Before Henry Winkler had a way with the women on Happy Days, he worked his magic on one woman in American Airlines’ Coach Lounge. Don’t you just want to join the Mile High Club with the then 25 year old actor back in 1970?
William Shatner and Henry Winkler along with Jeff Dye, Terry Bradshaw and George Foreman spent a month traveling in The Orient visiting 6 cities and they made memories that will stay with them for a lifetime. Tonight at 10p on NBC, they go to South Korea on Better Late Than Never and they almost cause an International incident. Thankfully, they didn’t or we would’ve heard it by now and they wouldn’t be with us to talk about the best show to grace our televisions since The Shat did a little show called Star Trek 50 years ago this week.
While Jeff Dye dropping his phone on the North Korean side of the border was pretty memorable for all of them, The Fonz had another unforgettable memory from that country. When Winkler was in Seoul he got to try one of their delicacies. He revealed to us what it was at a press day for the show, “I realized I was asked to pull an octopus out of a tank. That personal octopus sat and wrapped itself around my wrist and hand. A woman said, ‘Oh, very good.'” Then he added, “I ate it; wiggling, raw. And I didn’t and it’s so interesting. You put the tentacle in your mouth. Umm, good. You have to pull it, because it sticks to the inside of your cheek. But it actually was not bad.”
From tentacles to trunks, he had experience that will remain one of his all-time favorite memories. In Chiang Mai, he made a friend he will never forget. He detailed that meeting as, “I met an elephant. And I’m telling you, this 15,000 pound elephant looked me in the eye, and I looked the elephant in the eye, and I started crying. You felt the dearness.” So much so, “I have a picture on my phone in my house, in everywhere. You see the elephant leaning into me when I’m standing next to him, like he was a puppy. I’m telling you. And this is not hyperbole. It came out of him like a river, this emotion. It was one of the great moments, outside of my children, grandchildren and family.”
Talking about children, Captain Kirk had a run with a kid that reminded him of his Rescue 911 days. The time that stuck with and will forever stay with him is when, “It was a kid. We had a water fight with colored water, and the water was taken out of cesspools that there were a lot of cesspools around and they were fired at us. And during this fight I had my mouth open, and this kid shot this long arc of water into my mouth.” Then he added, “I’ve never forgotten that child since. That child’s face is emblazoned in my mind. I’ll never forget that kid.” Which could be why he told me that if Better Late Than Never was picked up for a second season, he will not going along with them. Winkler on the other is packed and ready to go.
One more thing that both men will never forget is the month that they traveled to Tokyo, Kyoto, Hong Kong, Seoul, Bangkok and Chang Mai together.
Last week, Henry Winkler, William Shatner, Jeff Dye, George Foreman and Terry Bradshaw all traveled to Tokyo with Better Late Than Never and tonight at 10p on NBC they go to Kyoto, Japan and Hong Kong. Looks like some of them might’ve had a little too much Sake and that doesn’t sucke for us.
Kyoto also didn’t sucke for Dye because he told us at a recent press day, it was his favorite city out of the six that they went to while there were there for a month. He explained why, “Because I think, in my brain, when I travel, I want it to be different than anything I know. So any city that reminds me of something I already know, I kind of go, oh, this just reminds me of New York, or this just so I was quick to not dismiss, but to be, like, Tokyo is beautiful, but it feels like something I know.” Then he added, “And Kyoto felt like nothing I’ve ever known before. It was like a very I don’t know, like, it was a small city, and it was rich with tradition. Everyone was so excited to share with us things that I’ve never even heard of. It was just very cool.”
For Winkler what was cool, was the kids. He happily shared, “We met families, we met children everywhere that we went, and there was no language between us…George would sit down, and all of a sudden it was like these children, who had no idea who this gigantic human being was, didn’t understand him, they could have been his grandchildren. They found games to play, and punching, and sitting and jumping. It was truly emotional.”
As The Fonz said, they didn’t know who George Foreman was, but he wasn’t the only one they didn’t know. Even though the four older men on this journey are legends here in the United States, Shatner said it was a different story over there. He revealed that, “They didn’t know who we were, because the shows, certainly the shows I’ve been in, weren’t playing in Asia. And it was interesting. The only people that recognized most of us were American tourists, which we found plenty of, going place to place.” The natives might not have known who there were, but they were all still very friendly to them.
Believe it or not, before the show the octogenarian Captain Kirk had never been to Japan. Why? He joked the tickets were too expensive and no one else bought them for him. Then he got serious as he disclosed what an actor’s life on the road is like, “You know, actors go like, fly someplace, and they go to a hotel, and they do the job, and then you think, the lumpy mattresses and bad food; I want to get home. And you don’t see the location. We go on locations all the time, but never see the location. What you see is where you’re filming and the hotel you’re in, and you go there at 6 o’clock in the morning, and you get out of there at 8 o’clock at night. And I want to get home. My dogs. My dogs.”
