"Mork & Mindy": Season Three

Mork & Mindy Season 3 DVD cover

"Mork and Mindy" Season 3 DVD cover.

Season Information
Episodes 22 aired
Network/Air Dates ABC-TV, November 13, 1980 - May 14, 1981
Season Guide
Previous Season 2
Next Season 4
Also see: Animated Series

Season three of Mork & Mindy began airing on November 13, 1980 on ABC-TV. The third season concluded after 22 episodes on May 14, 1981.

Season OverviewEdit

For Season 3, Jeanie, Remo, and Nelson were retained as regulars with Jeanie and Remo having opened a restaurant. Nelson was no longer into politics and wore more casual clothes.

Mindy's father and grandmother returned to the series. The show acknowledged this attempt to restore its original premise, with the third season's hour-long opener titled "Putting The Ork Back in Mork".

Several new supporting characters were added to the lineup. Joining were two children from the day-care center where Mork worked named Lola and Stephanie. Also added was Mindy's close friend Glenda Faye Comstock (Crissy Wilzak), a lovely young widow whom Nelson falls for. Wilzak lasted one season as a regular.

When these ideas failed to improve ratings, many wilder ideas were tried to attempt to capitalize on Williams' comedic talents. The season ended at number 49 in the ratings.

Main charactersEdit

Season 3 (1980-1981)Edit

Season 3 episodes
No. in series No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production code
"Putting the Ork Back in Mork, Part 1"
"Putting the Ork Back in Mork, Part 2"
Howard Storm Ed Scharlach & Tom Tenowich November 13, 1980 301 (3x1)
302 (3x2)
Mindy's efforts to make Mork act like a normal earthling backfire, radically changing his personality. Upon learning of this situation from Mork & Mindy, Orson sends the most respected Orkan elder to Earth to help Mork regain his Orkan traits. The Elder (whose name is actually the sound of "blowing a raspberry") converts the attic to a typical Orkan house, hoping it will help Mork revert to his old Orkan ways. If Mork fails, he will be sent back to Ork and be ostracized from the other Orkans.
  • Note: One-hour, 2 part episode; Conrad Janis returns to the series as a cast regular.
54 3 "Mork in Never Never Land" Howard Storm Wendy Kout November 20, 1980 303 (3x3)
Mork discovers that his pen-pal is living at an insane asylum, and believes that he is Peter Pan.
55 4 "Dueling Skates" Garry Marshall Dale McRaven & Bruce Johnson November 27, 1980 304 (3x4)
To save the daycare center where he works from becoming a parking lot, Mork challenges a champion skater to a Rocky Mountain race.
56 5 "Mork the Prankster" Jeff Chambers Wendy Kout & George Zateslo December 4, 1980 305 (3x5)
Mindy teaches Mork about practical jokes, but Mork does not quite get the hang of them. After a disastrous prank from Mork that involves assembling her jeep in the living room, Mindy moves out to live with Glenda Faye for a while. Glenda convinces Mindy to go back to Mork.
57 6 "Mork, the Monkey's Uncle" Howard Storm "Teleplay by:" Tom Tenowich & Ed Scharlach
"Story by:" James Klein
December 11, 1980 306 (3x6)
Mork kidnaps a chimpanzee from the zoo saying he was being treated badly. Exidor investigates at the zoo and learns that the chimpanzee's mother was rushed to the hospital. Mork sneaks in to the zoo and reunites the chimp and its mother.
58 7 "Gunfight at the Mork-Kay Corral" Jeff Chambers Stuart Gillard December 18, 1980 307 (3x7)
Mork dresses up as his favorite hero Squellman the Yellow. One boy at the day care named Bill idolizes Billy the Kid and starts imitating him in a dangerous game. Mork & Mindy teach him a lesson about violence.
59 8 "Mork's New Look" Howard Storm April Kelly January 1, 1981 308 (3x8)
Mindy's dad wants to get plastic surgery to look younger. He says everyone could use a little improvement, which inspires Mork to go to a plastic surgeon. His make-over surprises everyone.
60 9 "Alas, Poor Mork, We Knew Him Well" Howard Storm Steve Kreinberg & Andy Guerdat January 8, 1981 309 (3x9)
When an insurance salesman scares Mork about dying from natural disasters, he seals himself into a glass bubble in the living room. In the process, he learns some things about living with risks.
61 10 "Mork and the Bum Rap" Howard Storm Deborah Raznick & John B. Collins January 15, 1981 310 (3x10)
Although Mork doesn't understand the concept of charity, he is determined to help Mindy raise money for the children's hospital. He tries his Morkathon performance to no avail and ends up taking up panhandling to collect money for the children's hospital when he meets a panhandler named Godfrey.

