|"Mork Learns to See"|
| Season 2, Episode #19 |
(#44) in series (95 episodes)
When Mr. Bickley's blind son Tom comes to visit, Mork strikes up a friendship with him, and in the process, learns to see the world a little bit differently in "Mork Learns to See" in Season 2 (ep.#19).
|"Mork & Mindy" episode|
|Guest Star(s):||Tom Sullivan|
|Production code:||219 (2x19)|
|Writer(s)||Ed Scharlach & Tom Tenowich|
|Original airdate||January 17, 1980|
|IMDB||Mork Learns to See|
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Mork Learns To See was the 19th episode from Season 2 of Mork and Mindy, and also, the 44th overall episode in the series. Co-written by Ed Scharlach and Tom Tenowich, the episode, which was directed by Howard Storm, originally aired on ABC-TV on January 17, 1980.
Mork is homesick for his planet Ork. Mr Bickley invites Mork & Mindy to his place to see his son, who's coming to visit him in Boulder. When Mr. Bickley's blind son, Tom, finally arrives, Mork learns to see the world differently.
"Mork Learns to See" casts blind actor Tom Sullivan as Mr. Bickley's equally blind son Tom, a professional singer introduced sitting alone in the dark in his father's apartment. Mork and Mindy enjoy his performance at the piano, lamenting the absence of Tom's father, who leaves a message saying he was called out of town.
Mork decides to spend time with Tom to learn how to overcome the blues, but after 12 years apart from his father the young man can't disguise his disappointment. Mr. Bickley appears to be the one who is handicapped, spending his time at a local hotel rather than face the son he hasn't seen since he was 14. He tries to explain his actions to Mork and Mindy, and agrees to accompany them to see Tom off, but only as an observer, unwilling to reveal his presence to his son. Tom can still find his father due to his awful smelling cologne, and a bittersweet reunion results.
Tom Bickley says he can't wait until they come out with a Braille Edition of PLAYBOY. In fact, The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) has published a Braille edition of Playboy since 1970. The Braille version includes all the written words in the non-Braille magazine, but no pictorial representations (thus one could truly claim that one reads it for the articles). Congress cut off funding for the Braille magazine translation in 1985, but U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Hogan reversed the decision on First Amendment grounds.
- Robin Williams as Mork
- Pam Dawber as Mindy McConnell
- Jay Thomas as Remo DaVinci (credited only)
- Gina Hecht as Jean DaVincii (credited only)
- Jim Staahl as Nelson Flavor (credited only)
- Tom Poston as Mr. Bickley