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Short summary

Instead of the planned comedy segment, after the monologue Johnny mentions watching a PBS special that discussed a bird (the swift) that flies continuously for the first three years of its life. Ed counters by claiming that sharks never stop swimming, though Johnny is doubtful, with the audience weighing in on varying sides. Richard Benjamin first talks about caring for his son's goldfish, and the nuisances of pets that die quickly - or defy expectations of doing so. He then talks about the film he is currently directing, "My Favorite Year". Noting that Benjamin's wife is an actress who also is often away from home, Johnny asks if he does much of the housework to adjust for their schedules; Benjamin says he does a lot of the work, as he doesn't think his wife is thorough enough when washing dishes, so he sneaks downstairs overnight to rewash them. He also complains that she buys their kids clothes that fit perfectly, meaning he'll just have to buy more when they grow out of them ...

Episode credited cast:
Johnny Carson Johnny Carson - Himself - Host
Ed McMahon Ed McMahon - Himself - Announcer
Tommy Newsom Tommy Newsom - Himself - Substitute Bandleader
Richard Benjamin Richard Benjamin - Himself
Garry Shandling Garry Shandling - Himself - Guest Comic
Jan Stephenson Jan Stephenson - Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frederick De Cordova Frederick De Cordova - Himself - Producer (voice) (as Fred de Cordova)
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