1. "On the Air"
2. "Klondike 9366"
3. "A Rock and a Soft Place"
4. "There But for the Grace"
5. "Sight Unseen"
6. "Emperor Smith"
7. "Who's Minding the Asylum?"
8. "Armchair Detective"
9. "Hilary Booth, Registered Nurse"
10. "Valentino Speaks"
11. "A Capital Idea"
12. "Popping the Question"
13. "World of Tomorrow"
When is WENN?: Most episodes aren't specifically dated, but since Mackie refers to Welles' infamous Halloween broadcast of October 1938 as having just happened, "On the Air" seems to be set in early November 1938. Time does pass in this series, as upcoming episodes illustrate. In season 4, Betty's arrival date is specified as September 29, 1939.
Listen Quick!: Just after Mackie and Betty chat and before Betty tosses her script into the wastebasket, listen as the door to the studio opens. The music you hear is a segue piece from a song called "Soap Opera," from Rupert Holmes' first album, Widescreen. (Thanks for bringing that to my attention, Laura!)
When is WENN?: In Bedside Manor, Jeff refers to the German annexation of Poland, which occurred in September of 1939.
Note: Irene Worth was nominated for an Emmy award for her performance in this story.
Remember WENN initially premiered in January 1996 with 10 episodes anticipated. These were supposed to run every other week. However, overwhelming critical acceptance of the series led AMC to pull the remaining episodes so a run of thirteen could be presented in a regular weekly timeslot. The first four were repeated before starting the next nine.
There were a couple of minor set changes when the series returned. The area near Gertie's desk was enlarged, and the front door was now visible from her reception area. (It may help to explain WENN's continual struggle with sponsors and funding when you notice the number on the door is "1313.") Also, the usually unlighted neon "WENN" logo above her switchboard was changed in favor of a lighted one with a background.
There are now also blinds on the green room doors instead of shades.
Time is assumed to have passed at WENN as well, as Betty has discarded her shoulder-length "country-girl type" hairstyle in favor of a curly thirties-fashionable haircut.
Trivia Question: What's the connection between one of Mackie's favorite
composers and two members of the cast?
Answer: Tom Beckett played the role of George Gershwin in Young Indiana Jones and the Scandal of 1920, the series in which George Hall portrayed elderly Professor Henry Jones, Junior. Sadly, in the DVD release of The Young Indiana Jones Adventures, "Old Indy" has been edited out.
When is WENN?: Nylon stocking were introduced to the public in 1939.
When is WENN?: People fairly familiar with history may wonder how the final day of the 1939 New York World's Fair coincided with the London Blitz, which was in 1940. It's not a glitch--the '39 World's Fair ran through October of 1940.