Episode No: 17

Title: Strike Now


Disappointed in being paid as much as the ten year olds (though, as Kevin is quick to point out, she's the same size as the ten year olds), Christine announces that she is going on strike for more money just when she's cued to start the intro. Meanwhile, when the kids want to be treated more like adults, they are given the privilege to pay income tax.

Mr. Dime wants to break up Christine's strike, and he tells Miss Take to do so. Miss Take leaves and then returns, wearing her "strike-breaking" gear -- a shield, helmet and a club. To demonstrate how it works, she starts beating up on Mr. Dime.

The reason why Mr. Dime is so against Christine striking is because it is his wife's birthday, and he demanded that the kids on the show tell her "Happy Birthday" on the air as a present. With Christine on strike, the plan is in trouble. Miss Take suggests that he get his wife something else -- a "Do-It-Yourself Fur Coat Kit", which is a box of bunnies with an enclosed knife.

Finally, when the other kids tell Mr. Dime's wife "Happy Birthday," he decides to give Christine and the other kids a raise.

When Christine finally gets her raise (to $10 per episode), she learns that not only will she not be paid for that episode, but that because of the income tax, she is now in a higher tax bracket and ends up making less than she earned before.

Production: Walking Around In Circles


  • The first episode to use split screen, most notably used later in Divorce (1984).

[Go Back]

Strike Now - You Can't Do That On Television, Vol. 1

Original Air Date: February 07, 1981

US Air Date: January 13, 1982

Starring: Jami Burning, Rodney Helal, Kevin Kubusheskie, Les Lye, Christine McGlade, Kevin Schenk

Writers: Geoffrey Darby, Roger Price, the crew

Director: Geoffrey Darby


Water: Rodney Helal


  • Joan Armatrading - "Show Some Emotion"
  • Kenny Loggins - "Keep The Fire"
  • Billy Joel - "All For Leyna"