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Quiz about A Stroll Down Memory Lane Todays Special

A Stroll Down Memory Lane: "Today's Special" Quiz


From 1982-87, a television program aired on TVO and was designed for both adults and children alike. This program focused on learning and moral values. Here is a quiz on the characters and random episodes from this Canadian produced television show.

A multiple-choice quiz by apathy100. Estimated time: 5 mins.
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Author
apathy100
Time
5 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
212,250
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
6 / 10
Plays
318
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Question 1 of 10
1. Which of the following was *not* a character on "Today's Special"? Hint


Question 2 of 10
2. In which of the following locations does "Today's Special" take place? Hint


Question 3 of 10
3. In all of the "Today's Special" episodes, Jeff can come to life after his hat is put on his head and some magical words are said. What are the magic words that must be said to allow him to come to life? Hint


Question 4 of 10
4. What is the occupation of the character Sam, a puppet, whose voice is played by Bob Dermer? Hint


Question 5 of 10
5. One of the guest characters appearing on "Today's Special" is a talking computer that occasionally helps Sam. What is the name of this talking computer? Hint


Question 6 of 10
6. In one episode of "Today's Special" entitled "Books", there are numerous books out for display. Each of the characters is reading a book that they have found quite interesting. What is the book about that Jeff is reading? Hint


Question 7 of 10
7. Jeff had never shead a tear in his time with the "Today's Special" gang until the third season. In an episode called "Tears", what finally makes Jeff cry for the first time? Hint


Question 8 of 10
8. In season five, we learn about the life of Muffy the Mouse in an episode called "Muffy". Which of the following is *not* one of the stories that Muffy tells about her life? Hint


Question 9 of 10
9. In an episode called "Phil's Visit", why does Sam kick Phil Phenelli out of the store? Hint


Question 10 of 10
10. In the final episode of "Today's Special" that was aired, the characters each shared their favorite memory as there is a contest being held for all of the employees. What is Jodie's favorite memory that she tells all of her friends at work? Hint



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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. Which of the following was *not* a character on "Today's Special"?

Answer: Bill

The cast of main characters that played key roles on "Today's Special" were Jeff (a mannequin), Jodie (a display designer), Sam (a night watchman), Muffy (a mouse), Mrs. Pennypacker (a stockroom employee), and The Mime Lady (a mime).
2. In which of the following locations does "Today's Special" take place?

Answer: Department store

The main location that "Today's Special" was filmed was at the now defunct Simpson's store in Toronto, Ontario. Some of the episodes were taped at the Queen Street West and Yonge Street store locations.
3. In all of the "Today's Special" episodes, Jeff can come to life after his hat is put on his head and some magical words are said. What are the magic words that must be said to allow him to come to life?

Answer: Hocus Pocus Alimagocus

Jeff is the store mannequin that is virtually lifeless without his hat on. Any member of the cast could say the magic words pending that Jeff's hat was on his head. Should Jeff drop his hat on the floor, he becomes a mannequin again. Even in the opening theme lyrics, the viewers hear Muffy say "Hocus Pocus Alimagocus" bringing Jeff to life for the start of the program.
4. What is the occupation of the character Sam, a puppet, whose voice is played by Bob Dermer?

Answer: Night Watchman

Sam is a night watchman who makes sure that the store is empty before Jeff, Jodie, Muffy and company begin their lessons for the viewers. In the opening theme song, we can hear Sam say: "Well everything's all safe down here. Let's go upstairs", followed by "Okay, it's clear! The customers have all gone home now!"
5. One of the guest characters appearing on "Today's Special" is a talking computer that occasionally helps Sam. What is the name of this talking computer?

Answer: TXL

TXL Series 4 is connected to virtually every room in the department store. TXL has the ability to do everything from climate control to cooking a meal. One wrong move however, and all craziness breaks loose. In an episode entitled "Temperature", Muffy accidentally spilled hot chocolate on TXL's keyboard and this lead to a malfunction in the heating system.

In looking closely at the actual keyboard, we can see that TXL is actually an Apple II computer in real world standards.
6. In one episode of "Today's Special" entitled "Books", there are numerous books out for display. Each of the characters is reading a book that they have found quite interesting. What is the book about that Jeff is reading?

Answer: Knowledge

During this episode, Jeff reads a book on knowledge, which he believes will make him look different and smarter the more he reads. In the book, Jeff reads about games such as hopscotch and dancing such as "Pop Goes the Weasel".

The other answers are of the books that the other characters are reading. Muffy is reading a picture book on an adventure about a mouse and his family.

Sam finds a book on Cam the Detective. In this book (a mystery novel), Sam discovers that you can actually solve your own mystery. As a book suddenly goes missing in the store, it becomes Sam's task to solve the mystery of the missing book.

Finally, Jodie, who is trying to work on a book display, cannot resist the excitement of a fairy tale book she finds on the shelf about Byron the Grump and the Magic Dragon.

http://todays-special.schuminweb.com/todays-special/episode-guide/1981/books.asp
7. Jeff had never shead a tear in his time with the "Today's Special" gang until the third season. In an episode called "Tears", what finally makes Jeff cry for the first time?

Answer: Sad story

In this episode, Jeff is extremely upset that he has never been able to express emotions (because as a mannequin, he does not have any emotions). Sam and Muffy try various tricks to try and get Jeff to cry including placing onions under his nose, and tickling his chin with a feather. Jodie explains to them that this is not true emotion and that there must be a better way to show Jeff what true emotion is all about.

"Finally, Jodie brings out a book called 'The Magic Bird'. In this book, a lonely boy helps a bird to fly again, only to see her fly away. This makes Jeff so sad that he finally cries some real tears for the first time". (http://todays-special.schuminweb.com/todays-special/episode-guide/1983/tears.asp)
8. In season five, we learn about the life of Muffy the Mouse in an episode called "Muffy". Which of the following is *not* one of the stories that Muffy tells about her life?

Answer: Her trip to the moon

In this episode, Muffy has multiple flashbacks over the years of her life. These flashbacks include Muffy's arrival at the store, waking up after having her tonsils removed in the hospital, the capture of Muffy by Herman T. Terrible, and her being captured by an alien named XL7 Zed.
9. In an episode called "Phil's Visit", why does Sam kick Phil Phenelli out of the store?

Answer: He is drunk

This is an episode that is a learning experience for both young children and adults alike. It revolves around the various emotions and reactions that one may have around an alcoholic.

Phil Phenelli is an old crewmate that Sam knew during his time with the Marine Corps. Phil is at the department store to do a photo shoot when he gets caught taking a swig of alcohol by Muffy. Muffy, who is trying to help Phil with the photo shoot becomes the target of rage when Phil is too intoxicated to continue with the photo shoot. In the end, Sam kicks Phil out of the department store, sending out a message to the audience that drinking is a serious, dangerous, and scary issue.
10. In the final episode of "Today's Special" that was aired, the characters each shared their favorite memory as there is a contest being held for all of the employees. What is Jodie's favorite memory that she tells all of her friends at work?

Answer: Her date at the prom

Jodie takes a look back at her high school graduation with her first love Gerald. In this scene, she remembers Gerald wearing a tuxedo and geeky glasses. Gerald, being so nervous in preparing for the prom, also has pieces of tissue on his face after cutting himself while shaving. In the end, she ends up dancing with Gerald and having a good time.
Source: Author apathy100

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