In the realm of comedy, few shows have made as lasting an impression as “The Carol Burnett Show.” Recently, The Carol Burnett Archives shared a delightful video snippet from the ‘As the Stomach Turns’ episode, boasting a stellar cast including Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Vicki Lawrence, and Lyle Waggoner.
This uproarious skit unfolds in the Canoga Falls home, where Marion (portrayed by Carol Burnett) ponders her 90-year-old grandfather’s antics over a cup of coffee.
Tim Conway masterfully embodies the grandfather character with his characteristic slow, deliberate movements and talent for mischief. As Marion summons him for tea, Tim executes his trademark unhurried entrance, laying the groundwork for the ensuing comedic antics.
The conversation shifts to his impending 91st birthday and the prospect of relocating to Sun City. However, Grandpa has different ideas – he’s determined to run away instead of going to Sun City, the retirement community.
The storyline takes an intriguing turn as the doorbell chimes, introducing Cindy, the teenage temptress portrayed by Vicki Lawrence. Grandpa is immediately smitten, following her to his bedroom, and warning Marion not to interfere in his newfound love affair.
Meanwhile, seeking solace, Marion confides in her brother Ralph (played by Lyle Waggoner), who arrives with his fourth wife, professing his unwavering love – until he catches sight of Cindy.
Ralph becomes instantly infatuated with Cindy, only to face rejection, leading to an exaggerated display of heartbreak and melodramatic crying. The absurdity of his reaction breaks character, causing Carol Burnett to struggle to stifle her laughter. As the situation settles, Father Colucci enters, adding another layer of hilarity as he searches for a lost lamb amidst the unfolding drama.
The episode takes a comedic turn when Marion discovers Grandpa is unwell and urgently calls for a house call from Dr. Hofer (portrayed by Harvey Korman). In a humorous twist, she also requests that he pick up her dress from the cleaners. Chaos ensues when Dr. Hofer arrives, particularly when Grandpa dramatically tumbles down the stairs, prompting uncontrollable laughter from Harvey Korman and Carol Burnett.
Amid Grandpa’s breathing difficulties, Cindy makes a surprising return, now clad only in a towel, attempting to revive the old man. However, the situation takes a comedic turn as Dr. Hofer finds himself smitten with Cindy, leading to a tangled web of affection and humorous misunderstandings. The episode concludes with a voiceover previewing what’s to come in the next installment of ‘As the Stomach Turns.’
This episode exemplifies the enduring charm and wit of “The Carol Burnett Show.” Its clever writing, flawless timing, and the chemistry among the cast members render it a timeless classic. As we revisit this uproarious episode, we’re reminded of the show’s unique ability to bring joy and laughter to audiences. Share this delightful video clip with friends and family, as nostalgia like this is simply too good to keep to oneself.