My dogs, is how he might refer to his four new friends that he will have for the rest of his life. Dye had to this say about his now old buddies, “I learned something from each of these guys, which is my favorite thing. And maybe that’s just good casting by these guys, or whatever. But everyone had something so much different that I really enjoyed.” The comedian enjoyed learning that Shatner was the bravest and Bradshaw was afraid of everything.
Thankfully, Sake was not one of the things that Bradshaw was scared of because that makes tonight’s episode even more endearing.
Better Late Than Never has proven to be a wonderful show that takes us on heartwarming journey with five men who all got to experience many new things in several new places and came out stronger from it. We get to go along for the ride and laugh with them as we all get to learn things we never knew before about these six cities we have never been to before but will consider in the future. Plus, we get to learn more about some of our favorite actors, athletes and Jeff Dye as they discover each other in a continent of discovery.
When William Shatner, Henry Winker, George Foreman, Terry Bradshaw and Jeff Dye were in Tokyo, they appeared on the Japanese talk show Pon. The stars of Better Late Than Never had to do some wacky and wild things on it and one of those things was eat something to find out if it is candy or not candy. When the got to The Shat, he got something that looked like a bar of a soap. With a straight face he told everyone that it was candy. The two twins, who were also on it, were so intrigued by that, that they just had to try it. Only problem it was really soap. That is why The Shat is The Sh!t.
So for all of you people who wanted to see the patriarch from Sh!t, My Dad Says with a mouth full of soap, you can now cross that off your bucket list!
On this Tuesday’s episode, they travel to Kyoto, Japan and Hong Kong. See what trouble the fascinitating five get into on NBC at 10p.
Better Late Than Never is the show you e always wanted, but you just didn’t know it until tonight at 10p. NBC sent Henry Winkler, William Shatner, George Foreman, Terry Bradshaw and Jeff Dye for a month to explore six Asian cities in four countries, and they will never be the same. Not the men, but the cities.
On tonight’s season premiere, their first stop is Tokyo. As they try to navigate their way to the hotel, we will learn some really interesting facts about the Japanese city. You will get to see the World’s Busiest Crosswalk and pray that they make their way to the other side. Winkler might’ve been able to stop traffic as The Fonz, but that does not work here. Once they get to the other side, they go underground to the World’s Busiest Subway Station and get lost in it. One of them loves the attention and the other four just want to get undressed and lie down in a comfortable bed.
When they finally get to the hotel that Dye, who is their tour guide, booked for them, they are in for a shock. They said they wanted to experience the culture, but had no idea that he would book them in a Capsule Hotel. You have to tune in to find out why the locals stay at these types of places. That and to see the comedian completely naked.
Somehow, the five of them get some sleep and then it is off to try the cuisine of Japan. Shatner convinces them to try a hole in the wall and one of the local delicacies. They are in for a huge surprise when they find out what he ordered for them. Good thing, Foreman brought some BBQ sauce with him because that is all Bradshaw is going to eat once he discovers what it is.
Later on that day, they go to a bar and have some beer. Did you know that is the most popular alcoholic beverage there? So popular you can buy it in vending machines and they even sell it to kids. Theirs is non-alcholoic, don’t worry. See that is a cool fact you didn’t know. That and one of them gets drunk off of just one beer. Do you think you know who the lightweight is?
It wasn’t only about the food and drinks, they also go on a one of those infamous Japanese talk shows and make fools of themselves, visit a skyscraper with a glass floor and visit Mt Fiji. I am surprised they didn’t sacrifice Dye to the active Volcano.
All in all, they had a lot of fun Tokyo and now it is off to the next city. In the coming weeks, we will watch them travel to Kyoto, Japan; Seoul, South Korea; Hong Kong; and Phuket and Chiang Mai, Thailand.
I knew when NBC announced that they were going to do this show; it was going to be amazing. But exceeded my expectations. It is great to watch four legends on one show. Not only will we get to know things about them that we didn’t know, we also get to learn about the different places that they are visiting. They are going to visit tourist locations and also some hidden away areas. They are having the time of their lives, and you will be too as you watch them.
I saw this premiere episode a few weeks ago, but I wasn’t allowed to talk about it until now. I have wanted to scream it from the rooftops that this show is the best thing to happen to television in a long time. It is fun, it is real, it is educational and it pretty gosh darn perfect. It will make you laugh, leave you in awe, and make you laugh again. Mostly because these old friends can’t stop bickering, but at the end of the day, they are all still friends and Jeff Dye. Joking, he fits in brilliantly with the two actors, the boxer and the football player. While he tries to fit in with them, they are all trying to fit in in the city they are visiting. Believe me they stick out like sore thumbs, and yet they are welcomed wherever they go. And you should welcome them into your home tonight and every Tuesday at 10p on NBC.
It’s like you are right there with them. It is just a whole lot cheaper and more comfortable to watch it from your home as they do all the dirty work! And they do get dirty, but that is for another episode…