our show.

Trivia

While Mike Love is credited as himself in the closing credits, the Raiderettes are credited as merely "the cheerleaders" rather than themselves, despite being in their game uniforms.

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