Synopsis: Sy decides it is time for a themed day to entertain the kids on the Army base in Osaka, Japan, where Childrens Hospital is temporarily located this season – and he settles on Old Fashioned Day – which really pleases Blake.
Details: Sy [Henry Winkler] decides that what everybody needs is a little morale boost for the kids on the Army base in Osaka, Japan, where Childrens Hospital is temporarily relocated [from Brazil] this season – and he settles on Old Fashioned Day, which, in this case appears to be approximately 300 years or so ago. This brings pleasure to Blake, who soon discovers that while his clownish looks are seen in more of a negative light in the current time, back in Old Fashioned Day time, he is on the top of the popularity heap.
Everything is going well at first – Chief is churning butter [which pleases Sy and the base commander], people are thrown into stockades and, of course, Blake is revered by all – but then the doctors are forced to treat patients with old fashioned medicine and medical practices and that means they will have to amputate a kid’s arm or treat it with pork buns due to the secondary “plot” where bad puns are being flung about both left and right.
The day after Old Fashioned Day finally arrives but – due to red tape – most of the staff remains stuck in costume, which is fine for Blake but nobody else – especially the sick kid with the lame arm. This gives Blake an even bigger head than he already had from being the center of attention on the actual Old Fashioned Day itself and he takes advantage by having Owen tossed into the stockades when he shows up in his current doctor garb.
With old-fashioned medicine unlikely to save the kid’s arm, Sy decides on a plan to write a letter to a doctor in the future, then bury it in the hopes that a future doctor will read it and appear to save the child. This is, of course, exactly what happens and the Future Doctor [James Urbaniak – “Sweet and Lowdown”] waves a futuristic wand over the child’s arm, curing him instantly.
After fending off a variety of inane questions about the future, the kid lives, the doctor flees and Blake’s time at the top of the heap is over.
The Poop and Skinny: “Clowns were like rock stars back then!” – Blake, upon the realization that his clownish doctor costume is well-received during Old Fashioned Day.
Blake delivers a Joe Pesci-style “Goodfellas” speech to a kid who he initially thinks is questioning his clown doctor clothing.
The base commander is played by Steven Weber [“Wings”].