Guest starring: Ross Martin as Godfrey

62 11 "Mindy Gets Her Job" Howard Storm Tom Tenowich & Ed Scharlach January 22, 1981 311 (3x11)
Mindy applies for a job at a TV station. After speaking her mind to the station manager Miles Sternhagen, she get hired. A blizzard keeps newscasters from getting to the station, so Mindy has to do the whole news show herself with help from Mork.

 Guest starring: Foster Brooks as Miles Sternhagen

63 12 "Twelve Angry Appliances" Howard Storm Jeff Reno & Ron Osborn February 5, 1981 312 (3x12)
Mindy has a broken record player that the repairman Augustus J. Strand won't fix for a second time. Mork wants to get revenge on Strand, so he puts him on trial before a jury of broken appliances that are in the repair shop.

 Guest starring: Richard Libertini as Augustus J. Strand

64 13 "There's a New Mork in Town" Howard Storm Jeff Reno & Ron Osborn February 12, 1981 313 (3x13)
Mork is ecstatic when he hears that Orkan VIP Xerko is coming to visit him. Xerko turns out to be an arrogant and egotistical man and he wants Mork's job of reporting back to Orson. Xerko and Mork duel to see who will get the job.

Guest Starring: Lyle Waggoner as Xerko

65 14 "Mork Meets Robin Williams" Howard Storm Dale McRaven & Bruce Johnson February 19, 1981 314 (3x14)
Robin Williams is in town to do a live Solar Energy Benefit show and Mindy can't get an interview. Mork does not think he looks anything like Robin Williams, but he gets chased by a mob of fans. Mork gets Mindy and himself into Robin Williams' dressing room, leading to a face-to-face interview with him.

 Guest starring: Foster Brooks as Miles Sternhagen

66 15 "Mindy, Mindy, Mindy" Howard Storm Steve Kreinberg & Andy Guerdat February 26, 1981 3x15 (3x15)
Mindy goes away for the weekend, and Mork goes crazy missing her. The Orkan Elder comes to visit and regrets that Mindy isn't there. He tries to clone Mindy, but each clone is worse than the last. Now Mork must deactivate the defective Mindys before they can cause any trouble.
67 16 "Mork, the Swinging Single" Howard Storm Wendy Kout March 12, 1981 316 (3x16)
Mindy tells Mork she thinks they should date other people. He takes lessons from a swinger named T.N.T. and turns into a party animal.
68 17 "Mork and Mindy Meet Rick and Ruby Howard Storm Dale McRaven & Bruce Johnson March 26, 1981 317 (3x17)
Remo fires Ruby, the pregnant singer of the restaurant's band. Mindy takes in Rick and Ruby and she tries to convince Remo to rehire them. She makes a bet with Remo, so he rehires the group. Ruby goes into labor during a performance and Mork takes her place.
69 18 "Mork and the Family Reunion" Howard Storm April Kelly April 8, 1981 318 (3x18)
Fred's successful but domineering brother Dave comes to dinner. Mindy accidentally eats an Orkan dessert which makes her behave strangely. Things get even worse when Uncle Dave eats some of the dessert also.
70 19 "Old Muggable Mork" Don Barnhart John B. Collins & Deborah Raznick April 16, 1981 319 (3x19)
Grandma Cora comes to visit, but the trip takes a turn for the worse when she gets mugged. Cora feels very scared and Mork thinks up a plan to get even with the muggers.

 Special Guest Star: Elizabeth Kerr as Cora Hudson

71 20 "I Heard It Through the Morkvine" Jeff Chambers "Teleplay by:" Jeff Reno & Ron Osborn
"Story by:" Jim Fisher & Jim Staahl
April 30, 1981 320 (3x20)
Mork learns about gossip after Mindy gets her own gossip show. Mindy thinks she won't be able to get those kinds of stories, so Mork gets some for her. While taking her place on the show, he spreads gossip about his friends. Mindy makes Mork apologize on the air. Mork also convinces Mr. Sternhagen to drop the show.
  • Guest starring: Foster Brooks as Miles Sternhagen
72 21 "Mindy and Mork" Howard Storm Brian Levant May 7, 1981 321 (3x21)
Mindy is working a lot and Mork can't adjust. Mork & Mindy switch places for a morning to see how the other feels.
73 22 "Reflections and Regrets" Howard Storm Tom Tenowich & Ed Scharlach May 14, 1981 322 (3x22)
At Mr. Bickley's 50th birthday party, everyone shares what they regret in their life. Mindy makes excuses to put off her turn, but after everyone leaves, she shares her regret with Mork.
  •  Note: This was Tom Poston's final episode as a regular and the final appearances of Jay Thomas, Gina Hecht, Jim Staahl and Crissy Wilzak. Also, no report to Orson is made in this episode.