"Putting the Ork Back in Mork, Part 1"
Season 3, Episode #1
(#52) in series (95 episodes)
Putting the Ork Back in Mork and Mindy Robin Williams Pam Dawber
Mork begins to annoy his friends and family as takes on an "alter ego" named "Mory" as Mindy contacts Orson to get him to relearn his Orkan ways and go back to being the old Mork in Part 1 of "Putting the Ork Back in Mork" in Season 3 (episode #1).
"Mork & Mindy" episode
Guest Star(s): Vidal Peterson
Julia Hendler
Jonathan Ian
Elliot Jaffe
Stephanie Kayano
Amy Tenowich
Network: ABC-TV
Production code: 301 (3x1)
Writer(s) Ed Scharlach & Tom Tenowich
Director Howard Storm
Original airdate November 13, 1980
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Putting The Ork Back in Mork (Part 1) was the opening episode from Season 3 of Mork and Mindy, also the 52nd episode in the series. The episode was the first part of a two-part, two episode story arc. Co-written by Ed Scharlach and Tom Tenowich, the episode, directed by Howard Storm, originally aired on ABC-TV on November 13, 1980.

Plot summaryEdit

After spending three years on Earth, Mork has finally "gone native" and abandoned his Orkan ways. Upon learning of the situation from Mork and Mindy, Orson sends the most respected Orkan elder to Earth to help Mork regain his Orkan traits.


Mindy becomes so alarmed when Mork starts behaving like a boring Earthling that she suggests he finds a new place to live.


  • In this episode, Jay Thomas, Gina Hecht and Crissy Wilzak each have featured credits in the opening titles. In subsequent episodes, their names are superimposed over footage of Mork & Mindy.
  • Originally aired as an hour-long episode. It was split into two parts for syndication.
  • Mork mentions that he read a Stephen King story to the kids at daycare and "nap time didn't go very well." Today King is an internationally known household name, but then his star was merely on the rise. King's sixth book (not counting two published under a psuedonym), "Firestarter," had just been released a few weeks before this episode debuted, and half of of his bibliography had already been adapted as films.
  • This episode marks the first appearance of perpetually-hungry Stephanie and wise-beyond-her-years Lola, two girls Mork befriended at the daycare center. Lola was portrayed by Amy Tenowich, daughter of the show's writer/producer, Tom Tenowich.
  • Glenda Faye is introduced through Nelson, but later she's revealed to have been one of Mindy's classmates.


Mork & Mindy & Eight Is Enough 1980 ABC Promo

Mork & Mindy & Eight Is Enough 1980 ABC Promo



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