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The Transformation of Joebee


Confessing to a last prank is seems to be too good to be true, when a perennial joker announces he has mended his ways. Could this be true or is it perhaps the biggest hoax of the century?



Air Dates

  • First Run - March 25, 1976
  • Repeat - August 10, 1976





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8 Responses to Episode 0455

After confessing to a final stunt, a chronic practical joker swears he has changed his ways. Is he sincere, or is this just his most amazing joke ever?

Janice Bell

An excellent episode. So many of these are tied up so neatly that it was fun to have one left open to interpretation at the end.


Joseph B. Jefferson (or "Joe B., as he is unaffectionately called") is a "jolly fat man" played by Joe Silver. According to William Shakespeare fat men are the good guys, but Joebee's been a practical joker all his life (think joy buzzers, hotfoots, and exploding cigars). Will his victims stop turning the other cheek?


A good story which makes you wonder at the end what really happened. I think it leads to one specific conclusion, but as stated, there is no evidence.


Joe Silver is perfect in the role of Joebee.


Seems to me that evidence points to the plate being a real "national treasure"; a small town jokester isn't going to be able to entice royalty to check into a New York hotel, and "Will's" wife said that they were sending pictures confirming this was real. Honestly, were I "Will" I might have been as relaxed as he seemed at show's ending to have this whole event come to an end with no harm to his beloved wife. The bigger question is: why did JoeBee seal his doom by taking it home?

Kurt Wayne

I rate this episode 7.5 out of 10

Alan molloy

*SPOILER ALERT* Personally I get the impression that the husband set up the whole thing to get Joebee out of his life forever.

Joe Mama

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